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How four social networks inform me about the current Israel/Gaza conflict, in order of where I first started seeing things:

  • Facebook: Shares of pro-Israel/anti-Gaza graphics, some of them direct Israeli Defense Force propaganda with the identifying logo at the bottom. All of the sharers are personally known to me, and all are Jewish. Most (maybe all?) of the shares are made without comment, as if the graphic itself says everything the person posting it feels necessary to say.
  • Twitter: Tweets from a number of users, all left-leaning, who link or retweet longer, thoughtful articles examining various aspects of the conflict. Many of the articles are meta-commentary about media coverage of the conflict.
  • LiveJournal: A single user ([livejournal.com profile] osewalrus), well-informed, who personally favors Israel, but offers up commentary and advice that takes the motives and goals of both sides seriously. And one other guy who made a passing reference while talking about something else.
  • Google+: Nothing yet. Right now, the only post I see on my G+ stream that mentions Israel does so in the context of criticizing American airport security.

This confirms reinforces for me a number of beliefs I already held about the services (no doubt shaped by my particular use of those networks, and thus possibly not truly representative):

  • Facebook is for shallow, unreflective contact. (Also: Most of my relatives and some of my friends are reflexive and thoughtless in their support of Israel.)
  • Twitter is mostly tech-savvy and intellectual.
  • LiveJournal is pretty much dying off, unless you speak Russian. Also, [livejournal.com profile] osewalrus is a pretty smart guy.
  • Google+ is great for talking about role-playing games, not for much of anything else.

First post!

May. 3rd, 2009 03:51 am
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Just grabbing my name, in case Dreamwidth turns out to be the new LiveJournal. Over on LJ, I’m agrumer.

And thanks to [personal profile] redbird for the invite code!

Dreamwidth

May. 2nd, 2009 04:03 pm
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I’ve just got an account on Dreamwidth:
http://avram.dreamwidth.org/

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, but I wanted to grab my name.

Zvi has been doing a good job of preaching the Dreamwidth gospel:

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Anyone else wonder if maybe [livejournal.com profile] theferrett just stared too long at the Creative Commons logo?

CC Logo
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With LiveJournal’s new owners announcing that LJ will no longer allow the creation of new Basic accounts, lots of people are upset over the prospect of having to look at ads. For those of you lagging behind the leading edge of web browser technology, here’s a solution:

Step 1: Firefox if a free open-source web browser available for Windows, MacOS X, and Linux. (If you use Linux, you already know all about it, so just skip right on to some other post.) Download and install it. It’s free. Costs no money. Since it’s open-source, it’s highly customizable with lots of themes and add-ons, which brings us to…

Step 2: AdBlock is a free add-on for Firefox that allows you to block ads from showing up when you browse the web.

Special for Mac users: If you don’t want to leave Safari, you can still block ads! SafariBlock is a Safari add-on based on AdBlock. Or try Ad Subtract, which uses CSS to hide ads.

Another reason to use browser extensions: Y’know how when a LiveJournal post gets a lot of comments, LJ starts hiding some of them, and you need to keep clicking to unfold the hidden comments? Doesn’t that annoy the crap out of you? Here’s what you do:

Now those long comment pages will get an “Unfold All” link at the top of the comments. Click that, and it all unfolds. (In my experience, this doesn’t work perfectly — a few comments stay folded — but it works pretty well.)

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You may have noticed some LJ posts turning up behind LJ cuts with “Adult Content” warnings. Whether you’re an adult or not, here’s how to get that to stop happening:

  1. Go to your Edit Profile page. Fill in the Birthday data. Keep in mind that:
    1. You don’t have to use your real birthday. Make sure to use a year that makes you more than 18 years old.
    2. There’s a Birthday display options menu that lets you decide who (if anybody) can see your birthday, and how much they can see. I’ve got mine set to display only the month and day, and that only to people I’ve friended.
  2. Remember to scroll down to the bottom of the page and hit Save Changes!
  3. Go to your Viewing Options page. Scroll down to the bottom, and set the Viewing Adult Content menu to Do Not Collapse. If you haven’t already set your birthday, that option will be grayed out. Oh, and while you’re at it, you may want to reset your Safe Search Filtering preferences, which Six Apart has set to “Use moderate filtering” for you, without asking you or notifying you.
  4. Remember to Save Changes!

Hughcasey has more about LJ’s new content-filtering feature.

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chicken breast with baby bottle nipple
So, about the breastfeeding icon kerfuffle — you’ve heard, right? Here, get up to speed — I’m probably not going to bother participating in the mass pseudo-deletion of accounts. I’m certainly not going to be going back to Paid Account status (mine lapsed a few weeks back). And I’ve already downloaded a copy of Textpattern with a view towards getting my old blog up and running again, ’cause who the hell needs all this crazy we’re a community no we’re a business bullshit?

Meantime, I worked up a protest icon of sorts, but I don’t think it really hits the spot, what with that being a baby bottle nipple, and with the tension about breast- vs bottle-feeding being part of the driving force behind the kerfuffle. So I won’t be using it. But anyone else wants it, go ahead.
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Possibly the best, most awful LiveJournal thread ever: The James TipMe Flash Fan Fiction Good Taste Memorial Award.
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Hey, it looks like that blonde joke that was circulating a few months back is also a cure for information overload.
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Apparently today is International Change Your Icon Day, which I’m noting only because it gives me an excuse to use this one.
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AltTextHereThe two topmost posts on my Friends page right now are people complaining about LJ email comment notification not working. I don’t know beans about that, since I don’t use that feature, but till the Secret Masters of LJ stomp those bugs, y’all can use your Recent Comments page when you’re logged in to keep track of recent comments in your journal.

In other news, a doodle! That nameless Barnes & Noble sketchbook paper soaks up brush-marker ink real fine; I’ll be sad when I can’t find it anymore. For this one I tried using a coloring trick Ian McConville came up with for MacHall (though I don’t think he uses it anymore since he’s gone to direct-to-screen drawing), specifically the shadows thing, creating new layer for shading, setting it to 30% opacity and Multiply, and painting on it with a pure blue that’s about 80% black (I just set the RGB selector to 0:0:55). Works pretty well.
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Meme ganked from [livejournal.com profile] immlass, who got it from [livejournal.com profile] pnh, who got it from [livejournal.com profile] nhw, to whom it was handed down from the ancient prophets. Behind the cut, my LJ Friends list, with all the people I’ve met (to the best of my haphazard memory and dubious LJ-name identification skills) bolded.

list )

Leaky pipes

Mar. 5th, 2005 11:11 pm
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Last year, at Worldcon, I attended a panel on security where Jim Macdonald said something along the lines of “No matter how secure the pipe is, it leaks at both ends.” The current Frienditto matter illustrates this perfectly. You might trust LJ’s password security, and you might trust your friends not to blab the contents of your friends-locked posts, but if somebody tricks one of them into surrendering his password, that’s it for your security. There’s a reason people say to treat your password like a toothbrush (don’t share it with anyone, get a new one every six months).
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If you see a post that just says:

this is very interesting.

...don’t click it! It’s an annoying and potentially dangerous hack that’ll hijack your browser post itself in your journal, and could be sending your password to someone nasty. I think it’s just a demonstration of a security hole, but avoid it anyway. Some discussion going on in [livejournal.com profile] lj_dev.

Oh, and if you did click it? Clear out your browser cache, delete your cookies, and come back to LJ and change your password.

Update: According to some discussion I’ve read, it doesn’t actually grab your password, so you may be safe if you just log out and back in, maybe clearing cookies first. I dunno. I changed my password, ’cause I was overdue for it anyway.
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Wow. Via BoingBoing, I’ve just seen the beta of TheyWorkForYou.com, a working online legislative access application. This is what Thomas should be, but isn’t. Check out this record of a debate over a Gender Recognition Bill — it’s like LiveJournal for Parliament. There’s still some UI work to be done; I can’t figure out how to get the context of the new clause that’s being debated on that page — a new clause to what? Where’s the rest of the bill?

But man, don’t you expect to see “Which MP Is Stalking You” quiz results showing up in that debate record?
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This is a depth tree meme.
Copy this text into your journal and increment the following number by one!
I am at distance 2 from the start of the meme.
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Gary Trudeau, author of Doonesbury, is offering $10,000 to any witness who can definitively corroborate GW Bush’s claim that he served his National Guard duty. For real!

But that’s not what I’m posting about. Go look at that LJ syndication post with the strip, and scroll down to the first comment. Doesn’t [livejournal.com profile] phil have one of the best icons ever?
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I bet that if they’d designed the tag as <lj-account [user|community]="[value]"> instead of <lj [user|community]="[value]">, people would be much less likely to type <lj-user="[value]">.
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I’m currently on the Friends lists of 100 people. (Well, 100 accounts.) Many of whom I’ve got no idea of who you are.

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