Interesting Links for 06-03-2015

Mar. 6th, 2015 12:00 pm
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Daily Happiness

Mar. 6th, 2015 12:10 am
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1. I got my paycheck today and it was indeed significantly larger than usual.

2. I also got my California tax refund!

3. Because of 1 & 2, we got pizza for dinner.

4. I had a whole bunch of expired pound cakes that I wasn't sure the vendor was going to give me credit for, but not only did he give credit, but he left the pound cakes there for us to eat. :D I've been having some for breakfast the past couple days.


Mar. 5th, 2015 10:30 pm
torachan: brandon flowers of the killers with the text "some beautiful boy to save you" (some beautiful boy to save you)
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I actually have been listening to some new music these days, by way of the satellite music thingy we have at work. When I hear a song I like, I sometimes remember to shazam it. The problem is remembering to take a look at my shazammed songs when I'm home and can look for downloads, but I actually did that today and will now share with you some of my new discoveries!

I was going to write up something about each song except it was all just "it's catchy!" (Though I will say Feel This Moment is particularly notable for its sampling of Take On Me.)

Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband

Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera - Feel This Moment

Kelly Clarkson - Heartbeat Song

Rixton - Me and My Broken Heart

Bryan Adams - Here I Am

Brandon Heath - You Decide

Okay, this next one was not actually new to me, apparently. But I shazammed it more than once because the title just would not stick in my mind, and then today when I went to download it I found I actually already had it on my harddrive! But it's really good so I wanted to include it. :D

Celine Dion - That's the Way It Is

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Mar. 5th, 2015 11:53 pm
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I just had a really liberating thought.

I meet with people at my practicum site tomorrow andIwas talking to a friend about how I'm worried they'll think I'm disorganized and not good enough blah blah blah, and she asked what I'd do if they said something about it.

AndIsaid, "Honestly, I wouldn't fight them on it. I am disorganized and I do need to be prodded into producing paperwork and I need my butt kicked to be productive. So if they want my work with them to be a success and I'm being unsatisfactory, either they need to give me more support so I can do my job, or we should call the whole thing off right now."

Because right now the option of "do better" is beyond my capacity right now. I am working as hard as I can and my brain alone cannot do any better.

Oh my god, the amazingness of saying, Yes. I'm doing the best I can and here are the burdens I'm carrying. You can help me or I can walk. Those are the only two options.

Being a grownup is awesome.


Mar. 5th, 2015 09:24 pm
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Sarah's doing science again. With a blowtorch!


Mar. 5th, 2015 04:41 pm
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There are just so many things I love about The Americans, but I swear, this is the thing I love the most of all of them (taken from this article, which contains season three spoilers even though this quote doesn't):
Joking aside, part of our fundamental operating principle is in real life people are many things simultaneously. That's interesting and hard and complicated. It's easy to say, "That person is sleazy" or "That person is tender and loving." To the extent this is a show about undermining one's preconceptions of the enemy, it's really even more about undermining this binary view of people. And accepting that humanity is a very nuanced thing.


"Our work is not for you"

Mar. 5th, 2015 03:28 pm
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Back in February (wow, how is it even March already?), I lurked on a bunch of meta about the fallout from a university course about fanfiction. Most fans in in the discussion seemed to take some form of the "fannish works cannot be divorced from their fannish context" argument for granted (though there was certainly plenty of opposition to that take as well), and one of those fans was [ profile] ivyblossom, who had (among other things) the following to say:
Our work is not for you. I know this one is hard to understand. If someone’s written a story, or otherwise created art, surely that’s for the whole world. Surely we want everyone to see it, like any other novel or piece of work. You need to stop thinking that way. Fandom doesn’t create work for the whole world. It creates work for a specific community, and that community has expectations, norms, jargon, customs, traditions, ethical rules, and structures that you don’t yet understand. 

If you’re a fan of “alternative” and bluegrass anti-folk music and you listen to rap for the first time and are like, wow, this isn’t music, this sucks! you already know you’re being an asshole for judging something you have failed to explore fairly on its own terms. It’s not that different when you turn your eyes to fanworks. Before you can judge us, you need to understand where we’re coming from, what our own strictures are, and what we’re trying to achieve. Don’t barge in and tell people what you think they could do better. You don’t even understand what we’re doing in the first place, okay?

This part of [ profile] ivyblossom's post has been going around and around in my head ever since then, and I've been thinking about the extent to which the "our work is not for you" tenet holds true for me (since my approach to fandom and fanfiction is often rather different from the approaches that are held up as "typical"). And the verdict is: it turns out it actually does hold somewhat true...more so than I might have expected at first.

I mean, on the one hand, there are plenty of ways in which this clearly does not hold true for me. For one, I am not at all the sort of fan who looks at, say, a mainstream article about yuletide that links to fanworks, and thinks "oh my god, that is such an awful thing to do!" (I am instead the sort of fan who gets a little wistful that my own story wasn't one of the ones linked to *g*). For another, I've never been terribly enthusiastic about many of the standard fannish expectations, norms, bits of jargon, etc., and so they don't really apply to my stories. And for yet another, I've always encouraged my non-fannish friends and relatives to read my stories once they have expressed an interest in doing so, and I've never felt a need to explain any sort of surrounding fannish context for those stories first (beyond "have you seen the show/read the book it's based on? okay, good, that's important!").

And yet when I think about the sentence "fandom doesn't create work for the whole world," I have to say that statement holds true for me as well. Example: I live in total irrational fear that people I work with will find out that I write fanfiction, track it down, and read some of it. And you can attribute this in part to me being in a profession that tends to think that if you're not either working or sleeping or spending time with your family, you're slacking off (I am incidentally currently thumbing my nose at this tenet of my profession by sitting in my office while writing up this post: ha-ha, take that!), but I think it probably has at least as much to do with the fact that I know many of the people I work with would read what I write and not get it at all. As things stand currently, you don't have to be a participant in organized fandom to read my stories, but you have to at least know enough about organized fandom to find them: you have to follow a link from my journal, or know (mostly fannish) people who can recommend them to you, or know about the Archive of our Own and use the search tools to find them that way. And those gatekeeping mechanisms make it much more likely that the people who do come across it will be the kinds of people who, as [ profile] ivyblossom says, "know what I'm doing in the first place." Even in the case of a mainstream journalism article about yuletide, there would be some basic form of gatekeeping mechanism through the topic of the article (which is why that idea doesn't bother me). If one of my colleagues were to send a URL to another and attach my name to it, though, without any sort of intentionality behind seeking it out in the first place...ugh, that very idea just horrifies me (and not at all because I'm embarrassed by anything I've written, because I'm not).

I guess what it comes down to is that while I don't really write "for fandom," I do write for a certain type of reader: the sort of person who gets something out of thinking about a television show, book, or film long after they've stopped watching or reading it, and who prefers to conceive of and talk about the characters in those source texts as full-fledged people with rich internal lives. If you are the kind of person who takes said television shows, books, or films much less seriously than that, you are very unlikely to find my fanfiction worth reading, and there is at least some chance that you might find it weird and off-putting. Fandom is where I've found an audience for what I write, so clearly there are plenty of readers like that in that community. It's clear to me, though, that there are lots of people who participate in organised fandom who are not readers like that, and it's also clear to me that there are people outside of organised fandom who are readers like that. So for me, the issue isn't that my work needs to be read within its fannish context, but that my work needs to be read by...the sorts of people who will appreciate the sort of thing that it is? And at the moment, this means the fannish context is important because it works as a gatekeeping mechanism that keeps away most of the kinds of people who won't tend to get it. (It unfortunately also probably keeps away a lot of people who would tend to get it, but hey, I never said it was a perfect gatekeeping mechanism.)

To bring things back around to the "fannish studies" course that was the original topic of the discussion I lurked on, then: when I asked myself if I would have been upset by one of my stories being included in that syllabus, my answer was both yes and no, with a tilting toward yes. On the "no" side is my knee-jerk "moar readers yay!" reaction, but I think that's more than drowned out by a real distaste for the idea that these people would have to read my story in order to get course credit (ugh) and the fact that they were required to leave comments in order to get that credit as well (double ugh). I enjoy being read, so I'd always love to get more eyes on my stories, but if the cost of that is a whole bunch of people reading it who won't be able to wrap their minds around why I might want to write something like that in the first place, I'd much rather languish in obscurity!

We could all die today

Mar. 5th, 2015 02:08 pm
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1) Amusing coincidence. I was listening to a story on "The Moth" of a guy describing how he overcame fear of flying, and as he said in realization "I could die today" the broadcast was interrupted by the Emergency Broadcast System signal. Personally I think that would be a good prefix to the signal when it's not just a test.

2) Because I couldn't start watching House of Cards since Mike was away, I decided to instead check out The Fall. It had been in our queue for a while but I watched now because I saw in a news report that E.L. James wanted Jamie Dornan for the part of Christian Grey after seeing him in it. Read more... )

3) Downton Abbey's finale (Christmas ep in UK) was pretty sentimental but enjoyable. Read more... )
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Following a conversation with [personal profile] slhuang about the general difficulty of telling apart the most-indistinguishable male SSR agents on Agent Carter in the first few episodes, I ended up making a field guide to Peggy's male coworkers and posting it on Tumblr:

Dunno how useful it'll be, but hopefully a couple people will find it so! :)
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There have been a few times when a particular fanwork (usually a fanmix or vid) has permanently changed my associations with a song, and it fits so well that I can only think of it as being about a particular character/pairing/canon. For example:

  • Total Eclipse of the Heart (literal version): Revolutionary Girl Utena thanks to the vid Total Eclipse of the Heartsword
  • Girl With One Eye: Vriska from Homestuck via the fanmix Just As Horrible as Me (it's a Terezi/Vriska mix but I think of it as more of an Aradia/Vriska song)
  • Hide and Seek: Battlestar Gallactica via Meant Well: The Occupation despite TEN MILLION "mmm whatcha say" videos on tumblr
  • Cosmic Love: Puella Magi Madoka Magica (and Homura/Madoka in particular) from the vid Mahou Shoujo Requiem
  • Handlebars The Doctor, though I've seen it fit well for a number of characters.
  • Seamstress: Nikita&Alex from Nikita from the vid Seamstress

Does anyone else have any examples? Preferably where the lyrics really do fit surprisingly well. Or just songs which are remarkable fits where you thought of the connection independently.

If you don't do fanworks, I guess songs from movies/tv where it fit the scene PERFECTLY and you no longer hear it as being about the original subject. But songs written for the soundtrack don't count :)

Cool Stuff Friday

Mar. 5th, 2015 08:49 am
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Cool Stuff Friday jumped the gun this week, on account of something else Jim will be announcing tomorrow.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Half of the History (We Shall Never Know) (36675 words) by Speranza
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes/Peggy Carter/Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers/Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: War is hell, Please Heed Archive Content Warnings, Soldier Boys, Love under fire, To the end of the line, Threesomes, winterwidow - Freeform, Dancing, Realpolitik, We're All In It Up To The Neck Darling

This is a war story.

.... I fell asleep and dreamed that the latest Captain America movie featured a scene where Bucky, Natasha, and Steve all fell asleep together in the same bed, and then Natasha and Steve woke up and had sex, while Bucky watched - and the scene was filmed so as to suggest, but never really show explicitly, that Bucky joined in (because the filmmakers needed to protect their PG-13 rating). And of course fandom went crazy, but mostly I was upset because the lighting was so dim that I couldn't figure out how I was going to effectively vid it.

But seriously, it's an excellent story - Ces's particular preoccupation for these characters is to really get inside the history - what it was like during the war years, and what kind of people came out of that era - both in terms of core characterization and also in terms of basic mannerisms. So this story really explores the horror of war, and how it impacted Bucky and Steve's relationship. It's beautiful.

Interesting Links for 05-03-2015

Mar. 5th, 2015 12:00 pm
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The Americans 3.06

Mar. 5th, 2015 09:27 am
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Read more... )


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