I went back to school. I am taking...thinks hard...six classes: "Strategies for Success" (which is bullshit, don't get me started), "Intro to Inorganic Chemistry", "World Literature II" (fun times!), "Microeconomics", "US History II", and last but not least "Sociology". I say not least. In all fairness I really don't like that one. But I don't really think that's the point. :D 

Three of which are online courses. So I've been fairly slammed since the first of January. I haven't forgotten about the last piece of "5 Things Natalia Rivera Never Thought She'd See". It's back from the beta and everything. I just need to find the time to make the changes. Right now my spare time is pretty much going to watching Once Upon a Time, Castle, Grey's and Venice. And writing the Venice recap. But whenever that lets up or my classes suddenly, magically become easier I'll make those changes (or maybe after Venice disappears in two very sad weeks). At which point y'all will have totally forgotten about the fic anyway and couldn't care less. My bad. And the Christmas fic should get posted some time around July. Fun times! 

Anyway, that would be the state of the Jaina as it pertains to fandom. And my free time. 

Did I mention we're doing construction at my house also? And that the internet which is necessary for online classes has been intermittent at best? Mostly down. Also I'm allergic to sawdust. 
Episode 9 Recap Blacked Out to Protest SOPA/PIPA

Odds are you’re looking for the recap of episode nine of Venice Season 3. Unfortunately, you won’t be finding it here today.

We apologize that we can’t provide the recap this evening. We know many people look forward to reading it, and we certainly enjoy sharing our discussion of the show. However, alongside many other websites, we are adhering to the Internet Blackout of January 18, 2012 to protest the possibility that Congress may adopt the bills known as SOPA and PIPA as they are currently written.

If these laws are passed, many of the things we do in creating these recaps – such as linking to film or TV clips or using screencaps to illustrate our point – would be illegal. Currently, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a safe harbor for bloggers and other content providers. If we use something that is technically under copyright, the copyright holder is obligated to notify us and request that the offending item be removed from our posting. SOPA and PIPA would strip us of that protection. Additionally, though we often link to copyrighted material, we believe we have a legal right as critics to do so. SOPA and PIPA would remove our ability to argue this through due process. Our site could be removed from the internet without our ability to present a legal challenge. These bills engender censorship and create a chilling effect on creativity and innovation.

This doesn’t just apply to us. It applies to anyone who has ever linked to a film clip or a song on Facebook or Twitter. It applies to anyone who has ever spent an afternoon catching up on Bo and Carly clips or relived the magic of Otalia on YouTube or watched a fanvid. One could argue that Venice would not exist without the enormous response that Otalia created – a response that was fueled in large part by people being able to enjoy these clips over and over again. As Rysler points out, she never saw a single moment of Otalia before Guiding Light ended its run on CBS. Under these laws, that content would have been inaccessible to her once the show ended.

If you want the Internet to remain free and for “safe harbor” laws to remain in effect, we urge you to contact your US Representatives and Senators and tell them that you do not want them to support SOPA (House) or PIPA (Senate).

Do it for Otalia. Do it for yourself.


Jaina, Rysler, and Kelinswriter
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( Jun. 4th, 2008 05:31 pm)
All I have to say is - You really do not see this every day: Jaina and Robal's fun times.

*ahem* Not like that! Get your mind out of the gutter!
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( Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:35 pm)
What does it say about me that the LJ advertisement bot or whatever thinks that my journal would be a good place to advertise *NSYNC ringtones?

I think I'm insulted, LJ.  Or at least disappointed in what you think are my tastes.  How could you?!?!
jaina47: (John Chritchon)
( Mar. 7th, 2008 09:58 am)
Do politicians really think that the American people are really that stupid?  I'll admit that as an American I don't think we've shown our best side in recent years. I mean I was a resident of Palm Beach County at the time of the 2000 election.  The word "chad" still gives me the shivers. But really? 

These people are trained political professionals.  If they think that we think that these nasty things that they say about other candidates are truly mistakes or someone just goofing that they can then apologize for it's just ridiculous.  You want to take a cheap shot at the other person, get the nastiness out there, and then not look like an asshole about saying it.  That's just...I mean, I thought we got over that stupid crap in kindergarten.  But apparently the future leaders of our nation haven't. 

And listen, I'm not saying anything about Obama with this.  As far as I can remember, Clinton's done this several times over the past few months.  This is actually the first time I'd heard of Obama doing it, and more than anything else I was just disappointed.  I wish that our leaders didn't seem to think that we were this stupid.  It would be nice, you know?
The 12 Politically Correct Days of Holiday

(formerly known as The Twelve Days of Christmas)

On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically imposed midwinter festival, my Significant Other in a consenting adult, monogamous relationship gave to me:

TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior through ritual drumming,

ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18-member pit orchestra made up of members in good standing of the Musicians Equity Union as called for in their union contract even though they will not be asked to play a note),

TEN melanin deprived testosterone-poisoned scions of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping,

NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-expression,

EIGHT economically disadvantaged female persons stealing milk-products from enslaved Bovine-Americans,

SEVEN endangered swans swimming on federally protected wetlands,

SIX enslaved Fowl-Americans producing stolen non-human animal products,

FIVE golden symbols of culturally sanctioned enforced domestic incarceration,

(NOTE: after members of the Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at my computer, the calling birds, French hens and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habitat. To avoid further Animal-American enslavement, the remaining gift package has been revised.)

FOUR hours of recorded whale songs

THREE deconstructionist poets

TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled processed tree carcasses and...

ONE Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-growth pear tree.

Merry Christmas Happy Chanukah. Good Kwanzaa. Blessed Yule. Happy Holidays! (unless otherwise prohibited by law)*

*Unless, of course, you are suffering from Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD). If this be the case, please substitute this gratuitous call for celebration with suggestion that you have a thoroughly adequate day.
jaina47: (John Chritchon)
( Dec. 3rd, 2007 09:15 pm)
I was pretty much amused when I saw this article about how Christian groups are all pissed about The Golden Compass movie because it has anti-religious establishment themes.  Even though those themes have been really diluted down and pc-ed up. 

Because obviously everything in this movie is honest to god truth, right down to the friggin' really smart polar bear.  Note that I haven't seen this movie, or even read the book.  Do adults think that kids are just stupid?  Apparently they do.  Because goodness knows, if kids are exposed to a fantasy movie, they are going to believe every single word of it and are obviously going to jump off the Christian band wagon to become agnostic - or even worse - atheists immediately.  Like now. 

And apparently the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has nothing better to warn us about than the movie's:

"anti-clerical subtext, standard genre occult elements, character born out of wedlock, a whiskey-guzzling bear."

Because apparently a child born out of wedlock is such a big friggin' deal that we as people with apparently stupid, easily brainwashed kids need to be warned about it. 

As an apparently highly dangerous and obviously bad for society child born out of wedlock, I salute you oh US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  You're doing a great job of reaching today's youths.

Work! )

The good news is that I'll now stop spamming my flist with random crap and that the next post will be fic. *ahem*
 After staring at icon text until my eyes started to go blury looking for the right font, I noticed this:

Together = To + get + her. 

...you're sitting around reading a wiki about the history of fandom, fan fiction, and the etymology of the word beta reader and you actually find this interesting.

Yeah, so, apparently I'm a huger geek than even I realized. :p


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