Pittsburghmuggle has returned from his hiatus."Hiatus?" Explanation and Public Service Announcement at the bottom of the page.
Who is Pittsburghmuggle?
I came to TV Tropes (sometime before 2008) when a friend on LiveJournal complained that it was sucking up so much of his time. The first thing I looked up was something that had long bugged me about kid's shows - shows where a character thinks his birthday is forgotten. To my total shock, there it was: Forgotten Birthday. I've been a convert ever since.
I love movies, books and some TV. TV shows are far Better on DVD - I prefer my information through a fire hose rather than trickled week by week. I don't really closely follow (but don't have any problems with) Anime, comic books, or fanfiction.
My favorite genre is Science Fiction. I prefer the hard end of Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness. A story set on a spaceship does not a scifi story make. Yes, I will happy take a good plot with sound science that stands on its own universe even if the characters are boring and flat! I'm also a huge fan of Apocalyptic Fiction - but I don't follow it as much as I used to. Having kids makes the idea of scrounging for necessities rather sour.
A show or work is tops to me if it plays with its premise well. Some shows consider the premise to be a backdrop in front of which character development takes place, and I find that annoying. Take Falling Skies, where most of the show is what the characters think of each other and the fact that aliens have invaded is only truly developed in season finales. Then take True Blood — great characters, and the premise that vampires have come out into the open while other, still secret, supernatural beings are dealing with that, intertwines with the characters.
Yes, I know my name has "muggle" in it. Yes, I was a big fan of Harry Potter back in the day. The series is over now (the movies are nice, but story's over, folks!), and I've moved on - but the name remains.note
I got yelled at a few times for not running new tropes through YKTTW first, and I do now - but I find it annoying because more often than not when I do no one comments at all on them, positive or negative.
I don't hit the forums here much, and don't participate in discussions on guidelines, etc. I trust the Powers That Be - whoever they may be. When a rule comes down I don't like, I live with it. I'm far too busy watching and reading fiction and trying to contribute to the wiki to get caught up in the nuts and bolts. I've never been very good at that and am quite content being a foot soldier.
I miss Troper Tales, but I see why it had to go.
The moment I finish reading/watching a work, I:
- Read the Wikipedia entry on it.
- Follow the link to the Internet Movie Database entry (not for books, obviously) and read that (Primarily Trivia and Goofs).
- Read/Create the TV Tropes entry and do any editing/adding that needs to be done.
I have started the pages for the following Tropes:
- A Noun Referred to as X
- Blindfolded Trip
- Cartoon Juggling
- Conveniently Close Planet (My baby! First trope page I made here!)
- Inappropriate Speak-and-Spell
- Low-Angle Empty World Shot
- Misplaced-Names Poster
- Overly Cool Play Space (I can't believe it hadn't been mentioned on here before!)
- Pottery Barn Poor
- Selling the Show (I recognize its importance, but get tired of endless production praise on DVDs)
- Who's Watching the Store?
And thank you to everyone who has gone on to work on those pages. Each change makes me proud.
- This Index Is a Joke (Oh, I love a good joke.)
The following Useful Notes pages:
- Earth (The only page for it said "Mostly Harmless", which - though funny - wasn't very useful notes)
- Mathematics (Didn't start it, but did an extensive reworking.)
- Mensa (I've been a member since I was 10.)
- Science (There wasn't a page for it)
- Toledo, Ohio (Born there. Of course I was born on Earth, too...)
- Pornography (There hasn't been a page and I felt there should be - after all you can talk about pornography without actually talking about porn - people don't seem to get that. I had read a fair amount on the subject and gave it a shot.)
Created the pages for the following works:Comics
- 28 Days
- Alien vs. Predator (Moved the film stuff over to a film page.)
- The Arrival
- Cloud Atlas (Moved the film stuff over to a film page.)
- Exit (2011)
- The Flight of the Phoenix (The films, which have since been split into two pages)
- Ghost Graduation
- A Girl Named Sooner (I saw this as a kid. The scene where they killed bird haunted me.)
- Godspell (Moved the film stuff over to a film page.)
- Some extensive work on the Harry Potter films, sorting and moving the mass of tropes from the Film page to individual pagesnote :
- How I Live Now (Moved the film stuff over to a film page.)
- It Came from Hollywood
- It's a Disaster!
- Jack Reacher
- Juan in a Million
- Left Behind (2014) (Moved the film stuff over to a film page.)
- Love And Monsters
- Striking Distance
- Sudden Death
- There's Nothing Out There
- Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann
- Traveling Salesman
- The Walk
- Tremors (I've only seen the first two movies, but I get annoyed when tropes for an entire series lumped on the page for the first installment.
- Dragon's Egg
- Eternity Road
- Hull Zero Three
- Manhattan Transfer
- Mission of Gravity
- The Practice Effect
Live Action TV
- Childhood's End (Well... I started the barebones page a few hours before the series started)
- Dragons, Wagons & Wax
- The Stand (Moved the miniseries stuff over from the literature page.)
- Bella Dancerella (I was stuck on the couch with a fractured kneecap when my daughter started watching it, I had to do something!)
- Robot Odyssey
- SimCity (2013) (Moved the extensive stuff from the SimCity page to a new one for the game.)
- Three Sister's Story
- The Wiki Game
- The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (My favorite quote of all time is from this.)
"Freedom is not a license for chaos"
- Peppa Pig (With the help of my daughter!)
- Watership Down (Moved the animated film stuff over to a film/animation page.)
For a period of five years I had a banner up saying that I was on hiatus. Why? Well, I'm putting a Public Service Announcement here about something nobody talks about, but should. I was on hiatus because I was serving Federal prison time for one count of possession of child pornography. I doubt this is too much of a surprise, after all I obviously started the Pornography page because I'm knowledgeable on the topic.
Anyway, to anyone who is struggling with or freely uses illegal pornography, let me tell you that the authorities do not care how you've never actually committed any hands on offenses or are a parent in a family that was totally unaware of your private wanderings online. Prison time is a practical certainty, if caught. I got five years, and that was down from being up against eight - and they went easy on me! I had to spend thousands of dollars in restitution to the victims in the pictures. I had letters from family and friends in my support, and family stood up for me in court. However even though my story never hit the news and they went easy on me it still ripped my family apart, and my kids had to deal with heckling at school because of something REALLY stupid their father did, not them.
In addition to not seeing my family and friends while in prison, as a Troper (something which will hit closer to home with you) it was several years of having to watch movies from the back of a room on a tiny TV screen, and missing multiple series and films that I wanted to see. No Internet access. Limited to the books from our donation-only library and an encyclopedia published in 1996.
If you are using illegal porn, you should stop today if you can. I know that's hard, and I don't know any magic way to do that, plus finding a therapist for this is hard as they're required to report it - but this really is serious shit. If you do find yourself caught, don't do anything stupid like fight back or end your life - prison sucks, but it's survivable. I'm proof of that.
What should you do? As said before, stop using and looking for illegal pornography (and never produce or distribute - those carry MUCH longer sentences than 8 years). Also support FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums), NARSOL (For rational sex offender laws), and criminal justice reforms (if you think the authorities are too hard on posession). Write to your congressman, though I understand that's a terrifying prospect.