In the dying hours of 3rd Dec (UTC) into the early hours of 4th Dec something significant occurred in the vicinity of the SoylentNews PBC boardroom. One witness is reported to have said "it was as though a light zephyr appeared unexpectedly, brushed by a pile of watermelons before shooting up into the sky as a vivid light", this has not been confirmed as an accurate portrayal of events and quite honestly we're not sure they weren't just making it up.
Moving to a more formal note. The timeline above is correct. In what seemed like a few brief moments of discussion and accord, NCommander stepped out of the position of CEO and yours truly (juggs) stepped in as interim CEO.
To quickly dispel any doubts or concerns, this was not some hostile power play within the board, more an amicable and pragmatic changing of the guard. It was notably lacking in any form of drama whatsoever.
Firstly, I'd like to thank NCommander for bringing us to where we are today - a thriving, growing community with a stable foundation from which to grow and many tomes of vision for what the road ahead may lead us on to build. I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping he sticks around and makes a reprise - I have a strong feeling he will.
As much as I'd like to mark my entrance with some grand vision - in the very short term I'll have to mostly concentrate on some very mundane but very necessary corporation affairs.
Longer term, I have a few nascent ideas in the back of my mind that need kicking into shape - but given the whole transition was out of the blue, I'm more at the sort the desk out and find the nearest coffee dispensary stage than the grand visionary stage. I do however fully intend to revisit NCommander's SN vision statements and go from there as an immediate starting point at the very least.
Feel free to use the Comments for questions, concerns or suggestions, I'll be sure to reply.
Just saying "you fucked it up, didn't you" from the sidelines is easy.
Meanwhile, posts at Slashdot seem to be down sharply from where they were pre-Dice. They can get a lot of posts on stories about immigration (usually submitted by theodp), the IT profession, and the relative merits of programming languages or OS platforms. Anything about women in IT brings out tons of trollish #GamerGate responses. Otherwise, not so much. Even NSA/Snowden isn't bringing in a huge response.
Slashdot deteriorated to the point where articles mentioning “breastfeeding" started to appear on the front page. Sad, really...
Apparently, there are youngsters who don't recognize the intended purpose of those glands.(So, if they're not being used to hawk beer, any other use becomes indecent/abnormal/disgusting.)
On a related note, [google.com] I recently heard Los Angeles Theater Works' presentation of "The Grapes of Wrath".In these days of labor abuses and economic collapse, it is a story that everyone should experience--or experience once again.