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([personal profile] rydra_wong May. 26th, 2017 08:10 pm)
(X-posting to [community profile] thisfinecrew.)

Here's a thought:

If you disapprove of politicians beating up journalists (or winking at other politicians' beating up journalists) and have some spare cash, one possible action would be to contribute to the Guardian -- whose journalist, Ben Jacobs, got beaten up.

There are various options for becoming a member and paying a regular subscription, but you can also make a one-off contribution.

Although they're a British newspaper, their coverage of US issues is very very strong.

They would like to note (in an e-mail sent out to members) that they recently ran pieces including GOP candidate Greg Gianforte has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies and Trump diehards stay loyal in Montana's 'white man's country' – video:

In that interview, the Guardian's west coast bureau chief, Paul Lewis, challenged Gianforte over his support of Trump's executive order that threatens more than two dozen national monuments in America, including the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana.
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([personal profile] beccaelizabeth May. 26th, 2017 03:24 pm)
Today's daydream: lady demonstrates superpower, gets reaction like 'wow that's hot'

and I know that sounds like it happens a lot but I was just looking at gifs on tumblr and it's like women with power are scary and hot, but because they're wearing tight whatsits and doing wiggly walk. And like it's their power that is scary and their body that is hot.

I want a lady to be dressed like Winter Soldier and doing the stompy boots murder walk
demonstrate power
and the power is hot.

It feels quite distinct.

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I just wanted a guy who'd look at me like Gomez looks at Morticia, specifically because I'd just demonstrated I could kick his arse.
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([personal profile] rydra_wong May. 26th, 2017 01:08 pm)
What happens if the new Republican rep for Montana is now convicted of assault?

He appears to have "declined" a further interview requested by local law enforcement (which, much like "declining" a subpoena, is one of those things I didn't know you could do).

But he's apologized (or "apologized") for having "made a mistake".

(A "mistake" that allegedly involved grabbing someone by the neck with both hands, body-slamming them to the floor, then repeatedly punching them.)

Paul Ryan (displaying all the guts and principle we have come to expect from him) took the bold stand of saying Gianforte should apologize. Other Republicans seem to feel that Ben Jacobs should apologize for having wickedly provoked Gianforte to attack him by being a liberal journalist in public.
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([personal profile] claudia603 May. 26th, 2017 06:33 am)

Happy Birthday to the marvelously lovely [livejournal.com profile] addie71!!!



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I hope you are well taken care of today by your family and you have as sweet a day as you!!

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([personal profile] beccaelizabeth May. 26th, 2017 06:29 am)
It has reached that time of the year when leaving my windows open at night makes my flat much more pleasant
but
means my neighbours back from the pub drama doesn't even need to raise voices to keep me awake, and then neighbours start getting up and having loud cars around six.

not much sleep yet
but it's lovely weather.
Charlie Chaplin's Love Yourself Manifesto (which he may or may not have written; there is some confusion about this, but I am keeping the name on it as that is how I have heard of it...) behind cut for length )
The universe granted my request for some decent sleep, but still threw in a wrinkle. How? By waking me up at 5:57. ::groans:: Luckily, I withstood any ridiculous notion of getting out of bed, rolled over onto my back, and managed to fall asleep again. Didn't wake up until 11:27. Now, that is much better. I think the universe was aided by rain, something that might merely be a soporific aid for me, but had more unwelcome results for the city. More overflowing banks, water creeping up, flowing over sidewalks and streets, flooding homes. I think there are many people who may be having second-third-fourth thoughts of the presumed advantages of having a lakefront home.

The first thing I did upon waking was to wash out a whole bunch of soup containers to go into recycling later. Unfortunately, I was standing for so long that my right foot went to sleep and my foreleg seized up. So I had to stumble back to bed just to try to shake off the agony. I am so not a happy camper. Anyway, I finally called and booked both my hair services and a pedicure (dropping the manicure for the moment), both for next Friday. It'll mean a really long day at the mall, but I'd rather have one trip only.

Tried my best to stay awake in the evening, though I dozed through the sports section. Later, I watched the penultimate epi of MasterChef Canada. Aww, my fave didn't get into the finale. Sigh. Other than that, I've begun a new book, "The Life of Pi". Seems quirky but I think I'll like it. Anyway, fading quickly, so I'm off to bed again.
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([personal profile] settiai May. 25th, 2017 07:24 pm)
I've mentioned before that I do online surveys and such very regularly, that I can then trade in for things like airline miles (enough for a free flight almost every year), Amazon gift cards, cash, and the like. Several people have asked me about them, so I thought that I'd type up a post for anyone who might be interested.

First is the National Consumer Panel, which is run by Nielsen. The way it works is that whenever you go grocery shopping, once you're done you scan the barcodes on your groceries using an app on your phone. (There are also some surveys you can do from time to time as well.) It's fairly quick and easy, and once you get used to it then it adds maybe an extra minute or two to unpacking groceries and putting them away.

They have a variety of rewards you can trade in points for, including Amazon gift cards (which is a big one for me). They also have random drawings throughout the year for prepaid Visa cards of varying amounts. I've won those several times without doing anything special.

Another that I really like is e-Rewards, which is solely taking online surveys, but unfortunately it's rather difficult to sign up with them as they're invite only. You have to get an invitation from one of their partners in order to join. That's the site that I get my airline miles from, so it's very much worth it if you can get in with them. If it helps any, I got my original invite to join their site by signing up for e-mails from Pizza Hut.

InBoxDollars is another site that I use. It's not as profitable as the others, but they pay cash. I usually earn $50 or so a year from them, but I also only visit their site sporadically each week. I'm sure if I were to spend more time there, it would be more profitable. And I can verify that they do actually pay you, as I've gotten several checks from them.

Last but not least is Swagbucks. It's another one that you can trade in for all sorts of things, including Amazon gift cards or even cash. In my opinion it's more time-consuming than the others, but it's definitely possible to make decent money on their site if you're willing to spend time attempting every survey and such that they offer.

They also have the option to get money back from online shopping, so it can help if you get in the habit of going through their referral link when ordering things online. For example, I used their site the last time I ordered a computer from Dell, and I ended up getting something like 15% back - which is a fairly decent amount of money on large purchases like that.

I've used others in the past, but those four are the ones that I've found to be most profitable and therefore the ones that I've stuck with. If you have questions about any of them, let me know.
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([personal profile] vamysteryfan May. 25th, 2017 04:17 pm)
Warning: Rant Ahead

I haven't written in a while, just because I've been completely swamped at work and at home.

Last Friday, we were coasting though the afternoon, just waiting for the weekend. My boss was thinking about going home early. At 2:30 we get a call that 100 people are starting on a short term project THE NEXT MORNING. Mad scramble ensues as we try to prep their workspaces, prepare their paperwork and handouts, and generally get ready. The onboarding Saturday morning was a nightmare, mostly because a newer staff member decided she had a much better procedure than the one we've been using for months. Chaos ensued.

It's a high security building but no building staff were on hand - the notice was too short. I spent most of the day walking people between the front door and the elevator and badging them upstairs. I put in 10,000 steps on one short hallway. I stayed until 6:30 trying to finish paperwork.

I told everyone that I would be there at 8:00 am to start letting people in. I got there at 7:45 and there were already 6 people waiting. Couldn't even get coffee. Cue a repeat of the previous day, letting people in and badging them up in the elevators. But Sunday they forgot to make arrangements for me to get a lunch break and a restroom break. I had to make a fuss about it. Most of the fulltimers didn't even show up that day. The project didn't end Sunday night after all. It actually lasted until Wednesday afternoon. We had people coming and going at all hours, but building staff finally got them temp badges.

At least I'm not in the HR department. Processing all that paperwork so people could get paid on time must have been crazy.

he less said about where I live the better. I've been having terrible arguments with my housemates. I'm looking for a new place but it's slow. There - that's off my chest. I have a nice class tonight I'm looking forward to and tomorrow's Friday!
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([personal profile] calliopes_pen May. 25th, 2017 02:09 pm)
For those that might have used it, Imzy is shutting down. I never made a single post or comment, but I had registered at some point. I just never went back after that.

Rosario Dawson is reportedly in talks to play Cecilia Reyes in the New Mutants film; also, that film will apparently go full on horror. I'm not sure what to think about that.

Edit: Correction, it's three things of note. It turns out the Icelandic version of Dracula--Powers of Darkness--is really Swedish.

From the article: "First he assumed that Makt myrkranna would be a straight translation of the Swedish publication, but then he found out that the Swedish text is more complete and contains scenes neither described in Dracula nor in Makt myrkranna. And the madman Renfield is still in the story, among others."

So there's that! And on World Dracula Day, no less.

And here’s a meme that I thought it might be fun to try.

meme: If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do. TELL ME.

For all of my stories, it’s sort of spread out across Ao3 and the ‘fanfic I’ve written tag’.

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([personal profile] beccaelizabeth May. 25th, 2017 08:06 pm)
I did not go to dancing, because headache and nausea do not go with dancing, boo.

I did not go to Asda, because employee has been once already today and the five alive isn't there and they've closed the space on the shelf where it ought to be. Arse.

I did go to Sainsburys, where I found wuite a nice spring coat, on the sale rail, on a day with 25% off. And they had my food and I got a bunch of fizzy water and that will have to do for drinks. So that was pretty okay.
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([personal profile] writerlibrarian May. 25th, 2017 02:40 pm)
It's a grey and muggy day. My plan for the day was to put away the winter clothing and take out the summer clothing. It's still the plan but might not get done today. I'm feeling lazy.

Yesterday was dentist appointment day. I hate these. It went very well. No problems at all. I got a clean bill. See you in 6 months. Which is good.

Game 6 between the Senators and the Pens was so close. The Sens found the way to block Crosby, Sit on him, octopus him, pour a full bottle of water on him. Yeah. All of it kinda illegal and dangerous. The referees didn't see any of it or very little of it but the cameras all around saw it all. Not really a fan of these tactics.  Game 7 in Pittsburgh tonight will break either way a bad luck streak. Sens haven't won a game 7 ever. Pens haven't won a game 7 at home in years. They are 0-9 at home. So either way, one of my teams ends up in the Final against Nashville.

Still working on the castle. I took a pic of the xstitch I'm currently working on.


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See Crosby being abused by the Senators...


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([personal profile] twistedchick May. 25th, 2017 12:34 pm)
Forty years ago, and a week, I graduated from undergrad, on a Saturday. The first Saturday after that, my boyfriend called and said he'd gotten advance tickets to this new movie that was coming out; did I want to see it with him? The theatre was across town, new, this was the first movie they were showing.

We sat halfway down, not quite on the aisle.

The yellow letters on the screen said, 'Long ago, in a galaxy far far away...' (None of this Episode 4 business; that was Lucas's recut and redubbing and messing with it later.)

And when the big triangular star-destroyer ship filled the 70-mm screen, I ducked. So did everyone else. We'd been focusing on the screen so tightly that it felt as if the thing was overhead or in our laps. (Good thing 3D movies hadn't been invented yet...)

When we came out of the theatre nearly two hours later, the world had changed. There were new things in it - Jedi and Wookies and a kick-ass princess and a sarcastic smuggler and an idealistic farmer and light sabers and music we couldn't get out of our heads and scenes we couldn't forget.

The world is still changing, and they are still in it. Wherever they are, they are still in it.
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