The 10 year anniversary of a group of geeks @ 05:59 pm
Yesterday I had sushi dinner with friends. Not just any friends, mind you - my Geekfest friends. Yesterday was the 10 year anniversary of the first time we all met each other in Amsterdam (though I'm sure some of them had already met before), the start of a long series of get-togethers we would eventually dub 'Geekfest'. Ten years!

Geekfest is what happened when a social circle began to form between us on LiveJournal, with people adding each other until we had all added the others and we were having conversations on each other's journals, seeing the same people comment everywhere. And at some point, we decided to meet up.

This was the first real group of like-minded friends I had, and they've stuck around for ten years, and that means so much to me. When I first met them, I was still the person who thought others would be disgusted if they touched me. So I had to learn to trust them to hug me without recoiling. Over the years, as bad things happened to me, I learned that they wouldn't abandon me as I thought they would. And it slowly dawned on me that these people accept me the way I am, and always have.

It's remarkable to see where we all started - most of us as awkward teenagers, still in highschool or just barely starting our college education. We'd have sleepover meetings. Now most of us have degrees and jobs and relationships and marriages, some of us have travelled the world, some of us have gone through some really tough shit, and as Len wonderfully put it yesterday, we're all still here and alive and more or less healthy.

I wouldn't be as awesome as I am today without you guys. I love you. <3

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@ 10:52 pm
I'm about to start playing Final Fantasy XIV:ARR. Who else is playing and what server are you on?

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Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut @ 10:17 pm
I finally got around to play the extended cut ending DLC and now of course THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS.

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Google's new privacy policy @ 12:21 pm
Found via [personal profile] dingsi:

[personal profile] arduinna: Google and privacy and alternatives: giant post o' doom

Google's new privacy policy goes into effect starting March 1, and here's a few things you should probably know about it.

What you might also want to know is that the EU noticed how Google's new policy completely crosses the line of European Data Protection legislation. (PDF here) So hope is not lost, and all.

As for me, I have my entire life in my Gmail account, cannot manage my appointments without Google Calendar and I own an Android phone that I love, so I'm basically screwed since I can't and don't want to stop using Google's products. :|

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The fiasco continues @ 11:06 pm
I'm breaking my apparent 14-day journal silence (I'm just busy with work and playing SW:TOR and have nothing else to talk about?) for an important message:

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.

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Christmas card! @ 06:31 pm
I've been super-busy lately, but managed to send out a bunch of analog cards. For those who didn't get one (and everyone else), this one is for you! :)

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Anywhere but here meme @ 09:35 pm
(Found at nathreee's journal):

"Find a piece of artwork that represents where you'd most like to be, right now. Invite others to do the same, should they choose."

(click to enlarge)

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@ 02:07 am
Steve Jobs has died.

“No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
-- from Steve Jobs' 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

I found myself way more affected by Steve Jobs' passing than I expected. Even if like me you're not an Apple fan you would have to be really ignorant to not realize how important the company's innovations were for all of technology. The MacIntosh revolutionized desktop computers, and the iMac did so again around the 2000s; the iPod revolutionized music players, the iPhone revolutionized smartphones, and then they went ahead and did it again with the iPad. Steve Jobs' return to the company brought Apple back from the brink of bankruptcy. He was iconic. One of those people who took in what was happening in the industry around them and synthesized something new and amazing out of it.

I think what really makes me sad is for the world to lose someone with such a brilliant mind; I feel the same way when I think about Terry Pratchett, whose brain has already lost the ability to write and read. (I haven't been able to bring myself to watch his documentary, I think I'll cry buckets of tears.) When Jobs stepped down as the CEO, I didn't expect this to happen so soon. And just a day after the iPhone 4S introduction.


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Writer's Block: Anti-bullying month @ 11:13 am
Who is the biggest bully in your life? One response chosen at random will win an Amazon Kindle. [contest details] (sponsored by )

Nobody. Not anymore. Not even myself. I will no longer allow it. I have stopped treating myself like crap, and if anyone else does, they get the hell right out of my life.
@ 04:16 am
I'm going to be removing people from my friends list/access circle who haven't posted since September 2010. With the exclusion of *some* people, mostly my closest friends, who I know read but don't write.

If you are one of those read-but-don't-write people, but you'd still like to continue to read my journal, please leave a comment saying so.

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@ 02:51 pm
IK BEN GESLAAGD!!!!11!!1!!!11!!

I'VE GRADUATED!!!!11!!1!!!1!!!

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Writer's Block: See you on the dark side @ 09:42 am
If you won a free trip to the moon, would you go? Why or why not?
Yes. Duh?

Of course, we would actually require a moon-landing capable space vehicle. Of which there is none. Did you know that there hasn't been a manned moon mission since 1972!? Humanity is mostly content staying on this little planet fighting little stupid wars over religion, ideologies and stupid little bits of land until we all die from a planet-scale extinction event. Joy.
Recipe: nasi goreng dama @ 09:25 pm
Living on my own I've figured out a new recipe (I do this thing where I invent cool new recipes or end up making something AWFUL), and after making it a second time and it still being awesome, I thought I'd write it up.

For the non-Dutchies, 'nasi' has nothing to do with nazis. :P 'Nasi goreng' is an Indonesian stir-fried rice dish. There are many variations on the ingredients, though in the Netherlands it typically has omelette, chicken, egg, ham and leeks. This is my version with the ingredients I like (I hate leeks), hence 'nasi goreng dama'. I hope 'dama' doesn't mean anything bad in Indonesian. ;) If I've got ingredients that are Dutch and/or unfamiliar, I'll add a footnote or a link. Also, I don't really measure out seasonings so I've just approximated it. Add more or less to your liking.

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Internet Things That Made Me Laugh Today @ 10:57 pm
I come across a lot of neat and funny stuff online, but aside from occassionally reblogging it on Tumblr, I don't do much with it. I also don't do a lot of categorical, themed journal content (I prefer to talk about myself rather than participate in anything useful like fandom or useful links gathering, obviously).

But I thought I'd try and start this thing where I post some content from the interwebs that made me laugh today: one video, one quote, one image, and possibly one song (that won't happen much). And no worries - I'm not amused by violence, gore or abuse. I will also try to keep this as a-political as possible, and though sometimes a little schadenfreude might sneak in (if you count today's Clients From Hell quote), I try to not derive laughter from someone else's misery.

Video that made me laugh today

(found on Tumblr via creatrixtiara)

Quote that made me laugh today
Is e-mail internet?

Image that made me laugh today

(found here)

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Sushi For People Like You And Me (part 3): Reviews and Updates @ 04:39 pm
Remember my series of Dutch sushi restaurant reviews? Well, I figured I should update and add some new ones!

In the past year or two, all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants are popping up all over the Netherlands like shiitake mushrooms. Restaurant owners have clearly figured out that this formula of "pay one price for lots of food" is very popular amongst Dutch people; the concept has previously had a lot of success with wok restaurants where you could pick raw ingredients and the chefs would stir-fry it for you. Sushi looks fancy and has the image of being exclusive, expensive and an acquired taste - but with the explosion of all-you-can-eats in the Netherlands, it's safe to say eating sushi when going out to dinner has become popular, cheaper and quite common. Sushi purists would take offense to this. I don't. The more sushi restaurants, the better, I say!

Since my last sushi review entry I've visited more restaurants, and changed my opinion about some others. So here we go.

Shabu Shabu in Rotterdam
Type: All You Can Eat
I used to be really enthusiastic about Shabu Shabu, until they served me rotten inari (tofu). It smelled like alcohol and I ate some of it - feeling nauseous for two days. Even now, I no longer like inarizushi! I decided to boycott Shabu Shabu, but ended up eating there again after all - and then, the sushi wasn't that great either. It's too bad. I hope Shabu Shabu Rotterdam recovers eventually. For now, I'd say - go to Sumo instead!

Sumo in Rotterdam
Type: All You Can Eat
Sumo has really picked up again after I was disappointed for a while, and it's my favorite all-you-can-eat restaurant in Rotterdam. They have opened a new restaurant on the Binnenrotte that I still have to check out.

Dim Daily in Rotterdam
Type: A la carte
My love for the Dim Daily is now endless. It is primarily a dim sum restaurant, but they have a huge variety in dishes, and I finally got around to tasting their sushi. It's amazing. It's also a la carte, so expensive. but your sushi is freshly made and delicious. The Dim Daily has become incredibly popular for its great food and 'grab a bite' atmosphere - the seating arrangement is a few small tables, a bar and four large 8-person tables. It's the sort of place where you can eat alone or with friends, but won't spend an entire evening the way you do in a big restaurant. When you're in the neighborhood, it's all too tempting to stop by for some sushi...
I've also eaten there so often I'm now the mayor of Foursquare and the personnel knows me. Oops?

Shabu Shabu in Zoetermeer
Type: All You Can Eat
The Shabu Shabu in Zoetermeer is markedly better than the one in Rotterdam, showing that a name is just a name, and it comes down to the skill of the manager, chefs and personnel per location. It doesn't differ from other all-you-can-eats much; good quality and good service overall. Just be careful not to park on top of the woonmall or you might have to call security. Ahem.

Sumo in Haarlem
Type: All You Can Eat
The Sumo establishment in Haarlem is a big and very popular restaurant, and you'd better make reservations or you'll be out of luck! The sushi is delicious, the warm dishes are delicious, the meat portions are delicious. But perhaps I enjoyed the food more because of the great company I was in? Don't underestimate your mood's influence on your enjoyment of the food, I say. Once you're in the city's shopping center, it's a small walk, opposite the big church. The quality is what I've come to expect of Sumo.

Sushi Today in Utrecht
Type: All You Can Eat
Finally, Utrecht has a good all-you-can-eat restaurant! It's easy to find - right under the stadium of FC Utrecht. Can't miss a big soccer stadium. We arrived very early, and the entire restaurant was empty, but the service was very friendly and the waiter took care to explain certain particulars about the menu (such as the dessert buffet). Both the sushi and the meat dishes were very good. The spicy chicken sushi was interesting - quite spicy and a big bite. Because of its strong flavor, it might mess up your palate, so be careful. Especially if you don't really like gari (pickled ginger - the pink stuff they give you next to the green wasabi paste). Overall, good food, and the quality I've come to expect of the average Dutch all-you-can-eat.

Miyako in Bergen op Zoom
Type: All You Can Eat, Teppanyaki, A La Carte
I've visited Miyako twice, and the first time, I ended up being questioned by a waitress because I bragged about knowing so many sushi restaurants! I gave her some tips (the sushi rice wasn't sour enough, and the meat portions a little too big) and when I returned several months later, I was pleased to find my suggestions had actually been used! The sushi tasted much better, and the portions were a little smaller, allowing customers to eat a bigger variety of food during the evening. Unfortunately, service was a little slow, so at the end we had to stress and hurry to catch our train. But Miyako is a great choice for those in the southwest of the Netherlands. Don't worry about the website saying that the all-you-can-eat is a 'special' menu; I'm sure they have figured out the formula is a success, and it'll stay around for a while. But Miyako also offers a traditional teppanyaki dinner (yukata included!), a la carte and take-out for those less all-you-can-eat inclined.

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Cabbagecon 2011 @ 01:15 am
Remember when some of you said, I like this Dutch Discworld Convention idea, but I'm not sure what it's about?

Well, there's been a big update of the programme and events on the website, so go see! Come on, when in a few years we're gonna be totally big, you want to be able to say I was there when it all started! And don't you want to increase the odds of Sir Terry Pratchett attending? Exactly! :D

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Dama's Cookbook @ 09:02 pm
I nearly got a fit of laughter in the kitchen joking about my dubious cooking skills with my roommate. It's good that we get along. :D We ended up making dinner at the same time (just as well that I planned tonight's dinner as an 'only need one pan' kind of thing) and I relayed last night's almost-disaster. Then of course, tonight's dinner also became a bit more chaotic.

So, without further ado, here's...

Dama's Cooking Advice

1. If it's yellow and stinks and it's not cheese that is supposed to smell that way, throw it out. Especially if it was pink when you bought it.

2. If the moisture from vegetables somehow becomes soup at the bottom of the pan, add some starch. It'll work out, somehow. And if it tastes awful, at least you tried, you trooper you.

3. If the package says don't defrost before adding it to the pan, don't defrost before adding it to the pan. Don't be a smart-ass.

4. If you added the vegetables before the small potatoes even though it's supposed to be the other way around, chill out and add the potatoes right away. Live on the wild side!

5. If you think it's a good idea to add oil to a skillet you're heating up leftovers in, well, it's not.

6. If you start thinking "this might be a problem", you're probably right.

7. Don't get creative. Creativity is reserved for people who learned their recipes and know how to do things the right way so they can experiment with their knowledge. What's next, you're going to get creative on building a nuclear weapon even though you never learned rocket science? Which has about the same disastrous result as your cooking creativity, so knock it off.

8. Sure, you can try to slice a carrot with the tiniest knife you can find. It takes forever. Have fun and try to minimize the blood loss.

9. When defrosting meat, putting it in the perfect environment for fast bacterial growth is probably not the best approach.

10. ???

11. Food.

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Gezocht: bestelbusje op zondag 16 januari @ 09:41 pm
Ik had me er op verheugd aankomend weekend 'uitgebreid' te kunnen verhuizen, maar helaas is mijn beoogde transport voor spullen uitgevallen. En zoek ik dus vervanging.

Pogingen tot busje huren zijn én te duur én onmogelijk (op zondag), en het offline kennissen netwerk heeft nog niets opgeleverd. Bij deze gooi ik mijn oproep de internetwolk in!

Het betreft:

- Een rit van Rilland (Zeeland) naar Rotterdam (Zuid-Holland)
- Met: gedemonteerd bureau, gedemonteerde bureaustoel, een paar dozen
- En eventueel: een 120x200 matras
- Met als (optionele, maar erg op prijs gestelde) bonus: een ritje van Rotterdam Zuid naar Zandvoort (of Noordwijk aan Zee) en weer terug om bed frame op te halen.

En natuurlijk:

- Benzine vergoed
- De kennis dat je mij gelukkig maakt!

Neem contact op via

Zeg het voort!

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I can has sno? @ 06:21 pm
Inspired by friends who're also taking pretty pictures of all the snow outside, I went for a walk in the park today. :D Halfway, this kid ran up to me, "Isn't winter awesome!?" and I was all "Yeah, it is!"

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All systems go @ 05:33 pm
I fixed my computer! Yaaaay! And nothing else broke! Yaaaay!

So turns out the PSU was indeed FUBAR and putting in a new one made it all work again. The new PSU is modular, which means less cable clutter. I also think it makes a bit less noise than the previous one.

Upon reboot I first went "WHOOOHOOOO IT BOOTS UP!" and then I went "aaargh I lost a HD". But then I opened the case again and turns out its SATA power cable wasn't connected properly. Then it didn't boot Windows properly and I thought "aaugh have to re-install" (which I expected anyway) but it turns out the Windows 7 installation DVD is very good at repairing Windows installations. Using a System Restore Point (I love System Restore Points! This is not the first time they saved the day) I was able to restore my computer to how it was exactly before it spectacularly broke.

So in short: new PSU, 4 gigs of new RAM working, and I got my brother's videocard (it's only a slightly better 8800GT, but still), and recovered Windows installation! All is in working order! Wheee!


So, anyone need RAM? The kit I took out is still good. The exact part number is KVR667D2N5K2/2G, DDR2 PC2-5300. Before installing memory always check if it is compatible with your motherboard or system type.
Signalboots: Dutch cats looking for a home @ 12:51 am
From caniche here:

Do you know of anyone who might be interested in adopting Egyptian Maus and Oriental - cats?
They seriously need to get out from the shelter. The lack of attention is driving them crazy. These particular cat breeds seek attention like whoa, and they are extremely unhappy in there.
One of the Oriental kitties, Jagger, has stopped eating, but he will grab a few bites if people give him attention. It's that bad.
Please pass the word around!
Dama's Favorite Android Apps @ 05:56 pm
I've been using my HTC Desire for about two months and I think it's time to compile a list of apps I love - also for potential new Android phone owners. Finding good apps in Android Market is a bit tricky sometimes so recommendation lists are a good way to go.

Before I start the list, may I recommend two things for the new Android user:

- A task killer app. You're going to need this on an Android device. Multitasking also means battery drain. After I restart my phone, the first task kill takes away like 20 applications running in the background (most of which you don't need). I use Advanced Task Killer myself (avaiable for free from the Market.) Put it as a widget on your screen, and tapping it once will kill most unused apps. Advanced Task Manager is also a good one and provides more detailed information and control of your phone's services, apps, installations etc.

- a QR code reader. QR codes are the quickest way to get to an app download on your phone as well as other links. You don't have to type anything or search on the Market - just point your phone camera at the code and you can open the link right away. When you're browsing a site like AndroLib it makes downloading apps a lot easier. I use Barcode Scanner myself but there's lots of apps that do the same thing. For the links to the apps in this entry, you're gonna want a QR code reader to download them.

And before I say anything else, comments like 'har har iPhone pwnz Android' on this post will be considered to be profoundly foolish and annoying. This is not a post to fanboy/girl about how your iPhone is soooo much better and iOS is soooo much better than Android. kthx.

Tweetdeck for Android
Hands down the best Twitter and Facebook app for Android. (Haven't included Buzz or Foursquare myself, but those are also supported.) I've tried out many, but Tweetdeck immediately stuck even when it had a lot more bugs - at versoin 0.9.10, the app is still in beta. I've had it since, and the community and developers are very actively involved in improving the app. Soon, version 1.0 will be available on the Market, but until then you can download the beta version from the above link. You do have to register to be able to download, but the app is worth the trouble. It's gorgeous and smooth, very user-friendly, the little yellow bar shows how much of your timeline you haven't seen yet, images from known upload sites appear inside the app, it loads conversations, you can configure multiple columns... I was using HTC Peep before, and Tweetdeck for Android was the app I didn't know I need until I got it. Ha.

This is a paid app and it's so much fun I was willing to pay for it. If you don't know what it's about, try the website first! Whilst entirely unproductive and not very useful this scores high on my entertainment list. It's extra fun to play with friends and enter their answers to the questions only to seem telepathic yourself.

Questionable Content
I first downloaded the app because I was interested in trying out mobile webcomic reading (which is my favorite thing to do now). The webcomic starts off slow and there's some bothersome gender stereotypes and even fat jokes, but this app wins because of its user-friendliness - scrolling and reading is so smooth and it's great to not need to zoom in and tilt the screen the whole time to get a comic to display right. The art style gradually improves from bleh to awesome and the characters and the cast improves greatly as well. It's like a geeky indie version of Friends. I am puzzled why Shit My Dad Says is a TV show and this comic is not.

A viewer for all Cheezburger funny images sites. If you find yourself frequenting ICHC, Failbooking, Failblog, Totally Looks Like, etc - this app collects them all and is like a thousand times faster and better in use than any of the websites. My only problem is that the main viewer seems to ignore some of my site preferences so that I still have to look at crap from where 'hawtness' is apparently defined as the complete opposite of the things I might find women attractive for. Still, the daily LOLs I get from the rest of the images is worth the minor annoyance.

This app might only be available in European Markets. Either way, it's an app that allows you to quickly view the latest issue of popular webcomics like Penny Arcade, Three Panel Soul, VG Cats, Ctrl+Alt+Delete, Dinosaur Comics... my only complaint is that it doesn't allow archive viewing of all these comics, as many of them don't have dedicated viewers like the QC app. And I found out that reading webcomics (or just small comics) on my phone is my favorite thing to do ever.

Manga Browser
Of the manga reading apps I've got, this is my favorite and the most userfriendly - it allows you to browse and view all the archives of MangaStream, MangaFox and MangaReader. What this means, exactly, to me? I can read yaoi on the train. <3 Just like the QC app it doesn't require extra zooming, scrolls with the trackball (if your phone has one) and one tap on the screen goes to the next page. It doesn't preload the whole manga, which means no slow loading times (but a few load screens in between). No annoying menu items clogging up your view. Other apps don't quite get this right: when you're using an app to view images, the last thing you want is navigational clutter. Mobile phone screens aren't that big.

These are the apps I've been using the most. There's of course a lot of useful apps out there - Aldiko and Kindle for e-book reading, Android Comic Viewer for .cbr and .cbz comic files, Dr. Web for virusscanning, the official apps of Foursquare, Tumblr, etc; Google Maps and Google Sky Maps...

I was surprised to find how much I like comic reading on my phone. E-book reading, not so much actually.

A last tip is to check if your phone already has a native app before you download anything. I found myself searching for an alarm clock app when HTC Sense already has one; d'oh.

Any favorite Android apps you want to share? :D
Spirit Day @ 11:25 am
Originally posted by [personal profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler, Seth
RIP Justin, Raymond
RIP Asher and Billy.

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.

I find it horrible that people can be so hateful and intolerant of someone's sexual orientation. I find it horrible that female homosexuality is more tolerated than male homosexuality because 'lesbians are hot' but it frightens too many men that the male gaze might be directed at themselves. I find it horrible that these boys were driven to take their lives because they were not allowed to be who they are in peace.

I wish there was more I could do to drive the hatred and intolerance out of other people's minds and hearts.

Last names and photos of the boys removed from original post.
this gif is posting itself, the power of the tall Swede compels me @ 04:01 am
The life of a cat @ 04:37 pm
Over the past few days, I have observed my cat, and this is her day:

08:35 to 16:00 - sleep in Dama's room.
16:00 to 17:00 - get some fresh air, use garden as bathroom
17:00 to 17:30 - foods!
17:30 to 18:30 - scare the fish in the tank. pretend to eat flowers. nag. hiss and chase other cat
18:30 to 19:30 - sit in Dama's lap after she is done eating dinner
19:30 to 20:30 - sleep in Dama's room
20:30 to 20:40 - free scratching and fur massage by Dama
20:40 to 06:00 - sleep in Dama's room
06:00 to 06:05 - wake up Dama
06:00 to 08:00 - get some fresh air, use garden as bathroom
08:30 to 08:30 - foods!
08:30 to 08:35 - wake up Dama
08:35 to 16:00 - sleep in Dama's room


She used to sleep on my bed a lot and I'd kick her out when going to bed, but now I have a large cardboard box with stuff in it and a towel over it and she pretty much sleeps in my room allll the time.
Any wizards missing their familiars? @ 12:39 am
'Cause I found a bunch of owls at a Muggle gathering this afternoon.


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I have videos, too! I'll put them up later.
Stop the hate @ 01:49 am
So just now I came across this image on Tumblr. It's an image that describes in detail how much a person who adores thinness could hate a fat person.

I'm supposed to be saddened and outraged about this, but I'm not. I'm not surprised. I'm not surprised at all. Read this. Read it and consider the following:

This is the world that fat people have to live in every day. This is the message that fat people receive from television, movies, magazines, books, comics, advertising, billboards, doctors, family, friends, colleagues, bosses, partners and children. This is the world fat people live in. This is the hatred we receive every day.

Stop telling us to 'just ignore it' because it's all around us, and we can't. Stop telling us to not take it personally, because it is personal; it's about our own bodies. Stop telling us that we're overreacting. Stop telling us that we are overly sensitive.

Imagine the struggle and the energy it costs for fat people to fight back against this message, constantly, every day that we are faced with it. Imagine the effort we have to go through to remove this message from our daily lives as much as possible and imagine how to a certain extent that is not possible. No matter how much we try we cannot remove all of the abuse and all of the hatred. Imagine that we receive this message and we are being told that it is our own fault for being who we are.

This message may have been written by someone who has their own obsession with being thin, but it echoes and confirms all that is being said to fat people by the society we live in today.

Stop telling us that fat hatred doesn't exist and that fat acceptance is fake, unhealthy or doesn't work. Fat acceptance is our defense, it is our attack, it is our weapon. This is how we strike back and reclaim our bodies and reclaim our right to love ourselves for who we are.

Fat hatred is real. It's right there. We feel it every single day. If you don't, that's a goddamned privilege. If you still say or think these things about a fat person, you are a part of the problem.

Read that message, and read it as if it is directed at you. Replace 'fat' and 'thin' with things society might hate you for, and something society might love you for, if you can't identify with weight issues. Feel what it's like to be hated that much for something that is a part of who you are, a part of your body, a part of the warmth and the life that you carry around in the world, and feel what it is like to have a whole world constantly tell you that you should hate yourself for it and that they hate you for it as well.

Read, feel, and understand. Become an ally. We need more of them. Because when we stop hating ourselves, we are only halfway there. We want the world to stop hating us, and you are a part of that, no matter how much you weigh, how old you are, what your gender is (or isn't). You can stop this hate. Right from where you are now. Right from your heart and mind.

That message does not make me angry or sad. It makes me believe even more strongly that fat acceptance is necessary and absolutely the right thing. Fat acceptance is a power and it is a fight, and I am damn glad to be in the middle of it; damn glad that I no longer think of myself nor other people in this awful way.

That message is the face of fat hatred and I abhor and reject it entirely. Will you do it with me?
Livejournal is fine! Dreamwidth fans are overreacting! @ 06:13 pm
... Are you sure about that?

I found this entry via [personal profile] jae:

I'm actually just going to quote the whole thing.

People say "oh, it's all those Russians, the US LJ staff are nice people." But the actual available evidence of behaviour strongly suggests that, for your own safety, you should regard anyone who's still working for LJ as actively dangerous to your safety unless they have amazing character references and a truly spectacular excuse to still be there.

The staffer who twiddled the database to comment on a locked post is still working for them instead of his stalker ass being thrown out onto the street so hard he bounced twice. LJ allows its staff to treat your private entries as a perk of the job. Think about whether it's safe even commenting on LJ.

Writer's Block: Something to cry about @ 02:31 am
How do you feel about corporeal punishment?
Depends on the corporal. I mean, if it's Nobby, go ahead. He's probably done something to deserve it between now and two hours ago.