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21 August 2013 @ 10:27 pm
Waves feebly  
I have been ill. And overworked. But mostly ill.

A short time before Mr Brammers gave me his virus, he decided we should switch ISPs. In theory this was a good idea, in actuality, it was weeks of me having no internet. While dying. I tried to read a book. It was Wolf Hall. It fell on my face every time I every time I felt faint. Alas, I felt faint quite a bit. That is one big bloody book. I took to reading Agatha Christie paperbacks instead. Lovely and thin.

I have an enormously long post on Australian politics coming up in the near future. I do not have one on the current fandom brouhaha, though I do think satire is the appropriate response to both. I have a dream in which rationality is commonplace, but in the words of the Ruddbot, that's:

connorblondconnorblond on August 21st, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
Wolf Hall is fantastic. Maybe you should give it another try once you are well again. :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 21st, 2013 12:45 pm (UTC)
It is! Happily it's a re-read as I finally have time to hit Bring Up the Bodies and I like to refresh the previous books in a series before I hit the sequels. I'm still a bit wan, but I should be up to carrying it around and holding it up by the weekend :-)
Susanlil_shepherd on August 21st, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
What, of the many, is the particular fandom brouhahaha to which you refer?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 21st, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
Not worth pointing to.

It's high emotions and straw man arguments for the most part, with one reasonable thesis on each side, which is rarely the thesis being actually argued.

The logical inconsistencies of these things shit me to tears, as well as the rampant escalations, because the origins are *always* one person's opinion which is easily engaged with quietly, or ignored or shrugged off in the vein of 'Yeah, OK, some people like Vegemite, it takes all types …' But someone else gets offended, and they email someone else, and then someone posts something more unreasonable than the original unreasonableness in their journal, and offends yet more people, and suddenly it's a 'thing', and more people are upset about the existence of the thing than were ever likely to be upset about the origins of the thing or any of the actual debate within the thing. And I could almost cope if people were rational in their arguments, but the logical inconsistencies do my head in and I end up swearing like the Australian Prime Minister*.

*Current model as of 21/8/13.
Susanlil_shepherd on August 21st, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
Not the SFWA thing?

I am, I have to admit, much more au fait with your political situation than I am with any fandom kerfuffle, primarily because when I m awake at night I listen to the BBC World Service...
Shivshiv5468 on August 21st, 2013 05:40 pm (UTC)
Britpicking isn't it? That old stand by
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 21st, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
Essentially, yep. It's so headbangy because it starts by arguing a position that no one is actually holding, and then ends with, as the other day, someone I know to be perfectly decent and lovely making the EXACT same argument that filmmakers make in favour of whitewashing under the mistaken belief that they are standing up foe the poor oppressed non-Brits. I would point out the inconsistency of demanding respect for non British culture while denying all possibility of respect for British culture being important, but that would involve me pretending we're marginalised, whereas we're really a mouthy lot who has at some point invaded most countries of the world. In the very clever words of Rowan Williams on a similar matter, one should never confuse being annoyed with being oppressed.
Shivshiv5468 on August 22nd, 2013 08:03 am (UTC)
I'm marginalised. I'm marginalised by having proper respect for commas in a world that doesn't care.

Hee, but no, not oppressed but certainly annoyed.
Meredythmeredyth_13 on August 21st, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
Again!? The advantage of having a nearly dead flist is that I do not see these things. I am just smacked of the gob variety that it happens.

I am over people. Really - bring on the pandemic plague. I'm ready to go, and will be happy to take 98% of the world's population with me.


(I am eagerly awaiting your political recap - I need a good laugh. I was lectured by a friend when in Aus for not keeping my Aus electoral roll position, but as I calmly pointed out - I don't live there any more and long term voting from a foreign country is awkward. But mostly, it's because I live and vote here now; I don't feel I have a right to a voice there when it is not my home. And honestly? I'm kind of grateful right now I don't have to.)
κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα: deathandthemaiden_inbetween_ on August 21st, 2013 04:51 pm (UTC)
You're ill too often for such a fit active healthy lively person! All his fault, eh.

(A brouhaha? Fandom? One?)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 21st, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Mr Brammers gives me all the worst plagues! It's impossible to avoid them when he coughs over me all night, the poohead.

Heh .One. You're totally right :)
Shivshiv5468 on August 21st, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
I thought you'd been quiet
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 21st, 2013 11:12 pm (UTC)
I've been wondering if it's worth suing Mantel's publishers for my nose bruise …

The lack of internet was a challenge. I tried doing things on my phone. Young people have my enormous respect for being able to manage that! It's super hard!
l.m.incandescent on August 21st, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I'm thrilled that you have internet back and are feeling better. :)
pioniepionie on August 21st, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
Glad you are better! Luckily for me I wasn't aware of any brouhaha. Now thanks to you, I am forewarned and ready with a private eye-roll.
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on August 21st, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Sick and no internet...ack! Poor baby! Failing internet, I like short, quirky mysteries (or, you know...sleep).

Wonderful clip. That could address so very many things :-)

Feel better soon!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 21st, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC)
KRudd is the Prime Minister who really tells it like it is ;-)

Christie was good: familiar, funny, light …
suttonwritersuttonwriter on August 21st, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you're doing better, with few or no book-related concussions.

As far as the fan brouhaha goes, I missed that one, but then if I was any farther outside of fandom, I'd be in a parallel universe. Though I was thinking that things had been awful quiet lately (at least in Potterland; I've seen a couple of teen wolf posts that made me groan).

Looking forward to the political satire.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 21st, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
The good news is that I have gmail and easy chat functioning again! I know I owe you at least one email, probably several! Will track things down tonight. Possibly tomorrow. Somewhat 'And now I fall into a coma' at the moment …
suttonwritersuttonwriter on August 22nd, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
No hurry. Enjoy your coma. :)
mrsquizzicalmrsquizzical on August 22nd, 2013 08:29 am (UTC)
i am definitely looking forward to your run down of the aus pol sit. :P

i do hope you feel better, soon. there are some really nasty viruses going around.

Azure Jane Lunaticazurelunatic on August 22nd, 2013 06:53 pm (UTC)
Oh goodness, a lack of internet is the hardest thing.

I have things set up somewhat reasonably on my phone; the most important thing for me was an easy way to save links for later so I could look at them properly. Otherwise it's just endless Twitter, the occasional Dreamwidth post, attempting to deal with the scrolling background on my Dreamwidth reading page, and swearing at whatever bastard designed the LJ app because OH MY GOD NO.
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on August 23rd, 2013 06:53 am (UTC)
Sorry you have been sick, and glad you are on the way to recovery. Skinny books are definitely the way to go when ill and in bed (or very small, lightweight readers).

Very much looking forward to your political post. I don't know much about Australian politics, but you make it very entertaining.
pir8fancier on August 24th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
Hope you're feeling better. I got bronchitis and pneumonia twice in one year and it shot to shit my lungs FOREVER. My sympathies.

i can see your house from herewho_la_hoop on August 26th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)
Hope you are feeling better ♥