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I Return... Sort Of

I haven't been around because of a lot of drama, including, but not limited to:
- moving my brother to Colorado for grad school
- becoming depressed because he no longer acknowledges my existence now that I've spent thousands of dollars on him and set up his apartment
- fandom friends dumping me because I don't watch Teen Wolf
- real life friends I've known for years dumping me because I don't watch Teen Wolf (yes, I've seen it, so please no one say "you'd like it if you'd give it a chance.")
- my kitty having emergency surgery to remove an infected uterus (she's fine)
- my uncle's kitty going into liver failure (she's not fine and won't last the week)
- my brother, when our mom tried to tell him about Lola (my uncle's cat), only getting out, "I have some bad news, sweetie," interrupting with, "I don't want to hear it. I have enough troubles of my own."
- the knowledge that my mother could have been calling to tell my brother I'd died in a car wreck, and his response would have been, "I don't want to hear it."
- work

So yeah. Drama. Fail. Ugh.

I Fail...

But not all of it is my fault! I posted before about the death of my hard drive, which was a contributing factor to my dropping off the face of Planet LJ. Then I caught some horrible flu and was barely functional. I've been around reading and commenting a little, and now I am determined to come back full-force.

And then I had some issues, which I will no longer be having, as I will no longer be tolerating them. I am done with people who claim to care about me and then cease to acknowledge my existence. My new rule is that if I am the very last thing on someone's priority list, I will remove myself from said list. I advise everyone to take the same stance. Realizing that no one is entitled to make you feel like shit is freeing.

Now for the good news! I applied to a local community college to get the mandatory six credit hours I have to pay for out of the way, and then onward to finish my degree at a four-year that is not UGA.

Saw The Hunger Games, and OMG, that was a good movie. I shall rave more about it later, when I get around to posting something I'm working on.

Oh, and hello, new people!

I Have Returned!

Sort of.

I've been MIA because my hard drive died last Sunday night. I have an iPhone, but reading LJ on that tiny screen is a pain in the ass, so I just... didn't.

It was my birthday this past Thursday, and I got lots of pretty things I love. Now I have a new HD in my MacBook, I found my copy of Photoshop, and I am slowly (very, very slowly) restoring my iTunes to her former glory. I lost everything. Just thinking about it hurts me.

I still lost several paintings and desktops I was working on, so if I owe you something, it's not ready yet!

I think I have the flu. My throat hurts, I'm exhausted, and I can't stop sneezing. Worst of all, I'm so bored. Ugh.

Gah! With a Side of Awww

Guess who just sliced open her thumb so deeply it needed to be glued shut? This girl. Ow. Thankfully, I don't use my left thumb for typing.

In other news, I received a Valentine's package today. Eeeee!

That one word thing

Originally posted by distortedenigma at That one word thing
Taken from corpsebride05

I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!

 

 



The fiasco continues

Originally posted by 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

Seems I Am Not The Only One....

Originally posted by morgandawn at Seems I Am Not The Only One....
......who feels the need to take a break from an increasingly dysfunctional relationship.

Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012 With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists. The only way is to hit them where it hurts. Their profit margins. March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide. Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine. Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent: "We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."
Original image and campaign source: reddit.

Edited to add my own thoughts (not part of the original reddit call for action) And if you do not feel like taking a total break and perhaps want just a trial separation or couple's counseling, then perhaps consider Black March Lite 2.0 = spend, but spend money on those content creators and independent retailers who came out against SOPA/PIPA.  And tell them why you're buying their products in March.  There are many of them.

And for those who favor the more targeted boycott, you can find info  here.  But no matter which,  you can participate and you can tailor your level of participation.  We have the tools, the will and the strength to take a stand.


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Black March - Thursday March 1st 2012 to Saturday March 31st 2012
With the continuing campaigns for internet-censoring litigation such as SOPA and PIPA, and the closure of sites like Megaupload under allegations of 'piracy' and 'conspiracy' the time has come to take a stand against music, film, and media companies' lobbyists.
The only way is to hit them where it hurts.
Their profit margins.
March 2012 is the end of the First Quarter in economic reports world wide.
Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy. Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine.
Wait the four weeks to buy them in April: see a film later, etc... Holding out for just four weeks, maximum, will leave a gaping hole in media companies profits for the first quarter, an economic hit which will in turn be observed by governments world wide as stocks and shares will blip from a large enough loss of incomes. This action will give a statement of intent:
"We will not tolerate the Media Industries' lobbying for legislation that will censor the internet."

You See, What Happened Was...

Apologies for the extended hiatus/not always replying to journals/unreliable responses to comments. I've been having some issues with sick relatives, an obnoxious brother, people not turning out to be consistent, and all that jazz. To make up for being a horrible LJer, have something cute!



Grrrrrrr.

Originally posted by kylecassidy at post
Via Citykitties (emphasis mine):

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.




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