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From the Greek poly- meaning "many" and English ticks, "blood-sucking insects."

Actually, I stole that from James Carville, proving that he knows his business. ;P

Anyway, LiveJournal has this little feature called "friendsfriends," where you can view all of your friends' friends lists, sans any mutual ones you may have. To see it, all you do is go to your friends list and add "friends" to the end of the URL. Thus, my friends page is http://the-gneech.livejournal.com/friends, and my friendsfriends page is http://the-gneech.livejournal.com/friendsfriends.

I pop on there every once in a while out of curiosity or to find interesting communities; today I was quite discouraged to find that apparently almost all of my friends' friends are political rants from either the right or the left, with all the pointless chaff you would expect from same. Some are communities, some are simply individual posters, but all are repeating the same malarkey you can easily find on any talk radio show, newspaper op-ed, or other source of punditry.

I did find a Sinfest RSS feed, tho, so it wasn't a total disappointment. :)

-The Gneech


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Jun. 7th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
So those were all your friends list, eh? ;)

-The Gneech
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
OH! The friends of friends? Actually, no. I thought you meant my entries were political rants lately. :)
Jun. 7th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
that... it exceedingly usefull, thanks :D
Jun. 7th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
And people wonder why my friendslist is (relatively) so small?
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Heh. :) Your apolitical nature is rubbing off on me!

Jun. 7th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, only paid accounts can use that function. Shilling for 'The Man' now, huh? ;)
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
Heh. Um, yes, yes I am. I expect them to start subsidizing my account any day now! ;P

Jun. 7th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Actually that sounds really cool..I kinda want to get a paid account now. Maybe they should be subsidizing you. =) (and if they buy that, let me know, I want to sign up as well.) This is the first feature I've heard of that has made me really want to pay them money. More icons would be fun, but only a little.
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Jun. 7th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, it's your journal, do what you like! :)

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Jun. 7th, 2007 08:46 pm (UTC)
Coincidentally, I have read your post because I saw it on my friends'friends page. :-)
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Fun! :)

Jun. 7th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
I did find a Sinfest RSS feed, tho

Where? Where? :)
Jun. 8th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
There's also the Belfry Webcomic Index. It looks overwhelming at first, until you create an account and 'subscribe' to any comics you want to watch. It then it becomes an excellent means of keeping track of a large number of webcomics.

When combined with firefox, tebbed browsing, and the "Linky" plugin, you can find yourself able to watch dozens of comics with only a few clicks. :)

I'm still trying to figure out their XML feed, it dosen't seem to act like any RSS feed thunderbird was written for.
Jun. 7th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)

I'd always seen that definition of politics attributed to Twain.

Jun. 8th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
It may be that Carville got it from someone else! :)

Jun. 7th, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry, only Paid accounts permit showing friends of friends.

trips over the stop and falls down OOF! thud! ow...
Jun. 8th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Since I don't have a paid account (the Internet is supposed to be free anyway... *grumble*), I can't take advantage of this, but I have viewed friends' friends' pages to see who's there and what they talk about...

Sometimes I even find friends from other areas on here...
Jun. 8th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Wait a minute? You're shocked by that?

Excuse me, please.

Walks out of the room. Closes the door behind me.


I'm sorry, but they aren't too many folks who are apolitical out there.

But if you do find one, consider yourself lucky.
Jun. 8th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
Not shocked, no. Just discouraged.

Jun. 8th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
> Not shocked, no. Just discouraged.

Shrug. Don't take it too hard. It's just the nature of the beast, politics. Could be worst. They might have been among those who didn't give a darn what's going on in the country. ;)
Jun. 10th, 2007 07:11 am (UTC)
Me, I go by the rule of never discussing politics, religion, ufos, or did you prefer the young or old Elvis stamp.
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