23 January 2012 @ 04:20 pm
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from [livejournal.com profile] amber1960, 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 :)


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.

21 December 2011 @ 04:35 pm
I know I'm not the only one complaining about this and I'm sorry to, like, fill your flist with stuff you don't want to read. Just move along. lol

I'm just upset because my friend was amazing and gifted me with a paid account on LJ with extra icon space. I've been wanting that since I started reading and writing fic. But now they've made all these horrible changes that make things harder and less user friendly and I'm just so pissed that my friend did this for me and now I don't know how much use it'll get.

Ugh, stop being emotional, self. It's embarrassing.

I still want to use my icon space and stuff, I'll just probably be viewing journals that aren't set to custom comment pages or whatever in my own style so I can still see subject lines and the icons are correct and everything. But I might be posting over at DW and just x-posting here. Not sure yet.
16 February 2011 @ 09:25 am
...where I'm pretty sure I'm already behind after 2/3 weeks of class since I've missed two classes. >.< Mind you, I didn't have a choice but to miss them (I didn't have a ride home the first time and the second we just didn't have a car here at all). But it's one of the hardest classes I've taken if only because it's a foreign language. grrrr. Plus, the teacher signs differently than my last one, so I was already having difficulty understanding her before I missed out on 2 2-hr classes.


So, yeah. Fun.

It's times like these I wish even more that I had a job so that I could drop and not get ragged on by my parents. 'Cause an F looks so much worse than a W and I'm not seeing myself getting a good grade this semester.

Current Mood: bitchy
08 February 2011 @ 04:19 pm
...Okay, I dunno if anybody remembers when I posted last month about how we got kicked outta the house for over a week because of the gas company doing crap by our house... But, they're doing it again. We knew we'd have to go back to the hotel sometime after that, they'd told us it would be in January. But, of course, they waited until my parent's vacation to tell us we need to go.

My mom (hehehe) told them no. They wanted us to leave on Monday (they called us on Monday) and she told them last time that we couldn't do it again without at least 24 hours notice, because we've got too many people in the house to move us all out in half an hour like last time. >.<

So we're supposed to go on Wednesday (yay! a quiz and I can't go back to my house afterwards). We're supposedly only getting 3 rooms this time which means I have to either room with my parents or one of my sisters. If I sleep with my older sister, I'm gonna be with her and my niece and they both go to bed early. If I sleep with my younger sister, I'm stuck with her and her boyfriend. And, well, if I was in with my parents I'd mostly just be with my Dad since my Mom works nights, but it would still suck. 'Cause I stay up crazy late and all of them go to sleep early.

Anyways, they decided to let the gas out today even though we're still here. Some person from there came through the house with a meter to make sure it was safe and everything (since we've got a 6 yr old and 3 cats around). But they tried to get us into rooms at the hotel tonight since they're doing that crap. Only for us to find out, SDG&E didn't pay them for last time, so the hotel won't give us rooms until they get their money. Like, WTH? It's been over a month and they haven't paid them yet? So we're here tonight with the grossness.

I really hate stupid people. A lot.
Current Mood: crappy
29 January 2011 @ 12:50 am
...make my head hurt. Saw this when [livejournal.com profile] priceless_pixie posted it and >.<

Elton John Magazine Censored By 'Family Shield' in Supermarket

Current Mood: crazy
23 January 2011 @ 08:41 pm
...I've got school tomorrow and I'm totally and completely freaking out about it right now. Like, it just hit me two minutes ago that I've got school in the morning, even though I've known for weeks that school starts tomorrow... And yeah. I'm only taking one class this semester because the other classes I need to take I can't get to or don't work with my schedule. So I'm going to be focusing more on getting a job besides just babysitting (because I've had almost no money for weeks now as I didn't have I didn't have to do a lot of babysitting over the holidays). Let me tell you, though... Applying is hard when you don't know how to put babysitting as your past job or whatever. Unfortunately I don't have any other experience, but I don't want to put nothing as dealing with kids and parents kind of prepares you for taking a lot of crap, you know? But yeah, I'm gonna make my sister help me with that one later.

But school is still freaking me out... Last semester I took ASL (American Sign Language) I. So this semester I'm taking ASL II. I've tried to keep up on my signs, make sure I can still remember some of the more basic ones. I can still say "I don't remember" "What's your name" "First" "Last" "Office" a bunch more. I'm not very good at actual sentences, but I remember more than I do after 1 semester in ASL than 3 years of Spanish. But I'm really nervous because last semester was, as my professor put it, 'baby signing'. Just learning the basics, how to ask questions, movement, fingerspelling, that kind of thing. This new semester is going to be focused on storytelling.

Now, last semester, every time we had a test we would do a warm up before we took it. Called "Pass It On". It was basically 'Telephone' only with signs, right? Well, the teacher would choose 4 people to go up in front of the class and 3 ppl would stand facing the white board while the other person stood facing the class and the teacher. Then the teacher would sign that person something and they would turn around, tap the person in front of them's shoulder and sign it to them, the so on until you reach the person in front and they have to write down what you just signed on the white board. And you'd go through until everyone wrote on the white board once. Well... we had 7 or 8 tests, right? I got chosen as part of that 4 all but 2 times. And I'm terrified to go up in front of anyone for anything. And that was just for warm-ups for signs I already know.

This semester is all about storytelling!! Which means more going in front of the class. By myself! And having to sign stories and get it right! *whimpers* I'm so freaking scared, you wouldn't believe. My teacher last semester said that the professor we get for ASL 2 will try to scare us into dropping (mostly just because everything is so much more difficult). He was giving us the warning to tell us not to give up, because it's worth it. And I believe it is worth it. I haven't yet put my signing to use for anything, but I have actually seen people signing in stores and stuff and I wouldn't have known what they were doing if I hadn't taken the class. It was a lot of fun last semester and the only class I got an A in when I checked my grades after finals. But I'm just so damn scared and nervous about having to go up in front of people and making a fool of myself (because I'm really good at that, especially when I'm nervous)... So, I just, needed to rant and get that out there.

Also, all this nervous energy has made me extremely restless and I'm crazy bored, so I'm going back and looking through my unfinished fics hoping to get more done so that I can update stuff or post something new soon! So, maybe my freaking out will benefit you guys, huh? lol

~wolfish willow
Current Mood: scared
16 January 2011 @ 08:42 pm
...This weekend has been a mixture of good and not so good and I decided I want to post about it because if I can't whine here, where can I? lol

The good:

Yesterday morning I woke to the sounds of my parents cleaning the front of the house and decided to just chill in my room until they decided to come get me to help out. I was half asleep, and not really paying much attention until my younger sister and mom started arguing. Mom told her she wanted the kitchen clean before she had to go to work and my sister refused to do it, saying none of it was her mess, so she wasn't going to pick it up. And my Dad yelled at her that if she doesn't want to clean up, then she can get out.

Then my Dad went back to her room to get her boyfriend (who's been living here for months now) to come help move this new antique they just bought. While he was out there my older sister pointed to the pots and pans on the sink and told him it was his shit and he needed to clean it up. He goes "Jeez, you don't have to be rude. You could have just asked." And all this is going on while both of my parents are still out there with them, so my mom tells him, "Excuse me. I did ask, and you still haven't done it."

So it somehow became a fight between him and my Dad and Dad finally told him he was kicked out (they only said they were going to do it on New Years, and it never happened *rolls eyes*). So he and my younger sister left the house sometime yesterday. I only left my room because my parents had finally left to see a movie and if I'd gone out there before that, it would have been turned on me somehow, so it was safer in my room.

The not so good:

My sister just got home an hour and a half ago, and snuck her bf back in (which I expected as she did that the last time they told her he wasn't allowed in the house). So I went to the tv room to tell my parents that she brought him home and they didn't. do. anything. WTF? >.< So, that's the suck.

Some more good:

Went with my older sister to her friend's house for a get together. Had a margarita, which was totally tasty. OM NOM NOM. So much better than anything with Vodka I've ever tried. yuck.

Did my laundry today, which rocks because I have clean clothes again. w00t!

And got a few more words added to the fics I've been working on.

Oh, and I just wanted to thank [livejournal.com profile] preferthemoss for my awesome virtual gift. I've never gotten one before and that was such a joy to see in my inbox! *smishes*
Current Mood: thirsty
31 December 2010 @ 10:36 am
...we gotta get back on top! Castle is beating Supernatural for best TV show of the year!


VOTE VOTE VOTE, people. ^-^
Current Mood: busy
21 December 2010 @ 03:46 pm
...cuddle with me.

We finally got to come home from the hotel last Friday. What is that, 4 days ago? My cat, Kit Cat Bar, has since refused to lay with me. She refuses to even step foot in my room. At all. Which really sucks, because that's where her litter box is.

She's so mad at me because I'm the one who put her in the cat carrier and brought her in the car. But also because my older sister's cat came in my room the other day and Kit saw and now she hates me. *cries* It makes me so sad. She sleeps in my parent's room. And when they locked her out the last two nights, she'd rather sleep on the pool table or by the tree than on my bed. :( I tried locking her in with me, but she just waited by the door until my mom came and opened it when she needed to tell me something. >.<

On a lighter note, it's raining. Which is really awesome. I've got the window in my room cracked open enough so that I can listen to it without freezing. lol. Apparently the new forecast is that it will still be raining on Christmas. :D We don't get snow, so rain is the next best thing. (Plus, snow would be bad as people in Southern California are scary enough on the roads in rain. Like it's never rained here before. I happen to remember years ago when it didn't stop raining for 8 weeks. *shakes head* People are crazy...)
Current Mood: sad
09 December 2010 @ 01:44 pm
...So I might not have internet for the next couple days. I'm not sure, but just wanted to give a head's up in case I'm not on for a bit. (Not that I've been posting much of anything recently, but you know *shrug*).

SDG&E is being oh so fun and working on a building next to my house. The construction has been driving us crazy for at least 2 weeks now... Well, now we've got to go to a hotel a whole 5 days earlier than we'd thought (they're doing something with gas next week so we have to be out of the house) because something's wrong or whatever and they have to Xray stuff and we are not able to be here when that happens. My mom is out getting 3 cat carriers (this sucks so much, because the last time we had to deal with putting the cats in the car, I lost my boy, Shadow, to stress. But then, that was for those crazy wildfires everywhere...) and I'm packing clothes for me, my older sister, and my niece while dealing with watching my niece and her friend who came over today for a playdate. >.<

So, yeah. I don't really know where we're going or what... But, even if I'm without internet, I'll hopefully get some writing done this weekend. Not really sure. I've got a couple essays to write before I can focus on fic (even though I really want to focus on fic).

~wolfish willow <3<3<3
Current Mood: pissed off
...seems to be what I'm experiencing right now. It's 5:29 AM... This is my day to sleep in and it's 5:30 AM. WTH?

I've been sick since... Friday? I think. My Dad was sick a little while ago, who got my older sister sick last week. I was doing great until my niece got Strep Throat (I have no idea how to spell that one) and I had to babysit her. I didn't get that, but I ended up with a cold. Thought I was doing better two days ago only to wake up with a sore throat.

Well, I think that's part of what my problem was this morning. I didn't take any Nyquil before I went to bed last night.

But I freakin' SCARED MYSELF AWAKE. Who does that?! I had started having a dream or something, but I was still half awake, right? Well, I started thinking about someone's house or something and how it must be haunted and how the people living there would never know it until it was too late... Then realized that I was laying down in my room, with the lights off, no tv on, and now I was worried about a possible ghost who might want to kill me. WTH?

So now, I'm on my laptop, waiting for the Nyquil I just took to kick in. With the TV on, as though that would help were a ghost to come and try and do something more than just fly another ball across my room. *rolls eyes at self* I haven't even seen Paranormal Activity 2 yet! I shouldn't be worried about that.

In other "news". Going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at midnight tonight. w00t! I'm crazy excited, even if my friend screwed up the ticket situation. Bestie fixed it and now we shouldn't have any issues. whew. So, yeah. I went to the midnight magic party for the book when it came out and how I get to see the movie. I'm so freakin' excited, man! The summer before the book came out, bestie and me came up with theories as to what would happen in the next one, who mystery ppl were, things like that. We ended up with 4 pages worth of theories, with every one of them being correct. So you can see how obsessed/excited I got about HP. (Not that different than my SPN obsession, I guess...)

So, that's everything for now... I'm gonna go read some fic until my eyelids get droopy. Then hopefully I'll be able to sleep until noon or sometime before I have to pick up my niece from school.
Current Mood: sick
20 September 2010 @ 11:20 am
...and it's not even noon yet!

So, I feel like a total jerk right now.

I had to get up early to take my niece to school today (because my older sister had training for her new job today w00t!). I did, walked her to school. Walked home.

Then mom got home and took me out because I needed to get a calculator for my Astronomy "mid-term". Did that, got some breakfast, came back home. I ate, read a little fanfiction. It was good.

At 10:30 this morning, I grabbed my stuff and my mom drove me to school.

Walked up to my class, which starts at 11 (it was around 10:50 when I got there, I think) and come to find out that class has been cancelled. My next class isn't until 12:30. So I borrow a cell phone ('cause they took out the payphones at school and I can't afford to buy a cell right now) and call mom.

She comes to pick me up. Just got home. I'll have to wake her up in an hour to take me back.

All this when she's been up all night working, and she's supposed to pick my niece up from school, since I've got class and won't be able to.

But I just went in and begged my younger sister if she could pick up our niece instead, let mom get that extra hour of sleep before our dad gets home and makes her get up. (And if you knew me and my younger sister, you would understand how big of a deal it was for me to beg her for something). She thankfully agreed, so at least I have some good news to give my mom when I wake her up. *facepalm*

So, yeah. Today's shapin' up to be one of "those" days...
Current Mood: annoyed
17 September 2010 @ 05:22 am
...tired... >.<

Does anybody else out there have a family member whose voice just grates on your sanity nerves?

I went to bed earlier than usual tonight. Around 1 or 2 in the morning. I don't have school today, I was just really tired after my friends went home and was looking forward to sleeping.

Only, I was woken up half an hour ago (4 something AM) by my sister and her boyfriend giggling/laughing in her bedroom. And I'm fucking pissed! And near tears. Because I just want to sleep, damnit. But I can't because they just keep fucking laughing and talking and I don't know when the fuck they sleep because I've noticed more and more the past couple of days that they're still talking when I'm up until 5 in the morning without sleeping. And then my sister goes to work (her slacker boyfriend just hangs out in her room or out with friends. The jerk is living here and not even paying any friggin' rent. Just like her last slacker/moocher boyfriend. *rolls eyes*). I get that she has to "unwind" while she's at home. But I WANT TO SLEEP DAMNIT. And I CAN'T. And I might end up hurting somebody soon if they keep it up.

Oh yeah. And I can't just go out and sleep on the couch in the tv room because my niece is sleeping out there. And it was my mom's night off, which means she'll be up soon because she never sleeps past 6/7 on her nights off. So she'd have been pissed if I was out there anyways. (AND OMG THEY'RE STILL FUCKING GIGGLING.) drugs are bad people

Okay, I'm sorry. I just needed to rant b/c my online buddy is on vacation right now so I can't talk to her. It's too early to call any of my friends. And typing this has kept me from banging on the wall the way I have to when they're having sex and being loud. Because they're jerks like that and don't care that other people are in the house.
Current Mood: enraged
28 August 2010 @ 05:41 pm
...because it's just been bugging me and bugging me and I figure maybe typing it out will make me feel better or something. Feel free to ignore this post.

This way to rant (because I am an evil, evil person)... )

Current Mood: irritated
16 July 2010 @ 09:27 pm
...unable to mock. Or rather, unable to write mocking and/or banter. I know that I tend towards not having dialogue in my fics, but this is ridiculous. I'm working on one that actually has people talking with and to each other. But I don't know how to make one person mock another. Or even be witty. *sigh* Okay, I just needed to rant that tiny bit because this is bugging the crap out of me. I've only now realized that I can't even pull ideas from conversations I've had with my friends, because we don't seem to do that, ever. At least, that I can think of now that I actually need it. >.<

Oh well. Back to writing fic!
Current Mood: frustrated
29 June 2010 @ 05:52 pm
...aka: I'm an idiot.

I somehow forgot that I had my flash drive with me when I went to my best friend's place this past weekend... And now I can't find it anywhere! She's keeping an eye out for me, but for now I'm going without. Which means I unfortunately will most likely not be updating MSM anytime soon as all of my fic is on that flash drive. *sigh* I'll try to add more for the chapter I had started working on before I lost it, but I can't guarantee you'll see anything for a little while.

I apologize! *hides* I'm so upset with this. I might be able to find a few of the chapters in emails I sent to one of my friends, so I'll certainly try to update. But I can't make any promises at the moment. I'm really sorry about this.

In other news, I've started work on a new fic because I am insane and don't know how to keep myself from getting attacked by plot bunnies... I've only started working on it this week, but I've already got a few pages of notes written and I'm getting started on an outline, so I might be posting something new soon. Don't expect much right now, as I think it's going to end up being long like MSM, but I'm certainly gonna try to get something written. *nodnod*

Okay, done with my rambly rambleness. ^-^ Thanks to everyone who've commented on MSM and kept me going. I'm really sorry about this new delay! *huggles* <3<3<3
Current Mood: stressed
14 June 2010 @ 02:36 am
...ugh! This is stupid and annoying and you can totally ignore this as I'm mostly just venting. But, come on! I'm getting over being sick, right? My friends just left (it's 2:30AM) 'cause we were watching an episode of S2 of Tru Blood. They heard I was sick yesterday and left me alone, but called again today. I'm feeling a bit better than I was before and I figure it isn't too bad to just lay in the recliner and watch the show. But then, I was assuming I could just take some NyQuil after they left and sleep for a couple hours tonight, and maybe more tomorrow. But no. My sister cleaned the kitchen and now the NyQuil has. gone. MISSING. And it's too late to go in and ask her where she put it. So now I'm sitting here coughing, with a still-sore throat, my nose is not my friend and I'm all teary-eyed and upset because I just want to get some sleep and feel better in the morning. But no. I can't find the medicine anywhere. I even asked my friends if they saw it anywhere, 'cause sometimes I miss things when they're right in front of me. But they couldn't find it either. So if I wake up tomorrow and see it in the middle of the counter/medicine cabinet, I'm going to be pissed... *cough*
Current Mood: sick
...as repeats of the series will follow “Smallville” at 9:00/8:00c starting May 28.

Sad news comes on the heels of today’s announcement that encores of the short-lived CBS drama “Moonlight” will assume “Supernatural’s” regular Thursday, 9:00/8:00c time period on June 3.

The move will undoubtedly fuel speculation that “Supernatural” will permanently take residence there for its sixth season.

The CW announces its 2010-11 season lineup on Thursday, May 20.

Dear CW,

No Love,

(Repost this, and add your name to the list, if you think this is the stupidest pile of fuckery anyone at the CW has ever pulled.)

A bit of ranting, containing Season 6 spoilers (and adult language)... )
Current Mood: annoyed