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I object to this URL change
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The reason I object to the URL change is because now my name is spelled wrong. It's tiger_spot, dammit, with an underscore.

I don't know why I feel strongly about this, but I do. It's like having an accented letter -- there are perfectly good reasons to leave it out sometimes, but it's still wrong.

Either Tiger Spot or tiger_spot, depending on purpose, but no tigerspot, tiger.spot, TigerSpot, Tigerspot, or other hideous mutilations. Grr.

Next up: ranting about work! and then everyone stops reading 'cause it's just a non-stop whinefest over here.
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Oh, no, we do not stop reading. Whinefests are fun. And (this is the scary part) I often learn an awful lot about myself from reading other folks whining.

So - whine away.


Good grief; that was me. Auto-login failed me, for some bizarre reason. Sorry.

That happens to me all the time. I keep missing other people's friends-locked posts because I don't realize I've become un-logged.

And I actually wrote paragraphs and paragraphs of work-whining, which was terribly cathartic, but then decided I didn't really want it online in case coworkers or boss stumbled across it somehow. Because all the cursing? Not so professional.

I thought that was what friend-locking or filtering was for? Not they've ever done any of those, mind. I'm a complete newbie on LJ.

I have a rule about friends-locking, which is that I'm not going to do it. If something shouldn't be read by any specific person, then that something ought not be on the web at all. (It should be in email instead.) I use my friends list to keep track of people I want to read, and I don't want to bother thinking about whether there's something in the archives that, say, my sibling shouldn't see in the unlikely case that zie ever gets a LiveJournal (because zie would totally be on my list).

I may relax this rule over time, but for now it seems like a good check to counter my inherent tendency towards no discretion whatsoever.

One of the not-so-bizarre reasons it might have failed you is that the LJ people have recently been making some changes to the cookie code that preserves the logins, and when they changed the format of the cookie, everyone got logged out again. I was reminded of this, because they did it again just now.

(The status account is sometimes useful for keeping up with this sort of thing, incidentally. Though this post is a far more entertaining explanation of why all the changes have been happening lately, and well worth reading just for entertainment.)

Also, as per a status update just posted, there's a known issue where users with underscores in their names have trouble staying logged in. Though that's only going to affect Tiger Spot, not you, I suppose.

Clearly they just have it in for the users with underscores!

Er, actually, reading your ranting about your work is excellent procrastination from my work.

Which leaves aside the fact that I'd really rather be working than procrastinating, but keep being distracted from deciding what to do first by worrying about all the things I need to do, and slide back into procrastination because I'd rather procrastinate than worry. And thus do we return to ranting about work.

If you want to read it, I can e-mail it to you. (Because you don't just throw away good catharsis! That's what text files are for.) On the other hand, if you ask me about it in person you can get the version with dramatic volume changes, large arm gestures, jumping up and down, wailing, and gnashing of teeth.

Really it's quite the show. I should charge admission.

mpeg? video.google.com?

Hrm. Is it wrong, or is it a transliteration into an alphabet that doesn't contain that character? Or are transliterations wrong, period?

A transliteration into an alphabet without that character would be one of those perfectly good reasons to change it. It's still wrong, but it's wrong for a reason, and that's okay. It's simply incorrect, rather than sinful or worse than nothing or other much stronger meanings of the word "wrong". If there's a good reason it's incorrect, such that it would be difficult to correct, then it can stay that way. If there's not a good reason, it ought to be written correctly.

My actual name is frequently misspelled and mispronounced, which is annoying. But I don't mind when people whose native language is Spanish pronounce my first name wrong, because they're using the version which is used in Spanish and it's difficult for them to use my pronunciation. It's still not quite right, but there's a good reason they pronounce it that way so I don't mind.

The reason it's written as tiger-spot up in the subdomain on LiveJournal is because some browsers can't deal with underscores in subdomains. I think that's about half a good reason -- LiveJournal can't do anything about it, and it's best that things stay readable, but I think it's stupid that underscores are an issue in the first place. Since it still shows up correctly in comments and LJ user links, it's a very minor annoyance indeed, and the initial post was sufficient complaining to get it all out of my system.

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