alixtii: Peter and Valentine Wiggin, from the Ender's Game comic book. (Ender's Game)
So I've decided on three of my requests for Yuletide:

The ILLUMINATUS! Trilogy - Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson (Miss Portinari)
Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (Carmen Sandiego/Player)
Blackadder (Princess Leia of Hungary)

Which leaves one possible request left. I've gone through my Yuletide brainstorming post, and eliminating the potential requests where either the fandoms or characters weren't nominated this year (really, no She's the Man this year? It's not Yuletide without a healthy helping of Viola/Olivia!), I'm left with the following options.

Go to Poll #1: What should Alixtii's fourth request be?

I'm posting the poll from LiveJournal instead of Dreamwidth for the simple reason that my Dreamwidth paid account has expired (and I can't afford to renew it right now) and my LiveJournal one hasn't (yet).

Entries with asterisks after them have the more detailed optional requests already written up for them at my brainstorming post. (Can you vote in LJ polls using OpenID? I don't remember.)

I'm leaning towards either Small Wonder or Mars Attacks! for the moment.

Go to Poll #2: Of the two, which should Alixtii choose?

*starts working on Dear Yuletide Author letter*
alixtii: The Childlike Empress with her palm reaching out, holding the last grain of Fantasia. The OTW logo hovers above it. (OTW)
Re: juice817: [in audio_by_juice] Questions, I has them! I ended up in a m

My naive intuition is that podfic falls somewhere between remixing or otherwise writing fanfic of fanfic (which I most strongly maintain does not require permission) and archiving fic (which does, generally). Now while all the podfic meta I've ever read stresses the transformativeness of podfic, that's not necessarily at odds with my naive intuition. After all, I don't think I've ever heard anyone's describing OTW's mandate as including unlicensed audiobooks.

So I don't know.

And so, in the spirit of the original discussion post, a poll.

the cut is behind the poll. no, wait. . . . )

From the OTW FAQ: "A transformative use is one that, in the words of the U.S. Supreme Court, 'adds something new, with a further purpose or different character, altering the [source] with new expression, meaning, or message.' A story from Voldemort's perspective is transformative, so is a story about a pop star that illustrates something about current attitudes toward celebrity or sexuality."

Evaluate a genre's transformativity as a genre in whatever way makes sense to you, whether it is by singling out something you think is essential about that genre or by just taking all the fics you've read in a genre and taking their average transformativity.

Obviously the numbers you come up with will be somewhat arbitrary, and the whole process a bit overly schematic, but hopefully as an exercise it'll prove enlightening. If not, still a poll! Polls are fun! (Sorry for the lack of ticky boxes.)
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
Here's the poll, inspired by the "She's-not-straight-they-just-love-each-other" Giles/Kennedy fic I may or may not be working on (when I should be working on one of my five fest fics, but that's another story):

Poll #1893 Kennedy's Heterosexual Experience
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10

Prior to her introduction in "," had Kennedy ever had sex with a man?

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No; she's known she was gay since she was a little child, so why would she?
5 (50.0%)

Yes; given the cultural context, it's likely she's had some heterosexual sexual experience, even if she didn't particularly want it.
2 (20.0%)

It depends on your definition of "sex"; she's likely had some heterosexual sexual experience, but not intercourse.
3 (30.0%)

Ticky box!

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Ticky box is a Kinsey six.
3 (33.3%)

Ticky box.
1 (11.1%)

Ticky box transcends labels and categories.
0 (0.0%)

Ticky box transcends labels and categories in theory, but in practice fits into radio buttons fairly easily.
3 (33.3%)

Ticky box is bisexual.
1 (11.1%)

Ticky box would totally go gay for Alyson Hannigan.
3 (33.3%)

And here's a meme, gacked from my flist:
If I had a warning label, what would it say?
alixtii: John and Cameron, looking cue together. (Sarah Connor Chronicles)
One of the things about fanfic is that things which are ambiguous in the original text need to be resolved, even if you like them ambiguous. Sometimes storytelling demands deciding whether Schrodinger's cat is dead or alive. At these times, whether or not a fic will work will often depend on whether or not it fills in the blanks in a way which is plausible to its audience.

So I'm working on my post-"Born to Run" John/Savannah universe, and I'm wondering is John Connor a virgin in "Born to Run"? If not, with whom has he had sex? If so, what is the extent of his sexual experience?

To be clear, I'm not asking what you like to think happened in your own personal canon, but rather what you think the most straight-foward explication of the text would be. In the closest possible world to the actual one where what we see on the show is "true", is John Connor a virgin?

Poll #1408 Is John Connor a virgin?
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5

In a "least hypothesis" reading of the text (which is to say, one which is relatively 'shipper goggle-free), is John Connor a virgin at the end of the (television) series?

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No (go to question 2)
3 (60.0%)

Yes (go to question 3)
2 (40.0%)

If not, with whom has John had sex?

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Cameron, in season 1
0 (0.0%)

Cameron, in season 2
0 (0.0%)

3 (100.0%)

Someone else
0 (0.0%)

If so, what is the extent of his sexual experience?

alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Sarah Connor Chronicels)
From a WiP:
When Cameron returns, it's in the truck, with John and there's a large mass in the back covered by a canvas which Riley assumes is the remains of the T-101, to be destroyed later.

Cameron pulls off Riley's shirt and examines the bullet wound, a couple inches to the right of Riley's navel.[Poll #1342612]
alixtii: Player from <i>Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?</i> playing the game. (Default)
Well, it also not only fails the Bechdel test so badly that it not not passes it but flunks it so badly it could be sleeping with the professor and still not manage a D. Which is a function of the fact that there are only four speaking parts (at least so far) in the whole thing (and NPH, Nathan, and Felicia are all perfect for the roles)--but explaining away the individual situation is always a bingo card response.

So it comes down to me that it's all about a pattern--Whedon has a good track record on feminist issues and a lousy one on race issues. After Buffy and its (admittedly multi-faceted and contradictory and self-problematizing) messages of female empowerment, and Angel and Firefly with their wonderful female characters in their ensembles even if the protagonists are male (and Firefly/Serenity is ultimately River's story at least as much as Mal's), not to mention Astonishing and Sugarshock (which I still have not read) and Runaways (which Amazon tells me is in the mail!), it's okay to me that he's telling a story with only one female character, and one who is essentially a prize to be won at that (although Felicia plays Penny wonderfully).

"This is the story I wanted to tell," is a bingo card response not because we shouldn't be telling stories like that (I mean, there are times when I think romcom formulas can be doing actual damage, but I'm not sure this one), but because it sidesteps the issue of why other stories aren't being told. The answer is always pluralism, more voices at the table, not less. Because I have a love for stories like Dr. Horrible, too, I've pretty much spent the entire time since I've gotten home work in tears, first crying through The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and then through Superman: Doomsday, so the traditional stories are able to affect me in ways that are near and dear to my heart.

Dr. Horrible is so short--about the length of a single (non-musical) episode of Buffy--and simple that I don't think there's really enough to hang a critique on. OTOH, neither does it suddenly earn him points or turn over a new leaf when he should be working to do so. Luckily for me from my position of privilege, I can roll my eyes and just groan, "Oh, Joss" at just how white the show is and go on loving the show (almost three hours until the denouement!--how will I go on after there is no more left to look forward to?)--but not everyone is so lucky.

. . .

So once the canon is closed (or at least flat-lined, if one will be treating Commentary! as canon, which I probably won't be 'cept for RPF), and the possibility of being jossed eliminated, what Dr. Horrible femslash should I work on?

[Poll #1225918]

ETA: I forgot to put Who on the list! I really want a Dr. Horrible/Torchwood crossover. I mean, like, badly.
alixtii: The groupies from Dr. Horrible. (meta)
Philosophers have a paradox known as the Ship of Theseus problem:
According to Greek legend as reported by Plutarch,

The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned [from Crete] had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians down even to the time of Demetrius Phalereus, for they took away the old planks as they decayed, putting in new and stronger timber in their place, insomuch that this ship became a standing example among the philosophers, for the logical question of things that grow; one side holding that the ship remained the same, and the other contending that it was not the same.

Plutarch thus questions whether the ship would remain the same if it were entirely replaced, piece by piece. As a corollary, one can question what happens if the replaced parts were used to build a second ship. Which, if either, is the original Ship of Theseus?

( Take a poll )


Nov. 27th, 2006 03:57 pm
alixtii: Avril Lavigne, wearing glasses, from the liner notes of "Let Go." Text: "Geek." (geek)
Spoilers for Torchwood eps 1-7 in the "this is relevant, so--" sense, but no knowledge of the show needed to take the (very brief) poll.

( The Poll )
alixtii: Mac and Cassidy. Text: "*squee!* (Cindy Mackenzie)
1. Guidelines for sponsored communities, in which it is established that SA will not sell your children into prostitution. I still don't understand why any corporation would want to spend money on sponsored communities people aren't going to visit, but if they want to give money to LJ I really don't have a problem with that.

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3. Unguessed first lines from the song lyric meme:
It starts when we're kids. "The Magic Store" from The Muppet Movie, guessed by [ profile] frogfarm.
Dear blender, won't you help a first offender? "Bitchin' in the Kitchen" from Shock Treatment, guessed by [ profile] ficbitca_bear.
Beatta Maria, you know I am a righteous man.
When I was just a lad, looking for my true vocation. . . .
I started on a journey just about a year ago.
If you could see inside my heart then you would understand.
Rot, rot, rot, rot, it's a plot, plot, plot, plot.
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