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Well, I have until the end of the month to move out. Luckily, I signed a lease Friday to start on July 1 and can probably get the keys at least a week in advance. The new place is in an apartment complex, but it's really nice, more centrally located for us, still in walking distance to school, closer to the library and my work and wee hob's best pal's new house. So, all is working out there. Moving sucks, but it really could be so very much worse.

As to the "stay or go" question, I staked out my name on both greatestjournal and insane journal. If Live Journal and Six Apart begin/ continue behaving in ways I can't in conscience condone, I'll switch to one of them. But at the moment, like so many others, inertia is LJ's friend. I'm already moving my Household, for heaven's sake. Really don't want to move my flist. And I do not have the energy to keep up with flists on multiple media. No way. So for now, you may find me here when I'm not packing boxes, threatening wee non working hob with dire consequences, or writing my Summer of Giles -- what's the opposite of masterpiece?

In other news, [livejournal.com profile] clavally has infected me with some really good Harry Potter fanfic, and through her flist, I've now met [livejournal.com profile] lady_clover and branched out into some of her favorite authors on http://fanfiction.net. I seem to recall someone ([livejournal.com profile] liz_marcs?) referring to ff.net as "The Pit of Voles", but I'm afraid I can't remember quite why. I created an account just to get updates on some stories that sucked me in, but I'm not sure I want to post my couple of completed fics out there just yet. I mean, it's not like I have anything else to do, right?

Hope all is well with the flist. If others of you are also HP fans, I'd really like to see some thoughtful genfic, particularly about Snape. I've read and enjoyed [livejournal.com profile] penwiper26's HP stories, but I would be up for other recs. PWP though-- sorry, no. Romance is fine (I like Buffy with Giles after all), but... well. As my grandmother used to say, "Ain't it nice we're all different."

Hob
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Note: I wrote all this earlier during a lull at work, but I didn't get to a place where I could post it until now.

Note2: Apparently this posted earlier-- I didn't think it went through and LJ was being flaky this afternoon. So sorry for the double post. Main difference is the actual link below for those who might be curious and have a strong stomach.

Note3: Everybody should read this disclaimer from our friend [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy. It just rocks.

You know, I've been following the journal deletions and the free speech debates these past few days. I've followed some links (NOT to WFI-- I value my laptop's continued ability to function virus-free a little more than that). I think the thing that made me most ill was reading the original post by perverted justice Months ago, where they complained to LJ about Real Predators writing about enjoying doing real sex acts with real children. Not only did LJ blow them off at the time, these journals were apparently missed in this latest wave of cleansing. I can't even repeat some of what I saw quoted without getting sick to my stomach. That kind of stuff SHOULD get deleted; certainly law enforcement should keep a close eye on the IP addresses of these people and nail them if they try to use the 'net to victimize more kids.

So I've got two issues with LJ-- their not acting in accordance with their own TOS to investigate and act on journals any reasonable person would view as promoting and facilitating real criminal activity, AND their handling of the current situation. I can't write smut, and I seldom read it unless there's some other redeeming value, but amongst consenting adults or younger real characters (not child objects or real people) I think there's a legitimate place for such writing. As people have rightly pointed out, Romeo and Juliet, anyone?

In any event, I've created test accounts at GreatestJournal and Insane Journal. I'll probably start playing with them this weekend and see what I like about each. Unless Journalfen comes way down on price or someone offers me a free account to try it, I probably won't be over there. But I'm wondering-- who else is thinking of finding another home for their journals? I'm mostly here because I've found an amazing group of friends. I don't want to lose that. But I'm also not sure I want to continue to support LJ, even after their very nice if somewhat tardy admission of some wrongdoing here.

I'm also wondering how to get my new LJ client to post to a different journal. I read someone's comment that one could get xjournal to post to GreatestJournal, but they didn't explain it in enough detail for me, and the FAQ over there was also no help.

I'd appreciate your thoughts. Constructive engagement or boycott, or something else?

Hob
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old version-- kept due to comments. )
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