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Google+ got me thinking.

 I've been pretty busy over on Google+, but there's been an issue with uneven enforcement of a plausible names policy there. Lots of folks I like have had to struggle with getting their accounts reinstated. All the fuss got me thinking about what I look for in a social network:
  • I - and my friends - can use whatever name is most pleasing.
  • We can post to a limited group if we so choose.
  • We can maybe add tags to our posts, so people can more easily find my posts that they are most interested in.
  • We can maybe post unsafe material, and indicate it as such.
  • Rich formatting. I loves me the rich formatting.
  • It needs a rich source of communities and groups for finding people with common interests.


Yeah. It does sound kind of familiar.

So - hey, LJ. How you doing? It's been a while. 


I'll have to fiddle with my friends list

I haven't been on LJ for a while, but apparently I can only dig back into two pages' worth of Friends postings. That breaks my normal usage of LJ (log in every six months and find out what everyone's been doing in one marathon session). I should probably whittle out APOD and see if that helps.

I could also try logging in more often.  


We went for New Years 2010

Got to walk around a lot, visit Chapters so the wife could get her Mr. Dressup DVD, and see several great Canadian indie bands performing together for New Year’s Eve. Folks were friendly, and the drinks flowed freely. Big thumbs up for Vancouver. It was a fun but gentle introduction to international travel.

See more progress on: Visit Vancouver

It's an odd amibition, but what the heck

Doctor Who had an impact on science fiction all over the globe. Heck, I knew who the Doctor was at age 13, despite not having seen a single episode. Now that the “reboot” is on to its third Doctor, I figure I might as well see what all the fuss was originally about. The main challenge will be finding all episodes, since the BBC apparently lost a few.

See more progress on: watch all doctor who episodes

How to rebuild my site with Webgen

"It was a minor technical accomplishment"

How I did it: Most of the work was in transforming the whole-site-in-one file format I was using for WebMake to the one-file-per-page format for Webgen. I definitely like the accompanying designs, and the tags are easy to work with. I *know* I'll be fiddling with it more, and I may even migrate away from Webgen later.

Lessons & tips: Study the documentation and don't be afraid to experiment.

It took me 5 days.

It made me ambivalent

See more progress on: Rebuild my site with Webgen

This should be an easy task

I’m doing it right now, as a matter of fact.

Webgen is one of many static site generation tools. It’s written in Ruby, and looks like it’s going to work just fine for my site. At least as well as WebMake, which is what I’ve been using up to now.

See more progress on: Rebuild my site with Webgen

I'm still alive.

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Next Project: Socks For My Niece

Knitting hubris
My sister-in-law is having a new child soon, and I've made a couple of small things for her, like a hat and a sweater. I thought it would be nice if I made something for Sarah, the older niece. I asked, and she told me a pair of socks would be nice.

So I picked up a new book ("Sensational Knitted Socks" by Charlene Schurch), which looks to have a lot of great sock guidelines rather than a handful of one-size-fits-all-but-whoever-you-made-it-for patterns. I'll be using a basic purple machine-washable cotton/acrylic blend, and the Double Moss stitch pattern to give it a little texture. Hopefully I can knit this up pretty quick. I've only got about a month before Brooke heads down to visit her sister, and socks have taken me a couple of months to knit in the past. I am getting faster, though. Fingers crossed.


It's late and I itch

Further reports as warranted.

Wait a minute, this ain't twitter. Oh well. Thanks to general stress, I'm really having trouble getting tired at a reasonable time. Thanks to dermatographia (the world's most annoying minor ailment), I have lovely red itchy blotches in random patches of my skin.

What else? Job hunting. I'm pretty sure the insomnia and the frequent job hunting are related in some way. I don't know if there's a specific causation going on here, but there is definitely some correlation going on. Now I just need to figure out why the heck my best hours are from 10pm to 6 am and either fix it or get a job that embraces it. This has been an issue since I was about 10, incidentally. Definitely not what you'd call a new thing.

I wonder if my hours had any bearing on the fact that a lot of my best friends were the goth and punk kids when I was younger, despite the fact that I'm about as punk / goth as Fred Rogers. Okay, a clinically depressed Fred Rogers that smoked and drank coffee, but work with me here.

Actually, Fred Rogers was kind of a freak, now that I think of it.

And now I'm getting punchy, the precursor to tired. That's actually a good thing. I'll see about applying to a couple more jobs and go to bed.

On Vox: I want a plush wastem


So I'm poking around at the few gaming books I still have, and enjoy a few nostalgic giggles over Hol, the cheekily inappropriate and endearingly handmade role playing game of adventure and slaughter and stuff in a dark far future. It was mostly just silly, but I did manage to play it a few times. Man, that was fun. What I remember was fun, anyways. There may have been alcohol involved. Or just really good coffee.

After looking at the books (yes, I own the full line - both books), I did what I always do these days. I went to Google to see if I could learn more. Turns out there was more. A second edition was released in 2002, with four extra pages! I must have that. There were also rumblings of a plush wastem. I want that, too. And if I cannot buy one (because you know maybe they never gathered enough money to produce them), I will make it myself.

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