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|Friday, November 30th, 2007|
Thank God the Server is So Robust
Ok. What happened with rachelthedemon? Did she delete her journal and flounce off, after being so very amused?
*sits back to hear the story*
|Sunday, November 11th, 2007|
The problem with the racist hair wank...
is that most people, on hearing the word "hair", will be seized with an uncontrollable urge to talk about their own hair. Only this theory can explain some of the comments on FW. They're not callous to racial concerns, they just want to enlighten you about the time someone asked to touch their blonde hair, or their struggles to find the right type of hairspray for their fine brunette curls.
Full disclosure here. I have very, very curly light-brown/blonde hair.
|Wednesday, November 7th, 2007|
|To dream the impossible dream
I've been digging through the HPFGU archives from 2000 and found a number of interesting posts from Steve Vander Ark. The wank has taken on the qualities of psychological drama for me. The correspondence I'm highlighting could be an illustrative case of Why You Should State Some Caveats When You Teach Your Kids To Pursue Their Dream No Matter What.
ETA: More stuff
on Fandom Discuss. This time not about Vander Ark's ambitions, but about how he got from being Rowling's biggest cheerleader to here. And I reveal my odd empathy for Vander Ark.
|Tuesday, November 6th, 2007|
|On what meat doth our Caesar feed?
If you aren't following the Lexicon wank breathlessly, there's now a screencap
of Steve's ironic email exchange with the would-be Harry Potter encylopaedia writers. The one where he declares his loyalty to JKR *and* outlines his scheme for being her number one man. He really is Gilderoy Lockhart, but without the dashing good looks to compensate.
|Monday, November 5th, 2007|
Any Subjugation icons?
Does anyone on my flist know where I could get a "I Have Not Yet Begun To Debauch" ! Dumbledore icon? I'm thinking that I saw them floating around, and I wanted one as soon as Dumbledore was outed.
'Subjugation' (for the mercifully unaware) is a really horrid PWP epic where Dumbledore and Sirius rape Snape and make him grow hooters. Dumbledore's famous line therein is "I have not yet begun to debauch."
|Friday, November 2nd, 2007|
What I'd *Like* To Write In My Paper, But Won't
While a universally agreed-upon estimate of the number of victims of Stalin's Purges will probably never be reached, the existing literature does support the conclusion that majority of the researchers on this question consider themselves to be victims of their colleague's Stalinist persecution. An example that could stand for the rest can be found in Sheila Fitzpatrick's 1993 paper on the Moscow and Leningrad telephone directories and the Great Purge.
My preliminary report on the telephone study, delivered to the Russian Research Center at Harvard University in 1978, was very critically received, probably mainly for political reasons (since Harvard at that time was an unfriendly environment for revisionist Sovietologists), but partly also for methodological ones. I took the methodological criticism seriously and decided to change my sampling technique...
So, basically, she admits her original report was crappy, but people hated it just because they were *after* her. Though, this is mild compared to Robert Conquest's pattern of accusing Stephen Wheatcroft of being Stalin's present-day henchman.
I used to *respect* a lot of these scholars before I started reading their fights.
|Sunday, October 28th, 2007|
|The downfalls and upsides of being a History Nerd
The Sexy Slytherin Snape Syrena Sodomite wank just isn't as funny as it should be for me, because I kept wanting to make historical corrections, like, "No! You're completely wrong about the origin of the dating of Christmas!" But I restrained myself, which is much better than some others I can name. Instead, here's something I really thought was funny, from research for a paper I'm writing.
from M.F. Shkiriatov's speech at the Central Committee plenum of 7-12 January 1933, quoted p. 89 in The Road To Terror: Stalin and the Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932 - 1939. J. Arch Getty and Oleg V. Naumov.
"I would like to speak out of one other antiparty method of operation, namely, the so-called jokes. What are these jokes? Jokes against the party constitute agitation against the party. Who among us Bolsheviks does not know how we fought against tsarism in the old days, how we told jokes in order to undermine the authority of the existing system? We know that all factional groups always resorted to such a method of malicious, hostile agitation. This has also been employed as a keen weapon against the Central Committee of the party."
M.F. Shkiriatov to be declared saint of Serious Business?
|Friday, October 26th, 2007|
|Another Craigslist Discovery
If you want to laugh, browsing Gawker is a good bet, but this one went above and beyond the call of duty, and made me laugh until the tears ran down my face.
Why Will No One Live With Michelle and Emily in Astoria?
I've an exam to write in about fifteen minutes, must stop laughing.
|Monday, October 22nd, 2007|
JKR Gayed Dumbledore: Page 606: Absolutely True!
I heard the shocking news that Dumbledore was gay on the radio station playing in a dollar store. And I immediately wanted to drop all the crafts stuff I was shopping for, and head for a computer to enjoy the wank. But I'd promised the kids at home a crafts night. So I ended up sacrificing my amusement for the kids. If I've learnt anything from the Yuletide wank, this means that I can hold a grudge at JKR for not timing her announcements with my family life.
As I finished shopping, however, I made a quick list of what I would see on FW if I was lucky.
1. Anti-yaoi goes ballistic
2. Conservative uproar from both fans, and more amusingly, the anti-fans. (See, we TOLD you HP was evil and Would You Listen To Us?)
3. Slashers upset that JKR insists Grindelwald was Dumbledore's true love, when he and Voldemort were TRUE LOVE 4 EVA.
4. JKR is just posturing because she didn't say Dumbledore was gay in the books.
5. JKR is anti-gay because Dumbledore's gay romance fails because it was gay.
6. JKR is anti-gay because her Hitler character is gay.
7. JKR is anti-gay because Dumbledore is evil, and she's saying gay people are all Machiavellian meglomaniacs.
8. JKR is anti-gay because she still hasn't acknowledged that Sirius/Lupin/Tonks are gay.
9. But Dumbledore was in love with McGonagall!
That aside, I'm not in the least surprised. I'd thought it was made quite clear enough that Dumbledore fell head over heels in love with Grindelwald. I don't think this interview is extra information, just a confirmation from the author that, yes, take the text at face value.
And, Dumbledore's copious faults aside, I don't think he's a bad guy, so I don't see any offence. Instead, he has a lot of character traits that in my experience seem to be denied when it comes to men with a primarily homosexual orientation. You probably all know the offensive stereotypes. Gay men can't form non-sexual friendships with other men. Gay men can't be fathers/father figures. Being gay means having sex with everything that moves. etc.
ETA: This is the Potterdammerung, yes?
|Friday, October 12th, 2007|
|De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum O RLY? I think I can identify right here why the HP-haters get on my nerves. It's not because they hate the books. It's because they think I'm lying if I say I like them.
After DH, in my very, very HO, the appalling problems with the plotline, the structure, the lack of continuity, the trashing of characters, the disturbing neo-Calvinist themes, and so on and ON, were so unbelievably, glaringly obvious to anyone who had read the books seriously that there was no way to keep up genuine argument about it. Professional reviewers have to rapidly churn out reviews that are really only commentaries on the HP phenomenon. But we of the fandom... we know. Some are admitting it, and some aren't, but IMHO, deep down we all know the unpleasant truths about DH. We have had people come on opposing boards where they used to argue, privately owl posters, defend their views, etc., and basically admit that we were right all along about just how bad certain aspects of DH were going to be. Then they've left the fandom, which is really too bad, because a lot of intelligence and wit went with them. We are seeing some of the best fanfic writers leaving because of how hideously disappointed they are with DH.
I think it's the attitude of "You actually AGREE with us. You KNOW it sucks, but you just won't admit it." Same with the Harmonians, who constantly talk about how much the H/G fans really are disappointed by having H/G canon now, but pretend like hypocrites that they like it.
It runs the other way too. Many of the fans posting in this particular forum think Order of the Phoenix was the best of the books, while my critical judgment of it is akin to theirs of Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows. Just with less ranting.
ETA: That's just the HP-hate that gets on my nerves. Most of it is just pure funny. Like the ever-entertaining EverLoony From the same thread.
"I am a paying customer, not a simpering disciple. I expect a product comensurate to the (ridiculous) amount of money I paid this woman over the years. If not, I complain. A lot. Last time I checked, FAP is not the Soviet Union, and I can do so as much as I goddamned want. Sorry."
ETA 2: Fixed a mistake. No, I do not think Ever Loony and Jayne 1955 are really the same person in different guises. It was a slip of the keyboard.
|Friday, October 5th, 2007|
My Latest Hobby
I'm thinking of polishing up my epic HP fanfic just for kicks. It's totally out of date, but not just with canon, but with itself. That's quite impressive, really. The reason is that I started writing it after GOF, but then OotP came along, so I finished it with GOF canon, while updating the first chapters to fit OotP. I meant to update them all, but there was drama that distracted me. Isn't there always?
And now since it doesn't match HBP and DH at all, and there's no *way* it could fit, I've been thinking that it'd be fun to give it a final form as a post-GOF fic. I'll probably post the chapters on LJ and JF. There's no way I'm going back to Fiction Alley after how I broke with Heidi.
So, if you see fanfic being posted here in the near future, that's what's going on. It's me messing about in my little fictional world. The world where Avery wasn't a canon thug, and Snape had friends, and there was no House of Black so everyone wrote Sirius's family as likeable, and when JKR's timelines hadn't got so messed that no amount of rationalizing could untangle them.
|Friday, September 14th, 2007|
Is 3:15 to Yuma worth seeing, flist? And how would an early twenties-heterosexual-young-male who slightly dislikes Westerns take to it? My brother, not my boyfriend. I want to see it for the actors, but he's not into them that way, of course.
|Sunday, May 13th, 2007|
First Aid Discworld Style
I'm doing a First Aid course, and suddenly I am very, very tempted to write Discworld fic. About that referred to time where Carrot took First Aid, dragged Nobby along, and the dummy ran away when Nobby gave it the Kiss of Life.
|Monday, May 7th, 2007|
This might have possibilities
Quentin Tarantino Embraces His Past Lives
Moviemaker Quentin Tarantino has embraced the philosophy of past lives after being introduced to reincarnation by his actress pal Uma Thurman. Thurman was brought up Buddhist, often meeting the Dalai Lama during her childhood, and has explained the Eastern religion to her director friend.
Tarantino tells British men's magazine GQ, "I do believe in past lives and stuff like that. I know I must have been a writer in a few other lives. "
"I know I was a black slave in America. I think maybe even like three lives. Yeah, I know that. And I know that I was Japanese in another life and I was Chinese in another life. (I know) a bit of it is through knowing Uma Thurman and knowing her dad, Buddha Bob (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman) - him talking about the whole thing."
When asked what makes Tarantino believes he was formerly a black slave, he replies, "I've got nothing I could say that would not make me sound like a horse's ass. It's just a feeling. A knowing."
The fans of that "Snape-Who-Mightily-Thrusts-Behind" fic really should have claimed to be the reincarnations of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and company.
|Tuesday, April 24th, 2007|
My library online time is running out in about one minute but I've nominated dickgirls for deletion on the wiki.
|Saturday, April 14th, 2007|
|Need to make a quick decision
Hey, flist? I need some advice. In that wank with Michela, a 17-year-old has confessed to being the person who defaced Michela's wiki entry, not Velocitybug/Velocity of sound, as previously assumed.
Normally, I'd just edit out the post per usual Journalfen etiquette of not deleting posts entirely, but in this case, I think the comments would need to go too, if Velocity's getting unfairly blamed.
So, what to do?ETA. agent_hyatt comes through with further information that there is also a 20 year old anon in there, who wrote some of the edits, though who wrote what seems a bit confusing. So, the report stands, but with clarification that Velocity's anon friends were behind the wiki editing. And that's how I'll leave it. No minors are quoted from the chat log.
|Friday, April 13th, 2007|
|Fables (And Jill Thompson Hate)
So I finally had money to catch up on 'Fables' and am most satisfied at how things are going along. I suppose that my devotion to this comic proves that deep down I'm a Slytherfan. 'Fables' is sort of what you'd get if Dumbledore was actually evil behind the scenes, and Harry was beginning to suspect it yet was prepared to tolerate it so he could defeat Voldemort, a kindly grandfatherly old man who just happens to also be an Evil Overlord.
But I'd better stop here before I sound too much like Lissy.
On a less positive note, I didn't think I *could* hate Jill Thompson's art more, but she's outdone herself in her guest panels in Fables 59.( Little Boy Blue: Zombie At Large! )
|Wednesday, March 21st, 2007|
|Knut the Baby Polar Bear
I posted this on otf_wank
but I have to share the gooey joy with my flist. A video
of Knut, the baby polar bear whose mom rejected him, and is being brought up by the Berlin Zoo. It's a German news report, so I've no idea what they're saying, but that bear is having fun, racing around, and then falling asleep with a stuffed toy at the end. I don't think I'll be able to stop grinning for while.And this one too.
Oh so cute! Cub chewing on zookeeper's shoe!
|Tuesday, February 27th, 2007|
Seen on Harmony Forums
Responding to this comment on Hp_cornfield: Alright, children, repeat after me: "A book is the not same thing as real life. These characters are not the same people as me and my significant other."
Non-Fan for H/Hr: That may be... but perhaps some HP fans (and non-fan observers like me) actually LIVE in the real world and quite frankly, a lot of stuff in HP doesn't gel with the real world. (Such as trying to convince the causal public that Snape is supposed to be ugly in the books when they've jsut seen the movie... heh, see icon.
See, in the real world Snape is handsome. It's just in the books he's ugly. God bless the Snapefen.