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Howard Hughes Gets a (2nd) Life.

Oh, fuck me, how can it be June already? I mean, I'm glad that it's June, that winter is gone, gone, gone, but I am so very far behind. Anyway and whatever and be that as it may. Or June. This morning, I crawled out of bed and sat down on the sofa (after stumbling down the hall), and then I watched a beautiful Melanerpes carolinus (Red-bellied Woodpecker) skittering about on the tree out front. It helped me get back from the dreamsickness, so thank you, bird.

And why, oh why, can't someone put out a really nice Tolkien tarot deck? There are a couple available, but the art is ass. I mean an Alan Lee Tolkien tarot, or something comparable. But I digress.

Yesterday was mostly the sort of day that comes along in the wake of having met a Very Important Writing Goal, having finished a short story or novel or having met a pressing deadline. That is, a Very Goddamn Bad Day. It's one part post-pardem depression (to use that convenient, loathsome writing = childbirth metaphor), one part boredom, one part let-down and self-loathing, one part mind left free to wander off the rails to whatever vile climes it cannot help but wander, and so forth. So, I mixed kava, Klonopin, absinthe, Red Bull, chocolate, and coffee, which, helped for about half an hour. This is called taking a vacation. The irony is not lost on me. I do not love to write, but I hate idle hands, and what else am I to do but write? I mean besides "self-medicate"? I dislike that phrase, "self-medicate"? What's wrong with those good ol' fashioned turns of phrase, those that do not pussy-foot about with psychobabble and new-speak mealy-mouthedness? Is it not more honest to say that I got fucked up, because it helps me get through the interminable days on which I do not write because I am too exhausted (from writing) to write? Screw the medical model of psychology. Self-medication is when I choose to get through a bad cold with herbs and aspirin instead of paying a doctor half a fortune for pills. Self-medication is having Spooky stitch a cut instead of sitting for five hours in some nasty ER. Yesterday, I did not self-medicate. Anyway...

I would like to add my 2¢ regarding the recent LJ/Six Apart capitulations to the demands of one bat-shit insane dominionist Xtian by deleting everything from erotic fic to group-therapy/support communities to private journals to communities devoted to the discussion of the works of Vladimir Nabokov. It's a cowardly bit of business-as-usual American economics, it was censorship, and it a gross example of overreaction. It was a witch hunt prompted by the hysterics of this busy-body calling herself Warriors for Innocence. And I absolutely cannot believe that Warren Ellis, of all people, condoned and defended it. It only shows to go that if you build a big enough boogeyman, you can fool almost all the children of the revolution. There will always be at least one boogeyman to fill the bill. And yes, it surely fucking was an act of censorship:

Censorship: The use of the state and other legal or official means to restrict speech.
Culture Wars, Documents from the Recent Controversies in the Arts (Richard Boltons, ed.)

Censor: One who supervises conduct and morals: as a) an official who examines materials (as publications or films) for objectionable matter; b) an official (as in time of war) who reads communications (as letters) and deletes material considered harmful to the interests of his organization. Censorship: The institution, system or practice of censoring; the actions or practices of censors; esp : censorial control exercised repressively.
Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary

Did Six Apart have a legal right to do what they did? Yes. Does that make it right? No. Does that mean it isn't censorship? No. And can it be forgiven because, personally, slash gives you the willies? No. For my part, I am appalled. But I am always appalled. I think it's why I'm here, just to be chronically appalled at the idiotic actions of mankind.

Don't mind me. I'm just sitting here, waiting on the Big Space Rock to end the whole gorram farce.

Meanwhile, just as I was thinking about the dusty unopened bottle of rum in the pantry, I happened, yesterday, to once again stumble across Second Life, which is sort of like crack when you have a brain like mine. And this time I had the OS and the machine to actually handle Second Life. I spent six and a half straight hours there last night. I strolled on an abandoned pirate ship. I danced to bad '80s music. I visited furries. I flew. And sure, I didn't finish the Steinbeck bio like I'd hoped to do, but my mind quit racing, I didn't break anything, and I was amazed by what I saw. I will be going back today. If you happen to drop by, look me up. I'm the topless, penniless waif of an android named Nareth Nishi (that's Nareth, not Nar'eth). Sure, the place is way too obsessed with capitalism, but it's still an amazing little experiment and somehow quite exhilarating. And a good way to manage rest without driving myself any crazier.

Spooky finally pried me away from the iMac and read me another chapter of The Ersatz Elevator until I could sleep (because she is the best bear).

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chris_walsh
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Mayhap 'twould soothe you to watch the two new whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium.

Personally, I am appalled. But I am always appalled. I think it's why I'm here, just to be chronically appalled at the idiotic actions of mankind.

Is it wrong of me to think "Chronically Appalled" could be a good band name?
stsisyphus
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Is it wrong of me to think "Chronically Appalled" could be a good band name?

It's a better album title.
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ex_kaz_maho
Jun. 1st, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Censorship is just wrong. 'Wrong' seems like completely the wrong word, but there's just no good argument for this. I didn't know that Warren Ellis had spoken in defence of the whole LJ/Six Apart thing... I'm surprised. (That's an understatement, btw. I'm British. *g*)

And 'hello', I'm new to your blog and speaking up for the first time. Been reading it for a while. Also, am reading THRESHOLD and it's just... wonderful! Your prose is to die for. I love novels that use the present tense, when it's done well.
greygirlbeast
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)

I'm surprised.

As was I.

Welcome. Glad you're enjoying Threshold.
stsisyphus
Jun. 1st, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
Man, I've been all over the spectrum on the Great Strikethrough of 2007 (and let me say that I am glad that humglum was not effected since she does list "gothic lolita" in her interests). I posted (a lot) on cucumberseed's LJ about the issue, weighing the legality vs. the execution of the matter.

And, IMO, I think Warriors of Innocence really just ended up catching a really lucky hype-wave by making their demands when they did. As I mentioned elsewhere I think the whole thing stemmed from the Myspace Pedo Sting earlier in the month. However, since LJ probably can't easily compile a list of users by their names (like Myspace did), it was just more expedient to hack/slash using interest lists. This is what happens when you ask for a legal opinion from your counsel at 5:55PM, get an answer at 6:00PM, send an email to your data folks at 6:05PM, which they start implementing without reservation or reflection, and you don't come back to survey the damage until, oh, 9:30AM the next day.

I absolutely cannot believe that Warren Ellis, of all people, condoned and defended it.

He did? I missed that. I thought he ditched LJ because of it.

I happened, yesterday, to once again stumble across Second Life

You must have been high. You barely have enough time in this First Life, how can you make room for a second?
greygirlbeast
Jun. 1st, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
He did? I missed that. I thought he ditched LJ because of it.

He said, and I quote:

I have an eleven year old daughter. I’m with Warriors For Innocence on this./

He seems to have since back-peddled a tad, but this is still cached via Google.
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blu_muse
Jun. 1st, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
SL - it is a time consumer and slightly addictive even though I complain that I get bored. I'm there at times in the evenings(under the name Cerdwin Flanagan): http://pics.livejournal.com/blu_muse/pic/00061w9s/g5

Some cool places to check out - Chaos - is a steam punk/cyber world which is mostly uninhabited every time I've been there. There's some underground tunnels to go through and lots of hidden places. Radiation, rust and fallout. That's where I've been lately. I also hang out in Transylvania (without the music on - they play the worst kind of metal). It's pretty and there is always a crowd but it lags something fierce so I usually leave frustrated. I do make my character take the occasional job there so that I can afford to upload new textures.

Avalon Grove is nice for elfy type things but avoid the castle (formal attire - ick) and the Role-playing ren faire fest across the way - instead, wander through the woods around the castle..they're better and full of secret rooms.

Also check out Grendel's Children if you haven't already.

Warren Ellis is running around there too - which you may already know (although I've yet to actually run into him) and he has a pretty funny blog about it here: http://secondlife.reuters.com/stories/category/second-life/warren-ellis/




greygirlbeast
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)

Thanks for all the tips. I'll check these places out. Sooner or later I'll track down Cerdwin Flanagan :-).
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greygirlbeast
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC)

But do you Really care about being socially acceptable?

Nope.

It's not glamourous or anything, so call it what it is.

Bingo.
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blu_muse
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
>Do you have a link to where Warren Ellis came out in favor of this? I'd be curious to read his remarks,

She posted a link a few responses above that has Warren's initial comments. His main reason, as I read it, was because he's a dad and has parental worries over such issues. Not being a parent myself, I can't really say whether I'd be more upset over internet predators or censorship issues if I had a child.

He did later, after reading about the fiasco of LJ stupidly deleting support groups, fiction groups, etc, change his position on the subject so perhaps the big picture - and what it meant to him as a writer and creative being - took a while to sink in. (One would hope).

He's mentioned his fears as a father before...ironically enough in his Second Life Blog, in this post: http://secondlife.reuters.com/stories/2007/02/23/second-life-sketches-please-stop-doing-that-to-the-cat/



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robyn_ma
Jun. 1st, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
'And yes, it surely fucking was an act of censorship'

I respectfully disagree. But you probably knew that.
setsuled
Jun. 1st, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
I respectfully disagree.

I'm curious--and I hope you don't take this as belligerence, but on what grounds do you disagree? Do you disagree with the definition of the word? Do you perhaps feel that the officials mentioned in the Merriam Webster's definition can only be government officials?

If you disagree with the definition, is it because you believe that, worldwide, the colloquial meaning of the word censorship cannot apply to anything but the actions of a state government, especially in cases where people have been arrested--perhaps exclusively for such cases? And if so, what do you call what Live Journal did?
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tagplazen
Jun. 2nd, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)
I'm laying odds ten to one that Warriors of Innocence are a very good trolling team that have pulled off one hell of a good show.
slrayanne_graff
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Second Life
I DJ good 80's music on Thursday nights from 7-10pmSL at Le Cimetiere. The sim has a New Orleans vibe with a cemetery, playground, shops, and dancefloor located outdoors. Maybe see ya around... I'm Rayanne Graff in SL.
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