It's not so much a joke as a framework for jokes.

Right, so life continues on its way. I have picked up a writing project to mix in with my programming project, because I found myself getting crispy in the brain after a stretch of 12-hour programming days. I must mix up the inputs, I guess. The writing project is Giles/Ethan/Buffy, an eternal golden braid, no, I mean, Giles/Ethan/Buffy in Hell, the post-Gift AU thing in which Buffy does in fact get trapped in a hell dimension. Giles does what Giles would do in that situation: he goes and gets her. The rescue of course is not straightforward. I have mentioned this story before.

Am thinking of possible publication for Summer of Giles. We'll see.

Brief poll: Suppose there's somebody out there writing interesting things whose updates you'd like to see on your page of New Things You Probably Want to Read. On Tumblr it's the dashboard; here it's your friends page. Do you follow that person? Or do you subscribe to their updates?

The pain of writing text for user interface! I've been doing it for twenty years but I still find it sticky. There are no provably correct answers. Mostly it's about choosing a voice and sticking with it.

The world economy is fucked up department: Krugman on third-world wages and working conditions, in 1997. Ponder this as you ponder the conditions in the Foxconn factory where many of the components of the PC you're reading this with were made, as well as your X-Box, your Android phone, and so on. I'm certainly pondering.

Capital moves easily across country borders. Labor laws do not. The lives of the people in that poisonous car factory are better than they were before. What a wonderful world.

Technology looking like magic dep't: Ping a IP address and get the usual traceroute output, plus a map of the world showing you how your packet traveled to reach its destination. Blazing-fast global communication, friends. We do live in a wonderful world in some ways.

Today's track: The Field, "A Looping State of Mind". Abstract loops and drones, though the percussion is played by a human. "It's Up There" from the same recording has a killer bass line. That link is to a live performance, by the way.
  • Current Music: Looping State of Mind : The Field : Looping State of Mind
Re: Giles/Buffy/Ethan Story -- Weee!!! \o/

Re: Brief Poll on Dashboard/Friends Page v. Subscription Tracking -- It depends on how much time I have available for internet & how much I really want to see updates from that person. For example, I work in an industry that gives me a lot of down-time. During that down-time, I don't mind not getting any subscription alerts because the odds are that I'll have my friends page up multiple times during the day. The busier it gets, meaning the less time I have to spend online, the more I rely on the subscription alerts for the people I truly want to see updates from. I don't know that that really helps you out, but it's one opinion at least. :)
Ah, yes, the problem of when to notify and when to just shut up and let people refresh the page! I fear that trying to be clever will just result in situation where you don't get notifications that it turns out you really want.
On the other hand, since the subscriptions aren't necessarily reliable, there's the filter option for following people here on LJ. Is that something that would be easy to implement? I have recently been playing around with that option, & have so far been enjoying having that option available.
Do you follow that person? Or do you subscribe to their updates?

I deem them worthy of my attention.

BRB, writing that into my user interaction. I dunno, though, think I need to work the word "deign" into this.