It’s Thursday for one more minute, so here’s a TBT to the last…

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

It’s Thursday for one more minute, so here’s a TBT to the last lies.com podcast, Inaudible Man. (If the above audio link doesn’t work you can try downloading or streaming it from here.)

Between May 2005 and July 2009 I recorded 30 podcasts, posting them to my lies.com blog. It was a goofy experiment. The first 20 were mostly just stream-of-consciousness rambling. You probably shouldn’t bother listening to them.

Starting with #21, though, I did something different. Hardly anyone was listening anyway, and I was interested in the idea of remix culture and giving works new context, so I started doing that: remixing other people’s work, repackaging bits from other podcasts and radio shows (TAL was a favorite) and music. I scrupulously credited everything I used, but I’m guessing that at least some of the rights-holders involved would have viewed it as a horrible transgression, except that, again, nobody was listening, so I was able to just do my thing.

It was fun. Those last 10 podcasts are some of my favorite things I’ve ever put online, even if they weren’t quite legal, or even mine, technically. This is the last one I did, covering election day 2008 and the new president’s first press conference.

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schwarmerei1: fuckyeahisawthat: schwarmerei1: flamethrowing-hu…

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

schwarmerei1:

fuckyeahisawthat:

schwarmerei1:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

lies:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

dispatchesfromthewasteland:

When it’s winter in the wasteland and you’re trying to stay warm via aerobics from circa 1985 while sand wranglers sweep around you.

Whaaaat :D :D

That’s so cool. So, it’s between takes, and they’re working on that section fairly early on in the fight when the Dag is about to toss the boltcutters to Furiosa. And I’m guessing the sweeping is to remove the tracks and divots from the previous take, and the exercise isn’t so much to keep warm for comfort (because from the shadows it looks like the sun is fairly high), but to keep everyone looking and sounding like they’re in the middle of a continuous fight (panting, sweating) rather than like they just took a five-minute break.

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Good point! Look at Hardy on the right there, what’s he doing, sparring?

Also Hoult just having a lie-down :P Seems like you’re right, lies!

I like the fact that we’re now performing analysis on the footage between takes…

This is from one of the BTS feaurettes. They’re talking about how it was really cold the first few weeks they were shooting and how they were all freezing shooting this scene where they have to be soaking wet. They were all wearing jackets and thermal blankets between takes. Luckily models are badasses.

IIRC Riley got hypothermia shooting this scene…but yes, models are used to shooting swimwear in winter while splashing around a beach, pretending to be warm, and not complaining.

It’s lucky I’m just plain wrong so often. It takes the pressure off in terms of trying to live up to the URL.

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thisguyknowswhatimtalkingabout: lies: flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy…

Friday, August 14th, 2015

thisguyknowswhatimtalkingabout:

lies:

flamethrowing-hurdy-gurdy:

dispatchesfromthewasteland:

When it’s winter in the wasteland and you’re trying to stay warm via aerobics from circa 1985 while sand wranglers sweep around you.

Whaaaat :D :D

That’s so cool. So, it’s between takes, and they’re working on that section fairly early on in the fight when the Dag is about to toss the boltcutters to Furiosa. And I’m guessing the sweeping is to remove the tracks and divots from the previous take, and the exercise isn’t so much to keep warm for comfort (because from the shadows it looks like the sun is fairly high), but to keep everyone looking and sounding like they’re in the middle of a continuous fight (panting, sweating) rather than like they just took a five-minute break.

This information was written by a user with the name lies and I’m not sure I should accept this as fact.

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Reblog if your tumblr url is the same one you started with.

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

thegeek531:

This is a serious thing. Im curious how many people over the course of year(s) kept the same tumblr handle. A ton of the people I follow have changed their over time.

As far as I know Im one of the few who havent. Few being relative as there are millions of tumblr users. But yeah.

Social experiment.

If you HAVE changed your URL Click Here

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GIVE ME A PRICE

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

ALL THE MONIES! ALL OF THEM!

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Well I´m looking for a new url for a personal blog… what kind of urls do you have?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

I’m currently sitting on the following mostly-unused blogs:

If either of those is appealing, perhaps we could work something out? Otherwise, good luck in your quest!

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Hi, do you have some saved urls?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Why yes, I do! Nothing as alluring as this one, though.

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would you trade your url?

Monday, December 1st, 2014

To answer completely honestly, yes. The more interesting question is: for what?

People value things in weirdly personal ways. I like the ‘lies’ tumblr url more than I can rationally justify. So while I definitely would trade it for something, that something would have to be good enough to overcome my irrational like, and so far no one’s offered anything that good.

As a thought experiment I once wondered whether I’d trade it for ‘truth’. That would be a close call, and I’d actually be interested in seeing how I decided that. So if you happen to possess the ‘truth’ url, or can get hold of it and want to trade, let’s talk.

Thanks for asking!

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i want your url

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

“There it is. Take it.”

William Mulholland, 1913

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if someone asked you would you give up your url? (and change it to something else?)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

I propose we treat this as an empirical question, and devise and carry out an experiment to discover the answer. I nominate you as principal investigator.

As your experimental subject I’m not sure it’s methodologically sound for me to give you advice on how to proceed. But setting that aside, I suggest you expose your experimental subject to a series of requests that he give up the URL, observe and record his responses, then conduct a statistical analysis to see if any meaningful correlations can be identified in the data.

I look forward to hearing your results. Science is so cool.

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In honor of my now-revealed embarrassing love of circled red…

Monday, August 11th, 2014

In honor of my now-revealed embarrassing love of circled red numerals on a tiny envelope.

Go ahead. Make my day.

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how i use tumblr

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

this is weirdly idiosyncratic, and unlikely to be interesting to anyone but me.

adding a cut for sanity.

i go up and down in terms of my addiction. lately it’s been pretty strong. i usually check tumblr last thing before i go to sleep, and first thing in the morning on waking up, before i even get out of bed. i’m embarrassed to admit that.

the first thing i usually check is my inbox (since the tumblr app doesn’t flag new messages, and my preferred still-in-bed device is an ipad mini, so i’ll miss new messages if i don’t look for them). if i have a new message, that’s the best thing.

the second thing i check is the notifications. a like is nice. a comment is better. a reblog is better still. a reblog with commentary is the best. a follow can also be really nice (but see below). if i’ve recently posted something that’s getting a lot of notes, i feel good about that all day. “a lot of notes” for me is, like, 10. i’m embarrassed to admit that.

it used to bum me out if i spent a lot of time on a post and then it got hardly any notes. these days that doesn’t bother me as much. i just mentally shrug and move on. it was important to me. it doesn’t have to be important to anyone else.

when i say, “spent a lot of time on a post,” i’m talking multiple hours (though again, not so much lately). i’m embarrassed to admit that.

if someone i don’t recognize shows up in the notes, especially if they are a new follower, i’ll go check out their blog. if it’s a spammy commercial site or porn blog the follow no longer means anything, except i still count it in the vague follower-count-related sense of self-worth i carry around. my current follower-count-related sense of self-worth is at 642.

early on in my use of tumblr i found porn blogs interesting. not for that reason, necessarily, but just for “what on earth is going on?” reasons. these days, not so much. by which i mean, not at all. still, i’m embarrassed to admit that.

sometimes when checking out unrecognized users who’ve reblogged or followed me i find someone really interesting. i get excited about that. when that happens i’ll follow back. i wonder sometimes how much of that is me being in a certain mood. i mean, if i’d come across that person at a different time, maybe i wouldn’t have found them interesting at all. maybe it’s just that the caffeine has kicked in and suddenly EVERYTHING IS AWESOME.

once i’m done looking at the notes, i look at my dashboard. i currently read everything on my dash. when i’m reading in the morning i’ll read back until i see the posts i read before going to sleep. i’m embarrassed to admit that.

things i skip over pretty much every time:

  • harry potter (sorry)
  • arrow
  • marvel comics movies
  • any of those posts where they superimpose text posts on screenshots
  • self-righteous/angry social justice
  • long meta about nmtd (sorry)

i’m not claiming those things aren’t worthwhile. in some cases i’m quite sure they ARE worthwhile. they’re just not something i choose to spend my time on right now.

if i think something is funny, or beautiful, or wise, i will almost always “like” it.

if i can think of something to say and the post has comments enabled (because it’s a followee’s original post, i think is how that happens), i often add a comment. i probably comment on people’s posts more than i should. sometimes i try to think of something witty to say for what feels like a long time, then reluctantly conclude that i’m not that clever and don’t say anything.

finding a post in my dash by a followee who has replied to a comment i previously made on a post of theirs makes me happy. it’s pretty much up there with receiving a message or being reblogged with commentary. but it comes as a surprise, while going through my dash, rather than while reviewing the notes. i like that.

if i like something more than is justified by merely “liking” it, and if i think it goes with the other things i tend to reblog, then in addition to liking i’ll also reblog it. if i think it’s important to reblog it in a timely manner, say because it’s part of some ongoing conversation or relates to some current fandom thing, i’ll reblog it right away. otherwise, i almost always reblog via the queue.

my queue is set to post three times per day: 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. sometimes the queue gets confused and posts multiple things at once; i’m not sure why. but usually it’s just one.

my queue currently contains 84 items. at three per day, that means if i die unexpectedly you’ll keep seeing queued items appearing for another 28 days. i think sometimes about the tail end of my queue, and whether it would make a fitting epitaph for my 30 years of online over-sharing. sometimes i add something to the queue that i think would be a really poignant last-post-ever, and spend a couple of seconds thinking how although it would suck to die right now, it at least would have that as a silver lining.

sometimes i’ll schedule something to post at a specific time. one reason i’ve sometimes done that is because i’m supposed to be working, not blogging, and i think it might be more defensible to be able to point out that the post was made during my lunch hour, or after work. (this is also a factor in my having chosen to have my queue post when it does.) i’m embarrassed to admit that.

my current employer actually is extremely cool, and knows i work at weird hours, and would probably not give me crap about blogging during the workday even if they were concerned about me doing that. i try to keep that in mind, and make sure i’m treating them as nicely as they treat me, and not take advantage.

sometimes i schedule something to post at 11:59 p.m. i usually do that because it’s something that seems darker in terms of mood. it’s just a dumb thing i do. it doesn’t make sense. as an example, i scheduled this post to appear at 11:59 p.m.

when i’ve read everything in my dash i’ll sometimes go read my tracked tags. here’s a screenshot of my currently tracked tags:

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i follow exactly 98 users. it makes a neat matrix of icons 7 across and 14 deep in the “people i follow” thingy. if i want to follow someone new, i have to unfollow someone else. the decision of whom to unfollow is the hardest thing.

i could write a text post this long about every one of the 98 blogs i follow. i have an extensive headcanon about all of you. i picture you going about your day. sometimes you appear in my dreams.

i imagine that i occupy a similar space in your own mental landscape. i know i’m wrong to think that in some cases. maybe in most cases. maybe in all cases.

the degree of asymmetry in my relationship with my mutual follows is something i think about a lot. i think that’s probably fairly narcissistic of me. i came across a research paper the other day that said asking someone if they think they are narcissistic is actually a pretty good way of identifying narcissists. this makes me think my suspicion about my narcissism is probably correct.

on the subject of asymmetry, a few of you are biggish tumblr-famous types for whom i’m surely lost in the clutter of your thousands of followers. this doesn’t bother me. also, i know you’re not reading this, so the second-person is just here for consistency’s sake.

a few others of you are people i follow because i find your taste and ideas interesting, and eventually you noticed me liking and reblogging and decided to follow me back. (i noticed. it made me really happy.) but because i’ve never participated in the kind of shared geeky fandom squee with you that i have with others, i’ve sometimes come off as weirdly creepy when i’ve tried too hard to participate in your online life. it embarrasses me to admit that, but that embarrassment is nothing compared to the shame i felt when i realized i’d crossed that line in the first place.

it bothers me, because i don’t think of myself as a creepy person. but i also recognize that creepiness, by definition, is in the eye of the creeped-upon. so if i’m acting in a way that makes someone feel like i’m being creepy, i am, in fact, being creepy, whether or not that was my intention. unlike narcissism, creepiness tends not to be self-aware, at least not while it’s happening, at least not for me.

i strongly desire not to be creepy, so i try to limit my online interactions to non-creepy ones as best i can. learning to be better at recognizing those boundaries has been an interesting and useful experience. but it also sometimes makes me feel isolated and sad. i think it triggers memories of feeling isolated and sad when i was growing up. this isn’t anyone else’s fault. it’s just part of who i am, that i’m doing my best to understand and deal with.

on at least three occasions involving two different followees, i’ve sent an anonymous ask because i had what i thought was a fun or witty thing to say about something happening in their blog, but i suspected that coming from me it might seem creepy. i think the chances are really good that neither of those followees will have read this far. but if you have, and you think i might be referring to you, you could be right. in that case, i apologize for having outed myself here, thereby making the interaction retroactively creepy when it didn’t need to be.

other than those times, i almost never send anonymous asks.

oh, there was one other time i just remembered. there were a couple of different bloggers whom i followed during lbd because they wrote amazing meta, then unfollowed because their meta was making me really angry. later i once sent an anonymous ask to one of them asking her to comment on some of the problematic things that were bothering me at the time about ea, because i suspected it would be really entertaining if she did that. she responded publicly and dismissively and did no such thing, which made me feel embarrassed, even as an anon, and now that i’ve admitted it it makes me feel embarrassed again.

hm. anything else?

i’m a poor tagger. i tag sporadically and inconsistently; often not at all. i’m not particularly embarrassed about that.

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bluemavor: ♡ This is how to be a heartbreaker. ♡ Previously…

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

bluemavor:

♡ This is how to be a heartbreaker. ♡

Previously mentioned fun fact: The only reason I know who this is is that one of the first people to ask me for the ‘lies’ Tumblr URL loves the Marina and the Diamonds song “Lies” and wanted a blog that referenced it.

Thinking back on it, that was the best reason. If I weren’t such a covetous old sinner, clinging Scrooge-like to a URL too cool for me, I would have given it to her.

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hi, i was wondering if there was anything i could do for this url?

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I’m torn between the desire to answer literally and the desire to not be a dick.

Literally: Probably not, but depending on your definition of “anything” and my willingness to suspend my morals, possibly.

Non-dick: Sorry, no. But thanks for asking.

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Does justin Evans like Kaela McLeod

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

This is an excellent question, anon. It is made more excellent by the fact that I have no idea who either of those people are — and now, having googled their names, I still have no idea. Both names can be googled, but there’s nothing associating the two of them together, so I don’t have any good idea which of the various google-able justin’s and Kaela’s you might be referring to, or if, in fact, you’re talking about others I didn’t come across in my search.

From this I infer that these are real people. One of them could be you — presumably Kaela, since if you were justin you’d know the answer already. So Kaela, you’re sending an anonymous ask to the ‘lies’ tumblr to ask if this justin character likes you.

That’s kind of cool.

Hm. Or maybe you’re someone else, but you have a thing for justin, and wonder if he’s into this other person Kaela.

Either way, I appreciate the implicit confidence you place in me as an oracle. But that confidence is entirely misplaced. Other than the weird luck of managing to snag the ‘lies’ tumblr URL, I posses no special oracular powers. I’m just some odd random person.

Of course, that’s what all true oracles say. I think it’s part of the job description.

Back to your question. Does justin like Kaela? My oracular sense is that yeah, he probably does. But since this is the ‘lies’ tumblr, you could interpret that to mean it is actually a lie that he likes you/her. It is one of the cooler thing about labeling everything I say as ‘lies’ that I can always take refuge from the charge of being just plain wrong by saying nope, I wasn’t. I was lying.

You’ve been a good sport if you’ve read this far, so I’ll give you the actual answer: I (of course) have no idea. But I know how to find out.

Ask him yourself.

You’ve already practiced — and you did a great job. It just came right out, didn’t it? You just needed one brief moment of courage to hit the submit button, and the ask was irretrievably on its way. Now you just need to do the same thing in person with justin.

Go do that, then report back on what the answer is. I suspect the people following this blog will be more interested in that than in reading the same old drivel from me.

Thanks for the ask!

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buzzfeed: This is the extremely upsetting truth about baby…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

buzzfeed:

This is the extremely upsetting truth about baby carrots.

I choose to believe yulinkuang reblogged this specifically so I would see it and add it to my own bag of lies. Which is now a collection of LIES LIES AND THE LYING LIARS WHO BAG CARROTS.

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Holiday fun

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

alwayspapadouche:

zippawingo:

So, am in New York right now!! (Lies, I’m totally in newark instead but let’s pretend that’s not true). Much excitement, and I shall get some Caribbean pics up soon! The highlights so far include being called american, eating pizza, and getting two seats to myself both flights

Zippy was 3 hours away from me for a few hours and I didn’t get to see her but I am BEYOND EXCITED that she is coming to see me in a month. A MONTH. I don’t understand how people think she’s American. She doesn’t have a thick accent or anything but let’s be honest, she doesn’t sound American. Maybe it’s because she’s so nice and personable :)

Be jealous that I get to see her.
And raise your hand if you want to hang out and show her American stuff for a week. Disney and I want to take her camping on Assateague and eat crabs but that’s all we’ve got so far. I’ll be working and she says she wants to meet my crazy boss so that’ll happen. Prepare yourselves for Zippy spam. Twice in one year!

Confession: I had a moment of wondering, “Why is this zippawingo person Alix is reblogging putting a parenthetical aside addressed to me in her post?”

My Tumblr ego is out of control.

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Umm you old creep who prob rapes kids get of tumblr

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

So I actually want to thank you for the ask, anon. Not for the hateful accusation (obviously, because srsly, wtf) but for the reminder of something I’ve been thinking about lately, which is how Tumblr gives me a chance to experience being a member of a disadvantaged minority, if only briefly and in a limited context.

I’m aware, on an intellectual level (mostly because of Tumblr itself) that I enjoy lots of privilege. I’m white, male, heterosexual, cisgendered… In almost every way it’s possible to have an undeserved, societally-enforced advantage, I have it.

I try to be aware of my privilege, and of the unfair discrimination that is its flipside. But that’s not the same as actually experiencing a tiny taste of discrimination myself.

Being subjected to slurs and negative stereotypes not because of anything I’ve done, but merely because you hold an irrational animus, sucks. And I can know that intellectually, but actually experiencing it firsthand is way more effective at helping me understand how unjust it is.

So thanks for the lesson. But no, I don’t plan to go away anytime soon. You should just block me. We’ll both be happier.

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hi, would you ever be willing to give up your url? or no?

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Ever is a very long time. Eventually I will be forced to give it up willing or not.

The available evidence suggests that it won’t happen soon, though.

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Hello. I was wondering if you are willing to give away your url. I could gain you a lot of followers for it.

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

That’s a really nice offer. But no, I don’t want to give up the ‘lies’ URL at this time.

A lot of people have talked about being able to gain me followers. I guess you can offer that because you would promote my (new) blog URL to your own followers? Is that right?

That means you could basically do that right now, if you wanted to. That is, you could promo me, just as an act of goodwill, to demonstrate your bona fides. So far no ‘lies’ URL suitor has ever done that. But it would actually put them in a really good light if they did.

Attention ‘lies’ URL suitors: If you want to motivate me to consider giving you the URL, you could do worse than promoing me to your followers.

Q: If I suddenly got a big influx of new followers, and it was the result of your having given me a gratis promo, how grateful would that make me?

A: Extremely grateful.

Q: Grateful enough to give you my URL?

A: Probably not. But who knows?

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