kevyn: (depressed)
( Jan. 6th, 2009 04:56 am)
I'm now in my third consecutive day of being bedridden with gout in my right knee, barely able even to hobble to the toilet.

This invalid thing is getting old, real fast.

Drinking lots of water. Don't have any ice, so I can't use that on my knee. Wish I had cherry juice.

My legs are so sore from having to distribute my weight in unfamiliar ways. I take Naproxen and Ibuprofin, but it only helps a little.

Sleeping is difficult, because there are only certain ways I can lay pain-free, and if I roll over in my sleep, the pain wakes me up.

I feel like my life has come to a complete stop. I'm ready for this to be over.
By now you've probably heard the news that LiveJournal has laid off a significant part of their staff. This is not good news, and may mean that LJ is imploding as a for-profit service.

A group of users are starting to rally to buyout LJ as a non-profit. It's worth considering -- if LJ is owned by users, instead of a corporation only interested in the bottom line, it could continue.

[ profile] ljuser_buyout is a new LJ group founded for just that purpose. Below is the first post from the group. I'll hope you'll consider joining this effort to keep LJ alive.

Once upon a time, Brad Fitz sold LJ to SixApart, which then promptly sold it again to Sup for $30 million.

Sup, in the meantime, has had difficulty making a profit on LJ and now seems to think the whole deal was a loser. They recently fired 20 of LJ's 28 employees, leaving only a caretaker financial staff with little or no technical expertise. It turns out to be very difficult to make money on a network and blog site like LJ.

Which means LJ will languish and wither for lack of support, or be sold off to somebody else to see if they can make a go of it.

But what if a million or two LJ users got together and pitched in to create a not-for-profit foundation to buy LJ back and run it for the benefit of its users?

This community now exists as a rallying point for the organization of exactly such an effort.

Welcome. If you are interested in joining us in planning, organizing, and effecting a user buyout of LiveJournal, please join us.

(Ganked from [ profile] ogam)
Pop quiz:

Which institution is lying?

A.) The International Red Cross: Gaza is mired in a full-blown humanitarian crisis. (The U.N. concurs.)


B.) The Government of Israel: There is no humanitarian crisis.

Hint: Which one is keeping journalists and U.N. investigators out of Gaza?


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