“We often think of fandom as something new and something in the hands of the audience, but my research revealed a long history of how businesses and publishers like Titbits played important roles in devising, ‘activating,’ and controlling seemingly amateur fan spaces. Perhaps this will make us think more deeply about the supposed divisions between author and fan, between corporation and individual, and between corporately controlled spaces and fan controlled spaces.”
Ann McClellan writes about Sherlock Holmes fandom in the latest issue of Transformative Works & Cultures, and tells us how fandom history was shaped. https://goo.gl/jZLjB5
1. How do I remove the page title from the header? I used the following, which hid the title nicely, but my header is still showing "recent entries" and other page titles. I looked through past entries here, and I thought this code would work.
2. How do I format the hr tag? I tried formatting it using the following code, but nothing showed up. I tried other, simpler things such as just using a solid line, but nothing shows up there either. Is this something to do with the layout I chose? The default seems to be just extra spacing as the hr and no horizontal lines.
Credit to: timeasmymeasure (sourced original theme) and solarbird
Base style: Neutral Good
Type: Mobile-aware responsive theme, in alpha test.
Best resolution: Any.
Tested in: Mobile Safari, Safari (desktop), Firefox on MacOS/OS X.
Features: Fully responsive/mobile-aware theme in alpha test, intended to be the basis for a simple and clear base theme for new users. Intended to be applied to reading pages, other journals (view in your style), and so on. Avoids horizontal scrolling in as many cases as possible through compaction and rescaling of objects. Avoids iOS autozoom in comment forms. Addresses deep nesting in comment chains on mobile, and additional replies made by the reader therein. Intended to be aware of and respect user customisation, including user-chosen colours.
Navbar 2.0 is a cosmetic redressing of the Navbar for more modern appearance and some improvements in behaviour.
( This is an Alpha release; I'm looking for testers. )
4. A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
Overhead The Moon is Beaming, from The Student Prince. Oh god, this brings back painful memories of a music and choir teacher in infants and primary school, a terrifying old bat who loved things like this, and pretty much ensured that they never ever ever leave my unfortunate subconscious... mind you, one of these days, I may find an excuse to put Mrs Bat in a story. A horror story about evil ghost choirs...
Creators will be revealed in about a week, and then I'll post masterlists.
Also, you can still create treats for the Ante Up Scramble! There are no minimum size limits and no deadline for treats, so surprise a fellow fan!
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid: The Book of Scary Urban Legends by Jan Harald Brunvand (2004)
These are the nightmare fuel tales, folks :0
Jan Harald Brunvand, made urban legends - the collecting, the investigating, the collating and explaining - his life's work and probably became the expert on them along the way. I have six of his books, all of which demonstrate thoroughly and fascinating that a good story could travel damn far and fast by word of mouth long before the internet arrived. Many of the stories are sexy, funny, tacky, heartwarming, horrifying, 'eeewwww'-ish or just plain weird, but of course many of the most famous and most longlived were the scary ones, the ones that inspired a million slasher or crime B-movies and turned so many people of buying foreign bananas/carpets/clothes etc or KFC chicken or yucca plants :)
Which is what this book is about. It's distilled urban fright: most of the stories, to be fair, are in the other books which also have a more detailed examination of their history and variations, so probably are better from a social historian/folklorist/sociologist point of view. But I like the distilled versions of 'The Hook', 'The Spider in the Cacti', 'The Vanishing Hitchhiker', 'Bloody Mary', 'The Body in the Bed', 'The Baby-Roast', 'Rats in the Pizza'.... yep, this is the one I reach for when I shouldn't be reading something creepy late at night, but am going to anyway :)
(ps - and given that I've gotten several story ideas over the years from Brunvand, with a couple more in my bunny pile, I count reading his books as the most enjoyable type of research...")