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- 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 (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 )
regndoft: (He Speaks of Senseless Things {Time})
- Yesterday I met up with not just one, but two people I am actually not related to (i e friends) for the first time in weeks. We continued the grand tradition of bitterly complaining about this world's injustices, made ice cream and watched Legally Blonde, which is possibly one of the best feel-good movies ever.

- I started listening to Welcome to Night Vale. Those of you who have Tumblrs might've seen it around, as the fandom seems to have sprung up virtually overnight. For those of you who haven't--

Welcome to Night Vale is a horror/comedy podcast probably best described with words like "bizarre" and "Fantasy Kitchen Sink" (WARNING: TV Tropes link). The show is told in the format of a radio broadcast hosted by the protagonist Cecil Baldwin, who matter-of-factly reports on the various news, events and eldritch abominations that's part of the community life in the desert town of Night Vale (as well as the activities of Cecil's crush, Carlos the scientist). The comedy largely stems from the sheer absurdity of the events and the fact that the citizens of Night Vale are so desensitised to them that they often seem more concerned with completely mundane matters.

It's a strange little show that might be a bit hard to get into, but personally I'm enjoying it very much. The podcast is available free for streaming and download on iTunes, so anyone interested should definitely check it out. :)

- I've listened to BFAs less and less frequently the past month. Thus I have neglected the short non-spoilery reaction posts I got into the habit of making earlier this year. As I've now *cough*torrented*cough* acquired more of them, without further ado...

*Deep breath*

Minuet in Hell, Loups-Garoux, Renaissance of the Daleks, I.D. & Urgent Calls, Valhalla, The Wishing Beast & The Vanity Box, Frozen Time, Son of the Dragon, 100, Absolution, The Mind's Eye & Mission of the Viyrans, The Girl Who Never Was, The Bride of Peladon, The Condemned, The Dark Husband )

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