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Literate Chaotic / Re: Meet The Greyface
« on: Today at 11:02:10 am »
Could I get a mod to move this to Literate Chaotic?

Done

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Principia Discussion / Re: What degree are you?
« on: Today at 11:01:54 am »
I'm, like, an English Comparative Literature and Theory major, but I'm also doing a minor in Doctor Who studies.

:lulz:

Seriously, you'd be surprised how many of them are out there.  Every single person I have an above 90% compatability match with on OKCupid, for example.

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I've just realised now I'm moving back to London, I can far more effectively troll OKCupid and Craigslist, because I'll always have the potential to meet people in real time and do the same.

I am prepared for epic and terrible dating adventures.

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Speaking of which, this now means you can chew vampires, werewolves and other unnatural, unliving abominations to death.

Assuming they didn't cheap out on the silver, that is.

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Post of mine from another forum, no context will ever be provided:

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Yeah, but that's easy.  Chopin was born in the city of Bulgaria in 1805, the illegitimate love-child of Eva Peron and Otto von Bismarck.  At that time, Bulgaria was part of the Hanseatic League and thus at war with Argentina, meaning Chopin's early life was filled with much poverty and need.  Only once he emigrated to Lichtenstein (which most people mistake for a country, but is in fact a variety of cheese popular along the Adriatic coastline) did he find commercial success with his breakthrough single - "Smack my B*tch up".

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Dying of flu means I get an extension on my essay, though.  I'm surprised, as I didn't expect to get one, under the current conditions, but my lecturer suggested I write in anyway.

Congrats on your results, by the way.

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I wish I had time to bullshit on the internet.  I mean, more than I do here.

I may do, once this course is over, but damn.  Alot of my criticism of tumblr and the blogosphere comes back to the fact they have an awful lot of free time to bullshit on the net.  This isn't a bad thing in and of itself, but it does mean "the conversation" is dominated by middle class people and students, in response to what is happening online.  People struggling to pay their rent don't figure into "the conversation", because they're too busy doing shit to survive.

Having that level of comfort and luxury time does tend to skew ones priorities somewhat.  And given the way Twitter and FB are going, it does lead to a monocultural expression, where everyone is tightly in their bubble, always blogging about the same thing everyone else is.

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Dying of flu, taking a day off from my counter-terrorism paper.

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Principia Discussion / Re: What degree are you?
« on: December 17, 2014, 07:50:21 am »
I'm, like, an English Comparative Literature and Theory major, but I'm also doing a minor in Doctor Who studies.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: tulpas :^)
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:58:19 pm »
I think the Daily Dot had an article, but their archive is...not easy to navigate.  Same for Reddit's thread on it. which probably had the DD link.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: tulpas :^)
« on: December 16, 2014, 06:27:09 pm »
Thought Catalog is basically tumblr for people who don't need to make their writing look like it's published on a shitty Geocities site circa 1997.  Not necessarily about the social justice thing, but just generally.

But it was the first link I could find that wasn't tumblr for the recent Communismkills drama.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: tulpas :^)
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:58:44 pm »
The other day my 16-year-old told me she thinks she's a sociopath. I told her that I think she spends way too much time on Tumblr.

That said, tumblr does have plenty of sociopaths on it.

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Financial fuckery thread
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:55:25 pm »
Russia's economy looks likely to crash.

Well, sorry.  You played a good game, Putin, but you made the same fatal mistake the Soviet Union did: you had a raw resource, export driven economy and didn't diversify.  And when the Saudis came and wrecked your shit by flooding the global oil markets and bringing prices down massively, you had nothing to counter with.

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Wait, what?

He's confessing to ordering peoples executions here, why haven't I seen any mention of this before?

At the time he said it?  Probably because they thought he was joking.  "Oh Savile, what a card.  You are hilarious, with your tracksuit and big talk".  Savile had that reputation, as a joker and teller of tall tales, and his public perception allowed him to get away with saying all kinds of disturbing things.  Like when he told a patient at a hospital he was visiting that they were lucky the nurse was there or he would be able to have his way with her (because she was physically disabled).  That's just Jimmy being Jimmy, innit?

After the allegations came to light....well, that's a very good question, isn't it?  There are so many potentially seedy aspects to the Savile story it's now almost impossible to keep track of who may be covering for him.  People close to the Royals, close to the Tory Party, the intelligence services, people in the entertainment industry....not to mention Savile did some quite serious work as a consultant and PR expert for some rather large businesses.  While the press apparently delight in making up ridiculous nonsense to publish about him (because who wouldn't want to emulate such a great media figure as Max Clifford), everyone's just a little bit wary about what might come out of such an investigation.

Which is also an interesting point.  Savile alleged, years ago, that just before his knighthood, the press were looking into his past, trying to figure out why he hadn't received any honours yet.  He said they found nothing because there was nothing to find....but we know that wasn't true.  Were the press really sniffing around his past?  If so, they either did a bloody awful job of it....or else they were persuaded to keep quiet.

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