(Note: I know Emma Goldman didn’t actually say that exactly, but that’s not gonna stop me from using it. I like the sentiment anyway.)

I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I think I kinda love 4-chan right now. They’ve demonstrated the organising power of the internet, and hopefully will show a whole generation that protesting and activism can be not only fun, but even damn hilarious. (In some cities, they rickrolled the Co$, people! Awesome!)

Some related links:

In conclusion: I don’t agree with everything they do or say, and again, the “fag” slurs make me not want to participate, but the effective use of the internet as an organising and focussing tool for activism? Awesome.

In conclusion:

Oh Fuck, The Internet Is Here

[ETA] Via Cleo: deathboy says:

I can’t remember the source, but there’s some sci-fi story I’ve read where the conclusion reads along the lines of “They could withstand the fiercest of our weapons, they could defeat us intellectually, but in the end, I think they died of sheer culture shock” - the looks on the faces of the scientologists when faced with a crowd in which a lone voice shouts:



… how do you fight that?

How do you, ideologically speaking, defeat a crowd that is enthusiastically demanding that you “DO A BARREL ROLL! DO A BARREL ROLL!!” ?

Which is sort of what I was trying to get at, really. It needs balancing with actually getting one’s message across, but announcing you’re gonna protest for a specific reason will make it clear to the target/audience what they’re there for, and every protest I’ve been to has had its share of cryptic signs — the message still came through. Sure, the rickrolling and the Fresh Prince rap will confuse people, but they’ll be more likely to come and ask if thge protesters are obviously having fun. (And no, I don’t get the Fresh Prince thing either. Huh?) [/ETA]

Crossposted from Sleepless in Scotland. Comment here or there.

bubosquared: (Default)
( Dec. 21st, 2007 11:12 am)

E dropped by yesterday to give me presents, because she rocks. I got Lush (bweee!), and an Official Robin Hood Electronic Recurve BowTM (bweeehehehehe my co-workers won’t know what hit them :D), and the Best! Hat! Ever!

I has a hat!     I has a hat!

… Please ignore the fact that I look demented in that second picture. *cough* Also, State of the Hair, six months and two days after shaving:

I has hair!

Also, a not-that-small gripe brought on by surfing YouTube for Dubliners vids:

Dear YouTubers,

Carrickfergus is not, in fact, a song originally written by Charlotte Church. No, really.

Twitchingly yours,

Link from Anna: Sock It To Me: Competitive Knitters Get Deadly Serious. I want in! :D

More Serious Link, also from Anna: Lakota group secedes from U.S. Oh my god. I can’t wait to see the official US government reaction to this. O_O

Crossposted from Sleepless in Scotland. Comment here or there.

bubosquared: (Default)
( May. 31st, 2007 11:18 am)

Looks like the kerfuffle ought to be winding down soon, hopefully. I know people are still gonna be pissed at LJ/6A for a while at least, but it looks like I won't have to leave LJ to keep up with fandom, which, thank god. I have my entire adult life documented in this journal, folks, not to mention my permanent account, and I dun like changes. I tried leaving LJ for nine months, once, and I'm not doing that again. Although [livejournal.com profile] anatsuno brought up a good point about the centralisation, and I'm going to be thinking about decentralising a bit, probably. Whatever that'll mean for me, of course. And that's the most substantial thing I'm going to say about the situation, because other people are better at that sort of thing, and I tend to hide from kerfuffles a lot, especially when stressed. *goes back into cave to go draw cave art pr0n*

In completely unrelated news: food post! And speaking of food, best bento ever, holy crap!

Also, I need some help with Outlook Express. (Don't look at me like that, they make us use it at work, boo.) I have several shared mailboxes I need to keep an eye on. Unfortunately, the automatic send/receive thing keeps hanging on the shared boxes, and then not telling me about it, so I have to keep remembering to go cancel it and check manually, which means I often don't get e-mails to my own inbox until an hour after they were sent. Is there any way to disable automatic send/receive for the shared boxes?

So Jerry Falwell is dead. I can't find it in myself to be happy about anyone's death, even his, but I'm very glad there's now one less loud, hateful bigot who thinks I'm a subhuman being who should just die and go to hell in the world.

Having said that, the fact that Phelps is planning to picket Falwell's funeral1 fills me with an unholy glee. Every time I think about it, I can't help but giggle. The phrase "HA-ha!" comes to mind. The only thing that could make this better is if pro-gay organisations end up counter-picketing -- after all, Phelps is picketing the funeral because of the one time Falwell exhibited a shred of actual decency (and when the man who blamed 9/11 on queers and feminists calls you a hater2, that's really bad), and because he claims Falwell was a "fag-enabler", and really, taking the high road and getting to watch the entire right wingnut collective squirm and/or brainsplodey would so be the cherry on this cake. :D

1 I'm taking this link from other blogs's context links, and assuming that page does say something about the picketing plans. Amusingly enough, it's blocked from work because of "racism, hate". For once, the content filter is sort of on my side, heh.

2 I can't seem to find the exact Falwell quote after Phelps's picketing of Matthew Sheppard's funeral, so if anyone does have it, share?

bubosquared: (handbasket)
( Mar. 13th, 2007 04:45 pm)

Headline of the day, in a horrifying and yet mindboggling way: "Man took call during rape, police say". Right, that's it, you can close the internet. I HAVE SEEN IT ALL!

Best customer ever, first thing he said: "I'm a man, so you know I'm a bit thick when it comes to these things ..."

... Aaaaand I just talked to Oliver Wood. Ehehehehe.

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Oct. 17th, 2006 11:10 am)

How not to get help from a call center: hang up every time you're put on hold for ten goddamn seconds.
How to confuse the fuck out of a call center agent: call in just as the fucktard above hung up, thus making me think I was taking said fucktard off hold when instead I was picking up a new call (for a different client, too. Gah.) Not this guy's fault, but still. My poor head!

This Joe Geeling story, and specifically the way the media seems to be covering it, is bugging me for reasosn I can't quite put into words, augh. The BBC story isn't too bad, but the version in the Metro (which I can't find on their website) opens, and I quote: "A teenager who murdered an 11-year-old boy because he rejected his sexual advances was jailed for life yesterday." The BBC also mentions the "rejection of sexual advances" bit, andit just ... it bothers me, because it strikes me that they'd not be writing this if the victim'd been a girl. Maybe I'm wrong about this--I have no rational explanation here, just a sense of bugging.

(Of course, in the case of the Metro article, there's just sloppy writing going on in general. "Detectives have suggested Hamer picked Joe because he was an easy target -- someone who 'in many ways was his polar opposite' at school." How the hell does being popular make you an easy target? Gah.)

And on a lighter note: Cavalcade of Cats. Favourites include: IraKitty, ShowerCat, ScaryKitten, and of course MoonCat.

bubosquared: (belgian in scotland)
( Aug. 10th, 2006 05:13 pm)

Have arrived safely after a (relatively) uneventful flight. No carry-on allowed, which was a bit annoying, but whatever. I got here, which is what matters.

Also, this keyboard is driving me insane.

bubosquared: (political)
( May. 16th, 2006 01:53 pm)

Remember that shooting I mentioned? Now the public TV channel's received a letter, accompanied by a bullet, congratulating the shooter and wishing for Rik Van Nieuwenhuyse* to be the next victim. People, WTF is going on over there? o_O

* Businessman who was in the news a lot last year for refusing to give in to threatening letters (also accompanied by bullets) demanding he fire an employee for wearing hijab.

bubosquared: (space above and beyond)
( May. 12th, 2006 10:40 am)

No S:AaB recap today, as I got distracted by the dishes while cold Case was on in the background, and then I returned to the living room to see Bones was on, and it was about a historical dig, and pirates, so of course I had to watch David Boroneaz get his glee on (awww, he's really not that bad when he's not playing Broody McMoperson), and um. "... Is that Rod Rowland?" Yep, my weird talent for switching on shows I never watch just for the eps starring certain obscure actors I like has struck again! This happens to me all the time with Adam Baldwin as well. Either I have some sort of weird homing device for these guys, or they're stalking me through the TV.

So this weekend in Bruges, a bunch of skinheads beat up a black guy, who is currently still in a coma. Yesterday afternoon, an eighteen-year old shot a Turskish woman, a black woman, and the two-year old (white) child she was babysitting. The Turkish woman is heavily wounded, the other two victims didn't survive. I just ... I'm almost not surprised about this, after watching the number of extreme right voters rise constantly since ... pretty much since I became politically aware, really, which would have been the early nineties, probably even before, but the first real Black Sunday was 1992, I believe. Something had to give in the end, and I can only hope that this is it, that it's not just a buildup to something bigger.

Oh, and then my mum got taken to the ER on Wednesyday with what looked like it could be a heart attack, then might have been lung cancer, but thankfully turned out to be "just" atypical pneumonia. I'm ... kind of glad I didn't hear of it until last night, actually, when there was an actual diagnosis, because I would have freaked the fuck out. Yeah.

bubosquared: (ramblin' mind)
( Apr. 12th, 2006 11:50 am)

Aw, man. (I will never be able to watch the Toy Soldiers vid again, now. Ow.)

So the interview meme is making the rounds again, and I'm never one to pass up a chance to talk about myself, so.

From Dae. )

From Ruth. )

Okay, you know the drill, leave me a comment and I'll interview you, then you post the answers in your LJ and do the same for others. :D

bubosquared: (blah)
( Sep. 1st, 2005 11:20 am)

I've not said anything about the Katrina situation, because everyone else has already been saying it better than I could, but I think you should all read this and this, because this specific aspect of the whole thing is making me more sick than anything. It's not even just the fact that tens of thousands of people were left behind to die in the flood because they have no cars or other means to leave, and that "mandatory evacuation" apparently does not mean actually providing buses and trains for people to actually, you know, evactuate. No, let's add insult to injury and pretend that the people who stayed behind did so because they're stupid and stubborn and chose to, for whatever reason, and then when they go and take food from the stores, food that will go bad by the time the waters subside, let's call it looting and threaten to arrest them for it!

I really hate people sometimes.

(Secret message to the Belgians on my friendslist: am I the only one who keeps flashing back to Oosterschelde, Windkracht 10?)

bubosquared: (work)
( Jul. 29th, 2005 11:27 am)

A glimmer of hope? You know, much as I understand tht both sides in the conflict have their doubts about the validity of this, I still want to punch Ian Paisley in the face. Something about that man brings out the worst in me. Grar.

Big Brother Babbling: My Eugene love grows daily. Love him, people, LOVE HIM! Also, Derek twirling Kamal when he returned from the isolation chamber: so cute! Wheee! And, of course, my boys, who grow more dysfunctional by the day. Bless 'em.

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Jul. 8th, 2005 12:04 pm)

Yesterday was one of those days when I wish I drank tea. Unfortunately, I'm not quite that assimilated yet. (Besides, I think they'll get me into drinking Irn Bru before I succumb to tea. Heh.)

Friendslist and [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes are filled with musings on the difference between the US reaction to 9/11, and the London reaction to yesterday's boms. I feel the need to point out that part of that is simply because of the difference in number of deaths, and also in material damage--I don't think even Londoners would have sprung back quite that fast if there'd been a sudden huge gap in the skyline where, say, Big ben used to be. (Although, on the other hand, if that pinapple building or the London Eye got boomed, that might have actually sped up the healing process. Snarf.)

But a lot of it does indeed have to do with the simple fact that Londoners/Brits (and mainland Europe, though not to quite the same extent1) are just kinda used to this kinda shit. TheBritish reaction to terrorism is gallow's humour, tea, and lots of grumbling about pesky terrorists and how dare they interrupt our days, mutter mutter pish posh. And you know, in the end, I think that's better than chest-beating and vows of bloody vengeance. Not that I think those who did this shouldn't be caught and brought to justice, obviously, but I see terrorists as not unlike toddlers throwing a temper tantrum. If you pay attention to them, they'll just get louder, but if you shrug and go make yourself a cuppa, they'll see that tactic isn't working and try something more constructive.

And in completyely and utterly unrelated2 news, according to this website, which is absolutely brilliant, if I take a shortcut, I could walk to/from work in about 3.3 km (that's a bit over two mile for you USAians stuck in the Imperial Stone Age. :P) That'd take me about 40-50 minutes to walk. And the weather's been nice, lately. Hm. *ponders*

1 I think the Belgian reaction to this sort of attack would contain more panick, but also a lot more beer, for example. :D
2 Well, not entirely, as I did get that link through the [livejournal.com profile] london07072005 community.

Meme! )

bubosquared: (que?)
( Jul. 7th, 2005 11:07 am)

Um. (I'm having a horrible feeling of déja-vu, here ...)

[ETA] For info: [livejournal.com profile] london_070705[/ETA]

bubosquared: (ebony and silver)
( Jul. 6th, 2005 03:59 pm)

Just finished tagging the September entries for the 11th and onwards. God. Just. Yeah.

bubosquared: (political)
( Jun. 1st, 2005 11:35 am)

Normally only bug [livejournal.com profile] ruby_fruit with these thought e-mail, but I think i have at least one Cable/Deadpool fan on my friendslist, and thought you might appreciate the cute. Awwwww. Also: heee! Oh, Bobby. *pats his head*

*dance of joy* *thumbs nose at the Bishops*

I love the internet. I can read my usual Belgian newspaper online, and even get the properly-formatted articles in PDF format if I want. Yay proper (Belgian) news!

bubosquared: (pimpin')
( May. 11th, 2005 02:21 pm)

Today's Metro (free newspaper thingie) has an article on yaoi (as in, actual m/m manga, not the fanstuff) in it. It's very positive, makes a couple of good points, and I really liked the last paragraph:

Regardless of the availablility, women have every right to get excited about this new comic trend. After all, it's highly likely that Quick and her talented counterparts would have been laughed out of every publishing house in the North American hemisphere just a few years ago. A female artist who draws men having sex with each other, for another woman's pleasure? Don't be ridiculous.

In other news, I'm feeling all kick-ass and rocking lately. Don't know if it's the hair, or this outfit, or spring in the air or what, but I keep wanting to burst out into I Feel Pretty in the middle of the street. Heh.

bubosquared: (ramblin' mind)
( May. 6th, 2005 04:22 am)

Right. I'm obviously way too drunk, because I could've sworn they just announced votes for the Official Monster Loony Party. O_o

bubosquared: (contemplative)
( Apr. 2nd, 2005 09:25 pm)

Would it be tasteless if I said "The Pope is dead, long live the Pope"?

... Ah, well.



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