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You had your chance to put a ring on it
But now I have a lover, after you.
For three long years I put up with your shit
Now I'm up in the club with my new boo.
Dressed up to the nines, gloss on my lips,
Seeing you see me across the floor;
Now I've got a new man on my hips.
Suddenly you want your turn once more.
But when you had me, did you treat me right?
You gave me worldly things. That's not enough.
My destiny? Love's buzz, and years of light
And joy and laughter, not your poor, weak stuff.
Ah, single ladies, throw your hands up high
If your ex is a jealous, bitter guy.
There are two separate but thematically connected stories in this book, so I'll take them separately. To whit: (and because it's a comic-review, here's a nice hefty cutCollapse )
Post BiCon, anything you'd like to say to me non-publicly or anonymously?
Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

My Valentinr - shinydan
Get your own valentinr

Nervous. Determined.
If you discovered a new planet, what would you name it?

If people fancy adding their thoughts: http://kevan.org/johari?name=shinydan

What options are there


When the feelings you carry


exceed your ability to express them?


How does a poet accept that the word, "love",


is still the best tool in their box to talk


about the sense that your soul is afire?


What do you do when you run out of words? FIN

There are two ways to make sure that things which are roughly spherical stay where you put them. One is to make a peak, the other is to make a trough. When a rugby place-kicker, or a golfer, wants their ball to stay in place, they make a little hill - or use one of those newfangled "tees" - and it does. When somebody wants to eat a boiled egg, or plant a seed, they dig a litle hole in the ground - or an egg-cup or a seed-tray - and put their sphere into it. They will then do other things to it, but that's not the point.

The point is that it will take a lot more energy to knock the egg out of its hole than to knock the golf ball off its tee, for reasons of PHYSICS! and you can prove it by trying. Alternatively, you can watch some poor sap trying to hit a golf ball out of a bunker, or try to eat an egg off a golf tee. (Not me. I don't like boiled eggs. Or golf.)

But what happens when you move away from physics, and start thinking about this as a metaphor for sexuality and sexual behaviour? Is bisexuality a peak, from which we can easily be knocked away, into the troughs of other, more visible sexualities? Or is it a trough that takes a lot of other people's pressure to remove us from? Granted, a lot depends on the individual and the people they're around, but how about some sweeping generalisations to get Wednesday off to a good start?
http://www.winkballpolitics.com/?wall=4453 Um, at this point I'm the first video, eight rows down.
Had an insanely busy but wonderful last few days. Saturday afternoon was spent at the Manchester Munch at Tribeca, which started out with me hiding in a corner and ended with me meeting loads of lovely new people. Then I went to the lovely Mary P's place to watch the Last Night of the Proms with her, the surpassingly wonderful Holly and assorted other nice people.

Woke up on Sunday afternoon and had a long, leisurely afternoon at Mary's, then came back home only to find I'd been offered Sunday dinner with Ollie and Benji which was yummy duck with various nice veggies. All in all it's been a classy weekend...
nakedfaery posted a longer version of this, and this is artremis's version. Comment here and i'll tell you - in return i'd like it if you'd post some variant of this on your own journal but i'm not going to hold anyone to it:

a. Tell you why I friended you.

b. Tell you something I like about you.

c. Ask you something I've wanted to know about you.
1) Everybody's cute, everybody's cute - even me! But in purple, I'm stunning...

2) It's perfectly ok to go back to your room to eat or sleep as you need to. Or not.

3) Kissing, holding and caressing more lovely, sexy and wonderful people in the space of four days than I managed in my first two decades is fun and pleasurable for everyone involved.

4) If someone signs to confirm that they have read a binding code of conduct, this does not prove that they have done so in good faith, that they have properly read or understood it, or that they are going to consider themselves bound by it. This is not and cannot be the fault of anyone who has drawn up the code of conduct - it is the fault of the person or persons who decide that their privilege to act as they please is more important than everyone else's need to be respected.

5) There are people in this world who it is unwise to irritate. Do so at your own risk.

6) If you have offered to run a session at a convention about a specific topic, please make sure the session is actually about that topic. To do otherwise places you in danger of walkouts, derision (even from groups of delegates who are otherwise open-minded and tolerant of others) and in extreme circumstances, depending on how you react, may lead to you being removed from the conference by security.

7) Consent of any kind can be withdrawn at any time, for any reason, in any environment. This should be respected at all times and in all ways, for any reason, and in any environment. A request to put away a game of snap, a squeaky toy or a phallic turnip is just as important and valid as a request to stop in the middle of public or private sex or BDSM play. If you respect "stop", people are far likely to resort to "please go away now" or "fuck right off".

8) There are words that could be used to cause pain, offence and insult to each and every person on the planet. They are different words in each case, but they exist. Strive to avoid them, at conferences and in public life. Do not come crying to me if you suddenly find yourself socially excluded because you made someone else cry.

9) Despite all these issues, conferences in general and Bicon in particular, can still be a hugely positive, encouraging and wonderful experience. Please help, however you can, to make this more true, more often, for more people.

10) Doing new things with wonderful and interesting people can broaden the mind, among other things. If you broadened my mind this weekend, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Here is the apparently traditional "Tell me anything you want to tell me, now Bicon's finished" post.

Comments are screened but anonymous posting is switched on.

Liverpool ENG / Rabotnicki MAC
Maritimo POR / Bangor City WAL
CSKA Sofia RUS / Cliftonville NOR
Shamrock Rovers IRE / Juventus ITA
Maribor SLO / Hibernian SCO
Aalesund NOR / Motherwell SCO


The New Saints WAL / Anderlecht GER
Braga POR / Celtic SCO

Wonder how many of them will be on telly? Dream fixture for Shamrock Rovers, too, but of course we won't see that one here.
One for the "That Does Not Mean What You Think It Means" file right here...

A note to myself, at least that the Carling Cup football match between Stevenage and Portsmouth is on telly and in the pub.

And for those interested in Byron, there was a feature about him on Radio 3 last week, which can be found here, if you can access iPlayer.
Originally posted by soph at Regarding the recent news on user purging
If you've seen the recent LJ news post, please be aware that it was written from the wrong spec. While I ([info]soph, the original author of this post), am not staff, this has been confirmed officially by staff and the news post has been rewritten accordingly.

Only accounts that have no entries, or have only the initial welcome entry, will be purged.

A new [info]news post is not being made because of the issue with News posts and notifications; the backend would likely crash if two News posts were made so close to each other.

Please repost this! There is a 'Repost this' button at the bottom of this entry.

More details, including the full specification )

The game Scruples is about working out where your friends' moral lines lie. There are 200 questions, each of which offers a moral dilemma. Each player gets a small handful of these, and the game is about working out how your friends will answer each dilemma. The only answers that can be given are Yes, No, and Depends, the last followed by a brief explanation.

When I last played this, there were two complaints from the players; the game was too simple, given the largely shared moral framework of my circle of friends, and that there weren't enough questions about sex and sexuality.

So I've spent this afternoon writing questions to retool Scruples into something a bit more fun. I've got 50 under my belt, and so I wondered what sort of questions my friends and readers could devise. Here's an example from the original game:

"A friend's daughter is pregnant and refuses to tell her parents who the father is. You know. Do you tell your friend?"

So far I've put together questions under the headings of Infidelity, Parenting, Sexual Liberalism and Being Out. Anyone got any ideas for new headings, or for interesting questions? In order to keep the questions secure, this post is screened. But don't worry, you'll see them all eventually. 8)
Where I list Portsmouth's away fixtures in The North and see which ones I might be able to go to.

August 21 15:00 BST Preston North End
Sept 18 15:00 BST Sheffield United
Oct 23 15:00 BST Hull City
Nov 20 15:00 BST Barnsley
Dec 28 15:00 BST Leeds United

That will do for now. 8)
There were only four players on the pitch, in England shirts, who were worthy to wear them. David James, Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. In my opinion, this is because James and Rooney would play the game for free, and because Lampard and Gerrard love the limelight so much that they wanted the TV time regardless of anything else. I don't care what someone's reasons are for giving everything they have for their country, I just care that they do. I admire the German players who did so, and all the other players in this World Cup who have done so.

But for the other England players, I have nothing but contempt. Even 10 years ago, pride and their wallets pulled them in the same direction - the World Cup remained the ultimate stage, and improved the worth and transfer values of the players who shone on it. Now, with all the intra-national football that gets played in Europe, and the concentration of the very best players at the very best clubs, it seems to have become more of a risk. Why play at full tilt, and risk injury, for the relatively paltry sums one can earn as an England player?

It's not hard to suspect the same problems lie at the root of the failure of the two other Western European 'titans', Italy and France, to perform. This is going to be a better World Cup without them. Sadly, it's also going to be a better World Cup without England.