beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (LJ/Houseism - no personal life)
This got me so good I actually cried.

I forgot about April Fool's. I'm relieved as fuck that this is a joke because really - don't even get me started on how much I hate Twitter. If I wanted to read every 140-character brain fart my friends had all day long, I'd sign up for it. But I don't.

The sad thing is that this was so completely believable that it's hard to understand why they'd even play this for laughs.

It's NOT funny.

At all.

Edit: Oh yeah, and all the people who apparently think automatic cuts would be a good idea are just blowing my mind.

Man, [ profile] news is always so fucking charming to read. Well, as much as you "read" threads full of image macros and people competing to see who can convince their own autonomic nervous system to fail due to lack of interest in any stimulation.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (...what?)
Okay, so just in case you guys need the links:

Go here to complain about the new design of the profiles.

Go here to put protest buttons in your profile instead, if you'd like to just move your profile to an entry. (If you want to know what that means, feel free to look at mine for an example.) There's also a petition going around here, which is admittedly probably useless...but then, when the comments are full in [ profile] lj_design, people will still be able to sign the petition, so no number of complaints will be capped, I suppose.

But what I REALLY made this post for was to ask this:

Why did lj do this? I'm not just asking in an outraged, OMGMAHPROFILE sort of way. I really want to know what the reason was for going ahead with this despite warning that there would be a big backlash against it.

Their story, of course, is functionality for new users. But they say that every single time, and never really mean it: it's always their cover story. (You'd think they'd realize that's pretty obvious by now.)

So what REAL reason did they have for making the profiles so ugly, creepy and less functional? It doesn't really make any sense.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([DW] never give in and NEVER give up)
My profile )
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (WTF HAX)
Holy shit, y'all.

I can't believe that I'm making YET ANOTHER post about stuff LJ/SA-now-SUP are pulling, but here we go:

Now lj is censoring interests from their "Most Popular Interests" page.

That is, these are still among the most popular listed interests on lj, but they don't APPEAR on that page. Non-listed interests include:


Ohmigawd! People like sex! We can't have THAT on a site which - like nearly all blogging sites and message boards - requires you to have hit puberty to use the service.

Boys, Girls

...Evidently, we're not supposed to be interested in each other. Especially not lj's teen userbase.

Fanfiction, Yaoi

Livejournal's thoughts on yaoi. They will not show you them.

(Livejournal doesn't REALLY hate fandom, though. That's unfounded paranoia, based on no solid evidence but the previous witch-hunts and other small spots of confusion and miscommunication like that.)

Hardcore, Porn, Bondage

Blah, blah, sex is BAD, mmmkay?



Pain, Depression, Bisexuality



(Sidenote: People have suggested that "pain" and "depression" were removed as interests too closely related to self-injury and suicide, but curiously, "blood" remains on the list. [Count: 63701]

Also, "intelligence" is third from the bottom on that list. I weep for future generations.)

Keep in mind - these are the most popular interests. There is no real logic to their disappearance from the "Most Popular Interests" page - advertisers who want this information can probably still get it. If it affects the sort of ads that will appear on lj, any "for appearances" reason lj might have had to censor these interests is entirely moot. The only people who now can't access this information are US, the USERBASE.

Really, what the HELL is going on? This just makes no damn sense.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (EPIC FAIL!)

Livejournal removes the ability to create a Basic Account.

Only journals created will ever be able to switch between a Basic and a Plus account.

Any journals created from today on out will have only two account options: Plus or Paid.

For the second time today: WTF LJ?!

This would be so much less depressing if the available replacements for lj out there didn't all...well, suck. (GreatestJournal imploding, InsaneJournal also full of ads, etc.)

I believe we are truly seeing the start of the predicted end of the blogosphere. Within five years, I predict blogging will be nearly extinct, except for the die-hard bloggers and specialty blogs (i.e. journalist blogs and the like).

Sad, really. It was good and exciting while it was going.
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (bitch please)
Just logged in.

Jesus, is lj EVER going to stop with it's re-designing obsession?

And are lj design staff EVER going to actually consider people's real screen resolutions? Mine is a perfectly standard 1024x768 pixels, and the new intro page is WAY TOO WIDE. I prefer to have my favourites open and pinned along the side of my screen, and even if I adjust the window width to make my favourites as small as possible, I still can't fit all of the introduction page on my screen.

The moment I can't navigate lj without scrolling sideways, there will be HELL to pay.

WTF, lj.

beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (sleep is good)
Got this from [ profile] griffen. Not something I'd even thought of, but obviously other people have, so I'm passing it on.

IF YOU ARE LEAVING LJ and you plan to make an RSS feed of someone else's journal so that you can continue to read it elsewhere:

Do not create an RSS feed and name it with a username. Doing so blocks the use of that username by its owner. Always create RSS feeds with a prefix or suffix such as "ij_stewardess" or "stewardess_rss" and so on.

RSS feed names are treated just like usernames, and that creates problems.

For instance, if an InsaneJournal member had created a feed named "stewardess" for my LiveJournal, I would be unable to get an account called "stewardess" at InsaneJournal.

[From here.]
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([Strikethrough 2007] shippers - not war!)
The internet is annoying tonight. I'll provide you with some links to demonstrate.

When I logged on, this came up on my homepage: And so on and so on: Obesity 'socially contagious,' study finds

A landmark study has found that whether those closest to you are overweight or slender can significantly influence your own body shape and that of others in your social group - and that could have huge implications for public health measures to battle the growing obesity epidemic.


And in other news, look what LJ and Six Apart are doing THIS time (courtesy [ profile] theclamsman) - the latest [ profile] lj_biz post (note: several pages of comments, may load very slowly):

Just another clarification of our previous clarifications, that's all.

Seriously, what?

1. First they apologize for Strikethrough 2007, and promise to set things right, i.e. restore the targeted journals. Which they mostly seem to do.

2. Then they promise and swear that it will never, ever happen again.

3. Then they provide clarification after clarification of their policies. Which actually clarify...not much at all...and which don't seem to be different from the policies that led to Strikethrough in the first place. Except maybe they'll try actually READING people's bios next time.

4. Then (as [ profile] theclamsman pointed out) after promising so many times to be good, they hold the Permanent Account sale.

5. Finally, just before everyone gets their HP books and are therefore avoiding the internet (credit again to the same clam-whatever guy for noting their timing), they come out with MORE clarifications:

They want to apply the fucking MILLER TEST to underage sex in fanfiction to decide if it's appropriate or not.




You want community standards? I know where you can find some )
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." ([Strikethrough 2007] fandom? PEDO!)
For those very few who haven't heard it by now (hard to miss, since it's on the main page):

We've been apologized to. More specifically, Mr. Asshat CEO of SixApart - a.k.a. Mr. Barak Berkowitz - has apologized, as rightly he should.

Well, we really screwed that one up...

He's promising they'll fix it - really! - and boy is he ever embarrassed, etc.

Well, it's nice that they jumped so fast to respond to the outcry. It's nice that lj has such a loyal and vocal userbase who will put on this kind of pressure.

I don't think this is entirely over, though. And even if it is, I'm taking some extra steps I admittedly haven't bothered with before.

1. I removed all my interests. I've heard of people having interests of theirs - INCLUDING "SLASH" - removed mysteriously from their userinfos. They were NOT the ones to remove it.

So even if lj will no longer be suspending journals for certain interests, they may be REMOVING YOUR INTERESTS FOR YOU, without notifying you of the change.

So...that's it. I'm not taking any more risks with my interests list. It's gone, at least for now. Possibly forever.

2. I'll be backing up my journal. I know, I know, everybody should do this. But I'm getting serious about this, now. I have entries in here dating back to early 2002 - I do not want to lose this.

I've never backed up my journal before, so anyone who has advice? It would be greatly appreciated. What's the best way, can you back it up on CD-Rs, etc.

3. I'm copying all my entries to my account at GreatestJournal. Right now I'm doing that manually - anybody know if there's a better way than simply C&Ping everything, and backdating all the entries?

I'm not "moving" to GJ just yet...for multiple reasons. (Fuck, if nothing else, I just spent like $50 bucks on this account.) But I am PREPARED to move, if it comes to that.

My account is here:

beandelphiki @ GreatestJournal.

If you have a GJ account, feel free to drop me a line there and add me. And I RECOMMEND everyone snag an account there - even if you don't plan to use it right now - in the event that you need to move.

...That's all for now, because I have to go to work. Possibly more later.


May. 29th, 2007 05:50 pm
beandelphiki: Animated icon of the TARDIS from the British television show, "Doctor Who." (bitch please)
This about sums it up... )


Apologies to those who saw that last monstrosity of an uncut post.

Will fix.


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