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22 January 2012 @ 08:50 pm

Following from my earlier post (DW/LJ), I don't know if everybody has seen the Fast Company article "The Return of LiveJournal" yet, which created some stir. Even better, theljstaff has posted a link to the article!

My personal theory is that it's a wonderfully subversive act on the part of the English-speaking LJ staff, who have constantly been kept out of the loop, not been explained the whys and wherefores of the changes, and not been given any say in the matter whatsoever. (That, or they are either incredibly stupid, which I don't believe, or incredibly rude, which I don't believe either. Igrick c.s. yes, the volunteers and other helpful staff, no.)

Although they did not quote it in the entry, they could trust on LJ'ers being good readers. Everybody pounced on this little tidbit:

LiveJournal's leadership has made it clear that their future American business strategy lies in generating new traffic rather than catering to the service's current small-but-loyal membership.

You know, I may even start missing the LJ drama a bit when everybody has abandoned ship and LJ's wreck has sunk to the bottom of the Internet ocean. I think I'll get over it, though.

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Current Music: Springhill mine disaster - Socalled
07 January 2012 @ 12:40 am

I was linked to an English translation of a very interesting interview LJ's Russian overlord igrick gave to the Russian Forbes.

It is full of contradictory statements. His business decisions don't make any sense to me, unless, as one commenter in the news group said, he's really trying to sink LJ and write it off as a loss.

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Current Mood: confusedconfused
Current Music: Use me - Bill Withers

Wow, LJ, you've really gone and done it this time, haven't you? Tell me, do you ever plan on actually learning from your mistakes?

Any remaining LJ users who are finally fed up due to LJ's latest fail should know that for the rest of the year, creating a Dreamwidth account will not require an invite code.

Go here if you're interested.

Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
23 December 2010 @ 11:59 pm

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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Ben Folds
21 June 2009 @ 02:34 pm

If there is one person, or more, on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

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Current Music: Shampoo - Elvis Perkins
10 November 2008 @ 07:07 pm

changeitback : a community for those who are dissatisfied with the new LJ profile page and would like to have it changed back, or at least to be given the choice to opt out.

Please join this community. Even if you like the way the profiles currently are, please join and support those who are upset. This is about more than how profiles look: it's about the lack of respect LJ has been showing its users by ignoring their opinions and not listening to their complaints. We just want to be heard, acknowledged, and have our thoughts taken seriously.

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Current Mood: angryangry
Current Music: Heart's a mess - Gotye
30 June 2005 @ 12:58 am

My LJ is 1 year old today. To celebrate the happy occasion I gave it a new outfit. While browsing the possibilities I remembered why I had chosen Punquin Elegant 'Be mine' last year in the first place: it was quick and easy, the only one I liked 'as is'.

For now I have chosen Unearthed 'Inaccurate lingo' (customised). In other nice layouts either the date didn't show the way I wanted or the tags field appeared right underneath the entry instead of separately with the music and mood fields, as you would expect.

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Current Mood: artisticmoe maar voldaan
Current Music: Four women - Nina Simone
28 February 2005 @ 12:43 am

Another uneventful day. I have been doing laundry, two machine loads and one bucket load. This morning it snowed, but in the afternoon the weather was beautiful and sunny, so I braved the cold and ventured out for a while.

When I came back, I wanted to pay some bills online, but found out that there was only just enough money to pay next month's rent. I have now 12 euros left in my account. It is such a nuisance that I receive my unemployment benefit on a 4-weekly basis instead of monthly. I can't keep track of when it is paid out exactly, and it totally screws up my financial organization. Most of my (monthly) recurring expenses are automatically deducted at the beginning of each month, so I'll probably be in the red the coming week. Yuk.

Remembering the success with the miso soup, I tried a little bruschetta in the spaghetti aglio e olio tonight. That also tasted good. I should write a book: "101 Ways You Had Never Dreamed Of Using Bruschetta". I can see a sparkling future as innovative cook ahead of me. Watch out, Jamie Oliver!

I have had very little time to read lj lately and so am still not up to date. I'd like to suggest you all take a posting break and let me catch up and catch my breath, how's that? :)

OK, time for The Mighty Boosh!

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Les Marquises - Jacques Brel
23 February 2005 @ 11:34 pm

The weekend was full, but nice, except that H. (the BF) was ill. I had to write a few application letters, and have been decluttering, mostly papers. Saturday night I watched From hell, which proved that a film with Johnny Depp and a host of great British actors can still be shite. On Sunday night I went to see a comic play with my mum and we had a great time. We told each other we should really do this more often. We'll see.

Monday night the BBC showed The conversation and of course I had to watch it.

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This was the third or fourth time for me, and while I still find it a great film, I think I'm done with it now. A bit odd, because usually when I love a film I can watch it over and over again, but in this case the element of suspense is too important, I guess. When you've seen it and know what's going to happen, it loses a lot of its interest. But perhaps that's just the way I feel because it lasted until 3 a.m. and by 2:30 I had already become very sleepy and wanted the film to end.

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This morning I woke up to a white world. Ugh! Snow is nice for the Christmas holidays and that's about it, IMO. Fortunately in the afternoon most of it had gone, but more is expected. Hrm. Some good news: I received the reintegration plan today, so tomorrow I'll phone up my case manager (if he is in...) to make an appointment, or maybe I can just drop it off.

I also made a culinary discovery. Last year I had bought a pack of instant miso soup from the organic shop, as I had heard that it is a healthy snack and very suitable for hypoglycaemics, due to its protein content. After trying 3 times I decided that I Did Not Care for miso soup. I still had 9 one-cup-packets left, and this afternoon when I felt peckish I tried it again, but this time I added some dried bruschetta which I had acquired recently. And it tasted really good! I might even buy the miso soup again. :D

And over the past few days I have tried to catch up with lj, but people have been posting like mad, so I'm not quite up to date yet... well, what else is new.

Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Plain gold ring - Nina Simone
07 February 2005 @ 11:59 pm

I had a wonderfully relaxed couple of days. Yesterday I first did some chores like the laundry and financial administration, and in the afternoon I went out. The weather was truly lovely, sunny and mild. I could sense spring waiting around the corner.

I posted some letters and took old paper and glass to the container to be recycled. At the chemist's I bought a large jar of Omega 3-6-9 capsules at 50% off. Let's see if they are any good.

When I came home again I put on a CD, burned an incense stick (something I had not done for a long time), and curled up on the couch with my beloved STW. I read on until 6, and then I started cooking dinner, because I wanted to watch an early movie. It turned out to be a rather silly film, but I doubletasked in the mean time by folding laundry and sorting out my overflowing socks drawer. A lot of those socks were ready for the dump: elastic gone, etc. By the time the film was finished, the drawer was looking organized again. I felt so accomplished. ;)

After watching Never mind The Buzzcocks and Six feet under I tried to catch up on lj, but succeeded only halfway, and I went to bed at 1:15.

This morning I rearranged some of my books and in the afternoon I went out again. Though beautifully sunny, it was much colder than yesterday, due to the wind. The shopping mall was nice and warm though. Some of life's necessities were on special offer, and I made good use of that. The money I saved on those necessities I immediately splurged tenfold on a lovely, luxurious L'Occitane cleansing fluid, but hey. Nothing's too good for my extremely hard-to-please skin. Besides I was given some samples of other products I was interested in.

When I came home this afternoon, I had a smoked salmon sandwich, and then much the same ritual as yesterday: incense and STW. When I finished a chapter, I went on to read lj. The catching up took so long that I did not start dinner until 20:45, which made me late for the rest of the evening, but never mind.

I am now seriously contemplating having an early night, after trying out all the lovely new products, of course! It's probably a good idea, because my neighbour has some furniture delivered tomorrow, and those delivery guys usually show up really early.

Current Mood: sleepybored to sleep ;)
Current Music: Summer's here - Magnus

Oh yes, I got this mousepad for Christmas:

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It features a print by Hiroshige and makes me smile every time I look at it. ^^

I have been going through my friends' journals in the past few days to catch up. I haven't read everybody's yet, but I'm getting there, s l o w l y but surely. I didn't go to bed until 5:30 on 1 January, which is a new lj record (well, I said I didn't do New Year's resolutions), and last night it was not much better, 5:15. That was not because of lj though. Just when I wanted to log off, the radio dj I was listening to finished his show at 2:00 by playing an old Caroline classic which I hadn't heard in ages, "Still you turn me on" by ELP. It really took me back, and so I spent the next few hours hunting through 21 pages of Googled results (with several Russian websites causing Safari to crash, which was bloody annoying), before I finally found a site where I could listen to the whole song.

I must say, for a song that intends to be taken seriously, it sure has atrocious lyrics: hereCollapse ) If it were a poem, it would be worthy of reallybadpoetry's scalpel. But I just love the music, and Greg Lake sings like a god here. Of course I had to play it at least 7 times, together with "From the beginning", before I finally logged off. *sigh*

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: From the beginning / Still you turn me on - ELP
16 November 2004 @ 07:49 pm

So yeah. It looks like you have lost your money, _m_h_n, sorry about that!
Thank you, all you lovely people who have rooted for me, but this morning they phoned me up to tell me they have picked someone else. Oh well, now I can continue to enjoy my freedom, for the time being at least.

Some things will have to change, though. I am very dissatisfied with the way I have spent the past 6 weeks. Basically doing nothing at all, except sitting in front of my computer, writing journal entries and comments, catching up on my friends' lj's, and waiting around for updates, often staying up until very late at night/early in the morning, instead of turning off the computer and doing something useful with my time. How silly can you get?

Don't misunderstand me, I bless the day I joined livejournal, but sometimes I curse it too. There are so many other things I want to do, and also things that I have to do, and they are sadly neglected. I desperately need some structure in my life. Because I go to bed late, I get up late, and then I have breakfast late and when I feel my day is only just beginning, it is practically dark again. The days fly by unused and almost unnoticed. I hate that!

The first 6 months of this year I was unemployed too, but I accomplished so much more. I did a lot of things I hadn't had time for when I was still working, and it felt great. Then, a few days before I went to work again, I discovered lj and the rest is history...

This is really and truly an addiction, I believe. The only addiction I have ever had before was smoking, and after one failed attempt (not counting the feeble ones as a teenager) I quit without any pain. Cigarettes kept popping up in my dreams pretty regularly at first, but never in my waking life have I felt any need to smoke again. (Well, except once. I had moved into this apartment and been working hard at emptying boxes and putting things in their new places, and when I sat down for a rest I thought, completely out of the blue, 'Hmm, a cigarette would be nice!' I was very shocked at this, LOL!)

So, what to do. I have no wish whatsoever to abandon lj, it has given, and still gives, me a lot of pleasure, but I think I may have to start allocating blocks of time to all the things, including lj, I want to do in a particular day. Time management has never been my strong point, but I will just have to train myself. Go to bed no later than 1 or at the most 2 am, and rise at a decent hour (9 am is what it usually was on my pre-livejournal days off). That would make a good start. Reserving the morning for other things and not going near my computer until perhaps 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Then take a break or log off to start cooking at a decent time (and not, like now, type on when I should have started dinner over an hour ago! Isn't that typical?), and in the evening perhaps some more lj, perhaps. Start cautiously and see how that works out. Hmm.

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Current Music: Don't fear the reaper - The Beautiful South
29 October 2004 @ 01:47 am

Roaming around looking for beautiful losers I stumbled upon againstnature. Judging from its info page this community should appeal to several of my lj friends. An entry on St. Sebastian (for whom I have had a dubious fascination ever since I can remember) led me to the moderator(?)'s journal, where I found a link (cleverly disguised as a quiz) to an interesting typography identity website. Tonight I saw a charming comedy called Serendipity, well, this also was serendipity. I was finally able to identify one of my favourite typefaces. Ladies and gentlemen, meet ICT Tiffany:

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I also found a real quiz, very apt for those of us who are a little under the weather (I've been coughing my lungs out lately, and it's not getting better but worse): coughCollapse )

Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: White punks on dope - The Tubes
12 August 2004 @ 11:55 pm

You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every
book ever published. You are a fountain of
endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and
never fail to impress at a party.
What people love: You can answer almost any
question people ask, and have thus been
nicknamed Jeeves.
What people hate: You constantly correct their
grammar and insult their paperbacks.

What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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Yes, that is about right. ;>

I am currently reading 6 books, except that I am currently not reading them. Since discovering the wonder that is livejournal I have not been reading proper books. Which is Not a Good Thing. And my house is falling to pieces around me, which is also Not a Good Thing, but at least I can blame the weather there. It has been far too hot to do housework. But there is just no excuse for not reading. *sigh* Why do I always have to become so monomaniacal when I discover something new? I go to work, I come home, I do the bare minimum to keep going, i.e. prepare food, do the washing up and perhaps some laundry, and then I veg out in front of my laptop until way past my bedtime. I should put myself on an lj diet, I guess. But I am not very disciplined.

And tonight the BBC will be showing Musíme si pomáhat, a.k.a. Divided we fall. It ends at 2.20 CET and I have to be up at 6.45, but I might just be stupid enough to watch it anyway. I love love love that film. And I have no VCR.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
08 July 2004 @ 11:11 pm
Over the past few days I have updated my user info and now it's time for a few more quizzes...

You represent... hope.
You represent... hope.
You're quite a daydreamer and can be a hopeless
romantic. You enjoy being creative and don't
mind being alone at times. You have goals, and
know what you want in life... even if they are
a little far fetched.

What feeling do you represent?
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Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: a repeat of Six feet under is on tv, and I'm half watching
05 July 2004 @ 12:34 am
So much to learn, so much to discover... This website is way too addictive for my own good. I've been here for the better part of the afternoon and all of the evening, even skipping dinner, so when I eventually got hungry it was too late to start cooking and I resorted to opening a packet of crisps instead.

I have looked at several communities and I noticed that some people ask politely if they can add someone. Oops. I hope it isn't bad netiquette to add without asking, I couldn't find anything about it in the FAQ. I have posted on forums before, but as I said, something like Livejournal is completely new to me. I don't mean to offend anybody, I just prefer adding people quietly, not drawing too much attention to myself, especially when I don't have a lot to show for it yet, and let people check me out if and when they feel like it (welcome, maldeluxx!).

Well, I should really logoff now. Fortunately I have the day off tomorrow. And I hereby solemnly promise not to spend it in front of the computer. (At least, not the whole day, anyway!)

Current Mood: anxiousanxious
Current Music: Pink Floyd (on the radio)
30 June 2004 @ 03:08 am
Just as I was trying to get this online journal up and running and typing in my interests, Vivonzeureux (Internet radio station) played 3 Lewis Furey tracks in a row. Yay!

Dead tired now, it's the middle of the night and I should have gone to bed hours ago.

Let's see what my first post looks like.

---Hmmm, why don't I see the emoticon? Have to find out tomorrow.

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