January 6th, 2009

charlie brooker

A reinforcement of beliefs

I just watched two fascinating hours of people from different backgrounds discussing poverty, the Irish links between religious institutions and poverty, the impact being brought up in poverty has on a person, socialism, wars over the last hundred years, gang culture over the last several hundred years and in several countries, the factors that influence gang violence, the difficulties inherent in recognising that there isn't a simple good person/ evil person dichotomy, and parts of the history of the socialist movement.

So I will be continuing to laugh at the misplaced snobbery of those who insult Big Brother viewers. Ha.

Latest LJ catastrophe

So an article from Valleywag has got everyone worrying because LJ have sacked a bunch of its US staff.

It's probably not as bad as it seems - Valleywag has its numbers wrong, and in any case, it seems likely that SUP is just moving more of its operation to Russia. It does mean that there will be less development, and I'd imagine less support for English-speaking users, but it's unlikely to disappear completely at least in the immediate future.

Despite all that sensible sounding not-panicking, I have backed up my journal again with LJ Archive, and I'm in the process of transferring it to InsaneJournal using LJ Sec. If the whole thing does disappear (which it won't!), you'll be able to find me on IJ and Twitter as pickwick, and on FB if you know my real name. (I was going to back up at DeadJournal as well but it's invite-only...anyone got a spare invite going?)

matgb has a handy entry with a bunch of useful links, and a discussion of the proposed Dreamwidth replacement which has been on the cards for a while. liz_marcs has some general back-up how-tos, and brown_betty has a step-by-step guide to transferring your entries to another journal site.