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I need new icons that look cooler and express sentiments that are missing from the current lineup.

Sadly I haven't the brainpower to approach either endeavor.

Someday I'm going to get [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora to make me a couple random icons, though, and some of you other people who seem to have the graphic design instincts that I am lacking. Sigh. I need to take a class again.

I'll take donations! (Of icons, I mean, not classes.)

Speaking of. I may lack the instincts, but I have the pickiness. This Wordpress theme sure seems pretty! Click on on the thumbnail to view it large. I'd never use it! See how it says "Theme Preview" at the top? Yeah, your blog title is doomed to forever be all crooked against the tags. AUGH. It makes me twitch!

I have to change my talktotheclouds.com theme; the damned theme I'm using keeps showing up elsewhere as iconic of Twitter, and that's irritating. So I need to find another theme.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (chii-yhelothar-me)
I did NOT know about flickr Guest Pass. Apparently it lets you share your private photos with friends and family without making them sign up for flickr if they don't want to. Nice!


Speaking of features, I have just learned from [livejournal.com profile] xnera that there's a feature on LJ where if you type pointybracket lj user="wintersweet" title="my weird friend" pointybracket you get [livejournal.com profile] wintersweet (which you can click on to get to me). Kinda useful because I can type [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor and it'll be useful for people who are going "who's [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor?"

Just, for heaven's sake, don't use it to associate my real name and my LJ: DO NOT WANT.


This cold is annoying. I don't have a sore throat, but the sneezes are very painful, and the coughs are pretty bad, and so when I drank a sip of orange juice just now it felt like I was pouring it over open cuts in my throat. OW.

Also, I hate the way pretty much all colds give me fairly significant joint pain. It's not a useful differential between the flu and a cold for me, alas.


I've figured out the noises behind us (we have a 2-story townhouse and share walls on three sides): the people behind us clearly run an illegal overnight daycare. For elephants.

Yup.

...sigh.

Nov. 20th, 2008 11:17 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Submitted a support request since I'm still not getting e-mailed comments. If you replied to my comment in your LJ or a community, I haven't seen it unless I happened to drop back by the post.

Correction

Nov. 19th, 2008 08:08 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
LJ simply *unchecked my setting* for receiving notifications.

So if you had been getting comments in your e-mail and aren't getting them now (which renders LJ virtually useless as far as I'm concerned), you might want to go here and look at your settings:

http://www.livejournal.com/manage/subscriptions/

Grumble.

D'oh.

Nov. 18th, 2008 10:35 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I just noticed that I'm not getting e-mailed comment notifications on LJ. If you're having the same problem, you can view your recent comments here:

http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I met people for the first time today! [livejournal.com profile] sps (and his significant other) and [livejournal.com profile] swestrup. It was very nice to meet them in person, and I hope I wasn't too weird today. The last few days have been stressful and I might be a bit out of it... anyway, I was really happy to meet them and hang out with them. [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor and [livejournal.com profile] toratigris were there too. I hope everyone had a good time! I did. I hope we can hang out again, since we're all relatively close together.

(hey, [livejournal.com profile] sps, tell SW that I liked Shanghai from what little time I got to spend there--I didn't mean to knock it; I got distracted by attempting to describe the hot fog!)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I am not participating in the LJ boycott, and the reasons why are here, more or less. (Though the stuff about Russian business culture is new to me.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-mimi-writing-me)
If you're new to LJ or otherwise need some ideas to help you start posting/keep writing, you can check out The Daily Meme. For every day of the week, they post links to other sites that have writing prompts and questions. Some prompts are for fiction (I see one for erotic fiction, but that's the exception!), but most are more introspective. If you don't see any good ones for the current day, just click around to a different day.

There are some LJ-specific communities along these lines, so if you know of one, please leave a comment with it.

P. S. I think the best way to start some conversation in your LJ is to write a poll. ;)
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3 posts in a row on my f'list (names redacted) are Twitter exports. Is this the beginning of the end of LJ as we know it?
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I have a "mundanities" filter for daily life stuff such as the following (plus occasional health posts and such). Today, I don't feel like posting under it for some reason. Anyway, I've had a few new LJ friends lately, so just so they know: I have a few "opt-in" filters. These are the Mundanities filter, the Japanese filter (my horrible Japanese attempts, rarely used), and the Bay Area filter (for people who live here, sometimes visit or work here, or just want to be kept updated about my local questions and events).

If you want to be on one of the filters, just leave a comment. :) (Or, of course, if you want to be removed from one)

Anyway, I have really good luck shopping when I go with my friend K. Although we had unseasonal rain (it shouldn't start till late fall), there were still a few yard sales. It was her first time yard-saling in the US. At the first place we went, I got a pile of cool Halloween stuff for $6.50. (Does anyone know for sure whether glow-in-the-dark items will light up under black light the way plain white things do?)

We visited Half-Price Books when we ran out of open yard sales. HPB was running on emergency power generators for some reason, probably related to the unexpected rain--their new building was built after the last rainy season. It was very dark in the store. AND YET. A least a dozen people were in there browsing, because they hadn't closed. Booklovers cannot be held back by petty obstacles such as inky darkness! I was so amused. Several people had their cellphone or keychain flashlights out as they inspected the shelves.

We also went to a thrift store, which didn't have much except for a handful of Halloween cookie cutters. But they had a Halloween metal archway (with "Welcome" in a Gothic font and purple lights) that I really wanted and didn't get. It was only $16, and we could have gotten it, but the problem is there's just no storage in this townhouse. Augh.

Randomly, I think it's a little stupid that in this episode of "House" people are assuming that if a woman is on the Pill and her husband has condoms, that he must be cheating. Because, you know, the Pill is perfect, everyone takes it 100% perfectly, and no one ever feels a little paranoid. *eyeroll* Hopefully Foreman's dissent will be supported later on in the episode.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
They seem to be working for me, but if they're not for you, you can usually still get them by checking here:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/recent_comments.bml
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Sorry.

Anyway, if you have friends you're trying to get to use LJ, the new Newbies' Lounge may be helpful:
http://community.livejournal.com/newbies/

They've needed something like that for a while.

Also, dang. Painter, Photoshop, and Illustrator prices are way out of my league. Yes, even the educational versions, particularly if (as I have heard) you really need both Painter and Photoshop to do painterly-style artwork.

OpenID

Aug. 5th, 2006 06:52 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I meant to officially mention this before--if you're one of my handful of non-LJ readers/commenters, please consider getting an OpenID if you are allergic to LJ itself. It would mean I wouldn't have to manually approve each of your comments; they'd be posted instantly; and I think it means that you'd be able to get replies to your replies more easily. I believe it also means you'd be able to view the large number of my posts that are friends-locked so that only trusted users can read 'em. And really, what could be better than even more spam from me ... ? OK, well, perhaps that's not a good argument.

(Correct me if I'm wrong about the details.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
(from AIM)
I have a busy Sunday. We met my Japanese language partner at a coffeehouse near the Farmer's Market, then did the market, then took her to a used book store. Now I'm studying for my midterm and proofreading [livejournal.com profile] assaultdoor's thesis one last time. At 3, we have to drive to San Leandro to get some papers from my mentor teacher for a lesson I'm teaching this week. Then we head to Berkeley to have dinner and watch "Raccoon Princess."

(etc.)
I was glad my language partner found stuff she wanted--she got a daikon and some of the delicious apple juice from the Apple Guy at the market, and two books at Half-Price, including "The Great American Bathroom Reader." Heh ...


In mundane news that I don't feel like putting on the filter because it's so brief: If I eat more breakfast with my Prednisone, such as some EggBeaters plus the regular toast and juice/Ovaltine, I don't get queasy. Yay.


Oh, and welcome [livejournal.com profile] leftmood, a classmate of mine at CSU. Usually I introduce other people on my friends list that I think new users would enjoy reading, so, let's see. How about [livejournal.com profile] jdeguzman (chief editor for Slave Labor Graphics, and a talented writer), [livejournal.com profile] matociqualia/[livejournal.com profile] elizabethbear (thoughtful speculative fiction writer), [livejournal.com profile] silme (English teacher from the USA teaching in England), [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora/[livejournal.com profile] midaregami (musician and cool person), and [livejournal.com profile] unkyrich (fun with politics and randomness). In terms of communities and feeds: [livejournal.com profile] languagelog (linguistics research and such), [livejournal.com profile] worldwidewords (on English and its quirks), [livejournal.com profile] antiacademia (actually not anti-academia, but more welcoming than most of the other grad school communities), [livejournal.com profile] csuh (low-activity CSUEB community), [livejournal.com profile] sfbayarea (obvious), and [livejournal.com profile] boingboing_net (weird, interesting, random and political posts). You might also want to take a look at this, which is a list of writers, editors, and publishers who have LJs, ranging from the famous and established to the avant garde and cutting edge to the just-barely-published.

My big three tips for using Livejournal are: 1) Download a client (from the main page), which is a small program that makes writing and publishing posts much more pleasant. 2) Make sure e-mail comment notification is turned on. 3) Make use of your friends page rather than reading individual journals.

(I know several people friended me in March. I'm afraid I've quit automatically friending people back, because my list is just so long. If I did add you, there are various filters you can be added to by request to see certain posts, including Mundanities for health and daily minutiae, Japanese and Chinese filters, and a Bay Area filter that I generally automatically add locals to--but if you're not obviously local and you either want to know everything that goes on in my life or you come out here occasionally and want to be in the loop for activities and parties and such, just ask to be added. My RPG posts go in a separate journal, [livejournal.com profile] inventedepics.)
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
I'm having trouble posting replies to comments when using the reply fields in comment e-mails. I keep getting "invalid form submission"ish errors.
http://www.livejournal.com/support/
It's known, but there's no ETA on fixing it. Extremely frustrating and quasi-crippling to my LJ usage. If you comment and I don't reply, that's probably why.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Japan Times article about "garu komikku"--neither shoujo manga nor reidisu komikku, apparently. The article's kind of flippant, which is too bad, because I'd like to find out more.


So Taiwan is at risk for the avian flu. And Roche won't release the patent on Tamiflu, which is currently the best treatment. So Taiwan said "Screw you guys, we'll make our own." Do you think it's ethical?


new feed: [livejournal.com profile] oddjapan


I wonder if cameras are allowed at DNA Lounge.

I wonder if I'll ever be able to concentrate on these midterms. My hands are getting more and more distracting.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
Knitters and other fabric crafters on my f'list might want to check out [livejournal.com profile] craft_japan (feed from here, where it's sorted and all). Lots of pictures and niftiness.

[livejournal.com profile] skinema feed for the Skinema.com blog. It's weird how many relevant and interesting topics can be addressed under the nichetastic topic of "celebrity skin."

Remember the Milk is a free online reminder service that will not just e-mail you, but also IM or SMS you if you like.

YES! How to make your own book-triggered secret-door-hiding bookshelf. You know you've always wanted one.

[livejournal.com profile] yonmei put together a nicely eclectic collection of quotes about tea. I'd like someone to make me tea and bring me a cup and some things to nibble.


I'm looking for an article (or, second choice, a book) on the historical origins and development of the various dialects of Japanese. Scholarly rather than pop preferred, and not just an overview of their distinctive features. Any leads? My morphology class has made me curious.


Oh, so I did a f'list trimming the other day. It was painful and full of hard decisions. And ... it didn't help. Yeah, I'm a fast reader, but not fast enough that skip=560 doesn't take a huge chunk of my time. So I'll be trimming more. If I remove you and you really wanted to stay on, leave a comment.
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (Default)
This LJ Friendsmap is awfully cool! At least, for those of you who put in an actual Earth location in your userinfo. It's giving Mozilla fits, but that's probably because of my gigantic friendslist.

Furthest north: [livejournal.com profile] crimmycat, in Alaska, but not too far north of [livejournal.com profile] amberwitch, in Denmark, and [livejournal.com profile] yonmei and [livejournal.com profile] ramakesava in Edinburgh (I always forget how far north it is!). Furthest south: [livejournal.com profile] libris_neophyte, in southern Australia, by a long shot. Closest to the equator: [livejournal.com profile] jim0052 in Puerto Rico, followed by [livejournal.com profile] hoshizora in Hawai'i.

The "stalking" setting is people you've friended who haven't friended you back...which reminds me, I need to zap a bunch of people who have unfriended me or never friended me back. With the exception of some famous authors, for me LJ is a two-way experience, and my reading list is too crowded as it it is to be reading people who don't do the same. It also looks like there are several people who friended me that I somehow missed and never friended back, so I'll have to go through that at some point. But I really need to cut things down before I go to Japan, if I ever get that on the road.

(By the way, if you unfriend me when I was under the impression that we were actually more or less friends in real life, I'd really appreciate an explanation...)

...

Jul. 30th, 2005 11:32 pm
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I added the dislikes thingie to my info page, though I edited it to say "dislikes/disinterests." I'm sure it'll get changed a zillion times before I'm satisfied.

I should probably post about the last few weeks just to get it out of my system, but I find I don't want to talk about it right now (which is surprising since, as I'm sure you've noticed, I'll babble on about almost anything). Here's all I feel compelled to pass on right now:

1) The kids are gone; the plane's probably somewhere over the Atlantic.
2) I wrote a very negative, unhappy, but factual evaluation on the form they gave me; tried to avoid emotional statements and stick to facts. I was really torn between my current self-directive of "be honest/don't be a doormat" and my parentally-instilled directives of "never burn a bridge/if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I'm still not sure about actually handing it in, but I think I'm going to be able to talk myself into doing it.
3) I didn't ride a damned thing at Great America, due to being mortified by the seatbelt on the Grizzly not fitting me by an inch or two. If you think I wanted to try any other ride after that, you're crazy. Spent a while being infuriated by an alternating host of issues: their refusal to accommodate anyone my size; the fact that I am this out of shape; and the fact that I was so upset by the idiotic policies of a place I wasn't even interested in going to in the first place.

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