tree_and_leaf: Screaming woman with stripe of electrical discharge, caption 'Argh!! No' (The Wire). (Aargh! No!)
I'm seriously considering turning commenting off on LJ - I'm reluctant to, but the whitespace in the new format is giving me headaches.
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You know what else is annoying about LJ's new comment format (apart from the fact that it's slower to load - ideal, given their current problems -, ugly as sin, and, I'd imagine, phone unfriendly).

The stupid new icon browser shows you all your icons, including the inactive ones from when you used to have a paid account. You can't select them - or rather, you can, but it will pick the default instead. Obviously one is only entitled to the icons one has paid (or contracted) for, but it's very annoying not to have any indication of what's available.
tree_and_leaf: Red and white striped lighthouse, being hit by wave (lighthouse)
If you're interested in a DW account, you can currently create one without needing an invite. Offer available till the end of the year.

For the avoidance of doubt: I'm not decamping from LJ and I will continue to allow comments there, partly because I don't want to lose touch with those of you who for whatever reason don't like DW, and partly because although I've had my issues with some of LJ's policies in the past, their current difficulties are not their fault and, indeed, occurring because they're providing a platform for free speech in Russia, which is a Good Thing. But backing up your data or having alternate routes to access it is always good and crossposting from/ to DW is one easy way to do it.
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Further to LJ's latest fail: I'm seriously considering deleting the LJ - though I would like to save the comments, and I've never been able to get LJ-book to work, alas - because I don't feel my data is safe. I know some of you don't like DW or feel that DW users are overly evangelistic about it, but while it's not perfect, it is a much more reliable service. I would be sad if I lost friends that way, though.

I have some DW access codes if you would like them.
tree_and_leaf: Cartoon of Pope Gregory and two slave children.  Caption flashes"Non Angli sed Angeli" and "Not angels but Anglicans." (Anglicans not angels)
1. Reply to this post with 'Icons!', and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


[livejournal.com profile] rivrea gave me:


Showing Charles I, quoting the description of the Cavaliers in 1066 And All That by Sellars and Yeatman, the best parodic history book ever written. I am not, in fact, much of a fan of Charles I (I may be an Anglo-Catholic, but I don't have much time for the cult of Charles King and Martyr, though he's a classic case of 'naught became him in life but the losing of it). However, I do have a great sympathy for doomed loyalties. I don't weep for Bonny Prince Charlie, either, but the fate of the Jacobites does move me, even if I think the House of Stewart, by and large, was a disaster we're better off without. Wrong but Wromantic, in fact. the icon is by [livejournal.com profile] angevin2, who has made a number of good Sellars and Yeatman icons (including the Not Angels but Anglicans one).


The pierced gothic of the Minster at Freiburg, with the sun setting behind it (and the Vogesen). The inhabitants of Freiburg know it as 'the most beautiful tower in Christendom', and I think they might well be right. A memory of a beautiful city and a very happy year - even if the tower is actually hidden behind scaffolding at the moment (I also use it for my more serious religious posts, where the snarky ones don't work...)


Surely this one doesn't need explained? I am an Anglican, and a socialist, and.... well, you've been following my journal. The icon's by [livejournal.com profile] commodorified; I tend to use it for political posts, or ones on Anglicanism (when I'm not using John Keble or Alan-Rickman-as-Slope)


Harriet Walters as Harriet Vane, one of my favourite characters in any medium, because of her honesty, stubborness, and way with a quotation. Also, my life looks pretty much exactly like this at the moment, only with a laptop.


Gene Hunt, in Life on Mars, on spotting-the-bleeding-obvious. I use it for being sarcastic and/ or gloomy about academia, mostly (actually, a worryingly high proportion of my icons are ironic or sarcastic). The icon's by [livejournal.com profile] royaldawn_uk.
tree_and_leaf: Cartoon Nelson from Life on Mars: "Beer, mon brave?" (beer mon brave?)
Am never going to get caught up with the flist. Leave me a comment if you've written/ seen anything you think would interest me, OK?

Also, have a snippet of Leonard Cohen lyrics I've got stuck in my head just now:

It's written in the scriptures
It's written there in blood
I even heard the angels declare it from above
There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure,
There ain't no cure for love


I like that rather a lot.

ETA: I hate copy-editing, especially my own translations. I have the feeling that I no longer have any sprachgefühl speech feeling sense of English usage (see what I mean?), at least for academic prose, which unfortunately is what I'm trying to produce. Also, I have somehow managed to turn the language setting in Word off, permanently, for the document I'm reviewing. This is annoying, especially as when I want to turn it off for blocks of Middle High German or Latin, it won't stay off and keeps autocorrecting my endings into gibberish....
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (I couldn't possibly comment)
I support the content strike. It's worth a shot, anyway.

The one-day content strike is on for this Friday, March 21, from midnight GMT to midnight GMT.

For 24 hours, we will not post or comment to LJ. Not in our own journals, not in communities. Not publicly, privately, or under friends-lock.

This is a protest that will have long-lasting effects, showing up forever in the daily posting statistics.

This is a protest that will not harm LJ in the long run, as leaving LJ might do.

This is a protest that will demonstrate the power of community, as all users unite to support Basic users and the concept of adfree space.

This is a protest that will educate the new owners that LJ is driven by user-created content.


I shan't, however, be about at any rate until Easter Sunday, and probably not much for the week after that, when I'm off jaunting round Thuringia.
tree_and_leaf: Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart in uniform glengarry bonnet, Jamie in kilt, caption "Wha's like us?" (Scots Soldiers (Icon of patriotic prejud)
it was hell to make the text legible, and I'm not happy with it now - but the concept was irresistible. Because after all, Jamie and the Brigadier have got something in common (and Jamie doubtless assumes that the Brig would have been of the honest party had the situation arisen, given his surname...)
tree_and_leaf: Two children playing on mudflats - colourised version of Ransom's pen-and-ink illustration for "Secret Water". (Secret Water)
Why does the newsletter from Melvyn Bragg on 'In Our Time' always arrive missing every single apostrophe, except for the one in the programme title in the subject line? It's surprisingly painful to read, and it's odd that one of R4's most self-consciously Intelleckshul programmes thus comes out looking sub-literate.

Also: I've posted a fair amount of religious/ churchy stuff recently, and I'm wondering if it is a good idea to put it on some sort of filter. (Of course, that would entail finding out how to do so). I'm unsure about filters - they seem rather artificial to me, though that may be because I ramble a lot and am quite capable of talking about the C of E and fannish stuff in the same post... Thoughts?
tree_and_leaf: Head shot of a weasel in evening light. (Our Lady of the Weasels)
I'm trying to get all my Livejournal friends' locations plotted on a map - please add your location starting with this form.
Username:
(Then get your friends to!)
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
Gosh. I don't know what to say, other than "Thank you" and "I honestly wasn't soliciting gifts", but some anonymous benefactor has gifted me with a year's paid time. So thank you very much, who-ever you are. I'm a little embarassed, as I don't know what I've done to merit it, and because as I say, I didn't post the previous message in the hope of Free Stuff† - but also really touched.

I resolve to actually try and finish some fic. And, of course, I can now bore everyone with pictures of Oxford and the like....


† After all, I'm neither a BNF or a wannabe!
tree_and_leaf: Isolated tree in leaf, against blue sky. (Default)
I'm considering going over to a sponsored account (chiefly for the icon slots...) However, I'd like to know what the flist think. Those of you who have sponsored accounts, what have been your experiences with them. And those who don't - do you find the adverts tacky, nasty, annoying...?

Of course, I also have to decide whether I want to have my page endorse things I don't necessarily (or: how great is my lust for more icons?) - but that's my problem.

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