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Yesterday was January 18, 2012, which was my 10th anniversary on LiveJournal. By sheer coincidence, yesterday was also the day that many online sites went dormant to protest pending legislation in the US Congress. Wikipedia, which "went black" yesterday, naturally has an entry on itself, so I'll refer you to read up about it if you happen to be viewing this article in August 2014 and have forgotten about that kerfuffle. Yesterday's online outage is a coincidence for me as I have been contemplating for quite some time my own dormancy regarding posts on LiveJournal*, so there's really no time like now to pull the trigger. Consider this journal to have a blackout over it from here on out.

There will be no plans to delete this journal, nor do I have any plans to stop commenting on other people's journals. Sadly, there aren't that many active journals here as compared to five years ago, so in a perverse way, this relative lack of activity will help me keep up with the people whom I care about. If I'm not commenting on specific journals on LJ, here's where I'll be online:

Blog: Take 5, D.
Twitter: dskasak
Flickr: stannate
Facebook/Google+: (you should know my name by now)
MetaFilter: stannate
Tumblr: Formosa Metal Pig

With that being said, best regards. No more--the end.**

This Livejournal: January 18, 2002 - January 19, 2012

*Further navel-gazing contemplation, and an obligatory link to my parallel sign-off of the BBS world, can be found at this LJ post.

**The italicized phrases are translations of the 92 Code used in this post's subject line.
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Nearly three years later...

...and one name change, I'm doing my bit to further nostalgia by contemplating a return to LiveJournal. The big question for me is, who's still here? Please raise your electronic hand to reply. Thanks.
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Diss, Inc.

disincorporation: to become removed from an incorporated state or status; usually in reference to cities or towns relinquishing their powers to that of a larger body of authority.

After lots of thought, combined with a major catalytic event, I have decided that unless something major happens to change my mind, my 10th anniversary on LiveJournal--January 18, 2012--will be my last. This site has seen better days, and the periodic outages due to Russian political hacking (for lack of a better term) doesn't help in keeping a steady site active. Posts will continue here on an irregular frequency until 1/18/12, whereupon I'll most likely tie my site up with a pretty bow, gift it with tin and diamond jewelry, and most likely call it a day.

My membership and participation in other social media will see some large changes in the not-too-distant future. In short, if I can't get to the site through my iPhone, or if socializing is made difficult by the interface on the iPhone, I'll either stop hanging out there or I'll streamline with whom I'll interact. Please take this post as open amnesty to defriend me without any feelings of guilt or explanations on your part.

The catalytic event mentioned earlier happened last month when, after nearly 9 years of online interaction, my friendship with n0nnahs was ended...and yes, the passive voice here has its place. Without dwelling too much upon it apart from this entry (and comments below), I'm not too happy about it ending, nor am I happy with the lack of communication from n0nnahs to explain what happened. It's possible I had acted like an asshole, or it's also possible that the friendship faded with time and distance, or even that there was a total misjudgement of character on either side of the ocean. I don't know the answer here, because communication with n0nnahs has been largely one-sided over the last...well, couple years. Likewise, n0nnahs's responses during those last couple years have been passive-aggressive and confusing--allowing me to be friends-only on LJ yet blocking me on Twitter in February, responding to comments on Flickr yet not responding to comments made in her LJ. Head-scratching, yes? When the de-friending happened in July, I was quite confused for a while, then it slowly dawned upon me that her actions was her paggro way of saying, "Good-bye and go away." I wrote an e-mail saying good-bye in turn, though since I bear her no malice, I simply wished her luck with her future endeavors. Sic semper trepide*, I suppose.

Anyway, the point of bringing up the end of the online relationship with n0nnahs wasn't to air my dirty laundry in a lame attempt at stirring up high-school level LJ drama. This ending of contact was the catalyst that got me thinking about how online participation plays a role in my current, almost 40-year-old life; it still matters to me, but I have less and less time for the Sisyphean upkeep of multiple communities. Such online jugglings have been problematic before, but increased demands at my job and desires to do more with photography have put paid to the amount of free time I have. I just want to use it more effectively, and not have to feel like I'm going through a slog of updates, comments, photos, and replies out of duty. Often, the only time I have to view various social media is through my iPhone, hence the requirements stated earlier. I will be whittling down my connections on various sites, like Flickr and Tumblr and Twitter, and probably canceling some outright--seriously, has anyone gotten anything out of LinkedIn? When I have the time to spare, I want it to count for something, dig?

So yeah, that's the story for my eventual disincorporation from LiveJournal as of January 18, 2012. Consider this a really early notification. More posts, most of which will be behind the "paywall," will follow shortly.

*Latin experts, please correct my pidgin attempt at saying, "Thus always in confusion."

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What We've Learned (aka Looking at 2001 from 2011)

What's this? A post? Well, yes, but only as a reminder to view the somewhat-overdue summation and reflection upon the Ireland trip from July 2001. If you're not interested in reading, I even threw in a music video to provide a brief distraction! Additionally, while the trip to Ireland receives its Monday-morning quarterback review, I still manage to find time to make a nod toward Hungary in the post. Confused? Curious? Want me to stop writing this entry? Then please, Gentle Reader, check out and find out more.

[Whew. Project OVAH. Now back to titties and beer and updating this Dreamy Wide Live Journal on a semi-regular basis.]

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Ireland trip diary entry: 24-25 July 2001

Welp, here it is--the last of the daily updates. Today covers both 24 July, featuring a stop at Waterford Crystal, the ruins of St. Kevin, and my last night out in Dublin, as well as the family flight back to the US on 25 July. American-style dates will now commence. Check it out at

Later on this week, I'll do the write-up (no pictures) for "2 Nights in Killarney," followed by my full reflection 10 years later (again, no pictures) entitled "What We've Learned." Thank you for reading and viewing up until this point. If you'd like to look at the full, 225-picture set of the Ireland trip, please do so at

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Ireland trip diary entry: 23 July 2001

Oops. I'm a little late with the 23rd's entry. Sorry! Tomorrow's entry on the 25th will cover both the 24th and 25th, which happened to be the last day in Ireland.

The 23rd saw the family in the rather grim-looking town of Cork (and Cobh), then onward to that famed tourist stop of Blarney Castle. Read on at

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Ireland trip diary entry: 22 July 2001

I started the day with a bit of a hangover. It was followed by more partying and celebration, but at least for today, I had an excuse. The entire point of the Ireland trip was to discover for ourselves the towns where my grandfather's parents had lived. Today was that day of discovery and celebration. More at

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