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You Did the Thing — Fansplaining
As long as fans have been online, they’ve been shaping internet language—and internet language has been shaping fandom in turn.
essay  misc  fandom 
22 hours ago by Teogli
Notes on Birth Control and Childrearing for Fantasy Writers | melannen
I thought this one would be easy because I wrote it in a comment reply on a post many years ago, and broke the DW comment limit in the process. Twice. I always kind of wanted to expand it, polish it up and repost it here, but then I ended up rewriting a little more extensively than I'd expected, to nobody's surprise.

This is, in rough paraphrase, meant to answer the question: I want to write sexually active cis female characters in a world with pre-industrial technology, without having them be tied to childbearing and childrearing. How can I do that, realistically, without having to rely on "because magic" or "because I say so"?

So below the cuts are various ways people have used to control and limit their reproductive and childcare roles across cultures and histories. It's heavy on historical European and Mediterranean cultures - that's way easier to research if you only read European languages, and also I'm less likely to completely screw them up. But most of these things, at least in broad strokes, would apply to most human cultures more or less. Warnings for... most things you can think of regarding gender, sexuality, reproduction and/or unwanted children, and possibly a few things you can't.

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Fascinating and informative reading.
misc  info  history  worldbuilding  essay  via:blueMeridian 
july 2016 by Teogli
Why Do So Many People Think They Know the Best Way for a Woman to Live?
RT @jiatolentino: I love that new Rebecca Solnit essay so much I hotline blinged it
essay  feminism  socialissues  via:copystar 
november 2015 by Teogli
Kids these days get too much praise: Praise, validation, and encouragement | Book of Jubilation
For part of my graduate training at therapist school, I did a counselling internship in a university student resource centre. It's an interesting experience to fall back on, especially when people start ragging on millennials for being lazy and self-satisfied. The students that I saw were overwhelmingly workaholics who felt pressured to sacrifice everything at the…
misc  essay  health  socialissues 
july 2015 by Teogli
When Everything Changed... And If It Needed To - Japers' Rink
Pinpointing the day the Ovechkin Era Capitals took a turn for the worse
hockey  essay  misc 
may 2015 by Teogli
UI Press | Edward James | Lois McMaster Bujold
A full-length study of one of the most popular contemporary writers of science fiction and fantasy
bujold  books  academia  cool  essay  bookrec 
april 2015 by Teogli
Jonathan Quick, Ondrej Pavelec and the NHL's most volatile goalies - CBSSports.com
To figure this all out, I looked at every goalie that has started at least 20 games in the NHL this season and found how many starts where they had a save percentage better than .950 (I consider this a "great start" which results in their team winning more 90 percent of the time) and how many starts where they had a save percentage lower than .880 (which results in a win less than 25 percent of the time. In other words, a game where they are giving their no team almost no chance to win).

For lack of a better word, I consider these "volatile starts," and the table below takes a look at which goalies are most likely to fall into this category this season. The guys who are most likely to either be unbeatable on a given night or awful, with nothing in between.
hockey  misc  math  info  essay 
april 2015 by Teogli
Bucky Barnes and dating in the 40's. | buckycamehome
This describes a situation in which dating was more about one’s reputation than any sort of romance. It was very important not only to be seen with many dates, but with the proper people. This explains why Steve would have had such a difficult time securing a partner: being seen with someone unpopular was worse than not being seen at all. However, this gives us a clue as to how popular Bucky must have been! If he was able to leverage himself in order to get Steve dates, Bucky must have been pretty high-ranking on the dating scale. //

SUCH a cool essay.

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meta  essay  avengers  history  via:blueMeridian 
february 2015 by Teogli
elf | Underpants Gnomes vs LotR
And we are not stupid. If we could uphold our values and make tons of money, we'd be doing it. We do not need, every couple of years, some new asshat with an MBA to waltz into our spaces and announce that he has solved the puzzle we've been wrestling with for decades, and that obviously we can keep doing everything we're doing now and he'll just, I dunno, shift around a few lines of code and *poof* siphon dollars off the top while we go about our fannish business.

BECAUSE, DUDE, WE HAVE TRIED THAT. And yes, you can throw a few ads here & there, a few affiliate links to bookstores, and maybe make enough to fund the server fees. But if you want to make money, as in, quit your day job or cut it to part-time, it can only be done by immersing yourself in it and learning to enjoy dancing for pennies.* Anything else kills what makes ficfandom work in the first place.
WORD  essay  fandom  meta  publicsphere  socialissues  media  cool 
january 2015 by Teogli
Storming the Ivory Tower: Parafanfiction and Oppositional Fandom
Well, it's work that straddles the line between truth and fiction. It's the art of truthiness--it purports to be real and accomplishes certain things by hoaxing the audience but it also depends upon the revelation of its fakeness. It's not JUST a hoax that accomplishes by trickery, it's ALSO A REVEALED HOAX, which accomplishes by the revelation of the truth.

Carrie Lambert-Beatty, who coined the phrase, cites people like the Yes Men or Stephen Colbert as a good example of this. If you're not familiar with the Yes Men, they're a duo of artists who basically go around forging fake corporate or political identities that allow them to infiltrate media events in order to undermine corporate images.
misc  essay  meta  fandom  media  publicsphere  thinky 
january 2015 by Teogli
The Sundry Times, You said in an answer to an ask a while ago that traditional therapy didn't really work for you. If it's not too personal: what did help you? Because you seem to have your shit together pretty well (of course, on the internet nobody know
I hesitate to use this word because I think it’s going to be the next very-overused term, but I think what helps me boils down to mindfulness, coupled with preparedness. Awareness of your emotions, your behaviors, and the needs you have to fill while in a depressive episode — that’s mindfulness. Arranging systems to keep you going through the episode while getting everything done you need to do, that’s preparedness. And these will vary wildly from person to person.
depression  misc  essay  samstoryteller 
november 2014 by Teogli
The artist formerly known as makesmewannadie - John Berger, Ways of Seeing, Chapter 3.
This is a chapter of John Berger's Ways of Seeing (Penguin:London, 1972). I had started to type it up more than two years ago, with the strong feeling that it has so very much to say about This Thing We Do, or perhaps vice versa.
The finishing and posting of this have been sparked by brown_betty's request earlier today for comics "artwork people make where a male is put into a female pose - the one that never would have got drawn if it were male." I dont' follow comics, so I had nuthin' - but I do have this, and it's a powerfully thinky piece of writing.

John Berger, Ways of Seeing, Chapter 3.

According to usage and conventions which are at last being questioned but have by no means been overcome, the social presence of a woman is different in kind from that of a man. a man's presence is dependent of the promise of power which he embodies. If the promise is large and powerful his presence is striking. If it is small or incredible, he is found to have little presence. the promised power may be moral, physical, temperamental, economic, social, sexual - but its object is always exterior to the man. A man's presence suggest what he is capable of doing to you or for you.
meta  feminism  socialissues  media  misc  content  essay  cool 
october 2014 by Teogli
Storming the Ivory Tower: A Company of Heroes: Pacific Rim, Iron Man, Cloud Atlas, and the Power of Ensemble Casts
I'm bored of heroes but really into heroism right now.

That's kind of the quick, pithy summary of this article, I suppose. I'm bored of, to be more precise, the notion of the Exceptional Hero (nearly always straight, white, male) that a story's arc is built completely around and whose gaze we largely inhabit throughout the text.
meta  essay  media  academia 
august 2014 by Teogli
We Talked to a Dick Pic Expert About Vag Pics | VICE
Lawyer by day, dick pic critic by night, Madeleine Holden knows how to multi-task. The New Zealander is the curator and commentator behind Critique My Dick Pic (Link NSFW), a virtual Day of Reckoning for the world’s crappy dick pics, which went viral almost as soon as it began last September.
misc  publicsphere  media  pic  essay  art  feminism 
july 2014 by Teogli
that Utena Essay :: emilyenrose
Oh hey I guess you DO want to hear my thoughts on Akio and Dios and Anthy and the patriarchy! Conveniently this is basically always a thing I want to talk about, so LET’S GO.
essay  meta  Utena  !!!  good  socialissues 
july 2014 by Teogli
Ever so slightly longer but not quite as thick: Toward a quantitative literary sexology of Harry Potter fanfiction - blythely, Circe_Tigana - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Science - Fandom [Archive of Our Own]
Discussion regarding fanfiction tropes produced the observation that in one subset of Harry Potter fanfiction, "Harry/Draco slash" [HDS], Harry has a short, thick dick, while Draco's penis is long and thin. We tested the hypothesis that there was a consistent difference in how these two characters' genitalia were described. Additionally, we tested the hypothesis that slash fiction authors in this subset of fandom did not place equal emphasis on the description of testicles as compared with penii. We surveyed 100 HDS stories in online fanfiction archives and collected data on sexual description and content. Here we present the first quantitative test of fanon stereotypes and show that these explicitly sexual stories contain low levels of visual/sensory genital descriptions. Qualitative comparisons demonstrate trends in support of both hypotheses, although sample sizes prevent statistical significance. We use these findings to discuss how fanon may develop despite the incorrect assumption of perceived ubiquity.
fandom  harry/draco  meta  hp  hee!  academia  essay  crack  via:comenextmonday 
may 2014 by Teogli
What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is About Pleasure? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
One mother makes up for the gaps in sex education.

I realized why my son was confused. He was thinking “accidentally getting pregnant” was like accidentally burning yourself because you didn’t realize the stove was on.
meta  misc  essay  socialissues  publicsphere 
may 2014 by Teogli
My Shame Is TL;DR - You're Always Coming Out
We went around and around. After fifteen minutes, she was still finding new ways to ask if I might be pregnant, and I was watching time tick by and just yearning for a diagnosis already. Finally, she said, "What are you using for birth control?"

I gave up. My desire not to come out to her had lost out to my desire to be done with this question forever. "Lesbianism," I said. "I'm using lesbianism for birth control."

She nodded but did not deviate from her script. "So you're not on the pill? Did you have sex this month?"

"I only have sex with my girlfriend," I said, trying to make this whole lesbianism thing clearer. "She can't get me pregnant."

She sent me to get some blood tests. One of them was for hCG: a pregnancy test.
tfv  essay  rant  publicsphere  socialissues  meta  good  misc 
may 2014 by Teogli
The Broad Street Bullies Were Soft | mc79hockey.com
I’ve got a suspicion that in hockey, you’ve had 35 years of coaches since Fred Shero pushing for more finishing of hits, ratcheting things up.
If the “Don’t duck a hit” rule arises from a time when a bodycheck really was a way to separate a man from the puck, I’m not so sure that it’s a moral imperative when hitting’s become a punishment for having touched the puck, a price that the other team is allowed to extract from you. The circumstances in which the rule was formed no longer exist.
hockey  misc  essay  publicsphere 
may 2014 by Teogli
On Reading Canine Body Language | Book View Cafe Blog
The situation got even more interesting during the last year, when we introduced Shakir and Gayatritwo young cats to the household. One had learned that dogs were Dangerous Cat-Eating Monsters; the other hadn’t figured them out yet and decided Oka was a sort of overgrown, illiterate big brother. Watching these two, each trying to communicate in his own body language, each puzzled by the other’s response, has been fascinating.
misc  animals  cats  dog  essay 
may 2014 by Teogli
Living With Dogs: A Sense of Order | Book View Cafe Blog
We used to joke that one of the jobs our old German Shepherd Dog, Oka, had taken upon himself, was to break up any disputes – real or imagined – between the cats.

Oka’s Rules (as interpreted by his resident monkeys) included:

Cats shall not hiss at one another. Cats have razor blades on their feet and must not be closely approached.
Deborah must be accompanied to and from the laundry area in the garage.
The sole redeeming value of company is that the Evil Laser Bug comes out to play (therefore, Oka hung out in the living room, patiently watching the carpet for the first sign of the red dot.)
dog  animals  cute  misc  essay 
may 2014 by Teogli
cynsations - Guest Post: Joseph Bruchac on "You Don't Look Indian."
You don’t look like an Indian.

Ever heard anyone say that? It’s a safe bet that you have if you’re a contemporary Native American. Or, as my friends in Canada put it, a member of a First Nation.

And those were the exact words that I heard this past Saturday. Standing in front of a group of fifty sixth and seventh graders at Henry Hudson Middle School (And no, I shall not go into a rant about its namesake right now) in the Bronx
culture  socialissues  misc  essay 
may 2014 by Teogli
Teresa Frohock - Blog - being a woman and writing dark fiction--it's complicated (#SFWApro) 
As I browsed through the blurbs, I began to pick up on keywords directed toward women. The phrasing varies, but a lot of blurbs on women's fantasy contain differing versions of "they must work (or join) together." This is usually indicative of a romantic element within the story and is marketing-speak for "romance isn't the primary focus of the novel; however, there is a strong romantic element."

In order to prove my point, I'm providing a sampling of blurbs and with the keywords highlighted. If you intend to write for publication, you need to be aware of marketing techniques so you can design your blurb accordingly.
feminism  essay  books  publicsphere  socialissues  howto  publishing 
march 2014 by Teogli
Jennifer Lynn Barnes | On fandom, parasocial relationships, and what we don't know
In fiction, you frequently (though not always) have the access you need to make conclusions about characters’ mental states and motivations with a high level of certainty. Most of the time in reality, you do not—especially if the people you’re attributing mental states and intentions and dispositions to are people you do not actually know, people you are watching from afar.

I wonder if that level of engagement could potentially have very real cognitive effects on us, beyond what has already been studied. On the one hand, that kind of engagement might actually make us better at understanding people. But at the same time, I think it quite possibly increases our perceptions of how good we are at doing that, beyond what is actually possible.
fandom  meta  publicsphere  WORD  good  socialissues  essay  science 
march 2014 by Teogli
Bark Like A Fish, Damnit! - On Con Sexual Harassment – Being An Ally Is Freaky As Hell
What a person gets up to in their head, well, I'd rather not know. But when they behave in a manner that makes others uncomfortable, a note need be taken, to see if it's part of a larger pattern. This is not to say that the person can't be an intelligent, eridute, and otherwise pleasant fellow traveller, with many great accomplishments or kind acts to their name. It's just to say that "Dude, this thing you're doing is making people uncomfortable."

This is not to condemn them, but their behaviour. And it doesn't really matter that they didn't mean to, that they meant it as a compliment, that they just find the other person awesome, or that they want to get into their pants by any means available. It doesn't matter if they are Creepy McCreep with Kung-Fu ass grip and bloody cleavers, or Shyguy Awkwardson who doesn't know how to talk to girls.

"This thing you're doing is making people uncomfortable. Please be considerate enough to stop doing that." is better than "You're a creepy creep. Stop being you."

And if you think about it this way, it becomes easier to report, too, I think. It's harder to say "That guy over there is a creep", because you condemn them as a person. It's easier to say "That guy over there did this thing that was creepy" because that makes it clear it's the act you condemn.
WORD  love  good  essay  thinky  publicsphere  socialissues 
february 2014 by Teogli
sweetmusic_27: Harassment, Reviewing the Literature, and Belling The Cat
Today, because of this post and the discussion surrounding it, I'm thinking about harassment. I've been thinking about the first time I knew, really knew I was being harassed, and how sexual harassment often isn't sexual at all. I quote Gretchen, who said, "I find it interesting how many people automatically equate 'harassment' with 'sexual advances' as if it's about sex rather than power."

It was the first week of Junior High and I was in a study hall, and K, who I'd never met but was tall, dark, handsome, and wearing a football jersey, started licking his lips at me.

He asked me for my name. I told him, because I still hadn't realized what was going on. He said something, and I don't even remember exactly what it was. "You and me, Amy," I think.

I looked at him, confused, and he started jutting out his chin and making these strangely mean come-on eyes. I just sat there, slowly realizing that he wasn't into me. (Admittedly, at the time, I didn't think anyone *could* be into the fat chick with glasses in study hall who obviously dug non-required reading. I grew to learn that it was totally possible, but even then, I could tell that this wasn't it.) He wasn't even being weird in the same way as those old men. He was somehow trying to embarrass me and make me feel bad.

None of these episodes were about someone showing a real interest in me. Those episodes were very clearly about power. Those dudes wanted to step on somebody, and they made me their target. They used sex as a context, but it had nothing to do with sexual attraction, affection, relationships, none of that.
essay  publicsphere  socialissues  feminism  WORD 
february 2014 by Teogli
The Watchtower of Destruction: The Ferrett's Journal - Bring Your Own Goddamned Context, Guys: On The Latest SFWA Scandal
Look, I don’t know Michael Resnick and Barry Malzberg – nor should I have to in order to parse their essays properly. As writers, they above all people oughtta know that when someone’s reading you, you should not expect them to understand intent, but rather what you put on the goddamned page.

And I for one am sick of the idea that one can only interpret a given blog post via the rose-colored filter of knowing someone. As anyone who knows me, I have stuck my foot in my mouth monstrously on more than a few occasions. And when I have misrepresented myself so grievously, it is not the reader’s fault. It is my fault for failing to provide my own context.
Look, the SFWA Bulletin should be a place for everybody. You wanna rail about politics? You’re a writer, get a blog. But I think a central place for SFWA’s membership should offend no one – not because I think that debates should not be had, but because I think there are appropriate places for debates. You’re a dick if you start spouting your Ayn Rand bullshit at a kid’s birthday party. You’re choady if you start spouting your pro-Obamacare beliefs in the middle of someone’s date.
publicsphere  interwebsthink  essay  WORD 
february 2014 by Teogli
Bullish Life: When Men Are Too Emotional To Have A Rational Argument : GetBullish
What I want to talk about is how emotional outbursts typically more associated with men (shouting, expressing anger openly) are given a pass in public discourse in a way that emotional outbursts typically more associated with women (crying, “getting upset”) are stigmatized.

The way most “debates” happen, on television and otherwise, is like beginning a writing contest by making all the writers physically fight each other for paper. Obviously, writers who don’t get any paper are the worst writers, right?
feminism  socialissues  publicsphere  essay  WORD 
december 2013 by Teogli
When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege — Get Bullish — Medium
He believes his fun evening provides a lesson for us all: “Don’t break the laws. Don’t kill people. Don’t steal. But most other rules can be bent.”

James Altucher thinks he has written an article about “getting everything you want.” He has actually written an article about white privilege. (And probably class privilege, and male privilege, and maybe some others.)
misc  essay  socialissues 
december 2013 by Teogli
A Theory of Ice: On Luck, and Scale
To do their work, to conduct their lives, to perform at the high level they do, they have to believe in the efficacy of their choices. To believe that they are not coins or dice, that it is possible for them to make good and bad decisions that can make the difference between a win and a loss. They have to believe not in what is quantifiable but in what is visible, or more accurately, doable. What might be true of thousand-game hockey is as relevant, in the middle of a shift, as what might be true of Narnian hockey, for what concerns them is not what would win some slim majority of a thousand games, but what will win this game.
writing  hockey  thinky  WORD  ellenetchingham  essay  philosophic  misc 
november 2013 by Teogli
A Theory of Ice: On Clutch and Choking
Alas, for you dear reader, I am not Michael Lewis. I am but a lowly peon of hockey philosophy, and I have no dramatics to offer. But I do have a hypothesis, which suggests that clutchness is both a real human characteristic and one seldom realized, and also features some hard-core, peer-reviewed, electrode-hatted brain-scannery, which is rather more than most of my hockey hypotheses have to offer.

This hypothesis is not really a hypothesis about clutchitutde, but rather, a hypothesis about choking.
So the hypothesis goes something like this: incentives bring on an impulse to try harder, trying harder brings on careful attention to process, and careful attention to process actually impedes the smooth performance of expert-level skills.

Which, think about it, is also a mindfuck for the Protestant Work Ethic, but we won’t get into that.
essay  misc  hockey  ellenetchingham  cool  science 
november 2013 by Teogli
A Theory of Ice: Epistemology is a Bitch
But the statisticians are damn near the only ones in this game who maintain any strict standards of epistemological honesty, and I’m afraid more and more that the assertion of faith in ‘intangibles’ is just an excuse for unfounded speculation on the character of people we do not know. It is a serious thing to sit in judgment of a stranger’s habits, his courage, his intelligence. His heart! My God, we go around thinking we are qualified, based on a few hours of game footage and a few bland interviews, to determine the measure of a man’s love for the game. Has it ever occurred to you, reader- and I ask this sincerely- what unforgivable hubris that is? What complete and utter fantasy most fan opinions of that kind must be?

These days I cannot so much as hear of Alexei Kovalev without thinking I need to send the man a Hallmark apology and a dozen roses in whatever color is most suggestive of regret, but they don’t have a card for “I’m sorry I called you lazy and disinterested and enigmatic when in reality you’re probably just not quite as good of a player as I wanted you to be, and didn’t express yourself in the cultural idiom to which I am accustomed,” and I haven’t got the budget for roses.
essay  hockey  WORD  cool  ellenetchingham  good  misc  philosophic  thinky  socialissues 
november 2013 by Teogli
Is there a Truly Great General Manager in the NHL? - Arctic Ice Hockey
As far as the NHL goes, it took a few seasons, but the league has to a great extent adjusted to the salary cap. Some teams - New York and Toronto - can circumvent it, but for the most part, teams that overspend or make big free agent mistakes pay for it. So has any general manager truly "figured it out"? And by "figured it out", I mean has anyone consistently built one the top three or four teams in the league without benefiting either from his predecessor's drafting or from multiple high draft picks and without spending to the salary cap?
essay  hockey  misc 
november 2013 by Teogli
A Theory of Ice: Get There From Here
It is generally bad form to try to talk people out of their team loyalties. Not that loyalty should never be questioned, but a fan’s feelings for their team are personal, complicated things that often have their basis in childhood dreams and family relationships and other such areas that outsiders oughtn’t muck about in. Asking someone to give up their team is like asking them to put aside their religion or their homeland- doesn’t matter whether they should, because often they can’t.

Even in Toronto, people do not try to talk me out of the Canadiens. They’ll trash the team left and right in no uncertain terms, but they seem to take it for granted that a Habs fan is a distinct species which could no more convert to the Leafs than a lemur could convert to a gorilla. So I find it a bit surprising when the gentleman in the Oilers jersey, having met me for the first time literally the period before, takes it upon himself to try to convince me that the Canadiens are not worth my time.
misc  essay  hockey  ellenetchingham 
november 2013 by Teogli
Systems Analyst: The Blackhawks 3-on-0, and why turnovers at the blue are less than ideal | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
What nobody predicted, was a clean Blackhawks 3-on-0 – if you’re unfamiliar with the lingo, that is three offensive players against zero skaters, just a goalie – to open the scoring in the first period.

In an ESPN recap, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville had this to say:

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a 3-on-0 in our league.”

essay  cool  info  misc  hockey  gif  video  fun 
november 2013 by Teogli
Attention, Space Cadets: Do Not Proposition Women in the Elevator | Focal Point | Big Think
In a recent vlog, Skepchick Rebecca Watson had some friendly advice for male skeptics seeking to make women feel comfortable and welcome at skeptical gatherings. She mentioned, offhandedly, that during a recent conference in Dublin, a guy followed her into the elevator at 4:00am and invited her back to his room for coffee. His overture was not well received:

Um, just a word to wise here, guys, uh, don't do that.
feminism  socialissues  essay  misc 
october 2013 by Teogli
FYGIRLCRUSH :: Why I Fucking Love Teenage Girls
A few months ago, I went to a big family gathering at my grandparents’s house and ran into a cousin of mine. She seemed much older than the last time I had seen her (oh, the passage of time), so I asked her what age she was. She replied, “Oh, I’m fifteen.” And my immediate reaction?

“Oh my god, I am so sorry.”

One of the most popular ways people like to hate teenage girls is to complain about their “insane” crushes on boy band members. Now, let me fucking tell you something: those big dumb crushes are what helps a teenage girl develop her sexuality in a safe environment that she can control. In her world, she can listen to One Direction and hear all these songs about how great she is, and how much these cute non-threatening boys want to make her feel special. Why is this so important? Because no one is pushing them. There’s no fourteen year old boy shoving his clammy hands down your shirt without your consent. These fantasy boys are not convincing a girl to send naked pictures, only to show all their friends and call her a slut. In the fantasy land of boy bands, the girl has all the power. And we need to stop judging them for wanting to escape into that.
feminism  essay  misc 
october 2013 by Teogli
History Lessons: On General Managers, Rats, and Art Ross’s Teeth | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
I would like to present for your consideration today the illustrative case study of one Arthur Howey Ross. Now, if you are not a Bruins fan, you are probably primarily aware of Art Ross as a large silver punch-bowl given annually to the NHL player scoring the most points in a season. This is because Art-Ross-the-Manager donated Art-Ross-the-Punch-Bowl in 1947 so that A) everyone would remember his name forever, and B) said name would be associated with the glory of spectacular scoring performances and disassociated from the various crazy things he actually did.
history  hockey  misc  essay  ellenetchingham 
october 2013 by Teogli
History Lessons: Leagues of the Northern Wilds | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
In the early years of hockey, there were a number of alternate leagues that competed with the NHL, the NHA, and its earlier forbears. One of the most awesome of these was the IHL.

I fucking love the IHL. If hockey in North America can largely be understood as the competition of two different traditions, the staid and the wild, the IHL was the first wild hockey league. It was a league with both its middle fingers raised at the hockey establishment of its day, a place for the rebels and outcasts of the game. In a time when hockey was overwhelmingly conservative and conventional, the IHL was experimental and entrepreneurial. It was populist. It was fun.
hockey  essay  misc  history 
october 2013 by Teogli
More on the advantages of puck possession over dump and chase | NHLNumbers.com
A few days ago, I presented some of what we were able to learn from Geoff Detweiler's data tracking the Flyers' zone entries in 2011-12. One of the things I noted is that carrying the puck into the offensive zone generates a lot more offense than dumping the puck in.
misc  essay  hockey 
october 2013 by Teogli
seperis | movie: x-men first class
Erik sacrificed his best friend for a philosophical ideal; he can't back down from that. So he has to prove himself right, because otherwise, he'd have to ask an uncomfortable question that Charles will always struggle with and will one day end up with Magneto strapping a seventeen year old girl into a device that will kill her and an entire city; the difference in philosophy that asks if there's a practical difference between murder and sacrifice when the life that hangs in the balance doesn't have the option to make a choice.

It started on a submarine, where Erik Lensherr looked into the eyes of his best friend who said, I don't want to be a murderer, and tells him with a helmet, Too bad. I'm going to make you one.
meta  essay  xmen  seperis 
september 2013 by Teogli
Tolerance For Intolerance: Boycotting Ender’s Game « terribleminds: chuck wendig
Ender’s Game is one of my favorite books from high school.

The movie looks pretty rad.

I love Harrison Ford.

I like shiny things and smart science-fiction.

And yet, I’m not going to go see Ender’s Game.

Orson Scott Card has toxic politics shot through with not merely a thread but a full-on threaded steel cable of bigotry and ignorance. And so, I’m gonna boycott the film. Now, to clarify, I’m not saying you should or have to do the same. You do as you like. No harm, no foul.

But I thought I’d highlight why I’m gonna boycott.

First, I don’t want to reward bigotry. Particularly financially.

I do believe that we must be able to separate out an artist from his art — at least in the sense of being willing to appreciate art despite the apparent jerkiness of the author or artist. Still, what OSC supports isn’t just him being a jerk: like I said, this is some high-octaine toxicity. This isn’t just him being anti-gay marriage. It’s him making troubling assertions about homosexuality. It’s him supporting that with his money. It’s him being an active political figure and fighting against human rights with his voice, his art, and his money.
essay  socialissues  fandom  WORD 
september 2013 by Teogli
“Rolling papers?” he asked.


“Are those rolling papers?” There were about five super-flat packets of Stride gum in the back of my glove compartment.

I pulled them out and put them in the trooper’s hand, which he inspected with his partner as if the two of them had never seen a pack of gum before, and I was let off with a warning and sent on my way.

And as I drove away, I took those packets of gum and threw them in my book bag. How stupid, I immediately thought, for keeping them in there. I should have known they looked like rolling papers.

It wasn’t until I got back to my dorm room that I was amazed that in that encounter, I somehow felt guilty, like I had done something wrong for having gum in my car. There are people who will argue that if only Trayvon Martin had declined to hit George Zimmerman after he was a) hit first, or b) approached, or c) followed, depending on which version of the story you believe, or if Trayvon hadn’t been wearing that hoodie, despite the adverse weather conditions, he’d still be alive. Sure, he wasn’t guilty of anything really, but he could have made life easier for himself by maybe not acting or looking so, I don’t know, bla—intimidating?
essay  socialissues  WORD 
september 2013 by Teogli
Coding Horror: The Bad Apple: Group Poison
A recent episode of This American Life interviewed Will Felps, a professor who conducted a sociological experiment demonstrating the surprisingly powerful effect of bad apples.

Groups of four college students were organized into teams and given a task to complete some basic management decisions in 45 minutes. To motivate the teams, they're told that whichever team performs best will be awarded $100 per person. What they don't know, however, is that in some of the groups, the fourth member of their team isn't a student. He's an actor hired to play a bad apple, one of these personality types:
misc  socialissues  essay  short 
september 2013 by Teogli
Onstage, though, it was like a fucking dam had broken. Michelle lectured us all, at length, on how 80% of the content written for women is by guys, and how they don't know shit. "Dudes, I love dudes," I remember her saying, "But they don't know how to write for women." Maggie Q talked about how, as an Asian-American actress, everyone expects her to be quiet and demure and also know how to do kung-fu in heels. Danai Gurira actually used the phrase "white male privilege." In a room full of 6,000 Marvel fanboys! Male privilege.
meta  essay  fandom  feminism  media  socialissues  WORD 
september 2013 by Teogli
I hate Strong Female Characters
Is Sherlock Holmes strong? It’s not just that the answer is “of course”, it’s that it’s the wrong question.

What happens when one tries to fit other iconic male heroes into an imaginary “Strong Male Character” box? A few fit reasonably well, but many look cramped and bewildered in there. They’re not used to this kind of confinement, poor things. They’re used to being interesting across more than one axis and in more than two dimensions.

I want to do it one more time point out two things that Richard has, that Bond and Captain America and Batman also have, that Peggy, however strong she is, cannot attain. They are very simple things, even more fundamental than “agency”.

1) Richard has the spotlight. However weak or distressed or passive he may be, he’s the main goddamn character.

2) Richard has huge range of other characters of his own gender around him, so that he never has to act as any kind of ambassador or representative for maleness. Even dethroned and imprisoned, he is free to be uniquely himself.

It’s rare enough for a female character to get the first, and even rarer for her to get the second. Just look at the cast list of 2010’s Salt, say. Angelina Jolie plus dudes.
feminism  media  publicsphere  socialissues  essay  meta  WORD 
september 2013 by Teogli
EVERYONE PARTY, it's time for Sam's Guide to Job Hunting!
It's important to note at the outset, though, that the specifics of this system may not work for everyone. You have to find what works for you. That being said, this system is designed to minimize the amount of a) work and b) thinking you have to do. The latter is important because thinking is hard and causes anxiety and if you have depression, you are likely to find any reason you can not to think. This isn't a character flaw; it's brain chemistry. So. Minimal thinking required. Whatever your system, spend each day wondering "how can I do less work?" and you will find yourself getting more done.
misc  howto  info  essay  publicsphere  good  !!!  samstoryteller  resources 
september 2013 by Teogli
Don’t Fly During Ramadan
A couple of weeks ago, I was scheduled to take a trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on JetBlue. Every year, my family goes on a one-week pilgrimage, where we put our work on hold and spend time visiting temples, praying, and spending time with family and friends. To my Jewish friends, I often explain this trip as vaguely similar to the Sabbath, except we take one week of rest per year, rather than one day per week.

Our family is not Muslim, but by coincidence, this year, our trip happened to be during the last week of Ramadan.

Even though I hadn’t decorated the apartment yet, in accordance with Hindu custom, I taped a single photograph to the wall in my bedroom — a long-haired saint with his hands outstretched in pronam (a sign of reverence and respect).
socialissues  publicsphere  misc  essay 
august 2013 by Teogli
Why I Never Play Hard To Get
In her article No Means No: A Lesson In Consent For All Ages, Jackie Klein calls for the conversation on rape prevention to include a deeper discussion on the issue of consent, starting with educating children at a young age that No really does mean No. A few weeks after Klein’s post, Rhiannon Payne posted a follow-up on the Feminspire vlog, elaborating: “I don’t know means No. I’m drunk means No. Maybe means No. I don’t seem into it means No.” In short, “Don’t try to convince me to sleep with you.”
feminism  essay  WORD  publicsphere 
august 2013 by Teogli
BBC News - Is there a tech solution for hatred of women?
Since I've been on the trail of the people threatening high-profile women with rape on Twitter I've learned a lot. I get a fair amount of grief on social media, usually from the kind of people who get driven to using the F-word about Keynesianism, or the Laffer curve.
feminism  publicsphere  misc  essay 
august 2013 by Teogli
Misogynist Trolls Have An Agenda, And It’s Not Lulz | The Raw Story
The Twitter harassment campaign directed at women who had the nerve—the nerve!—to support putting a nobody like Jane Austen on the ten pound note has opened up another round of discourse about what to do about the trolls. I think this time it’s been particularly helpful, because losing your shit and deciding to threaten to rape women over one of the most important novelists of all time receiving an honor due her is so utterly and undeniably misogynist that it basically sails right past one of the most sticking problems feminist face when discussing misogyny: The people who believe that all other possible options, no matter how ridiculous, must be exhausted before we can firmly declare someone’s motivations to be misogynist. (“I wouldn’t say it’s sexist,” the concerned man explains to the exhausted feminist who is dealing with the umpteenth straggly-haired fuckwit defending sexual harassment she’s seen this week, “Perhaps he’s a space alien and in his culture, having someone grab their balls and waggle their tongue at you is considered polite flirtation.”)

West is right; it’s time to stop thinking of trolls as idiots who are just seeking attention, and see them for what they are: Misogynists with a political agenda. These are men that absolutely do not want to live in a society where women are treated equally, and they are obsessed with silencing the women online whose writings they rightfully fear are going to help push society in a more feminist direction. They want to harass feminists into silence.
feminism  misc  essay  publicsphere 
august 2013 by Teogli
The Guest House is a LIE: A PSA - Solarcat - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Being a probably-incomplete but possibly mostly-factual reference guide to the living situation of one Sidney Crosby (Captain, Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL). With annotated pictorial references.


This PSA was originally posted to Tumblr probably about a month ago (I'm sure there's a way to tell, but I fail at Tumblr, so we'll just call it a month...), after I had the startling revelation that Mario's guesthouse is a dirty, dirty lie, and felt the need to apply ~*RESEARCH*~ to back up my findings. It's now being reposted here to the AO3, because the AO3 offers such benefits as truly static links and easier bookmarking. Minor edits have been made since the original posting, mostly to clean up formatting.

I apologize again for Jossing the entire fandom. /0\
hockeyrpf  sid  meta  fandom  stylish  pic  essay  short  cute 
august 2013 by Teogli
Hyperbole and a Half: Depression Part Two
It's weird for people who still have feelings to be around depressed people. They try to help you have feelings again so things can go back to normal, and it's frustrating for them when that doesn't happen. From their perspective, it seems like there has got to be some untapped source of happiness within you that you've simply lost track of, and if you could just see how beautiful things are...

It would be like having a bunch of dead fish, but no one around you will acknowledge that the fish are dead. Instead, they offer to help you look for the fish or try to help you figure out why they disappeared.
comic  depression  essay  misc  WORD 
august 2013 by Teogli
Why Can't Canada Win the Stanley Cup? - NYTimes.com
The N.H.L.’s conference finals will begin on Saturday, and fans in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh can still dream of a Stanley Cup championship. But this year is an unhappy anniversary for America’s northerly neighbor. It is 20 years since the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings to win the 1993 Stanley Cup; no Canadian team has won the championship since.

Just how unlikely has Canada’s Stanley Cup drought been? And is there anything in the league’s economics that might help to explain it?
hockey  info  misc  essay  math  via:puckling 
june 2013 by Teogli
Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet — Fandom as Inhabitation of Negative Space*
Basically, an ellipsis is a break in a narrative or in dialogue. Sometimes it’s used for naturalism, or for deliberate ambiguity, and sometimes it’s used to excise “boring parts.” F’r instance, how many times do we see people eating, doing laundry, or taking a shower unless the scene is actually about something else? Whether we go through someone’s ordinary day in order to contrast it with a day that isn’t ordinary, or whether the only shower scene in a movie is about ~emotional turmoil~ (or, okay, sex), we rarely see the boring stuff happen unless it has a secret purpose beyond that.

But the funny thing about that is we (as readers/viewers) sometimes miss out on information that might have been interesting. The author didn’t think it was, but fans? Most fans will soak up content like a sponge (see: LotR extended editions, cutscenes, etc). And so we’re likely to ask ridiculous questions like “What is laundry day like at Avengers Tower?” - not because it’s important to the narrative, but because we’re curious.

Not to mention: every narrator is an unreliable narrator. Especially the ones who seem the most straightforward. Which means there are a wealth of stories not being told hiding right behind the story that is.

Which, I think, gives an inkling of the primary difference between original fic and fanfic: original fic is declarative, saying “here is the story, these are the important events and characters and aspects of the world,” while fanfic is exploratory (even when it’s got a cracking good plot).
meta  fandom  essay  misc  cool 
june 2013 by Teogli
WTF, Leafs: How Do You Beat the Boston Bruins? (Or at Least Come Super Close) - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
I floated a version of the question — What the hell happened in that Leafs series? — on Twitter a few nights ago. Here are some of the most common theories I got back in response, and my thoughts on whether there could be some truth to them.

The theory: Obviously the Leafs are the second-best team in the league!

The explanation: Right now, the Bruins look like the best team in the league. And since the Leafs were the only team to come close to beating them, then logically that would mean …

Does it make sense?: No. Also, this is stupid. Next.
misc  essay  hockey 
june 2013 by Teogli
lightgetsin | Essay: Do I Do It For You? Service Kink and Disability
My point is that service is a kink often deployed to empower the person receiving service, whereas in reality, being the recipient of service as a person with a disability can be intensely disempowering. But some of the best stories I’ve read in this space explore how that does not need to be true. Receiving service related to disability can be hugely empowering – “I choose to allow you to do this for me,” “I trust you and you alone to do this intimate thing for my body,” “I choose him and her, but not you, you may not.”
essay  meta  socialissues  fandom  kink! 
june 2013 by Teogli
lightgetsin | Eating the tater tot: an existential monologue
Before there was the Doodledog, there was T, my first working dog. T was this giant, woolly, soft-mouthed golden retriever. (Giant for me, that is – turns out my ideal weight for a working dog is 60 pounds, max.)

So T, she was not very food-motivated, not like the Doodledog, who would cheerfully dance across hot coals for a single piece of kibble without even noticing. But T liked the idea of food, and she was a champion golden retriever beggar. You know, the eyes that say I haven't been fed for seventeen years. I'm only six, which makes it even worse, don't you think?

So one night when she was six she was sitting next to me at dinner doing this. And I said to her, "okay, you know what? When you retire, I will give you a tater tot."
misc  essay  dog 
june 2013 by Teogli
How You Play the Game | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
This is perhaps the great gift that a recognition of hockey’s unfairness can give us: a chance to see clearly what is important in the game other than winning. A lot of the arguments we tag with “… so you can win more” at the end aren’t really about winning anyway. They’re expressions of aesthetic preference, or community feeling, or market necessity, or any one of a hundred different values that people bring to hockey and then disavow.
essay  hockey  hockeyrpf  misc  meta 
may 2013 by Teogli
Just ‘Cause You Feel It Doesn’t Mean It’s There | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
we felt as though we were in love and would be in love forever and would grow up and buy a house and have babies and happily ever after. I felt that, and he felt it too, and it was real, I guess, insofar as feelings can be real. But as far as really-real goes, we were fifteen, very stupid, and not at all in love, and as for houses and babies and forevers, I have none of those things, nor any idea what became of him.

What, is that a silly example? Of course it is. It’s so patently obvious that such feelings have no direct causal impact on the future that it seems ridiculous to even mention it. Yet, if I was a large man and I was telling a story about how me and my teammate stared into each other’s eyes with steely intensity and felt as though we would win this game because no way we lose to that kind of team, I could get thousands of dollars and a job on TV. ::::: We need ex-players to come on TV and talk to us about feelings. We need the testimony of witnesses to tell us what it’s like to be in the places we can’t go and how it was in the times before we were born. We don’t need this because it tells us why the Habs lost, and in fact such functional applications are an impoverished use of narratives that could aspire to so much more.
good  essay  cool  WORD  hockey  meta  hockeyrpf 
may 2013 by Teogli
lightgetsin: my sports nutrition feels
So this article is making the rounds of the hockey twitters, and I am so glad, because I have been ranting about this for months and at last! At last people are listening! 'This' being the way people write about food and nutrition in hockey fic.

In most stories, the references to nutrition are so far off base they're bad worldbuilding. Bad worldbuilding doesn't make me want to slam my head into walls and scream, though.

But When writers get this wrong, I take it personally.
primer  hockey  hockeyrpf  misc  food  essay  worldbuilding 
may 2013 by Teogli
Hannibal Lecter and the subversion of the Male Gaze - Chillin' with villains
Let’s talk Hannibal and feminism for a second.
Specifically, let’s talk about what makes Lecter’s character so appealing to a female audience and why that makes so many people uncomfortable.
meta  gender  feminism  socialissues  essay  fandom 
may 2013 by Teogli
Making Light: Follow the money
I believe I’ve identified a new variant of the vanity publishing scam. More than one publisher appears to be using it, so I’ll do a generalized description. It has a couple of interesting structural novelties. For starters, it’s configured to avoid setting off one of our most basic alarms.
For years now, we’ve been dinning Yog’s Law into young writers’ heads: Money always flows toward the writer. Alternate version: The only place an author should sign a check is on the back, when they endorse it.
books  publishing  misc  essay  rant 
april 2013 by Teogli
Things I Won't Work With: Dioxygen Difluoride. In the Pipeline:
The latest addition to the long list of chemicals that I never hope to encounter takes us back to the wonderful world of fluorine chemistry. I'm always struck by how much work has taken place in that field, how long ago some of it was first done, and how many violently hideous compounds have been carefully studied
science  cool  misc  essay 
april 2013 by Teogli
A Beautiful Game: Eight Disjointed Thoughts on Aesthetics in Hockey | Backhand Shelf | Blogs | theScore.com
The skills and qualities that fans, coaches, and pundits express the most affection for are not skill, grace and the ability to make extraordinary plays. They’re toughness, grit, hustle, and truculence. NHL hockey idolizes those who hit, fight, block, backcheck, muck, grind, and otherwise engage in the sort of behaviors that slow the game, take away space, and punish offensive creativity. Every time you see a huge open ice hit against a puck carrier in the process of trying to make a fancy play, you see beautiful hockey dying.
Hockey is a sport where the creative geniuses are supposed to be humble and effacing about their abilities, while grinders get to be self-righteous about their style of play. It’s been that way since your grandfather was a boy.
hockey  meta  essay  misc 
april 2013 by Teogli
Not in Public! » Almost Diamonds
Going public also tells any guys who engage in this behavior, thinkingly or unthinkingly, with intent to exclude or not, that people object to their behavior. It provides yet more opportunities for education on why there are objections, for which there is a seemingly endless requirement. It gives other guys those valuable opportunities to say, “Yeah, I’m not cool with this behavior either.”

All of these are political. So is the pressure to keep things private.

Amanda Blum wants people to keep these things private because she doesn’t want them to affect her. “Adria reinforced the idea of us as threats to men, as unreasonable, as hard to work with… as bitches.” Rather than go after the idea that all women are alike, Blum puts the onus on Richards to act the way Blum wants women to be viewed. This is a choice with deep political ramifications, even if it’s motivated by personal animosity.
essay  publicsphere  socialissues  feminism  misc 
march 2013 by Teogli
While I certainly advocate that women stand up for themselves in these situations when feasible (obviously every situation is different), I also think it is crucially important to understand why women often do not.
But what people too often forget is that ambiguity also operates a shield for the guilty and a way to deflect attempts by women to address and put an end to troubling conduct before it escalates. We are quick to give the accused the benefit of the doubt, but we are often similarly quick to dismiss claims by women who have not swooped in to correct ambiguous conduct at the very outset before it turns into something worse.
essay  socialissues  feminism 
march 2013 by Teogli
The Secret History of Star Wars
Nature of the Beast: De-Centralization and the Star Wars Screenwriting Process in Critical Perspective
history  movies  essay  media  starwars  misc  meta 
february 2013 by Teogli
throw another bear in the canoe - did I get any on you?
Which brings us to the issue of aesthetics. Can science fiction be beautifully written? Can beautifully written stories cook along at a high rate of speed? Can one maintain a literary and a pulp sensibility simultaneously, in other words? (If one's really ambitious, can one get an eloquent sense of character in there, too?)
scifi  writing  books  misc  meta  essay 
february 2013 by Teogli
Notes from the Labyrinth - Due South: Pilot
It's a role which he uses deliberately and with somewhat malicious aforethought. Inspector Moffat's speech about being underestimated is utterly preaching to the choir, because that seems to be the only way Fraser has to work the interface with society.

And one of the things the pilot proves is that actually, his strategy works very well.

He does the same thing to Ray Vecchio in their first meeting. ("The dead Mountie was my father.") Once again, the moral high ground and control of the interaction is in Fraser's hands. Which is where Fraser wants them.
dS  meta  essay  character 
february 2013 by Teogli
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