Podfic of my Sam/Dean short story Cave-In, read by eosrose. (Wow. Look at the different work numbers there: I posted Cave-In before there were 10,000 works on the Archive, and it’s pretty clear that the year will end with work 1,000,000.)

A fanvid made Harry Knowles of aintitcool.com into a fan when he was a kid! It just goes to show that we all invent fandom for ourselves.
rivkat: Dean: green-eyed monster (green-eyed monster)
( Aug. 9th, 2013 11:21 am)
kalakirya podficced my Sam/Dean story Crossing the Bridge and posted it on the AO3 and at amplificathon.
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Dec. 21st, 2012 08:19 pm)
[personal profile] podcath put my DA story Getting By in her anthology: The Manticore Anthology, yay!

[personal profile] cesperanza: So Hey, We Stopped Saying That! Or how fandom learned to stop worrying and love the label “transformative.” (My version of “hey, stop saying that” is here.)

Thanks to [personal profile] geekturnedvamp, [personal profile] talitha78 and [personal profile] mustangsally78 for the holiday cards. It’s not that surprising to me that the latter two both feature cats, and that the first doesn’t!

Via Jason Mittell, a really smart essay on violence in pop culture:
One argument I’m suddenly hearing a lot of is: Of course violent TV has a violent influence. Isn’t the whole TV advertising model based on the idea that content can influence action? Does that influence stop once the commercials are over?
For starters: yes, actually, it kind of does. In the sense, at least, that advertising is a different kind of rhetoric from fiction. It’s generally a direct argument: buy this product, for this reason, you will get this benefit, you will look and feel a certain way.
Fiction–even really bad fiction–doesn’t work that way. It tells a story, and people make meaning from it. It can have profound effects on people, but not necessarily the same ones on everyone, and its message isn’t linear. Breaking Bad, for instance, is a violent story of bad people, but you would have to have much more contempt for its viewers than I do to assume that its “message” is: life is cheap, power is awesome, so go cook some meth, dominate your wife and hurt whomever you have to, even kids, to get your way.
Which led me to this essay on why all the "good" TV is so violent:
But what is concerning is that this revolution has been deep but narrow; it's like we have an army of dazzlingly fluent poets who all write in one language. That doesn't, of course, make all the poetry the same, any more than all English-language poetry is the same. These shows are varied in many ways: The Wire is not the same show as The Walking Dead just because people get shot and otherwise brutalized, and American Horror Story and Boardwalk Empire are hardly identical twins. But they share elements, one of which is that the stakes involve — not solely but largely — avoiding being violently killed. And for that reason, they ask the viewer to want to watch people being violently killed now and then, and sometimes now and then and then and then, because otherwise the threats are false.
(It's worth mentioning that the violence is not the only thing many of these shows have in common. They're also very heavy, though less uniformly so, on the question of what it means to be a morally conflicted 40-ish white guy in modern America, or '60s America, or Prohibition-era America, or Westeros. This is also the theme of the highly decorated Louie, which is sort of a comedy, but only sort of. As much as it's failed to reach many kinds of stories, the revolution has also failed to reach many kinds of people with any regularity.)

The Copyright Office recommends retaining and expanding the vidding exemption to the DMCA.  (Yes, they think all remixes are called vids.  Let's roll with it.)  Sorry for not providing enough in the way of links, but I have a ton to do before class: Vids cited in favor: [livejournal.com profile] talitha78’s White and Nerdy, [personal profile] obsessive24’s Piece of Me and Fall of Man, [personal profile] giandujakiss’s It Depends on What You Pay; The Price; Handlebars (it's not entirely clear whether it's the Doctor Who or Iron Man one, since I think the submissions talked about both, but maybe it's flummery's); Jonathan McIntosh's Buffy vs. Edward.  Someone who is not running to class should add this to their fanlore entries!  Also, [personal profile] giandujakiss is a hero of the revolution: she is pretty much singlehandedly responsible for the expansion to online services.

Less important to the rest of fandom: Podfic by [personal profile] colls of my gen happyish-ever-after story It’s Curtains for Sam & Dean

I will admit: I am an old fogey. I do not get these newfangled tagging ways. But since I can’t (and don’t really want to) tell these kids to get offa my lawn, not least ‘cause it’s not my lawn, I offer, via Sam Johnsson, one way to keep from seeing that they’re on the lawn: From AO3 wonder Sarken, a skin that shortens all AO3 tags to an arbitrarily short number of characters.  Now if only we could get this to work on RSS feeds …
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.
I am enjoying the political/fandom intersection in which people debate Springsteen fandom and one’s appropriate position therein, mostly for the stupid David Brooks question parodies: when you listen to the Clash, did you know that London is not, in fact, calling you?

Dodificus recorded a podfic of my Dean/Castiel story Why we fight!
Copying as business strategy, reading in the brain )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Jun. 26th, 2012 12:08 am)
Yay! My SPN Sam/Dean amnesia story Only Sweeter now has a podfic by [livejournal.com profile] yourrighteye, AND ALSO art for the podfic by [livejournal.com profile] deadflowers5. My cup runneth over!

Less yay: Spammer insulted my spelling; this annoys me far more than the fake praise, but why? They’re both spam.

Links both fannish and not:

Distinguishing science advocates from scientists: a cartoon.

Political fandom: how a Canadian TV hero became a Serbian political icon.

Clay Shirky on who benefits from a read-only culture:
I had a student looking at Super PACs a while ago, and we said, “Let’s try and find out what the Super PACs’ social media strategy is.” As she came back about 10 days later, she said, “I think I know what the Super PAC’s social media strategy is: Don’t use it.” That’s exactly the whole point of being a Super PAC, to be able to spend unlimited money on the kind of media where no one has the right or the ability to respond, and to minimize transparency. This election feels to me, right now, more Nixon-Kennedy than Obama-McCain because television has become the tool of choice for the source of unlimited fundraising. Politicians like television better; nobody gets to yell back to you if you’re yelling on TV.
And finally:  Matt Taibbi, The Scam Wall Street Learned from the Mafia: what bid-rigging is and why it hurt everyone in America (not to mention the rest of the world).
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( May. 12th, 2012 08:40 am)
New podfic of my SPN fic Entanglement (Sam/Dean), by [livejournal.com profile] liannabob.

The Floppy Disk and other icons that don’t make sense any more:  Though I find this article plenty funny, I also think there’s absolutely nothing wrong with having a signifier with no present relation to the signified; we do it all the time!

Old favorites: Mira Grant, Nancy Kress, Naomi Novik, Claudia Gray, Jean Lorrah )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Apr. 9th, 2012 08:57 pm)
Texts from Hillary (Clinton): fabulous! Best one.

On routinely feeding chicken caffeine so they can stay awake to eat, and Benadryl to calm them down.

[personal profile] tinypinkmouse made a podfic of my Eureka Jack Carter/Nathan Stark story Displacement! And [archiveofourown.org profile] heardtheowl made a podfic of my Jo Smith/Dean Smith/Sam Wesson story House of Yes!  (Also, holy cow, over 375,000 fanworks on the archive. I know that’s small by Harry Potter standards, but it’s an order of magnitude bigger than Gossamer, by which I still measure all things.  Or, you know, All Things.)

I didn’t think much of Old Man’s War, but John Scalzi is slowly winning me over. The forthcoming Redshirts looks like a great parody of the old ST:TOS tie-in novels I loved so much, and this Hugo-nominated short story is a good parody of the epic fantasy genre. Favorite line: “It is said night dragons can speak to the moon, but don’t because all the moon wants to talk about is how much it likes basalt.”
YA fantasy )
[personal profile] on_verra  podficced Save your anaesthetic for the boy next door, RoboSam/Dean, yay!

This xkcd comic delivers a different comic depending on your location, your browser, and apparently several other things. I thought this Chrome one was the best one I got.

The sexual politics of The Hunger Games -- I don’t agree with everything in it (especially the implication that the stuff that is more open about sex is less good for lack of repression) but I like people willing to step up and defend the female gaze.

One more reason to do your best to control your FB privacy settings, if you use it.  This particular app is out of commission for the moment at least, but that’s not the end.

Arduinna on early online fandom 1994-2000, in 3 parts.

If I could vid, I’d make a vid using this song as a love letter to fandom. Tagline: spoilers, sweetie—though I wouldn’t use Doctor Who, since that doesn’t have an ending!

Etch out a Future of Your Own Design, by anonymous: Real Genius, Mitch/Jordan and then Chris/Mitch, but also about academia and disillusionment—a fantastic sequel to the movie with real pathos in with the humor, and a sweet little crossover tucked away (given the rest of the story, kind of like a hidden bomb, but okay!). I also suspect the author’s field because of the capitalization of the title, but that’s neither here nor there.

[personal profile] weimar27 recorded a podfic of Full Service Firm (J2 AU)!
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jun. 21st, 2011 01:25 am)
[livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins has done an anthology of short podfics, The Intangible Residuum, with a number of fandoms (including SGA, HP, Buffy, SV, Twilight, SPN, J2 RPF, and others), including two of my stories, Dear Mr. Hanson (SPN, meta) and Into the Woods (SV, Lana).  I love me some amplificathon!
rivkat: Chloe: Here to cheer on a mission from God (chloe cheers)
( Jun. 20th, 2011 11:21 pm)
One older that I forgot to post and one new!  [personal profile] fishpatrol recorded Chuck versus the Left Turn at Albuquerque here (Chuck/SPN fusion, Chuck characters), and [livejournal.com profile] escherzo recorded Blink (the Rapid Eye Movement Remix) here (SPN, Sam/Dean).
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jun. 2nd, 2011 09:10 am)
Here's a challenge to record explicit fic in any language.  As always, my work is available for anything you want to do to it!  If I could make podfic, I'd pick Full Service Firm, but I don't see myself learning how to edit any time soon, so I just have to blink virtual puppy eyes at the world.
[livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins did a podfic of Angels in the Architecture, my SPN/Firefly crossover!  Which may or may not have more chapters later, depending on Eight Crazy Nights!
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Apr. 20th, 2011 11:21 pm)
[livejournal.com profile] reena_jenkins recorded my Discworld story Class Action.  Worth reading the entry for her story of how she went in expecting Sam Winchester to show up.



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