Observations of a 7-year-old fangirl

Frog's evil laugh
The small fanperson has begun watching Merlin (for which you can blame [personal profile] slashspouse, as he put it on). Thus far, she has observed that Arthur looks a lot like Freddy from Scooby-Doo.

Well, she's not wrong.

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Susannah Dean is badass
Tonight, my no-longer-just-D&D group is starting character generation for a short campaign based on seanan_mcguire 's Sparrow Hill Road stories (which is set in her Incryptid universe, but I'm mostly ignoring that for now, because, well, 3-4 session campaign), run by yours truly. I am so excited!

Also, my Kindle autocorrect kept trying to turn RPG into DOG. Which, in some ways, might have been appropriate.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Welp, it was inevitable

babsoy
Here, now, on her seventh birthday, I have had to explain to my daughter (not for the first time) that some day, people will try to take away some of her right to make her own decisions just because she's a girl.

Fuck you, Hobby Lobby and (5/8ths of) SCOTUS. Or better yet, let no one ever fuck you again.

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What I want to know

Danae
What demented human being came up with the idea of goody bags for children's birthday parties?

Seriously, when did the standard exchange of "gift for cake and fun" become insufficient?

This message brought to you by the pile of plastic and sugar on my dining room table.

(And YES, I caved, sue me. OTOH, there is an awesome Frozen balloon in my living room. Elsa looks like she's telling me to buck up.)

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Throwback Thursday: I had a plan

fangirl
Seven years ago today, I was posting about birth plans:

Had my 40-week appointment today. No real progress, but now there is a Plan.

Said Plan never came to fruition, as the small fanperson made her debut three days later.

This weekend: birthday party!

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Don't even get me started on "Briar Beauty"

fangirl
Dear creators of Ever After High:

You know, I'm not even going to get into the Bratz-like designs or the shoes that would make the women from Sex in the City wince in ankle pain (seriously, those are some scary shoes), or, well, Raven.

Instead, I'm just going to point out that while I get the thematic idea, it is deeply, deeply messed up that you have had Snow White name her daughter "Apple."

No love,
Lucy

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Garcia
Went to see How to Train Your Dragon 2 with the small fanperson, [personal profile] lydiabell and her spouse and small fanperson. It was a fun movie, as always made more enjoyable by having a little girl snuggling up to me.

It was, as I said, a generally enjoyable movie, with a couple of emotional gut-punches, one I expected and one I didn't.

Spoilers are flying in this post, but it's mostly about me.Collapse )

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Random spot-the-reference of the day

Tiana cooking
For some reason, in my various True Crime viewings, I keep running in to mentions of Shreveport, LA.

And I only notice them because I can never hear a reference to Shreveport without mentally hearing a jocular voice saying, "Go to bed! Y'all from Shreveport?"

I will probably still be hearing that 20 years from now.

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My last 48 hours in math

Ida
+ I got to spend lots of time with my small fanperson. Nothing special, just chillin'.

- Shiny New Laptop proved to have difficulties, and I had to take it back.

+ Got an even better laptop for the same price.

- Had to do all the work of customizing it again.

+ A lot of said work was done for me via various logins.

- Doctor's office never got around to refilling my daily morphine, and I ran out last night.

+ Walk-in clinic broke usual policy to give me enough to tide me over the weekend. Juuuuust starting to kick in.

-/+ Triggers for sexual assaultCollapse )

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Another day, another random thought

fangirl
This is tangential to a post I have brewing, but:

I am finding myself annoying with many self-proclaimed cynics (or "realists" of whatever name they give themselves). Lately it just seems like an excuse to avoid critical thinking (if everything sucks, then you don't have to think about things like misogyny or institutionalized racism, because hey, everyone sucks!) and too often, for doing any of the heavy lifting.*

*Note that I always respect anyone's decision to sit out a whatever. It's this particular iteration (the world will always suck to some degree so why bother trying to make it suck less?) that's annoying me.

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Help a homeowner out

fangirl
Longtime readers might remember our driveway issues, but for those who don't: our driveway directly abuts our neighbors, with nothing to indicate the property line. It basically looks like a two-car driveway that heads back to two garages. For some reason, it consistently eludes our neighbors and their guests that half of this driveway is ours and must be kept clear for our use, and half is theirs. (In what totally figures, the current residents, who frequently park in the middle are related to the ones who lived their when S was born, who were forever asking us or guests to move cars from our side so they could back out around one of their fifty cars).

We're having problems with very, very petty vandalism (we found a fishhook in the gate of our new fence that kept us from opening it from the inside, things like that), so we've bought a "No Trespassing sign). However, we're still having trouble with the driveway, and are pretty much at the end of the "ask politely" strategy. Even though we've made our wishes and requirements absolutely crystal clear, it never hurts to make sure it's unambiguous in a way that cops and/or the city can see. So we're looking into a custom "no parking" sign.

And since my flist is made of geniuses: Any ideas for wording? We basically want to say that this --> side of the driveway is reserved for the use of the homeowners and their guests. Ideas?

ETA I appreciate other suggestions, but really, we've been living with this problem for years, so trust me, we've thought of it ;). I really just need help wording the sign. Thanks!

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Random drive-by

Miss Marple
I am usually irritated by the way adaptations of Agatha Christie novels either erase or minimize young male protagonists (it's actually a larger issue, I've noticed - see Jonathan Harker in pretty much every adaptation of Dracula ever)*, or else age them up (see Hastings in pretty much every Poirot, ever), but I find I quite like Sparkling Cyanide, even though it does just that.

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*One reason I am enjoying the Jonathan Harker Mysteries despite them being of sort of midling quality. I like his character in Dracula, and it annoys me that he gets pushed to the background in so many adaptations.

I really need to write up more of the books Ive been reading. Because I've been reading a LOT lately.

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Wanted: Oz recs. As in "Wizard of"

ozma
In an effort to distract myself from (a) the Martian Death Cold ([personal profile] wa, I am SO SORRY) and (b) depressing news and equally depressing (if predictable ) responses, I have been rereading the original Oz books. This has put me in a very Ozzy mood. A few months ago, I read a tidy handful of Oz re-imaginings. I would like to read more, but the genre is kind of...fraught in a number of ways (this one removes any and all trials from the story; that one wants to make sure you know it was really men/a man who made Oz what it is, grrr), so I thought I'd ask you all:

Any Oz re-imaginings/sequels/etc you especially love? I'm not going to try to list the ones I've read just yet, because hey, someone else might see your rec.

Two addendums: (1) I've read Wicked ;). (2) Despite my fairly obvious issue above re: all about boys/men, I'm kind of interested in The Lost Boy of Oz. It's available in a book with some other stories that sound interesting, but it's ridiculously expensive, so I don't want to invest without a rec from someone I trust.

Thanks! I will try to write up some book reviews eventually.

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Wrong universe, generally right idea.

I'm Batgirl's Mom
Random thought I had yesterday:

If a superhero in my city suddenly acquires a sidekick, or a superhero who is roughly the same size as my child suddenly appears, at the same time that my hitherto reliable and bookish child suddenly starts missing curfew, sneaking out, and otherwise behaving strangely, I will immediately move one city over and start teaching all my classes on-line. Possibly I will mysteriously disappear and leave my child in the care of a loving aunt, who knows?

(Yes, I know lists of these things exist. Don't spoil my fun.)

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It progresses

fangirl
Must...keep...grading.

Post...pretty...stuff?

{/dramatic collapse}*

*By the way, you have not SEEN acting until you've seen a not-quite-seven-year-old pretend to faint in ladylike shock. Sarah Bernhardt has NOTHING on this child.

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Happy Mother's Day

Frog's evil laugh
Mostly obvious stuffCollapse )

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Dear people on my facebook feed

fangirl
1. Students still say the Pledge of Allegiance in most schools, and most still include "Under God." Special note to my uncle: much of "[your] generation," however, did NOT say "under God," because it wasn't added until 1954, when my dad, your brother, was out of school and in the Air Force.

2. Kids can, in fact, pray in schools, and Christians can pray exactly the way Jesus said to: "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others." (Matthew 6:5) In other words, they can pray silently and without drawing attention to themselves. What they can't do is take class time to make the rest of the class listen to them pray.

3. Creation/Intelligent design is not taught in science classes because it is not science. If you want to argue for it to be taught, you have a much better shot of it if you don't require the biologist/anthropologist to do it. It is no more science than turtles all the way down is. (Also, stop with the banana thing, really. You are making yourselves look deeply stupid. Look up "wild banana" sometime.

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On her first real watching of Star Wars

Wendy goggles
(A New Hope, of course.)

The small fanperson: Sometimes, when you're old in movies, you can do magic.
~~~

Indeed, small fanperson, indeed.

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GOD, I LOVE THIS MOVIE

fangirl
This video of Marines going crazy over "Let It Go" is literally the best thing I have seen all week. Can I say how much I LOVE that a song about girls not holding back their strength and talent has struck such a universal chord (npi)? And okay, they like when she gets the sexy dress, BUT STILL.

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fangirl
Yes, I have done this before. A few times. Probably more than any other topic.

But [personal profile] mara is persuasive, so in honor of finding this BEST VIDEO EVER (seriously, SNL could take lessons), today on Grading Hell Theater:

You favorite characters visit Sesame Street. Discuss. And don't feel like you can't reuse one that's already been done. Just give it a new twist!

My answers in comments when I switch rooms, here ;).

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Grading Hell Theater: the RPG edition

Claudia
I need happy things right now.

I was going to post a Random Thought of the Day That Someone Else Has Probably Already Had: seanan_mcguire 's Incryptid universe would make an awesome RPG setting. And this made me think wistfully of the Friday the 13th: the Series and/or Warehouse 13 game I wanted to run that I never seem to get around to.

And then I thought, hey! GHT!

So, what other sources would you set a Role Playing Game in? Feel free to expand as much or as little as you would like.

Note: it occurs to me that jimhines ' princess universe would make a good one, too. Set post-series, maybe when spoilersCollapse ) Characters could be girls (and boys, I suppose) from previously unexplored fairy tales. Did we ever learn anything about Goldilocks? Jack and the Beanstock. Goldilocks (real name player's choice) could have destroyed the temple of a bear cult in her home country and had to flee or something like.

Your turn!

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Trigger warnings for college courses

Boot and Mask
I have been reading some discussions lately about the idea of providing trigger warnings for material in a given college course, generally somewhere that the student would see said warnings before selecting the course. (Note: I am not linking to any stories because I really want to talk about the general idea, not the specific implementations.) Unlike the requirement that schools list textbooks next to courses in the schedule (which was allegedly about allowing them to shop around for best prices, but was really part of David Horowitz's campaign to make certain that students never be exposed to ideas they disagreed with), this movement seems to target the same sort of triggers that are discussed in relation to fanworks: sexual assault, traumatic events, racism, colonialism, etc.

I am having trouble organizing any thoughts on this. How to deal with controversial or potentially upsetting, to say nothing of triggering, material is something I have gone round and round on several times, and in fact have been remonstrated rather thoroughly by some colleagues over.

So, I thought I'd ask: what do people think of this idea, of a college or university providing trigger warnings in course descriptions? Yay? Nay? Put them in the syllabus but not the catalog? Other thoughts?

Please note: I...well, obviously, I do have a horse in this race, but I haven't named it yet, so I am not intending to argue one side or the other. If I ask you questions, I am not challenging; I am seeking clarity. Likewise, please be aware that this is an emotional topic, and try to be respectful, okay?

(Is it sad that now I'm kind of pondering making this a paper topic?)

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Grading Hell Theater: Nightmares

fangirl
Bad, bad night. Cut for nightmaresCollapse )

So today, on grading hell theater: your characters' nightmares. But not just any nightmares. SILLY nightmares. Does Dean Winchester dream about killing a monster only to find he's in his skivvies? Does Maura Isles still have those "it's finals week, and I haven't been to class once and don't even remember what classes I'm in" dreams? If so, does she wake up annoyed because really, her subconscious could be more creative, or does she recognize the chemical process at work and accept it calmly?

Hit me! (But not literally, okay? I might think I'm still dreaming.)

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Confessions of a Confabulator

fangirl
I am currently reading Walter Kirn's true crime novel about his relationship with the con man who called himself Clark Rockefeller. If you have never hear of "Clark Rockefeller," or don't know his story, it basically comes down to this: 17-year-old comes to America from Germany, works through a variety of identities (most of which allowed him to mooch off of others) until eventually settling on that of an orphaned Rockefeller. Eventually convicted first of custodial kidnapping* of his daughter, and later the many-years-ago murder of the son of his landlady, he describes himself as a "confabulator," someone who makes up harmless inventions. A habitual liar, in other words, who generally lies to make himself more interesting than he really is. (If you are interested in the details, the Wikipedia entry under his real name is a good place to start.)

Cutting just in caseCollapse )

Feel free to share thoughts.

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A morning pick-me-up

fangirl
Just because I've watched it, well, a lot.

(Note: The youtube account is called "Convos With My 2-Year-Old." Assume content reflects that ;).



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Boil orders

Tiana cooking
So, the yearly concern of boil orders has arisen in my town. I was saying to a local friend that I had never heard of them until I moved here. This makes me curious.

Poll time!

Poll #1963872
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 36

Have you ever hear of a

View Answers
Yes, they happen where I live in times other than natural disasters.
11 (30.6%)
Yes, I've heard about them from someone else, but have never experienced one where I live.
14 (38.9%)
...A what order?
11 (30.6%)

Where have you experienced boil orders, not counting natural disasters.

Ticky-Boxes:

View Answers
Can, in fact, boil water.
16 (48.5%)
Think your town sounds...interesting.
2 (6.1%)
Are just here for the coffee.
5 (15.2%)
Were told there would be punch and pie.
10 (30.3%)

Not Quite Grading Hell Theater

cereta
Well, definitely grading hell. I'm just blanking on a fun topic. Suggestions welcome.

As a side note, I just got an email from a student that goes something like this:

"Hello Gillam.* Did you get my paper?"

*Exchange for real last name, but otherwise addressed and punctuated just like that. I have to admit, in all my years teaching, and all my Issues with how students address me, this is in fact a new one.

So, Grading Hell Theater. I've been pretty out of touch for a while now, mostly for boring reasons. As such, we're going to keep this simple and happy: tell me about something (a tv show, a movie, a book, a comic, a sports team, a musical anything, an actor/director/writer, anything remotely fannish) that has made you happy this last year or so. Be as broad ("I'm having a blast playing first-person shooter video games") or as specific ("I have played this song over and over and over again") as you like.

Then, if you want, give me a general category, and I will return the favor. I will do my best not to duplicate answers, although if more than about three people ask me anything to do with sports, I may struggle ;).

Special note: Please mark the squee tag. The point of this post is happiness ;).

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Wanted: Documentaries

cereta
I am considering definitely revising my ENG102 curriculum, because I'm bored with the topics I've been using. I am planning to use various documentaries as the jumping off point. I need some good documentaries on a variety of topic, from serious to humorous, as long as they're well-made and complex.

Now where would I got for something like that?

Got a favorite documentary or five? Throw 'em at me! I hope to watch a few over spring break ;).

Thank you!

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Feb. 26th, 2014

Boot and Mask
So, today (when I am not teaching or grading or parenting, which is to say, somewhere around 8PM) I am pondering the conquest of a fictional region that is (very, very, very loosely) based on India by a people who are (even more loosely) based on early Anglo-Saxons.

Is it wrong that I really want to write, "And they did it with the cunning use of flags"?

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Thoughts on watching movie trailers

fangirl
Why do movies about male-coded AIs/men who get their consciousness uploaded to computers/male-coded machines developing sentience generally involve taking over the world or trying to kill someone or other ambitious, actiony-y stories, while movies about female-coded AIs/women who get their consciousness uploaded to computers/female-coded machines developing sentience generally involve some guy falling in love with them or them falling in love with some guy?

Or is that a stupid question? It's a stupid question.

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Five reasons I love it

fangirl
I'm having a fairly black day (nothing new, just all the usual stuff plus the Sinus Infection That Will Not Die making my face feel like it's in a vice), and man, I've hardly posted any fannish content in forever, so I thought I'd try a little love. In the spirit of Why Is It Awesome?, I am instituting Five Reasons I Love It. Rules are simple: tell me five reasons you love something. It can be a show, a book, a webcomic, a band, a sport or team, your job, your city...(deep breath) You get the idea. Rule #2: no Cheerio-pissing, please. Don't step on someone else's love, at least not here.

I'll start. One of our favorite all-family shows these days us Phineas and Ferb. The more I watch, the more I enjoy it. So, here's five reasons why:

General SpoilersCollapse )

Okay, your turn!

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Pretty, please, pretty please?

fangirl
(See what I did there?)

I ache all over to the power of five (more like the power if seven in my hands and neck), out pipes froze some time last night*, everyone I either need to talk to or would like to chat with is not yet at work or not coming in at all, and despite having a lovely migraine building, cannot go get a shot today because i have to pick up the small fanperson and get her ready for her first Father-Daughter ball. Which should be adorable and fun, if our pipes unfreeze in time. ([personal profile] wa, can you gimme a call if you see this?).

Show me something pretty? Maybe some pretty pictures/illustrations of awesome women/female characters?

*Not, usually, a terrific catastrophe. It's an old house, they do that when we forget to keep a faucet dripping on cold nights, and usually it clears up by afternoon.

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babsoy
IMDB is showing "teaser trailers" for SuperBowl commercials. Not the movies. The SuperBowl spot itself.

I give up.

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Thank yous, specific and general

fangirl
I just received the nicest present: a box full of "odds and sods," including lots of blank journals and a wipe-board with early-grade-school writing lines that will be PERFECT for the small fanperson to practice her handwriting on (poor thing inherited both of her parents' bad penmanship). The fan in question knows who she is ;). It was a great treat on a bleak day.

Also, I realized that I never properly thanked all of the people who sent holiday mail to me and the small fanperson. I'm sorry! The cards were all lovely, and we both enjoyed getting things in the mail. You are all awesome!!

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Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale

fangirl
I have fallen dizzy-in-love with Diane Setterfield. I cannot tell you how I found The Thirteenth Tale. One facet of having a Kindle, for me at least, is that I'm much more likely to buy a random book that someone has reviewed or mentioned. As such, I'm about 40 books deep on said device.

I have a deep and abiding love for stories about stories, for stories that play with layers of truth and narrative, where the story within the story leaks out into the "reality" of the story's world. Couple that with my love of long-lost family stories (hello, adopted child!), and this story is all-but-made for me.

Only the vaguest of spoilers, but just in case.Collapse )

I very much recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries, just-this-side-of-fantasy novels, and just amazing stories. I am now about 1/3 through Bellman and Black, and loving it.

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Meeting Hell Theater: Opening Credits

fangirl
I am finally catching up on Teen Wolf (look, it's been a REALLY ROUGH YEAR, okay?), and glorying in the awesome, just-this-side-of-cheesetastic credits, and thinking about all the awesome opening credits I have known.

Tomorrow is the most hellish day of Meeting Hell Theater (user name="kilroy"), you didn't read that), so I'm thinking some distraction is in order. So tell me: what are your favorite opening credits? Favorite visuals, favorite songs, favorite gimmicks?

I'll post one of my current favorites: the opening credits of Haven. Besides being dense and packed with implication and meaning, it's just gorgeous. It reminds me a lot of the opening credits of Carnivale.



Your turn! Feel free to link or embed!

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Doctor Sleep: Final Verdict

katet
I finally finished Doctor Sleep. I have not, actually, been reading it the whole time since I last posted. I reached not quite the halfway point and realized that I really couldn't read it in the fits and starts that I have during the last third of the semester, so I (reluctantly) put it aside until the end of the semester. I started it over at Christmas, and finished last night, ironically (given its title) in a fit of insomnia.

Note: I should preface my remarks by saying that there is no chance of me being remotely objective about this book. I read The Shining every year, teach it in the summer, and have lived with its characters since I was 18 and borrowed the book from a favorite professor. In some ways, you could say I grew older with Dan Torrance.

That said, Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee (spoilers).Collapse )

I debated including the squee tag, here, but I actually am interested in real thoughts on the book, critical or otherwise. That said, if you flat-out hated it, this might not be the best place to expound on that.

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Frozen: Gonna need a new icon

I'm Batgirl's Mom
Took the small fanperson to see Frozen today, joining [personal profile] lydiabell's family. As always, the two little girls were incredibly well-behaved.

The movie get two thumbs up from both me and the small fanperson. She doesn't seem quite as bowled over as she was with Brave, but that may be a matter of (a)less hype beforehand and (b)her all-consuming obsession with Equestria Girls.

For my part, I enjoyed it very much. It was generally a pleasant ride with some gorgeous animation, and at least two moments that (as as the Flick Filosopher says, made me go, "Holy hell, someone at Disney is FINALLY GETTING IT." As movie moments go, there have been very few that have truly soared on the level of spoilerCollapse )

I think I need a home viewing to really have deep thoughts about the movie (I was distracted today by seriously bad pain in my foot), but it's definitely going to join our DVD collection.

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A small moment of squee

fangirl
Shortpacked is not a huge thing for me - I read every few months to catch up. This is not to disparage the comic; I generally enjoy it. It's just that neither toy collecting nor Transformers are things I'm into, so chunks of the comic sail right past me.

All that said, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Note the First: link is to most recent comic, so if you're not caught up, maybe catch up before reading.)

(Note the Second: please note the squee tag ;).

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Several messages of note

Boot and Mask
To the "fannish friend" who bought me a nifty ebook, thank you!!!

To the credit card I have had for a bajillion years: I forgive you for accidentally taking my payment twice (why does this shit keep happening and emptying my bank account?), not so much because you refunded it, but because you pointed out that I had accumulated enough rewards points to qualify for $300 in Amazon gift dollars. This might have been nice to know before holiday shopping, but hey: I never don't need Amazon money.

To my new feline brother, who is curled up on my feet: <3.

To my new feline sister, who is hiding somewhere: Look, it's really not my fault that Mom changed your name to Molly. She doesn't think Lucy is really my name, anyway. OTOH, it is my name, you know. Come out! I will give you chin scritches!

To all my friends who celebrate Christmas: May your Christmas be merry and bright, and free from drama.

To all my fannish friends who are participating in Yuletide, or even just waiting for stories to post: OMGWTFYULETIDE!!!

To everyone who read these journals: Thank you, sincerely, for being there through one of the roughest years of my life. There have been days when a few comments containing nothing more than "{{hugs}}" have been the only uncomplicated sources of happiness and strength I have had. You guys are awesome, and I say that with no reservations.

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I shouldn't be surprised, and yet...

I&#39;m Batgirl&#39;s Mom
"We need boys, but we need girls right there, right one step behind the boys" -- this is the network talking -- "one step behind the boys, not as smart as the boys, not as interesting as the boys, but right there."

The excerpt from an interview between Paul Dini and Kevin Smith in which Dini flat-out confirms that networks do not want the audience of a children's show to be predominantly female (which those of us in fandom have known for decades, but hey, confirmation is nice, I suppose) is so blatant that I ended up boggling despite this really being old news.

The reason for this? Girls don't buy as many dolls as boys.

You really cannot make this shit up.

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Silly Confessions

Danae
(Icon chosen because of the name of the character.)

There was a meme that used to pop up every so often called the Unpopular Opinion Meme, where people posted, well, opinions that (they thought) were unpopular. (I say "they thought," because usually the result was a bunch of people going, "Me, too!", thus proving that the opinions were not that unpopular.) My unpopular opinion was that I never really liked the meme, because I thought it was a way to say something provocative and sometimes even hurtful without dealing with the response, as it felt like the "well I said it was unpopular" was implied.

That said, I do have unpopular opinions, although how popular or unpopular they are depends largely on my audience (yeah, yeah, rhetorician until I die). However...

...okay, wait a minute. This is becoming an incredibly serious introduction to something that's meant to be very silly. (Picture a member of Monty Python coming in and saying, "No, no, this is not silly enough. Must stop." Let's start over.

Hi! My name is Lucy, and I often have strong feelings on very silly things. I would like to share some with you, and in turn, hear some of yours. A nice, lighthearted meme for the end of the year. And so I present:

The Silly Confessions Meme

1. I love unusual names. Not just names that are usual in cultures other than mine (slighty-German-by-way-of-English-middle-class-Midwest-American), although I love learning those, too, but names that aren't particularly usual anywhere. I actually really like names that take a typical name and change the first letter; I think "Miley" is an awesome name, and it kills me that it's so associated with one person (not because of who she is; just because it's a "celebrity" name). I think "Apple" is kind of cute, and that people who worry about her being teased have forgotten what playgrounds are like - I have one of the most mainstream first names you can imagine, and I was still teased about it. I love "made up" names, which I think is a silly thing itself, because all names were made up at some point, or we'd all be named, "{guttural grunt}." I think one of the best things about my job is that I get to see lists of names every few months, and there's always a gem somewhere.

2. I like Skipper a lot better now that she's dyeing her hair black with a pink/purple/blue streak. And I still think "Skipper" is an awesome name. I remain confused as to why "Kelly" became "Chelsea," though (or maybe was split into Stacie? I'm telling you, they're from Gallifrey. It's the ONLY EXPLANATION. Who else could expand a camper to reveal a jacuzzi?).

3. I have now seen Equestria Girls so many times that the My Little Pony ponies look weird to me as ponies. If you're sitting there going, "Huh?", just walk away. Trust me. It's better that you don't know.

Okay, your turn! Post here or in your journal, whichever!

(Note: Please note the "lighthearted fun" part. If you want to argue with me about the introduction, fair enough, but if you want to start a serious argument about names or Skipper or Twilight Sparkle's bizarre legwarmers, I'm just gonna look at you with a very silly expression.)

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Paper Bag Princess
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Grading Hell Theater: The Box Question

Paper Bag Princess
YES! An ACTUAL Grading Hell Theater. It's a repeat, but it's one I was very proud of. Also, my fannish answers might tell you something about my life.

The character of your choice disappears. Reasons why are unknown, except that it was apparently voluntary in some way.

The character has left behind a small box.

To whom is it addressed, and what's in it?

My answers:

Phineas Flynn and Ferb Fletcher leave a box addressed to Candace Flynn. It contains blueprints, tools, and videos of all their insane summer projects. They do this, of course, so she can show Mom, whom they are sure will enjoy hearing about their adventures. Candace does not show Mom. Rather, she enlists Jeremy and Stacy in making next summer as memorable as this one was.

Twilight Sparkle - excuse me, Oh, God, I'm spoiler cutting for My Little PonyCollapse ) leaves boxes to all her friends. Besides containing their individual Elements of Harmony, they include meticulously researched gifts, and checklists of the contents on top of everything.

Barbie leaves a box to each of her sisters. Skipper's box expands into a teen-friendly music club; Stacie's expands into a cabin that seems to have brought its own woods with it; Chalesea's expands into a tree house with a fully stocked kitchen. All are bigger on the inside than the outside. (Barbie's own Dreamhouse disappeared with her. There was a strange whooshing noise when it did.)

Your turn!

(You can see some other responses here if you like, that are slightly less out there ;).

Also, shout-out to my TNT peeps: if two of you answer with any of your characters' lives, I'll bring cookies tomorrow.

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kinsa
Observation: were it not for the steep learning curve, having students write up RPG character sheets for literary characters would be an awesome exercise, and probably more interesting than the average paper.

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It's that time again!

fangirl
Actually, this is a post to reflect on something neat, before I get ALL the papers dumped on me:

This semester, I have students writing about the following topics:

*Why the superhero comics' industry's tendency to reset their universes periodically is a good thing.

*Whether or not there really is convincing evidence that ghosts exist.

*Why we have been so fascinated with zombies in the last decade or so.

Sometimes, I really love my job.

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Happy!

Paper Bag Princess
Thank you for all the happy images yesterday! I did, in fact, get to have my cuddle in the recliner last night, so that was nice ;).

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