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Look at me, surviving Easter Thursday retail with only minimal crankiness and snark! *snarls at tourists*

Me Things
Breaking up (with prednisolone) is hard to do )

Livejournal Things
[staff profile] denise said, in a [site community profile] dw_maintenance post, here: "Seriously, though, we're thrilled to have all y'all who are moving in this week, whether as a "I'm just gonna use my DW account to back up the contents of my LJ account in the event of future disaster" all the way along the spectrum to to I AM THELMA AND LOUISE'ING MY LIVEJOURNAL STRAIGHT OFF THE CLIFF, SEE YOU ON DW ONCE THE DEBRIS CLEARS."

I like that there's a spectrum for this. I can see myself sliding closer to the Thelma/Louise end, but I'm not there yet.

Speaking of which, the origin of the name Dreamwidth.

- Via [personal profile] sandrine, Tutorial: Using Flexible Squares at Dreamwidth (Smooth Sailing, Mixit, Nebula) (How to carry your LJ layout across to Dreamwidth, basically.)

- Via [personal profile] forests_of_fire, how to convert your open ID comments to your DW ID (at facebook, but links to Dreamwidth support.)

- via everywhere, but it's an excellent link by [personal profile] promethia_tenk, How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It
(very sensible step-wise method of easing yourself into DW from LJ. Takeaway message: don't go cold turkey!!)

- by [personal profile] blackmare, How to Get Images into your DW Posts
Dreamwidth has image hosting, I didn't realise! I'm going to try it out. RIGHT NOW!
She took a photo of a ridiculously photogenic cat - you won't believe what happened next! )

- from [personal profile] rahirah, A work-around for spoiler cuts on Dreamwidth

- from [personal profile] bisharp, a Dreamwidth Starter Kit (A list of tutorials to help with all kinds of DW stuff.)

- from [personal profile] rosefox at [community profile] 2017revival, Helpful tips for voyagers from LJ-land

- from lots of people, but I saw it first at [personal profile] jo, Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk Of Spying (a brief rundown of what this all means, at Gizmodo)

A Palate Cleanser of Fun Links
- via [personal profile] anandrine, Sherlock Holmes Is Now A Housewife In Latest Korean Export, Mystery Queen
(It sounds awesome!)

- via [personal profile] spikedluv, Riverdale First Look: Molly Ringwald Debuts as Archie's Mom Mary
For all your eighties flashback feels. (How great is the casting of this weird show? With the parents, it's like, a mega former teen show super-crossover, and I unexpectedly love it to bits.)

- via my facebook addiction to Dance Academy links, The Cast Of "Dance Academy" Then Vs Now
(Because I'm never going to stop talking about Dance Academy. Also, I can't believe it's been seven years between the end of the series and the movie. HOW?)

- I think I found a tiny Yuletide fandom for 2017, Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide.
(I don't know where I saw this, but it was definitely on my flist, so thank you, person!)

- the best live action Beauty and the Beast
Let me give you a hint - it's from the eighties.
I'm into this image hosting thing now )


One more photo of Baggins, because he is a hero cat who survived a snake bite.
Doctors hate him! You won't believe why! )
st_aurafina: rainbow barcode with my DW number on it (Dreamwidth: Rainbow Barcode)
I'm pretty sure I'm not going to delete my LJ. I don't know for sure. I'm still considering and waiting to see what happens. (For people who haven't heard, LJ now has a compulsory agreement statement, which requires users to comply with Russian law. It's deeply problematic, both politically and legally.)

Things I will immediately do:
- upgrade the rating on my LJ, because mentioning anything queer is considered unsuitable for viewing by children.
- do a friends cut, if I have you friended both here and on LJ, to reduce the amount of traffic on my LJ flist.
- re-import my LJ to my DW, so that I've backed up comments left over there.
- make an archive DW for [ profile] comicstore_news, and my few fic journals.

Things I might do:
- shut down commenting at my LJ. (I don't want to - I have friends over there who don't use DW, and I like to hear from them.)
- stop cross-posting altogether. (I like having a back-up of my posts, even if I don't use LJ that often these days.)

I have relevant links, because of course I have links:
Facts and analysis
- The original user agreement, in Cyrillic

- From [personal profile] archangelbeth, And the translation of the New User Agreement for Livejournal.

- From [profile] medcat, Once again, a free public service announcement.
Some translation, some analysis, some extrapolation

- From [ profile] suricattus, I believe I have found the giant “fuck you” clause.
so, what you’re agreeing to isn’t the translation given, but the original user document. Which is in Russian. And might be exactly the same context as the translation… and might not.

Um. Children, this is the point at which I say “get in the damn car and drive in the direction of Away Very Fast.”

- From [personal profile] mdlbear, PSA: LJBF: Goodbye's too good a word...
More analysis of salient points and plans of action.

- From [personal profile] telophase, Well, they finally did it
OK, so that's pretty much "We're not responsible for data breaches," but it also means that if someone hacks my LJ and posts anti-Russia stuff, they can hold me responsible.

Things you can do
- From [personal profile] rosefox: Even in the Future, Nothing Works
A way to post comments without agreeing to the TOS. You'll still need to click the agreement to do stuff like import or delete your LJ, but it's a way to get to the comment box at least.
ETA: Apparently today there was some kind of code tweak and this isn't working for everyone.

- [personal profile] james points out that if you disable javascript, you can delete your LJ without signing the agreement. (But don't forget to switch it back on again.)

- From [personal profile] rahirah, How to redirect comments on a crosspost.

- [community profile] 2017revival seems to be shaping into a landing platform for new arrivals from LJ. Lots of intro posts if you're looking for new friends.

- from [personal profile] nanila at [community profile] 2017revival, Want to find an old LJ friend? Linking DW and LJ identities

- [community profile] lj_refugees is also poised to receive new Dreamwidth arrivals.

- From me, a friending meme I held a little while ago which still ticks along slowly: Let's Stick Together: A Friending Meme for 2017
Most of you know about this, but just in case this drifts past someone's friendsfriends on LJ for someone who is looking for new DW friends.

On the whole, as always, I love the way community has rallied to provide information, analysis and support. I hope I don't have to delete. I respect people who have, and I empathise with people who have decided to stay. I just don't know what I want to do yet.

ETA 2: I should have read my flist before I posted, because I would have seen this excellent links post by [personal profile] umadoshi:
Mostly linkspam of the "what the fuck NOW, Livejournal???" variety.
Also, this, which pretty much sums up why this is stressful and depressing: But I'm angry, and I'm exhausted with being angry at LJ over and over again, angry in ways that hurt because of how formative the site was for me and how much I loved it once. Yeah, I know how melodramatic it is to say "that was my home, and I don't live there anymore, but it's been slowly and inexorably vandalized and trashed", but hey, that's how I feel.
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New year, new President (in the US), new server sites for Livejournal. The future is little bit scary right now, and scary is better faced with friends. Meet new people, reconnect with old friends, and expand your reading circle.

To play, cut and paste this text into a comment, fill out the details and tell us about yourself. Then go find new people to add.

If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, you can sign up for one here.
If you're new to Dreamwidth and you've left OpenID comments on DW before, you can link your IDs here: How can I claim my OpenID account with my Dreamwidth account?

Play nice.

And feel free to promote wherever you like with this handy box of linkage:

st_aurafina: The dreamwidth sheep, sleeping peacefully (Dreamwidth: sheep)
State of cat:
BAGGINS IS A FREE ELF! He's off sub-q fluids, he's got, as far as vets could tell while he was fully perfused, good renal function and low CK, and seems fit to make a full recovery from the snake bite. We are very lucky. So very lucky. Now we need to build him up and get him well, but he's doing a lot of that work himself, as cats do (MOSTLY BY JUMPING ON THE KITCHEN BENCH TO LOOK FOR HUMAN FOOD GRRR.) We think we found the site of the original bite - back right leg - because the skin got pink and raw there, but it's healing up. And as the vets said he would, he's doing his own physio, working on those damaged muscles in his wheel and playing with his brother. He's the best of cats. Champion of cats. Most cat of cats. <3

State of me:
Prednisolone is a beast, and it's slowly frying my brain, so I'm currently resorting to pink wine in the early afternoon. I'm not at work or anything, so I feel like that's a valid decision.

My concentration window has been appalling so I've barely read any Yuletide, beyond my wonderful gift fics, which has been sad-making because I love the process of reading and reccing and commenting. I'm hopeful that as the pred dose drops, my ability to get my eyes to stick to the screen will improve. I've got a doctor's appointment upcoming where we can review the rate of decrease and make some kind of long term plan. In the meantime, I'm average four-five hours of sleep a night, getting up at 5:30 with a weird unfocused mania that has me running around the house ~doing things and ~making plans. And crochet. Crochet is a life-saver at the moment. I still have knees, though right knee is making a whispered reappearance on the pain scale, possibly because I'm doing as much movement while I still can.

State of the Yuletide:
I wrote this for The Black Tape podcast - when my brain is up to it, I'll post it here properly. And answer comments, oh, gosh.
A Child's Path to Clarity (4672 words) by st_aurafina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Black Tapes Podcast
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Richard Strand, Alex Reagan, Nic Silver
Additional Tags: Bookstores, Conversations

"Almost certainly," said Alex. "Is most definitely not certain."

State of Livejournal:
I'm lucky/sheltered/Australian enough not to feel too threatened by the move of servers to Russia, so I'm not going to delete or stop cross-posting at the moment. I've got a permanent account over there, so I won't be giving them more money in the future, and basically Dreamwidth has been my homebase for a long time now, so I'm going to sit tight and see what changes. If you guys want to defriend over there, though, go for it. I totally understand, and I want people to feel safe.

More information about LJ and Russia:
From [ profile] mamculuna: CONFIRMED: LJ Servers moving to Russia, now with all kinds of links and shit
From [personal profile] umadoshi: Sooooo...about Russia and LJ (unrelated links, related links, and personal notes)
st_aurafina: (Pharmacy)
Guys, something is up at the vaccine labs - we have no hepatitis A vaccine, and now no Fluvax. Viro-pocalypse is looming. And amusing in that fortunately/unfortunately way: we can't supply the vaccines for your holiday, but luckily there's so much ash in the sky, your holiday has been cancelled. (This is not actually very amusing. I know, I've tried it out on a few people.)

My happy picture for the time being: Parrot bathing in a tea-cup! This is one happy bird. It makes me smile every time I look at it.

Local win and fail:
Win: the shire council revamped our streetscape and planted lots of trees!
Fail: the trees are now full of wasps! And they also drop poisonous fruit! Although, to be fair, the shire says the fruit is only poisonous to children and the elderly. And little dogs.

*sigh* I am a bit scared of wasps. They look so much angrier than bees.

Considering Dreamwidth?
[personal profile] coffeeandink has this: How to Move from LJ to Dreamwidth in Six Easy Steps.

ETA: Adding this massive, awesome post by [personal profile] stepps: What to do with Dreamwidth: a list of tutorials and information.

I have five codes, if you'd like one. You have but to ask!

I have finally watched Fringe S1! It was so good! I have to make a post about it, because it took me a while to get over the bad science, but I love, love, love how the season finished up. (I can overlook bad science, but this was OMG-bad science. Beyond bad, so bad it was almost amazing.)

But in the meantime, I'm still working on my au_bigbang 2nd draft. This fic! It will not be done. I like it a lot, but it's permeating my brain. Last night I dreamed it was a Phantom of the Opera crossover. I don't even know.

*shifty eyes* I, uh, don't suppose anyone would be interested in betaing? Or even Ameri-picking? If I ever get it done... *does an enticing dance*
st_aurafina: (Leverage: Alec)
I'm randomly using my Hardison icon, in celebration of importing all my icons from LJ. *dances* And all my LJ entries made it across! Yay for that, and for a whole bunch of new people on my readling list. *waves madly*

I am unusually energetic for a Friday morning.

Useful Dreamwidth links I've seen today:

Gmail threading of comments on Dreamwidth - [personal profile] zvi suggests using a subject in your comment to help with threading as a short term fix until this bug gets sorted out. I like this kind of lateral thinking. Of course, I've left dozen of comments without actually doing this. Because I'm forgetful. But from now on, I will do this.

[staff profile] denise has a plan to allow us to import our LJ reading list into DW. This will be amazing when it comes to pass.

[site community profile] dw_community_promo is so much fun to watch - I adore the diversity of comms that are opening up over her. The first two that came up on my reading list this morning are [community profile] permaculture, and [community profile] sonnets. We're such an eclectic bunch.

I was thinking that I might make a feed for comicstore_news? It can't be that hard to create a feed, and Dreamwidth is making me all adventurous, like.

*eyes entry* That sounds a touch manic, doesn't it? I shall observe. I'm probably just really, really excited about Dreamwidth.


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