1. Lucifer is very satisfying to me right now. Maze and Chloe as roommates is exactly the fanservice I desired.

2. I love gothy covers of Sarah McLachlan’s Possession, but it occurs to me that they are a bit mansplainy. She did, after all, know that she was writing about a stalker.

3. Words cannot really describe how much I want a Farscape vid to Murdering Stravinsky.  Dining on each other! Dressing up as fascists! Killing off the past to make the future last!  Dancing on the coals!

Elliott Kay, Seanan McGuire, Sarah J. Maas )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Apr. 25th, 2014 03:06 pm)
Slate has a letter from Rose Wilder Lane to Laura Ingalls Wilder about the Little House books, and it’s amazing.
You must take into account the actual distinction between truth and fact…. Facts are infinite in number. The truth is a meaning underlying them; you tell the truth by selecting the facts which illustrate that.
… Maybe it is a fact that you girls lived a whole summer within easy walking distance of your cousins, out on an empty prairie where there were no other neighbors, and had nothing to do with them, but such a thing absolutely can not happen in fiction. You will just have to take my word for it. Not once in a thousand million times will such a thing happen among actual human beings actually living, and a writer can’t make it happen in fiction without providing some terrific motive for it. The mere fact that you did it has no bearing whatever upon the question. I can not imagine why you did it. Neither can any reader, and I tell you that … in fiction you have to explain them. You have the brief scene in which Laura threatens to kill Charley with a knife, but that has to be cut out. A 12-year-old girl whose cousin wants to kiss her does not normally threaten him with a knife; she laughs and kisses him, he’s her cousin. Or if she’s shy or doesn’t like him she just escapes, and the incident is not important enough to mention. Here you have a young girl, a girl 12 years old, who’s led rather an isolated life with father, mother, sisters in the country, and you can not have her suddenly acting like a slum child who has protected her virginity from street gangs since she was seven or eight. Maybe you did it, but you can not do it in fiction; you can not make it credible in under ten or twelve thousand words, and if you do make it credible it’s not a child’s book.
Eliza Rickman, Pretty Little Head: second great song I’ve discovered thanks to WTNV.

technopeasants, parenting, fandom )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jan. 14th, 2014 08:38 pm)
It took a few plays to grow on me, but now Vienna Teng's Level Up seems like a fantastic anthem. I need to keep in mind! (It also made a great Pacific Rim vid.)

Victorian crapsack world )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jan. 8th, 2014 09:40 pm)
Brought to you by procrastination: I have at least one song of X length in my library for the range 2:33-5:43. If allowed to skip one second, I can go from 2:06 to 6:38; two, from 1:40 to 6:56; the shortest song in my library is 0:31 and the longest is 10:55; the greatest gap between lengths is 39 seconds (the gap between Meat Loaf, Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are and Sisters of Mercy, This Corrosion).  What are your shortest and longest songs--actual songs, not other things you might have in your music library?

I did not like the new show Intelligence )
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Head Like a Hole mashed up with Call Me Maybe. You’re welcome. (Batman Maybe is better, but this will do.)

From the hazel orbs files, this footnote from a recent copyright opinion about whether one romance novel infringed another might be of interest:
The parties debate the extent to which the heroines’ eyes “change color with their mood and emotions in critical scenes. (Merrick: ‘emerald flames at him’, ‘eyes darkening’).” Regardless of the degree of similarity of change, this is not truly a description of the characters. Their eyes do not literally change color depending on their moods. This is a literary device meant to express the well-known idea that one’s eyes can express thoughts or emotions. The expression of that idea — a shift in eye color reflecting a change in mood — is generic and not protectable.
Pat Conroy is reflective; Neil Barofsky is mad )
Well, my experiment with iTunes 11 made me go back to iTunes 10.6, a more unpleasant proposition than it should have been—initially it erased 3 months of changes, and I’d added a bunch of music and am also obsessive about my play counts, so that was a couple of hours of fiddling. Ultimately I downloaded a couple of scripts that allow manual resetting of play counts, which wasn’t perfect but was a hell of a lot faster than skipping tracks one by one, which I should have done from the beginning; would have saved me a lot of time.

Unionmade, retailer of fashions that are not union made.
See, it’s an homage to the time when things were well made by people with good jobs! Or a huge slap in the face to real union labor. You choose.

Aaron Bady (wow is this guy sharp; his Batman essay was genius, and now this), Questioning Clay Shirky:
Why have we stopped aspiring to provide the real thing for everyone? That’s the interesting question, I think, but if we begin from the distinction between "elite" and "non-elite" institutions, it becomes easy to take for granted that "non-elite students" receiving cheap education is something other than giving up. It is important to note that when online education boosters talk about "access," they explicitly do not mean access to "education of the best sort"; they mean that because an institution like Udacity provides teaching for free, you can’t complain about its mediocrity. It’s not an elite institution, and it’s not for elite students. It just needs to be cheap.

Talking in terms of "access" (instead of access to what?) allows people like Shirky to overlook the elephant in the room, which is the way this country used to provide inexpensive and high-quality education to all sorts of people who couldn’t afford to go to Yale -- people like me and my parents.
Randall Munroe: “It makes me happy that an arm of the US government has, in some official capacity, issued an opinion on the subject of firing nuclear missiles into hurricanes.”

Predator Nation; Black women, civil rights, and the struggle against sexual violence )

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shoofus for the virtual panda!

I’ve been listening to Alanis Morissette’s Jekyll & Hyde, a delightful bonus track on the iTunes version of havoc & bright lights. That album, plus the new Pet Shop Boys, made me realize that putting together b-sides is getting to be as complicated as it was in the bad old days, what with Amazon and iTunes having different versions (and often enough different prices, though Amazon is going to $1.29 on some tracks too).

eBay wants to force you into arbitration (which you will never be able to afford a lawyer for, much less win) unless you opt out. details )

The awesome Steve Burt (disclosure: I’m proud to call him a friend) gets a full story in the NYT, in which his practice of focusing on the poets he likes and not spending time on criticizing those he doesn’t gets some attention.

Not unrelatedly, George Orwell on “Why I Write."

My favorite vid from Vividcon was [personal profile] bradcpu’s Ride to California.  I love how it uses “California” as a metaphor for the heroism of the Avengers; I can’t explain exactly why I love that so much, but the vid is great fun.

Charles Stross, Richard Morgan )
What do China’s internet censors actually censor? Collective action and porn. Criticize the government, except for censorship, all you like—but don’t organize for any purpose. Really interesting, and provides some perspective on Clay Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus and my thoughts on it.

Top ten differences between white terrorists and others: 5. White terrorists are part of a “fringe.” Other terrorists are apparently mainstream.

A surprising and frightening chart about high frequency trading.

Gotye remixes YouTube covers of Somebody That I Used to Know. Or, for humor, Batman Maybe!

Podfic of my SPN gen story Ugly Duckling by [livejournal.com profile] applegeuse. I love this concept so much and want every author to write a version.

Marta Randall, George R.R. Martin )

Alan Moore & Melinda Gebbie, Lost Girls ) I don’t want to pay for shipping on PaperbackSwap to get rid of these large and heavy volumes, but if you’re in the DC area and think you might have a different opinion of the books, I’ll happily give them to you.
Resolved: If I make headway on grading, I will allow myself to write the [guest character]/girl!Dean snippet that came to me immediately after I watched 7x20.

Not actually spoilery for Game of Thrones: Anna Holmes: "I marvel at the semi-medieval society’s standards for personal grooming, which seem to anticipate the Brazilian waxes of the late 20th and early 21st centuries: I call the pubic hair pattern so often seen on Westerosi women 'the King’s Landing Strip.'”

V.v. sad to discover that, on closer listen, lyrics of Call Me Maybe are not “all the other boys try to change me.” I thought it was a song about finding a good boy, not finding a distant boy!

Nice description heard at ROFLcon: you became an engineer because you like working with your hands and dislike working with your arms. (Zach Weiner’s choose your own adventure, also the theme of the con program.)

My worlds collide (copyright law v. vampires). Best fannish answer I ever got was on a question featuring Jack O’Neill, Sam Carter, Daniel Jackson & Teal’c. Since the question involved O’Neill’s property, one student put in a side comment about the fish pond.

Unpack the gendered notions of work and value suggested by this quote about music hitmakers, which comes after noting that producers are almost always men and top-liners are usually women: “The producer runs the session and serves as creative director of the song, but the top-liner supplies the crucial spark that will determine whether the song is a smash.”
1. The new US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking feedback on how to make mortgage disclosure forms more understandable. If you have a few minutes, go and vote for the alternative you find easiest to understand.

2. I am seriously amused that Patrick Stump’s song This City, now free on iTunes, includes a lyric using the word “gentrification.”
Civil War, understanding comics, economics and economic collapse, funky numbers )
Note from the past week: Guys, I appreciate that you come to DC to march and are unfamiliar with the Metro. But even if you were home at the mall, it would still be rude to stand at the top of the escalator. Thank you!

Dessa, A Badly Broken Code: Much love for this album. “And it’s just not true that I’m a man-eater; all the same, we should probably go dutch.” Cheaper on Amazon than on iTunes for the whole album.
cheap thrills, Joseph Priestley, regulation and the internet )

Another Chuck story for me, in Yuletide Madness: In the Middle
Casey's the only smart one in the bed. I love Casey’s distinction between his partners’ types of stupidity.

The Opposite of Swarb, Connie Willis--Bellwether
Delightful fandom meta in great Connie Willis voice. The puns alone are enough to make the story fun! Now I kind of want to write a Five Cage Fights … fic.

Chris Hedges on why America sucks, with bonus fat phobia )

more on the financial crisis, Henry Jenkins on emotion in pop culture, David Rakoff essays, film music, cheapness )

Pretty Little Liars, the book )
1. Further on the meat thermometer injury: when told about it the next morning, my 5-year-old son asked, “were you hot?” thus making the same joke his father had right after I stabbed myself. Nice to know the bloodline is running true, I guess.

2. Who else is watching Tower Prep? After last night’s episode, enjoyment has graduated into love. Former XF staff = cool visuals (though evident risk of incoherence in mythology already pending); I was genuinely creeped out. Also, gotta respect a show that’s willing to base an episode on the Odyssey.

3. I am, right now, incredibly infatuated with M.I.A.’s XXXO. It’s something about the surprise of going from “you want me” to the turnaround of “you want me [to] be somebody who I’m really not,” delivered in a way more aggressive than sad about that. I even like the director reference—“I could be the actress, you’d be Tarantino”—because even though the “actress” is generic, it’s pretty much the opposite of, say, a Hitchcock reference, given what Tarantino’s leading ladies are like.

4. The “Snake Fight” Portion of Your Thesis Defense: I loved it!

5. Make a vid, if you want, for Akon’s No Labels theme song: I am not a supporter of the organization, but I can’t help wanting to see what a vidder would do anyway.

Appropriation art, getting copyright permission, and a bad GRRM book )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Oct. 8th, 2010 12:41 pm)
Your internet is not my internet: I read about this new Facebook stuff and it just makes me confused. Filters are exotic and nobody knows how to use them? And so Facebook is going to let other people decide what my Groups are? Why can’t I manage my friends myself and filter out specific people when I need to? (I take it that hidden somewhere in the bowels of Facebook settings, deeper even than privacy controls, you can do this, but that they expect Groups to become dominant.)

The LJ/DW solutions seem so intuitive and elegant, whereas Facebook’s prompting for me to add people to various Lists has been terrible. Am I just wanting those kids to get off of my lawn? (I should also note: I declared LJ bankruptcy and gave up on updating my friendslist/filters there. I haven’t been filtering at DW, though I also have not been adding back journals that seemed to be for reading purposes only. I expect I will have to start filtering soon, though. So it’s not as if manual filtering is easy. It’s just so much better for what I want to do than automatically being added to groups!)

reviews: Ilona Andrews, music in Buffy, and digital images )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Oct. 2nd, 2010 12:14 am)
Just in case you don't actually want the new iTunes Ping sidebar to open up every time you relaunch, or don't want those arrows by each song: you can't disable them within iTunes even if you don't use Ping (bad iTunes!  My trust in Apple continues to decline).  However, you can disable the sidebar (Windows and Mac instructions) and disable the arrows (Mac and Windows) with a couple of command line/terminal prompts.
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rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( May. 5th, 2010 08:30 pm)
Can’t reign forever: Via [personal profile] crypto, Just a Band: Really good electronic-type music; you can get Ha-He for free and Usinibore is just 99 cents at iTunes, along with other songs!

zombie YA, Harlan Coben, and Hernando de Soto on property rights )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Aug. 11th, 2009 08:48 pm)
I have, of course, signed up for DVD commentary.  Anyone is always free to remix, podfic, analyze, or otherwise build on anything I’ve written. In fact, I adore that, and just want links! I’ve also been called on skanky race issues and told I promote heteronormativity, so I devoutly hope to survive further critical responses.

My current Dean song: Carry Me Home, by Marit Bergman. It’s almost happy!

Reviews: Supernatural, slash/porn/feminism (not the same thing), music and the brain, Columbine )
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