OTW Fannews: On fanfiction

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 04:55 pm
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Posted by Janita Burgess


OTW Fannews: On Fanfiction Banner

  • Blogger Christopher Olah took a look at some Fanfiction.net statistics. "In the following post, we will visualize the Harry Potter, Naruto and Twilight fandoms on fanfiction.net. We will also use Google’s PageRank algorithm to rank stories, and perform collaborative filtering to make story recommendations to top fanfiction.net users." The post includes a look at languages, ships, slash and more.
  • ParentDish advised parents about fanfic reading and writing. "On the plus side, I am thrilled my daughter, who has never been a fan of books, is suddenly carrying stories with her everywhere - she can even read them on her iPhone - and has an insatiable thirst for words she never had before. She has even let me read a few chapters myself (with the caveat: 'Don't worry, Mum, this isn't actually based on anything I've done... yet') and she is a gifted story teller. And as Wattpad.com has over 1000 story downloads per day and with a whopping 25 million users, she is far from alone."
  • NY Mag decided to look for how fanficcers were responding to the World Cup. "Does all of this have you so intrigued? Yes? Well, brace yourself for another enthusiastic subset of World Cup erotica: the One Direction fan-fic crossover. Here’s a book that imagines two of the band members as rival soccer players at FIFA 2014 as well as lovers in bed. Here’s a shorter one about an abandoned blow job. And fear not — no matter where you turn for your World Cup smut — there will always be ball jokes."
  • Women of China took a broader look at slash in China. "With the rise of Sina Weibo and Wechat, two major instant messaging platforms in China, tanbi is no longer the cult genre it was a decade ago. There has been a growing number of girls, or fojoshi (a Japanese term for girls who endorse male homosexual love), who have started to write fan fiction that moves tanbi into the world of mainstream literature. A recent work pairs two X-men, Magneto and Professor X, powerful opponents who care about each other, at least in the Hollywood megahit X-Men: Days of Future Past. 'There are so many fojoshi that it's almost a selling point now,' Yang, the researcher says."

Does your favorite fanfiction have a page on Fanlore? If not, start one! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.


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Thursday, July 24th, 2014 01:31 pm
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The doctor says I'm clean.

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sherlock creates a shortcut on john’s phone so that whenever he types sherlock’s name it changes to “my arousingly brilliant and surprisingly flexible husband”

john always forgets about it until he embarrasses himself while answering…

OTW Fannews: On fanfiction

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 11:24 am
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OTW Fannews: On Fanfiction Banner

Automated fanfic recs? It could happen. Meanwhile, parents dig fic and global fandom writes it: http://bit.ly/UqBJo1

Sign Painters: book and documentary

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 09:58 am
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Posted by David Pescovitz

Sign Painters looks to be a fascinating book and documentary about the traditional art and craft of hand-drawn signage that is being lost to digital prints and die-cut vinyl. The film is playing at venues around the US right now, including this Sunday (7/27) at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas!

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Warm broccoli & apple salad

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 07:22 pm
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Adapted from a cold salad in Leanne Brown's Good and cheap.

Dietary and accessibility notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

I'm assuming this will store & keep overnight and be tasty cold. Note, the broccoli is still crunchy - if you prefer soft broccoli, perhaps steam in the microwave for a few min first.

San Diego Comic-con Addendum

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 04:25 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

I’m quoted today in this Los Angeles Times piece on San Diego Comic-con and issues of harassment. It’s an interesting article and worth reading if you’re not up to date on the issue. I have a couple of addendums to it which I think I worth noting briefly now (I will have some longer thoughts on the whole subject, but they will have to wait until after this weekend):

* The article notes that SDCC for the first time sent out e-mails to badge-holders pointing out that it doesn’t tolerate harassment. And you know what? That’s an excellent move and a good way to make the point to 100,000+ people that harassment won’t fly at the convention. I have nothing but positive things to say about that. So good on SDCC for sending those e-mails. I should also say I think SDCC is actively thinking about harassment issues this year, both as a matter of course and because others outside the convention (aside from me, I will note, an in a much more publicly active way than me) are making noise about it. That’s good too, and credit where credit is due.

* However, SDCC still doesn’t actually say on its site (or otherwise as far as I can see) what it thinks harassing behavior is. Which is a really big problem in my book — it leaves no guidance for attendees. Not all harassing behavior is as blatant as a grope; attendees on the receiving end of unwanted attention may not be aware that their harassment qualifies under SDCC standards — nor in the absence of guidance may they be convinced, if they feel harassed, that SDCC will agree with them. That’s a huge hole. I understand SDCC reasoning for not offering that guidance, but with due respect for the thinking behind it, it’s flat-out wrong in my opinion. Not having that language makes the convention less safe, not more. It’s the reason you won’t see me at the convention center or on the floor of the show.

* That said, I noted earlier that my event today, which is off campus (it will be at the Horton Grand Theatre at 1:30pm) was affiliated with SDCC in some way. Certainly the tickets to the event note that affiliation:

I think it’s better for me to put these tickets on the table, as it were, than have someone else do it. As I noted earlier, doing this particular event off-campus allows me to keep a closer eye on things (or as I wrote previously, “if someone acts like a harassing asshole at my event, I can have them bounced and reported”). I’m very sure SDCC knows my thoughts on harassment, in any event.

* What I hope is that all of this helps to make this particular SDCC the safest one so far — and thus the most enjoyable SDCC so far for a large number of its attendees — and keeps the momentum going for the convention to continue making improvements in this area. As I said earlier, the e-mails are a start, and a start I can applaud. There’s more to be done.

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Twenty years ago, William Barker's Schwa artwork revealed a world of alien abductions, stick figure insanity, conspiratorial crazy, and a hyper-branded surveillance state. It's now more relevant than ever. Read the rest

Opal, Ellis, Auctions, Art

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 09:23 am
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Each year during our FUNdraiser, we get a visit from Opal the human (not Opal the kitten) and little brother Ellis.   They come by to say hello to the kittens, and they bring along a donation to our fundraiser.  Sometimes it comes from their very own piggy banks, sometimes they collect donations from others.

This year, Opal sold custom cat collage portraits to her friends and family, and raised over $30 for the Humane Society cats and kittens.

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She also made and sold valentines, cards and bookmarks at two craft sales with her pal Lola, and they raised over $100 together.

This year, Opal and Ellis came with a  donation of a  remarkable $146.03!

But they're not stopping there!  Opal and Ellis made a big batch of adorable paper kitties, and today, the next fifty people who make a donation of $10 or more will receive one kitty from Opal or Ellis!




How it works: pay a visit to our FUNdraising page and make your donation of $10 or more.  Once you're done, send us an EMAIL with your snail mail address,  in the subject line write "Opal and Ellis", and we'll send you an original piece of kitty art! They colored some of the kitties to resemble Bean, Wylla, and the Kibblesmiths.  Others come from their imagination.  Each kitty is unique, adorable, and some are even signed on the back!

Thank you for being so generous, Opal, Ellis, and Lola!  Your big hearts and giving ways are inspiring!

And thanks for coming over to say "hi" to the Kibblesmiths.  I hope you enjoyed your visit!






BUT WAIT!  There's more!!!

I've got a couple of items that we'll be auctioning off today.  Craig's created another fabulous watercolor painting of Bean that I'll be posting on Ebay.


And our dear friend Cora crocheted these adorable Bean and Wylla cup cozies, which I'll post at the same time.  I may just have to bid on these myself.


These two auctions will start this morning, and run 24 hours.  I will post when they go live, so you can hop on over there and bid.

Did you happen to notice how close we are getting to our $100,000?   Thanks to Cynthia's moving video and huge match, we were able to roll past $95,000!   It was a great day, and we raised over $10,000 for the new foster room and kitten head-start program!!!

We are getting SO close now!  In fact, I think we'll hit that huge goal today!!

Our awesome anonymous donor has offered up a $2500 match!  For every dollar we donate, she'll donate the same, until we reach the $2500 cap.   And  if we meet that, we will meet our goal!!!!

The match runs until 3:00 PM, which is a little earlier than we normally end our matches, but I wanted to be sure that we end it early so our friends on the east coast can see it happen, and celebrate with us!

OH, this is going to be an exciting day!

Kitty art!
Awesome match!
And more alumni updates!!!

Thank you so much.  I appreciate you and all this support!  This community is so incredible, and every day you blow my mind.  LOVE YOU!

Ice cream customer told to "go back to China"

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 09:14 am
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Posted by Phil Yu

Ruining ice cream with racism. Not cool.

I love ice cream. I shake my fist at anyone who ruins ice cream. In the case of this particular incident, the ice cream was ruined by racism. How dare you ruin ice cream with racism?

Earlier this month at a New Jersey ice cream counter, the mother of a teenage employee told an Asian American customer to "go back to China." The racially charged incident, and subsequent attempts to address and resolve the issue, resulted in a blowup on Facebook and in the local newspaper.

Mother of Scoop Coop employee tells patron to 'go back to China'

Laura Lim, who is Korean American, was at the Scoop Coop ice cream window in East Hanover on July 12 when the employee at the counter gave her "attitude." The mother of the teenage employee, who was seated near the window, heard the conversation and told Lim to "go back to China." Classy, yo.

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Effective note-taking

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 03:04 pm
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Posted by David Caolo

A few years ago, Unclutterer readers started a discussion on effective note-taking. Several of you had great suggestions, and looking at that old thread got me thinking about my own note-taking techniques. They’ve changed quite a bit since I was a young student, though I do still fall back on old techniques now and then.

Best practices

We take notes so we can recall important information later. It’s a real hassle to sit down to a review of your notes only to realize you’ve got overly complex notes that actually hinder your recall process. Avoid this frustration by keeping your note-taking simple. Use clear keywords and avoid the temptation to hurriedly write down everything the teacher, lecturer, or coworker says. I put things into my own words unless I hear a fantastic phrase that I’ll want to recall verbatim. When that happens, I use quotation marks.

That said, a logical flow that works for you is most important. When I was a young student, I learned the hierarchical Arabic system that started with a Roman numeral, and added a capital letter under that, etc. That served me well through high school, but once I was in college I found it was hard to keep up with lectures using this system.

That’s when I adopted a system of dashes and dots. Large dots identified a main topic, with dashes and smaller dots marking sub-categories beneath those (similar to the “Dash Plus” system Patrick Rhone uses on to-do lists). It was quick and effective for me.

Taking notes is only the starting point, of course. Just because you write something down doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to recall/find it later. My system to help me find information later couldn’t be easier. As a matter of course, I write the page number in the upper right-hand corner of each page of notes. When a new topic begins, I circle the page number. Then, I make a bold line across the bottom of the final page of those notes to represent the end of that topic. If I’ve got a lot of notes, let’s say more than 12 pages, I’ll write an index for my own reference. For example, “Sample service schedule, page 11.”

You might also benefit from trying to create your index from memory before writing in page numbers. Creating this list mostly from memory will start you on your recall process.


For many, paper will be the answer for which technology to use for taking notes. If that’s you, I understand. Paper is tremendously flexible. You can capture a grocery list or solve very complex problems with a sheet of paper (or note card or napkin or sticky note) and a pencil. But, if you do use paper, I strongly recommend you scan your paper notes and run them through a hand-writing recognition program (like the one standard in Evernote) so you can easily search your notes later and have a backup of them in the Cloud.

If you’re not a paper person and you want to use something electronic, consider the following:

Mind Mapping. I’ve written about my love of Mind Mapping before on Unclutterer. It’s a non-liner way to capture ideas quickly. It’s especially useful when one aspect or idea will quickly spawn several others. On the Mac side, I love MindNode Pro. Windows users will want to check out Mindmeister.

Evernote. Here’s a great solution that’s platform-agnostic. It’s like working with paper, so you can use any system you like. The real power with Evernote is how searchable everything is. You can find any word or phrase you like and even create saved searches that monitor your notes for criteria you determine in real time.

Sketchnotes. If you’re an extremely visual person, you may benefit from taking Sketchnotes. The app Adobe Ideas (which easily integrates with other Adobe products) and Paper by FiftyThree both have high reviews by Mac users. And INKredible is well-rated for Android users.

I find that note-taking is a personal thing, with people using a wide range of methods. The important take-aways from this article are: keep note-taking simple, stick to important keywords, use a markup system that makes review helpful for you, and don’t be afraid to abandon systems that are no longer effective.

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BBC Sherlock - Production Stills - New Variants of Sherlock Holmes with Violin - according to Google Images some of these have never seen the light of day before.

Other New Sherlock promo pictures posted recently, New John/Sherlock in front of 221b door still (x), new Moriarty Photoshoot Stills (x), New Mycroft Holmes Photoshoot stills (x), Sherlock with John & Mrs Hudson (x) & John looking around 221B (x).

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BBC Sherlock - Production Stills - New Variants of Sherlock Holmes with Violin - according to Google Images some of these have never seen the light of day before.

Other New Sherlock promo pictures posted recently, New John/Sherlock in front of 221b door still (x), new Moriarty Photoshoot Stills (x), New Mycroft Holmes Photoshoot stills (x), Sherlock with John & Mrs Hudson (x) & John looking around 221B (x).

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A screengrab of the homepage of the Ouagadougou airport's Internet site (http://www.aeroport-ouagadougou.com) shows a map displaying AH5017's last contact zone, July 24, 2014.

A screengrab of the homepage of the Ouagadougou airport's Internet site (http://www.aeroport-ouagadougou.com) shows a map displaying AH5017's last contact zone, July 24, 2014.

A Boeing MD-83 passenger jet carrying 110 passengers and 6 crew people disappeared while flying over the Sahara from Burkina Faso to Algeria. Reports from aviation officials in the region confirm the plane has crashed, though the site of the crash and the fate of the people on board are yet to be confirmed.

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