Google’s antisocial behavior.  Also a post about Google’s Real Name Theater, like Security Theater, and then there’s danah boyd’s excellent explanation that no, Facebook isn’t a real name service either.  As I understand it, if a Google+ name violation determination works “right,” you can still use Reader to read but not to share/etc., which is not as bad as losing access to Reader entirely, but it doesn’t seem like the process is glitch-free even on its own terms. I have a bunch of old pictures on Picasa connected to my Blogger blog, which means that even though I downloaded them for backup a suspension could still screw me up. I certainly did not realize that signing up for Google+ put my other services at risk, and I think I have to leave before I’m kicked out. In a few short weeks Google has managed to burn through my rather substantial goodwill for it.

Covert Affairs: Non-plot related spoilers for last night )

Pretty Little Liars: Have only seen first 15 minutes; please don't spoil me! )

Tanya Huff, Megan Whalen Turner )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( May. 30th, 2010 10:07 pm)
I blame jetlag for my fight with the LJ posting interface just now, anyway.  On my United flight out to San Francisco, they tried to serve me Diet Coke Light (labelled in Italian). Betrayed! I even popped the first can and took a sip before I realized; the taste brought me right around. I know most people don’t taste much of a difference between the brands/sugar substitutes, but unless it’s Diet Coke with aspartame I’m not drinking it.

Stephen King, Megan Whalen Turner, Camille Bacon-Smith )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( May. 1st, 2010 10:28 pm)
I met Joan Walsh, editor in chief of Salon! Cue fangirling. Anybody else a Salon reader? I enjoy them a lot.

Martin, Brust, Turner, Avasthi, Sloan; history of sound, addiction, and weight training )
So, I was trying to get inspired to write and I realized that I really, really like a story of mine that nobody else seems to. There are good reasons not to like it: it lacks narrative flow and just sort of ebbs away at the end. But it works for me, in part because it doesn't have a real flow; it's a story of a breakdown, of a man who thinks so hard he destroys the natural course of his relationships. No link, because this isn't about trying to get you to read it -- what I wanted to know is whether other authors reading this have beloved monsters, stories that you like even though they didn't get a positive reaction, or as much of a positive reaction as other stories of yours.

What are your orphans, and why do you hold them close to your heart? I would like links, if you're willing to give them, whatever fandom. Readers, your thoughts are welcome too, if you've got them.

And now, a huge number of fiction books: Martha McPhee, Umberto Eco, Stephen King, William Gibson, Tim Cockey, The Mammoth Book of New Horror, Alan Dean Foster, Graham Greene, George Turner, Walter Tevis, Patty Dann, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayer v. 2, Steven Brust, Kage Baker, Peter David, Hot Blood XI: Fatal Attractions, and James Maxey. I'm pretty sure that's a list that hasn't ever been put together before.

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