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It's been a busy couple of years for me. I moved back to Portland from San Francisco in early 2014, moving into a place in NW Portland. I earned my ham radio Technician license and my CompTIA A+ certification in that year, joined the Freemasons, and visited Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC.  In 2015 I visited Iraqi Kurdistan, seeing Erbil and Sulemania, and moved to the Hillsdale neighborhood in SW Portland.  In 2016 I visited the African Jewish communities in Uganda and Kenya, and, just recently, earned my EMT certification.  I'm now back in the workforce doing document scanning.

Currently I'm working on a project for Hebrew learners called Hebrew Then and Now.  And I'm back to updating regularly on both LJ as asher63 and DW as asher553.

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It's been over a year since I posted on DW, and I'm thinking it's time to renew my DW presence. I am cross-posting by default, so I expect that my content on DW will largely overlap with - but not entirely duplicate - my content on LJ, and vice versa.

(For the record, I am asher63 [http://asher63.livejournal.com/] on LJ and asher553 [https://asher553.dreamwidth.org/] on DW.)

I've added a number of new friends on both journals - welcome! - and I expect to be posting regularly. Shavua tov!
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It's a beautiful day in Portland, right now the temperature is 74F (translation for all you furners: real nice) and it's my last weekend before I start moving into my new place in Hillsdale.

LiveJournal is down at the moment, at least for me. Apparently I can cross-post from DreamWidth (as I'm doing now) but I can't read LJ or post to it. Fun times.

A few semi-coherent thoughts about me, my blogging, and life in general:

My current events / political blog is called Freedom and Power. [https://asherabrams.wordpress.com/] I chose that title because those are the themes that tend to interest me when I follow political and social events. In that light, I will probably be commenting on some recent events in the news before too long. But for right now I'm getting ready for the weekend.

My online journal occasionally brings up controversial issues and I don't mind a little debate; I don't expect people to agree with me about everything. I only ask that you keep it on-topic, and reasonably polite.

At the same time, I use LJ/DW mainly as social media, which means I mainly come here for conversation, not rants. I generally keep people on my friends list that I think I'd get along with in real life, regardless of whether our politics are the same or not.

From time to time I post on the subject of gender. That's a controversial topic right now and it's a hot-button topic for some people. It's also somewhat personal for me, as I've previously mentioned.

OK, now I'm gonna get away from the computer and get some fresh air and get ready for the weekend. Shabbat shalom - and don't be that guy from the internet.

http://dilbert.com/strip/2015-06-07

You know that guy. Don't be that guy.
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Is there a way to automatically cross-post *from* LiveJournal *to* DreamWidth? I keep a journal on DW - mostly as a backup for when the Russian robots are wreaking havoc on the intertubes - but I tend to forget it's there. I still think of LJ as my "main" online journal but I don't want to let my DW page lie fallow.

Also, DW users - is there some kind of new-users or friend-finder group on DW?
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It's been a while since I last posted at my Dreamwidth journal, and I may have forgotten some of the details about DW (like, that it exists) but I'm feeling like it's time to make a return.

My most recent post at LJ, just a little while ago, was about last night's dream, and I see my last post at DW (from January) was about a dream too. Go figure.

So anyway, I'm going to try to keep up with DW too; granted it's a more rarefied user base and not the raging torrent of activity that is LiveJournal. But hey, why not.
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Cross-posting to LJ.
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... to my Dreamwidth journal. Currently I'm inviting selected friends from LJ. Leave a comment to say hi!

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