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hutch0
Date: 2007-12-13 23:01
Subject: facebook is weirding me out...
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:quite unnerved, reallyquite unnerved, really
Music:porcupine tree
This needs a little background. A few months ago a friend of ours, who moved to France with her husband, was persuaded by her nephew over here to get herself a facebook page so she could keep in touch with family goings-on, and she invited me to be a friend. This necessitated getting myself a facebook page, and we swapped messages a couple of times and then went back to our usual method of communication, which is us phoning them on high days and holy days and her sending us bizarre viral emails, and I forgot about facebook.
Anyway, earlier in the week marlowe1 ran me to ground and invited me to friend his facebook, or whatever the hell it's called. Which I happily did.
Now, I'm not wise in the ways of facebook, so I thought I ought to poke around in it and see what it can do, and I just clicked on the `home' tab and scrolled down a bit and I found an entry which reads `popular posted items in the London network.' I presume (and I hope Tim will correct me if I'm wrong) these are news stories posted on facebook by London users.
Okay. Top item is `Bike Sex Man Placed On Probation.' Second place is `Cat's Daily Routine Baffles Owner.' Third place is `Man Hurt Using Gun To Change Tyre.'
Sharp-eyed villagers might recognise items one and two. And I wrote a story for the paper about item three.
I'm sorry, I just find that the merest little bit spooky.

I have a MySpace page as well, but that just scares me.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-13 23:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As they used to say in The Outer Limits, ooh-eeh-ooh-eeh-ooh.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-13 23:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
`Ooh-eeh-ooh-eeh-ooh?' Isn't that that Minnie Ripperton song?
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-13 23:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dunno asbout Minnie Ripperton (who she? -- Ed), but your question made me wonder if it could better apply to Emilie Simon. I played La Simon's first (and so far as I know only) CD for the first time the other day and thought, "Erm . . .": she has one of those affected little-girl voices, like . . . um, Coralie Clement, maybe. At the same time I thought the arrangements were nicely imaginative.

Well, since I was out of the room when the Milla Jovovich CD was coming to its end and so couldn't reflexively flick the "Repeat" control, the Magickle CD Karousel has brought Simon around for a second play . . . and, actually, it's pretty damn' fine: taken as a part of the whole, the little-girl voice now seems like the uniquely right approach.

I'm listening out for her to sing "Ooh-eeh-ooh-eeh-ooh" -- I'm sure it's in there somewhere.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-14 00:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Minnie Ripperton did a song back in the Seventies which I think was called `Loving You,' which was sung in an unnaturally high voice and whose refrain went something like `La La La La La, La La La La La, La La La La La, Oooh Eeh Ooh Eeh Ooh.' It was very popular.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-14 00:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I don't think I ever heard it. Certainly I don't recall it at all.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-14 00:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Jeez, tonight seems to be my night for posting comments before I've finished 'em.

Much thanks for the info. If there were pub trivia quizzes over here, I'm certain this'd be the answer to a really crucial question sometime within the next few days . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-14 00:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's actually one of those songs that literally will not go away, so that you eventually find yourself wanting to claw out the part of your brain where it's hiding, so I don't blame you for not remembering it. The nightmarish thing is, now I've mentioned it, it keeps going through my head, no matter how much I turn up the volume on my Walkman...
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2007-12-13 23:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And, as I meant to say, at the time the Beeb's versions of stories #1 and #2 were top of the "most e-mailed items" on their website. In fact, I saw one of the two there before you brought it to a wider public in The Villages.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-14 00:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
DAMN! Last with the news again! That's my whole career in a nutshell.
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rou_killingtime
User: rou_killingtime
Date: 2007-12-14 12:25 (UTC)
Subject: MySpace is a black hole
A black hole, I say. Why do I say that? Because apparently, once you've crossed the virtual 'event horizon' (i.e. making a page for yourself)... you can't escape.

I've tried six or seven times to cancel my MySpace account now, and they have consistently failed to send me the email that allows me to confirm the cancellation request. It occurred to me that maybe their confirmation was being caught by anti-spam filters somewhere en-route, so I changed the email address associated with my account to one that I know for a fact uses no anti-spam filtering, then tried cancelling again. No dice. Funnily enough, they did send me an email to confirm my change of email address, which pretty much proves that emails from them *do* reach me.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2007-12-15 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: Re: MySpace is a black hole
I haven't bothered trying to get rid of my page. It might come in useful one day, and right now it's not costing me anything to just leave it where it is. I look in every three or four months, just to make sure everything's in order, then I forget it for a while.
The thing is, LJ is far better suited to my needs than either facebook or MySpace. And I like the people here.

Maybe you should give up trying to cancel your account and just ignore it. Unless you're paying for something, of course...
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