cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (crack)
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If you had to be stuck on a desert island with only ONE of these two types of wank to read for lolz (and no, you can't use the computer to get help! Take that logic out of here), which one would you pick?

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pseuicide
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cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (eyes)
  1. Rating:PG..PG-13? For a "Bad" word.


  2. [Summary] Jensen had run, with a broken heart, leaving Jared and his world behind, to work with orphaned AIDs children in Malawi. With a new name and a new identity he means to hide, to get back to finding himself. Jared is determined to track him down. Will a shared past be enough to fix them?


  3. Summary: I can’t tell if I’m burning of freezing. I can’t tell if I’m awake or dreaming, breathing or dead. Wherever I am, whatever I am, it’s what you’re not.


  4. Summary: Ryan comes back from collage and buys Brendon's dream house.


  5. Summary: There's poker in the Garden of Eden...[This could make a pretty great Crowley/Aziraphale AU! Go on. I dare you. ETA: Were the angels in the GoE clothed? If so, they could play strip poker. Crowley would have to shed his skin, though.]


I found the link to #2 on [journalfen.net profile] fandom_wank! The Anonymous Writing Criticism Meme made it there last night with some people who were unclear on the concept of "If you ask people for anonymous constructive criticism, they might give you constructive criticism", and this summary came from the writer in question. Good times.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (thattaway)
Well, I haven't actually been planning to make an Announcement about My Personal Reasons for Moving to Dreamwidth. Frankly, even the new divide of the flist into two parts or the new longer post- and comment word limits would be enough to get me to move, because I see that as a significant step forward in functionality. But those aren't the only reasons.

I've been waiting for a better alternative to LJ to come around for years, since the summer of 2002, when LJ started its policy of immediately deleting all the RSS feeds people tried to make of [journalfen.net profile] fandom_wank even though the community itself had already moved to Blurty. When I look at LJ as a fandom platform - which is what I use it for - I find it wanting. )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (writing)
[livejournal.com profile] penknife explains fic headers with praiseworthy, exhaustive thoroughness (you could give an exam on headers with this post as the text) and a dash of wit in Headers, or the only way we have to judge a book by its cover, making it a worthwhile read for all from the utter newbie to the bitter old fandom queen who never neglects her headers at all and just wants to enjoy the snark.

For some reason, people often seem inspired to write things in the Author's Note field like "I decided to write Bob/Ted even though I think Bob/Ted shippers are dumb and all the other Bob/Ted stories I've ever read suck" when posting to a Bob/Ted community. Don't be that person.


You know, I've often wanted to say something like that, but I've never managed it so concisely. Don't be that person, guys. Even though the urge is often strong, no good can come of it!

That quote reminds me of the Insulting A/N's close cousin, the Backhanded Feedback. Which brings to mind that somewhere I was reading lately, someone was talking about Don't Be That Guy in the context of how "I enjoyed your Bob/Ted story even though I think Bob/Ted shippers are dumb and Bob/Ted is inherently inclined to be sucky" is not the great complimentary fb you might have thought it was. I'm pretty sure it was in the context of the Due South wank (aka Ray Wars iteration #1,600,042: Yes We're Still At It, What Is This Fandom History of Which You Speak?1) accompanied with flounce that was at Fandom Wank last week or so. Can't remember the precise context or the exchange, though, just that it's the first time I've seen anyone respond to it with "Hey, I totally leave feedback like that all the time and it's really a compliment".


1. No, I'm not making this up. Yes, they really are still at it. See?
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (i'd hit it with a stick maybe)
So... RDR books announced their intention to appeal the judge's ruling in the Lexicon case, but then changed their minds and announced that instead they're going to release a different version of the Lexicon, revised to make it legal, in January. (The problem, according to SVA, was that the law about copy-pasting uncredited chunks of text written by other people was unclear before, but now that we know it's hunky-dory! Okay, so I might be paraphrasing.) Anyway, the comments to date are a riot.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
One thing I didn't see anyone call out except on fandom wank in the recent spate of concrit debate ([livejournal.com profile] kyuuketsukirui and reportedly [livejournal.com profile] lavvyan vs [livejournal.com profile] lamardeuse and friends) was the wholly inappropriate simile which was the backbone of [livejournal.com profile] lamardeuse's post. The essence of it was that it's very simple to see what is unacceptable behaviour in fandom because said behaviour would be unacceptable in a cubicle farm, in relation to an unfamiliar co-worker.

This argument was that the social rules of fandom are obviously congruent with the (postulated, but, as many people did point out, hardly unanimously agreed-upon) social rules of some particular situation in real life. No one actually pointed out, however, that life contains all kinds of social environments, and they all require different social rules.

"How hard is it to simply operate in fandom by the social rules you would use in the office?" might as well for all logical purposes be, "I don't understand why it's so hard for people to use the same rules in fandom as in a drunken sauna party of their five closest friends (it's such a drag to put your pants back on on the way to the toilet)!" or "Obviously we should just use the same social rules in fandom as at a funeral (laughter is universally rude and inappropriate)!"

The manners required by a real life social situation depend on the people there, how well they know each other, how public the place is, why they are there, and any pre-existing formal relationships between them. By this token, the workplace metaphor is actually less appropriate than many others might be:

  • Fandom is a large, loosely-connected voluntary free-time group of people who share a hobby, where most connections are friendships and friendly acquaintanceships.

  • A workplace is a formalised structure where outside their interpersonal relationships the participants are subject to the imposed formal relationships of their positions in the company; where they are paid to be there and as such don't have much choice about it; where the friendships and friendly acquaintanceships that spring up are generally to pass the time, to make the task pleasanter, or at least sprung from sheer proximity.


A hobby-based club would be a far more appropriate simile for fandom - a sewing or knitting group, a book club, a historical re-enacters group, a folk dance club. Most appropriately of all, it could be compared to a media-based group such as a science fiction club or a creative writing group. Between these latter two examples, I think you'd find that almost all virtual fandom social situations are covered - and the conflict at hand could perhaps fruitfully be defined as a conflict between those who regard it as a club a la an SF Club and those who regard it as a writing group.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
The story where gypsies are actually magical creatures with strange powers who MATE FOR LIFE was mentioned in passing in a post on fandom wank last year here (thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kyuuketsukirui for reminding me), but the post is mainly about a public blow-up that occurred thanks to an equally appalling story about Native Americans (who apparently also mate for life - I guess in Mediocre Harry Potter Fandom Slushpile Land, all non-caucasian/white/whatever races really are animals!). Apparently whatever happened about the gypsy story happened in a locked post, and it isn't summarised. In fact, the post doesn't make clear that gypsies are creatures who mate for life in the story, which is why I didn't remember it in the first place, no doubt.

If you look at the post, though, you'll see that quite a lot of back-and-forth went on about the other story, which had essentially the same issue (plus many other offensive stereotypes in a horrifying sort of Accidentally Pick Up One, Get Ten or Twenty For Free deal). So... either (a) a lot of people are so completely clueless as to be incapable of grasping why OTHER RACES = ANIMALS is offensive even after it's been explained repeatedly, or (b) a small but vocal minority are. Either way, it's pretty nauseating, in that can't-look-away way. I mean, you know that people who are this clueless exist, but it's hard to wrap your brain around it, so you tend to be surprised/revolted/despairing anew every time you run into them.

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21 Apr 2008 08:47 pm
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (she wants revenge)
I wish LJ had a format=light option for the outside of journals too (you can view, for example, http://cimness.livejournal.com/?style=mine or http://cimness.livejournal.com/tag/alabama/&format=light - but cimness.livejournal.com/?format=light doesn't work). And to make that easier to use, the navigation strip should have format=light and style=mine built into it in a little drop-down or buttons. If I never click on a journal and find myself trying to read a 300-px wide off-center text area on a wrong-sized ugly repeating background with, for example, bright fuschia on neon aqua - well, it will still be too soon. Two members of my OWN immediate family have tragically put their blogs in medium brown on a dark tan. If you just squint slightly it looks like the icons are floating in a sea of inferior fake leather texture.

My dad doesn't have strong preferences about clothes, and also no taste, so for decades he just let my mom know his sizes and simple preferences (like only dark coloured pants and socks, and checked or plaid shirts) and let her be completely in charge of buying him new ones whenever she thought the old ones needed retired, because you could count on him to keep wearing them after they'd fallen apart. The only things she wasn't in charge of throwing out were the many t-shirts and jeans that dated from when they were in college. And my feeling is, my dad looked like a huge dork but he WAS a huge dork, and at least he was a presentable dork, you know? At least he had the grace to give in to my mom's more skillfull management. (She's perfectly competent to manage the simpler vagaries of a non-trendy male wardrobe - when it came to dressing herself so as not to look totally out of place in dressiness, matronliness and colour choice as a middle school teacher, she needed a lot of help. I think she gave over approval of her own outfits to my little sister after I moved out. I have no difficulty in concluding sight unseen that I was better at it, though. You should see some of the stuff my sister picks for herself.) I have much more difficulty managing Wax, who's stubborner than your average goat, I feel sure, but I think she's made some progress. Her habit of stealing excess pairs of my shoes and never buying any of her own has worked out exceptionally well because I buy shoes very carefully, I feel there are some great running jokes about shoes in this situation but I can't quite grasp them )

Writer Diane Duane on the WB/JKR vs RDR Books-SVA-HP Lexicon trial. A small-time US publisher that's made of dumbass and fail is trying to publish a print version of a Harry Potter encyclopedia that is already available online, and which is 92% made of direct quotes from the HP novels, despite the compiler's having been firmly denied permission in advance. Needless to say, J.K. Rowling is suing. It's a bench trial, and the judge has finished hearing all the testimony, but no ruling is out yet. An excellent and comprehensive series of links and information going back several months can be found posted in fandom_wank by [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda.

Did I ever mention how much I love Blik wall decals? They have a whole Threadless design shop now.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you shall not pass)
If you've been following the history of the legal battle between WB and Steve Vander Ark, who is/has been planning to publish a book version of his Harry Potter Lexicon (a website), you may be interested in the strangely grudge-smelling new episode posted by a sockpuppet and in particular this thread. There are also some worthwhile recipes in other threads, yo. (If you haven't been following the Lexicon battle, you might be a little lost. [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda has been documenting it in a series of posts recently on f_w.)
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (murder hurts more)
You can read at fandom_wank all about how a review blog posted a big exposé of systematic plagiarism by a popular romance writer named Cassie Edwards (responsible for 100+ horrible historical Native American romance novels). They have reams of proof including side-by-side comparisons.

Here's Publisher's Weekly's slightly shorter version including the response from the publisher, Signet (a huge publisher, by the way, not some podunk outfit that wouldn't be expected to know better - not to say shouldn't, because everyone who graduates from high school should know how not to steal chunks of text verbatim from someone else). They don't think she did anything wrong. And they think it's fair use. Ooookay.

Updates from the Smart Bitch Candy blog: Heard back from Signet; Response from Edwards (she didn't know she was supposed to credit her sources!); RWA responds; Letters to the Editors (on plagiarism vs. fair use, a response to Signet).

So... wow.

I mean. Didn't know she was supposed to credit her sources? Furthermore, she apparently isn't the only one who somehow didn't know lifting passages verbatim from other works is wrong (or thought she wouldn't be caught). I'm boggled, and I can't decide if someone at the publisher honestly thinks there's nothing wrong with ripping passages out of texts like that or if it's just a really, really bizarre CYA attempt.

ETA: Signet issued a new statement.

blah

17 Aug 2007 09:45 am
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (determined)
Msscribe returns. Basically it was all the nanny's fault. Two f_w artistes provide helpful filks to the tune of the themesong from The Nanny. What a way to start the day!

In other news, brunch is off, but I'm feeling blah about that anyway. Last night I spent way too many hours trying to make the sewing machine work and finally had a fit of panic at supper time until Mom, of course, fixed it inside five minutes. Meanwhile I took half a mg of xanax, and then forgot about it and drank a margarita. Then I woke Mom at midnight to ask how much alcohol was in it and spent a while googling (and trying to stay awake). It seems that 1mg with alcohol can certainly kill you and one anecdote concerned 1mg + 3 whiskey shots = coma. Mom said it was more like the quantity of one shot, but I was still a little nervous about possible comas (even through the sleepy haze of multiplied tranquiliser) and dragged a mattress into my sister's room to sleep in the vague hope that she would notice if I happened to fall into a coma after all. Nothing happened, though.

I ate about half a jar of spicy salsa and a half a bag of Tostito's yesterday, and cupsful of goldfish crackers. I think that snackfood might actually be what I miss most about this place when I'm gone.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
Simpsons wank at fandom wank. Wait, Apu is a demeaning stereotype? Really?

Simpsonize me! Image generator. High-resolution closeup image of your face and the patience to wait for a while and hit reload when the site doesn't respond required. It only took me about twenty minutes, though. Simpsons cim! )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
In the beautiful Wincest Wank from earlier this week, which was still pretty tame when I first checked, there was a mini wanksplosion and the wank is now coming from inside the house, including the first time I have ever seen anyone take "But what are your thoughts on yaoi?" seriously.

Wow, I love the internets.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (snap)
As [livejournal.com profile] bibliotech said, just when I was thinking, "Hey, it's been a slow day..."

Victoria Bitter/Amy Player/Mr. Frodo/Jordan Wood reappears to confess all? The fandom wank post is here.

For those of you who don't know about VB and the incredible saga of her crazeh, it's part of your fandom history! You must read it! And here is the story at fwgreatesthits, largely related by [livejournal.com profile] mpoetess and reposted by my own beloved [livejournal.com profile] guinevere33 a few years ago (but with help from many other people, as you can see in the comments). Also here is a shorter introduction to the whole thing on the fandom wank wiki.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (oops)
cim: did you know the berlin wall is a 'he'?
wax: it is?
cim: yeah, it is. that woman who is married to it -
wax: she's straight?

badum-ching!

this link - which is totally not made up nor in any way misrepresented - found in the links of the otf_wank post about the guy who is married to a horse (again: no, really).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (you shall not pass)
there's a department christmas party on friday and i don't want to go. i don't like parties unless they're in the house of a friend and there aren't that many people there. but even worse, i have to bring a secret santa present "worth a few euros" and that means that first i have to buy such a thing. maybe a bunch of loose-leaf tea would be good (whom am i kidding? [livejournal.com profile] isilya's suggestions are always good). but still, i don't want to go shopping.

there are only three class meetings left for my spanish class. despite the fact that noora and eeva-sofia spent two hours boring me about colombia past and present today, i'm really going to miss this class. the professor gave back a corrected class summary with a personal note scribbled in the corner in red pen that's. kind of making me tear up. there's nothing i can do! it's the highest level class offered. i guess i could start going to the spanish movies they screen for free at el rincón latino in the hopes of running into some of them.

i am so sadly procrastinatey. all i want to do is write, not read conflict and compromise in multilingual societies: finland. it's actually a pretty great book, but... i just don't want to read it right now. but after monday my last exam will be done and i will have tons of free time to gorge myself on tv and movies, write, and bake.

oh, wait, actually. today [livejournal.com profile] aeslis happened to point me to an entry that i'd just recently seen cited on fandom wank, not to mock the OP but for the moron in this thread, who finds herself qualified to speak about whether having a "muse" is crazy by virtue of being "an avid student of literature" and also flings around a whole lot of post-modernism. well, we all know how i feel about post-modernism is basically unprintable (when not actually incoherent), but she's so incredibly tl;dr and unconsciously ridiculous while so determined to prove her intellectual superiority that it's actually pretty entertaining. there's also a kind of awesome Clash of Empiricism and Rationalism towards the end which resolves with the combatants kissing and making up (rather like professor-au-#1!jun and aiba).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (can he type?)
man, it's really too bad when someone has a great plot and apparently a perfectly adequate grip of character motivation and just can't write dialogue. the result is inevitably, at best, what could have been a good story. if only she'd gotten a co-writer or something! i feel genuinely saddened by those potentially good stories. i feel they are wasted on their writers - i mean, i'm aware someone else could use the idea, but still. waste!

sort of like by the moron i encountered earlier today who obviously didn't know the meaning of "respectively", which (somewhat atypically, but not, like, extremely atypically) reduced me to incoherence. and genuinely saddened me, i mean - although  more in a "despair for humanity" way than a "why aren't you embarrassed to post this with dialogue like that?" way. (but seriously, what even prompts you to want to use a construction like the "__ and __ respectively" construction if you don't know what it means? nnnrghh)

or hey, speaking of despair for humanity! the diana k williams wank (new variation on Nice Girls - oh wait, i mean, same old variation on it). you might have heard about how if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all, but you might not have heard that gone are the days when a man would automatically stand up because a woman entered the room, which is intimately related to how fandom is seething with rudeness because kids these days just don't get their mouths washed out with soap often enough. or have the door held for them, or something. oh, and also that a Nice Girl is only rude if she thinks she was rude to you, and not if you think she was, but a Mean Girl is rude when the Nice Girls say she is. that all kept me entertained for a while this morning despite being, well, just as infuriating (because even if the morons don't get the point, seeing it delivered explicitly and logically to them by someone else makes me feel better).

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