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You are my valentine and I'm ever so grateful for your friendship and silliness!


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Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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Kill all the legislation! Ok, maybe not all, but leave our internets the hell alone!

Watch out

Well, I got my ticket to Ireland last week (after working my arse off to save for it), and my renewed passport came through \o/
I'll be there from 29 November to 13 December and I want to sneak in a trip to London sometime in there. Anybody want to meet up? Um, despite the fact that I'm a crap friend and haven't been around in forever?
*hugs to you all*

*waving merrily*

Hey y'all.
I've been reading along a bit more lately, now that I'm not working all kinds of crazy hours (of course I'm still not writing either...*headdesk*). The funny thing is, I have all of these comments that I keep meaning to make on posts, but just never seem to manage. Meh. I think it's partly working at the bookstore. I have to deal with whomever walks up for 8 hours at a time. After that, I just don't want to talk to ANYONE for DAYS. 'Cause you would not believe the amount of stupid. For example...this is a BOOKSTORE...why do you walk in, ask me for something without knowing the author OR title, then BRAG that you haven't read a book in 15 years!?!

I forget that working in environments like this make me hate people--not individual people, mind you. Once I get to know someone, they are usually ok. But the undifferentiated mass of people...the ones who leave the books scattered all over the floor and shelves after they have been looking at them. The ones who don't know the name or author of a book, but think the cover was blue. Yeah, them. I really don't like them.

I've also discovered that I'm incapable of fake-smiling. I mean, I can do it but it looks like a grimace and anyone can tell it's fake. So I spend 8 hours trying to dredge up actual smiles for people who are irritating me to no end. No wonder I'm emotionally exhausted.

Wow, that was a lot of complaining. I should say that I do really like the people I work with, and that many of our customers have become friends of mine. I've learned a lot of things from casual conversation with people that I would never have known. AND it gets me moving, physically. So, despite my complaining, I do like the job overall; I just wish I weren't so anti-social afterwards.

And (this is why I'm keeping the job right now) I am saving to come to Ireland (and hopefully England) in early December! That means I'm going to be knocking on your doors and begging you to take me to the pubs. Squee! (it also means I've got to get my passport renewed). I'm so excited that I'll actually get to hug many of y'all.

Birdie luffs you!

Everyone stop what you are doing

and wish the glorious bellap74 a happy birthday!
Love you, honey!

From your adoring Birdie



 Hey y'all!
I'm so sorry not to have responded to your comments, etc., but LJ has been a real jerk.  I've been trying to log on, but it won't let me.  Of course, now that I am on, I have no time to write a proper entry.
Just a quick hello and I luff you!

*hugs all 'round*

 hugs for everyone today.

extra special hugs for those in London and near any of the other rioting.  Please be safe.  I am thinking of you and keeping you close in my heart.

May. 20th, 2011

I want to move somewhere chilly and have an Aga.
That is all.
Well, that and I forgot that summer teaching is hellish.
Well, that and I luff you all.
 Hey y'all.
Honestly I've been quiet because NOTHING has been happening here.  Just scanning papers in the morning, teaching class at noon, and grading in the afternoon.  Usually in the evenings, I'm trying to keep the housie from having hysterics or I'm having dinner with a friend, if I'm not dead asleep by 8.30.

How is everyone?

I saw that Edward Hardwicke died today.  Requiescat in Pace.

 In other news, I was on my way to the student union today when I saw a car with a bumper sticker which read "My other car is the TARDIS."  It made me ridiculously happy because Dr. Who is still not all that well known here.

Hope everyone is having a gorgeous day.

*peeps in*

Hey y'all!

Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to comment on my last post and send "get well" wishes.  I'm 100% better now, but things have gotten even busier rather than settling down a bit.  Summer classes are hella intense.  It would be really nice if I could just recycle my syllabus but it's totally ridiculous to expect these students to read more than about 50-60 pages a night.  They do have other classes, and none of them are Lit majors.

It looks like a pretty promising class, though.  I'm crossing my fingers still.  Today is the first day we start discussion on an actual novel \o/

Other than that, I fear I've just been boring.  I've been trying to keep my housemate from having a breakdown with all  her jobs and no clear prospects for getting to write on her dissertation soon (this is a VERY.  BAD.  THING). 


She had a complete meltdown Monday, accompanied by tears, the "why ME?" syndrome and various levels of fit pitching.  She got so bad she couldn't distinguish what was critical to get done that day and what she had more time on.  So I drag myself out to the kitchen and force her to give me a verbal list of crap that has to get done, then make her a schedule and sit with her half the damn day while she does her work.  When I went back to my office to do some stuff on my computer, I came back and she was taking a nap.  *headdesk*  I thought we were going to be housemates--I didn't realize I was going to have to look after her like a child.

I think she knew she finally pushed it too far last night, though.  I'm supposed to clean the kitchen and bathroom but I can't because she needs to pick up all her stuff in there first.  I'm not doing her sinkful of dishes so that I can then scrub the sink.  Anyway, I asked if we could have a mini-spring clean tomorrow.  She clearly doesn't like that idea because she wants to go running over to her boyfriend's house the minute she finishes work (despite the fact that he won't be there until 10 *rolls eyes*).  She did not react well, but I stood my ground, then I went to my room to call my mum and vent a little.  She either realized that what I said made sense, or she overheard my conversation, because 85% of the dishes were done when I got up this morning.  Maybe she just thinks that means that I'll clean the entire rest of the house.  *snort* fat chance...I've got to come up with lesson plans for the next week and write something on my own dissertation

In other news, I can't remember if I've mentioned it here or not, but Alan Rickman is going to be starring in The Gambit with Colin Firth \o/  This offering pleases Birdie.

On the other hand, Johnny Depp wants to star as Nick Charles in a re-make of The Thin Man that's sort of re-envisioned like the BBC Sherlock.  They want Rachel Weisz to be Nora.  The director would be the guy who directed the 3rd Pirates film.  I am not a happy Birdie about this one.  There is a potential it could be good; there is a much greater chance it could be OBNOXIOUSLY bad.  *sigh*  ya win some, ya lose some.

I just lost 36 hours

Completely lost.  I hope no one needed me for anything.
I got either a stomach bug or food poisoning.
It was UGLY.  
Let's never do that again, Mother Nature, ok?

I'm still utterly weak and pathetic.  All sorts of muscles around my ribs and diaphragm hurt.  But at least I'm able to walk about now.  That's always a good thing, right?

This was a particularly awkward time to lose that many hours because I needed them to grade and to re-make my syllabus.  Ah well, it could have been worse--it could have been first week of new term (next week).  I'll get my grades in tonight, remake the syllabus and print it tomorrow and try to get myself back on track after that (hahahahaha).

I will catch up on everyone's entries as soon as possible--Wy, I'm really looking forward to the piccies! 
Well, I seem to be doing an "every other day" kind of thing, but hey, at least I'm posting, right?

My little ones took their exam yesterday morning, and it went surprisingly smoothly.  There were hardly any questions; they all got down to work and scribbled away in their bluebooks.  I'm really going to be sad to leave this particular class.  There was virtually always someone coming to see me in my office hours and they were pretty strong in class discussion as well.  They were a smart group overall--it's one of the highest average grades I've had as an instructor here (assuming they all didn't tank the final and the last essay, which I have to grade today and tomorrow).

As usual, I had one who finished in about 45 minutes, and one who stayed the entire 2 hours and I nearly had to kick her out.  Most of them finished around the 1 hr 15 minute mark, which is about what I expected.

Summation:  It went well, I went to work after that then had dinner and hung out with my friend Andrew.  I came home and read some of the MASSIVE book that's been recalled *rolls eyes* and went to bed.   SO WHY AM I STILL EXHAUSTED?  Perhaps it's anticipatory exhaustion knowing that I have to redesign the course and start it again in 6 days?

Anyway, this is an incredibly rambly entry.  I wish I had something fun/interesting/new to tell yall.  Just the same old news that I'm glad you're in my life and that we are friends.

Day 4

Hey y'all!
I've just finished composing the final exam for my class.  Yay.  It actually didn't take that much work, but I was dreading it because I'm so bad at coming up with essay questions that have the right amount of specificity, but still allow them enough room to show what they know.  Let's hope I did it well.  I'll know by the moans and groans tomorrow :)

I don't know if I've mentioned here that I've decided to take out loans for next semester so that I don't have to teach and can just write.  I love teaching, and that's the problem.  I spend way too much time teaching and grading and not enough time doing my own work.  At any rate, I've decided to sit out this fall.  So, my point in telling you this is to ask if you have any tips on frugality for me.  How do you scrape through the tough monetary times?

--Moving is not really an option, and my landlords have told us they will not raise our rent, so our place is actually cheaper than most places I could be living.
--We can't take on another person because (1) there's not another proper bedroom, just our studies and (2) I think housie would have a cow.
--We don't have cable tv
--I almost never buy clothes

Problem areas:
--I eat out way more than I should.  When I get stressed I just can't get it together to meal plan and go grocery shopping (grocery shopping is a difficult thing for me--I'm exhausted when I finish and I always freak out in the check out line).  I'm going to work on this, but suggestions for lunches are particularly welcome.
--Book buying.  I am doing better about this in 2011.  I'm using the Uni library more.  I don't really use the public library often because I can never guarantee I'll get the book read in 2 weeks, and the library is not really convenient since there is almost no parking.  I just have this acquisition problem with books.  I love them and I love to own them.  :)

Tips and tricks are more than welcome--they needn't be on the areas I've mentioned.
Luff you!

Happy bday Wyvernchick!


Happy Birthday my darling Wy!
This is the gift I wish I could give you.

Day 3

I went 'round to read everyone's entries this morning, but LJ quit working on me!  *sporks LJ*  I will try to catch up soon!

I had planned to clean my bathroom today (it's a bit scary in there), but I've had a 700 page book recalled by the library, so I have spent a large section of the day trying to skim through that to turn it back in.  Nothing like a recall notice to make ya get moving.  *snort*

I just got the news that one of my former students who has been wonderful about keeping in touch with me got into an MBA program in London!  Squee!  I wrote one of her letters of recommendation and she's stopping by my office hours Monday to tell me more about it.  It's so wonderful to feel that I can actually make a difference academically for someone.  *happy face*

Also, my life is officially a Lindsay Duncan appreciation life (no surprise to you, I'm sure).  But just look at this gorgeous face: