Random promotion: I love Dropbox. It just saved my hide when I turned out to have deleted some very important footnotes by allowing me to go back about forty versions and nearly a month to find an older file that had the footnotes. If you’re looking for a convenient cloud backup service, I recommend it highly. And if you join using this link,  I get extra space and so do you (250 mb to add to your free 2 gigs; they continue to give you the extra if you pay to upgrade, as I do). (I checked out Amazon’s cloud drive and just didn’t get it. As far as I could tell, you couldn’t upload whole folders that weren’t music folders, and then there didn’t seem to be automatic backup. If you just want to store stuff that you don’t alter, maybe it’s a good idea? But if you’re constantly revising files, and if you want to move whole folders around, it didn’t seem that easy, though it’s possible I’m just used to Dropbox. I have not tried Apple’s service.)

ignoring the obvious, the dead hand of the past, fan fiction and the law )
Help! You guys have extensive collective knowledge on which I wish to draw. I am looking for an example of a novel (in a pinch, a movie) in which a character has the name of a famous person, but is not supposed to be that famous person. So, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q isn’t right—even though the role was inaugurated by a woman, the script uses elements of the real Gary Coleman’s story. It’s okay if people in the story are aware of the famous person and talk about him/her; I just need it to be clear that Marilyn Monroe isn’t that Marilyn Monroe. Minor character or major character, it makes no difference as long as they share a name with a famous person. I greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

Pictorial law and the Tuskegee syphilis experiment )
This article is about Scientology, but this quote is priceless in any context: “After Haggis had emergency surgery, his doctor told him that it would be four or five months before he could work again: ‘It would be too much strain on your heart.’ He replied, ‘Let me ask you how much stress you think I might be under as I’m sitting at home while another director is finishing my fucking film!’”  I feel a kinship with this man.

It's a themed post!  In that it's about stuff circling around my core interests.

race and property; access to knowledge; the offensive internet; true porn clerk stories; the war on porn )
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
( Oct. 28th, 2010 08:32 pm)
Oh, The Event. It’s so cute how you use the right names for DC locations and yet show us a Metro and a city that are obviously not the stated locations.

Native Gothic, Incognegro, and Pink Pirates )
1. Here’s a kind of funny thing: google “begin optional trim.” It’s kind of comforting to know that, no matter how embarrassing your mistake, a couple of thousand people out there have made it too.

2. Confused RT is confused (Dreamwidth blather): )

3. Another quote for the SPN essay I’m not writing:

Judith Butler, Antigone’s Claim 71 (2000): “Consider that the horror of incest, the moral revulsion it compels in some, is not that far afield from the same horror and revulsion felt toward lesbian and gay sex, and is not unrelated to the intense moral condemnation of voluntary single parenting, or gay parenting, or parenting arrangements with more than two adults involved (practices that can be used as evidence to support a claim to remove a child from the custody of the parent in several states in the United States). These various modes in which the oedipal mandate fails to produce normative family all risk entering into the metonymy of that moralized sexual horror that is perhaps most fundamentally associated with incest.” (And hey, whoa, an intelligible Butler quote!)

4. Law book! )
rivkat: Rivka as Wonder Woman (Default)
( Jul. 11th, 2004 09:55 pm)
The personal )

The political )

The prose )
I'm back! Actually, I'm now in Virginia – eek! – mostly settled in, which means that clothes are in dressers and books are on shelves, though paper and random bits of hardware remain strewn around lavishly. Also, we don't have a sofa for the living room, which means that the two end tables look kind of funny bracketing a sofa-shaped space. But I am hopeful that I'll soon have an ID card for my new job, and we've ordered a dishwasher and a microwave, which will improve matters considerably for me, since my "participation" in the kitchen is pretty much limited to washing dishes and reheating food. Z. has, after a number of difficulties imposed by uneven power and cable service, set up the entertainment center in the basement, which is now my space, so I can play (what I call) music or watch (crappy) television without bothering him.

It's cicada season here. I remember the cicadas from 17 years ago, when they last descended en masse, but they were a lot more fun when I was a kid and more into squishy things. One flew into my mouth yesterday. Not far, admittedly, but I did a great "Ack! Thhptt!" in response. In which I am Puritan and repressed )

In which I review some nonfiction )
Free to good home: Nearly complete set of videotapes of the X-Files, seasons 1-8, medium quality. Otherwise, they're probably going to be thrown out rather than wasting the space and carting them to Virginia. I also have tapes of S6 & 7 Buffy.

Yesterday, I had fries and chocolate mousse with two of the lovely women who welcomed me to fandom, long ago and far away. It was wonderful to meet two people who'd been so generous to me when I was a wee cowering fangirl. I remain amazed by the generosity of spirit and time to be found in fandom, not to mention expertise on a variety of topics.

Also, this weekend I read the novel of a friend of mine. Though I don't read death penalty books, I made an exception for his story of law, love, and the bargains we make in the shadow of both. My favorite quote comes from a hideous senior partner's reflections on the uselessness and simultaneous necessity of summer associates, law students hired to be wined and dined in an attempt to convince them that life as a real associate at the firm will be a permanent vacation. Their inexperience means that their work can't be trusted and certainly can't be billed to clients, so pro bono work (free legal representation for people who can't afford to pay) is the perfect solution. It makes them think the firm believes in public service; satisfies the firm's ethical obligations to provide pro bono services to the community; and gives them false hopes about the kind of work they'll be doing. And pro bono death penalty work – well, here's the quote: "Death penalty cases were ideal for these purposes, something the kids could get really excited about. Each summer had one, like a class project or a hamster brought in to delight kindergartners. Like kindergarten projects, the cases typically amounted to little, and like hamsters, the prisoners usually ended up dead." Watch this space for announcements when it's published.

nonfiction - dictionaries, lawyers, strippers, grammar, business, libraries )
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