plonq: (Somewhat Pleased Mood)
One of the hardest things for me in moving from Livejournal to Dreamwidth has been giving up the bulk of my user avatars. That's not to say that I have bailed on LJ. I thought about it, and to my mind, the worst case is that they end up nuking my account. The vast bulk of my posts there were public postings, so if the new Russian owners decide to scan my journal for their own purposes, there is little they will find there that they will not also find here, or on a Google search of my on-line handle.

But I digress.

The point of this post was to whine about how I only have fifteen avatars available on a free account here. That's enough, or at least it should be enough. I think that I am spoiled from having close to 150 of them available at my fingertips over on the other journal service, even if I only used a dozen of them regularly. It was nice having the weird ones available, like when I wanted to post with the avatar of a baby smoking a cigarette, or a plastic nun with sparks shooting out of her mouth.

I have read that people can become paralysed by too much choice. [personal profile] atara and I became gripped by this phenomenon when we were shopping for a new television, and we spent months researching the best set before heading down to the store and staring helplessly at a wall of screens with such minuscule differences in specifications between them as to effectively be the same model over and over. We were intimidated into inaction by the illusion of too many options in a situation where there were very few choices of consequence.

I guess what I am saying is that I want to have the option of poring over a sea of avatars before picking one of the usual three that I tend to use.

I might buck up for a paid account here.
plonq: (Kinda Smug Mood)
I noticed some time back that my little mood icons had stopped working, but I chocked it up to some change in the way that LJ handles mood icons and added it to my list of things to fix when I have time.

When I started digging into it this evening, I discovered that it was not LJ that had changed, but the web site that hosts my images. My person web page has been hosted on my IP servers for over a decade, but apparently they decided to get out of the web hosting business and quietly shut it down without warning. The only things I had up there - besides my mood icons - were my archive of Plonq stories, and my First Church of Simba.

Now I need to add "check archive.org to see if I can find my stuff up there" to my next list of tasks.

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