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It's interesting to me how fandom has a way of bringing together people with widely disparate views and passions into one volatile community. I want to understand that better. And so, a poll:

[Poll #1465194]

Also, I have another question for those of you who have been involved in more than one fandom and/or have experience with multi-fandom or pan-fandom communities (Fandom Wank or Cosplay.com, for example):

What would you say are the most common sources of conflict in fandoms? What do people argue about the most? What issues are most likely to cause a fandom to divide into smaller cliques?

I would really like to get a lot of good responses for this, so please, if this discussion interests you, than not only answer, but also PIMP IT FAR AND WIDE! Thank you!

Joie
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And so I present a poll. I would like input from anyone who has read the books, not just fandomers. Feel free to pimp to a wider audience.

Ginny poll )

Sorry for the lack of ticky boxes. I wanted to keep it simple. Feel free to elaborate in comments.

ETA: I'm totally amused that the comments to this post managed to turn into a discussion of Snape and Snapefen.

Joie
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*admires alliterative title*

For the first time in a long time, I feel like I have the time for a fairly pointless post, though the impression that I have some free time is probably a bit of an illusion. *sigh*

I was grading my students' grammar papers the other day, and I found myself somewhat in disagreement with the Teacher's Guide. I think, perhaps, that the Teacher's Guide is going by a rather outdated method of comma usage, but I'm not sure. Anyway, instead of doing proper research on the matter, I have decided to poll my flist!

First please examine the following sentence:

John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, began on October 16, 1859, and was crushed on October 18.

Then answer the questions:

Poll under cut )

Feel free to add additional information or justification in the comments. Come on grammarphiles, I need your help! :D

The other item I wanted to post about is music. I’m sure I’m not the only person who, from time to time, is watching some movie or TV show wherein some piece of classical/art music is used as incidental music, and feels sure that the piece is familiar, but can’t name it. For some reason, it appears that TV shows in particular can get away with using music and not giving any credit, so that one is left wondering what the piece of music was even after scouring the closing credits.

But in this day and age whenever one is presented with any sort of trivial mystery like this, one can always ask Teh Interwebs—and will be very likely to find the answer! So I am pleased to announce that the gorgeous swelling of symphonic music heard when Kenshin bids farewell to Kaoru before departing for Kyoto is the Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. While it is not by Puccini, as I had first thought, it is by one of his contemporaries in the verismo school of Italian composers, and it is certainly just as appropriate a musical selection for the “Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story” as Puccini would have been (except for the fact that Mascagni did not write Madame Butterfly).

Also, the piano sonata that underscores Kenshin’s battle with Shishio at the end of the Kyoto arc is, as I thought, one of Beethoven’s named piano sonatas. But it is not the Pastoral, as I originally thought, nor another movement of the Moonlight Sonata, as I later guessed. It is the Adagio Cantabile movement of the Pathetique. I clearly remember studying this piece in Dr. Kindred’s killer Music Theory II course, and I remember thinking, at the time, that the song “Somewhere Out There” had ripped off parts of the melody. *smirks* Cantabile, indeed.

And on a related note, [livejournal.com profile] markbrannan, I thought you might like to know that the theme song for House, which you thought you recognized the other day, is by Massive Attack, according to the closing credits. Does that help you place it?

Joie
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This will take less than 20 seconds. Please vote. I know I did one like this before, but I need more current info.

Quick poll under the cut )

Thanks!

Joie
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For any Harry Potter fans on my flist who haven't already seen this, please consider taking a few minutes of your time to fill out this poll.

Joie
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*happy sigh* I wasn't even looking forward to this birthday. With my teens and my early twenties now behind me, I am starting to drag my heels about the idea of being another year older. But it's good to have an excuse to celebrate. My sis-in-law's (Vanessa, aka [livejournal.com profile] nessabutterfly) birthday is today, and since our birthdays are so close, the last two years we have been celebrating in tandem. This year's dual celebration turned out to be really fun.

My birthday got off to a good start. The teacher I work most closely with at school brought a chocolate chip cookie cake and had all the kids sing to me before they were dismissed for their afternoon P.E. class. Better yet, my students behaved themselves better than usual all day. :D

Friday Night: Dinner and Swing Dancing )

The next morning we went to MegaCon, a convention focused mainly on sci-fi/fantasy, comic books, and anime/manga. So. Much. Fun. For me, the main attraction was the anime/manga aspect of the convention, particularly the merchandise and the cosplay. (In case you don’t know that term: cosplay = “costume play”, or dressing up as characters from anime/manga/video games—or anything, really).

I really, really got a kick out of the cosplay. There were so many cool costumes, and it was neat to see the creative things people did, and to get a chance to chat with them and admire their costumes. I cosplayed as Sango from Inuyasha (see pic below--I did her traveling kimono, though it seems people who dress as Sango usually do her battle gear), and it was really fun to have people call out, "Hey, Sango" to me and ask to take my picture. I had fun locating other people at the convention dressed as Inuyasha characters and asking them to pose for pics with me. A guy dressed as Miroku (the character with whom Sango has a bickering proto-romance with) posed for one picture with me, and then offered to do a "lecherous" pose with me as well (Miroku is a very lustful character, and is always trying to grab Sango’s rear, usually getting slapped, elbowed, or at least yelled at as a result), but he didn't press it when Vanessa, who was taking the pic, declined on my behalf. I was actually pretty amused by the offer.

Reference pics of Sango from Inuyasha )

I should add here that my late-night costume preparations before the con consisted of allowing Vanessa to cut me some bangs and faux-sideburns to match Sango’s hairstyle. A bit extreme, I know, to cut my hair for cosplaying, but I’m actually really pleased with the result. It’s been years since I’ve had bangs, and now that I’ve got them again, I have no idea why I didn’t cut them sooner. I look really good with bangs, if I do say so myself. ;) Anyway, if you want to see a pic of me in my Sango get up, Vanessa has posted the one of me with Miroku in her LJ here. Please ignore the one of her fixing my hair, as the lighting in that one makes me look awful. Just scroll on by to the one with Miroku, plz. I’ll post more pics from the weekend in a later post. BTW, I did 95% of the sewing of that costume myself. It was pretty simple, but I hadn't sewn anything since home ec class in middle school, so it was a big accomplishment for me. Vanessa, who also made her own costume, is an expert seamstress, and she helped me design the costume and figure out what the heck I was doing with the sewing machine. <333

More about the Con )

The best part was the company, though. Some of you who have been on my flist a long time will remember that I once didn’t have many local friends here in Orlando. Well, that has begun to change. Last November or so, I got assigned to sing on the same rotation as a girl named Christie in my praise team at church, and we instantly hit it off, mainly because we share an obsessive interest in fantasy, anime, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc., and—more importantly—we seem to like those things for some of the same reasons (not to mention our shared interest in music and theatre, and our shared religious beliefs). Anyway, last month she invited me to a Chinese New Year’s party at her house where we had Chinese food and watched lots of anime, and I got to meet several of her friends. I’ve seen them a few times since then, and now they are becoming my friends, too. Anyway, Christie herself wasn’t able to come to the con on Saturday (she went on Sunday), but I spent a large part of the day with friends that I made because of her, and it was really fun.

I also enjoyed talking to the other cosplayers, especially some teenage girls dressed as fellow Inuyasha characters. The teens I met at the con were really sweet, and chatting with these delightfully geeky, anime-obsessed teenagers just filled me with a warm feeling of nostalgia for my own geeky teen years. *sigh*

Saturday ended with a very late dinner at Doc Chey’s Asian Kitchen, which was really, really delicious—by far one of the best Asian restaurants I’ve been to.

Sunday, Christie and I had our turn to sing for church services, and in between the two services, we got to chat about anime and such. I also got several compliments on my new hair do from friends at church. After church, I did all the work I had put off all weekend (writing curriculum and cleaning my room) and got caught up on LJ. I enjoyed reading all of your birthday greetings. :)

All right, for months now I’ve been meaning to put up a poll like the one [livejournal.com profile] chicagoamy did a while back, to find out who on my flist shares an interest in the same TV shows that I like, and my current desire to find other Fruits Basket fans has prompted me to do it now, even though this post is already ridiculously ginormous. Please fill this poll out!

Poll: Pinky, are you watching what I’m watching? )

Thanks for reading. Due to the million and one things going on in my life, I was offline for about 5 days in a row. I was having fun, but I did miss you guys. *hugs flist*

Joie
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I've found that my f-list has gotten a little out-of-control (in terms of size), and that it's stressful trying to keep up with it. I'm curious how others cope with this, and I hope everyone who reads this will take a few moments to fill out this brief poll. It shouldn't take more than a minute.

Brief poll on f-list reading habits under the cut )

Thanks for your input!

Joie
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This poll is mainly for US citizens of voting age, but if that doesn't apply to you, and you have some knowledge of and opinion on the matter, I don't mind if you vote, too.

[Poll #599061]

Feel free to elaborate in the comments.

Joie
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I spent a good portion of this evening crying my eyes out. Ten points to everyone who knows why without clicking on the cut (which sould be many of you).

There's no need to fear clicking on this... )

But you may want to skip the comments, if you marked the second-to-last choice.

Joie

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