tallulahgs: (Dazzled Megumi)
Last night I dreamt that the woman I act as Editorial Assistant for was in the police force and she and Chris from Ashes to Ashes were hunting Jigsaw from the Saw movies. I have a bad feeling Jigsaw was looking to make Chris his new apprentice. Still, it was a surprisingly good dream, and a nice change from the usual motifs of being with my family and trying to pack/tidy up huge amounts of stuff and/or catch trains.

I have developed another cold. Clearly the world just doesn't WANT me to be productive.

This weekend is going to be the weekend in which I Begin Christmas, so if you would like a card from me, please go HERE.

I have now finished the first four days of the [livejournal.com profile] 12dayschristmas challenge, but that still leaves eight to go. So if you have any more prompts for me, please go HERE. will write porn for food
tallulahgs: (Silhouetted Mello)
As is my wont, I am happy to spread Christmas cheer via cards (possibly with random things glued onto them, possibly not) so if you would like one, please leave a postal address in screened comments! Feel free to request even if you're not doing cards, I will not be taking notes of reciprocity ;) Generally, I like you guys and would like to try and make small connections with others of the human race!

Also, still taking requests for [livejournal.com profile] 12dayschristmas.
tallulahgs: (Hugging Raito)
I haven't done anything about this, it just... really kind of disturbs me. It sounds like it's been badly thought out and is just going to be messy, and won't even achieve the goals it wants. I don't know. Anyone better-informed got any thoughts?

Originally posted by [livejournal.com 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 boing-boing.net

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.

http://www.rollcall.com/issues/57_60/Internet-Companies-Boost-Hill-Lobbying-210345-1.html?pos=olobh

“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.

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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


tallulahgs: (Default)
Once again, I feel like being Christmassy. (Dear gods, when will this feeling pass?) I would love to send y'all a Christmas/holiday card, if you would like. If you do, please leave address in the screened comments below! (Please leave address even if you have left it before. I worry otherwise :p)

Happy to send cards overseas, although make no guarantee they'll arrive on time ^^

Also, still taking fic requests for [livejournal.com profile] 12dayschristmas. Do feel free to leave a suggestion or two if you haven't yet!

*jingle jingle* *sleigh bells* *etc*
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Resume of my latest trip to lycoris-land, just because I can't not have a RL event recorded on LJ )

I think that's it. Currently sleepy. Had a nightmare that I was watching the Saw movies and trying to remember how to get out of the various traps. Woke up too scared to move and may have gone and searched living quarters to check there were no creepy puppets lying in wait for me >_>

Oh yes, meme (I can write the answers in longhand. I am slowly building up stuff written in longhand. Building up more can only be a good plan :D)

Ask me my fannish Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post.

And, pinched from [livejournal.com profile] vashti:

LJ interests generator thing )
tallulahgs: (Default)
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I really don't know. Well... obviously when we die, our body becomes unable to function as a fully working entity any more and so it stops (she said intelligently) ^^

What bothers me is how this would feel while it's happening. The idea that you would be aware of what it feels like to die really freaks me out. I think I would rather that once you die, you are just gone. That's it. There is no more 'you' behind the eyes, nothing else to notice. That sort of freaks me out, but I figure once it happens I wouldn't notice, so it'd be okay ^^

My concept of Heaven is a bit vague, partly because Heaven is very much (for me) associated with loving God and being with Him and I don't think I've ever felt it really. I mean, the idea of eternal bliss bothers me a bit as it suggests eternal consciousness and I'm not sure how feasible that is.

What really scares me is that I would "let go", fall into death, and then face something horrible, i.e. Hell.

I generally try and avoid thinking about this too much because it's not like there's anything much I can do about it.

***
Quick, let's talk about books instead )

I've been rubbish as doing much writing this week, which is a pain. I've also been terribly hungry for a lot of it. We went out for lunch to commiserate my line manager leaving, and I had a whole large pizza. This rarely happens. Tomorrow there is an evening leaving do for him, which is supposed to involve curry. We'll see what happens. Today I had a 'let's make sure you're ok with everything and won't have any loose ends after I've left' meeting with him in the canteen, which was kind of sad because the first meeting I ever had with him was there too.

My LJ gets really slow when I've written this much *prods it*

Also, I could totally have a 'death' tag in my LJ, but I shy away from the effort involved in going back and tagging all relevant entries.
tallulahgs: (Soggy L)
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I never really had to hide books from my parents; my mother was allowed to read whatever she wanted as a child, and so extended the same privilege to me. Thus I ended up borrowing a bunch of books about sex from the local library and finding out about a lot of interesting concepts before I really needed to. I attribute any and all issues I have to this :D

***

[entry written on Friday afternoon, offline]

Soooo, today I completed THE PROJECT. I spent the morning beta-reading it (there was a horrible moment when I realised a bunch of tables of figures were wrong and had to be re-copied-and-pasted) (there was another horrible moment when I was given a task I'd specifically asked not to have to do that day because the bloke who was going to do it called in sick) (HE'D BETTER HAVE BEEN VERY ILL) and then I spent, like, four hours printing out ten copies. Because it is 148 pages long and contains images. But yes. I HAS FINISHED PROJECT. (Although it hasn't yet been spiral-bound. But it will be.)

I am now looking forward *touches wood* to a weekend which does not involve projects and just involves me doing a few things at some point. Tomorrow is the fancy dress party, and yes, I am going as a BR schoolgirl. I suspect my weapon may be poison, aka a bottle of Bach's rescue remedy with a skull-and-crossbones label :D

I have stupidly allowed myself to run out of inhaler and my back has been vaguely achy and wheezy all day as my lungs start doing a Tetsuo impression and yelling 'WHERE ARE MY DRUGS?' I hope to sort this out next week. *fails a bit*

My thoughts on the Desperate Housewives season finale, and the season in general )

Okay. I go make soup and watch JDrama.

***

Last night was the fancy-dress party and I did indeed go as a Battle Royale schoolgirl. Quite a few people knew the movie, which was cool, and it was pretty fun. Didn't get home til 2 a.m., though, and woke up today with a cold. Have spent most of it lurking and sleeping and watching TV. Feel vaguely grumpy now, probably because I am getting even more tired.

Edit: the party cast list, for my own reference and for lulz ^^

The theme was good vs. evil.

Good
An angel
Sgt. Elias from the movie Platoon
Elastigirl from The Incredibles
Violet, from same
Claire Bennett from Heroes
James Bond
Horatio from CSI: Miami
Harry Potter

Evil
Jason Voorhees
Freddy Kreuger
Cruella de Vil
A devil
A pirate
The Joker from The Dark Knight, in his nurse's outfit

Somewhat confused
A jar of Marmite
A devil and an angel combined (in one costume. The angel looks like it's shagging the devil. Yes, it is as weird as it sounds)
A Battle Royale schoolgirl ^^

Also, there were good and evil cookies (some shaped like Batman logos, some shaped like Ghostbuster logos, and some with appropriate quotes on), and though I did not have a gun, the pirate let me hold hers for most of the second half of the evening :D
tallulahgs: (Default)
So, yeah, I'm going away for a week. On business. *poses* I will have Internet, but it is intermittent and I'll probably be busy, so... have a good week everyone!

I'll update the Malory Towers BR when I'm back.
tallulahgs: (Happy Tetsuo)
Stolen from various people ^^

I think this meme feels my summer is supposed to be like one from Sweet Valley High )

Tomorrow I go to a friend's wedding. A bunch of us from work are going down. Despite the fact that this means I will have a two-day week before I go to Prague and thus MAJOR EMAIL OVERLOAD when I get back, I'm still quite pleased - I know if I were in the office all week I'd be fretting about the forthcoming trip and all the things I might forget.

Work was busy and crazy and had too many emails and meetings but I'm okay now apart from the random dizzy spell...
tallulahgs: (Default)
Chapter Eight of Playing the Game is up HERE.

*updates from work leik ninja*

I don't currently have a home Internet connection, so I'm not even going to try and catch up on my Flist yet. If there's anything I seriously need to know, drop me a comment, though, as I am checking my emails at work.
tallulahgs: (Happy Tetsuo)
This has been the week of sleepiness, due to one of my housemates waking me up at 5 a.m. on two consecutive mornings, and then me electing to go and see a later-than-intended showing of Mamma Mia and not getting to bed til 11.30. It was thus not surprising I had a migraine yesterday, but I took one of the pills the doctor gave and it seemed to work surprisingly well. (Insert Tetsuo quote here.) This is a good thing.

I enjoyed Mamma Mia, though I think it works better as a musical than a movie. It was fun and silly and most of the cast were pretty good and Colin Firth has suddenly become hot again (after me swearing for years that he wasn't because he reminded me of my dad *sweatdrop*) I didn't like Dominic Cooper and Amanda Seyfreid much though - one was an annoying jerk and the other was just too fluffy and cute for my liking.

Work are sending me to a sales conference in Prague, apparently, which should be... interesting ^^ I'm going with one of the girls I eat lunch with (unfortunately, it's the one who sort of annoys me sometimes, but I figure this will either improve our friendship or destroy it, so it's pretty much win-win). It sounds like I'll be spending most of my time agreeing to send people books or saying 'I don't know the answer to that, but if you give me your contact details I'll find out and get back to you! *smilesmile*' Which I can do. I did it for my entire gap year :D

Rambling on books )

Book meme stolen from ecchipiro )
tallulahgs: (Default)
On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

One declaration of love

[Title] Accidents and Emergencies
[Fandom] Battle Royale (manga)
[Rating] G
[Word Count] 1430
[Notes/Summary] A visit to A&E prompts Yutaka to state an embarrassing truth to Shinji... Crossposted to [livejournal.com profile] 12dayschristmas. Feedback welcome as always!

People will like Shinji wherever he goes )

In real life news... gifts and Doctor Who (no real spoilers) )
tallulahgs: (WTF Kaneda)
So, like, you could rewrite the Badger song with 'coffee' for badger, 'biscuits' for mushroom and 'cake' for snake. And it would be cool.

***

My brother has left. We spent the entire weekend watching DVDs, eating, showing each other interesting stuff on the Net, and walking to and from town. Twas cool. We also worked out, kind of, a cast list for a live-action version of Saiyuki. (This is what I do with my brother. Either that or discuss who's smarter, Yamagata or Jade Goody.)

The cast list (what I remember of it) put here because I want to have a copy in written form )

***

Had my first two lectures today. One of them is with Excitable Russian lecturer. And it's on chaos. This should be interesting ^^ (realised that second semester of second year was the only one with no Russian lecturers in it. No wonder everyone was so gloomy).

***

Wrote snarky letter to the TV licensing people. So there.
tallulahgs: (Angry Tetsuo)
W00t, my brother should be here in about an hour. He'll stay for the weekend and we will watch DVDs. And it will be fun. So I might be little less prompt with comments than usual, but I'm sure you guys will live ^^

Random annoyance: got a threatening letter from the TV licensing people today being all 'you have no TV license, so we're gonna send the enforcement officers round, bitch.' There was also a leaflet entitled "What You Can Expect From An Enforcement Visit". The fact that I do have a TV license which is valid until September 2007 is obviously an unimportant minor little detail which no one could possibly care about *snarl* (Had mild panic when I realised I wasn't sure where said license was, but located it in massive folder of important documents and am now storing it between Saiyuki 9 and Azumanga Daioh 2, where I will remember. And if I forget - well, I've written it down here, haven't I ^^)

The Bible

Jan. 24th, 2007 04:03 pm
tallulahgs: (Happy Tetsuo)
You know the Bible 100%!
 

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
Create MySpace Quizzes




Um... I'm sure some of my answers were wrong. At the very least some of them were guesses.

Anyway. Exams are over, yay. The last one (this morning) didn't go as well as I'd hoped although the one I posted about in my last entry (yesterday evening) went better than I'd hoped so really, I've done what I expected, just... not with the exams I thought I would. If that makes sense. Am now moving out of 'arrrgh, how could I be so thick in this morning's exam?' to 'I'm really tired...'
tallulahgs: (Angry Tetsuo)
Went to bed at 11 last night. Found it hard to drop off. At about midnight, someone - or possibly several someones - in a nearby house started playing loud music with an extremely heavy bassline. At twenty to one I decamped to the living room, where the noise was muted, and managed to doze until they stopped playing the sodding music. My thoughts on this ranged from 'I hope that if they have pets, they trip over them and bruise themselves' to 'I hope they suffer fatal heart attacks and drop down dead' to 'you know, flaying someone alive isn't so bad if it's someone you don't like...'

From which we deduce that were I to be threatened with sleep deprivation in order to get information out of me, I would totally blab everything. So no one tell me the location of their secret base, 'kay?

I don't feel revision today has gone as well as it should have due to poor sleeping, which is stressing me rather, but I'm trying not to think about it.

***

Edit: It is half-seven and they've started playing it again. Okay, if I don't get a decent night's sleep tonight I'm going to go insane. Just a friendly warning.

***

Have been struck by an urge to write a Malory Towers Battle Royale. This is not a nice urge. But I think it would be interesting ^_^

***

My first exam is on Monday.

***

I can't wait until I can stop revising.

***

That is all.

Edit: No, it's not! I have two [livejournal.com profile] fannish5 memes to do!

What five scenes from fanfic (yours or anyone else's) would you like to see illustrated? )

Name five totally self-indulgent story ideas. (The fanfic you would write if you didn't care if you had an audience and also had no shame.) )

Waaaaargh

Jan. 11th, 2007 11:49 am
tallulahgs: (WTF Kaneda)
Just found out we're getting our coursework marks back today. Also was given a general feedback sheet on it. I have a horrible feeling it hasn't gone very well.

*flails, just for the hell of it*

Um, yes. Am currently busy revising. First exam on Monday. Woohoo -_-

Edit: 66%. Could've been much worse. Average was 58% and my last three courseworks have been 60-something, so I'm not really surprised.

One person got 100%, though.

Either they're a genius, or make me look like a party animal.
tallulahgs: (Eerie Takako)
Opened non-family presents. I received a gorgeous turquoise scarf from Godmother 1, the Benrik diary 2007 from Godmother 2 (it looks even crazier than the one [livejournal.com profile] robert_frogg had, so I doubt I'll actually do any of the challenges!) and Saiyuki 8 from [livejournal.com profile] lycoris *glomp* It's very good and I read it squealing and yelling "Hakkai!" (Nik: Can't you read quietly?) Thank you! :D (Also your present will be posted tomorrow.)

Anyway, it is also the first day of Christmas, and so without further ado I present a fic that's rather angsty:

[Title] Looking
[Fandom] Battle Royale, probably novel canon
[Rating] PG-13 for character death
[Notes/Summary] Kazuo Kiriyama didn't need the Program, really.

This was an experiment, and it's good to see that the results are what he expected. )
tallulahgs: (Angry Tetsuo)
Back home. Have done 2 hours of revision so far. The sun is shining. Our puppy has grown bigger. She's a real attention-whore ^^

fannish5 meme: name five times that a character you dislike did something right )
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