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Things I did not know: "selling out" actually comes to us from the military. In particular, from the British military, but most European nations (notably excluding the Prussians and the Imperial Russian Army) had a system like it.

See, to become an officer in those days, you paid for the privilege. Each rank had a cost associated with it. To get a promotion, you paid the difference in price. If, of course, there was a commission available. It actually puts the end of The Three Musketeers into perspective. When d'Artagnan confronts the Cardinal with the Carte Blanche that will absolve him and his fellows of any murder charges, the Cardinal both recognizes the young man's bravery and recognizes his need to pay a recompense for his silence -- and thus offers him a Lieutenant's commission, blank, for d'Artagnan to use as he will. Ultimately, when all of the other Musketeers refuse it, d'Artagnan uses it himself as they suggest, thus ensuring his future.

Well, when a high ranking officer of some standing and renown were ready to retire, he could elect to sell his commission. In other words, a person who had proven his worth and proven himself to his men and his nation, showing success and building a military force of renown, could leave that life and receive a goodly amount of money. Of course, the person who bought the commission might not only not deserve it but might be downright incompetent.

The act in question? Was called selling out one's commission.

It was most infamous in the tragic Charge of the Light Brigade. The Regiment's head, Lord Cardigan, was utterly incompetent but absolutely loved the military, ultimately buying his way up to Lieutenant Colonel and then General. His legendary 'charge' directly into Russian guns was glorious but foolhardy, leading to the deaths of many under his command. In a later battle (the Battle of Inkerman), Lord Cardigan had spent the night on his yacht and not only missed the battle but had to ask passing journalists what all the shooting was about.

When a military officer is publicly demoted or dismissed, his sword broken and his rank and even buttons stripped from his uniform, it is called 'cashiering.' This is a holdover from the old system, since a disgraced officer who is cashiered from the service has no opportunity to sell out and make some money as he leaves the service.

So, when we talk about a band selling out because their poignant song of personal and intimate emotions has become the new jingle for Smuckers brand preserves, it's a holdover from a system that implies that the band is retiring, cashing in on their reputation and exploits, and allowing someone incompetent to take over their military unit.

There's no useful purpose to this knowledge, but I thought it was at least interesting.
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I think I figured out why Those People Who Get Their Underwear Bunched Up Uncomfortably Over Dumbass Things are doing the aforementioned thing with Michael Phelps, after Phelps was filmed taking a hit off a bong at a party.

They're upset, and talking about what kind of role model he thinks he's being, and as I recall Katie Couric asked if this means he might be taking performance enchancing drugs too (um... no, Katie. No, this doesn't mean anything beyond the fact that for a couple of hours Phelps was craving raw cookie dough). But that's not the real reason for their concern.

The real reason for their concern is this challenges the pravda.

The pravda is simple: if you smoke pot, you will either go on to harder stuff and then your brain will explode and you will die or kill people, or you will sit on the couch and do absolutely nothing with your life, ever. There is no middle ground.

Now, a man who went to the Olympics and effectively pwned them -- one of the greatest and most dedicated athletes in the world -- has been outed as someone who likes to catch the occasional buzz. And has neither gone on to harder stuff, nor killed anyone, nor wasted his life on the couch.

It's not that he's a bad role model -- it's that he's inconvenient as a role model now, in other words. If someone can use recreational marijuana and still will more medals than God at the Olympics, then it suggests that maybe... just maybe... pot isn't that dangerous a drug. That maybe... it's just a way to enjoy yourself for a little while.

And that's nothing these people want getting out. We have to think of the children.

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Feb. 7th, 2009 12:03 am
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  • 14:36 I have a weird yen to do a couple of weeks of John Stark. #

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Feb. 6th, 2009 12:03 am
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  • 13:14 Better today, though full of spit, vinegar, and eight pounds of mucus per nostril. #

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Feb. 5th, 2009 12:38 am
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  • 12:57 Better today. So now there's just a billion hours of work to make up. #

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So, I finally got around to listening to the Christian Bale rantfest that's... um... 'news.' For those who haven't, essentially Bale and his costar were playing an intensely emotional scene, and the director of production -- who'd been warned to not cross onto the set and make light adjustments while rolling before -- walked into Bale's field of vision and broke his concentration. Bale went apeshit on the guy. Many examples of 'fuck' and 'amateur' were thrown around.

This is now... apparently... some kind of controversy.

I dunno, man. I've been in a lot of theater. In the middle of rehearsals -- much less when it goes up -- what you're doing becomes disproportionately important to you. I've heard probably forty explosive rants of that kind over the last twenty five years. There is, to use the theater aphorism, a reason they call it drama.

People are coming down on Bale for 'taking it out on a coworker.' Only this isn't the office. This is a creative endeavor. Actors are napalm at the best of times -- get them worked up for a highly emotional scene and you're lucky no one gets knifed. This is just how it goes. This is how it goes in penny-ante community theater productions that less than a hundred people will ever see -- are you telling me it's going to be way more mellow when you're shooting a movie that's expected to make hundreds of millions of dollars?

It's just theater. Everyone's embarrassed for about two hours and there's whispering for a day and then you move on. Being a prima donna is walking off the set and not coming back. Blowing up at a DP is news?

Oh, wait. He's a big star. That makes it news, because we can 'tsk' at his potty mouth. Fucking cultural puritanism.

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Feb. 4th, 2009 05:29 am
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  • 14:34 Awake again. Head is pain. Life is pain. Weds is not pain, save that Weds also has the crap. And that? Is pain. #

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Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:48 am
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  • 12:23 Very sick. Barely conscious. #

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Feb. 1st, 2009 12:17 am
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  • 04:10 Nutrasweet cheesecake ninja. #

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Jan. 30th, 2009 01:35 am
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  • 01:47 Also -- when one is doing backstory, especially for fantasy, it's essentially the same process as RPG development, minus actual mechanics. #
  • 03:50 Right. Napping in the evening extended my longevity tonight, but now must come sleep. Good night, Action Team. #
  • 00:06 Mac OS X Server used to be such a good thing. Why oh why did Leopard Server have to fuck a monkey? #
  • 00:11 The cool thing about Urinetown? The stealth parodies of other musicals. Like, lots of them. "Les Mis" and "Pippen" and All Webber.... #
  • 00:12 ..."How to Succeed in Business," "West Side Story," "The Music Man," various Disney things... all this and a guy peeing on a wall! #
  • 00:19 Oh, and Chicago. And Cabaret. #

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Jan. 29th, 2009 12:58 am
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  • 01:57 And home again. And now bed. Such is life. Such are things. #
  • 23:05 I am tired of sinuses hurting. I don't think it's too much to ask that they stop. #
  • 23:15 OMG -- lucid-tv.com/174.html #
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That's right. When the vote came, not one Republican voted for it. Meetings at the White House and all the rest led to... not one vote.

I'm not commenting on the package in general, mind. This is, to use the term, a process story.

For the next two years, this is how it's going to run. The Republicans are going to vote 'nay' unless they bring the bill to the floor. They're going to find something to oppose in any bill, whether it's a good one or not. They're going to play hardball. They're going to have their ranks closed. They're going to shut down whatever they can shut down, and they're going to oppose, period. It's been a long time since we've been in this situation, so let me reiterate the lesson of Bill Clinton's first congress to President Obama:

No one. No one. No one is better than the Republican party on defense. No one.

If the Democrats want to have a prayer of retaining Congress in two years, they need to close ranks and do shit. There can be no more 'serious concerns' out of the Democrats over things President Obama proposes. Not in the media. Not publicly. Obama on the other side of the equation must must must sit down with Congressional leaders before going public with anything, and must iron out differences before they begin.

This is Varsity League shit, and if the Democrats show any of the chickenshit divisiveness they're so famous for, there's going to be a bloodbath in 2010.

(And if you're gearing up to respond about what a pork-laden excess the stimulus package was, go back to the beginning. This is a post about strategy. Don't mistake the content for the structure.)

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Jan. 28th, 2009 12:47 am
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  • 17:06 All right. Time to pack up, head home, get in the car and drive to where the parents will be. #

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Jan. 27th, 2009 12:40 am
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  • 12:54 Back from the Cardiologist. I may be feeling sick, but my heart's healthier than we could have hoped. #
  • 22:37 Long evening. With Weds so fun, but very sore and uncomfortable now. #
  • 00:06 Right. I am old. #

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Jan. 26th, 2009 12:22 am
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  • 13:50 I am awake. I am unwell. My nose hurts. But there is a cat on my chest. And despite it all, I will soon have to go rehearse. #
  • 14:49 Mrph. Hungry. And soon there must be rehearsal. And body is saying obscenities when I suggest movement and preparation. Dagnabbit. #
  • 17:31 Back from rehearsal. Feel like Hell on a plate. Should probably have said "the Hell with it" and gone to Boston this morning anyway. #

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Jan. 25th, 2009 12:14 am
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  • 01:03 Brave and the Bold's Green Arrow might be my favorite interpretation. Which is weird, since he's not... well, political. #

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Jan. 24th, 2009 12:36 am
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  • 14:33 Echocardiogram results are in -- apparently, my heart is not currently swelling like a ruptured tire. This is only a good thing. #

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...and all looks well. No signs of the Cardiomyopathy returning.

I still need to discuss different stuff with my cardiologist on Monday, so we'll see how my overall cardiac health is, but either way, I'm just as glad to not be having a Problem right now. :)
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Here are the top stories on different news websites, specifically highlighting political news, as they are listed, all on 'above the fold' placement (IE -- nothing in subsections below):

MSNBC

Gillibrand to succeed Clinton in the Senate (Large text, one sentence summary afterward)

Obama to reverse foreign abortion rule

Obama woos Congress on stimulus

CNN

Gillibrand to replace Clinton in the Senate (Large text, full paragraph summary afterward)

CNNMoney: Obama offers economy plan details

(No other political above-the-fold, not counting pictures of Obama on Air Force One and McCain responding to Sarah Palin jabs)

The Washington Post

Obama: New $825 Billion Stimulus Plan 'on Target' (large text, 1 sentence summary)

'War on Terror' Comes to an End (headline, 1 sentence summary)

Gillibrand Named to N.Y. Seat (headline, 1 sentence summary)

U.S. Approves Stem Cell Study (headline, 1 sentence summary)

The Wall Street Journal

Gillibrand Is Picked As New York Senator (headline,1 sentence summary)

Obama: Stimulus Bill on Track

First Stem-Cell Trial Is Approved

The New York Times

Paterson Picks Gillibrand for Senate Seat (large text, 1 sentence summary, followup links)

Washington Confident It Can Forge Recovery Plan (large text, 1 sentence summary, followup links)

The Washington Times

Obama urges movement on stimulus bill (large text, 1 sentence summary)

N.Y. Gov picks Gillibrand for Senate Seat (large text)

Obama, seeing long dip, tempers hope for economy (large text)

Stem cell study for spinal injury OK'd

FOX News

Obama Reverses Bush Policy On Abortion (large text, 1 sentence summary) -- this automatically refreshed into "About-Face on Abortion" while I was compiling this.

Dems Wary of Hill's Replacement (large text, 1 sentence summary)

Resistance to Obama Stimulus Grows



Do you see just a slight -- just a slight difference between the Fox News headlines and all the others? Some of the above sources skew liberal. Some of them skew conservative (no one accuses the Washington Times of having a liberal bias). But all of them strive to report the news as news, regardless of their leaning. But on the Fox site, it's not that Gillibrand was chosen -- it's that 'Dems' are 'wary' about Gillibrand being chosen. And the proposed abortion executive order is news, unquestionably, but on the Fox site it's the top story and clearly poised to enflame.

Really, the closest sites to Fox news in tone are things like the Huffington Post -- which isn't a news site, but is instead a partisan organ -- and the overtly propagandish Moveon.org. Both of those latter sites are laudatory towards Obama and are virulently anti-Republican, but their tone and Fox News is roughly the same.

I know we've been joking about Fox for years, but there are people out there (I work with one) who think Fox News is in fact a legitimate news organization. Doesn't there reach a point when they become culpable for false advertising, if nothing else?

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Jan. 23rd, 2009 12:49 am
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  • 01:02 Vehicle Voltron streamed over Netflix -- all the majesty of Voltron, but with bonus incoherence and fake Australian and Hindu accents. #

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Jan. 21st, 2009 12:24 am
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  • 12:04 Pavlov in action. I hear Simple Gifts, and now I want a turkey dinner. #
  • 12:35 www.whitehouse.gov/ has updated. We have entered the era of the blogging president. #
  • 12:37 On the poet's reading: dude. We get it. It's a poem. You don't have to enunciate odd syllables to convince us. You got the gig. #
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Feinstein was fine in her role as Emcee, though when she said "In a world..." I blacked out and could only hear Don LaFontaine's voice from that point forward.

Rick Warren did, in my opinion, a journeyman's job leading the invocation. It was not "non-denominational," since he is Rick Warren after all, but he spoke with conviction and spoke of hope for the coming administration, and that is a good thing. He clearly wants to be the next Billy Graham, both in terms of influence and in the perception of non-partisanship. As a result, I anticipate anti-Warren Chick Tracts by the end of the year.

I learned that two thresholds were crossed during the inauguration. First off, when Biden took the Vice-Presidential Oath, power officially transferred across the board. As of then, Bush was no longer president. That intrigues me. Does that mean Biden was the President for the next six minutes? The second threshold was Noon itself. When the clock clicked on noon, even if Biden hadn't taken the oath, power transitioned. Protocol wonk for the win.

Robert Bennett, the Republican Senator from Utah who introduced Associate Justice John Paul Stephens (who administered the Vice-Presidential Oath), looks like Alan Arkin.

"Air on Simple Gifts" was a beautiful piece, but A) it sounded in the beginning uncannily like the music for Hinterland Who's Who on CBC television ("for more information about the 44th President of the United States, why not contact the Canadian Wildlife Service, in Ottawa?") and when it segued into Simple Gifts proper I became hungry for a Turkey Dinner.

The problem with the stumbling during the Oath is there are Constitutional requirements involved, so they have to say it exactly as it is writ. So it was kind of grin-inducing.

The speech was fine, and there is some progress in the concept of agnosticism and atheism being acknowledged, but still... "we are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers." So... the choices are Abrahamic religions, Hinduism... and a blanket "non-belief?" No Buddhists? No Pagans or Neopagans? No Shintoists?

Look, don't piss off Thor, man. Seriously.

The nanosecond power transitioned, Whitehouse.gov updated. We now have a blogging administration.

Finally, there was the poem.

...look, the poem itself was bad enough. But did they need to find someone from the Enunciation School of Poetry Reading? "A WOman... and her... SON... waitforthebus." Look. You got the gig. You're reading your poem at the Presidential Inauguration. You don't need to convince us you're a Poet Reading Poetry. We know it already. You got the gig. Either read with cadence and rhythm or read with natural speech. Otherwise, you just sound simpleminded.

The Reverend Joseph E. Lowery gave the benediction, and was a thousand times more lyrical and beautiful in his words and in his imagery than poet Elizabeth Alexander. But by then only seventeen people were left watching, thanks to Alexander's terrible read.

Power has transitioned. Life goes on. We still have a boatload of troubles, but at least we have someone who can pronounce the name of the most powerful weapons on the planet correctly at the wheel now.

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Jan. 20th, 2009 12:38 am
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  • 02:54 And now I am home. Much more than two hours later. But we have arrived through the snow safely! #

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Tomorrow.

Tomorrow, Bush ends and Obama begins.

Like millions, I am thrilled at this prospect.

However, I know full well that twelve minutes after Obama takes the oath there are going to be a ton of his 'former supporters' who are pissed as hell, disappointed, angry, or whatnot. Hell, I know of one person (who's reading this, but I won't identify him ;) ) who actually decided that he'd already disappointed him so much he had to scrape the damn bumper sticker off his car.

But. Let's give him a good night. Let's assume that for 24 hours, everyone's happy. C'est ca.

Countdown to "oh my God how could Obama do this to me/us/the world I thought he was different" stands at 46 hours, three minutes."

(My take on this was here, following the election. Dude. He's going to break your heart. He can't help it. That's what governance is all about, Charlie Brown. With luck, he'll be a good President anyway.)

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Jan. 19th, 2009 12:44 am
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  • 01:45 Cinematic Titanic in Somerville MA live on Feb 20 and 21! OMG WTF POSSLQ GYHST! #
  • 21:45 Time to take a run for home. Two hours in a post-snowstorm world. We will be driving slowly and taking *no* chances. :) #

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Jan. 18th, 2009 12:28 am
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  • 16:14 We are at California Pizza Kitchen for the finest of all meals -- the 4 pm breakfast! #
  • 20:11 We hang out in hotel room. Me. Weds. Mouse. Power! #
  • 22:17 Martini done perfectly right. I can't feel my face! #
  • 23:33 Gimlet. Martini. Kamakaze. Manhattan on the Charles. (It has Jack in it.) Frankly I'm lucky I can *see.* #
  • 00:01 And now the peppermint mocha martini. And the best possible gossamer commons news looks a go. If I don't die of alcohol poisoning. #
  • 00:12 That was the biggest bar tab of my life! #

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Jan. 17th, 2009 12:23 am
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  • 23:05 At startlingly good hotel, in excellent hotel bar, engimleted. #
  • 23:31 God, there is almost nothing that equals a well made gin gimlet. #
  • 23:47 The Belmont Cocktail is sadly not as good as its description. #

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Jan. 15th, 2009 12:28 am
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  • 11:12 It's 6 degrees, wind chill to -18. There was light snowfall on top of that. How in God's name did we get *glare ice* under it? #
  • 14:50 Lore Sjöberg is my personal savior. badgods.com/owlbear.html #
  • 20:44 Of course Steve Jobs needs to take time off. The Lich process takes weeks to fully finish, and the Phylactery soulbind takes days to set. #

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Jan. 14th, 2009 12:27 am
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  • 12:07 Every so often, it's healthy to be reminded that no one at my workplace gives a shit about the things I'm passionately concerned about. #

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Jan. 13th, 2009 12:26 am
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  • 09:37 Look, it's very simple. It can be snowy, or it can be bitterly cold. You're not allowed to be both. When overcast comes, so does 30 degrees. #
  • 12:49 I consign everyone at Metrocast to the eternal fires of Hell. Everyone. Receptionists? Damned. Customers in the lobby? Damned. Everyone. #
  • 17:24 Hell is too good for them. Instead, I must consign them to Hell's Hell, where the Devil fears to go. I consign Metrocast... to Orono. #

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Jan. 12th, 2009 12:26 am
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  • 01:19 That was an excellent meal, followed by a trip to a WalMart that had the best toy section we've seen in one. Seriously. *Two* Aquamen. #
  • 01:40 Also! They didn't just have Blue Beetle -- they had the Bug! Giant flying beetle ship FTW! #

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Jan. 11th, 2009 12:24 am
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  • 15:41 It is a good day. A really really really good day. People should buy Wednesday drinks. #
  • 15:51 Seriously. Life is so good right this second. #
  • 16:57 Weds can haz green card. FLAWLESS VICTORY. #
  • 18:12 Everybody dance their own, personal celebration dance! pics.livejournal.com/demiurgent/pic/0000a4tw #
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Character WEDNESDAY (Blue Mage/Webdev)

LEVEL UP!

+2 Cha
+2 Mana
+1 Sta
+1 Att

YOU RECEIVE:
Green Card
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Conditional Permanent Resident Status

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Jan. 10th, 2009 12:45 am
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  • 23:56 Weird mood crash. Long day. Not a bad evening (was with Weds) but still. Mrph. #

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Jan. 9th, 2009 12:08 am
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  • 19:05 The unofficial live City of Heroes Mac client is now the official one. I am... content. #

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Jan. 8th, 2009 12:21 am
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  • 10:16 Massive snow, and work's understaffed. And I'm supposed to be at play rehearsals this afternoon. Yeeeeah, not sure that's gonna happen. #
  • 18:59 Is it weird I find Livejournal being down to be hilarious given everything? All those people screaming "I told you! DOOM!" at their screens! #

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Jan. 7th, 2009 12:08 am
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  • 04:23 Ah insomnia, my old enemy. We meet again. But this time... this time the advantage is *mine!* #
  • 12:17 I have been jabbed and my bodily fluids claimed and indexed. I am tired, but happy to have coffee once more. #
  • 17:35 Man, that's a lot of coffee. I have drunk... a lot of coffee. #
  • 21:03 Weirdly noise sensitive and on edge. Which might have come from the insomnia and coffee, naturally. #
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This'll be a pretty brief post.

We're in a bad recession -- one that's worldwide in scope.

The parent company that owns livejournal laid off a variable number of workers this morning, which sucks. They claim it's to cut redundant workers between their home office and this one.

Chances are likely that's what it was.

It really sucks for the people who were fired, some of whom were excellent workers or at least good LJ correspondents, from most reports.

Livejournal is not going to shut down tomorrow.

There have been massive layoffs in almost every industry as the economy is tanked. There will be many more. Some of the companies doing the laying off have shut down after a time, others have not. This time, it strikes close to home for people who've used Livejournal for a long time.

Do not panic.

Do not overreact.

If it makes you feel better to use one of the tools for backing up your livejournal, by all means back up your livejournal. I will never say backups are a bad thing.

If you are so incensed that they laid off good people that you're going to go elsewhere, I respect that. At the same time, you're going to run out of businesses that haven't laid good people off pretty quickly. It's a crappy economy. That's what happens in a crappy economy.

However, this news, on the Oh My Fucking God How Dare They meter, is way below the ban-purges of a year+ back. This is just the nature of business when things go south. I'm personally going to proceed as normal and see if service goes radically south before reevaluating my options. I recommend that to others as well, because....

...well, because no matter where you go? You will not bring the culture and preponderance of users with you. I mentioned the long, slow fragmentation of Livejournal the last time there was a Thing, and I've been pleased that process has been very slow, but when it does happen it will be the end of an era of communication, not a transition.

Longer than I thought. Mrph. Regardless, my well wishes to the folks who find themselves out of work. That just plain sucks.

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Jan. 6th, 2009 12:25 am
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  • 10:02 Day one of New Organizational Danceoff! Dance, white boy, dance! #
  • 14:11 Mrph. 'Minimal' sleep apnea, with a strong recommendation to lose weight. Well, that's... helpful... I guess... #
  • 14:13 Right. If the brainfog isn't coming from sleep apnea issues, I need to escalate finding out where it *is* coming from. #
  • 15:04 "Hi! Remember when we were doing this thing in November? It didn't work for me and I need it now." "Why... didn't you tell us in *November?" #
  • 15:05 Off to be shot full of allergens. #
  • 22:33 And now, dutifully fasting against having blood sucked out of me, tomorrow. #

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Jan. 5th, 2009 12:09 am
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  • 18:03 Kind of stunning how much garbage you can throw out of one office if you really set your mind to it. #

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Jan. 4th, 2009 12:16 am
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  • 02:56 Coupling is a good show. It's worth noting. #
  • 17:46 When humans get older, they use moisturizer. get hair plugs and have things lifted to deny age. Timelords just regenerate into Matt Smith. #
  • 21:45 Eddie Izzard is officially superior to other entertainers. tinyurl.com/8wdmmf #
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Remember, nothing says "The Doctor" like Darryl Hall's haircut.

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Jan. 3rd, 2009 12:07 am
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  • 02:41 So. The KJV is in the public domain. Nothing stops us from 'correcting' it to include the Flying House and Superbook, if we obfuscate them. #

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Jan. 2nd, 2009 12:23 am
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  • 19:34 I... god, this is so hard to type... I... think the XBox 360 is a better game and entertainment system than the Wii. Way, way better. #

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I have the best wife, the best parents, and the best friends on the planet.

The wife most of all, as she conspired and developed the plan. She enlisted my folks, and she enlisted LJ friends and others... and now I own an XBox 360. One of the nice ones.

I'm blown away. Merry Christmas all, and if you're one of the folks involved, I owe you so much coolness.
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One of the things I hear from Christian friends -- meant entirely seriously, and I do not deride them for this -- is "hey, [x] doesn't speak for me. That kind of prejudiced garbage has nothing to do with the teachings of Christ." This is particularly something I hear from folks about the organized and intentional persecution of homosexuals.

(And yes, when the Mormon church, as an example, rallies to get something like Prop 8 passed, overwhelmingly from a different state, that there's organized persecution, and one day it will be written about in the same sympathetic tones we write about Jim Crow laws and whipping slaves. But this is not about Mormans at the moment.)

I'm generally willing to accept that. I really am. I know Fred Phelps doesn't speak for anyone but his own deranged cult made up of family members. I know that fewer and fewer evangelical Christians are willing to accept what their 'leaders' declaim in their name.

Yeah, that won't fly this time. Not for Roman Catholics. Because the Pope does speak for them. The Pope by definition speaks for them. So when the Pope uses his End of the Year Christmas Message, celebrating the birth of savior of Mankind (in their view), a time that we have been told unceasingly is a time of love, of peace, of joy, of brotherhood, of hope and of compassion, to directly attack homosexuals and transsexuals, comparing their existence to ecological disaster? He's speaking for the Catholics.

If you're a Catholic? He's speaking for you. He's speaking for you. And repudiation of that message of hate will take more than just disavowing him. You can't disavow the Pope and still take Communion next week. It doesn't work like that.

If you're a believer, and if you're a Catholic, then -- and I mean this sincerely, without irony -- God help you. Good luck with all this, because you're going to need it.

The Twits.

Dec. 16th, 2008 12:18 am
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