With some of the country’s Meccas of higher education offering courses in fantastical geeky disciplines like Elvish, Skryim, and Zombie media, it’s no surprise that fanfiction has become an interest to the tweeds in academia. Annie Jamison, a professor at the University of Utah with a PhD from Princeton, has recently published a fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World, which explores the role and importance of fanfiction in modern literature and culture.
Science is a funny thing. There’s been this traditional stereotype about scientists rolling through life with pocket protectors and slide rules, cloaked in a lab coat and hunched over their microscopes. But over the last few years the subject has picked up a few more fans. TV shows like Through the Wormhole hosted by Morgan Freeman and great programming on Science Channel and other educational outlets have started to help pull science into the mainstream, by making it more accessible to everyday people. Even on the local level for me in Philadelphia I see big events like the Philadelphia Science Festival and can easily see the rise in interest this kind of accessibility can bring.
Congratulations, you’ve made it halfway through V-day, whether you like it or not! Your stomach is probably grumbling about now, and it’s probably because you haven’t had any food specifically prepared for your by Molly Weasley today. The bad news is this article won’t cook the food for you, but the good news is there are some excellent resources to help you cook like the Weasley matriarch herself! Okay, okay, there are recipes for cooking like a house elf, too. And for making butter beer. And for other delicious food so good you will likely think it took actual magic to make them. Continue reading
So, Variety announced today that Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, that will also feature Ben Affleck’s debut as Batman.
This has been confirmed by director Zack Snyder, who said “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.”
Look, I’m just gonna jump right into my reactions, if you don’t mind.
Well, obviously, WONDER WOMAN IS GOING TO APPEAR ON THE BIG SCREEN, FINALLY. And, the casting of an Israeli actress is pretty awesome, it’s great to see a non-white woman get to show some Wonder.
I know a lot of people were reacting with “WHO?” when Gal’s name came up, but I think that’s a plus. Even Lynda Carter herself once advised Hollywood to “cast an unknown.” I like having an actress without anything iconic to compare her role as Wonder Woman to.
Wonder Woman is making it on screen, yes, but as a supporting role in a movie primarily focused on Superman and Batman. She’s not even being mentioned in the tentative title while the two boys are. It reeks of sticking her in the movie to appease audiences without having to do the “risky” thing and give her a solo origin movie because, everyone knows, female-fronted action movies with well-established characters are doomed to fail.
Oh, by the way, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has made $297 million in two weeks and broke a Thanksgiving weekend record previously held by “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”
Also, there’s the big question of Zack Snyder being at the helm again. Snyder’s record with female characters isn’t necessarily great. The man made “Sucker Punch” for crying out loud and defended it as “empowering,” proving that he has the most tenuous, superficial, male-gaze friendly grasp on the concept of female empowerment possible.
THE EH, MAYBE:
While I’m all about Gadot’s casting, I’m seriously hoping she plans to put on some muscle before filming begins. I don’t think it’s impossible, look at the transformations of Seth Rogen and Chris Pratt for roles in action movies. Wonder Woman is first and foremost a warrior, and I don’t care what nationality or color your actress for the role is, if she doesn’t have notable muscle tone, I can’t buy her as an Amazon.
Really, this is just all knee-jerk reactions to the news. We won’t know anything for awhile, and I’m waiting until we see the first leaked set pictures, promo images and trailers before I really decide on anything. And the truth is, I’m probably not going to flock to theaters for this, no matter how much I want my Wonder Woman fix. I still want her in a solo film, giving her the spotlight and letting her show the world the wonder that she truly is.
Ashly is an IHO Geek writer and is trying to be rational about this casting news. You can try to ruffle her feathers on Twitter @newageamazon.
Do you have a blog? Most people do. I have about twenty (but who cares, no big deal right? I mean I kinda want more). Whether it be blogspot, tumblr, or a made from scratch domain where you post mindless flotsam and jetsam, host an original webcomic series, or just post your writing or artwork portfolios or just pictures of your obese cat, your sites are more or less a piece of you or at the least what you want to offer or present to the public. Depending on how interesting you are or what you have to offer you can quickly amass views and followers. This much is pretty much assumed or well known about the blogging experience; but I feel there is a dark side pertaining to a condition that is oft ignored. If one does not know how to confront and treat it, could mean dread and the death of a blogging career; Big Time Attentionitis. In fact a loved one could have already contracted BTA and have lived with it in secret and in shame.
A common but relatively unstudied anxiety condition, BTA is the sudden wave of dread and uncontrollable panic relating to sudden attention from a particular individual or individuals and or the collective masses suddenly following your blog medium and then sharing your work. There are two particular subgroups:
1. Viral Mania
Big Time Attentionitis Viral Mania, or BTAVM is the first subgroup or variation of BTA which arises when a post or a piece of work goes utterly viral, causing an influx if not never-ending number of views and followers, fanmail, messages praising or interested in your work. This can include kind comments to constructive criticism, rebuttals and or a sudden rush of open discourse to even, if you’re lucky, job offers. This causes feelings of deliriousness (sometimes rather positive if offered a book deal), anxious eating, chugging of iced tea (both straight lemon and long island), constant refreshing and in severe cases an absolute abandon of looking at your own blog, overwhelmed by the interest. There is so much interest, you actually loose interest. Or just become a nervous wreck as if locked in a witch’s castle.
BTAVM does extend to the discovery, sharing and ultimate virality of video blogs and or uploads of original videos either candid humor, animal videos or as a performer. You must however note if the content that has triggered the public response and virality is of particularly ignorant and or hateful content (mostly on mediums such as Twitter and Facebook) and met with an overall negative response, that panic at such criticism is not BTAVM but BPIS, another seldom researched condition called Douchenoodle Infamatitis. Otherwise known as you’re just an awful person and you should feel bad.
The second sub group, BDFBTA, in contrast is more specialized and hyper-focused condition based on a particular individual.
2. “Big Deal Follower”
The quieter but by no means less stressful subgroup; Big Deal Follower Big Time Attentionitis or BDFBTA is the sudden awareness of and panic when it comes to your attention someone much more popular or well known on the internet is actively reading, subscribing, reblogging, talking about or showcasing, overall engaging to your content. At its most simple BDFBTA is triggered with something as simple as the notification of said “big deal” personalities subscribing to your page or blog, or may appear via a comment, or reblog, pingback, noodledeuce, pinsyup, owl, quibble, etching and or the now venerable tweet sharing of your work or site. The BDFBTA manifests out of the “oh shit” moment when you realize if someone like that (whomever is considered pertinent) is tuning in to you, and that you may actually be going somewhere. If it is simply just noticing they are subscribing to your work but quietly so without any sharing (yet) there is an additional variation of BDFBTA that can manifest; GDVBDFBTA or Grand Delusion Via Big Deal Follower Big Time Attentionitis where the anxiety is particularly tied to the fantasy that your work could hit virality if said person did reblog or feature your work and one’s life can then subsequently fall more into place. Which of course would in most cases result in a subsequent case of BTAVM.
Symptoms of all forms of BTA besides those mentioned above include large grinning and face squeezing, loud swearing, outbursts of every emotion, nail bitting, head bashing, key bashing, crying, heavy napping, jumping significant others’ bones, jumping other people’s bones, jumping your own bone, excessive beverage sipping, stomping in puddles, floor rolling, and samosa eating. Overcompensating and wanting to impress said particular new “big” followers or the masses may produce mediocre subsequent work. Severe cases people outright just delete their blogs. Or themselves. Finding oneself in your desktop recycling bin just happens.
If you or your loved one has a form of BTA; have patience. Goldfish quickly move on quickly and as we all know, we are all really goldfish. So rest assured people will actively forget your ass when the novelty runs off. In the meantime breathe. Less breathing. Moderate breathing. Little quieter. Perfect.
Other forms of BTA to look out for:
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Be careful! See you guys soon.
Staff Writer/The Doctor