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October 29th, 2012
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Hi!
No, you aren't hallucinating. I haven't posted here in over a year, but I decided it was time to come back, 'cause I miss talking to you guys, and LJ has stopped being rampantly evil.

I'm still going to be posting mostly at my JF account, and not usually cross-posting, because I have settled in and I like it there too and I'd rather give my paid accont money to them (and I feel a lot less pressure to be awesome over at JF. Because ya'll are all scary-awesome. Not that my JF people aren't awesome too, but they outnumber me less, so I am less neurotic about posting there.) However, if you *want* to follow my random ramblings at JF, there is an RSS feed for it now: melannen_jf, which feel free to friend.

But I shall be posting here once in a while when important stuff comes up that I want you guys to know about too. (See the post that shall shortly follow this one, with FREE BOOKS.) And I'm going to make a real effort to be better about commenting and posting feedback to my flist, too. So here's your warning to defriend me if you find me annoying and only kept me on because I never post!

The other places you will find me lately are Librarything Talk; and Interrobang Studios, the webcomic that my housemates and our friends and I run - I post the Friday newspost there; and any local fandomy cons and meet-ups, which I will likely be at either as a me or as an Interrobang person. And this upcoming month, also NaNo write-ins in Annapolis. Because I am crazy and, oh yeah, I moved to Annapolis while I was gone!

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April 29th, 2009
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Dreamwidth
Some of you may not have heard of Dreamwidth yet.

Some of you are sick of hearing about it, I am sure, in which case, skip this entry. :D

Dreamwidth is a new journaling service that is a fork of the livejournal system. "Fork" means that they changed a lot of stuff, and are taking it in a new direction, but if you're familiar with LJ, it will seem familiar. DW was started by a bunch of former LJ employees who loved LJ in principle, but didn't like the direction it was going in, and jumped at the chance to make a new service that fixed everything LJ does badly.

Dreamwidth is committed to accessibility, diversity, inclusivity, community, and free expression. They're an open source project that wants to make their code as easy to use and update as possible, they put a lot of effort into mentoring new developers, and they love cross-platform capability and making it easy to interact across websites. They want to build a business on the model of a small local restaurant, with a goal of supporting themselves, and providing good services to a loyal customer base, without aiming for giant payoffs or explosive growth. They've made a bunch of changes that make a Dreamwidth journal easier to use and better to use than any other site based on LJ. They have done many, many other things that make Dreamwidth a wonderful place to be.

I approve, obviously. I'm lucky enough to have already had some connections with the people who built Dreamwidth, and it's the site I've been looking for since I lost faith in LJ two years ago. They've already got a lot of excitement going, and a lot of people I want to read are already there.

I have a Dreamwidth account, too: http://melannen.dreamwidth.org . I've been posting there for about a month, helping with beta testing, and having a lot of fun. If any of you are on Dreamwidth, too, I'd love to have you back in my circle!

And tomorrow, at 9 PM EDT, they will be coming out of closed beta and opening the site to the public. You will be able to buy a paid account, or use an invite code to get a free account. There will be lots of invite codes to go around, and if you use and validate an openID account there by the time the site opens, you are guaranteed an invite code within the first few days. (You can use your livejournal account as your openID.)

Anyway, this is just to say: I have one remaining closed-beta invite code. First person to give me a good reason they need it gets it!

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March 26th, 2009
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Finishathon.
Hi again all!

I have signed up for the finishathon!

What is the finishathon? "The finish-a-thon is a ficathon, with all the ficathon-like things like deadlines and fellow volunteers to encourage you, but with this ficathon, you write your own ideas. But since part of the encouragement of a ficathon is writing things for other people, what we do is vote for which story ideas people should write."

So there is now a poll up where people can vote on which story I have to spend the next month writing! Anyone with an lj account can vote in my poll here, at multific (You can vote in the other participants' polls, too - you know want to make sure Thette writes the Doctor meets the Teletubbies.)

Currently, in my poll the Torchwood/Sayers crossover is ahead by a length, but voting goes until Saturday, and none of my nine prompts are out of the running! I know there are people here who want more Harry/Hermione/Ron Casablanca AU or more Highlander Wizard of Oz AU or more Jack/Thor Norse mythology AU! Or perhaps Young Wizards, or Barrayar, or Good Omens, or Tale of the Five?

I love all of these prompts so equally that it pains me to see the vote not tied. So go, lj flist, and give the poll some suspense!

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December 20th, 2008
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Hi friends!
Some things of note:
I have been posting mini-mixes of Christmas songs all month; you can get them at the advent music tag on my jf. You can download them direct from my webspace, rightclick+save, and they will be up until either I want to put a new fanmix up or my sister needs the web space.

It is Agnostica! Happy holiday, all my old-time webcomics peeps! I have put my ancient Agnostica website back up. It is sad and embarassing, but it is there, and he still links to the old dead URL, so.

And on a slightly soberer note, if you requested books and have not got them yet, could you resend your mailing address to this-lj-name-at-yahoo? I seem to have lost track of a couple of addresses people sent me, because I suck at organizing type stuff. The rest of the books have gone to our local bookcrossing group to give away, who were so elated by the bounty that they held a "wallow in melannen's books" party. Apparently. They sent me pictures. So ya'll have officially lost your chance.

On that note, *obligatory yuletide panic*.

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October 29th, 2008
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FREE BOOKS
So, we have recently cleaned out our book collection, and as a result, there are a whole *ton* of books I am getting rid of: lots of older SF particularly, but also some general fiction and some non-fiction.

If anybody on my flist wants any, I will send them to you for the shipping costs (if the shipping turns out to be <$1, like for one paperback, or I can just give them to you in person, it will be free.)

Claim them in a comment here, and then I'll get in touch to get your address and confirm your claims.

I'm not guaranteeing condition, and it's first come first serve 'cause I'm also offering these in a couple other places.

Everything tagged _togoaway in my LibraryThing account is going.
LINK TO LIST OF FREE BOOKS.
If you can't get into LT, which is kind of broken right now alas, the same list is here on my website, without all the fancy database features.
(There are ~650 books up for grabs, but you can sort the list by any of the columns to make it easier.)

Also up for grabs is what's going from my Dad's collection, here on LT, here on my webspace. Another 215, mostly non-fiction. Same procedure.

ETA: Books claimed as of 10/28 are off the list. I hope.

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August 16th, 2007
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more srs business.
It would be ignoble of me to use my free virtual gift to send theljstaff a report card of FAIL, right? Right. (I will be strong. Now, if they only still had the flaming bag of poo as an option...)

I just got around to updating the newbieguide XF directory, so that's one obligation no longer hanging over my head. :D Took me all night, too - since when is XF fandom active again?

Meanwhile, still posting mostly at http://www.journafen.net/~melannen . Still not done the Tek Jansen mood theme for it, either. I'm planning to stick around at JF long-term. I've been meaning to get more active there for ages, as I've felt less free to talk on LJ - for reasons that only have partially to do with the change in tone of the administration. It's partially to do with the way my flist here has gotten bigger and more diverse, and as a result I've gotten shyer about talking about my specialized interests. You guys are awesome, and I'm going to keep reading everyone here because I *don't* want to lose you, but I have long-standing interaction issues, and JF makes me feel free, like a particularly good feminine hygiene commercial. :P

I just used electricandroid's flist transfer cheat to friend everybody from here that had IJ and GJ accounts under the same name - let me know if I missed you (or friended a wrong journal.) I'll be checking there once a day or so, probably. I'm *not* auto-adding everyone at JF - I've had a different flist and tone there for awhile, and seriously, if I added all ya'll my list there would be way too big. If you've a JF and want to read my fan randomosity there, friend me or drop a comment and I'll friend back.

Meanwhile, I'll be commenting here. Probably more than ever, if the last few weeks are any judge. And if whoever is targeting pornish_pixies ever gets around to getting me tossed for my underage femmeslash fics from four years ago, there's always openID.

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August 3rd, 2007
11:29 pm
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put down your bio-plasma disruptor pistol
I spend all evening making icons in order to give myself some time off for perspective, and now LJ won't even let me load icons?

Tonight, LJ, you dine in FAIL.

(They are Tek Jansen icons, and they are excellent. I think TJ is my new fandom of happy.)

Anyway, I haven't been doing much since getting home from the vacation except for messing on the internets, messing with books, and vegetating. (Oh, and writing a resume hahaha.) I was thinking about using today to make a trip-recap post, but instead I spent it backing up my ljs and working on a JF layout - I'm afraid I'm going to wait on the vacation recap (which I'm sure you're all holding your breaths for - 1500 photos, guys!) until I've figured out a photo host I trust more than Scrapbook, or just cave and buy my own webspace from somewhere. On the upside, I've needed to re-organize my web presence for years, so maybe I'll finally get it done.

For now, I'm going to be posting nearly everything I post at jf (not that I've been posting all that much lately anyway...) I'll keep my journal archive up here for the time being, and I'll keep reading my flist and commenting as usual, at least until my paid account runs out, because I care about you guys more than I care about corporate autocracy, but I won't be posting anything but srs business, and I'll be moving content off. Anyone who wants a jf account: offer's still open. I'll also be watching gj and ij, if anyone's moved there that I don't have friended yet, let me know. (anyone want to offer me a deadjournal code? ;)

(Oh, and I also sorted out all of my self-sufficiency wilderness survival books and re-packed my go-bag, but that has more to do with watching Keith Olbermann last night than with lj's asshattery. Not that it *helped*.)

(If you want to know what I'm talking about, liz_marcs explains why a lot of people are upset. Also, ads visible to paid users! Hooray! If you want to know what to do about it, beyond leaving (fandom_flies, otw_news) and spamming news, jadelennox has some constructive suggestions (check the comments for international possibilities.))

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July 20th, 2007
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So yesterday we toured the historic fort up at Sandy Hook / Gateway NRA, and the best thing we saw was two of the Victorian gun batteries they have up there, which are right next to each other, and are named Battery Potter and Battery Granger. (Granger was, of course, faster and more long-ranging than Potter, but that's not a suprise.) Then there was the Nine-Gun Battery, which we decided of course was referring to the nine Weasleys.

Therefore our only (unspoiled!) prediction for Book 7 is that it will have a major character named Pike in it, that being the name of the last of the Sandy Hook disappearing gun batteries. (Yes, 'disappearing guns'. We've also decided that the old fort is the site of a major part of NYC's magical defenses, given the number of 'very dangerous, Muggles keep out' signs all over the old installations.)

Less awesome: We have belatedly realized that it might not be the simplest thing in the world to get a reasonably-priced hotel room on the Jersey shore in July on a Friday night without a reservation. So we may end up sleeping in the car and/or our grandfather's spare room tonight ... wish us luck.

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July 16th, 2007
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day 4, morning
Day Four of road trip and we're just south of Boston! We've done most of Acadia National Park over 24 hours and Southwest Harbor on Mt. Desert Island, Old Orchard Beach ME (and last night in Saco on the highway), Mystery Hill NH (aka America's Stonehenge), the largest collective of witch kitcsh in the country (aka Salem MA), and Boston by night. Yesterday is our Weird Stuff day, considering Mystery Hill, Salem, that flight of black helicopters we saw, and UFOs over Saco.

Night before last in Saco we finally saw Harry Potter 5 in Saco. It was better than the book, but maybe that's just because I saw it at a drive-in theater under the stars. :D

Tonight we need to get to Manhattan because Sister got us Daily Show tickets for tomorrow, wheee!!! Which means seven hours of driving, since we're hoping to do Cape Cod national seashore on the way. So I should probably get of the hotel internet and get us moving.

(ps I've only bought six books so far! That averages out to just two a day! And only been to three used book stores and one used book sale....)

We have lots of pictures and a few audio recordings: make me post details once I'm home.



ps2 if you want a postcard at some point (we haven't had time to sit and write yet, but maybe tomorrow in tds line) leave your address! It's screened.

Current Location: Weymouth, MA
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July 13th, 2007
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yay
Hello everybody! I am in Maine today, on a road trip with sibling. :D We drove 16 hours yesterday and hope to camp in Acadia National National Park tonight.

(What? Didn't I mention road trip before? Oh. Been busy with packing and planning and also other adventures. Oh, and I'm a lazy, lazy person, too.)

Have still not got her to watch SPN.

Current Location: Kittery, ME
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June 21st, 2007
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In honor of perm account sale, my soapbox let me show you it!
I'm sure you all are tired of me talking about this, but *I'm* not sick of it yet, so there. I'm especially not sick of my "I has a soapbox" icon.

If you're wondering why I'm still upset about people in positions of authority deciding that pedophiles don't require any sort of hearing other than summary vigilante deletion, this news item is why.

This news item is also why.

There's a reason why deciding that a certain subsection of the population doesn't deserve basic rights is bad. It's because that makes it really easy to declare that any harmless person you want to pick on is One Of Them. Since you've decided They have no rights, deserve the worst sorts of extended torture, and aren't allowed freedom of speech, it's kind of hard for them to prove otherwise.

This applies to child molesters just as much as to terrorists.

If you think that 6A's censorship has nothing to do with the actions in those news articles I linked to, go read some history books.

If you think that corporate censorship is too minor to worry about when I should be putting forward effort to stop people getting murdered, read this. And then read some history books.

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June 20th, 2007
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WNiP
Okay, emily_shore asked if about X-files fics I still had on the back burner (Offer still open for other fandoms.) It didn't fit in one comment. So, uh:

Here's the four I still really want to finish someday:

1. (Old Familiar Carols Play)
TEENA: Get away from me or I'll shoot you.
CSM: Would you think less of me as a man if I told you I find you
extremely attractive right now?
CSM: *saves Teena's life from Consortium assassins*
TEENA: *Saves CSM's life from heroism-induced heart attack*
CSM (in hospital bed): You're my only weakness, and they know that now. This is my worst fear. I can't always be there to keep you safe.
TEENA: So marry me, silly.
CSM: ...that could work.
FOX: This is not happening.
MELANNEN: Not until I get around to watching all the Teena episodes again, it's not.

2. (A Last Illusion)
MULDER: Now that the kids are off with my sister, we have a whole week to be sickeningly romantic together!
SCULLY: Just think how lucky we were that we met in college and fell in love so fast. Our lives have been so amazingly boring and perfect for the past 25 years.
CALENDAR: Oh look, it's December 21st, 2012!
WASHINGTON DC: Goes boom.
MULDER: ... something's not right here.
MELANNEN: But I don't want to kill your kids! And apocalypses are hard to write!
GENIE: Here, have a happy ending.

3. (A Time of Dark, Dark Despair)
KERSH: Fine, fine, go collect your army of superpowered freaks to fight the aliens with.
DOGGETT: Yes sir. Okay, who wants to come help me save the world?
EDDIE VAN BLUNDHT: I'm not coming until she watches my episode again.
HOLMAN HARDT: Same here.
HENRY WEEMS: Same here.
LINDA BOWMAN: Same here.
TONY REED: Same here.
IZZY BERKOWITZ: Same here.
RONNIE STRICKLAND: Same here.
CECIL L'IVELY: I will BURN you.
LINDA BOWMAN: Besides, what were you planning to do with us once you've got us?
MELANNEN: Um.
CECIL AND LINDA: *snog*

4. (Fox Hill)
1121 E: Sam, this Steward was clearly destroyed by an ancient bioweapon resurrected to defend the Goddess's beloved.
1013 S: You aren't even a doctor, Emily. I say it was murdered by humans who tried to burn it to destroy the evidence.
MELANNEN: How are you two different from Naraht's Sam & Scully AU again?
1013: We're hybrid clones living in a post-conquest far future.
1121: Searching for the Truth about the old legends of the Immortal Mother Goddess, Dana, and her resurrected consort, Fox the Monster-Slayer.
1013: Except for how there is no Truth because it's all made up to justify the resistance movement, as any student of Human psychology could tell you.
1121: Try having an open mind for once, Sam.
1013: *I* do, Em. You're the one who doesn't want to believe that Humans are capable of doing it all on their own.
MELANNEN: Right. Um, you can stop talking now.
1013 & 1121: *snog*
MELANNEN: ... But not that! We're supposed to be paralleling the series. UST, guys, remember UST?
1013: We don't believe in human emotional rituals.
MELANNEN: *facepalm*

...and there's some random casefiles and crossovers that I'd love to get to someday. Oh, and back in the ranks of "Stories I wish *someone* would write", there's this one:

TEENA: *in coma*
CSM: Fix her.
ALIEN GUY: The damage is too widespread; I cannot reconstruct the network. In order to repair it, I would need to take a patterning from another human mind.
CSM: Use mine.
ALIEN: There might be consequen-
CSM: Do it!
ALIEN: *shrug*
TEENA: *Wakes up*
CSM: (god, she's so beautiful)
TEENA: I'm flattered, but uninterested. (How sweet!)
CSM: ... I didn't say anything.
ALIEN: Did I mention that sometimes it causes an unbreakable telepathic soulbond?
TEENA & CSM: Crap.

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June 19th, 2007
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I would do the "WiPs I'm not writing" meme-thingy, but the reason I haven't been writing is that I've lost all the character voices (probably due to not watching much TV lately), so little script-form dialogues with the characters, not so worky. (although if someone wanted to ask me about a fandom in comments, I'd be willing to *try* writing up what I'm not writing in it - I need a kick-start somewhere. And yes, that's *any* fandom whatsoever, whether I've written in it before or not.)

LJ has announced a permanent acconut sale! The comment threads are full of win already, and there aren't even any cat macros yet. If you have cash on hand I recommend chucking a few dollars toward their chosen charities (or similar) without bothering to buy the account - or head over to fandom_gives, since fandom did it first. And better!

Also, most of what I've been doing around here lately is tossing comments in, so of course I've lost comment e-mail notifications. If it seems like I'm ignoring you it's either that, or the fact that I'm doing my best to work this summer *hard*, since it may be my last one.

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June 13th, 2007
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Today's been a creepy sort of day - I've got the "am I the only one left alive" feeling I always get when there's been nothing to take me out of the house, and all afternoon the sky's been grumbling away - like it has for days - but not actually going all the way, just holding the tension.

Then the rain broke, for the first time in weeks.

And according to my flist, there's zombies.

... otherwise I probably wouldn't have heard about it until The Daily Show came on. Which is sad, but typical. I'm trying to imagine what Jon and the writers are thinking right now : I mean, people are dying, but *how* could they resist the temptation to play it for comedy? Actually, they're probably thinking 'brains!!'

... totally inappropriate humor, right, but that's how it runs. If anybody's already lost anyone - keep safe, everybody, and keep in touch. If lj goes down you know where else to look for me.

Anyway Mom's here with me, and Sister's been at work all day in her isolated bunker building so I hope she's pretty safe, and I haven't *heard* any bad news from anywhere else. I hope Aunt and Uncle and Cousin were somewhere they could stay away - we haven't heard, and they're supposed to get here tomorrow for a visit. It's been quiet on my street so far - no quieter than usual, but no screams and chainsaws either, so.

I just peered down the road, toward the old cemetary on the corner where they built the church. It's really old - the newest dates we saw were the '20s - it's a nice place to walk. Or, well, it was.

I think all the zombies there were too old to do much, though. There's a couple sodden looking lumps of sticks and rags in the road down there, like the rain washed away all the dust that was holding their bones together. I wonder if those bodies are keeping the others away, or if it's just that we're too far from a newer graveyard.

IfWhen it settles down in a few days I really want to go see if we can match bones with stones and do a little archeology to find out who was buried there, especially in all the unmarked graves down the hill.

Meanwhile I'm heading over to enemy_anime's in a few minutes for movie night. Mom doesn't want me to go, but she's letting me, I think because she doesn't really believe in the zombies either. I need to get out of the house though, and I figure I'm just as safe there - probably safer; people there know how to make explosives and have lots of swords.

Go on with life and don't let them win, right? That's what I said six years ago, I'm sticking with it now.

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June 12th, 2007
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I has a soapbox! (At least, until THEY be takin it!)
Fanlib.com is now the first google search result for fanfic for my Stargate otp. To those of you saying FanLib was doomed and irrelevant: ttpphhptt! With tentacles on top!

Okay, so the author of said fics took them down after she noticed the debacle. Still! How long d'you think it will take all 115 of those search results to sink out of Google's database and stop polluting my need to read every single published piece of soppy Asgard romance? Apparently until *just before* I whine about it on lj. :P
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Meanwhile, fandom_counts is stalled out at just under 34000 journals. Berkowitz's last news post was remarkably more reassuring than his last, proving that at the very least someone has now drummed the concept of 'customer relations' into his head.

However, lolita_icontest, a Nabokov fandom community, is still suspended, along with a variety of other journals and communities, proving that the return of journals and communities had more to do with how many people complained about them than about any actual attempt at making things right. On one hand, the return of journals people care about while the languishing ones continue to languish proves that they did listen to us. On the other hand, not terribly working on regaining my trust here, 6A. (PS: Your new lj homepage *sucks*. And, incidentally, is broken on lynx view.)

And a new version of Movable Type has just been announced.

I know a lot of people, now that the initial rage is dying down, have been talking about the deletion debacle as a tempest in a teapot, asking whether it's so important that they deleted our porn.

It wasn't about deleting our porn. It was about *deleting anything at all*. It was about thoughtcrime. LJ markets itself as a place for private journals and discussion forums, as well as for publishing and networking - that's why many of us are here. And when you tell someone it's evil, wrong and illegal to write about something in their personal journal (however risky it might be when that journal is on the internet) you're about two inches away from telling them that it's wrong and evil to think it. Persecution for yhoughtcrime should *not* be allowed to stand, wherever it is. (And yes, that includes pedophile journals. Even if they were actively breaking the law, lj should have called in law enforcement first. If they weren't actively breaking the law, they've as much right to be here as our porn - maybe more, if you want to start talking about writing as therapy.)

Meanwhile, I'm still planning on posting anything that isn't specifically for an lj audience over at my jf account.
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And the offer to make people jf accounts is still open. Have I mentioned how much fun I'm having at jf?

It's quiet - too quiet - but it reminds me of my early days here on lj. Where everything was shiny and new and I didn't have to think about playing to my audience, because they didn't know what to expect of me yet. When my fandom on lj was still small enough that I could try to follow everything, more or less.

Also, I posted a crack crossover poll the other day and got over 1/3 of my flist to answer - a total flist that includes people I know for sure only log in when LJ is down! I post a poll here, I'm lucky to get 1/10. (Be honest - all ya'll filter me out, right?)

Which reminds me: I remembered this poll, from last year. frek and stephanometra, you tied for first with two wrong answers each! (everybody got those two wrong - Tia *didn't* get to mack on Will (anyone notice how much they tamed down her sexuality in this movie? I could go on about that, but I won't.) and I was the only one to predict that Jack wouldn't get the Black Pearl in the end. :D ) Name your prizes, winners!
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PS: Lt's down. Has been for almost two days now. On the days I set aside for book-organizing, no less. Three things LJ could learn from LT about crisis management:

1. Treat your customers like allies, not enemies. And like they're intelligent. Communicate. Honestly. If you go awhile without updating the news, mention that it was an unforgivable mistake, and explain that it was due to technical issues. Not due to not trusting your customers.
2. Give them something to do. They want to be doing something. If you make a useful suggestion, chances are they'll do that. If you don't ... they'll have to occupy themselves.
3. Don't be evil. And sing along with the songs in your comment thread. :D
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Also, speaking of the internets breaking, the FCC's deadline for public comment on Net Neutrality is June 15th. That's until this Friday to keep our internets out of the hands of monopolistic robber barons (to the extent that it isn't already, anyway.) Speak out here:

Save the Net Now

...or anywhere else, really. We got LJ to listen to us; Congress isn't beyond our reach.
Here"s what I sent, for posterity.Collapse )

Yeah, I know, but I can't *not* sputter about "interstate commerce act! 1887! @^@$%" every time Net Neutrality comes up. Mrs. Savignac trained me well in AP History, bless her tiny Reaganite heart.
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And if that wasn't meme-y or sky-is-falling enough for you, try a zombie uprising on for size. :P

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June 3rd, 2007
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Three Things Which Are Made Of Win:
1. Water! Falling from the sky! I had forgotten that was possible - it's like a magical miracle making everything clean and wet and cool and green!

Also, with it being hot and windows being open, one of the birds that lives in the tree outside my window has learned to mimic the ringing of our phone. This is only 'kinda neat' unless you realise that I have to wake up to a phone call every morning, and that this bird started singing at about dawn.

2. This theory, which I would never have discovered except for wandering all over Journalfen this weekend, which turns the very end of PotC3 from eeww into Hooray!! Most perfect ending ever!!!

3. Making Up Is Hard to Do, by china_shop: Fandom/LJ angry make-up sex, NC-17, het, D/s, etc.

I have the feeling this started out as somebody saying "LJ can *suck me*. No, really," but really quickly turned into a love letter to fandom. The only way this could possibly be better is if she'd mentioned that Fandom's well over four times his age. :D

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May 31st, 2007
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the king and his men tore the queen from her bed
So today, at work, I was reading the MeFi post (the place I was working has lj and gj and f_w (but, oddly, not the rest of journalfen) net-nannied out of access, so I was trying to keep up from the fringes) and they were *mocking* us for singing "Hoist the Colors" all over LJ.

Which, okay, I can kind of see their point. But you know what?

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That said, I for one don't plan to end up standing alone on an island without a boat. pornish_pixies is back, and that's enough that I'm giving lj a chance: they have eight months to convince me to either renew my paid account, or lock everything up and leave. One or the other: I'm not reverting back to a free account, because that gives them ad revenue.

Have I mentioned that I hate the idea that advertisers are controlling our content? Yes? Good.

Meanwhile, I've managed to justify buying myself a paid account at journalfen.net - I've had a free account there under this name since back in the day when *lj* required codes to join*, and I've always *meant* to help them out. I was just finally annoyed enough to navigate their payment system to do it. I'm not going to completely up anchor and move over there - *yet* - but I do plan to do more archiving there and be more active in the non-wank areas.

This also means I can get people free accounts (within reason, mind) so if you're in fandom, on my flist, don't have a jf account yet and you think you might use one, consider me a resource. I may hold off a few days until the hysteria dies down a bit and the jf admins have had some time to sleep - I figured the money they can use now, the hassle they might want to wait on - but I am willing to make ya'll accounts. Especially if you're going to do more with them than just camp the username.

IN OTHER WORDS: IF YOU DECIDE YOU WANT A FREE JF ACCOUNT SOMETIME IN THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, ASK HERE.

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And if you have a jf and I haven't friended you yet, let me know.

*In fact, I believe I originally was given my jf account as a result of someone liking a PotC quote I dropped in f_w. So full circle, yo ho ho!

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May 29th, 2007
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Well, at least we can say they came for us *first*...
Okay, first there was the fanlib thing, which though stupid, I didn't feel the need to comment on because so many people were doing it better.

But what's going on now? What's going on now has me *angry*.

Summary for people who haven't been watching:
At the height of the fanlib thing few days ago a rumour went around that LJ was being pressured to suspend the journals of people with certain shady interests on their profile pages, and you should change your interest list to protect yourself.

Then, LJ staffers and abuse volunteers eagerly made posts stating in the strongest terms that this was an unfounded rumour, this was not happening, there was no need to worry. The panic died down. People stopped deleting their interests.

Today? LJ started permanently deleting journals and communities with those interests listed.

Then it comes out that a certain vigilante group had been making the complaints, and had been making them repeatedly over a span of time, *just like the rumour stated*, but LJ had been quoting their long-standing policy that only if a crime was actually being committed would they take action.

*THEN*, according to their website, the vigilantes started complaining to LJ's advertisers and getting them to take down their ads to prevent them from being associated with those interests.

Suddenly, LJ claims that listing an illegal activity as an interest now counts as soliciting that illegal activity, and because of their own legal liability, they must permanently remove such journals if reported to them. (and saying it's not their fault! please don't blame them!)

And the LJ insiders who were so strenuously debunking the rumour three days ago are now using those same journals to claim they aren't allowed to comment on internal lj happenings.

If you want a version with names and specifics, there are a lot of link-collecting posts out there already - circling the wagons and whatnot - catrinella is pretty comprehensive here, or I can throw links in the comments - but I'm not so much pissed off by what is actually happening, as by the way LJ has been handling it, and I haven't seen a clear statement of sequence of events yet.

I'm especially pissed about the threat to their ad revenue. What happened to don't worry, ads won't change anything for paid users, guys?

Meanwhile, I've added 'loitering', 'jaywalking' and 'trespassing' to my interests list. If my journal gets suspended, I have this username at journalfen and gj too; I'll be there.

And I'm finally friending otw_news.

(Now, off to go play with xerahanadu once my rage dies down enough to drive. And I find my car keys.)

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I've heard lots of theories about what POTC3 was supposed to be about: honor, love, choosing sides, making your own way ... but I think I've figured it out for *reals*.

It's actually about having to stand in line too long at Disney World.

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See, now it's stuck in your head, too! Here's the mp3 I was using.

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May 25th, 2007
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i wish I could say I loved it unreservedly, but.
Some bits that are actually spoilerly, because I need to get to sleep; AKA I Loved The Movie Except For The Feminist RageCollapse )

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AT WORLD'S END
...was awesome.
No, seriously. It was so awesome that it took me about five minutes to get my land legs back afterward. I was pitching all over the aisle on the way out, but I didn't actually notice until I fell over, because the floor is *supposed* to sway like that. Right?

Selected Spoilers:
EVERYBODY DIES1

Also, I want it on the record that I had 'licking rocks' as an lj interest well before this movie came out.

1May not actually be true2

2If true, may not actually be relevant.3

3After all, everybody does die. Dyin's *guaranteed*. It's the coming back that can be a bit tricky.

PS: THIS IS MY DEFAULT ICON FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE.

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May 21st, 2007
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yay
Best birthday *ever*. Got everything that was on my list to do (sleep in hammock, sketch, rock-balance, roast potatoes in open fire, sing, tell stories, go to festival, go to bookstore, hike, see Sarah, geocache, belly-dance) except kite-flying and canoeing, due to factors out of my control.

And I only came home with 10 more books than I left with. >:D One of them was The Sea-Beach at Ebb-Tide, though. Who wants to go camping at Point of Rocks with me as soon as possible?

Meanwhile, I have 54 lj tabs to read. (Which considering I was at only skip=180, means that 1/3 posts ya'll made is just that interesting. And doesn't even count the ones where i just gave up and clicked the whole thing.)

Now, however, I must finish unpacking.

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May 17th, 2007
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Oh, wow, I think the SPN finale just filled in for me the last bits I need to mesh the SPN mytharc and the Bones mytharc seamlessly together.

Of course, I missed the Bones season finale and it's entirely possible it blew me out of the water - the previews made it look like sheer cracktastic mytharcy *joy*.

...right. Um, packing. Yes!

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May 4th, 2007
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Notes on this week's SGA:

Okay, have the scientists *always* had Starfleet-regulation pointy sideburns, and I just never noticed, or is this new?

Also: now they're playing with a State Twenty-Six detector, I keep expecting to here Jingle Bells in the background.

PS: I wrote this fanfic. Twice. ETA : No, wait, three times. And siegeofangels wrote this one!

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In which I cannily pretend to talk about Star Trek, but am actually talking about fanfic instead.
So things conspired against me - which is to say, ST coming up in a bunch of online conversations, and me finally getting my hands on "The Empty Chair" and my sister buying all the DVD sets and carrying them about like a security blanket - and I ended up spending much of the evening putting Star Trek books into LT. The number of more useful things I could have been doing instead is as myriad as ... well, as myriad as the Star Trek books, but Used Book Sale Season is coming up. And anyway, sometimes a girl just needs to spend some time with her Star Trek books.

Don't judge.

So there's now 154 books in LT tagged "star trek" and that's only three out of four boxes (I didn't tackle the TNG ones) and doesn't include the ones that are scattered elsewhere in the house. We've got to the point where the list of "Star Trek Books We Don't Have" fits on a half-sheet of notebook paper. Of course I haven't read them all - in fact, going down and tagging, there's a lot that I have no idea if I ever even read them because they made so little impression on me (interspersed with ones that I practically have memorized, and ones that I don't remember but I remember my sister liked them.)

It's also really obvious looking down the list, sorted by publication date, exactly when I lost my consuming interest in Star Trek books - 1997, which just happens to be the year I started high school. (I can't help but wonder if part of the reason I've been going back is how much time I've been spending in my old middle school lately --) But I really don't think that my loss of interest had anything to do with my age, so much as a visible change in editorial direction in the franchise. You can see it in when you look down the lists of books - for twenty years, they're happily churning out book after book of the Enterprise crew going where no man has gone before and having adventures and finding things out, and when you picked up a Star Trek book you more or less knew what you were getting. After 1997 or so, though, it's all miniseries! And New Frontiers! Every new book had to be a Great Event that did something different than they had ever done before!

...yeah, not interested. I want *more of the same*, goldangit! Which, okay, at first glance seems almost heretical: this is Star Trek, it's all about the spirit of exploration, new horizons, taking risks! Let's move on! But ... on the other hand, it felt to me like they were saying that the old-fashioned Enterprise adventure stories were played out. Like there was nothing more to say with them, like we should be *bored* with them. And explorer should *never* be bored, because there's *always* something more to learn to see. Saying "there's so much more to see, we can't afford to stay here when there's a horizon over there!" - that's one thing. Saying "We've done everything there is to do here -" You can *never* do everything there is to do. If you think you have, it's a defect of your own vision, not in what you're looking at.

Sure, to your average publisher, a hundred novels about the same few characters doing the same few things *seems* like it could get old - especially when the characters don't even get to *grow* and *change*, because every story has to start and end more-or-less in the status quo. But it *doesn't*, because characters are *infinitely* complex, and the forty-leventh time that Captain Kirk sets foot on an alien planet that looks suspiciously like Earth, there's *just* as much new things to learn and new ways to see as there were the *first* time. And I think Captain Kirk would agree with me, because that's *why* he keeps doing it.1

I think it's really interesting that *both* of the TOS pilots made an analogy between outer space and inner space, that going out and exploring is also expanding the limits of your *self* (and that being trapped is as much being trapped in your own head as being trapped in a cage.) And that the original pilot - canned for being 'too cerebral' - was about getting *out* of the headspace that kept you trapped and going and doing the physical exploration - and then the series re-used the footage but *switched* the moral, giving Captain Pike the change to take on that inner world and a consolation prize for losing his starship, and maybe it's a consolation prize but a prize nonetheless.

Because for all that Trek was supposedly about New Worlds and New Civilization, when it was at its best it was always about understanding youself by seeing yourself through new eyes. IDIC isn't about notching some kind of cosmic bedpost, it's about the way that listening to a thousand different viewpoints is still not enough to tell the whole story - but that doesn't mean you stop asking.

Now excuse me, I need to go moon over the kissing scene in "The Empty Chair" some more.

1Er, and all that talking about Kirk is completely ignoring for the purposes of this post that part of the reason I missed out on so many of the classic slashy K/S novels is that I refused to read anything that didn't have your basic Recommended Daily Allowance of McCoy goodness in it.

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