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Clearing out the bookmarks bar again...

The story of the women's history museum which mysteriously transformed (via the process, often contentious in British life, of getting planning permission) into a sensationalist-looking Jack the Ripper museum is making its way around the world. Here's a few interesting links:

- The Guardian: Jack the Ripper's victims deserve to be commemorated. But like this?
- [personal profile] londonkds: Fisking the Jack the Ripper Museum
- 38 Degrees petition to Tower Hamlets Council: Celebrate Suffragettes Not Serial Killers
- Protest at the museum opening on Tuesday 4th August! Women's history is not Jack the Ripper!

Other things:

- Jacqueline Wilson has written a new take on What Katy Did.
- Twitter, unable to grasp that endless growth might not be possible or desirable, considers being more like Facebook.
- arcadiaego informs me of the existence of a longstanding fan project at [profile] read_lotr_aloud, where a small group of fans have spent most of the last decade building up a chapter-by-chapter audiobook. Sean Astin even reads the first section! Is anyone aware of other projects like this?
- ladysisyphus has an epic post on The Blair Witch Project and the movies that tried to emulate its impact without really understanding it. So delicious to see a good chunk of horror meta on LJ!
- In other news, shoestring film production company Mansfield Dark have come up with a beautiful 12-minute shadow puppet version of Count Magnus by M.R. James. You can see the trailer here and also find a link to buy the DVD, which comes with a lovely piece of art on the slipcase. Mine arrived this morning, to my considerable delight. The Mansfield Dark guys are both talented and ingenious, making everything from this gorgeousness to comedy to LGBT thrillers, so go check them out.
- A friend recommended browser extension FB Purity as a solution to the man ways in which Facebook is annoying. I haven't installed it yet, but perhaps some of you feel like trying it too.


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Aug. 1st, 2015 03:56 am (UTC)
It sounds as if Twitter wants to adopt precisely what I don't like about FB. FB Purity isn't perfect but FB is more bearable with it than without it.

I didn't realise that you weren't aware of read_lotr_aloud. I like the idea but it lacks something in the execution. Mind you, I've become familiar with many of my LJ friends' voices. :D

Puppets! M.R. James! How absolutely wonderful!

Aug. 1st, 2015 10:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't realise that you weren't aware of read_lotr_aloud. I like the idea but it lacks something in the execution.

I think if we wanted to we could do it in a much more uniform and professional way but as it is it's more of a hangover from the LoTR fandom days and just a way of sharing that we love the book with each other, rather than particularly trying to make something that can be listened to by a wider audience. I really enjoy hearing the accents from around the world - even though it's such a low key thing it has some long roots across the world.
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:45 pm (UTC)
It's well done - although some people read better than others, of course - but I have notions about how the voices ought to sound and some accents disturb me. I'd say the same of professional recordings though so I realise it's just me. Having said that, I read the entire thing to a friend so I guess she wasn't particular. :D
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:42 pm (UTC)
By the way the book-of-hours esque illustration in your profile is *amazing!*
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)
I had to check my profile page to see what's there these days. I found the image while I was noodling around for iconing material - I'm very fond of shepherds and bagpipes - and annwyn55 remade it as Frodo and Sam because - how not? I assume you noticed the words on the angel's banner. Heh.
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:54 pm (UTC)
Frodo Lives (and Sam is with him). :D
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
Some have denied it but we know it's true.
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:04 am (UTC)
wow, this post on horror movies is amazing. my interest in horror movies usually ends up at reading wiki summaries, but this was fascinating and greatly laid out. thanks for linking it!
Aug. 1st, 2015 02:46 pm (UTC)
I've been using FB Purity for a long time, definitely worth installing! Makes it so much easier to filter out the crap I don't want to or need to see.
Aug. 1st, 2015 10:38 pm (UTC)
have spent most of the last decade

When you put it like that! Gosh. (Sean reads the first section of TTT by the way, not of the whole thing which goes back a *lonnnnng* way.) I can't even remember how I found it.
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