dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)

A bit of a grab-bag entry (er ... as though that's anything unusual) as I try to get ready for Pennsic.

Baitcon: I mentioned that there were lots of folks I was glad to see, and that the "folks I don't see often enough" category is too large. There were too many members of that category present for me to get to talk to everyone I wanted to. I'm glad of the chance to catch up with the ones I did manage to. I really need to plan a road trip to Boston (and several other places) once I have a car again.

On the whole I had a great time -- meteorological, culinary, musical, and social aspects were all wonderful -- and my body only "stole time" from me by forcing me to rest-more-than-healthy-people when I would rather have been making music or being social, rather than wiping out my weekend entirely. It was frustrating but I'm trying to recalibrate my expectations. (Much like the past couple years at Pennsic where I've had to pace myself in such a way that I get about a week worth of Pennsic in the two weeks spent there. Getting more folks to come hang out in my camp would help summat.)

After Baitcon: my right wrist has been excruciatingly painful since sometime on the way home from Baitcon. :-( Enough so that perhaps it's just as well that miscommunication interfered with my getting to 3LF rehearsal this week. I did find a position in which I can play bass guitar without aggravating it farther, but I'm not sure I can play double bass right now, and really vigorous strumming on guitar (like I do in HCB) would be a major problem. I've no idea what I did to it, and am feeling rather impatient about its healing, since I'm concerned about being able to play when it's time to perform.

Pennsic whoops: The somewhat Rube Goldberg shipping arrangements for a package I need from London, Ontario fell through. (The "fault", if one can be said to exist, lies more with the fragility of a plan involving so many steps, rather than the failure of any one person trying to do me a favour; also, my own lack of foresight in getting things moving early enough to compensate for glitches.) This has the potential to make my Pennsic significantly uncomfortable. I don't suppose there's anyone who could arrange to bring me two weeks worth of certain Canadian goods on such short notice? (Specifically the generic version of Reactine [Zyrtec] which I know I'm going to want in that dusty, smoky environment, and codeine+caffeine+acetaminophen tablets [unless a version with ibuprofen instead of aceteminophen exists], which I very much hope not to need, but am very likely to given that Pennsic is a bit rough on my body. The Reactine has to be the plain version, without any decongestant -- 10mg tablets preferred, though I can double up on 5mg pills or use a pill-splitter to chop 20mg ones in half.)

And not really a 'whoops', though I do wish I'd thought to ask earlier than this: is there anybody in my area (Baltimore) not going to Pennsic, who has a 12V deep-cycle battery that I could borrow for two weeks? Merely a convenience, as opposed to the rather more pressing medical needs in the preceeding paragraph, but hey, if it works out ...

And a little-whoops: I'm still looking to trade a 128MB Memory Stick Pro that I can't use (actually it's a Pro Duo in an adapter) for a 128MB or even a 64MB Memory Stick not-'Pro' that I can use. I meant to try to arrange such a trade for Baitcon but forgot.

Not related to anything in particular (1): Every so often a friend sets up, or tweaks, their custom filters to show journal entries on different topics to different people, and there's usually a round of "which filters do you want to be on?". If I'm actually getting around to reading everything and commenting that week, I usually say something like this, which I'll borrow [info] emeraldliz's words for because they're more concise than mine:

"I get tired of people deciding they suddenly need a dozen friends lists and asking people if they want to be on them. If I'm a friend- it's cuz I want to read your stuff. If you don't want me to read it, that's up to you. If I don't want to read it, it's up to me."

Note that I don't expect everyone on my friendslist who decides a month or a year or a decade from now to remember the Published Filter Policy of every person on their friendslist, so therefore I am not demanding that this statement be remembered and taken into account, but I figure I may as well at least put it out there just in case.

Actually, if there were an "add this user-plus-tag" option when friending someone or adding them to one of your own reading filters, then tags could be used to push the whole "opt-in filter" concept into the reader's sphere-of-control. (Even better would be that plus "except if this tag is present" as options, so that I could exclude certain only-occasionally-interesting and usually verbose subjects fom my "busy" reading filter, while still leaving them on my default view. It would have to be user+tag, not just tag-regardless-of-user, because different people use the same tag different ways.) As I've observed before, I'm sure there are folks who would like to be able to subscribe to my QotD entries without getting the rest of my journal.

Not related to anything in particular (2): I was thinking last week about what's nice about being in a place where lots of guys are wearing kilts, and was reminded of it at Baitcon when somebody made an appreciative comment about men in skirts (kilts and otherwise): It's been quite adequately demonstrated that a large percentage of women really like seeing men in kilts or in skirted garments in general. Not all of these women will be attracted to me, but in an environment where there are lots of kilts being worn, the odds are that for each woman present, there will be at least one guy she finds distractingly attractive wearing a kilt within visual range. So women at such events tend to be, if not exactly aroused per se, at least a little ... "revved up", "sparkly", happy, tittilated. And even when they're not looking at me, that energy is perceptible, and I find that energy, that undercurrent of awareness-of-aroused-females-of-my-species pervading the environment, to be pleasurable in itself. I like being around aroused women. It feels nice. A pleasant glow for an empath.

Really, I've never quite understood why so relatively few cisgendered American guys (outside of the Pagan community, Celtic festivals, medieval reenactment contexts, and the contradance scene) choose to wear unbifurcated garments, given how positively -- and usually quite openly so -- many women respond when they see men wearing such things. (Admittedly, I first noticed the connection as a side effect of being transgendered, but I eventually would've caught on from being at medieval events and Scottish events, and would have realized as several of my friends and acquaintances appear to have, that kilts tend to please the ladies.)

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:32am on 2007-07-07 under ,

Today's QotD entry includes a little layout change, sticking a graphic with a title attribute next to the quote. I don't know whether folks will see this as pointless, annoying visual clutter, innocuous decoration, a cute feature (see below), or a near-miss. Right now it's just a one-shot experiment; depending on feedback and how much energy + patience I have, I may make it a permanent fixture at some point, try other related ideas, or just drop it and leave my QotD entries pretty much as they've always been.

First, the gut reactions:

[Poll #212] Why the experiment? Well, after you answer the poll ... )
dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:30am on 2007-07-07 under ,

Today's QotD entry includes a little layout change, sticking a graphic with a title attribute next to the quote. I don't know whether folks will see this as pointless, annoying visual clutter, innocuous decoration, a cute feature (see below), or a near-miss. Right now it's just a one-shot experiment; depending on feedback and how much energy + patience I have, I may make it a permanent fixture at some point, try other related ideas, or just drop it and leave my QotD entries pretty much as they've always been.

First, the gut reactions:

[Poll #1016954] Why the experiment? Well, after you answer the poll ... )
dglenn: Me in poufy shirt, kilt, and Darth Vader mask, playing a bouzouki (vader)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 04:10pm on 2007-06-12 under , ,

Hmm. I shoulda seen that coming ...

When mirroring an LJ entry to GJ and IJ, if the entry contains an <lj ...> tag (e.g. <lj user="examplename"> => [insanejournal.com profile] examplename), the IJ and GJ copies of the entry will interpret the same tag as linking to a user of the same name on those sites. And similarly, if I try to link to a GJ member, the LJ copy of the entry will try to point to an LJ user with that name. Oof.

Unless TPTB decide to extend the <lj user=""> tag to have syntax that can point to other LJ-codebase sites (or maybe other OpenID sites in general), and all three sites install that feature, I've got a problem. Maybe I should just forego the convenience of <lj user=""> and <lj comm=""> and use longhand HTML to produce the same effect instead (maybe stick a macro in my .exrc file to help) ... but I think that would break the "automatically fix all your old tags to point to someone's new name when they rename their journal" feature, wouldn't it?

Thoughts? Suggestions? Obvious workarounds I've overlooked?

I'm glad I noticed this before getting around to copying all of my old LJ entries over to IJ and GJ.


[Edit: a test of doing things longhand (though I might simplify this a bit from the copy/paste version here, in practive):

This is what the <lj user="dglenn"> tag expands to on the three sites, minus a <span> tag that must reference a CSS style with too many side effects; for simplicity on my end, I could leave off the little symbol that links to someone's profile (note that GJ uses the same icon as LJ) and just do a plain old href on their name ... would folks miss the "this is an LJ/GJ/IJ user I'm pointing to" indicator and the convenient profile link, or does it not matter much?

Hmm. IJ doesn't link from the icon, and links the username to the profile instead of the recent-entries page -- odd. Bug?]

dglenn: Me in poufy shirt, kilt, and Darth Vader mask, playing a bouzouki (vader)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 04:08pm on 2007-06-12 under , ,

Hmm. I shoulda seen that coming ...

When mirroring an LJ entry to GJ and IJ, if the entry contains an <lj ...> tag (e.g. <lj user="examplename"> => [livejournal.com profile] examplename), the IJ and GJ copies of the entry will interpret the same tag as linking to a user of the same name on those sites. And similarly, if I try to link to a GJ member, the LJ copy of the entry will try to point to an LJ user with that name. Oof.

Unless TPTB decide to extend the <lj user=""> tag to have syntax that can point to other LJ-codebase sites (or maybe other OpenID sites in general), and all three sites install that feature, I've got a problem. Maybe I should just forego the convenience of <lj user=""> and <lj comm=""> and use longhand HTML to produce the same effect instead (maybe stick a macro in my .exrc file to help) ... but I think that would break the "automatically fix all your old tags to point to someone's new name when they rename their journal" feature, wouldn't it?

Thoughts? Suggestions? Obvious workarounds I've overlooked?

I'm glad I noticed this before getting around to copying all of my old LJ entries over to IJ and GJ.


[Edit: a test of doing things longhand (though I might simplify this a bit from the copy/paste version here, in practive):

This is what the <lj user="dglenn"> tag expands to on the three sites, minus a <span> tag that must reference a CSS style with too many side effects; for simplicity on my end, I could leave off the little symbol that links to someone's profile (note that GJ uses the same icon as LJ) and just do a plain old href on their name ... would folks miss the "this is an LJ/GJ/IJ user I'm pointing to" indicator and the convenient profile link, or does it not matter much?

Hmm. IJ doesn't link from the icon, and links the username to the profile instead of the recent-entries page -- odd. Bug?]

dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)
meme: "The LJ personality test: Just what are you like?" )

Hmm. I wonder how different the result would have been (and in what direction) if I hadn't deleted the interests in my profile in protest over the Strikethrough2007 kerfuffle and the official excuse that 6A thought "interests" specifically meant "stuff I like and approve of", and replaced them with just "censorship", "freedom of speech", and "nothing illegal".

(I've heard of folks doing the same thing out of fear that their interests would get them in trouble. I wasn't worried about mine, as I figured by the time we were getting hassled for the 'more controversial' of mine it would mean we were a good bit farther along the Neimoller progression. I deleted my interests in protest, not out of fear: 'if they're going to use the interests list that way and not in the ways LJ users have found useful, I'll make it not useful to them either, and replace it with a political statement.' I have not yet decided whether to restore the old list; I have a longer essay to write about interpretations of 6A's actions and the process (and prerequisites) of re-growing trust, and what I'm still making up my mind about.)

FWIW, my old interests list on my profile was:

"friendly", arisia, available light photography, bach, baitcon, balticon, bass guitar, bdsm, bondage, books, celtic music, chastity belts, cheese, chocolate, classic rock, cognac, computers, cooking, darkover, double bass, early music, echo's children, english country dance, erotica, filk, freedom of speech, garb, gratuitous hugs, guitar, hp3000, infrared photography, linux, ljmaps_dglenn, macos, mahler, mandolin, markland, mead, medieval, music, odd music, oud, pentax, photography, polyamory, polyamoury, recorder, renaissance, sca, science, science fiction, science fiction conventions, science fiction fandom, scottish music, snow, stout, swords, the homespun ceilidh band, three left feet, thrir venstri foetr, thunderstorms, trs-80, unix, vivaldi.

dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 04:16am on 2007-05-31 under ,

For commercial television, viewers are not the networks' customers, nor are television shows, ultimately, their product. Viewers are the networks' product, and the advertisers who pay big money to reach those viewers are the networks' customers. The programming is just an intermediate step, a byproduct, or,if you will, bait.

Who are Six Apart's (LiveJournal's) primary customers? The writers and readers ("the users"), some of whom, at least until yesterday, paid for additional account features? Or the advertisers vying for the eyeballs of the "Plus" account holders and non-subscriber readers of "Plus"-level journals? (Presumably, LJ would like to consider both groups its customers, but with which group do its loyalties lie? From a business perspective, where should its loyalties lie?)

And what are the ramifications of the answer to that question, with regard to decisions faced by the content creators? An important difference between LJ and television, regardless of the answer to the question in the second paragraph, is that the 'viewers' and the 'production studios' for LJ are the same people.

[ETA: Official response from LJ/SA to the userbase regarding recent/current events was finally posted about the time I thought to start writing this entry. It may affect your reactions to the questions I ask here.]

dglenn: Medium-hair silver tabby (Perrine) yawning (smallyawn)

So here's the video I was trying to turn into an animated LJ icon:

... and the animated LJ icon I've managed to create from it so far [Embedded YouTube video, followed by a tiny animated GIF] )

The icon version is smaller than the full 100x100 pixels allowed, with fewer frames than I would have liked for a smooth animation, and I had to trim a lot of frames before and after the yawn so it loses the "oh, just a picture of a cat -- wait, it's moving" effect at the start and turns into one of those annoying constant-motion images. If I can figure out how to set different delay times for different frames, I'll try to put the long pause back in at the start that way. [Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] redaxe.]

So I guess the image embedded in this entry is subject to improvement and may no longer match this text if I'm successful. And, uh, if any of y'all with real Photoshop/ImageMagick/GIMP/etc. chops wanna show off how much better at this you are than I am, I'll happily make the original 3GP file or the separated JPEG frames available for you to play with -- all the more so if you think you can describe what you do well enough for me to learn from.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 10:11am on 2007-02-28 under ,

Argh! I've been seeing more comment-spam lately, and on waking after too little sleep and seeing LJ comment notification email that read just like the beginning of a sales pitch and didn't seem to make much sense otherwise, I quickly -- too quickly for being not quite awake -- deleted it and checked the "report as spam" button.

Which would have made perfect sense except that five minutes later it finally occurred to me that a) the user who posted the comment was on my friendslist, not a random throwaway account, and b) there was no link to a web page or mention of a specific product -- it sounded like the beginning of spam, but didn't follow through.

Noticing (a) and (b) tickled my "something's wrong with this picture" sense, which woke me up a bit more so that I was able to notice c) that read by an awake person and folllowing the context ... uh, damn, it wasn't spam at all, and actually fit the discussion.

Oh crap. Gotta figure out how to contact the LJ admins to say "oops", and apologize to the person who's comment I deleted.

dglenn: Cartoon of me playing electric guitar (debtoon)

This just showed up in my mailbox, un-credited. [Edit: It took asking Google three different ways and then Googling additional clues as they turned up in a sort of breadcrumb-trail, but I think it's by Andy Borowitz (the original has one extra "in other news" paragraph at the end), a slight reworking of what he posted for last year's SotU.] My favourite bit is the very last line.

Breaking News

Bush's State of the Union Address to be Simulcast in English
President Hopes to Reach Broader Audience, Aides Say

For the first time since he was elected president of the United States, George W. Bush's State of the Union address tonight will be simulcast in English, the White House confirmed.

With the public unenthusiastic about the president's plan to send a "surge" of troops to Baghdad, the decision to simulcast the speech in English was widely seen as an attempt by Mr. Bush to make an appeal to a broader audience.

"The majority of people in this country are English speaking, and quite frankly, we can't afford to ignore them any longer," White House spokesperson Tony Snow said. "Hopefully, by doing the English simulcast, we'll be reaching out to a lot of those folks."

Once the decision was made earlier in the month to launch the historic first English simulcast of a speech by President Bush, then began the hard work of translating the text of the address from Mr. Bush's language into English.

Davis Logsdon, a professor of linguistics at the University of Minnesota, was one of several scholars approached to do the translation who ultimately quit in frustration.

"The problem is that the language the president speaks, by most measures, is not a language at all," Professor Logsdon said.

In his speech, President Bush is expected to downplay setbacks in Iraq and will instead highlight the accomplishments of his six years in office, including his historic decision to cancel the agreement between nouns and verbs.

Also, a big thank you to [livejournal.com profile] ohiblather for my new icon! (And the conveniently-timed satire to forward means I don't have to lablel this a GIP ("gratuitous icon post"). Heh.)

dglenn: My face, wearing black beret, with guitar neck in corner of frame (pw34)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 11:59pm on 2007-01-04 under ,

Hmm. Something I heard on television tonight needs to go in a quote-of-the-day for 2009-01-02. (It will both amuse me and scare me a little if any of y'all can figure out the reference from just those two clues.)

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