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The Gods Are Bastards and My Cat Is Dead

Ichi the cat, the orange terror and the original Mr. Pants, died this morning at roughly 9am. He was seizing constantly by that point and his lungs had fluid in them. He had no pupil dilation nor blink in response to threat, and did not respond to seizure drugs. He stopped breathing and they intubated him, but by then his heart had stopped and nothing they did got him going again.

Considering the rapidity of the onset of his symptoms (a week and a half or so) and their swift progression, the vet put forth the educated guess that it was a brain tumor. We don’t want him cut up to find out, and we are having him cremated and the ashes returned to us.

I’m hearbroken. Alex is heartbroken. I am weeping as I write this. He was just so awesome and I loved him so much. We live an isolated life, Alex and I, and our cats were like our children. Ooter, our other cat, is wandering the house, upset because we’re crying, but doesn’t understand what is wrong. Yet.

My cat is dead. Damn the gods. Damn physics. Damn causality.

My cat is dead.

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Congratulations Andi Irsik, My 100th Facebook Fan! You Win Stuff! Wanna Win Stuff, Too?

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Save Stargate Universe and Save Stargate Facebook Pages Hacked!

Faithful Readers, I have sad news to report. For any of you who haven’t noticed yet, the movement’s Facebook pages have been hacked and Dean and all of the admins have been banned.

SaveSGU hacked!The Save Stargate page has also been hacked.

Save Stargate Hacked!
Now, is there any way of saying who did this, especially in light of the recent Forbes article with the interview with our Fearless Leader? No, sadly there is not. If anyone can be connected to the hack by Facebook, there may be some action, but the motivations of the hacker will most likely never come to light. The suggestion has been put forth that Syfy may have hired a hacker or have a hacker among their ranks who got tired of us and used this method to try to take us down. It is likely that even if that is true, we will never know.

What you can do at this point is go to this page on Facebook and fill out the report:

Facebook Report Page
Until the page is returned to its rightful owners, please do not click any links on the page (you can post things, just don’t click any links). I will post again when control of the pages has been returned and let you know when it is safe to use these resources again.

The Forbes article was a huge win, and even though this is a sad day because of the hacks, don’t lose heart and get discouraged. We have 55,000 people behind this effort…the actions of one script-kiddy with too much time on his hands (or a malicious hacker fulfilling the will of a corporation) can’t take that away from us. Once the pages are ours again, let’s show we aren’t discouraged by posting even more, by blogging even more, and sharing even more. They hit us, we’ve gotta hit back, twice as hard, in our own way. Just think, Faithful Readers and fans of Stargate…what would Colonel Young do? What would Doctor Rush or Eli do? Hell, screw that…what would Jack O’Neill do!? They’d get the job done. They’d fulfill the mission, no matter what. They’d do whatever it takes.

Can we do any less?

“Gay Girl in Damascus” Turns Out To Be White, American Male

This came out today (ha! see what I did there?): A Gay Girl in Damascus, a popular blog supposedly written by an out lesbian living in the Middle East, turned out to be a fraud. The author writes:

Apology to readers

I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative voıce may have been fictional, the facts on thıs blog are true and not mısleading as to the situation on the ground. I do not believe that I have harmed anyone — I feel that I have created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about. 

I only hope that people pay as much attention to the people of the Middle East and their struggles in thıs year of revolutions. The events there are beıng shaped by the people living them on a daily basis. I have only tried to illuminate them for a western audience.

This experience has sadly only confirmed my feelings regarding the often superficial coverage of the Middle East and the pervasiveness of new forms of liberal Orientalism.

However, I have been deeply touched by the reactions of readers.

Best,
Tom MacMaster,
Istanbul, Turkey
July 12, 2011

The sole author of all posts on this blog.

Well, Tom, let me tell you who you have harmed:

Women living in oppression who are trying to be heard.

You co-opted their voices for your goals and, even worse, you got caught. Now people who hear about a blog (or Twitter account or whatever) where a woman is attempting to cry foul can easily dismiss it, saying “Ah, just another hoax, like that douche, Tom MacMaster.”

People living in oppression who are trying to be heard.

You co-opted the voices of oppressed people all over the world for your own goals. Again, when people hear an atrocity being reported first-hand via a blog or social media, they are more likely to say “Ah, just another hoax, like that douche, Tom MacMaster.”

Bloggers who are actually attempting to have integrity as they take their place in new media as journalists.

Everything online works on trust. Pagerank is about trust…how trusted a site is. People are already skeptical of new media, often for unnecessary and selfish reasons (college professors hate Wikipedia because it democratizes knowledge, knowledge it has always been their job to define, distribute, and curate; like everyone else with vested privileges, they don’t want them challenged). And you have just added to it. The next time any news pops online and isn’t coming through a mainstream media source, the person seeing it is now just a little more justified in saying, “Ah, just another hoax, like that douche, Tom MacMaster.”

Typical

That douche, Tom MacMaster, a white, American male, co-opted the voice of a Syrian female, an “out” lesbian, and claimed to be a victim of oppression. When found out, as is typical of his ilk, he says that not only did he not do anything wrong by committing a vast deception, he actually was doing the real victims a favor! He feels he’s “created an important voice for issues that I feel strongly about”. Notice the “I feel strongly about”…again, typical of this sort of misappropriation of minority voices. Hey, that douche, Tom MacMaster…if you really want to create an important voice, why not use your own? If you care about these women who are being oppressed, why not report on what they have to say? Why do you believe you have the right to speak for them? And what does all of this come down to?

That, douche Tom MacMaster is one of those guys who pretends to be girls on the internet to get attention. He is no different than all the “girls” in WoW who ask for gold…he’s a guy pretending to be a girl on the internet to get attention.

Alright, rant over. As you were.

Weekly Updates for May 21, 2011: #SyFail Campaign Gains Steam, #SaveSGU Fights the Power, and #Rapture Doesn’t Do Anything

SyFailTop of the evening, Faithful Readers! I know, I know, I’ve been bad about posting, but I assure you I have been very productive on other fronts. I have been getting setup to start self-publishing my work, I’ve been preparing for a new look, format, and vision for the Social Medial Philosophy Project, and (as ever) I have taken a job for the Lovecraft eZine consulting on web development, SEO, and SMM. I swear, every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in! But I guess it’s inevitable…code is in my blood, and as my readers can attest, the online world and coding edge their way into my work all the time.

But enough about me…

#SyFail Tops 1,100 Fans

As of the time of writing this, the Syfail community on Facebook has gained 1,148 followers. A search for #SyFail produces a page of results. Their general activity seems focused on the cancellations in general, rather than about any specific show. Their info panel doesn’t say much, but be sure I will be following them in the days to come (and following them on Twitter at @SyFail ). And to continue the theme…

#SaveSGU Fights the Power!

At time of writing, the Save Stargate Universe has 44,979 fans. Posts all over the net and twitter searches show that Stargate fans are upset and not willing to stand down. The fact that, for the first time in well over a decade, the Stargate franchise as a whole is over has also brought together fans trying to make sure the franchise stays alive at all: the Save Stargate currently has over a thousand fans and is gaining ground daily. @SaveSGU has over 2600 followers and is going strong. And the question remains: Will Syfy listen?

And finally…

#Rapture Doesn’t Do Anything

It’s not like those of us with half-a-brain in their head thought anything else would happen, but it’s still, apparently, news. Twitter has lit up with #Rapture all day, and people have been very busy announcing that they are, in fact, still here. It’s quite mystifying, in my opinion. Have we, as a generation and a world, become so starved for something to do (and so jaded by irony) that we spend a nice Saturday afternoon paying a whole lot of attention to something that isn’t happening and that almost no one thinks will happen?

And now, Hitler reacts to the cancellation of SGU:

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Upcoming: Dreams of Fire and Glass

H.P. LovecraftMy newest novella of the weird and macabre, “Dreams of Fire and Glass” will be appearing in serial form in the May and June issues of the Lovecraft eZine, a wonderful publication that has already showcased the work of such small-press luminaries as W.H. Pugmire, William Meikle, and Simon Kurt Unsworth. I am truly honored to have my work published alongside these writers, and I encourage everyone out there to read their stories in the eZine and to check out their work on Amazon. I was especially impressed with “A Different Morecambe“, a dark little tale of a father out for a drive with his son.

Dreams of Fire and Glass

Young Jason Raene took the coding job with nothing more than a paycheck in mind. But when the game he helped make begins to invade his dreams and waking life, the boundary between fantasy and reality begins to thin…to horrifying consequences.

Read “Dreams of Fire and Glass” soon, exclusively at the Lovecraft Ezine!


Welcome to the all-new version of NealJansons.com!

Neal JansonsHiya, cats and kittens! We are looking into the face of a new spring, and I can tell you one thing…I refuse to blink! While I have had many setbacks over the last few months, I am slowly getting a handle on my health problems (yay, massive amounts of painkillers!) and am determined to get my career back on track.

To that end, the new look of my personal site. This site will serve as the clearinghouse of all things Neal Jansons, from informative blog posts more along the lines of my old sites, WriteNewMedia and thePuckWrites, to news on upcoming publications and work on new projects (plus a few personal rants about the state of the universe as we know it to liven up the mix). I hope the new site meets with your approval.

And speaking of WriteNewMedia/thePuckWrites, all the old archives of those sites are here as well, easily accessible via the top navigation bar. If worst comes to worst and you can’t find an old post, use the search bar on your upper right.

I have also started a fan page on Facebook, so if you get a chance give me a like and post a little something on the wall.

As always, thank you to all my readers and future readers out there. It’s been a bumpy road, but I see better things on the horizon.

Associated Press Declares War on New Media. Isn’t That Just Adorable?

Well, it’s happening again. A long while back I wrote on this issue and then heard very little about it. I was hoping the AP would submit to the inevitable with more grace, but it seems that is not the case. The AP, with all of its venerable power, has decided that the best way to deal with its own looming obsolesence is to go the route of the RIAA and the MPAA: they are going to sue people that threaten their monopoly. Let’s break this down a bit.

For a very long time, the market for intellectual content was dominated by the machinery of production and distribution. Record companies were the only ones who could afford to record and distibute music, studios did the same with movies and television, and the publishing companies did it with books, comics, and magazines. The Associated Press is an organization like the MPAA and the RIAA. It is a collection of news companies that was very used to having absolute control over their medium and market. They do not exist for some altruistic purpose of keeping people informed…they exist as a quasi-legal cartel, able to operate only because their activities do not interfere with competition (amongst themselves).

This organization, like its siblings in the other markets, got broadsided by the new technologies of the internet. Their entire means of controlling their markets, which was the control of production and distribution, is gone. Kaput. Obsolete. They no longer control anything at all. We can do it ALL ourselves. We can make the media, distribute it, promote it, and profit on it, all without their vast machinery created over a century of profiteering. They are, in a word, irrelevant. They could realize and embrace this, creating a new business model for a new era, and realize that the thing they used to sell is now available for free so they need to sell something else. But instead they want to try to hang on, to enforce their traditional market domination by an act of law rather than real competition.

So this is what I am going to do, and I advise all other bloggers and new media people to do the same: show the AP the truth of its current position. Ignore them. Don’t link to them, don’t spread any story that links to them, and in general show them that their little club of middle-men is irrelevant. They want to declare war (have you ever noticed there is a certain demographic in the USA that is always declaring war on things?) on new media, as if such a thing was possible. This is like primitive neanderthals declaring war on modern homo sapiens…what are they going to do, print stories about how nasty bloggers are in their newspapers no one reads? Maybe they will take out an ad in a magazine no one buys? In the end, however, they are irrelevant. We can do quite well without them. The only reason any of these industries existed was because of a limitation on production and distribution that no longer exists.

So boycott the AP. Link to nothing, spread nothing, post nothing. Let them die without any of our lives being destroyed by meaningless lawsuits meant to be object lessons. Show them just how useless and irrelevant they are.

End of rant. We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

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Social Media Love-In at ProBlogger.net

ProBlogger Social Media Love-In

Darren over at ProBlogger has a great event going on. Just go comment and put in your social media information. Then go through and add other bloggers, writers, and social media people! This is a must for any writers in new media out there wanting to establish their social presence (hint hint!). Get on over and get connected!

P.S. They are having problems with the spam filter. Please remember to put the phrase”social media” in your comment.