A Bit More Detail

Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

Archive for the ‘Meta’ Category

[META] On one impending good reason to move from Livejournal

Dwight on Facebook linked to a Metafilter feature noting that the servers of Livejournal–the social networking and blogging platform I got started on, the social networking and blogging platform that I still use–has moved to Russia. In light of that country’s issues with basic freedoms, it’s probably worth considering ending blogging on this platform.

As of a few days ago, the IP addresses for blogging service LiveJournal have moved to 81.19.74.*, a block that lookup services locate in Moscow, Russia. Now users — especially those who do not trust the Russian government — are leaving the platform and advising others to leave.

For years, the online blogging community LiveJournal — popular in Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine — has served as a key communications platform for Russian dissidents (the Committee to Protect Journalists earlier this month called on Russian authorities to release a LiveJournal user who has been sentenced to 2 years in prison for a critical blog post). Even after Russian company SUP bought it from California-based Six Apart in 2007 (previously), the fact that SUP continued to run the servers in the US meant that users felt relatively safe; a 2009 press release specifically said that LiveJournal, Inc.* would continue to run technical operations and servers in the United States (and claimed that 5.7 million LiveJournal users were Russia-based).

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Tracerouting livejournal.com now points to a Moscow location and an ISP operated by Rambler Internet Holding LLC, the company that also owns SUP. (Former LiveJournal user Gary McGath says that a few days ago, he checked the IP location of livejournal.com, and it was in San Francisco.) LiveJournal’s official news posts do not mention the change; users have begun to ask questions there and on their own journals.

Written by Randy McDonald

January 2, 2017 at 5:15 pm

[META] More blogroll and news links

The start of a new year is a good time to add links to my blogroll, bloggish and otherwise.

Enjoy!

Written by Randy McDonald

January 2, 2017 at 4:45 pm

[META] Who reads A Bit More Detail?

Here’s a meta question: Who actually reads this? People who don’t normally comment here, and people who read this at sites I don’t track–Livejournal, Dreamwidth, Twitter, RSS feeds, you name it–please comment.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Posted in Meta, Non Blog

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[META] On types of writing at A Bit More Detail

One thing I would like to do is to associate different nights with different kinds of long-form blog posts. Thursday would be for music, as it has been for years, while Wednesday might be for pop culture, Monday and Friday for more various themed stuff, and so on.

Thematically, I’d like to focus the blog tightly. The focus I’ve chosen so far is on Toronto and secondarily on islands, not just Prince Edward Island, leaving other linkage for the [BLOG] and [NEWS] posts of the earlier parts of the day.

If you have better ideas, please tell me. I only want A Bit More Detail to get better, and recognize I need help from others to take it to the next level.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 29, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Posted in Meta, Writing

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[WRITING] On routines

Long-time readers of A Bit More Detail are probably aware that I follow routines fairly strictly. A photo post invariably comes in the morning, followed by bulk links posts (news items now as well as blogs), followed by individual links of interest to me, followed some later some nights by essays and the kind. The idea of a routine helps me write, gives me a much-needed structure for this blog and much else.

I’m thinking of imposing still more structure on A Bit More Detail and its ancillary blogs, of committing myself to more writing of long-format posts like essays. I like writing. I aspire to be a writer, of some kind and of some import. Why not now?

Written by Randy McDonald

May 18, 2016 at 11:58 pm

Posted in Meta, Non Blog, Writing

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[META] On future posts

Hello!

For most of the past two weeks, I’ve been fighting an unpleasant stomach bug. Between work and rest, I’ve not have much time–or at least, much incentive–to be very busy here.

On a more profound level, I’ve been thinking a bit about my blog and what I want to achieve here. I have a greater interest in long-form writing than my posts here have indicated, I believe, as well as a disinterest in remaining particularly invested in content that I’m not particularly interested in composing. So, there will be changes. I’m not sure how far these changes will go at this point. Perhaps you’ll stay to discover them with me?|

Randy

Written by Randy McDonald

April 1, 2016 at 3:48 pm

Posted in Meta, Non Blog, Writing

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[META] Blogroll expansion!

Only two this time.

Written by Randy McDonald

March 9, 2016 at 11:04 pm