*hugs* We’re all here for you, Ms. Pregler.
It’s hard to say the right thing in a situation like this, but speaking as someone who has had Lupa’s work make some shitty days into not-shitty days … it’s hard to not wanna reach out and offer comfort.
If you ever find yourself reading this, Lupa, know you’ve got my sympathy. It’s all I can really offer, being a faceless numbered letter on the internet. Someone once told me that being a pet owner is one of the bravest things you can possibly do … because you enter into the relationship knowing that one day, you’re going to have to say goodbye.
From what we saw of Checkers he seemed like a happy guy, clearly very loved. He’s a Lupamaniac in Heaven, now.
Whats wrong with Lupa
I am not sure how long it has been going on but the amount of hate for Lupa makes no sense to me whatsoever.
I think a lot of the Lupa hate stems from her badgering Spoony when he went nuts. Spoony’s die-hard fans…. are a league of their own. They spread a lot of rumors about her… some of which I even fell prey to. I don’t blame her for how she reacted, nor do I think she did anything particularly wrong (as someone who has had to recently call someone out on their crazy behavior? I TOTALLY GET WHERE ALLISON WAS COMING FROM). A lot of people haven’t forgiven her for that … and then there’s also the the Bronies who are still butthurt about her refusing to review FiM. So she has two groups of notoriously bitchy and vengeful internet assholes that delight in trying to bring her down.
Lupa is fantastic. She is beyond fantastic — she is amazing. She is so bright that she literally lights up the room around her and I am forever grateful for her presence at Channel Awesome. Her reviews have brought smiles to some of my darkest days, and I can’t even begin to properly put in words how much that has meant to me.
Lupa, if you find yourself reading this, know that you are fucking GREAT. And I don’t even have to tell you to ignore the haters. Fuck those guys. They suck. You don’t.
A Few Thoughts on Springboard
A few of the TGWTG people have moved away from Blip.tv in favor of Springboard, a similar video hosting service.
… This has been a terrible development for me.
The phone line in/around my house is shitty. Terribly shitty. In the last two years, we’ve had the phone company out here to fix the same exact problem over a dozen times. They keep claiming that our issue has been resolved… but, that is not the case.
At the moment, my land line cannot make or receive phone calls and my DSL speed is crawling along at about 10% of what it should be.
When I have a low speed, it’s hard to stream videos. Even short ones require at least ten minutes of loading time, and if the video is longer than 6-7 minutes, the video won’t load more until I start playing. The playback speed is faster than my connection can load the file, and as a result watching a 20 minute video can take up to an hour. Sometimes longer.
I skirted around this annoying bullshit by relying on Keepvid.com. I’d download the video (after first loading it enough to play the ad, I want the producers to make money after all) and watch it from my hard drive so that I could view the work as intended. Keepvid does not support the Springboard platform, so as of yet… I cannot find a way to download the videos.
Since Sage and Lupa have hopped over to Springboard, I’ve been unable to watch their videos without wanting to break something. Every two minutes I have to pause it and wait 5 minutes for another two minutes to load.
This wouldn’t be a problem if AT&T would get off their nutsack and FIX MY GOD DAMNED LINE, but since I’ve been battling with them for more than two years, I feel this is unlikely to come to pass any time soon.
While I’m glad Springboard is offering my favorite producers better opportunity, it’s incredibly frustrating to not be able to enjoy their work.
Subspecies Review Marathon? You Had me At “Hey Michelle!”
Hey, guys! If you have a free moment tonight, hop on over to Lupa’s Blip.tv Page and watch one or two of her episodes. Apparently, the whole Zen Films Fiasco has resulted in the related videos being taken off of Blip.
Scott Shaw is nothing more than a megalomaniac and bully, and it’d be really cool if we could all show our support for Lupa by giving her revenue a bit of a boost by making her view count climb. This’d be a productive way to show we’re in Lupa’s corner instead of wasting our time and effort on lambasting Shaw for being a giant prickhole.
While it’s tempting to write that misogynistic cumguzzler a barb-filled message about how he and his floppy nutsack can die in a fire…. that will only serve to make things worse.
In the meantime, let’s show Lupa how awesome we think she is.
PS: I propose that we redub “Zen Films” as “Zen Flims” … yes F-L-I-M-S. It’s more fitting.