19 January 2012 @ 02:08 pm
The Day The LOLcats Died - #SOPA #PIPA Protest Song  

Win on all accounts.
Current Mood: restless
15 September 2011 @ 05:26 pm
Originally posted by [ profile] darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by [ profile] rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

I read about this the other day and I got so angry. So very angry.

Current Mood: angry
21 July 2011 @ 07:50 pm
Article on Fanfiction. Not a bad one, either. Comes with bonus translation.  
The website of Sueddeutsche, one of Germany's most widely-read and one of the more respectable newspapers, features an article on Harry Potter fanfiction today. Unlike many other articles though it doesn't do the typical belittling of fans writing about their heroes, and actually raises quite a few interesting points, such as these.

[...] Man könnte sagen, dass Harry Potter damit endgültig zu einem modernen mythischen Helden wird. Denn anders als die meisten Epen sind Mythen keinem Verfasser zuzuordnen. Die griechische oder isländische oder germanische Sagenwelt aber gehört all denen, die sie von jeher weitererzählt haben. Auch Harry Potter könnte bald allen gehören. Dieser Kollektivbesitz eines Helden durch die Entbindung von seiner Autorin, die auch noch ihr absegnendes Einverständnis zur Nestflucht aus dem Verlag gibt, ist in diesem Ausmaß nur möglich durch das Internet. Dort macht sich eine ganze Lesegeneration zu einer Art Metasubjekt des Autors. Die Fans holen Harry aus der Beschränktheit seiner literarischen Herkunft heraus und schicken ihn in eine Welt der unbegrenzten Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten.


Außerdem ist das Harry-Potter-Universum eben nicht nur eine Kinderwelt der hüpfenden Schokoladenfrösche, es ist auch eine Welt, in der Gefolterte dem Wahnsinn verfallen, in der Nicht-Magier versklavt und gequält werden sollen und vor allem: eine Welt, deren Protagonist selbst auf unauflösbare Weise mit dem Bösen verknüpft ist. (...) Der Wunsch danach, diese Geschichten um das Böse weiterzuspinnen, erinnert wiederum an die uralte mündliche Weitergabe von Mythen, in denen die Menschen versucht haben, das, was sie beschäftigt und verängstigt, zu fassen und zu bannen, indem sie es - erzählen. Wieder und wieder. [...]


Attempt at translation )

I, for one, don't mind having myself put next to the story-tellers from Days of Yore. :-) Then again, particularly that past bit stroke a chord with me. I think the author is on to something there. I'm glad she treats the issue of fanfiction more respectfully than some and actually offers a serious attempt of decoding it.
Current Mood: thoughtful
30 June 2011 @ 09:59 pm
Spreading the word: Cat needs a home in Ontario, Canada  
(Originally posted by [ profile] embroiderama at Cat needs a home in Ontario, Canada
Reposting for a friend:)

[ profile] ghosts has taken in a rescue cat, but she can't keep her. So she's in dire need of someone to adopt him, because she's been told that all the animal shelter will do is take him down; they're out of room.

If you live in Canada, anywhere near Ontario, please concider giving this cat a new home. More info and contact HERE. And if you don't, it would be a great help if you'd spread the word and link to her entry yourself, maybe one of your friends can take him, knows someone who can... Let's find Sam a home!

EDIT: Looks like we found him a home. :D
24 April 2011 @ 10:54 pm
My brother just sent me the link and it made me smile a lot. Halfway through the national anthem, this little girl has a blackout and can't remember the lyrics--luckily, she's got a really great audience.

(Link to the video on YT )

There's another video of this where you can actually hear someone hushing the chuckling woman. Awesome.
Current Mood: mellow
15 June 2010 @ 10:51 pm
Star Trek Wars  
William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy are sending each other messages via Twitter. I think my life is complete.

Internet 2.0 - the Final Frontier.
Current Mood: geeky
08 May 2010 @ 09:22 pm
Kristin Chenoweth, I think I love you.  
Found via [ profile] fangirlsays.

Kristin Chenoweth Attacks Newsweek Article on Openly Gay Actors

I’d normally keep silent on such matters and write such small-minded viewpoints off as perhaps a blip in common sense. But the offense I take to this article, and your decision to publish it, is not really even related to my profession or my work with Hayes or Jonathan Groff (also singled out in the article as too ‘queeny’ to play ‘straight.’) This article offends me because I am a human being, a woman and a Christian.

LINK: The original "Newsweek" arctice".
Current Mood: impressed
05 July 2009 @ 11:28 pm
Via both [ profile] litte_cinnamon and <lj site="" user="bard  
When random acts of kindness get really big.
Current Mood: touched
19 May 2009 @ 12:59 pm
Why yes, I caved in. Mostly because I want to follow Misha's twitter (which is just absurd enough I think it's actually him) and because [ profile] ongiara made a post about me. Pffth. So, my profile is here: (Can you believe "Legoline" was already taken?)

So, who else is out there?
Current Mood: hungry
21 April 2009 @ 04:40 pm
Shameless Dreamwidth Begging  
So I've got an Open ID account over at Dreamwidth (confirmed email address and everything)and I was hoping that maybe one day I'd wake up to find they'd given me an invite but alas...

And it seems like all the cool kids are already all set and playing in their new sand box, so I'm going to do what I don't like to do--I'm going to beg shamelessly.


If you have a spare invite for Dreamwidth, this girl here with the big puppy eyes and the wibbling lip would muchly appreciate it. And possibly love you forever. Really. Really. *points to icon*
Current Mood: hopeful
14 August 2008 @ 11:43 pm
Guilty As Charged.  
Found on [ profile] ewanspotter's LJ...

You Might Be A Fan If...


*is actually listening to a song she got to know via a fanvid*
Current Music: Citizen Soldiers - 3 Doors Down
Current Mood: amused