So, in an effort to get back into the swing of things, give me a topic you would like me to talk about and I will do my best to talk about it by the end of January.
So, in an effort to get back into the swing of things, give me a topic you would like me to talk about and I will do my best to talk about it by the end of January.
LJ no longer allows access to its https site when browsing/posting, which means that any information you send to that site is readable by every other site that cares to eavesdrop. This means that anything you post under friendslock is still being read by any site that chooses to spy on Livejournal communications; you can safely assume that at least one Russian-government entity is.
I just double-checked, and the payment page *is* protected by https, so that at least should be secure.
In the meantime, I leave you with the trailer for the horror movie that is 2016. The only problem with the fact that this is clearly the worst year since 1939 is that 1939 was followed by 1940-45.
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I'm trying to get back in the habit of posting more here. So, ask me things you'd like me to write about and give me a day to do it, and I'll do my best. Some things I may not want to to talk about, but I am happy to talk about my ridiculous year of travels, and about living in Tokyo, and most things, really.
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I heard about this from ladyjax on Twitter, and she has a post with more info, Beware FriendBlab. She has the contact info for the FriendBlab "copyright agent," one Randy Charles Morin - I suspect your best bet for getting your journal taken down off the site is going to be contacting its upstream ISP, but starting with him will create a good documentation trail. I've heard anecdotally on Twitter that the ISP is already responding to people's emails - this thread on ladyjax' post has the ISP (GoDaddy, ironically) contact info and a sample email.
raanve has a post with more information, including the links to the Dreamwidth account settings page where you can change your RSS feed settings to make this kind of scraping a little less productive. I've changed my RSS settings to "brief summary," since I don't actually want to punish people who are using the RSS feeds for legitimate purposes (unlike the U.S. Sixth Circuit, but that's another story). For a disturbing but familiar look into what FriendBlab is doing, she also unearthed this page, complete with egotistical ranting about how the "intellectual arrogance" of the people who invented FOAF in 2000 (i.e. Brad FitzPatrick) is holding back people like Morin from
It might not also be a bad idea to license your journal under a Creative Commons NC (non-commercial, which means that anyone scraping your content is in violation of your license terms if they serve ads alongside or otherwise attempt to profit from it) or other kind of license, for an extra layer of demonstration that this kind of scraping is being done without your permission or consent. Then go to this page at BoingBoing and read about Big Content's latest attempts to kill the public domain, fair use, and Creative Commons along with them.
Anyone who likes will be able to leave comments on the DW entries using OpenID; I also invite you to consider creating a Dreamwidth account--you don't need a code to do so until the end of 2011 (two whole days, I know). after which you'll need an invite code, which are easily had via dw_codesharing's codes available tag.
rydra_wong has a great post on transitioning from LiveJournal to Dreamwidth.
In the meantime, since some people may be transitioning form LJ to some other platform entirely, here's where I can be found on the internet:
I also have a locked Twitter account under my legal name; if I've granted you access, PM me and I'll be happy to give you the info.
See you around the galaxy. ♥
boundbooks has the actual quote from the first post about this, which was on…Journal Fen.
So, what's all the hub-bub about? Well, as you may have noticed as a Livejournal user, the hover menu on a user's ID has changed significantly and certain browser add-ons like LJ Login no longer work. What you might not know is that there is now a random, but rampant privacy breech on the site. Several users are able to see the f-locked and the private entries of other users/communities even if they are not friended by or they are banned from that particular user/community. Not only that, but several users have been taken to another user's entries when they try edit their own. The same mix-up in redirects goes for the redirect to edit profiles, edit journal information/settings, managing userpics, and even checking your message inbox. To put it simply: certain users have complete access to another user's account.There's been no comment from LJ either way; eruthros has links to actual bug reports. People have started reporting that they're no longer getting the bug as of my writing this, but unless LJ says something officially, there'll be no way to know whether it's actually stopped.
Whether or not people will exploit this fact remains to be seen and the Livejournal staff has yet to comment on the issue.
As boundbooks says,
I'm really not sure what more can be said in response to a massive privacy breech on LJ as a result of a change not reported to users, while Dreamwidth has reported what is likely that LJ code-change to DW users in a timely manner, in order to explain a minor bug on Dreamwidth.
I'm probably going to discontinue crossposting of everything but translations to my LJ. In the meantime, dw_codesharing has lots of Dreamwidth invite codes.
There will be many posts forthcoming in future, I hope; suffice it to say that thanks to swan_tower and K and loanwords and D I've had an awesome week and a half. The new semester, which starts in a week and a half, is already looming in front of me; it's going to be intense, but hopefully a lot of fun. And I swear I'm going to read more this fall.
On the Dreamwidth front, yvi is looking for feedback on the idea for a non-native English celebration fest.
As copracat reminded me, Dreamwidth's diversity policy is explicit, and worth a reread. The Dreamwidth that's my second home welcomes all users regardless of language or writing system, among countless other variables.
Q&A Days 9-14
15. What 5 things are you obsessed with currently?
Narnia, definitely. As for the rest…'obsession' is probably too strong a word, but I'm very excited to watch a lot of anime and Doctor Who over the summer. And to read a lot of manga. And as always, to try (and fail) to catch up on my piles of 'to-read' books.
16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
Um…I post about 90% of my life, I'd say; almost everything I consider worth mentioning makes it way here eventually. I'm behind on several music reviews, including a Javanese shadow puppet performance and a gamelan concert that I saw. They were both awesome.
17. How many people on your reading list have you met IRL?
Hmm. *eyeballs reading list* Probably somewhere between one-third to one-half. One of the things I did when I joined DW was to subscribe widely, which has netted me a lot of awesome people in various places on my reading list, and I've had a corresponding number of chances to meet them offline too, particularly since I moved to California/started attending more cons. And I've met more awesome DW people through those awesome DW people, even better.
18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?
I don't tend to talk about my family very often; my sister is on DW/LJ too, and a lot of that is her story to tell, not mine. I also, bizarrely, haven't talked about my parrot much. I might try to put together a picspam of him when I'm back in Jersey this week, he likes having his picture taken. I also try not to talk about the minutiae of my grad school life so as not to bore all of us, myself included.
19. What are you most interested in reading?
*laughs* You know, that's actually a good question. I read almost exclusively sff, YA, and non-fiction these days, and even there, my tastes are decidedly out of the mainstream. I'm looking for interesting takes on old stories, believable characters, well-chosen words and thrilling turns of phrase, stories that I haven't heard before, stories that represent real reflections of the broad range of human experience and not just the same rehashing of things the kyriarchy believes. Not coincidentally, the books I read tend to be by authors who aren't white men.
20. Any questions from the audience?
Speak now or forever hold your peace (until next time)!
21. What's your favourite thing about Dreamwidth?
The people, first and foremost. ♥
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11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
Um. I'm really looking forward to scheduled posting, since I try not to post more than once a day and to time my posts to hit the sweet spot of people being around, which is more challenging since I've moved out to the west coast and I frequently have other things to be doing during the day. Which is to say: at this point I pre-write a good 85% of my posts in text files.
12. What do you consider the 10 most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?
Hmm. New Jersey, Quakerism, history, copyleft, fair use, fandom, books, manga, anime, languages. I think those 10 are a reasonable triangulation of my core interests/formative influences. Certainly my interests as a whole--which I haven't really updated for years--still are fairly accurate.
13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
Apparently yes! 'Abolishing the electoral college' is, I think, pretty self-explanatory; 'post-westphalia' and 'r2p' are not. 'Post-Westphalia' is a recent and much debated idea within political science that basically sees the current international system transitioning to a model in which the sovereignty of recognized nation-states is no longer the constitutive principle. 'R2P' is the 'responsibility to protect,' which the U.N. said it had in Security Council Resolution 1674 in 2006 and which is more or less in action in Libya right now. As for both of these: I find them quite interesting, but I remain highly skeptical (see above re: Libya). 'Hearing chimes at midnight' is also unique, and is a leftover from my days as a pretentious undergraduate (it's from a Shakespeare quotation). I may still be pretentious, but I'm no longer an undergrad.
14. What is your favourite subject to discuss on Dreamwidth?
Hmm. Books, anime, manga, mostly! And large popular fandom things like Doctor Who, etc, etc. I love reading everyone's reactions and speculations.
( Future questions )
I won the 'beta invite for random OpenID users' lottery fairly soon after signing up for an OpenID account at the tail end of closed beta, about a week and a half before the beginning of open beta. I'd been dissatisfied with LJ for a while, and DW made it easy to make the switch. Actually I have to give lian a lot of the credit for bringing DW to my attention and thus bringing me over here; thanks! <3
2. Why did you choose your journal name? What does it mean?
The name is my LJ name (starlady38), without the digits, which I added to my desired LJ name because plain starlady over there has been inactive since 2001. One of the nice things about getting in on the ground floor at DW was being able to ditch such workarounds.
The name actually refers to Star Wars fandom, which I started out in way back in the time known as the day; Timothy Zahn refers to "starladies" in his dedication to Specter of the Past (still one of the best SW novels), which I'd been reading around the time I started my LJ. Also I wanted to be an astronomer for most of my life, so the name is doubly appropriate.
3. Do you use other blogging sites? Why or why not?
I still have my LJ, obviously, and I have an InsaneJournal account that's completely empty. I also have a Twitter account linked to my legal name, but other than that, no. I'm used to the LJ/DW way of doing things, and I find that it's shaped what I want out of a blogging site. In particular, the way the comments structure is set up seems to encourage actual discussion.
I do still crosspost to LJ, though not everything--Follow Friday DW posts, obviously, aren't very relevant to LJ, and I don't post any creative works other than translations to LJ, since I don't want that on SUP's servers, ever. In that spirit, I also have deleted most of my older LJ entries, and I do go back and delete entries with no comments when the mood takes me. My DW is my journal of record.
4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?
I use Wikipedia a lot, as well as various online dictionaries such as alc.co.jp and Perseus. Other than that…in a lot of ways DW is actually the center of my online experience right now; most of the things I wind up reading I find by way of DW. I do read short fiction online; I used to read The New York Times, but their paywall has killed that. I still sometimes read The New Yorker. Oh, and obviously, I read fanfic. And a significant portion of my online time is also taken up by doing OTW work in Campfire, on Basecamp, etc.
5. How about when you're not on the computer?
I read, I write (either by hand or directly into Word or Scrivener), I run, I cook, I bike, I hang out in coffeeshops and wander around to bookstores and restaurants. I watch TV and anime on my computer and make vids occasionally too. And, oh yeah, I'm in grad school. It works well.
6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?
Hmm. I feel like my personality and views come through fairly well in my posts. I don't always comment, but I do read 95% of what's on my reading list, which I don't filter.
7. What is your favourite community on Dreamwidth?
Another good question! There are some that shall remain anonymous per community rules, but I particularly appreciate runners, which is very supportive of runners at all levels of skill and experience. white_lotus, an Avatar: The Last Airbender community, is pretty cool, as is forkedtongues, a community about languages, multilingual-ness, and translations. fandomcalendar is also dead useful, as is animanga_news. And of course clampnews is great too.
8. What is your philosophy on journal layouts?
Hmm, not sure what exactly this means, but! I shall answer anyway. I have the CSS skills that god gave a squirrel, so my options are always limited to customizing the canned layouts that other people create. I actually still prefer my LJ layout to my DW layout--I find the grey-on-black text much easier on the eyes--but I like my DW layout pretty well. I think a layout should be fairly uncluttered and sensibly designed; I like having icons on the right because they pop out more.
( Future questions )
We already knew that the tech blogs were having their own discussion unconnected to the LJ/DW discussion, but now we can see that the authors/publishers were, for the most part, having a conversation disconnected from the fans. The crossover between the author and fan conversations mostly happened via Karen Healey, a young author whose first YA novel was published last year, and who moves in both circles.
It's interesting how little crossover there was between these spheres in this case, for all that LJ/DW does make it so easy for authors and fans to connect--and for all that we've seen that authors and fans are quite capable of having a connected discussion on LJ/DW.
In the meantime, skud has an interesting post, Ebook discussions flying under the radar, which graphically dissects the discussion, mostly on LJ and DW, of which my post Some links on illegal file-sharing and IPR was a small part:
...my gut feeling was correct: there was a really fascinating, complicated, crunchy conversation going on, mostly among women, mostly on LJ/DW, that the tech blogs and other parts of the web don’t seem to have noticed. Make of that what you will.Personally, while there may be an extent to which the insular grammar of LJ/DW contributes to our insularity vis-a-vis the rest of the web, I'm sure that's only part of it. Food for thought, most definitely.
SF3 has withdrawn Elizabeth Moon's invitation to be a Guest of Honor at WisCon 35. Ugh, finally.
cofax7 has some pertinent comments on the definition of "censorship" for some of the anonymous commenters on the WisCon blog. The post also mentions the case of Juan Williams' recent dismissal from NPR over Islamophobic comments made on FOX News. My reaction is pretty much the same: ugh, finally. Unfortunately, I cherish my doubts as to whether this will have any effect on NPR's de facto policy of general pandering to the right, and I think that WisCon's decision to do the right thing and disinvite Moon is also only a beginning.
Also, Cat Valente's post and N.K. Jemisin's post are both worth reading.
In much happier convention news, I have just registered for the first annual FOGcon (Friends of Genre Convention). It will be held in the fair City by the Bay, San Francisco, this March, and its theme this year is the the City in SF/F, with Jeff Vandermeer and Pat Murphy as GoHs. Its organizers' stated goals are to create a sort of ReaderCon West, and I'm very much looking forward to joining the discussions. Registration is $55 USD until November 1.
You can also register for Sirens 2011 for $150 at this link until November 1.
And finally, while I'm fairly confident the warning is superfluous, as a reminder: this journal is a private entity, and I will not allow hate speech on it. Comments I consider hate speech will be deleted, and commenters will be banned.
eumelia has code by 51stcenturyfox which will allow you to disable the crossposting buttons on your journal, not just on your comment boxes.
LJ and FB have signed some sort of integration deal to offer LJ services to FB users, so this probably isn't going away. According to cleolinda, if you enable FB crossposting, your FB (legal, presumably) name will appear on your LJ profile page.
This afternoon I enabled search engine inclusion on this DW, and minimized it on this LJ. I don't think most people will notice a difference--comments will still be enabled on all translation posts, I will still post translations simultaneously to both journals--but the LJ has been a secondary journal for a while now. At some point in the next week or so I'll finish putting all my translation links in my DW journal sidebar, as well as pruning a lot of private and f-locked content off the LJ, and that will be that.
tenwomen - 10 stories, 10 female characters, 1 year, 1 challenge.
sagarawest - comm co-modded by me, for all your Michelle Sagara West books & fandom needs!
thebainherald - comm modded by me, for all your Garth Nix books & fandom needs!
three_weeks_for_dw - celebrating Dreamwidth's one year anniversary with three weeks of DW-exclusive content. I'm so excited.
Also, on the book fandom front, I've been contemplating the idea of importing youngwizards, and also possibly creating a Megan Whalen Turner comm along the lines of sounis. Thoughts?
So thank you, fellow DWers! Thank you friends, readers, commenters, random people who pop in from the Network page--thank you one and all! You are truly a wonderful bunch, and I look forward to many more years' dreaming on together.
Fortuitously, next week three_weeks_for_dw starts! Thus, this poll:
What should I prep for posting first?
That essay about Samurai Champloo and historicity
One of those essays about Young Wizards and philosphical theology
Scans of your temple stamps (goshuin/御朱印)
That paper on Catullus' possible influence on Shakespeare's sonnets
What the crap? Violating other sites' TOS pales in comparison to the fact that by stripping users' affiliate links and replacing them with third-party links you are stealing from your own users. Many of whom, you know, pay you already, and whom I daresay need the money way more than you do, since you've just proven that you have the morals of scum. Again.
Via inkstone, cyprinella has the fix here, but note that it only applies to when you're logged in to the site. vector has more info here, as does telophase here on why implementing the fix is a good thing to do regardless of whether you use affiliate links.
ETA: Supposedly it was an error dropped into the code that will be rolled back with the next code push. Gee, that sounds familiar. (Is the code guarded by a drunken monkey? WTF, I found that excuse hugely suspect the first time.)
Also, I now have 10 more invite codes; let me know if you'd like one. I'll release them into the wild in a few days.