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It stayed up for four days in the woods near Portland Oregon along the Columbia River at a spiritual retreat called SummerStar. It was my first experience with both camping and attending a Pagan gathering (or any gathering for that matter). The first day I was a little concerned. You see, I was not at all looking forward to the whole living with bugs part of camping. So when mosquitoes started to feast on me like Fangers on a Fairy in Bon temps, I was not amused in the least. The Repel spray was not repelling at all. Then while sitting around the Pavilion, Tricky Pixie began to play.

On their website, they are described as 'a fey fusion of three well-loved, whimsical talents who fearlessly tread the boards and the twilight roads alike, using a wealth of instruments to guide themselves and their listeners along, including all manner of strings, voices, and drums.' I couldn't word it better myself. The fun lyrics, and melodic voices made me forget that tiny winged vampire bugs wanted my blood. At some point after that, there was a ritual to light the sacred fire.

As we walked across the camp to each directional altar to honor the elements and invoke their blessing, finally making our way to Fire mosquitoes were the farthest thing from my mind. Following the lighting of the fire, we danced around it as drummers drummed. The energy in the fire circle was incredible. That night an intense thunderstorm rolled in. My tent was illuminated like a rapidly blinking set of string lights on the fritz! One of the thunderous booms probably made me jump about 3 feet off of the air mattress that I was laying on.

It was amazing and inspiring being in the middle of such a storm. You just don't get thunder and lightning where I live currently. Well, I have twice since February. Rain is something we pretty much get on the daily, so lightning and thunder, despite having to pe and waiting until there was a calm in the storm – was pretty incredible.

I woke the next morning to more rain. I'm not sure that it had ever stopped save for the brief calm previously mentioned. So I closed my eyes and quickly fell fast asleep until the rain stopped. After getting dressed and coming out of my tent I was greeting by the faces of my 'adopted family of water noggins' and some awesome breakfast Skillets! I'm not usually a Fan of breakfast, but Skillets just may change that! After eating I generously applied more repel spray and had John (the breeder) spray the back of my shirt and hair. Bug bites were not a problem really for the rest of my camping trip as I made sure to get enough repel on for the remainder.

There were different workshops throughout the four day retreat. I attended one called 'Stone People and Your Shadow Self'. (which was led by Robin Dildine-Gwin, a friendly lady who also gave me my first ever Reiki session the next day) There we went on a journey to meet our shadow self and then imprinted stones that we each found with visualization, and energy in ritual to change parts of ourselves that did not serve us. I also attended a Blacksmithing workshop held by a nice guy named Dan, and a workshop for witches Bottles held by a lady who went by Seanachai. All of the workshops were free to attend, though if you wanted to participate in the blacksmithing, they requested that you offer up a generous donation. As I wasn't able to, I decided to just observe this year.

Two nights when I looked up at the sky I was in awe of how beautiful and clear it was! You could see the 'milk' that the stars swam in. There are no words to describe how incredible it was. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and there was no light pollution. It was what I imagine seeing space for the first time must be like for babies, before we forget. Or if you're a True Blood fan, like when Tara looked up at the night sky for the first time as a new vampire. Some people also held a 'Druid Ritual'. I observed, but did not participate. It lasted for a few torturous hours as the leaders of the ritual read off of sheets of paper during the few speaking parts, and endless slow and sleepy drumming interludes.

I was not into it, and those who participated said that while normally rituals at Summerstar energize and get the blood flowing... that this one in particular was draining. Not many who participated in the few hour ritual came to dance around the fire after. There was a Doe who came out of the woods to see what was going on briefly before she disappeared back into the woods again. I don't think she cared for the would-be druids either. I'm sure they were nice people... it just wasn't for me. Luckily I had the stars and snack breaks back at the camp to keep me occupied while I waited for it to end and the drum circle and fire dancing to begin again.

There were some great people there and I am so happy that my best friends Michelle (Maybelline The Breedette) and John (The Breeder) invited me to go. Maybelline wasn't able to attend this year do to work, so it was just John, his three children and I. It was yet another way that I felt that they have welcomed me into their family and I'd say that I couldn't be more grateful, but they keep surprising me. I have to say, camping is pretty awesome (at least at a Pagan/Heathen spiritual retreat) and I can't wait to do it again. Life is treating me really well and I am truly blessed.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rebelsheart at Notifs, Notifs, Notifs
As reported at [livejournal.com profile] status, LiveJournal is currently experiencing a severe backlog processing notifications and emails. It is expected to take several hours to clear.

This is impacting notifications appearing in your inbox, copies of private messages appearing in your sent folder in your inbox, and almost every kind of email LiveJournal generates.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] theljstaff at State of the Goat 2012
Bienvenue, dobro po┼żalovat', bienvenidos, and welcome! Thank you for sharing another year with LiveJournal, home to some of the liveliest discussions on the Internet. Archived within LiveJournal are nearly 13 years of memories, memes, triumphs, and tragedies encapsulated in entries written by millions of people across the globe. LiveJournal members embody the spirit of passionate individual expression. We are continually grateful to be a part of your daily life.



LiveJournal's history and vision, as far as Internet experiences go, is extensive. While the gatekeepers and direction have varied over the years, two major elements factor into deciding how the site experience evolves. First, the core belief that LiveJournal is a safe harbor for expression, outreach, and discussion. Second, the idea that member feedback is vital. Looking ahead to 2012 and beyond, together we can create a LiveJournal experience that excels beyond anything we've ever accomplished.



A part of improving that experience begins with the site itself. “Under the hood” of every entry shared on LiveJournal is an infrastructure that holds it all together, roughly 13 years worth of infrastructure designed to allow members extensive flexibility over style layouts and content placement. That's a lot of programming code over the years and some of it has to be replaced. We're making changes behind the scenes that will improve our production and testing process, which in turn will create a better user experience for members when a feature goes live. Some might ask, "How would this make things better?" Imagine an update to the Rich Text editor that doesn't result in weeks of tweaks and fixes. By streamlining the process behind the scenes, we can create reliable features faster, which in turn allocates more time to adjust existing features and address member requests.



The changes to the site, as well as the process through which we develop and implement these changes, are a work in progress. Your feedback is an integral part our design approach and influences what and how features are implemented. Given the large scope of the work being done, our response time might be longer than expected. Rest assured, though, we are eager to keep things working effectively and in a way that best embraces the ideals of LiveJournal and its passionate members.



2011: A Look Back

Last year was filled with ups, downs, and all-arounds. New additions like LiveJournal Singapore, a revised Community Directory, improved spam prediction and prevention, free paid account trials, the introduction of community owner privileges, and enhanced privacy settings were received favorably. The redesign of the Navigation Strip, and removing the LJ pencil from the favicon were met with mixed reviews. Less welcome changes included the numerous Rich Text editor update issues following Release 80 and the comment page redesign in Release 88. As you read this year's State of the Goat, we're preparing fixes, looking over your comments, and we'll provide updates as new information is available.



And then there were the DDoS attacks. While they resulted in some service interruption, the DDoS attacks made world news again this year. LiveJournal is still an active global forum at a time when ordinary people are using social networks to exercise their freedom of expression and organize political protests. Despite the bumps in the road, LiveJournal played in a major role in voicing issues that resonate with anyone who believes that governments and politicians should be held accountable. New hardware and mitigation practices gradually minimized the impact these attacks had in the last half of the year. Many recent attacks have been successfully handled with virtually no interruption to the service, and we expect even better results in 2012.



LiveJournal continued to expand beyond the website as well. In the last two years, our drive to offer LiveJournal members greater flexibility and accessibility prompted the creation of new mobile applications. In 2010, LiveJournal released an iPhone/iPad application to meet the on-the-go lifestyle of our mobile members. As those expectations grew in 2011 and continue to grow in 2012, we've expanded our mobile app support to include many popular Android, Windows Mobile and Nokia devices.



Purging Inactive Accounts

As you may have noticed, we're currently deleting inactive and empty member accounts. Only accounts that have zero entries and have not been logged into for over two years will be affected by this process. Right now, account owners are being notified by email if their account is set to be deleted. If you receive such an email about an account you'd prefer to keep, all you need to do is login before the date listed to prevent the deletion. Even if it is deleted, you will still have 30 days to undelete the journal.



An account is not subject to inactivity purging if it has at least one entry in it but this criteria may change over time. If you have friends or family who have passed away and were LiveJournal members, the best way to protect their accounts against future inactivity purges is by requesting such journals be set as 'memorial' accounts. Please email Support to request memorial status for a journal.



2012: A Look Ahead

Expect to see big changes in the coming months. Over the last year we've decreased advertising across the site. We're excited to announce that by mid-2012, advertising will be phased out completely for virtually all of the LiveJournal service pages, journals, and communities that we know and love. Advertising will only be shown in select communities that opt in to displaying it (which you'll hear more about on February 15).



We're also taking huge strides to improve site efficiency and functionality behind the scenes. Changes like these are usually not immediately noticeable but they affect many aspects of our production and testing process. Site performance will improve in the coming months with these changes in place. We're also redesigning service pages, introducing new journal style designs, improving DDoS mitigation practices, and addressing modifications to existing features. And we may have another surprise or two for you along the way so stay tuned!



LiveJournal is a living document. We're eager to hear your feedback as we dedicate ourselves to improving the member experience. Every day invites new ideas and new opportunities. We're excited to see where 2012 takes us and we welcome you to join us!



To you, your family, and your friends, we wish you a healthy and exciting 2012!
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] theljstaff at LiveJournal: Why We Oppose SOPA and PIPA
Since 1999, LiveJournal has been a safe harbor of self-expression and creativity, with the most substantial privacy policies of any social site. We believe the Internet must remain a place that is free to use, free to explore, and free to express.



This is why LiveJournal ardently opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), two bills currently in discussion in the United States Congress; with PIPA up for committee vote this coming January 24. We understand there is good intent behind these two bills – they are, after all, designed to protect copyrighted and trademarked property. But the language of these bills is so vague that any intellectual property owner that feels its copyright has been violated can have a site taken down, without the normal due process of law. Based on this, a LiveJournal user could post content, even an icon, that contains copyrighted material, and the copyright owner could conceivably have LiveJournal – the entire site – taken down without any way for LiveJournal to address or correct the issue.



LiveJournal is a group of communities created, owned and operated by all of you. We have worked hard to uphold the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998. We believe the DMCA, while not perfect, continues to be an adequate measure to fight piracy and copyright infringement. SOPA and PIPA are overkill that would have the effect of undermining our collective guarantee of freedom of speech. These two bills are about censorship, and LiveJournal is joining the fight to ensure these bills never come to pass.



We hope those of you in the U.S. will join us in our opposition to SOPA and PIPA by letting your local representatives know where they should stand on this issue.




  • To contact your district’s member of the House of Representatives, go here.



  • To contact your state’s Senators, go here.


For more information on SOPA and PIPA, please visit these sites:

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica at hi everybody! (to be read in Kermit voice)
Welcome to the many many new followers to this community! [livejournal.com profile] lj_support is a community that serves as a bulletin board for LiveJournal's support volunteers. This is not a community for end-user support. This community isn't a replacement for anything like [livejournal.com profile] news, [livejournal.com profile] lj_maintenance, or [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases. We're a lot more informal, and post quick status updates here from time to time just to make sure that volunteers have the info they need in order to help other LJ users. Our support model is based on users-helping-users, and has been so since Brad coded up a page for it in 2001.

If helping other LJ users get the most out of their LJ experience sounds like something you'd enjoy, you're welcome to plunge in and start answering unanswered questions! (That's the link to all non-Russian public requests. If you speak Russian, you're welcome to answer Russian questions as well.) Need more information on how this all works? Check out the Support guide. Need help? [livejournal.com profile] learn_support has a team of experienced volunteers who will be happy to assist you. We are quite short-handed at the moment and in a bit of transition in terms of volunteer leadership, but we'll do our best to make sure you get the help you need as a new volunteer.


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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] markf at CSRF/Phishing attack
There is currently a CSRF designed to mislead you into believing LiveJournal is requesting your username and password, when the data is actually being requested by a third party who is trying to gain access to your account.

The attack will appear as though someone has left you a comment, but an image similar to the following will appear requesting your password:


phishing

The domain used, liv i ejournal.com, is not livejournal.com, and you should not enter your password into any popup like this which appears.  The domain used by the attacker could change at any time.

If you have entered your username and password into any popup like this, you should immediately change your password at https://www.livejournal.com/changepassword.bml.

If any content has been deleted from your journal by someone other than you, please submit an abuse request.
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In transit

Nov. 18th, 2011 12:24 pm
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  • Fri, 00:51: Saturday we move more stuff into the new apartment & one day this weekend I plan on seeing old friends! #Excited!
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] theljstaff at Site status
The LiveJournal team is aware that some users may experience occasional difficulties with accessing the service. Unfortunately, the website has been under a DDoS attack for the last 18 hours. We are glad to say that despite the severity of the attack, we have been successful in dealing with it. Since previous attacks, we have increased our system capabilities, so for many users this has gone unnoticed or caused only minor, temporary issues. We are still dealing with this, and our system administrators will continue to closely monitor the site and work to resolve any problems which occur over the weekend. Thank you for your patience and we will keep you posted.
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] rebelsheart at LiveJournal PSA
A recent update to LiveJournal has made some pages inaccessible to users who are using outdated site schemes (Dystopia and xColibur) or the Lynx site scheme to view system pages1. LiveJournal's developers are aware of this issue and working to address it, however it is not known when the problem will be fixed.

The good news is that there are two options available at this time that will grant access to the affected pages immediately.

- Switch your site scheme to Horizon or Vertigo here: http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=display2. Once the issue is resolved, which will be announced in [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases, you can switch back to your current scheme here [http://www.livejournal.com/manage/settings/?cat=display&view=schemes]. Please note that the xColibur and Dystopia site schemes are no longer supported and may not support all LiveJournal features.

- You can temporarily force the page you are viewing to display in one of the unaffected site schemes by adding &usescheme=horizon (for a horizontal layout) or &usescheme=vertigo (for a vertical layout) to the end of any LiveJournal URL. If the URL does not already contain a question mark (?), please use it in place of the ampersand (&) like so: http://www.livejournal.com/?usescheme=horizon.

1: Notable affected pages:
  • Community member management
  • FAQs
  • Individual support requests

2: SUP-enabled users will also have the choice of using the Lanzelot site scheme.

DADT ends

Sep. 20th, 2011 01:52 pm
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DADT ends

Sep. 20th, 2011 01:52 pm
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My tweets

Jul. 30th, 2011 12:18 pm
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Like most if not all TV dinner mashed potatoes, I think the potatoes were instant judging from both taste and texture. Adding butter improved the taste, but it didn’t mask the 'water' flavor or make them taste any more 'real'. Granted, it was a prepackaged butter tab from Golden Corral that had been in the refrigerator. Likewise TV Dinner corn never really fails to be utterly unimpressive, chewy and flavorless.

I didn’t leave the film over the corn like it said to though. I have in the past and it made no difference one way or the other. Though I will say that the chicken fried beef steak did impress me! It was tender, and dare I say had 'attitude'. I note that there was pepper on either the meat or in the gravy that it sat in, which was equally tasty.

390 Calories (160 of which are from fat). Total Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0.5g, Cholesterol 25mg, Sodium 1030 mg, Potassium 490mg, Total Carbohydrates 43g, Dietary fiber 5g, Sugars 6g, Protein 14g

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