Monday, February 21, 2005

Internet Drama

Here I just wanted to have fun with my blog, but internet drama has shown up again and someone has to set the record straight. At this point I haven't posted this to any forums, but due to the amount of sympathy he has been receiving I feel the need to point out Kirlian Blue (aka Mark)’s recent “banning” on slothradio never actually happened. KB has admitted to visiting sloth (logged in oddly enough) since his “banning” took place when someone asked him about it in the EN thread he started, KB went on to say that Sloth was denying that KB was ever banned. Why would Sloth do that? Because KB was never banned.
I did a little time stamp detective work and the way it shows up in my browser Kirlian posted his last sloth message (oddly enough a jab at someone who got banned at bimfactor) at 3:42PST and then announced on bimfactor at 3:42PST that he had been banned from slothradio. I could see the minutes being off by a bit, but given that it was before 5am in Utah I don’t think this final post pushed Sloth over the edge to ban him.
The deleted thread KB is ranting about before his “final” post was a promo (I did see it and was surprised that it made it past the auto censor, which for the record is essentially the same as the one that they used on the late Electrogarden which spawned these forums that are now fighting) for his band which if other recent posts are similar, mentioned their site, "controversially" named album and the song “Date Rape Lovers” which given the fairly strict guidelines at sloth one would expect the post to get deleted (you would think one would get the idea of boundaries after 150 posts or so on a given forum). Given that I have also seen Kirlian complaining on EN about trying to get his band added to the SlothRadio playlist and not having any success, it would make sense for KB to use this fake banning as a launching point for his radio station (that put his band in high rotation) and to further promotion of his band which recently found itself no longer involved with KMA Records. When it comes down to it, KB has received an enormous amount of sympathy over this, and it’s a lie.
Of course I’m probably more on top of this because I was recently stung by KB on the slothforums because I dared question the ability of any one artist (in this case Numan) to be the sole influence of all synthpop and KB launched into an attack on me where he accused me of slandering him. This supposed slander came from one post on bimfactor about how I didn’t think his music was major label quality and I questioned effectiveness of his promotion abilities. Always secure and indifferent to the inferior opinions of others, Kirlian sent me an email (I don’t know where he got my address) where he questioned my “facts” about the number of downloads I believe he claimed to have received. Since this happened after KB had actually been banned from ElectroCulture (for fighting with one of the people who believed he received special treatment from the site's owners and then ended up founding the bimfactor forums) I wasn’t able to back up my point because all his posts had been deleted from that forum, so I publicly and privately apologized for the remark about the number of downloads but never backed down on my opinion of his music. At this point you've probably figured out that I've changed my mind about his promoting powers. He's played everyone like a fiddle.

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