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Blaise Pascal

From the Pensées:

"By space the universe comprehends and swallows me up like an atom; by thought I comprehend the world."

"Man knows that he is wretched.  He is therefore wretched, because he is so; but he is really great because he knows it."

"The weakness of man is far more evident in those who know it not than in those who know it."

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty

From 'Experience and Objective Thought: The problem of the body' in Phenomenology of Perception:

"To see is to enter a universe of beings which display themselves"

"Each moment of time calls the others to witness"

"Past time is wholly collected up and grasped in the present"


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Fan Culture

September 8th, 2009 (01:20 pm)

"'The fan is consistently characterized (referring to the term's origins) as a potential fanatic.  This means that fandom is seen as excessive, bordering on deranged, behaviour' (9).  Jenson suggests two typical types of fan pathology, 'the obsessed individual' (usually male) and 'the hysterical crowd' (usually female).  She contends that both figures result from a particular reading and 'unacknowledged critique of modernity' in which fans are viewed 'as a psychological symptom of a presumed social dysfunction' (9).  Fans are presented as one of the dangerous 'others' of modern life.  'We' are sane and respectable; 'they' are obsessed or hysterical."
~ p.124

"Fans are conceived as the passive and pathological victims of the mass media.  Whereas 'you' and 'I' can discriminate and create distance between ourselves and the objects of our pleasure (and thus stay 'normal'), fans cannot."
~ p.124

"In other words, fandom is a visible (pathological) symptom of the supposed cultural, moral and social decline which has inevitably followed the transition from rural and agricultural to industrial and urban society.  At its most benign, fandom represents a desperate attempt to compensate for the shortcomings of modern life."
~ p.124


“Official or dominant culture produces aesthetic appreciation; fandom is only appropriate for the texts and practices of popular culture.”

~ p.125


“Finally, whereas most reading is a solitary process, performed in private, fans consume texts as part of a community. Fan culture is about the public display and circulation of meaning production and reading practices. Fans make meanings to communicate with other fans. Without the public display and circulation of these meanings, fandom would not be fandom.”

~ p.128


“As stated already, fan communities are not just bodies of enthusiastic readers. Fan culture is also about cultural production. Jenkins (1992: 162-77), for example, notes ten ways in which fans rewrite their favourite television shows. (1) Recontextualisation: the production of vignettes, short stories and novels which seek to fill in the gaps in broadcast narratives and suggest additional explanations for particular actions. (2) Expanding the Series Timeline: the production of vignettes, short stories and novels which provide background history of characters, etc. not explored in broadcast narratives, or suggestions of future developments beyond the period covered by the broadcast narrative. (3) Refocalisation: this occurs when fan writers move the focus of attention from the main protagonists to secondary characters. For example, female or black characters are taken from the margins of the text and given centre stage. (4) Moral Realignment: a version of refocalisation in which the moral order of the broadcast narrative is inverted (the villains become the good guys). In some versions, the moral order remains the same but the story is now told from the point of view of the villains. (5) Genre shifting: characters from broadcast science-fiction narratives, say, are relocated in the realms of romance or the Western, for example. (6) Crossovers: characters from one television programme are introduced into another. For example, characters from Doctor Who may appear in the same narrative as characters from Star Wars. (7) Character Dislocation: characters are relocated in new narrative situations, with new names and new identities. (8) Personalisation: the insertion of the writer into a version of their favourite television programme. For example, I could write a short story in which I am recruited by Dr Who to travel with him on the TARDIS on a mission to explore what has become of cultural studies in the twenty-fourth century.  As Jenkins (171-2) points out, this subgenre of fan writing is discouraged by many in the fan community. (9) Emotional Intensification: the production of what are called ‘hurt-comfort’ stories in which favourite characters, for example, experience emotional crises. (10) Eroticisation: stories which explore the erotic side of a character’s life. Perhaps the best-known of this subgenre of fan writing is ‘slash’ fiction, so called because it depicts same-sex relationships (as in Kirk/Spock, Bodie/Doyle, etc).”

~ p.129


“‘Fans are defined in opposition to the values and norms of everyday life, as people who live more richly, feel more intensely, play more freely, and think more deeply than “mundanes”’ (268). According to Jenkins, ‘Fandom constitutes…a space…defined by its refusal of mundane values and practices, its celebration of deeply held emotions and passionately embraced pleasures. Fandom’s very existence represents a critique of conventional forms of consumer culture’ (283).”

~ p.130


“What Jenkins finds particularly empowering about fandom is its struggle to create ‘a more participatory culture’ from ‘the very forces that transform many Americans into spectators’ (284).”

~ p.130


“Perhaps Fiske (1992b: 46) is right in his assertion that the real difference between a fan and an ‘ordinary’ reader is ‘excess’ – the fan is an excessive reader of popular culture.”

~ p.131


Storey, J. 1996, Cultural Studies and the Study of Popular Culture: theories and methods, University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia, USA.

Texts referenced: 

Jenkins, H. 1992, Textual Poacher, Routledge, New York.

Jenson, J. 1992, ‘Fandom as Pathology: The Consequences of Characterization’, in Lewis, L. (ed.) 1992, The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media, Routledge, London.

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Notes: Gender & Consumption

September 6th, 2009 (04:00 pm)

"In addition, as "saleswoman and wares in one," to use Walter Benjamin's phrase, the prostitute inscribed in her body the growing commodification of social and cultural relations in late nineteenth-century Europe. Both literally and metaphorically, she was inseparable from the new public spaces-arcades, cafes, theaters, department stores-of an increasingly urban, consumer-oriented European society"
~ p. 817

 Gender, Consumption, and Commodity Culture Author(s): Mary Louise Roberts
Source: The American Historical Review, Vol. 103, No. 3 (Jun., 1998), pp. 817-844 Published by: American Historical Association Stable URL:


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Writing For Performance: notes, week 2

August 9th, 2009 (01:29 pm)

Robert McKee
Story: substance, style and the principles of screenwriting

"Unfinished work invites tampering, while polished, mature work seals its integrity."
~ p.7 ~

"A mature artist never calls attention to himself, and a wise artist never does anything merely because it breaks convention."
~ p.9 ~


James Ryan
Screenwriting from the heart: the techniques of the character-driven screenplay

"As Charles Bukowski, poet and author, remarked, "look for the uncommon reaction to the common experience.""
~ p.123 ~

"Personalizing a character does not mean using the biographical facts of another person's life, and then slipping a new name over that person--fictionalizing what is factual.  Instead you meditate on that person, and in the process, actually create a different character.  It is alchemy.  The magic is that the more specifically you personalize a character, the more specific, original, and distinct your fictional character will be."
~ p.124 ~

"In your effort to crack open your character, it is absolutely necessary that you are obsessed, detail-oriented, controlling, and self-absorbed.  Ask your family and friends to please understand that you are leaving the continent like Admiral Byrd and exploring dark Antarctica.  You are hypnotizing yourself, shutting out almost everything else for the sake of conjuring up your characters and their world.  There is no other way.  It has its cost.  But you must be willing to pay it.  You must want it badly enough to make it your first priority."
~ p.126 ~

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Matchbox Twenty liner notes

July 24th, 2009 (03:22 pm)


Yourself or Someone Like You


Our shoe sizes (in no particular order) are:

9 ½; 11 ½; 8; 9 ½; 13




Mad Season


Matchbox twenty is a safe, friendly and water tested product that should never be confused with any similar products on the market. Use generously.




More Than You Think You Are


Matchbox Twenty realizes its full potential when exposed to fresh air and natural sunlight.

Rotate periodically for optimum growth.

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This too shall pass...

June 7th, 2009 (10:05 pm)

"One day Solomon decided to humble Benaiah Ben Yehoyada, his most trusted minister. He said to him, "Benaiah, there is a certain ring that I want you to bring to me. I wish to wear it for Sukkot which gives you six months to find it." "If it exists anywhere on earth, your majesty," replied Benaiah, "I will find it and bring it to you, but what makes the ring so special?" "It has magic powers," answered the king. "If a happy man looks at it, he becomes sad, and if a sad man looks at it, he becomes happy." Solomon knew that no such ring existed in the world, but he wished to give his minister a little taste of humility. Spring passed and then summer, and still Benaiah had no idea where he could find the ring. On the night before Sukkot, he decided to take a walk in one of the poorest quarters of Jerusalem. He passed by a merchant who had begun to set out the day's wares on a shabby carpet. "Have you by any chance heard of a magic ring that makes the happy wearer forget his joy and the broken-hearted wearer forget his sorrows?" asked Benaiah. He watched the grandfather take a plain gold ring from his carpet and engrave something on it. When Benaiah read the words on the ring, his face broke out in a wide smile. That night the entire city welcomed in the holiday of Sukkot with great festivity. "Well, my friend," said Solomon, "have you found what I sent you after?" All the ministers laughed and Solomon himself smiled. To everyone's surprise, Benaiah held up a small gold ring and declared, "Here it is, your majesty!" As soon as Solomon read the inscription, the smile vanished from his face. The jeweler had written three Hebrew letters on the gold band: gimel, zayin, yud, which began the words "Gam zeh ya'avor" -- "This too shall pass." At that moment Solomon realized that all his wisdom and fabulous wealth and tremendous power were but fleeting things, for one day he would be nothing but dust."

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e.e. cummings

June 7th, 2009 (09:27 pm)

may I be I is the only prayer--not may I be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong.
-- e. e. cummings

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I have this song on repeat...

June 7th, 2009 (02:27 pm)
Current Music: "Hold On (Reprise)" - Arsdiona

'Hold On (Reprise)' - Arsdiona

Really, this is a beautiful song.  You must listen to it.
Apparently she's also done a cover of 'Cancer'.  I need to find that song.

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The Vitamin String Quartet delivers.

June 7th, 2009 (02:10 pm)
Current Music: "Late Night Rendezvous (Empires cover)" - Arsdiona

I Don't Care - VSQ

Headfirst Slide Into Cooperstown On A Bad Bet - VSQ

What A Catch, Donnie - VSQ

Welcome To The Black Parade - VSQ

The Bird And The Worm - VSQ

The Middle - VSQ

From iTunes. So they may be locked. But I thought it was worth a shot to upload them.  Tell me if you can't open the files.

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