Friend Cut

Feb. 2nd, 2013 05:09 pm
katieupsidedown: (natasha)
I just removed a bunch of people who hadn't posted at all in 2012 or 2013. If I suddenly removed you and you want back on, that's cool, just let me know you are still alive.

To-Do Today

Dec. 7th, 2012 12:55 pm
katieupsidedown: (libertines)
pre-trip laundry
make flash cards for exam tonight
study for exam
bring in suitcase from shed
deposit babysitting money to bank
buy travel supplies from Target
drop off big box of books and stuff at Half-Price
take exam
katieupsidedown: (LJ <3)
So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.

A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via [ profile] lj_releases).

They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.

LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).

Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.

(Click for big)

I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.

Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile

Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist

New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters

One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).

All friendslists will look the same.

Snippet from the locked post at [ profile] lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.


You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from [ profile] ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to [ profile] lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the [ profile] lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.

You can easily switch back to the old version.

Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.

ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!

ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test:

ETA3: Added more screenshots.

ETA4: Additional info at [ profile] ruljautonews:

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.

katieupsidedown: (pj wut?)

How It Works:

1. Post a comment with the name of a kids' show you loved (or love) as the subject. (Yes, my journal's style has subject lines still.)

2. Go through the comments and find other shows you like/d listed, and comment on those threads! You can say anything from "Yes, this was great!" to going into why you liked it or your favorite character/episode/whatever.

3. Start a conversation. Maybe make a friend, or maybe don't. HAVE FUN!

You can post anything from shows you know will be really popular with people your age (Reading Rainbow!) to that show you barely remember and don't think anyone else watched (did you know there was a cartoon of Little Shop of Horrors?) or even currently-running shows (MLP: Friendship is Magic is an obvious one, but maybe The Backyardigans is your guilty pleasure).

I don't make fancy pimping graphics, but this post is public, so you can promote it in journals and communities if you wish.
katieupsidedown: (Default)
I feel like there should be a full disclosure clause on all things you get asked about as a kid. Like, you say you want to be a teacher when you grow up, Timmy? Let me tell you about teacher's unions and what the salaries are like compared to most jobs. Dora says she wants to get married? Well, Dora, I'd like to talk to you about alternative lifestyles for a minute...

So I've been thinking about how I spend fucking 45 hours a week with babies and how this is sort of ridiculous because I'm never going to have kids and I'm never going to work with kids again probably, so I'm going to know all this stuff about how to look after babies and never use it again.

And I was thinking about how if you're born physically female your parents give you baby dolls and they want you to to "mother" the dolls and it's supposed to prepare you to nurture others the rest of your life but, actually, what they tell you about babies does not at all scratch the surface of the things babies ACTUALLY do.

The following are some baby myths I learned as a kid, and the actuality of them.

1. Newborns will wake you up a lot at night, but they grow out of it.

What they don't tell you: Babies have to be trained to sleep. They don't do it naturally. This always mystifies me from an evolutionary standpoint. Other infant mammals get tired? They fall asleep. Babies get tired? If you're lucky you have one that falls asleep. If you aren't, then the baby gets overtired and it cries MORE and sleeps LESS and is harder to get to fall asleep. Sleep seems like something you would do like breathing, right? Not true at all. And even after months of sleep training, babies will STILL wake you up crying 1-3 times per night.

2. Babies smell wonderful.

What they don't tell you: Babies are not made of flowers and baked goods. They are still people, and they smell like people. If you bathe the baby, it will smell like baby soap, which does smell quite good. If you don't bathe the baby for a few days, it will begin to smell of wet dog and sour milk. It will also get weird crust and lint in its various rolls of skin, especially the ones on its neck because that's where milk dribbles. Oh, and breast milk? ALWAYS smells sour, even if it's fresh.

3. Baby poop is a weird color, but doesn't smell bad because the baby doesn't eat real food yet.

What they don't tell you: You know what else babies don't eat? Solids. You know what baby poop isn't? Solid. You know what happens 1-2 times (or more!) per week when a baby poops? The poop does not stay in the diaper. It goes up the baby's back, all over the baby's clothes (and you!) or out through one of the leg holes, all over the floor (and you!).

Also, once a baby is four months old and can roll over, say goodbye to easily changing that diaper and hello to changing the diaper with your right hand only while you pin the squirming, screaming baby to the table with your left arm. Somehow, the baby will still stick its foot directly into the dirty diaper. You won't notice until after you picked the baby up of course.

4. Babies put everything in their mouths.

What they don't tell you: No, really. EVERYTHING. They tell you this, but you don't truly understand it until you deal with it. From about three months, when babies start to grab things, up to a year or so, you are constantly on suicide watch. You think your floor is clean? You are wrong wrong wrong. There are dirt particles on your floor you can't see, but suddenly you WILL see them because the baby will find them and put them straight in its mouth.

Things babies find tasty: grass, dirt, dead bugs, rocks, leaves, sticks, paint chips, dust bunnies, paper, cardboard, electrical cords. No matter how well you think you've prevented it, the baby will find it. The baby will eat it. The baby will make you miserable for days waking you up twice as much as usual because its stomach hurts because it fucking ate paint. This seems like Darwinism to me. You tiny idiot! You ate paint! Why the fuck would you do that?! But as a caretaker it is your job to prevent this and it is amazing that any of us survive to adulthood because once upon a time we were all babies who ate paint.

5. If a baby cries, it needs one of the following things: food, sleep, or a diaper change.

What they don't tell you: I have already mentioned that getting a baby to sleep is a fucking pain in the ass, but let me reiterate this: it's a pain in the ass! it seems so simple: "Oh, process of elimination! The baby ate and is clean, it must be sleepy!" Yeah, good luck with that.

If you go with cry-it-out training, you have to listen to the baby scream for 5-15 minutes in its crib before it falls asleep every day for months. This is incredibly painful, because people are hardwired to find infant cries extremely fucking annoying so that we want to make them stop and therefore take care of the baby.

If you go with rocking the baby to sleep for every nap, you now have to find a way to set the baby down without waking it up. You can spend 20 minutes rocking an overtired infant while pacing the room only to set the sleeping baby down... and have it startle awake, screaming, forcing you to start over again. And the more tired the baby gets, the crankier it gets, and the harder it is to get it to sleep. Doesn't that seem counter-intuitive?

Oh, and I've never met a baby that actually cried when it needed a diaper change. Maybe if the baby has been in a wet diaper for a damn long time or has diaper rash, then it would probably cry, but babies are not aware of their bodily functions. The baby's brain is not going, "I say, I seem to have pissed myself. That is rather uncomfortable. Maybe I'd best scream till someone fixes it." If the baby is fed, and the baby is rested, and the baby is screaming, you are more likely to have a) a medical issue, b) teething, c) a bored baby who wants to be moved where it can see some new scenery, or d) a baby who cries for no good fucking reason, than you are to have a baby who cries because its diaper is wet.

In conclusion: babies make no sense. It is amazing the human race has lasted this long, seriously, because babies are bad at everything.


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