From the Lainchan front: Nevermind what I said before, there’s more antagonism from the original site than the old site, but I am somewhat enjoying the different style of posts on the new site. Also on the original site, the technology board (Which for some reason uses the omega symbol as the board code), drug board and dream boards are back.
On another note, what am I? Am I a millennial? I mean, I seem to be in that young adult demographic, who spend way too much time on the internet and are probably some closet hipster. But aren’t I too young to be a millennial? I love to blog and despise disappearing content, the antithesis of the two things which are apparently fundamental to the millennial identity.
So maybe I’m Generation Z? I guess I kind of fit into this niche, being internet savvy and all, which I also like because it puts me away from the latent douche-ness of millennials3. But I also dislike the name. Z. It seems like an end, like nothing will come after this generation. And I guess the way the world is going that’s very possible.
- Not sure about this guy, but I personally blame my RSS reader. ↩
- For real though, he’s a millennial. Where does he even get the money for all those domains? ↩
- Okay, this is unfair. It’s probably just a syndrome of “the next generation sucks”, with most articles today being written by Gen-X’ers or earlier. ↩
You’d think that being an Oscar-nominated screenwriter would be enough to not let you get complaints via studio execs little notes in the script, but no:
Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)
“So, where are the white people?”
Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”)
“It was the start of a pitch, I said ‘There’s a spy and his wife.’ The executive said, ‘There is no wife. Continue.’”
Todd Black (producer of “Fences”)
“We made a Western called ‘The Magnificent Seven’ [with Sony Pictures]. And the biggest note in development and shooting it was, ‘Do they have to wear cowboy hats and have facial hair?’ And I said, ‘Do you not want them not to have horses either?’ That was a huge note on a daily basis.”
From the Lainchan front: The literature and layer boards are back, but I’ve found something a bit more interesting: Lainchan.jp is now a thing. From my sleuthing1, it’s meant as a decentralised Lainchan, away from the software and look of traditional *chans.
The only theme is different, similar to the Lainchan.org current Delete theme, a centred column of the posts and not the left aligned of traditional chans, and each post in a block. It definitely looks a hell of a lot nicer than most of the themes on the main site, and if they continue this design I hope it keeps the current aesthetic. And the domain was only registered two days ago!
For now, posting by Tor is blocked, for reason I only assume to keep spammers out until the proper filters are restored.
Whatever happens, I really like this site compared to the staleness of the .org site.
EDIT: I was wrong. The site isn’t a decentralised Lainchan, it’s a coup de tat, a copycat with the same name after all the drama I’ve reported on here. There’s controversy over this, a site with the same name attempting to divide an already fragmented community.
While I think it is a better site, if it’s going in the direction of a different site it needs a different name. But a different name, not staying within the ‘niche’ of Serial Experiments Lain, could potentially mean a different site, and I don’t know if I could be interested with that.
UPDATE 2: Just found this introductory post, which furthers that it’s a coup de tat:
Who are we?
We are a collective of former administrators and moderators of
lainchan.org. Technical and organizational skills are distributed among staff members so that lainchan no longer has a single point of failure.
What is this?
This is our new home, a place under the faithful care of established community members (rather than simply the highest bidder) that can be trusted to continue the legacy of lainchan as it was before the last transfer of power.
Why are we here?
Neglect of critical services and backups, lack of priorities and accountability, and gross inaction and incompetence have led us to a situation in which we have lost years of content, but have seen little done to improve the situation. Freed from an entrenched bureaucracy (read: one person), we will be able to reconstruct lainchan and continue its development without unnecessary debate and delay over matters of insignificance.
Where are we heading?
The website has redundant offsite backups. Community services are decentralized. We now plan to rebuild content across the boards, recover data from our last good
lainchan.orgbackup, and resume work on the constellation of projects by and for lains. Join us in
#lainchan.jpon the Freenode IRC network to discuss the future of our community.
Directly attacking the faults of the old owner of Lainchan, and attempting to make it better. Coup de Tat if I ever saw one.
- With a hangover, but don’t all good detectives always have a hangover? ↩