LJ vs. DW - the battle wages; plus, happy holidays!

Dec. 24th, 2011 | 01:10 pm

Hi y'all,

As I'm sure many of you have seen, there's been a lot going on recently in the state of LJ, and a large percentage of my flist has been making noise about migrating to Dreamwidth. This isn't the first time this has happened, as there was another such exodus a few months ago when LJ was facing the first of the recent serious DDoS attacks. From what I can see, it didn't really take, though I myself set up a DW account then as a backup.

That said, I think the recent changes to LJ's commenting system and general air of animosity, exasperation and neglect from the LJ staff towards its users will truly be the thing that decides people on whether or not to make the switch. My own journal hasn't been affected much, as far as I can tell, and personally I don't have any issues with the new commenting system, despite knowing how and why it's problematic for other users; however, I personally don't care to continue giving my money to a service that doesn't respect its customers, and obviously it makes no sense to continue using a dying service if the majority of fandom decides to saunter off in the direction of DW. The rise in popularity of Twitter and Tumblr has already greatly affected activity on LJ, as I myself have used those other platforms for the majority of my recent updates about RL and otherwise. My paid account is good until mid-next year, at which point I will likely not renew my LJ subscription. Perhaps I won't delete my account outright, but for various reasons LJ might become the backup instead.

So, for those of you who are on DW and wish to add me, my page can be found at nanoochka.dreamwidth.org, and I also invite you to add me on Twitter or Tumblr, which in both cases my username is the same. For DW, I did have a different username before, and many of you added me then; but having thought about it, I decided it made the most sense to keep things consistent, rather than risk confusion. Please friend me again under the new account if it's not too much trouble.

With that out of the way, I'd like to wish each and every one of you a great holiday season and a fantastic new year. See you all in 2012! I'll save you all a piece of birthday cake next week, too. :P

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If you have nightmares about the future, you have to have a cigarette.

Apr. 8th, 2011 | 12:53 am
mood: accomplished accomplished
music: Quantic - Off the Beaten Track

So, as you can see, I'm trying out a new layout. I must admit I felt rather jealous of the layout I adapted for the [info]wipper_snappers comm, because it really is gorgeous (and you should immediately be checking out [info]ghost_factory if you like it), so my little project tonight was to try and come up with a way to make it Dean/Cas related without looking gaudy. Hopefully I've managed that much. The background image is actually a wallpaper I futzed together in a fit of texture-happy desperation using artwork from [info]aesc; I hope y'all like it. There might be some additional tweaking in the near future as I figure out exactly what I want, but I'll try not to do anything too crazy.

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Fall has... fallen?

Oct. 2nd, 2010 | 12:51 pm

As you might have noticed, I changed around my header in celebration of fall, which is my favourite season here in Canada on account of how ridiculously beautiful everything becomes when the leaves turn, especially in Toronto (seriously: I almost crash my car during morning commutes because I get to drive through a huge valley that is just on fire with changing leaves). The image used in the header is from the magnificent [info]cafe_de_labeill, whose artwork is an absolute must to check out. I loved the colours she used in this particular piece, and I couldn't wait to use it given my obsession with grey-and-orange colour schemes.


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CSS win!

Aug. 10th, 2010 | 02:34 pm
mood: nerdy nerdy
music: Rufus Wainwright - Pretty Things
location: Canada, Toronto

As some might notice, I've updated my LJ layout somewhat. Many thanks are owed to [livejournal.com profile] grrliz at [info]thefulcrum. Although I've stolen borrowed the layout from that site, I feel rather proud of myself for tweaking the CSS code to include my own header (bastardized from [info]toledan_night... Christ, do I even have an original bone left in my body anymore?), and a lovely, stripey tiled background. It reminds me of the days that I did graphic design and actually knew code like the back of my hand.


Hopefully the switch will resolve some of the style inconsistencies popping up in many of my posts, such as length restrictions and random character size differences. I was probably far more irked by these things than anyone else, but I'm nothing if not a perfectionist. If anyone notices addition problems with the layout style, please let me know.

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