01 January 2037 @ 12:01 am
So, you've probably stumbled on my journal by following a comment I've made in someone else's journal. If you're peeking around here, you may be thinking to yourself, "Wow, this slacker never posts." as you look at the sparse number of entries. You're partially correct. Yes, I'm a slacker, but I generally do post once a week or so. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), almost all of my entries are friends-only. If you want to be added to my friend's list, leave a comment on this entry with how I know you and I'll fix it right up. Then you, too, can be amazed and astounded by my randomness. Comments are screened.

If I don't know you, things are a little different. I've met just about every single person on my friend's list in person. Most of them before they were added as friends. If I don't know you, it isn't anything personal, but I most likely will not be adding you as a friend. Even the loosest definition of a friend involves knowing someone, after all. :)

As noted above, comments are available and screened. Feel free to leave one if you don't know me, but think you might be a special case or have some compelling reason you think I should add you. The universe is full of exceptions, and my old, grumpy, English teacher would rap my knuckles with a ruler if she caught me using absolutes . . . but I also make no promises. :)
06 June 2012 @ 10:22 am
6.5 million Linked-In passwords got posted on the internet this morning.  Best practices say to go change yours, if you have one.  :)

If you shared passwords with any other sites, you should change those, too (and make them different this time).
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
04 September 2010 @ 11:06 am
This is a rare public post, because I'm angry.  I want this to show up in LJ search results, and I hope it inspires at least one person to take some action and speak in the only way LJ will understand - moving.

Livejournal has done it again (thanks to a friend for pointing it out).  Links that allow other people to easily cross post stuff in friends only entries to Facebook or Twitter.    You can turn it off for yourself and people viewing your journal in your style by adding the following text to the Custom CSS of your journal style, but be aware that it is a cosmetic fix only.  People viewing your journal in their style will still have those options.  The fix text (copied from several of hundreds of related LJ entries - search LJ for ".b-repost-item" to see them all) is below.  For exhaustive instructions, just search LJ as above and you'll find plenty.

.b-repost-item, FORM#qrform > TABLE[style="border: 1px solid black;"]:last-child TD[style="vertical-align: top; text-align: right;"]:first-child { display: none !important; }

My focus on this entry is not a temporary fix for this week's privacy issue, however.  It is pretty clear that Livejournal just does NOT get privacy.  Every couple of months they turn on some new "feature" without any kind of consideration of the privacy implications or impact on users.   Then there is a big panic, LJ takes too long to react, users are angry, and eventually some fix is introduced.  Since they do not understand privacy or the perspective of their users, you can count on them messing up again at some point in the future.  

Fortunately, there is a solution though: Dreamwidth.  I've been making my posts there for months and cross posting to LJ from their site.  It is very easy to set up and the service has a lot of advantages over LiveJournal, not the least of which are their philosophy and openness.  The only reason I keep posting to LJ is that I have friends that still only use and/or primarily read LJ.  At this point, I would abandon it in a heartbeat if everyone moved.

Dreamwidth also makes it very easy to move from LJ.  They'll suck all your entries, comments, user icons, friends groups and journal permissions over for you in the blink of an eye, and provision the permissions on Dreamwidth to allow all your LJ friends to also access your Dreamwidth journal via OpenID.

The catch is that they do require a code or a paid subscription to join.  The GOOD news is that they recently distributed blocks of codes to account holders, and I have a stack of them I can distribute as needed.  Anyone on my friend's list that would like to try out the paid experience can have a month on me, as well.  If you want to do that, let me know and I'll send you an invite that way and save the invite codes for people that don't care about the paid membership.  Feel free to comment here, email, or leave a comment on a protected entry if you wish.  Also, if you would like to move a whole community over, they are willing to hand out codes for that as well (a nice single code that everyone can use, to make it easy).  The official way to do that is to go to the support page and put in a request under Account Payments.  All the details on what you need to include are in this news post under a heading titled Roleplaying Games (it is open for non-RP communities as well!).  

Update: Handy Dreamwidth Links:
It can be a bit difficult to locate this information on the Dreamwidth site, so here it is in an easy to find way:
Free/Paid/Premium Account Features Comparison
Dreamwidth Shop
Privacy Policy
Diversity Policy
Statement of Principles
27 November 2008 @ 01:38 pm
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I hope that you all have a lot to be thankful for!
Current Mood: brined
17 March 2007 @ 06:56 pm
If you've bought wet cat or dog food, a bunch of it got recalled for causing kidney failure and death of pets. There are tons of brands affected, so check out the link for all the details.
Current Mood: glad to be unaffected
14 August 2006 @ 11:01 pm
For lemur lovers: Big-eyed itty bitty lemur cuteness. Sorry about the ads. . .couldn't find a video site that had it with no ads. ;)
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Blink 182 - All the Small Things
12 May 2006 @ 01:12 am
Oh yeah! And before I go to bed, I should note that I got an awesome shiny new icon from xxbalaaxx. Its shown as the icon for this post to show it off, but I'm really not sad at all about it. ;)
Current Mood: happily surprised
Current Music: Cutting Crew - Died in Your Arms (still)
01 January 2006 @ 12:25 am
Happy New Year everyone!

I hope that those of my friends that had a rough 2005 have a much, much better 2006.

Be thankful for the good, learn from the bad, and chase your dreams. :)
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: These Are The Times To Remember - Billy Joel
11 December 2005 @ 11:47 am
Oh yes, short (emphasis on short) follow up to my last post. It is a commonly known fact that it is difficult to send cards without addresses. ;) Comments enabled and hidden.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: What Child Is This? (Greensleeves) - London Promenade Orchestra
04 November 2005 @ 11:57 am
I read this article on Flu Info today, and found it kind of interesting. I know sometimes I'm guilty of going to work when I shouldn't. Most useful of all was the list of tips at the bottom. Especially the last one. I'm going to have to be more careful about that one.
Current Mood: amusedamused