Just to let everyone know what's happening, I'm undertaking a major re-work of my personal page and my Ultima Online page. I won't be spending much time on Sick Sad World until I get those two finished. Ultima Online is out in final version now, so I'm also playing that in an attempt to get decently set-up before the servers are flooded ;) I also just got my copy of Alliance of Light: Fugitive Prince by Janny Wurts, a book I've been waiting for for months (it came out three or so weeks ago, but the only book-store in town is a bit out of the loop, even for special orders). I should be back to Sick Sad World pretty soon, with updates, additions, and fixes (some I already have, some I'll probably get), and I will update the contest page if anyone ever sends in an entry (hint, hint).
Okay, it's been a while, but there hasn't been that much happening in the Daria universe. Despite my new VCR, I haven't watched many of my Daria tapes yet; we're in thunderstorm season and I'd hate to burn it out already (we've had at least 7 small black outs in the last 2 days). Still, I have a few things to babble about today.
First, I'm going to re-post my questions, just in case.
Just for the purpose of speculation, has anyone else considered Daria's political leanings? Her "Are you really that stupid?" attitude doesn't seem to lend itself to a Democratic point of view. She doesn't strike me as a Republican either, especially not a Religious Right type. I think she's probably too honest about people to be a Libertarian. Reform party? Maybe if Ross buys Sick Sad World and does his campaigning there, but probably not. Which really doesn't leave much. Independent of some sort, but what sort? She won't be voting for two years, but many schools conduct mock elections (at least during presidential election years), so it's possible we'll find out (would she vote for Algore? Probably not...).
Recent TV news stories have convinced me (not that it
took a lot of convincing) to continue on my intelligence and society
track. One of these, as you may guess, is the stupid national
testing that Clinton is all for. I don't think it's stupid in
and of itself, but come on. Test reading (once) at 4th grade
and math (once) at 8th? What good is this going to do? If
the kid can't read by 4th grade, they've got 4 years of catch-up to
play in all the subjects, not just reading. And if they're
back on math in 8th, they've got a few years of math and science catch-up.
In other words, it's an image thing. If real national
standards were established, parents would howl. Schools are
locally controlled, after all, and that messes up the education process
more than anything. I know how parents react to bad grades.
My parents (well, mother), when my sister got poor grades in
english, immediately attacked the teacher. She couldn't be any
good, after all, if she gave my sister such low grades, no matter
that they (my parents) hadn't seen my sisters work or anything. So
they complained. However, I happen to know from experience that
that english teacher was the best teacher at the school. Now,
I didn't get good grades from her either, I got what I deserved. She
was the only teacher in school that told me "I know you can do better
work than this, so I'll give you As when you put the effort in". In
case you couldn't tell, I coasted through high school (much as Daria
is probably doing) since I was on a different level than most of my
"peers". If the parents couldn't go and bitch the principal
and superintendent out when their kids got bad grades, maybe they'd
actually be forced to learn something and earn the grades... just
a thought. Now, I may as well tie this in with Daria, however
briefly. We haven't really seen how Helen and Jake respond to
their kids grades, except for a brief comment about Quinn's grades
in "Malled" (I think). However, Quinn obviously isn't putting
any effort into learning, and she (and Brittany as well) hasn't been
held back or kicked out, so something's wrong somewhere. Does
anyone think Helen isn't the type to go complain to Principal Li about
her kids getting bad grades? I can see the argument now "They're
being graded unfairly because they're female". Helen is rather
obsessed with the supposed gender gap, so this is a probably starting
point. Of course, I can then see Daria making sure she (Helen)
found out all about Mrs. Barch...
One last bitch... thanks to the thunderstorms my TV reception
is shot, so I haven't seen much news lately (no, that's not the bitch).
From the little I have seen, one of the big news stories (besides
Di) is that, wow, Chelsea (sp?) is going to college! This has
even been on the national news! Slow news week? Okay,
so she's going to college, so? There was even an interview (on
the state news) with a girl from Colorado who's going to the same
college (Stanford, I do believe) and - get this, this is the actual
story - might be Chelsea's room-mate or class-mate some day.