substitute: (oldman bad computer)
So, LJ has started circling the drain.

Any bets on "smooth transition" versus "good morning your entire blog is gone"?
substitute: (1967)
For no-breathe funny replies like this one to my poke at Chronic Cantina guy. Oh man. Quoted below in full, context more apparent at the post itself:

It's only obvious that you are just one of many, MANY forgettable girls who have been quickly turned on and turned out by my friend Mr. Scheinberg here...which im sure was quickly followed by a "What was your name?" type of moment! LOL Ahh...So many broken hearts...So little time to care.

Oh, but what do I know? Well as someone who got down and did The Butt Naked Booty Scoot with him as well as help him run one of his first companies while he finished law school at Chapman 7 years ago...I think I'm a little more than qualified. Did I mention he is hands down my favorite boss and manager to date? (And I mean from a professional position not a sexual one...although that too was quite impressive!) *

I'm definitely qualified enough to tell you that if you are so ignorant and immature as to not respect the fact that Keith Scheinberg is one of the youngest and most successful MEN in Orange County -not to mention extremely good looking & good in bed- then I would suggest doing us all a favor and keep your lips and legs the same way - closed!

Peace! (Shout out to MAX- love ya!)

Keepin' my lips and my legs wiiiide open here, babe. Say hi to Marie Antoinette for me! It's all good.
substitute: (asphalt)

Note: The comments are partially NSFW due to hilarity extending into naughty bits.
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[ profile] stupid_free points me to [ profile] lword, where a brainwreck of a conversation about mtf people is occurring. Wow.
substitute: (brainslug)
The subject line on this LJ comment was something sexy, and then we have the body of the message:
"As I sat there hating about her and that telekinetic ass, a hep pulled up beside me at the light. "
[ profile] hepkitten is there something I should know about your ASS?


Dec. 5th, 2007 11:43 pm
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Implementation of tag limit: suboptimal.

So I'm over the limit. Can't add tags. This means that a recent entry which is topical and of great use can't have appropriate tags. Rats. Okay, I'll remove some, can't be so hard. I use tags for fun a lot, and I could lose a few.

Problem: no idea how many tags I have. Just that I can't have any more, because I'm over 1000. No idea how many to remove. Only way to find out, as far as I see, is to remove a few and keep trying.

Not worth it.

Even better! The way this shows up is if I post from XJournal and I exceed the limit, my entry just gets no tags. If I look at the entry, it has all the tags I wanted. But if I click on the tag icon to add and edit them, it then complains when I save. But it doesn't say which tag is new and can't be added, nor does it give me a link to the tag edit page so I can remove some; I have to find that myself.

I am put in mind of various developers who've been fired from my jobs for Just Not Listening.

Okay, tags were fun. Non-feature now.

Software engineering: be a part of it!
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Babelfished nightmare cry from the deep, incomprehensible, on apparently random entry. The permanent zadvigi were inexcusable.

Clearly this is a transmission from the Crew That Never Rests.
substitute: (me by hils)
The LJ "flag content" and age restriction policy isn't shocking or unusual. It's surprising that they've gone so long without it. If it's done properly, content flagging is the best way to deal with the problem of adult content and people who don't want to see it.

Note that online video sites, Craigslist, Flickr, and just about every other social network have mechanisms like this. It can be poorly implemented or need incremental improvement but I think outrage is misplaced.

Flagging can be misused, especially if it's done wrong, and Digg-like behavior ensues. If LJ fails to code this right there will be problems, and possibly very bad problems. Ideally it should work the way Craigslist does, or AIM's "zapping," where one person can't cause a lot of damage.

The tag problem is worse. They should have set an arbitrary limit when tags were launched, but they didn't think about scaling and now they have to do it retroactively and annoy people. I would guess (and hope) that their engineers will find a better way of handling tags and the limit will be raised or removed at some time.

I'm not talking out my ear here. I've been on both ends of this argument since 1991, on a variety of services that serve radically different audiences. The "flag content" system is imperfect and sometimes maddeningly broken, but top-down approaches are a far worse failure. Letting the community flag things based on their own biases and then sorting out the disagreements is the only think I've seen work, at all.

With the current U.S. legal environment I doubt LJ has many alternatives. If someone wanted to check out the LJ code and build one in Belarus or something, it might take off as a refuge from this kind of thing.
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William Shakespeare

As flies to wanton boys, are we to the substitute
They kill us for their sport.

Which work of Shakespeare was the original quote from?

Get your own quotes:

so true

Nov. 14th, 2007 10:22 pm
substitute: (aaiiee)
Haiku2 for substitute
this weekend gross is
coming to huntington beach
Created by Grahame
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Don't waste time and energy fighting with, yelling at, and ganging up on the people who are assigned to deal publicly with "abuse" and "content review." You may succeed in getting some of them fired, others of them to quit, all of them to feel like shit, and most of them to dislike you, but nothing will change.

Having been on both sides of this ridiculous scene at AOL, I can tell you that people at this level do not make policy. They are not allowed to change policy. Anything they communicate to their superiors about the impossibility and insanity of the policies will be at best ignored and at worst punished. They are not the secret police. The secret police would make you shit your pants.

Yelling at support people because their bosses are behaving poorly is misguided. It's like beating up the Wal-Mart greeter because your downtown stores went under. Throwing a rotten apple at a meter maid might feel good, but showing up at every city council meeting and being loud there might get the meters moved.

If you're angry about oppressive censorship and double standards, a concerted effort directed at the management of Six Apart might be effective, especially if you can enlist the support of Internet freedom of speech advocates and organizations. Six Apart has behaved very poorly, and the board and management need to change that situation in public and on record, rather than letting their first-line employees get roasted alive while they let the whole thing go to voicemail.

Even a real-mail letter writing campaign would be more effective than flamewars with people who can't make a difference.
substitute: (brainslug)
So I tried to embed a video from in my LJ and it says "invalid video code."

The embed code is at this paste link:

Any ideas?


substitute: (Default)
  1. I apologize for barely reading any of you lately. A new job and shoulder problems aren't conducive to plowing through LJ posts and RSS feeds. If you've announced something to the world via LJ that you assume I know, I don't!

  2. Shoulder. Ow, still, I had to get forceful with the internal medicine guy about the fact that the pace of investigation is glacial and I hurt so damn much that I spend a fair amount of time writhing. He tightened up the appointment schedule and gave me some Vicodin, which is unpleasantly doping but does give me a couple of hours taking the edge off.

  3. I think I might go to Bar Camp L.A. ( ) tomorrow. It looks pleasantly nerdy, and a least a couple of people I know are going. I hope the nerds can deal with 12th & Long Beach in the warehouse district!

  4. I heard a My Chemical Romance song and liked it. Yow.

  5. On more definite musical ground, I enjoy this band The Early Years tremendously. ( ). They sound a bit like the Chameleons and earlier Joy Division, or even Television. But not imitators either, I think. Let me know what you think. [ profile] obnoxicant in particular!

  6. I am reading a history of the Algerian war. What a horrible mess.

  7. I enjoy my new job.
substitute: (blog about broccoli)

So if you commit a murder or win the lottery or get misidentified as Manuel Noriega on CNN you can go stealth! Or if you get really mad and decide to unscreen all your private gossip stuff and move to Equatorial Brigadoon, etc.
substitute: (bob)
folks i haven't read my lj friends list in more than a week because every time i get loose of work my shoulder goes out on me but frankly it's not that bad and will probably be fixed unlike many of mine or my friends' problems but anyway i thought i should let you know that i am preparing spaghettic rigate with tomato sauce and a romaine lettuce salad with parmesan both of which look pretty good despite the fact that I am under the influence of POWERFUL PRESCRIPTION MUSCLE RELAXANTS. Hi!
substitute: (chud remover)
I haven't had time or energy to blodge much. Haven't been keeping up on other people, either.

My life is a blur of medical bullshit, entertainment news, unix sysadmin tasks, spyware, and spam. Lots and lots of spyware and spam. In lieu of telling you lots of boring details about this I will paste a typical reading item for me lately below.

Content analysis details: (28.0 points, 5.0 required)

pts rule name description
---- ---------------------- --------------------------------------------------
1.1 EXTRA_MPART_TYPE Header has extraneous Content-type:...type= entry
0.1 FORGED_RCVD_HELO Received: contains a forged HELO
0.0 DK_POLICY_SIGNSOME Domain Keys: policy says domain signs some mails
0.4 HTML_30_40 BODY: Message is 30% to 40% HTML
1.8 HTML_IMAGE_ONLY_24 BODY: HTML: images with 2000-2400 bytes of words
0.0 HTML_MESSAGE BODY: HTML included in message
3.5 BAYES_99 BODY: Bayesian spam probability is 99 to 100%
[score: 1.0000]
1.5 RAZOR2_CF_RANGE_E8_51_100 Razor2 gives engine 8 confidence level
above 50%
[cf: 100]
0.5 RAZOR2_CHECK Listed in Razor2 (
0.5 RAZOR2_CF_RANGE_51_100 Razor2 gives confidence level above 50%
[cf: 100]
4.0 RCVD_IN_BL_SPAMCOP_NET RBL: Received via a relay in
[Blocked - see <>]
1.6 URIBL_SBL Contains an URL listed in the SBL blocklist
3.0 URIBL_BLACK Contains an URL listed in the URIBL blacklist
3.8 URIBL_AB_SURBL Contains an URL listed in the AB SURBL blocklist
1.0 PART_CID_STOCK Has a spammy image attachment (by Content-ID)
1.0 PART_CID_STOCK_LESS Has a spammy image attachment (by Content-ID,
more specific)
1.0 STOCK_IMG_HTML Stock spam image part, with distinctive HTML
1.0 STOCK_IMG_HDR_FROM Stock spam image part, with distinctive From line
substitute: (blog about broccoli)
This is mainly because I got the flu and then my arm hurts. I still love you all and I've been reading the LJ, just not commenting as much because etc.

Also my mac is having horrible issues so I'm using the linux laptop, which is great but has less ease of use, and I am a lazy, lazy man. Back soon I hope.


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