Much like those of us who are fans of the Batman films and Batman mythology, Bruce Wayne is a late bloomer. We can relate to late blooming because as an audience many of us did not have sex until our early 30s. Between Miranda Tate and Selina Kyle, it is safe to say that Bruce Wayne will “get some” (sex) in the 3rd movie.
The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late eighteenth century. The concept of the design is to allow a watchman to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) inmates of an institution without their being able to tell whether or not they are being watched.
Normally, Skype used a peer-to-peer type of communication, via a decentralized series of peer servers called “supernodes”. Supernodes functioned in a superficially similar way to DNS servers, in that they provided the initial “introduction” between clients that allows them to connect directly to one another and bypass any central servers. This was a good thing, since it’s harder to perform surveillance on a direct connection between two computers than it is to just sit your monitoring program on a central server and suck up data as it passes through.
Then, at just about the same time as the “FBI wants easier wiretapping access” stories started to break, Skype replaced the supernode system with centralized servers. Now the peer traffic gets routed through a set of machines owned and maintained solely by Microsoft, which greatly simplifies the process needed to wiretap communications. Microsoft/Skype have denied that the system is intended to be used this way, but given recent developments in the realm of government surveillance it seems difficult to believe that the system wouldn’t be used in this way. Encryption, normally mandatory on Skype communications, isn’t a whole lot of help here since the keys are owned by Microsoft and thus easily provided to third parties.
Yesterday, news came out that Skype had had its source code leaked, though it has not at the time of writing been put to any sort of real use. It’s possible that a modified system could be put into place to bypass the central servers, but this remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the surveillance state marches on largely unopposed.
Basically, Microsoft purchased Skype and completely rebuilt its network architecture in order to make wiretapping literally effortless. This is bad.
it’s about this guy who has SUCH DEEP EMOTIONS and he falls IN LOVE and the girl MARRIES SOMEONE ELSE and he the guy the book is about i mean is also AN ARTIST and he reads her POETRY and everything is so LOVELY AND GOTHIC werther is SUCH A DREAMBOAT OMG right
and then at the end SPOILERS SPOILERS he shoots himself SPOILERS SPOILERS
so OBVY no1 likes that!!! and so ppl are writing fanfic bc WERTHER DESERVES A GOOD END
and ppl are dressing up to look like werther
and some ppl are even shooting themselves to be like werther
WERTHER FEVER YOU GUYS
WERTHER IS THE BEST HE IS THE ORIGINAL EMO DREAMBOAT!!!!!
ok so this dude gets his fanfic PUBLISHED bc it’s back in the day when you could do that bc they hadnt invented copyright
and the original author (goethe) finds out
and he is so mad
at this point he didnt even LIKE the fucking story bc it was TOO MAINSTREAM he was like I’M A REAL AUTHOR AND ALL ANYONE CARES ABOUT IS THIS ONE EMO THING I WROTE WHEN I WAS AN EMO, WTFFFFFFFFF
but finally he got so mad about that fanfic
that he wrote a fanfic back at the guy
in which the author of the fanfic literally just takes a shit on werther’s grave
THEY HAD A FANFIC FIGHT, OK
and just think
THIS WAS BACK IN THE DAY
there was some srs investment in this shit
like you couldn’t just hit reblog and write yourself some #tagfic or wtf
if you wanted to reblog something you had to pay a dude and wait a few weeks while he walked it around to show it to ppl
instead of following fuckyeahwerther on tumblr you had to go find a coffee shop where some other ppl dressed like werther were lounging around smudging their eyeliner and looking painfully artistic and be all “so does anybody here like the sorrows of young werther”
it took some srs time and effort to start a fandom back in the day is what im saying
there was a post on my dash tagged with #trigger warning: shrek and I tried to reblog it just so I could highlight that tag but I couldn’t do it without some actual effort due to it being an ask so I gave up on it and forgot about it.
and then later I tried to post a link to someone on twitter but when I hit paste instead of the link it said
#trigger warning: shrek
and I just sobbed with laughter at it for a while.
I have always liked your traditional art much more than your digital art. It just seems to me that in digital, the attention to detail lessens and it's more "flowing", and more like a WIP, which isn't necessarily a bad thing... It may just be my adoration for patient, determined pen artist (which you are). I apologize if I am out of place for this critique.
yo whatever man, everyone’s opinions on art are valid. you like what you like for your own reasons.
if you think the attention to detail in these, in Marenka especially, is anything but torturous, i’m guessing you weren’t in Sweatshop for those 20-hour marathon nitpicking sessions. which doesn’t make a damned bit of difference when you’re talking about effect of the final product of course, so thanks for letting me know it wasn’t reading for you. i honestly cannot say i find “flowing” a bad characteristic in any piece of art, so i’m incredibly glad these Pilots are showing that way, even if you think it’s a bad thing.
although i gotta say your characterization of me as a “patient, determined pen artist” is so mind-bogglingly off the mark i don’t even know where to begin hahahaha jesus fucking christ
just a tip for your ongoing art patronship in the future, though: in general it is not considered kosher to offer critique unless it’s specifically asked for so yeah, some people would say you were “out of place” with this one. but it doesn’t bother me, because i appreciate the time and effort you’ve taken to contact me with your reactions, when it would have been far easier to just scroll past. you took time to tell me about something you felt strongly about, and that’s awesome. critique is always, always valuable, which is one reason i use sweatshop so much while i’m working—i can ask the peeps if something is working or not and get an instantaneous answer. for your own sake though, just be careful when you’re offering critique unsolicited, because in some situations it’s considered unbelievably rude, and for some people it will be extremely hurtful.