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It's 0245.

I can't sleep.

My throat is on raging fire.

My honey and lemon won't cool down enough for me to drink it without a scalding.

And I went and got a crush on young R Crumb.

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In my younger days dodging the draft, I somehow wound
up in the Marine Corps. There's a myth that Marine
training turns baby-faced recruits into bloodthirsty killers.
Trust me, the Marine Corps is not that efficient. What it does
teach, however, is a lot more useful.
The Marine Corps teaches you how to be miserable.
This is invaluable for an artist.
Marines love to be miserable. Marines derive a perverse
satisfaction in having colder chow, crappier equipment, and
higher casualty rates than any outfit of dogfaces, swab
jockeys, or flyboys, all of whom they despise. Why? Because
these candy-asses don't know how to be miserable.
The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered
for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be
dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection,
self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.
The artist must be like that Marine. He has to know how to
be miserable. He has to love being miserable. He has to take
pride in being more miserable than any soldier or swabbie or
jet jockey. Because this is war, baby. And war is hell.

-The War of Art, Steven Pressfield.
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So, last night I was on a nice music high (listening to Suicide, by Suicide. Cheree is a hot song) and I thought, I never really listen to albums anymore. With the internet and computer, I either listen to music a) as a single song or b) in the order I want to rather than as something an artist has spent time putting together and I'd never really read a book for the first time by flipping through the chapters as I feel like it. Next month I'm going to listen to an album a day!

Then I remembered this meme going around and decided to do this instead.

100 Albums I've Never (Properly) Listened To

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}
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Tonight, I am going to listen to all the sad songs.

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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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Well, as they say, there's nothing like an ending where everybody dies.
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Because freedom of speech relates directly to our freedom to think.
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To go with... yes, yes I'm a child.
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Originally posted by [ profile] write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 

Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.

“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.


American Censorship
Whitehouse Petition
Fight For the Future
Save the Internet


Oct. 5th, 2011 04:34 pm
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New York was wonderful. It always is.
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Internet is down... send help...
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from [ profile] finite_farfalla

Your Diagnosis
You have a poetic sensibility and an ability to see beyond the day to day. You often seem to be living in a higher realm, or to be not-of-this-earth. Occasionally you imagine interior lives for friends and associates that are near-complete fabrications based on your fears or hopes for the future. You are often not aware of your own feelings. You have a strong sense of right and wrong, and because of this are often disappointed. Despite what can sometimes be a destructive inward-turning anger, you are very gentle. You are sometimes a bit out of touch with the ebb and flow of modern life. If your behavior is out of synch with your moral values, a severe psychic disturbance can result. Because connectivity is so important to you, you can become quiet and sulky if you feel that others around do not understand your point of view.
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That last post was a downer.

As I was coming out of work I saw a man wearing flip-flops and had his toenails painted bright blue. I approved. The world needs more blue nail varnish wearers.
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Have I talked about my thing with Hermes (the god, not the store) in here?

I can't get away from him.

I get spam from Hermes, I get junk mail from Hermes, I open my magazines and out fall flyers with him on. And on friday I go to the comic store, and D hands me a book saying "you'll like this"... and it's Hermes frigging Trismegistus.

I give up. Hermes, I'm yours.
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Ahh well, it looks as though my sister is off to Leeds. I know it's too soon to be making jokes about turning her room into a library, but you know I'm thinking them.
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Comment with "Come at me"
I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

[ profile] mingsmommy asked:

1. Would you rather lose your sight or your hearing?
This is a hard one for me because while I'm not missing any, I do have glitches with nearly all of my senses - I'm shortsighted, have trouble with my ears, hayfever messes my sense of taste and smell up every summer and I have a thing that makes the nerves on my left side do their own thing. I was always pretty sensory but now I cling to everything I've got. It's nothing major, but it's still more than I like.
If I'm tied to a mad scientists table though, and he's going to take one... take my sight. Being able to see without being able to hear what's going on is like living behind glass. Sound without sight is still capable of making me feel connected to the world.

2. What do you consider humanity's greatest gift?
Our curiousity. Without it, we'd still be living in caves waiting for lightening. Everything beautiful, noble and inspiring that's come out of us has been a product of the words "how" and "why".

3. You are so brilliant. Your writing is incredible and I miss reading it. Did you ever think about writing a novel (beyond NaNo)? What would it be?
~dies of embarassment~
I haven't been very strong for a while, so while I've wanted to write, I haven't. This is changing so it's possible that the novel will happen. (Anything's possible, right ;) ) I have a couple of parts of outlines that I've been making slow progress with and maybe will be able to make something with. They're werewolf/vampire stories because I that's what I read and love.

4. There is darkness within each of you think that's something the majority of people hide from or do you think it's something we use to feel compassion for our fellows? Why?
Oof. That's a tough one. Ultimately, I think that we enjoy flirting with our darksides, and enjoy thinking about the other person having a darkside (which is why crime shows are popular and people are fascinated with serial killers) but I think that we tend towards judging people for theirs rather than using it to feel closer to them. We like to think of it as something the other guy has rather than a core part of the human psyche. Did this make even sense?

5. What thing about you do you consider quintessentially British?
My teeth, and near constant impulse to insult the French . I do drink a lot of tea ;)
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