November 30th, 2007


Friday Pix

As we say goodbye to November...oh, screw it, I was going to be all poetic but I've changed my mind. Time for the Friday Pix!

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    Peter Gabriel - Steam

Lack Of Progress

So, apparently there are a load of Sudanese in a complete twist. Seems they are calling for the execution of a teacher there...because she allowed her class to name a teddy bear "Muhammad."

She's a British teacher who moved there to teach in the Sudanese school. Apparently, the students all submitted potential names for the bear (class mascot, maybe? not sure.) and then voted on it, and Muhammad won. Muhammad is not only the most popular name in the Muslim world (2nd most popular name for baby boys in Britain, if you can believe it), it's the most popular name in the world. However, though naming your son that is OK, I guess naming a toy that is enough for people to want you dead.

More examples of religious extremism going completely overboard and making people lose their tiny little minds over something that is, really, nothing at all. Now, I will say that, if she was going to go into another country that is this extreme in it's religion, she probably should have guessed this wasn't a good idea. Still, you gotta be kidding me. I fail to see how this is "insulting Islam," but then, I'm not a mindless automaton.
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    Offspring - One Fine Day

LJ: Home of the Kneejerk Reaction

I was trying to just let it go, but this is LJ, and things go so far out of hand, you'd think we were full of Sudanese mad about teddy bears. So, a quick word about LJ's new settings and flagging system.

Calm the fuck down, cats.

Reading the comments to that post, damn, it's just insane. People leaping all over this, like the Nazis have bought 6A. Look, there's two sides to it: you can choose to set your own stuff to a filtered setting, or people can "flag' stuff they feel should be behind this setting. The flagging is, of course, the huge issue. So, before you pop a gasket, read the whole thing.

Consider that anything that does get flagged gets checked on. So, just because Jack Asshole wants to start flagging your shit because he thinks it's funny, doesn't mean much when it's looked at and they go "oh, not actually a problem, someone's just an asshole." Besides, even flagged and marked "adult", it can still be seen by adults. It's not as if they go "oh, this is porn, it's to be censored from people"...just from those underage. A birth date in your profile, and you see everything, just fine (which, incidentally, means a 14-year-old can make a journal with a false birth date, there's no way to test it, and he's seeing it all, it's much easier to cheat the system than it is for the system to stop things being seen).

In the end, what you have is a way for someone to potentially make it so underage kids can't see porn. Plus, something has to be flagged multiple times for it to be an issue, anyway, and even then, it's confirmed before being set...and then is still visible to adults.

So, what's the real problem? A private company wants to help make sure content on their server not appropriate for those underage can be handled, and instead of just heavy-handedly doing it themselves, they make it voluntary, with a system to allow others to express their opinion, but which is not dependent on those opinions for the final word. Sounds OK to me, really. Since my profile shows I'm an adult, I'll see everything, anyway.

So, please, go to the settings page and, at the bottom, make your choices and hit 'save.' See how easy that was, and stress-free? Problem solved, move along.

And, while we're on the subject? Angrily flagging that post and others as "hate speech" and whatnot to "prove a point" isn't helping anything, cats. All it does is annoy the people in charge and make them think that most of their users are useless squash-heads...which is, frankly, the way they are acting.
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    My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - I Live For Drugs
Tiki Island

R.I.P. Evel Knievel

Evel Knievel, who defied death for so long, finally gave in. After many years of failing health, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, he has passed away at the age of 69. If ever a man could be considered an icon and a legend, it was him, and I don't think it's out of line to say that a true spirit died with him.

You gave us many thrills and excitement over the years, sir. You'll never be forgotten.