doronjosama: (yeahbye)
So, I was looking at my Sims2 journal ([livejournal.com profile] doronjosima) from this one, and noticed a weird little link at the top of the page. The link said "Flag this journal?", so I checked to see what that did and got a page with this information on it:

"Flag Content

To report anything outside of these categories, please use the Abuse reporting system.

What is nature of this content?
-Explicit Adult Content
-Offensive Content
-Hate Speech
-Illegal Activity
-Nude Images of Minors"

And then there's a "Submit report" button at the bottom.

Good lord, THERE'S a system that won't be abused sixty different ways from Sunday by people who disagree! Not just in fandoms, which are notoriously underhanded and bitchy and filled with people who are perfectly willing to fuck over total or near strangers over stupid trivia, but also, what's to stop someone from just flagging journals of people they don't even know just on principle? Say Billy Ray Bob is a super Dominionist Christian right wing hardliner and he comes across Mary Jo Bob's super Wiccan Vegan feminist journal entries. What's to stop him from flagging her journal for content under any of these choices, and thus potentially causing her to get her journal deleted? Or to go the other way, what's to stop a wacked out leftist radical from flagging some Christian's bible study journal for offensive content? Where do we draw the line?

I find this vexing, because I want to be able to keep up with my friends/associates easily, and LJ is a nice, simple way to do this. It's hard to keep up with blogs that don't have RSS feeds. And do I really want to have to make a new journal on InsaneJournal or JournalFen? How many blogs do I need to have, seriously? (I already copy and paste work-related posts over to my journals on DeviantArt and FurAffinity...)

Seriously, I see the whole "Flag this journal for content" thing as a whole can of worms just waiting to be opened and abused. Nothing good can come of this.
doronjosama: (Default)
So, I was looking at my Sims2 journal ([livejournal.com profile] doronjosima) from this one, and noticed a weird little link at the top of the page. The link said "Flag this journal?", so I checked to see what that did and got a page with this information on it:

"Flag Content

To report anything outside of these categories, please use the Abuse reporting system.

What is nature of this content?
-Explicit Adult Content
-Offensive Content
-Hate Speech
-Illegal Activity
-Nude Images of Minors"

And then there's a "Submit report" button at the bottom.

Good lord, THERE'S a system that won't be abused sixty different ways from Sunday by people who disagree! Not just in fandoms, which are notoriously underhanded and bitchy and filled with people who are perfectly willing to fuck over total or near strangers over stupid trivia, but also, what's to stop someone from just flagging journals of people they don't even know just on principle? Say Billy Ray Bob is a super Dominionist Christian right wing hardliner and he comes across Mary Jo Bob's super Wiccan Vegan feminist journal entries. What's to stop him from flagging her journal for content under any of these choices, and thus potentially causing her to get her journal deleted? Or to go the other way, what's to stop a wacked out leftist radical from flagging some Christian's bible study journal for offensive content? Where do we draw the line?

I find this vexing, because I want to be able to keep up with my friends/associates easily, and LJ is a nice, simple way to do this. It's hard to keep up with blogs that don't have RSS feeds. And do I really want to have to make a new journal on InsaneJournal or JournalFen? How many blogs do I need to have, seriously? (I already copy and paste work-related posts over to my journals on DeviantArt and FurAffinity...)

Seriously, I see the whole "Flag this journal for content" thing as a whole can of worms just waiting to be opened and abused. Nothing good can come of this.
doronjosama: (pensive)
[livejournal.com profile] leborcham posted a link to a blog with photos from the Grammy Awards. Going by the batch of Scarlett Johanssen pictures there (scroll down), it looks like Scarlett lost a bunch of weight. I am fairly bummed out about this, because hey, I liked her as-is, and every time I see a female celebrity start losing weight, it upsets me. Why? Well, because usually, they're not even remotely fat to begin with, but they get obsessed with being skinny. (Witness: Christina Ricci, who was 5 feet tall and 100 pounds and a size 2, and she still worked hard on becoming a skeleton. Or Brittany Murphy, who was so cute and curvy in Clueless, and who now looks emaciated in her current movies, like the one [livejournal.com profile] suarez refers to as My Nanny the Skeleton, which I think is actually called Uptown Girls...)

I know Scarlett was blonde to begin with, but the strange blonding effect that is sweeping Hollywood is getting old as well. What happened to celebrities trying to have their own look? The current thing of "I'll dress slutty and have a lot of blonde hair, regardless of my original ethnic background!" is really boring. It makes everyone look the same. And if I was more awake, I could probably make some pithy remarks about how punching everyone out of the same scrawny, trampy, blonde mold is commodifying women as products, but I can't get more coherent about it yet.

I want girls in Hollywood to stop losing weight like fiends. I want them to eat food and stop emulating fashion models, who live on a diet of cigarettes, methamphetamines and vodka. In old Hollywood, there was room for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jean Seberg right next to Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Jane Russell. Why can't celebrities have more than one shape?

In other things, work continues. Yay.
doronjosama: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] leborcham posted a link to a blog with photos from the Grammy Awards. Going by the batch of Scarlett Johanssen pictures there (scroll down), it looks like Scarlett lost a bunch of weight. I am fairly bummed out about this, because hey, I liked her as-is, and every time I see a female celebrity start losing weight, it upsets me. Why? Well, because usually, they're not even remotely fat to begin with, but they get obsessed with being skinny. (Witness: Christina Ricci, who was 5 feet tall and 100 pounds and a size 2, and she still worked hard on becoming a skeleton. Or Brittany Murphy, who was so cute and curvy in Clueless, and who now looks emaciated in her current movies, like the one [livejournal.com profile] suarez refers to as My Nanny the Skeleton, which I think is actually called Uptown Girls...)

I know Scarlett was blonde to begin with, but the strange blonding effect that is sweeping Hollywood is getting old as well. What happened to celebrities trying to have their own look? The current thing of "I'll dress slutty and have a lot of blonde hair, regardless of my original ethnic background!" is really boring. It makes everyone look the same. And if I was more awake, I could probably make some pithy remarks about how punching everyone out of the same scrawny, trampy, blonde mold is commodifying women as products, but I can't get more coherent about it yet.

I want girls in Hollywood to stop losing weight like fiends. I want them to eat food and stop emulating fashion models, who live on a diet of cigarettes, methamphetamines and vodka. In old Hollywood, there was room for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jean Seberg right next to Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Jane Russell. Why can't celebrities have more than one shape?

In other things, work continues. Yay.
doronjosama: (hmm)
So [livejournal.com profile] willworks tells me about this guy's blog where this fellow is doing an experiment to eat on only $1 a day for a month. We thought we'd read it, and see if we could get any tips, since hey, we work in comics, and there's no such thing as money in independent comics. (Plenty of money in manga, though, which is why bigger companies than us control such things.)

Well, I read the whole blog and there's not a single tip to be gleaned from it. Seriously, we are already eating like that guy, subsisting on a diet of ramen noodles, instant mashed potatoes, beans, rice and cheap off-brand hot dogs. In fact, I think we might even have more variety than him, since we have learned how to maximize the flavor potential of incredibly cheap foods. We also eat a lot of potatoes (cheap) and cheese (not so cheap), as well as that college staple, mac & cheese from a box. So overall, the guy's blog was a disappointment to me, as there was no new advice to be picked up. I found myself thinking "dude, you can vary it up a little, we eat on less than $1 a day per person, and we mix it up more than that..."

That got me searching around for actual cheap eating solutions, and I found the Hillbilly Housewife site. Sure, she might be some kind of fundamentalist Christian (I don't know, really) and she seems to think instant powdered milk is a perfectly good substitute for the real thing (no, sorry, I had to drink it as a kid sometimes, and it is NOT), but she's got incredibly good advice on finding actual bargains, and lists for how to stock a week's worth of meals for four people on $45 a week. (That's like insanely cheap...) So hey, some good came out of it.

Also, advice to those who are serious foodies: don't go into comics. You'll never be able to afford gourmet food or classy restaurant visits. We're counting ourselves lucky when we can afford to "splurge" on 99-cent Jumbo Jacks at Jack-in-the-Box once in a while.
doronjosama: (Default)
So [livejournal.com profile] willworks tells me about this guy's blog where this fellow is doing an experiment to eat on only $1 a day for a month. We thought we'd read it, and see if we could get any tips, since hey, we work in comics, and there's no such thing as money in independent comics. (Plenty of money in manga, though, which is why bigger companies than us control such things.)

Well, I read the whole blog and there's not a single tip to be gleaned from it. Seriously, we are already eating like that guy, subsisting on a diet of ramen noodles, instant mashed potatoes, beans, rice and cheap off-brand hot dogs. In fact, I think we might even have more variety than him, since we have learned how to maximize the flavor potential of incredibly cheap foods. We also eat a lot of potatoes (cheap) and cheese (not so cheap), as well as that college staple, mac & cheese from a box. So overall, the guy's blog was a disappointment to me, as there was no new advice to be picked up. I found myself thinking "dude, you can vary it up a little, we eat on less than $1 a day per person, and we mix it up more than that..."

That got me searching around for actual cheap eating solutions, and I found the Hillbilly Housewife site. Sure, she might be some kind of fundamentalist Christian (I don't know, really) and she seems to think instant powdered milk is a perfectly good substitute for the real thing (no, sorry, I had to drink it as a kid sometimes, and it is NOT), but she's got incredibly good advice on finding actual bargains, and lists for how to stock a week's worth of meals for four people on $45 a week. (That's like insanely cheap...) So hey, some good came out of it.

Also, advice to those who are serious foodies: don't go into comics. You'll never be able to afford gourmet food or classy restaurant visits. We're counting ourselves lucky when we can afford to "splurge" on 99-cent Jumbo Jacks at Jack-in-the-Box once in a while.

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