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2017-04-25 12:25 am
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Ooooh, this burns me up

No Sarah, no comfy midriff workout tops for us. Here's Tom Schneider to 'splain it to our pretty 'lil heads:

Mr. tells a sister how it is

Yet this is OK - though no one would wear it to a "church", "in-laws", "family gathering" or "someplace more conservative", ie "someplace where men are breathing":

Sister tells a Mr. how it is

Hypocrites, much? Every woman who uses that gym should boycott and picket it with posters like the one above - to prove a point. To address some of Mr. Tom's so-called "points":

"many folks that read my initial reply to Sarah think I'm some crazy conservative"...Naaaah, why would folks think that? Conservatives "crazy"? Why, that'd be like Trump changing his party affiliation from Democrat to Republi- OK...well, as they say, birds of a feather...

"The problem [note: he thinks there are lots of problems] is in our society we think that comfort means less."...No, "comfort" means "comfort". There's a reason we don't stuff ourselves into hot, restrictive, uncomfortable, bothersome things just to shield the Mr. Tom's of the world from dealing with where someone's sexualized-to-them bits fall on a scale of -1 to Whoa!.

"You could have easily wore a dry-wicking shirt from Nike over your sports bra [..]" In other words, if you don't have the money to buy top-of-the-line workout clothes, don't try working out.

"and been covered up"...Again, the Mr. Toms of the world suffer over how hard it is to not manufacture certain temptations and then blame other people for them, and their self-control is your problem, not theirs, so fix that up for them right quick, and get their coffee light and sweet - thanks.

"we wore the gear in Afghanistan and it got up to 120 at times."...In other words, the Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines paid for you to wear it: troops don't generally purchase their own "gear".

"The problem is, skimpy clothing for ladies and their chest hanging out in sports bra shouldn't be considered workout gear"...yet men in ballet tights, tight little swim trunks and walking around bare-chested is proof of the holy Lord moving amongst us in sacred male form or something, amirite?

"and still worked out in your yoga pants and not been hot"...Notice he's actually predicting what her body temperature in certain workout clothes will be as though he would know and telling her what to wear and not wear? Your tightly outlined butt is alright. Your any-outlined tata is not.

"....Nike makes HeatGear just for that reason...."...

It's not just a classist statement he keeps coming back to, it might be proof that besides being a sexist asshole that he also works for Nike.

"it's just like you wouldn't wear a bra to workout, right?...Wait, now it's *not* a bra? Wasn't that exactly what he was just haranguing her for...wait, it's a shirt, it's a bra, it's a shirtssiere!...(there's got to be a meme in here, somewhere)

"it's no different, but our fitness industry has made it acceptable and think it's OK, but it's really not."

...

You know what Mr. Tom, you're right: it's really not OK to run around in those obscene tights, dear little swim trunks and sweet, tartish little Scottish kilts that show off so much of that long, yummy leg, so why don't you and the entire "sports industry" knock it off? You don't want me remembering that you guys have some junk in your trunks because then you'll blame me if something goes "wrong", won'tcha...

But then I'll just turn around and blame you, because the temptation was just too damn much!

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2017-04-24 11:13 pm
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I accidentally part of my LJ friend's list

In looking through support requests tonight I ran across [personal profile] steve98052, which turns out to be pretty neat, because after five minutes of staring at his username I finally recalled we used to hang out on LJ. Thanks to the nature of his support request, I initially thought he was importing his LJ (but he hasn't, and to judge by things, probably won't be anytime soon) but I clicked through to make sure, only to see an empty DW.

Then I looked him up on LJ, where in fact he's still updating.

Then I checked his friends list, because it's been bugging me for weeks that I had a friend on LJ who's username I can't recall (well, half of it: I can recall half of it, but that hasn't helped) who doesn't seem to be here or there now, but once I saw Steve's name, it occurred to me I think I shared (might have even met this friend) through him. Her and wuchan (also gone) were my closest friends on LJ, and sometimes (OK, I've spent six years in this condition) I miss not having them here.

But this all went nowhere fast. Turns out, checking Steve's friend list, that I probably met him through [profile] bob_deloyd, but other than that, this was sort of just a half hour of me chasing my tail. Oh, well.

Steve's support request is interesting, though, and I'm sorry it didn't/probably won't get much attention, because his request (to find a link rewriter in the importer to point internal LJ links to corresponding internal DW links, or to write the code to do so himself, then give the code to DW!) is much needed and HE'S OFFERING TO WRITE THE FEATURE HIMSELF so why aren't we welcoming volunteer baby devs like this with open arms? It seems not having this feature might be stopping him from moving here, which is really not cool.

(Not to mention I could have SO used this feature before my own import occurred in 2010 - I had to rewrite dozens, if not hundreds, of links over the years, post by post, totally and completely by hand, with all the attendant time waste and errors that involves. It sucked.)

Not that he needs the defense, but he's a Silicon Valley (and/or) Redmond WA guy, and is pretty cool all around....which makes me think Dreamwidth can be totally at odds with what I would expect them to want to do, sometimes.

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2017-04-22 01:53 am
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CSSish (updated 4-23-17)

ETA, 4-23-17: Swapped to gendered pronouns upon request, clarified [personal profile] solarbird's changes to the navbar were live CSS edits, not "mock-ups", fixed broken navbar section for Firefox on Mac (for all changes please see comments).


So except for mostly minor "fix it as we go along" stuff, I've not seriously updated my CSS in over a year, which I know because the last time I went through my code I didn't live here. :)

Though I've wrangled with the idea of switching up the layout, I've adapted Craigslist's attitude of, "If it's not broke, don't fix it" along with, "Anything we want can be added, so why change the whole damn thing", which means yes, this page will probably remain in the aughts forever, because Craigslist is right.

In the meantime I was busy never editing my CSS again when I ran across a new suggestion for adding a drop-down to the top navbar's Inbox, which by itself didn't cause me to edit or change anything. But then [personal profile] solarbird, the suggestion author, began talking about changing the top navbar in general, pointing out what I'd been too kind to mention when I commented: that it needs to get hit by a car a serious update for modern, non-table-based times (it's all tables. Tables, tables and tables. All taaaaabbbbbbllllles. Even those of us who come from LJ (all tables, until Russia took over) can have a hard time with tables. I learned to make web pages one way: in CSS. Not tables).

After mentioning she'd love for the text to at least align on it (simple enough, right? Y'all wouldn't believe how hard it is) I gave her most of my navbar code, which was nothing and looked something like this, which is from a much older style sheet.

Of course, I can't share my code without wondering what inspired me, because I hate everything I code, so I started picking my navbar CSS apart based on some of the things [personal profile] solarbird wanted, then compared what I had to what she later posted pictures of after adding the CSS to her DW. The code knocked mine clean out of the water, so then I guess I had to make a better navbar - if only for myself - because I'm not going to admit I'm kind of competitive, because I'm totally, absolutely not anything like that and anyone who thinks so is delusional.

Comment exchange went on as Denise more or less tried to hire [personal profile] solarbird right from the web page (she's a designer, from what I gather) before I decided to tear my navbar code apart and re-write it; hopefully the end result is better than what it was. It wraps on mobile based on back-end code put in place by DW; while I'm not happy with the wrap (it collapses to one column while there's still room for two; I keep my wrapping parameters somewhat tighter) it's relatively fail-safe, which is why I don't change it.

So I kept a few lines of my original navbar edits and just started over: even my last update to [personal profile] solarbird is obsolete because like anything else, I'll edit until I just can't stand to anymore.

Now what we have is:

  • new navbar background
  • better navbar text alignment
  • navbar font-size increase
  • navbar "search for interests" text field (it needs a label - some forgotten code elsewhere in my style sheet had kept this text field hidden altogether)

Additionally...

The navbar, though you wouldn't know it, has three sections: 1) user/user links, 2) name of journal you're viewing/related links, 3) interest search and reload page: light|original. While my thought was to spread those sections out more evenly, there's too much whitespace, so I simply spread them out more than they were.

Parallax scrolling: I've wanted it forever so now I have it - but only in (logged-in view) Firefox; in Webkit/Edge/IE and logged-out Fx it falls over (or, more precisely, falls under the header about 10-15px, where it stays until it goes away altogether on smaller mobile views) so after hours of fiddling, finally I was like "the heck with it" and set three views for the navbar. Yes, three, all at once:

In logged-in Firefox it's set to parallax (position:fixed); in Webkit/logged-out Fx it's sticky (position:sticky - still in experimental W3C status) and in IE10/11/Edge it's set to normal (position:relative). Parallax *almost* works in Edge, except same as Webkit/logged-out FX, I can't get the navbar to stay behind the header until your first downward scroll completes.

Since I was in the CSS editor, anyhow, I fixed maybe half a dozen funky little things - like the username and usericon on edit comment forms floating around in the middle of them like, "Huh? Where am I?" That's been an issue for years, and for some reason it was finally starting to drive me nuts.

marahmarie: Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell (Default)
2017-04-19 06:20 pm
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Hey folks, remember this article about Bill O'Reilly?

In the Net's much less politically correct days we used to chew over weighty topics like (warning: sexist themes, bad language, feminine personal products; written in '04): Bill O'Reilly is a big blubbering vagina. Let's see how hard he cries now. Or, not *rolls eyes* I've waited years for him to get his comeuppance, so aaaaah yeah, relief.

Too bad the only reason Fox News likely got rid of him is how badly they're hemorrhaging advertisers over his ongoing presence, which goes to show just how sexist Fox News is (they'd keep him, despite all the allegations and hush money they've paid out, and despite how people like him - he's not the only one - have turned being a woman at Fox News into such a needlessly rotten, abusive nightmare).

marahmarie: Drink coffee, do stupid faster (coffee)
2017-04-16 12:43 am

Almost forgot to make my traditional "What am I having for Easter dinner this time?" post

We're having crab legs and shrimp (because, as long-time readers might know, I will not make/eat/endure a turkey). I made a last minute change last night and decided I wanted leg of lamb - but only after (mentally) tossing the leg around for a week, then due to work and other issues was unable to get to a store in time to procure it.

I'd imagine procuring it tomorrow's out, since lamb leg-selling stores are probably closed. But the way I had it figured, since I didn't buy too many crab legs, anyhow (at those prices, I'm still trying to understand why I bought any at all), they'd be an appetizer (along with the shrimp) then we'd have the lamb leg for dinner. Which is still what I'd actually prefer. Maybe next time I'll make up my mind less than 24 hours before the last leg-of-lamb selling store closes.

To those who celebrate it, enjoy.

marahmarie: For those who've passed (candle)
2017-04-13 01:27 am
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Rest in peace, Sheila Abdus-Salaam

I don't normally do this - light a candle for someone I never heard of before they died - but she sounds like she was an unusually caring and thoughtful judge. Out of the five people I'd want to meet in heaven, I'd definitely have to fit her in, somewhere.

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2017-04-12 02:59 am
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This whole mess...

What with how my DW tags are an eye-crossing experience and my CSS is incapable of separating post security fact from fiction because That's Not How This Works, MM™? Looks like it's pretty much sorted. I have no new suggestions to make thanks to the ingenuity of other DWers, so now it's just a matter of waiting for my wishes to bubble up through the pipes.

My top 3 picks for "If these get implemented then I think I'll be OK"

The following were "migrated", which I think means "submitted to the bugtracker"

My additional picks for "If these were implemented, then I might've been OK"

The following were "rejected" or marked "exists"

marahmarie: Sheep go to heaven, goats go to hell (Default)
2017-04-12 01:13 am
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Wait, how can a TOS not be valid in English? What does that even mean (updated 4-13-17)

That'd be like some site translating their TOS into French and saying, "OK, but if you read and accept the terms in the new French version then PSYCH HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY FRENCH VERSION ISN'T REAL JK YOU SMELL GO AWAY".

Maybe some War of The International Lawyers took place. Russian lawyers: "Our site is for Russians. It's in Russia. It's in Russian. Only Russian TOS is valid!" US lawyers: "A tremendous amount of your userbase resides in the US and other English speaking countries, so the TOS must be available in English." Russian lawyers, pouncing upon the word "available": "Fine, TOS will be in English! But only valid in Russian!" US lawyers: *cursing, stomping out*

Imagine DW tries this - we start to offer two TOSes: one in English, one in Russian (we have a growing Russian userbase, so while it's not inconceivable, it's still pretty unlikely - but don't you never say never). But PSYCH HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY RUSSIAN VERSION ISN'T REAL JK YOU SMELL GO AWAY

The thing is, I don't think that's even possible under US/English common law. The TOS could be in 99,473 languages, three of them Martian, and it would still be binding, as long as it was the same TOS. If it was a different TOS (what I suspect happened over at LJ with the English version - that it's different from the Russian) ETA2, 4-13-17: it's the same TOS; see darkoshi's response and the link they add for further reading, then in the US what would happen next is we'd have one big lawsuit to determine which TOS, if any, might turn out to be the valid and legal one.

At least, I think that's how it would work. But I'm not sure they covered this in high school Business Law, which I took approximately five bajillionty years ago, so don't quote me!


ETA, same night: Having an "Oh, I get it" moment, I think: maybe they mean it's only valid as it applies to Russian law, so the parts of it that wouldn't be legal ("valid") under Russian law anyway will simply remain "invalid", so if the English TOS allows anything legal in the US that's illegal to do in Russia (such as posting pro-LBGTQIA content) then it's still illegal to do on LJ - from any country - no matter which TOS you're looking at. But rather than say, "Our law beats US and all other law because we said so" they say, "Only our Russian TOS is valid".

OK, so let's reverse this (I'm about to offer a completely nonsensical example): say talking about BitCoin is illegal in the US but not illegal in Russia. Bizarre, but let's just say, and DW has - in this non-existent, completely fictitious example that contains some completely non-existent things - two TOSes, one written in English, one in Russian. DW's servers sit in the US, and the userbase mostly speaks English, so our TOS says, "Talking about BitCoin is illegal, so don't do it" but the Russian TOS says, "Talk about BitCoin until you go blue in the face!"

Obviously, the Russian TOS rule about BitCoin is illegal in the US under the nonsensical law I just passed without an act of Congress, so it can't (or probably shouldn't be, if DW's owners wish to avoid trouble) be done by any DW user - from any country. So in any situation where our TOS, as written in Russian, allows illegal activity as defined by the US, nothing changes - that thing will still be illegal to do.

Which - if that's the case - sort of makes sense, but if so then holy shit, why didn't LJ just say so.

ETA2: though I've crossed out the now-irrelevant parts, this isn't a settled question for me. What about BitCoin being illegal to discuss here but not there? I do wonder which TOS and which laws would take precedence in that case, or if both TOSes would be struck down as "invalid" simply for not saying the same thing to all users. Which country would have the authority to strike either TOS down? *jumps down rabbit hole*


In US, you read TOS. In Russia, TOS reads you (bad, bad fucking joke - I wish there were better ones for this)

ETA2, 4-13-17: based on darkoshi's response and the link they add for further reading my first ETA appears to come to the right conclusion - with the big difference being that the TOS does say the same thing in either language but how it's interpreted could depend upon how it translates from one language to the other, so SUP apparently decided the Russian version should take precedence, probably because SUP's servers are now sitting over in Russia.

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2017-04-12 12:06 am
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If any one of you have any DW Support chops (they say anyone can help!)...

The Importer's been kind of blowing up? So please, if anyone can jump in there so I can submit my own (comparatively unimportant) questions and have a reasonable chance of being answered before even more of my hair turns grey, that would be awesome.

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2017-04-07 01:47 am
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Just found not one but two missing eBay posts...(updated 4/12/17)

ETA, 4-12-17: updated with new post; doing ETAs was too complicated.

And this is where both Dreamwidth search and my tags would've failed me: the word "eBay" wasn't in the title of one post, and neither had "eBay" listed as the tag (nope, the tag chosen for both - apparently after I threw a dart at it, blindfolded - was "experiential", my fancy term for "completely uncategorized but might wander off into the personal". Except even that's not a good way to find the unfindable because sometimes I don't use that tag, or I use one related to the subject matter but not the main point of it, or I don't add any tags at all).

Again, if there was some handy-dandy way to parse public from protected posts that gave a list of results for each parameter (I'm not even sure it would have to be tied into tags, but to have both - tag + security or just security - would be better) as opposed to scrolling through pages of posts to find titles that sort of sound like what I'm looking for, would cut both time and my anxiety and confusion, which only makes me more forgetful, since these things tend to snowball in on themselves once finding lost posts becomes a time-consuming PITA.

Which leads to me making more mistakes, which is a rabbit hole I promise y'all don't want to go down.

While I do enjoy hunting things down (online or off), you can pretend I never told any of y'all that as far as hunting things down on my DW goes, because I hate not being able to (instantly) find whatever's on it (a topic I apparently need to re-familarize myself with).

[staff profile] denise is still holding one suggestion of mine in queue (the suggestion is on a totally unrelated subject) so I'm debating whether to stack another suggestion about this topic on or wait until the last suggestion clears (don't quote me, but this time I'm pretty sure it clears). And I'm not sure what the new suggestion should be, and also not sure which version of said suggestion I'm 100% sure I posted last time around, nor whether it got published or rejected, so I think I should look through my previous posts on Suggestions, read other people's similar ones, and check out how searching posts by tag/security works on Wordpress and other shared social media sites before I write some new idea up for DW (update, 4-12-17: Denise is still holding the same suggestion in queue. The rest of this is expanded upon in my next post).

But right now I'm going pretty strong on lists: ie, what you get on editjournal or with Search, so my idea might build off that (I dislike using URL parameters because I don't want to see posts results, I want to see results with lists of posts, so they're out of the running, pretty much).

marahmarie: When words won't suffice, there's always facial expressions (glare)
2017-04-06 11:05 pm
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Steve Bannon needs to GTFO

Since he thinks it's so appropriate to use foul language even while serving as Orangado's Senior Adviser, I will too: Stephen K. Bannon absolutely needs to get the fuck out of the White House. He's not mentally fit to begin with and is a national security risk for that reason.

Him standing down from the National Security Council changes nothing. He's still the Trump Whisperer - nothing's changed, no one is fooled.

Kushner is someone I'd have trouble throwing water on if he was on fire but that doesn't change the fact that everyone in the White House should treat each other with dignity and respect. Calling Kushner a "cuck" - an insulting, derogatory term that denotes a white man who likes to watch his wife cheat upon him, sexually - usually with a black man - is not treating him with dignity or respect. Saying he feels "shived" just ices that cake for me.

He needs to go.

Polls are taken every week: how popular is the President? How much do you like him, how good of a job is he doing? Well, why does no one ever do the "How embarrassed are you by him?" poll? What do you think the numbers would look like on that? I cringe to think what other countries/peoples think with him in his stolen position of power. This poll, if it's ever taken, would probably reflect as much for many, many others, perhaps a majority.

And now you have this overwrought flying monkey going on about "cucks" and "shivs", in an ode to how two-bit the Oval Office has become, with a racist, bigoted, Breitbart-running white supremacist inside of it. That idea's not working out so well - is it?

No class, no class, no class, no class, no class.

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2017-04-06 02:02 am
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Can't wait to get the custom CSS I've campaigned for...(updated 4-7-17)

Itsa coming. Saying so because while I don't like to admit suggestions I filed 3,000 years ago still mean something to me, they do, and I was just looking at my Tags page, and holy Mother of God, I don't even know what's on it.

Mainly, I need a way to target locked posts and a way to style other effluvia that helps me get/keep things straight - neither idea is getting implemented beyond what we already have, but at least I can fix views on some other stuff - the tag count in the sidebar and comment counts on the Month page, which admittedly are more aesthetic than practical issues.

Right now I'm trying (and failing O_o) to find a post about eBay made around Christmastime; it's not under my eBay tag but should be. If I had a way to parse protected posts from public posts (it's protected) that would narrow it down a bit. And while technically there *is* a way (there's some CSS I can pull and target; I've done so in the past but don't even think I own a copy of that version of this style anymore) it's limited in scope because so many of my tags encompass both public and protected posts that there's no way for the CSS to target one or the other - so no, the CSS can't say: "Tada, here are only locked posts made under this tag."

Which is exactly what I need it to do, and doesn't seem like an unreasonable thing for it to do, but probably requires so many orders of magnitude of rewriting the backend tag publishing system that it's not worth doing (and while I don't think I can prove it as I don't know if I kept a local copy of this suggestion, I'm pretty much 100% sure I've suggested this functionality in the past).

The changes rolling out won't address that, but I almost don't care, as the CSS I can currently target will still say: "There has ever been a locked post under this tag"; it just takes longer to trawl through the results, as public posts will still be mixed in with protected (because the CSS will always, if I recall correctly, default to targeting the pseudo selector for any protected posts that fall under each tag).

ETA, next night: and that's fine and well, but the logic for deciding which tags get the public or protected parameter looks like it tends toward "whatever parameter has the most posts is Winner Takes All", which means a majority of my locked posts won't show up merely by exposing whatever tags do get the visibility protected selector assigned to them. In fact, adding such CSS would be equivalent to hiding even more posts on myself than I do now simply by mis-tagging or forgetting to tag.

But that means finding and targeting the exact CSS again, then adding it to my style sheet and updating it - I mean, to find one freaking post (there are probably others, which is why I find myself bitching about Tag page CSS in general - I know I'll have to go back and find and re-tag more stuff, not to mention change some posts from protected to public, as I accidentally forget to change the access level on more of them than I care to admit).

It would just be so nice to have a way to sort out public posts from protected ones, as that's sort of an informal filing system in itself - at least for me.

ETA2: just checked Archive Year and Month: Year doesn't parse public from protected posts via CSS, while Month shows a lock next to each protected post, so I'm not sure what else it would need - if anything - to make it more useful. (Maybe unhiding tags on that page would help - will try that next to see what can be manipulated, if anything).

ETA2a: Month doesn't parse between public and protected filters, it just slaps an .access-filter selector on anything not public, which wheeee, why don't we have standardization across our CSS, I think that kind of bugs me. Unfortunately (if you're looking to hack in some sort of workaround) the CSS is semantic, so there's no sneaking in say, dt .access-filter + tag {do this:now} and making it work. I can target surrounding CSS, but that just changes all instances of it on the page without targeting merely the protected tags I'm after.

ETA3: [personal profile] brainwane points out a few ways to parse public from protected posts, namely by using URL parameters like so: "https://marahmarie.dreamwidth.org/?security=access" or choosing from a list of parameters:

If you try a value for "security" that doesn't exist, like "custom", e.g.,
https://marahmarie.dreamwidth.org/?security=custom

you get a list:

"You can filter entries by the following security level:

Public [link]
Access List [link]
Private [link]

[personal profile] darkoshi adds that you can combine tag names and security parameters like so: "https://marahmarie.dreamwidth.org/tag/websites:+ebay?security=access". The page they saw that on also has this suggestion from [personal profile] chagrined:

you can already search for two tags at a time also but I'm on my phone and don't remember the syntax for that ottomh, I can look it up l8r if u want. I think it is limited to only 2 right now tho. but still handy.

eta: nm found it in faq it's tag/tag1name,tag2name?mode=MODE

and where I wrote MODE put either "or" or "and" (and gives only posts with both tags)

iirc can stack with security level filtering too I think

/tag/tagA,tagB?mode=and&security=private

All of these tricks are lovely and useful, but not what I want. I'm just looking for a way to parse - in particular - what's public from what's private without having to scroll through pages of posts found under each tag. Lists of posts found under each tag, sorted by public or protected parameters, would be better - an internal, non-public way to get search results for my posts, in other words, in simple list form, with dates besides the posts under each security parameter in question to help determine which is the lost post (or posts) I'm after.

Basically, I want a system so simple it works for people suffering from memory loss. I'm not claiming that might be me, but there are days it feels like it.

marahmarie: How to Even, for Dummies (how to even)
2017-04-05 01:58 am
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PSA/*signalboost*: LiveJournal's TOS rewritten; valid TOS only available in Russian

I could make a bad "In Russia, TOS reads you" joke but OK, the heck with it. Just a heads-up.

ETA, minutes later: just had to change the headline from "new TOS only available in Russian" to "valid TOS only available in Russian" because actually, that's what the new TOS says. ETA2: added screncap.

Screencap of LiveJournal TOS not valid in English warning on English TOS page, 4-5-17

So they have a new TOS written in English with no known Russian translation, which is not, according to them, "legally binding". The "valid" (old) version is now suddenly only available in Russian.

I'm not sure which law they're claiming makes what TOS valid or why but Russian "law" sure seems rather "interesting".

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2017-04-05 01:01 am
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From the same people who ended Internet privacy comes Internet pay lanes, yay! (updated 3-31-17)

Originally published on 4-1-2017 (according to the original DW date/time stamp - but given the update date, there might be mismatch between my time and theirs, somewhere in the system).

ETA, 4-5-17: grrr, this was supposed to be a public post from minute 1, but leave it to me to forget to unlock it until someone pointed out (five days later) that the post I was linking them to (this one) was not available. And yes, I've posted a DW Suggestion about changing the way we unlock posts when our journals are set to private or access-list only, like mine is, to prevent exactly this problem from occurring, but it got shot down last week, so we'll have to continue to depend on me to not be forgetful. Good luck!


They want to gut net neutrality now, too. As anyone who's hung around this blog might recall, I'm as touchy about net neutrality as I am about AOL's fraudulent business practices and bad customer service. In other words, I think I've found my cause, folks. Welcome to 2017!

While I could say something on what I plan to do, before we jump in, may I direct your attention to Adam McElhaney, who as of this heartbeat has raised $184,039 of his measly $10k goal (the amount has literally gone up almost $60k since I last checked a few hours ago, and goes up by many hundreds every time I hit Ctrl + R) to buy the internet histories of all the cute little Congress critters who voted to let the ISPs sell our internet histories.

You know. These people...

They betrayed you - FFTF's mock-up billboard showing names of House reps who voted against your online privacy

Their histories? We're buying them. We're using their existence to donate a lot of money to good causes! Take that, corporate sell-outs. hi-ya *does a few Chuck Norris kicks*

If the new law means what I think it means (and yeah, it pretty much does) then our non-anonymized data will be sold without our permission, knowledge or consent with our names, addresses, telephone and even Social Security numbers slapped right across it to whomever wants to publish it wherever they feel like publishing things - like in huge ads slapped across our friend's Facebook pages and data dumps about our browsing habits bought by our bosses, "friends", co-workers, families and neighbors for perhaps just pennies on the dollar.

Update, 3-31-17: so it doesn't exactly mean what I thought.

Anything not crossed out above is still true, but actually (and I have to thank [personal profile] andrewducker for posting a link on his DW, or else I might've never known!) the data still has to be anonymized before being sold to the highest bidders. So there's that.

These are some trying times for everyday people.

You can sort of laughingly say we never had any privacy to begin with because of the NSA and the CIA and overseas spying outfits and hackers and Facebook and data farmers and Russia and a so-called family tree site that knows everything about you whether you ever told it these things or not, which scares the crap out of some people (but yes, the opt-out does work).

But ISPs actually spreading our data around as casually as farmers spread manure is sort of another matter, and has worse implications. Upon hearing this, the other person I spend time with suggested they shouldn't be selling our data to others - we should be selling it to them because we pay them to access it in the first place. Which, yeah. But the point is, we pay them.

We pay them to access the fiber, cable and lines they provide us with to go online. We owe them nothing beyond the dollar bills we shove in their small, greedy hands each month in exchange for those services.

In return for allowing them the otherwise unstoppable access they have to our data, we don't willingly give them the right to actually look at it. We also don't give them the right to sell it to others to make even more money than they already get each and every damn time we pay them to go online out of our wallets. We certainly don't give them the right to do so in a way that shreds our privacy and any scrap of mystery we try to keep for ourselves.

Now they not only want to profit off of us at least twice - first by charging for access, then by selling the very data we unfortunately have no choice but to share with them just by using the internet, but now they're trying to turn the internet into a series of pay lanes you have to pull your wallet out for over and over again each time you want to visit a website.

So instead of just going to websites, now you have to sign up for a "package" with maybe 3-5 websites - say the AOL, MSNBC, New York Times (and Jesus, even I can't stand The New York Times), Facebook, and Twitter websites. These are your online "channels" in the new "package" you have to buy each month or as part of a long-term contract. To access even one more website, you'll need to have them "unlocked"...most likely on a very expensive, per-website basis. "So I'll have to pay to have each website I want to visit unlocked, beyond the 3-5 websites in my package"? Yep, that's it! Exactly!

This marks the peak of a very big and messy wet dream for ISP CEOs, stock traders and corporate bean counters alike. It's also the end of any of us freely surfing the web. That option will no longer exist - that's what ending net neutrality means. And Facebook is behind the effort to paywall the web 100%, because they want to be the top, headline item in every tiny little package on offer.

No one who gets what's going on with the effort to end net neutrality wants it to - no one, that is, except corrupt Congress critters and Ayn Rand basket cases, but getting people to see why and getting them familiar enough with the territory to explain it to others in a way that "clicks" remains one of the challenges, and that's the one I intend to spend time working on.

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2017-04-03 11:09 pm

Hilarious article claims laptops are dead

This article, to be precise.

The author pisses all over the laptop's parade for three, breathlessly delivered main reasons:

  • all laptops will become bombs, or be treated as such, so no more knee-warmer for you
  • only Apple makes laptops; Apple laptops absolutely blow
  • only young people exist; young people don't age anymore and only buy smartphones and don't ever decide they want something more sophisticated or powerful, so there

While there's much ado about how powerful and sophisticated smartphones are becoming (for instance, 4K screens) there's no mention of how Android is about as secure as a pile of gold ingots left in a busy parking lot in broad daylight with a sign on top with the words "STEAL ME" written in foot high letters, nor of how a small screen that doesn't hold itself up when you need to type with both hands will always be a small screen that doesn't hold itself up when you need to type with both hands, and will be until smartphone makers figure out how to make a phone that unfolds, revealing not just a full-size screen but a full-size keyboard.

If I wasn't quite so stunned at what passes for deductive reasoning here I'd laugh, because the above list - if say, the author was kidding, and this was April's Fool Day - might actually be kind of funny.

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2017-04-02 03:40 am

Nobody should burn to death over six bucks (updated 4-4-2017)

Seriously. Why do people do this? A new, extra-long, in-the-wall smartphone charger is, on average, just $6-7 on eBay, so there's little reason to not have one (I have at least two - one downstairs at the table I eat and write at, the other beside my bed).

Extension cords are not the way to go (says the person who keeps her modem halfway up a full flight of stairs to spread the signal more evenly. There are no outlets on the staircase so the modem runs off an extension cord, which probably also degrades its performance. We should mount it on the ceiling at the midway point of the first floor. I'm not sure why we don't).

As far as I know the modem's the only thing we're foolish enough to run off an extension cord (a brown one, too - just read an article last week saying we need to throw out brown extension cords).

But it's like: I have a huge plastic storage container the size of the floor of my closet, that sits on the floor of my closet, a closet already overstuffed with All The Things. Besides computer and phone hardware and peripherals it's got all these cords - coax, Ethernet, stereo cords, telephone line, TV cords, power supplies, power strips, surge protectors, extension cords - so it's a mammoth pain in the ass to pull out, dig through, and find this safer extension cord I just found out I need.

Not to mention I don't think we have one, which makes me continue to put off trying to find it. But until I know we don't have one I refuse to buy one, either, so...this is purely "do as I say, not as I do"...brown extension cords? Probably you should just chuck 'em.

ETA, 4-4-2017; [personal profile] darkoshi explains: "It's not the color of the extension cord that matters - there are both white and brown ones commonly for sale nowadays, and the only difference in those is the color, so one isn't better than the other. But if you have a very old style, which as the articles also mention, has relatively thin wires, or non-polarized plugs, or if any of the coating is worn off, then it would be good to replace it. I guess the older ones must have mainly been brown."

Very good to know!

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2017-03-29 02:09 am
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Help crowdfund billboards with the name of every lawmaker who took our online privacy!

Excuse me, but because I'm totally outraged, tonight's post will feature a huge copypasta from a newsletter I subscribe to from the website Fight For the Future (FFTF).

tl;dr: we just lost the last shred of our online privacy to the undrained swamp creatures who voted us out of it, so see if you can spare $3 (or more) to put up billboards in their districts shaming these creatures so they can't and won't get elected again (I've donated).

They betrayed you - FFTF's mock-up billboard showing names of House reps who voted against your online privacy

BREAKING: Congress just decimated Internet privacy rules and voted to allow Internet Service Providers to spy on you and sell your sensitive information to advertisers without your consent.

The House of Representatives voted on the bill today, and it was already passed by the Senate last week. [1] The President has already said that he’ll sign it. [2]

The most disturbing part? The members of Congress who pushed for this attack on our privacy have been taking money hand over fist from the very same Big Cable companies that stand to profit from selling the intimate details of our lives. [3]

We can’t let them get away with this. We’re crowdfunding to put up billboards with the name of every lawmaker who voted for this travesty, because the public deserves to know which politicians sold out our Internet privacy to giant corporations.

Will you chip in to hold these corrupt lawmakers accountable and help us get these billboards to as many Congressional districts as possible?

Slashing these privacy rules means that ISPs like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T will be able to constantly monitor and store your most private information, like the websites you visit, the products you buy, and your real time location, and sell that data to the highest bidder.

Even creepier, it will allow ISPs to inject ads into your web browsing, install undetectable software on your devices to track your activity, and deploy systems to undermine encryption. [4]

When ISPs collect and store this information, they’ll also be making it available to the Federal government and law enforcement through bulk surveillance programs.

This is nothing less than an all out assault on our basic right to use the Internet safely and securely, and it’s putting all of us at risk.

Will you help us expose the corrupt politicians who voted to kill our Internet privacy? Click here to chip in so we can put up billboards so everyone knows their names.

Today’s vote is a crushing blow, but what’s most important is what happens next.

We need to generate a massive public backlash to make it clear to our elected officials that we will not sit back and allow them to put our friends and family in danger.

Major news outlets like USA Today and The Hill have already covered our plan to unleash these billboards shining a spotlight on the lawmakers who betrayed us. [5] [6]

Help us get these billboards into as many of these corrupt lawmakers backyards as possible. Click here to chip in.

We’ll keep fighting. And we’re honored to have you on our team.

For the Internet,

-Evan at Fight for the Future

[1] http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/03/23/wolverton-senate-republicans-vote-to-undermine-online-privacy/

[2] https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/03/28/statement-administration-policy-sjres-34-%E2%80%93-disapproving-federal

[3] http://www.vocativ.com/411479/senators-online-privacy-money/

[4] https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/five-creepy-things-your-isp-could-do-if-congress-repeals-fccs-privacy-protections

[5] http://thehill.com/policy/technology/325969-group-promises-billboards-attacking-lawmakers-voting-to-repeal-internet

[6] http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/03/28/house-set-unplug-broadband-privacy-rules/99707178/

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2017-03-27 01:17 am
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Always fight fire with more of it

When fire comes if you throw water on it, it may or may not go out. If you throw chemicals on it, you've fucked the environment and possibly your health. If you don't cover every last ember in foam, the ashes may yet come roaring back to life.

So you think, hmmph, maybe I'll pray on it. Nope, that won't make it go out, either.

Learn from the experts: controlled burns are the best.

Firefighters know a thing or two about fires. Their entire job is to save people and put blazes out. In order to not have to save people, one thing they do to prevent fires is...set them. Now pretend Trump is the fire. How do you put it out?

This is actually kind of easy. He's a Norman Vincent Peale devotee; in my twenties, so was I. While I wouldn't knowingly revisit my NVP days (see this criticism, along with the Wikipedia page), Trump is currently still living them, so so should you.

What do I mean? A lot of Peale's philosophy was "believe you can". Believe you can make the sale. Believe you can close the deal. Believe you can overcome. Believe.

Russians, Comey, white people: there are so many reasons to think "this is why Trump's in office".

Clear your mind and let yourself think, just for a sec, that none of that even matters because more than anything, he believed himself into office. He believed himself there. You simply want him out more than he wanted in. You want him out that much. More than he wanted in, you want him out.

Will it work? Eh. Odds are a long shot.

Will it destroy his time in office and give him nearly nothing to look back on with pleasure besides the rather questionable act of getting elected? Exactly. So leave him to cherish his many false memories of that; fair enough trade once he's gone.

If this sounds like religion, fear not, for in a weird way, it is. Norman Vincent Peale was not just the most famous can-doer of all time: he was also a minister - Trump's minister, to be precise. Peale's advice, therefore, has religious themes (sometimes blatant) so read his book and get a feel for how Trump thinks.

If at times he's ridiculously positive it's because he was brought up to be. If he's Teflon™ it's because nothing can stick to that sort of belief. While this might normally be an admirable character trait, Trump's use of it overall has been rather blatantly selfish and repugnant.

Be the example of what non-stick-coated belief should look like, and give it the reasons it should exist. Want him out more than he wanted in. He's not wanted in as much as you think, and wants out more than you might know.

Make him want out more than he ever wanted in. Convince him it's the only thing he's ever wanted.

Or, in firefighter terms: the whole damn forest might burn if we don't light some weeds on the other side of this, so please pass the matches.

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2017-03-24 11:25 pm
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Land On the Run (updated 3-29-17)

*dusts this thing off*

I suck. I really suck. I can go 22 days without a public post and 17 days after a locked one before posting again, so I must suck. I was thinking - even today - "Ha, maybe I'll post in April, maybe I won't." On a blog I offered to abandon for "greener pastures" months ago.

I don't feel like writing about Cheeto, though. He was among the main reasons I stopped (majority Republican Congress being the other, because you can't fight facts). I was too overwhelmed. I wasn't thorough in covering Spray Tan In Chief to begin with - I'd read what others were chewing over or linking to, then pick and choose, usually offering up bits and pieces others didn't - filling the gaps, if you will. Which was good, for a while.

But you can get tired of just being good in a pinch.

Then I started looking at bloggers like [personal profile] solarbird, [personal profile] conuly and [personal profile] gwydion - whose in-depth coverage are the bees knee's - and realized I'm never going to do that. I don't have the time, patience, or attention span. I can't sit at the computer that long verbally wringing my hands over the Deplorange regime because I'll probably go nuts. And sitting at the computer has been bad for me over time, woo-hee has it now.

So if I can't, then maybe I should stop this, because I'm already overwhelmed.

Not to mention my favorite role turns out be cheerleader, surprising even me. I'm more into victories - the first travel ban being held up and revoked, Trump being proven wrong or a liar time and again, the health care bill being held up or failing - than I'm into all the currently fashionable doom and gloom.

Even Nancy Pelosi walks around with this half-shocked, half-empty looking in her eyes like she's seen the devil, who is now running our country, the fuck. I can't sink to that level, sorry. An Irish girl's got her pride.

So I can cheer but no one cheers along, can yell "Go team!" and pump a fist in the air but the team's dragging bats, ready to walk off the diamond for good. And so many people are "scared", and I'm like, "What is that?"

No, seriously, what is it?

I was terrified for weeks - maybe months - with the election. One life ended, another began 2am on Nov. 9th. Both were my own. I've had tons of trouble, sleepless nights and fucked up days where I'm at best in an awful fog and at worst drowning in apprehension. Just for the fact that it went as it did, and that the newly majority Republican Congress moved so fast to undo everything the other side has spent decades fighting for.

And I worried anew over the first Muslim ban because of the heavy implications not just for Muslims but other communities down the road. But then the orange who fought so hard for it? L-O-S-T. For the 20 years the elevation of a piece of fruit to the highest office in the land has aged me and spooked me out of my own skin, at least 12 of them rolled off my shoulders instantly in just one night, and I haven't really felt so afraid since.

There are more holes in that piece of fruit than you'll find in five blocks of Swiss cheese. He is a joke. Hopefully one that gets thrown out of office soon, and I don't mean in four years - hopefully three and a half times as fast.

I tried to ask myself tonight while cooking dinner (liver and onions - because maybe I'm anemic) OK, if you're going online later to piss and moan about how inadequate you are against the sheer spectacular whirlwind of bullshit ejected by this ongoing orangado, what will you do about it? Because there's only one thing I hate more than other people whining, and that's me, whining. I'm like, "Action, bitch, take some".

But all that occurs to me is, "Hire a team of reporters?" Which...dudes, would be heaven. I'd *love* it. I might not run it off Dreamwidth, of course, but have a team, yes.

And a gun for potential grizzly, because you just never know.

But yeah, short of that, I've just kind of fizzled. I'm out of predictions, at least for the moment, but glad the Muslim ban got held up yet again (may it be held up into perpetuity) and glad the health care "plan" got "pulled", though I'd much rather it "die" in an actual "vote", something these cowards are a shade too pale to pull off until it's more "conservative" - Republican codespeak for "so it kills as many of their own voters as possible".

In the meantime, I realized without logging into or reading Dreamwidth that I don't run out of things to do and my old adage is true. Actually, two of them are. A poem of mine from years ago goes: "Never settle for less/When you want nothing but the best/If you've got to have more/You know where to find the door...I'd rather have nothing at all/Than have a little/But not have it all", which completely sums up how I feel about covering Rumpernado, at least for the moment.

The other adage is "it all comes back around" (actually, that's the title of another one of my poems). I realize we'll spend the next however many years (hopefully, not even one) - collectively, as a country - live on Twitter, CNN, CBS, and coming to a radio station near you - watching whomever voted this orange into office get what they asked for, and I'm going to do a lot of that thing where I haltingly laugh into my sleeve, then pretend I was coughing, then wonder how much they're enjoying it.

Live and learn!

They're getting it now. The healthcare bill - should it ever come forward - ETA, 3-29-17: aaaaand it's baaaaack - will decimate their finances, families, personal well-being, and even take some of their lives. Talk about dying for your country. The shuttering of the Appalachian programs will put the most ardent orange peel supporters - who, I don't kid myself, might very well continue to support him in spite of it - out of their very jobs. And just wait 'til the new tax laws come out. Just wait.

Mind you, I'm not exactly happy about any of this. But they deserve every last bit of it, a lot more than those who didn't vote for citrus zest ever have or will. Them I feel sorry for. His voters? Uh, maybe get back to me on that.

What happens when you get what you say only others deserve?

When you don't have a conscience until what you wished upon them comes back to bite you right in the ass?

That might be a question we'll spend decades trying to answer, starting right about...now.

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2017-03-02 11:10 pm
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Daniela Vargas's case upsets me on so many levels.

ETA, 3-29-2017: Daniela gets to stay for now.


She couldn't afford her DACA renewal - $495 - when it came due in November, so she kept saving up, but now ICE is deporting her - but not for not renewing her DACA status on time.

According to ICE, she got a visa waiver in the interim, which is good for just 90 days, so now they're trying to send her back saying she overstayed her waiver. Thing is, ICE's story isn't adding up because Argentina doesn't issue waivers anymore.

ICE also said on Wednesday they'll make sure she has a hearing. Well, that's not what they told her attorney on Thursday. They told her that Daniela's being deported immediately without any hearing or bond.

The worst part, maybe, is that if she hadn't spoken up about her family being deported at a press conference, ICE might not have gotten her. They pulled her and her driver over on the road after the conference just to take her away.

Realizing you've been taken from your home country, brought to another you don't know or understand and forced to grow up in it, then being told 15 years later that you must leave when you're trying to stay must be an awful shock. She isn't, to use Cheetolini's words, one of the "bad ones", and that should be quite clear to anyone.

It's blood-chilling how ruthless this roundup is so quickly becoming. With people like Daniela the writing is on the wall: it might only be random "good ones" right now but before you know it, it will be all the good ones.

Daniela's case makes me think no one should have to leave over lack of money: if someone's fit to stay, they should stay. She came here as a small child, as have so many others. So every time I read an update on her my question is, why didn't she have a GoFundMe or access to some other crowdfunding site to raise money for her DACA renewal?

Is anyone raising money for financially disadvantaged Dreamers to stay? If not, I think it's time the intertubes came to the rescue, and got a fund started.