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My first live journal entry... [Jun. 24th, 2007|08:39 pm]
Stephan

Well, I don't really have a lot to say.  I only joined in the first place to keep up with friends who were already here.  Unlike most people who dive in and post madly, I'm very uncertain about how all this technology works.

My full name is Stephan Cottrell (yes, that's Stephan with an "a" not an "e").  I'm single (eligible bachelor), born in the closing months of 1969 and running out of time to get married before all my hair falls out.  I'm of average height, have grey-blue eyes, brown hair (gradually turning silver).

I'm marooned in Australia, in a job that isn't very inspiring (although it could be worse).  I graduated from an IT course in 1991 just in time for the recession and my career has been an uphill battle ever since.  I currently work as a junior Administrator in a company that deals in market sensitive information, and that means I can't discuss what I do (it's not especially interesting anyhow).

My interests include Australian wildlife, especially kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos and possums.  Until late 2006 I used to regularly attend a wildlife sactuary but my job eventually encroached into my private life and spare time.

I also have a keen interest in railways, especially freight locomotives of the 1970's.  You'll always hear me talking about how our rail system (both freight and passenger) is falling apart.

You've probably realised by now that I have a sarcastic personality, which is reflected in the comic that I started recently: "Kaustic auZzie Notes."  http://sauerpuss.anobviousdistraction.com/  Michael Sauerpüss is one of two characters who represents my personality.  He's a foxaroo (fox / kangaroo hybrid) because I regard that as being a good mix for his personality.  The other character is Sebastian Sauerpüss, his adopted brother, but he wont be featured in the comic for several months yet.

Being sour on the outside doesn't mean being hard on the inside, and I hope people will grasp this as they read the comic.  It also points out that bad things happen to good people.

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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-06-24 12:59 pm (UTC)
And you said you don't have anything to say ;)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-24 01:28 pm (UTC)

Scat cat! :P

:P

How about clueing me in to the way this stuff works? For one, how do I block anonymous posts?
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-06-24 06:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Scat cat! :P

To disable comment settings, go here:

http://www.livejournal.com/manage/comments/
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-24 09:23 pm (UTC)

Re: Scat cat! :P

Thank you! I've set up those options.

Any other tricks of note? :D
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-06-24 10:53 pm (UTC)

Re: Scat cat! :P

You could always add the icon Soryane drew to your icon list. Don't know how often you'll use it, but it's good to have in case.

The only other thing I can advise right now is adding more people to your friends list ;)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-25 12:59 am (UTC)

Re: Scat cat! :P

Yesss... :( that's what I've been trying to figure out. Is there a screen that allows me to type (or copy & paste) usernames in to register as friends?

Also... what effect does this have? :|
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-06-25 01:45 am (UTC)

Re: Scat cat! :P

At the top-right of this entry page, there are two blanks under the LiveJournal logo. One is a text box that says "Find" and the other is a dropdown menu that says "Site & User". You can type the name of the person you're looking ford (for example, james_b) and click "Go". That will take you to that user's profile page.

At the top of the white space on the profile page (before the header), there is a light blue rectangle with a row of grey square buttons in it. You want to click the button with what looks like a head and an orange plus sign; on the next page, click "Add" and you're done :)
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2007-06-25 01:49 am (UTC)

Re: Scat cat! :P

As to the effect, if you go here:

http://scottrell001.livejournal.com/friends

You can read the latest entries of all your "Friends" and keep tabs on them. For a few suggestions...

the_gneech, james_b, kelloggs2066, tiger_t, iamme_uk, alaskawolf, decakrdcanine, maxblackrabbit, dewhitton, goodluckfox, makovette, and probably a few others I've forgotten (OE, any suggestions?)

Joining groups is a bit more complicated. I'll save that for your next lesson ;)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-25 05:03 am (UTC)

It's hard work having friends

marmoe, ccdesan, susandeer, neverwench and secoh.

Poor Marmoe gets forgotten all the time... :(

I looked them up on Scott's profile! :D
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2007-06-25 03:02 pm (UTC)

Re: It's hard work having friends

Me, friended? Right back atcha! ;-D

Thanks for the sympathy. :) Geckos usually have to be content with not being stepped onto. ;-)

When you write entries to your live-journal, you can decide whether you post them public, friends-only or private (your eyes only). There is a small drop-down list somewhere on the edit page. You can always go back to your entries and edit their content and the public/friend/private setting. You may notice, that some people are more, other are less prone to share personal details. Remember, google is your foe. ;-) Oh, and you cannot edit comments you make, you can only delete them.

There is an extensive FAQ section for livejournal. Very useful are two livejournal specific tags:
  • An lj-cut allows you to hide part of your entry from being shown directly. This is useful if you have a long entry or large graphics and don't want to clatter other people's friend pages. An example:
    Intro/teaser to a long entry
    <lj-cut text="Read more...">yadda yadda yadda yadda </lj-cut>
    optional concluding remarks
    The lj-cut will show as a link to the full version of the entry. The link text is your choosing. You can use multiple cuts within an entry.
  • When you want to refer to another livejournal user such that other readers can easily access that livejournal simply type <lj user="marmoe"> to obtain this: marmoe. More info here.
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[User Picture]From: marmoe
2007-06-25 03:03 pm (UTC)

Re: It's hard work having friends

Almost forgot: Welcome to livejournal!
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-25 09:34 pm (UTC)

Re: It's hard work having friends

Thanks Marmoe!

Ugh! The learning curve! :( Have I got my work cut out for me now!
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[User Picture]From: oceansedge
2007-06-24 01:55 pm (UTC)
Welcome to LiveJournal :)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-24 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I'm not sure what I'm doing here, but like most experiences I guess I'll learn as I go.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2007-06-25 06:15 am (UTC)
Glad you could find your way this far.

One method I've found for finding people is reading other peoples' Friends pages.
(I found you this way myself)

The numerous help buttons (blue circles with a white question mark in them) give information from the FAQs to help with specific problems (and their FAQs are rather extensive, so if you can't find the answer immediately, you can check there or ask here ;).
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-25 07:36 am (UTC)

Thanks CFM

Thanks CarlFoxMarten, good to see you here.

I get lost easily on websites, but I'll take a look around.
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2007-06-26 10:20 am (UTC)
welcome to the world of Livejournal :) dont worry a lot of folks dont have too much to say many times on their LJ buts its all good :)

i hope to hear more from you, and i wish i was down there
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-26 12:16 pm (UTC)

In Australia?

Hi Alaskawolf! Really great to hear from you!

I posted again yesterday, but I'm worried that I've posted incorrectly and that nobody else can see it. Can anyone veryify if they see a post for yesterday entitled "Kaustic auZzie Notes episode #5 is prepared" ?

Surely you don't mean you wish you were in Australia? Trust me, the Matrix essence wore off years ago.

I wish I was in your hemisphere. You'll note from the CTC forum that due to Pony's (very important) career transition that Ponycon 3 had to be pushed back, and due to the Kellogg's (equally important) moving shop it couldn't be pushed back very far. Sadly, this lands it squarely at a time when it's holiday season for BOTH continents, ramps up the airfares, and thereby exceeds the foxaroo's meagre budget. Short explanation = I can't go. Short exclamation = "Waaaahhhh!!!!"
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[User Picture]From: dewhitton
2007-06-28 03:14 am (UTC)
You could always ask your render questions here. I'm sure you'll get answers from real artists who know what they are talking about.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2007-06-28 09:09 am (UTC)
Mmmm.... I think I'd better wait until I'm able to start the FORUM. There can't be that many people in the universe who would want to view Stephan Cottrell's LJ.

There's a bloke who does very impressive things with Moray, and runs a comic called "Bugs..." :P

I don't want to attract too many people to the comic in its current state. I'm hoping Bill Redfern doesn't have to shield his eyes from GG1 ver 1.0.
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