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Mar. 2nd, 2010

My icon has never been more appropriate



Like [info]aldiara says, I don't know whether to laugh or cry that this is even an issue.

In other news, on this day was born my favourite gay (not) skater. Happy birthday, DG!

Jan. 13th, 2010

The paradox of Ted Olson

My brother just sent me his interesting argument, The Conservative Case for Gay Marriage. I disagree with the basic assumption that equality is a bedrock of conservative values -- in fact, social and economic hierarchies are a pretty essential requirement for modern conservatism -- but it's still fairly awesome to see a right-winger arguing against Proposition 8.

In more idiotic conservative news, I just talked to my dad, who insists that the horribly severe winter we're all being hit by is evidence that global warming is a myth cooked up by the pinko liberal media. Love the man, but sometimes he does make me want to send him out on an ice floe...

Nov. 4th, 2009

Grump

If I just crawl back into bed and burrow under the covers, will the world be better when I wake up? I feel like every bit of the shiny world I was in last week has disappeared.

First RTL goes and closes the loophole that let us capture episodes. [personal profile] aldiara and I are sitting amidst piles of hair ripped from our heads while searching for a workaround. It's all extra-maddening because we came home from such a high, ready to dive into all the exciting stuff that we know is coming... and suddenly the door's slammed in our faces.

Then they make things worse by (we think) discontinuing free episodes. I say "we think" because there's no communication of any sort, just a price tag on the current episode. So much for encouraging people to watch the source! How can a corporation be so shortsighted? They have to give a little free to hook people for more -- have they learned nothing from drug pushers. But no, they really don't understand fandom or anything more than making disposable, mediocre entertainment that nobody would ever want to watch more than once.

(But maybe it's just a glitch, and maybe they'll get it fixed, and maybe we'll be able to download eps again. *flings glitter feebly*)

I'm weary from it all though. And then I read about Maine. What is this voting on civil rights bullshit? Last week, in a moment of pissiness over Harper, I said that Canada was no better than the U.S. I officially retract those words.

Hmmm, sorry for the super cranky post. Let's see. THINGS WOT ARE GOOD:

*I have gummi bears.
*My cat's snuggling because it's cold.
*I only have one more client to finish before 6.
*Massive trip report is getting a good response. I admit, I feel the crankiness fade while reading these comments.

Aug. 5th, 2009

Links I Like

I'm a little emotionally wobbly today because this just sent me over the edge: Pres. Obama sings Happy Birthday to Helen Thomas. After Bush repeatedly snubbed her (and his especially tacky finale, this is great to see.

Also, this article about Sherlock Holmes backfire is highly amusing.

They know that making Holmes and Watson homosexual will take away two-thirds of their box office. Who is going to want to see Downey Jr. and Law make out? I don't think it would be appealing to women.


Ummmmm...

...

OK, my brain just wandered off imagining a lip-locked RDL and JL. No, of course, nobody wants to see that!

And speaking of that horrible stuff that women really don't want to see, I LOVE AWZ! (Contains spoilers, as does this. Happy, happy spoilers!)

Jan. 30th, 2009

51 days!

Finally! The bus strike is over. All it took was Parliament threatening back-to-work legislation and suddenly our bully of a mayor agrees to binding arbitration. (I know, the union wasn't blameless in this mess either -- both sides got more and more entrenched -- but he has been spouting such lies since the start of this mess. Thank goodness his bribery trial is coming up soon. Unless he conveniently gets it postponed again like he did last year. Seriously, the man should be in jail, not running our city!)

Obama's upcoming visit has a lot to do with the resolution too. The traffic jams would apparently be even worse than they are now.

I suggested to the Ex that we go see Obama when he gets to town. His response: "Go see a U.S. president without protesting? What are you supposed to do instead?" Made me giggle.

ETA: President Obama: "You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement." My respect for this man just skyrocketed!

Jan. 20th, 2009

Watching the inauguration

Damn! Obama is making it really hard for me to maintain my bitter shell of cynicism. I feel naked without it.

Nov. 15th, 2008

I really hate thinking up titles. I don't have enough brainpower for this.

I don't seem to be double posting now, but I'm still double-commenting. If I'm spamming you, I'm really, really sorry. I've opened a support request and hopefully they can fix it soon. I'm hoping it's not a nasty thing from one of the many programs I've d/led in the past 24 hours. And I'm hoping that it will behave like nice self-healing technology and I'll wake up tomorrow and everything will be back to normal. But for now, I'm trying to hold back on commenting unless I really, really must say something. It's hard!

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So I should have spent the day writing or maybe even cleaning up for company tomorrow. What did I do instead? Pretended I spoke German, battled video editing software, and wrote a crack!ficlet to prod [info]sdk's Harry muse. If this doesn't get him talking, I don't know what will.



And check this out: This is your protest! SO COOL! It just goes on and on and on! Did any of you guys see/attend protests today?

Now I've got my rubber gloves, scrubbing implements, and enough chemicals to bring down an Oliphaunt. I'm off to tackle the bathroom. Wish me luck, I could be stuck in there a long time.

Nov. 4th, 2008

Holy shit Obama just won Ohio!

It's over! HE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!

Oct. 14th, 2008

Finally, some sanity from the American media

Oct. 10th, 2008

Dismayed

What the hell is wrong with people?

Oct. 5th, 2008

A whole lot of random

It's been an onion dip night. For some strange reason, that stuff is my comfort food when I'm feeling stressed. I resisted all week, but tonight, once I relaxed, I gorged.

But I had a wonderfully refreshing Saturday. Having a clean house helped immensely -- not just because it was clean, but more because I didn't have that guilty "I should tidy" feeling. Instead I lounged about, napped with my cat, caught up on hd_inspired's Back to School Fest... Which reminds me: I've been meaning to rec Snugs and Slails. It's a completely crackfed idea that turns into something more, and so far it's my favourite of the fest.

I poked at a bit of writing too, made a miniscule amount of headway on one story, and outlined another that has grown from a manageable medium-length fic into an epic. *headdesks* I wonder if it'll ever happen. Seems the only dependable writing I can manage is my weekly drabble for [info]draco100 ... oh, and [info]harry100, which is starting up this week! YAY! Go join!!

I've been spending too much time reading the US political news, I'm afraid, and I fear this next month is going to get really ugly. Not looking forward to it. I do wonder why commentators (mostly male ones) keep saying that it's "surprising" that Sarah Palin does better with male voters than female ones. Women have long known that few things work faster than a wink and cloying smile from a pretty girl in getting a man to change a tire or open a stuck pickle jar. To see those same tactics used by someone aspiring to a major office is disgusting.

I am feeling cautiously optimistic, though. I've never in my adult life voted for the winning presidential candidate (I missed the 1992 vote because I was living in Ireland), but I wonder if this could be the year (at least in the US -- Canada looks like a lost cause). Maybe I'm just feeling a little more hopeful because who doesn't when the Boss talks like this?

Oct. 1st, 2008

oh my...

Sep. 24th, 2008

Inescapable politics and fandom escapes.

If I walked into a bank, with no collateral and a history of reckless spending, and asked for a loan of an unspecified amount, just requested that it be "a really large number," I'd be escorted out by security. But that's what Bush's bailout plan did, according to Forbes:

In fact, some of the most basic details, including the $700 billion figure Treasury would use to buy up bad debt, are fuzzy. "It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."

And I can't believe that stunt McCain pulled today -- cancelling the campaign so he could focus on the economic crisis, when he hasn't cast a vote in the Senate since April 8th and has missed 412 (64%) votes in this session of Congress, making him the poorest performing Senator in the country. Yeah, he's going to be a real help, I'm sure! ETA: Letterman's miffed!

I'm sorry, I generally avoid mixing politics and fandom, but this has just been too surreal.

*breathes deep*

OK. Now I've got that out of my system ... back to the fun stuff.

Have you guys seen Ice Blues yet? I saw it the other night and I gotta say, I think it's my favourite yet!


Oh, and then Heroes went and knocked my socks off what with its action-packed death-defying chest-baring secret-revealing self. Tim Kring's reeled me in for another season, hook line and sinker.

And one last thing...I found this on fjardrako's journal last night: all the Metros I've ever ridden.
Wheeee! )


And that's all I got. But this week is halfway over, and for that I have to say hooray!

Sep. 20th, 2008

Update on Rudy. And some random links of interest.

The short version is that the vet thinks he's going to be okay. The long version is longer.

So it turns out I missed Talk Like A Pirate Day. I can't really talk like one, but I love songs about them and I wanted to share one of my favorites: Stan Rogers' Barrett's Privateers, about the "privateers" from Nova Scotia who raided American ships during the American revolution. And here's a live video of Stan singing it (which admittedly I first watched for Stan's sexy brother Garnet ... he's the one with the long luscious hair).

There's a nice interview with Neil Patrick Harris at the Onion's AV Club: I would say I'm about 75 percent technique, and 25 percent Red Bull.

The new Stargate: Universe sounds ... well, awful. Could these characters get any more clichéd? And speaking of Stargate, I think Keller ought to be climbing Ronon like a jungle-gym and bring Rodney in for a threesome. Meanwhile, Shep can find solace with his new Runner. That's how I would write it anyway.

Are you a knitter? [info]sarcastic_jo found this cool Java charting tool that I'm going to have to try out.

And finally, I found this article on white privilege really thought-provoking.

Now I think it's time for a good long nap. I hope you're all having a great weekend!

Sep. 16th, 2008

Excessively random bits

Have any of you used Chrome, Google's new browser? My boss is recommending it to speed up our convoluted Salesforce system, but I'm wary of beta software. And I just recently moved up to Firefox 3. Another change so soon? Can I can handle the stress? I feel all tingly just thinking about it.

I love John Cusack, I love his hyperbole and I love his urgency and I love his political sincerity. Did anybody else see War, Inc.? Brilliant movie, although it flew by without much fanfare here. I know Jon Stewart caught it at least, he's referred to it more than once. Everyone should see it.

And Middleman. So much love.

And I have tacos.

Sep. 5th, 2008

I realized today...



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We now return you to your regularly scheduled fangirling.

Jul. 11th, 2008

A mixed bag

Did 2/3 of my flist go to Portus? *listens to crickets chirping*

Not me! I'm enjoying another quiet weekend in the country, critter-sitting while the Ex goes camping. I'd hoped I'd get the writing bug, but mostly I'm playing traffic cop, moving my dog from his favourite spot (blocking the closet with the catbox), keeping the cats from trying to get in there at the same time (fighting in the catbox isn't pretty), and caaaarefully opening the door to let pups in and out without disturbing the hornet's nest.

It's always such an odd feeling being out here. The Ex and I split in 2004 and I moved into the city, where I don't know any of my neighbours. In the two days I've been out here, two sets of neighbours have stopped by to see how I've been, to invite me to the farmer's market tomorrow, and let me know they're here in case anything happens. It's bizarre. I truly appreciate the anonymity of the city, I felt awfully claustrophobic when I lived out here, but ... I'm just a little touched by this now.

Another thing I've noticed is that this place completely saps my energy. Maybe it's because I look at it as a mini-holiday, but I've got no motivation to do anything other than nap on the deck. I did take my camera on one of my walks tho, so on Sunday expect some baby pet pics. And corn. Lots and lots of corn.


And now, couple of very random links, a little politics, a little fandom, a bit of IJ goodness. Actually, let's start with that one. [info]squeaky has put up six new site schemes—I like them, they're more, um, subtle than the previous ones. To change yours, go to http://www.insanejournal.com/manage/settings/.

Now on to the unsubtle extreme, some inexcusable behaviour from Bush: The American leader, who has been condemned throughout his presidency for failing to tackle climate change, ended a private meeting with the words: "Goodbye from the world's biggest polluter." He then punched the air while grinning widely, as the rest of those present including Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy looked on in shock. I'm just gobsmacked! This sounds like what you'd expect in a frathouse, not a G8 summit. Only 192 days to go. Hopefully there won't be another war on his way out.

More politics and more hypocrisy: Alabama Attorney General Troy King, a conservative Republican Christian who has called homosexuality the 'downfall of society,' has been caught with his pants down—literally—in a gay sex scandal. King was reportedly nabbed having sex with a male assistant by his wife, Paige King, in the couple's own bed. *smirk*

The real world is too weird. How's about some fandom news instead?

More Joss: Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon...will turn out 50 minutes of programming in each hour-long episode instead of the usual 42 to 44 minutes." They're going to have fewer, more costly commercial breaks. I love this idea!

More Draco: Yes, I admit, I'm getting excited. Finally, some Draco!

There was also some less good news... spoilers )

Jun. 27th, 2008

The hypocricy, it burns

Larry Craig and David Vitter are co-sponsoring the Marriage Protection Amendment. You'd think that'd be a headline in The Onion, but no.

And remember...

May. 15th, 2008

Lots of good things

A day of awesomeness all around! First off (because it is all about me), I got the most fantastic package from [info]noorie! Lots of movies that I can't wait to watch AND an awesome handmade gift care AND the coolest silver bracelet with blue beads on this flexible wire so it wraps right around my wrist -- I absolutely adore it!

Then there was good news in California!

And youtubey goodness from Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku.

And there was fic posting, which thanks to [info]sarcastic_jo's poking turned out much better than it was just a few days ago. Feels so good to post something after so, so long!

And then there was Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day. Cute movie, not one I'll end up thinking much about afterwards, but lots of eye candy in the shape of Mark Strong and Ciarán Hinds (who keeps getting hotter the older he gets) and Lee Pace (who can't ditch that Oklahoma accent to save his life). The costumes were gorgeous too, it's that 1930s style -- we decided that Shirley Henderson should always dress like that, it suits her so well.

Speaking of Shirley, some not so good news here: Moaning Myrtle won't be in HBP. Cut no doubt so we can have more Lavender Frickin' Brown. Which means that there will likely be no sympathetic ear for Draco, which means that he's just going to be bad, bad, bad, because even JKR's simplistic handling of him is apparently too complex for the filmmakers. *is not impressed at all*

*sighs* I did say it was a day of awesomeness, didn't I? Well, it was mostly all good.

Oh, and flisters, help please: [info]bridgetmkenna is searching for Asians in fanfic -- she's compiled a list of Asian characters but also wants links to fics -- go and rec her your favourite Ronon Dex stories!

Sep. 20th, 2007

This choked me up

San Diego's mayor supports gay marriage.

Thanks to [info]sarcastic_jo for the link.

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