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Green Room - Week 30 - Day 7

Good morning!

Or maybe that's just me.

Why is everyone else looking like they are waiting for a bus to hit them? ;)

Oh, yeah - the Vote going on right now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/813319.html

Just relax. Check out the entries - read and comment. You never know who could be reading what you have to say. Silently judging you. ;)

Definitely get on over to the Killing Floor - where there are additional entries that have been posted for your constructive criticism: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/811580.html That would definitely be a good use of your time!

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Once all of that is done though, take a look at the site. Our Friends at SUP have been busy.

We now have the "Popular Entries" widget, where I add "Things you need to know". Right now it's those two links and the FAQs. I need a better term than "Popular Entries", so if you have one, feel free to offer suggestions.

Also, the Menu has changed. The Calendar and the Menu are still accessible from the Profile page, but I've never really understood why most community members would need to use those on a regular basis anyway. For the moment, I've replaced them with links to the Idol Store (for all of your holiday shopping needs) and the Patreon page. But if you have any good suggestions - let me know. (or more "theme names" for them. I think the "Be a Patron" fits pretty well though. :D)

I say "for the moment" because I'm not sure what else people might like to have available.

I'm not sure how I feel about what they did with the tags. Maybe it will grow on me.

Yeah, I know it's an incredibly meta Green Room. But there are a lot of folks who love meta. So this one is for you!

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What's been new and exciting in your life? (other than the sheer fear of the Gatekeepers!)

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roina_arwen
Dec. 9th, 2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
FIRST???

Green Room has been up for half an hour and I'm first? Gosh!

As far as new and exciting... um... I got nothing.

Edited at 2014-12-09 03:38 pm (UTC)
clauderainsrm
Dec. 9th, 2014 03:45 pm (UTC)
I received your Christmas card. That was pretty exciting!

Thank you.
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lrig_rorrim
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm liking the changes! Maybe a slightly more thematic term for "Idol Store" would be "Idol Swag"? "Popular Entries" looks SUPER handy, but yeah, the term doesn't fit. "Edited Highlights?" I dunno, I'm not really coming up with anything better. Maybe after I get some caffeine in me.

I am, indeed, nervous about gatekeepers. That's what they're FOR. I also have more time on my hands today, so I'll be over in the Killing Floor giving some feedback.

New and exciting in my life: I spilled gingerale on my super fancy laptop on Sunday evening. Freaking out commenced. Then my roommate did laptop surgery on it (hey neat, I shorted out the keyboard backlight...) and cleaned things up and sealed it up again. It's currently sitting upside down on my dining room table, hopefully getting rid of any excess moisture inside of it. That was, um... certainly exciting. I really hope it turns on and stays on and isn't broken. Even if it is toast, my old clunky laptop is working well enough for now, at least.

Other exciting things: I'm going to a white elephant party this Friday. I've never done that before!
gratefuladdict
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
White elephant parties are the best!!
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adoptedwriter
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:22 pm (UTC)
Off to Target to score some Xmas/ Holiday cards! That's what's new here. AW
clauderainsrm
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
I also received your card!!
Thanks!
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kehlen
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:27 pm (UTC)
The science institute I work in organizes a conference on plasma physics every year, and for the last 4 years, I've been on the organizing committee and doing more and more, well, stuff you do that it all goes smoothly.

The conference is mostly in Russian, but there are a few invited foreign speakers and a maverick of a Russian-speaking Belgian that comes every year, and it is termed "International", so besides the Russian book of extracts, we publish all the paper titles in English on the conference site.

So this year I will have to read through all the English abstract titles (all the 320+ of them) and make sure they are not completely outrageous. Joy. I can not even quite understand some of the Russian titles, because some people think it's okay to use work slang outside their immediate work group. *grumble grumble*

Edited at 2014-12-09 04:29 pm (UTC)
alexpgp
Dec. 9th, 2014 06:02 pm (UTC)
Well, you've been doing this for several years, so folks must be satisfied with your output, не так ли?

Cheers...
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gratefuladdict
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:33 pm (UTC)
I just started a 3 hour glucose tolerance test... Which means I'll be sitting in a laboratory reading Killing Floor entries and having blood drawn every hour.

I finished reading all the topic thread entries last night! It's a Christmas miracle!
clauderainsrm
Dec. 9th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
" Which means I'll be sitting in a laboratory reading Killing Floor entries and having blood drawn every hour."

I wonder if I can arrange for that to be a regular thing for readers. ;)
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clauderainsrm
Dec. 9th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
People from Seasons 2 and 3 might remember how people kept saying "WE WANT IDOL SHIRTS!!" and I kept shooting it down because it wasn't a practical idea.

Well, now it's a practical idea.

(1) Would anyone like to help design one/come up with the plans? (especially someone who knows the difference between Hanes Tagless, American Apparel, and Canvas/Premium Ringspun Tees. I've been playing with it a little bit, but of course my designs are very minimal and it being me, I keep trying to have a lower price than the cost, or just a tiny bit over that... so I'm not sure it'll be worth it other than "people who want shirts could have them". Which is pretty worth in and of itself.

(2) Not sure if anyone would actually be interested in this these days. (would have been better if I had seen this before Christmas. :D)

Anyway - email me if you want to help explore this option. But comment here if you have a strong opinion one way or the other about any of this.
gratefuladdict
Dec. 9th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hubby and I did some pretty extensive research into possibly starting a t shirt business a couple years back, so I know a lot about shirt fabrics and cuts and brands, as well as printing and selling methods. You're on your own for design, though!
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roina_arwen
Dec. 9th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
Holiday Cards!
I still have excess handmade holiday cards hanging around, so if anyone would like to request one, you can find the poll for it here in my journal:

Holiday Card Poll

I promise not to stalk you on Facebook or anything, unless you leave a comment stating that you want me to friend you over there as well! :)
beeker121
Dec. 9th, 2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Holiday Cards!
I keep meaning to post a "hey if you want a holiday card respond here!" but haven't gotten to it yet. Ah well, sending out cards that end up being for New Years is a proud tradition of mine.

I think it's nifty that you made your cards, that's a type of crafty I'm not but would love to learn.
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jem0000000
Dec. 9th, 2014 06:56 pm (UTC)
I actually do like the tags cloud -- it seems to bottom out at about a 14-pt minimum, which is a lot better than most of them, and it's much more compact than it was before. (Unless it's defaulting to browser settings, as I think my browser default is 14pt.) The "green room" tag does look really weird, being so big when everything else is the same size, though. Everything but that one just looks like a list with word-wrap turned on, though, which I like.

I like "Spotlight", that fits really well. :)
clauderainsrm
Dec. 9th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
The 14pt thing does seem to be the minimum. Unless you and I just happen to have the same settings.

There are *a lot* more Green Rooms than anything else. So it makes sense that it would be much bigger.

It does highlight the difference between what's important and what is common though. :)
reckless_blues
Dec. 9th, 2014 07:00 pm (UTC)
My lab comprehensive happened to involve the only two things I'm good at, so that was nice. =_= *yawns* I still wanna go home, though.
clauderainsrm
Dec. 9th, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
T-shirts
http://teespring.com/LJIdol

to see how much of a demand there actually is for this sort of thing.

If there are other styles/designs you would like to see in the future let me know!
tonithegreat
Dec. 9th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Re: T-shirts
In!
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lrig_rorrim
Dec. 9th, 2014 09:06 pm (UTC)
For the record, if you ever have to clean sticky stuff out of a macbook keyboard, for, you know reasons (such as being an idiot like me), this video is really handy.
theun4givables
Dec. 9th, 2014 09:27 pm (UTC)
I go to class for a few hours and the GR is posted and even active and I miss it all because my phone's 4g is acting up. *harumph*

Good news is I kept my coworker awake during (most) of the extremely boring class. :D And I wrote a couple of hundred words while I was there. Because inspiration hit hard this morning.
dmousey
Dec. 10th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Is there anyone else like me, who doesn't feel qualified to concrit the killing floor? I'm serious. I only have a tenth grade regular ed. I got my GED and then went(was accepted) to dental school. Not too many essays needed for that.:)
tonithegreat
Dec. 10th, 2014 01:24 am (UTC)
I hope people don't feel that way! I'm fairly well degreed, but I like getting concrit from anyone willing to take the time to give it. I suspect that I'm not as good at giving concrit as some of the folks here who do things like edit professionally, but I try to give my two cents anyway when I have time and inclination. You should too! I would guess that people writing in this game like to writing to the audience of this game, and that's you. So they/we want your input!
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jexia
Dec. 10th, 2014 06:50 am (UTC)
I am finding the Expand links are working differently - maybe going to the thread instead?
watching_ships
Dec. 10th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC)
I noticed the same and wondered if it was just me.
halfshellvenus
Dec. 10th, 2014 07:48 am (UTC)
I generally like tag clouds, though since there are only a few I'm ever actually trying to find over here, it's more info than I need.

I could not get onto LJ at all during work today, and I can't tell whether that was my office's doing or LJ being flaky. It's been logging me off periodically, which is usually a sign that breaking things some kind of maintenance is underday.

As a result, I'm behind in reading, and work has ramped up yet again. So sick of this project... :(
anyonesghost
Dec. 10th, 2014 12:43 pm (UTC)
That was happening to me too yesterday, so I think it's LJ. (Unless we work for the same [ The Company ], in which case, your guess is as good as mine.)
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