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pacific rim fandom: jeagercon

I wrote a song for this weekend’s JaegerCon and it will be online. It won’t be the most polished recording ever but it’ll be there.

YOU GUYS WANNA BE IN IT?

Send me a recording of YOU singing KAI JU MEAT on the note of F. Or, if you can’t do an F, shout them – but back off from your microphone so you aren’t distorted to hell and back. Make sure the words are recognisable and give me some separation between the syllables so I can edit them together more easily in the right timing.

The shtick is that the Cascadian Mecha Militia’s Dance Dance Revolution Demonstration team stepped in after the Seattle Jaeger went down. Yes, this is an AU/crossover cracksong.

Want some lyics?

Kaiju Meat
2013 Crime and the Forces of Evil

something in the ocean has a bit of an attitude
kickin’ in the bottom like it’s going to burst
chompin’ all the sharkies, eatin’ all our salmon
steppin’ on the coral but it’s gonna get worse

rippin’ over bridges, tearing down towns
monorail in ribbons, space needle down
jaeger fallen over, pilots in tears
mecha to the rescue, now we’re all here for

kaiju meat
better than bacon
kaiju meat
tasty with fries
kaiju meat
pandimensional poutine
kaiju meat
phosphoresent surprise

[break and turnaround]

barbecue pit boilin’ under the ocean
carbonated soda shouldn’t turn out so blue
colour’s going off ’cause of all of that fission
bubblegum cider made expressly for you

pop it in the engine, turbo engage
five hundred fifty octane, mecha rampage
jaeger fallen over, kaiju went chomp
dancin’ to the rescue, see how we stomp for

kaiju meat
nothin’ like chicken
kaiju meat
it’s cholesterol-free
kaiju meat
pandimensional protein
kaiju meat
hot pockets of the sea

[bridge] [gets knocked over] [because that’s what bridges do]

kaiju meat
the champion’s breakfast
kaiju meat
good for ev-er-y mood
kaiju meat
pandimensional repast
kaiju meat
it’s an all-the-time food!

AAARHM NOM NOM A NARM
AAARHAM A NOM A NOM A NOM
AAARHM NOM NOM A NARM
AAARHAM A NOM NOM NOM
AAARHM NOM NOM A NARM
AAARHAM A NOM A NOM A NOM
AAARHM NOM NOM A NARM
AAARHAM A NOM NOM NOM
AAARHAM A NOM NOM NOM
AAARHAM A NOM NOM NOM
AAARHAM A NOM A NOM A NOM A
[godzilla belch noise here]
STOMP

I WILL USE EVERY SUBMISSION IF I CAN*. You will be credited (tell me how but keep it clean) and this will of course be a free download/creative commons all that stuff.

Your laptop mic will be fine, but use better if you got it. If you want to robot-voice it or mangle it or something? Go to town, as long as it’s recognisable. And just get it to me by END OF WEDNESDAY (7 August 2013). It needs to be around here by Thursday so I can throw it all together.


*: Legal status: Any recordings submitted MUST be under Creative Commmons 3.0/Attribution license. If that’s not okay, DO NOT SEND IT IN. In return: you get credit, this recording will be under Creative Commons/Attribution/Noncommercial/ShareAlike license, and will ALWAYS be a free download which can be shared by anybody with anyone for any reason.

jeagercon song for k-day

I’M GONNA DO THE THING. I wrote a song for this weekend’s JaegerCon and there will be a recording. Maybe not the most polished recording ever but it’ll be there.

YOU GUYS WANNA BE IN IT?

You can seriously. Send me a recording of YOU singing KAI JU MEAT on the note of F. Or, if you can’t do an F, shout them – but back off from your microphone so you aren’t distorted to hell and back. Make sure the words are recognisable and give me some separation between the syllables so I can edit them together more easily in the right timing.

I WILL USE EVERY ONE OF THESE I AM SENT IF I CAN*. YOU WILL BE CREDITED (tell me how but keep it clean) AND THIS WILL BE A FREE DOWNLOAD.

Your laptop mic will do, but use better if you got it. If you want to robot-voice it or mangle it or something? Go to town, as long as it’s recognisable. And just get it to me by WEDNESDAY MIDNIGHT (7 August 2013).

This is one of the choruses; I’ll post the whole song’s lyrics when I talk about this again tomorrow.

cF
Kaiju meat!
            Eb4
Better than Bacon
cF
Kaiju meat!
           power Bb
Tasty with fries!
cF
Kaiju meat!
               power D
Pandimensional poutine
cF
Kaiju meat!
              Ab
Phosphoresent surprise

I seem to have composed this in Eb. Oh dear. Fortunately if you capo one on a stringed instrument suddenly it’s okay. XD


*: Legal status: Any recordings submitted MUST be under Creative Commmons 3.0/Attribution license. If that’s not okay, DO NOT SEND IT IN. In return: you get credit, this recording will be under Creative Commons/Attribution/Noncommercial/ShareAlike license, and will ALWAYS be a free download which can be shared by anybody with anyone for any reason.

kaiju meat

There may be a song involving Pacific Rim and the Cascadian Mecha Militia’s Dance Dance Revolution Demonstration Team. It may be called “Kaiju Meat.” This may be a thing which may be happening.


I’m pretty sure I got the “stupid” part nailed

pushback and misandry

In response to complaints about sexism, you will hear a lot of complaints about how unreasonable and ‘misandrist’ women who complain about sexism are. I want to talk about that.

Last week, I had a couple of run-ins with people who were reacting to complaints about sexism and harassment. The first was with Ben Kuchera over at Penny Arcade Report, who posted an article that – as I said in one of my tweets to him – I actually mostly liked. But I took issue with an apparent assertion that gender has nothing to do with online harassment. I wasn’t sure he meant that – tho’ it turned out he did.

He was clearly expecting responses on the topic, and said that snide and nasty comments would result in Twitter blocks:


Fair enough. After not all that long, he makes these comments, saying he’s being attacked along race and gender lines:

…and that he’s up for debate, but not with people who call him “privileged cis scum:”

So he says he’s totally up for talking to people, but is blocking people who attack him along race or gender, or who are snide and/or nasty. Totes reasonable… on the surface.

Now, I don’t know all the people he blocked, but I do know one thing: I was one of those people. He blocked me, lumping me in with all those people allegedly calling him “privileged cis scum.”

I present to you our entire conversation, in screencaps. I’m building evidence for an argument and this is relevant, so bear with me. @AdamGoodallYes had taken issue with Ben’s assertion in a sentence that gender has nothing to do with online harassment. Ben had responded that picking one sentence out of an entire article to take issue isn’t reasonable. That’s where I jumped in. Read along:

Note that I walked away here. I was willing to be done, because it looked like this was going nowhere; further, I want to make it clear that I’m fully aware I have no right to have a conversation with this guy. I’ve said my piece and said goodbye. But then he comes back to me, a few minutes later, so we pick it up again:

Do you see what happened there? When I try to start providing data that is directly relevant to the conversation, he blocks me, as – presumably – someone attacking him on race and/or gender.

Apparently because I’m providing data he doesn’t like. That’s what it looks like from here, anyway.

Hold on to that thought.

That same week over on Facebook, a Norwescon friend of mine linked to this Tumblr post about nuTrek, and the way that nuTrek has eliminated or written out women. The post consists entirely of facts, except for one observation at the end.

The first commenter – someone I don’t know and won’t name here, but the post is public – called it all “entirely incidental,” and declared that people “went looking” for this to complain about it. I disagreed, strongly, siting the 17%-is-seen-as-balanced rule, and noting – as I have before – that this stuff really matters in real life.

His response is to “reject [my] misandry,” and declare that there are no facts (only “conjecture”) in the article/blog post. After getting called badly enough on that, he goes back to his own Facebook page, where he crows to his friends that:


Nothing pleases me more than listening to a ‘feminist’ spout misandry as a defense for an already flimsy argument, only to find out that said ‘feminist’ clearly didn’t read the ORIGINAL article about the issue, but only read the ‘Cliff Notes’ version on someone else’s blog post about said article.

…an “original article” that nobody linked to, including the Tumblr blogger; that nobody – including him – talked about, and which is not linked to… anywhere, honestly, that I found. I didn’t look that hard; I will presume, in an excess of fairness, that this article actually exists.

But notice what fundamentally happened here, again. Someone was presented with data he didn’t like, data that supports the idea that sexism is real, data that is inarguable, but leads him to conclusions he doesn’t like…

…and that’s misandry. That’s attacking him, because of his gender.

A lot like Ben Kuchera, above.

And that’s just last week.

So here we have two cases of facts being declared misandry; these facts about sexism are gender-biased attacks against men, by “so-called feminists.”

Every time you hear someone talk about “misandry,” – or worse yet, “humourless feminist bitches” – I ask you: think about these. What are the odds, do you think, that the next time you hear it, it’s just as much complete bullshit as it was here?

I’d say the odds are pretty damn good.
 
 


In response to comments elsewhere, a followup post: gatekeeping and recourse.

sudden radio silence

Sorry I’ve gone silent – I’ve literally been spending most of my time the last four days cleaning cat pee. I wish I was exaggerating, but, well, I’m not. Fred is having issues of some sort and, well, yeah. I have things I want to post but literally no time to write them – it’s 12:45AM, I have a morning appointment (and then an afternoon appointment), and I just got done treating a new section of carpet and starting another load of pee laundry.

Hopefully things will be back to something at least vaguely like normal soon.

Separately, I’m four episodes in on Night Vale. It’s very odd and rather good; it’s kind of like if AM Coast to Coast was really a local station and actually, you know, real. Funny and a bit creepy. Enjoy.

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