[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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A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

People share their stories. It’s what we do.

These days a lot of them are told, and shared, on the internet. But at the heart of it, they are still our Campfire Stories.

Which is fortunate, because that was the topic this week!

When they write the tale of this week in the history of LJ Idol, those brave souls who delve into our history remark on what an “interesting” time it was in the blogging world, and how many external factors came into play. More likely than not, they will note that this was one of the turning points on the road toward Gary gaining full control of the world and amassing his armies to sweep across all of space and time.

It all started here, with this week’s entries. So thank you for being a part of that!

Unfortunately, we had two drops, someone saved by a “gift bye” and a sacrifice.


The last two I will let you find on your own. But as for the first bit - we are saying goodbye to two dear friends of Idol. One of them because of running out of byes and the other is vanishing from these parts entirely.

Goodbye to [livejournal.com profile] eeyore_grrl and [livejournal.com profile] sinnamongirl.
And no, I didn’t realize until I just cut and pasted their names into that spot that there was a “theme”. ;)

Thank you so much for coming out for this season and helping to make it special. I hope we will continue to see you around to root for your favorites and to Home Game. (Well, one of you probably will, and I hope that the other finds a way to be comfortable doing that, because you will definitely be missed)

As for the rest of you, we have our usual business, with a not-so-usual twist. This Week is the first week of the Second Chancers joining the main competition, and all *10* of them have a special, one week, immunity. Which should make life a little more interesting…

We will be losing 3 contestants this time around!

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites to stick around!

The poll closes Friday April, 14th at 9pm EDT!

Good luck to everyone!



Click here to Vote! )
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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?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
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.

***

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!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
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.
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
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
We are moving forward again!

Which means there is a new topic.

What is it?

Well, gather around and I'll tell you!

it's

Campfire stories

I'm sure you have some good ones!

The deadline to link them back here is Monday, April 10th at 8pm EST

Have fun!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
The new topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1001426.html


***

Cynthia and I were having a conversation the other day about how little things have changed - as much as we would like to think otherwise. People still gather around their campfires listening to stories. It's just some of those campfires are electronic. There are internet campfires and television/movies campfires... flickering lights and a release of energy serving as a focus to bring people together. (OK, most of our conversation wasn't about *that*, but I'm trying to tie it together... :D)

Where is your mind racing to with this topic?
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
This is why you don't make decisions when you have to wake up and get going extra early in the morning.

Because then you spend your entire bus ride realizing that you've made a huge mistake and need to wait until you get into work to correct it.

I had intended on extending the deadline for the Second Chance poll until Thursday. I didn't. But this morning, after seeing that I had completely spaced on closing the poll (Seriously - WTF Gary???? I don't do that... again though, I thought that I had already extended it. I should have checked to make sure.), I posted and extended it.

Only problem with that? Now if *different* people end up eliminated, they have a legitimate beef that the rules were changed.

I know *I* would be upset if I were in their position and I was safe when the poll *should* have been closed, and eliminated due to someone else's mistake.

So I'm forced to go back to precedent. Which could be the fourth error in a row. But it's the *correct* way to err IMO. So at least if people are mad about it, they can look back over the years and see a consistent pattern of people being mad. :)

So here it is, the final decision on this mess:

The poll is now officially closed.
No one is eliminated.
This was the last round of Second Chance.
Which means all 10 contestants have now re-entered the main competition.
This is double what I had planned - but I am going to honor my original commitments, *including* what is down on paper, but not announced - which, to give those Second Chancers a fighting shot, they all have Immunity in Week 14. (not a bye. They are coming in without that particular safety net. But they get 1 week to get their footing)

So, congratulations [livejournal.com profile] beldarzfixon, [livejournal.com profile] d0gs, [livejournal.com profile] encrefloue, [livejournal.com profile] fodschwazzle, [livejournal.com profile] i_17bingo, [livejournal.com profile] kajel, [livejournal.com profile] karmasoup, [livejournal.com profile] lolaslaughter, [livejournal.com profile] mossmonday and [livejournal.com profile] wildrose - and welcome to LJ Idol (and your DOOM!!! Maybe just Idol... but probably also that DOOM thing...)

Sorry for the confusion. Things should be on track now. The new topic and Work Room will be up shortly.
[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. :)


***

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...
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
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!!! :)

***

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
A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

There are going to be people asking “Where is the new topic for the main competition? Where is the Work Room?”

So I’m going to get right to it without a lot of suspense - they will be coming, once this poll closes!
Why? Because this is the last week of Second Chance Idol, and the five contestants with the most votes will be (re)joining the main competition!

One half move on, and one half fall just short of the goal line.

In order to get everyone back to the same footing - this is what we are concentrating on right now. For a couple days at least. Because the poll will close Thursday, April 6th at 9pm EDT and the next stage of LJ Idol will begin.

So make sure you read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!




[Poll #2065643]
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
If I'd known Week 13 was going to turn out like this, I would have called it Week 12.5 and then skipped immediately to Week 14, so that we could avoid it altogether!

Alas, Week 13 existed, and with that existence, comes a new batch of saying goodbye to folks.

There was one sacrifice, [livejournal.com profile] jake67jake who I thought was having a really good run of it. Unfortunately, that Real Life and Real Life Events have a way of throwing even the best of us off.

The rest of the crowd leaving us this week are some old friends, and favorites,

Goodbye to
[livejournal.com profile] malinaldarose
[livejournal.com profile] sarcasmoqueen
[livejournal.com profile] theun4givables

I hope that we will see you in the Home Game, and out and about cheering on your favorites!

Thank you for coming out, and I'm sorry that your run didn't last longer, but I hope you still managed to have fun and get a lot of writing done in the process.
[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
It's the last topic of Second Chance Idol!

Half the remaining contestants will be joining the Home Game, and the other half will emerge to fight another day in the ranks of the main competition!

The final topic is

Open Topic

For those unfamiliar, and open topic means you can literally write anything you want. YOU decide. Bring your A-game though, because this is the "most important" week of Second Chance, the final one.

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Sunday, April 2nd at 8pm EDT

Have fun!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
Second Chance results posts hurt even more than the regular eliminations do. Because these are people who went through that, and who are trying to get another shot. And when the results are filled with contestants that I've gotten to know over the years (two of them I've actually spent time with in person)... yeah, that's never a fun post to have to make.

But "have to make it" is what it comes down to. It's why we are here. Only a handful of people are going to make it out of Second Chance, and at the end of the day, only one person is going to win Season 10 of LJ Idol!

Which means that there will be eliminations, and all of them are going to be sad.

So, might as well rip that bandaid off instead of just talking about it...

Leaving us from Second Chance, and hopefully joining us in the Home Game, are

[livejournal.com profile] copyright1983
[livejournal.com profile] dee_aar2
[livejournal.com profile] estelle
[livejournal.com profile] lawchicky
[livejournal.com profile] sra33

I'd say that my stomach hurts writing that. But I'm not sure that has anything to do with the results. ;)

Thank you so much for coming out this season and helping to make it special!
[identity profile] clauderainsrm.livejournal.com
A few words from [livejournal.com profile] clauderainsrm:

We start off this week’s poll with losing two veterans who ran out of byes. One that I know personally, and the other where it almost feels like I do at times. :)

Goodbye to our friends

[livejournal.com profile] adpaz and[livejournal.com profile] deza

I really hope we will be continuing to see you around, and that you will be joining in on the Home Game!

As for the rest of you, as the field continues to shrink, the bar continues to rise - and if people coming in soon from Second Chance, everyone needs to be on their A-game, or at least getting there quickly!

The poll will close Sunday, April 2nd at 7pm EDT The bottom four will be eliminated.

So make sure to read, comment and vote to keep your favorites in!

Good luck to everyone!




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