|March 4th, 2010 09:43 pm - On the feasibility of moving to all-DW, all-the-time|
On the off-chance you haven't heard yet, lj continues to find new ways of being skeevy
. On the upside, I am also no longer getting virus warnings every few days! And pages load a disturbing amount faster! On the downside, wow, there's a lot of stuff I can't do on lj anymore. Including bookmark fic on delicious/diigo, so I have even been trying to find as much fic as possible other places.
So, here's why I still read my LJ friendslist despite all that:
1) A small group of people I value as people, mostly RL friends and people I met though fandom who aren't very fannish any more, who have no interest in crossposting to DW (and probably never will unless LJ completely stops functioning - a couple of them still post to deadjournal, too.) I will still be reading LJ for them as long as DW doesn't have locked post syndication, but I am considering trimming my LJ friendslist down to just those people. (And seriously thinking about cutting some of them who I rarely trade comments with, even though I still enjoy following them - they probably don't remember I exist, since I don't post to my journal anymore.)
2) An even smaller group of fannish people who will never join DW, ever, because they have bad blood with some of the more vocal DW supporters. ...there are several of them I would miss if I dropped them, and I don't want to get on their bad sides but I honestly doubt any of them would miss me much if I stopped hanging around.
3) An even tinier set of journals I think of as blogs rather than journals, that is, I don't care if I ever interact with them, I just love the content they post (actually, right now that's just urbpan
, who is a zookeeper, photographer, former 'zine publisher and urban naturalist in Boston; and ursulav
, who draws pictures cute and/or disturbing animals; I should just syndicate ursulav_feed
's journal, but urbpan posts some of his best stuff under lock; he should probably move up to category 1.)
4) Communities. I've never really joined that many LJ communities, and I've dropped a lot of them since I started transitioning off, and haven't joined many new ones, but the ones I still read I don't want to leave without finding replacements. :/ So here's the list of LJ communities I really don't want to say goodbye to - anybody want to help me re-create them here?( Let's make communities for TMI, nature, little details, top gear, and Doctor Who OTP! )
Here is why I still have everybody friended on LJ, even the ones I only read here, or who don't post anymore anyway: because there are some dead people I care about on my lj flist, and defriending them feels, I don't know, I don't want to do it, okay? But I don't want to leave them there all alone, either. :/ And somehow I suspect they will never move to DW.
Here is why I still have content on LJ: I hate broken links on a deep moral and aesthetic level. And I don't think DW has a built-in tool that will strip your entries out of LJ and automatically replace them with a link to the imported DW copy (though if anyone knows of a tool that will do this, plz, let me know!)
Now, I am going to go write some posts for already-existing DW communities, in the spirit of that meme a few weeks ago about getting more activity here. :D
|October 31st, 2009 11:07 pm - look, I posted.|
I have been told I need to update already so that people know I am still here.
Let's see: what have I been doing since my last update?
Messing around on the internet; fighting off huge internet-induced bouts of self-loathing; watching old episodes of Top Gear
; applying for jobs; fighting off job-search-induced bouts of self-loathing; reading Top Gear fanfic; watching the news and falling into bouts of loathing the entire world; working on interrobang studios stuff with RL friends; horrifing RL friends by telling them that Top Gear fandom is awesome because instead of genderswap slashfic where somebody is turned into a girl because it's okay to have sex with girls, it has turned-into-a-car slashfic because it's totally okay to have sex with cars, obv.; playing the terribly addictive flash game
that RL friends introduced me to in order to distract me from talking about having sex with cars; helping Mom with her volunteer & church work; helping former roommates move & attempting to deal with post-move out issues; falling into massive bouts of self-loathing RE:inability to actually be a grown-up; listening to NPR because if I can't be watching Top Gear or HIGNFY I can at least be listening to Car Talk & This Just In; continuing to go through my massive collection of STUFF in an attempt to manage it; fighting off lack-of-money induced fits of self-loathing; and writing Top Gear/Doctor Who crossover fanfic.
Mostly, I haven't been posting because things I did in one of the last massive anti-oppression discussions have left me unable to say *anything* fandom-related without becoming despairingly convinced that what I am saying is full of fail and privilege and will hurt people. (This is my problem, not anyone else's, but just fyi I am probably going to have to work through a lot of crap on my own part for awhile before I feel comfortable speaking in *any* kind of meta discussion whatsoever, which, frankly, sucks, because I love meta. Also, it isn't helping that the fandom I kind of became obsessed with in the meantime is basically the story of three middle-aged rich white men being as rich, white and male as possible on camera.) (Edited to removed language-of-privilege, WHY IS THIS SO HARD.)
I have been around, although reading & commenting a lot more sporadically than I had been, in an attempt to manage the self-loathing.
I have also done the last four Spink comics
*all by myself* while the main studio had no internet, about which I am quite proud! And I did the Friday's Trigger Star strip all by myself! And posted about the first quarter of this years's book reviews on librarything
, though I still have a bunch of read-this-year books waiting to be reviewed.
And I had signed up to do a fanmix for polybigbang
, and ended up claiming the very first fic on the claims list, tania_sings
's amazing, epic, gloriously kinky story in which Ariel the Sprite sleeps with basically every other character in Shakespeare, Perfection
, which was just an utter delight to mix for & illustrate. I did get the mix & art done & submitted in time, & my author loved the mix about as much as I loved her story, despite me being so flaky to workwith lately! So yay! The mix, which contains only songs that are vaguely, by some definition, in-period for Shakespeare, by which I mean lots of bawdy ballads via dreamsquirrel
, is at Ariel Sings Stormy Weather (.zip file)
and here is the Ariel cover art
. I was playing with using vectors/paths for the cover art, which I haven't done seriously in about ten years, and was impressed with how well it came out. (And listened to about thirty times as much new music as I actually put on the mix, which means I actually have a hope of being able to navigate my current mp3 collection now, yay!)
What I did *not* do, see re:self-loathing above, is finish the second disc of the mix and make a proper mix post with tracklistings & explanatory notes like I said I would, because the notes started growing in length exponentially as I started looking for actual attested dates for the period music. I am still hoping to finish that post very soon, but I have realized that if I wait to post until I've finished that, it would be quite easy to keep not posting for a very long time.
have been great fun, too, (and partly responsible for my giving in and reading Top Gear slash, because I think there is more un-flocked Top Gear stuff there than anywhere else on the net up until now) and I am full of general reccingness for them.
I am probably not doing nano this year - I know, first year since way back before I was even in fandom, but it's beginning to seem a bit silly to keep signing up and writing less than 12,000 words - unless of course the Top Gear/Doctor Who crossover of doom keeps writing itself as fast as it has been. <_<
I am doing yuletide, though. There's only been one year in history where the self-loathing was strong enough to keep me away from yuletide.
Current Music:: i am tying this entry while at a party, go me!
|June 2nd, 2009 01:59 am - What I did today.|
I'm sure at some point, there will be interesting content here again. For now, I'm still deep in the Brokenness of the Computers.
Here, I wrote this up to post to linux4all
, but then I was like, no, stupid, go to bed, and figure out the easy way tomorrow, they will just tell you that you are being stupid if you ask. But before I go to bed, for posterity, this is what I spent way too much time today messing with:( The Mystery of how to install a new OS when you can't burn a CD or boot from anything other than CD! )
Like my new icon? ;D
Current Mood:: aggravated
|May 31st, 2009 10:51 pm - tekeli-li|
So, uh... Hi all! My laptop is broked. (I would say "b0rked", but that implies something far more sophisticated. And "broken" implies something far less stupid.)
This is not a disaster - for those of you who only found me since Dreamwidth, I break my laptop on a fairly regular basis; in the ~3 years I've had this one, it's had a switch break off the chassis, started to rattle ominously when shaken, needed an entire reformat and reinstall after a virus infection, had the lcd screen start to just sort of wander around inside the case, needed three power cord repairs, then a new power cord and a new battery, and then had the entire power socket break out of the chassis and need to be disassembled and pulled free.
On the upside, it reminds me to back up my data! ^_^ So nothing is lost, and I know exactly what's wrong - the much-battered socket has had a wire break, and I just need to either solder the wire back on, or replace it with a socket cannibalized from another laptop - alas, it broke off right at the socket, so it is beyond the help of tape and splicing. (Unless I want to go the "whack it with a hammer and then tape the wires it directly to the plug" route. Which is what I was doing from the other end before I got my new power cord.) And the computer itself is perfectly fine - I just don't have any way to recharge it once this last battery charge dies. And ibowieh3
, the person I usually exploit for hardware assistance and solder, left on a weeklong business trip yesterday.
For now, I'm on the backup computer, which is the eight-year-old desktop with three hard drives and two OSs, neither of which boot so I'm running it on a Puppy Linux livecd, which works fine for most stuff. But it's too damn slow to do much graphics stuff (and I never quite got my scanner and tablet working with it), and considering I'm doing finishing on a three-day-a-week webcomic, this is probably not sustainable. What I'm probably going to do is bite the bullet and finally install Ubuntu on the hard drive that's currently got a kernel panicky Red Hat 7, since I've heard Ubuntu is a) easy and b) good at memory management. (For the record, this is what happened the last time I tried to install Linux
.) Best case, it's all up and running better than ever. ...worst case, it's back to the livecd and I have a newly-formatted empty hard drive.
Well, I mean, worst case is I catch the computer on fire, but that's probably not a *very* high chance.
Current Mood:: aggravated
|September 15th, 2008 09:04 pm|
Just came back from a couple hours' shoe shopping. And oh my god.
I just want a pair of shoes that:
a) give ankle support
b) are waterproof
c) do not hurt when I put them on my feet.
Secondary, it would be nice if:
d) they had reasonably plain leather uppers
e) they were neither white nor black
f) they did not have "special moisture-wicking" aka "get soggy fast" powers
g) they do not involve Velcro
h) they have at least a little insulation
i) they cost less than a month's electric bill
These seem like perfectly reasonable things to expect from shoes, yeah? At this point I'd be willing to go for any shoes that give me at least a), one of b) or c), and at least one of the others. I've lucked out the last few times finding waterproof hiking boots that fit on clearance. Not so lucky this time, and I've been looking since June.
Tonight, the only pair of high-tops in womens' sizes in the whole store were Converse. So, what I have learned today is that the reason the Doctor wears Converse is that Converse are not designed for human feet.
Also, according to the little metal foot-measuring things, my feet are around a size six and a half, which explains why shoes that fit my feet are generally somewhere between a seven and a half and a nine and a half wide.
(I could also use some new sandals and some new work-or-interview type shoes, but neither me nor roomate found any of those in whole store that were even halfway to tolerable.
...Women are supposed to like shoe shopping. Huh.)
|August 3rd, 2008 12:34 pm|
My laptop will no longer charge.
I think I know what's wrong and how to fix it, but of course it waited until all my hardware-helpful people were off at Pennsic to finally stop working for good. And the fix involves soldering, at which I am fail. (And I probably also need a new charger and battery pack - the battery pack, charger, and socket all decided to start being fail within a month of each other. BAH.)
So I am going to be on my ancient, creaky, linux-running desktop with no USB drivers for at least the next two weeks or so. I may attempt to cannibalize my mom's old box with the fried motherboard and turn the desktop into a much peppier machine that dual-boots Windows XP and Linux off of two hard drives, but I should probably wait on that until the laptop is fixed, so I don't break them *both* at the same time. So I will be doing very little fancy computery stuff for the immediate future, alas.
At least I did finally back up all my non-pirate-media files onto CD right before the laptop failed, so I don't think I lost access to any writing or art or anything (except the playlists I was working on.) But still.
I think it's stellar_dust
's fault. She cursed me.
|July 20th, 2008 09:12 pm - Things I have Learned Today|
When isitdownforeveryoneorjustme.com fails you, the place to turn is twitter search
Every single person on there asking if wikipedia is down is in my area. And presumably (from several of their reports) on verizon FIOS.
Meanwhile, everyone on a blog or message board asking about it just gets pointed to isitdownforeveryone. Note to world: there are possibilities intermediate between "everyone" and "just me".
$#%^% you, verizon. May all your camels come down with rickets and tie their legs in knots. May you all be diagnosed with embarrassing degenerative diseases the night before your company health plan goes under.
|November 24th, 2007 07:04 pm|
I went on the old computer this afternoon to try to transfer over my holiday music files and I *totally fail* at Linux.
I don't remember the right way to shut down, ('shutdown now' doesn't work), which possibly explains why it doesn't start up right and I have to do a hard power cycle on startup every time; I don't remember any of the passwords except root; I switched over to KDE right before I stopped using it, which I don't know anything about, and now I can't remember how to switch back to Gnome; I tried to get samba set up to fileshare through the windows network, and failed so totally that after an hour and a half I'm beginning to doubt I even *have* samba at all; in the process I think I broke filesharing on *this* computer; then I decided to just archive and send it to gmail instead and it took me two tries to remember what the archiver was, and then when I tried to use tar it spat gibberish all over my konsole window and beeped at me incessantly; so I shut down and it took me three tries to shut down at all.
I can't decided whether that makes tonight a good night or a bad night to do those ruby tutorials that otw_news
Current Music:: I Want A Hippopotamus
|November 3rd, 2007 12:11 am|
Got seven-hundred-twenty words today, which puts me just over five thousand and still a whole day ahead, but it was like pulling teeth just to make myself start, and now I have to get up at six. D: It doesn't help that this scene I'm currently at touches on subject matter that I'm really reluctant to do a sub-par job with, and yet: still all crap. BAH! Well, there's no rule that says I have to show it to anyone else. Like, ever.
|October 13th, 2007 11:44 pm|
I woke up this morning *crying*.
I can count the number of times I've cried since elementary school on two hands. I trained myself out of crying early because I never seem to do it for the right reasons, never for actual pain - it's always because I'm exhausted, and frustrated at not being able to do what I want, which are perfectly good reasons to cry, but then people around me get all upset and think I'm in real distress, which just makes me feel worse because the last thing I want to do is feel like I'm manipulating people into doing what I want, so I only try to cry in private. And in private when I'm exhausted and frustrated I generally just go to sleep and wake up feeling better, so I hardly ever actually cry.
Also I occasionally have these dreams I wake up in tears from. It's always, for some reason, centered around sartorial panic. So I went to bed in a really bad mood last night and woke up in tears because I was supposed to be a bridesmaid in my cousin's wedding but nobody told me that, until I showed up at the ceremony in dirty jeans, so I'm trying to slip this dress I've never seen before over my T-shirt but I don't have time and I'm changing clothes *while I walk up the aisle* and I'm so upset that I've messed it all up that I start crying, and then I feel even worse because I've ruined the wedding and everyone's paying attention to me instead of the bride, but I can't walk out of the reception to cry in private because then she'd think I was blaming her, and then I woke up sobbing and finished the cry in private.
...Then I spent the morning and afternoon burning things and bashing other things open with hammers. It was cathartic. I feel much better now.
Current Music:: The Flash Girls - A Meaningful Dialogue
Current Mood:: menstrual
|August 26th, 2007 07:38 pm - I don't know what that means!|
I have gotten an anon spam comment on one of my old lj entries, in toto and I quote:
Subject: Thank You for site
Thank you for your site. I have found here much useful information. Good
site ! ;)
The thing is, I can't figure out what the purpose of it is. It has no informational content at all. No links. I even checked the source code, to see if there was any embedded evil, and there isn't: it's just the text.
WHY??? I would've assumed if they were doing it for the heck of it, they would have left a less polite message. Is it a test spam, to see if they can get through the filters, or if I'm enough of a sucker to leave it up? Is there some thing where if they send a certain number of non-spam comments, lj won't block them? It makes no sense!
Meanwhile I'm trying to download a ringtone now that I've remembered my cellphone's PIN, and the provider's website doesn't work in Opera at all, only sorta in Firefox, and not at all (but in a different way) in IE. I hate when websites have a gateway that's supposed to make sure it works with your browser, but is SO STUPID that it just makes the website nonfuctional on browsers it *would* work with. And in order to listen to the streaming audio samples it looks like I'm going to have to freakin' *update my OS*.
Right, that's another six months of default ringtone then. Bye-bye, polyphonic MacGuyver theme.
Current Mood:: Waly waly
|August 20th, 2007 01:45 am - Did I mention liking grown-up love stories? Yes?|
So people have been rec'cing stuff left and right lately - srs bzness burnout, I guess, combined with a bunch of fests and challenges coming due. And there's this one SGA story everybody (including me) loves, which is an absolute confection of a John/Rodney forced marriage romance. Only of course the premise under which they get married is totally bogus, and there's a bunch of whining about that in the comments already.
Me? I could care less about that, because it gets me, y'know, John/Rodney forced marriage fic. No. What is bothering the living heck out of me is that there's a scene where "pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars, and green clovers" are referenced, and the author thinks it's *Trix*. And it's not like I could just drop a line suggesting she change the reference (like she ought to change the typo in the first line) because the scene would be totally different if they were talking about leprechauns and lucky charms instead of trix and rabbits. But it would *also* be totally different if they were referring to 'rainbow fruit' instead, because then the gay would outweigh the tacky. And since the point is how dorky they are, I can't believe it's in character that they'd mix it up, and the whole scene *totally doesn't work at all*.
...there. Now maybe I can resist the temptation to go say that in her comments. </OCD>
I've also read a couple SPN AUs, because I gobble "Jess is Alive" threesome AUs like candy, and that combined with that vid with all the dead wimmens in it
makes me really want a Jess-is-alive AU where Jess is in charge of her own life, and kicks ass because she fuckin' wants to. It's not like all the AUs I've read weren't awesome and asskicking, but even in nearly all of those, the version of Jess's story we get is about how she motivates the boys, not about her becoming her own person in her own right. Y'know, actual agency. And then maybe she could show Sam and Dean how to be in love without being codependent, and wouldn't *that* be a miracle?( I don't have IM so I dump brainstorming here! )
Please tell me somebody's already written that fic, and I don't have to read all 83 del.icio.us pages tagged "spn AU jess" looking for it in vain. ^_^
|August 6th, 2007 04:44 pm - rasperry swirls!|
FINE THEN, html 5.wtf, if you've dropped the attribute in favor of CSS, I'LL JUST DO IT WITH NESTED TABLES INSTEAD THEN. SO THERE, STYLESHEETS. HAHAHAHA.
(if you want to see, LIVE!, me relearning all the html I haven't used since about 2002, watch my rapidly altering friendspage layout and laugh.)
Wow, journalfen is changing. The colors! The favicon! The syndicated feeds! *spins in circles*
And apparently you can do custom moodthemes with a basic paid account now! Hurrah!
Current Mood:: thirsty
|June 25th, 2007 05:32 pm|
My mom's watching old Voyager reruns, and the sad thing is that I remember being not unfond of this 2-parter (the time travel-to-1990s-Earth one with the guy who started a computer company) when it was originally on, but it keeps periodically turning into the Sarah Silverman show, and I want to STAB MY EYES OUT, OMG. Is she capable of playing any character other than suicide-inducing annoyingness?
|May 8th, 2006 08:30 pm - Bitchcakes!|
Today, I missed my bus stop and had to walk an extra half-mile across campus in the drizzle. Then, every single printer on campus refused to print my paper. Next, the library caught on fire. Finally, on the way home, the train's brakes failed. Today has been an exceptional day.
Fortunately, I brought along my new dictionary of dirty words, so I did not once find myself at a loss for vocabulary. Moron! Mossback! Motherfucker! Muckmouth! Mugwump! Mule!
Also, there's this.
Current Mood:: bitchy