About principessa

I arrived here to read but progressed to writing. I love this avenue of self-expression.

I am a blonde but a brainy one. Educated, sophisticated, well read and well travelled. Intelligence, humour, grace and authenticity are important to me. And passion, always passion.

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Art and architecture, travel, reading, movies, politics, good conversation, good food and wine and laughter- especially laughter.
Favorite Books:
Too numerous to list here. I read constantly.
Favorite Authors:
Again too numerous to list.
Favorite Movies:
Old classic Hitchcock: "North by Northwest", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Dial M for Murder" , other classic films like "Sunset Boulevard", and film noir, many foreign films, and current movies that are not mindless.
Favorite Music:
Anything but hip hop and American country music.
Date Joined:
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Topic: Brits: Please explain the 'Brexit' situation
Posted: 26 Jun 2016 07:36

A lot of people used this referendum as a protest vote, a means to voice their anger with current government policies. They did not really think about the consequences or imagine that the leave side would win. There is a lot of remorse now with the realization that the vote is binding and it is not really what many people wanted. They sent a message to the elites and now have to live with the result. Many wish they had voted remain now.

I hope that this is a lesson for Americans thinking about voting for Donald Trump. Never mind what he would do domestically, imagine him on the international stage and with his finger on the nuclear button. A very scary thought. Be careful what you wish for. This uprising of populism with all that it carries as baggage, his xenophobia, sexism, racism, and willful ignorance along with his bombastic thin-skinned temperament make Trump unsuited for the office of President.

Topic: What do you believe about heaven/hell/afterlife/reincarnation/etc?
Posted: 25 Jun 2016 14:55

I don't. I believe in what we have here and now, being hopeful for the future and not being stuck in the past.

Topic: What's your favorite cookie?
Posted: 24 Jun 2016 14:13

Macadamia nut and white chocolate. However there is something to be said for chocolate chip (sometimes with nuts) and oatmeal raisin cookies.

Topic: Donald Trump's Campaign is approaching bankruptcy
Posted: 24 Jun 2016 14:09

He has made sure that he uses his own hotels and other resources that belong to him and to pay them from campaign funds. I understand that he has reputation for not paying contractors and others who do work for him and trying to bargain down to a fraction of what is owed when he does pay. He intimidates his creditors in that he is not reluctant to be in litigation and has much deeper pockets to finance it than they do. Would he transfer this purported business acumen to government, perhaps refusing to fully pay on US bonds or treasury bills?

He does not have the normal infrastructure of a campaign state by state or for fundraising. Of course, he thinks he knows best. This applies to every aspect of foreign policy, governance, and domestic issues. He says he watches Sunday morning television for information.

This has been another Trump scam, perhaps the most colossal one he has ever pulled. He has hoodwinked a large segment of the US electorate into believing that he actually has plans and policies to make their lives better while appealing to their xenophobia, sexism, racism and more, giving them permission to say in public things that formerly were said only within their homes. So much for making America great again. He does love the "undereducated".

The convention should be interesting.

@ Just_A_Guy_You_Know

You are exactly right. It would be entertaining if it were not so frightening. After the surprise in the Brexit vote, we cannot be sure that he will be rejected.

Topic: University Rape Culture
Posted: 23 Jun 2016 14:42

@ cdlsf

I don't know what country you are in or what you know about the criminal justice systems of your country or other countries. In common law countries like the US, Canada, and the UK judges do not hear evidence from both the accused and the alleged victim in many if not most criminal cases in countries where the accused is not obliged to testify. There are constitutional protections that allow the accused's case to be put to the court by their lawyer and defense witnesses. The prosecution has the right to cross examine these witnesses just as the defense has the right to cross examine prosecution witnesses. Judges weigh the credibility of witnesses and evidence in bench (judge only) trials, but it is the jury who makes this determination when it is a jury trial. In this case the judge renders a decision on penalty if there is a guilty verdict. I should also add that there is usually a provision for the alleged victim to remain unnamed in the press unless that victim opts to go public. In the Brock Turner case she published her devastating statement, but remained anonymous.

What you have described is not realistic.

Topic: what are you drinking?
Posted: 23 Jun 2016 14:30

San Pellagrino Blood Orange

Topic: Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted: 23 Jun 2016 08:03

Maybe I'm just being obtuse; but would you mind explaining how having those stories appear on both writers pages, not double posted in the categories; but simply appearing on both writers story list be unfair? Specifically, in what way would others be negatively impacted? I don't see how this would effect anyone beside the writer in question? I would benefit from a detailed example of how another would be harmed.

If they could be harmed by this; than how would having the story appear on my story page do so, yet providing a link on my page as Buz suggested; would not? Surly a link is a link? The story would still carry only the avatar of the posting author. No one is suggesting an actual duplicate story on the site. Merely that it appear on both writers page with the award next to it.

It has been stated that having those awards appear would also be unfair, and again, who is hurt and why? Again, I fail to see the harm. I would like to understand how an award earned by both writers should only apear on one of their pages. Having them appear on both damages others in what way? I find that thought to be curiously confusing.

You seem to discount the earned views, yet we have badges for famous stories, legendary stories and for those with over a million views, so if they were unimportant than why have the badges? Why would adding more badges then be a remedy? That seems counter-intuitive to me.

Is this really important at all? Maybe not, but then why do we write at all. I write for myself, but it is pointless if no one reads it. That's why views matter. If that's silly, then why do we have 3 different badges celebrating views? Again, it seems counter-initiative to say those views don't matter. We don't rank authors directly by views anywhere, so who is hurt by giving credit to both writers instead of one? I'd like this explained so I can understand.

Writing is a difficult art and one many of us put much of ourselves into. I don't think it unfair to expect a duel and equal recognition for our contributions. The idea that 'someone else' is somehow negatively impacted makes no sense to me and I really would like that concisely explained.

Prinicipessa, I came back later and reread this post. While I feel my point is accurate, I came off much more strongly than I intended. I have tremendous respect for you and our friendship so I apologize for the challenging tone. That was not my intent.

I have no objection to co-authored stories appearing in both authors' pages, perhaps with a new symbol posted like an RR or EP to indicate that it is indeed a collaboration as I suggested, this new symbol not being an award but merely information. My concern was with respect to the number of views leading to badges like "Famous Story" and "Legendary Story". Would the number of views on one writer's page or on both writers'pages? Either way there seems to be an issue in getting to 30K or 100K as compared with a story written alone. This may be less of a problem than I realized at first because as you pointed out the story would still be published just once in its category for readers.

I may be complicating this too much by hairsplitting and seeing both sides of an argument, but that is how I earn my living. I really have no objection to stories being posted on both writers' pages as I have felt guilty about being the one getting the attention for work that I did not do alone. I just think we have to understand the implications of making this decision before changing how we do things. The fairness interest for co-writers may well be more important than other considerations. There are a small number of co-written stories as compared with the number done solo on Lush. These stories could be posted on both authors' pages with an indication that the story is a collaboration with no negative impact. For some people, collecting views and badges is very important and that is where there may be issues to be worked out.

Milik, there is no need to worry. You just asked me to explain myself more clearly. I have the greatest of respect for you and our friendship. Our collaborations have produced wonderful stories and I would work with you again in a heartbeat.

Topic: Top Hokiest Movies Ever List
Posted: 22 Jun 2016 19:29


Topic: Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted: 22 Jun 2016 15:53

I hadn't thought about the "double-dipping" issue, but you do make a valid point. However, I still feel that the co-writer is cheated. At the very least, the story should at the very least post on the pages for both authors. If there was a "Co-Author" badge (VirgoGo had a great idea for this) it might help. Now, there aren't that may co-written pieces and if Lush want to encourage this... then a solution needs to be found. Perhaps (and this is just a suggestion Gav) there can be a setting for those who don't care about the counts (like clicking a box for opting out of the votes, awards, etc.)

I like the idea of a Co-Author badge to be awarded when you have written in collaboration. Given that it is unusual, adding more parameters such as multiple co-writers or a threshold number of stories seems unnecessary to me. It is enough to have two egos set aside to work in tandem to produce something that is often more than the sum of its parts. There is a certain synergy that happens when people write together, at least that has been my experience. The counts issue could be partially resolved by having the ability to turn that off if the posting writer did so, presumably in consultation with their writing partner. For those who were not concerned about the views being counted on the posting partner's page, it could be left on.

As well, you could add a symbol like the RR or EP that is not an award, but is an indicator that there are two authors for a particular story.

At least this would be a way to give some recognition to the effort made by various members to write together and produce some of the great work here on Lush.

Topic: Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted: 22 Jun 2016 14:36

I have been the writer who posted the stories that I have written with collaborators. I have always felt a little guilty about getting the recognition attached to those stories but for the mention of the co-writer's name at the beginning of each story and the acknowledgement note that most writers (including me) added to the stories. Anyone who reads the stories knows who the other writer is so the praise in comments is shared. I realize that there is some inequity in the poster of the story getting the views, badges, and possible awards.

However, the suggestions that have been made so far to remedy this would put those who collaborate on stories in a better position than those who write alone in that each story would be doubly posted, doubly awarded and double rated and ranked. For those who count views towards hundreds of thousands and millions, it would be a sort of double dipping to allow the story to be viewed and have those views counted on two members' pages. Dividing the views between the two writers does not make sense either.

I understand that it rankles to see a story you have worked on garner views and awards for your co-writer that cannot be shared, but I can think of no equitable way to fix this to make it fair between collaborators and at the same time remain fair to the other writers on the site. I would be open to any suggestions that could do that.

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