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February 26 - [personal profile] commodorified requested and required me to talk about Canada Fandom.

I feel like this is probably a term that requires at least a little explaining, and I expect I am probably the wrong person to do the explaining, but I'll give it a shot from my American-former-member-of-due-South-fandom perspective.

My sense of "Canada fandom" is that it refers to a tendency of a swathe of fandom centered on Canadian media, which I saw as epicentered on due South fandom and spreading outward through other shows and movies featuring Paul Gross, Callum Keith Rennie, Hugh Dillon, and other people who seem to show up in movies with those actors possibly on the basis of a casting phone tree. On top of being fannish about all these sources featuring Canadians, and set in Canada, a lot of people seem to extend a certain fannish attachment to the country of Canada itself, in a way that I have to assume is super weird to actual Canadians. (Sorry, Canadians. IN THE END, IT'S LOVE.)

Having happy fannish feelings about maple leaves and curling and the Canadian Arctic were all just sort of extensions of having happy fannish feelings about Benton Fraser, who loved those things, too, and then, you know: Canada fandom. I guess why Canada is sort of answerable in terms of readily available English-language media for the average USAn fan and sort of like... why corgis and why otters and why flower crowns. Because the internet, eh?

I myself had the odd sensation of being a little bit of a Canada hipster upon arriving in due South fandom: having grown up in southeast lower Michigan as a hockey fan, I already had my own fair share of exposure to excellent things coming from Canada. I totally liked Canada before it was cool, you guys. It was the birthplace of a solid half of the Red Wings roster. I grew up with the CBC as a standard TV channel. From the small town where I grew up, the nearest water park was over the border in Canada. In high school the annual drama club was to see The Phantom of the Opera in Toronto, and my parents redeemed the betrayal of forbidding me my middle school class trip by packing me off to Canada for a weekend at age fourteen. When I was in college Canada was where you went to drink legally in bars at age nineteen or twenty, and in the morning you could get Tim Horton's and Kinder Eggs before you crossed back over the border. So I always knew that Canada was where to get better chocolate and freer drinks and it was some little fraction as weird for me, encountering people who thought Canada was mostly about Mounties and Canadian films, as it must be for Canadians. Canada was the (excellent) place across the river for me, and I had always loved it in that way, even before I got into the fandoms that loved it along with me.
dira: Billy Tallent's life is so complex. (Billy - Complex by pearl_o)
RIP, Maury Chaykin.

I feel like I should go watch Buried on Sunday now, except I don't actually own a copy.

a thought.

May. 5th, 2009 05:12 pm
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I would pay actual money for a version of Slings and Arrows with all of Richard's plotlines edited out.

(Which is to say: I'm watching series two for the first time.

Series three isn't going to be any different, is it?)
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I don't want to talk about who I was Google Image Searching, or why (which is to say: Christian Kane, due to an unexpected description of his hair color late in a rather brilliant schoolboy!jared bdsm j2 epic) but I think this might be the awesomest webpage I have seen in a very. long. time.

Celebrity Jedi Chefs

A few egregiously hotlinked favorites. Like. Nine. )
dira: Billy Tallent's life is so complex. (Billy - Complex by pearl_o)
Has everybody else already seen this? Billy Talent meets Billy Tallent? Because I am so far managing to refrain from jumping into that (depressing? hilarious?) comment thread, but it could be a near thing.

Also, is Callum about to punch someone or about to smile? I can't tell.


Other things everyone should see:

The Hush Sound's video for Honey.

Worm speaks! He's from Detroit! He got fired from being a REPO MAN.


If you're not ready to spend 38 minutes watching the real thing (or have already watched it as many times as you need to), here's the Daily Show's coverage of Barack Obama's speech on race.
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(Found it! And the thing about freight elevators wasn't really important, although if you have strong feelings about freight elevators, please, share.)

This is something that I still think had the potential to be really cool, if I had just gotten a brain transplant from someone good at writing tightly-plotted action-driven farce. *g*

It's a Due South/Hard Core Logo/Angel crossover, and it was going to require me to a) watch the first season of Angel all the way through, and b) make a lot of tricky characterizations work. Neither of which I had done when I sat down and banged out a string of setup scenes, so, you know, caveat lector and *facepalm* and all that.

Hard Core Logo movie spoilers behind the cut, if there's anyone left in this corner of the internet who hasn't seen it or been spoiled for it. The fourth scene has appeared previously at [livejournal.com profile] ds_flashfiction as Take the Gun.


Who the Hell? )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Fraser - Stalkee by Heuradys)
For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, a co-worker just asked me, "Did you do some voodoo?"

It was all I could do not to burst out laughing (or into song) on the spot. I spent several seconds trying to get my face under control and then said, "Yes. Yes, I did some voodoo," and through sheer force of will, I managed to refrain from ending the sentence with BAYBEE!

\o/

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[livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis and I have arrived safely at our hotel in Toronto, which has free wireless and cheap parking, and, er, apart from that the less said the better.

A few notes from the 403, entirely without context:
Iulia: "They put up that billboard specifically to inform you that there's no reason to get off on sixty-nine."

And, less than ten kilometers later...
Iulia: "Hey, I still have all my rubbers."
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Charlie - : ] by sophiesly)
The 8pm Friday Washington-Detroit flight and I are likethis. Tonight it's taking me up for [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis's wedding shower, followed by a couple of days in Toronto with Iulia, and then omgwtf [livejournal.com profile] vividcon!

I think this is the first time I've ever taken a week of vacation from a job, although when I worked for a university we got an extravagant week of holiday time between Christmas and New Year's. All day I've been noticing things I won't have to deal with for a WHOLE WEEK and it's making me v. v. happy.

I'd be much happier about all of this if a) my period hadn't started last night and b) I weren't lugging a giant suitcase. Still, I am pretty damn happy.

This morning, coming in to work with [livejournal.com profile] strangecobwebs, the Metro was oddly depopulated, perpetually like another train had just come through and swept off all the commuters ahead of us, leaving me and my giant suitcase plenty of room. It was probably just lucky timing, but by the time we got to Metro Center without having garnered a single dirty look, Strange and I were half-convinced there had been some kind of apocalyptic warning to Stay the Hell out of DC Today, and we'd missed the memo. That doesn't seem to have panned out - *knocks wood* - so hopefully it's just a good omen for my trip, and when I get home next Sunday, my luggage won't have gone on to Traverse City without me.

*knocks more wood*

I should be online at least a little in the next nine days, checking email and so on, and I harbor this weird delusion that I will get LOADS of writing done on planes and trains and the passenger seat of Iulia's car. Wish me luck!
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I officially have [livejournal.com profile] con_txt Friday off of work! w0000t!

Now I just have to persuade them to let me have a week for the Midwest Travelstravaganza that will be [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis's wedding shower followed by [livejournal.com profile] vividcon with maybe a quick jaunt to Canada to say hello to my country next door and pick up those work visa application forms.

I received a comment on my very first due South story today, which made me realize that said story is a couple of months past three years old. It reminded me of that meme-ish thing that went around a while back, people describing their successive fandoms as children--at the time, I think I just had the one, and in its infancy, which wasn't terribly interesting.

But now I'm imagining due South as a spiky-blond-headed three-year-old with a perpetual Kool Aid mustache and a dirty t-shirt, feeling sorely neglected in favor of his dark-haired baby brother Numb3rs, almost fifteen months old now and toddling around the place bouncing off walls (if I didn't keep a sharp eye on them, I suspect Numb3rs would be taking an oh-so-accidental trip down the basement stairs, diapered ass over teakettle, not that this ever happened between my next-younger and very-youngest brothers or anything).

(Meanwhile, somewhere far away in the care of nice, loving people, The X-Files is a red-headed girl turning ten, and wondering who her mother was and why she gave her up.)

(Why yes, it's a horrendously slow morning at work.)
dira: Billy Tallent's life is so complex. (Billy - Complex by pearl_o)
Which is to say, I wrote HCL fic again: another viewing for another set of new friends, another fic, slightly longer than last time. If I keep making friends and showing them HCL, at this rate I might crack a thousand words by 2010.

This is for [livejournal.com profile] strangecobwebs, who asked me to describe an imaginary story with the title "Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Love" for the imaginary title meme. Sorry, Strange: it turned into a real story. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl for beta! NC-17, Joe/Billy, 470-ish words.

Philadelphia: City of Brotherly Love )
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[livejournal.com profile] midsummer_fic authors are now revealed, and, more importantly, my internets are once again operational, so now I can properly thank [livejournal.com profile] sprat for the awesome story she wrote me! Thank you muchly, Sprat!

The story I wrote, for [livejournal.com profile] aerye, was The Evening and the Morning (27k), and, as will be apparent if you click the link, it is now available on my site.

I've also updated my site with the All Your Time Waiting (4k), the story I posted for the recently-ended [livejournal.com profile] ds_flashfiction Songfic challenge, and, uhm, Handiwork (3k), a little snippet of Dead Zone fic I wrote because [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza asked so nicely.
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So I think that home is the place where, when you get off the freeway there after ELEVEN HOURS, you nearly weep with happiness to see stupid things like the IHOP and familiar highway signs, because you are home.

The drive back down from Boston wasn't really bad, except a) I was driving AWAY from Boston, WTF is that? and b) I got stuck sitting in an accident backup in New Jersey for about two hours. When I finally got there, they had two lanes blocked off with big barrier trucks, and there were six state police cars in those two lanes, plus a couple of other vehicles in the median, but the only sign that there had been an accident was something that looked like a street-sweeper, clearing up the last of the mess. I listened to the first half of Les Miserables while staring at the truck in front of me with the F#%* FRANCE! bumper sticker, and then I called [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis and talked to her for an hour. By the time I got out of the backup it just didn't seem worth stopping again when it would only make getting home slower, so I just. Didn't. Drove the last 250 miles straight through.

I got home, waved my ID card nonchalantly at the security guards, checked my mail (oooh, a phone bill) and headed up to my apartment, dark and quiet but for the strip of light visible under Roomie's door. I wandered around getting settled and making myself a tasty dinner of ramen noodles, and then sat down to the omg yay [livejournal.com profile] midsummer_fic stories! I haven't read more than a handful yet, but I absolutely adore the Men With Brooms story written for me: Trajectory. It's teenaged Cutter and Lennox, back before they'd quite begun to become the men we knew them as, and it's wonderful.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Stalkee by Heuradys)
[livejournal.com profile] dsudis: *TOTALLY HAS LINES*
[livejournal.com profile] pearl_o: Right! You totally do!
pearlo: CKR can not be slashed with any members of Santa Claus's entourage.*
dira: no. under no circumstances.
dira: ...although now I'm picturing an elf portrayed by Paul Gross, sort of a la Will Farrell.
dira: *hates brain*
pearlo: heeee.
pearlo: Fraser's sekrit side job!
dira: Fraser is AN ELF
dira: Bob really was gone too long.
dira: (We know he's not good at conception-pregnancy-birth math.)
pearlo: Maybe he's just half-elf.
pearlo: Martha Burns is kind of funky looking.
pearlo: Caroline could have been an elf.
dira: true!
pearlo: Run away from the North Pole!
dira: yes!
dira: That's where Benton gets his superpowers!
pearlo: And why he is attracted to the red uniform!
dira: YES!
dira: ...wow, Due South makes so much more sense now.
pearlo: heeeeeee.
pearlo: It's sad when the way something makes more sense is to add SANTA CLAUS.

* If you're one of the people I didn't IM this to and you can guess the crossover pairing I'm TOTALLY NOT WRITING, you win a prize. Possibly the prize of me continuing not to write it.

wha?

Jul. 21st, 2005 09:23 am
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Duck/Dan by zoetrope)
Wilby Wonderful fic. A random little bit of Duck and Emily gen.

No, I have no idea how that happened.

Odd Man Out )
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Ray: Okay, okay. I guess if there's a doping scandal, it must be a sport.
Fraser: You've been watching it for eight years and now you concede the point?
Ray: I could take it back if it'd make you happy.
Fraser: No, no, by all means.



In other news, today I turned in my resignation. I officially have thirty-six work days left after today, and have formally agreed to have my departure announced in the Newsletter. My officemate wants to take me out drinking, which makes me think amusing thoughts of drunkenly explaining to my coworkers exactly what I've been doing at my desk for the last year and a half.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Duck/Dan by zoetrope)
This lovely Duck (and Dan!) icon is by [livejournal.com profile] zoetrope - I've been needing a WW icon for about five months now, and I finally have one!

I also want to show off this gorgeous House icon by [livejournal.com profile] atlashrugged at [livejournal.com profile] houseicons:


House! It's a happy fun fandom! Can't you tell?

also.

Mar. 2nd, 2005 08:53 am
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Some screencaps I made for [livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl. I could tell you where they came from, but then I'd have to kill you.

I said to her, I think our boyfriends are boyfriends. )
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So. The Wilby Wonderful screencaps are up at callumkeithrennie.net. Even given the - entirely understandable - lack of caps of one half of the Duck/Dan ship, it rendered me absolutely weak with squee.

And then I discovered that Fox has put up a clip from the coming week's episode of House (lower right corner of the page, click 'See it Now') and ... even more weak with squee. I love Chase more than words can express. Not only is he adorable and woobietastic, but he just managed to surprise House. Or at least startle him. I think Chase deserves porn for this astounding feat, or at least to have Cameron buy him a drink. Just saying.
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So on Sunday, I watched Hard Core Logo with [livejournal.com profile] iuliamentis and [livejournal.com profile] splash_the_cat and [livejournal.com profile] fairmer, and today I have finally written a bit of HCL fic. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] brooklinegirl for audiencing.

362 words, rated R-or-whatever for canonical Joe and Billy dysfunctionality.

Whore )

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