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LiveJournal has decided to start purging inactive journals. I know that some of you have lost friends who were LiveJournal users.

Please contact LiveJournal support (support@livejournal.com) ASAP with usernames so that you can ask them to switch those journals over to memorial status and keep them from being purged.

See this news post for the announcement. This is something LJ promised never to do, but they've gone against so many of their other promises that it's not surprising. I know this also affects other users for myriad reasons, this is just the one that strikes me as most pressing, and something for which LJ is actually offering a solution.
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News item from KGW.com:

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A car full of people dressed as zombies crashed on Interstate 84 near downtown Portland on Friday, causing initial confusion by people who witnessed the crash.

Portland Police said the car was swerving in the eastbound lanes of the freeway just east of the Lloyd District just after 9:30 p.m. when it rolled over and crashed onto its top.

Emergency crews took five victims from the crash to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said that in their investigation they learned that the people inside the car were dressed as zombie costumes and they were headed to a party at the time of the crash.

Sgt. Greg Stewart said people who witnessed the crash initially thought the victims' injuries were much more serious, because of the zombie costumes.

"We're glad that everyone is alive, despite being 'undead'," Sgt. Stewart said, referring to the costumes.
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I think I'm going to change my ringtone to that in honor of the weather (since I've already got it on my phone). It's so thoughtful of the heatwave to come visit us here in the Pacific Northwest. Weather.com says that my local temp is: 94° F - Feels Like: 92° F. Thanks for that, Weather.com. Is that 92° with the wind chill factor?
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I joined teamatlantis at stargateland after seeing it on [personal profile] mercury973's LiveJournal. It's a fun community with participation based challenges where you can vid, write, make graphics and do all sorts of other things.


I joined a bit too late to get a sig tag made for me, so I made my own. Then I went crazy and made six more for other people to max out my points for that challenge.

The sig tags I've made so far. )

I just noticed that with one exception, they're all Team Atlantis people and the majority are John/Rodney. It's obvious where my interest lies, eh? GO TEAM ATLANTIS!

I also wrote something for the writing challenge, but I can't post it until after the challenge closes and voting is done. I really enjoyed writing it, and it felt good to be writing again.

Of course it's a Sheppard-whump ficlet. Why is it that while I love McShep and fluff, I can only seem to write gen angst? There were three prompts: pain, hope and family. I'm sure you can guess which one resonated with me, right? Now I just have to write a second 100-500 word story for the same challenge - good thing you can use the same prompt twice! :D Though I may actually manage to churn out something using hope or family, who knows?
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Since I was sitting too close in Minneapolis to get a good picture of Joe and David together, I decided to make my own Joe and David photo from my own Joe and David photos (where's Xzibit when you need him?). It's all very meta. I did feel sort of weird Photoshopping my own photos instead of someone else's for a change.

Sadly, they just wouldn't stand this close the entire time. I decided they should do it anyway. The pictures I used make Joe look like he's obsessed with David's coffee cup. Or maybe David's nipple (which is Sir Not Appearing in This Picture thanks to the cup). Can't say I'd blame him. /perv



Since this is a digital manipulation and not an actual photo, do not repost it.
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The 4th of Joe-ly is a holiday for everyone, even non-USians. Let us celebrate with this picture:



David's Magic Microphone has transported them to an alternate universe where legs are optional but silly hats are mandatory.

Fic beta?

Jul. 3rd, 2010 08:21 am
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I actually wrote something for [profile] stargateland (I'm on [profile] teamatlantis, naturally). It's been soooooo long since I've written anything, and then I somehow manage to write a gen second person present tense tale of revenge, for the lols. I am so ridiculous.

Would someone be willing to give it a look? It's only ~300 words, so it wouldn't take long.
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I have taken a solemn vow to stop forgetting people's birthdays, so it's double birthday time today.

Happy Birthday to [personal profile] nakedwesley and [personal profile] arlessiar!



(Wow, that is an ugly card. Good thing it's vintage.)

Hate.

Jun. 23rd, 2010 12:32 pm
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I hate that woman at the worker's comp insurer. Hate hate hate her. She doesn't care that the pat little diagnosis that their "examiner" decided to stick me with doesn't jibe with what my last doctor said. Oh, no, my claim is still denied and I have to deal with this stupid hearing just so I can try to talk them into taking care of their fucking obligation. I don't want money. I want my knee examined thoroughly and I want to know the extent of the damage and get it taken care of. I have to wait until August just to find out if I can even get that much out those assholes.

Plus, I don't have health insurance right now, but my household income is too high for a free clinic. But I have to do something so I can prove that there's damage those idiots missed.

This was the only good part of my morning:

That's my front window with the sun shining through the trees, blinds and curtain. It was really pretty. Too bad that was before I had to get on the phone with the bitch.
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  • PMS apparently makes me put crazy shit in my Netflix Instant Watch queue and then cry while I'm watching it. I teared up last night while I was watching Die Hard 2. Die Hard 2?! Seriously, ovaries, WTF is that about? I hate when my hormones secretly manipulate my steely resolve to be cynical and jaded and make me cry at the cheesy bits in ACTION MOVIES. But after all these years, at least I know to be suspicious when I start getting maudlin about random things I don't normally care about.

  • I watched Demolition Man previous to Die Hard 2, and thankfully I didn't cry during any part of it. I had to avert my eyes from Stallone's face and body sometimes, though, ugh. He's just so completely unattractive to me that shudders of revulsion overtake me when he's naked in the cryostasis pit. And him kissing Sandra Bullock? Eww, ick, and complete lack of chemistry. Keep the sex helmets, you two are not allowed any physical contact, I don't care if it's legal now. The funniest part of Demolition Man was Dan Cortese in the role of "Taco Bell Entertainer" singing the Green Giant theme song. His fledgling acting career is stalking me (and his tan still creeps me the hell out).

  • To cure my bout of unwarranted weepiness, I was forced to rewatch the part of Joe's Wedding where David's naked in the shower with the teapot. He is so ridiculous (and cute!), singing his little ditty about being clean while washing dishes in the shower with a toilet brush. A toilet brush. David, David, David.

  • I watched the trailer for Good Day For It and caught that one second's worth of Joe. I think he shoots Is it a spoiler if it's in the trailer? ) and that's all you see of Joe. I hope he's more prominent in the movie.

  • Tomorrow I get to call the bitch at my worker's comp insurer and argue her into letting me have the MRI I want because my doctor says that their pat little diagnosis is wrong. Fun times!
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These aren't all of the ones that I wanted to post, but it's about 60 pictures, so it's a good start.

http://mapsandlegends.dreamhosters.com/minneapolis

It has its own directory so that if I add photos later, there won't be a change in URLs. I'll make sure to note if I upload more photos, so you don't have to wonder if there's anything new.

Bonus director's cut picture of Joe:


How is this man not suitable as Jim Rockford, again?
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We were talking about the "Lorne is gay because he's a painter" rumor during the con last weekend and it reminded me of the 2008 all LOLCAT post I did from Joe Mallozzi's POV. I totally called that Lorne thing. :D

Best part of that post was where I made my fake audience say, "HAY, IF ONLY GAY PERSON EVER ON SHOW WUZ GAY WHERE NOBODYZ COULD SEEZ IT, MEANS OTHER PEOPLE CAN BE GAY TOO. HAY SHEPPARD! WE DECIDE YOUZ GAY! MAYBE YOU HAD SECRET SCENE, GOT CUT FOR TIME? YAH! NOW MAKE OUT WITH MCKAY. WE DECIDE HE SWINGZ BOTH WAYZ, YAH. SURE, SCENE GOT CUT, UHUH. DON WORRY BOUT IT. NOW CHOP CHOP, NOT GETTN ANY YOUNGER HEREZ."
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Okay, everybody, don't kill me because I haven't posted my Minneapolis pictures yet. I've been recovering from too much caffeine and too little sleep, which usually makes me sleep too much once I have free time.

I took a long nap Monday, slept for a good six hours Monday night, slept all day Tuesday. Then, even though I tried to stay awake, I slept again for most of Tuesday night - and now it's Wednesday. And I wonder, "Where did the time go?!", even though I patently know the answer to that question.

Today's tasks, now that sleeping has been accomplished, are to to ship off my pretty, pretty camera lens and go deposit my disbursement check. It'll take forever, since I have to take the train, but I do solemnly swear that I'll start working on pictures today.

Here's something to tide you over until I get back later this afternoon:

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Just be warned that Joe took the chair in the dark spot, so most of my really good photos are of David. I have some decent Joe pictures, but they're really dark and I'll have to work on them a lot more to get usable pics. Why can't Creation just seat them next to each other already and/or have good lighting?

But the Flan has gotten a new pair of glasses, and it's cool that he was comfortable enough to let us all see him wearing them



Image quality's not great, since I was editing at 3am on a tiny, crappy netbook screen, but he's still plenty hot. Mmmmhmmm. (And yes, they're tinted yellow! :D)
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Okay, so I took 1,400 photos of David and Joe today. Paparazzi much? :D



I'm not home yet, so I don't want to sort and edit 1,000 photos right now, but I promise to post more over the next week
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About ten minutes after J left for work, Fed-Ex showed up at my door with my lens rental, a fancy-schmancy Canon 50mm f/1.2 from Borrow Lenses. I love it already, too bad it costs $1500, yikes.



I bought a bunny-shaped paper punch a long time ago and I made a hundred little paper bunnies one day. Needless to say, I don't have a lot of use for tiny paper bunnies, so they live in my coffee table drawer. But they make for excellent photography subjects, and they don't hop away or yell at you.

The amazing thing about this lens is the sharp, tiny depth of field and the great low light capture. That should prove useful at the Minn SG Con.

There are more where that bun came from. )

Splice PSA.

Jun. 6th, 2010 04:14 pm
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I'm not going to do a review of the movie right now. I just wanted to say that if you have any triggering issues, you'll want to skip the movie. Or else you should read the spoilers so you can make an informed decision about whether you can handle the triggers. That's one thing that I think the movie's marketing is definitely failing at. They're giving too much of the wrong parts of the movie away. If they're not going to advertise the triggering nature of the film in its commercials, they could at least have a short warning at the beginning of the movie.
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If one of my life goals was to melt a plastic knife handle to the side of my best pan. For some reason, I keep forgetting to turn off the electric burner after I saute asparagus and this time the knife bore the brunt of my stupidity. I think I can salvage the knife and the pan looks okay. The worst thing is the smell - burning plastic, mmm. I had to set up a fan relay from the front of the apartment to the back so that I could cycle out the awful stench. I'm going to have to remember to stop leaving the burner on before I burn the apartment down. I think I'll leave myself a note to that effect next to the stove.

At least I have all of these pretty Hewlett photos from the Splice premiere to soothe my soul. There's a great one of Vincenzo pretending to strangle David. I like the ones of David and Jane, too, they look so happy. Apparently I'm seeing Splice for my friend's birthday, which suits me fine. I don't think I'll like the rest of the movie that much, since I already know most of the plot and I think it's kind of fucked up and/or lame, but it'll be great to see David on the big screen. Giant awesome David Hewlett, yays!
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I beat my laptop back into working order so I could finish my SGA Reverse Big Bang preview, but the laptop still insists there's a stuck key when there's not. I think the keyboard's just dead. As long as it boots and lets me use a USB keyboard, I don't care (I take my netbook everywhere, so my laptop stays at home and gets used for the things my netbook can't do).

As stress relief from working on the RBB picture, I tested out some new brushes I downloaded. This was the result:



J claims to have gotten an eye injury from looking at it, but that can't possibly be true.
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So, I got a letter from my previous job telling me that I have pension money I either have to take as a lump sum or roll over into one of the various types of retirement accounts.

I never paid into it and I think my employer only did it for the tax breaks and interest payments they could accrue in my name. So, I chose to take the lump sum. For $3,000. Yep.

And since I'll be getting this $3000, I decided to waste a bit of it on a meet and greet ticket with David Hewlett at the Minneapolis con. Yep, insane. I'll probably burst from sheer excitement.
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