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Stolen from [personal profile] caiusmajorGive me a topic, preferably a fannish topic that I would be likely to have something to say about, and I will attempt to write you a few paragraphs of meta on what I think about the subject.

Some ideas for folks who may not know what sorts of things I may have an opinion on, some of the stuff currently rattling around my head includes: post-apocalypse, men's adventure novels, survivalism, recovery from disaster, food and culture, sociology, anthropology as well as other subjects such as the various isms that get discussed in fandom.

My fandoms are Transformers, GI Joe, TMNT, Jem and the Holograms, X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Human Target, NCIS, No Reservations, Man vs. Food, Bizarre Foods and a lot of other shows I can't think of off the top of my head but I'm open to talking about anything as I'm trying to get off my butt and write again.

Date: 2011-02-20 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beckyh2112.livejournal.com
Talk to me about food and culture in the Star Wars universe.

Date: 2011-02-21 11:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dunmurderin.livejournal.com
Based on what I know of the over-arching culture of Star Wars, I'm willing to bet that food is pretty human-centric. Meaning that what is considered 'normal' food is going to be things that humans can eat and 'bizarre' food is going to be things that humans either don't eat or simply can't eat. I'd also wager that a lot of so-called 'alien food' is actually variations on that cuisine that are more palatable to humans (kind of like most of the Chinese food served in American Chinese restaurants is absolutely nothing like the food served in Chinese restaurants in China).

Date: 2011-02-20 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] newsy891.livejournal.com
Also on the food and culture theme - but moving to the Transformers universe - how does a race of mechanical beings make their one basic fuel more interesting, or do they even care (as in, can giant sentient robots taste)?

Date: 2011-02-21 11:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] dunmurderin.livejournal.com
I've always had it in my head that energon created from different types of fuel will have different 'flavors' -- kind of like the differences between bread made with corn meal and bread made with white flour. So, there could easily be those Transformers who prefer energon made from coal over energon derived from solar power.

I've also RPed/written of TFs using various additives for their 'food' to improve the flavor, taste or nutritional value of what they're eating. Just like you can add additives to auto fuel to improve performance, dry up water in the line, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a Cybertronian chef who specializes in blending additives and types of energon to create taste sensations.

And, in my fics, TFs can and do often 'eat' non-energon fuels -- it's probably not the best for them but when you're a robot, you can get a clapped out digestive system replaced as often as need be. Lucky @#$#ers...

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