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I iz back from Chicago

Actually, I iz back from Chicago two days ago, and playing merry hell at work trying to catch up.

Fun things in Chicago. dayo, sailing on a tall ship, Ferris wheels, kinky sex, three floors of dealers at IML(!), more kinky sex, and I missed all the drama drama of LiveJournal's abuse team melting down.

More, including pictures and kinky sex, later. First, just a few quick notes:

1. Fair warning to anyone contemplating letting me near them with an implement of destruction in my hands: I am fucking surgical with a crop or a dragon's tail. If I keep hitting the same spot again and again, it's not an accident; it's because I'm a great big meanie. dayo seems to think this is a feature, not a bug.

2. The LJ abuse debacle thing? It's not a violation of your rights, or the rights of anyone else. Freedom of speech is irrelevant here. Six Apart is free to make any rules they want; their servers, their game. If they want to ban any journal that mentions wombats, nobody's rights are being violated. You're still free to talk about wombats somewhere else.

Yes, it's ridiculous. Yes, LiveJournal and Six Apart got played by a white supremacist Christian Dominion group, which I will not mention by name (a) because they've had enough publicity--which was, after all, their goal--already and (b) because it appears their Web site is infected with a drive-by-downloading virus. (If you know what site I'm talking about and you've visited it using Internet Explorer for Windows, might want to check your system.) Yes, said Christian Dominionists gamed Six Apart but good, and it's Six Apart who ended up with egg on face. No, it's not the end of the world--just the natural and predictable result of living in a litigious and Puritanical society.

3. Red leather drop collar: $25.
Pyrex dildo: $180
Dragon's tail: $15
Making your partner squirm and scream "Yes! Yes!" when you grab her by the hair and whisper "Are you a slut?" Priceless.

4. Ferris wheels are cool.

5. Funnel cake is good. Funnel cake with strawberry topping is an orgy for the mouth. It's like a choir of angels singing with the voice of Heaven, only on a plate. All right-thinking people know this.

6. Airport security? A joke, but nobody's laughing.


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Jun. 1st, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
y'know, I read a few rants about what happened, but I refrained from mentioning that whole "their servers, their rules" bit. Yeah, sucks, but people can always put up their own servers and say whatever the hell they want on them.

And funnel cake with strawberry topping is the BEST (dare I say, only?) way to have funnel cake!

As for airport security ... I got an M-16 replica from Florida to California this weekend. Not even an inspection tag on the bag.
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a great time. And like joreth I completely agree on the funnel cake! I could concievably kill for funnel cake right now.....
Jun. 1st, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Yeah it's not about free speech, but it's definitely about customer service and perhaps that's better. Sure you have no real rights, but then the turnaround on this issue is mere days. Turnaround on a free speech issue is several years and whether it goes your way or not depends on which old men happen to be in charge of the courts at the time.

The nice thing about the Internets and things like this is it's a pretty level and competitive field. One site screws people over and another one fills it's place. The circle of life and all that.

Oh and nice meeting you finally! :)
Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's definitely one of the nice things about the Intarweb; companies that alienate their employees get near-instantaneous feedback.

And welcome aboard! :)
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:19 am (UTC)
Hey, not sure I agree with you entirely on #2. For paid journal accounts, SixApart is really required to have a good reason for cancelling (or at least is required to refund costs).

Jun. 1st, 2007 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have to back up merovingian on this one. If I pay for a service and have it revoked without recompense when I am not violating the terms of said service. I think I have a right to get all cranky. On the other hand if you have a free account you are a guest in the house of LJ and if you get asked to leave you have little right to grouse.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 12:12 am (UTC)
On the other hand if you have a free account you are a guest in the house of LJ and if you get asked to leave you have little right to grouse.

Once upon a time, I would have agreed with that more than I do now. Once upon a time free accounts were free. Now they are actually vehicles for selling advertisements. If you alienate all your free users and they leave, then your advertisers have no reason to continue spending money on you.

Free users have no right to sue, but they certainly have a right to complain. If you use a service and the service provider treats you very badly, then you have the right to let other people know, so that they can make an informed decision on whether to continue using that service provider. If 6A wants to continue pulling in ad revenues, then they also have an obligation to keep their users--including free users--happy.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't believe they are. Section VII, Sentence 2; Section XI in its entirety; and Section XIV, Paragraph 5, pretty much seem to explicitly give Six Apart the right to remove any content for any reason or for no reason at all without refund.
Jun. 1st, 2007 06:55 am (UTC)
A. There was an LJ thing? *looks up from book* ..wha-?

B. You were in Chicago?!? *sighs and crawls back under a rock*
Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Aww...if you come out from under the rock, I'll give you candy!
Jun. 1st, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
Funnel cake! *drools*
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
2. A bunch of us were ready to jump elsewhere if LJ continued its screwup. The free market really does work for these things sometimes.
5. I try to avoid funnel cakes, but probably would lose my resistance roll against strawberry topping.
6. And I get to accompany jcbemis through airport security next week with a set of crutches and possibly (we haven't decided yet) her own wheelchair. Oh joy! :(
Jun. 1st, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
Heathens, Heathens I say!! Funnel Cakes are best enjoyed in their pure simplicity, sans topping.. if topping must be consumed, chocolate or cherries are *clearly* the optimal choices. Strawberry topping = foul sludge dredged from the depths of the Smuckers recycle barrel.

What...you don't agree?:)

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Jun. 1st, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
YES! Just powdered sugar. I'm not a super fan of putting anything on top, but either of the above would be acceptable. I mean, if you're going to put something on top, then how in the heck can you rip off and gnaw pieces of funnelly goodness?
Jun. 2nd, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
Word, sister. Plain is bestest. Chocolate is acceptable, any fruit is there to destroy the simple goodness and perfection of funnel cakes.
Jun. 1st, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I had to add you! I've seen you here and there, in mutual friends' journals.

Jun. 2nd, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
Howdy, and welcome aboard!
Jun. 2nd, 2007 12:55 am (UTC)
Oh my fuckin rod.. #3 is Beautifull!!
It had me laughing so hard that the other people in the coffee shop were lewkin at me strange.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
Y'know, just as an aside, I'm not entirely convinced my journal is coffee-shop-safe... :)
Jun. 2nd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Funnel cake does = love, but why oh why do they always serve it during events that are out in the hot hot sun? Being sweaty does not make me want to consume warm, fried dough, even if it is covered in powered sugar and drizzles of chocolate sauce. . .mmmmm *drools*
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