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An antidote to some of the depressing things on the internet - Helen's journal and online home
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An antidote to some of the depressing things on the internet
The internet is full of things, some of them depressing or upsetting, but there are some little gems to be found. Someone on Google+ posted the link to this charming little animation based on a medieval manuscript about the life of the hedgehog.

It's in Latin, but there are subtitles.

Click here to see the explanation and the video.


Aren't the baby hedgehogs just adorable? :)




In other news, I have admitted defeat and set up a new Facebook account. So if you get a friend request from a Helen Hall using a profile photo as per this LJ icon, it is indeed me. I still don't like Facebook much and I'm not going to stop posting here, but I have been forced to admit that Facebook is where a lot of my online friends have gone and if I don't want to lose touch, I'll have to follow.

Also, I have a gmail account which I've had for many years. It's basically my name at gmail but quite a few other Helens think it's theirs! As well as all the misdirected email I receive, I've also had a couple of people attempt to set up Facebook accounts using my gmail address. I decided that the best way to stop it being hijacked was to use it for my own Facebook account.
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queenoftheskies From: queenoftheskies Date: October 25th, 2014 05:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
My gosh, those little hedgehogs are adorable. :)

I know many people from here have left for Facebook and I miss them. I consider checking them out on Facebook just to see how they're doing, but...

I'm glad you're going to continue to post here. :D
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am still not enamoured of Facebook, but there are people I see every year or so at SF conventions and they used to post regularly here but don't any more. Whether I will post anything there myself I don't know. I refuse to upload photos to Facebook due to their copyright policy, so my photo-posts won't be duplicated there.
seaivy From: seaivy Date: October 25th, 2014 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
no way would i go to Facebook so thank you for staying here!
yes, i have lost people to Facebook but there are many people i have NO desire to see again and with facebook's policy one can't control one's image
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am still not enamoured of Facebook, but there are people I see every year or so at SF conventions and they used to post regularly here but don't any more. They do seem to be active on Facebook now.

Whether I will post anything there myself I don't know. I refuse to upload photos to Facebook due to their copyright policy, so my photo-posts won't be duplicated there.
sartorias From: sartorias Date: October 25th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
How lovely!
lilairen From: lilairen Date: October 26th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a facebook thing, but its primary function is to provide dialogue with my children to their grandparents.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have had a family Facebook account for years for a similar reason. I'd never see photos of the grandchildren if I didn't follow my grown up kids on Facebook. But I have about 8 friends on that account and don't want to mix online/SF friends up with family and a couple of local people. For one thing, the way Facebook seems to work, I'd miss important family posts because they'd be crowded out by people sharing photos of cats or arguing about Gamergate or whatever the talking point of the day is.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: October 26th, 2014 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah I had a facebook suggestion to befriend you yesterday, I'll put the request in. I'm Alison Goodchap
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know whether you did send a Friend request, but I didn't get on. Anyway, I have sent one to you. Thankfully you have a much less common name than I do! Apparently there are over 1400 Helen Halls on Facebook.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: October 27th, 2014 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Goodchap is an uncommon name, there is only 3 families in the UK, one in Australia, one in NZ and one in the US. The last one is a cousin. Of the three families in the Uk most of them stem from Hereford as mine does.

Anyway after seeing you pop up on my feed, you disappeared, but I have you now. :)
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: October 26th, 2014 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
As I've said before, I'm not drawn to Facebook. I did try it a few years ago but it was like being shouted at by people I barely knew who couldn't spell. ;)

But. I realise it's power as a marketing device & if I do Kindle Dora I'll need an author profile. I may yet have to bite another bullet. The privacy issues concern me though. I know it's possible to set up your FB so it's relatively controllable. What concerns me is Facebook's privacy policies which sound like a joke.

Like you - I have friends there. Friends who have decamped from LJ & although they are technically still here, rarely show up. I miss some of those interactions.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am still not enamoured of Facebook, but there are people I see every year or so at SF conventions and they used to post regularly here but don't any more. They do seem to be active on Facebook now, hence my setting up the new account.

I've had a family Facebook account for years because otherwise I'd never see photos of the grandchildren. I have literally about 8 friends on that account and don't want to mix online/SF friends up with family/couple of local people.

For one thing, the way Facebook seems to work, I'd miss important family posts because they'd be crowded out by people sharing photos of cats or arguing about Gamergate or whatever the talking point of the day is.

Whether I will post anything there myself I don't know. I refuse to upload photos to Facebook due to their copyright policy, so my photo-posts won't be duplicated there.
paragraphs From: paragraphs Date: October 26th, 2014 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is what happened to me about a year ago. First it was my yahoogroups husky group that moved over there, sigh, then a few friends from here migrated there and I missed them - some went to tumbr too but I just haven't gotten into that as well. And then my local nano group is on there, and my local writing group as well, and then I discovered my city has a great Remember When... group, and dang it, there I am. GROWL. LOL. I am Carolyn Gray on there and I do NOT post political, threatening (prove you love me!) stuff, nor do I do silly games. Would love to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.gray.184007
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have found and added you! I've had a family Facebook account for years because otherwise I'd never see photos of the grandchildren. I have literally about 8 friends on that account and don't want to mix my much larger number of online/SF friends up with the family/couple of local people.

For one thing, the way Facebook seems to work, I'd miss important family posts because they'd be crowded out by people sharing photos of cats or arguing about Gamergate or whatever the talking point of the day is.

Whether I will post anything on my new account or not, I don't know. I refuse to upload photos to Facebook due to their copyright policy, so my photo-posts won't be duplicated there. If I actually make any progress with my writing, that might be something to talk about though.
davesmusictank From: davesmusictank Date: October 26th, 2014 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well i am definitely not movingto FB although I do occasionally post there.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whether I will post anything on my new account or not, I don't know. I refuse to upload photos to Facebook due to their copyright policy, so my photo-posts won't be duplicated there. If I actually make any progress with my writing, that might be something to talk about though.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: October 27th, 2014 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
*loves, loves, loves*
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: October 27th, 2014 04:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those hedgehogs are adorable, aren't they? :)
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