oxfordtweed: (Mycroft - Does Not Approve)
I have to say that I am really disappointed in what LJ has been up to lately. I stopped using my account for anything other than fandom after their last fuck-up that enabled people to access random accounts. That was just not on, so I left.

And now, I've been watching all the wank from over here and find myself absolutely astounded at the attitude of some people over there.

There are two facts that people really only need to know, and in the following order of importance:

The way LJ have redesigned the site makes it nigh on impossible for users with visual impairments to use the site (be that impairment visually-triggered migraines, blindness to varying degrees, or whatever). Screen readers no longer function properly and people have reported having migraines triggered so badly that they've vomited and/or had to go to hospital. How is this at all acceptable?

Even worse than this is the patronising attitude of many of the users, telling these people to adjust their screen brightness or the light levels in their homes. How very ableist of them. But really, I've never seen a website go so far out of its way to be so inaccessible for people. It's kind of disgusting.


The second fact is that this is a service people pay for. Since 2005, when I first started using it, I've easily put several thousand dollars their way for both my personal and my RP accounts. It doesn't matter why. The point is, I paid for this service. Many, many people do. Or did, before the service they were paying for stopped being what they were paying for, basically. It's like having a subscription to Discover Magazine, and then all of a sudden being sent something on fashion and make-up. No-one would settle for that with anything else, so why is it ok that a website should be able to change its service without warning. Netflix tried that earlier this year, and we all saw how well that went for them, didn't we? It's the same thing.


I'm thrilled to see so much new traffic here on DW. I can't wait to see fandom start popping up as well. A few of the places I spent time on over at LJ are already starting the process of porting over here, and then I'll have no reason to keep my account over there at all.

Now, if I could just get a few more icon slots over here, I'll be over the moon.

Yuletide

Dec. 20th, 2011 09:18 pm
oxfordtweed: Manny Bianco holding a sign that reads 'Oh no!' (Oh no - Manny)
I think I've finally worked out how to fix this. As in, I've got some notes down that contain a fair amount of the original story elements, though not really in the original order. I still don't actually know where it's going though.

The best thing to do at this point is to sleep on it, I think. I've written more in less time; I think I can get this thing back to finished by 5pm PST on the 22d.


fehhh on all of this.


In other news, Bill will be in town for Christmas. We're going to try to get together and maybe go out for drinks and go attempt to watch the Sherlock Holmes sequel. Because I am, apparently, a glutton for punishment.

AAUUUUUUGH

Dec. 18th, 2011 01:26 pm
oxfordtweed: Dexter Morgan lies face down in a large pool of blood, with 'FAIL.' written over top (Fail - Dexter)
My Yuletide fic. Gone. Completely fucking vanished because the computer shut down before I could save and no temp files appear to exist. FUCK


The irony of this situation, considering the fandom that I am writing for, does not escape me. In fact, it pisses me off because I SHOULD FUCKING KNOW BETTER. AUGH
oxfordtweed: Shaun Riley super imposed over a blood spatter background, biting down on a phone (Nom - Shaun)
LOL: Ryan got out of bed at about 4:00 today. He usually gets up at 7:00. I told him to go back to bed, but he got up anyway. About an hour later, he IMed me from the other room, asking why I changed the system time on his computer. After a few moments of arguing about it, something hit me. Rather than checking the time against his phone, he assumed that I was fucking with him. Because, you know, that's so much more likely than him waking up way early and not hearing me when I told him to go back to bed.

Annoying #1: The weather's turned, and it's now all overcast and rainy. Also, I am directly under the airport flightpath. SO LOUD. Augh. Fuck you, physics. I can't even hear myself think.

Annoying #2: Through a morbid curiosity, I've started watching Ally McBeal on Netflix. Goddamnit to hell, but Tourette's Lawyer in this is making my stammer worse. I swear to god, if I start picking up his other tics, I want someone to fucking shoot me. Augh augh augh. Balls.

D:

Dec. 7th, 2011 04:34 pm
oxfordtweed: (D: - Rusty)
X-Box, what the fuck is this update? I can't find anything! This is horrible, and why the fuck is Netflix under apps now? It's ALWAYS been under video, you fuckers.

At least you gave me back my 'Recently Watched' list. If I had to go manually searching for my show one more time, I was gonna have to choke a bitch. D:
oxfordtweed: (Joyce - FASCIST!)
I chickened out. Probably for the best. My mad uncle was there, Josh and his lady were rowing the entire time, and my mum was nearly eaten by a dachshund.

We went to the Zoo Lights last night. My five-year-old cousin misunderstood us when we said 'Zoo Lights' and got really upset that we couldn't see any animals.


I have surprisingly little to say. It was kind of ill-advised to even come here for the holiday, I think. I've had a headache since Thursday. I can hardly move today. Just sort of bleh in general. D:
oxfordtweed: (facepalm - Harry)
Finally got round to switching over to that iPhone 4 Ryan threw at me a few weeks ago. I had no idea you could insure iPhones now, so I did that as well. Now it's making me update iTunes, which I always hate doing because it takes a geological age to get through everything.

I seem to have lost my wallpaper from my other iPhone, and I don't think it backed that up. Lame. Oh well. I'm sure I can find something else equally entertaining.

Got my hair cut this week as well. Usually, when I get my hair cut, I don't so much cut it as I do just shave it all off. But I decided to go get a proper haircut. The guy was like, sixty and from New York and didn't listen to a damn word I said about what I wanted. Kept telling me that the style I want is out of date. I didn't care. I had a picture on my phone and I said, "make my hair look like that." And he... sort of came close, but I'm still annoyed. I may have it fixed when I get to Portland, because it's a ridiculous length that has no body and he didn't do anything to help it not lay flat. Also, from having not cut my hair in over a year, it's developed a rather annoying middle parting. Which I hate deeply. So now my hair is just drowning in product while I try to train it out of parting down the middle.


Not much else going on. Got a new stick to replace the knackered old one, which means I'm a bit more active lately. That's always a good thing.


Leaving on Tuesday. Gone until the 30th. Woo, I am going to FREEZE.
oxfordtweed: Nicholas Angel wearing aviator sunglasses and sneering at the camera (Nicholas - Aviators)
I mean, it's not like the title is actually of any use.

Anyway, I feel terribly disloyal right now. This has been a month of quite a lot of change, and all in petty, stupid ways. Delicious fucked up, so I've started up a torrid love affair with Pinboard, I finally abandoned my FFN account after quite a lot of consideration, I've lost my faith in LJ and moved to DW, since LJ was the only thing keeping me using FireFox, I've switched to Chrome.

Everything's different and everything hurts.

Actually, the first three aren't so bad. Putting all my fic back up on DW is a bit of a pain in the arse, but I'll survive. But what kills me is Chrome. Sure, it's fast, but it has the same problem with memory leak and fails at being customisable. The Pinboard add-ons seriously suck, there's no persistent status bar, which means even if add-ons for them existed, I wouldn't be able to install clock and weather apps and use them how I do in FireFox, and I can't move the fucking refresh button. The refresh button kills me. I don't know why. I also hate how the address bar and the search bar are the same thing. I can't save my most recent search anymore. Also, Chrome doesn't use Browse by Name. That's the best feature FireFox has, in my opinion. There's a page I keep going back to on Wikipedia. I know what it is, so going through my bookmarks to find it would be a waste of time. I also don't feel like typing the full URL, so in FireFox, I just type 'Theobromine poisoning wiki' and BAM. Takes me right to that page. Chrome doesn't do that.

I may just stay with FireFox after all. Because Chrome is just as bad, if for its own unique set of reasons. =/
oxfordtweed: (Default)
As many of you may have seen by now, LiveJournal has rolled out Release 86 this week.

This release was intended to cut down on the spambots by altering the way LJ handles cookies. What did it do instead? Opened up a massive security and privacy breach. This new release has made it possible for random users to access random accounts simply by clicking links on the site. They don't even have to be technologically literate to access your account. More often than not, they just have to try to change something, be it editing a comment or altering their layout.

The new way of handling cookies basically makes LJ forget who you are. You can change your password as many times as you like; it still won't make you any less vulnerable.

Most people who have encountered this glitch have been level-headed enough to sign out and report it. But not everyone is that honest.

What's more frightening is that LJ is keeping quiet about this. This has been going on for over three days, and not an official word has been uttered. This is not only bad business practise, but illegal.


I've no idea if this has been fixed, as there hasn't been anything said on the matter one way or the other. But the fact remains that LJ clearly does not care about its customers or your privacy.


oxfordtweed: (Joey - Gasp!)
Earlier today, I mentioned to someone that I've been eating nothing but Jello and a bit of ice cream today. They were jealous of this, saying that they wanted nothing but Jello and ice cream.

So have it. Because you know what? I don't. It isn't filling. I have soup, but it's got bits in it that make me hurt, so I can't eat it. The Weetabix isn't much better. Ryan had some burritos for supper last night, and some corn dogs and stuff earlier today.

I WANT BURRITOS AND CORNDOGS.

Jello is not filling. It barely counts as food.


Soon as I'm able, I'm going to have some greasy, nasty McDonalds. Just because I can.

65 Degrees

May. 16th, 2011 06:45 pm
oxfordtweed: (Mycroft - Does Not Approve)
Sixty-five bloody degrees!

Where is my summer? Goddamnit, this is the longest winter ever. And before you tell me that 65 is warm, and that's what you're at right now, this is Las Vegas. Average temperatures this time of year are closer to 90. 90!

I went out to the shop and had to wear my coat. I haven't had to wear a coat this late in the year in... years.


Give me my hot weather back before I cry. D:
oxfordtweed: (Sheep - Buster)
I don't mind when you decide to spring up again. My chest is the only place I ever really have a problem with acne, and no-one ever sees it, save Ryan. So, fine. Pop up and be happy for the few days every couple of months you like to make yourself present.

BUT FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS DECENT, STAY THE HELL OFF OF MY INK. One little square-inch patch of skin is all I ask. Stay away. You're fucking shit up and making it look bad.


And to my freckles, which appear to be multiplying: STAY THE HELL OFF OF MY INK. That was a very plain patch of skin when I had that tattoo done. I do not wish to see a bunch of spots all over it now. Fuckers. Go away. I don't want to fill that one in, but if you keep at it, I'll be forced to tattoo right over you brown little bastards.



And for a non-ink related update, RE: the patch of missing skin on my arm, after pouring a liberal amount of H2O2 on it (not to self: OW!) yesterday, it seems to be getting better. Doesn't even hurt when I stare at it any more. It'll probably be gone by Monday at this rate. Or... back. Whatever you'd call a missing patch of skin.
oxfordtweed: (Default)
Why isn't MSWord saving my stuff? I've just lost about 1000 words! I meant to post it last night, but didn't get round to it, so I saved the document and shut down.

And it didn't save! ARGH!
oxfordtweed: (Sleepy - Residents)
TL;DR, Firefox 4, while being pleasant and not crashing every time you blink, sort of really sucks. I hate these 'light' browsers with the power of 1000 suns. Some people actually like having all of those menus and toolbars and places to stick additional applications. Firefox 4 is so light that it doesn't even have room for half of the stuff I used daily.

I'll try again later when 4 supports LJ Hook, LJ Login, and Delicious.
oxfordtweed: (WTF - Geoff)


Fuck you, Tumblr. Fuck you.

I don't even care if these people are being sarcastic. This just pissed me right off. If I were to post a chart that had a huge list of sports, and which had a second column that said the only sports girls know are football, softball, and netball, I'd get flayed alive.
oxfordtweed: (Mycroft - Creeper)
It's not even a case of me being inappropriately cold, as Ryan is wont to accuse me of doing. I'm looking at the temperature, and cursing the 45° weather with a windchill of 36° thanks to 25-30mph winds.

FUCK THIS SHIT. I WANT SUMMER.
oxfordtweed: (Mycroft - Creeper)
It's not even a case of me being inappropriately cold, as Ryan is wont to accuse me of doing. I'm looking at the temperature, and cursing the 45° weather with a windchill of 36° thanks to 25-30mph winds.

FUCK THIS SHIT. I WANT SUMMER.

Firefox v4

Mar. 22nd, 2011 07:51 pm
oxfordtweed: (Teller - Grin)
Trying it out in the hopes that it will fix all of the crashing it likes to do.

AND NONE OF MY ADD-ONS WORK. FFFFFFFFFFFFF


Well, I take that back. Lazarus does still work, and it's damn useful for when I'm in the middle of typing a comment and Firefox crashes. But no more LJ Hook, LJ Login, Screengrab, Colourful Tabs, Delicious, Weatherbug, or any of the other extensions I use daily, but can't seem to remember any more. Nor do I know how to get to them.


It's also very Chrome. I don't much fancy Chrome. Don't like the UI. Basically, I'm old and this is different and I fear and hate it on principle.

And because my add-ons don't work.

Firefox v4

Mar. 22nd, 2011 07:51 pm
oxfordtweed: (Teller - Grin)
Trying it out in the hopes that it will fix all of the crashing it likes to do.

AND NONE OF MY ADD-ONS WORK. FFFFFFFFFFFFF


Well, I take that back. Lazarus does still work, and it's damn useful for when I'm in the middle of typing a comment and Firefox crashes. But no more LJ Hook, LJ Login, Screengrab, Colourful Tabs, Delicious, Weatherbug, or any of the other extensions I use daily, but can't seem to remember any more. Nor do I know how to get to them.


It's also very Chrome. I don't much fancy Chrome. Don't like the UI. Basically, I'm old and this is different and I fear and hate it on principle.

And because my add-ons don't work.

Eurgh

Mar. 21st, 2011 06:52 am
oxfordtweed: (Ew - Harry)
After it rains in Portland, the air smells crisp and clean and fresh. Portland, on the whole, generally smells quite lovely.

After it rains in Vegas, the air smells of rotted coyote stew. Dead coyotes that have been baking under the sun are now all soft and gooey and make the air reek.


Today's special is the rotted coyote stew with a side garnish of braised roadkill jackrabbit and your choice of either the stray cat combo platter or the dead duck patte.


Seriously. I hate it when it rains here. D:

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