31 January 2012 @ 11:55 pm
I'm going crazy because I can't sign onto AIM. I didn't realize until now how much I rely on it to talk to my friends. ;_; And I was really looking forward to getting some writing sprints done after class, but it won't let me log in and they are apparently having trouble with their servers as it won't even let me change my password like their site is telling me to do. @_@
24 January 2012 @ 03:29 pm
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] wistful_fever at U.S. Petition to prevent ACTA
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lk737 at U.S. Petition to prevent ACTA
Kosmonaunt on Tumblr just posted this link to the U.S. Petition to stop ACTA. Here is what was said about it:

Americans, this is a link to the White House petition to End ACTA and get the Obama Administration to withdraw its support! This petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 20, 2012! Please, Please take a minute to sign this petition!! I'm sure the more signatures we get, the greater chance the Obama Administration may listen to us.

Please pass this along!!


Please check it out and Retweet if you're on Twitter (hashtag #ActAgainstACTA). Here is the shortened link for Twitter -- http://t.co/suHDHx8K

Thank you to everyone on my flist and twitter for talking about this and making us so aware! You guys have really filled my flist with so much information! *massive hugs*
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.

23 January 2012 @ 03:51 pm
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] cantarina1 at post
Originally posted by [livejournal.com 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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Yes, [livejournal.com profile] priceless_pixie. I know you've been telling me this forever. LOL

But, man. My niece just. keeps. singing. songs from her favorite shows on Nick. Because they have them online. And she puts her headphones in and belts it out. I can't concentrate on anything. @_@

Maybe I should just... figure out what I'm doing for dinner tonight. >_>
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26 August 2011 @ 01:40 am
My niece asked me today about sideburns and why some people have them and what they're for.
I told her that I didn’t know but that my favorite man in the world has them.

Her response?

"Let me guess, Sam and Dean or Jared Padalecki."

I busted up LAUGHING, omg. My 7 year old niece knows the full name of my favorite man in the world and she pronounced it right. :D

Current Mood: giggly
15 July 2011 @ 11:52 pm
...I know I don't actually post very often, but I do try and comment on people's stuff once in a while but that'll be stopping for a little over a week.

Going camping with my parents tomorrow morning (more like in 5 hours or so). I'll be getting home on Wednesday but then I'm going to my bestie's apartment because it's easier to get to the Convention Center for Comic Con from there. I might be online a little bit that night but I'm going to be exhausted and sore and cranky and probably won't comment unless it's on posts I'll hopefully be seeing about other SPN fans being at CC. *crosses fingers* I know there were some last year when I couldn't go, so I'm hoping really hard there will be some this year.

Anyways, that's why I won't be around and I just wanted to let my flist know. ^-^
...Warning for lots and lots of F-bombs. *nodnod*

Like I said, I'm crap with Twitter. I think I've posted 1 tweet and it was an automated one or something. But I figure there might be ppl on my flist or elsewhere, who are able to figure that site out and might want to do something with it. I already liked them on Facebook. Just needed to share this with others.
13 April 2011 @ 01:10 pm
Just got home from class a bit ago and I'm still kinda crazy excited over what happened today. ^______________^

We had to come up with a narrative about a memorable person/character in our life and describe some of their behavior tendancies/personal qualities in the story we told. I wrote the 11 sentences yesterday, but wasn't really sure about it. Turns out, my first draft kind of really sucked.

How it works when presenting, though, is that you go up to the teacher when you're ready and sign in front of her and she gives you the grade, then you leave. There's always pretty much a line of students waiting to go and we can use that time to rewrite and practice our stuff. I rewrote mine 4 times before I came up with something I felt even slightly okay with presenting in front of her.

I wrote about my best friend, a story about a bully who was mean and how she was brave and scared the bully off. I thought I'd probably get a C, right? I memorized what I wrote and performed it for her (I wonder if it's odd that I liken ASL to Theater... hmm...). I heard the few people who were left in the class (the ones who'd yet to go) whispering something about it and realized that most of them were watching me (which was really freaky because I hate having to perform in front of the class and usually the people in line don't watch the person doing their presentation), but I just got it done, right?

When I finished, I just wanted to get my low grade and run out of class as fast as possible. But the first thing my teacher said (signed, lol) to me was that apparently my signs were really good. She asked if I have a deaf friend and when I said no, she asked if I had a tutor. Nope. When she asked me how I practice, I told her I use the computer. 'Cause that's what I did last night when writing my first draft. If there was a word I didn't know or hadn't learned yet, I looked online and found it. I now know how to sign "during", "bully", "recess", "she", and "we". And a few others that weren't actually used today. So, yeah. I got an A+ when everyone else that I'd noticed were getting A- and lower.


*happy sigh* I'm going to go order some lunch now. Maybe get some writing done while I'm still in a great mood. :D
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03 March 2011 @ 05:26 pm
Complaining about the day )

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28 February 2011 @ 08:10 pm
...But I woke up this morning around 7-ish (because I haven't been able to sleep in past 7:30 for a week, IDEK why) and couldn't take a shower until after Big Sis got my niece ready for school and everything. So I turned on the tv and didn't wanna watch Angel because I'd seen the episode a bazillion (okay, like, 5) times.

Saw that Boy Meets World was on and decided to click to it and OMG.

I didn't realize how much I missed that show until I was watching it. Now I want MOAR. It was an episode when Cory and Shawn were kids (I'm not sure how to spell their names, forgive me) and I remember when I didn't care for those episodes so much. Watching it today, it was freakin' hilarious. Guh. I might just have to set it up to record if it's always on in the mornings. *nodnod*

Sorry for the complete randomness, but I was just thinking about this and wanted to tell someone. Then figured, why not bug my flist with such random ramblings? hehehe

~wolfish willow
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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
10 February 2011 @ 11:31 am
...This time around it hasn't been too bad just yet. SDG&E had to put money on a room tab for us to pay for our dinners while we're here because we can't cook lunch or dinner like we would be doing if we were at home. Of course they don't serve breakfast which sucks, but mom got us some food and we'll give them the receipts for everything. :)

I'm going to try and force myself to write some before I have to pick my niece up from school. *crosses fingers* I've got so many things I should be working on. >.<

Well, that's about it. Not much else in the way of updates, I suppose. <3

Hope everyone's having a good week! <3<3<3
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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
07 February 2011 @ 09:56 pm
...My CD came in the mail today! w00t! I'm so very excited about this.

Supernatural Soundtrack

Isn't it awesome? I haven't listened to the whole thing yet, but my favorite is definitely "Dean's Dirty Organ (Brother's Guitar Theme)". Followed closely by "Blood Drops Keep Falling On My Head". Though, pretty much all of the titles freakin' rock. *LOVES*
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24 January 2011 @ 01:24 pm
... It was interesting. I'm tired now because I woke up about 2 and a half hours before I needed to. That was just nerves I think, making sure I didn't sleep in late.

But class was okay. I didn't understand a thing the teacher said (signed) which totally sucks. And the class really is going to be focused mainly on having to go up in front of the class and using sign in front of everyone. *headdesk* It's going to totally suck. Like, a lot.

I like sign though. I like ASL. So I'm going to go through it and hate every moment I'm up there making a fool of myself, but I'm going to be glad that I did it when the semester is over and I can actually say more than just a few words. So much better than when I had to take Spanish in High School and couldn't stand the teacher and didn't like the material (because I'd been made to take it by my parents when I really wanted to take German). So, as much as this class will be horrible, I'm hoping I'll actually get to enjoy the results later.
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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*
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31 December 2010 @ 07:37 pm
This year has had its upsides and downsides. This is the year that I started writing fanfiction. It's the year that Sam/Gabriel went from my guilty pleasure pairing to my OTP (though Sam/Dean is still made of teh awesome). It's the year I took my first "foreign language" class that I actually enjoyed and may have learned something in (ASL). And it's the year that I made great new friends online (you know who you are :D). The year I turned 21 and went to my first bar, had my first beer and washington apple. Realized that I can't stand vodka, but enjoy whiskey. And the year I found out that margaritas are freakin' awesome.

It's also the year where rooms got switched around and family drama happened nearly every week. The year we got evacuated to a hotel that doesn't allow pets and the year that my older sister's best friend is having a rough time. The year my friends and I haven't seen as much of each other as we used to, now that we're all getting older and they've got jobs and responsibility and I seem to be at home all the time.

But, really, this year was still a pretty good one. Actually getting to be a part of a fandom that's so awesome and crazy as Supernatural, getting to talk to people who've been there since day one, just like my bestie and me, is all so amazing and I can't even tell you. And it's all so much fun, even if we could do without some all of the wank and character bashing.

For the most part, I think I had an enjoyable year and I really hope that all of you have had a great year. And for those of you that didn't, I hope you have a happy new year, and that things get better! <3<3<3

30 December 2010 @ 04:38 pm
...so y'all can hear my voice... I guess. heh...

Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] aythia

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