Intro Post

Feb. 21st, 2030 06:13 pm
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Howdy, friends and strangers!

This is my intro post. I figured I'd better have one.

This journal is a mix of fannish stuff, ponderings, computer geekery, craft and random cookery experiments. More personal posts are friends-locked, some with tighter filters than others. things you should know about me )

Where you can buy my work:

other sites of mine )

Transformative Works Policy

If you wish to transform my work, I have Transformative Works Policy to clarify stuff in advance!

Other stuff

If you want to write fic for me, here is my Generic Ficathon Elaboration Post.

After you have friended/subscribed to me, I would appreciate it if you drop me a comment here, saying hello and what brought you here. No need to ask permission beforehand, but it would be nice to give me a note afterwards.

kerravonsen: Romana with hand on chin: *sigh* (sigh)
Well, so LJ has a new user agreement, and have locked everyone out until they agree.
So I signed, in order to have access to my own blog. Grrr. Very bad form, LJ!
Whether or not the agreement is actually dodgy, it has been handled very badly... but since when has that been a surprise for LJ management? (Since before LJ was sold for the first time, that's when)

So, some people are panicking and deleting their journals, some are being less drastic. I'm not inclined to delete my journal (the past is the past), nor am I inclined to stop following the people/communities I'm following on LJ (why should I stop doing what I enjoy?). The only thing I'm considering is to stop crossposting from Dreamwidth. But... if I'm still going to be following people, and commenting, is there really any point in stopping crossposting? Especially since there are people following me on LJ who don't have Dreamwidth accounts. (FYI, my account on Dreamwidth has the same username as this one, if any of you are moving to Dreamwidth and want to follow me there.) My account on LJ is a permanent account, so it's not like I'm paying them any money now.

It is slightly amusing to see the complaints of people "not wanting to be subjected to another country's laws" (that is, Russian law rather than US law) when non-US-ians are subjected to another country's laws every time they use a US-based website! Even more so when US laws like the DMCA are very dodgy laws anyway. Remember Dmitry Sklyarov?

Would my posts be censored? If they were, the full version would be available on DW.
Would they revoke my agreement and delete my journal? If they did, I'm not going to do their work for them!
Would they put ads on my journal? I don't know, the agreement is unclear on that point. Bloody annoying if they do.


Mar. 2nd, 2016 11:53 am
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Very restrictedly back. Only following a handful of people at the moment, only on DW and LJ. Not following anyone on Twitter at all, and probably not going to even go there. I mean, I mainly started on Twitter because I was following lizbee and RJA, and now that RJA is back on LJ, and lizbee still posts on DW, the only thing I'm missing out on is cat pictures. Hey, anyone want to post some cat pictures?

I've got filters set up on LJ so that I can friend more people than I'm actually looking at -- clever thing that someone pointed out to me a while back: you can filter out all of someone's posts by filtering by tag, and making the tag in question a non-existent tag, something that is very unlikely to be used as a tag in the future. Originally I used it so that I could filter out the people I was following on DW who were cross-posting to LJ. Not quite as good as the DW method of separating subscription and access, but I'll take what I can get. Right now, I want people who had access to locked posts to still have access to them, even when I'm not up to following everybody.

My friends-groups on LJ are a complete mess, since I was un-friending people willy-nilly -- I was un-friending EVERYBODY, which of course meant that all my friends-groups ended up with nobody in them. So I've been putting people back, but I can't remember all of them. I think the most important ones are the "christians" and "theists" groups, since they contain posts which I think are only relevant to those who are Theists and Christians. So if you think you fit into either of those groups, and would like to be added to that filter, let me know. Beware, they may contain things like requests for prayer!

Also, if I have recently un-friended you and not re-friended you, let me know; as I said, purged everybody, and I may have missed some when putting people back.
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Social media blackout. Nothing to see here. Carry on.
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I'm afraid my social media stuff is too much for me (again) and I am going to have to cut back on whom I follow. So if I unfriend/unsubscribe you, please do not be insulted.
kerravonsen: "Homicidal faeries make things more interesting." (homicidal-faeries)
1. Cast Iron Frying Pan
For cooking steak.
Also for attacking Fae who can't cope with Cold Iron.

2. Garlic
For cooking with the steak.
Also for warding off vampires.

3. Vinegar
For putting on the salad you made to eat with the steak.
Also for attacking Slitheen.
kerravonsen: Ninth Doctor: "thinking" (thinking)
Stumbled across this in my websurfing: "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

My first thought was "if it was easy, it would eventually be boring". We actually do like challenges. When we have enough energy and have rested enough from our stress, we do stuff. Human beings are kind of crazy when you think about it: we do difficult things for fun! We are so needy for mental stimulation that we invented these things called "games" which make us think hard when we don't have to!

kerravonsen: Sam Carter, red desert, moon: Another day, Another planet (Carter-another-planet)
Taking up the challenge to post Something Every Day for the month of May.

I was talking this morning to a colleague about the joys and pitfalls of online shopping (E-Bay in particular). So I thought that would make a reasonable idea for a post. Even though y'all probably already know this stuff, just thought I'd share my "rules of thumb" for shopping online, anyway.
Read more... )
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor's legs sticking out from underneath TARDIS console: "tea, tools, Tinkering" (tinkering)
Relatively recently I signed up for Pinterest, because they had changed their interface such that one couldn't look at pins unless one was signed in (there was a Stylish workaround, but it no longer worked). Perhaps I should have gone off in a huff, and refused to join such a non-open site, but I missed being able to look at people's pins. Because there's an awful lot of good craft stuff there. And I really like looking at craft tutorials and examples of other people's work for inspiration. So, I joined. But I was sufficiently in a huff that I didn't join as Kerr Avonsen, but used another handle.

I joined and started pinning things as well as looking at pins. But I wasn't pinning tutorials (those I was bookmarking and/or saving offline with Scrapbook). I was pinning inspirations. Because images is where Pinterest has its strength. And I wanted to be able to look at pictures of fantastic wire-work, and freeform crochet, and clever jewellery ideas and so on. Before I knew it, I had four boards with over three hundred pins between them.
Read more... )


Mar. 8th, 2015 10:16 pm
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Was my previous post really boring or something? Hello? Is anyone there?
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Alas, I think it is time to trim my subscriptions/flist; I am finding it too difficult to keep up with everyone. So this is advance notice that if I unfriend you, it's nothing personal.
I will also probably be removing duplicates where people are on both DW and LJ. If you have a preference for which one I follow you on, let me know.
kerravonsen: steampunk raygun behind glass: "Use in Emergency" (raygun-emergency)
I've been posting-by-email my "Netfic Reviews" reviews here (basically at the same time as I put them up on my website). Because I'm not getting feedback about them, I give you here a poll.

Poll #5834 netfic reviews
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 10

Should I keep on posting the netfic reviews posts?

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9 (90.0%)

1 (10.0%)

Don't care
0 (0.0%)

Should I keep the current format?

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4 (40.0%)

Post the whole review behind a cut
5 (50.0%)

Other (leave a comment)
0 (0.0%)

Ticky Box!
6 (60.0%)

kerravonsen: Second Doctor about to type in the Land of Fiction: "Fanfic: everyone does it" (fanfic)
I have an AO3 (Archive of Our Own) invite! Anybody want it?

Also, can I request that folks who cross-post between DW and LJ add a footer which indicates the LJ post? The reason I would like this is that, if crossposting is enabled, and comments are enabled in both places, I'd like to be able to follow both sets of comments. At the moment, I can only do this by following people on LJ (because the LJ post links back to the DW post) but I would prefer doing it the other way around.

The way you enable this feature is this: go to "Crosspost Settings", go to where your LJ account is listed, click on "Change" and you will then be transported to the "Edit External Account" page. Click on "Display Cross Post Links" to enable the display of a link to your LJ post. Thank you.
kerravonsen: Romana with hand on chin: *sigh* (Romana-sigh)
I'm finding it hard to keep up, it's time I winnow my flist/circle. And one thing I should do is remove duplicates (even though the read-from-DW thing isn't implemented yet).

Poll #4075 flisting
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16

Do you crosspost to LJ and DW?

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10 (66.7%)

4 (26.7%)

not applicable
1 (6.7%)

If you crosspost, do you cross-link?

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The LJ post links to the DW post
6 (46.2%)

The DW post (also) links to the LJ post
4 (30.8%)

ticky box!
8 (61.5%)

If you crosspost, and both your posts link to each other, where would you prefer I read you from?

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1 (6.7%)

5 (33.3%)

Don't care
4 (26.7%)

not applicable
5 (33.3%)

A) I know there's a way one can change one's "default" filter on LJ. Can someone tell me how?
B) If anyone has posted stuff recently that I've probably missed and I should see, tell me in comments, yes?
kerravonsen: Ace looking down, with the Doctor's hand on her shoulder (Ace-sad)
I guess nobody wants to do the "Rec your own fic" meme? Would you do it if I begged nicely?

Has nobody got any fic recs for me?

Random thought: The difference between a bug-fix and a feature is that you pay extra for a feature. Which is why some of our clients try to disguise them as urgent bug-fixes.

I got a bunch of enthusiastic reviews (from one person) on, so I started uploading some more of my stories. They will probably all be ignored. (Iz sad)
kerravonsen: Second Doctor about to type in the Land of Fiction: "Fanfic: everyone does it" (fanfic)
It has been pointed out that much of the fic on my site doesn't have an actual place to make comments on it. Since I don't have my site set up for comments, it has been my practice to link to LJ posts for the said stories, but I just realized that stories written before I had set up that policy don't actually have posts for them. So very soon I'm going to be spamming my flist with placeholder comment posts for older fic, so please excuse me.

ETA: Okay, it looks like one can set a post not to display on reading pages, so I'll do that - but be prepared for mistakes; it you see suddenly appearing and disappearing posts, that will be why.
kerravonsen: 9th Doctor wearing his headlamp: Technical wizard (technical-wiz)
I have a Dreamwidth account!!!
Please to be telling me if you are on Dreamwidth too, and who you are there.

So I have now joined the ranks of those who do massive cross-posting on multiple personal journals (LJ, IJ, Inksome, and now Dreamwidth). I was using Charm at first, but while it sort of supports cross-posting, it isn't really oriented towards that. So I have just finished writing (and quick-testing) a script (perl script, which uses the LJ::Simple interface) which cross-posts to multiple journals at the same time. Yay! It's a very simple command-line interface, nothing fancy, but I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages.

I'm thinking of deleting the inksome journal, though. Dreamwidth will be better, and IJ was able to import all my past entries, while Inksome couldn't. I have imported all my past entries to Dreamwidth too.

Bring on the open beta!
kerravonsen: Eighth Doctor's legs sticking out from underneath TARDIS console: "tea, tools, Tinkering" (tinkering)
This is a test. If this were an actual post, there would be content.
I am testing a cross-posting script. It probably won't work.

This is my second attempt; the first attempt almost worked.
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Still sick. I thought I'd post a poll. If [ profile] kalquessa can, then I can.
here be a poll )


May. 15th, 2008 04:28 pm
kerravonsen: Sydney with VR glasses on: "Lost in cyberspace" (lost-in-cyberspace)
I just got a comment from a random person on this post I made over a year ago. What is more, this person appears to have created an LJ account for the sole purpose of making that comment. What gives?


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