The new generation, on the other hand, was raised on Facebook and Bebo and Myspace and loves nothing more than to revel in the flushed glory of putting it all out there. They don't like to compartmentalize. They find our views on anonymity quaint, antiquated, the way we feel when our parents tell us that buying things over the world wide web isn't safe. And now, one of these internet demons has come of age, and she's got the same name as me.
I noticed it coming on gradually over the last few years. The Google alert I have set up on my name were arriving more frequently, and now they weren't just about long-dead German women. There was a new Lina G. in town, and if the school sports pages were any indication, she was just hitting high school. At first I ignored it, pretended it wasn't happening. Then I realized that I was getting to watch another Lina G. grow up without having to actually go through the horrors of actually doing it myself. She started joining sites and using her, our full name to post inane comments about teen celebrities to forums. I cringed, and prayed that no potential employers thought it was I that had gushed about how Josh Harnett was lyke, totally talented. This may seem like a small thing, but with only two Lina G.s in the world, when one Googles our name, the results give the impression of one, if slightly disjointed and insane, person. This other Lina G. could ruin my rep.
And as the sports victories piled up, I started to realize that as this Lina G. reaches adulthood, her potential to disrupt my life grows. When will she, I wonder, ever stop using our name on the Internet? Doesn't she realize that being born into a unique name engenders responsibilities? I realized the time had finally come to register my name as a domain, if only to preempt the other Lina G. from doing it. And now that she's started posting slutty pictures of herself on Facebook, I know that I made the right choice. I look at them, and sigh in frustration. This girl is just learning the pain of being Lina G., something that I've been living with for decades.
--Lifehacker is like, the best site ever. I realized this long before I realized that it was created by an awesome girl who used to sit a few desks down from me at my old job. This has made me depressed. Why? Because I'm bitterly jealous.
--When I heard that Heavy Metal Parking Lot was being released on DVD, I was delighted. (Heavy Metal Parking Lot is a 1986 documentary that interviews fans in a parking lot before a Judas Priest concert.) Then I heard about Neil Diamond Parking Lot and I was really excited in a sort of post-ironic way, and then I felt a little sick. Then I took a nap.
--The New York Canon: Books From Norman Mailer to Rem Koolhaas, 26 works of lapidary New Yorkitude.
--A tribute(?) to my old neighborhood, The Tenderloin. This site is amazing, it really captures the essence of one of the most horrific places in America. I look at these pictures when I'm writing and it inspires me. To bathe. This was the neighborhood that I once got mugged by a topless transgendered woman who was holding a hammer and had 2 henchmen with her, also carrying tools. I sort of miss it. I mean, where else would you get a story like that?
I really have a bone for that sort of thing, though. (Faux-anything writing, not scat videos.) David Sedaris does it a lot, and it's some of my favorite work of his.
I tried my hand at writing a few wiki entries for YTMND, but control freak that I am, was unable to bear the whole "community-edited" feature. If you know the YTMND community, you'd understand.
Here's part of one of the site histories I wrote. (It's about the site Ridin' Spinnaz, but be warned, it's very not safe for work).
The clip is allegedly from a transsexual pornography movie, more commonly known as a 'Chicks with Dicks' film. In the full length version of the film, it appears to be to be a man and woman engaging in anal penetration, until, in what can only be considered an interesting plot twist, the transsexual's penis comes into the shot, and the scene shown in the 'Ridin Spinnas' YTMND begins.
The musical accompaniment was the song 'Ridin' Spinnaz' by Three Six Mafia, a song that pays tribute to the phenomenon of 'spinning rims' on cars often found in predominantly poor neighborhoods.
The site was seen as an ironic commentary on the 'down low' or the act of African American men engaging in homosexual acts in secret.
Nearly 300 Spinnas spin-off YTMNDs have been created, many of which include the term 'also ___.' Additionally, many 'straight' spin-offs were created to battle the potentially homosexual influence of the site.
I wish I could find a job where all I did was talk/write bs all day long. You'd that working in advertising would sate that desire, but no. I want a career in pseudo-history, or faux-law. I'd like to be able to say, " I'm not a lawyer, but I play one on the Internet."
"Rousseau in the course of his Confessions narrates incidents that profoundly shocked the sensibility of mankind. By describing them so frankly he falsified his values and so gave them in his book a greater importance than they had in his life. They were events among a multitude of others, virtuous or at least neutral, that he omitted because they were too ordinary to seem worth recording. There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones.This is the type that most often writes about himself. He leaves out his redeeming qualities, and so appears only weak, unprincipled, and vicious."
--W. Somerset Maugham
My mother has a certain whine that one expects only to hear out of the mouth of a teenage girl--the sort of girl that would end all conversations with the word 'whatever.' She uses this whine only rarely, but when she does, it is usually accompanied by a slight shake of her clenched fist or a stamp of her dainty hoof. "Lina," she cries, regretting whatever it was that she just said, "Don't put that on your web page."
"Oh Mother," I sigh, "I'm a journalist. I'm obligated to tell the truth," I say, sniggering behind my hand.
"But," she squeals, "you only post when I say something offensive. You don't mention all of the nice things that I do."
My thoughts are that since I mention that she's my mother, the clear implication is that she gave birth to me, which was a pretty nice thing to do. This, despite the fact that she continues to complain about the birthing process twenty-six years after it culminated in my glorious entrance into this universe.
And perhaps she's right. It is possible that I don't repeat every single thing my mother says to me because frankly, most of her popular topics don't appear to be as interesting to the general public as when she talks about anal sex.
It hasn't occurred to her that the easiest way to get me to stop posting every time she says pudendum is for her to stop saying pudendum--at least in the presence of her daughter. This however, is a pleasure that she cannot forsake. She appears to receive no greater joy than to say naughty things in front of an ever younger audience.
Just a few weeks ago, she was holding Holly and Rene's baby. He was only weeks old, and she was cooing softly to him while Holly and I talked about the issues of the day. "Just like the BBC!" I exclaimed.
Holly innocently asked,"What does BBC stand for anyway?"
"Big black cock!" my mother crowed, overjoyed. She cuddled the baby closer, satisfied with both her nurturing and acronym-deducing abilities.
She's not the only one that has had her values falisified on shutitdown, though.
"Your page isn't real," my ex-boyfriend used to claim spitefully, "That's not what you are really like."
I tried to explain that the main difference was that on my webpage I was clothed, whereas in real life I was occasionally disrobed, and therefore he should count himself lucky. He didn't see it that way however. He was enraged by my apparent glibness about the problems that he felt were serious, the jokes about gangbangs (which he also thought were serious). He didn't like the fact that I didn't mention my relationship with him until our break up.
I thought perhaps, in the face of these complaints, that he would prefer that I write about him, so finally one day, a year into our relationship, I offered to include him here. "I want to read the posts first, and I don't want you to mention what country I am from. And don't imply that I'm a homo." These were just a few of the rules that he initally set down, and in the face of this, I decided that he wasn't very good material anymore, and never wrote about him.
As a side note, it was me repeatedly using the term "big black cock" in his native tongue that led to one of our most embarrassing (and public) fights. Fran can verify both the embarrassment and the publicness. Like mother, like daughter, I suppose.
Apparently this fellow didn't want to get painted by my writer's brush, one which reduced him to a caricature with little more than a limp wrist and a questionable nationality. And although my mother complains, I know that she enjoys the fact that she's a popular, cartoonish character. It's hard to be honest on a web page, and it's even harder to be interesting. It's too easy to fall into the trap of detailing one's food consumption and cd-buying habits. Luckily, my family keeps me in enough material to avoid writing about anything (or anyone) too mundane. Even more fortuitously, most of them are weak, unprincipled, and vicious, so I'm not often forced to exaggerate.
And perhaps he's right. Due to the fact that I signed about 38 non-disclosure agreements, I've chosen to not write about my work life. And since I'm wagering no one wants to hear about how he looks just like Christopher Robin, I'm left with a serious dearth of potential topics.
And really, what it comes down to, is that I hate writing. I once confessed this to my mother (a writer), and she said, "Oh honey, all real writers hate it." After reading a number of biographies and interviews, it turns out that in this case, like so many others, she was lying. Most writers don't appear to hate writing. Many of them seem to enjoy it. They make special rooms dedicated to doing it much like S&M aficionados, and they they spend time each day doing it and reveling in it. Whereas I sit around watching Friends, and dreading the time that I force myself to sit in front of the keyboard, pecking away about things that no one cares about, namely myself.
And I haven't quite figured out why I do it. I decided recently that I would actually submit something I wrote to someone that determines the worth of such things, i.e. an editor. I decided that it was high time I was rejected creatively as well as sexually. What would be only be better than this, was if I could meet an editor who could reject me sexually and creatively at the same time.
"I'm sorry, but your breasts sag and your work is crap," he might growl while ignoring me in favor of a vodka tonic. This fantasy of mine, which grows much more intense over time, is similar to one once expressed by my pal Iris.
"My ideal man would copyedit my love notes and send them back to me," she sighed wistfully once, over dinner. Just thinking about her round cursive hand, nearly eclipsed by his marks correcting her grammatical and semantic errors makes her shudder with delight.
Perhaps overhearing this conversation, my latest fling replied to a pages-long essay I sent him by saying merely, "It's an infidel, not a infidel, Lina." I've since suggested that although this form of foreplay may suffice with Iris, it's not the quickest route into my pants. I guess I should be grateful though, for any minor insult thrown my way which I can use as "material" on my website or in my latest craigslist post about how mean boys are.
"We will be conducting interviews among men & women 21-45 who participate in one or more of the following activities:
So since I am an under-qualified, unemployed loser, I gave them a call. They called me back and got my web site address to confirm that I really had one, and asked me a few questions about my site and activities therein. They said they had to review it and that they would call me back.
About an hour later the phone rang, it was the market research firm. The guy said to me, "I'm really sorry, I thought you were perfect for this group. You fit all the requirements perfectly, but the client looked at your site and there was something that they didn't like."
I of course, assumed it was the many, many pictures of penises with my name on them, but I asked anyway. "What was wrong with my site?"
"Well frankly," he paused for a second, "they said that you, well, that you just didn't talk about yourself enough."
As the kids on the Internet would say, LOL.
Clearly, I was slightly confused by this missive. I hopped on over to the Babel Fish Translation Device and learned that I had just run across my new boyfriend.
crldabaliknjwfkr: i hump u good time for because
you leg are wetting
crldabaliknjwfkr: horny like lobster
crldabaliknjwfkr: you are see?
crldabaliknjwfkr: I would like to set a sausage into its donkey
crldabaliknjwfkr: I her nut/mother, who I would help them to get into the goat explained it remember?
crldabaliknjwfkr: HUMP YOU, I
crldabaliknjwfkr: I would enjoy to set a piece corn into their drilling
crldabaliknjwfkr: do you remember me?
What I appreciate most about the internet is the chance to participate in the global community and interact with a diverse group of mortals from other cultures. That and getting a piece of corn set into my drilling by a totally hot guy.
Email me at lina @ shutitdown.net
A woman's voice beckons from the computer. Images flash across the screen - parted lips, bound wrists, flesh. Her seductive tone summons you closer, inviting you in...
"Do you want to see more?"
If you click "yes" - and you know you want to - you'll be logged on to the internet site shutitdown.net, and the game begins. What follows is a miasma of hellish images that leave unsuspecting voyeurs suffering from morbid hallucinations and unspeakable terror.
When four bodies are discovered among the industrial decay and urban grime of New York City, brash young detective Mike Reilly teams with ambitious Department of Health researcher Terry Huston to uncover the cause behind their violent and inexplicable deaths.
The only common factor shared by the victims? Each died exactly 48 hours after logging on to shutitdown.net. Were they being punished for their inquisitiveness? For succumbing to temptation? For indulging their guilty pleasures?
|----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 12:28 AM
Subject: Red or green moon cystals needed!!!19755
I was just checking out Chrissy aka Christilina's webpage. Now here is the problem. I really want to hate her, because she weighs like 27 pounds and is blond. Usually, that's a good reason to hate someone. At least, that is a good enough reason for me. But the problem is, she is pretty fucking funny in addition to weighing 12 pounds and being blond. BITCH, LIFE IS NOT FAIR. And when I say bitch, I am referring to God, not to Christilina. I think I like her.
Today Fran and I went to the Police Station. Here's how things went down.
Me: I want to file a police report for some credit card fraud.
Them: What fraud?
Me: Someone has being purchasing copious amounts of internet porn with my debit card.
Them: Oh. Well you need the receipts for the purchases.
Me: The companies will not provide me with any infomation without a subpoena, because they are scandelous, shady companys.
Them: Well, you need receipts or we won't file the report.
Me: But they won't give me the receipts. I have my bank statements of the charges. Isn't that enough? I called the precinct earlier and they said that was fine!
Them: You need the receipts.
Me: So these companies can fraudulently bill me, and as long as they don't provide me with the receipt, they are in the clear because you won't let me file charges?
Them: (speaking very slowly as if I am a retard) I won't fill out the paperwork unless you have receipts. Go to 1 Police Plaza. They have a computer division.
Me: (speaking very slowly) Thank you for your help you fat cunt.
So that was my day! Poor Fran had to walk away while I was arguing with the po-lice, she was surely afraid that my head would explode, or even worse my karma might be catching.
On another note, I am 99% sure I am going to move back west. Fran is going to move into my apartment.
I just got this email. This is the 2nd time I have heard from this guy in the last 6 months.
----- Original Message -----
If you are a time traveler or alien disguised as human and or have
My life has been severely tampered with and cursed!!
I need to be able to:
Travel back in time.
Rewind my life including my age back to 4.
I am in very great danger and need this immediately!
I am aware of two types of time travel one in physical form and the other in energy form where a snapshot of your brain is taken using either the dimensional warp or an electronic device and then sends your consciousness back through time to part with your younger self. Please explain how safe and what your method involves.
I have a time machine now, but it has limited abilitys and is useless without a vortex.
If you can provide information on how to create vortex generator or
Only if you have this technology and can help me exactly as mentioned
Please do not reply if your an evil alien!
In other news, I was planning on following up yesterday's star-studded celebrity entry with a story entitled, "Bright Lights, Big Dick in My Ass," but I find that I am too exhausted to write it right now. I am sure, though, that I have you all salivating for tomorrow's update. :D
If you want to want to do something to help shut down allcutekids.com and chantellemodel.com you should write to their host, cavecreek otherwise known as the internet porno billing company, CCBill. It's one man, who is hosting a number of very borderline pornographic sites. He hosts a Yahoo Club for one of the 13 year old models. If you find it offensive that this man takes this minor underwear shopping so he can take pictures of her in them, report it to Yahoo.
Also, please remember that you can report child pornography or questionable material (anonymously) to CyberAngels.
So I registered shutitdown.com! I don't know what to do with it, any suggestions?
I was listing things on ebay
when I ran across some funny auctions.
So I know I have said it before, but I am not ashamed to say it again. I LOVE THE CHICKS ON SPEED. They motivate me to put on mascara and leave my apartment on occasion.
New photo album from chix show tonight up here.
Hahah I had a double chin so I had to cut it out of this pic. HAHAHHAHAHAA. Don't tell internet gossip!
please can i see your tits
i can not see your tits
i have ordered you to die. do it. die. i hate you. die.
i have no time this day i go out for dinner bye ,greetings johan
Jesus loves me.
Here's an email that I got a few days ago:
This was my breakfast, lunch and dinner today.
Wow so it's always rad when I wait until 3am to update my site, because then I am just too tired to be funny! Except for when I was chatting with artfag tonight, and I told her about when I thought I was a lesbian but then it just turned out that I really like bikini kill. Don't deny having that feeling, people!
I don't have much else to say other than I watched Family Law again tonight (TONY DANZA's show) and it made me cry again! WTD with that? Every week. That Tony, he's always held the key to my heart.
So I updated my link list again.
My birthday present from DrT?
I understand that you don't feel comfortable sending me nudes........yet :) You are such a sweet person. I will be honest though I do have a naked pic of you. I made it myself to satisfy my curiosity.
It took me a while to find a silimar body and then i had to make her naked. lol It was not the easiest task since I had to stop a couple times for ....er....motivational sessions.
I hope this does not offend you. I hope to see you
online soon, and I hope to see you on cam sooner.
Your friend. DrT
So, guess who is finished with her first application? That's right! ME!! Well, I still have a few finishing touches. One of the California schools seems to be contesting my residency status, which makes me say, " :O ". So now there are just 4 more to go!
Tonight I broke my resolve to not post on internetgossip because I had to give out some well-deserved dissin'. I wasn't posting because of some weird stuff that has been going on. I think that DrT is obsessed with me. I'm not sure if it's smart to talk about it here, so I am going to hold off for now. On to the next paragraph.
I got price quotes from some data recovery people, and to get all of my porn off of my 19 gig hard drive would cost from $825-5770! :O
I asked if they had a "normal people's price" because I have some TIME SENSITIVE porn on there but it was a no go. One of the letters from the data recovery people gave props to my website. You'd think they would do it just for the fun of exploring my hard drive. Especially because someone DCC'd me an champagne enema movie on IRC and I never bothered to delete it off of my hard drive. hohoho.
P.S. I think one of the most charming parts of shutitdown.net is how i artfully segue from one paragraph to the next without them having any relation to one another. I am an ARTIST dammit. :D
P.P.S. Join the yahoo club in case I decide to post a new album tomorrow.