February 6th, 2002


Pizza Party Preparations

So, it looks like this Saturday is the LiveJournal Pizza Party in San Jose.

6pm-9ish, at ...
Nick's Pizza
354 E Santa Clara Street (at 8th St.),
San Jose, CA
(get a map )

I need to give the owner of the restaurant some sort of idea regarding the number of people who are showing up. So far, I'm guessing about thirty will show up, but that's just theoretical and is likely to increase. We've got room for up to 75, easy. The cool thing is that you can swing by, hang out with a lot of the local LJers, have some great food, and still have time to go out later that night if you have other plans...

Oh, and people have been asking questions, so I figured I would share the answers:
- Yes, you can definitely invite others, even if they aren't part of LJ.
- Sure, you can post about it in your journal. In fact, I'd encourage it.
- Yeah, I'm sure the owner can get you food that is vegetarian / low-carb / non-lactose / non-pizza. He's actually got quite a large menu, is a trained chef, and customizes dishes for people all the time. Pizza is just the most convenient thing for him to have ready for a lot of people.

If you think you'll be able to drop by, please reply to this post or email me to RSVP.

See ya there... !

March of the web lemmings.

So, I was thinking about drafting something on news talking about us hitting 450,000 users and also mentioning all the LJ bashes that are going on this year (I can't wait until the directory is up again and people can just *find* this stuff out a lot easier...) and then I visit a website someone on LiveJournal linked to - almost immediately, several browser windows/pop-unders/etc. appear, and *LOUD* audio starts up, talking about incredible business opportunities.

So, I immediately start whacking browser windows, and in the process post something to news that says "Figured I would"... not that I realized this immediately, however. I had to kill IE entirely to finally get rid of the last remnants of the spam. Fortunately, someone killed my post, but not before a handful of people commented on it.

The reality has set in... I'll have to install a pop-up blocker app.

The thing is, I still don't believe I should have to. I have resisted because I didn't want to bother with an app that would effect my browser experience. I know people who use pop-ups and who actually do some cool things with them... I've seen them used effectively on digital art sites, on all sorts of sites really.

Well, screw them, right?! Let's screw *ALL* of those creative souls who do cool things with the Internet, because some people want to just find a new way to abuse it.

What really irritates me is that the reason somebody linked to that page in the first place was probably because they already had a pop-up blocker on. So, in other words, I should install one because someone else has no problems linking their "friends" to spam sites from hell. Thanks friend...

This fundamentally annoys me. It's like driving on a road with one of those assholes who buys the biggest S.U.V. they can find so they don't have to think anymore. You know the type - we're talking about the knuckledraggers that put on their turn signal and then leisurely merge into your lane without looking back once. Sure, their vehicle moves from point A to point B, but they don't do anything that can really be construed as actually driving.

The painful part of the whole thing, however, is that there are few good solutions. I would like to suggest the return of public stockades for people who abuse the 'net, ideally so the offender's face is at ass height. Cruel and unusual punishment you say?! Yeah, I guess. After all, why would we want people who ruin things for everyone else to feel embarrassed or ashamed of their actions, or to make them feel like they can't anonymously bite the hand that feeds them? I mean, you'd only want to subject people to public embarrassment if you didn't want them to do it again or something...

Welcome to the Web - now get in line behind bozo and put your brain on autopilot, 'cause there's no room for responsibility anymore.

roll your own currency

The other day, I thought about how sites (such as LiveJournal) and their users could be improved by implementing some kind of karma system, and how karma could be used as a form of currency, even in a system as big as a government. Well, today I read an article about creating new economies and new currencies, specifically over the Internet.

It occurs to me that LiveJournal already has a form of currency... we just don't know what to do with it. We'd also want to expand this form of currency to all our users, so that a real economy develops.

It's quite possible to give people points for all sorts of things, such as paying for membership, etc. Theoretically, these points could be exchanged for paid accounts, loaned to others, gambled over friendly games of online poker, etc. They could also be used to buy, sell, and exchange services between LiveJournal users and used by LiveJournal to buy services from its users - a barter system, basically.

It would be fascinating and highly beneficial to LiveJournal... if it could be made to work. Best of all, it would be completely tax free and could actually save people money.
I wonder whether some college somewhere would find the idea of helping create a working Internet-based microeconomy to be a project of interest. I'll have to explore the idea later when I have the time.