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Further info on the LJ DDoS attacks

Originally posted by deathpixie at Further info on the LJ DDoS attacks
Grabbed from [info]alasdair

synecdochic: LiveJournal’s DDoS and Russian Politics

This is an excellent round up of the problems that have plagued LJ of late, which are, in turn an interesting insight into the implications of running something that truly is a global service. The short version: if you are an English language user who is tempted to complain about LJ's recent down time, you should probably shut the fuck up before you embarrass the rest of us. And if you are an English language user who isn't actually *paying* for the service, and you're tempted to complain, please make do so a long, long way away from me, because I'd hate to have to beat you with something heavy.

As annoying as the downtime has been, it has served to bring to light the "other half" of LJ's user base in Russia, and to explain the importance of the journal platform to freedom of speech in that country. Enough so there are those who would see that platform go down. It really makes you think about the difference perspective makes. For us, LJ is a place we keep up with our friends, do memes, roleplay, write. For Russia, it's the place where people get a chance to know the truth of what's going on in the country and for ordinary people to have a voice.

Certainly something to think about, any way.

nikita: toasting, nikita: victory

Book Review: The Forbidden Game by L. J. Smith

I am not posting about NIKITA for a change. (LOL!) Guys, I am currently reading the Forbidden Game by LJ Smith and it is AWESOME!

(Off topic: is it just me or does she look uncannily like Nicci from Legend of the Seeker?)

I don’t know how I almost completely missed all L. J. Smith's books growing up. I read lots of R. L. Stine and Richie Tankersley Cusick but for some reason, L. J. Smith who writes in a similar vein never crossed my part. Unless you count ‘Daughters of Darkness’ which is a kick-ass story about a trio of kickass vampire sisters who run away from their chauvinistic, patriarchal Island of Vampires to live amongst humans; only to be chased by their brother who is like the atypical big bad Vampire Bad Boy; only for him to fall in soulmate with a human girl. Only being soulmates with a human doesn’t automatically redeem him and neither of them like each other much and they have to gradually fall in love in a more natural way throughout the course of the story and it ends with her deciding that she does not want to become a vampire and a creature who kills or is killed (I can hear the anti-Twilight fans cheering!) and him leaving her to redeem himself/become a better person than he is now. And that story really stayed with me way back then but I never got the opportunity to follow up on the series or the writer and it just faded out of my sphere of attention. I didn’t even remember the writer’s name.

Now with TVD being the second-best thing on TV (after Nikita, naturally; and in episodes when the writers remember to treat Bonnie decently), I went hunting for the original LJ Smith Vampire Diaries because word-of-mouth told me that they were “really great!” And lo and behold, what do I find in Wikipedia but that the same LJ Smith wrote Daughters of Darkness which is basically the only ‘Soulmate Story that isn’t a Eros ex Machina’ story I’ve ever read. So of course, I had to read her other books and luck of the draw picked Forbidden Game as my starting point.

And Forbidden Game is FANTASTIC! I am half-way through book one, specifically just after Collapse ) and I’m going, “OMG! Where were you when I ran out of Nancy Drew books to read?”

Whew. I just did my good deed for today and recommended a great book series to the masses. Gotta go and finish the Forbidden Game. If you don’t hear from me again, I guess I lost.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★