mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
31 décembre 2029 @ 10:06
This journal used to have another name. It was aggressively wanked and trolled and I renamed it and dropped my flist and communities so that I could resubscribe only to the communities and people that I like. This journal is now Friends Only.

I've moved to Dreamwidth, and that's where most of my posts are. All of my old posts here are locked. I use this journal to cross-post so that people who aren't on DW can still read me, but you have to comment on DW. I also read my non-DW-using friends list, comment on entries, and belong to communities here.

Because LJ, unlike DW, requires that I grant access to my locked posts to anyone I want to keep on my reading list, for security reasons I will not add "reader" journals with no entries or identifying personal information; I only add people I know and trust.

How to get unscreened commenting privileges on my DW journal, if you don't have or want a DW journal, but are someone that I trust enough to give them to here:

Click here while you are logged into LJ in another tab or window. Register an email address to go with your OpenID after you log in (it will tell you how) and upload your 6 free icons, if you want to. Then subscribe to my journal and grant me access if you want access. If I know and trust you, you'll get access.

Comments on this post are screened. If you want me to add you and you don't think I'll recognise your journal name, please comment and tell me who you are and where I know you from.

IMPORTANT ETA: Lately, I've been getting at least 5 "new friend" notifications in my email every day saying that someone on LJ has added me as a friend, and 95% of the time it turns out to be a Russian account I've never heard of that was created less than a week ago. So I'm turning those notifications OFF.

If, however, you are one of the 5% who is friending me because of comments I've made or you're a lolita and like what I say on lolita comms, you should know two things.

1) I only post on Dreamwidth, so if you want to read my personal posts, you should register an Open ID/DW account and subscribe to me there. I don't trust LJ with my private thoughts.

2) I won't know you friended me on LJ unless you TELL me. If you want me to include your journal in my LJ reading list, you'd better PM me or comment, or I will never ever know.

 
 
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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
30 août 2013 @ 00:45
WTF  
Somebody named moarfailyn sent me a PM accusing me of talking trash about someone named Amber and I can't PM them back, but I would just like them to know that I don't actually know anybody named Amber well enough to talk trash about them. I think there's a case of mistaken identity.
 
 
 
mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
17 décembre 2012 @ 08:36
Twitter has introduced a "feature" where there is a checkbox in your settings that has to be manually checked by you in order to prevent strangers from resetting your password without your email address or phone number. If people can reset your password, they don't need to figure out what it is to hack your twitter account.

This happened to me! Fortunately I am pretty active on the site and saw the warnings before I sent out more than one tweet this weekend. Hint: raspberry ketones for weight loss? Not my deal.

If you tweet, go sign into your account and check the box right away!

Cut for large image: helpful diagram!Réduire )



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
01 novembre 2012 @ 11:56
There's a post going round DW like it was Tumblr and I commented on it, but apparently not on the journal of its originator. I am therefore ranting because I have neither the time nor the energy to address this issue every time I encounter said post.

This post wishes Mitt Romney a well-deserved catastrophic loss, and I'm all for that, but there is a phrase in it that pisses me off a lot, and that phrase is "Old Testament justice."

When Christians and non-Jews raised in Christian societies say this they are buying into the notion that all of the Jewish scriptures early Christians appropriated and the Nicene Council decreed to be part of the "Bible" (there are other scriptures, both Jewish and Christian, that did not make the Nicene cut) were essentially a rough draft, an outdated contract, which was meant to be taken as literally as the particular brand of Christianity takes the Gospels or more so, generally not subject to interpretation. Then, they say, Jesus came and fixed everything--liberated everyone from the mean, unnecessary, petty, and cruel bits.

(We will not stop to ponder why some people think the instruction not to eat pigs and to abstain from mixing milk and meat is more mean, unnecessary, petty and cruel than instructions to the effect that G-d might kill people who have sex in a way that G-d doesn't like, because that's messed up, yo. There's also considerable controversy over what the original Hebrew in that bit even means--it doesn't say that you shouldn't be a lesbian, it doesn't say that men like David and Jonathan shouldn't love each other, it simply instructs men to refrain from a practise which may have been male rape or may have been Teh Buttsecks as a specific act, forbidden we don't know why, but possibly for health/hygiene reasons. In any case, the death penalty as described in the original text is not something that people are supposed to enforce, it's a description of the spiritual penalty for engaging in these activities.)

My point is that this very phrase "Old Testament" is why the phrase "Judeo-Christian" is such an insulting canard--the values Christians ascribe to Jewish scripture are generally atrocious. In point of fact debate and interpretation of Torah law is not just acceptable, it is required, which is why there are zillions of volumes of Talmud, multiple religious movements and traditions within Judaism, and rabbinical courts that are still active today for resolving questions of religious law. Most of the bits that sound particularly cruel when viewed through the Christian lens are mitigated by thousands of years of Talmudic jurisprudence and tradition that maintains that they can only be enforced under very exceptional circumstances, if at all.

When Christians refer to "Old Testament justice", they generally mean justice without compassion--Gevurah (righteous anger) without Chesed (lovingkindness) or Tiferet (balance, beauty, measure, temperance).

And if you cannot see why I and others might find that an insulting characterisation of our scriptures, traditions and people, I really don't know what else to say, except STOP SAYING THAT--AT LEAST WHERE I CAN HEAR IT.

I'm quite sure that authentic Jewish justice would be pretty hard on ol'Mittens, and if you know what it actually is, feel free to invoke it upon him. But please don't give strength to the notion that our G-d is the bad cop and Jesus is the good cop and we're all stuck in the brutal past the Christians have all superseded.



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
Don't read this if you do not want to be spoiled for yesterday's Sherlock.

Spoilers!Réduire )



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
This is a PUBLIC POST. Please feel free to link to it ANYWHERE that people are having trouble with this and need the information.

Due to LJ's recent fuckery with the login cookies, NOTHING that depends on them WORKS. This applies to many role-playing tools such as LJLogin, LJArchive and LJMigrate (yes, these are not just role-playing tools but many RPers use them).

I was just on LJ's fauxpology post and saw someone I know bemoaning the fact that he no longer knows many of his RP passwords because he's always used LJLogin. (I keep mine in an Excel file. They're passwords to my RP, not my bank account or patient files. I recommend this to any and all.)

The good news is that if you can log into an account using LJLogin, your passwords will be stored in Firefox. Go to Tools on the Menu Bar. Click it. Open up Options. Click on the Security tab. There is a button on this tab that says "Saved Passwords".

Click it. This will open up a window that lists all the accounts that Firefox is saving your passwords for. You will have to click "Show Passwords" to actually see them (and Firefox will ask if you are really really really sure; say yes).

LJ accounts have two "passwords"--one is the uidmap, which starts with u and then a bunch of numbers and is the account's persistent userid (after all, you can change the name). The other one is your account password.

I unfortunately do not know how this works on LJ Juggler; I don't use Chrome much because I don't like the way its adblock works or the fact that I can't tell it not to take third-party cookies.



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)


Summary: Bella's daughter is six going on sixteen, as expected. Bella is determined not to fail, but really wishes she knew how not to.

She’s six. I keep telling myself that anyway.Réduire )

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Annoying FFN-style A/N: I really did write this this morning and as you know Bob, I am on drugs for my teeth. Nobody but me has seen it. Feel free to drop me notes about typos, weird voice changes and the like, that I may consider them and edit it as I am sure it could use a bit of that, but I am behind on the posting and also, you know, have to actually work some too, so did not want to wait.



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
10 septembre 2011 @ 22:30


Bella icons! Not as many as I'd like but since I just upgraded from Photoshop 5 (lol) to CS4 I'm still learning where everything is...Réduire )

Take, share, love, use, enjoy!

I like credit in keywords but please DON'T credit me if you edit them. (I've been saying this ever since I saw my Ephraim Ellis icons all over the Falcon Beach forums covered in annoying blinky shit, lol--but srsly, I only like to be credited for my own work.)



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Musique actuelle: Flight of the Conchords on my tv :)
 
 
 
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09 septembre 2011 @ 12:51


Part of the Women Love Fest--which means this is not a debate post.Réduire )



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
07 septembre 2011 @ 14:10


Join us here in celebrating female characters who come in for more than their share of fannish vitriol. (You don't have to like them all, but can we please not call them bitches, sluts and whores or wish sexualised violence upon them?)

There's also an LJ comm: http://womenlovefest.livejournal.com/

I'll be doing a week of Ms Isabella Swan Cullen.

"Fandom feminists" revile her as anti-choice (because she made a choice they didn't like--without ever criticising anyone else's choices), personality-free and a bad example.

Her own fandom frequently is more interested in her boyfriend (and eventual husband) or her would-be boyfriend, and one occasionally hears charming things like "she's a slut because she let Jacob kiss her and told Edward he had to put up with their friendship," or "how dare she lead Jacob on?" At best she's often dismissed as an Edward or Jacob delivery system and at worst she's criticised with the same gendered slurs and harsh misogyny as every other female lead we love for being desired and for knowing what she wants, even if maybe it isn't good for her.

And we all know what the haters in the Twilight anti-fandom have to say.

(As usual per memes of this nature, no hating is allowed, you have the right to hate her, but go hate her somewhere else please.)

I may also put in a good word here and there for Mae and Sin who keep the Brothers Ryves from falling over their own arses, and for Isabelle Lightwood, if I have time :)



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
I received email today from an old co-worker who is involved with feral cat colony care and cat rescues to the effect that there are I guess at least 60-80 little kittens in the Northern California (Hayward specifically) area in need of homes. I'm willing to put anyone who wants or needs a kitten in touch with her (please note, I can only contact her thru work, so I will be giving YOUR contact info to HER) so please by all means boost the signal. Feel free to PM, comment, email or Tweet me. If I don't know you, though, please say who you are and how you got here and who can vouch for you. I want the kittens to have decent, loving homes.

This may be a good opportunity for would-be new pet owners. It is harder to adopt a rescue or shelter cat in SF if you have not had pets before or your landlord doesn't want to talk directly to them (my landlords speak Chinese). They will probably want to do a home visit, but I doubt that you will have to submit to an FBI-level background check or sign papers saying that they can drop into your house without warning whenever they want, or that you're not allowed to give the cat to anyone else, even your best friend or your mother or your partner upon a breakup, or that you have to promise the cat can sleep in your bed, or that they can take the cat back whenever they please, no matter what.

(Indignant comments about why this level of privacy invasion is totally justified will be deleted; I've heard it before and I still think that while checking up on people is a good thing, past a certain point it just encourages people to go on Craigslist and look for free or "$50 donation" kittens, which means they will continue to get posted there.)

Kitties!Réduire )



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
Worth what you paid for 'em, every last one.

It was Jared Loughner's choice to pick up a gun and shoot people. He murdered a little girl and put Gabrielle Giffords in the ICU. The gun didn't do it; until we have Skynet to worry about, guns will never be any more dangerous than the people who own them. And frankly, most people who are schizophrenic never kill anyone either. Psychiatry failed him and us, but it's disturbing to see all the ableist rhetoric flying around, when in fact only a very small percentage of mentally ill people are violent. Loughner may in fact have been a bomb waiting to go off, but many people out there are, and they aren't all mentally ill. Sady Doyle said this better than I could here: http://tigerbeatdown.com/2011/01/10/the-arizona-shooting-an-faq/

Here's what bothers me about the whole thing. I have written some moderately popular fanfiction and I run an off-and-on collaborative fiction project/RPG that has attracted both fans and trolls. I am opinionated and a little charismatic, but there are a lot of people in the world who have no idea who I am. And yet...sometimes people I barely know do stuff for me because I told the internet I wanted that stuff.

If I post a link to my Amazon wishlist during a holiday, I will usually get at least one present from it that comes from someone I do not know well and would not have expected to receive a gift from. If I have a financial emergency, I am pretty sure that people will offer me help. If I ask people to write me porn because I'm having a bad day, chances are good that they will. Some of the people who are willing to do things for me or give me things are not people I know very well. I have been very surprised in the past. Because some people like and admire me, I have a certain amount of social power and need to be careful what I ask for on the internet, because I do not actually know who might be inspired to do things for me unless I ask on a locked or filtered post--and even then I could be surprised.

So I don't ask for evil things on the internet, and I also try not to be too selfish or greedy. This is not rocket science. It's responsibility.

I am not a politician. It is not actually MY JOB to get people to do things for me. If I know better than to ask for things on the internet that I don't actually want, if I know that I'm responsible for what happens when I ask for things on the internet, I don't think I am wrong to look at someone like Sarah Palin, who can get thousands of dollars from people she will never meet and was a vice-presidential candidate, and say, "Yes, you too are responsible for what happens when you ask for stuff on the internet."

Rambling on...Réduire )



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
19 octobre 2010 @ 08:44
First of all, Mark Zuckerberg is annoyed with the movie for many of the same reasons that I was: http://www.filmdetail.com/2010/10/19/mark-zuckerberg-on-the-social-network-facebook/ Minus the feminist rage, which I wouldn't have expected--but even he is very clear on the point that they got a lot of important things wrong. He also makes the totally valid criticism that Hollywood needs to wrap its collective mind around the fact that sometimes geeks build stuff just because that's what geeks like to do.

Second of all, people are saying that he lied when he said he's been dating Priscilla Chan since before he started Facebook because he dated someone else during a break in the relationship, and that therefore he really was this big player (except he wasn't a player in the movie, he was a pathetic loser who didn't actually have any relationships despite being surrounded by women dying to bang him and his friends): http://gawker.com/5628806/will-mark-zuckerberg-finally-discuss-his-mysterious-ex+girlfriend

I personally think that if someone says that they have been dating someone since the first time they started dating them even though there was a break and another short-lived relationship, they're not necessarily lying. What they're doing is saying that this relationship was the important one and that whatever happened during that break wasn't serious. (And again, how weird is it for me to be defending the Zuck when I totally hate so many things about Facebook and its weird privacy policies?) At any rate, dating ONE person during a break in a serious long-term relationship isn't what I'd call 'being a player,'--and it's also not the same thing as being so obsessed with your ex that you're still trying to get her to accept a friend request x number of years after you dumped her with a humiliating blog post.

Sorkin's myth-Zuckerberg: still BUSTED.



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
If you’re on my Dreamwidth access list, you’ve probably read parts of this post before. This is the version for public consumption, from which I’ve edited out a lot of the personal and uncertain bits that I didn’t feel up to discussing with Metafandom, Metafilter and anyone else who might happen across this post. I encourage reading this version anyway; I think it’s clearer.

I enjoyed watching this movie the first (and only) time I watched it. I’m not sure I want to see it again, and this is definitely a review, not a rec. Many of the people who are reading this will not want to see this movie, for reasons I completely understand and want them to know about!

The aspects of the movie that I enjoyed were the parts of geek culture that they got right, the fun of remembering where I was in 2003-2005, the experience of watching it in a pack of geeky friends who made jokes based in shared experiences, and most importantly, the thought process that it provoked in me about how Facebook went from being something that I thought was really fun to something that I find mightily and deeply annoying and problematic in terms of its role in the world we live in today. (Basically, Facebook culture evolved during the era when Facebook was restricted to university people and in which much of its cachet was exclusivity—yeah, you had to use your real name, but it didn’t matter, people on Facebook were people like you, not your mom or your boss. And then suddenly everyone’s mom was on Facebook, and there were problems that anyone with a shred of forethought could have seen coming. But that’s a whole nother post.)

[personal profile] azurelunatic liked most of the aspects of the movie that I liked, so I think I’ll just direct you there if you want to know about that: http://azurelunatic.dreamwidth.org/6434611.html But I hated the misogyny in this movie. And the more I think about it, the more I hate it.

The Social Network: Made By Manly Manly Men For Men (And The Groupies Who Love Them, Or At Least Stalk Them Once In A While)Réduire )



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
04 août 2010 @ 10:44
http://inkandchocolate.livejournal.com/82925.html

I got my boys thru a friend of a friend in the journalsphere, so I highly recommend this method of finding a cat or 2 if you need one.



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17 juin 2010 @ 17:35
First of all, let me assure the world that I am, in fact, completely shocked and appalled that anyone on earth was capable of viewing the devastation and suffering of the Haitian people and thinking, "what a perfect idea for my J2 Big Bang!" I don't think you need to know anything about racism, colonialism or cultural appropriation to realise that this is wrong. If you are capable of recognising that the dying children and destroyed homes and dazed survivors in Haiti are part of the same species as yourself, you cannot possibly look at that and think that it's the perfect setting for a romance starring AU versions of two hot celebrities.

I can understand looking at that and wanting to write about it, because it's a horrible thing that happened and you can't do anything yourself except throw money at it. When I helped edit Vanguard Dossier, the best little supers zine you never heard of, there were disasters in the world, and people always wanted to write their superheroes going into those places and saving people, because it was a way to not feel helpless about it. We always turned those stories down, though we occasionally decided the whole team would go to one of those places, because in that alternate America, it would be their job--and that we would not write about that, except to mention it in passing, because it would be self-aggrandising. The reason we turned the stories down was that almost universally, they were about the person writing the story and their feelings about the disaster, not the actual disaster. They may have been well intentioned, but they fell short of the mark. (BTW, where WERE her betas and the J2 mods?)

I also don't think you need to know anything about aestheticism or art to realise that you are making an artistic choice when you decide to do something like this, and that even though you have the right to make artistic choices, this would be a really awful one. I don't think you can claim that you weren't doing it to get attention if you turn it in to J2 Big Bang, and I don't think that you can claim you weren't thinking about it if it was 80000 words long.

So, I would really, really like my friends on the aesthetic side of the aestheticism vs didacticism debate to stop defending this woman. Right now.

Here's why.Réduire )

ETA: This is a public post, posted publicly in the full knowledge that other people may link to it and comment and all that good stuff. I do however screen comments from non-friends and log IPs due to a history of being trolled, and I do not promise to be at the keyboard 24/7 until the controversy has died out.



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04 mai 2010 @ 20:34
Disclaimer: I am a friend of the author and I have listened to her talk about her books while we cleaned up a kitchen after a holiday dinner more than once. This does not actually affect anything that I am going to say here, and I know you won't believe me but it doesn't. I paid real money for the book (yesterday at Borderlands Books in SF, CA) and did not receive an ARC.

Mira Grant (also known as Seanan McGuire) is basically made of awesome, love, and heartbreaking cruelty, for which you will keep coming back and begging for more, unless you really don't like this sort of thing. And maybe even then. I've never been a big fan of zombies because 99.999 times out of 100, either the science or the magic (it's science in these books) fails to suspend my disbelief. Not so much here. I found these books pretty intensely believable. To the point where I'm not sure I won't scream if the big black dog down the street growls at me as I walk to the bus stop tomorrow.

You need to read this book. IF you don't have a local SF/fantasy/horror bookstore you can always get it here: Amazon.com, they do suck but missing this would suck more. You need to read this book. Um.

I'm not going to spoil you. It's a tense political thriller with zombies and the writer is absolutely unafraid to kill her darlings. It made me cry, whoop so loudly that I literally scared both my cats out of the room, finish the book hugging my lynx-point Siamese just about for dear life and hit me so hard I felt like I'd been punched repeatedly in the gut and I loved every motherfucking minute of it. And...I HATE zombie movies (something I've never told Seanan, because I was afraid she would hit me). But this book is awesome. And I want you to be there with me screaming at the screen about what they changed WHEN the movie comes out. And I swear I am not writing this because I want to party with Seanan when she's as rich as Stephen King and JK Rowling put together because she's a better writer than either of them. Although I DO want to party with Adrian Pasdar when they cast him as Ryman.

I thought I loved the Toby Daye books but it turns out I really like them a lot. But this is my girl in her ELEMENT. Read it. Buy it. You don't want to be the last one at this party.

ETA: One last thing--now that I've calmed down a little and am able to say things that don't start and end with squee. This book will scare the piss out of you, but it won't be the zombies that do it. The zombies are utterly believable and scary enough, but the real monsters in this book are still allegedly human, and they're familiar, too--they do the same kinds of evil that they do IRL, only now they have much scarier toys to play with.

Post is public but comments from non-friends are screened cause Seanan and I both have trolls.



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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
However I have strep throat and need to go to bed and am succeeding mostly in putting my foot in my mouth when I comment on public posts.

Ergo: The changelog is here: http://community.livejournal.com/changelog/7932846.html

[personal profile] synecdochic's words of wisdom are here: http://synecdochic.dreamwidth.org/366609.html

And I would like to note that not only is this incredibly harmful, unfair and insulting to queer, genderqueer, transgendered and intersexed people, it's also damaging to women who prefer not to specify their gender in public internet fora because they are trying to avoid harassment.

There is a great deal of non-trivial statistical evidence to the effect that when female internet users are forced to identify publicly as female to strangers, they are subject to statistically significant amounts of harmful sexually harassing behaviour. A 2006 University of Maryland study found that obviously female usernames receive 25% more harassing messages in chatrooms than sexually ambiguous or male usernames do. A Girl Scout Research Institute study found that 30% of teenage girls have been sexually harassed online. In the 2008 Cyberstalking Statistics produced by Working to Halt Online Abuse, 71% of cyberstalking cases involved harassment of women and girls.

Many women, especially young girls, decline to identify themselves online by gender because they do not wish to attract this kind of attention. I'm not one of them, but I certainly understand the impulse--after all, I have always been openly female and have therefore had that kind of attention. Unfortunately.

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Current Location: Malfoy Manor
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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
29 octobre 2009 @ 00:35
This is for the benefit of people who don't have LJ or DW accounts who know that I can be found here, and for people on hime_lolita and poupee_girl that I don't have friended who are wondering why I'm not posting.

My father passed away this morning and I am going back to West Virginia tomorrow and returning to California on the 8th.

During that time, it's unlikely that I'll be posting to any communities.

If you are in poupee and need to reach my poupeesitter, [info - personal] jd, also known as jai_dit, is doing that for me.

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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
14 septembre 2009 @ 20:56
So. I collect 1:6 scale (10-11.5") fashion/adventure dolls and have for years now. Like, all my life. I have a lot of Barbies, a few GIJoes, a lot of anime dolls, a lot of Jenny and Licca line dolls from Japan, and several of the Fulla line from Syria.

Before today all my Fulla dolls were from the 2004-2005 lines (Fulla, Singing Fulla and Yasmeen). Today I got the Yasmeen from 2006.

...things have changed.

Cut for images.Réduire )
 
 
Current Location: Malfoy Manor
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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
05 août 2009 @ 15:52


ETA: I am talking here about WOMEN'S socks, not men's socks or unisex socks. In other words, if you went to a women's clothing store and bought a package labelled "trouser socks" what would be in the package? And in my experience, every time I have ever bought that package, and I buy it often, because socks have to be replaced fairly often, what is always in that package is knee-length nylon socks which are either sheer or have a pattern and are therefore somewhat opaque, like what's called "tights" in America--in the UK tights are apparently what we call "pantyhose" here.

Cut for image...Réduire )
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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
My main journal is now on Dreamwidth. I will be cross-posting here, but there will probably not be any more public posts here as I will be using this journal to keep in touch with people who don't post on Dreamwidth and to read and manage communities here.

I renamed this journal and dropped everything in order to streamline my life and get rid of some problems I've been having here on LJ. It took me over 4 hours to read my flist, so I hardly ever did; I always missed posts, and because many of the people here that I really care about don't post often, theirs were the ones that I tended to miss. I had over 600 names of people and communities on my reading list here. I didn't even remember who some of them were or why I had added them. I did know that there were people I had added and knew casually through old fandoms who were sharing my locked posts with people who have no business reading that stuff. I cut everyone I wasn't having regular conversations with that we both seemed to enjoy. I also cut people who don't post things that I enjoy reading (and don't post personal stuff either), because part of the problem with reading my flist is that there was too much stuff I didn't want to read. I cut a few people who are posting more on Dreamwidth than here because I read them there.

If you were cut when I renamed this journal, you don't get added back within a week, and I'm not reading you somewhere else, it's because of one of three reasons.

1) We've been mutually friended for some indefinite period of time but we don't really have much in common and seldom communicate. Maybe we just hung out together because of a fandom we were both in.

2) You have someone on your friends list I really, really don't trust and I have reason to believe you're closer to them than you are to me. If you miss me, subscribe on DW; you can read my public posts and I can read yours, but I don't have to share my locked entries.

3) It was a mistake (I cut over 300 names, I am bound to have missed someone I didn't want to miss). If you think it was a mistake, comment on one of my public posts (like this one). This journal will be mostly FO from now on.

I will not add "reader" journals with no identifying information, entries or interests. I don't care if you're over 18 or over 21. I don't care if teenagers read my porn; what I care about is knowing who reads my personal entries. If lurker or sockpuppet journals friend this journal, I will ban them.

 
 
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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
21 février 2008 @ 22:06
1 stick softened butter
~1/2-3/4 cup organic cane sugar (I didn't measure it, just put it in until it seemed about right)
1/2-1 tsp vanilla
light dusting of cinnamon
1 tsp rosewater

Mash it all together with a fork till it's well blended.
Add all purpose flour, a little bit at a time, until it's all kneaded into a nice ball and no longer tacky.

Then add another tsp rosewater or so. That will make the dough tacky; add more flour until it's not any more. If a pinch of it doesn't taste "rosey" enough do this again. (If you're not sure how rosey it should taste, here's the hint: you want to be able to taste roses, but you don't want to feel like you're eating perfume.)

Now it's time for candied rose petals. A small packet should be enough. Crush some of them fine. Knead them into the dough till well distributed.

Roll the dough out till it's about 1/2" thick. Sprinkle the top with a light dusting of more organic cane sugar. Cut out shapes.

Make the dough scraps into another ball and roll it out. Or eat it *g*

Bake at 365 degrees till your house smells like butter and roses and the edges get a little brown. Put them in the fridge and resist the temptation to eat them until they're a day old; the flavours are better after they've settled.

PS: they're terribly loli :)
 
 
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mr profit's girl friday (and all week long)
Okay, first of all, I have two views of the houses. The first one is Doylist and not very nice, which is as follows: The House you are Sorted into is a reflection of how much JK Rowling likes you, and your relative importance to the story.

Seriously.

But as a ficwriter and an RPG mod I need to have a Watsonian explanation as well, and there are some mighty obvious questions. Four Houses, alike in dignity...Réduire )
 
 
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