wikipedia in print

anonymous asked:

Such disrespect to JRR Tolkien. As all fan fiction is disrespectful to the source material and creator.

If I could just pick you up on a couple of points here.

First of all, fanfiction has ALWAYS been. There are ancient poems that have been discovered that are essentially Aias/Achilles fic.  Here is the wikipedia article about the print history of it. It’s interesting to note that in that article it states that in early Star Trek fanfiction women played stronger roles. So writing common characters in well known universes is liberating to those who may not have the representation in media. Imagine that, if you can.

As a theater professional, I’ve seen some woeful production that are more disrespectful to the original than some threads are. People who write characters have the utmost respect for the source and the creator. How could one not admire the person who originally created something that you found resonant?

Second, storytelling is one of the bases of human existence. Language and the performing arts would not exist without it. There is an inherent need in us to tell stories, to listen to stories, to see them, to communicate and collaborate with others. We are blessed with imaginations, a terrible thing to waste. 

Third, you patronizingly lecture me about disrespect and yet you found the time to send me this. You can create a blog for free. On that blog you are welcome to declare your opinions and post whatever you like. 

Lastly, I am passionate about Tolkien’s works and have been probably since you were a wee, unimaginative child. Lord of the Rings changed my life when I was a teen. Since then I’ve read everything I could. So come back to me when you’ve read his more challenging pieces, like the Histories, The Silmarillion, and The Lost Tales. At which point we can discuss how my writing one of his characters in situations that do not show up in his books, notes, or drafts, is disrespectful.

I like how it’s fandom canon that Bucky instinctively understands technology. 

Like, Steve comes out of the ice and has a notebook of endless things to research. He keeps his apartment simple and old fashioned, and anything too “high tech” is treated with confusion and suspicion.

Meanwhile, Bucky has ordered every gaming console since the 1980s and is working his way through Zelda, while talking to Natasha on Skype, heating his lunch in the microwave, and has hooked up his Spotify account to surround-sound speakers. He’s also gone on Google/Wikipedia and printed out the basics of Steve’s list, laying them on his bed for easy reading, because he knows Steve hates navigating the internet.

195. Eventually Mr. Weasley was introduced to the Internet. One day Molly went out to the shed and found Arthur buried under a mountain of printed papers repeating the phrase "Molly it's all so amazing!!" He had discovered Wikipedia and had begun printing every single article he could find using the laser printer Harry sent him the previous Christmas.

submitted by 1000gallonsofgaming

FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS LIST:

(as previously seen here, now updated based on final numbers)

  • THE THIRTEENTH HIGHEST-GROSSING TOUR OF ALL TIME. OF. ALL. TIME.
  • Every other artist on this list has been active longer than anyone in One Direction has been alive, and all but two of them had a #1 album to their name before anyone in One Direction was born.
  • WWA took place over 69 shows and 164 days, making it the fastest tour to reach the top 20 by either measure. The average number of shows for the top twenty is 154, more than twice as many as WWA.
  • Despite the fact that it made the top twenty with so few shows, WWA was cheaper per ticket than most of the tours on the list.
  • So if it was cheaper and shorter, how did WWA make the list? The sheer number of fans who showed up - One Direction’s average attendance was higher than that of nearly all the other big earners, behind only U2’s 360 Tour and The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge Tour.
  • TOTAL ATTENDANCE OVER 69 SHOWS: 3,439,560

(AS ALWAYS, THE FINE PRINT: Wikipedia, inflation.)

FUN FACTS ABOUT THIS LIST

  • Every other artist on this list has been active longer than anyone in One Direction has been alive, and all but two of them had a #1 album to their name before anyone in One Direction was born.
  • The $230m figure for WWA is actually only a mid-tour (through St. Louis) number from this article, which expected WWA to place higher by end of tour - the gross on WWA’s Wikipedia page, which is updated through Charlotte, suggests the tour will end up as the thirteenth highest-grossing of all time. ETA: POST WITH FINAL NUMBERS HERE.
  • WWA took place over 69 shows and 164 days, making it the fastest tour to reach the top 20 by either measure. The average number of shows for the top twenty is 154, more than twice as many as WWA.
  • Despite the fact that it made the top twenty with so few shows, WWA was cheaper per ticket than most of the tours on the list.
  • So if it was cheaper and shorter, how did WWA make the list? The sheer number of fans who showed up - One Direction’s average attendance is the second-highest on the list, behind only U2’s 360 Tour.

(THE FINE PRINT: Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Wikipedia, inflation, Wikipedia, the attendance numbers for some of the other tours on the list are either unavailable or obviously estimates, something is up with Wikipedia’s cumulative attendance numbers for WWA and fuck if I know what it is, when final tour numbers are in WWA’s average attendance will be lower if you don’t exclude the much-smaller Tulsa and Charlotte shows, I’m just a bored person with nothing better to do at work, Wikipedia. Also: WIKIPEDIA.)