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rusty_halo: bowie: ziggy onstage flames (bowie: ziggy onstage flames)
This is a fandom journal containing mostly meta, squee, and recs.

Comments are wonderful. Feel free to add/remove me from your circle whenever you like.

I'm also on Tumblr.

I work too much these days and don't post as often as I'd like.

This journal is cross-posted at rusty-halo.com, InsaneJournal, and LiveJournal.


Yay! I got it working!

I’m now crossposting this journal to Dreamwidth in addition to InsaneJournal, JournalFen, and LiveJournal.

(I have to say, Dreamwidth’s customization innovations are awesome. It was so much simpler to make my journal pretty there than at the other journaling sites!)

Comments are still centralized at my own site. As before, my real journal is at rusty-halo.com. If you want to get to know each other, add me at whichever journaling site you prefer and register at my site so you can comment on locked entries (anyone can comment on public entries). If you just want to read my public posts, you can subscribe to my journal by RSS or just read it at rusty-halo.com.

I’m trying to keep up with my reading lists at all four sites, but the ones I’ll read most are Dreamwidth and LiveJournal. I’m trying to find all my LJ/IJ/JF friends on DW; if I’ve missed you, please let me know so I can add you.

Current Mood: accomplished emoticon accomplished

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(Anyone can comment on public entries.)


Just a reminder about how to comment on this journal.

how to comment on this journal )

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Just a reminder about how to comment on this journal, since I keep getting questions.

how to comment on this journal )

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A version of Hide or Cut Post Text that displays lj-cut tags correctly on your WordPress blog. Download here.

A version of LJ User Ex that 1) works in comments as well as posts and 2) allows you to use “lj user”, “ij user”, and “jf user” tags to refer to users on LiveJournal, InsaneJournal, and Journalfen, and “lj comm”, “ij comm”, and “jf comm” to refer to communities. Also works in crossposted entries. Download here.

In action:

IJ: [info]asylum_promo (Tag: <ij comm="asylum_promo">)

JF: [info]fandom_wank (Tag: <jf comm="fandom_wank">)

LJ: [info]ihasatardis (Tag: <lj comm="ihasatardis">)

Current Mood: geeky emoticon geeky

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Disclose-Secret in conjunction with Role Manager = as many custom friends groups as I want. Yay, I’ve got my filtering back! :) (It says it works up to 2.1.1 but it seems fine on my 2.3.3 installation.)

I also installed a mod for LiveJournal(/InsaneJournal/Journalfen) Crossposter that directly connects WordPress tags to LJ/IJ/JF tags (it was previously connecting WordPress categories to LJ/IJ/JF tags). This way I don’t have to enter the same tags and categories for every entry, and can use the categories for something else. Thanks to Verily for telling me about it! (You’ll find it linked here.)

And finally, I’m using the Dashboard Remover plugin to get rid of that annoying dashboard (and to prevent registered users from seeing that there are comments on friendslocked entries). Thank you to Cass for linking this! (She also made a hack of Cricket Moods with the LJ moods as default, for anyone who is starting out.)

Current Mood: busy emoticon busy

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Several people wanted to know how I’ve been cross-posting my WordPress moods and avatars to LiveJournal, InsaneJournal, and Journalfen. So here ya go. :)

You need a WordPress blog, obviously; read my full “How to Migrate Your Blog from LiveJournal to WordPress” tutorial if you’re just starting. This is for users who are already set up.

I hacked the LiveJournal Crossposter plugin to pull in my moods (from the Cricket Moods plugin) and my avatars (from the Post Avatar plugin). This works on WordPress 2.3.3 (and probably others).

This doesn’t actually update your moods and avatars in LiveJournal’s system; it just includes your own moods and avatars, from your own site, in the body of your post. This might make your posts look funny on your friends list (your icon will be aligned left; others may be aligned right depending on the journal style). You can tweak the display options by editing the code below, but there’s no way to make it match every possible journal style. On the plus side, you can have as many moods and avatars as you can fit on your own server, without having to worry about LiveJournal’s limits.

This has an obvious bug: it doesn’t crosspost moods and avatars unless you’ve already saved a version of your post. The easiest way to do this is to click “Save and Continue Editing” first, then click “Publish.”

I’m not releasing a complete plugin, because I’ve also hacked my LiveJournal Crossposter script a million other ways. It’s easier to just give you the snippet of code you need, and you can paste it in. I’m attaching it in a file; all you have to do is find a certain line in your LJXP code and paste all this right before it.

To use this code, open LiveJournal Crossposter and find the lines that say:

if($header_loc) {
$the_event .= $postHeader;
else {
$the_event = $postHeader.$the_event;

Found them? Okay, now just paste the code in the file directly above the code you just found.

Click here for the plain-text code or click here to download it as a PHP file. The instructions are repeated in a comment at the top of the code, in case anyone gets linked directly to it.

This also works for InsaneJournal Crossposter and Journalfen Crossposter.

Let me know if you have questions. And if you figure out a way to improve it, please share. :)

Current Mood: accomplished emoticon accomplished & creative emoticon creative

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I’m glad that InsaneJournal’s back, but the prospect of potentially losing data from over there made me nervous. I’ve got my entries backed up, but not comments, so I decided that I’m only going to allow comments in one place: my own journal, on my own server, where I can back up as regularly as I want, and move servers if the one I’m on proves unreliable. I just want to have control over my own data, and not feel jerked around at the whim of some company.

Anyway. So I’m turning off comments everywhere but there. I love getting comments, and I welcome and encourage you to comment there. It works pretty much the same as LJ; comments are threaded and if someone replies to your comment you’ll get an email. You can preview comments, and I’m working on adding the ability to edit comments. You can even post with your default LJ/IJ/JF icon; just enter your journal URL as “Website” when you comment, and the system will grab it automatically. And if you don’t want to enter your name every time you comment, you can always register; it’s my server, so the only person who’ll see your email address is me, and I promise not to spam you.

I’m also crossposting to Journalfen now in addition to InsaneJournal, so if you’re as fed up with LiveJournal as I am, there are plenty of places you can read my journal instead.

I apologize if this annoys you, and I realize that I’m bound to lose a lot of comments this way. But it only takes a tiny bit more effort to comment there instead of here, and I feel much safer having everything on my own server. I have to do what’s right for me.

You may also notice that my userpics and mood icons appear differently depending on which journal layout you’re using. This is because I integrated my crossposting system with the avatar and mood plugins I’m using on my own journal, so you’re seeing data pulled from my own server. Again, I apologize if it annoys you, but it’s a tiny inconvenience for you and it makes my data much safer.

BTW, for those who have been following my journal migration saga, I figured out how to import comments with threading preserved. So all of my old LJ comments have been copied to my blog with threads preserved. :) If you’re interested in doing the same, let me know and I’ll write a tutorial.

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Current Mood: weird emoticon weird
rusty_halo: (tds/tcr: jon swooney over stephen)

I somehow managed to stay up until 3:30am last night fiddling with my blog. I:

made comment replies prettier; added comment previews; pulled in commenter userpics from LJ, IJ, and JF; and improved posting functionality )

Other random stuff:

I had a very difficult time waking up in the morning (I wonder why!). My alarm was blaring, but somehow I had the idea that as long as I woke up on the same date, it didn't matter what time I woke up. Stupid half-asleep brain. And I was having some kind of strange dream about the ending of The Princess Bride trying to trick the audience into thinking that Fezzik had been the villain all along. (But I wasn't falling for it.)

On the plus side, my half-asleep brain is far more creative than my awake brain, so I plotted out an entire Doctor/Master fic on my train ride to work. (Not that I'll ever write it.)

I bought a ticket last night for this benefit at the Nokia Theater featuring Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Tom Morello, and Perry Farrell. I don't actually know what it is, but with that line-up, who could resist?

I also see that Stone Temple Pilots tickets are going on sale for a show in New Jersey. Um, New Jersey? C'mon guys, please announce a NYC date. I want to see you, but not badly enough to trek out to Jersey. :P

(ETA: And how did I miss that Scott Weiland left Velvet Revolver? Not that it's much of a surprise. I saw them seven or eight times last year and half the time the other band members were visibly rolling their eyes at Weiland's antics. I'm still a bit sad, though. Formulaic though they may have been, their shows were fun.)

I'm watching The Daily Show and The Colbert Report again. They made a Highlander joke on TDS last night! And Stephen Colbert pulled John Oliver out of a suitcase! And Colbert interviewed REM while wearing their album as a codpiece! (I was eating as that happened and ended up inhaling a large amount of cous cous.)

South Park has been more cracked-out than usual this season; last night was a total waste. But I watched the new Futurama movie and it was *awesome*. They managed to reference pretty much every cool thing that happened in the series, plus tell a good new story too.

I saw this ad (a giant Darth Vader head with the caption "A guy can only be called 'Annie' so many times before he snaps") and burst out laughing in the middle of the subway station. Yay geek humor! (*ignores underlying misogyny*)

I finally got that vanilla-themed BPAL order. I am in love with Antique Lace. It's sweet vanilla with a hint of white musk, but not at all cloying; more like distant and cool. But it's strong and lasted all day. It's similar to my favorite scent ever, Dorian, but different enough that I'll probably end up buying a whole bottle.

All of this is just killing time until Saturday. DOCTOR WHO!!!! *incoherent flailing*

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rusty_halo: (dw: master: thumbs up)

I, um. I think I figured out how to cross-post my WordPress blog entries to LiveJournal and InsaneJournal simultaneously.

I took LiveJournal Crossposter, duplicated the file, renamed most instances of “LiveJournal” to “InsaneJournal,” installed it as a new plug-in, filled in my information, and it seems to be… working. That is, cross-posting to both. I tried creating an new entry, editing it, and deleting it, and my changes were reflected on all three sites.

Obvious flaw: if edit an old entry that’s not cross-posted, or only cross-posted to one journal, it’ll cross-post it to whichever journal that it wasn’t already cross-posted to. You can disable this by checking the box telling it not to cross-post to that journal when you’re on the edit entry page.

Nifty benefit: you can have different settings for each journal. For example, I’m telling it to allow comments on InsaneJournal, but not on LiveJournal. You can also cross-post entries to one journal but not the other; just check or uncheck the appropriate boxes.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert. For all I know this could blow up your journal. Back everything up first. (But I’m using it and it seems to be working.)

Crazy thoughts: you could, in theory, duplicate the file again and use it to cross-post to Journalfen. Or DeadJournal. Or any other LJ clone. You could (also in theory) use it to copy your entire journal to any of those services (it has a built-in ability to duplicate your entire journal on the new site when you first install the plug-in). And then any time you edited an entry, your changes would be reflected everywhere.

If you want to try this, you need:

* A WordPress blog hosted on your own server. (Free.)
* LiveJournal Crossposter, located here. (Free.)
* InsaneJournal Crossposter, located here. (Free.)

Let me know if you try it.

(Thank god this is distracting me from the Doctor Who spoilers. Three more days!)

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It worked!

Apr. 2nd, 2008 03:43 pm
rusty_halo: (tds: jon kung fu)

[info]antennapedia fixed LJ Migrate so I was able to copy all of my entries from my LiveJournal to my InsaneJournal. They’ve got everything: tags, moods, music, userpics. Now my IJ is an exact duplicate of my LJ (minus comments, alas, but those are duplicated on my Wordpress blog). Yay!

Now that I’ve gone back and tagged my entire journal, I’m slightly horrified at the most used tags. 73 posts about Spike, 54 posts about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and only 42 posts about Doctor Who? This imbalance clearly needs to be remedied. :P

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rusty_halo: (l: i heart fandom)

My LiveJournal account expires in about a week, at which point I’ll switch to a basic account. I:

* Moved all my memories to del.icio.us.

* Am moving all my scrapbook photos to my own site as we speak (using the NextGen Gallery Plug-In; it’s lovely).

* Have tagged all my entries, and plan to copy my archives to InsaneJournal asap.

* Am satisfied with the state of my layout (since I won’t be able to edit it again).

* Am emotionally preparing myself to cope with only six icons (yet another reason to read me on my own blog or InsaneJournal where I have–at last count–149 icons).

* Am only cross-posting about a third of my entries to LJ anyway.

* Moved all my RSS feeds to Google Reader, so I won’t need to worry about adding new feeds to LJ.

* What happens to my custom friends groups? I only use them for posting; do those posts revert to general friends-only or to private?

Is there anything I’m forgetting?

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rusty_halo: (tds: jon kung fu)

I took the LJ strike as an opportunity to set up my own blog on my own server. Now I am officially no longer subject to the whim of any journaling service!

You can view my new journal at rusty-halo.com.

I’m going to be cross-posting everything to InsaneJournal, because I think they’re more fandom-friendly than LiveJournal. I’m going to cross-post some (but not all) posts to LiveJournal, in order to keep up with friends and fandoms that aren’t leaving LJ any time soon.

I would prefer comments on my own blog, but for now you can still comment here. If you want to read/comment on friendslocked entries at my blog, please register and I’ll add you to my “friends” group which can view private entries. (Registering also means you won’t have to re-enter your name every time you comment.)

Please feel free to test it out, and do let me know if anything weird happens. This is brand new and sure to have bugs, but I’m really excited about it.

More details, for those who are curious )

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rusty_halo: (l: i heart fandom)
An interview in which the CEO of SUP (which owns LiveJournal) shows massive contempt for the users of LiveJournal. (There's also an alternate translation in which he says the same offensive things in a slightly nicer way.)

LiveJournal is a company that profits from 1) selling ad spaces on the content we create and 2) taking our money directly. Their business model relies on us. Yet it never seems to sink in that maybe they should care about what we think, discuss changes in advance, or pay attention to our opinions, because we actually know the community and the experience of LJ far better than some corporate guy who's barely used it. (And some acknowledgment that they wouldn't have any ad spaces to sell if we weren't creating the content would be nice too. And that maybe it's not the best idea to insult us by implying that we're all a bunch of depressed bisexual pornwriting sickos who deserve to be hidden. [Yes, I realize that the top interests have been restored, but those censored words didn't choose themselves, and they reveal a lot about LJ's attitude towards its users.])

I don't think that the strike will cause LJ to change. I do hope it will raise awareness among LiveJournal users that LiveJournal does not want people like us using their site. (They've got some deluded obsession with becoming the new Facebook or MySpace, despite the fact that there's already a Facebook and a MySpace, and the actual users of LJ are there because they don't want to be on Facebook or MySpace). Personally, I think LJ is slowly dying and that fandom will have migrated to somewhere else in five years.

I'm taking [livejournal.com profile] spikewriter's advice and just using this strike as another step in my process of moving to InsaneJournal. I will no longer be cross-posting all of my entries to LJ, so if you want the full rusty_halo experience (*g*), please friend me on InsaneJournal. If you don't want to sign up for an account there, you can still comment via OpenID, although you won't be able to read my friendslocked posts (unless you comment with your OpenID username and ask me to friend you). I'm still going to post some entries on LiveJournal because I want to keep up with friends here and I want to participate in certain fandoms, but a lot of my more personal or off-the-cuff entries will be InsaneJournal only. (I know, I'm terribly arrogant, no one's going to switch journals just for me, etc, etc. I still have to do what is best for me.)

(Another reason you should read me on InsaneJournal? I'm really enjoying the 300 icon spaces I got with my permanent account over there. If you sign up for a free account, you'll get 100, btw.)

Some resources for moving to InsaneJournal:

* A Beginner's Guide to InsaneJournal.

* An excellent resource post which includes how to copy over your old entries, how to copy over all your icons, how to install a thread-unfolder, and how to block ads.

* Useful tools for backing up your LJ, copying your LJ and communities to IJ, and cross-posting.

* How to use OpenID for commenting on IJ or LJ.

* If you don't like the look of InsaneJournal, go here to choose a different site scheme. I like Dramatic (Sidebar) and Worksafe (Sidebar). I understand that they are working on more.

* The InsaneJournal announcements community keeps users informed about what's happening on the site (without LJ's bullshit marketing speech). Downtime is fixed quickly and code is updated frequently (they've got notifications now, btw). If you have a concern about the site, you can comment there and the guy who runs it, [livejournal.com profile] squeaky, often responds directly. IJ is fandom friendly and [livejournal.com profile] squeaky has promised not to go after fannish content (see the intro text on IJ's home page).

* A list of LJ's greatest fuckups, in case you need more inspiration to go. Just a glance at that list shows a consistent history of making rash and offensive decisions, then back-pedaling, tossing out a half-assed apology, and repeating the exact same pattern again the next time. Frankly, I'm still offended that they think breastfeeding is obscene. :( They also have some creepy tracking issues with their advertising in addition to everything else.

I'm not trying to start arguments or tell other people what to do. I'm just explaining how I feel and linking to information that I've found useful, for the benefit of others who may feel the same as I do.

I won't be visiting LiveJournal.com at all on Friday March 21, and I expect to scale back my useage of the site in the future. I will be posting and commenting more on InsaneJournal; I'd love to see you there.

[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]
rusty_halo: westley from princess bride (pb: drop your sword)
I wasn't going to do this meme, but I've been reading [livejournal.com profile] psubrat's responses and they are really interesting. So, why not?

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Repost in your own journal so that we can all learn more about each other.


I'm trying out cross-posting to LJ and IJ simultaneously using Semagic. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] versaphile for posting instructions here.

I'm so amused that this thing can automatically detect what song I happen to be listening to on Winamp as I write a post.

[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]
LiveJournal wants to hide that its users are interested in fanfiction and bisexuality. The latest in a very long list of stupid and offensive behavior.

InsaneJournal just did a code update. Their default site scheme is still ugly, but you can change it easily once you have an account. Their paid accounts are cheaper and offer more icon space than LiveJournal's. They let you customize your journal layout just as LJ does. The guy who runs it is responsive to concerns and answers questions honestly instead of spewing corporate double-talk and treating us like children.

Just saying.

[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]
(writing this mostly because writing it down makes me more likely to follow through)

Part of the reason it's been so difficult to leave LiveJournal is that I've been treating LiveJournal as my portal to the web. My tech saavy friends have laughed at me for this, because there are many better things out there than LJ, but I loved my little LJ community and spent so much time there that it made sense for me to have everything in one place.

But. It's really past time that I move beyond this. So here's what I'm doing:

* I've been using LJ as a feed reader (watching [livejournal.com profile] henryjenkins, [livejournal.com profile] janeespenson, [livejournal.com profile] theonionfeed, [livejournal.com profile] cuteoverload, [livejournal.com profile] wilwheaton, etc). I've switched to Google Reader, which is far superior--you can sort everything into categories, mark stuff as read, and because it's so much more organized and efficient, I can actually watch far more feeds this way. (I've got a whole Doctor Who category now! Yay!) There are plenty of other feed readers out there, but I went with Google for simplicity.

* I've been using LJ's memories function to store bookmarks. This has the obvious flaw that it limits my bookmarks to LJ-only links. Now I've got a del.icio.us account and dammit, I'm going to make myself use it.

* Calendar. I've been using LJ as a calendar in the completely inane sense of having a locked entry that I update with stuff I need to remember to do. So uh, Google Calendar looks nice.

* I've been using LJ's scrapbook to store photos. In the future I will use Flickr.

Thus LJ (and now IJ) becomes a site I check only for the stuff it's good at, namely that my friends and fannish communities are there. But this way it's less important to my overall experience of the web, and this makes it less stressful/easier for me to move when/if LJ/IJ fucks up (again).

[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]
Okay. I moved journals.

I've got all of my icons copied over to InsaneJournal.

I've friended every LJ person I know who is also on InsaneJournal. (Did I miss you? Let me know!)

I've updated my LiveJournal profile and layout with links to my InsaneJournal.

I'm not copying over my LJ archives to InsaneJournal because I'm too lazy, but I'm saving backups for myself, and everything going forward will be in IJ.

I've fixed up my InsaneJournal's style so it looks more or less like my LJ one.

I've got a permanent IJ account which includes 300 icons. (BTW, they're on sale this week.)

So. I've officially moved to InsaneJournal.


My entries will be posted to InsaneJournal first.

I'll read my friends' list on InsaneJournal first and comment there first.

But. Since I don't want to lose touch with my LJ friends:

I'll still be cross-posting to LJ, although I'd really encourage people to comment on IJ instead of LJ. That's why each entry includes a link at the bottom to the InsaneJournal version. (I won't hate you if you don't. Just, y'know, I'd appreciate it, if you have an IJ account, if you'd comment there.)

Eventually (probably when my paid time runs out this spring), I'll just post links to my InsaneJournal posts, instead of cross-posting.

In terms of LJ friends:

I'll still read and comment on my LJ friends list, at least until more people move to InsaneJournal. There are just too many people on LJ that I don't want to lose touch with. But I'm going to be spending a lot more time on InsaneJournal. (Look, there's even a community for the Master over there!)

[The reason for all this has been brewing for a long time, but the utterly inane new "flagging" system was the last straw for me.]

[Cross-posted to InsaneJournal]


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