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So it's true, then.
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I'm back! Did you miss me?

Zambia was mind-blowing. We worked SO hard, and did SO much work, and there was still so much wonderful stuff in between! I have pictures. :) Heavily edited, as I took 510 pictures/vids when I was out there.

Zambia pictures )

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Getting back had been interesting. I am suddenly on holiday, and somewhat at a loose end. Today I had a wonderful day pootling about town with [livejournal.com profile] wingsmith, shopping and eating at the Wolseley, and wandering down Jermyn street, and, oh yes, running into David Boreanaz. You'll notice the slightly shocked look on my face. He was really very lovely indeed.

David & me )

Thankfully, a little later there was an amazing cheese shop, so my sense of reality returned, intact.

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Things for next week: I shall be working on my Multiverse fic, and meeting up with lots of people I haven't seen in ages, and reading all the books I bought, and mostly enjoying the sunshine. If you're in London and fancy meeting up, drop me a note. I am currently footloose and fancy-free.
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Jane reviews Knight Moves, a piece of softcore pseudo porn so bad that... well, see for yourself:


My eyes fly wide. “How did you know I came three times?”

He grins wider. “Your lady-softness told me herself when she was wrapped round my codpiece.”



The comments are almost as hilarious as the review itself. And now I'm seriously tempted to buy that book, if only to die laughing.

Just fyi -

Apr. 13th, 2009 11:52 pm
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I'm not posting new posts about the Amazon issue, I'm just updating my original post with any new links and/or info.
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Amazon.com has been removing books containing LGBT content from their search function. That means that Oranges are not the only fruit is not showing up. Ostensibly, this is because they don't allow their search function to list 'adult' content. Really? Justine and 120 Days of Sodom both show up, as does The Story of O and Lost Girls, not to mention all Past Venus and Silver Moon titles. Those books are not showing up, and they are denied a sales rank (which helps drive the search engine), lest this indicate that people are genuinely interested in Halberstam's Female Masculinity. You let people buy critical theory books and who knows where that madness might lead?

Outraged? Too fucking right. )

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Yeah, it was ranty. I don't care. Who the fuck dares to ban Halberstam?? Although I am vaguely amused that a search for 'female masculinity' brings up Butler's 'Undoing Gender' and 'Gender Trouble'. D'you suppose they're next for the ban-bin?

- A list of the books affected.

- A petition on the subject.

- Amazon.com's official stance

- A good write-up of the whole thing.

Hat-tips: [livejournal.com profile] raedbard, [livejournal.com profile] hhertzof.

ETA:
There appears to be several different levels of this. 'Oranges' and 'Female Masculinity', along with a few others, are not showing up in the search pages at all, and have no sales rank. 'The Story of O' is showing up in searches, but also has no sales rank. This means that none of the books above can be seen on the best-sellers list. Some, like Oranges, can't be found without a direct link to the page from an external source (such as Google).

I'm not quite why there are two lists - maybe it's based on the search word? My thoughts are:
- there should be NO books excluded from the search engine: that's censorship by proxy, limiting the choice available by lying about its existence.
- regarding the books without a sales rank (if this is how they are excluded from the best-seller lists): I understand if a company does not wish to have adult content prominent on its best-sellers list. I disagree, but I understand. However, 'gay', lesbian' 'trans-gendered' or any other related search term is not a synonym for 'adult content'. You don't get to exclude Winterson, you bastards. You want to exclude erotica, fine. Think of a non-bigoted way to do that.

So, Tipping the Velvet and all other Sarah Waters novels? Restore their goddamn sales ranks.

(Incidentally, Fingersmith is one of the books not featuring a sales rank. Fingersmith, as many of you will know, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Orange Prize. Winterson's Oranges are not the only fruit won the Whitbread prize, and is on the curriculum of most English Lit students. )

Do you suppose they'd also remove the sales rank of The Inheritance of Loss (#12,248 in the best-seller list - 2006 Booker winner, when Night Watch by Waters was shortlisted) or The Life of Pi (#1,120 in the best-seller list - 2002 Booker winner, when Fingersmith was shortlisted)? No? I didn't think so.

ETA2:
The Night Watch paperback edition is not showing up in the search results, but it does have a sales rank. Interesting. So - three lists? Four? How the hell are they filtering things, so only some are getting through?

ETA3:
- Amazon claims it's all a glitch.
- Article in the LA Times - Amazon deranks National Book Award Winner.
- Googlebombing for Amazon Rank.
- Commentary on the supposed glitch.

ETA4:
- Background on this, going back to Feb. Hat-tip: [livejournal.com profile] queenspanky.
- Was it a hacker? Maybe not. Hat-tip: [livejournal.com profile] eponis.
- Guardian article. Hat-tip: [livejournal.com profile] raedbard.

ETA5:
- Conversations with an Amazon rep: This is not a glitch. via [livejournal.com profile] metafandom.
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London is covered with over a foot of snow. A FOOT OF SNOW. And that's in the built-up area where I live. God only knows what's happening in the suburbs. Needless to say, no one is going in to the office this morning, as commuting would be even more interesting that usual. Depressingly, we have excellent remote working facilities, so I do actually have to work. BUT!! SNOW!! IN LONDON!! WITH MORE SNOW TO COME!

I'm guessing now would be a good time to repent.

So what's everyone doing with their snow-day today?
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Twin bombings kill 64 in Baghdad

This is one of the most despicable acts I've yet to encounter in this whole sorry mess. Not only were the bombs detonated in a marketplace - a marketplace, for crying out loud, where parents take their children and buy food for the week - but the bombs were strapped to two mentally disabled women and detonated remotely.

That's right. A bunch of armed men got together and decided that the way forward would be booby-trap the mentally disabled. What next? Grenades in nurseries?

I have a lot of time for people who want to argue that the Allied presence in Iraq is doing more harm than good. I have a lot of time for people who want to argue that suicide bombers are born of desperation, and we should do something about the growing levels of desperation around the world. I have a lot of time for people who argue that the politics of Iraq and its slow disintegration can't be explained away with 'heroes' and 'bad guys'.

I have no time whatsoever for people who strap bombs to the mentally disabled. That's not a suicide bomb. That's another victim.

Any legitimate grievances these bombers may have had are now so completely irrelevant in my head. I don't care. OK? I know I should, I know that the best way to settle conflicts is to stop assigning blame, but in this instance I don't care.

Grrr.

Dec. 2nd, 2007 10:27 pm
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please someone tell me this is not true.

I mean, seriously. What. The. Fuck.
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First, fandom managing to be racist and unapologetic about it, all in one fic-prompt: The whole mess, neatly summed up by [livejournal.com profile] witchqueen. The level of ass-hattery exhibited by the mods of [livejournal.com profile] daily_deviant is quite astonishing, really.

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I spent a day not being at work today. I mainly went shopping with my mum - did not allow her to buy me anything, I clearly win at parental restraint - but was given a wad of cash in lieu of gifts I turned down. I also purchased mum's birthday present (some sort of fancy face cream she'd been longing for), so am clearly super-organised. Saw HP5 for the third time, this time with mum, and she liked it, too. I fail at concentration. Was fascinated by everything today. Woe.

Tired, now. Dunno what I should do with day #2 of Not Work. Might go sit in a cafe.

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I've been thinking about my rather strong reaction to HP, which isn't to rewatch the movie 347523 times, despite appearances, but to get on the nearest train to Scotland. As if the wizarding world might be lurking behind a hedge in Edinburgh. And when I saw LotR, I wanted to see Middle Earth, too. Arthurian legend? That too. Any number of books talking about ancient beings walking the earth?

Er...

This is all winding up to a post on the function of origin myths in the adolescent imaginations of second-gen immigrant kids. (That would be me & my brother - who is slightly obsessed with Japanese origin myths, for no apparent reason - btw. Although that I'm reasonably sure that I could whip up a fair few other volunteers...)

Because I have nothing better to do with my time than to speculate on the impact of the re-acquisition of a different culture's primal fears via fairy tales. Yup.

This might explain why I never have any free time.

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I worked on the [livejournal.com profile] tww_minis Toby fic yesterday night, btw. And it SUCKS. It really, really does. I may have to rewrite it. Bums.

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I am making no sense. Bed.
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Today, I found out that Claudia Christian is

1) living in the UK

2) maybe possibly perhaps about to be in a UK theatre play, and touring to boot.

This is because I happened to sit next to a casting director during my lunch hour at Starbucks, and we got chatting.

That is all.

p.s. want a pony.
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I'm in a masochistic place this very moment. Now, I know that I should simply read the latest updates at Landover Baptist, snigger, and then maybe purchase a "What Would Jesus Do?" thong. However, I clicked on the forbidden mail archives link. *shakes head* Seriously, people, have you not heard of 'parody'? 'Irony'? How about flat-out 'sarcasm'?

I suppose that it's good that this many devoted Christians stand up and say, "hey, you crazy bigots, stop mis-interpreting my religion for your own sick ends" - but it's more scary that so many devoted Christians are evidently too stupid to understand that the entire site is a parody. Seriously, people, it says so, right there in the disclaimer.

Also? Mailing death threats to people you are accusing of fundamentalism doesn't exactly make you look that sane by comparison. Nor is writing an entire essay about the inappropriateness of a 'What Would Jesus Do?' thong as proper devout behaviour. I could attempt to explain the point, but I suspect that any polysyllabic words would confuse them.

*headdesk*

Seriously, guys. I remain agog at the utter stupidity displayed by so many people.

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