Internet blackout day: See you all on Thursday

Originally posted by box_in_the_box at Internet blackout day: See you all on Thursday

Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty

Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.

Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.

The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.

Tell Congress: Don't censor the Web

Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There's no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.

Too much is at stake — please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.

Electronic Cigarette Info

I'm getting about 2 requests every week for information about the e-cigarettes, so I'm just going to write my own personal FAQ here. This is public, so feel free to share it. Please note: this is based on my own personal experience after asking lots of questions, reading the whole Vapor Pro website, and then my own experiences with my e-cig. It's not meant to be the be-all, end-all guide, just some answers to questions my friends ask me a lot. Don't hesitate to comment with a question about any of this, just understand that my experience is limited mainly to my Joye-510 and one website, and that I know very little about other brands or sites. This post is also up on my Facebook, if it's easier for you to share it with a friend there than here.

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Q: Does it work?
In almost 3 months, I have thought it a good idea to try a regular cigarette twice. One of those times, I was extraordinarily drunk. Both times, I found myself unable to finish more than a third of the cigarette. It didn't taste good at all, and even the Ultra-Light hit too hard. This is huge for me, because other times I've quit smoking, it was far too easy for me to pick it right back up, because the cigarettes tasted good and didn't hurt to smoke. Even after the time I had quit for 3 years, it took just a few weeks for me to get back up to a pack a day. The benefit of the e-cig for me is that I haven't given up my habit, just changed it to something far less expensive and unhealthy. Eventually (and I'm going to take this very slowly), I'll transition to juices with less and less nicotine. There are even juices with no nicotine at all. Granted, 3 months is really too soon to tell for sure if it really works, but so far I'm doing great with it. Other people smoke around me and it smells bad (it never used to) and I don't want to smoke anything but my e-cig.

It's important to note that the e-cig does not really hit like a regular cigarette. The first few hits feel all sorts of wrong to most people. That's normal. It took me about two hours to get used to the different feel in my throat and learn to make the e-cig hit just how I wanted it to. It's nice and smooth now, with just a little bit of hit to my throat when I take a big puff. There are additives you can buy if you actually miss that harsh feeling, but I'm not interested.
Punk fucking rock

total bad-ass moment.

I totally almost bit it tonight on my bike. And by "it," I mean the ground, or possibly a very thick hard metal railing on a bike trail/bridge under Mopac (actually, pretty much right near the point marked "F," if I've got my bearings right; it was either there, or closer to Enfield Rd). I was on the social ride, and had lost track of Angry Punk Rocker, which didn't concern me overly much, so I was going at a good clip with plenty of room in front and to my sides, when some hipster kid in a green shirt pedaled backward too hard on his fixed-gear. He was probably only trying to slow down, but he ended up almost totally stopping short AND jerking his bike in front of mine. So I crashed into him, careened off, put my feet down to get some balance, wobbled some more, slammed into the rail/wall to my right, and ended up skidding along that for a good few seconds before I regained full control of my bike.

That said, I did not fall off my bike in front of 250 or so other riders. I did not even slow down. The friction rash on my arm from the rail proves it. As soon as I pulled myself off the wall, I was pedaling again without missing a beat. I heard cheers and shouts of "good job, girl!" from other cyclists behind me, so I threw a goat and kept riding.


Originally posted by lavenderfrost at ...WTF.
Well, there goes my good mood for the day.

NYTimes, the bastion of quality reporting, reported on the gang-rape of an 11 year-old girl in Texas  that's led to charges against 18 high-school boys so far - all well and good so far, right?  Shit like this NEEDS publicity to raise awareness. 

Only problem is, they repeated - without refutation or critical commentary - the claims that the girl brought the rape on herself because of the way she was dressed.

Choice Quotes (No cut b/c everyone needs to see this - DEAL.):

“It’s just destroyed our community,” said Sheila Harrison, 48, a hospital worker who says she knows several of the defendants. “These boys have to live with this the rest of their lives.  As opposed to the victim, who's gonna bounce back lickety-fucking-split, right?

Residents in the neighborhood where the abandoned trailer stands — known as the Quarters — said the victim had been visiting various friends there for months. They said she dressed older than her age, wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s. She would hang out with teenage boys at a playground, some said.  TOTALLY BEGGING FOR IT.


Now, what's being said and done in this community is bad enough, but the NY Times should be fucking ashamed of themselves right now.

Here's how to contact NYT: )

Crissy intently

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In case you didn't catch it on FB, Crissy is dying. Like, this week. I thought she was just putting on a bit of weight from actually keeping her food down since she got those teeth yanked, but apparently, her abdomen was full of fluid. It seems her whole intestinal tract is falling apart and full of tumors.

They're giving her steroids through tonight to try and buy her a few days, and assuming they can stabilize her through that, I get to take her home in the morning and keep her comfortable until she dies. I don't get to go to work this week, I'm going to be spending every minute possible with her. I'd be afraid to leave her side for long enough for a shift.

I am not anywhere close to ok. A girlfriend from my posse drove up from San Antonio to be here with me tonight, and that and some wine and Xanax are the only things keeping me from sobbing in a corner.
Stand to the ceiling

there's a first time for everything

In 7 years on LiveJournal, I have not once actually cleaned my friendslist. Until today.

This was step one. 71 humans, and a bunch of communities and feeds, totalling over 100 little checkboxes on the "Edit Friends" page. Pretty much all of them are "abandoned," at least as far as I know. If you're one of the people I deleted, and I'm wrong, and you're actually still here and reading and want to be included, feel free to drop a comment or private message and let me know to add you back.

The next round is going to be tougher, as I'm going to have to start pruning from the list of people who actually update.
WTF internet

finally, a real use for Twitter!

http://twitter.com/m_o_o_n (aside from obvious issues of being properly spelled and internet savvy for someone with Down's Syndrome?)

Yes folks. Apparently prompted by Swine Flu's similarities to Captain Trips, Stephen King's The Stand is happening on Twitter. 140 characters at a time.

(Saw this on Wired.com's GeekDad blog)
Leafy hair

route planning (it's really hard to find free info about mountain highway grades)

I know I've got a few truckers, ex-truckers, and general road-trippers reading here. I need your help.

I'm pulling a trailer from (metro) Phoenix to Norman, Oklahoma.

In the interest of not only gas mileage, but wear and tear on my van, I'm trying to find the least steep way uphill to get from here to I-40.

up AZ87, though Payson, and then along 277 to Holbrook, to I-40E, has been suggested. This is my top choice. The only reason I'm unsure is that for the one good recommendation for it I've had, I've also had a person or two tell me that this would be unpleasant.

My other choices seem to be:
- going straight up I-17 to I-40E, which probably wins for speed, but I know from experience that the grades are 1- steep, and 2- curvy like Anna Nicole Smith.

- Taking I-10 southeast, through Tucson, into NM, and then up I-25 to catch I-40E. This would be the winner for absolutely least steep, but it adds a lot of time to the ride.

Anyone who's been these ways and can tell me about the grades on 87 and 277, or anyone who's good with topographical maps of highways, please help?