(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: (feminist)
( Sep. 15th, 2007 10:42 pm)

Anna ([livejournal.com profile] troubleinchina) has been doing Friday Discussion Posts for a while now, inviting discussion on feministic (hush, it's a word) issues, and I think this week's is an especially interesting one: You must be this thin: >< to perform (But if you are there's something wrong with you).

For once, I n ot only managed to comment, but I actually managed to be coherent enough that I want to save the comment for my own reference. Go to Anna's post to read, or read here, or whatever.

It's about the fact that women shouldn't take up space. )

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Oct. 18th, 2006 08:58 am)

I really wish TiVos would come out over here already, because I would snap that up in a heartbeat. I really think I ought to be able to watch Law & Order: The Munch and Finn Show Stabler Goes Postal Yet Again Special Victim Unit without being told my job is a waste of money and I'm a chicken (some internet-only bank--FirstDirect?), that my girlparts smell and sticking Yeast Infection In A Quiet Wrapper So You Can Pretend You Don't Bleed From The Crotch Like Almost Every Other Woman up there is a splendid idea, oh and by the way, you should eat breakfast not because you're hungry or you want to or because it's fucking healthy for you, but, obviously, because it makes you thinner--but hey, everyone knows thin = healthy, right?

(Yes, I get twitchy about commercials a lot. Help me feel like less of a freak by sharing your own peeves re: commercials/advertising?)

bubosquared: (Default)
( Oct. 3rd, 2006 01:40 pm)

Augh. Hey coworkers with strong perfume, please don't stand so close to me? If I can smell it, it's got to be pretty bad. (Actually, I think I'm getting more and more sensitive to alcohol-based crap like that. I nearly choked last week when someone sprayed air freshener all over the toilets, and while I'm on the subject, what the hell is up with that? Hate!)

… I'm easily irritated today. Gah.

[ETA] Aaaaand now there's a stupid and offensive racist “joke” in my inbox. I hate forwards anyway, and this one makes me want to hit someone. I hate everything. Can I go home yet? [/ETA]

Crossposted from Sleepless in Scotland. Comment here or there.

bubosquared: (que?)
( Apr. 21st, 2006 11:15 am)

Disturbing link of the day: Purity Balls. I'll just be over here, thanks. Ew!

Scene from the Call Centre Floor:
Disembodied Voice: "Doughnuts are here!"
Everyone: *SWARM*

We've got our priorities straight, yes. :D

bubosquared: (grr)
( Jul. 15th, 2005 09:51 am)

Can I just note that people who deliberately and purposefully spoil people, especially before the damn book is even officially out, are assholes of the first degree who should be locked in a room with capslock!Harry for a few days? Right. Gah. (No, I wasn't spoiled, but others have been. Beware the spoilers, folks!

bubosquared: (que?)
( Jul. 6th, 2005 12:49 pm)

So I got sucked into Big Brother, and--What? Shut up, there is boycrushing and cuddling and I COULDN'T HELP IT OKAY? *sobs in shame* Anyway. Moving on, for those of you not in the UK, and those of you in the UK who haven't been sucked in by Big Brother, last weekend we saw the first actual Live Sex In The BB House. Or rather, Live And Unprotected Sex In The Hot Tub.

Now, if I were one of the other housemates, I would be pitching a fit and demanding the hot tub be emptied, sanitised, and neither of the guilty parties allowed in it again, but then I'm a bit paranoid about STIs. But that's not the worst of it. Yesterday, the woman was being a big ol' drama queen and crying because ... wait for it ... she thinks she's pregnant. In fact, she's more than 90% sure she is, despite the fact that, less than three days after the actual sex, even if fertilisation occured, it wouldn't have implanted yet, and ARGH. Oh, and then she was talking about not telling the father, because that's going to work so well when you've just blubbered over it ad nauseum to several million viewers.

*facepalm* *headdesk*

God Hates Stupid Homophobes!
Another rant from your neighborhood [livejournal.com profile] angry_biscuit click here

bubosquared: (work)
( Jul. 4th, 2005 02:39 pm)

This morning in the newspaper: annoying-ex-classmate-turned-even-annoyinger-politician talking about how the Liberals should work closely/closer with the extreme right VB. HATE!

I'm catching up on my friendslist and stuff, but I had a migraine last night, so don't expect a proper entry till tomorrow. Until then, have a Live 8 screencap of LUV. :D

bubosquared: (grr)
( Jun. 24th, 2005 11:11 am)

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

In light of recent blogsphere discussions (and if you don't know what I'm on about, you're probably better off not knowing, and frankly, I don't know that I even want to talk about this myself), I think I need a "Foul-mouthed, angry, man-hating, feminist dyke" (or some variation thereof, suggestions welcome) icon. Also a queer one, I think.

bubosquared: (grr)
( Jun. 19th, 2005 05:30 pm)

At this point, I would personally blow Tom Cruise if it meant he'd get the fuck off my TV with his "OMG look at me I'm so having the hetsex!" campaign. Gah. Shut up, Tom Cruise. Shut up, journalists who think this is somehow newsworthy.

I't's too fucking hot for this crap.

bubosquared: (ramblin' mind)
( Jun. 15th, 2005 01:58 pm)

Fannish Link of the Day

Snape fans on my friends list may want to avoid clicking this link, in which [livejournal.com profile] alicambs brings up a number of really good points about Snape. I've also spotted a bunch of interesting threads in the comments, but I've not had a chance to actively read through and comment yet, myself.

Political ramblings

I was going to just drop this link and walk off shaking my head, because [livejournal.com profile] caribbeanblue's done a great job of pointing out the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Then I remembered an article I read once about this sort of thing. This was a UK-based "camp", and only for guys, so there wasn't any of the "Put on a bra and shave your legs and armpits, you HIPPIE LESBIAN FREAK!" stuff, but on the other hand, I distinctly remember rules about tight trousers (forbidden!), jewelry (ditto) and "certain kinds of music, such as ABBA, Queen, the Pet Shop Boys, and Cher" (VERBOTEN!).

It'd all be so fucking hilarious if only I could forget these people are seriously for real, and people enroll in these brainwashing programs because they've somehow been convinced that being queer will send them to hell, or that it is, at the very least, a mental disease they need to be cured of.

In light of that, there's this:

"We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we 'celebrate' a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span according to the 2005 issue of the revered scientific journal Psychological Reports," Rev. Bill Banuchi, executive director of the New York Christian Coalition told the Mid Hudson News.

Now, first of all, sex spreads every type of sexually transmittable disease. Gay sex, straight sex, threesomes, orgies, any unprotected sex can and will spready every type of STD. That's why they're called STDs! Yeah, anal sex increases the risk of infections, but not all m/m couples have anal sex, and anal sex is not only had by queer people. Consider, for random example, the number of girls who have only anal sex so they can be virgins on their wedding night!

I don't know where how trustworthy the 20 years claim is, but even if that's a reputable publication, ditto study, and actually what the study claims/concludes, I still want to know what other factors play a role there. The stress of having to live in a world with bigots like the good Reverend Banuchi, for example, is sure to knock more than a few years off my life expectancy.

And as something of a sidenote, I actually think those warning labels on cigarette packs are ridiculous, too. We know smoking is bad for us, people, we don't call them "cancer sticks" for nothing. Has anyone ever really started smoking because they thought it was good for them? It's not that we don't know, it's that we don't want to kno, because we don't think that kinda stuff happens to us, only to other people, and all the warning labels in the world won't stop that.

Er, yeah, speaking of cancer sticks ...

I'm trying to quit smoking (er, again), so if I act twitchy and nervous and overly productive and talkative this week, that'll be why.

bubosquared: (political)
( Jun. 8th, 2005 11:59 am)

[livejournal.com profile] krazycat tagged me, so here, have a meme. )

Tag six other people to take this meme.

Hm, let's see, who hasn't taken this yet ... [livejournal.com profile] babyofthegroup, [livejournal.com profile] carelessmemory, [livejournal.com profile] deepsix, [livejournal.com profile] elance, [livejournal.com profile] jamaisneutral, and [livejournal.com profile] ruby_fruit.

Another meme, cut for image. )

The current User Friendly storyline (starting here) is amusing me greatly because it rings so true. (I had to deal with pretty much exactly that for three years, remember, and yes, people do indeed act like that.)

In less amusing news, and the reason for the use of my politics icon*, Didier Reynders can bite me. As I ranted at poor [livejournal.com profile] jamaisneutral:

WTF? "Evaluate" gay marriages? Why? I just. I can't even fucking articulate how pissed off I am. The bloody CD&V is in favour, for fuck's sake, but Mr Reynders has to go and be a fucknuggety twat and ARGH!

The CD&V is the Christian centre-rightish party, for the non-Belgians amongst you. Reynders is supposed to be a liberal. And his nonsense about public opinion and queer couples adopting is bad enough, but I can't even read his "We should evaluate same-sex marriage" statement without seeing red, spluttering incoherently, and failing to make any sort of sense. Maybe once I've calmed down I'll be able to formulate a proper rant, but for now, you'll just have to imagine my primal scream.

Fucking hell.

* Which randomly reminds me, with 100 icon slots, I probably need Even More New Icons, and new and improved versions of the older ones. Something to ponder. Need to burn the images I have on my home computer to disk for use at work, I think.

bubosquared: (work)
( May. 31st, 2005 11:08 am)

Guess who forgot to call home to wish her brother a happy birthday yesterday? *facepalm*

[ETA] Which means I also missed [livejournal.com profile] evadne_'s birthday, argh! Sorry, Ang! Happy belated birthday?[/ETA]

Side note of the day: Fake LJ-cuts in communities suck the big one. Grrr, I say!

bubosquared: (ramblin' mind)
( May. 27th, 2005 02:57 pm)

Just a heads-up: I'm likely to be offline most of this weekend, for a number of reasons, but mostly because a) I have a bunch of offline stuff I need to get done, and b) I need to give my wrists a rest, because my RSI has been flaring up thanks to the stupid desk at work. (I finally managed to find a way to sit ar this desk without straining my wrists, but if I don't let them rest now, they won't heal, so.) Not that anyone would miss me, and depending on the state of my wrists, I might get on for a while anyway, but you know.

So I've been keeping myself entertained at work this week by reading the [livejournal.com profile] stupidpetowners archives, and I feel the need to share this gem. I don't think you have to even vaguely know how to take care of pets in order to enjoy that one, because ... really, now.

Also amusing, for the Dr Who fans on my friendslist:

I totally forgot to mention that I saw The Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy with [livejournal.com profile] elance last week, and loved it. As I said to E afterwards, if this movie doesn't spawn a whole lot of slash, I'll be sorely disappointed in fandom. So, um. Anyone have any recs for m? Ford/Arthur preferred, but any will do, because woa. They couldn't have made that movie more subtexty if they tried!

Also, I caught the tail end of an item on this on the morning news, and um. The hell? They'll take my chef's knife from me when they pry it from my cold, dead hands, dammit! I use that thing, and I use it a hell of a lot more than I do my bread knife or any the smaller, "potato peeler" knives.

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Apr. 30th, 2005 05:16 pm)

Nagging but persistent headaches = BOOO! *painkiller*

Rob Liefeld is the suckiest "artist" ever and I demand to know why that man still has a job. Why? WHY?

Beltane tonight with [livejournal.com profile] elance and [livejournal.com profile] wibbble. Apparently, also yet another football match, as evidenced by the hordes of noisy annoying people outside my window. Boo.

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Apr. 20th, 2005 11:20 am)


Okay, people1, please stop using the phrase "a tad bit". That is not an expression! "A tad" means "a bit", so what you're really saying is "a bit bit". I dobn't know if this is wannabe-Britspeak or whatnot, but it drives me up the wall! *twitch

1 And by "people" I mean people on various communities I read, not you lot, for the record. Don't hink I've ever seen anyone on my friendslist use that expression. Thank fuck.

bubosquared: (grr)
( Apr. 7th, 2005 06:46 pm)

So this morning I get an e-mail from F2S that my ADSL is activated and ready to go. I think, "Yay, broadband!" and get home and start fiddling about with the computer and stuff trying to configure the router. An hour later I cave in and call the help desk. Another hour, two calls and a new micro filter later, we've determined BT needs to get involved, probably to the extent of sending an engineer over here to check and double-check that my phone line is indeed supposed to be able to handle DSL. There's no telling for sure if that's even going to happen at all, and if so, when. So I'm still stuck on dialup.

*scream of frustration and primal rage*

bubosquared: (grr)
( Apr. 1st, 2005 07:06 pm)

Dear Teenagers Doing Undetermined Things Probably Involving Alcohol In The Playground Across The Street,

While I'm not that long out of my teenage years myself, and can indeed appreciate a good drinking binge, kindly keep the fucking noise down, because some of us are trying to combine our binging with writing over here.


bubosquared: (grr)
( Mar. 29th, 2005 01:21 am)


So, we're ... doing the RPS debate? Again? With the same arguments as always, except more vicious? *sigh* This icon has never beem quite as fitting as it is now.

I kinda want to get in on this, but at this point anything I can say will have been said already, and even though I said recently that I wanted to get back into debates like the RPS debate, the actual RPS wars have become ... well, frankly, too fucking vicious for me to even touch.

(Also, the way people still insist on equating RPS with stalking and rape, not to mention all the OMG YOU'LL GET SUED ullshite, after all this time still manages to get my blood pressure up into the red. Hate. Stupid. People.)

In other news, because I'm a lemming, you can find the desktop meme behind this here cut. )



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