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I have finished more Merlin fic, which seems to seal it - yes, this is going to be my main fanfic fandom for a while. Also, with episodes like this coming (BBC episode description, so some spoilers), I am so very curious where the show is going. Nothing like shiny new fandoms to get inspiration going. (And somehow, I always find more to write about when the original material has some issues to address.)

Most of you probably heard about the furore over a Marie Claire blog and the massive outcry that has followed. I was quite revolted by the post too, but something else struck me as well - this is the power of the Internet. Online, it is not word-of-mouth, but word-and-links, and it can happen extremely fast. Even in fandom, posts can garner a huge reaction by links being passed on, and the poster can wake to an inbox filled with outrage.

Sometimes, it's a power for good. Sometimes, probably not.

A new prosperity index ranks Norway as most prosperous in the world. It was apparently launched to show that propserity is more than just money, as reported here. Apparently, 74% of Norwegians believe people can be trusted, the highest precentage in the world. (You can check out the details about Norway's score here.) Is that a sort of prosperity too? Perhaps. I am also impressed we scored highest of all on social capital, despite second lowest in the world on religious attendance. Which goes to show empathy, charity and social support isn't built on religion as some fanatics would have it; it's built on humanity.

Meanwhile, it is Thurday evening and rainy, and I'm half wishing winter would just come already and be done with it. I hate October. Surely I cannot be the only one who finds October the worst month of the year?
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