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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2016-12-30 11:51 pm

"Five things make a post"

Poor Kit had night terrors last night, or something like it—sudden screaming, out of nowhere, red-faced, inconsolable. X and I were quite shaken by it. Eventually Kit came out of it and then played with their hairbrush for a bit and went back to sleep. Babies. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For the last few weeks they've been coughing in their sleep sometimes. It's not a productive cough, they haven't had a fever at any point, and it only happens at night, so we figure it's from accidentally inhaling their copious teething-drool (that molar is taking its sweet time coming in). The first couple of nights they'd wake up but now they sleep right through it, which is a little disconcerting. How quickly children adapt. It seems like a strength at first but I see it as a vulnerability too; they can adapt to things that aren't okay and shouldn't be normal, and adaptation can take a toll. Nothing I can do about the coughing, but it's a reminder to be mindful about the other ways I shape Kit's experiences and teach them what "normal" is.


I'm going to try to post more slice-of-life things here that aren't baby anecdotes. X and I sat down together tonight and wrote things by hand! The timing didn't work out for us to do it by candlelight, as the Hanukkah candles had already burned down, but I still felt very old-fashioned using my lovely antique lap desk. The angled surface made writing much easier on my arm, even using a skinny pen. I wrote the last of my notes and cards for [ profile] holiday_wishes, and X wrote thank-you notes to people who'd given Kit birthday presents.

One of the people on holiday_wishes wanted cross-stitch supplies for teaching Ukrainian embroidery. I have a TON of evenweave fabric, some of which I've had 20 years or more. I also have a lot of unfinished and unstarted cross-stitch kits, and if my arms ever heal and strengthen to the point where I can do embroidery again—which I'm kind of skeptical about, though it's a good goal to have—I'd start with the kits rather than designing my own. And I'm pretty sure I'll never have the arms for doing knotwork with silk floss again; that was hard even before I developed the tendinitis. So I took all the silk I bought back when I thought I could make money making jewelry (what was I thinking) (well, okay, my head wasn't very clear at the time), and all the fabric, and put it in a box that I will ship off this week. An immigrant will get to preserve her culture and heritage, and there's more room in my crafting dresser for new yarn all the yarn I keep buying and not knitting with. Everyone wins!


I just left this comment for a friend who made her first LJ post in a year and a half, about needing a refuge from Twitter:

It's good to see you here again.

A lot of us are looking for the same thing, and looking for it here (or on Dreamwidth). Twitter seems to have hit a toxicity tipping point, and the recent political news has sharpened our ideas of where we put our effort. Even for those of us who still have the wherewithal to shrug off trolls, we've got more important things to do with our energy and attention than fritter it away on shrug after shrug after shrug.

I locked my Twitter account for unrelated reasons and I'm really glad I did. The one time I unlocked it recently, within 24 hours I needed to flee back to privacy.

Back in the day when LJ was booming, I would compulsively refresh and refresh and refresh until it was late at night and for a little while no one was posting and I could free myself from it and sleep. Before that I did the same with Usenet, and before that with IRC. Twitter doesn't feel very different to me, except that, like IRC, it refreshes itself. But I suspect my usage patterns are unusual and most people get more of a dopamine firehose from Twitter than they ever did from other sources. Having been drinking from dopamine firehoses for a long time, I can tell you with some authority that they are really, really bad for you. And Twitter is unique in what you so beautifully call its "kaleidoscope of contexts"—where one rapidly scrolling IRC channel still only contained maybe two or three conversations, Twitter has dozens all happening at once. It's utterly wretchedly exhausting.

I hope we see a return to longer-form thought, threaded conversations, more order, less chaos. LJ or DW or Wordpress or Medium, doesn't much matter to me, but something better than the noise machine.

There's been lots of talk about LJ's servers moving to Russia. I will continue crossposting from DW, as I have been. If I were still giving money to LJ I would stop, but I've had a permanent account since forever, so there's not much I can do there. I suppose I'm actually a net drain on their resources. I don't have the sense that they make money off my data. I don't think I'm putting myself in danger or making anyone else more vulnerable by continuing to use LJ. So I'll continue to use it for now, and see what happens. If you're aware of reasons I should discontinue crossposting or delete my data from LJ altogether, please do share.


I was looking for a book tonight and realized a friend had borrowed it. So I checked my "borrowed books" list and ended up emailing a whole bunch of folks to say "You borrowed books from us ages ago, can we have them back?". Many of them have moved house and gone through other upheavals and I will be pleasantly surprised if they even still have the books or remembered that they got them from us, but it'd be nice if it happens.

I immediately got an email back from one person saying (very nicely) "Didn't I already give those back?" so apparently I have not been so diligent about updating that spreadsheet. I'm pretty sure most of the books I emailed about weren't stealth-returned, though. Pretty sure. Mostly sure. We'll see. At any rate, it's an excuse to get in touch with some folks I haven't been in touch with for a while, maybe make some lunch dates with the local ones, and that's no bad thing.


Vosges finally started making a dark chocolate version of their bacon bar and tonight the stars were right for me to have a nibble half of it (oops). I'm impressed with the crunchiness of the bacon bits. The smoky flavor is very strong, which somehow I wasn't expecting; it's the first thing you smell when you open the package and the last note of the aftertaste. It's good.

Of course, having had that much chocolate, I now shouldn't have hot chocolate before bed. I'm tired enough that it probably wouldn't wind me up too far, but better not to take chances. It's so annoying to have to make these calculations. But it could have been one of those nights when I can't have any chocolate at all, so I will count blessings etc. and maybe make some mulled cider for a hot bedtime drink instead. Or ginger honey drink; my mother brought me ginger cookies from England and they are the sort of thick hard cookies that are intended to be dipped into tea or equivalent, and if I can't dip them into hot chocolate (which would be awesome) then ginger honey drink is the next best option.

Or I could just go to bed. But I want to write up Kit's 12-month post (!) (!!!) so I'll be up for a little while yet.
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[personal profile] tsunderely 2016-12-31 07:38 am (UTC)(link)
Hi! This is cabochons from LJ; we just added each other and I figured I would comment here instead as that's what you mentioned in the original post. I'm not quite set up on DW yet despite having had this journal for years, heh.

A lot of people seem to be worried about LJ moving its servers to Russia; I'm not sure how I feel about it yet but hopefully it won't happen. I'm guessing you prefer dreamwidth in general?
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[personal profile] xtina 2016-12-31 09:37 am (UTC)(link)
HTTPS is no longer around for LJ; that is disconcerting at best.
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[personal profile] xtina 2016-12-31 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Usually it's that malicious actors could see what you're transmitting and capture/use that information. This could mean nothing if it's just a recipe blog, or mean a great deal if someone is posting about things that could cause harm if it came to light. (Mental conditions being reported to employers is one big example.) The fun of troll-kind is that it doesn't have to be meaningful, it could just be "for the lulz".

The information that can be sniffed also could include your credentials. This could lead to someone hijacking your journal. It could also lead to using your creds elsewhere, if you reuse passwords.

So far, the LJ login page still allows you to use HTTPS, although you have to open the login page in its own tab, and then manually add HTTPS to the URL. (As in, on the front page, clicking the Login link opens it in a modal, and HTTPS doesn't appear to happen.) That just fills me with confidence. D:

For crossposting, I don't know off-hand. I'm real curious, though, so I'm gonna go investigate a bit.
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[personal profile] amaebi 2016-12-31 12:33 pm (UTC)(link)
It is always good to read what you have to say.
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[personal profile] umadoshi 2016-12-31 05:25 pm (UTC)(link)
I hope we see a return to longer-form thought, threaded conversations, more order, less chaos. LJ or DW or Wordpress or Medium, doesn't much matter to me, but something better than the noise machine.

Infinite agreement.

[identity profile] 2016-12-31 09:29 am (UTC)(link)

I just got three books back from a friend. I'd forgotten she had them! I use bookpedia (or pocketpedia) - the app is called one thing on mac and the other on iPhone, and it works really well. I love it

[identity profile] 2017-01-02 04:55 am (UTC)(link)
Luka goes through bouts of having night terrors, as well. We took a trip to Denver over Thanksgiving and when we came home, the night terrors were off the charts for nearly a full month. It's so heartbreaking to see the Littles dreaming sad dreams - of course we would all prefer that our children are happy and wallowing in the bliss of childhood for as long as possible. I hope that Kit finds easier sleep in the future.

I agree with you wholeheartedly in re: your thoughts on social media. I am so thrilled to see LJ back in action again, and I am (mostly) uninformed about the servers moving and what that means, but if it ends up spelling trouble I will be very disappointed to see my LJ of nearly 17 years, and all of the folks on my friend list - old and new - disappear.

Happy New Year to you and yours! :)