morgandawn: (Self Portrait Photo Me)
"Look at the facts of the world. You see a continual and progressive triumph of the right. I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways. I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. But from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.

Things refuse to be mismanaged long. Jefferson trembled when he thought of slavery and remembered that God is just. Ere long all America will tremble." ~ Theodore Parker, 1850s

The Test

Oct. 12th, 2014 08:28 pm
morgandawn: (Frodo Sad)
 You're the United States, walking along in the sand when all of a sudden you look down and see an Africa. It's infected with Ebola. You reach down and flip the Africa over on its back. It lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, using third-rate medical systems trying to fend off the Ebola. But it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping. Why is that?

adapted from the movie Blade Runner.
morgandawn: (Lavender Field Here Now)
“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” – Michael J Fox
morgandawn: (Fair Use)
The very concept of a business around the copyright monopoly revolves around the ability to prevent people from telling each other interesting things.” — Scary Devil Monastery
— From:  Why The Copyright Industry Is Doomed, In One Single Sentence
morgandawn: (Lavender Field Here Now)
"It is not a matter of acceptance of others, it's a matter of making room for those things we have not accepted about ourselves. "
morgandawn: (Cat Batshit Country)
IRC chat rooms. Another thing I had to abandon because of the increasing difficulty sitting and typing. But I found  some old chat logs as I sort through CD-RW disks and this snippet caught my eye (the persons whom I am quoting anonymously are on my reading list so I will be amused if they recognize their 10+year old text.)

[08:19] <XXXX> Old Fen: "We're better because we don't do this new awful thing that's
[08:19] <XXXX> going to ruin fandom."
[08:19] <XXXX> New Fen: "*We're* better because we embrace change, and anyway, our way of
[08:19] <XXXX> doing the same fucking thing is more virtuous."
[08:19] <XXXX> Propellerheads: "It's all just a little bit of history repeating."

around this time, a new fangled thing called "blogs" was taking off and mailing lists were waning, prompting this IRC discussion

[08:26] <ZZZZ> here is the blog
[08:26] <XXXX> okey!
[08:26] <ZZZZ> you should read
[08:27] <ZZZZ> it has some discsusion of the vids too
[08:27] <YYYY> thanks!
[08:27] <ZZZZ> and you can wander onto other blobs on the left sidebar
[08:27] <ZZZZ> just be warned -- blogs -- and people are weird
[08:27] <ZZZZ> that should be sig line
[08:27] <YYYY> IMGLO, blogs are contributing to the comatose state of lists.

[08:43] <XXXX> YYYY- I agree re: blogs keeping the lists quiet
[08:44] <XXXX> and yet I can see that in a sense, blogging will become inevitable.
[08:44] <XXXX> and perhaps positive rather than negative - in that you don't have to *delete* stuff from idiots; just don't visit their blogs.
[08:44] <XXXX> and clicking from blog to blog is no different, really, from clicking from email to email.
[08:44] <YYYY> I think so, too.  I have 29 full, handwritten journals.  I guess I'm out of that phase.
[08:45] <XXXX> In a way, it allows you to create your own, specific email list
[08:45] <XXXX> with *just* the people you want to hear from.
morgandawn: (Fair Use)
"Fan fiction" is what we used to call culture before culture was commercialized and stolen by regulatory capture." ~ DU on metafilter (August 2012).



morgandawn: Fandom is my Fandom (Fandom is my Fandom)

“I blame the archive,” said Mary grimly. “It attracts fans and then….” She waved a hand expressively at the groups below. “This stuff happens.” ~Mina de Malfois

morgandawn: (Fanlore Our Story)

Life is short, but the Library of Congress is forever. Unless those British bastards luddites burn it down it again. 

morgandawn: (Frodo Sad)

Many’s the time I’ve been mistaken
And many times confused
Yes, and I’ve often felt forsaken
And certainly misused
Oh, but I’m all right, I’m all right
I’m just weary to my bones
Still, you don’t expect to be
Bright and bon vivant
So far away from home, so far away from home

I don’t know a soul who’s not been battered
I don’t have a friend who feels at ease
I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered
Or driven to its knees
Oh, but it’s all right, it’s all right
For  we've lived so well so long
Still, when I think of the road
We’re traveling on
I wonder what went wrong
I can’t help it, I wonder what’s gone wrong

And I dreamed I was dying
And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly
And looking back down at me
Smiled reassuringly
And I dreamed I was flying
And high above my eyes could clearly see
The Statue of Liberty
Sailing away to sea
And I dreamed I was flying

Oh, we come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hour
And sing an American tune
Oh, it’s all right, it’s all right
It’s all right, it’s all right
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
That’s all I’m trying to get some rest.

© 1973 Words and Music by Paul Simon

morgandawn: (zineswin)
From the early 2000s:

"The biggest fear in print fandom is that the internet will kill print zines. If it does, it might be a timely death. If it does, we will call it suicide - not murder - because print zine Editors and contributors will have chosen death instead of change. Fan fiction will go on regardless. Fan fiction is free. Long live free fan fiction."

More here

morgandawn: (BSG Don't Even Start Kara scifijunkie)
"I've never let men order me around, I'll be dammed if I let a bunch of women tell me what I can and cannot do."
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)
.....or old technology. But it is a bit of our fannish history: "And I liked the image of Kirk stroking Spock's penis "as if it was a newborn thing—and perhaps it was; newborn, at least, to passion."

edited to add another one: "I really liked the restoration of the meld by Kirk touching Spock's cock."
morgandawn: (Star Trek My Fandom Invented Slash)

I added this quote today to a Fanlore article: 

"I blame Trek fandom for unleashing their ghastly youngsters on an unsuspecting public. If they spent less time swanning around in costume and running fanfiction archives of dubious morality, and more time attending to the upbringing of their own next generation, this sort of thing wouldn’t happen." ~ from "Mina de Malfois and the Young Blood" (part three).

 And yes, it explains Fanlore. And AO3. An the OTW.  And Vividcon. And…and…and…

 

 

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