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Fun and thoughtful fandom links for your quarantine reading

Made my last outside-the-home trip for the foreseeable future, to Walgreens for meds and a couple other supplies. The shelves were out of thermometers…but on my way to the checkout I passed a couple of clerks discovering 4 of them from a box they just unearthed in the back. So I finally landed one.

(Didn’t feel feverish, but it was nice to have the numbers to back it up. Also, clocked in at a slightly lower temperature than what the Red Cross got last Tuesday, suggesting I was already ramping up to the obvious fever I had Wednesday. But, yeah, all good now.)

Day Job is closed until further notice. Fortunately, part of their emergency-closure protocol is that we all still get paid. Every employee in every job should have the right to that. And those of you staffing pharmacies and grocery stores deserve higher wages and hazard pay.


All links from weeks/months ago, with no current events whatsoever:

Jenny Nicholson really nails a lot of what I thought was weird about Frozen 2. (It’s pretty enjoyable anyway, but still.) Plus a pitch for an alternate version that would be a lot of fun.

“Hence the Fansplaining Shipping Survey, which we launched on April 2, 2019, and discussed in Episode #97, “The Shipping Question.” It ran until April 16th and ultimately attracted 17,391 respondents. […] You can read the questions, download the raw data under a CC BY 4.0 license, and explore the cleaned-up data through an interactive visualization. This is the first of several pieces we’ll write analyzing the results.”

“The Language that Gets People to Give: Phrases that Predict Success on Kickstarter.” (One of the lessons is, that title should say “buy”, not “give”. It’s not a donation, it’s a preorder!)

“The point of me recounting all of this is to try and illustrate how much of the current hostility over fan content probably stems from that loss of content control. The toxicity of the purity discourse has made it hard for some of us to look for the root cause.”

The survey asked for participants to indicate what [online social-media fandom] platforms they use/used from a given list, and also to indicate a date range (e.g., Tumblr 2006-2018). I parsed those date ranges in order to determine for a given platform how many of our participants were active in a given year. ”

This document is made with the intention of keeping track of the issues the community has with [SmackJeeves] as it stands, be it from what functions the site has (or lacks), to issues with loading the site. Anyone is free to add issues they’re aware of that aren’t listed already.”

Meet the genderqueer asexual who has cataloged over a thousand mostly-queer webcomics.”

I happened to go over and check, and reader, it must have been the Sale Charts Gods looking over me, because what did I find except Raina Telgemeier’s new book Guts at the very top of the chart. Not the graphic novel bestseller list, not the kids bestseller list. THE REGULAR OLD BOOK/BOOK BESTSELLER CHARTS, with 76,216 copies sold that week. Looks like that 1 million copy first printing was a good idea.”

Just good things. (Nonbinary solidarity, great inventions, cool shadows, and more.)

“A 61-year-old person in my sample told me that they lived the vast majority of their life as though they were a gay man and was mistaken often as a drag queen after coming out. They didn’t discover nonbinary until they were in their 50s, and it was a freeing moment of understanding that nothing is wrong. They didn’t have to force themselves into the gay-man or trans-woman box — they could just be them. They described it as transcendent.

Evelyn Berezin, a computer pioneer who emancipated many a frazzled secretary from the shackles of the typewriter nearly a half-century ago by building and marketing the first computerized word processor, died on Saturday in Manhattan. […] Ms. Berezin held nine computer-related patents.”

Motto and his team had enough data to determine that their work was unprecedented in the history of suicide research. In the first two years following hospitalization, the suicide rate of the control group was nearly twice as high as that of the contact group.”

Parallax in action. (Someone put a light on a model train, then drove it around a dark room and filmed the beautiful shadows.)

“The people making these memes obviously have never seen some of the weird ass shit in old-timey photos.” (Contains B&W vintage photography of what is definitely an old-timey fursuit.)

CollegeHumor sketch: the CEO of Tumblr makes the slow-building discovery of what all the content on his site is.

By the way, if you’re on Discord, come take a look at the Comic Tea Party webcomic discussion group! They host regular chats on a variety of comics – and Leif & Thorn is scheduled for January 17.

A few more webcomic discord servers I’m on: SpiderForest Collective, Comicadia, and StArt Faire. (I sure hope all those links are current. Discord is…weird about that.)

From the Tumblr facepalm brigade

Ace Tumblr: Support asexuals and asexuality!
Me: Sure thing.
Ace Tumblr: Acephobia in the queer community is a real problem!
Me: Some people are definitely dicks about it, yeah.
Ace Tumblr: Ace people should be welcome in queer spaces!
Me: People should be chill, I’ll give you that.
Ace Tumblr: Why are people threatened by asexuality anyway? What’s the problem here?
Me: Good question.
Ace Tumblr: It’s not like our lack of sexual interest is oppressing you!
Me: It definitely isn’t!
Ace Tumblr: You know what makes us feel threatened? When people, queer and straight alike, hit on us when we aren’t interested!
Me: …
Me: Okay, that. That was it. The part where you feel unsafe because queer people are expressing their sexualities in ways you don’t like. Where queer people being attracted to someone who doesn’t return that attraction is a threat, and we ought to keep a lid on it, even in the queer spaces we’ve created for ourselves. (Specifically a threat to asexual people, too, as if un-returned attraction can’t happen to anyone else.) The part where sweet chocolatey sentiments like “be more welcoming to asexuals!” keeps turning out to have stuff like this as the icky toffee filling. That is the problem.

“People would rather imagine that they’re a beleaguered hero than that they’re creating imaginary enemies because they’re bored”

Title quoted from this Twitter conversation (Ian JQ co-develops Steven Universe, Alex Hirsch created Gravity Falls), which starts with a flat “let people draw whatever fanart they want.”

Slacktivist has a ton of posts about this phenomenon as it affects the religious right in the US. Under the tag “satanic baby-killers”, because that’s the horrifying imaginary monster that’s always getting invoked.

For the Wannabe-Progressive Kids On Tumblr version, the tag would be “problematic pedophiles.”

This latest is inspired by a Tumblr dogpile of an SU fanartist that got so bad she’s in the hospital. FFA has details. Accusations range from “she drew teenage characters in bikinis, WHAT A MONSTER” to “she didn’t draw this Jewish guy stereotypically enough, which makes it erasure” to “in the scenery of this picture, there’s an object that was copied and pasted!! Think of the artistic integrity!”

There may be one actual child predator involved in this — a guy the artist met when she was 13, who got friendly enough with her that she did at least one art request for him. I have no idea if this is legit or just another case of frothing-accusations-out-of-thin-air, but the Tumblr mob believes it…

…and they’re using it as more ammunition to harass the artist.

Because when adult male pedophiles cultivate the friendship and emotional attachment of 13-year-old girls, that’s somehow the fault of the 13-year-old girls.

Everyone involved in this needs to go sit in a quiet room and reread their own words until the reasons why this is wrong soak in. And they can’t go back on the Internet until they’re done.

Latest scrambles from Tumblr

Greasemonkey script to restore the Tumblr sidebar. It was a little bulky/long for my screen, so I downsized the font to 14pt and the line-heights to 16pt, and, look, now I can get to my sideblogs from the dashboard with a single click! Even better than before.

More various useful scripts for Tumblr users.

Would you hang out with this person IRL if you two were in the same location? Would it be weird(mentally and physically) for you to hang out with this person? If the answer is yes, unfollow their blog and step away from the situation.” How to let someone know they’ve screwed up online, especially a young someone.

“I’ve been on panels before where panelists and audience members were brave enough to share deeply personal stories of abuse and trauma and the whole room responded to their courage with respect and gratitude. I feel so deeply sorry for that panelist now, because that was not the reception she received.” How NOT to act, online and off-. Not toward trauma survivors, not toward people who write fic you don’t like, not toward ANYONE.

Five things accomplished this week

1) Got enough groceries in one trip to use a “$5 off, as long as you spend more than $50” coupon. (It required a last-minute grab of some of whatever was in the displays by the checkout. My cupboards now have unexpected trail mix. But it was free trail mix!)

2) Herded a confused pigeon out of a subway car it had accidentally walked into. Poor pigeon.

3) Sent $10 to the xkit guy. I don’t have anywhere near the resources to throw money at everyone on the Internet who deserves it, but Tumblr’s latest code push broke some of xkit’s features and highlighted just how much time and effort those features have saved me, so it felt like a moral duty to support his efforts in fixing them.

4) Reread the Narbonic archives. I originally got into it back when it was running, and it’s one of those series that’s really rewarding to read all in one shot. What a good comic.

5) Finished the week’s BICP pages nearly on time, and got an early head start on next week’s. Changing up the style for this interlude — we’ve had other flashback pages in sketchy pencil with soft greyscale shading, but this one is also being done in Photoshop rather than Paint Shop Pro, so the shading is several orders of magnitude fancier. It’s a storyline I really want to look classy.

Monday Roundup, 1/20

But I’m A Cat Person
Out of the Past (cover art | Patrick, Kara Lynn | worksafe)
A blast from the feline past (cover art | Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
It’s Good To Be In D.C. (cover art | Bennett, Cybele | worksafe)
Stu and Jess (cover art | Lake, Cohen, Patrick | worksafe)

Fake News
Shout*For, Act II, chapter 14 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, Jimmy/Tina, Tucker, Steve, others | T)
#stimmy is real (AO3 mirror) (fake Tumblr posts | “Stephen”/Jimmy, Jimmy/Tina | PG)
Paradise (or something…) by the Dashboard Lights (fic | “Stephen”/Jon, John Oliver | PG-13)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 8-12 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
The Alethiometrist on the Radio (art | Cecil, Khoshekh | worksafe)
Early daemon designs (sketch | Cecil, Khoshekh, Carlos and daemon | worksafe)
Dress-Up With Daemons (dolls/art | Cecil, Khoshekh, Carlos and daemon | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cohen’s research continues to move forward…as does his personal life, though he’s only just about to find that out.