In which I am alternately thinky and shallow - Tactical Ninja
Aug. 1st, 2011
09:25 am - In which I am alternately thinky and shallow
TIME article on the latest DDoSing of LiveJournal. Kind of puts it into perspective for those of going "Oh noes! Can't get mah crack!" Also makes me more determined to stick with LJ because while I have loads of options for voicing my uncensored opinion, I appreciate that not everyone does and I would like to continue supporting a site that's putting in the effort to make sure the service remains available despite being given so much shit for it.
The other day I was reading about the Cult of the Dead Cow and the origins of the term 'hacktivism'. One of the things that popped out at me is that back in the 90s when the term was first thrown around, attempts were made to pin a meaning to it that encompassed the ethos of those who were engaging in it at the time. What they came up with was based on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which was intended to have binding power (unlike the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Article 19 reads thus:
"Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice."
This is relevant to my study and also to my interests. It's kind of ironic that DDoS, which is almost the opposite of freedom of speech, can be seen as either censorship or legitimate direct action depending on who's doing it and what for. I've seen it described as a type of sit-in, and I've seen it described as silencing. Certainly if the Russian government really is DDoSing LJ, I'd count that as censorship. But what about DDoSing Visa? What's the difference between these?
And in my mind as I consider these things, I remind myself I only have 4,000 words and I'll only be able to touch on the philosophical questions around DDoS and the activities of Anonymous. *sigh*
This weekend I revisited Dragon Age: Origins for the first time in a year or so. Yes yes I know DA2 is out and I'll buy it once it stops being ridiculously priced. Meanwhile, monsters! Only this time not. That was last time. I dutifully followed the questlines, got the Ashes, bonked Alistair, yadda yadda. This time I wanted to see how many of the characters I could bed as the game progressed. What I have learned:
Zevran is easy. He'll shag you after you've been sharing it around with everyone else, and you can pick him up whenever you want.
Alistair is the hottest pixel-based imaginary friend I've ever had. Seriously, whoever did his graphics got them close to bang on - he does the smouldering look remarkably well. Although I wish they'd not done the laughing bit because nobody's mouth does that when they laugh, and ew! Ohai uncanny valley.
I could have bedded Leliana but got forced to choose between her and Alistair and hello Sarcastic Englishman vs Shoe-Loving Ultra-Feminine Ladygirl, no contest. Shut up Freud, you're dead.
What I haven't figured out is how to get both Leliana and Alistair into bed. I figure the last one should be the one you end up with because they're all NO MINE when they get attached to you, and neither seems willing to shag before they adore you - but how do you get one into bed without pissing off the other one?
Clearly I'ma have to start again with a strategy. Maybe I should go read some PUA forums? I think part of the problem is I genuinely feel bad about hurting their pixel-feelings. I know Alistair will shag you after you shag Zevran, so he'll probably shag you after you shag Leliana too, but I don't know how to get her to shag me before Alistair's all attached and if that happens, he friendzones you and it's all over. Maybe I should be saving the onyx dragon statuettes for later.. hmm..
What? I told you I have OCD right?
Also, I find myself amused by the idea of giving people random gifts irl and telling them it's to get their approval rating up so you can shag them later.
Meanwhile, the laser is fixed. Germany came through and my appointment is tomorrow, after which I may stop posting for a few days - or I may not but you'll have to decipher it since I won't be very onto the editing and even on a good day I'm Typo Central. I also have non-vision-necessary tasks lined up to entertain myself with, because otherwise I'd go stir crazy with four whole days off and no reading allowed. As it is I'm a bit nervous about what I'll do.
But but BUT! Non-defective eyes OMGOMGOMG!!11?!