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alibi_factory: A Partial Map of Your TARDIS (Subject to Change)
SUMMARY: What it says on the tin.
GENRE: gen, 11th Doctor-era-ish
RATING: Totally safe for work or library viewing.
WARNING: large images and many of them.
art:fanart  tv:doctorwho  genre:gen  rating:g  LOLZ  meta  @lj 
march 2013 by scorpionvoices
teen wolf coffee orders!
Mama McCall: Depends on the time of day. If it’s just before an early shift, she’ll have a dark roast with room for cream; if it’s just before a night shift, she’ll have a triple-shot mocha. If it’s just after a rough shift, she’ll have “Whatever the hell will be fastest, I have twelve hours before I have to get back to the hospital and a kid to see.” If it’s autumn, she’ll have a pumpkin spice latte, because fuck you, pumpkin spice lattes are delicious.

Papa Stilinski: Has discovered that Stiles has not yet discovered that he can order a milkshake without getting ratted on by concerned citizens if he just does it at a coffee place. Call them whatever you want—frappawhatsits, happy blender accidents, he doesn’t care. They’re milkshakes, and they’re his little secret, alright?

Finstock: GODDAMN IT, GREENBERG, THIS ISN’T WHAT I ORDERED
meta  tv:teenwolf  c:teenwolf:ensemble  genre:crackish  hilarity  author:gyzym  @tumblr 
january 2013 by scorpionvoices
Christ, It Works for Everything
It was recently theorized that all New Yorker cartoons could be captioned with “Christ, what an asshole” without compromising their comedic value.

I discovered this is true of virtually all comics, old and new
comic  humor  meta 
january 2013 by scorpionvoices
If Dr. Seuss Books Were Titled According to Their...
If Dr. Seuss Books Were Titled According to Their Subtexts
humor  meta  @tumblr 
january 2013 by scorpionvoices
night revelations • Jeff Davis is an Enlightenment Writer
So anyway, if you accept that the way Davis writes is in the Enlightenment style, then you have to accept that Scott is the Enlightenment Hero, who is ultimately good hearted and tries to save everyone. Who makes mistakes, but learns from them, and most importantly to the show, is always morally correct in everything he does (even when he makes a horrible mistake and must learn from it, his heart was in the right place). He’s an idealist who earnestly tries.

Meanwhile, at the same time, Jeff Davis is writing Derek as a Romantic Hero - the guy who rejects social norms. He is the alien who lives in the burned out hulk of his former home and doesn’t trust anyone. He’s a Heathcliff whose Katherine betrayed him completely. He’s the visceral embodiment of nature in all its brutality, while Scott is the example of society with all it’s promise because ultimately Jeff Davis is a believer in the Enlightenment school who wants happy endings and uptopias and worlds without sexism or homophobia. So of course Derek is going to get shafted while Scott gets heaped with glory. That’s the story Jeff Davis is telling. The Enlightment Hero and the Romantic Hero are always at odds with each other because they stand for completely opposite views on society and the human race.
meta  tv:teenwolf  @tumblr  opinion:interesting  opinion:awesome  for-kayla 
january 2013 by scorpionvoices
Leupagus
#love this for so many reasons #thor probably just found out that bruce turns into the hulk #and he literally met bruce hours ago #and everyone else who has known bruce just sees him as the hulk #but thor sees him as bruce banner #not the monster #he knows bruce somewhere in there#that the hulk isn’t just a mindless beast #and to make this even more feelsy#this is just like how he treats loki #everyone else sees loki as a psychotic menace #and thor is the only one who tries to reason with him instead of just attacking #this is why i hate it when people say thor is just all muscle and looks #he is so much more #he’s the only one who’s given the ‘monsters’ a chance to redeem themselves #and to me #thats one of the most heroic things someone can ever do
u:marvel  m:Avengers12  meta  gif{s}  c:avengers:bruce  c:avengers:thor  characterstudy  @tumblr 
september 2012 by scorpionvoices
AND NOW, BLACK WIDOW META.
So, since we’re talking Natasha in MCU here (I could use the comics, but since it would take all day and involve my Extensive And Uncontrollable Bucky Barnes Emotions, let’s not), we’re going to jump back for a second and look at Iron Man 2. Here is some shit Natasha Romanov deals with in that movie: recoding killer Mickey Rourke robots; schooling Sam Rockwell’s killer ass; spying to the tune of a drunk billionaire in a super suit destroying his house to give his buddy a present; knocking out an entire team of highly trained security guards in the time it takes poor Happy Hogan to pull a Mike Tyson on that one dude; doing a psychological profile of Tony Stark, which, for real, WORST job; dealing with all her SHIELD orders and managing Tony and Pepper’s lives; DO I NEED TO GO ON. And the only time we see her wrong-footed, even for a second, is when Tony shoves his sorry, self-destructive ass into that race car. Pepper demands to know if Natasha knew about this, and Natasha’s response—in one of her more emotional moments of that film, given that she’s visibly uncomfortable to admit it—is, “This is the first that I’ve known of it.” She says it like she wishes she didn’t have to; it’s both almost apologetic and almost furious, indicating that Natasha hates surprises and goes out of her way to avoid dealing with them most of the time.
author:gyzym  meta  m:ironman  m:Avengers12  c:avengers:natasha  opinion:awesome  @tumblr 
may 2012 by scorpionvoices
foxxcub: it's this thing we like to call ourselves.
Lately some people on my flist have been asking who everyone's favorite Avenger is. Well, I'm here to say that I REFUSE YOUR CONFORMITY AND CHOOSE EVERYONE!! I've been meaning to write this forever, since around the second or third viewing of the movie. And, uh, since I just saw it for the 7th time yesterday (SHUT UP) I still have A LOT of feelings about...well, EVERYONE. So I've made a list. A list of why everyone is awesome and you should love them.
author:foxxcub  meta  post:reaction  m:Avengers12  humor  @lj 
may 2012 by scorpionvoices
Covalency and Affinity: An Essay on Pairing Popularity - Saucery - Meta - Fandom [Archive of Our Own]
Why do some ships become so much more popular than others?

My one-sentence theory is: some ships fit into neat binary grooves in our minds. (Derrida-style.) Those ships are the most popular.

To elaborate, each person in the pairing is an archetypal balancing factor for the other. Take the most popular ship of all, Kirk/Spock. Kirk = Instinct. Spock = Logic. That's a binary pairing, right there. It's what Lacan would call a "dual-entry matrix". Basically, it's a psychological impetus, not only for the characters but for the shippers; there's gotta be binary action going on, there. Something to deconstruct.

When it comes to fannish shipping, deconstruction means making two seemingly "opposite" personalities discover compatibility. (Harmony.) Or, in lay terms, some kinda yin-yang love-fu. For example: Fraser (Discipline)/Kowalski (Brashness). Or Stiles (Empathy;Randomness)/Derek (Menace;Focus). Or Eames (Fluidity)/Arthur (Solidity). Or Loki (Deceit)/Thor (Honor). Or Steve (Responsibility;Prudishness)/Tony (Irreverence;Promiscuity).

See, it's about chemistry. What does chemistry mean? Incompleteness. True chemistry has to be about give-and-take. Both characters have to lack something that is present in the other. And those qualities must react to each other. Like, uh, covalent bonds. Or elective affinities. #NERDMOMENT But seriously. There has to be a mutual spark.
meta  thetruthaboutfandom  author:saucery  opinion:awesome  @ao3 
may 2012 by scorpionvoices
shoot a star on the boulevard | The Ballad of the Son of Coul (and Also Barton)
So this is about why I love Phil and Clint both more after the movie, and why I am even more convinced they would be good together even though they never speak. You might want to get some snacks. We’re going to be here a while.
meta  m:Avengers12  c:avengers:clint  c:marvel:coulson  c:avengers:natasha  p:marvel:clint/coulson  @tumblr 
may 2012 by scorpionvoices
Hello, tailor.: The costumes and characters of The Avengers. Part 2: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, and Bruce Banner.
From my limited knowledge of Avengers comics canon I was expecting the movie to focus more on the clash of personalities between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, but the genius of The Avengers was that it explored all these different permutations of the Avengers team that I'd never considered before. The best example of this was the unexpectedly perfect combination of Bruce Banner and Tony Stark. The most poorly-handled character of the Marvel universe thus far -- the Hulk's human alter-ego -- ended up with the most engaging hero's journey in the film.
meta  m:Avengers12  opinion:interesting 
may 2012 by scorpionvoices
carry on up the khyber
Agent Phil Coulson of SHIELD is secretly the Vision. I’ll tell you why. [spoilers]
meta  m:Avengers12  c:marvel:coulson  opinion:awesome  crapkaylasendsme  @tumblr 
may 2012 by scorpionvoices
hesychasm: in lieu of life
Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.

Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.

Fandom is where you found yourself.
meta  thetruthaboutfandom  @lj 
april 2012 by scorpionvoices
sophinisba: A note to authors who are not podfic fans, from me, sophinisba
If you are not a podfic fan, then (no offense, but) the podfic is not for you!

We make them for ourselves and for people who like to listen to them, not for people who don't! It's true that you have a unique perspective on your story, but that doesn't mean you're under any obligation to listen, to pretend that you listened, or pretend that you liked it. I can't speak for all podficcers, but for myself I can say the idea of someone trying to force themselves to listen to my voice out of a sense of obligation makes me pretty uncomfortable.

If you want to listen, that's great! Some people never get around to listening to podfic until someone records their own work, and when they finally do listen they discover that they like it a lot and want to get involved in podfic themselves. Some people listen and discover it's not for them, and some people already know that about themselves.

If you don't want to listen but you do want to acknowledge and support people who make podfic, here are some ways you can do so!
meta  thetruthaboutfandom  @dw 
march 2012 by scorpionvoices
What...Just Happened: An Afternoon With The Hunger Games
Primrose: Hello I am twelve and I am adorable and my big sister will do anything for me because my sweetness is so contagious and I am so cuuuuuuuuuuuuuute

Me: …have you been talking to my brother?



The Hunger Games: Yo, I turn out to be a state-mandated fight to the death—

Me: What

The Hunger Games: Between unwilling and randomly chosen victims—

Me: What

The Hunger Games: Who are children—

Me: WHAT

The Hunger Games: Whose chances of competition are increased by how many extra times their starving selves put their name into the drawing for survival food to feed their families!

Me: W H A T

The Hunger Games: Oh, and we’re broadcast on live television, to entertain the people and also subdue them with the reminder that we can take their children and have them slaughtered at any time.

Me: WOW, THIS IS SUPER NOT THE LIGHT-HEARTED AWESOME LADY HUNTRESS STORY I WAS ANTICIPATING

The Hunger Games: We get that a lot.
author:gyzym  meta  post:reactionpost  post:recap  lolz.forever  for-kayla  @tumblr 
march 2012 by scorpionvoices
elf: What's the collective noun for kudos?
Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who really loves the Kudos feature at AO3. I don't mean, "wow, it's great that there's this option for people too busy or overwhelmed to leave a comment, so authors can know someone liked their story," because sometimes that comes with the unspoken (or not unspoken) followup of, "but of course people should be leaving comments, so if it causes people to not leave comments, maybe it's not so good." I love kudos. Unreservedly, with no caveats. I maybe like them more than comments.
meta  thetruthaboutfandom  @dw 
march 2012 by scorpionvoices
Ten Commandments of Fanfic Writers
In the beginning, there was canon. And God saw that the canon was lame, and God said “This canon is lame.”

The Lord took a handful of clay from all corners of the Earth and created a figure and imbued it with imagination and skill and knowledge of html code. And the Lord called this figure “Fanfiction author” and blew the breath of life into it that it might live and be able to squee.

And the Lord saw that the creation was good and the Lord said “This author is good.”

The Lord took the author up onto the mountain and spoke unto him, saying “You are a fic author, and you are My creation. These are My commandments. Follow them or flames shall reign down upon you and fill your email accounts.”

And the author was much afraid, and said unto the Lord “…okay…”

And these were the commandments the Lord lay down for the author, ten in number. And the number of the commandments was ten, and they numbered ten. There were ten commandments.
genre:crack  meta  lolz.forever  thetruthaboutfandom 
march 2012 by scorpionvoices
saucery: New story.
It's no secret that every wolf on the show wants in Stiles's pants, or at least in his heart, and Peter is no exception. Even though he's a scary arch-villain that kills people. He's out to make a pack, and for that, he needs a mate - which is why he pulls that stunt with Scott's Mom. He needs to secure Scott's loyalty as a Beta, and that purpose would be best served by having a mate that Scott's loyal to.

It's either Scott's Mom, or his best friend.

NO, WAIT, LISTEN TO ME.

It makes sense.
author:saucery  meta  tv:teenwolf  for-kayla  @lj 
march 2012 by scorpionvoices
Dr John Watson, or, The strange case of the Army doctor's worn-out boots - abundantlyqueer - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Meta: a detailed discussion of the various implicit and explicit references to John Watson's military service in BBC Sherlock.
tv:sherlock  meta  c:SH:watson  characterstudy  opinion:interesting  @ao3 
march 2012 by scorpionvoices
sarahtales: Jane Eyre, Or: The Bride of Edward 'Crazypants' Rochester
JANE EYRE: Holy crap Mr Rochester's bed is on fire! Don't worry my cranky little damsel in distress! I will save you!
MR ROCHESTER: Jane, I am saved! Hold me!
JANE EYRE: We'd better find out who the arsonist is.
MR ROCHESTER: Jane, Jane, Jane. Why does it always have to be about 'who the arsonist is' and 'who's laughing up in the attic'? Can't we just LIVE, Jane? Can't we just smile as our beds burn around us?
JANE EYRE: This is not responsible home ownership.
MR ROCHESTER: Okay, look. Probably... the pipes set fire to...
JANE EYRE: Maybe it was that drunk servant?
MR ROCHESTER: Yeah, no, that's better. Let's go with that.
JANE EYRE: We should fire her, dude.
MR ROCHESTER: Fire a servant for a little thing like being constantly drunk and setting fire to people's beds? That's not how we do things at Thornfield Hall.
JANE EYRE: Damn, son, I have got to get me into Grace Poole's union.
MR ROCHESTER: Oh Jaaaane where are you going, when I am so scared and cold and lonely and cold, and my damp nightgown is clinging to me so fetchingly?
JANE EYRE: Sleep tight, buddy!
MR ROCHESTER: Jane, come back! WE CAN JUST CUDDLE!
meta  parody  opinion:awesome  lolz.forever  for-kayla  @lj 
february 2012 by scorpionvoices
elynross: Oh, the clammanity! Clams, anti-clams, and steamed clams.
Dorinda So there's this thing. That I have noticed that I really really like. And I gave it kind of a name. First, we have the character-type of "the clam." Character with a lot of passion and sensitivity who keeps (or at least primarily *tries* to keep) it all bottled up and suppressed, for the greater good, for self-protection, for whatever.

[info]tzikeh You find them in all your better fandoms.
meta  lolz.forever  for-kayla  for-cindy  @lj 
january 2012 by scorpionvoices
stoney321: LDS Sparkledammerung IS HERE!
The Secrets of the Sparkle a.k.a. TWILIGHT: STONIFIED (Image heavy)
ETA Due To Heavy Traffic This was written to amuse my friends and myself. I am not claiming to be the Mormon Vampire Authority, even though let's face it: I am the leading Mormon Vampire Authority.

So here's the thing. I was going to be all whipping out the smart essay, pointing out all the subconscious LDS meta that SMeyers jammed in these books, showing how I thought she didn't even realize what she was borrowing (because honestly, I just don't think she's smart enough to lay it out there, you know?) But here's the thing:

THE BOOKS ARE REALLY REALLY DUMB. Like, "Strategery" dumb. So I'm giving back at the same reading-comprehension level if you will. And you will. There's so much dumb, in fact, that it will take a few posts to get it all out there. Here's the first book and change.
meta  parody  humor  sad  @lj 
december 2011 by scorpionvoices
cobweb_diamond: THOR: Loki/Sif, for the uninitiated.
Why you should ship it.

1. They fit well together. To get where she is in life, Sif must be a very confident, self-assured person. Her goal was to become a warrior despite the sexism of Asgardian society, and she achieved that. And now she enjoys herself with her warrior buddies, secure in the knowledge tht she can kick everyone's ass. Loki, on the other hand, doesn't quite fit in with Thor and the Warriors Three. He'd rather use trickery to win a fight, and he'd rather avoid a fight than pick one in the first place.

2. They're both outsiders what seems like a rather restrictive culture. Sif is the first female warrior ever, and has probably had to prove herself every step of the way. For his part, Loki was already pretty weird to start off with: a magic-user, a wordsmith, a trickster and a diplomat in a culture that values straightforward heroism and physical strength. And then he finds out that he's a Frost Giant, part of the race he's been raised to think of as monsters.

3. You can play around with gender roles. This is a big draw for me, I admit. With this pairing, you can easily have fic where Loki is a spoiled princeling and Sif is the badass warrior who acts as his champion. Or where Sif goes off to war/on quests while Loki sits at home gritting his teeth and pretending not to freak out about it. And there are are so many interesting things to think about regarding the possibility of sometimes-a-woman!Loki, and Sif as a woman in a male-dominated society.
m:thor  meta  manifesto  gif{s}  p:thor:loki/sif  c:thor:loki  c:thor:sif  author:cobweb_diamond  @lj  for-kayla 
december 2011 by scorpionvoices
resonant | Kitchen Avengers
Whenever I'm exploring new characters, I always enjoy asking myself two things: Can they sing? and Can they cook?
author:resonant  journal:entry  characterstudy  meta  humor  co:avengers  tv:sherlock  tv:merlin  tv:stargatesg1  m:thelosers10  m:inception  readthecomments!  @dw 
december 2011 by scorpionvoices
cluegirl: Things I learned from Anne McCaffrey
In short, for all her flaws as a writer, and there were plenty, she taught me about independence, trust in myself, and about endurance in the face of anything. The world is so much the richer for having had a writer like her to fill it with words, dreams, and ideas.
meta  @lj  b:pern  post:tribute 
december 2011 by scorpionvoices
The Gambit Guild - Myths and Truths
Myth: Gambit usually refers to himself in the third person.

Truth: Only in X-Men: The Animated Series, where he has lines like "Gambit follow you anywhere you go, chere" or "Gambit want to go with ya, Professor." In the comics, he almost never refers to himself as Gambit or Remy in that way, using the first person pronoun like anyone else.
Myth: Gambit only stays with the X-Men because of their money.

Truth: Gambit does not need the X-Men's money. As a world-class thief, he probably has more money than Xavier. During the Assassination Game, he writes a $3,000,000 cheque to Deadpool without blinking. Thinking it is invalid, Deadpool rips it to pieces, only to discover that Gambit could easily afford it. [This should be REQUIRED READING for all X-men fanwriters.]
meta  co:x-men  u:marvel  c:xmen:remy  for-hannah 
november 2011 by scorpionvoices
lierdumoa: Genderbending Meta
If a woman introduced herself by saying, "I like football and ferris wheels" we'd be calling her a ditz. If a woman were hiding her intelligence, we would assume her motivation was not to fit in with the jocks, but rather to avoid intimidating them.

If John were a woman, fandom would make assumptions about him that we don't make because he is not a woman. Or rather, the fandom would conclude that the writers were making assumptions about "women in general" in writing John. Offensive assumptions. The fact that John is a man is, well, interesting. I honestly believe John is the product of a bunch of male geeks getting in a room and trying to envision the perfect man and, being heterosexual, instead envisioning the perfect woman and then giving her a cock. I'd call it subversive if I weren't so sure the writers were doing it completely on accident.

I mean, think about it. If it were on purpose? So subversive.
meta  tv:sga  trope:sexswap  opinion:interesting  for-kayla  for-cindy  @lj 
november 2011 by scorpionvoices
mithrigil: THE SPARRING LEADS TO SEX: a Manifest
First off, "The Sparring Leads to Sex" is not "Slap Slap Kiss". "Slap Slap Kiss" is when two characters who are both-still-angry at each other decide to get it on. Slap Slap Kiss is not necessary violent, and even less necessarily combative or structured. Sometimes Slap Slap Kiss overlaps with The Sparring Leads to Sex as a motivation and spark, but oddly enough I tend to find this less hot. Perhaps this is because when it escalates to a sufficiently violent level to also qualify as The Sparring Leads to Sex, Slap Slap Kiss is much less about the physicality of the fight.

The Sparring Leads to Sex, at core, requires an enjoyment of fighting, or at least of fighting each other. At least one participant in the fight has to appreciate the fists flying.
meta  opinion:interesting  lolz.forever  for-kayla  for-cindy  @lj 
november 2011 by scorpionvoices
hesychasm: in lieu of life
Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.
meta  thetruthaboutfandom  opinion:awesome  for-kayla  @lj 
november 2011 by scorpionvoices
» Is Thor a feminist movie? (Yes) Social Justice League
Branagh’s Thor is more feminist than I thought a movie about a male superhero could ever be. Of course, it occurs to me that most of the things I am praising here are things that all films should be doing. They aren’t doing them, though. Thor is.
article  yakyakyak:feminism  meta  m:thor  opinion:interesting  for-kayla 
november 2011 by scorpionvoices
mona1347: The Drugs of Fandom
You know how all you fangeeks out there sometimes lean back a little from your computer screens, rub the glow from your eyes and say, "Whoa. What the hell am I doing? Did I really just spend 4 hours reading Snape/Dumbledore hurt-comfort because it's by THAT author I'll whore myself out to for absolutely anything omg I would follow them into hell?"

Well I believe that fandom is every bit as a) enjoyable and b) addictive as hard drugs.

I have this whole theory about fandoms and the drugs they are analogous to. It goes something like this:
meta  lolz.forever  thetruthaboutfandom  @lj  for-kayla  for-cindy 
october 2011 by scorpionvoices
vitruvian23: Deep in the heart of me - the tech of the Iron Man movie
The device is small, so it basically needs to be some type of nuclear energy or something even more exotic, such as matter-energy conversion or zero-point energy. The original, mammoth arc reactor back at Stark Industries looks like some kind of glass-walled tokamak, which points us towards fusion, and the central ring of the miniature version is made of palladium, clearly meant to imply a connection of some kind with the Pons/Fleischmann cold fusion fiasco. So, say it's some type of nuclear fusion - that would produce the required amount of energy while only 'burning' milligrams of hydrogen (which could be extracted from water vapor in the atmosphere, or from a tiny reservoir of water not shown, or infused in the palladium core - palladium is also being looked at for hydrogen storage, although I'm not sure 2 grams of the stuff could hold enough hydrogen to do 3 gigawatts for 15 minutes). What else can we figure out about it?
meta  ironman  interesting  writers.reference 
august 2011 by scorpionvoices
iphignia939: movie review: Centurion
The Ninth Legion, led by Virilus (Dominic West), is dispatched to find and kill Gorlacon, the leader of the Picts. Along the way, they discover Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender), the last survivor of a Roman frontier outpost, and are betrayed into a trap by Etain (Olga Kuryenko), their mute Pict scout. (I know! I was surprised too.) (No I wasn't.) Quintus and the survivors of the Ninth - all, like, seven of them - have to try and evade Etain and the Picts long enough to get back behind Roman lines. Three guesses how *that* goes.
movie  reactionpost  meta  iphignia939  journal:entry  for-kayla 
august 2011 by scorpionvoices
butterflythread: Dressing Arthur
13 Outfits in 148 Minutes: A Pictorial Presentation

A close-up look at every single outfit Arthur wears in the film.

AND

The Point Man’s Wardrobe: BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

A discussion on Arthur’s fashion choices, what they tell us about him, and how they contradict fanon liek woah.
inception  reference  meta  picspam  inception:arthur  writers.reference  interesting  for-kayla 
july 2011 by scorpionvoices
bagheera_san: Lex Luthor (animated DCU)
Lex is a typical Faustian anti-hero, a man who in his ambition and quest for knowledge constantly overreaches himself to the point of hubris. Before he meets Superman, he merely wants money and fame. But as soon as he is faced with this super-human, powerful being, he sets his ambitions higher. He has nothing but disdain for other people because he set his own standard so impossibly high: he wants to be as powerful, if not as good as Superman. After Brainiac, this goes even further: he wants absolute knowledge and immortality, he wants to be a god. Every tradition of Western story-telling, from the Greek tragedies onwards, dooms such behaviour to failure.

And Lex fails, many times. He end up powerless and defeated time and again, and still he gets up again and continues to strive for his goals. And in the end, he achieves them. And what's even better: absolute power doesn't corrupt him absolutely. It makes him save the world.
meta  dc  jla  dc:lex 
june 2011 by scorpionvoices
How Twilight Works - The Oatmeal
First off, the author creates a main character which is an empty shell. Her appearance isn't described in detail; that way, any female can slip into it and easily fantasize about being this person. I read 400 pages of that book and barely had any idea of what the main character looked like; as far as I was concerned she was a giant Lego brick. Appearance aside, her personality is portrayed as insecure, fumbling, and awkward - a combination anyone who ever went through puberty can relate to. By creating this "empty shell," the character becomes less of a person and more of something a female reader can put on and wear. Because I forgot her name (I think it was Barbara or Brando or something like that), I'm going to refer to her as "Pants" from here on out.
humor  article  blog  meta  twilightohgoodlord  lolz.forever  @theoatmeal  opinion:awesome 
june 2011 by scorpionvoices
gyzym | this...is a 5,000 word rambling essay on bisexuality. no, i don't know either.
The reason my mother thinking bisexuality was a phase doesn't really stick to me anymore: because I know she's wrong. Let me repeat that: I know she's wrong. My mother could also tell me that I am not a human being but a triceratops dinosaur, but, barring a sudden attack of breaking out in scales, it wouldn't really do shit. I would not be a triceratops. She could think that, but it wouldn't be true. I am bisexual; she thinks I am not, but I am, and her thought process isn't going to be altering my feelings toward, for example, Karen Gillan anytime soon. [I should also put it out there that, while she persists in being annoying about this, she has embraced every girl I've dated, and I know she would again, which is a big part of why her silliness doesn't permeate much. It's just that when I'm not dating a girl, she seems to think that I'm magically straight. Again: new tricks, hard to teach.]
meta  bisexuality  gyzym  for-kayla  opinion:awesome  yakyakyak:sexuality 
may 2011 by scorpionvoices
thefourthvine: No Heterosexual Explanation Moments
As far as I can tell, there are two major categories of No Heterosexual Explanation Moments. The first is where the plot only makes sense if the pairing is, in fact, a pairing. And the second kind is where it's just not something people with a strictly platonic, UST-free relationship ever do. Like, for example, when one cop signs "I love you" to the other cop as he's being med-evac'd out on a helicopter. I am pretty sure they don't teach that in police academy courses on Effective Partnerships in the Law Enforcement Profession, is all I'm saying.

But Frost and I realized that, tragically, we just do not have the depth and breadth of experience to make a complete catalogue of No Heterosexual Explanation Moments. This is where I am hoping you all come in. What are the key NHEMs of our time? Of past times? Of all time? Educate me! Bonus points for links to clips, if they come from a visual medium.
meta  hilarity  crapkaylasendsme 
may 2011 by scorpionvoices
gadgetorious: It's Not Tacky if It's Retro, Right?
Like the rest of the cast, the wardrobe for Eames tells you about his character. I have seen his clothes described as baggy, as ill fitting, as a fashion disaster, etc. They aren't. They aren't as form fitting as Arthur's suits perhaps, but a few things to take into consideration are a) Hardy's significantly broader frame (And here it was even broader than Hardy usually is when he's not filming something that requires he look like he can lift a car over his head), b) the fact that while Arthur is working with wealthy business men in professional suits, Eames is casually lounging around in tropical Mombasa, gambling, and c) Eames clothes have a very definite sense of style, that draws heavily from the first half of the 20th century, when the more relaxed cut of men's clothes was common.
inception  meta  picspam  interesting  fashion  inception:eames 
april 2011 by scorpionvoices
falseeeyelashes: PICSPAM: The West Wing - Gender-Flipped
OH LAWD. Um, this post is ridiculous. Fair warning. And that said, I feel the need to preface this picspam with a disclaimer: I am of the personal belief that The West Wing is practically perfect in every way as is. Seasons One through Four are solid proof that drugs are not always bad if they inspire this level of creativity and awesome. Basically what I am trying to say is this: no one could ever be these characters or play them as amazingly as the actual cast has and did. No one but Martin Sheen could ever embody President Bartlet and John Spencer will always be Leo McGarry and omg Bradley Whitford as Joshua Lyman is perfection in every 'verse (and don't even get me going on Richard Schiff as Toby or Allison Janney as CJ). But sometimes it's fun to imagine things a little differently. Hence, this post, or what I like to call Tina Fey's presidential edict that BITCHES GET STUFF DONE taken to heart.

And so. I gender-flipped The West Wing.
fancasting  picspam  meta  westwing  au:gender  for-kayla  falseeyelashes  opinion:awesome 
february 2011 by scorpionvoices
Better Book Titles
This blog is for people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences. I will cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image. Now you can read the greatest literary works of all time in mere seconds!
humor  blog  art  reference  meta  for-kayla  lolz.forever  fun.stuff  opinion:awesome 
february 2011 by scorpionvoices
dudemeter: Season 3 Dudemeter!
There's less and less gun-shootin' each season! Also, Season 3 is the first season where Sam finally gets to kick in some doors. It'd hard to believe, and yet true.
meta  reference  crack  spn  humor  list  geekery  lolz.forever  for-kayla  for-amanda 
february 2011 by scorpionvoices
dudemeter: Season Two
There's a lot of shootin' going on this time; Dean fires 33 shots and Sam fires 11 shots. And check out the reversal in the last episode of the general trend of Dean using the guns the most, where Sam suddenly gets the lion's share of gun-shootin'.
meta  reference  crack  spn  humor  list  geekery  lolz.forever  for-kayla  for-amanda 
february 2011 by scorpionvoices
dudemeter: Season 1 Dudemeter!
Sam's cherry was popped with "Dude, enough!" in Asylum, just after Dean says "Let me know if you see any dead people, Haley Joel."

Dean averages 1.4 dudes an episode. Starting with Asylum, Sam averages 0.7 (Dean averages 0.9 over this same period, compared to 2.0 pre-Asylum) but he'd never had more than one per ep before Shadow.
meta  reference  crack  spn  humor  list  geekery  lolz.forever  for-kayla  for-amanda 
february 2011 by scorpionvoices
12_12_12: Ronald Bilius Weasley: Best Friend, Sidekick, and Big Damn Hero
I have to admit that I skipped ahead to see when he would return, because I couldn't stand the suspense. And you know what, guys? Ron's only gone for 3 Chapters. Out of a 36-chapter book. And yet somehow, those 3 chapters felt longer than all the others put together--and I'm pretty sure Harry and Hermione felt the same way.

The Silver Doe seemed like a gift, a love letter, to Ron fans everywhere...To all of us who love the brave, hot-headed Ronald Bilius Weasley, with all his insecurities, his snark, and his loyalty and courage that will always overcome his faults in the end.
meta  hp  journal:entry  hp:ron  opinion:awesome 
january 2011 by scorpionvoices
scorpionvoices | Meta: An Ace In a Crowd of Queens
I identify as asexual. I am an ace, a nonsexual, a person who is not sexually attracted to other people. I am not naive, I am not just waiting for the right person to come along, I am not 'saving myself,' I am not frigid or unfeeling, I am *not* attracted to you, and no, I am not joking. I am not a robot or an alien; I am not a freak or a misguided youth. I very honestly can say that the state of my sexual organs is nobody's business but mine, and it will probably stay that way. When I say I'm pretty sure I'm never gonna have kids, that is not an invitation for you to patronize me. When I say that I've never dated, never had sex, that is not an invitation for you to pity me *nor* is it an invitation for you to congratulate me. I do not need your validation; anything you say can and probably will be insulting.
yakyakyak:asexuality  meta 
december 2010 by scorpionvoices
[PSA] Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious [Worst News Ever | FFFFF | /o\] by dreamyshade
On Tuesday Yahoo laid off the entire Delicious team and today it announced at a company all-hands meeting that it will be "sunsetting" Delicious, aka shutting it down, although there are no details yet on when or how, from any of my sources inside Yahoo. [...]

I'm forming a plan to make a clone specialized for fandom bookmarks, something like how Dreamwidth is a fan-friendly clone of LJ. // What are the very basics you would need before moving your bookmarks to this thing?

-- For those of you who don't follow the deliciouslymad comm, dreamyshade is a (former) delicious staffer who would come by and listen to fellow obsessed delicious users talk at length about tag bundling and code updates etc etc. This is the real deal, guys. Gather your metaphorical children. WE WILL RISE FROM THE ASHES. (Also, oh my god, FUCK FUCK FUCK. ) Some good discussion ongoing about the potential clone project.
meta  opinion:>:|  reaction:;_; 
december 2010 by scorpionvoices
chn_breathmint: Dream A Little Bigger, Darling - the Inception Fic Writer's Guide to Firearms, Pt 1
So, I've noticed that a lot of fanfiction writers have very little firearms knowledge. That's not really something that I hold against them. Not everyone lives where guns are legal, and not all of the writers with access to firearms actually wish to go out to a range and try some out.

This tutorial is for those folks. [I will probably never write anything about guns, but this was still *so FASCINATING*]
meta  reference  primer  guide  writers.reference  opinion:awesome 
december 2010 by scorpionvoices
rsadelle: Mike Carden Facts, Pictures, and Recs (Daily Treat: December 3)
Many people dislike Carden. I find him kind of fascinating. People who dislike him either dislike him because they like Tom or because they think he looks creepy. When I was first getting into bandom, one of the lectures I got about not liking William Beckett was from a friend who grudgingly allowed that I could like Bill as long as I didn't like Mike. I have a strong rebellious streak when it comes to fandom, so that probably contributed to my interest in Mike.

This was originally going to be a more general Mike Carden primer, but the reality is that there's a perfectly good, if older, one here (as of this moment, the pictures are no longer there, but the information is) and [info]riorhapsody has written an excellent and excellently well sourced TAI primer. So this is going to be three things: interesting facts about Mike Carden, pictures I feel are worth sharing, and information about Mike Carden pairings. Enjoy!
meta  picspam  primer  recs  rsadelle  slash  tai  tai:carden  bandom: 
november 2010 by scorpionvoices
The World of Tomorrow (If The Internet Disappeared Today) | Cracked.com
It's the not-to-distant future. They've turned off the Internet. After the riots have settled down and the withdrawal symptoms have faded, how would you cope?

We asked you to Photoshop what life would be like in an Internet-addicted society learning to cope without it, and offered $50 to the winner. That winner is below, but first, the runners-up:
photography  manips  meta  crack  @cracked  humor 
november 2010 by scorpionvoices
Dreaming of Trees -
TOUR MYTHS: BUSTED!

Ask me your questions. Any question at all. And if I can answer it, I will. This isn't f-locked, so feel free to send other people over here.

I don't know. I thought it would be something to past the time and to maybe help neaten up all those little details.
meta  writers.reference  reference  humor  journal:entry 
november 2010 by scorpionvoices
jmtorres: silly meta WK fic.
So once upon a time, [info]stariceling and I were talking about how Schwarz gets to kidnap members of Weiß and have sex with them all the damn time. It's practically a genre of Weiß Kreuz fiction. We decided this simply wasn't fair to Weiß. Weiß needed the opportunity to kidnap and have sex with Schwarz all the damn time, too.

And this story was born.
fic  crack  humor  meta  ensemble  hilarity  an:weißkreuz  genre:slash  rating:r  author:jmtorres  @lj 
october 2010 by scorpionvoices
zanzando: Arthur's Job - A Series of Thoughts
I've been reading some (but not a lot) of meta about Inception, and there's one point of critique that I've come across several times:

1) What the hell is Arthur's job description as point man?
2) Is he just google-fu-ing his way through life?

Well first of all, Arthur really is a point man.

He is - most of the time - the individual who stays one dream level higher than anyone else and protects their unconscious bodies from the hostile projections.
This involves some hardcore military training, physical fitness, ingenuity, analytical thinking, and probably some fierce protective instincts for him to be a reliable and trustworthy point man.
It's also the most taxing position (in most normal extractions - with Inception this "honour" goes to Eames) and takes constant alertness and, from what my ex-military family members tell me, the ability to suppress risk-averse instincts.

But that part is not what I want to talk about.
meta  inception  inception:arthur  writers.reference  @DW  opinion:awesome 
october 2010 by scorpionvoices
deepsix: that's what we wanted you to think
Proposition #2: Eames leads his own extraction team.

Evidence: Cobb's conversation with him in Mombasa about inception seems to be as peers, in the sense of, we do the [exact] same work; what can you teach me about it? They're not talking to one another as people with distinct and non-overlapping skill sets. If Cobb thought Eames was only capable of forgery, he wouldn't ask if Eames had ever tried inception: this would be outside Eames' purview.
inception  meta  interesting  opinion:awesome 
september 2010 by scorpionvoices
sex is not the enemy
I get sick of listening to straight people complain about, “Well, hey, we don’t have a heterosexual-pride day, why do you need a gay-pride day?”
meta  quotes  gayrights  @sexisnottheenemy 
september 2010 by scorpionvoices
copperbadge: This morning I was asked to change my pa
This morning I was asked to change my password on my work computer, as I must do every four months. And I sat there waiting for it to authorise my new password, and I thought, I have measured out my life in login codes.

And, as it so often does, then my brain screwed me out of several hours of productivity.
poetry  humor  parody  meta  sam_storyteller  lolz.forever  opinion:awesome 
september 2010 by scorpionvoices
vito_excalibur: Alters #6: Supernatural
Um. I really really want to watch this show. Not 'this show' meaning Supernatural as we know it, but 'this show' as in the show vito_excalibur portrays in art. O_O
art  fanart  spn  meta  gen  favs:fanart  opinion:awesome 
september 2010 by scorpionvoices
iamtheenemy: Criminal Minds Primer (spoilers for the series to date)
Criminal Minds is one in a fine line of CBS’s myriad of procedural dramas. This particular show centers on a team of FBI agents in the Behavioral Analysis Unit. The BAU is made up of agents trained in behavioral analysis and crime scene analysis. They’re called onto cases by local police departments, and decide which ones to take based on a threat assessment – in which cases does it seem like the most people will be injured or killed? The BAU relies on their knowledge of psychology, sociology and personal behavior, as well as extensive research and information from past cases to create a profile of the Unsub (unknown subject, aka the bad guy) and figure out the best tactic for stopping him or her.
primer  criminalminds  iamtheenemy  meta 
september 2010 by scorpionvoices
An Officer's Experience in Our Christian Military : Dispatches from the Culture Wars
He ordered me to eat the pork chop and I reminded him that I refrain from pork for religious reasons. He told me that I could eat the pork or eat nothing. One of his peers, a female Jewish cadet, urged me to obey him and not to make him angry; I declined. The next day, my cadet Platoon Leader presented me with a written counseling statement detailing my signs of "anorexia" and a "troubling" refusal to eat which was detrimental to my health and indicative of "incapacity for leadership."
religion  meta  opinion:>:|  yakyakyak:politics 
july 2010 by scorpionvoices
xkcd: Sheeple
Hey, what are the odds -- five Ayn Rand fans on the same train! Must be going to a convention.
xkcd  humor  webcomic  meta 
july 2010 by scorpionvoices
melannen: Science, y'all.
I think the question of how straight women's sexuality interacts with queer sexuality, and the ways straight women's sexuality defines slash, are valid discussion topics, and worth addressing. That is not a conversation that is going to happen as long as THE MAJORITY OF SLASHERS, WHO IDENTIFY AS QUEER, are being erased from the discussion. fyi.

Can I say that one more time? I like saying it. Science makes me happy.

THE MAJORITY OF SLASHERS IDENTIFY AS QUEER.
meta  slash  thetruthaboutfandom  @DW  yakyakyak:sexuality 
july 2010 by scorpionvoices
ssj10: These Are My Colours
On July 1st, Paramount's live action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender opens in theatres across North America.

Do not see this film. Do not pay to see this film. Do not give this production any of your hard earned money, be it through ticket sales, merchandise, or the eventual DVD sales. And here is why:

All of the principal cast members are White.
meta  race  racism  movie  journal:entry  reaction:;_;  yakyakyak:politics 
june 2010 by scorpionvoices
jaune_chat: The Stages of Writing
The Stages of Writing - Like the stages of grief, but for those of us who write.
journal:entry  meta  lolz.forever  jaune_chat 
june 2010 by scorpionvoices
velvet_mace: Attempt to explain why "bad" fics can be so popular now with handy graph
So, it seems about once a month I get into some kind of verbal duke out over why someone's "shitty" fic is so popular while someone else's "well written" fic is ignored. They've insisted it's because people have no taste. I've tried to explain that it's because there is something more going on.

So with all my limited photoshop skills I've put together a handy-dandy visual aid.
meta  humor  lolz.forever  opinion:awesome 
june 2010 by scorpionvoices
sex is not the enemy
I want to express my gratitude that in my world, premarital sex, never-marital sex, multiple sexual relationships, living together before marriage, living together without ever getting married, and so on, are all commonplace and generally accepted in much of the country, and indeed much of the world.
quotes  @sexisnottheenemy  meta 
june 2010 by scorpionvoices
ontd_startrek: 47 Things That Never Happen in Star Trek
7. A power surge on the bridge is rapidly and correctly diagnosed as a faulty capacitor by the highly-trained and competent engineering staff.

8. A power surge on the bridge fails to electrocute the user of a computer panel, due to a highly sophisticated 24th century surge protection feature called a “fuse.”
startrekreboot  LOLZ  parody  meta  style:fivethings  opinion:awesome 
june 2010 by scorpionvoices
marag: The fanfiction writers are all right
I would like to address the charge that fanfic writers lack imagination:

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
journal:entry  meta  thetruthaboutfandom  marag  LOLZ 
june 2010 by scorpionvoices
The Kids Aren’t All Right: Politics & Power: vanityfair.com
"Stark attracts paradoxes like he attracts paparazzi and nubile women in bikinis. What more paradoxical image than that of Iron Man, a dour-faced machine of destruction, embracing a young man as a father would a child, cradling him to his armor-plated chest moments before absorbing the blast of the kid’s suicide vest into his own body?" [a faux-Vanity Fair article written by Christine Everheart in the year following the first movie. Interesting, insightful, and with a ring of truth to it that I so often find missing from fic.]
fic  ironman  marvel  article  meta  style:philosophical  style:outsidePOV  interesting  theme:grief  theme:transformation  theme:growingup  post-timegap  gen  favs:bestofthebest  favs:marvel  theme:angst  opinion:awesome  rating:pg-13 
may 2010 by scorpionvoices
The 10 Funniest Moments From 5 Years Of Stargate Atlantis - Stargate Atlantis funniest Moments - io9
SGA, for me, was less about the Wraith, or even character development, but more about what ridiculous one-liner will Ronon try to work this week. Sure, I cheered when McKay bagged the girl and when Sheppard saved someone's life... once again.

But what I'll remember from the crew of Atlantis was the funny. It's the string of clever moments (some more than others) is what I'll look back on fondly over the years. And yes, I'll light a candle to say goodbye to dear, sweet Rodney McKay — but he really, truly is only as good as the people who roll their eyes around him.

So here are, in my humble opinion the top 10 funniest moments from Stargate Atlantis.
article  sga  meta  humor  video 
may 2010 by scorpionvoices
sarahtales: Star Trek Parody
UHURA: I seem not to be assigned to the Enterprise. Please correct this error.
SPOCK: Well, I didn't...
UHURA: You know my qualifications. MA in advanced linguistics. PhD in badass.
SPOCK: So I'll just be correcting that error, then.
UHURA: That's what I thought.
SPOCK: It is a perfectly logical decision on my part to be totally whipped.

[It is actually all COMPLETELY TRUE. This an accurate recap, tru fax]
fic  startrekreboot  humor  meta  crack  ensemble  gen  favs:startrek  for-kayla  opinion:awesome 
may 2010 by scorpionvoices
stele3: Asexual Awareness post
YES THANK YOU VERY MUCH. stele3 nails every issue and frustration and snag I've ever come up against in trying to define my sexuality, and a few I've not yet encountered as well. Excellent meta from someone in the know.
meta  journal:entry  opinion:awesome  yakyakyak:sexuality 
february 2010 by scorpionvoices
You Might Be a Fan If ..., by Merlin Missy
- Your wedding march was Darth Vader's theme. - The original Battlestar Galactica theme. - The X-Files theme. - Played on kazoos by your guests. - While you and your spouse were in costume.
humor  meta  article  blog  list  thetruthaboutfandom  for-kayla  opinion:awesome 
january 2010 by scorpionvoices
fairestcat | The Invisible Slasher
Hi. We're here. We're on your friendslist. We're reading your porn. We're *writing* your porn. And your meta. We're creating the fanart and vids you love. We're moderating your communities and running your cons. Some of us are more visible than others, but all of us are *here*, and we matter. We are part of this community and our lives, our experiences and our perspectives need to be part of the conversation.
journal:entry  meta  gayrights  RECOMENDED  yakyakyak:sexuality 
january 2010 by scorpionvoices
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