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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
Odin's Day 
20th-Oct-2010 07:35 am
Happy birthday to samhenderson!

State of the 'Song
In bed by 9 last night. Adam crashed downstairs so I could hopefully get a full-night's sleep, which I pretty much did (2am: erf? where's Adam? oh yeah, and back to sleep).

Freewill Astrology
Uncle Rob says: "Scottish scientists decided to see if they could find evidence for the existence of the Loch Ness monster. They took a research submarine down into the murky depths, scanning with sonar. The prehistoric creature was nowhere in sight, but a surprising discovery emerged: Thousands of golf balls litter the bottom of the loch, presumably because the place has been used as an unofficial driving range for years. I predict that you will soon experience a reverse version of this sequence, Pisces: You will go in search of your personal equivalent of lost golf balls -- some trivial treasure -- but on the way you will have a brush with a living myth."

* L. Timmel Duchamp on the Elizabeth Moon/WisCon situation. She is, of course, completely right.

Daily Science
Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a warm spot in the wrong place.

Work, then leading a workshop, then afternoon and evening with sindrian; probably little to no internetting again today.
20th-Oct-2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Incidentally, I'm sure you already saw this, but Arpeggio had a familiar face today...
20th-Oct-2010 01:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, trying not to wince too much. *wry smile* I didn't know they'd actually be using my name and likeness when I first signed up (it was supposed to be "inspired by"), and by the time I found out, too much of it was done to change...
20th-Oct-2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
Hm. *chuckle* I hadn't thought of that.

That's...problematic in a lot of ways, actually. Not just those related to my new profession...
20th-Oct-2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
20th-Oct-2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Yikes. That's flattering yet awkward... especially since the little blurb underneath the comic (is there a name for that?) indicates you're going to become a major character.
20th-Oct-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and the original post very definitely said nothing about actual name, and implies a fantasy version as a character, not a direct likeness. :(
20th-Oct-2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
I suppose now in addition to people thinking they know you from reading your LJ, you'll also have to deal with people thinking they know you from reading your webcomic alter ego's exploits. I feel a disclaimer coming on.
20th-Oct-2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Maybe you'll get a supergiant wild power...:/?

ETA: changed to wild:/

Edited at 2010-10-20 04:40 pm (UTC)
20th-Oct-2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
You've got every right to ask them to pull your name and substitute something new. The work involved will not be substantial if they're keeping the layered Photoshop files on hand, and they so far only have one uploaded page to replace.

...wait. Weren't they supposed to call you Magpie? So they even have something to fall back on.

20th-Oct-2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
The de facto standard term is "rant." This is fucking ridiculous, but all it took was half a dozen sites modeled on a couple of spearheading comics (I'm sure Megatokyo wasn't the first, but it was among the most visible to do things that way) and then people just assumed that's what you had to do, had to call it, etc.

It's a frustrating custom. Most individual pages or 4-panels don't require any sort of commentary, and most comic artists/writers aren't good with editorials.

I could froth about this for days, so I should probably stop now.
20th-Oct-2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, so it's one of those things that people put a lot of thought into beforehand. ;-)

In Questionable Content (which is one of the 2 webcomics* I read with any regularity right now) the rant is usually just a one-liner pushing the joke a little further, or else a little note about the art. Or if the artist is going to be appearing somewhere, he puts that in the rant.

* The other one is Sheldon.
20th-Oct-2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
*nod* Well aware, yes. :) Jeph does it as close to right as I've seen; the space doesn't even have to be filled if it doesn't need to be, and it all but screams "I am below-the-fold content."
21st-Oct-2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Or he puts asdjfghsajdfaghasjgdh and nothing else. Heh.
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