Disch died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 4, 2008, and, if one so desires, Endzone can be read as a suicide letter. But then, so could his entire body of work; the reduction of any writer's output, whether it be that of Sarah Kane, David Foster Wallace or Hunter S. Thompson, to an explanation of his or her suicide divests it of intention and frisson. It reduces the novelist to a patient of post-mortem psychotherapy. Clute, reversing this impulse, wrote that Disch took his own life "to demonstrate that he really had meant what he had been saying over [his] career." -- Brendan Byrne reviews the last work Thomas M. Disch completed before his suicide
: his Livejournal
posted by MartinWisse
on Sep 6, 2013 -
"Whereas yesterday's Cora Pearl was eccentric, charming and a little cold-hearted, today's Victorian courtesan, La Païva, is straight-up eerie. Like, so eerie that a lot of people thought she was a vampire. My hand to Baby Jesus, people actually believed she was a supernatural being.
" Bizarre Victoria
shares (what else) bizarre, scandalous, and noteworthy stories form the Victorian era (and more). What do you serve at a country club for fat men
? Devil's footprints
! Lola Montez: servant whipper, de facto ruler of Bavaria
. Empress Sissi and her No Good Very Bad Life
. Aristocratic marriage at gunpoint
. Public pubic hair trimming
. Specialties of the Victorian Brothel
. Curing hiccups by setting your shirt on fire
. Gilded Age Arranged Marriages
posted by The Whelk
on Jul 3, 2013 -
"Once universally praised for founder Brad Fitzpatrick’s open-source platform and commitment to a free userbase—he once vowed that LiveJournal would always have basic (non-paying or ad-supported) accounts—LiveJournal is known these days mostly for being popular in Russia (the Russian name for blogging is “LJ.”) and Singapore, and for housing gossip blog Oh No They Didn’t."
posted by rollick
on Sep 7, 2012 -
by Richard Dumas; a page (one of many) of actors and directors
; a Brooklyn gang (photographed by Bruce Davidson) in 1959
; photographs by Ernesto Bazan. Clive Limpkin
. Some Warhol Polaroids
. Film set photographs and portraits by Brigitte Lacombe.
Photographs by: Dennis Hopper
[nsfw], Jeff Bridges
, Julia Calfee
[nsfw], Ed Templeton
[nsfw], Lauren Dukoff
, Robert Frank
, Sid Grossman
and Allen Ginsberg
. A Princeton Dance Weekend in 1960
, an American family vacation in 1950
, Los Angeles
, Coney Island
, et cetera.
A diverse livejournal collection of photographs.
posted by xod
on Jul 29, 2010 -
"It's true that McD's hiring process and training is essentially getting you to breathe on a mirror, and, if it fogs up, you're in... but that doesn't mean we're all bad. Just that we're a mixed bag. A lot of the time, McDonalds is the only place that will hire teenagers or immigrants, regardless of their skills, especially in todays climate." McDonald's Talk [more inside]
posted by netbros
on May 29, 2009 -
was a LiveJournal community specializing in posting scans of comic books, both older and current ones. On Friday night, however, the community got suspended
, allegedly because comics author Peter David
complained that one of his books was posted to it (David denies this in the linked blog post.)
Regulars at scans_daily are outraged
that the community has been shut down, claiming that the ability for people to "try before they buy" encouraged readers to buy more comics. Other comics fans are not so kind and cite that, for better or worse, the community was knowingly violating copyright.
The community has resurfaced
and is at least discussing what changes should be made to avoid this "unpleasantness" in the future and make the community more "copyright friendly".
We've seen these issues come up with movies, games, and music; now it's comic books' turn to try to figure out what to do about the internet and digital technology.
posted by Legomancer
on Feb 28, 2009 -
The Open Source Boob Project. At Penguicon, we had buttons to give away. There were two small buttons, one for each camp: A green button that said, "YES, you may" and a red button that said "NO, you may not." And anyone who had those buttons on, whether you knew them or not, was someone you could approach and ask: "Excuse me, but may I touch your breasts?"
Once taken online, the grand flurry of reactions have been
. [more inside]
posted by Hildegarde
on Apr 23, 2008 -
30,000 customers in the San Francisco area lost power today at about 1:50pm PDT, in a series of power failures which knocked out a major datacenter hub: 365 Main. The hub controls servers for many social media sites, including Technorati
and all Six Apart
properties, including TypePad
. (6A's twitter stream
has updates.) More here
Amusingly enough, 365 Main tempted fate and released a press release today
patting themselves on the back for "two years of 100-percent uptime".
posted by zarq
on Jul 24, 2007 -
livejournal permanently suspends hundreds of accounts
under pressure from "watchdog" group Warriors for Innocence
(sketchy, possibly spyware laden site created by pretty shady people
). Though the aim of the crackdown is seemingly to protect children from online predators, many suspended journals and communities apparently had nothing to do with promoting pedophilia, and the broad-based approach taken by livejournal has many users irate
(over 3700 comments as of posting), especially in light of the fact that that neither livejournal
nor the owner Six Apart
have publically addressed users, though Six Apart did speak to CNET as linked above.
posted by 6550
on May 30, 2007 -
They range from Buffy
, and everything in between.
Some are short lived, some have gone on for years
and spawned fan-communities
of their very own.
This is the Livejournal RPG. Not all of these are on Livejournal, many are on LJ-clone sites, but the name has stuck.
Want to find one? There's even sites designed to advertise the games.
Want to complain about a really awful one? Or a bad player? Or a bad mod? Or a bad ANYTHING? There's a place for that too.
A note of my lack of bias - I play in one of these, but the one I'm in is not represented in this post. That would be Bad.
posted by FritoKAL
on Apr 4, 2007 -
blows the lid off a disturbing new trend: sex baiting on craigslist
. The story is pretty simple: man makes up fake Casual Encounters ad posing as a woman looking for a good time, then he publishes any and all responses in a public forum. All hell breaks loose.
posted by mathowie
on Sep 8, 2006 -
The Dark Side Is The Best Sauce
I'm not sure if the cartoonist has their own personal LiveJournal, but the one for the comic is rather adorable and funny. It's just a handful of strips thus far, and they're terribly spoilery for Star Wars: Episode III. But still worth a quick look.
posted by FunkyHelix
on Jun 13, 2005 -
How to destroy an American soldier.
Imagine you're a Marine, just two months back from your first tour of duty in Iraq. Imagine you've gone through a hellish experience
that left you isolated
, profoundly depressed, and struggling with addiction
. The Marine Corps knows you have an untreated mental disorder
, but you're still supposed to go back to Iraq next year for a second tour of duty. Now imagine that you have just discovered you may have to go back to Iraq again this year, too. "If I do get chosen that'll mean by 2007 (assuming I'm still alive ha ha) I'll have made 3 fucking trips to that country. Which in return will end up making me a bitter angry salty fucker. . . If I have to go I'm gonna fuck some shit up . . . your whole mentality just shifts cause of that fear. I wish you all who don't have to deal with a life like that could jump into my head for a second you'd wanna go fucking nuts too! ha ha ha ha
LET'S GO EAT SOME BABIES AND SHOOT SOME ROO'S"
posted by insomnia_lj
on May 18, 2005 -
Ever wonder what happens when you cross Livejournal and Lichtenstein?
posted by scrim
on Feb 21, 2005 -