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There's a lot going around about the mixing of Facebook, Twitter, and LJ. Pingbacks to hopefully let us know it's happened, automated cross-posting of comments to locked entries, and other oddities.

I'll state what I hope is obvious:

  • Anywhere I'm EmberLeo I just sort of assume folks can find me anyway. If my post is public, then the comments naturally are as well. Therefore I don't particularly care if a public comment to a public post in my EmberLeo journal gets linked to my EmberLeo Twitter account, though I'm not that deeply involved in Twitter. (You might not want to cultivate the habit, though, since a lot of other people don't like this.)

  • Do make sure, if you're referencing one EmberLeo account to another, that they're both actually me. There are other EmberLeos out there. DeviantArt's EmberLeo is NOT me, for example, and neither is the one on AOL.

  • If I'm NOT somewhere, or if you know I am somewhere but the account name is NOT EmberLeo, don't connect the accounts. That goes for my alternate LJs connecting to Twitter, and connecting my LJ to Facebook in any way.

    Lastly, and most importantly:

  • If an LJ post is locked in some way, DO NOT cross-post your comments to it, eh? I would hope that's obvious, but just in case it's not, don't do that.

Like I said, I think most of my friends would consider this a given, but I prefer to be clear.

Edited to add: Oh joy, the pingback message sent as a comment to a public post apparently quotes the entry that linked your post. The problem there? If the linking page is a locked entry, it quotes it anyway. So fair warning, folks: If you link to an LJ entry in your locked post, it may generate a pingback exposing some of that content to people outside your filter. As far as I can tell, turning off pingback in your own journal will not prevent someone else from receiving a pingback notice generated by your having linked to them in your locked post.

ETA2: Aha! It seems there's a note in the FAQ that says that turning off Pingback in your own journal WILL prevent pingbacks from being generated by your own posts, locked or otherwise. Good then! While turning off pingback does mean you won't get notice if somebody else links to you, it also means you won't generate privacy-breaching notices when you link to someone else in a locked entry. I think I'll turn off pingback now.


Trip/Method Emissions Calculator?

Dear Lazywebs,

A friend of mine is looking for a calculator that you can enter in how far you're traveling and by what method, and get back what your emissions footprint will likely be. Carbon in particular, but I think things like Methane are also of interest?

Anybody know of a resource of this nature?

If none exists, what would it take to create one?


Let Your Light So Shine

One of my students posted this quote as part of a longer post. I thought it was very appropriate for a wide variety of reasons:

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Marianne Williamson



Revisiting an old, wonderful post

I'm digging through my journal for unrelated reasons when I find a post linking to this post about attitude by Siderea.

I swear, I should print it up and post it somewhere handy - it bears reading and re-reading at least once a year. Perhaps more often.

If you haven't read it recently, or at all, seriously, read it, and read it again. Especially if, like me, the darker side of life gets the better of you more often than you'd like.

And once again thanks to siderea for so often writing essays like this that continue to serve long after they're made!


Must be the middle of summer?

So the funny thing about how my particular SAD seems to work is that Summer isn't actually my best time of year. My best time is Spring, and I'm pretty good in late fall before Winter hits.

Winter is obviously my worst time. But I seem to have the opposite problem in Summer - my mood is just fine, but I can't much focus, I'm easily disoriented, and my time sense is kind of wonky. I'm likely to know what time of day it is ok these days, but may not know what day of the week it is, and I've been known to lose track of what week or month it is in the past.

What does all this mean for you, dear reader? Hell if I know! But I'm sorry if I flake for no apparent reason (I do try really hard not to do that), and I apologize if I'm easily confused, especially by things that involve trying to arrange my time. Please believe that it does NOT mean I'm mad at you! I'm probably quite happy, just kind of... I don't know... yeah... that.

There are a few things I've committed to that I'm making sure I don't lose track of, and I want to be clear that my vague floatiness should not interfere with those serious commitments. It's the lighter stuff that's in danger of being confused, misplaced, or forgotten. Serious stuff has enough gravity to keep me and it from floating away.

If that makes any sense.




The Vocabulary of Divinity.

Last night bellacrow asked me what the difference is between "Powers" and "gods". I feel pushed to write out my answer and post it here, with the usual caveats that this is my understanding and perspective - it's an educated one, but nevertheless a biased one, etc. etc. blah blah.

It depends on how you define the words.Collapse )

An analogy: Chess vs. Checkers.Collapse )

Historical Baggage FTLCollapse )

Ohhhkay, this is getting... interesting?

No lions yet, I'll note, but this morning I had the third dream involving a Big Cat in what? Two weeks?

First: Jaguar! OMG!Collapse )

AnalysisCollapse )

Second: Tigress! OH NOES!Collapse )

AnalysisCollapse )

Third: White Tiger Cub! AWWW!Collapse )

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Input is welcome!

I wrote most of this up for a student of mine who has grown so much in the last few years, but still has those days where it seems like nothing ever goes anywhere, and it's just not worth it. I learned whatever of this is true both from my own personal experience and from discussing such topics with other friends who have their own histories. Two friends in particular contributed to my understanding a great deal, but I'll not name them here out of respect for the sensitivity of this topic.

I hope this is of use to others: 6 stages in rebuilding the ability to trustCollapse )


Link: How we get stuck in Sick Systems

If you have ever been in an unhealthy, abusive, and/or codependent relationship with a partner, friend, organization, or place of employment, this journal entry by Issendai will probably sound very familiar.

If you are currently someplace stuck, stressed out, unable to find your way out of your hole, and simultaneously feeling obliged to stay because others depend on you, and feeling badly mistreated by the very people who depend on you, read this. And read the comments to, or at least skim them - a lot of folks have added useful input and examples to further elaborate.

The thing is, I think almost everyone I know has been through some variation on this - it doesn't take malice, it just takes bad habits, desperation, or sloppy thinking.


Of Angels and Demons

It begins as a righteous, seductive angel whispering truths. We believe we know what is right for all. We believe we hold the greatest knowledge. We believe we are authorized to choose for others what we are and are not comfortable with them having. We believe that our cause is so right that any effective methods we find for executing our plans is justified. We listen so constantly to our instructing angel that we will not stop to listen to anything else, or even stop to think about what it tells us. If we are lucky, someday we finally stop and listen for a moment, think, and look at the angel that has guided us for too long.

In time, the angel is stripped of its beauty, revealed a demon all along. The demon terrifies us, and for a time rules us yet, for it is still seductive, but now also coercive. As we begin to resent its power over us, we rebel, push back, fight the demon, and even attempt to banish it outright. This denial never works, for the demon is resident within us and cannot simply be ignored. It continues to whisper seductive lies, intimidating threats, attempting and all too often succeeding to control us.

The problem that stymies us all is that the transformation isn't in realizing that the illusory angel was in fact a demon, and rebelling against its false righteousness. The transformation is in really seeing the demon for what it is and understanding why it thinks it's right. A demon is only telling the truth it knows. It is a demon because the only truth it knows is lies. The transformation is in comprehending the demon, and in doing so, finding compassion for the deep fear it represents. The transformation is in forgiving the demon for its deeply mistaken views, and thanking it for trying to help. The transformation is in releasing the demon from its false ideals and fears, grounding it in compassion, and allowing it to become the angel it always meant to be.