Leaving LJ

May. 8th, 2017 10:16 pm
liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (_support)
As most of you know, about a month ago LJ suddenly changed its terms of service, in a really nasty way, with no warning and forcing people to accept the new terms in order to interact with the site at all. I confess I was not too bothered at first.

thought process )

So having started out thinking, well, it's annoying but nothing much will change, I might as well carry on cross posting, the reality has been that there's basically nothing keeping me on LJ any more. I just unticked the box, and I've only now got round to making a post about it. I think I will not delete my old LJ because it's convenient to have an account for reading the last smattering of posts, and because I don't think my old stuff is particularly contributing to whatever evil Putin's government may be up to.

For people who want to stay (exclusively) on LJ, I certainly don't think badly of you. After all I very nearly stayed myself, and I know there are many reasons to continue with problematic sites. If you would like to follow my Dreamwidth, there is a feed at [livejournal.com profile] liv_dw, or you're entirely welcome to put that RSS into your feed reader of choice. You have to click through to comment; I won't see comments on the feed itself. You don't have to log in to comment, but please do write your name or handle, because I've had problems with an annoying anon guy so I want to know you're not him. I also very rarely lock posts, so you're not missing much.


Sep. 16th, 2008 08:30 am
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This is my thousandth LJ post. I've been here for just over five years, and I've learnt all kinds of things and made real friends and even found partners. The best reason I love LJ is that it's the anti-geography; it's allowed me to keep in touch with my friends scattered round the world, and really in touch, knowing what's going on in their day to day lives and how they're thinking and actually have a relationship rather than occasional updates.

LJ babbling )

Anyway. Yesterday I was interviewed by a journalist from the major Jewish magazine (an actual glossy magazine that is sold in newsagents) as part of a project on women's experience of Judaism. It was a very fun interview; the journalist was (or at least gave the impression of being) genuinely interested in me. I emphasized the fact that egalitarianism has always been the default for me, it's nothing new or radical for me to expect to be involved in religious life as a woman. And ended up doing quite a lot of explaining Progressive Judaism, but that's not a bad thing.

Also a good thing: I had a really good conversation with [livejournal.com profile] doseybat; she's a post-doc biologist and a very good person to discuss work worries with. Also extremely lovely.
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Between now and Monday night I have to:
  • go to morning minyan in a few minutes (which is why I'm up so few hours after getting to bed last night), in order to find people for this evening
  • go to work, finish writing my presentation ie make up a week's work in a day
  • help someone from the community sit shiva, fulfil the mourning requirements for her mother, which is the major spanner in the works that has turned my plan from a tight schedule into not really manageable chaos
  • pack and get things organized for trip to England, which is probably going to have to happen during time I should be asleep tonight, since I don't have any other options
  • get up after a few hours' kip on Friday and give a group meeting about why I don't have enough data
  • get myself to Cambridge, arriving about 1 am Friday night if all goes well
  • get up on Saturday in time to have breakfast and not get into trouble with the parents
  • go to shul
  • go to [livejournal.com profile] cartesiandaemon's and try to fit a whole romantic weekend into a couple of hours
  • attend various meet [livejournal.com profile] cartesiandaemon's friends social events Saturday afternoon and evening
  • get up far earlier than I would like to in the circumstances on Sunday, connect with parents and go to Brighton for Screwy's birthday
  • end up in the Pembury Sunday night and see lovely people
  • sleep for a few hours, then get a morning flight from Heathrow Monday morning
  • walk straight off the plane and into my bar mitzvah class Monday evening.

    So I'm pretty much abandoning the chat to my friends part of my normal daily routine, sorry guys.

    This morning, in a state between bleary daze and outright panic, I discover that LJ is no longer offering free accounts. It's bad when some wanky protest community gives you better information than the official news post. I need to think this over when I'm more with it, but this is probably the last straw that will drive me away from using LJ as the main place I hang out online. There aren't any good alternatives; I'm really hoping Scribblit actually launches rather than fizzling out.
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    Too many friends. I owe 25 urgent emails, and I'm not even starting to count the ones I should write to keep in touch with people I care about, but there isn't a reason they need to be sent this week (if not last). A couple of these emails are tricky, cos they involve being sympathetic over troubles that friends are going through. But most of them I want to write, and I will enjoy writing them, and this evening has been the only oasis when I had time to make a start on them in a period of several weeks.

    The sheer number of them intimidates me so much that what do I do instead of writing them? Displace with silly internet things that are actually less fun than writing emails. And fiddle with my LJ friendslist, because I have too many virtual friends as well as too many real friends. I've cut a few people, mostly Support people I don't really interact with these days, plus a few people I met at social gatherings, and liked, and never quite managed to form a relationship with by the expedient of reading eachother's journals. Nobody got removed because they have offended me or because I don't like them. (There's a constant drama-free defriending amnesty in operation here, by the way; I am absolutely not going to take offence if my journal isn't a regular read these days.) Of course, then I went and added a bunch of new people I've been intending to get to know, so I haven't made the situation any better.

    I have a feeling that what I need to do is set up "appointments" to talk to people in real time, phone or IM, at least for those who like that sort of communication. I am much better at finding the motivation to talk to a friend for a couple of hours, than at finding the motivation to ignore the shiny internet and write emails for the same sort of period. Does anyone have any good suggestions for being organized about this kind of thing in the face of geography?
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    In case you haven't seen it, LiveJournal is gradually rolling out the ability to track or subscribe to or get notifications for (the terminology is inconsistent, unfortunately) various events and conversations around the site. It's paid only at the moment but it's absolutely going to be site wide soon.

    I think the tracking system will make it a lot more likely for discussions to stay alive past the couple of days posts stay on friends pages. It will make it much easier for people to participate in discussions that they happen to find by surfing or links, even if the discussions are happening outside their immediate circle. The new system plugs the gaping hole in the notification system where if I comment on [livejournal.com profile] user_example's journal, I only get emails of replies directly to my comment, but if [livejournal.com profile] exampleuser replies to the person who replies to me, I don't get an email. Similarly, it makes it possible to get notifications of replies to posts in communities that I didn't post myself, and so on. Being able to manage my notification messages onsite, rather than through my email, is also a bonus in my view.

    I honestly think it could transform the way LJ works. Before subscription, LJ was frankly pretty hopeless as a discussion medium. Lots of people, especially in the sort of circles I move in, are trying to use it as such anyway, and getting really frustrated because several aspects are so completely wrong for that. This change, I think, will remove a lot of the worst obstacles. Yes, it's still a kludge added to something that was intended for journalling (remember, LJ was created before blogging as we now know it became trendy). But this tool, combined with the serious efforts of lots of users to force LJ into something that can be used for extended discussions, will convert LJ from hopeless to just about usable for this purpose. Since I like discussions, and since I treat LJ very much as a blog myself, I'm delighted about this.

    But what about people who want to use LJ purely for journalling? )

    So, conclusion: yay tracking. Boo whiners.
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    [livejournal.com profile] brenna26 stopped by yesterday in the middle of her mad driving tour of most of western Europe. So nice to see her, and she doesn't update her journal so I was behind on what's going on in her life.

    We walked to Wandlebury, about 5 or 6 miles round trip by the time we'd wandered around the hilltop. It was the most gorgeous spring day ever, everything in blossom and in bud, and loads of birds around. *bounce* It's good to get away from the computer screen and out into the countryside. We even had to climb a couple of fences and crawl through hedges to avoid taking ridiculous long ways round.

    [livejournal.com profile] brenna26 also made a very good impression on my parents and they both told her loads of legal stories and generally babbled at her. Yay.

    This morning [livejournal.com profile] darcydodo phoned; she's being hermitty and ignoring LJ to concentrate on work. So it's particularly good to hear from her. It turns out she's been hearing my major life news from [livejournal.com profile] linley, which is a bad thing (though thank you for passing that on, [livejournal.com profile] linley). I should remember to contact her directly if she's not watching LJ! Anyway it was a good time to phone since she knows [livejournal.com profile] brenna26 from roleplaying connections anyway.

    According to one particular metric at least, [livejournal.com profile] pseudomonas is one of the 10 most popular users on LJ!
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    It occurred to me the other day that I don't really care about immortality. This may be a common theme to quite a few of my quirks.

    introspective junk )

    Unrelatedly, [livejournal.com profile] pleonastic has some inspiration for people who are bogged down by paperwork, which is a fair proportion of us.

    I will resist the temptation to go through my entire journal adding location data. I will. I have far more important things to do. But ee, location data!
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    I'm in the mood where I find fiddling with CSS the most satisfying thing to do. I'm also a big fan of [livejournal.com profile] _sommeil's designs, so I have been working on an adaptation of her Sail layout from her community [livejournal.com profile] spiralbound_lj. It had to be adapted because she wrote it for Generator, with an image map for the navigation, and my layout is div-based and needs pure CSS navigation.

    You can see what I did if you have a browser that allows alternate stylesheets, and you choose the "Sail" stylesheet. The faked image map I was so proud of doesn't work in Opera or at high resolution, but I think the main content of the journal is readable. If anyone has any suggestions to fix that I'd love to hear them! (Old versions of Opera won't display my journal properly at all, but that's not my fault.)

    Other than that, well, it's a nice clean design that doesn't over-rely on graphics. I have a feeling the pale blue colour of the links may be just too light to read, which is a pain. What do people think? Any bugs or aesthetic issues I haven't thought of? You're welcome to take a look at the stylesheet if you're interested.

    If it seems generally popular I shall undertake the mammoth task of making it not break in IE so that I can use it as default.
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    There's been a lot of drama in peripheral bits of my LJ circle recently. A lot of it is to do with conflicting ideas about how personal someone's LJ is, and I think this is interesting. (The drama itself isn't interesting, because drama tends not to be. And I'm not posting links to the drama that has prompted this thought, because that would just be further drama-mongering.)

    The situations run like this: somebody posts something contentious. Other people take issue with the original contentious post. Whether or not they initially confront the OP, at some point the discussion gets carried over to people's own LJs. Drama ensues.

    The way I see it, if I see a post I strongly disagree with, especially if it's a drive-by thing rather than someone I know personally, my most likely response would be to make a followup in my own LJ. However, I have seen several instances in the past few days of people taking serious offence at exactly this response.

    Assuming one doesn't actually want to cause offence, what are the alternatives? this got kind of long... )

    One heartening thing, in amongst all this depressing drama: I really love [livejournal.com profile] ozarque's response to someone who was pursuing a discussion in a way that seemed inappropriate to her. Whether or not one agrees with her assessment is not, I think, important here. I really admire the way she's handled the situation.

    Given the complexity of the stuff I've rambled on about behind the cut, it's likely that at some point people are going to end up offending eachother. And what then? I've seen too many people recently slinging nasty insults at the person who offended them, whether it's for attacking them directly or for moving the discussion to their own space. Surprisingly enough, this just amplifies the drama and makes everyone look bad.

    [livejournal.com profile] ozarque's approach isn't perfect; it hasn't completely defused the situation. But it has made it possible for her to continue the discussion she wants to have without getting sidetracked into a flame war. And to me, it reads as being extremely respectful of someone who is taking a different approach from hers, and that's something I find particularly admirable and would hope to imitate myself if I ever have to deal with such a situation.

    Today is the 41st day, making 5 complete weeks and 6 days of the Omer.
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    So when I found my Amélie icon, [livejournal.com profile] catwithclaws pointed me to a whole collection of alternatives. I hated nearly all of them, except one by [livejournal.com profile] sevenages. So the question is, should I change over to this one?

    The advantage of the icon I have at the moment is that it's most delightfully mischievous, and it looks like an icon, rather than a random 100x100 crop from a film still. The advantage of the alternative is that Amélie is drinking tea and I definitely need more tea references for my journal. And it's more original in a way.

    And I can't decide between them. Yeah, I could have both, but then I'd have this dilemma every time I wanted to make a post! Solution: post a poll and obey the will of the majority.

    [Poll #503221]Today is the 36th day, making 5 complete weeks and one day of the Omer
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    So I started my journal exactly two years ago today. Since then excessively nerdy stats )

    So all these words, and all the time I've spent on LJ (perhaps luckily, there is no automatic way of measuring how many hours this site has absorbed!) have done me more good than the statistics can ever reveal. I've made really good friends on LJ, and met several people who are on the way to being friends. And it's let me stay involved in the lives of people who are very important to me in ways that would have been completely impossible without LJ. It's let me get to know people who would otherwise have stayed casual acquaintances, and keep in touch with far more people from various stages of my life than I'd ever have managed by email. I've learnt a whole lot about all kinds of topics, and it's been a source of instant entertainment when I'm bored, and instant comfort when I'm down. Plus, it was a major, major factor in preserving my sanity while I was writing up. Much love and gratitude to all you guys.

    Conclusion: I love LJ more than I could ever have imagined. I'm extremely grateful to [livejournal.com profile] darcydodo who talked me into getting an account. In fact, while we're on the subject of anniversaries and [livejournal.com profile] darcydodo, today is also her 25th birthday, so many happy returns to her!

    Today is the 28th day, making four complete weeks of the Omer.


    May. 10th, 2005 06:19 pm
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    I have discovered that the username [livejournal.com profile] ewe was recently returned to the pool of available names. I'm really quite tempted to change to that, so I need you guys to help me make the decision. (Good usernames don't hang around very long, so if I wanted it, I'd have to act fairly fast.)

    reasons for and against )
    [Poll #491216]


    Apr. 18th, 2005 05:14 pm
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    I noticed that one of the entries in the style contest has a very cool feature: the option to sort comments chronologically instead of by thread. This style is [livejournal.com profile] cmshaw's Wide Lines layout. I asked him how he feels about his layout being used and adapted, and he was happy for me to play with it.

    So what I've done at the moment is applied it to my journal as a secondary style, and I have included links from my comments page to 'Unthread comments', so that the links reload the comments page in the chronological version of his layout. This is kind of a crude kludge for the time being; what I'd really like to do is adapt his code to my layout directly. But obviously the latter is more work, especially for a clueless non-programmer like me. So if you read my journal directly rather than on your friends page, you can use this feature if you like.

    If you want to apply it to your own journal it's a bit of a complicated process, but I can explain how I went about it. You need a paid account to be able to do it, though of course if [livejournal.com profile] cmshaw wins the competition his style may become public and thus potentially available to free users.

    Also, I pointed out to [livejournal.com profile] cmshaw some potential usability issues with his layout as it is, and offered to modify it to make it more customizable by adding more named CSS classes to the HTML it generates. And he was very receptive to my ideas. So I feel all Open Source-ish now; I wish I knew what I was doing more!
    liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (Default)
    So I've created two styles for my journal, and I've been fiddling with them on and off for a while, but I've now got to the point where I'm relatively satisfied. However, I'm a complete beginner at this whole web design lark, so I would appreciate some feedback (and technical help if you're good with this sort of thing).

    survey for those feeling helpful )

    I don't think it validates and I have a feeling it's not terribly accessible, this stuff. But I don't really know where to start with those things. Well, that's not true, I know where to start with making standards-compliant CSS, but not how to do that without breaking everything. So if you have suggestions about those aspects they will also be welcome.
    Addendum 12.3.05: I have played around with the Belle Epoque style to try and deal with some of the problems raised. So please could any helpful web design gurus compare the old version (Belle Epoque, the default), with the proposed new version (Under construction) and tell me what you think. It all fits together perfectly at low res, but I suspect I'm going to be left with a lot of white space at high res. I'm hoping it's better to have the white space in the middle than on the right. Thanks for all your lovely suggestions!
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    I made the mistake of posting a couple of sentences about the Frienditto site in the middle of a post about something else. I assumed it was sufficient to say, yeah, obvious scam, let's move on. However, the issue has been blown way out of proportion and there's all kinds of rumours flying around.

    I'm aware that I'm possibly fanning the flames by making another post on the subject, but I want to spell things out clearly. The thing is, the Frienditto site has no legitimate purpose. Let me say that again: it is facilitating nothing that any decent, honest person would want to do.

    To break it down: how does this self-described "archive" site work? You provide the URL of a LiveJournal post, and the site copies all the HTML of the post and comments and displays it on the Frienditto site. Now, why would anyone want to do this? If you see a cool post that you like, you might want to draw attention to it. The sensible way to do that would be to post a link in your own journal, or post it to del.icio.us.

    If it's a really cool post, you might want to archive it for posterity. Now, why on earth would any sensible person choose to archive a post from LJ, with its established infrastructure and serious, large-scale commercial presence, to some random fly-by-night website? You may doubt the security and durability of LJ, but it's pretty obvious that Frienditto is going to do worse on any of these parameters. It makes no sense for archives to be vastly less secure than the originals. The sensible thing to do would be to copy the post to your computer, if you were really concerned about archiving it.

    More likely than LJ disappearing is the possibility that the post's author might decide to delete their post. Why would someone delete their post? The most likely reason is that they regret publishing it for some reason, perhaps because it's generated a really negative response, attracted trolls, caused drama, whatever. In this situation, the only purpose that is served by having a publicly available "archive" copy is to make it possible to continue trolling or harassing or creating drama related to the original post.

    So Frienditto makes it possible to use someone's words against them after they've chosen to delete them. But there's a more serious problem. Frienditto also "lets" you archive Friends Only posts. The way it does this is by asking for your username and password so that the site can see posts that you have access to. This makes it possible for the site to archive, or in other words, make a publicly viewable copy of a post that was meant to be private.

    Now, clearly there are ways to do this without needing to use Frienditto. If I am an untrustworthy person with access to your Friends Only entries, I can if I wish copy the entry and republish it somewhere online. It's a little trickier to do so anonymously than Frienditto makes it, but it's possible. But just look at that hypothetical scenario again: the whole point is that only if I were an untrustworthy person would I want to do such a thing.

    Then there's the whole issue of giving your password to random strangers. It's possible that Frienditto could use your password to post unwanted material in your name, or to read other Friends Only entries apart from the one you decided (for some reason) to "archive", or to lock you out of your account and delete your entries and generally cause problems. I have no reason to believe Frienditto plan to do any of these things with the passwords they harvest; there are plenty of silly LJ toys that ask for a password to get access to protected information, and their creators are harmless fools who reason that, well, I'm a decent person and I wouldn't do that, so obviously everybody should trust me when I say I wouldn't.

    But the point is that even if Frienditto are completely scrupulous with the passwords, they are using them for an intrinsically bad purpose in the first place. On the other hand, even if you believe (because all I can do is present my own opinion) that making other people's Friends Only entries public is a legitimate thing to do, as a general principle you should never reveal your passwords. Surely this is obvious?

    I have the impression that the people involved in Frienditto are in fact not at all trustworthy. I'm not sufficiently certain of this to defame them though. It is possible that some of the moronic trolls claiming to be involved are actually not, but they just like having their names associated with anything that people are stressed about. It is possible that although they may have done cruel things and abused personal and private information and attempted to cause LiveJournal trouble in the past, they are not planning to do so in this case. This is not the point; I repeat, the site has no legitimate purpose, so even if they only do exactly what they have claimed they are going to do, that is still a bad thing to be doing, and the fact that they are attempting to do it on its own makes them untrustworthy.

    Conclusion: Frienditto is a very bad thing. But at the same time, let's not blow things out of proportion. I really doubt that the site is going to do any serious damage to LiveJournal; LiveJournal has survived much more serious attacks before and will do so again long after Frienditto is forgotten. The world is not going to come to an end either, because a few foolish or naive or petty people have provided their passwords to a dodgy site.

    My prediction is that the site will fall over in a few days because it doesn't have the infrastructure to support the volume of use it will be getting with all the fuss. (The site is in fact down at the time of writing.) Or if they manage to get it back up again, it will piss someone off enough to find itself attacked either digitally or legally. I doubt the trolls care enough to put serious money or effort into keeping the site going.

    Final note: people (claiming to be) connected to Frienditto have been trolling journals with posts critical of the site. As a result of this, I have screened non-friends comments to this post, because I can't be bothered to deal with a potential troll-fest. Legitimate comments may be unscreened at my discretion.
    Addendum 6.3.05: [livejournal.com profile] _hypatia_ has a really wonderful critique of my arguments in the comments. I suggest everyone should read her views because wow, I've learnt such a lot. (She doesn't disagree with me about this particular site, but does have some very interesting counters to the more general principles I was arguing from!)
    Note 7.3.05: Various people seem to have been finding this through links and Google, which is great. I'm almost sorry I ended up screening comments because instead of attracting trolls I've attracted loads of people with interesting contributions and information! I hope to reply to everyone who's contributed individually, but just as a general statement, thank you all for your thoughtful remarks.

    If anyone wants to link to this post they are absolutely welcome. My position against Frienditto has no bearing on my attitude towards legitimate links. And if people are finding this piece helpful, I'm happy to disseminate it.

    I have left a couple of comments screened, not because they're deliberately trolling but because they're drawing attention to artificially created drama and unsubstantiated rumours. Part of the point of this post is that you don't have to believe that Frienditto is the spawn of the devil and eats babies to see why it's a bad thing. So I don't want the comments of this to degenerate into wild rumour-mongering; all that does is give Frienditto supporters a case because they can say, look, people are spreading false information about us! We are poor innocent victims!

    Also word up to [livejournal.com profile] largesock who spotted a really horribly embarrassing typo in my original post. I've left his comment screened at his request, but I still think he should get some appreciation for eagle-eyed proofreading skills. I'm very much the sort of person who prefers for people to let me know if my knickers are showing.
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    Firstly, let me point everybody to this post of [livejournal.com profile] leora's about the so-called archiving service that is floating about on the meme-waves right now. Just in case it isn't completely obvious to everyone how much of a Bad Fucking Idea this is, [livejournal.com profile] leora spells it out very clearly.

    If you want to make a local backup of your own entries, which is more of a good idea, LJArchive is very good in lots of ways. Highly usable, open source and generally yummy. However, it's Windows based. If you use a sensible operating system I'm less able to help you, but if you use a sensible OS and understand Perl, you may find this stuff helpful. Or you may not, but I think that's where to start looking.
    Addendum 4.3.05: Apparently, it is not in fact as obvious as I thought why this archiving service is evil. Let me spell this out in so many words: giving your password to a site you know nothing about is stupid. Even if you're prepared to take that risk for yourself, letting them use that password to read and make public copies of other people's Friends Only entries is not acceptable IMO. Even if you disagree with me, please do not "archive" my Friends Only entries offsite. I have no way of enforcing this, but I would be very, very pissed off I found someone was breaching my privacy like that.

    Anyway, having got that out of the way. My last post was a bit of a rant about scientific illiteracy compounded by mystification of fairly basic science. In the comments, it kind of degenerated into a general bitchfest about the state of education. So to follow that up, my challenge for the day is this:

    Can you name one thing that everybody should know but few people actually do? Because I'm feeling mean this morning, I'm restricting you to one thing. And it has to be described in 100 words or less, mainly because I'm trying to exclude cheating definitions of 'one thing' that are actually several distinct things.

    Proposals for how ignorance of your chosen topic might be combatted are welcome, and can be as long as you like. Vague proposals such as 'make primary school education work properly' will be frowned upon, however. I may give prizes for the best suggestions.
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    I'm not keen on the standard end of year meme that's doing the rounds. I think my answers would be boring, or inappropriate, or predictable. So I'm making my own variation.

    2004 in 5s )
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    Well, I've made a nice period mood theme! It's based on the Victorian icon set from Daze of our lives.

    If anyone (who has a paid account) wants it, the command set is on my webpage. Comments welcome, of course.
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    Well, I'm helping [livejournal.com profile] karen2205 to run a community, [livejournal.com profile] wonderfuldreams. It's primarily so that we can both get a feel for how the community system works, but it's also a discussion forum for 'setting the world to rights' type conversations.

    It would be cool if people would get involved, join, post, whatever. If you want to troll, fine, go ahead; it'll give us practice in dealing with trolls ;-) Anyway the more the merrier.
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    Those of you who only read my page via your friends' pages, and who care, can have a look at the new integrated-with-the-webpage layout...

    Now it's an aboslutely gorgeous day, so I'm not going to spend too much more of it sitting at the computer fiddling with stylesheets, but instead get me outdoors into the sunshine.


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