If you are the creator of a show, and the way you choose to interact with fans is to read fanfiction aloud in an extremely public place (San Diego Comic Con, let’s say), and encourage your actors to criticize it, then you are wrong. You are deliberately alienating the people who are so devoted to this thing that you created that they’ve been inspired to create themselves. The quality of the work doesn’t matter. It could be poorly written, or extremely strange, or straight-up porn. It could make you profoundly uncomfortable, but that doesn’t matter—you are alienating the people you should be praising.

And if your show happens to be about teenagers and airing on a network like, say, MTV, then chances are pretty damn good that the work you have presented was written by a young person. By taking a thing that was created out of love and turning it into something to be mocked, you are potentially not only driving that person away from your show, but from writing in general. You could be robbing the rest of us of their talent, and you should feel profoundly ashamed.

You don’t understand fandom, and you don’t understand love. You are a piece of shit.


Meta: Snowpiercer



My [scattered] thoughts on Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer. This was originally just a defence of the film’s ending—which I’ve seen widely criticised—because I think it’s brilliant and necessary and worth defending. But… then there’s everything else.

[major spoilers, of course]

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This is a really good examination of Snowpiercer which is one of my favorite movies this year! Seriously though don’t read it if you haven’t seen the movie already.

This is a fantastic close reading of Snowpiercer. It increased my love for the film—which I already liked a great deal.


claudette: Surface of Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 10 April 2008.

On the Vastitas Borealis. Believe this image runs about 660 km from 79°N 55°E to 68°N 62°E.

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour and one monochrome for detail. Colour balance is not naturalistic.

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.


Preview of “The Iron Giant” toy by Mondo.

The Iron Giant Collectible Figure
The 16” tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable “S” to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the “War” version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.