Writing From Factor X

July 1, 2011

Open Thread Friday

Filed under: Open Thread — Sciatrix @ 9:00 am

Well, last week’s open thread was pretty awesome! So it looks like this is going to become a weekly thing.

Feel free to discuss anything in the comments here!

So to kick off today’s thread, what’s the best ace joke you’ve ever seen? My personal favorite is probably this joke about Lex Luthor’s epic coming out.


  1. Well, it’s not really one joke, but I quite like this page of Girls with Slingshots (and that whole Jamie+Erin arc): http://www.girlswithslingshots.com/comic/gws1188/ . There’s always a lot of humour in that comic. I also quite like an earlier one where Hazel asked Jamie if she was going to take Erin on a romantic date when she got back from the UK, and Jamie’s idea of romance is so nicely atypical.

    By now I’m fairly sure Jamie and Erin’s relationship is asexual, and probably romantic, but I’m not quite sure about that. There is also an earlier story arc for them where they tried sex and it went pretty crap all in all (not the sex itself, too!), and then there was some relationship angst and they’re still together. I think Jamie isn’t asexual, and Erin was the one who was more vocal about sex being unnessecary. Jamie seems totally fine with the no sex thing and actually agreed that they were better off without.
    And I totally forgot about them when you were talking about Aces in media and fiction!

    I think, if it does turn out to be an actual asexual-with-probably-sexual relationship, it’s a pretty nice example of a story that doesn’t have to mention the word or rub anything in your face, while it’s still an obvious and important part of their story.

    Comment by Norah — July 1, 2011 @ 9:56 am | Reply

    • You know, I’ve been reading Girls with Slingshots for ages and it never occurred to me to read Jamie and Erin as ace. Huh. (Although I do think Jamie’s idea of a date is awesome.) I don’t know whether that’s internalized invisibility or just not looking for it or what. It makes sense when I think about their relationship in that context, I just… didn’t notice it right off the bat, if that makes sense? I’d really like to see what the creator has to say on the subject, now that I think about it.

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 1, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. I… don’t think I’ve ever seen an ace joke! Aside from, obviously, the one you linked.

    I am currently trying to figure out how to use up $20 of target gift cards I found in my wallet. Predictably, this as resulted in finding stuff I want to buy adding up to twice as much as the gift cards are for. I’ll probably buy it all anyway.

    Also, I desperately want these doc martens. http://www.journeys.com/product.aspx?id=78263#BVRRWidgetID

    Comment by Shiyiya — July 1, 2011 @ 11:13 am | Reply

    • I mostly see puns and jokes about cake, to be honest. And lately the Damn My Asexual Privilege tag on tumblr–there’s some pretty amusing stuff if you scroll back far enough.

      Oh, those are neat!

      (I think you got caught in the spam filter because of the link! Sorry about that!)

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 1, 2011 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

      • I’m just glad it was actually eaten by the spam filter and not a browser malfunction, because losing comments to the aether is irritating/sad!

        Interesting tag. I keep thinking maybe I want to make a tumblr again because it looks like there’s awesome ace community, but then I remind myself why I quit in the first place.

        (It is because Tumblr is the drama FACTORY.)

        Comment by Shiyiya — July 1, 2011 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

        • Er, the corners of tumblr I am hanging out in do not seem that dramatic? Admittedly, I’m more or less only focusing on ace stuff with some ears to the ground on autism stuff, and the shadings of general social justice tumblr I sometimes get–ehhhhhhh, no thank you! (Also, have seen some things that encourage me to to avoid fandom tumblr, which is a shame because I keep trying to delurk more in fandom spaces. Unfortunately, that means breaking eight-year-old habits, which is… difficult.)

          Comment by Sciatrix — July 1, 2011 @ 8:06 pm | Reply

          • There was (is?) the whole Privilege Denying Asexuals thing, which I saw plenty of even not tumblring. 😐

            And the more generally SJ-y bit I was in before got just ugh. Tumblr is a cool format/idea, but something about it just churns out drama. Maybe the generally fast reaction speed – people aren’t stopping to write/research long blog posts. And/or the fact that it tells you about every reply someone makes to your stuff? I dunno. (The useless block feature doesn’t really help.)

            And I wouldn’t really want to rejoin tumblr and NOT be following my friends, which would be straight back into the SJ-y dramaz… (Though several of them have quit for similar reasons.)

            Maybe it’s because semi internet well known people attract asshats? (The contributors of the late lamented FWD/Forward.)

            Basically the only fandomy thing I do is Mark Does Stuff, because I don’t really like fanfic, and that seems to be the focus of most fandomy things 😛

            Comment by Shiyiya — July 1, 2011 @ 8:19 pm | Reply

            • Yeah, that’s true, but I wasn’t really thinking of that as coming from the little asexual tumblr community I’ve got my ear to the ground on but from more general SJ people who were… really, really faily.

              I actually tend to think Tumblr is poorly designed and difficult to operate and a horrible, horrible format. Honestly, I am not a fan of the way it’s set up, and I only got into it in the first place because I wanted to be able to comment on things effectively.

              That does make sense about wanting to avoid SJ-y dramaz. I don’t know if it’s an Internet-well-known-people thing, because the bleedthrough I’m seeing is mostly coming through people I would not characterize as Internet Big names, but I might be wrong about that. It’s hard to tell.

              Well, and I’m trying to be more communicative in general lately, which is probably an effort doomed to failure because so much of my limited communication energy goes into this blog. I have actually noticed that since starting the blog I comment less on posts that interest me even if I really, really like them, I respond less in forum-type situations, and I tend to take longer to respond to emails and things because I just don’t have as much energy. (I have actually been interested in the Carnival of Aces posts I have been reading lately by a few bloggers who say they like the communication style of the blogosphere better–I vastly prefer forum-type situations because for some reason they require less communication energy from me, although I’m mostly in blogs of various formats these days. I have no idea why.)

              Comment by Sciatrix — July 1, 2011 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

              • I really WANT to be able to do forums – the yadas look rather cool, for starters, and Kory Bing might be starting a Skin Deep forum (faaaavourite webcomic) – but for some reason my brain just doesn’t work with them. (I suppose that should get an ‘anymore’, since years ago I/we were on the weebls-stuff forums and the tiny forum of an internet friend.) I just… don’t remember to look at them for some reason.

                Hm, maybe it would work better with the new app tab thing in Firefox 4/5. I remember to refresh the LJ and DW tabs, anyway.

                Most of my communicatingy ends up in my IRC channel and on Twitter. (I love IRC. IM gets really awkward with ‘er well neither of us have any idea what to say now’, and in IRC hey there’s more people to contribute to the conversation so it’s less likely to drop dead! And silences are less awkward!)

                Comment by Shiyiya — July 2, 2011 @ 4:58 am | Reply

  3. My comment disappeared! Did I get eaten by the spam filter?

    Comment by Shiyiya — July 1, 2011 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  4. I was thinking I’d never seen one, but then I remembered this one which I seem sadly unable to find the origin of:

    Ace classicists are nouns. Conjugate? We decline.

    Comment by Cy — July 1, 2011 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

    • Heeeeee. I have seen that one before! When I was still going to Junior Classical League conventions, another high school near mine used the slogan “If I asked you to conjugate, would you decline?” for their t-shirts, which they sold to raise money for their Latin Club. I am endlessly sorrowful that I never managed to snag a shirt for myself.

      Comment by Sciatrix — July 1, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | Reply

  5. I fail at remembering good ace jokes, but I love pretty much anything to do with amoebas. I keep meaning to make myself an icon with a picture of my plushie amoeba and text saying “Not your average cuddly asexual”. Maybe with a drawing of a machine gun or something. >>

    Comment by Kaz — July 6, 2011 @ 7:07 am | Reply

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