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Now showing on my Dreamwidth, through the fault of one [livejournal.com profile] cherryshadowz: Consider the Jellyfish - Supernatural/Spongebob Squarepants - Sam, Spongebob - rated G, omg - Spongebob knows what will cheer Sam up. 118 words.

And now for something completely different, because sometimes when you are up to your ears in multivariate regression analysis, you relax by writing theological language porn, idk. We continue to ask, "What if Castiel were words?" The first wordsverse fic is untitled. This next one is a Dean POV, PG I guess, 500ish words. Will there be a third installment? I dunno, it'll depend on how pretentious I'm feeling.

So I'm wondering, if Castiel can be words, what else can he be? What if Castiel were ice cream flavors? What if he were footwear. Would he be toe socks? What if Castiel were currencies pegged to the dollar? The possibilities are endless!

More important questions:
1) Why are there not more stop-motion t-shirt battles?
2) When will Bradley James and Misha Collins team up to fight zombies in space?
3) Clueless + SPN = <3 Y/Y?

Dean & Castiel

once you learn a language, you are trapped by it. )
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IT'S ALMOST REMIX REDUX TIME, GUYS. SO EXCITED. Click here to vote for this year's qualifying fandoms. Click here or here to get an AO3 invitation because that's where it's going down this year. Reeeeemiiiiix! \o/

This next thing is the fault of [livejournal.com profile] sgrio and her Biblical Studies homework.

Basically it poses the interpretation that angels are not messengers, but messages. Obedience to God is a moot point, because an email or a letter can't be obedient to you. They don't have the faculties to BE obedient, they just ARE. My knee-jerk reaction is of course to ask, "What if Castiel was just a message?" So I wrote this ) and then I wrote this next thing.

I'm not sure what this next thing is. It's Castiel meta, but also maybe sort of a fic, maybe. It is... an experiment? 'Cos someone, SGRIO, was like, "Hey, why don't you fap about religion and language in context of Supernatural?" and I can't say no to that. What is it with you, SPN, making me write 1st person POV, past tense, and now whatever this is idek. I kind of wanted to reference more episodes, but 500 words of this is probably more than enough for now.

So yeah, what if Castiel were words? Spoilers through 4x22, and maybe 5x02. Happy start of Lent, folks. ETA: And now there is a sequel -- unnamed.

Castiel, Dean, & God

from the Latin caedere meaning 'to cut' )
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This is not the research I am looking for.

I was trawling through a Hetalia ficcer's LJ for Inglourious Basterds fic (as one does) and in one post she was like, "Guys, check out this Sacred-Texts.com! It's got books of blahblahblah and blahblahblah and also Enochian magic, so I am swooning geekily right now," and I'm like hey? 'Cos geeky swoons over Enochian stuff are up-and-coming in my world right now.

Through the magic of internet, I have turned a quest for WW2 AU slash into a trip through Angelology 101.

Consider yourself warned for gleeful appropriation and too much Wikipedia. )
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+ So I turned in my paper about my thoughts on yaoi, and the title is now even more fitting because my outline was so thick that by the time I finished blithering about RaceFail and Merlin fandom, I reached the suggested page maximum. I didn't even need to talk about Narnia's Problem Of Susan anymore, and it's almost a shame because my friend bought me the Pocket Companion to Narnia for Christmas and I was looking forward to using it. OH WELL.

+ My subscriptions on greader have become flimsy excuses to be spammed by pretty pictures. Quite possibly I spent some time procrastinating on Made of Gold going jfklsjfljsdfsd at every other photo, especially this Angel and this Bradley. Is it time for a Merlin rewatch of fast-forwarding to all the parts where Arthur and Gwen make sexy eyes at each other? Perhaps.

+ Plot Bunny #4398: Modern day AU, Arthur/Gwen/Lancelot in an uneasy polyamorous arrangement on an extended vacation somewhere. Ennui and colorful drinks on white-sand beaches. Part travelogue and part displaced emotions, with liberal amounts of sexytimes.

+ Plot Bunny #5840: Futurefic, post-battle Arthur/Morgana. Some excuse for a quiet moment in which a weary Morgana, all decked out in armor, leans back against a tree and closes her eyes. Then she and Arthur have a Moment, and then there are sexytimes.

+ Don't I have enough WIPs? Don't I need to eat these leftover fortune cookies and croissant and watch some TV? The answer is yes.

+ AHAHAHA wut. 'Bromance' has its own Wikipedia page. "Aristotle described a concept similar to the bromance as early as 300 BCE."
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So my anthropology final is going to be about fanfiction as a platform for the expression of subaltern rhetoric (specifically, pro-LGBT and pro-women rhetoric), and I'll be using Merlin and Narnia fandoms as case studies. Basically, my essay is about: YOU GUYS. I have a 4-page outline for 20-ish (15-ish?) pages and it's due on Tuesday omg.

It was such a trip making this outline. I was writing about The Last Battle, and my gut instinct was to warn for spoilers. Spoilers! Warning for spoilers in an academic essay: I WON'T DO IT, but it feels wrong not to anyway! I'm probably going to compile stats & figures from LJ comms, fic archives, and [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin (OMG I'M GONNA TALK ABOUT KINKME_MERLIN IN AN ACADEMIC PAPER) to support my claim that, what, people are into slash. Maybe I'll even make a table of it and put it in the appendix?!? MAYBE I'LL MAKE PIE CHARTS D: D: (XD)

There are peer-reviewed journals and published books about this stuff, but this paper doesn't feel like a grad-level anthro final. It feels like a "what I did over my summer vacation" essay, or an especially self-indulgent LJ post.

I've some interview questions for you guys, 'cos it's not everyday that the subject of my paper topic is but a flist away! Answer one, some, or all; I'd be happy with whatever.

OUR FANDOMS, OURSELVES: 5 questions about your fannish experience )

Non-interviewy questions--

a) What is that article about Merlin when it was new, in which Colin and Bradley were surprised/chuffed that the show was so embraced by the gay community?
b) Do you guys have links to the Merlin producers/publicists blatantly shipping Bradley/Colin, even if just for the slash fans' benefit? Like, that time when Bradley was playing charity soccer and Julian Jones or wtfe was like yeah, Colin's gonna be there with a sponge and bucket to wipe him down.
c) Not for my essay, but: are Katie McGrath's eyes green or blue? THEY'RE GREEN DAMMIT, but I've seen a lot of blue in fics. (GREEN.)
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The following might also be an interesting topic for my anthro final paper. (Oh god, I gotta choose a topic and send an outline to my prof before the week is out.)

The Sociological Images blog recently posted about the relativity of feminist liberation that touches on some of the problems with how feminism is discussed and articulated. The post is specifically about women-only taxi services that have begun popping up in Dubai, Mexico, Moscow, and, weirdly, the UK. In Manila, the MRT (our El/subway) has a women-only train car. I heard (...but can't find online confirmation) that it was women passengers themselves who requested this service because they kept getting groped on the train, especially during rush hour.

On the one hand, the pro-womanness of such a service is superficial. It's still demeaning, and it reinforces gender binaries and perpetuates an unjust system. Well, yes, ideally we would be living in a world where you don't need a women-only taxi service, but on the other hand I'm hesitant to sacrifice the security of these women for the sake of ideology. Just like you can't juxtapose one country's democracy wholesale on another country's, you can't juxtapose one country's feminism wholesale either. It has to grow organically from within (and also a little bit without). But to go back to the one hand, is more segregation really the way to promote this?

The problem with these services is that they're end-of-the-pipe solutions. They treat the symptoms of misogyny instead of the causes. They send a message to the men that they can continue to act like misogynists because we can always remove ourselves from the situation and it's our fault if we don't. But on the OTHER hand, sometimes when people talk about bringing some good ol' women's lib from countries where it's more commonplace to countries where it's less commonplace, it reminds me of the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" mentality of economic conservatism: "You don't need special treatment, you just need to be strong!" That's all well and good, but the bootstraps of women in, say, the USA are already pretty high up compared to the bootstraps of women in the Philippines. And these boots, they smell like White Woman's Burden. Equality among women != sameness among women.

I think women should be wary of insisting on solidarity based on what we are not i.e. men. We're not just not-men. However, sometimes the rhetoric of being not-men overpowers the diversity of women's situations around the world, reducing women in quote unquote less liberated countries to the subaltern of the subaltern. And yeah, that's one of the flaws of the women-only taxi service, in that it is totally based on being not-men. If the way women protect themselves in other countries is disagreeable to us, should we take their protection away because it's bad for their feminist agenda? For WHOSE feminist agenda? Can you use 'unfeminist' means like these taxis to further feminism? Or is that too much like fighting for peace and fucking for virginity?

And, I dunno, what if the woman trying to hail a women-only taxi is escorting her ailing grandfather or something?

The Huffington Post offers a stronger stance on why these women-only taxis are questionable indeed. Interestingly, the HuffPost article was written by a man, whereas the Sociological Images post was written by a woman. I have my reservations about these taxis, but I also have my reservations about dismissing the idea outright. At the very least, it provides a safe space. It reminds me of - and I wish I have the link - how some people were trying to make an organization/support group for Hispanic gays, and a non-Hispanic gay was like, "But what for? We're ALL gay!" But what he was really saying is "We're ALL not straight", which isn't the same thing.
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SNOWFLAKES: I can haz! Thank you [livejournal.com profile] allothi, [livejournal.com profile] almostinstinct, [livejournal.com profile] briar_pipe, [livejournal.com profile] not_sally, and [livejournal.com profile] stealingpennies! <333 \o/

You know how [livejournal.com profile] penknife made an SGA starter kit for people who want to get into the show but maybe don’t want to watch the zillion episodes already out? Is there something like this for Supernatural?

Speaking of TV, how about The Office and how I couldn’t finish watching the “Scott’s Tots” episode, argh. I love The Office to bits but this episode was so painful and terrible D-:

To help me think my anthropology final through, under this cut is a discussion of how I might make Narnia the topic of my Ideologies/Mythologies final paper. )

Or, I can just write my final paper about fandom in general, or maybe ‘Merlin’ fandom specifically! Hoo man, ideology and mythology in ‘Merlin’ fandom, that is a completely different post.

Randomly, I miss watching Ocean Girl :(. WHERE ARE YOU, OCEAN GIRL SEASON 4.

ETA: Hilarious vid rec of the whenever!: Arthur in the Afternoon. "A dazzling tribute to Arthur Pendragon and his amazing wooing skills. Or, an incisive exploration of the increasingly shameless objectification of Bradley James by the British Broadcasting Corporation."
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Some great photos of child labor in America circa 1908-1912. Well, not great per se. Uh, you know. They're compelling.

Merlin 2x11. At this point last season, we had unicorns. )

In other news, here's what I wrote for homework this week: identity and destiny in Narnia )

Unrelatedly, I don't ship Draco/Hermione, I really don't, but apparently I ship EmmaWatson!Hermione and TomFelton!Draco b-because they're hot. Okay.

ETA: OMG [livejournal.com profile] mordred_morgana!! YES. YESSSSS. And... [livejournal.com profile] leonandmorgana?? SURE WHY NOT.

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1. I got a Google Reader account and my Shared Items are here. GReader is like an RSS feed except you can add blogs that aren't RSS-able and also publicly share interesting posts. So, I've been on the lookout for interesting blogs. I particularly like Missives from Marx, which is written by a theology professor who writes about all sorts of things and not just Marx and theology. I also like M.S. Corley, who is an illustrator/designer who has recently been reimagining a lot of book covers and characters. Do you guys have cool blogs you'd recommend me? Preferably one with short entries or pretty pictures?

2. [livejournal.com profile] movementmvt, or Movement Movement, is the brainchild of [livejournal.com profile] zempasuchil. The premise of the comm is 'fandom/academia OTP!!1' "This comm was created as a forum to bring academic things together with literary/fannish things, share the geekitude, and rejoice. Please post your Merlin fanfic that deals with the class differences, your speculations on imperialism in fantasy, what Max Weber has to say about Narnia, how anthropology-fail Temperance Brennan is sometimes, questions on worldbuilding, examinations of the nature of myth, neat quotes that should totally be fic prompts, links to these things if they already are out there, etcetera, etcetera." Also, anthrolology is my new favorite word. Join! Geek out! Embrace your inner pretentious nerrrrd!

3. Who cares about an Australian show from the 90s about scientists living in an underwater facility and a foundling who can talk to whales? I do! Oh 'Ocean Girl'! Oh man, these kids! I love their loyalty to each other. I love tech wiz Froggy and clever Zoe and prickly Vanessa. I don't necessarily like how Jason has appointed himself official protector of everyone (which is the primary reason why I can't get behind Jason/Neri), but I find it interesting at least. And NERI, oh how the actress can play open-hearted and kind and otherworldly without being ingratiatingly beatific and holier-than-thou <3. And the show is also like, "Save our oceans!!" Come watch this show with me, guys.

4. Also rewatching 'The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest', unsurprisingly, THANKS YULETIDE NOMINATED FANDOMS LIST. Hey, remember when they said they were making a live-action Jonny Quest movie with Zac Efron in the titular role and then no one said anything about it ever again? Well. Also, did anyone else frequent this site to read JQ fanfic, back in the day? 'Jonny Quest' is so going on my would-write-for list for Yuletide. There is only one Jonny Quest fic on Yuletide and this needs to be rectified.

5. In the interest of full disclosure, I posted the Durkheim quotes from Forms & Foundations in a post here. If I missed any, please do tell. I'm not trying to claim anything of Durkheim's as my own!
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Man, if you thought 'Sea Change' and the Revolutionsverse was bad, heads up. This is probably the most pretentious (...and academic discipline- and litigation-inviting) thing I've done to date.

I co-wrote Narnia fic with Emile Durkheim. It's England fic, of which approx 50% is copy-pasted from Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life. The translation I have is the Joseph Swain one, and it's beautifully written and it reminds me of Narnia ALL THE DAMN TIME. My notes in the margins largely consist of things like "OMG SUSAN" and "the constitutive elements of Aslan" and just, I dunno. Sometimes the book feels like a collection of excerpts from fic. Durkheim totally could've written some bombass Narnia fic if he wanted to. So I made him!

For Z, who loves me anyway.

(I, uh. I should flock this, shouldn't I.)

Forms & Foundations
Narnia. Susan, Edmund. G. Co-written with Emile Durkheim, posthumously.
"This world tells her, You are Susan Pevensie, a whole equal to the sum of her parts, and she wonders what that entails."

The idealization of a world is merely changing the terms of the problem; it is not resolving it or even advancing it. )
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acadefail )

The Tudors, all seasons )

Lost through This Place Is Death, sort of )

Recs? Why not!

Tudors fic recs! It's all Charles Brandon, 'cos I guess Henry Cavill is pretty. But goddammit, I want some Cromwell fic. Some LADIES OF SPAIN fic!

Along the lines of crack, here is an Arthur/Gwen/Lancelot vid set to an improbable hip-hop song about Arthur/Gwen/Lancelot. (His name is Lancelot. He break dances a lot.) Here is a Merlin AU fic where they are dinosaur revolutionaries (and evolutionaries?!). And this next thing is not crack, it's just that her header graphics are gorgeous.
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The prof is extending this unit until next week, which is great because there are no new readings, leaving me more time to send out resumes and freak out about my thesis data sets. The FAO can suck it, but the Philippines' Bureau of Agricultural Statistics is a friendly fellow, he can stick around.

Okay, what, Ideologies/Mythologies. Unit 2: Ideology & the Political-Theological and how they make awesome fic prompts )

and then I change the subject to Leverage! mostly about the Two Live Crew Job ep )
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You thought I was done with you, Narnia, but you should know that I am never done with you.

This started out as commentfic with Z, cracking out about Peter/rock symbolism in PC, and then somehow became the only fic I've written to require a bibliography. For about a month or so, we weirdly had to read the same books for homework and - in addition to Narrrrrnia - that was how we became friends. So, this fic kind of grew out of that, sort of. This fic is preceded, on my end, by this post and my paper applying Durkheimian and Weberian concepts to the Chronicles of Narnia.

No, please, tell me how to be a bigger geek, I wanna know.

With the kind of classes I have this semester though, it's more difficult to apply homework to fandom. If any of you ever figure out how to use binomial distribution and multivariate regression as metaphors for the human heart, you let me know, mmkay?

Title: Sea Change
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] lassiterfics and [livejournal.com profile] zempasuchil, Esq.
Fandom: Narnia
Rating: G
Summary: Sea change: n. A gradual transformation in which the form is retained but the substance is replaced. "Maybe when the world changes, your footholds in it do too. Maybe he's back to stumbling in a land that doesn't fit him." Peter, Susan, and Edmund from the end of the Golden Age to England, and back, and back again.
A/N: [livejournal.com profile] templemarker has remixed this fic for [livejournal.com profile] remixredux09, and it's awesome: into something rich and strange (the tempus aeternum backbeat)

don't forget don't forget don't forget until it stops being words and is just a tight and urgent feeling in a chamber of his heart )
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In the interest of full disclosure, I'm posting the parts of Emile Durkheim's Elementary Forms of Religious Life on which Forms & Foundations is based. I hope I got the most blatant of them, and if I didn't, please do tell!

Durkheim, Emile. Elementary Forms of Religious Life. Trans. Joseph Swain. New York: Free Press, 1965.

For what it's worth, Durkheim makes a great co-fic-writer. )


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