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A spate of blogging excellence

Hmm. I am twittering again, and I thought I'd set up LoudTwitter to send updates to LJ, but it doesn't seem to be happening. Have tried again - we will see at 9am.

Right, I have about 20 browser tabs open, so link post!

There seem to have been loads of good LJ entries recently, so here are a few. catvalente, otherwise known as author Catherynne M Valente, posts beautifully about fandom, and I wish all authors saw things her way. Also, her books look excellent, and I must buy them immediately. Argh! No! Must stop buying books!

zoethe's post on why writing fanfic is seen as a waste, whereas playing Mozart for fun isn't is thought-provoking, and also links to cupidsbow's post about how capitalist ideology makes it hard for people to understand the fanfiction community, which in turn links to a selection of interesting-looking essays about fanfiction I haven't had time to read yet.

On the subject of fanfiction, why have I never known about Yuletide (also at yuletide)? It's the Obscure Fandom Secret Santa Project, and whoa, the fandoms! Seriously, everything ever. Want Poirot fic? Ayn Rand? Beowulf? A Bit Of Fry And Laurie? Calvin and Hobbes? Loads of Diana Wynne Jones? Dortmunder? Drop The Dead Donkey? ..and that's only up to D. I could be here all night telling you about just the ones I squeed at. It does also have Real Person Slash, which I'm never quite sure about. It squicks me a little - mainly, I think, because I wouldn't like to have it written about me. Well, probably. But I read a QI one all the same.

In the "Horrifying and Squicky, but must be read" category, we have a right-wing poster on The Straight Dope deciding to see for himself if water-boarding is torture - an idiotic thing to do, but his write-up of it is hard-hitting, to say the least. (Preaching to the converted here, I'm sure, but if you had any doubt, the answer is YES.) (Squick and phobia warnings for torture and drowning on that.) And I was educated, shocked, moved and entertained by rozk's two essays on her gender reassignment surgery, posted on the 25th anniversary of the first operation. (Squicky-enough-to-disturb-Neil-Gaiman warnings for surgery, medical ick and ladybits on those.)

And wringham has a highly entertaining essay on geek chic entering the mainstream. (I kind of want a "Tim Berners Lee is my homeboy" T-shirt.)

Gadgetry: I'm ogling a GameBike. It's a exercise bike that you hook up to your PlayStation, XBox or GameCube and control racing games with. Getting hold of one seems a bit difficult, though. ..Oh, I found one, but it's £350 plus £45 postage. Buggrit.


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(This one's a bit misleading, because you're only typing lower case words with no punctuation, really. I think there's one capital and one apostrophe.)

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I do well on standardized tests. (What? I can't have layers?) [/Cordelia]

Finally, belated/ on time/ slightly early birthday greetings to miss_s_b, anonymous_greg, rintheamazing and singinghels, and anyone I might have forgotten.

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alchemywow
Dec. 31st, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links regarding fandom and fanfic - very interesting and lovely to read.

I spent all of Boxing Day trawling through yuletide, as has become my tradition now. It throws up some glorious gems in fandoms I'd never even thought about looking for fic in. Such a lovely way to waste one's afternoon!
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anonymous_greg
Dec. 31st, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
Thank'ee kindlee!
kaizoku
Jan. 1st, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Great links. elfwreck has written a post that asks people to consider whether they would mind if someone wrote RPF about them. Thought it was kind of interesting.

rozk's essays are flocked, sadly. Though I may ask her to friend so I can read them...
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