Yuletide - Narnia

Dear Yuletide 2011 Author...

Dear Yuletide Author,

Sorry for not posting this sooner; blame the usual end-of-year/final-exam/holiday crunch. If it helps, you can treat everything I say here as recommendations rather than demands. Honestly, I will be tremendously excited to get any story this year. That said, here are my thoughts...

If Hell has frozen over and you've decided to write a Fu Manchu story, you can read what I had to say about the canon in my Yuletide letter for 2010. I will add that this is probably the fandom I want fic for most, because as far as I can tell there isn't any.

If you've picked Twin Peaks, anything goes: any character, pre- or post-series, missing scenes, AUs, crossovers, or straight-up pastiche -- have fun!

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Finally, remember: correct grammar and spelling are our friends.
Dr Who - OMG

"The Most Unwanted Music"

Courtesy of my Tumblr dash:

MP3: Scientific Attempt To Create Most Annoying Song Ever

By Eliot Van Buskirk Email Author
April 18, 2008
8:32 am

An online poll conducted in the ’90s set Vitaly Komar, Alex Melamid and David Soldier on a quest to create the most annoying song ever. After gathering data about people’s least favorite music and lyrical subjects, they did the unthinkable: they combined them into a single monstrosity, specifically engineered to sound unpleasant to the maximum percentage of listeners. The song is not new, but it resurfaced on Dial "M" for Musicology.

Amazingly, this "most unwanted music" contains little dissonance — that would have been too easy. For the most part, they seem to have tried to assemble these elements in a listenable way.

Komar & Melamid and David Soldier’s list of undesirable elements included holiday music, bagpipes, pipe organ, a children’s chorus and the concept of children in general (really?), Wal-Mart, cowboys, political jingoism, George Stephanopoulos, Coca Cola, bossanova synths, banjo ferocity, harp glissandos, oompah-ing tubas and much, much more. It’s actually a fascinating listen, worthwhile for the opera rapping alone. (We didn’t think that was possible either.)

That’s the entire article; to steam or download the MP3, go to

ETA: God help us, this thing is over 20 minutes long.

Meme time!

From derryderrydown:

1. Reply to this post with "UNICORNS", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

This is my default icon. It's cropped from a picture I took at Coney Island in the late 90s. This particular sign has long since been painted over, but you can still find the Steeplechase mascot all over the area, especially since they made him the logo of the Scream Zone.

And here's a woman with a giant crab on her head. I wish I remembered where I found this particular image, or that I knew the story behind it. If I ever end up serving as the moderator of a Livejournal comm, I'll make this my "mod hat" icon. Currently I tend to use it when I'm feeling, well, crabby.

This is Conrad Veidt as Gwynplaine in The Man Who Laughs, a silent adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel. I own this movie on DVD but have not yet watched it, though I have seen clips in documentaries about early horror films. Modern audiences are most likely to know of the film through Brian de Palma's adaptation of The Black Dahlia, which refers to it. I think of this as my "I'm smiling because the alternative is murder" icon.

This is cropped from a map that accompanied a New York Times article about Governors Island, the former US Coast Guard housing base where I lived when my father was stationed in NYC. Since it became a national park open to the public during summers I've gone back a couple of times a year, most often for the Jazz Age Picnics.

That's me, costumed as the White Rabbit for the Dances of Vice "Wonderland in Spring" party in March 2010. I always enjoy dressing up for DoV, and I am particularly proud of that ensemble because I got the idea just a couple of days before the event. Once I thought of the White Rabbit, I realized I already owned a waistcoat, a (fake) pocketwatch, and a suitable coat and slacks; all I needed to buy were white gloves and the ears. The picture was taken by Steven Rosen.