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a clip from the rex is not your lawyer pilot has surfaced:

the absolute atrocity that is tennant's atempt at an american accent almost distracted me from how shit the writing was. almost.

that said, he's extremely hot. WHEN HE IS NOT TALKING OMG
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once again someone has noticed that a lot of slash is written by straight (white) women, and that a lot of slash is appropriative and fetishistic, so once again there is much hand-wringing and many desperate attempts to justify taking over sites like in order to complain about how homophobic russell t davies is for killing off fandom's woobie (weirdly enough, no one tried similar tactics after bisexual toshiko was killed, i can't imagine why), as well as the writing of stories where RTD is hit by a bus, or subjected to homophobic abuse, in order to put him in his place. meanwhile other parts of fandom are setting up straw man posts such as, "should women be allowed to write slash??" as if anyone has ever seriously told them the answer is no. people are horrified that slash might be the equivalent of girl on girl porn made for straight guys, because... er, i'm not sure why. because that erases all of the completely imaginary gay activism that straight slashers think they've indulged in by liking boysnogs? who knows. but apprently that meant the hunt was ON for something new to compare slash to!

so now slash is just like drag? seriously? i'm no expert on drag, other than having gone to a few shows (which is probably more than many of these "omg THIS!" commenters have done) and yet somehow i know that drag is a very complex practise with hundreds, even thousands of years of history behind it, that is enacted differently in every culture, that has roots in performance, ritual, and the arts, as well as purely "gay" culture. yes, those kirk/spock zines your aunt used to collect are pretty old, but it's not quite the same! and yet someone has written the following:

My standard line in this argument is comprised of two words: drag queens. Which I expand thus: women (most women) understand that (some) gay men have created a really distinctive and important form of cultural expression, saying things they couldn't say otherwise, through the adoption of female avatars from popular culture. And it seems to me that gay men should understand that (some) women have created a different and yet equally important form of cultural expression, saying things they couldn't say otherwise, by adopting male avatars. As a woman, I have been mostly--but not always and entirely--welcome in gay male spaces, and I think that women should mostly--but not always and entirely--welcome gay men into their spaces. So I think the parallel isn't to lesbian porn, but to drag (even the power relationships are more parallel, and I think drag better demonstrates the power of the alliance between women and gay men.)

aaaaaaand of course the comments are filled with "oh god, this parallel is PERFECT because now i don't have to worry about thinking about appropriation anymore. thanks!!" even though all drag is not about or from "gay" culture ("gay" seemingly standing in for modern, western, male, cis, white, homosexual culture, of course) let me just say (more to the people so eagerly jumping at anything that will let them off the hook of having to think about the realities of intersectionality and appropriation than the original poster, whom i think is wrong, but seems thoughtfully wrong, at least): way to attempt to appropriate even more gay culture for yourselves, slashers. oh, by the way, fuck off.

in all seriousness, why are people still arguing that slash is inherently about women using men to tell women's stories? am i in a coma, mad, or have i travelled back in time? is it crazy for me to write/read slash because i want to write/read about the two characters, and not shitty author avatars? being a female writer means a woman will probably always write with certain awarenesses or experiences that have been informed by being female, not that they're always writing about women in disguise.

obviously, in professional fiction men are the default and so harry potter has to have a male protagonist if it's going to become a "universal" phenomenon, but frankly the same market forces are not at work in fandom, because we're not selling anything. obviously the same cultural forces ARE at work, since so many people seem to think that a story about women can only be interesting if the women have cocks, but hey, we knew that. people just need to stop using thinly disguised internalised misogyny as an excuse for why slash is just "inherently" more interesting and own up to the fact that they like to get off (emotionally or sexually) on boysnogs. there is nothing morally wrong with this until people start declaring that the fact that they like to fetishise said boysnogging means they are true liberal activists/feminists/performers of important cultural expression. boysnogs =/= important cultural expression in and of themselves -- it's the stories you try to tell with them. and guess what? good stories are usually about people, not fetishised objects.

tl;dr: soz if the thought that much of slash really *is* the equivalent of girl on girl distresses you so much, but it is. most slash is like some unholy combination of girl on girl porn and the movie shoot 'em up, except the slash version of shoot 'em up would replace the paul giamatti character with one played by jason isaacs, and would replace the scene where clive owen fucks monica belluci in the middle of a gunfight with a scene where clive owen fucks james mcavoy in the middle of a gunfight. and yes, i would watch this.

ps: am going to utah tomorrow to visit family and finally meet my baby nephew, so if i'm not around for a bit that's why. pls to not be burning down the internets in my absence. <3
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if the rest of the special is as good (and creepy) as this new clip, it will be one of the most awesome episodes EVER.

:O <----- my face as i watched it, trufax!
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"I'm moving on from Doctor Who now, but I'm not from the Sarah Jane Adventures and from Torchwood. It's like, we just started work on series four of Sarah Jane yesterday, actually."

go here if you'd like to hear the interview: front row 29/06/2009. the bit in question is at about 3:45.

:D :D :D
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accidentally took a nap and had the weirdest dreams ever. I went to [ profile] taraljc's house and then was like, "o shit i think i forgot to actually ask tara if it was okay to stay with her!" because apparently i had keys to her apartment. which had a pizza/sub shop in the same building. an order of french fries was $2.95. i reflected they must make more money on the pizza than the subs, then tara got home and i kept fainting. then i was driving with my sister and her boyfriend (who was some random guy i've never met, as opposed to her actual boyfriend), we drove into a building -- not through the side, like actually through the corridors. i was looking outside for a place to par, then i got inside and boyfriend was buying something and the cashier was like, "you need to sign this" and he was like, "man, could you do it? i'm too drunk." while a cop was standing next to him. then he was arrested. then i was wandering around the building looking for my sister while a bunch of people in renaissance costume were setting up a banquet, and i recognised like a third of them from chicago TARDIS.

then somehow my dream turned into a doctor/jack story. wtf, self? at least make it doctor/river.

only semi-relatedly, someone PLEASE tell me this if i am hallucinating or if that is really sophie aldred at a michael jackson concert in 1988 (the BAD tour). the bit with the audience member in question is at 8:13, during a performance of "liberian girl".


there was also a young backup singer named "sheryl crow" talking to the interviewer during another part. that was really her, though, cos i checked and she was indeed a backup singer for jackson during the bad tour. also there are not likely to be many singers named sheryl crow who actually look like sheryl crow even though giant 80's hair was masking some of her features.
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so apparently i will be reccing at [ profile] three_settings this week. check it out if you're curious as to what kind of fic makes me think, "oh that was quite sexy. oh, and also well-written. and i won't mind admitting to that in public. too much." or avoid that, if you're afraid to find out (or already knoooow and wish you didn't D:).

meanwhile, there's a thread on the anonmeme about whether gallifrey and the time lords should be brought back. and so i've been scrolling past this comment all day (which is part of thread where everyone's like, yeah get rid of it for good! stop bringing it up!) and every time i see it it HURTS MY SOUL:

Yeah, but thing is? New canon hasn't really made a case for its absence. I mean, it's present by its constant absence, more so even than Rose was.

other than the fact that that statement doesn't make logical sense (make a case, what?), it's strange to this commenter that the continued absence of the doctor's home planet is "present" within the show? what, is he going to forget he blew it up and wiped every being on it, including his own family, his own children, off the face of the universe? and it's even stranger that this is made more of an issue in the show than rose being gone?

i just. this statement does not compute. of course gallifrey's absence is mentioned more than rose's! GUYS HE DESTROYED HIS ENTIRE SOCIETY, HE COMMITED GENOCIDE AGAINST HIS OWN PEOPLE. HE KILLED HIS OWN CHILDREN. this is more important than a not!girlfriend, even if she was dead, and not alive and healthy with her entire family and an inherited job and inherited wealth. gah!!
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guys this is possibly the most epic post i will EVER MAKE. otherwise known as "yes, that really is christopher lee. NO REALLY."

The Magic of the Wizard's Dream, by Rhapsody of Fire

"Every second of this song is like an orgasm, its the most epic song ever, there isn't other band like Rhapsody, they're the best band in all the galaxies, and if you don't believe me, listen this song in all of its versions." -- youtube commenter Gaasz

"No it is not funny." -- youtube commenter Gandalf930

Unholy Warcry by Rhapsody of Fire

"Man. What a sweet solo. But why were they rubbing barbecue sauce on a skull at 1:50???
Neways, RoF PWNS ALL!!!!!!!" -- youtube commenter ACDCBoy62

"Maybe the idea was, that the "sauce" is blood. And the skull is the skull of the man, who will be ressurected.
Even so, the song is amazing.
So was Rhapsody written. And so shall Rhapsody be!" -- youtube commenter al3k0

"You are stupid, so they are more powerful than themselves? The bandmembers from Rhapsody of Fire are no more "powerful" than any other human." -- youtube commenter Offspringfan63

i saw a cut-down version of "unholy warcry" on Rockhard Video on can-tv (channel 19, i think) when i still lived in chicago. it was the most epic thing i had ever seen and i think i spent several days in a fugue state, thinking, "what the fuck? did i just see that? was fucking christopher lee just fucking IN THAT?". later i found the video on rhapsody's website which resulted in it being shown during one of my classes at SAIC, i.e. the best class ever.

i found the un-cut version on youtube a few weeks ago. and while i was looking at rhapsody links i found "the magic of the wizard's dream", which i had actually read about but never heard (despite looking for it at the time, because i was like, "christopher lee singing epic metal? YAH I NEED TO FIND THAT"). i think that the word which best describes that piece is, indeed, "indescribable".


"thats what im talking about lee is the shit" -- youtube commenter shankmasta420

"there is a god
his name is Christopher Lee" -- youtube commenter Morguille


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