Helen T. / Not a teen really, any more / North of Botany Bay
A tumblog with less impenetrable prose and more FANDOM SQUEE GIFS YAYY. Still hope to be cogent, though.
Opinions expressed by others in reblogged material not that of blog proprietor will be noted in tags by (at least vaguely) negative tags.
get in losers, we’re going shoppingCordelia Naismith-Vorkosigan — scientist, starship captain, countess, intersectional space feminist, literal decapitator of usurpers, petter of fluffy cats, mother of mad geniuses. :)
now in both realistic and neon-retro-futuristic colors cuz why not
by the way did I ever tell y’all about the time I got a blank message from nobody, sent on new year’s eve in 1969, when the internet didn’t exist?
because that happened
What the fuck
Or maybe its from 2069, when we’ve developed the technology to send data to the past. You sent yourself a blank message as a test but as the email address you used to send it doesnt exist yet, it came up as no sender
OKAY KIDS, LET’S LEARN ABOUT THE UNIX EPOCH
So back in the early days of computers, when we were trying to build clocks to keep all our computers in sync, we tried a bunch of different ways to synchronize them in ways that both normal people could use and programmers could utilize.
We just tried saying “The current time is THIS date” and just storing that date as some text, but while that was easy for humans, it was a bunch of different numbers that worked together in funny ways and computers don’t play nice with a bunch of random, arbitrary rules.
Not much worked, until we realized that we needed a BASELINE to compare against, and a way to represent the current time that covers everybody. So we came up with Unix time, because Unix was the style at the time. Essentially, Unix time represents any given time by saying “How many seconds ago was 12:00 AM on January 1, 1970 in Iceland somewhere?”. Recent enough to keep the numbers relatively small, far enough that nothing computer-y would fall before it, and consistent enough that there’d be no discrepancy based on where you are.
So what happens when you see the date “December 31, 1969” on a buggy message like this is that the computer received a bunch of zeroes by mistake and went “Oh, this must be a message!” Then when it tried to interpret it, it got to the date, found a zero, and said “Zero seconds since the Unix Epoch? I’ll round down - this was sent at the last second of New Year’s Eve, 1969! They’ll be so happy to finally get their blank message.”
And then the computer traipsed off on its merry way, because computers are fucking ridiculous.
why be a fan of severus snape when you can be a fan of regulus black?
Regulus Black who was noble and zealous and believed with all his heart in a cause. Regulus Black who saw his brother slip away from him, the brother who escaped their…
Knitters, please do me a favour- if you don’t know how, go and learn how to do Mattress stitch. Let it change your knitting. Let it change your life.
I ask this because I saw a beautifully knitted jumper today that was sewn together with thick, lumpy seams, and I wept for the jumper that might have been.
Don’t skimp on the finishing, folks. You’ve come this far- you may as well do it right,eh?
More than a decade after the Harry Potter craze kicked fanfic culture straight into the mainstream, we’re still seeing regular appearances from that most embarrassing of journalistic genres: the poorly researched thinkpiece expressing shock, horror, bemusement, and condescension for fandom and the (mostly female) fans who write fanfiction.
So for anyone out there who has just been hired to explain the intricacies of fanfic culture to a confused and ill-informed audience, here are a few misconceptions we can get out of the way before you even start:
- Myth: It’s written as “Fan Fiction”
- Myth: “Fandom” is a morphing of “kingdom”
- Myth: Fanfic writers are mostly dudes
- Myth: Fanfic writers are all teenagers or modest young women who shouldn’t be exposed to this kind of Internet filth
- Myth: Fanfic writers are sexless, fat, repressed middle-aged spinsters
- Myth: Bronies are special
- Myth: Fanfic is bad for teen literacy
- Myth: Most fanfic is on Fanfiction.net
- Myth: Slash fanfic is the equivalent of lesbian porn for straight women
- Myth: All fanfic is super weird
- Myth: Fanfic is just practice for “real” writing
- Myth: All fanfic is porn
- Myth: Fanfiction is plagiarism
- But what about copyright?
- Myth: Reporters should ask celebrities what they think about the awkward fanfic fans write about them
- Myth: The fourth wall is made to be broken
- If you must…
Myth: Reporters should ask celebrities what they think about the awkward fanfic fans write about them
No. First of all, asking a celebrity to simply “react” to fanfiction being written about the fictional character they portray (and occasionally the actor themselves) is actually shorthand for “I’m a lazy reporter who would rather exploit fans than do the work of rounding up real questions for this interview.”
Secondly, this celebrity who is having lots of slash written about them has already been asked about their thoughts on slash by the other 145 million unoriginal reporters who came along before you and went, “What can I do to be edgy? Oh, I know, I’ll show them the fanfiction about them on the Internet!” They are sick of being asked this question.
Thirdly, depending on any number of personal/social/contextual factors that have nothing to do with the show, the fandom, or the content of the fanfic, being asked about fanfic could make them feel uncomfortable, which means you were just rude and invasive for stupid reasons.
(In which Gav and Aja attempt to debunk every terrible article ever written on fanfic, which we hopefully will never have to read again.)
GUYS THIS PIECE IS 5,000 WORDS LONG AND TOOK TWO MONTHS OF US GOING “OH CRAP WE FORGOT TO INCLUDE X!!” And in the end our editor just threw up her hands and didn’t cut a word.
So congrats, fandom, THIS IS THE SINGLE LONGEST ARTICLE IN DAILY DOT HISTORY.
Reblogging for karmic balance, or something, since I’ve been pretty much down on fic lately.
I don’t see any reason to spell “fan fiction” as one word, however, and to their examples I offer counters in the form of “literary fiction,” “genre fiction,” “commercial fiction,” “women’s fiction,” and the rest of the taxonomy used to subdivide the sprawling seething mess that is “fiction.” Seeing “fanfiction” makes me think your space bar is broken.
The existence of these examples may be precisely why “fan fiction” is appearing so often as one word. It wills itself a singular entity, distinctive from “main” fiction.
Initially, though, it’s because fanfiction is an actual word in French, that got directly transposed from English—as most of the related lexicon—which was not the case for “literary fiction” (= fiction.), “genre fiction” (= littérature de genre) or… the others have no translation at all.
French recuperated fanfiction directly from the source, and since the order of the words is opposite to the correct order in French for a noun+adjective group, it helped cementing the term.
Plus, one keyword instead of two.
steve rogers was an irish-american with disabilities growing up in 30s new york in a gay neighborhood and some people actually believe he would be conservative
Raised by a single mom too. So, no.
Also he went to art school, back when it was a hothouse of socialist thought.