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I've been spending some time going through old (in internet time, very old), fanfic archives, reading some of the first fics I ever read and loved. For example, The Shi'ar Coffee Story, which is still as silly and funny as I remember it being.

It was the late 20th century. Nostalgia doesn't prevent me from remembering how shitty it was in many ways (including for me), and yet.

I loved the X-Men animated series, with its continuity and its time travel and its perky music and overdramatic characters. And Buffy, with its sarcastic bravery and oh-so-human heroes and villains. And Star Trek TNG, which showed both an universe so much bigger and interesting than anybody else's, and a way of facing it with curiosity and goodwill that I still, as much as I find it, in retrospect, conservative, can feel energized by (pun not intended).

And then I found my first fics, stories that took this, and gave it new directions, adult relationships, complex characterization, infinite alternate universes, and more fun and more darkness than the source material was allowed to, and it was mind-blowing that it was even possible to do that. That we were allowed, or rather, that we didn't need anybody's permission.

The topologically impossible Summers Family Tree (multiple clones included).That epic where Gambit ended up being Professor X's son, and it completely made sense, really. Q's increasingly NC-17 infatuation with Jean-Luc Picard. The Borg, back when they were scary.

It changed my life in so many ways; half a lifetime later, I'm still ricocheting through the alternate timeline this set up for me, and I couldn't be more grateful for that.

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It's not only US Tax Day

It's also Gay Polymath Day!

They are far from rare in both fandoms and friendlists, so feel free to congratulate your favorite one(s), whether fictional or just weird.
Fact 1: I suck at basic design.

Fact 2: I think CafePress needs "Are you a friend of Kirk?" and "Friend of Spock" t-shirts.

*significant silence*

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Satisfying a very strong need in all of us

Short version: Henceforth, if you want to discreetly find out if somebody is fannish or not, just ask her if she's "a friend of Kirk." If she answers, "no, I'm a friend of Spock," contact! (This test has probably a low rate of false positives and a high rate of false negatives, at least until we spread it wide enough.)

Long version: at pun's original post.

(via alejandradd)

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Ugh

Just submitted a deletion request for "my article" (bot-generated from Fanfiction.net) on FanHistory. Like the stupid idiot that I am, my FanFiction.net account had my real name... (note to self: change my real name). I'm not averse to letting people know I'm fannish, gods know, but I'd like to have some sort of control over that.

That said, the thermodynamics of information are strongly time-asymmetric, so... Well. That's life in the 21st century for you.

PS: Looking for my old fics, I encountered old fics by Smitty, A.j.'s fantastic archive, Bob the Hamster... Good times!

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The question is whether rl is

karenhealey has come up with a very smart term to describe the characteristic of certain fictional universes -e.g., certain long-running comic universes- of being intrinsically inconsistent (she uses Connor's skin color as a very apropos example): they are polyveric.

I think this is an important milestone in the development -and, hopefully, formalization- of Canon Logic.

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Hoisted (for future reference/a rainy day/very mythical 'free time') from a comment to a comment by browngirl on this fantastic post by brown_betty on "rude person" stories (go read it): Kirk and Spock could be for theoretical meta-fannishness what Alice and Bob are for cryptography.

I'm just amused by the idea of somebody writing a textbook on theoretical meta-fannishness: OTk combinatorics [0], the Sexuality Undecidability Principle [1], Canonical Logic [2], the study of Mary-Sue singularities [3], etc. The "application" chapters, of course, would refer to a lot of fandoms, but I think K/S would be a nice "canonical" (heh) canon to work with.

Seriously, I would buy this.

[0] The formal study of k-people ships, for k >= 2.
[1] "It's impossible to make well-founded negative assertions about a character's sexuality based on his canonical relationships." For some fandoms[4], this principle makes slash possible. For others[5], it makes het possible.
[2] I'm almost sure there is no non-trivial model[6] of Canonical Logic that can be represented using first-order logic.
[3] For the canonical non-canonical example, cf the Marrissa Stories.
[4] E.g., James Bond.
[5] E.g., Sherlock Holmes.
[6] Anything attempting to describe a Crisis, event, crossover, or any two Silver Age stories counts as (heavily) non-trivial[7].
[7] Hawkman is, of course, considered a pathological case.
ETA: I know it's just the servers acting wonky, but it's fun to imagine that right now there's a bunch of exorcists (or Laundry operatives) fighting for their lives against the possessed LJ servers...

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Oops.

Diario Clarín (Argentina's largest newspaper) has just published a note about fanfiction (link in Spanish). It's disquieting; nobody will pay *that much* attention to it, but it's nonetheless a local threshold of sorts, one I wasn't particularly looking forward to.

*sighs*

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From Wired: Meet Leland Chee, the Star Wars Franchise Continuity Cop. He found a way to get paid to maintain a database of SW continuity data; that's pretty impressive as fannish lifestyles go (even if he's rather wary of fans and fandom (*boo*)).

On the other hand, if he really wants a challenge, he should try doing the same for DC or Marvel :).

PSA

Love meme at medie's! I'm feeling kind of too shy to open a thread there, but be sure to go and spread your love around. For one reason or another, everybody sort of needs it right now.

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