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To make up for spamming you with BUGS last time, here are some flowers. (Fair warning: most of them are me screwing around with the pre-sets on my camera, so there are several shots of the same primrose bed from the same angle in "Expressive" or "Pinhole Camera" or whatever mode.)

Primroses and Gerber daisies )

We also have BABY ROBINS. The first batch (there's another pair with a nest in the back yard who just laid eggs) have arrived at the "cute balls of fluff" stage from the "wow, you can really tell birds are related to dinosaurs—the ugly ones" stage. Here they are being very fluffy and cute and crammed into their nest.



In other news, apparently the entire lower Mississippi is TAKING OVER THE WORLD. I saw an article speculate on the possibility of this flood being the one to make the Mississippi jump its banks and start sending most of its water through the Atchafalaya River, but I've also seen US Army Corps people and others who would have reason to know being interviewed saying that they don't think that'll happen. There is also this very interesting page on the assorted measures that have been used over the past century to keep the Miss. on its present course.


Finally, a meme from [ profile] mylittleredgirl:

Give me a character, and I will tell you about a happy moment in their lives.

God knows I love writing happy, fluffy fic snippets, so I anticipate this will be highly entertaining!
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Noooo. There's a string of River Flood Advisories on the forecast, including one for the river I have to drive over to get to work. :( Okay, it likely won't get high enough to affect the particular bridge I use, but arrrrgghh, didn't Nashville just go through this last May, argh argh argh.

On the other hand, it could be snow. At least it's not snow. (Although they are predicting tornadoes tonight.)
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I was looking at this shirt--which I am tempted to buy, partially because hey, flood relief, and more because I'm really digging the design, and more importantly, the quotation on the back. (Hover over the "2" under the picture and it should show up.)

Said quotation brought to mind a line from one of my favorite Hem songs, "Leave Me Here." Thinking out loud (or rather en type), I stuck both of them together in a Word file.

Hem: "It's been a long night searching for grace, and the sun won't rise."

Dixon: "The sun is always rising every time we open our eyes."

It strikes me that there's a hell of a narrative in between those two. I don't know what it is. But I might spend some time trying to find out.
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First, there was this video report, in which the reporter tells us that at the flooded Opry Mills mall, the fish tanks at the Aquarium Restaurant all broke, and now there are flesh-eating piranhas swimming around the mall. PIRANHAS. SWIMMING AROUND THE MALL.

Sadly (well, no, not sadly, but certainly less-amusingly), this is not true, according to the owner of the restaurant. (Extra good news: most of the fish survived, contrary to the report.) However, the phrasing, with the word "contained," makes me wonder if they were swimming around the mall at one point. Which means it could retain its aura of bizarre awesomeness.
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I have been delivered of a bouncing baby revised draft! It is...32.5 pages. That's just about half the length of my thesis, researched and written in less than a quarter of the time. Ooof. I am so watching a movie tonight.


Flood stuff:

The most amazing thing about this video is not the footage of a road in Cheatham County that the flood ripped up and deposited on top of some houses. Rather, it is the fact that the neighborhood residents, rather than wait until the state can fix the road, got some bulldozers and started fixing it themselves. I am officially impressed.

Jon Stewart gave the whole situation his usual amusing color commentary. I particularly liked the Detroit reference. ;)


Some of this is flood-related as well, but check out this person's amazing HDR photos of Nashville and other places. I cannot even tell you how much I want the software he uses to make them.
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Diana Gabaldon is Wrong On The Internet. I've skimmed a few of the comments; it looks like she's getting schooled pretty well by fandom.

I really liked this post from [ profile] bookshop in response: I'm done explaining to people why fanfic is okay./List of derivative works.

That post made me wonder about something. It seems that there are a lot of academics--specifically in literature, and more generally in the humanities--in fandom, or at least I seem to know/know of several grad students, professors, and undergrads in those disciplines. Basically, there are a lot of people around who like to take a text apart and put it back together in a new configuration, or look something about it from a different viewpoint, or recontextualize it, or look at it in conjunction with another text or theory, or otherwise analyze it and speculate on it. This, coupled with my own experience, got me thinking about whether there might be a connection there.

For me, writing fanfic and writing a paper spring from the same well. I write because I want to know more about a source text. Sometimes that takes the form of delving into books and journals and researching what other people have said on it, then writing my own interpretation. Sometimes it takes the form of reading and writing fanfic. And maybe the results look dissimilar, but really, when you get down to it, there's not that much difference--for me--between 1.) noticing that Eavan Boland uses map imagery a lot in her later poetry, thinking/researching about it, and writing a paper thesis about what it might mean and how we might interpret it, and 2.) noticing that Ivanova and Garibaldi had some kind of flirtation going on in the early seasons of Babylon 5, thinking about it, and writing fic about how I interpret what I see on the screen, and how it might have played out if things had gone beyond flirtation. They use different forms of rhetoric, but for me, they scratch essentially the same itch to look deeper at the source. As [ profile] bookshop writes here, "Fan fiction is natural. It's also part of a literary tradition of deconstructing, evaluating, and critiquing authorial texts."

Another similarity between my papers and my fics is that both are also in conversation with the source text and other voices. For a paper, it's other scholars, as when I quote from their work or paraphrase their ideas and offer my evalutation; for a fic, it's other fans, other "pro" sources, and, oh, a million other things I've read. One of them has even been directly influenced by academic sources: this fic. Essentially, I tried to take the argument made in the quoted excerpt and demonstrate it in story form. (And now I'm writing a paper on Astaire and Rogers using that as a source! I have Thoughts on the movies, and I want to Figure Them Out, so I write fic, and I write papers, choosing my format after considering what those thoughts are. Same damn thing.)


Actually, I lied about the break from flood coverage. This has to be the most uplifting response to a natural disaster ever: Nashville water supply saved by Davidson County inmates. I hear that HandsOnNashville, which is organizing all the relief efforts in the area, had their website go down from the volume of people wanting to sign up to volunteer. The news has been littered with stories of people going out of their way to rescue neighbors from flooded homes, offering shelter, donating all kinds of supplies, etc. Tennesseans are certainly living up to the "Volunteer State" moniker.


May. 4th, 2010 03:25 pm
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For your further flood-related edutainment: Someone caught a massive fish from floodwaters covering a road near south Nashville. It's insane enough that, from what I've been reading, he caught this four-foot-long fish with his bare hands. That he caught it in an area that hours earlier had been a road just blows my mind.

This blog post is a bit maudlin, but nice all the same. Considering that the waters haven't gone down enough to assess the damages yet, "costliest non-hurricane disaster in American history" seems somewhat premature, but I wouldn't be surprised if we find next week that it's true.* It does kind of suck that this particular event happened over a weekend on the heels of the mess that is the Gulf oil spill, not to mention the Times Square bomb thing; I've done some driveby viewing of CNN, MSNBC, etc., and found very little mention of it. Considering how much Nashville's economy relies on tourism dollars, and a good chunk of the tourist district is underwater, it's really, really, really gonna suck this season.

* Of course, inflation affects which disaster is "costliest" more than anything else, I'll wager.
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UM. This place? This place now surrounded by water? Is actually five rather long city blocks and a steepish hill away from the river. (See GoogleMap proof.)

This place usually has some water in it, but not that much water.

The Tennessean's website says the Cumberland still hasn't crested, and probably won't until late today/early tomorrow.
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I can't fault this person's choice of theme music...

That's the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville today. For comparison, here's a picture of the water level gauge/measuring pole on a normal day. I believe normal height on that gauge is about 20 feet. Here are some pictures of Riverfront Park without flooding, also for comparison. I seem to recall that the river is usually at least ten feet below the feet of those light and flagpoles, so to see it nearly topping them in the video is definitely making me go D: D: D:.


May. 2nd, 2010 02:20 pm
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TDOT's map of flooded Nashville roads.

DOOD. Makes me glad we've got hills in Knoxville, and that it's not supposed to be as bad if it ever reaches us.

Further info.
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Apparently the flood of the last three decades is going on in Nashville right now.

Stay dry, Nashville folks! We're supposed to get that same rain tonight and tomorrow in Knoxville, but then again, we were supposed to get rain today too, and it kept dodging us, like there was a forcefield or something. I won't complain.

I will complain (yet again) about my paper, though. I'm finally to the part I was really excited about--the Astaire/Rogers section--and I can't make myself get beyond the first sentence. Arrrgghhh.

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