SBTC is back on Instagram!

unnamedSBTC has been quiet for the past week or two. Ignorance truly is bliss. I pray for the day this blog goes away, but alas… I love to torture myself by adding on more projects. This time it’s Instagram! It’s an old account, but gave up on it because I didn’t like manually switching between SBTC and my personal one.  Now that instagram added a multi-user function, SBTC is back! ADD ME AND SEND ME HEARTS! I am a lazy photographer photo taker, so don’t expect to see any masterpieces.

www.instagram.com/seabythecity/

Long Beach got run over by a reindeer [My annual State of the Blog Address]

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I know. I keep using my same old photo of City Hall.

My annual State of the Blog Address:

Merry Christmas, everybody!The blog might be slightly quiet for the next two weeks due to me being busy with major holiday spirit. But you never know… sometimes I’ll go a few days without any posts, then I’ll do five in one hour.  SO FEAR NOT! SBTC is not going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, I just renewed the domain name for a long time. What is my actual goal here? I have no clue. Perhaps one day when I retire from my real job, I’ll turn this into something meaningful, but for now it’s still  my personal journey, opinions and commentary of our wonder city by the sea. You are welcome to stay or leave. That is entirely up to you. (Speaking of something meaningful….. for those who are slightly curious: Google adsense maybe gives me a few bucks a month. Amazon.com ads? I’ve had those since the summer and I haven’t made a cent. Why do I keep them up? Because I am truly bored… lol. They are purely there out of curiosity and boredom, not capitalism.)

As always, please email me your questions, comments, events, business advertisements, etc. etc. I never, ever, not once ever charged a business to advertise on this blog, so please feel free in sending me your business info. I would love to help promote it! I’m terrible in keeping up with facebook messages, so emailing me directly is the best way to go.

I’m grateful with all the wonderful folks I’ve met because of this blog. I also love all the positive feedback I received that keeps this thing going. Just yesterday I was told by a local business woman how SBTC is a staple to this city. You have no idea how much that means to me. I am deeply humbled. Thank you!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I’ll see you all in 2016 (unless I decide to post something beforehand, because you never know with me…). 2016 is going to be a great year for Long Beach. I CAN FEEL IT!

Closed Facebook Group Idea & Blog reboot.

I am thinking of starting a closed SEABYTHECITY facebook group, where you would have to agree to simple terms (that protect me) for membership. Only members will be able to read posts and participate. It will be a place were we can share all the insanity that goes on in this city by the sea. Stuff that I don’t post on the blog, including personal stuff that I am going through. I will post more info on this as soon as it goes live.

ALSO, be on the lookout for a new reboot of the blog. I am kinda busy for the next two weeks, but stay tuned for all this. 2014-11-13 19.18.48

 

Site News: I’ve been dealing with a restless attorney regarding two comments some of you wrote, so figured I’d Just post some of my rights as a blogger.

logo_full“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider” (47 U.S.C. § 230).

“This legal and policy framework has allowed for YouTube and Vimeo users to upload their own videos, Amazon and Yelp to offer countless user reviews, craigslist to host classified ads, and Facebook and Twitter to offer social networking to hundreds of millions of Internet users. Given the sheer size of user-generated websites (for example, Facebook alone has more than 1 billion users, and YouTube users upload 100 hours of video every minute), it would be infeasible for online intermediaries to prevent objectionable content from cropping up on their site. Rather than face potential liability for their users’ actions, most would likely not host any user content at all or would need to protect themselves by being actively engaged in censoring what we say, what we see, and what we do online. In short, CDA 230 is perhaps the most influential law to protect the kind of innovation that has allowed the Internet to thrive since 1996. [LINK]

CDA 230 also offers its legal shield to bloggers who act as intermediaries by hosting comments on their blogs. Under the law, bloggers are not liable for comments left by readers, the work of guest bloggers, tips sent via email, or information received through RSS feeds. This legal protection can still hold even if a blogger is aware of the objectionable content or makes editorial judgments. [LINK] “

That all being said, don’t forget to read the Comment Policy, which is linked various times all over this blog, including right before you post your comment.

The best way to solve parking/traffic issues in Long Beach is right here.

PULL THE PLUG ON THE INTERNET!! The growth of social media is the real reason why more non-residents are coming to our precious fireworks day. Eliminate the internet and you will eliminate all parking and traffic problems in Long Beach as we know it. KyleIn all seriousness, I just scanned through some comments on my politicizing fireworks rant. Some of you are so consumed with politics that it must be eating you alive. Well, I might as well go onto site news while I’m at it. One of you accused me of censoring your comment. I check the spam box and found this:

Fireworks sucked. Too many people. Democrats suck. We need Republicans to take back the city and stop promoting lb so much!!! Nowhere to park. Roads congested. Worst night ever. If you had a lousy time at the fireworks last night…. Remember in November and vote Republican!

There is your precious comment, LB Needs GOP. I’m calling you out because you’re obviously anonymous. Way to really add to a conversation. You actually just proved my point: Everything that happens in Long Beach is about politics, even fireworks day. I actually just took a constipated dump in my Long Beach-home toilet. I blame the dems for struggle I had pushing it out. Probably those new trees are triggering allergies, thus effecting my digestive system. I will remember this come November.