cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (jeeves/wooster)
I make a plebefic header post just about every day (Science suggests that in the past year the average is 1 day in 2). That's a lot of posts. When I started saving them and posting them 5 per day, in summer 2007, I really had no notion that it was going to become such a long-term thing. At that point, all the scattered occasions I'd posted them in the past had simply been tagged "badfic", so I kept that tag on them until last week.

Aaaaand as a result, my "badfic" tag was completely unusable for finding any posts except the header posts. Whenever I'd want to find a specific old post from that tag, I'd have to wade through pages and pages of headers instead.

The obvious solution was to remove the "badfic" tag from the header posts only, but I couldn't think how. I thought there ought to be some kind of batch-edit function. Dreamwidth does have an Edit Entries page, but you can't batch edit tags the way you can edit metadata in many music players. And anyway, I'd have to be able to take "Posts tagged with 'badfic' and 'headers & summaries'" as the group to edit, then overwrite all the tags on those posts with just one (in order to delete the tag from those posts but leave it on other ones). Dreamwidth doesn't yet have "and" filtering for tags, and Edit Entries doesn't work by tag anyway - the only thing you can do with posts grouped by tag is rename or delete their tags. And there's not a way to search for "Posts tagged 'X' but not 'Y'".

At first I thought that such a batch-edit feature might be useful, so I was considering submitting it to [site community profile] dw_suggestions, but then I realized it usually wouldn't be very useful. If you're talking about batch-editing all posts with a certain tag or combination of tags, it would certainly be useful to be able to re-set the security on all of them at once or to delete all of them at once (this might already be in the pipeline - I'm not sure, but it sounds familiar), but the ability to edit all their tags at once? In order to batch-edit the tags, you'd have to overwrite what was already there, and how often would you want to take a group of posts which all have different combinations of tags and erase all of those, thereby losing information? You usually wouldn't. You'd want to rename a single tag, everywhere it appeared.

[personal profile] waxjism thought I'd have to go through the "headers & summaries" tag and manually delete the "badfic" tag from each and every post, which would probably have taken the next six months or more (more, probably, because I'd get bored and give up). Fortunately I realized I could do it backwards: what I did instead was skim backwards through the "badfic" tag, opening every post that wasn't to do with plebefic headers in a new window (total: 79; total posts tagged "headers & summaries": 336). In the "edit tags" page for each entry I deleted "badfic" and replaced it with a new tag, "greeble". When that was done I deleted the "badfic" tag from the Manage Tags page, then renamed "greeble" to "badfic". It was still labor-intensive compared with how I wish the internet/computers worked, but at least I was able to finish in a couple of hours.

It's so annoying when you are completely sure that the computer should be able to do this (like Delicious.com! It should be able to filter out all duplicates on the Recent page instead of showing every single person who saved something!) and it just can't (yet).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (i kind of dig this)
I was thinking the other day about how I have pared down the uses to which I subject this, my main blog! When I was 19 or 20, sometimes I'd make up to 17 posts a day. I used to post to livejournal:

★ Links to stories I really liked as I read them; today I post these to cimness via bookmarklet as I go.
Before Delicious, I kept an html file open at all times in which I put other recs in the order I read them, writing them up as I went, and every month or so I'd sort them by fandom and upload the new ones to the frontpage of my recs site, then go through and individually add them to the alphabetized fandom pages. Delicious has made my life a lot better.


★ Amusing quotes from badfic as I read it; today I save these and post them in daily batches of five.

★ Links to political & interesting news items, and blog posts from other sites; today I post these to Twittercimness as I go (though today there are more of them, since I didn't follow Cake Wrecks, FailBlog, I Can Has Cheezburger, or the "Blog" of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks in 2002).

★ Beautiful images I stumbled across; today I post these to cimness (along with lots, lots more images).

★ Quotes from whatever book I was reading that I particularly loved; today I post these to cimness.

★ Random thoughts as they crossed my mind; today I post these to Twittercimness, and when I used to, even as a teenie, occasionally feel constrained not to post every thought, that's actually the whole point of Twitter, which is nice.

In fact, of all the things I used to post, the only ones that remain are

★ Rants and essays and thoughts about fandom, and

★ Diary-like recollections from my life.

Now I also post organized sets of plebefic headers and shoes regularly, but I didn't start those until later.

In conclusion: ten years have brought wondrous advances to the world of blogging technology! Almost all of these acts of posting are a lot easier now than they were then, too. The only thing that isn't is posting to Dreamwidth, because I don't have an awesome Linux client for it to compare with Semagic back in the day (though I saw someone posting about a new one recently, I didn't feel up to investigating it).
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
After my post a week and a half ago in which I said that I'd been thinking about taking my content off LJ, I didn't actually do it - not so much because I wasn't sure that it was a good idea as because I was lazy. But, you know, it only happens if you actually do it, as I realized rather abruptly when I read [personal profile] merryish's post here. Advocating such a move without making the move myself as I did is a bit like campaigning without voting, so I'm not going to be crossposting to lj anymore. This presents little problem nowadays, as I've basically stopped using the filter/lock functions of my journal anyway, which is the only barrier to syndication. It's easy enough to follow the journal via RSS if you want to.

It's also easy to comment on Dreamwidth using your LJ account - just login using the OpenID option and your lj info.

And as previously stated, I have 17 DW invite codes which I'll happily give to anyone who isn't a spambot.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
I just want to point out that after removing the undeclared gender option after all (itself after saying they weren't going to) and beginning to use pop-up ads with malware, last night (apparently it was some weeks ago, but took a while to spot) LJ accidentally (I mean, they claim, but I believe them) added scripts that redirect all outbound links to certain business sites which add their referrer information at the expense of accidentally stripping everyone else's. After a few hours of people complaining, they got to work removing the code again and explained themselves, so that should all be over now, although I'm sure I'll see the rest of fandom discovering the old news without noticing the ETAs for a week.

Look, sure, LJ's been falling down and getting back up for years, ever since it stopped being a garage project and became a business, and that is normal. Yes, businesses want to make money, and for years I was the first cynic to eyeroll and say "What did you expect?" every time it happened. The fact that we expect businesses to try to screw us over if they can, and the fact that in LJ's case they frequently didn't even mean to screw up, doesn't mean we should just sit back and do nothing about it. After a certain point I, at least, get disgusted enough to walk away. To use a real-world business metaphor, I'd rather go a bit out of my way to buy a service from someone who isn't known to frequently, for example, destroy one's dry-cleaning or give one the wrong order out of incompetence. (This is why my dad and I stopped using Kinko's when I was a kid, and it actually was much less convenient to use the University printer - their business hours, for one thing. And their much smaller selection of paper. They were cheaper, though.)

I don't mind the ads - in fact I ignore them and can get rid of them easily - and I don't worry about malware because I'm running a reasonably secure Linux system. But that doesn't stop badly-designed ad scripts from screwing up the page loading on a regular basis, so that for example, the links on the page only work if I click my Readability style bookmarklet (I use eBook with medium margins) to strip the existing style before the page finishes loading all the way. And hey, ads don't piss me off in themselves - that's how the Internet pays for itself. On the other hand, malware and scripts that break the page (or the referrer link) do piss me off, because it's kind of nice, when people are trying to make money from other people's computer use, if they don't then make it impossible to keep using the computer. Seriously? You couldn't browser-test it? (And malware breaks your computer on purpose if you're running Windows and don't quite know what you're doing, and hey, it's ultimately my fault that my mother and clueless little sister sometimes visit livejournal, so, yeah, I'm pissed off.)

I've had three people in the past few weeks, one of them my wife, say they stopped using Dreamwidth because everyone they know wants to comment on LJ except me. My wife says she never gave them money in the first place (someone surprised her with a permanent account years ago), so she has nothing on her conscience. And look, I have people who keep commenting on my lj entries too, and am fortunate that the whole meta/media fandom circle with which I typically interact was the first one to move. It's too bad that I keep missing the comments on lj or getting them late because going to the lj site to read my flist there or check my comments is so practically and morally unpleasant. The thing is, if you keep using lj because other people are doing it, you're providing the content that lj is selling. You're part of the giant ball-and-chain anchoring fandom to lj. I don't want to be part of that. (I keep thinking about deleting all my content from lj, not that it would hurt them, but just because it irritates me to have it there. And to have to go there to answer comments on it.)

And I have Dreamwidth codes (seventeen of them), as does everyone I see on Dreamwidth, because the demand slowed down a long time before the supply did. At this point I have ceased to expect that anyone will ask for one, but there it is! I'll give one to anyone who isn't a spambot.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (Default)
Well, my paid lj account has finally expired! I'm a bit relieved to be rid of it, in fact. Since I opened commenting in both places, I've had very few on lj, which I didn't really expect. It's interesting - and nice! - to reflect that I am so firmly situated in the segment of fandom that has moved house. I've seen other people's posts via metafandom indicating that that isn't the case for them, and that would be distressing.

So I've successfully moved my picture hosting now to Google's Picasa. If you have a gmail or other google account, you can sign in there, and link them up easily; and you can tag, caption, re-order, embed, export links, etc etc, as well as sharing your albums to allow selected other people to modify them - this last is already a huge step up in functionality (and even if I weren't finding it useful I'd still find it awesome because eee! Living in the future!). The only downside to Picasa I have so far discovered is that I have to use the Picasa program to upload; it doesn't integrate with the desktop browser (in my case, since I'm using Gnome-Ubuntu-based Linux Mint, Nautilus).

Surprisingly enough, it seems the zillion images that are already in my lj picture folders haven't been deleted. I don't know if they just haven't gotten around to it or what. If they do all get deleted, I'm sorry to say I won't be fixing all the links in my shoe posts - it's just way, way too many to go back and manually re-code all of them.

What I hadn't considered was that not giving lj any more money would mean I see ads now. I believe it used to be the case that basic accounts didn't have to see ads when they were logged in, only plus accounts? But I can't find any way to turn them off. It's really annoying to have ads tacked onto the end (or beginning) of a story you're attempting to read - even more annoying than reading on LJ already was. Seriously, people putting your fic on LJ, move into the 21st century, for Bob's sake, and get a Dreamwidth and/or A03 invite! Everyone has more DW invites than they know what to do with, and the waiting list for AO3 codes is quite short. Just mosey over there and stick your email on it.

I've also reached a happy stage of only checking my lj flist - for a handful of journals, but mostly for the communities that haven't moved - every couple of days.

I'm never going to get rid of my lj account entirely because I will need it for commenting, if nothing else. But I can't wait until dw's read-your-lj-flist functionality rolls out.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (jeeves/wooster)
I read in [site community profile] dw_suggestions that Dreamwidth now has a feature for community maintainers that allows you to set it so new members who join a community are automatically taken to an FAQ post. What a useful feature! The landscape of fandom would change SO DRASTICALLY that it's sort of hard to imagine what it would even be like if noobs stopped posting without following the rules, you know?

Which brings me to personal journals. As ridic as that would be, sometimes I think it'd be good to do something like that for those too. Bob knows there have been innumerable incidents on both sides (people I should have had a quick-start intro to when I started reading their journals for ease of comprehension, and people who obviously missed the quick-start info displayed prominently in my profile from their initial comments assuming that I live in the US, that I'm actually Finnish, that I'm not gay, that I agree with them that Fandom Wank & Mean Girls Everywhere are teh ebil, that I'm not a jew, that I obviously agree with them that gender-normative clothing IRL/the media is fun/empowering and not sexist).

Many of the former just continue to breed confusion, because it's kind of hard to find that stuff as a latecomer to a journal if it's not in the userinfo (which it often isn't, since many people like to keep that stuff somewhat private - which makes perfect sense). Even if someone is a religious user of tags, you can't really go through all of them looking for the clue.

Most of the latter require at most a few sentences' elucidation, but every now and then they stick me in the position of leaving a comment completely unreplied to because it's trying to initiate one of those conversations I've had a million times and got tired of a long time ago, like "But, hey, you guys, on the subject of RPS, I just had a thought: how would YOU feel?" (NB: Not an actual example from my journal. At least, not that I can remember. On the other hand, that happens all the time to fandom, which is unfortunately not able to direct all noobs to Fanlore and the Fandom Wank Wiki before they post anywhere.)

woo

2 Nov 2009 03:57 pm
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (can he type?)
So, I spent about 14 hours in the Dreamwidth Styles Vortex last night trying to:
  1. Fix the flaws in the other themes of my style which I shared publicly a long time ago

  2. Make a few new styles

  3. Separate every theme out into two levels (fonts & sizes vs. colors & background images)

  4. Migrate hard-coded CSS elements to DWS2C2 elements which can be customized by the end-user via the wizard

  5. Take every single theme I separated out and put them all back together (because the wizard only allows 1 theme layer and the User layer is auto-generated, so the colors kinda have to go in the theme after all)


Well... on the minus side, I became glassy eyed, stayed up till 6am, and didn't finish. And didn't finish reading the bunch of open story tabs I meant to read either. On the plus side, I figured out how it worked and successfully got the wizard working, even though I didn't finish bringing the themes over, and it actually is pretty easy.

On the OTHER minus side, I then slept too late to go to the post office yet AGAIN (post office closes at 4, I think, until Christmas season starts. Or maybe it's 6? I can never make sense of these bizarre Finnish business hours). I have it on good authority that the package contains 3 separate pieces of Iittala china from my Wonderkilling Grandpa Bob and his wife, which is Wax's and my first wedding present of the traditional type.

I woke up today and hooked my mouse and monitor back to Six again (because a WinBorg machine will not boot up and run without interface devices - LAME), turned my computer on in server mode, and copied all the files I've accumulated there over, then turned them both off and switched back over, so I'm now booted up at home on Leia and with all the bookmarks and images I've saved in the past few weeks moved back over. Plus, like 12 hours ago Wax finally got Samba working on Kubuntu again. Apparently the problem is that it doesn't come built into KDE the way it does in Gnome. So our LAN is back at last.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (reading)
A brand-new codepush has just adjusted the layout of the Userprofile module in the sidebar (ie default icon, display name, and the add-to-circle/send message/tell a friend link icons), and it affects the Paper Me layout I've made. It's not broken, per se, because that's how they wanted it, so you can use it if you like; but if not, here's how to put it back )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (who's the pretty one?)
6 more themes for my original dreamwidth layout, Paper Me, which I posted yesterday here (same instructions, 13 other themes). Despite being a brilliant-colored creature at heart, I added some slightly more dignified/soothing/low-contrast/neutral color schemes (and also some brilliant, one might say neon-colored ones). Read more... )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (we're all mad here)
I polished up the layout that I created for my DW journal to share with everybody else. It is not a theme for the existing layouts, but a new layout with all the links in a right-hand sidebar and a text title, meant to be used with wallpaper. Also I went crazy and made thirteen themes for it. :D

ETA: Sorry, the links work now!

Paper Me - Sugary Freesias Paper Me - Emphatically Take It Paper Me - Nouveau Going Under Paper Me - Header Img

Instructions & code + 13 images & live previews )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (yes)
[personal profile] damned_colonial has an excellent explanatory post about the legal issues involved in the "importing comments" debate wrt Dreamwidth.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (peaceful)
Thought I'd do my part to spread the word: if you used OpenID at Dreamwidth, then later got an actual DW, don't delete your OpenID account. Plans are in the pipeline to allow users to claim their OpenID accounts and associate them with their journals. (If you've already deleted it, I think you can undelete it.)
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (thattaway)
Well, I haven't actually been planning to make an Announcement about My Personal Reasons for Moving to Dreamwidth. Frankly, even the new divide of the flist into two parts or the new longer post- and comment word limits would be enough to get me to move, because I see that as a significant step forward in functionality. But those aren't the only reasons.

I've been waiting for a better alternative to LJ to come around for years, since the summer of 2002, when LJ started its policy of immediately deleting all the RSS feeds people tried to make of [journalfen.net profile] fandom_wank even though the community itself had already moved to Blurty. When I look at LJ as a fandom platform - which is what I use it for - I find it wanting. )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (<3)
Dreamwidth
I want to consolidate comments, like so many oppressor-people now making Dreamwidth their main center of operations. That means comments will be turned off on my posts at livejournal. Livejournal users can comment using their lj identity via OpenID (validate your OpenID email and get a million dollars some icon slots!). Account creation invite codes are pretty plentiful if you're involved in fandom social networks and accounts can also be bought with PayPal (currently, only if you have a PayPal account, but they're working on that).

Finnish carnivals, foods, revised cookie recipe
Yesterday was Vappen aka Vappu aka Valborgsafton aka Walpurgisnacht (if you go for German), the old pagan springtiemz holiday. As you've probably noticed today is May 1. Finland's mode of celebration involves public drunkenness and wearing white hats (on Vappen) followed by picnics on May Day. (It used to involve bonfires, but I guess we're a little too urban for that these days.) All we did yesterday, actually, was brave the huge hordes downtown to buy groceries and then come home and cook dinner, but my fusilli and mushrooms and broccoli in pesto sauce was a raging success. Also, I performed a social experiment by making my Toll House Cookies ) by the actual teaspoon (like the original recipe said) and not by the tablespoon, 12 vs. 9 to a baking sheet, and although I nearly burned a couple of trays, the ones that came out perfect were a definite improvement.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (princess)
Crossposter lag: Anyone else noticed that lj doesn't receive the dw posts till... in this case, it's already been 20 minutes? And last night on my first test, I edited the post right away to fix a typo, and the lj version of it showed up typo-free, so it must've waited a while before pulling the text.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (writing)
[personal profile] zvi has an informative post on the ways to read/comment on Dreamwidth posts from Livejournal:

How to follow someone who has moved to Dreamwidth.

The cross-platform compatibility of DW is part of why a lot of us are excited: because we'll be able to read and comment on our friends' posts on livejournal, and they'll be able to read and comment on our posts over on dw. There won't need to be a split.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (perfect)
The style team is on top of everything and they've renamed the properties in the Negatives style. That means that if you used my previous "Styling DW/Negatives for Noobs" copy/paste guide to changing the colours, they probably don't work anymore! Oops.

The good news is: it's easy to fix if you've only changed the colours1.

The even better news is: this is the last time you should have to do this. As [personal profile] aveleh says in [site community profile] dw_styles, "We don't expect to rename any more functions or properties[...] That is, we've moved from the "overhaul" stage, to the "patching" stage."

How to fix it: You can simply go back to Your Layers and click 'edit' next to the new layer you created and replace the old block of text with this. )



1. If you made a layout layer and copied the whole thing, it's obviously less easy; the property names will have changed throughout the layer functions which means you need to replace the whole layer except the CSS section, and carefully change the names of the properties in the CSS.
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (gay socks)
I thought I'd write up what I consider the main problems with the Negatives DW style and how I fixed them using CSS (not because I think that's in any way necessary, just mainly because I've spent so much goddamned time thinking about it already that I've got snippets of CSS swimming around in my brain). This will be meaningless to you if you don't know anything about CSS, but if you know some basic CSS it should be comprehensible: I'm hardly a guru, I just squint at things and use Google.

CSS, Negatives, and approximately 24 hours of my life over the past week )
cimorene: A black-and-white vintage photograph of 1920s singer Helen Kane in profile, with a dubious, side-eye expression (eyeroll)
Now that I've spent about 12 hours total css-styling my dreamwidth style ([personal profile] cimorene!), I like it much better than the lj style I based it on ([livejournal.com profile] cimness).

Except that I couldn't figure out why on earth the entry tags refuse to display inline, or why the currents are displaying with bullets (or more specifically, I can't find where the classes are to apply the style:none and display:inline to). I gave up temporarily. I'm sure I CAN find this information somewhere...

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