- See magazine in library with unfortunately-placed barcode sticker.
- Read as “-lock secret.”
- Automatically think, “Don’t put untagged spoilers out in the library!”
- Weep over the entirety of that thought process.
THE BAD NEWS: I came home to find my [expletive deleted] phone company somehow managed to cut off my phone + internet when they were doing neighborhood repairs this morning. The automated system says they’ll try to fix it by Thursday night. I am currently sitting in the library parking lot using their WiFi.
THE NEUTRAL NEWS: The Sherlockian Wednesday watchalong will go on as scheduled, even if I maybe have to sit in the library parking lot for a couple hours tomorrow night. Or until my laptop battery gives out. I dunno, I hope it doesn’t come to that, but we’ll see. If I have problems getting there on time, though, GO ON WITHOUT ME. We’ve done this often enough that one of you can handle getting everybody synced up and all that, right? Right, I’m sure you can. You’re clever like that.
THE GOOD NEWS: To be sure that you can all get into the chat room even if I’m late, I’ve opened it now. That means you guys get a bonus day to play around in there if you want to. Have fun. (Be good-ish.)
(References to filming spoilers about Sherlock’s fall below the Read More. Continue at your own risk.)
Yeah, so… Some of the things people are putting out there untagged* because they’re supposedly not very spoilery are actually quite spoilery to those of us who have the fall scene memorized.
Be careful out there.
Now I’m going to eat Sno-Caps and do laundry. The end.
*edit: Or maybe saying “not fully tagged” would be more accurate? I DON’T KNOW, WE HAVE TAG STRATA NOW AND IT’S CONFUSING.
(And as for this blog: I couldn’t go watch filming even if I wanted to. But my existing spoiler policy stays in place—I’m not going out looking for spoilers to post here, but I’m also not going to spend months pretending I haven’t seen anything that I do run across. If I want to discuss those things with appropriate spoiler warnings in place, I will. And I will also remain secure in the knowledge that this fandom is actually kind of terrible at figuring things out efficiently. Like, we can’t even agree on what happened in the last episode a year after it aired.There’s only so much harm to be done.)
The only video involved is this one: http://operationsigerson.tumblr.com/post/46879681896 and there are no spoilers there.
Everything else was just a series of dead YouTube links. (I think the first one was one character off from a My Little Pony video…)
I know everybody has different feelings about April Fools’ Day pranks, and I’m not going to be the one to try and convince you that this one was okay if you didn’t think it was. I will tell you some of the backstory, though:
- This started as just a random idle thought I had about saying we’d seen the new episode when of course that couldn’t happen. I posted it publicly on this blog in late February, and people were surprisingly into it. Lots and lots of people saw the post, and literally no one said that we shouldn’t do it. So what the heck, I made a blog for it and named it Operation Sigerson—”Sigerson” being the name Holmes used while “dead.” (I set these posts to “private” temporarily, and intended to have them back up by now. But Tumblr’s being a pain and won’t let me switch them back. I’ll try again later—definitely not my intention to have them stay hidden.)
- The prank wasn’t designed to be some kind of airtight hoax. Everything about it was freely accessible to anyone who cared until quite a few hours after the prank started. And a bunch of people immediately knew it was fake, because c’mon—April Fools’ Day and no video? We weren’t trying that hard to trick you.
- We had a set end time for the prank throughout, at which point everyone would start fessing up. By a quirk of fate, someone finally thought to Google us exactly one hour ahead of the preset end of the prank.
- It was made very clear to everyone that they weren’t supposed to go about any of this in a mean-spirited way (Okay, yes, if you consider any kind of prank mean-spirited then fine. But nothing beyond that.)
- It was also made very clear that no one should make fake tweets from actual crew members or anything else like that that would suggest any real person was involved.
- I think everyone who participated in the prank went out of their way to make some form of reference to April Fools’ Day, so anyone who saw this stuff had at least some level of warning built in. (This blog has been Reichencracking all day, so I really hope none of you forgot about April Fools’.)
- None of the plot details in the fake video backstory involved things like shipping or character deaths. No trying to crush anyone’s dreams, in other words.
- I could go on, but I think we’re all bored now.
Basically if you don’t think pranks are ever okay, that’s fine. Difference of opinion, obviously, but we are sorry if we upset you.
The Baker Street Babes blog mentioned that this caused some trouble for them and other blogs today. I have no idea what, since no one contacted me even when I was posting about it, but sorry to them as well.
If it makes any difference, Sherlock Holmes (and ACD, by some reports) was no stranger to pranks, and we basically took that as inspiration.
As for me and this blog, I only do anything like this on April Fools’ Day, then that’s the end of it for the year. Plus I try to point out repeatedly that April Fools’ Day is coming up before hand. The other 364 days, I’m debunking rumors and such. I don’t think one day a year with advance warning is an unreasonable amount of time for non-malicious prankish things, but that’s me and I accept that not everyone will feel the same.
Now back to your regularly-scheduled Reichencrack. (Don’t believe those either, okay? Please?)
Um, what the hell happened last night?
This isn’t what I’m used to waking up to since my askbox has been closed.
I’m kind of scared to look.
Canon is a hot mess
Like this crooked-ass stitching
It would help if I could count AT ALL but anyway, now I know how long the words are and everything
I don’t remember exactly what led to me saying it out loud in the chat room, but this is right at the core of my feelings about canon rendered in needlework. Possibly I need to keep this on hand as a reaction graphic, because that’s what the answer is 84% of the time.
Yeah, so I am maybe ready for Sherlock filming to go back indoors for a little while.
You all know barachiki is amazing with Photoshop, but that’s not the end of it! Check out her sweet crafting skills, which I was lucky enough to benefit from.
YES, that’s a recreation of the Pinkerton skull painting.
YES, that’s a sock monkey Sherlock Holmes.
AND YES, THAT IS A SCULPTED VERSION OF MY USER ICON, OMG.
I’m so behind on posts, I haven’t even shown you what My Watson gave me for Christmas.
It’s nice when someone gets you. (But then, that’s what Watsons do best.)
So this is the rest of my life on Tumblr, then.