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Wednesday, January 16th, 2013 01:22 am
In your own space, rec at least three fanworks that you think would make a good intro into XYZ fandom. Rec a fandom overview, a introductory picspam, stories that define and shape the fandom. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

I chose Nero Wolfe for this, a mystery series by Rex Stout. I find the books a joy to read, and I highly recommend the A&E television adaption. (There are other adaptions, but I'm not familiar with them.)

-The Orchid Thief by [ profile] Leviathan0999, a Doctor Who/Nero Wolfe crossover. Crossovers can be a great intro to a new fandom: read it for the characters you already know, get interested in the new characters in the process! This story reminds me a bit of "Blink" where it's definitely a Doctor Who story but the focus is more on the OCs (here, they're the Nero Wolfe characters) than on the Doctor.

-Aesthetics by Jennifer Lon, a story about how Archie came to work for Wolfe. Another great intro to a fandom is the pre-canon story: you can't get confused by references to canon events if none of them have happened yet. There are several good "how Wolfe and Archie met" stories; I chose this one because I like Saul's voice here.

-Hostage by Parhelion, where Wolfe gets taken hostage in his own office. The final way I like to get familiar with new fandoms is the "just like canon but with added slash" type of fic. Fun!

And a Nero Wolfe primer featuring cookies if you'd like a little more information before trying the stories.
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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 02:57 pm
In your own space, talk about a creator. Show us why you think they are amazing. It can be a detailed, thoughtful analysis, or a squeeful, joyful post. Or maybe a combination of the two. Make a recs list, link to their archives or master lists or websites, maybe create a Fanlore page for them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

There are a lot of authors (and some artists) whose names stick in my head and whose works get given a higher consideration when choosing what to read. I have no author that I'll read automatically no matter what, but these are some of the closest I have to that.

-[personal profile] bluflamingo: Her Cam Mitchell/John Sheppard fics made me love this somewhat niche pairing.

-[ profile] hyarrowen: I am going to convert a series of LJ posts into epub format just so that I can read her latest Henry V fic. I've never felt the urge to do this for any other long fic on LJ-only, so I think that's a pretty good indicator for how much I like her writing.

-[personal profile] torachan: I find just reading his Daily Happiness posts to be a good reminder of events' silver linings and that I should try to do the same in my own life. I also really like reading his reviews and recs, even for things that don't especially interest me, because they are so thoughtful.

-[ profile] mad_martha: She has a bunch of different Harry Potter AUs, and each one has a lot of depth and obvious thought put into it. I enjoy reading each one and seeing in what direction she's taking Rowling's universe.

-[ profile] maldoror_gw: She converted me (as well as many, many others) to the idea of Lee/Gaara, she got me interested in One Piece, and I really should read her Gundam Wing stuff as I'm sure I'd love that too.

-Jess's (Somewhat) Grown-Up Type Blog: She has thoughtful, insightful, interesting, informative, and fun-to-read reviews of musicals, Disney movies, and comics.

-[ profile] the_dark_cat: I so wish her version of the DCU was real; I'd probably still be reading comics then.

Sorry if something doesn't make sense. I've been running a low-grade fever for the past week, and this is the best I can do.
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Monday, January 7th, 2013 11:15 am
In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This was tough because I tend to be very close-lipped about my non-fannish life on the internet, but I eventually figured out that I could talk a bit about math, which was my major in collage and something I've always found fascinating.

I actually chose my username, [personal profile] coprime, because it was a math term that was unique and that I liked the look of. Two whole numbers are coprime if the only whole, positive number that divides both of them neatly is one. As an example, 9 can be divided by 1, 3, and 9 while 22 can be divided by 1, 2, 11, and 22. The only number in both those lists is 1, so 9 and 22 are coprime. (As a counterexample, 9 and 15 are not coprime because both are divisible by 3.) It's not a term or idea that I ever used in my studies at school, but as I said I liked the look of the word.

I've also dug out some math-related links from my bookmarks that I think laypeople might also find interesting or fun (as well as two more math-intensive links).

-A video about the surprising Menger Sponge and its cross section. If I were a cartoon character, I would have had hearts in my eyes while watching this video. It does a good job explaining what's going on in friendly terms, and I think the cross sections are beautiful to look at. (Sorry to any visually impaired persons reading this because while there is narration explaining things, it's a bit of a brain-twisting idea even with being able to seeing the model. I doubt it's easily understandable without the model.)

-What the Tortoise Said to Laurie is an Alice in Wonderland-esque look at the idea o infinity via an infinitely long, two-inch piece of string. Infinity is one of those ideas that's fun to explore because it lends itself to all sorts of mental diversions.

-How to make your bagel into a Möbius strip, for those who like a little math with their breakfast. Neat looking even if you don't have a bagel yourself handy to experiment on.

-Finding Point Nemo, the spot in the ocean furthest from any land, and the answer is not where I would have guessed. There's not much explanation here of how the computer calculated this point, but I find it an interesting bit of mathematically discovered trivia.

-A function that is continuous at only one point, and this link is something you need some higher math (basic calculus) to get. But if you do understand calculus, I think this is a pretty nifty function.

-The Tau Manifesto, positing a replacement for π that makes a very compelling argument. This is super-math geeky, I'm afraid, but the basic idea is that π is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter while τ is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its radius. And by changing π to τ, a lot of things found in trigonometry (which are then populated up into higher mathematics) get simplified. I find it an interesting thought experiment, even though I know π is not getting replaced anytime soon.

-A comic poking fun at the word problems you used to do in elementary school, to close out my links. This one should be understandable to everyone.

Transcript under here )

And two book recommendations! Fantasia Mathematica and The Mathematical Magpie, both edited by Clifton Fadiman. They contain short stories, cartoons, poems, and other things that have a mathematical bent. A lot of the things in these books are laypeople playing around with ideas like infinity or multiple dimensions, so I don't think any extensive math knowledge is required to enjoy them. I adore these books because of the imagination and the fun the various authors have with all these ideas.
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Sunday, January 6th, 2013 06:07 pm
In your own space, pimp recommend three comms or challenges and explain why you love them. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1) [community profile] fandom_on_dw & [community profile] fandomcalendar are both great resources for finding fannish activities. [community profile] fandom_on_dw focuses on any sort of fannish activity as long as its on Dreamwidth, and [community profile] fandomcalendar focuses on fannish events (e.g., big bangs and fests) no matter the location. It's fun to see all the different activities and a good way for me to increase the chance of coming across something I find interesting.

2) [community profile] month_of_meta is a fest in March that seeks to produce and promote fannish meta. I like seeing all the thinky thoughts fellow fanpeople have, so I think [community profile] month_of_meta is a great idea and would love if more people participated.

3) [community profile] shakydismount/[ profile] shakydismount is a comm for fannish, feminist parents (and others) who are concerned about gender representation in the media that their little ones consume. It's not very active and I feel that I have to add the caveat that I don't have any kids myself, but I think it's an important community. I'll probably make more use of it once I'm an aunt and wanting to find things for any nieces and nephews I have.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 12:24 pm
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

1) Eternal Friends by [ profile] simounsibylla is an Aria fanfic featuring Alicia/Akira. Aria is an anime/manga in the slice of life genre where the characters appreciate the beauty and simplicity of everyday life, but this one is set on a future version of Mars that's been colonized, terraformed, and is now mostly covered by water and the characters are all Undines (gondoliers). It's a gentle and optimistic series, and "Eternal Friends" captures that feel perfectly. It's lovely to see Alicia and Akira, two of the secondary characters, given a chance to shine with the glimpses of their past together and also looking forward towards their future. I really don't know what else to say except that I think this could fit into the canon beautifully.

2) Put away childish things by [ profile] sophiap is an Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic looking at Monk Gyatso after Aang ran away. It's sad, but it's perfect in its own way. Gyatso doesn't get a lot of fanfic written about him, but the few things I've found have all been brilliant. "Put away childish things" even has some worldbuilding to make it feel like, yes, this is exactly how Gyatso dealt with his grief and how could it be any thing else.

3) Tape Madness by [ profile] jmtorres is a Sector General fanfic starring Dr. Conway. who is having a problem with one of the tapes in his head. Sector General is a science fiction series by James White set on a huge, interspecies hospital/space station. All the alien species White came up with are imaginative and different, so the way canon works around having different species operate on each other is via tape technology. A tape is basically a psychic impression of a person's mind which is then overlaid onto another person's mind. The tape contains all the knowledge of the original person (hence letting vastly different species understand each other's anatomy), but it also contains all the instincts, drives, preferences, etc. of the original person. So there are pretty much always conflicts between a person's own needs and what the tape is telling them they need, like carnivore vs. herbivore or oxygen-breather vs. nitrogen-breather. I hope that explanation made sense because "Tape Madness" is a brilliant bit of fanfic dealing with one possible problem from a tape that has an even more brilliant ending. It is, if fact, the only fannish thing I have ever found for this canon, and I wish more people were familiar with Sector General because "Tape Madness" is just plain old fun.

Bonus) Did you ever wonder, if there were people like you? by [ profile] Qem is a super short crossover between Azumanga Daioh and Hikaru no Go. It's a perfect little morsel of a fic, especially the last sentence, but I think that a passing familiarity with both canons is required to enjoy it.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Friday, February 17th, 2012 11:34 pm
I don't adore looking at bookshelves as much as I used to, but I still find these teacup-shaped shelves to be just about the cutest ever.

I was very excited about the Red Wings win on Tuesday! Or, well, as excited as I could muster after being up for eighteen hours by the time the game ended. We did not have as much energy in today's game - I think Nashville played a smidge better than us - but it was still a win! Datsyuk made some really good plays, but that is not really surprising. ♥

I wonder if all hockey players mumble horribly when talking to the media. The Wings certainly do, and weirdly Coach Babcock is the worst of the bunch. Is this why they always pick the same four or five players to talk to if they want to ask random lulzy questions? Are the Swedes on the team the only ones who speak English clearly?
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Monday, November 21st, 2011 04:20 pm
Going through my unorganized bookmarks, I found several links to bookshelves that I liked. Hence, linkspam.

This one looks so useful! It's got a spot to a drink, a spot to keep your place when you put your book down, and a spot to store other books you're reading. All in a nice, small piece. The more I look at this shelf, the more I like it.

The minimalist-est shelves I have ever seen. The lack of hard shelves would drive me nuts in my own home, but I really like the geometry of these shelves.

Another holder for books you're currently reading. This one would be useful on a desk. And it spins, which would be fun to play with while bored.

This is a bookend rather than shelving, but I can't imagine any lover of physical books not enjoying this bookend. It is cute and funny!

It looks like someone played Jenga with a bookcase. I like all the little nooks and crannies.

This bookcase is rather clever although not very practical for actually holding books.
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Thursday, July 9th, 2009 07:57 pm
I don't quite understand why looking at pictures of bookshelves makes me happy, but it does.

This one looks like a speech bubble! I've also seen a similar shelf with the wood painted white, but I much prefer this one.

Your books will never fall over again. I like the simple yet elegant solution of this shelf. There's no need for bookends, yay.

It's retro. I'm fond of the shape of this shelf and think it would make a nice bedside table.

Triangles are cool. While I like the look of this bookcase, the odd-sized shelves would make actual book storage frustrating. But it'd be a good knick-knack display case.

Another solution to the books-falling-over problem. I like that these shelves are stackable. (Only stackable to a point, I'd guess, but I don't think seven of these things on top of each other would be visually appealing anyways.)

Incorporating hidden pictures into your bookcase. I like how this is a standard sort of bookcase until you look closer at walls (or posts maybe?) of the case.

If you're more of a city person. While I do like the structure of this bookcase, it's the color of it that I really love. It reminds me of a sunset when you're downtown and surrounded by skyscrapers.

(All bookcases/shelves found via Bookshelf obviously, which is a fantastic blog if you like books.)
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 07:23 pm
Louis Moinet (whom I've never heard of before, I'll admit) has made a pair of watches inspired by Jules Verne. And they've got a piece of the moon in them! Seriously, how cool is that? They've got a wonderful steampunk look to them too.
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Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 06:47 pm
Probably reading a blog all about bookshelves will lead to nothing but trouble for me, as neither my apartment nor wallet are all that big and I'm stuck coveting them.

Cardboard Bookcase
Both of these are homemade shelves made out of cardboard. I adore the spiral shape of the top one, even if it does make storage trickier.

8.4 Bookcase
I really like how this one's very geometric but doesn't have a repetitive look to it. It's something I could stare at for a long time and still find fun, new patterns in. It doesn't look like it'd be sturdy enough to hold a lot of books, but the designer's website shows it with books so I guess it can.

Røys Bookcase
I keep thinking I should like this bookcase more, but the fact that it's at an angle makes me annoyingly tilt my head to look at it. Although, on second thought, the angle might make it less necessary to tilt my head when reading the books' spines, which would be nice.

Code Bookshelf
I like the different widths for the different columns of shelves and how large this bookcase is. If only those white columns opened up to reveal more shelving, it'd be perfect. As it is, I can't help but think that those giant white spaces, pretty as they are, are wasted space.

Piopio Bookcase
The crookedness of this bookcase reminds me a bit of The Nightmare Before Christmas's aesthetic. I like it.

Corner Book Nook
The styling for this bookcase, with the slats on the shelves and walls of it, makes it look like it belongs in a college dorm. But I really like the idea, and if it were constructed out of solid pieces of wood, I think it'd be quite pretty.
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Thursday, February 19th, 2009 11:27 pm
I want the Trilogy bookcase so bad. Look how geometric and orderly it is! Sadly, I cannot afford it, and even if I could I have no place to put it. I think the Platzhalter bookcase is cool idea well-executed. It was my favorite bookcase until I saw the Trilogy one.

Uncharted Territory - Connie Willis
For the longest time, whenever I went into a bookstore, I had to remind myself that it was a bad idea to start collecting everything by an author when I'd only read one thing of hers, even if I had really enjoyed it. And that I already had two other novels of hers sitting on my shelf waiting to be read. So I finally decided to actually read one of those two novels, and I picked Uncharted Territory (rather than Lincoln's Dreams) because the premise sounded fun -- hijinks and adventures! exploration! needlessly ridiculous bureaucratic red tape! a socioexozoologist who specializes in sex! -- and it was short.

And I did really enjoy it until the end because nothing had changed in the end. Fin and Carson are the same at the end of the story as they were in the beginning. I would have been happy even if the end change had just been mental or if they'd decided that they didn't want to be in a relationship. Instead, I finished and was left with the impression that all the events in the book might as well have not happened for all the impact they had on Fin and Carson. Which is not what I would call a satisfying ending.

The Drakon #3: Queen of Dragons - Shana Abé
Ohh, I wanted to like this book. It's a historical romance about a race of dragon/human shapeshifters, and [ profile] glenraven read and thought I'd like the first Drakon book. I picked up the third Drakon book first, but I thought I'd be okay because I've found that most romance series can be read out of order so long as you don't mind not knowing all the details when couples from previous books pop up. But it turns out this approach doesn't work so much for this series because when the hero from a previous book popped up, he was doing secretive, important-to-the-plot things and not a one of them was explained. I was left thoroughly confused, right in the middle of the final action scene.

I also had an issue with the fact that the entire action plot was just a set-up for the next book and nothing actually gets resolved. No, seriously, I very nearly threw the book across the room I was so frustrated with the ending. The book ends with spoilers if you care )

And then I had a lot of issues with the romance aspect of the novel. Partially, it's because I'm a bit sick of every shapeshifter/demon/animal hybrid/etc. having some sort of "animal instinct" where they must mate for life with one specific person and if that person isn't overly enthusiastic about them, then they just keep pursuing the person despite the other's wishes because their instinct tells them differently. It's very popular in paranormal romance, which is mostly what I read. And I don't like it because it dehumanizes the couple for me. There's always lots of talk about mates and alphas and such, and it's done regardless of whether our hero and heroine are dragon-shapeshifters, psychics, vampires, some form of were-. I can understand it more with the weres/shapeshifters, but why with other paranormal characters? Why can't the hero and heroine just fall head-over-heels for each other like normal, human romance couples do?

I will give Abé credit for doing a good job of integrating the different forms of the Drakon so that they all seemed equally natural. Kim and Mari were appreciative of each other and had chemistry no matter their form, and it never read weird for me. (Although -- and I know I'm harping -- I wold have expected dragon instincts to tend more towards a solitary existence rather than a pack existence.) But then halfway through the novel Kim did something where, if I had been Mari and had gone through what she'd gone through with her previous husband, I would not be able to trust him again without some serious work on his part.

I never got the emotional payoff of them rebuilding their trust however because Abé (and therefore Mari) didn't see what happened as that much of an issue as I did. So Kim made extra special sure not to do what he did again, and Mari had no doubts or hesitance at all stemming from Kim's actions. Sure, she still didn't want to end up in the same situation as when she'd been married before, but that was because she was against getting remarried in general. She never once thought "I don't want to get married, and especially not to Kim because he treated me like my former husband did (albeit by accident)."

Oh, and then there's Kim, who (along with the rest of his village) spends nearly the entire book acting like Mari and he are already married because years before he met her, he and the village council decided he should marry her for political reasons. And then when Kim and Mari finally meet, bam! they're married in the eyes of everyone except Mari, who keeps saying that no way no how is she going to get married again. Kim doesn't ever physically force himself on Mari, but it's incredibly annoying to have the hero saying that he doesn't care about the heroine's wishes on the matter of her marital status, he's decided they are and that's that.

Between my numerous frustrations with the romance plot and the wash-out that was the ending of the action plot, I was very dissatisfied with this book, and I don't think I'll read any more of this series. I might be willing to read one of her other novels if it was recommended to me by someone I know, but that's it.

ETA: [ profile] glenraven has informed me that this is the really sucktacular book of the series and that the two before it are better. So maybe I'll read them at some later date.

Warrior - Marie Brennan
I have nothing bad to say about this one! Haha, finally my first book of the new year that I just out-and-out enjoyed. It was fun and interesting fantasy, and if I had the sequel I'd probably be reading it. I really like both Mirage and Miryo, and it was a nice change of pace to read a fantasy novel without any romance in it.
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Friday, July 11th, 2008 12:56 am
Today's word a day is certainly a useful one. Now to try and use it tomorrow at work so I can remember it.
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Sunday, August 7th, 2005 11:49 pm
[ profile] podslash looks like a really nifty idea.

The Eerie Sounds of Saturn's Radio Emissions made my frickin' week. Possibly the month as well.

And, I went in search of a writing prompt community that'd be a good fit for me. This was more difficult than it sounds, since I may write original fic or fanfic of the het, gen, or slash variety depending on my mood. Plus, I hate timed prompts since those just make me panic. The closest I found to the sort of prompts that work for me was [ profile] museteasers, but they're original only. I don't wish to step on toes, but I do so like the prompts and really want to get back in the habit of writing. So my solution is to use the prompts but not participate in the community; we'll see how well that works.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2005 05:17 am
Hey, Christal. I thought you might be interested in this. It seems to be a bunch excerpts from a documentary about the Mardi Gras Indians. It talks about "Iko Iko" in the beginning bit, but the rest is good for getting a sense of why the lyrics are what they are, lol. And it's interesting to boot.

And now it's time for me to go to bed.

Here's even more about Mardi Gras Indians. It seems that "Hey Pocky Way" is also a Mardi Gras Indian chant.
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Saturday, March 12th, 2005 10:56 pm
I've been listening to this mp3 cd my dad gave me of songs from the 50s to the 70s. In addition to being reminded that the 50s were bizarrely in love with songs about dead teenagers*, I just finished listening to a two and a half minute long song about Burma Shave. Yes, someone was just that inspired by ads for shaving cream that he sang about it for a sum total of 150 seconds. If you doubt, there are lyrics.

*And I still find it hilarious to be listening to a song which has that happy, smiley 50s vibe but is lyrically about a boy who's crying in the rain because his girl is dead. And he's only crying in the rain so no one can see his crying. Do any of today's boybands sing about dead teenagers? 'Cause I might listen to those, if only to laugh.
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Sunday, July 20th, 2003 10:34 pm
It's Spock as you've never seen him before!

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh, dear Lord. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed it.

::sings:: Bilbo (Bilbo), Bilbo Baggins, The bravest little hobbit of them all