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self winter10

NOTICE: FB phishing attempt

Posted on 2010.04.15 at 01:37
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Hey,

If you recieved a Facebook fan page invite to a page that starts with "you lying Cheating...", IT WAS NOT ME. it is a phishing attempt.

You are led to a page about a prank call, told to become a fan to see what it is. Once you become a fan, it sends out an invite to ALL of your contacts, even if you select the "cancel" button. Then it takes you to another FB page, and (this is the point where I realized it was a bad link) tries to get you to take a test/quiz off site before letting you listen to the prank call.

Do not join this page. If you already have, post up that it is a phishing attempt, and you did not intend the invites to be sent. Unfriend, Report both inappropriate content and as phishing under the security option in the FB help center (under settings in the uppermost right corner), and CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.


self winter10

Rethinking Autism: Autistics Speak

Posted on 2009.09.25 at 15:34

I'm the Savannah speaking in this.

Please give this a listen?


self winter10

Tech Help!

Posted on 2009.04.14 at 16:24
Emotion: curiouscurious
Tune: Dropkick Murphys - The Green Fields of France | Powered by Last.fm
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So I know someone who works for a nonprofit who is having issues with email sending to the tonnes of people on her mailing lists.

hmmm. What my problem is, I send out an email to hundreds, thousands of people. Many do not receive it because their computer senses too many emails in the message. Also, it takes forever to send emails to
ex. Adams Gov, Adams d&a, Adams support groups, Adams EI, etc. I have to send them separate because there are too many emails in each one of those distribution boxes.
I need to be able to click on all or most of the distribution boxes and then have them sent out one at a time to better our delivery rate to each one of them. I have too many that do not reach their destination.
does that help?


She is looking for a client or application to solve this problem. Any suggestions?


embaressed chocomimi dog

J-drama Review 2008

Posted on 2009.02.22 at 18:53
Place: Home
Emotion: creativecreative
Tune: bloggingheads
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So! I've submitted the form for My panel for Tekkoshocon. I'll be doing it on the Sunday of the con, and have decided on "J-drama Review 2008". Right now, I'm looking at an hour time slot, possibly two if they need the space taken.

I was going to do an intro class, but someone is already doing "Asian Drama 101" "Asian Drama 102" AND "Asian Boy Bands" (which is hope doesn't get scheduled the same time as mine!) so A review of 2008's shows it is!

Now I know I have a fair number of Japanese drama watchers on my flist, and friends of flist. So, I'd like to know what dramas you think were the best, most popular, etc in 2008. You can find the shows by season here: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall With the rankings.

Which shows got high rankings that really weren't worth it?
Which shows got poor ratings when they deserved the best?
Which shows had the most "cap-able" sceens, or the scenes that you had to watch over and over again?
Which shows do you wish you had/hadn't taken the time for?
Which shows do you think I'd be remiss in skipping?

/prelim, please link around. :)


self winter10

Oh, 90's Fashion!

Posted on 2009.02.15 at 16:24
Place: Home
Emotion: amusedamused
I'll be the first to admit that 90's women's fashion was kinda horrible for the most part. I mean, REALLY HIDEOUS. As in, we can hope that it will NEVER AGAIN blind us.

That said, there was also a good amount of 90's dresses that, while hideous on the stick figure models, look fabulous on real people.

The only reason I say this is that I picked up a dress that was soft, long, and on the hanger kinda lame at the good will. I liked how soft it was, though, and decided to grab it. I am ridiculously glad that I did, because as soon as I put it on, the dress went from looking formless to looking amazing. It's hard to find a dress that is empire waisted enough to make your boobs look nice and to show that you have a waist without it also showing the embarrassment of your tummy. But I found that dress for me.

So today I started browsing 90's dress patterns. As much as I like the Grecian look, It was the Empire Waist Prom Dresses that caught my eye. Pretty.

Some of the evening dress patterns weren't quite right for my tastes, though if made floor length and lower necked they would be lovely. This pattern could loose the collar- I'd have a scoop neck instead- and make it into ankle length, and I'd be all over it. The B look on this one would be amazing with a slightly lower neck and thinner ribbon. And look C in this one? The only change I'd make would be scoop neck.

None of these should be in the suggested colors, of course. That was one of the most blinding parts of the 90's, in my opinion.

One thing I love about the 90's is that there are some absolutely gorge Wedding gowns that you just can't find any more. I'm not talking the mutton sleeve things, either- I'm talking about some of the necklines that are MADE for people with nice shoulders. I'm in LOVE with this pattern- It's off the shoulders, will stay in place, and will hide the flab on the upper arms. Seriously, I've tried on too many off shoulder tops that made my shoulders look PASTED ON YAY to my arms.

What 90's Looks do you miss, and what ones do you hope to never EVER see again?

(To new folks: Hi, I normally don't post this sort of thing, but a ha ha, hello 90's Fashion how you've influenced what I want to look like in 20-40 years. )


self winter10

24 hour challenge

Posted on 2009.02.14 at 21:32
Place: Home
Emotion: accomplishedaccomplished
Tune: I'll Be Watching You- The Police
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Title: The Rainbow Table
Fandom: Arashi/JE
Rating: PG-13 right now
Word Count: 1182
Author's note: First, I don't know anyone in JE. Second, this is so un beta'd it hurts. Third, it's for the 24 hour Valentine's day challenge. Fourth, I know that this is so Bastardizing of Arthurian Legend it makes Merlin look mildly bastardized. SHHH.

Once upon a time in a Kingdom called Camelot. . .Collapse )

*falls over*

EDIT: want to read more from the V-day 24 hour challenge?

alissa | crystallekil | coiled_iris | joshua_glass | ky_rin | liangzhu | mousapelli | myxstorie | nicocoer | pastdazed | silver_rose88 | slytherisa | snowqueenofhoth | tinyangl | trivialaffair


embaressed chocomimi dog

Loud tweet on basic.

Posted on 2009.02.08 at 10:14
Tune: Dave Matthews - Dodo | Powered by Last.fm
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So! nostrademons has posted on how to cut loud tweets regardless of lj paid status.

So. yeah. *joins the chorus of people headdesking and yelling "DOH!"*


Arashi Ohmiya grentle eyes

Can Haz Prompts? :D?

Posted on 2009.01.26 at 17:15
Place: Home
Emotion: artisticartistic
Tune: Indochine - Sweet Dreams | Powered by Last.fm
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Okay, so it's time to get started on findyourwords, and so I figured I'd start out looking to get through some of my personal goals. (my word count goal is 100k/year, and my personal goals can be found here)

So! Open Requests. Ruleses:

* Can be any fandom you think I'm involved in (check my interests if you are unsure, though other things you've heard me blab about are fair game *gulps!*)

* Set a time period within which to have it done by, ranging between 24 hours and a month.

* I'll attempt what you throw at me within reason, but no promises on word count- if you shoot a 24 hour request it prolly won't be long, etc.

* Original fiction ideas are fair game.

*hits the post button and hides*

ETA:
completed:
for ky_rin, kame/kiss me deadly/24 hours, about wine.


JE K8 grope

HERE WE GO!

Posted on 2009.01.18 at 22:19
Place: STEELER'S TERRITORY
Tune: HERE WE GO
Tags:
"Here We Go! / Here We Go! / Here we go, Steelers, Here We Go! /

PITTSBURGH'S
GOING TO
THE SUPERBOWL!"

</table>





Superbowl XLIII
Feburary 1st, 2009
@ Tampa

Cardinals VS Steelers!


Bauhaus I Dare You

That Wish List for the Holidays

Posted on 2008.11.20 at 13:39
Place: in bed trying not to DIE
Emotion: sicksick
Tune: ゆず - 傍観者 | Powered by Last.fm
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STEP ONE
- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you. [Note: Your home address is not required!]

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

STEP TWO
- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

-You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call. There are no guarantees with this project, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.</blockquote>

My wishlist:

* A roommate or two- more people paying, less financial stress
* My debt magically (or not) being reduced.
* Dryer, then Washer for the U-town House. Not new, just WORKING. (I MIGHT have found a fridge, waiting to hear back!)
* Weatherization supplies (Plastic, safety blankets, window for broken one, Possibly stuff to fix a swollen door/replace door wit better one altogether)
* For Me to GET MY DRIVER'S SOON, preferably on Tuesday when I take the test.
* Utilities on quickly. Heat/hotwater #1, then Interwebs. Electric is already on. . .
* tiny laptop with a screen that works. Eees look cute, and right now my laptop is effectively a more adaptable desktop as the screen is dead.
* Tv shows on disc (or Downloadable, but disc is best even if it's not originals) either Japanese or one of the American TV shows I like (House, BONES, CSI, Numbers, SPN, Eleventh Hour[new] etc.)
* Rahm fic. Rahm fic makes my day better.
* Music. I love music.

Bonus:
* for you to have a good set of Holidays!

PS: I've updated my contact info (flocked, link in profile) for now- NOTE: mailing just send to my mum for now, I'll change that as soon as I pay for a PO box. (U-town house isn't close enough to the road to get regular mail at the house? there's parking out front in addition to driveway.)


lj pride

Actual suggestions Re: LJ Profile blah.

Posted on 2008.11.07 at 14:14
Place: Office
Emotion: disappointeddisappointed
Tune: The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight | Powered by Last.fm
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Well, now I have a functional complaint. It seems that the new design doesn't support iFrames. Seeing as how that's how GOOGLE CALENDAR's little app is coded, I have a bit of a problem here.

Any info on the use of tables? Were your tables screwed up? I'm considering finally implementing a table based Profile so that mine isn't quite so hideous.

Firefox users: Anyone else finding the new profile layout non-scalable on Firefox, or is it just me? And wasn't that one of the reasons they listed? It's veiwing properly in IE, but not my Firefox on my computer at home.

(also, The Stalker stats and the Basic info needs to swtich places, with stalker stats Automatically collapsed. Actually, Stalker stats should be below interests ideally.)

Still hate it? (I do! I Do!) It isn't QUITE as appalling if you swtich it to Vertical rather than Horizontal. If you've gotten used to Horizontal, I'm sorry. :-/ Really I feel like some vertical elements would have improved the design (perhaps the "Basic Info" box?) a lot, Re: other Beta design that was dropped in favor of this one. You can see a screen grab here. While that's still a darastic change from out old version

Actually, I would have prefered the rejected Beta over the old one, as it addressed my frustration with the old design without butchering it. I want to know, Does anyone know what reasons they rejected said "rejected Beta" for? Any body? Because it looks really Navigable AND pretty, as well as being user friendly. Additionally, it doesn't load you down with useless data while allowing mods to quickly find the usage stats on a user for verification purposes (the only time I've heard people worry about diffculty finding that info).

I still hold by what I said in the last post, however I think that constructiveness requires more than just pointing out what is wrong- it includes making suggestions.


House - &quot;eh- No.&quot;

My Cat Could Do Better On FRONTPAGE.

Posted on 2008.11.06 at 23:30
Place: HOME
Emotion: pissed offpissed off
Tune: David Letterman
Tags: , , , , ,
Dear LJ:

OH HELLS NO.

I'm sorry that your designers seem to have flunked design school, or at least slept through "User Interface 101" and any guide to basic design principals.

Stop getting huffy- the MAJORITY of your beta users said it was hideous, and you still went through with it. Put the old one back up, Edit that to suit needs (Collapsible and re-sizable adjustments are both pretty easy to implement there, no need to have reinvented the wheel), and NOT piss off your consumers.

As it stand right now, it's unwieldy, unnavigable, and inelegant. In fact, It looks like you found some code from a crappy forum from at least 10 years ago and popped that in. Well, except that then it was at least Navigable.

FAIL TIMES 5 MILLION.


katamari for obama

Voting, part deux!

Posted on 2008.10.31 at 14:59
Place: Work
Emotion: determineddetermined
Tune: Yes We Can!
Tags: , ,
:D yes, I know, MORE VOTE STUFF? Half ye olde flist isn't even American, and some of the ones who are are already voting! What Gives???

In any case, we all know That I love Politics/Poli Sci deep at heart, And we know that as much as I complain and soemtimes wish I lived elsewhere, I love the idea of the USA.

With That in mind, some resources for you. :)

Where Can I Go To Vote?
Check out http://Maps.google.com/vote
If it doesn't have your polling place, it will direct you to the Voting website of your state.

Is there an easy site to find out what's on the ballot?
Yes and No- http://votinginfoproject.org/ Has info for a number of states/locals (Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, and Los Angelos County CA), but as it's a voluntary project not all states are represented.
If you, like me, aren't in one of the listed locals, type your address into the google maps link above, and click on the link provided for your state's site. Look for county contact links, or see if the main site has a veiw of the local ballots.

(Venango County Folks Can Veiw our info here: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddxdvp3p_22ffsxx7fs )

Okay, I know where I'm going. Maybe I know who I'm voting for. What am I allowed to bring?
Good Question! This changes from county to county- some Counties Don't mind Passive Political Speach like a Tee-shirt or a Button. Some counties- Like Venango County- are strict on The topic. If I were to go to my polling place with my Obama Button (Or my boss in her McCain Button!) I would be asked to remove it before entering the building. Some sites might not let you within 200 ft of the polls with a button! It would be a good Idea to look up your local election officials- they are State/County Employees so you should be able to find them via your state website- And ask.

What do I HAVE to bring?
Due to federal law, you need photo ID the first time you vote at a new location. Your Photo ID needs to have the residence that you are voting from- Your ID from when you lived out of state last year won't do. In that case, Have some Non-photo ID to back you up. This can be a recent paycheck, a Utility Bill, Government Issued mail, etc. Personal mail or letters are not accepted. Alternatively, you can use a provisional Ballot. For more info, Check out Your state Voter Guidelines on your state site or on http://www.Declareyourself.com

Am I registered/eligable?
To find out if you are eligable, try this site: http://www.declareyourself.com/voting_faq/state_by_state_info_2.html
Declare Yourself also has info on who to contact to find out if you are registered:
http://www.declareyourself.com/voting_faq/state_by_state_info_64717.html

How do I learn what each Candidate stands for?
In the Presidential Race, it's fairly easy. you can find the Candidates of 8 parties and links to their sites Here: http://www.declareyourself.com/voting_faq/candidates.html
Locally, It's generally up to you to search their names. Google them to see what they stand for, or ask their party's Head Quarters for information. Remember to read both sides!

Do you really want me to vote? I'm Voting for (insert other Candidate here)
YES. YES I DO. While I really want my Candidate to win, I think it's more important for Americans to Use their rights. Since one of your rights is the right to vote, I want you to get out there and vote- preferably with your head, but that's not up to me. :) So Yes, Nader, Ron Paul, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, Even McCain supporters, I want you to vote. :)

EDIT: Some other VOTE guides:
heidi8: Are You Ready For Tomorrow?(a Voter Checklist)


self winter10

5 More Friends uncensored

Posted on 2008.10.31 at 01:33

VOTE. Even if we disagree, even if you've lost faith in the system. It's your right, and you should use it.


Arashi Ohmiya grentle eyes

Californian? Vote no on Prop 8. Not? Support the cause.

Posted on 2008.10.29 at 17:32
Emotion: determineddetermined
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Prop 8:

Ballot Title and SummeryCollapse )

Full text of the initiative

The Text:
PROPOSITION 8
This initiative measure is submitted to the people in accordance with the
provisions of Article II, Section 8, of the California Constitution.
This initiative measure expressly amends the California Constitution by
adding a section thereto; therefore, new provisions proposed to be added are
printed in italic type to indicate that they are new.
SECTION 1. Title
This measure shall be known and may be cited as the “California Marriage
Protection Act.”
SECTION 2. Section 7.5 is added to Article I of the California Constitution,
to read:
SEC. 7.5. Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized
in California.

- here

Floridian? Prop 2:

"Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized."




I'm not from California or Florida. I don't have the money to give to the campaigns. But I DO have my voice, and the ability to speak up. These amendments are wrong in more ways than I can describe. How can depriving people of respect and happiness ever be the right thing, ESPECIALLY since allowing it DOES NOT do anything to harm others?

One of the women I grew up with is planning on moving somewhere where her and her partner can be married. I have family who have given up hope of legal recognition of their commitments, settling for the respect and recognition of family. I have friends who will not be able to adopt because PA doesn't recognize them and their commitment for what it is. If I were to preform a marriage ceremony for a couple whose religious beliefs allow them to be wed here and called it a wedding or a marriage, I could be arrested.

I don't actively do the wedding thing- in part because It's not right to say no to a couple that love each other deeply. I don't know that I'd be willing to marry in a state with a gay marriage ban- not because I wouldn't be allowed (it's 50-50, really, with a lean towards hetero at the moment) but because it wouldn't be right.

So, please, vote, support, and speak up- no on prop8 and prop 2.



More info:
votenoonprop8
sayno2


A part of:


D&amp;D geek

MCCAIN: Yeah, well, you pal around with dark elves.

Posted on 2008.10.19 at 18:02
Place: home
Emotion: amusedamused
Tune: Metallica - Fuel | Powered by Last.fm
Tags: , ,
BEST. COMMENTARY ON THE RACE. EVER.

If campaign 08 was a game of D&D.


Arashi nino maid
Posted on 2008.10.14 at 20:59
Emotion: anxiousanxious
Tune: Rick Springfield - Celebrate Youth | Powered by Last.fm
Tags:
Feed Matty-moto!
Feed Baka-kiki!!Feed Nini-nari!

On a more cheerful note, click on my creatures whose names are the most atrocious mutations of Arashi names I could think of? :D?


House - &quot;eh- No.&quot;

[Public Post] Why is McCain delaying the debates?

Posted on 2008.09.25 at 00:22
Place: home
Emotion: aggravatedaggravated
Tags: , ,
In response to: http://demandthedebate2008.com/

I couldn't believe it when I heard about McCain asking to delay the debate. What is the man THINKING?

Honestly, this just asks for a high level magnification on his faults. What is the full reason? Is it really the fact that "the Economy is about to crater" (as David Letterman has quoted McCain saying)?

Or is it that Sen. McCain's Health is failing? The senator's health hasn't been too great, and there are reports floating about that he's having issues with one of his eyes. Is it a relapse with his cancer/the surrounding health issues? Is it a stroke? Exactly how good is this man's health if it is a factor here?

Another question- why, when you have someone who is neither in Congress nor the Senate, is your VP not continuing on the campaign while you work on the economy? It really makes me wonder. After all, if you can't trust your running mate to campaign on her own, or to do the campaign equivalent of the position she's running for (being in charge while the head is incapacitated), I believe that tells us something about your Opinion of her. If you can't let her do the job now, how are we to believe that you think she's going to be able to later?

But that tangent isn't entirely on the topic of the debate.

Another theory that wouldn't surprise me is that this is, in part, a reaction to falling polls. If the Democrats continue campaigning and/or point out the faults of the republican ticket while you are off "saving the world", you can bill them as Callous/unpatriotic/bullies when you pop back up in the 10th and 11th hours. If they don't continue campaigning, thereby avoiding the accusations above, you might be effectively pressing "pause" on the polls until your campaign can think of what rabbit to pull out of the hat next.

A less than salutary theory buzzing about is that the campaign is genuinely scared that they cannot put in a good showing. In this line of thinking, someone realized that the talking points won't fly in the current socio-economic environment. Because of that, they need time to reformulate.

An extension of the last idea is that by pushing the presidential debate to when the VP debate was supposed to be, they might be able to avoid the VP debate altogether. This ties in the earlier tangent about the repeated demonstrations by McCain and the Campaign of a lack of faith in the bottom half of their ticket. Repeated refusal to have Palin more actively and independently campaign really does lead me to believe that the campaign is using her as a figurehead of sorts. That they expect the public to have faith in her when they themselves do not.

Maybe it's a little of all of the above. Human beings (and politicians more so) are usually complex in their reasoning, even when they can only admit to one reason. However, that is no reason to deny the American public a chance to review and test the candidates on their views and their ability to answer questions under scrutiny.

To quote half the blogs, pundits, and even talk show hosts: This reeks.


HP magsbyartpretend

[Public Post] OBAMA LES MISERABLES

Posted on 2008.09.13 at 05:14
Place: Home
Emotion: amusedamused
Tune: One Day More- Les Miserables
Tags: , ,
Sorry to spam but. I have a secret (not so secret) love of Les Miserables. Like, a couple years ago it was my private full blown obsession- I have the 10 year concert (aka dream cast) on VHS and I watched it like. Twice a day. I even have a HP-Les Miserables icon!

So, when I saw this I freaked- in a GOOD WAY.

November 3, 2008, Obama Headquarters- One Day More!Collapse )

♥ ♥ ♥

Let's just hope the Obama "revolution" turns out better than the one in Les Miserables. (In Les Mis,While Jevert (McCain Here) kills himself, The Thenardiers (Palin is Mme Thenardier here) go from obscurity to being nobility on the backs of the public/ due in part to the failure of the revolution. Want wiki synopsis? You Can Haz.)

Edited like. 20 times for HTML fail and typo fail.


self winter10
Posted on 2008.09.13 at 04:44
Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

AS EXPECTED I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THEM. THEY ARE GOING TO DIE

I'm a bad dragon mama. ;_;




I love Get Fuzzy- I get it in my e-mail every day.

"Liberal" Rob Wilco and his dog, the gullible and well meaning Satchel Pooch, have to put up with the antics of his cat, the Conservative and abrasive Bucky Katt. Drawn and Written by Darby Conley, it has enough cultural references to spark recognition, but not so much that the reader has to google all the time or feel like it's over their head.

I believe it ran in my county for a month. Then suddenly it was replaced. I never knew the reason, but I think it was because it was too liberal and poked too many jabs at the places that my county still has weaknesses in. Considering the fact that Peter Greene, who was my 11th grade English Teacher, is the Token Liberal (and half the population here doesn't "get" anything he says) on the paper it's not suprising.

There's a low tolerance in a population for those who are different. In Venango County (which is forever "Venango-Land" thanks to Mr. Greene) the majority is dictated by conservative values, so the liberal is shunned. In the area of New England where my Aunt Jen and Uncle Ben McCanna live/are from, The majority is a liberal one. Talking to Ben one night, I was talking about how we have a token liberal.

"Oh really? You need to move to Boston area or Vermont- even the Token Conservative is rare."

This is proably an exaggeration, of course. But the fact remains that tokenism is a universal issue. Mental Health boards have their token MH consumer on them- and the "Token" consumer group often has it's own Token MH provider. Same in the cross disability community. Same in the religious communities- I remember one festival I went to where we had a Token Jew. So when I look at people like me, like The adult MH planner, my landlady, Mr. Green. . . When I look at us, I have to remind myself that though we are "token" liberals, we aren't the only ones in that position.


House - &quot;eh- No.&quot;

[Public Post] Interesting NY Times Article

Posted on 2008.09.09 at 23:31
Place: Home
Tune: Eagles - Seven bridges | Scrobbled by Last.fm
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*September 9, 2008*

*EDITORIAL*

*Debunking an Autism Theory*

Ten years ago, a clinical research paper triggered widespread and persistent
fears that a combined vaccine that prevents measles, mumps and rubella — the
so-called MMR vaccine — causes autism in young children. That theory has
been soundly refuted by a variety of other research over the years, and now
a new study that tried to replicate the original study has provided further
evidence that it was a false alarm.[. . .] Meanwhile, the original paper's publisher — The Lancet — complained in 2004 that the lead author had concealed a conflict of interest. Ten of his co-authors retracted the paper's implication that the vaccine might be linked to autism. Three of the authors are now defending themselves before a fitness-to-practice panel in London on charges related to their autism research. . .Collapse )


I find this very very interesting. Particularly since the original lancet article is clung to by so many pro-causation parents. I wonder- how many of them know that the researchers behind the vaccine-causation theory have withdrawn support of it? That nearly a third of them are under investigation for fitness to practice?

In any other study pushed by any other group this would be a dis-qualifier. Yet Vaccine Causation, although having been debunked MULTIPLE times, is pushed by an influential PARENT group, Generation Rescue (Autism Speaks I'm told is more genetic and pro eugenics? o_0). I won't get into how the group is a parent group rather than an Autism group, that's dividing, confusing, and lengthy issue. (Feel free to ask me why I'm against them, though. :) )

I wonder if it's because of Autism Speaks' and related parent organizations' prevalence and influence that so few people know the factors against the Vaccine Causation Theory? For any one that gets into an academic or pseudo-academic discussion with me, you'll know that I'm big on the whole "perception influences culture more than facts" thing. And perception is influenced by many factors. In this case, it has been the ability to recognize a common fear or shame, and having the funds to push an agenda based on it.

Perhaps that is another factor that prevents parents from continuing their investigation for why beyond the commonly publicized- shame. If it's not the fault of Vaccines, whose fault is it? If it's a genetic issue, is it bad for me to have reproduced? Is it MY fault that my child has this condition? etc.

Now, I have issues with most of these points. Why? Because, it focuses on the perceived lacks rather than the truth. From my point of view, just having Autism isn't a tragedy. It is what happens after that is. Let me ask you, what is more disabling- having your speech fall out on you (and finding alternative ways to communicate) or being prevented from seeking out alternative at ANY time? I mean this in an applied sense.

Let's use an education background. If a student can't talk, which will be more devastating for his future- having to learn an alternative system of communication, or being placed in a class that doesn't follow an academic course because of an assumption that there is only one way to learn? I would say the latter- Just because a student must learn an alternative way which might take a little more work doesn't mean that the student CAN'T get to the end point. This single minded-ness in HOW we get there creates fear- fear that burdens everyone involved, including the taxpayer.

I could go on and on about how this perception further impacts the economy (spending more for now SAVES money in the long run by creating a way for a person to generate money and give back. . . ) but that's getting more off topic than I already have.

In the end fault should be irrelevant, and blaming vaccines which have been proven to protect public health is irresponsible if there's a reason to believe it's not true. Let me end with a Tale told to me by a therapist, Supposedly of Buddhist** origin (icarusancalion? I'm pretty sure this is fairly garbled?).

One day a man came to the Buddha and, trying to be clever, asked of Him:

If a man is shot with an arrow, what sort of punishment should the shooter have according to his importance?

The Buddha smiled and replied:

Tell me, is it more important to the man shot that the arrow in his side be removed, or to know the genealogy of the man who shot him?


To me, this would be like the difference between learning an alternative way to cope (learning sign language, AACs, different teaching methods, using visuals or patterns to reinforce a lesson, etc.) and focusing on causation- one can help those needing helped. The other is impractical at best, damaging/limiting at worse.

** No, I am not Buddhist, and neither was the therapist. However, I hold great respect for the Buddha's teachings, and incorporate them where I can into my daily life.


self winter10

[Public Post] Today's Flavor of Palin: Book Burning and anti-first amendment!

Posted on 2008.09.04 at 22:19
Tune: 関ジャニ∞ - Osaka Obadan Rock | Scrobbled by Last.fm
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Today's Flavor of Palin: Book Burning and anti-first amendment! OM NOM NOM AMERICA!

Today's post by Making Light Has quite the listing of blogs with a beef (or maybe it's a Moose?) against Palin. Or maybe they just have brains enough to read.

Speaking of reading, Book Banning wank! Apparently Ms. Palin tried to Ban her some books back in Wasilla? When the local librarian refused, she fired her- until the community rallied and Ms. Emmons was reinstated. A few short years later, Ms. Emmons left Wasilla for a position in fairer soils. Other local positions were either pushed out- like the public works director, city planner, museum director, amongst others- or fired outright like Irl Stambaugh, the local police chief.

In further ignorance or abandonment of the First amendment, she forbid city employees from talking to the media without her express permission. Um. WUT? For a Mayor in a VERY small town? 0_0

On other flavors, check out her "Pro-family" stance (no benefits for same-sex couples, Supports an amendment that forbids abortion even in the case of rape or incest, and against stem-cell research) and how it trumped McCain's stances on the official Republican Platform. (which you can read here)


(Psst: How did this end up a political blog? Maybe things will go back to normal soon? :-/ )


embaressed chocomimi dog

[Public Post] Broadening the definition of abortion? F-CK YOU TOO.

Posted on 2008.09.03 at 00:57
Place: home
Emotion: aggravatedaggravated
Tags: , ,
President Bush has just issued a regulatory change that lets
health care providers define abortion, which could threaten
access to birth control and broader reproductive health care,
and allow federal funding for so-called "crisis pregnancy
centers" that refuse to inform patients of or provide patients
with a full range of reproductive health care options.

There's a 30-day comment period before the new regulation takes
effect, during which Planned Parenthood and other groups are
raising a massive outcry in defense of women's health care.

When more and more families are uninsured and having difficulty
accessing health care at all, and when at least one in four
teenage girls has a sexually transmitted disease -- implementing
a rule that will limit access to health services is utterly
perplexing, unconscionable, and just plain wrong. It will only
hurt the women who most need help at times when they are most
vulnerable.

I believe it's our job to help stop it. Please join me in
telling President Bush "no." Here's the link with all the info
you need: here.


This would extend to the morning after pill (which doesn't help if the egg has implanted already- aka, not abortion as the egg needs to have not implanted yet) and possibly even the Birth Control Pill, which is used to treat many conditions outside of preventing pregnancy including Hormonal imbalances.


V  for Vendetta

[Public Post] AND I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA

Posted on 2008.09.02 at 23:18
Place: Home
Emotion: infuriatedinfuriated
Tune: What's Left of the Flag- Flogging Molly
Tags: , , ,
[blacksquirrel's] brother was just arrested.

Supposedly for "unlawful assembly" - in reality, he was walking back to his car after being turned away from a sold-out union-sponsored public concert.


In an Update later:

This is being reported as the arrest of 280 "violent anarchists." This is patently untrue. Yes, some people did smash windows and throw rocks yesterday, but the number of arrests is grossly inflated. [Her] brother said that they surrounded a grassy area the size of a city block and arrested everyone who was there at the time. Everyone. I am furious. Not only is this an incredible infringement of basic rights, but it's horrendously lazy. We pay the police to find out which people committed the crime, not to arrest everyone in the vicinity and let the courts sort it out later. It's sloppy, authoritarian, and inhumane.


I am Also furious. This is a no-no, big time folks. :-/

Other incidents/reports
Police raid Protesters' Houses and beyond
police detain 50 people in order to pre-empt planned protests.
the 250 included tear gas, in appropriate use of tear gas, and military intimidation. (link has video) UM.
Time reports
Huffington Post
The Nation
AFP
CNN and photos
msnbc (includes footage)
Tanscript and video report from Democracy Now! (Note: the footage of the producer's assault by a police officer is frightening)
video from a local news station (off of Yahoo.com) describing most protestors as peaceful (most outlets have been saying somethign very different)
**NEW!!! A post, extremely comprehensive, by the mother of a minor who was arrested and held without bail. (Includes many vids, resources, and updates, including a post by the minor)

Arrested teens and adults speak out on Youtube: Jacob Smith; "kyleteevee"; Journalists Corrine McDermid and Oliver Dykstra (further vid); Democracy Now producer Nicole Salazar

Commentary:
clarice has a brief post here from the POV of a law student.


ETA: Editing as I go

ETA2: On case you haven't noticed, this isn't on the top of the news tickers- meaning that we have to spread the word, and get enough hits, that it WILL and will then get aired. Please post to facebook, MySpace, Your LJ, anything you can think of.

ETA3: Have a commentary post? Let me know!


iCat

[Public Post] Kitting question.

Posted on 2008.08.28 at 16:15
Place: Home
Emotion: enthralledenthralled
Tune: 関ジャニ∞ - Naniwa Iraha Bushi | Scrobbled by Last.fm
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So, the runt (Kazu-chan! :D :D :D) Is about half the size of the other two- Kazu hasn't grown since about two days after birth. I watched to figure out what was happening, and discovered that Kazu doesn't seem able to find the nipples? and when he does, he has NO CLUE what to do with them. Since the other two are so huge that if Kazu tries he can't get into the feeding area competitively, and was having issues before, I have started bottle feeding.

The other two Are fine- One of them has it's Eyes open a week early (Eyes open at 2 weeks normally, and this one- Toma or Matsu, I forget which- had eyes open at 1 week. Yikes!)- if HUGE. I swear, they will outgrow Aibaka-chan before they are weaned at this rate! [Insert obligatory Twilight joke here.]

Kazu is still not getting enough- mainly because he doesn't seem to like feeding either from Baka or the bottle. Mostly I wait until he opens his mouth to whine, insert bottle, and hope he gets it. The sucking reaction is rare, but he seems to like chewing- or maybe it's gumming, no teeth- the nipple? :-/

Kittens are supposed to get 1- 1.1 oz a day of milk or replacement. I'm lucky to get .5 oz in Kazu. Now, I THINK I'm getting a little better as this time he got down about .09 oz and is now sleeping on my shoulder, but I was wondering- are any of you familiar with kitting (feeding a baby animal from a bottle)? I need some tips!

Also, for people familiar with genetics or cat breeding: I think that the father had shadow traits (where the ends of the fur is white with a darker color at the base of the hair follicle), and the babies seem to most resemble a Tonkinese?

Photo of an adult platinum point TonkineseCollapse )

Now, they prolly won't have the blue or aqua eyes, and they aren't pedigree (Aibaka isn't Tonkinese, though her body structure resembles the type), so. . . yeah. but OMG HOW CUTE.

PS: Yes, they are named After MAIN: Aibaka-chan is the mother, of course, and the babies are Matsu-chan, Toma, and Kazu-chan. :D :D :D AND KAZU IS WELL NAMED KJDLHLSDF WHINES LOUDER AND MORE THAN ANY OF THEM AND IS AN ATTENTION WHORE.


self winter10

Public Post: IEPs, ADA, and creating effective workshops

Posted on 2008.08.20 at 19:56
Place: Brother Bean
Emotion: busybusy
Tune: Coffe House Music, of course!
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Okay, Public Post time.

So, right now I'm working on putting together resources and questions for Smart ACID next week on the topic of "IEPs: How they work, How they should work, and What needs changed". I even went upstairs to the coffee shop so that the computer wouldn't distract me!

And of course, I'm struck about how we need a workshop for parents and youth about the What and How of IEPs. So, Brainstorm time! Please link anyone you know in the USA (bonus points if it's in PA) who has school aged kids or is a School aged Youth. If you are on my flist and they say you sent them, I shall have crappy fabulous prizes! If you aren't in the USA and want to answer anyways, go ahead just let me know that you aren't from the US. Comments will be screened, anonymous posting allowed.

State:
Are you a parent, a Former Student, or a Current Student (K-12)? Which?
Have you ever had an IEP?
Any other comments about yourself/experience?

Do you know what an IEP is? What about IDEA and ADA?
What do you think the definition of "Reasonable Accomedation" is?
Do you know who should be present at an IEP?
Do you know where to go to get help advocating for yourself or student?
Do you know where to go to file a complaint about non-compliance?
Additional Comments or Suggestions?

If someone were to give a free workshop on IEPs, IDEA, and/or ADA, what would you like to see covered?
What do you think of having seperate workshops for parents and students?
Any Suggestions?


*Note: Vocabulary:
IEP- an Individualized Education Plan (link)
IDEA- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (link)
ADA- Americans with Disabilities Act (link)

ETA 1: Edited to include former students; Vocabulary; Links


self winter10

Public Post: Preforming Outreach in Venango County

Posted on 2008.08.15 at 19:18
Place: work
Emotion: busybusy
Tune: The Prize Fighter Inferno - Wayne Andrews, The Old Bee Keeper | Scrobbled by Last.fm
Tags: ,
Hi ya'll!

I'm trying to do some outreach for Smart ACID. . . not sure how it's coming along?

Currently, we are distributing half-sheet flyers.

I need to:

Talk to the local radio stations about adding it to their non-profit announcment lists.

Talk to the Newspaper about adding it to the list of meetings in the county. (Eventually I'll talk to them about covering an outreach project, but for right now we don't have anything that is out of the confidentiality issue.)

Finish the letter to agencies to let them know about our program.

Send out Referral forms to places that an individual might be reffered to us from (and create a cover letter for the referred to keep.)

so. . . yeah. Does any one have further suggestions as to places we could do outreach?


self winter10

Public post: Some meetings and their dates for Venango and Butler

Posted on 2008.08.12 at 20:09
Place: Home
Emotion: busybusy
Tune: Cream - Sunshine of Your Love | Scrobbled by Last.fm
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Heart 2 Heart's Foster-Kinship-Adoption support group will be meeting in BUTLER COUNTY this month. The meeting will be held August 26th, 2008 from 6 pm-8:30 pm at the Butler YWCA. Speaker will be Joanne Westover. The Flyer with more info can be found here.

Smart ACID's Focus and Support group will be held 6 pm - 8:30 pm this Thursday at Brother Bean's Global Coffee House. There is no pre-specified topic for this week's meeting. The next meeting will be Thursday, August 28th, on the topic of IEPs: How they work, How they should work, and what needs changed. All youth are encouraged to bring friends, 14-25, to our meetings. (also, free food.)


National Forum on Disability Issues Web Cast
July 26, 2008, Noon-4 pm
Brother Bean Global Coffee House
2803 Route 257, Seneca, Pa

Disability issues touch us all. But for many of us, traveling to keep up is just not a reality. Saturday, July 26th, 2008 is the National Forum on Disability Issues. For those of us who can't make it over to Columbus, we will be having a viewing of the Web Cast at Brother Bean in Seneca. The Web Cast starts at 12:30 pm and runs till 3:30 pm, and we will stick around until at least 4 pm.

This viewing is open to the public, no reservations necessary!

About the Forum
The National Forum on Disability Issues, is a historic, nonpartisan forum on national disability policy to be held on July 26, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio. The venue allows us to welcome well over a thousand Americans with disabilities and their friends and family (registration required) to attend the event, and to commemorate the 18th anniversary of our civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act. The forum will feature time slots for the presidential candidates to individually present their visions for the future of disability policy in America followed by questions by Judy Woodruff, news anchor and journalist ("The News Hour with Jim Lehrer"), who will act as the Moderator. For more information, go to: http://www.aapd.com/News/election/080423aapd.htm

Contact for Questions: Savannah Logsdon (814) 657-3922
e-mail: nicocoer@gmail.com

This viewing is not associated with any organization or sponsor.


D&amp;D shit d20

Public Post: Question about current viruses

Posted on 2008.07.22 at 11:48
Place: Brother Bean
Emotion: confusedconfused
Tune: Up all Night -
Tags: ,
Hey guys, I'm posting a question, and I"m hoping I'll get some answers from somewhere?

The public computer in the coffee shop is having a very curious problem. Yesterday it had "antivirus 2009" (which is a virus) on it. This has been removed, BUT on the public account it won't log in anywhere or load more than one page before doing this thing where it loads halfway and then idles. It also is missing keystrokes in IE.

(No, getting firefox is not currently an option- it's the shop's public computer, and the shop owner only wants IE right now as it's what she knows.)

This problem does not exist on the Admin account.

Which makes me wonder if anyone has any ideas as to WTH is going on here? The computer runs Windows XP, and most of the usual things (Run, Search, etc) are disabled on the public account.

The computer also recently suffered from the Windows update of the old OS thing- but that was fixed and we hadn't been having any issues other than the old firewall didn't work any more (they are looking for a new one.)

Thanks!

*posts public*


V  for Vendetta

Public Post: Comments on the New Yorker's cover for July 21, 2008

Posted on 2008.07.14 at 18:00
Place: Brother Bean
Emotion: contemplativecontemplative
Tune: XM Cafe
Tags: , ,
Public Post: Comments on the New Yorker's cover for July 21, 2008


-art: Barry Blitt Source:AP Photo/New Yorker, via Yahoo! News

So, folks. What is it that this cover is trying to do?

(a) Imply that Obama is the end of America!
(b) Demonstrate extremism!
(c) Satirize the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the presidential election to derail Obama!

Acording to the Representitives of the New Yorker, the correct answer is (c). Now, wether that is a truthful statment or not is a little pointless- after all, intent is hard to prove. Yes, you could argue it. But a more pertinant question is this:

How will the general public, and future generations, take it?

We can hope that they will get it as the New Yorker claims to have intended it, and as the facts about the Obamas support- Satire. But the fact of the matter is that by and large that's NOT how people will take it.

I still run into people here in rural Pennsylvania who believe that Obama is a closet Muslium, and that his wife is an Angry Black Woman (capitalization intended.) Now outside of the issue of the prejudices (after all, why can't a muslium or an Angry Black Woman have power, so long as it's dutifully weilded?) there's simple fact that these folks won't linger long enough to know the facts. They will take in the image represented (said Angry Black Woman being militant, Mr. Obama as a Muslium, and the American flag burning as they fist bump in victory) and take it in literally or as a confirmation of their opinions.

Both Obama and McCain's campaigns have expressed Disapproval. In fact, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds has stated “We completely agree with the Obama campaign, it’s tasteless and offensive.” Yes, it is.

When future generations look at it, they will most likely skim the information and just pick up on the image. What will that say about our current perspective of the Obamas? Of Blacks, of women, of other faiths? Let's just hope that Obama has a wide enough influence in the future that such an image isn't taken as a demonstration of the level of our generation(s)'s bigotry.

However, on the question of was the New Yorker well within their rights to publish it? YES. Yes, they were- I just wish they had thought through their actions, and realized that while it might have made a great political cartoon (with an appropriate caption) it isn't the best choice for a cover.

Sources:

Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080714/pl_politico/11719
LA Times: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/thedishrag/2008/07/barack-obama-an.html
Reuters: http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSN1442783520080714
Google News Feed: http://news.google.com/?ncl=1227596279&hl=en&topic=h
BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7505953.stm


And most importantly, my own thoughts. XD


lj pride

Whee! Inspiration and

Posted on 2008.07.09 at 14:52
Place: Office
Emotion: awakeawake
Tune: Against Me!- Those Anarcho Punks Are Mysterious
Tags: ,
Okay, now. . .

I'm actually printing out the Cat Macro (aslo known as lolcats) from yesterday to go over my desk. In case I haven't told you yet, I have all sorts of things that inspire me on the board over my office desk- I have Kathleen Seidel's quotation about Neurodiversity,Collapse ) I have the 1st Amendment,Collapse ) The Mission and Vision of Smart ACID,Collapse ), and various other Quotations from such folks as Rodin, TS Eliot, Les Brown, Henry Ford, etc. I really like this quote from a woman named Lila WatsonCollapse ) (or more accurately, an activist group she was a leader in) which just. Yes. Exactly.Exactly. My two favorites are Kathleen Seidel's and that one. :)

At home, I have this amazing article by Peter Greene, my 11th grade honors English Teacher and a local opinion writer for the paper, called "No one Told Us That We Were Responsible" that I suggest as mandatory reading for anyone doing Non-Profit Work. Lifted my spirits anyways!

Okay, enough about my obsession with inspiring quotes. XD

Have a couple of recs on some comms! Today is primarily Sociology comms, because OMG. LOVE. (When I go back to school, I'm not sure what I'll double major Anthropology with. But Sociology and Psychology are at the top of that list. so. ♥ )

weblogsociology Looks at how we interact on weblogs/blogging sites. There are a mix of serious and some not quite so serious topics, but entries like this are gold. It looks like it hasn't been around too long, and hasn't been active in about a year, but I think that it has potential for anyone into LJ's social constructs. (In other words, I would kinda like to see more posts there, kthnx.)

blog_sociology has a similar topic, but it more geared towards academia. While weblogsociology deals more with anecdotal, blog_sociology has a more academic format:


blog_sociology exists as a forum for the academic study of sociology within the context of internet communities and personal publishing. We are here to explore all aspects of interpersonal communication within the blog format, be they good, bad or neutral.

You are asked to behave as if you were in a college classroom, giving due respect to your peers and being polite at all times. Whenever possible, provide concrete examples for your arguments or better still, cite sources that back up your point. While personal experience is considered valid, any arguments based upon it should be phrased accordingly, such as "In my experience...."


This group is more recently active, and while there are lots of question-answer posts for us n00bs, they do ask some rather legitimate questions. There also seems to be an interest in informing about academic studies going on.


self winter10

Cat Macros: not alwayz 4 lolz

Posted on 2008.07.08 at 17:57
Place: Office
Emotion: touchedtouched
Tune: Coheed & Cambria- Willing Well II: From Fear through the eyes of Madness
Tags: ,
I cried when I saw this cat Macro.

cat
more cat pictures

M-maybe I'm just hormonal or something.

Cat Macros: not alwayz 4 lolz


V  for Vendetta

Happy 4th.

Posted on 2008.07.04 at 05:48
Place: Office
Emotion: discontentdiscontent
Tune: Dark Waltz
Tags: , ,
Happy 4th of July, American Flisters.

In hope, here's the Bill of Rights.

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My America birthday wish?

That Americans realize that they should use their 1st Amendment Rights. I don't care what opinion you're voicing- that's up to you- but just. Voice it.

And just so you know, this is one thing I will judge people for. I really do see this as one of the obligations of being an American, along with voting whenever you can. Just saying.


self winter10

Public: PATTAN Conference on Transition

Posted on 2008.07.02 at 16:38
Place: Work
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Well, I'm going to PaTTAN's Conference on Transition. (pdf w/session descriptions here.

Below is my schedule for this! Let me know if you will be there, or if you'd like to meet up for dinner or networking, let me know! We will be staying at the Ramada hotel. :)

nicocoer@gmail.com
1 814 657 3922 (Verizon; txting preffered but calls okay too)

Preconference: Tuesday, July 22, 2008
schedule TuesdayCollapse )
Unlocking the Potential of Everyday Leadership - Wednesday, July 23, 2008
schedule WednesdayCollapse )
Building Your Leadership Toolkit - Thursday, July 24, 2008
schedule ThursdayCollapse )
Today's Youth are Tomorrow's Leaders - Friday, July 25, 2008
schedule FridayCollapse )


HP proud Slyther slut

HP: the prequel!

Posted on 2008.06.11 at 19:23
Place: Office
Emotion: amusedamused
Tune: Fans
Tags:
Well! As I'm sure you all have heard, JKR's "prequel" is up online! (so are the other cards from the charity autction, BTW!)

Reactions! (Want added or removed to the list? let me know!)

furiosity 's reaction is here.
heidi8 's reaction is here.

Transcripts (as JKR's handwriting is PAINFUL):


bzzinglikeneon 's transcript is here. (locked)
mmichelle 's transcript is here.

I found it highly amusing, and I'm Sad now that there isn't goign to be any more of it. *waves fist futily*


JE K8 grope

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ILANA!

Posted on 2008.06.07 at 23:06
Emotion: happyhappy
Tags:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ILANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everyone should go glomp/huggle pashoshi, for she is awesome and it's her birthday. :D :D :D

IOU random drabble-age/fic of your choice. But I don't make any promises as to the quality.



I'm taking a break in the epic post of emo woe. (okay, so mabye the woe is justified thus disqualifying the emo but. yes.) Part because I need a break ( for obvious reasons) and part because there are good things on the internet. or rather, things that aren't about me, and thus I don't feel like a selfish person for posting about them.

First off: LJ ELECTIONS.

As icarusancalion has stated, Always vote where you're given a chance to vote. You don't have to be like me or the political portion of the multi-fandom-verse (hi bookshop, icarusancalion, furiosity, etc.) And state that you voted, just. . . just so long as you skim over some stuff and vote.

Vote here (Cyrllic users? here.)

Already voted and changed your mind? You can re-vote here.

There are several posts in various places about the candidates, and if you want to get into it, you can ask the candidates questions at their LJs. However, if you are like most people, just having a summery of things is a lot less confusing- and less time consuming.

bookshop has a good post here that gives a breif summery of each candidate, including major points, fandom connections (or not), and (if known) their non-fandom affliations. For those of you who want to vtoe and get it overwith, I'd say she's a good one stop shop.

there is also a new com (for the poli minded fandomers of us) called fandom_votes in order to get fandom behind one name in order to win against trolls.

WHY NOT TO VOTE THE SAME IN ALL THREE SLOTS. penknife

here is some facts about and links to other facts about candidates. sasha_davidovna

Jameth's Encycolopedia Dramatica entry: http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/Jameth (to be fair, RL experience: http://jameth.livejournal.com/4343639.html )

icarusancalion is keeping track of links here,/a>. Of particular note: has a fine collection of statements in support of legomymalfoy.

A rather good breif analysis here. bethbethbeth

NOTE: people with seizure disorders might want to dodge some of the comment threads? as jameth has started dishing out icons that flash rapidly and say "seizure the moment". Lulz? in any other arena. here, it's jsut stupid and dangerous. (thank you rydra_wong

(I have to go, but I know that icaruscalion will be updating- I'll try to get on tomorrow if there's any leads. Link suggestions? LET ME KNOW, I'LL add)

Personal vote: Legomymalfoy, RM, and Vichan.


V  for Vendetta

PSA: Smart ACID Venango County PA

Posted on 2008.05.22 at 16:20
Place: Work
Emotion: busybusy
Tune: Carol's Christian Rock station. . .
Tags: , , ,
I know there are one or two Venango County, PA people on here- and if you know any, link them here. I'm making this post public. Feel free to spread across the net if you know of peopel it would be relevent to.

Smart ACID is a group of Youth aghes 14-25 in Venango county. It's anonymous, and is a way to get your input on the system (Foster Care, Mental Health services, Drug and Alcohol Services, Junvenile justice) heard- the state makes the county listen to us. We end up giving feedback on various services and makeing suggestions for positive change without the specific member's name attached.

We also work as a peer support network, Giving people acess to Advocates for various issues and information and input to different services. Each meeting starts with a short period of time in which to get updated on each other's issues. Also, our myspace and website are available to contact me at any time if you are in crisis.

It's open to any youth 14-25 who have had some form of system involvement. We are open to all genders, sexual orientations, Religions, and political orientations.

We meet at Brother Bean Global Coffee Shop the second and Forth Thursdays of every month between 6 and 8 pm. We give each participating youth a $4 drink allowance, and we provide dinner- Usually Pizza.

Occationally we'll have additional meetings to use as work groups- last time it was an anti-bullying flag painting project that Focus on our Future asked if we'd do.

Smokers- Brother Bean is non-smoking, but we allow smaking breaks out on the front porch (it has an ashtray and an overhang so that if it's raining you'll still stay dry) once every half hour.

Peace ♥

~SAVANNAH/NICO~

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/smartacid
website: http://www.heart2heartpa.org/smartACID2.html

PS: We do have a meeting tonight. :D


JE K8 grope

sjkdlhfjlsh YAY!

Posted on 2008.05.15 at 14:41
Place: Work
Emotion: jubilantjubilant
Tune: Bump of Chicken
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Not to spam but:

California has overturned ban on Same-Sex Marriage!

MSNBC

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CNN (evil_erato has the text up here.)

ETA: Yahoo! News


self winter 08

PSA for Venango County, PA USA

Posted on 2008.05.15 at 14:21
Place: Work
Emotion: busybusy
Tune: Bump of Chicken
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Attention Venango County (and surrounding areas), Pennsylvania USA Residents:


Camp "JoyIn 2008"
A Day Camp escpecially for kids with
Autism & Aspergers
Brochures and Registration forms are now available on line at www.heart2heartpa.org for the 2008 camping sessions.


Camp Joy In will be offering eight sessions between June 16 and August 16, 2008. Each session will be 5 days from Monday thru Friday from 9 AM until 3 PM each day. Campers are encouraged to attend as many sessions as desired.

Cost is reasonable and more information is available online at the link above or by calling Teresa Gawrys McLeoad, M.Ed at 814-671-9596 or by Email at: oisllc@pa.rr.com Financial Assistance may be available to qualifying families.



Please forward to any one who might be interested. THANK YOU!


Arashi Sims Ohmiya2
Posted on 2008.05.06 at 15:43
Place: work
Emotion: amusedamused
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Ya'll are aware of my mum's cat, Cammie (Aibaka-chan's mother), having another litter, right? or did I not mention that? ANY HOW, She had six: 5 females, 1 male. The Male is just known as boycat, and the others are Clarice, Gewndolyn, Adolf, and. . .

GUYS. I'm not sure if this is just awesome luck or I'm just obsessed, but. . .

OHMIYA KITTIES!!!

As in, I have them.

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Also Needless to add, I'm keeping them- or rather, they are coming with me when I move. ♥ until then, all the babies are living with another friend.

A-at some point I'll spam the others? until then, have a facebook Album. ♥


Bauhaus I Dare You
Posted on 2008.03.27 at 17:06
Emotion: accomplishedaccomplished
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I'll prolly post again, but I have a couple of things for Y'all that suits a public post.

First of all, A Petition for a Tax Break for Parents of Special Needs CHildren. Although there are certain things implemented to help parents with the educational difficulties, many times parents are forced to deal with additional costs in order to accomedate the needs of their children which are not picked up by the government or their insurence companies.

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To sign, please go here.

Censored data? Targeting GBLT intrests? WHAT? LJ: Being Twats Again (tm) DO any of you have any updates on this front?

CHeck out gimmick_game's etsy! here is the link; she has some really beautiufl phone charms.

ETA: Okay, so it's back up? More links on that topic: Heidi8's;


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Weekly Grammar


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Previous Lesson: Questions and some Polite Expressions


Please feel free to suggest changes/point out inaccuracies- or things you felt difficult. :D


Grammar Lessons references: about.com's Japanese Lessons and Contemporary Japanese Volume I by Eriko Sato published by Tuttle Publishing


D&amp;D shit d20

RIP Ledger

Posted on 2008.01.22 at 20:19
Place: Home
Emotion: morosemorose
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As I'm sure you are all aware, Health Ledger Died today. ;_;

He was found with Sleeping pills, by most sources over the counter. It hasn't be concluded whether it was an overdose or Suicide. He was only 28 years old.

It's really sad, as he really did seem to use acting as an art form- He's known for trying out as many different types of roles as he can, and has turned down offers to do movies that might have brought in a lot of money but risked typecasting him. Honestly, I wish more actors would do this, may be the shitty movies would be eliminated. It's a sad day indeed for the Acting world.

Wheter you think he was an amazing Actor or not (I think he was a damn good one) it's uber sad to see someone like him who was willing to work the way he worked is distressing.

He has a Daughter, Matilda, by Michelle Williams. My heart goes out to that little girl, it's so sad that she has to loose her father so soon. She's 16 months old.

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Copied from The New York Times site Here.

The News is also up on the CNN site. People.com has a Bio for Ledger. Yahoo!News is also reporting.

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R.I.P. Heath Ledger, I hope that you enjoy the stage/screen in the sky.

ETA: The IMDB's forum for The Dark Knight is exploding. There are about 25 threads thus far on there concerning his death, most are positive-ish but a couple are negative. Just a head's up.

ETA 2: Warner Bros. has issued a Statement. Also, Current reports put it as an Accidental Overdose or Suicide. Ledger had previously reported issues sleeping- as few as 2 hours a night- since his prep for his role in The Dark Knight as the Joker. (Considering that he's a method actor, and that role is an insanely crazy one. . . )

ETA 3: According to this source, Ledger was already completely done with his portion of the post production on The Dark Knight. So no dubbing? Unfortunately, No word on the film he was filming when he died. Also, his family is reporting that He was also suffering from Pneumonia as well as severe insomnia. My vote? Accidental Overdose. He mentioned using Ambien and having it not work before (a double dose is mentioned as insufficient) in the past. I've used ambien before and had to do a double dose as well. In any case, if he really had pneumonia I have no doubt that he accidentally took more than his body could handle at the time.


Arashi Sims Gamer Nino

Your Daily Kanji ♥

Posted on 2008.01.15 at 22:36
Place: Home
Emotion: accomplishedaccomplished
Tune: Hadashi no Mirai - Arashi
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I'm finding that the more I do this Daily Kanji and weekly grammar, the more I'm able to understand what I'm looking at when I stumble across Japanese text. YES.

Someone on learn_japanese suggested a couple of sites that I figured I'd point any interested parties to.

Dartmouth's Kanji site Has Audio files, varied fonts, and small embedded videos of someone writing the Kanji to demonstrate stroke order. It's nice, and would be rather useful to the serious student, but takes some time to load because all the Multimedia for the Kanji is on one page. O-: Pity, because it's very useful.

Study Stacks' Kanji site Is faster to load, and has several games in order to help you memorize Kanji and Kanji compounds. Hangman is fun, as is the Scramble and matching games. There are also more traditional methods like digital flashcards. Each is on a different page, though Javascript allows you to play a game multiple times without reloading. Very enjoyable, and if you like to waste time and want to have some benefit from your lost hours, this is definitely a good choice. Down side is mainly that the word search game isn't nearly as user friendly as it could be, and I've only figured out how to access one set of Kanji.

Someone else recced Kanji Practice, but I haven't checked it out yet.

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Kanji of the Day

day 15

十 - juyou, jutsu, to, too - tenCollapse )

Wikipedia Refs: Kanji by Stroke Count & Kana Index


Arashi Sims Ohmiya2

Daily Kanji + Weekly Quiz 2 + Weekly Grammar 2

Posted on 2008.01.15 at 01:05
Place: Home
Emotion: accomplishedaccomplished
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Daily Kanji

day 14

八 - hachi, ya, yatsu, you - eightCollapse )

Wikipedia Refs: Kanji by Stroke Count & Kana Index

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Weekly Grammar

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Please feel free to suggest changes/point out inaccuracies. :D


Grammar Lessons references: about.com's Japanese Lessons and Contemporary Japanese Volume I by Eriko Sato published by Tuttle Publishing


V  for Vendetta

ALERT! I need your help!!!

Posted on 2008.01.10 at 09:07
Place: Mum's house
Emotion: anxiousanxious
Tune: Feathers - Coheed & Cambria
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HELP!

Okay, I was going through and catching up on some paperwork for Heart 2 Heart and, um. I was supposed to look some stuff up and ask "a couple of people I know online" aka a couple of flisters about some things. If you get an e-mail from me out of the blue, don't fret, I'm just trying to find the quickest way to get a hold of you.

First of all, Paypal & Non-Profits. We are holding a conference on Trauma and Attachment for Heart 2 Heart, and we were wondering about such things as paypal accounts and how other non-profits have managed them for conferences, or if there are services to manage them for them and if so the cost. How have other conferences run by non-profits Handled these in the past? Any suggestions from the lot who have done fan cons in the past? What about those who have had involvement in other Non-profit run cons?

Basically what we are looking for is a way to avoid personal checks and/or to enable credit/Debit card transactions or to extend the abilities of the online application. We currently lack the resources to justify a credit card machine, which in addition to the cost of buying also has a yearly contract that we would only be able to make use of for the annual conference- so thus is full of wasted funds if we were to follow that route.

Additionally, I was curious as to what programs and resources are available to create SECURE AND CONFIDENTIAL forms for registration, including, should the above issue be solved, Credit/Debit transactions. This would include a separate portion for vendor's info. our current registration form can be found here (PDF) but must be printed and snail mailed or edited online and e-mailed to the Admin by the individual.

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Please let anyone you know who may have insight into these issues know about this. I do ask that this be kept to LJ and e-mails, though, unless otherwise noted. :D

IF you lack an LJ account, or would rather e-mail, my e-mail is nicocoer(at)gmail(dot)com.

EVEN IF WE DON'T USE THE SERVICES THIS YEAR, WE MAY NEXT YEAR SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO BRING INFO TO THE TABLE. :D THANK YOU!!!

Love ya all,

~Savannah Nicole Logsdon aka "Nico"

Heart 2 Heart is a non-profit alliance of parents and professionals in Western Pennsylvania intent on affecting their communities for the benefit of families and children experiencing the effects of behavioral and mental health disabilities.

We work diligently to bring healing through education, advocacy, support, resources and training with a specialization in the adoptive and foster family dynamic.

The Conference referenced is "A Conference for families and professionals working with 'Disordered' Children. Focusing on Attachment, Bi-Polar Disorder,Trauma,Transition and Special Education Issues." [Website's wording, not mine.] The Conference is to be held in Oil City, PA, USA, at Clarion University, Venango Campus on March 14th-15th


Arashi Sims Gamer Nino

Daily Kanji and a vid rec

Posted on 2008.01.10 at 02:27
Place: Mum's house
Emotion: awakeawake
Tune: The Running Free- Coheed and Cambria
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I found a little bit of awesome for y'all. :D

As some of you might know, I love the American band Coheed & Cambria a whole lot. My whole family does (And yeah, I think you should too, but this isn't a Co&Ca pimp Post- go youtube them or something. ^_^), and my brother and sister both have dragonfly tattoos with my mother and I both planning on our own versions to prove it. In fact, Aibaka-chan's mother cat is named Cambria, and Aibaka-chan was originally going to be named Claudio after the Lead singer. (My sister's friends have started calling her "Coheed" which annoys the poop out of me.) Their albums are concept Albums revolving around the comic book story that the lead singer, Claudio Sanchez, wrote. Also, I would drop everything and marry this guy in an instant (and considering that I haven't been attracted to anyone who isn't Asian in a while. . .)

Well, I was looking up something on Youtube and found "In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth" by Coheed & Cambria set to FFVII-universe clips from Advent Children, Last Order, and Dirge of Cerberus. (I also think I spotted some from the original PS game, too!) Kick ass fan-vid, and so much awesome.

So much, in fact, that I'm linking you all to it. *nods vigorously*

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♥ ♥ ♥

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Kanji of the Day

day 8

七 - nana, nana(tsu), nano, shichi - SevenCollapse )

Wikipedia Refs: Kanji by Stroke Count & Kana Index


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