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Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:24 pm
dmarley: Fingerpainting (Default)
So, after watching the Supernatural* episode "Faith," I was reminded that I really needed to get a Julie Benz icon (because I adore her). I did an interest search on LJ, found several different potential icon communities in quick succession, and then saw the following horrifying information:

6,659 Journal Entries, 0 Tags, 0 Memories

and only slightly less horrifying

3,217 Journal Entries, 0 Tags, 0 Memories

And they were all like that. What the hell, icon journals? (You will note that I am not, in fact, showing off a spiffy new Julie Benz icon. :( )

*After all the miscellaneous information I've absorbed about the show over the years of not watching it, why have I not heard about those set designers dreams aka the motel rooms? Did they stop doing them after the first season? I was thrown into some kind of 70s flashback by the panes of orange ripple glass in one of the first episodes, and have watched in fascinated horror ever since to see what kind of monstrosity was coming next.


May. 7th, 2009 12:49 pm
dmarley: Fingerpainting (Default)
I'm cranky about formatting today. It's bad enough that authors persist in posting with their annoying single paragraph spacing (conform to my norms, dammit!), but now there's a rash of double spacing everything except dialogue exchanges. What the hell?

If you don't know what I'm talking about, it goes like this:

I'll be reading along a story where the author has put double spaces between the paragraphs, much like this post. Then suddenly characters will begin talking.

"I don't get it," Jack said.
"Get what?"
"This sudden single spacing thing. Not that I object being close to people, but sometimes it cramps my style if you know what I mean."
"I have no idea what you're talking about."

"I'm talking about this. See? See the nice double space? Isn't that much easier to read?"

"You may have a point there, sir."

"Glad you see it my way. Now get over here and close this space."

I really hope this doesn't become a trend, or I may have to stab someone. Or, worse, write another FAQ about it.
dmarley: Fingerpainting (Default)
(Yes, one of my guilty pleasures is advice columns.)

The first two letters are an exchange that was published in Dear Abby's advice column yesterday, August 16, 2006. The third letter is a copy of the one I mailed off today in response.

Dumbfounded: Abby, my husband had a relationship with his male roommate 20 years ago! OMG! )

Abby: OMG! He might be unfaithful! Get tested! Get therapy! )

Me: Dear Abby, Bite Me )
dmarley: Fingerpainting (Snape)
Cause, you know, I don't have any unpacking to do and therefore have lots of time for memes )

And now, the "fandom" mini-rant. Recently someone in Harry Potter fandom--I think it was [ profile] heidi8, but it doesn't really matter because there are many other Harry Potter fans who do this--posted a survey to find out how long fans had been in Harry Potter fandom. But the posts about the survey, and the questions themselves, sometimes referred to how long the person had been in fandom. Not, as in some cases, "Harry Potter fandom," or "the fandom" but fandom, when in fact the question was only about Harry Potter fandom. Grr. Just...grr.

I guess I can understand that some fans who fall into the hugeness that is Potter fandom never see beyond its edges to the rest of the fannish world, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the fannish world doesn't exist, and in fact existed long before Harry Potter was ever written. Huge as it is, Harry Potter is only one part of fandom, and I guess I just wish that some of the more myopic Potter fans would acknowledge that "fandom" and "Harry Potter fandom" are not the same thing. Or maybe it's just the English major in me. :)

Off to knit now....

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