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04 June 2007 @ 02:37 pm
Me, Myself, and I  
This is one of my periodic attempts to keep my various internet selves all organized and accounted for. (It doesn't work, but I think the effort is what counts, don't you?) So, if for some reason you want to find me somewhere else:

I'm thefourthvine on InsaneJournal.

I'm thefourthvine (just for variety) on GreatestJournal, and I'm also keeping an off-site backup of my LJ posts there. (Thanks for the kick in the ass to do that, brown_betty. And if anyone else is wondering how to do it, and do it easily, I used Betty's helpful instructions.)

I'm thefourthvine (Look, I don't like change, okay?) on GoodReads, where I'm experimenting with reviewing some of the published stuff I read. Notes: these are not considered, thoughtful reviews, they are not consistently positive reviews (or even consistently not frothing at the mouth reviews), and at this point they're also pretty haphazard; I've just been clicking around until I feel the urge to review coming over me. Also, I'm brand-new to the GR thing, and I'm making mistakes; people who have already friended me there have been spammed with reviews of older books. I've figured out how not to do that now. But other mistakes are inevitable. Join me now and you can point and laugh! (And tell me what to read, too. That would be nice.) ETA: I really am entertainingly new to this. Apparently I'm TFV, not thefourthvine, on GoodReads. Perhaps I should change my name to "easily confused by text boxes."

I'm thefourthvine (Consistency is a virtue. It's a foolish consistency that's the hobgoblin of little minds, thank you very much.) on IMEEM, too.

And I'm sometimes littera_abactor right here on LJ. (Well, I had to have one different name. It's a rule. I think. I, uh, kind of lost the Official Internets Rulebook, v. 3897.144. Please don't tell on me.)

...And I think that's all of me. I'll look around and see if I've got any more of me lying on a virtual shelf somewhere, though.

Soon: a return to actual recommending! Probably! Or maybe meta! Content, is my point. (Oh, content, how I've missed you.)

ETA2: And cofax7 and bluevsgrey have reminded me that I'm TFV on del.icio.us. Apparently I need skilled professionals to help me keep track of myselves. This can't be a good sign.
 
 
 
some nouns and the occasional propositionainsley on June 4th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)
Since you're clearly very attached to your username (not like I'm not ainsley (or ainsleybee, if some jerk took ainsley) everywhere), I'm curious: what's its origin, and what does it mean to you? Does it have some significance, or is it just a phrase you like?
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
Well. Okay. Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there was a girl who had been following fandom for a bit, and she wanted a LJ. Only for the friends list! To keep an eye on many journals at once! No posting whatsoever! And there would definitely be no recommending or anything. No. Of course not. It'd just be an empty watcher journal. So it didn't matter what the name was.

But she was still kind of scared to get a LJ, and so she waited until very late one night (or, more accurately, very early one morning), when she was half drunk, to sign up. And, as she kept reminding herself, this wasn't like a real internet pseudonym; she wouldn't be using it for anything. Not even for comments. No, no, a thousand times no.

So, being drunk and dumb and deeply in denial, she picked the first name that came to her mind. Which happened to be a really bad pun on her real name.

And what can we learn from this? Don't pick your username when you're drunk, dumb, or in denial. You'll end up with a lame name that is nonetheless so inextricably welded to your internet identity that you can't even imagine changing it. And the odds that you will use your fannish pseudonym somewhere, somehow, somewhy are very, very good - I don't care what you tell yourself now - so oh my god please learn from my sad example and pick a decent name. There are many good ones available. I know, because I've been making a list of them for three years, thanks to my severe case of Good User Name Envy.

*sighs*

If I wrote A Newbie's Guide to LJ Fandom, that story, with accompanying lesson learned, would be featured prominently on the first page, I'll tell you that for free.

(All that said, though, I have grown attached to the name. It's who I am in fandom. And, well. It's useful, too. If I ever start thinking of myself as even a tiny bit cool or with it, my user name is right there to remind me that I am a dork of uncommon size.)
(no subject) - delurker on June 5th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - delurker on June 6th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - delurker on June 6th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - melannen on June 5th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - vito_excalibur on June 5th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - raisintorte on June 5th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - raisintorte on June 5th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - best_beloved on June 6th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ainsley on June 6th, 2007 08:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
xjestx on June 4th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Hi.

I like the reviews you post here so I've friended you on GoodReads. Hope that's okay.

Jest
tried to eat the safe banana: Bookthefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Of course it's okay! Very much encouraged, and it makes me happy. (But, um, just as a warning: the reviews I post there aren't, and won't be, like the ones I post here. I don't want you to be disappointed.)
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tried to eat the safe banana: Bookthefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
Yay! I have added you. Soon, I will have a whole network of people providing me with book recommendations. This is my fiendish plan. *rubs hands, chuckles evilly*
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
KRIM: brains?bitter_crimson on June 4th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
*flaps arms* I hope you don't mind people friending your other LJ as well. I greatly enjoy your sense of humor in your rec posts here, so I thought I'd do so in order to provide more amusing material for myself. :D
tried to eat the safe banana: Smilethefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
I love it when people friend my LJs. All friends welcome, that's my motto, and I hope you enjoy my posts on my other LJ. (They are, um. Kind of a motley collection, actually - fan fiction and girly TMI and dog stories. Whatever didn't seem to fit here, basically, and I get more confused about that every day.)
grime and livestockcofax7 on June 4th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
::cough:: delicious ::cough::

Content would be lovely.
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
Right, del.icio.us. Of course. I, um, knew that. *looks shifty*

*edits post hastily*

See? It's right up there.

(Oh, content. How I miss you. When will you return to my loving arms? Or, more specifically, my loving fingers?

...And, great. Now I'm halfway to an anthropomorfic where I Mary Sue myself with content. Run!)
braver_swallow on June 4th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
I'm really curious where "thefourthvine" came from, now that you mention it.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
You can see the whole sad story up in my response to ainsley. (I'd provide the actual link, but LJ is being seriously annoying, all, "La la la, I won't post that comment, and if you click here, I will hang for two minutes for no reason you can fathom, and then I will make random chunks of text disappear! How much do you love me NOW, little fangirl?" So, um, sorry not to be more direct, but if LJ is willing to work for you, the explanation is just a few comments up this page.)
penknife: anvilpenknife on June 4th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
I got halfway through signing up on GoodReads and it started throwing a 500 Server Error message. Clearly I broke the Internets. Will check it out later and see if it has recovered.
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Ah-ha! So you were the one who broke the internets! I had been wondering, because wow, it's being seriously tetchy with me.

*gives you the evil eye*

Go apologize to the links and string at once, and I don't care what you have to do to make up with it; it's taking its resentment out on all of us, and that just won't do. Let this be a lesson to you: when you fight with the internets, everyone loses.

(And when you've made up with our internet overlords, do join me on GoodReads! I'm really interested to see what you've been reading.)
bluevsgreybluevsgrey on June 4th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Your TFV on del.icio.us, right?
tried to eat the safe banana: I sleep with computers.thefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
Man, I have too many internet, um, thingies. Thank you for reminding me!

*adds it*

*does not get to post this comment for several hours afterward, on account of LJ being a total twerp*
(no subject) - bluevsgrey on June 5th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Super Caffeinatedchrome327 on June 5th, 2007 12:16 am (UTC)
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
Um - I think LJ is working better now, if you want to have a try at reposting the comment. (All I'm seeing is a blank comment, which is impressive - and supposedly impossible! - but I want to know what you had to say!)
(no subject) - chrome327 on June 5th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Risha: Sqabbitrishabree on June 5th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
Hopefully you don't mind, I just friended you over at goodreads - it seems like suddenly everyone on my friends list is making an account over there.
tried to eat the safe banana: Bookthefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Hi! I'm delighted to be friended!

And, yeah, suddenly everyone is over there. Probably because LJ is being such a DINK that we need something to distract us.

Although it appears to be fixed now. *crosses fingers*

*kicks DDoS perpetrators*
(no subject) - rishabree on June 6th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Solosolo on June 5th, 2007 09:35 am (UTC)
I friended you on GJ and on IJ; please do let me know if that's not okay, though. I don't want you to feel stalked!
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV bluethefourthvine on June 5th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Of course it's okay - totally encouraged, in fact. The whole point of posting this information is so that we can all keep track of each other in other walks of online life. (In other words, if it is stalking, I am all for facilitating stalking, I guess.) Now I will not lose you if LJ disappears on us! *clings in embarrassing fashion*
gigletgiglet on June 5th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Two comments:

Apparently I need skilled professionals to help me keep track of myselves. This can't be a good sign.

You need to read Set this house in order by Matt Ruff.

Also,
a lame name that is nonetheless so inextricably welded to your internet identity that you can't even imagine changing it.

Near the end of The Big Con (which you should also read -- it's the source for most of the really fun stuff in the script of "The Sting"), David Maurer talks about con-men's monikers. The gist of his argument is that once a moniker is suggested and accepted, it sticks to the bearer far more than a mere legal name.
Advection: whooadvection on June 5th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for pointing to brown_betty's instructions! I will thank her too as soon as I've backed up to GJ, which I'm going to try to do sometime when traffic's low. Way cool to be able to do that.
petronelle on June 5th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Your username has always made me think of the fifth column. Maybe the fourth vine twines around it.
some nouns and the occasional propositionainsley on June 7th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
As I have distinct sheep-like tendencies, I added you at goodreads, under the name (surprise!) ainsley.