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I am home, and it was fun, and... yeah. Weird. I kinda wish I was back there. It was simpler. And I felt less like crying. Though more like hitting things and committing sororicide.

Anyway, Fifty Shades Fucked Up On A Stick will return soon.
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Before I start, I'd like to get my musing on. Also, I'd like to apologise for any spelling errors- I've been trying to edit, but lj is eating my letters.

Read more... )
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I'm starting to think that my anti-depressants are working a tad too well. When you end up with a :D face for ages, you're either really happy or flipping around like a crazy bitch. Then again, my life has been kinda weird lately- I've got this weird sore patch on my mouth, I vacuumed and managed to bump into everything and drop the fucking thing on my foot, and my door handle stopped working, so in classic dad style, he removed it- but we don't have a replacement, so now I've got a hole in my door and it won't stay closed. My life has been pretty fuckin' odd.

Yeah, there's no point in this, I just wanted to remind you guys that this isn't just a spork-journal. On that note, I'll be trying to get my Three-Ring Binder MST's back, so keep yourselves updated!
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So, I lost a friend today.

Before you start getting all 'Oh my God you need to warn for death!', I don't mean that my friend died. I mean that I was forced to ditch her due to an irredeemable clash of opinions.

By which I mean, she's transphobic. And I am not happy. 

Cut for discussion of transphobia. )
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*sigh* I hate how we're all so bloody cynical that we can't tell the good from bad. Problem: a guy on a forum I like has appeared to have attempted to pull a scam on us. And we're not happy. But of course we can't tell whether or not it's really a scam. Except that it looks like it was. *sigh* I hate everything sometimes.
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In recent news:

1. My sister and I are having an almost-relationship again.
2. University's been pretty good (apart from the timetable, which is a bitch).
3. I haven't yet had any screaming matches in ethics, but we're doing abortion at some point, so I'll wait.
4. I've recently got into the That Guy With The Glasses fandom (by which I mean I'm actually writing fic instead of just prompting it on the kink meme) and I joined the Treehouse. This is going to be fun.
5. I am kitten, hear me roar.
6. There is no number six.
7. Harry Harrison died. May he forever rest in peace, and may he pull off continual unhindered capers of such magnitude that we can only dream of.
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Fairy tales are fucked up, man.

I don't just mean the old ones where people got killed and tortured and all that shit. I mean the messages they send. And not just how heteronormative they are. Let me explain.

I read a very intriguing article on Cracked where the author stated that part of the reason men get angry at women so often- and resort to throwing 'slut' and 'whore' around so often- is because from birth, they're raised to believe that they will get the girl. Think about it. In teenage fiction, in fairy tales, how does it end? Boy gets girl. Girl will unfailingly fall for boy, she probably won't have a personality to speak of, there will be no doubting or mistrust or actual romance or any of that shit. Boy gets girl. That's the end of it. And then the guys grow up and don't get the girls. The girls don't fall into their arms and fuck them at first sight. Many simply aren't interested. Others aren't into guys at all. Many think they're horrible beings of chaos. The boys' expectations are crushed. They are left frustrated and confused. This does not make them happy.

Some of them turn out to be gay, and then they have to deal with a world that doesn't endlessly support the idea that guys can be in love. This can end badly.

And the thing is, it's not just the guys. The girls grow up believing that they'll find their Prince Charming, and then they come to the realisation that many guys (not all, but quite a few) are crude, dickish, sex-obsessed wankers. The ones they think are Prince Charming are probably arseholes. The ones they won't look at are probably the closest thing they'll find to a Prince Charming. This does not make them happy.

Some of them turn out to be lesbians, and then they have to deal with the same things that the gay guys do. This can also end badly.

And some of them turn out to be bisexual, and then they get to deal with looking for Prince or Princess Charming, and quite possibly getting shit from all sides at once.

My best friend once told me about a play she was in at high school. The play was Picnic at Hanging Rock, and though it was an all-girl school, they decided to get some drama students from their brother college in to play the guy parts rather than giving them to the girls. Those guys basically were in heaven, surrounded by girls who couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet guys who weren't their friends' arseholish little brothers. My friend, who I believe was always gorgeous (in her opinion, she was gawky), got ignored by the guys. A couple of months ago, she encountered some of them in a bar. My friend has grown into an absolutely gorgeous figure of womanhood, while the guys, (she said) were fugly. And she felt pretty damn good, thinking about how they ignored her for being unattractive and contrasting it to the way she looks now.

The point of this is... well, it's a long story. See, last night I was thinking about a plot for a story where Apple, a girl, steps in to help out Mango, a guy, who is in a really bad place and needs help that he isn't getting. (Names are there for lulz.) With Apple's help, Mango gets his life back on track. They fall in love and get together.

And then I had a thought. "Hang on," thought I. "Doesn't this sound like a reward for Apple? 'You helped him get his shit straightened out- congratulations, your reward is him.'" 

That was a pretty fucking disturbing thought. At first I thought, 'But that's not true. Spending so much time together helped them to form a bond. They've been friends and helped each other and such. It's not like she's his therapist and they had no other relationship but still got together." But the more I thought about it, it did seem like it was true: girl helps guy, and her reward is a relationship with him. Hell, it happens in reverse in a lot of stories- girl gets the guy as a reward for overcoming the plot, no matter how much or little interactions and attraction there was beforehand.

And then I thought of one of my former favourite series, David Eddings' Belgariad/Malloreon. I wrote an entire post about how fucked up that series is (along with almost everything else he wrote), and one of the major reasons I hate it now is because of the Prophecy. The Prophecy of Light basically spends the story making sure that the shit that needs to get done gets done. It rewards people who carry out these tasks with long, happy marriages.

Maybe that doesn't sound too bad. But to me it sounds like sexual slavery. "Sorry, I don't care about your opinions- some chick helped me out, so now you have to marry her. Cheers!' 

I can think of a couple of examples- in Rick Riordan's series The Heroes of Olympus, one of our protagonists, Hazel, initially lived in 1942. If she'd been a normal girl, she would have grown up and married her best friend, Sammy Valdez, but she wasn't, so she ended up dying and coming back seventy years later. Sammy married another woman and had a decent life with her, but he never forgot Hazel, and Hazel never forgot him. I know the world isn't fair, but I'll quote Harry Dresden on this: That. Wasn't. Right. The plot took away Hazel's right to a decent life and dicked her over in more ways than I can count. And what about Sammy? Poor bastard lost his best friend and future wife. 

Another example is in the Belgariad itself- had Garion been a normal guy, he would have married his childhood friend Zubrette, who he was half in love with when the story starts. He and the others go back to the farm in the fourth book, and he has to let her down by greeting her with an expression of affection and brotherly love, but no romantic love- and it breaks the poor girl's heart. Garion has to marry Ce'Nedra, you see, despite the fact that he's way too good for that manipulative fucker and he probably would have had a better life with Zubrette.

Yeah, Ce'Nedra is by far one of my least favourite characters ever. She's a complete bitch with pretty much no redeeming features whatsoever. I despise her.

Hell, even Polgara (who I also hate- someone as horrible as she is should not be allowed to take care of kids) gets an example. She stayed for years in Vo Wacune, an Arendish city, and eventually fell for one of the guys fighting to be her champion (they both fell for her, BTW). Unfortunately, the city was destroyed, and her man with it. God knows Polgara couldn't have a romance- no, she had to raise all those fucking kids and be untouched for Durnik. Jesus Christ.

You see my point? The story takes away your choices. The story dicks over everyone so you can fuck the person it thinks you should be fucking. The story will rape your mind so you have to like it.

Oh, and there's no gay people, of course. That would upset the natural order.

Seriously, if I ever have kids, I'm writing them a completely new set of fairy tales that encourage peace and love and LGBT people. 

I guess what I'm trying to say is that romances need to be handled carefully, otherwise all you're doing is turning A into a reward for B. Try showing a romance formed from mutual love and respect and trust. Don't show a romance where B gets A because of how awesome he is. Give A a say in the matter. Or if you do, point out how bad those kinds of romances are. Please. Because otherwise, the implications with pile up, the bad taste in the readers' mouths will worsen and the books will get thrown at the wall.

And for fuck's sake, get some LGBT characters in there, people!

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First sunny day in weeks and one of the first things I find out is that one of the cats down the street died. I really fucking liked him. RIP Tybalt.
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Originally posted by [ profile] chelonianmobile at The fiasco continues
Originally posted by [ profile] england_kindex at The fiasco continues
Originally posted by [ profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

Astra: When will these fuckwits learn? They'll never get one of these through without a hell of a fight- and it won't stop. They can't stop us. The Internet can't be bound.
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Apparently, Imogen Heap's new song, 'Xizi She Knows' is coming out today. Or tomorrow. With my luck, it'll be tomorrow. Goddamnit. My speakers are fucking up and I'm trying to read Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carre, but my copy's missing about fifty pages. On the plus side, I'm nearly finished with my new rug, and then I can get on with my blue diamond. If I can get the canvas in the right shape. Not too optimistic about that.
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Originally posted by [ profile] neotoma at As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ
Originally posted by [ profile] moerlin at As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ
I was gonna update this with much happier stuff, but for the past week I've just been so enraged with LJ's asshattery that I've had it to here.

In case you didn't know, on 12/12 they first announced sneakily on the Russian journal of LJ's design guy that with new changes being implemented tomorrow, there will be no more subject lines in comments and that this change was "non-negotiable" (good round-up and translation here). I'm sure you all realize that this will basically make fandom and RP communities unusable. LJ's staff, however, doesn't give a shit. At least 18 pages of 100% negative feedback didn't sway them.

They've backpedaled some and will make keeping comment subject lines optional in some S2 styles, but the default (that 99% of communities are running right now) will decidedly be subject-less! Not to mention that their new and frankly, fucking ugly design will take forever to load and make the site a pain to use on mobile browsers.

And oh, it looks like they might be taking away the drop-down menu to select icons as well, so you'll have to load all your icons as pictures to select them. Lovely. (I will beta-test tonight to see if this is actually true.)

Really, I don't know why I'm surprised. LJ is always fucking with the parts of the site that actually work and breaking them, so this is just another instance of that. Because seriously, who are subject lines hurting by just being there? (And no, it can't be a matter of server strain, considering the new "graphic" interface will definitely be using up more resources - so much fun when there's DDoS attacks!)
As far as I know, they've never once listened to their customers, so those thousands of comments already posted probably won't do shit. I've left a message expressing my concerns about the new comment pages here anyway; so if you want to do that too, go for it! If anything, it helps with the rage. ;)

FYI: Dreamwidth is feeling Christmasy has reacted to LJ's bullshit and has open account creation (no invite codes needed) for the rest of the week. Might be a good idea to get your back-up or new home, whatever the case may be, up and running now.

To sum up, in my own ( [ profile] neotoma) words: as of tomorrow, no more subject lines for comment in S1 styles at all, possibly some subject lines in S2 if you know to do it, and no more drop-down menu for icons.

This entry was originally posted at Please comment there using OpenID.

Astra: Three words: Fuck this shit.
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So, I got a message a few hours ago from someone I never thought I'd talk to again. One of my old RP friends is putting the band back together on a new site.

I need a fucking drink.

I'm a girl who likes to leave the past behind. If I drop it, it's because I don't want to carry it any more. And if I drop it, I'm probably not going to pick it up again. 

The past's come back to haunt me, and now I don't know what to do.

I may be overstating what seems like a minor problem, but... yeah, this is major in my eyes.
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I'm thinking of leaving the PPC.
Cut for length and meaningless bitching. )
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So, I've been thinking. (No jokes, please.) A few days ago, [ profile] chelonianmobile posted on her journal about an idiot who thought he saw a UFO and it turned out to be the moon. I swear I didn't make that up. Anyway, I wondered how anyone could think that, and she suggested that he was a city guy who never saw the country.

And then I remembered some really, really irritating conversations I've had in the past.

Australia is a beautiful country. Not just the beaches and coasts. I love the country, even when it's dead rock and bleak dirt. I love the scenery and the mountains and the hills and the freedom. And I know a lot of people who've never been there. They'll tell me gleefully that they've been to Cairns and Perth and Adelaide and Brisbane and Melbourne and Canberra and Darwin and Hobart, but they've never been to the country.

I mean, Jesus, people. The world does exist outside of the cities.

Take me as a contrast. I grew up in Sydney, sure, but I've been going to places like Dubbo ever since I was a baby. I've been to most of NSW and all over Victoria. (In contrast, I've never been west of NSW/Victoria or north of Port Macquarie). But I've seen so much of what the country offers. I've climbed the Warrumbungles, walked around Muogamarra, been around the Blue Mountains, panned for gold at Sovereign Hill and been through Bendigo. It's a tiny piece of Australia as a whole, but it's more than most people I know have seen. And that's just fucking depressing. I mean, I know not everyone has a reason to go or the ability to- but would it kill you to try the Blue Mountains? Please? 

And to everyone who believes it's not worth it- you're a fucking idiot.
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Is it a bad thing that the song that's been in my head for the last few days happens to be 'Missed Me' by the Dresden Dolls?
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I'm starting to hate him. I'm overly irrational- fuck, I even like my sister now- and his whining is starting to make me pissed. He probably did have a valid complaint, but I bitched at him anyway.

What's wrong with me?

And why isn't 'upset' a choice for moods?
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 I realised why reading Nights of Villjamur was kind of... hard, I guess: It's the first book, but it felt like I was reading the second or third book. Not in a 'there's plot threads that never get explained' way, but more like so much wasn't explained that I felt like I'd picked up a later book by accident and I should have known all this stuff already. Good book, but... explain more, dude. 
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 I just found out that Angelspit are booked to be a support act for Blood On The Dance Floor.

Yes, you read me correctly.

Angelspit. Industrial quintet known for their recurring themes of blood, death, ivory, cannibalism, torture, medical shit and anti-conformity. 

Touring with Blood On The Dance Floor, one of the worst bands to come out of the US excepting BrokenCYDE. The band who gave us wonderful works such as 'Bitches Get Stitches' and 'Money And Hoes'.

Whoever thought this was a good idea should be hit with something hard. Repeatedly.
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 I got into a fight with my sister last night over ice cubes. No, it wasn't a 'I want them, give them back!' kind of argument. It was a 'You're a stupid bitch and if you try to order me around again, I'll break your fucking nose' argument. It didn't end well. But that's because she's a fuckwit.

I think I'll go watch Flying High.
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