fantastic_jackie: (Space 1)
I think I should confess something- a realization I just recently had. Maybe I'm just getting too far into the motives of my villains in the novel I'm working on (Geez, that feels so weird to say, but it's finally true!) or maybe I'm just really angry about SOPA and big Hollywood in general. Maybe I've always secretly admired hackers and what they can do.

Guys, I think... I think I support piracy. Not just that I'm apathetic towards it or even just okay with it. I think I literally support pirates and hacktivists. In fact, you may even call me an Internet picture pirate, because many of the images I use, I'm supposed to pay for; I'm handy enough with photo editing that I easily remove their watermarks. I won't apologize, either: I'm not paying up to $1000 just to download a tiny image I'll alter and use for a few months at best. That's just a tad bit excessive if you ask me.

The main reason I support them is because of my hatred for the Hollywood industry. Yes, piracy is theft. But I would classify a $15 movie ticket because it comes with 3D glasses theft too. - Okay, so it's actually greed, but still. - Their response to that would be that they've had to raise the prices because of piracy, but we all know that's bogus: if all piracy ended today, you would not see a dime of price changes on anything from music to blu rays. The excessive court cases would continue, too. Like the woman who was fined millions for uploading 22 songs or the 10-yr-old whose charity video was fined thousands until the charity dollars were all in the pockets if greedy CEOs, lawyers, and producers.

Unjust court cases aren't all they pursue, though. No, they crafted a purposely vague law in the hopes of catching even accidental offenders. They lobby and intimidate Washington -why do you think dems still support the legislation?- to ignore the rights their bills will endanger. If someone says the word greed, I don't think of Wall Street; I think of Sunset Boulevard.

So I support pirates to get back at them the only way they can comprehend: their wallets. Whether though means of piracy, DDOS attacks, hacking to steal information and posting it publicly, or evolving the threats of being online thereby costing them more in R&D to protect themselves. The more havoc they cause, the better.

What are the reasons for piracy, anyway? )

In one of their attacks a couple years back, Anonymous compared the Internet and the regulations it faces to limit its abilities and the information it is allowed to pass on to the political history of the printing press: it was this comparison that really made me stop and think.

You see, within the Internet exists the ability to be entirely anonymous, to be entirely free. While this freedom is often abused to carry out illegal activity, I believe that the freedom SHOULD exist. And hey, sometimes that illegal activity has a very good reason, even! Even so, just because Megaupload was used for piracy doesn't mean it was always used for piracy. (It also doesn't mean that the DOJ should have free reign to shut down sites at will. What happened to due process and innocence until proof of guilt in a fair court of law?) Much like the second amendment, freedom has always and will always require responsibility on the parts of the free.

I just... I dunno. While I'll never support thievery, I can't help but support piracy: the free spread of any and all information, regardless of what it is. It's hypocritical, I know. Maybe it's anger; I get pretty angry about abridged rights and such, which is what greedy Hollywood is after. At the same time, I've always believed that information above all should be accessible to all. - Not as an entitlement, but as a right. While governments and individuals are allowed to have secrets and privacy, no government should have the power to limit access to information.

What do y'all think about piracy? Is it a good thing? Are hactivists awesome? Or are they criminal menaces who should be hunted down? I'm certainly not against the prosecution of hackers and pirates; they are breaking the law and stealing, and they should pay the price if they're caught. - But not excessive prices... Like when a handful of pirates from Pirate Bay were fined $6.5 million. Like they'll ever be able to pay that! It's just greed!
fantastic_jackie: (Space 4)
So I finished the layout on my journal. - At least I think I'm finished. I can't decide if I want to alter the color scheme a little more. - The header's a little different from anything I've done before, but it came out rather well for what I had in mind. The quote is from Dr. Seuss. I love the little pics I found for the entries and modules. A little editing, and they worked perfectly. :D I always have such a fun time designing these. I really do mean to get into web design a lot more this year.

I do have a question, though: what's the point of subscribing to peeps on LJ? Is there a page where I'm supposed to be able to view them on here? I have to imagine the option of subscribing to them has a purpose, but haven't been able to really find anything about it in the FAQs.

As for now, I'm starting to look for comms to join and hopefully new buddies soon. :D
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Dude. I have a free account, and I can customize it out the wazoo WITHOUT having to use CSS. All colors, all headers, images INSIDE the page, header images - all WITHOUT CSS! And if I do want to get into the CSS, I can do stuff like add fonts!!

Thus far, the only thing I can't do is have a custom mood theme! And that's going to change when I upgrade to the paid.

Suffice it to say that it's going to take me a while to get my page set. I have to create a new banner...

So it's messy at the moment, but my new journal over at DW is fantastic_jackie. I decided to get rid of the Patriot because I'm extremely frustrated with politics, and I no longer want to be defined by them. I will probably change my name here eventually, too.

The Fantastic stands for four things: Fantasy, aka writing/reading, FANdom, being a fantastic gamer (it's an overstatement), and just being a fantastic person - again, an overstatement, because I actually think I'm rather average and plain. :) I feel like the form of overstated humor describes me better than the hastily chosen political name I've had these last few years.

As a serious note to anyone who isn't thinking about DW, check it out and give it a chance. LJ has stagnated; DW is genuinely a better site with regards to technical stuff. On a friends level, of course LJ has the edge because you guys are here. But seriously, do you remember how much customization LJ used to have? Imagine getting all that back and more. Plus you can stay connected to LJ through crossposts and feeds. I say this strictly as a customer comparing two products: like when I chose to go with the iPhone through AT&T and not Verizon, it's simply the better product.

First post

Jan. 23rd, 2012 11:33 am
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Suffice it to say by my post over at LJ, I am thoroughly impressed with DW. I really, really, REALLY wish I'd come here sooner. I can't wait until I upgrade to a paid account!
fantastic_jackie: (Disney - Kuzco Gasp)
Have you guys checked out the article LJ is proudly displaying on the homepage yet? Because you really should, and then you should check out the comments on the post.

I am an extremely loyal person. I actually liked the comment page changes; perhaps because I use Chrome now, I have no problems with LJ loading. Posting from my iPhone is mildly problematic, but it's nothing a little patience and copy/pasting from the Notes ap doesn't fix. Seriously, even the DDOS attacks I didn't mind. It's probably not surprising, but I viewed the attacks as a testament to free speech; kind of like we were standing with the Russians at whom the attacks were actually directed. I thought it was kind of cool to experience their political process all the way in Texas with you guys all across the world, despite the minor annoyance of no LJ for a little while. And LJ was always cool about it, too, extending my membership for the length of the attacks. It hadn't even crossed my mind, to be honest. Prior to this article, the ONLY reason I was considering DreamWidth at all was because some of you have moved over there, and I was only considering it as being supplemental to LJ, not the other way around.

I have to say though that this article has changed my mind. It's a combination of three factors:
1) The stated intention to make LJ more like Facebook. You guys already know how much I hate FB.
2) The article's undisputed claim that LJ flat out does not care about its current loyal American customers or their feelings on the new direction.
3) LJ's decision to proudly display and link to the article with such a statement and make no comments regarding it. It's that tacit approval that hurts the most.

I know this LJ is not the LJ I originally joined, and to that end, I'm not really this new LJ's loyal customer. I'm the old LJ's loyal customer, and I guess it took this post for me to see that.

On the post, I left a comment that expressed my loyalty and the fact that I'd just renewed my account in November. For that reason, and because I'm a loyal and patient person, I intend to remain here for that account to expire. I sincerely hope they respond appropriately to this latest blunder between now and then, because I do not want to make the decision to leave LJ. - If even one of you guys is still here and not at DW, I'll keep my account, but not in a paid capacity.

Someone made the comment that they had been regretting renewing their account but now felt embarrassed. I have to say that I kind of concur. More than that, I feel embarrassed for being such a fan of LJ. That, I think, expresses more than anything the screwed up nature of this PR move. Because I brag about LJ being a superior social networking site.

Facebook is about "friends" as commodities, Twitter an expression of society's shrinking attention span, Tumblr a site that feels like it somehow clawed its way from the depths of MySpace, MySpace a site that is the embodiment of superficiality, and Google Plus is as pathetic a social networking service as gmail is an e-mail service. Networking may actually describe what these other sites accomplish: loose acquaintances that you may be able to use in some capacity down the line. Networking is the number one thing I hate about working in corporate America, because the relationships are all about what you can squeeze out of them. But LJ? I think it's safe to say that we've all made lasting relationships through the communal, expressive environment that LJ has created. Even if some those relationships are in the past tense now, unless you currently know those people on Facebook, I bet they were more meaningful than your friendships with your other 250 "friends." It's true that the real reason I love LJ is because of the people I've met here and the communities I'm a part of, but it's also true that LJ is responsible for all of us being here. That's why I'm so loyal to this site, why I'm so reluctant to leave. But I cannot and will not support a company that doesn't value scores of users like myself and proudly declares it. I hope and pray they make some sort of apology or reversal, but I have to admit that I doubt it will come.

Anyway. I've said my piece. I'll be making the DW account shortly. Since it will be a new account, I'm seriously considering changing my name. I may not, though. I've been Patriot Jackie for years; it feels pretty natural to me.

Also, the next time I buy a Starbucks drink at 9:30pm, I will drink it all right then rather than sipping on it through midnight. That was apparently not a good idea.....
fantastic_jackie: (Megamind - LOL)
Two words: SARAH PALIN!

Lol! Every time they say she's insignificant, she proves them dead wrong! XD
fantastic_jackie: (Megamind - :D)
We were car #7 in the local Starbucks string of customers paying for the next car's drinks! Go to Starbucks and buy someone else's drink; it's fun!
fantastic_jackie: (Disney - Doing it wrong)
Is this... is this my journal I'm posting this on? Am I actually going to talk about "X-Class of Citizen's" Privilege? Admittedly, I'm branching out of my comfort zone for this one. I'm home sick for the day, so I need to entertain myself.

It all started with a post on [livejournal.com profile] ontd_gaming linking to this article: Nerds & Male Privilege.

The article concentrates on two particular aspects of Male Privilege: that women in video games and comics are consistently portrayed as sexual objects, and women who play video games are treated as far-from-equals in the gaming community. Both of these issues are, by and large, ignored and denied by the industry and community.

Male privilege – again – is about what men can expect as the default setting for society. A man isn't going to have everything about him filtered through the prism of his gender first. A man, for example, who gets a job isn't going to face with suggestions that his attractiveness or that his willingness to perform sexual favors was a factor in his being hired, nor will he be shrugged off as a "quota hire". A man isn't expected to be a representative of his sex in all things; if he fails at a job, it's not going to be extrapolated that all men are unfit for that job. A man who's strong-willed or aggressive won't be denigrated for it, nor are men socialized to "go along to get along". A man can expect to have his opinion considered, not dismissed out of hand because of his sex. When paired with a woman who's of equal status, the man can expect that most of the world will assume that he's the one in charge. And, critically, a man doesn't have to continually view the world through the lens of potential violence and sexual assault.

Now with this in mind, consider why being a girl first may be a hindrance to geek girls. A guy who plays a first person shooter – Call of Duty, Halo, Battlefield, what-have-you – online may expect a certain amount of trash talking, but he's not going to be inundated with offers for sex, threats of rape, sounds of simulated masturbation or demands that he blow the other players – but not before going to the kitchen and getting them a beer/sandwich/pizza first. Men will also not be told that they're being "too sensitive" or that "they need to toughen up" when they complain about said sexual threats.


Typically, I don't look into this stuff, but as an avid FPS chick gamer? Amen. A million times, AMEN! )

It's such a prevalent staple of our society, as well. Billboards, commercials, books, tv shows, movies... Seriously ladies, how many times a day do you roll your eyes or avert your gaze?

I don't know that I necessarily agree with the implications of calling it Male Privilege: such a term, in my opinion, implies that men -particularly white men- should feel guilty about who they are and what their societal gender has done, that they should feel that much of what they do and can accomplish has little to do with their own merits, and I will never agree with that. What I do agree with is the awareness part. Be cognizant is about all I would request, and in doing so, attempt to change your actions and the actions of others whose lives you touch.

As to the article's other part on false equivalence, someone posted a comic in one of the threads I read, and I thought it was AMAZING. Because a ripped guy without a shirt on does NOT equal a busty girl without a shirt on, no matter how many times guys repeat this ridiculous argument. I didn't want to destroy your friends pages with a massive pic though, so the comic is below the cut.

I'm tired of you griping that chicks are sexually objectified! Dudes are, too! )
fantastic_jackie: (Disney - Zeus :D)
Wow, so... I didn't intend to waste spend an hour and a half on my new journal layout, but it happened.

I just wanted to change the colors to be Christmas-y, and I did, but then the old background didn't match the new colors. So I changed the background. But then my regular banner didn't work with the background. So I had to make a new banner. Then the new colors AND background didn't match the new banner, so I had to change those again, as well.

THEN the new background image wouldn't apply centered, and it's still not centered to my liking, but it's almost there. >.>

Anyway. So my journal is in new duds again. As usual, I used a quote. This quote is from Emily Matthews. A little more mushy than I wanted, but Christmas quotes tend to have that issue. Now I don't have to save a whole Word document for credit!
fantastic_jackie: (Halo - Flag)
Oho! It's happened! It's finally happened!

Yesterday, Kaitlin, otherwise known as Kidd or little sis, extreme fan of Twilight and other such romance novels, officially became a Halo fan! It was GLORIOUS!

She's been playing through the CE Anniversary campaign, and then yesterday, Sissy and I escorted her through much of Reach's campaign. Along the way, she wanted to know everything about the story as she became increasingly adept at the controls! It couldn't have been better timed either, as we have all been harping on her to increase her video game skills as she's a new driver and needs to greatly increase her spacial awareness.

Of course, the best part is that at long, long last, she understands Halo like her older three siblings! For so long, she just didn't get it, and now, she asks to play! Our new favorite pastime is to play multiplayer with all four of us. It's always Bubby or I who win, but Kidd and Sissy get some pretty sick kills and steals!

Ahh... I feel like I've accomplished something profound. I'd say my work is done, but with Halo? No... No, I pray that my Halo days are never over!
fantastic_jackie: (Quotes - JM: Alarm)
After all the LJ entries, Facebook links, forum posts and articles, and Youtube videos that explain dire consequences of what would and could happen to you and I should this bill pass, (actually, these bills), I decided that I needed to know more. They're pretty scary claims, ranging from Uncle Sam and Big Hollywood/Record Labels unilaterally blasting sites off the internet for tiny infractions to individual users facing felony charges and being fined and jailed for Youtube fanvideos and violating a site's TOS.

The question is, are they actually true? Should we really be panicking?

As a conservative, my knee-jerk reaction is to believe whatever the government is doing is bad, so I have to work against that bias. After researching the bill further, I don't think that's quite the case, but I have to admit that I do still have reservations about it. After all, good intentions often pave the road to destruction.

If this is a bill you're concerned about, I'd suggest reading at least the links provided below, if not my commentary that accompanies them. I am just some chick on the internet, after all.

For me, this is a topic of legislation I've followed off and on, pretty much just whenever it gets into the news. I have read the bills in addition to articles, both for and against the legislation. My intention with this post is not to sway you one way or another: just to help those of you concerned find out the facts of the bills.

You keep saying bills. How many are there? )

Are there any differences between them? )

So Jacks, what's the big deal? What are these bills about? )

Will Uncle Sam and Big Hollywood/Record Labels be able to nuke websites they don't like unilaterally? )

Does the bill result in attacking fans like me who like to watch/make fanvids, make covers of my favorite songs, or even write fanfic? )

So overall Jacks, do you support the bill? )

Below are a very few of the articles I read. I uh… lost the document that had all my other sources. Epic fail? Yes. >.>

http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/11/legal-analysis-of-sopa-protect.php
http://www.techspot.com/news/46381-sopa-loses-backing-of-tech-giants-amid-policy-concerns.html
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20111026/12130616523/protect-ip-renamed-e-parasites-act-would-create-great-firewall-america.shtml <--An article AGAINST the bill

The Senate Protect IP Act
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-968

The House SOPA/E-PARASITE Act
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-3261
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Greetings, peeps! Things have been a little crazy over here as Sissy and I plan and coordinate a cross team metrics based "Snowball Fight" at work. I may make a post on that later. For now, though, as I'm officially off for Thanksgiving, I have a silly post for y'all.

A few days ago, I received a lengthy text message from Porchae while at work with the following picture. -She had been watching one of the ridiculous GOP debates on DVR.......



"Minni Mause comes to you peoples this evening to tell you, the American Peoples, that Minni needs more Minni bones.

It is a dark hour in Minni's. It is especially important to the safety of the peoples that the Minni bone crisis is dealt with, and dealt with swiftly. Without Minni bones, Minni gets grumpy. And if Minni is grumpy, Minni will ruin international relationships by being impatient, needlessly jingling Minni's collar, and yes, even noisily speakin' when Minni is not apost to. Minni cannot help it. Minni needs Minni bones.

Accordingly, to save the nation, Minni requests that Congress pass an emergency provision now to allow immediately for Minni to get more Minni bones. This legislation should not only be short term so that Minni is not grumpy for today, but it should also address tomorrow, the next day, and even next week.

Ensuring Minni's Minni bones never reach emergency levels again assures the safety of not just Minni, but also of Minni's peoples -the American peoples. Minni urges Congress to take this proposal srsly and pass it as soon as possible.

Minni thanks you peoples for listening to Minni. Have a good evening, God bless Minni's, and eat more chicken so Minni can have some!"



Minni was, in fact, quite grumpy when I got home. Naturally, with such a dire crisis looming -because every problem is a crisis, you know- we took immediate action the next morning. Below the cut, you will see our swift and appropriate response to the Minni Bone Crisis.

Seriously, there are some ridiculously adorable pictures in here... )


And so we have a considerably less grumpy pup. ;D She is pretty scruffy, though. I like her scruffy, (her eyebrows are fun to mess up) but she needs to be sheered! lol

**Most of this post was written by Porchae, not by me**
fantastic_jackie: (Disney - Zeus :D)
.......Ahem.

There was a hole
in the middle of the ground.
The prettiest hole
that you ever did see!

Well the hole in the ground, and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And in this hole
there was some dirt.
The prettiest dirt
that you ever did see!

Well the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And in that dirt
there was a root.
The prettiest root
that you ever did see!

Well the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And on that root
there was a tree.
The prettiest tree
that you ever did see!

Well the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And on that tree
there was a branch.
The prettiest branch
that you ever did see!

Well the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And on this branch
there was a twig.
The prettiest twig
that you ever did see!

Well the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around and the green grass grew all around.

And on this twig
there was a nest.
The prettiest nest
that you ever did see!

Well the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And in that nest
there was an egg.
The prettiest egg
that you ever did see!

Well the egg in the nest and the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And in that egg
there was a bird.
The prettiest bird
that you ever did see!

Well the bird in the egg and the egg in the nest and the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And on that bird
there was a wing.
The prettiest wing
that you ever did see!

Well the wing on the bird and the bird in the egg and the egg in the nest and the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And on that wing
there was a feather.
The prettiest feather
that you ever did see!

Well the feather on the wing and the wing on the bird and the bird in the egg and the egg in the nest and the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And on that feather
there was a bug.
The prettiest bug
that you ever did see!

Well the bug on the feather and the feather on the wing and the wing on the bird and the bird in the egg and the egg in the nest and the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And on that bug
there was a germ.
The prettiest germ
that you ever did see!

Well the germ on the bug and the bug on the feather and the feather on the wing and the wing on the bird and the bird in the egg and the egg in the nest and the nest on the twig and the twig on the branch and the branch on the tree and the tree on the root and the root in the dirt and the dirt in the hole and the hole in the ground and the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around.

And the green grass grew all around all around, and the green grass grew all around!


It's Friday (er... Saturday technically), and while I should write a really long post regarding extreme frustrations (understated) at work, you know what? It's work, and I am not WASTING more of my time on it, because it's pretty apparent that I'm not a valued employee. I thought typing out a 900 word song for stress relief was a better use of my time. ;D

Aww man...

Nov. 8th, 2011 02:40 am
fantastic_jackie: (Halo - Headshot)
Oh, Call of Duty. What IS it about your ridiculously realistic and beautiful campaign modes that make me so nauseous? I had sincerely hoped I'd be able to play through this one, but alas.

In other news, the multiplayer mode is AWESOME! And I've only played 3 games! XD

SO glad I took a half day tomorrow!!
fantastic_jackie: (Disney - Doing it wrong)
The following entry contains several questions phrased as strangely as the title: you have been warned!

Most of my attention lately has been devoted to icons and Halloween decorations, but writing-wise, I’ve been working on original fiction. As I’ve pondered plots and hesitantly outlined, I’ve wondered whether my characters are likeable enough. More specifically, I’ve wondered how much I like my characters as opposed to the characters of books, movies, and tv shows. – A fine enough thing to wonder, but of course, it made me a little curious, too. So, I have a few questions for you, buddies o’ mine.

Particularly if you write original fiction, how much do you love your original characters? Compared to your favorite characters -those of other authors- would you say you hold at least an equal place in your heart for your own fictional personas? Taking the concept further, if you weren't yourself and you read your work, do you think you would be a part of the fandom for it?

The ultimate question is this: whether you write or not, do you think the truthful ability to answer yes to all of these above questions is important for a writer to be successful with their original work? To be more concise, if one cannot answer yes to them all, does it underscore a writer's lacking enthusiasm and passion for their story?

I ask because honestly, I don't think I can answer yes to all of those questions for any one of my original works, and I wonder what that really means, if anything at all. Maybe it only means they’re not finished products yet.

Still, if your affinity for a character is limited, how can you expect to portray him/her in such a light as to inspire or touch your readership? )

Maybe I’m over thinking this, but it just worries me. To me, characters are what stories are about; I know some people prefer plots over characters, and I can see the value in that, but I prefer awesome people above all. I want my stories to be about how people deal with my plots rather than the inverse. So when I stop to think of how much I love Sirius Black or Daniel Jackson or JARVIS or Minion by comparison, I fear I may be building upon a buckling foundation before I even lift my pen. Each of them are side characters who aren’t favorites of mine, but I love them nonetheless. Granted, I’m leaving out plot and setting in these musings, but for those are for a different post someday. Characters are extremely important, and they are not so easy to adjust.

What do y’all think? Am I right to be concerned?

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