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WikiLeaks versus the world.

Frank Rich: Gay-bashing at the Smithsonian.

New Zealand's rugby team, the All Blacks, may be losing its awesome haka. Depending whether the tribe that originated it successfully trademarks the chant.

American Monopoly: the race game. 1970 version.

And what the twenty-somethings are doing when we can't get jobs. If gradschool doesn't take me, well. There are other plans to be made.

Merry Christmas Eve, all. I'm off to go sketch the beach.
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Karma will get you back)
Do everyone a favor, will you? Go on the World of Warcraft forums for a week. Under a girl's name.

Be a girl for a week. That's it. Seven days. You can afford to take that much vacation from being Mark Zuckerberg.

And then you may try to tell me we don't need pseudonyms on the internet.

You will never – ever – reach a full understanding of the life of someone who has to put up with this kind of shit every day. But you will get an inkling of the vast gap in your current awareness of human society on this earth.

Try it. Try being a girl for a week. Or if that's too threatening to your privileged psyche, try a Chinese name on for size. Try being anyone other than the white boy from Harvard that you are, and see how much of an issue your "identity" suddenly becomes to other people. See how badly it interferes with what you're trying to do, and who you actually are. See how inconvenient and yes, inefficient, using your real name can be if that real name is feminine or nonwhite.

Go on, try it. It's the internet – no one will know. At least, not until you have your way.

I read the Time feature, and frankly your vision of the future is revolting. An internet without strangers. Go on Amazon, and see only your Friends' reviews. Read webforums, and see only your Friends' posts. Stay within the same group of people, no matter where you go. Holy christ. If I had grown up reading only the books the people around me read, watching the movies the people around me watched, spammed entirely with the advertising Liked by my peer-pressure-mandated Friends?

I might have taken years to come out of the closet. I might have taken years to leave my hometown. I would never have gone to Sweden, I certainly wouldn't have gone to Tasmania. I might not even have made it to Japan. How long would it have taken, in your vision of the future, for me to find a gay adult who made it out okay? There wasn't one there in my existing social network. I had to get on the internet, and talk to strangers.

You're not pitching something new. You're giving us something we've already outgrown. You think everyone wants to have the same old people, the same old closed networks, everywhere, with us, forever.

Because it's all a very good deal for you and those like you, born into privilege, grown into power, surrounded forever by other Exeter boys who like what you like and do what you do. But for those of us who would like to move up a little, maybe change the class structure that you're so far into you don't even see, or maybe just those of us who want to go somewhere different and meet someone new, the internet is our best tool. You would take that away, and not even realize you were doing it.

Because of course you could go anywhere and meet anyone, with your passport and your skin and your name, and not feel the slightest danger or threat. So why can't we? I hear you cry. Why can't we use our real names for everything, online and off?

So I'm daring you. Be a girl for a week. Find out.


With all my heartfelt and pseudonymous contempt,

Lina D.
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Gremio faceless)
A man on the 6 train in a plastic mask and butterfly wings followed up one of the MTA announcements in an imitation of the officious voice: "Ladies and gentlemen, backpacks and handbags are subject to random search by the police." And what he said, in fair mimicry of the Official Message intonation:

"Ladies and gentlemen, search of your bags and backpacks is a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights. Don't be distracted from the way corporations are buying out our civil liberties, one at a time. Please, talk about it with your friends and neighbors. This is not a conspiracy theory; it's the truth. Thank you for riding MTA Public Transit, and for listening to this slightly creepy message, regardless of whether it came from a strange guy in a wolf mask and butterfly wings. Be safe, stay alert, and have a good day."

He got a little applause. After day after day of the same recycled speech from the vagrant and homeless, it was unexpected, and that added to its charm. A new form of public discourse? Always building on the old.

I liked also that he wasn't yelling it, wasn't demanding the attention of his captive audience. He was just being utterly deadpan, which I suppose comes with the premise of making subway speeches while clad entirely in your shopping from The Halloween Store.

---

Anonymous is coming to the aid of Wikileaks with a voluntary botnet unleashing a series of attacks known collectively as Operation Payback. I do like the idea of Anonymous as our unstoppable force to keep information free, our watchdogs against large, corporate assholes who are "misusing the internet."

---

p.s., what the hell, San Francisco?

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Why don't I live here already?

Cassandra

Mar. 30th, 2010 11:46 am
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Bat-ent!)
So hey, who knew the Internet was coming in 1969?

arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Did someone say mindless banter?)
The Ninja Turtles are becoming a theme for this blag.

ps, Bacon chocolate was a religious experience.

Happy day!

Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:31 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (KH: Sora approves)
Okay you guys

So I just had the best day, ever, period. So freaking awesome. I met up with [livejournal.com profile] eponymous_x &co at the Guggenheim and saw the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibit in all its glory- no webpage can explain or truly exhibit this and I exhort you all, if you are anywhere near NYC, to GO SEE THIS SHOW before it is gone. This man lit'rally makes explosions and explosives his medium for artwork. There are other beautiful and stunningly thought-provoking things he does, taxidermy and construction and clay sculpture. Go see, go see.

And then we went to Union Square for THE PILLOW FIGHT. A clutch of strangers with pillows thwapping each other, feathers EVERYWHERE, feathers drifting up into the air and blowing along with the wind and making a SIGNAL for where the fight was. It was beautiful.

And what should we see there on the edge of it? What should be parading along the side, chanting slogans and waving signs? Why, a campaign rally, of course – for what better way to reach The Youth than to campaign at an internets-organized pillow fight? And for whom, pray tell, are these fresh-faced activists-in-training cheering?

Why, Harvey Dent for District Attorney, of course!!

We got stickers and bumper stickers. Gotham City News was covering it, and the pillow fight behind it, as a strange escalation in the tense race for DA. Vicki Vale, on the scene, seriously for real you guys. I thought my face was gonna crack I was grinning so hard.

We took a time-out for food and Forbidden Planet, 'cuz why go to Union Square and not buy comics, amirite. They have a life-size Dalek in there now. I got some Teen Titans because I hadn't had enough Bart Allen in my life lately. And, you know, can never have enough Drake. Picked up some free Harvey for DA campaign buttons at the counter.

And then it was back to the pillow fight. We waded in and got to sit in the big pile in the middle. Feathers EVERYWHERE, cannot emphasize this enough - a guy on the subway afterward asked if we'd been attacked by birds. Whumpf bumpf shoompf! There goes another pillow, a cloud released into the blizzard. Every time one gets thrown out of the ring, some helpful soul throws it right back in and beans a combatant on the way. One pillow said OBAMA BOMB. One said 'デクスタ' on one side and '暗' on the other and had small bloodstains, very mysterious. One crowd favorite was bright red silk with Chinese characters all over it. THE FEATHERS. Trails of foam mixed in.

Ahhhhhh. A glorious, glorious day all around. And tomorrow is Easter. =DDD

Everything's worked out just as it should.
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
"Sometimes, though, I am very sure that there is a deep pool in each of our dreams, and none of us understand what it means."

Go read Hero.
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Hello My Name Is)
Icon meme, you know the drill. Comment and I'll pick 7 that you have to explain. Possibly.

Hit up from [livejournal.com profile] eva_kasumi. ♥


The goggles! The kittens! The GAY. )

The world.

Oct. 12th, 2007 07:46 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
Al Gore won the Nobel.

The Vatican's publishing the Knights Templar records.

And LA Weekly did a piece on this Internet-based manifestation of this as-yet unnamed mental disorder which we in the Journalfen crowd mostly know by the name 'pseuicide'. It's not just faking your own death on the internet, though- it's faking the whole life, the full character, and then killing it off. Good piece of writing. I am reminded of half a dozen cases I've seen through the interweb grapevine.
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
What is the story with Livejournal and fanartists? Did I miss some massive kerfluffle while I was out of the loop?
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Nami is in TEARS.)
Incoming, fresh off my internet:

The Bacon Vodka thread.

:')


*Archived here.
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Sanji is from /b/)
SO. I made meatballs.

And by 'made' I mean good ground beef + egg + cheese + various dry things. On Anga's reassurance I did end up using cheddar instead of parmesan.

And then I had some grated cheddar left over, so I figured I could do cheesytoast. Which would've worked, should've worked, only with the pasta and the veggies steaming over the pasta and the meatballs frying and the sauce heating up, there were just too many balls in the air, and when I went to pull the half-done cheesybread out of the oven the tray jogged on the rack and kinda dumped bread and cheese and whatever else I had on there all over the place. So the oven is busily burning cheeseshit to itself, and the veggies are steaming, and the meatballs are smoking as they fry (I suppose this means the pan was too hot, confirm/deny?) and all in all it was a night to be wary of the smoke detector.

But I did what I usually do, prop open the one window and the one door and then cross my fingers, and as usual it worked, no fire alarm. Also the meatballs, in spite of looking a little crisped, turned out to taste really incredibly good. The cheddar was a very good idea holy crap. Yum. And plenty of leftovers, from a halved recipe no less. :9

So, yes. Cheesy meatballs with parsley and garlic powder and so forth. They were delicious. But look. Just because goons can do SOME things right does NOT mean I am getting an account at SA. Seriously. Not happening, ever.

Anonymous taught me how to make twice-baked potatoes today, though. I think I'll try that in a couple days.

So.

Mar. 6th, 2007 08:04 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Zoro: >D)
The pairing list. She lives.

And spring break coming up too, don'cha know. )

My, my my.

This comm IS going to need some actual fic, if it's going to live.

And, I mean. Sauron/Inverse. The Gravitation-Phoenix Wright crossover is a bit... much, perhaps, but there's always Bruce Wayne/Peter Venkman to make it better.



(also I think I aced my midterm. Which, coming at the ass-end of a hella full day like this one, is really something speshul. I think I'm going to celebrate with an early bedtime.)


ps. GodTube. Hunh. Go fig.

You can tell they're Followers-of-Christ because, verily, Jesus would have used YouTube to mock people. - f_l
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Chopper: KYUN)
They've been piling up.

The 9-11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation.

Video: The models in the ads. Like [livejournal.com profile] kahmelon said: it's one thing to read about how models are make-upped and their pictures photoshopped to within an inch of their lives. It's another to actually see it. That was something else.

Octopus camoflauge. Is this for reals?

Global Orgasm: wank for peace.

Ahhhahahaha oh my god, I want this for Christmas. No, that's a lie. I want to GIVE THIS to someone for Christmas. I just have to figure out who, because, DAMN. xDD

Memes: seduction quiz and Santa letter. Because I'm a memesheep. )

Finally, OP ANNOUNCEMENT: there are FIVE Omake. This almost makes up for none of them being a continuation of Chopperman. x3. Now if only I could find them in raw, non-YouTube form, my life would be complete. In very related news, GIP.

Back to work for me!

DAMN.

Oct. 12th, 2006 03:14 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Zoro's cleaning.)
I can't post on 2ch.

=(

X'D

Oct. 11th, 2006 12:14 pm
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Nami is in TEARS.)
Oh, 4chan.

Social environment of 4chan, embodied. One big-ass screenshot of a four- or five-page thread about PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES.

Sfw.

I am particularly enamoured of this poster. )


ETA:
"All cooks are /b/tards when you piss them off."

SHIT. I need a Sanji icon for that RIGHT NOW.

Mmmm.

Sep. 9th, 2006 12:35 am
arkster: Excited dragon is excited. (Default)
Nothing for a whanging headache like going to bed at 8.30.

And now, dinner. Or maybe just tea. I think I'm coming down with something, bleargh.

In other news, Facebook caved. Partly. We'll see how well this works.

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