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After years of resisting, I'm finally going to admit the truth: most of the fandoms I'm currently in exist primarily now on Tumblr--which I kind of despise as a platform on both a technical and philosophical level.

More importantly, fandom friends I've had for more than 10-15 years are still here on Dreamwidth. So, I'm not leaving.

But I do want to interact with my Tumblr-heavy fandoms, so I've set up a cross posting recipe to copy this and all future posts to Tumblr. There's a great tutorial put up last year that uses IFTTT and Dreamwidth's RSS feed.

Let's see how this goes.

Press the button, Frank.


lordyellowtail: (Zero (My Most of Me))
 Hello.

Okay, so, apology and status update first. I am, in fact, not dead. It's been almost 4 months since I last posted, which reflects both how crazy things have been here and how poorly I manage my free time. I still owe some meme responses and other such things and I've made people wait way too long for that. Again, very sorry. I will do better. :)

As to the Flash Liveblog, it should be fairly obvious by this point that it got away from me. I tried my best, but I just couldn't keep up with it under the constraints I had. The entire experience, though, made me have even greater respect for the people who do this kind of stuff weekly for multiple shows--especially the people that prepare for podcasts, which I can only imagine takes some sort of superhuman effort I cannot begin to conceive. Turns out, this stuff is really hard. I have 3 or 4 episodes worth of notes I made that never got converted in to posts. Turns out, it's incredibly hard to watch the show and make notes about it that I can turn into a blog post at the same time. At least, if I actually want to watch the show and let myself get immersed enough in it to enjoy it.

So to do a good job with the liveblog, I needed to watch it on my Roku, so I could pause it and make notes. That meant Wednesday night, at least 90 minutes to get through an episode, then an hour to turn the notes into something presentable, probably on Thursday. I was able to do this at first, but my schedule quickly changed enough to make it impracticable. I was lucky to catch it live on Tuesday, and usually ended up watching it Wednesday and only having an hour or so, which meant no note-taking. Unfortunately, it quickly became a chore that didn't fit in my schedule.

Things are a little less hectic now, so I'm hoping to get the remaining notes I had already prepared turned in to entries and posted at some point, and will probably eventually go back and do liveblogs for the shows I don't have any notes for at some point. It won't be the same thing as doing it live, having never seen the episode, but I haven't rewatched the first season yet, so there should be plenty of "I forgot about that!" factor instead.

So, yes, if anyone anywhere was actually reading those posts and looking forward to new ones coming out, again, my apologies. In future I will do a better job of not committing to a post schedule unless I'm sure I can keep up with it.

Have a great day.
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 It's been 6 years since I, in my previous incarnation as Liquid Engineer 0 (and a number of previous incarnations before that), posted anything of substance on my LiveJournal page.

I'm not really sure what drove me off, though I imagine it was  combination of things: grad school was reaching its hectic zenith, and I didn't have much time anymore to actively participate in fandom the way I wanted to. Half-participating was incredibly frustrating. It certainly didn't help that 2007 -- 2009 LiveJournal was a fairly disheartening place. The ripples of Strikethrough and Boldthrough--two names that will mean absolutely nothing to anyone who wasn't active on fandom LiveJournal at the time and surely induce Cranky-Old-Fan-Back-in-My-Day-Get-Off-My-Lawn phantom headaches and echoes of fandom rage in anyone who was (and who, like me, just now realizes just how long ago this all happened and oh my God when did I get old)--were still radiating out, unsettling everything, and half the people I knew had fled to InsaneJournal, JournalFen, GreatestJournal, and later, especially after those two sites ceased to be, Dreamwidth.

More simply, LiveJournal, at least in its role as a fandom meeting place, felt like it was dying slowly and wretchedly.

In that context, it suddenly became too difficult (and even unpleasant) to keep up with fandom in the face of the increasing pressures of grad school, and so, one day, I just stopped. Not that I dropped out completely; I kept reading in stealth mode, and consumed much, but I definitely stopped being a context producer or active community participant, which isn't something I'm proud of.

Given how I tend to write to relieve stress, and how stressed out and drained I became after that when I stopped writing, I can in retrospect say I made a mistake in going cold turkey.

That isn't to say I was completely out of the game. I likely would've gone totally nuts if I had cut myself totally off. But I needed something smaller and more manageable than LiveJournal and Fanfiction.net and the gateway into the entire fannish internet they seemed to provide.

(I should stop to mention that despite being born at the very tail end of Generation X and the dawn of Generation Y (or whatever we're calling it today), I didn't really start to develop any real enjoyment of music for its own sake until I was about 13, and Napster was happening. I wanted to play with this new thing called peer-to-peer networking and music was the thing being shuffled around, and suddenly I realized this whole music thing was pretty awesome, and it all snowballed from there. I've since become a huge music buff, but that's beside the point. I wan't--MTV was never something that was a huge part of my life, beyond my Nanny's daughter watching music videos at our house, which I didn't really get the point of at all, at the time. I always enjoyed Hammertime, though.)

The point of that digression, aside from dating myself for those of you paying attention, is I never once saw Daria, even though I was in almost every way the target demographic. I knew vaguely what it was, but really knew nothing about it in any detail. And now I can't rightly say what got my attention in the first place, though if I had to guess I'd imagine it was the friendliness, dedication, and creativity of the fanbase. (I still think the Dariawiki is the gold standard for such things, without compare. When I found it I knew I had to know more about the franchise that spawned such devotion.)

So, I didn't know these people or the thing they loved, but there was something irresistible about their little walled garden, that just existed on a half dozen websites that I'd imagine most people have never heard of. It was like Cheers--small, and self-contained, and friendly, and everybody knew your name. It was something I could keep up with when my schedule was crushing me, and more importantly it and the show it was built around looked like a lot of fun.

So, in February 2011, I jumped down Daria's little sanity-preserving rabbit hole, and I've been actively participating there ever since, making friends and reading great stuff and writing things people seem to like.

It was my lifeboat for a while.

Still, I've regretted falling out of contact with the wider fandom internet and all the friends I made there. That regret has been on my mind an awful lot over the last few months, and I've also suddenly found myself getting back into current, in-production entertainment and wanting to be able to talk about it with someone. And conveniently, in the last six months or so, life has reached, if not an equilibrium, a more manageable stat that has me feeling like I can focus on my creative hobbies again. So I wanted to dip my toes back into the community.

So, after much deliberation (procrastination), I decided to give up on the only blogging service I've ever used for fandom stuff and, as many of my friends did years ago, check out Dreamwidth. As frustrating as LJ could be, it was surprisingly difficult to leave. But I did, and here I am. So if you happen to feel like you've seen a ghost, don't call Egon and the guys. It's probably just me.

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