regndoft: (Herodotus!)
- Finished catching up on Welcome to Night Vale. WHAT A GOOD PODCAST. Its existence fills me with delight. <3 The existence of its fanbase is also rather remarkable and a really interesting fandom phenomenon; this article does a pretty good job discussing this, and serves as a casual introduction to the podcast in general.

Personally, I think they underestimate the importance of actually having a queer protagonist in a normalised same-sex relationship; while they touch upon it, they don't link this to Night Vale's sudden popularity on Tumblr. Surely there's genre appeal there, but I don't think it's a coincidence that the fandom boom happened just around the time the relationship became canon. And I don't mean this in a condescending "fandom luvs teh ghey" way; many are just genuinely delighted to see a gay relationship being portrayed as normal.

Also, fandom loves slash.

- Downloaded a whole bunch of books from Gutenberg and other sites. Because it's not like I don't have enough books to read already. Also listened to more audio plays.

- It rained yesterday, so instead of sitting outside reading/listening to audio plays I huddled up inside and watched a bunch of documentary films, courtesy of topdocumentaryfilms.com (as all links lead to YouTube or Vimeo, everything is available for free).

I'm generally rather paranoid about watching documentaries, because the vast majority of them are made for casual viewers and tend to be extremely sensationalist and/or not present a layered enough view of the subject they're presenting. When watching documentaries, I am haunted by the fear of being misinformed; especially since I'm always tempted to watch documentaries about things I know very little about (documentaries are the worst gateway drug of knowledge).

What I watched )

- Baked! Both yesterday and today, but yesterday I forgot to take photos.

Jam pastries )

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