Qem: *curses at firefox* Nevermind dreamwidth has auto save and I've had this open for 30 mins so I'll get part of it back.*
Qem: *restarts computer*
Qem: "..."

Qem: *gets text*
Qem: "..."
Qem: "Why is my coworker texting me about goat simulators?"

Qem: *talking to hospital IT* So my client would very much like to have email on her phone and we've been able to receive emails but not send emails. I just wanted to check if it might be because the hospital is blocking the port that the outgoing email is going through.
Hospital IT: "..."
Hospital IT: "Sorry I only do tech support for phones and I thought this was an email issue. Ports are like wifi and that. Not part of my job."
Qem: "..."

Stopping 'Stop Tony Meow': how web plug-in caught the Department of Prime Minister's attention

Staff at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have used up more than 130 pages of correspondence talking about a web plug-in that replaces pictures of Tony Abbott with ‘‘cute kittens’’.

But after charging the program’s creator $700 for access to those pages, what they actually said is a mystery, for now.

Developers Dan Nolan and Ben Taylor made the "Stop Tony Meow" browser extension in January. Downloaded more than 50,000 times, it automatically swaps any picture of Mr Abbott encountered online with pictures of cats.

Curious as to what the Prime Minister and his staff thought of the extension, Mr Nolan submitted a Freedom of Information request to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for any correspondence that mentioned the words "Stop Tony Meow".

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/stopping-stop-tony-meow-how-web-plugin-caught-the-department-of-prime-ministers-attention-20140422-zqxuu.html#ixzz2zhYCCXY4

Qem: "... I'm not sure what part of this artical I find most hilarious."

Qem: *reads article*
Qem: "..."
Qem: My god yahoo, any excuse to cover the fact that your security is shit and that you were hacked on at least three seperate occassions last year where your passwords and usernames were leaked. Yahoo spam the majority of time in my experience is coming from a GODDAMN YAHOO SERVER SCAN YOUR OUTGOING MAIL AND ALSO FUCKING PROTECT YOUR DATA BETTER.
Qem: *gets text*
Qem: "...."
Qem: "Why is my coworker texting me about goat simulators?"

Qem: *talking to hospital IT* So I'm just trying to work out if my client's made an error with adding her email which is why it doesn't work in the hospital, or if there's a problem with her outgoing mail because we use a non-standard port for outgoing email.
IT Person: Woah, I just do tech support for phones, and I thought this was about an email issue. Ports are like wifi and that, nothing to do with my job.

Stopping 'Stop Tony Meow': how web plug-in caught the Department of Prime Minister's attention

So the designer of the app realised that someone in the liberal party must have caught on as they modified their site so the app wouldn't work so used the freedom of information act to prove it! It took 36.19 hours for them to come to a decision as to whether it qualified or not.
- I’ve been rather unwell for a few days. I don’t think I’m going to end up in hospital this time though and as I got as far as April this year before my first near-hospital outbreak of sheep-plague I consider that a WIN. \o/ In other news, I’m thinking of acquiring a t-shirt reading "I do all my own stunts" and wearing it to my next smear test, lol.

- Tech: livejournal is apparently no longer open source code, ouch. /dreamwidther

- Reading, unintended meanings: "as i straddled the back of the beast, who lay with his rump to the sun" [context is for the weak] extracted from a poem about sitting on a hill [/spoiler cut].

- Reading, books 2014: 67

64. Queueing for the Sun, by U.A. Fanthorpe. The title poem, Queueing for the Sun at Walbrook, is my favourite poem in this book. ♥ U.A. Fanthorpe ♥

65. new poems, by U.A. Fanthorpe, and Christmas Poems, by U.A. Fanthorpe. "new poems" is as long as a book and Christmas Poems was technically a separate publication so I’ve arbitrarily decided to count them as a book. Her poem about a poetry workshop at Lumb Bank made me lol….

Lumb Bank, Early, by U.A. Fanthorpe

Hodge and Tigger, home from their night-shift,
Leave small parcels of mouse-meat on thresholds.

The morning chorus has hallooed itself hoarse;
But collared doves still call, unstoppable as MPs.

Between the beds Apollo stalks, god-footed,
Not missing anyone out. Breathes into sleeping ears

His secret gift: phrase, image, first line, last line,
Pattern, whatever it is. The sleepers sigh, roll over.

The gift is god-given. It keeps till breakfast.

66. Dykes and sundry other carbon-based life-forms to watch out for, by Alison Bechdel. The 9/11 cartoon (374) made me cry. Reacting to something appallingly human by creating something movingly humane is a true art imo. My favourite scene, however, was the bedtime reading of Harry Potter book XXIV: ' "Bollocks" cried Hermione. "I'd be running this show if those slags in marketing weren't convinced girls will read books about boys, but boys won't read books about girls!" '

67. TMH&W, by AM
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([personal profile] kate Apr. 23rd, 2014 02:11 am)
So I have a bunch of stories in my WIP folder. I've actually worked on most of these in the last month, and now I'm trying to get back on the horse of finishing one of the epic ones.

Pick a number and I'll post a little something.

1. Alternate Season 7 fic
2. Apologies and Other Disasters 10-12
3. Cas using female vessels to get to Dean
4. Alt S8 ender
5. Third Time's the Charm
6. Wincestiel romcom
8. How It Ends (You Already Know) sequel
9. No Reins On This One
10. Impromptu

... That's less than I thought actually. (I also found two that I'm going to post, one finished, one unfinished.)
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([personal profile] sacredporn posting in [community profile] dailyprompt Apr. 23rd, 2014 03:21 pm)
Today's prompt is "a revelation".
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([personal profile] oursin Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:03 am)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] damnmagpie!
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([personal profile] gorgeousnerd Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:34 pm)
-I've been to two games of my local AAA baseball team this month. (It's minor league, but the team's right below its major equivalent, so we get major players rehabbing and bump up our good players and stuff.) My team lost both times, but I think I'm more bothered by how cold night games get in April around here than the games disappointing. I'm not sure it's really warm enough until June.

-Even with baseball, which is the closest thing I have to a major sport, I don't follow any team in a dedicated sense. I get too anxious. Having said that, I've been reading enough hockey fic in the past year that I care a lot more about the Cup playoffs than I normally do. As in, I have a couple teams I hope do well (and one team I hope doesn't, but only because Wil Wheaton was WAY annoying about the Kings before I even thought about hockey).

My hierarchy in all US sports goes this way: I've thought way too much about this. ) But I often have to tap out if my teams do well or if I get too invested. The couple times I remember the Cubs having any playoff chances, I had to hide in a hole to keep from having constant panic attacks. It isn't why I root for them. It's just lucky for me that they also happen to be really notable losers.

And actually, my sports anxiety isn't just professional leagues in North America. I had to hide so many Olympics-related hashtags this year, and even that wasn't enough to keep me calm. Twitter was a hard place to be. I was a mess through February, and I had literally no investment in anything. /o\ I hope World Cup isn't too much of a problem.

-Reading sports RPF gets me slightly more invested in players, but it doesn't give me much more knowledge in terms of the sports themselves. I tend to read the fic that doesn't require hardcore know-how, both because it's easier to get started and because...well, there's a lot of things about sports culture I don't like, even in terms of baseball. A lot of it is present in music culture as well - and society as a whole - but at least I don't have to stand for the National Anthem when I go to a concert. (Or the concerts I attend, at least.)

I do kind of wish I knew more about football/soccer than I do, though. I've read a tiny bit of RPF with it (both football itself and 1D-related), but I couldn't tell you how the game runs beyond the fact that there are two goals and the ball needs to go inside. Actually, that's about how much I know about hockey, too. I know way more about US football.

-At the last baseball game I attended, Nibling was far more interested in the park's playground and concessions than the game itself. That's something I love about baseball; there's always a ton to do that doesn't have to do with a game. If I go to warmer games this year, I'll probably spend most of the time doing circuits of the park and people watching.
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([personal profile] synecdochic Apr. 23rd, 2014 06:56 am)
It's time for today's picture of Ginny draped over my knee and laptop being painfully cute. Earlier she unplugged my monitor cord. With her chin.
Read more... )
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([personal profile] staranise Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:32 pm)
Oh thank god, today was a good day. I'm at work, with my most difficult client--but after a month straight of an ongoing pitched battle, I have finally won the Yes There Are Rules And You Are Going To Follow Them fight. So today we managed a lovely dinner and outing where we had no meltdowns or big acts of rulebreaking, no rocks were thrown at people or seagulls, and my shoulders were not tuned like piano wires before bedtime even rolled around. Tonight after bedtime I even got some work in on a job application for a posting that closes this week!

Also: Sometimes I fret over some flaw or infelicity in my appearance, the kind of thing someone would notice only if they scrutinized me closely. And on Monday, I got a haircut and lost a foot of hair, so now my hair ends in a long bob that does the flippy thing framing my face an inch above my shoulders. No one in my life has commented on it. So this is a reminder to me when I get all super self-conscious: I notice these things way more than other people do.

(I do like my hair, tho. ^_^)

Oh hey, have I ever defined neg-stimming for people? That's, "negative self-stimulation" as in "deliberately going out and looking for things that will make you feel bad or upset." For example: I can't deal with gore and violent injury. And yet, every so often I go read about serial killers on Wikipedia with some kind of sick fascination, clicking more links even as I rock with disgusted revulsion. I also used to read things like anon memes where people were talking about how fans like me were totally horrible, which fed my fear that people in my life secretly hated me.

Neg-stimming is kind of like the traumatic repetition compulsion. "I will do the bad thing again, and this time I will do it right!" Which is how you wind up being sucked into yet another argument with someone you know is toxic, or volunteering for a situation which will provably push you past your limits. A lot of the time the idea is, "If I were only braver/stronger/tougher, this would work!" instead of just walking away and coming up on the problem later from a totally different angle.

Then there is also, of course, just the pleasure of brainweasels being able to croon, "Yesss. I was right. My overclocked worries were good worries. Look how validating this is. I are a smart weasel." It feels kind of satisfying and necessary, despite the big DON'T FEED THE BRAINWEASELS signs, and the fact that it is neither.

So I'm not saying neg-stimming is bad. One of my healthy, adaptive coping mechanisms has always been finding out just how bad my worst-case scenario would be, so it's not some great unknown. ("Okay, so, if I fail this course I won't get my tuition back, but I will be able to re-register and try again four more times...") It's just something to be aware of: "Am I neg-stimming, or does this serve a useful purpose?"

Then, without judging or blaming yourself, you can learn to disengage and go do something else that's less brain-killing, even if no more enlightening. I'm a fan of Candy Crush, myself.
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([personal profile] sasha_feather Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:37 pm)
Cloudburst, 2011, starring Olympia Dukakis

A funny, great film about an old lesbian couple that have been together for nearly 30 years. Stella and Dot live together in a New England house, but when Dot gets hurt, Dot's granddaughter tries to put Dot in a nursing home. Stella busts her out and decides to drive them to Canada to get married. They pick up a hitch hiker along the way and have some adventures. There is lots of fun banter because Stella has a dirty sense of humor and good chemistry with Dot. Dot is blind and it's so refreshing to see realistic disability representation.

Content notes (here be spoilers):
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Pit Stop, 2013

A sweet, slowly building film about getting over past relationships and moving on with life. It deals with the real complexity of gay relationships in a way that I loved, and dealt with working-class men in small-town Texas. I liked going into this movie not knowing who these people were and trying to figure out their relationships, so I don't want to give too much away. The movie's protagonists are Ernesto and Gabe, and each of them have pasts, attachments, and deep emotions that the viewer gets to see. Occasionally it looks a little low-budget in that the lighting and camera shots are bad, but overall it's well done. No content notes that I can think of.
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([personal profile] heresluck Apr. 22nd, 2014 11:13 pm)
reactions and spoilers )

As always, I am completely unspoiled for all upcoming episodes and would like to remain that way, so please: no spoilers (including casting spoilers), song titles, episode titles, info from promos or interviews, etc.
It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have five volunteer reccers who signed up for May with these fandoms:

* Captain America ([personal profile] sholio)
* Doctor Who ([personal profile] turlough)
* Firefly ([personal profile] mific)
* Star Trek: Reboot ([personal profile] unbidden_truth)
* Welcome to Night Vale ([personal profile] sailorptah)

So we already have a few recs too look forward to in May, but it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far only one reccer has volunteered for June, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for May, June or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of April. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Movement", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)

According to tradition, the great English dramatist and poet William Shakespeare is born in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1564. It is impossible to be certain the exact day on which he was born, but church records show that he was baptized on April 26, and three days was a customary amount of time to wait before baptizing a newborn. Shakespeare's date of death is conclusively known, however: it was April 23, 1616. He was 52 years old and had retired to Stratford three years before.

Although few plays have been performed or analyzed as extensively as the 38 plays ascribed to William Shakespeare, there are few surviving details about the playwright's life. This dearth of biographical information is due primarily to his station in life; he was not a noble, but the son of John Shakespeare, a leather trader and the town bailiff. The events of William Shakespeare's early life can only be gleaned from official records, such as baptism and marriage records.

He probably attended the grammar school in Stratford, where he would have studied Latin and read classical literature. He did not go to university but at age 18 married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years his senior and pregnant at the time of the marriage. Their first daughter, Susanna, was born six months later, and in 1585 William and Anne had twins, Hamnet and Judith. Hamnet, Shakespeare's only son, died 11 years later, and Anne Shakespeare outlived her husband, dying in 1623. Nothing is known of the period between the birth of the twins and Shakespeare's emergence as a playwright in London in the early 1590s, but unfounded stories have him stealing deer, joining a group of traveling players, becoming a schoolteacher, or serving as a soldier in the Low Countries.

The first reference to Shakespeare as a London playwright came in 1592, when a fellow dramatist, Robert Greene, wrote derogatorily of him on his deathbed. It is believed that Shakespeare had written the three parts of Henry VI by that point. In 1593, Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare's first published poem, and he dedicated it to the young Henry Wriothesley, the 3rd earl of Southampton. In 1594, having probably composed, among other plays, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, and The Taming of the Shrew, he became an actor and playwright for the Lord Chamberlain's Men, which became the King's Men after James I's ascension in 1603. The company grew into England's finest, in no small part because of Shakespeare, who was its principal dramatist. It also had the finest actor of the day, Richard Burbage, and the best theater, the Globe, which was located on the Thames' south bank. Shakespeare stayed with the King's Men until his retirement and often acted in small parts.

By 1596, the company had performed the classic Shakespeare plays Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. That year, John Shakespeare was granted a coat of arms, a testament to his son's growing wealth and fame. In 1597, William Shakespeare bought a large house in Stratford. In 1599, after producing his great historical series, the first and second part of Henry IV and Henry V, he became a partner in the ownership of the Globe Theatre.

The beginning of the 17th century saw the performance of the first of his great tragedies, Hamlet. The next play, The Merry Wives of Windsor, was written at the request of Queen Elizabeth I, who wanted to see another play that included the popular character Falstaff. During the next decade, Shakespeare produced such masterpieces as Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, and The Tempest. In 1609, his sonnets, probably written during the 1590s, were published. The 154 sonnets are marked by the recurring themes of the mutability of beauty and the transcendent power of love and art.

Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon on April 23, 1616. Today, nearly 400 years later, his plays are performed and read more often and in more nations than ever before. In a million words written over 20 years, he captured the full range of human emotions and conflicts with a precision that remains sharp today. As his great contemporary the poet and dramatist Ben Jonson said, "He was not of an age, but for all time."

...but there's something disheartening about realizing that I haven't written anything about Half-Off Ragnarok yet, when she has another book coming out in two weeks.

(I know Sparrow Hill Road was previously available online, at least largely [?], so it technically isn't yet another book she wrote from scratch last year, but still. o_o)

[I will not write a longer post. I will not, I will not, I will not. I will go to bed like a vaguely-sensible adult.]


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