laene_lif: (Holmes hmm)
Another post devoid of RL stuff... Not sure why I'm so reluctant to write things down right now, but. Regardless. I just want to say that I've started three vidding projects, and at the moment, I'm excited about them. One is Sherlock Holmes with Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" (I don't know, ok, I really don't know, but I just wanted to and I'm sorry lol) and the other two are for The Phantom of the Opera.

Came out of nowhere, right? I haven't given any thought to Phantom in years. Except that I've always kind of wanted to use the song "Bright Eyes" by Blind Guardian for it. And right now I'm really in love with the song "Blinding" by Florence and the Machine and it would be perfect for Christine (and for Phantom as a whole in a meta way). or at least, it'd be nice to imagine that she eventually has an epiphany like the one which the song describes. I'm sort of toying with the idea of using some other source for an AU, more grownup Christine (could Irene pass, do you think? eh?), but I don't think I could really pull off making them look like they go together. Anyway -- the "Blinding" one is the most recent project (in fact, I haven't really started it -- it's just a bunny) so it'll be a while in coming, probably, but... Yeah, could be cool.

Working on these two at the same time has me wishing for some Holmes/Phantom crossover stuff (fics, vids, whatever). Does anyone know of any? I mean, I know it's a pretty random request, but on the off chance...

I guess that's it. I hope everyone's doing well.
laene_lif: (Neil Perry theatre happiness)
Oh, and one other thing.

The other day I was trying to remember what the fuck this movie was that I was all of a sudden remembering little snippets of. I knew it involved a circus, and some evil ringmaster with like a glass eye or something and a bunch of crows like eating him alive or something and leaving behind just the eye. And this was a kid's movie -- a cartoon. What the fuck was it?

And then I found it:


Thank you, YouTube. Keeping memories alive.

Oh, and the mildly traumatizing part that was the whole reason I remembered this movie at all (before viewing this video brought it back so much more vividly) is at 6:13 to 7:11. Creepy, right?
laene_lif: (Guildenstern such is life shrug smile)
Haven't written anything substantial here in a pretty long while now. I'm sure I'll get back to spilling my guts sometime soon.

For now, I just want to mention that I have just discovered the HBO show "The Wire" -- almost finished with season 1 now -- and it is so fucking good. It's sort of like "Law and Order" but more thoughtful and unpredictable. No formula, and it really goes into the characters' lives. Sort of like "Breaking Bad" too, but more realistic, I think (less campy, although BB isn't all that campy), and with a much bigger scope. BB is pretty tightly focused on the slow downfall of its two lead white guys as they stumble through the world of drug production/sales and the war on drugs. "The Wire" is just about that whole world. There are so many wonderfully interesting characters and I don't think a single person on it isn't kind of fucked up but they're so compelling and so human.

My favorite characters are probably Omar (I just saw someone on YT describe him as "if Clint Eastwood were gay and black"), Wallace (16-year-old low-level drug dealer, oldest of a bunch of orphaned siblings), McNulty (your basic maverick detective, alcoholic, Irish, divorced), Bunk Moreland (McNulty's awesome partner), Rhonda (female prosecutor), Greggs (lesbian detective, also working on a law degree), and Bubbles (heroin addict, thief, and police informant). There's a bunch of others I like a lot too: Lester Freamon, Donnette, Johnny Weeks (Bubbles' buddy), Bodie...

I kind of want to make a vid or something. I think I might for Season 1. Any song suggestions? Anyone else love this show?

Here's a nice write-up of the show.

Also! Watch some dancing! My favorite two dances from the last two episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance. ""Mad World": a homeless guy and a businessman run into each other on the street and realize they used to know each other. And "How It Ends" -- supposedly about two best friends, but really, the show's first dance depicting a homosexual romance (albeit, one that ends badly).

And while I'm recommending dances, here's a couple more I liked from earlier this season. The two I just mentioned are both contemporary, and the next two are both hip-hop. My Chick Bad -- less of a storyline than the contemporary pieces, but the idea is... modern cowboys and a girl who kicks ass? And then there's Outta Your Mind. This doesn't have much of a storyline either, but the basic idea is a therapy session. Alex -- a ballet dancer by training -- is so good in this, and so good in general. It's such a shame that he had to leave because of an injury. Hmmmm and also this one: This Bitter Earth -- the actual dance doesn't start until 1:55, but the first two minutes tell you about the dancers and the dance.
laene_lif: (House spinny chair)
I could make a post about my thoughts going into teaching.

I could make a post about my thoughts on relationships and my boyfriend blablabla.

I could make a post about my trip to Costa Rica.

I could make a post about how my dad now has dengue fever from said trip. (Don't know which kind yet, but he's in the hospital.)

Instead... Another So You Think You Can Dance post? also Lady Gaga )

ETA: Mark is also in the "Telephone" video.

With the baguette. And...

Between Gaga and Beyonce.
laene_lif: (Aslan is dead)
Then I'll dig a tunnel

Title: Tunnels to Narnia
Song & Artist: "Tunnels (Neighborhood #1)" by The Arcade Fire
Fandom: The Chronicles of Narnia (mostly "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" with a little bit of "Prince Caspian" toward the end)
Summary: General overview, with a melancholic/nostalgic slant. (Wanky description: I guess, to me, it's sort of about the way people and surroundings change, due to outside forces and the simple passing of time. What remains at the core? Familiar modes of escapism? Nostalgia? Love? C.S. Lewis would probably have something to say about this.)
Notes: This is basically the best vid quality I've put up, thanks to the new WMM -- I recommend selecting the "HD" option on YouTube. (Oh, and if anyone wants a dl, just ask -- I'll put one up.)

laene_lif: (H/W)
Title: The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Homes and Watson!
Song: "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out To Get Us"
Artist: Sufjan Stevens
Movie: "Sherlock Holmes" (Guy Ritchie's; 2009) [and a couple of sneaky clips from "Finding Neverland"]
Comments from the vidder: Yeah, so I'm not really super proud of this one, but you know, whatever. I do enjoy it, and I hope you do too. I found the song difficult to vid for -- it's a bit quirky and ponderous (I edited out a few big chunks of it and it's STILL almost 5 minutes long) -- but I couldn't squelch my desire to do it. Every time I listened to it, I thought of H/W and UST. In my mind, the wasp (or crow? can we pretend a crow works?) represents both the prick of love and desire, and the the oppressiveness of (Victorian) society and ideals which make that love impossible. Enjoy.

Download: My copy of SH isn't great (it's very dark) and WMM isn't great, of course, and on YT it just becomes even worse. So if you're interested in a slightly better quality viewing, here's a download link: here. [28,169 KB; 4 minutes, 56 seconds]
YouTube Link:

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(I know I'm preaching to the choir, here. But I just thought... maybe someone who hates fanfiction will browse through the answers to the Writer's Block thing. And maybe they'll read this?)

Fan fiction is the modern version of sitting around the campfire, telling old folktales, myths and legends, and letting them live--retelling them, changing them, responding to them.

It's a natural and beautiful thing. Lately I've been coming across all these people who are pissed off or disgusted by it and I just want to shake them and shout, "WHY DO YOU HATE FUN?!" Or maybe "Why do you find this so threatening??"

Sure, not all individual examples of fan fiction are all that remarkable. And some are just bad. (Although, really, a lot of those are from very young writers, many of whom have a lot of growing to do as writers (and fanfic communities will likely help them)). But this is not a reason to condemn the entire practice. Would you condemn the entire world of academic literary criticism just because you'd found a lot of bad essays written by kids? -- or essays you didn't personally agree with, or maybe you thought they were too derivative... No, I hope not.

I really do think that they're very related activities (literary analysis papers and fanfic). They are both the result of engaging critically and creatively with a text, responding to it in a form that others will recognize and respond to as well. They are both part of ongoing, open conversations based around literature (and other media -- STORIES) and people's responses to it. People's responses are based on their own experiences, and other texts, and other "counter-texts" (essays, reviews and fanfic).

And fanfiction in particular is such a wonderful brand of that kind of active reading -- it provides such a great form and forum to do it in. The communities formed around it can be so supportive and generative of growth, thought and discussion, and it connects you with people from all over the world, and people with different experiences and perspectives, different ideas about the texts. It's like the fucking best English class ever.


Also, the fucking Aeniad is a fanfic of The Illiad.

Shakespeare's plays were pretty much all fanfiction!
And there are endless examples of modern fanfics of Shakespeare.

[ profile] bookshop has an awesome list of recognized and lauded derivative works here.
laene_lif: (House headache)
Tonight was my last all-nighter as an undergrad. ...Woo!
laene_lif: (Guildenstern such is life shrug smile)
I feel doubtful as to whether anyone here's got opinions about me strong enough to move them to post, but on the off chance that someone does, I'm doing the meme.

This one -->
i've always wanted to tell you
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Anyway. To do:

-Kripke paper
-five reflections on Education
-"chapter" on Education
-review of "Culture, Language and Literacy"
-King Lear paper
-submissions to philosophy club journal
-several more pages of my robot story
-philosophy final exam

It's gonna be time to start living in the library soon, seeing as I still don't have a working computer of my own.
laene_lif: (Neil Perry theatre happiness)

I'm so excited to live in the future.
laene_lif: (House headache)
-write next scene for Fiction Writing Class
-five "reflection posts" for Education
-finish Powerful Literacy for Education class and pick out "optional" text
-memorize lines for "Twelfth Night" scene
-write more stuff for Fiction Writing
-get back to Prof. V. re: submitting "Twelfth Night" paper for Shakespeare conference
--if doing this, hugely edit said paper
--and write a 500 word proposal/summary by Thursday

-read articles for "Philosophy of Mind" (Kripke, Grice... what else was it?)
-go to the gym; pick things up and put them back down
-memorize lines for student play
laene_lif: (H/W)
I saw the Sherlock Holmes movie with my mom last night. I really, really enjoyed it. It's a playful action movie with eccentric, witty heroes (who are definitely reminiscent of House and Wilson). It's House meets Indiana Jones! And now I want to read fanfic for it.

I think my mom enjoyed it a little less though. Or, she enjoyed it, but it wasn't what she was expecting or wanting, I guess. Not having read the books, myself, I can't really judge how faithful it is, but according to my mom, who read them as a kid, Arthur Conan Doyle would be rolling in his grave. "Sherlock Holmes on steroids" was how she described it. But... I'll take that. Because it was good -- it was fun. There was something sort of "Pirates of the Caribbean" -esque about the whole thing.

Watch this little clip. In addition to House and Wilson, this moment also reminds me of Jack and Algy in The Importance of Being Earnest (the scene with tea cake, mostly).
laene_lif: (facepalm House)
It is so fucking cold in my apartment.

And I've been up all night because I am SO INEFFICIENT.

I'm writing about cyborgs and posthumanism and feminism, of course. And tentacle sex. THIS IS ACADEMIC STUFF, MAN.

I have to give a brief presentation on it in, ooh two hours and 45 minutes. It's just a ten minute reading on a panel -- not a big deal. My problem is cutting this stuff down. (And putting it into sentences and paragraphs that flow together and form a cohesive, coherent whole... But that's how it always goes when you start things 12 hours before they're due.)

Why am I on LJ???
laene_lif: (Guildenstern such is life shrug smile)
I'm doing Vagina Monologues at my school this year. Never have before, though a few of my friends have, and they're all doing it this year too, so it will be fun. And I got a pretty big part, which is neat. It's been so long since I've done any kind of acting. The piece I'm doing is called "Crooked Braid." It's pretty intense. Sad. I like it a lot. It's based on interviews by Eve Ensler with women from the Oglala Lakota Nation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Here, have a look:

crooked braid )

I hope I do it justice.

I've also decided to write my english capstone on Octavia Butler's "Xenogenesis" trilogy, "No Woman Born" by C.L. Moore, Judith Butler's feminist/gender theory stuff ("Gender Trouble") and Donna Haraway's "Cyborg Manifesto." Yeah. I'm pretty excited for it.
laene_lif: (Guildenstern such is life shrug smile)
Cold (especially my ankles), drinking weak coffee and writing about how the problems of radical skepticism are insoluble because they are fictitious. Says A.J. Ayer.

Also, gotta pee.

What to focus on: induction, other minds, memory, or senses/physical objects?

And (more importantly), what to write my English capstone paper on? The Absurd in... something? In Science Fiction? The sublime and the grotesque? The implications about human capacity for knowledge and certainty; about empathy; about... gender, and anti-essentialism? These things don't seem to mesh. But I feel like it could maybe work. Something about androids. I could write it all on "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" or maybe combine that with some stuff by Stanislaw Lem like "Solaris" and "The Mask". And maybe... C.L. Moore's "No Woman Born." I don't know. If anybody has any ideas about anything remotely related to any of that, I'd be very interested to hear it (and grateful).

(Maybe one of these days I'll write more of an actual entry. I have this notion in my head that when I write less, I'm living more. I'm not sure that's at all true, but it's there.)

Update: Ugh. I'm getting annoyed at this paper. The Ayer one. Trying to be clever about this shit just makes me talk in circles.
laene_lif: (Aslan is dead)
"The Snow Man" by Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is

"Perch" by Seamus Heaney

Perch on their water-perch hung in the clear Bann River
Near the clay bank in alder-dapple and waver,

Perch we called "grunts," little flood-slubs, runty and ready,
I saw and I see in the river's glorified body

That is passable through, but they're bluntly holding the pass,
Under the water-roof, over the bottom, adoze,

Guzzling the current, against it, all muscle and slur
In the finland of perch, the fenland of alder, on air

That is water, on carpets of Bann stream, on hold
In the everything flows and steady go of the world.


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