sqbr: me pointing to a hat with neon sign saying Mod on it. (mod hat)
Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 08:23 pm
This is my Serious Business journal. Are you perhaps looking for my fannish/personal journal [personal profile] alias_sqbr?

My old comment policy, I don't care about this as intensely as I used to but it gives some idea of how I'd like people to interact here.

Absolutely anyone is welcome to read/subscribe, and noone is under any obligation to give me access.

This is the stuff I assume you know about me.
sqbr: Darkwing Duck in red (dw!)
Friday, October 2nd, 2009 06:02 pm
I don't actually have any new locked posts worth reading, but comments from people not on my access list get screened and given all the new people since I last asked it's a pain to unscreen them all :)

So: if you're willing to abide by the comment policy and want to be on my access list let me know and I'll add you. Yes, even if I don't know you, am not subscribed to you, you don't give me access, etc, if it's super personal ertc I'll put it under a more specific filter.

Here's all my locked posts to test your access on. No, there isn't very many :)
sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great livejournal entry. (livejournal)
Friday, June 12th, 2009 09:00 am
Right! So I finally got around to making a real locked post that wasn't about sausages.

Since a couple more people have subscribed since I last asked: if you want to read my locked posts and are willing to abide by the comments policy say so here and I'll give you access. I don't mind if I don't have you subscribed, or you don't offer me access (if you're not subscribed to me I'll wonder what the point is, but that's your business :))

This took a few days since I have been stymied by a killer headache which has largely kept me offline (It SEEMS to be going away but who knows). On the plus side, I got around to various mopping/reading etc that I had been putting off.

You can see my locked posts here (unless you can't :) And if not you're not missing that much)
sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great livejournal entry. (livejournal)
Monday, March 16th, 2009 04:48 pm
I'm pretty sure I've said this before but I was probably obscuringly wordy about it so (lol, not like this post): I choose to use my lj to talk about social justice (especially race) a moderate amount.

I think this is the right thing for me to do for various reasons and will argue against anyone who says it isn't.

But that doesn't mean I think you all should do it, and are bad people if you don't. People use their ljs for different things, and are suited to different types of conversation, and have different focii and numbers of spoons.
in which I ramble )

And while I'm at it: If you feel like you should be doing something but don't think posting is it, here are some positive easy somewhat-fannish anti-racist things (3 of which I discovered in the past 2 days :)):
[livejournal.com profile] verb_noire (who are taking donations), [livejournal.com profile] racism_101, [livejournal.com profile] 50books_poc, [livejournal.com profile] 12films_poc and The Indigenous Literacy Project.

(*)Ok, if you write a long rant about how racism doesn't exist or whatever, I will be pretty judgmental about it. Just so you know. But hopefully you get my point :)
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Friday, November 14th, 2008 09:56 pm
Before I forget: I want to remind people that the list of foods I can't eat is now pretty much longer than the list of ones I can, so you probably shouldn't get me food for my birthday. Gluten, soy, and dairy are just the most common problems. In case any of you are feeling brave enough to try here's all the stuff I can't eat but I may have forgotten something, and gluten and soy are sneaky.
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Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 10:46 pm
I have a Phd and YOU DON'T!!(*) I am a doctor! Of MATHS! Shrivel into the insignificant slugs you are before the incalculable glory of my doctory presence!!!!

I don't have any photos yet, so here is my highschool graduation.

EDIT: have to rush to work, but thank youse all :)

(*)unless you do.
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Saturday, February 25th, 2006 10:27 am
O-day was fun, I ate waaaay too much free sugar and ended up with almost no voice at [livejournal.com profile] the_riviera_kid's going away thing. Met several adorable children (Quinn Basden and my supervisors(*) kids, who I haven't seen for so long it's like they're new people)

Wait, how is it 10:30 already?

And now, some topical humour. I'm quite proud of this one.

(*) No, not the one whose youngest has nearly finished his engineering degree :P
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Thursday, February 23rd, 2006 08:12 am
First, to anyone who saw the wedding post I accidentally posted here..heh, just be glad I'm not on any weirder communities :) (Though with me, the worst you'd be likely to get is some technical discussion on right-angle-weave beading or abstract algebra)

Also, Alinta Gas, Australia Post and the Commonwealth Bank are all out to get me. It's all fixed, though now the phone company is refusing to acknowledge a bill as being paid... Man, I was having a bad drawing day. Oh well.

Finally, something that keeps coming up in conversation but I don't want to derail the topic just to settle a minor point of accuracy: I get the feeling some people think I'm really very jewish, which I'm not. Not that this is the worst thing ever, I just like things being categorised correctly. My mothers mother was brought up as a liberal jew and became an atheist, while my mothers father and everyone on my dads side is whitebread anglo/irish/ukranian etc. I was brought up to be an anglican and then became an atheist. I didn't even realise I was of jewish descent till I was about 10, but still feel a disproportionate connection to that side of the family because my dad and mums dad are not the sort to talk about their families, while my mum and mums mum so incredibly are :) By one definition I am 100% jewish (since it carries down the maternal line) but by most others I'm really not. There!

Oh, yeah, and I and Cam are thinking of moving to England in a few years (just for a while, not permanently). You all knew that, right? *cough*

In other news, I have a headache.
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2006 02:37 pm
As I said this time last year in my blog:

I have decided to boycott major card manufacturers on holidays designed to sell greetings cards. Since the people who are affected by this are either members of my family or Cam, and thus used to my foibles, I should be able to get away with it :)
Acceptable sources of cards are charities (Such as Community Aid Abroad), small local companies/individuals (such as my local art gallerys hand-made cards) and of course ones own creativity.

An advantage of the anti-cards stance is it puts single people at a definite advantage, which I say they deserve after all the smug sentimentality they they have to put up with from we coupled folk.

Viva la Revolution!

This year (2006) Cam took me out to dinner(*) yesterday (he has roleplaying tonight), which was nice and happily free of those darn rose salespeople.

(*)I have $5 in the bank, stupid delayed pay+ automatic charity donation I forgot about.
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Monday, January 23rd, 2006 12:38 pm
Simulcast over blog and livejournal!

Well...I've decided to do it. The realtionship was stable and happy, and I thought I could compromise on our differeneces but in the end...I had to leave.

That's right, I'm saying goodbye to Blogger and moving over to livejournal. This makes me very sad, since I won't have as much control over the layout (no more tiny chickens! No more spirally dividers!!) and I won't be sqbr any more :( But despite all that lj has suckered me over with it's commenting system (specifically notifications on replies for people other than me) and the fact I won't have to deal with the feed/blog dichotomy(*).

I'm don't know what I'll do with this blog now (I'm sure I'll think of something) but for the moment it will lay idle, so you should ignore http://sqbr.blogspot.com/ and http://syndicated.livejournal.com/sqbr/ and instead direct your attention to http://alias-sqbr.livejournal.com/.

Before you complain that the sidebar is unreadable, I'm going to fiddle with the colours some more later(**). You may notice that some of my old locked entries have been unlocked. Those of you not on my friends list may be happy to see you weren't missing much, I just wanted to keep things neat. Also I'll port over the more interesting blog entries when and if it feels necessary.

So, goodbye old friend. The Roost of the Purple Chicken is dead. Long live the Roost of the Purple Chicken!

(*)That's right, people who comment on the feed, you broke my spirit. Are you happy now?
(**)In case any of you are wondering, I chose this layout becuase it allows a very small amount of css, meaning I could make my own header and set the background.
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Thursday, June 24th, 2004 08:34 pm
This was my first blog post. My first lj post is over here.

Reasons for not having a typical livejournal/blog

I have for many years gone on about how I should never have a livejournal/blog. At the same time I keep coming across things that I would like to do with one. I have finally decided to succumb, but to avoid the "typical" livejournal/blog stuff that I think would be a Bad Thing in my case.

  • Journal of events. My life simply isn't that interesting, there'd be like 3 notable things a year.
  • Socialising- I don't get much emotional fulfillment from online interactions that aren't one-on-one (And even then would prefer real life ones) If I use up my anecdotes etc online I'll have less to say in person which would ultimately lead to loneliness. Bad.
  • Getting things of your chest- Either I can talk about it to someone in real life, or I shouldn't be putting it on the internet. Anything I feel uncomfortable saying to someone I'd probably feel uncomfortable knowing they'd read on my blog.
  • talking about myself- I do this enough already! Not to say I won't do it here :)

Reasons I still probably shouldn't have a livejournal

  1. I'm tactless and have occasional alarming lapses of judgment. I'm also pretty bad at expressing myself. All this results in me deciding to say something I probably shouldn't, accidentally saying something different, and doing so in the worst possible way. This is a general problem with me and communication but the more people read/hear something I say the more likely I horribly offend someone, especially in a medium like this where it's so easy to forget exactly how large your possible audience is. Still, I've sort of got the hang of mailing lists/internet fora etc and this shouldn't be that much worse. Consider yourself warned, though. I HOPE to force myself to wait 24 hours before posting. We shall see.
  2. Man, do I love talking about myself. This is going to be soooooo boring. But hey, noones forcing you to read it :)
  3. I have this irritating tendency to write in numbered lists and bullet points after 3 years of doing a Phd in computational mathematics.

Past Flip-Flops
To the people to whom I have loudly railed against the possibilty of me ever getting a livejournal/blog, I can only say this: I am a big fat liar. It is actually not uncommon for me to loudly proclaim an opinion then all of a sudden change my mind quite radically. Some examples:

  • Being atheist is stupid
  • Vegetarianism is irredeemably stupid
  • Vegetarianism is the clearly more moral than eating meat.(My views now are more complex)
  • I am not going to do honours
  • I am not going to do a phd
  • Never go out with a unisfan
  • Rock/popular music sucks (No, not just some of it. ALL of it)
  • I'm never going to have children.(No, I haven't done this yet! But I intend to, one day)

The thing is in retrospect I can generally understand my reasons for having the opinion, at least to start with. Once I start to doubt the opinion I'm thinking about it a lot, and when I'm thinking about something I talk about it. So I say the opinion even more, until I decide I don't agree any more at which point I stop!

Uses for this blog

Things I would go around telling every person I bumped into except they'd get annoyed. Things I'm going around telling everyone anyway. Ideas, things that happen to me etc

Those 3 interesting life events a year.(For example...)

Little rants, questions etc that would be off topic and selfish to bring up in most conversations or mailing lists, but might be of interest to anyone foolish enough to go to a site devoted entirely to me.

The Golden Rule for things I put online
"Put unto internet that which you would have others put unto the internet"
This allows for a lot of weird personal obsessions like cheap stained glass substitutes but generally helps keep down things like me going on about how much I like radiohead. I shall try hard to apply that rule here.

Why I decided to succumb
The main thing I think was a number of my close friends getting them, so that I actually read some other than ones like Angriest which I'm just not going to be able to write, or random ones when I'm bored. It means I have an audience, I'd feel pretty weird writing and knowing none of my friends would read it.

Also I kept coming up with genuine things to put in one that obey The Golden Rule. Like site updates and questions I'd like peoples opinions on and stuff.

So there you go!