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2014-08-16 08:20 pm
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Chat canceled

Sorry guys - otter says the chat is canceled for this week! See you next week!

harmony033: (Missing You)
2013-08-18 02:40 am
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Quite right, too

I am in physical pain after watching the finale of Doctor Who series two.

Bring them back together! Save Rose! Doctor (9&10)/Rose 4ever! :P Just like a fangirl.

I'm officially a Whovian.

harmony033: (Giles Computer Session)
2013-04-20 08:28 pm

Saturday evening chat, 9 pm EST

Just a reminder to join in the fun for the Saturday night chat! Same spot at http://watcherjournals.chatango.com/ in about 30 minutes.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

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2013-04-17 08:29 pm
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harmony033: (Celebrate Cupcake)
2013-01-27 07:13 pm
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Happy days!

Happy birthday, seldom! I hope you have a lovely day today! And because I fail, I did completely miss angelus2hot's special day a few days ago. The sentiments are no less genuine, just delayed. Love to you both! :)

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

harmony033: (Words)
2012-07-17 07:34 pm

I'm Anti-Censorship. So There.

Once again, I'm nervous. The internet is being threatened - free speech is being threatened. Just last week, Congress has re-introduced bits of SOPA under the radar. If millions of people already actively spoke out against these proposed laws, why does it seem like a good idea to bring them back up and force their passage without permission? Ridiculous.

Besides the risk for fan-genearated material (I'm talking fanfic, art, videos, anything that uses something someone else owns for NO MONETARY GAIN), and legitimately CITES the original owner and generator of the material, I'm nervous about the sheer scope of these potential laws.

If suddenly there are people being assigned to monitor our actions on the internet - where is the privacy? We already know that the FBI and CIA monitor emails and websites for threatening activity and keywords. That freaks me out enough. Now all of a sudden, civilians are going to start poking into my browsing history and making sure I'm not looking at anything copyrighted?

Oh wait. Don't forget - just about everything is owned by SOMEONE. That means practically everything and anything is copyrighted. The only difference is some people make serious money from these creations, while others simply enjoy the act of creating and live life. For example, I am not a professional photographer. That doesn't mean that a photo I've taken is not mine. In fact, I own it. I may share it, post it on my website, etc. for others to enjoy as well. If someone took it and credited it as their own, or stole it to make money off of it, I would be a bit miffed. However, if someone wanted to download my photo and save it for their own pleasure, I'd be exceedingly pleased and would thank them!

The line needs to be clear. As necessary as objectivity is, someone who has no idea what you may be doing with those LiveJournal icons you're making with Star Trek characters may believe that this is an infringement (never mind there is a clear statement of NOT FOR PROFIT on the user's profile), and completely shut them down. So much for creativity.

This then leads to the argument of "well, one shouldn't be using others' creativity anyway, you should expend your energy on your own material." This is an old argument in the fanfic world especially. And it creates a vicious cycle - create fanfic, original owner gets upset, so you stop creating fanfic, create your own works, copyright your works, other people like it and create fanfic, you get upset....see what I mean?

I think the crux of it all is who is making money and profiting from something and who is not. I very much enjoy the television, films, etc. that I watch, and I like to display that passion through fanfic and icons. For everyone else who is in my same situation, I hope we can be protected, and our forms of art can be protected.

If they're not protected, then we've entered a Brave New World - yes, just like the book. Or, we've entered the world of "Fahrenheit 451" in which people are so regulated and monitored that it's seen as acceptable to burn books. This is a slippery slope we're heading towards, and I would very much like to head in the opposite direction. For if we begin to censor the internet, what's to stop us from censoring other things in life? What will the world of academia become - scholarly works will be seen as infringing on copyright, NO MATTER if you properly cited your material or not!

Pretty soon, we'll have to be careful how we talk....I think I'd rather move to the moon.
harmony033: (Buffy Never Say Never)
2012-03-26 05:07 pm

Hunger_Icontest

Some shameless pimping....I have created a new icon challenge community, [livejournal.com profile] hunger_icontest, based on the Hunger Games book and movie trilogy. Once we have 15 members the first challenge will go up! Come by and check it out! : )



[livejournal.com profile] hunger_icontest // [livejournal.com profile] hunger_icontest // [livejournal.com profile] hunger_icontest
harmony033: (Break Free Fish)
2012-01-18 09:25 pm

Internet Preservation

Found this online, I think it helps visualize the issues with SOPA. I've contacted my representatives, please do so if you agree and are in the States!

What SOPA Really Means )

Here's a petition to sign from Google if you care to take a moment!
harmony033: (In the darkness bind them)
2011-05-01 11:21 pm

A Relief

Just heard: Osama Bin Laden is dead.

This is a relief that I'm not quite feeling yet...but it *has* to change the world. Again.

I can only hope and pray for the better this time.
harmony033: (Pooh Hug)
2011-03-27 03:30 pm

A Favor

I'm asking a favor of all my LJ friends...

Would you please vote in an icon challenge I run, please? This is a new community, and we've had trouble getting participation and votes. Anyone can vote (you don't have to be a member or watch it), so if you wouldn't mind just dropping off a vote by 10 pm EST, it would really help me out!

Thank you so much!

Vote for the best birthday icons here!
harmony033: (Buffy Smile)
2011-02-06 03:31 am

A New Community!

I have just created and set up a new icon challenge community, [livejournal.com profile] lookingback_ic. This comm focuses on vintage (mostly 20th century, but not limited to) images, themes, and text. I hope to get a challenge up as soon as there are a few members!

Check it out, suggest some themes, and give me any feedback on the comm! :D
harmony033: (Giles EyeRub)
2010-09-03 03:50 pm

::Deer in Headlights::

Could someone explain what LJ has done with Facebook? I haven't seen anything on my homepage or anything, and I will admit I'm a tad confused with the recent ire I've been reading. I'm sure it's quite justified, I just feel out of the loop. Perhaps because I don't have a paid account? :/
harmony033: (Anya Humor)
2010-08-21 01:50 pm

Tag, I'm It

Tagged by [livejournal.com profile] angelus2hot

If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own lj and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
Tag eleven people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

Q&A under here )

I tag (I don't even have 11 active friends on LJ, so sorry you all get picked, but NO pressure):
[livejournal.com profile] miripanda
[livejournal.com profile] ladyforash
[livejournal.com profile] scratchingpost1
[livejournal.com profile] antennapaedia
[livejournal.com profile] diddymus
[livejournal.com profile] llamafranko
[livejournal.com profile] polly1esther
harmony033: (Live Long and Prosper)
2010-07-31 08:47 pm

Television

I've been watching a lot of television lately, since I have lots of me-time on my hands. I've tried out a number of new shows that have been recommended to me, or I've stumbled upon myself. My quick reviews:

Alias
I've watched season 1 and am completely hooked! It's like a mix between Veronica Mars and Buffy and James Bond. It's a great show with an engaging plot, and wonderfully complex characters. Not to mention attractive! Mmhmm... :P

Roswell
Another show that hooked me right away. I'm 3/4 through the first season and enjoying it quite a lot. It's teen-oriented, so sometimes I don't relate to the plots, but I love the idea and overall show. It has great actors and actresses, and the love story is compelling. I find it adorable, and let's be honest, who doesn't love Max Evans?

Dexter
I only watched the first episode, on a suggestion based on the fact that I like Bones and Criminal Minds, etc. Well this show is a little different, focusing on a serial killer. I have not yet found him sympathetic, but I find him intriguing. Anyone watched? Should I keep going for a few episodes?

Little Britain
OMG hilarious! Seriously, I've been laughing out loud. And Anthony Head as PM? How can I go wrong? It's a very funny show, and they've already made Star Trek references. Fun, and thoroughly British.

Robin Hood
This has long been on my Netflix queue and I am quite excited that I finally watched an episode! Mmm Robin is quite delicious, he's very cute and quite the hero. I'm in the mood for a completely-good hero, they're so rare in television now. It's refreshing, and yay!accents. :D

Merlin
Another lovely British program with a fun cast and good hero-complexes. I am currently watching the first episode, and oooh was I excited that the FIRST words spoken in the show were spoken by ASH! Even though so far he's kind of a jerk...oh well. Arthur's a jerk too! And he's so loveable in "Camelot"! Oh, where oh were is Richard Burton when you need him? (actually just a Netflix click away) I'm enjoying the show so far, and I'm sure I'll keep watching - for ASH if nothing else. Yum.

Big Bang Theory
I am in LOVE with this show, it is my new drug of choice. I laugh so much out loud (when I'm alone - wow!) every single episode! It's so hilarious, witty, geeky, I love love love it! They make Star Trek references just about every episode, and I'll admit after I watched the one where Penny got hooked on the online RPG, I had to play Guild Wars for like 3 hours. Fun! :P Oh, and I'm only partly through season 2, so no spoilers, please!

Now I need suggestions for what to choose next from my queue. Some programs on the list:
- thirtysomething (why not, eh?)
- Lois and Clark (haven't seen it in years)
- Amazing Stories (Spielberg's answer to the Twilight Zone)
- Friday Night Lights (I'm not a football person, but have gotten 2 recommendations now...)
- Hotel Babylon (another British series)
harmony033: (Eowyn Princess)
2009-02-13 05:29 pm

Yay for Kansas IB Student!

I noticed this on Yahoo today; an article about an IB student in Kansas that caught an error on a test that no one else noticed for years. Read it here.

Makes me feel almost warm and fuzzy towards the IB program...almost.
harmony033: (Giles Rock On)
2009-01-04 05:26 pm

Photoshop Borders - Help!

Hello LJ Friends,

If any of you make icons and use brushes, please read. If you have no idea what I'm talking about already, feel free to skip.

I'm searching for some pretty basic borders for lj icons. Many of the brush sites I used no longer work, so I'm trying to find simple-ish 100x100 borders again. My new Mac doesn't have all my old brushes, sadly.

Please help if you can!

These icons show what I mean... )


Thanks!!
harmony033: (Default)
2006-08-09 11:43 pm

I Have Returned

And in my stunning returning debut to the internet....I begin, appropriately, with....a meme.


Two Names You Go By:
1.) Sal
2.) Sallybird

Two Parts of Your Heritage
1.) Irish
2.) Scottish

Two Things You Are Wearing Right Now:
1.) Red tank top
2.) Navy blue shorts

Two Things You Would Want in a Relationship:
1.) Comfort [not comforting, comfortable, I'm a comfortador]
2.) Passion

Two of Your Favorite Hobbies:
1.) Shopping
2.) Planning for vacations/trips...almost as much as I love going on them

Two Things You Want Really Badly At the Moment
1.) To be more tired than I am
2.) A hug

Two pets you had/have:
1.) The Flit family goldfish
2.) Briar, the stray cat I took care of two May's ago

Two people who will fill this out:
1.) Ashley, if she gets bored
2.) Katy, for the hell of it

Two things you did last night:
1.) Watched Gilmore Girls with my family
2.) Ate Wattamelon sherbet

Two things you ate today:
1.) A pint of Dove ice cream [freakin' addictive]
2.) Meatloaf that I made, I hate meatloaf

Two people you Last Talked To:
1.) Dad
2.) Jon

Two Things you're doing tomorrow:
1.) Going to Pentagon City with Esther and Kati
2.) Watching LOTR

Two longest car rides you've been on:
1.) South Dakota to Virginia
2.) Virginia to Maine

Two Favorite Holidays:
1.) Thanksgiving
2.) Christmas [the entire season]

Two Things You Can't Live Without: (Materialistic things)
1.) Music
2.) My Care Bears

Two things you should be doing instead of this:
1.) Sleeping
2.) Seeing if Dad fell asleep in front of the TV
harmony033: (Default)
2005-06-19 07:20 pm

Here Comes 20

Happy Happy 20th Birthday to my Esther Lynne!!! I hope your day is going beautifully, hon! Love ya!
harmony033: (Sam Hope Fades)
2005-06-17 08:07 pm

What It Means To Be Alive

I am resigned to never going to see a doctor again, ever. In the past several specific visits I've been to, 4 out of 5 doctors have been rude, short, judgemental and less than helpful. That's it. I am so done with doctors! ::grumble::


Had to get that out.
harmony033: (Buffy Tuesday)
2005-06-02 07:44 pm

Forte!

1.) What is the total volume of music files on your computer?

I have 20.3 GB of music, 13.7 days worth on my iTunes.

2.) What was the last CD you bought?

The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show - the live Blink-182 album.

3.) What was the last song you listened to before writing this?

"Anybody Out There" by Burlap To Cashmere

4.) What song is playing right now?:

"Tonight Is The Night I Fell Asleep At The Wheel" by Barenaked Ladies

5.) List five songs you listen to a lot:

1 -- "Melt With You" by Mest, I just love this song, and it sounds like Jon singing in the refrain.

2 -- "Breathe [2 a.m.]" by Anna Nalick, it's such a sweet sorrowful song, I love it.

3 -- "Circles" by Soul Coughing, it makes me so happy.

4 -- "Ocean Avenue" by Yellowcard, it's my applicable song right now.

5 -- "Boulevard of Broken Songs" by Green Day/Wonderwall/Travis/Aerosmith, it's such an awesome compilation.

6.) List five songs that mean a lot to you and why.

1 -- "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett, it's my namesake song, and I have to have a Mustang.

2 -- "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton, it always makes me want to dance.

3 -- "Home for the Holidays" by Perry Como, my ultimate Christmas song.

4 -- "The Reason" by Hoobastank, the first song I learned to play on my bass.

5 -- "This Affair Is Starting Over", a song on a mix in Jon's car, it makes me think of him and us, and us driving everywhere.

7.)To which five people are you passing this baton, and why?

1 -- [livejournal.com profile] littlespot64, I think she has good music tastes

2 -- [livejournal.com profile] macaodghain, I'd be interested in what he has to say

3 -- [livejournal.com profile] iluvrob20, I wonder if there'd be more than MB20 on there ;)

4 -- Scotty, though he doesn't have LJ, but he has some funny music too

5 -- Jon, though he doesn't have LJ, but I'd like to know what music really is important to him