August 3rd, 2005

breaking bad

Regender

This web tool will 're-gender' any text that you put into it - swapping male for female pronouns and names. A good place to start is the regendered Google news feed, which gives you all current news items rewritten reversing the sex of all protagonists.

For example this article which was about Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie is now about 'Jeffry Anniston' regretting his break up with 'Brandy Pitt' who has run off with the sexy 'Angel John'.

He speaks, he finally speaks! In his first interview since filing for divorce in March, Jeffrey Aniston talks about his split with Brandy Pitt ... He reportedly broke down and cried more than once during the lengthy interview ... "A woman divorcing would never be accused of choosing career over children,'' he says. ''I've never in my life said I didn't want children. I did and I do and I will!''

Or, in marked contrast, this news report on the death of the Queen of Saudi Arabia (a country where men aren't allowed to drive or walk the streets without female escort).

It was a funeral for women, and women alone, reflecting a matriarchy more pronounced than any other in the Arab world. Today and in the days to come, it will be the turn of world leaders, including U.S. Vice President Diane Cheney, who arrives today in a symbolic affirmation of America's sometimes strained relationship with the Saudi queendom.

Hours of wacky feminist fun!
breaking bad

Jonathan Strange - casting

altariel pointed me at Susannah Clarke's website, and I see that there is quite a bit of discussion on the boards there about casting the film. Mostly of the irritating 'what actor is most hot' type. That twat who played Dracula in Von Helsing? - puh-lease.

Here are some suggestions, and my choice is bold. But I haven't got a good suggestion for Jonathan Strange himself, following adverse comments on Hugh Laurie :-) He has to be neither young nor old. He must be charismatic but not beautiful, active but bookish, and as coalescent says, 'intense'. Hmmm. Gary Oldman possibly?

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