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Thursday, May 15th, 2014 07:18 am
[xposted from tumblr]
I’ve been thinking about why the recent interview (x) doesn’t fill me with more confidence,general spoiler for final eps of Agents of SHIELD )
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Thursday, May 1st, 2014 11:42 pm
People who know me know that I’ve in the past spoken up against the denigration of female characters. Actually I’ve lost a good chunk of my LJ friends list over that issue, and I stand behind every word I said. But I don’t think that denigrating male characters is the answer to that problem. In my opinion, the answer lies in promoting fanworks about female characters. Writing fic. Drawing fanart. Reccing those works. Commenting. Exchanges. In calling out unfair character bashing. But I’m not going to choose between fangirling female characters and fangirling male ones. I want both. I need both in a canon in order to get really pulled in.

Is fandom seriously just capable of thinking in binary terms? No nuance, no context? I get backlash but it makes no sense to throw the baby out with the bathwater, and there’s a lot of that going on. Has been for years. It’s so unproductive.
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Saturday, April 13th, 2013 11:28 am
my bookmarks are overflowing...

Starting at 1:40 in this Wire gag reel, there's a funny (and rather lyrical, heh) composition of characters cursing. Speaking of Fuck: Shut the fuck up!

THE WIRE - 100 Greatest Quotes (spoilers)
I just finished another rewatch of the show... since with that show, you can't rewatch just one episode, you have to view at least an entire season. And it actually gets better with each viewing, because of the sheer complexity. The writing is so tight. The acting is so good. (The acting is so good that there was a moment of dissonance when I saw them out of character in the gag reel...)

fandom meta: For all the women I have loved who were dragged through the mud
Talks about hostility towards female characters, possible reasons, possible ways to change this. An astute analysis, I thought. It's long, but worth the read.

excellent short film: This little girl explains autism creatively.

[livejournal.com profile] megatexas wrote a snarky, entertaining article about public art in Austin: But is it art? “Moments,” by Carl Trominski

20 Amazing Examples of Owl Camouflage

And on cakewrecks, belatedly: Jen Tells An Easter Story... which I'm mostly linking for the last two pics. :)
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Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 06:48 pm
Fannish meta links I enjoyed reading: [livejournal.com profile] vickysg1 posted a great Leverage manifesto at [livejournal.com profile] het_reccers: an intro into the show with plot overview, character descriptions, fic recs and more. I shall henceforth point to that post when I rec the show to new people.

[personal profile] jae got meta & squee about The Americans; if you're interested in the show, definitely check out her episode reactions. (ep spoilers, obviously)

Not fandom: story about a Wisconsin hunter who adopts a Coyote

Buildering in München /German
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Sunday, December 30th, 2012 02:52 am
metafic rec (Yuletide Madness again): I have, in the past, waxed poetic about my epic hatred dislike of non-canonical freeform tags. But now someone took those useless things and turned them into a shiny poem. Yes, there is now a poem made up entirely of tags.

Title: Somebody had to write this (so why not me?) by Anonymous
Summary: This is a stupid fanfiction and I shouldn't have written it. I have no shame. Don't like, don't read.


Okay, I clicked on one of the tags out of idle curiosity... they work. /o\
Mergers
omg! i can't believe i wrote this has been merged into Oh My God for filtering. Works and bookmarks tagged with omg! i can't believe i wrote this will show up in Oh My God's filter.
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Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 12:04 am
Send Your Past Running (While You Stand Still) by [archiveofourown.org profile] redbrunja
Gen; Natasha & Clint, Coulson; genre: mission/partnership/character study; rated mature; 1384 words
Summary: Natasha's past is another country; and she hasn't lived there in a long, long time.

[livejournal.com profile] icarus_chained wrote an excellent MCU Nick Fury Rant which doubles as a Nick Fury love letter & character manifesto.
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Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 06:09 pm
I was browsing the most recent RPF tinhatter wanks in SPN and One Direction fandom but I barely found it in me to roll my eyes at the crazy. Well, okay, I did. But what really did it was this tangential statement (in the comments at the second link): It's the internet and there's no copyright on Tumblrs. Once you put it out there, it's out there and no one needs any permission to repost anything you've written or created.

WRONG. OMG so extremely wrong. Not that I don't think this is a prevalent view but that doesn't make it better. One quick look at tumblr's TOS confirms:
Ownership:
Subscribers retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in their Subscriber Content, and Tumblr and/or third parties retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in all Content other than Subscriber Content.
You retain ownership of any intellectual property you post to Tumblr.


What you do when you sign up is give a non-exclusive license for others to reblog your content. On tumblr. (See "Subscriber Content License to Tumblr".) You still retain the copyright to your work. (And reblogging content from outside tumblr is in many cases copyright infringement but that's a slightly different matter.)

I'm ignoring fair use exceptions here. The important thing is: internet does not equal public domain.
Man, I feel like I should write that last in all-caps and bold, with sparkles.
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Friday, May 11th, 2012 02:25 pm
You know the recurring wank that flares up once-yearly about how fanfic isn't *real* writing? Right now there's the fanart equivalent going on tumblr: "I also don’t think you can really be an artists and be immersed in Fandom at the same time, because (for me) in order to make art you have to view the world critically."

The OP's post manages to be in equal parts pretentious and naive and the person right behind him seems to have a contest going on how often they can stuff their foot in their mouth: "Fanartists can do incredible work too, but as a consumer of art it’s as significant as the difference between eating a meal and eating someone else’s vomit." -- (What, you find that insulting? Alex saiz: "Last, if you’re reading some kind of personal insult into it, then that might be your own guilt speaking.")

Lots of nicely argued rebuttals, of course. (I finally figured out how to follow a discussion on that site... that took only a year.)

ETA: OP has posted a clarification with apologies. I still don't agree with some of his points but he's phrasing everything a lot better now.
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Monday, February 20th, 2012 12:35 pm
[deviantart.com profile] toerning wrote an interesting post about DA's Insular Taste Phenomenon and the development of an artist's taste along with their artistic abilities.

The thing is, I have yet to see a "Draw This Again!" meme that makes any notable changes to composition, content, or impact of the work. Is a person's ability to draw more convincing clothing folds or a more roguish grin evidence of what they have accomplished in their last two+ years of artistic development? This is a matter of taste, and we are limiting ourselves.
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Sunday, September 18th, 2011 01:14 pm
Glorious by [livejournal.com profile] such_heights (mulitfandom)
download and streaming

This vid was made for [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon. The way it's paced, the story it tells - it's electrifying, no matter how often I watch it.
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Friday, July 8th, 2011 01:45 pm
Taking a short break from reccing fic to point to this article in Time Magazine which is making the rounds:
The Boy Who Lived Forever by Lev Grossman

A mainstream article about fan fiction that finally gets it right! Balanced, entertaining, informative, at no point did I cringe or feel the urge to protest. The article does away with many of those pesky common misconceptions about fic, shows both the fans' and the creators' point of view, talks a little about the legalities, but most importantly the motivation behind writing fic, the joy of creating and playing in an established universe, really come across. None of that "it's like training wheels until they become real writers".

Lev came to LJ last week to interview fic writers to get firsthand accounts and quotes for the article. (Revolutionary new approach - to get an idea about what fanfic is, talk to actual fanfic writers and readers!) He seemed sincere and determined to get it right, but after reading article after article that made me want to bang my head against the keyboard I was still a little sceptical. But he really pulled it off, gotta say. Great job.

The interview questions are still up at [livejournal.com profile] lg_interview; lots of interesting answers. It's a closed comm but you can read the posts once you join.

btw...
Imagine how Harry Potter's story would have played out if on his first day at Hogwarts he'd been sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor.
I'd read that scenario. Can anybody rec me a fic like that? (gen preferably, plotty, not interested in a shippy exploration)
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Saturday, June 25th, 2011 12:02 am
A meta rec today: [personal profile] sholio has a very useful post on the writing process, with a detailed example.
Last year I read about the snowflake method, where you start with a one-sentence description of the plot, then expand it into a paragraph, then expand each sentence of the paragraph into a new paragraph, and so on. I kinda wanted to try it on something, and decided to use my SGA Santa story, because I had NO IDEA what to write about, and I figured that it would be a good idea to put it into practice.Since I kept all my notes, I basically have the whole process documented, so why don't I share it?
Interesting stuff. I'm a storyteller, not a writer, and the few times I set out to write my own comics have been a bit like pulling teeth (though, granted, not as painful) but that post really makes me want to put fingers to keyboard right away and try out the method she describes. I have one original comic and one fanfic project to try it on...
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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 12:04 pm
So, inspired by the Flowchart of Fail I decided to expand on my previous "Fuck You She's Awesome" post. This is off the top of my head so I bet I forgot a number of characters I really want to include [eta: have since edited in a bunch more]... anyway, these chicks kick ass in various ways and I love them.



That is all.

Melaka Fray (Fray), Alanna of Trebond (Song of the Lioness), Elizabeth Jennings (The Americans)

Sarah Walker (Chuck), Olivier Armstrong (Fullmetal Alchemist), Claudia (The Americans), Sophie Devereaux (Leverage), Winry Rockbell (FMA), Tess Kaufman (Reasonable Doubts)

Miranda Priestly (The Devil Wears Prada), Parker (Leverage), Jennifer Keller (SGA), Samantha Carter (SG-1/SGA), Teyla Emmagan (SGA), Vala Mal Doran (SG-1), Nyota Uhura (ST), Kathryn Janeway (Voyager), Abby Sciuto (NCIS)

Mrs Pollifax, Ziva David (NCIS), Kate Lockley (AtS), Gwen Cooper (TW), Winifred Burkle (AtS), Buffy Summers (BtVS), Jadzia Dax (DS9), Atia of the Julii (Rome)

Illyria (AtS), Kira Nerys (DS9), Red Zora, Liz Forbes (TVD), Joy Merriweather (Drop The Dead Donkey), Helen Cooper (DtDD), 7 of 9 (Voyager), Amanda (Highlander)

Xena (Xena, Warrior Princess), Nina Van Horn (Just Shoot Me), Lilith Sternin (Frasier/Cheers), Amanda King (Scarecrow and Mrs King), Kaylee (Firefly), Cordelia Chase (BtVS/AtS), Faith (BtVS), Riza Hawkeye (FMA)

Margaret Houlihan (M*A*S*H), Phoebe Buffay (Friends), Rachel Green (Friends), Monica Geller (Friends), Daphne Moon (Frasier), Sam Waters (Profiler), Maya Gallo (Just Shoot Me), Ros Henderson (Bugs)

Modesty Blaise, Mara Jade (Star Wars OC), Pippi Longstocking, Temperance Brennan (Bones), Roz Doyle (Frasier), Frankie Heck (The Middle), Andy Sachs (The Devil Wears Prada), Dr. Eleanor „Ellie“ Arroway (Contact), Dana Scully (The X-Files)

Zoe Washburn (Firefly), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), River Tam (Firefly), Natasha Romanoff (Avengers), Madam Christmas (FMA)

Anya Jenkins (BtVS), Julie Winters (The Maxx)



p.s. The rules of the original meme apply: I genuinely like these characters; some of them I adore. You’re free to not adore them or have issues with the way they’re written but I don’t really need to hear about those.
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Saturday, October 16th, 2010 04:14 pm
I'm not really supposed to post until three more pages are colored and I'm not quite done with the third one, but my fingers have been itching. Everybody's probably heard about the much talked-about female character flowchart by now but I'm really too annoyed to not talk about it, even days later. Some links:

[livejournal.com profile] rawles on tumblr: This chart is like a pictorial representation of a dumbfuck metafandom essay about how all female characters are shitty so that’s why they are sadly forced to write about nothing but white dudes.

And this comment by [livejournal.com profile] homelight: Wow, there is literally ONE LINE leading to "strong female character." One. Line. That's a pretty perfect illustration at how narrow and limited the faux-feminist standards for "acceptable females" in fandom are. Pretty ironic, considering how one of the goals of feminism is to fight against the narrow and limited standards that women are measured against to match the idea of "good, acceptable women" IRL.

Yeah. That, pretty much.
More links in this post by [personal profile] havocthecat.

One of the good things that came out of this mess is this enlightening post about Yoko Ono, who never deserved any of the crap people have thrown at her, just as she doesn't deserve being listed on this flowchart: Dear Yoko Ono: You shouldn't even be here. by [personal profile] bossymarmalade
(... and btw, anyone who utters the phrase "she yoko'd the band" and finds it funny and oh so fitting should stop, just for a second, and think what exactly it is they're saying. Same goes for the lovely saying "bros before hos". If I never again encounter any of those phrases used uncritically in fandom... yeah, that would be nice.)

Here's an interesting post from 2008: Yoko Ono: A Feminist Analysis (Introduction: Oh Yoko!)
Yoko Ono’s name is tossed around as an insult, sometimes “jokingly,” sometimes really and truly hatefully. Any woman who dates a male band member and expects to be treated like a person, or any woman who is seen to in some way cause a change in a male artist of any kind, is particularly at risk of being called “Yoko.” To a lesser extent, so is any woman who expects to be given equal consideration as her partner and her partner’s friends friends. Why is it an insult, exactly? Well, because “everyone” hates Yoko Ono. She’s a mentally unbalanced, scheming, money-grubbing, castrating bitch. Oh, and she broke up the Beatles. Or so they say.
Oh yes, and finally, as to the vague "Can she carry her own story?" checkbox in the top line, that one step on the very, very narrow road leading to the One Approved Strong Female Character? Fic writers in particular are in the business of fleshing out even the most minor of characters - usually a guy - and make them carry their own story with ease. That is just one of the things we do here, isn't it. Fandom seems to be under the impression that Stargate's Dr Parrish, botanist with approximately five lines of dialogue, can carry his own story, just as the thoroughly underwritten Arthur and Eames from Inception can.
But Ellen Ripley, Tsukino Usagi, and Sarah Connor can't, apparently. *laughs and laughs* No, seriously, WTF?!
The question is meaningless. The question, if anything, would be more like: am I willing to let her carry her own story?

I'm torn between the usual feelings of rage and frustration because people out there are endorsing this flowchart as witty and clever and, worse, a useful resource for writing "strong female characters" - and relief because at least on LJ & DW so many folks have debunked this as the misguided, disingenuous, counterproductive BS that it is. Thank you, guys. ♥

in other news, [livejournal.com profile] megatexas was back on his way up north and we had a great time. He always brings sunshiny weather with him, too, which I find very thoughtful. :) I think have a few pics to post, too. But I'll write that post when the coloring is done.
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Thursday, September 30th, 2010 12:05 pm
Mmmh, mmmetafic. These two fics make a neat recs set so I can't resist.

Star Trek: Solutions, Kirk/Spock, Spock/Uhura by [livejournal.com profile] tralalali
Warnings: character bashing, even though I don't think I should call it that, but to spare some people's delicate sensibilities..

why rec'd: He he he

FMA: The Beatings Will Continue by [livejournal.com profile] evil_little_dog
Summary: Concerned about Edward and Winry’s relationship, Alex Louis speaks out.

why rec'd: If you're subscribed to [livejournal.com profile] fm_alchemist and have bruises on your forehead from all the headdesking, you'll know why. ;)

In a somewhat different vein, here's a link that's been sitting in my to-rec folder for ages:
Queen of the Night Aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute
The vocals are incredible! (The really good part starts at 0:40.)
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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 11:06 am
My to-rec folder is once more overflooding so it's time for another link dump. Fic recs will probably be next. Or vids. Or both.

fanfic and copyright
[livejournal.com profile] jimhines: Marion Zimmer Bradley vs. Fanfiction - If we’re going to toss this story around every time we talk about fanfiction, it would be nice to have a few facts to go with the fourth-hand accounts, guesswork, and rumors.

fandom and female characters
[livejournal.com profile] rawles: A Quick Note
The erasure of female characters from a narrative is never feminist. Period. The end.

If you're only interested in writing about dudes, go ahead, and work out how you feel about that with yourself. But please stop pretending you're doing this all for the ladies.
[livejournal.com profile] impertinence: impertinence: linkin' some links
White men are cultural blank slates, of course. Buddy cops, the anti-hero, the odd couple...they're all white guys. All of those dynamics fandom likes, and turns into fandom-specific tropes, can be traced back to wider cultural tropes. And they're coded as being for white men. Obviously, I think that's part of it. But I think the other part requires being critical of fandom itself.

Here's the thing: what we do isn't just transformative. It's really heavily derivative, both of the source material (obviously) and of other fanworks. [...]

Stepping out of that mold takes EFFORT.
[personal profile] ar: way too much rambling on mozart and mary sues
For him to write that 40th symphony, though, he first had to write his 4th. And just there's no shame in young Mozart writing some derivative stuff that sounds cool while he's working his way to writing really original stuff that also sounds cool, there's no shame in writing female characters (or any characters, for that matter, but the discussion hasn't been about writing Gary Stus) who might not be entirely plausible. You should totally write stuff that sounds cool to you, and you should write a lot of it--and the more you write (and the more you read!), the more you'll figure out how to make your characters plausible even as they're awesome. Same with your descriptions, your plots, your everything.
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Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 09:12 pm
FMA meta rec: [livejournal.com profile] rawles wrote a really great post on Roy & Riza, on subtext and canon. (link)

FMA fanart rec:
TheOnlyWayIsDeath on DA made an Envy Motivational Poster that alternately cracks me up and makes me go Aww (and then slap myself for going Aww because, seriously, it's Envy!)
Spoilers for chapter 80 and up.

Driven by the desire to subsidize both Amazon and FedEx, I preordered Shounen Gangan. The shipping fee is outrageous but I just don't want to read the final chapter on a screen. (final chapter, waaah) I really dislike reading fiction on the computer. And it's a one time thing, so I figure I indulge. I just hope shipping really takes only a few days... once the chapter is out I'm not going online until I've read it.

a SGA fic I very much enjoyed:
Germination by [personal profile] thingswithwings
Jennifer/Rodney; kink: tentacles!; post-ep for 502 The Seed; words: 5600

It's interesting: the other day someone, I think friendshipper, said that her major story kink is to be surprised (or something like that) and that felt about right. It's why I prefer story warnings that are hidden behind spoiler tags.

I've noticed that after almost three years of reading in this fandom my plot kinks have largely been satisfied - I still enjoy reading them, but right now the kind of story that really hits the spot is one that goes somewhere unexpected, no matter how... by going wildly AU, or developing a minor character or pairing, or turning a common cliche inside out.*

And that's what this fic does, too: it takes some tropes and themes and does something different with them. It's sweet and funny, and her Jennifer voice is spot on. And, well, I can never get enough of well-written Jennifer/Rodney. :)

*That's also why propinquitine's fic Never Quite What You Expect was one of my favorite stories of the entire last year even though it's a pairing I generally feel I overdosed on.
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Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 02:45 am
Damn. This had started out as such a productive day. I sketched a cover art and it turned out nicely; I caught up with a lot of my email and LJ comments, I went to the gym and did the back exercises I neglected last week; I enjoyed an hour in the sauna, watched two eps of Fullmetal Alchemist with my friends, and was juuust about to sit down and get a lot of work done, and then I made the mistake to just quickly check my friends list. And found a bunch of links to this post by Diana Gabaldon - well, you've probably seen it by now. If you haven't: Pro author shares her thoughts on yaoi: OK, my position on fan-fic is pretty clear: I think it’s immoral, I _know_ it’s illegal, and it makes me want to barf whenever I’ve inadvertently encountered some of it involving my characters. And it only gets worse after that.

Cue comments along the lines of "I have never heard of this thing called fanfic until just now, but that won't stop me from explaining how immoral, lazy, and badly written it is, and while I'm at it, let me proudly display my ignorance of intellectual property law."

I spent hours reading&refreshing. I can't help it, I find anti-fic wank oddly entertaining and addictive. And some of this shit is involuntarily funny. My favorite part is Verna, who is of the opinion that... wait, I'll quote, no one's gonna believe that otherwise..."
Diana is pointing out that wrong is wrong, no matter the circumstance. And she is right. Murder is no more wrong than stealing. Stealing is no more wrong than lying. It is all the same. Many here have said that fanfic is "grey" in regards to legality. If one is not sure the rightness or legality of an action, then said one should not be doing it. [snip] So, if there is a hell, is there a worse hell for murderers and a lesser hell for liars?

[eta:] Ahahaha... my new fave comment: Chip Michael explains that 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead' isn't a derivative work of fiction because the story is basically the same, but the characters are the heart are not the lead characters and are fully developed in and of themselves. (link)

And of course developing minor characters is not something done in fanfic, ever. Uh-huh.

meta rec: [livejournal.com profile] bookshop - I'm done explaining to people why fanfic is okay.
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Friday, April 16th, 2010 12:24 am
[edit for new readers, 04/30: this post was part of a wider hypertext debate and focuses on but one aspect of it. Please read my previous post for context.]

Once upon a time, there were two guys, Joe and Jerry, who wrote a story about this super awesome dude who jumps as high as the tallest building. And he flies faster than a plane. And he's got strength up the wazoo. And he's using his power for good (because he's awesome like that) so he's fighting crime.

Everybody knows how the story goes: eventually they found a comic book publisher and the story turned out to be this huge success and the start of a giant franchise, triggered an entire genre and made a ton of money.

The story about the guy who is the strongest guy on Earth is at heart the ultimate boy's wish fulfillment fantasy. Pure and unfiltered. I read the first issue once and thought that quality-wise it was pretty clunky. If it was fic, I would've thought 'badfic'. But hey, the target group loved it.

Eventually he got more backstory, more characters to fight and otherwise interact with, and more character. I haven't read a lot of Superman but I think it's safe to say that he's a more rounded character than he was when he started out. The writers had the chance to develop the character over time.

If we are talking Sue, Action Comics #1's Superman would be the definitive one. But I think that would miss the point. He's not a Marty Stu, he's a hero. Heck, he's a Superhero.

Then after a while we got Supergirl, and after Batman there was Batgirl, and a bunch more but I'm not that into superhero comics so I can't list them all. Whodathunk: girls like wish-fulfillment fantasies too. (And the female form of hero is heroine. Not Mary Sue.)

No one has the right to tell girls that, no, they don't need self-insert fantasies, because they're perfect the way they are. So they shouldn't indulge in those. It’s for their own good!

Know what it sounds like in my ears? Don't dream big! Know your place!

Thanks, but that's a world of No from this dreamer.

... This post was brought to you by more than one poster saying that Mary Sue fantasies are sexist and should be opposed because they teach young women that they have to be perfect to be loved. I think that is getting it completely backwards and is super-unhelpful. I think the opposite is the case: these fantasies can be very empowering and dammit, they’re fun and girls have as much a right to them as boys.

yes, yes, I haven't even answered all my comments of the last few days but this post came to me as I was running, so I had to jot it down quickly and now I might as well post it. I hope I'm done with the meta now.

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