Cleolinda Jones (cleolinda) wrote,
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Wednesday night, sleepy

Still congested, tired and lightheaded, so am taking it easy on the journaling front, backlog be damned. Been trucking on with my Sherlock, however--these are the books I have (I'm in the middle of the first one), and this is the third book I'm going to get. I particularly want the annotated A Study in Scarlet in the third book, for reasons that... will someday be clear, let's put it that way. Also, my soul craves the complete 12-disc Granada series set, because my first introduction to the Sherlock Holmes stories was in eighth grade when we had to read The Hound of the Baskervilles, so my English teacher also had us watch some of the Granada episodes. So basically, Jeremy Brett is Sherlock Holmes to me, even though I've seen other versions; I always liked how he got Holmes' manic-depressive energy, the way Holmes would brood and then a case would turn up and it'd be all like THE GAME IS AFOOT! And Watson would be like, "Uh, no more cocaine for you today." And didn't Natasha Richardson randomly show up in "The Copper Beeches"? Good times.

Meanwhile: The latest LJ hoohah. I'm simply going to set this information out here and let you decide as you like:

1. SUP discontinued (new) Basic, ad-free accounts. Only they didn't really bother to tell anyone.

2. When LJers protested, they shot back that they had already said that they were going to make changes. This was one of them.

3. Then SUP started filtering certain "controversial" fandom interests. Then the filter disappeared mysteriously.

4. A user boycott--"No posts, no comments, no content"--was proposed for this Friday.

5. Anton Nosik then gave an interview in Russian where he compared the boycott to blackmail, purportedly saying, "In this situation, where they attempt to blackmail and to intimidate us, threatening to destroy our business, there is a business-reason not to reward this behavior.... It would probably be best to reconsider the recent changes. But from our point of view it is now necessary to wait until after the boycott has faded. Let it pass and have the voices of protest fade. Then we can consider changing this policy."

6. People were unhappy. Translations varied ("Russians in general tend to be more direct in speech (and use stronger language) than English-speaking Westerners are used to. Translating a Russian interview into English directly will make pretty much any Russian sound like a complete dickwad, because cultural expectations are completely different. It just really frustrates me that people are not taking into account that we're dealing with a different culture here, not just a different company").

7. And then it was alleged that SUP tried to blackmail Brad with a prostitute. According to... someone. Allegedly.

Here's my problem: as I explained it elsewhere, I'm between a rock and a hard place here, because I think SUP is even shittier at customer service than Six Apart, and they seem to understand their customer base even less--to the point where I'm not even sure they care about it at all. On the other hand, I was given a permanent account as a gift, and I love love love my LJ. It's like having your dream house and neighbors you love... in a town with a really corrupt mayor. (Note: This is an analogy, not a specific allegation.) It might cause people you like to leave, and people might get mistreated, but... it's your dream house! You don't want to leave! Where would you even go? YOU LOVE THIS HOUSE!

(My ideal solution, actually, would be that SUP gets just as sick of the easily-riled LJ userbase as Six Apart did and sells it again--maybe to Google? Please? Doesn't Brad work there now? It's totally possible, you guys.)

At the same time, I am starting to look into mirroring my journal at other locations. I'm mostly trying to figure out the laziest most convenient way to do this--InsaneJournal is an option, and I'll probably start mirroring it there at some point, but IJ just doesn't entirely cut it for me. It just doesn't look professional enough, for one--the Tweak mascot kind of turns me off. I actually started this journal with the intention of it being a writer's official webspace--as John Scalzi has pointed out, the moment you hit the big time, if you're that lucky, is not the time to start a blog. Ideally you've been keeping one for years; I personally find it to be a lot of fun, and it's definitely increased my ability to blather on the fly. And I like LJ as a venue for that because it's informal and it's fun, but you can customize the look of your journal so that it's at least a bit spiff; a number of published authors have LJs as well. InsaneJournal's "asylums" and "inmates" and such just land on the wrong side of Trying to Look Even a Little Professional for me to use it as a primary journal. I don't know. I do start to wonder what SUP would have to do to drive me away--how heinous it would have to be. And I really don't know. But I did sign up for a WordPress account last night, just in case. And I have my old Blogger account as well. I don't know what to do with them yet, but... they're there. I don't know if I'll participate in the boycott as such, but... you know, sometimes I don't update for a day or two, and I've been sick and fatigued anyway, so...

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