av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
I'm cross-posting this entry from Dreamwidth for some reason, even though it is all about things LiveJournal. Also, I'm still deciding how much involvement I want to continue to have here (DW).

So, Vegas. I can't do a day-by-day round-up of everything that went on because it's already a little hazy in my memory, but suffice it to say that everything was awesome and we had so much fun. (OK, sitting in traffic for an hour trying to get to Hoover Dam wasn't as fun, but that's life.) Some highlights:
  • The house kicked ass, but everyone who was there already knows that.

  • Jamie and I trying to make rice pudding in the auxiliary kitchen for 20+ people, then screwing up and subsequently salvaging the recipe.

  • Seeing the NV State Museum with [livejournal.com profile] gameboyguy13 and [livejournal.com profile] teshiron.

  • Finding a Lucille's BBQ while hunting for an Original Pancake House.

  • Of course, the big Cheesecake Factory group dinner, and meeting up with a friend I hadn't seen since high school (who lives in LV). The long-ass table wasn't the optimal seating arrangement for conversations, unfortunately. If only the people at the opposite end of the table had seen the text messages I was sending them. ;)

  • Instead of Melting Pot, Moroccan food at Marrakech (no offense to those who went to MP, but I think we had much better food).

  • Collecting "cards" while on the Strip and seeing the Bellagio fountain show.

  • The aforementioned driving out to Hoover Dam with more people than I can mention.

  • Running into [livejournal.com profile] burr86 and [livejournal.com profile] hachi while trying to meet up with them at the Atomic Testing Museum.

  • Mille Bournes and Monty Python Fluxx (finally!) with [livejournal.com profile] ferrell, [livejournal.com profile] elyssa, [livejournal.com profile] stevieg, and [livejournal.com profile] snarkbite.

  • MST3k with [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica, Glee with [livejournal.com profile] danceinacircle, and talking shop with [livejournal.com profile] aveleh and [livejournal.com profile] the_kitty_kat.

Everyone else I didn't mention, thanks just for being your wonderful selves.


Jul. 16th, 2009 10:34 am
av8rmike: Darth Vader on Death Star, text: I find your lack of pants disturbing (pants)
Oh, the things you see in other people's journals while doing Support.

**does not understand the motivations behind "slash"**
av8rmike: Text: Resistance is futile (if < 1 ohm) (resistance)
This is shaping up to be a terrible week now. I almost don't want to see what happens after all the dust has cleared.
av8rmike: (watching elljay comments)
Wow, how did I never know how many celebrities used LiveJournal? Apparently, there's even a Wikipedia page listing them. Now you can all LJ-stalk your favorite (in)famous person!

Disclaimer: The owner of this journal does not condone stalking in any form. Stunts performed by trained professionals; Do not attempt. Do not take LiveJournal if you take nitrates for chest pain. Seek medical attention if you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours, especially if you are a woman.
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] lollobrigida is right; what the hell am I going to do with 195 icon slots? It's taken me like 5 years to work up to the 30+ I have now.
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (winter)
Anybody out there desperately want a few months' worth of Paid account time? ;)
av8rmike: (watching elljay comments)
..in case you didn't see [livejournal.com profile] news or [livejournal.com profile] lj_maintenance:
No LiveJournal from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST (8-12 PST) because of the server move. No posts, no friends lists, no messages, nothing. Get back to work!
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
People often ask in Support about Twitter badges they can use on LJ layouts. Most of them use JavaScript or Flash, which isn't allowed on LJ and will get stripped from styles. One day, in my Googling around, I found this link:


It's just an image inside of a <div>, so it should work on LJ. I can't suggest it in the context of Support, but there's no reason I can't make a gratuitous entry about it!

New Icon!

Nov. 12th, 2008 09:52 pm
av8rmike: Futurama's Bender in Jeffries tube, text: I'm done reconfoobling the energymotron (winter)
I almost forgot to post for today. I'll show off my new Support icon from [livejournal.com profile] intrepia!
av8rmike: Neo from Matrix, text: I know S2 (I know s2)
(Probably only of interest to [livejournal.com profile] camomiletea, [livejournal.com profile] scaryjeff, [livejournal.com profile] afuna, or anyone else in Styles support)

There was a recent request about substituting a user's default userpic for the one they'd selected for a particular post. We figured it was possible through S2, but we don't give that level of detail through Support. I found out something interesting while trying to figure it out for myself...

The S2 Core stores the entry user icon in $userpic, an Image member of the EntryLite class (usually called in print_entry() like $e.userpic.url). A user's default icon is stored in the User class, which is derived from UserLite. EntryLite class also contains a UserLite object called $poster, the author of the entry. Since Expressive (unlike other layouts) passes the EntryLite object into print_entry() directly, I thought I could get away with something like this:

var User u = $e.poster as User;
var Image def_pic = $u.default_pic;
var string userpic = ($showuserpic and defined $e.userpic) ? ($def_pic + "<br />") : "";
It compiles, but it doesn't work, it just comes up with an empty string. Even trying to isolate the Image members doesn't work:

var string pic_url = """<img src="$def_pic.url" alt="$e.userpic.alttext" title="$e.poster.name" height="$def_pic.height" width="$def_pic.width" />""";

Maybe [livejournal.com profile] afuna or someone who knows the back-end better knows why, but I guess you can't re-cast a UserLite object like you can an EntryLite (print_entry() in Expressive re-casts the EntryLite argument into a Comment or Entry object, depending on the type). Even if the preceding were possible, this approach wouldn't work in most layers anyway, because they call print_entry() on Entry objects.
av8rmike: (lightbulb)
So, the new profile pages have gone live, if you weren't paying attention. Let's see how the design process went:

  • First beta announcement in [livejournal.com profile] lj_design: ~650 comments, mostly helpful feedback.
  • Round 2 of the testing process: ~750 comments, mostly helpful feedback.
  • Final Round of the testing process: ~500 comments, mostly helpful feedback.
  • Announcement that the profile goes live: 4,800+ comments, all of them bitching and wailing that there was no announcement, no testing, "OMG YOU SUCK, LJ!", "DO NOT WANT", etc.

GOOD GOD, PEOPLE. It's ONE page. Now there's evidently a petition. Because those always work so well. Maybe there should be a Facebook group, too.
Speaking of whom, Facebook, Hotmail, and Yahoo! all change their sites, and I'm sure they don't give a crap how many people bitch about it. Why do LJ users believe NOTHING SHOULD EVER EVER CHANGE?
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
I was going to do that NaNoBloMoPoGo thing or whatever it's called, where you post a blog entry every day for a month, but I almost never post on weekends any more, so that's a bad time to start anything. Maybe I can keep it up through the weekdays, or start today through the first week of December or something.
av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
Yay new layout! With a photo taken by yours truly.

Yay me!

Jun. 19th, 2008 08:38 am
av8rmike: Penny Arcade Jesus, text: Wooooo/What can I say? Jesus is fucking metal (metal)

Guess who's the newest SupportHelp in Styles?
I'd never have figured out that puzzle on my own, though.
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
It figures that I would get my I3 in Styles at a time when the board is almost completely devoid of green. By the time I make supporthelp, the board will probably have transitioned to some new system and I'll have to start all over again.
av8rmike: (watching elljay comments)
Since [livejournal.com profile] chasethestars wants some actual content and not just notes ;), and since I fall into her second category of friends (the actively informed ones), I feel compelled to weigh in on the current situation.

I first saw the story here in [livejournal.com profile] no_lj_ads about Anton Nossik, the "Chief Blogger" of SUP (our Russian overlords) being interviewed for a Russian Internet site. The original is in Russian, but there are translations here and here. In it, he's dismissive of the concerns of these striking users, labels them "idiots" and the tactics "blackmail", and confirms the removal of new Basic accounts was done because they were not profitable.

Linked to in [livejournal.com profile] the_lj_herald is a statement in Nossik's own journal, in which he claims he was misrepresented as the head of SUP. He denies making the claims attributed to him, calls himself a "Social Media Evangelist", and basically tries to absolve himself of any responsibility of speaking for SUP. He also refuses to list what his actual capacities are in someplace appropriate and visible, such as his userinfo page; instead, he tells people to seek out that information on the Internet in general, then criticized it as being out of date.

Here's the thing that gets me, though (as if that weren't enough). Anyone who has been in a sufficiently large organization should know that there is supposed to be one avenue of communication. It might be a dumb example, but in my fraternity days, we were always told never to claim to speak for the house. If a reporter wanted some kind of opinion, always say "no comment" and refer them to the chapter president. That prevents one guy from making the entire organization from looking bad. Nossik can't have it both ways; he can't grant interviews to reporters, trash the users and the site's founder, then claim he's not empowered to speak for the organization and say "it's just my opinion". As one of Russia's "most visible bloggers", a SUP employee, and a longtime LJ user, he has to know that reporters are going to ask his opinions and that they will be representing the company. Either he is the company spokesperson, or he shouldn't grant the interviews.


Jan. 10th, 2008 09:17 am
av8rmike: Text: Resistance is futile (if < 1 ohm) (resistance)
Huh. I thought that LJ hadn't made it a policy to purge inactive accounts, but it looks like I was wrong, as I've now lost two friends. Do any of the SDMB'ers out there know what became of [livejournal.com profile] gobear? He was always one of the nicest people to talk to at Fests.


Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:34 am
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
I really need to get back into the habit of posting more often. Time was when I tried to post an entry almost every day, even if I was just talking about what I was practicing. Sometimes I go and read older entries, and it's nice to look back at what was going on at any particular time, especially since so much has been the same for the last several years.

I also need to pay more attention to who's friending me. Welcome [livejournal.com profile] afuna, [livejournal.com profile] camomiletea, and [livejournal.com profile] chasethestars, my fellow Styles Support junkies. ;)

Two big concerts over the weekend: The world premier of Jared Denhard's American Voices for narration and orchestra with the GVO, and the Brahms/Ives concert with Columbia. The latter got a nice preview in the Baltimore Sun, although I doubt there was similar coverage for the other.

Anyway, the GVO's audiences are slowly increasing with each show, which isn't too shabby for a group only 5 years old. The concert went about as well as could be expected with the amount of over-rehearsing we did. Jared's piece was pretty well received, but it always helps to bring the house down at the end with Tchaikovsky's "Polonaise" from Eugene Onegin and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld Overture.

Saturday's concert was just awesome. A Charles Ives symphony can be a bit of a tough listen, but this one was one of the more approachable, and the audience seemed to be into it. It was definitely a good decision to play it before the Brahms concerto. Speaking of which, Brian Ganz was just incredible. I was sitting just feet away from him, and the energy he puts into his performances is palpable. I also have to compliment our audience for being more cultured; after each movement, where there would usually be a little bit of applause, no one moved. That definitely added to the atmosphere.

Next up: two weeks of practicing for The Nutcracker. It's my fourth time through, so I'm going to try to get even more parts down.


Aug. 9th, 2007 04:41 pm
av8rmike: Man in suit at computer looking pleased, text: Internet/serious business (serious business)
So, is anyone out there in LJ-friends-land making the jump to WordPress, Blogger, or one of the LJ clones (IJ, GJ, DJ, JF)?

This is the second time now that an online site of which I've been a part has had some kind of mass exodus.
av8rmike: (watching elljay comments)
Clicky! )
I'm also being told I'm hooked for life now...


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