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Nenya Kanadka
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I, too, like Ana's idea, and have bookmarked the Blogspot site. Very nicely done. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Oct 2, 2012 on Closing time soon at The Slacktiverse
As I see it, Chris, if the problem is "No one is writing main blog posts, but we still want to have discussions," then saying "We must write more blog posts! That will get everyone talking!" doesn't seem like it would work. I think we all want to talk to each other, and we all want to discuss real issues, but we don't all have the time to make long and thorough posts. So having what might be called "All open threads, all the time" (in the form of a messageboard) seems like it would be more practical in terms of actually getting us talking again. That's how I see it, anyway. If people are not talking, making the bar for participation *higher* won't help.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2012 on Closing time soon at The Slacktiverse
Nah. It wasn't you.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2012 on Closing time soon at The Slacktiverse
I'm nenya_kanadka at LJ & DW, and have six or eight of you all friended. There may be folk I'm missing.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2012 on A New Day at The Slacktiverse
Example of a messageboard forum I've used: There are sections for different types of discussions, and anyone who makes a (free) account can start a new thread or comment on old ones. Don't know if something like that would work for us.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2012 on A New Day at The Slacktiverse
Hmm, I wouldn't say threaded comments preclude community: I've been in several very lively communities that use them. In my experience it's the *change* from nonthreaded to threaded (or, more rarely, vice versa) that causes trouble. I am personally very comfortable with Dreamwidth/LJ, but if others aren't, then we should go with something that does work for us all. There are a lot of free messageboard hosts out there, for one thing.
Toggle Commented Sep 24, 2012 on A New Day at The Slacktiverse
I know a lot of us already have LJs, and it is also possible to allow anonymous comments (and in the case of DW, to allow people with a LJ to comment using their LJ handle, I believe).
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2012 on A New Day at The Slacktiverse
Yeah, Facebook's supposed to be under your offline name (though I've seen people fudge that in creative ways). I have a few Slacktifolk on my friends' list over there, but in general I like to keep things separate.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2012 on Time For a Re-Think at The Slacktiverse
As for a new platform, as a long-time user of the LiveJournal/Dreamwidth style of blogging, may I suggest a Slacktivist Dreamwidth or LJ community?
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2012 on A New Day at The Slacktiverse
I'm very sad to hear we will be losing you, though it is your ability to feel comfortable commenting here that I miss most. I'm sorry this whole thing has exhausted you so much. You don't deserve that. That said--I think setting up a new place for people to talk is probably the way to go. That way you get some rest, and people can still keep talking.
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2012 on A New Day at The Slacktiverse
Looking at some of this, and the new post that just went up--would something like a LiveJournal or Dreamwidth community work? Those are places where anyone who joins the community (this can be moderated membership or open membership) is allowed to make posts, and anyone can comment on them. It removes the step of the mods having to actually do the posting themselves. It could be much more casual than the current setup. Alternately I suppose we could use the existing Facebook group, but FB isn't really set up for actual long conversations (which are what I love about this place).
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2012 on Time For a Re-Think at The Slacktiverse
Hmm, I've been feeling for a while that the Slacktiverse is slowing down. As Sheila says above, not a failure, but perhaps the natural end of something that has done its job and fulfilled an important purpose but is coming to its natural end. All good things, etc. It seems to me like it was largely a bridge between Slacktivist That Was and Life After The Patheos Move. It's been long enough now that I think a lot of us have settled into other routines, though I know for myself that I will always keep a lot of fondness and love for this place. It's meant a lot, both with Fred at the helm and with TBAT. I did have an idea about a post, but I'm not sure whether for technical reasons it will ever happen. I will continue to read here as long as there is content, and would like very much if it were possible to keep the archives of old posts available. Thank you for all your hard work, TBAT.
Toggle Commented Sep 19, 2012 on Time For a Re-Think at The Slacktiverse
This seems like a very broad question ("What can be done?") and the only answer I have is Froborr's: all the rest of us keep speaking up.
The misheard lyrics (scroll down) of O Fortuna (video). Including the immortal line, "This octopus! Let's give him boots! Send him to NORTH KOREA!" Damn catchy, I say. (I told my brother the opera singer that, being nearly deaf, this is rather how I hear the world most days. A hearing aid helps, but sometimes you're still left wondering what that poor damn octopus did to get himself exiled, booted, to a dictatorship...)
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2012 on Overheard on your lawn this year at The Slacktiverse
Dear God, that's astounding, about the gaming. A hundred dollars is a lot of money. TBAT: Thanks, got your email! Will pass along the answer when I have it!
Should I shoot you another email about the article about deafness I asked you about earlier in the month? I know y'all are busy.
I've always heard that unions protected the rights of workers, but I never had direct experience of it (other than things like weekends and general labour laws, which were settled by other people long before I was of working age) until last fall, when I asked for, and successfully got, a disability accommodation that allowed me to keep my job (with different responsibilities) even though I'm deaf and the sales work I was going was stressing me and making my performance bottom out. And that happened ONLY because a coworker pointed me at the union and they got involved when I asked for help. Speaking of blackberries, my love sent me this yesterday: Blackberry Eating by Galway Kinnell I love to go out in late September among the fat, overripe, icy, black blackberries to eat blackberries for breakfast, the stalks very prickly, a penalty they earn for knowing the black art of blackberry-making; and as I stand among them lifting the stalks to my mouth, the ripest berries fall almost unbidden to my tongue, as words sometimes do, certain peculiar words like strengths or squinched, many-lettered, one-syllabled lumps, which I squeeze, squinch open, and splurge well in the silent, startled, icy, black language of blackberry -- eating in late September.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2012 on Turn, turn, turn at The Slacktiverse
When I was little it was, of course, all about school--or rather, the first week of September was. We were so cut off from the Canadian mainstream that I don't think I knew what Labour Day *was* until my mid-teens. Now it reminds me that I'm no longer in school (and that I never finished the degree I wanted to), but that a lot of my younger friends will be talking about exams and papers again soon. It means it's properly fall, now, and I'm never ready for that! But it's also a cheerful day in that it reminds me that there are still people fighting for the rights of workers, even if there are a lot of setbacks. This year, I worked the weekend (hi, retail) but have the Monday and Tuesday off. I'm celebrating by reading up on Joe Biden vs Paul Ryan, and working on the next chapter of my space!lesbians romance.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2012 on Turn, turn, turn at The Slacktiverse
Congratulations, Froborr! :D
I grew up in northern Canada, where everyone took off their shoes when coming into the house. I'd never made the connection between that and snowy weather, though. But yes, obviously, now that I think of it--we don't track snowy boots indoors (unless you're three years old or it's an epic emergency) so "slip off the footwear" becomes a habit. I generally don't feel like I'm really home and relaxing until I take off my shoes, anyway, these days. Though sometimes as a teenager I'd wear dry (but perhaps dusty) outside shoes indoors. Actually that's another thing--did anyone else carry "inside shoes" with them to church or school? The mudboots or tough shoes that could get dirty for the trip over, and then nice dress shoes for the event itself? Even men did that when the outdoors was slush and muck. These days I don't bother, but then these days I live where you can wear one pair of loafers outdoors all year round. Not local, but fannish: I always count the number of cookies/berries/slices of cheese I'm eating. Odd numbers are good, even numbers mean I need to take one more or one less. This comes from Cherryh's atevi, for whom any sequence of two necessarily means there will be a third.
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2012 on The folks round here do say... at The Slacktiverse
Yes, so do I, but she's not my goddess, so I always feel awkward about it. :P
Toggle Commented Aug 24, 2012 on Private Slang at The Slacktiverse
Isn't "frak" Battlestar Galactica, and "frell" Farscape? I definitely use both as often as I use the equivalent Earth-standard vernacular.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2012 on Private Slang at The Slacktiverse
@Ross: in a poly context, Spice are the variety of life? Ha! I hadn't thought of it that way--more like spicy, comforting things like cinnamon--but that works too. @Brin: Delighted to hear "edible" is more common than I thought!
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2012 on Private Slang at The Slacktiverse
Yes, the plural of spouse is spice, which I find really adorable in a poly context. :-) My dad also often intentionally misuses words in a way that it's obvious what he means and also obvious that he's doing it wrong on purpose: "I'm inaudible" for "I can't hear you" or "I'm invisible" for "I can't see you" are the two biggest ones. Possibly things he can't write are "illegible" as well. Another is describing really tasty food as "edible", which I'm pretty sure comes from a Russian friend of ours who was learning English when I was about 13, and mixed up "edible" and "delicious." I have several times unintentionally insulted someone's cooking by exclaiming that it was "Edible!" when I meant that I really liked it a lot.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2012 on Private Slang at The Slacktiverse
Formal, official apologies to people no longer living are better made by correcting institutional behavior than by official pronouncements. This is true. The formal, official apologies do have the benefit of saying outright that we (the entity or society represented by those making the apology) no longer wish to give our assent to the bad behaviour. It's important to state that outright sometimes, because otherwise the status quo is just assumed to continue. But then, of course, you have to do differently in fact as well as in word.