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Thursday, June 4th, 2037
12:01 am - Floating entry
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Many of my posts are friends-only. If this journal seems light and trivial, well, it is, but there's more blood, sweat and tears to read if you have an LJ account and I befriend you, although you're more likely to find me on Dreamwidth now.

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Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
1:14 pm - LiveJournal must die

I cancelled the renewal for my LJ paid account a few months ago. Glad I did. The new friends page is extraordinarily awful.

Dreamwidth doesn't currently require invite codes...

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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
1:15 pm - THIS is what's wrong with elections
I like maps, and so I read the Strange Maps blog. There's an entry about how the US presidential election works that you should read. OK, if you're an American you probably know most of what it says, so here's the best bit:

From the footnotes: "the Rasmussen list of 11 swing states excludes New Mexico and includes Michigan."

So, as with UK elections, most people's votes are almost completely pointless, but a minority get to choose who's in charge.

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Monday, September 13th, 2010
11:45 am - Good thing gone bad
I'm not sure if people here are aware of the drivingrevenue thing, and I've only just discovered the scorecardresearch thing. Both of these are plain examples of LJ doing things that users would not want, if only they knew about them.

The drivingrevenue is that LJ sends your browser a script that modifies links you click, and notifies external sites about links you mouse over. It's a way of making money for LJ.

The scorecardresearch thing sends info about the pages you visit to a market research company. It's a way of making money for LJ.

If you look at your LJ privacy settings, you won't find any mention of these. You haven't opted in to them.

So that's two more reasons not to use LJ any more. I'm on dreamwidth. I have dreamwidth invites if you want to go there. If you don't, you can read me on LJ here: jbanana_dw
current mood: annoyed

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Saturday, August 14th, 2010
12:06 am - Scout camp pudding

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Monday, November 30th, 2009
7:56 pm - Commenting on Dreamwidth
I've had a few anonymous comments on Dreamwidth that turn out to be from LJ people I know. You don't have to be anonymous if you're logged in to LJ. Here's what you do.
  1. Log in to LJ, but then go to a Dreamwidth comment page.
  2. Pick "OpenID" and enter (but use your name, silly).
  3. Write and submit your comment, and LJ asks you to confirm.
  4. If you say yes, your comment is submitted to Dreamwidth, and I can see who's talking. 8~)
This works on other sites too.

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Thursday, October 29th, 2009
12:07 am - Nice LJ ScrapBook feature
I found this yesterday: the "Let's tag" page in ScrapBook, which I'd never seen before. It's lovely, as is the tag cloud page.

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Saturday, July 25th, 2009
5:30 pm - Buildings

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
12:53 am - Where's J?
I'm pleased with dreamwidth. If you want to read my stuff it's available on LJ here: jbanana_dw. I'll be mostly posting on there, but still trying to read on here.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2009
4:22 pm - Dressing up
You may already have seen this, but just in case you haven't, have a look at the three women dressed up as Daleks. It shouldn't work, but it does.

I can't cope with the word "cosplay", and I had to look up "gijinka" - I think "dressed up as Daleks" is fine.

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
2:42 pm - On the fiddle
There are daily reports about MPs' expenses. Someone may have had his moat cleared out at the public expense. Why don't I have a moat? I plan to become an MP just so that I can claim expenses to get one dug.

But how important is it to know that someone fiddled a few thousand? Almost nothing gets said about the billions to be spent on ID cards, or on the lives still being lost in Afghanistan and Iraq (see pie chart). And let's not forget the money given to the banks that caused the credit crunch. It's almost as if someone were trying to divert attention from the real issues.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
11:11 pm - Dreamwidth
I am jbanana at dreamwidth.

I'm not sure how this will work out. I don't post here much nowadays, so why do I need another journal? I already have a Vox account that I don't use. But whereas I have no great interest in Vox, I want DW to succeed.
current mood: hopeful

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
11:59 pm - Paint the meadows with delight
It's been warm this weekend. The guinea pigs have been out on the lawn. We've eaten outside and played table tennis at the bottom of the garden. Lilac is blooming, oak leaves and katkins are fresh and bright, and several unidentified bushes are in flower. The children are happy to be away from games consoles, at least some of the time. Mostly they're just happy.

Sometimes life is good.

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11:40 pm - Why are Bad Things allowed to happen?
I posted a version of this in reply to one of cynnerth's posts recently.

God (gods, goddesses, whatever) could have created any one of an infinite number of universes. Unfortunately he (she, etc) realises that all of them involve Bad Things happening. Fortunately he can tell which possible universe is the Least Bad. This is the one that he creates. He doesn't interfere in the day-to-day (or eon-to-eon) running of the universe because he already knows how it plays out. There are plenty of bigger problems to which to apply his infinite omniscience.

Or the universe happened all on its own at random.

Either way, humans (during breaks between eating and reproducing) try to grasp What's Going On. The finite contemplates the infinite. Unsurprisingly, this does not go well. We don't get it, and we hate that we don't get it. We can do all those clever technological things and appreciate the arts and be kind to small animals and make scientific discoveries, but none of this stops the nagging feeling that there's something bigger going on that we don't understand, which might explain why earthquakes and terrorism and disease happen (please?). Some people codify their intuitions about What's Going On into religious beliefs, and others deny that there can possibly be anything "going on".

I'm no nearer knowing What's Going On, but I can see why it's hard to know.

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Wednesday, April 29th, 2009
2:36 pm - Cat video
The entire purpose of the web is funny cats. I haven't posted nearly enough (any) of these. Time to put that right.

It's not my cat (I think it's a Japanese cat). I didn't even find the video (I got a link from the free newspaper). But I did watch the cat playing with the big box, and it's good.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009
4:21 pm - Units of measurement
enough beauty to launch one ship
length an average physicist's beard grows in a second (5 nanometers) - short enough to be useful in nuclear physics
famous for 15,000 minutes (a bit more than ten days)
For more, see

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Monday, April 13th, 2009
10:54 pm - Cocteau Twins
I'm still excited about Spotify. I've just queued everything they have by the Cocteau Twins. I don't know much of their stuff, so I don't know how much I'm going to like it, but I can listen to it all for nothing. It's like Napster used to be, but without the legal problems. Whoopee!

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Saturday, April 11th, 2009
7:28 pm - Trip to Brighton
We went to see the Brighton Pavilion, where you may not take photos. I did take a few at the beach, though.

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009
10:29 pm - 1st of April
The popular theme for April Fool attempts this year is Twitter. Yawn.

But here's one that's actually amusing:

It may help if you've used the Opera browser or you know what mouse gestures are.

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Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
10:40 am - Holi photos (Batman!)
Holi, the Festival of Colours
Boston Globe's Big Picture excellent as ever

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