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Wow, what utter crap from Amazon. It's been classifying anything with a GLBT theme as 'adult' and removing it from sales rankings, meaning that it doesn't show up in searches and making the books impossible to find on site wide searches.

Details here: In consideration of our entire customer base, we exclude "adult" material from appearing in some searches and best seller lists.

Amazon is now saying that this was a 'glitch'. Right. Why a glitch is not a glitch

Its 'adult' classification somehow failed to include materials such as '50 years of Playboy Centrefolds' and 'Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper'. More here

Jezebel.com is keeping lists on which books do and do not keep their sales rankings: Queer theory books, books on coming out, and feminism books lose their rankings, but A Parent's Guide To Preventing Homosexuality gets to keep its rank?

Amazon rank

In conclusion, fuck off Amazon.
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Hello all. It seems ages since I last posted, but I have been kind of busy and under pressure for a while. I haven't been keeping up with lj very well or commenting much, so I'm sorry about that. I did post about this under filter when it was happening, but to keep everyone up to speed I am newly made redundant, starting from last Tuesday. I've been feeling very strange and fuzzy since then, with a vague sense that I am missing a meeting or should be getting on with a report or, or something. I'm adjusting though, and it really helps that it was voluntary and I wanted to leave. My colleagues gave me a classy send off that involved a great deal of Pinot Grigio and they gave me some thoughtful presents.

Obviously, I now have all this free time. It suddenly feels like if I'm not careful I'll waste it and won't have enough, somehow. I could spend weeks simply puttering around the house doing all those things that we've put off for years. I could put all the things on ebay that I've been meaning to. I could go to the gym, I could hoover the stairs (they have dust shadows from the newly removed book piles because we have NEW SHELVES). I could do the garden, fill out my passport renewal form, go shopping for new furniture, make nutritious meals or buy things on the Internet. I'm confused. I have a to do list, which is helping.

Of course, there is the small issue of having to look for a new job. I have a lot of transferable skills so I'm hoping this won't be too hard but the way things are that the moment, who knows? I would love something that is less than full time, because I've been investigating setting up my own business. This is one of my dreams, even if at the moment it looks somewhat remote.

That other thing that's been tapping me on the shoulder is to finally sit down and write a novel for publication. It's odd how I feel embarrassed to admit that, as if somehow I am not allowed to write novels and try to get them published. It seems far too ambitious somehow. Perhaps I just grew up too British?

Maybe today, then, should look like this:

Get those stairs hoovered, you know you want to!
Go to the gym
Drink coffee drinks
Don't maunder on about things, there's no point

That's a plan to be going on with, I think. How are you all?


Sep. 14th, 2008 12:15 pm
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Mission - buy trousers that fit AND look good.
Time allowed - eternity.
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Ladies! Feeling down in the brain? Feeling frumpy and boring and lumplike?

Cure your ills by wearing bright red tights. I put some on this morning and now my life feels intensely exciting, even just sitting here at my desk. As you can imagine, walking about is even more thrilling.
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You know you want to...

My Valentinr - louiselux
Get your own valentinr

Or you could send me some romantic marmite with champagne! Actually, it sounds utterly disgusting.


Feb. 26th, 2007 12:50 pm
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So I keep getting all these delivery notification status emails to addresses I haven't emailed. I checked both my pc and my laptop for viruses and trojans and things, but nothing shows up. Googling hasn't really helped me understand what's happening either - unless someone is using my email address to send spam. Huh. Which sounds likely.


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