June 25th, 2010


This day in Twitter

Today's tweets:

  • 07:44 @Botchalism I've no doubt he knows far more than I, but my understanding is that hallelujah was originally a two-word Hebrew phrase. #
  • 07:53 @Botchalism 'Hallelu' meaning joyful praise; 'jah' meaning to God. So excising the latter removes any explicit reference to God, in Hebrew. #
  • 07:57 @Botchalism That said, hallelu is sort of implicitly about God even without jah. #
  • 08:02 @Botchalism But halelujah is very much in the vernacular at this point, and I think few people hear or use it literally. #
  • 08:04 @Botchalism So I wouldn't worry about it affecting your atheist street cred if you're caught using it. :-) #
  • 08:26 Madison ranked 81st largest U.S. city bit.ly/aYOjmr #
  • 10:07 The peppermint tea I started the day with was nice, but now it's time for something caffeinated. #
  • 13:12 Definitely something to be worried about. RT @GillianJacobs I'm so scared of this fish: yhoo.it/bGdZC4 #
  • 13:21 This just in: my brother's next child, whose gender heretofore has been in state of quantum indeterminacy, will be a girl. My fourth niece! #
  • 13:59 This is equal parts awe-inspiring and horrifying: Friendly's Burger Has Grilled Cheese Sandwiches For Buns bit.ly/b9tZsR #
  • 15:45 @PSMHopkins Danes are meant to be melancholy, so it's probably just as well they aren't advancing. #worldcup #
  • 16:33 Heading to the Duck Pond to work tonight's @MadisonMallards game. It's a beautiful night for baseball! #
  • 22:37 @MadisonMallards fall 5-1 to Green Bay. Nice weather and a good turnout though. #

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10-P, 10-E

Ten random things: June 25

Ten people invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2010 and the branches in which they are distinguished:

  1. Shane Hurlbut (cinematographer)
  2. Juan Jose Campanella (director)
  3. T Bone Burnett (music)
  4. Tom Myers (sound)
  5. Dave Warren (art director)
  6. Peter Riegert (actor)
  7. Andrew Karpen (executive)
  8. Peter de Seve (animator)
  9. Suzanne M. Cole (public relations)
  10. Tia Lessin (documentary)

I'm particularly pleased to see an invitation extended to Peter Riegert; he's long been one of my favorite character actors. It's a little odd he was only invited to join this year; he's been in the biz for more than 30 years, and his Oscar nomination (for Live Action Short Film) was all the way back in 2000. Meanwhile, Zoe Saldana, another invitee this year, wasn't even born when Riegert made his first movie, and has never been nominated for anything more prestigious than an MTV Movie Award. The full list of invitees can be found here.

susan bones

Repurposed from comments in fox1013's journal

fox1013 linked to a Los Angeles Times article earlier today about Twilight fans and highlighted this passage from it:

"If you take away 'Twilight' and put in a football team, this doesn't look so much different from what guys have been doing for decades," says Baym. "They stay up late at night looking at statistics and playing fantasy football. You could just as easily say they've lost touch with reality or that they're addicted. 'Twilight' is just a story women are engaging with passionately, so people say it's dysfunctional. On the other hand, maybe men's relationship with football is dysfunctional as well."

I've made that point about football fans before, though in my case I illustrated it with a story about a guy I met who'd driven from Long Island to Sterling, Virginia, to meet members of the 1997 Washington Redskins.

I think the problem is that casual genre fans are largely invisible. Everyone knows dozens of people who like football, who watch their local team every week and maybe own a replica jersey, but are not completely obsessed with it, so the guys who are completely obsessed are rightly viewed as outliers. The same is true of certain other media properties, like Harry Potter or American Idol. Most media properties, however, are not so massively popular as football or Harry Potter, and there's often no good way to know if your co-worker or neighbor watches Big Brother or Supernatural or reads the Twilight books. It's only the people who are pretty much all the way out of their entire damn minds about them who attract public notice, so the outliers become the baseline.

And not to excuse the author of that LA Times piece, but I'm guilty of it too! I mean, I probably know several people who watch Big Brother, but the only person I know for a fact watches it is fox1013, and she's, well, sort of crazily obsessive about it. (I mean that only in the most affectionate way, of course.) And sometimes I'll read one of her BB posts and I can't help thinking, man, Big Brother fans are nuts. I've been involved in fandom long enough to know better than to make a generalization like that, but it's just human nature to think that way.

Incidentally, speaking of crazy and obsessive, I may as well mention that the fourth paragraph contains a direct quote from the Community episode "Advanced Criminal Law." I have spent much of my free time since the season finale repeatedly rewatching the entire season, reading and occasionally writing fanfic, watching fanvids, downloading fanmixes (which is how I came to be listening to a Kelly Clarkson song as I wrote this), and generally being a big ol' crazy person about the show in general and Jeff/Annie in particular. Also note that I am using an icon demonstrating my continued support of a romantic relationship between Harry Potter and Susan Bones, which pairing I've remained faithful to for about two weeks shy of ten years, despite conclusive and irrefutable proof that it will never, ever happen. So don't think I'm trying to claim I'm above such fannish excesses.