So, welcome to you all. I'm afraid not all my posts are carefully thought out essays like that. If you want to stick around, great, you're very welcome. And if you don't, no hard feelings. I welcome comments; I don't always get around to replying to them quickly. I don't automatically add everyone who friends me, but I do read everyone I have on my friends list. If I don't friend you back it'snothing personal, just the perennial problem of having too much to read and not enough time. There's very little that I friends lock anyway, so you won't miss much.
Not only is every day drama-free defriending day here, every day is also commenting on old posts amnesty day. I get notifications of old comments and I sometimes bring a discussion back to the top if it gets really interesting. I do recommend people go back and read the comments on the abortion post that inspired this, even if LJ has annoyingly collapsed threads and let the post fall off friends pages.
Anyway, it occurred to me I should probably introduce myself. So I'll do the talking about my journal meme, which I have done in the past but years ago.
I don't want to use my real name online because I'm pretty open but I don't want to be googlable. If you think you might know me IRL feel free to email me (@lj) explaining who you are and I'll confirm.
|Keyword: teapot. darcydodo found a greetings card with an image of a woman looking amazingly like me. I use it for being welcoming and friendly and chatty.|
|Keyword: teeeeeeeeea. darcydodo made it for my birthday. It represents my tea obession and my habit of stretching out vowels. Another Douglas Adams reference, too. I use it for celebratory or mildly geeky posts and comments.|
|Keyword: letters. Another birthday present from darcydodo. It's for pretty things and linguistics geekery.|
|Keyword: words. My Jewish icon. It's a snippet from the book of Deuteronomy written in the traditional script used for sacred writing.|
|Keyword: ewe. I made this myself using a found image. I use it when I'm being argumentative or political.|
|Keyword: p53. A representation of the protein I used to work on, used for biology, work-related stuff and science more generally.|
|Keyword: likeness. Made using one of those online identikit toys, then tweaked by me and darcydodo to look more like me. I have in fact been recognized by it when meeting people in person for the first time! Long plait, purple clothes, tea obession. I use it to identify myself.|
|Keyword: bunneh. I used to volunteer in LJ Support, and this is something of an in-joke. I use it for being helpful or for talking about LJ. wyntarvox made the bouncing bunny.|
|Keyword: Amélie. My only fannish icon. I use it when I'm feeling mischievous, or for things that are endearing in the way the film is.|
|Keyword: livre d'or. darcydodo found this image and she and emmavescence made it into an icon because it had my name on already! I use it for talking about books in general and how they're important to me.|
|Keyword: yum. monanotlisa took the photo this is based on. More tea obsession, this one for talking about food and parties.|
|Keyword: body. I never knew that Renoir painted nudes as well as clothed women, and his model looks a fair bit like me. I use it for talking about my body, my sexuality, my health and similar.|
|Keyword: bookies. Didn't really need two separate icons for books, but darcydodo made this and it's too gorgeous to get rid of. For talking about specific books.|
|Keyword: hands. I made this as a joke for rysmiel, but rysmiel didn't want it so I decided to adopt it myself. I use it for silliness that depends on intellectual humour, and for talking about connectedness.|
What else? I'm very proud of the diversity of my friends list, not just geographical but in terms of age, background, opinion and so on. If you're new here you're welcome to introduce yourself, or to keep quiet and just lurk if you prefer. Oh, and if you have a topic you'd like me to write a proper thoughtful essay about, you're welcome to suggest. I will take you up if the topic grabs my attention. And that goes for people I already know as well as the newbies.