Sep. 9th, 2008

The World According to Rednecks, Which Sucks for the Rest of the World

While browsing the BBC News website, I saw that the top two websites were the most emailed. I think this shows us Americans just how important this election is, and that the world really is watching.

Obama win preferred in world poll. The numbers here speak for themselves:

  • of 22 countries polled, all believe Obama should be president

  • citizens prefer Obama at a ratio of 4 to 1 over McCain

  • in 17 of the countries, people think Obama would improve international relationships, while people 19 of the countries believe McCain would simply maintain the status quo

Why rednecks may rule the world. Honestly, this scares the crap out of me. I often wonder at the intelligence of the average American, and knowing that 1/3 of Americans probably fit my definition of a redneck, I'm utterly terrified of what may come November 4.

That everyday people are focusing on Palin's looks, her daughter's pregnancy, the fact that she's "one of us," scares the ever-living shit out of me. I want someone who is superior to me to run the country, someone who went to some of the best colleges in the country, someone who's worked with the best and the brightest this country has to offer. Call me uppity if you want, but I want the very best for my country and for the world, and a team composed of a man whose greatest acts occurred half a century ago and a woman who shoots moose and lies for fun just isn't my ticket.
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Jul. 8th, 2008

LJ in the news

I clicked this article on CNN regarding free speech, or the lack thereof, on the internet.

Among stories of censorship from MySpace, Flickr, AT&T, and more, Livejournal and the fallout from Strikethrough made an appearance.

I can't figure out if LJ came out looking like an asshat or like a social platform that really listens to their users (after a shitstorm of user-backlash, but the story glosses over that).
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Jul. 3rd, 2008

Test your English skills

I found this test/quiz on the BBC News site, with questions by Janice Owen, a retired British teacher. The quiz tests basic English comprehension in grammar and such.

The introduction to the quiz:

Hardly a week passes without headlines about academic standards. Are exams getting easier? Are people getting smarter?

Well, here's a chance for Magazine readers to test themselves - first on English - next week on maths.


In two weeks, the average results of those who have taken both quizzes will be posted.

My own conclusions… )

Jun. 25th, 2008

As seen on my flist: The Big Read

The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

I added strikethroughs for those I hated with a fiery passion and wouldn't touch again with a ten foot pole.

The top 100 )

Notes:

1) I'm currently in the midst of cataloguing my parents' books and I've come across so many books that I want to read!

2) Interestingly enough, all of the strikethrough books were required reading in middle school, mostly 8th grade, but I still really loved the class.

3) My favorites were pretty much all near the top, aside from the remaining Jane Austen books and C.S. Lewis.

4) The fact that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was separate from the rest of the Chronicles was interesting. Have more people read just The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because of the movie?

5) I'm currently on a political non-fiction kick, so I'll get around to all the other books when the stack on my beside table dwindles a bit.
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Jun. 23rd, 2008

PSA: Fund Mammograms

Just about everyone has been touched by breast cancer in some form or another, and the best way to catch it early is to go for regular mammograms.

So many women can't afford them though, so the The Breast Cancer Site helps fund them with help from sponsors. All you have to do is click daily. During the month of June, Bare Necessities pledged an additional $10,000 if the site could get 8 million clicks. With only 8 days to go they've reached 73.9% of the goal, but that means they still need over 200,000 clicks.

By clicking on the link below, you could help save lives.

The Breast Cancer Site


I know not many people read my journal, since I so rarely (if ever) post anything of interest. So, if you could pass this on, that would be awesome!

Mar. 29th, 2008

Best Invention Ever!

I've had a crazy craving for chocolate, and, having finished off the truffles I made a few weeks ago, I decided to have a hot fudge sundae.

Only one problem: no more hot fudge.

So what do I do? I improvise.

I had some leftover amaretto truffle filling in the fridge. After heating it up, I poured it over my ice cream and it got hard damn near instantaneously, creating a lovely shell over my ice cream.

I am now enjoying a lovely bowl of ice cream with the added benefit of a bit of alcohol and chocolate.

Today wins!

(and yes, I know Hershey already has something with the shell, but it doesn't have the alcohol, so I win)
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Feb. 25th, 2008

Real babies vs. Internet babies

I was just reading this article about Huckabee supporting a proposed amendment in Colorado defining a fertilized egg as a human, with rights to life, liberty, and blah blah blah.

The first comment (and only, so far) was in support of keeping religion out of politics and letting abortion/conception be a solely medical issue.

My first thought was to respond with the following:

You win! May I gift you with internet babies? I assure you that there will be no fertilized eggs.

I'm so used to LJ/IJ as a forum for discussion that I often forget the rest of the world doesn't see things quite the same way and would react badly.
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Feb. 18th, 2008

My kitty is full of lulz

The cat was begging for this.

funny pictures
moar funny pictures
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Feb. 4th, 2008

I read the news today oh boy

In women's news

As a larger breasted woman, I've always been shocked at the price of my bras compared to those worn by friends with a B or C cup. The price difference is shocking, but things appear to be changing. A British company has said that they'll charge the same amount for bras in one of their lines.

For those of you looking to strengthen your sex life, wear heels. An Italian urologist has found that pelvic muslces are at an optimum position when a woman wears heels, causing the muscles to strengthen.

In kid news

It's never to young to start in politics, as twelve year old Neal Kornreich has shown. Neal's a precinct captain for one of Colorado's caucaus' tomorrow.

Some parents have to let their kids grow up sooner than they'd like, but some kids are up to the challenge. At age nine, Nick Nelson made the decision to have one of his legs amputated. The outlook this kid has on life is inspirational.

In technology news

Welcome to 1984 if the FBI get its way. They're looking into a database for palm prints and iris scans, claiming it's all for the sake of national security.

As a student of electical engineering, I'm sadly excited about this one: Intel has developed a chip with over 2 billion transistors. That's a whole lot of processing going on.
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Jan. 28th, 2008

it has to be grocer, it's green

I'm a self-confessed news junkie, especially of the random variety. I'm posting these mainly for my own benefit, so that I can find them again, but some are quite entertaining or fascinating.

My mother told me never to play with my food, but Photographer Carl Warner creates masterpieces with his.

You'd never think it's true, but It's Official, mail is slow as snails.

It's stories like this that make my day, 'cause whodathunk it. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! (Or maybe just bears)

An interesting explanation about why women make better managers and how emotion is perceived differently between men and women.

Some people have far too much time on their hands. Some people count sheep, others count sheets.

One woman's position in the Middle East, and how the War on Terror has changed it.

For all those Tolkien fans, a director for The Hobbit has been (tentatively) found, now they just need a script. Coming to a theater in 2010.

On the religious front, things aren't going so well for top leaders. Leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon Hinckley, has died at age 97 and the head of the Greek Orthodox church, Archbishop Christodoulos, has died of chancer at 69.

An interesting legal point is brought up by marijuana vending machines in California. While legal by California law, medical marijuana is prohibited by federal law.
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Jan. 23rd, 2008

A toast to justice.

In all of the suck that was today, there was one great thing to happen.

In 1999, Timothy Masters was convicted of the brutal murder of Peggy Hettrick in Fort Collins, Colorado. This past Friday, he learned that after 9 1/2 years in jail, his quest for a new trial was going to become a reality at the very least, and his freedom was a suddenly quite attainable.

The Story )

So today, I toast Timothy Masters, and his continued freedom and well-being, and pray for the family of Peggy Hettrick.

News story: Masters Released From Jail
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Jan. 18th, 2008

Questions Meme

My first ever meme, and I'm actually posting!

The questions are courtesy [info]elfwreck

Q&A )

Feel free to respond for questions of your own!
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Aug. 7th, 2007

FTW LJ!

So an LJ/6A employee posted this earlier today (bold is my own):

Dear LiveJournal user radiovolume,

Thank you for contacting us with your feedback, and I apologize that LiveJournal and Six Apart's actions have left you so disappointed. Your request is in a private area of the support board that only LiveJournal employees may access. This is to ensure that your feedback receives proper handling from as enior member of our support staff, rather than one of our volunteers.

I apologize for the delay in getting a public update out to our concerned community members. Please expect more information regarding the situation later this evening in the lj_biz journal.

Please know that in the interest of employee confidentiality, we are unable to discuss human resource issues with people outside the company. However, we do recognize the negative effects of comments of this nature on the wider LiveJournal community, regardless of the intention behind the comments themselves, and so please be assured that this type of behavior is not condoned by Six Apart.

I understand that you may not trust us enough at this time to renew your account. If you do not feel the paid account benefits are worth the amount we are charging, or if you continue to be dissatisfied with the site's management, we encourage you to not renew your account until you are satisfied. We don't want any LiveJournal users to send us payment for our service unless they will be satisfied with what they'll receive. We sincerely hope that, over the next few months, we will be able to re-earn your trust as a paid account holder.

Regards,
Carrie Stevens
Six Apart, Ltd. // LiveJournal.com


So LJ/6A,

By my clock, it's past midnight on the west coast where LJ/6A is headquartered, and yet, there is no response. I'm not terribly surprised, because I don't trust you, at all. Period.

I'll use your service, because my fandom's are here, and it's the easiest way to get access to the fandoms, but I've never paid a cent to you, while I'm just waiting to get money before I'll pay IJ and JF for accounts. I can trust them, and they'll tell me upfront what's allowed.

What bugs me most is your inability to talk to us. You treat us like we're nothing, like our business means nothing to you, but there would be no LiveJournal without us, the users. Overall does Fandom make up a large percentage of the journals? No, but we are a very large part of the active user base.

Sorry's not going to cut it this time for so many of us. You can't sweet-talk us anymore, or send [info]burr86 out to reassure us.

You've crossed a line by not telling us what is and is not acceptable on your site. And it is your site, a fact which most of us realize and accept, and you have the right to restrict what is on your servers. BUT, you have to give us a clear TOS that explains EXACTLY what is allowed and what a TOSable offense is. We are not the only ones to be held accountable here. You have your responsibilities as well.

Be responsible for once. Talk to us. Be straight up, don't dance around the facts. If you don't want us here, say so. We'll go, permanently.

No love,
Me

Aug. 5th, 2007

New Journals

Mainly for my reference, but feel free to friend me at any of them.

The posts should be mostly the same stuff.

LiveJournal
GreatestJournal
InsaneJournal
JournalFen