Monthly Archives: March 2013

March Writing Round Up

Your business has a blog–now what?

Five Web Comics you should be reading right now

Let me tell you about Homestuck Continue reading


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Book Review: Hinterland by James Clemens


463 pp.

Hinterland is a slightly dull mix of adventure and political intrigue. For political reasons, the Shadowknights decide to reinstate Tylar, now the regent of Chrismferry, as a knight. This is supposed to be symbolic of the unity of the Realms. What it ends up being is an immense point of contention when the Cabal makes their move and a group of disgruntled gods decides to destroy Tashijan so they can get Tylar. (Whom they feel should not be regent because he is mortal.) Continue reading

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Book Review: Explorer, by C.J. Cherryh


523 pp.

In Explorer, Bren navigates between ship/station politics and making diplomatic contact with an alien presence.

Just before the ship’s arrival at the space station, he learns the full extent of the information Ramirez withheld from both his crew and the planetary governments he had been negotiating with. It turns out that the space station was attacked as a result of Ramirez completely screwing up a first contact with the aliens he encountered. (Hint: Not replying to an attempt to communicate and then zipping for home can generally be seen as a hostile action by anyone with a brain.) Continue reading

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Manga Review: Kuroshitsuji Volume Nine, by Yana Toboso

In volume nine of Kuroshitsuji, Ciel is under a cloud due to the way he handled the circus case. (Dear Queen Victoria, you sent a kid being groomed into an utter monster by a demon on a mission so close to home it’s cohabitating at the rebuilt Phantomhive estate, what did you think was going to happen?) The queen’s two butlers, Charles Grey and Charles Phipps turn up to with a request to provide entertainment for a German VIP. Ciel is reluctant at first, but the queen’s butlers metaphorically twist his arm until he agrees. Continue reading

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The Belle Jar

I don’t have to tell you that Steubenville is all over the news.

I don’t have to tell you that it’s a fucking joke that Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, the two teenagers convicted of raping a sixteen year old girl, were only sentenced to a combined three years in juvenile prison. Each will serve a year for the rape itself; Mays will serve an additional year for “illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented material.”

I probably don’t even have to tell you that the media treatment of this trial has been a perfect, if utterly sickening, example of rape culture, with its focus on how difficult and painful this event has been for the rapists who raped a sixteen year old girl then bragged about it on social media.

And I almost certainly don’t have to tell you that the world is full of seemingly nice, normal…

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Let’s Talk About Evil

 I’ve been following the Steubenville rape case and the aftermath. With this case, we have a lot to be horrified and disgusted about. We have a town obsessed with image and it’s football team, we have a lot of media sympathy for the wrong party, and we have a victim who is receiving death threats. It’s a clear example of rape culture in action, and the entire thing can only be called evil, while at the same time I’m not sure I can call it evil.

 This is mostly because I think that when you say someone or something is “evil” you are removing that someone or something from the norms that created it in a way that is different from simply calling something criminal, illegal or unethical; it’s as if you’re pretending that the something that occurred was supernatural and beyond the norm in its malevolence. “Evil” is a metaphysical concept.   Continue reading

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Stubenville and CNN and the Rest

Various news organizations, CNN and Fox most notably, have been catching all sorts of crap on my Twitter and Facebook feeds for being unduly handwringing about the fate of the two Ohio teenage boys who raped a drunk and unconscious girl and then found themselves found guilty (actually “delinquent,” which is the juvenile crimes version of guilty) of the rape. The boys were called good kids and excellent students who now faced very different lives because of the verdict. Not much was said about the girl who was raped, although I am led to understand Fox at least partially outed her identity. The combination of these things inspired various levels of rage among the social media set.

Stubenville and CNN and the Rest.

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