26 year-old British Chinese girl, back home after four years working and travelling around, inc. Australia, NZ, China, SE Asia. Here you'll find mostly knee-jerk reactions to many things: travel photos and articles, music, books, politics, media, sport, Doctor Who and other TV shows, theatre, faces of people who are ridiculously attractive.

22nd October 2014

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kierongillen:

tomewing:

jonic:

Cassetteboy - Cameron’s Conference Rap.

Amazing, and a little depressing because it’s all true.

I was just about to post this.

Cassetteboy has got really, REALLY good at this.

Cassetteboy is my favourite superhero.

Tagged: CassetteboyDavid Cameronis a twaaaaaaaattru life in politicspoliticswhat a hero you go Cassetteboy

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22nd October 2014

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Tagged: AUTUMN!!!!not seen that many red leaves yet :(LIZ

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22nd October 2014

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A male author can write about unlikable male characters. They’re called anti-heroes and it’s called a novel.
— Gillian Flynn on people calling her writing misogynistic in Glamour magazine, the October 2014 issue. The level of sass and taking no shit from both her and Rosamund Pike-who Flynn interviews in this article-is strong and gives me life. (via samishoward)

Tagged: Gillian FlynnLOLOLOLAmy Elliot Dunnesexism

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22nd October 2014

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Kathleen Hale: authors stalking bad reviewers is apparently a thing now →

laurendestefano:

In case you’ve been under a rock this past week, here’s a rundown of something that has people on twitter buzzing:

On Friday, YA author Kathleen Hale published an article via The Guardian, entitled Am I Being Catfished (spoiler alert: no). Here is the article via a channel that won’t provide hits to the article itself:http://www.donotlink.com/framed?565129

In the article, Kathleen opens by saying that she received a negative review from a goodreads blogger. In case you’re pretty committed to life under that rock, negative reviews are pretty standard in an author’s career. Think of it as the first time a toddler faceplants. It sucks, we cringe, the kid gets back up and still has a reasonably good life. The review was really more of a series of status updates as the reviewer read and reacted in real time. What was said in those updates is of little importance. All you really need to know is that the review was completely about the work itself, was presented as 100% opinion, and did not make comment about the author or the author’s life in any way. In other words, a standard 1-star review.

The book community is a social one. When we love books, when we dislike books, when we cannot finish books, we talk about them. Readers, writers, and reviewers exist in a self-contained bubble of like-mindedness, and strive to create a safe place to share what we all have in common: books. So naturally, this goodreads reviewer shared her 1-star opinion with her friends. Let me emphasize again that the opinion was strictly about the book and had nothing to do with the author on a personal level.

Except Kathleen Hale did take it personally. So personally, in fact, that she spent months analyzing the situation. She closely monitored this reviewer’s instagram, facebook, and twitter, in addition to her other reviews. While this reviewer had presumably put this book out of her mind and gone on with her life, Kathleen google image searched her photos, and perused her facebook friends, and analyzed the photos of this blogger’s house.

When an opportunity to provide review books arose, Kathleen Hale found a way to acquire the reviewer’s address under the false pretense of sending signed books for reviews and giveaways. What she really did was rented a car and drove to the reviewer’s house. After that, she calls the reviewer at work, pretending to be taking a census type survey, in another attempt to gain information about this reviewer’s private life.

In her very lengthy Guardian article, Kathleen Hale justifies her behavior by insisting that the reviewer blogged under a pseudonym. In the online community, this is pretty standard, and it’s because of people like Kathleen Hale that many people lie about their real identities. Nonetheless, for whatever reason, much of the reviewer’s online persona appeared to be false, and so Kathleen used this as a platform to justify her obsession, putting on a sleuth hat when in fact all of this was a simple case of an author driving to a reviewer’s house for no reason at all other than that she didn’t like the review left for her.

She drove to her house. She called her at work. Multiple times. And then, at the end of all this, she posted a very detailed account of this horror show for The Guardian, with a cute title image and many giggles and winks to her neurotic quirks.

The reviewer, for her part, had merely posted a review of a book.

In the days that followed the article, I have seen plenty of people hoisting Kathleen Hale on their shoulders as a sort of vigilante against cyber bullying. All of these people are presumably pasting their own personal bullies’ faces over the blogger’s, and seem to have lost focus of reality, which is that the blogger merely expressed an opinion. The blogger was one person, on the internet, reviewing a book she did not like.

In an earlier post by Kathleen Hale, she blogs about her own mother allegedly molesting a child. Kathleen’s reaction was to follow that child into a movie theater, call her fat, dump peroxide on her head, and run away laughing. Her mother, over several glasses of wine, thanked her for this. Kathleen then spent several years stalking this child online. But I really can’t do the article justice. You can read Kathleen’s own blog about the event here: http://thoughtcatalog.com/kathleen-hale/2013/02/169836/ She seems proud of this action to this day, calling it revenge.

This is the person you’re enabling with your praise. This is the person you’re hailing as a hero.

And whether you review books or not, you have undoubtedly, at one point or another, shared an opinion on the internet. Maybe you don’t review books. Maybe you talk politics. Maybe you hate Taylor’s newest song. Maybe you’re just really fricking sick of Someone Like You. And for every one thing you dislike, there are thousands, if not millions, of people on that same social media outlet who like it. This blogger disliked a review and said as much in a benign way to her friends on a site designed for sharing opinions about books. The author showed up to her house. People clapped. Tomorrow, you’ll dislike a song, or the finale of a TV show, and you’ll say as much. What will happen to you then? Kathleen Hale is not the only Kathleen Hale out there. There are thousands of them. Millions. Unstable, predatory people who take it just too far, who spend months fixated on a stranger who exists to them only in photos or status updates. It cannot be predicted what will set these types of people off, but if we expect to be safe ourselves, we need to stand up for the opinions of others as if they are our own. Because if one opinion is unsafe, if one person “deserved it” then we all do, because we have more in common with that reviewer than we do with the person who showed up at her house.

Think of that the next time you click “post.”

Tagged: Kathleen Haletw: stalkingthis is some fucked up bullshitso disappointed Guardianthis is why online personas are needed

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22nd October 2014

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Dear United States of America,
I am 13 years old. This summer was the best summer of my young life. Out of this whole journey, the best part was having my family behind me supporting me through everything I did. I have a passion for sports. Every day of the week I’m playing soccer, basketball, or baseball. I stand for girls who want to play sports with the boys and to be a role model for people, young and old. I throw 70 miles per hour. That’s throwing like a girl.

Sincerely,
Your Daughter, Mo’Ne Davis (x)

Tagged: Mo'ne DavisAW YEAHget em girlsportsfeminism

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22nd October 2014

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Tagged: Alfie Enochwtf is wrong with youY SO CUTE AND YET SO STUPID: BOYS EVERYWHERE*sigh*

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22nd October 2014

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careydraws:

I made The Witches’ Daughters for Terrestrial, an anthology of earth-themed fantasy comics edited by Amanda Scurti. You can also read it at its forever home on my portfolio website.

The anthology debuted at SPX 2014, and now you can buy it here! It’s full of lovely comics and illustrations, and I’m very happy to be included in such good company. 

Tagged: comicsTerrestrialsTHIS IS SO FUCKING LOVELY*_________*

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22nd October 2014

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tastefullyoffensive:

Video: Alfonso Ribeiro Brings Back ‘The Carlton’ Dance on ‘DWTS’

Tagged: Alfonso RibeiroSO GOOOOOODDD!!!!

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22nd October 2014

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prozd:

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febricant:

SHIA LEBEOUF LIVE

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

The entire history of art has been leading to this monumental moment

Holy fucking shit.

This is beauty.

Tagged: WHAT THE FUUUUUUUUCCCKKK*cries laughing*

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21st October 2014

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bonesam:

"am I getting slightly gay vibes from her or am I wishing I was getting gay vibes from her?" my autobiography

Tagged: ONE OFF SUCCESSFUL GAYDAR DETECTION :DGPOY

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