Leadership - Horses v. Trump
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so archive.is is copying my material, even though some of it is original and ignoring robots.txt (their faqs claim they dont have to). pissed off doesnt even begin to describe their blatent disregard for authors, artists, copyright, personal safety, etc.
any one dealt with them before and getting stuff removed?This entry was originally posted at http://alchemia.dreamwidth.org/303151.ht
oh man, this makes med sad... not getting a negative review, but the 'cause' for it. What are they failing to teach kids in school days. theyre complaining about not understanding stuff i learned in effing junior high!
its a pastiche... in the style of ancient mesopotamian stories. You don't have to like the style, but thats completely seperate from if the authour managed to replicate the style effectively or not (eg: 1/5 because i dont like the style, but 4/5 for execution and adherance to original style) There is TON of repitions and their own style of prose/poetry, not to mention lacuna or missing fragments is a common (and honest) fearure of translations from such long dead languages ... and as a computer programmer i know that sometimes disks/drives can be damaged in such a way that bits are missing here and there. Recovering data, from damaged disks or ancient cuniform tablets is no easy feat, and just getting some of it, enough to understand it, despite the lacuna, is a great achievement.
FFS, try reading the source text, Gardner's Gilgamesh being a decent one for the unitiated i think, and which i used as a refrence for writing, along with a collected book on mesopamian stories and ishtar ones, but googlimg 'gilgamesh + text will pop up some older versions, some which try to fill in or skip the lacuna, others use '........' to inficate lacuna etc, and some try to modernise the style, but as i was writing for someone with interest in the subject, i went with what was the closer imho reading. Anyway, if you get gardner's book note the style, note the lacuna, note the footnotes about the discovery, translation and words that no one agrees the meaning for...(Dead language meta...just was was Voldemort's 'Wawu'?). The very epic of Gilgamesh is about a man's hopeless quest for immortality (and other things, voldie wouldnt understand really)
And i see even the fannish meta went right over their heads ::eyeroll:: like Mrs Bough being killed by an anvil after arguing about the believability of canon pairings ("[re Ron and Hermioned]" I do feel that I have dropped heavy – hints. ANVIL-sized, actually, hints, prior to this point. ). or about fanfic forming a new mythos, in which, through various incarnations, from DE orgies to Prada suits, Voldie does obtain a sort of immortality, just not the kind he was intending. (second pargraph of fic)
i don't care if feedback is positive, negative or so-so... but back it up! i'd love to how, for example,if i succeeded or even failed at pastiche etc. But you can't make a coherent or useful attempt at feedback of any use to the author or to potential readers if you criticise or praise patiche without having a clue about what it is or what the original work was like. Complaining about their own ignorance as my failing doesn't tell me about my writing or how to improve, it tells me about their ignorance and their inability to recognise/learn... i'd have thought someone interested in a fic that incorporates a mythos or culture or literary tradition etc one was unfamiliar with would, you know, do a little googling to figure it our before revealing one's ignorance to the internet. I suppose i expect too much.
I gotta wonder, is this why they expressed that they were doubtful of anything posted to livejournal... to many educated ppl in the journal communities? stick with the like minded uneducated so you can appear to be, and think you are, smart, and never have to question your ignorances or biases.... (oh how much ive learned on LJ and DW, i have to make a post about that one day, a sorta general thankyou to all the, many i dont recall names of, who educated me on so many things soon as i realised shutting my mouth and listening would take me farther in understand other people and the world.)
anyway, i'm guess i'm lucky they didnt try reading the Gertrude Stein crossover pactiche; it prolly woulda got negative stars, lol.
example from a public domain text, though i like Gardener's better....
Urshanabi arrived at the Waters of Death.
Urshanabi said to Gilgamesh:
"Hold back, Gilgamesh, take a punting pole,
but your hand must not pass over the Waters of Death ... !
Take a second, Gilgamesh, a third, and a fourth pole,
take a fifth, Gilgamesh, a sixth, and a seventh pole,
take an eighth, Gilgamesh, a ninth, and a tenth pole,
take an eleventh, Gilgamesh, and a twelfth pole!"
In twice 60 rods Gilgamesh had used up the punting poles.
Then he loosened his waist-cloth(?) for...
Gilgamesh stripped off his garment
and held it up on the mast(!) with his arms.
Utanapishtim was gazing off into the distance,
puzzling to himself he said, wondering to himself:
"Why are 'the stone things' of the boat smashed to pieces!
And why is someone not its master sailing on it?
The one who is coming is not a man of mine, ...
I keep looking but not...
I keep looking but not ...
I keep looking..."
[lines are missing here.]
Utanapishtim said to Gilgamesh:
"Why are your cheeks emaciated, your expression desolate!
Why is your heart so wretched, your features so haggard!
Why is there such sadness deep within you!
Why do you look like one who has been traveling a long distance
so that ice and heat have seared your face!
... you roam the wilderness!"
Gilgamesh spoke to Utanapishtim saying:
"Should not my cheeks be emaciated, my expression desolate!
Should my heart not be wretched, my features not haggard!
Should there not be sadness deep within me!
Should I not look like one who has been traveling a long distance,
and should ice and heat not have seared my face!
... should I not roam the wilderness)
It turns out the neural network is obsessed with Harry/Draco, followed by Sirius/Remus and also seems to like stories about Professor Snape trying to do rather ordinary things: