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 01:02 on 17-04-2012, Arthur B
He is a stalwart defender of the Literature of Ideas and a primary inspiration for one of my current front page articles, I'll have you know!

But srsly we should probably stop poking at him since he can't come back and defend himself.
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at 00:52 on 17-04-2012, Fin
ugh, i just had to go throw up from reading some of stirling's comments here. what a despicable man.
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at 23:58 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
I'm having a lot of anxiety along the lines of "OMG they will hate whatever I write!" But I expect I will get over myself. :)
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at 23:07 on 16-04-2012, Arthur B
I will await it with interest.
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at 22:55 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Arthur B: I have started outlining, at least vaguely, for that Shockwave Rider review/post I threatened to do a little while back in the comments of your Corum post. :) So maybe that will turn up as a submission soon.
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at 22:46 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
James D: As for Stirling, see my complaint and subsequent comments from a few days ago. He shows up and shits all over threads, a lot.
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at 22:45 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Arthur B: The heady rush of power over jackassery...
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at 22:43 on 16-04-2012, Arthur B
I got to push the button, it was very exciting.
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at 22:41 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Oh, hey, I didn't realize the powers that be actually BANNED Stirling from here. :) That explains a lot.
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at 22:40 on 16-04-2012, Arthur B
I'm fairly sure we never even mentioned him before he showed up and did all this stuff.
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at 22:09 on 16-04-2012, James D
What, was this some poor oppressed author whom FerretBrain mercilessly ridiculed?
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at 21:53 on 16-04-2012, Arthur B
I would assume that's because the editors here have the power to ban S.M. Stirling.

But as we saw, he has the power to keep going a while even after banning, like some sort of interwebz zombie. ;)
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at 21:00 on 16-04-2012, Michal
Every comment section is always full of crap. Except FerretBrain's, of course!

I would assume that's because the editors here have the power to ban S.M. Stirling. Which would improve most sff-related comments threads, I think (I need to check if he popped up on the Salon article, too).
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at 20:47 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
James -- yes, but some are MORE full of fail than others. YouTube and Salon are both particularly failtastic most of the time.
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at 20:40 on 16-04-2012, James D
Every comment section is always full of crap. Except FerretBrain's, of course!
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at 17:25 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Yah, it's Salon. The comments section is ALWAYS full of fail, as far as I can tell. It's a Law of Nature.
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at 16:11 on 16-04-2012, Michal
Yes, read that article a week ago, thought it was most excellent. Though the comments section is full of fail.
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at 05:13 on 16-04-2012, Adrienne
Ooh, good article by Saladin Ahmed over at Salon: Is Game of Thrones Too White? (Spoiler: of course.)
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at 00:12 on 15-04-2012, Adrienne
(And while I am not THAT old, myself, I have been in fandom since there was only one of it.)
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at 00:11 on 15-04-2012, Adrienne
GAH. I hit the wrong button and deleted my somewhat long exposition. Arthur B: I will rewrite it later, but right now i actually desperately need a nap and some food, not necessarily in that order. However, the short version is that 'fen' is an oft-used plural for 'fan', among older fen.
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at 23:07 on 14-04-2012, Sister Magpie
Re: Twin Peaks, I remember watching it at the time it was clear if DL actually directed the episode within seconds. I didn't like watching people trying to copy his style. I think not just because of whatever technical things he does, but as a viewer I just always felt like whatever he was doing he was doing for a reason. People described it as weird for the sake of weirdness, but that's exactly how I didn't feel about it, and why I liked being in his hands even if it didn't ultimately work.

I haven't seen Cabin in the Woods, but I'm annoyed at anyone doing a meta-commentary on horror movies. I just don't like them and I hated the whole "ironic horror" thing of the 90s. There seems little reason to make a joke about the molesting tree ("Did something in the woods do this to you?") or anything in Evil Dead since nothing could stop Evil Dead itself. But that's me speaking without knowing anything about CitW.
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at 23:03 on 14-04-2012, Arthur B
Yeah, the only thing about Ghu is that it's actually fairly common among Fen of a Certain Age

"Fen"?
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at 23:00 on 14-04-2012, Adrienne
Yeah, the only thing about Ghu is that it's actually fairly common among Fen of a Certain Age -- I can name several other, much less irritating, folks who use it regularly -- and so i'd rather not specifically associate it with him because it's pretty harmless.
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at 22:38 on 14-04-2012, Arthur B
I think he has enough stupid little mannerisms that you could make a really good drinking game/bingo out of it.

"Ghu" should be the free space because he seems incapable of letting that joke go.
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