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2008 in review. 
2nd-Jan-2009 11:40 am
El Jay
I'm sure you'll forgive relative radio silence recently: two very important women showed up in my life within a week of each other and on top of that there's been end-of-year shenanigans. I do hope you all had a great New Year's Eve and if you had solstice related festivals before then, that they were enjoyable and peaceful and rejuvenated you for the new year.

It's traditional at this time of year to do a couple of memes. I don't feel like doing the questionnaire thing: I know for myself where I achieved and let myself last year, and I know what I want for the next year, and for once I'm pretty confident I'll manage it. It's a good feeling for the year. But I can do the year-in-review-through blogging meme. The first line of each month is commonly used, but I'll take a prompt from matgbMat Bowles and go with the most commented entries.

So in January, I happened to mention shatterverse and ask for certain characters, which prompted a lot of question and answer sessions. Shatter is still going, of course, and it's low impact, low commitment and easy to app for. So if you want a anything-goes post-apocalytpic game that won't eat your life, consider it. I also talked about Organ Donation as well, and about how I a) support an opt-out system of organ donation, and b) have trouble sympathising with people who don't wish their organs donated. I still hold these, but am learning to be more sympathetic in the case of B. These are, I hope, separate opinions in my mind: obviously everyone has a right to dictate what happens to their body after death; it's just the opt-out donation system makes saving lives the default, rather than being incinerated.

In February in a fit of crazy, I deleted my entire friendslist and re-added them all. That was the most interesting thing of the month, apparently. Otherwise, I just rambled about what happened to me in 1994 and 2001

In March, liennePyth demanded I blog about chocolate, so I produced a picspam. Rather regrettably I made a tongue in cheek comment in the intro over-emphasising the difficulty finding decent chocolate in the USA, which proved controversial in the comments.

April started with me mentioning the misogynistic blog of BNP member Nick Erikson, which produced a few anonymous BNP trolls and we all had fun. Don't you wish they'd stayed to actually continue the discussion?

In May I saw Iron Man. And quite frankly, Iron Man rocks, and if you disagree, you're wrong.  There were more comments when I decided not to participate in those 'comment in my post and get your friends to comment to you' memes, and just asked people to comment in my journal. That hardly counts for inclusion in a year review, though.

In June, the most important thing by a mile and a half - of the entire year of course, was the announcement of the impending arrival of the InnerNiece.

July saw the release of the latest work by Joss Whedon: Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. And wasn't that just absolutely full of love-it-or-hate-it? Especially the female character Penny, prompting me to declare her made of Marmite.

In August, prompted by who knows what, I waxed philosophical about the story of Little Red Riding Hood in a victim blaming culture.

In September, I, like the rest of the world, couldn't shut up about the American election, but I was also linkspamming, and trying not to let Lee Griffin's wall of ignorance give me too much of a headache as I bashed my head against it.

In October, I described in detail an aspect of what it's like living with my brain.

In November, I was talking about what a lot of people were talking about. Hooray for Obama, shame that we still don't have equal rights. Now, I'm still cautiously optimistic about the California election specifically: This was a huge improvement on the previous time they voted to outlaw equal marriage, but they still voted so that a lot of rich and powerful people had their rights taken away from them, and now get to fight it in precedent-setting high up arenas. It mobilised the LGBT rights community and people have been seriously analysing the fight and where to go from here. A battle was lost, but it might turn out to be a loss that gives us the advantage.

In December, there was a lot of discussion about my post covering different birth experiences, prompted by the possibility of orgasmic birth, but comment-wise, this was eclipsed by the news of my own sister's birth experience and the arrival of Abby.

Anyway, Bing's still asleep, and I should probably wake her to maximise the about of time I get with her until the inevitable, so stay safe, guys, and I'll be back before I'm ready.
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2nd-Jan-2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
Semagic does it for me with just the hit of a button, but really it's just:

<span style='white-space:nowrap;'><a href='http://username.livejournal.com/profile'><img src='http://stat.livejournal.com/img/userinfo.gif' alt='[info]' width='17' height='17' style='vertical-align: bottom; border: 0pt none;' /></a><a href='http://username.livejournal.com/'><b>name here</b></a></span>
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2nd-Jan-2009 01:44 pm (UTC)

Yes, I think I may have to.
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