erinptah: (daily show)
Translation disasters...or miracles: lots of facepalm-y mishaps ("Kings of Leon" turned into "The Lion King"), but also some solid cross-language puns.

Mash up two canons based on their titles. The Golden Compass Girls...Ender's Game of Thrones.

Change one letter, get a new canon. Star Bars...Evolutionary Girl Utena...Post (about an island of misplaced mail).

Fusion between things with similar names: Mad Men: Fury Road...The Boardwalk Empire Strikes Back To The Future...The Princess Tutu Diaries.

Invent a crossover by title: Dancing with the Star Wars...Jurassic Parks and Recreation...Guardians of the Galaxy Quest.

Change a letter, get a new work: The Vorkosingan Saga (it's a Eurovision AU)...Les Minerables (a Steven Universe AU)...Person of Pinterest...Loft.

Change a letter, get a new work: Sass Effect...The Block Jewels Trilogy (it's a Tetris crossover!)...Funding Dory.

Change a letter, get a new work: The Imperial Ranch series (Anaander Mianaai retires to Wyoming and raises cloned sheep)...The Neverending Store (like Costco or Sam's Club, but more)...Captive Pince (the harrowing account of a siege in the Hogwarts Library).
erinptah: (daily show)
I've been sick since Friday, which means my days have been passing in a blur of naps, coughing, periodically getting up to make another bowl of chicken soup, and watching the clock to see if it's time for another dose of Nyquil yet.

I tried to go in to work on Monday, and boy, was that a mistake. Staggered home after an hour. Current plan is to give it another shot on Thursday, so we'll see how that goes.

In the meantime, here's some fun Internet things.

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Owen Ellickson's TRUMP LEAKS -- pinned on his Twitter -- are a delight.



Kickstarter for a GOP-inspired dating sim. With Megyn Kelly as your roommate/wingman. I really hope they get enough to make the stretch goal where they'll add Fiorina to the cast of romanceable candidates.

Marsha P. Johnson sparks the Stonewall Riots, as told by Drunk History. Apparently they even took the time to find trans actors to play the trans historical figures! Good times.

"We asked the BuzzFeed Community to highlight moments in television shows that have helped them when they were experiencing depression." At first I thought this was going to be a figurative "happy scenes that people really enjoyed" list, but no, it's genuine "I've been down here before, and I know the way out" scenes.

"The [Trans-Neptunian Object] orbits in a plane that’s tilted 110 degrees to the plane of the solar system. What’s more, it swings around the sun backwards unlike most of the other objects in the solar system. With this in mind, the team that discovered the TNO nicknamed it 'Niku' after the Chinese adjective for rebellious."

Mini wind turbines shaped like artsy sculptures. Imagine if we could get a few in every park.
erinptah: (daily show)
The Onion: "Saying he hoped the Republican nominee could clear up the matter for American voters, moderator Anderson Cooper reportedly began the second presidential debate Sunday night by giving Donald Trump the opportunity to explain exactly what the fuck is wrong with him."

A secret history of the truth about Hillary Clinton. (1980: "In consultation with the team of Illuminati, demons and robo-Hitlers who have been supervising Hillary Clinton’s progress thus far, her robotic shell is replaced with another, different one that does not wear glasses and is blonder. The people of Arkansas consider this an improvement, although they complain about its inability to bake.")

The best of #TrumpBookReport. ("It took Low Energy Harry Potter 7 books to defeat Voldermort. Sad! I would have beat him in the first book!")

Meanwhile, in Real News That Sounds Like A Joke:

"On Wednesday, Congress was so determined to pass a law to sue Saudi Arabia that it overrode President Barack Obama’s veto. But possible backlash against America had top Republican leaders looking for someone else to blame [September 30]. And they appear to have settled on Obama."

A Trump-vs-Clinton history matchup, comparing what the two were doing in various years.

Video after Pence's showing at the VP debate: "Trump never said that" intercut with times when Trump said that.
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)

Real vs Movie Scientists: a compilation.

What Does Pin-up Photography Look Like With Male Models? (The answer: hot, apparently.)

The bulging checkerboard illusion. Trippy.

"Doesn't believe in UFOs / Still does her job." "Weren't even supposed to be here, Mr. Frodo / Still do their jobs." "Literally can't even / Still does her job."

"It’s official: Denali is now the mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley."

Descending into the Darvaza Crater -- a pit filled with natural gas that somebody set on fire decades ago, and that hasn't stopped burning since.

"Staying true to Ms. Butler’s vision and legacy is of the utmost importance to me. Octavia was a genius - and this series is high concept with a lot of heavy intellectual themes, which makes the adaptation difficult. I think audiences are waiting for the first elevated science fiction TV series in a while. I believe this is it."
erinptah: Vintage screensaver (computing)
"Linguists call these categories “genders” because that’s always been the term for this sort of noun class. This makes more sense when you learn that grammatical gender came long before the idea of psychological gender, which we will definitely cover in a future column, because oh my god, talk about blowing my mind."

"From cooing and babbling to utterance in American Sign Language."

"When it came to bilingual speakers, they seemed to switch between these perspectives based on the language context they were given the task in."

"Knock-knock. Who's there? A gang of vigilantes armed with machine guns, leather straps and brass knuckles to thump the breath out of anybody who persists in playing this blame fool knock-knock game." Quote from 1936. Knock-knock jokes have a long and controversial history, apparently.

Reflections on what a bunch of people have said about their passwords, including the memories, codes, jokes, and secrets embedded in them. (Other than the secret of "what is my password", that is.)

"Revealed for the first time, thanks to the big data generated by gazillions of tweets: the geography of dudeness."
erinptah: There is only one ship on Doctor Who. (doctor who)
(1) Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss III is a real name of a real person.

Not only did somebody think "Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss" was a great name, but three sets of parents in a row had the same thought. Either that, or Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss Sr. was so unhappy with his lot in life that he decided to relieve the misery by sharing it, and Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss Jr. figured this was a great and sensible tradition.

Just. You guys. Cantwell Faulkner Muckenfuss III.

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(2) Bloodstone parasol handle. Definitely a parasol handle, and not an ornately carved bloodstone version of...um, some other object.

There's one of these stashed in Cecil Palmer's bottom drawer, is what I am not saying.

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(3) The sudden realization that you can cook rice in a crock pot. Which seems so obvious in retrospect, but I have wasted so much rice by boiling it on the stove and inadvertently burning some, never realizing there was an easier way.

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(4) Wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower.

Artistically cohesive wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower. Gosh, those are classy. How soon can we install artsy-but-functional wind turbines on everything else? Because it should be sooner.
erinptah: (whereshipping)
Realistic AUs thread. "Peter Parker is bitten by a spider while visiting a science lab and gets a slightly itchy bump on his hand for a few days."

Bad Advice Thread. ("Check your living privilege, necrophobe.")

Change a letter, get a new canon. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Scone. A young boy's quest for the platonic ideal of baked goods."

Remove a letter, do the same. "BiShock: A first-person shooter where the protagonist fights his way out of a nightmarish city while coming to terms with his sexual identity."

Add or remove a letter, do the same. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factor: Charlie auditions to be on a show where people have to make chocolate while singing popular pop songs." / "Futari Wa Pretty Cue, a series about magical girls who defeat their enemies with the power of snooker."

They just keep coming. "Breaking Bard: Misadventures of the worst Shakespearean theater troupe in history." / "A Song of Lice and Fire: A more realistic depiction of medieval life."

"You're too earnest for the flames of wank / So backbutton, go, you're through / How could I make a mod out of you?"

N+7 game rides again. "Unless exchange's carrying the martini trellis, daydream."

"The idea of an all-knowing, all-powerful mod... or many mods, I don't know...it doesn't make much sense. Is there someone out there watching everything we post?"
erinptah: Vintage screensaver (computing)
Fictional stuff:

Drop a letter, get a new canon, the return. "His Ark Materials: God wants to kill everyone, but Noah has a plan..." And the variant thread: Change a letter, get a new canon.

How to tell if you're in a fanfic. ("Do you ever catch yourself thinking about people you've known for at least a decade as 'the taller blonde'?")

Your guide to fictional injuries! "Loss of eye - Classic indicator of badassery. Rarely causes any issues with depth perception."

Nonfictional stuff:

Weirdest job experiences. The funny, the creepy, the bizarre.

Kinks you wouldn't admit to unanon. ...Also the funny, the creepy, and the bizarre, come to think of it.

"Hilariously wrong things you believed as a child."

"How are you a special snowflake?" I just really like the collection of mundane, everyday weirdnesses.
erinptah: A map. (writing)
Cute pet stories! Cats, dogs, guinea pigs, parrots, total and utter fluff.

Run a quote through the N+7 machine, which methodically replaces all the nouns. Often hilarious. Also, though, a really great window into how the rhythm of a writer's language can be original and iconic in its own right, even when you mess with the words.

"Remove one letter from the name of a game/show/comic...and write a summary of the new canon." Sailor Mon, Princess Tut, ATLA Shrugged, The Huger Games, and more.

Now with a sequel, including Arks and Recreation, Ouran High School Host Cub, Legally Bonde ("a young, gorgeous female fashion designer major decides to follow her One True Love into the 00s. 'What, like it's hard?'"), and Rave ("Merida is torn between her duty and her love of techno").

And variation, change one letter from the name of canon. Rex and the City, X-Fen, horror series Flee, Bollywood drama Ghee, and reality show Marry Potter.

"For the nonnies that learned about sex mainly through peers, fic, etc. rather than in school or from parents/adults, what facts did you learn at the time that ended up being mostly or completely wrong?" Hilariously NSFW.
erinptah: There is only one ship on Doctor Who. (doctor who)
Bad Advice thread where most people are writing in character as various fandom figures. Turned out so nice, we did it twice.

Create the perfect fanworks site -- compare and contrast with Create your ideal fandom site.

Fannish license plates and bumper stickers. Puns abound.

Mash up canons based on their titles, one more time. Narutotaru, Cardcaptor Sakura Wars, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Time, Ender's Game of Thrones...

A Map of Weird America: from Night Vale to Gotham, Springfield to Townsville, Arkham to Eerie.

Existential Fandom Wank, the "polarizing fandom figure" edition. And another, "meme is moving too fast" edition.

"Do you talk about fandom with your therapist? If so, do you go into a lot of detail or just kind of gloss over it? [...] How does your therapist react to all this?"

Summarize the canon of your choice in the most boring way possible. "Woman gets arrested while fighting a government construction project. Her only hope is an elderly war veteran who's good at talking his way out of traffic stops."

Summarize a canon you enjoy as badly as possible. "Children leave home on global road trip with a stunted hundred year old man. An angry stalker pursues while his relative drinks tea."

Do you feel proud of, or embarrassed by, your older fanfics? Plus, general stories of anons' fannish youth.
erinptah: (sailor moon)
"Unfortunately, it wasn’t until I had a child dealing with gender variance [...] in my classroom that I realized how important it is to teach about gender and break down gender stereotypes. Why did I wait so long? I should have taken a hint from that kindergarten teacher years ago."

"But there’s someone else who is likely to be in that room to hear it at some point, too, and how the joke will make that person feel is important, too. I’m talking about the rapist."

Related: 15 "rape jokes that work as jokes – which is to say, A) they’re constructed so that rape victims are not the butt of the joke, and B) they made me laugh."

"Even if you believe, as I do, that the predators are not confused and can’t be educated, there are two good reasons to believe that consent education can make the climate better. First, because there are rapists who are not that small percentage of predators. Second, the predators absolutely depend on what I call the Social License to Operate, the climate that explains away or excuses what they do in certain circumstances, calls it not rape, calls it the survivor’s fault, minimizes it and lets him get away with it."

Facebook promises to fix its standards -- or rather, to get itself some standards -- around dealing with gender-based hate speech.

(Background: bloody images paired with rape jokes and other misogyny "aren't hate speech", but a photo of an oyster that looks vaguely labial is too graphic to leave up.; "Facebook rejected an ad this week that disputed scientifically unsound claims that abortion can cause higher instances of breast cancer, arguing that the advertisement violated the company’s guidelines 'by advertising adult products or services, including toys, videos, or sexual enhancement products.'")
erinptah: Girlycard (hellsing)
New Tumblr sideblog: Ptahlarious, in which I queue up the hundreds of memes, lolcats, motivators, dumb jokes, and so on that have been piling up on my hard drive since...well, since I first got on the Internet.

I've been wanting to share this stuff more broadly in some organized way for years. When Dreamwidth launched, the plan was to unload it all into a DW comm, as soon as they implemented the promised "queue future posts" feature. Still hasn't happened. I finally got tired of waiting.

Thus, Ptahlarious. Come by and take a look.
erinptah: A map. (writing)
Miscellaneous fandom fun:

"Sorting Hat thread -- name a canon, and people will sort the characters into Hogwarts houses!"

Children's Shows Are Problematic. My favorite is probably the one that starts it off: "Sesame Street engages in queerbaiting with Bert and Ernie."

"1. Get excerpt from (what you consider) ATGtastic fic. 2. Find and replace character names with letters or generic names. 3. Post to meme. 4. Memers guess the fandom/characters. 5. ??? 6. Profit!"

"Name a fandom and other nonnies will try to tell you what they think it's about." Sample description of Utena: "Lesbians dropping a lot of acid."

"Mash up canons based solely on their names."


Miscellaneous fic-writing thoughts:

"What kind [of scene dividers] do people prefer while they're reading fic? An actual coded line? Random symbols? Tildes? Asterisks? Centered or left-justified? Do you even notice?"

"How do you prefer to beta/get beta'd?" A bunch of different styles and preferences.

"Anons, what are your feelings on the use of honorifics in anime/manga fanfic?" An opinionated discussion featuring various levels of familiarity with Japanese.

First round of discussion on Amazon's new fic-licensing initiative for a handful of series. I'm sure there will be more.
erinptah: (disney)
Or, a roundup of fun & silly links.

Cats walking on stuff: a history. Medieval scribes and ancient brickworkers had the same problems you have keeping the cat off your keyboard.

"I get it–I'm disabled too. You're out of spoons, I'm out of spoons… However, the kitchen is also out of spoons, and I did the dishes the last ten times."

Procrastination - The Musical! GPOY.

On the other hand, someone has finally articulated the power of harnessing procrastination as a force for productivity.

Game of Thrones house sigils or the Internet. House Wikipedia: "Time Lost, Wisdom Gained"

A map of your grocery store. 100% true and accurate.

If media covered America the way we cover foreign cultures. A sample: "Yet another massacre has occurred in the historically war-torn region of the Southern United States – and so soon after the religious festival of Easter."
erinptah: (disney)
"Ask for advice, receive absolute worst possible solution! A triumph of hilarity. Ended up with a sequel. And a threequel!

EFW: cranky meme edition! Complete with accusations of ableism against chickens.

EFW: end-of-the-post edition. Photoshopped Velociraptors and instructions on how to use tinfoil.

"Mash up two canons based solely on their titles." Hilarity ensues. And there's a sequel!

Favorite fan theories - some absurd, some true, some both. Including the Doctor's jacket, Harry Potter identity issues, and A:tLA humans on spaceships.

FFA anthem! To the tune of "We Didn't Start The Fire."

"For whatever reason, the cast of your fandom has gone to hang out at Jusenkyo. Which spring does each of them fall into? And how well do they handle it?"

"Name a canon that is utterly unsuited to a coffeeshop AU. Let meme prove it can be done." Featuring the observation that a good chunk of Les Mis centers around a cafe, so it's been a coffeeshop canon all along.

If famous writers wrote fanfiction. "I mean, we all know Dante would be in Bible Fandom writing self-insert AUs, and Shakespeare would be all over Historical RPF, but what about Ernest Hemingway? Sylvia Plath? The Bronte sisters?"

"How fast do you write fic? And how does your fic-writing speed compare to your writing speed for other materials?"
erinptah: There is only one ship on Doctor Who. (doctor who)
Collected interesting threads, dating from months ago to a post or two ago.


Crack and fun times

Favorite emoticons thread! Including a bunch of wildly creative faces, plus table-flipping, table-re-uprighting, and in-Soviet-Russia-table-flips-you.

Stupid things you said/thought when you were younger: a list to make all of us feel better about ourselves.

Weird songs you sing to your pets. Aww.

Weird misconceptions you had as a kid. Hilarious and endearing.

Yuletide requests from hell. I laughed.

"Because we all have that one aunt who remembers you read Lord Of The Rings once and thinks fantasy fan = stuff with unicorns on it." Worst fandom-related gifts you've gotten.


Discussion and meta

"Is this scenario dub-con or non-con?" Plus lots of other variations. "Consent issues", straight-up rape by deception, and so on.

Queer theory and history: recs and discussion.

"Does anyone have suggestions or tips for getting character voices right when you're not writing in the language they're actually speaking?"

Xenogenesis series meta! And follow-up!

A lament for the state of Shin Petshop of Horrors.

A discussion of the tropes in hookerfic leads to meta about what makes a story thematically complete even when it's still a WIP (or vice versa).

Thoughts on bringing the women forward (or adding them!) in Tolkien adaptations: sure, it's messing with the canon, but so are plenty of other things the movie did. So how to do it right/best/in a way that's true to the spirit of the original?

"How important is it that characters are the same ethnicity of you?" People of varying ethnic backrounds and/or minority statuses in their country of origin weigh in.

"'No one is safe' vs. indestructible heroes - Which does your favorite canon adhere to? Do you bite your nails in worry, afraid that your favorite character could be offed at any point, or is the only mystery which outlandish way they'll come back from the "dead"? What impact does it have, and do you wish it were different?"

Advice and thoughts on writing kidfic, including what makes the insufferable ones insufferable and what factors make it work.
erinptah: (daily show)
Dear friends/readers/watchers/random-scrollers-by:

Do you feel like something is missing in your life?

Do you ever suspect that that something could be "an animated video in which Santa Claus and an anthropomorphized FOX News attack the Daily Show desk with rifles, only to have Jon Stewart defeat them using a fire extinguisher, then harness them to the sleigh and take off"?

Me neither. But good news! You get to have one anyway:

erinptah: (sailor moon)
Every journal where I forward-dated a post to be an introduction now has to be updated...I always set them to 2012 XD

It's also high time to clear out all my remaining FFA links (although not nearly all my tabs) from last year. Ring in the new!

Professions roll call, in which people discuss how accurately their jobs are portrayed in fiction. The best subthread is from the archaeologist: "And yeah, pop culture totally gets that one right. You would not believe how many Nazis I have to punch just to get on site...."

Thoughts on the general fannish shift to anonmemes. There's the usual debate over whether dogpiling in social-justice drag is a common problem or overblown, plus a couple of other theories.

The other kind of fannish conversation it's hard to have non-anon: on the social dynamics of BNFdom and friendship.

More on Madoka.

Existential flame war rides again. And once more. And in shorter and more seasonal doses.

A discussion of fanmixes, longer than previous ones the meme has tried to raise up.

Replace a word or syllable in your favorite quote with "pants".
erinptah: (winding road)
ETA: Struck-out links are from the post that got accidentally deleted. RIP.

Filing off the serial numbers from your fanfic. Also, General writing tips.

The last of the AO3 discussion, at least until Yuletide panic kicks into high gear. Issues with anime, manga, and other Eastern fandoms, tied in to the broader issues of tag organization and general outreach. Someone raises a wish that they would coordinate with the recovery project for the A Sailor Moon Romance archive. (Yes, please!) Also, yet another round of tagging system complaints.

Texts from the past will have attitudes from the past: with examples, and griping about people who have trouble with the premise. On the flip side, speculating about what present-day media will be remembered centuries from now.

Ask the expert anons! turns into a grab-bag of fascinating information on various jobs and experiences.

A thread about classism gets wonderfully international. Singapore! Germany! New Zealand! Argentina! And more! For a less fraught topic that circles the globe, check third-person pronouns in different languages.

Fandom terms that need to exist. One topic that seems rife with that sort of issue: how to classify shippy fics with trans/genderqueer character(s).

Femslash discussion (and complaining). Includes some Kim/Shego idfic recs that propelled me into finally watching Kim Possible.

Poetry! There are still regular poetry threads, and I'm not linking them all, but this one stands out, as one anon is digging through old isses of Amazing Stories and Asimov for offbeat SF/F gems.

The day they powered up the great machine,
Somebody asked it if there were a god:
It hummed and with synthovoice serene,
"I was about to ask you that. How odd."
erinptah: (Default)
Facebook History of the World! Mostly the Western world, but very funny about it.

Religion jokes via Facebook. Shark Jesus died for your fins.

25 Everyday Things You Never Knew Had Names. A few I did actually know, and a bunch I didn't.

So You Want to be a Manga-ka, as written by someone in the industry.

Jack Chick parody pamphlet based on the Cthulu Mythos.

Slime molds are weird.

A map of the languages people tweet in. Shiny!

Presidential candidates explained through D&D character sheets.

10 Things 90s Kids Will Have To Explain To Their Children: “I wanna really really really wanna zig a zig ahh,” has a meaning, and all true nineties kids know it, but we must never share it.

Also: Lisa Frank is not the name of a woman, it is the name of a movement, a culture, a way of living. It is a theory, a concept, a belief in something greater than yourself. It is the belief that all girls are entitled to dolphins covered with rainbows, jewel-encrusted frogs, and unicorns in acid-trip colors hugging each other. This is my childhood, you guys.

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