[sticky entry] Sticky: Adding on DW/About Me

May. 3rd, 2016 04:57 am
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So in the last few weeks (perhaps more like months), a majority of the people on my Reading List have not been updating as much as they once did. I'm not the only person on Dreamwidth to notice this change in their Circles, and I probably won't be the last: while I have no formal statistics to draw on (yet) it seems it's getting quieter around here.

Because I draw maybe 50% of each day's daily reading from Dreamwidth (which I only look at from my laptop; I'm kind of OCD about where I look at what) and 50% from the MSN News app on my phone, the recent quietude's leaving me with not enough reading to do when I'm on my laptop, which is discomfiting (mostly because I'm a truly vociferous reader).

While I'm in the process of mourning a few Dreamwidth-based online acquaintanceships (no, probably not a word?) that were a bit thin to begin with and are fading away, I'm not looking or not looking to replace any past camaraderie as much as I'm looking to fill my reading time with, uh, more reading. Which is how I make most of my online friends, anyhow; I decide which journals sort of agree with what I'm looking for and subscribe to them and whatever happens or doesn't happen, well...that's what happens.

If I subscribe, there's no need to subscribe back or grant access - unless not doing the latter would deny me more good reads you don't mind sharing. I don't put anything but a few bits of personal news and stories under lock, so I tend to be picky and rather slow about granting access, myself. I'm also not in fandom, don't want to join, and don't subscribe to fannish journals (with the rare exception of the fannish journal that also covers non-fannish personal and/or broader topics which hold my interest).

I'd tell you what I write and like to see written but my interests are too varied and I don't hold myself to any particular set of topics. What you'll see me writing about? General goings-on in my life, technology, my phone, my computer, my utility and cable bills, thoughts on coding in CSS and HTML (which I can do) and in Perl/s2 and JavaScript (which I cannot) because whether I can do it or not, hell if I can't have an opinion. I was once more rant-based. I'm getting old, so now I'm more...adamant but sincere, I guess. I don't have the same energy for rants that I used to, and when I do muster it, I often don't like my writing.

I always have and still do save some of my best and most hair-raising or harrowing stories for exchanges in the comment sections. I'm kind of shy about the sheer amount of things I could tell people, I guess.

I write a lot about Dreamwidth and I believe in Dreamwidth. But I mostly write about our backend issues and whatever else is bugging or pleasing me about it at the moment. There tends to be a lot of both.

I've taken a bent toward social justice in the last few years, which probably surprises anyone checking in from my past, even from a few years ago. My views are evolving on a lot of things and I feel like I'm coming to understand a few aspects of life in ways I never did before thanks to the advocacy of others, which I've spent a lot of time trying to absorb, understand, feel, and act upon however I can, so that's reflected in some of my writing. I'm not a SJW, but I'm not not an SJW (I really don't like giving people polarizing labels such as "SJW", but that's a topic for another time)...so you could say, until I come up with better phrases for how I'm looking at things right now, that I'm just being me.

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As part of 21 Days for Dreamwidth (our yearly celebration of well, Dreamwidth?) you post for 21 days on Dreamwidth, or post for 21 days about Dreamwidth, or answer 21 questions about yourself in relation to Dreamwidth one question at a time, for 21 days - I'm not sure which. I'll never post for 21 days about anything unless someone pays me, though, and pays rather well.

I'll post this since I don't think I've done our Q&A meme before - at least not the way [personal profile] finch put it together a few years ago (well, five. I can be slow to get around to things?).

Hitch is, I'm not bursting with energy, so will try to limit answers (when possible) to one sentence - one word or less would be even better. Pro tip: I will fail to achieve short answers on most of these questions.

Are we playing 21 Days or 21 Questions?

1. Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth?
Linkjacking. There is a lot to unpack in this one little word. Also, the Basic Account fiasco and being owned by Russians. No, I mean, personally feeling owned by them.

2. Why did you choose your journal name?
It's the name of a poem I wrote years ago. Yes, named after my own poem - talk about being a bit self-reverential. Ask if I still like or want the name and the answer is ... but of course no one asked.

3. Do you crosspost? Why or why not?
No, no and no. Does that answer these questions?

4. What do you do online when you're not on DW?
Now that I don't update my other blog a lot anymore, mostly read news, take paid surveys, clip online coupons and stream music via Youtube's autoplay, which is auto-on, how nice. It gets more like Pandora by the day and has a feature where it tracks what I like by what I look for, so it still knows to play me music I hunted down years ago in a different part of the state. I no longer leave comments on other websites because I'm tired of the arrogance and condescension from some blog owners, on the one hand, and tired of comment trolls and stalkers, on the other. I'm probably in my third year of snubbing the entire internet and really enjoying it.

5. How about when you're not on the computer?
Life intervenes. I usually go online long after my day is over and anyone without the insomnia and polyphasic sleep schedule I suffer from has long been in lalaland. It's the only "me" time I have where I feel - even if I'm writing or editing or coding like crazy - that I'm really just fucking off and doing nothing.

6. What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you?
That all your base are belong to us. That I could've been Mariah Carey instead of Mariah Carey being Mariah Carey but chose to keep smoking when she chose to quit in return for her voice - an exchange God actually agreed to, if you believe her. That if I'd right placed/right timed myself I'd be bigger than Veronica Webb right now. Has anyone heard from her lately? Seriously, this is an awful question. If I want people to know something, I'll tell them.

7. What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth?
With a few caveats which I can't discuss without seeming like Scrooge, [community profile] style_system, because I like geeking out over code, people's coding problems, stuff on Dreamwidth being broken or not operating at peak Dreamwidth, plus I like breaking and fixing stuff. I also enjoy DW news and keeping up with our maintenance and developer communities, for about the same reasons.

8. What community do you wish was more active?
There have been soooo many that have become inactive. Eventually I unsubscribe from all of them because I can't stand dead communities or journals on my list. There have been so many that I can't even say anymore what they were about. *checks for current shortlist*

OK, how 'bout...android, common_nature, cookability, dreamsheep, dreamwidth_haikai, dreamwidthlayouts, dw_beta, dw_codesharing, dw_design, dw_nifty, dw_styles, dw_suggestions, dw_volunteers, dwim, emily_dickinson, factfinding, gardening, linux4all, literaryquotes, lj_refugees, omnomnom, polls, pretty_pixels, reallycutefurrycritters, stock_icons, stylemakers, the_style_kit, visualwit, and written_by_hand.

(Disclaimer: the last community is mine, and would be awesome if anyone would ever post to it). But our dead Android community burns me up the most. Someone make it undead, please... :(

9. Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet?
*checks profile* No. Actually, yes! But I'm not sure if they could stand each other. [personal profile] italiceyeball and [personal profile] revolutemind are similar writers and thinkers (but, I suspect, not similar personalities).

10. Tell me about your default icon.
We don't talk about that 'round here. ;) I will say I got it for its more rebellious aspects but keep it because it matches my layout, if not my feelings so much, and it makes people laugh.

11. What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently?
Omg, the features. Ask [staff profile] denise what I want because she knows - I have all her rejection letters and the published polls to prove it. To this day I'm clogging up the Suggestions queue with even more features that have not been voted on. How about the one I thought of tonight? In which, when you subscribe to someone or just up and grant them access out of nowhere, that you should get a notification in your DW Inbox about it, so you don't forget who you subscribed or gave access to? I literally don't have time to jot down and request all the features I want because so many occur to me, often when I'm unable to record them.

12. What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? Why?
I don't have interests on my profile. I had hundreds but deleted them years ago in the interest of having less lists to maintain. See imperfect coding/no more tags.

13. Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there?
See above.

14. Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW?
No fandom.

15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?
What captures my imagination is the idea of there being a redemptive aspect to the time we spend on Earth. Also, that's two questions. Anything that interests me at all can obsess me, but most things don't. That said, web design is my forever love/obsession.

16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
There are things I've done that others were glad for, which in turn makes me feel good, but I wouldn't necessarily post about them because that's "tooting my own horn" - which can make me feel a bit tacky.

17. How many people on your reading list do you know IRL?
*checks profile again* One. Five, if you count not meeting in person but communicating away from DW, and if you also count the one person I sort of know IRL who I'm no longer subscribed to.

18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy?
Almost everything! I can write and write and write and exchange tons of comments and PMs yet feel like no one knows me any better when I finish than they did when I started. It sort of makes me feel - outside of things, I guess - but it's because I want to live my life, as opposed to describing it in any detail.

20. Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi?
I can't even.

21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?
It's the closest thing you can get on any LiveJournalish type of platform to owning your own website - without any of the the headaches or hassles of owning your own website. I'd like DW to roll out its own user-analytics solution so I can take the stupid stat counter down, and I'd like the ability to add plug-ins via JS (never going to happen!) or s2 (which might!) but other than that - and my perfectly endless feature requests - I feel like I've got what I need here.

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Mail's finally coming through again pretty much instantaneously (I get mine forwarded from Google to Outlook, so it has to make an extra hop, and is still coming through in real-time, so yes folks, it seems we're baaaaaack). That only took *checks date of my last entry on this*...18 days. Someone tell me that's not an obscenely long time to be proven legitimate enough to pass on the first try?

And just for those who missed the original story and ensuing long waits, it had nothing to do with Dreamwidth. Dreamwidth simply did what was described as routine maintenance on their servers one night which included changing the MX record (I'd say "records" but according to a resource I subsequently checked, there's only one). Over the MX record change Google's system flagged the site as...this is where it gets a bit murky...a possible spammer? A hijacked website? They flagged us for or as being something and started automatically rejecting all our emails with bounce messages indicating we should resend them, so we did.

Thus began a web-wide bottleneck that caused Dreamwidth's email to clog up all the pipes on GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Live and Outlook, according to scattered user reports (AOL was the only email provider reportedly letting DW's email sail right through...which yes, the irony).

At one point I was so desperate for faster Dreamwidth notifications I publicly pondered switching to AOL (I never really had a quibble with AOL's email or messenger services - they both do their things, and always have, from what I can see, pretty smoothly). But I gritted my teeth, refreshed the pages involved and just waited it out. It sucks, really, that better systems can't be in place to let trusted senders just do their thing.

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Kid yourselves not, this was hard to write, especially since a) it's personal and b) I wrote it as a speech (that I have not given, but oh boy, I could really work with this). I did it in one shot and by the time it was done I was so tired from a) writing and b) writing all week long, which is an unusual level of output for me, that I took the weekend off.

When I got back online I realized it wasn't edited properly and of course there were no links. Looking at the post now, though, I think it might be too overwhelming for anyone (myself included, if the tables were turned!) to read through the links I might add. So I'm taking the liberty of quoting from it here and attaching links as needed.


Any "If Onlys": The grotesque moral atrocity of blaming the poor for being poor

"[...] life for those with money drifts in the vein of commending themselves"... Why luck matters more than you might think

"[...] our biggest social construct of all time - the one called race"... Race and racial identity are social constructs

"Housing? Well, waiting lists are 3-6 years long" - nope, wrong: try more like over 10 years... HOUSING AGENCY WAITING LISTS AND THE DEMAND FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE

"[...] most are being torn down"... The demolition of housing in public cities

"Section 8 certificates, which society also grumbles about because they blacks "ruin our neighborhoods"?"...How Housing Policy Is Failing America's Poor

"Same waiting list" - nope, wrong again; the wait can be much longer, though figures for all states don't seem to be in one place...Section 8 Shortfall Leaves Thousands Waiting

"Food stamps? You can't get them if you don't work"... More Than 500,000 Adults Will Lose SNAP Benefits in 2016 as Waivers Expire

Welfare cash benefits? Less than 2 million Americans still get them" - actually, I mis-worded and miscounted: only 1.6 million families receive TANF. Will be updating with correction. The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families(TANF) Block Grant: Responses to Frequently Asked Questions (March, 2016)

"Healthcare? Well, there's still Medicaid, but not for most people"... Medicaid Health Care Denied To Millions Of America’s Poorest

"[...] and there's no low cost health insurance in states that refuse to extend the ACA to the poor."... Uninsured Poor Adults in States that Do Not Expand Medicaid – An Update

"Disability benefits? Extremely small, subject to limitations, and even the most hopelessly and permanently disabled often won't get approved." ... working from the last claim in, It's easier to win a World Series than get Social Security disability, Which Factors Lead to Benefit Reductions?, and How Much Will I Get in SSI Disability Benefits?

"The poor are not people [...] we've even trained the poor to know that"... America's Poor: Blaming The Victims

"A vast majority of the 99% forgets - or does not know, nor care to learn - that the 1% stages recessions only to accumulate more wealth" - I guess I can file this under personal opinion, but while I'm busy trying to pull this theory together, have a link: Obama orchestrated a massive transfer of wealth to the 1 percent. "Too big to fail" is just another name for "set-up".

"We've got working poor living in the streets, overnight shelters, tents and cars still being told that if they'd just work harder or do better"... General Homelessness Facts and Homelessness Epidemic

"I'm tired of being your poverty porn"... 5 Reasons poverty porn empowers the wrong person

"[...] I don't fit the liberal media's oh-so-carefully-constructed, entirely stereotypical and increasingly bullshit Poverty Model"... Beliefs About the Poor Are Mired in Flawed Stereotypes. For instance, 41% of this nation's poor are white. (I know, white - race - here we go with our social construct again. If we didn't have it, how would that be worded? "100% of our poor are...people"?)