Playpen

Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 22:45 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Arthur B: The heady rush of power over jackassery...
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at 22:43 on 16-04-2012, Arthur B
I got to push the button, it was very exciting.
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at 22:41 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Oh, hey, I didn't realize the powers that be actually BANNED Stirling from here. :) That explains a lot.
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at 22:40 on 16-04-2012, Arthur B
I'm fairly sure we never even mentioned him before he showed up and did all this stuff.
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at 22:09 on 16-04-2012, James D
What, was this some poor oppressed author whom FerretBrain mercilessly ridiculed?
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at 21:53 on 16-04-2012, Arthur B
I would assume that's because the editors here have the power to ban S.M. Stirling.

But as we saw, he has the power to keep going a while even after banning, like some sort of interwebz zombie. ;)
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at 21:00 on 16-04-2012, Michal
Every comment section is always full of crap. Except FerretBrain's, of course!

I would assume that's because the editors here have the power to ban S.M. Stirling. Which would improve most sff-related comments threads, I think (I need to check if he popped up on the Salon article, too).
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at 20:47 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
James -- yes, but some are MORE full of fail than others. YouTube and Salon are both particularly failtastic most of the time.
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at 20:40 on 16-04-2012, James D
Every comment section is always full of crap. Except FerretBrain's, of course!
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at 17:25 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Yah, it's Salon. The comments section is ALWAYS full of fail, as far as I can tell. It's a Law of Nature.
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at 16:11 on 16-04-2012, Michal
Yes, read that article a week ago, thought it was most excellent. Though the comments section is full of fail.
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at 05:13 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Ooh, good article by Saladin Ahmed over at Salon: Is Game of Thrones Too White? (Spoiler: of course.)
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at 00:12 on 15-04-2012, Adrienne
(And while I am not THAT old, myself, I have been in fandom since there was only one of it.)
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at 00:11 on 15-04-2012, Adrienne
GAH. I hit the wrong button and deleted my somewhat long exposition. Arthur B: I will rewrite it later, but right now i actually desperately need a nap and some food, not necessarily in that order. However, the short version is that 'fen' is an oft-used plural for 'fan', among older fen.
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at 23:07 on 14-04-2012, Sister Magpie
Re: Twin Peaks, I remember watching it at the time it was clear if DL actually directed the episode within seconds. I didn't like watching people trying to copy his style. I think not just because of whatever technical things he does, but as a viewer I just always felt like whatever he was doing he was doing for a reason. People described it as weird for the sake of weirdness, but that's exactly how I didn't feel about it, and why I liked being in his hands even if it didn't ultimately work.

I haven't seen Cabin in the Woods, but I'm annoyed at anyone doing a meta-commentary on horror movies. I just don't like them and I hated the whole "ironic horror" thing of the 90s. There seems little reason to make a joke about the molesting tree ("Did something in the woods do this to you?") or anything in Evil Dead since nothing could stop Evil Dead itself. But that's me speaking without knowing anything about CitW.
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at 23:03 on 14-04-2012, Arthur B
Yeah, the only thing about Ghu is that it's actually fairly common among Fen of a Certain Age

"Fen"?
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at 23:00 on 14-04-2012, Adrienne
Yeah, the only thing about Ghu is that it's actually fairly common among Fen of a Certain Age -- I can name several other, much less irritating, folks who use it regularly -- and so i'd rather not specifically associate it with him because it's pretty harmless.
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at 22:38 on 14-04-2012, Arthur B
I think he has enough stupid little mannerisms that you could make a really good drinking game/bingo out of it.

"Ghu" should be the free space because he seems incapable of letting that joke go.
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at 22:33 on 14-04-2012, Adrienne
Alasdair: Yah, hence wanting to make bingo/a drinking game about it. He doesn't really seem to do anything EXCEPT threadshit, when he turns up. He's definitely not interested in actual conversation so far as I have ever been able to tell.
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at 22:30 on 14-04-2012, Adrienne
Arthur B: He's been threadshitting at Scalzi's and at tor.com, recently. And he's just got such a uniquely bombastic and irritating method of doing so that the ordinary "troll bingo" and "derailing bingo" stuff just doesn't seem sufficient to the task. (Plus, reading his crap makes me want to drink. A LOT.)
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at 22:00 on 14-04-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Okay, everyone. Star Wars is completely dead now. Just shut her down.
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at 19:14 on 14-04-2012, Arthur B
I'm only about four episodes in, but I'm beginning to understand why people have been copying it over the years (and also why that probably isn't a good idea).

Yeah, that's a really neat detail from the scene.

I think part of the reason it works whereas so many other things which try a similar thing don't is that Lynch really goes the extra mile there to make sure that everything there is a little skewed. It's easy to come up with some cryptic phrases and odd imagery and just throw it out there but I think that scene really works thanks to the enormous amount of attention it pays to stuff like the sounds and the movement and the hesitancy of the performances and so on.

There's a really nice Inception-y layers-of-dream aspect to the whole sequence, actually, because you've got all the very disjointed flashes of imagery followed up by the still disjointed but somewhat more complete appearances from Mike and BOB and then the more lucid Red Room sequence.
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at 19:05 on 14-04-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
The tree itself only makes a cameo, but there's a lot of Evil Dead references (I've heard that even the titular cabin is based on the plans of the Evil Dead cabin). There's also references and cameos from just about everything ever made in the past thirty years.

I probably should do a brief write-up on it. It's a meta-commentary on horror, but it's still fun. There's criticism, but it doesn't descend to Michael Hanake levels of schoolmarmish hectoring.

Also, a middle manager is murdered by a unicorn.
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at 18:58 on 14-04-2012, Alasdair Czyrnyj
I've also been watching Twin Peaks (at long last!), and I wanted to point out a little detail that really impressed me. In the third episode, we get to see Agent Dale Cooper's dream and get our first look at the Red Room. We also meet the Man From Another Place, whom we first see with his back to the camera, shuddering in place. However, his footage has been sped up slightly (and probably reversed as well), so it gives the impression that he's vibrating like a beetle on a log. It's a simple-as-hell effect, it's incredibly creepy (I think it touches on Freud's idea of the uncanny with a human exhibiting inhuman attributes i.e. insectile movement), and it's really well done. You can see it here at about the 2:34 mark.

I'm only about four episodes in, but I'm beginning to understand why people have been copying it over the years (and also why that probably isn't a good idea).
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