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ARGH!! I've spent the better part of the last two days removing a particularly nasty Trojan virus from my laptop. The only good thing is this happened *after* I'd gained employment because I can't imagine the hair-pulling and screaming I would have done being without a computer for hours on end. Word to the wise - if you're searching for torrents DO NOT use torrentreactor.net. I don't know why I clicked the link, since this wasn't the first time I'd become infected with malicious malware from their site but it was definitely the last.

I should be good as new soon but I've still got a bit of cleaning up to do... and backing up. I was soo worried I'd lost the 8,000 words I've already written on my Michelle Rodriguez story! Whew, dodged a bullet on that one!
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via [livejournal.com profile] leavethesky

Dude, this is NOT wank, this is so not even close to wank. This is a giant, middle finger with a heaping dose of fuck you with sprinkles on top!

Amazon.com has begun the process of marking any and all GLBT books (including gay YA titles) as 'ADULT', which strips their sales rankings numbers and, in the process, kills sales. The list of pulled books include such scintillating and scandalous tomes as Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Brokeback Mountain, the Kushiel's Dart series, Marion Zimmer Bradly's The Catch Trap and, I shit you not, Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape.

As pointed out, this process is NOT being done to straight adult oriented content. One can still easily find titles such as Playboy with their sales rankings still attached. It's discrimination at its lowest.

It should also be noted that Amazon hasn't stripped the sales rankings of GLBT DVD's. Although I suspect that won't remain for much longer.

Links:

It all starts here, I think, but this one should be read. http://markprobst.livejournal.com/
Here's the [livejournal.com profile] meta_writer list of topic related links, growing by the hour - http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11560.html
And here's a comprehensive (but still incomplete) list of known books with their sales rankings removed - http://community.livejournal.com/meta_writer/11992.html

Right now, I'm am in the process of removing my 'Wish List' from Amazon. After which I'm going to delete my profile all together. If that's what they think of me as a consumer, a deviant to be hidden away, then I'll take my fucking money somewhere else!

ETA: (Because I'm an idiot) There's already an online petition, which can be found here: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/in-protest-at-amazons-new-adult-policy
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I think [livejournal.com profile] fembuck's pretty much covered the Rachel/Ivy fuckwittery that goes on in this book. So I'm going to talk about the plot of 'White Witch, Black Curse'. And what do I think?

LLLAAAAMMMMEEEEE!!!

Follow Me For White Witch, Black Curse Spoilers, aka, the LAME-O-LYMPICS! )
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Writer Joseph Mallozi reveals Captain Alicia Vega was a lesbian.

Oh, and the scene where she asks Keller out was cut. Then she gets killed in her *second* appearance. So, not only offscreen lesbian but another addition to the 'Dead Lesbian' cliche book!

No, wait, it gets better. Mallozi also reveals an already recurring character actually is gay but they haven't made it canon because, you know, they need the right circumstances.

Because, you know, the writers who write about alien cultures, alien races, have written the Keller/McKay 'romance', Sheppard/Teyla/Ronon triangle, a poor man's Kirk who must get hit on by every female within the galaxy CAN'T WRITE A GAY CHARACTER because, omg, writing a gay character is soo *hard*!!

The stupid.. it buuurrrnnsss!! Oh and FUCK YOU, you fucking hack!
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To the jackass sitting in front of me during The Dark Knight who kept checking his messages on his Blackberry, even after I told him to knock it off? Be glad I'm a pacifist 'cuz I came about *this* friggin' close to kicking you in the neck!

Hopefully those of you who haven't seen it will get the opportunity to see it in an audience *not* filled with jackasses too inconsiderate to be raised in a barn because it really is a *great* movie. But, be warned, it's *long*. Or maybe it just felt longer because I kept getting knocked out of the movie going experience by some jackass who thought a darkened movie theater is an appropriate place to check his messages!
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Gig Harbor Dean Reassigned

Long story short - Gig Harbor HS installs security cameras for, you know, security purposes. Female student's parents ask Dean to see if their daughter is participating in "out of the ordinary behavior". Dean sees student and another female student kissing and holding hands on the security cameras. He then *shows* the video to the students parents, who immediately pull their daughter from school (and, allegedly, enrolled her in an all-girls school). And this asshole gets, not suspended, not fired, but "reassigned" to another school.

*grrr* I have no words. Okay, maybe a slight giggle at the idea of the female student sent to an all-girls school as punishment for acts of lesbianism. I mean, isn't that kinda like punishing a crack addict by throwing him into a crack den?
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Seeing as how this jackass's jackassery is making the rounds on LJ, I thought I'd pass the news along. Heads up by [livejournal.com profile] ripley78. PSA copied from [livejournal.com profile] elke_tanzer, stuff in ( ) from me:

LJ has a feed for the latest images posted publicly here: http://www.livejournal.com/stats/latest-img.bml

Someone has set up a community with an automatic script to scrape off any image that is posted publically that meets LJ icon requirements and post them to that community [livejournal.com profile] iconscraper (there's also a companion comm for animated icons [livejournal.com profile] animgifscraper). The posts in the community hotlink the original source of the images.

However, you can opt out your journal, and prevent images you post publically in your journal from being included in [livejournal.com profile] iconscraper and similar scripts that are scraping from the latest-img LJ feature. You can also protect communities you mod. All you have to do is opt out of the latest-img thing.

Make sure you're logged into LJ as your journal. Go to the Admin Console at http://www.livejournal.com/admin/console/ and input set latest_optout yes and click on the execute button.

To protect a community, type set for communityname latest_optout yes and click on the execute button. (Although, I'm not sure if you type the word 'for' or leave it out).

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Apparently, the opt-out feature does work seeing as how the mod for iconscraper made a post bitching about the reduction in icons caused by people opting out, heh.

I would note that it's not just [livejournal.com profile] iconscraper that's posting LJ image feeds. I found a number of sites that post just plain old images and I'm not sure if flocking a post keeps images from showing up in the feeds. Either way, I recommend *everyone* opting out of this.. unless you don't wanna.
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From Parents Behaving Badly:

Foster Parents (Straight Ones!) Leave Boy in Closet to Attend Family Reunion!

Yes, it's as depressing as it sounds and actually gets worse after the attention grabbing headline. So if you read, prepare to grit your teeth and be pissed off. Oh, and to add insult to injury  - it was a "faith based" agency that placed the boy with these two paragons of heterosexual parenting.
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In case you haven't heard - Stargate SG-1 has been cancelled, and Atlantis was renewed. And I've finally written down my thoughts on the subject but, I honestly have to say, if you're a fan who *really* loves this show you probably don't wanna read what I have to say because this more of a rant than anything.

Wish I was more upset but I'm not )
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And here I was about to upload some more naked footballer pics! Just checked my previous picspam posts and some of my pics have been removed! Whee, thank goodness I don't have a paid photobucket account or else I'd be pissed! I was always wary of photobucket anyway since all public pics go into a public browser. Which I don't particularly approve of but, Hell, I ain't payin' for it.

Now, I'm off to fix the post and then find the jackhole who reported me. And, really, it's kinda funny as to what's considered okay and what's considered a violation of terms.
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On the whole, PotC is flashy, bright, loud with a couple amazing action sequences. It's everything I want in a summer blockbuster. It's fluffy fun. Except, it's one of those movies that falls apart the moment you start thinking about it.

And all I can say is - why the fuck didn't anybody *warn* me?

Detailed Spoilers and Rant Ahead )

*sigh* I should have stayed home, saved my money and watched my Murder in Suburbia DVD's!!
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According to Gateworld, SciFi and Ron Moore are in the works for Caprica, a BSG prequel.

"The people of the Twelve Colonies are at peace and living in a society not unlike our own, but where high-technology has changed the lives of virtually everyone for the better. But a startling breakthrough in robotics is about to occur, one that will bring to life the age-old dream of marrying artificial intelligence with a mechanical body to create the first living robot -- a Cylon. Following the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas (the family of William Adama, who will one day become the commander of the Battlestar Galactica) Caprica weaves corporate intrigue, techno-action and sexual politics into television's first science fiction family saga."

First, squee! Although, it kinda sounds like Romeo & Juliet in Space. Which, considering this is coming from the guy responsible for Roswell, probably is. What I wanna know rant ahead )
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I'd like Grey's Anatomy back on please. No, I don't wanna to watch What About Emo-Boy, aka, More Pretty White People With Problems. No, I don't care that it was created by JJ Abrams 'cuz unless it involves an island, or spies, I don't care. So, please, please put back on Grey's. I need my Addison fix. I'm starting to go into detox here, people!
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Spoilers only pertaining to the episide description in TV Guide below:

For the spoilerphobes )
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I'm waiting in Dallas for my next flight and the tv screen in the gate lobby has CNN on, and the current topic is Brokeback Mountain which, although I really wanna see but not as much as Transamerica, I'm really fucking tired of hearing about. It's got gay cowboys, okay, can we move on please!!

But there's Paula Zahn, who I can't fucking stand, and if she said the phrase "gay lifestyle" one more fucking time I was gonna probably get arrested. Then, there's Michael Medved who used to be kinda cool and has now turned into some kind of Conservative patsy mouthpiece brandishing the phrase "Liberal Hollywood" like a sword. Because, as we all know, if you say it enough times then it must be true. If Hollywood's soo damn liberal, why isn't there a series on one of the major networks with a lesbian lead? Or a gay lead outside of an asexual Will?

And the slugline reads "Is Middle America Ready for Gay Cowboys?". And I'm seething in my seat, grinding my teeth to bloody nubs because I'm soo fucking tired of people asking what Middle America is or isn't ready for. Hey, why isn't anyone asking if "Outer America" is ready for Conservative Oppression? 'Cuz I sure the Hell am not.

But, what really bugs me is the condescending tone of the question. I admit, I am not a Middle American but I was raised in Middle America, my family still lives there, and I get really fucking tired of the "Conservative Media" portraying Middle America as if it were populated with barely functioning, wide-eyed and innocent naifs who, were it not for the Conservative Watchdogs telling them what to think, would accidentally walk into a movie about Gay Cowboys. What bugs me is these Conservative Pundits act like *choice* isn't an option. That were it not for them, OH NOES, Middle America might actually go see a movie about gay cowboys - and like it!! What bugs me is it's not really about what an individual wants or does not want to watch, but the need to decide what *everyone* should or should not watch. It's about Conservative Pundits using hyperbole, fear, and hysteria to leap frog their way up the power structure for no one's benefit other than their own.
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Argh!! Do you know how hard it is to write good smut when your parents are in the next room? Or, worse, the nephew is hovering over your shoulder because he wants to use the computer? *sigh* I need my own laptop!
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The good news is - I'm up to 16,000 words. The bad news - I'm woefully behind, by about 9,000 words, and going into that depressive stage where I feel I'll never catch up and should just stop while I'm ahead.

Plus, it's kinda depressing when you're writing a story about a lesbian detective and the character she has the most UST/chemistry with is the creepy incestuous cousin who wants nothing more than to get into her pants. But, on the good news front, my detective's already gotten laid by sleeping with the client who's case may or may not have something to do with the murder of the detective's father.
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I got this info from the Mariska boards, thru TWoP, thru Gateworld, thru a con report somewhere in England.

Pull Up A Chair and Watch the Flames Burn Bright )

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