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The Papercraft [userpic]
Nice Things

I don't know why it makes me so happy to notice people picking up things and habits from each other, but it does? It's just.. kind of cute tbqh, like. Yes, yes you have picked this up from your new friend or us or someone else, yous are affecting each other's mannerisms and lives in ways yous don't even notice yous are doing and it's just so adorable to see aha... ;w;/_


Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Location: Under d20's bed | Under construction house
Current Music: Youth by Daughter
The Papercraft [userpic]
A break

This last week has been hell for a lot of us for varying reasons, and generally pretty distressing and exhausting all around. I kind of want to see if I can just yknow - see if I can plan a nice day for folks, or at least a half day where we can all just have genuine fun but I'm not really sure what we can do in the area. At least in our price range. :^/


Current Mood: woozy
Current Location: Under d20's bed | One of the under construction houses
Current Music: Praying - Ke$ha
lb_lee [userpic]
A Brief History of the Use of 'System' in non-DID Space

There is a chestnut of misinformation on tumblr claiming that 'system' is a term made by DID folks, for DID folks, and nobody else is allowed to use it.  This is often wrapped up in the idea that multiplicity is owned by people with DID/DDNOS/OSDD, and anyone else claiming it is appropriating.  This is utter nonsense.  I've written numerous posts on this before, but here is the more thorough breakdown, first focused on the politics of this statement, and then the actual facts of reality.

The Politics: why this argument doesn't make sense, even under its own logic. )

The Facts: twenty-plus years of non-DID multiples using 'system.' )

Current Mood: determined determined
lb_lee [userpic]
Changing our Internet Usage

Hello!  It's Sneak!  I was thinking about an article that [personal profile] metahacker linked, this one about designing sites addictively.  And it's made me get on board with Mac and Biff's idea about changing how we interact with the Internet!

Namely: we will be deleting our Facebook, and drastically cutting down our tumblr time (if not ending it entirely).

But my reasons for it aren't the same as theirs.  Biff just doesn't like the Internet in general, and Mac noticed that it wasn't making us happy.  Rogan has said he finds internet stuff increasingly overwhelming, and I think I know why: the newer generation of social media sites are designed for constant interaction.

We grew up in an older Internet time, where you weren't expected to be online every day.  You could take a break for a week, and quickly catch up, no problem!  Forums, DeviantArt, Livejournal, all of these sites are (or were) not intended to be used multiple times a day, every day. (Unless you're a HARDCORE user.) The sites were also designed for specific things: to make posts, or put up art.  They weren't expected to be everything for everyone, and while DeviantArt had forums and chatrooms, you could do perfectly fine without them. (And I don't think the chatrooms were there when we first joined.)

However, as time has gone on and more folks are on the Internet more often, these sites have changed their design philosophy.  Instead of being made for folks to interact maybe a few times a week, they're now made to be posted on multiple times a day for long stretches.  They're also more generalized.  For instance, Facebook was originally intended for folks applying for college, or in college; now it's used to organize offline events and work engagements, catch up with people from your past, and have heated political arguments.  It has groups, events, chats, games, individual pages, all with very questionable security and ethics, and they sell the information for profit.

I don't think it's paranoid to say that a site like Facebook designs itself to be as omnipresent as possible so they can get as much information (and therefore as much profit) as they can from their users!  But I can say that it makes the site not a lot of fun to be on, for us anyway.  Even the nicest site in the world would get overwhelming and tiresome when you're encouraged to be there all the time!  And by trying to be everything for everyone, their designs tend to fall apart, because they're trying to do so many things at the same time.  So it becomes awfully byzantine (in the case of Facebook) or just plain incoherent and broken (like tumblr)!

Arguments and conflict happen on every website.  But when a site is designed to be used all the time, the rate of interaction as high as possible, then it means that instead of seeing conflict maybe once a month, you see it all the time, and that's its own kind of draining!  On the whole, I think that we are just not able to keep up with sites like that, and that it's bad for our health to try.

In other words, it's time to refocus our online energy to websites that are designed for fewer, more specific interactions!  Therefore, I personally vote in agreement for deleting our Facebook, continuing our low/no tumblr usage, and refocusing our attention on sites like Dreamwidth.


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lb_lee [userpic]
Queer Crip Pride shirts!

Hey guys, did you love the gorgeous textures and typography for our covers of the Homeless Year and Alter Boys In Love?  Awesome news, the designer friend who did those is now selling awesome queer disability pride shirts!  We're planning on buying the purple one with the pink 'disability pride' letters.

Also there's a sale going for about nine more hours, so snatch one on the cheap!

Woo, T-shirts!

--Sneak and Mori

Current Mood: excited excited
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fyi: if you had access but have not granted access back to me, i have removed your access to my dreamwidth. if you want to be added back, just add me and pm me and i'll readd you. i think i also added back everyone who i hadn't added back yet (SORRY!!!!!)

lb_lee [userpic]
Back from Texas!

Hello all!  As you can see, we've returned from our trip, and it wasn't as bad as Mori feared.  We're rather tired, but I'll give the quick sum-up!

  • The con went very well.  The entire trip cost us less than thirty dollars, thanks to Rogan selling well.  Huzzah!
  • We took all the photographs we needed of our childhood neighborhood, and I daresay we are now prepared for future comics set there.  Well done, dears! (However, we did not get to visit Candle Cave.  That's all right, Biff got a good hike, and regardless, we went in presuming it would be a bonus, not a given.)
  • We got to see some people of our past, including a couple high school friends, and Dr. Drag. (Dr. Drag was our first therapist, though we have not had that sort of relationship in years.  She has mentions on this blog, probably buried under the 'therapy' tag.) Their generosity allowed us to make this trip, and we are very grateful.
  • Rogan finished Alter Boys In Love, but due to the printer's website being broken on Mozilla and some truly peculiar requests regarding our formatting, we have not managed to finish the order.  We hope to complete that today.
  • Due to the intense work schedule, and the emotional challenge of returning to our hometown, Rogan has been worn out.  He will not be fronting for a bit, and Mori, Biff, Sneak, and I will manage things until he has rested up.

Thank you for your patience!

The Papercraft [userpic]

We... just downloaded a mobile client. We haven't been on laptop. At.. least most of us haven't. Not for more than work. Hopefully we can.. post more often now, though.


Current Music: world spins madly on - the weepies
Current Location: By the corner store | The reading chair
Current Mood: melancholy melancholy
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halialkers [userpic]
To be even more brutally frank:

I've long since come to terms with the USA being not merely an empire but one that's been amazingly and horrifyingly successful at what all the other empires have done. I accept the good and patriotic tenets taught are lies, and lies sold with vested interests. I have just read enough of the history of wars, battles, kings, and empires to realize that there is no fundamental gap between America refusing to admit a loss in Vietnam or Afghanistan and casually blowing up villages in Afghanistan and Iraq than the USSR or the British and French of the 19th Century doing it. Or Tamerlane's pyramids of skulls.

I am, however, well familiar with how people in other parts of the world react with disfavor and dismay to US power but refuse to retake it themselves and boot the USA out to own all the expenses and responsibility itself. If your society is willing to treat US imperialism as a security guarantee in practice, whatever the rhetoric, your individual moral objections are noted but the political and cultural elites of the countries you come from (and this is aimed at people in Japan, South Korea, the EU countries, and what have you) don't see it the way you do. To them, they're perfectly happy to let us do all that for them. Means we pay for all the planes that can't fly, tanks that our military doesn't want, and hold countries over the barrel for those same planes.

EU countries banned cluster bombs but not a US military that used them. US dollars and involvement with the empire of bases in local communities outweighs any premise that the methods of the US Empire, simply the largest and grandest of them all and the first true world empire in the sense of all seven continents and the very stars themselves are uniquely morally repugnant and horrible and unlike all other empires before and after them.

The USA elects a vulgar Islamophobic homophobic would-be fascist and these people suddenly believe that what is proving such a regular and reliable disaster in the USA would work in their countries. Ya'll are still run by people with a lick of sense. Don't damn yourselves by indulging the worst traits that society brings out like the USA has done.

There's nothing really stopping EU countries or Japan from booting out the USA (what's the USA going to do, turn into the USSR and fire tanks into crowds and run over the bodies with the tank treads? Don't be ridiculous, today's military wouldn't dare do that to white people or Japanese people) if they really want to end the US empire and re-assert themselves. Of course the moment they do and have to cut welfare to make the armies they now have to run for themselves the cities will burn not from immigrants but Europeans facing realities the USA has lived with for a long time and which their ancestors would have put up with and did put up with through two self-inflicted apocalypses.

halialkers [userpic]
This may be a bit predictable:

But whenever I see 'typical German methods of retaliation' as a point in favor of Germans I won't hesitate to point out that actually looked like this: 

Trigger warning: genocide, Holocaust by bullets )

So if people want assertive German culture back, by all means call for it. But remember what you're actually calling for. I mean you guys hate that shit when the USA does it, would you obey some Generalmajor of the Bundeswehr expecting you to obey orders and do shit that involves killing people with weapons if that came to it any more than some US very model of a modern major general getting his secretary to suck him off so he gets a sweet memoir deal? 

Somehow I don't believe it.

The same people who demonize any war the USA fights would be willing to accept the very things they demonize because Germany goes to sleep the Merkelreich and wakes up as Bismarckian Germany on steroids complete with hard-ons by saluting civilians to goose-stepping soldiers immune to being reined in if they want to do something galactically stupid? People with literal knee-jerk allergies to imperialism now that they can't benefit from sending their dirty underclasses to go rape, genocidally massacre, and pillage African and Asian societies and Hitler and Stalin did all that to them and they didn't really like it very much would really be willing to accept that from fellow Europeans more than Americans? 

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