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1. Lately I have been having a weird dreamwidth commenting problem, and I'm not sure if it's my ISP or something I should ask about. I'll comment using the quick-comment form, and instead of posting inline it'll take me to a blank talkpost page. Then when I go back to the original page, the comment will have either a) posted twice, once with the icon I chose and once without it or b) posted once, without the icon I chose. But pages load okay, and so do other people's comments, and I don't have a problem posting. So, weird. And annoying.

(I've previously had a problem with dreamwidth not loading or timing out, and when I tracert it's always these cogentco domains between my ISP and dw bouncing me around for ages. *fist shake at problems that can't be solved by my isp or dw*)

2. I don't read a lot on ff.n, but when I do, I'm often startled by the different kinds of metatext that come with ff.n stories. In the part of fandom that I mostly read in, stories are posted all in a go, and even if they're in several parts because they won't fit in individual posts, the metatext is meant to apply to the whole story: if there's an author's note or comment, it's for the story as a whole. I occasionally see stories posted in parts for pacing reasons -- a chapter a day or whatever -- but usually with the same header text on all of the chapters.

What I don't see a lot of on the communities/journals I follow is the kind of chapter-by-chapter metatext that goes "this is set in the same forest as the scene two chapters ago" or "this is slightly out of chronological order, but it made more sense here" or "I'm introducing an OC, but she's not a Mary Sue" or "okay, so this chapter isn't about the main OTP, but it's a necessary interlude and I swear I'll get back to them in the next chapter." (The other space in which I see that kind of metatext is kink memes.) And because those notes are unfamiliar to me I find them interesting as writing shortcuts -- especially because they're often not set off from the text visually, so I have to read them to find the start of a chapter.

I don't really have anything here in terms of conclusions, I'm just always intrigued by how that kind of note allows skipping around in a story, or clarifying the connections of settings or characters, or giving the reader two different choose-your-own-adventure versions of a chapter, or including things that (in my fannish spaces) might have been cut from a story and then posted as deleted scenes later, or whatever.

3. Soooo here is a question for you. My jury service was scheduled for tomorrow. The only place that I can check to see if I've been called is the city's website, because their phone tree just goes "to see if you're called for jury service, plz see internet."

The website says: "Jury reporting message: JURORS SUMMONED FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010 ARE NOT TO REPORT; YOUR SERVICE IS COMPLETE."

Only... tomorrow is Tuesday, June 15th. So my question is, basically: huh? The offices are closed and won't be open until the time I'm supposed to show. Should I go in tomorrow just in case? Or should I assume this means I'm okay and they just are VERY CONFUSED?

here from network

Date: 2010-06-14 10:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] medie
I've had 1 with LJ but not - so far *knocks on wood* with DW

Date: 2010-06-14 10:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] inkstone
re: #1
It's not just you. This is a problem multiple people have been experiencing for a few days now. It seems to happen less often to me now than previously but it still does occasionally happen.

Date: 2010-06-14 11:09 pm (UTC)
runpunkrun: combat boot, pizza, camo pants = punk  (Default)
From: [personal profile] runpunkrun
That's fantastic that they assume everyone has access to the internet.

It's doubly fantastic that they can't seem to keep their website current and/or read a calendar accurately. Because it doesn't say otherwise, it looks like you should go in. Maybe check the site again in the morning?

Date: 2010-06-14 11:11 pm (UTC)
pocketmouse: pocketmouse default icon: abstract blue (Default)
From: [personal profile] pocketmouse
I would keep checking the site, but if it doesn't change, go in in the morning, just to be sure. You don't want to get in trouble on a technicality.

Date: 2010-06-14 11:36 pm (UTC)
egret: egret in Harlem Meer (Default)
From: [personal profile] egret
Try looking for a different number to call, like general jury or courthouse information, and try to speak to a real person about the website? Maybe?

Date: 2010-06-14 11:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] livrelibre
1. I've been having that problem and it is annoying *fist shakes with you*

3. I'd check it first thing and go in if there's no change. Knowing the very special nature of our city government websites, it's likely someone hasn't updated it lately and may not in time for you to know for sure (which won't stop them from dinging you for their own mistake).

Date: 2010-06-15 02:40 am (UTC)
livrelibre: DW barcode (Default)
From: [personal profile] livrelibre
Crazy talk! What is this open and transparent (or even current) government information you speak of?

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