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Wholesale Fic Theft Alert

Many thanks to Mandy and Juliet for the alert:


There's a blog out there that's been running since 2011.  The philosophy of the blogger seems to be "steal and repost without attribution, whine about Fair Use when caught, grudgingly attribute or remove only on demand."

I seem to be fortunate in that the blogger isn't interested in MacGyver or Stargate.  But Lost Spook, here's one of yours:


Folks, we need to stop this person.  She (or he) is not going to stop stealing unless she gets a major setback.  I recommend not only demanding takedown from her directly, but also telling her that you're reporting her for TOS violations.
Computer Fix
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Amnesia In the Icon Picker

Or, "Picky, Picky, Picky".

A quick tech support post, since I'm making the same comment on more than one person's LJ:

The icon picker has developed amnesia -- or, rather, has lost its short-term memory.

About three days ago, the icon picker started glitching when you comment -- no matter what icon you select, it reverts to the default when you post. You can edit the comment and reselect the icon, and sometimes it will not revert again.

The only way I've found not to have to re-re-edit is to hit the "More options" button before posting and run it through a check, at which point you can re-select the icon and it will stick.

Please feel free to signal boost this.

(Rumours that the icon picker has also forgotten its name and the way home have yet to be verified, but are probably true.)

(You can pick your friends, and you can pick your icon, but you can't pick your friends' icons.  Right?)  Need coffee.
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Positivity 4

1 - Missy and I watched the Agents of SHIELD premiere last night.  We were pretty underwhelmed, to be honest, so that isn't actually the positive thing.  After it ended, Missy asked, "Didn't we just get the new episode of Doctor Who?  Let's watch that now!"  (We get the new episodes through Nook Video, and they become available on Tuesdays.)  So we did, and it was WONDERFUL.

2 - It's now two months since we cut our cable.  Two months of our former cable bill is enough to cover the cost of the new equipment that made it possible (a digital antenna and a Roku streaming stick), with something left over for the content that we still have to pay for (new episodes of Doctor Who), and leaves something over for faster internet service.  Starting with next month, we'll officially be ahead!  And dear heavens I loooove it!  Just flipping off the cable companies makes me smirk.

3 - This evening after dinner, I sat and worked on new LOLMacs while Missy read to me.  She reads wonderfully, and she'd been saving an Avengers fic by scifigrl47 that I hadn't read.  Oh, domestic bliss of the deliciously fannish variety!  I'll get several evenings of this particular happy flavour, since it's a longish fic.

Bonus #4 - Along with the Roku stick, we got the following freebies:  two free months of Hulu Plus (has ads, boo), one free month of Netflix (no ads!  yay!!), and a credit at Movies to Go that we've only just now using up.  And I found out that I can watch MacGyver on Netflix on my iPad, which is so insanely fine that I have no words.  Is this really my life?
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Problems Only Whovians Understand

Recent stumbled onto this wonderful article:  20 Problems Only Whovians Can Understand.

Including such gems as:
20. Constantly Resisting The Urge To Say, ‘I Told You So.’

19. Having To Learn To Love The Main Character All Over Again And Again
This has been happening since 1966, so you might be forgiven for thinking that we’d all made peace with it by now. . . . It’s amazing Whovian Fandom isn’t more rife with abandonment issues than it is, honestly.

17. Learning To Suppress That Vague Resentment Of Newer Fans
. . . ‘YOU! You with your Fez and your unbridled joy! You weren’t there in 1989, man… You never lived through the JNT years… You weren’t there to have your heart briefly given hope again before being brutally ripped from your body and stomped on in 1996! You don’t know, man! You don’t KNOW…!’

16. Learning To Suppress That Vague Resentment Of Older Fans

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Read it all and laugh and weep!
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Positivity 3

It seems that posting every day is beyond me, although posting positive things is not.  So this will take more than five days, but I figure that's acceptable.

1 - It rained today, with great enthusiasm.  I like rain anyway, especially around here, where it means cooler temperatures.  Instead of the high 80s and low 90s, it stayed in the low 80s during the day.  It's actually plunged all the way down to, gasp, 76 degrees right now!!

2 - With the rain and attendant electrical activity, the power went out at work at about 2 pm.  We get power outages all the freaking time, so every computer is on a battery backup, but the power blips are usually only a few minutes or even a few seconds.  This one just went on and on.  Eventually, I had to shut down the server (since its battery pack is not intended for long sustained support), and we all went home early.  I have to admit, I really loved going home early!  Especially on a Friday.

3 - Partly because I was able to leave early, I also got to the gym, for the first time this week.  (Usually I get there maybe three times, but being sick and tired interfered this week.)  I don't do a major workout -- I use the ellipticals, usually for half an hour to an hour, and read a book as I stride boldly along.  It was really good to get there again.  And it was raining again when I left, and nice and cool(ish)!

Bonus #4 - Fic Rush this weekend!  I'm too bleary to attempt to write this evening, but I have hopes for the rest of the weekend.  *crosses fingers*
Weather Report
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Positivity 2

It's going to be short this evening, because it's late and I'm getting sleepy.

1 - Feeling much better, aches and congestion almost all gone.  Yay feeling better!

2 - Today's LOLMac is the second of a set of three, with the third to come Friday.  Both have gotten some lovely and hilarious responses so far.  Yay Flist!

3 - When I got to the office this morning, the A/C for the entire building was out of order.  I watched the temperature creep up through the day (I have a little thermometer I keep at my workspace), telling myself that if it got to 87, I was going to give in and go home.  They got the A/C working again in mid-afternoon, just as the temperature was nudging 87, and I got to watch with great joy as it backed down again.  Yay air conditioning!

Bonus #4 - yay for acclimatization; a year ago, I wouldn't have been able to function at all.  I'd've had to head home in a half-melted state.  (It did help that I remembered the little office fridge needed defrosting, so I spent a good half-hour up to my elbows in frost and ice.)
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Positivity 1

Clocketpatch and I tagged each other on this meme, and I had intended to start it yesterday, but I felt too lousy even to answer comments or respond to my Flist, so I'll start today.

1 - Turns out that yesterday's lousy feeling was me coming down with something; I woke up this morning feeling even worse.  Why is this a positive?  Because I called in sick to work.  Because I can do that.  I don't get shit for it, I won't get a cut in my paycheck, I won't get quietly abused and mistreated when I get back for daring to stay home and keep my germs to myself when I need to.  Damn, I wish I could give this gift to everyone!!  I spoke to one of my insanely smart co-workers, passed on a small but complex task that needed to be attended to first thing, and knew it would be taken care of and not screwed up.  Daaaaamn, I love my job, I love my co-workers, I even love my bosses.  *pinches self*

2 - Doctor Who tonight!  We've cut the cable, so we get the new episodes via Nook video, and it takes 48 hours before each one is available.  We could have watched it last night, but we were both too bleary.

3 - Speaking of Doctor Who -- my beloved Missy is being sucked into that fandom, to my intense delight!  We've started watching selected bits of classic Who together, as well as New Who beginning from the top.  Can't wait to share David Tennant with her!  This also means we'll be discovering Matt Smith together, since I missed nearly all of Eleven's era.  I know all you Elevenophiles (unadekaphiles?) out there will be grinning at that thought.

Bonus #4 - I'm off to take a nap.  I love taking naps.  *pats child-self on head*  Yup, it's true, kid.  Someday you'll realize that naps are bliss.
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Actor Who?

I just noticed that the new fall shows include two different US shows starring Doctor Who alumni:  Gracepoint, starring David Tennant, a repackaging of Broadchurch; and Selfie, starring Karen Gillan, a repackaging of Shaw's Pygmalion.

I'm all in favour of US networks giving us more opportunites to see our much-loved actors, as long as they don't poach too hard.  I'd be especially happy to see John Barrowman popping up on my screen,  [ETA:  I've now been reminded that he's on Arrow, which I haven't seen, but mmm, yay!] especially if his shirt manages to get hung up in customs.  I'm not so sure about the repackaging and retreads -- US producers usually do a truly craptastic job when they try to steal British productions.  (Remember the hideous US version of Red Dwarf?)  So here's hoping they haven't poached good actors for bad projects.

Here's a thought, for fun:  if you could see any actor from a British production (TV or movie, past or present) in a US show or film, who would you like to see, and in what show?  No limits here!

To start with, I'm going to ask for Stephen Fry to make a guest appearance as an alien ambassador on Babylon 5, with Hugh Laurie as his conniving and debauched assistant.

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Who else has a recasting to offer?
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I'm back

I just posted the first new LOLMac.  Hiatus is semi-officially over!  (Officially, it ends tomorrow, when I'll be posting a special set for the occasion.)

PS.  Should there be anyone who might feel inclined to pimp, I'll be most grateful!