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have never read any Pynchon peepwall[1].gif i also like to believe his name is really pronounced like "pine cone" just because he seems like that kind of wise ass
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After reading this shit, glad Pynchon is on my to-read list.

He's a weird dude. There's a teen rock band in The Crying of Lot 49 that does nothing but sing silly, offensive songs, smoke pot, and drive fancy cars (all while chasing girls). Pynchon was that inspired by the Beatles.
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i think a lot of novels that are even remotely fantastical tend to get labeled as science fiction which may be where the misconception comes from.
 

 

The other problem is simply the idea that sf has to be about the future. It doesn't. Fundamentally, science fiction is just literature which in some way responds to technoscientific development, or even just an age and a society in which such development is accelerating.

 

Briefly on an earlier mentioned author, IMHO Mieville's The City and The City is neither fantasy nor sf really, it's actually a very good example of European experimental fiction, a kind of sub-genre strongly influenced by Dada and Surrealism best represented by mid-C20th writers like Italo Calvino and Georges Perec, although The City and the City is probably most similar to Jan Morris's Last Letters from Hav and perhaps Christoph Ransmayr's work. Some people called Mieville and other similar recent writers, the 'New Weird', but that label hasn't really stuck... Mieville's earlier work is pretty straight-up urban fantasy. Embassytown is pretty undeniably sf, however, and not altogether successful, although there is some fun to be had if you're into linguistics and semiotics.

 

Back onto random fashion thoughts, because it has been so frickin hot here in Ontario, I have been mainly lounging around in a yukata (light summer kimono) which, along with frequent swimming in the lake and plenty of cold Japanese tea, is by far the best way to keep cool all over...

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some kind of shitstorm going on about this new Ryan Plett venture "StyleSeek" jacking other people's work

 

 

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The email I got had a screenshot attached, and it was one that upset me very much. It featured an article I’d written, in full, on this completely-new-to-me website. It was, I was told, one of several. We had received no contact from StyleSeek of any kind, much less a request to publish our work. I was flabbergasted. This was content we’d worked hard on - and in the case of a piece by my collaborator Derek, content I’d paid Derek to write. It was being used, wholesale, by a for-profit site running on a model I wasn’t comfortable with, without permission or even an attempt to obtain permission.

 

http://putthison.com/post/27573833643/styleseek-the-rights-of-creators-i-got-an

 

 

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Mr. Ryan Plett, of such fame as You Have Broken The Internet, etc., has been hard at work on a new web thing called StyleSeek. You sign up, take a silly test where you choose from a set of pictures, and a profile is created whereby you are directed to buy a bunch of expensive things from the people with whom he is affilated. The problem? StyleSeek has lifted an extensive amount of complete blog posts wholesale from not only me, but other bloggers as well. Nobody there thinks they need to ask anybody anything. After all, the internet is a Wild West free for all, right?

 

 

http://anaffordablewardrobe.blogspot.com/2012/07/dearest-styleseekers.html

 

my favorite quip from the comments on the above post:

 

 

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I Googled this thing and was told it was "by invitation only." It then asked me to "request" a password and username in addition to giving an email address. I believe Facebook, eBay, etc. call this "creating an account." If you are going to be exclusionary at least do it right. This screams "white trash with money" more than a purple Lexus.
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Should be a shitstorm. Straight up stealing content is unacceptable (though i would think very common in the fashion blogger world). Love that Ryan Plett thinks all the guys should be happy their articles are on his website because he's managed to get unpaid interns to do all his work anyway.
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Wow, that's some bullshit. Plett's response, as described on Put This On, just makes it seem even worse.
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Here are my thoughts on the subject, which I posted a couple weeks ago on facebook:

 

Dear Instagram users, I'm sorry to inform you of this, but it's over. I realize it used to make sense to take what would otherwise be a shitty cell phone picture and attempt to salvage it by making it "interesting" through the use of a vintage-y filter. I did it too. But ever since the iPhone 4S put a stunningly-good lens in the hands of... basically everyone, there's no longer an excuse not to JUST TAKE GOOD PHOTOS to begin with. And now that it's been bought by facebook and is everywhere, the unique looks it could previously give your photos are no longer that. You will look back on this and regret it the same way you wonder now why you bothered to have a myspace account past mid-2007. You can keep telling yourself that the overexposed sun-damaged polaroid filter is just as creative as the pink text on a fuchsia background was on your myspace page, but after reading this, you are on notice: good photos are the new bad photos.

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Aren't these just the commonly accepted thoughts and attitude toward instagram? does anyone use it sincerely / has anyone ever thought it was cool?
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Here are my thoughts on the subject, which I posted a couple weeks ago on facebook:

Dear Instagram users, I'm sorry to inform you of this, but it's over. I realize it used to make sense to take what would otherwise be a shitty cell phone picture and attempt to salvage it by making it "interesting" through the use of a vintage-y filter. I did it too. But ever since the iPhone 4S put a stunningly-good lens in the hands of... basically everyone, there's no longer an excuse not to JUST TAKE GOOD PHOTOS to begin with. And now that it's been bought by facebook and is everywhere, the unique looks it could previously give your photos are no longer that. You will look back on this and regret it the same way you wonder now why you bothered to have a myspace account past mid-2007. You can keep telling yourself that the overexposed sun-damaged polaroid filter is just as creative as the pink text on a fuchsia background was on your myspace page, but after reading this, you are on notice: good photos are the new bad photos.

Haters gonna hatestagram
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Plett, like a lot of the self-important #menswear bloggers, seems to exist in this deluded Tumblr-generated reality where he and fellow #menswear dudes have a trumped up sense of importance on the basis that they own a nice camera, are part of this cropped chino reblog circle jerk, and use rap lyrics to describe the macro shot of their morning vanilla bullshit latte.
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does anyone use it sincerely / has anyone ever thought it was cool?

I know these people. Also lol if you ever instagrammed on an even-numbered level of irony.
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Wait brb gonna instagram this page.
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some kind of shitstorm going on about this new Ryan Plett venture "StyleSeek" jacking other people's work
http://putthison.com/post/27573833643/styleseek-the-rights-of-creators-i-got-an
http://anaffordablewardrobe.blogspot.com/2012/07/dearest-styleseekers.html
my favorite quip from the comments on the above post:


Don't know if Jesse saw this, but Ryan posted in the comments of his blog on this post:
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Originally Posted by Ryan Plett View Post

Just so you guys are aware, all content was 100% sourced to the original content creator. Do you really think myself, as a blogger of 5 years, shooting original photography and creating original content would post content without credit. I LOVE WHEN BLOGS DO THAT FOR ME. Apparently I had no idea the amount of press that our BETA site would gain and upset people over the genuinely (hoped) promotion of fellow bloggers. I hope that people enjoying the discovery and that they will accept our apology. we hope to continue to highlight fellow blogs and content creators that want to be in our network.
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Plett, like a lot of the self-important #menswear bloggers, seems to exist in this deluded Tumblr-generated reality where he and fellow #menswear dudes have a trumped up sense of importance on the basis that they own a nice camera, are part of this cropped chino reblog circle jerk, and use rap lyrics to describe the macro shot of their morning vanilla bullshit latte.

 

follow-up:

 

 

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In regards to the issues stemming from Twitter, Put This On, and An Affordable Wardrobe, StyleSeek would like to apologize for any confusion around our intentions.  The goal of linking to various menswear sites is to build awareness, drive traffic, and create influencers that the average male consumer could gain exposure to and learn from. From the beginning all content on StyleSeek.com has been 100% attributed to the original creators and sources. From our feedback we have made the decision to no longer publish complete works and will truncate posts to further drive outgoing traffic. We have reached out to all content sources to make them aware of the content usage, and again we apologize for any confusion or oversight on our part.

 

 

http://youbroketheinternet.tumblr.com/post/27583534059/putthison-styleseek-the-rights-of-creators-i

 

If I may offer my two cents:

 

In high school, I worked for a small dot-com that attempted (ultimately unsuccessfully) to capitalize on all the kid-related content and games on the internet in the late 1990s. The idea was to build a "network" which was basically just a website that aggregated all of this content and presented it through a portal that blocked access to the open internet, so it was kid-friendly and which we then supported with revenue from banner ads. Some content was generated in-house, but a lot was sourced from outside webpages.

 

We didn't launch the thing having jacked all our content wholesale without telling any of the authors. In the months leading up to launch, we had a whole team of people sourcing content, e-mailing authors, and paying them for licenses to use their work on our site. There was a lot of stuff out there at the time in terms of java games that college students developed for classes that were hosted on very basic HTML pages that were easy to integrate into our "portal." There were also just a lot of geocities and other personal webpages with content aimed at children, sometimes fun, sometimes educational, that we sought to include. We probably added hundreds of these to our "network" and every single person whose content we used got not only credit, but got paid for their work.

 

The site ran for a few years with a decent userbase before Disney came to eat everyone's lunch. But the point is that if you're going to run a commercial venture and use other people's content, you approach them first, and ideally, if you plan to profit off their work, you pay them for it. When you are a commercial enterprise, truncating posts is not sufficient and giving the original author "credit" isn't enough either, because people view you differently when you are in it for the money. I share my story to point out that this concept is not new, and it is not new to the internet as the model has existed since at least 1996.

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