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I just heard on NPR that LiveJournal was taken over (apparently some time ago) by Russian pornographers. Is that true?


Nov. 22nd, 2010 11:53 pm
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Hi! Over 75% of the posts on this journal are viewable by friends only. If you'd like to be added to that list, please let me know; you can comment here if you like.
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Just a note to remind readers that the vast majority of posts here from now on will be friends-only. If you're not a nut or a stalker and want to be added to my flist, drop me a line or comment here.
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I wrote six reviews on Yelp of places that we went to in Boothbay. I'm going to post copies of those reviews here. Is this going to be a problem for anyone? Should I make them private, or post them behind an opt-in filter, or something like that?


Jun. 10th, 2009 09:04 am
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Sixteen of my last twenty posts are private, viewable only by me. I've discovered that I write far more, and far more freely, when I know that nobody but me (and maybe someday Sebastian) will read what I write. That's quite interesting and unexpected.

The down-side is of course that nobody can read or comment on those posts, but that's a relatively rare occurrance anyway.

I'm actually very surprised at how much more I'm writing now. I even started a new poem this morning! I considered making the whole journal private, but that seems excessive. I'll just play it by ear and see if I can work out some sort of balance between private and non-private posts, I guess. 75% private is probably a little excessive.

It would be interesting to generate some numbers showing the ratio of private, friends-only, filtered, and public posts in a journal. I wonder if there's an online tool that can do that? Or I could just add it all up by hand. But that would be tedious.

LJ Problem

Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:37 am
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I've noticed a problem viewing old posts using tags. For example, I have a tag for posts about my son ( These date back to 2003. But when I'm viewing them and try to go back ("Previous 20 entries") past (which is March 2005), I end up at a single entry for March 2, 2005 - and there is no "Previous 20 entries" link.

The same thing happens when I just try to view old posts in aggregate, rather than individually. It's impossible to "skip" more than 380 posts. Is this how it should be?
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Since the tone of politics seems to be changing in the USA, and since my political posts are likely to become less popular (or more annoying; your pick) under the new regime, most or quite possibly all of my political posts going forward will be made under my Politics filter. It seems a bit strange that I am feeling forced to climb inside a virtual bunker under these circumstances, but I can't deny the reality of what is going on; dissent is clearly going to be far less "acceptable" from now on. I don't want to have to worry about being flamed or having flist issues every time I make a political post, so I'm going under the filter.

This will eliminate my future political posts from search engines and the public view. Yes, this bothers me. No, I don't see a practical alternative.

If you want to be on the Politics filter, let me know. Unlike most of my other filters, however, I will not be automatically adding anyone who asks to be on it. Sorry, but if I feel that I'll have to worry about pissing you off, that would defeat the purpose of the filter in the first place.

Twelve or thirteen people are currently on that filter, by the way. I'll probably do a post on it later today; if you see it, you're in the filter.
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For the record, nine out of 26 posts that I've made this month (not counting this one, and excluding one that's me-only) were either friends-only or private. So just over 1/3 of my posts are visible only to people on my flist and (in some cases) filters.
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Ever wonder why someone has de-friended you? And then realized that you'll almost certainly never know?
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We arrived in Disney World on Sunday morning. We left for the Disney Cruise on Thursday morning. I recorded three video blog entries in my camera on the cruise. Unfortunately I was very hoarse, because I got a bad case of something that turned into bronchitis.

I'd almost rather not post these, because I'm so fat. It weirds me out to see myself looking like this. I don't think of myself this way.

I got cut off in the middle of the entry, so it's a two-parter. I recorded it in our stateroom, on Sebastian's bed.

Here's the rest of the entry:

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I've said this before, I think, but just in case:

If I should die, please feel free to distribute or use anything I've written - here, or on my website, or on my other blogs, okay? Do what you like with it. I'd like to think that some of my writing might survive me, if only for a little while.

Um, unless I actually sell something that could make money for Teri and/or Sebastian after I'm gone, of course. I'll keep the copyright on that.

Unlikely though either prospect (death or being published) seems at the moment! :D
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It just occurred to me that I've written a number of book reviews here that I could easily copy over to GoodReads. So I've been doing that today, a lot. If you follow me over there, you'll see a lot of stuff that you may have seen here in years gone by. Sorry about that!

I should be working on some new fiction...soon, I hope.


Dec. 4th, 2008 11:00 pm
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My journal has been somewhat different, lately.

For one thing, the percent of friends-only and filtered posts has increased to about 50% in the past few months. But an even bigger change is the relative decrease in political posts (unsurprising, I suppose, now that the election is over) and the recent surge of book reviews.

Is this a good thing? A bad thing? Neither, or both? Feel free to tell me what you think, if you want.

By the way, I also just put up a very large post over on my Charlie On The Commuter Rail blog. The outer stairway to the commuter rail platform at Ruggles station is crumbling. I took my camera in today, and got some pictures and video. The resulting blog entry is pretty huge, but maybe someone will pay attention and forestall a tragedy.

Seriously, who repairs stairs with rust-susceptible parts? And after two years of the stairs being closed for repairs, couldn't they have fixed them well enough so that they'd last for more than sixteen months? I think you'll be surprised by the images.


Nov. 24th, 2008 11:39 pm
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It's late. Why am I still up? Because today I was daydreaming and I suddenly thought that maybe LJ Archive would work for me again. Perhaps because of the server change, or...well, who knows? So just before I was about to turn off the computer and go to bed, I fired up LJ Archive and gave it a shot.

And it worked.

You'd better believe that I immediately exported every entry, in several different formats, and made sure to secure a copy of the complete archive in a safe place!
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Argh, I was catching up on comments and *&@!ing LiveJournal went down. Could the new servers be unreliable? Wouldn't surprise me.
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I've done a lot of book reviews lately, haven't I?

Hmm. Maybe I have developed a new interest, and hadn't realized it!

LJ back up

Nov. 18th, 2008 03:00 pm
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Well, that freaked me out. I wish we'd been told in advance that LJ was going to be down for four hours today while they moved their servers to Montana! As it was, I had to go a little crazy to find the information, and was actually forced to spend a little time on - ick - Facebook.

I know a lot of people on my flist have sent stuff or done stuff or zombie-pirate-bit-hugged me or asked me to do stuff with them on Facebook. I have to say, though, that I don't UNDERSTAND Facebook. And I don't visit that site more than once every three months. So please don't be offended if I don't bite your pirate zombie cat for peace or whatever, because I don't know what I'm doing over there.

Anyway, I'm now going to get back to getting serious about backing up ALL my LJ posts. Because the realization that they could simply disappear forever one day, and that I'm totally at the mercy of a Russian company that I don't trust is very scary to me.
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Just a quick note: an ever-increasing number of posts in my journal are friends-only or on a filter. That's because the world is full of crazy people. If you want to be on my flist, please contact me or comment on an open post.
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Can anyone explain this new find-your-email-address feature to me? I just don't understand it - I'm a little tired and slow today.
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For the record: More and more of my posts have been friends-only as the years have gone by. If you're not a member of LiveJournal and if you're not on my friends list, you are seeing less than half of the posts that I write these days.

The good news is that it's not hard to get on my flist. Just comment or email me with a request, and I'll almost certainly add you. Of course you have to be a member of LJ, but memberships are free and carry no responsibilities.


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