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Oct. 9th, 2017 05:57 pm
lb_lee: M.D. making a shocked, confused face (serious thought)
Inserting an indent into an HTML document is proving more complicated than I expected. O_o

--Sneak

PS from Mori: I'm positive there's some deeply elegant super-important reason that HTML seems to be moving towards longer and longer tags, but I'm tech-dumb and don't get why <strong> is superior to <b> or <p align="center"> is better than <center>.  Or why apparently you need CSS to do a simple thing like indent.

EDIT from Sneak: Okay!  I've pretty much finished overhauling healthymultiplicity.com!  There are still little bits and stuff I'd like to fix up, but for now, I've got everything how I want it! *flops* PHEW!  And now I eat a very late dinner and sleep!
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Hello!  It's Sneak!  I was thinking about an article that [personal profile] metahacker linked, this one about designing sites addictively.  And it's made me get on board with Mac and Biff's idea about changing how we interact with the Internet!

Namely: we will be deleting our Facebook, and drastically cutting down our tumblr time (if not ending it entirely).

But my reasons for it aren't the same as theirs.  Biff just doesn't like the Internet in general, and Mac noticed that it wasn't making us happy.  Rogan has said he finds internet stuff increasingly overwhelming, and I think I know why: the newer generation of social media sites are designed for constant interaction.

We grew up in an older Internet time, where you weren't expected to be online every day.  You could take a break for a week, and quickly catch up, no problem!  Forums, DeviantArt, Livejournal, all of these sites are (or were) not intended to be used multiple times a day, every day. (Unless you're a HARDCORE user.) The sites were also designed for specific things: to make posts, or put up art.  They weren't expected to be everything for everyone, and while DeviantArt had forums and chatrooms, you could do perfectly fine without them. (And I don't think the chatrooms were there when we first joined.)

However, as time has gone on and more folks are on the Internet more often, these sites have changed their design philosophy.  Instead of being made for folks to interact maybe a few times a week, they're now made to be posted on multiple times a day for long stretches.  They're also more generalized.  For instance, Facebook was originally intended for folks applying for college, or in college; now it's used to organize offline events and work engagements, catch up with people from your past, and have heated political arguments.  It has groups, events, chats, games, individual pages, all with very questionable security and ethics, and they sell the information for profit.

I don't think it's paranoid to say that a site like Facebook designs itself to be as omnipresent as possible so they can get as much information (and therefore as much profit) as they can from their users!  But I can say that it makes the site not a lot of fun to be on, for us anyway.  Even the nicest site in the world would get overwhelming and tiresome when you're encouraged to be there all the time!  And by trying to be everything for everyone, their designs tend to fall apart, because they're trying to do so many things at the same time.  So it becomes awfully byzantine (in the case of Facebook) or just plain incoherent and broken (like tumblr)!

Arguments and conflict happen on every website.  But when a site is designed to be used all the time, the rate of interaction as high as possible, then it means that instead of seeing conflict maybe once a month, you see it all the time, and that's its own kind of draining!  On the whole, I think that we are just not able to keep up with sites like that, and that it's bad for our health to try.

In other words, it's time to refocus our online energy to websites that are designed for fewer, more specific interactions!  Therefore, I personally vote in agreement for deleting our Facebook, continuing our low/no tumblr usage, and refocusing our attention on sites like Dreamwidth.

--Sneak

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It's berry season!  Me, Mori, and Biff went and picked everything we could reach off the public portions of the mulberry tree and raspberry bushes near our house.  We almost filled a big yogurt container!

DELICIOUS FRESH BERRIES FOREVER! :D

--Sneak
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We were well enough to go to our neighborhood Pride block party!

I found a nice shady un-crowded spot near the entrance and the ATM and did free queer tarot readings for folks, using my Thea's Tarot deck, a radical lesbian feminist deck from a local! :D I did maybe a dozen readings, and some of them gave me money.  It let me meet all sorts of new people and chat with them and share this little hint of local queer history with them!

And I got a purple hoodie from a yard sale!  A past owner sewed yellow spikes and purple wings on it, so it is now my SPYRO THE DRAGON HOODIE!  I can't believe I found it for two bucks!

What a great Pride.  And Biff had a great time too!

--Sneak
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I AM SO STICKY D8

AUUUUUUUGH AND I SMELL BAD

IT IS NOT EVEN THAT HOT WHY AM I STICKY????

--Sneak
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)
Hey guys, since the winner of today's poll is a short one, I have a thought!

The Mother of All Plagues isn't really a story suited to expansion like the others.  It was intended to be short.  That leaves a good seventy-five dollars (or 1500 words) free, which seems a shame to waste.  To make up the deficit, I'll be posting a non-fiction essay called Ligeia Grows Up to go with it.

Ligeia Grows Up is about the influence Piers Anthony's work has had on our life, for better or for worse.  Due to the nature of its content, I will not be posting it publicly.  Patreon folks, of course, will get it, but for the rest of you, if you want access to the essay, please let me know, so I can insure you see it.

Thanks so much, guys!  Mother of All Plagues is thankfully the last remnant from the older days when my stories were shorter.  Now my Patreon is at a more reliable level, so I have a better idea of the word count necessary month by month.  Hopefully, things will run pretty smoothly from here on out.

I hope you guys enjoy both works when I post them!

--Rogan
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We've had some folks come join DW from tumblr or Discord recently, so I thought I'd do a little Dreamwidth 101 post for you guys! :D I hope it helps!

Access, subscriptions, tags, cuts, memories, and communities, oh my! )
lb_lee: A happy little brain with a bandage on it, surrounded by a circle and the words LB Lee. (Default)

Until today, I had kept our wee system altar (an alter altar! ;p ) in our big bookshelf, but it finally needed to be relocated.  So I put it on top of our small bookshelf!  It used to be bigger; I put some of the extra things in a little box that’s off to the right of this, to clear off some space.  Here's a piccy!

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lb_lee: Raige making a horrified face. (D:)
On Tuesday, Sneak discovered Peeps Oreos.  And of course, ze ate two of them, because pink + sparkles + LOTS of sugar = Sneakfood.

I think I'm STILL digesting those damn things.

--Rogan
lb_lee: A pencil sketch of me drawing/writing in my sketchpad. (art)

Black Market was a success! (Which is amazing, considering how awful the weather was.) And Sneak brought home a new friend!  Ze has named it Squish.  It is a crocheted cuttlefish who is the perfect hugging size, made in rainbow yarn.  It has nine little tentacles, a curly frill on its mantle, and was made by Taylor Popek.

A picture of Sneak with Squish behind the cut )
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Hello everybody!  I'll be making paper Valentines tomorrow!  If you would like me to make one for you, please let me know and I will totally do so! ^_^ I will probably mostly be weaving paper hearts, like this one!

--Sneak

Prezzies!

Dec. 22nd, 2016 04:06 pm
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Oh gosh, one of our old singlet friends from high school (we recently reconnected via Facebook) sent us a package all the way up from the South, and she got each of us an individual present, all wrapped in pretty blue paper!

Omg this is so nice.  How do we handle all this niceness.  Omg!

--Sneak

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I did it! I made my first little Twine project! It’s an interactive introduction to our system. Just very basic, but I’m still so proud! I wanted to do something small and simple to teach myself Twine before taking on Alice Nobody.

–Sneak

Twine!

Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:24 am
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I am determined to teach myself Twine so I can make games!

They just all look like so much fun!

--Sneak
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A local ice cream parlor, in honor of the new BFG movie, had a special monthly flavor: Frobscottle! Since the BFG is like my second-favorite Roald Dahl book, I had to investigate this special flavor with [profile] nevacaruso  to see whether it was indeed worthy of its name!

It was white ice cream, with just the TIIIINIEST hint of green. It was delicious and mild with just a hint of raspberry and a bunch of Pop Rocks.

Verdict: scrumdiddlyumptious! :D I can’t believe I get to eat an ice cream flavor from one of my favorite books! :D

--Sneak
lb_lee: Biff kissing Mori on the cheek.  Platonic bros for life. (mori&dudema)
Biff did Mori’s hair up in Bantu knots and then Sneak immediately wanted it too.  So enjoy this pic of the results.

A picture of Mori and Sneak with their hair up in Bantu knots, a hairstyle in which hair is twisted and coiled, making spiky little pyramids at regular intervals over their scalp.  Due to Mori's hairstyle, she has only four; Sneak's head is a total pincushion.  They both look pleased with their new style.
Not shown: Biff with a mouthful of pins and ponytail holders with the kids sitting at his feet, desperately trying to get their hair to cooperate because he's massively out of practice.
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Today we went to a botanical garden to see a carnivorous plants exhibit!  It was so cool!  We got to watch the Venus Fly Traps being fed, and enormous pink pitcher plants, and bladderworts!  It was amazing how big and colorful the pitchers could get; some of them were a foot long!

Mother Nature has such a better imagination than us.  I love seeing all the different colors and shapes.  Mori was all about the carnivorous stuff, Rogan about the world-building inspiration, and Biff was just quietly practicing and trying to replicate the colors and textures.

A great way to relax on a Sunday! :D

--Sneak
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I went and visited the shop whose kitty recently died, and there's a little memorial there!

The owner has a bunch of photos of the kitty, including a big album of them taken throughout Kitty's life.  There were cards from local children and business owners, and someone had made a beautiful chalk drawing of the kitty on the sidewalk outside the insurance agency.

I am so glad the kitty is being remembered.

--Sneak
lb_lee: Raige making a horrified face. (D:)
Oh no!  The big ginger tom who lived in a local shop window has passed away!

I am so sad to hear this.  I liked to visit him. :(

Bye bye, Blob Cat.  You made everyone happy, and I hope wherever you go will make you very happy.

--Sneak

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We finally got our hair cut!  Have fun contrasting with the Boston Comic Con one from a couple weeks ago. ^_^
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