• Cranberries are the canary in the mine for global warming.
  • If the RDF Triple is a fairy tale, is reification the wicked witch? Possible beginning to new series on RDF.
  • Snow in the Puget Sound area. We missed the ice rain bullet, ourselves.
  • On The Golden Compass:

    Earlier this fall, many Catholics began to receive e-mail messages warning of the “agenda” behind a “new Children’s movie out in December called ‘The Golden Compass.’ ” The film, these e-mails claimed, was intended to serve as bait for the novel on which it is based, the first in a fantasy trilogy collectively titled “His Dark Materials.” Kids intrigued by the film, the e-mails went on, would be tempted to read the trilogy and might thereby fall into the ideological clutches of its author, Philip Pullman, who seeks nothing less than “to bash Christianity and promote atheism.”

    The messages had the breathless, marginally literate quality of rumors about spider eggs in bubble gum. Perhaps that’s why the controversy promptly earned itself a page at, that venerable Internet clearing house for urban legends. Snopes lists this particular rumor as “true,” presumably because the e-mails use a few genuine, if cherry-picked, quotations from Pullman’s writings and press interviews. But that doesn’t keep the whole thing from being fundamentally ridiculous.

  • This Tasmania writes on problems with invasive species and their destruction of native species on Tasmania’s Macquarie Island. An Alaskan island known as ‘rat island’ is facing the same problem, but with rats, not rabbits. However, efforts are underway to eradicate the rats though not everyone approves.
  • Color me astonished. Six Apart sells LiveJournal to the Russians. So much for “in the neighborhood”.
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6 Responses to Stuff

  1. James says:

    Huh, reading the story from when SUP licensed LiveJournal for Russia (where it hosts 45% of Russian blog posts and is actually synonymous for “blog” in Russian) SUP originally wanted to buy the entire site. Obviously after the fiasco of the past year, where they suspended rape survivor communities because they listed “rape” as an interest, while leaving Dominionist child abuse and pro-anorexia communities alone, have not clarified their policies despite being asked to for the past six months and so on it’s become clear that SixApart doesn’t really understand LiveJournal and it’s more trouble than it’s worth for them. So it gets sold to a Russian “oligarch” (read: Mafia) linked with the government, which will cause an uproar amongst the Russian opposition, as LJ is the largest forum still free from government control (unlike TV, radio and newspapers).

    The possible benefits are the new communities for policy discussion and the creation of the LiveJournal advisory board might correct this, and SUP will have the money to invest into the infrastructure so restrictions like the new 1000 tag limit (almost all the comments to that post say this will destroy communities) can be removed. I’ll believe it when I see it though.

  2. James says:

    The other reason it was clear SixApart didn’t like LiveJournal was they wrote Vox, which has all the same features as LiveJournal, but none of the bad reputation or problems associated with the LiveJournal brand.

    From Russia, No Love has a roundup of media stories, and a link to an excellent translation from newspeak of the announcement.

    Administrivia: moderated comments can’t be edited.

  3. Bud Gibson says:

    My perception is that 6A does not know tons about managing communities, so moving LJ off of their plate makes sense.

    James’ comments are enlightening as to other aspects.

  4. Doug Alder says:

    Pullman goes on record regarding the trilogy and religion

  5. Shelley says:

    I thought James’ comments were enlightening, myself, Bud. I would be hesitant about selling off a community space to an organization that has some of the bad rep SUP does.

    Doug, thanks for the link to the interview.

  6. Thanks for the link-love, Shelley!

    Reading your book with breakfast and your blog at work, you’re starting to feel like a family member — but without the shouting.