June 19th, 2008

Books

There really was cake.

My mom sent me a card. It plays country music when you try to open it. With my crafty hacker skills I was able to extract the check without fully setting off the trap. It was a sweet gesture...

faire_raven mailed me a short animated clip about an insane squirrel martial artist. I think. And sotto_voce did in fact conspire with [MySpace user] to provide chocolate cake. Thanks!

In the post I also received the RegEx Pocket Guide I bought from Amazon. A co-worker had let me browse his copy and I found it tremendously informative and wanted one for my kit. This month's manga is Death Note I and even the cover is rather stylized... I may try and read a few pages of that today.

Shopping was overall successful and I got some Targe't hummus as well as a tin of freshly wrapped tortollini (they were all out of the cute little quiche lorraine pies) and some barrettes. All this and more for an outlay of <$3 is pretty good :) However, the card did not smell of bananas as advertised.

Books

Pro Tip: Declare any use of posting filters

Here's a handy tip for those new to LJ or just forgetful. When you use LJ's (clunky) filters system to make posts that only some people can see, make this clear in the post, possibly in the first line.

Yes indeed you can use LJ features to set a post viewable by everyone (public), just you (private), just your livejournal "friends" list, or an arbitrary list of users (filtered). Many people use this last option to segregate their posts by audience or content, protect personal or secret information, or plan surprise events for their loved ones and direst enemies.

It is particularly in these last few cases that it is quite helpful to declare the filter and explain its' use. Any of various methods are fine to use so long as your intent is communicated. It's pretty common for people in long term relationships to have an everyone-but-alice filter (where alice is their significant other) for grousing, surprise parties, pre-nuptial planning, and such like. In these cases it is particularly important that those reading the post know that the target is not reading it, and whether or not it is to be secret from them. It is common to present a justification along with the declaration of the filtered group, but this is not strictly required.

Examples abound from the common "planning a birthday / anniversary / surprise funeral" to the more melodramatic. In extreme cases it might seem easier to just open up an additional LJ or community for the purposes of the exclusionary discussion. This is probably overkill. On the other hand I did exactly that with the pornographic material *shrug*, but I am notably prudish.

Thanks for reading and thinking. This, by the way, is a public post.