flaviomatani: (flavlines)
( Apr. 5th, 2017 05:52 pm)
More people leaving LJ for DW. And some probably will leave LJ and never quite make it to DW, not needing this livejournal thing of an app that is halfway between blogging and social networking. I hope enough of the people in my f-list do that the conversation may continue in a place different to Facebook, which had still happened in LJ in spite of the FB steamroller and the failure of all the FB alternatives from Diaspora to Ello.

This, btw, is crossposted to LJ from Dreamwidth.
flaviomatani: (computery)
( Aug. 9th, 2016 07:42 pm)
It would seem that Tsû, that other would-be Facebook killer, has bitten the dust. It is a pity, as it would be healthy if FB had at least some competition. At present only G+ has some sort of momentum but not remotely in any way that could replace or substitute for Facebook. 'Ello' is still there -but only just about. Everybody rushed to join when it came out but it quickly went very quiet. Is Diaspora still around?

There are many angles to this, but it boils down to one thing: your mum isn't on it, your cousin in Santiago or in Hong Kong isn't on it, your friends' party isn't on it and they all are on FB. This makes it very difficult to get an alternative going. It would be healthy if there was one, but it looks quite, quite difficult.

Yes, Livejournal is here and, if you're reading this, it means you are here and, probably some of your friends -but not all, certainly not your mum in Santiago or your cousin in Hong Kong -and that friends' party is not here either. It is not ever going to be a Facebook killer, although I do believe it has a role to play -but a different one.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Mar. 8th, 2016 10:02 am)
On a Met line train, making my way out of London for my teaching day in Watofordo. Running very late, won't be able to move stuff around (which will prevent me from using my printer, locked in a filing cabinet in my old teaching room which I cannot use because of a broken window mechanism that the school hasn't had time to fix, it's only been nine months since I reported it for the first time). This is probably going to be an interesting teaching day. As per the old supposedly Chinese curse.

The BT/Openreach engineer came yesterday, fixed the line, confirmed that 'somebody' had disconnected me to connect somebody else. This makes me wonder how long I will have telephone and internet before it happens again if it happened twice within 36 hours.

Elbow seems to be healing well but now I'm getting pain in my wrist (and more creaking when I turn it -not liking this much) and have noticed bruises on my knee and my leg that I hadn't noticed before, maybe because of the elbow. I should be able to play the guitar by the end of the week. I hope so; it is so much more long-winded to explain things in words than to demonstrate guitar in hand, even if you have the right words

Wondering about some friendships of mine (ok, one) that seem to be one way only, as in 'I try to be a friend, the other person tolerates my friendship'. That is not a satisfactory situation and I think I'll just get out of their hair. Anyone who reads this and knows my recent history will probably know who I'm talking about. Not their fault, we all are how we are.

Need to push the house-concert microgig idea more and get myself a few recitals for the summer. I'm so rubbish at 'selling the product', though. Need an agent, clearly... but that's another minefield.

Well, that's the current state of the flavio, I think. That, and strange dreams of loss and recovery and strange but familiar distant cities.
flaviomatani: (bondjetpack)
( Mar. 4th, 2016 10:02 am)
Getting slightly better mobility on my arm, which is good. Strangely, now my wrist is hurting and creaking more -but the hospital people say this is not related to the bone fracture. Have cancelled my teaching day at the school in Highgate today. Could probably do the teaching (albeit explaining in words rather than demonstrating by playing, which is always more convoluted -and with such short lessons as they do there...) but there's a certain amount of moving kit around (guitars, amp, my own printer which lives in a cardboard box there because the school hasn't got round to giving me access to the school network so I can print on the music office's laser) involved -and I already know that with elbow injuries you tend to think it's ok, overdo it and make it bad again, so trying to avoid that.

No news on the telephone/internet front, so at the moment I'm getting a trickle of internet by means of sticking my mobile phone to the window inside a wok which acts as a reflecting dish (as per a radar dish, I'm told) -thanks to Tarquin Finch for this excellent idea that actually works. Well, works well enough for a temporary work-around but would not want to depend on that permanently.
Well, the last few days have been rather strange and testing. In minor ways, nothing very dramatic but all the little things together do accumulate.

The most dramatic bit (or perhaps the most ridiculous one) must be my getting run over by a bicycle while coming back from feeding a travelling friend's cat. This resulted in a fractured radius, which impacts rather a lot of what I do: I cannot drive, lift weights... more importantly, I cannot play the guitar, which makes teaching it rather more complicated -half a bar of music demonstrated to a pupil can be worth hundreds of words. Literally. I also cannot properly wash or shower or do anything that requires two functional arms. Stretching or bending my left arm results in horrific shooting pain. Moving it at certain angles produces an intense pain that is very much like a cramp. Luckily (?) the bone didn't break, just fractured lengthwise and didn't change its position. Also feeling, curiously, like I let my friend down, somehow. One good thing is that the Royal Free Hospital people reassure me it won't take six weeks for me to be playing the guitar. Now, they do require me to do exercises stretching, flexing and rotating the arm. In other words, all the things that currently make me scream in agony...

The internet situation is even more strange. I had reported that my telephone line and broadband were dead. An engineer came on Monday and sorted it out, telling me that somebody ('a contractor, surely') had just disconnected me in order to connect somebody else. He reconnected me and I had internet and telephone... for less than 36 hours. Yesterday evening the line was dead again. I need the internet for a lot of stuff, partly for my teaching (I do a couple of online lessons) and communication with my pupils in several ways, apart from everything else I use it for. If that engineer was right I might be getting a sort of war of attrition, if BT/Openreach are going to be coming to fix that line for it to be pulled by ... whoever is doing it. This is unsustainable. We'll have to wait and see.

One little thing that compounds the internet situation is that I have very poor mobile reception in my flat. With luck I get enough to make phone calls (which often become warbly or get cut off). This hasn't always been the case and started about a year and a half ago. It means that in order to get some very patchy, very very slow internet I must put my mobile phone out the window and then tether the computer to it. Absurd, in these days. There's been a couple of other irritants these last few days but that's probably enough to mention. Nothing fatal, nothing big enough to warrant a good fit of sobbing screaming, but...
A few days ago I posted link to a youtube video of me playing a Leo Brouwer piece at a recital in January. I posted it in about 10 social media/etc sites. Have got 18 views. This is a little less than two views per site. Vagaries of the internet..
I've been taking a trial month of Netflix and then of Amazon Prime. The choice in Netflix seems to be rather limited but not being tied to a yearly plan but rolling month by month is a little more attractive to me than paying yearly lump sums. We'll see what I decide in the end, if anything. I've been told that there are hacks to gain access to the US Netflix which apparently has much more choice but haven't looked into that yet.

Science-fiction choices seem to be particularly scarce and a little disappointing. On Netflix -little and old. I've watched Iron Sky (finally; a lot of fun), Tron Legacy (but I never saw the original.. and they don't seem to have it either), the two Hobbit movies (ok, that's not SF), a couple of other things. I'm not really interested in sit-coms or rom-coms or Scandinavian detective dramas at this point and that would seem to be the bulk of the choice. Most of what I've done so far in Netflix has been to run nature and space documentaries (but there aren't that many of the latter) while I practise my scales on the guitar. I also watched 'Prometheus' and a couple of other things on Prime, including the first few episodes of 'Vikings' a series about which I knew nothing but quite liked thus far, with some reservations.

Last night, watching 'Event Horizon' on Netflix . Beginning to get confused between this and Prometheus! Those pesky aliens.. coming here to this planet to take our jobs and our movies. And I was kind of expecting the rather younger Morpheus to start offering blue and red pills to his personnel.

I'm still not entirely convinced about either, slightly in favour of Prime currently....
Tried to install Yosemite on my Mac mini last night. It froze on the progress bar on restart. There ensued three hours of trying to figure out how to get out of that, force restart, try again and finally very slowly finding a way to backpedal into Mavericks. At least I wasn't doing it in my MacBook Air which has all my work in it. That was a bit of a waste of an evening...
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Oct. 11th, 2014 10:40 am)
Woke up to find I cannot gain access to my livejournal pages; I get an 'Access Denied' page. This happens across multiple browsers and two computers but I can get (as I'm doing now) from my phone nad iPad if I switch wi-fi off (as I'm evidently doing now). This would seem to indicate that my IP is banned from the site. Irritating and perplexing, this. Have mailed their web support, will see what happens. Not enormously happy about this.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Oct. 3rd, 2014 12:07 pm)
Earlier post by friend in FB reminded me. Yes, Livejournal still is here, still works, not as busy but you don't see the sort of filler (memes and quizzes of the "which superhero/film star/small furry animal are you" kind, etc) and 'inspirational' posts that you used to, as it all has moved to FB. We won't talk about Ello.

And I'm still here on livejournal, so I suppose it couldn't all be perfect, but hey :)
flaviomatani: (computery)
( Sep. 30th, 2014 10:44 pm)
The more I look at Ello the more I wonder. Livejournal can do all that Ello can and a whole lot more. So can Dreamwidth, the LJ clone. So probably can a number of the pretenders to the Facebook Killer crown that have appeared and quietly fallen by the wayside over the years. I hope they do get it right and I would be willing to pay (a small amount) for something that worked ok and had the right policies as well as the right set of features. But my friends and family would have to be in it -and therein may lie the rub.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Sep. 26th, 2014 01:01 pm)
I would seem to be in Ello (thank you, [livejournal.com profile] antid0te!) -maybe because I don't have enough social net sites to keep track of? er, wait... in any case, if you would like to add me, I'm https://ello.co/fflavio over there
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Sep. 26th, 2014 01:01 pm)
I would seem to be in Ello (thank you, [personal profile] antid0te!) -maybe because I don't have enough social net sites to keep track of? er, wait... in any case, if you would like to add me, I'm https://ello.co/fflavio over there
It's 2003 again. At least on Facebook, where everybody keeps posting those things (they're not quizzes, no, neither they are memes; what are they...), like 'Which Superhero are you'? or 'Which Hollywood sex symbol are you?'. Which we all saw on our timelines on LJ twelve years ago. I couldn't see the point of that sort of thing then, I cannot now. Still, whatever floats your boat.
Interesting piece in Zdnet, if a little bit rather a personal attack, on the guy at Google who came up with Google Plus. Ephitets apart, it does reflect something that I've felt about Microsoft, Google and to an extent also Apple: they may have good intention to begin with ('do no evil..') but their developments and policies encroach in our lives in a way that in time may make Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' look like child's play:

http://www.zdnet.com/thanks-for-nothing-jerkface-7000030306/
flaviomatani: (sad mac)
( Jun. 7th, 2014 09:25 am)
Interesting piece in Zdnet, if a little bit rather a personal attack, on the guy at Google who came up with Google Plus. Ephitets apart, it does reflect something that I've felt about Microsoft, Google and to an extent also Apple: they may have good intention to begin with ('do no evil..') but their developments and policies encroach in our lives in a way that in time may make Orwell's 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' look like child's play:

http://www.zdnet.com/thanks-for-nothing-jerkface-7000030306/
flaviomatani: (computery)
( May. 26th, 2014 11:23 am)
To those friends who in the last week or so have re-discovered Livejournal and think it's all retro-cool: I see you and I raise you: ICQ! Prompted by a discussion on FB (which started about the political situation and that horrid little man, but people have got tired of that so it soon diverged and I'm just as tired so I won't even name him or his party) and soon diverged into a conversation about ye auld social media, I dug out my old ICQ login and lo, my two accounts are still there. Surprisingly, nobody in my contact list seems to ever be online. And, if I remember correctly, I got out of ICQ because I developed the same distaste for IM that I have for the telephone: it requires your response there and then, whereas email or other messaging systems allow you to take your time and think what you're going to say (not that I ever properly do, there is always something I overlook).

In any case, for what it may be worth, I'm 'Flav' (27539236) and 'From the little Planet' (er, the number was here just now... never mind) in ICQ...
Hating the new livejournal layout. It took me a while to find how to log in again, even. Yeah, let's make it simple and put large fonts and make it more like facetwit. And mobile.

[Edit ] Ah, it has reverted to the previous look once I logged in. Confusing. The info page still has that 'My Little Info Page' look, though.
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Feb. 25th, 2014 03:09 pm)
Gets a bit lonely in App.net sometimes. In some ways better than twitter although smaller. That has been said about Dreamwidth in relation to Livejournal, mind. In any case, in case I may tempt you:

https://join.app.net/from/dgpyfxmjst


The Wikipedia article on App.net.
flaviomatani: (computery)
( Jan. 22nd, 2014 10:28 am)
it would seem like the livejournal so-called memes have moved to Facebook. The sort of 'Which character in famous movie are you' type quizzes. I thought those things had died in 2004. Never understood their appeal but then, there is so much about pop culture that I don't understand.
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