OpenID and Livejournal

Oct. 20th, 2017 05:33 pm[personal profile] fifty_fifty posting in [community profile] getting_started
Hi,

I have been using OpenID in order to comment on LJ communities as I don't want to have an LJ account for obvious reasons.

I used to be able to log in just fine and post comments and create posts etc. But I recently got a new computer and went to log in and comment and it told me I needed to validate my email address. So I clicked through to a link and then clicked the link that was in the email that LiveJournal sent to my email address.

When I click this link in the validation email, it takes me to a page titled:

"Please, verify that you are human"
When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.

Then there's a continue button to click on. I click the page and it looks like it's doing something, but it takes me back to the same page again and I remain unverified and now unable to comment or post on any communities.

Any ideas as to how I can get LJ to actually verify the email address for my OpenID account? Thanks!
moonvoice: (t - dignity always dignity)
It's been pretty slow going,
but not as slow as I predicted?
Which is good.
I livestream a lot of it on Instagram
for the good company.
And otherwise I just listen to music and work.
And Maybe comes up and annoys me all the time.


1. Sort of starting to take shape? Sort of? Don't think about how much left there is to do...




More developments. )
moonvoice: (o - hp - the supenuse! mind boogling!)
Getting from here to there.

(I'm posting these up as I fend off some health stuff).

So for this year's Inktober, I decided on one big project,
and decided to revisit the Bronze Forest concept,
from some years ago.

So here we go. Something that's going to take me ages, lol. The Copper Forest.


1.




Developments )

Culture consumed

Oct. 18th, 2017 04:02 pm[personal profile] fred_mouse
fred_mouse: cross stitched image reading "do not feed the data scientists" (Default)
DVDs
  • Ella Enchanted - Very pretty reworking of some of the fairy tale tropes, especially focused on the fickleness of fairy gifts and human nature. There are some cringy scenes, and I really really struggle with the pushing of the agenda finding a perfect ever after partner is a thing that teenage girls/young women should be looking for (and yes, a little bit there is that for the young man, but he seemed that bit older). I'm dithering on giving this one away, or whether I would watch it again (will check with youngest). 7/10
  • Finding Neverland - Aii, movies that make me cranky. There is 'based on a true story', and then there is 'killing someone off at the wrong point in history so that you can make a scandal where there wouldn't have been one'. Supposedly about JM Barrie, his friendship with the Llewellyn-Davies family, and the writing of Peter Pan. I'm not intending to ever watch this one again, because shouting at the screen is not actually one of my hobbies, regardless of how much I indulge in it. 3/10
  • Hinterland, S1E1 "Devil's Bridge". Billed as a "Welsh Noir Crime Thriller", it wasn't surprising that this was on the dark side, and that the crime aspects opened with quite the nasty crime scene. There are a lot of dark elements in this story, and in some ways it isn't the opening murder that is the darkest part. I'm hoping that some of these will continue into the other episodes of the season, because there are historical crimes/events referenced that haven't been dealt with. I'm not going to specifically reference them here, because learning about them is an important part of the story, and wouldn't want to spoiler people who might be inclined to watch it.

Books
  • ICO: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe. Novelisation of the computer game of the same name. Very pretty story, lush language and detailed set pieces. Pacing is a bit wonky, probably reflecting said origins as a computer game. Some fascinating world-building, but no idea how true it might be to the original game. 8/10
  • The Traitor and the Tunnel by Y S Lee. In this, the third of the four existing Mary Quinn mysteries, author Y S Lee has upped the ante, sending Mary in to the royal household to investigate a sequence of petty thefts. The story feels even more convoluted than the previous one that I read, which is quite the challenge. Characterisation is detailed and considered, the world-building and sense of place descriptive and evocative (although more so at the visual level than the tactile or olfactory), while the story thunders on at a great rate. An enjoyable read. 8/10
  • The Wicked and the Divine: Imperial Phase Part 1 by Gillen/McKelvie/Wilson/Cowles (Vol 5 of the trade paper back collections of the comics; issues 23-28). The conspiracy elements are ramping up, the remaining avatars are splitting in to camps, and the woman who might have been able to explain what was going on shared tidbits of information unevenly amongst her favourites before her death (in a previous volume) so no-one really has any idea of how bad things are going to get. The plot line of the coming Great Darkness gets a lot of attention, and the morality of the gods gets delved into. 9/10


I'll note that I'm not being particularly critical in my reading, or it might just be that these three really were all of a level. I enjoyed them, I'd probably be willing to reread them, but I'm not really feeling like recommending them all over the place. Except maybe the Lee, because actually that one has a lot of really interesting details that I don't see elsewhere (the graphic novels have a new conceit, but there are two many complex conspiracy theory comics out there for me to point to this one as special).

Viva BrisVegas, Games and Music

Oct. 18th, 2017 03:17 pm[personal profile] tcpip
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Have arrived in BrisVegas (as it is known by many) for eResearchAustralasia, and am staying at the pretty acceptable Spring Hill Mews. The first day's arrival was spoilt by illness, I suspect because some fucker sneezed on me on the plane on the way over. Still, by the end of the second day I was feeling better and arrived for the conference welcome reception and then joined a group for dinner at Mucho Mexicano. Whilst it is early days yet the conference itself has been so-so from the first few speakers. Leeanne Enoch gave a good introduction to the conference, especially for a politician, and David De Roure's presentation on Ada Lovelace and computer-generated music was quite enjoyable. I suspect for the rest of this afternoon I'll be staying in the Advancecd Computing stream.

Before leaving Melbourne, I did have the opportunity to run a session of Eclipse Phase finishing the Chain Reaction scenario, which will then be followed up with the subsequent related scenarios. In addition, Karl B., has assisted with the final editing of Papers & Paychecks although, alas, I still haven't managed to track down Tim Kask to do the foreword. On my return to Melbourne it looks like I'll finally get around to seeing Blade Runner 2049, given that I am "a bit" of a fan of the original.

Prior to departure I also managed to see Peter Hook and the Light, at their final Melbourne concert, performing Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures and Closer (after selling my previous tickets to [livejournal.com profile] fustian_. It was a great concert and in next couple of days I hope to have a review written for [personal profile] reddragdiva for Rocknerd, which I'm sure he's looking forward to. Should also mention that I'm half-way through writing an article about that strange alliance that's grown between the Democratic Socialists of America and the Juggalos.
moonvoice: (Default)
In October,
we revisited the Boranup forest,
this time with my Mum.

Everything was so much greener,
always so much love for Boranup.


The beast with hair of green.




More forest, this time in October )

[Photos] Boranup Forest

Oct. 16th, 2017 12:06 am[personal profile] moonvoice
moonvoice: (calm - fairy wren love)
I always feel a bit empty
if I don't get to visit the Boranup forest at least once a year.

Comprising mostly young karri leaves,
with a distinctive karri biome,
made up of metres of layers of karri bark that drops from the silvery branches every year.


Grey days, silvery trees.




Read more... )
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
Did I mention I started a new Dragon Age Origins playthrough with the Complete Bi Overhaul, Polygamey, and Improved Atmosphere mods? It's been great.
Read more... )
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Much of this week has been spent finishing the last several thousand words to Papers & Paychecks with a plan to send to printers next week, although I can't seem to contact Tim Kask, whom I would like to write the foreword (which I discovered many months ago, he wanted to do). It has also been a week of multiple gaming sessions with a new RuneQuest game with new GM on Sunday set in Questworld and incorporating the somewhat maligned Eldarad supplement, and then a committee meeting for the RPG Cooperative (we'll be off to see Blade Runner 2049 soon. It was followed up with an session of Elric! on Wednesday night, where we've started using and rebuilding The Tower of Yrkath Florn. Tonight was a session of Eclipse Phase which was based at an academic psychology conference.

This has rather curious parallels of course, as on Monday I attended the Victorian Directors of IT conference. Much of it was rather vague and high level, but there were a few good sessions, and the education-based keynote by Professor Liz Johnson was excellent. Liz has been kind enough to review the co-authored presentation I am giving at eResearchAustralasia in Brisbane next week. After that I'll be back home for a few days before going to the IEEE eScience conference in Auckland. I would actually like to spend several days at home in succession, and it all hasn't been helped by the fact that I have worked a little on the late side a few days at work, part of which included completing the PRACE HPC course.

There is a curious paradox at play; most occupational health research suggests that people (and especially men) should ease themselves into retirement - drop down to four days at 40, three days at 50, two at 60, and then one, then zero. However as you get older you also become more skilled especially in particular niche - and if you have any work ethic whatsoever, there is a motivation to work longer hours despite the negatie socio-economic effects this has, not to mention the toll on personal health. Indeed, it requires a significant degree of personal willpower these days to drag oneself away at the nominal close of business. I have significant doubts that this is part of my disposition.

Made a Mastodon Account!

Oct. 13th, 2017 04:28 pm[personal profile] alias_sqbr
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
There was some discussion on twitter about how appalling twitter is, and since Mastodon seems to be the most popular alternative I decided to check it out. And then the helper tool led me to an instance that let me be sqbr@im-in.space and I had to join.

Anyway, if you have an account add me so I have someone to follow! I can't really speak to whether it's a good social network since my network right now is just me and the status account, but it seems ok for posting and stuff. And I know I have seen interesting looking people mention having accounts, so next time that happens I can follow them.
alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine, copying her in just doing the top ten by kudos.
Read more... )
moonvoice: (t - exercise with dinosaurs)
Overall for Inktober,
I've been working on a very large project.
But for the past few days I've been away,
and did some ballpoint pen sketches instead.
I actually really love it as a medium?

These are all really small irl.
Done with your standard trashy Kilometrico ballpoint pen





Fairy Wren and Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo under the cut. )

Reading summary

Oct. 11th, 2017 06:31 pm[personal profile] fred_mouse
fred_mouse: line drawing of mouse sitting on its butt reading a large blue book (book)
I don't have the oomph to write much about what I've been reading, so some partial summaries:

Harbinger - graphic novel trade paperbacks volumes 3, 4, and 5. This is very twisty turny, dystopia with superpowers. The end of book five appears to be the end of the story, and it ends on a potentially optimistic but ultimately depressing note. Volume 3 covers a stack of depressing back story about the horrors that humans create and inflict on each other; volume 4 has a lot of wankery on what is reality; book 5 has the final conflict and a little bit of kind of epilogue. Ratings 3-4

Die for Me (Amy Plum) - teenage supernatural romance that was just a bit too far-fetched for my liking. Yes, the overwrought nature of the narrative was in keeping with the strength of teenage feelings, but some of it was just too tortured. Rating 2. This one is looking for a home; will happily post.

life lived in dotpoints

Oct. 11th, 2017 04:09 pm[personal profile] fred_mouse
fred_mouse: crystal mouse, looking straight out at the viewer (crystal)
I keep remembering that I haven't updated here, but not bothering. So, some semi-random details:
  • work - did a short contract; was supposed to have a not-a-job-interview this morning, got cancelled on/rescheduled until tomorrow; complained that there isn't anything on seek, checked again, there are three possible jobs, closing date for one is tomorrow, argh.
  • Study - still haven't finished that report.
  • responsible adult - slowly getting sorted bits of the house; am making progress on tax (have all the income stuff, I think, not as stressed about the donations side). Mostly making sure that there is food. Attempting to track expenditure so that we can live within our means while we are on one income with one kid doing skating and two doing dancing (term fees came due last week, same time as the credit card and the fortnightly mortgage payment. Food budget much lower than usual).
  • kids - still growing. Middlest is officially taller than eldest; the younger two are suddenly looking all grown up
  • health - up and down. Wiped today, for no good reason. Lungs are mostly better than they were, the montelukast has made 20-30 [units] of difference in my FEVs, and that has held (except yesterday, when I triggered a coughing fit each time I tried to measure, and thus didn't get a valid measurement). Mood is a bit flat, but not problematically so. Ennui, rather than anything else.
  • garden - scruffy. Failed to prune the mulberry tree before it was in fruit *again* this year.
  • reading - I'm getting some done. I make myself pick up a printed book on a regular basis. Still not reading new books as fast as I should be.
  • craft - finished up the blue knitted blanket; blocked the green/yellow knitted blanket. These are both waiting for photos, then confirmation from AW as to whether they want the blankets for their hospital ward, if not they are going to the cat haven. Also, because was just ariaflame and I the other day/night, I have two new 8" patchwork blocks (I was showing the concept of leaders and enders, and designed a couple of simple blocks, which I then finished up the next day, because when I say simple, I mean I did two 16 patches from already cut blocks, so there wasn't a lot in it). Did four of the 365 day blocks on the weekend, cut a couple more as well.
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
I wrote an off the cuff review on twitter. But overall: I liked the central arc, about a bladerunner who knows he's a replicant, and is numbed to the emptiness of his life, getting dragged into the mess caused by the events of the previous Bladerunner movie. Ryan Gosling does a good job of looking beaten up and sad, and the visuals were pretty effective in a bleak cyberpunk dystopia kind of way. But for a story about the question of who counts as a real person it sure could have done with 1000% less objectification of women and exotification of POC.

Also there were a lot of random loud Inception-esque BLAAAAARP noises, at least in the Titan-whatever cinema we were in. They undercut the emotion of various scenes and also would probably be unpleasant for people with some hearing issues.

Anyway, sound balance aside I've been pondering how the basic plot could have been made into a more enjoyable movie. I'm having trouble sleeping, I think in part because all those objectified boobs did bad things to my brain, so here's some rambling thoughts.

Spoilers like WHOA, and it won't make much sense if you haven't seen the film.

SPOILERS FOR BLADERUNNER 2049 )

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