January 8th, 2005

the only earth?

goodbye insomnia, hello alarm clock

It looks like that snow that people have been talking about is finally following through on its promise to wreak havoc on the city. At least it's making gestures of filling the air with wet snowflakes that might make the lives of tipsy post-bar drivers a little more challenging.

After an afternoon of working and a department happy hour at the Satellite Lounge (go ahead, argue with sweet potato hush puppies -- orbs of deliciousness) a few of us went downtown to watch Million Dollar Baby. I had convinced the group that the movie was likely to be an uplifting tale of beating the odds. When Hillary Swank was kicking ass less than halfway through, I realized that the story would probably turn out to be a little more complicated.

I liked it. Even though I was sitting behind a woman with a giant head and excellent posture or exceptional height. I can see why it's on a lot of critic's top # lists -- high quality all around. Maybe I'll try to get in the habit of writing more, but later.

In the apartment building across the street, people are at their window dancing. Whether it's regarding the precipitation, I'm not sure.
i am not a stuffed tiger.

catalog

danah boyd has an article on Salon about Six Apart buying LiveJournal.
It is the intimacy of friends, family and people-like-me that LiveJournal has fostered. When Six Apart bought LiveJournal, it did not simply purchase a tool -- it bought a culture. LJ challenges a lot of assumptions about blogging, and its users have different needs. [salon]

It's a nice companion [mainstream translation] to her weblog post about cultural differences between the two companies written while the sale was still internet rumor [apophenia]. For me, LiveJournal hasn't been about subculture participation. Unless it's the subculture of people who move to new cities and find themselves with a lot of free time two write about their day-to-day life. Or about people who want to hang out at a certain bar on a Monday night, for instance. Or people who write things on the internet in general, which despite 2004 as the YoTB, is still probably a minority phenomenon. Nevertheless, it has turned out to be a great and extremely compelling way to keep in touch.

My only "real" experience with LJ as subculture has been a throwaway mildly mock disapproving/apologetic comment after being introduced as a LJ person during an unexpected run-in with blogging "A-listers" at the WTC lightshow. And if anything, this was about LJ as a weblogging subculture rather than a societal one. Still, I'm grateful that someone is posting thoughtful commentary about the importance of LiveJournal as something more than a teen angst device. I'm also sort of jealous that she's able to make a career out of this kind of fascinating research.