Monday, November 28, 2005

newsflash: intelligent life detected at AOL!

this just in (well, sorta...)

my comment:

Thanks for this post Jason - I appreciate your ability to think through the issues and see the bigger picture.

For me, the ads were a wrong move, but the disreguard of customer loyalty, and their wishes and desires is even worse. And AOL's blatant inability or lack of desire to communicate and negotiate is unforgiveable.

I've been through all the aol growing pains - all the way back to the days of paying by the minute. I've earned the right to protest. And so I do.

It's unfortunate that the execs are ignorant to what the customers already know - which is that AOL is a train wreck happening in slow motion - obscenely fascinating, but at the same time, horrifying to watch.

Some of us are just here to mourn the death of something that was once good.

And some of us are just hanging around to see it finally crumple.

And the real shame is that the whole thing was/is totally preventable.

But they'll never learn that.

Yah. Go ahead, you can comment too!


Wednesday, November 23, 2005

on Happy Thanksgiving and other matters

Well, the holiday soup is made, and the pineapple bread stuffing is waiting to be mixed.

So between the soup and the stuffing - I just wanted to pop on again and wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving - filled with good food, good wine, and of course, good friends and family.

We have a lot to be Thankful for - so take a moment and remember the people, the places and the things that really matter.

Ya know, like indoor plumbing, hot showers, automatic coffee makers, electricity, mascara, dishwashers and laundry appliances, chocolate, debit cards, comfortable low heel shoes, netflix, a good bookstore, cds, a cool car, and 400 count sheets.

Oh sure, oh sure - the husband, the kids, the family, the friends, the health, and all that jazz -

but on a day to day basis -

Come on - be honest.


on giving a head's up.

Yah. So I know that upon waking every morning - the first thing you ask yourself is -"Gee, I wonder if Flora posted today."

yeah, I know - I do it too.

And alls I got to tell you people (can you tell I'm from Philly) is that "tings" as usual, are getting a bit hectic aound here.

Well, "here", as in on my side of the screen. I'm sure they are for you too.

So, until someone volunteers to be my personal assistant or I get a surrogate wife and mother (You lesbians have it made, I tell ya.) The postings and commenting might be a little more irregular than usual. Not that I'm irregular, mind you. Cause I'm really not now that I increased my fiber...oh, wait...nevermind.

Anyway - so just you know, "Out of sight - does not mean - out of mind." with regard to my fine friends in J-land.

For The Grandiose Queen of Tudicity (how do you like that Albert!) is merely tending to other matters at hand, and being the attentive Queen that she is - she automatically reserves the right to do so.

Righto - there's holiday soup to be made...

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Blogburbia Succulent Wisdoms

Here ye! Here Ye!

The Blogburbia Tavern is officially opened.

Let's belly up to the bar and share a glass of ale!

Why? Because the succulence continues..

Saturday, November 19, 2005

on moving to the suburbs

ya know,

I'd rather think of this as j-land just acquiring more real estate.

the community stays bound - we just moved to the suburbs -

so we have to drive a little further...

the air is cleaner.

it's peaceful...the surroundings are prettier - look I got polka-dots!

and you can use dirty words and open opinions if you want to - and big brother can't tos you.

I can live with that.

which isn't to say that I won't go back to the hood once in a while..

just to remind myself why I left.

now really, anyone for a good game of scrabble?

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Take a stand Mr. Jellyfish!

John Scalzi is so disappointing.

Yah, I know. He's "just doing his job".

But I'm beginning to have a problem with that.

Of course he knows what side his bread is buttered on - but you'd think he'd show some spine once in a while and stand up for the community.

We're the ones, remember, that justified AOL even creating that position for him.

And now he's placating us with useless "comment here" type crap entries between even more useless crappy entries.

And notice today how he's burying them deeper and deeper....muddling the path to progress...breaking up the rioting masses into small little groups. Oh, but he did remember to link kind of him.

When all he should do, is leave one entry...and let the complaints pile up...and then direct the "powers to be" to just go and read that one entry.

Sigh, but I suppose there really aren't any real men left in the world. He's too busy stuffing his pockets with the salary that we pay him.

I hope he washes his hands after handling his next paycheck. "Out, out, damn spot..."

Show some spine, Mr. Jellyfish, and take a stand.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

on movie quotes and aolhell

Howard Beale: Network, 1997

Howard Beale: I don't have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It's AOL. Everybody's out of commission or scared of losing their journals. The dollar buys a nickel's worth of aol time, journals are going bust, journalkeepers keep a hidden alternate blog under the counter. AOLPunks are running wild in the street and there's nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there's no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our journal is unfit to read, and we sit watching our screens while some local aol hired blogger tells us that today we had fifteen outages and sixty-three violent crashes as if that's the way it's supposed to be. We know things are bad - worse than bad. They're crazy. It's like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don't go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the journals we've been writing in is getting smaller, and all we say is, 'Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won't say anything. Just leave us alone.' Well, I'm not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don't want you to protest. I don't want you to riot - I don't want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn't know what to tell you to write. I don't know what to do about the corporate greed and the ad banners and the programmers and the crime in the control room. All I know is that first you've got to get mad.
Howard Beale: [shouting] You've got to say, 'I'm a HUMAN BLOGGER, Goddamnit! My journal has VALUE!' So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell,
Howard Beale: 'I'M AS MAD AS HELL,AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!' I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell - 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Things have got to change. But first, you've gotta get mad!... You've got to say, 'I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!' Then we'll figure out what to do about the ad banners and the non working buttons and the slime lords. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it:
Howard Beale: [screaming at the top of his lungs] "I'M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!"

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because aol's shit does, in fact, stink....


I smell a stampede...

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Good morning, aolhell.

Good morning aolhell.

Thanks for waking me up with yet another kick in the ass.

Thanks for whoring out my journal for me in the middle of the night when I wasn't looking.

Thanks for yet another day of customer UNappreciation. You really are king in that department. You must mistake me for a masochist. I'm not.

Thanks to the advertisers, who once again, found a way to jam their sh*t down my throat and any other dark orifice they can find...For that service, you can most assuredly assume and damn well bet that I won't be visiting or patronizing ANY of your services. So continue wasting your money on useless ad campaigns like this if you like. Pissing off a potential customer is not a good way to do or make new business in case you didn't know. But you should have already learned that one if Marketing 101.

Perhaps you were distracted by your greed.

Thanks AOL for once again, giving me a chance to stretch out my legs over at BLOGSPOT a very pleasant, fully functioning, customer friendly, FREE journal community that even has prettier backgrounds than you do - I'm getting to like it there.

So,thanks AOL.

Yah, Thanks a lot for nothing.

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shameless self promoting

Why? well, why not. It is a day of ads after all.

So there just might be a few of you who are unfamiliar with the famous Floralilian wares ~ and, of course, the Queen of Flimflammery does not want you to feel left out.


Step right up folks, cause boy oh, boy, do I have some "tings" to show you!

Are you in the mood for a little shopping?

Of course you are!

Zip on over to my online boutique and fill your cart with goodies then.

Lots of new items added just today!

that's - for all you who like to copy and paste....

and don't forget to sign the guestbook while you are there!

Thanks and Happy shopping!

the beading biddy

in the beginning - there was the official notice:

Well now, fancy that.

It looks like congratulations to me, are now order.

Here ye! Here ye! Let it be known to all that doth verily and unwarily enter here, that on this day, the 5th of June, in the year of our lord, 2005, that there hath been borne to the community of EBlogger.....a new journal.

Let it also be known to all, that this conception, which was wholly and randomly inspired, albeit though modern marketing techniques, but thankfully not physically inseminated (because well, that would be just toooo weird), by the mongul company Google; was jointly entered into freely and (obviously free of contraceptives) with complete disregard to thought and ramifications that said journal might taketh from mine future free time and sanity, but so be it.

And let it also be known to all, that from these above curious actions, the conception between mind and mongrel, er mogul, grew rapidly and was inevitably birthed thusly in a matter of mere seconds by the good graciousness of the technology of Eblogger, and by me hitting a few designated keys....

And for all of those curiously concerned, the birthing process was free of any unnatural drugs or devices, save an old computer and bowl of vanilla ice cream. (With ice cream naturally, being eternally inspiring.)

No trees, or whales, were ever harmed in the process.

Feel free kind community, to drop by unannounced, whenever said randomness grabs hold of ye, and enter your random thoughts randomly or otherwise, or voices, or real estate (but heavens, not small children) whenever the inspiration screams loudly to be let loose from your loins unto the masses via this forum.

And if thou doth rather desire to lurk in the background and act as a voyeur...well, that is okay too. Just please be kind, and wash your hands frequently....

To those who do chooseth to participate, know there is safe haven here. Just do not, however, become an emotional drain, and suck the life out of the group or do any really weird stalking kind of thingeths, because then i might have to call upon mine Uncle Guido, and his cohort, "Jimmy da Thumbs" (dont ask.)....

Let it be known to all too, that there just might be opportunities for thou to expandeth horizons, and have chance encounters with the unusual and interesting, as long as everyone's immunizations are up to date...

Naturally, politeness and general good manners should always prevail, except, of course, when they shouldnt....

Proper grammar and punctuation should always be attempted even for the weak and feeble minded, except of course, when you dont feel like it.

Special dispensation and forgiveness for the glaring lack of capitalizations and contractions must be granted by you, to me, for the most part, because well...i am just too lazy to shift keys.

you might be too.

come now, pull up that chair, and lets see what "tings" developeth.

posted by floralilia @ 3:33 PM 5 comments

Genesis; Chapter 1...and God said, let there be blogs..

Okay, not really, I just made that up.

but He would have, if He had thought of it in time.

wait Flora, is this blog blasphemy?

hardly. a blog created out of the depths of AOLHELL...

thank you, AOL for pushing my last button...

so folks...let's have a look around eblogger a bit, shall we?