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Term for the day....

Doomerporn....when the bad news of the day gets you craving an even more disastrous scenario, and you scare yourself silly talking about it or reading up on it...

Practitioners of the art form can be called doomers.

A recent example of the artform was a discussion of a lake of oil under the waters (but above the bottom) of the Gulf of Mexico, and talk about a huge bubble of methane gas just waiting to break the surface and poison all the coastal communities.  Doomers who spun this ignored the physics of how oil and gas actually behave in water, and the way methane can kill (by replacing oxygen in the air around you, but not actually poisoning you like say, chlorine gas does), but those who love doomerporn wailed and shivered in delight.

I have to admit, there have been times I have temporarily succumbed to the right form of doomerporn, but my excursions tend to be brief and sometimes, somehow, good sense and an appreciation for reality usually take over....

EDIT:

This is of course, related to the term Doomgasm.

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eggplantlady
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Huh, never knew there was a word for this kind of behavior. Should've known, I guess.
knittingknots
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
It's still pretty specialized. I picked it up from hanging around Peak Oil sites (peak oil is a concept that our civilization is going to have some serious crash and burn as demand for oil outstrips the ability to produce it). But it's such a useful term....
eggplantlady
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling it's going to be a very useful term to know in the near future... I certainly know enough people that want to turn every little thing (or the latest, greatest conspiracy theory) into The End of the World.
knittingknots
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
I hear ya on that one....
rya_kelley
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I love this word and cannot wait to incorporate it into my vocabulary.
knittingknots
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
It's not even in the Urban Dictionary yet...I am amazed...I picked it up on the Oil Drum site, which is dedicated to discussing Peak Oil - what happens to the world as petroleum demand outstrips the ability to produce it...(a secular version, somewhat, IMHO, of the human desire to see the apocalypse, but with some validity). Doomers abound there at times....

But it's such a good term. We must make an effort to spread its useful, dark goodness....
nokomarie
Aug. 6th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
Add it.
knittingknots
Aug. 6th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
I was thinking about doing just that!
nokomarie
Aug. 6th, 2010 07:21 am (UTC)
Yeah, so, do,it!
luxken27
Aug. 4th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
If I never have to hear another conspiracy theory about the oils on the shelves of the Gulf of Mexico again, it will be too soon :P
knittingknots
Aug. 5th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
I get feeling that way about most conspiracy theories after just a little while. This is why I've been getting my news from a bunch of oil field people who actually know what's going on. The reporters don't seem to....But this happens with most disasterful things, I've noticed.
fenikkusuken
Aug. 5th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
*snork* That's a good 'un!

Although, 'D00Mgasm' could also apply to someone who earned a high score in the video game by the same name.

knittingknots
Aug. 5th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
LOL.

Doom'll get ya, one way or another, if ya don't watch out!

Of course, I'm sitting here, wishing that I had a couple of thousand dollars to spend on books about the doom that fell to the Mycenean culture at the end of the bronze age...(Seems like most of the serious books on the subject cost nearly $100 a pop right now. I'm not doing it for any real purpose; I'm just finding it cool, so I suspect it'll be interlibrary loan instead of Amazon - what an evil doom, to be separated from cool historical research by money concerns!)

Edited at 2010-08-05 04:40 am (UTC)
fenikkusuken
Aug. 5th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)

*nods* The library is the gift of the lucre-rationed... or research-doomed, depending which way you look at it!

Is your hubby out firefighting? The smoke blew in from the mainland blazes this afternoon and set us all to coughing. Pretty sunset, though - scorching hot pink.
knittingknots
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Hasn't gotten to go out yet...the big timber fires are just getting started...so there's hope. You're hogging all the action up there...

So how goes the writing? I just got through a 31 day flash fiction challenge which went really well...and now I'm back on the Sword and Sorcery story, but I also have a hankering for writing some serious stuff bouncing off the Odyssey...That's how I got sidetracked into the Mycenean studies, although my Odyssey stuff isn't depending on that; not historical fiction.

Edited at 2010-08-05 06:10 am (UTC)
fenikkusuken
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
*points at icon* That's the culprit who's been hogging my attention lately. However, I'm almost done eradicating working with the first batch of FFVII plot!bunnies that took up residence in the Hutch when he arrived.

Then it's back to the IY Heian fic; I think the bunny has percolated enough to be workable. *crosses fingers*

After that, time to round up the original fic bunnies and put them to work. I had a few more key scenes sort themselves out over the past couple of weeks, so perhaps they're ready to co-operate.

knittingknots
Aug. 5th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
I've been giving into small fics based on moments in the Odyssey, a couple of Arthurian pieces, some side story pieces for my sword and sorcery stuff to get on better terms with some of the characters...It was a good month.

Outside of Inu, I've got my bunnies bouncing off of classics that I can claim as my own. Smart, that Pink. I may end up doing something big with the Odyssey, maybe contrasting Kalypso with Penelope...I'm still pondering that one, though.
fenikkusuken
Aug. 5th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
Inspiration gleaned from the classics is always a good thing... does that make it 'classical fanfic'?

A story that relates Kalypso to Penelope and vice versa would be really interesting because they're both strong-willed women. Too many Homeric-inspired stories focus on the men and treat the women as afterthoughts.
knittingknots
Aug. 5th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
I hear that...I read something recently that said that the classic plays by Euripedes were just fanfic of Homer and Aeschylus who wrote the generation before him.


When it's convenient, yes, I call it fanfic (been posting some short pieces to ff.net).


Kalypso grabbed me and demanded that I tell her story...I've done two sketches: The Taste of Irony http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6120567/1/The_Taste_of_Irony and Rainy Night in Ogygia http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6133070/6/Tales_from_the_Muses_Garden to get a handle on what she wanted to say...She's really po'ed at the way Zeus and Athena manipulated things, but really, she's miserable that Odysseus really wasn't that into her...gonna be an interesting story to play with.
fenikkusuken
Aug. 5th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
*skivs off from work to read*

Your characterizations of Calypso are very strong; now I'm curious how you will handle Penelope!
knittingknots
Aug. 5th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I have to write some more on Penelope (evidently, I don't hear the characters, really, until I do sketches of them, and I've only done a couple of small bits with her in them), but I suspect she's both flattered at all the attention, would like her husband to return (maybe in a nostalgic sense, she misses the man she remembers) and understands more about the danger facing her son than Homer lets on...but she's also the anti-Clytemnestra, the woman who will hold faith...I suspect Odysseus will have to come to grips with this strong woman who has grown over the years...
I'm enjoying the exploration! Penelope will eventually let me know.

fenikkusuken
Aug. 5th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, hell, yes! Penelope will be quite a different person from the shy, housebound girl he remembers! *cackle* On the other hand, he'll have changed, too - watching them get over their respective shocks will be great!
knittingknots
Aug. 6th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
You know it...I'm having great fun with the material. The Odyssey's always been one of my favorite stories anyway...but now, playing with them this way has been really fun...

I still think Athena has a crush on him (I've thought that since I was a kid), but I don't know if I'd be able to work that in...LOL!
fenikkusuken
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh, Athena definitely has a crush on the big lug; it's even implied in Percy Jackson that a demi-god may have resulted from their 'meeting of the minds'.

Born from his or her daddy's brow, just like Momma from Zeus, which is how she retains her 'virgin' status. >.>
knittingknots
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
In the classical myth, you know she is supposed to have had a kid by Hephaestus after he went all grief stricken over Aphrodite and came onto Athena when he was drunk...(with the current state of the myth, of course, the child was not born the normal way, either, but because poor Hephaestus had a premature ejaculation), and she tried to hide him away....LOL.

That kid was Erichthonius, the legendary early king of Athens. I suspect back in the Mycenaean days, before she became a perpetual virgin reborn out of Zeus' head during the Greek dark ages, she didn't hide the fact she was his mother quite so carefully...

(never have figured out why some children of the Gods became human, and some stayed divine...there's a slippery slope there, almost as bad as the slippery slope between the difference between youkai/kami/human in Japanese folklore...)

nokomarie
Aug. 6th, 2010 07:24 am (UTC)
Geez, you were so coy I thought you were pregnant again!

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Edited at 2010-08-06 07:26 am (UTC)
fenikkusuken
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Pregnant? o.O Not at my advanced age! Not unless being full of plot!bunnies is considered 'expecting'....
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