Lulu code, also, best tags ever.

Another Lulu money off code! Celebrate Lulu’s birthday – save 20% on any order up to £100, enter HAPPYUK at checkout. (You can also get 25% off £500 or more with code BIRTHDAYUK, but I somehow doubt any of you are planning on spending that much at Lulu)

Also, today I found a blog collating weird, out-there, or just randomly misogynistic messages received by female gamers. A lot of the stuff they collect is in no way work safe, and some of it is enraging, but you should go and look anyway, because these people have the best tags ever. How can you not love a site whose tags include ‘Sandwich Making 101’, ‘Unprovoked Rage’, and ‘Stepford Mentality’?

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Writing, self-publishing and the strange search strings that lead people to my site.
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5 Responses to Lulu code, also, best tags ever.

  1. Nineveh_uk says:

    I am sitting boggling at that site – funnily enough, it is not luring me into online gaming.

    • I Am Not An Online Gamer, but my theory is that it’s one of those things like hanging out in comics shops or reading anonymous LJ memes or getting involved with Comment Is Free, where once you’ve been involved for a while you make some work-arounds so that the annoying background clamour of angry misognyist nonsense isn’t in your face all the time.

      The problem being that if you then try to introduce your friends to the hobby and don’t hold their hand through the process, or if they pick it up on their own because you’ve made it sound like fun, they get hit by the wave of this kind of thing front and centre and wonder why their smart, non-bullshit-tolerating friends who are already involved in this culture somehow think it’s OK.

      I also wonder whether it’s people buying into the ‘MMORPGs allow you to be the hero of your own story!’ narrative and subconsciously assuming that because they’re the hero, everyone else ought to take second place to their momentary wishes and fantasies. I mean, the Internet in general is not short on woman-hating rubbish – I mostly get spam from German warez dudes and the occasional vanity press, but I occasionally get diet spam targeted at women or some random bloviator who thinks I have the spare time to read four dense long paragraphs of his special man-thoughts, and really, no – but I don’t generally get outright insults from strangers.

      I’m not as sure about this one, though, because the MMO players I know don’t seem to be as interested in roleplaying as in gaming the system or powering up their characters.

      I’m also kind of boggled by the commenters who think that site is a good place to try to pick up female gamers. I guess their logic must be ‘because female gamers are there’.

  2. Nineveh_uk says:

    where once you’ve been involved for a while you make some work-arounds so that the annoying background clamour of angry misognyist nonsense isn’t in your face all the time.

    Or any hobby things start out light and become more hardcore as you progress, and you get used to the wierdness as you get involved. I do wish the wierdness were better hidden sometimes – I really regret I didn’t get involved in LARPing at university, but I was too embarrassed :-/

    subconsciously assuming that because they’re the hero, everyone else ought to take second place to their momentary wishes and fantasies

    Subconscious? Plenty of people think that all the time! Certain parts of the internet just make it less necessary to hide it…

    • Yeah, LARPs can have an unfortunate combination of in-jokey insularity and creepy people who have paid their society dues and not actually done anything worse than skeeving newcomers out, and therefore can’t really be asked to leave.

      And, yeah, there are a depressing number of people on the Internet who actually are that self-involved and completely lacking in social skills. Or who think that hipster -isms are the funniest thing ever and anyone who doesn’t appreciate them is just being wilfully and bafflingly mean, which I’ve run across a lot and which almost depresses me more – I mean, unless you’re a sociopath, eventually you grow out of being fourteen and thinking that it’s fun to swear on the Internet, whereas as far as I can tell hipsters don’t grow old, they just get bitter. And occasionally carry on hanging around university societies hassling newcomers, which brings us back where we started. 😦

      • Nineveh_uk says:

        You can’t win! Meanwhile in a fortnight’s time I shall be on a coach in Norway, quite possibly as the only single woman with a bunch of 40 – 60 year olds and at least one male PE teacher. Which is absolutely not how I would try to persuade someone they wanted to come cross-country skiing.

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