davegodfrey: Hello Cthulhu! (Cthulhu!)
This is actually quite tricky. Most of the people on the f'list ([personal profile] innerbrat and [profile] steely_glint for instance) are either friends from uni, or have written interesting blogs so I follow them (e.g. [info]tyrell). The others are mostly people I'm not actually likely to meet any time soon, what with living on the wrong continent an' all.

So actually there's only four more people than I thought who I've met via LJ that I can think of. [profile] snapesbabe, [profile] ms_entropy, [info]corchen, I met [info]karohemd before I knew him on LJ, but he knew everyone else via LJ, so I think he counts too. How could I forget [personal profile] nadrieland [personal profile] ginasketch? And [personal profile] rowanberries? Because I 'm a useless prat that's why.

Oddly, [info]matgb doesn't count, because I'd at least heard of him via [personal profile] pinkshifter and [profile] invadergaz before I even knew what LJ was, and I've known her since she was at Brunel. So the chances are I'd have probably met him even without LJ.

ETA to add all the lovely people I forgot.
davegodfrey: South Park Me. (Dave Godfrey)
Some pillock has created the "Open Source Boob Project". And then thought it would be a good idea to tell the internet. I heard about this from [profile] snapesbabe, and under highly specific circumstances could be a healthy thing to do (along with getting to know your genitals on a farm in California). That's about the only context where I think you could involve strangers, and even then there's rather more social interaction than "Here's your badge, now can I touch you?"

There isn't really a male equivalent set of organs that you could use, so the one-sidedness of this interaction bothers me. As does the idea that women might feel pressured into taking part, guilty for not taking part, put off doing something they'd otherwise like, or that someone will take it too far. But I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and conclude that the idea that it was degrading to women didn't cross his mind. Probably because he's an idiot, but possibly because he's a man and men don't necessarily think like that which they fucking should.

I still don't think it did. And then I saw this link to [personal profile] kate_nepveu's journal. And some of the comments quoting what he'd written in his comments. Now I think he's a creepy idiot, and I'm not in the least surprised he came up with this idea. If the guy was 18 I might be able to overlook this as the folly of youth, but he's clearly old enough to know better.

The more I read about this the angrier I get.

It would be nice to live in a world where people didn't have hang-ups about sex and nudity and the body being "dirty". Being comfortable with yourself means many things. I'm not sure where allowing some bloke you've exchanged three sentences with to cop a feel comes into this. If you want to do it then hooray for you. But why are you doing it? There are better ways to improve you self-esteem, and wouldn't it be more fun to be fondled by someone who at least pretended to be interested in you as a person, even if all they really wanted was a shag?
davegodfrey: Flying Spaghetti Monster : Touched by his noodly appendage (FSM)
Many people think that creationism is largely a problem associated with Christian fundamentalist. This is not true, the Muslims have 'em too. Probably the most famous in the West is Harun Yahya, newsworthy recently for sending unsolicited copies of "The Atlas of Creation" to thousands of researchers and institutions across Europe and America. I've not seen a copy, but its supposedly very big *800 pages) and very glossy (lots of pictures many of which violate copyright- so the book won't be in Waterstone's any time soon.).

Anyway what's this got to do with Wordpress? Someone's written something that's pissed him off, and he's got a court in Turkey to block the whole of wordpress. Here's the letter to the site owners. . The letter says that Yahya's feeling sre hurt and they've tried taliking to them, but they haven't heard back, so they've got to see the judge. This chap thinks its collateral damage from fighting between two islamic groups. The only site the plaintiffs names specifically that's in english describes Yahya's organisation as an armed sex cult, and that these people escaped jail because the victims dropped out due to being blackmailed. Is this libellous? I honestly don't know. Most of the named blogs have a single article, and they all use one or two of the same photos, and from what little French I remember I suspect there's sockpuppetry going on there anyway

The thing descends into farce with the plaintiff's signoff:

WE DEMAND YOU TO REMOVE AND PROHIBIT ANY BLOGS IN YOUR SITE THAT CONTAIN MY CLIENT’S NAME ADNAN OKTAR OR HIS PEN NAME HARUN YAHYA OR VARIOUS COMBINATION OF THESE 4 NAMES.

Does this mean its my fault if LJ gets blocked in Turkey?

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