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So, last week I had the worst stomach bug I've had in years. This week I have a cold.

Thus far February can seriously just fuck off.

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While I'm sure it's all put together for simplicity to keep costs and the like down, and that my request probably doesn't appear all that often, it's still very annoying not to be able to book a flight for one person and a hotel room for two!


Considering what the other things going on, that this is the worst thing I'm personally dealing with right now means I don't really have much right to complain, but what is LJ for if not the occasional bit of self indulgent whining?

There is other stuff going on that's less self indulgent that I could whine about, but despite it having been an issue for about ten years now I've only even admitted it out loud once and I'm not sure I can manage doing it again.

Also my back is fucked right now. I need a new one. And possibly someone to hit me with a stick if I'm not sitting properly at my computer.

I am tired and rambly today. I should post something sensible over on Dreamwidth this weekend.

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In 2012, ariskari resolves to...
Go drawing three times a week.
Admit my true feelings to harper_bell.
Overcome my secret fear of halfblood chronicles.
Cut down on my roleplaying.
Ask my boss for a nightchild.
Connect with my inner bleach.
Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

I think connecting with my inner bleach might not be the wisest of plans. Unless it's just a weird way of telling me I could do with a detox. Which after the indulgences of Christmas is a fair point.

As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ

Originally posted by moerlin at As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ
I was gonna update this with much happier stuff, but for the past week I've just been so enraged with LJ's asshattery that I've had it to here.

In case you didn't know, on 12/12 they first announced sneakily on the Russian journal of LJ's design guy that with new changes being implemented tomorrow, there will be no more subject lines in comments and that this change was "non-negotiable" (good round-up and translation here). I'm sure you all realize that this will basically make fandom and RP communities unusable. LJ's staff, however, doesn't give a shit. At least 18 pages of 100% negative feedback didn't sway them.

They've backpedaled some and will make keeping comment subject lines optional in some S2 styles, but the default (that 99% of communities are running right now) will decidedly be subject-less! Not to mention that their new and frankly, fucking ugly design will take forever to load and make the site a pain to use on mobile browsers.

And oh, it looks like they might be taking away the drop-down menu to select icons as well, so you'll have to load all your icons as pictures to select them. Lovely. (I will beta-test tonight to see if this is actually true.)

Really, I don't know why I'm surprised. LJ is always fucking with the parts of the site that actually work and breaking them, so this is just another instance of that. Because seriously, who are subject lines hurting by just being there? (And no, it can't be a matter of server strain, considering the new "graphic" interface will definitely be using up more resources - so much fun when there's DDoS attacks!)
As far as I know, they've never once listened to their customers, so those thousands of comments already posted probably won't do shit. I've left a message expressing my concerns about the new comment pages here anyway; so if you want to do that too, go for it! If anything, it helps with the rage. ;)

FYI: Dreamwidth is feeling Christmasy has reacted to LJ's bullshit and has open account creation (no invite codes needed) for the rest of the week. Might be a good idea to get your back-up or new home, whatever the case may be, up and running now.

In related news my shiny new Dreamwidth account is also ariskari. I haven't actually done anything with it yet, but if you're there drop me a bell?

Nanowrimo day 6

Just got back from a Nano write in. Twas moderately productive :D Well...moderately is probably selling it short because I managed to get 2000 words written while there, which is likely considerably more than I'd have managed if I'd just sat around trying to type while watching Angel, which is what I spent yesterday and the first part of today doing.

I even resorted to the panic jar...although that was more out of curiosity and for the challenge than out of actual panic. The things I ended up drawing out are as follows:

"You never know when a Chinese cat burglar might come in handy" - used
DAVE - used
More Rainbows
A demonically possessed ice cream scoop

Rainbows shouldn't be too difficult to include. But the ice cream scoop...the story is about detectives trying to track down a serial killer who seems to believe himself to be the anti-christ, or at least have a strong link to hell, but I'm not sure there are actual demons floating around that can possess ice cream scoops. Or anything else for that matter. Maybe it's something from a dream :p


Why do I always do this? Halloween rolls around and some of the communities I lurk on have creepypasta posts where people try to creep each other out. Every time I go in there to investigate and every damn time I end up twitchy as fuck, trying to watch all parts of my room at once.

Ten minutes of reading and I'm all jumpy after dark for days!

Although this year I did have the novelty of one of the links making me jump right the fuck out my skin! I came damn close to dropping my breakfast on the floor and felt sick for almost the entire morning my stomach clenched so hard. Half tempted to send it to my flatmate. He would probably shoot straight through the roof :p