2013 is the year I really joined fandom - though I realized later I'd been creating a few isolated fanworks previously, this year I made it a point to become more a part of it all, and I'm glad I did. :)

Found out about this via [personal profile] kass.

In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

1: The Guardian of the Opera
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians, The Phantom of the Opera (1986 musical, 2011 Royal Albert Hall recording)
Medium: Fanfic
Pairing: Jack/Jamie (Christine/Raoul), Jack/Pitch (Christine/Phantom)
Length: 48991 (+1838) words
Summary: When the prima donna principal dancer E. Aster Bunnymund throws a tantrum over a supposed dark “Guardian” of the Ballet Populaire house, soloist Jack Frost steps up. But little does anyone know that the Guardian is real and stepping into the limelight has made Jack the target of his desires. Jack’s childhood friend Jamie Bennett fights to save Jack’s heart, life, and perhaps even soul.
Reflection: This was my first long fic ever, and my first time consciously realizing that I was writing fanfic. It took me months to complete (2013 April-November), and I would never have believed it would be that long, or that I'd stick with it for that long, when I first read the prompt and got inspired. I can't believe how many people read it, though at the time I wished it were more comments, and I especially wish I got more [positive] comments about the ending.

2: Sandy's Fireflies on AO3, on Vimeo
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Music: Fireflies by Owl City
Medium: Fanvid
Pairing: None
Length: 3:48
I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly
It's hard to say that I'd rather stay
Awake when I'm asleep
'Cause everything is never as it seems

Reflection: This was my first fanvid ever! :) I grew obsessed with this song soon after I entered fandom, and then realized that I knew enough about video editing in iMovie and could figure out enough else about it to do something about the obsession. Since I was only into RotG at the time, of course that's what I thought of, and Sandy was the obvious choice.

3: Repentance
Fandom: X-Men (movies, especially Last Stand and First Class)
Medium: Fanfic
Pairing: Erik/Charles (as friends)
Length: 4526 words
Summary: Post-Cure Erik Lehnsherr alternates days playing chess in Central Park and doing chores, except for on the Sabbath. When he makes a new friend who reminds him of an old friend, he realizes the meaning of the Ten Days.
Rec: Kass (again) made me aware of this thing called the Days of Awesome, which was a challenge to write about Jewish characters for the High Holy Days. Erik being Erik, he was the obvious choice, and no Erik fic is complete without his foil Charles, even if just in memory. While this one has fewer comments than The Guardian of the Opera, presumably due to being shorter and thus getting less exposure through AO3's assorted reverse chronological list features, the specific comments which I did get were amazing (elegaic! someone called me elegaic!), and I feel really proud of the impact this work made on people.

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Is it less problematic when the guy and gal swap the parts on "Baby It's Cold Outside"? B/c Lady Gaga and Joseph Gordon-Levitt did so on the Muppets Thanksgiving Special.

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My favorite X-Men: First Class trailer.

I may just need to go watch this movie in the theaters again.
Everybody needs a wrapped Christmas cat.


I'm on my iPad and embedding's a bitch, so you'll just have to follow that link to see the most patient cat ever get wrapped up with a bow on top.
asterroc: (xkcd - Escher)
Google Video is going to cease hosting new videos, so I need a new service to compress and host videos for my classes. Unfortunately Wikipedia's comparison charts of video services doesn't list all the things I want to know about. Here's what I'm looking for; 1-5 are required characteristics, "preferred" are additional characteristics I really want, and "optional" are bonuses.

  1. Unlimited file size (or at least 500MB), unlimited time (or at least 90 min)

  2. Cross-platform compatible

  3. No additional software required for viewing (things like Java, Flash are ok since most computers have them already)

  4. Compresses videos as well as sharing them, so they're faster for students to download on slow internet connections

  5. No bandwidth cap, or 1.5GB/week / 8GB/month minimum.

  6. No account required for viewing (preferred)

  7. I can choose not to display my name/account with videos I post (so I can use the same account for personal use) (preferred)

  8. I can choose to not allow students to find other videos that I posted (ditto the purpose) (preferred)

  9. I can choose to unlist videos I post, so no one but my students with a direct link are likely to find them (for intellectual property reasons) (preferred)

  10. Download of video available (preferred)

  11. Organization of videos into "folders" so I can post a link to the folder and the student can access all videos for that class in one place, and not the videos for other classes (optional)

  12. Tool to upload multiple videos simultaneously (optional)

  13. Upload tool allows me to resume paused or interrupted uploads (optional)

Anything else I should be looking for? Who do you like that has these? Google Video had 1-9. YouTube already fails at #1. I started looking at Vimeo and RapidShare, but don't know much about them. Edit: RapidShare seems a bit sketchy, Vimeo has weekly bandwidth limits below what I need.
These days, every MIT Mystery Hunt has a theme, and the kickoff at 12noon on the Friday of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend always presents the story of the theme. This year, it was a futuristic Sci-Fi convention (Zyzzlcon 3009) with guests of honor the crew of the Brass Rat, that got sucked into the region of space called Zyzzlvaria. The only way to escape is to find all the missing crew members and the Covertly Operational Inversion Node (COIN - traditionally the Hunt ends when one team finds a coin or other representational object at the end of a scavenger hunt). Here's T$'s video of the kickoff.

And a direct link.
Anyone know or feel like compiling a list of the registered parties of the people in the Don't Vote video? I have a sneaking suspicion they lean drastically towards liberal/Democrat.


Sep. 9th, 2008 02:58 pm
Just for you [livejournal.com profile] meleah, it's the Large Hadron Rap. Show it to your kids - I'm probably going to show it to mine tomorrow.

Spoonbill (?) at National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD

The horror!

Can you tell I'm sorting my trip photos for the last couple of weeks?
Act II of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is now up. I really like the music - too bad the separate songs aren't available through iTunes.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (free streaming for a limited time) is what you would get if you made a show crossing The Venture Brothers with Flight of the Conchords, in a way that can only be done by Joss Whedon and some of his favorite actors. Episode I (of 3, each around 13 minutes) is currently available.
asterroc: (doll)
CNN has a series of interviews (videos) regarding people's identity as black. The first one is with a woman author, and discussed the "one-drop" concept, as well as self-identity and isn't half bad (though the camera work is mostly bad). If you watch the whole thing through, the next will load, but I haven't watched the others yet.
It's a kitty playing a theramin. This one's for you, [livejournal.com profile] kelsin. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jmgold/[livejournal.com profile] jmgold42.

Pahr Punt

Oct. 21st, 2007 05:28 pm
[livejournal.com profile] unofischal, how many of these have you seen lately?

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] meleah!

T$ tells me this's old, but it's new to me, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] framefolly.

Y'know, I think this video epitomizes everything that is wrong with the US correction system: not enough choreographed dances to Michael Jackson when he was still black. Meanwhile, I want to know why one of them got to dress like the chick, but the MJ stand-in didn't get to wear the red leather jacket.

For your entertainment, on the page I found it, it said "Vector physics in real life. From 'Trivia no Izumi' (Fountain of Trivia), the same Japanese show that figured out how heavy a fish Dora cat can carry."

For your edification, what's happening is the truck is driving forward (left) at 100km/hr, while the ball is being shot backwards (right) at (-)100km/hr relative to the truck. Note in particular the strobe effect photos of the ball shot from a stationary truck at 1:40, and the ball shot from the moving truck at 3:50. Also note that while the ball falls it drifts forward slightly, this could be due either to a mismatch in velocities or due to drafting (wind following the motion of the truck), and after it impacts the ground it bounces forward significantly, probably due to spin ("English") on the ball or possibly due to drafting (since the video is sped back up we can't tell how fast it's moving forward compared to while it was falling).

Link c/o [livejournal.com profile] hitchhiker.



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