I'm not feeling motivated enough to point out all of the things SUP has done/is doing. It's out there already (admittedly along with a lot of other misunderstanding & crap). I'm keeping this journal for now to keep in touch with friends here, and will still comment here & there on friends' journals. As for future posts of my own, look for me on DeadJournal, InsaneJournal, and MySpace.
(I can't promise posts on DeadJournal will always be of a particularly coherent nature, though. :P)
I know that there are some out there who have offered rebuttals to the "Content Strike". Following are my two cents:
1. Indeed, an actual "strike" intends to place pressure on an offending company until such time as a resolution to one's complaint is achieved. I understand this. I wanted to express my opinion of the recent events in this way, regardless.
2. One might notice that none of the perceived organisers of the "Content Strike" are on my f-list. I didn't do this out of peer pressure; rather, I expect that a number of people who are on my f-list are probably wondering WTH I'm on about, in these last two posts.
In short, my reasons, and my choice, to participate are my own. One might assume that because I have a basic (free) account, I have nothing to offer LJ. Outside of whatever content I provide, I also make purchases online and therefore have a value in advertising dollars. Life isn't as simple as "the advertisers pay them" and "yours isn't a paid/ad-supported account so you have no value to them". Whether one's account is paid, ad-supported, or basic (free) has little impact on whether one will patronise the advertisers, and therefore justify their use of LJ as an advertising medium.
Further, even if I don't buy a product myself, that doesn't stop me from referring someone else who will. What will stop me (and has) are the practices of the company in question, and the quality of the product and/or service they provide.
While the content on this journal tends to be cyclic and sporadic (reflecting my/our cyclical nature of being), tomorrow's lack of content will be utterly deliberate- a content strike.
This thread... well, I think anything I might have to say has probably already been said, and better, in the comments that other LJers have left regarding a move on the part of the new owners of LJ, one that was neither announced nor well-explained, to remove the ability to make new basic (free & ad-free) accounts.
If they'd 1. actually announced it, and 2. simply said it was a revenue-based business decision, I might not be so irritated pissed off. That they compounded this lack of announcement with a follow-up that all-too-readily implies they think their content providers are mentally deficient simply adds to my distaste.
While I rather hope that the new owners will actually improve their relations with the community, I'm not holding my breath. The idea of jumping ship currently holds appeal. We'll see.
Well, I can't recall if drowsiness was noted, because looking it up reminded me of sommit the psychiatrist said about calling him if I noticed a rash. I hadn't even thought about it for a couple of days, with my allergies; yes, I've had a rash for 3... no, 4 days now (usually 2 days of benadryl is enough to clear my normal allergies up). I called his office yesterday, and he wasn't in, so now I'm waiting to hear back. Time to try a different med. *grumble*
Part of my brain longs for a day of commonplace, affordable genetic profiling, where you just go in once a week/month/whatever for a shot to clear up your major issues & be done with it. The paranoid part of my brain, however, is now stalking that first part with duct tape & some rope.
And then, to make my day compleat, there was the visit to the dentist. I think I could buy a used car for the amount he wants to charge. If you include the optional crown work on the second estimate he gave me, I know I could buy a used car (a pretty good one, too).
I can't be the only one who hits the doldrums about an hour before lunch. I was sorting through my email last night, and joining some survey sites (no, none of them "pay us to tell you how to get money" things). I wanted to pick back up with it today, and I just can't find the energy right now to do anything but stare at my screen. I almost didn't even *yaaawn* make this post.
I expect I'll pick up some after lunch. Also, I may look up Tegretol after lunch, assuming that perks me up, and see if drowsiness is a noted side effect. I seem to be more tired, lately, and that's one of the few things I've changed about my routine.
Nothing else to report, at the moment. Nothing else I can think of, at least. *chuckle*
Mood weirdness and cabin fever. I'm looking forward to getting out of the house this weekend. Must find a new futon frame, preferably under $50, as the old one has a cracked timber along the spine.
I find myself wondering whether I should try to find small graphic design projects to do for friends, or friends of friends. I've been spending a lot of time lately puttering around in Adobe Photoshop, tinkering with pics for NWN. I also used to spend a lot of time scouring the web for interesting images, borders, and miscellany to assemble into CD sleeves for myself.
Alright, time to post this before I muck around & lose everything I've entered by picking at my mouse buttons.
As anyone who saw me at obsidiangryphon's party will have figured out, I'm feeling pretty well recovered. My back is still an issue, of course, but it always will be, I suppose. On the topic of the party: my thanks to the wonderful hosts, and to all the friends that I haven't seen in way too long. I had a great time! Thanks also to all the folks that helped find the pill I dropped in the living room. (klutz!)
I danced a little, sang a little, did some belly shots off of some decidedly lovely bellies, sampled several different drinks, and took off my shirt... and hopefully entertained some people in the process of one or more of the above. It was fantastic to see everyone again, and I wish everyone a wonderful and prosperous New Year!