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Yes, this.

The most common complaints I've heard about Facebook over the years were about the lack of straightforward privacy settings and poor audience selection options. LiveJournal has had good solutions for years.

Meanwhile, Ello is barely usable right now. It has zero privacy settings and doesn't actually seem to be conceived to be a Facebook replacement. For now, Ello is more like Tumblr with no features.

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] fengi at Serious Suggestion: instead of chasing Ello, why not push LJ?
I'm going to go all pitchman/cheerleader for a moment:

Instead of joining the stampede to half-baked ello, let's encourage people to join the Livejournal. It's far from perfect, but it's more viable than most other options.

It has the features ello testers and disgruntled Facebook users want now. After 15 years of experience, it has slowly learned from drama and errors. It survived the original dot bust and seems ready for the next one.

The free-to-paid membership model has provided ad-free, adult-friendly options for a decade plus, something earnest manifestos usually don't (see tumblr's broken promise).

So why deal with more inflated startup promises and fumbling? Say goodbye to Facebook and hello to Livejournal -- a customizable global social network that doesn't require real names and provides an easy, logical way to avoid ads. [Forgive me for the infomercial language.]

As a longtime user and occasionally harsh critic, I think LJ is flawed but less adversarial and predatory towards users than Facebook, Google and others. Yes, it has an "old meme" image and notorious past service dramas, but in the long term it's become a solid product.

It's a viable alternative to Facebook which is ready to serve users immediately. Click here for their new promotional video, which you can post to Facebook.

*Recently when an error appeared to override my preferred friends display, a complaint ticket received a polite response and a fix in less than 24 hours - from what appeared to be an actual human. Even in the worst days of LJ, my tickets were handled in a relatively coherent and timely fashioned compared with the inscrutable silence of bigger networks.

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I admit it: I can't get enough of the Toronto gay penguin story.

"Story" is the operative word. I suspect most people who are writing and tweeting about that story is well aware that human behaviour can't be mapped onto animal behaviour.

For some reason, humans find penguins to be aesthetically cute. Their human-like social traits (the pair bonding, their ability to establish and return to their home, etc.) makes them cuter.

Anthropomorphizing them is a way to select elements of their behaviour and slot it into a human story. Awareness of the gulf between reality and fiction only makes the story funnier.

In Buddy and Pedro's case, we get to cast them in a twist on the domestic narrative, adding the gay angle. So we get to imagine the penguin version of:

  • gay relationships
  • surrogate parenting
  • nationalist policies on reproduction (the Nazis encouraged German women to have babies to keep the population strong)
  • bisexuality and second families (Buddy had kids when he was in a long-term relationship with a female penguin)
  • May-December romances (Pedro is half Buddy's age!)
  • social media use (yes, they have Twitter accounts! @PedroPenguin and @Buddy Penguin)
  • aging (Pedro is a member of the Twitter generation, Buddy is not).

It distorts reality to think of animals as having human stories, but it's irresistible! Plus, the anthropomorphized version of Pedro can, um, animalmorphize humans.

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I’ve been meaning to share this post by Tom Pappalardo about how those sleek slips of Apple technology pose a challenge to cartoonists: http://blog.tompappalardo.com/?p=2016

It’s a brilliant little essay about why iconic images are important elements in a cartoonist’s visual  vocabulary. It also prompted me to reflect on how much Steve Jobs and Apple have changed everyday life. As the curmudgeonly Supernatural character Bobby Singer protests: “A computer has buttons!”  Personally, I remember being amazed by a news story about how iPods were prompting clothing manufacturers to change the traditional size of pockets on shirts, pants and jackets.

I was a late convert to Apple. Early Macs were memory hogs and incompatible with everything. However, at some point, the company’s products became more useful and accessible, and I got tired of messing around with PCs and their array of unreliable OSes. 

I’m not on board with all of Apple’s decisions (especially in the patents area), but I can’t deny that their stuff works for me with very little fuss. And even fewer buttons. 


Jul. 9th, 2011 07:52 pm
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Is Googleplussed a synonym or antonym for nonplussed? Let's find out!

I'm trying it now, and I think I can invite others. If you'd like an invite, send me your email address.


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