Service Book of Days 5/30/11

30 05 2011

Outside my window… (weather, what do you hear, what do you see?) is a beautiful summer day.  A beautiful tribute by the weather to the men and women who have served and are serving this memorial day.

my thoughts… are thoughtful

Today’s Quote:   Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.  Marie Curie French (Polish-born) chemist & physicist (1867 – 1934)

i am thankful for…lessons learned.

From my service training…(any skills, training etc; notes you want to share this week) Discretion is the better part of valor.  I am learning that not everyone wants to hear “for their own good”…in other words…speak when asked…people will make their own mistakes and their lessons are their lessons to learn.

From the kitchen…(menu for the week, what are you cooking?)  back to cooking dinners…we have been eating out a lot since vacation.

i am wearing…a black tank top and some black harem pants.  Cool and comfort on this hot night.

my adventures this week…(where are you going this week?)  hanging with my daughter possibly in A/C this weekend.

Becoming well read…(What are you reading this week?) I am not reading or listening to anything at the moment.

i manifest and co-create…(what are your hopes, dreams, and prayers this week) Contentment

Today’s Melody…(what music are you listening to? even if it’s just the sound of a bird…)  No songs today…just quiet peacefulness

Still….life(share a picture you’ve taken OR a picture you found online that speaks to you)  Photo used with permission from:

http://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=242467&searchId=d86f172d84d391d57c8e570f3b7f68cb&npos=3

http://www.sxc.hu/txt/license.html

 

Daisy in the sun. One of few which are untouched by Photoshop (only rotated with Irfanview.. perfect for those actions).
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The New But Not Improved FetLife Feed

25 05 2011

OK, I am giving my ideas about the FetLife feed on my own page.  I have made some changes to the graphics to protect the innocent. (As if any of my FetLife friends are innocent, LOL.) Before I launch into the negatives, lets talk about what they got right.

FetLife Feed, version 4The first thing that I like is that we now have continuous feed. That means that when you scroll down, you don’t have to click to continue.  That is neat and is a big improvement. Speeds up my perving of FetLife.

Status Bar Version 4I also like the change of placement for the upload links. They moved them underneath the status bar. Makes them more handy. More handy means more stuff uploaded.  Might be better if they were a little brighter, but overall they are an improvement over the old one off to the side.

The next thing I like, at least in theory (it is only available to premium paying members so I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet), is the gag feature. This allows you to put friends who overshare, or who wanted to follow you (but you didn’t care if you saw their stuff) in a kind of timeout, where you don’t see their stuff. You can also customize your feed where you may only want to see group activities, or you don’t want to see writings.  Again, this is a pay for play feature, so I have no real opinion on this.

SideBarNow where did they go wrong?  Well frankly this was the ugliest update that I have seen to date on their site.  Normally John Baku shows a great deal of care and love for a site design.  And I did see him try here.  But something went horribly wrong.  The layout of this design reminded me of a Visual Studio design, and that is no compliment.  I particularly do not like the layout of the sidebar, the font size is too small, particularly for us older members.  My eye sight isn’t what it used to be.

I also have a major functional issue with the new group listing to the side.  The groups you lead, as you will notice in the picture above are all nicely laid out, like the old feed was.  But now the groups you are a member of are all in a scroll bar.  Why John, why?  I am in soooo many groups.  They all do not all show up on one screen, and it is almost impossible to use on a mobile device.  I have noted a lot of complaints from Blackberry users in particular.

One more glaring mistake is the omission of the link to support FetLife.  For some reason, they have decided to replace that with links to services that only paying members can use. Instead of seeing a friendly message asking for a support, you get a “Fuck you you non-paying bastard” feel every time you click on gag, or one of the other symbols (like the @ symbol at the top).  John, please put back the nice message. Stop turning me off with those links.  I understand that FetLife needs to make a buck. Servers don’t run on free.  And John Baku and company need to pay rent, buy food and buy remote controlled cars. But seriously, you think that annoying your users is a good way to make that money? Stop it.

OK, those are my thoughts. But I would love to hear what you think. Let me know, in the comments.

MV

Update

James and John have sent me some feedback based on this article.

From James:

 @JamesGolick Tweet

@JamesGolick Tweet

@JamesGolick Tweet

My response was pretty simple to James. The continuous scrolling has to go.  I mean besides crippling groups on my home page, what if I want to read the stuff at the footer?  I have to go through how may hours/days worth of material? Or I have to leave the home feed.  Not a good solution.  Back to the drawing board with this one.  I suggested that they could replace the click (or at least add to it) a mouse over to the area you used to click, and that would solve the issue for everyone.  the feed wouldn’t be continuous, but it would be usable.

From John I received this message:

@JohnBaku Tweet

I suspect that that he may have been referring to the “What’s popular” feed that launched this week. Meh, not that impressed.  Still don’t see the need to screw with people’s feeds like they did to add it.  Could have easily been added as another tab.

And the tech support thread has been screaming with people having issues with the new feed.  Too much Java script for older machines and buggy code for others (probably more to do with mobile devices).

Yep.  Great planning to put your customers through the “Madness”.
MV





Service Book of Days 5/23/11

23 05 2011

Outside my window… (weather, what do you hear, what do you see?) is a rainy Monday.

my thoughts… are happy thoughts.

Today’s Quote:    The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke“Technology and the Future” (Clarke’s second law)
English physicist & science fiction author (1917 – )

i am thankful for…vacations.

From my service training…(any skills, training etc; notes you want to share this week) Nothing new at the moment

From the kitchen…(menu for the week, what are you cooking?)  more healthy cooking until it is a habit and nothing unusual.

i am wearing…my “Got Kink” t-shirt and some grey workout pants

i am creating…(crafts, sewing etc;) Nothing new at the moment

my adventures this week…(where are you going this week?)  no adventure this week as I just came back from spending time with Master and the family on vacation.  I always have much to think about when spending time with him.

Becoming well read…(What are you reading this week?) Master and I are listen to this scifi book series on audible.    The author’s name is Peter F. Hamilton.  I am almost finished…two more chapters. 🙂

i manifest and co-create…(what are your hopes, dreams, and prayers this week) Happiness

Today’s Melody…(what music are you listening to? even if it’s just the sound of a bird…)  Can you stand the rain by Boys to Men

One of my favorite things…taking a bubble bath 🙂

further plans for this week…no plans this weekend

Still….life(share a picture you’ve taken OR a picture you found online that speaks to you)  Photo used with permission from:

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Service book of Days 5/9/11

9 05 2011

Outside my window… (weather, what do you hear, what do you see?) is a beautiful Spring night.

my thoughts… many.

Sometimes there is so much emotion

Sometimes there is so much feeling

Sometimes there is so much pain

Sometimes there is so much love

Sometimes…

Glistening eyes

Full Heart

Joyful Soul

Life is amazing

Today’s Quote: Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

Iris Murdoch – British novelist (1919 – 1999)

i am thankful for…for grandson 🙂   With him I see eternity

From my service training…(any skills, training etc; notes you want to share this week) Nothing new at the moment

From the kitchen…(menu for the week, what are you cooking?)  Healthy cooking and no snacking

i am wearing…Black Top and Blue Jeans

i am creating…(crafts, sewing etc;) Nothing new at the moment

my adventures this week…(where are you going this week?)  preparing for vacation with the kids next week.  🙂

Becoming well read…(What are you reading this week?) I am listening still listening to an audio book by Peter F. Hamilton that Master and I are reading together.   Even though our relationship is long distance we find creative ways to do things together such as listening to the same audio book.

i manifest and co-create…(what are your hopes, dreams, and prayers this week) Contentment

Today’s Melody…(what music are you listening to? even if it’s just the sound of a bird…)  When I’m With You, I hear A Song, That makes me laugh and smile and sing to you.  When I’m with I feel so free…..

“With You” by Tony Terry

One of my favorite things…chillaxing with music and my kids

Still….life(share a picture you’ve taken OR a picture you found online that speaks to you)  Photo used with permission from:

http://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=920208&searchId=d7af994f1f1ef8b5e3beb9f7fb139f57&npos=37

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/Once a fairly nondescript area stretching from 71st to  74th streets, it was transformed into its present, superbly landscaped condition through a gift from Yoko Ono.  She presented Strawberry Fields to the park as a memorial to her husband, the l...

This photo was taken at Central Park in NYC   – Strawberry Fields: Imagine Mosiac

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How to Tie Off a Suspension Ring

7 05 2011

Ran across this this morning. Something for the weekend.

Enjoy!

MV





My Slave Isn’t My Girlfriend

4 05 2011

I saw a post on FetLife the other day where someone asked why her Dom said she made a better girlfriend than a sub. This cause a bit of confusion for people. They did not get that there was a real difference between a girlfriend and a full time submissive. You see, in a modern boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, the partners are pretty much equals. They negotiate every thing. Sometimes he gets his way, other times she gets her way.  In a D/s or M/s relationship, both get their needs met, but the power is oriented so that the D-type gets their way. That is the difference and why a sub isn’t my girlfriend. The exchange of power.

Now for some, they do the dating thing and don’t exchange power outside of the bedroom. And that is OK, but that is why for some of us power exchange is more important.

Let me know how you feel about this, in the comments.

MV





Service Book of Days 5/2/11

2 05 2011

Outside my window… (weather, what do you hear, what do you see?) is a warm dark night.

my thoughts… are dark and sensual…i need more time with Master…I’m starting to heal…LOL

Today’s Quote: We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.

Aneurin BevanWelsh labor leader & politician (1897 – 1960)

i am thankful for…time spent with my children.

From my service training…(any skills, training etc; notes you want to share this week) Nothing new at the moment

From the kitchen…(menu for the week, what are you cooking?)  Nothing unusual this week.  It’s spring cleaning time around here. So more cleaning of baseboards and cabinets

i am wearing…clothes 😦  Unfortunately.  Today I feel like walking around free from the restraints of clothing.  Can’t at the moment while the kids are awake but once they are in bed…all clothes are coming off  lol

i am creating…(crafts, sewing etc;) Nothing new at the moment

my adventures this week…(where are you going this week?)  hanging with my daughter possibly in A/C this weekend.

Becoming well read…(What are you reading this week?) Master and I are listen to this scifi book series on audible.    The author’s name is Peter F. Hamilton

i manifest and co-create…(what are your hopes, dreams, and prayers this week) Contentment

Today’s Melody…(what music are you listening to? even if it’s just the sound of a bird…)  Where I Wanna Be by Donnell Jones

One of my favorite things…riding in a clean train car.  I am finding that the longer I take the train to work the more I hate sitting in filthy train cars….blah

further plans for this week…Hanging with all my kids this weekend 🙂

Still….life(share a picture you’ve taken OR a picture you found online that speaks to you)  Photo used with permission from:

http://www.everystockphoto.com/photo.php?imageId=250226&searchId=b5c0b187fe309af0f4d35982fd961d7e&npos=19

http://www.sxc.hu/help/7_2

That sunny vacations in Bialowieski Park(Poland)...I still smell the clean and hot air...:)

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