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Thursday, July 4th, 2013 01:22 pm
You know what's annoying? When you post fanart to tumblr where it goes mostly or entirely ignored, only to see the same fanart posted by other people getting plenty of attention.

I don't know how to counter this development but let me state for the record that as an artist I find it frustrating and it pisses me off. It's getting to the point where to find the feedback for my fanart I would have to self-google my name on tumblr. I thought getting my own tumblr account would help in that at least some of the feedback would find its way to my inbox, but it makes actually no difference. I'm not gonna bother with crossposting any more, waste of time.
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Monday, December 10th, 2012 11:43 am
I was super thrilled to see that my copy of the Bourne Legacy came with a digital copy, to download at the Universal website. I find digital copies much handier than DVDs so off I go, to download my complimentary copy. But when I go to their site, this is what I get:
"Sorry, but this Digital Copy title is not available in your region."

What the FUCK. I bought a region 2 DVD. Absolutely legally, at Amazon. The code was in the bloody DVD box. Why would you morons at Universal include the code for a region that isn't eligible to use it?

eta, Small print says download only from the UK. Never mind Germany and UK are in the same region. ARgh.

This is not how you discourage piracy. FU.
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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 11:58 am
At least a dozen times in the past few weeks I came across the tired argument that "female characters are all so crappily written and the male ones are always so much better developed and interesting and that's why they get all the attention." I really wish these people could just own up to preferring guy characters, instead of defending their preferences by dissing the women in the same breath.

In light of this, I updated my collage No Interesting Female Characters My Ass with Sophie Devereaux, Parker, and Black Widow. Been meaning to do that for ages. Fuck you, fandom, these chicks are awesome.

(This is not a discussion post so if anyone feels compelled to drop in and make a case why any of them don't meet some criteria for awesome: keep it out of my journal. I had that discussion, at length; I won't any more.)
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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:
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 6th, 2011 03:11 pm
Stuff I learned these recent days: seems like it's perfectly okay to bash and deride a character because he's an alcoholic. That's good to know. (Hai fandom, alcoholism is actually an illness. Your sensitivity overwhelms me, kthxbai.)

Wow, I'm annoyed. Annoyed annoyed annoyed. I thought I could swallow and ignore it - what's another case of character bashing - but apparently not. Link me to something happy? Anyone? Anything. Pic of a baby animal. Funny, cracky fic, preferably with Sophie and/or Nate. Pretty fanart.

In a way it's interesting, this is a red-hot button I wasn't aware of until now.
[What the hell, I'm unlocking this.]
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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.

[eta: anonymous comments are screened]
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Monday, October 12th, 2009 10:43 pm
today, on genrefinders...

Hai poster, thanks for sharing with the class. Obviously that's what genrefinders is for; who wouldn't want to hear your thoughts on yaoi! But say again, do you like Keller or do you not like her? I didn't quite get that part.

[eta: okay, it's late, I have work to do, I don't want to keep watching this entry... and I have a feeling this got linked beyond my flist, so I'm switching on non-access list comment screening for the time being.]

crossposted on LJ
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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 12:48 am
Been meaning to do this for ages... Started by [livejournal.com profile] dsudis: So I was adding some new interests to my LJ profile and found myself feeling defensive every time I typed a female name, thinking, basically, FUCK YOU, SHE'S AWESOME, because I felt as if someone somewhere was going to be criticizing my love for them.

So, anyway, then I made a list of women who make me want to say FUCK YOU, SHE'S AWESOME. They are far from the only women who are awesome, or the only women people need to be told to step off of, but they are the top ten I feel that way about, right now, off the top of my head.

If you want to argue with me about the awesomeness of any of these women, I am afraid I will simply be referring you to the subject line. THAT IS ALL.

Because here's the thing, I totally accept that not everyone's going to like every character I love, but I'm really tired of feeling like I'm going on the defensive every time I admit to loving a female character.


(Jennifer Keller (SGA), Samantha Carter (SG-1/SGA), Teyla Emmagan (SGA), Vala Mal Doran (SG-1), Nyota Uhura (ST)
Ziva David (NCIS), Kate Lockley (AtS), Gwen Cooper (TW), Winifred Burkle (AtS), Buffy Summers (BtVS))
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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 10:18 am
I'm with [personal profile] monanotlisa: [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 is my heroine. That post, and reading the comments was good for my soul.

In other news, my book about *mumblemumble* is now finished. :) Also, yesterday was the first time I really looked forward to French class, and the class was fun. (I mean, the previous evenings were fun, too, but I was strugging and flailing too much to properly enjoy it.)

Never would've thought I'd say that I enjoy French class. What I remember from high school wasn't so much fun but rather mindless drilling of grammar and vocabulary. High school French sucked all the fun out of the language.
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Saturday, May 16th, 2009 02:32 pm
I'd been wondering how long it would take for Uhura to be called Mary Sue. Bingo. Fandom, you're nothing if not predictable. *thumbs up* /sarcasm.

Ah, I wonder if my forever-WIP meta post about perception of female characters in fandom is ever gonna see the light of day. Although the other day when I was rollerblading, I did write what felt like a pretty complete essay in my head, and I jotted the essential parts down soon as I got back... so it probably wouldn't take more than a few hours now to actually write the bloody thing. It's just... this whole topic annoys and frustrates me so much that I can't bring myself to dwell on it for any length of time.
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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 10:42 am
I wonder how people would feel if they constantly got comments like "I had to grit my teeth to get past the McShep but otherwise great story" or "Obviously I skipped past the McShep parts because that pairing is just wrong, but great fic!" or "Rodney is such a terrible character because [list of reasons why Rodney McKay is a terrible character] and I hate him on the show but you almost made me like him here!"? Because people comment like that on fanwork that contains McKeller All. The. Time. All the fucking time.

(I just saw another one first thing this morning.)

Or how would they feel about fic requests at genrefinders phrased "since obviously Sheppard and McKay are both straight, the slash makes no sense and it's OOC so I'm looking for Rodney/Katie and John/Larrin."

You know what all this looks like to me? Like a discouraging tactic, to actively discourage people from including any hint of Keller or Rodney/Jennifer in their fanwork at all. Maybe that's not the intention, maybe it's just thoughtlessness, but that's how it's starting to come across to me.

Seriously, is it so terrible to have a bit of diversity in fandom? Is another pairing so threatening? I don't get it.
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Sunday, February 8th, 2009 12:32 am
Hi LJ, I'm still here )

Eh, what's with the sudden outburst of Kellerhate on the story/genrefinders comms? I thought by getting rid of [livejournal.com profile] mckay_sheppard I finally filtered that stuff out. Maybe just coincidence. I hope... those are comms I definitely don't want to defriend; I'm getting way too much entertainment out of them. But man, when I read storyfinders I expect to see something like "I'm looking for this fic," not "My thoughts on Keller, let me show you them." I really, really, don't care to hear them. :P

My brain's too mushy to write a decent fic rec (no headache though, yay :). But to up the value of this post, a quick linkage (via [livejournal.com profile] monanotlisa):Vampires and the Women Who Love Them by [livejournal.com profile] st_salieri -- What would happen if Buffy Summers, Bella Swan and Sookie Stackhouse sat down for a little chat with an inquisitive talk show host?
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Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 08:50 pm
I've been sitting on my hands for weeks trying to stay out of the Keller wank, but this comment (in [livejournal.com profile] xparrot's poll post) drove me over the edge: You forgot the "She's the Devil! The Devil, I say! Douse her in gasoliine and light her on fire, the diabolical Mary Sue object of TPTB's fratboy lust! The foul Bella Swan of Science fiction!" option, because that's closer to what I actually feel about her.

This is just one of the many, many, MANY anti-Keller comments I've seen (even while trying my best to avoid them) but this one takes the cake. When I read it I became so angry my hands were trembling. Ever tried to color intricate lineart with trembling fingers? Not easy.

I can understand not liking a character or a relationship; there have been plenty of fandoms where I disliked one or the other. And we can argue forever about how well-written - or not - a character she is (No, I don't see her as a Mary Sue, no matter how loud and often the detractors call her that.) Nothing wrong with nitpicking a show; it's what we do. But the sheer amount of vitriol (no other word for it) I've seen directed at Jennifer Keller, Jewel, even the writers, stuns me. What is more, it acts as a total turnoff. I've had it happen to me in Angel fandom, where one fan groups' reaction nearly turned me off a character I used to love. I don't want this happen in SGA. I love the show. I love the John/Rodney pairing, be it friendship or ship. I want to keep on watching the show and drawing fanart and reading fic.

Right now it sounds an awful lot like some of the folks who feel like I do are considering withdrawing from fandom. Man, I really hope you won't. I mean, I can understand it but I really hope you'll stick around. I'm still optimistic this will blow over and I'll still be able to enjoy the fandom.

Anyway, I'm not going anywhere. I have to do my damndest to stay away from that kind of negativity though, in order to be able to enjoy my show, so I've started to take LJs off either my filters or my reading list whenever I encounter Keller bashing. It's nothing personal, I just don't want to read this stuff, or even see it pop up on my friends list. It's gonna make for a much smaller reading list, which sucks, but hopefully I'll stop being bummed out by LJ on a daily basis. I hope I can expand my reading list again once the season has finished airing.
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 12:07 am
vid rec: Sweet Apocalypse by [livejournal.com profile] zap99nad (Artist: Moby)
Action/Drama, AU; can be read as gen or McShep; Characters: Sheppard, McKay, supporting characters: Kolya, Elizabeth, Carson, Wraith
Summary: Kolya is a bounty hunter working for the Wraith in exchange for a steady supply of Enzymes. John's next on the list. This is what happened...

Constructed Reality, very convincingly done. A cool, fun, atmosperic vid with great storytelling and pacing. I enjoyed watching it a lot; it was much like reading fic.

Page seven of The Long Way Home is inked, here's a little outtake. Not the funny kind of outtake... more like the 'guh, I'm an idiot' kind - I got carried away while inking and my thumbs tend to be on the vague side... just a few squiggly lines to indicate camera angle, balloon placement, not so much with the details. It didn't occur to me to check the script while inking, and when I finally did I noticed that the line in that panel has to go to Rodney. Ah, maybe I can find a home for my Shep someplace else.

It's amnesty month at [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic, and though I didn't find the perfect prompt to give meaning to my poor, half-finished McShep gen picture, I did get an idea for another prompt which I really like. It's a kind of Atlantis/Sleepy Hollow pastiche and I see the scene crystal-clear before my inner eye. So if time allows, I'll try to squeeze that in somehow before I go back to the comic. It's just one panel after all, albeit a fairly large, complex one. Still, could be done in a day or two. Now I only have to find a day or two.

Once more I'm feeling this bizarre disconnect with the fandom because, once again, I quite enjoyed this week's Stargate episode (Infection), only to come online and find that most of the fandom (or at least my corner of it) is currently watching a different show than I am. I guess for the remainder of the season the only way to go is read the friends list heavily filtered on days following new episodes. I'm not making the mistake again of reading random reviews linked on the newsletter. Seriously, every time I see someone bash Keller an angel loses its wings I want to make Keller fanart. And I got enough ideas as it is.

(This mini-rant, by the way, was brought to you by LJ blacking out just as I was about to post.)