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Monday, March 17th 2008|
- upstart_crow: Silence=Death - Along with terms like fanfiction, sex and bisexuality, depression appears to have been censored from LJ's popular search list.//However, I'm pretty sure that life-threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes haven't been censored. -
- telesilla: You don't just pay for LJ, you work for them. - The content we pay--either with subscriptions fees or by viewing ads--to provide is something LJ wants to sweep under the carpet. The content that brings in customers is something that LJ doesn't want it's advertisers to know about. -
monday, February 11th, 2008|
Oh god, so tired.|
After my meeting/job extravaganza I had all this energy and decided that taking the dog hiking would be a good idea. Actually, back up – I also found out I was working at 6am tomorrow (Never, ever do favors for friends. Ever. No really, when friends ask you to cover for them? Tell them your granny DIED or else you’ll be getting up at 4:30 AfuckingM to hurry up and hold an extension cord) so I thought a nice hike might tire the insane monster out.
( To Runyan we go! )
This Dog's life|
Jaegermonster thinks he loves going in the car. This is because the car tends to mean going cool places like hiking or dog-park, but also because he's neurotic about me leaving. In fact the easiest way to catch the monster is open a car door - and Jaeg will leap right in. He's been antsy since this week-end. I had Birthday things and he didn't get his dog time, so I decided to take him on a hike.
WARNING yet more pics! Goofy, I know - but I started loving taking pics and they're so easy to post - eh, scroll past if its annoying.
( Cut for more pix )
The hike is good for both of us. He ends up being less stir-crazy, while I think of it as "accomplishing something" - although what walking in a big circle accomplishes is something I try not to think about. I'm considering going this morning again. It's overcast and cool, perfect weather for a hike like this.
A hike might calm Jaeg down as well: this morning at the crack of 9 he was barking up a storm at the DWP guy crawling around between the houses. Now I actually approve of this barking - we have a "problem" house next door, one of those endless construction projects that drags forever and attracts every shady character in a 3-mile radius to it.
The house is notorious, owned by Surya Gupta, an man with the dubious honor of having been named "worst slumlord in Los Angeles history" by LA Times. He's the true Mr. McSleazy, he owes money everywhere and nothing ever traces back to him - and yet manages to buy and build, and burn houses down. Oh yeah, I should mention, there's an interesting statistical anomaly that occurs in the number of Gupta houses that burn down in mysterious arson attacks right *after* the subsidized rebuilding work has supposedly been completed.
Gupta, having gutted the building next door of every beautiful architectural detail and chopped down all the trees, decided to "hire" the drunken louts who hang out at the bottom of my hill to "clean and guard" the place. More likely he realized (as we all do) that these guys are responsible for the petty break ins occurring, and decided that giving them free access meant they wouldn't bust up his property.
Milan, my across the street neighbor was not so lucky. Two people broke into her laundry room and were using it as a toilet/laundry until she discovered them. I've called the police because I've come home and narrowly missed driving over a body - I thought dead maybe - but no, it's the idiots so drunk they've passed out in the middle of the street. Then of course there's the less funny - when they run out of lemons for their beers they get into a car and DRIVE uphill (being far too drunk to walk) to raid neighbors yards for fruit.
Charming group all round.
So 9am Jaeger barking? I say he's a very good dog.
One of neighbors disagreed. An apartment building down the hill abuts the back of my yard, so their second story is level with the bottom bit of my hill. Jaeg barks at DWP, and neighbor lady starts screaming: "would you shut that fucking dog up?"
I yell back that he's doing his job, and alert us that there's someone skulking about in the ally.
She yells some obscenities and threatens him.
OH HELL NO
I explain nicely that we've had break-ins in the neighborhood, and that "I’m a heavily armed survivalists and I take personal security very seriously". Heh. Well, I have 30 gallons of emergency water stored – and my dad is weirdly obsessed with firearms I think that counts. At any rate she shut up.
I think I'll ask my dad to patrol around a bit with his cross bow or a chain saw, and look threatening and angry. It never hurts to make sure people understand how seriously one take threats to their dog.
Maybe I should be stocking up on ammo anyway:
Peru Meteorite May Have Sickened 150 People, Ministry Says
The object that crashed to Earth created a crater 15 meters (50 feet) wide and 5 meters deep, the ministry said. Locals said they became ill after handling a luminous substance at the site that they thought might be valuable, according to the statement.
For the love of GOD people, didn't 30 years of bad made-for-TV sci fi movies teach you NEVER EVER handle the strange glowing substance that falls from the sky?!!!
*sends care package to Peru*
And why can't we have talk like a zombie day? I mean yes, fine - Ar! Pirates!, but won't someone think of the Zombies? There's National walk like a zombie day! <3! And I seem to remember a zombie attack blogging thing - but it seemed poorly constructed, or more likely I just wasn't paying attention. I do that a lot. I'd like to talk like a zombie for a day. It could be like the "in bed" fortune cookie game; just add "and eat your braaaiiiinnss" whenever possible.
"I'll be right back! I'm running to the store to buy a quart of milk and eat your braaaiiiinnss"
Or Zombify fic? My love for Atrata's In Between days is almost boundless, and yet - with zombies?
Snape?" The sound-alike sighed heavily, and Harry thought it must be the real Snape. No one else could sound quite so put-upon and bored and irritated all at once without ever saying any words.
"Do try to pay attention, Potter. I've been sent to collect you and eat your braaaiiiinnss, and am under orders not to leave this house without you. I assume the headmaster would prefer you come willingly, but I assure you, I prefer you to... struggle." Harry heard the cruelty in Snape's tone, but he couldn't quite make sense of the words. His brain felt foggy, and his head had started throbbing. Where were they going? Why had Snape been sent?
Mmmm Zombies <3
I had more of a Birthday weekend, which is rather fabulous. Friday my friend Joe, who has the second coolest day job in this post, took me to D-wars. Joe is Mr. Animal - you know, they guy who shows up at schools with all sorts of bizarre critters and lets the children torture them? That's my pal Joe. His work menagerie is two tarantulas, a bearded dragon and some snakes. He wanted to see D wars and realized I'm the only friend "geeky enough to agree to see it". Yay?
( Cut for D-Wars spoilers )
Saturday a friend of mine who works over at Scott family production office invited me for lunch or "to drink Ridley's private wine of Ridley's private balcony" - the novelty of that was too good to pass up, so of course I went. Unfortunately, Ridley was having a meeting of said balcony, and no doubt drinking said wine, so I got a rain check and we went to the Abby for a few drinks and then to Bin 8495 for dinner. We tried the tasting / wine paring menu, "as exotic as you can make it". I'll try anything once. We ended up with the Rockefeller (oyster & caviar wrapped in a crepe with an Uni foam), Frog legs in a light curry,
sea bass cooked tableside on a salt tablet with quail egg asparagus & shaved truffles, a lamb scallop thing with a chorizo foam (what IS it with the foams guys? It's like Top Chef two seasons ago), foie gras, a cheese plate and churros with a chipotle chocolate.
Then for my birthday Sunday, L made me breakfast (although since I grew 90% of the ingredients I think it's fair to call it a joint effort). I spent the afternoon puttering in my garden - I picked up some new exotic herbs at the farmers market along with some standards like thyme & basil that needed to be replanted. L picked me up at 6 and drove me to Long Beach.
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My friend Melissa and I's birthday are 6 days apart. Yeah, 6 apart, like the assholes who keep fucking fandom. She wanted to go to the Abby. Me, I get claustrophobic at the Abby. I know waaaay to many people (read: EVERY FUCKING ONE) and for me, this type of socializing chit chat is WORK. In my free time I would rather not. But Meliss is one of my best friends so yahoo, here we are at the Abby.
( piccies! )
I did another Palm Springs run. I swear to GOD every time I do a gig there I SWEAR I'm never going back. Then I get another gig and I'm on the 10 freeway wondering why I can't say NO. At least the 210 that used to come to an abrupt halt somewhere between Fontana and Rialto has been extended. The less time spent on the 10 the better.
( pics. The cam makes it too easy )
Real life with recipes!|
Yesterday I had jury duty which was as tedious as I'd been led to expect. It was also incredibly depressing. I was assigned criminal court instead of civil - which has the benefit of more interesting trials I suppose - and just about every person I talked to was on some drug trial. But Oh GOD it was depressing. Why didn't any of the online blogs about jury duty tell me that? Or give actual helpful advice like, bring hand sanitizer?
The building was rather like a run down high school - complete with a hassled cafeteria crew serving up Salisbury Steak for lunch.
( LA justice )
After that I decided I needed a reward before returning to the tomato harvest from hell.
My tomatoes have decided to all fruit at once - no idea what the hell I did wrong. I staggered the planting so I *should* have ended up with a few every few days. Instead I get a minimum of ten beefsteak size every day. I have tomatoes taking over the house. If anyone knows any good tomato recipes that freeze well - PLEASE TELL ME! I'm desperate here!
( tomato picspam )
Current Mood: cheerful
I still haven't worked out all the bells and whistles on this phone, so some of this pics are a bit off. ( image heavy )
Take a boat to the land of dreams|
"By midnight on Monday, the White House knew. Monday night I was at the state Emergency Operations Center and nobody was aware that the levees had breeched. Nobody."
The charge is devastating: That, on August 29, 2005, the White House withheld from the state police the information that New Orleans was about to flood. From almost any other source, I would not have believed it. But this was not just any source. The whistle-blower is Dr. Ivor van Heerden, deputy director of the Louisiana State University Hurricane Center, the chief technician advising the state on saving lives during Katrina.
I'd come to van Heerden about another matter, but in our talks, it was clear he had something he wanted to say, and it was a big one. He charged that the White House, FEMA and the Army Corp hid, for critical hours, their discovery that the levees surrounding New Orleans were cracking, about to burst and drown the city.
Understand that Katrina never hit New Orleans. The hurricane swung east of the city, so the state evacuation directors assumed New Orleans was now safe - and evacuation could slow while emergency efforts moved east with the storm.
But unknown to the state, in those crucial hours on Monday, the federal government's helicopters had filmed the cracks that would become walls of death by Tuesday.
Van Heerden revealed:
"FEMA knew at 11 o'clock on Monday that the levees had breeched. At 2p.m. they flew over he 17th Street Canal and took video of the breech."
Question: "So the White House wouldn't tell you the levees had breeched?"
Dr. Van Heerden: "They didn't tell anybody."
Question: "And you're at the Emergency Center.'
Dr. Van Heerden: "I mean nobody knew. The Corps of Engineers knew. FEMA knew. None of us knew."
Some you tube memories
50books_poc on livejournal is carenejeans brainchild inspired by 50bookchallenge on the one hand, and ibarw on the other. She set herself the challenge to read 50 books by people of color between now and the next Blog Against Racism Week.
Tonight's Hollywood Bowl concert is Dave Brubeck. Yeah DAVE Brubeck.
The Bowl has an unfortunate tradition of being one of the last stops in great artist's death tour - not to be morbid, but the man is getting on. He's one of those icons I've had several chances to see, but somehow something always came up... this time I am NOT letting that happen!
If you're anywhere in the area and have the time off I'd say this is the concert you do NOT want to miss. You can get tickets at the door for like $6/$10 (outer mongolia, but then you scoot forward) and bring a bottle of wine.
It's another WONDERFUL day with LJ|
I just noticed that LJ had changed my preferences and had my email displayed on my user info page. Thanks ever so, LJ! I just <3 all those Canadian pharmacists contacting me to offer me mail order brides and awesome investment oppertunities in Nigeria!
Current Mood: irritated
Not huge - 4.5 is what they're saying now. It was pretty soft in my area, felt closer to a two.
Makes sense, as my area is firmly blue.
Welcome to JF!|
OK so WOW! A lot of new people here! If anyone knows how to do the bulk friend add please let me know! I've been of a friending spree trying to find everyone, so if you saw I added you and wondered why - now you know. Hello! If I missed you PLEASE tell me. As a result my flist is a good place to start to re-find your friends. bookshop also has a good group, as does painless_j with only partial overlap.
I don't know where to look for non HP - fandoms, sorry :/
I also wanted to point people new to JF to some of our fannish projects being rebuilt here:
So, welcome to journalfen! I'm so glad to see y'all here :)
Class act, LJ, all the way!|
These organizations reflect our values, and we hope they reflect yours.
All but one of these organizations has deep ties to Joi Ito, the President & CEO of Neoteny venture Capital group. You know, the people who put up the money to buy 6A. YOU PEOPLE in other words. If you want to use us, your LJ customer base, to raise money for your pet causes, fine. But at the VERY LEAST you should have acknowledged these links, instead of painting this as altruism on your parts. It's shady.
- EFF - An organization that MAY well "advocate free speach on the web" (something 6A doesn't, but another argument, another time) BUT EFF has also been involved in court cases that have benifited Joi Ito's business/person.  
- RAINN - Real charity, needed work. Also awesome window dressing to lend this "charity drive" credibility?
- Creative Commons - Which Joi Ito helped found, and sits on the board. 
- WITNESS - which Joi Ito is on the board. 
Yep. I GUESS this really DOES reflect your values!
...and thanks, I'll just donate to RAINN on my own.
On a lighter note(?)|
If you have a paid journalfen account PLEASE consider requesting some for your fellow fans. Just go here:
Cut and Paste the requests, and post them here:
After you've made the request, reply to each person letting them know a journal's been requested, and letting the rest of us know they've been taken care of!
X posted until I work out the other stuff|
Well since my rather short and clearly biased plea for journalfen, a lot of people responded with issues and perceptions they have about journalfen. I thought rather than leave it spread out on two posts I’d consolidate, and hopefully be able to add solutions to some of the issues.
( So, in no particular order )
Probably pointless to X post, BUT I'm doing from now on. Chug goat cock LJ|
Is anyone actually surprised by livejournal right now? They showed their spots when they took advertisers, then again when they had sponsored communities, and again with
strikethrough07 and again now. They don't like us. They will never like us. To them we're a bunch of creepy women who get their jollies from creepy unladylike things, and while they're happy to have our money they really, really don't want US. And really? fuck them.
( move it to JF )
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