December 13th, 2000


Don't suffer fools lightly...

All of my work with abuse issues on LJ has led to an interesting conclusion...

I believe in the 4th Amendment and in freedom of speech more than most anyone I know, but when it comes to running online communities, I believe that people who say really stupid, offensive, Jerry Springeresque things should be firmly dealt with so that they don't drag the quality of the public discourse down to AOL levels...

William S. Burroughs
said it best:
" A fool is bad news, and it rubs off -- don't let it rub off on you."

With Burroughs in mind, here are a few words of advice for young people.

"I am sometimes asked if I have any words of advice for young people.
Well, here are a few simple admonitions for young and old, man and beast.

Never interfere in a boy and girl fight.

Beware of whores who say they don't want money. The hell they don't.
What they mean is that they want *more* money; much more.
These are the most expensive whores what can be got.


If you're doing business with a religious son of a bitch, get it in writing;
his word isn't worth shit, not with the good lord telling him how to fuck
you on the deal.

If, after having been exposed to someone's presence, you feel as if
you've lost a quart of plasma, avoid that presence. You need it like you
need pernicious anemia.

We don't like to hear the word "vampire" around here; we're trying to
improve our public image. Building a kindly, avuncular, benevolent
image; "interdependence" is the keyword -- "enlightened interdependence".

Life in all its rich variety, take a little, leave a little. However, by the
inexorable logistics of the vampiric process they always take more than
they leave -- and why, indeed, should they take any?

Avoid fuck-ups. Fools, I call them. You all know the type -- no matter
how good it sounds, everything they have anything to do with turns into
a disaster. Trouble for themselves and everyone connected with them.
A fool is bad news, and it rubs off -- don't let it rub off on you.

Do not proffer sympathy to the mentally ill; it is a bottomless pit. Tell
them firmly, "I am not paid to listen to this drivel -- you are a terminal
fool!" Otherwise, they make you as crazy as they are.

Above all, avoid confirmed criminals. They are a special malignant
strain of fool."

- William S. Burroughs

Communities are here!

Brad is kicking some serious boo-tay! He was obviously too bored to deal with his finals...
so he did this!

See the change? It's called a community. Infact, lj_biz is now a community! The community idea is based on a prototype that I made before...

my original idea...

... and it will soon have the functionality necessary to allow all of you to create your
own online communities!

Think about it... communities that are non-commercial... where you control the look and feel... where you control all the html... and where you can add interesting features like chat and webcam images and calendars and scheduling tools and whiteboards and games and polls and ... well, whatever else you want to link to/embed in your community page! You literally could run a business (or a non-profit... or an organization... or an open-source programming project...etc.) with a LJ community. I would much rather organize people towards a common goal using LiveJournal than trying to do it using a site like e-groups. How can you build an online community without the community, after all?

LJ will, of course, develop enhanced community-oriented features for these communities (and for journals) in the future, which should give all of you a chance to collaborate with ease... want to organize local events? Coffees? Dinner and a movie?! Maybe a trip to Disneyland or a New Year's Party? All you'd need is to make a community for the area where you live... and support for that is coming too!

All this makes me happy... but it will positively elate me in the future when people really start to push the limits. This is literally the biggest thing that I think LJ can do... to take this great online community we all contribute to and to start making real, offline differences in our lives.

Kick me HARD if I watch any more news for the next 4 years...

It would only serve to upset me, I'm sure.

I'm sure there will be a lot of talk about how we must "all pull together for the good of the nation, and there will be flags and Bush Jr. will try to look presidential, but when it comes down to it, it's just a lie we tell ourselves so that we can proudly stick our collective heads in the sand and not take responsibility for our complicity in the world around us.

Well, as far as I'm concerned, LiveJournal is my nation and the government of the U.S. can bite me... and that goes double for his fraudulency, the (p)resident elect.

I'm going to view this sham government in the same Darwinian context as this nation... it should adapt or it should die.

Perhaps this is all part of the death knell of our current flavor of republicanism... if there was any question about our being a democracy or a republic, I think that doubt has been answered. I would argue that we aren't even that... Webster's defines a republic as "a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law".

Is there anyone out there who really feels that the Supreme Court of the United States (or of Florida) were responsible to you and governed according to law? ... or were they basically unaccountable, biased, and willing to selectively ignore the law (...and previously set precedent, such as the Hawaii electoral vote of 1960 which was submitted on the 28th of December) if they felt like it?

From the heartland of America to the Potomac, a cancer, a foul stench, and a rotting from the inside out. The cancer is there for everyone to see, but no one will dare to remove it. Four more years of institutionalized ignorance...