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Global speech laws: no blackberries

76534329@N00 ℈-"cafe"

It started about two years ago, that the first thing I do when I turn the computer on is go directly to my blog. Ever the optimist, I long to see notices of new adds, replies, whatever… and I can stay within the LAN of for hours without straying too far away with the variety of links like minded bloggers include in their entries. Today there was some bad news (as if I didn't see it coming) concerning the future of livejournal. I found it on theamazingjosh blog. Back when I decided to invest the time and the money on learning lj code (the ins & outs of components, Perl, css) I knew such a good thing couldn't last. I thought I could learn computer science while simultaneously keeping my spirits up with all the radical views of lj bloggers.

The moment I learned that a company in Russia had taken control of livejournal from sixapart, I knew. There goes my hard earned investment. What else is new?

They say, according to these two sources A) and B) that the cutbacks are attributed to the current global economic conditions. Well, if it is a result so critical as that, then it is to say that bloggers fear the repercussions of writing what's really on their minds. There are new laws, after all, that regulate how bloggers interact with their blogging peers.

I imagined for this blog that I would attract all these bookworms eager to know how they can beat the system for elongating the loan periods for their borrowed rentals. "How to beat the system" however, would put me in the executioners box. Sorry. And I have so much to reveal, but the cowardly nature in me prevents me from making inferences to the obvious. Excuse me for being chicken, but I like my job. So, all my conniving secrets will have to remain silent to the grave, and that is truly the reason livejournal is losing money. And it goes without saying, that all the other popular blogging services will soon feel the brunt of such effects of the global economic conditions as well.

Today I got in trouble by a patron. A patron is a person who comes in and browses the collection of items available for further observation. Once in a while, us employees are asked to enforce certain rule changes. One of the changes I've been getting a bad rap on is the idea that people cannot borrow their friend's or family's account. Today, however, somebody selects a stack of magazines to read and just before completing the transaction, asks if I could extend the length of time remaining on one of the books she is still reading at home. So, I ask what the title of it is. I mean, I'm not a mindreader. Unfortunately, the patron says she doesn't know and starts to storm out of the place with the attitude "thanks for nothing!" Even so, I notify her that leaving without a receipt (for the magazines) is not customary, so she grudgingly returns to the counter and begins flaming me with accusations and name calling. More on this when I review the William H. Macy flick Edmund


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