greenie_breizh: (soci grad: painfully aware)
So I was going to go to bed but then LJ decided to be a douche (again).

LJ is considering making gender a mandatory field when signing up. Not only that, but they would be removing the "unspecified" option, too. The log about this is here, but you can read more about this here.

I won't go into why this is offensive, discriminatory, enraging, appalling, I think you all know why. So please - send a signal to LJ that this is not acceptable. Send them feedback, comment on that log post (do both, it doesn't hurt), and change your gender to "unspecified" in your profile.

Your feedback doesn't have to be long. [ profile] tempore's "I find being forced to choose a gender to be offensive and discriminatory. Please reconsider an open option." is short and to the point. But please GIVE LJ FEEDBACK. They need to know that people do not agree with this change, and the only way they will know that is if we let them know.

Thanks [ profile] achtung_meggie for bringing this to my attention.

EDIT: As many of you know, LJ has clearly backed down from this decision, and sent this to everyone who contacted them with their concerns:

Thank you for taking the time to contact us with your concerns. We understand that gender is not binary, and intend to respect that understanding for our users.

At this time, the code you reference is not live on the site, and will not become so in the future. We know that you, and many other users, have serious concerns about any requirement to specify gender, so we'd like to take a moment to explain events and our position further.

The intention of this code was to change the sign-up process to include a field for the selection of gender; that the code would completely disable the "Unspecified" option at the same time was deemed unacceptable. While the code in question had gone to our beta (testing) server, it had not gone to our production server, and will not do so due to this problem. Furthermore, we'd like to clarify that code posted to the changelog community is not always final, as such code must then go through the beta testing process and can often be changed before actual implementation.

Additionally, some erroneous information has been spread regarding the potential public display of the gender field. We would like to clarify that gender is not currently publicly displayed on the profile, nor anywhere else on the site, and there are no plans to change this behavior.

LiveJournal Community Care Team

That this suggestion got this far without anyone from LJ itself going, "um, WTF, NO" is the part that still pisses me off, but I'm glad they're not going there. And I'm glad we raised our concerns, because maybe they'll be a little more careful in the future, and maybe, just MAYBE they could think about doing some diversity training with their programmers.
greenie_breizh: (teh pretty)
I have reached saturation point on the GRE. Studying more is making me increasingly grumpy and I don't think I'm retaining any more at this point. I've been studying for this with some regularity for 2 months now; I don't know what I'll do tomorrow if I don't do well, because I desperately just want to put it all behind me.

For some reason yesterday I got the urge to change layout to something that would showcase photos I love a little more. So today I designed a banner and changed color scheme and everything. The result is here. I wonder if I'll change a couple of photos - I kinda wanted Jordana Brewster and Grace Park in there. But right now this mozaic of photos makes me very happy - it's got actors I like and friends, it's got smiles and quiet moments, it's got boys and girls with long and/or unkempt hair and it's got color and b&w and it's really close to what I had in mind so. I'm happy.

On a related note, Kate Winslet is such a beautiful woman.

Right. Going to transcribe or something for a bit.
greenie_breizh: (political)
Slight changes to my current LJ layout and I have a dilemma: I can't decide which bar I like best for the side.


Activism fits the general layout better and I really like the idea. But I really love Kisses. (In both cases, I'm thinking of adding images later.) So what do you guys think? Or even better, do you guys know of a css code that would allow the background image to change when you reload the page?
greenie_breizh: (political)
[adapted from a post by [ profile] lvs2read with permission]

So, I don't know how much everyone's been following the latest brouhaha here in LJ-land, but here's some links for those who might be interested:

First, LJ decides to eliminate Basic Accounts without telling current users so in the latest news post:

Then, someone discovers that LJ is filtering their 'popular interests' list:

Then, someone else calls for a one-day strike of LJ:

[ profile] ruric also posted a good analysis of why erasing Basic Accounts makes little sense, even with the (disdainful) arguments put forward by Anton Nosik (who works for SUP though I'm unclear under what title).

I've been, generally speaking, failing to get truly upset at LJ for the way they've been wanking us around (and I don't deny they have, I think they've been making awful and EXTREMELY problematic choices), though I can't really explain why. I've also been VERY uncomfortable with the automatic anti-Russian backlash there was when SUP's takeover was announced, which means I am STILL uncomfortable with any comment I see suggesting 'I told you' because the original statement was based in unjustified xenophobia and so to validate it like that is just plain problematic.

Anyway. The decision to take away Basic Accounts, however, is really bothering me. I hold three accounts at LJ and all three are paid accounts - though one of them I haven't paid myself in a while now (the other two is because I'm weak when it comes to icons and RPing) - but the basic accounts are really important to me. I want to have the possibility of free use of LJ, even if I don't use that opportunity. It's a matter of principle, absolutely, I want anyone who wants to blog on LJ to have that possibility and not have to be burdened by ads if they don't want to, and can't afford a paid account. I want my financial contribution to LJ to be my decision, not something I was forced into.

In terms of business, I think it says a lot about your ethics and the quality of your service when you offer viable free service (basic accounts might not have many add-ons and options but they work as well as any other accounts and you're not excluded from participating in anything), and your users choose to pay anyway. It's sign of a good, healthy business, and maybe more importantly - it's the right thing to do.

Re: the strike, you can expect not to hear anything from me on LJ on Friday GMT.

EDIT: Brad, the creator of LJ, posts about the decision to get rid of Basic Accounts, and makes a very good point about content and networking and community as the base of LJ's health.

"The paid users, while minimal, paid enough to keep the site running, and brought in enough revenue to keep growing the site, and paid our salaries. The free users, while not paying, were extremely valuable because they produced the content that the paying users were there to consume. You know, the whole network effect thing?"

Icon meme

Oct. 21st, 2007 09:31 pm
greenie_breizh: (snark)
I asked [ profile] queenspanky to tag me...

are we close to the end of dreams? )
greenie_breizh: (ecology)
I've been working on my new LJ layout and it happens to have the "Links list" option which I decided to take advantage of. The idea is these links are resources on the two main topics I'm interested in: LGBT issues (and by extension, gender studies/feminism) and ecology. I'm also adding links to news websites that I think can be considered as references when you're trying to keep up with what's happening in the world.

As an afterthought, I added links to books that I think are essential if you want to be informed on these questions.

If you can think of any website/books that really should appear in one of the lists, can you let me know? It's not supposed to be a comprehensive list - just a few pointers, but I obviously don't know all the references on these topics, so the links I chose aren't necessarily the best.

Thanks to a friend, I just found a link to a documentary that had caught my attention during the European exchange in Jerez. "It's elementary" explores the possibilities and actions of teachers who have chosent to acknowledge gays, lesbians and bisexuals in class (specifically in the elementary school setting). It's really good, and a perfect document to study for my research paper next year.

While surfing on that website, I realized there are many videos that would probably be very interesting (as a rule, but also in particular for my research), including "Let's get real", "Straightlaced" and "That's a family". The problem? They're so expensive. I think I'm still going to try and get copies of at least a couple of those once I'm in Canada.
greenie_breizh: (colortouch)
I've decided to create a journal for my photography.

From now on, I'll post all my photos at [ profile] holdlifestill, even though I'll always mention it here when I do.

Can I be shallow and just say how much I love all the pretty icons I get to use over there?
greenie_breizh: (sean)

Download the zip file.

Zip file contains 132 mood images, all in jpeg form and 140x75px. If you're not sure how to put this mood theme on your LJ (for all account types), you can find instructions here.

Credits :
Pictures used are from all over the place, but a number of them are photographs taken by [ profile] abby_i, [ profile] naughtyelf and myself.

- Please comment if you take.
- Please credit.
- Yay Sean!

See the whole mood theme over there. I'm not totally happy with all the pictures (especially anything angry/annoyed) but that's really the best I could find, so if you have pictures that would fit much much better, I would love it if you could let me know!
greenie_breizh: (brainless)
Just wanted to make that clear. Among my icons, a number of them weren't made by me. For practical reasons, credit's given when credit's due on my profile rather than next to the icons themselves. Problem is, I have no clue who to credit for some icons.

So if you know who made any of the following icons, would you please let me know so I can credit them?

greenie_breizh: (random1)
Gus Vant Sant, about his movie Elephant and school shootings:

"I think that the kids will probably be the best audience [fore Elephant]. I think they recognize the "answers" as scapegoats and red herrings. They know that the answer is way more unpredictable than having a specific answer. These are the signs to look for – if you do so – it will be safe. If you look for these signs – than you can fix it before it happens. The teens in this country are smarter than that, they know that it is less curable. It requires more thinking than that in order to come up with a resolve."

"It's not that I don't want you involved in the characters, but I wantyou involved by watching them, an observation, the way documentarianFrederick Wiseman sits back and lets things occur. We could haveinvented a more traditional psychological narrative. I have my ideaswhy Columbine happened, but that's not this film. I wanted a poeticimpression rather than dictating an answer. I wanted to include theaudience's thoughts."

"We didn't want to explain anything. As soon as you explain one thing,there are five other possibilities that are somehow negated because you explained it in one way. There was also the issue of finding an explanation for something that doesn't necessarily have an explanation."

As you may have guessed, I watched Elephant again today. It was less intense than expected, but still an amazing movie. The direction in particular is just stellar - it feels like each shot is its own photograph, constructed carefully. Artistically I'm really amazed by the movie. As for the story itself - I still find it's one of the best (and most truthful) portrayal of school life ever filmed. The whole of it just feels so fluid and real. Anyway, I made a lot of captures and writing is not the good outlet, I made icons. I ended up changing my whole set of icons, and my whole layout, and I'm pretty happy with it - I love that quote, it says it all.

On that note, I need to finish The Moonstone tonight. I've also found the episodes of Transgeneration. It's really bewildering that everything about trans would come my way now.
greenie_breizh: (clothesless)
I've just changed my LJ layout!! Those pictures of Sean were just too good not to be used. I might do Jordana next. :-p

The layout picture was done by my amazing [ profile] fan_elune and I love it! I had fun playing around with the text, personally :) Also, I've started uploading my mood theme on Photobucket so I might be able to go back to an actual mood theme pretty soon. Which would be cool. Not much to say about today, and mostly I'm exhausted.
greenie_breizh: (horse)
I'm back in Rennes, where I can enjoy super-fast connection. Hmmm, goodness. It's funny how you get used to the best so easily, when really the connection I have in Paris is great compared to a slow one.

Anyway, gakked from [ profile] miss_kao :
Without You I'm Nothing
"Without You I'm Nothing"

What's Your Inner Placebo Song?
brought to you by Quizilla

Also, I was in an icon mood yesterday, so I did a bunch of them. I'll choose a couple of them once the elections have come and gone in the US... On to icon frenzy )
greenie_breizh: (random2)
Have been playing with icons. Created only two, really, and only one I'll use for now, but hey, it's a start. Because elections are coming very soon, I felt like I kinda had to promote it a little bit, so here ya go. Kerry and Edwards are definitely not my favorite of all times, but hey, gotta go for the lesser of two weevils evils. Plus, I find the hair icon funny. *hehe* (Btw, those icons were made by [ profile] shipperchick. Yay!)

As for the Bette icon - what can I say? This woman is so beautiful with that sorrowful look. I *had* to use that picture. Sums up pretty well how I'm feeling from time to time these days, and yeah, did I say beautiful? *sigh*

So yeah, I'll be back to less politically-charged icons when November 2 has come and gone.

I should go and work a little bit now.


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