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This is just a random blog of things that I find interesting, as well as a few creative endeavors here and there.

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A Series of Unfortunate Events. Ace Attorney. Code Geass. Disney. Durarara!!. Final Fantasy. Good Omens. Gundam Wing. Harry Potter. His Dark Materials. Homestuck. House of Leaves. Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. Kingdom Hearts. Loveless. Neon Genesis Evangelion. No.6. Percy Jackson. Sailor Moon. The Wizard of Oz. Yugioh!.

If my heart was a house you'd be home♥
2 days ago with 17,897 notes
#fucking finally


I feel like the “get in the fucking robot shinji” meme is a little misleading like. Shinji very much gets in the robot. Right away actually. One time they tell him to get out of the robot and he won’t.

2 days ago with 89 notes
#kingdom hearts



2 days ago with 1,926 notes
#jade harley
#dave strider


literally nothing is cooler than space. (x)

2 days ago with 604 notes
#jade harley
#dave strider


i shouldn’t be, but i wanted to draw something for 4.13. i’ve met so many wonderful, talented, funny people through homestuck and i have nothing but good memories associated with it. dave and jade are my favourite characters and the goofy, cute stuff in the davejade tag has cheered me up a bit during a few rough patches, so i drew them, even though i wish i had time to draw all the beta kids! happy 4.13, homestuck fans, and thanks for making homestuck fun. :)

3 days ago with 389 notes
Demand an Apology from Fox News and Resignation of Bob Beckel!


The term “Chinaman” is an archaic racial slur dating back to the mid nineteenth century, with a heinous history of dehumanization and violence against Asian Americans (and Chinese Americans in particular). Yet, Fox News co-host Bob Beckel has used this slur on-air not once, but twice, in reference to Chinese and Chinese Americans. Most recently, he referred to Chinese people as “Chinamen” in a July 10, 2014 episode of “The Five”.

Fox News’ ongoing tolerance of Beckel’s anti-Asian racism, and their unapologetic airing of Beckel’s repeated use of anti-Asian slurs, is both unprofessional and an insult to Asian American viewers. 

Sign this petition to call on Fox News to IMMEDIATELY issue a retraction and an apology to the Asian American community for their airing of Beckel’s usage of racist slurs, and to call upon the network to terminate Beckel’s position as Fox News co-host.

3 days ago with 22,459 notes
#oh no


alright you guys have posted some pretty bad jokes on here but not one comes close to this doozy

brace yourselves

so there’s a far-off place that consists of a perfectly triangular lake surrounded by land, with three kingdoms on the three sides of the lake. the first kingdom is rich and powerful, filled with wealthy, prosperous people. the second kingdom is more humble, but has its fair share of wealth and power, too. the third kingdom is struggling and poor, and barely has an army.

the kingdoms eventually go to war over control of the lake, as it’s a valuable resource to have. the first kingdom sends 100 of their finest knights, clad in the best armor and each with their own personal squire. the second kingdom sends 50 of their knights, with fine leather armor and a few dozen squires of their own. the third kingdom sends their one and only knight, an elderly warrior who has long since passed his prime, with his own personal squire.

the night before the big battle, the knights in the first kingdom drink and make merry, partying into the late hours of the night. the knights in the second kingdom aren’t as well off, but have their own supply of grog and also drink late into the night.

in the third camp, the faithful squire gets a rope and slings it over the branch of a tall tree, making a noose, and hangs a pot from it. he fills the pot with stew and has a humble dinner with the old knight.

the next morning, the knights in the first two kingdoms are hung over and unable to fight, while the knight in the third kingdom is old and weary, unable to get up. in place of the knights, the squires from all three kingdoms go and fight. the battle lasts long into the night, but by the time the dust settled, only one squire was left standing - the squire from the third kingdom.

and it just goes to show you that the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides

3 days ago with 2,419 notes
#ace attorney


The Ace Attorney Series Chronology
3 days ago with 68 notes
#my dash did a thing
#kingdom hearts

All the time, dude.

3 days ago with 535 notes
#john egbert
#jade harley


bleep bloop

3 days ago with 2,173 notes
#oh man I remember when this was going on
#and both strike through and bold through
Why is LJ putting subject lines in comments a big deal?







Sure, why not! I was there! I can mostly answer this.

First it’s important to understand that they’re not simply putting subject lines into comments, they’re putting them back.

Second, let’s backtrack a second here.

There’s a quote going around tumblr that I love. About how fandom is the most technically rigorous test you can ever give your product.


Because fandom is actually fairly large, we’re smaller than some people think, but we’re larger than most assume. AND most of online fandom makes heavy use of interaction. We don’t just create output (fic, vids, gifs, etc), we don’t just ponder meta to ourselves, we don’t just wonder in our shower if that really WAS a monster cock under those tailored trousers. We go online and ask for second, third and twelfth opinions. We bounce ideas, squee, glee, anger, sadness, righteous fury, EMOTIONS, we bounce emotions and ideas off each other in ways I think other groupings don’t.

The question that comes up often is “why did fandom nest here and not there?” Well. A lot of it is what’s available at the time. Freely. (There can be paid options as well, but there needs to be a decent network of free services and capabilities.)

Fandom is incredibly adaptive. They don’t need (or at least have historically not gotten until recently) places designed exactly for their needs and unique forms of communication. Fandom is usually pretty happy with a 60% - 80% overlap of features originally implemented for the platform’s original use and what fandom wants from its platforms.

Fandom can adjust, adapt, test the limits, break it and then come back and go “okay we can do X, but only until Y and then we have to do Z” and we can make it work for us.

What happens is, options that fandom uses are not always considered vital options. Or cause maintenance issues that the maintainers of the product never expected and don’t know how to handle, or just don’t want to.

THEN invariably, an option disappears. Maybe the product is attempting to update for the times, maybe they have new management and want to go in different directions, maybe there really is a very small hint of ‘oh god get the porny weirdos out of our hair before the buyer comes in and kicks the tires!’.

BACK to the original question now.

On livejournal, subject lines were incorporated into the workings of many fannish pursuits because they were a way of being upfront about the content of the coming comment. Subject lines could include things like: fandom, pairing, rating, word counts, kink and/or meme prompt, trigger/content warnings. THESE were all especially helpful for active posts because eventually conversation threads were collapsed to save space and loading time. Fanfic memes meant to respond in comments became easier to search on your own. Etc.

When LJ took the subject lines away it was in the middle of a series of decisions that were very alienating to fandom already, from what I recall there was no warning and the reasoning was along the lines of ‘facebook doesn’t do it’. It’s what finally caused one of the larger mass migrations off LJ to other social networks and certain memes that had been born within the structure of the LJ comment page either came up with style work arounds that were pretty imperfect, rules to help compensate which were difficult to get right sometimes or they just moved entire because they liked the format they already had.

Basically when comment subject lines were removed, it literally broke about 1/3 of the fannish infrastructure.

As usual, there were thousands of comments asking why (from what I could tell the answers never really got better) and for opt outs or reversing it, but LJ staff remained firm that it was for the good of the Empire or whatever (yeah I’m getting pretty sarcastic here, LJ was being especially empty headed in some of its decisions at that point.)

This all happened before I completely dropped out of fandom for a while, so, YEARS ago. The reason why it’s so hilarious is it’s just a bit of too little too late and it’s fairly easy to imagine that a platform designed for interaction making it HARDER and then taking this long to figure maybe that’s not a great idea.

Preserving the tags, as a reminder to myself.

And the brave few who’ve stayed on LJ all these years are pretty sad about how they’re shouting into a darker darkness than in the heyday.

ah yes, the fandom exodus of 2010-11

Also recall that, at the same time that the subject lines were removed, the updated layout became very difficult for slower connections and older browsers to load, to the point that many people had to leave because they just couldn’t use it. Plus, when the CEO was asked “who even used subject lines anyway?”, he callously replied “RP games” and, when asked about the upset users, said, “They’ll get used to it :)”.

Even then, some people were worried that we’d still have to stay because other exodus attempts hadn’t gathered enough people, despite LJ’s downtime, sudden use of ads, pushing celebrity gossip pages on everyone’s feeds, and the censorship scandal popularly called Strikethrough. It took some very popular communities deciding to leave (for RP, that was Soul Campaign) for everyone to decide “okay, this is really happening” and jump ship.

oh lmaoi was around for thisthe way i remember it dreamwidth decided to have a free sign-up period right when this went downso a lot of rpers were likeOKAY LETS GRAB SOME BACK UP JOURNALS AND IMPORT JUST IN CASEand then in a stroke of genius (or through prompting of the rper sceneI’m not sure)they decided to intro community importsso pretty much 95% of the LJRP scene moved from LJ to DW within a span of four monthsit was kinda awesomeI can’t remember who decided to move firstif it was cfud or scmight have been boththough cfud sounds rightnot sure why the fandom side of LJ went tumblr insteadbut well…/chinhandsfandomhistory,

- iceboundary

IIRC, wasn’t the open sign-ups and the push to get community imports running in direct response to LJ’s bullshit? I know that community imports were pushed up because of it - 

On that note, the Homestuck Kink Meme was probably another fairly large fan-community thing that moved in the months following the changeover; those were the peak of Homestuck’s days, when lots of good fanfic was being produced, and most of it went to either the kinkmeme or an LJ-based writing challenge (eg the shipping olympics). IIRC, Homesmut tried to make do with the LJ changes for a little while, but they too eventually went “fuck this” and moved to Dreamwidth, where to my knowledge they’re still churning away, although admittedly at a slower pace as the fandom hits middle age.