Where my brain goes when I've had enough sleep - Tactical Ninja
Sep. 9th, 2011
10:02 am - Where my brain goes when I've had enough sleep
I am enjoying Game of Thrones a lot more now I'm watching them in order. Polly wants me to get her Khal Drogo for her birthday..
However, as the Youth of Today would say, "Needs more dragons". *cough* I get the feeling they'll turn up eventually.
And now I have a completely unrelated question for those in fandom. Y'see, my introduction to the existence of fandom was through slash. From that I learned that people like to write fictional sex stories about the characters in other fictional works, and not only the boys either. But now I'm wondering if this is all fandom's about. I'm thinking cosplay probably comes under fandom as well, and I'm wondering what else might. I mean, are there groups in fandom that just enjoy talking about the actual show/book/movie/whatever? And since slash can involve, well, pretty much anyone, the Really Weird part of me is wondering if people ship politicians. Cos that would be dead funny, but I'm afraid to google from work to find out if it exists.
*cough* I'll be just over here lalala
This morning while driving into work I got to thinking about a subversive art project I concocted with TAFKARF a few months ago, which I'm feeling like taking past the just musing stage. Anyway, it reminded me of an occasion when Dr Wheel and I were walking along and came across a billboard that was selling some kind of fashion thing. The tagline was "Make a statement." In the same moment, we both came out with, well.. a statement. Mine was "Chocolate fish can't swim." I can't remember what his was - probably an abstract mathematical one. It was one of those moments when I realised how wonderful it is to have someone in your life that's completely on the same wavelength.
<3 Dr Wheel.
Here, have a thing. It's Charlie Chaplin in a role you wouldn't be accustomed to seeing him in:
Two things about this - first, Charlie Chaplin's kind of hot. Well, he probably isn't now since he's dead, but he was back then. Second, I know it's a rousing speech in a movie, but what he's saying is still pretty relevant 70 years later.
The other thing I was thinking about was this filesharing thing. Yes yes, I know I harp on about that a lot, but while in Hong Kong, Dr Wheel reminded me that the new law didn't just make downloading movies illegal (which was already illegal anyway under copyright law) - it made using sites like BitTorrent illegal. What this means is that I can now be punished by the government for downloading Wikileaks releases, because they are propagated over filesharing networks. Awesome move, government! Gotta love the sneaky censorship eh?
 Having looked more closely, it seems using BitTorrent is only illegal if you use it to share copyrighted material. Which leaves me wondering where state documents classified 'secret' fall on the copyright scale.
We all know that the filesharing law was driven at its root by the US film industry. Remember that site I posted the other day that I wasn't allowed to link to because of their stupid terms of service? The one that uses All Blacks to tell people to be well-behaved little consumers and just buy the movies when copyright owners deign to allow us? Owned by the Motion Picture Association of America. That would be the MPAA that has just been snapped out making stuff up again. Including the idea that if US families weren't so busy downloading, they'd each be buying 50 more DVDs a year. *cough*bullshit*cough*
We also all know, thanks to Wikileaks, that the US government offered to write our filesharing laws for us, and to bankroll a group to enforce copyright.
This means the US government wanted ours to crack down on filesharing. Now it has, and we can no longer legally download the information from Wikileaks that allows us to know how the US government is trying to prevent us from accessing Wikileaks. Yes, I know the main driver for this was more likely the money that the US is able to extract from us through preventing our access to timely media and charging extortionist prices for what we can get. However, I believe there's a censorship aspect here as well - it's no secret that governments don't want people to know the stuff that Wikileaks is letting people know.
Aside: I really wonder if they actually believe that extraditing/charging/assassinating/whate
Y'know, sometimes I wish I hadn't chosen the eductional path I have. Now, every small thing goverments do starts snowballing in my Policy mind down that mountain to the logical consequential outcome. But meanwhile, my Criminology mind looks back up the mountain to see what pushed the snowball to start with, and things go from personal to global really fast and my head explodes. It also makes me very sad, because understanding this stuff is not conducive to hope for the future of humanity.
You know what is conducive to hope for the future of humanity? Talking to individual people and finding out that individual people are generally good hearted and compassionate, and that many people are being subversive in their own small ways. The more I hear about that, the happier it makes me.
I've always been a bit contrary and had a problem with authority, but since I got all educated 'n' shit, it's gone from being hoha at airport security staff to wanting to actively subvert the social contract. I feel as if I'm a conscientious objector to just about everything these days, and I don't know if that's conducive to my future happiness either.
Last night I went through my bookshelves and managed to come up with 2 Woolies bags of books that I can bear to part with. Does anyone know if there's a charity that takes books? I don't want money for them but some are quite old (like, may have historic value old) and so I don't want to dump them.
Today, Rugby World Cup fervour* is rife in my office. Everyone's wearing their team colours and there are flags everywhere and people are excited. For those who aren't already aware, today is the first day of a month-long rugby tournament. I've been afraid of how this will affect my beloved city, but so far all that's happened is more people have stopped me to ask for directions** than usual. Phew.
I will be at Fidels tonight. Oh, while I remember, does anyone want about a cubic metre of firewood? It's in chunks too big for our firebox and too knotty to split with an axe. Would suit someone with a log splitter or a chainsaw. Free for the taking.
* This term is probably protected and I'm probably not allowed to use it, so if I don't make it to Fidels it's because I'm in a cell somewhere under the stadium.
** This happens to me a lot. I think my pink hair makes me look approachable.