[sticky post] Hello!

Oct. 29th, 2009 | 03:00 pm

Welcome back my friends
To the show that never ends!
We're so glad you could attend
Come inside, come inside!

— Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, Part II)

Hi there!

If you're reading this, you're probably just looking at my journal, perhaps even thinking about adding me as an LJ-friend; or alternatively, perhaps I just added you as an LJ-friend, and you're curious about me now. In either case, I I'd like to use this opportunity to say a few things.

Trevor: You're skating the edge.
Æon: I
am the edge.

— Æon Flux

First of all, I tend to write freely about topics everything that matters to me; more distanced, "professional" entries may directly be followed by more personal ones (and vice versa), and I will, generally, openly write about all sorts of things, including philosophy, sexuality, politics and more. Some of my entries will be friends-only, others will be publicly viewable, too, and unlike other people, I don't use <lj-cut /> tags or specific "topic filters" (i.e., custom friends groups dedicated to specific topics) to shield people from things they may not want to see.

Well, as long as it's text, that is; I will cut images that aren't safe for work etc. (at least if I remember, which I might not always do!), since I wouldn't want for people to get in trouble if their boss happens to be shoulder-surfing at work. Text, though, is a different issue, and if you'll get into trouble for reading about certain topics at work, you probably shouldn't be checking your friends page at work to begin with.

He said, "I am told that when men hear its voice, it stays in their ears, they cannot be rid of it. It has many different voices: some happy, but others sad. It roars like a baboon, murmurs like a child, drums like the blazing arms of one thousand drummers, rustles like water in a glass, sings like a lover and laments like a priest."

— Mike Oldfield, Amarok (liner notes)

Second of all, concerning friending me: feel free to. There is no need to ask if it's OK to do so; everyone's welcome to, as well as to post comments etc. (as long as they're genuine: spammers etc. will not be tolerated, but that goes without saying, anyway). I may add you back if your journal looks interesting or if I know you, too, but this isn't automatic. If you do want me to add you back, engaging me and talking to me is probably the best way to go about it.

Please don't ask about being added back if I didn't do so on my own, either, unless I already know you well and you want to be able to read my non-public entries.

If I already friended you but you don't know who I am and haven't been in contact with me before, that most likely means I became aware of your journal somehow, took a look, and decided I wanted to keep up with what you're writing — "I find your ideas intriguing and wish to subscribe to your newsletter", as it were. I don't expect you to friend me back or otherwise take an interest in me, but if you do — all the better.

If what it is to be furry you still don't comprehend
Then consider this advice, my curious friend
If you're willing to respect that which you don't understand
Then come take my paw and I'll take your hand.

— from "Furry", by Croc O'Dile of TigerMUCK with help from Tony DeMatio, June 1995

Regarding commenting, BTW, I'm always happy to receive comments. However, things like "lol" are not proper punctuation, and correct spelling and grammar would be nice as well. And of course, I expect people to not be insulting or rude, but that, again, should go without saying.

That's about all I can think of for now. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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R.I.P. Doug

Jun. 28th, 2015 | 01:12 am

Wow, Doug Winger died. More info here and here.

Doug was a one of the first wave of furry artists whose works I came across when I first got into the furry fandom, back in the 90s; hyper-endowed herms were never really my thing, but I appreciated his artistic skills, his wit, and the cheerfulness that always characterized his pictures.

Doug also gave us the Winger, the unit of squick, one Winger being equivalent to the amount of squick caused by a typical drawing by Doug. :P And then there's Wingerization: the process of hyper-endowing a character, especially to comically large, almost absurd proportions.

If you're curious about Doug's art, most of is on VCL. And if you're innocent and pure and don't know what "hyper-endowed" means, this is about where it starts. (NSFW, natch, and no, there's no upper limit.)

Good-bye, Doug, and rest in peace, you magnificent bastard.

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No IPv4 for you

Jun. 27th, 2015 | 01:43 pm

Looks like this is (almost) the end for IPv4 in North America:

Image: JoseJimeniz @ reddit

Stick a fork in it, it's done!

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SL12B reminder

Jun. 27th, 2015 | 01:41 am

Just a quick reminder: SL12B is open until tomorrow! If you've not visited yet, this weekend's your chance; after that the whole thing will be permanently dismantled.

So, be there or be square!

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SCOTUS strikes down gay marriage bans

Jun. 27th, 2015 | 12:29 am

Just in case you've not heard it yet, the US Supreme Court has struck down remaining state bans on gay marriage, effectively making it legal and available throughout the entire USA. SCOTUSblog has an explanation in plain English:

Today [...] Justice Kennedy again joined Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan in holding both that states must allow same-sex couples to marry and that they must recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

[...] Justice Kennedy begins his opinion for the Court with a paean to the institution of marriage: he describes it as “essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations,” “sacred to those who live by their religions” and offering “unique fulfillment to those who find meaning in the secular realm.” But it is also, he continues, an institution that “has evolved over time” from an “arrangement by the couple’s parents” to a voluntary agreement between a man and a woman. Similarly, although being gay was once considered an “illness,” public attitudes have shifted significantly.

The Supreme Court, Kennedy’s opinion explains, has long recognized the right to marry as a fundamental right. And although until today it has always done so in the context of opposite-sex couples, he continues, all of the same principles on which the Court has relied in cases involving opposite-sex couples apply equally to same-sex marriage and the recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages. For example, being able to decide whether to get married is an important part of an individual’s autonomy regardless whether you are the same sex as your intended spouse. Along much the same lines, marriage is a unique way for two individuals – in both same- and opposite-sex partnerships – to demonstrate their commitment to one another.

The Court has also protected the right to marry, the opinion notes, because of its importance for children and families. Laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying, the opinion concludes, “harm and humiliate the children” of those couples by depriving them of both financial benefits and – even more importantly – “the recognition, stability, and predictability marriage offers.” The Court takes pains, however, to make clear that a right to marry is fundamental even for couples who cannot or do not want to have children. And more broadly, the Court continues, marriage is “a building block of our national community” in so many ways, from the moral support given to married couples to the legal benefits and rights that they enjoy. “There is no difference between same- and opposite-sex couples with respect to this principle,” the Court emphasizes.

The Kennedy opinion then takes on the principal rationale on which the lower court relied in upholding the state bans on same-sex marriage – the idea that the political process, rather than unelected judges, should be allowed to play out and decide this question. Kennedy begins by pushing back against the idea that it is, in essence, too soon to decide this question: there has already been, the opinion maintains, plenty of discussion of the same-sex marriage issue. The very reason that we have a Constitution, he stresses, is that some rights are too important to leave up to the democratic process. Moreover, same-sex couples should not have to wait to have their rights recognized: the husband of lead plaintiff Jim Obergefell, for example, has already died, and the children of same-sex couples are growing up without their parents being married.

The Kennedy opinion closes with an assurance that churches and other groups that oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds can continue to express their views. But that pledge may not provide much legal protection for a florist who does not want to furnish flowers for a same-sex marriage ceremony, for example; we can expect the precise scope of this protection for religious beliefs to be the focus of lawsuits in the not-too-distant future. [...]

The usual suspects dissented, as you'd expect, including Scalia, who wrote:

If [...] I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,” I would hide my head in a bag.

Funny that. I would hide my head in a bag if I were a homophobic bigot.

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Happy Summer Sun Celebration

Jun. 21st, 2015 | 12:40 pm

Summer solstice is here again, so have some Celestia:

Image: cmaggot @ DA

Image: InLucidReverie @ DA

Happy Summer Sun Celebration!

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Amusing fanfic quotes

Jun. 3rd, 2015 | 12:06 pm

From the fanfic-writers-say-the-darndest-things department:

"Dash blinked. The elephant in the room was threatening to go crashing through her water-vapor villa, significantly reducing the resale value."
— The Descendant, Every Little Bit

"What happened to the good old days, when a mare could only be in a committed relationship with two other mares, like Celestia intended?"
— Capn_Chryssalid, Voyage to the Center of the Shipfic Folder

"[I]nside she was sweating like a reforming sex addict in a brothel during Happy Hour."
— TheWraithWriter, I Thought White was for Virgins

Got any you want to share? Post 'em!

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365 days of SL, just for fun 24

May. 19th, 2015 | 12:22 pm

365 days of SL, just for fun 24:

(Click for larger — 1920x1033 PNG, 2971 KiB)

Inspired by that perennial favorite, Japanese marketing, the gang decided to get some new group tags.

Oh! Super Post!

Location: FP Enigma (7, 114, 21) (Koyaanisqatsi)

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Make New Friends But Keep Discord

May. 17th, 2015 | 09:30 pm

Executive summary: had potential, didn't live up to it.

Spoilers!Collapse )

Elsewhere: discussion in broniesaremagic.

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Firefox 38 and DRM

May. 14th, 2015 | 12:37 pm

Firefox 38 just came out, and includes (grudging) support for DRM-encumbered content. If you want to disable this, here's how — the short version is you'll have to uncheck "Play DRM content" in Tools→Options→Content. Simple!

(In fact, the lion's share of the three steps the support site lists is spent on how to access Firefox's options in the first place; apparently there's no less than five different ways that may apply, depending on your system. I'm finding that slightly alarming.)
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