Thursday, May the 27th, 2004

There are some things that bother me about shows like queer eye for the straight guy. I mean, just what do these guys know that normal people do not? (apart from the 73 grades of table cloth and the appropriate occassion for each’s use, I mean). Every single time they get to “transform” a guy with just a little more hair than normal, they say something akin to “women want their men looking like men” and chop it off in a jiffy. Is a gay guy the first person you’d go to for ‘advice’ on what women want? Sheesh.

Take this:

Hair, currently.

And if you don’t shut up, I’ll do something even more drastic, like this:

Pink site.
Don’t ask me what’s it with the colours. It’s from one of the many abandoned projects at confused times.

I know they can’t hear me smartypants. I just needed to let this out.

Vaguely related, I decided to propose a change to the style used for the gimp wiki. See how it looked, and how it does currently. I think it’s pretty subtle and professional if I do say so myself.

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8 Responses to “Straight eye for the blind guy”

  1. anita says:

    i really dislike what those guys do to most of the straight guys they’re supposed to be fixing up. especially the so-called fashion expert. i almost always hate the outfits he picks out, and they rarely look good on the guy – except nice suits, which look good on pretty much anyone. but yeah, i totally agree with what you’re saying. i think the “what not to wear” people do a much better job overall.

    i’m kinda scared to watch “queer eye for the straight girl”, which i heard is going to start soon. although maybe they’ll do a better job with women than they do with straight men.

  2. wahgnube says:

    I hadn’t heard about the women show equivalent before this. Thanks for the heads-up. I seriously doubt they’d do a better job, but I think I’d still watch it.. for laughs

    I mean, they do an ok job with the guys, it’s just, the guy who they try to make him be is very different from the guy who goes into make the transformation.

    Now there’s no way in hell he can maintain that in life once the cameras go away.

  3. anita says:

    yeah, i agree. i only like watching that show for the interior decorating. love how the houses/apartments turn out if nothing else.

    i think that “what not to wear” is better about making sure that the person is still the same person with the new clothes on. whereas queer eye makes the person look like a totally different person. so obviously the people who go on what not to wear are probably much more likely to maintain their style.

  4. wahgnube says:

    I really ought to start paying more attention to the apartments.

    Maybe I can steal some fun ideas which’ll hopefully be applicable to my new place. Might be fun to have a place that doesn’t scream “purely functional zero fluff geek residence”.

  5. anita says:

    it’s funny, i watch home decorating shows all the time, yet you’d never guess it if you saw my place – totally boring, purely functional, nothing on the walls, used furniture picked up at garage sales, ugly curtains (which my dad is always nagging me about), no real accessories/art, etc. and on top of that, i don’t even keep it as clean as i should. it’s pathetic.

  6. wahgnube says:

    You have absolutely no excuse. At least I hide behind blanket reasons like, “Oh, I’m a poor student” or “My even-more-spartan roomies aren’t cooperative.”

    You have a job and everything : ).

    (General banter, of course. I’m quite sure your place is a lot more than you give it credit for.)

  7. anita says:

    trust me, it’s not. i live like a poor student. in fact, most of this furniture came into my possession when i was a poor student.

  8. wahgnube says:

    If you insist.
    : )

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