rynne: (win the internet (kh2))
My lecture on Fan Fiction and Feminism today was awesome (though more about fanart and fanvidding than fic). The professor who gave the lecture said she's a member of OTW, so I just looked her up there and she's even a former board member and involved with several committees.

Why this makes me excited is that the lecture wasn't just an academic look at the phenomenon of fandom from an outside observer. I've been to a few lectures and read several articles like that. Today's lecture was from someone who is actually in fandom, and loves and understands it. It was from a legal perspective, of course, but we talked about fair use and the nature of a transformative work and a lot of other interesting things.

Some highlights of things that amused me:
-The very first thing she showed was a Star Trek (2009) vid, so I knew we were off to a good start.
-Clex fanvid (Clark and Lex from Smallville)
-Wincest fanvid
-Apparently the kind of transformative work than will pass the fair use muster most easily is one involving sex. Meaning, porn will get by the courts the easiest.

There were a lot of other interesting things in the lecture, and the professor chose her examples really well. That was totally worth missing the first half of my Contracts class. :D
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
I just got into Georgetown. Georgetown. That's one of my top choices, so dude, I am so happy and excited right now. I'm going to law school! I've been a bit nervous since I applied months ago but omfg I got into Georgetown. I'll only have a tough decision to make if I also get into Columbia and/or NYU, but otherwise...going to Georgetown. Oh yeah. :D

I opened my letter on my way back from the mailbox, and I think I might have scared my neighbors with my jumping up and down and shouting YES. XD
rynne: (twins)
Am slightly drunk. Don't think am actually drunk, as I think I can still spell, and I was fine driving home, but wow.

See, my city had this awesome thing that was the superhero pub crawl, where people dressed up as superheroes and got deals on drinks in specific bars downtown. It was pretty much Geeks Go Drink. I reused my A New Hope Princess Leia costume from Celebration IV in 2007 (? Pretty sure it was 2007), and while I was not quite a superhero (most people showed up as either heroes or villains from DC or Marvel, with several Quailmans and Marios thrown in), I still got the deals, and it was pretty awesome.

I did have quite a bit to drink, even if I was fine driving and I can still spell. So right now I'm at the sleepy-and-stupid stage of being drunkish. Sleepy is self-explanatory, and stupid because I don't want to sleep yet even though I am so tired.

I think I will go to bed soonish. Tomorrow I work, but Monday I have a day off yay. Then I will finish my Remix, which I very gratefully got an extension for.

Right now I will either read fic or go to bed. It's sort of up in the air at the moment.

ETA: Oh! I was also drunk enough to do karaoke in one of the bars. Hah, my first time doing karaoke. My voice really sucks. XD Still, I sang Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" and Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun" and the beginning of Tom Petty's "Free Falling", and it was fun. Even if I suck. :p
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
Today's been a pretty good day. I didn't have to do anything in class besides listen, I'm now offically a Politics and Government minor, there was a gathering of the English department where I got to glee with my professors about the classes I'm taking next semester, I had pizza for dinner, and then I found old Rainbow Brite episodes. Rainbow Brite! I loved that so much when I was a kid. XD

Also, [livejournal.com profile] shinyopals and I are apparently going to cowrite something in her Fourteen-verse. I'm excited! I've never cowritten anything before, and I've always wanted to.

I'm completely updated on Bones now, so I suppose I'll just have to keep watching along with everyone else now. Next up in my Netflix queue is due South, and since [livejournal.com profile] ariastar has been raving about it recently, I'm looking forward to that.

I think right now, though, I'm going to go watch more Rainbow Brite. Hello, my childhood. :D
rynne: (exuberance is beauty)
I just had a 15-18 page paper made OPTIONAL.

WIN.

Doubly so because I technically have a draft of this paper due on Sunday and I've barely done any research, let alone done any writing.

It's not quite the best thing ever, because if I choose not to do this paper, it means that the other paper is worth 35% of my grade, and the final worth 30%. But that other paper is shorter, more interesting, and due in over a month, and I've gotten As on both the tests I've had in this class. My professor is actually giving us options--we can keep to the original grading, which involves two papers and a final that are weighed somewhat less heavily; we can write only the papers and not take a final; or we can write one paper and take the final. I test well, and I do not want to write this 15-18 page paper, so even if the grades are weighted more heavily, I'm so taking that third option.

Also, it's almost time to register for fall. I was looking up classes I want to take, and what jumped out at me was HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

A study of the phonology, vocabulary, and grammar of the English language, tracing it from its Anglo-Saxon roots to its modern status as a world language. Language change is examined in the context of cultural change, and the course may investigate such contemporary concerns in linguistics as theories of grammar, dictionary usage, and bilingual education.

I AM SO TAKING THIS. SO TAKING THIS.

Watch me do the dance of GLEE and WIN. Okay, it's more of an awkward wiggle, since I'm sitting in bed with a computer in my lap, but still. GLEE and WIN.

Also, I am watching Bones. Or at least, I was until I stopped to write this entry, and now I'm going back to that.
rynne: (star wars trio)
I just finished a paper. Gah. Hate writing papers.

But not even having papers will make me stop loving my school. Becase this week, the school is having this SymPOEsium thing, which is lectures and various things from lots of disciplines related to Poe and his world and the things he wrote about and so on.

This is awesome enough on its own. What's even better is that my American Lit teacher gave us the week off classes so we could go to lectures instead. But what is currently the most awesome is the lecture I went to today, about the philosphy of mind, basically truth in fiction and how close fiction has to be to truth and so on.

The lecturer also talked about various levels of truth. Like the various levels of canon in fandom. Well, he didn't actually use the term fandom, but he did use canon, and he gave us an example.

THE STAR WARS EXPANDED UNIVERSE.

I WENT TO AN ACADEMIC LECTURE AT MY SCHOOL AND TALKED ABOUT THE STAR WARS EU.

The lecturer was talking about the movies being primary canon and the books being secondary and how people could accept various levels of canon, and I was just sitting there trying not to explode of glee.

Seriously, HOW AWESOME IS THAT?
rynne: (dance!)
I win at school!

*cough* ;)

This week I had a paper, a presentation, and a test. The paper and the test were for today, and the presentation was yesterday. But due to my distraction at finding shiny new author, I procrastinated on preparing for those things.

The presentation I hadn't really been worried about--I was just supposed to find a newspaper article relevant to the class and report on it with a few discussion questions. Took about ten minutes of preparation, and the actual presentation went pretty well.

The paper and the test, on the other hand, I just did not want to do. I wanted to read fic! Awesome fic! Fic so awesome I was reading it for the second/third time in as many days! In the face of that, who would want to write a stupid paper, or study for a test on material only about two-thirds of which I'd actually read?

The paper I did manage to do yesterday. It was only two pages, and I managed to bust it out in forty minutes, and I think it ended up being fairly good for a forty-minute paper I barely bothered to reread. XD

The test I was more worried about. It was supposed to be short answer and essay, and I was pretty sure the essay was going to be about what the author of this particular book would think of how Bush handled the Iraq war (which was indeed one of the essay options), and I'd only read maybe a fifth of the material on that. But I just went on reading fic rather than studying, figuring that hey, it was short answer and essay, I could just BS my way through it if necessary.

But in the hour I had free before my class, some other people in the class and I ended up meeting and having a sort of impromptu study session. So I both got to have someone else explain stuff to me that I didn't read, and I realized how well I understood the material I did read, through explaining it to other people. And then I went and took the test, and felt prepared, and now even after it's over I feel like I did not bomb the test!

TOTAL win. Minimal effort for school + doing well despite minimal time + spending that time instead on reading awesome fic = WIN.

And tonight [livejournal.com profile] heart_of_man and I are going to see the school's benefit production of the Vagina Monologues, which I've never seen and always wanted to.

MORE WIN.
rynne: (nine/rose grinning)
My internet came back! By itself! I was hoping it would, but not expecting it because normally my computer doesn't like me enough for that, but then the internet came back without me needing to take it to the tech people!

I am still sick, and now on my period as well, bugger that, but I have my internet back.

And I started randomly following links today and a BRILLIANT NEW FIC AUTHOR. Well, new to me. I think I didn't realize she existed before because she's at ff.net, but she's got quite a lot of fic, some of them LONG (depressingly rare in DW fandom), and I've only just started devouring her. But the very first fic of hers I read was just as romantic as I like, which is actually extremely hard to do because I tend to like 'em so sweet they could rot my teeth.

I...don't think I'm being very coherent. XD But...awesome new author!

*excited flailing*

I don't care about being sick, and I don't care about being crampy.

*still flailing*

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