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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeDec 9th 2011
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    #autobio

    So, posting it online, then? I don't really see a reason to create another persona for yourself for such a project, but it's up to you.

    I do lots of autobiographical stuff and haven't, as of yet, changed anyone's image or name or gone by something else myself. Of course, I also don't have a whole lot of this stuff that I post online or that even includes names. Still, so long as it's not too harsh against a particular person, I wouldn't worry to hard about it. Especially if you just use first names and they are common first names.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeDec 10th 2011
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    #Offline news reader

    Can anyone recommend a free Android app that lets me download news updates at home where I have WiFi and then read them later without having to use my #G account?
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    #autobio

    I would caution you to be careful with autobio. I'm working on a project which began as autobio and has since morphed into semi-autobio. With the exception of a few people directly involved in the project (and even some of them) the names and identifying details have been changed, and it'll have the boilerplate "this is a work of fiction" disclaimer on it. I made that change for two reasons: to give me more dramatic license (e.g. if an entertaining anecdote ended anticlimactically, I can give it a "proper" conclusion) and to give me more legal license (e.g. if someone in an incident does something illegal – which they do – I can show that incident without incriminating or allegedly-libeling anyone). You wouldn't necessarily have to go so far as to create another online persona for yourself, though that isn't necessarily a bad idea, either, as it more effectively files the serial numbers off.

    One point about libel: in the US, "it's true" is generally an adequate defense in a libel case, and "I meant no harm" can get you off easy. But UK law is a lot more hostile to the defendant.

    Also, it's not just outright libel that you have to worry about when depicting other people. Years ago I wrote an amusing account of Christmas with my boyfriend's family, which wasn't mean-spirited, but it got back to them and they took offense at it. That had some rather bad consequences down the road.
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    I was informed today that Americans know not of Christmas crackers. How can this be? What's Christmas dinner without poxy paper hats, prehistoric jokes, shitty plastic gewgaws and the smell of gunpowder?

    Tell me Whitechapel, is this true? Or have I been grievously misinformed?
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    According to Wikipedia it's a commonwealth tradition only.
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    #ChristmasCrackers -- That seems so weird. I am so glad that Canada is part of the Commonwealth.
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    We Americans do not sanction the use of explosives on The Day Of Our Lord's Birth. We save the use of those holy compounds for The Fourth Of July (aka The Holiday That Need Not Be Named), and... any day we feel like shooting something/someone. The use of firearms on Christmas is actually considered in poor taste.

    Instead our Christmas dinners are made special by a gluttonous repeat of Thanksgiving dinner's menu with a few changes in the side dishes, the shameless consumption of alcohol by everyone over 21, the covert consumption of alcohol by everyone 15-20, and the unwelcome presence of quietly gossipy aunts, openly racist uncles, and the older cousin who taught you what a blowjob was when you were 13. At least that's how I remember them.
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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    The U.S. does not have these. I've wished we did since reading Harry Potter in my youth, but we don't.

    My family does a ham and some delicious form of potatoes for dinner. But the holiday is mostly about the morning of gifts and the sweets "left out for Santa" for me. It's a relatively quiet day, where we are encouraged to wear pajamas all day and lie around watching newly acquired movies while eating fudge, gingersnaps, 7 layer cookie bars, and chocolate oranges.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    #Christmas Crackers

    See, I thought you meant crackers the food, and I was about to say "well, yeah, I guess you could have crackers on Christmas, nothing wrong with that, get some chocolate graham crackers and peanut butter up in the hiz-ouse..." then I looked to see what they actually were.

    I have a whole side of the family where setting those things off would probably trigger PTSD, so maybe it's a good thing we don't have them.
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    #Christmas Crackers

    According to an American that I know, they're not hugely popular in California, but you can buy them at a place called "Cost Plus".
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    My grandparents did those with us. Not British, just snooty. In a good way. The kind of way that meant I got to have Christmas crackers.
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    Being from a predominantly British extended family they've been a holiday tradition in my American family for my entire life. And yes, they can be purchased at Cost Plus, and also, I believe, Gelson's.
    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeDec 11th 2011
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    My sister has them for her family because she thinks they're fun. She buys boxes of them at the dollar store.
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    #ChristmasCrackers

    Issues of taste and post traumatic stress aside, I am still tempted to start posting boxes of crackers to random addresses in the states. The idea that the majority of our American brethren could go the entirety of Christmas without wearing a scratchy paper hat or trying to figure out whether a lump of plastic is meant to be a reindeer or a racing car is simply intolerable.

    But then I suppose they do have the opportunity to eat Turkey twice a year, so maybe it all evens out... :)