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|Friday, April 5th, 2013|
Disney closing LucasArts, wank in 10, 9, 8...
In fact, io9 is already wanking about it in the headline of their article on the announcement, Is Disney about to destroy the Star Wars Expanded Universe Altogether?
The author expands on the question in the body of the article.The sequels will all totally ignore the EU to do whatever Disney and the filmmakers want, so in a very real sense, the Expanded Universe is already in trouble. The question, will Disney destroy it outright, or is the EU too far below their notice to care?
The article becomes even more wanky from there, and the commenters take the baton and run with it. Current Mood: CaffeinatedCurrent Music: Music from Knights of the Old Republic
|Tuesday, March 12th, 2013|
The Day the Music Died
(Full disclaimer: Writing up this wank involves snippets taken from the Facebook page in question. I made sure everything was public before I copied and pasted. Also, although I live in the Hartford area and care very much about music, I haven't really listened to any radio since last March, so I hold no grudges here.)
A long time ago, in a burg called Hartford, Connecticut, there was a station called 106.9 WCCC
- a station filled with local DJs, hard rock, and plenty of the latest in metal news. It had a pretty large fanbase on Facebook, and was considered to be one of the last "real" radio stations around. Certainly it was the only metal station in central CT - the other stations are mostly classic rock, pop/hip-hop, and Latin.( And now, coming to you from one of the last non-corporate radio stations in America, oh ... wait a minute there. )
Of course, someone (besides poor, over-worked Karolyi) had to stand up! There would be a reckoning for all these jerky fans! Quick, to the blogosphere!( Read more... )
One thing's for sure: I have no idea if this is fandom or OTF!
|Monday, March 4th, 2013|
|Wednesday, January 16th, 2013|
Not even Heisman finalists are immune to the lure of socks and pseuicide, it seems.
American football's a fandom, right?
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o came in second place for the Heisman trophy, due in part to the fact that he's a good player, and partly because of a September Sports Illustrated
cover profile that detailed his struggles with adversity. According to the article, he learned of the death of both his grandmother and his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, within 6 hours of one another, and still played a great game against Michigan State.
And yet, according to an investigation at Deadspin, one of these two people does not exist.
Manti Te'o did lose his grandmother this past fall. Annette Santiago died on Sept. 11, 2012, at the age of 72, according to Social Security Administration records in Nexis. But there is no SSA record there of the death of Lennay Marie Kekua, that day or any other. Her passing, recounted so many times in the national media, produces no obituary or funeral announcement in Nexis, and no mention in the Stanford student newspaper.
Nor is there any report of a severe auto accident involving a Lennay Kekua. Background checks turn up nothing. The Stanford registrar's office has no record that a Lennay Kekua ever enrolled. There is no record of her birth in the news. Outside of a few Twitter and Instagram accounts, there's no online evidence that Lennay Kekua ever existed.
The photographs identified as Kekua—in online tributes and on TV news reports—are pictures from the social-media accounts of a 22-year-old California woman who is not named Lennay Kekua. She is not a Stanford graduate; she has not been in a severe car accident; and she does not have leukemia. And she has never met Manti Te'o.
Notre Dame football has posted a denial
on Facebook, which doesn't exactly make Te'o look good: basically, they're claiming someone pulled a Catfish
on him, and yet part of the story, which Te'o himself repeated on
ESPN's College GameDay broadcast, was that they met after the Stanford game in 2009 and exchanged numbers.
The topic is currently trending
Twitter hashtags, so expect more than a few skirmishes.
|Sunday, January 13th, 2013|
You just know where this is going...
As I type this, the Golden Globes are being broadcast right now. Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated for Best Actor in a TV Series.
Because the universe runs on wank, he lost to Kevin Costner.The fangirls ain't happy. Not one bit.
And now we sit back, relax, and watch the madness unfold...
Oh, how I wish I didn't eat all my popcorn and drink all my booze at the beginning of the ceremony.
ETA: So, please tell me I'm not the only one giggling over this Tumblr post where a Sherlock fan tries to be humble and wish the winner "the best in his career
"...in regards to a man who's been working since 1978 and has already won two Oscars, two Golden Globes and an Emmy.
|Wednesday, January 9th, 2013|
Aja, oh Aja.
It hasn't turned into a wank yet, but it's Aja, so it probably will.The crumbling of the Fourth Wall: Why fandom shouldn’t hide anymore
(link goes to her tumblr, not the article)
AND the "crumbling wall" graphic used in the article is the Berlin Wall. Classy, Aja, very
ETA: Aja responds to criticism on her DW
Apparently, the wall graphic wasn't her idea: The decision of the Daily Dot to use a photoshopped image of the Berlin Wall in this article was an editorial decision, not mine. When I learned that the photo was to be used, I requested that my editor add in the following opening quote to the article, to provide greater context for our use of the photo as a metaphor:
But this is my favorite bit (emphasis original):I realize that my opinions are not held by everyone, and that’s why I want to emphasize that this is an opinion piece only, not a statement of intended behavior towards fandom or a stated wish to disrepect fandom conventions or codes of etiquette. I hope that anyone looking at my articles will see that I have always tried to conduct myself with respect towards these things, up to and including choosing not to publish articles that disrespect the community.
I wonder if she can hear my laughter from here.
|Thursday, January 3rd, 2013|
Can we call this a...PANDORA'S BOX of wank?
Okay, I haven't done an actual wank report yet, so mind if I test the waters here first? Besides, I'm not sure if the wank in question has quite
fully blossomed yet.TF2chan
, for the uninitiated, is an imageboard founded by Team Fortress 2
fans. Specifically, those interested in the more...adult
side of the fandom. Naturally, it has a bit of a dodgy reputation among some people, but not just for the fact that 90% of its content is gay porn. As someone who lurked and occasionally posted there for about a year, I can tell you that the board is no stranger to wank, specifically in regards to the many strict rules in place (no underage posters, no furry art, no overly-anime art, etc.) and the mods' enforcement of said rules.
Oh, and because of the inherent nature of TF2chan, a good chunk of the links and caps I'll be providing might be NSFW.
Our story begins with one Jewel_Pandora, a fresh-faced little porn artist who steps into TF2chan's magical world of cocks and hats with high hopes and not a clue what she's doing
. The rest of the board notices the latter, and keeps telling her "lurk moar"
. She doesn't get it. Several bannings
Jewel makes a Tumblr (complete with the word "official" in her URL!), and takes the situation there. As she might have known if she did lurk more, however, many TF2chan posters frequent Tumblr, and one mod, Cat Bountry, quickly finds
her post. (a warning, it does dip into unfunny territory when a debate springs up over whether or not a person with Asperger's can label another person's behavior as "Asperger's-y"
As a bit of bonus wankery, another "Jewel_Pandora
" pops up claiming to be the "REAL OFFICIAL" one. Once again, Cat responds. Oh, and Jewel here is apparently a veteran of LJ wank.
So neither party's a stranger to drama.
ETA: I should clarify that I'm not really siding with either party here. On one hand, Jewel_Pandora joined an Internet community without reading the rules first. On the other, perhaps more important hand, the TF2chan crowd is being a bit...elitist, shall we say?
|Monday, October 15th, 2012|
Adults React To PewDiePie
Retupurae, which makes fun of bad Let's Plays (among other things), has decided to turn their gimlet eye on wildly popular Youtube LPer PewPewDie
.* Needless to say, PDP's fans take umbrage. Over five thousand comments worth
. And to add fuel to the fire, gaming commentator John "TotalBiscuit" Bain has favorited the video.
Warning: Rape jokes. As in, PDP screaming "rape!" constantly. Incidentally, he's rumored to be a convicted rapist
, so there's that. Tumblr is blowing up over this. And the Swede himself came by to comment "Don't like, don't watch, no, wait, the more you watch the more money I make."
Lovely.*Actually, I know it's PewDiePie, but I've reading it wrong ever since I heard of the guy and I'm not ready to let go yet.
|Thursday, October 11th, 2012|
Fandom wank in the internet news Apparently Aja is going to be interviewed about Fandom Wank
I guess she's about as much an expert on that as everything else she does journalism about.EDIT
: Through the magic of asking someone not Aja, it is discovered that the topic is actually fandom scandal, which makes a whole lot more sense.
|Friday, September 14th, 2012|
You guys knew this was coming.
So Nintendo's Wii U conference was earlier today, with its price and launch date revealed. The internet gasps, moans, weeps, and proceed to get their bodies ready.
This wank is not about that!
It seems that the fairly popular cult game Bayonetta is getting a sequel. A platform exclusive
is fairly mixed, although more excitable than anything.Other people, however...
Posted to clairvoyant because it's more umbrage than anything else, but I have foreseen the potential on numerous gaming boards.
|Wednesday, July 25th, 2012|
The National Theatre refuses to condone bootleg recordings of its plays... OMGPERSECUTION!
Context: the National Theatre is one of the UK's most major theatre companies, and one of its most popular (and critically-acclaimed) productions of the last few years was Danny Boyle's version of Frankenstein
, which starred Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. In light of the play's popularity (I believe every single night sold out), the NT put on a cinema production of the play, which has so far had an unprecedented TWO runs. There have been rumours in fandom that there'll be a DVD of the play, rumours which were completely scotched a few months back -- basically because the cast said no.
Anyway, thwarted fans = much kerfuffling, and bootleg recordings have been (predictably enough) doing the rounds in fandom -- I know for a fact that there's one of JLM as the Creature, though I don't believe there's one of Cumberbatch in the same role. (Unfortunately.)
SO, naturally, one such thwarted fan takes it upon herself
to write to the NT themselves, asking them to condone aforesaid bootlegs
. What she hoped to accomplish I really don't know, but she appears to have been, shall we say, somewhat miffed
when the NT was, er, less than enthusiastic about the idea of supporting pirate versions of its own copyrighted material.
I suspect she's going to be even less happy when she reads her own fandom's reaction to all of this
Stay tuned, folks: I do believe this could get thoroughly entertaining very
|Sunday, July 22nd, 2012|
trying to find screencaps of wank http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:THBOTHtURWcJ:www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/2732511-independent-authors-beware-bad-blogs-and-bloggers?page=2+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a
So this author Carroll Bryant posts to GoodReads complaining about people who don't review books they receive from authors, or something. Honestly, his blog post is TL;DR and I skimmed over down to the comments where (tra la la) he admits to having been one of the original STGRB people, on page ten.
I was at work and didn't have time to read all the comments to see some of the other very interesting
wankery going on (accusations of being cruel to teen bloggers who develop author crushes by sending fake pictures and then mocking them? I don't even know who what was supposed to be about). I planned to get home, make some tea and cookies and sit down for an enjoyable evening of authors behaving badly.
And then I got home and took a nap and ate dinner and @EvilWylie on Twitter shared the same blog post on Bryant's website....with a note saying all the comments and discussion on GR had been deleted. (Big No here)
Above is a link to the cached page of the GR blog from about 2.5 hours ago, which shows the first 50 of 590 comments. Was anyone following along who might have screencaps or otherwise knows the details about WTF was happening?
It's def wanky and more shit for the STGRB authors-behaving-badly pile, but without the records, it's not going to go anywhere...
Here is the GR post, which is still garnering comments, though as much about Bryant flagging things as Off-Topic now that he's deleted all the earlier bits that made it OT (at least on the first page): http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/2732511-independent-authors-beware-bad-blogs-and-bloggers?page=1
And here's the post on his personal blog, with the "list" (already one person calling him a lying liar - he didn't even spell her blog name right): http://carrollbryant.blogspot.com/2012/07/the-list.html
|Thursday, July 12th, 2012|
|Saturday, May 12th, 2012|
It looks like we can expect some failcon wank out of New Orleans. Ultimacon
a Memorial Day weekend event, just dropped the bombshell via their Facebook page
and via email (though not on their forum for some reason)Our apologizes for keeping everyone in the dark over the night as we sought to contact many through emails. Due to lack of interest in our convention hotel, the Sheraton has cancelled our event at their venue, but the lack of interest was not within the convention, so UltimaCon itself is not being cancelled, and we are currently seeking to find a new venue. We hope to keep the same dates as May 25-27, but will not know until sometime next week if we will be forced to postpone passed out attended dates. We will keep everyone updated as we seek to rectify this situation.
So they get a big venue and fail to fill it up, and are scrambling to try and set up a backup plan. That was this morning, so the wank really hasn't started building steam. Since this con is outside of my usual area, I'm not that familiar with the organization, so I don't know if this is a new con that was planning bigger than they could deliver, or if something else is behind the failure.
|Friday, March 23rd, 2012|
Not even Lex Luthor eats babies dipped in Cocaine!
Ran across a little bit of wank in the Real Life Superheroes community.
Real Life Super Heroes, in case you didn't know, are people who thought the movie Kick-Ass
was an instruction manual for life and bought themselves some spandex and some body armor and go fight crime, at least in their minds. What it is in reality is the flounciest nature of cosplayers and the simmering anger of comic book fans together in a perfect storm of clashing egos.
The wank level in the fandom is incredibly high, but since protecting everyone's public image is so important (instead of you know, trying to help their community or anything) they are pretty quick to sweep any drama under a locked community, or they start up a new forum, so it's actually pretty rare when it surfaces.Tothian
is a RLSH out of New Jersey who apparently has very few friends on the RLSH.net
boards. They apparently applied so much butthurt unto him so, he filed a complaint with the forum server
about libelous statements being made about him (though he keeps calling it slander)
The forum owners do seem concerned about this, and are worried the site will get pulled
. So they are pre-emptively calling for a move to a locked comm.
|Tuesday, February 28th, 2012|
The OTW's newest project: you *will* be assimilated. For the good of all fandom.
True in life, true in wank: those who do not learn from the past
are condemned to repeat it
|Sunday, July 3rd, 2011|
Lord of the rings + Making money off of fandom = LOL
Thanks to Flist & a mousey on the wank report
, because you see, FanLib worked out so very well.
This one is still percolating, but I think it might grown into a beautiful wanky flower.
LotRfanfiction.com is an old and well-respected establishment in the fandom, preferred by many popular authors because of its lack of restrictions regarding sexytimes.
Early this week, the site goes down unexpectedly, with a note saying that it's under new ownership and temporarily offline to make the transfer.
Cue cries of anguish and frenzied saving of stories and reviews. Pitchforks are sharpened; torches are lit.
The site returns, unchanged, with this note from the new owner, one Keith Mander:
Fans make comments, ranging from the reasonable ("The Tolkien Estate particularly is very, very protective of their copyright, and I'd hate to see our entire fandom targeted because of this") to the... rather less reasonable ("I agree with all the above that oppose you mr. Mander...Philandering corporate Donkey!"). There's also a comment from the previous owner of the archive, who cites financial hardship for selling the site. Various fans are butthurt and go on about the "purity" of fandom and how it's a "gift", and that they totally would have donated giant piles of money to the site if the owner had just asked.
The second post on the site's front page contains more of the same, with more replies from Keith Mander, which contain a fair mixture of corporate BS and sincerity:
There's a rather revealing interview on Mander's website which, admittedly, makes him look rather like a "Philandering corporate Donkey"1:
And a couple fan reactions from other places:
I personally am hoping that this will turn into a giant Fanlib-esque debacle, but I'm not sure if it has the momentum to do so. Only time will tell.
That is, where he notes that he specifically targets fans websites because they are unaware of their value, among other things.
My approach would be to directly contact site owners who are unaware of their site’s value and who’ve never experimented with online advertising. They’re usually surprised when you contact them with an offer and this eases the negotiation process. The potential with this approach is far greater.
Using information on popular search keywords is a good starting point. I think it’s wise to concentrate on topics that are not immediately commercial in nature as you’re more likely to discover a site created out of passion, rather than for profit.
|Thursday, June 30th, 2011|
Another day, another idiot Found via apocalypsos. Here because it may peter out, assuming the perpetrator does the smart thing - but she may not.
Plagiarism: For when you want gushing reviews, but can't be bothered to do any actual work.Angela Priest
- dear lord that is a fugly site
- seems to think so, anyway! Lovingly search-and-name-replaced copies have been posted across several sites, reportedly including stories written by Moira Rogers, Shiloh Walker, and someone called Nora Roberts
(or something like that).
Moira Rogers' comprehensive blog post here
There seems to be an apologetic reply from the 'author' from one of her pages - but it contains the phrase 'I used a series of books from another author as a guide for this series and they are trying to say I was plagiarising...'
A guide for what words she should use, how, and in what order. But it isn't plagiarism!
(No.)( ETAs behind cut )
Awkward. Let's hope she gets the hint?
|Monday, June 20th, 2011|
John Barrowman's Twin Soul?
Apparently a fan considers John Barrowman to be the other half of her soul, which sounds not unlike being married on the astral plane. She's talking about moving to Cardiff. Here's a post about her
(which contains lots of interesting links, itself)
|Thursday, June 16th, 2011|