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There's 190+ 'countries' as a political definition in the world today. There's 7 thousand(!) languages. Think about the difference for a moment.
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A poem dedicated to the paths of English pronunciation,
although clearly the author was intending to confuse and bewilder more than to teach.

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2011/12/23/english-pronunciation/
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Thanks to an unexpected anon gift, I have a month of paid DW time, which includes 100 icons. So, Adam and I went through the laborious selection process to fill up a whole lot of the slots. I wonder if I still have access to them after paid time is over.

At any rate, lookie at all the beautiful icons I now have!!!
All iconing art and craft courtesy of [personal profile] baronjanus.

Thank you

Jan. 4th, 2012 10:31 pm
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Thank you to the anonymous gifter who gifted me with a month of DW paid time!
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Some user accounts have been switched to AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS where they were not before. If you have an LJ and ever gave them payment details, you should check your status at your Account Settings http://www.livejournal.com/manage/account/.

Source: http://news.livejournal.com/140511.html?thread=98346463#t98346463


There's a comm for complaints about the latest LJ changes, including a poll, if you want to put your views in http://rollback88.livejournal.com/557.html
Not that LJ PTB care one iota what users think.
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So, yesterday I rediscovered a bit of fic I wrote in 2003, which I had completely forgotten about. Nice surprise. Not badly written.
And I got curious about the characterisation, or at least, how much of it came from the reader's knowledge of the fandom. To what extent is this piece transferable.
So, I've decided to repost, without identifying markers, and leave it up to the readers to fill in the characters. Please let me know who you were thinking of, what character vibes you got. I'm curious about this. If you know what this was originally written for, don't tell the others. Open-endedness is the point of this game.

ETA: I don't mean 'Guess what I originally wrote". I mean "Tell me which characters you're picturing as you read it, based on your own preferences".


Title: No Control
Author: CeruleanCat
Fandom/Pairing: Reader's choice
Category: Slash
Rating: Nothing much happening yet.
Word count: 305
Summary: It's a tug of war in his mind, flinching yet eager.
Feedback: So rare, I don't actually expect any. So it would be appreciated all the more.

Title: No Control )
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I love when programmers incorporate meme jokes! This is real. We checked it.

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"Fucking With Your Head: My Clown Fic"
Author: Baronjanus
Pairing: Sam Carver/Bobby (Can I just say "Mark Harmon and Hugh Dillon"? Not RPS, just characters they play.
Sam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhr6g5SYZfg&feature=player_detailpage#t=176s
Bobby: http://anonym.to/?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlfUCnqrBMA

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Adam wrote this following my request. And I keep wanting to pimp this in NCIS places, because, how many times does Harmon's Sam Carver character get slashed? But I don't know where to link it.
Where does one pimp Harmon-related fic?
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Title: A Cop Walks Into A Bar...
Author: Baronjanus
Fandoms: Flashpoint, Due South, Due South once more with slash, NCIS, and back again.
Characters: Ed Lane, Ray Vecchio, Ray Kowalski, Tony DiNozzo
Summary: a cop walks into a bar (Five things, 100 words each)
Rating: incredibly tame.

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Title: If I Leave Here Tomorrow
Author: Baronjanus
Fandom: Californication, Buffy
Warning: het
Rating: sex drugs and rock n' roll
Characters: Lew Ashby, Janie Jones
Summary: she was a slayer who didn't want to be, he was a half-demon who had no choice
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Snippets; Due South, Good Omens, Hard Core Logo

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Firefly/Brisco County, 4 drabbles, feat. Vera

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Romance in a Consumerist Society
Fandom: Twitch City
Pairing: Newbie/Guy in the Convenience Store (that's what the imdb credit says)
Rating: adult
Summary: every now and again, something interesting happens in the store...
Count: just over the 1500 words
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Socio-Linguistic analysis of lolspeak

I don't necessarily agree with all components of their analysis, but it's fun.
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Adam posted another instalment in the Wake Up Call verse. This is Abby (and Ashby) centred, parallel to the main timeline. There'll be a massive update of the main storyline in the next few weeks.

It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)
Author: Baronjanus
Genre: Het
Fandom: NCIS, Californication
Pairing: Abby/Ashby
Rating: adult with womanbits
Kinks: het. I SAID HET. Also: hinted femdom?
Summary: Abby met him at a gig
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amenirdis explains how this, and many similar moves, are a Republican election strategy, and that the bill, even if passed, is unconstitutional and non-functional.

From http://amenirdis.livejournal.com/237568.html
Mississippi's personhood ballot measure, which gives full rights as a citizen to a fertilized egg. Likewise, this is also completely unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has held over and over in recent years as part of the stem cell debate that fertilized eggs are not people. Multicell blastocysts are not people. The state of Mississippi has no authority to alter this in any way, and the law will be held unconstitutional immediately.
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Originally posted here


David Gerard: Jay Blanc originally shared this post:
Apparently confirmed. If Google force a European Account Holder to have a public Google Profile with their "real name" on it, they are BREAKING THE LAW. Read below. US account holders should write a letter to Larry Page and the Board of Google to pressure them into changing their policy. https://plus.google.com/u/0/106055159954550860573/posts/U5u4WYpF7uc

If you're an EU Google Account holder, you can write a complaint to your local Google offices, then if they fail to reply and take corrective action, take them to your EU nation's information commission. You can find their offices here - http://www.google.com/intl/en/about/corporate/company/address.html so start the letter writing.


Just checking over this, but it does look like "Google Profiles" breaches european privacy law, specifically "The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003"'s section 18 on directories of subscribers. Basically, anyone running a communications service in the EU who publishes a public directory, has to allow subscribers an opt-out from this directory or allow them to be entirely selective as to what if any information is published about them.

Update: As Google operate Gmail and Gtalk services to EU subscribers, they are covered by this legislation. It does look airtight, Google are required by EU law to allow the subscribe full control over what is and is not made public on their profile. And they may even require google to make their profile entirely private.

Please re-share this.

Update 2: I have contacted the Data Commissioner's office, and have been instructed I do appear to have a legitimate grounds for complaint against Google, as does any other EU account holder, and I should write a written complaint to their offices at

Data Protection Officer

Google London
Google UK Ltd
Belgrave House
76 Buckingham Palace Road
London SW1W 9TQ
United Kingdom
The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003
These Regulations implement Articles 2, 4, 5(3), 6 to 13, 15 and 16 of Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 concerning the processing of personal data and...

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Originally posted by [identity profile] darkspirited1.livejournal.com at SIGNAL BOOST: SAY YES TO GAY YA
This comes from an article by [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com entitled, Say Yes to Gay YA.
(click the link for the full article)


Our novel Stranger has five viewpoint characters; one, Yuki Nakamura, is
gay and has a boyfriend. Yuki's romance, like the heterosexual ones in
the novel, involves nothing more explicit than kissing.

An agent from a major agency, one which represents a bestselling YA novel in the same genre as ours, called us.

The agent offered to sign us on the condition that we make the gay
character straight, or else remove his viewpoint and all references to
his sexual orientation.


This isn't about that specific agent; we'd gotten other rewrite requests before this one. Previous agents had also offered to take a second look if we did rewrites… including cutting the viewpoint of Yuki, the gay character.


It's time to stand up and demand change. Spread the word everywhere if you are just as angry and outraged by this.


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The LJ link has a nice button to make the repost, if you want to cut&paste, but I don't know how to make it work here.
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Someone made a vid demonstrating what happens if you sequentially upgrade Microsoft operating systems, Dos to Win7.

(You can ignore the installation terminology babble during the process, and just watch.)
Interesting that it can be done.

Resultant geek nostalgia )
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That is SO steampunk )
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