November 30th, 2007

Vert Anglais With The Girls

Rome Girl and I went over to the Vert Anglais last night and she finally met Ainsley Hayes Girl and her sister.

The Waves were playing and were interesting as every. They have a slightly different line up every week and this time around they had a huge stand up bass which made them sound awesome. For some reason they were sticking to mostly Police and Beatles songs last night, but they are entertaining enough were that doesn't bother me at all.

I talked to The Correct Bartender because last Thursday was his birthday and at the end of the night he did a full striptease. He's a bit embarassed by it - even though roughly 15 cute girls applauded when he finally showed his very full monty.

Apparently someone made a video tape of it and I'm trying to talk him into giving me a copy so I can post it on here.

Obviously if he relents you'll all be the first to know!

Explicit Adult Content

Anyone have any idea what the ramifications are of the new LJ policy to screen and rate adult content?

LiveJournal wants to prevent minors from seeing adult content in a way that does not interfere with the experience of users who are 18 and over. The ability to set entries, journals, and communities as either "Adult Concepts" or "Explicit Adult Content" is a functionality community maintainers and users have been requesting for a long time.

While we offer users the opportunity to accurately use the adult content settings within their own journals, we are aware that this will not always be the case, which is why we've additionally created the functionality to allow users to flag content they feel is inappropriate.

Users who choose to flag another person's entry, journal, or community will be given five options: "Explicit Adult Content," "Offensive Content," "Hate Speech," "Illegal Activity," or "Nude Images of Minors." If the user flags the content as "Explicit Adult" or "Offensive Content," the content will automatically go into a moderation queue.

Rome Girl says I should just list my entire LJ as "Explicit Adult Content" but if I do that no one will be able to read any of my entries unless they go to their setting page and select "do not filter results."

Also, no non LJ users would be able to read my blog at all!

Illegal Activity

The most problematic part of the new LJ Content Rating System is that you are supposed to flag your blog entries if they discuss "illegal activity."

Because, honestly, what the fuck is illegal activity? It varies from place to place.

If I'm blogging from a country that enforces Sharia Law would I be allowed to blog about stoning rape victims, but have to flag any entry that discusses drinking alcohol?

If I'm blogging from Amsterdam can I freely talk about prostitution?

Would it be against the rules for me to post about driving 90 in New Jersey which has a 65 mile an hour speed limit but fine for me to do so about Nevada which has no speed limit?

The mind boggles.

Little Shop Of Horrors Reference

Rome Girl went on her third trip to the dentist this week and they think they finally got the dead nerve out of her mouth.

She has to go back again on Wednesday for a check up and for them to fill the tooth.

The good news is that with four visits, including surgery, x-rays, anesthetisa, and examinations the total cost is going to be 120 bucks.

Counting Crowe

You know, in general when you see a DVD and it's labeled "Director's Cut" it's generally a rip off and a way to get you to pay extra money for a movie you've already seen or else to see like an extra two minutes the director tacked on.

There is one huge exception to this rule.

The director's cut of Almost Famous is a completely different movie than the theatrical version.


And it's one of the very few films that is capable of making this grown man cry.

When his sister says to him "Someday you'll be cool" while Simon and Garfunkle are playing "America" it sends chills down my spine.

That moment is on the the regular disk, but the real emotional moments are only on the director's cut and I'm not going to say what they are, because they are better raw.

All I can say is that if you can Netflix the director's cut of Almost Famous do it.

And I dare you, man or woman, not to finish the movie sobbing, in a good way.