October 6th, 2011


Poem for Thursday and Reruns

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My phone has (mostly) been restored, I still have no answer as to why every time Verizon pushes an update suddenly it can't talk to Google -- the rest of my family have the same phones and do not have this problem, though they've had other problems with the market suddenly not working -- and I am tired because I was up too late fighting with this. Plus my eye, which is now more itchy than painful, still looks really gross, and this is getting old, as is feeling like I am whining all the time, for which I apologize. At one point on Wednesday I had plans with both vertigo66 and gblvr but they both got postponed considering that none of us were feeling well.

So it was a quiet day during which I mostly worked on my LiveJournal backup project, which has taken me back to February 2004 -- at which time, instead of posting one big entry most days, I was posting three or four times a day with lots of random links and quizzes and stuff and it takes longer to download and save everything. 2004 was not a great year for me online -- I had lots of wankiness in my life and really if it had not been for ldybastet I think I would have left fandom completely. It was interesting, though, to read through a blowup with one of the biggest BNFs in fandom, which I had not saved in my memories, where I had wondered whether I was somehow misremembering and was I actually rude to her or something that warranted how she treated me, but no -- just as I'd remembered, she read a locked post, twisted what I'd said in it to write a rant of her own for reasons that are still not clear to me, and defriended me in a huff when I would not apologize to her for being angry that she repeatedly and deliberately misquoted what I'd said to make an argument that had nothing to do with what I'd been talking about among friends.

I am sorry that Steve Jobs is dead -- it is always a tragedy when someone dies at 56, and I appreciate the impact he had on our culture, though I'm not really a fan of his corporate practices. But the hysteria on Facebook and Twitter finally made me stop reading both. Civil rights icon Fred Shuttlesworth also died and I'm betting his obituary ends up getting buried by the "What's Next For Apple?" articles, because most of the media attention seems to be not on the loss of a life but on the irreplaceable corporate leadership. TV news has already been distracted back to grand slams and the non-news about Sarah Palin's non-run, anyway. I was going to post some more Renfaire photos, but LiveJournal is down again, so here is a rerun from 2004:

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