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2016-04-27 08:01 pm

The State of LJ and why I have switched...

I have defected to Dreamwidth, I tried about 3 years ago but lost my log in details and reverted back to LJ only. Yesterday, however after reading a post that randomly popped up on the LJ homepage I changed my mind. The entry that prompted my defection had been posted to the question club community and the gist of the question was 'is LJ bothering to fix faults at all now?' The answer was a resounding 'no'. Someone in the know explained that since LJ was sold to the Russian Company SUP, they have essentially stopped fixing faults in the non-Cyrillic LJ. Apparently something bad had gone down with LJ and it was only fixed because someone who was an LJ user paid out of their own pocket to have a coder fix it.

Given LJ's role in the Cyrillic world as hosting a plethora of political opposition and the knowledge that for sure all posted content is being monitored and analyzed by said political entities, I have more than enough reason to feel edgy about it. Aside from the potential for security issues, scary enough, if SUP is not bothering to update or maintain the English Language part of its operation then there is the very real possibility that the whole thing could go up in virtual smoke, taking all my entries with it. LJ has been my main way of journal keeping since 2005 and 11 years of stuff (wow where did those years go!) is a lot to lose.

I wanted to post this to encourage anyone else out there to look into what is going on with LJ and to strongly consider switching, it's free and, if you don't feel like making a switch, to at least back up all your journal entries to another storage option/server.
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2016-04-26 10:49 pm

A Little Test Post

I've just imported my entire Livejournal to Dreamwidth so this is my first post on d/w, and now I have to try and find out how to cross post!
Sal if you're up to it, I could use some pointers!
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2009-09-27 12:58 pm

For all those reporting issues with their LJ lately

There has been an attack.
LJ Security Alert!
"There's been a breach of LJ security using embedded content, where post entries are edited to be public and contain malicious flash content".

The malicious code got into your LJ if you clicked on embedded content, worryingly it then make your private LJ posts public and reset your icon to the default, while also gleaning your email address. More grisly details from LJ themselves here

Thanks to [ profile] dahliablue for the heads-up. Am reposting for all those who had issues earlier.
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2009-05-23 01:35 am
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Writer's Block: If Animals Could Talk

[Error: unknown template qotd]Where do you go all day? and 'Are mouse innards really that good?
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2009-05-12 09:03 am

It's ME awareness Day folks!

Time to keep plugging for biomedical research into this disease ...
Their conference is coming up soon.

Plus did anyone see that small piece on the Politics Show last Sunday? For those not in the UK, it featured a girl with ME who was studying but didn't qualify for any benefits because she wasn't deemed 'ill enough'. She went to Parliament to sit in on their working committee about ME and ended up speaking out, much to the amazement of the politicking gnomes all sat around discussing the 'issue' in safe isolation from anyone who actually has the disease.

Her name is Sam Brown, she is 24 and a journalism student. If you go to the BBC I-player site you can watch a repeat of it. It's right at the end so scroll along past the 1 hour marker and you should find it.

True Sam didn't 'look ill', well not to the untrained eye, but to those of us in the know her palour and vacant look were all too familiar. Oh and her hair. The hair said it all...

You know how it goes, when you're struggling just to be able to get up and go wherever you have to be, finding the energy to lift your hands above your head to fix the do just isn't possible. As someone who has spent the last 22 years whacking herself on the head whenever she uses a hairdryer (which may account for some cumulative cognitive dysfunction by now!), I could totally relate.
Go here to watch, (but don't forget to scroll past the hour marker).

ETA For those outside the UK, it's on UK YouTube clicky here
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2008-12-28 04:12 pm

My dragons need attention...

Especially the grey egg!
Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
Many thanks for any clicks you can spare.
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2008-12-27 02:40 pm

Christmas survived.

I don't have much to survive to be honest. As my Christmas only ever involves a total of 3 people.

another Christmas story )
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2008-12-10 01:49 pm

Lynn Gilderdale, RIP

Some of us knew her as Jessie Oliver, her pseudonym here on LJ where she blogged as [ profile] _chaotictears_.

Those who met her in real life after she became ill have documented what they saw; a girl who could not speak, who could not move from her bed, her body broken by severe ME and forced into meltdown by the invention of misguided medical professionals. Those with little or no understanding of the critical importance of total rest during the initial stages of sudden-onset, acute ME.

Those of us who knew her online knew a different Lynn. We knew a bright, intelligent and optimistic girl with a lively spirit and a keen sense of humour who always had a kind word of support whenever one of us was feeling low.

Yesterday I discovered I'd lost a dear friend. I know that for Lynn it was the release she had desperately craved. For me and the rest of her friends her passing has left a huge a heart-shaped hole in all our lives.

I've started a Facebook group called 'Friends of Lynn Gilderdale', if you've got a Facebook account please join. If you'd like an email invite from me please drop your email addy in a message to belle_marmotte(at)
Please make sure to put the NOT com!

As Lynn's mum has been arrested on suspicion of murder I think we need to rally all the support we can for her and her family.
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2008-12-09 02:00 am


The blue skywing (second to last) is getting a bit desperate with less than a day to grow up!
I know, I am a terrible mother!
Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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2008-12-04 03:58 pm

Thursday's dragons

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
And 2 hatchlings ♥Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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2008-11-19 01:43 pm

My dragons need a little love...

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
All clicks gratefully received!
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2008-11-05 12:25 pm


I crashed out after the Ohio vote came in I just woke up now, put on Ch4 news at noon. I can't stop crying. Me so happy :D. I have to be at the ME clinic in 20 mins, gotta get a shower and get myself together.
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2008-10-19 10:32 am
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Spamming you with dragon eggs

I managed to pick up another 2 eggs to add to my collection of now grown dragons. Adopt one today!Adopt one today! All clicks gratefully and thankfully appreciated.
My scroll is here for those who want to see what I've accumulated so far :)

I'm desperately trying to make my last deadline. I have one day to finish the troublesome essay on deep brain stimulation of the hypothalamus. Then I have to put all my work together (3 essays and an experimental report) make three copies of everything and smail mail it to them for the final assessment. It's going to be such a heavy package and cost a fortune to post (which I am a bit miffed about because the money has to come out of my own pocket.

Anyways up, wish me luck!!
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2008-10-06 01:10 am

I can has moar eggz?

Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!

My first four are all adults now :D
Thanks for making them grow up!
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2008-10-05 07:12 pm

Puff the magic dragon...

So this is the little pink egg I didn't realise I had, so she's a bit behind in her development and in need of clicks!
Adopt one today!

Thanks for clicking on my others they've all grown up now. I wonder what it means that I have all females?
Here's the scroll for those who want to look at them
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2008-10-03 06:34 pm

My dragons' time is running out...

My dragons have barely a day to grow up, I'm beginning to get desperate. So please if you have some clickies to spare
please click!Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!
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2008-09-24 05:02 am

Do I have an egg?

Sorry if this bores a few people but I am curious to know whether or not this works...

Adopt one today!

Adopt one today!

Adopt one today!

Please click!
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2008-08-30 11:33 pm

A little levity...

After yesterday's D&M, I bring you, stolen from [ profile] jehannamama

Your result for The What type of MAN turns you on Test...

Exotic bad-ass

You scored 60% masculine, 76% athletic, 55% exotic, and 44% refined!

You want everything in a man at the same time! Masculine, built like a Greek god, exotic and mysterious and even some bad-ass in there too. I think you would really like Freddy Ljungberg, the Swedish soccer player. He's the guy on the right. But let's face it, the whole point of this was to look at a bunch of hot guys. If you liked what you saw, please rate my test!

Take The What type of MAN turns you on Test at HelloQuizzy

So I like them more athletic and masculine and 55% exotic. Apparently.
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2008-08-25 02:19 pm
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Where is the sun?

What is happening to the weather?

I woke up at 10am and thought it was still night. I had to turn on the lights to be able to see where I was going down the stairs.

And it's cold. I'm sitting here in bed in need of putting the electric blanket on and my shoulders are freezing.

It AUGUST!! This is supposed to be summer!
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2008-07-30 10:37 pm

Calling all gastronomes...

Ok folks what can I do with ricotta cheese? I'm after something that is reasonably healthy and low cal? My reason for asking is that I heard Gordon Ramsey say it was low in fat and so I put it on my shopping list. However I put it in a baked potato and it tastes, well sweet, which was not good. Any ideas how to flavour it up a bit in a savoury way? All suggestions welcome.