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LJ is now on Russian Soil

December 30th, 2016 (10:12 am)


If you are reading this from LiveJournal -- or if you have friends who are still on LJ, this is the time to pack your bags and seek a better place for yourself.

Briefly, SUP. the Russian group that owns LJ, has moved the physical servers that LJ information is on to Russia. Nobody who writes on LJ is now covered by the First Amendment, or any other US law governing freedom of expression. Your information -- all of it -- is under the direct supervision of the Russian government.

Info from Siderea here and here.

Why does this matter to us here?

Think about it. Putin hacked the elections; his interference contributed strongly to giving us Drumph. Now he's got access to private information on private citizens across the country, their interests, their views, their families. Do you really want that?

I closed my account last week; it seemed the time to do it. I suggest you do the same, delete your comments, delete everything. You are welcome to come to Dreamwidth, which is similar to work with, or to go to WordPress or any other journaling or blogging resource. Just don't stay where you are -- for all our sakes.

(Think of the kind of data scraping and analysis that happens on Facebook for the sake of ads. Now think of it in LJ, done by Russia for political means.)

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Sailor Moon vs STIs

November 21st, 2016 (05:15 pm)

No, not making this up.


"If you don't get tested, I'll punish you!"

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Rest in peace, Leonard Cohen

November 10th, 2016 (05:50 pm)

current mood: sad


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Reading Sword Art Online: Progressive

October 27th, 2016 (06:38 pm)

current mood: amused

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Sword Art Online, for those who haven't heard of it, is a novel/anime/manga series in which the players are trapped in a videogame where if your character dies, you die in real life and they have to win the game to escape. The original story was told in one novel, which I always felt was a bit too short....

SAO :Progressive is a alternate take on the story, retelling it in expanded form and filling in gaps in the original story. The series focuses on Kirito, a beta tester for the game and determined to survive and level up, and Asuna, a relative 'noob' but possessed of great determination and natural talent.

What I think SAO Progressive is very good at is being s nice blend of serious and comedy. YES there's the life and death crisis, but the books manage a lot of humor. Poor Kirito is HORRIBLY bad at figuring out women in general, which makes for a lot of comedy in his interactions with Asuna and the information broker Argo.

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Vivid Strike 4

October 23rd, 2016 (05:14 pm)

Well THAT was surprising...

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Hero series by Jonathan Wood

October 1st, 2016 (05:39 am)

current mood: annoyed

Finished the first three books of this series. Liked book one, book two was ok but had plot holes and characters clutching the idiot ball, and book three was meh.

Book two, Yesterday's Hero, is probably the book that annoyed my the most. The author wanted to get his lead character someplace, and he COULD have done it via writing & plot. Instead he has the rest of the cast (Literally. EVERY OTHER MAIN CHARACTER.) suddenly clutch the Idiot Ball and disbelieve him and act OOC from the first book. Not gonna spoil it if you wanna read, but WOW is it weird.

So basically, they are a library read, don't buy 'em, pretty much.

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Need to catch up on Carmilla...

September 28th, 2016 (07:43 am)

Carmilla and Laura by hanukara on DeviantArt

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New Game!

September 20th, 2016 (05:27 pm)

current mood: amused

Just finished the anime. Very good if not deep... cute girls doing cute things at a anime company, pretty much. VERY shippy if that's your thing too.

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Open Question: Do You Give Up On a Book?

September 10th, 2016 (11:19 pm)

current mood: amused

I used to be like that, then various stuff happened and I decided life was too short to waste on bad books. If I plow through a few chapters and it's awful, I drop it...

Originally posted by mighty_god_king at Open Question: Do You Give Up On a Book?



So I’m currently reading ‘I Drink for a Reason’, by David Cross. And it’s bad. I mean, it is shit-the-bed bad. It is is-this-actually-meant-to-be-an-ironic-douchebag-persona-he-created-for-this-book-a-la-Colbert, change-the-name-of-the-show-retroactively-to-“Mr. Show With Bob and That Guy He Carried On His Back for Four Seasons”, oh-my-god-did-he-actually-just-put-in-a-chapter-explaining-that-while-he’s-not-bitter-or-angry-about-bad-reviews-they-are-“bordering on libel”-and-he-must-respond bad. I am 82 pages into this 236-page book, and there’s been exactly one bit that I actually thought was funny and I feel kind of dirty for laughing at it because it’s about a guy entering a pole-sitting contest and being pelted with Rupert Murdoch’s feces. (It is, though, kind of funny in context.)

But I’m not quite ready to quit reading yet. Because I started the book. And I don’t like starting a book and not finishing it. I feel like I need closure, even if the closure is just “Yep, that’s 237 pages of unfunny material that I’m going to pretend he was forced to produce at gunpoint, probably by the same sadistic bastards who made him do ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel’. (And yes, I did go look up the correct spelling of “squeakquel”.) But the point is, I know that this is irrational behavior and yet I can’t stop myself. I can only think of two books I’ve ever given up on reading, and I admit to wanting to go back to at least skim one of them to the end.

(‘House of Leaves’, by Mark Danielewski. I couldn’t stand the Johnny Truant or Zampano material, but part of me wants to at least read the Navidson records.)

(‘The Laughing Corpse’, by Laurell K Hamilton. Bought the first two books at once in a fit of optimism because I heard good things about the series and they looked short, gritted my way through the first one, and realized that the second one wasn’t getting any better.)

What I’m getting at is, am I some sort of weird aberration? Does my pathological need to finish what I’ve started and complete even the sloggiest, draggiest book mark me out as some sort of crazy person, or does everyone else gut it through bad books too? And if you do tap out, how long does it take you? Do you give it a chapter, a section, a paragraph, a sentence? Are there specific events that make you decide to nopetopus your way out, like a horrific and gratuitous violent sequence or the use of a particular hacky trope?

And most importantly, should I go with my instincts and continue reading the remaining 154 pages of smug, unfunny ‘comedy’? (Sample joke: “Imagine! A grown man treating the idea of exorcising the ‘Devil’ out of some mentally ill woman as a real thing! Crazy!”) (No, that’s not the setup for a joke. “Crazy!” is apparently his idea of a punchline.) Or should I just sell the damn thing to some other poor unsuspecting fool and get on with my life?

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New Game!

September 3rd, 2016 (07:49 am)

VERY adorable anime & manga...

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