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It occurs to me that I have not really made use of this in the way I intended when we started Snow Valley, which is a bit fucking useless of me.

You see, for all I no longer work at Xavier's, I remain extremely interested in what the first (and then the subsequent) generation of mutants is likely to do as you grow into maturity. It's one of the reasons Snow Valley exists - to attempt to advise our clients on how to cope with the changes that a mutant society will bring to their business and their interests. (Yeah, that "first generation" assertion is shaky. Roll with it. My generation and the one before it had mutants, sure, be many of us weren't exactly normal socialised, and we certainly weren't able to mix extensively with other mutants at places like Xaviers, or Silver.)

(Fuck me, I sound like some kind of academic. Not bad for a man who only managed to get three O-levels, and two of them by accident.)

So I really wanted to use this space to ask you lot questions (students and staff alike), and y'know, hopefully start a little discussion.

So I read this the other day: Three New Yorkers Track What They Read, Watch, and Listen to for One Week.

I don't expect a full week or anything, but if any of you would like to tell me about your media diet for the last couple of days, and specifically if any of it has any relevance whatsoever to the fact that you're a mutant, then I'd be fascinated.

Date: 2007-01-11 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-wildchild.livejournal.com
Okay, A) That totally made my brain hurt. That's a lot of mediaing. And B) I dunno if any of mine has anything to do with me being a mutant. I don't think there's any mutant media out there yet really. The latest Crichton book had some mutant-type stuff in it but not really. And I read that last week anyway.

Date: 2007-01-12 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-pete.livejournal.com
A lot of media? These people are amateurs.

I try and at least glance through at minimum three different newspapers a day, as well as a series of websites and these days, a fistful of blogs. Whenever I'm not in the office, I've got music playing. And I get through about a book or two a week. And I've got several digest subscriptions, too. This is in addition to all the usual reports and summaries I get here at Snow Valley.

I don't have Mr Maximoff's gifts, but I like to stay informed.

(OK, I haven't watched any non-news non-documentary TV in a couple of years, and I think the last thing I saw at the cinema was about ten years ago when me ex insisted that we go see some film of other that she had a bit part in.)

Date: 2007-01-11 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-siryn.livejournal.com
Should we leave out the part that's "Checked the journals. Checked the journals again. Forgot to check the journals for a few hours and then checked them again"? (Incidentally, everyone should post more. Checking the journals is often boring, says she who hasn't updated since she got home and demanded presents.)

Let's see, this week I read my syllabi, several chapters of several textbooks, leafed through far too many bridal magazines. Watched the Brothers Grimm (it has Matt in it, don't judge me.)

And I did some digging into that bill that's coming up for debate as well as the current status of Ireland's laws on the same.

Speaking of, does anyone know if the Senator will touch on that point at tomorrow's speech?

Date: 2007-01-12 03:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-ccelerate.livejournal.com
I doubt space permits full disclosure, though at least I'm not reading every English-language newspaper in North America over breakfast anymore.

I'm up to "R" in the school's library. I watch several varieties of the news, but very little other television; everything's paced so slowly that it's almost physically painful to sit through, and likewise for movies.

Date: 2007-01-12 04:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-wildchild.livejournal.com
Dude, why don't you just put stuff on fast forward with the subtitles on? You'd get so much more media in that way and could watch stuff that you wanted to without being bored to physical pain.

Date: 2007-01-12 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-ccelerate.livejournal.com
Because quantity is not the same as quality, and the silent-film phenomenon rightly died eighty years ago.

Date: 2007-01-12 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-pete.livejournal.com
Just out of curiosity, how do you do you find the pace of most music?

Date: 2007-01-12 06:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-ccelerate.livejournal.com
Is this a trick question? I find it slow, of course.

I tend to listen to music that's intended to be slow, because then at least the composer's intention matches my perception; everything with a "driving beat" that's supposed to get the blood pumping tends to put me to sleep instead, since even my resting heart rate is significantly faster.

Date: 2007-01-15 02:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-pete.livejournal.com
Not a trick question, no - I wasn't sure if you'd prefer slow music or find it totally unbearable. You should give Alison a call out West and talk to her, though. She'll probably make it her life's work to produce something that you'd consider uptempo.

Date: 2007-01-12 08:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-skin.livejournal.com
I think I might skew your results some. But I'll still do it if you want.

Date: 2007-01-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-wolverine.livejournal.com
I stay on top of the major papers - the NY Times the Washington Post, and the LA Times. Occasionally the Chicago Tribune if nobody else is reading it. I also stay on top of team business as much as I can stand to.

As far as music goes - whatever's playing around here or down at Harry's. Don't pay it much mind as I don't like most of what I've heard.

Only TV I watch regularly is ESPN.

And my mutation has every impact on my media habits. Heightened hearing and heightened sight.

But that's probably not what you meant.


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