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Does it involve a paid account? Because for the purposes of the turning the shower gif in this link into an icon, I might romp all over my "no money to LJ, ever," principles.

Edited to add: In response to the "Alice Eve in her underwear" flap mentioned in the Conan clip, had I but known Starfleet underoos included WonderBras, I would have worked harder on that time machine as a boob-challenged adolescent.
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So, two days ago it was brought to my attention that the third American woman in a row (and first African-American, not for nuthin') has taken gold in the individual all-around at the Olympic Games and...there's apparently something up with her hair. No link to this stunning revelation, because it happened at work over lunch in the break area while CNN was running Best Moments or something, and it sort of put me off my frozen entree.

I have been somewhat at a loss as to what one says to something like this. Fortunately, I got some help from a columnist at the Detroit Free Press, running in USA Today:

She is not her hair.

I'm glad that saw print, because I was stuck on "Seriously?" and "If sour grapes were an Olympic event..." and "if it's such  an issue, maybe y'all should maybe get off your no doubt fat asses rise up from the couch and take her place in competition... OH, WAIT. You've spent too much time on your hair to train!"  and fielding the inevitable feline eyerolls intended to communicate "leave cattiness to the professionals, puny human."

While I am possibly the whites white girl who ever did white, Oprah and Chris Rock straightened me out on the challenges of African-American hair. If that episode isn't online anywhere you can get to, another gold medalist gives some technical context:
Serena Williams: Gabby Douglas Hair Debate is 'ridiculous'
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...this is not the post for you, because I'm about to let JK Rowling have it.

Someone seriously needs to sit the woman down and explain "book promotion" and "good review in the NY Times, effects thereon" to her. Yes, I realize nothing that woman writes for the rest of her natural life, down to and including her shopping list, will ever require any kind of promotion again, amen, but it's the freaking New York Times and they really, truly didn't set out to spoil the books.

Here are my premises:

1. Leaving "book promotion" and "good review in NY Times, effects thereon" aside, I must question how much of JK Rowling's target audience reads the book section of the Gray Lady.

2. With a hearty "good for you, kids!" to all the people in the target audience who do read the NY Times Book Reviews, I must now ask how many "I will kill you if you so much as breathe a word with respect to the question of whether Harry Potter appears in a book bearing his name"-class spoilerphobes are reading reviews of the book before they finish devouring the thing.

3. With a "what kind of instigating, ass-showing troll are you?" to that class of spoilerphobe listed above, I must asked that of the people who read the NYT Book Review and who do not wish to be spoiled for the book past a certain point, how many would read past a certain point in The NY Times Book Review of Deathly Hallows, the the link to which should not be clicke, followed or possibly even looked at sidewise by spoilerphobes of any stripe because frankly I don't care to see your cyberwhining.

Including, actually, the authoress's:
Rowling 'staggered' by Deathly Hallows review IN WHICH IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT AT LEAST ONE OF THE TWO SPOILERS THAT STAGGERED HER ARE MENTIONED.

A note on the spoilers for the incurably curious: the first spoiler from the NYT, also mentioned in the Ozzie article, didn't bother me in the least and, should be noted, calls into question what series anyone shocked by it has been reading all this time.

The second spoiler in the NYT review is a bit more problematic, though I do not feel it will inhibit my enjoyment of the book in any way. Of course, nothing short of "Darth Vader is cut for spoiler ) really bothers me.

The spoiler that didn't bother me, and why. )

And now, NOT the spoiler that bothered me, but why it did: )

I guess my bottom line is that it grinds my gears for Rowling to pour gas on the fires of spoilerphobia, which is already something of an irksome puzzle to me in its extreme presentations, when a non-instigating, non-ass-showing, non-troll-like spoilerphobe isn't doing the reading. No, the NYT didn't skip around with "spoilers ahead!", but they did label the review for what it is and that, in my opinion, ought to be warning enough for people who want to know nothing beyond the release date for the book.

How cute

Jul. 17th, 2007 08:27 pm
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I just got four automated LJ Support notices (one for each soon-to-be-formerly paid LJ ID) informing me that (a) my subscription for extra icons will soon expire and (b) my paid account status will soon expire.

Yes, they totally will. They can send four automated notices? I can send four identical replies:

Thank you for the reminder. I was, however, serious as a heart attack when I informed the support team that the only appropriate response to the jaw-droppingly poor business practices exhibited last May is for me to deny all possible forms of revenue to Livejournal.

The basic account level suits me fine.


And it really does. I understand what they got up to last Spring, I get that they're really Really REALLY sorry, and I suppose it's kind of refreshing they're honest enough not to guarantee it will never happen again.

I'm still dead serious. These people do not need my money, or anyone else's.
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How Six Apart's Greed Allied Them With Neo-Nazis

by [livejournal.com profile] stewardess, link snaffled from [livejournal.com profile] seperis

Also, I am extra sleepless cranky today.

eta: due to a distributed denial of service, LJ is dysfunctional today. [livejournal.com profile] stewardess has an expanded version with links at:

How Six Apart's Greed Allied Them With Neo-Nazis, GreatestJournal version
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My post to the latest on [livejournal.com profile] news :

It's just that this is pretty much your third strike, you know? The introduction of ad service, "Nipplegate" and now Strikeout '07. All three incidents have been characterized by breath-takingly poor customer service and ham-handed communications.

The automatic renewal of my membership has been cancelled on both my livejournals. The execrably poor business practices displayed by 6a/LJ prompt me to deny any further revenue to your organization.


In all sober seriousness, I believe that the minimum response by livejournal users who care about good business practice should be to reduce their account status to Basic as soon as possible. (owing to the "no refunds" policy, my accounts will show as "paid" through July 19.)

For lj users who care about that freedom of expression thing, taking our show on the road to, for example, Greatestjournal, which supplies 2000 icons with a free account is the appropriate action.

So--

May. 31st, 2007 02:56 am
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Deletions occurred yesterday.

LJ troops are still working on a post to the news comm.

An individual identifying themselves on metafilter as anildash is responding to IMs under "anildash" on Jabber, and gave me the following contact information:

anil@sixapart.com
646-541-5843

I am not making this up. That is a telephone number. Anildash actually spent quite some time on Jabber expressing how upset LJ people are, how the policies have been "evolving rapidly," lots of people were out of the office over the holiday weekend and that, had any of this been under his or her control, it would never have happened.

I had jumped on to advise that my paid accounts are no longer on automatic and that I'd be going to greatestjournal for my future journaling needs and that three people have been fired from my organization in the last six months for "human error," that talking to CNET before the users was really bad form, not talking to each other wasn't all that well thought out and that it's sort of a problem when things like this are beyond the control of the only people who seem to care.

Anildash just took all this, then gave me that e-mail address and phone number and asked me to make sure everyone I talked to knew that LJ staffers know they screwed up, really want to make this right and could I let her get back to the news post really quick? (I think Anildash is female based on communication style, but it would be rude to assume)

Anyway, current rumor has it that there's going to be an update to the news comm soon.

I wished Anildash luck with that.
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Or, Guess Who's Been Reading Up a Bit on the Latest Wank?

Automatic renewal of this journal's paid status has been turned off.

Why?

Wikipedia on Strikethrough Controversy

As of July 29, unless there has been some sort of turnaround in LJ's attitude (i.e., they don't delete hundreds of journals without at least skimming actual content) I'm taking that as a sign that grownups aren't wanted here and will find some other blog to post it.
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Yes, censorship sucks.

If everyone is leaving LJ, just tell me where you're going and what makes you think this this won't happen there, and I'll sign up.
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Decent sum-up of the wank that went directly over my head last week:

Link to Fandom_Wank on Racism in SGA fandom, or possibly Batshit Asshattery in SGA Fandom, you be the judge

At least, I think it's a decent sum up. Anyone still reading this LJ should feel free to provide better links in comments.

How shallow am I that my biggest worry is the unbelievable avalanche of badfic that will no doubt ensue as fanwriters attempt to prove they're not by-God racist? Fanwriters with no prior interest in the allegedly demeaned characters whatsoever, who will now crank out the least-probable AUs casting them in ...well, whatever the fanwriter in question thinks proves themselves paragons of tolerance and broadmindedness?

Given that I read SGA fanfiction pretty much for the smut, I'm quite comfortable with however shallow this makes me, kthnx. I'm just trying to get a guessimate here.
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Found, if I recall correctly through [livejournal.com profile] astolat :

A suitable case for testing

Everyone's seen this, right? If not, read it first, then...imagine history with the appropriate spoiler warnings and category labels, since "those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it," (which, according to Google, George Santayana originally said "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.")
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I must say, one upside to hanging out in a free-market fandom like SGA is that no one acts all shocked at the wank, and sometimes we get mockery fanfiction out of it.

For those playing wank home game, are the good guys winning? Are they up to the playoffs yet? Will there be any sort of Wank Superbowl? Or is it all just March Madness?

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