Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:12:06 -0700The Haunted Mansion Ghost Post wins a Themed Entertainment Award!:
When I first made the decision to pursue the new media/transmedia/internet weirdo-type writing, @mostlysignssomeportents was a big influence. And a few years later, we collaborated on an award winning experience.
Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:57:17 -0700(image)
Just leaving this here. :)
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Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:33:06 -0700Looking Back At The Sexual Politics Of “Chasing Amy” 20 Years Later:
My life in the 90s was very “Chasing Amy”
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:34:24 -0700“
“Rome, Sweet Rome” is a short story that began as part of a Reddit thread and eventually turned into a movie deal. It’s about a modern US Marine Corps unit that gets sucked back in time and fights Roman soldiers in 23 BC. It’s just like one of the thousand of ridiculous “what if?” conversations that take place on the web every day. But it’s also something that the people who were involved with it while it was being made never forgot.
A People’s History of Tattooine is something I was involved with, although someone else nominated it for part of the time capsule. In 2014, a bunch of geeky dads (mostly) on a Saturday started to wonder how the Star Wars stories would be told not by the Rebellion or the Empire, but by the nonhuman people seen throughout the series. In other words, as Jake Harris wrote, “what if Mos Eisley wasn’t really that wretched and it was just Obi Wan being racist again?”
This attitude, which treats almost nothing with reverence, but everything with care for its consistency and its consequences, is one of the fundamental modes of being on the web. It’s not like traditional fandom, scholarly pedantry, or manual-driven computation, where the original texts are treated like sacred writ. It’s fanfic, it’s slashfic, it’s deconstruction, it’s inventing your own entire fork of a standard because the standard doesn’t do what you think it ought to do. And it’s an attitude particularly well-suited for world-building.”
The web is a portal to other worlds (Jason on the link between the internet, fan work, and the tendency towards worldbuilding.)
“Nothing With Reverence, Everything With Care” would be a great motto on a coat of arms
Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:51:41 -0700Sony Will Bring The Wheel of Time to TV:
Blood and bloody ashes!
If this actually happens, I will gleefully attend the first Darkfriend Social.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:00:43 -0700"It will rain." they say. They say that every day. And every day, you wait. How long have you waited? You don't know anymore.
Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:04:48 -070029: An Interview with Jay Bushman:
Do you want to listen to me prattle on about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries? Then the Pemberley Podcast has you covered!
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:39:23 -0700“Disney is contemplating opening a luxury Star Wars themed resort next to the Hollywood Studios park at Disney World, which could feature multi-day live-action role-playing games that run overnight, with guests staying all night in the park to interact with costumed characters and automated elements (droids, etc) to game out scenarios.”
sign me the f up!
Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:25:45 -0700The Science of How Our Minds and Our Bodies Converge in the Healing of Trauma:
In trauma survivors, Van der Kolk notes, the parts of the brain that have evolved to monitor for danger remain overactivated and even the slightest sign of danger, real or misperceived, can trigger an acute stress response accompanied by intense unpleasant emotions and overwhelming sensations. Such posttraumatic reactions make it difficult for survivors to connect with other people, since closeness often triggers the sense of danger. And yet the very thing we come to most dread after experiencing trauma — close contact with other people — is also the thing we most need in order to regain psychoemotional solidity and begin healing. Van der Kolk writes:
Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.
This, he points out, is why we’ve evolved a refined mechanism for detecting danger — we’re incredibly attuned to even the subtlest emotional shifts in those around us and, even if we don’t always heed these intuitive readings, we can read another person’s friendliness or hostility on the basis of such imperceptible cues as brow tension, lip curvature, and body angles. But one of the most pernicious effects of trauma is that it disrupts this ability to accurately read others, rendering the trauma survivor either less able to detect danger or more likely to misperceive danger where there is none.
Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:33:57 -0700Jews, Not Russians, Behind Trump’s Victory, Russian Foreign Minister Spokesperson Says: turnabout: sixth-light: marta-bee: thefingerfuckingfemalefury: folly-of-alexandria: thefingerfuckingfemalefury: acidreign: littlegoythings: …..ohhhhh my fucking god holy fucking shit they’re not even pretending So in addition to persecuting homosexuals and trans people as somehow being “Unclean” or “Inferior” and accusing us of being “Deviants” and “Monsters” and destroying/banning literature that they don’t like the Russian government is now also scapegoating Jewish people for the worlds problems Hmmmmmmm where have we seen this before I wonder So they’re just going full Nazi then. Like, I mean that’s basically the Nazi platform wholesale. Russia has apparently gotten bored of being “Disturbingly like Nazi Germany” and instead decided to just drop all pretense and be Literally Nazi Germany instead of even making the tiniest effort to pretend that they’re not And just to be clear I’m not trying to make light of this situation I snark because it’s the only thing that stops me literally fucking vomiting in fear when I think of the Jewish, queer and trans people trapped living in this godforsaken hellpit pretending to be a country who will HOPEFULLY be able to immigrate to a REAL country before things get even worse in this shithole “nation” Not to split hairs, but Russians don’t have to go “full Nazi” to be anti-semitic, they just have to be… Russians. Antisemitism didn’t begin with Germans, or Nazis. Think about the plot behind Fiddler on the Roof for one, or the fact that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was initially published in Russia. I know less about Russian culture and LGBT peoples, but given the ways they tie certain expressions of masculinity (beards, for instance) to national pride vs. being more pro-Western, that does seem like a deep well as well. :-$ And of course in modern times there’s a really toxic connection with the Russian Orthodox church as well. (Think more Vatican than your neighborhood parish.) Dangerous days, all around. We’re all familiar with the etymology of “pogrom”, right? …right? (There is a story in my family that my grandmother’s paternal grandmother and her family were Russian Jews who emigrated because of the general unhealthiness of late-nineteenth-century Russia for many Jewish citizens - there’s basically no way to verify if it’s true, but it’s entirely historically plausible.) I wish I wasn’t surprised. Happy Easter, have some blood libel! Shout out to my White Russian ancestors for getting the fuck out of the shtetl. Emigrants, they got the job done. [...]
Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:30:41 -0700
We have this closet in our apartment. It’s horribly placed, and difficult to get in an out of. Over the years it’s become THAT closet – the one where you throw things to get them out of the way, or because you “might need it one day,” or because you don’t want to think about them.
Today, I pulled every last thing out of that closet. I threw out a lot of it, prepared a ton of items to donate, and reorganized it so that it can now be useful on a day-to-day basis.
So I guess I really didn’t want to write today.
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You are definitely going to want to watch tonight’s masterful episode of Underground
Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:03:48 -0700“Skam, which means “shame” in Norwegian, is released in real-time, with zero warning. If a scene takes place at school on a Tuesday afternoon, the clip goes up on the show’s website Tuesday afternoon. If it takes place at one in the morning at a Saturday night house party, like the first scene of the third season, which Erlend and his friends watched together last year, then it’s uploaded on a Saturday night. At week’s end, the clips, which vary in length but are rarely longer than 15 minutes, are rolled into a single “episode,” which airs on television.”
Tue, 11 Apr 2017 13:22:57 -0700“In short: when you’re trying to convince people to do something and you tell them it’s a game they instantly figure they can win. That if they’re not winning they are losing. That if they are losing either they suck or the game sucks.”
I feel this so hard
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WNEW Sunday News Closeup interview with Marcy
(via A Child Again - YouTube)
This is the source of so many samples from so many songs from the nineties. Oh, Marcy, Marcy, Marcy.
Go to 4:50 for the really good stuff
Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:06:14 -0700You're Not Mad at United Airlines; You're Mad at America
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This is the next show I want Netflix to pay for a splashy limited series revival
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Could have kept the cool belt but nNOOOooOOooOo.
smh “other teams.”
You say “crown,” I say “TIARA”
Fri, 07 Apr 2017 09:39:40 -0700“I’m here today to talk to you about Goth Awareness. It’s important to know these simple facts. Being a goth isn’t just about wearing black or eyeliner, it’s not just about listening to the Bauhaus or Sisters of Mercy, or frightening churchgoing elderly when we wave hello. It’s about cultivating the darkness in your soul and finding nourishment in the inevitable heat death of the universe. Goths are kind people, and usually quite happy. We don’t wanna eat you or your family, haha. We don’t worship Satan, hahaha. (Aah, Satan.) Goths are people, just like you. The difference is we embrace the darkness so you don’t have to. So remember, when you next see a goth, don’t splash them with holy water. Thank them, for making all those asshole protesters at ComiCon feel uncomfortable and slightly aroused.”
Taliesin Jaffe @ Signal Boost Ep. 11