Here, have a disaster plan for archives - Emergency Response: Zombies and Risks to Repositories. The responses to this on the preservation listserv were priceless, too. For instance:

"Incorporating appropriate responses for Zombie emergences (a Zombie Emergence precedes the actual emergency status) and biblio-attractions has been on my mind since Zombies began to manifest themselves in Earnest several years ago (that's Earnest, TN, by the way). Their self-insertion into many formats has increased and become very troubling.

For years we had been able to restrict Zombies to moving image formats, and especially to black-and-white and early color film. Now, with surprising finesse, we begin to see them in what is commonly called 'classic literature,' for instance, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I can only suppose that some doctoral student was studying both the classics and popular culture or cinema, and his/her brain served as the bridge, as well as the meal.

Needless to say, this leap has been troubling. Not simply because of the leap to so-called classic literature, but because the ingest of a doctoral student's brain can open gateways to a variety of formats and approaches. I know you share my horror at the thought of Zombies ingesting Marxist or postmodernist approaches: how does one deconstruct the notion of "Undead?" Given comebacks by so many people we believed departed--Richard Nixon springs immediately to mind, but there are others--and the continuing release of music by the Beatles, Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix, what does undead actually mean in today's culture? While this gives life and hope to those working in intellectual property, it remains a concern for those of us laboring with authorial intent."

Winston Atkins, Preservation Officer, Duke University Libraries

Zombies aside, the latest thing to come to me through a listserv is Archives Hulk. "HULK ARRANGE! HULK DESCRIBE! HULK DEACCESSION!"

Oh archivists, never change. Well, except stop telling me how screwed I am when it comes to getting a job after graduation. I know I'm screwed. I don't want to hear it.
Which is why I'm on here posting crack. I've had the first chapter of this typed up for literally over a year, as Platy can attest, but never got around to tweaking it and putting it up. There will be more, but I can't say how soon that'll be, since the rest of it isn't quite so ready to go. I just felt like actually putting out some writing for once, and maybe having it out there and in progress on a few sites will help me get my butt in gear when it comes to writing in general.

Title: The Care and Keeping of Your Timelord
Summary: Set after the events of The Sound of Drums and Last of the Time Lords. The Doctor finds a somewhat...unconventional...way to "keep" the Master onboard his TARDIS.
Warnings: Pure, unadulterated crack, and it's only going to get weirder as we go on.

Links: Here on Teaspoon and here on ff.net.
"I've been waiting for that for years--thanks, David!"

Okay, so I'm thinking that this convention is probably the most awesome thing I could possibly do next summer (yes, even if the DW folks don't show up again next year). There go whatever savings I get scraped together from next semester's full time job already. And it's probably a bad sign that I'm thinking that one reason to go to UCLA rather than one of the schools in New York would be that I would be in the right state for Comic Con (assuming I live out there year-round, though, which I may still not).
I've been reading baggage regulations for three different airline companies, looking up policies on leaving luggage at different places in London, and having a pretty good time making fun of Heathrow's security FAQ with Mom. I am deeply amused by the notion that these questions are indeed frequently asked. Anyway, this is one of the most patronizing FAQs I have ever read.

My favorites were, at first, the questions about what one could bring on a plane--not only is there a question about whether or not one is allowed to carry any reading material or children's games onto the plane, but apparently British question-askers believe that whether baby formula is diary- or soy-based will determine whether or not it is allowed on the plane. Also, I found a loophole in the whole no explosive materials thing: the answer to the question of whether or not one can bring a sandwich or crisps on the plane for one's child is "Yes, crisps are fine and sandwiches with any type of filling are also permitted." Any type of filling? *strokes chin, has evil laugh*

My very favorite, however, is a very special question filed under "Exceptional Items": "How can you assure me that there will be no terrorists on my plane? I would also like to know what checks you make on all the staff working at the airport – how do you know there are no terrorists working in security? Or smuggling bombs on planes via the food that is put on to the planes?"

I bet this is the most frequently asked question of all, verbatim.
So [livejournal.com profile] agenttrojie started an "I Love the Whole World" rewriting craze on [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes, and I decided to get in on it with a version for film students - or at least critical studies students.

Inspirational posts are here and here.


I love photography
I love the zoetrope
I love the Latham loop
And the kinetoscope

I love film history
And all its gadgetry
Boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada

I love Cahiers
I love Bela Balasz
I love Munsterberg
And Soviet Montage

I love film theory
What is Cinema?
Boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada

I love realism
I love Expressionists
I love illusions
And all the plot twists

I love that whole world:
The moving picture show
Boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada, boom de yada
The Doctor's list of instructions to Martha, circa Human Nature, viewed at normal speed:

heeh.

Jul. 9th, 2008 02:23 pm
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And also in icon form:

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I would end up on Siszren, and I'd bring my AVEN pamphlets (even though the Siszrenians would completely miss the significance).

[/inside joke]

FEMBOTS!!

Dec. 25th, 2007 11:03 pm
cut for naughty naughty bad naughty bad bad things related to Doctor Who )

And in other news, VotD was a disappointment. Thanks so much, Rusty.
[livejournal.com profile] ihasatardis has been having an outbreak of macros in languages other than English, and I joined in. Not only that, but I joined in twice.

Here and here.

Good to know all these schoolins are getting me somewhere.
Okay, so I was poking around Amazon.com to see if I could find a copy of the beyond awesome film adaptation of Crime and Punishment that was directed by Lev Kulidzhanov back in 1969 or 1970 (and there are copies on there...for $60), and I happened to skim the reviews.

FUNNIEST THING EVER. The original page is here. I laughed so hard that I probably sounded like a dying animal, and the best part is that it's in character! *glee*

So without further ado, I bring you Raskolnikov meets Dr. Phil, by 'Mark Twain' of Amazon.com )

ICONS!

Dec. 9th, 2005 08:09 pm
Seventeen icons! Sixteen are Phantom of the Opera, though one's from the 1925 film, and one's from a old newspaper cartoon about one of my favorite Romantic composers, Hector Berlioz. *insert lame pun about his Fantastic Symphony being fantastic*

Teaser: Image hosted by Photobucket.com

more behind the cut )

As always, feel free to use them.

In other news, it took me half an hour to go down the the dining hall and get a banana split. They're having study break snacks, and the crowds are horrid. I did, however, go "noooo, Candy Mountaaain, Charlieeee, Candy Mooountaaain!" at a girl when she turned around to look at me, which made up for it all. Hey, she turns to look at the creepy girl muttering to herself under her scarf, she should expect something unsettling.

And I think I will buy myself a paid account in January because I am utterly fed up with only having three icons and it's not like I have no money.

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