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I've just bought far too many books again. I only usually go to The Book People's website at Christmas, but I popped on last night because quidco linked to it, and...oops. They had 10 Poirot books for a tenner! And 14 Bond books for £15! And, uh, 10 Just William books for a fiver...

Oh, I know some of you like the Classic Penguin books I have - the Book People also have 14 of them for £15.

I meant to post before the LJ elections finished, but I didn't get round to it... I ended up voting for legomymalfoy, mostly on an anyone-but-jameth basis. There seems to have been a bunch of drama during the election, which I wasn't really keeping track of, and it's all got a bit hilarious, considering the election is for a position on the LJ Advisory Board, which SUP seem to more or less ignore anyway. legomymalfoy's win was reported on lj_news, and lo, there is DRAMA. The election was fraudulent and incompetent and fixed, according to jameth's supporters, in a deluge of macros and whining and icons and badly spelled rants, which confirms I made the right vote. And is also very, very entertaining. I'm hoping for an analysis of the election from matgb or nwhyte, but as far as I can tell the system wasn't horrendous...

LJ have also made a bunch of policy changes which seem pretty good - breastfeeding and nude art default icons are OK again, as are non-photographic sexual images of minors (the different age of consent laws being one reason why this one's important), and they've removed the bandwidth theft policy - there'll now only be a problem if someone complains about you nicking their bandwidth.

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bunnyk
May. 30th, 2008 08:34 pm (UTC)
LJ elections
I voted the same way, for the same reason! :-)
caitirin
May. 30th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: LJ elections
Same here :) And I'm pleased with the results.
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: LJ elections
So am I :)
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: LJ elections
Heh, yeah - there were other people I'd been thinking about voting for, but suddenly it looked like the only thing to do!
bunnyk
May. 30th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
Also, those book links?

Evil! :-D
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Mwahahaha.
londonkds
May. 30th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
What happens if, as currently threatened, simple online viewing of sexual images of imaginary minors becomes illegal in the UK?
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'm being too complacent, but I really don't think they'll actually implement that. It's just an idea, and as far as I can see it's unimplementable because there's no real way to tell the age of the character in a picture, and unenforceable because (I suspect) so many works of art in the countries museums and galleries would have trouble. As well as being indefensible on free speech grounds.
londonkds
May. 30th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
I'm just worried I'll have to post with "anyone outside the UK want my copy of Lost Girls?"
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC)
I still haven't got that. I saw a gorgeous £40 hardback version in London last month, but decided it was too heavy to carry back...must check Amazon.

Edit: Ooh, Amazon have it for £25. Bugger.

Edited at 2008-05-30 09:16 pm (UTC)
sovietkiki
May. 30th, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
...Why...why did you link that website? WHY, DAMN YOU? xD!
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Mwahahahaha again :D I like to share the pain...
matgb
May. 30th, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
I was planning several posts on the elections duting and after, and started storing links in a folder. But jiggery_pokery and tsitsoss_rss did pretty much what I was going to with more detail.

I've asked on the results post about a minor quibble with how they were counted, and cambler tells me he's had proof it could be sockpuppeted (which is against public rules).

Given they published full count but not full results I don't know how to do full analysis with what theyve given (they're not showing who transferred where fully).

Plus the system was flawed by only allowing three preferences, and the fandom_counts/fandom_votes block vote ticket won it clearly.

Next year, if it's got legs and not just a pointless talking shop, there might be a proper campaign wit organised faction candidates, there was a clear three-way split in voting pattern with interesting crossover, so I could build a decent ticket if I thought it worth it.
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ah! I'll go and check out their blogs.

I saw people claiming in the comments to the news post that voting with all your journals, or at least all your paid journals, wasn't prohibited in the original election post. To be honest, I doubt if it made much difference - jameth's supporters have at least as many spare journals as legomymalfoy's do, as far as I can tell.

It will be interesting to see if the position actually has any power.
pisica
May. 30th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
I chose not to vote for perditathecat but then again no one was running on a Mousie Platform. :)

I am not in fandom but I did vote the fandom ticket - as a writer I'm in agreement with a lot of the free speech issues.
andrewducker
May. 31st, 2008 03:01 pm (UTC)
Bumped into an interesting discussion which suggested than for this kind of thing Approval Voting would be suitable:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Approval_voting

Which would simplify things a lot.
matgb
May. 31st, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I like approval voting (indicated by the number of checkbox polls I run), but not for elections of this sort, but I can't quite explain why, partially I suspect because voting against someone is specifically much harder and you'll always get some who only vote for one candidate, etc (FPTP is hardwired—apparently quite a few voted their canidate 1st, 2nd and 3rd, completely pointless but understanding isn't relevent, obviously).

Next year I expect to see a lot of candidates properly campaigning for preferences as well, and I suspect the incumbent will have a much harder job.
blue_condition
May. 30th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'm going to ruin your evening by pointing you at PS Books, where strange and obscure books go to be sold off at silly prices ;)

Lovely people to deal with.
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
..damn you. I don't need a history of the crossword puzzle. OR the International Who's Who for 2001, probably. Argh.
mippy
May. 30th, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
Why anyone but Jameth?
myfirstkitchen
May. 30th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Because he is and always was an attention-whoring, drama-creating troll, long before elections came along?
pickwick
May. 30th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
He just seems like an asshole, and he (or his supporters) ran a nasty campaign calling legomymalfoy a child-raping paedophile because she writes Snape/ Harry fic. Plus, you know, none of his "constituency", as he calls them, can spell :S
anonymous_greg
May. 30th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
TRAMAMPOLINE!


Oh, sorry. Your subject made me think of Homer Simpson when he saw the ad for a free trampoline. :D
confusiontempst
Jun. 1st, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
Pssst.
I don't know how into "Urban Fantasy" as a class of fiction you are, but my friend is writing an essay and looking for some initial comments to do with Young Adult and Adult Urban Fantasy.
If you can't help her, that's fine, but I thought if you were reading these classes of fiction then you might like the chance to comment:
http://labellementeuse.livejournal.com/263587.html
pickwick
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, yes, I will go and have a look!
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