azurite: Life is short, talk fast (life is short talk fast)
Every time I go away from Dreamwidth blogging for a while, Dreamwidth goes and gets more awesome. I decided to nix my Premium account because even though I love the site and service, I was using it so rarely I couldn't justify the expense, especially when I've got my own domain and am often trying to post to my various WordPress-powered blogs on sites there.

The problem is, my sites are so new, so thin on content, that I don't have that built-in community.

This gets crossposted to LiveJournal, and why? Well, LJ has been around even longer than Dreamwidth, but LJ also had so so so many issues when Six Apart sold it (even before that, when Brad sold it to Six Apart). I really didn't like a lot of those changes, and I saw a lot of my fellow LJers move over to Dreamwidth. The communities sometimes followed, but not always.

I have a permanent account on LJ, which means it's not supposed to go anywhere, ever. Theoretically, all the interconnected services there are these days should mean that it's EASIER to cross-post and always stay up-to-date, but the real experience of LJ and DW are the Friends List/Reading Page, and these days, if I'm reading anything for a prolonged period of time, it's Facebook. Yes, there are fan communities there too, but it's very much NOT the same.

I never really divided my fandom self from my "real" self-- I'm not afraid to tell people who I am on Facebook or deviantArt or wherever, and I've never particularly cared about "IRL" friends or family finding out about my fandom activities.

"Judge not, lest ye be judged" I guess.

Long-winded entry continues here... )
azurite: (she must have been drunk and horny)
I've just found out about and pledged to be a part of Ada Lovelace Day on http://findingada.com.

I've decided that for my technology & women-related post, I'd like to talk about video game heroines. So, to all you video gamers out there: who are your favorite female characters in any video or computer game, ever?

That can be Lulu from Final Fantasy X, Catherine from the Myst series, or even Flo from Diner Dash! Name her, the game, and why you like her, and I'll do a collective post featuring these lovely ladies and then some on Ada Lovelace Day.

Not enough female game characters (or the women that play them!) get attention in today's world, and I hope I can contribute a little to ALD by posting something like this. So help out, join in, and pledge yourself! It can be a blog post, art, a musical composition, a YouTube video...anything!
azurite: (cat and mouse)
Testing to see if Dreamwidth and MacJournal (which I just nabbed from the new MacHeist nanoBundle) work well together.

Yes, and here's how:

Go to Journal > Edit Blog Settings

FIRST TIME SETUP ONLY:
Step 1: Type in your URL; MacJournal will fill in the http://.
Step 2: Type your User Name and Password; save it in the Keychain if you wish.

Step 3/BLOG SETUP EDITS:

-In the window that appears, type "Dreamwidth" or similar for the Name.
-Select "LiveJournal" for the type, since Dreamwidth is a port of LiveJournal (so to speak)
-For the URL, type your blog's complete URL, such as http://yournamehere.dreamwidth.org.
-The Post URL is this: http://www.dreamwidth.org/interface/xmlrpc
- Finally, type your user name in the User ID field. You shouldn't need to type anything in the blog ID field.

You can post by clicking on Share > Send to "Dreamwidth" (or whatever you've named your journal in MacJournal in Step 3). A blue bar will appear at the bottom of the screen if you've successfully posted. If you have crossposting set up on Dreamwidth, it will also crosspost to any other journaling services (e.g. LJ) that you have set-up there.

I recommend having the Inspector open so you can do things like add Tags; this field is not in the MacJournal window by default.

While you can see Moods, Friend Groups, and User Pictures in the sidebar when you click on Edit Blog Settings, there does not appear to be a way to actually include these in your individual entries at this time (please correct me if I'm wrong).

There is not a way to post to communities now or for the foreseeable future. This is something I discovered by perusing the Mariner Software forums. It's sad, but it's true, which means I likely won't be using MacJournal for much.

The next best bet? iJournal. It's got all the best features (though it's not exactly Semagic for Mac), though for me right now, it's being REALLY slow and constantly checking my friends' page for updates (even though it never bothers to tell me if there ARE any). It also used to notify me when my post was received by Dreamwidth, but now it just clears the window. Kind of scary!

xJournal appears to be at a standstill dev-wise, but I keep it around because I have old entries in that format still.
azurite: (disney - belle)
I got an A+ on the "female professional interview" that I did with [livejournal.com profile] cutieme4u for my "Women and Leisure" (RTM 330OL) class! Hip-hip-hurrah! The fulltext, along with my professor's commentary, follows.

But before that: I got into the Disney College Program! I mentioned this on my Facebook and have told a few people in person, but what this means is:
a) I will be moving to Anaheim! (I won't be completely moving "out" of Northridge, mainly because I HAVE to come back, but also because there's no way in heck that I'd be able to have ALL my stuff at the Disney housing)
b) I will be working at Disneyland from May until early January!
c) I will be making more money than I am now!

The role I got was "Store Operations Cast Member," which I take to mean working in one of the stores. Which store, I'm not sure, but since merchandising is something I'm well-familiar with, I don't think I'd mind any store. In any case, my icon's never been MORE appropriate. :)

Thirteen more days until my birthday. No joke. Just letting you know. :P

I'm amazed that things have been working out so well lately. I've been feeling a lot better all-around, been able to be creative and studious (I managed to get my second essay for my "Writing about Literature" class revised and reviewed by a Learning Resource Center tutor today, all EXTREMELY close to deadline), and have some REALLY understanding teachers. I'm hoping that things work out similarly well for my other classes, like my Journalism/SCENE magazine class, because I've been feeling lousy about how it seems like I'm not contributing anything, and my attempts to do just that have sort of flopped (e.g. articles with people that don't want to work with me anymore... :P). But I sent a huge-long email to the prof and the managing editor with some mini-proposals, so let's see if they get back to me tomorrow morning in class. I think I can work well under deadline, and I don't want to get a lousy grade in the class for not having done anything, not have gained SOME experience from the course/process, and of course, NOT want to have to retake the course!

The one cool thing is, for my "Pop Culture" class, I managed to get my web host (Surpass Hosting) to cooperate and help me set up a second Wordpress blog for our group's "Chick Flicks" blog. I was pretty gung-ho in getting it set up, and now pretty much all that's left is to develop a theme (yay for Photoshop and CSS!) and start blogging! I'll provide a link here once we get started, but in the meantime, suggestions are appreciated! What's your favorite chick flick? Chick flick actor? Least favorite chick flick stereotype?

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