chippers87: (chase foreman)
( May. 4th, 2009 01:33 pm)
I have nothing to say. I really just wanted to show off this icon. I love it.
chippers87: (Default)
( May. 2nd, 2009 08:36 am)
Trying out this dreamwidth thing/crossposting thing.

Question for those on dreamwidth: is it just me or do video embeds not come up in here?
Who knew that presidents actually liked to talk to people?

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Take That -- Up All Night

Oh, maybe, I don't need you to save me
I just want you to help me
'Cause you're keeping me up all night
I'm so tired of waiting
Waiting here for nothing
I should be up all night with you

I love the idea of the House internet fandom. Every week, it is honestly fun to get together and compare notes on what we thought of the new episode. In the past few years in which I've been involved in this fandom, I've met the most amazing people from all over the world. Many of you have become part of my support system, and I know that I couldn't deal with the show and with life nearly as much as I do if I didn't have y'all around.

Except. Except, except, except. Fandom has gotten out of control. I more than understand that this show is not the exact same show as the one that premiered five years ago. Focuses have changed. Characters have become revealed, and new characters have been added. Relationships have emerged. It happens on every show, and that's one of the oddities of a television series versus movies or books or plays; it is constantly in flux. And... there's nothing fans can do about that. Absolutely nothing. Yet somehow, by virtue of this thing called the internet, we think we should have a say. We have become desktop quarterbacks.

Many fans have come to personalize the show. Nicknames like "my baby Wilson," "my Cammy," "my Cuddles," and so forth are common. Many posts to LJ comms and other message boards start with "I want" or "I don't want." And if a show runner or an actor hints that something one may want is possible for the future, and then doesn't follow through in canon, a fan may feel that he or she has been "lied to." Bitterness ensues.

ETA: And it's hard to have a discussion with the "I want" people. Because when you disagree with their views, it's taken personally when it's not meant to be. When someone disagrees with one's view of a ship or a character, it doesn't mean that he or she is being called less of a fan; it's just disagreeing. And so long as someone isn't personally attacking you (and so long as you're not personally attacking anyone else), it's. not. personal.

Shipping dominates this fandom. I'm just as guilty of it as anyone. Generally speaking, it's harmless. It's fun. It's even natural. But, we have factioned ourselves off into groups and generally refuse to interact. Then when we do interact, it's to put down the "competing" character for House's affections and ever so occasionally, those characters' fans. Well, I have news for everyone: HOUSE IS NEVER GOING TO HAVE A LONG-TERM ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP. With anyone. Not Cuddy. Not Wilson. Not Cameron. No one. It doesn't matter how good the fanfiction is written; good fanfiction does not necessarily translate to good "canon." That's not to say House can't have romantic encounters with these characters. He's human, his potential partners are human, and sex is a part of television -- it happens. It's a part of exploring fictional relationships, but sex does not necessarily equal a permanent relationship. It certainly doesn't on House.

What should we expect and demand from the show? Good entertainment. What shouldn't we expect and demand from the show? That entertainment to fit our individual views of what the show should be like. I, personally, wouldn't mind demanding that Hugh Laurie wear those sexy reading glasses all show, every show, and making out with Cuddy AND Wilson during DDX sessions. Luckily for everyone here, I'm not in a position to demand anything that I personally want from "The Powers That Be." And neither are you.

Internet fandom exists for squee and criticism. But too often these days, in every segment of this crazy place, constructive criticism seems to be replaced by borderline if not full on temper tantrums, and squeeing looks more like the bashing of characters, actors, show runners, and fans. No wonder people are leaving.
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( Apr. 12th, 2009 09:51 am)
Have a relaxing Sunday!

chippers87: (13 taub)
( Mar. 28th, 2009 11:42 am)
1. Clean room. This is getting ridiculous. I cannot wait until next year when I can spread my stuff out over the entire room instead of cramming it into one-half of this already too small space. In the mean time, it couldn't hurt to take out my trash.

2. Read Cromwell. It's a relatively short book. Hopefully I can knock it out before this evening, and then I can be that much closer to actually having studied for my Stuart England exam on 7 April.

3. Write Italian essay. I think it's about 200 words that I have to get written. And many thanks ahead of time to [ profile] glicine_33 for promising to look through it!

4. Actually relax. Even during Spring Break, I wasn't able to relax all that much on the weekends, and I certainly haven't been able to do that at all this semester. So, I should take advantage of this relatively work-free couple of days.
chippers87: (Default)
( Mar. 8th, 2009 10:36 pm)
House Fandom Social Gathering

*sings* What the world needs now, is love, sweet love...
chippers87: (stephen fry)
( Feb. 26th, 2009 10:40 pm)
Ever wonder what a Cuddy/Taub date would look like? Well, let me show you it...

chippers87: (Default)
( Feb. 23rd, 2009 11:46 pm)
The BBC allegedly believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish. Underline those you want to read.

I'm working on it... )
chippers87: (hugh tca)
( Feb. 13th, 2009 03:23 pm)
tagged by [ profile] cryptictac. :)

1. make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up:
~ My laptop
~ My Casablanca poster
~ My Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde action figures
~ My scarves
~ My cell phone

2. how do you style your hair?
It's down to about my chin, and I blow-dry and straighten it. Otherwise I develop something resembling a 'fro.

3. what are you wearing now?
Blouse, capri jeans

4. what's your occupation?
Student. Blah.

5. do you nap a lot?
Yeah. Maybe an hour or so every couple days.

6. who was the last person you hugged?
[ profile] sthtxslytherin

More Meme )

tagging 8 people: [ profile] lauriestein, [ profile] spicyride, [ profile] travlncarrie, [ profile] sthtxslytherin, [ profile] cindy_lou_who8, [ profile] shutterbug_12, [ profile] bonorattle, [ profile] drnihilism
chippers87: (Default)
( Feb. 13th, 2009 12:27 pm)
Ticcy put this together! All about the positive feedback (because I'm a whore for positive attention)!

chippers87: (dylan moran)
( Feb. 6th, 2009 06:02 pm)
Lovingly stolen from [ profile] spicyride.

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every section of the movie, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the "Next" button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

Opening Credits: Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu) - Dean Martin

Waking Up: Hey Ya! - Outkast

First Day At School: The Teddy Bears Picnic - Rosemary Clooney (shut up!)

Falling In Love: Call and Answer - Barenaked Ladies

More... )
... I now need cheesy eggs. Like my life depends on it. This is bad.
chippers87: (smile bertie)
( Jan. 8th, 2009 01:46 pm)
My account of how Hugh got Robert Sean Leonard to attend the PCA, just for [ profile] deelaundry ♥ :

Hugh: C'mon, Robert, we have to go to the People's Choice Awards. Put on your tux.

RSL: But, but... Dogtown is about to come on!

Hugh: That's very lovely, but we're about to win an award. You don't want fans having conniptions that you're no longer employed just because you didn't show up at an awards show, do you?

RSL: I guess not. Can I bring my New York Times?

Hugh: Sure. We'll work the puzzle in the car.

RSL: If we don't finish it, can we work on it during the show?

Hugh: No. You're sitting two people down from me, between Olivia and some other guy.

RSL: Oh. I'm still not sure I want to go.

Hugh: C'mon, Robert. Christian Bale will be there. You can have a Swing Kids reunion. Swing heil, and all that.

RSL: I thought we said we'd never speak of that, Hugh.

Hugh: Robin Williams will be there.

RSL: I do respect Robin Williams.

Hugh: We can even eat those little wiener things when the evening's over.

RSL: Well, when you put it that way... *walks off to get dressed*
chippers87: (Default)
( Dec. 23rd, 2008 08:40 pm)
It erased people I was following, and I had to go follow them back again. The internetz are so confusing.