apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who - River in space suit)
These videos are awesome.



And I wanted to embed the "Doctor Who RPG" video, but I LJ does not play nice with the embed codes of most sites. BOO! So here's the link: http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6749695/dr-who-rpg .

Enjoy!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (PiMP)
Today (6.28 for Americans; 28.06 for people who are wrong*... :P) is Tau Day, a day dedicated to Pi's obscure rival: Tau. There are those who argue that π (the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter) is not the best choice as the circle constant, and τ (the ratio of a circle's circumference to its radius) is the better choice. The website I linked to makes a compelling argument: after all, just look at how many times "2π" appears in mathematical formulas.

Anyway, since a circle's radius is half its diameter, τ is always equal to 2π, or approximately 6.283185307179586… Here, snagged from The Nerdist, is a clip of Michael John Blake's musical tribute to Tau: (It's gorgeous!)



(*Kidding! You're not wrong. I agree it makes more logical sense to go Day-Month-Year. But my birthday is 1.23 under the American system, and I am not giving that up. :P)

15 days meme


Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 04: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes.
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes.
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs. Read more... )
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Simpsons (Independent Thought Alarm))
Top 5 Things I Tend to Shout At Odd Intervals, Completely Out of Context:
  1. Covered in BEES!
  2. MINI MUFFIN MONDAYS!
  3. Punch! Rockgroin! (Slab! Bulkhead!)
  4. It's Scotchtoberfest!
  5. HUZZAH!


(Honestly, I think if I had been born a few years later, I definitely would have been diagnosed with Tourette's...)

THE CONTEXTS! )

I'd be interested to see if anyone else has particular phrases they just cannot stop quoting! I don't mean when it's apropos, and all your friends get it, and everyone has a good laugh: but pernicious little phrases that just won't leave your head, and you bust out with regardless of what people are talking about.

Anyone else have that? :P
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor (Hush!))
I've now watched each of the first two episodes of the new season twice. I have Questions and Concerns. I would like to know if other people share my questions and concerns, and if they have any clever speculation they'd like to share as to the answers. Let me know your thoughts! But please: NO SPOILERS FOR UPCOMING EPISODES!

Cut for those who haven't seen the new series yet. )

:D
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Bad Music (Life's Too Short))

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YAY PEOPLE ARE PARTICIPATING IN OUR FEST! [livejournal.com profile] rachel2205, my fearless co-mod and Light of my LJ, has offered to write my Molly/Jim "Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf" prompt, and someone else is writing my Jim/Molly "Hades/Persephone" prompt! Life is good.

For anyone who missed my last post: we are throwing a retirement party for my father. I am In Charge of Music. Please list:

Songs you would be willing to boogie to in the company of your parents and their friends.

(Oh, and for anyone else who ever needs DJ advice: [livejournal.com profile] ladybracknell is surprisingly knowledgable! It's true: there is nothing she can't do!)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Cupcake)
In trying to kill time before birthday funtimes, I am FINALLY drinking the bottle of chianti classico my parents brought me back from Italy two years ago. Let me tell you: it is STRONG STUFF! I am no lightweight, and this wine is kicking my ass!

Because I have no thoughtful content to provide, and yet still have a desire for virtual camaraderie, IT'S MEME TIME! (Play along at home!)

(From [livejournal.com profile] rachel2205, who wrote me an AWESOME BIRTHDAY FIC OMG GO READ IT! It's a BBC Sherlock Molly/Moriarty fic, and I'm telling everyone: she's just a damn good writer, so even if you're not into the pairing, give it a shot!)

The Meme:

Three Line Stories:
Leave me a prompt, a pairing [or characters, yo] and a fandom and I will write you a three line fic. (What fandom, you ask? IT DOESN'T MATTER! Even if I know absolutely nothing about your fandom, I will write you a three line fic using whatever details I happen to know about it. Should make for a good time, considering how little I know about other fandoms!)

(AND from [livejournal.com profile] nahara):

MAKE A PHOTO REQUEST! Make a request for me to take a picture of something, and I will do my damndest to provide it!


HAPPY SUNDAY, Y'ALL! I'm slightly sloppy drunk and feeling the love tonight--care to share some? :D
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Math Nerd)
In the end, I had twelve respondents to my survey on fanworks exchanges. (If you haven't taken it and feel you'd like to, please do go ahead: I won't close it.)

I really, REALLY had to fight the urge to pimp it out to other comms and beg for more responses; as I said, I am a social science geek who loves surveys, statistics, and data. However, coming up with a "representative sample" of fandom on my journal is just impossible. And no matter what I like to pretend, I am NOT a legitimate researcher!

So, anyway: 12. Thank you to that twelve! (And to the thirteenth person who expressed her opinions in the comments.) The results of the survey are naturally skewed, as all of the respondents came from my flist, and let's face it: you guys are most definitely a better class of fan than the average rabble! However small and skewed my sample was, I did draw a few conclusions.

Take a gander, if you're interested. )

CONCLUSIONS: To me, the most telling piece of data is the revelation that NO ONE from this survey cited receiving a gift tailor-made to their interests as their most enjoyed aspect of the exchange. While a few people admitted they expected their author to adhere pretty closely to the scenarios they provided, most people were just happy to receive a gift that showed a little effort on the author's part. This is good news for those of us who stress ourselves out trying to come up with a story to please our recipient! The fun comes from taking part and having a batch of new stories to read, not in receiving THE PERFECT STORY. Everyone gets stressed out participating in an exchange, and so giftees are likely to be understanding so long as an author tries their best.

From what I can tell, the important rules to follow for fic exchanges are these:

  • It's important to be specific in what you will or won't write in order to avoid an awkward matching.
  • When making a request, be specific about what you don't want, and give several options/scenarios for what you DO want.
  • Read your recipient's request thoroughly, and make an effort to include at least the characters they like and to avoid at all costs the things they don't like.
  • Effort is the key point, so even if you can't come up with an idea that perfectly matches everything on your giftee's request, start writing your story with enough time to polish and perfect before turning it in. A well-written story that misses some of the marks is better than a hastily cobbled-together one that matches the request exactly.
  • When you get your gift, be sure to say "thank you" and provide a list of aspects you enjoyed. If you're so inclined, it's OK to exaggerate a little; if you prefer to be completely honest, get creative in your praise! (More enthusiasm is better.)
  • If you want to complain about the gift you received, be careful where you do it: remember, you're talking to fellow fans who know how stressful writing for someone else can be! Unless your story was clearly a rush job that included details you specifically asked your author to avoid, people aren't likely to be sympathetic to your whining!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Bad Music (Life's Too Short))
[livejournal.com profile] evilhippo recommended Josh Ritter's new album So Runs The World Away, and I like it quite a bit. There's this one track, though, called "Lark" that sounds SO MUCH like a Paul Simon track I always have to check my iTunes to make sure I'm still listening to the album. (Oh, and BTW, I just checked the Wikipedia entry for Panel Game and it has not yet reverted back to the original text. I am starting to feel a mite bit guilty!)

Pandora has a new "Indie Rock" station I've been enjoying. It's reminded me of several tracks I used to adore but haven't listened to in recent years. It's also reminded me of my HATRED for certain indie rock darlings, namely Animal Collective and Joanna Newsom. RANDOM SCREECHING SOUNDS ARE NOT MUSIC!

The person who compiled this station also has an unhealthy fixation with Björk. Remember, kids: Björk is fine every once in awhile, but don't overdo it! Moderation is key. Also, be sure to stay hydrated and listen with a buddy.

So what has everyone else been listening to? Any music recs? What were your favorite albums/songs of the year?
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
New friend (HELLO!) [livejournal.com profile] emmyangua has introduced me to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. (Link takes you to the Amazon listing for the book; to view a list of the works included, go here.)

Those of you who've been reading this journal for awhile and are familiar with my "I Like Making Lists" tag know what's coming: yes, I've composed a list of all the works I've read from the master list. Read it here! )

I also have a meme going!

Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Lists, lists, lists! It's like heaven... )

Finally: The Decemberists have a new album out in January and they are coming to Michigan in February! WOO HOO!!!

ETA: There's one more thing I wanted to include in this entry!

I've signed up for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, which is a really cute idea: people post their wishes for short fiction, icons, and other holiday greetings, and other fans fill their "stocking" with content. Here's a link to my stocking, which just went up today. I think I'm going to write a bunch of Doctor Who and Sherlock drabbles, and then skim through posts looking for requests that fit the bill.

I'm also experimenting with learning how to make graphics! So maybe people will get some not-quite-perfect but well-intentioned icons and such. :) Let me know if you sign up, so I can stuff your stocking! (I will never stop giggling about that...)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who...the hell cares?)
As I might have mentioned, the topic of my research paper is how the proliferation of the internet has impacted people's sexuality and sexual behavior. In order to come up with research articles, I spent a lot of time searching various sex-related journals for use of the word "internet". (This was the best method I found; all attempts to narrow or focus my search ended with no results.) Since my search methods were less than precise, I've spent a lot of time browsing through unrelated journal articles. Combined with the research for my paper, I've learned a few things, namely:

  • A LOT of scientists have studied the practice of condom-less sex among gay men. Seriously, during my research I thought about creating my own Research Paper Drinking Game where I would down a shot every time I came across the word "barebacking".
  • "Autassassinophilia is a paraphilia (i.e. "fetish") in which a person is sexually aroused by the risk of being killed." I have no idea how to pronounce that.
  • Social scientists REALLY enjoy coming up with cutesy article titles. Some of my favorite examples: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered ... I’m Yours”: Calibrating Body Ownership through the Consensual Mastery/slavery Dynamic; the elegantly simple Hey stud: Race, sex, and sports; and the enigmatic Silver 'porn bullet' for information technology industry?
  • Studies regarding the use of pornography and other sexually explicit materials are still disturbingly biased toward male use.
  • Apparently sex, and especially porn, is bad, yo. Not all of the research agrees, but man: it is difficult to find good, comprehensive research that focuses on normal, healthy, positive sexuality.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Doctor Who...the hell cares?)
Today was a hectic day--my cold has progressed into a nice, chesty cough that sounds like an old man's death rattle. Because my job requires me to talk, I nearly lost my voice at several points over the course of the evening. And due to a scheduling snafu by the boss, and the inability of my students' parents to bring them during their scheduled appointment time, their was a nice overflow of students from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Lovely.

It was in that time I had my new student. He is the nerdiest thing ever and I love him! Because it was his first day, he got to spend the first part of the hour decorating his binder. What did he draw on it? A TARDIS, a sonic screwdriver, and a fleet of Daleks! ♥ Oh, be still my heart!

He was super impressed when I pulled out my TARDIS tote bag. Unfortunately, during our colossal geek fest, two of my older students got a glimpse into just how big of a nerd I am. I'm sure they always suspected: I mean, I am a math tutor. But this just confirmed it for them.

I tried to convince them what an awesome show Doctor Who is, but they knew better: it's an instinct that cool kids have when they're being confronted with something nerdy. (Don't get me wrong: these boys are sweet and adorable, and as far as I know, very nice young men. But yeah: they're cool kids!)

So in honor of me and my geeky new buddy, I would like to present:

Confessions of a Grown-Up Nerd )

Meme whore

Oct. 31st, 2010 11:23 pm
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
It goes without saying that I can never resist any opportunity to talk about books or music. Hence:

1. Reply to this post and I will assign you a letter.
2. List/upload five songs you love that begin with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions

[livejournal.com profile] rewindclunkplay gave me the letter "H" for Halloween. (Of which there is still about 40 minutes worth here in my little slice of the globe.)

My songs, in no particular order:

  1. Holland, 1945, by Neutral Milk Hotel
  2. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned), by The Decemberists
  3. Heartbeats, by The Knife
  4. Hero, by Regina Spektor
  5. Hope There's Someone, by Antony and the Johnsons


This is where I cut myself off. There were more! Turns out "H" is a very fruitful letter for songs.
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
I went to the LCD Soundsystem show last night at the Fillmore. It was...so AMAZING!

I could ramble on and on about why it was so amazing, but I don't know that anyone really cares. So I'll try to stick to some highlights:

  • It's been 3 years since they've played in Detroit.
  • They're touring with Hot Chip. (Link goes to their Wikipedia page; for some reason, their official site isn't loading.)
  • This was the last show for this leg of their NA tour, and their last show with Hot Chip.
  • Owen Clarke from Hot Chip was playing bass.
  • The lead singer from Hot Chip is this adorable little man who bounces around the stage like a Kindergartener on too much Kool-Aid. I want to hug him.
  • LCD Soundsystem played "Daft Punk is Playing At My House"!
  • Actually, the only song they didn't play that I really wanted them to play was "Pow Pow". (And "North American Scum", but I wasn't really expecting they would play that.)
  • That's all right, because they played "Losing My Edge" for an encore.
  • They played "New York, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down" for a SECOND ENCORE!
  • We had an awesome position behind the rail above the mosh pit: no one could stand in front of us, and for most of the concert, we had plenty of room to dance.
  • The crowd was really into it, the bands were really into it, the light cues and the stagecraft were just awesome!

    Of course, there were the usual irritations that come with being packed in a crowd: young blonde girl who tried to encroach on our space when I went to the bathroom; Crazy sweaty woman who was clearly on something that kept touching my friend (only for one song); stupid, STUPID girl who spilled beer all over my pants!

    But it was fun! One of my favorite things to do at a concert is people watch. What people wear to a concert says so much about what they think of themselves and their level of "cool". Hipsters abounded last night, and I had fun trying to pick out the full-time hipsters from the weekend pretenders.

    Another group of people I enjoy spotting are the Super Fans: the ones who are clearly enjoying the show on a completely different level from everyone else. (I came very close to being one of these myself at several points during the show!) There was a guy standing next to me who was way into the show, and preferred a dancing style I can only describe as "Stevie Wonder on Meth". The blonde girl next to me who tried to push us out of spot at one point kept moving her hand around the way stoners and small children do out the car window on the freeway: you know, like a dolphin swimming through the air currents? (She was eventually scared off when my cousin spotted me from the mosh pit and climbed the rail in front of her to give me a hug. Good riddance!)

    Anyway, BEST WEDNESDAY EVER! Up next: Halloween fun! What are everyone's plans? (Oh, and I'll be compiling everyone's suggestions into an Ultimate Halloween Playlist soon, so if there's any more last recommendations you've thought of, please do share!)

    ETA: Ooh, I almost forgot! Special Bonus Canadian Content for [livejournal.com profile] rewindclunkplay: there was the most irritating Canadian girl in the world behind us at the concert! During the interval, she would not shut up, and her voice just travelled over all the other noises in the entire venue. All of her stories ended with: "And I was like, 'BLEURGGHAAARGHHH!'"

    (Just me sticking my tongue out and saying, "Ha, there are irritating Candians, too!" The two young men with her seemed very nice, though.)

    Also: [livejournal.com profile] evilhippo: I apologize for the number of links in this post. I hope you make it out of the Matrix with your sanity intact.
  • apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
    Some of you may have seen the Female Character Flowchart that has been floating around fandom discussion boards lately. It's an attempt to quantify what exactly makes a "strong female character" as opposed to the flotsam and jetsam of female stereotypes that make up the majority of female representation in entertainment media. If your character doesn't fall into one of the traps that lands her on this flowchart, then Congratulations! You've got a strong female character.

    The fantastically thought-provoking [livejournal.com profile] evilhippo wrote an awesome post detailing her reactions to the flowchart, and how she feels the author of the chart has confused the use of tropes with bad female characterization, and many other very cogent and intelligent observations. Naturally, I inserted myself into the discussion and rapidly turned the focus onto PBS, hair products, and what relevant skills [livejournal.com profile] evilhippo and I possess that we could one day use to team up and fight crime. (My main superpower being my ability to quickly derail any intellectual conversation and make it ALL ABOUT ME.)

    The subject of fighting crime brought us 'round to a little game she and I have developed wherein we choose a criteria for selecting songs and then post our respective choices to fit the genre. Past categories have included "Song You'd Most Like to Get Punched in the Face To" and "Song To Be Abducted by Aliens Whilst Eating an Ice Cream To". Her choice of battleground this time was this: "A short (3-5 songs?) playlist illustrating or engaging with all or a part of the Female Character Flowchart."

    Unable to limit myself to just 3-5 songs, I've come up with an entire playlist in celebration of the female characters we love with a secret, guilty passion. I now present to you:

    Track list and music player behind the cut. )
    apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (221B)
    snagged from [livejournal.com profile] rachel2205.

    The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen writers whose works you connect to, read over and over, quote from constantly or just plain worship. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what writers my friends choose. If you'd like to participate, please do, as I love any opportunity to talk about books, authors, and poets!

    The List:

    1. Neil Gaiman
    2. Robert Frost
    3. Jane Austen
    4. E.M. Forster
    5. William Shakespeare
    6. Margaret Atwood
    7. Marion Zimmer Bradley
    8. Arthur Conan Doyle
    9. Agatha Christie
    10. Pablo Neruda
    11. Oscar Wilde
    12. Edgar Allen Poe
    13. T.S. Eliot
    14. Louise Glück
    15. William Golding


    Brief commentary on my choices behind the cut. )

    In other news, I AM GOING TO SEE LCD SOUNDSYSTEM! *happy dances* Then Carolina Chocolate Drops in December. Woo hoo concerts!
    apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Fanfic Nerd)
    I present you with homework!

    Since so many of you expressed interest in researching slash fiction as a sociological phenomenon, I present you here with a reading list of sources I found online. Unfortunately, I can't use any of them for my assignment, because they don't come from academic, peer-reviewed journals, but they all seem very interesting.

    I found all of these articles through Google scholar, and I would point anyone interested in researching further in that direction. (You will have to pay for certain articles, but all of those I've listed below are accessible for free.)

    I haven't read any of them yet, because I am supposedly working on my actual research assignment.

    So, here we go:

    Queering cyberspace : fan fiction communities as Ssaces for expressing and exploring sexuality: this is a PDF file of a book chapter.

    Inventing a universe: Reading and writing internet fan fiction : a link to a graduate dissertation. On fanfiction. Yep.

    Slashing Harry Potter: a special present for all the Potter fans on my flist to make up for me dissing it. Don't let the fact that the abstract is in German dissuade you; once you click on the PDF file, the article is in English.

    And finally:
    Queering Popular Culture: Female Spectators and the Appeal of Writing Slash Fan Fiction: this one took a bit of sleuthing to track down. I'd seen it cited on several other works, but it took me forever to find it. My gift to you! I can't wait to read it, this is exactly the sort of research I was looking for.

    Enjoy, my nerdy little slash friends!

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