starlady: Gryffinclaw: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check."  (question everything)

Oh, I heard it through the starlady.

Which song was this lyric from?
Get your own lyrics:


# Canadian sff author Dr. Peter Barnes was beaten and detained at the U.S. border this week, and now he's being sued for assaulting a border patrol officer. As the Cobell lawsuit proved earlier this week, fighting Uncle Sam takes time and money; think about donating, if you can.

# Cat Valente smacks it to literary fiction in this post at her LJ ([livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna). I think she says some very perceptive things about literary fiction, which is a genre all its own (just like vanilla is a kink!), and its genre rules, and how these rules contrast with sff's.

# A post on tag wrangling 101 by my fellow wrangler [livejournal.com profile] akamine_chan. I've been putting in my Yuletide sweat equity wrangling Yuletide fandoms lately--as I said in our chatroom, if tag wrangling is a degree in fandom, Yuletide is a Ph.D. (I might be getting us an icon that says that, actually). We need more wranglers to join our steampunk crew, please think about joining! It helps to be detail-oriented and slightly obsessive, I've found.

# Via my sister, American history, but with cats. (Read "U.S." for "American".)

# Speaking of Cat Valente and of steampunk, her steampunk story "The Anachronist's Cookbook" is now available on her website! Unlike many steampunk writers, CMV does not ignore many of the genre's problematic tendencies.
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The Archive of Our Own is in open beta!!! YAY!!!


[staff profile] denise wrote a very kind post of congratulations to the OTW and to AD&T. Yay fandom! Yay womanpower!

I'll shut up about this some time soon, I swear. In the meantime, [personal profile] lian has some links about the plans for translating the AO3, an effort to which I look forward to contributing.


To switch gears completely, I thought Steven Pinker completely nailed the problems with Malcolm Gladwell's worldview and did a good job of sussing out the finer details of what exactly Gladwell gets wrong (and let me just say, um, wow. "Igon values"? Seriously? You can't make this shit up) in his review of Gladwell's new book. Which isn't to say that Gladwell can't be very good on his chosen topics at times--I'd recommend that everyone read his recent piece on football, dogfighting and brain injury, and his piece on criminal profiling and the likelihood that it doesn't really work, which Pinker deservedly mentions favorably in his review (I'm looking at you, Shadow Unit, Criminal Minds, most every cop show ever). But these are pieces in which the numbers speak for themselves, but when Gladwell tries to make the numbers speak for anything else, he often as not goes badly astray.

Oh Yuletide assignment, why aren't you here already?  
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Not "Merry Christmas, baby" (sorry, Bruce!)--

No, what I wanted to say is that I am looking at the draft PDFs of the CLAMP 20th Anniversary fanbook that we as the [livejournal.com profile] clamp_now community and particularly [livejournal.com profile] nokiirat, fearless leader and tireless editor, have spent months putting together, and you know what? We have done an awesome thing. Fandom has problems and it is not always a metric or even an English tonne of rainbows and sparkles, but that does not diminish the fact that at times it is a space where people can come together globally and do awesome things.

N, we should totally try to get something about this in Transformative Works and Cultures. Maybe I'll ask you for an interview. :-)

And I still really need a fandom tag.
starlady: the OTW logo with text "fandom is my fandom" (fandom^2)
So it's October, my favorite month of the year. It's been my favorite month for a while now, but recently one of the cool things about October, to me, is that it's the OTW's Donation Drive. October will get you, for $50 or more, an OTW stickers/iron-ons pack, while $100 or more gets you the awesome OTW coffee mug, and $120 or more will get you both. Coffee mugs, stickers, supporting transformative works, fandom, and fans globally: what more could you want?

You could want a cat macro you say? Have a cat macro!

OTW: swearz

The OTW has done a lot of cool things this year and has a lot of cool things coming down the pike (cough! the AO3! cough!). It only takes a $10 USD donation to become a member, which gets you voting rights, not to mention bragging rights. And as[personal profile] wintercreek noted, you'll be joining a community of the like-minded, which is always a little bit like coming home.

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