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Since it's my birthday

I read yesterday that Flickr is about to change its retention policies, so I went there for the first time in quite a while to plan a kind of general rescue of my old photos.

The very earliest one was dated 2005, and corresponds to one of the first posts I ever made on LJ. Let's see if I can remember how to attach a photo to a DW post, because it's been a while since I had to actually write HTML to do that.

Prevent Bone Attacks
Okay. Here it is. I went out on my lunch hour one day in 2005 with an early digital camera (maximum image size 600 px wide), and thought this bus ad was funny enough to make a LiveJournal post. I was just getting the hang of even how to think about blogging, a word which etymonline.com tells me did exist by 2005.

So here we are, thirteen years later. I was an Old then and have gotten no less Old, of course, relative to internet people or in absolute terms. I'm 63 today.

Since 2005 I have retired from the job I took a lunch break from that day. The building I worked in for much of my career--behind and to the right of me as I took that photo--is under massive earthquake-proofing these days, basically an empty shell of bullshit postmodern architecture plus a famous statue, while all its 3000 denizens work in rented spaces around the downtown area. I don't get downtown anymore, so I haven't seen it. 

I've also written and published a novel and become a professional editor. I've built myself a little recording studio and become part of a podcast, the Story Grid Editor Roundtable, a group show of which my first solo episode just posted today.

So hello to all who've been more loyal to the DW/LJ platform than I have, and to those returning because of the impending Tumblr diaspora. And happy birthday to me. Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 5th, 2018 08:48 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
I've missed you!
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Thanks for sayin'. I'd like to be around more and shall make an effort. I hope you're well?
Dec. 7th, 2018 05:17 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
I'm in Grad school at Hollins University, in the Writing and Illustrating Children's Books program. I eventually want to move back to Oregon.
Dec. 7th, 2018 05:18 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Oh, wow! Is that as wonderful as it sounds? Because it sounds really fantastic! Good for you.
Dec. 7th, 2018 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
The school part is wonderful, the GA job that pays my tuition is very stressful. I'm trying to find another campus job that will allow me to stay in school without having to deal with student mental health issues.
Dec. 7th, 2018 10:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
I can only imagine how stressful that must be. Good luck finding something a little less fraught!
Dec. 7th, 2018 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Yes, I would love to find some online editing job that where I could earn enough for summer tuition and not have to do the campus job all year round. Its annoying that i can only take two classes only in summer because its a summer program. Also, I earn 6 classes a year and the extra four do not carry over to the next summer. Very frustrating.
Dec. 5th, 2018 09:58 pm (UTC)
There you are! Hello, hello! Things seem to be going well for you--yay! Since last we spoke, I became a grandma, feeling that with equal parts horror and good. ;D

Still here, doing the same things, though less frequently. ♥
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:08 am (UTC)
Congratulations! What a lucky grandchild to have such a fun grandmama.

That old fashion shoot photo of Jensen from the back in your icon is REALLY evocative...strangely nostalgic. Fandom keeps changing on me, dammit. It's a lovely image.

I've let my LJ paid subscription lapse, and all my lovely icons went with it. :(
Dec. 7th, 2018 07:25 am (UTC)
I read yesterday that Flickr is about to change its retention policies

Ugh, is it going the way of Photobucket? I've some pictures there, too.

And Happy Belated Birthday!!!
Dec. 7th, 2018 10:14 pm (UTC)
The change seems to be that free accounts will be cut off at 1000 photographs, while the whole service pivots to support professional photographers with paid accounts.

Makes sense--Flickr has always been the photo site of choice for the pros. For the rest of us, I guess there's Google and FB and whatever else out there for free.

I use Google quite happily for my photos, but unfortunately they don't play well with LJ/DW.

Edited at 2018-12-07 10:15 pm (UTC)
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