12/31/09 12:17 pm - Fanworks Locator
12/13/07 08:15 am - Men don't have the backbone for pregnancy, or, How you know you've been around fandom too long.
On NPR this morning: a story about pregnancy and the role of the spine. Seems that women's backbones are evolved such that they can support the baby weight not just through their back muscles, but with the spine itself. And it turns out that men's backbones aren't structured to function that way.
Where fandom comes in: I had to restrain myself from exclaiming, "HAH. SUCK ON THAT, MPREG WRITERS."
11/21/07 07:56 am - 2008 fandom wishlist item #1
1. To see Captain Jack burst into song at some point in Torchwood S2. This is why.
Not so crazy about this cover of the song, and in fact I prefer his performance of "Night and Day" in De-Lovely for delivery and interpretation. But come on, guy's a total song and dance man, and a singing Captain Jack would make me ludicrously happy.
11/20/07 08:59 am - Further narrowing-down of Doctor Who fannishness
Having been seized with a desire to get a tattoo of the Seal of Rassilon (still in the thinking-over phase, but it's looking increasingly likely as a birthday present to myself), I spent some time yesterday afternoon digging around the Doctor Who pages of Wikipedia.
And remembered, suddenly, something else that pins down my entry into Who fandom in yet more detail.
( Embarrassing childhood confessions within )
11/11/07 12:54 pm - This is how long I've been a fan of Doctor Who
I own this.
( Scan behind the cut )
It was published in 1986, and there are scribbles in it that indicate that I brought it along on a trip to England with my family. Which goes a fair way towards narrowing down the year in which I started watching the show; the trip was in the spring of 1987, which means I started watching the show around 1985 or 1986.
No, I'm not telling you how old I was.
Here's an excerpt, which should be amusing to any old-school Who fan:
( Quarries We Have Known And Loved )
11/6/07 04:58 pm - Observation of the day
Thanks to this "Blackpool" fanvid, I can now no longer listen to the song "I Want Candy" without thinking of David Tennant licking ice cream cones.
I suppose there are worse fates.
10/23/07 03:50 pm - Yuletide Letter
So. I'm a total n00b at this Yuletide thing. I'm not sure what else to say, really; you've probably seen my propensity for tl;dr when it comes to the Wimseyverse (for which I apologise), and I have very little to add to the preferences I noted elsewhere.
I like stories that fill in the gaps, that answer questions left behind by the author. I like insights into heads that don't usually get the insights. I like to know what makes people tick.
Anyroad. Thank you for doing this, and whatever you do, I'm really looking forward to it.
Best wishes, happy holidays, good luck, and thank you. ^_^
9/24/07 12:56 pm - Fandom: Like dating, only different.
From birene over on LJ. I'm still thinking over my answers and may change them or add to them, but wanted to toss it out there for others to play with if they so desire.
Which fandom is...
8/30/07 12:46 pm - You know what would improve my week?
A wank report about Bayreuth. In particular this season.
There's got to be some message boards or newsgroups out there wailing about it and being horrible and wanky. These are opera fans we're talking about, after all.
(Alas, I have neither time nor patience to go digging, at least not until things settle down a bit more at work.)
8/25/07 11:08 am - Language Log vs. JKR
Language Log discusses what's wrong with this sentence:
"My wand of yew did everything of which I asked it, Severus, except to kill Harry Potter. "
8/17/07 04:21 pm - MsScribe
I don't have a dog in the MsScribe fight, and I don't have the time or patience to wade through all the teal deer of what's gone before. It's all kind of mindboggling, really, and makes me glad of my continued placement in the bin of Fandom Is Just Another Fucking Hobby.
That being said, when I read this comment? The first thing that popped into my head was:
"What time is it?"
"It's 4:15 AND MSSCRIBE STILL SUCKS."
...which will be meaningful to exactly one person reading this, I think, but what the hell.
8/17/07 04:04 pm - Oh help.
After reading this puff piece, a terrifying phrase just shaped itself in my head, mostly in response to this reader comment: "Bourne has the skill, but no style. Bond is style but needs gadgetry to save the day. The two as one - devastating".
The phrase? "Bond/Bourne slashfic".
With Daniel Craig!Bond, of course, and Matt Damon!Bourne.
GAH. My knowledge of Bond canon is shaky at best, and I only know movie!Bourne. (This is clearly some kind of cosmic comeuppance for my snottiness about people who only know the film versions of LOTR and V for Vendetta and who write the fic without reading the books.)
Dammit. I don't even write slash! Well, hardly ever. But particularly not for canons I barely know. It's probably just best to leave this one as an amusing idea. (And hell, maybe someone better qualified will get to it first.)
8/9/07 04:05 pm - Firefox Follies, Part the Second (OS X Version)
I've successfully replicated the Firefox-based websurfing and journal management system documented in the original Firefox Follies post on my Mac laptop, running OS X.
And there was much rejoicing.
ETA: And GJ Login is broke on Mac Firefox. Feh. No idea why, either. Still works on PC, though.
8/9/07 01:22 pm - The terrible secret of LiveJournal...
Is that it's not what you think it is.
(Via various sources; at least two of you on my list here have already read it and commented on it thoroughly.)
There's a lot of well-considered stuff in here. I've said to several people that fandom is probably due up for its very own Furries on CSI! moment, and having articles about Strikethrough and Boldthrough on CNet and Der Spiegel (something which never stops making me go HOLY FUCK O_O!) is potentially only the tip of the iceberg. The section "Fandom is not acceptable to the mainstream" in particular says something that's been on my mind but which I haven't been able to articulate. (ETA: Okay, on consideration, "perversion" is rather strong language, but nonetheless, it might not be going too far to say that people on Straight Street would find certain things about fandom to be anything from eccentric to aberrant before even getting into the scary stuff.)
Also, the trademark/copyright thing. It's worth noting that Alan Moore's Lost Girls can't be sold legally in England until the copyright on Peter Pan runs out, and his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier is going to be hit with the same problem. Even the great Alan Moore is not safe from copyright law; the rest of us get away with this shit because we stay comfortably under the radar.
A good friend of mine is a genuine lawyer-in-real-life, and I've been wanting to get his take on this whole mess. The only reason I haven't asked is that I don't really want to pull him into the sucking mess that is the current debacle. He is, as far as I know, blissfully unaware of Strikethrough/Boldthrough and of the funkier sections of fandom, and I would like him to remain a good friend, you know?
8/8/07 12:22 pm - Firefox Follies
Documenting all this here for the benefit of anyone else who might need this kind of assistance.
My current PC-based websurfing and journal management configuration is as follows:
muridae_x offered a workaround in the DeepestSender comm, one of which (the more convenient one) involves running DS in the Firefox sidebar. At the time the solution was offered, the big flaw in the sidebar solution was that once you closed the sidebar, you never got it back. This issue seems to have been resolved now (on which side, I'm not sure), and I'm running DS as needed in the sidebar with no problems (apart from fugly layout, which I can live with).
I have NOT tested this setup with Firefox for Mac, but I will do so and report back.
8/7/07 01:58 pm - Neil Gaiman on making people go see "Stardust"
(If you're in two minds about Stardust, about whether or not to see it or even when to see it, please go and see it this weekend. Friday night if you can. Take friends. If necessary, take them at gunpoint. They will love the movie so much they will forgive you afterwards. And if they don't forgive you, you can dispose of them quietly -- you're the one with the gun, after all -- and you will have a wonderful time for the rest of your life with the new friends you made at the Stardust screening.)(In fact, I am going on Friday. So there.)
8/2/07 02:06 pm - HP fanfiction.net meme
This was kind of sad with my name, but the concept amused me enough that I'm tossing it out there for anyone else who wants to play. Ganked from copperbadge on LJ.
1. Go to fanfiction.net.
2. Seach in Harry Potter fanfiction for summaries with your name in them.
3. Post. Try not to snicker.
Disappointingly, I only got three, and two of the buggers weren't even in English. I'm sure that this is due to the spelling of my name not being very common in the US, and my name not being hugely popular at the moment either.
7/30/07 01:17 pm - Warren Ellis on Strikethrough 2007
From the "Spotlight on Warren Ellis" panel, San Diego Comic-Con 2007:
"They handled it very badly, but they're being run by SixApart now, who have all the social skills of an eel."
7/23/07 09:59 am - My name is Karin, and I'm a Potter reader.
In which Karin attempts to explain, among other things, why she went ahead and bought the US copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows instead of waiting nicely for her UK copy to arrive.
ETA: Spoilers in the comments, ahoy!
( tl;dr like whoa, plus some DH spoilers )</small>
3/22/07 10:25 am - For future reference...
Because I keep getting asked about the Bambi icon, here's the dish.
The quote is from The Apprentice, a novel by I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, convicted perjurer and former right-hand man to US Vice President Dick Cheney. Of all the novels in a lengthy tradition of Bad Sex Writing By Republicans, this is is some kind of insane classic. I first heard about it when I read "Scooter's Sex Shocker" by Lauren Collins (New Yorker, Nov. 7, 2005). Collins wrote:
And, finally:And thus the brain-burning icon was born. Finding an image of an appropriately scared-looking Bambi was something of a challenge, but the payoff was worth it.He asked if they should fuck the deer.The answer, reader, is yes.
Additional digging turned up excerpts in "Dirty, Dirty Politician" (Nerve.com, Nov. 4, 2005). I've C&Ped them below for your enlightenment. Or horror, as the case may be.
( Warning: all kinds of sex-act horror and purple prose follows )