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From a classic (2011) n+1 essay on "how we chat now":

And who do we Gchat with, when it counts? Friends, past boyfriends, future boyfriends, other people’s boyfriends... Gchat is for friendship, and affairs. It’s for allowing into the home everyone who isn’t supposed to be there, who’s supposed to be at home in their own bedroom... Might this be a model of commitment: truly felt on both sides, mutually desired, without exclusivity? These conversations don’t occur at the exact same time—if we wanted threesomes, we’d be in Group Chat—but the long view is the one to be taken here, and the beginning of one chat does not mean the end of another.
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"Relationship questions on this site are littered with the bones of people who believed there was a way to decide how they were going to feel later."

"If someone had figured out a way to turn off unwanted romantic feelings at will they'd be a billionaire and you'd see it sold at pharmacies across the world."

"this is one of those questions where if you have to ask the answer is no."
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"Is it possible I'm thinking about you too much?" That's a clown question, bro.
-- from here, by antilamentation
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Yeah, so apparently the Gregory Brothers have been doing this for a long while (auto-tuning the news), but the Atlantic Wire just clued me in today.  These two are my favorites of the batch (watch them in order).  The first one was actually made in 2009, so it's just coincidence that Bachmann is front and center.  And you can never go wrong with turtles.
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I decided to do some memes, for no reason really, except that I don't feel like writing.  I'm almost too antsy to write.  Some of these I took from Sunday Stealing, which is a fun little meme site that isn't too inane, if you are into memes. 

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At least, I don't think so.  I mean, no one is talking about it.  There was an article in the paper that was so non-alarmist I pretty much ignored it.  And then I read a comment saying we shouldn't be quick to sneer at Japan's nuclear power plant safety because in Nebraska two nuclear plants are starting to "swim."  I was like, what now? 

But apparently there is this, from a Pakistani news wire:
A shocking report prepared by Russia’s Federal Atomic Energy Agency (FAAE) on information provided to them by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states that the Obama regime has ordered a “total and complete” news blackout relating to any information regarding the near catastrophic meltdown of the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant located in Nebraska.

According to this report, the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant suffered a “catastrophic loss of cooling” to one of its idle spent fuel rod pools on 7 June after this plant was deluged with water caused by the historic flooding of the Missouri River which resulted in a fire causing the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) to issue a “no-fly ban” over the area.
This is what the (local) Columbus Telegram says, among others:
For example, there's a report that a Russian nuclear agency has accused President Barack Obama of covering up a nuclear near-meltdown on June 7 at Fort Calhoun.

In fact, said the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Omaha Public Power District, there was a fire in an electrical switchgear room that day, but the spent-fuel pool was in no imminent danger and a fire-suppression system extinguished it quickly.

The plant temporarily lost power to a pump that cools the spent-fuel pool, but power was switched to a backup pump, said OPPD, which runs Fort Calhoun. During the 90-minute interruption, the temperature of the pool increased a few degrees, but the pool was not in danger of boiling, the utility said.

The reactor and spent-fuel pool are in a normal, stable condition and are protected from flooding, OPPD said. The plant was shut down for refueling in April and will remain shut down until floodwaters recede.

Another Internet rumor claims there's a no-fly zone around Fort Calhoun Station because of a radiation leak.

"Rumors about a radiation release at the site - that never happened," said Victor Dricks, spokesman for the NRC Region IV office in Arlington, Texas.

Dricks said a no-fly zone put in place around all U.S. nuclear power plants after Sept. 11, 2001, has been relaxed, but planes are not supposed to fly or loiter near them.

OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson said air space around Fort Calhoun is restricted by the Federal Aviation Administration to a two-mile radius below 3,500 feet because OPPD was concerned small planes would get tangled in high power lines.
Basically, comments on this Reuters article sum up the situation:
What I find amazing is that the International Media knows what happened, but the US Media is not reporting it. I guess Weiner was a useful idiot for Obama to the end, eh? Or was Obama’s stupid ATM comment an attempt to distract America from the truth? is where Europe is reporting on the issue. In addition, there has been no reporting on the increase in infant mortality on the West Coast due to Fukishema, which is still an on-going disaster. I am very sad that Reuters has chose to accept government dicta for serious journalism.
People’s paranoia is starting to make me laugh and get scared at the same time. The source for the article is the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency! Come on people! Did anyone actually go to that website? It has an English version and there is no mention anywhere on that site of this ‘catastrophe’. Do a search for Nebraska…no mention of it anywhere... A temporary loss of cooling to spent rod pool is hardly “one of the worst nuclear accidents in US history.” (The quoted part is from the website). Here’s more headline from that website: 1. Obama Orders 1 Million US Troops to Prepare for Civil War. 2. U.S. Forces Plan Direct Action Against American Citizens.
This sort of interplay isn't new, of course.  It's just very, very weird to be so near the center of it.  So for everyone's edification, we in Nebraska are not dropping dead of radiation sickness and have also not been carted away/evacuated/eliminated/any of that shit.  We are, as ever, discussing the next football season, nursing homes, and death row inmates.  Or, even closer to the center of impending disaster, discussing the College World Series and crime.  We are alive!  We are still here!

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Okay, this post is good for nothing except empty-ish entertainment value.  JUST TO GET THAT OUT OF THE WAY.

Supercuts: "obsessive video montages constructed from popular tv shows or movies that repeat a certain theme" (to quote political remix video).  It gets to be a bit like TV Tropes, but on video.  Common ones are "every time somebody says fuck/dude/yeah in X Show/Movie."  I'm going to link to others.

Gun and Badge (cops getting suspended - particularly like the melodramatic music):

No Signal (and other cellular drama) by Richfofo (cell phones not working in horror movies - particularly like the Saw V one - See also Mirror Scare by the same user.  It's probably good, but I can't watch it because mirror scenes scare the hell out of me, LOL.)

I'm Not Here To Make Friends (from reality tv - best comment is the highest-rated one: "AMERICA -not here to make friends.")

François Yordamian was an early Super Montager, working with repeated gestures in soap operas.  This one's of people with their head in their hands.  This one is of people turning around, but seriously do not watch this if you are prone to headaches or dizziness or seizures. 

I got those off a list at  Andy Baio is "credited" with the name "supercut."

There's another good list at KnowYourMeme.  Here's the rather incredible "Get Out of There!" by hh1edits, which reminds me of my high school English teacher going through a writing exercise I'd done and covering it with "C"s, for cliche.

This one actually shocked me.  The Wilhelm Scream Compilation, by Pablo Hidalgo ("movie scenes that sample the “Wilhelm scream,” a popular stock sound effect often heard in TV shows and George Lucas films"):
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Salon writer Laura Miller is all about Greg Mortenson.  Lying about being kidnapped by Taliban is "a bit irrelevant" and besides, he provides "a feeling of comradely motivation and a symbol of plucky American virtue."  Oh, vomitorium, like that girl in Hanna says.  I'm getting a little "not intended to be a factual statement" vibe from this whole thing.  Readers don't react so positively: "He accused real people of being Taliban kidnappers. That's not inspirational."  And "Confusing the Taliban with the people the Taliban are trying to take over and wipe out.  Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. Bad."  And my favorite, "Sorry, but fabrication for the sake of a moral crusade is how we got stuck in Iraq." 

Hilariously Miller then backpedals out of her essay, so I guess her essay wasn't intended to be a factual statement either.  What are we even doing here?

Also, LOL@Jennifer Weiner: "I don't think writers get to choose the kind of books they write. It's a function of upbringing, education, inclination."  Always nice to see writers blame their choices on things beyond their power.  It's like "I don't control my character!  My character controls me!"

She's angry because Jennifer Egan, who just won the Pulitzer for The Goon Squad, apparently called chick lit "very derivative, banal stuff" - full context: "There was that scandal with the Harvard student who was found to have plagiarized. But she had plagiarized very derivative, banal stuff. This is your big first move? These are your models?... My advice for young female writers would be to shoot high and not cower."  And J. Weiner's all "And there goes my chance to be happy that a lady won the big prize. Thanks, Jenny Egan. You're a model of graciousness."  So on Twitter we now have anger that female writers bring each other down and consolations that commercial fiction and literary fiction are equally good and just write good books, readers will come and of course there's plenty of room to like everything!  Don't worry!  We all have a seat at the table!

On Bookslut, Michael Schaub points out that Weiner's written on her FAQ page, "Somebody actually asked me this at a reading once, at the Powell’s in Portland, which was not the main Powell’s in Portland, because Jennifer Egan was reading the night I was in town and not only is she a critical big deal, she also used to be a model, so which one of us do you think was going to get shunted off to the satellite store?"  Ah, passive aggressive self-deprecation.

And I'm like, well, at least sf/f isn't the only "genre" that has this drama with "literary" fiction.  Good Lord.
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My station: Deftones.  Pandora plays acceptable stuff for a while.  And then they give me "Island in the Sun" by Weezer, a band I do not get.  I hate "Island in the Sun."  In fact I've never made it very far into the song, because that horrible stoner "hip hip" they open with drives me nuts.  Then of course I've skipped too many songs in an hour to skip "Island in the Sun"!

I understand running out of things to give me on my Death in June station, although I am less understanding of going from Di6, The Cure, Current 93, etc., to soft modern piano.  Strange secret algorithms I guess.  It actually reminded me that I don't mind listening to the piano, so go figure. 
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I know, I only randomly do Friday links.  That doesn't mean they are not still links on a Friday.  Also, I changed my layout!
  • The wonderful Abigail Nussbaum writes about the TV show Justified.  I don't watch it, although it seems like my kind of thing.  I don't know, you can only have so many FX gritty crime shows in your life.  And by "so many" I mean one.  Nevertheless, the review itself is, like all of her commentary, delicious:
    Justified pokes and prods at its characters' concept of masculinity, but it leaves Raylan's alone.  This has the unfortunate consequence of suggesting that Raylan's is the true masculinity, the one to which all other men can merely aspire--unfortunate because Raylan's version of manhood is so very tenuous, based on a fictional construct probably garnered from TV shows, rooted in a culture a hundred years gone to which he has no personal connection... and quite obviously arrived at due to his burning desire to leave Kentucky and Arlo Givens in his rearview mirror. As I've said, Raylan often acts as the silent witness to other men's struggles with their manhood, only coming out of his shell when the season's overarching plot, involving the Crowders and his father, heats up.  It's only in these scenes that we see Raylan's polite exterior crack, and only in his interactions with Arlo that he comes close to earning Winona's characterization of his as the angriest man she's known.  But it's also in these scenes that the cowboy persona is most tamped down, so that the question of Raylan's anger and his relationship to violence is never really addressed.
  • Elizabeth Tamny makes a remarkable discovery about the way Hollywood portrays female writers: "It seems like there is this trope of the female author just transferring (painful events from) her life to paper. Bing bang boom. Writing!"  Mark Athitakis comments: "It may be that male writers on screen tend to be presented as Important Authors while female writers are presented as "Sad People Who Can Only Manage Their Heartache by Getting It Down on Paper.""
  • My friend Yue wants to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter like so bad, dude (article is not G-chat convo with Yue).  Although NGL, that Forbidden Journey rollercoaster sounds cool.
K, that's all I got.  Sorry, and have a good weekend.
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This is really cool.

Except I think I ran out of ink.


Oct. 14th, 2009 11:15 am
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Google Reader is amazing!  Thanks Lindsey!
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On the front page of the NYTimes:

If that's too small, it says "Experts say Senator John Ensign may have violated ethics laws by helping an aide get work after having an affair with her husband."  The real story, of course, is reflected in the article itself: "the senator was having an affair with Mr. Hampton’s wife, Cynthia, a member of his campaign staff," and Ensign was finding a job for Cynthia's husband.

God, that's a LOL.

Update: they caught it!
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By growingup:

There is a God after all. And its name is Radiohead:

Miley Cyrus spilled the beans that she was given the cold shoulder by her mostest favorite band in the entire universe at the Grammy Awards last month.

The band, Radiohead (?!), who was performing at the show, was in a dressing room only four doors down from Ms. Cyrus. Miley had her manager request a little face time with Thom and the gang because they are supposedly the only band in the world she "would cry over."

Radiohead's response? "We don't really do that kind of thing."

When they rejected her invitation she was stunned, stating that she thought they were very “rude” for turning the offer down.
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I had this dream last night where I was four months pregnant (by an unnamed Pittsburgh Steeler, at that) and freaking out, so my mother "strongly encouraged" me to get a late-term abortion... which I did.  I'm pretty sure I've interpreted it to satisfaction.  It's not as disturbing as it sounds, except for the Pittsburgh Steeler part.  I hate the Steelers.

Then I had a dream about inducting my father into some hall of fame for the dead and getting into a bitchslapping fight with one of his younger sisters about who had the right to talk about him.  That one I'm having more trouble interpreting.  But I'm feeling strangely about everything lately.  Sort of like Starbuck after she comes back from the dead.  If you haven't seen "The Ties That Bind", then nevermind. 

Anyway.  As crazy and psycho as I am right now, I think I'm actually starting to see some semblance of clarity.  Some light at the end of the tunnel.  I'll write more about it at some hypothetical future-point, when I have "time".  And no, I won't quit school.  It wouldn't be Ganzian.  Speaking of whom, I was looking through Tim Griffin's Big 12 updates for the past month and guess who's at the top of his "big 12 bowl observations".  THAT'S RIGHT, BITCH.  Despite the factual error in there (concussion =/= bum shoulder), Tim Griffin is the man. 

the pigskin review )
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