"Absolutely, computer bulletin boards are a time sink and decisions must be made, or else the days extended to 48 hours each. Also, the BBS are not places to leave/receive deep and long thoughts. They're great for networking and schmoozing and human contact (yes, I mean human — I've been touched in heart-warming ways by many people on the nets). But the thoughts evaporate and you find yourself repeating yourself every month or so. For fact gathering, they are powerful tools, but for thematic development and thoughtful discourse the BBS are made of teflon."
Rewritten for the dawn of fandom's Livejournal migration (2002):
"Absolutely, LJ is a time sink and decisions must be made, or else the days extended to 48 hours each. Also, LJ is not a place to leave/receive deep and long thoughts. It is great for multi-fandom exposure and schmoozing and human contact (yes, I mean human — I've been touched in heart-warming ways by many people on LJ even if I don't remember why I added them to my friendslist in the first place). But the thoughts evaporate and you find yourself repeating yourself every week or so. For memes and icons LJ is a powerful tool, but for thematic development and thoughtful discourse LJs are made of teflon."
Rewritten for today (2014):
"Absolutely, Tumblr is a time sink and decisions must be made, or else the days extended to 48 hours each. Also, Tumblr is not a place to leave/receive deep and long thoughts. It is great for feels and exuberance and human contact (yes, I mean human — I've been touched in heart-warming ways by many people on Tumblr even though I've never interacted with them). But the thoughts evaporate and you find yourself repeating yourself every day or so. For gifsets and screencaps, it is a powerful tool, but for thematic development and thoughtful discourse Tumblr is made of teflon."
Big hard throbbin cocks wantin to be sucked!
18 naked cowboys wantin to be fucked!
Cowboys in the showers at Ram Ranch!
On their knees wantin to suck cowboy cocks!
Ram Ranch really rocks!”
Suppose you need just that right paean to gay sex and wanted to find a singer who knew the need and sang to it…
You’re in luck!
And your Fanlore pic of the week: "Dear Diary -- because even aliens pose for church directory photographs."
Take "The Case of the Unwilling Teacart." It posits a simple algorithm: the fewer people that have access to the management of archives, mailing lists, websites, or LJ communities, the greater the likelihood that they will be run over by a teacart. And all the data, stories, vids, emails will be lost. Oh, and they'll be dead.
I can name several archives of podfic, vids, fan fic, and dozens of mailing lists where the moderators/owners have wandered off and left the community hanging without anyone else having the ability to continue maintaining or accessing the files.
Typically, the universe does not pay attention if a single fan wanders off and abandons their fan fic in an archive, allows their website registration to lapse or deletes their blog. It most likely has something to do with mass or gravity - or the lack thereof. A single person simply lacks sufficient significance to attract the universe's attention.
But if you're a moderator, an archive maintainer, a mailing list owner, beware. The universe has a teacart aimed right at you. Your best (and only defense) against being run over is to make certain at least one other fan has password access to your archive/mailing list/community. Even better if there is more than one body to help spread the risk.
Don't do it for fandom. Do it for yourself. And the tea-carts who find themselves unwillingly pressed into the service of the universe.
One Copyright to rule them all, One ACTA to find them, One Trademark to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.
As I drifted off to sleep one night, my mind wrote an unauthorized derivative story where Frodo “Fan Writer” Baggins journeys to bring the One Ring of Copyright to the fires of Mount Muse in order to destroy Sauron “RIAA-ProAuthor’s1” stifling grip on MiddleEarthFandom. He is accompanied by loyal Sam “Will Kill You If You Try Anything” Gamgee 2 who, when Frodo collapses on Mount Muse cries: “I may not be able to write naught but Mary Sues Master Frodo, but I have enough lies and lays in me to carry you up this mountain.” Sadly, as Frodo3 is about to cast the ring into the fires of Mount Muse, his resolve wavers and he is tempted by the whispering lure of “going pro.” But Gollum, a “Faustian Fan” who once sold a rewritten fan novel to a small press, shows up to snatch the ring. As Gollum gleefully dances in victory, he accidentally trips and falls into the fiery pit with the ring clutched to his chest, thereby freeing fan writers the world over from the slavery of passive consumerism and an Internet silenced by corporations.
1. Sauron was once an angelic immortal being but fell prey to the corrupting influence of Morgoth “MPAA”. Tolkien noted that "it had been his virtue (and therefore also the cause of his fall ...) that he loved order and coordination, and disliked all confusion and wasteful fiction [sic]."
2. Also accompanying him are "Gandalf the OTW" and numerous other companions from all corners of MiddleEarthFandom (vidders, gamers, anime fans, remixers), but they are eventually separated on their long journey. They all show up near the end of my unauthorized derivative story to engage in an epic battle with Sauron’s forces to buy Frodo and Sam time to destroy the One Ring of Copyright. Their heroism is part of a WIP that I plan to finish as soon as I wake up.
3. Often referred to as "the larger hobbit" or the "smaller hobbit" or the "disturbingly attractive" one, depending on who he is with and how tall and/or pervy they are.