21.10.07

AMPNET UPDATES FRESH FROM THE OVEN OF AWESOMENESS




O miracle of miracles, some updates have happened! The main site now boasts three new featurettes: an interview with author Gwendoline Riley, a Q&A with Adaadat's Gay Against You, and your guide to the top traits required to survive as a freelance writer, The 7 Slightly Less Publicised Habits of Highly Effective Freelancers. Includes naivity, gullibility, stupidity and wanking for coins down by the docks. Enjoy!

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THE PAY EQUITY BAKE SALE!



I'm whispering here, but I have to admit that I've always had a bit of trouble with the whole third-wave rediscovery of traditional baking and crafting activity. I'm down with the anti-consumerist side of things (and I love cooking as much as the next awesomely cooking-skilled person), but somehow I've always sneakily felt that 'craftivism' was little more than another way for girls to avoid getting involved in 'real' artistic creativity. Encouraging them to spend their time baking cakes and knitting baby booties, as they have done for centuries, rather than learning how to play an instrument or master a CD or write a treatise or something. Continuing women's involvement in the private, domestic sphere, rather than the more high-profile and combative public arena. BUT. Randomly surfing old blogs led me to this delighful idea, posted on a LiveJournal community called Curious Cupcakes: the Pay Equity Bakesale!

"Finally one member came up with the BRILLIANT idea of holding a "Pay Equity Bakesale." In Michigan (where we lived), women make an average of 67 cents for every dollar a man makes at the same job. So we baked our hearts out, then charged women 67 cents, and men $1 for each baked good. On the bottom of each cookie, cupcake, and brownie, we had printed facts about the gender wage gap on address labels and stuck them on. When people said "Hey! That's not fair!" We replied with, "Actually, it is fair; it's the only thing that's fair. Women make less money." So we got to raise money AND awareness at the same time!"


That's such an ace idea! (And please feel free to email me with examples of more if you feel I am being unfairly anti-crafting.) If I'm ever involved in some kind of event where a Pay Equity Bakesale would be appropriate, I am so having one. I wonder when Ladyfest Stockholm is? :)

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18.10.07

THE INTERNET - NOW IN HANDY BOOK FORM!



Deep within the bowels of this book lies a joke pilfered by your humble narrator from her friend Alice, then gifted to the author. Said joke was all about the perils of going on the internet while drunk. (Please remember that this was all the way back in 2001, when the net was just kicking off in Britain, and such observations were fresh and funny.)

Anyway, here's the feature Alice and I created around the joke, for dearly departed Brit spoof site Seethru.co.uk. Check it out - it's both funny and a nostalgic wander down memory lane to a time when websites and bulletin boards and cybercommunities and MSN messenger and so on were fresh, new, exciting, scary and addictive.


(Early protoype of modem breathalyser)


And now! Somewhere in The Internet - Now In Handy Book Form a version of this joke apparently lives on. Aw! I've not seen the book yet so I can't judge, but it's written by David McCandless, editor of Seethru, so is probably very funny. The perfect gift for the netgeek in your life, &c. Check it out!

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16.10.07

CATHERINE THE GREAT

Right, thanks a lot, Barbican, for waiting until I leave the country to bring the director Catherine Breillat over to give a talk on 24th Oct. They're showing Romance, her best-known but least awesome film. I prefer Anatomy of Hell, which features the ultra-hot and well-endowded porn star Rocco Siffredi, and some sexy hairy-armpitted French chick, in a house on a clifftop ruminating in ultra-French fashion about sex and desire and bodies and revulsion and the position of women and so on an so forth and all of that. Funfunfun! He's a fag, too, which is why she procures him for the task of 'looking at her where she can't be seen'. It's aces, and features an excellent tampon-dunking / menstrual blood drinking scene that made several men leave the cinema in disgust when I saw the film at the Riverside a few years ago. HAH. Anyway, Romance isn't quite up there with that but it's still pretty interesting, particularly if you're into a bit of slap with your tickle - and who isn't?

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4.10.07

THEY CAME FROM THE STARS I SAW THEM



Wow check this video made by Horton and co. It's really excellently Boney M-ish. Good to see he's still doing that Jarvis thing with his hair, too. I also like how it's about eleven thousand million minutes long.

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COMPUTER CAMP LOVE - DATAROCK



Nice evocation of teenage longing, plus the never-gets-old teacher/student scenario. What more could you want from a music video? :)

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3.10.07

OMG IT'S THE CUTE SHOW!!!!



So I finally got around to watching Amy Kellner's 'The Cute Show'. Amy Kellner is one of my favourite journalists EVER in the history of the world. I first encountered her writing for Rollerdery, (the best zine ever in the history of the world, created by one of the other best writers ever in the history of the world, Lisa Carver.)

Then Amy did a great diary column for the sadly departed Index magazine, in which she detailed things like her trips to H&M or ogling cute catholic schoolboys even though she's a lesbian or the time she bought these really expensive Anna Sui face powder tissue sheets and then dropped them down the toilet. (This was late-90s pre-internet so blogs hadn't made such personal revelations seem redundant. And even if it wasn't Amy still has a lightness of touch that makes detailing that personal shit be somehow ok).

Then Amy went to write for Vice, but don't shudder, because she was one of the true beacons of light shining out from Vice like like like I don't know, like all the other apples in the box have got mould on them and some of them have just disintegrated but right in the middle there's one where the mould didn't touch, and it's so green it almost looks lonely, like it wants to be grey like its friends but it just can't. Read The Time Bratmobile Hurt My Feelings for an example of Amy's style, in which she wrangles with her guilt about writing for Vice as a result of Bratmobile refusing to do an interview with her for them. Or the classic Vice Guide to Cute.

ANYWAY, then she did a great photoblog called Teenage Unicorn which details her last few years of partying in New York yet STILL not as obnoxious as that sounds. (She basically has an ability to not become a horrid soul destroyed mean hipster no matter how extreme her surroundings!) Here is a picture of her from her photoblog doing a sadface:



Annnnd finally I got around to watching The Cute Show, and it is SO CUTE (duh). It basically consists of three-minute interviews with people who run rabbit farms, or who own lots of hamsters, or who make cupcakes. It is adorable, and it will make you cry in a good, happy way. ESPECIALLY the one on disabled pets. OMG TEAKY©. Just one word of warning - do not let the shows run on after you've watched all the Cute Show episodes, or you will end up watching a kind of televised version of the Vice Does and Don'ts and I don't think I have to tell you that that is about ten thousand times more horrendous that that sounds, and it already sounds quite bad.

(Teaky = © Alice Rooney. Alice please do a comment with a description of what teaky means, for our unenlightened viewers?)

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