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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015




Reading Wednesday
Wednesday, 03 June 2015 at 08:35 am


Recently read I've been travelling and had more time than usual for reading, so there's a few reviews to catch up with. read moreCollapse )

Also, I'm having lots of fun with [personal profile] jadelennox's Dreamwidth Friending meme. Welcome, new people, and current readers, if you are looking for more people for your DW circle, the meme is well worth checking out.

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Moooood: pleasedpleased
Tuuuuune: Nitzer Ebb: Down on your knees
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Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015




Sexually transformative
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 at 11:55 am
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moominmuppet asked:
Who was transformative in your life, sexually?

I've been talking about writers, primarily, but I mean this broadly; there are lovers and relationships I identify as watersheds in the development of my sexuality, moments of connection with community, essays that reflected parts of my soul back at me and made me think and discover new things about myself; all of that counts.
moominmuppet posts very openly and in very great detail about sex and sexuality, as a form of political activism. So the journal is potentially NSFW, though mostly text only. And similarly the rest of this post is going to include a certain amount of personal and explicit detail, so please don't open the cut if you're uncomfortable with hearing me talk about sexual topics, or if you're in a place where you're likely to get in trouble for reading about sex. Links more or less NSFW too.

personal sexual historyCollapse )

So, there you go; please do answer moominmuppet's question if you feel inspired! Anon comments are as always fine, I'd prefer it if you write some kind of handle on your comment even if it's only "anon1", mostly so I can distinguish different people in the conversation and hopefully keep out trolls.

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Whereaboooots: Pumbedita House, Cambridge, UK
Moooood: gratefulgrateful
Tuuuuune: Big Daddy: Once in a lifetime
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Monday, June 1st, 2015




Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
Monday, 01 June 2015 at 01:18 pm
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Reasons for watching it: Mad Max really couldn't be less my kind of thing, but the internet got excited about it and I thought it might be worth trying something outside my comfort zone.

Circumstances of watching it: Actually had a free evening for a date with my husband, and we planned it a bit at the last minute and there wasn't anything obvious on so we defaulted to the classic dinner-and-movie. We had dinner at the new (ish, I haven't been paying very close attention to changes in Regent Street shops) Turkish restaurant, Çinar. Good food, a bit more distinctive than the somewhat generic Mediterranean served at many mid-range Turkish places. It felt a bit over-priced for what was on offer; I'll probably continue preferring the vegetarian platter at Efes. And then we had a bit of time and wanted something sweet, so we got bubble tea from Chatime. I liked their offerings a lot better than Ooshi just up the road: drinks actually based on tea and fruit rather than just combinations of sweet syrups.

And then we wandered up the road to the Arts Picture House. The small cinema was pretty much packed, so we had to sit right at the front, but on the positive side it looked like a rather more mixed audience than might be expected at action films like that.

Verdict: Mad Max : Fury Road is a successful Big Dumb Action Movie, but not much more than that.

detailed reviewCollapse )

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Whereaboooots: Post-apocalyptic Australia
Moooood: okayokay
Tuuuuune: The Nits: Two skaters
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Friday, May 29th, 2015




The return
Friday, 29 May 2015 at 12:09 pm
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After 6 years of using LJ just to keep up with my friends who are still there, I'm somewhat favourably disposed to the site again. I mean, I'm still annoyed that they silently took the Open Source code private; I'm fine with them making a profit from 15 years of work, much of it by volunteers, but I am less happy with them ceasing to give back to the community that made the site what it is. And they still have adverts, but they seem to have moved away from a business model based on forcing ever-more intrusive adverts on users, and towards a model of paying for premium services.

Regarding Dreamwidth itself, well. I think after 6 years we can agree that it's stable and functional and not just some passing fad. I perceive it as way more active than LJ, and better for meeting interesting strangers. There are many respects in which it's just technically better, better UI and better accessibility and search that actually works. And I basically hate the current look-and-feel of LJ, both the desktop and mobile versions look awful to me. Also I still love DW's business model of a sustainable site completely independent of advertising or venture capital or payment processors who want to censor legal content, and I love its commitment not just to Open Source principles but to welcoming and training newbies and providing a non-awful environment for contributors. But DW is very clearly being maintained rather than developed (and yes, [staff profile] denise keeps promising that we're just paying down technical debt and there will be features released any day now, but I've been hearing that for too many years to really believe it any more), so it's getting to the point where LJ is ahead on features and just generally feels more modern.

So I sounded out how my LJ readers feel about my starting up cross-posting again, and that was enough to sway me towards returning. Not so much the numbers who voted in my poll, but the fact that several people I thought had drifted away from LJ years ago turned out to be still there, silently reading. And unlike in 2009 nobody seems to be worried about the security implications of DW knowing my LJ password (sensible ways of doing distributed authentication being yet another feature that DW has been promising for years and is probably never going to actually deliver). I do think the thing of split discussions is annoying, but it's also annoying for people who wouldn't otherwise use DW to have to follow me over here, so I hope it balances out.

Since I'm actively posting again, I've been trying to tidy up my filters. I had forgotten just how bad the interface was for friends list management; DW's isn't great but it doesn't do things like divide the list into pages and lose changes when you move further down the alphabet without saving, yet jump you back to the beginning of the list rather than where you were up to when you do press Save, ugh ugh ugh. Anyway, I hope I haven't accidentally unfriended and refriended people several times because of the interface horribleness. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to make cross-posting locked entries work, in fact; I think maybe I have to create two filters with the same names on both sites or something. And boy do I miss DW's WTF innovation of splitting subscribing off from giving access to private stuff! I'll figure it out somehow; I rarely make locked posts anyway, so it's not a big roadblock.

I feel like... coming back to a house that had been shut up for 6 years. It's infuriating because nothing is quite where I expect it to be, and I've got used to living somewhere far more modern and convenient, and the neighbourhood has changed and not entirely for the better. But it's also incredibly nostalgic, this place was home and deeply important to me from 2003 to 2009. So, hi. It's a bit dusty and disorganized round here, but please do make yourselves at home. In spite of my ambivalence it's good to be back.

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Whereaboooots: internet
Moooood: cheerfulfriendly
Tuuuuune: Indigo Girls: Prince of Darkness
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Thursday, May 28th, 2015




I'm baaaack
Thursday, 28 May 2015 at 07:13 pm
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Back in England, back to work – exams season starts in earnest today. Also back to an official presence on LJ, after a six year gap. So, hi, LJ folks! There will probably be more noodling about this shift later, but for now:

what I did on my holidaysCollapse )

Basically I really want to go back in time twenty years and tell my teenage self that she'll grow up to be the sort of person whose friends invite her to goth festivals, as a brief break from a grown-up life with a proper job. That she'll be able to wear the goth clothes she's just starting to pine after, and that people will think she looks good rather than ridiculous. And she'll come home to loved ones. I find it quite hard to believe that the past two decades have been so good to me, really.

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Whereaboooots: Leipzig, Germany
Moooood: bouncybouncy
Tuuuuune: Sheila Chandra: Dhyana and Donalogue
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Monday, May 18th, 2015




Dreamwidth posts 25 March - 15 May
Monday, 18 May 2015 at 08:37 pm
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This is a huge list of posts cos I wasn't keeping up with LJ updates, and then I was doing the Three Weeks for DW fest where I was intentionally posting to DW only. But it's going to be the last of these summary posts, because I'm going back to crossposting content, as that seems to be most helpful for most of my friends. Anyway, I've starred the posts I think are most interesting.
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Friday, May 1st, 2015




Crossposting?
Friday, 01 May 2015 at 02:49 pm
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So I'm considering cross-posting my Dreamwidth entries to LJ after all. Partly because I am a lot less annoyed with LJ than I was in 2009 (though now I'm trying to make an actual post here, goodness me the new update page is irritating!) Partly because LJ seems to be experiencing a bit of a revival and in some ways I'd like to be part of that. And for all its faults LJ has done a lot for the internet in the past 16 years.

For me, cross-posting is somewhat inconvenient as I am still happier at DW overall. But I think there are some potential downsides for my LJ friends as well, so, poll:

Poll #2009858 Do you want me back?

How would you feel about me crossposting my DW posts to LJ?

I'd prefer it, I'm more comfortable on LJ than DW
21(48.8%)
I would feel neutral, I'm happy with using both sites
16(37.2%)
I would be annoyed about your posts showing up twice
0(0.0%)
I would be annoyed about needing to follow discussions in both places
6(14.0%)
I would feel unsafe if Dreamwidth knew your LJ password and you could see my Friends Only entries
0(0.0%)
Some other option which I'll explain in comments
0(0.0%)


Whereaboooots: internet
Moooood: curiouscurious
Tuuuuune: Heather Dale: Sedna
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Monday, March 23rd, 2015




Dreamwidth posts 23 February - 23 March
Monday, 23 March 2015 at 01:20 pm
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015




Dreamwidth posts 9 January - 18 February
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 12:05 pm
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Wednesday, January 7th, 2015




Dreamwidth posts 17 December - 7 January
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 at 10:09 pm
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 5-16 December
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 at 10:55 pm
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Thursday, December 4th, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 27 October - 4 December
Thursday, 04 December 2014 at 05:13 pm
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I've started doing a daily posting meme for December, which means I need to update here more frequently or the list of posts will get out of hand!

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 23 September - 23 October
Thursday, 23 October 2014 at 10:02 am
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Tuesday, September 16th, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 21 July - 16 September
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 at 06:09 pm
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Long gap without remembering to update LJ, but also most of that has been taken up by Worldcon etc, so there aren't too many posts here. Please comment at Dreamwidth. You can use your LiveJournal username as an OpenID, or just write your name on an "anonymous" comment. You can also create a free account at Dreamwidth; invite codes are not currently needed.





Friday, July 18th, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 4 - 18 July
Friday, 18 July 2014 at 11:48 am
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Thursday, July 3rd, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 3 June - 3 July
Thursday, 03 July 2014 at 04:40 pm
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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 21 March - 28 May
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 at 04:15 pm
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Thursday, March 20th, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 5 February - 17 March
Thursday, 20 March 2014 at 01:24 pm
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Tuesday, February 4th, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 23 January - 4 February
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 at 07:39 pm
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And the remainder of the daily posting meme:
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Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014




Dreamwidth posts 4 December - 22 January
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 at 08:37 pm
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I did a very foolish thing, and started a daily posting meme while forgetting to update my link posts on LJ. I didn't post that much in December, but January I have actually managed to keep up posting every day so far, so this is a really long list of posts, sorry about that. As ever, feel free to just go to my main journal and read the most recent couple of posts.
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Monday, December 2nd, 2013




Dreamwidth posts 14 October - 26 November
Monday, 02 December 2013 at 10:13 am
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Thursday, October 10th, 2013




Dreamwidth posts 19 September - 10 October
Thursday, 10 October 2013 at 02:36 pm
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Wednesday, September 18th, 2013




Dreamwidth posts 13 August - 18 September
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 at 04:25 pm
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Friday, August 2nd, 2013




Dreamwidth posts 17 May - 2 August
Friday, 02 August 2013 at 06:06 pm
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Oops, I've completely forgotten to update LJ for nearly a quarter of a year. No reason at all, I just plain forgot to do these updates. (Also they've made the update page all ugly and jumpy about sometime since I last looked at it *sigh*)

So here's a ridiculously giant list of posts; I'll completely understand if you'd rather just go directly to my journal at Liv@DW and read the recent couple of posts. I've been having some good discussions recently, anyway. And I've starred the posts that I reckon are most interesting.
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Monday, May 13th, 2013




Dreamwidth posts 25 April - 13 May
Monday, 13 May 2013 at 01:17 pm
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I've been increasing my posting rate for the Three Weeks for Dreamwidth, fest, so there's a lot of posts here! But also some really cool discussions, do feel free to join in even if you didn't see these the first time round, we're still talking things through. Please comment at Dreamwidth. You can use your LiveJournal username as an OpenID, or just write your name on an anonymous comment. You can also create a free account at Dreamwidth; invite codes are not currently needed.