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Highlander Marathon [Monday, July 7th, 2014 @ 6:38am]
If anyone on my friends list is interested, Syfy will be showing various episodes from season 5 of Highlander, beginning at 7 AM CST, and ending around 2 PM. First up: Revelation 6:8. This entry was also posted at Dreamwidth, where it has comment count unavailable comments. Feel free to comment here or there.
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Rest In Peace, Meshach Taylor [Sunday, June 29th, 2014 @ 12:24pm]
Meshach Taylor has passed away, at the age of 67, after a battle with cancer. May he rest in peace. I will always remember and love his role as Anthony Bouvier on Designing Women…and, to a lesser degree, Hollywood Montrose in the Mannequin movies. Until I checked IMDB, I wasn’t aware that he appeared in The Howling and Damien: Omen II.

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Meme [Sunday, June 15th, 2014 @ 1:43pm]
A meme, taken from a few people on my friends list:

Tell me one thing about me that you see as a defining characteristic or trait, from my personality to my writing.


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Rest In Peace, Casey Kasem [Sunday, June 15th, 2014 @ 11:38am]
Casey Kasem has passed away, at the age of 82, following a long battle with Lewy Body Disease—a form of dementia. May he rest in peace. He may be most famous for being the host of American Top 40, and as the voice of Shaggy in various incarnations of Scooby Doo over the decades. He was also the voice of Robin in various Super Friends shows. Ghostbusters fans should recall his cameo (voice only) in the first film.

I also remember him hosting a Classic TV Countdown (like this and this) on Nick At Nite every year, in the 80’s and 90’s, and that he appeared as himself on Saved By The Bell. He will be missed.
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Rest In Peace, Kirsten Bishop [Thursday, June 5th, 2014 @ 12:48pm]
Kirsten Bishop has passed away, at the age of 50, following a battle with lung cancer. May she rest in peace. I primarily know her from the 1975 English dubbed anime version of The Little Mermaid. I watched that version numerous times in the early 80’s, around the age of 2. (I always preferred that original, unhappy ending over the Disney version.)

I don’t believe that I have ever watched anything else she voiced or appeared in.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past [Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 @ 10:24am]
I went to see Days of Future Past by myself yesterday afternoon, at the 1:15 PM 2D Digital showing. Or, rather, 1:45, due to 30 minutes of previews, and random commercials.

Due to a particularly urgent need, (four glasses of tea before going since it was 90 degrees, you figure it out) I left the minute the end credits began. I already knew the gist of what happened in the end credits scene, and I located a low quality version of it a couple hours ago on Youtube.

Without spoiling (spoilers are welcome in the comments, though) anything, I will say that I loved it.

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Meme [Friday, May 23rd, 2014 @ 12:34pm]
Taken from several on my friends list:

If I was a god, what kind of god would I be?

Bonus if you add some mythos about me.

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Lurker Amnesty Day [Sunday, May 18th, 2014 @ 10:08am]
Taken from several on my friends list:

Today has been declared lurker amnesty day! Have you read me but never commented? Do you surf by occasionally? Say hello! You are under no obligation to ever comment or delurk again, but here's a chance to do so in a post just for that. Hey, just wave at me, if that's all you want to do and say hi.
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Fixing The Site's Format [Saturday, May 17th, 2014 @ 10:09am]
If you don’t care for the new layout on Livejournal and you haven’t already found the way back, here’s how you can change it back to the old style. Massive kudos go out to sallymn for finding it.
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Rest In Peace, Bob Hoskins [Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 @ 12:12pm]
Bob Hoskins has passed away, at the age of 71, after being hospitalized as a result of pneumonia. May he rest in peace. After a quick check of IMDB, I realized that I’ve only seen him in three movies: Hook—where he was great as Smee, The Super Mario Brothers, and Snow White And The Huntsman. I don’t believe I ever made it through Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
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Antivirus Poll [Thursday, April 24th, 2014 @ 1:16pm]
In a few months, my subscription to Avast Internet Security will be up. I have been considering switching to something else for a bit now, but (after reading up on both through various forums such as the Wilder Security Forums, and articles, as well as sifting through the AV Comparative tests to narrow it down) I can’t decide between these two. So have a poll--and if you have experience with either, whether it’s good or bad, please let me know.

Or let me know if either one would have a problem co-existing with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium. Because that’s one that I really won’t be giving up anytime soon.


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So Much Spam [Thursday, April 24th, 2014 @ 7:46am]
In the last few days, I have had four spam comments from anonymous journals hit my most recent Livejournal posts. Annoying, but they are being cleaned up within a couple hours of them being posted. Thankfully, I always have it screened for comments if it's someone that hasn't friended me or if it's an anonymous post. It seems to be simply random gibberish.

Edit: And there's another one, to this very entry on LJ as of 10:15 AM. Deleted that one, too.
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Warning: Heartbleed In OpenSSL--Don't Panic [Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 @ 10:31am]
The Heartbleed security vulnerability seems to be affecting a large portion of sites that use OpenSSL on their platform. If you haven’t already heard of it, here are a few links that explain what Heartbleed is, and how it could expose passwords and other sensitive data, such as credit card information.

Github has a list (last updated 2 hours ago, as I post this) to determine whether or not a particular website is vulnerable to Heartbleed. Dreamwidth has determined that they seem to be okay, and has a good explanation as to what could happen where they’re involved in this [site community profile] dw_maintenance post. I haven’t seen a statement from Livejournal as of yet.

A few tools were posted in this comment that help to determine a site’s vulnerability on an individual basis. If it isn’t vulnerable, feel free to change the passwords if you feel that you need to. If a site I were registered with happened to be affected, the best advice I’ve seen (and that I agree with) is to wait until it is no longer vulnerable.
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Rest In Peace, Kate O'Mara [Sunday, March 30th, 2014 @ 11:07am]
Kate O’Mara has passed away, at the age of 74, following a short illness. May she rest in peace. She will be best known to Doctor Who fans as The Rani. This entry was also posted at Dreamwidth, where it has comment count unavailable comments. Feel free to comment here or there.
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Importing Could Happen Soon [Thursday, March 27th, 2014 @ 12:12pm]
The old Yuletide archive is scheduled to be imported to Ao3 in May if things go well. If I’ve read everything correctly, once the transfer is complete, the old archive will be deleted. As comments won’t be included in the transfer, those will be gone. So save them if you need to. There was only one where I needed to save any comments, and I’ve already done so in an html file.
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Twinkie Memorial At The Firehouse [Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 @ 10:25am]
I just found out that fans of Harold Ramis are leaving Twinkies and flowers outside the 8th Hook And Ladder Firehouse as a memorial to him. Very sweet, and fitting.

Have a link to one the best bits of fan art (there’s another great one in their comments) I’ve seen in the wake of Ramis’ death. Another sad one, as he learns where the stairs go.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ivan Reitman, and more pay their respects. “More” includes: Maurice La Marche, Larry King, Robin Shelby, Jason Reitman, and Sony Pictures.

ETA: And if you scroll down to a comment by Morydees in the GB Fans forum, there's a quote from Stephen Tobolowsky, as he remembers Ramis during an Ask My Anything on Reddit yesterday.
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Rest In Peace, Harold Ramis [Monday, February 24th, 2014 @ 1:00pm]
Harold Ramis has passed away, at the age of 69, as a result of “complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis,” which he had been battling since 2010. May he rest in peace. He will best be remembered by his fans as Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, as well as being the co-writer of both that, as well as Groundhog Day, in addition to many other great films which I now realize I haven't had the good fortune to see.

He will be greatly missed. And with that news, I’m off to rewatch the first Ghostbusters movie, in his memory. Egon was always my favorite of the team.
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Upgrade Complete [Friday, February 14th, 2014 @ 9:47am]
Yesterday evening, I installed Windows 7. Today, I am slowly reinstalling all of my programs. I like it so far, even if there's a bit of an issue with the Desktop portion at the moment.

Everything has become so tiny. (It was so big a few icons took up half the screen, but I fixed that--I just don't know how, and now everyone must squint.) I'll figure it out later. I have installed: IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, Avast, PC Tools Performance Toolkit, Adfender, Flash for Youtube, Java so a couple sites I use will work right, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I need to install a few more things.

I successfully installed Windows Office 2000, so my ancient Word works okay. It also automatically compensated during the installation, and decided to get rid of the black bars at the edges of the Toshiba television screen--so everything fits the screen now. I need to adjust to it.

And now, a comparison: When Dad accidentally wrecked the computer and had to reinstall everything long ago when I was in college, it took him 12 hours to get XP reinstalled. This doesn't account for the time it took him to reinstall programs, but he says that was the length when he first set it up, too. My installation of Windows 7? Approximately 35 minutes. Although, that may have something to do with not having installed over 100 Windows Updates for it. I'll get on that later. When I've researched which ones could mess something up.

I will eventually delete the windows.old folder, when I'm certain that I have all the right versions of particular programs reinstalled. In my old XP, we couldn't get programs to make icons on the Desktop. Windows 7 does it without any hiccups. It also seems to be successful in creating System Restore points without my direct intervention every morning. XP couldn't (at least not on mine, no matter what was done).


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Upgrade In Progress...Soon [Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 @ 2:55pm]
Due to the fact that support for Windows XP ends in April, I have been preparing to upgrade to Windows 7. Dad has 8 on his newer (his old one imploded at long last) laptop, but I think I would prefer Windows 7 Home Premium. So far, based on running Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor*, everything should be okay.

So until I purchase an upgrade from Best Buy, Wal-Mart or Amazon, I’m reading up on all the changes that I can. Since I have Windows XP, I know that I’ll need to wipe out everything via reformatting the hard drive, and reinstall all my programs once I’ve got it in.

However, does anyone know if Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit would be able to run Windows Office 2000 Professional? Because I would like to be able to use that version of Microsoft Word, and not somehow mess up all my files. I’ve already read enough posts across several forums to know that Outlook Express wouldn’t work, and I’m fine with that. I’m just finding conflicting reports on people who were able to get Office up and running.

Windows Professional has XP Mode—however, as I would only need it for Word, I don’t have to have it. I can try to locate an older version of Office that still used the doc extention, and looked similar to 2000.

*I am honestly amused by the fact that my printer from 1997 is still compatible.
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More Snow Has Struck [Monday, February 3rd, 2014 @ 12:51pm]
I was planning to head to the dentist this morning for my check-up/cleaning, but he phoned (on a Sunday, a bit after 6 PM, on his personal cell phone) to let me know that due to the 4-6 inches of snow that began falling earlier in the day (and continued until 3 AM) the hygienist couldn’t get across the bridge from Illinois, and the receptionist couldn’t make it—so for the first time that I’m aware of, he was personally canceling the appointment. Everyone will reschedule when this mess clears up. Currently, the roads are a nightmare.

We’ll see how that rescheduling goes. Freezing rain should start falling tomorrow at noon, and continue to Wednesday morning. Something else happens Thursday. He’s closed Friday. Saturday and Sunday should be a repeat of yesterday.


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Rest In Peace, Rankin, Schell, and Cacavas [Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 @ 9:22am]
Arthur Rankin, Jr. has passed away at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He was consulting and executive producer on the 80’s version of Thundercats, producer and director for The Last Unicorn, as well as half of Rankin and Bass. Lord of the Rings fans may remember that he produced The Hobbit and The Return of the King in the 70’s.

Maximilian Schell has passed away at the age of 83, as a result of “a sudden and serious illness.” May he rest in peace. I mostly remember him from The Black Hole (1979), and his role of Hamlet--since the latter aired on MST3K.

John Cacavas has passed away at the age of 83. May he rest in peace. He was a film and tv composer. Among his work was the theme for Kojak, which I’ve been watching every Sunday evening lately, courtesy of Me-TV. I haven’t seen the movies he did that MST3K showed. The only films he did composition for which I have seen appear to be The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and Horror Express.
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[Sunday, January 19th, 2014 @ 9:32am]
Words and Deeds Love Meme 4: Jan. 18th - Feb. 2nd; Hosted by J.J. Hunter at Dreamwidth
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Rest In Peace, Russell Johnson and Hal Sutherland [Friday, January 17th, 2014 @ 1:16pm]
Russell Johnson passed away yesterday, at the age of 89, as a result of kidney failure. May he rest in peace. He will be best remembered by most as the Professor on Gilligan’s Island. MST3K fans will also remember him from This Island Earth, which featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

Hal Sutherland has passed away. As of the post I link to, there’s no word as to his age, when he died, or how. He was the director of almost every episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and was the co-founder of Filmation Studios. May he rest in peace.
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The Answers To The Fifteen Characters Meme [Thursday, January 16th, 2014 @ 3:05pm]
1. Ichabod Crane
2. John Watson (from Sherlock)
3. Tenth Doctor
4. Emerson Cod
5. Klaus
6. Egon Spengler
7. Methos
8. Doc Brown
9. Evie (from The Mummy)
10. Victoria Winters (90’s version of Dark Shadows)
11. Sherlock Holmes (from Sherlock)
12. Ned (Pushing Daisies)
13. Indiana Jones
14. Peter Vincent (from the 80’s version of Fright Night)
15. Honeythorn Gump (from Legend)

All the questions and answers from the following people are beneath the cut: frenchroast, sallymn, canadiandiamond, dolimir_k, clocketpatch, moriann, graycardinal, lynndyre, kerravonsen, and nahtmmm.Collapse ) This entry was also posted at Dreamwidth, where it has comment count unavailable comments. Feel free to comment here or there.

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RIP, Roger Lloyd-Pack [Thursday, January 16th, 2014 @ 12:32pm]
Roger Lloyd-Pack has passed away, at the age of 69, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. May he rest in peace. I’ve only seen him in the Doctor Who two-parter The Age of Steel and Rise of the Cybermen, where he played John Lumic.

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The Fifteen Character Meme [Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 @ 11:16am]
Taken from several people on my friends list:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.


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Resurrecting The Yuletide Meme [Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 @ 11:24am]
The last time I did this was right before authors were revealed for 2012, so I thought it was time for an updated list. Most of it is copy/pasted from that entry. It’s usually just one a year for the challenge, not counting 2007.

Yuletide 2006: Fools In Love Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Looking back, I think the one I wrote for my first Yuletide was my least favorite. I’m linking to it anyway, even if I don’t think it turned out all that well—it’s easier to keep track of everything that way. It was just what Ares and Aphrodite went through trying to get Cupid and Strife together even though they already were.

Yuletide 2007: This was the year I bowed out early on, so that it wouldn’t count against me. All I will say outside of a locked post is that I knew I could never do it justice, and I thought it would be better off if someone else picked it up. I gave it a shot multiple times before that, but I knew I just couldn’t do what they wanted.

Yuletide 2008: Because We’re Addamses The Addams Family (movies)

2008’s assignment was great fun for me. I loved writing this one, primarily due to the strangeness of Wednesday Addams.

Yuletide 2009: Paranormal Pressures Being Human (UK version)

It was just some regular domestic oddness for George, Annie and Mitchell. This would have been written shortly before I ended up falling out of love with the series as a whole and jumping ship.

Yuletide 2010: If You Could Read My Mind Back to the Future

This one was nice to write. It’s just set shortly after a time stream collision with the phone booth that Bill and Ted used to travel through time. It was all Doc’s point of view as he worked on his mind reading device, and went off on stream of consciousness mental tangents.

Yuletide 2011: The Nosferatu Effect My Best Friend Is A Vampire

This was a movie I loved...written for someone on my friends list. Therefore, it was interesting trying to keep posts as vague as possible, due to how small the fandom was. However, I enjoyed writing it. It’s twenty-five years after the film, catching up with two vampires in the graveyard, and seeing how everyone involved has fared in the ensuing time.

Yuletide 2012: Santacide Is Coming To Town Pushing Daisies

All my recipient really wanted to see was Santa die, and the gang from the Pie Hole investigate the crime. This, coupled with my warped desire to kill Santa in some twisted way, meant I had an inordinate amount of fun writing the story. I was pleased to see that a few people thought I had nailed the Narrator’s voice.

Yuletide 2013: Blood Begets A Curse Anew Legend (1985)

If you click the above link, heed the warnings in the tags. I’ve gone on at length over here, as to the writing process for the story and the ways it almost ended. As stated over there, clocking in at 14,129 words, this is the longest fanfic that I have ever written. It may also be the darkest thing I have written to date. The prompt provided so much inspiration that there’s a good chance it could have been even longer, if I hadn’t reigned it in. Writing Lili’s descent into darkness was an interesting experience in regards to plotting, and capturing Darkness’ voice was a surprisingly fun endeavor. Some moments happened in the story that I didn’t expect to happen when I started out, but they provided some lovely additional torment for Lili.

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Thoughts On Writing 2013's Yuletide fanfic… [Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 @ 2:36pm]
Cut due to length--these notes will only make sense if you have read the fanfic. But if you've seen Legend (1985), at least, you'll know of the characters.Collapse ) </p> This entry was also posted at Dreamwidth, where it has comment count unavailable comments. Feel free to comment here or there.
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Rest In Peace James Avery [Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 @ 1:12pm]
James Avery has passed away at the age of 65. May he rest in peace. He was reportedly in the hospital “for surgery to treat an undisclosed illness, but his condition took a turn for the worse.” While he is best known for his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I also remember him as the voice of Shredder in the 80’s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also provided voice work for Real Ghostbusters, and many other shows.

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Here's What I Wrote For Yuletide [Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 @ 11:37am]
Blood Begets A Curse Anew (14248 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Lili/Darkness
Characters: Darkness (Legend), Lili (Legend), Brown Tom, Blix, Pox, Honeythorn Gump, Jack (Legend)
Additional Tags: Character Death, Alternate Universe, Torture, Animal Sacrifice, Suffering, Evil Wins, Horror, Unhappy Ending, Fractured Fairy Tale
Summary: Jack doesn’t come to Lili’s rescue, and she goes through with the sacrifice. But there are repercussions, as nature darkly fills the void of the slain unicorn with a new creature.</p>

Please heed all of the warnings in the Additional Tags section, as well as the main warnings section.

I'll post something about the process of writing it later.

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