September 1st, 2009


Way to go, Ben & Jerry's!

(It's not my favorite flavor, but Whooooo-hoooooo!)

Ben and Jerry’s back gay marriage with ‘Hubby Hubby’ flavour

Ben and Jerry’s has re-branded an ice-cream flavour to ‘Hubby Hubby’ to show its support for gay marriage.

More widely known as Chubby Hubby, the rebrand move has been taken to raise awareness of the Freedom to Marry campaign in the US.

A statement on the Ben and Jerry website said the move had been taken to celebrate the great States, including the brand’s home state of Vermont, “where loving couples of all kinds are free to marry legally.”

It added that the re-brand of ‘Chubby Hubby’ to “Hubby Hubby’ was taken “in support, and to raise awareness of the importance of marriage equality.”

Serious political stance? Or a crafted politically correct PR move? The re-brand will only last for the month of September 2009.

Ben and Jerry’s is not the only brand to have leant its support to gay marriage rights.

Levi’s launched a new in-store campaign earlier this year, dressing its mannequins in US stores with White Knots, a symbol of solidarity with the same-sex marriage movement.

The move was prompted by the California Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state.

The promotion was developed after the retailer was approached by creator of the White Knot – a white ribbon tied in a knot - Frank Voci.

So far the symbol has been worn by a number of high profile celebrities including actresses Anne Hathaway, Lucy Liu, talk show host Ricki Lake and even Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.


Yes, folks, it's that time again!


karaokegal's Fourth Annual “Come As You’re Not” fanfic costume party.

Who is invited: YOU! If you're seeing this posted anywhere on your friends list, even if you've never heard of me, please come to the party anyway.

I’m inviting you all to write a fanfic as someone other than yourselves.

Costume examples:

If you’re known for linear narrative, go poetic and out of sequence.

Are you a fluff-bunny? Write angst. (And if you're known for developing hives at the hint of fluff, take a few Benedryl and write some.)

Have you said you can’t/won’t do smut? Go down and dirty.

Smutstress extra-ordinaire? Do something so gen a five-year-old can read it.

Write for a pairing you don’t believe in, preferably one that violates your OTP. (Or write threesome fic for your OTP and the biggest threat to their relationship.)

Cross-dressing: Do a story for a fandom you’ve never written in. Think of all the great fandoms that have cropped up since last year...this isn't JUST a House-party or a Torchwood party. Any fandom (movie, tv show, play, book, literature) is welcome.

Bi-fictionality is HIGHLY encouraged. If you've never written slash-now's the time. If you're a true-blue slash fan and totally squicked out by the idea of HET---GO FOR IT!

In fact, this may be the perfect time to face your worse squicks-Bring on the age-discrepancy, hetero, wing-fic! Incest? Rimming? Contact lens sharing? Bring it on!

Write in a style you claim to despise. Songfics, deathfics, AU are all welcome as long as it’s something that you would never be caught dead doing in a million, billion, years.

Base a fic on a cliché you’ve been railing against.

Write a purposely sucky story and create your own MST for it. Or pair up with someone and get them to do the MST for you.

RPS/RPF are more than acceptable, if it's a pairing you haven't done before and especially if you've gone on record saying that RPS/RPF is nasty, bad, icky, squicky etc.

For added costume appeal-create a userpic that is totally NOT YOU!

No word restrictions. Elaborate costumes (long fics), masks thrown over the face (drabbles), and anything in between are fine.

Check out the parties from 2006 and 2007 and 2008 for examples. (And remember it's never too late to comment on a fic.)

RSVP is nice, but not necessary. You can tell us your costume in advance or surprise us at the party.

About two weeks before, I'll be loading up the truck and going shopping so think about what libations, yummies and recreational drugs you'd like me to procure.

Once again, the party will last a whole week so you needn't feel rushed to post and read everything in 24 hours.

I’ll open the post as soon as it turns October 31st my time, which means the UK can start partying bright and early. Post the story in your own LJ and put the link in a comment.

BRING FRIENDS: Please, please, please pimp this post on your F-list, but NOT in any of the fiction communities. This is not an official Ficathon, Challenge, or Exchange. It’s just a party!

And remember, even if you don't wear a costume, you're more than welcome to attend as a reader. (And bring friends.)

If you're looking for inspiration, don't forget about Song Lyric Prompt-a-Day. Extra candy corn will be awarded to anyone who uses a Song-Lyric Prompt.

See you all there!

(Comment here with RSVPS as well as questions or suggestions.)

Song Lyric Prompt-a-Day 2009 Day 228

Prompts can be used for any fandom, pairing, or even original fic, if you like. (Yes, any.) All I ask is that you credit me with providing the prompt and comment with a link to the entry.

Prompt #228

It's a-many a man I have seen in my day,
Who lived just to labor his whole life away.
Like a fiend with his dope and a drunkard his wine,
A man will have lust for the lure of the mines.

Dark as a Dungeon-The Chieftans w/Vince Gill

Written by Merle Travis
From the album Down The Old Plank Road-The Nashville Sessions