Playpen

Welcome to the Playpen, our space for ferrety banter and whimsical snippets of things that aren't quite long enough for articles (although they might be) but that caught your eye anyway.

at 02:01 on 10-08-2013, Cheriola
Re: Pacific Rim: I haven't watched the movie, but from what I gather from feminist media Tumblr blogs, it gets a lot of things right, so it deserves the money even if its just to encourage more movies like it.

Example: http://raptorific.tumblr.com/post/57184329007/pacific-rim-is-a-proof-of-concept
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at 01:51 on 10-08-2013, Alasdair Czyrnyj
Okay guys, need a question answered here: is there any compelling reason for me to go see Pacific Rim? (N.B. When formulating your answers, please keep in mind that I am the one who hates fun.)

Also, on the subject of movies, film scholar Steve Shaviro has one of the best takes I've seen on Zero Dark Thirty. To paraphrase, his argument is that the discussion over the film's depiction of torture was a bit of a red herring, and that the movie argued that the War on Terror has much deeper structural problems.
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at 20:12 on 09-08-2013, Cheriola
PS: For the latter, the extensive comment section is quite interesting too. (The owner of the blog is very thorough about deleting offensive comments, so it's safe to read without losing your faith in humanity completely.)
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at 20:06 on 09-08-2013, Cheriola
Okay, not that I think the gentleman ferrets around here need it, but just in case you haven't read it yet, I thought everyone here might enjoy it, and perhaps use it as a teaching tool with some of your male friends:

http://fozmeadows.wordpress.com/2013/08/03/psa-dear-street-harassers/
http://chrisbrecheen.blogspot.de/2013/07/changing-creepy-guy-narrative.html
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at 20:36 on 08-08-2013, Robinson L
I could tell. So I still don't know for sure what the guys running the podcast thought about the review, but it sounds like from the point of view of the person they were interviewing at least, what you said was fair enough.
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at 20:20 on 08-08-2013, Arthur B
Going by clues in the podcast, I'd guess it was a more recent review (say, within the last year) of a single book, one which was heavily critical, and probably made a bit of a splash. So if I had to guess, I'd tap Arthur's review of The Waters Rising as the likeliest candidate.

The interviewee's response, for what it's worth, was that he thought any level of criticism - short of outright abuse, of course - is valid if that's how the reviewer genuinely felt about the piece.

Oh, trust me, I felt every word of that.
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at 20:00 on 08-08-2013, Robinson L
@Bryn: I have one-day ticket for Saturday, as a sort of compromise with the reality of my looming dissertation deadline and of my bank account. I also have most of the afternoon blocked out the time from about 1:30 to 8 doing this writing workshop I volunteered up for (I may not be in both slots, I haven't figured that out yet). And I'll be in the Renaissance, which I believe is the other hotel.

... So, if you want to meet up sometime Saturday morning or around noon, I can probably just about make that work (it sounds like a good idea); otherwise I'm afraid we're going to have to give it a miss.


On an unrelated note, and reaching back a little bit, I had a listen to that podcast Michal mentioned about a month ago where they mentioned the site. The question was about whether the interviewee (an online book reviewer) thought some reviews can be too harsh, and brought up the (unnamed) article just as an example of a review at the extreme end of the spectrum with no explicit value judgments.

Going by clues in the podcast, I'd guess it was a more recent review (say, within the last year) of a single book, one which was heavily critical, and probably made a bit of a splash. So if I had to guess, I'd tap Arthur's review of The Waters Rising as the likeliest candidate.

The interviewee's response, for what it's worth, was that he thought any level of criticism - short of outright abuse, of course - is valid if that's how the reviewer genuinely felt about the piece.
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at 17:05 on 08-08-2013, Alice
@Bryn: I'm the wrong country, so, alas: no. :( But it sounds like it could be a really fun time - let us know how it went?
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at 13:28 on 08-08-2013, Bryn
(Are any ferretneurons/ferretglialcells going to be at Nine Worlds this weekend? Any chance of meeting up? I'm probably going to spend most of my time with indie RPGs and the Queer Fandom track.

I admit I'm not sure why anyone would want to meet up with me-who-posts-almost-never, but it would be nice all the same :) )
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at 11:10 on 08-08-2013, Kit
I heard about that, yes. But apparently they recently tried to justify that by reminding us that the role was once offered to an unrelated person (a shop assistant at Sainbury's, iirc) who, for reasons unknown, turned it down. So there you go!
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at 10:17 on 08-08-2013, Arthur B
They've finally set a genderblind policy, but between you and me there's a lot of family-based nepotism that still goes on in the selection process.
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at 09:50 on 08-08-2013, Kit
Oh, and there I was, thinking they had just had a genderblind casting and had genuinely chosen, you know, the actors "best suited to the role", who Just Happened to be Kings. Silly, silly me.
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at 07:38 on 08-08-2013, Arthur B
Yeah, come to think of it I think the Queen was exclusively played by men for most of the first half of the twentieth century as some sort of Men's Rights experiment.
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at 07:14 on 08-08-2013, Shimmin
I believe there's a very strong likelihood that the Queen's next regeneration will indeed be played by a man.
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at 01:54 on 08-08-2013, Cheriola
In reaction to Moffat's douchy comment "I like that helen mirren has been saying the next Doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the Queen should be played by a man.", I have finally got around to watching the movie "Orlando" (in which Elizabeth I was played by Quentin Crisp). And it was awesome.

I'm not surprised that Moffat has never heard of it, though. It is adapted from a Virginia Woolf novel, after all.
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at 23:37 on 07-08-2013, Kit
You guys just so made my day.
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at 22:02 on 07-08-2013, Shimmin
"He parsed her gently, nuzzling hubs and socket until her buffer overflowed."

"She glanced down at his ample bandwidth, and slowly opened a port in her firewall."

"He gave a playful wink and, in a whisper, proposed a three-way handshake."

...I can't believe I just wrote that on the Internet.
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at 19:42 on 07-08-2013, Arthur B
TOR network

Hey now, let's not get needlessly grim.
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at 18:01 on 07-08-2013, Janne Kirjasniemi
Unfortunately the streaming opportunities were used by other less seemly characters, which resulted in... well now its getting a bit banal though... also, thoughts of incorporating the TOR network and VPN-connections to this narrative is making my head hurt.

Hey:
After being neglected so long she gave him Kickstart-like shower of attention!
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at 16:27 on 07-08-2013, Arthur B
Unable to resist such an offer, she soon subscribed to his streaming service and enjoyed it on every single one of her devices.
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at 16:07 on 07-08-2013, Janne Kirjasniemi
"Unlimited livestream of love for free. Boundless streaming at home, at work or on the go, baby!"
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at 14:15 on 07-08-2013, Arthur B
a rich tickling jet of youthful vigor

I think you mean an HD-quality livestream of love.
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at 14:00 on 07-08-2013, Janne Kirjasniemi
"His firewire of affectionate lust had the vivid colours and detail of an HD image of similar equipment."

"They were trapped in an endless loop of carnal computation until they both reached the break statement."

"And with an audible sigh, he let his flow of information to envelop his partner's face in a rich tickling jet of youthful vigor."
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at 13:39 on 07-08-2013, Arthur B
That's true - and the fact that male genitalia are described in those terms and the women get all the nature/divinity/love/secrecy imagery is kind of interesting.

Yeah, the only industrial euphemism the women get is "watertight furnace". Which admittedly is the best euphemism, but still.

Oh please do.

Ah, OK, let's see...

"He swiped her sensitive touchscreen."
"Steve gently guided his dongle into his partner's star-shaped port."
"Sheila urged her lover to go more slowly. 'Be gentle!' she cried, 'remember, I'm case-sensitive!'"
"Undoing the clip, she let her outer garments drop to the floor and he gasped at the magnificence of her high-resolution desktop."
"'It will never work between us!' she declared. 'I'm looking for a secure host, but you're not ready to give up your peer-to-peer lifestyle!'"

Join in, gang!
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