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“some historians think that michelangelo was drawing god in a human brain. very few people knew what one looked like at the time; but michelangelo had dissected cadavers and would have known. it even has the hint of a brain stem. if true this would have been a great “fuck you” to the pope whom he was not friendly with but also would have meant god was in a human brain, or created by man.”


also michelangelo painted a baby angel flipping off the pope


the blond one, you see his right hand? that’s called the fig and it’s an old world european gesture for ‘fuck you” because apparently Pope Juluis II was a total raging asshole and everyone hated him

but nobody ever noticed this little fucker because the ceiling was so high

and then thirty years later they called michelangelo back to paint the wall behind the altar and he wasted no time in painting the gates of hell behind the pope’s chair

what a badass

It amuses me to this day how much Michelangelo hated his job

Fandom Public Service Announcement: 

In addition to running Archive of Our Own and the Transformative Works and Cultures academic journal, the Organization for Transformative Works also runs Fanlore, a fandom-oriented wiki dedicated to hosting information about fan activities, fannish vocabulary, and the histories of fan communities.

On July 5 2014, Fanlore passed its most recent goal of reaching 30,000 articles — which is awesome! But as with any wiki that relies on user interest for the creation and maintenance of pages, there are still some pretty noticeable gaps.

Some of the most prominent authors and pairings in popular fandoms have almost nothing on their pages — or, in many cases, have no pages at all. (As of September 21 2014 the Steve/Bucky page barely has anything on it, and Thorin Oakenshield — one of the main characters in The Hobbit books and movies — doesn’t even have a character page.)


The Fanlore Challenge:

To help fill these gaps, I propose a simple three-step solution.

  1. Create an account with Fanlore

  2. Think of 5 things that you consider important to YOUR fandom experience and that you think other people should know about. (Your favourite pairings, characters, fanfic authors, fanartists, remarkable fanworks — whatever makes you think “this person/thing deserves to be recognized.”)

  3. Go contribute to the Fanlore pages for those 5 things.


That’s all it takes! Saying “X Author is a significant author in Y fandom” with a link to their AO3 page or adding the links to a few Notable Works for a particular pairing is more than enough to qualify. Know of an awesome rec list for that pairing? Add a link. Remember a meme that sprung up about a certain character? Throw that in too. It doesn’t have to be much.

And if you have the time and energy to really flesh out those 5 pages? Even better. 

Providing a balanced and well-rounded fandom wiki is pretty much impossible for one person to do. But if everyone who sees this post makes just 5 constructive edits, we can all work towards making Fanlore into an even better resource and repository for all of us to use. 


Happy editing!

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There’s some good in the world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.







Remember when

  • Smuts were known as lemons
  • Yaoi Warnings ( Don’t Like, Don’t Read! )
  • Character x Character instead of Character/Character
  • Every Time We Touch videos, and the forgotten  Listen To Your Heart videos
  • Numa Numa
  • Naruto Phase
  • Bring Me To Life amv’s
  • citrus and lime warnings
  • when still allowed porn
  • when still allowed original writing before the great fictionpress split
  • deadjournal
  • when livejournal was invite-only
  • cardcaptors a mystic adventure
  • aim roleplay
  • when everyone had their own little fansites on geocities, angelfire, and tripod
  • character-bashing fic and anti-shrines
  • fanfic MSTing
  • save our sailors
  • the word “bishies”
  • AOL message boards
  • tinny background MIDIs on every page
  • "this page coded with notepad" and netscape buttons
  • "this page best viewed at 800x600"
  • "under construction" pages
  • yahoo mailing lists
  • fansubs only available on the subber’s IRC channel
  • fansubs only available if you send $30 for a VHS tape
  • no official release whatsoever for Japanese media
  • fanworks, especially fic, of Western media, especially print media, considered illegal and met with C&Ds
  • the gap between Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix
  • The Sentinel/Highlander/X-Files crossovers
  • "this is part of the [fandom/ship/etc] webring"
  • printing fics out because it feels more permanent

Having to wait until late at night to get your fandom on because that’s the only time your parents wouldn’t give you grief for tying up the phone line.

  • The signatures with pictures and moving gifs in every post on the forums.
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@ 12:34pm
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african politics




talk about perspective. shit.

Fucking hell.

I remember the first time I saw a map of Africa to scale. My jaw dropped.

Holy shit I’m learning so much about Iron Man in Chinese boys’ love fandom right now. 

"The hypermasculine Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.) is one of the most popular superheroes in China. […] … as of May 2014, Iron Man 3 was still the eighth most popular movie among all the films commercially released in China after the opening up of its film market." (Wei, 3.1)


"BL stalwarts in China are often known as rotten girls (fujoshi in Japanese and fu nü in Chinese)—fantasizing male-male romance and eroticism is self-mockingly characterized as rotten, fallen, and up to no good.” (Wei, 2.1)

"He Gangtiexia Yiqi Jiaoji Ba (Being gay with Iron Man, hereafter Being Gay) depicts a cross-racial relationship between Tony Stark and a young Asian boy who is forced into organized prostitution in America […] In Gangtiexia: Yang Mao (Iron Man: Raising a cat, hereafter Raising a Cat), a kitten who transforms into a cute young human boy is romantically involved with Iron Man." (Wei, 3.2) 

"… the most popular same-sex pairing in Iron Man [boys’ love] fan fiction is actually Tony Stark and his artificially intelligent computer, J.A.R.V.I.S. […]  The popularity of Jarvis in the BL readings of Iron Man has generated a subgenre called the Jar-ny pairing, that is, Jarvis and Tony." (Wei, 3.5-3.6)

"Moreover, the Jar-ny subgenre also marks a further breakaway from previous Chinese BL practices noticeably haunted by the popular Japanese kawaii style—cuteness, or a quality characterized by the “sweet, adorable, innocent, pure, simple, genuine, gentle, vulnerable, weak, and inexperienced” […] This preference in BL fandom is, however, not merely a beneficiary of the Japanese kawaii aesthetics but rather is deeply rooted in the Chinese same-sex tradition dating to premodern times that favors juvenile charm and delicate, youthful corporeality.” (Wei, 4.13)

"In these [Jar-ny] stories, adulthood has often taken the place of juvenile charm, and the superhero duo potentially enjoys a more mature relationship—if mature is ever a suitable word for the character of Tony Stark.” (Wei, 4.14)


My perception of fandom is SO English-language centric and it’s SUPER COOL to be able to learn more about the ins and outs of Chinese fandom like this, akjshLKJAHSDljHSD THANK YOU TRANSFORMATIVE WORKS AND CULTURES FOR THIS GLORIOUS OPPORTUNITY.





I’ve never been more emotional about any social media post in my entire life

UPDATE: guys Beth Broderick tweeted yesterday that this Salem is THE SAME SALEM!!! He’s 20 years old man!!!! 20!

That Salem is still kicking is all I care about.

wow wow that archive is amazing i've been binge reading it for like an hour lol thanks so much for linking to it, it's so interesting??

Isn’t it incredible?? I discovered it while helping my friend find articles for their Honours Political Science Thesis (the topic being women, feminism, and youth culture in fandom) and we just about wet out pants with joy when I found Transformative Works and Cultures

For anyone who’s never tried to write a fandom-based academic paper before (I wrote one on gender in Doctor Who for my Politics and Pop Culture course last year), you should know that the vast majority of articles about fandom are either: 

1) hopelessly outdated (hello, 1990s discussions of the X-Files and Star Trek Deep Space 9 vs Voyager), OR

2) written as though the author in question is a hapless anthropologist with their nose pressed up against the glass of a wild animal enclosure. A completely outside the community and ‘wow, aren’t these people weird?’ perspective.

So finding an archive that is both peer-reviewed and 100% FREE TO ACCESS? Has just about blown my mind for how awesome it is. 

*shakes head* You guys, fandom owes the Organization for Transformative Works so much. SO MUCH. They do these incredible things for us without us even noticing. I was already in love with them for AO3, but this just takes the cake.

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@ 10:17am
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parks and rec



So apparently in addition to running Archive of Our Own and providing legal advocacy to fans who run up against plagiarism accusations, the Organization for Transformative Works also publishes a peer-reviewed academic journal called Transformative Works and Cultures that is dedicated to promoting scholarship about fanworks and practices. This journal is 100% free to access and has been publishing 2-3 volumes (each containing 15-18 articles, essays, interviews, and book reviews) per year since 2008. 

Why is this so fucking exciting? For one thing, academia has a terrible habit of being increeeedibly sloooow to discuss new ideas — partly due to the very long turnaround time necessary to get articles published. By contrast, “Transformative Works and Cultures” is super up-to-date and teaming with topics that are actually relevant to modern fandom.

Want to read an academic article about female fans being “fridged” in comic book culture? Done. Interested in learning about the societal implications of mpreg within fanfiction/fanart? Here you go. Want to learn more about race and ethnicity in fandom? Well, would you look at that. Feel a mighty need to read a specially-conducted interview with Orlando Jones about producer/fan interactions in “Sleepy Hollow”? Holy butts the show only came out in 2013 and they already have this what the hell.

And all of this — all of the knowledge, all of the analysis, all of the academic credibility being added to fannish ideas — is 100% free to access.

Transformative Works and Cultures is doing fandom an incredible service: by giving a voice to people within fandom, by preserving the discussions and ideas that were important to fannish culture at certain points in time, by emphasizing our significance as a subculture — and all the while doing it on our own terms.

These are fans working hard to give legitimacy to other fans, and if you don’t think that’s rad as hell then I don’t even know what to tell you. 

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doctor who

favorite ninth doctor scenes (for anonymous)

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@ 08:00am
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Kataang sketch!

I’m still not sure I completely buy their canon older designs (Like, Aang’s nose? Really?) but, oh well!

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@ 06:51am
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breaking bad




The surprising thing about this episode is that wholesome-looking Walt is lying to his wife to hide something from her, and Heisenberg Walt is lying to protect her.

Fantastic observation. 

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@ 05:43am
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You know why I love AUs? Because the whole point of them is that everything is changed, and yet these two people are still going to meet and fall in love- that they’re so set in stone and so meant to be that you can change literally everything in a hundred universes and they’ll fall in love over and over again. 

A lot of my stories are based on this fact.

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@ 04:34am
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the muppets
all legitimate points



ok but give me one good reason why you wouldn’t date Kermit the frog besides that he is a puppet and a frog

I can’t beat Miss Piggy in a fight. She’s very strong and knows karate.