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March 14th, 2011
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Happy Pi Day! I marked 3/14 1:59:26 by texting a few fellow geeks. My boss was also amused.

I'm actually happier about Daylight Savings Time kicking back in, because this means that there is sunlight after work again, and I have a chance of leaving the office before sunset and actually catching some sunlight on a daily basis. Of course, Mother Nature loves her some delicious irony, so both today and yesterday have been dreary and gray. Boo.

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My life continues to be interesting on a ropelaying* front, with not much else to say outside of it. I got to playtest Deathbird Black - fun was had by all, and it gave me some great ideas for streamlining the game (I keep procrastinating on version 1.3 and need to get it written). Also had a really epic game of Dogs In The Vineyard this week, in which I murdered the first PC of my 20-year GM career. And I've been getting props (two weeks in a row, actually) for some gaming microfiction I've posted at Reddit to win their weekly RPG idea competition.

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LJ metastuff:

Livejournal's current spam issues are frustrating - I've actually been getting an average of a spam comment per day, which prompted me to tighten up my comment security settings - but I'm actually more disappointed to see their recent news posts. There is apparently a new gaming area with exciting new features such as a Farmville clone (gasp!).

I haven't been keeping up with my friends list for personal reasons -- most of that is my Minecraft addiction, which too shall pass -- but I can't say that they're giving me a lot of incentive to come back. I'm getting the sinking feeling that LJ is entering its death throes. It can't compete with blogs as a serious writing platform (it never really has), and it can't compete with Facebook as a social hub, but its new solution to this is to double down on Facebooking and somehow out-Facebook Facebook. (If that's what I wanted, I'd go get a Facebook account.)

I think I'm going to be doing a major reading list purge in the future and refocusing my LJ use as an RSS reader to keep up on the people I care about. For my own writing, Dreamwidth possibly, but, meh, I'm also moving out of the journaling phase of my life; there's not a whole lot to say about my day-to-day now that I've settled into comfortable married adulthood, and the things that *do* interest me are focused enough that I might be better served making a proper blog back at Tomorrowlands. If I do, I'll make an RSS feed for it here and let y'all know. Thoughts?

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* That was supposed to be "roleplaying". I was typing a little too fast, and honest to gods that's how it came out. It's too cool a Spoonerism to correct.

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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:March 15th, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
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*wavewave*
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From:dewhitton
Date:March 15th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
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Let me know when the RSS is set up so I can susbscribe.
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From:baxil
Date:March 19th, 2011 11:23 pm (UTC)
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I will at minimum be posting it here, but I'll try to poke you as well.
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From:frameacloud
Date:March 15th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
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I don't mind what host it's on, or at what interval it appears, just so long as there's some new content every once in a while. It always brightens my day, every time.
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From:baxil
Date:March 19th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
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Aw, thanks. :) Same here!

Unrelated question: are you still taking art commissions (or drawing, more generally)? I am starting to mull over the idea of getting some art done for Deathbird Black.
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From:frameacloud
Date:March 20th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
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I'm not taking art commissions at the moment. Thanks for thinking of me, though.
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From:kistaro
Date:March 15th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
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The primary value in LiveJournal, to me, has always been the robust comment system with flexible userpics, attached to a reasonably robust post filtering system. That's the only reason I haven't jumped ship to some other blag platform.

Given that all of my posts seem to have this implict "oh, and also advertisers" allow list on them, I'm losing patience. (See also, my usage of Dreamwidth as primary.)
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From:baxil
Date:March 21st, 2011 07:57 am (UTC)
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Kind of amazing how much value can be attached to such a technically trivial thing as userpics, isn't it? (Not to say that custom userpics are easy, but compared to all the other things a blog platform has to handle ...)

As a permanent paid user I haven't seen the ads, but yeah, there are other good reasons to jump ship. Hopefully I can fund a method that won't also have the side effect of drastically altering my online social group.
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From:tangyabominy
Date:March 15th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Seconding frameacloud, basically. I'd miss you terribly if you weren't talking at all, but I don't mind where or when you do it. I'll keep following.
From:drake [begriffli.ch]
Date:March 17th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
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Wait. That icon. Is that—it is. o.o

*squeeeeeeeee*

… ahem. Sorry. c.c

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From:baxil
Date:March 21st, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
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Thanks. <3 I very much appreciate your thoughtful presence, as well, and I'll keep you posted.
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From:elynne
Date:March 15th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Every time I am reminded that I have a permanent LJ account, I think of you being the person responsible for getting it for me. I wish I had more to say that I could post to LJ right now, but sometimes I'm having difficulty composing my thoughts in LJ post format, other times the thoughs are ones I'm not ready to share yet, and most of the time I'm just not thinking anything that I think anybody else would be interested in reading. Facebork and Twitter are more frivolous; it's easier to tweet the random stupid stuff in your life, or to post about it to FB, than it is to come up with a whole LJ entry. I will be keeping my LJ as long as possible, and I'll keep following people here. Maybe someday I'll be able to write in it again.
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From:baxil
Date:March 21st, 2011 08:30 am (UTC)
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That's the dilemma of the Internet: content is easy, interesting is not.

Did you get the email I forwarded, by the way, from the person re: publication of your poem? They sent a follow-up to me wondering.
From:drake [begriffli.ch]
Date:March 17th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I still exist, for what it's worth.

I keep meaning to start up a separate location for continued writing about miscellany, but I flinch at most of the available preëxisting tools and locations for it and I have not yet had sufficient combined resources to either bite the bullet on one of them or generate something nicer, alas.

But many of my thoughts of late might not interest much of anyone either, I suspect, as they seem to consist increasingly of staring at cosmic horrors and being unable to look away.

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From:baxil
Date:March 21st, 2011 08:37 am (UTC)
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I've been kinda coming back around to Wordpress, myself, after realizing there's nothing I actively want to do that is beyond its capabilities. (There are lots of features I'd prefer to have, like comment threading and LJ's centralized reading list and custom icons, that would be nice to have and that WP lacks, but they are not deal-breakers.)

personally, my life has settled into a routine where I feel like I don't have much to say about me; the things I create remain interesting but my routine doesn't strike me as worthy of discussion. Then that gets me into the habit of not writing, so that when the interesting moments come along, I put them off.
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