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7th April 2006

New LJ features

  • 7th Apr, 2006 at 3:15 PM

LJ have just announced some excellent new features:

The userpic factory allows you to upload a JPG photo of any size, and easily crop and resize it to create a 100x100 pixel userpic, useful for those who don't have access to imaging software though I won't be using it.

The navigation strip is a feature you can turn on or off for every LJ you view, and for anyone vesting your LJ (or community). It puts a strip across the top with useful links: go have a look at my journal to see an example of your navigation bar. What's particularly cool is access to any friends filters you yourself have set up. Click on 'View my friends page' (i.e. your friends) and you'll see a drop-down list of any filters you've set up, plus journals only, communities only, syndicated feeds only. I bookmarked mine ages ago for easy access, but this is great; I can go straight to many of my favourite LJ functions.

And they've fixed memories. I thought they were working a lot better. :-)

Ficlet: Detained

  • 7th Apr, 2006 at 4:16 PM

A bit of silliness for last week's b7friday topic of spring, 200 words not about the season.

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Birthday meme

  • 7th Apr, 2006 at 11:09 PM

From altariel, matildabj and glitterboy1:

Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday (month and day, excluding the year). List three facts, two births and one death in your journal, including the year.


A depressing lot, but I chose these:

  • 1789 - Mutiny on the HMS Bounty. Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew sets sail for Pitcairn Island.
  • 1947 - Thor Heyerdahl and five crewmates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia.
  • 2003 - Apple Computer's iTunes Music Store launches, selling 1 million songs in its first week.
Huh, all have a nautical theme, metaphorically in the last case.


A much better crop. It was hard to pick (Jorge Garcia!) but here you go:
  • 1906 - Kurt Gödel, Austrian mathematician (d. 1978)
  • 1948 - Terry Pratchett, English author

I hadn't heard of most of them, but here's one who had it coming:
  • 1945 - Benito Mussolini, Italian fascist dictator (b. 1882)

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