Thursday, February 26, 2015

Time's Up! Google as Nanny State

Because Google has chosen to suck rather than rock, I'm migrating all my blogs away from Blogger.

In March, Google will begin deleting (new and preexisting) adult-content blogs that do not voluntarily hide themselves from public access. Google lures users in with wonderful free services and promises to be good to them, but once you rely on them, they start changing the rules. The latest rule is censorship, as Google dons the mantle of Morality Police.

Even if you don't have an adult-content blog, you must acknowledge Google's perimeter of free speech just got smaller. A widespread and influential Internet organization that attacks free speech is a dangerous combination.

Many of my blogs are being recreated elsewhere:
Postalatry and Chosun People are looking for new homes, probably WordPress. The rest are being archived and deleted from online presence—they were never very popular, doesn't matter what happens to them. I'm not sure what will happen to Sweven Volant as it was my dumping ground for random topics. I'm not sure it needs to be preserved elsewhere.

Google is causing me a lot of work with their policy of censorship, but I choose to stand with freedom of speech and not with Google.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Open Letter to Google: You Really Suck

You suck, Google.

I've boosted you, I've supported you, I've promoted you to all my friends. I've dumped so much of my creativity and labor into you, creating a dozen blogs, a few websites. I played along with your experiments and was disappointed to see you abandon them, but I stood by you.

Now that I'm invested in you, with blogs that are difficult to transfer and extricate (I've been running this blog for eight years!), now that I've laboriously cultivated what few followers I have... you decide this is a great time to turn into a conservative watchdog and impose your newfound morality upon your constituency.

You've given adult-content bloggers two choices: hide or be deleted. Writers and bloggers have relied upon you for a decade, and your response to them is, "don't let the door smack you on your way out." Adult content, of course, is the borderland we all must watch, to anticipate the encroachment upon our personal liberties and freedom of speech. You have declared yourself against freedom of speech, and you have brought the battle that much closer to the rest of us.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Depression by Definition

Angst - an acute but unspecific feeling of anxiety; usually reserved for philosophical anxiety about the world or about personal freedom.

Malaise - physical discomfort (as mild sickness or depression).

Turmoil - a violent disturbance.

Weltschmerz - sadness on thinking about the evils of the world.

Ennui - the feeling of being bored by something tedious.

Despair - the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well.

Melancholy - a feeling of thoughtful sadness.

Morose - showing a brooding ill humor.

Gloom - filled with melancholy and despondency

Despondence - feeling downcast, disheartened, and hopeless.

Depression - a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity.

Megrims - a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Four Months of Unemployment

And it's not like I haven't been looking. I went through the three stages of rigamarole:

ONE: Ward off all the India-contracted placement agencies and spam-bots. "Hill-lo! Muy neme is... Petrick... Juhn-sun." As soon as everyone knows you're jobless (and they can scent this like bee-pheromones), your email will fill with noise and your phone will ring off the hook. All these inhuman, soulless entities will promise you they've looked at your resume and assure you they've given this a lot of thought, and in blatant contrast to these two statements they will offer you a position in sales.

Response: Unsubscribe, "do not call me again," modify your resume on Monster and CareerBuilder.