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2019-12-07

Raise Your Flag (Rewind 2019 edition)

Almost one year in my good article quest on two enwiki biographies, some updates:
  • Yes, I misinterpreted the intent of Björk's song, i.e., various aspirant countries not limited to Foroyar—always nice to get GMT as the favourite timezone—because raise your flag also works for other topics not limited to LGBTQ flags.
  • My dogma department always insisted on no male gods, and no male witches as corollary, with a female Roman luna vs. a male German moon as fun fact. Of course la lune is your friend, where le soleil is potentially aggressive, and die Sonne is your friend, where der Mond could be too cold for comfort. Wicca vs. Old English female wicce was news for me. Bye bye, Cerrunos, Karnaya, Herne, and Osiris, drawing the line at blasphemy. The main rule is a living person SHALL NOT be considered as goddess with tons of reasons, try queen if you are desperate.
  • For the pride flags I really don't care above one enwiki citation needed fix followed by a tumblr post, but it could be a nice project for 2020, get the labrys symbol into my Freeciv radius ruleset as proper flag for the Natives instead of stealing the Aleut flag, or recycling the NATO flag only because it starts with nat.
  • Otherwise All Quiet on the Western Front, the phans lost their bridge-head and the breach is heavily guarded, as always too late, but hey. The nerds wait for an endorsement from their queen. Nothing against AOC, Ball, or Iversen, but they are not my favourite coffee junkie.
Björk – Declare Independence (Paris 2008)
Rewind 2019
Bestial Mouths – Witchdance
Rewind 2018

Background, Richie Havens' Freedom at the top of Rewind 2019 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

BTW, two YouTube oddities, actually I picked Fatboy Slim samples Greta Thunberg’s speech to the UN during UK concert by The Guardian as playlist thumbnail, but that's not the first entry. Sharing YouTube playlists does not work as it should at the moment (on blogger + tumblr), only the first video of the playlist is shown, I added links for the playlists here and hope for a fix also for other posts with embedded playlists.

One of those magical effects, Yoko Ono had a blog Butter NotMargarine read by Mismade Girl, I once owned Ono's Walking on Thin Ice vinyl single, found the eponymous YouTube channel, and stumbled over this Live in Woodstock gem. Just to be clear, I got the three LP record set about ten years later, but that was my favourite song. Today it would be Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit, Live from Woodstock 1969 featured as off by one (year) in the In principio (pt. 1: 1970-1999) playlist. 40 years ago this kind of magic seriously spookedimpressed me, now I enjoy it.🧙

File:Labrys-symbol.svg on WikiMedia Commons

2019-09-30

Greta . (German . Trutzteutsch)

Barely avoiding a first German aus gegebenem Anlass post here.😞

Hier Kommt Alex

Klapperstrauss

Clockwork Orange
Brave New World
Random Acts of Senseless Violence
Lord of the Flies

2019-09-20

I miss you × I know it when I see it

A short episode in the YouTube vs. users series:
  1. Too much transparency, it is none of my business who claimed the copyright for a now deleted video, unless I uploaded it.
  2. Not enough transparency, I need a notification if a video in one of my playlists is deleted.
Background, a triple strike on Björk in In principio (pt. 1: 1970-1999): Human Behaviour v=KDbPYoaAiyc is now v=36Srr08PN_Y, I miss you v=IKSoBJ8WirE is now v=ybDX_5hQ6So (non-adult version), and Hunter v=CyM5wow-hUk is now v=DnW77jmr-Xg.  There are lots of I miss you versions on YouTube, but I cannot tell if one of them is the wannabe-adult version for a playlist about YouTube's Community Guidelines. Or in other words, I removed I miss you from the Guidelines playlist, because there is still another "uncensored" (age-restricted) Pagan Poetry video by Björk in it, and I replaced it in the 1970-1999 playlist.

While at it, the deleted Declare Independence v=4z7NN4n8CTY in In principio (pt. 2: 2000-2019) is a major loss, I'm not going to find and fix all posts here, where I embedded this master piece. IMNSHO this is a bug, YouTube could simply redirect its URL to the still existing identical v=4P5xSntVWQE. Don't let them do that to youRaise your flag:



Just for the records, the (apparently) deleted account issue (2) has nothing to do with the leaked copyright strike issue (1), only the platform (YouTube) and the effect (deleted video) are similar.

2019-08-25

Chilling effects

Google whining about chilling effects of, e.g., EU privacy laws, makes no sense while their own YouTube Community Guidelines are a major part of the problem.  For 1/10 sec "male body part" in a historic (2008) 44 sec bonus scene of the 9to5 documentary I'm willing to find a compromise such as "blur" or even skip some frames.

OTOH 4 sec "woman douching" in a historic (2010) 214 sec interview by Clara Cullen are definitely not sexually gratifying, NSFW, or whatever.  Folks searching for four-letter words in video titles on YouTube—for the purpose of reporting this, anybody really interested in Pron would try PronHub—might be another part of the problem, but just accepting obviously bogus reports doesn't help to solve it.

Transparency report 2018
Transparency Report 2018
Transparency report 2019 (so far)
Transparency Report 2019 (so far)
…uploaded on March, 14 (PT)

2019-08-23

Hey you, you're losing, you're losing your…

To some degree tumblr worked for me as an ersatz-Google+ or actually ersatz-Buzz: I could like some Instagram-posts automagically copied to tumblr. YouTube's "share on tumblr" feature also worked, same idea as "share on blogger". The opposite direction—share something found on tumblr elsewhere—might be tricky if you don't accept any "tumblr as a platform" spam. Or it is like SoundCloud, their default <embed>-code for sharing is horrible, with some radical manual modifications it is good enough, TBD.

Still having fun with my YouTube playlists:

"Vitamin C" on Toxic Waste

"Your Mind" on Rewind 2018

"DAF Mussolini" on Klapperstrauss
"KMFDM Mussolini" on I know it when I see it



2019-05-16

First we take Manhattan

After some FAILs on enwiki one success, Pendu Sound Recording made it from draft to published article, 100% pure "anonymous" work (as IP, no login).  One FAIL was a GA-review for the Sasha Grey page, but it was a near miss, LC.😛  Another (related) FAIL was trying to use the Renee Ruʇn site as RS.  Not too surprising, personal sites are generally not accepted as RS, only if the person is a recognised expert in her field it could work.  Maybe I shouldn't try these enwiki stunts for fields where I'm completely lost.

My at the moment six YouTube subscribers (Hi!) will hopefully tolerate that I plan to upload all (11) historic Attack of the Show! videos with Sasha Grey found on WayBack.  As of today I collected 109 videos in the Mismade Girl playlist, 7 photos in a Kayla Crow album on Google Photos, 40 photos in a Mismade Girl album, and 15 videos in a Juliette Society album.  You can guess the name of the album with 27 NSFW photos, I don't link it here again.  Meanwhile I also found this, that, and another Tumblr account.  Maybe that could be the third candidate—together with Reddit and SoundCloud—for an account replacing Google+, after I disqualified Twitter as too hostile.



Somebody killed the SoundCloud Nerdist 442 – Sasha Grey (2013) podcast copy, next attempt HTML5 <audio> for a raw libsyn.com MP3 URL, but that might expire, it is no proper embedded libsyn episode player.

2019-05-05

Raise Your Flag (pt. 4)

Parts 1, 2, and 3 corresponded to my Blogger profile with six favourite music videos, books, and films. Maybe I'll expand that later, today I add my top six C. J. Cherryh books suited for folks not planning to get into dubious trilogies or even the huge Foreigner saga.

I anyway don't like the male Foreigner protanogist and his unrealistic background. An elaborated State Department bureaucracy for in essence one ambassador representing one of two nations on a planet with boring marital problems makes no sense. Everything else in this saga is fine, but if I hate the hero it doesn't help.

This post is also inspired by Björk, her nice 340 MB audio download of a 2007 concert makes sadly no sense for my eight years old laptop, or for my ears, a few years older than hers ;-) The six book cover images are non-free, enwiki uses them as "fair use" on the relevant articles, and I hope that this is also okay in links to these enwiki pages:





Check out the English descriptions on Wikipedia for details, some quick notes: Actually I wanted to add Regenesis as second best after Cyteen, but they belong together, Cyteen is the first book featuring Ari Emory. I have the Baen version of The Paladin with a different cover, Wikipedia shows both. This is neither SF, nor Fantasy, it's about a heroine in a fictitious country—remotely like Japan, Korea, or China—trying to get her revenge after losing her family in a civil war, but first she has to become a sword master educated by The Paladin, another survivor and dissident, who is not immediately impressed by this rural girl.

Devil to the Belt is an omnibus of two books, the most proletarian work of Cherryh with a background history of "the rab", a youth movement, suppressed in a revolt against the companies, a part of Cherryh's Company Wars universe. Wikipedia labels it as "Alliance-Union" universe without reference; I'm not sure if that's the canonical name or "alternative facts". Merchanter's Luck and Tripoint also belong to this universe, but unlike Downbelow Station and Finity's End they are not essential to get the picture. Serpent's Reach is only remotely related to this universe, has a heroine, and fascinating bee-like aliens.

Ignore the prequel of Forge of Heavens, the Gene Wars universe was a short-lived disaster, but this book is one of Cherry's best, on the same level as The Bonfire of the Vanities. No Freeciv flag in this blog entry, check out Björk's SoundCloud, and don't let them do that to you:



2019-05-04

YouTube Got Talent (pt. 2)



Next musician in need of some serious WikiLove, she's not even one of those women in red at the moment, and a registered #GirlsGotGroove hashtag does not help on YouTube, if nobody uses it. Unregistered used hashtags also don't work on YouTube, both cases yield a small error message for #foobar immediately followed by any ordinary search results for foobar without #.

After some religious debates with myself I finally kicked Sina's drum covers as not good enough from the In principio (pt. 1) + (pt. 2) playlists, and then upgraded some original tracks incl. Deep Purple's Child In Time in the Religiously Incorrect + Toxic Waste playlists to Sina's 201x versions. Maybe some purists scream, but as you could have read in this blog there was a hard timeout in February from my PoV, so (quote) fuck it (unquote), and I've posted the source of this quote in March.

Back to April, all fine, Google+ died as planned, but without its exorcist as eye-witness, and maybe one protective spell three months ago with Deep Purple's April worked. Standard question, what could possibly go wrong? Answer: (1) Spells sometimes work. (2) If they work they sometimes backfire. Putting that together, for a time-limited protective spell, back could be in time and hit the target instead of the caster. Which might be exactly what happened, if an also convoluted explanation involving an obscure toxic forum since about November doesn't suffice. Meanwhile it's May, let's forget the Deep Purple April 2019, it's history like Google+.

I collected lots of Karma-points for the possible spell-disaster on another Emma, a bad case of woman in red fixed in record time by some enthusiasts, thanks: On Wikipedia wikilinks are shown in blue if the article exists, or in red if it does not yet exist. Meanwhile somebody uploaded the 19 images extracted from one video on WikiMedia Commons, and sadly the somebody was me: I broke a three years old WikiMedia log-in strike for this business, and on the same day I found that enwiki offers an image upload request page for these cases, tested, works.

If you missed major parts of the drama, you might wonder what happened to the Topic, VEVO, and Vloggery channels, it's explained on enwiki Emma Blackery. Of course unrelated to the five years old drama, YouTube always finds the worst points in time for changes related to this musician. Admittedly losing YouTube Heros, Rewind 2018, and Google+ to one singing Slytherin and her allies must have been hard for Alphabet, and hopefully she doesn't plan to kill Blogger just because she could. Back to music, she released the studio version of Cute Without You in April is the cruellest month:


2019-03-14

Mismade Girl

Sources:  Andrey Shpigar, The Juliette Society, and Renee Ruʇn.  One NSFW interview with Clara Cullen is hidden  (age protected) in the Mismade Girl  playlist, the birthday girl was in the shower, and one of the related links in the video description goes to some really nekkid  footage.


One year old podcast with Sluts & Scholars, one of them also fighting with the wonders of the YouTube Community Guidelines.  I'll try it again, maybe blurring a few critical pixels in 0.1 of 44 seconds, or removing some frames, when the 9to5 bonus scene  strike expired after 90 days:



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