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November 24th, 2010 04:45 pm - Five things make a post?
1. I am going through today and subscribing back to a bunch of people who've been subscribed to me for a while; I've been letting my reading list sit, partly because I'm lazy, partly because my reading list is already very close to Dunbar's number*, and partly because quite a few of the people who subscribed to me recently are folks who I've gotten used to thinking of as way out of my league, too smart and too popular for me. But I have got to the point again where I am spending time reloading my list saying "why are there no new posts?" (I realize the answer is 'holiday weekend already' but I am ignoring that.) So. Um. Hi?

*I have issues with Dunbar's number as a hard limit, but for a single network, it does seem to make sense. And to be about where I settle naturally when it comes to active posters on a reading list.

2. Three fics which I recently found which I must share! And one of them isn't even my fault in any way!
  • Sherlock Holmes, Petticoat Detective by [personal profile] verity, which I linked in my yuletide letter, but deserves to be seen above a cut. Remember how back when BBC Sherlock was first gaining steam, I posted about how my issue with a modern!Holmes AU is that without Victorian!Holmes, modern culture would be very, very different?

    Apparently while I was off ignoring the fandom for my own sanity, some of them decided that the answer to that problem was that, instead of Holmes being the trope maker and archetype of the genius detective, in that universe, Madelyn Mack was. THIS IS BRILLIANT AND MAKES MY HEART SING.

    And [personal profile] verity has actually writ fic about it! Linked above is just a short ficlet, but what she manages to cram into the ficlet about what this means for Holmes - that the archetype he's built his self-image onto is one that pop culture thinks is a girl's - is amazing and I am in love with it. And [personal profile] verity tells me that more is coming, yay!

  • The Lambda Quadrant by [profile] peapods24. I repeat my comment to the author: OMG Bill of Rights fic! With Rachel/Ana! Luring Keith into a gay bar of shiny! !!!! This is sheer beauty! ...and I love particularly (well, after Keith getting pinched by the bouncer. And Anderson's drooping anntenae.) the commentary you've worked in here on what being gay means on this Earth. I think it's a bit fluffier than I would have written it, but it's definitely the way things *should* be on TOS!Eearth. Proving that Earth understands IDIC better than Surak does, one glittery gay bar at a time. :D

  • The World That You Need by [personal profile] dira. This is a Vorkosigan-verse series, up to about 50,000 words total, set during the first half of Vor Game, about how Cordelia Vorkosigan talked her husband into seducing his (male) secretary, because his happiness delights her. It is the best exploration of what it means to be homosexual on Barrayar that has ever been written; it is one of the best stories about poly relationships that I have seen in fandom, period; it is just a really good story about Cordelia and Aral and their marriage, and about Jole, the minor canon character that Dira has given amazing depths to; and it is just full of joy and love, even as it delves into some really dark and painful things on the way to happy-ever-after. This fic is now canon to me, but I really recommend it even to people who aren't Bujold fans, if you like reading fic that addresses LGBT themes deeply - it's just that good, and I want it to go on forever. I have read it about six times since it was posted.

3. The other day I went to The Star Toys Museum and donated five boxes of Star Wars crap to them, in exchange for a tour )

4. I finally finished listening to the audiobook of A Wizard Of Mars, after being unable to acquire a copy of the written book without using money. I was... kind of disappointed in it? Maybe it's partly because it was on audiobook, which meant that when I came to the bits I disliked, I had to just slog through, instead of skimming or skipping, so they seemed even longer. But the reason it took so long was that there was a long section in the middle where Nita and Kit aren't telling each other, or their supervisors, things that they really should, by their established character from previous books, be telling them. It is one of those annoying "if they talked to each other there would be no narrative tension, so they are just going to keep secrets for no reason other than angst" things. DD seemed to expect people to buy it just because Nita and Kit and proper teenagers now, and hormones do strange things? Maybe it's just that I was never a proper teenager, maybe it was hitting my embarrassment squick a bit, but I didn't buy it at all, even though spoiler cut )

5. Last night, seeking to prove that there really *wasn't* anything good on any of her hundreds of FIOS channels (she was wrong from the outset, 'cause there was a Top Gear rerun on BBCA, but still), Mom put on an episode of the old live-action Hulk TV series. It was - bizarrely - not terrible. It was actually really fun, in that seventies-TV way. And I am thinking of submitting Dr. David Banner to the crushes of shame on [journalfen.net profile] hot_daily, because wow, if there was ever a character designed to appeal to little fangirl hearts! And I love love love the oldschool special effects, too. Where is the fic for this?

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July 24th, 2009 11:14 am - knock and the door shall be opened
So! Stuff has happened. The most relevant, however, is that I have fallen in love.

With a radio show!

I was driving home t'other night and stumbled on a re-run of Tapestry of the Times on my very own local public radio station, WYPR, and it's like it was a radio show designed solely for me. 1

It's a hour of music, history, context and commentary that is entirely from the archives of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the non-profit record label started in the 1960s for the purpose of documenting folk and world music and later taken over by the Smithsonian. I'm sure it has some appropriation issues - rich white people recording other peoples' culture always does - but Folkways has always at least tried to be non-exploitative, and oh my god, if I had all the time and money in the world I would have already bought out the Folkways back catalog. This show did it for me and picks out an hour's worth of good stuff a week, just enough, and omg yay.

They have their entire archives up as mp3/podcast on the website (less than a year's worth, so far), and I am slowly (savoringly) working through it. The last episode I listened to features "blues piano from Memphis Slim, marimba music from Guatemala, labor union songs, World War II anthems, Tuvan throat singing, and classic old-time tunes from Doc Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb." SERIOUSLY, could there possibly be any radio show better made for me?

As a bonus, most of these songs are basically impossible to find as pirate downloads, so I can't go and download another gig of mp3s that I don't need after every episode. :D (so I downloaded the complete Smothers Brothers discography instead, help p.s. does anyone have any peggy seeger tracks i think i have fallen in love with her too.)

1Mind you, I am the girl who spent her high school years with the radio tuned to the Lyndon B. Johnson presidential tapes instead of rock'n'roll, so my taste may not be yours.

Also, while I am on the topic of hippy music, [personal profile] wintercreek made an mp3 recording of herself singing Enterprise, Starship, the John Denver filk that gets sung on the Enterprise in the novel The Wounded Sky, and posted it to [community profile] starry_sea. You guys, [personal profile] wintercreek is amazing; she has - no lie - fulfilled a childhood dream of mine. Even if that community never does anything ever again, it was all worth it for that.

Ain't fandom amazing? Ask, and it will be given!

Anyway [personal profile] wintercreek mentioned wanting to get a bunch more voices to add to make it a singalong, so I did: Enterprise, Starship four voices: this is my three best takes (recorded with headphones on, and then layered over the original in Audacity.) Y'all should do it too so nobody has to hear my singing in the final version.

...and, while I'm on Star Trek multimedia anyway I guess, [personal profile] gblvr posted the Star Trek Reboot Art Meme (which originated with annime1231 on dA) like, umm ... over a month ago? But I just finished doing it. So here it is:

Long fanart is long. And has no text description. Also, warnings for tentacles, hybrid babies, cocktail metaphors, space floozies, old people, Rihannsu, crossdressing, Star Wars quotes, JF injokes, Captain Maddow, Vulcan-touching, anthropomorphization, bad art, and girlsex. )


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May 29th, 2009 02:53 pm - Mostly Star Trek. Again.
1. So one of the things I do to kind of keep my finger on the pulse of fandom is to check Popular Slash Bookmarks on Delicious every couple days. That usually lets me see any fic that's sweeping fandom slightly before I first see a rec for it on my circles, and it's a great way to just know what people are getting excited about.

Because of the way delicious calculates "popular", sometimes a story will stick around on the list for a long time, and sometimes an older story will suddenly pop back up, but generally, stories stay there a few days and then something new knocks them off, and you can watch fandoms slowly rise and fall.

For the past three weeks, the delicious popular slash links had been *static* - three CWRPS stories and one Merlin one. I'd *never* seen it do that before, and I've been watching it a couple years now, on and off. It was puzzling.

Then, yesterday, suddenly, they were all gone, and now the entire page is Star Trek Reboot.

I think fandom has a new obsession ...not that I couldn't have guessed that anyway. :D

2. The chain of events that led me to them is convoluted, but I want these: Teeny Little Super Guy shotglasses! Yes.

3. [personal profile] kate posted, last week, an essay about the music of Star Trek, and how that explains what's wrong with the reboot. Strongly, strongly recommended to read. (Since then I've been desperately searching for other quartal film scores to write Star Trek to.)

4. On recommendation of half my circle here, I read Uhura's Song over the long weekend. It was a fun read, very goodfic-feeling, and had one of the better first-contact scenarios I've found, and all the canon characters had a chance to shine. And there was flintknapping, so there's that. I suspect that the reason I never got around to reading it before, though, was that I read the back, and was like "Catpeople. Yawn. Can't you be a little more creative with your aliens?"

Also ... it didn't actually have that much Uhura in it. In fact, it was rather upsetting: Uhura does a fair amount in, oh, the first 1/4 of the book. And then Magical OC White Girl Doctor shows up, and immediately outshines Uhura so much that, despite the fact that she's one of only five people in the landing party, and has skills essential to the mission, you can go chapters at a time *forgetting that Uhura is even there*. WHAT.

5. I got to read the new (and very last) Tek Jansen comic! It had more Commander Valentine in it! That means more icons for me. Also, Meangarr was awesome, I <3 Meangarr.

6. Bill of Rights-verse update: I've officially offered it in the summer shared universe challenge at [livejournal.com profile] fakenews_fanfic. And [livejournal.com profile] pinkpolarity unlocked the post she made about the starship Enhanced Interrogation, crewed by the Fox News folks. She's a Star Wars person, so she wrote it as an Imperial Star Destroyer, but I think it's also the mirrorverse counterpart of the USS Bill of Rights. :D (Somebody, somebody write the mirrorverse crossover with the ISS Enhanced Interrogation crew!)

I'm going to put up a Bill of Rights index post at some point, but I want to actually post more fic for it first. :P

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May 19th, 2009 12:17 am - Because I don't know how to duck when inspiration strikes.
For no particular reason:

Lt. Cmdr. Keith Olbermann, buried up to the elbows in tribbles (with another couple on his head and shoulders), looking extremely grumpy about the situation, with the caption 'Lt. Cmdr. Olbermann was entirely covered in tribbles.'

This is, of course, as closely based on Edward Gorey's "The Trouble With Tribbles" as on anything else.

(It is surprisingly difficult to draw when one is covered in tribbles. And by 'tribbles' I mean cats, and by cats, I mean one cat who is completely incapable of sitting still and has possibly mastered the art of bilocation.)

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May 17th, 2009 12:59 pm - ILL of IGHTZ.
Here is HIGH ART depicting the USS Bill of Rights:
a sheet cake with a picture of a constitution-class starship against a starfield, and the words Sally Live Long and Go Boldy

(Yes, I am [personal profile] sally, and yesterday was my birthday. Sole responsibility for the cake, however, lies with [personal profile] stellar_dust.)
more cake picures, this time involving daisy-chained fuses and surprisingly large fireballs, because my mother finds the best birthday candles ever. )

...PS in case you missed it, there is fic about Captain Maddow & Co. happening in the comments to that last entry. Right now mostly by me, but this universe is as open to other authors as Spock is open to mind-melds with random strangers. Just in case you were interested. :P

So far we've got:It's Not That Jim Kirk *Dislikes* Captain Maddow, Seriously, Don't Ask About the Ears, A Short Summary of Lieut. Commander Olbermann's Starfleet Career, Why Rachel Wears the Go-Go Boots, and Rachel's Kobayashi Maru (+ The Tale of Rear Admiral Buchanan).

There will probably be more, unless I have a sudden attack of sanity. (Currently top of the list: "Life on the Bill of Rights is one long series of Moments of Zen," "How the Heir of Clan Cuper ran away from home and joined Starfleet", "That time Keith and Stehpen and Jon got totally blitzed and blinged out the ship", and "Jim and Rachel vs. the Orion Pirates")

Also as part of birthday celebration, [personal profile] stellar_dust brought over her original Star Trek DVDs, and we watched the first disk while sitting out on the screen porch in the rain. The DVDs are in airing order, and this is really the first time I've watched in any order at all (and the first time I've watched most of them in any format other than "really bad reception on Channel 50".)

And I've changed my mind on new movie spoiler 'ship )

Also, watching these episodes again, many of them for the first time since I was pre-adolescent, it's making me realize the difference between the adult and child mind, because I had not remembered the ship being drenched in so much sex. The new movie's everybody/everybody shipping possibilities, again, are totally based in TOS canon; Kirk really does lose his shirt every episode, and spends lots of time hitting on inappropriate people and wrestling while half-naked; Janice Rand is made of win and filmy pink nightgowns (it now makes more sense that I wanted to be her when I was wee, because she's awesome); and Kirk/Enterprise is literally the most canonical relationship on the show. (Please tell me the fic exists where she gets to be a human for a day, and they go on a long walk on a beach together. Please???)

Also, everybody on the Enterprise is utterly incompetent at their jobs, except McCoy and possibly Spock, and Fleet procedure makes no sense - another verification of new movie stuff that I had been skeptical of. Here I am reminded of why I liked the books better; in the books, things are done logically and people are actually good at their jobs.

I think I like the original Enterprise sets better than the movie ones, though. Watching the episodes through snow and with color cutting in and out (and half the time, on the radio in Mom's sewing room that picked up UHF audio) I'd never really gotten more than a vague impression of them. They're very roomy and simple and clean, which granted was probably a budgetary thing as much as anything, but it makes it look actually alien in a way the modern futurism doesn't, and as Ael would say, the sheer waste of space is a large part of what makes the Enterprise impressive. Even if the people running it demonstrably *aren't* streamlined, organized, efficient, and very good at what they do, the ship looks like *she* is.

...here is some fanart with a half-naked Orion woman.

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May 14th, 2009 03:26 pm - USS Bill of Rights
This exists partly because [personal profile] sarken was having a bad day yesterday, partly because I am insane, and partly because I wanted to practice freehand inking in GIMP. None of those are probably good enough excuses:
the Pundit Round Table in Star Trek Original series uniforms, posed around Captain Maddow in a miniskirt in the Captain's chair on the bridge of a starship.

Captain Maddow of the United Star Ship Bill of Rights, with her department heads, left to right: Lieut. Commander Olbermann, Chief of Science; Chief of Operations Lieutenant "Andy" ch'Cuper; Lieutenant Stewart, Communications; and CMO Lieut. Commander Dr. Stehpen (DFA Vulcan Science Academy, and *don't* mention the ears.)

Questions and answers about <i>Bill of Rights</i> )

Also, drawing this has made me realize that part of the reason I love Keith so much is that he exactly matches my mental image of Lieut. Harb Tanzer, Enterprise's chief of Recreation. (Also it makes me want Captain Maddow/Dr. Dehner. Or at least want to draw Ana Marie Cox in Dr. Dehner's uniform.)

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