To sum up: this was very different than I thought the comeback ep would be. I'm not sure how I feel about that. But I hope there's a resolution by the end of the season that doesn't involve Mike's secret being given away to yet someone else. Too many people know as it is.
- Current Mood: moody
I've also started dipping my toes into Teen Wolf, mostly because half my f-list is raving about it. I've not seen any eps in S1, and my MTV OnDemand only lets you see like, the last five eps or so, so I'm basically hitting the ground running.
So far, I'm torn between whether I like Lydia or Erica better. Lydia's a snarky, bitchy, adorable little thing that I just can't find the will to dislike even though I'm probably supposed to, and Erica's just BADASS. Plus, Lydia's got this luscious little figure and looks really stinking hot barefoot, while Erica gets the smoking hot wardrobe that just accentuates what a wild thing she is.
I can't really find the will to give too much of a crap about Scott or Allison. Allison is pretty, but her personality comes off like lukewarm milk. If they're developing her into a hunter, can she please develop some attitude to lift her out of milquetoast? And Scott... oh, honey. I'm sorry, but it has to be said: you're more emo than Angel. Your good days are more emo than Angel on his bad days. If you're bucking to be an Alpha, you might want to drop about three or four of those angst buckets you're carrying around.
Stiles/Derek is my slash pairing for the fandom, just because they amuse me so damned much even though they're in so few scenes together just now. I like Isaac, too, and Danny seems sweet if clueless. The other male characters are like Scott: ATM, I can't really bring myself to care what happens to them. Except Stiles' dad, 'cause I want him to find out what's up almost as badly as morganoconner.
The storyline for S2 is interesting, but it's crawling along slower than S6 SPN did, IMHO. And tonight's ep was probably one of the major reasons that I'm never going to be able to get into this series like I have with White Collar, Suits or Supernatural.
( Cut to spare spoiler-phobes and anyone else that doesn"t give a rat"s ---Collapse )
It's a good enough series, and I'm not giving up on it this fast 'cause it's got some potential and some nice eye-candy. But there are some issues they need to work through, IMHO, and they're harshing my buzz for the show.
- Current Mood: tired
I thank everyone who has offered me support and good wishes when I've been online, and I'd be intensely grateful to anyone who sees this post and takes a moment to send positive energy his way today. It will be very much needed.
Thank you all for being there for me. It means more than I can express right now. ♥
- Current Mood: awake
OMG JEFF EASTIN WHAT DID YOU JUST DO??!?!?!?
( I have so many other thoughts, but that sums it up pretty well.Collapse )
Summer cannot come fast enough.
Americans, this is a link to the White House petition to End ACTA and get the Obama Administration to withdraw its support! This petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 20, 2012! Please, Please take a minute to sign this petition!! I'm sure the more signatures we get, the greater chance the Obama Administration may listen to us.
Please pass this along!!
Please check it out and Retweet if you're on Twitter (hashtag #ActAgainstACTA). Here is the shortened link for Twitter -- http://t.co/suHDHx8K
Thank you to everyone on my flist and twitter for talking about this and making us so aware! You guys have really filled my flist with so much information! *massive hugs*
- Current Mood: tired
If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.
Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.
Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.
If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.
It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.
I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.
I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.
So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.
Please repost and spread the word :)
SAY NO TO ACTA!
Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.
- Current Mood: irritated
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
This entry was also posted at http://cantarina.dreamwidth.org/131889.h
- Current Mood: irritated
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.
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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."
- Current Mood: annoyed
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.
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.
“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.
- Current Mood: infuriated
dance_the_code is someone I have cared for very deeply for a very long time. Since the moment we met over fifteen years ago, she has been one of the pillars of my life. And one of the foundations of her life has been the pursuit her doctorate. Obtaining her PhD been her goal since she was a child.
Tomorrow, November 2nd at 12:30 PM, after many arduous years of study, hard work, blood, sweat and tears, Dance is finally defending her doctoral dissertation in the field of Criminal Justice.
I am asking everyone on my f-list to take a moment, sometime between now and the start of her defense, and send up a little prayer to whatever pantheon in which you believe that she will be successful. This has been such an incredibly tough journey emotionally for her, and while I have faith that her intelligence and abilities will see her through, a little extra push of good will behind her would be so appreciated.
You have all been so good and supportive and kind when I've needed you, and I am endlessly grateful to all of you. Please take a moment to wish this beautiful, brilliant woman luck.
- Current Mood: hopeful