flutish: violinmuscles: A very late and very long post about why I really liked the ending of…

Posted by jbc on July 24th, 2014 at 7:06 am



A very late and very long post about why I really liked the ending of AoJE

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This is so lovely. I had similar thoughts following the ending (not identical, but along the same lines), and seeing as I’m still thinking about Jane even weeks later, it’s also a bit comforting to know I’m not alone.

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A question: Creation, self-esteem, and the urge to run your own work down

Posted by jbc on July 24th, 2014 at 7:06 am



(via anartificialaspidistra:)

Hi Diane, I’ve been a fan for a long time. Read the YW books, Wounded Sky, and eventually the Door Into… books staring when I was a kid back in the 80s. Someday I’ll take a picture of the Hello Kitty notebook I owned circa 1984 where I wrote both Ed the shark’s name and Sherlock Holmes’ name surrounded by hearts. I was totally willing to marry either one of them. ;D

Anyway, when I started looking for more Sherlock stories after the BBC show premiered I got into reading fanfic, and eventually the amazing art on Tumblr. It was great to see someone whose books I’d always loved was right in there as a fan too.

Reading someone’s tags today, I noticed the latest example of something that makes my heart hurt a little every time I see it. The art (it was a short Sherlock comic strip) was great! Well laid out, engagingly drawn, funny, entertaining, etc. But the artist’s tags were all about how terrible it was. How she couldn’t write, how she couldn’t draw, etc. I know how hard it is to put your work (of any kind) out there and just let it speak for itself, but the prevalence of young girls making something amazing and then sharing it by saying “here’s this thing I did. It’s probably terrible,” just kills me. I can’t count how many posts I’ve seen people tag or comment that their art or they themselves are “trash”. I mean, I get that they’re self deprecating for comic effect, but…

I don’t know. Maybe learning to not put down your work before someone else gets a chance to is just something that has to be grown out of, but I also wonder if more of us older women should be saying something. I’d love to see girls say “here’s this thing I made [full stop]” if it still seems too hard to say “here’s this thing I made; I’m proud of it.” Just not tearing themselves down would make a world of difference, I think.

I guess I’m just curious if you have any thoughts to add. Thanks again for writing such enjoyable stories and building such cool worlds! May you live long and prosper.

First of all: thanks. :) It’s always nice to know I’m getting the job done.

Re the self-esteem problem as regards talking about one’s work: I see a lot of this from girl creators too. (Yet also from the boys, until they gradually knuckle under or get pushed under the surface of the whole patriarchal never-say-anything-that-might-make-you-seem-weak crap, and get it institutionalized out of them.)

Part of the problem is that the creation of art (or indeed anything else useful) is unnerving business, because you’re essentially making the invisible visible: making something out of nothing — and even that phrase is culturally loaded. (“Don’t make something out of nothing!”: a classic putdown for overreaction.) Yet making Something out of Nothing is also, as it happens, what Gods do. (The classic western-culture version of this: Deity moves over the surface of the empty void, says, “Hmm. Light…” and bang! Light.) 

So creation routinely frightens those who who do it — because the actual process of mastery of art takes a long time, and in the meanwhile you may frequently feel like you’re riding the tiger, only half in control, while your grip on the tiger’s ears is always threatening to slip. And creation frightens more badly those who don’t do it (not that you’ll ever easily get them to admit that), because they see you making Something out of Nothing and that’s not normal. Everybody gets a little freaked as a result, and it’s probably no surprise that the responses to the act of creation by both creators and spectators can get skewed — reactions based on fear not routinely being the healthiest ones.

(Adding a cut here, since more discussion and a brief how-to course in auctorial esteem lies below. Also, “pieces of shit”…)

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janenx01: jonimakesstuff: my-little-time-machine: Class…

Posted by jbc on July 24th, 2014 at 7:06 am




Class Project 1919.

I want all the wee furniture!

This is really cute, but I have questions about that alligator.

The furniture is cute, and yeah, the alligator. What I’m vaguely fascinated/disturbed by, though, are the girls’ faces.

Several of them look actively unhappy, fearful, or dissociated. Girl #7 appears to have a black eye.

If the mirror on the dresser next to girl #3 were angled to reveal the photographer, what would it show? Who is this person they’re looking at with those expressions?

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Hi Hi Hi. What is this spreadsheet thing you tagged me in? What are we doing? Just summarising episodes of webseries? I’M SO CONFUSED PLEASE CLARIFY (illuminate?) THIS FOR ME.

Posted by jbc on July 24th, 2014 at 12:24 am

Once upon a time there was a webseries called the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. It was new and wonderful and I wanted to play in the ball pit for many extra hours. So I summarized every episode in a Google docs spreadsheet. I may have gone a little overboard.

Then came the end of LBD, and lo, it was sad.

But then came Sanditon, and I was inspired to continue to spreadsheet. And then AoJE (which I realize is not, or at least until now has not, been your thing). And after a bit of that came the Time of Great Flakiness, and I stopped adding data to my spreadsheet. And in that time a loud wailing went up from every person who cared deeply about my ongoing obsessive maintenance of a spreadsheet listing every episode of every webseries I ever watched ever. That is to say, from no one.

But now a lovely user named robinvenetia has dared to disturb the universe by creating a spreadsheet of NMTD episodes! Yay! Let the rejoicing commence anew!

The idea, I guess, is that for a sufficiently obsessed fan, a spreadsheet of episodes is a pretty nice thing to have around. You can direct people to the episode in which so-and-so did such-and-such, thereby seeming super smart or ridiculously good at memorizing obscure details. You can answer questions and settle arguments and do all the things that the net, generally, has made possible, such that only old people even remember the days when you had to sit around with your friends like dumbasses trying to remember the name of that movie that Keanu Reeves was in that one time.

So I tagged some people that have exhibited obsessive love of webseries in the past, on the theory that one or more of them might be fooled into agreeing to contribute to the creation of spreadsheets listing episodes of beloved webseries.

One of those obsessives was you.

And they all lived happily ever after.

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boobiesmcfeels: Day 9 #DoodleADay – Today we have ourselves a…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:25 pm


Day 9 #DoodleADay – Today we have ourselves a Tit-Mouse.

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afterthefeetofbeauty: New hero

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:24 pm


New hero

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“But there is a space between hope and despair, which it is necessary to inhabit.”

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 11:09 pm

“But there is a space between hope and despair, which it is necessary to inhabit.”

paulkingsnorth, Five years on a Mountain

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Plover lovers rejoice: Oregon population reaches record despite challenges

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:37 pm



Photo: A bird in the hand is worth…You can’t put a price on these banded plover chicks who are making a comeback thanks to dedicated conservation partners. Photo credit: K. Castelein/USFWS

Whether you say plover with a long ‘o’ (rhymes with ‘over’) or plover with a short ‘o’ (rhymes with ‘lover’), you will certainly agree that success is the right word to use when describing the results of this year’s breeding window survey in Oregon. A record 243 Western snowy plovers were observed during the 2014 survey including a recovered pair found nesting in site that hasn’t seen plovers in more than ten years.


Photo: Bump on a log? Look closely and you can see the chick who, thanks to two tenacious parents, hatched from the Sutton nest, a success that hasn’t occurred since 2003. Credit: Adam Kotaich/ORBIC

Maggie Everett, whose dad Jeff is a biologist at our Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office, went along for the survey and gives a realistic account of the obstacles these threatened birds face:  


Despite challenges presented by trash, dogs, and people, Maggie and our biologists remain optimistic about their future, especially with the new signs in place and no shortage of plover lovers in Oregon. 


Photo: Maggie Everett reports from the field about plover habitat and shows off new signs designed to raise public awareness in fragile shorebird habitat. 

Western snowy plovers are extremely cool. As are the people who help them.

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siminiblocker: … And then they were happy.  Forever. The…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:37 pm


… And then they were happy.  Forever. The end. 

(a resurgence of Eleanor & Park feelings this week. sigh.)

Not sure if I ever reblogged this one before.

I love that it’s catching them at a moment when they both were truly happy. Simini is right. That’s how to remember them. Forever. The end.

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kalama-tea: Nominate The Autobiography of Jane Eyre for the…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:23 pm


Nominate The Autobiography of Jane Eyre for the Streamys!

 The Autobiography of Jane Eyre our lovely web series which we’ve worked on for over a year has been officially submitted for the Streamys! 

Who exactly is nominated?

The Autobiography of Jane Eyre for Best Drama Series

Alysson Hall for Best Actress in a Drama

Lucas Hall for Best Actor in a Drama

Alysson Hall, Elina Chidley, Emily Henney, Lucas Hall, Patricia Trinh for Best Ensemble Cast in a Drama (For Episode 87, since we couldn’t put our whole cast in)

The Autobiography of Jane Eyre for Best Indie Series 

The Autobiography of Jane Eyre for Best First Person Series

Why yes, let me tell you about the Autobiography of Jane Eyre.

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robinvenetia: lies replied to your post: i made a spreadsheet with episodes and… Heh. Why would…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:08 pm


lies replied to your post: i made a spreadsheet with episodes and…

Heh. Why would anyone ever bother to do such a thing?

… did you update your spreadsheet thing that i can’t find anywhere? because then i wouldn’t bother doing this lol

My spreadsheet is here. I haven’t updated it in months, and stopped maintaining it part-way through AoJE. It basically has:

  • all the LBD episodes
  • all the Sanditon episodes
  • AoJE through ep. 41
  • various extras (fanvids and interviews and the like) ending around that same point in time

In a perfect world, we would combine forces and rope in some other volunteers and…

That would be kind of awesome.

@welovewebseries ? clavisa ? anonsally ? assorted others ?

*makes beckoning motions*

On the other hand, do we really want to…

My own experience was that doing it for a show I loved was great fun. Doing it when I wasn’t as into the show quickly became a chore. So I suspect the smart way to go, assuming we wanted to go anywhere, would be to encourage people who REALLY LOVED A SHOW to consider creating a spreadsheet with a summary for that show.

Hm. Maybe there could be some sort of canonical list somewhere that linked to show-specific spreadsheets created and maintained by show-specific volunteers? Or maybe the spreadsheets could be combined into one master spreadsheet once each show’s sheet was complete? And we’d want to figure out a good way to make sure it could be found going forward, rather than slipping off into google docs limbo…

Or something else. You people are smart; I’ll bet you can figure out a clever way to maximize fun and utility while minimizing suck. And… go!

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theiconoskin: sweeteandsmiles: keepcalmprepon: ourloveissemper…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:56 pm





This was too cute not to share!

This is too adorable

I’m not cRYING

Fatherhood is a good thing and good fatherhood is a great thing.

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I’m one of the people for whom the Dark Mountain manifesto…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I’m one of the people for whom the Dark Mountain manifesto really resonates. Paul and Dougald are saying things that I’ve been thinking to myself for a number of years, but bringing it out into the open turns out to be really helpful for making sense of it and finding a way forward.

The end of the world as we know it is not the end of the world full stop.

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thishassomethingtodowithpotter: Ep 24 – To Grow Up Or No To…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:42 pm


Ep 24 – To Grow Up Or No To Grow Up

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Fruit and Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (detail), Jan van Os,…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Fruit and Flowers in a Terracotta Vase (detail), Jan van Os, 1777–8 

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kyrieanne: pemberleydigital: Meet the cast of Frankenstein…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 4:07 pm



Meet the cast of Frankenstein M.D. - http://pbly.co/FMDcast


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scientificillustration: Outbreak: Hand Cut Paper Microbes and…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:04 pm


Outbreak: Hand Cut Paper Microbes and Pathogens by Rogan Brown

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buggirl: Hello Tumblr! Check out my new video about my research…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 10:12 am


Hello Tumblr!

Check out my new video about my research campaign!!   Please contribute to scientific research here.  Even a dollar will mean a lot for spider research and conservation of the Amazon!!  Help me reach my goal so I can get this research funded!!!

The spiders and me thank you,


The part where you let Linda crawl on your hand was so metal. :-)

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buggirl: I recently posted a photo such as this, where I’m…

Posted by jbc on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:50 am


I recently posted a photo such as this, where I’m holding Linda the Black Widow,  on my blog and the comments coming in are kinda cracking me up.

Here are a few:

what is photoshop”-

Well, if you knew me personally, you’d understand why this is funny.  I am so computer illiterate I could never use photoshop- you’re lucky I know how to use tumblr…. Also, if you follow me, you know I hold all things “creepy” on a regular basis.

this bitch really let a venomous spider bite her trying to be cute

Apparently, I’m a bitch?  And who said Linda bit me?  I didn’t!  Black Widows are extremely shy and non-aggressive.  They are nothing to be afraid of, like any animal, if treated with respect (which usually means just leave it alone) and not threatened, they will not feel the need to defend themselves.  I was not “trying to be cute”..  The point of this blog is to educate others about the natural world.  Me holding a venomous beneficial black widow reinforces the point- most of the negative feelings people have towards spiders are based on irrational fear.

Now they call her rotten hand”

Once again, you’d practically have to force a black widow to bite you.  Also, even if she were to bite me, it certainly would not rot my hand.  Black widow venom is a nuerotoxin, and does not cause necrosis.

Spread a little love to spiders and read about my research here.

Interesting (though sad) how your post triggered what sounds like dudebro panic and gendered slurs. If a visibly-male blogger had posted an equivalent image, I wonder if the same respondents would have commented about how “metal” and awesome he was. For a guy to do what you did would mark him as brave, and they could bask in reflected glory. But for a woman to do it, and do it casually, like it was no big deal, calls the whole shaky edifice of courageous manliness into question.

(I’m not saying it’s interesting to you, or anyone else with a lifetime of experience of online sexism. It’s just interesting to me.)

It reminds me of the moment I alluded to in my reblog of  the original post, when my then-girlfriend and I were in a pet shop, and she got all excited about the tarantulas, and a petshop employee pulled one out of its terrarium and put it on her arm. She was having so much fun, and I remember how it made me feel when she asked me if I wanted to let it crawl on me. My courage was being tested, and it definitely came up short. But I was aware at the time that that was all on me; she and the petshop employee were just enjoying themselves, and wanted to share the experience. I was the one with the problem. It made me feel defensive, though. If I’d seen it on the Internet, rather than have it happen right in front of me, maybe I would have reacted as these commenters did.

Following up on my earlier dilemma, I did tell Linda (my wife, not your spider) about my finding the widow in the garage the other day, and about my having failed to kill it. It led to an interesting (again, to me) discussion of the ethics involved. The one thing we were able to agree on is that my letting the garage get so cluttered as to make it into prime black widow habitat is problematic, whether or not we’re willing to regard the killing of black widows as justified.

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