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( Dec. 11th, 2012 12:34 pm)
Convenient hub for "add me! mememe!" requests. Read my user info first. Comments are screened for your privacy. I have a few invitation codes.
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( May. 1st, 2010 11:25 am)
I just got the two-week notice from Dreamwidth encouraging me to renew my paid account. I'm still undecided, but for the moment I'm leaning toward not renewing. I don't think the experiment has been successful: the audience for my private writings has not materialized, and other systems are better places than this one for my public writings. That doesn't leave much value for me in having a paid account.
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( Jan. 14th, 2010 01:05 am)
Right now seems like a good time to re-post this link; it's a couple years old, but the issues haven't changed much.

The Terrible Secret of Livejournal

I wish no harm on the community in general nor (with a couple very limited exceptions) any individuals in it... but I sure see a whole lot of people these days flashing around what they think are "Get out of jail free" cards, with inscriptions like "Fair Use" and "Fictional Characters," and maybe some of those people would actually benefit from learning exactly how well "Get out of jail free" cards work in the world outside our borders.
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( Aug. 20th, 2009 10:38 pm)
There is a certain story that I think is an old traditional one told by many different authors, but probably the most famous version is called "The Green Ribbon" and appears in the book In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz. In that version it's about a girl named Jenny who always wears a green ribbon around her neck and refuses to remove it or to tell anyone what it's for. At the end of the story her husband finds out, in a spectacular way. For some reason it's a very memorable story - lots of people remember it from when they were children even if they don't remember what book it was in, and it comes around frequently in the "What was that book?" community in the other place.

Here's the thing: I first heard that story when I was a young child, and I thought it was hilariously funny at the time, and I still do. It didn't occur to me to react to it as anything other than a joke. But a lot of people I've talked to claim to have taken it seriously as a frightening tale and to have been terrified by it as youngsters. So the question is, which reaction did you have?

Poll #1058 The Green Ribbon
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 5


When you were a child, was this story...

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Funny
0 (0.0%)

Scary
1 (20.0%)

Both
0 (0.0%)

I didn't read/hear it as a child
3 (60.0%)

Other (explain in comments)
1 (20.0%)

Now that you're an adult, is this story...

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Funny
0 (0.0%)

Scary
1 (20.0%)

Both
0 (0.0%)

I'm still a child
0 (0.0%)

I still am not familiar with the story
3 (60.0%)

Other (explain in comments)
1 (20.0%)

[Re-posting of a story from talk.bizarre, February 2002; archived on my site.]

0 (the dragon)

And once upon a time, the villagers used to say, there was a dragon that lived at the bottom of that cave, yes the one over there. It would steal maidens. Of course, those days are long gone now, they said. But things like dragons don't go away just because people stop believing, and people don't stop believing just because things like dragons have gone away.

And upon any time that a young woman would be lost, killed, or harmed in any way, the old folks would nod their heads and say wise words about the nature of dragons, and the young boys would hunt and kill the little brown lizards that hid in rock walls in that part of the country, as if those harmless creatures were to blame for looking like dragons. It was easier than entering the cave to face the supposed dragon directly.

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( May. 14th, 2009 02:04 pm)
I still can't seem to upgrade my account with a credit card and no Paypal account. When I can, I will, but not until then.

ETA: It works now. Okay, then.
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[This is a re-posting of an item from 2002; archive location on my Web site.]

Not always was Antarctica a cold and barren wasteland, but a lush green continent of ghoulish degraded tribes. They were grey and they were rubbery and dined upon corpses. They made a nameless sacrifice and danced upon a mountaintop and called up the Lesser God Yig.

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( Apr. 27th, 2009 11:22 pm)
Well I met this young girl at a folk club
Like you do, like you do.
So I bought her a drink and we chatted.
Wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you?

And then after the show she invited me home
And she said we were two of a kind.
Then she played me every record
That Tom Paxton ever made
And you know that was the last thing on my mind.

Not literally true, of course, but it seemed appropriate being that I just heard the man himself sing that (after doing the straight version). Squee.
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( Apr. 26th, 2009 10:38 am)
For most of this year Sinfest has been running a storyline (starts here) about a devilgirl who loves a nerd. She started out trying to corrupt him and ended up being corrupted instead. I'm cheering for them, of course, but I know it's probably not going to work just because this is a comic strip: the romantic tension is funny, the writer is going to use whatever plot can be milked for the most laughs, and so the only way Fuchsia has a chance with Criminy is if she can figure out, and sell to the writer, a way for that to be funnier to watch than any other possibility.

What if real life works like that too?
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( Apr. 24th, 2009 02:43 pm)
I wasn't sure whether to make this public or locked... don't want to really get into keeping a public journal again but at the same time, this entry's content isn't private and it seems a shame to limit it unnecessarily.

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I don't think there's much point granting me "access" when you subscribe... as far as I can tell it has no effect. The only way for me to read your Livejournal entries through here is if I syndicate the RSS feed, I can do that with or without your permission, and it only shows public entries. Similarly, when I "subscribe" to an OpenID it doesn't seem to have any effect. I don't know why the system even allows us to do these things.

ETA: sounds like it does have some effect after all (see comments). Probably not the effect you intend, though.
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( Apr. 16th, 2009 09:01 am)
[The is a re-posting of a story I wrote in 2004 and to which I keep coming back. It has already appeared in several other venues; the long-term archive location for it is on my Web site.]

One day the Fox met the Bunny, eating grass at the edge of a big field. "Hey," he said, for no particular reason, "let's race to the other side of this field." "Okay," said the Bunny. So she hopped and he ran, and the Fox made it across the field just a little bit ahead of the Bunny. "I win!" he said, and went on his way. "Bye!" called the Bunny happily, and went back to eating grass. The Turtle had been watching them, and he said, "I want to do that, too."

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Inasmuch as this is supposed to be a beta, I'm going to make beta-testing comments. Here, until I figure out where they're actually supposed to go.

The "Notifications" page is very confusing, particularly with regard to comments being sent by email and what combinations of options I am and am not allowed to select. Some forms of notification are greyed out. At least some of those I know are because they're paid-account features I don't have access to as a non-paying user; but it's not clear that that's the reason in all cases. There is no reason given on the page. I imagine the people in charge want to avoid being too pushy about encouraging me to pay, and that's nice of them, but I'd rather be told somewhere on the page "These options are unavailable because you haven't paid" instead of just having them greyed out for no visible reason. Telling me why the option doesn't work is useful information and not a commercial intrusion; not telling me is rude.

Then it also appears impossible for me to select something to be sent ONLY by email. If I uncheck the "notify me in my inbox" box, then the email box gets greyed out. Is it the case that I'm just not allowed to receive notifications by email only? That seems gratuitous if it's the case, and it seems especially odd in light of the next item: There are a few notifications marked with an asterisk pointing at a note saying they are only available by email in the first place. But I can still check the box saying that I want them in my inbox, and indeed, I must do that in order to be able to control the box saying whether I want them by email.

My suggestion: Separate and fully independent check boxes for email and inbox notification, not for inbox and "email in addition." No greying-out ever. Check boxes for options I'm not allowed to select should not appear at all, and I should be told why. If there is a notification I might want that I'm not allowed to have, it should still appear, ungreyed but with no check boxes, and it should have a tasteful note right on the description line (not buried in an asterisk reference at the bottom) explaining why I'm not allowed to have it. For instance, a description might read "Someone votes in a poll I posted (paid-account feature)".

BONUS GRIPE: Now as I attempt to post this, the option I want to use of "Everyone (public)" in "Show this entry to:" is greyed out. Is that because I can't make public entries while DW is in beta? Is it because my choice of making "Access list" the default for new postings, means I'm actually not allowed to post public entries anymore? Who knows? Note that even if I have access to that information elsewhere, for instance in an FAQ, it's still a problem because I don't have the information right here. What I have right here is an unpleasant surprise and a reason to go away. Greying out is almost always the Wrong Thing for a system to do. If an option isn't available, I want to be told why, right then and there.

ETA: having posted that with "Access list" as the access level, I find that immediately afterward I can edit the entry and change its access to "Everyone (Public)". I think that means the grey-out during initial posting must have been a bug, because I can't see any way this behaviour would be intentional.
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