the MySpace of photo sharing Flickr has finally added video capability, and predictably, it’s pissing off Flickr devotees. They’re signing petitions and creating protest photo galleries and everything. Ahhh, it’s always fun to see the Flickr “community” get stirred up like someone kicked their anthill. They’re so earnest about it: “This is the end of Flickr! Video will DESTROY the pristine environment we have created! We don’t want this in our community! We want things to stay the same and never change, ever! And get off our lawn!”
Jesus Kee-rist, people…it’s really nothing to freak out about, it’s just a new feature for your “community.” Are they raising rates? Putting more limits on bandwidth or storage? No? Then chill out! The videos are even limited to 90 seconds, so it’s not like they’re making a YouTube clone or something. Sheesh. SmugMug (which I prefer by leaps and bounds) has had video capability for quite some time, with a 10-minute limit, though they don’t shove the feature in your face the way Flickr is doing at the moment. Consider it an enhancement, not the end of the world. Ya drama queens!
Some online conservatives are claiming that they’ve been banned from YouTube because of their religious and political beliefs. Uh-huh. Assuming they’ve really been banned, I seriously doubt it’s because of their views, because that’s not how YouTube works. Most likely it’s because they left abusive/hateful comments on videos they didn’t like, especially those popular ones featuring atheists, gays, or anti-war folks. Maybe they uploaded videos that preached hatred or intolerance, which is probably against YouTube’s TOS. Or perhaps they even uploaded copyrighted content and got kicked off by the assholes at Viacom, along with 100,000 other folks. These are the offenses that get you kicked from YouTube, not your personal beliefs — as long as you’re civil with them.
So now they’re scurrying away with their tails between their legs, creating a new conservative video site where they can control the content and not worry about dissenting or alternate viewpoints. What a buncha whining pussies! I’ll bet this new site is a droll, humorless place teeming with righteous patriotism and undercurrents of disgust for anyone not white, hetero, and Christian. You know, like a GOP convention. It might even be more pathetic than fellow controlled-content site GodTube, but that’s a pretty tall order!
Antknee sent me this today:
So I have been receiving all kinds of junk mail as a homeowner, but this by far tops it off… Spot Security, a firm in Portland, OR, has been sending me repeated postcards and letters every other day for three weeks. I finally had enough a few weeks back and asked them to take me off their mailing list. I received a “Thank You” card in the mail with the following text:
“We hope you understand our mission: We care about people, we care about making a difference, we care about preventing the preventable, and we can only do that by challenging you to think and be honest with yourself about what is happening all around you and your family each and every day. If we didn’t try as hard as we do, “Knowing what we know”, then we really are just as guilty as the person committing the act because we had the knowledge and a solution but stood by and did nothing about it. We choose to ACT.
“If you have not or are not going to take advantage of this program, then we obviously have not done an effective job at communicating the need. Please accept an apology on behalf of our entire company if something does occur. We are bound by trying to get people to open their eyes but can’t push the scary statistics without offending many. Maybe it is what we need to do in order for you and others to do what it is best.”
Jesus, talk about scare tactics! And sour grapes, too. Translation: “BooOooOOooo, evil lurks everywhere! But our relentless junk mail spreads hope and safety! WE are the security experts, so we are your ONLY DEFENSE! And yet you deny us like a bastard. You are obviously too stupid to get our message, so if you get robbed and stabbed to death, we’re very sorry!” What a crock. A new home should have some sort of alarm system, but these people are obviously too desperate, and snotty besides. Good riddance.
Oh boy, here we go again: another mindless, babbling twat whose sole goal in his meaningless little life is to somehow “destroy the iPod cult.” His childish scribblings about iPods and conspiracies and brainwashing reveals a mind slowly losing its grip on reality. He accuses the iPod of creating a society of people who don’t communicate because they’re too absorbed in their own little musical worlds, yet he admits to toting around a Sony portable CD player. Gee, no holes in that argument. He even goes so far as to suggest that the iPod is related to the Number of the Beast! Hah! Oh, that’s rich. Judging from his writing style, if you can call it that, I’d say he’s in his late teens or early 20’s and is still living with his parents. But that’s just a wild guess.
A true low point of his site is where he goes to great lengths to ridicule a photographer who told him to remove a copyrighted photo from his site, rather than do the honorable thing and take it down. He admitted to stealing the photo, but didn’t have the balls to remove it from view. Jesus, this guy needs to lose his virginity pronto.
A while back I posted an entry on annoying busfolk which described certain people I’ve encountered on Seattle’s buses. Well, lately I’ve noticed that a lot of people here in my office building have their own annoying elevator-riding habits, so I thought it would be fun to jot a few of them down. Most of the people doing this stuff aren’t one-time offenders, either…I’ve seen them repeatedly do these things, completely clueless. Yeah, I know that most of us don’t spend that much time in elevators each day, but whenever I’m in a genuine hurry, one of these twits makes an appearance!
- Ignore the fact that other people might be waiting to get off the elevator when the doors open. As soon as the elevator arrives at your floor, JUMP for those doors! And when you crash into people who are trying to get off, look annoyed and mumble an apology while they exit.
- If you’re only going up or down a single floor, never take the stairs. Even if your legs are in perfect working order and the stairway is only five feet away, just pretend it doesn’t exist. Always take the elevator, because burning calories is against human nature. Besides, other people enjoy stopping on every single goddamn floor on the way to their destination.
- When approaching an elevator whose doors are closing, don’t worry about calling another one. Why wait an extra 15 seconds? No, you must quickly slide your hand/leg/notebook/whatever through the rapidly-closing doors and force them to open alllllll the way back up again, making everyone else wait…just so you can travel up or down a single floor.
- When the doors open and you see that the elevator is already crowded with people, go ahead and attempt to enter anyway. Especially if each of your thighs is the size of a Shetland Pony.
- Press your floor’s button at least eight times, just in case it “didn’t go through.”
- Hold the doors open for any stragglers who may be running towards the elevator. Keep holding the doors open long after they’ve entered, looking up and down the hallway for more. In fact, you may want to call people in nearby buildings and ask if they’ll be using your elevator soon, so you can hold the door open for them as well.
- When you’re in a hurry, press the Close button when you see people headed your way. This ride is yours and yours alone, baby.
- Attempt to keep talking on your cellphone, even though the signal strength drops drastically once the doors close. Just keep shouting…nobody minds.
- Be sure to hit the wrong floor button at least once each day, no matter how long you’ve worked on your floor.
- Remain at the front of the elevator at all times, no matter how many people get on or how much you’re in the way. Moving to the back only makes things convenient for other people.
- Don’t pay attention to what floor you’re on. This way, when the elevator stops on your floor, everyone can just stand there looking at each other, motionless. Then, as the doors begin to close, snap to your senses and lunge for the doors, forcing them to open alllll the day back up again.
- Stand in the doorway and keep chatting with someone who is staying on the elevator. Ignore all other passengers as you continue your friendly chat, holding the doors open as they continuously attempt to close.
- When you reach your floor, wait until new people have come in before trying to make your exit. Then you can shout “This is my floor!” and awkwardly make your way out.
So David Horowitz gets hit with a pie and he’s calling it “a wave of violence on college campuses, committed by what I’d call fascists opposing conservatives.” Say what? Pie-throwing is now a fascist wave of violence? Jesus, what a fuckin’ crybaby! At least he didn’t get oily salad dressing like Pat Buchanan. Will someone please fetch Mr. Horowitz his bottle?