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Denial, can you spell it?

SOME PEOPLE. SOME PEOPLE, who clearly are incapable of appreciating Penny Arcade, who are unreasonable, WE HAVE SOME KIND OF RAPE CULTURE.

@ kirbybits: Here is a thought: Fuck this noise

@ shakesville: Taking a Brave Stance Against Survivors of Rape

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The day I was blocked by Keith Olbermann

Today I got blocked on Twitter by Keith Olbermann.

I shall choose to look on this as an accomplishment.  Since some time Saturday, Keith Olbermann has been blocking feminist tweeters using the tag #MooreandMe and directing calls to Keith Olbermann (@keitholbermann) and Michael Moore (@mmflint) for retractions of and apologies for the deliberately inaccurate information they they aired via Twitter and cable T.V. to hundreds of thousands of their fans.

As of some point this afternoon, I got to join the illustrious company of People Keith Olbermann Has Blocked On Twitter.  We even have our own hashtag, #WeveBeenKOed.

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gotta be cool, relax, get hip, get on my tracks

I don’t have any finished book reviews and my shoulder is giving me grief again after feeling better at the end of last week, so today you get links instead! Isn’t this fun? 😉

Just in time for Christmas: Star Wars paper snowflakes! These look really cool, and if I were more artistically inclined (and had blank paper) I’d definitely give them a go. Instructions and templates are found on the second page of the article.Paper snowflake with the likeness of Darth Vader's head at the end of each 'spoke'

This has been rolling around the internet for a few weeks now, but in case you haven’t seen it, Nat-2 are soon to release their totally awesome Stack4in1 Shoe range.  They’re shoes!  That transform!  Seriously!  Would I lie about something this geeky?

Eight different designs of Nat-2's Stack4in1 shoesWord Wenches have an interesting article on tea in the Eighteenth Century.  If you like tea or history, be sure to take a look.

Speaking of tea, Shui Tea is selling The Vodka Infusion Pack, tea that can be infused in vodka, instead of water, for (allegedly) tasty vodka-based cocktails.
The Vodka Tea Infusion Pack
Also! If you read romance but don’t follow any large book review or author blogs, there’s still time to join in with the Harlequin Historical Giveaway!  For the first 22 days in December a range of  Harlequin Historical Authors have teamed up to create an online Advent Calendar.  Each day, you can visit the host author’s website to enter competitions for various prizes, ranging from tree ornaments to books.  On the 23rd, there will be a draw from all entries for the Grand Prize: an Amazon Kindle!  Go check it out!

difficult questions are difficult

If you are what you eat, is Voldemort a unicorn?

via memebase.com

Scruffy-looking nerf-herder

From Etsy: Mini Han Solo and Princess Leia ornaments!

Are they not the cutest things evar?

excuses

I am tired.  I’m working on (but have not quite finished) two new book reviews, and I have a chiropractor appointment and my math final in a few hours.  Also, it is snowing again.

But after that, I’m free for a while.

Judith Griggs and Plagiarism

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books is calling for a new definition of the term Judith Griggs, following an incident where the aforementioned editor of Cook’s Source was caught plagiarising an article for profit without permission.  To add insult to injury (and copyright infringement), Griggs then had the sheer nerve to inform the original author that she should be grateful and pay them for stealing her work!  Apparently if you’re Judith Griggs, the web is considered “public domain”!

Judith Griggs
griggs
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): griggs’d
Pronunciation: gr\ i \gz

1. To use content on the web without permission, then request payment from original author for rewrites and editing.
2. To remain ignorant of plagiarism, ethics, copyright, and asshat behavior.

Etymology: From Cook’s Source editor Judith Griggs’ use of Monica’s article from GodeCookery without attribution or permission, and from Griggs’ subsequent rejection and ridicule of Monica’s request for compensation.

Example of usage: “Why’d you get an F on that essay?”
“I griggs’d the professor’s doctoral thesis from her website, and I even cleaned it up for her and told her she should give me an A, but she failed me anyway.”

Alternate usage: “For tomorrow’s deadline, I’m going to griggs some article from LiveJournal but edit it to remove the humor and interestingness.”

According to comments on pretty much everything I already linked, Cook’s Source has also plagiarized articles from other sources, including The Food Network and Web MD!  What on earth is wrong with this woman?  (And why is she being paid to do such a crappy job while I’m unemployed??)

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