kshandra: Portrait of the journalist as an anthropomorphic mouse, wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt (Mouse)
...I thought I'd share my Mother's Day Doodle with all of you. (Courtesy of the fine folks at Google, of course.)
kshandra: Six hearts in rainbow colors, linked in a star pattern around an infinity symbol (Polyamory)
Two consecutive posts on the LJ side of my f'list responded to today's Writer's Block with the appropriate lyrics to "With A Little Help From My Friends."

(Bonus paradigm-shift points to [livejournal.com profile] paka, whose "current music" was a Rutles track.)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
From the latest post in [site community profile] dw_news:

Earlier this year, we decided to try out a "no invite codes needed" week to see whether we could do it semi-regularly and still keep the same level of service (and of spam protection) that the invite codes let us stick with. The results were pretty good, so we've decided to try it again, and for a little longer this time!

For the rest of the year, creating a Dreamwidth account will not require an invite code: just visit the Create an Account page.

We do reserve the right to switch invite codes back on if open account creation is causing problems -- invite codes let us carefully balance the site's resources and keep spammers from overrunning the site -- but with luck, that shouldn't be a problem.

With the continuing fuckery at LJ (You have heard about what they're doing to comments, yes?), I suspect more and more people are going to be looking for a bolt hole. Even if all you're looking to do right now is park your preferred username, this would be the time to do it.

Edit, 2:20pm: I see people haven't heard. The upcoming release includes multiple changes to the comments page...including the removal of subject lines in comments.

http://igrick.livejournal.com/528687.html (Note: entry is in Russian, apart from the footnote)

Particularly damning, I find, is this comment from [livejournal.com profile] frozen_solid, near the end of the 16 pages(!) of commentary on that entry:

So I switched to beta to see it for myself, and honestly it's not as bad as I feared... but the lack of subject lines is HORRIFIC. Not only do subject lines not work for new threads, but old threads have their subject lines removed. This ruins every single community that relies on subject lines. It's one thing if you have to work around the lack of subject lines for new comments, that is manageable but still annoying... the removal of every subject line in past comment threads is absolutely terrible. It's completely deleted data that the communities were built around NEEDED to function, and you've just removed it from underneath us. We can't correct the years of old comments that needed filters to work around this. There IS no work around. We're just screwed. PLEASE bring subject lines back.

The change is being discussed at length in the latest [livejournal.com profile] news post; I'm tracking this thread to see if we get an actual answer or if they just railroad us with this change the way they have with so many others.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
What is on your holiday wish list this year?

Yes, I know I answered this one already. But when I found that this was actually on YouTube, I couldn't help myself.

kshandra: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)
As some of you will recall, [personal profile] gridlore has an early-model Asus Eee PC. In a moment of supreme overconfidence, we opted at the time not to spend the extra $100 to get the Windows XP model, figuring the interface on the *nix version would be easy enough for him to figure out.

Yeah, about that....

And so, poor Mr. Bigglesworth has been languishing in a drawer since we got back from Montreal two summers ago (where he didn't get all that much use, either); his OS hasn't been updated since we brought him home. With another WorldCon staring us in the face, Doug's starting to plan ahead, and realizing how nice it would be if we weren't jockeying for time on my laptop (which, amazingly, still doesn't have a name) when we're back in the hotel room.

I know some of my local geeks have Eees. Some of you might even have the Windows version (shock and surprise). Just how complicated (and/or expensive) will it be for us to get Windows installed? (Getting the present OS updated to the current version is suboptimal, but if our only other option is "buy a new netbook with Windows already installed," we'll take it.)




Okay, okay. I was prepared for heated conversation, but I'm getting it in unexpected areas. Thus far, almost everyone who has weighed in on the subject does this for a living, which is nice, but you don't know that about each other. Rather than risk the possibility of watching people I like get annoyed with each other, I'm going to close comments. If you have assistance to offer me, feel free to do so in PMs.
kshandra: Close-up of an old Nokia cellphone; the display reads "Tardis calling" with an icon of the TARDIS in the corner (TARDIS Calling)
How the hell did I manage to go this long without actually seeing the name of the actress playing River Song?

DUDE, ELIZABETH CORDAY FROM ER IS ON DOCTOR WHO. HOW BADASS IS THAT.
kshandra: Close-up of an old Nokia cellphone; the display reads "Tardis calling" with an icon of the TARDIS in the corner (TARDIS Calling)
So the Free Game of the Day on http://www.gamehouse.com/ last night/today was The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes. It's a fun little hidden-object game - but the designer was clearly a Whovian.

The first couple of references - a Professor Eccleston, a Mrs. Pertwee - were good for a giggle.

"Peter Moffat" made me snicker.

But the latest suspect was Captain Jack Barrowman.

Oh.

Bitch.

PLEASE.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Perky Goth)
[livejournal.com profile] muskrat_john just made me cry in the middle of the office.

Now, who's up for a game of Talisman? I have all the expansions except the City board. Or do y'all want to wait until I've picked up the new edition?
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (WhipThisOut)
...there exists, somewhere, a Jayne fanvid done to "I Like 'Em Big And Stupid" by Julie Brown.

Because I don't have the talent to make it myself.
kshandra: Close-up of an old Nokia cellphone; the display reads "Tardis calling" with an icon of the TARDIS in the corner (TARDIS Calling)
*grabs random people and starts skipping around the room in a circle*

(So help me, today is lasting forever. I needed this....)
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (DMV)
Do any of my local friends have a PC speaker/headset switch I could possibly acquire? Burning Man DMV is doing their processing meetings via Gizmo again this year, and it would be really nice if I could just leave the headset plugged in between sessions, rather than either having to climb around the desk and change plugs several times a week or getting to listen to [livejournal.com profile] gridlore gripe about the speakers not being plugged in when he wants to listen to mp3s....
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Perky Goth)
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kshandra: Animated: Kermit the frog in front of a red velvet curtain, flailing happily (Yaaaaaaaaaay!)
Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] fuzzface00! I'll try to live up down to it. ;-)
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Brilliant!)
...the boys at EepyBird, that is.



Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] micheinnz for the heads-up.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
...and has swept me up along with it.

I now have accounts on both Skype and Gizmo. If you have either, feel free to add me - and heck, call tonight if you see this before 10pm PDT. The username is what you'd expect. ;-)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
I slept all day, which naturally means I'm awake at this hour. So what do I do? This.... )
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
I was planning to do the Movie Image Meme:

Think of your favorite underrated film, type the name into Google and do an image search. Find the best pic and then post it in your journal, but don't say what the name of the movie is! Once you post the picture, it's up to your friends to figure out what the movie is from the pic you posted. No cheating by looking at the image filename! Responses are screened so that everyone can play. :)

And the image I found was just so damned sexy I had to make it my desktop. So I'm overlapping this with [livejournal.com profile] docwebster's Desktop Meme and posting a screenshot of the image on my desktop instead of just linking to the image I found - which has the added bonus of changing the image name so you can't tell what the movie is anyway. ;-)

What IS she blathering about, anyway? )
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
On the Edge: A Skating Melodrama

I first started reading this not long after the first installments were posted to RSSIF, back when I still read Usenet. Melodrama is absolutely the right word to describe it - the protagonist is a Mary Sue of the first order; her leading man and several of the other prominent characters are Big Name Skaters with the serial numbers filed off (poorly, in some cases, if you know the sport at all); and most of the plots would be right at home on the Harlequin shelves at the bookstore. But damn if it didn't suck me right in.

The story was offline for several years, after the author actually got a book deal, but it's all back now, and I'm hooked once again. It's been long enough since I read it originally that, while certain turns of events are coming back to me, a lot of the details have been forgotten. And there are lots and lots of new installments that I didn't get to read the first time around.

Once I'm caught up with OTE, it'll be time for The Strong and the Sequined.

The really sad thing is I recognize the skaters in the silhouettes used in the logos for both of these....

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