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Jan. 19th, 2013 | 09:45 pm

Oh my god, Livejournal. I leave for a while and when I come back it's like a tornado swept through the place. What happened.

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Why Simon Tam Might Have Been Psychic (Part 1 - Pilot to Bushwhacked)

Nov. 16th, 2012 | 04:08 am

Yes, I know. It been years, the show's over, the fandom's gone dark, it's a day late and a dollar short - like I said, I know. The thing is, I don't care. Because every time I watch Firefly little plot points just jump out at me and scream "pay attention!" and I can't help but do so.

Well, then why not read just read fanfic? Right?

Well, unfortunately, not only has fandom gone terribly, unfortunately (and understandably) quiet, but I have yet to see anything in regards to this specific line of thinking - not just how he's psychic, but how it works as well. So now it is my intention to explain, using examples from the television series and the movie, to give credibility to the idea that Simon Tam may have been psychic as well.

I've been sitting on this idea for a while now, so instead of suffering quietly, I decided I'm taking you all with me.

I hope you enjoy the ride. :)

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[To Be Continued in Part 2!]

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I live!

Oct. 6th, 2012 | 12:47 am

Whew, it's been a while since I last updated, so I'm posting now for two reasons - the first being to let everyone know that I'm alive (hello!) and the second because I had signed up for two different Star Trek Big Bangs and, in the process, promised several people some fics which they were very excited for.

So, I apologize to all those people for having to drop out of both the Big Bangs. School essentially consumed me and left me with little to no motivation to do anything and then work came along and kicked me while I was down - it wasn't pretty.

Nonetheless! I haven't abandoned these stories, so once I finish I'll be posting the fics here in this journal and probably also to any relevant communities as well.

I honestly don't know if anyone even lurks in my LJ anymore, but I didn't want anyone thinking I had abandoned anything. Thanks!

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Star Trek Pocketbook Recs/Review

Jul. 15th, 2012 | 04:09 am
music: See What I've Become - Zack Hemsey

...omg, I'm a nerd, OKAY? And a shipper. Definitely a shipper.

Here are the Star Trek Original Series pocketbooks I've read so far. Some I've found to be really good for sake of plot, characterization and also the gay ship-tastic moments between Spock and Kirk while others are, sadly, missing the good plot/characterization but have an insane amount of slash. ._.;

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The Entropy EffectCollapse )

Killing TimeCollapse )

Shadows On The SunCollapse )

Prime DirectiveCollapse )

Star Trek: The New VoyagesCollapse )

Star Trek: The New Voyages 2Collapse )

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I eat crazy for breakfast

May. 29th, 2012 | 03:05 pm

So, because I'm smart and sane and wonderful I signed up for two different Big Bang challenges. I'm only two thousand into one of them and already I'm eying it like LOL YOU NEED A RE-WRITE. Thankfully, I've managed to ignore the urge to do it, so far. I'll re-write like a fiend when I finish. :D That way, I'll end up with a crap-ton more than when I started. :)

Progress:

ksbigbang: 3820/15000
startrekbigbang: 2000/20000

UPDATED: 6/14/12

I THINK I CAN. :D If anyone else wants to sign up, the STBB sign ups close July 1st and KSBB sign ups close June 1st. *HINT HINT*

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More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.

Apr. 14th, 2012 | 11:52 pm

Originally posted by claudiapriscus at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
Originally posted by de_nugis at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
Originally posted by tahirire at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
Originally posted by ltlredhairdgirl at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
Originally posted by why_me_why_not at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
Originally posted by apiphile at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
Originally posted by alizarin_nyc at More signal boosting for Internet Privacy.
Originally posted by dameruth at It Never Ends...
Originally posted by jjpor at It Never Ends...
Originally posted by abbyromanaat Signal Boost
Originally posted by clocketpatchat Signal Boost
Originally posted by calliopes_penat CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [personal profile] spikedluv at CISPA is the new SOPA
Originally posted by [personal profile] velvetwhip at CISPA is the new SOPA


Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.

And CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

The House of Representatives is planning to take up CISPA later this month. Click here to ask your lawmakers to oppose it.

SOPA was pushed as a remedy to the supposed economic threat of online piracy -- but economic fear-mongering didn't quite do the trick.

So those concerned about copyright are engaging in sleight of hand, appending their legislation to a bill that most Americans will assume is about keeping them safe from bad guys.

This so-called cyber security bill aims to prevent theft of "government information" and "intellectual property" and could let ISPs block your access to websites -- or the whole Internet.

Don't let them push this back-door SOPA. Click here to demand that your lawmakers oppose CISPA.

CISPA also encourages companies to share information about you with the government and other corporations.

That data could then be used for just about anything -- from prosecuting crimes to ad placements.

And perhaps worst of all, CISPA supercedes all other online privacy protections.

Please click here to urge your lawmakers to oppose CISPA when it comes up for a vote this month.

Thanks for fighting for the Internet.

-Demand Progress

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I'm trying this again; 100 Books In a Year Meme [2012]

Apr. 12th, 2012 | 03:59 am

Okay, so last year was a bust - both in reviewing books and reaching the 100 book mark (though I still may try to go back and review. I remember them all fairly well...) So, I have no idea if this year is going to be any better, but this meme will be incentive enough for me to keep reading new books. Because I hardly buy any books on whim unless they look good or I know I liked it, so this will further my collection! :)

And hopefully this will lure a few others into trying out this madness as well! :D Happy reading!

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Progress: 031/100

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Started: 04/12/2012 // Last Updated: 11/03/2012

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ACTA Global Petition

Jan. 27th, 2012 | 07:25 am

I don't know how many people are even bothering to read this, but my last post outlined the global version of SOPA/PIPA known as ACTA.

Here's a petition for EVERYONE, not just those in Europe and the UK, so please sign this! This is important if we don't want this bill to pass!

http://www.avaaz.org/en/eu_save_the_internet_spread/?cpmNCcb

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The fiasco continues

Jan. 24th, 2012 | 09:31 pm

Originally posted by puddingtreat at The fiasco continues
Originally posted by [profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr



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For Dutch people!
You can find a petition here! Unfortunately, it's only Dutch.

I've seen a UK one around too, which you can find here. For the USA, I've seen one here.

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To UK Flisties

Jan. 23rd, 2012 | 09:49 pm

Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from claudiapriscus, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

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