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Since getting my iPhone and setting up my Last.fm profile I've been struck by how many songs and artists I've found through fan videos that I probably wouldn't have found otherwise.  Exposure to new music is a great bonus to vid watching.  Of course lots of the songs used in vids are ones you hear on the radio every so often, so it's not the first time I've heard the song or the only place I will ever hear it.  But vidders often use music that gets no airplay at all, so I might have never heard it if I never watched the vid.  If I fall in love with a vid I wind up loving the song to bits too.  I get a happy rush when hearing it and will always think of the vid.  So here is a lot of the music that I love that was discovered through vids and not heard anywhere else.

The music and vids )
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My wonderful husband got me an iPhone for our anniversary last month and I totally love it.  Everything about it rocks.  While browsing the app store I discovered the Last.FM app for listening to www.Last.fm internet radio on your iPhone.  I'm so glad I did because it's totally cool.  The app does sometimes buffer between songs or in the middle of a song, but it doesn't last to long usually and I prefer some downtime over commercials.  It lets me listen to my favorite artists anywhere.  I especially love listening in the car because there are no ads, just music.  You can listen to radio stations based on a particular artist to discover new music.  I love the Snow Patrol radio.  You can also listen to tags.  I like the Pop tag because it lets me hear a lot of the new stuff on the radio I might not otherwise hear. 

One cool thing about the website is the Charts feature for each user.  I think it's so cool to be able to see the artists, albums and tracks I've been listening to, and when.  You can also link your account with your music player on your computer (iTunes, Windows Media Player) so it will track that info and display it on your user page.  Last.fm will also recommend new artists to you based on the artists in your library, and do a good job.  I usually like what they recommend.

You can't listen to every song by every single artist because the artists and record lables control what gets put up and they don't always put everything up.  But they have a ton of music from practically every musical genre and it's totally worth checking out.  

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I recently started watching the TV show Babylon 5 on DVD, after much poking and prodding for the last 2 years!  I have to say that I really love it, maybe even more than Battlestar Galactica.  It took me a little while to form an emotional connection to it, almost halfway through the first season, but once I did I couldn't get enough of it.

The absolute best thing about the series is that it has a wonderful and very complex story arch.  It's kept up an intense pace full of change, with new characters every so often to keep things fresh.  I'm almost through the 3rd season and it's been so exciting to see the way so many tiny details have come together to create this very rich storyline and universe of characters.  Each plot twist and development builds on the previous season, explaining mysteries that were set up a year or two before and setting up new ones.  It's almost as if every detail about each and every character and activity is used at a later date, building a vibrant and changing story.  And the story has changed over the last three seasons, it has evolved tremendously.  The very purpose of the station and the goals of the characters have changed, though I won't say anymore for risk of spoiling something.  But most of all I appreciate the way the story is progressing logically.  Battlestar Galactica has disappointed me because it's plot developments often make no sense and don't really further the story .  However I continue to be really delighted by Babylon 5's plot.

The writing for the show is excellent, very much like an exciting novel has been revealed onscreen.  The show covers a wide range of topics, like social control, economics, war, governmental corruption, social psychology, personal choice and spirituality.  It is full of philosophy about life, existence, war, and hope in the face of darkness.  Each major alien race is fully evolved, with it's own religion, social structure, government, appearance and personality.  It's been very interesting to see them interact together, for better and for worse.  And the future Earth has evolved too, for better or worse.  The dialog is strong, funny, poignant and believable overall.

B5 is full of wonderful and unique characters of all kinds, from amusing to serious.  The acting is top-notch and each character is brought to life in a way that is convincing.  All of them do a really wonderful job.  I love Delenn for her wisdom, integrity, compassion and strength.  I like Susan Ivanova as a strong female presence in the command staff, plus she makes me laugh.  I'm growing to love Vir Cotto for his budding independence and character.  I have loved watching Jeffrey Sinclair's destiny be revealed, that was a superb bit of writing.

I have to admit that the computer graphics for the show aren't as good as today's viewer is used to, and that put me off for a little bit.  After getting used to the beautiful world of Battlestar Galactica, B5 looked very basic.  But B5 was made in the early 90's, and was actually on the cutting edge for it's time.  The wonderful plot and characters more than make up for the visual appearance of the show, so don't let it prevent you from watching.

The only fan fic I have seen for the show is a House/Babylon 5 crossover called Hand More Instrumental by aris_tgd.  It's well written, she puts House and his team into the B5 medlab quite successfully.  The only fan vid I have seen is Not Ready To Make Nice by jedi_of_urth, abut Susan Ivanova.  The song is a good one for her and the editing is ok, worth watching.   It's puzzling that there are so few fan works for B5.  A show of this caliber should have a strong following, but I haven't seen it.  Perhaps some will pop up on the Archive of Our Own.

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The OTW has finally released their projects for us to enjoy!

The Archive of Our Own is now open!  It's still in beta testing so you won't find all of the features available yet and the general public can't make accounts.  But you can search and read the fiction!  The site looks great and is really easy to navigate.  When searching by Fandom or Works you can filter the searches by ratings, character/pairing, tags and warnings.  And the tag feature is really cool.  They are accepting feedback so they can fix bugs and make it better.  It's awesome already, and even better that they are working to refine the search functions and will be adding vids eventually!  I'm so excited about it, it rocks!

The academic fan journal Transformative Works and Culture has released it's first issue.  I really enjoyed Women, Star Trek, and the early development of fannish vidding by Francesca Coppa.  It has an excellent history of early vidders, why they began vidding, and the technical aspects of the process.  I enjoyed her thoughts on Star Trek and it's treatment of women, she made some excellent points about Number One and Spock.  And her coverage of the VCR vidders was so interesting to read, it must have been such a difficult way to vid.  The article also covers the variety of topics vidders express in their vids, some I had no idea existed.  But one of the things I like about vidding is that the average person has the control to express their thoughts on and shape the source, so I'm glad that others find a similar freedom.

The last new OTW project is FanLore,  the fan wiki.  Anyone can edit and add to the wiki if they set up an account.  They have sections for people, fan activities and communities and perspectives on fans.  I found the glossary of terms to be enlightening.

It's been a busy couple of months for the OTW with lots of stuff for me to do now!
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Title: Rodeohead
Vidder: AbsoluteDestiny
Music by: Hard n Phirm
Footage from: Firefly, Serenity

This vid by AbsoluteDestiny for the show Firefly is pure vid mastery.  The editing is excellent, using every little bit of the song perfectly.  It made me laugh, but was also quite dramatic.  The song choice was surprising and might not seem like your cup o' tea at first, but give it a chance.  You won't be dissapointed.

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It's Why I Joined/Support OTW Week over at otw_news.  Although I am not on the board or any committee, I have donated so I feel I can say that I do support the OTW.  If you are new to the Organization for Transformative Works, it's a Non-Profit group of fans that have organized to provide "services" to fans like an Archive for fanfiction, vids and art, a Fan History wiki and an academic journal.  Please check out their website and their LiveJournal community for tons of info.  The archive will allow fic only when it opens, with vids and art added in the future.  I read and enjoy fanfiction, but I really love vids, so I can't wait for vids to be added to the archive along with the fic!

Why I support OTW )

If you want an AO3 invite there is info available here.


 ETA 10-4-08: The archive is in Open Beta! Anyone can get an account and post their fiction now!  You can find the fan wiki here.  Anyone can edit the wiki after making an account.  The academic journal can be found here.

ETA 6/14/10:  The OTW has released their Vidding Archive Roadmap!!  There are lots of exciting projects in the works.  My account with the AO3 is RDphantom

ETA 10/14/11:  The AO3 now allows embedding streaming video into works posted!  So even though vids aren't directly hosted by the AO3, you can still post them to the AO3.  There are currently 625 vids posted to the AO3, and at least two Collections dedicated to vids: Vividcon and Festivids.

There are currently fanworks listed in the following Gerry fandoms:
Dear Frankie
Dracula 2000
The Phantom of the Opera
P.S. I Love You
Reign of Fire
Tomb Raider

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I've recently started watching a bellydance instruction show called Shimmy on FitTV in an attempt to exercise more.  I've really gotten into it, more than I thought I would.  It's fun, challanging and a great workout.  According to several web sources dancing burns around the same number of calories as moderate walking: MedicineNet, Nutristrategy, and The American Cancer Society.  But more importantly, it's motivated me to get up and move more than any other exercise because it's FUN!  No other form of exercise has motivated me to keep up with it for any length of time, and I have been dancing almost twice a week for two months now.

Bellydancing has had a positive effect on my body image, too.  I have become preoccupied with my belly and hips not because of their size, but because of what they can DO!  How my hips can shake and shimmy, how my belly can undulate.  It's sensual, empowering and fun, and it's taken me out of the "I must exercise" mentality to "What can I learn."  And that is why I'll continue with it.

Want to see the dancers that inspire me?  Jenna, Jena 2, Sadie, Nathalie, Ansuya, and Blanca.    Right now I don't look very much like them, and sometimes that's frustrating.  But when I dance I FEEL like them, and that makes it all worth it.


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I've just gotten into Battlestar Galactica and I LOVE it!  So I've been searching out vids for Season 1, and here are some of my favorites.  Plus a few that actually convinced me to watch the series:  God Is A DJ, Cold, Cold Water and Mainstream.

God Is A DJ by Dualbunny:
(mostly season 1, but some of season 2.  Very minor spoilers.  I still recommend  it because it’ll get you pumped up for the show.  Plus I love Starbuck, and this vid is all about her).

Cold, Cold Water by SD Wolfpup: 
(spoilers through season 1.  Starbuck and Apollo)

Falling From The Sky by Jarrow:
(Doesn’t seem to have any spoilers.  Starbuck and her pilots)

The Scientist by Fahrbot Drusilla:
(Covers more than season 1, but I’m not sure that it has any spoilers.  Interesting character vid for Gaius Baltar, it will make you feel for him.  Plus he and Six have one of the most intriguing relationships of the series.)

The World Is Not Enough by butterfly:
( minor spoilers for season 1, but you may still want to see it.  Excellent character study for Six)

Bones by SabaceanBabe:
(spoilers through season 3, I think.  Good overview of the whole cast)

Mainstream by Charmax :
(I love Charmax!  Season 1 and beyond, I’m not sure how far.  Spoilers.)

Precious by Sabacean Babe:
( Spoilers!  Mostly season 1 I think.  Sharon and Helo)

Sex, Violence and Cylons by Martouf Marty:
(Excellent, but spoilers for season 1 and beyond, don’t watch till you’ve seen more.)


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I have just seen Ascension, one of the best Lord of the Rings videos ever, by AJ Johnson.  His two LotR vids are two of the best out there, so i wanted to rec them both.  Download at http://hitmanyr2k.com/Creativity5.htm

with Burn by Sevendust
This manages to be both Kick-Ass and poignant.  It's the best look I have seen at the influence of the ring on all who encounter it.  It's an absolutely amazing vid that left me with a bittersweet and overwhelming feeling of loss about the whole journey.

Eternal Souls
with A Thousand Years by Sting
This really brought out the eternal nature of the fight of good vs. evil and the moments for each character that tipped the scales one way or the other in that fight. o
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Vid Title: May It Be
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Song/Artist:   May It Be and Last Rose of Summer by Celtic Woman
Music Genere: Celtic, vocal music
Video Category: Romance!

The timeless love of Arwen and Aragorn.  I loved making this video because I just love LotR and their story within it.

My website is down for the moment, but I'll be happy to send you a download link if you comment or PM me!  Also posted at AO3 and  Vidding_Archive.

ETA 6-26-09:  Info on imeem deleting all user generated content, including my vids, can be found here.   



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Vid Title: Because of You
Fandom: Dear Frankie
Song/Artist: Because of You by Kelly Clarkson
Music Genere:  Pop
Video Category:  Drama

Lizzie deals with the past as everything catches up with her.

My website is down for the moment, but I'll be happy to send you a download link if you comment or PM me!  Also posted at AO3.




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Vid Title: Slow Like Honey
Fandom: The Phantom of the Opera
Song/Artist: Slow Like Honey by Fiona Apple
Music Genere:  Rock, slow and steady
Video Category:  Romance, Drama

A sensual video about Eric's feelings for Christine.

My website is down for the moment, but I'll be happy to send you a download link if you comment or PM me!  Also posted at AO3 and vidding_archive.


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Vid Title:  Wind of Change
Fandom: Dear Frankie
Song/Artist: Wind of Change by Scott Cawthon and the Weavers of the Tartan
Music Genere:  Classical / Scottish
Video Category: Drama

A bagpipe and Grand Piano melodie that shows Frankie's acceptance of the stranger and how he is changed.


My website is down for the moment, but I'll be happy to send you a download link if you comment or PM me!  Also posted at AO3.





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