March 17th, 2008


Icon Meme

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick three of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

lirren asked about the following:

Okay so this one I just made when some sort of doll generator was going round and I wish I could remember where it was. I picked the oddest set of features I could, because, well I'm odd and I felt like it :). I added the text in PSP and use it whenever I feel a little bit quirky :).


I saw this pick from Serenity and it just screamed the caption at me :). I find that a lot with pictures; they demand words to go with them. I use it when I wish to make a point, although I also have a Crawford (WK) one that says "Do not make me repeat myself" which serves the same purpose :).

tiggerdabounce2 made this when we were voting for TH all over the place. It is a truly superb icon and I should remember to use it on all requests for votes :).

Heads up about more LJ shit

Saw this in lirren's and yuvi's LJs

There's some information here for those who don't know what this is about.

An explanation (of sorts) of BEACON, snagged from craftykim:

"For people who don't understand, beacon tracks ALL of your computer activity on the internet so long as you are logged in with that browser. It then reports back to the mothership:

*where you go
*how long you are there
*exactly what links you look at.

"So somewhere in the ether a record then exists of everything you've done (or your IP)--bit torrent files or software. Well, there's a record of it. Music sharing? The RiAA would like a share. Looking at porn at home? Your employer might want to purchase those results.

"The reality is right now, the company keeps those files and nothing happens. But tracking illegal activities is a compelling reason to allow seizure of the information. And the information itself is valuable beyond the primary use for ads.

"And we have a graphic example in front of us of how companies hand possible profit."

If you want to minimize the impact you can follow these steps:

- Go to the admin console.
- Type set synlevel title and hit "execute". That means only your entry title will be shown. (The other options are "summary" and "full", which are obviously worse.)
- For communities, type set for communityname synlevel title, e.g. "set for comics_meta synlevel title".

Unfortunately, there is no way to completely opt out. *sigh*

Those of you on FaceBook might also be interested in this.

Content strike

I wasn't sure I was going to do this, but I decided that SUP need to be shown that what they are doing will not do. They are removing things and skewing information and putting adware on the site. I think it's time to make ourselves known.


For one day, Friday, March 21, make no posts. Make no comments. Let there be NO new content added to LJ. SUP obviously does not realize that Basic users have given something of value to them, that it is content that drives the site. So, for one 24-hour period, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT, let's see how many people we can get to pledge to contribute NO CONTENT. This will create a permanent downward spike in the daily-posts statistics, a permanent reminder of the power of the userbase. Full information at The Fox's Den.