Archive | May, 2016
Gallery 31 May

My children are the best…my birthday present came today…

Gallery 31 May


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31 May

Sherlock: Moriarty plans to destroy me.
John: (I need to punch something)
Sherlock: I’m meant to be arrested.
John: (I need to punch something)
Lestrade: We’re here to arrest you, Sherlock.
John: (I need to punch something)
Donovan: I told you so.
John: (I need to punch something)
Chief Superintendent: Looks a bit of a weirdo if you ask me.

Quote 31 May

[W]ay back in 2012 I named Annie Wilkes the Patron Saint of Fandom after the childish, ridiculous uproar over the ending of Mass Effect 3. What I couldn’t have known in 2012 was that the Mass Effect uprising was just a preview of the main event; that tantrum happened under the auspices of being a ‘consumer revolt,’ which would be the same kind of language behind which terrorist hate group GamerGate still hides. And in the years since Mass Effect 3 it seems as if the crazy has been ramping up, and as the wall dividing creators and fans gets ever thinner with each new social media platform the number of voices being raised has grown.

And it was not even a new thing when King wrote Annie into existence; fandom has been pressuring creators at least since Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sent Sherlock Holmes over the side of Reichenbach Falls, and who knows how audience reactions helped mold the telling of ancient Greek myths. There’s always been a push and a pull between creator and fan, and while it can sometimes be negative it was, historically, generally positive. Fans used to raise their voices to save canceled TV shows or to support niche comic books, but now that we live in a world where every canceled show comes to Netflix or gets a comic book tie-in or lives on as a series of novels the fans have stopped defending the stuff they love and gotten more and more involved in trying to shape it. And not through writing or creating but by yelling and brigading and, more and more, threatening death.


It’s all about demanding what you want out of the story, believing that the story should be tailored to your individual needs, not the expression of the creators. These fans are treating stories like ordering at a restaurant – hold the pickles, please, and can I substitute kale for the lettuce? But that isn’t how art works, and that shouldn’t be how art lovers react to art.

Fandom Is Broken

Related to this: I’ve been thinking recently (and it’s kind of freaking me out that this article came across my dash today) that if you like something, even if you aren’t a SUPER MEGA SCREAMING FAN about it, you need to let the creators and their networks/publishers/producers know about it. Because even though the shitheads in little groups like GamerGate are statistically meaningless, they are loud and they are relentless. I hate to give them and people like them an even more inflated sense of importance, but when they are the ones holding the mic, theirs are the only voices that get heard.

Those of us who have been around long enough to remember Usenet know that comments on the Internet tend to run 3:1 against being positive, because it’s very rare that someone who enjoyed a thing grabs a keyboard and thinks, “I should register my enjoyment of this thing!” Those of us who know this understand that even if comments are like 1:1 shitty to good we are actually doing really well … but networks and publishers tend to be run by people who don’t know that, base the majority of their decisions on fear, and are surrounded by people who are waiting for them to slip up so they can take their jobs.

So if you like a thing, make an effort to let its creators know, and make an effort to let the networks and publishers know, too, because I know that “person doesn’t make death threat” isn’t the kind of story that gets clicks, but it’s a story that happens a lot every day.

(via wilwheaton)

Once upon a time, you let creators know what you liked and didn’t like based on whether or not you switched the TV to that show, or you went to the theatre to watch.  Now it is beyond anything we have seen before and unfortunately ugliness and negativity usually wins out because as this link says, the angry ones, the haters ARE relentless and usually the loudest.  So even if our feedback isn’t relentless, we need to be willing to at least let them know we appreciate what they create. And if things change and we no longer enjoy what they put before us, we can still vote the old fashioned way…and then put our energies into something else we enjoy. Life’s too short to waste our energies on hating stuff. I’d much rather focus on the things I love and enjoy. x

(via ben-locked)

Spread the love to overpower the hate.

Gallery 31 May


Lovely Piccies of Benedict & Keira at Tiff 2014 – (x)

Image 31 May


1722 pixels – [ Detail of]  2016 05 29 – Hay On Wye – Hay Festival – 7th Annual GQ Hay Festival Dinner by JAB

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Photo by JAB
Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch
7th Annual GQ Hay Festival dinner in association with Land Rover, Powys, Wales, Britain – 29 May 2016

Link     <– I will delete the image in a short while

[ Karin says : ]                     No-one gets cropped out of the Hi-Res pictures   I   find and share …

There is just something so pure and beautiful about this picture.

Note to self

31 May

Forgetting to refill your antidepressant can make for a depressing birthday…(at least know I know why I’m depressed! )