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A day for which ibuprofen was invented...

Happy birthday loligo

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A sad thing: after years of joyful obscurity, if I google my proper name I actually appear. Until a couple of months ago I was invisible on google and liked it. Now, mostly because of Facebook, I can be found. And it is me. This is the joy of having an unusual name. No one can spell it, no one can pronounce it. No one else on the internet has it. Everyone asks where I am from.

I am using "joy" in its less familiar sense of "total pain in the arse", obv.

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Re: yesterday's poll: Apparently, if you live in a large megopolis, you are more likely to have stupid rules about calling people on their mobile phones and divvying up your drinking days.

It's probably one of those London things I used to mock when I lived up north.

I feel a bit homesick for the north at the moment. Not that I don't like London, but I understand the north. I understand the people and feel at home there in a way I never really have in the south even though I have spent eleven years here now. I occasionally feel the need for a manual. I also worry that I love the north of memory and actually living there for a month would cure me. I suspect it might. I think I just don't quite mesh with anywhere.

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Blink won the telly Hugo award, to no one's great surprise. I think it's a great piece of work but I do prefer Human Nature/Family of Blood, despite the changes made which lose the politics of the original novel. Comparing the two pits something immensely clever against something gut-wrenching and with a real heart to it. However, the gut-wrenching quality only really kicks in when you know the longer term mythos of the show in question.

I was also pleased to see the enchanting shaggy dog story that was Stardust pick up an award. I am reading the Michael Chabon novel which won at the moment and it's glorious. Also congratulations to matociquala on her marvellous win.

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Allow me to share with you something which is *love* and funny.

Mark Kermode, my absolute favourite film critic (even if he's wrong about the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie), reviews Mamma Mia with Peter Sellars, Swedish accents, singing, reversing the polarity of the dilithium crystals, and Stellan Skarsgard.

I thought this was really funny, but I feel huge affection for that podcast anyway, what with its in-jokes, saying hello to random members of folk prog-rock bands and taking the piss out of Sienna Miller

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61UolzFTVPI&feature=user

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And now, I must get back to being a completely talentless wanker. Hapless hackery doesn't just write itself, you know.

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minim_calibre
Aug. 10th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
A sad thing: after years of joyful obscurity, if I google my proper name I actually appear. Until a couple of months ago I was invisible on google and liked it. Now, mostly because of Facebook, I can be found. And it is me. This is the joy of having an unusual name. No one can spell it, no one can pronounce it. No one else on the internet has it. Everyone asks where I am from.

Ah, yes. The reason I realized I was better off just using my initials and having to send introductory emails to people to explain who this Initials Lastname person was and why they were friending them.

Of course, if I Google my full name, I still wind up with me, due to NOT realizing this until a decade ago.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 10th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
I was late to the internet, due to being bare bones of my arse skint until a couple of years after I moved to London, so I was already slightly savvy about putting my full name out there by the time I had the opportunity to do so. It's not a terrible thing but I had kind of enjoyed the obscurity.

I think your way is excellent. Initials are pleasingly mysterious
vonniek
Aug. 10th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Hee! Thanks for linking to that review of Mamma Mia. He actually made me want to watch the dratted thing! (Bess McNeil! Bess McNeil! *cracks up again*)
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 10th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
The podcast they do every Friday is pretty great, though Kermode is on holiday at the moment, which was a bit rubbish because I wanted to know what he thought of XF2.

Kermode is from a horror background and loves good genre and hates sexist movies and you can't always predict what he likes in the best possible way.

He and Mayo sometimes reduce each other to either insults or giggles and Mayo takes the piss when Kermode gets too pompous. It has stupid in-jokes (Ikea Knightley, Orloomo Bland, the fact that anyone who wrote in about Sex and The City had to give their qualifications because Kermode said no one intelligent would go see it) and it's only boring when they have a guest in and have to behave themselves.
ropo
Aug. 10th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
You are the polar opposite of a completely talentless wanker. Silly girl.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 10th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Well, bless you, but today it is completely true.
loligo
Aug. 10th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
pw201
Aug. 10th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
Just in case this isn't obvious: you can turn it off, in the Privacy settings, under "Public search Listing". As far as I can remember, Facebook introduced the ability for Google to index names of their users, but made it opt-out and didn't exactly tell everyone (I think I knew from reading blogs which obsess about all things Facebook, but my strategy is to be completely searchable and careful about what I publish, so I didn't care). This was bad of them. If you do turn it off, it'll take a while for Google to forget about you, but you can poke them.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 10th, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I didn't know that. I am listed because of something at work as well, so it's not just Facebook.

I can't decide whether or not it's better to have an anodyne online presence under my real name, so that this journal can be all plausibly deniable. I am toying with the idea of creating a blog for that reason. A sort of purloined letter approach to hiding online.
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