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Wanted: Planetary wank

Happy birthday, rainbowstrlght! May your day and Halloween be wonderful, and may you rest well before NaNo begins.

Second, nine hours until NaNoWriMo begins! YAAAAAAAAAAY! (What, me excited? Never!)

Third, I have a super-cool topic for my astronomy paper. You know all the Pluto wank that went on after Pluto was reclassified as a drawf planet? Well, I'm writing about its impact on Internet culture--how we used the Internet in the Pluto debate--to find out about it, to react, to make fun of it. The making fun of it part will be a lot of fun. I'll basically be citing websites I'd visit anyway. "Look at how these people perceived the Pluto debate. They looked at another culture they're familiar with and turned Pluto's situation into one similar to that."

So I need your help. Yes, again. So if you have anything related to Pluto and other planet_wanky things of that time (Yes, that's a real community--my bookmark section for this paper is also called Planet Wank to keep things organised), point me that way. I think I've already collected all the metaquotes from that era. I'm working on collecting the Uncyclopedia articles and UnNews articles on Pluto. And of course there's the "When I was your age, Pluto was a planet" group on Facebook, which is now one of the biggest. That one deserves a mention too. Come to think of it, I wish there a way to get a list of groups from the biggest down. It would be meaningfuul for the top fifty groups or so.

I told Dr. Depree this today (about my paper topic since the proposal is due on Thursday) and mentioned that my topic was so recent--the wank part, anyway, only I didn't use that term--that I could find tons of information on it, but not many people will have actually written on my topic. He said that part of my paper could be about the decision over time to change Pluto's planetary status. (He also gave me a funny look when he heard my topic, sort of a "Now what was your topic again?" look. But then I explained it more, and it was all good.) Actually, that gives me a good idea. I could write about that first and then flow into the planet wank from this year.

So if you have anything related to planet wank, send them my way. The paper's due 30 November (can we say death?), so you have time. I may not use everything, but I'll use as much as I can.

Because really, who else would come up with a topic like that?
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I'm trying to catch up on work and such before NaNo begins. I'm doing a decent job at it. I need to go to a children's clothing store this weekend to analyse gender. I'll do that Saturday morning so I can go to the Java Monkey write-in that afternoon. (Hear that, Atlanta people? Saturday afternoons, 4pm, Java Monkey. We're having write-ins there.)

Now I must go enjoy the last of fresh air before NaNo begins!

Comments

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korova
Oct. 31st, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
I don't know how relevant it is to your actual topic, but there's always how the lack of Pluto's planetary status has affected astrology. I'm sure that astrologists can't be terribly pleased about this, so you might be able to find some good wank on New Age-y message boards and the like.

Also, OMG NANO. O_O
sushimustwrite
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:11 pm (UTC)
That's actually extremely relevant. I'm not into astrology, but I can imagine the wank going on (hey, I've read Hitchhiker's Guide) there. I'll definitely look into that.

And *looks at clock* thirteen hours fifty minutes!
rainbowstrlght
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I don't remember much wank in the astrology communities. Just this, "Guh... what are we going to do now?!" sort of panic; along with indignant schmoes going, "Well, *I* never used Pluto in the first place..."

Sounds like an interesting article, though!
korova
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad it helped!! And you could even mention Rupert in your paper; what would have happened if planetary status had gone another way.

I am getting so excited about NaNo. I mean, not that I really have a PLOT, or anything, but still...! Yayness. :D
rainbowstrlght
Oct. 31st, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And Happy Halloween to you, too! :)

But no resting for me. I run a fandom e-zine, and the deadline is midnight. Le sigh. Looks like tons of Vault and coffee for me.
wild_birds
Oct. 31st, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
aw man, your astronomy paper is going to kick ass! that's such a great topic.
good luck nanoing! i start in 40 minutes o_O
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