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woohooligan Sep 28, 2015
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Today is my wife Tiffany's birthday! Go wish her a happy birthday! Also, cool that there was a blood moon in the wee hours of the morning on her birthday. :D

In other news...

Katharine Hepburn and Ayn Rand actually have quite a lot in common. They were born just two years apart in 1905 and 1907, both atheists, both smoked, both quit smoking for health reasons, both never had any children.

When they were young, both of them wanted to be famous and both of them looked to the film industry as a means of accomplishing that. Where Hepburn took to a roller-coaster acting career, winning oscars, being labelled "box office poison", orchestrating her own comeback and winning more oscars, Rand married an actor just before her visa ran out and then struggled for years to get a film made from her writing and ultimately failed.

Rand's claim to fame, Atlas Shrugged, began its life as a film concept in 1972, but due to a wide assortment of creative differences between the various egos involved, it remained in "development hell" until 2010. At that time, the producer John Aglioloro rushed through shooting the film in five weeks on a budget of $20 million in order to complete the film just under the wire of his option expiring. Actually this was only part I of a trillogy of films to be made from the 1,168 page novel, and short for a film with a running time of only 97 minutes. After the first two weeks and a river of bad reviews, the film managed only 4.6 million in gross earnings, bringing profits from the film to nearly a quarter of its expenses. This of course begs the question, "how does anyone make any money in Hollywood when a film featuring in-depth discussions of hot topics like railway business, metallurgy and tax policy can't even break even?"

(Despite losing money, the two subsequent episodes of the trilogy were made, each with a completely different cast and smaller budget. After having said a lot about Rand in the past month since I introduced her in the story I felt compelled to at least rent all three films if I wasn't going to read the book. I still feel my analysis of Rand is fair. My opinion of the film is "hyperbole much?" Although they were often unintentionally hilarious, so you might enjoy them if you think of them as a comedy instead of a drama. ;P)

By comparison, Hepburn won a record four Academy Awards for best Actress.

To be honest, I don't think it takes a rocket scientist (Who is John Galt?!) to see that a large part of the difference between Hepburn's success and Rand's failure in the film industry has everything to do with their attitudes about life. In that regard, I don't think Hepburn and Rand could be more different. Rand wrote a non-fiction book titled the Virtue of Selfishness, which I'm pretty sure inspired the Gordon Gecko "Greed is Good" speech. Rand idolized egotism and selfishness... If Rand's ego were a celestial body it would be Jupiter... or possibly a black hole. Hepburn said in an interview that despite being an atheist, she believed that the best way to live was for other people. That you could be uplifted and happy by giving of yourself to those around you. So when Katharine hears that Amy is sad, missing her grandmother, of course she tries to help! This is the antithesis of ego and it allows you to get out of your own way, to make concessions when it's appropriate and to do great things as a part of a team.

I'm sure Hepburn had an ego, we all do, and she said herself that she had plenty of her own regrets. But in so much as she was willing to accept blows to her ego when one of her movies flopped, she could pick herself up, dust herself off, learn from her mistake and make the next adventure with a new movie team (and group of friends) all the better. Meanwhile over in the Ayn Rand camp, she was busy demanding that potential interviewers agree that there would be no disagreeing with her philosophy during the interview. That kind of fear for her reputation and her delicate ego cost her an interview with Dick Cavett and probably others as well. That's the ego she shares in common with our Lucifer here.

Knowing that both women were atheists, smoked and quit smoking, what's your take on the fact that Hepburn has gone back to smoking here in hell, while Rand (who flaunted her smoking while she was alive) now abstains?

Some of you who follow the comic already know that I'm autistic. As a baby I used to slide across the floor on my face and stare at a single baby book for hours without moving. While I love my children, I've never found babies exciting. But for all my idiosynchrasies, for all my failures, I've decided not to give up trying to better myself. Yes, figuring people out is hard for me, and yes the rejection when I fail hurts. And that's all the more reason for me to work harder at this friendship thing. And while I've got plenty of room for improvement, I think this page shows I'm making strides.

I originally thought the last four panels would all be near identical shots of Amy and Katharine sitting side-by-side, with their backs against the wall and only facial expressions changing... until I realized how wooden that would look! Here are two women bonding, but my first thought about how they do that is "okay, you in your bubble and me in mine: personal space!" ;P Amy's already been vulnerable to Katharine, holding her hair while she pukes. She can't just go from that to sitting stiffly away from her. So I have Amy leaning over for comfort and getting an intimate arm around the shoulder from Katharine. I think a year or so ago I might not have realized the scene needed this kind of body language. If I'm lucky, this page is one more reason for me to hear "you don't seem autistic." ;) So yay for personal growth!

Do you have a recent personal growth story? I'd love to hear it in the comments, if you're willing to share! :D

Stay awesome, Hooligans!

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