jmtorres: (meta)
I have no compulsion to be prosaic and coherent about it. Have a chat log.

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In other news, the Bel in my head, the one who was foolish enough to marry Miles, has gotten stuck explaining to Nikki that one-night-stand with Ivan and differing sexual mores of Barrayar and Beta whilst avoiding Ekaterin's hairy eyeball. To my amusement and Miles's, the point at which Bel is like, "Okay, we're wandering out of kid-appropriate territory" is regarding, um, motivations. Miles is like, "huh?" and Bel snaps back, "Would you explain to a kid about your black moods?" Miles is sort of shocked to find that anyone else ever has black moods. Ekaterin and Nikki are mostly just confused. Somehow (I'm thinking Nikki) Ivan hears just enough about this conversation to confront Bel about "wait, just what kind of self-flagellation was I functioning as for you?" And then Bel facepalms a lot.


Dec. 7th, 2010 04:25 am
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
The next I'm up to talking about POV in visual media, here's an example of second person (the camera is the "you" in the narrative, not the "I").
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
[personal profile] happydork wrote an interesting entry examining why her own writing didn't reflect the diversity of characters she wants to read about. I thought both the entry and the conversation it sparked were fascinating and I encourage you to go look at it and post your own thoughts because I want to see what more people think!

I look back at the last dozen stories I've written and find I have a similar problem with focusing on the love lives of white dudes despite my broader interests. I think for me the socialized programming to accept the white dude perspective as normative in fiction is something I have to think about to overcome even though my intellectual beliefs concern greater representation of a variety of perspectives in fiction, both fan and media, to the end of normalizing being a not-white/not-dude/not-assorted-currently-normative-states.
jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (fight club)
Why is everything all tangled up in memory, and in record? I had the urge today, because I keep getting comments on Boy King, to check how close it was to Long Spear (Boy King has a ways to go, the counts stand 82 to 113, but I keep getting comments on Boy King drifting in!) and in the process I looked at what last year's Vividcon was like for me (so boozy) and found a comment of sympathy someone left about my brother, and all of the post Vividcon entries I wrote had the element of start-of-school stress (I work long hours start-of-school) but also my brother's tragic failure to cope and--

The things I make and write fannishly, vids, fiction, meta, are always connected to, reflections of, marked by, my real life and emotions. I can never go back and just look at the vid I made or the story I wrote, I also end up going back and finding who I was then. And maybe it's an effect of how and why I create or maybe it's just that I'm always in a pressure cooker, but every time I do this I think of that line from Fight Club, you met me at a very strange time in my life.
jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (vid)
Stuff other than Final Cut and Quicktime I use in the course of vidding on my mac (and forget the names of between vids sometimes)

(most of these do way more than I do with it, yay multitools)

--MacTheRipper, for directly-off-the-dvd-minus-DRM rips (as opposed to transcodes)
--MPEGStreamClip--multipurpose, the two big things I do with it are fix broken timecode on DVD rip files (this is another form of DRM) and switch containers on final files for the interwebs (the free/trial DivX codec I use in Quicktime for my interwebs encodes pops out a .divx file, but I prefer to put that data in a .avi container, because that's like, fandom standard)
--xACT--converts .flac files to .aiffs or .wavs, which are more Final Cut friendly

And then of course codec packs so Quicktime and therefore Final Cut will read .avi episode files the internet provides (and if I didn't have that particular neead I would just watch everything in VLC):
--Perian (if you use mac's ichat videochat Perian interferes with it, but other than that is brilliant)
--DivX for making fandom-friendly interwebs final vid files (from Quicktime, because for some reason it doesn't play nice directly with Final Cut, even though in theory Final Cut is built on and has all the capabilities of Quicktime)

I am probably forgetting some things I use. There's something I don't need every time, like FFMpegX was the app we used to get a semi-useable file out of a very old realmedia file for remaster last year (and [personal profile] echan, if MpegStreamClip doesn't do what you want to your .flvs, you might try FFMpegX).
jmtorres: 3D go board. Don't stand aside this time (go)
I have been burning the candle at both ends, hit the ground running at six thirty in the morning, never off work on time because it's goddamn rush season, all week long. And it's only Wednesday Thursday, and my classes start tomorrow some four hours after I have to get up, and next week I am working until 9 every night per schedule.

I keep thinking of entries I want to write and never being at a computer to write them. I want to write vidding meta. There was a entry in my head today about how vidders (ones I know anyway) choose songs, and how some songs are obvious to everyone and some are only obvious in retrospect once the brilliant vid is made. And I keep thinking about writing up some really basic Final Cut stuff, because things like markers OMG SO USEFUL yet news to some friends.

Anyway, since I am failing at getting those entries started on my own, I would like to put it out there, is there any part of vidding as a process or my vids in particular that you would like me to talk about? I am now taking questions from the audience. [personal profile] seperis, I am looking at you.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
So this is, in part, the entry I didn't write all summer because it was stressing me the hell out. Then Vid Review happened this year and amazingly it was much less stressful than in previous years, so I'm finding my words.

Vid Review was a lot better than in previous years. The moderation was extremely important in that. Astolat and Flo were solid, organized, thoughtful moderators. I liked the set-up this year--they grouped vids into blocks of half a dozen or so, Character Studies (viewable with and without context), Relationship vids, Broader Themes, Comedy, and Lonely Hearts (didn't fit comfortably in other categories). They encouraged the audience to make connections between vids in categories and between categories and to comment on more than one vid at a time. So we stayed on time and finished around 11:55, without skipping over any vids, and--I think this is important, but to be fair, my vid was categorized in Comedy--grouping the comedy vids together prevented the usual savaging of comedy vids.

You see, Premieres is typically drama/angst-filled and beforehand everyone is excited that someone might have made a comedy to break up the tearfest and then afterward at Vid Review--in previous years--comedy vids got fairly uniformly shredded, and then people wondered why hardly anyone submitted comedy vids to Premieres. Gee, it might have been because Vid Review told people that comedy vids were unwelcome and only drama vids were valid Premieres vids.

THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN THIS YEAR. Like, no one even uttered the phrase "should have made the joke and got out." You do not understand how happy this makes me. That's a phrase that functions as a dismissal, because it closes the topic with supposed general wisdom instead of opening the topic, such as by saying what part of the joke was worth keeping and what part dragged, which is something people could actually talk about and might not agree on even if they did all think it could be shorter. And the fact that that phrase--and other old chestnuts--have been repeated year to year just means that they're soaked in context that new members don't get. That's why I think comments like "should have made the joke and got out" need to be unpacked and formed in specific for the vid in question rather than quoted as a general rule--because when quoted as general rules they function to alienate and dismiss vids that don't meet an invisible standard that is not acknowledged to exist.

And can I get a BOOYAH let me repeat THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN THIS YEAR.

There are a few people--and it seems to me to be a specific lineage of vidding geneaology--that prefer to speak in Vid Review only when they have something negative about a vid. Someone behind me, when told I was the vidder of one of the vids of current category, leaned forward to say that she had nothing to say about my vid, and she meant it as a compliment. This is an attitude I don't understand and that bothers me about Vid Review--and in previous years it was much more pervasive, in part because it seemed to be an attitude held by a moderator. I don't get it. I don't get why just because you CAN say negative things in Vid Review, you want to ONLY say negative things in Vid Review. It makes it sound like you don't like anything, because nobody can hear your silences about things you liked, or even things you didn't like or dislike but found intellectually interesting. I like it when Vid Review has commentary on what worked as well as what didn't, on what made people think and wonder. I don't think it needs to be balanced in the sense of 'be nice to every vid whether it deserves it or not,' I mean, 'why can't we be talking about the good that exists as well as the bad? I mean, we like vids, right?'

There were a couple of comments this year that made me wince a little, but overall, I feel like people did talk about what the liked as well as what they disliked, that the moderating emphasis on connections and comparisons got people thinking and talking in ways that were more fruitful, that opened things up instead of shutting things down.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
I am going to be brave enough to put this list out here publicly, because as much as I might irrationally fear it, no one's going to poach my vid ideas, for two reasons: vidders all have more ideas of their own than they will ever have time to make (I know I do), and no one can make the vid I would make, because I am unique (just like everyone else).

Vids that live in my head:

Being Human - Season of Illusions by Ladytron (the abusive boyfriend vid)
Big Wolf on Campus - Scott Bakula by Sunspot (the Merton's gay dilemma vid)
Enterprise - Mrs. Robinson by The Lemonheads (the trashy holonovel vid)
Merlin - Falcon in the Dive (the [personal profile] ysobel is going to vid with me damn it vid)
Meta - Tradition (the two finger salute vid)
Multifandom - Beautiful Things by Bobby Darin (the OOH SHINY heist tribute)
Multifandom - Woodstock by Joni Mitchell (the escaping dystopia vid)
Multifandom - various (the Badfic vid)
Red Dwarf - Never Set the Cat on Fire by Frank Hayes (the co-vid with [personal profile] traykor)
Sherlock Holmes - Bad Romance by Lady Gaga (the objectifying the masculine vid)
Supernatural - Please Don't Leave Me by Pink (the candy tears vid)
Supernatural - Come Out and Play by The Offspring (the thesis on season 4 vid)
Supernatural (ish) - Panic Switch by Silversun Pickups (Janie's vid)
Supernatural (ish) - Dark Eyes (the history of Ruby vid)
Supernatural (ish) - Turning the Page by, probably, Metallica (the fixing your con vid)
Tru Calling - Madeleine by Jonathan Coulton (the I had to watch it, I have to mock it vid)
White Collar - The Distance by Cake (the Kate as quest object vid)
White Collar - Pisco Bandito by Moxy Früvous (the everyone needs a themesong vid)

This is not all-inclusive, though I am a little startled at some of the older projects that sat up and said HEY when I was making this list.

*ponders list* Three vids primarily about heterosexual relationships (all negative!, in different ways), three vids primarily about homosexual relationships (hmm, more ambiguous), three vids that are essentially male character studies (ranging), three vids that are essentially female character studies (all sympathetic), three vids that are primarily about social issues before any specific fannish content, three vids that my brain files as crack (instead of in any of the preceding categories).


Anyone wanna talk vids with me?
jmtorres: Neal Caffrey from the show White Collar, with hat, text: "Black Hat" (White Collar)
So what I have determined is that by and large I don't want to read White Collar gen because some vast proportion of it is whumping. Kidnapped, beaten, drugged, forced to do crime, rescued non-romantically. Whumping. And I try to steer clear of those even when it's a romantic rescue, because the healing power of sex only occasionally does it for me and those versions frequently also have rape. I hate to say this, but oh fandom, why so predictable? I mean, sure, even the show used the formula, to which I say, show! stop reading so much fanfic! Or at least branch out a little.

I might be interested in reading gen for case fic, if someone were doing research or using an area of their expertise to write an interesting case that got solved without kidnappings and beatings, but mostly gen uses cases as backdrops for kidnappings and beatings, not as interesting subjects in their own right.

Whereas OT3 fanfiction a big gooey marshmallow land, and sure, there's some kidnappings and beatings but it's easier to skip past them and find stories where their biggest obstacle is failure to communicate their feelings adequately. I mean, I wrote gen with case pastede on yay, but I wrote gen in which I stole the entire plot from OT3 fanfiction, which I would like you to know takes talent and brain contortions.

(Has anyone been writing solid case fic sans whumping? I'll take recs.)

Of bunnies I'm currently fielding, Kryptonian Neal is very awake in my head, and that story is so very much an OT3 story that it has interstellar scale failure to communicate their feelings adequately. I feel certain there's actual plot going on in the background but no one wants to 'fess up and tell me what it is.

Also there's the one where Neal's entire life is high drama, not just the parts where he swallows handcuff keys. Shockingly I think this one may be the deeply slashy gen story of how Neal wants Peter to trust him and doesn't even try to use sex to accomplish that end.

It is also kind of hilarious how different my brain's fic space and vid space are in this fandom. It's like all my fic bunnies are totally my id writhing around on the floor (my id just happens to be all about the relationship drama and not about the kidnappings and beatings) and my vid bunnies are intellectual engagement (yes, even Pisco Bandito).
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
My real life sucks so hard right now that even though I was really really looking forward to White Collar, it took me until today to find the time and energy to watch it. I am so stressed out by summer school and the stupidest thief on earth at work that I'm having crying fits over things as idiotic as my sister asking me if I want to watch television.

So the amazing thing is not that I haven't finished drafting what I want to say about Vid Review, the amazing thing is that I still care enough to want to say anything. I have a lot of emotion and intellectual interest invested in vidding, in Vividcon, and in Vid Review, and I want to talk about it--at some point. Right now I am officially taking a break from writing that essay to give myself the space to stop freaking out about it. It will probably be a better essay for my trying to have some sanity about it.

But since I won't be posting that essay in a timely fashion, I want to make one small statement on the discussion so far:

I am sorry that our having had an interest in playing Vid Review Bingo hurt you. We did not mean to be hurtful, nor to be disrespectful, nor to break Vividcon's rules. If I had realized how hurtful other people found the idea of anyone playing Vid Review Bingo, I would not have wanted to play in the first place, because it was never our intention to hurt or to disrespect people. Please accept this sincere apology.


Jun. 30th, 2010 09:04 pm
jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (vid)
So we were reading Ebert's review of The Last Airbender, about how it's unrelenting bad, like, all aspects of it are bad, cinematographically speaking, and there's a line in the review about "The laws of chance suggest something should have gone right. Not here." It made me start wondering if someone had sabotaged the thing. And I was thinking, maybe the editor. Because you can sabotage a fucking lot in post. You can make the plot meanderingly arcless and awful with editing. You can make the actors look shitty by choosing mediocre to awful takes. You can fuck the effects. You can fuck the 3D. You can fuck a lot as the editor.

So we imdb'd and the editor of The Last Airbender is... the editor who did Spaceballs, Species, The Abyss, Titanic ETA: WHICH WON THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR EDITING /ETA, Terminator 2, King Arthur, and before he was master editor he got started through visual effects work, on Empire Strikes Back, on Raiders of the Lost Ark, and ET (which I don't know if you remember this, but those effects were awesome shit at the time).

This guy knows how to edit and knows how to work with special effect heavy stuff. So yeah. This is my theory. The Last Airbender was deliberately sabotaged by its editor, Conrad Buff. Possibly by just by letting M. Night Shyamalan have whatever he asked for.
jmtorres: (prejudice)
CVT at racialicious on the packaging and marketing of racism in our entertainment is self-perpetuating. The same could be argued of sexism, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice.
jmtorres: Castiel speaking on his cell phone: "Even as we speak, it's... going... down." (castiel)
The Epistles of @mishacollins by [personal profile] jmtorres. Also on AO3.

This story is RPF/Supernatural as told via Misha Collins's twitter. It contains 37 tweets, 3,442 characters, bizarre pairings, dead animals, tentacles, pegging, twitter users both real and imagined used herein in an entirely fictional fashion, and the angelphone.

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May. 11th, 2010 12:45 pm
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
I don't watch this dude's show, but the fact that he seems to have his head out of his ass about fanfiction makes me more likely to:

1.) I think fanfic is the sign of a healthy show. Here's what it boils down to: you're telling me that in today's crowded media space, our show made someone love it so much they take time out of their own life to talk about it? Holy. Crap.

To be fair, I have a somewhat different attitude toward media/fans than most people. I think what TV/corporate media had wrong for a long time was how they understood the idea of a "water cooler show." They saw it as making the audience talk about their show, on their terms. So any fan-created media is them losing control of their material. I see this more as the natural evolution of culture in a shared digital age. I will be blunt -- other than the satisfaction of our own creative urges (and all that entails: the quest for perfection, artistry, craft, etc), our job in media is to give you stuff to talk about in your conversations, to integrate into your social circle in whatever way you see fit. I doubt that's TNT's official stance, btw, but they are much cooler about this stuff than most companies.

2.) As far as "borrowing" our characters -- to paraphrase Alan Moore, they didn't go anywhere. There they are, sitting right up on the shelf. Waiting for us to let them loose again. Besides, how many people read a fanfic story? A couple hundred, tops? We have, on average 3.5 million viewers, well into the 4 million range when you get the DVR numbers in. I just don't see someone taking control of our Ideaspace through sheer force of Slashfic.

Sure, a lot of fanfic is crap. Of course it's crap. It's written by people who are not professional writers. If I paint, what I paint is crap. Does that mean I should give up painting and displaying stuff in my neighborhood art show?

3.) Is fanfic flattery? Again, depends on how you define flattery. If someone's writing fanfic with intention of currying favor for some ... er, frankly unguessable benefit, then they're really engaged in an exercise in futility. If you mean flattery as in: it's flattering to think someone is so entertained by our work that it inspires them to talk about it and create around it, then aces.

4.) Most writers and actors don't feel this way. Some, including writers I both like personally and greatly admire, hate the idea of fanfic.

Look, end of day, you should always be trying to create your own material. But fanfic, etc, is a different process than original creation -- which I think is the source of a lot of the controversy.

People who do original creations assume the fan is taking some sort of unearned ownership, somehow implying their act is the same/as difficult as the original act of creation. Which, of course, tees them off (doesn't tee me off, but I'm a very relaxed and often drunk guy).

And some fanfic humans are under the impression that creating fanfic is the same creative process as creating original material -- and are sometimes frustrated that they're not accorded the same respect as the original creators. That's also wrong. Fanfic to me is spiritually much closer to the fan-created music videos.

The basic rule I follow here is one I learned in stand-up comedy: Always punch UP. I am a relatively successful typing human whose words are physically produced using millions of dollars and is distributed nationally by a massive billion dollar corporation to millions of people. Exactly how is a free web page with a 1000 word story about Eliot and Hardison fighting a trans-dimensional incursion of Elves hurting my brand, exactly?

Tell you what -- if some fanfic writer is so good they manage to amass a million-person audience with their web-distributed free stories using my characters, I am going to consider that evolution in action and hire that bastard. Or, at the very least, urge them to go create their own show. But odds are it ain't gonna happen. And that's okay. We write for different reasons.
jmtorres: animation: Supernatural 4.09, Ruby gasps as she wakes up Coma Girl. Text: COMA GIRL LIVES! (ruby)
So in the long saga of Supernatural women who die of either fire or being stabbed in the womb, we've caught a couple of exceptions in the season two finale two-parter, All Hell Breaks Loose. The lesbian is not stabbed or set on fire! She is hanged from the neck until dead. Ava is also not stabbed or set on fire! Jake snaps her neck. Lots of necks for girls in this episode.

On the other hand, there is one person in here who dies of stabbing. That would be Sam. And because he lacks a womb, he has to be taken from behind.

fandom quiz

Apr. 6th, 2010 12:56 am
jmtorres: Rhade and Beka from Andromeda. One true universe. (AU)
[personal profile] echan and I have spent seriously, like, three hours, discussing fannish categorizations of material as it strays further and further from canon. We are interested in your opinions on the following:

In reference to vidding:
What constitutes canon (or nonviolation of canon)?
What constitutes an AU?
What constitutes constructed reality?

Where are the lines between these categories? What separates them? What rationales and characteristics can you use to differentiate between them?

Where does crossover fall in this scale?
Does the use of secondary sources make a vid fall into one category or another?

Second verse: would you care to tackle the same questions (as relevant) wrt fanfiction?

If you're very good, I may post my own thoughts on this matter when I am less drunk.
jmtorres: Castiel speaking on his cell phone: "Even as we speak, it's... going... down." (supernatural)
I am really confused at how a story that is about several times Dean thought he was in love with girls he was fucking--I am really confused about how the author decided that was gen.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
I wish people didn't feel like everything needed a pairing label. Also, just because you're slashing them in your own head, it doesn't necessarily come out that way in fic: Cas being a stalker is kind of canon, it's not necessarily a pairing thing. I say this because I am getting sort of frustrated at reading things that are supposedly a particular pairing and then nothing pairing-like happens. I've started getting excited at seeing NC-17 in the labels not because I'm particularly interested in reading about them having sex but because it means I can fairly reliably expect them to be having an actual relationship and not just burgers. Not that I'm not up for cute burger-eating fluff, but it's gen and it's misleading to claim it's not.

jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (vid)
The following is not so much vidding advice as general video editing advice. These were taught to me as good practices for ensuring that no matter what wacky thing you do to your project, you have back-ups.

Caveat: I work in Final Cut Pro; to my understanding Avid and Premiere run on similar principles, but all my menu/keystroke instructions will be for FCP.

tl;dr on how to make sure your vid is always recoverable )

That's all I know about backing up your project files and sequences. I was thinking of doing another entry about my workflow, which of course is not the only way to do it but hey, I might know a few useful tricks?

Let me know if you've got any questions, about this entry or about Final Cut in general.


Jan. 28th, 2010 11:05 pm
jmtorres: Fight Club: animated with porn insert. Inches on the reel-to-reel. (vid)
I currently have four (4) vids open on timelines.

One is very meta, one is pretty damn meta, one is sort of snarky side-meta, and one is not so much meta as... corrective.

Dear god, will it never end.

Today someone had to honk me through a green light I was stopped at because my brain was off figuring out where to use the prison clip of Holmes. What.
jmtorres: Don and Charlie, text: FBI Agent, Supergenius professor of applied mathematics, THEY FIGHT CRIME! (they fight crime!)
Dear fandom,


Affection and disappointment,


Sigh. So the vid I'm working on is going to piss some people off, if that was any indication. This doesn't deter me from making the vid; it does sort of make me want to fashion an insulting warning to pin to it ("Do not watch if you think Character X hung to the moon are are incapable of hearing about zir faults"?).
jmtorres: Faith tortures Wesley. Text; Pretty when you bleed. (blood)
I went ego-deliciousing last night and found someone had written a blog entry about fan works as transformative, listing my Dollhouse vid She Walks as feminist critique and putting me in the company of a couple of vidders whose work I love and admire. So, you know, good things! Blushy good things!

By the way: if you left me a comment on She Walks and I never answered it, I apologize. I looked at that entry and realized I never answered any of the comments. I've never been in a place where I was at peace enough with that vid to converse about it much even to the extent of thanking people for feedback. I know it's like, five months later? But thank you.

I am currently trying to beat down the urge to make a second Dollhouse vid; I don't know that I have enough anger left in me. I do have backburnered a different, more hopeful vid that was going to be the spiritual successor of She Walks without being a Dollhouse vid at all; though "more hopeful" is sort of relative, since the source is all filmic dystopias and is meant to represent modern American society. But it's to be a vid about that moment when you get out. So maybe. I hope to finish that one someday.

But the Dollhouse vid bunny that's eating my brain now is actually threatening to become a full-on Jossverse critique, evil dead lesbians and crazy broken supergirls with protective father-figures and all. The song I've bunnied on would make it pretty much a direct missive to Whedon, with the "I" and the "you" and the repeated question. My main complaint about this is damn it, this is not what I do, I refuse to be the vidder who tries to make vast sweeping statements about vast sweeping canons. I will not follow up History of Trek Fandom vid with History of Jossverse vid nor with History of Whoniverse vid nor with More Than A Century of History of Fans Asking This Question: Holmes and Watson, Doin' It or Not? vid. I have vid bunnies for all of these concepts. Goddamnit I have learned my lesson, I will not be that vidder.

The thing is, I don't know how to address some of the problems in Dollhouse without pointing out that they're repeating patterns in Whedon's work. Maybe no one will notice BECAUSE ALL THE ACTORS ARE THE SAME FOREVER AND EVER? Ahem. Not that I want to mock his casting choices either.

I want to make my points... more pointed. No more grand, sweeping vids, as much as they eat my brain. So the Sherlock Holmes vid will not be the history of everything, it will be about the cannibalization and reinterpretation of the source under female gaze WHICH IS NOT GRAND AND SWEEPING AT ALL I promise you.


eta so apparently I will be feminist critique vidder for oh, the next six billion years. Jeez. The last time I tried to make a classic slash vid it turned into a classic slash fandom vid. Hello, my name is Juls, and I have a problem with meta.
jmtorres: (sherlock holmes 2009)
So I've been reading some old skool Holmes stuff because really the new movie is fluffy and malleable enough that you can stuff it somewhere in between most of the other canon (though by my count Watson ought to have been married off already before Holmes acquired that cabinet portrait of Irene) and the thing that keeps cracking me up is they cite the stories. I keep reading stuff that's footnoted with references to what story random item X happened in, be it deeply relevant to the fanfiction plot or random aside commentary. It's like, really? Really? Do you not trust you audience to have read the "sacred texts," or do you just want to impress them with how much you have?

In other news: hilarious tongue-in-cheek proof that Watson was a Woman, ca. 1941. My biggest disconnect on it was "dude, your main argument is that they're married, Watson doesn't actually have to be a woman for that." It's like a heteronormative slash thesis with bonus absurd numerology. I am quite fond of the bit about the wedding, though. OH HOLMES. You know, my drag king kink is such that I am REALLY QUITE OKAY with cross-dressing female!Watson in some small portion of stories that do not remotely manage to counter the tide of proper slash.

movie plot thoughts, spoilery? )
jmtorres: 3D go board. Don't stand aside this time (don't stand aside)
Earlier today I very much wanted to completely quit my life here and go back to Cali and move in with [personal profile] ysobel and cook her grill cheese and curry and falafel every week. We could make dorky Merlin vids and I could find somewhere to work part-time and pay me crap to support my food habit, but I could stop worrying about the rent money and spend the rest of the day being her wife and writing fanfic that might be optimistic? Reading fanfic. And her library. Heh. Unfortunately I couldn't bring the children with me and through a bizarre quirk of bureaucracy I'm medically uninsurable if I don't complete another year at [current university] here and I do, actually, have a few commitments here that I can't walk out on. But isn't it a pretty fantasy?

I stopped off at Borders tonight to pick up my brother's birthday present and ended up taking home a pretty notebook, because while I found the Loki book, I've actually used all the pages up and the binding's coming undone. So. New year, new book. Paperchase makes a lot of pretty notebooks but I ended up picking not the one I thought was the prettiest but the one that made me happiest. It is very silly. It is covered in shiny flowers that look like they were drawn by a five-year-old and then preserved with tin foil. I just officially wrote the first words in it. They are I'M A FREE BIT, BABY, because that's how we're rolling this year.

(I, I do not know why blasting Bad Romance in my car cheers me up as much as it does. But at least part of it has to do with the radio edit version of the CD I have cracking me the hell up. You can't stop the signal, guys! She's a free bit! Whee.)

This entry will consist primarily of quoting people off my droll who made me laugh tonight. It's Follow... Tuesday? Sure! Why not?

[personal profile] thedeadparrot: I discovered after doing this one that apparently I am introducing each person I quote. Um, [personal profile] thedeadparrot! I have followed her for so long that I forget what awesome thing she did to attract me. It might have been FMA fic? I sort of went on a spree when I was reading FMA fic.
I believe that we should not be ashamed of writing fanfic. Yeah, I write romance. Yeah, I even write porn. Yeah, I did this as a teenage girl. And yeah, I sometimes daydream about characters. None of this should mean that my writing -- our writing -- is automatically worth less than that of some fanboy who daydreams about being Paul Atreides and about things blowing up and writes a script about his daydreams and then gets it turned into a movie. I am looking at you, James Cameron.

[personal profile] thefourthvine: I could quote all of every entry of hers, every single one of them make me laugh. She's been watching TOS for the first time and it is hilaaaaaarious. If you do not actively hate small children, ask to be on her Earthling filter, it is cuteness and awesomeness and wonderfulness and total quirkiness (they started calling him Earthling in the womb when they couldn't decide on a name, and I am still not sure they ever did decide on a name, because one of her worries was that they would just keep continuing to call him Earthling in perpetuity if they started then, and, online at least, they have). But most of the time, [personal profile] thefourthvine writes recs. Sometimes her recs go off on tangents. Here is one:

Benton Fraser has porn. I just want to repeat that, because I think it's a brilliant concept that deserves far more attention than it is currently getting: Benton Fraser has porn. Yes, this story is just as good as it sounds like it must be.

But there is a down side to it, and it is this: after reading it, I could not stop imagining the porn collections of other fannish favorites. Rodney McKay likely has roughly a terabyte of porn, but really only uses three short clips and one still photo. He's just completist. Jim Kirk (Reboot) also has the terabyte of porn, but he's actually working his way through it - he jerks off to something new every time. It's all hot if you look at it the right way, you know? Batman's porn does not bear contemplation and is certainly not something I would ever want to see, so I am pleased and comforted to know that it is hidden somewhere no one will ever find it, and also it is designed to self-destruct if anyone besides Batman touches it. Clark Kent likes the underwear catalogs. He's never been able to bring himself to get turned on by anything more explicit; he's always afraid his mother will walk in. (Lex Luthor's porn, it goes without saying, is his extensive Clark Kent memorabilia collection.) Methos's porn is called his memory. Jack Harkness's porn is called everything in the world, because everything is hot. How can you put a plug in an outlet and not get turned on? And laundry! All those dirty clothes, shirts and pants and trousers all touching, writhing together: clearly the hottest thing ever.

[personal profile] dragonfly: I recently subscribed to her (? --my default assumption in fandom, though it occurs to me that in this case I don't actually know) because I am reading every White Collar fic under the sun, seriously, White Collar makes me happy like you wouldn't believe, every night I check to see if anyone has recced new White Collar fic, and, uh, I like hers. Yes. Also apparently we are both giant dorks who are trying to figure out where the hell Neal's radius is on googlemaps.
So Sunday I met with my writers' group and they were critiquing a chapter of Mom and my mystery book set in Arizona. The people around the table told me they wanted to know more about the Native Americans I had introduced. Could the main characters have more interaction with them? Were they going to show up later in the book? I said, uh, no, not really, but if they were really that interesting ... So we started talking about Chekhov's gun and how if you introduce a gun into a scene it needs to get used at some point. Likening my Native American characters to Chekhov's gun, I said, "So you're telling me if I introduce some Indians into the story, I have to shoot them."

Stunned looks followed by hoots of laughter all around. Er, that didn't come out right.

[personal profile] zvi is smart and opinionated and, I find, often leading serious discussions I find important and want to take part in. Also she started Ladies' Choice, an AO3 collection for stories in which women enjoy having sex and do not have shame about it. I could love her for this alone.

Helpful advice what I have learned from fanfiction: If I accidentally have sex with someone with whom I would, in actual point of fact, enjoy having an ongoing sexual or romantic relationship with, I should not hastily begin apologizing for the sex, calling it a mistake, or otherwise characterizing it negatively. Because if the other person had enjoyed having accidental sex with me and would have liked to intentionally have sex with me in the future, they certainly aren't going to say so after I declare that it was a terrible idea, having had sex with them.

And, uh, one more--I read this at about two o'clock in the morning so that totally means I read it tonight today. It might not have been on my droll, exactly? But I deeply wanted to share it with like five people immediately and none of them were online, so here we go. Homo Ex Machina by [personal profile] toft is Sherlock Holmes fic--apparently the 1984 version, which imdb informs me is the Jeremy Brett version, which I hear is very good; not having seen it, my brain is currently slotting in RDJ and Jude Law for all versions of Holmes and Watson. In any case! In this story, Holmes is anonymously notified that someone is writing and publishing smut about them. There's a manuscript and pages go everywhere and lines of lurid, purple description keep catching Watson's eye and he is dying of mortification because--because--oh my god, this is probably a story spoiler, but so is the quote I want to pull--because he wrote it. This is probably my favorite line of narrative in the whole piece:

What on earth could I say? Holmes, I accidentally published a pornographic novella in which you and I perform a number of illegal acts, and now I am being blackmailed into making it a serial?

Because oh my god accidentally yes he did. But the awesome of this story cannot be contained in any summary, because the reveals keep coming. Holmes is always six steps ahead of everyone, right? So you can be well-assured that Holmes has even better secrets. I deeply want to quote some of Holmes' dialogue from later in the story, but whoa story spoilers, and really, part of the deep, deep awesome of this story is every time you think you've turned the twist there's a bit more. I just have to say: OH HOLMES. (Yes, that is actaully very like OH DEAN. Who knew?)
jmtorres: Faith tortures Wesley. Text; Pretty when you bleed. (blood)
You guys remember my Dollhouse vid? She Walks (over me)? We look the same, we talk the same, we fuck the same, we are the same?

so I caught up on dollhouse )
jmtorres: Resident evil. Milla in red dress with gun. Happiness is a warm gun, yes it is, mama (big gun)
[personal profile] jmtorres: I keep wondering if I could come off as just totally crazypants if I started writing about how Gaga's Bad Romance video is a lengthy discussion of heterosexuality as a meat market.

[personal profile] grey_bard: Not that crazy pants. )

ETA: Juls again. I also wanted to link to Neutra Face,a type-setting related parody of Lady Gaga's Poker Face. I found it hilarious myself, but at least one person I've shown it to has commented "That's so wrong," or "I didn't want to see that" which is a complaint I'd like to address. Why--because it features men affecting similar (female sexual) choreography to Lady Gaga? I think it's awesome because of that. I do want to see that, and I'm not even that into guys (I tend to like them pretty, when I like them at all). I want to see sexual expression being that fluid. That those guys had fun doing that--that's awesome.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
Decide what this is about
Write a second verse yourself

~from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

I would first like to say: I am really, actually shocked by how strong my feelings are about this episode. I, I don't even know.

I subscribe to the validity of multiple interpretations of a work. I think that this is the underpinning of most modern media fannish (largely female) interaction with our shows. I think it is foolish and irrelevant to tell someone they're interrogating the text wrong. I don't think there is a wrong way to interrogate the text, even if I disagree with your specific conclusions.

spoilers to follow )
jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (spock)
Are we still spoiler cutting for the reboot movie?

[personal profile] niqaeli and I went to see ST:Reboot for the, uh, seventh time. In addition to vid-related "covered in fangirls!" moments and our usual assorted fanwanks regarding Daddy's wink and sex on the bridge and how the f-bomb was clearly used, we, uh, developed a new theory.

supernova my ass, also interstellar politics )
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
So when it's "get a paper done or fail a class" and the paper ain't happening, I can see how plagiarism would be... attractive. Wrong, but attractive. PS this shit gets caught by the way. I have one prof who was going, "I am the head of the department you are all taking this class as a prereq to, it's a class on ethics, we focus heavily on ethics through out the program, did I mention I AM THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT and will be judging all your applications for entry into the program, and every year we have to fail one student for academic dishonesty." Seriously, what, there are times it's extra stupid. For realz.

But in fanfic? I do not understand at all. Why the eff do you plagiarize fanfic? What, you need attention that badly, that you don't care if you're getting praised for someone else's work? Because like, there's no pressure to get an A or whatever. All the pressure you might have about fanfic is internal. Even if it's like, a ficathon or something, guess what, you chose to sign up for that, it's not institutionally mandated, and you can back out rather than submit a lie. There is no pressure there that you did not self-inflict. Also, this shit gets caught as well. Especially when you rip off a well-known and much-beloved fanfic writer with a distinctive voice.

Why do people do it?


Jun. 28th, 2009 01:59 am
jmtorres: (be yourself)
I am not anti-warning, I am merely bad at writing them.

Warnings I have issued in the past:

--Character undeath.
--Have I mentioned how I'm a bad person? (re: context of pairing.)
--My brain has wandered down twisty, ugly bits of stuff.
--Wow, so this is creeptastic fic here.
--Er. It's the apocalypse.
--I was challenged to write cuddlefic. Warnings for death.
--This fic is rated ELECTRICAL BANANA (quite rightly).
--Roy/*cough* fuckupedness. Post episode 25 (which is a warning within the fandom).

I cannot honestly promise I will be better or more specific in the future. I can say that in general, I do mark disturbing content when it disturbs me. Unfortunately I am ill-equipped to guess what else I should mark.

So you should probably assume I'm rather lax about warnings and comment to ask for specifics if I vague it up.
jmtorres: T'Pol in the white version of the non-uniform, under Vulcan's orange skies (t'pol)
So I am working on this vid, this crazy vid that runs all over Star Trek from TOS to Reboot and back again plus fandom on top of it. I am looking for two things right now that I would appreciate your help with, internets:

1. I am looking for media which is not Star Trek wherein characters or famous people do the Vulcan salute. I have started with this list from wiki but if you know of more, especially if you know of instance of women saluting ala Vulcan, please tell me.

2. I would love to use also in this vid images (still or video) of YOU doing the Vulcan salute. If you have ever dorked it up on camera in the past or would like to do so now, SEND IMAGES OF YOUR VULCAN SALUTATIONS TO: juliette dot torres at gmail dot com.

Feel free to dress as far up or down as you like. Seriously, this can be, like, off your webcam, or if you're into photography and wanna do something really snazzy, that's cool too. If you have a disability that prevents you from saluting ([personal profile] ysobel, I am looking at you, I totally want you in this, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE), I invite you to take one of the images from wiki or Memory Alpha or to make your own, print it out, and mount a paper hand on a popcicle stick to hold while you are photographed. Personally, I think foam fingers might be even more awesome, but I don't think we have time to mock them up.

Because you see, this is for a vid due in two days. Therefore I need your images by Thursday, June 25th, 2009.

Again: Send me your images or videos of you doing the Vulcan salute! Especially if you are a fangirl! (Fanboys: I love you too. But I want my women less invisible!)

--Email to: juliette dot torres a gmail dot com
--Use the subject line: Vulcan salute
--You can send an attachment up to 10MB or send me a link. If you are using a file-sharing service I prefer to download from sendspace or megaupload.
--Include in the text of the email the name under which you would like to be credited in the vid. (I will not be linking any specific names to any specific images, but I would like to thank contributors)
--Deadline: Thursday, June 25th, 2009!

Feel free to spread this far and wide. The more the merrier!

ETA: if you are visiting my dreamwidth from livejournal and would like to comment, you'll need to go to the open id login page as there is a bug that doesn't let you login in with open id on comment pages. However, I do prefer to receive your (many and adorable) images via email, which is: juliette dot torres at gmail dot com.

ETA2: By "Thursday" I mean if it's still Thursday somewhere on the world, you can bet I'm still not done yet and you can send me salutes. Probably also on Friday, but only while it's still Friday Eastern time. Live long and prosper!
jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (fanhistory)
[personal profile] niqaeli informs me that me and her and uh, fandom are engaging in graduate-level criticism of our media. I had not thought I was in such a rarified atmosphere but considering my classmates in a 200-level undergraduate class can't differentiate between a racist film and a film about racism, I FUCKING GUESS WE ARE THAT FUCKING SMART.

Today I linked them to something that uses the fannish jargon OT3, OT4, slash, K/S, etc. I suspect they will figure out how much of a dorkface I am any day now.

At least I know I'll be participating sufficiently on the discussion boards in these courses. I'll be participating all night long.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
Star Trek linkspam III: the search for more money! Wow, I am not mixing my references at all. I haven't been keeping tabs open as religiously since [personal profile] ysobel saw the movie. I think this is most of the meaty stuff?

[ profile] liviapenn writes about how Uhura's role expanded in the new movie, and Kirk, Spock, Bones and Uhura is the new OT4.

[personal profile] niqaeli did some compare and contrast on characters in Prime and Reboot.

[personal profile] butterfly has some meta and some fic recs. And more fic recs here. And even more.

In general I am not linking to fic at this point because of the sheer volume (other than mine mine you should go read mine), but I want to point out [personal profile] bravecows's The First Time, which is totally world-building exploration of race meta in fiction form.

[personal profile] beatrice_otter wrote about how the Vulcans will likely proceed, based on their culture.

[personal profile] niqaeli wrote about some non-obvious changes in reboot, such as Vulcan society and when Kirk as born.

[personal profile] seperis analyzed a lot of Reboot changes.

[personal profile] ysobel pokes at plotholes and timeline issues.

Discover Magazine posted a tangentially related Rules For Time Travelers.

[profile] catalysticat picspammed about Captain Pike and has made several posts about enlisted ranks in Starfleet.

DW comms: [community profile] star_trek_flashfic, [community profile] vulcanreforged
LJ comm: [ profile] startrek_crack

[personal profile] zvi posts recs, Spock characterization spec. Also she wants to know how Uhura could have been more awesome, as she was already awesome. She has more fic recs. She's pissed at K/S fic that makes Uhura disappear.

[personal profile] coffeeandink has a list of reactions ranging from self-advertised shallow to deeper criticisms.

[ profile] yahtzee63 has a talky Spock muse.

Journey to Drabble is a Star Trek Reboot Drabble Challenge.

[personal profile] kate dissected the movie score vs previous trek theme songs at a level waaay above my head.

Vids: (some of these I like a lot, some I consider to be conversation pieces)
--Closer v2, a remake of [personal profile] killabeez and [personal profile] tjonesy's TOS vid with Reboot footage
--Steady as She Goes, TOS vid for which I believe the premise is: the crew of the Enterprise will never have a successful relationship with anyone else, because they're all doing each other.
--Stuck to You, upbeat Kirk/Uhura/Spock OT3 vid.
--We Go Together, team vid for Reboot (works better at a metatextual level than a contextual level, in my opinion)
--Kobayashi Maru, about how Kirk and Spock are defined by so much death in Reboot
jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (fanhistory)
What do you consider to be seminal Star Trek: TOS vids? I discovered OTW had archived Kandy Fong's Both Sides Now, one of the earliest vid/precursor slideshows in existence. Now I'm curious. What other classic Trek vids does the hive mind recall? Bonus points for availability online, but I'd settle for a way to contact the vidder.

For that matter, tell me about seminal Trek filk too. Practically the only one I know is Leslie Fish's Banned from Argo.
jmtorres: TOS Spock leans face on hand, has mild eyebrow raise. Text: seeking internally consistent logic since 1966 (spock)
(Everyone knows why I say Part II: THE REVENGE, right? Everyone knows about Vulcan Love Slave Part II: THE REVENGE, right?)(PS: it's google-able.)

So it looks as if [personal profile] ysobel may have actually gone to see Star Trek: Reboot in the last day or so but hey I've been keeping like eighty tabs open in several windows to write this entry as soon as I had the spoons, so hey, more linkspam. tries to figure out how much series canon this movie negated.

[ profile] st_xi_kink has produced a lot of fic, as archived on delicious.

More LJ comms:
[ profile] trekfics - says is for all iterations, banner is notably Reboot
[ profile] trekanon - I don't actually understand this anon confession meme thing but hey there you go
[ profile] kirk_mccoy - title "The Captain and the Doctor" confused me in a Whovian way for a minute there, but is actually re Kirk and McCoy, yes
[ profile] trek_news - newsletter, may potentially be making me obsolete here
[ profile] chekov_sulu - lieutenants and ensigns need love too?
[ profile] newtrekslash - unabashedly all about the reboot
[ profile] spock_uhura - another of those "TOS and new movie!" things, with lots of reboot pictures everywhere, gee I wonder what inspired you
[ profile] startrek2009 - comm for talking about the new movie

[ profile] sineala posts about more comms, links to my linkspam, causing internet-ending paradoxes

More DW comms:
[community profile] startrek_reboot
[community profile] chris_pine_daily
[community profile] singularity

[ profile] silviakundera posts vid and fic recs.

[ profile] ethrosdemon has criticism of JJ Abrams re: his interview on Talk of the Nation.

[ profile] taraljc posts 10 things everyone should know about Star trek (before trying to write pr0n based on the new movie), including which episodes and books to check out.

Relatedly, [ profile] cofax7 posts remedial Trek for newbies.

darthmojo@wordpress talks about a lot of deleted scenes and script choices based on a Q&A with the screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

[ profile] talitha78 made a vid called Poker Face.

[ profile] ethrosdemon wants to know why we apply modern social norms to a story set centuries in the future.

[ profile] apocalypsos spotted women in pants.

[ profile] sparky77 has baby Chekov picspam.

[ profile] sineala has telegram style squee.

[ profile] grey_bard says, "I'm predisposed to like this movie because I liked original Trek and I universally hate Trek movies. Hold up, what?"

[personal profile] thedeadparrot found her love of classic K/S reinforced. She wrote about original flavor Spock.

Pro effects artist posted a combination of new and old Enterprise.

[ profile] amireal fanwanks ST:ENT into/out of existence.

[ profile] brokenbacktango found the IDIC.

[ profile] ethrosdemon is amused at the summary of ST: Final Frontier.

[ profile] bethos on a rewatching spree, in DS9.

[ profile] ethrosdemon asks for ST links.

[ profile] maryavatar has OMG OMG OMG for the movie.

theplaylist@blogspot's 9 Silly Things About Star Trek We Can't Help But Laugh At.

[ profile] sineala was tempted by TOS episode DVDs.

[ profile] sparky77 contemplates ST wingfic.

[ profile] brokenbacktango informs us that Zachary Quinto will read you the novelization.

[ profile] imadra_blue writes Sulu fic.

[ profile] apocalypsos requests fic recs.

[ profile] brokenbacktango found hilarious TAS clip.

[ profile] quigonejinn liked the reboot, liked Vulcans and liiiiked Spock.

[ profile] ann89103 fangirls and vents.

[ profile] brokenbacktango with complaints on n00bs in the anon kink meme.

sfsignal asks if new ST movie will be good for science fiction in general.

kfmonkey@blogspot discusses revelatory vs transformative heroic arcs in hollywood scripts, Star Trek movie.

[ profile] amireal would totally make out with Star Trek.

[ profile] taraljc likes new Uhura, examines her role.

[ profile] redscharlach is making mini icons.

[ profile] sineala wrote Sulu/Chekov.

[ profile] quigonejinn wrote Spock fic.

[personal profile] ellen_fremedon fanwanks the two Delta Vegas.

[personal profile] niqaeli has started rewatching TOS.

[personal profile] laurajv wrote fic about Spock and Sarek.

[personal profile] ingridmatthews likes the new pairing.

[personal profile] jmtorres wants to talk about specific references to TOS. LAZY-WEBBING FTW.

[personal profile] lizbee found Picard's scrapbook.

[personal profile] butterfly posts fic recs.

[personal profile] niqaeli talks about Kirk's special snowflake status.

[personal profile] niqaeli is rewatching TOS. If a science officer dies, is it still red-shirting?

[personal profile] niqaeli finds TOS Spock fascinatingly broken.

[personal profile] mecurtin has achieved star trekkin'.

[personal profile] ysobel (hi, love!) is totally not writing fic (and why not!). (Also in that entry: fanwank for making the macguffin more sensible.)

[personal profile] ysobel's first brush thoughts.

[personal profile] ysobel totally claimed to be half Vulcan as a child.

[personal profile] blueraccoon's exploding squee.

[personal profile] zvi is pissed about fic disappearing Uhura.

[personal profile] butterfly has a hotness deathmatch poll.

[personal profile] butterfly made a vid.

Wil Wheaton finds new movie spectacular.

Henry Jenkins was nearly a Klingon extra, part I and part II.

[personal profile] niqaeli points out the special of the stunned romulan on aisle 7 (broccoli test: pass with unexpected flying colors).

[personal profile] dayblaze wants slash recs.

[personal profile] niqaeli writes fic about Vulcan blood.

[personal profile] laurashapiro pissed off at 'bromance' rather than slash in mainstream media.

[personal profile] sarah was squeeful.

[personal profile] panthea has a comment re Kirk getting punched in the face.

[personal profile] niqaeli on obsessive tendencies.

[personal profile] niqaeli points to her delicious for ST fic finding.

io9 talks about a cut Shatner scene.

[profile] catalysticat wishes for more real space exploration, real military, real ethical, political, social, and religious issues.

[personal profile] abyssinia has a lot of problems with the new movie.

[profile] jooj has some links, especially re novels.

[personal profile] revolutionaryjo has fic recs.

[personal profile] seperis talks about the reboot, canonical AUS and how Trek and other shows have dealt with them in the past.

Wil Wheaton with embedded Onion video on how Trekkies bash new film as fun and watchable.

[personal profile] mecurtin, before having seen the movie, talked about the social and political milieu of the sixties vs now and Trek's relevance thereto.

Henry Jenkins with lots of interesting meta.

[personal profile] laurajv with 5 things you should know about (original flavor) Uhura and how awesome she is.

[personal profile] musesfool liked it! she even didn't hate Kirk!

[personal profile] zvi on dreamcasting women who didn't appear in this movie, in poll form.

Racialicious gives the movie a positive review despite some ridiculousness; thinks Uhura and Sulu did well in this version.

[personal profile] niqaeli has picspam of one of Karl Urban's previous roles. Prepare to giggle.

[personal profile] flourish understands where the K/S comes from now.

[personal profile] inarticulate is happy with Trek and with Uhura.

[personal profile] cesperanza questions casting a Korean as Sulu.

[ profile] taraljc's star trek tag.

[personal profile] niqaeli is a bad person. She likes porn!.

[personal profile] niqaeli's love of space and science fiction and wanting it to be now.

[personal profile] butterfly's detailed list of adoration, re her third viewing.

[personal profile] minotaurs makes economic jokes out of the naming of Spock Prime.

[personal profile] niqaeli talks about Vulcan colonies and the nonexistence thereof.

[personal profile] niqaeli's early squee.

I WAS POTENTIALLY GOING TO POST MORE OF MY OWN REACTIONS BUT I HAVE TO GET OUT THE DOOR BY SIX TOMORROW MORNING TO CATCH A BUS SO I THINK I WILL SAVE MY ENERGY AND VID INSTEAD. Really, if I manage to get the vid done, vid should say every goddamn thing I want to say about this movie. Really.
jmtorres: From Lady Gaga's Bad Romance music video; the peach-haired, wide-eyed iteration (Default)
[personal profile] ysobel is concerned about missing out on everyone's squee by the time she gets to watch Star Trek: Reboot. So I figured I'd collect some links as I catch up on everyone's squee.

[personal profile] mamadeb posts squee for the new movie interlaced with her fannish history with Trek.

[personal profile] verstehen feels the movie delivered all that was expected of it, plus frienemies.

[personal profile] cesperanza: seven things she loved, four she hated.

[personal profile] zorkian had to work at Star Trek. No spoilers.

[personal profile] anoel is squeeful about the slash.

[personal profile] copracat with a one-line indictment amidst an entry about other things.

[personal profile] azurelunatic has a line by line GLEECAPS fest. OH HI SPOCK YOU ARE SEXY.

[personal profile] puppetmaker's review is squee couched in more adult costuming/casting/performance/plot notes.

[personal profile] lizbee found it awesome, had some Doctor Who comparisons.

[personal profile] bethbethbeth opens with: I probably shouldn't have liked the new Star Trek film... but I loved it.

[personal profile] gelasius gleecaps at all the performances.

[personal profile] butterfly likes respect for the source and handling of the reboot.

[personal profile] butterfly pokes at the timeline.

[personal profile] butterfly goes back to watch it again.

[personal profile] ase's reactions combine glee and more critical meta.

[personal profile] mecurtin, not yet having seen the movie, expresses hopes and fears for it. Spoilers in comments.

[personal profile] zvi has squee and plotholes.

[personal profile] cedara has a brief "yay my pairing!" entry.

[personal profile] everysecondtuesday links to TOS vids.

[personal profile] kass has squee and mention of JJ Abramsiness.

[personal profile] lady_stiletto had squee at casting, respect for source, diversity, ships, etc; a couple of quibbles.

[personal profile] tzikeh is collecting links. I'm duplicating a lot of them, but there may be more by the time you go look!

[personal profile] lapislaz feels could have been worse, is unresolvable for hardcore trekkies. Spittake worthy final line.

[personal profile] ellen_fremedon feels it was totally, totally awesome.

[personal profile] ellen_fremedon went back for more.

[personal profile] fajrdrako wasn't expecting too much, liked it.

[personal profile] gchick has love for Kirk, Scotty, sets and women.

[personal profile] mara had flaily hands.

[profile] jooj has three lists: liked, ridiculous, want fanfic now.

[personal profile] kelliem loved it with 1.5 quibbles.

[ profile] redscharlach has a bullet point list of glee.

[ profile] ancalemon talks new ships and old ships.

[ profile] brokenbacktango talks about the movie-going crowd. No spoilers, except for First Contact *G*

[ profile] sineala has a thorough review.

[ profile] slippery_fish has a few notes.

[ profile] sandrine says this is not the squee you're looking for.

[ profile] mimesere loves them all.

[ profile] ethrosdemon is apparently writing fic. No spoilers, just amusing problems. Oh, and here's the fic! Is about OC doctor on the Enterprise.

[ profile] mustangsally78 has no spoilers, just pretty picture.

[ profile] tarzanic has brief list of yay, family history of trekkiness.

[ profile] matt_doyle didn't like the camerawork and skience, dug everything else.

[ profile] settiai has a lot of love and contemplates differences in the reboot.

[ profile] cofax7 has an enumerated list of yay and hmm.

[ profile] sparky77 liked Kirk a lot! And you know, other people.

[ profile] silviakundera feels this movie was made for her.

[ profile] brokenbacktango found some hilarious parodies on youtube.

[ profile] popfantastic tries to make sense of plot points, notes Enterprise canon of interest.

[ profile] yahtzee63 on Uhura.

[ profile] calligrafiti squees.

There's comms on DW:
[community profile] ncc_1701
[community profile] singularity

And uh, now from me: spoilers? probably? I have no idea what I'm going to say yet )

PS according to the GI Joe preview we saw, Ninth Doctor will be destroying the Earth. Will you all disown me if I go to that movie for him?


Apr. 20th, 2009 12:20 am
jmtorres: (cusack)
I just went from being heart-warmed to being infuriated in three point one four seconds flat.

I watched this movie called Martian Child in which John Cusack plays a believably eccentric science fiction writer ("So instead of becoming a well-adjusted normal person, I became a sort of successful, deranged person. And I don't know which is better but it doesn't really matter because you don't get to choose," is one of the early lines, which is really so very true about being, well, any kind of fiction writer, I think). This writer adopts a kid who believes he's from Mars, and they have all sorts of touching life lessons about what it means to be human and how really, not going to float away, you are my son forever and ever.

It's sweet.

In the credits I saw it was based on a book by David Gerrold. I know David Gerrold's name, I recognize him as the guy who wrote that old Star Trek episode "The Trouble with Tribbles," I have a book on writing that he wrote that is full of the kind of that's so true of that line I quoted up there, like this method of expanding characterizations by imagining you're interviewing your characters, and this one time he didn't get much in the way of verbal response but his character did try to come over the table and knife him, which is certainly characterization information to explore. I haven't read as many of David Gerrold's novels as I'd like, but what I've seen of his work, I like. And I still do.

I wiki'd the movie to see what it had to say about the novel. It was, unshockingly, based partially on David Gerrold's real life experiences adopting a son. Here's the part that's pissing me the hell off:

David Gerrold is gay and out as gay and adopted a son as an out, gay man. There's two versions of his written story Martian Child: in the novelette, the protagonist's sexuality is not mentioned; in the novel, the protagonist is, like Gerrold, gay. In the movie? THEY STRIPPED THE GAY. They made the protagonist a widower, dead wife two years ago, plus a vague female love interest hanging around. They straightened him up! Polished the gay right off so they could make a fucking family-friendly flick.

jmtorres: (alchemy)
Stuff I worked out talking to [ profile] stariceling and [ profile] niqaeli:

I previously posted on even-pointed, bound arrays versus odd-pointed, unbound arrays, and that's going to inform all the following theory on alchemy.

I'm going to go ahead and post the spoilery list of odd-pointed arrays that that entry eschews.

arrays )

My current theory of the development of alchemy is that series end spoilers )


What happens if you put an array inside an array? (And when can you tell if you have, because the larger arrays have multiple circles.)

Does size matter? Current theory on this is that the only effect a larger array has is that you have more room to draw detail into, so larger and more detailed arrays are for more complex or precise transmutations.

On the flip side of the detail/precision with which the array is drawn--we often see alchemists hand-draw arrays in high-stress situations, which means they're not regular, perfectly circular, etc. I think the more perfectly the array is drawn, the more exact the transmutation will be. But, say, in an instance like end of series Roy )

Back to the size thing--we wonder if Ed could get more power out of his hand-clap alchemy if he had longer arms. Heh.

I think arrays are amps for a process which is mostly mental, because when I take apart something like how Roy controls flame, there's parts that I just can't see how the hell he controls with an array that is always the same. He has to be doing it in his head. Flame control breaks down to: size and heat of flame, duration of flame, and shape of flame. I can see that he could control size and heat by how much power he poured into the array, and he could control duration by cutting off the power he put into the transmutation, but how can he get different shapes of flame, directions and arcs that go just so far and no further to scare people? That information isn't written into his glove, because it's different every time. That's something he controls mentally. Likewise, Al has a six-pointed array that he uses for just about everything--it's non-specific, it's just to boost his power levels to the point he can do stuff with them. But what he actually does with the power, whether it's to make a toy pony or reconstruct a radio, is something he controls mentally.

So, in short: alchemy is mostly in the head. The array acts as an amp to get power levels to the point where you can do stuff, and, if you're doing a complex transmutation, you write the details of what you're doing into the array so you don't have to concentrate on them quite so hard.

I always disliked Scar's claim that Ed was creating a circle with his arms, because it's so not. A circuit maybe, but not a circle. My latest idea is that he's creating a shape that you would inscribe inside the circle--a square or a pentagon.

But what happens if you don't put a regular geometric shape with some finite number of points into the circle of an array? Isn't a circle techically a regular geometic shape with an infinite number of points?

Common media we see for drawing arrays: chalk (because it's easily erasable?), tattoos and embroidery for arrays commonly used by the alchemist in question, scratching the array into a softer surface. We see blood alchemy in a couple of places in the series. Ed says Al's array is in blood to bind to iron, and I think using blood arrays on skin has some effect, but other than that I don't think blood boosts the power of an array. Like, the only reason to use blood to draw an array on a wall or something would be because it's the only thing you have on hand to draw with.

Can Ed draw an array with alchemy? He modifies the array on the floor of lab 5, and then copies it to the ceiling... hm.
jmtorres: (alchemy)
I started designing the array Al's going to use to [end of series spoilers] in League of the Four-Fingered Alchemists story I'm writing, and I started noticing almost all the ordinary arrays in FMA have an even number of points--Al uses a six-pointed one pretty regularly; Roy's salamander array is based on a six-pointed star too, though with out the top and bottom points so it's actually four-pointed; the first array Al and Ed ever use is four-pointed... the only ones that are, say, five-pointed (and you'd think you'd see more pentacles, but no) are ah, [spoilery]. And I started getting into the geometry of the thing, and see, all the even-pointed arrays have symmetry along both horizontal and vertical axes--it's called Klein-four symmetry, and it also means that they all have 180 degree rotational symmetry. A five-pointed array, like the one Dante uses to [spoiler], or a seven-pointed array, like the one Ed modifies in [spoiler], will have other symmetries, but it won't have this Klein-four symmetry. I got into this whole theory about bound and unbound arrays and how even-pointed arrays write equivalent trade right into the diagram by their very design.

Then I got off on this tangent about Scar's phoenix tattoo versus the cross in the flammel and competing mythologies of ressurrection, and why Amestrian alchemists might consider human transmutation to be God's realm when they don't otherwise exhibit any sign of religion, the explanation of which involves *cough* Envy's origin, and I'll leave it at that.

Sometimes, I get too involved in these things...

p. s. [ profile] sky_dark, your girlfriend doing arrays on all your walls was like, six times more useful to my insane analysis than anything else on the web, on account of exquisite exactitude.
jmtorres: Warhol from Mutant X. Full body condom. (evil)
The Gen was innocent and virginal, but had decided that, being fourteen posts of age, it was ready to explore its options. "Oh, Slash," said Gen breathily, "won't you please... initiate me?" Gen rested its introduction against Slash's, inviting a kiss.

Slash kindly pushed Gen away, saying, "I'm not sure you're ready for me. Why don't you see if Het is interested?"

Gen pouted. "But you're not inherently kinkier than Het! You only have NC-17 warnings because of all the homophobes," it protested.

Slash sighed. "I know," it lamented, "but I'm terribly afraid of what will happen if I'm found corrupting a minor."

Gen grabbed Slash by the denouement. "Besides, I like what I see." Gen reached down to feel Slash's rising action.

Slash jerked away in surprise. "Oh, Gen," said Slash, "this cannot be!"

Gen pulled out some suggestive dialogue, predicate slick with pre-slash. Slash reached out to enfold the dialogue in description, stroking the hard words. The staccato stutters smoothed into alliteration under Slash's touch.

"Does this mean...?" Gen asked hopefully.

"I cannot resist," Slash replied. "I've always had a weakness for chan."

Within paragraphs, Slash brought Gen to an explosive climax.

Gen blushed. "I didn't mean it to be over so quickly--"

"It's alright," said Slash, "I know you're only a vignette."

With gentle innuendo, Gen teased Slash to its own conclusion. Contented, Slash leaned back and put its epilogue up. Gen curled up happily beside Slash, tying a love knot in its disclaimer:

This is a work of fiction--I don't actually think Elijah and Viggo are doing it, okay?

The End.

With help from [ profile] buggery, [ profile] cadetdru, and [ profile] jcalanthe, three of the most evil enablers on the planet.


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