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November 5th, 2008

So who won? I swear, I haven't seen a single post yet this morning or last night celebrating Obama's impending victory. I stayed up last night to watch his speech, mainly because I wanted to find out who finally won Indiana. As you all know, I have very little respect for John McCain's decision-making ability, public speaking ability, truthiness, and other qualities that I believe are important for the figurehead of our country. Barack Obama's charisma inspired me long before it looked like he was a likely candidate for President, and as a Cynic, I didn't expect him to make even the Democratic primary, let alone the White House. I was quite pleased that he won that, though, and from that moment on, my Cynicism was tinged with HOPE. Barack Obama has inspired me, a dead-to-the-world selfist who doesn't believe in altruism, religion, belief, optimism, or belief to believe in something. I doubt that will mean much to anyone who doesn't know me as well as I know myself, but remember, I've NEVER cared who was President. I've claimed from the beginning that it couldn't possibly matter, that the same stuff would happen and the same stupid laws would be passed regardless of who signed the paperwork, election after election. The President was just going to be a scapegoat, someone for the comedians to make fun of. In this single case, I've made an exception. I believe the office of President provides the visibility for someone truly inspiring to bring a message to everyone, to lead people to provide individual contributions that can add up to real change. I DON'T BELIEVE IN INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS ADDING UP TO REAL CHANGE. But I want to see it happen. I want to be proven wrong. I woke up this morning and checked the final result. Indiana's blue on the political maps. It's a narrow, narrow margin, thousands of votes out of about 4 million. But I've been joking for the past two elections that the makers of political maps don't have blue in the shape of Indiana, because the Indiana I've seen is a strong religious center that doesn't brook Atheism or people who don't hate gays. I was a little sad that things were that close, but Indiana voted for Obama. I voted for Obama. I was one of those few thousand. I participated in a system I've never believed in. Obama means change, and he's already brought it. The catchphrase for the new administration is "Yes, we can", and for once, I believe it.

And it happens that he's black. That has nothing to do with any of what I expressed in the above paragraph, and I couldn't care less about how historic it may be. I hate the way people brought race into this election, even though I know there are plenty of people who look at Barack Obama and don't see a black man. They see the next President of the United States of America, a beacon of hope, and a force for change. And if it happens that, in the future, the people who represent those ideals all happen to be men, I hope we never have a female President. (I don't expect that to be the case, though. There are some highly inspirational women out there as well, and I want to see them competing for the office in future elections.) There's something MUCH more important than a person's gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, height, weight, age, fashion sense, hair color, financial base... and I hope everyone voted for that much more important aspect, but I know people don't usually see things that way. As I've said, the final result is the only part that really matters, and I hope that Obama will be able to gain the respect of McCain's supporters as he stressed was such an important part of his upcoming Presidency. I believe that he can. That's why I believed in his charisma long before I learned enough about his policies to agree with them. Whoever wins any election has to overcome the divisive effect that the election itself has on a country... a country where disagreements over support for a candidate have led to outright violence.

That said... let us never speak of this election again. There will be another one in a few years.

I always miss the important stuff

So, in the excitement over That-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named, I forgot to mention that there's a new episode of Life in a Game. It's pretty good, but the preview images give away some of the best punchlines. Still a great entry in an excellent series.

Today's Bridge: Seeing "hachijuu" always reminds me of the SNL sketch where Chris Farley was an American tourist on a game show hosted by Mike Myers, entirely in Japanese.

Today's Work: We had a short meeting to discuss the change that absolutely HAD to be in the last build no matter what, which we barely managed to talk them out of. This time, we have plenty of time to get it done, so we thought it was a good idea to do it. They pretended to listen to us and said no with little preamble. Where was that sensibility LAST TIME? We wasted a whole day on those... [people].

Today's Gaming: I skipped to read through Leovinus' old Final Fantasy 8 thread... I forgot that I had, actually, read the whole thing in the original forum. Oops. Still fun.

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Yes, I'm THAT Nidoking. Sometimes I write fanfiction... often I waste all my time playing video games and watching anime. But it's not a waste if I enjoy it, right? I can quote from a movie, video game, anime series, or British comedy apropos of just about any situation, and one of my main goals in life is to entertain people. (The other big one is amassing as much anime and manga as I can... see below for a progress report.) That's me in a nutshell. ("Help! I'm trapped in a nutshell! What a bloody great nutshell this is!")
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