Ok, there should be (and in an earlier version of this entry, was) a banner ad here for Rich Johnston's Holed Up, a comic coming your way soon from Avatar Press. (Yes, I know. . .) Rich writes the Lying In The Gutters column over at Comic Book Resources, but you shouldn't hold that against him. No more than the fact that it's published by Avatar.
Stuck the ad in the continuation instead, because it made the formatting on the main page do the wacky. Which is my fault entirely; I'm the one who asked Michelle to design the thing to work in 800 x 600, since that's the highest rez Ye Olde Laptop is capable of displaying. She's done a very, very nice redesign of her own place, by the bye; go have a look. I'll wait.
Back? Oh good. Been trying to organize some ground rules for posting comments here after this latest tourist invasion. Since they all boil down to, "Don't be an asshole," and having to tell someone that suggests that they're either incapable of recognizing when they are, or don't care if they are. . . there's no point, really.
So I'll probably just be deleting stupid shit on a going-forward basis. Heh, I like saying that. "On a going-forward basis." Like the standard 'net bad behavior the tourists demonstrated so well, corporate-speak mostly consists of predigested phrases rather than anything original or even interesting. So although it's entirely possible a sentence/post which includes "What color is the sky where you're from?" or that includes some overarching statement about "all" or "every," or that follows the script for one of the less pleasant Satir modes to a T might, possibly, contain a unique idea for discussion. . . odds are, no, it's stupid shit, and it's going away as soon as I work up the enthusiasm to delete it.
This applies to both "conservative" and "liberal" posts, of course. But only the intellectually lazy/bankrupt ones which just repeat whatever talking points are making the rounds lately. There's lots of places where people, um, enjoy that sort of thing in the comments threads. This isn't one of them.
Also been looking at TypeKey, and thinking about a point driven home by the tourists. It's impossible not to notice that in any flame-y discussion, the people without blogs or any other sort of online presence (and often with fake email addresses given) are the worst offenders. Possibly because, since they don't have their own blog/journal/site to tend, they have all the time in the world to troll yours. They're also not very good writers,either, for the same reason.
Which is a way of opening discussion about TypeKey, which I'm pretty sure I'll be running here once the thing is live and direct. Yeah yeah yeah, privacy, anonymity, whatever. My patience with people who whine about that sort of thing, given my name is all over this site, has evaporated completely in the last few weeks.
I might, possibly, be convinced to change my stance on this. But you'd have to be pretty fucking persuasive.