masqthephlsphr: (buffy)
Hi guys, been a while since I did a real post. Things are hoppin' around here.

Do you realize it's been 19 years since Buffy premiered? That means there are grownups walking around who weren't born when Welcome to the Hellmouth first aired. One wonders what they would think of Buffy if they watched it. Actually, one does not have to wonder. I recently heard from an 18-year-old fan who visited my website:

Hello, Masq.

I knew that AtPO was a part of me when I was holding the 79-page collection of manwitch's, “Buffy's Spiritual Journey.” It was for a friend who is slowly being introduced to (or indoctrinated in) BtVS, and I think it speaks to the staying power of the wonderful community that you created and oversaw that an 18 year old was moved to print something out in 2016. fl.ux is good for your eyes, but not that good.

With time, those pages will fade into musty goodness on his shelf, and he can think of Giles. “All you will get from me is my support. And my respect.”

I'm a philosophy major, in my first year of college, and I can tell you that your site and board archives helped kindle my fire for the field. I watched BtVS for the first time two years ago. It reached me at an important part of my life—one where I could almost think like an adult, but was still totally unaware about what being an adult meant, and equally wracked with confusion about how to get there. I was struggling to make sense of what being alive meant at all. The same circular thought loops kept cropping up. Why am I here? Why do I have this body? Is there a way out of Hume's critique of induction? BtVS, I guess, became a conduit out of my head and back into the world.

I believe the show's (the whole Buffyverse's) greatest strength, philosophically or otherwise, was its richly populated moral universe. To cite a few, quickly: Buffy seemed to follow Sartre. Angel, Kant. Spike was Nietzschean. Giles and Wes were consequentialists. Xander seemed to speak to the primordial ethics of family and loyalty to one's own. Anya didn't know what any of it meant.

Too often with other shows, even the others in Buffy's tier, the writers' own moral views erode the possibility of a populated moral universe in the vein of BtVS' or AtS'. The Sopranos, our other great existentialist drama, was marked by the idea that, while we can choose, we will all always choose the path of unenlightened self-furthering. Every character, save one, drilled this idea into our heads over and over, directly from David Chase. Mad Men says more or less the same thing, with perhaps slightly more variation. The West Wing clusters everyone on the opposite side, rarely questioning our innate goodness and civic responsibility. The Wire said we're all rats trapped in the maze, causally bound to be crushed by the social institutions we create. Breaking Bad is a one-act Greek tragedy, The Shield a three-act one; while both shows hold unwaveringly to the consequences of actions above all else, and in this way are morally powerful, they still cannot compare to the breadth or dynamism of BtVS or AtS.

Watching BtVS was one part of the equation, but Sophist's blog and AtPO played an equally important role. I lost days poring through the board's archives. I imagined what it would have been like to be there in 2003, debating Lies My Parents Told Me & Chosen as they were fresh. I became accustomed to the cadences of the regular posters, and felt I grasped slivers of their minds, slivers that they had elected to share with an unsuspecting world.

There is a gentle sweetness in inhabiting a fading community; the phrase “mono no aware” comes to mind. The deep empathy felt when you realize that there is no way around entropy and transience. It's like walking around in Tokyo without any people. Their marks, their passion and insight, what they cared about and what moved them, are omnipresent, but they already fade and grow hazy with time and distance.

Maybe this is naïve nostalgia or historical revisionism, but AtPO also took me back to a time when the Web and the promise of the radical liberation of information felt—radical. Exciting. Open. There was an egalitarian, decentralized ethos to that Internet, it seems.

It's late, and I have rambled extensively. I guess all I'm trying to say is thank you. Thank you for the insight, from you and your board. They continue to move people today. May they resist entropy for awhile yet.

[Name Withheld]
masqthephlsphr: (buffy)
Originally posted by [profile] superplin at Zombiecast
Hey, remember this little project by [personal profile] masqthephlsphr and myself from way back in 2008?

Yeah, we didn't, either. Until I happened to be cleaning up my web server, and discovered the folder.
We did a whole 11 episodes, and some of them are actually kind of interesting.

So we decided to get with the modern times and turn them into a SoundCloud playlist that anyone can access, just in case you want to get all nostalgic with us as we drink way too much and ramble on about early episodes of our favorite series. 

Vancouver

Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:10 am
masqthephlsphr: (Baelfire)
Lake Cowichan (7/1)

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Averill Vineyard, Cowichan Valley (7/1)

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The bulk of our Wednesday was taken up with traveling. First, Nanaimo to Victoria to return our rental car, then a bus to Sidney to catch the ferry. From there, we caught the Tsawwassen ferry to Tsawwassen, BC (natch), then clambered back onto the bus again for the trip up to downtown Vancouver.

All of this is very scenic. We did not get the chance to see the Saanich peninsula by car while we were tooling around the island, so it was nice to travel through it on our way out of town. The ferry is a commuter ferry, so cars and busses drive right on--parking on the lower levels, shops and restaurants and seats on the upper levels. This ferry curves through several of the smaller islands off Vancouver Island, and the weather was great.

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At the bus station, we claimed our new rental car and drove into the wild and crazy streets of downtown Vancouver. We had some time to kill before our room was ready, so we headed out to wander a bit around Gastown, and found photo ops for several Highlander and OUAT filming spots as well as numerous souvenir shops all decked out in red and white.

The main event of the day, though, was meeting up with [personal profile] midnightsjane for pizza right in the heart of Gastown. Although dinner had a few awkward accompaniments (screeching freight cars on the nearby tracks, the restaurant playing "Jaws" on their television), the company more than made up for it.
masqthephlsphr: Halt and Catch Fire (girl geek)
About two years ago, I paid a good peck to get my author website professionally designed and hosted. The woman was really easy to work with, and I chose her because I was impressed with other author websites she'd done, so I had high hopes for the site. But when she presented the design draft to me, it was kind of a patchy-looking eyesore. I gave her repeated suggestions for cleaning it up, but finally spent my design sum, gave up, and let the site be.

I didn't like visiting it, so I wasn't motivated to add new info to it, and had I been so inclined, I would have had to send in any changes (even a font color change to one word) and pay for them to be updated.

As a result of all this, my website sat there for two years unchanged and unpromoted.

I went to a professional to begin with because my previous attempts at doing a website myself ended in equal disaster--I'm no designer. But I do have two ounces of computer programming saavy to rub together, and I am familiar with the job of running a website.

About a year ago, I started playing with Wordpress, which already hosted my public blog, adding static pages to a mirror of the blog site. Finally, finally, this past week I was ready to launch a website that I have hands-on control over:

NancyEShaffer.com


Favor? Can people hop by there and make sure all the pages and images load, and the links work? I tested everything, but sometimes internet cookies will fool you.
masqthephlsphr: (masq)
January talking meme, Jan 18. From [personal profile] rahirah: How did you come to start ATPOB?


I entered the world of online fandom in 1998 shortly after season 2 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was looking anxiously for spoilers after that season finale, and being new to online fandom, I naturally went to the official WB network BtVS site, buffy.com, and the Bronze Posting Board. I hung out at the Bronze during seasons 3 and 4 of BtVS, and was known for pointing out nods to various philosophical ideas that I found in different episodes. The first one I ever noticed was the contextuality of knowledge, which appeared in a debate between Giles and Jenny Calendar in I Robot, You Jane.

Some of my Bronzer friends encouraged me to create a webpage where I listed all the philosophical references I found. A web PAGE. I sort of suck at brevity. "All Things Philosophical on BtVS/AtS" was born on January 1st, 1999. Hard to believe that was 15(!) years ago. 15! The website soon became more than one page as Joss and company continued to produce deeply intelligent television. From '99 to '04, I lost entire weekends to my website analyses.

I occasionally got emails from visitors to the site. Some of those folks urged me to create a discussion board where they could discuss the show at deeper levels than other discussion boards they frequented. On June 14th, 2000, I set up one of those canned forums. The folks that came to hang out there did the rest.

The ATPo board included folks from all over the world, males and females, teenagers to 60-somethings. Posters wrote essays that brought in philosophy, psychology, politics, critical theory, literary analysis, you name it, somebody did it. The archives are a good read. Discussions were sometimes deep, sometimes shallow, sometimes serious, sometimes silly, sometimes paragraphs, sometimes essays (that were actually (Long) when warned to be so). The board's hey-day was from June of 2000 to Spring of 2004, but a lot of those folks are still my good friends. I was reminded of how important they are to me when we recently lost one of our own, [profile] atpolittlebit.

Whenever I stop to think I've accomplished nothing in my life except earning a PhD I've done very little with, someone tells me a story about how ATPo touched their lives. And I take heart in that.
masqthephlsphr: Halt and Catch Fire (girl geek)
... but I know why.

First, a rec from the man behind Wesley Crusher:

http://wilwheaton.net/2013/07/nothing-to-prove/

I have only been aware of this misogyny-in-geekdom problem in the past year or so via LiveJournal links and posts on the topic. I've been a girl geek all my life )


So, in conclusion:

"Geeky is just shorthand for enthusiastic and enlightened" --[personal profile] scrollgirl

LJiversary

Apr. 29th, 2013 10:48 am
masqthephlsphr: (masq)
Today is my 10-year Live Journal anniversary.

I saw this article recently in my writing blogs:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/are-blogs-the-new-journals

It's been ten years since I kept a "proper" journal. You know, the kind you write long-hand into a private (note)book? Actually, I was in a journaling slump even the early '00s, so it's been more like twelve. I've kept a journal since I was fifteen (even earlier than that, but in a fit of teenaged angst, I threw that earlier one away). So I believe with conviction that blogs are not the new "journals." A contemporary form of ongoing letter-writing correspondence, perhaps, but not a contemporary form of the journal.

If any blogging platform comes close to journaling, it's Dreamwidth/Live Journal, which in my experience is more intimate than your average blog. People talk more about their personal lives, their highs and lows. But blogs and "online journals" are social media. They allow you to interact and form communities. I remember when I first heard about Live Journal from some ATPo friends ten years ago. I was flabbergasted. They keep their journals ON LINE? It seemed the height of exhibitionism to me.

Because at the time, journals were, for me, a private space where you wrote your innermost thoughts, didn't censor, poured out emotions you wouldn't reveal any other place, engaged in self-indulgent naval gazing, and kept the metaphorical pressed flowers of your daily life preserved for later nostalgia or mortification. Assuming you could even pick up that volume 20 years later without wanting to kick your younger self in the shins.

Journaling isn't better or worse than blogging, it's just different. You blog for attention and validation, in part, and you risk criticism and rejection. It's the school yard, the neighborhood coffee clache, the backyard barbecue. A journal, on the other hand, is just You, and sometimes Your God (my mom, forex, thinks of her jouraling as a form of prayer. Self-indulgent whining at God kind of prayer, but cathartic for that very reason).

There is a gray middle ground, of course. I sometimes write private entries in my Live Journal that are more like my old journal than a blog entry. But I do censor myself in those entries a bit in the paranoid fear some security bug will sweep through LJ and make them public ever so briefly. But I don't often just journal with a notebook and a pen like the old days anymore. The only time I still feel compelled to write in a notebook that is totally disconnected from online blogging and emails is when I'm hiking and feeling kinda spiritual. Computers and the woods don't mix for a lot of reasons.
masqthephlsphr: (OUAT)
I don't seem to have a whole lot of time for OUAT meta posts between work-work and noveling, but there are great discussions going on in Selenak's LJ/DW and Shadowkat67's, and those have gotten my thoughts brewing well in the comments. Also, I think there might be a Season 1 rewatch in the works, hopefully in the summer when there is a bit more time, but having done a private rewatching of season 1 twice in the last couple months, I can promise it will a fruitful place for discovery and discussion.

It's fun being fannish again.

The kinks

Mar. 4th, 2013 11:50 am
masqthephlsphr: (ms)
[profile] shadowkat67 and I were discussing some of the more "interesting" fannish speculation and 'ships we've encountered while out and about on the interwebs for various reasons re: Once Upon A Time. We both agreed we have no plans to participate in general fandom again. It is a hairy quagmire of divergent points of view and divisive passions, and we have both been there, done that with the bruises to prove it. Best to stick to the flist.

But that got me thinking about why fandom is the way it is. Anything that makes us equally passionate--hobbies, areas of expertise, particular people, things of beauty--can lead to divergent points of view and divisiveness. We form strong opinions about those things, then the realities of internet communication exaggerate them: a degree of anonymity makes us bolder, ruder, rasher. The visual and aural cues that come with face-to-face or telephone communication are not there, which leads to unintented ambiguity and misunderstanding.

But there's an additional element to fannishness about fictional books, films, or television shows that also contributes to the potential turbulence of the fan experience: our human response to stories. Read more... )
masqthephlsphr: (masq)
Yes, this is me, yipping about social media again. 'Cause it's on my mind. And an article I read today got me thinking about how difficult it is for me to compose website blurbs, blog entries, Twitter tweets, and Facebook feebs. At least when I'm posting as an Author.

It's a philosophical thing, you know: the marketed person is not the real person. Ask any celebrity.

A friend recently commented that she preferred to follow writers on Twitter or Facebook if they came across as a "person," and not just a spam-bot pushing books (to which you might say, "well, duh", except it's excrutiating how many authors don't realize this). The comment made me ask, naturally, "What are some ways I can be more personable on my Facebook fan page and Twitter?" I mean, it's one thing for me to let down my hair on DW/LJ. These outlets were created to be places for personal expression, and I consider a great number of my flist to be personal friends, even if I met them first on the internet.

I'm also pretty personable on my personal Facebook wall, although there's some compartmentalizing with filters and some downright self-censoring as well. You know what I mean--don't you hate those people on FB who repost political stuff from their feeds or just say whatever idiot thing is on their mind from moment to moment?

Being personable on an author Facebook page, Twitter account, or website is just that much harder. Don't talk about politics. Don't bore people with the minutia of your daily life. Don't be an obnoxious jerk. Those are the no-brainers. Unless, of course, it's part of your reputation, your internet "personality" as it were, to talk about such things.

Which is really my point. We are socially constructed on social media. The selves we present are a compartmentalized subset of who we are, or sometimes, a character we or someone else made up. And if we're smart, we've developed a persona that the people we want to draw to ourselves like and want to see more of.

One benefit (and drawback) for those of us without a publicist is we can construct ourselves.

So who am I going to be? I can try to be The Philosopher, but that's very hard to do in the limited character-count typical of Twitter and Facebook (at least it is the way I do philosophy). I can be the Philosopher in a blog, and then link to my blog, but the trick is to get people clicking on those links.

On the other hand, I can really funny with the witty one-liners. People at my day job think I'm "hilarious" and "feisty" in meetings and on instant messenger. Problem is, my one-liners are only funny in a context. Twitter tweets and Facebook updates are very low on context.

Who do I want to be on social media? I want to be funny, philosophical Nancy. I want to talk about the philosophical depths of my favorite fantasy and science fiction stories. I want to kvetch about the writing process. Ocassionally, I might want to drop a tidbit from a story I'm writing or an anecdote from my daily life.

Now I just have to figure out how to be that person in Very Few Words. I'm not good at Very Few Words.
masqthephlsphr: (masq)
I am trying to describe the range of analysis styles that people used on the ATPo discussion board for my new website, something besides "philosophical" (which is a given) and "literary." There were all sorts of interesting angles on analyzing the show over the years, but the words to describe them are escaping me....

Here are the relevant links:

http://www.voy.com/14567/

http://www.atpobtvs.com/existentialscoobies/archives.html
masqthephlsphr: (dragonlord)
I have a hit counter on my LJ and DW that lets me know how many people are reading my J's, (more or less) where they are geographically located, and what page they visited. It's the same hit counter as I use for ATPoBtVS.com (I can't really tell who they are, unless they've left comments on either J logged in as themselves, which shows their ISP, assuming it's consistent across logins).

One thing I can do for ATPo is get a referring URL, if it's an actual link on that page. Doesn't work for LJ/DW, though, because of the frames, I think.

Anyway, I've been getting repeated hits to this entry since December:

http://masqthephlsphr.livejournal.com/879654.html

I have to assume they are coming from someone who linked to me, and I want to say it's due to my spot-on analysis of the politics of Merlin ('cause who cares what TV shows Masq watched in 2011?), but there's no way to know.
masqthephlsphr: (masq)
Someday soon, I will have an author website. It's in the works. One of the things it will include is a page on atpobtvs.com: my attempt to ride on my own coattails and associate my writer's "brand" with a previous "brand" already established on the internet.

And since I have yet to receive any reviews of my original fiction writing (nor have I gone actively looking for them; it's on the to-do list), I am trying to drum up a few for ATPoBtVS. I had a lot of kind (and not-so-kind) words said about that website over the years (years!), and all the kind ones and constructively-critical ones are appreciated, but I am on the hunt for complementary reviews by academic-types that will look Uber Impressive on the website.

In order find a few, I scoured old emails, and I googled the name of my site. One amusing thing I came across was a prof using my website as an example of how to do college paper citations for web pages:

http://web.williams.edu/wp-etc/acad-resources/survival_guide/CitingDoc/CiteWriteMLA.php

Amusing mostly in how (1) I will forever be "Masquerade" on the internet no matter whether I tie that name to my RL name in the new web site, and (2) the quote (s)he attributes to me is actually me quoting someone else. I always cited my sources, but they were as anonymous internet-psuedonymy as me, and the fact that they were written by someone else sometimes escaped people.

Sometimes it didn't; I have old emails asking, "Who is this 'Rattletrap' person and is he the same person as this student of mine who may have plagiarized his work?"

You know, all my original fiction is going to take place in academia. I know that. You can take the girl out of university, but you can't take university out of the girl. The love is still there. But as much as I wish I was doing software development on some campus somewhere, I am glad I'm not a professor anymore. Hats off to all of you who are: that skill set in its entirety was beyond me.
masqthephlsphr: (Default)
Today is my 9th anniversary on Live Journal. I remember when LJ was the new thing we all drifted over to from the ATPo board, pretty much sealing the demise of its hey-day. Now it's the old thing people left for Dreamwidth or Facebook or Twitter three years ago, or for Tumblr nowadays. And I don't blame them. DW's looking pretty good these days. But if I switched, it would only be to take comments there instead of here, since I'm technically on both already.

I still prefer the journal format for my online interaction, because I am a woman of words. And more than one or two sentences per, tyvm. Which I think is true of other journalers on my flist/dwircle who are members of what [profile] shadowkat67 calls, "the online correspondence/frustrated writers club."

I am glad I have LJ and DW and Facebook to interact with my long-time friends, and my new friends.

So:

Journal entries: 3,331
Comments: Posted: 35,181 Received: 42,741
Friends: 156
masqthephlsphr: (kilgharrah)
One fandom activity I don't like seeing and don't enjoy doing is nit-picking plot holes. All fictional works have them, but some people relish the idea of pointing them out and castigating the writers of the fictional work. They relish complaining. Television is especially vulnerable to this because of tight writing schedules and multiple authors.

I hate nit-picking because I don't like plot holes, they ruin my enjoyment of a book/show/film considerably, and I'd just as soon spackle over them and move on rather than grouse for fun and profit. Back in the hey-day of the ATPo board, we used to spend a portion of our time "spackling" BtVS and AtS plot holes using show canon or well-accepted fanon. We'd pack the hole with speculation, likely or unlikely, and end the post with "spackle, spackle" as a tongue-in-cheek wink to other posters (especially if our hole-filler was a stretch).

I suppose most plothole-filling in fandom occurs in spackle!fic rather than "meta." And probably more convincingly as well, since fiction is a more visceral medium for making a case.

Regardless of how it's done, spackling can work surprisingly well for the fan willing to put in the ThinksTooMuch time, because ofttimes the apparently dangling plot point was, in fact, established by the writers, just weakly, or in ways that were obvious to them but not to the viewers.

I am thinking of this today because one of the worst kind of plot holes there is is weakly-developed motivation in a character-driven story.

Regina on OUAT (spoilers to last night's episode) )


Morgana on Merlin (spoilers to 4.13) )
masqthephlsphr: (masq)
Originally posted by [personal profile] bremoisaho at Make it Meta


Metaa term used in fandom to describe a discussion of fanworks of all kinds, fan work in relation to the source text, fanfiction characters and their motivation and psychology, fan behavior, or fandom itself (via fanlore)

Make It Meta is a emagazine which publishes meta from fandom writers all across the board using Issuu, a free emag publishing service. 

We are currently looking for articles to put in the first issue, as well as fanart. If you would like to submit your own work, send an email to makeitmeta@gmail.com.

We will be using [community profile] make_it_meta to keep everyone up to date and let you know when the new issue comes out! You will also find a FAQ on our profile page. 

masqthephlsphr: (masq)
I don't think I've ever done an introductory post before, seeing as I've known most of my flist for years and have survived internet kerfuffles, raging forest fires, and DoubleMeat Palace viewings with them. But I recently gained a few new flisties from a Merlin fandom friending meme and apparently an introductory post after that is what All the Cool Kids Do.

So if you know this stuff already, feel free to move along.

Masquerade the Philosopher: a primer )

Well, that's enough shameless self-promotion for one day.

Eep.

Jan. 30th, 2012 11:51 am
masqthephlsphr: (kilgharrah)
I have a Meta-bunny. Or whatever the essay version of a plot bunny is. Actually, it's more of a Meta-dragon.

But god, I am *so* out of practice.

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masqthephlsphr: (masq)
Gathering 2012? Discussion here:

http://atpobtvsats.livejournal.com/78966.html

Legalities

Jan. 18th, 2012 07:40 am
masqthephlsphr: (compgeek)
So what I'd like to know is what the legal definition of "an original series" is. Syfy Network in the U.S. has the audacity to call shows like Merlin and Lost Girl "original series", and we all know Syfy didn't commission these shows to be produced in the first place.

Not to mention they don't air on Syfy until long after the rest of the world has seen them. Reminds me of Cordelia to Harmony back in the day: "You do what everyone else does just so you can say you did it first!"

In other news: All Things Philosophical has gone black today in protest of SOPA.

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masqthephlsphr: (muse)
Sigh. Like many others, I am missing the old days of LJ (read as "LJ" or "DW") when there was just more interaction. Thing is, I am not sure what to do to compensate for that. With old friends, people move on in life and don't post/comment as often, or they change interests and the topics they post about no longer interest you. I am that way myself. Things I used to post about in here end up in a Facebook one-liner, or get shared with the Sculptor and never make it in here.

And then, even if they did, I wonder if that post would just get the crickets chirping.

One of the things I had that I no longer have is an active fandom to post about. I have shows and books that I like, but my old friends might not be into those same shows/books. And to enter the "fandom" of books/shows you are newly fannish about in order to make new friends, it seems you need to have an interest in fan fiction--either reading it or writing it--or icons, or videos. And I am not interested in any of those things. I had a fan fiction project, once. It met a need I had at the time, and once it did that, I was done. That was more about the need to see a story I liked on the television finished than a need to write in a particular fictional universe.

People just seem less interested in essays and discussion, and that's my way of being fannish.

I wish my life were more colorful than it is, but it isn't. I go to work, I write original fiction, I spend time with my GF, I go to bed and get up and do it all over again. Most days.

Sigh.

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9-1-1

Sep. 11th, 2011 07:29 am
masqthephlsphr: (Default)
Ten years ago, I was living with my friend Kevin in his apartment in the Haight district of San Francisco. I used to wake up to the classical music channel every morning on the clock radio (I don't even use an alarm clock these days--no point). I remember waking up to music, but then when the music faded, they broke for a news report about the one of the twin towers in NYC being hit by a plane. No one knew why yet. I think everyone assumed it was a really incompetent pilot.

So I went in to work, and heard about the other planes hitting their targets. I spent the rest of the day glued to streaming video news on my work computer. I watched the towers crumble. The ATPo board was full of anxious posts as we worried over our NYC friends, and waited for each to check in (http://www.atpobtvs.com/existentialscoobies/archives/sep.html).

At some point, it was revealed that one of the planes, the one that crashed in rural Pennsylvania because the brave passengers took it away from its target, was originally bound for San Francisco. Many SFers were on the plane. None that I knew personally.

I went to New York in July of 2005 along with many ATPoers to hang out with each other and see the city. [personal profile] midnightsjane and I took a double-decker bus ride around lower Manhattan, and saw ground zero, among other sights.

I guess the closest I came to losing anyone I knew in the disaster was wondering if that week was the week my writing coach was supposed to go to NYC to do a writing seminar for some New York executives in the tower. Turns out, it wasn't.
masqthephlsphr: (a wizard named harry)
So I finally, finally finished the latest Dresden Files novel, Ghost Story. I think I am the last one on my flist to do so. Some folks gave it enthusiastic reviews, others were less than impressed. I have to admit to slogging through some tedium at times, which is part of the reason I took so long to finish it. The other part is, I only read non-interweb stuff for a short while before bed each night.

But see, there is a reason this book wasn't the Best!DresdenFilesNovel!Ever! It was a bridge story. And bridge stories are traditionally kind of mediocre. Thar be spoilers beyond here! )
masqthephlsphr: (masq)
Nabbed from all, but I like CW's version best:

Copy and Paste if you have enjoyed the blessing of meeting people online that you never would have met any other way. This is my end of the year shout out to the many friends I have never met and those I have all too rarely been in the same room with, who have inspired, amused, comforted, encouraged, and touched me in so many ways. Here's to another year together!
masqthephlsphr: (yay)
The main site and the Existential Scoobies site are back on the interwebs. I decided to finally move on to greener pastures...or is that redder pastures? At any rate:

http://www.atpobtvs.com/

Site-less

Aug. 26th, 2010 06:55 am
masqthephlsphr: (nfa)
What a time for ATPo to be down! The Sculptor finally watched "Not Fade Away" last night and can safely read any page on my website she wants without fear of spoilers, and there's no website! Argh.

Has anyone heard from Liq lately??
masqthephlsphr: (thefuck - ros_fod)
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To: masqthephlsphr@yahoo.com

Dear Manager:

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On July,27th,2010, We received HUATAI Company's application that they are registering the name "atpobtvs" as their Internet Trademark and "atpobtvs.cn","atpobtvs.com.cn" ,"atpobtvs.asia"domain names etc.,It is China and ASIA domain names.But after auditing we found the brand name been used by your company. As the domain name registrar in China, it is our duty to notice you, so I am sending you this Email to check.According to the principle in China,your company is the owner of the trademark,In our auditing time we can keep the domain names safe for you firstly, but our audit period is limited, if you object the third party application these domain names and need to protect the brand in china and Asia by yourself, please let the responsible officer contact us as soon as possible. Thank you!

Kind regards

Angela Zhang

Angela Zhang
Registration Department Manager
3002, Nanhai Building 854.Nandan Road
Xuhui District, Shanghai
Office: +86 216296 2950
Fax: +86 216296 1557
Email: info@ygnetwork.cn
web: http://ygnetwork.cn
web: http://www.ygnetwork.cn

::Wah!::

Jul. 24th, 2010 03:19 pm
masqthephlsphr: (emo5)
Why didn't any tell me my analysis of "Lies My Parents Told Me" on ATPo is *messed up*, and has been for years? You get about halfway through it, and it suddenly becomes the analysis for "Potential" again! I know it's not the best episode of Season 7, and in fact, I can think of a few folks on my flist who virulently dislike it, but I guess no one's been reading it. Least of all me--I just jumped on there "real quick" to see if that's the episode Willow leaves Sunnydale for L.A. (turns out it is, but I needed the transcript to tell me that), and I only did that to give the Sculptor a watching order for the eps.

Still, I have my pride! Okay, I have some of my pride. It's embarrassing. I needed to dig back through old backups of my website to find an unblemished copy.

::skulks away in shame::
masqthephlsphr: (glob)
Friends safely returned to their respective starting points √
Coupon for free Coke products used √
Bottle of wine rescued from smoky cabin sampled √
Milk, bananas, and other left-overs consumed √
Photos from the trip uploaded by all photo-takers (::waits::)

In other news, I am planning a trip to Mexico and Peru next year. Step pyramids: it's the new Zumba.

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