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Aug. 20th, 2012

The drug of the nation

It's the first Monday evening without Teen Wolf. I am bereft.

But it got me thinking about the next series I might want to watch. I have quite a few in the queue, but I'm having trouble deciding what it's going to be. So I thought, "Why not ask the flist?"

Feb. 15th, 2011

All about hair!

Tomorrow is my appointment at the hairstylist and I think I'd like to go red. I've dyed it auburn and raspberry-ish in the past, but always using home dye, so I was always kind of conservative. But since I'm having it professionally done I think I could be more bold this time. I'm just overwhelmed with choices! Since hair is such an important topic, I wanted to see what my flist thought.

Tell me! )

Sep. 22nd, 2010

Help from German flisters

If you happen to be in a magazine store, could you take a peek at the latest issue of Du&Ich (I believe the October/November issue is on the stands now) and let me know if the EKP interview made it in this month? (We got bumped last month so that Jo Weil could reveal his disturbing fetish with hair dryers that I prefer not to think about ever again.)

Aug. 28th, 2010

Vidding copyright disputes

I have a question for the vidders on my flist. I just moved some of my fanvids to EKP as a pre-emptive measure. One of them immediately got hit with a copyright block in Germany. *shakes fist at Sony* I've had good luck challenging music claims before, so I decided I'd file the dispute. I'd heard the process had been simplified (it's been a while since I had to challenge one), and it is -- it's laid out now as if Youtube understands the concept of fair use now. But in the past, the block remained until the dispute was decided in my favour. This time, the block immediately disappeared. Has the burden of proof shifted toward the vidder?

If so, \o/\o/\o/\o/\o/!!

Off now to stock up on booze and popcorn for movie night. A sexy cocktail, just the thing!

Jul. 16th, 2010


I've done way too much thinking this week and my brain's given up the ghost. So, beloved f-list, I need your help with some critical decisions.

Jun. 9th, 2010

Announce to flounce?

I have a question for the flist. I know a lot of you are serial fans, like myself, who have participated in more than one fandom. I'm curious: when you left one fandom/pairing, did you just leave quietly? Or did you feel the need to notify the mods of your fandom, and the world at large, loudly and in great detail why you didn't want to continue?

Dec. 3rd, 2009

Any Turkish speakers in the house

This is a totally random question, but we are befuddled by a Turkish word used on our German soap. It sounds like "shoe-pus" and might be spelled şöpaz or çepaz or shöpas or [insert your own spelling], and it's just baffling us. (Well, baffling [info - personal] aldiara anyway, because she's awesome like that and won't rest until she cracks it.)

In context, one character is complaining about her family and her boyfriend says he could get his brothers to beat everyone up, and she replies, "Yes, then the [shöpaz] would be over." So we're thinking it's something like "drama" or "idiocy" or "trouble", but none of those meanings are churning out anything that remotely looks like şöpaz or çepaz or shöpas.

Here's the 15 second clip where they use it. Repeatedly.

Any thoughts?

ETA: OK, so a query at [info - community] linguaphiles turned up... well, nothing, other than that it's probably a made-up word. Or possibly slang Turkish used in Germany. But with native speakers as baffled as we are, we don't feel so bad.

SOLVED! Thanks to [info - personal] frogspace and [info - personal] gin_tonic who explained it's a faux-Turkish pronunciation of 'Spaß'. THANK YOU!

Sep. 10th, 2009

Dollhouse ep13

I finally got around to watching the unaired episode tonight. I can see why it wasn't shown, as it'd be really hard to keep going from there, but after seeing it--and ending up with tears streaming down my face--I almost wish the show hadn't been renewed. It was really the perfect ending.

On a completely (and as unrelated as you can possibly get) note, how should I get my hair cut? )

Jul. 5th, 2009

Squeeful as can be!!

THE BEAST IS SLAIN!!! ...er, I mean the Big Bang is FINISHED! All tweaked, betaed, and ready to upload soon as I whip up some author's notes. It's 57,277 (mostly pretty good) words, making it the second longest story I've ever written.

But the deadline to upload stories was extended until Wednesday, so here's another instalment of Ask The Flist: Is there anybody who is familiar with Old English who might be willing to take a quick look at some of the words I'm using? I tried to keep them pretty simple, sticking with imperatives for spell commands, but a pair of educated eyes would be really awesome. Man, [info - personal]aesc is speedy! Thank you so much!! You're awesome!!

Random Old English/Merlin-related factoid: "Ealdor" means (1) life/the vital parts of the body (2) old age/eternityh. I'm sure there's fic in there somewhere.

Now off to edit some episodes of Alles was zählt before bed! Strip poker, ice show, and singing in Spanish, wheeee!!!

*I need to upload more icons to DW one of these days. I have no squeeful ones!

Jul. 3rd, 2009

What makes a good fanmix?

My BB artist offered to illustrate a fanmix for my story. And I just love the idea, but I'm also a bit overwhelmed. I don't have songs that inspired me as I wrote; I write to music in languages I don't understand (thank you, Sigur Rós) or wordless soundtracks or celtic music.

So I thought I'd ask the flist: What do you think makes a good fanmix? What do you look for/listen for? Is it more important that the songs flow together musically or that they follow the story? Is it bad to have some really gorgeous Basia Bulat and Regina Spektor, and then throw in Elliot Minor's atrocious songs with the scarily appropriate lyrics? Does the entire song need to connect with the fic, or just some key verses? The songs I'm picking out also seem to be coming in pairs -- two songs from the same artist. Is that okay, or is it a no-no?

Help would be much appreciated! *smooches*

Apr. 29th, 2009

Question for the Brits

Is there something equivalent to the National Enquirer in the U.K.? Something that focuses on that kind of "news of the weird" stuff, alien abductions and three-headed dogs and the like? (Also, am I correct in thinking that the Enquirer is still unavailable in the U.K. because of that libel decision a few years back?)

No, this isn't just idle curiosity. One of the characters in my story is going to be a reporter for an Enquirer-type rag and I want to get it right. Thanks for any help!

Mar. 11th, 2009

Hit me with your fanfic baby

I've been in complete fic withdrawal for the past couple of weeks. It hurts! And there's f-all time to read before I go, especially if I want to finish my RPF WIP for [info]ides_of_march. Oh, and finish the ebook so I can keep my job. You know, minor things like that.

Which reminds me:

ides promo

Now, where was I? Oh, yes. So I was at Staples today and picked up a 2G flashdrive for my little eeePC (aka Ingo). And after putting all the iPod versions of Merlin on it, I've still got buckets of room.

Which means I have a mission for you: Go forth and bring me fic! Pimp your own, tell me what you've read that's knocked your socks off, and the longer the better. I'm looking for any of the pairings I read: Merlin/Arthur, Colin/Bradley, Harry/Draco, McShep, Jack/Ianto (I'd add DeRo but I haven't let any of those slip past). I want to fill up this flashdrive with the best stuff you've got, anything to keep me entertained on those long train rides. Don't make me write my Big Bang!