AVG Hawkeye Quiver

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This journal is partially friendslocked, with personal posts locked, and most fannish content unlocked. Because most of the locked material is "real life" stuff, I tend to be cautious about friending people I don't know.

All my fic can be found unlocked at my fic journal: petwritings.

Thank you!
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Thank you, fandom

Writing this book, I'm going back through a lot of comments I've made (when I can find them) on various message boards and forums, and when not, recreating them from memory. And man, my list of things to thank fandom for gets longer and longer, the more I think about it.

Thanks for giving me the skin of a rhino and the ability to laugh at both myself and my own inevitable, if rare, butthurt.

Some of these boys think their rivalries and online battles are hardcore. I want to pat their little heads and introduce them to the Buffy fandom, circa 2001/2002.

Thanks for making me realize that context is, in fact, important for so many things people say.

Thanks for teaching me to navigate the mean girl waters of the internet with humor and snark, instead of rage and avoidance. To be fair, sports boards don't have ANYHING on shipping wars.

Thank you for showing me that awesome people sometimes say stupid stuff, and that they're still awesome, and if you give them a chance, they can more than prove it to you.

Thanks for showing me how to take my medicine like an adult when I myself say something stupid, and how to apologize in a way that actually helps.

Some of these people seem to have no idea that the internet is forever. Clearly, Ginmar has never called them a rapist. That shit follows you till the end of time.

Thanks for exposing me to a near-infinite variety of viewpoints and beliefs and lifestyles and personalities, in such a fun and unifying way that I learned to have the most wonderful conversations with all kinds of people, no matter the differences in our backgrounds, communication styles, and ideas.

Thanks for being you, fandom. I love you, in all your wacky glory.
NF Chris Kluwe

two more days!

manlius
This is what it looked like on my commute in.

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Fortunately, my copilot was happy to keep me company, no matter how long the trip took! :D

We're getting some serious snow. Thankfully I don't have a lot of plans outside tomorrow. So far, my to do list looks like this:

- reorganize entire living room, to make space for electric fireplace
- assemble electric fireplace and install it
- take apart futon frame, move to attic, re-assemble
- walk dog
- watch birds
- move all book boxes into spare room
- repair side-view mirror on my car with gorilla glue and duct tape
- Unpack last two bags

And then of course there's the Super Bowl. I'll be useless for anything on Sunday. Looks like Saturday's going to be a busy, busy day...
HK Kaner One

Do. Not. Fucking. Want.

I can't tell if I'm too old for fandom, or fandom has just grown in ways I haven't followed, but since when is all cool and fun to publicize fandoms that have requested to remain under the radar, profit from said publicity, and do it all under the umbrella of "I'm a fandomer too?" JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, AJA, KNOCK IT THE FUCK OFF. It would be one thing if you were a random journalist who stumbled upon RPS and went O.O OMG. This is completely different.

GodDAMN she is embarrassing.

If I had any hockey fandom content of note I'd be locking that shit down so fast it would make the internet's head spin. Hopefully all her links will be dead links within the day. Get on it, fandom. You can unlock in a month when this all blows over.

ETA: Well, if there's any silver lining here, I've never seen hockey fandom so united! Way to go, Aja! You've given us all a common enemy! UGH STOP STOP STOP ANYWAY IT'S NOT WORTH IT FUCK RIGHT OFF WITH YOUR ARTICLE AND YOUR CONDESCENDING BULLSHIT.
NF Hipbone and Hand

So, Livejournal

I've seen a lot of angst about the proposed new changes to the LJ friendspage, etc. I've learned over the years to wait for the official LJ announcement, since a lot of stuff gets lost in translation, misinterpreted, and so on. So the official announcement came out! Good news!

Changes yet to be made to the feed page:

(~) Infinite scroll will be able to be turned off. If you turn off infinite scroll, the feed will have regular pagination as it does now.

(~) Customization options will be provided to allow you to configure the look and feel of the feed. This will include at least text size and background images.

(~) Commenting will be allowed directly from the feed page. (You will not have to load a separate page to leave a comment unless you want to.)

(~) There will be a more device-friendly version of the feed available for viewers using mobile devices, netbooks, and so on.

The author of an entry will be able to select several comments that can be displayed along with the entry when it is viewed in friends feeds.

The latest entries page will be added as an available option from the filter dialog.


Then, one note unrelated to the Friends feed, I noticed a lot of concern in the comments to news and lj_releases yesterday about comments that were made in the Russian news posts. Some comments by staff members there were being auto-translated as saying we would be 'canceling paid accounts next year'. The Russian terms used in these comments were being translated as the English word 'cancel', which of course has a specific negative meaning (to take away something that someone already possesses, etc).

That is not what will be happening -- no accounts will be canceled or revoked, no already-purchased paid time or paid features will be lost or anything like that. What is happening, is that we will be making some changes to the existing account structure next year. That is what these comments were referring to. This will involve changing things so users have a standard LiveJournal account to which they then can add the paid/extra features that they want separately (or feature packages/sets). The concept of buying something that's called a "paid account" is what will be removed -- extra features will be done as add-ons and add-on packages. Existing paid or permanent accounts at that time will be treated as premium/elite accounts that will have access to even more features than exist right now.


So. Not nearly as bad as it sounded at first. :D
GK Nate Fick

YAGKYAS letter!

Dearest YAGKYAS writer-

I am so sorry this is late! I kept intending to write and post it, but, well, life. If I wanted logistics I should've joined the Army...

Anyway, thank you SO MUCH for writing me a story this year. My prompt was something like "he needs help adjusting to life back stateside after OIF," and really, you can run with that any way you like! I'm not a big fan of unresolved angst or bleakness, and I don't enjoy genderswap, but I adore H/C and pining, absolutely love snark and teasing (one of the reasons this fandom is so near and dear to me!), I like action and plot and snappy dialogue, and pretty much anything you come up with, I'm guaranteed to enjoy. Got an idea for a crazy AU like superpowers, werewolves, Marines In Space, or Everyone Grows a Tail? I will adore it! Want to keep them in California? I'll adore that too. :D

Thank you again and happy writing!

- Pet
HK KaneToews

FUUUUUUUUU...

Deadspin Explains the Hockey Lockout In Terms Everyone Can Understand.

Huh. So it seems like this is really a feud between owners, rather than between owners and players.

Exactly. The big-market guys have entirely different priorities than the small-market guys, and we can't tell which group will dictate management's stance, because the league has a gag order on everyone who isn't in the commissioner's office. Most modern sports lockouts resemble the NHL's struggle: The NFL lockout was at least in part a battle between the owners with new, revenue-rich stadiums and those with older buildings and relatively poorer teams. The NBA lockout was more of the same, with Jerry Buss and Jim Dolan eager to settle, and Portland and Utah and Denver squawking defiantly. The players had no meaningful hand in building these economic structures—Bettman was the major force behind hockey expansion—but they have to work within them.

But there must be something else to it.

Maybe. Bettman also claims that the league won't grow at seven percent per year going forward. He says much of its post-lockout growth came from a strong Canadian dollar and various one-time boons—a TV contract and the Thrashers' move to Winnipeg—that won't be around for the next several years.

Where were the Thrashers?

Atlanta.

No, seriously, where?

Seriously, Atlanta.

Atlanta, Georgia.

Yes.
HK KaneToews

athletic supporter

Can we, as a society, as fans, as human beings, PLEASE MAKE A BLOOD PACT TO NEVER NAMECHECK SPORTS RPS AUTHORS, FIC, OR TROPES ON THE GAWKER NETWORK, PLEASE? PLEASE? Because no matter which site the comment started on, it just ends up on Deadspin. And before you know it, some sports channel news jackass is going to ask Kane and Toews how they feel about all that smut out there that's being written about them together, and I like them and don't want them to have to deal with that. It's not nice for them. It's not good for us. I'm sure they know it's there, and I'm sure they're happy to absolutely ignore its existence, so can we please for the love of all that's good and holy KEEP IT THAT WAY?

Jesus Christ.

In other news, it's my last full day at the Zoo. I've lost my camera, and I have no idea where, and it's really freaking me out because that camera is one of my most prized possessions and it's not like I can afford to replace it. Oh god, please let me have left it in the duck shed or under something in the tack room or something, please.

On the plus side, it's only 8 and I've already fed everyone, done morning stalls and chores, and even stripped and re-bedded the goat/pig stall. I figure if I get a head start on the big stuff, tomorrow won't be quite so crazy.

In closing, Chris Kluwe remains my favorite non-hockey athlete in the world for the moment. Chris Kluwe Explains Why He Thinks Joey Porter Is A Frothing Dingleberry. Man, I hate the Vikings and I'm still going to try to catch their games this season, just for Chris.
NF Ride 2

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I am unapologetically streaming Day 1 of the team and individual Dressage Olympic competition at my desk. Oh HELL yeah. Thank you, NBC.com!

These horses are unfairly gorgeous.

In other news, I may have to start liking the Minnesota Vikings, if only because their punter Chris Kluwe is FREAKING AMAZING in the live chat-slash-comment thread he did at Deadspin. These delightful exchanges are some of my favorites:
Nick Farruggia 10 hours ago
Tell me you didn't eat Chic-fil-A today.

Chris Kluwe 10 hours ago
The only Chik-Fil-A in Minnesota is at the U of M I believe, and that's quite a distance away from Mankato. Also, they're discriminatory fucknuggets so they can choke on their chicken for all I care.

Ameritoon 10 hours ago
How much do you hate NBC right now?

Chris Kluwe 10 hours ago
I don't watch tv so I don't particularly care, but in the interests of bandwagoning I'll go with "Fuck you you stupid corporate hooker network for tape-delaying the Olympics because godammit if I don't get to see some 'Murricans win gold AS IT'S HAPPENING then it doesn't count".

a user clearly as stunned by Kluwe's awesomeness as I am:
SomebodyNotImportant 10 hours ago
is this shit real

Chris Kluwe 10 hours ago
Very metaphysical. I'd suggest reading Nietzche, Plato, and St. Augustine for starters.


Seriously, seriously, go read the whole damn thing, it is FUCKING MAGICAL and I am not even kidding. Hooray for hilariously brilliant jocks!