Links Roundup for 11 November 2011

Here’s a roundup of stories on things people learn from fandom that might be of interest to fans:

  • Romance author Cooper West has been blogging a series called “Everything I learned from Fandom” that includes lessons in marketing, writing fanfic, and what it taught her about women’s interest in porn. She complains that “companies like Vivid think “porn for women” equals bad costumes, bad scripts, weak plots and porn-perfect, hairless bodies…The result being that…women will still talk about how they hate “porn”, and industry watchers will crow in victory at their misguided assumptions based on false data. But fandom ran over those assumptions while no one was looking.”
  • Another fan, whose website offers professional advice to geeks, focused recently on “fansourcing”. His argument is that skills learned as a hobby can be put to use professionally, some examples being: “List those skills used in fansourcing on your resume, and note anything you added to them – did you have a new computer program? Learn plugins?” or “Can you do a panel about what you did/do at a convention? This helps others, promotes you, and improves your speaking skills.”
  • On a more esoteric level, Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser posts about Why Torah is Like Baseball, noting “Baseball is a universe in which the past and the present are commingled. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax, Yaz and Pedro all play forever on the same field and our memories of baseball past become interchangeable with our hopes and expectations of the future.”

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