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So long; and thanx for all the fish

I am writing these words with the finality of betrayal that one usually feels when switching soccer teams - or whatever Australians do instead. After years on this address, the time has come to abandon Livejournal for something swankier, more manageable and, ultimately, more transparent.

We LJ-ers were always a bit more tribal than the other blogging communities. We could befriend one another, filter our posts so that only our friends could read them; it was, in one word, all very high school. I've had Mono no Aware since 2001, and it has been many things. For a few years, while I was moving countries and cities more erratically than I change music taste these days, Mono was literally my most permanent address, the best place to find me. I made friends on LJ, not to mention partners.

To cut the sentimentality short, that's the end of that. Livejournal has been changing hands since, roughly, 200...5?, and every change has been for the worse. It wasn't so much the lack of perks, but failure after failure of LJ to provide the minimum acceptable working conditions for a self-respecting blogger, from search and archiving options to design freedom. And then came the advertising... The moment I looked at this URL from a public computer, and found it smothered with advertising I had never asked for nor approved, I was going to leave.

I will continue writing on theatre and dance on Guerrilla Semiotics, an infinitely more pronounceable URL (if you have ever seen me trying to explain the spelling of 'misonou' and 'aware', you will be as relieved as I am), and a much more disciplined design commitment.

At GS, you can find my last articles: reviews of Shaun Tan and Jason Lutes's graphic novels, and an article on Woyzeck, currently playing at the Malthouse.

So long,



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Feb. 14th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
E, ne znam. Možda je prošlo vrijeme javnih dnevnika... Tko će ga znat.
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Feb. 14th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Nicholas Varchausky. Zašto?
Feb. 14th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
This will encourage more trips to Melbourne!
Feb. 14th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
I am flattered, but how does a new website encourage travel to Melbourne?
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
I saved GS on my bookmarks, :-)
vorrei chiamarlo "nuovo inizio" ma non so se è appropriato, in ogni caso, leggerti è sempre un piacere, quindi ben venga il nuovo luogo.
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My name is Jana P and Mono no aware is my soul HQ.

I've lived in Croatia, Venice (Italy) and am now stationed in Melbourne, Australia; I blog in many languages, to many people.

I'm a web-designer; translator; journalist; good cook; light traveller; free thinker; street make-up artist; hitch-hiker; amateur photographer; prolific kisser; fighter of bureaucracy; theatre-goer; writer of love letters; failed japanologist and a prospective urbanist.

I'm interested in the relationship between words and images, between mind and space.

These days, I write mostly on spatial theory and theatre.

I can be contacted at relatively [at] gmail [dot] com.
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