December 11th, 2003

caillebotte_man at his window

Faulty Improvement

OK, I just wrote an entry using the new rich text mode, and the buggery program seems to have eaten it. That's what happens when they add code without properly testing it first.

I'm unimpressed by the feature anyway. I've gotten used to putting in the HTML tags, and find the constant clicking on buttons to do the same thing tedious. (Good heavens! Could it be that I'm turning into a geek?) The kiddies are going to love that instant color feature, though. They will be able to use it to make their journals even more visually chaotic and unreadable.

The only feature I would like to see added is something that would allow me to make indentations, so that I could properly format poetry. Anything else is probably going to be more trouble than it's worth.

Bits of mushy snow have been mixed into the rain tonight, though it has stuck only in a thin layer on the rooftops and plants. It melts quickly from the pavement. There is probably black ice on the roads, though. It might snow more, since the coldest hours here usually come around dawn. For a little while the moon was unveiled by a thin spot in the clouds, but it has gone again. I don't know if I'll wake to a white world, or merely a wet one. I'm not expecting sunshine, in any case. And I'll definitely be using all my blankets. Brrrr!
caillebotte_the balcony

So Long, Invite Codes!

I've had trouble getting connected today. I think my phone box may have gotten too damp in the recent rains. That always makes it harder to get an Internet connection, and to keep it. Time to replace the rain hat, I guess.

Once I got here, I got hung up reading Brad's follow up post to yesterday's big announcement about the changes at the site. For those not following the drama, the new post declares that invite codes are to be abolished altogether, rather than being retained in the sort of undead state as originally proposed. This will restore the status that existed before the invite codes were introduced as a temporary measure, ages ago (it seems.) I'm pleased, though many people aren't. Poor Brad has created a hydra-headed monster, and now, whatever decisions he makes, some of those heads are going to snap at him.

But I think the abolition of the codes is the right decision, greatly sweetened by Brad's promise to allow those of us who still have some unused invite codes to exchange them for some amount of paid time (the exact amount to be determined later) for either ourselves or someone to whom we wish to give it as a gift. I wasn't expecting to get anything for those unused codes, so that's a pleasant surprise. But those people who want LJ to be like one of those gated suburban developments from which the riff-raff are excluded are quite annoyed. Not only will people of whom they disapprove now be able to generate new journals as easily as I did this one, back in the days before the invite codes, but many of the lower class folk who have found their way into the site, despite the restrictions, might now become actual paid members for a while as a result of gifts given to them by paid users with accumulated invite codes. Horrors! The Decent Folk won't be able to tell those who are Truly Worthy from those who are mere Charity Cases! Much gnashing of teeth will undoubtedly ensue.

Ah, well. Though all this may warm the cockles of my heart, does nothing for the weather, which continues cold and damp, though the rain has ceased for the time being. The lawn, raked clean but two days ago, is once again a mass of yellow mulberry leaves. Never mind. They are almost gone. One or two more windy nights ought to denude the branches altogether. Certainly it will happen in time to expose more sky for the meteor shower which is supposed to happen in the early hours of the fourth of January. I hope that at least that one night will be clear, and warm enough that I can stand outdoors for a while without my nose and ears going numb.