Thanks to [ profile] roxymissrose  for the birthday wishes!

It’s the OTW’s April fundraising drive! I donated, and I’m looking forward to my spiffy reward cup.  As [personal profile] cesperanza says: “Support the OTW y'all! You know you want to! Your nonprofit, all-volunteer, one stop fanworks site made by people who did NOT sell you out to venture capitalists and who are NOT trying to take a percentage of your work when you eventually make millions with your hot erotica trilogy! Ten bucks gets you membership. A hundred bucks gets you a nifty tote bag with useful mesh pockets! And a sense of goodwill and community feeling!”

[ profile] crack_impala  is back! 

memes in digital culture )

our misguided drug war )

youth and social media )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jan. 25th, 2014 09:16 pm)
1. SPN: spoilers mark you up )

2. I'm so enjoying not being actively late on anything, which was not the case for most of last semester. I may even be able to write fiction ...

3. Glasses joke: I discovered that "bifocals" are the "liberals" of optometry: we're all progressives now. The lenses are surprisingly easy to get used to.

4. Book review! Robert Spoo, Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domainmodernism and copyright )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jan. 13th, 2014 06:53 pm)
For [personal profile] serrico: Your thoughts on LJ/DW fandom vs Tumblr fandom, please.

I'm old. )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jan. 12th, 2014 09:05 pm)
For [personal profile] avidrosette: I was wondering how you find yourself balancing fandom and professional life, and fandom and family life. Do you like them to mingle or stay separate? How do they influence each other? Does a connection to fandom ever give you any trouble in the other areas?

separation anxiety )
rivkat: trust no one folded dollar bill by dan tague (trust no 1)
( Dec. 28th, 2013 12:03 am)
New icon on DW from a piece of art that is way too expensive for me, but that I love anyway (because of the X-Files, of course).  It's made from a crumpled dollar bill.

I got a delightful Sleepy Hollow story for Yuletide! Three Gifts is the kind of Ichabod/Abbie pining that really does it for me.  This is a relationship with real barriers and I respect that greatly. 

Yuletide Madness also brought me the equally delightful Covert Affairs story Away, which is Auggie/Eyal as part of an established threesome with Annie. It went directly to my own personal cravings for them. 

Others: Excellent multimedia in this Galaxy Quest story, which is as affectionate towards fandom as its source. And GQ fandom also got the amazingly tender/pleasurably painful Alexander Dane story I didn’t know I needed, The Space Between,  in which there is also a reboot.

Charlie Stross’s Laundry universe: Violins at Work, from the perspective of Mo O’Brien, Bob Howard’s extremely dangerous wife. Very Strosslike: “Is there a word for an appetite and some kind of understanding without a mind to do the planning? Kind of like a cat deciding that this human will just about do as a servant, because it smells of food, but without the sensitivity and consideration for which all felines are well known.”

Non-Yuletide: my J2 story Full Service Firm now has a Russian translation, which I think is a first for me. As always, I remain impressed by the archive’s growth: the translation’s work number is an order of magnitude greater than Full Service Firm’s.

Also, randomly, anyone who really wanted to rock my world could make a Vampire Diaries Damon vid to Diamond Ring’s Wait and See. He’s chancing on situations and he’s out of his league! He just needs some provocation and he’s down on his knees! (I am so serious here: this would be my Lord King Bad Vid of great commitment if I did such things.)

Personal note: the new scar on my arm reminds me way too much of the Eye of Sauron. Or any eye really. Scars should not look like eyes, is what I’m saying here.

And finally: This is the best pickup conversation ever, and the fact that it comes from a Dean Winchester sex dream is only icing on the cake. 
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Sep. 15th, 2013 06:54 pm)
So, one of my son’s second-grade assignments was to think of as many things as possible that could be picked up with a spoon but not a fork. He returns home with a list in which three of the about eight entries—“alcohol,” “beer,” and “liquor”—have been carefully erased, as per his teacher’s policy. Now we are amusing ourselves imagining the first parent-teacher conference. “Did you folks drive?”

Jared Gardner, Projections: Comics and the History of Twenty-First-Century Storytelling: long, positive review )
Lessons learned today: (1) my hair really needs more than one box of color per treatment, and (2) Splat dye is exponentially more hardcore than dyes I’ve used previously. These things in combination are particularly funny/appalling. Sadly, I wanted red and got pink, so now I have to figure out the best correction options, but at least my bathroom no longer looks quite so much like a crime scene.
Thanks to [ 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 )
I am looking for people who have experience as nonfiction e-book formatters and cover designers. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Covert Affairs: Spoilers include premise of preview )

Slate on an extortion ring preying on gay men in the 1960s. Read until the end. American life is nothing but second acts.

Making money on YouTube: "A history of the entertainment business could be framed as a series of experts asking, 'Who the hell wants to watch that?' When the answer is 'more people than you think,' the definition of profitable entertainment changes."

Meowbify: Add cats to any internet site. I tried it on AO3, which seemed perfectly appropriate.

Kim Newman's Holmes pastiche, Sharon Shinn's angels )
rivkat: Spock as a My Little Pony (my little spock)
( Apr. 16th, 2012 07:54 am)
Remix Madness! I missed the main signup this year, but I will try to participate in this and my stories are up for remix.

Pro parenting tip: If your 4-year-old who is learning to ice skate asks you to assume a position that might end with a skate to your face, say no.

The more I read from Evgeny Morozov, the more I like him—though he might be hard to take on a daily basis.

Long-Term Capital Management; the British and American slaves )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Feb. 17th, 2012 11:26 am)
1. Thanks to [ profile] patrese1, [ profile] fleshflutter, and [ profile] shoofus for the glass hearts!

2. The uncanny rock candy mountain: 3 Musketeers Cherry: two conflicting reports from my tastebuds—(a) this is incredibly artificial and disgusting, and (b) this is engineered to be delicious and I want more. I didn't know that could actually happen.

3. Hazards of used books: you may turn a page and find a carefully cut-out amateur nude shot. I tore it up, but I still feel bad for the person!

4. Sing it, sister:
I live in South London, for God’s sake; the undead stalking the streets feels more real to me than some whimsical tale of an ageing New England academic seeking to reinvigorate his muse via the vagina of an impossibly beautiful, promising young student. Likewise I am tired of watching films where a man old enough to be my father romances a woman young enough to be my child: if I’m going to be fed a fantasy, I want it to bear some resemblance to mine; if that involves shirtless vampires, why is that bad?
5. That’s some cupcake. Okay, I also like the line “Mainstream society only finds cupcake feminism more palatable because it can lick off the icing and toss the rest.”
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Feb. 7th, 2012 08:51 am)
I just graded 99 papers about a baseball!  Now on to mortgages.

Free to good home if you take ‘em all: Jack of Fables 1-16, Anita Blake 1, The Stand: The Night Has Come/Hardcases/No Man’s Land.

Distressing analysis of the US's military situation in Afghanistan.

Jay Smooth: “You've never paid dues, you barely pay taxes.”

modern slave labor, corporate espionage, Bayes' theorem )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Dec. 11th, 2011 08:26 pm)
Dispatches from the other side of the “war on Christmas”: today, my four-year-old daughter and I pass a barber shop, all decked out with Santa etc. She asks, “Mommy, are Jewish people allowed to go in that store?” I reassure her that we are. It takes a little while.

Barney Frank still has it:
What would be the nicest thing I could say about Newt Gingrich? He may be one of the great supporters of the humanities, because you have people who don't want to study the social sciences, because it's not profitable, and now Newt, as the highest-paid historian in American history, may be an encouragement to people to study history.

… So none of those people [Republican presidential candidates] I would want to be on a desert island with, unless one of them, as I said, had skills in catching fish or whatever I don't know about.
My favorite Barney Frank story, because it also uses my favorite joke form: Barney Frank is on a panel at Yale with Peggy Noonan, who gets asked a question she doesn’t want to answer immediately. To stall for time, she asks, “Why is [noted conservative and killjoy] Bob Bork smiling down at us?”—indicating a portrait of him in the room. Frank instantly replies, “Because it’s a painting and not a photograph.”

Also, because it amused me, the following exchange, at the start of oral argument, between the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court and counsel for a fortuneteller who was challenging a local ordinance that prohibited fortunetelling within city limits on First Amendment grounds:
Chief Justice: Counsel, you have us at a disadvantage.
Attorney: Why, Your Honor?
Chief Justice: Well, hasn’t your client told you how this case will ultimately turn out?
Attorney: No, Your Honor, you must remember I did not consult my client for advice. She consulted me.

Also, this RPF reminds me of the glory days of popslash: a meditation on celebrity as a mask that eats into the face.

Thank you.  It means a ton.  And now I want some sort of PM feature on AO3, because as much as I want this last day to be destroyed from history, I'd love to say thanks personally, but since I can't: I really appreciate it.
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Nov. 5th, 2011 01:05 am)
I am now 4 episodes behind in SPN.  Maybe I'll get to them on my cross-country flight.  I've just realized that through the magic of timezones plus daylight saving time I get four hours to sleep in on Sunday.  Ecstasy!
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Oct. 30th, 2011 03:01 pm)
Once again, Fanfic Flamingo knows my soul.  (I welcome all feedback!  I listen and try to learn!  But sometimes I can't help myself.)

dystopian YA, Brandon Sanderson, cyborg love )
rivkat: Chloe: Here to cheer on a mission from God (chloe cheers)
( Oct. 7th, 2011 10:34 am)
For Ada Lovelace day, I can't do better than [personal profile] lucyp's amazing ode to [personal profile] lim. But I want to add in a bit about Corynne McSherry, the Intellectual Property director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Like it or not, for tech to do what we want it these days we need lawyers who understand tech, and she's one of the best. Like your DMCA exemptions in the US? We're going to have to ask for them AGAIN, because they don't last, and we have a new Register of Copyright making the calls so all bets are off. The EFF, with Corynne at the helm, and the OTW are going to be working together on vidding exemptions, and the EFF is also responsible for the "jailbreaking" exemptions that let people install the software they choose on their own iPhones. I'm grateful for the incredible work of the AO3 coders, testers, and sysadmins; I'm also grateful that we're not alone in recognizing that fanworks are worthy of respect. Go EFF!

I leave you with the image on my EFF T-shirt, courtesy of xkcd:
woman thinking, I want to be a superhero, but I hate flying, skyscrapers, violence loud noises, and direct sunlight: I'll join EFF!

No, applicant, you probably don't have a flare for dramatic storytelling.  Or if you do I'm a bit concerned for the safety of our students and suggest you apply to Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters instead.

Isn't there some word for homophones like this that sort of sound like they might be right, but aren't?  (See also take the reigns.)
rivkat: text with damon and bonnie (damon and bonnie)
( Sep. 23rd, 2011 11:31 pm)
Fringe: Spoilers )

SPN:Much vaguer thoughts )

TVD: Back to slightly more specific spoilers )

As for other TV: I have dumped The Lying Game as too far outside my core interests, and Ringer is on the bubble, as is The Secret Circle—get interesting fast or go home; I don’t have that much time to watch TV!

So, in case there is a big migration to G+, I have set up a placeholder G+ after deleting my RivkaT account there. The email is separate from my other services, and I’m now using three different browsers so that I can have my Blogger identity separate from my Gmail identity (which will work until Google decides that my online name isn’t good enough for it for Reader and Gmail either).  I’m not actively using it now. But if you want to find me there, I’m at Rivka Tee.



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