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So the New Russian Overlords of LJ are showing how much they love and respect their customers by getting rid of free non-ad accounts, and not even mentioning the fact that they've done so in their latest news post. And then, when someone noticed, claiming the reason they have to do so is because LJ users are too stupid to choose between three options when signing up. Well done, guys. brad has spoken out about this - he's on the Advisory Board, who advised SUP not to go ahead with this, and the board weren't even told that they were going to do it anyway. So they're managing to make their customers AND their advisory board feel valued, there.

I'm not sure how much of an issue this is for truly new users of LJ - my Firefox add-ons mean I don't have to see ads anyway, so I can't gauge how annoying they really are these days. But I know it's an enormous issue for a lot of current users who set up multiple fandom/ roleplaying journals, communities, and so on. The free accounts on LJ provide a lot of the content that the paid users are paying for, so if the free accounts stop happening, the paid users may well stop paying.

Via white_hart:

Today Yesterday, it was announced that Terry Pratchett has donated half a million pounds to Alzheimer's research. Hearing that, it occurred to me that if half a million of us all donated a pound to Alzheimer's research, we could match his donation and make it an even million.

So whaddaya say, guys? It's a pound. That's about 2 bucks US dollars, give or take a couple of (US) pennies. You can spare that much. Go here and make your donation. Tell them it's in honour of Terry Pratchett.

Let's do it!


publicansdecoy has a great post about gender and clothing. It's made me think again about whether I should identify as feminist, which I currently don't - I may post about why at some point.

Robin Hobb has been ranting - entertainingly, and (ironically) at some length - about how blogging is draining the creative blood of authors and should be avoided at all costs. Luckily a lot of authors disagree with her.

I've signed up to LastFM as pickwicklet. I'd rant about the inconsiderate git who took "pickwick" and isn't using it, only I have a worrying feeling that it might have been me. I can't find the sign-up email anywhere, though. But I am happily listening to the "indie pop" tag radio at the moment. So, who else is on LastFM? I found a few of you already...

Also, kindly ignore any worrying things that might turn up on my playlist, they're a figment of your imagination. *glares at Take That*



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Mar. 14th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
I'm on last.fm, but you've probably already just found that out a different way.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Yay, my first friend! And with Half Man Half Biscuit on your playlist too. That's the first thing I went to play tonight, because someone was talking about Turn A Blind Eye recently and I hadn't heard it for ages.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Turn a Blind Eye is indeed fantastic. And very, very tasteless. Apparently there's a new album soon, which may mean a gig or two . . .

We can hope.

a great post about gender and clothing

I don't wear skirts or dresses, except for the possibly-trivial case of a dressing gown about the house, largely because I'm not much of a clothes horse and tend to stick mostly to newer examples of what I've already got.

I have friends who do, though. Often it's the ethnically-Scottish wrap-around usually-but-not-always-tartan skirt. I've given a little thought to this (I'm going to a wedding in the States soon, for instance, and they might appreciate it) but on the whole I'm probably not quite interested enough in clothes to go out and find a decent one.

My dad, back in the seventies, used to work in a clinic with some other doctors who had collectively decided that every man who came in in a kilt seemed to be over 40, psychopathic, or English.

Next year I'll be over 40. Maybe the idea'll grow on me.

There are other ones, though. I have mediaeval-reenactor friends, and they all wear dresses - tunics are dresses, of course. Which people were uptight about their tunics being frocks was interesting. The individual most uptight about this was a woman upset about her boyfriend's tunic being lumped in with all the other blokes' frocks. Mind you, she was possibly concerned about him being thought a bit effeminate because he was quite thin, rather than a big fat bastard like most of the other men.

Some goth blokes I know wear skirts out, too. It seems not to raise too many eyebrows, which is as it should be.

Yes, I am just back from the pub. Why do you ask?
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Hee :D I find it a bit odd, because I haven't worn a skirt in...15 years or so. Well, that's a lie, I had one a couple of years ago. It was a long purple floaty one, and I wore it once in the house and once, I believe, outside when I was taking the recycling down the road. And then I got rid of it when I moved. So I don't really see why ANYONE would want to wear skirts.

Yes, it's interesting which tunic/ kilt wearers are most vehement that It Is Not A Skirt, Dammit. There are people who get quite irate when you talk about bishops and so on wearing dresses, too.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
Harhar! Twas me about Turn A Blind Eye when I wouldn't stop talking last night and got the feeling I was getting on people's nerves.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Well, you weren't getting on my nerves - I like having loud arguments on work time - and nobody else matters, so meh.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I can't be arsed with skirts any more. Partly because I'd have to buy some skirts that fit me, but also because they're so much more hassle.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
I've never liked them, and yeah, they're horrendously impractical. And NO POCKETS.
Mar. 14th, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC)
Actually, what I really have a problem with is dresses. Back when I had to carry a pager(pretty much the last 15 years until this past December) I would have nowhere to hang it on a dress. At least skirts have waistbands.
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Mar. 14th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
I have a handbag; I carry it everywhere.
Mar. 16th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
I have a handbag... Well, I have a bag. It's a bit Tardis-y; I tend to have my Eee now, a book, my diary, scarf and gloves, all the usual wallet/keys/phone stuff, and a variety of snacks...
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I've always assumed that SUP only bought LJ so that they could watch for people making posts critical of Vladimir Putin, track them down, and poison them with Polonium-210.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
As long as they do it in an interesting and novel spy movie way, I'm sure that'd be fine.
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
So does this mean dermophoto has to cease existing unless I take ads?!
Mar. 14th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Nah, existing accounts are OK.

For now.
Mar. 14th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
publicansdecoy 's post
I must be a fossil! I like pretty girls who make the most of the fact, I am happy to stick to trousers mainly because they have lots of pockets (I have longer legs than most women) but I would wear a kilt if it seemed appropriate at the time, I would rather protect women than have them in the front line of a battle, I actually believe them to be better (in general) at raising children than men, we are not the same biologically, in fact I think women have the advantage in that they are more important in the scheme of things. Long hair is neither here nor there, I had long blond tresses and was proud of them, I am quite pissed off that my male hormones/genetic make up have deprived me of them. In short, I respect women for what they are, in or out of trousers.
Mar. 16th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Re: publicansdecoy 's post
I don't ever wear skirts or make-up, so probably don't make the most of my girlhood :D

I do agree that men and women aren't the same biologically, although it's not absolute - there are some women who'd be better in battle than some men, and some men who raise kids better than some women. (Like me! heh).

But yes, clothing should be absolutely unrelated to gender, as far as I'm concerned, and unrelated to how anyone thinks about you.
Mar. 15th, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Hmmm...because what would the point of paying be? For a few extra pictures? The right to post polls??
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