eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
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?
eruthros: kink: a girl showing off her tongue piercing and studded collar (kink: tongue piercing)
Listen you guys I don't know if I've mentioned this six or twelve times before but I love it here at dreamwidth! I am so glad I moved and found this great space and subscribed to all sorts of great new people.

I am so thrilled we moved [community profile] kink_bingo here last year -- like, I just last week had an Official Conversation with [staff profile] denise where I was like, hey, our new round won't be opening for six more weeks, but I just wanted to see if we could get more invite codes in case people from lj want to play! And she was like, no problem, here you go, let us know if you need any more, we value your community. And they'll mention kinky and sex-positive groups in [site community profile] dw_news posts, and they'll stand up for our legal rights to talk about the things we talk about! I just! Guys! I feel like I have found a safe space.

Anyway, I got started thinking about that because [personal profile] telesilla asked me "So I, of course, LOVE kink_bingo and I'm just wondering why you & TWW started it up and if you had any idea that it would get to be a huge as it is now."

I can't remember how we decided to start it up, or where we got the idea, so I asked Twings if she remembered, and she doesn't either. But knowing how conversations with Twings go, I imagine that it was probably something along the lines of:
"I wish there were more kink fic!"
"Yeah! Also I am sad that some kinks are often marked as icky -- what is up with that, fandom!"
"Yeah! We should have a challenge. To have more kink fic! For all kinds of kink!"
for some reason we think of bingo here for reasons that neither of us can recall, seriously, bingo, who knows, but I do recall googling to look for bingo terminology for kinds of bingos
"Okay, let's make a list of kinks! I'll write them down as we go."
"Okay! Let's see: bondage and humiliation and sensory deprivation and..."
I also recall getting to about eighty kinks and then running out of brainstorming power and ending up with three separate sensory deprivation kinks, IDEK.
Twings: I will ask my journal if anyone would be interested in playing! If there are twenty people, we'll make a community!
eruthros: Oh cool! I will make some cards in photoshop!
finis

So, we had no idea it was going to be huge -- in fact, when I showed Twings how I was making the cards I remember that she asked me if I would be okay with making as many as sixty of them in a month, in case people wanted second or third cards. *facepalm* The first year I was making all the cards by hand in photoshop (reading off of a randomizer) until I left the country and then Twings made the rest of them, and last year we both made some in advance -- "only sixty people said they were interested in playing again on dreamwidth, and we're moving to dreamwidth which is new and smaller, let's make 200 cards in advance so we have backups!" we said -- and then we both made more and then I switched to doing them in imagemagick and typing all the kink names. I think we gave out something like 700 last year.

I am continually surprised by the number of people who are interested, because in the first round I thought maybe twenty people would play! And that's also why the rules have gotten clearer and more detailed as we've gone on -- the first time we did it, we were like "ho hum, twenty people, all people we know" so we didn't even alphabetize the kink list. It's even kinda funnily at the worst time of year for both of us -- I'm usually out of the country with almost no internet in the summer, and Twings is often travelling -- but we accidentally started in late May and we did it twice, so!

And it was also weird for me because I didn't have a fannish-only lj -- my lj was more fannish before my sister gave my whole family the url, and then I started having to flock/filter fannish stuff a lot. So I felt like I couldn't talk about kink bingo on lj, but I wanted to talk about it all the time. Especially since one of the things running the community has done is transform kinks I have that I used to be vaguely and uneasily ashamed of1 into things that I do want to talk about and feel comfortable talking about. I knew intellectually that putting the kinks all together on cards would be YKINMYBYKIOK and put kinks on equal footing, but I didn't really think it would make me feel this much more comfortable about talking about kink, this much less squicked by the kinks I don't share -- like, I'm much more able to take kinks and say, this isn't my kink right now, but what if I put it in a different context, what if I do it as powerplay, what if ... And even better, now I feel like I have a space here to talk about that sort of thing!2 Because I have moved to dreamwidth! And y'all are here! And this post comes full circle.

Also: eeeeee one month til the next round opens aaaaah I have so much to do before then!

1In a not hot way.

2Though mostly I'm not right now because I'm dealing with the kink-pseudo-wiki instead, oh my god, why is it so huge, it needs to stop. Also seriously if anyone can think of a clip for orgasm denial or object penetration or piercings/needleplay -- there must be a clip for needleplay that I've just blanked on, right -- that would be awesome.
eruthros: Martha Jones smiling! (DW - Martha Jones is awesome)
1. I have been doing experiments with a cookie recipe that I quite like, trying to get as near as possible to a power bar without giving up what I like about the taste of cookies. I'm nearly there! So far I'm at 3.8 g of protein per cookie, which is pretty awesome. I have recently discovered that applesauce covers the taste of soy protein powder better than butter -- who knew! Anyway, \o/ for moderate successes with baking! And for eating cookies for snacks without going all sugar-rushy! When I make them successfully again, I'll post the recipe here.

2. I turned off javascript on lj a while back -- not just sharethis, which I've never had enabled, but livejournal.com -- and was pleased by the faster loading times. It meant no more quick reply comment boxes, but I could live with that!

Then today I learned that the update page doesn't show the icon or the preview buttons without javascript. So I'll have to turn it back on if I post to communities. *is cross*

3. Speaking of, did you know there's a limit on the number of PMs you can send from an lj account? I didn't. And now I know that there is one, but not what it is, or how often it rolls over, because I can't find anything about it in the FAQ. *continues cross*

4. I hit the pm limit because I'm sending out little heads-up [community profile] kink_bingo deadline reminders to folks who haven't posted yet according to my spreadsheet. I'm doing it kinda automatically, so if I pmed you even though I should have known you knew the deadline, uh, sorry. I just go click-paste click-paste.

5. Today is my dw-versary! I'm still in a space of squishy hugs for dreamwidth, gotta say. Here are some things I like about being here:
- the community!
- the standing-by-their-principles stuff
- hierarchical tags (♥)
- split access/subscribe list
- the little stuff! I love that /calendar now redirects to /archive, because I used to type the url wrong every time, and I love being able to leave a reason for editing a comment, and I love that I can rename icon keywords and fix my typos.
- did I say the community already? Because y'all are awesome.

ETA 6. We just had a sudden cat! We left the back door open today because it's finally nice here. I was just sitting here on the sofa puttering around on the internet, and then I looked up and there was a cat sitting in the living room doorway giving me the Disdainful Cat look. I went "aah!" at the sudden cat, and the cat went bounding away, and I think I startled [personal profile] thingswithwings rather a lot. But seriously, I can't be expected to not startle at sudden disdainful cat.
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
"I don't see any differences between lj and dw! It's just a social pressure thing! That's why everyone is moving!"

I wanted to leave lj, because of things like strikethrough. I wanted to leave lj, because I couldn't stand the ad-culture and what it was doing to the site. I wanted to leave lj, because I don't feel welcome there. But I stayed for ages. I stayed when there was ij, and gj, and journalfen. I stayed when all the options were site clones. I only moved when someone offered me a fandom-welcome, no-ads, fork.

And I thought, oh, well, it'll take a while for me to settle in there. I'll have to get used to the differences in the interface. I'll have to get used to the way the menus have moved. Everything will seem a little wrong, but I'll put up with it for a while, because I really do want to move. So, [personal profile] eruthros, I told myself, be prepared to have it take a little while for dreamwidth to seem like the right place to be.

It took thirty seconds.

Here is the moment at which I fell in love with dreamwidth: three boxes down in the edit-profile page, when I clicked on the gender box, and found not just "unspecified" and "male" and "female," but "rather not say" and "other" and "male" and "female."

And I have been falling in love with dreamwidth ever since. I fell in love with dw over the accessibility concerns that led them to put a description box for every icon, so you can tell screenreader users what they're looking at. I fell in love with dw over the menu placements, which I find so intuitive that it now makes it hard for me to find things on lj, a site I have used for nearly eight years. I fell in love with dw when they made the post and comment lengths longer, because it meant they were thinking about their users and what their users wanted.

This is not a social pressure thing. This is not because my friends are moving -- some of them haven't, or won't, and I will continue to read them on lj. This is because I feel comfortable here. This is because, every time I do something on dreamwidth, I find that it's easy, or inclusive, or accessible. I find that they've thought about how users want to use this space. This is because there is a difference. And I love it.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
1. So, you may think that the conservatives who miss the satire in Stephen Colbert are largely apocryphal, or that there can't possibly be many of them, because seriously, who could think that his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner was supposed to be in praise of Bush? Well, three scientists at Ohio State University have done some research, and they looked at the reactions of 332 undergrads, and discovered that in point of fact there's a pretty significant correlation between identifying as "conservative" and feeling that Colbert is only pretending to be joking. And, interestingly, both conservatives and liberals say that Colbert is funny, but interpret the direction of the humor totally differently. ANYWAY, I have the pdf of this article -- it's on sendspace here.

2. If you like playing with color schemes, I find kuler kind of fun -- it's a bunch of created color schemes with handy RGB CMYK and hex codes attached, so you can play with color and find combinations of five pinks that are in the same tonal range. If, like me, you are hugely lazy, this is AWESOME.

3. If, like me, you are hugely lazy part II: red alt's I Like Your Colors application, which pulls hex codes for colors from html and css pages and groups them by value. If you look at my journal layout, in fact, and find the colors familiar, that's because I dug out the Celerity css page and popped it into the application -- I'm not thrilled by it, but they're soothing greens, and I was in a hurry trying to make it less orange and blue.

4. I had to pay for my new dw account by check, because paypal timed out on me a bunch of times and I gave up, which means I have only six icons! Until they get my check! This is sad and wrong.
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
If you, like me, find dreamwidth's zesty style unpleasant to read, you might be interested in a dreamwidth-specific style=mine bookmarklet. There's the style=mine text up on the navigation bar, but I often scroll halfway down a page before realizing that if the story is that long, I really need a different style now -- this is easier for me than scrolling up and scrolling back down again.

If you have the same behaviors, make a bookmark and put this in the location field:

javascript:if(location.hostname.indexOf('dreamwidth.org')%20>=%200){location.search+=(location.search?'&':'?')+'style=mine';}

After you save, hitting it should do your reload.

***

Also, if you are not a fan of the current styles, there's a new style -- transmogrified -- which permits more color change.

Or there's this really easy to follow style import guide. It took me about five minutes, and I find styles really confusing, so!

And, there's even a new site scheme for vertical-scheme folks, which you can switch to at the display section of your manage account page. I don't like the fonts much, as one of them is unattractive and the other forces a lot of white space at the top of my display, but I like the colors and I have been using Vertigo on lj so I'm used to the vertical-scheme layout.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
1) how to write good xhtml for images: <img src="http://site.tld/path/to/image.img" height="##" width="##" alt="[description of picture for screenreaders and text only browsers and dial-up users]" />

2) dreamwidth specific markup:
<lj user=username> = <user name="username"> or <user name="username" site="site.tld"> (e.g. <user name="eruthros" site="dreamwidth.org">)
<lj-cut> = <cut>
<lj-cut text="foo"> = <cut text="foo">

3) How to import journal styles: grrliz explains.
eruthros: Yoda in Dagobah swamp, caption "slimy? mudhole? my fandom this is!" (SW - slimy mudhole fandom)
I just realized that I've got some old flocked-not-filtered posts with my name and other personal information in them, so I'm going to take most folks off the grants-access list until I finish going through my imported lj entries and deleting/unflocking as appropriate. (I'm already in mid-2003! Or, to put it another way, I'm only in mid-2003!)

And after that, I dunno. I'm still trying to think through how I plan to use dreamwidth, and what it means to the grants-access front. I understand "subscribing," and I know what I want to subscribe to. But grants-access -- well, I'm not planning to flock anything, really. So, what does it mean to grant access to something that isn't there? And why should I be deciding who I would, theoretically, let read about my work day, if I were to write about said work day, when I plan to do no such thing? So I'm not sure what grants-access means to me.

I'd appreciate thoughts on this, btw, because I'm trying to figure out how to use grants-access, and what it means to other people to be granted access.

ETA: for full disclosure and all, I do filter. Usually either away from someone (see: birthdays) or to someone in particular (see: cooperative projects, reminders, etc).

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