Half the time I've tried to access LJ over the last week, I've gotten an error message. And now my userpics won't load. Hmm. Is it just me or is this happening to others? Thanks!

Catgirl FTW!

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What did you think of this episode?


Penguin, Catwoman, Poison Ivy -- Oh, my!

Vowed to post to LJ more? Wondering what to write? Well, watch the premiere of a new superhero TV series and wonder no more!

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How appropriate! I even have the perfect icon to use. :)

Oh, and now for the age-old question: What city does Gotham represent? I always thought Chicago or some midwestern U.S. city. My brother was convinced for years it was Toronto. (How Canadian!) I know it's supposed to be NYC, but what real-life city did you always think Gotham was?


So, I just glanced through the last couple of pages of my LJ, and I realize... HEY! I *was* posting regularly even up until 2011. Like with a lot of things, it was moving to Korea that messed up my LJ posting (and TV watching). It was such a big change for me, such an upheaval, and in fairness there are so many interesting people to meet and things to do here.

But I think I need to get back to the geekier aspects of myself, that tend to get ignored here. I'm considering posting the dorkiest dating ad ever to see what responses I get. ;) I'll probably have much more luck than I've had, haha!

Anyway, in an effort to get back to pre-2012 me, here's my first goal list post since 2011!

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LiveJournal is on the rise!

I've been discussing how much I miss LJ with someone on my gaming site (Subeta), and that led to reading an old 2012 article about the decline of LiveJournal. The takeaway:

"LiveJournal offers its userbase a unique community experience that many, many users have been openly missing for months—even as they continue to use blogging alternatives like Tumblr and Dreamwidth. “I miss LJ” is a cry commonly heard throughout fandom. The feeling of community that many users once prized about the site has faded. Ironically, in trying to emphasize its communities, LiveJournal seems to have quashed the community that drew its userbase to the site in the first place."

Even in that article and its comments, though, people are talking about users returning to LJ. Realizing that they can't talk and share on Facebook the way they can on LJ (unless they're really, really, brave), and so people are slowly starting to come back, revive their old journals.

That was in 2012. Two years later, based on many recent conversations I've had IRL and online, it just makes sense to me that people would start coming back. I also want to come back, in a modified form. I realize that the style of writing with a sympathetic audience that is unique to LJ is something I miss, and a habit which helps to support the other kinds of writing I want to do in my life. Writing I often avoid until NaNoWriMo season comes around. I want to return to LJ with a new pact, a new understanding.

The read-mine-and-I'll-read-yours pact of LJ always gave me bit of anxiety. I realize now I HATE obligations and will almost 100% avoid them if I can. Guilt doesn't work to motivate me, but shuts me down. In the midst of trying to make slow but significant lifestyle changes in terms of exercise, nutrition, and physical and mental health generally, I realize I need to be gentle with myself and encourage small changes. On LJ, that means I release myself of the obligation to keep current with my f-list. As I post more I will naturally be curious, of course, but I won't pressure myself into doing something for the sake of doing it.

I think at this point, everyone (myself included) will be happy if people simply post more, whether or not they have the time or inclination to read others' posts. However, we're all here because of the community aspect, and I think that will naturally fill out anyway, no pressure needed!

So I'm declaring today Return to LiveJournal Day. Post an update! Read an update! (If you want.) Stop talking about how much you miss LJ on every other site but LJ, and participate in its rebirth. We will never get back to where we were (in life nor on LJ), but we can certainly pour our hearts out to a sympathetic audience and gain the catharsis we so miss. Even if no-one comments. Even if no-one reads. We get to write, and write freely. That's enough.

We can't get that on Facebook. We can't get that on gaming sites, or Twitter, or Tumblr, or wherever else. So, hark! The ship Return to LJ is disembarking, and I hope you'll all be aboard!

Ahoy! Sails away!

2012 Goals - Books, Movies, Travel


Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Favourites of 2011 so far

So a friend was just asking me what are my favourite TV show/book/movies of the year (based on my compilation post here), and thought I'd post my response as an entry:

Favourite TV show
I'd have to say my favourite TV show that I've watched this year was definitely Battlestar Gallactica (I do feel like I missed out on the fandom, boo -- but it was nice to watch it all at once!), followed closely by The Guild (I'm going to have to seek out that fandom, because seriously -- SO OBSESSED. I crumbled and even tried to play WoW because of the show. Yeouch!)

Favourite book(s)
For books, I REALLY enjoyed re-reading the Uglies trilogy. I was disappointed with the follow-up books upon the first read, but this time I got to enjoy them since I knew what was coming. I also really enjoyed Vampire Academy.

Favourite movie(s)
For movies it's a toss-up, since I haven't watched many. I like the travel theme that I've started and hope to continue, and I loved Milk, and Jennifer's Body was fun (though not excellent by any means, but kind of addictive anyway). I have Netflix for another couple of weeks, so I need to get on more movie watching!

What are your favourite TV shows, books, and movies of the year?


Three things (plus three TV things)

1. Three young guys said "hello" to me today as I was walking across town. Huh.

2. Tonight I made Fragrant Parsley Pasta and healthy rice crispie squares. Yesterday I made Asparagus Soup (substituting fiddleheads, a local fern delicacy) and roasted veggies. Yum.

3. I had a setback last night, but am feeling much better today. I am on the right path with lots of momentum, even if the details of where I end up in the fall are unclear. It will all work out.

--and three TV things--

1. I just finished season two of Drop Dead Diva and I really enjoyed the show. It has a great positive body image message, though they could tone down the "every episode must have a happy ending" bit. But I'm looking forward to season three, which starts next month!

2. Treme is back! Yay!

3. I finally checked out Community as many of you encouraged me to do, and, yes, I loved it! I want my own Abed. *pets*