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bluenight361 - Livejournal Suspended Account Fiction Account?

For reasons unknown, LJ suspended Bluenight361 bluenight361.

I find this particularly annoying because this journal hosts the two awesome SGA stories: Residual Heat & Heat Source.

Does anyone know what is going on? Not only is the journal suspended, but all posts in fiction communities (and everywhere) are suspended as well. So anything this author wrote in places like sga_flashfic is now missing.

EDIT: I just found out you can still access these two stories with the Wayback Machine!
Residual Heat
Heat Source
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Original Extended Prologue to Buffy: Welcome to the Hellmouth?

Hey, does anyone have a copy of the original extended prologue in Buffy the Vampire Slayer's first episode: Welcome to the Hellmouth?

I lent out my video cassette more than ten years ago, and never got it back.

The prologue has a longer description of the Slayer's history, and never showed up on DVD's or Digital Services.

I'm just looking for it... it's sort of like that missing scene from the original Battlestar Galactica television premiere where Adama and Serena hold an extended chat: missing from subsequent digital history (and you only remember if you happened to be watching at the time).

Wonder-Mutt Cutes up the Fan Attic!

Seriously! I'm supposed to be writing! I am writing! My cat was walking all over my tablet and when I checked my email I found this and just went ah, cute, luv! My heart filled with all those gushy feelings that cause people to retweet Emergency Kittens and such, so here you go.

Plus, watching David Hewlett's YouTube channel is a super interesting distraction! LOL!

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  • Current Music: Only in My Head

Stress over Lit Test!

Ack, now I can't find my c. Notes! I really, really don't want to re-read all those Shakespeare plays, Dante's Inferno, the who-the-heck-knows by Chaucer, Spenser's Faerie Queene and Shepherd's Calender; oh, and uh, memorize every form of verse, rhythm, and the progression of the English language in the next two weeks. ::Head-Desks:: I decided I really hate grammar as well.

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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 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.

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[A couple of more screenshots]
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 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 ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to 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 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 ruljautonews:

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

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


I'm Home

I'm home; it's raining. The coast was cold. I'm not that good at photography, but I'll see what I can salvage from my camera.

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