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LiveJournal Major Notes: LiveJournal: The First Decade, AIDS vgift fundraiser, LJ_Photophile poll!

LiveJournal: The First Decade

Just in time for holiday shopping, we're thrilled to announce the release of our ten-year anniversary anthology. Published by, the book showcases a decade of extraordinary talent drawn from LiveJournal users around the world. This must-read compilation features stories, memes, photos, comics, editorials, graphic content, and more, including:

  1. Excerpts from Oh No They Didn't (a/k/a ohnotheydidnt), the largest community on LiveJournal, covering celebrity gossip, entertainment news, and pop culture
  2. A look at post-Katrina New Orleans from the journal of Poppy Z. Brite
  3. Gripping narratives, including a poignant reverie on a blind date
  4. Photography that spans the globe, ranging from old-fashioned Polaroids to underwater photography
  5. Mouthwatering dishes from food_porn

What began as a late-night inspiration back in Brad Fitzpatrick's college dorm in 1999 has grown to encompass nearly 25 million users worldwide, with journals and communities covering every conceivable hobby, passion, and topic. To get your copy, please visit the Blurb Bookstore. For updates and entries from book contributors, please join lj_turns10.

Tweaks and enhancements

  • You can now ban a user from all of your communities and journals at once. To access this feature, hover over the person's userpic and choose Ban user everywhere from the drop-down menu.
  • Follow LiveJournal on Twitter!

Give a little to help a lot!

In honor of National AIDS Awareness month, we've added a new charitable vgift. For each red ribbon you purchase for $2.99, we'll donate 100 percent of gross proceeds to (the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative) to support the development and global distribution of an affordable HIV vaccine (we'll cover credit card fees). You can read more about IAVI at lj_cares. While we're on the subject, we raised $740 from our November fundraiser for Love Without Boundaries, which supports emergency healthcare and adoption of Chinese orphans. We thank you for helping us help others.

Photos of the week

We're back with more incredible pictures from our super-talented LiveJournal photographers. Congratulations to ilya_gorokhov, who is the winner of our very first lj_photophile poll.

We hope you'll continue to post, vote, and comment! A gentle request: Please post only one photo at a time and limit size to 350x350 (so images display properly on friends pages). And now, without further ado, get ready to cast your ballot and view more awesome user content after the jump!

Poll #1493690 LJ_Photohpile: Photo of the Week

Tell us your picks in pics!


Spotlight community of the week

Who let the cat out of the bag? If you've got something hairy to share with your cat, hightail it over to note_to_cat and watch the fur fly!

Conquer Writer's Block

Here are excerpts from this week's most popular question of the day:

Is there any song you'll never grow tired of hearing? If so, what is it, how long have you loved it, and why?

  1. Oh, easy. Could be anything off Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti', but I'll pick one from another time in my life: "Since I've Been Loving You" - Zeppelin.I heard it for the first time when I was about 11, but it became more important later in life. The soulful guitar solo intro, the gritty, bluesy drums and singing. This is Robert Plant at his very best, and Jimmy making his Gibson Les Paul truly wail with passionate love and pain.
  2. "Full of Grace" by Sarah McLachlan. It's the song that made me fall in love with music. I was 12years old and I can't even remember if I'd heard it first or if my mother, not paying attention, accidentally bought me a non-country album, exposing me to the wider range of music available to me ...
  3. Replay by SHINee. Because its meaning is sooo great. They love a girl who is older than them. And I am also in love with their lead dancer, Lee Taemin!!!!
  4. Bittersweet Symphony. When this song was new, I was in Germany.The lyrics describe some of the hurt I was experiencing there as well as the glory, the utter freedom, the anonymity of being in a place without knowing many people,or the language.It was bittersweet.There in heartbreak, but THERE...
  5. Bob Marley - Dont worry, be happy )))
  6. "Colorblind" - Counting Crows. I've loved it around 9 years now. It stole my heart from the very first moment.
  7. Joni Mitchell's "In France They Kiss on Main Street"...I've loved it forever, and the tune , the lyric and the sentiment (not to mention the tempo) lift me up...cause we were rollin, rollin , rock & rollin....
  8. i want to name some beautiful song with profound lyrics and an insane depth of melody by some obscure artist no one has ever heard of... but in truth, the answer to this question -- the one song that truly has stood the test of time with me -- is......."as long as you love me" by the backstreet boys...
  9. ra ra rasputin by boney M. since forever. because it's AWESOME.
  10. "Hallelujah", originally written by Leonard Cohen, and sung by many other talented artists and amateurs such as Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and Allison Crowe. Ever since I first heard it - in Shrek


Thanks, again, for joining us. Stay safe and snug out there!

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