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I Believe.

I believe in Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin. I believe in Lin Chung, Hu San Niang, the Tattooed Dragon and the rest of the Nine Dozen Heroes. I believe in Leon and ‘No women, no kids’. I believe in Judge Dee Jen-djieh, Chao Tai, Ma Joong, Tao Gan, and Sergeant Hoong. I believe in Chmee, the Kzin formerly known as Speaker to Animals. I believe in Nile Etland and her genetically-engineered otter friends. I believe in Dachande (Broken Tusk) and Machiko Noguchi aka Da’dtou-di (Little Knife). And that the movie that reused some of the book’s ideas sucked dead Xenomorphs through a straw.

I believe in Jaheira, in Viconia, in Minsc and Boo. And I believe that Boo really is a Miniature Giant Space Hamster.

I believe in Rincewind, in Sam Vimes, in Arch-chancellor Ridcully, and in Carrot and Angua (although I’ve developed a slight case of Carrot/Sally shipping because Angua’s insecurities are starting to get right up my nose).

I believe in Number Ten Ox and in Master Li, who has a slight flaw in his character. I believe in Ogami Itto and his son, forever wandering. And in Buck Duane, the Lone Star Ranger.

I believe that the game’s afoot. That somewhere Alan Quartermain stumbled upon lost civilisations. That John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke, secretly watches Tarzan movies and laughs himself sick at their dire portrayals of him. And I believe in Doc Savage and his Famous Five.

I believe in redemption.

Redemption for Viconia, for Spike, for Willow, for Little Krell, for Chen Lung, for Leon, for Lady Snowblood, for Jonathan, for Faith, for Ilona Costa Bianchi, and most of the time for Angel. Often even for Harmony. But not for Andrew. Or for Graham Poll.

And I believe that Charlie Croker managed to get everybody safely off the coach and salvage most, although not all, of the gold.

But most of all I believe that SixApart is a division of Wolfram & Hart and, alas, not the division headed by Ilona Costa Bianchi.

(and that is why I’ve created a Greatest Journal account with the same user name as here. All the cool grown-ups are doing it; some say we’re lemmings, but I say that we’ve seen the iceberg up ahead and are booking our seats on the lifeboats.)

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enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amen, and amen.
aamah From: aamah Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is everyone doing this because they believe that LJ for those of us not 19 and under will disappear or just not cater to our demographic? I'm only reasonably computer/internet capable. I've found a nice little niche here in LJ and I really don't want to go through all that again. I'm not a graphaholic and if I understand it all correctly, those are the people most effected by all this.

Please, if you can, enlighten me. I want to do the right thing. I don't want to be left here alone, but if the iceberg isn't going to effect my words or the fiction, then I'm content to stay.

Help. Please.
trepkos From: trepkos Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well I can't leave, I bought a permanent account - why is everyone doing this leaving thing?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a permanent account as well but that's one of the reasons why I'm worried; they've got my money and I think that makes me no longer of any value to them. I don't intend to leave, but I'm getting ready so that if things do deteriorate to the point where everybody leaves I can do so with minimum disruption.
trepkos From: trepkos Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
What I don't understand is, what are the bad things people think are going to happen?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
The look and feel of LiveJournal being changed to resemble MySpace, with features designed to appeal to the MySpace/BeBo crowd taking precedence over existing features to the point where it becomes user-unfriendly to those accustomed to the existing interface. Possibly even positive discrimination against existing users in an attempt to shuffle us off to Vox.

I'm hoping it doesn't happen, and the Greatest Journal strategy is a shot across SixApart's bows as much as it is an attempt to set up an alternative to LiveJournal as we know it.
trepkos From: trepkos Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for that.
I nabbed my name just in case.
But if they don't see the older users as an asset they have their heads up their arses.
How many young people want to read nothing but stuff by other young people?
I certainly wouldn't have - part of the attraction of LJ for me would have been contact with people other than my age group, when I was a teenager.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
We're not leaving; just getting a place of safety arranged in advance in case future events force us to leave. Many people have a feeling that SixApart intend to degrade LiveJournal's usefulness to non-teens to try to force us to subscribe to their new 'Vox' blogging service. By setting up Greatest Journals we are not just creating back-ups to use if that day comes, we are also signalling to SixApart that their tactics will not have the effect that they intend.

Greatest Journal is very similar to LiveJournal in its current form, so if there is a mass exodus I'm sure you'd find it just as easy to use.
aamah From: aamah Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. One more question, what is wrong with Vox?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite possibly nothing is wrong with Vox as such - look at it at http://www.sixapart.com/vox/ - but there isn't anything wrong with LiveJournal as it stands either. And we've already paid for LiveJournal. If they're going to try to push us off LJ so that they can get more money off us through another one of their products then they can forget it; we'll move to something run by a different company instead. I'm all for punishing companies who try to take advantage of customer loyalty to screw the customers over.

And hey, Greatest Journal offers 2,000 icons on free acounts!
aamah From: aamah Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah hah!
Actually, I was embarrassed after I asked the question, sure that you would think something like, "Why can't the bint look it up herself, I'm not a bloody information service," so I went over and looked at both of them. It's interesting that it pushes all of their blogs on the one site and I admit I only spent a moment, but I couldn't find anything that suggested one blog was courting a demographic over an other. Are we supposed to guess it by the graphics/color schemes? If it looks like Teen Magazine it's for the kids and if it looks like Good Housekeeping it's for people "of a certain age?"

So, it's really about a boycott then?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's about showing them that a boycott would be incredibly easy and that they can't force us to do anything. And about having somewhere else to go in case they are pig-headed enough to press on with their plans anyway.

You might think that I'm being paranoid; but I learned long ago that being deeply suspicious of all actions by a corporation is realism not paranoia.
willowgreen From: willowgreen Date: June 23rd, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Amen to that. I was around when AOL reorganized all their discussion forums and totally destroyed existing communities in the process. It might not happen here, but it certainly could.

BTW, I'm now Willowgreen on GreatestJournal, too!
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: June 24th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC) (Link)
SixApart has, in marketing materials, identified LJ as being of interest mostly to teens and those in their early 20's, while their new Vox is for more mature people. And Vox will have ads, too --- I'm thinking inescapable ads aimed at the more mature people who (SixApart assumes) have loads of disposable income to buy the "grown-up" things advertised. I'm sure it's all about the advertising revenue.
aamah From: aamah Date: June 24th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. Now I get it!
fishsanwitt From: fishsanwitt Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lovely list (and I'm off to friend you on GJ :)

I'm not sure about the iceberg, but I'd rather be safe than sorry!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 26th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
frenchani From: frenchani Date: June 23rd, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
You funny guy you!

:- )
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 26th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: June 26th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
krjemb From: krjemb Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Greatest Journal accounts

I’ve created a Greatest Journal account with the same user name as here
So have I. Mostly so if I have to move I can keep the same name. I friended you on GJ too.
ffutures From: ffutures Date: June 23rd, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, I'm now ffutures there - but I probably won't be using it much until such time as things go hideously wrong with Livejournel.
spikewriter From: spikewriter Date: June 23rd, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I friended you back on GJ. :)

I'm hoping we don't have to decamp there, either, but I'm certain making preparations just in case. I've been through re-arrangements and seen communities destroyed -- I still have scars from the dismantlement of the old GEnie boards, which destroyed more than one wonderful community. LJ is the closest thing I've known to that since this and I'm reluctant to let it go if I don't have to.
debxena From: debxena Date: June 23rd, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
1: Yay Boo! *loves the hamster*

2: But most of all I believe that SixApart is a division of Wolfram & Hart and, alas, not the division headed by Ilona Costa Bianchi. *cracks up*

3: I haven't moved to GreatestJournal. I like it here - I shan't move until absolutely forced. And I can always go back to blogging on my website ...
sammywol From: sammywol Date: June 23rd, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Where do you atand on the pronunciation of 'lever'?

I'll join you in the lifeboat soon I think.
kallysten From: kallysten Date: June 23rd, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
lovely list
gillo From: gillo Date: June 23rd, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't really understand this Greatest Journal thingy, but it does seem as if all the cool lemmings are doing it.

I believe in Esme Weatherwax. And Fitzwilliam Darcy.
diachrony From: diachrony Date: June 24th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I believe in Rincewind, too.

I also created a GJ account "just in case" ... same name ... and, given that I see you at Eza's journal all the time and she is a veryvery good friend of mine, I've been planning to come check you out too when I had the time. I went ahead & friended you on GJ. And here at LJ as well. It may take me some time to read your fic. *scrambles to keep up*

But, hello. And I'm very pleased to make your acquaintance.
woman_of_ From: woman_of_ Date: June 24th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anyone who even remembers the Water Margin, especially "Painted Dragon", has to be on my friends list.

I loved your stories that I read at The Crypt, even if I do mostly read/write slash, when the het mood hits, you always get the spot.

Also I got at GJ account as well! will friend you there as well! {{Hugs}}
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