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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.

Two quick things

Feb. 25th, 2017 09:42 pm
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We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to any email address you've confirmed on your account, you probably won't be able to reset your password. In some cases, if you've previously paid for your account, we can validate your payment details to confirm your identity and reset your password. If you can't reset your password, but think you may have paid for your account in the past, you can open a support request in the Account Payments category and I'll check into it for you.

LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds

LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).

EDIT 2249 EST 25 Feb: We appear to be down to zero unblocked webservers, so imports, crossposts, and feeds will all fail until LJ unblocks us.

EDIT 26 Feb noon EST: LJ unblocked and whitelisted us this morning, so all is working again!

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Feb. 25th, 2017 02:30 pm
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I don't how how much of this is about being re-het-partnered, how much of it is about cumulative frustration with living around my parents' vague "leftist" anti-feminism for the last few years, and how much of it is the continued fucking wound of how the country was too goddamn sexist to elect the most capable fucking leader we've ever had a chance at, pretty much -- but my feminism's got kind of a hysterical edge to it these days, I gotta tell you. Truth coming out of her well to shame mankind - style. This bubbling well of explosive anger and alienation, like it hasn't been since I was a teenager. I've been the suzy sunshine voice in my friend group in re: the chance of the Trump admin being taken down without the world ending, but I think the unvoiced pain of her non-election -- not just the fear for the world, but the bludgeoning feeling of watching an exceptionally qualified woman be ground beneath the wheel of public sexism before your eyes -- is starting to be a problem for me. But I don't know what to do with it -- the allies I have available to me are not necessarily sympathetic to that particular trauma, and, pragmatically, it feels necessary to swallow my feminist rage and work with my daddy in resistance against Trump. It's not that I'm unwilling to do what's required of me -- it's just that I notice it's warping something in me, a little bit, pulling askew
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Per [syndicated profile] wisconblog_feed:

"Listen, we know that getting to WisCon is not economically feasible for everyone. That’s why we have our Member Assistance Fund. Maybe you need gas money, or a plane ticket, or a hotel room, or even just dogsitting. We might be able to help."

WisCon welcomes nominations -- and it's absolutely encouraged for you to nominate yourself. The deadline is Wednesday, February 28th, 11:59pm Central Time.


"Panel Surveys are open until March 13. Now’s the chance to give YOUR feedback on what panels will run during WisCon 41. The survey is a big part on how programming is decided every year!"

You do need a wiscon.net account to indicate your interest in attending, participating on, and/or moderating panels, but -- as I understand it -- it's ok if you haven't yet bought a WisCon registration.


Feb. 24th, 2017 05:19 pm
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[personal profile] clare_dragonfly
My Habitica streak on my "Dreamwidth post" daily is 50! I have done 50 of these posts! Has practice helped me get any better at it?

...apparently not, if I'm using my streak of 50 as a topic for a post.

Tomorrow my actual streak will likely be broken (though my Habitica streak will be fine, since I'll rest in the inn), because I'll be out of town all day visiting family and friends.

anti-Trump ritual: personal mod

Feb. 24th, 2017 04:43 pm
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[personal profile] lotesse
modified anti-Trump banishing ritual, to be done at midnight EST on the waning moon: Feb 24, March 26, April 24, May 23, ect.

-bowl of witch hazel and water
-bowl of blessed thistle and soil
-bowl with a feather and incense dust
-lit white candle
-candle dyed orange with cinnamon and turmeric, inscribed with his name
-Tower tarot card


earth, air, fire, water
And spirits of the ancestors

I call upon you
To bind
Donald J. Trump
So that his malignant works may fail utterly
That he may do no harm

To any human soul
Nor any tree
or Sea

Bind him so that he shall not break our polity
Usurp our liberty
Or fill our minds with hate, confusion, fear, or despair
And bind, too,
All those who enable his wickedness
And those whose mouths speak his poisonous lies

bind all of them
As with chains of iron
Bind their malicious tongues
Strike down their towers of vanity

(invert Tower tarot card beneath the orange candle)

in my name

In the name of all who walk
Crawl, swim, or fly
Of all the trees, the forests,
Streams, deserts,
Rivers and seas
In the name of Justice
And Liberty
And Love

And Equality
And Peace

Bind their tongues
Bind their works
Bind their wickedness
Bind them in chains

So mote it be! So mote it be! So mote it be!
You're FIRED!

Reading Wednesday: 22 February 2017

Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:27 pm
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What are you currently reading?

Finishing up Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, written by an African-American criminal lawyer about his experiences advocating against the death penalty, as well as against harsh prison sentences for juveniles and the mentally disabled. For the most part, this is structured around the main narrative of a death penalty appeal where Stevenson was able to win the release of a man who was wrongfully accused, interspersed with chapters that give a broader overview of a particular issue in the criminal justice system. As you can imagine, this is a pretty rough read (because of the many injustices chronicled, as well as the truly horrific backgrounds that many of the criminal defendants discussed in the book have been through.) Stevenson's career and commitment are impressive as hell, and he tells these stories with an astounding degree of empathy. Not an easy read, but worth it for me right now.

Also continuing All the Birds in the Sky and Vinegar Girl, which are much more escapist.

What did you recently finish reading?

The New Jim Crow, which I've already mentioned. Probably just as well to read this and the Stevenson book together rather than spread them out.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have Underground Airlines by Ben Winters, and a few other novels out from the library, will see what I get to. Also sort of feeling the urge to start a (very slow? sporadic? maybe just the good parts?) reread of War and Peace after watching Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.


Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:53 pm
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We had a few minor plumbing problems in our apartment, and I let our landlord know about them a few days ago. Yesterday he came in and fixed the toilet, so when you flush it, it just flushes and you don't have to push the handle back up again. Today he sealed up the hole behind the sink, replaced the sink faucet and drain, and replaced the showerhead. It's awesome having a responsive landlord (who is also my upstairs neighbor).


Feb. 21st, 2017 08:49 pm
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We didn't go to the big grocery store where I have Tuesday craft group today, because I was feeling icky and forgot my knitting bag anyway. So we stopped instead at the smaller organic market and impulse-bought some black cherry cream soda. Wow, this is delicious! I'm not a big soda drinker and I'd better not buy more of this soda, to keep it that way...


Feb. 19th, 2017 08:01 pm
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Wow, it was a gorgeous day out today. I took advantage of the weather for a hike in my local park. Sadly, my husband didn't want to come with me, but I had fun exploring and trying to find the new-to-me paths that the county parks app is showing me. I could find both ends of one, but couldn't make them connect, so I'll have to try again when more green is growing--it might be easier to tell then.
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Mimnermos: The Brainsex Paintings (4198 words) by lotesse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kairos (O'Keefe) Series - Madeleine L'Engle
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alex Murry/Kate Murry, Meg Murry/Calvin O'Keefe
Characters: Kate Murry, Alex Murry, Sandy Murry, Meg Murry | Meg O'Keefe, Calvin O'Keefe, Charles Wallace Murry
Additional Tags: post-A Wrinkle in Time, Reunion Sex, Married Couple, Feminist Themes, Loneliness, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD

It had given her such a turn, the night before, when Charles Wallace's unusual guest had talked of the tesseract. Would all the wonders of the universe turn out to be horrors? Nevertheless, she turned from her abandoned hopeless writing back to the electron microscope, deliberately shaking off her brooding reverie to watch the unfolding patterns of the little lives of the sub-microscopic world a while longer.

Reading Wednesday: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 11:26 pm
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What are you currently reading?

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, a modern version of Taming of the Shrew. I can't really comment on it as an adaptation of Shakespeare because I have never made much progress with Taming (this and The Merchant of Venice are the Shakespeares that go in the "too problematic to enjoy" basket, though I've slogged through Merchant at some point anyway -- but I mostly reverse engineered the plot from 10 Things I Hate about You. This book is kind of doing a rom-commy thing with fake marriage but so far it's most interesting as a take on unusual family dynamics that become habit until you don't realize how messed up they are. Also, Kate's shrewishness mostly seems to come out of a strong aversion to small talk , which resonates with points in my life when I've had a lot of social anxiety and felt alienated from people around me. Prickly people with deep inner lives that struggle to find proper expression is a thing Tyler does well. Not sure how great this meshes with the farcical material but I feel for this Kate a lot.

Continuing with Just Mercy and still need to get to the last bit of The New Jim Crow, planning to continue All the Birds in the Sky after that.

What did you recently finish reading?

Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millett. This book is SUPER WEIRD and I liked it a lot. The protagonist has a baby her husband doesn't want then hears voices then leaves the husband with her child and there's a cat and mouse thing with fantasy/horror elements?? CW for stalking and also do not bother with this if you need your fantasy elements explained in a definitive way. I just liked the voice a lot, I don't know.

What do you think you’ll read next? Still working on stuff listed above.

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news
Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )


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Feb. 13th, 2017 08:39 pm
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I really like this thing where people give me free tea. Recently at work there was a tin (quite a pretty tin!) of orange cranberry rooibos with a note on it saying "try and take if you want." I was nice and patient--I figured I should let other people give it a try--but when it was still there at the end of the day I nabbed it. Free tea!

Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.


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There is hope in error, but none at all in perfection.
--Ursula K. Le Guin

The universe is made up of stories, not atoms.
--Muriel Rukeyser

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

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