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Apparently, WordPress tracks how the blog does in a year. This was a good year for the blog. The stats are here at this link.

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With surgery on Tuesday coupled with the winter blast closing all local schools for two days; things slowed down this week for the project. I wish things were moving faster. Personally, I wish I could do more but I take each day as it comes. This week I started on improving the data entry system [...]

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With the holidays, the usual entertainment segment of the blog has been on holiday. We do promise not one, but two post Sing Off wrap-ups. I’m pleased to announce that many of you really seemed to enjoy the Armchair Judge; so we’ll be bringing her on as permanently as she wishes to participate. But onto [...]

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Jut a really quick post that my review of Episode 6 will be up later today. But! Before then… I want to welcome Armchair Judge Erin to the blog who will also be putting up comments and reviews as well. I’ll let Erin do up a little bio post; assuming I haven’t terrified her with [...]

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And now I’m pinned.

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I have been known for having a penchant for finding a pet project and then blithely moving onto something else. It could be surmised by my silence on the project followed by a huge shift into analysing “The Sing Off” that once again I’ve been side tracked by something new and shiny. I am however [...]

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Having been heavily drugged since 9am this morning I am slowly regaining my faculties. I have transcribed my notes from Vocal Rush, Home Free, Voice Play and am in progress on SCR from last night. Fortunately, tonight is a short episode with only 4 groups (I am assuming) So I should be able to get [...]

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A delay for the Armchair Director for some fun outpatient surgery.

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To answer many questions, the result of our 3 1/2 year battle over Heather’s injury doesn’t go as well as we liked in court. Details in the post.

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Where I explain the delay between part 2 of (now) 4 and part 3.

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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] shadesong for the reminder:

December 24th, 9pm. Eastern Standard Time. From here on in I shoot without a script. See if anything comes of it. Instead of my old s&#^.
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Apart from Facebook and Twitter (of which are still somewhat 'toys' to me) I have not been online very much the past few weeks, months, etc..

As I like to often quote "Yes" from 90125 (not to be confused with 90210), "I'm going through some changes"

My wonderful partner, spouse, and all around awesome H-like one has one. If you're not reading The Living Artist, you're really missing out. LJ Users can quick add a feed from this link which takes you to [livejournal.com profile] livingartist. I find myself wanting to write a blog.

The meaty part you're unlikely to read. :) )
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Of course I have no idea how I'll bide my time while it's away.

I mean besides LJ I have practically nothing.

Well maybe one or two things... Yeah not much. Just:

My child, My wife, work, facebook, questionable content, xkcd, wikipedia, slashdot, cnn, the news, current events, entertainment, netflix, videos, books. Oh wait books.

Yeah.. so little in my life without LJ. See you back online this evening.

And I won't even leave you much time to comment.
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For the second time in about 2 months I've had someone come up to me and ask the following question:

"Are you [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei?"

I think it's important to use the LJ user link system here, because the question has not been a question of am I that person, but in fact am I that person on LiveJournal.

I should also stress the phrase above, "come up to me and ask." This isn't someone randomly IM'ing me. This is real person to person interaction.

In the case last month the person asked me while I was on shift at our booth at FaerieWorlds. She'd recognized me from my icon and wanted to tell me that she'd voted for me in the LJ representative election.

Today was a coworker in my office building. You'd think I know everyone on my floor. But let's be honest; I work for "A Large Company (TM)" and the non-full time staff around here along with the people not in my sub group tend to rotate and change a lot.

In general, it's kind of pleasant to be 'recognized.' Granted... the first person who ever met me with the question "Are you [livejournal.com profile] lordandrei?" was [livejournal.com profile] sabazius_x on the first instance I had the honour of meeting him. This question can thus be daunting when it comes just after two-three weeks of personal drama on your blog site.

I try to not post for an audience, though I've been told by several people that they read me out of interest of the material and don't actually know me or have ever met me. I suppose I'm the same.

I suppose the curiosity is 'being recognized.' Again.. it's a nice feeling. But I don't want it to seem like that's going to my head.

I've commented with [livejournal.com profile] s00j on more than one occasion how much I believe in her as an artist and all the fame I think she deserves with the caveat that I'd hate fame to change what she is and does so well.

The balancing act of bringing the depths of your soul thru creation to others without tainting that creation as you have more people desire to bring it to themselves. It's not just art or music or writing. I think it applies to anything you put yourself into.

Not much else to say at this point. Just contemplating
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Saturday I made a post concerning coming to terms the changes and evolution of Sesame Street by using the Kübler-Ross stages of grief.

The post was spawned on after getting to a point where you can only see the sardonic and subversive, politically incorrect humour potential in the show. That comprised the second half of the post. I note that it was the second half of the post because the first half of the post got posted to LJ's metaquotes

As of this posting it now has 212 comments. Making it the 3rd most popular thread of the month.

Granted most of the thread is (as Robin Williams put it so well in "Dead Poet's Society") a trip down 'Amnesia Lane'

Nostalgia is running rampant on the threads discussing what sections and pieces of Sesame Street that they miss the most.

I am so happily amused at this. When I tuned into Sesame Street in my early 20s (let's say late 80's into the early 90's) it felt NOTHING like the show I'd grown up on. I hated it. Grover had been replaced with Elmo (who so sorely needed to die), Kermit and Ernie were gone. The show just felt wrong.

Now the beauty right now is not just seeing the number of posts on the metaquote thread who happily support my views. What makes me giddy is the number of them from people who are currently about 24-28. Let's do the math. 24 years ago is 1984. Peak age for Sesame Street is 4-8.. So that'd be about 1988-1992.

That's right.. the people who absolute agree with me today about how much the show isn't Sesame Street (and let me tell you I've had two declarations of love for me for my post)... are making their judgement based on the airings of the show that were not my Sesame Street.

It's amazing to contemplate that the importance of my post wasn't so much the anathema and anger towards the changes but towards the path to accepting why the show must inevitably change and it's okay.

Well, not that I mind becoming the target of affection for disliking the show at one time.

At Least Doctor Who has been improving with age :)
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Was testing a new location :)
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I'm not sure if this post will work as planned, but I needed to make it.

If you can figure out why.. you know me far too well.
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I have a lot of things going on in my life at the moment.

I don't post about them.

Unfortunately, due to a couple of issues my posting may seem... less frequent for a while.

I feel the need to Re-enable Filter25 for a while. If you discover you're not seeing posts for a while, you may not be on Filter25 and I apologize. This too will pass.

It's basically my way of dealing with issues for a few.

Hopefully, people can respect my need to do this for some personal healing and growth.

Thank you.

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The LiveJournal Advisory Board election is underway. It's really just started... but I think most of my readers will agree... the initial figures are not merely disturbing... they are very disappointing.

I'm going to make some comments that in an election are probably damned inappropriate. They could seriously affect my chances. But then, what is LiveJournal if not a blog that affords social networking over shared topics of interest.

The voting has really just started... but I think most of my readers will agree... the initial figures are not merely disturbing... they are very disappointing. I'm not talking about my electability. I feel competent for the job. I feel there are other candidates just as competent.

What I shouldn't comment on (but will) is the number of strongly supported candidates who really aren't working to add any value to what this position is for.

LiveJournal has become (to some) a rather poor joke. It is the trappings of the depressed teenager who wishes to unload the confusion and (dare I say it? Dare! Dare!) drama of their lives in an exhibitionistic manner to the world at large. Is this untrue? No. Is it the only truth? No.

Sadly, many users are not in this class. If you look at the statistics the bulk of our users (who actually put in a birthdate) are between 20 and 30. Interestingly the number of under 18 users is almost identical to the number of users in their 30s.

So, why does the user base treat this election like a joke? Why is it a game? One could suppose that the company knows the user base as a whole better than the user base wishes to admit. A user base that is comprised of thousands of small independent voices that are too apathetic to care. One that is more interested in the shiny new meme, than caring about the service they play on. People want to go on complaining about frivolities rather than seeing the tool survive and climb to the next level.

The voting has made this clear. Currently [livejournal.com profile] jameth carries 1622 votes. This is over 18% of the votes cast. This is frankly shameful. And I don't think it's shameful because Jameth is making the election into a popularity contest about having fun. There are loads of people that I personally don't think really care about helping the users to have the best voice they can as a whole.

What makes me feel horrible is that in the first 24 hours of voting there have been (by those numbers) just shy of 9,000 votes. Go check that stats page again. That is barely 1% of all the 19 year olds. And it's barely .02% of the active users. Let me spell that number out for you. .02%, not 2%, Point zero-two percent. That means jameth is likely to win because only 2 of every 10000 users cared. To put this in perspective... The US Election gets a better turn out.

I made it very clear in all my posts. Don't just vote. Read what people are hoping to do in the position. Don't just vote. Make it clear to everyone who reads your journal how you feel about having your voice heard on the Advisory Board by the Company. Don't just vote. Make sure everyone who uses LiveJournal votes.

Sure, I want to be that voice for people. But I'm more than happy to see someone like [livejournal.com profile] rm do that as well as her convictions and platform are admirable.

But if we as LiveJournal users let this process be turned into a joke... Then the inevitable laugh is on us. The company will very easily learn that the users really don't need a voice. And then... you can simply accept what happens to the LiveJournal as a service. Because... your voice won't matter.

I don't want to politic. I don't want to slam candidates. (Well, no.. there are one or two I really want to slam. I mean... one person was under 20 and planning to travel to Istanbul from Canada in her 8th month of Pregnancy..... Don't get me started)...

It's not my job to say who is good or bad in the position. It's my job to hear the voice of the end user and act on it. And right now the end users are 'upset' because more people are playing a game than trying to find a good representative.

For the sake of everything you hold dear. When someone puts the reigns to your future in your hands... pick them up and ride the horse.

It's your job to not merely vote, but to get others to vote, and get others to get others to get others to....

To repeat:

My platform is here.

The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.

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No snappy pictures, no sexual innuendo. No joking ribbing along with groups I don't participate in.

I'm a LiveJournal user. And I intend to continue to be one.
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Well, this is it.

At 3pm PDT today, the poll will be posted. It will be open for a week.

The poll will be posted in [livejournal.com profile] lj_election_en

I ask that everyone consider reading each candidates platform. Carefully. Some are doing this strictly for fun.

I also ask, that if you find someone you support, you not merely vote for them, but ask everyone in your readers list to also pass this along. We need as much of the LiveJournal readership to vote.

This really isn't meant to be a popularity contest. This is meant to get the voice of LiveJournal heard and acted on by the company that runs it.

If you think that I'm the worthy candidate for this. Thank you.

You can find support graphics: here

My platform is here.

The most important thing you can do besides vote is to pass this along and make sure that everyone else passes it along.

Consider this the most important Meme LJ has ever had.

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