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Oct. 13th, 2014 12:13 pm
kerravonsen: Hermione: "You won't like me when I'm angry" (Hermione-angry)
Reposting from [profile] julet316:
Somebody with this website is reposting several authors/fanartists fics on there without listing the name of the authors/fanartists on there and apparently in most cases, without permission. I've seen a good number of stories/fanart I'm familar with on the site (all of them most likely swiped from LJ and LJ comms as several LJ links to the original authors LJs are still attached), so if your fic/art is there I'd definitely tell this person to take it down immediately.

They're apparently justifying their wholesale reposts by saying that the Creative Commons Licence applies to everything on the internet, and it would be "too hard" to ask permission of 1000 authors.

kerravonsen: 11th Doctor and Amy Pond; "Peter Pan and Wendy" (peter-pan-and-wendy)
There are some things which, if you haven't looked at them in ten years, you can throw them out.
Books are not on that list.
Neither are photographs.

Eight point five (War)
Ten point five (Handy)
Ten and three quarters
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Awesome post: You can check my credentials if I can check yours.

I just realized that my attitude towards geekishness is the same as my attitude towards Christians: if someone identifies as one, they ARE one. They may not be the same flavour of geek or Christian as I am, but if they wear the (metaphorical) badge, then I will treat them as a brother/sister in that circle. Mind you, that includes calling them out on bad behaviour, but if you wear the badge, you have a responsibility towards that badge, too.

This whole "fake geek girl" thing - the "testing" especially - reminds me of the attitude in certain conservative Christian circles: that if one does not give the "correct" (i.e. approved) answer to some given question about Doctrine (i.e. dogma) then one is deemed to be "unsound". My father got that more than once in his early career (being an Old Testament scholar). He tended to be too conservative for the liberals and too liberal for the conservatives.

This sour exclusivity is an attitude I simply cannot comprehend.

I've never been subjected to a "fake geek girl" test, probably because I'm not in comics fandom, where this particular form of misogyny runs rampant. If anyone ever did try to do that, I'd give them a piece of my mind. I am very confident in my geek cred. If Saint Paul was a Hebrew of Hebrews, I'm a geek of geeks.

Let me turn a geekish spin onto Philippians 3:2-7 here...

Beware of the dogs, beware of the evildoers, beware of the fake geeks; for we are the true geeks, who are enthusiastic and welcoming, and rejoice in the things we love, and put no confidence in geek tests, although I myself might have confidence even in geek tests. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in geek tests, I far more: I listened to The Lord of the Rings and the Narnia stories before I could read, and can quote whole swathes of them; as to technical prowess, a professional programmer for more than twenty years(*); as to fannishness, a convention goer, a convention panellist, a costume maker, a fan writer, a reviewer, a fan artist, a fanzine editor, an owner of mailing lists, an organizer of ficathons. But whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss for the sake of being welcoming to newbies and making fandom a fun place to be.

So there.

(*) A line I would love to use: "I've been programming since BEFORE YOU WERE BORN!"


Jun. 20th, 2013 10:25 am
kerravonsen: hand stretching up: "Help!" (Help!)
Please, someone explain to me what "bromance" means.
kerravonsen: a woman and a man's hand, barely touching (SSHG)
If you've read enough Severus Snape/Hermione Granger fanfic(*), I'm sure you've seen it. That moment when Hermione suddenly becomes aware of Severus as A MAN. He's standing near her, and she notices for the first time, his scent: sandalwood. Some stories add the scent of "herbs" and/or "potion ingredients". Some stories even add an undertone of something which is "purely masculine".

I even have examples )
Sandalwood. Really? )

Fic Meme

Feb. 14th, 2013 02:38 pm
kerravonsen: Almost anything is fixable in fanfic (fanfic-fix)
From [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2:

Let's play this game where you guess my favourite tropes and fictional character types.

Those of you who know me, or know my fic, what patterns are you seeing?

This may be a challenge for some of you, because I'm pretty multi-fannish, so I could hardly expect people to have read all my works. Please give it a go anyway, because I'm CURIOUS.
kerravonsen: Gay Ellis: "I heart SF" (TV-SF)
[community profile] fancake is a multi-fandom themed rec comm.
The way this works is that every month (from the 15th of the month to the 15th of the next month) there is a theme, such as "crossovers", "female characters", "complete AU" etc. This month it is "minor characters".
People then post recs from any fandom, of any rating or type, so long as it fits the theme.
And all recs are tagged. And an even more complete set of tagging is done on the comm's pinboard account. So it makes it easy to look for fic of the kind you like.

Kind of like having a multi-fandom SSHG Quiz. Only it's monthly instead of weekly, there's more than ten recs per theme, and there isn't any quiz.

For someone like me who is very eclectic in her fandoms... yes, I like.
Check it out. And if you wish, join and make some recs.

P.S. For this month's theme, Snape counts as a "minor character". (hint hint) Though Hermione doesn't.

P.P.S. [livejournal.com profile] wneleh you have been recced. And not even by me!
kerravonsen: Gregory House listening on earphones: "Listen" (listen)
...a song comes up on your randomplay, you listen to it, you listen to it again, thinking "This would be a fantastic song to do a filk of!"
And then you listen to it two more times.
And then you go onto youtube and find different versions of it.

Let Her Go Down (Steeleye Span)
Let Her Go Down (Hollies)
Let Her Go Down (The Irish Descendents)

([personal profile] watervole take note!)
kerravonsen: Steampunk raygun: "R is for Raygun" (r-is-for-raygun)
Last Worldcon I went to, I saw a number of people wearing lovely steampunk costumes. Every now and then I contemplate putting together a steampunk costume of my own. Probably not as Period or conformist as most - I can't really see myself making a Victorian Ladies' walking dress, though I could probably rustle up a skirt, blouse and vest of some sort.

But the fun and interesting part would be the accoutrements. I have already taken the first step on this journey by purchasing for myself a fully working clockwork fob-watch. And I've ordered some faux-metal goggles, as one does. At some point, I will probably get myself a top hat, and decorate it.

Looking around on places like Etsy, it seems as if the standard things are:
- fob watch
- goggles
- hat decorated with brass cogs etc.
- pendant/brooch made of clock innards (I'm not interested in this, as I have a fob watch I can wear as a pendant if I want)
- steampunkish ray guns

Now... I don't want a ray gun, because conventions nowadays don't let you wear weapons, even fake weapons. But I would like to have or make a gizmo that is as impressive as a ray gun, but which isn't a weapon. But what?

Ideas, ideas please!
kerravonsen: from "The Passion", Christ's head with crown of thorns: "Love" (Christ)
Yesterday, I was reading Who Gets To Be a Geek? Anyone Who Wants to Be and the following passage struck me:
Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing. It’s the major difference between a geek and a hipster, you know: When a hipster sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “Oh, crap, now the wrong people like the thing I love.” When a geek sees someone else grooving on the thing they love, their reaction is to say “ZOMG YOU LOVE WHAT I LOVE COME WITH ME AND LET US LOVE IT TOGETHER.”

I thought, I am a geek for Christ.
Read more... )
kerravonsen: cartoon Ood: "would you like a piece of my mind?" (Ood)
Signs in fanfic that mean I should stop reading the story, because it won't be worth finishing it. I don't always listen to myself, though.
here are the signs )
kerravonsen: Martha on the moon: "Sense of Wonder" (Martha-sense-of-wonder)
There is a common mistake in so many mysteries, whether classic or SF-themed (Original Trek was particularly guilty of this): that the thing they're looking at (whether it be a mysterious curse, an unknown poison, a strange lifeform, or something else) is COMPLETELY UNLIKE anything else they've ever encountered. The writer doesn't realize that (a) such a thing is extremely unlikely and (b) such uniqueness actually makes the mystery EASIER to solve, because rather than looking for a needle in a haystack, they're looking for an echidna in a haystack. The real thing that makes a mystery harder to solve is when the phenomenon is not unique, but when it is very similar to other things, so similar that it could have multiple causes. When the phenomenon is unique and one can't find out anything about it, it shouldn't be a cause for despair. The lack of data is data in itself, because it eliminates a whole slew of possibilities that one now doesn't need to waste time investigating.

Why do I say this? I say this from my experience as a computer programmer, which means I have decades of practice in detection - of bugs in computer programs.

Here are a few rules of thumb that I've learned over the years:

* The most common explanation is the most likely. Investigate that first.
* Contrariwise, don't assume that the most common explanation is what happened; actually investigate it.
* Witnesses are unreliable; they will tell you what they think caused the incident, not what actually happened. Skill in questioning witnesses is required.
* When doing experiments, one must reproduce the original problem, preferably in a similar but cut-down form, whether that be experiments on mice or specially-written test programs, or whatever else. Otherwise one can't be sure that the proposed solution is an actual "cure".
kerravonsen: Hermione with book: know-it-all (Hermione-know-it-all)
Had a lovely afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] reynardo, whom I met face-to-face for the first time (only a few days after we realized we lived in the same city). We ate gelato, and talked about everything from SSHG (OF COURSE) to tech support to craft to private schools, to Linus Torvaldis's first encounter with penguins, to Macquarie University (and whether my father had taught anyone she knew) and, well, lots of stuff. Then she drove me home because she was concerned that I'd be caught in the Big Thunderstorm that was coming, and I invited her in for a cuppa, and we talked some more. She smiled at the Avon picture in the hallway, and pounced on my Tomorrow People DVDs.

Hopefully we will do something similar again soon.
kerravonsen: Peri, rolling her eyes: "rolls eyes" (eyeroll)
Yet another attempt to monetize fandom: fanfic.me
kerravonsen: "Seriousness is not a Virtue" (seriousness-not-a-virtue)
Now that I've been reading through the fandom_wank info on Mr. Mander, I've been inspired to write a limerick.

There once was a fellow called Mander
Whose dealings were lacking in candour
He made secret plans
To monetize fans
But they saw through his cheap propaganda.
kerravonsen: Frodo staring at the Ring: "such a small thing" (Frodo)
Because [personal profile] settiai put it better than me:
If you haven't seen it yet, you might want to read The City Boy, the Peasant Women, and the Dragon in the Tower - A Fable. (Basically, it's an amusing summary of the whole Keith Mander, Lord of the Rings, fanfiction archive for profit mess. If you've somehow missed that story until now, I congratulate you. And point you toward Fandom Wank.)

In other news, yes, I still have a wretched cold.
kerravonsen: Peri, rolling her eyes: "rolls eyes" (eyeroll)
There's been a lot of fail and outrage in fandom recently.

1. There is FAIL.
2. OUTRAGE ensues.
3. Failer becomes defensive and perpetrates more FAIL.
4. OUTRAGE doubles.
5. Failer's friends protest and perpetrate additional FAIL.
6. OUTRAGE triples.
7. Optimistic fools wonder aloud why we can't all just be friends.
8. OUTRAGE quadruples, this time directed at those who are outrageous enough not to join in the OUTRAGE.
Read more... )
ETA: Due to this post being linked to by metafandom and becoming a classic example of Step 8 of the above cycle, this post has been f-locked.

ETA 2: I've changed my mind after calming down and some positive advice. This entry is no longer f-locked, but comments are frozen, and new comments are screened.
kerravonsen: Kerr Avon, frowning: Character is PLOT (character-is-plot)
I have stayed out of the warnings debate and have only been following it at a remove (witnessing incredibly bad behaviour firsthand is bad for my blood pressure). I've been around for earlier rounds of the warning debate, but this is the first time the question of triggers versus preferences has come up, and it has been enlightening. PTSD is serious, folks!

So, two things:
1) I don't have warnings on my stories, because, as far as I know, I haven't written any stuff that needs warnings. Should I go through all the stories on my site and add "Warnings: nothing" to all my stories? Am I mistaken in thinking that I haven't written anything triggery?
What do you think?

2) [livejournal.com profile] winterweathered has created a community called [livejournal.com profile] ficsafezone, the purpose of which is to help people who have specific triggers vet stories without warnings (see community profile and sample post). I like this idea, I hope it works, because even if fans do start warning their stories better, there are still going to be stories out there which don't have warnings, and this could help bridge the gap.
kerravonsen: Second Doctor about to type in the Land of Fiction: "Fanfic: everyone does it" (fanfic)
Thanks to [personal profile] musesfool for the link to this amusing post about (lack of) feedback.
kerravonsen: Three penguins around the TARDIS: Adoration of the Penguini (tardis-penguins)
The Smith Awards voting is now open! The Smith Awards is a nifty idea; voting is done by anonymous reviews, which means one gets actual reasons to go with the votes, and one ends up with a whole bunch of reviews at the end. Which is cool.

So go and join in!


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