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So I was on a sort of hiatus there for a while, mostly resulting from boredom and burnout. Didn't write because I didn't feel like writing. Well, stuff happens.

My life shifted into busy mode two weeks ago, with the beginning of an intensive online course in computer and internet fundamentals, which is set to wrap up tomorrow. This will help prepare me for the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ exams, which I'm really excited about.

So I'd cleared my calendar, because there must be NO DISTRACTIONS so that I can fully focus and give this course my undivided attention! And so it was that on the afternoon of the second day of the course, September 9 Tuesday, after a long day of studying, I bethought me to go out for a quick jog and get some fresh air. Mens sana in corpore sano and all that.

I took my iPod along and had a nice, leisurely run up to Raleigh Street and back (a one-mile round trip) - or rather, almost back. About three blocks from my house on the return trip, the jog came to an abrupt end when I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and went right down. I put my right arm up to break my fall, and succeeded in breaking the arm instead. (The iPod, for its part, escaped serious injury.)

At first I refused to believe I'd broken anything and decided to john wayne it, and in fact sat through class Wednesday with a broken arm. Thursday morning, reality (and pain) gained the upper hand, and I went to see my doctor, a gruff, athletic-looking man of about 70, who sent me to see an orthopedist in Beaverton.

Long story short, the official name is Proximal Humerus Fracture on the right side. I didn't have to get a cast because the bone broke near the ball joint, and the two pieces don't usually move very far apart. It has probably begun to knit together by now.

The forearm and hand were largely unaffected; basically everything below the elbow works just fine. The shoulder hurt like hell for the first few days, especially if it experienced any sudden jolt or shock. Bumping into the side of a door could make me let out a blood-curdling howl. The doc gave me some meds to mitigate the pain (which I'm taking sparingly - as much as I need but no more) and slowly it's starting to get better.

The main thing is that I can't move the shoulder (or can only move it minimally) and can't put any stress or weight on it. But it is feeling a little bit better every day.

In other news: OhLife is shutting down - closing the book forever, as it were, this coming Yom Kippur - so perhaps I will divert more of my obsessive journal-writing energies to these virtual pages in DW and LJ.
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Get up, arise, and speak anew
without fences or boundaries
without here or there
without fear of death.

Speak like a child,
straight to the heart.

I've been posting at LiveJournal for over 10 years, and mirroring at DreamWidth since 2012. Most of my posts here have been non-political, but that is likely to start to change as time goes on.

You should know that I'm American, Jewish, 51 years old, a proud parent, a military veteran, socially liberal, free-market conservative, registered Republican, queer-friendly, Zionist, patriot. In no particular order.

I've been back in my adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon, since the end of January, having spent almost seven years living (VERY reluctantly) in San Francisco. Amazing what you'll do when there are kids involved.

Shabbat shalom.
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I've just imported all of my old LJ entries to DW.
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I've got almost all of my LJ archives DDT'd (Downloaded to Dead Tree) and they fill three binders. I used the LJ Export utility and changed the extensions from .csv to .txt for each month. So the resulting product includes all the html, xml, etc. and it's ugly as two or three sins, but it's all there. Probably not the most elegant way to do it, but it got the job done. I could have opened the files in Excel and deleted the fields I didn't need, but that would have made the process take even longer.

Anybody know a good way to archive LJ entries, either on a computer or in print? LJ Archive works well enough on my PC but I don't have anything that's Mac compatible.

New Theme

Oct. 15th, 2013 09:55 am
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Whoa, this is badass. I like it. It's called Blue Fence, apparently a creation of SUP. Good job, comrades.
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Looking back over my LJ archives, it looks like December 2005 was a pretty active month for me. I posted some bits of original fiction, an excerpt from Ursula K. LeGuin, and reflections on my new living quarters and old housewares.

And I still love this song by Electrelane, a musical setting of Juan Boscán's poem '¡Oh Sombra!' and which my brain still hears as "awesome bra":


Dec. 1st, 2012 08:44 pm
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I love the new LJ UI. Especially the HTML screen, now I can get edit buttons without WYSIWYG! Yayz.

Yes, when LiveJournal introduces new features, it's almost always an improvement. Unlike SOME social networks I could name ...
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Drew Olanoff vs. cross-posting:
'When I’m on Twitter, I tweet. When I’m on Facebook, I post a status update or other media. Why should I place the same things on both networks? And automatically, to boot. It seems like overkill to me, so that’s why I didn’t get upset over Facebook’s bug.'

That's kind of how I feel about it, too.
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Reid Hoffman on teh social network that dare not speak its name:

'Hoffman then listed the current prominent “social” platforms, “Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter … and a fourth thing.” He expressed the most hope about the fourth thing, “It’s the creation of he new things that’s stunning and different and interesting.”'

I like his defense of LinkedIn, too.
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the more I appreciate LJ.
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I'll miss reading your posts, but I know you have your reasons. I'll think of you every time I see a Mary Engelbreit card or a Scottie!


Feb. 28th, 2008 10:38 pm
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That sound you hear is asher63 re-entering the LJsphere.
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testing teh xjournal client!
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Last year's ljiversary entry:
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It's three years today since my LiveJournal account went online. I haven't been posting continuously for that long; in fact there was a period of over a year when I didn't post at all. I began posting regularly about one year ago.

It's been quite a weekend. There is some good news, but that will have to wait for another post. Also, I saw Grindhouse last night, and ... wow! That movie might get its own post too. The soundtrack for both segments - "Planet Terror" and "Death Proof" - is phenomenal. Robert Rodriguez composed the pounding PT theme himself, proving once again that a Latino with a guitar can be very dangerous indeed.

(Side note: Angelo Badalamenti, who composed the score for "Mulholland Drive" - one of my all-time favorite films - also appeared in MD, as one of the Castigliani brothers.)

Passover is almost past and over, yay! Back to croissants with my coffee and beer with my ... er, beer, soon.


Mar. 11th, 2007 11:55 pm
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If you tagged me for an LJ meme, I'm not ignoring you. I've just been super busy.
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From [ profile] kefiraahava, just learned of the passing of a member of the LJ community.

Also, a familiar TV figure has passed on.
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So I got up at my usual 5am after getting to sleep at about 1am. But I slept about an hour earlier in the evening yesterday. So I should get through the day all right.

Nothing quite like getting all your bills paid at 1 in the morning!

The new job is going better than I first thought it would, and the work day generally goes pretty quickly. They let you wear headphones on the job, which is nice, and it allows me to study my Arabic and Farsi while working.

Going to finally, really and truly, finish writing that new chapter to The Queen's Courtesan today. I'm taking my writing pad on my coffee breaks.

I've been getting traffic on the Stephanie tribute site, which is immensely gratifying.

Finished editing and tagging all my old entries.

[ profile] stilken's comment got me to thinking about the intersections between my LJ life and the rest of my-life-in-the-world. More later .....


Feb. 25th, 2007 12:27 am
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And because I have no life, I've just gone and updated the tags from my last year's worth or so of entries. Every post now has at least one tag.

"Random Trivia" is just what it sounds like, a catch-all for updates, anecdotes, and so forth.

"Life" tends to include posts that are a little more introspective.

Posts relating to a certain person are now tagged with the inital letter of that certain person's name. (It falls somewhere between "F" and "H" in the alphabet.)

Current events (international and domestic) are under "World", except for Iran which gets its own tag. Jewish-related stuff is under "Hebraica". Obituaries and memorials are under "STGM" ... if you're a Latin geek you can probably figure out the abbreviation.

"Friends" refers to friends in general, LJ and non-LJ alike. "In Pro Per" (more Latin!) is for those all-too-rare occasions when I get to meet LJ friends in person. And TNG ... well, TNG needs no introduction.

I've also modified the visibility on a few old posts, generally in the direction of more openness. As you know from my userinfo, I like to write open posts as much as possible and I'll only friendslock when the stuff is unusually personal, or when another person's privacy is involved.

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