bkdelong: (love)
I did this last year and I'll do it again. This year I'm doing more preemptive reciprocity and giving friends and those dear to me their own Valentinr notes where I see them.

So however you feel, even if it's just an elementary school Batman & Robin "I'm glad you're my partner in crimefighting", (yes, yes...oh the double-entendres), feel free to pass one my way and I will do the same if I see it.

Egotistical? Attention-seeking? Perhaps. But in soliciting I also find out if you have one as well and I like giving back more than I receive.

So an early Happy Valentine's Day to you:

My Valentinr - bkdelong
Get your own valentinr
bkdelong: (Default)
As seen on the LJs of several acquaintances:

[livejournal.com profile] regyt asks: "Why the world doesn't have a meme where everyone leaves screened comments with what they want to say to to the poster but haven't yet for whatever reason -- and I say, indeed, why not? So! Tell me anything you want me to know - about me, about you, about your mom, whatever you like."

I'm allowing anonymous comments and everything is screened. Tell me something you want to tell me, anonymously or not. If you say you want me to unscreen, I will, provided it's in my comfort-zone.

(With the screening turned on, I can't reply without unscreening said message so may replay Out of Band via email, FB or something else.)
bkdelong: (bearhug)
I rarely do memes (if anything, this is a mememe) but the thought of getting Valentines brought me back to grade school, the taste of chalky Necco hearts, the sting of papercuts from getting all those Thundercats or Superfriends or Transformers cards in tiny, near-translucent envelopes for everyone in class, and the cute machinations of the romantic, cootie-phobic Elementarians such that they were.

So imagine (if you will) that this is my shoe-box with a hole cut crudely in the top and some fancy (by which I mean scrawly and chicken scratchesque) Crayola marker scribblings in which to put a Valentine.

And to you, I wish the same!

My Valentinr - bkdelong
Get your own valentinr
bkdelong: (Default)
If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

ETA: I have to call out [livejournal.com profile] lediva on this. There are so many of you who help keep me sane and I love so much but I would not know anyone in Davis Square if it weren't for her. It goes like this:

[livejournal.com profile] lediva[livejournal.com profile] secondshift[livejournal.com profile] bscf[livejournal.com profile] pmrp[livejournal.com profile] theatreatfirst[livejournal.com profile] arisia

This goes back to me harping on managing one's PROFESSIONAL network. Clearly ones social network can be just important to some people as well in who they meet.
bkdelong: (Default)
Deja vu all over again.

Please forgive the spelling/grammar etc as I'm doing this on the phone but if I wait to get these words out it will take too long.

The gist.

Facebook's Terms of Service now say something to the effect of as of Feb 4th if you close your account, we reserve the right to keep and use any content left on it forever.

It used to say we can use anything io until an expiration date.. This is the big change. I need to check this more thoroughly when I get home and will add in links.

I see a lot of posts similar to the fear of the Russian takeover of LJ. People leaving and deleting their accounts and planning to.

My point is this:

We as Facebook users made it what it is. We created and built the networks by inviting our friends, family and collegues. We built the content by posting notes, items, photos, videos and to walls. We populated the various apps and games with tons of information and, in many cases, built tons of apps using Facebook's proprietary. Platform.
We connected Facebook to our Livejournals, Flickr, Gmail, picasa, Mobile phones, Pandora, Last.FM, Twitter, LinkedIn and hundreds of other Web 2.0 accounts using apps. What about that data ?

For all intents and purposes, we made Facebook what it is. Can it no longer sustain itself in this economy on the ad model? Then say so. Do they need to charge a fee or find some means of funding usage? Then say so. Don't claim to own my intellectual property and memories due to a TOSs just because you want to lock me in for fear of gods know what.

To the people leaving, I understand. But I do suggest before you do, please take the time to write a well-thought out note to Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg and anyone else there telling them your reasons in great detail and, if comfortable, Post it in public for all to read. Include the phrase "Facebook doesn't own my Digital Lifestream" perhaps as a means of finding these posts.

But I also encourage you to stay. Spend the next few days educating your friends with intelligent articles and commentary on what Facebook is doing and why it is wrong. Encourage them to posy and diseminate this meme of information on why owning your digital lifestream (or whatever you want to call it) for the purposes of resale and reuse to anyone and everyone is wrong. Then encourage them to read the TOS themself and submit feedback to Facebook via the feedback link.

Since we built this several million strong network of contacts, we can also communicate to this Global Frequency and hope they too will demand recognition for what we created. We ackowledge the Facebook platform and architecture has presently won the social network war but that does not mean they own the civilian casualties and spoils.
If in the end change does not happen, Facebook does not change the TOS, join and show a firm, active and quick commitment to the Open Web Initiative, or show some other acknowledgement of their members' contribution only then, perhaps, would I suggest everyone backup what they can and leave to whatever enclaves they can find.

Facebook took no such pledge of "Do No Evil" and this never set any expectations of such.
One would hope they'd have a desire to set an example.

As you're spreading the word, keep in mind Facebook has a great many famous and powerful figures in acting, music, business, technology, and politics.

One point that occurred to me is that I wonder with President Obama utilizing YouTube to communicate to his employees and so heavily utilizing Facebook for his campaign, how he would feel about a company stating that they own any and all content of his citizens and constituents lives for reuse and resale at well whether they pot out through deletion or not.

What I fear is everything privacy locked. Does that mean Facebook owns all that as well?

I wonder what all those celebrities who brought their social network to Facebook think about that.

Spread the word and educate.
bkdelong: (Default)
I've had such a rollercoaster week. I'll post soon about my awesome time last night and tomorrow about this evening with my dear sweet one. But everyone loves to have the little shoe box for little cards from friends and their anonymous admirers.

My Valentinr - bkdelong
Get your own valentinr

Won't You Be Mine?
bkdelong: (Default)

  1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.

  2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.

  3. Include these instructions, and share the love.

A pensive little boy contemplates the sights of an Amesbury Apple Orchard in mid-Autumn

bkdelong: (doctorwho-glasses)
"Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you believe in marriage between any people who wish to marry, be it a man and woman, man and man, woman and woman whatever; and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow."

That is, until the government does the right thing and moves wholesale to Civil Unions and leaves "marriage" to religious institutions or individuals. ;)
bkdelong: (drwho laidback)
When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

(Grrrr. Can't choose! I quote the whole darn movie in my everyday speech.)

"Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. "


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