Namely, people getting randomly redirected to other people's accounts. Logged in as that person, able to view messages and change settings. This is a serious security issue for anyone using LJ to buy/sell items who may have paypal addresses, e-mail addresses, or mailing addresses in their inbox. It's been mentioned several times in the new release post.

If you have any information in your inbox that you wouldn't want another person to see, I'd suggest saving it elsewhere and deleting it from your inbox, especially if you choose to stay logged in.

Also, apparently LJ has changed the way they handle cookies today. It was supposed to be a minor thing, but as usual they've tried to fix one thing and broken several others. It's affected some plugins (like LJlogin). I'm not sure if the two issues may be related, but just throwing this out there FOR YOUR GENERAL KNOWLEDGE.

23 October 2011 @ 10:45 pm
Mommy went to the store and got me a new toy. It sings the Christmas Hippopotamus song and dances. It occurred to me after about fifteen minutes of squeeing and running around that it's probably a baby toy lol. But considering my reaction to it, it's quite fitting.

I think she got it for me in an attempt to keep me from seeking out the giant Christmas hippo light sculpture I saw last year but failed to get. I had mentioned I was determined to get it this year because I really regretted not snatching it up when I had the chance. For some reason, she does not seem very keen to have a hippo chilling on our lawn when we put the deer out.

But still!!!

A new hippo! And it is mine!
Current Mood: ecstatic
21 October 2011 @ 12:04 pm
I woke up feeling very anxious for some reason and my brother is not doing anything to help that fact.

I usually reserve these kind of one sentence rants for tumblr but I can't bitch about my brother on tumblr because he follows me. And right now that is just helping to piss me off even more because I prefer to save my lj for memes and long posts with an actual purpose and not short little "I just need to say this for the sake of releasing it to the universe" ranty rants.


In other news, I am watching Nathan Fillion act a little country while fighting tentacle aliens. That is one good looking man.
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20 October 2011 @ 11:34 am
We've got a hawk chilling around our house lately. Poor hawk tried eating a little squirrel just now, but the mommy squirrel did not like the idea of her young'un being brunch so she attacked the hawk. Hawk dropped the squirrel during the battle (squirrel won, hawk is now pouting in a tree--who knew squirrels could be so vicious) and Kiwi, who had been watching the whole damn thing, ran up and snatched the squirrel and dragged it over the fence to our backyard where the hawk can't steal it back because of all of the plant/shrubbery cover. The baby squirrel was already dead when Kiwi nabbed it (it fell from a very long ways up) so there is no saving/rehabilitating it.

But now mommy squirrel is screaming out her grief in one tree and the hawk is screaming out his/her I-lost-my-brunch anguish in another. A mighty racket indeed.

Oh the joys of having animals inhabit your trees....
20 October 2011 @ 10:30 am
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] _samalander at Chocolate and Slavery
On a serious note: It's October and in a few days kids will be begging for candy at your door. Lets talk about chocolate.

Did you know that cocoa farmers engage in human trafficking and slave labor to make your chocolate bar? They do.

Did you know that TEN YEARS ago there was an international protocol passed requiring chocolate makers to work to end child slavery? There was, and people were too busy patting themselves on the back to enforce it, so nothing has changed.

Think a boycott will just hurt the people who make those 15 cents a day? You're missing the big picture.

Addicted to chocolate? Fine, here are the Fair-Trade companies that don't use slave labor.

Want to give money to supporting international labor rights? You can do that, too.

Want to learn about better candies to give out at Halloween? I have an app for that.

As a side note, I know money is still very tight for people (at least everyone I know), but there are non-chocolate alternatives that you can give out. In fact, non-chocolate is generally cheaper than chocolate, so you can save money! Skittles, starburts, bubble gum, and lollipops are all delicious.
18 October 2011 @ 08:32 pm

Project fem!Quail-Man is a go! I just need to stitch the Q on, and figure out what I'm going to wear under it (either a white t-shirt or a white long-sleeved blouse depending on the weather). And depending on the weather, I may turn my khaki pants into khaki shorts. I just need to go hunting for my towel-cape and figure out how to do the belt. I have the belt, I would just rather not have to totally destroy it because it is a rather nice belt (only $6!!!).

And I bought some extra felt so I'm going to try to coax Bernie into being my Quail-Kitty.

So far I've spent $0.60 on felt, $1.92 on two different pairs of underwear (I wasn't sure which would go over my pants best and at $.096 a pair I had no problem buying two different kinds), and $6 on the belt.

Now I need a wee little bit of help.

First off, does anyone have any ideas on how to get the belt to stand up? Right now I think I'm going to have to cut the belt in order to get it to work because knotting it hurts my wee little noggin. Also, I think I'm going to cut the towel so that it knots around my neck a bit more comfortably.


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Aaaaand I was going to post this video but embedding is disabled. SO CLICK THROUGH AND WATCH IT.
Current Mood: excited
17 October 2011 @ 10:53 pm

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11 October 2011 @ 03:40 pm
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

10 October 2011 @ 09:54 pm

I made a mood theme! You can download it here.

Also, does anyone know any comms where I can advertise it? I don't really know a lot about Disney/Pixar or what comms exist for them.
Current Mood: accomplished
09 October 2011 @ 01:29 pm
Had a talk with Sarah last night. She is awesome and made me feel better about things which have been bothering me. Also I may be doing a Snow White outfit for Halloween now and wearing my IW JSK. BECAUSE APPARENTLY I ALWAYS COORDINATE THAT ONE IN A REALLY UNIQUE AND AWESOME WAY?

(Seriously I was so happy when she said that because one of the reasons it was so easy for me to leave the lolita community was that I felt like I could not coordinate to save my life.)

Dude, I have not worn lolita in like a year. Sarah and I were talking about how we have both been wanting to wear it again. I do miss the clothes. Just not the wank/elitism. I met some really wonderful people through the various lolita comms I'm in on LJ, but every time I get ready to start posting in a new LJ comm or join a new fandom, I automatically brace myself expecting it to be like getting into lolita. Which can be...scary, if you are a noob and make newbie mistakes. I'm always REALLY SHOCKED at how nice people are outside the lolita community.

And now it is raining. Rain rain rain rain rain. I am so happy.

Oh. My coworker is here so I have to turn down my music and stop dancing. Bummer.

eta: And because it is raining it is sure to be super duper slow at work today so leave me a comment with a fandom/prompt and I will write you a short ficlet that will most likely be terrible but hilarious (or quite possibly neither).
Current Location: work
Current Mood: bouncy
08 October 2011 @ 10:49 am
Haven't been feeling well so I've been MIA-ish except for tumblr. I've been watching FMA: Brotherhood and staring at walls with my cats. Feeling a little better today, which is good since I'm working all weekend + Monday. We've had a recent dip in temperature, not much, but I think enough to cause me to feel pretty damn shitty. And my brother opened his mouth and said some stuff that left me not wanting to talk to anyone. I really have to admire his ability to say crap that pisses me off right when I think we're starting to finally grow up and get along.

Aaaaaand I'm really tired because I was a genius and decided to stay up until 2 am when I had to be at work this morning.

My epic Halloween plans have hit a bit of a snag because my truck broke down (again) and so that set me back by $200+. Now I need to figure out what I can whip up from what I have at home. I might be able to wing a crappy Batman costume. I know I could pull off a Josie & the Pussycats outfit easily too. I'm going to start decorating this week. I think I need to buy more spiderweb for the house, and I'll probably be making trashbag ghosts all week, but I am super looking forward to Halloween this year.

Aaaand here is a meme )

I keep telling myself I'll write more and do more, but somehow I just end up spending all day staring at the tv watching anime or documentaries. At least I'm learning?
Current Mood: tired
I'm going to be working a bit more now that the people I was supposed to replace are actually gone. Still not getting very many hours (only scheduled to work seven days in October) but it's better than what it's been.

Things I'm working on or need to work on:
  • Gift for [livejournal.com profile] kittyjimjams
  • beta Lauren's big bang
  • Doctor Who fic
  • read [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang fics
  • Clean all the things
  • Other stuff I've already forgotten since I started writing this over two hours ago

Started watching The Playboy Club. I'm hooked. It's pretty, and the women are fierce. Also Sean Maher ♥

I watched the first ep of Pan Am today. It was...okay. Pretty, but I'm not really hooked on the story. I'll probably keep watching, because I really want it to improve.

Oh geez...there was so much more I wanted to say but I got distracted by role playing and cats and Hufflepuffs and now I've forgotten. I GUESS IT WASN'T THAT IMPORTANT.
Current Mood: tired
(aka Stuff Megan Thinks About Every Time She Works Nowadays)

Today I woke up and I did not want to get out of bed to go to work. I thought that the whole time I was eating breakfast and getting dressed. I don't want to go to work. I thought while I looked at my cat running around. I wanted to play with him. I did not want to go to work.

Hell, I never want to go to work. I'm quite lazy. I like lying in bed and sitting on my ass. Just flopping around all day. I never want to go to work. Because even though I can browse the internet and stuff my face, I still have to look presentable. And you know. Sometimes I have to work at work.

The other day I had a dream. A nightmare. I went back to Party City. I had put on my khakis and black t-shirt and plastic name tag with the faded letters and I had gone back to Party City to work for Halloween. I worked every day. With Emily. With Dustin. With DJ. I was given vague directions and then left to do all the things. My cashier's tills were all off. The deposit was wrong. The computer was malfunctioning. The power went out and the registers had to be rebooted several times before they would work. The ad prices hadn't been uploaded properly so nothing on sale was scanning at the right price. The store was packed and all the registers were in use. I had one stocker. Costumes were getting stolen, children were peeing in the aisles, babies were screaming. The toilet broke. We ran out of helium. All the balloon orders were wrong.

I felt so much self-loathing because I had gone back There. And I hated myself for it because I was miserable.

And then I woke up.

So many people didn't seem to understand why I quit Party City. Everyone hates their job, they said. The number of people who actually love what they do is incredibly low. The hours are good and the pay is decent, so you'd be stupid to leave.

And yeah, that's probably true. But most people don't hate themselves for working where they do. And I hated myself for working at Party City.

So I left. I quit. And I felt so much fucking relief. Even when I had no job and couldn't find one and had no money at all, I was still relieved. Because I didn't work there.

And yeah, I don't ever want to go to work. And I hate having to leave my cats at home while I'm here. I hate that I have to remind myself that I can't look at porn and that I have to unfollow all of my NSFW blogs on tumblr and that I can't download anything and that I can't personalize my browser the way I'd like.

But you know? I'm here. I'm here and I don't want to be, but I don't hate myself for being here. And it feels fucking awesome.
20 September 2011 @ 08:58 pm
Woke up in a ridiculously good mood today and it has persisted like whoa. Told Bernard he needed to try really hard today to become an armadillo. So far he is still a cat. Got my shopping done before lunch and was super thrilled that the toilet paper was on sale. Yes, this is my life. I also bought a ~fig tree~ and idk what the hell I am going to do with figs but it is cool so whatevs.

I've been watching Make It Or Break It almost nonstop since I heard about it getting renewed for another season. Watching all the episodes basically back to back and knowing everything that's revealed about the characters later on, I'm picking up on a lot of things that seemed inconsequential when watching the first time.

Blah blah blah let's see what has been going on...

Made this but with bacon for Rob the other night. It was delicious, but I think the sweet potato I used was way too giant because it made enough for eight burritos. I would have liked a smaller sweet potato to green pepper/onion ratio. I've also made cream soda and ice cream recently. Now that the weather's getting cooler I'm thinking of trying chicken pot pie bites. I remember that Hot Pockets used to sell mini pot pies and I loved them and really miss the convenience of a hand-held meat pie combined with the awesomeness that is chicken pot pie.

I really do think my good mood is due to the fact that they've increased my hours at work. It feels so awesome to be able to buy groceries whenever I want. Plus, I'm not working at Party City this year so I can stay home on Halloween and give out candy.

I've also been having a lot of fun at [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts_elite and with the Hufflepuffs over there. Everyone seems really nice, and there are a lot of really fun things going on over there.

Aaaand I think that's pretty much it. Finally got my [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang match up emails today and I am super excited for this year.
Current Mood: happy
13 September 2011 @ 02:50 pm
Okay, I just realized I don't work at party City anymore. Which means I don't have to wear one of their crappy ass costumes. Which means I can be whoever I want for Halloween. Which means....


Just need to figure out which one. Aksdjlskdjlajdlk I'm so excited.
Current Mood: excited
12 September 2011 @ 09:44 pm
Mentioned to Beth I was reading Sherlock fic this morning, and she asked me to point her to some good stuff. So here's the two best that I've read so far, both from the kink meme because apparently all I do anymore is read kink meme fills. Both of these are WIP, but the first one is going to be finished quite soon according to the author.

Once More, With Feeling [link]
Promopt: You know the episode of Miranda where her mum sets up a party to introduce Miranda to a blind date, so Miranda and Stevie pretend to be together to get out of it? Yeah? :D
John's mum is desperate to set John up with a nice girl. So she invites him over to a dinner party to introduce him to this woman she thinks would be just perfect for him. Only, John is really not interested, so makes his excuse by claiming that, actually, he's gay and he doesn't think his boyfriend would like that very much.
His plan backfires when John's mother invites both John and his significant other to dinner, and John has to bully Sherlock into accompanying him for an evening of unparalleled awkwardness.
Why I love it: Okay, so this is flat out a romcom story. It is absolutely hilarious to watch John flail about as he tries to figure out why Sherlock is being so damned perfect.

Too Much To Hold [link]
Prompt: I know we've had autistic!Sherlock before, and some really good kid!fic, but I'd like to see them combined: I'd like to see John having to raise a friend's autistic kid for some reason, and finding out about Sherlock's diagnosis in the process (ending in J/S, of course.)
Why I love it: Okay, why I love this takes a little back story. Back when Mom was still taking classes at the local college, she met a woman named Cara in one of her ASL classes. Cara has two sons, one named Noah who is autistic. I have on occasion watched Noah, and he is by far my favorite little guy ever. (True story: we both have a ridiculous amount of love for HSM and we both think Sharpay is "not nice but good singing.") Because of this, I have jumped on every prompt on the kink meme that has come up mentioning autism. The author of this particular fill is doing a wonderful job of conveying autism realistically without being over the top or insensitive.
The last two nights, I had some...strangely terrifying dreams. The first involved me forgetting I had to go to work, only to realize it an hour after the building would have closed. Also I had some start-smoking paraphernalia aimed at children in the back of my truck for some reason. And my dad was there and my brother was suddenly seven again.

But the dream I had last night tops that one in the weirdness department.

Now then, for those of you who are new and don't know me that well...I dislike children. A lot. And I currently have no desire to ever have children. That may change. But for now that is how it stands.

This one was rather long. )

The only thing that has me thinking these dreams are related is the fact that I've just opened a new carton of ice cream. It's a new flavor I've never tried before, and I had a bowl of it before going to bed the last two nights. I'm thinking maybe I need to just eat this ice cream earlier in the day. Or you know. Maybe the ice cream and weird dreams are unrelated. Idk.

In other news, I want to comment on people's journals more often. Usually I read y'alls entries and then just don't comment and I think that's a rather lazy approach to friendship. Obviously you are sharing your lives with me because you want us to connect. And it's working one way, just failing on my end. So hopefully, I'll start commenting more.

The paperwork for my August paychecks was misplaced and it took a while to sort that out. I've only just received the check yesterday and I am so grateful it came when it did. It was starting to look like I was going to be living off of dry, stale cereal and freezer waffles and whatever granola bars I could steal from work. I'm a little miffed, but not as much as I thought I'd be. Once I realized there was a problem (Tuesday), I called my boss up and she fired off an e-mail that same day. I worked the next day, and her supervisor was there and told me it had already been sorted and that my first check had already been cut (I get paid by three different departments and my total pay is split between three different checks) and sent off to the next person in line. I got home from work yesterday, and my checks were waiting in the mailbox for me. I received all the pay due from August, and they had rushed processing my pay for Monday (the 5th) so that I would get that early, rather than having to wait for the paper work from the rest of this week to go through. So now I can take advantage of this week's awesome sales at the grocery store (buy one get one free ice cream, and $2 off my favorite brand of toilet paper ftw). I was seriously more angry that I might miss those sales than I was about my check being so late, lol.

I think I am going to order celebratory Chinese tomorrow.
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07 September 2011 @ 03:41 pm
My zipcode is 77396. Here is a map of the wildfires that helpfully lists how contained they are. I'm just north of Houston. BUT IT ISN'T AS BAD AS IT LOOKS (at least for me). As you can see, there are no fires near me.

I'm safe, as is my family. Thank you for your concern.
06 September 2011 @ 10:03 pm
So I was bored today and decided to practice making some banners. Surprisingly my crappy photoshop substitute didn't crash on me. Idk what to do with them though because a) they were for practice aka are not that awesome because the caps I used were on the lower end of the quality scale, and b) they combine Deathly Hallows pt. 1 with Better Off Ted quotes and I'm pretty sure no one knows a thing about Better Off Ted (except [livejournal.com profile] _samalander).

So under the cut are twelve banners for you to look at/use/ignore. I just wanted to show someone because I'm very proud of myself of doing something today instead of just sitting around in my underwear staring at my cats.

I got the idea from [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts_elite because they just had a banner contest involving combining Harry Potter and a different fandom using an image from one and a quote from the other. Better Off Ted is pretty much made up of perfect one-liners, so it's good for that kind of thing imo. Banners under the cut, all quotes from the pilot ep and all images from the seventh movie.

It's wrong to freeze someone who came to your daughter's birthday. )

I think I'm going to rewatch Better Off Ted tomorrow because now I'm in the mood to watch Ted and Veronica banter.

Also I've been hungry all day despite the fact that all I've done is eat and make crappy banners. STOMACH WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Current Mood: hungry
05 September 2011 @ 03:16 pm
Title: What He Missed
Fandom: BBC's Sherlock/Doctor Who (Eleventh Doctor)
Characters/pairing: Implied John/Sherlock, one-sided John/Eleventh Doctor
Warnings: No beta and not Brit-picked because this was just a quick thing to keep me entertained at work. Apologies for any errors.
Summary: An old friend comes to visit John, but the good doctor has to decline his generous offer.

Notes: For this prompt at [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbc_fic: Sherlock/Doctor Who crossover: Either Sherlock and Watson on the trail of the Master (and getting taunted every step of the way, of course), or Sherlock having to work with Eleven, or Watson being Eleven's companion. Or all of them, at once. TAKE YOUR PICK. I don't care what other details you throw in, so long as it turns out to be epically awesome. Possibly a bit angsty-er than the original prompter wanted. Feel free to point out any mistakes, since this was so hastily done.

Sherlock is bored. )
Current Mood: bored