Current Affairs Imported From Epistula

Depths of the pool

From Suicide Girls’ (I read it for the articles) (No, really, I do. They publish good articles. Wil Wheaton writes for them, and Warren Ellis. I really do read it for the articles) (It is something of a sad state of affairs that I do read it for the articles, and not for – say – the naked pretty girls. I really am being very defensive about this, aren’t I? I do feel guilty for reading the articles and liking them lots and then not buying a subscription, but the main thing you get for the subscription is teh nekkid, and I’m not really interested in that) (Well, obviously I am, in the default male vanilla… look, stop judging me, okay? I can hear you judging me, so just stop it. I will not be judged by you, stop it. STOP WITH THE JUDGING.

From Suicide Girl’s Newswire, We see the foll… no, it’s no good. I’m pretty sure I opened at least one bracket there that I didn’t close, and it’s going to bother me forever until I find it. Like a broken chord, and such… there it is. )

From Suicide Girl’s Newswire, We see the following story (See, got there in the end):

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has issued a statement condemning an apparent “Sopranos” product tie-in: A pool cue endorsed by former cast member Joseph Gannascoli. During the sixth season, Gannascoli’s character Vito Spatafore was beaten to death, and then sodomized, with a pool cue after his mob crew discovered he was gay.

Uh oh. This isn’t going to be good.

The gay and lesbian community embraced the “Sopranos” storyline because “Gay Vito” was a sympathetic character and his death brutally demonstrated intolerance. The pool cue is marketed by a company called Rockwell Billiards, which, in an epic moment of poor-taste decision-making, branded the product with the phrase “A Cue to Die For.”

Just in case you thought the world was running out of stupid.

“Joeseph Gannascoli’s website” advertises the pool cue despised and given free publicity by a GLAAD press release (You’re lucky I didn’t title that link GLAAD Tidings) which is noticed by a TV Week Columnist and from there to Suicide Girls, and there to an obscure little British website.

AND NOW! Computer Games. Don’t jud… oh, you weren’t.

2007 Imported From Epistula


Washing machine go ‘splody boom.
Drum thought rubber seal could do with spin dry,
Kitchen flooded.
Send ark.
Rats drowning.
Silver lining: Floor clean.

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I find from Webbalert (First story, though I can’t link to it because you can’t link inside vodcasts (spit) or podcasts (double-spit) that Google News will allow people involved in a story to reply on its page, this is very interesting to me, because it’s one of the things that my previous, more Angelic, startup was doing three years ago before we crash-and-burned2.0. Here’s the argument.

Responses to an item of news come in four flavours.

  1. People I know
  2. People who’s opinions I care about
  3. People involved
  1. Every other bastard

    Frex, in a story about Johnson & Johnson suing the American Red Cross over use of their trademark of a thick scarlet plus sign, I originally heard of it, and commentary about it, from Gideon (Category 1), and since he allows comments I also saw the responses of other members of Category 1 and a couple from Category 4.

    A Technoarti search brings me 47 links back, including a Slashdot story. The 46 links, and the comments from the Slashdot story (697) fall firmly under Category 4 (The story itself doesn’t, because the writer didn’t editorialize, so that isn’t an opinion).

    Because I subscribe to 228 RSS/Atom/ESF feeds (At about 6,250 items a month, fact fans) and however many Livejournals, I generally get information from Categories 1 & 2 fed to me on a plate, and the internet has an endless supply of the opinions of Category 4, if I wanted to get Category 3 information, I have to dig a bit, I have to be interested in the story of itself. Doing so, I find press releases from Johnson & Johnson and The American Red Cross (Both of which offer XML feeds of such, march of the future fans), but both of which would normally have been drowned out almost entirely from my sight by Category 4 information. You find out that above the kneejerk “Attacking the Red Cross bad, m’kay” reaction, J&J are more responding to the ARC’s beginning to encroach on the medical supplies market, and that J&J did actually get the trademark first (even though they got it because of the work of the Red Cross and wanted to associate with it, and the trademark should never have been given). Research it for yourself, anyway. You have the tools.

    The internet, the blogosphere (spit again), “Web 2.0” have all given voices to the masses, we have been given the (questionable) impression we can actually affect our world once again but, at the end of the day, Category 3 information – which is information that is actually relevant to the story instead of preprocessed by 1 (Friends) or 2 (Pundits) – needs to float above the sea of 4 (Bastards).

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World of War

Kevin Zuccato, head of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre in Canberra, says terrorists can gain training in games such as World of Warcraft in a simulated environment, using weapons that are identical to real-world armaments.

(From The Austrailian via the charming mr anti-afe 🙁)