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Voice posts, Purple rhinos, +1, Header contest, Blurb discount!LiveJournal

We're excited to see a new design on the top of LiveJournal before we celebrate Gay Pride weekend with a rainbow header! As we get ready to join the parade, Frank would like to take a moment to commemorate the one-year passing of the King of Pop. Tell him your favorite Michael Jackson song or video, and he'll give you a glittering hand.

Important stuff to know:

  • Header design contest: We've extended the deadline to submit original header designs to June 30th, so keep on posting to remixed. Images should be 900x90 pixels and should not violate copyright protections. Please incorporate the LiveJournal logo and menu template (you'll find them posted to the Profile page). The winner will be awarded 2,000 LJ Tokens. Finalists will receive 1,000 LJ Tokens. All other participants will get 500 LJ Tokens (only one award per user). We thank you for sharing your talent!
  • Oh Canada: We're relieved happy to announce that Canadian users should be able to record voiceposts longer than 60 seconds. If you're a Canadian user who uses this feature, we hope you'll try it out and let us know in comments if you can record voiceposts longer than a minute. We're still working hard on this issue, and we hope to get this resolved for all of our international users.
  • gulf_aid_now: We're always delighted when we hear about LiveJournal users joining together to use their powers for good. gulf_aid_now is currently hosting an auction to help clean up the devastating oil spill (LiveJournal has donated three annual paid accounts). If you know of other communities that are making a positive difference, please give us a holler in comments.
  • +1: We've introduced a '+1' button on lj_photophile to help select photos for the weekly polls. We're eager to get your input on this new rating tool! Please comment on the latest photo poll to let us know what you think.

We've scored soccer balls for our paid users!

We've been hearing a lot of adrenaline-pumped rants and raves about 'football' lately, so we figured we'd get in the game. If you have a paid or permanent account, you can send five free soccer balls from Thursday, June 24th, at 4pm, PDT, until Monday June 28th, at 4pm, PDT! You'll see both the free and the $0.99 balls displayed until you've dribbled them to your friends. Please send only one at a time. In other words, you'll need to complete check-out and start a new order for each ball you kick. If you're not receiving vgifts (from friends and/or Frank), you may have disabled them. To enable vgifts, visit Edit profile (under Profile), scroll down to the bottom of the page, and check your settings. Have a ball!

Give a purple rhino to support PFLAG pride!

In honor of Gay Pride week, we've welcomed back a dear friend: the beloved purple rhino. A little-known symbol of support for LGBTQ civil rights and social dignity, LiveJournal will donate 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of this vgift to PFLAG (we'll cover the payment processing fees). We thank you for helping us make a difference.

Blurb hearts LiveJournal users!

Blurb is offering LiveJournal users an exclusive, one-time discount on all purchases. While you can use this coupon to buy any of Blurb's wonderful publications, we highly recommend their LGBT collection. To take advantage of this special discount, please enter the appropriate code at checkout:

  • For USD, enter LJRN16, for a $15.00 discount
  • For GPB, enter LJRN16U, for a 10.00 discount
  • For EUR, enter LJRN16E, for a 10.00 discount
  • For CAD, enter LJRN16C, for a 15.00 discount
  • For AUD, enter LJRN16A, for a 20.00 discount

For our featured photo and more fun with Frank & Meme, we'll catch you under the cut!

Photo of the week

Congrats to zhent, who won our 26th lj_photophile poll. Click here to vote for the next winner, who will receive 500 LJ Tokens! A second round of cheers for awaywithpixie, who won our first themed photo contest. We hope you'll post pictures on her chosen theme: Repetition.

Doggone Tiger Tale

When we last joined Frank & Meme, they had stumbled into Dr. Fox while attempting to leave Alpha Stein's hospital room. Although Alpha's condition had stabilized, Dr. Nan was left holding the bag, until she pinned Dr. Fox as the owner of the lethal seafood. Upon consulting their loyal advisors, the couple decided to hire Dr. Tiger Sagitarius, a leading forensic pathologist who specialized in pre- and post-mortem pomeranian investigations.

While Frank and Meme awaited Dr. Sagitarius’ arrival, Stan seized the opportunity to take the soapbox. "I think it’s abundantly clear that the owner of the tin foil swan is an attempted killer! I demand to know who ate the shellfish at the Roar Bar on the afternoon in question!"

"Well, I ordered the seafood special, which was fried lobster tail," Dr. Nan promptly confessed.

"I had the frozen tofutti, so it wasn’t me," Meme followed.

"I ate zhe crab cake," Dr. Fox mumbled. "But you are forgetting one key fact," his voice escalated. "It vaz Alpha Ztein who ordered zhe sloop du jour, vhich contained zhe dreaded tuna. Zhis meanz zhat zhe poisoned herzelf! Case closed!!"

"How do you know what she ate?" Frank demanded.

"I am a doctor. Zo, I took zhe liberty to read her medical recordz."

"You can never trust Fox news," roared Dr. Tiger Sagitarius, who pounced on the group out of nowhere, wearing a fiery red lab-coat, her red-painted claws shimmering. "If you examined the patient’s records, you would know that there were two shellfish incidents. You would also know that the sloop du jour contained tuna, which is not a crustacean, so it could NOT have triggered her anaphylactic shock. The culinary culprit for both events was oyster!"

Before Dr. Fox could evade the question, Alpha Stein jolted up in her bed, scanned the room with wild-eyed fervor, grabbed her chest, gasped "Murderer!" and plunked down flat on the bed.

Nurse Chi Wa-Wa and Dr. Nan raced over, each grabbing a limp paw. "I’m afraid it’s t-t-too late… She’s g-g-gone." Dr. Nan shook with tears. Dr. Fox rushed over to console her, but the nurse shooed him away, hugging her tightly.

Dr. Sagitarius is now requesting your insight on who may have poisoned Alpha Stein. Send her your thoughts, and she'll float you over a bouquet of balloons.

Thanks for joining us. We'll see you next week!
Tags: +1, blurb discount!, frank & meme, header contest, photophile, purple rhinos, voice posts

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