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I just read teh policy, after alerts from housepet and wild_irises. I haven't even tried to wade through 140+ pages of comments (LJ got 2000 comments/day until they maxed out at the 10,000 comment limit). But I just have to ask a question of the folks doing the programming at LJ:

What in the name of all that's reasonable were you thinking??

Seriously, it appears as though someone in the office really thought one day, "Gee, it would be great if people who comment on my FRIENDS ONLY posts could crosspost their comments to their own Facebook feeds without my permission. Let's make that happen." What the hell? Did someone just forget what "Friends Only" means?

My first thought was that this had to be some kind of mistake - I mean clearly it was SOME kind of mistake, but I thought it must have been the "We didn't plan for it to do this" sort, or the "Someone has misunderstood what this feature does" sort of mistake. I didn't think it could really be the "We did this stupid thing on purpose" kind of mistake. But indeed it does seem to have been that sort of mistake. The announcement proudly declares:

If you set your default to cross-post comments, ALL of your comments, including screened and Friends Only comments, can be cross-posted whenever you choose. Only public comments, however, will be preselected to cross-post. If you wish to cross-post a Friends Only or screened comment, you will need to select the cross-posting option manually when you post the comment.

Not only did you do it on purpose, you seriously thought that it was a feature, and not a massive bug. How?

To be sure, there has been some backtracking. The "update" to the announcement claims, "We understand and appreciate your desire for privacy. We share your concerns. Most of us would not want to publish our LiveJournal usernames or FO comments to Facebook or Twitter either..."

But, guys, if you wouldn't want to do that then why did you deliberately set your system up to make it possible?
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I passed by a psychic's shop today, and the sign read "Lecturas de Tarot." Of course that means "Tarot Readings," but I had to think for a minute to remember why the Spanish word would be "Lecturas" rather than "Leyendos."

Way back when universities were just getting started, a "lecture" was literally a "reading." Rather than writing up his own notes or lesson plans, a professor would actually read to the class - usually a passage from a classical authority on the subject. If you were studying anatomy, you took readings from Galen.

Likewise a "lectern" was not originally a pedestal for a speaker to stand behind. It was a high table tilted to hold a book at a convenient angle for reading. Those big handwritten books were heavy, and no one would want to carry one around while he read to the class.

And to think I thought psychics' shops weren't good for anything.
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You show me a bad joke in Red Thunder, and I'll show you John Varley corn.
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Today's workout was all about squats. I was working on form and depth: 5 sets of max reps with ~80% of my 1-rep maximum. 315x7, 335x6, 335x6, 345x5, 315x7


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Today's exercise experiment was the One-Leg Bench Squat. 3 sets of 10 reps each leg holding a single 15lb dumbbell. I used a cane to help with balance.

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I went a mile on the treadmill today. Time: 14 min 18 sec. This is nothing to brag about, but it's improved significantly from 15:05 for 1 mile on 3/29, and greatly from 8:08 for 1/2 mile on 2/28.

The interesting thing is that relatively few of my workouts are 1 mile walks/runs. I get cardio in through metabolic conditioning resistance workouts like some of those I've described here. But those workouts clearly translate into measurable gains on the treadmill.


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Tonight's workout: every minute on the minute, for 15 minutes, do one clean. Record minimum and maximum weights used.

Min: 95 lbs
Max: 135 lbs
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In the Overhead Squat you press the weight above your head, then hold it there while you squat. Works the arms, shoulders, legs, and core. Today was 5 sets of 5 reps. Poundage was 95, 115, 125, 125, 135.
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Amazing story.

In Wisconsin it's illegal for anyone under 18 to have sex with anyone - even other minors. Generally "contributing to the delinquency of a minor" is defined as any act that knowingly encourages or enables a minor to commit a crime.

So, since having sex while under 18 is a crime, this fellow (a Republican Baptist, to no one's surprise) claims that if teachers follow another state law requiring them to teach the use of condoms and contraceptives, he will charge them with CDM. Basically, he's claiming that it's equivalent to teaching them to use burglary tools and case houses.

His innocent claim - that, gosh, he'd really rather not have to do that, but his hands are tied - is a silly as the idea of prosecuting these people.

But to show you just how stupid the law can get in Wisconsin, check this: children under 17 who have sex with other children are charged as juveniles. But once they hit 17 (but are not yet 18) they're charged as adults.

Get it? They're sufficiently "adult" to face charges for something that is illegal only because they aren't adults.

Just amazing.
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