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1. Coffitivity, the app I mentioned the other day that provides café sounds, is turning out to be something of a small miracle for me. On low volume, through earphones, it's like prosthetic concentration. I've been able to read! Really focus without skipping around, something I thought had been lost to me forever.

I sense that my mind is mildly but actively tuning out the pleasant babble and somehow kind of sequestering itself in a narrower space, where focused work can take place. Not only have I been able to get through boring work materials, but I'm seven chapters into Mike Carey's The Devil You Know--the actual written version. I'm very pleased about this.

2. Six days off work started this evening. A couple of them will be spent down at Lincoln City on the coast with my good pal [personal profile] roseambr. We always have fun at the beach.

3. An editing job has come my way. No pay--it's a swap: my time and talent in exchange for credit and referrals as I try to launch a side business. The manuscript is a health program based on some very interesting dietary restrictions. It's passionately presented by the healthcare professional who has designed it, but she's not a writer. I can see a future for myself in ghostwriting, frankly.

4. Is this pingback function on LJ new? For the first time today, I got an email notification that someone had mentioned me in a LiveJournal post. I like it! I hope DW is considering something of the same kind.

I'm testing it again right now: emeraldsedai

ETA: Nope, no pingback. Hm.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


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Jul. 4th, 2013 04:46 am (UTC)

So, any pings? *g*

That ping has been around for quite a while but it doesn't always give you the pingback. And I'm not sure whether it works with only entry posts or in comments as well.
Jul. 4th, 2013 04:48 am (UTC)
It worked! Seriously, I have never seen this feature before today.

It didn't work when I mentioned myself in my own post, but it worked when you mentioned me in this comment, and it worked when someone else mentioned me in a post.

Hmmm. Thanks for testing!
Jul. 4th, 2013 08:16 am (UTC)
It sounds as though your discovery of Coffitivity came just at the right moment for you to work on the editing job - synchronicity! Given the quality of your writing, I think you have a great future as a ghostwriter / editor.

Jul. 6th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And yes, this just-so background noise is really opening up some doors for me that I thought age or hormones or the internet had permanently closed.
Jul. 4th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
Notifying you when someone posted a link to your LJ has been around for a while (you had to turn it on though). I was unaware of the mentioning thing. That could be interesting and could be a bit weird, depending on what's said and if you really want to know and whatnot.
Jul. 6th, 2013 07:20 pm (UTC)
What's odd is that I didn't turn anything on. It's been AGES since I even looked at my LJ settings. Experiments show that it only works if a) you're not mentioning yourself and b) the mention is made directly in LJ. A mention in a Dreamwidth crosspost doesn't seem to have any effect.

Also, I'd assume that if you wanted to bypass someone else's pingback settings, you could just mention them without the user tags.

All in all, I like the pingback function. Google Plus (and, I'm pretty sure, Facebook) give you an easy way to see where you've been mentioned. In my world, it's a good way to join more conversations. I suppose in the brutal world of high-school cyberbullying, it could be a terrible thing.
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