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Life as viewed through silliness, Fandom as seen through Reality

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2012 in review: Me and Fandom Lenses


As usual I’m not actually having a Cof o’ Cuppee (or a marnagrita, for that matter), but rather Hot Cocoa. Hope that doesn’t void any warranty that might be remaining on a 13-year-old mug.

My 2012 in a nutshell: exactly three things went as I expected. I’m still married, one year closer to finished with school, and I got promoted at work. Pretty much everything else, good and ill, I wouldn’t have guessed in a million years. (exhibit A: Fandom Lenses, in its blog, tumblr, and twitter forms.)

My resolutions are as follows: Eat Cleanly (45 lbs can’t be wrong), Move daily (ditto), focus on the present moment (via meditation and other means), do good work (in whatever form is called for in the moment), and connect with old and new friends. The attentive reader will notice a complete lack of what one might call “goals”. There’s a reason for this.

Specifically honing in on Fandom Lenses, I hope to achieve exactly 1 thing: If i still enjoy this website and the community that I’m attempting to build up around it, I’ll keep working on it. If I don’t, I won’t. Quite simple, really.

Last but not least, below are some stats about the Fandom Lenses stats, so much as they are. The big takeaway: A LOT of People read “Gazpacho, Grief, and Gratitude“. I suppose I should write primal scream essays more often in order to attain Popular Website Success, but I seriously doubt I’ll ever top that. I kinda hope not, anyway. 🙂 Anyway, if you care, here are my stats for 2012.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Reviewing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (or, Why I love Martin Freeman)

martin-freeman-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-posterSo, I know I’m a week or two behind the times, but I just got home from seeing The Hobbit this evening (Friday 12/28). Good Flick, faithful to the book in spirit if not always to the letter (though I’m not a hard-core authenticity fundamentalist when it comes to Tolkien) and a very enjoyable afternoon at the movies. However, aside from ogling Aidan Turner as Kili (he makes a hotter dwarf than a vampire, believe it or not) and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, my attention was on our shortest hero, Martin Freeman as Bilbo. Continue reading

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My Favorite Podcasts Part 2 of 2: the M*A*S*H 4077 Podcast and the Bronyville Podcast

My Favorite PodcastsHeya, welcome back! I know two posts in a week is odd for me (and don’t expect it as a regular thing, at least until I take my qualifying exams), but I’m enjoying the free time of my semester being done, and I feel like I owe you a bit of extra goodness for the long lull while I was off in Florida decompressing from what has been bar none the STRANGEST (not to mention most overscheduled) year of my life. Also, I’ll have a new header up in the not too distant future. Nothing against the Monkees or Daria, I just try to keep it fresh with my current interests in the manner of Flick Filosopher‘s Bias Meter. (That said, AURYN and the Frodis Femmes ain’t going NOWHERE). With that bit of business out of the way, on to part two of my favorite podcasts!

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My Favorite Podcasts: Never Gets Old and Nerdist (Part 1 of 2)

My Favorite PodcastsI run hot and cold on podcasts. I go through phases where I subscribe to a dozen of them for my commutes and repetitive work tasks, and other times where I don’t listen at all, opting instead for music or good ol’ NPR. I’m not sure if it’s burnout from both news (increasingly depressing/infuriating) and my playlists (repetitive, but I lack time to take on new artists), but right now I’m very into podcasts. There are four that I’m listening to pretty regularly at the moment, and I highly recommend them to anyone with an interest. I’ll cover two of them today, and the other two on Thursday. Continue reading