Demitasse #6

 

Demitasse  -- a sip of the Compendium

July '97

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Demitasse is a free sip of the sardonic social commentary and reports of

real-life weird that fill the Ladies' Fetish & Taboo Society Compendium of

Urban Anthropology (the Compendium).

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(c) copyright Kathy Biehl 1997


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Feel free to distribute copies or excerpts of Demitasse, as long as you

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purposes.

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CONTENTS:

BeastWatch!

New at the Cafe

Random Weird

What's up with The Compendium

How to subscribe to the Compendium

How to subscribe to Demitasse

The Compendium on the Web

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BEASTWATCH!


We're tracking the movements of that rough Beast as he slouches towards

Bethlehem to be born. Currently, he's 885 paces out. Check Cafe Compendium

< http://fortunaworks.com/FortunaWorks/BeastWatch.html > for details.

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NEW AT THE CAFE


We've got movie reviews!  The flicks may be mainstream, but don't you worry

-- the commentary is anything but! Courtesy of the mysterious J. They're a

Chef's Special at the Cafe [lost now to time and space....]


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RANDOM WEIRD


At the state bar convention I see a booth for a fee-based online service I

haven't been able to access for two days. The rep is in conversation with

two men.


"I can't remember my password. I haven't been able to log on. Can somebody

from NY fax it to me?" one of the men says.


I stand behind them for almost five minutes while they converse. The rep

catches my eye; I know she knows I'm waiting.


A man in a suit comes up behind me. The woman looks up at him. He begins to

speak. I glare. "I can't remember my password, I haven’t been able to log

on for days. Can you take care of this for me?" he says. The way he says

it, I think he knows her. He's making  a joke, parroting the other men.


He isn't. He's serious. She gives him the same information she's been

giving the other men. They all leave. My turn. I ask if their server's down. I haven't been able to get through for two days.


"I don't know," she says. "I haven't been able to log on since yesterday

morning. My computer isn't working."


Ben Her notes the eerie parallel between not being about to connect with

their server and not being able to connect with their sales person.


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THE CHRONICLE'S WRITING MY ZINE

From the 5/5/97 Houston Chronicle:


"Two drivers and a snake died in a fiery head-on collision early Monday

that, because one of the victims apparently was a cross-dresser, initially

left investigators confused about the number of victims."


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I WANT THE NUMBER OF THE PROCESS SERVER


The 9th Circuit has ruled that copyright goes to the first human who writes

down a message, and not to angels transmitting it.  See

http://www.ljextra.com/cgi-bin/f_cat?prod/ljextra/data/external/1997/06/9706

28.c09.


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WHAT'S UP WITH THE COMPENDIUM


It's a little late. (It's been delayed while I finish writing a book on a

topic that will probably interest few of you, but it might someone you

know, so I'll tell you:  It's The Official Netscape Guide to Legal

Research, due out in October.) But it *is* in progress.


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How to subscribe to the Compendium


subscriptions no longer accepted. send back issue inquiries to kbiehl AT fortunaworks.com.


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How to subscribe to Demitasse:


Demitasse is an electronic newsletter of highlights from the Ladies' Fetish

& Taboo Society Compendium of Urban Anthropology.  It's published just as

erratically as the print zine, which is to say, whenever.  It will also

contain behind-the-scenes announcements and ramblings that may or may not make

it to the photocopied page.  It's free for the asking!


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