- All in a Name: New Software Benefits Transgender Students
The new software, created as an adjunct to the Banner student information system, allows students to fill out a form specifying their preferred name and pronoun. The information appears on all paperwork seen by faculty, so petitioning professors individually, a process that gave students no choice but to out themselves, is a thing of the past.
- via naraht: The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes
My anecdotal evidence generally seems to support the idea that group sizes will usually plateau at a number lower than 150 participants. This comes from 20 years of doing facilitation both on and offline, running several software companies, and running various forums at America Online. In particular, many online communities provide good evidence for Dunbar's Number actually being an upper limit (either due to reduced efficiency or due to increased dispersion).
- dw_news: Weekly Update: 30 Sept
* Code Push
* More DW Creativity
* RIP, Vox
* DW Advocacy
* Icon Renames
- Dreamwidth Wiki: Advocacy
- denise: DW artisans
- via wordweaverlynn: Kink Aware Professionals
- mizubyte: Master List: Bandom Timeline
- via multiple people: Avatar Remix - A.V.A.T.A.R. (Anglos Valiantly Aiding Tragic Awe-inspiring Races)
- denise: (no subject)
Meanwhile, I'm on the lookout for Dreamwidth users who have Etsy shops -- it doesn't matter what you sell, as long as it's handcrafted of some sort. I'd like to put together a showcase of DW users' creativity -- it's really easy for us to show off writers (of both fiction and nonfiction) on DW, since the tools we have for sharing and promoting writing are fairly well developed, but mark and I always wanted DW to be a place to showcase all kinds of creativity, from writing to craft to photography to just plain chronicling your life, and I'd really like to start doing some work to promote the non-written forms of creative work our users get up to.
- Related to the above: etsy! My comm, which I have thrown into the ring in support of Denise's endeavor. Join, tell me what kinds of things you would want out of such a community, make posts... I will gladly take on co-mods if people want to get involved on that level.
One thing I'd like to do is provide a new song every day!
Daily Song (right-click): Hole - Celebrity Skin
Within the first week this song was on my ipod, it went straight to the top of the most-played list. It remains in the number one spot, with almost three times as many plays as the next song down.
blnchflr has asked me to write about unreliable narrators, although this will take a few days. (I shake my fist at the end of the semester.) I am still accepting prompts, questions, et cetera, via comment/pm/email/carrier pigeon.
I think you should post about...
... your physical surroundings.
... your artistic endeavors.
Fashion and/or the contents of your closet.
Life in the archives.
Your research interests.
Other things involving wire.
I had been waiting to post about this until I got some more items uploaded, but. I keep mentioning it to people, and there's thirteen things in there, which is just going to have to be enough for now. (I had so much more time when I had no social life, srsly you guys.)
Etsy shop. I has one. Jewelry and very tiny paintings - future plans include a wider selection of jewelry, larger paintings, and possibly other things. ;)
And some interactive funtimes: jewelry prompts! (I'll take painting prompts some time soon, promise.) Your prompt can be anything, but I reserve the right to engage in some wacky free-association to turn it into a piece of jewelry.
The prompter has right of first refusal on their piece. After that, I'll offer these pieces to my journal readership, and after that, whatever's left will go on etsy.
Even if you doubt you'll buy whatever comes of your prompt, you can still ask me to make something. No excuses or apologies needed. Nobody has to buy what I make from their prompt. I just want inspiration.
I am screening comments to this post so people can post their addresses; I will unscreen comments that are not addresses.
Alternately, you may use either DW private message or LJ private message, or email email@example.com.
Please indicate which kind of card you would like (general winter theme, certain religious holiday, secular/commercial christmas, etc.).
( $winterholiday wishlist meme )
( the random handmade meme )
And now what I actually came here to write about:
* BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY
* So my mom is going to look at all my shiny stuff when she gets up here, and then I will make her some jewelry and that will be $winterholiday. But that doesn't help with my dad or my sister.
* BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY
* Speaking of $winterholiday... many, many months ago, I made a post offering handmade goodies to the first five commenters. I fail at life and timeliness, and still owe insunshine and sinuous_curve their goodies. As soon as I post this, I will wander into the dining room and get started on their stuff. I will also take requests from up to three more people.
* BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY
Yeah, uh. That's all I got. I go make things now. BLACK DRAGON FIGHTING SOCIETY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm getting back into the groove of writing my daily words - April was a busy month for me, and May was kind of a flop. I'm not doing anything crafty while I'm in New Orleans because I don't have my stuff, but I need to come up with some good metrics for evaluating my crafty output. That might be good to track in terms of time, because I can spend a lot longer on a painting than a pendant. Unless I want to track my handmade endeavors separately - jewelry by the piece, paintings by time, knitting by... idk, since I'm still smack in the middle of learning how to knit.
Whatever. Point is, I will eventually need a better spreadsheet.*
We're having crawfish etouffee (I hope that's right) tonight, but it'll be quite a while before it's ready. *sigh* I've already had two snacks and I'm getting hungry again already.
* I use a spreadsheet full of equations to help motivate myself, because it's very effective to watch the numbers change across the entire spreadsheet.
I have a half-completed painting that I will finish in the next couple of days. The final version will be posted on the meme and in my journal, of course, but I have taken some in-progress pictures and I might post them too.
Other news: I got my randomized-text code working in my Dreamwidth layout. Left sidebar, down below the little pink rose. :) Only works for account levels with access to advanced customization/layers, though. I've typed up a tutorial for it, but I want to sleep on it in case my directions suck or something.
Courtesy of Ellie: Tern. OMFG cool.
MJ09: Awesome. I love fandom.
Sinus infection: I can has antibiotics, and I'm already on the mend.
I am officially done with my art class as of this morning, and my poetry workshop as of Tuesday (though we have one last unofficial meeting tomorrow night at Ian's apartment). That leaves one more assignment for my sociology class, and the take-home final for Women In Western Religions - neither of which will be difficult.
Then I'll have a few weeks to do nothing much. I'll keep volunteering at Dress For Success, and I might be working a little, but other than that... I'm expecting a nice big box of shiny stuff in the mail tomorrow or Saturday, so I can make jewelry again. :D And I can paint.
Speaking of... I posted this a long time ago, but the offer is still open, if you want me to send you a crafty-thing. in_sunshine, I am plotting what yours will be.
If anyone has a spare Dreamwidth code kicking around, I am looking for one. If not, or if you have it earmarked for another person, I will just wait until I can buy myself an account. At any rate, tell me your username over there, if you have one!