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Ever wonder what future generations will think of your works?

Some writers wonder about how their works will stand over time and what aspects of society they take for granted are that people in the future will find laughable or even repellent.

Most of the time, from the pages of the people waxing philosophical about this, one can see that they are 1) not following any blogs of progressive younger people or trying to understand the issues young people face and 2) not in touch with many younger people in general. It shows, because when they and their audience insult younger peoples’ acts of virtue, there are no younger people following to challenge said posts.

Young people are the future, so wondering about a future audience (or feigning to wonder) makes little sense if one already does not care what young people value today.

What themes are on the minds of progressive young people? That mindset is what the future audience is going to embody. Freedom of gender expression. Switching to zero waste and biodegradable items. Cruelty-free living, vegan/fair trade. Tackling violence in school systems. Ending police brutality. These are just some examples.

Those forward-thinking values, which are mistakenly treated as inconsequential to some from older generations, are going to be of increasing importance to younger generations who grapple with growing population density and environmental degradation that past generations handed them. And, they will be passing these preferences for nonviolence on to their children and grand-children who will further advance still more nonviolent preferences. Each generation allows the next to dream bigger and better, more inclusive and more peaceful.

The future is already here. Diversify your subscriptions to include voices of progressive people younger than you, including especially those from different backgrounds than you.

PS: To try to stay up-to-date, whatever violence younger generations want to leave behind them, don’t rebel or try to condone the status quo by offering so-called right ways to do wrong things, as that only draws more attention to the archaic concepts. Search engine algorithms will know it is yesterday’s old news and not rank it very highly. Unless deliberately trying to show how life was in the historical follies of the era, when in doubt, leave it out.

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Paint For My Fellow Vegan Wraith Fans

Sherwin Williams has us covered. 🙂 Any old green will not do. No. Such a nice minty, Wraithy green. It could maybe be a little brighter, but I will take it. 😀

Now, I also want a Season 5 Wraith Finger Armor Blue, a Hiveship Biolight Blue, a Wraith Eyes Green Gold, a Wraith Coat Black, a Wraith Hair White, etc. XD

There. Fixed it.

😀 😀 😀

What I see as a Wraith worshipper. That green hand was just begging to be made over. LOL!

But, seriously though, buy these chips. The Ranch and the Peach Habanero flavor are vegan/cruelty-free and available at health food stores and at VeganEssentials online store.

Using [sic] to Denote Misgendering in Quotations

Misgendering Wraith with the pronoun “it” is not canon and violates the source hierarchy. Plus, it is just plain outdated and rude.

Source 1 On-screen dialogue:
Both Wraith and the New Lanteans refer to the males with he/him and the Queens as she/her. This includes the masked warriors. Not even Ronon misgenders.
Examples:
WRAITH: Put him with the others. (referring to masked warrior)
WRAITH: Wake her. (referring to the Queen)
WRAITH: He is in a holding cell. He completed the recalibration that was required. (referring to Todd)
McKAY: Hey, where’s Todd? SHEPPARD: He escaped. (referring to Todd)

Source 2 On-screen visual cues:
The masked warriors have certain types of armor pieces and the Queens have curvy features.

Source 3 On-screen episode credits:
The Lost Tribe’s cast credits state “Male Wraith”

Additionally, misgendering makes Stargate look out-of-touch. One does not see Ninja Turtle Leonardo nor Transformers Megatron being mislabelled “it.”

Whenever I quote someone misgendering/violating canon and the way Wraith define themselves, I use [sic] to denote the error. Example: “Ronon promptly runs towards it [sic] and aims his blaster at its [sic] head.”

Using [sic] calls out the error and disavows support for misgendering, othering, and objectification in racism, speciesism, etc.

Earth Humans are the Aliens in the Pegasus Galaxy

When humans from Earth visit other worlds, the humans are the aliens to the citizens of those worlds.

Some scifi fans just don’t get that. They think Earthborn humans belong everywhere, colonizing everywhere (mostly white, US-led humans doing colonizing), while the true natives are “aliens” who belong nowhere. Just the same way how other Earthlings get the same treatment by many humans here on this world.

Teyla and Todd are both citizens of Pegasus, while the New Lanteans are the aliens.

Point it out to some scifi watchers and the fragility of their egos kick in and they get hostile because they can’t handle Earthborn humans not being the center of the universe.

Wraith Finger Armor-Like Pieces Grown by Hiveships

In “Submersion,” the cruiser console’s flight control hand pieces look as if they contain parts similar to finger armor. Could these be also grown by the ships, as with the drone masks, computers, ZPM satchels and just about everything else?

The ships seem to make a variety of materials, from hard/chitinous objects, to pliable/leathery materials, to soft/silky threads.

I envy the idea of being able to grow everything, as needed and just-in-time manufacturing, with no storage overhead or sales forecasts, no wasteful fads, and in a cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly way. I hope we progress to having similar tech, such as Piñatex.

 

Review and Reactions to Stargate Origins (contains spoilers)

After watching the whole thing from someone else’s location, it was a disappointment. Given the memory wipes, the whole movie may as well have not even happened. The first 3 episodes and the character files for the Goa’uld made me really want to like this, low budget or not, but I will not be buying this on DVD, nor rewatching.

Pros:

It’s great to see a leading lady leading an adventure, not just as a manager behind a desk, who can hold her own in fights. Some thought Catherine was too bold for her time, making her anachronistic, but bold women, such as Amelia Earnhardt defied stereotypes. Wonder Woman set a good precedence here.

The 3 main characters were diverse and were friends, the way things should be. Their heritages seemed to be British, Egyptian, and Jewish (based on a menorah on the table). LGBT+ relationships were freely accepted by all.

The music and gating animation are all sorts of nostalgia to Stargate fans.

The style of Goa’uld rocks. They look like they could be Wraith Queens. Lovely outfits, hair, jewelry, etc for both!

The hideous mastage’s head prop was not there. Thank goodness. Such a prop exoticizes and others peoples of diverse cultures. Marvel recently made light of this in Black Panther. Instead, there was jackfruit centerpiece and lotus roots on the feast table. Plants for the win!

Aset’s love of her child. Love for an unblended, single-bodied individual indicates the Goa’uld know better, that they can acknowledge the individuality those they rule (and even love them). They could choose to give up their privilege and live peacefully, as the Tok’ra, but choose not to. So, it is NOT in their DNA. She also cried when she felt forced to take away the healing wand of her subjects.

Cons:

The selective release has caused fights among fans who were and were not given legal access to view the majority of the segments. Many cultural voices are thus missing from the conversations and the upset and animosity about exclusion and fights between fans will take time to settle, if ever.

The budget was low and special effects are pretty bad, most notably the ka-woosh side view, the view outside the window of another planetscape, and the claustrophobic-inducing smallness of the sets. One gets used to it though.

Drug use/slow waste of time on the middle. The camera effects hinted at something mildly psychedelic. Why would someone supposedly so intent on finding her father be so quick to take a substance and give it to her friends when they don’t know what it is, or what it will do to them, especially in a place where the language is not their native tongue? The time wasting was disappointing because there had been lots of action from the start, rather than the agonizing slowness of the start of the original 90s movie. The time could have been better spent explaining the Goa’uld better, rather than to put it in Mission File outside texts.

Instances of othering and outdated tropes. Catherine calls a womanizing Nazi a “pig,” which is speciesist. Pigs are among the most vulnerable and abused fellow Earthlings and should not be compared to mean humans. The Nazi leader was given a scar. Accidents and surgeries mean nothing and modern cinema knows this, with Marvel’s Deadpool as a leading protagonist. A Nazi comic relief character wears Catherine’s underwear. Quoting another fan, “the only thing distasteful about a man wanting to wear women’s underwear is that he took it without her permission.”

The ending was over-the-top in killing off so many.