This is just,,, no... I can't even...

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:14 pm
oursin: C19th engraving of a hedgehog's skeleton (skeletal hedgehog)
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[H]e claimed he sent the messages to exercise his right to freedom of speech and to “satirise” the issue of online trolling.
Labour MP says Peter Nunn, who was jailed for 18 weeks for threatening her on social media, led her to install panic button

And he's claiming that it was what, some kind of performance art?

Or classic case of 'That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means'?

Was a bit tempted...

Sep. 30th, 2014 07:59 pm
oursin: Painting of Clio Muse of History by Artemisia Gentileschi (Clio)
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Well, actually, after I had already sent the email to the media researcher saying 'not a historian of early modern medicine', and not saying, 'so not about the What did they really die of thing', the thought occurred to me -

- that with a very minimal amount of mugging up, me and the Famous Shirt could probably go on telly and sound pretty authoritative in a brief soundbite.

(Telly researchers, by the way, never seem to google anything, otherwise they might have twigged that the C16th is not my patch, and deaths of people around the monarchy, not that either. But even though I try to eschew watching history programmes, even in the ones I've been in I have been moved to ask the heavens, 'Y O Y did they ask X to say anything on this subject?' Sometimes they are even visibly struggling. So perhaps as long as they can describe a person as 'historian' it doesn't really matter what they are a historian of.)

Also, I think that 'different theories of what the actual cause of death was' does not amount to 'controversy', rather that simply that there could be several possible explanations. When a woman dies some days after giving birth following an arduous labour, I don't think we need to start invoking sinister conspiracy. Maybe there's a desire to know The Real Facts but even if we had the contemporary case records, whether these would decode to anything that we could define in modern medical terminology, Clio alone knows.

Once upon a Time 4.01

Sep. 30th, 2014 02:22 pm
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Oh cracky fairy tale show of my heart, you're back!

Spoilers would never let Sleepy drive )

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Sep. 30th, 2014 03:55 am
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I'm going to be without computer access for a few days so TTFN.

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More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Sep. 30th, 2014 03:18 am
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Blindfold 15 by [personal profile] velvetwhip. wants info on your fanfiction.

BuzzFeed gives "13 Reasons Spike From “Buffy” Is The Best Vampire Ever : Over ten years later and that accent still makes us swoon".

Sunrise sex

Sep. 29th, 2014 04:52 pm
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1) We've had some great sunset photos over the years but Mike finally caught some great sunRISE photos last week. Read more... )

2) Some interesting data in this Guardian study of British sex lives.

3) The thing that caught my attention in this study on gender roles was that 1) Male interviewees were paid more for the study and 2) That the process of interviewing was different for the two sexes. Is this irony in action?

4) I never want to read the words "clever fingers" again. (Also, what about knees? Or chins? Are all other body parts intellectually challenged?)

5) So far the only new series we've seen is Gotham which was ok. I have a few more set to record but have been slow to set the DVR. We have so much stuff starting to come back that I haven't been paying much attention to the fall lineup. Read more... )

'Ello? 'Ello? (anybody there?)

Sep. 29th, 2014 08:14 pm
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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I note that people are joining up, or begging for invites to, the new social network Ello, which is being marketed as the alternative to FaceBook after FB suddenly decided to crack down over the Real Name issue (sigh). (At the moment it looks pretty much like crickets and tumbleweeds over there, it's all stark mimimalism and white space, but what do I know. It is after all still in beta and invite-only.)

There has already been a certain amount of critique:
Goodbye, Ello: Privacy, Safety, and Why Ello Makes Me More Vulnerable to My Abusers and Harassers
No, I am not interested in joining your proprietary social network
The social networks we already have are not giving us what we want. We’re turning to the new thing because it’s new, not because it’s good

Do I want/need yet another social space online? I feel that I'm already pretty much maxxed out on places I hang out and chat with friends, ascertain what's new on the Rialto, etc.

My main space is DW - increasingly more of a salon than an agora, now that the latter function seems to be much more happening on FB and Twitter - and LJ since I still have legacy people there who haven't made the jump and aren't likely to.

FB is a mishmash of DW/LJ people (some no longer active in those places), academic/professional connections, family, etc etc; ditto, pretty much, Twitter (not so much family, for some reason). G+ doesn't seem to be particularly happening - I am still getting circled by total strangers, I skorn this practice utterly.

More niche sites where I have a presence are and GoodReads.

I did have a Diaspora login but haven't visited it for a very long time and have forgotten my details.

I haven't updated my professional blog for months.

Do I really want another place, however cool and happening? Not really. If there does come about a mass exodus there of people I'm connected to I can rethink then.

Oh no!

Sep. 29th, 2014 01:34 pm
selenak: (Old School by Khalls_stuff)
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I just found out Maggie Stables died. . Peaceful and in her sleep, which is a good way to go, of course. But Evelyn Smythe, whom she played on the Big Finish audio adventures, was such a great character. As Colin Baker says, she was the definite Sixth Doctor Companion; she redefined him. And their audible chemistry was just delightful.

Perhaps because she was the first Companion who was introduced as an older person, Evelyn dealing with her mortality - not the chance she could be killed during an adventure, but the normal human fragility of her aging body - was a red thread through many of her adventures. A bit like Laura Roslin on BSG who gets introduced in the scene in which she gets her terminal diagnosis, and whose survival beyond the end of the show would have felt like cheating, Big Finish didn't just tease out this with Evelyn. And because the audio adventures don't have to happen in a linear fashion, we got Evelyn's goodbyes - to her Doctor, the sixth one, in Thicker than Water, and to the seventh one in A Death in the Family - without this meaning the end of Evelyn; there were adventures starring her made after this which simply preceded those goodbyes in chronological fashion. And Maggie Stables never sounded weary or routine-esque. I recently heard two adventures which paired her and the Doctor with Victorian trickster Thomas Brewster, and Evelyn sounded as vibrantly compelling as ever. Even when, in a spacesuit, she faced possible death (again) and still loved the wonder of the moment.

I'm so glad Big Finish cast Maggie Stables as this wonderful character. We could say goodbye to Evelyn, knowing it was au revoir really because of that non-linearity of adventures. Not anymore, and yet, those goodbyes feel a bit comforting now. I think I'll listen to them again.

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Sep. 29th, 2014 09:29 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] violsva!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Sep. 29th, 2014 03:34 am
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Wearing the Coat , NC-17 Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] rahirah.

Infamous II , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] skargasm.

Great Bloody Bastard , NC-17 Spike/Angelus by [personal profile] dustandroses.

Chapter Nine of More Toil and Trouble by [personal profile] slaymesoftly.

WhatCulutre talks "BtVS & AtS" Easter eggs.

The Good Wife 6.01

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:32 am
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
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Operation Catching Up With TV continues with last week's episode of The Good Wife.

Now that's how you do a season premiere! )

Doctor Who 8.06

Sep. 29th, 2014 06:05 am
selenak: (Brig by Kathyh)
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Operation Catch Up With TV continues with a round of WHAT ABOUT THE BRIG?

Gareth Roberts usually gives good comedy, but this seriously distracted me )


Sep. 28th, 2014 09:33 pm
oursin: Frontispiece from C17th household manual (Accomplisht Lady)
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Made a brown wheatgerm loaf on my return.

Saturday breakfast rolls: basic buttermilk: 6:1:1 strong white, medium cornmeal, coarse cornmeal.

Today's lunch: pheasant breasts flattened, rubbed with garlic, salt and pepper, quick fried in butter, deglazed with madeira; served with spinach stir-fried with star anise, padron peppers, asparagus roasted in walnut oil and splashed with balsamic vinegar, and a miniature pumpkin quartered and deseeded, the flesh brushed with pumpkinseed oil, and roasted.

This week's bread: a loaf of emmer flour as I found that this is among the heritage flours currently being produced by Dove's Farm while replenishing my baking supplies.

Manhattan 1.09

Sep. 28th, 2014 09:54 pm
selenak: (Sternennacht - Lefaym)
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Back from the mountains for two days before I hit the road again. Operaton Catching Up With TV is in progress, hence the review for last week's Manhattan episode just before the next one gets broadcast.

Spoilers are figuring out secrets )

Scraping the bottom of the barrel

Sep. 28th, 2014 05:30 pm
oursin: image of hedgehogs having sex (bonking hedgehogs)
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Sex Uncovered 2014: An intimate look at British attitudes to sex, a special supplement to The Observer. (Report in main section.)

We ask ourselves, what is the point? what is the point? given that the first findings of the latest iterations of the somewhat more scientifically and statistically reputable NATSAL have already been published.

The supplement - surprise! - ticks all the boxes we might expect, but we very much doubt that it can lay any claim to being a significant contribution to human knowledge about sex in society today. (I am just not convinced of the depth of their research when somebody thinks the term 'bonkbuster' is a new, post-50 Shades, coinage: nitcomb, I haz 1.)

And no-one ever interrogates the 'porn made him do it' claim for assaults committed by v young boys.

What would be interesting to me (maybe it's a bit niche) would be to see this set in the context of how to put reader-grabbing sex in the papers without falling foul of censorship and public opinion, so ably outlined in Adrian Bingham's works on the topic. Okay, someone does mention Dyhouse's Girl Trouble in the contexts of panics around teenage girls, but on the whole, historical context FAIL.

Birthday Girl!!!

Sep. 28th, 2014 09:11 am
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Happy (belated) Birthday, [personal profile] selenak!!!


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