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The LJ drama continues


Following from my earlier post (DW/LJ), I don't know if everybody has seen the Fast Company article "The Return of LiveJournal" yet, which created some stir. Even better, theljstaff has posted a link to the article!

My personal theory is that it's a wonderfully subversive act on the part of the English-speaking LJ staff, who have constantly been kept out of the loop, not been explained the whys and wherefores of the changes, and not been given any say in the matter whatsoever. (That, or they are either incredibly stupid, which I don't believe, or incredibly rude, which I don't believe either. Igrick c.s. yes, the volunteers and other helpful staff, no.)

Although they did not quote it in the entry, they could trust on LJ'ers being good readers. Everybody pounced on this little tidbit:

LiveJournal's leadership has made it clear that their future American business strategy lies in generating new traffic rather than catering to the service's current small-but-loyal membership.


You know, I may even start missing the LJ drama a bit when everybody has abandoned ship and LJ's wreck has sunk to the bottom of the Internet ocean. I think I'll get over it, though.


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Interesting reading


I was linked to an English translation of a very interesting interview LJ's Russian overlord igrick gave to the Russian Forbes.

It is full of contradictory statements. His business decisions don't make any sense to me, unless, as one commenter in the news group said, he's really trying to sink LJ and write it off as a loss.


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Harry Mulisch, the last of 'the great three' of Dutch post-war writers, died last night at age 83. Internationally he is probably best known for his novels The Assault and The Discovery of Heaven.

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Mulisch looking very dapper on his 80th birthday (photo: WFA)



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Dag Ramses


I couldn't find my favourite Ramses song on YouTube ("De een wil de ander"), so here is my second favourite. There is a live version on YT, but the audio is out of synch and anyway I prefer the studio version because it sounds less jazzy. But alas, no video. I have this single in my collection BTW (inherited it from my mum, without the autographs though).




1933-2009



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Featuring rather a lot of dead animals


At last we had a thundery shower this early morning, and the weather today was a lot cooler, with some wind.

I went for a walk in the park and it smelled lovely and fresh. However, the dampness had brought out a large number of slugs, and I had to be careful not to step on any. There were already many casualties lying about. Also a little mole, right in the middle of the path. Aww.

I was so busy watching out for slugs that I did not notice an overhanging branch, and when my head brushed the leaves I got a cold shower in my neck, hehe.

On the way back I saw a pigeon that had obviously been ripped apart. Bloodied remnants lay everywhere. (It was the puma! I'm sure of it!*)

I had stayed at my mum's overnight and when I went back home on the tram I saw a dead crow on the motorway. Another crow was sitting on the side of the road. Whether it kept watch over its mate or just waited for traffic to pass so it could take a nibble, I do not know.

When I came home, the temperature inside had dropped to 25°C. Hurrah! I had religiously kept the light-proof curtains closed each day until around 14:30, when the sun had left my windows, and even so the temperature had gradually managed to climb to 27°C. This morning I almost had a panic attack when I realized I had forgotten to close the curtains before leaving yesterday afternoon. I dreaded to think what my room would feel like when the sun could shine in freely. But fortunately the sky was overcast and remained that way for most of the day.

I kept my window and front door open for a while, thereby creating a draught which made the temperature drop to 24°C. It's funny, when it had climbed to 24°C I thought it was too warm, but now it's back down there it feels rather nice and cool. :)



In other news, I sort of watched the 8th episode of Carnivàle tonight and I still can't say I care for it much.



*Note to readers abroad: there is a puma at large on the Veluwe (a nature reserve in the east of the Netherlands). Despite numerous sightings, search teams have not been able to catch it yet. Photos that were taken have been dismissed as being photoshopped. Today I read that the puma has been spotted as early as 5 years ago. This creature is quickly turning into our very own Loch Ness Monster.


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Odds and ends


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I took an interesting quiz from bezigebij; it gives an indication of our impact on the Earth's resources.

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And a FIVE BOOK MEME from heartofdavid:

Directions:

1. Take five books off your bookshelf.

2. Book #1 -- first sentence: Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty: Such a lovely day!

4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred: 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said.

5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty: That should do.

6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book: I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day.

7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:

I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day. Such a lovely day! 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said. Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. That should do.

8. Feel free to "cheat" to make a better paragraph:

Alternatively: Such a lovely day! Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. That should do. I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day. 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said.

9. Name your sources:

Book 5 – Russell Hoban – Turtle diary
Book 4 – Jeanette Winterson – Oranges are not the only fruit
Book 3 – Ian McEwan – The comfort of strangers
Book 2 – Fay Weldon – Female friends
Book 1 – Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway

10. Post to your blog.

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