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Apr. 17th, 2017 12:41 pm
jumping in here to Drewa Width and I have no clue what im doing. I love lj and im in mourning. actually i have been for awhile. i used to spend my lunch hour reading about my friends. Now no one really posts except mayeb 3 of you. I miss the days when I had that reading time to learn more about my friends. to cry and to laugh with you all. Maybe someday it will go back to that although Im not sure how.

Ive spent the better part of this morning working but managed to snag some graduation party goodies for my granddaughters High School graduation. lord I shouldnt be this old! i had fun gettting a few things together.

Also relaxing somewhat this week. Our church is doing a community breakfast this weekend for the neighborhood. Im helping cook. Should be a lot of fun. Last week I was in church almost nightly for Holy Week activities.

Well back to the grind.
So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.

A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via [ profile] lj_releases).

They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.

LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).

Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.

(Click for big)

I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.

Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile

Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist

New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters

One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).

All friendslists will look the same.

Snippet from the locked post at [ profile] lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.


You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from [ profile] ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to [ profile] lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the [ profile] lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.

You can easily switch back to the old version.

Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.

ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!

ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test:

ETA3: Added more screenshots.

ETA4: Additional info at [ profile] ruljautonews:

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.


No time

Sep. 1st, 2010 12:41 pm
I have no time for a real post. This week is zipping by me. The wedding is Saturday. Shower tomorrow night then rehearsal Friday and Sunday I will probably sleep all day.
Happy Birthday to my friend Beth aka [ profile] bethjovi Hope you have a rocktastic day today! myspace graphic comments
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Happy Birthday today to Laura aka Biscuits mom aka [ profile] lost_tater

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Aug. 21st, 2010 06:02 pm
Not much to post about. Im enjoying a glass of wine and some cheese with the doggies. They love cheese!

Went shopping with Kristy today. Got some clothes and some more things for the wedding. I swear every time we go we buy something for the wedding. So anyway im home relaxing. I cant find Tiger. He is usually wherever we are because he is an attention seeker. So I go into the kitchen while ago and found him...

Anniston Star - Stubbs Graboski engagement

Its getting close!
Happy Birthday today goes out to [ profile] firesign10

Hope you have a great day!

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Happy Birthday Greetings today go our to [ profile] cadona

Hope you have a wonderful day today!

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Happy Birthday wishes today to my friend Diane [ profile] cazul_blue mom [ profile] macawe
Hope you have a wonderful day today and its filled with love and laughter.

Happy Birthday today to John aka [ profile] coalfire
Hope you have a wonderful day today filled with fun!
I made a poll earlier because this wedding stuff is making me crazy. I knew it would. I was most of the way there but now Im closer than ever. :) Im seriously joking but I have questions and concerns. Kristy is my only daughter. She was married to an absolute asshole(scuse my French) for 10 yrs. I mean psycho doesnt describe him. Anyway, this time everyone likes the future hubby. Hes good to Kristy and she loves him. I want her day to be the best day of her life. I just keep thinking up all kinds of stuff that could happen, might happen, will happen. I know im over thinking all of it. But honestly, getting peoples advice helps me think things out.

Today Kristy, Warren and his mom and dad went to the country club to work on the menu. They come back telling me its an astronomical amount. I talked with a friend whose daughter got married last month. Her reception was there too. Her bill was higher than she expected. So Im trying to build up a cushion. She told me all of the younger folks just want to drink and dance. They might nibble on a chip or something but mostly they want to drink. I think that will apply to Kristy and Warren too. She is 30 and hes 35. Anyway, if you have a moment fill out my poll. Thanks!
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Im so sorry I didnt post any birthday greetings yesterday.

Hope you had an awesome birthday! [ profile] phoenixisrisen>
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Happy Birthday today to Pam aka [ profile] pamquin Hope you have an awesome day filled with laughter and good times. myspace graphic comments
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Happy Birthday today to my friend Kat aka [ profile] dbaxdevilsfan Hope you had a great birthday and that Jim spoiled you rotten!

If anyone got a weird email from my aol address Im sorry. It looks like someone hacked my account. I have changed passwords so I should be okay. Sorry about it though.



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