Intro post

Feb. 2nd, 2020 08:57 pm
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This isn't my most happening social-media outlet, but it's the longest and most-stable one I've ever been on, so I'm not going anywhere.

Some content is mirrored on a Wordpress blog at [wordpress.com profile] erinptah ([syndicated profile] erinptah_feed). Locked personal posts and [livejournal.com profile] fail_fandomanon link roundups are exclusive to DW. Fic recs and regular(ish) work roundups are exclusive to Wordpress.

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Webcomics!


But I'm A Cat Person

But I'm A Cat Person: Two ordinary graduates adopt a puppy…which turns out to be a magical shapeshifting battle monster. Now one of them is involved in a soul-binding ownership contract, rich and powerful people are lurking around looking to challenge them, and they still can’t find any companies that are hiring.

Featuring adventure, politics, magic, and lesbians. Combines the struggle of modern-day underemployed geeky millennials with the ethical dilemmas that you normally try not to think about while playing Pokémon.

Leif & Thorn

Leif & Thorn: Sparkly queer bilingual fantasy comedy. Dragonslaying hero Thorn Estragon and his team of loyal knights are assigned to guard a foreign embassy; Leif works there as a gardener, serving his native Sønheim in order to pay off a mysterious debt. Thorn doesn’t speak Leif’s language too well when they first meet — but he’s about to find a lot of reasons to learn.

Featuring trauma recovery, slow-burn romance, cross-cultural communication, and trying to pick the perfect song for karaoke night.

(Also still available: full archives of And Shine Heaven Now, the world's second-most-popular Hellsing-related comic.)
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After the December talking meme, I figured revisiting this would be a worthy follow-up!

YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, I want to know 28 things about you. I don't care if we've never talked, never really clicked, or if we already know everything about each other. I really don't. You are obviously on my flist, so let me know with whom I'm friends!

1. Your Middle Name:
2. Age:
3. Single or Taken:
4. Favorite Movie:
5. Favorite Song or Album:
6. Favorite Band/Artist:
7. Dirty or Clean:
8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
9. Do we know each other outside of LJ/DW the Internet?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favorite memory of us?
14. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes (for yourself, so forget all the 'world peace etc' malarky) - what are they?
17. Can we get together and make a cake?
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favorite subject at school?
22. Describe your accent
23. If you could change anything about me, would you?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Trousers or skirts?
26. Cigarettes or alcohol?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together? (If you have no idea, just say something crazy, it'll entertain me!)
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?
erinptah: (daily show)
"Settled in their new countries, as years and sometimes decades go by, they often find these objects precious reminders of the lives left behind. They're cherished long after the crisis has passed. In some cases, these keepsakes remind refugees and migrants of an essential part of who they are. NPR's story about how a toy monkey ended up becoming a connection to a previously unknown part of a German boy's family inspired us to look for other similar stories."

"The president’s video posted Wednesday did not shield the faces of special operation forces. Current and former Defense Department officials told Newsweek that information concerning what units are deployed and where is almost always classified and is a violation of operational security."

"Attorneys general from nine states and the District of Columbia wrote the court in January, 2017, urging the judge not to approve the recall process. The notices weren’t descriptive or informative enough, they noted, and Remington hadn’t even tried to find its rifles’ owners. [...] But in March 2017, Smith approved the settlement. By then, only 22,000 people had sent in their Model 700s. That left as many as seven million unfixed rifles in circulation — “guns,” the attorneys general noted, “that might go off accidentally at any time.”"

"Hate crime reports increased 17 percent last year from 2016, the F.B.I. said on Tuesday, rising for the third consecutive year as heated racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news." (Notice the use of the passive voice, here.)

"I’ve long understood that the dangers of global warming are real and rising. I’ve seen its power firsthand in the form of receding glaciers, dried lake beds, and Sierra tree stands taken down by bark beetles. This is the first time, though, that I smelled and tasted it in my home."

"I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney." (Note: it's got sexual harassment & homophobia in the mix.) (On the plus side, it prompted me to offer this morning's cable guy a -- much-needed, as it turned out -- bathroom break.)
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Okay, these threads may all not be from 2018 -- I haven't done a [community profile] fail_fandomanon roundup in, uh, a while -- but I'm using this as an excuse to offload them all anyway.

A statistics anon did round up the 10 most active threads of 2018. There's the Tumblr implosion, the Yuletide lead-up, some multifandom threads...and a whole lot of Infinity War and Voltron, which I almost totally missed.

The final thread (with links to the rest) of Nonnie Reads Anger Is A Gift, in which someone else digs into all the failings of this book so you don't have to. (Notable because the author, Mark Oshiro, has built a career on social-justice criticism of other writers...and then he goes ahead and writes classic Bury Your Gays, aggravating plot holes, "a crowd of people picks up a disabled kid by the wheelchair without asking," and "narrator thinks 'this was what it took...he didn't know if it was enough' when his Hispanic lesbian supposedly-BFF gets beaten up by cops.")

"Linking historical events with supernatural influences/agents in fiction: What do nonnies think about this? Is it okay when the events are beyond living memory (‘the Beast of Gévaudan really was a werewolf’ or ‘the French Revolution and Reign of Terror were engineered by vampires’ or whatever) but not when they are more recent?" Good discussion.

"Should you warn for period attitudes towards minorities when discussing or recommending a book written in that period?" Another one. Covers a lot of different situations and nuances.

Studies indicating that sex ed is a good and healthy thing. In case someone wants you to back that up.

Jobs You Have Had: "What are they? Did you love, like, hate them? Any special skills a particular job really needs that aren't commonly known?"

Wildest experiences with rich people: "I used to work at a store that catered to women who were generally very wealthy and very cheap. I still remember the customer who returned a $600 set of dishes because they weren't dishwasher safe. This was a problem, she said, because "the help" took too long to handwash them and she'd have to pay them for the extra work hours."

"Disability in fandom: Your experiences? I'm still amused by how many people think it's impossible for blind people to use computers."

"Weird/dumb things you believed as a child." Unfailingly entertaining.

"What things did you like to do as a child that don't fit within the widespread typical expectations of 'how kids play'?" Same.

"Which [canons] blew your mind, changed your mind, or just taught you something or introduced you to something that deeply impacted your worldview?"

"It's just that bara tends towards the two body types of Man Subdermally Smuggling Watermelons and Man Subdermally Smuggling Watermelons But With Some Belly Fat instead of yaoi's traditional Willowy Man With Large Hands and Taller Willowy Man With Larger Hands!"

"Give Us Your Best Sith Name. Remember, you’re competing with Darth Insanius and Darth Icky."

And finally, an enterprising poet!anon writes of the passing of LJ fandom...
I met a commenter from an antique site,
Who said—“Two vast inactive comms of fics
Stand in the LJ. ... Near them, in style light,
A sad calendar lies, and links,
To sister comms and dead affiliates.
We see its users once those fanworks read
Which yet survive, behind these broken cuts;
The fans that sporked them, and the wanks they fed;
And on the profile page, these words appear:
"My name is Social Network, Megafandom;
Look on my Works, ye trendy, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal comm, boundless and bare
The self-replying spambots chat away.”
erinptah: Cat in a backpack (cat)

Finishing up the December talking meme, a respectably-short amount of time into January: Kaldra wanted me to write about cats.

Cats are great. They're beautiful, they're nerds, they're helpful, they're doofuses, they're adorable. I finally got on Instagram this year, and I'm making sure my gallery has a healthy proportion of cats, because I have a heck of a backlog of photos and it's not like I'm doing anything else with them.

I've spent basically all my adult life having Housemates With Cats. This is the beautiful fluff I've been living with since summer:

Cat on sketchbook

He is the cuddliest critter you ever will meet. He insists on sitting on my sketchbooks, sometimes when I'm in the middle of drawing in them. Every night when I go to bed, he follows me in and spends several minutes diligently licking my face.

I'm scheduled to move out tomorrow, to a place with no housemates, much less cats. Yet. There are vague cat-acquiring plans farther in the future. (I definitely want to get all the furniture in place first.)

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It makes people think every government program is coming to a screeching halt -- and if there are no visible effects on their lives, their next thought will be "wow, what do we need government for anyway??"

Even though, if the operation of the federal government did really shut down, they would Notice.

Imagine if all flights were grounded because the TSA wasn't in service. Imagine if Social Security checks went on hold, and Medicare service stopped being covered. Imagine no mail being delivered. Imagine how everyone with an international business would feel if the borders were actually closed, even for a very short time. Imagine not a single member of the Secret Service being on-duty.

And, on a slight time-delay, imagine the outbreaks of e.coli that could happen while the FDA isn't checking your food, or the terrorist attacks that could be planned while the FBI isn't listening.

What's really happening is "lots of government employees are continuing to come to work without getting paid."

...which is kind of amazing, if you think about it. Anyone who doesn't work in public service: imagine if your boss said "hey, listen, you're not getting your next paycheck, but keep coming to work anyway, we'll have you covered eventually." You wouldn't believe it for a second. You'd assume there was bankruptcy on the horizon. Maybe you'd stay long enough to raid the supply closet, but the next day would be spent sleeping in, watching Netflix, and updating your resume.

(Congress, btw, is not included in this deferment. Because of course they're not.)

(December talking meme.)
 

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What it says on the tin.

A response to various facets of Discourse...and if you cringed just reading that phrase, feel free to skip the whole thing. I'll completely understand.

In no particular order...

Strive in all things to be thoughtful and be chill. )

(December talking meme.)

erinptah: Cat in christmas lights (christmas)
Shard prompted "List off any gifts you received over the holidays, and if you'd like and/or want to fill space, tell us which one(s) you like most and why."

Okay, first one is this lovely Yuletide fic, which I'm pretty sure is the longest I've ever gotten, phwoah:

Holiday Hours (find us where we want to be) (11338 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Pet Shop of Horrors
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Count D/Leon Orcot, Chris Orcot & Leon Orcot, Chris Orcot & Pon-chan & T-chan | Tetsu, Count D & Chris Orcot & Leon Orcot
Characters: Chris Orcot, Leon Orcot, Count D (Pet Shop of Horrors), T-chan | Tetsu (Pet Shop of Horrors), Pon-chan (Pet Shop of Horrors), Honlon (briefly)
Additional Tags: Found Family, Christmas Fluff, Unresolved Emotional Tension, Surprise Party, POV Alternating, Yuletide 2018
Summary:

Where a pet shop in Chinatown explores the true meaning of Christmas, and what was obvious all along is finally realized. At least, in part.

Featuring, the cast of:

A Very Oblivious Detective (Leon Orcot)
A Very Put Upon Shop Owner (Count D)
All I Want For Christmas Is to Make People Happy (Chris Orcot)
A Merry Band of Misfits (T-chan and Pon-chan)
And Background Gossips (who ship it)



I haven't even gotten a chance to comment yet, it's so long -- but if you're in the fandom, go give it some kudos.

There are some family visits coming up in January, and more things designated Christmas Presents will be handed around then. Like I said in an earlier post, we're not real sentiment about specific dates.

So far: all the RL gifts are practical and useful, but not much to blog about. Literally towels, hangers, a chest of drawers, an afghan, a vacuum cleaner. A couple of large checks, some of which is getting invested in fandom merch (there are a few webcomic collections I've had my eye on), most of which will go toward rent, groceries, and my IRA.

Adulthood, everyone!
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“A 61-year-old person in my sample told me that they lived the vast majority of their life as though they were a gay man and was mistaken often as a drag queen after coming out. They didn’t discover nonbinary until they were in their 50s, and it was a freeing moment of understanding that nothing is wrong. They didn’t have to force themselves into the gay-man or trans-woman box — they could just be them. They described it as transcendent.

"Evelyn Berezin, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building and marketing the first computerized word processor, died on Saturday in Manhattan. [...] Ms. Berezin held nine computer-related patents."

"Motto and his team had enough data to determine that their work was unprecedented in the history of suicide research. In the first two years following hospitalization, the suicide rate of the control group was nearly twice as high as that of the contact group."

Parallax in action. (Someone put a light on a model train, then drove it around a dark room and filmed the beautiful shadows.)

"The people making these memes obviously have never seen some of the weird ass shit in old-timey photos." (Contains B&W vintage photography of what is definitely an old-timey fursuit.)

CollegeHumor sketch: the CEO of Tumblr makes the slow-building discovery of what all the content on his site is.

By the way, if you're on Discord, come take a look at the Comic Tea Party webcomic discussion group! They host regular chats on a variety of comics – and Leif & Thorn is scheduled for January 17.

A few more webcomic discord servers I'm on: SpiderForest Collective, Comicadia, and StArt Faire. (I sure hope all those links are current. Discord is...weird about that.)
erinptah: Cat in christmas lights (christmas)
"Democrats in North Carolina earned 48.3 percent of the total vote cast in House races but appeared to win only three seats; Republicans had 50.4 percent of the vote and won at least nine seats." The poisonous effects of gerrymandering. With maps!

"If they’re good people looking for refuge, we’re Americans and we should have a heart and we should try to help them. [...] How much suffering and effort are they putting forth to get to our border? They are after some freedom and liberty and a better life." When literally Cliven Bundy thinks your immigration policy is racist and terrible, whoo boy.

"Toronto police are investigating a fire they believe was deliberately set at a Toronto hotel housing refugees [in October], stoking fears in some that it was motivated by anti-migrant sentiment."

"Ivanka, a White House senior adviser, used a personal account to send hundreds of emails last year to White House aides, cabinet officials and her assistants – many in violation of federal records rules." Because of course she did.

"As a 17-year-old girl scout, Cassandra Levesque led a campaign to end child marriage in New Hampshire, and was brushed aside by a state legislator. [...] Rather than being deterred, Ms. Levesque decided to take her crusade a step further: She ran for the State Legislature herself, and won." Such a power move. (I remember the original news story, and I am loving the sequel.)

"We were all really supportive at the beginning [...] We figured we didn’t know all the facts and something would happen and this won’t be a long-term thing." So...next time Trump says something that doesn't make sense, will you keep assuming that he's actually right because of secret facts that only he knows, or will you catch on?

"By the administration’s own estimate, on its current course (if nations around the world do nothing more to respond to the climate change threat) the planet will warm by 7 degrees by the end of the century. It means, as one Twitter commentator pointed out, that climate change is not only real, but catastrophic… and the response is to burn more carbon because we’re all dead anyway." As always, the people running the con job know exactly how disastrous their ideas are. They just don't care.

"Six degrees of separation? That sick bastard was in my passenger seat. And I didn’t know because I was too busy loudly proclaiming that I was just exactly the sort of man who couldn’t be trusted with knowing." (At least for some people, the delayed self-awareness eventually kicks in.)

"Scott Warren has a far stronger claim as to the sincerity of his religious beliefs than Hobby Lobby did. He has a far stronger claim to such devout sincerity than any of the no-cakes-for-gays bakers or florists, too. [...] Warren’s actions on behalf of immigrants are in accord with the most-repeated commandment of the Hebrew scriptures and with the very founding of Christianity at Pentecost in the New Testament." I'm guessing it won't, but, listen, good for this guy.

"But [research on actually-proven-false rape accusations] suggests that every part of this narrative is wrong. What’s more, it’s wrong in ways that help real rapists escape justice, while perversely making it more likely that we will miss the signs of false reports." Important!

(Putting this on the December talking meme.)
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Going back as far as possible for [personal profile] jesse_the_k's prompt, "Something you read|watched|listened to before high school that you still think of fondly today."

(And actually keeping it short this time, for once.)

When I was in kindergarten, my parents told me "hey, you're going to sit down with the principal and vice principal and read them a chapter of The Hobbit."

Many, many years later, it clicked that, hey, that was probably a test. Parents were trying to get school to recognize that kid was reading waaaay above grade level, school officials figured parents were being starry-eyed and unrealistic about their kid's abilities, a proof-of-concept demonstration was arranged.

But they wisely didn't tell me that, and I just figured, hey, this is a great book and anyone would enjoy having it read to them, so why not?

Bag End

I read chapter 2 -- past all the character introduction, but not so far into the adventure that you can't pick up the continuity. It's the one where they nearly get eaten by trolls, and are saved by some last-minute Gandalf counter-trolling.

Also, probably the funniest chapter. Not sure whether that was chosen deliberately, but it worked out well -- the officials could tell I understood what I was reading, because I laughed at all the right parts.

There are "series I discovered young and still appreciate" that are more kid-accessible -- the Oz books, Calvin and Hobbes, the Bailey School Kids, Madeline, Narnia, Aliens Ate My Homework, and half a dozen classic Cartoon Network shows all come to mind. But I didn't actually discover those first. Whereas Dad was an old-school D&D nerd, so a copy of The Hobbit was right within reach.

(December talking meme.)
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An anonymous commenter wanted to know (if it wasn't too spoilery), "I'd love to hear about Thorn's previous relationships, how they ended and why. Why is it he wasn't dating at the start. Who was his first heartbreak that you hinted at? Ditto for Leif."

Some of this will actually come up in the strip in a few weeks! So anyone who wants to experience it there totally unprepared, skip the rest of this entry.

No spoilers for any of the larger plot arcs, though.

Thorn:

  • First boyfriend: they were middle-school-aged, it was very cute, then the other kid's family moved away.

  • Second boyfriend: a couple years later. The guy had a thing about lying to make himself look good -- not so different from Holly's boasting in Fish Story, except that it was a long-term problem. When one of Thorn's moms died, and Thorn switched from "captivated audience" to "person in acute need of support," the boyfriend broke it off.

  • So the breakup was pretty scalding, but the loss of his mother was the real heartbreak. Thorn's emotions were really shut-down over the next few years, right into when he started military training. It was also during this time he settled on the idea that all the stress in his parents' marriage came from how much his mom "had to travel for work," so if he was going to be a knight, he couldn't have a serious romance for the duration.

  • He tried a bit of casual dating during the early days, found it unsatisfying, and gave up on the whole prospect...until now.


Leif:

  • Never dated in school. His parents' arrest happened before he got a chance to start. He wasn't pulled out of class and thrown straight into servitude, but his new status wasn't a secret, either.

  • He's had a string of friends-with-benefits arrangements with other servants, rarely lasting more than a few months.

  • Something I haven't settled on yet: we know it was highly exploitative when Leif got offered up as Stanczia and Imri's dubiously-consensual dinner. And we know it's legally possible to rent an indentured servant for sex, even without their uncoerced consent. It hasn't come up in the strip whether that's also happened to Leif or not. (Not that these would be relationships, but they sure would affect why he's reluctant to have any.)

  • So if I put that on the table, will it be a Buffy-style "the metaphor was covering your point just fine, and then you threw in non-metaphorical sexual assault and it made everything weird" situation?

  • Or if I leave it off, is that a case of "hang on, this is supposed to be a slaveowning regime, don't whitewash the awfulness of that by softpedaling any of the consequences"?


(Thoughts welcome!)
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I feel like Daily/Colbert fandom was destined not to survive the move to Tumblr.

Not least because there was no easy way to cordon off your RPF (or RPF-adjacent) discussion/fanworks/squee from the (very broad) general population of People Who Watch The Daily Show.



On top of that, the changing hosts didn't leave us much to go on.

Huge swaths of the legal online video archives were dropped, meaning new fans were locked out of access to the material.

There was no obvious replacement to fill the gap of "two young handsome men with a shamelessly homoerotic friendship."

John Oliver has done a lot toward "rich character-based quasi-separate reality with a funny internal mythology," but on a premium network with a smaller reach.



And I'm probably not the only one whose general ability to watch news-comedy shows has dropped off pretty hard.

Starting before the election, when some of them were making lazy jokes that reinforced sexist narratives people were buying into, and continuing afterward when even the on-the-ball ones (shoutout to Sam Bee and John Oliver) have had nonstop awful material to work with.

(Still mad about Colbert's sarcastic "yeah, sure, it's totally normal for a grandmother to want access to the nuclear codes." Whenever it's been a grandFATHER running for that position, literally nobody brought it up. Huh. Gee. How 'bout that.)



So it might be for the best that the fandom decline happened at just the right time to leave it mostly-unsullied by this era of politics.

And you all know I'm delighted that Jon and "Stephen" canonically went off to live in a cabin in the woods together.



(Cap from the Christmas special, but we can all assume it's probably the same cabin.)

Doesn't stop me from missing it anyway, that's all.

(Prompted by [personal profile] muccamukk in the December talking meme.)
erinptah: Human Luna (sailor moon)
Still catching up on the December talking meme, going off a prompt from [personal profile] melannen.

At some point when I was in school my family went on a trip -- I think it was either Toronto (out of the country) or San Diego (opposite coast) -- and we passed by this shop that was visibly full of anime merch. This was obviously not on Mom's list of Improving Tourist Stops, but I took one look at that window and by golly we were going in.

Sure enough, the place was packed with obscure stuff. Floor to ceiling. I only had eyes for the Sailor Moon merch (this must've been pre-Hellsing, even), and it did not disappoint. Lots of imports in the original Japanese packaging, including dolls that were actually on-model, and notebooks/stickers going all the way up to the Starlights, and all kinds of stuff.

Most of it I held onto from then all the way up until six months ago, when I did that big pre-move giveaway.

Here's the one thing I kept:



Lil' Sailor Moon coin bank! With the pose from the end of her SMR transformation -- and the DiC logo, so, not an import? Actual North-America-licensed merchandise that you'd think I would've been able to purchase anywhere in the US?

But I never saw anything like it in the various local nerd stores back home, before or since. So I'm glad I snagged it when I did.

Maybe one of these days I'll even actually use it for coins.
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Okay, I'm officially a day behind in the December talking meme. I'll double up on Sunday. For now: [personal profile] hokuton_punch wanted me to talk about Integra Hellsing!

...which felt weirdly hard to do, because I feel like everything I have to say about her, I've already said. At length. And none of it has changed -- she's still amazing and wonderful and one of my favorite characters ever.

But once I started, things got rolling just like old times.



Integra was cool from the first episode -- which is mostly an introductory showcase of how terrifying and badass Alucard is, but when you get to see her, dealing with this powerful monstrosity so calmly, you know she's got something special.

It feels so weird to say this now, but on first watch, it wasn't until Order 03 that a switch flipped and I was sold on her completely. )
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Final season is about to drop, so...

I've actually been watching the whole time, but pretty sure I've never talked about it anywhere? Because I don't have enough feelings about it to be worth venturing into the massive wankpit that is the fandom.

But I do have some feelings, and may as well put them down somewhere.

In no particular order, general thoughts:

  • First-season setup was good!
  • Classic dramatic "we form Voltron for the first time out of friendship+panic" scene, good comedy "wait, how did we do that? will it help if we stack all our lions on top of each other? ...and I'll form the head?" follow-up.
  • Pidge is cool. Yeah, my fave is the Velma/Nenene mashup, no surprise there. (I was unspoiled for the twist, and didn't see it coming, which was nice.)
  • Fans who try to treat Pidge as Canon Representation of anything other than a standard "girl dresses as a boy to sneak into something" plot arc are...tiring.
  • Allura is also cool. Elegant space-elf princess who's secretly a dork and turns out to be awesome at martial arts? Nice.
  • Favorite side characters: those two Galra henchwomen. Can't keep track of their names (or what they're doing most of the time, tbh), but if I say Purple Jasper and Purple Ty Lee you'll know who I mean.
  • There's a little too much "we can't take Voltron into battle, the supervillains might get it!" angst, at least in the early seasons. What's the point of having a legendary battle mech if all you can do with it is hide it?
  • The plot could be really all-over-the-place. I would watch a season, then come to the internet later and see people having deep discussions about a whole chunk I had totally forgotten, because it was so disconnected from the rest that it just dropped out of my mind.
  • Feels like that got more pronounced as the seasons went on, but I couldn't swear to it, and I'm not rewatching them all to check.
  • Special note: that handwavey game-show filler episode, in the most recent season? That kind of thing is designed to be a recap, refreshing casual viewers on all the salient plot points and where the different factions stand, before diving into the finale. And this one was just...random. There were funny jokes, don't get me wrong! But not much else.
  • Also, the clone subplot in particular was rough. Every twist seemed to come out of nowhere, and leave no broader worldbuilding consequences in its wake.
  • I'm sure Shiro will be happy with his shiny new battle mech, but it's still kind of a bummer that he'll never really be reintegrated with Team Voltron.
  • In spite of all this griping, I'm tuning in for the final season. It has its funny moments, and some good character stuff, and I'm sure we'll get a heartwarming ending full of the Power of Friendship.
  • Also, gotta get the firsthand look, so when the wankbomb explodes I'll have some idea what everyone is yelling about.

And, on their own special list, thoughts about shipping!

  • I figured Lotura was gonna crash and burn when Lotor was revealed as evil eventually, but the execution was really good. Lots of "wait, this thing he's doing is actually helpful, and has no obvious ulterior motive" buildup. You can believe the characters were won over.
  • Allura sucker-punching him into a wall afterward (or was it a floor? or whatever) was Good Content.
  • Klance was never gonna happen.
  • Sheith had more plausible "romantic tropey setup" moments, but if it was gonna happen, TPTB never would've included things like "you're my brother" and "here's an on-screen shot of them meeting when Keith is 12." (Note: this does not make it OMG Terrible for fans to ship it.)
  • Holtcest had...uncomfortable amounts of canon chemistry. It's like someone decided "okay, everyone knows these two aren't going to be a canon couple, so nobody will feel shipteased if we play them like they're in a Folger's commercial."
  • Allurance is fine. Standard setup, the general tropes aren't my thing and the execution isn't doing anything new, but it's not rushed or obnoxious, either.
  • Shiro having a male ex, in a serious relationship, was an awesome reveal.
  • The discovery that TPTB had secret backup "no homo" alt-scripts for their conversation highlights how precarious our representation still is. The team must've had to fight up to the very last minute to get it in.
  • Pulling a Bury Your Gays with the ex was a poor choice, but I have a hunch it was because didn't have the stamina to fight with management for a second scene with him and Shiro, even a post-romantic "we've both moved on, but I'm glad you're okay now" scene.
  • If Shiro is getting married off to a random new bf in the final credits? That's cool bu me. More would be great, but when it comes to "m/m content in Western kids' cartoons" this already is more than usual, and will raise the bar for whoever comes next.
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Ever since Tumblr's description of what will be banned under the new TOS, I've picked up so many links about the subtleties and complications of defining "female-presenting nipples."

"To date, I believe I’m the only transmasculine person I’ve met who neither binds their breasts nor is seeking top surgery. I can tell myself all I want that there’s nothing wrong with me and that I should just ignore other people’s reactions, but it isn’t that simple."

"I didn’t lose my ability to walk around at night feeling safe once I started identifying as a woman. It happened at some arbitrary point when men found me attractive enough at a distance to approach me. It’s my femininity, not my being transgender, that has brought about much of this privilege loss, and it’s misogyny that robs women of these privileges."

"The police report read: Mr. Jones continued to yell that he had the right to show his breasts in public and wanted to be recognized as a female."

NSFW (it's literally a porn site, sorry...): bearded, handsome, muscular trans guy who hasn't had top surgery, and yet.

"It's only the American copies that are being censored. It seems that it probably made people uncomfortable. But that's part of what's interesting about the cover, I think, is that it's playing with those ideas of gender roles. He's topless, you can see that he's a man, but if you look at his face, he looks like a woman and he's so beautiful, he's both in that picture, in a way. I think that's what's interesting about it." (The model later came out as a trans woman, but as I understand it, he was closeted and wasn't on estrogen at the time.)

As for that art: "a collection of Leif & Thorn characters with bare chests. Including at least one cis man, cis woman, trans man, trans woman, intersex woman, transmasculine enby on T, transfeminine enby on estrogen, and transmasc+transfem enbies on no hormones. (All adults here, in case you were worried.)"

(December talking meme.)
erinptah: Cat in christmas lights (christmas)
Roundup post like all the cool kids are doing. This whole migration is shaking out tips & tricks that are new to me, and I've been hanging around this site since it was founded.

How to download and save all your Tumblr content. (Not your likes, but all the posts/images/messages associated with a given blog or sideblog.)

Dreamwidth official post: "So you allow pornographic images here and you're proud of that fact?" "We sure do and we sure are!"

Article from Wired that interviews the founders of DW and Pillowfort about how their week has been.

From [personal profile] staranise: Basic Dreamwidth for Tumblr users

From [personal profile] musyc: Full list of offsite accounts that work in DW coding (when typing <user name="username" site="site">)

From [personal profile] sylvaine: More advanced Dreamwidth tips and tricks

From [personal profile] kore: How to filter out tags on Dreamwidth (...I did not even realize this was possible, wow)

From [community profile] fail_fandomanon, since DW usernames can't be changed for free: What makes a good username?

Also from FFA: thread with Dreamwidth recs, comms, and etiquette tips

From [personal profile] melannen: How to make discussion happen on Dreamwidth

From [personal profile] siderea (in 2011, but evergreen): The recipe for encouraging maximum engagement on your LJ/DW

From [personal profile] conuly: How to create a DW feed for a Tumblr you want to follow (plus other useful links)

From [tumblr.com profile] copperbadge: A directory of social media handles to find Tumblr users on other sites

From [tumblr.com profile] inu-fiction: Backing up your fannish meta on AO3

This is another "well, technically it includes 100 words of original content" filler post, but I'm still taking Actual Prompts (in between the notes about topics that have been on my mind anyhow) in the December talking meme.
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  • Put together furniture
  • Shred my own cheese
  • Rake leaves, shovel snow, cut grass
  • Wash dishes
  • Transcribe audio, and/or text in images
  • Move a lot of boxes
  • Replace a hard drive
  • Walk any distance to do laundry

(This list brought to you by, though not limited to, my next impending move.)

I may not have house-buying money, but at least I'm still managing to make the Life Transition into "willing to outsource minor annoyances rather than spend the time."

I also pay for a lot of digital music now. Although I do it with the gift cards Bing gives you for using their search engine, so that may not be quite the same category.

(December talking meme.)
erinptah: A map. (writing)
...is what [personal profile] umadoshi wanted to know about, so I'm gonna come at it from both sides.

As a reader: my favorite thing is that there's such a low barrier to entry. I get to read comics by people who would never be accepted by publishers because the content is too niche (which used to include "too gay", although fortunately that's changing). Or because the creator doesn't know the right people, and networking takes stamina/skills, which don't automatically come with being a good artist.

Or even because the comic is genuinely Not That Great. Sometimes those are fun anyway! And having them online gives the artist the motivation to keep working, and then you can watch them get great in realtime.

The main tradeoff is that the flake-out rate is high, but you're not immune from that in any medium. ("George R.R. Martin, please write and write faster...")

And on balance it doesn't get me down. Definitely not enough to stop me from checking out new strips. I'm just impressed at how many people are dedicated enough to keep them up at all for no money, or for "some money, but it sure doesn't pay the rent." (*cough*here is a Patreon*cough*)




As a creator: going back to this line I loved from the ComicLab podcast, "Cartooning has this wonderful ability to let you be a super-performative public isolationist."

So, listen, sometimes I have your standard "being a famous public performer" daydreams. Like, a song will come up on shuffle and I'll flash to the idea of me singing it on stage, got the perfect dance routine to go with, the crowd is Swept Up with Amazement and Awe and so on.

But the idea of doing anything like that in reality is horrifying. Crashes up against the problems that I'm not a good singer and don't have any dance training and hate addressing crowds and get generally nervous about doing things live.

So I make comics -- and people still follow along, get engaged, post theories and compliments and so on -- but I get to sit behind it, so the art is what people are interacting with, and I never have to get directly involved unless I want to.

You don't even need to talk to anyone to get started! Sure, there are collaborations and anthologies and application-based collectives, there are specific levels that you need to make connections to enter. But in general? Free webcomic-centric hosting platforms have existed for my entire Internet life. Fill out the automated signup form and you can just go.

(December talking meme.)

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