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May. 14th, 2016

bad feelings )

Jan. 14th, 2015

So this is a fucking amazing interview with Caitlin Stasey (who's my Laura Kinney PB)

(PS there are NSFW pics in there like lots of them)

Oct. 21st, 2014

"She had suddenly realised something about people like this - whether they were businessmen, policemen, civil servants, hotel proprietors, landlords, or what: it was that they didn't mean what they said. They never told the truth. What they seemed to be doing - catching criminals, buying and selling, banking, administering, making things - wasn't the real business of their lives at all. It was a cover. They were only playing at it, and they didn't even do it well, because they didn't believe in it. The real, secret business of their lives lay in keeping power for people like themselves. That was all they really cared about, and they were desperately serious about it, because the thought of losing the little power they had was terrifying to them; and they didn't mind what damage they did to truth or honesty or justice in the struggle to hang on to it."

From Shadow in the North by Philip Pullman

Jul. 11th, 2014

Never seeing a Steven Spielberg movie again. Not okay, guys. Not okay.



Poor thing. If only it could have had some island park to roam free on instead. :'(

PS Almighty Johnsons on SyFy Friday. Variety has a nice review of the pilot.

May. 15th, 2014

I'm sort of ridiculously pleased with the PBs I found for the sex swap actually. Especially because now Aurora has this icon:



Wrong bathroom sry. But omg the eyes. The hair. He even has a couple of icons with gestures that look like a woman could be making them.



And most importantly for Ianto is writing icons for his secret private diary in the main journal but also pale and black hair and massive fucking unimpressed face. Brooke Williams also would have worked but uh I had a need for Hel check this damn fine crazy plus she dresses quite femininely. She has astoundingly blue eyes though. All my Portland peeps with their amazing eyes.

But mostly I have been wrapped up in a duvet looking at the rain with dogs napping on my floor watching The Almighty Johnsons while VLC auto-caps it and feeling generally pretty damn flat. I don't know if it's a natural downswing or the start of winter. I've been able to make a few comments around... mostly Hel and SPN-Loki, Storybrooke Ianto and Hermione a little, and the Jack/Ianto log where he finally finds out about them dating. I need to start studying for exams and do more in Triumphant. And the long-dormant PBer of my soul basically wants to icon everyone in TAJ. That's less important though.

And the budget just came out and oh my god. I suppose I should take it as a win that they've moved slightly to the left with dr's visits "free" for under 13s (they haven't increased the funding for this enough to actually accomplish it, I don't think) and an extra four weeks paid parental leave phased in over the next two years. But cuts to public broadcasting, freezes to police after a cut last year, I can't remember if it was a cut or an effective cut for tertiary education, but definitely effective cuts to health that don't even match inflation let alone population growth, and a six year freeze on funding the Cullen fund which last year raised as much money as asset sales did. Oh, and they removed import duty on plasterboard so building a house will cost about $3,500 less now. In Auckland that's a letter box, as someone commented. Plus an "interest free loan" to help fund more roads in Auckland when they claimed they couldn't afford the urban rail.

They're bragging about a $370m surplus (which won't happen, because they never get a surplus) when we owe billions in debt to pay for the shit in the 2011 budget and yesterday they were claiming the floods that suddenly started happening three years ago in Christchurch have nothing to do with the earthquakes.

Wow, that was a rant I did not intend to have. Okay then.

May. 7th, 2014

You know who would be fun as hell to play? Lisa Hallett, pre Canary Wharf. I'd have to join another game though because obvs I wouldn't want to play her and Ianto and I'm pretty hesitant about that. Really better to stick with the characters I have. At least I managed to be online at the same time as Portland's Jack yesterday for epic yet very muted dramaz of the "yeah, no, I actually cannot deal with you being alive again" variety (not exactly in those words), leading to Ianto getting quite drunk, ranting to Dean and Charlie, and deciding to a) just avoid Jack now and b) get a dog. As you do.* He also managed to get on Brian Kinney's shit list, and River's just turned up, yay more Whovians.

I was rewatching Once Upon a Time 2.08 and 09 again for Aurora characterisation and I swear, every single time I see 2.08 it drives me up the wall how long it takes them to notice that the ink is on the fucking scroll. Really, guys? Really?

Ugh, 3k word essay due on Monday, vaguely started it today. It's on the barriers to greater participation of women in NZ politics and how they're being overcome and on the plus side the first assignment was annotated bibliography and essay plan in prep for it. One of the bits of feedback I got was that my essay plan is about participation in Parliamentary politics, so either I have to clarify that in the introduction or include discussion about other forms of political activity. Not sure yet which way I'll go, it probably depends on how much I have to write for the other paragraphs. I think everyone in the paper must be busy with their essays because shit is going down in NZ politics right now and this is the class where we used to have pretty intense conversations in the Stream forums. Like, our Justice Minister has been caught out doing corruption and then repeatedly lying to the House about it, and another Minister just lost all his portfolios for intervening on behalf of a donor with police after he was arrested for domestic assault. (Which, btw, our Justice Minister is defending him for.) And then the government came up with a plan to give $3k to 1000 beneficiaries for them to move to Christchurch if they get a job offer and keep it for three months. You know, Christchurch, the city I moved out of, because there's no where to live and thousands of unemployed people? It's cool though because the Prime Minister reckons if the companies that employ these beneficiaries don't give them somewhere to live they can crash with friends or family.


*The drunk-logic on the dog thing is that he's always wanted one and not gotten one for responsible reasons and he doesn't want to still be in Portland in like two years time thinking about things he could have done but didn't. Plus the conversation with Jack made it feel a lot more real that he's going to die, so he sort of wants to stay in Portland now just to, like, avoid that. Soberly, he is at least revising this plan to probably adopt an older dog.

Jul. 7th, 2010

I'm alivr (I think)

-I haven't been RPing for ages so there wasn't as much reason to be active here
-LJ still sucks so I mostly post to DW but it crossposts to LJ (is keieeeye on dw)
and I'm iun comms on LJ like wow_ladies and sf_drama and ontd_feminism
- I post some Torchwood stuff, some WoW stuff, some feminism and racial, and queer and lots of bunnies are cute type cool story bros
-still not working. still pretty crazy. I don't even know anymore.
- still on the waiting list for teh anxiety disorders unit. it's supposed to come up sometime in august. been waiting since december.
- my benefit went up $40 when I turned 25! it was so fucking excite.
-really rough right now. Blizarrd is being a cock and I might lose WoW as an outlet/social space. was already bad before that. been under effects of lorazepam for the last day and a half, started after my appt with my new doctor when I had to go over everything. ev.er.y.thing.
- I kind of miss people. and BL. and being more sane. and not feeling like any of my safe spaces could let me down at any minute. even criminal minds is being fucktarded. at least this season of doctor who was amazing but now there's no more for ages and apparently there's lots of character bashing in the fandom.
- getting hard to convince myself there's anything consistently good in the world especially with the oil spill
- QQMOAR

Dec. 14th, 2009

I am in fact alive

1. My rabbit is totally awesome. Except when it's raining I have been spending a few hours outside with him, lying in the sun reading or cuddling him. A few days ago he climbed all over my copy of Watership Down when I was reading it in front of the open fence door and he got curious.

2. My sister's been dragging me out of the house - to the pub, natch. Sundays is 3-for-2 tap pints so she and a friend get their Guinness and I have a Speights and we're quite ridiculous.

3. My internet activity is totally old school. I'm playing my MUD again, I have a level 15 myrmidon in the temple of order, law and balance (warrior-mage, essentially, and in the later levels they can work with runes, she's badarse) and a level 10 cleric in the nature temple. She isn't quite as badarse, but she's no slouch either. ALSO I'm totally playing virtual pet sites again. I'm mostly active on http://www.wajas.com and http://www.khimeros.com. This is actually good because most of the sites have games and between them there's like mahjong, solitaire mancala, mastermind, minesweeper and that sliding-tile game where you have to rearrange them to form a picture in a 4x4 grid with 15 tiles. (Khimeros also has sudoku but it doesn't give you pretend money.) So they're all thinking games, and they're fun.

4. Fandom on LJ consists of me usually being very laidback until humanity sucks and I get rage. So, pretty much normal. I write things or put together video clips to music and people tell me they like them. It's a good arrangement.

5. Speaking of, I have rage.

6. I'm on the waiting list for the anxiety outpatients unit. The waiting list is nine months long. Story to be updated in September.

7. Animals are pretty damn awesome.

Nov. 12th, 2009

*sigh*

Last night was sitcom night. I was starting to almost think that The Big Bang Theory could be kind of amusing when the group of not conventionally attractive guys decided that they should go to a bar to wait until the hot girls were drunk enough to have sex with them, because dubious consent is hilarious. And one of them managed to score! But in a crazy twist, he woke up the next morning to find himself in bed with a not conventionally attractive girl and was horrified. LOL LOL!

Yeah, I'm oversensitive. Sometimes it's a pain because it really detracts from being able to enjoy half the mass media.

Nov. 5th, 2009

I'm sorry, Maine. :(

53% should not be enough to overturn legislation. It just shouldn't. Even the student union at university requires two-thirds majority and they're not issuing civil rights.

Oct. 30th, 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3012655/Sterilise-underclass-to-stop-child-abuse-Michael-Laws

Oct. 12th, 2009

fun with yahoo answers

First the absolute stupidity of this question:

My bunny is bleeding,losing hair, and cant standd.?
okayy i have a bunny and when i got home today she was bleeding and souldnt stand up and shes losing hair what do i do!

And then someone provided the answer (remember, this is for a rabbit):

Calm down! Is it a boy or a girl>? how long have you had it? If its a girl the blood could be her period. anyway call the vet. This doesn't sound good but the vet can help. Do you keep your bunny indoors or out? It could have been attacked outside.

Emphasis mine.

Oct. 10th, 2009

Follow up

From yesterday's post, I got this back today:

Thank you for also making us aware of the description on this website of our Hartz Bonanza Rabbit Diet. Please note that we have improved our Bonanza Diet. The new formula contains more high fiber pellets and is fortified with vitamin and mineral for your rabbit's well-being. We have removed some unnecessary ingredients that rabbits usually don't eat or don't like to increase some of their favorites (Carrots, Alfalfa...). We have completely removed the whole corn, which can lead to digestive disorder, and we have added new tasty ingredients like raisins and bananas chips. This new improved formula will help you deliver the optimum levels of protein, fat and fiber that your rabbit needs for a happy, healthy life.

Which is a lot of rhetoric, but it's more than I was expecting. (Not sure of the wisdom of increasing alfalfa, really, but removing corn is good.)

Oct. 9th, 2009

*sigh*

Yeah, I totally just threw a politely worded shit-fit at an American pet food company.

Despite your website urging pet owners to research the required nutrition of their animals, you seem to be unaware that rabbits are not rodents, rather lagomorphs.

"Rabbits require a rich varied diet of quality seeds, grains, vitamin enriched pellets, fruits, nuts, and veggies." as stated on this website selling your product http://farm-and-pet.hardwarestore.com/109-606-rabbit-and-hamster-food/bonanza-rabbit-food-521876.aspx is not only an exaggeration but blatantly untrue. Rabbits should not be fed seeds or nuts, and fruits and grains should be limited as they can lead to obesity. Corn is never listed as a recommended food for rabbits by any expert. Foods such as nuts, corn and sunflower seeds are high in carbohydrates and fat and when fed to a domestic, desexed rabbit, contribute to a high rate of obesity and the build up of fat in the liver and arteries (atherosclerosis) - rabbits fed seed-rich diets have a higher incidence of hepatic steatosis, fatty liver disease, which can be fatal. The starches also present in these foods can lead to bloat and GI stasis when they reach the cecum, which can be extremely dangerous in an animal that requires its digestive system to be constantly active. While a wild animal may eat these things to supplement its diet out of necessity, in pets it should be strongly avoided.

There is already a lot of false information spread about rabbits, largely from pet stores, and adding to this misinformation with advertising that is so utterly misleading is irresponsible at best.


Not that I expect it to do anything, but at least I feel better?

Oct. 2nd, 2009

Something most people already knew

Few in sex cases convicted

Findings from a two year study of adult sexual violations between July 2005 and December 2007 (yeah, that's two and a half years, oh well). The overall conviction rate from 1955 recorded cases was 13% and the article notes that only about one in ten sexual violation offenses are reported - making the total conviction rate between 1-2%.

Interestingly enough, I read an article about false rape claims a couple of months ago that indicated that the most accurate study the author had found put the rate of false claims at about 2%, pretty much the same as any other crime. Other studies put it as higher, but they have less rigorous standards for how one defines a false claim - they noted one district where law enforcement had ulterior motive to get victims to drop cases due to policies, for example, and if you badger a traumatised woman enough of course she's going to back down.

Two percent of thirteen percent, btw, is a very, very small number. 0.2% or thereabouts. And that's assuming the same conviction rate for false claims as for legitimate ones.


So basically, if you and forty nine of your friends all go out and rape someone, only five or six of you will be reported, and one of you might be convicted.

But psh, feminism. Who needs it?

Oct. 1st, 2009

Dear tv

Stop fucking messing with dissociative identity disorder. KTHX.

Extra fake-lols for stereotypical system model with protector, slutty chick, perfect competent one, terrified core personality. I thought they were going to bring out an innocent child but luckily not.

Omg. "Say something!" "He can't. Alters are one dimensional."

alksfj:LKAJEF;asjfeas;lkefj;JEFSLK;AJFL;KjgL;

IN BREAKING NEWS: SCIENTISTS TO STUDY THE QUESTION "WHY DO WE WEAR MORE CLOTHES IN WINTER?"

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/30/why.women.have.sex/index.html

My god. I have learned so much. So. fucking. much.

Sep. 14th, 2009

culture and consent

http://www.journalfen.net/community/unfunnybusiness/158840.html


I'm probably going to offend some people here. Because I am actually 100% on the couple's side.

(I also get annoyed when people throw around the word paedophilia in a situation like this. This is not paedophilia. If anything, it's ephebophilia.)

reasoning and blather under the cut )

Sep. 2nd, 2009

hahaha

So I'm poking around Teh NZ Intarwebs looking at rabbit hutches and prices trying to see if I can find really nice roomy outdoor accommodations that I can afford and there's this one site that is like a directory of website businesses. Apparently if you search for 'rabbit and/or hutches', you get an AWFUL LOT of, erm, "adult self-entertainment" results. Rabbit vibrators, obviously. Somehow I feel that this is not what I'm looking for.

I have a lot of thoughts about fandom as separate from mainstream society.

This got long and rambling. )

Aug. 31st, 2009

lol guys

stupid survey is stupid, but fun to take just so you can point out all their fuckery

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