Don't ask me why I wrote this. I don't quite know. It was the result of several ideas about the Vorkosigan universe banging around in the back of my head for a while. It's the first bit of fanfic I've written--or at least completed--in a while, especially if you discount the Mina de Malfois stuff (which you could, as they became more like meta-canon by the end).

Some blame does get pinned on [ profile] caprine, [ profile] whswhs, and the rest of that gaming group. Also, probably to [ profile] bujold_fic, who just ran a ficathon.

The Old Walls is a production of Barrayar Public Radio and Vorbarr Sultana Broadcasting, sponsored by the Naismith Educational Foundation and the Vorgustafson Fund for the Arts... )
Velocity: creative
Soundtrack: Vor Party - Gary Ehrlich - Bujold: Story into Song
This started in [ profile] james_nicoll's post here, but I like the idea, so I'm going to run with it. This is primarily for Americans (as defined broadly--citizens, naturalized aliens, illegal immigrants...anybody who would have a reason to particularly care)...

From memory, without references, how many Amendments to the United States Constitution can you identify/explain?

There are 27. It's enough to give what the Amendment is commonly referred to as. (Except that you can't say the First Amendment is "the First Amendment" or the like, of course.)

Bonus points for identifying/explaining Articles of the Constitution itself. There are 7 of those. There are also some particularly important Sections of those Articles, and indeed some pretty major Clauses--just knowing what they are and what they do, no need to number them.

Here's my list:

Amendments )

I have some idea on 24 of 27, I'm unsure on 7, and I probably missed details of a few more. Not bad, but not great. Then again, I'm in law, we live and die by citation and reference material.

Articles, Sections, Clauses )

So. Seven Articles, I know three pretty well, one I know the most important part of, two I'm much more shaky on, one barely courts. I know some a couple of significant Sections and Clauses, too. Again, not great--I bet that I could memorize the whole thing with a bit of work, but haven't done so--but not awful, I think.

Oh, and I can recite the Preamble, but that's a cheat--see music line.
Velocity: curious
Soundtrack: Constitution Preamble - Schoolhouse Rock - Schoolhouse Rock
30 November 2009 @ 09:56 pm
[ profile] mina_de_malfois has posted the end to her stories, and so with it comes the finale of Case's.

Which isn't to say that I'll never return; Mina has left the possibility of side stories or alternate-universes open, and so shall I. But for the foreseeable future, we leave our observation of the fictional Case here.

I've been writing Case, off and on, since August 2007. A lot's changed for me in those two years. Maybe, if Mina writes that detective alternate-universe story she suggested was a possibility, maybe I'll do a Case-as-lawyer story to match...

But in the meantime, enjoy the finale. And remember what Case said--everything is circular.

Case Study, Part 15 )
Soundtrack: The Further Adventures of Nick Danger Private Eye - Firesign Theatre - How Can Y
Velocity: creative
...a new filk. This one came to me recently.

Quick backstory: in the last few years, the waning economy has caused some upheaval in the anime licensing and distribution industry, especially here in the US. A year or two back, Geneon Entertainment shut down its US operations entirely. They're still a major force in Japan, mind. Then, last month or so, A.D. Vision Entertainment, one of the first and biggest US operations for importing, licensing, and distributing anime, sold its assets to five other companies in a complicated deal that sounded like a switcheroo on its creditors (since the five buying companies were ones in which ADV's owners had stakes).

Most of the anime properties licensed by those two companies have seen their licenses bought by another company, Funimation Entertainment. If anybody can be said to be the big winner here, it's Funimation.

Hence, the song. "NGE," for the record, refers to the infamous anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which was one of ADV's first and biggest titles...but whose "rebuild" series has been licensed by, who else, Funimation.

"ADV (Now Funimation)"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by Nat Simon (original words by Jimmy Kennedy)

NGE is now Funimation's... )

In the coming days, expect more actual content (behind the normal friends lock, of course), including an expansion of something I said on Twitter:

"Perfect 10 Magazine is the zombie mine canary of copyright law. When it comes alive (files suit--it's sued Google and Visa), the law is bad."
Soundtrack: Istanbul (Not Constantinople) - They Might Be Giants - Flood
Velocity: filky
24 September 2009 @ 03:09 pm
At long last, my companion piece to [ profile] mina_de_malfois story 3.11, "...and the Class War." With this, I'm back up to date with Mina (since I only post to full stories, not parts such as "End of Summer" part 1). Which is good.

This one, I have to admit, is weak. I couldn't figure out exactly what to do with the May 1 story. Finally, I fell back on an old trope--"Case weighs in." I also threw in a bit of what was happening to other characters, as best I could. (It doesn't help that right now, I'm in the middle of a job search...)

I have to be honest...right now, pleasure writing is not exactly high on my priorities.

But anyway. Maybe by the time 3.12 finishes, some creative juices will be flowing again.

Case Study, Part 14 )
Soundtrack: You Never Give Me Your Money - The Beatles - Abbey Road
Velocity: ambivalent
05 September 2009 @ 05:50 pm
I almost feel too embarrassed to post this. (Almost) It's literally been over four months since the corresponding [ profile] mina_de_malfois story went live. All I can say is, the end of April wasn't a great time for me for obvious reasons, and then I was caught up in other things. But with Mina returning this week, it's only appropriate I try to play catch-up.

So, this story and one more are due (this one corresponding to 3.10, and the next to 3.11), and then I'll try to get something going for when Mina finishes 3.12.

Amusingly, the first line of this was the same one I'd thought up back when I first read 3.10, freshly thought up this time around.

Case Study, Part 13 )
Velocity: accomplished
Soundtrack: Mandelbrot Set - Jonathan Coulton - Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow
I didn't post my first two legal filks, because they're frankly not very good, and were written more specifically for the NYU Law Revue, and didn't get used anyway.

But this one was written for me and the filkers. I realized last night that I didn't have anything recent for the housefilk today--and that the most recent thing I had, three months old, didn't work well for me to sing. So I dusted off an idea I'd been thinking about, started trying to write it...and it flowed very easily indeed.

"Sixteen Hours"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Sixteen Tons" by Merle Travis (or George S. Davis)

Some people say a lawyer is a dirty snake... )

This went over pretty well at the housefilk, I must say.
Soundtrack: Sixteen Games - Capitol Steps - 76 Bad Loans
Velocity: filky
26 July 2009 @ 12:52 am
(OK, I stole that from T Campbell, who titled a Twitter story--that is, a story posted to Twitter, written by a character posting to Twitter--as "Tweets of the Nightengale.")

I am now on Twitter. It should come as no surprise that my username there is scifantasy.

I'm already searching out and finding friends who use Twitter. But that flows both ways.
Velocity: tired
Soundtrack: And Your Bird Can Sing - The Beatles - Revolver
So, my friend Seanan McGuire has a song called "Pretty Little Dead Girl." It's an urban-legend tale about a '40s-era car-racing ghost, available on her album "Stars Fall Home."

Seanan is also a huge Doctor Who fan.

So, some time ago, when I misheard "It's the tale of Rose Marshall" as "it's the tale of Rose Tyler," I started planning this.

I tried performing this one at Baycon 2009, but it really needs production value, or at least an accompanist. Maybe if I had a karaoke version of the original...but in the meantime.

(I gave Seanan a copy of the lyrics at the con. She read a stanza before telling me she was going to kill me.)

"Time-Traveling Blonde Girl"
by Will "scifantasy" Frank
ttto: "Pretty Little Dead Girl" by Seanan McGuire

It's a very sad story... )
Velocity: amused
Soundtrack: Pretty Little Dead Girl - Seanan McGuire - Stars Fall Home
This is late, by the standards of when I post relative to [ profile] mina_de_malfois. I blame law school.

Case Study, Part 12 )
Velocity: thoughtful
Soundtrack: When the Wind Changes - Echo's Children - As Good As Any