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December 6th, 2002

The rich pageant of Livejournal revealed Itself to me this morning, as I reviewed all the different community advertisements available on community_promo. I felt like playing that children's highway game in which one counts license plates or cows, except that I would count the words "emo", "Harry Potter", "deviant", "fanfic", "Cobain", "loves cats" and "dark".

During November, the nanowrimo community lodged dozens of entries a day about the National Novel Writing Month project.
Before the month began, the posts hovered on "how do I name my characters" (I liked the dada generator suggestion best) to "first publication--blood oath or sacred vow?". As the month went on, the posts seemed to fit one of three molds--"post your word count here" (a curious one, since the website for the game already had a word count monitor), "I've done so much and I'm going to/have finished" and "Damn! I'm quitting!". I loved that project, and it appeared far too often in my own journal, and yet, I did find some odd comfort in the notion that "gee, people are even more keyed into this than I am". Meanwhile, the nice person who runs the livebearers community just set up a poll about the community, which is cool, except that the poll is really virtually the only post the community has had for months. I've posted my two cents about the Miracle of Feeder Guppies, more than once, but how many guppy posts can one man make?

I still have some deep seated Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland "we should put on a show" type desire to be a personal community Svengali, but I'm afraid that all my communities would have names like "notsurewhat_emo_means" or "endlesslywordypeople".
If you could have any TINY wish by which you did a small good for someone other than yourself or a relative or close friend, what boon would you grant?

Miss America contestants, after all, get to wish for world peace. But if we think much smaller, what non-material gift would you give?

My tiny wish?

that the California woman I know who perpetually failed the bar examination passes it next try, and uses her law degree as she intends to do to help others.

There must be some problem with my monitor

For some reason, when I put on my LJ user info, the "friend of" list shows that marstokyo deleted her journal. This must be a mistake, the modern equivalent of TV static malfunction, as I'm sure marstokyo knows or must know how important her journal is to my everyday reading here on Livejournal.

When I was five or so, my family got its first color TV. I remember that the TV installer used a wand-like device to test the quality of the color. I somehow got the idea, though, that the little hand-held electric device he was using somehow magically "put the color in" to a black and white screen.

I believe that marstokyo is one of those users who "puts the color in" my LiveJournal experience. Accordingly, I am sorry to see her journal down, and very hopeful that we soon see her journal up and running.

My new maxim for the world to follow? Filter, don't delete.
My old maxim? That part about not letting the bastards get one down.

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