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Friday, April 8th, 2011 20:50
sofiaviolet: ?, he said. (good omens)
Oof. Spend 30-ish hours finishing a paper and being at work, and you wind up with 50 open tabs after you skip 120 entries back. (Back when I was primarily reading on LJ, I would have had to skip farther back but I wouldn't have needed to open as many tabs.)


Dreamwidth invite code, free for the taking, or check [site community profile] dw_codesharing.

Warning: the queue for the importer is really backed up right now because so many people want to import and because LJ doesn't have the resources to give the import tool what it's asking for. If you can wait to import, please do.

What to do with Dreamwidth: a list of tutorials and information

Follow Friday

[community profile] leverage_flashfic! The Leverage panel at Muskrat Jamboree wanted a flashfic comm and I volunteered to run it. No one has posted fic yet, but I am soliciting prompts.

[community profile] ao3some, which may win for best comm name.

[community profile] lj_refugees

[site community profile] dw_community_promo is hosting a communities-only version of Follow Friday.


  • [personal profile] melannen: Love & Marriage
    One thing I love in a good SF story is ways of doing love, marriage, and romance that don't buy in to our society's idea of love+romance+sex+monogamy all on one single person as the only way to do it.
  • [staff profile] denise: (no subject)
    I've seen people wondering why imports are taking so @)#$(*& long. This might help shed some light:
  • [personal profile] synecdochic: LiveJournal's DDoS and Russian Politics
    So, people who grumble about "the Russians" taking over LJ should remember that in Russia, LiveJournal isn't just the top blogging platform, it's the blogging platform. It is Russia's free press. It is the tool being used to fight corruption and advance the cause of democracy. And, more practically to LJ users, the Russian-speaking sector of LJ is the reason LJ is still there at all.
  • [personal profile] helens78: Vote Ticky!
    I am in favor of tickys because tickys are a form of communication. They can help engender community and relationships in a way that can enhance comments rather than replacing them or taking away from them. When someone isn't commenting, it's impossible to know if it's because they're lost for words, aren't on a platform suitable for lengthy comments (how many users read the site from smartphones now?), don't have a lot of spoons, have to conserve typing time... or aren't reading and don't care. Seeing people's names crop up repeatedly in tickys helps us discover who out there is giving us their time and attention, and can be a greatly-appreciated form of support, even or especially in times when hearing many individual comments -- and feeling obliged to respond to each of them -- can feel overwhelming.
  • EDIT: [site community profile] dw_maintenance: LiveJournal slowdowns/DDoS affecting importer, crossposts
  • sofiaviolet: Hello Kitty wearing a pink bow (Hello Kitty)


  • [personal profile] charmian: more notifications problems at LJ?
    Currently there's a notifications problem at LJ, which apparently has something to do with a third party [EDIT: possibly Spamhaus]. People are getting fairly upset about it in the comments of the news post (well, also because of the banner color scheme).

    Also, LJ is currently blacklisted with Spamhaus.
  • [personal profile] azurelunatic: Spamhaus and LJ
    LJ has been listed by Spamhaus, which has likely got a decent amount to do with the notifications some people aren't getting. I propose a plan of action for users to help the Abuse Prevention Team squish as many spammerbots as humanly possible.

  • Follow Friday

  • [personal profile] lireavue has been posting good links and personal accounts of the Wisconsin protests.
  • [personal profile] laughingrat posts about library and social justice issues.
  • [community profile] helpfordelight is an auction comm to assist [personal profile] delight with moving out of an unsafe housing situation and paying for her mother's cancer treatment.
  • [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is ramping up for another round, beginning on April 25th. Planning of activities is currently in progress.
  • [community profile] unclutter is devoted to getting rid of one thing per day and one thing per new thing. (Kind of high traffic, but a really great way to clean sustainably.)
  • [site community profile] dw_meetups is usually pretty quiet, but if you are interested in hanging out with other Dreamwidth users, you should subscribe in case someone plans a meetup in your area (and/or plan a meetup yourself!).

  • Boston meetup

    Boston Meetup: tentatively scheduled for 3/17


    Poll #6257 Ask me a question!
    Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 2

    My question is:

    I have another question!

    And another!

    When I answer your question(s), may I reveal who asked it?

    Yes, you can say that $username asked "blah blah blah?"
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    No, please answer my question without attributing it to me.
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    Friday, October 8th, 2010 19:53
    sofiaviolet: xkcd: stick figure on dinosaur with text: Before you talk to me, I should warn you: I am kind of strange (strange)

    Follow Friday


    • "genitals as signifiers": when birth is a "social emergency"
      What I really wanted to share with you in this post, though, is several paragraphs from the first chapter of Part Two in which Karkazis describes the way myriad ways in which children born with no immediately apparent sex identity are experienced as a matter of "social urgency" by their parents and the medical community. I realize it's kinda academic and somewhat heavy on the specialized terminology. But I think she's packing some pretty important stuff into these paragraphs (pp. 95-97). Reading this narrative, I just felt an overwhelming sadness in my chest for these tiny persons whose very being is somehow construed as problematic -- who cannot be incorporated into the human community, it seems -- because they lack a clear "girl" or "boy" box in which to be situated.
    • [personal profile] staranise: Automated bingo cards, get 'em while they're hot
      This is just the first draft. I want to add to it--and I would be thrilled if other people wanted to add to it. This program was a fannish endeavour, if fandom itself is a fandom; I wanted to create something that would help other fans do what they love.
    • [personal profile] yvi: Flattr
      Basically, it's a micropayments system to everyone on the internet who participates - you determine a certain amount of money you want to spend every month, pre-load your account, click on however many Flattr buttons on the web you want to, and at the end of the month, that money is devided between the pages you clicked for.

    So I went and signed up for it: Flattr this (I'd love to see a Dreamwidth feature that accomplishes this with points. I do it manually sometimes, but it's hard to remember.)

    sofiaviolet: sign reading "ART" on a paint-splattered wall (ART!)


    Looooong slog at work today. Ia ia vertical file fhtagn! And I have to do more of it on Monday. (Hell is interfiling.)


    Friday Five: travel )

    Follow Friday

    [community profile] followfriday | Latest Things tagged follow friday

    caution: teal deer crossing )


    6 links )
    sofiaviolet: fancy goldfish (fishie!)


    I bought more fiber! Only a few batts, though, and none of them were very expensive. Still need to learn ALL the steps for knitting projects, not just the part in the middle.

    And I was chattering about Dreamwidth to Cory, and he started asking questions, and now I think I may have recruited his entire D&D group. Or at least him, for the purpose of a D&D blog. I foresee some unofficial Support work in my future...

    Follow Friday

    • [community profile] britcoms
      Anything and everything relating to British comedies is welcome there (reviews, news, favourite clips, fanfiction, discussions about actors' other projects, and anything else I've forgotton to mention). The only no-no is filesharing of full-length, commercially available episodes; otherwise, join in and have fun!
    • [community profile] aslinterpreters

    • [community profile] fleecefiberyarn


    • Disabled Feminists: Normalising Accessibility
      Having accessibility notes does not create universal access. But it’s certainly a step in the right direction, of getting people to think beyond ‘special treatment‘ by positioning accessibility as something broadly relevant to most people, and something of equal importance as ‘who, what, where, when, why, and how.’ Which, for many of us, it is.
    • [personal profile] melannen: (no subject) [poll]
      When I am talking about the novels, animated series, comics, web extras, role-playing games, audio dramas, and so on that are authorized by a particular fandom's owners but are not part of main canon, I call them:
    • [personal profile] emceeaich: Stay Alive
      Many of our friends, family, and loved-ones who don't are constantly told, implicitly and explicitly, that they have no value, and ending one's life can be alluring. Fighting injustice is part of preventing suicide.
    • [personal profile] foxfirefey in [community profile] lj_refugees: PayPal conduit offer
      Somebody's comment on the last post made me feel like I should make an offer to be a PayPal conduit for people who can't pay Dreamwidth in other ways. I'll do this for at least two weeks from the date of this post.


    Friday, September 3rd, 2010 22:52
    sofiaviolet: a bitmap version of the old happy mac face (happy mac)


    I've been following the latest LJwtf and going to work, pretty much. Managed to wear a skirt today, and I think every single person I work with complimented it.

    Follow Friday )


    7 links )


    Get rained on and blown about. Hope the power stays on long enough to to chat with C. for a good long while. Drive up to NH with Ellie and [livejournal.com profile] shadesong for the art retreat, and catch the bus back. Drag Ellie to see Scott Pilgrim, get groceries, and pick up the hair stuff I forgot last week. Make attempt number 4 at purple hair: bleach a thick streak and purple it, then update the rest to black.

    sofiaviolet: sign reading "ART" on a paint-splattered wall (ART!)
    No pictures today; my outfit was kind of boring. Pinstripe pants and a Threadless shirt. (I will try to get up a picture of my jacket, though, because it's fucking cool. Black, with larger versions of these clasps.)

    The good news is that the next few days may be warm enough for me to wear some of the cute stuff I picked out. And I have actual reasons for leaving the house, which forces me to put clothes on. \o/

    Plans! I am having a busy weekend, it looks like. Friday night is Slutbutter, because Cameryn Moore (most of my weekend is because Cameryn Moore). Saturday, I want to go to Sowa Open Market, and then Ellie and I are heading out to Wilmington again for roller derby. Sunday is the Flea at MIT again (note to self: visit ATM beforehand), and then Phone Whore, and then Fuckbucket.

    My Monday is currently 100% empty, and I am going to nap hard, motherfuckers. I will have earned it.

    Daily Song (right-click): Cobra Starship - Move Like You Gonna Die

    1. [community profile] history: Another book, and a consideration of a historiographical problem

    2. [personal profile] jjhunter: dreamsheep poem

    3. [personal profile] trascendenza: On Cantonese tones.

    And since it's now technically Friday... [community profile] boston (which I co-mod, as of recently). And [community profile] unfunnybusiness_dw exists. I love reading [community profile] steampunk_nusantara.

    I'm actually pondering pruning my dreamroll... so I suppose this would be a good time to declare amnesty: if you're tired of my face or my links or my frequency of posting or my whatever, you can unsubscribe!

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    Friday, April 30th, 2010 22:38
    sofiaviolet: animated icon of http://xkcd.com/442 (boom de yada)
    Still sick, I guess. I came home from work and took a three-hour nap. Or it's like the summer after my freshman year, when I rolled off the airplane in New Orleans, ate dinner with my parents, and slept for eighteen hours.

    Today is Dreamwidth's first birthday! A year ago, the service entered open beta; I was lucky enough to have received an invite code during closed beta. Denise and Mark have of course made posts for this momentous occasion.

    Daily Song (right-click): Sleater-Kinney - Youth Decay
    Always one of my first ideas when Ellie and I are going to be in the car for a while (my ipod freaks out periodically when its volume is up all the way, like when it's plugged into her stereo, so it's best just to pick an artist with enough songs to last the whole trip and then not touch the thing).

    Follow Friday: [community profile] followfriday | Latest Things
    I love [community profile] accessibility_fail and [community profile] beginningcocks (NSFW) and [community profile] dreamsheep and [community profile] fucking_meds and [community profile] shareandsharealike and [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw and [community profile] tickybox and [community profile] transfic.
    I would love to see [community profile] bdsm and [community profile] boston and [community profile] camberville and [community profile] davis_square and [community profile] factfinding and [community profile] history and [community profile] leftoverresearchquarterly and [community profile] polyamory and [community profile] simmonscollege and [community profile] style_salon become more active.
    And as for people: [personal profile] ajnabieh, [personal profile] anchises, [personal profile] azurelunatic, [personal profile] charmian, [personal profile] damned_colonial, [personal profile] dingsi, [personal profile] eruthros, [personal profile] eumelia, [personal profile] heartequals, [personal profile] impertinence, [personal profile] languisity, [personal profile] lauredhel, [personal profile] marina, [personal profile] niqaeli, [personal profile] oursin, [personal profile] rydra_wong, [personal profile] stepps, [personal profile] synecdochic, [personal profile] thingswithwings, [personal profile] toft, [personal profile] trascendenza, [personal profile] trouble, [personal profile] zorkian, [personal profile] yasaman, [personal profile] yvi.
    sofiaviolet: im in ur history, emphasizin ur wimmenz (emphasizin ur wimmenz)
    Took my final for Soviet Secret Police today. I think I did well - there was one "identify this document excerpt" that I swear I had never seen before, but it was a small part of the test.

    I foresee using this icon a lot while I'm in New Orleans this summer, and I need to upload one of the "emphasizin ur POC" icons as well.

    I have missed my one-year anniversary on Dreamwidth. But it was because I had papers to write, so I will just commemorate it now.

    links galore )

    (no subject)

    Friday, April 16th, 2010 11:31
    sofiaviolet: black and white EGL dress from Mary Magdalene (egl)
    Dreamwidth has merch now!

    [site community profile] dw_mobile has been created for the project team working on the mobile version of the site. See also [site community profile] dw_biz for the brainstorming post.

    [personal profile] azurelunatic is running an Emergency Fic Drive to keep [staff profile] denise occupied while she is prevented from typing by a hand injury.

    [personal profile] viklikesfic is hosting an RPF comment fic meme as part of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw.

    [community profile] factfinding is a place to ask research questions and help other people out. Like [livejournal.com profile] little_details.

    Did my taxes at the last minute. I will probably wind up using most of my return to help Ellie pay our renters' insurance.

    *has a five-day weekend* I have spent today doing nothing productive whatsoever. I think this might be related to my inability to remember my meds over the past few days. /o\

    You should link me to your tumblrs, people.


    Saturday, April 10th, 2010 13:11
    sofiaviolet: pocket watches (pocket watches)
    I started this post yesterday! Really! /o\

    follow friday
    [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw
    [community profile] pacifi_cant, for those of us who can't be in Seattle this weekend for Pacificon/Bitchin' Party
    Latest Things | [profile] follow_friday

    [personal profile] azurelunatic: Why I think Dreamwidth is a special Free/Libre Open Source Software Development Environment

    A very detailed step-by-step guide to using OpenID. Written for the members and commenters of [community profile] spn_bitesized, but generalizable to the rest of Dreamwidth.

    This got mentioned in irc: [personal profile] kiwikiwi listed some of their favorite features on Dreamwidth, focusing on lesser-known things, and there are other people chiming in in the comments.

    via Racialicious: University of North Dakota retires "Fighting Sioux" nickname (which, I'm sure, makes my uncle very happy!)

    I've started using my tumblr, if only to reblog things I like. So, given my interests and who I'm following, there are many pictures of girls in various states of undress, ie NSFW.

    ETA: tumblr's Dashboard is pretty awesome, actually. I had been following tumblrs-as-feeds on my dreamroll, but I'm going to unsubscribe from all of them on Dreamwidth in favor of my Dashboard. Makes my dreamroll a bit more SFW and a bit less overwhelming.

    eleventh hour

    Friday, April 2nd, 2010 23:41
    sofiaviolet: woman seated at a typewriter, outside, with a sign that says "poems" (poems)
    follow still-technically-friday!
    [community profile] academia is for academics. They have a friending meme up.
    [personal profile] anchises writes excellent jdn. You may want to brush up on Mezzanine (product of [personal profile] synecdochic and [personal profile] ivorygates) beforehand.
    [personal profile] brackets, for all your tournament needs!

    As far as [community profile] napowrimo goes, I'm doing all right. I managed to write yesterday and today, but only late in the day ("oh shit, gotta do my poem"), and they're essentially remixes of older poems I've written.

    I definitely have a huge problem with consistently being able to write poetry. Sometimes I get into the groove (usually coinciding with poetry-writing courses or segments of courses, which is convenient and suggests it's more about habit than some kind of cyclical inspiration thing).

    I haven't done much Auriel stuff lately, either. I haven't worked on the Big Damn Map for a week or so, and I haven't been writing for *cough* way too long. Ugh ugh ugh. Poking through my journal from mid-2007 to whenever I started the next one, I've found some little tidbits that might prove inspiring, tucked away amongst bandom squeeing and notes from Italian class. Because I'll take that kick in the pants now, even if it fucks with my ability to write poetry this month.

    Bleh. On that note, to bed with me.
    sofiaviolet: drawing of violets in multiple shades of purple (bunch of violets)
    Follow Friday: [community profile] followfriday | latest FF posts
    [community profile] duesouth [community profile] rarelitfic [profile] fuckingdocs [community profile] 100women
    [community profile] getting_started is a great place for people new to Dreamwidth to get answers to technical questions.
    [community profile] factfinding
    [community profile] napowrimo/National Poetry Writing Month is April.

    Dreamwidth has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code!!!

    [personal profile] petra: Only one word for yes (White Collar, awesome smut written for [community profile] kink_bingo, OT3)

    Meme from [personal profile] marina: Ask me a question about one of my icons. I'll answer, either directly or with a drabble. (Probably not a drabble, as I don't have many fannish icons and don't really write fic, either.)

    (no subject)

    Friday, March 12th, 2010 21:59
    sofiaviolet: Red shield with phoenix illustration and text: House of hEll (hell)
    Follow Friday:
    [community profile] crock_o_dial for sharing slow-cooker recipes
    [community profile] create_my_comm for when you want a community to exist on Dreamwidth but aren't up to maintaining it yourself. Folks are currently looking for a community sort of like [livejournal.com profile] little_details, but which also allows posts looking for fact-checkers, research aides, and fail-spotters.
    [personal profile] azurelunatic is good people.
    [personal profile] rydra_wong always has links to useful, good, thought-provoking posts.
    [personal profile] thingswithwings is a [community profile] kink_bingo mod and plenty interesting in her own right.

    [personal profile] erda is running a Dreamwidth Anniversary Fest timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of open beta.

    And I am exhausted, so I'm going to sleep now.

    ETA: [personal profile] tajasel is running an anniversary meetup in London. (If you can't make that, try [site community profile] dw_meetups to arrange something in your area.)
    sofiaviolet: Dreamwidth logo and Paul Gross arms (dreamwidth \o/)
    I have 10 invite codes! (They were distributed to [personal profile] lissa_and_kitty, who is fictional and has little use for them.) You can comment here or email sofiaviolet@sofiaviolet.com if you would like to use one. ETA: Here are two of them: C9J7QA7JAEHN6AAAFW36 and 9Q33X8JR3DZJBAAAFW37, for those who would rather not comment or send an email!

    Follow Friday: "Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read."

    [community profile] fucking_meds for your various medications and how much they can suck, [community profile] con_txt for CON.TXT, [community profile] getting_started for Dreamwidth 101 questions, [community profile] magpie for jewelry-makers, [community profile] macapps, [community profile] pretty_pixels for icons, [community profile] queerlygen, [community profile] fandomcalendar
    [community profile] followfriday | Latest Posts


    Any Boston-area folks want to see Thursday with me at the Palladium? May 1st. Would be helpful if you have a car, since I won't be able to drive by then.*

    * Yeah, I know. Ellie has convinced me. I get my learner's permit, she teaches me, I get an actual license, I sign up for Zipcar, I drive her around when she needs to buy GIANT pieces of wood.**

    ** We have a pretty nice woodworking shop in the basement now. Also some apparently very laid-back landlords.
    sofiaviolet: candy hearts from a prescription bottle (and the blue ones help me fall)
    Adding to yesterday's Follow Friday: [personal profile] synecdochic has just created [community profile] fucking_meds, "because the only thing worse than the fucking drugs is not having the fucking drugs."


    Friday, February 19th, 2010 22:56
    sofiaviolet: pink sign on a blue wall, which reads "keep calm and have a cupcake" (keep calm and have a cupcake)
    Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.

    [community profile] white_collar and [community profile] leverage! I just started watching these shows very recently and I find both delightful.

    [community profile] co_workers_suck is a new community for the obnoxious people you work with. Presuming you work with some, which I don't.

    [community profile] kink_finders is another new community devoted to finding fic that hits a particular narrative or sexual kink.

    [personal profile] solarcat is awesome, and one of my bffs! She writes bandom fic (MCR and Panic), plus one MCR/AI8 crossover. I am going to try to make her write the toppy!Frank fic we briefly discussed at the Flea. ♥__♥

    [community profile] followfriday | latest posts tagged follow friday

    (no subject)

    Friday, February 5th, 2010 12:18
    sofiaviolet: knotted strands of white and grey pearls (feminine)
    People in/near Boston: Ellie is looking for laser hair removal or electrolysis in the near future. Any advice, experiences, recommendations, warnings, etc?

    Also, happy birthday, Ellie. (Not that she will see this.) We are getting delicious noms with cool people in celebration.


    Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.

    [personal profile] synecdochic is writing a poem every day this month.

    Speaking of [community profile] poetry, that community is still open for posting of single poems whenever you feel like it, but now you can sign up for a week of posting 5 or more poems, too.

    [community profile] homeeconomics101 was started by [personal profile] yvi for those of us who are not so great at that household-management stuff.


    Friday, January 8th, 2010 15:04
    sofiaviolet: a laptop, a notebook, and lots of pencils (macbook)
    [community profile] beginningcocks, bringing infinite lulz at bad sex practices, bad sex writing, and occasional trivia. Also, lube/not lube.

    [personal profile] copperbadge. I don't know how to sum up his journal, so just go and read.

    [personal profile] lauredhel, also of [syndicated profile] hoydenabouttown_feed and [syndicated profile] disabledfeminists_feed.

    [personal profile] cimorene's regular features include shoe posts and badfic summaries.

    [personal profile] oursin makes thoughtful posts on a variety of subjects.

    [community profile] dailyprompt posts one writing prompt per day.

    [community profile] followfriday / tag feed


    New hard drive has arrived. Time Machine did its first backup last night while I made myself dinner (small pieces of chicken thigh and onions, sprinkled with thyme/cumin/garlic powder/cayenne, deglazed with vermouth and and a wee bit of soy sauce, and served in a bowl of chicken ramen - was good, will try again).

    1TB drive has two partitions: the cleverly named Time Machine, which is for automatic backups, and ExternalBrain, for anything that doesn't need to be on my computer all the time (video, possibly my fandom-related picture folders).

    ExternalBrain also currently contains my old backups, which were made manually whenever my computer would do something nervous-making. There is a lot of duplication, and it will take a while to sort through the backups to figure out what goes back onto the Macbook, what stays on ExternalBrain, and what can be safely discarded.

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