[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
I was really busy lately, so I brought in some hired help. My friends from United Airlines will now be handle any and all complaints. Just raise your hand if you need help with something, and they will show up and escort you to a special debriefing area we have set up. If you're feet are hurting, don't worry - they will just carry you there.

I've also brought in some old friends from Pepsi to help with our new ad campaign - where voting in LJ Idol polls destroys all racism and everyone is happy. Don't believe me that is what occurs? Go check out the new one and see for yourself! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1003004.html

I've also brought some folks from Livejournal itself in to consult on some long term planning ideas and to help with general communication. Those are areas they have always been outstanding in, so I'm sure this is going to be *great*!

Please help welcome our new additions to the staff!

***

For those of you on Facebook - I'd highly recommend checking out my FB friend (and all around good guy) Steve Helling's pictures and stories from his trip to visit Syrian refugees in Iraq. They are all public, so just click here https://www.facebook.com/steve.helling and go see them!

He had the opportunity to see first hand what a lot of people talk about, but not many fully understand.
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It's deadline day!

So make sure you are getting your entries in http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1001426.html

Still quite a few people who haven't posted yet. So go kick them until they do!!!

***

What did YOU do this weekend?
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I have a spoiler for this week's Survivor episode.

Not who goes home (no idea about that, and I don't want to know) , but something that has the potential to explode all over the internet (depending on how CBS decides to show it). I'm kind of surprised that it took this long to get to me, considering that this season was filmed over a year ago. But apparently this has been "known to the Survivor community" for quite some time, and just now coming out as a "heads up".

Obviously, I'm not going to reveal it here. BUt I'll respond to emails of anyone interested.

I think it's interesting though that we are completely at the mercy of what CBS decides to show, and how they edit the event. Because that is going to be informing how people see what happens. It's how they are going to digest it, and how they will be reacting to it on the internet.

What is in CBS's "best interests"? Not showing it at all? Showing as much as possible and hoping for a huge social media reaction, even if it's a negative one.

They used to say there is no such thing as bad press. But with social media, I'm not sure that's true anymore.

I guess we will see how it plays out - but again, it's a good reminder that with an edited program - sure, they can only show what you give them (with reality shows) but at the end of the day, someone has to make that call on who to make the good guy and who to make the bad guy... and nuance has a habit of flying out the window.

I've seen that in Idol itself in the past, where people get ideas about other people and just keep building up their personal narratives.

I see it in "Real Life" where the same thing happens.

We are all our personal editors, telling our own stories about what is happening in the world around us.

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Speaking of telling our own stories - the Topic thread is right over here, and closes on Monday: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1001426.html Make sure YOUR story gets told!
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That person posting about the evils of bombing Syria is the same person who once told me that the NFL is rigged and all games are predetermined.

That person who thinks Trump is doing a great job is the same person who once notably told me that she didn't think women should be allowed to vote.

The person on the front lines, making life or death decisions, can't figure out how to set up their background on their IPhone.

I had a bunch more personal examples, of people I know - but I thought that was enough to get to my point, which is "People are idiots".

It doesn't matter how many "You are so smart!!!" responses they can from people who agree with them.

That's something that I have to keep reminding myself about. There are people who *are* experts in their fields, and who also possess the ability to be able to explain those things to the rest of us. Those folks are golden. The rest of us? Talking out of our asses. Sometimes we can repeat the things we've heard, and those sources will be good. But it's still a lot of throwing thoughts out there on the wall and seeing what will stick.

I'm mostly posting this for myself, as a reminder. Because I keep reading posts/opinion articles/comments and I keep staring going "That's not true at ALL..." (based on the things I *do* know), but because it fits what other folks are already feeling, they swarm over with the "YES!!!!" I need to remind myself that other people have opinions about stuff, but at the end of the day, that's all they are - opinions. Some are going to be more right than others. And when someone *is* right about one thing doesn't mean that they are right about anything else.

The guy writing this once wore one dress shoe, and one tennis shoe, to work and didn't notice until about midday. He's probably the biggest idiot of them all. Which is something else that is worth remembering.

***

A fact that I can tell you is that the place to post this week's entries is http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1001426.html so hopefully current contestants are doing that.

Anyone wishing to Home Game can post it in the Green Room.
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Because that Day 13 was really Day 1...

I'm proud to announce that Livejournal has listened to the People and has brought in a crisis specialist to move all the servers back to San Francisco and restore people's faith in the system again. Welcome Steve Bannon!!!

Note: That took you a second didn't it? Because that sounds like a move LJ would make. But you *had* to know it was a joke, Livejournal never gives you that much heads up on any move that is being made! :D

http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1001426.html is the new topic and the Work Room can be found http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1001636.html


So far, I've heard largely positive reactions to the decision for Idol to stick around. But of course, those opposing it might not even be able to see this! :O

I do have a Dreamwidth account for Idol set up, just in case. I've had it over there for awhile now, just to keep my options open. Hopefully it will never come to that.

For those who *do* go over to DW and spend time there? What's it like, because I've heard two entirely different criticisms - (1) that no one is there and it's a ghost town and (2) that compared to LJ the folks who go over tend to be the "holier than thou" annoying types. (I can see the latter from some of the Facebook responses I've seen (on the Livejournal Lives group, NOT my own friends list).
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It's Week 13, Day 13.

So I course I'm going to wander right up to that line and dip my toe in.

First and foremost - thank you to everyone who has emailed me over the last 24 hours about the LJ Terms of Service situation. I haven't had time to get back to everyone yet. But, last time I checked, I have read everything that has come in. There have been more emails on this than anything else (other than the contestant only vote!) this season, so I thought it was worth a second Green Room.

It's a pretty big thing after all, and I was my usual flippant self in the last one. So this one will be a *little* more serious.

Probably not much, because I'm still the one writing it, and I can't stay completely serious for long about much of anything!

If you're interested in hearing what LJ itself had to say (in their brief statement with the few questions they actually unscreened and answered) http://news.livejournal.com/151767.html

It's notable that there is apparently a caste system where Paid members will be handled by Livejournal Inc in California while the free accounts will be handled by the staff in Russia. Which is just kind of weird and I wonder how long that is going to last...

As for me, I'll admit, I have an agenda. It's a highly secret one that I've never revealed to anyone else before, so I hope you guys can keep it under your hat -

I love LJ Idol and want people to stick around and compete in it.

How much longer this current incarnation will be around? That's up in the air and was before this announcement. Maybe it will twist. Maybe it will go somewhere else. I'm not sure. I'd love to keep it right here, doing the same things we've been doing for 10 years, with slight modifications. But I'm not sure that life is going to let that happen. Life has a way of throwing the Russian government at you.

But for now, I'm staying and Season 10 is continuing. I hope you will stick around and see this thing through to the end. I understand people have legitimate fears about what could happen. I've definitely been seeing all kinds of variations on them, including some things that I hadn't really considered. But I'm trying my best to be optimistic. It's how I've been operating for the last 70+ days without starting to develop a taste for alcohol. :)


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Btw - you are hallucinating that the deadline for the poll was last night. It's Thursday. It's always been Thursday. http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1000163.html Someone must have spiked your drink. Putin is at it again... (or, due to the problems people have had logging in, I decided to extend it...one of those things actually happened...) See "Apology" post. Which should be the very next thing posted...
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I wrote this tonight, and was going to post it tomorrow morning when I woke up, then I decided screw it and I'm posting it now. If an Idol Week can be 12 days long and counting, why can't two Idol days overlap a real one!!! :)

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I knew I should have just made in Week 14... if you've tried logging on, I'm sure you have seen the new terms of service agreement notice.

I've had a couple people email me about it.

I'm not going to get into what differences there are between this one, and the one that people previously signed when they got on the site. Mostly because I don't know what the differences are, and am probably the last person you should ask about these sorts of things.

I do know there is some concern that the Russians might be able to access your privacy locked entries and reproduce it. Because nothing excites Putin more than finding out about your sex life and reading your poetry. If it's poetry about your sex life - that's when it ends up on Russian state owned broadcast media.

This isn't the first time people have been concerned about what the Russians are going to do now that they own Livejournal. Nowadays there are people who are concerned about what the Russians are going to do now that they own the United States. ;)

People are afraid that they can't say the Vladimir Putin enjoys sucking dog's testicles. I am not sure why they would want to say that. Because obviously he's a great man and should be respected, and I would be saying that even if he wasn't standing right behind me right now with what I *hope* is a gun pressed into the back of my head.

Being in the US, I have a greater freedom knowing that it is unlikely that I will be rounded up and taken away for saying Putin really does love those dog testicles. Not that I *would* say that, because that would be a completely ridiculous thing for someone to say! Could I, or someone else, lose access if they were to say something like that. I'm sure it's possible. But I'm just as sure that they might as well shut down the Livejournal site if that happens, because really who is going to show up to use it (other than people really into Japanese boy bands)?

If I lived in Russia, I would probably feel differently. I'd probably have my own opinions on Putin and on the Russian government - and on what the rest of the world thinks about them. I wouldn't know what those opinions would be though, given that, as previously stated, I am not Russian. Or have I downloaded pictures of Putin committing those acts alluded to before, because seriously - who would want to see that???

Seriously though, I'm not sure what this is going to mean in the big picture. Or even if there is a big picture. I just know that people are talking about it, and if you, like me, hit the "agree" button, and are

I really wish this hadn't happened in the middle of such an important vote. But that's part of the deal, you play on the field you are given. So this week will play through as planned, and we will see what is coming next when it comes! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1000163.html
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Am I dead? Perhaps.

Or maybe I've just been in with my boss going over "work stuff" this morning and this is the first time I've really had to post.

I kept telling her "No one cares. People are waiting for the Green Room to be posted, this is IMPORTANT!" But then she looked at the average number of comments and just laughed.*

(*Note - this conversation may have taken place inside my head and not in actual "real space")

What's *not* happening inside my head is the Second Chance vote: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1000163.html

That's actually important, and *will* be shaping the next few weeks of Idol in a major way. So I'd make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

***

One of MY favorites is asking for help. Even those of you who don't know him - you know his far more famous (to Idol) wife!

So, if you are currently in a position where you can do the "Idol Gives Back", please consider helping this awesome family of talented writers (and just plain good folks) out. https://www.gofundme.com/peter-david-needs-your-help
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Good afternoon!

The company picnic went about as well as company picnics ever go. There was a "mixer" activity that involved finding people from other groups within our "system of care" who fit certain criteria. I didn't feel like doing it. In fact, I spent most of the time off to the side reading my book. One of the coworkers though was extra motivated. She likes meeting new people, and is extremely competitive.

At one point, I just decided to follow her around and she could meet people and I could get the signatures I needed. When that was over, I turned in my bingo card, and I went back to reading my book.

At the end of the picnic, they pulled random bingo cards to win door prizes.

Who won a prize? Yeah, that was me. It was a RTIC tumbler. So, I won something and I mostly avoided other people. So that part is good.

***

The poll for the main competition closes tomorrow http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998161.html
and the final Second Chance deadline is an hour after that http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998873.html

It's not an April Fools joke. All of this is real. But what was been *your* favorite April Fool's joke (today or of all time)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
My Sim City (Big Damn Town) is coming along. It's no longer on fire, and has full police, fire and health coverage. I just have to make sure to set those in place as I continue to expand the borders of the town, so that it doesn't fall into disrepair again. Heck, almost all the roads are in decent shape!

Did I plan a restroom break around when one of the "assignments" for the Mayor's challenge was due, when I knew there would also be a shipment within a few minutes for that, and could flip things around to a brand new assignment? No. That was you. Damn you for doing that! Have some priorities!!!

Do I still need help? Hell yeah I do. But I'm feeling much better about my situation right now...

Oh wait, this isn't my "Sim City blog". It's something else... oh yeah,

so, without getting into detailed spoilers - my theories about how this season of Survivor is going to go have continued to be accurate with another "Big Target" taken off the board. I have a feeling the end game is going to be people that the general audience doesn't remember.

That's kind of how I figure a LJ Idol: All Stars would play out - with the "big targets" leaving early (probably byeing out) and the end game being folks you would have never expected to be there, if you were making guesses on Day 1.

That said - a lot of my early picks for Season 10 winner are still in the running! So I could be completely wrong about how it would play out.

Oh yeah, LJ Idol! That's what we are here to talk about. Well, technically, it's the Green Room, so we can talk about anything we want! :)

Here is the link to the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998161.html

and for the Second Chancers in your life, their final topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998873.html
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Good Almost-Afternoon,

There's a lot of stuff to cover, so let's get to the links:

The Second Chance Results:http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998421.html
The Second Chance FINAL topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998873.html

The main competition poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998161.html

***

Maybe that wasn't "a lot", but it felt like it was last night when I was posting. :)

There are certainly some big implications though to Second Chance coming to an end after this week. With the new people coming into the competition, after fighting their way (back) in, it's definitely another stage of the game that will be unfolding. How will it impact the main competition? We've had people come back from Second Chance and end up in the finals!

It's going to be interesting to see what happens, and who those contestants end up being.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Please remember to properly (and promptly) refrigerate your food after cooking, and more to the point, make sure that people who are cooking food that you are going to eat a few days later do the same.

It was curry that took me out of commission. Which is only right and fitting (and the odds were in it's favor considering how much curry I eat)

Just look after yourself, because you don't want to be like I am today. You just don't. :O

***

What you DO want to do is be the kind of person who votes in the Second Chance poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/996359.html It's closing tonight, which really big stakes. We are losing 1/3 of the field. It's pretty close over there, so I would definitely make sure to get your votes in. One or two could shift the balance and change the outcome!

****

Also closing tonight is the deadline to get your entries in for the main competition: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/997016.html

There's still quite a few missing, but I'm hoping that's just the last minute crowd doing their usual thing.

***

How are YOU feeling today?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Tomorrow is the deadline for the Second Chance poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/996359.html where people will be fired, like Brad's wife.

It's also the deadline for new entries to be posted for the main competition: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/997016.html I guess like the opposite of Brad's wife.

Either way, there is an internet meme involved! So everyone post thousands of comments! Even if it's one that's several days old, it's still "timely", right? Right? *kicks you* Right????
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
It used to be that if I were even a little bit late posting a Green Room, people would be upset. If there was a day when one didn't go up at all, I'd have a dozen emails, at least.

I got completely swamped at work and life in general has been pretty overwhelming - and 1 person checked in on me. Thank you to that person. :)

I'm doing OK.

How are you?

It also occurs to me that part of the reason for that email was because most of us were already friends. Whereas, even 13 weeks in there are people that I'm not certain actually know each other very well.

So how about it? What are some stuff about you that folks might be surprised to learn? (that you feel like sharing)

Or just ask something you'd really like to know about your fellow contestants! (and those lurking)

***

People might be surprised to learn that the Second Chance poll is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/996359.html and that the main competition topic is up as well: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/997016.html But that would just prove they haven't really been paying attention. Because I've mentioned those things before!
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Today will mark the end of the Idol road for some in the main competition http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995007.html and the beginning of the next chapter in the quest to get back into the hunt for others http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995134.html

So make sure your voice is heard!

What have you read that makes you go - EVERYONE should be reading this!! Especially if you look at the poll and see that it doesn't have "enough" votes? It's a closed community vote, so the numbers are going to be a little different. In theory, they shouldn't be. Because anyone can sign up and join the community. But there are always people who don't do that. Which is why it's interesting to narrow things down a bit. it's kind of like how Gary-only voting is going to be awesome when it finally happens!!! :)

***

How are you doing today?

Anyone watch Survivor last night? If so, how are you doing today? ;)
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I don't game.

Other than LJ Idol of course.

I've been known to watch people play video games and be perfectly happy. I'm just not very good at them.

I enjoy playing Galaga. But I'm not very good at it. The same goes for skee ball, but that's not really the same "sort of game" we're talking about. :) (I'm "OK" at both, but I keep getting reminders that my skill set may be lacking these days, whenever it is that I do play)

There is one game though that I used to really love playing. If you'd asked me a couple weeks ago, I probably couldn't have told you. Because I'd forgotten. But thanks to an app on my phone, I have rediscovered the obsession of SimCity.

I am currently trying to manage between a traffic crisis and a lack of police in several, spread out, areas. (I *just* got the trash/sewage back under control and I'm good for power and water for at least a little bit)

It's only been two days of playing - but I'm already back into the thick of my obsession. (and yes, I'm sure there are "cheat codes" out there - and I know they have in-game purchases but I have an in-wallet vacuum and even if I didn't, I'm quite sure I don't want to go down that particular black hole)

The only game I ever played with "cheat codes" was the PC-version of Civilization? Why? Because I loved nuking small towns and villages. Or rolling over primitive civilizations with tanks. Yes, I am truly the white cis-male people have warned you about. :D (at least in that particular game)

Other games that I used to enjoy - Star Trek Engineering (it was some Star Trek game, but I played with two friends - one would take the controls for the away missions, one handled the space battles and I kept the ship going and supplied in the engineering department - and no, I didn't get "stuck with it" either, that was my choice...), Super Traitor (Not sure what the game actually was, some sort of Desert Storm mission game. It became Super Traitor because I would shoot up my own guys, hospitals, media trucks, etc...); and of course, Super Space Traitor (See above, but it was a space game where I'd turn around and try to blow up my own base) I was obviously a troubled teen!

With SimCity though - and this is definitely as true, if not more so, brings out my compassion of wanting to help my citizens. I take all of the compassion that I should feel for Idolers and give it to little dots on my phone! :D

***

There is no compassion happening in the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995007.html so if you want to give some to your favorites - now would be the time to do that.

The only way to for any hope at all for the Second Chancers is to get their entries i by tomorrow night http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995134.html
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I don't have anyone specific to praise today - unless of course you count the work being done in this week in the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995007.html

Have you checked it out yet? Any stand-outs that you want to give a little extra love to, in the form of a shout-out in the Green Room?

***

We also have the Second Chance topic up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995134.html but there's nothing currently there to praise. Unless you really like wide open spaces! ;)
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Good almost afternoon. :)

The new poll for the main competition is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995007.html

Over in Second Chance we have the results from last week: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/994701.html, the new topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995134.html and something to celebrate!

You know her writing from LJ Idol.
You know her other work from the movie Deadpool.

Now you can see more of what our own [livejournal.com profile] sra33 does for a living by going to theaters and watching the new live action Beauty and the Beast!

You were probably going to do it anyway. But if not, now you have an excuse!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Chuck Berry is dead.

I was lucky enough to see him perform once. He was absolutely incredible. (Pretty sure the only reason why he was doing it was as part of his community service - since it was a free show and he didn't allow any cameras there)

It's strange, because it's literally a case of "Old guy dies". Which is kind of what happens. He lived a long life and added so much to the world of music during the time. It still ends up being a bit of a surprise. Like that thing you expected would happen - heck, I'm sure some people thought it happened years ago - and when it does you still have to take a moment, because damn, you are now living in a world without Chuck Berry, and that takes some adjustment...

Honestly, it's kind of like my grandparents (in a more detached way of course) well, I knew they would old and would die soon - but there's that part of you that just can't process living in a world where they aren't around, so it kind of goes into the back of your head and you just don't think about it, until suddenly you have to...

I'm sure every one has someone (or a situation like that).

***

I've started watching Iron Fist. So far it's decent, but I keep hearing the bad reviews, so that's kind of hanging over it.

Of course, a lot of the bad reviews started during the casting, and that people have been rooting for it to do poorly. So I'll see for myself if it's any good or not. If it's not, it certainly won't be because I didn't come in with a (mostly) open mind about it.

***

The Second Chance poll closes tomorrow: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/992643.html
and it's the deadline for the main competition's entries: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/993116.html
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
In honor of St Patrick's Day, It's time we finally implemented this: http://art-bin.com/art/omodest.html !!

Or chased some pagans out of their homes.

Or maybe just eat some Lucky Charms! Harass and assault people for not wearing green?

What are YOUR favorite ways to celebrate the day?

***

My favorite tradition is posting these links:

The new topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/993116.html
The Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/993488.html
and the Second Chance poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/992643.html

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