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Wanna read funny zombie fic? Try And I Feel Fine by melodyunity. It's short, 5 min max, and funny. It's in the Psych fandom but you don't need to know the characters or show to find the fic funny. I LOL'ed through the fic and I'm not very familiar with the characters.

Like tattoos? I like to look at them (think about getting one)  but I think most tattoos are kind of ugly--most of them are not just well-done IMO--but a few are gorgeous. This tattoo in the Sailormoon fan community is one of them. The tat is of SM's moon chalice. It's gorgeous in its execution and design. You'll need to join the community to see it since it's a private entry but its worth it to see the tat. Also, in the comments, the original poster posts a full-body pic of all her tattoos.

 
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OMG! Man, Christopher Handley, arrested and convicted of owning child "porn" because a few of the 10,000 manga he collected has child "porn" in them, i.e. images of "children" (?) (the articles I've read don't state if the images are teens or actual children and I really don't care--they're manga drawings, damnit! ETA: one article said the images (all of them?) were pre-pubescent.). The man is not a pedophile--no background of it or images of actual, real children were found during the investigation, which ensued after the U.S. Post Office decided to open a package of his from Japan that contained manga that had images of child "porn" in it. I want to know why they decided to open the package in the first place.

Here's brief article about it: U.S. Manga Obscenity Convictions Roils Comic World Has links to the other articles about it. From the article: "The 39-year-old office worker was charged under the 2003 Protect Act, which outlaws cartoons, drawings, sculptures or paintings depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and which lack “serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.” Handley’s guilty plea makes him the first to be convicted under that law for possessing cartoon art, without any evidence that he also collected or viewed genuine child pornography. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison."

Matt Thorn has an article and links to other articles that are well-worth reading concerning the case. From his article: "But whether I would like him or not, or think he is a “nice guy” or not, is irrelevant. It’s also irrelevant that I personally find lolicon manga, and a lot of other hentai manga, to be offensive and disturbing. As others have pointed out, to support free expression is not just to defend expression you like, but rather to defend expression you despise

The chilling bottom line is that an American may very well go to prison for acquiring and looking at drawings of characters who do not actually exist."  Emphasis mine. Totally agree and totally freaked out now.

Comi-Press: Down the Slippery Slope--The Crime of Viewing Manga is one of the best articles I've read on the subject. It starts out discussing the Whorley case (a man previously convicted of viewing real-life child porn) and then discusses the Handley case. "Christopher Handley's circumstances were vastly different from Dwight Whorley's when law enforcement officers followed him home from the Post Office on May 23, 2006. He had just picked up a package from Japan containing manga. A thorough search of his home turned up only more of it: some 1200 magazines, hundreds of DVDs, laser discs and videotapes, and an untold number of images on computer, but no child pornography or even images of nude minors. Handley was a collector of manga, not lolicon, and the vast majority of the manga and images he possessed contained no fantasy representations of minors at all.[18] The fact that a small amount of it represented fictional pre-pubescents and fantasy portrayals of sadomasochistic or violent sex, however, meant that Handley faced a sentence ranging from a minimum of 7 years and 3 months in prison to a maximum of 9 years.

What does a small amount mean? By the government's count, he received or possessed more than 150 but less than 300 such images in total. Not 150 to 300 magazines, but cartoon pages with one or more panels or individual jpgs. " And we're talking about 150 to 300 images in 10,000 volumes of manga! Not even collected in volume.

Also from the Slippery Slope: "Soon, if the so-called "Safety Act," currently pending before Congress, is passed, the sentence for receiving even a single prohibited cartoon in violation of Section 1466A will jump from "not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years" to "15 years or for life." [34] Life. For cartoons." All emphasis mine. According to the article, just looking at such images on the Internet is punishable and convictable--you're receiving child "porn"--and if you draw it, you're in "production" of it and also prosecutable.

I have no words, really. Talk about thought control and police. Do I need to now hide my fic recs (the Sky High recs I just posted are about teenagers--Will/Warren). Am I going to be arrested for that? Do I need to make my memories private to prevent government snooping? Where does it stop? How do you define a child? Yes, a thousand times yes, go after the real-life child porn producers and molesters but leave drawings, cartoons, anime, art, and anything that doesn't involve real-life anybody (adult, child) alone. I feel like I'm now living in 1984/Farenheit 451 even moreso.

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2003-09-24 - 1:14 p.m.

Yup, Amy's still here. She couldn't pass the physical for her Reserves, so she's not participating in the exercises for the next 2 weeks. Rats. I was lookin' forward to it. Her being gone that is. Two weeks Amy free. Le bliss.

Got my hair cut yesterday. Couldn't stand it anymore, Capt'n. Talk about a bad hair day. Dye it soon too. Roots icky now. Maybe blonde again. After hair cut, went with Mom to Good Eats to eat. Restaurant named right--good food there. I gained a pound back, I think, because of the cheeseburger I had. Mom had chicken fried steak. Yummers. I did exercise with DS again last night. No excuses. But I'm so tired and sleepy right now.

Finished the Weiss Kreuz boxset. Fun. Entertaining. Angst-filled. Very amusing. Need to find Gluhen and download it to watch it.

Now I need to watch Beserk vol 1 and 2. I'm going to watch vol 1 tonight and exercise.

I also need to watch the 2 movies I rented and return them to Blockbuster. Rented Desperado and A Midsummer's Night Dream. Desperado is the prequel to the movie out now, with Johnny Deep-Once in America or something like that. Dream has Michelle Pfeiffer in it.

I think I ate too much just now for lunch, so maybe a very light dinner. And Disco Sweat! I hope my new exercise tapes come soon--DS is boring me. I've even yawned doing it.

I did receive Galerians. The first vg, not Ash. Can't wait to play it, but first I must watch the stuff listed above.

Made responses to my mailing lists I'm one. Gack. Too many lists.

I own two, myself:

Kingdom Hearts and videogame yaoi, yuri, het discussion list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/khgamesdiscuss/

Samurai Deeper Kyo yaoi, yuri, het list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sdkml/

Feel free to join them if interested. Only if you know what yaoi and yuri is though. Or ya might have an unpleasant surprise.

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2003-09-18 - 8:04 a.m.

Well, one thing to be grateful for. My coworkers are pissing me off something fierce so it's helping me lose weight. I get mad at them and then go home and exercise....wheee! I keep thinking, if I'm thinner it'll be easier for me to be hired for another job, but I'm mainly doing it for my health. Yes, people, including employers, judge ya on your weight. Studies have shown thin people earn more money than fat people even doing the same job.

I'm also looking for another job. A Barnes and Noble is supposed to open up sometime in October here in town. I'm hoping to be able to get on there--part-time or full-time. I'm hoping if it's part-time that it'll work into full-time so that I can quit my job here. I'm hoping they don't pull a Foley's. Foley's just opened up in town a little while ago, and they brought all their employees from other stores--they didn't hire anyone from town! Assholes! I just can't stand my job anymore and it's b/c of my coworkers attitudes. Dealing with bitchy customers, state people, and coworkers is just too much stress for me. Not to mention bitchy, unhappy mom. Something's got to give. I like being able to, for the most part, set my hours, and the flexibility the job provides, but with no raise this year or next year due to the economy, no promotion potential either, why stay? Stupid economy, please recover so more jobs are available. I want my 5% raise that I was due this year, damn it. Just so ya know, that's the highest possible raise a person can receive. As far as I know, I'm the only person out here to get a 5% raise ever from my boss. She's very tough. I got it last year, and was due it this year too b/c of my evaluation, but due to the economy didn't get it. Won't get it again next year either b/c of the economy, we've already been informed of no raises for next year.

I can't stand my coworkers. Hell, yesterday I went to the walk in fridge to get something, tore the package down, and trashed it. Then, a few minutes later while I was having a bad nosebleed that I was having trouble stopping, Russ, asshole that he is, came in and lectured me about the packaging trash I'd put in the trashcan. Told me I should take it out! He acts like he's the only one who can use the damn trashcan in the front of the building. It's not his personal trashcan--it's for everyone. Asshole. He didn't even ask what was wrong or if I was okay and he saw me holding the damn bloody tissues under my nose! Just lectured me. You're not my boss, bastard, just a coworker.

About 15-20 minutes later after I'd gone into the fridge, my boss, the manager, not the immediate supervisor, walked that way, and the door was open! I really don't think it was me. I swung the door shut after I left the fridge, and it was nearly closed when I checked on it. It's a very heavy door that's always trying to swing shut, it's hard to keep open. Maybe a gust of wind caught it? I think more likely someone else went in after me, and didn't close it. I could hear her asking everyone who had done it, she didn't ask me, and I didn't volunteer since I don't think I did it. She really lectured a couple of other departamental employees, who go in and out of the fridge and leave the door open. They denied it though. Maybe it was my "fault"? I really don't think so though. As I said it was nearly closed, and it's a very heavy door that's always trying to swing shut.

I set up some tests Friday that could either be read back Saturday or put in the fridge for me to read back on Monday. My immediate supervisor, who I do like mostly, was "confused" by the plates, screwed up the read back, and trashed the plates instead of putting them in the fridge. What the hell? Really pissed me off. All that work ruined. Gee, thanks, moron. There was nothing confusing about it. He just doesn't like working anything but his job. He's pulled crap like this before, like "forgetting" to make solutions since he just didn't want to. Grr.

My current job is just so boring, and stressful. Dealing with super bitchy customers coming in to complain at me. Blaming me for their errors. Yeah, right.

Let's not forget the super rude voicemails I've been getting lately either. Hell, one bitch was reaming me out *in my voicemail* about how I talked too fast on the message and that telephone etiquette dictates I should talk slower, yadda yadda, yadda, after a minute or two of this, I just deleted the message, I don't even know what she wanted. Here's the moral for you people: If ya want someone to call you back, just leave your name, number, and a brief message about what you wanted. And don't snarl it either. If you can't be polite on the voicemail, why would I want to call you back? I do so *love* dealing with angry, nasty people. Not.

Oh, and people, it's not my fault if the telephone operator when you call information tells you the wrong number and you call my number. Don't take your anger out on me. I had nothing to do with it, and they won't correct it. I've tried.

The last month has been very stressful. Let's see, my outpatient surgery a couple of weeks ago came out well. I did have a tiny colon polyp(!) (at my age(!!!) I'm too young!! Thanks family genes!! NOT!!) and random biopiosies done and they came back begnin (non cancerous). They also went down my throat and looked at my stomach, no ulcers, and my throat looked okay too. I was out during the procedure. I do kinda remember thinking "Thank God that's over" after they got through with the throat/stomach part. I woke up during the colonscopy part. Probably the last 20 minutes of it. They blow air up your colon to expand it and see what's going on with the scope. The gas/air pains hurt, and sometimes the movement of the scope, but I thought it was very interesting to watch on the tv. Not every day you get to see your colon. I even saw it bleed when he cut the polyp off. Heh. Mom drove me home, but before we went home, I had her take me to the early voting. Boy, she gave me a weird look, "Are you sure you're up to it?" Yep. Voted. Went home, napped, felt bad. Missed work the next day.

Finished frantically trying to get everything updated for the lab inspection. Had my path red test to set up Monday, got 2 hours of overtime doing it. Lab inspection Tuesday. Whee. Passed with flying colors. No "findings" were found--nothing negative. One recommendation to put the word date in the QC manual in this particular phrase. Hehheheheheheh. That's Amy's job to maintain, not mine, since she's the QC person.

Then yesterday, got up, was getting dressed, doorbell rang, it was mom bearing news--I had a flat tire on my car. Totally flat--it was on the rim. Geez. She took me to work, then around 2:50 or so picked me up, she'd bought a tire compressor to inflate the tire. We inflated the tire, went to the tire station, was told it would be today before it got fixed by one employee. Went outside to see if mom knew of any other place that could do it today. Went back inside to set up appointment for tomorrow. The other employee waited on me this time, said they could do it this afternoon, but said it would be an hour or more. Fine I said. So I waited from about 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Got it fixed. The first employee told me since I had to wait so long, it was free! All right! I thanked him several times.

I started exercising a few days before my colonscopy. I remember when I first started going to my doctor, he weighed me in at 175 lbs. I'm trying to eat healthier, and exercise every day. I'm now down to about 158-159 lbs. Go me! I've been doing Richard Simmon's Disco Sweat tape just about everyday. I think Mom bought it sometime during the '90s. I try to do it everyday. Heck, last night I did it at 7:30 to 8:30 pm. I'm getting excited about losing weight. I want to get healthier. I want to feel better about myself. I don't want to do stuff at my current weight. It depresses me.

I need to make an appointment with my doctor to get a referral to an ear, nose, throat doctor. My sinuses/ears are bothering me. My right ear is ringing badly, and I can't get the pressure to equalize in my ears underwater. It hurts to even dive deep in a pool. I'd like to take up scuba diving. That woman on the show Adventure, Inc.? She's my hero...active, no nonsense, tough, take care of herself gal who is a divemaster. I can take care of my self, but a fist fight? Never. Handle dangerous situations? Never. I hate confrontations. I go out of my way to avoid them. Like not telling Russ what I thought of his little lecture on "my trash".

Loved the Pirates of the Carribean movie. I can't wait for the sequel. Johnny Deep has got to be my all time fave actor. I've loved him for years. This movie just makes me love him all the more.

I'm getting close to finishing watching the Weiss Kruez boxset. Fun show. Lousy animation at time though. Aya's my fave character on my show. He's just so angsty. He has legimate reasons to be that way, which is more than I can say for most of the rest of the cast like Ken....oh, I can't play professional soccer anymore........ooooooooh, yeah, I feel for ya, buddy. But I do like Ken. He's grown on me, but he's still the last one on my like list of the good guys for the show.

Then I need to watch Beserk one and two. Finally got my replacement DVD's from rightstuf. Now, if only they'd send my MKR2 replacement DVDs.

I don't want to spend any more money right now, the www.rightstuf.com makes it hard not to with the sale going on right now. Eyes sale. Contemplates credit card bill. Sighs. Undecided.

I want to sell/rent the house and take off. Where I don't know, but I want to live near the ocean, at most only an hour or two away from the ocean. I did after all major in marine biology at one point during college. Wish I'd followed through with it. Wish I'd followed through with a lot of things. Sigh. Too late now.

I want to take the GRE I just don't know what I want to major in. Do I want to study viruses, infectious diseases, wildlife biology, or something else? Truth to tell, I'm still interetested in biology but I'm sick of lab work. I've been doing lab work since 1996--boring lab work. Not research.

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You're Kishuu Arashi!
Always calm and composed, you aren't prone to dramatic outbursts or displays of emotion. You save your emotion for times when it is really necessary. Some might call you cold or distant, but on the upside, you're very emotionally strong and can take care of yourself. And when the right person comes along, they might just break your shell.
Which Dragon of Heaven are you?
Quiz by Kerianne

Okay, maybe, I might resemble this. When I'm not having a really, really, bad day/week/year.

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2003-04-08 - 1:08 p.m.

Well, not much going on. Just been busy. I've actually got enough bookcases now for my crap. Now, I'm sorting through and putting stuff on them. Ugh. What fun. Not.

Whee! Noir DVD 2 is out. Got to have it. Loved the first one totally. And have to get Raphexlon. Want it. Bad.

Just been working and not much else. I'm going on a job related trip soon. If the class on algae isn't canceled. Then the next weekend, I'm going to Galvez with my mom to a hair show convention. It's a tax write-off for her. I'm looking forward to seeing Galvez. Beaches! All in May.

I hardly wear makeup and yet I've got a ton of it and keep buying it. ^^;;; I wear it on the weekends but not for work. Work=nasty=boss doesn't care.

Finished betaing a 40+ page fanfic on Strife/Joxer. It was okay. Not what I expected from that author. Wanna go see a movie and well, just have some fun soooooooooo bad. Just no money.......or people to see it with. Everyone's busy. Sigh.

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Well, I went ahead and did the sweeping today. I'll see how Sarah reacts to it since it's her job. I think I'm going to take it up with Alice since she does the cleaning schedule. When Sara sweeps, it needs to be Rus and BLG who do the mopping. Both RT and I leave too early to be the ones mopping after Sara sweeps. Not having a repeat of the Friday before last no way. uh-uh.

Mom was in a lovely mood too. God, even the sound of her voice is grating on my nerves. This time, it's the same whining about George (a female). Mom rents space from George. George is basically an uppity snob. Pisses Mom off.

Bought Soultaker vol 1, Noir w/artbox, and Hyper Police vol 1 for my birthday. Seen all of Hyper Police--it's amusing and funny. The last ep made me want to see more of it, but it's definitely not a go out and buy right now. I think it's probably a lot more funny seen with other people. It's about this catgirl who is a bounty hunter who has this wolf man in love with her who is also a bounty hunter and her sometime partner. It's also about Sakura, who wants to be a Nint Tailed Fox. She has 8 1/5 tails now. So she wants to eat Natsui (the catgirl) to gain Natsui's powers so that she Sakura can use Nat's powers to become a 9 tailed fox. And everyone else in the show thinks Sakura is in love with Natsui.

Noir I think I'm in love with. Love it. It's about 2 female assassins who are searching for their past. I even like the t-shirt that came with artbox.

Haven't watched Soultaker yet. Will. Also need to get the last of Serial Experiment Lain, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star. Can't wait for all of my house to be finished so I have lots more free time to do stuff in.

Ya know I'd forgotten how much Cutey Honey was to watch. Cutey Honey Flash! Bye!

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2003-02-21 - 8:51 a.m.

Well, I went ahead and did the sweeping today. I'll see how Sarah reacts to it since it's her job. I think I'm going to take it up with Alice since she does the cleaning schedule. When Sara sweeps, it needs to be Rus and BLG who do the mopping. Both RT and I leave too early to be the ones mopping after Sara sweeps. Not having a repeat of the Friday before last no way. uh-uh.

Mom was in a lovely mood too. God, even the sound of her voice is grating on my nerves. This time, it's the same whining about George (a female). Mom rents space from George. George is basically an uppity snob. Pisses Mom off.

Bought Soultaker vol 1, Noir w/artbox, and Hyper Police vol 1 for my birthday. Seen all of Hyper Police--it's amusing and funny. The last ep made me want to see more of it, but it's definitely not a go out and buy right now. I think it's probably a lot more funny seen with other people. It's about this catgirl who is a bounty hunter who has this wolf man in love with her who is also a bounty hunter and her sometime partner. It's also about Sakura, who wants to be a Nint Tailed Fox. She has 8 1/5 tails now. So she wants to eat Natsui (the catgirl) to gain Natsui's powers so that she Sakura can use Nat's powers to become a 9 tailed fox. And everyone else in the show thinks Sakura is in love with Natsui.

Noir I think I'm in love with. Love it. It's about 2 female assassins who are searching for their past. I even like the t-shirt that came with artbox.

Haven't watched Soultaker yet. Will. Also need to get the last of Serial Experiment Lain, Cowboy Bebop, and Outlaw Star. Can't wait for all of my house to be finished so I have lots more free time to do stuff in.

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