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So, Apple released Safari 5.0.1 this morning, which enabled the Extensions support that was released in limited form back when Safari 5 was released.

On the Extensions Gallery page over at, I found a couple of useful extensions for cleaning up the UI atrocity that is Facebook, as well as an extension that grabs the URL of a page and shoves it into Nambu (my Twitter client of choice) for easy tweeting.

But the one I like the most, the one that I'm using right now, is ScribeFire - if you have Safari 5, upgrade to 5.0.1. If you have 5.0.1, give this extension a whirl.

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Mad Science!

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble...Collapse )

In four days, I will have either created home-brewed root beer, or some sort of substitute for motor oil.

In other news, Bob Probert died today.

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40 Years Ago, Today...

Hey, who"s the cute kid?Collapse )

Imma do nothin' all day - 'cause I can.

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Well, crap.

15 years in the SCA without an award comes to an end.

No good deed goes unpunished...Collapse )

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Ok, look - it's no secret that I'm fed up with Liveurinal's asshattery of late.

The latest? Changing the settings on your journal. Without telling you.

I'm keeping my Liveurinal because it's a handy way to read and comment on the activities of friends who are still over there. I'm even cross-posting (selected) entries from Dreamwidth there. But, I'm not actively using it, so imagine my surprise when I discovered that my entries-per-page (among other settings) had been changed, apparently by the latest update to Liveurinal. And I'm not the only one who noticed.

I don't even know where to begin on how fucked up this is. I would say that I'm surprised, but I'm not.

ETA: Fixed link.

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The Continuing Fail of Liveurinal

In the latest Liveurinal news posting, I commented with my new default icon, saying, "See userpic. 'Nuff said." (Comment thread can be seen here.)

LJ user cathouse_mary was kind enough to send me the following information:

I clicked on your icon and my Norton antivirus hollered. Apparently LJ's now also hosts the trojan Bloodhound.Exploit.281

Details here:


So I did a little checking on my own.


The screenshot tells the story, folks.

As I said in the comment thread, if you needed more proof that you should be on anything but Liveurinal, here you go. Do yourself a favor, if you're still on Liveurinal - get the hell out. If you know someone who's still over there, kindly let them know that their money isn't safe, their journal isn't safe, and the security of their computer isn't safe. What more proof do you need?

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Opening Soon In A New Location

After the recent creepy comment/un-flocking* of a post scandal, I've decided that I've had enough of LiveJournal's shenanigans.

Which is sad, actually. I've had this journal since late 2001, so, in a way, this is the longest-running web presence I've ever had. Hell, I've even had 3 of my entries printed in the LJ10 anthology. Leaving here will be difficult, but it's something I think that needs to be done.

If you haven't heard about it, there was/is an LJ user (vulva), who had her journal security set to "Friends Only", and even had a banner announcing such. Somewhere, on her journal, she had a picture of her and a friend posted in an entry. The picture showed great amounts of cleavage, which (ordinarily) would be OK - after all, the post (as well as the rest of the journal) was flocked.

That is, until an LJ team member takes that entry, makes it public, and creepy-comments with, "Hi. *eyes wide open* I'm watching.". Using his LJ Team Member account, which (needless to say) was not one of those on vulva's friends list. You can read the whole story here.

Yeah... no. Sorry, Livejournal - with a flock on a post, the reasonable expectation is that ONLY those people I have selected will be able to view the contents of that post. This means that others (including LJ team members) should be unable to view that post unless I specifically ask them to (and, thereby, grant access). With this incident, you blew my expectation of privacy and my trust - and you'll never get it back again. Period.

For all of you, who post your deepest, darkest secrets in "eyes only" posts, this means that some LJ staff member is not only able to read them, they probably already have. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the juiciest, most salacious (and, therefore, most likely-to-be-wanked to) content is going to be hidden away behind an eyes-only or flock. This is stuff that could, potentially, form the basis of blackmail - and, anyone on the LJ staff has access to it. It's probably not a stretch to think that there's some way of searching out the most recent eyes-only or flocked posts, especially on the backend that LJ staffers have access to. Think about that for a second, and then see if you don't come to the conclusion that I came to. Even if there's nothing in your account that you would be concerned about, think about the other accounts out there that do.

I don't usually get up in arms about stuff like this, but this one - this was over the line. It was a clear invasion of privacy (whether or not that privacy was an illusion, the expectation of that privacy is what matters), and I can not - will not - support that. LJ is being less than truthful, less than transparent about the situation, just like they always have. They've been caught with their hand in the cookie jar one too many times, and offered up one too many lame excuses and promises of reform. Your mileage may vary, but this was the end for me.

I've already created a Dreamwidth account, and have ported my journal over there. Once I've verified all my links and such, I'll be deleting my content here, excepting this message and one that points people to my Dreamwidth account.

And that's pretty much that. It's sad. It feels a bit like leaving a comfortable old home for a new house in a new city. I've already moved the major bits of furniture - all that's left is to take a few tchotchkes off the wall, sweep up a bit, and shut off the lights.

I wonder if I can get my security deposit back?

* Flock = f-lock = friends lock. Restricting access to a journal (in general) or entry (on an entry-by-entry basis) to a specified list of friends.

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