heathershaped: (Avatar: Sokka)
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...hi?

Hi.

Okay:

+ So work and life and school have been busy enough that it's easier for me to microblog lately, over on Tumblr and Twitter. You can pretty much always find/follow me over there. I keep trying to make posts here but never feel like I have anything interesting to say, and I feel worse as time passes, and and and. I also don't really feel like I have a fandom anymore, and that feels really weird on LJ especially. But as always I miss you when I stay away. :/

+ In the next month or so, things'll probably get even tighter for me because I need to pick up a part-time job in addition to my full-time one. I have no idea what it's going to be, but I need to bring some extra money in because it's hard to focus on anything when I'm feeling so snowed under. Basically I might look into waitressing or something? I used to be pretty good at that. Or retail, I don't know. It's really hard to imagine anyone hiring me for something on the weekends when they could take on any number of high school or college kids instead. I guess I won't know until I try. It's been...a really long time since I've looked for part time work, I don't even know what it would pay. I'd prefer to move into a full-time job that pays better, but it's not in the cards right now because I owe my company a couple more years for paying for grad school.

I'm hoping I'll actually feel better, even if I have less time to myself. Money stress (most types of stress I guess) tends to make me want to watch TV under the covers forever and not do anything, not even read LJ properly, and it gets really depressing and unhealthy and I don't wanna talk about it ok moving on.

+ LJ's not making it any easier to be back around with this new comment page thing. They're a visual nightmare and a functional DISASTER. Between this and delicious and AO3, I can't even. And screw anyone with dialup I guess, because having no option other than to load all your icon images every time you want to leave a comment must be super-fun for them.

...if anyone is on Dreamwidth I am too, so add me if you wanna. They are offering free accounts for the next few days and I probably have a ton of invite codes by now as well.

+ The Hobbit trailer has brought my Tolkien feelings back. Well, that and an impending yearly LOTR extended version marathon coming up next month.

+ Uploaded a ton of music over on my tumblr (more links at the bottom of the post), my faves of 2011 if you wanna check it out. If I can finish knitting these Christmas presents, I will post the links over here in the next couple days, be easier.

+ Still knitting! I'm still having fun with it, and getting better and better even if I don't quite have the dough to enable my yarn addiction. Which is probably a good thing. Right now I'm working on a hat for my dad and a shawl for my mom that I hope I can finish by Christmas. Luckily I'm not going out of town so I'm free to work up to the last minute, like I do~

I also love to TALK about knitting, so.

+ The other thing I've decided I want to get into finally in the new year is makeup. Which I have never worn...ever. Kind of ridiculous seeing as I'm a grown-ass woman, but I just never really learned how? And I want to. So I've been grilling friends for tips and I'm pretty excited. Decided I'm going to try Bare Minerals for foundation and maybe get one of those Naked palletes for my eyes if I can swing it. I'm taking recs if you have favorite eyeliners and lip stuff and whatever else.

+ I'll stop here I think. Happy Hanukkah, and Merry Christmas if I don't post again before then! Come say hi if you wanna; I'm gonna go work on replying to messages and stuff.
heathershaped: (SGA: Athosian for 'dumbass')
LJ's killing me right now. I believe I've managed to load it twice today? Not for longer than it takes to refresh or skip 40, but.

I don't even know if this will crosspost. Just a bit inconvient, as I AM paying for the thing. phhrrrrrbbrrrrggrrr.

At times I wish everyone and every comm would move to DW and then we could all have cookies and 10,000 character comment porn.

And 250 icons.

In other news, SPN needs to stop making me want to punch stuff; further, I have "Rude Boy" stuck in my head, and I'm okay with that.
heathershaped: (Merlin: Angel C. glance down)
So Gwen's blurb on SyFy's Merlin website has been changed, to:

Gwen's, or Gwynevere's, current situation is a million miles away from her infamous future. She's maidservant to Morgana, a kind mistress, but nonetheless her duties of cleaning, washing, fetching and carrying are far from glamorous. Not that Gwen minds. A job in Uther's court is the best thing she could have ever wished for, taking her away from the humdrum reality of her poor but loving family.

When Merlin arrives in town, Gwen is instantly taken with him - he's kind, thoughtful and has a good heart. The problem is, Merlin's completely oblivious to her affections. As far as he's concerned, she's a great friend. Gwen will have to bide her time and wait for him to notice her...but if he ever does, he might not be the only young buck vying for her affections. Gwen might be poor and simple now but, unbeknownst to all concerned, she is destined to be the Queen of Camelot.


For those watching at home, they snipped out the offensive second paragraph and "the worlds most notorious adulteress" at the very end.

I still think it's lazy weaksauce and I'm a bit baffled that they couldn't rewrite the thing (the entire site needs to be rewritten, come to that; the other characters' bios and descriptions are hilariously wrong) but at least their message is no longer "Gwen may be poor, ugly and simple now, but one day she'll finally get some dude to notice her, and then she'll be the worlds most famous adultress! DREAM BIG, KIDS." Well. That is still kind of the message, but without the ugly part.

And that's okay; no one really gives a crap how her name is actually spelled, amirite?



ANYWAY, at the end of the day I guess I'm surprised they listened to us at all! Everyone who fired off emails is awesome. <3
heathershaped: (LJ in soviet russia)
signal boosting from [livejournal.com profile] celandineb.

Gender identity on LJ

LJ is going to start requiring gender identification with new account creations, and they are removing the 'unspecified' option.

More info here.

Hat tip to [info]gblvr for the info.



Heather adds:

fuck thaaaat.

I have eight DW invites if anyone wants.
heathershaped: (True Blood: Lafayette)
+ My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the Philippines, in Samoa and Tonga, and everyone with family there.

What you can do to help the victims of Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana (via [livejournal.com profile] lassiterfics):

1. Help for Typhooon Ondoy Victims in the Philippines - This is a good place to keep up with news, with active situation map and a list of ways you can donate. If you scroll down, there is a list of US-based donation drop-off points, though it's just California, New York, and New Jersey. You can also do credit card and PayPal.

2. Ondoy Places to Donate Relief Goods - This GoogleDocs has a more comprehensive list of how to donate under the 'Online/International' category.

3. SPREAD THE WORD.


+ Not like everyone doesn't already know about this, but it bears repeating. Everyone in the entertainment industry (everyone everywhere, really) who is petitioning to free Roman Polanski? Fuck you all.

The longer I look at the list, the more names I recognise, the more ragey I get. Of all the things, of all the people to fight for and to place your well-known names behind. Fuck that.

+ Also, Merlin fandom, don't even start. Just please, don't even. That's all I have to say about that.
heathershaped: (Freema)
So, Caster Semenya's been placed on suicide watch.

She's eighteen fucking years old. I certainly hope the press and the people currently chewing her up and spitting her out as if the fact that she's not like them means she's there for their consumption, to satisfy their curiosity and damn her feelings, are pleased with themselves.

In light of that, would just like to point to [livejournal.com profile] karnythia's post on Race, Gender and the Oppressive Public Gaze.

...bzuh?

Sep. 1st, 2009 09:07 pm
heathershaped: (crazycakes)
I don't know how many of you have been following the whole fanfiction survey thing over the past couple days in which the mods of kink_bingo were approached to participate in a 'study' because there are 'scientists' who want to 'research' slash fanfiction/slash fans as 'insight' into how women think, and why it's so very 'different' from the way men think. (too many airquotes? I DON'T THINK SO.)

If that sounds like bullshit, it's because it is. Here's just one of the many round-ups as to why. (with extra pointage to [personal profile] eruthros' post because that documents the original correspondence.

Besides being a crime against experimental design, it was insulting as hell. And I am mostly posting about it now because I just got home from class and found THIS.

I'm now pretty sure [livejournal.com profile] ogi_ogas, the 'scientist' who first approached the mods, is a troll. To wit:

Well, slash is kind of the female equivalent of the straight male interest in transsexuals.


WHAT.

At least it gives me an excuse to use my new crazycakes icon.

ETA: Know what's awesome? THIS POST I AM ABOUT TO LINK: "Stand back! I'm going to try ~*science*~"

Actually, [community profile] linkspam is the place to go for roundups and extreme lulz on the subject. Fandom is awesome, you guys.
heathershaped: (HP: Harry: nobody fucks with)
Rantiness and politics ahead, in which I am sick of watching the news, so read at your own risk.

+ PSA: For anyone who cares, here's a list of the members of the 111th Congress and their contact information. Best thing to do push for the health care public option is to call/email your senators and, well, push for the public option. Right now I don't know whether Obama's backing off of it, pushing forward with it, or what, but we need to make it clear to them what we want. Clearer than we did when we voted to elect a Democratic president, 60 Democratic senators, and a damn near two-to-one Democratic majority in the House. So, yeah. Contact information at the link.

+ Also: Ten Awesome Things That Would Happen If Health Care Reform Passes and Fact Check on Health Care.

+ Also, also, the death panel thing is hilarious. No, really. HILARIOUS. Not that it's TRUE or anything, but don't insurance companies get rich by determining who is and isn't expendable?

+ Also also also, people who want to 'take their country back': From whom? Where has it gone? What exactly does that mean?

+ To change the subject of this post, but not the overall tone, have I mentioned how much I'm not watching Stargate: Universe? Because I'm not. The racism and sexism in SGA was bad enough, but now with this new endeavour they want to add ableism and homophobia to their repertoire? Not with me watching, they won't. (spoilers at both links.)

And Joe Mallozzi, of course, responds to the fail with more fail. Just a draft, was it? Convenient, but somehow I'm not reassured by the fact that you thought it was okay to pass that garbage amongst each other when you thought no one was looking and actually consider running with it. Once again you make utter thoughtlessness into an art form. (bonus fail at the link.)

+ Blah. I wanted to say something else but I forgot. :P

(also, [livejournal.com profile] kendas, I'll be going over your thingy after work, thanks for being patient!)
heathershaped: (Clue: Flames)
Oeeerr, so I've made some new friends this week. XD Hi and welcome to my journal and everything! ♥ I just want to say that I do not normally rant this much. Fannish babble will return after these scheduled messages.

THAT BEING SAID: The Marriott Hotel in Stamford CT is being sued by a woman who was raped at gunpoint in its parking garage, in front of her children.

Their response? She was careless, negligent and "failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities," according to court documents.

yep, that's right, folks:

"proper use of her senses and facilities."
"proper use of her senses and facilities."
"proper use of her senses and facilities."



Because everyone knows that women with good sense don't get themselves raped. DIE IN A FIRE, Stamford Marriott. And also, FUCK YOU.
heathershaped: (Rahm for fuck's sake)
Using Megan Fox's body to illustrate (a skewed view of) American politics?

Really?

LAWL

Jun. 17th, 2009 09:04 am
heathershaped: (SGA: Athosian for 'dumbass')
+ According to the new owner of Britain's Erotic Review (who, it bears mentioning, is female), women are too emotional and not passionate enough about sex to be able to write it properly. Also, they don't like steak.

BRB, LOL-ing forever at this dumbass.

I'll just be over here, reading any one of the extremely hot fics I have bookmarked. And I'm thinking steak for dinner.
heathershaped: (Buffy stakes Edward FTW)
+ Merlin fandom is so shiny right now. ♥ I mean, still not very diverse, but the weekend has brought us new pictures of the actors from the con and of Bradley and Santiago playing football, plus news that Gwen and Morgana are going to (somehow) get even closer ... series two can NOT COME FAST ENOUGH. And I need to get off my ass and finish some of the fics I've been wanting to write before that happens. Hopefully I can finish my Big Bang fic at the very least.

+ I think I'm done with the CW. Everything on it fails lately -- or maybe I'm just growing out of it. I'm just not that into SPN anymore. TPTB refuse to cancel Smallville even though it's gone on for at least a season too long. Even Gossip Girl has gone from guilty pleasure to kind of hard to watch. And now there are 'new' promo pics for the CW upfronts for Smallville and SPN that are just insulting. Recycling season 6 promos again? 'Shopping Erica's head on Kristin Kreuk's body, really; they think we don't recognise that dress? They've only recycled that pic of Kristin about 35 times. Also, 'shopping Jensen's head from some other shoot onto that season two promo? And we all know Jared's body isn't that thin anymore.

Also, I can name like fifty people just on my f-list who are better with Photoshop than those clowns.

+ Trek fandom is kind of my happy place right now. The never-ending meme about whether or not Uhura rocks aside, there is just so much pretty and squee to be had. *pets it* Plus between the kink meme, the gen meme, and about eight different fic comms, I am swimming in fic, more than I really have time to read, and it's a beautiful thing. Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] ontd_startrek is COMPLETE CRACK, I do not recommend it (except I totally do).

+ I have nothing to report on the RL front because there's just not much I want to talk about. Meh all around.

+ Also, LJ appears to be down, but I suppose this crosspost from DW will show up whenever it comes back?

*stabbity*

May. 26th, 2009 01:30 pm
heathershaped: (kick)
Turns out equal rights? Not constitutional after all.

Way to fail, California supreme court.

baw.

May. 13th, 2009 03:22 pm
heathershaped: (SGA: Athosian for 'dumbass')
So I guess this is when I find out how long I can survive without LJ or Twitter.

DDDDD:

At least DW seems to be functional.

On fail

Apr. 13th, 2009 09:02 am
heathershaped: (world fucked up gryffie)
+ I don't think I need to inform anyone about Amazon Fail (Amazon's MASSIVE FUCKING FAIL is more fitting but doesn't roll off the tongue quite so smoothly) by now, but I just want to say for the record, Glitch, my arse.

+ Reasons number 32424 and 32425 why Twitter is not silly or banal, and is, in fact, awesomesauce.

+ Also, I think my credit card is glitching. Seems to be preventing me from spending money on Amazon.com (something I used to do a lot). And shit, would you look at that? My mouse is glitching. I seem to've accidentally canceled a pre-order, and cleaned out my Wish Lists.

Huh.

+ ETA: Google Bomb: Amazon Rank

+ Determined Gwen and Morgana are determined in my mood theme for this post. I like it.

+ On that note, Happy Monday everyone! XD
heathershaped: (HP: head-wardrobe)
Note to self:

'Brainstorming' whilst lying in bed at 11pm? Not a good idea.

Next thing you know, it will be morning, and you will have got nothing done.

And you will, inexplicably, still be sleepy the next day.
heathershaped: (Ugh)
You know what's really not a good feeling?

When you find out that you've been ignorant about something. It's better than choosing to remain ignorant about it, so I'm glad I know -- but it's weird; I feel like I've grown as a person, and at the same time I feel all squicky about not having known in the first place.

And I spent money on those books.

/cryptic

One day soon I'll post about the author's fail, and my fail for buying into it for even a little while. Seriously. Ugh.
heathershaped: (HP: head-wardrobe)
So this whole Christmas tree thing? SO much more complicated than it needs to be. My own fault, of course.

I'm pretty sure the tree I got was meant to be put into the ground and not into a stand in my living room. It came with the trunk buried in dirt and wrapped in this burlap stuff. I thought, at the store, 'fine, it's buried in dirt so they can water it before it gets sold. I'll just take it out of the dirt when I get home and set it up. This is the supermarket, they wouldn't make it that complicated.'

Uh, yes, they would. The roots and everything? Definitely still on the tree. I had to buy a saw and chop them all off, and am now trying to taper the end so it'll sit in the stand without looking like the leaning tree of Pisa or something. And my lower back and arms are sore. If I'd wanted to pluck an evergreen out of the ground and deal with it from scratch, I could have done so without spending $45. My parents have some teeny ones at their house I think.

*whines* See, if I had my own Neville, this wouldn't be a problem.

At least my whole house smells like pine now. Come to that, so do I.

Oh well, at least I'll know for next year, and get one that's actually pre-cut.

...

Don't laugh; it's not funny. XP
heathershaped: (Lex happy place)
Errrr.

So, I was going to post about Dexter and True Blood today.

However, I lost my checkbook, and now I'm grumpy. So I'll do it tomorrow.

Off to call the bank.

Rar. (at self)

*headdesk*

Nov. 11th, 2008 09:22 am
heathershaped: (HP: head-wardrobe)
So I'm off work today. Veteran's Day, yay.


... I totally drove all the way to work before I remembered.


Yeah. I'm awesome.


*shakes head*

On that note, hi to the new friends I've made the past couple days! *waves*

Feel free to add me on InsaneJournal, Twitter, and/or Shelfari. And I think that's it.

More later.

*yawn*

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