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.
...I'll just wait for the article. ;)
(Unedited) photos are this way. Mostly cosplayers, but also a few shots of Zen Cho and Maki Yamazaki and Laurie Pennie and Roz Kaveney and various members of Lashings of Ginger Beer Time.
Sorry to keep posting updates about the writing process. I've basically finished the Nine Worlds article, though, sending it off for your collective scrutiny and well-justified disparagement as soon as I've finished putting photos in.
Somehow, I don't think anyone wants to read that much stuff, so I'll edit it down before submitting it to the harsh (yet fair) eyes and talons of the Ferreditorii.
In the meantime, photos are that way.
I spent much of my one day at Nine Worlds in the company of a fellow writer who confided that this was her first big convention of this type because of the safety issues at most cons. She also remarked how refreshing she found it to be able to mention finding something triggering and have that accepted and passed over without comment.
Theodore Beale/Vox Day has, it seems, been expelled from SFWA.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
I was really afraid that the story would fade away after the initial stink and he would remain an SFWA member.
Also, fresh news: Theodore Beale/Vox Day has, it seems, been expelled from SFWA. *flips hair, sips tea.*
I also find an MLP/Less Wrong comparison to be a somewhat terrifying prospect.
One would be an article about Nine Worlds (which was kind of the best thing ever - the Queer Fandom track (organised by Tori Truslow) especially; I don't think I've been in such a wonderful queer and trans*-accepting space well... ever, except maybe Pride and even then...) which I've half-written, which (I warn you) would to a fair extent consist of gushing and enthusiasm but I hope would have enough actual content and comments to be interesting...
The other I've been meaning to write for a while about the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fandom, a sort of wide-ranging tour of the fandom, discussing both how I got involved (spoilers: MLPFIM is a good diversion during periods of depression) and what I'm still willing to grant is good about it as well as the many unpleasant and harmful aspects, too often glossed over by self-identifying bronies, that led to my eventual disillusionment and withdrawal from the community. I'll discuss the downright weird bits like the Fallout: Equestria subfandom but also try to take a look at the sort of thinking that arises during over-identification with a fandom from a perspective of someone who has experienced the appeal of it. Also draw comparison to other communities with similar problems to the Bronies such as LessWrong.
So uh do those sound really boring to people who aren't me? My thoughts seem to be bouncing all over the place in the wake of the con and I don't think I can tell what people like anymore.
In other news, I quite enjoyed Nine Worlds on Saturday. The organizers were even good enough to provide a free fantasy book with registration, in my case The Hammer and the Blade, by Paul S. Kemp. Yes, that Paul S. Kemp.
On the one hand, it seems churlish to complain about free books, gift horses and all that. On the other, if you have reason to believe there's a non-zero chance said gift horse's mouth contains a stick of dynamite ...
If "giant robots beat up giant monsters" doesn't move you to the theatre, then not really, no.
Yeah, I agree. If you have no interest in the premise then you're probably not going to enjoy it.
I haven't really looked into other people's reactions but personally I loved this movie. That's not a hyberbole. I mean that sincerely. I'm not entirely sure why that is. Maybe it's because of the unity and friendship theme. Maybe it's because it doesn't have an annoying romantic subplot. (A movie where two leads of the opposite sex develop a friendship instead of just being paired up. Thank you!) Maybe it's because I saw it right after Man of Steel . I know it's not perfect but something about it makes me smile whenever I think about it. Or listen to the soundtrack. : )
Thanks, Michal, that's the concise version of what I was trying to say. ;)
Okay guys, need a question answered here: is there any compelling reason for me to go see Pacific Rim?
If "giant robots beat up giant monsters" doesn't move you to the theatre, then not really, no. I saw it a few weeks ago, and am pretty much baffled by the fanatical devotion the film has generated on the internet. Yes, it gets a lot of stuff right. I just wish that stuff were, well, in a better movie than this one.
Disclaimer: However, I think I would have enjoyed the film significantly more if the Russian jaeger and its pilots were the main focus. So I might have just been annoyed that they weren't.