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bored
seperis
Training started with the usual inspiring speech. Which I knew, kind of, like what to expect and good works and team effort and blah blah blah. Also, my trainer grinned and told me to forgive her if she called me by my mom's name.

Huh. Now isn't that a shock.

"Oh?" I said.

"We were together at regional."

Of course they were. Half the damned agency has either worked with my mom, worked near my mom, my mom fixed something for them, or just know her by her Reputation.

So. You know, it's become pretty much normal to walk down a hall here and someone matches my face to her and asks how she is. We look a lot alike. Frankly, it's kind of fun. I never run out of conversational topics. And trust me, you can only get so much scintillating conversational gambits out of policy changes and the lack of office supplies.

I have Acid running for the tenth day straight. I don't think anyone can walk out of this song and think of happy fic. Just sayin', if a character dies, it's not my fault.

Ways to Waste Time

I decided to do something that is actually the most useless thing ever, but strangely fun. Using friendsfriends, I started hitting user profiles, not looking at interests, and see if I could spot their fandom of choice by their friending choices. I had to limit myself to fandoms I'm vaguely familiar with, though sometimes, really, you can sort of Spot the Fandom just on the strength of people I *don't* know but remember hearing about.

QaF, for me, is the most obvious. There just *aren't* that many of us, and we tend to friend as many as we can in some kind of show of solidarity. You run across josselin, soundczech and myrna_1_2_3 on a single list, it's kind of a dead giveaway.

Smallville is a close second with predictions, with about ten to fifteen that are common to almost every friends list. The markers are various combination of some of these, amongst others: latxcvi, thamiris, lexcorp_hope, pearlo, basingstoke, tstar78, rhiannonhero, scribblinlenorecelli, cjandre, rageprufrock, slodwick, and nerodi. This is *not* a complete list. This is my fingers not wanting to type A LOT of names that show up regularly on the profiles of a hell of a lot of journals. These are the ones I remember off the very top of my head. I love every SV writer, I swear. All of you. Except the ones that wrote that fic that scarred me for life and all. I just like you.

But Lat, Hope, and Thamiris all on the same list is usually a Really Freaking Big Indicator this person is Smallville inclined.

thete1 is the eclectic edition chick. I have yet to find a pattern to people who friend her, other than Really Good Taste, of course. Same for musesfool. I think of them as Everyfangirl. In which they are friended across the board and make my life difficult by breaking my predictions. Grr.

There's a block of names, however, that show up in *groups*--it was something I didn't think was significant until I realized I was seeing the same few names on infos that had nothing to do with SV. I wish I'd written it down to think about, and I'm guessing, by my faint memory of people's LJs, that it's a subset of SV writers who went into OC and Everwood and those that discovered them there, but I'm not *dead* sure of that. Caro and Pearl-o and Slod showed up a lot in conjunction, but I think there were a few others.

HP reads like a laundry list of every person I've ever heard of, though a decent indicator is penelope_z, iscaris, olympia_m, and Cassie Claire, though right now, I can't remember how to spell her username and so won't go looking.

My accuracy is skewed toward anyone who showed up in friendsfriends, so there we go, this is a totally unscientific yet strangely fun game to play. So you get bored? Close your eyes, hit friendsfriends, and see if you, too, can Spot the Fandom!

You can tell orientation was boring today, can't you?


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I was bored today too.

Of course I couldn't go online.

Not that I'm bitter.


The relative thing? This is me relating.

There are six other people in my office. Four have now called me by my sister's name.

*g*

*snerk* Well, that's better than when my uncle worked in the tax office in Canberra. Apparently, it wan't so positive to be known as granddad's son, mainly because Granddad had the nickname of "Little Hitler". As you can guess, not quite as well-loved. *g*


Heh. Well... *shrugs*

I really can't defend it. I mean, I have a feeling that Granddad (and his power trips) would have kinda deserved the nickname. *g*

for some reason i *never* look at interests, but i always do the "whom have they friended"/"who has friended them" thing. it gives you a pretty good indication of a lot of things, i think...how multifannish they are, how long they've been around, what fandom they're in primarily, how theoretical they are...

and i'd almost argue that you could divide hp into different subsets...depending on pairing and maybe even time in fandom?

i think you're right about the groupings...they may be from fandoms long past but you'll see certain people together a lot even if they are nowhere near one another's fandom at the moment...

glad i'm not the only person who does this :-) now if you tell me that you sometimes look when someone started their lj and how their comment ratio is, i'll feel really not weird :-)

and i'd almost argue that you could divide hp into different subsets...depending on pairing and maybe even time in fandom?

I've wondered a little on that--considering how huge HP is, adn with all the different groups, with differnet writers having more influence at any given time, it'd be interesting to see if you can tell the time period they joined in.

i think you're right about the groupings...they may be from fandoms long past but you'll see certain people together a lot even if they are nowhere near one another's fandom at the moment...

Ooohhh yeah. Block friending. I'm now all curious about that one.

as for the first one...i'm much too inexperienced among hp and it's too huge, but i know i've seen it in other fandoms, where there were subtle shifts in emphases, discourse conventions, etc. (and am i giving a paper about this citing you by any chance within the hour??? :-) you got my mail about the paper online, right?

but i have a friend in hp who talks about her group of early friends, and i do think the writing and community is different...and then all the pairings...

then again, any time you have an open canon, things will change with time...new canon will affect the fic and you can tell when it's written...and with the canon that never ends...pre driven popslash is definitely different from post-...so you can tell people who only wrote before...totally going OT, sorry :-) [and subtle hint for pop stories??? *g*]

see, the blockfriending is almost more a certain sense i have than a real statistical, provable thing, but i look at my corner of hp and most of the folks i have friended have each other and then some (i'm not totally 'in' there)...same with a group of folks i've seen in ds, ts, etc.... if a hasx and y and z friended, there are pretty good chances they'll have b as well... (jut a theory :-)

need to get ready for paper...wish me luck ;-)

LOL! Ya know if you were *that* bored, you could have ::cough:: written stuff ::cough::

Heehee. That's what I tried to tell her. But now she's got me reading friendsfriends lists too. It's sort of addictive.

No need to go looking: thegraybook . Am glad I'm not the only one to flip through flists for fandom indicators. :o)

*hee* It does tell you a lot about a Ljer.


I have Acid running for the tenth day straight. I don't think anyone can walk out of this song and think of happy fic. Just sayin', if a character dies, it's not my fault.


*pretends to be upset*

You know what would *really* inspire me?

More vids.

*nodnodnod*

Much more.

Hahaha but I cannot! Everytime I see a clip with Justin in it, I die a little inside from the rage! I shall attempt to hunt for the ultimate Justin Must Die song to vid.

*looks at you*

You'd make Brian *cry* *again*?

*pets Justin* S'okay. She doens't *mean* it.

She *wants* to make angsty yet eventualy happy vids. She *does*!

Dude. I love how "friends" and "friends of" lists are so helpful. Fandom is so easily read!

It's possible I'm a bit too easily pleased. I think that makes me special.

*Giggles and pets* You *ARE* special. Adn adorable

And?

NOT A NEWBIE!

*sticks out tongue*

*snuggles*

Also?

AM TOO!


*squints*

Although given that you are a BNF, I am required to agree with you on all things. But once I agree I'm not a newbie, I cease to need to do that, and then I can go back to believing it. And then it is a vicious cycle.

You hurt my brain.

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