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That's what I get for going offline for a few days, I swear to God (I just needed a break, it happens)...I come back tonight (well, right now...is that tonight?) and I've got 40 comments/poll votes to look over.

My mind's not exploding or nothing, nope, not mine. :)

GAAAAAH SCREW

ETA, a few hours later: I wrote title text on the link above (now deleted) saying at least four of my Suggestions went up but only two did (Give Us The Ability to Delete Junk Data and Spam From Polls and Add time/date stamp to Inbox messages) but the latter isn't under this username*, which I'll explain at the end.

What confused me was I linked to a poll of mine in the first Suggestion which made me think I saw at least three new polls in my Inbox. I assumed they were all Suggestions when one was actually that same poll I made a while back. Also, it got spammed and I became a total bear in the comments to everyone perhaps because it got spammed, perhaps because I really, really hate spammers. And spam. My apologies! Belatedly! It got new life and everyone's voting on it again. Gaaaaaaah. I'd like to rip my hair out.

I think [staff profile] denise was holding at least six of my Suggestion posts since the last time she ran the queue, with two of those published yesterday - but I have to check through copies I made to be sure.

If I got at least two rejections in the last year (which is possible: there's definitely been at least one!), have two new posts up and am missing two more, that's two more rejections I might be getting - but again, I have to find the folder on my computer that holds them, which I had to create years ago to account for how much time goes by between submissions and Denise running the queue.

Without this folder I have no idea, after a while, what it was I even suggested. (Unfortunately I don't keep offline copies of rejections received - but they might be preserved in my email Inbox, so if I feel like going on a wild goose chase to match up rejections to what I've submitted, that's the only way to go about it.)

*The Suggestion made under username [personal profile] style_tester was mine. I have two CSS testbed journals - that and [personal profile] style_test - so if you ever see me do stupid, stupid shit like leave a comment or post to Suggestions under these names, it was an accident, not because I'm trying to keep things all like on the downlow. I guess coding makes me start thinking about different things because my mind wanders, then I forget to log out and log back in under this name to post whatever I was thinking so gaaaaaah I don't know.

ETA, 2-24-17: apparently the folder I can't keep track of Suggestions without? I deleted it at some point. I have copies of suggestions made but only the ones submitted up until mid-2015, but they're not in a folder, so something went wrong. No new rejection letters since posting this, so I guess that's it.

ETA2: But heh, as soon as I posted the first ETA, it hit me I forgot to check my external hard drive! There is hope I might still find something! But I'll have to find and hook up that hard drive, first.

ETA3, 2-28-17: Checked my external hard drive, OneDrive, current hard drive contents, past hard drive contents, but nothing I've submitted in roughly the last two years shows up. I've got one more thing to try, but I don't know when: I switched hard drives on my laptop sometime last summer or fall. I have an external connector to hook the last one back up and look it over but since I usually wipe and format them, I'm not holding my breath.

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ETA, 2-22-17: Aaaand killed, rewrote and re-submitted this request, try next one... bingo. (Actually, I'm surprised "Wow, that's weird!" took a whole week to find me. My luck holds as usual).

ETA, 2-28-17: Not weird, just another issue.


  • Move background images from WP to DW (but keep WP backups and WP style sheet, just in case)
  • This layout looks 7 years old and is actually 7 years old; maybe do something about it - ETA, 2-28-17: maybe not? I actually hate doing new code.

Dreamwidth is running a beta of HTTPS Everywhere. This page turns it on; right now it's the second red button down from the top.

I turned it on tonight (actually, just minutes before opening the editor for this post) and have done exactly zero poking or prodding. Since I'm a frequent finder of Wow, that's weird!, if there's any Wow, that's weird! then hopefully my luck will hold. I like finding bugs, as long as they're not destroying things (though, theoretically, I could like a bug that destroyed some or even all the things, but that's probably a pretty far out edge case involving a fake news website of some sort. Thousands to choose from...).

I asked in a DW comm thread and was told by [staff profile] denise that turning on HTTPS Everywhere, the Dreamwidth Beta, won't conflict with keeping HTTPS Everywhere, the browser add-on, enabled while on Dreamwidth, so apparently you'll be able to keep both running at once.

Being me, I'll try the beta both with and without the add-on (I've been using the add-on for a while and am kind of stuck on it - it's not bad as long as you don't force it to run literally "everywhere", which prevents about half the web from appearing in your browser) so I can see how it all gels.

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Your hostess is not feeling too hot (it's been a rather rough winter) so my usual wordiness has gone wanly MIA, with apologies if you actually read me for my wordiness.

I've been kind of outed by one of my friends (*cough [personal profile] darkoshi*) for discussing this under access lock, so since I'm rather alarmed by one aspect of it I was going to make a public-facing post to discuss it more thoroughly, anyhow. I just didn't know when, but as I like to own what I've been quoted as saying, I guess that'll be right about now.

What Anyone Knows

There are zero confirmed reports that anything's changed for LiveJournal. There are many unconfirmed reports, IP tests and pings done to find on a per-user basis that LiveJournal moved its servers (which store content such as user's journal entries, comments written and received, pictures, Scrapbooks, usericons, mood icons, profile information, friends lists and payment information) from San Francisco, California over to servers located within Russia.

Here's a MetaFilter written by our own [personal profile] brainwane, with enlightening comments made by many people:
https://www.metafilter.com/164293/LiveJournal-represents-social-media-without-borders - written Dec. 30, 2016

I don't want to create public editorial on what it means because I left LiveJournal six years ago over clickjacking done by SUP, the Russian company that runs LiveJournal to this day, and I didn't do so with the expectation I'd ever look back and feel I have to make public comments on any fresh fiascos from here. I really do wash my hands of the place.

Other people have made excellent editorial on it, though. Some links:
https://lynnenne.dreamwidth.org/305395.html - written Dec. 30, 2016
https://twistedchick.dreamwidth.org/4141297.html - written Dec. 29, 2016

What Concerns Me, Part I

The least important thing is many people seem to think if they hit "delete" then poof! LiveJournal can never touch, change, disseminate, share, prosecute them for, or republish any of their stuff again. But LJ still has their stuff; hitting "delete" doesn't change that.

You know how Windows has a thing where you can go into the Recycle Bin when you hit "delete" on files you forgot you needed and just point your mouse at them and hit "restore"? It's pretty neat, isn't it? Lifesaver, sometimes. Same idea.

Nothing changes, you just can't see your LJ anymore, but it's sitting around in a "to be purged" file somewhere on LJ's servers - unpurged and restorable with just a click or two. So don't think deleting it protects your copyright or ensures your freedom from any possible Russian prosecution.

Deleting, as others have said, might make a nice political statement, or make it just a bit harder on LJ staff as they might have to dig around a bit in a server version of a Recycle Bin to find what they want, but that's about it.

What's most important is what you post to LJ from now on. It's basically too late for anything you've already put there.

What you post from Dec. 23rd on (yes, flex with me back in time to the actual date the server move occurred!) is now sitting on servers operating under Russian law, so from Dec. 23rd on, their law applies, not ours (US/stateside here). Act accordingly, as again, I have little desire to make additional comments.

What Concerns Me (the most), Part II

According to scattered user reports like this one and my own at-home tests, at the same time the server change was made the https:// URL protocol was suddenly no longer live nor allowed to function on any part of LiveJournal (and as of this writing, the HTTPS Everywhere add-on won't help, so if that's the only reason you're tempted to install it...*shakes head*...don't bother).

Lack of secure socket technology (in simple language, "sudden lack of a private web connection to LJ") means hackers, spies, governments, and yes, even your nosy next-door neighbor can easily spy on you while you're on LJ.

As almost any LJ/DW user already knows, the implications of that last paragraph are fairly terrifying, as friends locks (LJ) and access locks (DW) are important to nearly all of us, so this change should scare everyone and convince people to stop using LJ until it's corrected, if indeed it ever is.


Because Dreamwidth is a place that's always encouraged people to continue using LiveJournal (DW supports both full imports of all LJs and crossposting to LJ and Wordpress.com) I'll add a disclaimer that by reporting on the LJ server switch and by talking about the current lack of secure browsing on LJ I'm in no way suggesting, "Stop using LJ and forever and ever!!!111!".

In referring to LJ's lack of secure browsing, I *am* simply suggesting you stop using LJ until that gets fixed, but ultimately, what works - and feels - best for you is always your own decision to make.

As far as making comments here goes, I welcome them, but really don't want to talk about Russia. I do enough of that under lock, so if you're on my subscribe list I can consider adding access so you can share all of my sheer, overwhelming joy on that. There is so much joy. But I'm always keen to answer any question(s) you might have on "how to Dreamwidth" or to point you in the right direction if I can't (or shouldn't try to) answer myself.

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Is getting laid off from a part time job they had (but I shall not name names) and remember asking - perhaps years ago - if they were hiring so I could apply myself, as it's more or less an extension of online work I do for free, for my own edification.

I got a reply saying the company was sort of selective and if I recall correctly, was not given its name, but was told what the work might involve. Armed with that information, I applied to every such company in existence, only to not advance through the application/hiring process because it's not enough to perform such jobs correctly - even brilliantly - you must also present a minimum four year degree in hobnobbing, even if the work you're applying for is done in such isolation you'll never see another soul.

Reading about the layoff, it occurred to me I finally knew which company this was (though I've applied to all of them, so an overlap exists even if I'm wrong). Just days before this person was laid off, I got three emails from said company (because I wouldn't reply to the first one, they sent email for two more days until I finally replied just to shut them up) saying (paraphrasing is in [brackets] to protect identities; added dashes for better readability):

Thank you for your interest in [a company you applied to work at years ago, you schmuck]! I am [slow to get back to people who lack four year degrees in hobnobbing] and I am writing to clarify pertinent information regarding your application as [a disposable cog in our oh-so-hip, trendy little wheel].

--Are you a native speaker of [at least one of the two Romantic languages mentioned here]? If not, please rate your [] language proficiency based on a 5-point rating scale (5 as the highest).
--Were you born in the US? If no, in what country were you born and when did you move to the US?
--Have you lived in [either of these countries]? If yes, for how long?
--When was the last time you were in [either of these countries]? For how long?
--Do you still have family and friends in [either of these countries]? If yes, are you still in contact with them and how often?

Excuse me while The English Pedant - a separate personality of mine that's been getting airtime recently - picks this apart:

  • "Were you born in the US? If no, in what country were you born and when did you move to the US?" So a company that rejected my app because I'm not formally trained to claw my way up the social ladder is sending a guy who can't write English after me to see if I'm fluent in other languages? Are they serious? (If you missed my problem with the second sentence, it should read: "If not", not "If no".)
  • The way the email was originally formatted, there were five paragraphs containing 12 questions with an average of 2.4 very badly worded questions - which are sometimes not questions at all, but actual commands - per paragraph. I've seen Chinese instruction manuals that were easier to read.

Of course my answer to every question was "No": I have no proficiency in anything except English, and while I do have a hot, ongoing love affair with one Romantic language I took in junior high, that counts for nothing, so I indicated in my reply that I have high English proficiency and to please let me know if any jobs that can utilize it were open, only to never hear from this person again, and to learn of the layoffs at what I suspect is the same company just a few days later.

If it's the same company as I suspect, my only regret in never getting hired (now) is how well the laid-off person said this job paid. What this person considers a part-time salary? Would be at least $3k over the highest full-time salary I've earned to date, though I guess by normal middle class standards, it's still quite modest.

Oh, well. Until I get my shiny, awesome degree in hobnobbing or else wake up one morning suddenly bilingual, I guess it's hopeless.

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Anyone who feels this was in error because, contrary to appearances, you still actually read (even if you don't comment) or because you want to read but haven't lately or just haven't been able to lately, please let me know below. I'll try to keep this post around for a while and eventually Sticky it so I can re-catch whomever I might've released in error.

Secondly, anyone who wants access who's not had it before please let me know below. That's any of you. All comments will stay screened. If you don't already grant me access and aren't planning to anytime soon, then my answer will probably not be in the affirmative, but don't let that stop you from asking.

Also, I don't want (and I'm talking to a particular person who's just going to have to figure out who they are) any bad feels over this. If you want access restored, say so. We met on my DW years ago, so it's not like we can't exchange comments here, if needed, once again. I no longer have any contact info for you (nor the addresses we once exchanged emails on) and I'm not PMing an account that's been inactive for years just to avoid any possible butthurt here. Hey, I guess that's one way to figure out you're alive, isn't it? Bye!

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Just fixed the last three public posts for drunk-blogging errors. I mean, I'm bad enough sober (warning: I'm sober), but drunk-blogging is just like, cringe-inducing. I haven't engaged in much of it over the years (and most of it was on my other blog, where yeah, anyone would need a good stiff drink, or three, to deal with that audience) but after seeing the results of my latest bout of this sort of blogging I don't think I'll do it again.

Then again it's FUN it's really FUN

Which reminds me (or did what I'm about to say remind me I was drunk-blogging? Hmmmm) there's a real reason women drink (warning: I'm a woman) but the author, now sober, can't seem to find it. This read was almost as cringe-inducing as checking out my drunk-blogging, because as snarky/rhetorical as the author was in asking, "Is this why we drink?" as she comments upon situations where drinking's been foisted upon us as the normal thing to do either before, during, or after doing the thing, you can't help but wonder, well, why else?

Historically, alcohol numbs pain, so the Brazilian shouldn't even be on her rhetorical list of reasons for drinking. I mean, put me in enough pain and yep, me too! Other situations where society's made drinking what to do before, during or after self-improving activities - like hot yoga, working out or running a marathon - indeed seem like ridiculous setups for this sort of "reward".

I most want a drink after sleeping badly, working ceaselessly, arguing with idiots and banning at least two people from my other blog before cooking dinner, cleaning up, cleaning cat puke and in general wanting to go hang myself. OK, in that case? Please. Give me. A freakin'. Drink. Preferably before I get to the part where I'm cooking dinner. Drinking is for numb, for turning the day, mind, and todo list off. It's for finally cracking a smile and not spooking in shock at it because there's something else I just haven't thought of. Yet. Or something else looming I just haven't gotten to. Yet.

For me drinking's not the reward.

Not feeling like I need a drink? That's the moment when I win the day, the Internet, the world, freaking EVERYTHING. That's the dissociation I make. I don't go, "Oh, got my nails done/got off work/got done shopping/got the walk over, time to "celebrate" [or "relax"] with this drink!" No, I don't even want a drink, which is how I spend vast amounts of time not drinking - I'm just not stressed out/tired enough/pissed off enough. Then again, my tolerance levels for sheer bullshit might be off the chain by now, so of course ymmv.