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Remember that time when you put your prom photos up on MySpace and got "discovered" and became a modeling sensation? Yeah me neither. Guess our name’s not Sean O’Pry.

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You know the internet, right, how one link leads to another, blah blah blah? Well one way or another I recently read about a new online journal –Transformative Works and Cultures — that I’m kind of excited about. Its focus is transformative works, primarily fan-created works that are based on existing works in popular culture. Sounds fancy! The journal’s goal of bridging academic and fandom communities in a free online journal is a laudable one. There is a non-peer-reviewed section that publishes essays from fans outside of the academy. Awesome.

A while back I posted a link to a video that set clips of the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to a song from Requiem for a Dream, giving the clips entirely new meaning. Well, it seems this is an example of a longstanding tradition called “vidding” and like many fandom practices, it has its roots in the practices of female fans of Star Trek. I highly recommend reading the very interesting article:

Women, Star Trek, and the early development of fannish vidding

http://journal.transformativeworks.org/index.php/twc/article/view/44/64

The article presents some history and theory about vidding, and being an online publication, it takes excellent advantage of the medium and includes relevant multimedia content to illustrate relevant points. I spent a bunch of time reading the article and viewing the various clips. The most mesmerizing by far was a vid for a show and fandom I don’t know anything about – Battlestar Gallactica. I don’t know if my reaction would be different if I was actually familiar with the show, the characters, the context of the clips, but I can tell you I’ve watched it five times and it gave me 3 solid minutes of skin-crawling chills each time.

(please no clarifying discsussion or BSG spoilers – it’s been on my list of shows to check out for a while and I’m thinking this summer hiatus will be the time I get around to it)

I also recommend viewing the Star Trek vids and reading the discussion about them in the article:

Even our cat seems to agree. She spent a lot of time sniffing all over this magazine:

olive Zac

(posted in honor of his new movie opening today. No I don’t have plans to see it. Yet…)

Ok, fine, stalking following celebrities is already paying off. On Monday Rainn Wilson (Dwight from The Office) retweeted Rhett Miller’s post about his new song being available on MySpace, and thus I found out Rhett Miller is on Twitter, and blah blah blah the internet is full of underlined words that I just click on and whatever.

rhett-rainn

WHATEVER. The point is, new Rhett, OK??

http://www.myspace.com/rhettmiller

(p.s.)

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I know what you’re thinking First Twilight, now High School Musical? Somehow my friend and I talked ourselves into watching them. It didn’t take a lot of persuading.

Shut up. It was cute, OKAY. Cute and ridiculous and cheesy and full of appealing fresh-faced youngsters. There are group dance numbers that involve basketballs. Basketballs! There are colorful outfits and hats and hairstyles that inspire crazy glee/awe in me.

I actually kind of think Ashley Tisdale has legit star quality. Now that I know who she is. Worse, I am at risk for developing a mild Zac Efron problem. I’m sorry! I blame the baseball shirts! Or possibly his trim little hips [sorry, do your own google image search].

But then he had to go and ruin everything:

Zac Efron has pulled out of the lead role in a remake of Footloose planned at Paramount.

http://newsinfilm.com/?p=11193

I NEED THAT REMAKE. Preferably with Kevin Bacon as the preacher father.

We’re three episodes into Joss Whedon’s new show Dollhouse. So far I think I do like it, but I don’t love it. Yet. And I can’t tell if I will. Vaguely spoilery thoughts for the episodes that have aired, I guess, so here’s a jump cut just in case. I’m not talking plot though, just premise and presentation.

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Until the premiere of Dollhouse!

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