LJ Tos Changes - Poll

Apr. 10th, 2020 03:55 pm
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LJ recently moved it's servers to Russia and changed it's Terms of Service. There's an article on Gizmodo here and on another site here. I've had some people ask if we are going to move the Comm to another site. At the moment, no we don't. But I wanted to get opinions on the matter.

[Poll #2066125]

The usefulness of paranoia

Jul. 27th, 2017 02:55 pm
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Paranoia has its uses.  For a while now I've been worried that I would have problems with my Visa card overseas, as I did last time I travelled.  This time I knew there'd been a problem because I hadn't figured out that there was a cap on what I could withdraw in a day.  I thought I'd solved it, but was still worried, so decided to take the huge step of contacting the hotel's sales centre in Finland and getting them to take their money early.

Turns out my only option so close to the date was to ring them up.  As a lifelong telephobic, few things are more terrifying.  But not as terrifying as the possibility of trouble at the other end after no sleep for 24 hours.  So now I have talked to Finland and heard a tri-lingual phone message [Finnish/English/Swedish], with directions so I knew I'd be talking to an English speaker.  I painstakingly gave the details of the card and she had a go.  Transaction declined.  Right, so I then have to talk to my bank.  Turns out that the transaction limit I see in Internet banking and the limit on the card as a debit card are not the same thing.  Okay, probably this is basic to some folks, but not to this rodent.

The guy at call centre says he can lift the limit but only for half an hour; something to do with being a call centre and not the bank.  No problem!  Back to Finland, where I talk to a second operator and am plunged into wild confusion when she does not immediately recognise the contact number as one of theirs. [No idea.  First person had no trouble].  I again painstakingly explained.  Fortunately operator 2 finds the notes of operator 1 and all is clarified.  The transaction is completed and I sit back, feeling a strong wish for something alcoholic and a bit of a lie down.

I think I'll be okay now, but I would not have been, had I ignored the feeling that I really had to do this.  In many ways I'm sorry we're beyond the era of travellers' cheques.  They were easy to get, more secure than cash and useful.





Need a little help please, guys...

Jul. 26th, 2017 04:48 pm
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Still been a rough few weeks. Still dealing with health and financial issues plus a close friend, of more than thirty years, has just been diagnosed with Stage Four stomach cancer.

His tumor is rare and particularly nasty. Even with chemo it doesn't look good but he's a fighter. Heck, he had his first round of chemo yesterday and today he and his band, the Bowlers, are playing at the Ohio State Fair. As Danya put it, he may have to sit his 'Rocking Ass down for it but he'll be there". Mike is their lead guitarist.

Mike and Danya are two of the nicest people on this planet! Danya is a Vet, Mike is an incredible artist/musician. Each year at WonderFest he designs a Plaque to honor the show based on Lee's designs for the show that year. They are always beautiful and true works of art. As soon as I can I'm going to be taking pictures of any of the previous year's Plaques we still have to post to eBay so I can send anything we can make off them along via Mike's paypal account.

Before he got sick, Mike was feeding and caring for several feral cat colony's in Columbus. Besides their own menagerie of fur balls they've rescued and love at home. You wouldn't believe the cat runs, the cat sun room he's designed for them, they're amazing. Both of them truly live lives of service to others, be they human or tend to purr. A GoFundme has been set up to help them with the massive medical bills they're facing right now. Please, if you can, take a look, definitely share the link if you wouldn't mind:

Mike & Danya's Rocking Support Group:
https://www.gofundme.com/mike-danyas-rocking-support-rock?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=campaign_title&utm_campaign=donation_receiptv5

As for me, still fighting to get over this latest flareup of my lupus. Plus, I'm still trying to sell whatever I can to help us pay bills and make ends meet. I'm getting stuff posted to Ebay to sell now that my vision has settled down a little from my flare. If you guys wouldn't mind sharing what I've posted I'd really appreciate it. Here's the link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Barbaras-Essentials

If you see anything you'd like, but would rather pay for it here, let me know and I can tell you what it'd be with postage. My Paypal is bstaton@iglou.com. If you do buy something, if you wouldn't mind, send payment for it via friends and family. That way they don't take out all the fees.

Any help passing this along would be greatly appreciated. I'm going to keep adding stuff to sell as I can get pictures taken. If you guys wouldn't mind sharing what I've posted I'd really appreciate it. Here's the link:

http://stores.ebay.com/Barbaras-Essentials

If you see anything you'd like, but would rather pay for it here, let me know and I can tell you what it'd be with postage. My Paypal is bstaton@iglou.com. If you do buy something, if you wouldn't mind, send payment for it via friends and family. That way they don't take out all the fees.

Any help passing this along, too, would be greatly appreciated. I'm going to keep adding stuff to sell as I can get pictures taken.

Thanks, guys, as always, for listening. Love you!

*hugs*

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Jul. 26th, 2017 09:22 am
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Valerian and Laureline

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:28 pm
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I went to see "Valerian and the City of 1000 Planets". I wanted to love it. I tried to love it. After all, I loved "The 5th Element" and I love sci-fi and sure, I'd heard that the leads were wooden but I could forgive that for the spectacle, right?

It was an amazing, visual spectacle.

It was also an artefact of its time, where women are second to men and mostly irrelevant to the plot. Except for Laureline. (That's the woman.) I actually thought she was Valerian due to the marketing: the actress is the big name and her face stands out on the poster the most. In the film, she seemed the more interesting character.

But no. Valerian is the dude. Despite the original comic being titled "Valerian and Laureline". Despite them being co-leads with an equal amount of screentime.

It makes me so mad that the movie title is the MAN'S name when there are two leads.

Spoilers under the cut. )

I know that the comic it was adapted from was written in the 1960s/1970s. But surely a modern director should have had the sense to update the source material, just a little, to make sure it's not offensive?

Then again, how old is Luc Besson now? He seems to be stuck in the same mindset of 20 years ago when these things were overlooked. After all, everyone did them.


I did enjoy the movie. But the above things made me so mad. I could have loved it if it had just tried a little harder. A few small changes would have made a world of difference.


ETA: Good. I'm not the only one. I've been searching for this kind of article the last few days:
https://www.bustle.com/p/valerian-leaving-its-heroine-out-of-the-title-is-only-half-of-why-women-will-be-frustrated-with-the-film-70933

A Little Bit Bunny

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:06 pm
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Genre: General
Rating: G
Characters: Dean, Sam
Spoilers/Warning: None
Word Count: 116
Disclaimer: I write for love only. Characters belong to Kripke/CW
A/N: written for the DEW challenge, Sam + news/newsflash/news reader, and the SPN100 prompt, cross.


“. . . third bizarre death at Hefner’s Playboy Mansion . . .”

Sam paused his research to absorb the latest details from CNN.

“Anything?” Dean asked.

“Yes, the victims all connect to a model who died in the seventies. Could be a spirit. But how would we get in there?”

“You could pass as a model.”

Sam sighed, mildly aggravated, but Dean needed to work harder.

“You’d look real sexy in a bikini.”

Dean.”

“With floppy ears, and the tail, you’d be smokin’!”

Sam’s annoyance mounted, seeing where this was going. “Don’t!” he warned.

“Then you’d be – ”

“Don’t say it.”

“You know you want me to.”

No!”

Dean grinned triumphantly. “A hot, cross bunny!”


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Incredibly wet day today, especially for Perth.  Managed to get some exercise anyway, half of it without being rained on, when I went to see whether the Swan River had burst its banks yet.  Answer, just about;  it's lapping over the usual edges and creating some very large puddles.  I'd put a photo but despite busting my brain, haven't worked out how to do that here yet.

Apart from that, spent most of the day doing stuff around the house/messing online.  I think I have managed to break Facebook, which is now showing me ads both for gay tours of New York and dating websites so that I can find the right woman.  I also got a junk (?) email from somebody offering to be my slave.

Organising for trip to Finland is done, I'd say.  Today I got the info enabling me to pay for the tour to visit the Oikiluoto nuclear power plant on the day before Worldcon and also print out the bar code I'm supposed to present at the con when I get there.  Everything so far has been incredibly well organised on their part;  most impressed.  I work next week as normal, then the Monday and Tuesday following, then I leave on the redeye flight Thursday night.

The plot thickens!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 05:40 pm
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Someone's made a new friend . . . and it's got mini!Dean worried!


Well, That Was Something

Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:59 pm
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But I don't know what. The news this morning said we got three tornadoes yesterday but that they were all very far away from me. Like, 'a two hour drive' far. But I don't know how else to explain what happened to me if it didn't involve a (very weak, admittedly) tornado.

Read more... )

New Kingsman trailer! \o/

Jul. 21st, 2017 01:19 pm
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OMG! Can't wait!

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Hello, all! I am searching for a specific Dean/Castiel (Destiel) Fic. This Fic is Non-AU and there is a lot of Angst/Comfort.

In this Fic: Dean and Cas are vacationing in a beach(?) house (I think) or possibly another house. The house doesn't have a TV or anything I believe and Dean repairs things around the house during the Fic (he also does so to avoid talking about his feelings).

They are taking a vacation due to the last hunt they went on going wrong. Dean was beggining to have panic/anxiety attacks and Cas and Sam think that him taking a break would help him with his anxiety.

Dean and Cas speak to Sam via Phone Call until he visits them once during this Fic.

They don't hunt for a while but once Dean and Cas return to the Bunker, Dean, Cas and Sam begin to Hunt again. Everything is okay until Cas and/or Sam is almost killed during a hunt. Dean begins struggling with his anxiety once again and they (Dean and Cas ) stop hunting for good and return to their vacation home for a while so Dean can heal.

I read this Fic on Archive Our Own (AO3.) and sadly this is all I can remember.

Thank you in advance!

My Little Pony

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:17 pm
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From Felicia Day's tumblr... this sounds awesome!

Hey guys! Just a shoutout for the airing of my My Little Pony episode! It will premiere August 5th on Discovery Family! I do a voice with William Shatner, so it’s super special and fun episode, please tune in!!!

Catching up

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:30 pm
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It's been a while since I've posted. LJ (& DW) don't have the same vibrancy as they used to for me - which isn't helped by me not posting either, I know. I can hardly complain about my sense of loss of community when I'm not posting much myself!
Anyhoo - a little update on things at Chez Buddy.

Bud's doing really well. He's living with severe IBD, but his latest meds seem to have really helped & he's gained back all of the weight that he lost. He's so well that some of his other meds have been reduced or removed completely. This time last year, he was such a poorly boy & we didn't think that he'd make it, but he's such a fighter. He's on a prescription diet, but his appetite has come back & he's really enjoying life. Although he is a bit of an old man now - he's 11 & 1/2 - & so he does snooze quite a bit! ♥

Here he is on one of our favourite walks. It's a National Trust hill range & woodland that's 5 minutes walk from our door.




I'm doing really well, too. I saw my oncologist a few weeks ago & he's very happy with my scans & blood tests. I have to go back in the autumn for some more extensive scans, but so far things are looking very good. *fc*

Mr B, Bud & myself are off on our holibobs in a week or so. We've hired a cottage in Northumberland that overlooks the sea & you can see Dunstanburgh Castle (a gorgeous ruin) along the coast. So, it's going to be lovely morning walks on the beach & lots of other exploring - Hadrian's Wall & castles galore! Yay!

I hope that everyone is doing well. I do try & keep an eye on my flist & reading circle, even if I don't always comment.
*hugs*
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Hi :)
I am looking for a fanfiction which was posted on archieveofourown.org, as far as I remember. It is about Sam who runs away from Dean and into a forest where he tries to kill himself with a knife.
Cas and Dean look for him but can't find him until it's too late.
When Cas finally finds Sam on a clearing he is already dead but he gets brought back to life by Lucifer...
That's all I can remember.
I hope anyone can help me :)

Reverie

Jul. 17th, 2017 09:51 pm
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Genre: General
Rating: G
Characters: Impala
Spoilers/Warning: None
Word Count: 138
Disclaimer: I write for love only. Characters belong to Kripke/CW

A/N:
written for the DEW challenge, Impala + dreams, and the SPN100 prompt, marble.
I get bored in the bunker. Though I’m safe here from theft and rust, I was happier when I was free to feel wind and rain, see life around me, always changing. Here nothing changes; nothing new to see. I dream of the highway, traveling the country again.

Sometimes I dream of other countries. Dean hates to fly and he’d never trust me to a storage hold, but how good it would be to drive the unfettered German autobahn, or the spaghetti asphalt of the Italian Alps. They call it the old world. They say Europe has churches a thousand years old. How strange! They talk of great art, and sculpted statues so fine they seem alive.

Still, statues are only hard, cold marble. I have my boys – here they come – walking, breathing art in warm, living flesh.

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