April 20th, 2004

Neko (lofulah)


Done with studying for the math test. Earlier than usual, even with having spent my first 3-4 hours at home reading Trickers' Choice. Pretty good, although I think IB English has spoiled my tastes... It feels... shallow, somehow. Same with all the other fantasy books I have read recently.

Mmmm, if my grammar's worse than usual, or if I'm mispelling words, forgive me. I'm not entirely concentrated on typing. Music, iPod, la dee la~ =^.^= Listening to all the musicals I've watched or participated in. (and that I have the soundtracks to. This only includes Jekyll & Hyde, Les. Mis, Phantom of the Opera, Fantasticks, Hello Dolly)

Mmm, feels like I'm missing one. Oh well. Masquerade~ ...Faces~ Take your turn, take your ride on the merry go round...

You know, Masquerade could be rather perverted... if my ear's aren't playing tricks on me. Must look up lyrics someday and read...

Mmm, what else. Ah yes. Wondering if I should go to the Cast Party. I really ought too, seeing how this is my last show... but the first one I went to was just.. mef. I sat around and watched people socialize. Probably my fault really, since I'm not good at socializing. (I fail at it, actually.) Granted, I could just find someone and be either tail.. Lady or Melly, or the Violent Jigglypuff, or Sis, or someone, but I'd rather not be a bother.

And getting home tends to be annoying as well, since it often runs a bit later than my parents enjoy being out. Don't intend on sleeping over.

Vague notes to self:
1. Talk to parents about renting a tux and 2. getting a corsage or whatever that stupid thing is called that seems to be a requirement for prom. Ppppphhhh. I despise formal events. I'm sure I'll end up feeling awkward anyways. ::looks around for her wallflowering spells:: ...although that would be unkind to Senpai...

I should probably also talk to them about it. I'm pretty sure they would not object, as it is a 'ritual'ish thing that's reasonably important. Or so they seem to understand, anyways.
Neko (lofulah)

Elemental chart and Xanganess

Heh. Quite a few people were amused by this today, and Anika suggested that I post it on my Xanga for once.. or something to that effect, didn't catch all that she said, so without futher ado, I present:
The Periodic Table Of Elements.

Instructions: Print out, paste on your chem. teacher's walls and watch your classmates write down funky things for elements. :D

I've been browsing friends' blogs every now and then, and the one thing that bothers me is that some people have blog and others have xanga, and, to quote, "never the twain shall meet". I once complained a while back when a bunch of friends of mine closed their LJs to non-users. I thought, "well, what about the rest of us?" And Xanga is somewhat the same (since only members can comment). Never mind that Xanga is much more user-friendly (in my opinion). The point is, I wish there were some way to bridge the two groups. (Link websites to each other and such...it might actually be possible, I'm going to go look up and possibly completely destroy the page source for my Xanga now)

Hm, I'm addressing this here, instead of a comment to her, because she brings up a few points and things that I want to reply to/consider.
1. Closed LJs. It's a needed thing, really, because of the number of annoying eediots who wander around bugging/stalking. And parents, as well. LiveJournal is free. Read: FREE. There's no more invite code crap. So this really shouldn't be an issue anymore. If you're too lazy to fill out a single page form to register for a LJ account... come on, don't be so lazy. Here's the New Journal/Create page.

2. (Personal Opinion here) Xanga User-friendliness. Banners=bad. Layouts, customization=less options. Does support Javascript though. So that could be a plus. But most people complaining about User-friendliness don't need it. And finally, (this counts the most for me, really), one needs to use a browser to update. There's no Xanga Client (not that I'm aware of). This is inconvenient. And bad. Oh, and there's no need to get a "paid" account for a spellchecker. Not that I use spell-check that often. Plus, you get filters in livejournal. So you can limit the visibility of an entry to a certain group of "subscribers" (aka, "friends" in livejournal).

3. Bridging the two groups. This idea interests me.. I've been doing a lot of this, as of late. Bridged.. AIM to IBCorner, AIM to livejournal/livejournal clones, IBCorner to livejournal (http://www.livejournal.com/~ibcorner/), limited network access to world wide area (http://darwin.servehttp.com/bridge/). I'd like to link xanga to livejournal and vice versa, but without direct access to their code, there isn't any way to do so, really, without downloading a number of pages and gathering information that way. Plus, there's no way to control the content. If someone wants to be read, they'll have to be added to a list or something.

[ - cross-posted to my xanga - ]
Neko (lofulah)

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Hah. I lied. I thought of a way to bridge the two. It's (kinda) ugly though.

Xanga Posts sent to LiveJournal:
Simple. I'll need 1 account that will subscribe to people who will opt-in (somehow...) to have their entries sent to livejournal.

Xanga has their own form of "friends recent entries" page, sent in the form of an e-mail. This will arrive at some mailbox somewhere on my computer, be deciphered, then posted in the form of a livejournal entry, probably under lj-cut tags.

Problem: No control over at the livejournal side as to who's entry you want to view. It's all or nothing. Also, these will be viewable to the public, most likely.

LiveJournal Posts sent to Xanga:
Crontab scripts run once or twice a day. They'll connect to livejournal, use the friends page to grab the entries since a certain date (oh, this might be kinda hard. Date time parsing...) and post to xanga as a large chunk.

Problems: large entries, without a doubt. Also, lj-cuts will have to be handled separately...

It's an interesting idea, actually. Probably can't handle more than 20-30 people though, unless we do separate entry per post copy over. But that would look ugly on both liveJournal and Xanga.

Oh, and there aren't any threaded comments for Xanga. Stupid much.