tablesaw: Two yellow roses against a bright blue sky. (Family Roses)
I can't yet say all I want to say, but I learned this morning that [personal profile] tam_nonlinear is dead.

I knew her from LJ from over a decade ago, but like many LJ/DW contacts, I wasn't in touch as much for a while. I would occasionally see the updates on DW about her garden, her cats, and her clinic-escort volunteering. She was one of the people I was hoping to get in contact with again.

Her family has asked for donations to be made to the Washington Area Clinic-Defense Task Force.
tablesaw: A stick-figure person walking in a carefree manner. The caption reads, 'Haters gonna make some good points' (Haters)
I'm not even done with this article and I already want to blog about it. Well, mostly I just want to blog. Well, mostly I want to put something on my DW. (And a little bit I want to play Spelunky.)

I've been thinking about blogging vs. Twitter for a little bit. I've been aware that there are lots of aspects of Twitter that make me quieter on it. Obviously, there's the length restrictions, which I react to pretty strongly. I find it hard to make statements that comprise more than one tweet. But there's also the speed of tweet/retweet/response (Tumblr has a similar cycle), which I just have a hard time keeping up with. But there's an also an issue of time and speed. I also know that it will add to my blog's accruing history (which I see is going to become important in the part of the article I am still getting to).

As I said, I'm still working my way through Vance's article, but the portion about form and content as regards Twitter polarized me on that matter, highlighting the exploitative structure of its form. One of those things is the way that Twitter is obsessively focused on the "now".
Consider all the reasons why our intrepid capitalists of yesteryear replaced the (almost) timeless Holy Bible with a newspaper whose time is always the present; consider the political redefinition of 'content' to mean consumable rather than everlasting. A Tweet™ spends no more than a day or two in public view before vanishing into a database somewhere. Once our Tweet™ has been consumed and forgotten we make another and another, never Tweeting™ the same thing twice without dedicating 5 characters to an apologetic "ICYMI" (in case you missed it). The 'form' of Twitter, like that of the newspaper, demands a constant stream of new things to bury all the old ones.
On Twitter (and Tumblr), I do feel that pressure of having to put forward quantity a quantity of "content" that's more than I can really sustain in order to have a "presence." And as a result, existing on those sites makes me feel like a ghost, passive. Writing on a blog—my blog—give me a sense of place, and also lets me slow things down to my own speed.

There's also the fact that Dreamwidth remains a noncommercial open-source system, which I can depend on to stay relatively true to its mission statement (though there are, of course, ways that the structure still affects how I write). It just feels like a more comfortable place to be right now, even if I don't think anybody's going to be around to read it. (He says, knowing that once he posts this, links to it will be posted on Twitter, Tumblr, Livejournal, etc.)
tablesaw: Two yellow roses against a bright blue sky. (Family Roses)
I said I was going to post on Monday, but I didn't. I did, however, do productive things. Resumes have been tightened up and e-mailed. I also managed to finally drop my Mothers' Day gift at my parents' house. Today, I managed to wake up on time again and continue, doing laundry as well. There've been a few surprise social things that have come up, which is why DW keeps dropping down on the list, and why today's post is less than stellar. But I didn't want to slack off two days in a row.
tablesaw: Ration Hornblower, from the cast of Smile Time, peeks his horn nose out at you. (Ratio Hornblower)
So this week didn't work out so well.

After an initial flurry of activity filing for unemployment insurance and sending a few e-mails to staffing agencies, I fell into a funk of avoidance, leading to a mini freak out on Thursday. I talked with friends and family who reminded me that it's ok to be freaked out about being unemployed for the first time in over a decade, and that a few days of not doing anything productive is fine.

I'm going to try to set myself onto a daily working schedule come Monday. While it's nice to sleep in until 11 or noon, I'm not actually productive when I stay up late. Once it nears sunset, I start feeling like my work day is over, and I stop doing other things. I think that forcing myself to at least be awake by nine every morning will add a few hours to my "working" day, at the very least. More measures will probably be forthcoming.

I did manage to do a lot of nonproductive things, though. I entered a local crossword puzzle tournament and participated in a sudoku contest at Logic Masters India. boardgaming night (played Roll Through the Ages), role-playing-game night (beta-testing a game by Josh Robern), a party to read and mock Fifty Shades of Grey as a group, and an NPL party. And in addition to that, I saw a bunch of friends at different times. I joined the site Quora despite its "real names" policy, by hacking together a form of pseudonymity out of its nascent system. And I sauteed chicked without freaking out.

Starting Monday, I'm going to add DW to my list of daily things to do. For reals.


Oct. 14th, 2011 03:03 am
tablesaw: Charlie Crews, in a dark suit, rests his head on his left hand (That's Life)
I've been in my head too much, recently.

No, that's not it.

I haven't been letting enough of me out of my head, recently.

I'm going to try to force myself to do more journaling.

Also commenting. I tend to think that I shouldn't respond unless I have something substantive to say.

I need to remember that "thank you" and "I hope you feel better" are also substantive things to say.

So. Post before bed.

You know, I made this icon so that I would have something I could use when I talk about the show Life. I didn't expect it would be so necessary for my actual life.
tablesaw: The pixelated dog from Duck Hunt, emerging from a real field of tall green grass beneath a clear blue sky. (Duck Hunt)
LiveJournal's having site problems, which means it's time to announce Dreamwidth invitation codes:


Invite codes can always be found and requested at [site community profile] dw_codesharing
Also, [personal profile] zvi has almost a hundred on one page.

Post if you take one, so that we don't get signals crossed.
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Follow Friday

Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.

[personal profile] flourish is reading pop-culture-studies books for National Blog Post Month. Her blog's pretty awesome otherwise too.

Let's Play

My current read is the entire Quest for Glory series by Bobbin Threadbare. There are lots of Sierra games that I've always wanted to learn more about, and this series is a lot of fun to read about.


My dad has a Flickr account ([syndicated profile] dedalus1947_flickr_feed), recently featuring children in costumes and Dia de los Muertos festivities.


When the intensity of [ profile] whedonland subsides, I like to dip into [ profile] tvpassiton


A little while ago, I refound my Nikoli books of Slitherlink and Nurikabe, and I've been solving them on my commute. I think I'm only a few puzzles away from completing the Slitherlink book.

I also have the Naughty Crosswords for bathroom solving.


For a while, working on the Nikoli books, I wasn't reading as much. I'm back in trying to finish This Small City Will Be a Mexican Paradise by Michael J. González. It examines Mexican Angeleños' relationship with the state of Mexico and the "Indians" who were already living in the area.
tablesaw: Gaff, from <cite>Blade Runner</cite> (Gaff)
The links keep on coming. For those confused by my recent failk, here's an executive survey of "PervySurveyFail" (so dubbed by someone [ profile] ithiliana can't remember).

Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam have landed a lucrative book contract (publishing grapevine says US$250,000); as part of that project, they designed a survey to find out more about slash and fandom. The survey, their handling of it, their interaction with fans and critics has been both stupid and offensive in multiple ways.

There are, essentially, two lines of outrage in this whole thing. There's the political outrage at the horribly sexist, heteronormative, transphobic attitudes of Ogas and Gaddam in their survey and their interactions. And there's the outrage about the horribly bad science—the lack of clear methodology, patently biased questions, an ignorance of previous research in the area, etc.

The political outrage has played out in form much like other BlankFails. Which is not to say, again, that it is unimportant or uninteresting. [ profile] rm has pointed out some very good threads about the harmful assumptions Ogas and Gaddam have been making about transsexuals and people who otherwise fall outside of the male/female sex/gender binary. Earlier today, Ogas and Gaddam (apparently in response to objections to their construction of "transsexual" in their work and the use of the word "tranny" in discussions) "corrected" their FAQ to replace "transsexual" with "shemale."

As [ profile] rm said, "You have not yet begun to see wrath, although the cat macros are now out to play." And in apparent response to the escalation of failout, Ogas has now locked all of the posts that were originally intended for feedback and discussion of the project (thus rendering over a thousand comments invisible).

But because of the ostensibly scientific and academic roots of the survey and the project, many fans who are also academics soon began taking issue with the incredibly shoddy "research" being conducted. Objections were raised that there was no control preventing minors from participating, there did not seem to be adequate safeguards protecting respondents, that questions were being changed while the survey was still continuing. (Sadly, most of these discussions that I know about them are currently unavailable, because they were made in Ogas's journal.)

Eventually, the Institutional Review Board of Boston University was reached. (Ogas identified himself as "a cognitive neuroscientist at Boston University" in his initial approach to [personal profile] eruthros.) The IRB is responsible for maintaining ethical standards when researching human subjects (including when that research involves social, not medical, science). In the words of [ profile] deadlychameleon, they responded that Ogas "is no longer in any way affiliated with Boston University, except as a recent graduate. They have asked him to stop using his official Boston University email address in connection with this project, or his website. He is officially on his own, and this project is NOT IRB APPROVED."

Deadly Chameleon continues:
The problem with this is threefold:

1. The researcher has no expertise in the area he is researching, nor has he recruited anyone to give him guidance.

2. The researcher has substantial profit motivation to produce work in this area (book contract with Penguin) which may lead to unethical conduct/a tendency to misrepresent his results.

3. The research is in no way overseen by any external body which can examine it for potential unethical conduct.

In addition to all of these, the researchers have now alienated their participant population, who are now very likely to become unreliable participants.
This explains much. Many people, myself included, wondered how two scientists or academics could behave so unprofessionally. Our error was in assuming that "scientist" or "academic" was their actual profession. It is clear that they are not. But if their profession is "hucksters peddling junk science for profit," it really would be unprofessional of them not to act the way they have.

Finally, this has been a surprisingly creative -fail. In addition to my own offering, there have been macros, parody surveys, Ogi Ogas/Sai Gaddam slash fic.

Other key posts:
tablesaw: Jennifer Connolly and David Bowie from <cite>Labyrinth</cite> (Labyrinth)
[ profile] ithiliana suggests that the "unified fabric of human desire" must be some sort of plaid. Which got me thinking about kilts. Which led me to writing this:
I just wrote up a short abstract.
(It's weak but it scored a book contract.)
But the bloggers told me what I lacked:
"Ogi, where's your trousers?"

Let the wind blow high, let the wind blow low,
The better for my arse to show.
Fen cry, "Oh, John Ringo, no!
Ogi, where's your trousers!?"

I posted a web survey,
But I took it down right away.
Now I'm afeard of all El Jay
Because I nay have on trousers.

I went down to a comm with kink
To have some fun seeing what they think.
All the ficcers gave me eyes that stink,
Saying, "Ogi, where's your trousers!?"

The backlash hasn't been dismissed,
But they've no reason to be pissed.
You can't put ethics on a scientist,
Saying, "Ogi, where's your trousers!?"
tablesaw: -- (Real1)
If you have several cross-posted journals on your friends list, you should expect to see this happening a bit. Dreamwidth has added the ability to see how many comments are on a crossposted entry. So I'm testing to make sure that works here.

If it doesn't work the first time, I may post and repost for a little while until I like it.

Update: I think I've got it. Fun fact—updating the entry seems to also update the footer.


Aug. 23rd, 2009 11:21 am
tablesaw: A trial sign ("This trail is OPEN") against a blue sky in Los Angeles's Griffith Park. (Hiking (Open Trails))
I made a new icon for hiking posts. Having Photoshop and a paid Dreamwidth account is driving me a little icon happy, I guess.

It's taken from this photo, which is also my computer desktop at work.

From Griffith Park


Aug. 18th, 2009 10:02 am
tablesaw: "Tablesaw Basics" (Manual)
Dreamwidth got a big update last night, with new styles (I may pick a new one), updated importer (it won't duplicate entries that you crossposted anymore), and e-mailed comments threading correctly in Gmail.

Coming down the pipeline are an expansion of the current search abilities
In particular, we've made it so that when you create a content filter and add someone to it, you can now set options on which content, exactly, you want to see. For example, with the new system, you can do the following:
  • Create a filter, name it 'Tech Stuff'
  • Show posts by [staff profile] mark with ANY OF the tags: perl, code, computers, tech
  • Show posts in [site community profile] dw_dev posted by a community maintainer
  • Show posts in [site community profile] dw_biz
  • Show posts in [profile] randomstuff with Safe For Work content
tablesaw: "Tablesaw Basics" (Manual)
DW now has a journal-search function in beta for paid users, of which I am now one. That's pretty cool.

Members of paid communities can also search those communities, which is also very cool.

Searching my journal has revealed to me that I wanted a Li'l Gumshoe icon from Pushing Daisies. Better go looking for that.
tablesaw: "This sounds like Waiting for Spy Godot" (Hunt)
After some delay, I bought a one-year Dreamwidth account. I've lost track of what that gets me, other than more icons, so I guess I'd better go looking for more icons.

Adam Cadre has a very good analysis of Election:
But what's interesting is that Tracy spends the whole movie seething that she isn't appreciated by others for the hard work that she performs on her own behalf. And that, I think, is a pretty astute observation about American culture. People are very reluctant to let go of ideologies that make them feel good about themselves. Given the choice between psychic rewards and material rewards, they will choose the latter... and then whine because they want both.

Chimatli at the LA Eastside blog rebukes the New York Times for discovering "a new culture district in Los Angeles" in Highland Park.
Here’s the thing, no matter how much they may try to re-write our history and impose ideas of culture on us, Highland Park is not Silver Lake. It’s an old neighborhood of Chicanos, immigrants and working-class White folks that have some of the fiercest neighborhood pride in the Los Angeles area. This area is deep with tradition, culture and dynamic energy.
(Discoverability? Didn't I . . . I'd better pull those notes out before they rot.)

It was [ profile] ojouchan's birthday this weekend, so we did a bunch of things. We went to see Harry Potter, we went to see Tori Amos at the Greek Theatre, we ate at the pop-up restaurant Ludo Bites, and we sang along to an apparently rare public screening of "Once More, With Feeling." That was actually quite a lot of things done, and all of them excellent.
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So, I've been out of the posting groove since getting on the new schedule. It's not been impossible, but I haven't had the time and the inclination together. So I'm opening a window, and I'll just leave it open all day, adding things as I find them, then post if/when it gets full of stuff.

My favorite LA blogger is the Militant Angeleno ([syndicated profile] militantangeleno_feed/[ profile] militantla). The Militant's updates are sporadic, but they're filled with great information about the city. Today's post gives an interactive map of Michael Jackson–related locations in Los Angeles, from the Jackson's first home in Los Angeles to filming locations for "Thriller" to the former location of Captain Eo.

As for the memorial service, I'm far enough away from the Staples Center that there hasn't really been a problem, but there are certainly more helicopters going by the window than usual.

Last night, I turned on the news, and they had helicopters filming over Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, where the private ceremony was being held. First, helicopters parked over a cemetery is tacky. Second, Forest Lawn is, itself, rather tacky in its grandiose devotion to Americana. Put that together with labels that are meant to be seen only rarely, in quiet, and you leave the anchor a bit confused.

Open Beta.

May. 1st, 2009 11:30 am
tablesaw: -- (Real1)
It's Open Beta, and every full Dreamwidth account received a bunch of invite codes. I already sent mine out to the people who asked a few weeks ago, but if any of those bounce back or if we get a new batch, I'll set up a new list.
The plan was to offer invitations to everyone with e-mail–verified Open IDs, but I think that got screwed up due to massive scrambling to fix the Paypal stuff. (ETA2: [personal profile] piranha, has the details on Open ID invites.) In the meantime, I think [site community profile] dw_codesharing is going to get started soon.

The promotion hasn't kicked into the paycheck yet, so I haven't purchased a paid account just yet. I knew this was going to happen, so I gamed the inactive icons system a bit to get the ones I wanted. In the process, I reported some glitchy behavior and explained what I did. I realize this information would have been more helpful to most of you a few days ago, but that's the way it goes.

I am looking forward to buying a paid account later this month. Ever since [ profile] ktempest posted asking about comment avatars featuring characters of color from genre media, I've wanted an icon of Gaff. I can't decide whether it should say "Azonnal kövessen engem bitte" or "Then again, who does?" With 61 slots to fill, I guess I could do both.

And once again, my DW circle is in badly organized flux, so don't feel slighted or confused if I don't subscribe/grant access to your new account. There's no method to the madness. Yet.
tablesaw: -- (Real1)
Short version:
If you want access to locked filters on Dreamwidth, reply to this post at Dreamwidth. If you want access to any particular filter (really the only one that's continuing is the extremely sporadic sex filter), make a note of that too. If you don't have a Dreamwidth account, just respond using an Open ID account, and I'll give that Open ID account access. When you log in with Open ID, you'll be able to see the locked posts. All comments to this entry are screened by default to prevent any undue embarrassment.

Long Version )
tablesaw: -- (Real1)
This entry is being posted on Dreamwidth, and will be automatically crossposted to LiveJournal.

With the crossposter online, I have also imported my journal. There were some bugs, but out of 1,547 entries, 1,530 seem to have come through just fine. Good enough for closed-beta work.

Comments to this entry will be closed on LiveJournal. If you want to comment and you'll want to establish an Open ID account at Dreamwidth.

This entry by [personal profile] zvi has information about some of the best ways to handle cross-posting, cross-reading, and cross-commenting. Zvi also has a post about Open ID delegating, if you want your Open ID to reflect a different website.

All right, let's see how this goes.
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Pretty much all of my reasons have already been nicely written up by [ profile] jiggery_pokery in "Why I love Dreamwidth even before I have an account there, and why you might not."

It's still a little wonky. I'm not big on customizing my style, and the styles are still getting written, so I'm kind of at the mercy of whatever gets put up. I switched to a new one, played with the colors a little bit, and it's a bit easier for me to process, now. I also played around with the importer and icon limits, so there are a bunch of posts with lots of crazy icons. I'm convinced that the import will be perfectly fine. My plan was to import when the crossposter was up, but if that doesn't happen this week, I'll import early. I want to try iron out all the wrinkles on my own journal when the open beta starts.


Apr. 15th, 2009 07:46 am
tablesaw: Jennifer Connolly and David Bowie from <cite>Labyrinth</cite> (Labyrinth)
Gratuitous Icon Beta Testing.

This is a Dreamwidth-only post. Since I anticipate having a few inactive icons for a while after DW opens beta, I want to do a little testing for how inactive icons work.

That's what this is.

But it's a nice icon, isn't.


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