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Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS [03 Aug 2011|01:36pm]
Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

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Hey guys, Good news. I have a (semi) published story! [09 Jun 2011|01:05pm]
Some of you might find the site name to be... interesting. Having actually been on there for a while now, it's a decent site.

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My "nightmares" are weird. [24 May 2011|02:04am]
So, last night I had one of my standard 'must finish some poorly-defined goal in a surreal locale" types of dreams.

In which a tiger showed up. I did the logical thing: tigers are dangerous, so I kicked it off a ledge. It decided to start running around and back up to where I was. So I ran to a railing, couldn't get over it, and woke up.

No panic whatsoever. Nightmares affect me all the ways they do normal people except on an emotional level. All I remember is imperatives, not fear, not frustration, not panic. All I remember is 'must do x before y'.

My brain is weird.
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[19 May 2011|02:32am]
[ mood | hopeful ]

General status update to those who still read LJ (and mine).

With some friends, working on a startup that has a good potential (IMO). A lot of the work tends towards hurry up and wait, also translating for my friends (husband and wife team that nevertheless feature a large amount of bad communication at times). I'm pretty much staying at their place while we do workworkwork. Evidently I work best as the 'face', because I get along with pretty much everyone in person (even those I can't stand).

With any luck, this will result in income for me, and paying off of debts. I for one look forwards to a new, lowered debt existance.

Tomorrow promises to be a bit of a crunch. YAY CRAZY!

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WOO! I'M BACK! [25 Dec 2010|01:39am]
So, my main computer's HD died, and I wasn't about to kill my poor netbook keeping up with LJ.

However I am back. I am not going to catch up with months of LJ, that would kill me. HOWEVER! I am back. Yay.
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For gement. [15 Aug 2010|11:51pm]
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This again? [20 Jul 2010|07:59am]

You Are A:

Neutral Good Human Sorcerer (4th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength- 13
Dexterity- 15
Constitution- 16
Intelligence- 16
Wisdom- 14
Charisma- 14

Neutral Good- A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Backend stuff behind the cut.Collapse )
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Note: this journal entry in Russian. [12 Jul 2010|11:31pm]
Привет вам, [Unknown LJ tag], но я вас не знаю. Кто вы?
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Weird dreams. [03 May 2010|08:41am]
Last night I had a dream obviously heavily influenced by Wreck of the River of Stars (a good novel, I recommend it). Very similar in plot, only with dream logic and, for some reason, the last people on board this ship were tossing animals out of airlocks (they also went right past a number of planets). I'm also pretty sure that that bit only came at the end of the dream, and that there was a lot more to it than 'oh shit malfunction', but the stuff beforehand is mainly fuzzy.
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The Mary Sue Litmus Test meme. [23 Mar 2010|12:07pm]
[ mood | awake ]

I took it, got a 7, which is non-sue.

It can be found here.

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You know you want this. [09 Mar 2010|12:08am]
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So, it seems I am soon to be moving. [25 Feb 2010|12:47am]
Due to crazy people calling in health inspectors over something that, true or not, definitely led them to find other problems with this place, I'm going to be moving within the next month. Or by the next month, but I don't think that's what the landlord meant.

In any case, I'm checking out another place on Friday. If it's good enough, I'll probably start the moving process quickly.

If anyone is willing to help me organize/clean/move, feel free to let me know and when you're available, half of this will likely involve kicking me in the ass from time to time.

Anyways... YAY CRAZY. And I'll probably have to set up mail forwarding, yay.
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Something worth reading. [07 Feb 2010|10:05am]
[ mood | bouncy ]

This is the real tea party, not the GOP asshats taking credit for something that was never theirs.


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On the dimensionality of RP. [03 Jan 2010|07:15pm]
So, this is likely just another bullshit theory of RPers in general, but it's my bullshit theory, so I'm going to share it.

Roleplayers tend to go for 1-D, 2-D or 3-D roleplay. Sometimes, they even do it as a form of progression.

1-D roleplay is simple. You find one thing you like and then you just seek that out, whether it's hawt cyb0rz, kawaii cat-girls, or something that generally gets you less negative attention. All your character is, even if they're a combination of things, are those things. If your RP is not based around your monomania, you're not that interested.

2-D roleplay is more complex. It's complex enough that many 2-D roleplayers believe they have depth. But they've grown beyond (obvious) cyb0rz, or simple-minded brutes, or what have you. Mind you, not all 2-D roleplay is bad, in fact, not all 1-D roleplay is bad. 2-D roleplayers tend to have characters with multiple overlapping interests, definitely more breadth than a 1-D roleplayer. However, many RPers stagnate there, and here come some common complains me and some friends have had. They think straight up good guys are boring. For some reason, they tend to make good guys into 1-D characters in their heads. And, in fact, anyone without a gimmick tends to end up 1-D in their heads, never minding that a gimmick can just be a bend in a 1-D character.

3-D roleplay adds depth to a character. You don't always follow your convictions. Something may come up that sets off some long-buried trigger nobody knew about. And, on the surface, 2-D and 3-D roleplaying can look very similar. In 2-D roleplay, though, a gimmick is just a gimmick. In 3-D roleplay, your 'gimmick' has a reason to it, part of a past, even if you haven't fully fleshed it out. For example, a mechanical arm is a gimmick. An intelligent omnicidal AI controlling that arm is more of a gimmick. If you have a very good reason for that AI being intelligent and omnicidal (say, it needing the equivalent of a memory wipe and a lack of appropriate facilities, and a certain amount of mental feedback from the owner of said arm), it still looks like a gimmick, but it has a story behind it.

And yes, for those of you curious, the above example is from one of my characters. Another thing about 3-D characters? They change, not because you decided you want something else, but because of *gasp* character development. Many characters spring out fully formed and never really change. Which really means that even if they started with depth, they don't gain any more. Still a 3-D character, but stagnant. Some of my favorite characters have undergone radical changes in their outlook due to events that happened to them.
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Yeah, this sounds like me. Not all the time, but often. [24 Dec 2009|04:53am]
Major differences: I will take leadership if the alternative is bad, I just prefer not to. I tend to organize what I want done to make sure it happens.

Your result for The Greek Mythology Personality Test...

The Oracle

33% Extroversion, 100% Intuition, 17% Emotiveness, 81% Perceptiveness

Heuristic, detached, and analytical to a fualt, you are most like The Oracle. You are able to tackle any subject with a fine toothed comb, and you possess an ability to pinpoint nuances and shades of meaning that other people do not have and cannot understand. Accomplishment and realization of ideas are, for you, secondary to the rigorous exploration of ideas and questions -- you are, first and foremost, a theorist. You hate authority, convention, tradition, and under no circumstances do you accept a leadership role (although, you will gladly advise leadership when they're going astray, whether they want you to or not). Abstraction and generalities are your interests, details and particulars are usually inconsequential and uninteresting. You excel at language, mathematics and philosophy.

You are typically easy-going and non-confrontational until someone violates one of the very few principles that you deem sacred, at which point you can fly into a rage. Although you possess a much greater understanding of process and systems than the people around you, you are always conscious of the possibility that you've missed something or made a mistake. You don't tend to become attached to particular theories, and will immediately discard mistaken notions once they're revealed to be incorrect (but you don't tolerate iconoclasts who try to discredit validated theories through the use of fallacies and bad data). Despite being outwardly humble, you probably think of yourself as being smarter than most other people. That's because you are. In fact, in your dealings with people your understanding of their motives is so expansive that you know what they're going to say before they say it, and in world affairs, you usually know what is going to take place before it actually does. This ability would make you unbeatable in debates if only you were a little less pensive about your own conclusions, and a little more outgoing.

Famous people like you: Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, John McWhorter, Ramanujan, Marie Curie, Kurt Godel

Stay clear of: Apollo, Icarus, Hermes, Aphrodite

Seek out: Atlas, Prometheus, Daedalus

Take The Greek Mythology Personality Test at OkCupid

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Dear me: [22 Dec 2009|04:11am]
Please stop attempting 36 hours awake 12 hours asleep schedules, they are not good for you.
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[04 Dec 2009|06:38pm]
[ mood | satisfied ]


I submit that this provides more evidence that there needs to be chlorine in the shallow end of the gene pool.

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Just something that annoys me. [09 Nov 2009|11:39pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Who out there thinks that being an only child automatically makes you more mature?

I have known a number of only children. Some are indeed mature. Some are not. I find a higher incidence of immaturity among single children than among those who grew up with siblings. I assume this is because such children had to learn to deal with someone else of a similar age sharing their space, both physically and conceptually.

This is not a hard and fast rule, I can think of some only children more mature than most people I know, but saying "IMA ONLY CHILD SO IM MORE MATURE" is really just saying "I HAVE NO REAL SELF-AWARENESS". If you are more mature, it probably has less to do with being a single child and more to do with having had experiences with people that forced you to grow.


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Yay I didit. [08 Nov 2009|02:03am]
[ mood | exanimate ]

GRE is OVAR. I crashed when I got home and just woke up a few minutes ago, missing a few people. :(

Anyways, will likely be going back to sleep, but for now, seeing if I can get around this annoying 'no on has irises save for Morrigan' bug in DA:O

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Dear vaultedthewall [28 Oct 2009|01:03am]
I saw this, and for some reason, I thought of you.

Cut to save your friends listCollapse )

From www.questionablecontent.net
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Update as to last post! [23 Oct 2009|06:04pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

So, after talking with a friend in the physics department, I have illustrations for my comic concept.

I still have another concept for serial form. Any suggestions on where to host both?

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An idea has occurred to me. [23 Oct 2009|07:03am]
It's hardly an original one, but it comes down to this:

I have always wanted to do a webcomic. I have no artistic skills whatsoever. So, if I were to write an online serial, who would be interested? Or, even better, would someone want to bring the art to my ideas?
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Hooray insomnia! [30 Sep 2009|01:33am]
Usually hits me first week of school. WE'LL SEE HOW THIS GOES!
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Saga of the crazy woman! [24 Sep 2009|01:35am]
Some of you may have gotten random IMs complaining about a crazy woman in the house I live in. Since the crazy seemed to come to a head today, here's a brief rundown.

I moved into this new place back in June/July. It's a room in a house of 10 rooms. I've met the inhabitants of most of the rooms, if not all.
There are two rooms on the top floor, 4 rooms on the middle (ground) floor, and 4 rooms in the basement. I'm in room 7. Crazy lady is in room 10.

She looks like a short hispanic lady, and at first, like with most people, I was friendly, if mildly wary of new people. And at first, she too seemed friendly. Then, at random, she basically told me off one night when some mail had gone missing and I wanted to ask her about it. She went from that to warm and inviting the next day, telling me all about her life, or at least what she said her life was.

She was also apparently involved in some sort of feud with the two black guys who live here as well. Both of whom I have found to be friendly and personable. This has involved her claiming she had a restraining order against one, and calling the police on them both. The police call, and the claim of the restraining order, both turned out to be fraudulent.

Other habits: she slams the door all the time. Her mood swings from friendly to paranoid. She's willing to talk, but never to listen. She claims to have worked in a correctional facility.

As I noted in my last post, I was out of town last week at an observatory in Eastern WA. Much awesome was had. When I finally got home, I dropped my stuff off and then went to hit the head. At which point she started yelling at me, saying I always slam the doors and that she's sick of it (I tend to shut my door as quietly as possible), and yelling at me to go away as she's trying to shower. There are two bathrooms on this floor. The one she uses (as well as the one I use, and we stick to our own) has an inside bolt. For much of the day she's yelling, at random, 'bitch', 'whore', 'shut up', 'I'm not going to jail' and laughing. She started banging my door as she went by, telling me that if I complained she'd call the police.

So, around 12:30 I heard some honking outside, followed by yelling, and someone talking in a calm voice upstairs. At about 1 am, police came down and knocked on her door. Unlike last time they came to her door, I couldn't hear them clearly, but I definitely heard the Miranda Rights being read, and she was asking if she could do some last-minute things, like turn off the TV, before she went with them. Then they all went out.

So the crazy woman is gone (for now), and hopefully she'll get the help she needs, because she most definitely has issues, if not subscriptions or even volumes, and she obviously can't handle them in any reasonable fashion.
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[22 Sep 2009|05:46pm]
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One thing vitally important to remember when dealing with politics. [13 Sep 2009|03:40am]
There is no cause so right that you cannot find an idiot following it.
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So, there is one book of the bible that needs to be made into a miniseries. [01 Sep 2009|11:49am]
Judges. This is possibly the bloodiest and most fucked up book in the bible. We have a Heracles without the rose colored glasses, we have people sacrificing their daughters because of an ill-timed oath, and we have the original "I have a message from God" which turns out to be THEIR DEATH.

In short, it's awesome.
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Oh, right, that. [31 Aug 2009|10:54pm]
So, we had a fairly simple case. It was domestic violence. Only two direct witnesses, although if a third witness had bothered to show up to court, prosecution would've had a better case.

Basically, what the picture turned out to be, was a single mother's ex-boyfriend (and father of her youngest) threatened to kill her eldest, a smart young boy of 13, and did so to her over the phone. Part of the problems with the case was one, only two witnesses to the incident took the stand. The mother didn't show up, and while I don't blame her, it really weakened the case, as she was the one who called 911. The defendant's testimony, however, had holes you could easily drive a truck through. What the prosecution could prove was that the kid was threatened, and believed it to be an honest threat (misdemeanor harassment) and that the kid was touched in a way he didn't want (Assault 4).

Apparently, the defendant was also being held on other charges. This was the second trial, the first had become a mistrial. Fortunately, we were able to actually come to decisions.

On the whole, though, I really feel sorry for the kid. He sounded smart, and it was obvious his mother was not the best parent in the world.
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Apparently, McCoy=McCombs. [31 Aug 2009|07:53pm]
My dad did his name and also came up McCombs.

My Western name is Scalphunter Apache McCombs.
Take The Mythic Wild, Wild West Name Generator today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Name Generator Generator.

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Lo and behold, they actually put me in a jury. [25 Aug 2009|02:46am]
Apparently I endeared myself to both the prosecutor and the defense lawyer.

If you want any details, you have to wait until it ends, hopefully Wednesday.
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