April 30th, 2004


Link Roundup

cellio posted this discussion of the anti-gay horror legislation recently passed in Virginia. I'm usually loathe to call people evil, but this pretty much qualifies -- the legislators behind this deserve to be shot. It's bad enough to deny the right of civil unions, but this goes far beyond that, in an apparently deliberate attempt to turn homosexuals into second-class citizens. Nasty stuff.

scatoday has a pointer to the old but amusing Dick and Jane Hamlet.

Having noticed the new feed for bettybowers, I went and checked out the website for Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian. This is an utterly vicious, nastily funny satire of the religious right, with articles like First Lady Laura Bush's Helpful Tips on Protecting the Sanctity of Your Marriage (subtitle: A Christian Lady's Guide to the Disgusting Marital Obligation of Biannual Fellatio). A bit over the top, but a delightful skewering of the usual rhetoric.

The latest twist on the 23 meme -- return to the LJ Census

Okay, this one produces an interesting result. From tpau:

1. find 23rd entry in journal
2. find 5th line
3. post here

My result is "...on LJ whom I've met in person: 13". In context, that's the number of people I know of on LiveJournal who I had met in person as of that point (Nov. 23, 2002).

This was from the LJ Census Meme that was running around at the time. Since many of my answers have changed dramatically in that time, it's interesting to see the difference. Here are my current answers, followed by the answers from 18 months ago in italics.

Number of people...

...on my LJ Friends list: 56, plus 16 communities and 32 RSS feeds; 88 on my Friends Of list. (14 (and a few more on my "friend of" list that I just noticed))
...on my LJ Friends Of list who I haven't yet figured out who they are: 6 (5)
...on LJ whom I've met in person: 67 (13)
...whom I've met in person more than once: 64 (13)
...whose house I've been to: 32 (5 (fewer than I would have guessed))
...who have been to my house: 21 (best guess) (5)
...whose full names I know offhand: 53 (13)
...whom I've followed/been in touch with for more than 3 years: 53 (9)
...whom I've followed/been in touch with for more than 5 years: 42 (8)
...whom I've followed/been in touch with for more than 10 years: 25 (5 (more or less; memory fails))
...whom I've followed/been in touch with for more than 15 years: 12 (2)
...whose journal I consider myself "addicted" to: same as before: (not going there. If I wasn't interested, I wouldn't have them on my friends list...)
...whom I've lived with: 2 (1)
...whom I've had sex with: 2 (1)

Note that I've limited most of these to people on my Friends and Friends Of lists. The real numbers are probably quite a bit higher now that so much of the SCA and LARP is on LJ, but I don't have any convenient way to figure them out.

Interesting changes. In particular, a lot of my older friends have come onto LJ over the past year, so the proportions have changed dramatically. It's fascinating watching it evolve from being simply the cool toy, into a very useful (indeed, increasingly integral) tool for the real-world communities I'm in...