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All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
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All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th

Just So We're Clear
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The guy in my previous entry has subsequently been found. So hurray for finding people!

Also you all are excellent folks. Just fyi.

(also I am at 50k and pretty pleased with that)

(also my two favorite words are also and with)

BITCHES PASS THIS SHIT ON, seriously it's really important people
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Originally posted by subluxate at post
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gandolforf's brother, Eric Lee Bark, pictured above, was last seen in Maquoketa, IA, on November 4, 2011. He gave no word to his family as to where he was going.

Eric was born December 19, 1987. He is 6'2" and weighs approximately 170 pounds. He has hazel eyes and brown hair, and there is a 6" scar on the outside of his left arm, near his elbow. The last time he was seen, he was wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans. His car is also missing; it's a green Jimmy with rust marks.

If you see him, please contact gandolforf at gandolforf@gmail.com, on Twitter at gandolforf, on Tumblr at http://gandolforf.tumblr.com/, or let me know. I will let A. know about anything as soon as I hear. You can also contact the Maquoketa Police Department at (563) 652-2468.

There is a Facebook post here; please pass it on if you can.

This post is public. Feel free to pass it on, in part or full, if you so choose.

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The title says it all. I don't give a fuck if it's boring, if I'm terrified, I'm just happy to be employed come Tuesday.

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Originally posted by darkspirited1 at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by rachelmanija entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)

Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.

This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.

It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.

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Still more shit!


It's a johari window. Click the link, pick a few adjectives that describe me, and run with it.

PS: Rewriting Star Wars canon is going well. The bitch had it coming.

Today Was Bullshit Day In Quiz Land
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But here are some that made the cutCollapse )

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And this one is brought to you by gratuitous profanity!

You are Harry fucking Potter. Go to your profile, take your flist to http://random.org/lists and randomise the shit out of them. Yeah, I spelled that with an s. Like a goddamn boss.

1st two people are your lovable sidekicks: OH SHIT IT'S lauren_proteau AND lillietigre
3rd person is your Slytherin enemy: FUCKING magical_panda (okay, perhaps that choice of words was... inauspicious)
4th person is the Dark Lord: FUCK FUCK FUCK IT'S marinaargentum7
5th person is a follower of the Dark Lord: BUGGER ALL(E), IT'S earenwe
6th person is your white-bearded mentor: I WOULDN'T FUCKING TRUST THIS DUDE, IT'S FUCKING alias_hayduke
7th person is your owl: ...I DON'T EVEN HAVE A GODDAMN WORD FOR THIS, BUT IT'S muffinsquire
8th person is your lovable elf: OH FUCK NO, NO WAY IN HELL IS rathyl GETTING THIS POSITION

...I really don't know. It's kinda late, in my defense. Also, I'm sorry? This is more strange than anything. Gratuitous profanity added by yours truly (bitches).

Obligatory Update
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This is the update that I make during the dry season when I've not posted anything in a little while. In this case, that little while is a couple of weeks.

In summary:
1) I ain't perfect, but I'm a damn sight better than I was two months ago, or even a month ago.
2) Therapy didn't really work out and I neglected to follow up on it more than a very cursory glance to make sure they weren't expecting me back.
3) I'm trying to learn like... four things. Maybe five, depending on how you count. The first is poi, because they are shiny and whirly and make me happy. The second is juggling, because. The third is staff twirling, because it's shiny and whirly and makes me happy. The last couple are forays into the hitherto deep and mysterious realm of music, where I'm trying to learn to play guitar (on one where the strings ditch their tuning after fifteen minutes) and a bit of incidental theory. Things are going decently well. Now if I could get off my ass and do the first three regularly, that'd be something.
4) The burn on the back of my wrist is almost healed.
5) Still no job, mostly for want of trying. A contact from church (yes, I went to church a while ago, try not to gasp) offered to help me with my resume, so I'm trying to figure a time to meet with her to go over it.
6) I'm about halfway through A Clash of Kings, which is good so far. It took some getting into, because the prologue is long, dull, and takes about twenty times the words it needs (which I can't fault too hard, since I'm a professed Tolkien fan) but after that it got much better.
7) I'm actually planning a campaign. As in, roleplaying. Not as in presidential. I refuse to govern this country. Anyway, it's star wars, set on Coruscant, and will hopefully be godawful grim in places in happy in others and generally good to play in; not really shooting to make it upbeat, but it's been a long time since I ran a really upbeat game. Or any game at all.
8) I kind of want to be an angrier person. I feel like if I had the confidence to get pissed off about my points of view, I'd probably be happier about things.
9) I've got too many ideas to write and am having a hard time setting down the first word. It happens.

Hm. I do believe that is all. A goodly number of superficial things, but right now I'm having good luck not thinking about things that make me unhappy, so I'm not gonna go into too much detail; but even when I do think ugly thoughts these days, they vanish quickly and leave only shadows behind. So things are pretty good, all told.

PS: Oh yeah, don't be surprised if I just put this fucker under a general friendslock. I'm no great fan of the spambots that seem insistent on posting on my early entries.

I Think I May, I Think I Might
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There's nothing really different per se, but I'm feeling pretty okay about it.

I think things are getting better. :)

With Guns And Drums And Drums And Guns (aka holy shit, a NOT friendslocked post)
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It's actually pretty cool. They also have this really snazzy like... color-wheel readout thing that is super bitchin' awesome. I may have been excessively pleased by it.

Also, I feel like the combination of agreeable/introspective is a pretty good match. I was a bit confused when just skimming over the whole thing, just because it seemed to be describing a pretty extroverted person, which I guess I am in some regards.
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This Song Is Goddamn Heartbreaking
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I cannot remember if I have pimped this before, but it is too fantastic to not post at least once.

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On The Rapture
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Mark 13:32 But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Matthew 24:36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Probably the best meme I've ever read
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1. If you were a goat would you do goat things or dip your horns in glitter glue and run around butting butts? I DO BELIEVE THAT DIPPING HORNS IN GLITTER GLUE IS REGULAR GOAT ACTIVITY. MY HORNS WOULD BE THE SPARKLIEST ANYONE HAS EVER SEEN AND I WOULD THEREFORE BE THE FINEST GOAT EVER. Also, goat is just a hilarious word.

2. Do doves cry? Probably, seeing as how they're symbols of peace in a world that measures time by wars.

3. Are you a never nude? I am nude precisely when I feel like it. Which happens to coincide with times when I'm alone in a room. With the blinds down.

4. Where do your boogers land? In the trash, after a long and arduous journey through the land of kleenex.

5. What colour should hippopotami be? Seeing as the proper plural of hippopotamus is hippopotamuses, I am going to imagine that a hippopotami is an extremely prestigious Brazilian military decoration. In which case, of course, the proper colours are navy blue cloth interwoven with silver threads and a gold medallion in the shape of an inverted seven-pointed star.

6. Would you rather face a monster wielding a plastic fork or a silver spoon? Silver spoon, definitely. First, a spoon makes a much better lever than a fork, a fact that is compounded by the fact that the metal is stronger. In a chase scenario, a lever could be more valuable than a weapon. Second, silver is a metal that has been renowned for magical properties for a while. Granted, that could cut both ways, but it's better than nothing. Third, silver's a pretty good conductor. If I need to short out some sort of electrical system in a heroic attempt to, say, drop a crane on the pursuing creatures from the depths of spaces beyond hell and twice as dark, it would be easier if I have a bunch of conducting material on me.

7. Do you tear holes in things or sew them up? I suck at sewing, but I try to make the effort on occasion; that said, I tend to be the one tearing holes in clothes. It's a pain in the ass.

8. Is pitch black a good or bad place to be? Because you can see nothing, your surroundings are anything you want them to be. Keep your thoughts happy and your world will be brilliant. But if, God help you, your thoughts should stray to a harsher place where shadows hide the ghosts of cruelties past and demons lurk in every kind of darkness, then fear will be what you find.

9. What wonderful thing about yourself do you have trouble accepting? That I fall in love too fast.

10. Would you rather be coated in cornflakes or underwear size stickers? Stickers. Less chance of rodents eating my flesh. Really not a fan of a Rats in the Walls style death.

11. What mustache are you? My own! I need no other, though it be in the process of regrowing.

12. Do ducks judge? Well, if they did, could you blame them? I mean, seriously. They are some seriously well-endowed waterfowl. Plus, they sound hilarious, so if they did judge you, you couldn't take them seriously.

13. Do you know of a nostril flare big enough to set up camp in? Indeed not. I don't spend my time staring at peoples noses.

14. Who is the shrine in your mind dedicated to? Marius. I mean, seriously, biggest badass in Roman History. Arguably responsible for the downfall of the Republic, but still a badass.

15. Are sharpie fights fun? Never had one, but I'd like to.

16. Are you sure you'll fall every time you sit within ten feet of a ledge? No, but I don't like standing and staring over edges. I become acutely aware of how unstable a bipedal form is.

17. Would you rather sit on a stool made of scones (slathered with jam and cream) or be bitch slapped by a really big eraser? I would sit on the stool of scones. That way, when I tell someone to kiss my ass, at least it will be delicious.

18. Do you find the way or follow the person who has? I follow the beaten path unless I can find a shortcut.

19. Do you run to or from hope? I try to keep myself tied to it with the strongest series of knots possible (I always need to re-tie them because they keep giving way under pressure).

20. Are you a triangle jammed into a rectangular hole? I'm not sure. I don't think the triangle knows what shape the hole is, just that it doesn't fit.
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Needless Drama Over A Dream
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Cut For Hopeless Romanticism (with a Side of What the Hell)Collapse )

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So, I'm back at home and in the process of unpacking and packing and generally shifting things about. Kinda strange being back, but we'll see how it works out; right now, I'm trying not to look too far into the future, since it just looks depressing, but in the short run I'm pretty sure things will be okay. Job hunting has only just begun, and so far (obviously) there's not a whole lot that looks promising.

Started sewing the strap back onto my one-strap bag with dental floss. The hardest part is pushing the needle through four layers of thick-ass nylon stuff.

Really want to get my fucking hair cut. I am getting pretty sick of having long hair and kinda want it to be shorter for a while, see how that works out. Also, my beard vanished in a tragic shaving accident. It will be sorely missed and will probably be returning soon. I guess I just needed to remember why I have it in the first place: namely, I look like shit without one.

And I'm gonna try to start getting up earlier; this waking up at noon and not doing anything until after 6 shit has got to go.

I'm not sure how I'll square that with having a social life, though, since it seems like most of my friends keep late hours. My information is likely out of date, since I've been gone for a few months. But even taking that into account, I'm happier when I get up earlier. It's worth limiting hang out options for the sake of mental health.

...and it was only when I got home that I realized how much I'm gonna miss everyone from Vancouver. Blegh. I'm still hoping to go back sometime next year, but that's far from a sure thing.

I'm looking for jobs everywhere. I mean everywhere -- from Saint Paul to New York to Riyadh.

Also, the whole to-do about Bin Laden's death two days ago got me thinking. It's a bit fucked up that we celebrate the death of someone, even if he was (by many definitions) evil; if we're to celebrate anything, let it be that further death has been prevented. But even that's hardly a sure thing, given where he was found and Obama's speech to the effect that we're probably not letting the War on Terror go anywhere anytime soon.

Goodness Gracious Meme
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So, between reviewing the powerpoint slides for Art History and watching another episode of Scrubs (this is my life: medical dramedy and classical history), here's a meme that I'm filling out to distract myself:

1. Leave a comment saying 'interview me'. Only make sure the grammar's right. I may kill you otherwise.
2. I'll give you five questions to answer.
3. Answer the questions on an LJ-post.
4. Include these instructions (edited as you please, as long as the gist is the same) in your post.
5. Give other people questions!

starlyss gave me these questions:
1. If you were reincarnated into an animal, what would it be and why?
An animal, you say? Hmmm... I think I will come back to this. -proceeds to rest of questions-
-returns at length, having decided nothing-
I'm gonna go with a dog. It's generic as shit, but I figure I would be a really strange mix that would act in pretty unpredictable ways and would be the sort of dog where people would be all "...dude, what are you doing?" Also I might get to have huge ears, which would be a plus. Ooh, and I could have really fluffy fur! I hope I'm like a German Shepherd/Newfie/Dachsund/Basset Hound mix. That would be peculiar.

2. Who is the most underrated Harry Potter character?
I'm gonna go with Mr. Ollivander. Let's face it, he's kind of ridiculously talented at what he does and he is the only character in the franchise that even seems to glance outside the Go-Go-Gryffindor morality of it. All the other characters (with a few exceptions - Malfoy, Regulus Black, and [to a certain extent] Dumbledore) are pretty much cold-cast into a single set of morals that they stick with and that are either "I'm a happy happy good guy" or "I'm a nasty evil dude who gets his comeuppance in the end". Ollivander acknowledges first that Voldemort did great things and only then qualifies them as being terrible; that indicates to me that there's a great deal of unexplored depth in his thinking that no one cares to look at because they're all too busy going "Those pesky impure fuckers, tainting our bloodlines!" or "Those racist bastards!"

3. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
I would imagine that it would vary based on the amount of time that the woodchuck had in which to chuck the wood. Also, does this woodchuck need breaks for food and water? How big are the pieces of wood it is expected to chuck? Can it get splinters? Does it hold a vicious grudge against beavers? Why does it despise all things with thorns? Could this have something to do with the mysterious cloaked stranger than entered its life so many years ago and left but four nights later with a swish of cloth that brushed leaves from the threshold? Does the woodchuck pay homage to all the proper deities? Does he sacrifice? Does he pray? Is he properly purified before the rituals? Did he convert to chucking wood, or is it something his parents did and their parents before them? What party does he vote for? Why does he live in a submarine rather than in a tank full of a thousand live preying mantises, each with their rosaries perfectly coiled around their pincers and their mandibles poised to incant prayers to the Blessed Virgin?

4. Describe yourself using 5 different lyrics from 5 different songs. (appealed from: Describe yourself using only Pokemon characteristics from the different Pokemon.)
Not only will I use difference lyrics from different songs, no two songs will be by the same artist.
"She says, I'm okay / I'm all right / though you have gone from my life / she said everything would / now everything should / be all right" -- Flogging Molly, If I Ever Leave This World Alive
"It is raining, he's got no umbrella" -- Regina Spektor, Ghost of Corporate Future
"True, though the imprint is deep in me / it will always be up to me" -- Repo! the Genetic Opera, Genetic Emancipation
"There's no Bible / No Buddha / No Shiva / No Satan / can save us now" -- Lily Holbrook, King's Castle
"I made a deal with the Devil / and when I die, I'm going straight to hell" -- Great Big Sea, Straight To Hell

5. What is the meaning of life?
There isn't one. Well, not in the sense of some external objective be all and end all of meaning. There's meaning in the sense that we can make it for ourselves, and my personal belief is that meaning, such as it is, does not and cannot extend beyond people. So in terms of that, what's the meaning of life? Personal. It's whatever you want it to be.

A Break From Latin
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