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Here's the sixth iteration of my design for One Post Wonder. Yep, OPW is the winning name.

New today: I grappled with the need for navigation and editing controls. Successfully, I think. I like the way they remain prominent without taking over too much of the page.

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STAR TREK I: THE MOTION PICTURE

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN

STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK

STAR TREK III•: ACTUALLY A TOTALLY NEW MOVIE BUT MARKETING SAID WE COULDN'T GO WITH IV YET

STAR TREK III• NT: THIS MOVIE NEVER SUDDENLY STOPS PLAYING FOR NO REASON BUT IT CONTAINS NO PRETTY SPACESHIPS AT ALL

STAR TREK IIIS NT: NO REALLY, THIS ONE WILL PLAY TO THE END

STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME

STAR TREK IV NT: THE VOYAGE WORK

STAR TREK IV•: THE VOYAGE HOME ONLINE

STAR TREK V: WHAT DOES WORK NEED WITH A GAME PLATFORM

STAR TREK IV:·:: WHAT DOES HOME NEED WITH MULTIPLE USERS

STAR TREK V•: FIVE UNDISCOVERED EDITIONS

STAR TREK VI: THE COPY PROTECTED MOVIE YOU COULDN'T WATCH

STAR TREK VI•: SORRY WE PISSED OFF SEVERAL GENERATIONS

STAR TREK VI••: ACTUALLY AN UNRECOGNIZABLY DIFFERENT MEDIUM THAT ISN'T FILM AT ALL WITH A FILM STAPLED TO IT. PLEASE RUN UP TO THE FRONT OF THE THEATER AND TOUCH THE PROJECTION SCREEN TO CONTINUE

STAR TREK VI•••: PROJECTION SCREEN NO LONGER CATCHES FIRE WHEN YOU RUN UP TO THE FRONT OF THE THEATER AND TOUCH IT TO CONTINUE

STAR TREK VI••••: SORRY WE PISSED OFF ALL THE REMAINING PEOPLE. IF YOU STILL HAVE EYES YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS MOVIE. HEY WHERE DID EVERYBODY GO?

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"Social Enough" kinda appeals to me. And miraculously, socialenough.com is available!

Whatcha think?

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A bunch of you already know I'm designing a social network where you can only post once per day.

My latest mockup is here.

New today: comments. The first post in the mockup is displayed with comments expanded.

I think Facebook mostly gets commenting right. LJ's comments are overcomplicated for most people's needs.

I did however go with a "send" button, which frees up the enter key for actual line breaks, without having to be a cleverpants who hits shift-enter. I think it's more in keeping with the "longer deeper thoughts" nature of the site.

The deepest question I haven't resolved: do public posts even exist on this site? I like the idea that it's more focused on friends, but I don't want to chase away folks who enjoy having a mixed public/private presence. Like me.

Along with that: should people have public "usernames"?

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I'm thinking about building a social network where you can only post once a day. You'd get a small number of indulgences, of course, in case you elope or your duck graduates. This would encourage less trivial posting and less obsessive reading.

I've been discussing the idea on Facebook, which is a terrible place to have an ongoing discussion, so I thought I'd post here.

I'm thinking there's a buffer where you can work on contributions to today's post, so if you get the urge to say OMG KITTENZ, you can add some KITTENZ to what you'll post later.

I think the special indulgence button needs to be a duck in a mortarboard cap.

The best actual-name suggestion so far is probably Andy Solberg's "broadside," which is currently a squatter domain; I might conceivably be able to buy it.

I whipped up a design sketch tonight which I kinda like (revised version; see also first version). It emphasizes the daily nature of things and tries to be uncluttered and focused on reading. Of course I haven't tried to add an interface for posting and commenting.

Here are my notes:

* No more than one post per day
* Unless you use one of your indulgences, which recharge slowly
* This is the WHOLE POINT so it should be featured right in the name. I was thinking "ourdiem" but that, and most reasonable plays on "day," are taken. "quotidious" is ridiculous... right?
* Just one comment per day per person on any given post
* Comments are always moderated, but make this wildly easy and automatically whitelist people you follow
* No "reblogging", but make it easy to share links in your daily post. Maybe even "pin" other people's posts to remark upon in your post later
* It's OK to edit a past post or past comment. If people are jerks with this feature don't follow them
* Yes to rich text, with one post per day you might want to embroider a bit
* One site-wide visual style. Facebook got that right
* Free, becoming free-plus-ads, with the option of paying to have no ads (if we ever get there)
* Responsive site (iPhone and Android friendly right off the bat), apps later
* Comment on a post without losing your place as you read your feed (LJ still gets this wrong)
* Writing prompts to help you get going
* Social contract: quotidious will be run by a "B corporation" as soon as possible ( http://www.bcorporation.net/ ), or perhaps a nonprofit
* Want to log in with Facebook? Fine. Want to log in with Twitter? Fine. I don't care that I don't own you
* Privacy levels and circles (aka "custom friend groups"). We are not Tumblr
* NO aggressive invite feature, it doesn't work anyway, too many people don't know their friends' email addresses now because of Facebook. If you like it, tell somebody about it

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My wife is convinced I want to move to Mars. She has expressly forbidden me to do so. She has nothing to worry about.

Not just because nobody's moving to Mars any time soon, not even Elon Musk.

Not just because I'd be a terrible astronaut. I'd calculate the coordinates correctly, then open the airlock in an absent-minded quest for wheat thins.

No... because life on Mars is a godawful small affair. A long-term Mars colonist who spent his time knocking about in a suit on the surface would hit his lifetime radiation limit within a few hundred days.

A permanent resident would have to spend almost all of their time deep underground, protected by a shield of rock.

If you told me I had to do that on Earth, I'd probably say "as long as there are salsa clubs and I can play Starcraft."

Mars would have a tiny population of dancers and around 13 minutes of Internet lag. Gee, no thanks.

If we're lucky and smart, someone may get to go. And I hope they go to stay, because creating a second fully independent biology is the best way to understand what we must do to preserve life on Earth. But I'm happy to participate via awesome sky-crane-propelled robot.

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Originally posted by tongodeon at The Virginia Declaration of Rights
I learned something interesting today. The Bill of Rights (1789) was based heavily on the Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776). The Second Amendment was derived from this section:


Section 13. That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.


This is an angle that I haven't heard before, probably because it's not convenient to either side of the gun debate. The primary purpose of Section 13 (and possibly the Second Amendment) was not to facilitate the overthrow of a tyrannical government, it was to avoid the rise of that government in the first place by preventing standing armies. This also gives the phrase "well-regulated militia" a bit of a clearer meaning. In order to make sure that standing armies are unnecessary you don't simply ensure that every civilian had access to guns, they also had to be capable of fighting together as a well-regulated militia.

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Tonight I attended a party on a pirate ship. Actually, it was a rowhouse. But it was much better than a proper pirate ship, because it had both a jolly roger and a stunning view of Center City.

I met a time traveler. She is seeking her father, who precedes her in her journey through time. She deserved to win the costume contest, for her steam-powered watch if nothing else, and she did. But I couldn't resist asking how many times she replayed the evening before the prize was hers. Only twice, she insisted.

The conversation turned to physics, as it so often does among time travelers, and she asked if I were enjoying the new Cosmos, having also grown up on Carl Sagan's original in the seventies. Not yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

How many times will Saturn return in my lifetime? How many retro-retro-retro arcades, how many dance crazes, how many 25-year-olds singing Black Sabbath at the Adobe Cafe will I enjoy?

Tough to say. But I sail the narrow strait between the rocks, and go jogging every morning, and wear my earplugs at the club. Because I love this long moment.

We wish we could be teenagers again, knowing what we know now. But we are.

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Dear LJ,

Congrats on the new design. Sincerely, it's a significant improvement.

But until you do something about this absurd 1999-esque business of leaving the current page to comment, hitting the back button and not picking up where you left off in reading your feed I'm still going to feel like a dino for using you.

Sincerely,

Dino Q. Dino.

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