apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who - Rory & Amy Wedding Dance)
Too many thoughts. This calls for bullet points.

Yep. Spoilers. )

I want to hear ALL THE CRAZY FAN THEORIES about how the Ponds will depart and the rest of the show, provided they are based purely on speculation and NOT AT ALL on spoilers. Please and thank you!

What did everyone think?

Book Meme

Sep. 19th, 2012 10:13 pm
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
Book meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] venivincere! All attempts to google international book week led to instances of this meme, so if international book week does exist, it's...probably not now. But no matter! Every week should be International Book Week! Also: Public Service Announcement: Banned Book Week (sponsored by the ALA) runs from September 30 to October 6, and this year is the 30th anniversary. Get you some banned books ready to read! It starts at the end of the month.

Meme: It's (probably not) international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.

I am not good with rules that I don't make up myself, so have a varied selection of books I found within rolling chair distance of my computer:

~You see all these isolated facts, together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same direction.

~I shuddered, putting my hands over my ears, so that I couldn't hear any more of her ugly tirade.

~"He was the president."

~And there are a lot of record-industry types hanging around in the Nipponese Quadrant--which looks like the other quadrants except that it's quieter, the tables are closer to the floor, and it's full of bowing and fluttering geisha daemons.

~"Bwuvver Fwancis the gardener says that I mus' selfwesswy pwactice virtue an' wuv to all wivving fings," said Warlock.

~But I said that it wasn't a proper book because it didn't have a proper ending because I never found out who killed Wellington so the murderer was still At Large.

~She was there in the store for
him to look at, not those others.

~"Zalu, why do I get the impression you're not glad to see me?"
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Sherlock - Adorable Watson + Sherlock)
Here's my first round of responses to this meme. If you'd still like to make a prompt/request, please do so!

Here I have a short ficlet for [livejournal.com profile] girlingoldboots, and some...pointless rambling about gender and historical fiction for [livejournal.com profile] clare_dragonfly. I'll get to the rest of the requests throughout the week!

From [livejournal.com profile] girlingoldboots: Let's do Sherlock accidental baby aquisition... )


From [livejournal.com profile] clare_dragonfly: Ooh... #1 (genderswap) for Mansfield Park :D )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Downton Abbey - Sybil's Lips)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] tracy7307 & others.

Because (as we all know) I am familiar with roughly 3 fandoms, I will open this up and let you pick any pairing from any fandom, provided it's something I can google. (If you do want to pick a canon I'm familiar with, you might try browsing my icons. I do Doctor Who, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, Firefly, Hunger Games, Austen, Room With a View, lots of other classic lit, ummm...X Files... *brain runs out of potential fandom names*

ANYWAY! The meme is executed thusly:

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing that I'm familiar with, and I'll tell you something about the story I'd write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School / College

(I have the day off tomorrow, so come on: load me up some fuel for procastination!)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Triplets of Belleville)
Today, my dad and I went to visit my aunt and uncle to help them harvest their grapes to make wine. It was a gorgeous day, and I had a great time. (Aided by much sampling of previous years' products!)

They have a nice little vineyard where they grow about 7 varieties of grapes; today we picked the three white ones. (La Cresent, New York, and Traminette) They call their label "Stray Dog", after all of the dogs they've taken in over the years. (You'll see one of them, Marnie, featured in the pics. The other dog they have now, Karma, I somehow didn't get a picture of!) They don't sell their wine, but they have won medals (including a double gold!) in the Indy International Wine Competition.

The vineyard was beautiful, and watching my cousin go through the process of making the wine was fascinating. It was a lovely way to spend a lovely day. Behind the cut, find a giant picpsam of the vineyard!

Vino! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Girly kiss)
There's a new cashier at work. She's 18, just out of high school, and taking some time off before starting classes at community college.

On one of her first days, she was training with me. She is all kinds of awkward, the way 18 year-olds generally are, and her small talk was a bit lacking. We had this conversation, pretty much verbatim:

N: How old are you?
Me: Whuh, oh...I'm 30.
N: Oh, I'm sorry!

MAJOR LOL!

Later, she asked if I had a boyfriend. No, I told her, "and I don't have a girlfriend either."

She seemed a bit stunned, but recovered quickly. "Oh, are you, like, bi?"

I answered in the affirmative, then some customers came up, and we didn't have time to explore her feelings about my bisexuality.

To my surprise, she brought it up again rather quickly; at the first opportunity when there weren't any customers around, actually. "So when did you know you were bi?"

The answer to that question is complicated, but I gave her the easy explanation: I've known that I'm attracted to other women ever since my mid-teens. Again, our conversation was interrupted by customers (fucking customers, eh? :P), and that was the last I heard of it for awhile.

Until last week.

We were talking about something completely unrelated: I think we were talking about me looking younger than I am, and that not necessarily being a good thing, because I do not enjoy being talked to like a child when I am 30 damn years old. She must have been just waiting for an opportunity to broach the topic, because from there she went right into a description of the crushes she'd had on her female friends and them "leading her on" and her being very disappointed.

Naturally, a customer came up right after she dropped that bombshell (see? FUCKING CUSTOMERS, YO!) and she said, "I guess we'll have to continue this talk later."

Awww! She wants me to be her queer mentor! ♥ (I'm already sliding into that role with the student of a friend of mine.)

Naturally, we didn't get the time to continue talking that day, and I was waiting for her to bring it up since. I saw her today, and she tried to pick up the conversation, but it was just too busy at the market. I told her she can email me, and I also told her that I understand what she was getting at: yes, it can be really confusing and frustrating trying to date other girls, especially when you're that young.

It all just made me think about the importance of being out; and it made me feel a little guilty for all the years when I...wasn't.

As I said, it's complicated. I have always been attracted to women. My best friend who ditched me when we were 13 still holds the record as the only person ever to break my heart. At 16, I was crushing so hard on a girl that I worked with; I used to sneak away from my department to talk to her, and it drove me crazy when she'd go on about her boyfriend. Throughout college, I was very much in love with a very good friend of mine.

But I never called myself "bi". Not because I thought liking girls was bad, but because I bought into the popular message that bi was "trendy", bi was "fickle"--bi didn't exist. I associated bisexual with "not queer enough", and trying to claim some queer cool points when they weren't earned.

Also, since I'd never had a girlfriend, I doubted that I was "truly" bisexual: sure, I was attracted to girls, but did that mean I was able to form a romantic relationship with them? (Never mind that I'd never had a boyfriend either. Because you can totally assume heterosexuality without any prior experience.)

So I continued to make out with girls at parties and foster years-long crushes on my close friends, but I never called myself queer.

Until I did. Then rapidly "came out" to anyone and everyone. (I say "came out" in quotes, because most of the time it went like this:

Me: I'm bisexual.
Everyone else: I know. And...?)

Of course, it was my damn business what I called myself, and it was my damn business what I chose to tell anybody else about who I fancied and what I might want to do with them. That's true of everyone.

But for anyone who feels they can be out, it...matters. I never knew any queer women growing up. Maybe if I had, I would have come to terms with all this sooner. I don't know that I have any useful advice to give to my young co-worker, but I could see that it meant something to her to see an adult who felt sort of the way she did and wasn't afraid to talk about it.

Damn, I feel like I should have a conclusion here, or have properly developed some sort of thesis...


Anyway, thanks for listening. Any questions? :P

ETA: I find it kind of hilarious that I never ping anybody's queerdar, ever. For my friends and people that know me well, my "coming out" was about as surprising as Lance from N*SYNC's. As for casual acquaintances and people who don't know me as well, the response is always something along the lines of "I never would have known!" Like they expect us to be purple or something. :P
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
I got into British television and other media as a teenager. I love the period dramas, the panel shows, the documentaries, and the radio! Ah, the radio: good music, and actual talk you'd want to listen to. (I love NPR, but it's only a supplement to my BBC iPlayer radio fix.)

Naturally, spending as much time as I do listening to foreign media, I'm presented with a lot of unfamiliar terms, culture, and points of view. At first, the struggle was just learning basic vocabulary; I've pretty much got that down now. (When [livejournal.com profile] planejane was moving back to the UK and giving away the things she couldn't take with her, she was surprised that I was able to translate the term 'strimmer' into American for her: we call it a 'weed whacker'. :P Yeah, so occasionally I tune in to Gardener's Question Time...)

As far as cultural ideals and interactions, I'm sure I'll spend the rest of my life learning.

Years ago, I found the blog of an American-born Linguistics professor who lives in England: Separated by a Common Language. For Americans interested in British culture, Brits interested in American culture, Americans and Brits interested in their own culture, or just anyone with a casual interest in linguistics and/or culture: it's a great read. :)

Recently, she gave a TED talk about American and British politeness. She's speaking to a British audience, and therefore focuses more on explaining American politeness ideals and how they contrast to British ideals, but it's really just an interesting introduction to how hidden cultural assumptions can impact on interactions. Particularly useful are her explanations of positive vs. negative face and solidarity vs. deference politeness systems.



I have a point of reference for how someone from the UK might feel interacting with an American, because of course: American politeness ideals vary across regions. (I imagine this might be true of the UK, as well.)

I live in Michigan, considered to be part of "The North" by many Southern Americans. Recently, I went down to visit my brother in North Carolina (part of "The South") and had very many interactions with strangers that just would not occur at home.

For example: my sister-in-law and I went out to buy some wine, and ended up at a small specialty shop near her house. It consisted of a small back room comprising the retail shop, and a front room set up as a small wine bar. At the bar were seated several people, one of whom worked at the shop. (But was not working at the time, I assume.)

I selected my wine rather quickly, and went up to the front to pay for it while Erin shopped. Southerners being known for their "friendliness", the woman at the bar who worked in the shop quickly struck up a conversation with me. Part of it could be paraphrased thusly: she told me a story about taking a trip to Pennsylvania Amish country. She and her boyfriend went out to breakfast, and she tried to order grits, and he laughed at her because grits are pretty much unheard-of outside of the South*. Her breakfast came with potatoes (probably home fries, from her description of them) and they were some of the best potatoes she had ever eaten.

Most Northern Americans and (I imagine) most Brits are probably wondering: why the hell did she tell you all this?! In Michigan, it's not unheard-of to have a conversation with a stranger in a service environment, but it's unlikely that it would be this personal and the conversation definitely would have started with 5 minutes discussion about the weather.

In light of the discussion of solidarity politeness systems from the video, however, it makes more sense: She likely noticed from my accent that I'm an outsider to the area, so she offered up a story in which she herself had been an outsider, to establish common ground. In the story, she came off as a bit foolish, lowering herself down a bit on her pedestal and trying to put us on even footing. Finally, she complimented (at great lengths) the potatoes she received with her meal (a "food from the North"), complimenting me (and my homeland?) by extension. (Would have made more sense if I felt any connection whatsoever with Pennsylvania, but then, this just illustrates Americans and their tendency to lump together "North" and "South" as homogenous regions without variation.)

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I still remember this anecdote from Russell Howard's old radio show: he had made a visit over the holidays to New York City, and was discussing his trip and his impressions of Americans. He remarked to his co-host, "They talk to you in lifts (elevators), you know!" He said this with the same note of horror I might use to describe a stranger who tries to strike up a conversation with me from the next bathroom stall. (Which, OK, yeah: sometimes we (Americans) do that!)

I was a bit surprised by this observation because, quite frankly, New Yorkers are not generally accused of being overly friendly. But then he gave an example of the sorts of things said to him: basically asking what floor he was getting off on (so the person could press the appropriate button for him), and general greetings like "Good Morning" or "Merry Christmas". I couldn't help but giggle because, to an American, that hardly constitues talking!


What I'm trying to get at, and the point most will probably miss because I droned on too long at the start: is that I find Lynn Truss's discussion of different politeness systems and hidden social values to be eminently applicable to discussions on the internet. (And talking about solidarity systems, whoa: LJ is most definitely a solidarity system, no?)

Very often I'll be responding back and forth with someone on Twitter, LJ, or wherever, and just get this feeling that there is something going awry; that our responses aren't quite matching up the way they should. Sometimes there's a tone shift in the other person's response that seems to indicate I might be offending them, other times I find myself wondering if the other person is being rude.

Of course, in a text-based discussion, there aren't the usual visual and verbal clues that tell you more about what your conversation partner is feeling, but it goes beyond that: it's a tricky business, navigating conversations across cultures essentially blind.

It's something I'll have to keep in mind, the next time I start suspecting that there is more going on in a conversation than I'm aware of.

* - grits are not entirely unheard-of outside of the South, but they're still not a breakfast menu staple like they are down there. They are very much an iconic Southern American food.

...which is why I'm always confused by the Doctor Who episode (I think it's "The Sound of Drums"?) where the Master offers (to the President of the US) to make tea and then adds, "unless that's not American enough. I could make grits." I had no idea Brits associate grits with America, because Americans associate grits pretty much exclusively with the South!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who - Canton Everett Delaware III)
I don't know how I manage it, but I tend to steer well clear of the major wank surrounding the Doctor Who fandom without even really trying. Sure, I come across people who didn't like a particular episode, character, or plot point, but largely, it's just your general "talking about a show I like" kind of critical analysis.

What I do come across, though, is the aftermath: basically the sane, rational Who fans of my flist and the comms I frequent alluding to major unrest in the camps. Most recently: some fans being so enraged with recent episodes, they felt justified in sending threats and copious vitriol in the direction of Stephen Moffat's Twitter account, and to any friend who had the audicity to defend him. (Including, I have heard, to Caitlyn Blackwood, the 12 year-old child actress who plays the young Amy Pond? Please tell me this isn't true. I do not want to believe that cretins who find it appropriate to harrass a child have come within a million miles of my beloved fandom!)

The thing is, I'm not really sure what everybody's enraged about, or what the nature of the abusive comments that allegedly caused Moffat to leave Twitter were about. I'm curious, so if anyone with a strong stomach could link me to some of the discussion dealing with the whole debacle, or point in the right direction, I'd be appreciative.

(Please note: no, it's not that I didn't see anything wrong with the show's attempts to portray 'strong' women, queer characters, people of color, motherhood, or committed relationships. I did. It's also not that I don't find these issues worth discussing or think they shouldn't be called out when they occur. I do! In fact, I get very angry when fans are quick to shout, "If you don't like the show why do you keep watching it??" when other fans try to point out these issues, because you can both like a show and recognize its problems, and being a fan of Doctor Who doesn't mean I have to abdicate my critical faculties and just accept whatever sexist/racist/homophobic/whatever tripe that it shoves in my face.

What it comes down to is this (and these are my personal feelings, and not my prescription for how others should behave or feel): while I don't like everything about this show, I love a lot of it. Nothing that's portrayed on the show is any worse than the crap I have to put up with in my daily life. I'm going to stop here before I say something along the lines of "it doesn't bother me, so it shouldn't bother you", but I will note that while it does bother me, it doesn't often get in the way of my enjoyment.

This is the bit that I am directing at everyone else: threats and harrassment are not OK. The end.)

ETA: When looking for an explanation for the major unrest in the Doctor Who fandom, I thought, "Wait, I know a place I used to frequent that often discusses the more unsavory side of the fandom: [livejournal.com profile] who_anon! It was there, I came across this thread, which seems to contradict a lot of the accounts I've read about the whole affair. (I shouldn't be surprised to learn that there are two sides to every story.)

It seems fans are/still were being unpleasant, but in ways that are generally more socially acceptable. (Or at least, if not socially acceptable, then certainly less criminal.) The harrassment may not be on the level some have reported, and there is no mention of threats.

As always, anything heard through the fandom grapevine should be taken with a grain of salt.


MORE UPDATES:
Here is one account from Tumblr that claims the person who harrassed Caitlin Blackwood was a single individual, of her own age, who apparently took a stage class with her. I don't know how accurate that information is.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who - Sexy Karen)
It's been AGES since I've written any fanfic, but here's one I put together for [livejournal.com profile] eleventy_kink:

Title: More Than a Kissogram (Parts 1 & 2)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Explicit sex; infidelity(ish). (Amy doesn't consider it infidelity, and neither do I, but...well, most people will.)
Characters/Pairings: Amy, Rory, Eleven, Original Female Character, Original Male Character; Amy/Rory, Amy/OFC, Amy/OMC
Part 1 ("The Confession") summary: There's something Amy never told Rory about her job: that if the price was right, she was more than just a Kissogram. After they marry, there comes a time when she has to confess.
Part 2 ("The Resolution") summary: "For as long as you want me, I am yours, but you have to remember: I am mine, too."
Story based on this prompt: There was something Amy never told Rory about her time as a Kissagram. She never told him the if the price was right she was more then willing to perform certain other 'services' for her customers, men and woman alike.

(If you prefer, this story can also be read at AO3.)

'The Confession' )

'The Resolution' )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Happy Birthday)
Turns out, September 8th is an awesome day for awesome people.

Once again: pics stolen from Tumblr. Happy Birthday. Love you!

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Happy Birthday)
I made you a banner with pictures I blatantly stole from Tumblr (which is to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, and I love you lots!!):

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Monty Python - Help I'm Being Repressed!)
Have very much enjoyed the last three days off from work. Tomorrow, I am heading off to North Carolina for Phase II of my vacation plans, which will involve lots of beach and seafood. (Oh, and my brother and sister-in-law. Them too. :P)

I have caught up on Series 2 of Downtown Abbey, and my official stance on it can be summed up thusly: uhhhh...whuh? (Largely good stuff, but HOLY CRAP, they managed to turn the melodrama up to 11.)

Doctor Who is back, and I'm all \0/. It's good and I'm glad it's back and I am SO EXCITED for the new companion! (Also, I have drunk the Kool-Aid, and my new official stance is "continuity, what?" because seriously, who cares???)

The picture scavenger hunt for my vacation is ON, and here is the current list of photo oppportunities I must find:
  • a non-bird animal
  • a turtle hatching area
  • Evidence to the contrary of southern stereotypes
  • A vanity license plate
  • Piece of beach detritus most likely to embarrass us all if it were found by future anthropologists
  • Something in a shell
  • Someone smuggling budgies
  • An approximation of the meaning of life
  • a parasurfer
  • PICTURES OF EVERYTHING~
  • a snap of the thing you see that makes you go, 'damn, I wish someone had said they wanted to see that!!!'
  • lighthouses
  • inappropriately-shaped seaweed


So, you know: in the bag, right??? (Also, THANK YOU, [livejournal.com profile] queerlyobscure, for your dedication to lowering the tone, but [livejournal.com profile] evilhippo actually got there first. Big ups to her for basically requesting I walk around taking photos of men's crotches. THANKS GUYS!)

I'll see y'all on Twitter while I'm away. Don't break the Internet and whatnot.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who - River Surprised!)
This episode brought to you by Happiness and Confusion. Allow me to sort out which is which:



Happiness: It's back! It's back! Yaaaay!!!

Confusion: I probably shouldn't have gotten drunk watching Downton Abbey before sitting down to this ep. I have a feeling I missed a lot of Obvious.

Happiness: It's Amy! And she's super-hot as ever!!!

Confusion: Ok, wait, so she's like a model now??? I thought she was a perfum entrepreneur or whatever. I don't...

What do you mean you don't have a husband?!?! /rude

Happiness: It's RORY!!!

Confusion: Wait, you're just gonna hand her the divorce papers? Just like that? You waited 2,000 years for her and you're going to give her up just like that?!

Amy, are you going to stand for this???

AND THAT WAS JUST THE FIRST TWO MINUTES.

Other points: (In no particular order)
  • Wait, why did the Daleks want to blow up the Asylum? Because of Carmen? What?
  • For that matter, why do they think the Doctor is going to do it when it means his imminent death? (This is the point where I start regretting all the gin I drank before watching this.)
  • IT'S JENNA! YAY, JENNA JENNA JENNA! Holy COW, do I love her a lot already! Setting my phasers to "girl-crush", immediately. I am so glad I managed to avoid any spoilers giving away her presence in this episode.
  • I was super disappointed when the black guy turned out to be dead/a Dalek. Who knew Doctor Who was also subject to the laws of horror movies?
  • Wait, did I miss the part where Amy loses her flashy bracelet?
  • These Daleks don't really seem more 'insane' than the other ones, to be honest...
  • Love that when Amy comes to, the first person she thinks about is Rory. (I am SO NOT a shipper for anyone other than these two. I am more invested in the fictional relationship of these two characters that I have ever been in any of my own real life relationships, and I am...not even exaggerating about that. :P)
  • OSWYN! I like that name. Let her be Osywyn!
  • Amy hallucinating the Daleks as people. I...wait, what? /don'tdrinkandWho
  • OMG, AMY, QUIT PRETENDING LIKE YOU DON'T EVEN LOVE HIM ANYMORE!
  • I am alternately pissed off that having children has been painted as the be-all/end-all of a relationship, and disappointed that we won't be seeing any Pondlings. I WANT TO HAVE MY CAKE AND EAT IT TOO, OK??? /feminism,howdoesitwork?
  • OF COURSE Amy is the one that kicked Rory out, DUH!
  • So sweet, the scene where Rory says (as we've all been thinking) that their relationship has always been about him loving her more than she loves him, and her slapping him and pointing out that waiting for 2,000 years is nothing compared to having to give him up. ♥

    (Although: not so happy about all the slapping. Can we have Amy stop hitting Rory, please? First all of the "Ha ha, Amy beats up Rory!" jokes from A God Complex, and now the slapping. ENOUGH!)
  • So it turns out Amy and Rory's impending divorce was due to a romance novel-type "misunderstanding", where if they'd just sat down and had a simple conversation, none of this would have happened. Awesome.
  • (I was not opposed to the "kiss and make up" bit, however.)
  • WAIT, HAVE I MENTIONED THAT JENNA'S CHARACTER IS DEFINITELY PROBABLY QUEER, YET? NO??? Well it's very exciting. Others have interpreted the "just a phase" line to mean her fancying boys, and I am totally on board with that. /queeruntilprovenotherwise
  • Oswyn's a Dalek? :(
  • And now the Daleks can't remember the Doctor? That's some crazy shit. Who are the Daleks without their hatred for the Doctor?
  • Amy: "I can see you!" /hee!


Ok: so that's what I noticed, minus everything I forgot in my tipsy, absent-minded state.

What did I forget? What did I miss? WHO'S READY FOR DINOSAURS? \0/
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Great Gatsby)
One more (LONG) day of work tomorrow, and then I am on my first official vacation in...I don't even know how long. *bounces* I have this Saturday through the following Saturday off, and it is going to be EPIC!

1. I got series 2 of Downton Abbey from the library. MARATHON WEEKEND!

2. Doctor Who is BAAAACKK!!! There will be much squeeing and flailing and general wallowing in Who-ness.

3. I am going to make ALL THE CRAFTS! I haven't made anything with my hands in ages, and there are some fun projects I want to try. (I've also started some granny squares that will hopefully one day be a blanket, but...well, let's just say I have a rather large collection of mis-matched granny squares that have not yet made their way into a blanket.)

4. REAL VACATION, involving travel and EVERYTHING! I am flying down to see my brother, who lives in North Carolina. He's a Marine, and he and his wife own a house in Wilmington, which is about 10-15 minutes from the ocean. I am going to visit Topsail Island, and the Masonboro Island Coastal Reserve. I plan to swim, and comb the beach (hopefully in a really geeky hat), and eat lots of seafood, and buy ridiculous tourist trinkets, and take a dolphin-spotting cruise. (I'll be there Tuesday to Friday. \0/)

I cannot remember the last time I had more than two days in a row off from work. (I think it was last Christmas, which might have been three days?) So yeah, I'm pretty excited. :D

Since I like to set for myself meaningless and impossible challenges, I invite you all to send me on a photo scavenger hunt for my trip. Imagine something you'd like to see if you were visiting the Carolina coast, and I will endeavor to find it and take a picture for you. :D
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Velociraptor "How You Doin'?")
I have an insatiable lust for memes tonight, so I made one of my own. It works thusly:

Type each letter of alphabet into the address bar of your main browser, and note which site pops up first. Leave off the naughty ones if you must, but give us a little hint as to what it was!



A Archive of Our Own
B BBC
C [website redacted] Not for naughty reasons: it's just my credit union's site, and I'm paranoid.
D Doctor Who LJ Comm
E Doctor Who Eleven-era kinkmeme
F Flickr
G Google
H Hotmail
I ISO hunt
J Jessica's journal!
K Keith Palmer's Multi-Purpose Home Page (I do not know Keith Palmer, nor do I remember visiting his page, but it's MST3k-related, which is surely how I ended up there.)
L LJ
M More Than This: Menage and Polyamory Reviews (I still have a guest post up there, if anyone's interested!)
N NPR (Would have to sacrifice all my liberal nerd cred if this weren't on here.)
O OK Cupid (Strangers still want to meet me and do filthy things. I should update on this soon.)
P Pinterest (I'm AmyGaertner over there.)
Q no 'Q' sites. :(
R Runonopolis (My current team @ [livejournal.com profile] pulped_fictions. Only a select few are cool enough to view this comm. HOLLA! :P)
S Sherlockmas (SHERLOCKMAS! ♥ Best Sherlock fans on the net. :D)
T Twitter
U UK Nova
V Victoria Coren (bit of a crush...)
W WordPress
X no 'X' sites. (Surprisingly...)
Y YouTube
Z Zombi-fic-ation (Hellz yeah.)


What have we learned? That my life is incredibly boring.

Also, I was talking to some baby nerds today at the anime art class my friend teaches. They were talking about Tumblr, and I confessed the "interaction" on that site still baffles me. "I'm old school," I said, "I'm on LiveJournal."

Only one of them had even heard of LiveJournal.

And just like that, we have become dinosaurs...
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] the_willows:

Non-Denominational Music Player Survey



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Only real surprise: Suddenly Seymour? Really? What was that phase I was going through??
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (A is for Amy)
Snagging a music meme from [livejournal.com profile] junkshop_disco. The directions make no sense (at least, they didn't to me...), but once you see my list, the procedure is pretty easily grasped.

Open your iTunes (other weird holder of music) and press the corresponding letter into the song name (find a song you love, put it in the post) then the artist (find the band you love, put it in the post) and THERE YOU HAVE IT!

Indeed.



A is for "Acid Tongue" by Jenny Lewis and Anaïs Mitchell
B is for "Beast of Burden" by the Rolling Stones and Billy Bragg
C is for "Cecelia" by Simon & Garfunkel and Carolina Chocolate Drops
D is for "Drop It Like It's Hot" by Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell and Daft Punk
E is for "Ek Shaneesh" by Das Racist and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
F is for "Fade Into You" by Mazzy Star and Florence + The Machine
G is for "Gangsta" by Tune-Yards and Gogol Bordello
H is for "Heartbeats" by The Knife and Hot Chip
I is for "It Ain't Me, Babe" by Bob Dylan and Imogen Heap
J is for "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band and Johnny Cash
K is for "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin and Kate Bush
L is for "Little Talks" by Of Monsters and Men and LCD Soundsystem
M is for "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by The Decemberists and Massive Attack
N is for "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" by Edith Piaf and Neutral Milk Hotel
O is for "Once in Love With Amy" by Norman Wisdom and Outkast
P is for "Pure Morning" by Placebo and the Pixies
Q is for "The Queen and the Soldier" by Suzanne Vega and Queen
R is for "The Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog and Ratatat
S is for "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys and Sigur Rós
T is for "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)" by Talking Heads and They Might Be Giants
U is for "Ulysses" by Franz Ferdinand and Ultramagnetic MCs
V is for "Victoria" by the Kinks and Vampire Weekend
W is for "Written in Reverse" by Spoon and Wilco
X is for "X" by Lacquer and The XX
Y is for "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon and Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Z is for "Zombie" by The Cranberries and The Zutons



All right folks: it's music chat time!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who...the hell cares?)
I was reading a post today about the recent official announcement of the airdate for Doctor Who's 7th series premiere. (September 1st!) On it, I came across a discussion of the lengths to which a fan went to stay unspoiled, and it included details and sources I never would have considered spoilers. And it made me wonder: does fandom at large generally agree on what constitutes a "spoiler"?



I'm very aware that the conventions concerning the treatment of "spoilers" can vary widely across fandoms and different forms of media. So I'll ask participants to think generally and to answer based on what you yourself think, rather than the general consensus of any particular fandoms in which you participate.

I'm also aware that certain details might be considered more or less spoilery based on context. For example: casting news that an actor who plays a recurring character is returning vs. general casting news for new, unknown characters or news that filming will return to a previously-used location (indicating that a storyline that took place there might be revisited) vs. general news about filming locations. In those cases, please assume that the provided details are only general information, and don't carry any added implications about plot.

Finally (and then I'll shut up and let you answer the damn poll): I'm first going to ask what you yourself consider to be a "spoiler", and then I am going to ask what particular details you generally avoid before experiencing a new show/movie/book/manga/whatever, whether or not you consider that information to be a spoiler. (i.e. You might not consider the titles of upcoming episodes of a TV show to be spoilers, per se, but you might avoid that information beforehand because you don't want to know anything about the shows before they air.) Then I'm going to ask again what information you consider to be "spoilers", only this time I am going to force you to make a choice, rather than giving you a lot of ticky boxes to check.

I will try to make these questions broad enough to apply to various forms of media around which fandoms form, but they'll definitely be heavily-biased toward television. If an item appears only to apply to a form of media which you yourself don't consume, then please think about whether or not you would consider that item to be a spoiler if you did enjoy that media type.



For the purposes of this poll, please only consider spoilers for media that has not yet been widely released for consumption by the public.



[Poll #1861769]



You know the drill: any and all discussion welcome in the comments. What lengths do you go to to avoid spoilers? What lengths do you go to to find spoilers? Any stories about the worst time you were spoiled? Which fandoms are notorious for spoiling people, and which have the extra-strict spoiler policies?

Also, feel free to pass the link to this poll on to any friends in fandom: the more data, the better. ;)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Happy Birthday)
Just read your post announcing your 30th birthday--you are so beautifully eloquent. ...and smart, caring, sexy, and fun. To think, were it not for the internet and a silly little thing called fandom, I'd never have met you. I'm grateful to know you, and just wanted to say: much love, my friend, and I wish you the best!

apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Star Trek (The Internet Is For Porn))
After making my tattoo icons, I sort of tapered off working on my card.

Since I have decided to write m/m for my "never done this before" entry for [livejournal.com profile] pulped_fictions's "Over the Bar" challenge, I thought this a perfect time to dust off the card and get cracking.

While I stare at the squares and think about sexy situations involving manbits, tell me: how's everyone else doing with the challenge?

Also, if anyone has a plot bunny to share, DO! Here's my card:


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