July 24th, 2005


HBP-2 and counting

Many happy returns of the day to wordplay, gaby723 and shista.

Back to work and not too much has changed, which is a good thing. So long as I can make the sleep pattern work, about which I am hopeful, then all is well. If I'm up this late tomorrow night then it's a bad sign, though.

Today was the first day after the night shift and I have spent it rereading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which for all its faults is far more thrilling than I remembered it to be. While there's a part of me which wants to abort and branch out to psychic_serpent's trilogy, which I never did finish, tomorrow I finally re-read Order of the Phoenix and then on Monday I get to dig in at last to Half-Blood Prince. LJ has largely been better than the mass media about avoiding specific spoilers, though there's enough that intimates certain developments that I have some pretty big clues about two (of the most?) important developments. I was amused by this spoiler-free story about a mass spoiling activity in real life, though. (Being so far behind the pace is annoying, but with work and Manorcon, it couldn't be avoided. Book 7 will trump [almost?] everything, though.)

My weight has crawled up to 185 lbs. - 13 stone 3 - after at least 5-10 lbs. of overindulgence in the US, rather making a mockery of my userinfo weight claim. Let's see if I can reign things in to make room for next time I go back.

Recently, Blogebrity pointed me to the existence of bramcohen, the LJ of Bram Cohen, who created BitTorrent. It was pretty impressive that someone that important - or, at least, someone who had created such an important piece of software - would use LJ. An occasional thought I ponder - normally with addedentry - is who the most famous LJ users are; at one time I thought that it was impossible to both use LiveJournal and be a celebrity, but I now don't think that's true. I think it's possible to both use LiveJournal and be a counter-culture celebrity, but there is not yet an example of a mainstream one.

Verified LJ celebrities include comic authors (warren_ellis, muskrat_john), web browser and other open source software developers (bramcohen, brad, asadotzler, jwz, stinkygoat,...), Young Adult/fantasy authors (pegkerr, blackholly, madlori...), poker players (extempore, simontrumper...) excluding, of course, all those wonderful folk who become (micro-)celebrities through their excellent journals. It's also true that counter-culture is a big brush here - if one of my Friends eventually wins the Hugo award for best novel - unlikely but not impossible - that's both pretty big celebrity and still counter-culture.

Yet the politicians (beingjdc aside), the journalists (adamsmithjr and sbisson aside) and the athletes tend not to pick LiveJournal as their blogging tool of choice and I don't know why. (I have a suspicion that the celebrities also tend to let their more counter-culture-focused sides out on LJ, too.) When there are comparatively many politicians who use Blogger. Movable Type, TypePad or the like, why do people tend to gravitate away from LJ? Why did the Olympic athlete who blogged use one of the LJ clones? (Can't remember which one - might have been InsaneJournal at a guess.)

Bedtime. The sooner I get to sleep, the sooner I can wake up! (Alarm clock? What's that?)