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Actual writing was accomplished!

About 5k words of the last part of Little Sister done – the last half still needs a LOT of work, and of course it’s all just first draft stuff, but at least I’m reasonably confident that the chapter’s doing what it’s supposed to do, and it will be a conclusion rather than things just stopping. So yay me. Of course once it's done I have no excuse not to work on POM...

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Urgh. I don't want to go back to work. This last year, since our department suffered a hostile takeover by IT, has been so depressing. This has always been a stressful job, but I've always liked the people I worked with, believed in the work we're doing, and felt that my boss, and my boss's boss, and my boss's boss's boss, all genuinely had our backs. I still think that about my immediate supervisor, but above that, it's increasingly obvious that our IT Overlords regard us report writers as red-headed stepchildren. All sorts of extravagant promises about training and opportunities were made immediately after the takeover, absolutely none of which have come to pass, and cynic that I am, I suspect that they will never come to pass. Not for us, anyway. And now we're going through yet another massive reorganization this summer; they're mushing the existing twelve divisions into six, and moving a lot of the functions they centralized in the last reorganization back out into the divisions. Excuse me, regions, which is totally different. Including, most likely, some of the report writers. I honestly don't care which part of the organization I work for, saving that if I went back to a region it would probably result in a salary cut. I would just like to not have the feeling that my Overlords, whoever they might be, regarded me as a slightly dim child who shouldn't be allowed to play with the grown-up scissors.

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The last couple of days Bo has been besieged by admirers on his walk. Yesterday it was a whole flock of middle school kids who were waiting for a school bus, who descended upon him with squeals of glee and proclaimed him a pretty princess of a dog. (I don't know why so many people assume Bo is a bitch, but it happens pretty often.) Bo patiently endured this, as usual. Today it was a trio of little kids and their father, who offered to give him pizza crusts (I declined on his behalf.)

Little Bit, on the other hand, IS being a bitch of the feline variety. I discovered she's been spraying in the bedroom. She did some damage to the nightstand, which really irritates me; it's part of the set I inherited from my grandmother, and I just had it refinished last year. I've got the area covered in plastic now, and I'll try to de-piss the wood over the next couple of days and hopefully discourage her from going back there. It's annoying when she sprays in the bathroom, but at least in there, it's easy to clean up. I guess I should just be grateful that as cats go, she's not very stinky, and so far she hasn't got the the other three doing it too.

Sigh. She and her mother are perfectly good cats, but having four in a house this size when they don't like each other is not fun. Considering Cairo is the oldest now, when he goes, Churro will have no one who puts up with him at all, and I worry that he'll bully the girls even more. I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.

We went to our legislative district meeting last night, which was interesting -- we got signed up for the program that lets you register to support or oppose bills, among other things.

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I went over to Costco for an eye exam and new glasses today, and it's official: glasses frames styles have rolled around back to what they were when I was in third grade in 1970, and I got my first pair. They were plastic, a sort of mottled brown, and a modified cats-eye shape. I hated those glasses. I probably would have hated any glasses (I cried non-stop the first few days I had to wear them to school, and saw them as a horrible punishment I'd done nothing to deserve). But these were particularly ugly frames. Mom just got me the cheapest ones they had, and I then had to wear them until seventh or eighth grade, only replacing the lenses. Frames were expensive, and we were not terribly well off. I don't remember if they broke or just got too small for my head, but by the time I finally was allowed to replace them, styles had changed to those enormous groovy 70s frames, and I got the biggest, grooviest ones the optometrist had.

Anyway, half the styles at Costco today were those plastic semi-cats-eye frames. The colors were nicer, but... yeah, no. I would have preferred ones like the little wire-rims I got a few years ago, but those have mostly phased out. I got cool hipster frames instead.

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Basically, LJ has turned off HTTPS everywhere except their payment page. This means that it is now much, much easier for hackers to nab your LJ password, read locked entries, etc.

Useful info on mitigating this here: http://morgandawn.livejournal.com/1517635.html

Off to change my LJ password. What a colossal pain.

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We had a subdued New Year -- had friends over for dinner and a game of Killer Bunnies, stayed up to watch the ball drop, and that was it. Today we put away all the decorations and hauled the tree out to the front yard. We'll take it to the park where the city is collecting them for mulch tomorrow. It's been hard to get excited about the holidays this year -- I wish I could, but it's all seemed like a depressing chore. We're supposed to go see Kathy's mother in Florida at the end of March, and I've been hoping that prices on plane tickets would drop after the holidays. So far, they've been doing the exact opposite, but I'll give it another week or two before panicking.

I hatched three eggs this morning for New Years in Flight Rising. Two of them were butt ugly, but one came out obsidian/sanguine/ice. It's very striking. I had planned on keeping it and gening it myself, but I've had three people contact me to ask if I want to sell it. It is admittedly a very nice color combo, but it doesn't even have matching eyes (Water), so I'm a little surprised. I also have a royal/purple/royal born on Christmas that I've been thinking of trying to auction -- no one's beating down my door for that one, but it is a G1 double, so it ought to be bring in something.

I updated the theme on my DW journal, and discovered that there are some fairly nice looking ones available now -- still not nearly as many as LJ, but way more than the last time I checked. There's still no image hosting worth mentioning, though, which is annoying. I know it's the most server-intensive thing, and I understand why a small outfit like DW hasn't made it a priority, but still... annoying. If someone ever figures out how to mush Tumblr's easy of graphics together with the LJ/DW posting and commenting interface, they could RULE THE NET.

I had intended to work on the last part of Little Sister over the holidays, but events (and laziness) conspired against me. Plus it's been more difficult than anticipated to figure out how to convey all the info I want to convey in the POVs I'm limited to. The whole story has alternated between Buffy and Addie, and I don't want to suddenly bring in Spike or Bill or Lydia, so I've got to figure out how Buffy or Addie can be present for certain conversations.

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Archiving LJ -- Interesting!

In my link-hunting today I found out that ArchiveTeam started backing up Livejournal in March of 2016. Details here: http://www.archiveteam.org/index.php?title=LiveJournal

Regardless of what happens with the Russian move, this is excellent news for people worried about old fic communities going away, because last I checked, LJ does not get archived by the Wayback Machine. If you want to help out, check out the link!

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LJ has been owned by a Russian company, SUP, for some years, but until recently, the servers were in California, and thus subject to US law. This is no longer be the case. Links on the ramifications of this (English speakers will need to use Google Translate on the last two):

http://madfilkentist.dreamwidth.org/77455.html
https://mdlbear.dreamwidth.org/1584905.html
http://siderea.livejournal.com/1330106.html
http://lynnenne.livejournal.com/285076.html
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3079690.html
http://dolboeb.livejournal.com/3081385.html

I have done a traceroute ( http://ping.eu/traceroute/ ) on my own LJ, and it appears to come through a Russian server now.

There are unconfirmed reports that journals with 'objectionable' content, such as pro-Ukraine blogs, are being deleted. There's also what looks like a mass migration of Russian users into Dreamwidth over the last week or so.

There are all kinds of ramifications for this move, most of them bad. For people located outside Russia, I think the greatest risk is simply that SUP has decided that the non-Russian side of LJ hasn't been profitable in ages, and is never going to be profitable, and this is the first step in shutting it down entirely. So if you have a Livejournal with content that you'd like to preserve, now is a real good time to back it up.

HOW TO BACK UP YOUR LJ:

https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=127 (importing personal blogs)
https://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=230 (importing communities)

You can import tags, icons, filters, posts, and comments – the whole shebang. You can also set up crossposting to Livejournal (I've been crossposting to LJ from DW for years.)

If you have no Dreamwidth account, if someone imports a comment you made, it will be made under your Open ID account. If you make a DW account, you can claim these comments:

http://www.dreamwidth.org/support/faqbrowse?faqid=84 (How can I claim my OpenID account with my Dreamwidth account?)

If you're already on Dreamwidth, or is you're setting up a backup account there now, please let me know so I can friend you over there. I'd hate to lose track of everyone if we wake up one morning and find a big ol' 404 error where LJ used to be.

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Well, no , I didn't. But we did see a big-ass coyote strolling down one of the streets near the park in broad daylight. We stopped a few houses away to see if it would turn down the alley, because Bo was a little too interested in it for comfort, and it looked to be almost as big as he is. (Which, for a coyote, is BIG.) It did turn, but it came back out almost immediately, saw us, and stood there regarding us warily. We turned around and went back to the park, much to Bo's annoyance, and the coyote went back the way it had come.

It's probably the same one Kathy saw crossing Indian School Road a while back. Usually they're more out on the edges of town, and you don't see them in the middle of the day like that.

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