Literally as I was about to click "create entry", I got a notification that the import I started a couple of days ago just finished importing the comments from LJ. (I'll presumably run another one in a few days to catch any last few comments.)
Since I'm not currently planning to delete my existing content, my intention is to keep reading my LJ flist, but I make no promises about how often. :/
sidereareports that the Greasemonkey script here lets you access LJ without agreeing to the new TOS, although you "still can't manipulate posts without agreeing to the ToS, and apparently you can't use the Edit Friends Groups page, but anything else that's read-access apparently works. (If you find something that doesn't work, please mention.)"
(Honestly, new DW folks, I'd recommend just subscribing to siderea. Interesting posts in general, and frequent timely info right now.)
"How can I claim my OpenID account with my Dreamwidth account?" [Dreamwidth FAQ] "If you've imported your journal or a community that you've posted in, and want to update the imported comments and community entries so that the comments and entries appear to come from your Dreamwidth account instead of your OpenID, you can claim your OpenID account with your Dreamwidth account."
I haven't 100% decided what I'm doing with my LJ account. I'm not crushingly concerned about my actual data (t)here--realistically, I don't think they have any interest in/use for what I've posted over the years. Deleting the actual account is pretty much out of the question for me--too much history floating around in various comment threads and communities. (Although it's decaying, of course, as links die and people bail andandandand...)
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.
My current theory, which has not quite solidified into a plan, is that I'm not going to delete my existing LJ content but will probably stop crossposting. I'll still have access to my LJ flist...although again, realistically? Only a handful of friends still have a presence there, and of those, I'd say fewer than half of them/you actually post regularly. Before the linkspam, a question! I've seen more than one person who uses both DW and LJ mention preferring the LJ interface, and I'm curious. I'm taking that to mean the "new post" interface, and obviously tastes vary, but I massively prefer the DW version (which, admittedly, I see frequently, while I only see the LJ equivalent a couple times a year at this point, so I'm more comfortable with the DW version).
So what I'm wondering is, if you use both sites and prefer the LJ version, which DW interface are you using? I use the "new" version of the Create Entries page, which has been in beta for a long time, and can be turned on here. I keep wondering if, when people find the DW interface--I forget which word I've seen a few times; either "clunky" or "cluttered", something like that--they/you are literally seeing something different than I am, and if that's the reason we have such strongly different preferences. Some links with info + some links with tips for dealing with the situation on the LJ side:
I've seen several references to BookBlogger as a resource for downloading/backing up your LJ.
For a while it was possible to access your LJ account status here and delete your account without accepting the new TOS, but word is that that loophole has since been closed.
Via mific, facetofcathy posted "Using an Open ID account at Livejournal". mificadds, "Glitches I found but eventually negotiated: you have to attach an email to your OpenID account and LJ send you a validation email, but you can't use an apple email (mac.com or me.com) as for some weird reason the validation email never arrives. Gmail worked fine. Then once that's sorted and you have the OpenID account running and you log in with it to LJ, it asks for your OpenID URL - this is the entire URL, not just mific.dreamwidth.org - i.e. it's http://www.mific.dreamwidth.org - the login failed repeatedly if I didn't write it fully on iPad, Samsung android or iPhone, although I think on my PC the shorter OpenID identity worked okay.
Then you just have to rejoin any comms you want to and get membership/posting rights etc. from the various mods under your OpenID. Not simple, but doable. There's a bug where when using OpenID you can see 'memories' for user accounts, but not for comms"
In defense of my "what day is it?" state of mind, scruloose's job usually entails a very consistent M-F daytime workweek, but he agreed that today he'd do a 12-hour overtime shift. My internal schedule is now justifiably out of whack!
I accomplished very little with my day to myself. >.< I got a bit of work done, and I read most of a book, but otherwise it's all kinda blurry. Lots of snuggling with Jinksy!bear, which is always a plus, and Nico and her partner were over for a bit. ^_^ But while I didn't really expect to get a ton of practical stuff done, I was hoping to, I don't know, catch up on The 100 or something. (I'm now three episodes behind.)
The novel I finished reading was Paul Cornell's Chalk, which I didn't even waste time trying to rate on Goodreads. I think it's probably good? At least reasonably good? But it's so utterly not for me that I just can't say. I see that genprompt_bingo is currently open for sign-ups, if that's of interest. (One of the prompt categories is Carrie Fisher quotes!)
So far I've managed to resist asking for a card. As usual, the temptation is there; the whole "hey, maybe it'd kick-start something in my head!" is strong, especially since I'm continuing to write absolutely nothing. But OTOH, I don't write much gen fic to begin with (not opposed at all, but it's rarely what comes to mind), and I have plenty of WsIP lying dormant. :/ While buying the Nova missions expansion for StarCraft II a few nights ago, I made the dangerous (and not remotely surprising) discovery that Blizzard sells merchandise, to which I hadn't previously been exposed. The swag is not cheap...except that there's a massive spring clearance sale happening, and Ginny and I caved and each bought a few things. I think the undisputed highlight is a reversible Zergling plushie. It turns into a Baneling. (Banelings aren't even my or Ginny's favorite Zergling evolution, but LOOK AT IT.)
(Despite my preference for the Terran campaign in SCII over the Zerg campaign, I've had a fundamental allegiance to the Zerg throughout my almost twenty years [!!!] of being a sporadic-but-devout StarCraft player. I have never had Zerg swag before. So I'm unreasonably delighted by this.) I don't remember if I've mentioned here that Ben and Jerry's recently announced that they're bringing Chocolate Therapy to Canada--and not even as a limited edition flavor! (Which was the tragic case with Phish Food.) Those are the two flavors that were directly responsible for the Ice Cream Sunday road trip to Maine a few years back, so this is quite exciting.
What we learned from Phish Food's brief time here was that "for sale in Canada" doesn't necessarily mean "easy to find". Kas undertook some epic searching for Phish Food during those months, which were soon enough after the road trip that the maintainer(s) at BenJerryCanada knew exactly who we both were for a while there. *g* So it's extra lovely that Kas located some Chocolate Therapy today, just under a month after the flavor was announced.
For any other Canadians who might want this intel, Kas tracked Chocolate Therapy down in one of the larger Shoppers Drug Mart locations.
scruloose and I are halfway through season 1 of Legion, and I'm not emotionally engaged/invested at this point, but I'm finding it fascinating. I'm also largely trying to mentally detach it from what I remember of the character's place in comics canon, because four episodes in, it appears* that there's little, if any, connection beyond "a mentally ill young man with multi-faceted, tremendously strong psychic powers". If any of the characters other than David come from comics canon, I don't know/remember them.
(Speaking of Tony Head, I am unreasonably charmed by this tweet.) I'm used to Amazon blithely combining items from multiple orders when shipping, but according to my inbox and package tracker, tomorrow a box of items from four orders, weighing nearly 10 lbs, is going to arrive. O_O
Contents: two manga volumes (Fruits Basket [omnibus] vol. 11 and Twinkle Stars vol. 2) and eight novels (of which I'm most excited for Mishell Baker's Phantom Pains). One of the novels is Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer, which I ordered last July based on its original release date. On the weekend a few of us watched the Les Miserables 25th anniversary concert (which I've owned for...a few years?...and had never seen). I started to draft a post about it, but what I've wound up with is a weird heap of notes that have very little to do with that specific concert performance (or at least, little to do with what was actually performed--my feelings about some cuts are very much in evidence in the mess of words). So, uh...hopefully that'll turn into an actual post of some sort, but this is not that.
Mallory Ortberg, formerly of The Toast, just started a TinyLetter newsletter. The first letter is called "'I felt like Salieri, or a dog watching TV: furious and hostile and confused': Bellowing about trees with Sondheim", in which she spectacularly fails to bond with Into the Woods. I adore Into the Woods, but not bonding with it is fair, I suppose (no, no, it's fair), and Mallory Ortberg is hilarious. "By the end I no longer hated anyone, not even myself; I desired only to be reconciled with all of humanity. I could not imagine leaving the theater, nor in letting any of the actors leave the stage. They were all my children, which meant they were also my beans, and beans are wishes, and dreams don’t exist."
owlmoose tagged me for this a few weeks ago! I'm ignoring the "tag other people" bit, but I enjoy reading things like this, so if you need a nudge to do a random-facts post, consider yourself tagged.
(If I think too hard about "wait, does everyone already know this?" I'll freeze up, so...I'm not gonna think about it much.)
RULES // POST 10 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF AND PASS IT ON 15 PEOPLE
1. On an average day I probably drink three or four mugs of tea, but I didn't start drinking tea at all until I was in my late 20s. (I think I was 27.) One more thing to pin on internet friends, because what got me started was Shadow (from the Furuba days) sending me a small array of flavored black teas to try. I have no recollection of how this came about.
2. Halifax and Toronto are the only places I've ever lived. When scruloose and I lived in Toronto, the things (other than people) I missed about Halifax were a) the cleaner air, b) the subliminal awareness of the ocean's presence, and c) pizza. (Halifax pizza, as a sweeping statement, has declined in quality since those days. Alas.)
3. I'm still friends with quite a few people I initially met online, and then in person, via the Sailor Moon fandom, which I haven't been active in since about 2000.
4. My gateway comic was Power Pack, which I read via the library sometime in Grade 2 or 3.
5. I love Siberian cats with all my heart, and may never have any other kind of cat again, but historically my favorite breeds (neither of which I've ever lived with) are Abyssinians and traditional Siamese (which Wikipedia recently told me are now called Thai cats, and it's nice that they have a separate name, I guess, but it bugs me a bit that they didn't get to keep the original name and have the new one assigned to modern Siamese).
6. I took ballet for about seven years, starting when I was 15, and jazz dance for about six (starting the year after ballet). I was never terribly good, but I really enjoyed barre. If I could take a class that was just barre, I'd be very tempted. (Yes, I know that many exercise studios offer a "barre" class these days. I've looked into several. They are not what I want.)
7. I can't drive, ride a bicycle, blow bubbles with gum, or whistle.
8. I had size 4.5 feet until I was about 20. Thankfully they're now a much-easier-to-shop-for size 6/6.5.
9. Drinking milk makes me unwell. I am not lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy; I can and do consume every other dairy product, including milkshakes or hot chocolate made almost entirely of milk poured straight from a carton, and I put milk in my tea. But I haven't had a glass of milk since my early 20s. I still kinda miss it sometimes. (Cereal hasn't ever been something I was into, so I don't have a data point for whether I can eat cold cereal in milk.)
10. I took my minor at a different university from my BA so I could take a few classes from an amazing professor scruloose had studied with. Fortunately, Halifax is so packed with post-secondary schools that I could literally walk between the two universities in fifteen minutes.
There was nowhere for me to run. Wolf girl had taken her forest with her when she left, and now I was alone in the nothing, looking at a mountain that seemed to have decided it wanted to be a man in its spare time.
I had never been murdered by a landscape before. What an educational day this was turning out to be.
"Are Straight Women Okay?" [Autostraddle] "But a stroll down the “his and hers” retail section will still have me on some Family Feud Steve Harvey levels of disbelief. [...] When you further investigate this phenomenon, as I did, things get real dark, real quick. The items themselves are worrying enough on their own as they reveal a prison of what women are allowed to be and should want, but then you dive deeper and the culture that lurks just behind these items reveals itself. I’ve seen the depths of this landscape and I need to ask a question: are straight woman okay? Like, not in a joking way — do they need assistance?"
Flaredown is "a free web and mobile app that helps patients track and visualize their illness, treatments, and symptom triggers so that they can understand how their choices affect their health". (I haven't used this. I'm passing along a rec of it being something that might be worth looking into.)
"Anorexia Survivor Posts Powerful Side by Side Photo to Instagram". [Teen Vogue] "Instagram user Megan Jayne Crabbe, a body-positive role model who beat anorexia and now uses the handle @BodyPosiPanda, posted a side-by-side image to the social media site to highlight the differences between posed photographs and reality. In both images, she's wearing the same purple lingerie, tie-dye hair, and infectious grin — but that's where the similarities stop." [Content notes: mention of past anorexia, but the photos are not from that time period.]
"A Journey Into the Merriam-Webster Word Factory". "This month, [Kory Stamper, lexicographer], the author of the new book “Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries,” was more than happy to offer a tour of some of the distinctly analog oddities in the basement."