Give Lars a break. December 17, 2010 6:34 PM   Subscribe

Do we need this point and laugh thread? This guy doesn't appear to be well, and I'm not sure that our relentless mockery is necessary or helpful.
posted by leotrotsky to Etiquette/Policy at 6:34 PM (23 comments total)

What do you mean by "doesn't appear to be well" in this context? He's been running this business with equally poor judgment for years; the sex doll thing is just the newest wrinkle in his parade of sleaze and incompetence. Here's a thread about this business from AbsoluteWrite.com that goes back to 2004.

This is this man's actual business website, which he's used to convince people to give him money for professional services for several years. I think that it's fair game.
posted by Sidhedevil at 6:53 PM on December 17, 2010 [6 favorites]


Yeah. While I am, as always, not a fan of the first-person editorializing at the end, I think it's fine otherwise. He is "well" enough to run a straight-up scam of a business.
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:11 PM on December 17, 2010


Yes, we do.
posted by dunkadunc at 7:14 PM on December 17, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'm weighing in on the fine side as well. If you want to argue we shouldn't be shining a light on a scammer then I am with you, but the no CrazyLOLS, eh, that's a weird call to make. Almost every day a post goes up about someone that's a complete nutter in my book and we sometimes sit around and admire it.

But then I am biased, since one of my CrazyLOL posts didn't survive.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:15 PM on December 17, 2010


Before he had the sex doll on the website, he had a ridiculous 'AI' thingie that answered questions. The answers included patently false information like "all agents charge fees to their clients" and "it's impossible for unknowns to break into the business without paying fees to their agents."
posted by Sidhedevil at 7:16 PM on December 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


We may be pointing, but David and Arielle are laughing all the way to the bank.
posted by mattdidthat at 7:21 PM on December 17, 2010


Not crying a single glycerin emo tear for humanity?

Part of the reason that I posted this is that whatever personal issues he may or may not have, the man is a rip-off artist. Maybe he has issues with his "virtual representative", maybe he actually thinks he can swing a movie deal (Honestly, it couldn't be worse than films that have made the theaters, and I've seen people peddling worse ideas), and maybe it's a diversion. Either way it's a perfect example of some of the sleazy types that prey on people desperate to be published.
posted by happyroach at 7:34 PM on December 17, 2010


And Sidhedevil, thanks for that link. I'm sorry I missed that in making my post.
posted by happyroach at 7:37 PM on December 17, 2010


people desperate to be published

the sex doll would be the deal breaker.
posted by clavdivs at 8:22 PM on December 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


Part of the reason that I posted this is that whatever personal issues he may or may not have, the man is a rip-off artist. Maybe he has issues with his "virtual representative", maybe he actually thinks he can swing a movie deal (Honestly, it couldn't be worse than films that have made the theaters, and I've seen people peddling worse ideas), and maybe it's a diversion. Either way it's a perfect example of some of the sleazy types that prey on people desperate to be published.

*ticks box labeled "editorial axe-grind"*
posted by Sys Rq at 9:21 PM on December 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I am completely happy with mocking the scummy con-artist.
posted by Artw at 9:58 PM on December 17, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't at all get the impression that this fellow is unbalanced in the way you suggest, leotrotsky. My takeway from reading the links is that he has this gimmick idea for a movie that he's trying to promote, and that he also likes to make easy money as a "literary agent," despite never having sold a book, and apparently not even reading material submitted [from Sidhedevil's link].
posted by taz at 10:31 PM on December 17, 2010


From the last video on his main page: The time, effort and expense involved in pitching a known author is minimal, while pitching an unknown to a skiddish industry requires much more.

Mocknicks: Pitching an unknown to a skiddish industry.
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:36 AM on December 18, 2010


What he didn't realize was that a chemical reaction would occur to activate our brains and bring us to life!
posted by flabdablet at 7:26 AM on December 18, 2010


He appears to be actively seeking attention via the internet. What sort of attention, however, is kinda out of his hands at this point.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:51 AM on December 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Is skiddish like a Scandinavian Jew?
posted by spicynuts at 8:04 AM on December 18, 2010


To allude to an existing metatalk, literary agents is one class of people about which I could imagine writing "I want to punch them in the face."
I am not advocating for either the punching of the writing about punching.
posted by angrycat at 8:04 AM on December 18, 2010


*punching or the writing about*
posted by angrycat at 8:05 AM on December 18, 2010


Dream Quest to Unknown Skiddish.
posted by Artw at 8:09 AM on December 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Do we need this point and laugh thread? This guy doesn't appear to be well, and I'm not sure that our relentless mockery is necessary or helpful.

Helpfulness and needfulness are not prerequisites for a Metafilter post.
posted by 23skidoo at 8:25 AM on December 18, 2010


Helpfulness and needfulness are not prerequisites for a Metafilter post.

True. If he posted an AskMe "How can I get my sex doll a movie contract?" then we would have to be helpful.

Or run sobbing in terror to the mods.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:40 AM on December 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Do we need this unamusing, flameless, weak sauce call-out thread?
posted by msalt at 10:21 AM on December 18, 2010


*punching or the writing about*

punch the sex doll, leave the pen.
{waves}
posted by clavdivs at 10:33 AM on December 18, 2010


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