narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (reading)
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In other news; Anne Rice is still crazy though the comment from one IMDB user that "Luther was a revolutionary. What is Christ-like about that?" of course immediately puts me in mind of Mark 11:15. And works as an excuse to wave this image macro about again.


Edit: Having finished Easton & Liszt’s The Ethical Slut I’d be inclined to write a mini-review if not for the fact that it’s a straightforward take on polyamory that simply reminds the reader of the obvious and could probably be encapsulated by that one line from David Usher’s Devil by my Side: "Believe your truth is not my truth" in a final analysis. Because the point is about choice and how one person’s choice doesn’t necessarily have to be a threat to anyone else’s if the lines of communication remain open and honest.
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (midnight)
It occurred to me today, in part due to this, that what I find so irritating about the character of Hermione from the Harry Potter series isn’t in fact the character itself but rather the fanon conception of her instead. And that’s the case in an awful lot of places really.

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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (perverse)
I haven’t been paying much attention to the assorted snarking communities of late, mostly because there hasn’t been too much that’s caught my eye and possibly because there isn’t much to beat Astral Snape and his Many Wives. There was a brief bout of idiocy on [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck last night which was more the product of somebody being incapable of using LJ and reacting quite badly when being told that their post was off topic, which I refreshed a couple of times before I toddled off and forgot where Belgrade was again but today Other Than Fandom Wank brings on the crazies. The entire thing being about a man who has sex with his horse and… well, it degenerates from there. Notable comments being this summary of some Mercedes Lackey’s novels, which will mean that I’ll be careful to steer clear of them forever after and this which may be up there with the abortion joke that I laugh at every time.

More seriously, I can see why zoophiles seemingly give furies a bad name and underneath all the humour this is probably really more of a debate over consent but for once I’m quite happy that I can’t focus on the matter seriously since my brain has stalled at the mention of rolling certain appendages in oats.

...goodness, isn’t the weather mild today?
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (pleased)
Yet another line of thought provoked by a wank community, Other Than Fandom Wank this time and in particular this.
It starts as a rant someone has had about the gay community in general and probably veers off into mud-slinging on both sides. I didn’t read the original post and it’s been deleted since but someone quoted from it in the JourneyFen comments:

i have no problem with those who are themselves. i'm just sick of the media telling me that i'm not "gay enough" or "perfect" enough or up to some queer standard that was set by some "majority". what they do to women in terms of body image they do to gay men, and it pisses me off.

“She described it as like being locked in a car; With a madman behind the wheel; And the radio tuned to static” )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (ensnared)
"One's real life is often the life that one does not lead."
- Oscar Wilde


In regards to this explosion of wank on Fandom Wank, funnily enough. It’s managed to get me thinking. Not so much about the insanity/hearing voices angle so much but more about the idea of the weight given to fantasy and the circumstances surrounding it.
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narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (possibly)
Since I’ve been reading this courtesy of Fandom Wank and just today saw this post on [livejournal.com profile] bad_rpers_suck both regarding the matter of tracing IPs it seemed a suitable time to play Let’s See Where IP Trace Says I Am Today. Three IP tracing sites; three different locations, one not even in the same country.

Suffice to say I’m not in Amsterdam though the other two narrowed it down to the UK, just to two locations in an entirely different part of the country. Not just a different county but a whole region.
Interestingly it did narrow it down to the same wrong region which was a little bit interesting and the two places chosen are actually locations that I’ve been in on occasion, one I’ve even lived in before, though in that case the general location would be like saying that there was a rogue Narsi somewhere in Greater Manchester when what you’d need would be the fact that he was in Denton. I’ve been in Denton too for what it’s worth.

I suppose it’s quite useful that generally an IP trace can narrow down my country at least but it’s still got a little way to go before easily available and accurate geolocation. It could be worse though, since as long as I’m not relying on that sort of thing for directions I’m fine... unlike the case with a certain GPS system that told my cousin that his hotel was located in the middle of a roundabout just a little while ago.
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (silent)
Over on Fandom Wank someone makes a bizarre comment in regards to the usual argument about the objectification of women in comics. It’s an odd comment and most likely from someone who isn’t aware of the dearth of semantic wankery that occurs every time you argue that comics and manga are essentially the same medium but it does tie in with a couple of other interesting misconceptions that I can think of.

Blather )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (Hmm)
The validity of being annoyed with plagiarism on any occasion )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (Strahl)
Every time Domo-kun masturbates, kittens kill a god?

- khym_chanur on this thread from Fandom Wank.


I didn’t even read the wank this time but that Domo-kun comment was rather entertaining and somewhat existential in the process.
Domo-kun video as well as more info here.
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (pleased)
Nintendo takes the piss, quite literally )

Also: The Algorithm March (with ninjas) courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] bouteillebleu.
It’s really quite clever which would be why everyone should watch it.
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (Default)
Fandom Wank turned up a spectacular piece of unresarched objection to the whaling of baby seals. Yes, I’m going to keep calling it whaling. It makes me think of sushi that way.
The commentary is quite fun and turns up things like this (scroll down to the bottom) but what it really all boils down to is that lack of research that’s gone into the protest and the way that any protest seems to be occurring.

Like lots of emotive arguments really... )

Keep U.S. animal rights activists away from seal hunt, premier says (CBC News article)

Vlasak, a California surgeon and member of the Animal Liberation Front, was banned from Britain for advocating the murder of scientists who use animals in research.

"If it takes 10 to 15 vivisectors' lives to save 10 million animal lives, yes, I support that," he said.


Because murder proves that much of a point... )

Whitecoats are newborn harp seals. Most Canadians can recall pictures of whitecoated seal pups being clubbed. The images were so inflammatory that Canada banned all hunting of whitecoats in 1987. You'd never know that from some of the anti-sealing groups that still prominently display pictures of whitecoats on their websites and in fundraising materials.

The Atlantic seal hunt – FAQs (CBC News article)

And omitting the truth makes a perfect argument... )
Of course civil and rational protest probably doesn’t get this sort of coverage but I’m willing to bet that it gets a hell of a lot more done.



CBC News links courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] nekonexus.

If you don’t read anything else I’ve babbled on about here, take a glance at the FAQ and bear in mind that while the information is out there, the fashionably vocal protestors keep choosing to ignore it.

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And an update link courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] nekonexus once again): Ottawa won’t bar all seal-hunt observers

Speaking in St. John's, Hearn stopped short of imposing a ban on all observers, saying the annual hunt, which is now underway, must remain open to public scrutiny.

Hearn also promised tough action against any observer who tries to confront the sealers.
"If you step over that line and try to interfere in any way with the hunt, then you can be arrested and charged," he said.


Well, it's a start at least.
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (tired)
Semantic wankery )

Also, apropos nothing, I hate anachronistic language in period pieces. Would it kill people to do just a little bit of research or even, oh noes, use a little common sense? Of course common sense perhaps has become one of those unfashionable things these days, when everyone would rather foam-pad the world rather than take a little personal responsibility.
Sir Darwin, I do believe that your Chainsaw of Natural Selection has stalled.



"There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil."
- Alfred North Whitehead
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (Fürstin)
This is almost enough to make me add the Fandom Wank syndicated feed ([livejournal.com profile] pastede) to my friends list, even though it might well eat the entire page.


The Godwin’s-rific block paragraph of doom shown almost blinded me and I’ve still not actually managed to read it without going cross-eyed though. The only section I could safely view without endangering my eye-sight were the last few words:

"Munich complaining how the Germans had let him down."

Which left me wondering quite why Munich had any reason to complain about anything in particular.


But it makes more sense upon reading the comments from which some choice ones were:

"I love our century, where EVERYTHING can be Hitler and SS." - Anonymous

"Seriously though, this thing seems to be part of that strange essentialism which seems to hold that Hitler was evil solely by virtue of being Hitler, with the whole war/dictator/genocide thing simply being an incidental point not really contributing in any way." - danel4d


And the comment that made me cackle like a loon:

"The Führerbunker was in BERLIN you fuckwit." - inishmore


Munich was then obviously complaining of slander, I suspect. And to finish off an Azumanga Daioh thing (by Leviathean on this forum).
I will never tire of laughing at the top left panel nor will I ever quite recover from it and I fear that my Christmases will never be the same again.

I really need to re-do my tags and add a Godwin’s one, don’t I?
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (binary)
Should I worry that having gone to read up on the latest at Fandom Wank I now actually find that I rather want a small army of the dolls talked about here simply so that I can dress them up in Rozencreutz uniforms and in particular, dress one up as Franzberg and hang it from a noose?

Also, I need to hunt down a copy of Clock Tower. I’ve heard it mentioned before and it seems quite fun, plus it reminds me of Hugo’s House of Horrors which is also a bonus.


Edit:
zOMG Lure of the Temptress!
*throws a squeeing, flailing fanboy fit*
Oh, great and powerful gaming deities! This, this is the Holy Grail of my childhood, even more so than the original Wolfenstein. I had a copy of this, in fact I’m pretty sure that the original box is in storage but... *disintegrates into incoherent babbling*
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (serious)
From this thread and the original thread it came from.

It’s the argument about fans building up the character of Lucius Malfoy as this smooth, pragmatic, cynical, heartless, arrogant, elitist bastard (but not in the true sense of the word), who puts on a good show for the pubic and has the backing and connections to have the world agreeing with everything he does.
The character of Lucius Malfoy )
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (Hmm)
”It's not an open source bitchfight until RMS [Richard Stallman] shows up and starts wanking about Hurd.”

- kadath from this thread on otf_wank.

and

”I had an Ex-boyfriend who thought the moon landing was faked. Now he crossplays a Digi Charat character. o.O”

- peanut_buttery from this thread on Fandom_Wank.
narcasse: Sebastian Flyte.  Brideshead Revisited (2008) (silly)
"I picture the most pretentious "artistic" dumbass in the world wearing a kimono she bought on ebay, sipping tea and laughing at how we don't understand her GAY ANIME STORIES."

- stinkwrinkle from this thread on Fandom Wank.


It's Saiyuki-related too. )

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