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26 May 2006 @ 04:42 pm
 
I’d like to announce that I did absolutely NO WORK today thanks to the SV Social. It's nearing the 1000 comment mark, and I'm starting to wonder if norwich36 drank the bottle marked 'BNF potion' this morning! ;)

Seriously, it's been great--I caught up with old friends, learnt some new things about them, friended someone based on their love of raspberries. *nods to althea_astrea* (I already harbour secret jealousy about your mother’s cakes), confessed to my secret Pete hatred, learnt what psychic vampires are, and pondered whether JRM might be one...

Most importantly, I met several people in the fandom who I didn’t know before and some lurkers actually DELURKED! It worked! Hooray!

And then Zod made an appearance . Positions of consort and minion already filled.

Do you seriously need any more incentive to join in?!

In other news, if anyone’s interested (as I am) in tracking Doublespeak, check out this list, compiled by the Crikey (Australian email-based news service) readership.


Politics:
"I do not plan to challenge [party leader] now, or ever" – I don't have the numbers
"Kim has my full support" – I haven't got the numbers, yet
"She served his needs in a number of positions” – departing female advisor who he was having an affair with the president/PM
"The minister has my full confidence" – he's a disaster but the political cost of sacking him would be worse than toughing it out
"The public has been fully consulted" – we have spent a sh*tload of taxpayers money advertising our decision
"You know you can count on my vote"– yours is the best offer so far
"You know I'll vote for you and I'll even show my ballot paper to your mate George" – George and I both plan to rat on you
"Thank you for your letter and your comments will receive my urgent attention" – go and get f*cked
"I have no intention of resigning" – Give him/her a week...
"Non-core promise" – lie
"Iron clad guarantee" – lie
"Never, ever" – next year
"Tax reform" – Cuts for the rich. The poor pay the same, or more
"Canberra" – government by politicians who do not represent or live in Canberra
"I think Mark would make a great PM" – I didn't know he kept a diary
"Drastic action is required" – the electorate will forget this before next week
"This is a government priority" – we lost the file
"I was unaware of " – I made sure I deleted all the emails I sent
"Iraq has WMD" – Iraq does not have WMD
"This war is not about oil" – this is an oil war
"WorkChoices will increase jobs" – at casual rates of $8/hr
"We had a full and frank exchange of views" – we told each other to f*ck off
“No decision has been made yet” – the decision has been made we just can't tell you right now
”We're conducting a full investigation” – to make you go away and hope you never ask about the result
"Mate" – ALP doublespeak for "about to be knived"
"Maaaaaate" – as above but the contract is out and time to pack the bags

Underworld:
"Racing identity" – shady gambler
"Colourful racing identity" – acts like a crook but we don't dare call him one
"Colourful Sydney racing identity" – very shady gambler
"Prominent Sydney racing identity" – organised crime boss
"Known to police" – we know he's a crook but we can't get the evidence
"Assisting the police with their enquiries" – is in the process of having both his eardrums burst by being belted with the telephone directory
"Melbourne underworld figure" – we know his name, we're just too frkn scared to publish it
"Gold Coast property developer" – drug importer
"Independently wealthy" – takes bribes/possibly a drug dealer
"Is known to police" – a crook

Business:
"Decided to seek a new challenge" – sacked
"Took voluntary redundancy" – sacked
“Left to pursue personal interests” – sacked
"Resigned for personal reasons" – was a hopeless incompetent
"With all due respect" – you're a moron
"Cautiously optimistic" – we're sh*tting ourselves
"Sitting on the sidelines" – we missed the bus
"We're quite bullish" – we just sold
"It's a dog" – we already lost 50%
"We're neutral" – we have no idea
"This stock looks expensive" – I wish I'd bought it
"This stock looks cheap" – I wish I'd sold it
"Our fees are at the low end" – I've got a new boat
"We're doing this in the shareholders' best interests" – we're lining our pockets
“We put our employees first” – the most important thing is meeting financial targets

Journospeak:
"A source close to the minister" – the minister
"Usually reliable sources" – rumour
"Bitter dispute" – mild disagreement
"Burning issue" – no-one really cares
"The tributes poured in" (for an obit) – we phoned the usual suspects for comment.
"Critically acclaimed" – sh*thouse
"Undocumented worker" – illegal alien
"Exotic dancer" – stripper
"Fair and balanced" – right-wing bias
"Redeployment of troops" – withdrawal
"Outspoken critic" – rabblerouser
"Eccentric" – weird
"Civilian casualties" – innocents killed
"Targeted killings" – assassinations
"Elite media" – Age/SMH
"Gossip site of Sydney Morning Herald ex-editor Eric Beecher" – Crikey
''A left-wing commentator'' – any of the Crikey team
"Our circulation has never been higher" – we offloaded thousands of free CDs and meat pies last month
"A man of interest" – felon
"Refused to speak to the Age" – has a deal with the Herald Sun
"Refused to speak to the Herald Sun" – has a deal with the Age
"Refused to speak to the media" – was still in negotiations with all comers
"Did not return the Age's call's last night" – we rang at 9.30pm with a last second chance to respond to the allegations having sat on them all day and crafted our story
"Seasoned campaigner" – old
"Single mum" – lazy welfare cheat
"Single dad " – hero
"Mother of three" – mother of three
"Suburban housewife" – suburban housewife
"Sub judice" – can't tell you
"Commercial-in-confidence" – can't tell you
"No net increase" – an increase
"No increase in real terms" – an even bigger increase
"In 2006 dollars" – likely to be double in five years
"Freedom fighters" – terrorists
"Terrorists" – freedom fighters
"Outspoken immigration campaigner" – racist


Finally, any WB!RPS peeps on my flist should rush to the new clip of the Supernatural boys with bonus!MR.
Transcript here.
I. Have. No. Words. Although, it saddens me greatly that with all that gym talk, there was no mention of Tommy in the gym. There! I found some words! *is proud*

ETA: Argh! Hideous tag errors fixed.
 
 
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Nora Norwich: Clex big hugnorwich36 on May 26th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
It's good (or sad) to know that political doublespeak is pretty much the same everywhere. Sigh.

Even if you take into account the fact that you, me, Kate and Becky probably account for a good 250 or 300 of those comments between us, it's still pretty mind-boggling, I have to say. (Nobody *told me* it was a BNF potion, honest, sir!) I'm going to attribute it all to the sv_ledger, because I was amazed to see a couple people posting creative feedback before I even posted the prompt, because I was so late yesterday. Oh, and all the folks who pimped it far and wide: Kate and Becky and you and talitha78 and probably many other folks I don't remember.

Sorry about your productivity! Mine has been pretty shot, today, too!
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on May 26th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Looking back on my flist, I see roxymissrose and teot also both pimped it, which probably also helped a lot.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on May 26th, 2006 11:22 am (UTC)
Don't worry about my productivity--it actually coincided with a genuinely very slow day at work. Better to use the spare time for good than just shift paper around my desk! *g*
Katemskatej on May 26th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
OMG. the cw interview. I LOVE THEM. *ded*
Nora Norwich: Clex big hugnorwich36 on May 26th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
You're awake! Yay! :Hugs you and twirls you around: Have you seen that the party is still going on? It's totally an around the clock party! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kate: Buffy Smilingmskatej on May 26th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
I KNOW!!!! It's so amazing. I'm so happy! I have to go to work right now but I'll head back into the party when I get there. Obviously we have to top the 1000 comment mark. *nods vigorously*
Nora Norwichnorwich36 on May 26th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
Oh, livejournal. Destroying people's work productivity since 1999!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on May 26th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Heh. Yes. It was actually disturbing to discover that I could go to work and do no actual work for EIGHT HOURS. Normally, of course, that ain't the case, but I guess I'm just super-efficient or something... all my work is off my desk atm.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: J-squared squishbop_radar on May 26th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
Yuh! Insane! (I so haven't adjusted to the whole CW thing yet--I keep calling them WB... argh!)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on May 26th, 2006 11:29 am (UTC)
You do! I'm sure someone will have uploaded ... you had trouble with that site? I'm not surprised! I got to see it just because I was at work so streaming was ok. I'll keep an eye out for anyone posting the clip for you.
Beckysadface on May 26th, 2006 09:05 am (UTC)
Boppy. i love Mikey. and Wentworth and I really love them so much. *dreams*
Beckysadface on May 26th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
The Supernatural and Smallville Boys: Just look at them in the clip above. I...can't speak. Ooh, and remind me to tell you in our next chat about how close these guys are (they shoot right next door to each other and are now paired up on the CW's Thursday night) and about the fight--yes, fight!--Tom Welling got into with Jensen Ackles. (Don't worry, it was funny, not nasty.)

JUST TELL THE FUCKING STORY. *hates on her*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: TW oh tommybop_radar on May 26th, 2006 11:25 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah I HATE ON HER! Argh! How annoying was that line?! I hate that we have to deal with her personality to get to the goodies!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lex b f'd up manbop_radar on May 26th, 2006 11:26 am (UTC)
And they were there! Hooray!
Vicki: Zod!Lexmyownghost on May 26th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
zod hates broccoli! that's perfect. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Zodbop_radar on May 26th, 2006 12:01 pm (UTC)
I know!! But Zod went away... I wish he would come back! *pouts*
Vicki: poolhall junkiemyownghost on May 26th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
come back, zod! we love you!

p.s. i think tommy doesn't need to go to the gym. he's naturally perfect. *g*
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Zodbop_radar on May 27th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
*rotfl*
OMG! Zod on Fandom_Wank! *lives for the day*
Someone has to write the fic where Zod gets waylaid on his path to world dominion by LJ... complete with internal monologue ranting about how weak-willed Zod is from Lex.

Ok, ok... I'll give the guy a break!
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Clex bitter endbop_radar on May 28th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I love that idea! *g* There's definitely a lot of potential there to explore... I do wish someone would write that! (or I wish I had the requisite creative talent) There's so much humour potential!
HeroHunter.  I, Storyteller.: mrtwjaherohunter on May 26th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
I'm dowloading it, hope it works!!
:D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on May 27th, 2006 05:02 am (UTC)
Oh, enjoy! I love MR so much. *flails*
HeroHunter.  I, Storyteller.: mrtwjaherohunter on May 27th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh GOD YES!!!
Veral_vera01 on May 26th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, the Purty Supernantural boys ... are you a fan yet? Not that MR wasn't gorgeous as always, but I wanted to see the "3 winchesters" together (G)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Jared animatedbop_radar on May 27th, 2006 05:04 am (UTC)
We-ell... I'm a fan of the guys, just not of the show! I've tried. I really have. But post-holiday, I just can't force myself back to it. The guys are purty, but... that's it.
Veral_vera01 on May 28th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Go on you know you want to!!! Try the finale at least. Dean alone, in that will tear your heart out!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: J-squared squishbop_radar on May 28th, 2006 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah? Ok, cool, I'll watch the finale. I have seen about the first 8-10 eps, but it just didn't seem to be going anywhere... but if there's a cool lead in to next season (with an actual plot arc!), I might be able to hook myself in again... it should be airing here in a little while, so I'll watch out for it.
Vera: CherrySinsupernatural2l_vera01 on May 28th, 2006 11:50 pm (UTC)
Hm, for a plot arc into next season, I'd say watch for the last two episodes then. They are totally worth it and I swear, the finale's last scene made fangirls all over the world collectively gasp out loud and start counting the days down until September.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Jared animatedbop_radar on May 29th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC)
OK, arm-twister! ;-)

I'll give it a go... *g*
Veral_vera01 on May 29th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
*beams*

My work here is done!