About 19 hours ago, I tweeted about transfinite's appalling treatment from deviantART. Since then, that tweet has had 184 retweets.
If you haven't seen that post yet, please do so. Basically, a few months ago deviantART removed the option for "Unspecified" from its "Sex" dropdown on the profile, in a move reminiscent of what LJ wanted to do (but in the end, didn't). Unlike LJ, however, dA aren't backpedalling on this one.
I won't reproduce the full post here, but I wanted to highlight the part that really made me angry. dA responded to a support request that transfinite opened about this issue with "My apologies but there are only two sexes; male and female so one should apply to you. In the unusual case that you are hermaphrodite then I would suggest that you select the one which you feel applies the best."
I've never been a deviantART member myself, but this only ensures I never will be one.
In case there's anybody out there who hasn't actually played it, Portal is free until May 24th. And there's also a version for the Mac.
If you haven't played it, go play it. You'll enjoy it. :)
LONDON, England--Terror hit the streets of London today as reports of an untamed Sophie came in from all angles. Photographic evidence, as taken by a news reporter, appears to clearly show the Sophie in a lilac cardigan and a green, yellow and dark blue skirt. [[You should mention that the numbers in that article are wrong, and that it was more like 35 people than 7. Maybe link to this article instead? --Ed]]
Attempts were made to communicate with the Sophie by various people, including some wearing police hats. As of right now, the death toll is zero, but she was spotted walking alongside two people after the event, and their whereabouts are currently unknown.
This is a public service announcement.
Hi, all. Yep, I'm still here.
Those of you who don't read my LJ because I'm on DW now will have missed this post from the 24th, which I posted to LJ only because DW wasn't letting me get to the Update page. (I think it was being subjected to a DDoS attack at the time.)
Fairly obviously, I really wasn't feeling good when I wrote that post. (For those who can't see it, I can add you to my LJ friends list if you want - otherwise, it was basically a whole lot of swearing, which as a rule I just Don't Do. That's how bad it was.)
I'm feeling somewhat better now, thank goodness. I might explain it later, but for now I just wanted to let you all know I'm here and safe, and apologise for worrying you guys.
Lately I've been looking at news articles from 9-10 years ago predicting what life would be like in 2010. There are some very interesting things, particularly as 10 years ago, neither 9/11 nor the Bush administration had happened yet. (Note: I'm not comparing one to the other; however, my point was that they were both significant events in the history of the world.)
Firstly, an article from December 2000 about the US national debt:
President Clinton announced new budget surplus numbers yesterday, saying the nation could be debt-free by 2010 - if the next President properly husbands the money.
The next President, of course, being George W. Bush. I think one look at the top graph on this image
shows all that needs to be said on that matter. For those who can't see the image, it shows a steady rise in US debt since just after 1980, then starting to go down from 1996-2000, before making a sudden reversal at 2001 and showing that now the US has the highest debt it's ever had.
Another interesting article was a study made in 2001 by the European Commission
about the methods people use to connect to the Internet. It tried to predict how common the various connection methods would be leading up to 2010. I made a poll in LiveJournal's polloftheday community
to see how it fared; so far, it seems that pure fibre and and fibre hybrid methods are getting virtually no use at all, unlike the prediction. That said, only 62 people have responded to the poll so far, so more is needed before much can be said.
And according to TIME in an article from April 2001
...the Space Transportation Association advises that the first tourist flights will leave the atmosphere in five years, holidaymakers will be in orbit by 2010, staying in space hotels by 2020 and sending kids to moon holiday camps by 2060.
Of course, we just got done killing the project to go back to the moon - not that that would have been for vacationing anyway. We have a long way to go before this is a reality.
And on March 29th, 2001, WashingtonPost.com's Live Online
had a live discussion with two guests on the future of Internet telephony
, including this gem:
Leslie Walker: What is going to happen to the traditional circuit-based telephone networks? In your view, how will they merge/coexist with the emerging Internet networks?
Tom Evslin: Witin ten years, we believe it will be gone. By 2010, the idea of a call that doesn't go over the Internet will be as starnge[sic] as the idea of an email not on the Internet would be today. Vocie[sic] over the Internet will replace the legacy PSTN both because of lower cost and much better functionality.
VoIP is definitely a lot more popular nowadays, but it certainly hasn't replaced PSTN - the system our regular phones are based on (also called POTS, for Plain Old Telephone System :D).
In case you're interested in more articles like these, check out this Google News Archive search
. It uses Google to search news articles for the words "by 2010", and restricts it to 2000-2001, and to free-to-view articles only. The results are interesting!
If you find anything interesting, please comment with your findings - I'd love to hear your take on things.
Hey, does anyone in the UK have any experience of graze.com? It sounds like a really good idea for me right now - I'm not eating terribly well, and when you combine that with depression, it isn't terribly fun to try to eat well. Having at least *some* fruit intake, catered to my tastes and split into small sections with home delivery sounds perfect. I'd probably only do one a week if I did it as it could get expensive otherwise.
But have any of you heard of it, or use it?
Also, while I have a code that allows me to get the first box free and the second half price, I understand that these codes work on a referral basis and the referrer gets a kickback from one being used, so do any of you guys have codes I can use to give you the kickback if I sign up? <3
[this is a public post on LJ]
I've just read of data loss *possibly* caused by a recent Windows update, and has so far been experienced by varying people on Windows XP, Vista and 7. Please read the article about it at Vitalsecurity.org, and this follow-up post.
If you have any information about it, or it's happened to you, please post about it on there; the more information that can be gained about it, the better.
[edit: I just made a comment on the first post with a transcript of the graphic they link to at the ending paragraph. It needs to go through moderation, but should appear soon. It just annoys me so much that a potential solution is linked to as a graphic. Come ON, people, accessibility isn't that hard. Heck, it was probably harder to screenshot than it would have been just to copy and paste...
Here's the transcript of the graphic, in case it doesn't make it through:
In my case Windows 7 did not delete the files, but for some reason moved them into a hidden system folder.
Enable hidden files and folder and then go to your D: drive (or whatever drive you originally stored the files on before the update) and look for a folder called $INPLACE.~TR . This is a hidden file that on my machine contained all of the files from this drive. I too thought all of my stuff was gone, but inside this folder you will find the structure like so: $INPLACE.~TR-> Machine-> DATA-> Your Files .
Hope this helps.
Apparently, eBay, who owns the Skype VoIP network, may have to shut down Skype. This has some rather interesting implications, since, well, Skype is huge.
I finally updated my Facebook account to reflect reality. :)
Also, 27 days!