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Needs More Women. Epically needs more women. Read more... )

Now I've watched all 8: the boxes aren't honest about who is in them or how many women there are around. Jan and Carol cannot represent all women between them. And there were fewer women as they went along, which is Not Cool.
They introduced a bunch of black men, like T'Challa is core team if they ever remember to do anything with him, War Machine and Falcon and Power Man all turn up at different points, and of course there's Fury, but that's about it for ethnic diversity outside of random SHIELD agents. And again, it gets less diverse in random people as it goes along.

The stories rely far too much on Avengers vs Avengers fights.

But the way the whole 8 volumes / two seasons winds a couple of big over arching plots together and follows through on the threads is great fun. I wasn't convinced by the moment Stark was all 'this is what that time traveller warned us about', that seemed less satisfying than the earlier story, but it was consistent and interesting. And it was a lot like comics, the way stuff never really goes away and loops together and makes a very busy world.

But also just like comics it ducks all questions of oversight, who anyone answers to, responsibility, and just has people who criticise them turn out to be secretly evil. Which is pretty boring.

It skims the interesting stuff and you have to read pretty hard to find feelings in any of these people cause it's mostly fight fight fight scenes.

And this isn't a 'verse I'm likely to hang out in in my head, unlike the MCU and some corners of fanfic that pick and mix.

But I'm glad I bought them and will probably watch them again at some point.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015 08:48 am
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The first signs of the coming dawn are just beginning to make themselves known, a mere faint lightening of the gloom outside, accompanied by the distant singing of the earliest of birds who have already caught their breakfast. And even at this hour, there is activity in the Milliways kitchens.

Well, some activity. On a microscopic level.

The cinnamon roll dough is completing its second rise in two large, covered bowls set into the pleasantly warm oven. The oven timer silently counts down the minutes, while the rolling pin, the baking pans, and the bowl of cinnamon roll filling sit patiently on the counter, waiting on their part in the process.

The baker responsible for all this intended to use the downtime to catch up on her studies and find a new spell in her Incantus to learn. She hadn't intended to doze off at the kitchen table, but the warmth and the comforting smells of the kitchen in the early-morning quiet had overcome her. She dozes leaning forward in her chair, her arms folded loosely beneath her head, the ancient text lying open before her.
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Logically, there must exist a big budget movie dramatizing the events in Japan on Friday 11 March 2011. Inexplicably, I have missed it.

(hey, remember when Atomic Doom from Fukushima was going to render the West Coast uninhabitable?)
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We can start with the weather. Around me in NJ, there hasn't been any significant rain in about two months. While everything looks green from a distance, when you really look at the lawn you can see the ground cracking and the dead spots appearing. I won't have to mow the lawn this week because it didn't grow at all in this last week -- this is not how the lawn works around here in May and June.

At work, the job has shifted from crisis, followed by crisis, to diving into the new procedures that don't allow anything to be done in a remotely timely manner. We test ran a new hardware verification policy on the simplest device to verify and it's taking two months -- it should have taken about 10 days from beginning to end.

Writing wise - things are happening but not quickly. I have two open prompts at the moment and I want to see how they go before I commit to anything else. The first one is for the NCIS ficathon. The prompt is half ideal for me. I poked my draft folders and found what looked to be a completed fic that fits one of the potential prompts. Of course, instead of cleaning it up, I'm rewriting it -- because that's what I've always done. Still, I have to wonder about not posting a fic that looked pretty much done.

The second one is for Not for Primetime. It's MCU based because I signed up for a bunch of MCU/comics fandoms. A couple of the options in this one were no-go for me, but there's definitely one I'm interested in writing. I've started watching the canon catch me up.

So, I'm writing, but not enough words are coming out to make me feel confident that it will continue.

Age of Ultron second viewing

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 09:39 am
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My actual rewatch was around May 3 and I typed this up mostly after seeing that and then never got around to finishing and posting. Obviously, everything has been said better by someone else. But here it is with minimal editing

still spoilery )

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Posted by Tim Worstall

It looks like the Fair Tax will be coming up for discussion again as a result of Mike Huckabee thinking that it’s just a great idea in the upcoming fight for the Republican Presidential nomination. My job’s not politics so we’ll leave all of that to one side. The problem with the Fair Tax is that it contains a simple, but crippling, economic flaw. It’s one that could easily be fixed too but that fix is something that the people actually backing the Fair Tax absolutely and resolutely insist should not and cannot be done. That is, to work at the sort of rates that are being talked about the Fair Tax would have to be a VAT, not a sales tax.

This has come up again as Huckabee goes out on the road and as the Tax Policy Center says:

A decade ago, President George W. Bush’s Tax Reform Panel considered a sales tax as a revenue-neutral replacement for the income tax.
….
In addition, the panel was concerned a federal retail sales tax rate of 30 percent or more would result in widespread evasion

Or, as I said a few years back:

It would certainly be possible to make a consumption tax work. It’s certainly possible to have a value added tax, or VAT, at that 25% or so rate. There are other ways of constructing consumption taxes as well: although they would require the filing of tax returns and that’s one of the things the Fair Tax is trying to do away with.

The basic and simple problem is that trying to charge 25% or so in one single step at that point of final retail sale is too high a tax rate for it to be regularly achievable. You would almost immediately have a spate of long firm frauds. Plus a general move towards a grey, cash based, economy which simply ignored the existence of the tax.

This is precisely why those countries which do have a high consumption tax rate do it as a VAT, not as a sales tax. For in a VAT you collect the same amount, plenty of EU countries have VAT rates of around 25%. It’s just that you collect that 25% of the final retail price in slices, a bit from each part of the manufacturing, wholesaling and retail chain. And given that everyone gets to deduct the VAT they have paid out from the VAT they have collected we also find that each stage in the chain is ensuring that the previous stage provides the correct paperwork, greatly easing the task of tracking and capturing that full amount.

There’s a basic and simple problem with any tax on anything. People don’t like paying taxes. So, people will try to get around having to pay taxes: this isn’t something to either be proud of or to condemn, it’s just a simple reality about people that we’ve got to bear in mind when constructing our tax system.

One of those things that we have found out is the difference between a sales tax and a VAT. As we all know, a sales tax is applied once, at the point of sale to the final user for consumption. A VAT collects (if the rates are the same) the same amount of total revenue. But it does so in slices, all along the chain from original raw materials through to that final sale to the consumer. Each seller collects the VAT on the value of what they are selling. And they then claim back the VAT that they have paid out on what they have bought to make it. Thus each part of the production chain hands over the tax on that value that they have added through their process. And most importantly, because they get to claim back (by simply deducting it from the amount they send to the taxman) the amount they have paid out they’re very keen indeed to make sure that whoever they are buying from has been paying that tax themselves.

Thus we have each link in the production chain attempting to make sure that the previous link has paid the tax. The sales tax has absolutely nothing like this sort of reinforcement in it.

The result of this is that (and this is more art than science, but it’s about right) we can have a sales tax of up to 10% or so and not have particularly large evasion problems. But once a sales tax gets up to 15% or above then we do have very large evasion problems. So much so that Europe’s 20-25% consumption taxes simply would not work if they were a sales tax: that’s why they’re all a VAT.

Once that tax is at that sort of level it is just too tempting to do that long firm fraud. Collect that 25% and then vanish before paying the tax man. And we’ve even evidence that this is so. For certain trades within Europe the VAT is indeed charged as one single sum on one single player in the production chain. This has led to massive and rampant missing trader fraud, what we also call the VAT carousel.

There’s very good economic reason to want to tax consumption and not incomes or corporate profits. If you’re going to do that then something like the prebate isn’t a bad idea either. But if the backers of the Fair Tax continue to insist that it must be a sales tax, and not a VAT, then sorry, it’s something that simply isn’t going to work.

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Posted by Tim Worstall

The normally rather good David Cay Johnston has a rather puzzling piece about the Charter, Time Warner possible deal going on. It’s puzzling because he’s right that monopolies are not something that we desire to have in our economy but when we talk about monopolies we have to be very careful indeed over what we’re identifying as a monopoly. This also extends to the rather looser definition of an oligopoly. This isn’t a detailed examination of the cable and or broadband market: rather it’s an explanation of a basic economic truth, one that we do really have to be careful about in public policy, that before we can deal with monopoly or oligopoly then we’ve got to identify them correctly. Which is something that Johnston is not in fact doing here.

The basic background is entirely correct. Monopolies are a bad thing. Sometimes they’re unavoidable, there really is such a thing as a natural monopoly. The answer there is careful market design and careful market regulation: because whatever else we do a natural monopoly is just that. It makes sense for something to be provided by just that one provider. Sewage pipes in an area for example: there’s really no point at all in insisting that there should be two such sets of pipes so that we can have market competition. The costs of doubling that infrastructure will be vastly higher than whatever gains we might make from the competition.

There’s also the case of contestable monopolies. One that often gets misunderstood here is Rockefeller’s Standard Oil. Yes, they had a near monopoly. But they were also aware that if they then tried to exploit that by raising their prices then competition would arise anew. So, they didn’t raise prices. Consumers got the efficiency of that single supplier as a result of the potential for competition if the monopoly was abused. This is the mistake that China made with rare earths in 2010. They didn’t realise how quickly competition would arise as a result of their attempts to exploit their near monopoly supplier position. Five years later rare earth prices are lower than they were when China started. Attempting to exploit a contestable monopoly is just one of those things that doesn’t really work.

Is it possible that there’s a monopoly, or an oligopoly, in cable and or broadband provision in the United States? Sure that’s possible, but Johnston hasn’t identified it:

This week, Charter Communications announced plans to buy Time Warner Cable as well as the much smaller Bright House Networks. These actions illustrate the increasingly sclerotic condition of the American economy.

Instead of enjoying the benefits of competition, America suffers from ever more concentrated ownership of vital, privately owned infrastructure. This deal, if approved by regulators, would make this problem even worse.

Not so much really:

If the Federal Communications Commission lets the cable deal go through, then Charter will control almost 30 percent of broadband Internet service. The company would enjoy the benefits of operating as a monopoly or part of a duopoly, free to charge much higher prices than a competitive market would allow.

If there is a monopoly in such services it’s not at the national level that it exists. Far more important, in fact the only level that is important for our public policy reasons, is that the monopoly largely exists at the local level:

Broadband policy discussions usually revolve around the U.S. government’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), yet it’s really our local governments and public utilities that impose the most significant barriers to entry.

Or:

You can pick any ISP you want… as long as it’s Comcast. In the United States, many of us have no choice whatsoever in the way of broadband ISPs. Plenty of localities are more than happy to offer monopolies to mega-corps, and that means competition is effectively nonexistent in those areas. Price hikes, stagnant speeds, and other bad behaviors are free to run rampant, and there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

Or:

That quote accurately describes the situation in the United States today, where vigorous competition is almost non-existent. In some big cities, broadband consumers have a choice between a cable operator, such as Comcast, and a telephone provider, such as Verizon. But that’s practically no choice at all. Although the cable and telephone companies spend huge sums of money on advertising trying to lure each others customers, they rarely compete on price. To use the economic jargon, they act as a cozy “duopoly,” keeping prices well above their costs. Many people, myself included, don’t even have two options to choose from. On my block in Brooklyn, Verizon’s high-speed FiOS service isn’t available yet, so I’m stuck with Time Warner. (And, no, they don’t rush out to repair the frequent outages.)

Or:

The truth is that the broadband internet service providers in the US are monopolies, controlling numerous and huge service areas without real competition and without real consequences for their actions.

The problem is that there is a monopoly (or at best, an oligopoly) here. But it’s not something that matters at the national level. What matters is monopoly at the local level. And to some extent (not entirely, high density areas will support more than one physical network, but the average US suburban area probably won’t) this is because service in a local area is a natural monopoly. It costs a certain amount of money to wire up an area. That then has to be paid for out of the number of people who sign up to the wiring. The less densely populated an area the higher the percentage of the locality has to sign up to make it worth doing that wiring in the first place. This is entirely akin to our sewage pipes and having two networks. Natural monopolies are a real thing that we must understand.

There is indeed a solution to this:

The same is not true in Japan, Britain and the rest of the rich world. In such countries, the company that owns the physical infrastructure must sell access to independent providers on a wholesale market. Want high-speed Internet? You can choose from multiple companies, each of which has to compete on price and service. The only exceptions to this policy in the whole of the 32-nation Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development are the U.S., Mexico and the Slovak Republic, although the Slovaks have recently begun to open up their lines.

Just as the UK does with the electricity grid for example, another natural monopoly. Anyone can (well, OK, you’ve got to meet certain technical standards) pump electricity into the grid. Anyone can set up to do retail supply of electricity from that grid. The grid itself though, the high power lines that transport electricity around the country, that’s a natural monopoly. So, it’s regulated as to prices and must offer than open access at both ends of the system. British Telecom’s network of telephone exhanges is regulated in much the same manner.

Which brings us back to US broadband. Would this deal under discussion increase the concentration in the industry? In one manner, in a most unimportant manner, yes. One company would have that 30% of the national industry. But that’s near supremely unimportant. What matters is that in each locality the broadband market is a monopoly, or usually at best a duopoly. And that’s where the action, the public policy, should be concentrating. That someone in Denver buys their broadband from a different company than someone in Detroit does just isn’t the point. To have competition we want the people in Denver and the people in Detroit to have companies competing for their custom actually in Denver and Detroit.

That is, if there is a monopolistic problem here it’s a geographic one, based on locality, not something concerning the national market. And as we don’t like monopolies, that’s the monopoly that needs to be broken.

Who has how much of the national market just isn’t important. Competition only works if consumers actually have a choice: so choice in each area is what is needed, not a worry about who owns what percentage of the local monopolies. Another way to put this is that it’s the local monopolies that are the problem. So that’s where the public policy attention needs to be.

Release 0.9.62: Change Log

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 07:50 am
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This deploy includes several invisible changes which are paving the way for more exciting things to come. Eventually, you'll be able to set a language preference and receive notifications in your chosen language. Work on a fully multilingual Archive continues!

Credits

  • Coders: james_, Ariana
  • Code reviewers: Ariana, Sarken, Scott
  • Testers: hele, Lady Oscar, mumble

Details

  • The list of locales the Archive supports used to be hardcoded into the system; they are now easier to edit.
  • We've started using a tool called rollout which allows us to turn on new features for selected users (the development team, in this case), so we can thoroughly test things within the proper Archive environment before making them available to all users. (Note that is strictly for testing purposes and not to be confused with premium features for paying users. Once something has been deemed ready by the testers, it will be made available to everyone.)
  • We are introducing a new feature which will enable users to select a locale in their Preferences, resulting in customized email notifications in the appropriate language. (Not available yet!)
  • We have started the process of preparing all our email templates for translation, which is a lot of fiddly work and will take a few more deploys. Many thanks to the Translation team for all their help and support in this!

Known Issues

See our Known Issues page for current issues.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015 12:34 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] nancylebov!

This can't possibly go wrong at all...

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 11:39 am
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I have just seen a rec for a fic with the following summary:

Ireland, 1920. There's a war on, but no one seems to be playing by the rules. John Watson, injured and unemployed after his time at the Front, joins up with the special forces sent over to keep the peace, but when he meets Sherlock Holmes, the second son of the local lord, he begins to lose track of which side he is on.

It is difficult to believe that it is going to go well. Maybe the author has done an absolutely brilliant job and successfully avoided the many pitfalls involved in setting their c.120,000 words fandom AU in another country during a war that has numerous rumbles extending into the present-day. If so, good for them! But on the balance of probabilities, probably not.

To some extent I sympathise with the author, having been involved in a recent discussion on FFA about the total lack of fandom activity associated with The Jewel in the Crown*. But even less than my qualifications to write TJitC fic that isn't prequel or future-fic for Sarah Layton set in England, is the chance of success in, for example, writing a Sherlock AU set in British India during WWII with Sherlock taking the role of Ronald Merrick.**

It's not that I think there is material that fandom shouldn't touch. I do think that there is material that if fandom touches it, the chances of doing it well are probably quite small for lots of people. Especially when they lack personal engagement with, or high level academic study in, the subjects concerned.

[ETA: There's something to be added here about genre, ambition, the genre-tourism element potentially involved in AU (tropey or otherwise), comedic licence, the nature of the original canon, and how they all complicate things.

Also, I am now imagining a wide variety of ludicrous crossovers with TJitC. Merrick is definitely one of Crowley's successes. It's practically canon. Barbie has probably met Aziraphale.]

*Challenge number one, it's long and dense.

**I am suddenly imagining a Jewel in the Crown bakery AU, in which Merrick is the son of a corner shop keeper who has risen to regional manager in a supermarket chain and who can't stand their bread sales being challenged by an upstart Polish version of Greggs.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015 11:08 am
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I can't figure out how this chair can make so many bits of me hurt at once.
It's magic. The bad sort of magic.
Everything creaks and I think my spine just crackled.

It's been a long time...

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 06:08 pm
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I've been three weeks away, pretty much, during which I desperately tried (and failed) to get everything done back home - the businessy stuff and the self-care stuff and the family stuff and the friends stuff, and of course also failed completely to keep up with things happening on DW and LJ, or on fanfic places anywhere. Sorry if I've seemed to be ignoring everything; I'll be reading up on the journals I missed bit by bit this next day or so.
I did manage to put up a couple of stories into the Kangarooverse collection being curated by Syrena_of_the_Lake - a collection which grew from rthstewart's 3SF - and also to post on ffnet a story which had been put up on archiveofourown during NFE 2014, but have done nothing else fannish at all.

Unless re
ading three-quarters of The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead counts?  What a grim, fascinating (but very badly edited) novel that is!  I was reminded a lot of both Sons and Lovers (for the brutal hatchet-job anger at the father - but then there's lots of books running that line, I suppose) and of The Getting of Wisdom (for the prickly, uncomfortable young girl protagonist) - and was intrigued by the manipulative, combative, deadly earnest "playing" with language throughout - the book is in a sense about the intense power of language, especially in family power struggles.  But overall, it's a mess of a book, I thought - very ill-served by its editor(s)/publisher. 
Not th
at I have any right to be making a judgement, because I didn't finish it - I would have liked to, but there was just too much else going on.

postscript:  I tried to crosspost this to LJ - does
anyone know how come this feature - crossposting - doesn't work any more?

Pre-emptive anti-troll note

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 09:50 am
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It seems I ought to do this since he's now plagued about a dozen of my friends' LJs/DWs and it's only a matter of time until he picks on my comments: Steven Kitson is not welcome to comment on any posts on this blog, and should consider himself asked to refrain from doing so.

(For those of you for whom this makes no sense: lucky you.)

woops, been busy

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 01:39 am
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Work has been eating much of my spare time. I've been writing about my day in a text file, and trying to reconstruct my past from scraps.

Here is a small example of how things are going: http://kaberett.dreamwidth.org/404753.html?thread=4252945#cmt4252945

Music recommendations

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 10:17 am
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So, I need some more music for running - something fun, but not too loud (nobody screaming at me). So far I have mostly been listening to Lorde, but that's getting a bit annoying after listening to it all the time.

Tonight is fired

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 12:12 am
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*throws self onto virtual couch in a fit of melodramatic sobbing*

Okay, so. Roommate is out of town tonight and tomorrow night because of a friends bachelor party. My mom is sleeping over so I have someone here in case of emergency, but that’s always awkward at best, even if necessary. Meanwhile of my evening-able aides A has been out of town, scheduled to come back late tonight, and so M is my only option.

Fail the first was dinner. Roommate had left a veggie casserole -- vegetables of various sorts, pasta, cheese, idk what else -- for us to have, with instructions to pop it in the oven for 30-40 minutes (covered with aluminum foil for the first 20-25 and then opened). We check it at 25 minutes and it’s cold -- oven had been left on preheat, not switched to bake. Put it in for another 20, covered, and then another 10, open. Cheese is only half melted but it’s steaming and whatever, we’re hungry. Except we managed to both undercook and overcook -- vegetables were still crispy but so was the pasta on top.

Fail the second: I message M that I’m ready for her to come over. (It is 8:30, an hour after I usually start the whole process these days because of how long the bedding process takes and how long after that it takes my body to unwind enough to sleep.) She responds ok but then two minutes later is “pooping her guts out” and can’t leave the toilet and is there anyone that can cover. Now, A is my usual backup, but out of town. Roommate is secondary backup, but out of town. My stepmom is third backup, but superbad idea with my mom here. So I ask my mom if she can do it, and she says it’s better than catching whatever M has. (She also makes comments about the drugs she is convinced M is taking, and asks whether m has ever overdosed.)

Fail the third: my mom getting me ready for bed is a clusterfuck. First she insists that I need a washcloth bath (which I usually just do in the morning), and not just face and armpits but everywhere upper body, and while I put up with this there is a part of me inside that is screaming about bodily autonomy. Second she isn’t strong enough to get my shirt off without hurting my wrist a bit, though I don’t tell her. Third, the commode chair takes strength she doesn’t have, and she hurt herself several times using it -- once pinching a finger on the wheel lock lever, once wrenching her back trying to get it upright (I need it tilted back so I can get in, and then tilted back up for the peeing), once banging her hip trying to stop the chair from rolling. Fourth, she is tired and unpracticed and I am tired and explaining badly as to what goes where and it takes us until 10:20 to get me in bed.

(The only positive about all that is that the next time I’m asking my dad/stepmom for help getting to bed and they ask if she can do it instead, I have reasons to say no.)

Fail the fourth: A had said, before his trip, that he was coming back tonight but didn’t know whether he would be able to work tomorrow but would let me know. I text him tonight asking about tomorrow (before I knew M was sick, but she’s been doing every day for over a week and needs a break) and he finally replies saying that he’s actually driving back tomorrow instead sorry for the late notice. Which means M is my only option for tomorrow. I hope like hell she’s better.

I just kind of want to cry. A lot.

New site design

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 04:07 pm
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Posted by maki

strawberries

And it's about time too! The site has been totally redone from the bones up. It should finally look and work like a mid-2015 site rather than a mid-2005 one!

Here are some highlights:

  • It is now mobile-friendly, with a couple of exceptions. (Ironically the search results page, which is output by Google, is not mobile- ready! Shame on you Google.)
  • The text should be more legible. Hey, my eyes are getting old too. ^_^
  • It should be a bit faster than the old site.

Some links, pages and functions may not be working as they were yet, but it should be more easy to use than the old site.

(Note: One thing that is not working is the ability to log in, if you had an account here. So you can only comment as "anonymous" at the moment, and your comments are held in a moderation queue for approval. I am working on that though.)

Next up: giving Just Bento an overhaul too!

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*headdesk*

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 01:14 am
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Oh, Tumblr. Some things never change. :-/

I haven't been using the site much lately, but I've been poking my head back in a little bit the past week or so. Not a lot. I've mainly just been reblogging some art and such. Keep in mind that the "/" sign doesn't work for Tumblr tags, so I typically tag posts with the characters involved and not pairings. Since, you know, the only option for tagging pairings is using smoosh names. Which are something that I kind of hate with a fiery passion, as I've mentioned many times before.

Anyway, a few days ago, I reblogged some art of a pairing that's... well, one of those ones that's pretty polarizing. There really isn't any middle ground. (To be fair, the particular art that I reblogged was of the hurt/comfort variety and fairly gen IMO, save for the artist's notes.)

It took me awhile to notice, because for some reason Tumblr didn't send me any notifications, but I got two private messages soon after reblogging that art. When I was on the site tonight, I finally picked up on that fact, and popped into my inbox to take a look at them.

One of them was someone who sent a signed message (someone who follows me here on DW as well -- *waves* -- this post isn't because of you, I promise!), asking very politely if I could possibly add a specific tag for that one particular 'ship. Which, you know, wasn't a problem. If someone specifically asks me to tag a certain topic, I do my best to remember to do so. I very much get that there are some things that people like to be able to block using Tumblr Savior and other such add-ons, and I'm not going to purposefully make it difficult for someone if they ask me about it.

The other was anonymous (of course), and pretty much a long, awkwardly-spelled, fairly vitriolic rant about how I'm a horrible person for reblogging art featuring that specific pairing and that I should be ashamed of myself. There might have also been some implications that I'm single-handedly destroying the sanctity of a random character from a completely different part of the fandom (who doesn't interact at all with either character in question, at least not in canon, so I'm not sure how it tied in to the rest of the rant?) and urgings to leave fandom in general because I'm ruining it for everyone else simply by existing.

(I think they might have also implied that I'm a teenage girl who needs to grow up, which is something that I can quite honestly say hasn't been said to me in over a decade.)

... yeah.

I mean, I'm not upset or anything. Laughing at the ridiculousness of the situation, maybe. And I'm pretty proud of myself for resisting the urge to actually reply to the message, since it's clear that the person who sent it was just trying to draw me into an argument.

It's just, really, Tumblr? Really? Every time I tentatively poke my head back into it, I get a reminder about why I stopped using it regularly in the first place.

Saturn at Opposition

Saturday, May 30th, 2015 04:47 am

Plans vs. reality

Friday, May 29th, 2015 11:20 pm
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Plans: put in two extra days at work this weekend getting the website ready to go on Monday, and taking the two days off as flex time later in the week.

Reality: spending tonight throwing up, definitely not working Saturday, perhaps not Sunday either. Bah.

Dunno if it's food poisoning or a virus, either way the result is the same.

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