Feb. 26th, 2011 08:51 pm
oxfordtweed: (Shouty - Evan)
How does one get an account?
oxfordtweed: (I hear ya got religion - Residents)
Earlier today, there was a rather disturbing instance of a pastor calling the Jews "Satan worshippers." I do wish that I was kidding.

This sparked discussion in at least one other community around LiveJournal, and some of it wound up being rather... enlightening, for want of a better word.

And it also got me thinking. Every religion, non-religion, and theology has its evangelists. Christianity is, of course, the one that jumps to mind first and foremost, but everybody does it. Even the atheists will bang on until they're blue in the face. Insults can and do get thrown around, and people are accused of being ignorant and told that they're going to hell, and it just gets insane.

But when was the last time you ever heard an Agnostic evangelise? When was the last time someone knocked on your door and said, "Hi. I'd like to talk to you about how god may or may not exist?" They just don't do it.

I don't know. I had a point somewhere in this that was eventually going to turn into an essay, but I have a headache and I lost it somewhere. So I'll just leave you to draw up your own conclusions.
oxfordtweed: (MythBusters - Hold)
Ralph America is closing its doors on the 15th, after being around for decades. It will be sad to see the last remnants of a great label disappear, but the bands have all moved on in their own ways, so there's not much of a point to stick around.

When I heard about them closing a few weeks ago, I bought a dog tag that had an exclusive download code on it, with the intent of going back closer to the end to get a bunch of shirts at (hopefully) great sale prices. Wouldn't you know, the day after I placed my order, that dog tag went on sale. I was a little upset at this, but I was upset at myself. I should have waited until the weekend to make my purchase, but I didn't. It was not Ralph's fault that I ordered on a weekday, and Mama Ralph (as he -- she? -- calls himself) could not have psychically known that I was going to order that dog tag. So, I just ate the loss, and considered myself lucky to have been able to get in on an exclusive album in the first place.

So, you should imagine my surprise when my order arrived in a very large envelope, and quite a bit heavier than a little tiny dog tag and the documentation of the order. Opening it up, I found a Cube-E booklet along with my dog tag. It was not on the order form, and I'd never asked for it. Mama Ralph just sent it to me. Whether Mama Ralph is sending random things to everybody, or just to those who placed an order the day before their item went on sale, I have no idea. Either way, it more than made up for the $5 I spent "extra" on the dog tag.

Early last week, I decided to go get a whole bunch of t-shirts, since the idea of buying clothing from eBay sort of squicks me and I've no idea when I'll be able to get official threads once RA closes. I picked up about four or five different designs, and can only hope that I got the size right. Since my dog tag arrived so quickly, I've been eagerly checking the mailbox downstairs, hoping to see that package and get my t-shirts. But they seemed to be slow in getting here, which was starting to worry me.

By chance, as I was poking around the website to see if there was any news about anything, I happened to notice that the chatroom was active. Better still, Mama Ralph was in there, as was a band member. They were talking with a few people about some of the last-minute things going on, and about how they almost closed up early on account of a few morons spreading bad press. I use the word "moron" because their problem was similar to the one I seem to be having; their stuff never arrived. Well, it turns out that the guy never actually submitted his order, but this was somehow Ralph's fault. I think that's something we've all done at one point, though. Try to put something through on the internet, and miss that final confirmation click, losing everything.

During the ensuing conversation, I'd mentioned how I was eagerly awaiting my own order, and my problem with eBay, and was immediately informed that t-shirt orders are taking forever, because each shirt is custom-printed, I guess so they don't have boxes and boxes of t-shirts taking up space. Also, it's a crazy small shop, and I can't imagine there's too much of a demand for T-shirts featuring a defaced Beatles album cover.

I went to bed shortly after all this, and when I got up later that night (everyone is nocturnal in Vegas, because if you go outside during the day, you will explode) I found an email from Ralph, telling me that my order had shipped, and as of 7:30 last night, it was in Oakland.

In short, doing business with Ralph America has been nothing but wonderful. Thank you, Ralph, for being awesome and helping me fill up my house with music and DVDs that drive my husband crazy.
oxfordtweed: (Conan - Cool Story Bro)
My mouth tastes like burning soap right now. It's weird. And kind of disgusting.

Because I'm an uncivilised animal, I used my teeth to pry something open, and this was apparently a mistake. I've drank water. That made it worse. I brushed my teeth. That only masked it for a while. WTF? D:

Also, I went to Ryan's little nerd party with him today. When I'm calling people a bunch of nerds, you know it's bad. But, I said I'd go, so I went. I got way bored after about 10 minutes, but managed to stay for about an hour. Finally, when I began to feel my brain trying to escape from my left ear, I decided to just walk home. According to Google Maps, it would only be about a 20 minute walk. At my speed, it would have been about double that, but at least I'd be entertained by walking.

Turns out, one of the nerds that was there was having a serious Panda Express craving at that point, so he offered me a lift. I got home around 7:00 or so. Maybe a bit later. I don't know.

But it's getting on to one in the morning. I'm still alone. I've watched a few DVDs, played around on a few forums, and repainted my nails (and decided that I need more colours. Three is just way too boring).

I've discovered a new band, also. By new, I mean sort of old, but new to me. I've not listened to the album yet, other than the one song I heard on YouTube, because I want to listen to it all the way through, and I've no idea when Ryan will be home.

And, I've run out of things to do. I could do the dishes, but then I won't have anything to do tomorrow. I sort of want to smear paint on something, but I'm not sure I have anything which will work for that. I don't know.
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I've been following this whole story on ONTD for a while, now. I'm not sure whether it's of boredom, or because I honestly do care how it turns out. I think it's a mix of both.

I don't think I've ever seen anything Lindsay Lohan's done. Apparently she sings, but I've never heard that, either. What I do know is that she's about my age. And I also know that a few years ago, she was arrested for DUI charges.

That's the part that makes me care how this whole thing turns out.

Recently, a judge sentenced her to 90 days in jail, followed by 90 days in rehab after she violated the terms of her probation. She doesn't, however, have to turn herself in until the 20th of this month. Naturally, she's spent nearly every day since the sentence in court, speaking with lawyers, and even threatening to kill herself if she has to go to jail. Depending on how things work out with all these lawyers and court dates, she will either spend the full 90 days in jail, followed by the full 90 days in rehab. More likely is that she'll spend 23 days in jail, followed by 90 says in rehab. There's also the possibility that she'll spend 90 days in jail, during which time she'll also complete her 90 days in rehab. Or, if Shapiro has his way, she'll completely skip jail all together and just go straight to rehab.

And if you ask me, none of these options is good enough. If you operate a vehicle, which is a form of heavy machinery which requires your full attention and presence of mind, you are doing so with the understanding that you know what you're doing. Vehicles kill people every day, even when the drivers are sober. But if you drive one under the influence of any drug, not only are you breaking the law, but you are endangering every other person out on the road. Every other driver, every pedestrian, every person waiting in line at Starbucks (how many times have you seen video of someone driving their car through a shop front, or worse, someone's house?).

Lindsay Lohan deserves to be punished for her actions. She chose to take drugs and then chose to get in her car. She should have been sentenced to jail in the first place, rather than been put on probation. And 90 days is not enough.

And I don't think that people are focusing on this point as much as they should be. Everybody's more interested in the fact that she painted "Fuck U" on one of her fingernails, or her obsessively-neat court notes. The important part is that SHE COULD HAVE KILLED SOMEONE. Anyone sporting a Free Lindsay icon in her defence is just as delusional as she is.

I have very little respect for anyone who drives drunk or otherwise intoxicated. You have no right to endanger another human being like that.


May. 13th, 2010 12:53 pm
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I hate them.
oxfordtweed: Dennis Doyle humping a shop mannequin (Hump - Dennis)
I've just sent an email to the admins, asking to completely delete my account. I got four emails today, saying that they don't like my disclaimer format.

It's bollocks. I'm officially done. I'll just wait for the other archive to open up.
oxfordtweed: Richard Hammond eating a paper card (Hammond - Card)
Most of y'all are from a small collection of the same fandoms, but I want to point you to what has the potential to be the best site ever for archiving your fic. Of course, we have the wonderfully awesome Evidence Room for our Hot Fuzz, the Collator's Den for LoM, and even A Teaspoon and an Open Mind for the WhoFic out there.

And those are perfect, wonderful site. If you only write for one fandom. But even I dabble outside of my main playground every now and then. So, where do we turn? Well, there's FanFiction.Net, which as a functioning, streamlined site goes, is really good. However, they don't allow anything past the M/R rating (so, if you write slash, you're not welcome there). As a response to this, there arose Which, just clicking on that link is enough to give you an idea of why it's going to fail. It's ONLY for adult fics (not that it's moderated, anyway), and it takes about 20 minutes to post a single story. In short, everyone with an account there hates it.

But I was pointed to a new possibility this morning, after making a public rant about that last site. It's called Archive Of Our Own. It's still in closed beta, but I'm already in love with it, after just poking around for about an hour. They managed to get testers from all over the place, clearly, because I'm seeing categories for Hot Fuzz, Due South, Blake's 7, Doctor Who, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Jeeves and Wooster. To name a few (no Life on Mars yet, but it looks like new categories are easily added).

I've heard that leaving good concrit is the easiest way to getting a beta account, if you want to take a look.
oxfordtweed: (WTF - Fly Floater)
Because I see weird shit on the internet every day.

oxfordtweed: Shaun Riley superimposed over a blood spatter background, and screaming with a dart in his head (Shaun - Dart)
Last night, [ profile] fanficrants had an epic return of the troll.

As a result, Macro Amnesty Day was declared. So, I went macro harvesting this morning, after the smouldering battle field had cooled down, and I'm offering my F-List the spoils of that war.

Have fun, and feel free to share your own macros. :)

ETA: Return of the Return of the Troll. This is getting good.


Mar. 8th, 2009 06:41 pm
oxfordtweed: (Stig - Top Gear)
So, I will be gone for nine days, away from the internet aside from what I can access on my iPhone.

Instant messengers will be limited to AIM and YIM, but only when I actually think to turn the apps on. Otherwise, I do have email.

Expect a lot of tweets over the next little-bit-longer-than-a-week, and a huge picspam to my Flickr when I get back.

Right now, I am trying to convert some videos for watching on while on the plane. Apparently, iTunes doesn't like any of my avi files.
oxfordtweed: (Dr Who - Internet Burns)
Sauce has pictures

The Dalek of the deep: Doctor Who's nemesis is found in pond

Volunteer Marc Oakland was stunned when he pulled the head of a Dalek from the murky depths of a pond he was helping to clean.

The 42-year-old sales executive found part of Doctor Who’s arch nemesis as he pushed a rake along the surface while wading waist-high in water.

He said: ‘I’d just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface.
Marc Oakland with the Dalek head

Excavate! Excavate! Volunteer Mark Oakland with the Dalek's head he dredged up

‘I got the shock of my life when a dalek head bobbed up right in front of me.’

His group, who were clearing rubbish near Beaulieu, Hampshire, had already fished out an old table football game, dozens of lager cans and even a muddy skateboard.

But the last thing they were expecting to find was a full size head from one of the Time Lord’s most feared adversaries complete with its distinctive eye stalk.

‘It must have been down there for some time because it was covered in mould and water weed, and had quite a bit of damage,’ said Mr Oakland.

‘One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out.’
Marc Oakland with Dalek head

Who's this? Mr Oakland made the discovery at the pond in Beaulieu, Hampshire

The pitiless Daleks, famed for killing their enemy with a death ray after screeching ‘exterminate’, were taken to the area to film episodes in the 1980s.

Pond warden Tony Brown, 70, who led the volunteers, said: ‘We made a very thorough search of the rest of the bottom of the pond and there were definitely no alien remnants lurking.

‘We”ve all agreed it best to keep the pond’s exact location under wraps.

‘The last thing we want are sci-fi fans descending on the pond frantically seraching for other dalek parts.’

Mr Brown, who has been helping clear out the area for the past eight years, said: ‘We”ve dredged up everything from shopping trolleys, toys, and bicycles.

‘But this is the first time a dalek’s appeared. We have no idea how it ended up in there, or how long ago.

Enemy: Daleks, like above, were taken to the area for filming during the 1980s

‘The local council collected the rest of the junk we pulled out, but we”ve kept the dalek head and are getting a dalek expert to have a look at it.

‘After doing some research, we discovered the BBC often took the daleks out on location for filming, and they travelled to Hampshire on at least one occasion in the 1980s, when Colin Baker played the Time Lord.

‘Jon Pertwee also made a few Doctor Who episodes in the county during the 1970s.

‘Who knows, this might be the remains of one of the originals from the old TV series. I’m told they they were built to last.’
oxfordtweed: Hank and Dean Venture shoving one another in turn (Hank and Dean - push fight)

A man who said he tried to mellow out his cat by stuffing her into a homemade bong is facing criminal charges — and catcalls from animal lovers.

Lincoln-area authorities have cited a 20-year-old man on suspicion of animal cruelty after catching him smoking marijuana from a contraption that had a cat stuffed inside its 30cm by 15cm base.

The man told Lancaster County sheriff’s deputies the six-month-old female named Shadow had been hyper and that he was trying to calm her down.

The cat was taken to the Capital Humane Society yesterday, where she appeared to be in good conditiony, executive director Bob Downey said.

“What the human mind doesn’t invent, huh?" Mr Downey said.

Deputies discovered the cat trapped in the device after responding to a domestic disturbance call at a residence the suspect shares with his grandfather, Sgt Andy Stebbing said.

Police resolved the dispute and left the house, but they returned minutes later after discovering there was an arrest warrant on the suspect for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Upon re-entering the house, Sgt Stebbing said, deputies saw the suspect smoking marijuana through a piece of garden hose attached to the duct-taped, plastic glass box, in which the cat had been stuffed.

“This cat was just dazed,’’ Stebbing said. “She was on the front seat of the cop car, wrapped in a blanket, and never moved all the way to the Humane Society."

The suspect was cited for misdemeanor animal cruelty and taken to the Lancaster County Jail on the arrest warrant. He was released after paying a $A700 fine.

Now he faces new charges for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia stemming from yesterday's incident.

oxfordtweed: Indiana Jones mouthing the words 'We are going to die,' with the same text appearing in time on the bottom. (Indy - We're Gonna Die)
oxfordtweed: (Flat Hair - Conan)
Your upload function sucks monkey spunk. Chunky, day-old monkey spunk.

A seven minute video should not be taking what is now going on 18 hours to upload.

18 hours.

Worse even, I'm not sure if my uplaod's frozen, or if the server's just got its head that far up its ass that it's taking this long. I seem to remember a status bar on there, once upon a time, that would let me know the progress of my upload.

You suck. You're made of fail and aids and I hate you.

Go die in a fire.

No love,
oxfordtweed: (Pens - Nicholas)
I'm not doing the challenges, per se. I just wanted the prompts. Trying to see what it does for my art.

lots and lots of prompts )
oxfordtweed: (Flat Hair - Conan)
[ profile] devi42 wrote this. Not me. I'm just spreading it.

A Prayer for 11

Yae though I scroll
through the multitude of casting posts
I shall fear neither fangirl squees
nor righteous ALL CAPS FURY
for I have weathered Who storms before.

I shall clutch my Tennant action figure
and spin my copy of “City of Death”
I shall remind myself that Davidson was 29
and that six gave way to seven.

Hell, we survived Eric Roberts.
oxfordtweed: (Flat Hair - Conan)
Oh, god. The wank. It is amazing.

I have no idea who this guy is, but I didn't think I'd like Donna either, and she's now my favourite companion. I'm holding out hope.

I do hope he gets rid of that emofag hair cut, though. He looks like a cock.
oxfordtweed: Nicholas Angel holding a peace lily and looking sad about it (Nicholas - Peace Lily)
Who do you think 11 is going to be?



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