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* I keep meaning to sit down and compose a LJ post…and then it just dissipates into nothingness. Why is that? I don’t know. I do know that things feel very much IN FLUX here….and I could no sooner predict the future of this particular medium than I could predict what North Korea will do in the near future. I simply don’t have the knowledge necessary. I got the DW email we all got and it just sat wrong with me. Tone, content, and the unbelievable fact that DW does not have a working app and will never have such. That has got to be a kiss of death. I mean, c’mon. DW is nothing more than an archive…and even then…who knows how long it will remain viable. Mass migration is not the answer. We are all holding our breaths in anticipation of the next word-based social media platform.

* The new Kostova – The Shadow Land – is superb. This girl can write and weave a story and I just adore her. Passionately. I love the way she writes long by writing short. She tells stories in these short chapters that are compelte unto themselves and yet they get stacked and stacked and stacked, like a ream of paper, until the novel is fully realized. Just wonderful.

* We just finished Season 1 of Fortitude. An odd little show with some grand moments – yes, Gabon is AMAZING. It’s as though there was a drunken challenge to rewrite The Thing at the North Pole with a plausible premise for the alien.

* It’s still raining. Folks are getting grumpy in all their sogginess. Waiting for the sun to dry this out. I have a feeling that the weather is going to switch on a dime and we will be in blazing sunshine soon.

* My fringe is past my nose now but at that length where it won’t do a single attractive thing. Not long enough to tuck behind an ear and short enough to look ridiculous. But….I’m still committed to going long again and so far so good.

* I’m suddenly besotted by silk scarves. I want an Hermes, particularly this Cosmos..but sheesh the cost! Even the McQueen skull scarves are the same outrageous price. I think scarves are going to be in again soon.

Homemade bread = toast & coffee

LittleDog tuckered out. That tooth though!

That tongue though! ;)

Skully perspective.


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Apr. 20th, 2017 05:46 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about DW. It worries me. I don't know enough (anything) about social media, so I have no suggestions. Where can we call home?
Apr. 20th, 2017 05:59 pm (UTC)
It worries me, too, G. Moreso after that bizarre chatty email from DW. I don't know what we're going to do, where we are going to go. I do know that no other social media platform is remotely like this one and if we all bail on LJ the loss is ours, not the Russians or whomever.

It's really frustrating and sad. Ugh.
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Apr. 20th, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)

dw not having an app is indeed troubling

I backed up my idol journal to dw but haven't gotten to my fanfic journals or my angsty og journal (exit_ophelia) and so recieved the aformentioned email which felt a little too much like using the lj mass exodus to start a misplaced protest movement ? idk but i'm super sad and also hoping to find something like lj, as you've said a place to share WORDS

Apr. 20th, 2017 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yes!!! I'm so relieved that a young techy person agrees with my assessment. And that DW email...was weird, wasn't it? Way too....early 2000's?!

Go forth millennial womyn and create a new platform. I will follow thee.

We need to put away the sadness, things change, and begins striding towards something new. Even if it's just a swankier neighborhood online bar.
Apr. 20th, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
It's been raining here too. I was all set to go to the park and walk off some nervous energy and the rain started coming down. :( So I gassed up my car instead.

DW email?

That tooth indeed! Has it always been like that?
Apr. 20th, 2017 09:00 pm (UTC)
My daily walks have been totally curtailed by this incessant rain and I feel like a wimp. I think it's time to invest in some rain gear and get my arse back out there.

DW sent out an email to everyone last week? It was...odd. Reminded me of LJ 2005.

It's always been like that! He has bad teeth. He is a rescue and was a mill puppy. :(
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Apr. 20th, 2017 08:14 pm (UTC)
I love the Cosmos print!

Just read something you might like -- Catherynne Valente's "Deathless." More Russian fairytale fantasy, with a WWII overlay.

It's dark stuff, fair warning -- but you may enjoy it. Lovely language and imagery.

And, yeah, I just don't know with LJ/DW, but I'm staying as long as I can.

Apr. 20th, 2017 09:01 pm (UTC)
I love that print so much! *grabby hands*

Ah-ha! That would have been a great rec, A! I bought that a few years back...and couldn't deal with the writing style. But I love the idea of it! Sounds like I should give it another try.

DW isn't going to work. I'm not trying to be negative about it, but it's just outdated.
Apr. 20th, 2017 11:45 pm (UTC)
Yikes! That tooth!

Aww, that tongue!

I'm not sure what was so off-putting and weird about the DW e-mail. I also am not sure why not having an app is supposedly the kiss of death. LJ's app is kind of crappy and I barely use it. I'm also not sure how DW is "just" an archive. It's a journal, just like LJ. I plan on sticking with LJ for the duration and have some issues with DW, but it's really not that different from LJ!

Apr. 20th, 2017 11:51 pm (UTC)
I couldn't put my finger on what exactly it was, S, other than tone and flavor. It felt...antiquated? Like how we used to talk about LJ back in 2005. I know that isn't clear, but that was the feeling it gave me. I didn't get a sense of forward-thinking modern tech at all. It felt far too homey and ultimately I think showed how limited the open source software will prove to be.

I use the LJ app all the time. And I use various other LJ apps daily. I think many folks today are on multiple platforms for their online work.

I'm glad to hear you're staying! I sure wish you would post more! :)
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Apr. 21st, 2017 04:29 pm (UTC)
I do hope you stick around, R. I feel as though I'm so opposed to these other options that they aren't even legitimate in my mind anymore. It's a strange place to have arrived after two decades of celebrating this crazy thing called the internet.
Apr. 21st, 2017 04:22 am (UTC)
as far as i could ever tell, dw was different from lj mainly in its philosophy and the weird convert-type fervor of people who used it. like dw was THE BEST and THE MOST OPEN-MINDED AND INCLUSIVE and if you didn't use it, if you still used lj, you were WRONG and SUPPORTING A PROBLEMATIC SERVICE. but dw itself? not significantly different from lj in a lot of ways. altho to be fair i never really used it, so there could be significant usage differences and i just don't know what they are.

i'm not really a scarf person but those two scarves are pretty fab. waaaaay too much money for a scarf, but fab.

you make your own bread! that is so cool.
Apr. 21st, 2017 11:29 am (UTC)
I always felt like Randall Munroe caught the true spirit of DW in this classic comic. Or at least the foundation of it.
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Apr. 21st, 2017 11:35 am (UTC)
Huh, I didn't see that DW email unless it's buried in my inbox over there. I'm not surprised of their disinterest in an app. I don't know why that is, but there you go.

Toofy and tongue! And you've now inspired me to make bread AT HOME on this dreary rainy day today :)
Apr. 21st, 2017 04:35 pm (UTC)
Bread! I don't bake every week because BREAD but I do love freshly-baked breads.

Yeah, the email was odd and very very very long.
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Apr. 21st, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
I have no real idea what dreamwidth is, how does it differ from LJ? I actually made an account 'swirlsofpurple' and plan to explore properly tomorrow.

Good luck with the fringe.

ETA: Part of me wants to suggest we make our own site. I have so many ideas. But I have no idea what I'm doing. And it would likely be terrible.

Maybe we should all just make fake accounts on facebook.

Edited at 2017-04-21 04:38 pm (UTC)
Apr. 21st, 2017 04:58 pm (UTC)
DW uses the same open source code as LJ, so looks/usage wise it's very similar. They have their own layout codes, though, which don't jibe with LJ's, so you have to use their layouts instead of trying to import your journal style from here.

The difference is in their philosophy. They're deliberately working on a shoestring budget because they don't want to accept outside advertising nor do they want to depend on everybody having a paid account. They don't want to have a mobile app because they don't have the manpower nor the interest in coding one. There are a lot of other little differences, too, some of which make me go "Hmmmm..."

I have friends who try to use FB like LJ. It only seems to work if they only post to their LJ friends there, LOL.
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Apr. 21st, 2017 06:26 pm (UTC)
Personally I use DW in the exact same way as LJ - AO3 is just an archive but DW has journals and communities and events the same LJ does. I belong to and participate in mirrored versions of comms on both platforms. (I think you have to have a paid account for polls is the major difference. Also they're fully committed against censorship which is rare these days.)
I only ever use the desktop version of LJ, DW, and Tumblr, so the lack of an app doesn't bother me the way it bothers people who mostly use mobile devices. Being able to maintain my personal journal at LJ via DW means its much of a muchness unlike the goddamn Tumblr interface - seemingly mobile friendly - which still sucks on so many fronts and yet continues to get people singing its praises. You could just as easily run Idol on DW with a paid account for polling. You could not run Idol (or yuletide or any similar event) exclusively on Tumblr and you'd be a fool to attempt it! But *grumble*kids and their mobiles and shiny gifs and lack of commenting*grumble* it's all about Tumblr :/

Aw, cute dog pics :D

Apr. 22nd, 2017 03:24 am (UTC)
Love the photos! Little dog is adorable, and Z just gets more and more beautiful.

I have been quiet because I have a cold. I'm hoping it doesn't become bronchitis. Printed off my lj list will begin reading and commenting tonight.

I'm not doing anything re: lj vs Dw. Might try uploading to Archive of Our Own.

Church-wide Fast "tomorrow." Not sure how that will work with my cold. Kindle is driving me nuts tonight--so slow!

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:45 pm (UTC)
I've had a DW account for years. I cross-post everything there, and it's still a ghost town. People really don't interact as much. I've said this other places, but it's much more of a "broadcast" realm than a community.

So, why would I abandon my LJ and try to embrace only that?

The recurrent rain IS making me nuts. I seem to alternate weeks of biking outdoors day after glorious day to being back in the garage for 4-8 days at a stretch. UGH. If I were running, I'd feel different, but the plantar fasciitis is still a problem, so it's mostly biking, some walking, and some elliptical at the office gym. Just too much biking indoors, overall.

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