dragonimp: (faceplant)
The problem in this fandom with a "__ days without wank" sign is that it would be constantly reverting to 0.

BRB, banging head against wall.
dragonimp: (WTF??)
Okay y!gallery, what the hell. That's twice in a row that an item of mine has been "reported and hidden pending abuse moderation" within moments of me submitting it. Is someone determined to keep me off the front page or something? If either of them had actually been violations (or borderline) that'd be one thing, but this is ridiculous.

Update: "This submission is a violation of the site's Terms of Service Rule #9a. Do not submit works that contain any of the following issues without first fixing them:

(o) Wrinkling or crumpling of the paper "

Seriously??
dragonimp: (. . .)
The dub vs. sub wank reminded me of a part in Anime Essentials which has always amused me. The wank has been going on for as long as there have been western anime fans, and it never gets anywhere:


A plague on many anime-related Usenet newsgroups is the constantly reoccurring flame war as to which is better, subtitled anime or redubbed anime. Like many "religious wars," this is a discussion with no real conclusion as it is based purely on the preferences of each side.


...


Dub fans argue that it is hard to enjoy the images while at the same time trying to read the subtitles. Sub fans counter that you lose the original flavor of the film when you add English, and that most of the voice actors are pretty bad anyway. One such discussion I remember had a sub supporter laying out a cogent argument on how easy it was to watch the subtitles and still enjoy the images. The response from a person on the dub side was laced with personal insults and sneered that the sub proponent should just try watching some redub. The reply was simply along the lines of "I can't, I'm deaf!" Well, that flame war ended quickly.


My own take on this is more ecumenical: you decide what you like best. ...


dragonimp: (portrait)
You may have seen This article from Animation World Magazine talking about an "orphan works" bill that was supposedly being put to congress. The gist of the claims in the article are, creative works will no longer be born copyrighted, and if artists don't pay register their work with private registries with faulty search functions, or if they're registered but the search function fails to locate them, then the works are "orphaned," and basically become de facto public domain. Sounds pretty bad, right?

Well - it's not. From the look of it, this guy is being more than a little alarmist. This is the US Copyright Office's page on orphan works. It defines orphan works as "copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate." That page has several other links, including the full text of the report. Nowhere does it say anything about overturning the current copyright laws. You would still own the copyright of your work for your life +70 years. One of the administrators on y-gallery posted a journal entry about this that does a pretty good job of breaking down the alarmist arguments in the AWM editorial, complete with links.

Basically, it doesn't look like this is a case of the government being evil and trying to take the livelihood away from artists. More like misinformation and somebody trying to get everyone's panties in a twist over nothing.

Edit: Here's another rebuttal to the article. Very clear and well-written.

Basically, the original article is bull.
dragonimp: (portrait)
Regarding the content strike:

The censored interests came back quickly enough and with little enough fuss that I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt and accept that it was a glitch. But only just.

I understand that LJ is a business, and there were business reasons behind removing basic accounts. I think it was the wrong decision, but that's not my call.

It's the tactics and attitude I don't like.

One day shouldn't be too hard. It'll probably be good for me, anyway. Like breaking an addiction.

I don't want to leave LJ, I'm too settled here. But after reading some of this, I'm tempted to at least mirror things over at somewhere like Insane Journal.

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