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Hi commenters!

Is everyone okay with my importing my entire LJ + comments to Dreamwidth?

From what I can tell, all comments will be imported from some sort of external file I can't modify, so I cannot say someone commented something they did not. Also, you can login via OpenID and edit your comment. If something gets in the way of comment editing (such as anonymous comments), please let me know, and I will delete your comment or screen it or etc.

Thanks,
Oyce
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Sun, Apr. 12th, 2009 03:04 am
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Eeeee! Have Dreamwidth account! Am still Oyceter there. I have been horrible at keeping track of who is there; let me know if you are!

So far, am not completely migrating everything over until I have enough time to tinker around and figure out how everything works, but I probably will do so eventually.
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Blogiversary!

Mon, Feb. 4th, 2008 12:39 pm
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Well, sort of. Unsurprisingly, I managed to forget the actual fifth anniversary of this LJ on 2/1, probably due one deadline panic or another.

When I got this back in 2003, I never thought that I'd still be posting five years later, much less have a readership greater than ten people who already knew me. But I am, and I have, and more than that, I've met many really good friends via LJ who have become RL friends as well and been exposed to a lot more than I ever would have encountered by myself, from politics to books to even submitting things for print publication.

So: wow. And thanks to everyone who reads and comments and lurks here; I feel like there is a small community, and that is just awesome.
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Help?

Fri, Nov. 30th, 2007 12:03 pm
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Argh. I renewed my paid LJ time just last month and am greedy and don't want to let go of my icons or Scrapbook. On the other hand, am irritated by flagging and tag limits.

Anyway, those of you on Mac, how do you back up your LJs? I used to use LJ Archive, but it seems to be Windows only.

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Wed, May. 30th, 2007 09:02 pm
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Hi people who just added me to your reading lists!

Thank you for reading! And if I met you at Wiscon, hi again!

As you've probably noticed, my LJ is currently being dominated by posts on Wiscon. I have two more panels I want to write up, and then it will probably be back to business as usual, which means lots of posts on whatever TV I happen to be watching at the moment (right now, Homicide: Life on the Streets and Romeo x Juliet on the anime side), whatever manga I happen to read, and whatever books I happen to read. Usually I watch and read things with an eye on how feminist and anti-racist they are. I occasionally interrupt with posts on knitting and/or rats.

I have insanely organized tags and LJ memories if you want to browse.

Also, as always, if you find yourself getting bored by the cracktastic manga posts or don't feel like reading anymore, feel free to defriend; I won't take any offense.

- Oyce
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Sorry, LJ, I am totally spamming you.

But I nearly forgot! I have now been on LJ for four years, yikes.

This post makes 2,129.

And because I can't think of any good content, I will now go with a totally self-centered and navel-gazing poll.

[Poll #919085]
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Sun, Nov. 12th, 2006 10:51 pm
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Ha! I have managed enough CSS to make myself a banner graphic at the top of my LJ without using tables! Joy!

It is probably a sign of extreme dorkiness that now I want to convert my entire LJ layout so that it is table-less. Given the amount of time that stupid banner took (make minor edit in Photoshop, save to .jpg, upload to Scrapbook, find URL, compile S2 style, find that one detail is off, start over), table-less-ness is probably not a good idea. Also, my style probably doesn't work at all in various browsers, as I am being a bad web person and not testing. Oh well! For once, I am not going for usability!

I figure anyone who hates it can always append ?format=light or use the most wonderful thing ever, bookmarklets (don't work in IE6 and above). My favorites are "zap colors" and "zap images." Pretty much the only reason I finally ended up switching from Generator to A Sturdy Gesture and from S1 to S2 (besides tags) was so that I could have custom comment pages. Usually I find custom comment pages a huge annoyance, but the one good thing about A Sturdy Gesture is that even if you zap colors and zap images, the boxes and indents around the comments remain, so I can still read the entire comment tree coherently, as opposed to completely losing track of who is replying to whom.

I would also like to note that that stupid 1 pixel border under the banner image took forever to figure out because I completely forgot about the border-bottom attribute. *headdesk*

I am so obsessive!

Also, I got really sick of my pink-and-grey scheme really, really fast. So now it's all pink and girly and I can pretend it's spring already and the very bestest thing ever is that the theme is "Sakura of DOOM!"

I am so twelve, but I love it so much.

Ha!

Fri, Oct. 6th, 2006 08:46 pm
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Triumph! I have gone back and tagged all of my LJ entries!

I am now quite embarrassed about old entries, but oh well.

Now to just completely revamp my Memories; standardize entry titles for tv episodes, books, movies, and etc.; double-check said tags; redo my sidebar; and then everything will be ship shape and wonderful and completely obsessive-compulsively reordered.

It is quite possible that I was a librarian in a previous life.
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Hi everyone!

Hi especially to those of you who just got here! And, of course, hi to everyone who is reading, and thank you for reading!

I suspect most people here are probably aware that the cultural appropriation debate now ranges far and wide (a good round-up, for those curious).

I'd like to note that I'm probably going to be posting even more on race and culture and ethnicity in the future, more so than I was before. I was going to apologize if this made anyone uncomfortable, but I think it's an uncomfortable topic and attempting to make it one isn't something I can really do. Also, heck, I feel uncomfortable talking about it, particularly in front of an audience, but I feel it's important, and I'd like to keep talking.

It's not like I haven't posted about this in the past, particularly with regard to Asian-inspired/-influenced SF and fantasy, but there's going to be even more of it now! I feel it may have been somewhat deceptive to not post about it in the past even more, just because this topic is near and dear to my heart and because it affects nearly everything I think every day. So, there will still be book posts and rat posts and knitting posts and food posts! But there will also be more book-and-race, rats-and-race (rat race? Hee!), knitting-and-race, and food-and-race posts as well. And many of these posts will very likely be uncomfortable in nature.

I'm noting this and screening comments so that anyone can defriend me if they like (naturally, anyone can defriend me whenever!! But I figured I'd like to put it out since it's such a touchy topic), and I won't be offended. I will, of course, be sorry to see you go, but I say that not to put pressure on you to not go, but to say that even if you do, I've valued being read and being responded to, and I'd like to express that.

- Oyce

Memeage

Thu, Apr. 20th, 2006 12:06 am
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Another take on that odd writing meme going around:

What kind of person do you think I am from my LJ, if that's how you know me? Or, alternately, if you know me off my LJ as well, how does me off-LJ differ from me on-LJ?

I figure this is less puzzling than figuring it out from people's fiction. Also, the divide or the odd shift between the written word and the spoken always interests me. I keep finding that when I meet LJ people in RL, they feel different from what I expected, but they still sound exactly like their LJ. It's just that my perception was shifted somewhat, and when I meet them, it gets realigned or something.
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LJ awkwardness

Wed, Feb. 22nd, 2006 06:17 pm
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Siiiigh. I keep doing this, but I think I need to trim my friends list again. No, not trim. Halve =(. I've just been feeling incredibly overwhelmed by things, and then I feel guilty when people post good discussions on LJ and I'm not able to follow them because I'm too tired. I've been really skimming over everything for the past few months now; I don't comment much anymore just because I haven't been paying enough attention to really say anything. Also, just the act of skimming makes me feel even more hurried and pressured, and then I feel like I have even less energy and less time to actually think about things. And I don't particularly like interacting that way.

And before people mention the filter thing -- I tried doing filters, and I just don't like them. They don't really work for me, because I personally know that there are more posts to read, and that makes me feel worse that I'm skipping them.

This is, of course, my desperate and rather selfish attempt to avert drama, because some people will inevitably be hurt in the process, despite nearly everyone on LJ's attempts to separate friendship from the friends list. It's hard to, and I apologize in advance, because even having someone say that they still like you as they decide not to read your posts on a daily basis (or... every other day, if you're me) isn't easy at all. But yes, if you are on my reading list, now or in the past, it is because I enjoyed reading you and knowing you and that being taken off doesn't mean that I have suddenly stopped liking you.
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Random notes

Fri, Feb. 17th, 2006 05:34 pm
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1. Woe. Brain has been eaten by Saiyuki and Olympics. Must find more Kenren/Tenpou fic. Hope desperately that two opposing zombie-like forces do not combine in one frightening nightmare involving the Sanzo-ikkou figure skating and snarking about their horrible spandex costumes, complete with Sanzo threatening to shoot the commentators, the judges, and his fellow competitors.

2. Yay Evan Lysacek! I am going to the special hell for ogling at his loooong legs. And yay Plushenko, even though he wasn't skating as well as I've seen him. I feel like sticking my tongue out at the commentators because I like his program when he is on. I continue to dislike Johnny Weir (oops, nearly typed "Johnny Weird") because of his interviews and his costumes. And yay Jeffrey Buttle, who I like!

3. Am greatly looking forward to ice dancing and rooting for Belbin and Agosto.

4. Am ignoring the fact that Tanith Belbin's free skate costume involves cutaways with pink underneath. I like them too much for mockage (well, at least open mockage).

5. Yarn market tomorrow! Wallet is doomed.

6. Finally got smart about book buying moratorium and headed over to the library, where I managed to get Midnighters 2, Queen of Attolia, the Sharon Shinn YA (I am giving her one more chance, hoping desperately that I just dislike the Samaria books), a book set in 1600s France and involving swashbuckling and somehow shelved with the new fantasy books, book 5 of Fables, and Rebecca Tingle's sort of sequel to The Edge of the Sword.

7. Have been thinking about the book posts and the oddness of not knowing how many people read my LJ or what they're interested in, and how comments are rather deceptive in this regard. This will probably come out as some giant, meta, totally incoherent post later, but right now, the general reaction on my end is: "Huh."

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Wed, Nov. 9th, 2005 03:14 pm
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I want to make some sort of big post about LJ and communication and how people communicate through different methods, but I'm too tired to actually be coherent, so you all get random thoughts.

[livejournal.com profile] fannishly friended me a long time ago, but she only started posting about a year ago, around this time, actually. I started commenting, to find that she a) was my age, b) was from Taiwan, c) went to a primarily English/expat school like me, and d) lived only ten minutes away! So we met up.

(Hey, [livejournal.com profile] fannishly, it's an anniversary! Aka, excuse to go out and eat and have good food! Let's go!)

It could have been a one-off thing, but we started watching movies together, and then had weekly movie nights, and then eventually became roommates. All the while, we were still IM-ing, emailing, blogging about our separate lives and our encounters with each other, and commenting on each other's posts on LJ.

It's very interesting because this is the first time I've had both modes of communication available. Actually, I wish it were possible with more people, but since there's that whole geographical barrier...

So sometimes I'll find out about how Angela is doing via her LJ. Actually, that's how I usually find out, despite the fact that we live together. This isn't to say that it's hiding of info. thing; we do the small talk bit and the "how was your day" thing when I get home from work, but a lot of the details get revealed in LJ entries.

Same for me too ... I do try to tell people when I'm feeling bad and stuff, but with a conversation (phone or IM or in person), there's always a sense of 50-50, that the attention should be split equally between participants, especially if it's a one-on-one conversation. In LJ, I don't feel so guilty or selfish going into all sorts of boring personal detail, or going on and on about specific things because it's my LJ.

I was actually a little hesitant earlier on, because I thought it would be odd having the ongoing LJ entries with life commentary with the other person right in the same room, but it's actually been a really nifty thing.

Angela's also a very open person to begin with, which is really nice, since I tend to be more of the passive-aggressive, never bring up bad stuff type. So there's this sort of neutral space in the house, where there are boundaries and etc., but then we each have our own LJs, which are ours.

So even when Angela does post about me in her LJ, I know it's from her POV, not directed at me, and when I respond, I sort of tend to put on my LJ-hat and use it to address the concerns she raises in her entries. And LJ does sort of support that -- the post takes up most of the space and the comments are supplementary (though important and fun).

And a lot of the time it's easier for me to talk about things that are bugging me in my LJ instead of over the phone or in person, because if it's on LJ, I feel less like I'm monopolizing people's time with my problems or making them listen to me yammer on, or etc. I do realize that people who are my friends will want to hear from me, but there's still that bit of my brain that feels awkward.

Anyway. Yes. I have now run out of words, so I will stop.

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Fri, Oct. 14th, 2005 06:26 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] coffee_and_ink says this:

I persevere because I feel an unjustifiable and religious conviction that art is important, and that art includes all the despised genres and media I love, science fiction and fantasy and romance and historical novels and children's books and comics and manga and television and musicals and anime and film, and that if I keep talking about this stuff -- not to tell you that what you think is important is wrong, but to keep talking about what I love and why and what I hate and why -- maybe you will come to think so, too. Or maybe you'll speak up and change my mind; which is an outcome to appreciate, too. (from here)


And [livejournal.com profile] rilina says this:

My reading life over the past 2.5 years would have been much poorer if I wasn't on LJ. So to all of you? Many thanks. (from here)


I'm posting this here because I've felt lately that I don't know why I'm writing in LJ. I'm writing entries for all the books I read because I decided to do that last year, I write entries on TV shows to be in fandom, and I blog about my rats and food. But recently, I've been feeling that my LJ is very short on content, or useless, or something. And I say this not to beg for comments or reassurance, but to remind myself that even if no one read it, I blog for me, and I think I may have forgotten that along the way. Either that, or it is the evil Kronk voice of depression speaking.

It is somewhat disingenuous to say that I blog for myself, because I could very well be scribbling away in private entries or my paper journal (which has fallen into a dusty grave of deep booshelf-dom). I don't do this because I love the interactivity of LJ, because I love the meshing of the private and the public, and most of all, because my life for the past two years would have been much poorer without reading people's entries on books, genre, TV, fandom, movies, knitting, politics, rants, all the entries on their daily lives and pet pictures. I love all of that. I've written little bits of my life up and put them out in that great unknown of internet-space (I hate the term cyberspace), and in return, I've gotten book recs and sympathy, friends and looks into other people's lives.

I feel like I'm not much contributing to this larger discussion anymore, that I'm posting just because it's a habit. I've largely stopped commenting in people's journals, and I've been having a really tough time keeping up with everything that's being posted. I just hacked my flist to bits the other day as well.

And yet, even while I'm sitting here and feeling fairly demoralized about my own LJ, I haven't even given a thought to giving it up.

I must think that the things I write about are important and that the act of writing is important. The strangest part is that I've never thought of myself as a writer, especially not when I see so many people on my flist publishing books, writing fic, and etc.

Anyhow, I write about my life and the things I love, and I post it out here, for the entire world to see, because I think these glimpses into people's lives are important. It doesn't solve a lot of problems, but it helps me see more from another person's perspective, it gives me pieces of different worlds that I would otherwise never see. I know that the LJ world is still limited by those who can afford an internet connection and computer and the like, but it's still a broader world than I would have otherwise seen.

I write about books, all kinds of books, because I love books. I love romances and sci-fi and fantasy and YA and non-fiction and chick lit and manga and comics. I will also mock them mercilessly at times. I do this because I care about books; I want them to be good, I want to enjoy them and rec them, not throw them across the room. And yes, I think books are important; words are in my blood and my brain. I think genre is important, I think playing with genre is important, I think guilty pleasures are important.

I write about TV and movies and music and dance and musicals and theater (ok, more the first two than all the others, but still) because I enjoy narrative in any form and because I would shrivel up and die without having this other space for the imagination, for displaying what people can do with their bodies and their minds.

I write about depression because I think it's important to talk about it, and because I dealt with it much better because I knew other people who had talked about it and wrote about it. I don't write about it or talk as much as I think would be good, but that's something I'm trying to work on. And having a circle of people I could write about this to was and is immensely helpful.

I write about rats and knitting and clothes and trees and stuffed animals because I love these things and because I hope someone else out there loves them too and gets a bit of joy out of reading about someone else liking them.

And I write because I like to blather and compose entries in my head.

I forgot what my point was, but... I am trying to take more time with LJ and sit through and actually read, because I hate feeling like I'm skimming. It feels like I'm just floating on the surface of life and not actually venturing in because I feel like I don't have enough time. But that makes no sense, because when I do skim, I'm not getting anything out of it, so that's an even larger waste of time.
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Sat, Aug. 20th, 2005 12:12 pm
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Due to unfortunate RL circumstances, I am feeling very paranoid about things I am posting here. I have severely hacked my flist; apologies if you were one of them, but I am feeling very nidgy about who has access to flocked posts right now. Pretty much anyone who I feel unfamiliar with or who doesn't post much has been trimmed off. Anonymous comments will now have the IP address tracked. All my book posts and assorted TV/movie/BPAL reviews and etc. will still be public, but there will be much less personal info. here.
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Tue, Aug. 9th, 2005 02:11 pm
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I tried getting myself veggie burgers from Trader Joe's, because I had veggie burgers for the first time in the company cafeteria and decided I liked the chewy bean-ness. Unfortunately, the ones I got this time attempt to pretend they are meat.

I do not understand this vegetarian-food-trying-to-be-meat thing. I like vegetable texture. For that matter, I like meat texture too. Vegetable-pretending-to-be-meat just sort of tastes odd. I'd much rather prefer to eat vegetables that taste like they're vegetables.

In other news, I cleaned the rat cage yesterday. This always generates much excitement from the rats, which in turn amuses me, seeing how the cage is basically exactly the same. I think wiping away all the old cage smell and starting with new cage smell is essentially the same as getting a brand new cage every week to them! Wah, sometimes I wish I were a rat! I could just laze around in my cage all day and be scritched and fed by my adoring owner.

From the LJ of Fitz-rat )

From the LJ of Fool-rat )
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Poll!!!

Tue, Aug. 2nd, 2005 10:36 pm
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I succumb to LJ fashion and post a poll.

Actually, I am really bored and want to be distracted from my drippy nose and sore throat.

[Poll #544903]
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Mon, Jul. 4th, 2005 10:47 pm
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ARGH!

*beats self over head with S2*

I like my layout. Why is it so difficult to convert my layout to S2? Why can't they make some sort of nice HTML --> S2 converter thing, or ... something! ARGH!! This never fails to make me feel extremely stupid.

All I want to do is to be able to tell my LJ what to look like using plain old HTML.

*kicks S2*
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Routine LJ meta

Fri, Jul. 1st, 2005 05:41 pm
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I have new lenses in my glasses. My eyes are not adjusting happily. Nay, in fact they are complaining mightily.

Yay, I used "Nay" and "mightily" in the same sentence! /end dork

No real plans for my lovely, lovely two-day weekend, except maybe lots of bumming around, hopefully getting through some library books, knitting, crocheting, and much television watching. That is, if my eyes stop mightily complaining.

In other news, for those of you not thrillingly absorbed in my eye complaints, there are apparently more people reading this. Yeep. Hi new people (and lurkers I don't know about)!

Figure it's as good of a time as any to do the routine LJ meta post:

Here is a generic post by me. It is embarrassingly on target, except it doesn't have nearly enough run-on sentences to truly encapsulate how I write. Or exclamation points, come to think.

I add and subtract journals from my reading list at will, and I am currently having a bit of a hard time keeping up with things, since I don't filter my reading list.

Unless I've been horribly stupid and mis-categorized a post (it has happened), all public posts are public, free to be linked to or discussed elsewhere. Of course, I always like to know if there is discussion elsewhere, but honestly, there is no need to feel bad about not letting me know.

I update my Memories every month or so, and have a nice, handy-dandy sidebar on the main page (I am very proud of my sidebar and the stupid nested tables nearly killed me).

Erm, yup, that's all I can think of. Oh, also, I ramble. A lot. About very random things.

Comments and introductions (new new people, old new people, lurkers) very welcome!
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Mon, Jun. 27th, 2005 10:14 pm
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Ok I give up. I am tempted by S2, mostly for the perk of having all my icons displayed by my posted entries.

Alas, I have attempted serious dabbling in S2, and I have very little clue how to recreate my current layout. With user pictures in each entry. I beseech the flist for help.

ETA: seeing as how S2 has kicked my ass (again!), I have had to recompense by fiddling around with my banner image instead. Le sigh.
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