phamos: (entry)
This LiveJournal consists mostly of friends-only posts. In order to read those posts, you need to be on my friends list -- so comment on this post and let me know who you are. You can start an LJ account if you don't already have one -- in the future, you will need to be signed in to your LJ account in order to read my friends-only posts.

If you aren't that interested in reading about my boring daily life and prefer to just read my rantings about politics and pop culture, you can check out my Tumblelog, which includes a feed of all my public LJ posts.
phamos: (Spoiler)
Hee hee hee, [ profile] jameth lost the advisory board election to a HP fanfic writer. I guess silly macros only get you so far in electoral politics. That comment thread is going to explode.
phamos: (entry)
Oh, Russian overlords. When you bought LiveJournal, I was so sad to think that I would not enjoy more LOLZ at the expense of our good friends at SixDistinctive. I figured that you would learn from their mistakes -- maybe you'd censor some Russian users and have a Cyrillic text uproar in a news post that I wouldn't understand, something like that, and you quickly made obvious that you'd make boneheaded decisions in a misguided attempt to maximize profit margins, yes...but certainly you would know not to piss off the fanfic writers...

phamos: (headdesk)
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. SUP, you are a worthy successor to SixDistinctive. I salute you and your enormous cojones.

Enjoy your ads, everybody!
phamos: (headdesk)
Just wrote a whole post about the health status of various Kennedy siblings, scornful of a reporter's reference to two existing Kennedy sisters, only to realize I was completely wrong and Jean Kennedy Smith is still alive and kicking. This is embarrassing given that my mom and I were literally talking about this four days ago. My brain is apparently disintegrating. Also, I should have gone to bed at 2 a.m. and it is now 3 a.m. I am apparently far too hyped up about the primary and the revelatory powers of Facebook. *thud*
phamos: (headdesk)
You are seriously fucking kidding me, right? RIGHT??

[checks calendar]

[not April Fools Day]


phamos: (regent)
Step away from Owen Wilson, Travolta and Preston. I swear, if you two come within 15 feet of that poor man with an e-meter and a bottle of frickin' niacin, I will have to call shenanigans on your Scientologist asses. SHENANIGANS!

(I seem to have come down with a case of the dread OotP CAPSLOCK OF DOOM of late. I apologize for that. Usually when politics makes me upset, I start paying attention to celebrities, and vice versa. Unfortunately, they both have me quite riled up right now.)
phamos: (fuckmick)
Oh great, the new Britney song broke ONTD. (It's OK, not great.) Just when I was going to read all about how Courtney Love blames Steve Coogan for giving Owen Wilson all his drugs. Dammit!

(PS: I love Steve Coogan and refuse to hear any of this. LA LA LA NOT LISTENING LA LA LAAAAAA.)
phamos: (headdesk)
You know what would really hit the spot right now? An ice-cold glass of DIET PEPSI MAX, with extra caffeine and ginseng! Wow, DIET PEPSI MAX really makes me want to avoid looking at Snarry art and to stop bugging those friendly and well-qualified Six Distinctive employees with all my nagging questions. THANKS DIET PEPSI MAX!

*iz ded*
phamos: (12th level)
Wait, people not involved in fandom are referred to as "mundanes"? I had never heard this before. I don't know whether to be insulted and laugh out loud. I exist at the outskirts of fandom -- what does that make me? When I didn't quite fit into the nerdy crowd at my high school, my friends referred to me as a "pseudonerd". I guess now I'm pseudomundane.
phamos: (regent)
Interesting side note to the whole Strikethrough debacle -- Brad Fitzpatrick no longer works for LJ. Probably a smart move to disable comments on that post. There would no doubt be thousands of Brad-ciples committing virtual hara-kiri upon finding this out. Six Apart wins, open source nerds lose. The end.
phamos: (torquay)
Someone asks what I think are the most important questions in all of this, which are:

a) Why were people for years told in form letters that they couldn't act on objectionable journals unless they were actively engaging in illegal activity, and then all of a sudden a whole bunch of journals [not even including some KNOWN pedophile journals that had been complained about on multiple occasions] were shut down after complaints from a random watchdog group? (Most likely answer: $$$. WFI threatened 6As advertisers.)


b) IF LiveJournal IS now going to act on objectionable journals based on this sense of "community" that Mr. Berkowitz is trying to build, what effect does that have on LJs claim to be a common carrier, not a content provider? (Most likely answer: *chirp* *chirp* *chirp* Watch out, furries and potheads -- LJ is legally liable for you now.)
phamos: (dignity)
The group that threatened Six Apart's advertisers is apparently linked to a webring of crazy pentacostalist neo-secessionist whatever-the-crap...I don't really know what half of this means, but I think they're pretty much just crazy racists.

But it doesn't matter, because the head of Six Apart claims that this wasn't done out of fear of legal action or advertising boycotts. No! It was meant to better foster a sense of COMMUNITY here on LiveJournal. OF COURSE! Because we all know the best way to endear yourself to a community is to stonewall them and talk to outside press before making anything resembling an explanation on the community itself. Duh!

I may have to start resorting to macros to express the total (and ever-expanding) retardedness of this situation. I could bust out "Oh the Huge Manatee", or maybe just something that involves the heavy use of the word "fail". I haven't decided yet. But I feel like macros are the only appropriate response to such an all-encompassing piece of LJ Drama. It seems only right. I'll think of something.

love it.

May. 30th, 2007 06:50 pm
phamos: (iwishiwasbig)
First, a comment that compares Six Apart to Nazis. Then, in the very next post, someone compares LJ to Stalinist Russia AND misspells adequate. THE NEWS THREAD IS POSITIVELY DRIPPING WITH ADEQUATULENCE!
phamos: (thumbsup)
Here is a GIANT list of the LJs that have been suspended so far. I have to say, I'm really going to miss reading [ profile] daddy4litlgirls's thoughts about current affairs. He was always very insightful. [ profile] ieatcum4mydaddy and [ profile] ifuckmydaughter were both very knowledgeable about French haute cuisine. And [ profile] lemonade_facial made the cutest cat macros!

*sigh* You know, I disagree with this whole thing in principle, especially the fact that it all seems very arbitrary -- and I'm PISSED that Six Apart has yet to make anything resembling a statement, and that members of the LJ support team denied just this past weekend that any bannination was about to occur. But, you know, not giving a forum to someone like [ profile] midadluvs_kids or [ profile] lttlgrllvr is probably not entirely of the bad. (Although it has been pointed out a number of times on the hijacked [ profile] news thread that it would probably be better to report these pervs to an actual law enforcement agency than to just shut them down and teach them to hide better.)
phamos: (12th level)
When the Abuse team came for the breastfeeders,
I remained silent;
I was not a breastfeeder.

When they bahleeted the anonymemes,
I remained silent;
I was not an anonymeme.

When they came for the incesters,
I did not speak out;
I was not an incester.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out
and I had LJ all to myself.
phamos: (dignity)

(I would like to point out, however, that the current kerfuffle is not a first amendment issue -- LJ is a private service, and as such has the right to randomly change the TOS at will and you can't do a damn thing about it. I hate when people use their "first amendment" rights as a rallying cry, when the first amendment really only means that the government can't abridge your free speech rights. What it is is a retardedness issue, in that the majority of the affected communities aren't doing anything illegal based on current obscenity laws, and in that LJ is merely deleting communities based on listed interests and not the actual content of the journals. *slowclap* Once again, LJ has proved itself to be adept at dealing with nuance -- Breastfeeding icons and the Russian journals, anyone?)

ETA: Ha ha, the exodus of LJ fandom and the rush of posts at fandom_wank have overloaded journalfen. Although I think LJ is being arbitrary and idiotic, I'm still sitting back and enjoying the meta -- you know I love this shit.
phamos: (thrillho)
LJ's new voice post transcription? Is at about the same technological level as Jimbo's Newton. Color me unimpressed.
phamos: (death)
This is my favorite comment thread of the week, regarding the new 300 trailer:

Persians are not chibi...
phamos: (superpower)
SixApart apparently just sold out all the Russian users' journals to a company headed by an ex-KGB agent who's now in the mafia. Really good move.

It's sorta horrifying to read the comments in the news posts and see how little people understand about what this whole thing means, or what the tenor of life is like in the former USSR. Everyone's like, "Great news for our Russian friends!" Well, no. What it means is, for a couple of bucks and some vague promises about respecting the TOS privacy policy, SixApart just gave access to people's information to one of the many totally corrupt, murderous technocrat oligarch thugs who run things in Russia.

And, like, all of the other recent LJ changes, this is opt-out, not opt-in. And they're immediately roping in everyone whose journal is in Russian, regardless of where they live, AND any journal whose userinfo says they're from any of the former SSRs. Including the Baltics, which has apparently riled up a whole lot of Estonians who aren't too psyched about anything Russia-related popping back into their lives.

I know a lot of Americans don't know much about the world, so I'm not surprised at all of the idiotically idealistic shiny-happy-people-holding-hands comments. I am very disappointed by SixApart, though, because certainly someone involved in this business deal knows a little something about the Russian business world, or the fact that giving a Russian company control over journals from a whole bunch of places that the Russians basically COLONIZED might ruffle some feathers. This upsets me more than the sponsored communities or ads in general. This is political. This is potentially really selling people down the river, not just letting us know that Science of Sleep is in theatres now go see it OMGWTFBBQ!


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