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26 Feb 2017 12:50 pm
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LiveJournal has unblocked and whitelisted our webserver IP addresses, so importing, crossposting, and feed accounts should work properly again! Thanks for the quick fix, LJ.
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So, what are you up to on Friday 3rd?

Club 80s is an option.

DJs - Reza (Inertia, Killing Joke), Ben (Elegant Decadence, Tanz Macabre, Planet Earth, Don't You Want Me Baby), and ... DJ Landmine ... wait, that's me! Woohoo!

So, yeah, Urban Bar, 176 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BJ, from 9pm to 2:30am, Friday 3rd March, for an evening of dark and light 80s. Like a Viennetta. Possibly.

Two quick things

25 Feb 2017 09:42 pm
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We've had people ask us about the Cloudflare leak reported a few days ago. We are Cloudflare customers, and it is possible that login cookies or passwords may have been exposed as part of the incident. We believe the risk to you is relatively low -- it was a small percentage of Cloudflare's requests that were involved over a relatively short period of time, and we haven't found any evidence that anything from us was among them. This is not an absolute guarantee that none of your accounts were affected, but we don't think the likelihood is very high.

Because we believe the risk to be low, we aren't automatically expiring everyone's session cookies and requiring you to log back in and change your password -- whenever we do that, it does lock some people who they can't remember their passwords and no longer have access to their confirmed email addresses out of their accounts, and we believe that will affect more people in this case.

Still, it's always a good idea to change your passwords regularly, and now would be a good time to do it, especially if you want peace of mind. We have a FAQ on how to change your password. If your browser logs you in automatically and you don't remember your password, you can reset it. If you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to your most recent confirmed email address, you can have the password reset email sent to any email address you've confirmed on your account by entering both your username and your old email address at the Lost Info page.

Unfortunately, if you've forgotten your password and no longer have access to any email address you've confirmed on your account, you probably won't be able to reset your password. In some cases, if you've previously paid for your account, we can validate your payment details to confirm your identity and reset your password. If you can't reset your password, but think you may have paid for your account in the past, you can open a support request in the Account Payments category and I'll check into it for you.

LiveJournal imports/crossposts/feeds

LiveJournal has temporarily blocked about 2/3rds of our webservers from contacting their site, presumably because they feel that we're requesting data from them too often. This affects the ability to import your journal, the ability to crosspost entries from your Dreamwidth account to your LiveJournal account, and whether syndicated feeds of accounts on LiveJournal will update on Dreamwidth. Those features will fail when they're unable to contact LJ because of the block.

It isn't every one of our webservers, so things will work intermittently -- if you crosspost two entries one right after the other, one might succeed while the other fails. Unfortunately, there isn't much we can do to resolve this other than contacting them and asking them to unblock us (which I'll be doing right after I hit 'post' on this entry).

EDIT 2249 EST 25 Feb: We appear to be down to zero unblocked webservers, so imports, crossposts, and feeds will all fail until LJ unblocks us.

EDIT 26 Feb noon EST: LJ unblocked and whitelisted us this morning, so all is working again!

A plea.

25 Feb 2017 09:58 am
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Inspired by a heart-felt post on a chums LJ. Here's something I was going to post on Facebook later, but I thought I'd do it now before I have to get back to work. UK-centric, but an interesting approach that DOES look like it could be effective.

Crowdfunder is here.

Do we really want the UK ruined and dragged into being a fascist satellite to Trump's America because people are believing fake news? Well, many of you reading this are already campaigning and fighting against this poison.

"Hate crime, racism and xenophobia are on the rise. And so is hostile media coverage towards some of the most vulnerable groups in our society. Editors have a strong incentive to run these harmful stories: it sells papers - and that means they can earn more from advertising."

And if you think this is of no interest to you, if you think this doesn't touch you, that you're not one of these vulnerable groups? You could be one day, hate crime has risen against the disabled, and we all fall into only 3 categories: the disabled, the not-yet-disabled and the dead.

"One of the most striking features of the annual figures is a 44% rise in hate crimes directed at people with disabilities, the numbers have doubled in four years." (From the BBC.)

If you cannot afford to pledge, if you are too ill to march, there are other things you can do, small things.

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
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Elegant Decadence's second event of the year

La Chanson Noire - A three-piece together on stage for the first time, with the Portuguese singer and pianist joined by a drummer and guitarist, playing what has been described as chamber goth, although they might have benefited slightly from a darker and more intimate venue for their sound.

Rhombus - The first time back in London for a while for the Yorkshire-based five-piece playing in the classic gothic rock vein, combining male and female vocals with danceable tunes and catchy choruses.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.

La Chanson Noire
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All La Chanson Noire photos

All Rhombus photos

Croydon Fun Weekend 2018

23 Feb 2017 04:43 pm
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Just a quick heads-up that, after a year off in 2017, the Croydon Fun Weekend will be back in 2018, running from Friday 26 January to Sunday 28 January.

I’ll provide more details closer to the time; but in the meantime, if you’re interested in helping to organise the weekend or in running any sessions, please let me know! For an idea of the sort of things that might be included, see programmes from previous years: 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Popped down to the Oval Tavern on a Saturday evening, as some friends had said they were heading over to see at act that they'd seen elsewhere (and the Oval tends to be a nice place to be, anyway). Took the camera along, just because (although the Oval can be challenging for photography!)

The Silver Darlings - A folk-ish act, performing the songs of their lead singer/songwriter (who also performs solo).

Sieben - A violinist performing live looping of violin, vocals, and various percussive noises created on the violin, a style reminiscent of Jordan Reyne or Jo Quail. His most recent album, The Old Magic also raised faint comparisons to Wardruna. (As an additional bonus, he gave out copies of some of his earlier CDs, too.)

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.

The Silver Darlings
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All The Silver Darlings photos

All Sieben photos
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The first Elegant Decadence event of 2017, at Nambucca.

Nine Day Decline - post-punk goth three-piece.

The Ghost of Lemora - the long-running alternative act have had a bit of a change of line-up since their last album, with new a drummer, keyboardist, and bassist, and slightly heavier sound than before.

Manuskript - scene stalwarts, Manuskript attracted a number of their dedicated fans to this, their first London gig for a while, for their particular brand of energetic goth.

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.

Nine Day Decline
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The Ghost of Lemora
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All Nine Day Decline photos

All The Ghost of Lemora photos

All Manuskript photos

Katsuobushi Shortbread Cookies

16 Feb 2017 01:26 am
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

For those of you that know what Katsuobushi is, don't worry, I have not lost my mind. For those that don't know what katsuobushi is, it's smoked, aged and dried skipjack tuna which is most commonly used to make Japanese dashi stock. Now, I know what you're probably thinking, but let me give you the backstory before you judge. I recently got asked to join as a guest on a news program to talk about a new Katsuobushi plant that's opened up in France to produce katsuobushi for the European market. Because the Japanese have a pretty limited number of...

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[Links] Patterns in agriculture

18 Feb 2017 02:53 pm
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Photographer Josh Smith's aerial photographs of the patterns made by Australian agriculture are rather striking.

And here they are.
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[Games] White Dwarf Archive

15 Feb 2017 11:46 am
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The first hundred issues of White Dwarf (and some of the specials) are now available on t'internet as an archive.

White Dwarf Archive

(These were the days when WD wasn't an in-house advert for expensive miniatures, but a wide-ranging gaming magazine that covered games by a number of manufacturers. Somewhere I've got my old copies in a box - which started with number 71.)
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
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* Selective comment screening
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* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
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The Perfect Frittata

12 Feb 2017 12:45 am
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Posted by Marc Matsumoto

As a fan of savory breakfasts, I love egg dishes. Whether their poached, boiled, scrambled or sunny-side up, for me, eggs are the perfect way to get the day started. But as much as I love eggs, I've never really been able to get into frittatas. Sure, I make them on occasion(mostly upon request), but they always seemed to turn out a bit spongy, mushy and dry. As with most things I'm not a fan of, I figured I must be doing something wrong, so I recently set out to learn how to make the best frittata; a frittata that...

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'Croydon for a pretty girl ...'

14 Feb 2017 07:11 pm
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Quite a good review of Croydon, mentioning a few pubs that I rate, and a very fine restaurant.

'Croydon for a pretty girl ...'

(Title from an 18th Century rhyme, included for free in the review. Be warned, review may contain language.)

[Games] Duet gaming

14 Feb 2017 05:44 pm
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For personal reference, a couple of sites with advice on running one-on-one RPGs.

Gaming For Two
Solo Roleplaying

(Links originally scrobbled from the Bundle Of Holding offer on two-player games.)

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