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Marching and lameness [Nov. 17th, 2008|08:12 pm]
Beemer
Just backed up my journal out of paranoia over the big data move tomorrow and realized that I've been on LJ for more than four years now. Wow!

Saturday Jerry & I went down to Denver for the No On 8 support protest march stuff thing. Woo! I liked making a contribution to visibility by being a part of the crowd, but I determined that I'm really not good at that kind of activism. I'm just temperamentally unsuited to it. I also determined that I am terminally unfashionable. I can recognize fashion, I just can't keep up with it. Anyway, it was a little outside my comfort zone, but I'm glad I went.

Today was pretty much a waste. I presented my poster at a colloquium thingy at CU. Had to get there at 8-ish to put it up, my poster session wasn't until 1:30, and basically nobody came and looked at it. I think that was partly due to bad placement (mixed in with unrelated posters, room layout had circulation problems) and partly because it wasn't really all that appropriate for the meeting but the organizer said "sure, come join us" when I asked whether the topic would be of interest to that crowd. Dude, that's why I asked. Most annoying was that the account on the guest wireless crapped out on me at lunch so I couldn't even work remotely, as I had planned. Feh.

Ah well. Tomorrow should be better.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-11-18 03:01 pm (UTC)
It's great that you went outside your comfort zone to speak out. I'm not good for protest marching either. I tend to get all hinky in crowds, but once I'm there, I realize I am part of a greater whole that cares about the same things I care about. It helps me deal.
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-11-18 03:28 pm (UTC)
The being part of a large, visible crowd bit is fine for me.

It turns out that chanting while marching and singing "Give Peace A Chance" and stuff like that sends my contrarian impulses into overdrive and triggers... hmm... 'embarrassment sqiuck' is really not the right name, because there's no element of self-consciousness to it, but it's something akin to that.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-11-18 03:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay. I get that. I don't mind stuff like that because, coming from a large and sometimes embarrassing family, I have learned to just let that shit go. I just hate crowds because I feel like I'm in the way all the time.
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[User Picture]From: goddessdster
2008-11-18 03:33 pm (UTC)
dig your panda
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[User Picture]From: ng_nighthawk
2008-11-18 04:02 pm (UTC)
I always hate that any attempt at protest has to focus the message into a few words. There are very few areas where my thinking can be accurately compressed this way. So, take an Iraq War protest: my position would be,

"Send the troops home!... but first assess the political stability and undo influence of Iran and Syria and make sure we're not leaving a humanitarian crisis to reform, and make sure we've passed along what infrastructure we can before we leave, and we should make sure we maintain a good support network for diplomatic and logistical advances in the region."

Hmmm... Maybe I should stand on Speer with that on a placard and see how it goes.
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[User Picture]From: kev_bot
2008-11-19 04:26 am (UTC)
Tell me how you backed up your journal. I'd really like to do that. Is there a way to do it on a Mac? Yey four years! Tomorrow is a better day!
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[User Picture]From: dr_tectonic
2008-11-19 04:51 am (UTC)
http://fawx.com/software/ljarchive/

It was super-painless, but sadly I think it may be Windows-only.

On linux/mac, you could use wget to pull down a copy of your LJ (wget's entire purpose is making local copies of websites), but getting it not to follow all the "reply-to" links is a bit tricky. There are instructions here, but they're a bit, um. Hackery:
http://antennapedia.livejournal.com/239955.html

You could always find a friend with a windows box, get them to install ljarchive, do it on their machine, and then copy the archive file...
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[User Picture]From: kev_bot
2008-11-19 04:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, Shawn has a PC. I will do this! THANK YOU!
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