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25 September 2013 @ 09:07 am
Sad news, fellow snigglers:

Dear Alison,

My name is Helen Smith and I am Neil's sister. Unfortunately I am contacting you
with the sad news that Neil died suddenly last week. I am not sure when he was last
in contact with you but in recent months his health had deteriorated. We knew he had
developed some problems with his heart/circulation but no one had realised quite how
serious these were. We believe he suffered a massive heart attack.
I'm sorry I don't know how Neil became friends with you but I do know that he valued
your friendship. I would be grateful if you could let me have a contact address as I
may need to contact you further.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Smith
17 January 2012 @ 04:11 pm
Usenet/ssm is not posting my stuff.  Five of maybe eight or nine posts in the last week haven't shown up.  Anyone over there know what's up or who I should talk to?  Or if there's any way to figure out if it's a problem on my end?
03 September 2011 @ 12:43 pm
Facebook appears to be down, at least for me.  Could this be true?
Sucky timing, while we're trying to coordinate emergency relief here in Vermont.
Anyone know?
I guess it'll be up before this message gets out??  Hopefully.
05 August 2011 @ 12:00 pm
Originally posted by james_nicoll at Signal Boost
Originally posted by [profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

21 July 2011 @ 02:32 pm

Just sent out an email to everyone that I think is coming, and a few people I wasn't sure about.  If you want on the email list and didn't get it, speak up.

Nine days!!  Possibly lN2 ice cream, which would be a blessing on a day like today.

18 June 2011 @ 09:37 pm

Oh [usenet/dw/lj] gods and goddess of geekdom:

I'm looking for a statistics software package for college students.  We've apparently got a few things but none of them are exactly what we need.  The stuff that comes with Excel is not quite good enough (no, I don't know why; it's another prof who's requesting it).  We had, once upon a time, a Mac-based program called StatView that did a pretty good job, but again wasn't perfect.  I think we have something that requires the user to write the program for each data analysis, which is a bit more work that is really necessary (or desired).

28 May 2011 @ 10:44 am

Neil is out of the hospital!  He's got a post in ssm.
12 May 2011 @ 10:34 am

Well, it was a tough choice.  I ended up having to choose a weekend that more than one person couldn't make.  I hate that, but there really wasn't a better option.

BoN will be Friday July 29 to Monday August 1st.
Anyone not already on the email list who wants on, please speak up.

Anything special we should do, or is hanging out in the wildflower meadow eating chocolate and other delectables good for y'all?

(Anyone reading not know what this is about? just ask)
04 May 2011 @ 02:34 pm

I've sent out an email to schedule the weekend - it comes from setameeting.com and, at least in my email, has one of those "unknown date" comments in the time/date field; I hope this doesn't mean it will end up in your spam box.

If you didn't get it and want to give your input on when BoN will be, let me know.  If you didn't send me your email address earlier but want in, I can add you.

02 May 2011 @ 08:31 am
[how did I not manage to get this onto lj yesterday?]

Okay.  So it seemed like a number of people could make the weekend after the 4th of July, but a few can't.  We might tentatively set it then, but I want to try to set the weekend for as many of you as I can.  And I'm no longer so sure about the later weekends that we already discussed.  So I'm going to do this a different way.

If you want to come to BoN, send me your email address. Email it to my email address (if you have it) , or respond to this post with a cleverly (but not too cleverly) disguised version of your email address.

I'll be sending you all something from setameeting.com, and you can click on the days that you're available.  I hope that will pin it down pretty quickly.  I'll just be putting up one hour on each Saturday for simplicity, but BoN will, as usual, go from Friday evening to Monday morning.

So, I'll wait for your emails.