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Happy New Year to everyone.
I'm still around, just reading and not posting much. I don't know what to say these days.
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I wish everyone a happy new year, one with joy and other wonderful things.
This is the year that London hosts the summer Olympics, which starts in 208 days.
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Originally posted by [ profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

1 January

Jan. 1st, 2011 12:05 am
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January 1
Happy new year.
I hope the new year brings you great things.


Jan. 4th, 2009 08:55 pm
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So a friend asked for my advice, or my opinion rather. I don't think that I am qualified to give any advice, especially about relationships. What do I know about them? Only the things I see on television shows like soap operas, dramas or Doctor Phil type shows.

All I can do is tell them what I think, my opinion, which isn't much use most of the time. And all I have to go on is how the situation appears to me, how I see it, and what I think could be done. I guess they ask because I'm an outside observer and not involved, perhaps able to give something of an unbiased opinion. I'm no counsellor, but if it helps then I hope it's enough.
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So I went outside to have a look around. A few shops were open today so did a little shopping. Wanted to see how quiet it was, how many people would be out. I must have left the house at a quiet moment, as there was absolutely no one in sight for a minute or so. It was like those scenes in the movies when a lot of the population were gone (or changed into vampires or zombies or some such) and there were no other humans to be seen.
It wasn't completely deserted, most people were at the shops and the traffic was fairly light. I didn't look outside on Christmas day, so I don't know if it was very quiet outside then. I wonder if people stayed indoors because it was cold, or if they were nursing hangovers or flu symptoms.
I liked that it was quieter than the usual traffic noise and crowds of people in their holiday rush, I could even hear some birds singing in the trees in some places.

I'm not one for resolutions, as I'm not very organized or good with making plans and sticking to them. But I will try to get things done and make changes. The usual stuff, such as be more organized, waste less time, tidy things up, save more money. We'll see how it goes.
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Fireworks outside.
I hope you have a great year.
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I was sent a birthday reminder for someone on my friends list, but he is one of those that doesn't post any more.
Looking at other peoples' journals I sometimes see people doing friend cuts, or on some profiles I see friends lists with names of deleted journals still present. I'm in the latter category, I prefer to keep most of my friends on the list, including those that are quiet or deleted. That's just a way to remember some of the people that I used to know or journals that I used to read, since the only ones who would recall a deleted journal would be those that used to read it and the former owner.

Old acquaintances shouldn't be forgot.
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Mustn't get carried away. It's easy to forget that the number on the screen represents an actual amount of money in my bank account, as opposed to pretend amounts of money as in computer or on line games. It's how some people can get into debt when using credit cards instead of cash I guess.

Sometimes it is better to give instead of receive, and it is the season for giving. :)
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The beta of the new profile page is no longer in beta, and there are a lot of people that don't like it, according to comments made in the news post.
Some people didn't know there was a beta of the new version, having missed it or were not watchers of certain LJ info journals, such as [ profile] news and [ profile] lj_design.

ETA : I had a thought and did a search - There are three users (and 1 community) that have 'the old profile page' in their interests list

Some notes for future reference.

How to remove your journal from the LJSeek search that used to be on the new profile page

ETA : the search function may have been removed, as I can no longer see it the search box on profile pages.

LJ Profile Adjustments Greasemonkey script
A Greasemonkey script that lets you choose the tweaks you want to apply to the profile page.
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Hi, this is mostly to say that I'm still around. [ profile] yayheaven posted a comment asking how I was, so I thought I should make an appearance. Is that nudge thing still around, and does anyone actually use it?
My last public post was over a year ago and I hardly make any comments when I do pop by and read my friends list, so it would seem like I am hiding or something. The time has gone so fast and I think I am about the same as I was last year, not changed much at all.
I just haven't felt like writing much, or felt that I had anything that would be interesting enough to post. Just the same old things. I'm not sad or anything like that, just not as communicative as I could be.

I am well, and hope to be around for a long while.
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from the bottom Neil Gaiman's journal post "...when you live in a godless universe of pain. If the universe was ordered, Neil Armstrong should :

"I'd like to ask a small favour of those of you who have read down this far. Would anyone reading this, anyone with a blog or a website that is, mind linking to the last post -- -- with the link text Penn Jillette? Given Penn's recent rant about the power and ubiquity of this blog on his radio show, I'd like to mess with his head just a little and see if we can actually google-bomb it so that that entry shows in the top few entries if you google Penn's name.

And sshhh, don't anyone tell him. I want it to be a surprise."

so Penn Jillette.
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Hi, I'm still here, still square, and still care that I haven't been blogging much.
Today I saw something that I haven't seen for a while, snow in January in London. Snow seemed to come later in the year for quite some time now, around February / March instead of December / January as it used to.
I wonder if it's because of climate change, global warming, or that El Nino with the squiggly accent.
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Well, it looks like that year of time again, does it seem the same as last year to you? Outside I can hear some fireworks.

Following a meme a couple of years ago, I try to make a note if I do anything new during the year. Looking back, I would say that the only new things I did this year was go to the theatre to see 'Wolves in the walls', followed by meeting a few people that have blogs.

Hope you have a good new year.
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As I sometimes do, I saw that there was something going on in London, I had the free time, and decided to go take a look. A [ profile] postsecret book is now available in UK, and Frank Warren (the author) was going to open a PostSecret exhibit at Foyles Gallery, Charing Cross Road, London (November 20th to December 10th).

Went and had a look round, it's been a while since I last visited Foyles bookstore, didn't know they had a gallery (could be new I suppose). The secrets were interesting, some sad, some amusing. It seems strange being privy to anonymous confessions, as I think that some have a lot of emotion involved.

At one end of the gallery was a chair and a table with some cards and colouring pencils. You could use the blank cards for making your own postsecret to be left in a jar there, and later added to the wall nearby. The other side of the cards had areas for an address and text / secret.

There were about 30 or 40 cards shown, which I presume were also in the book. Happened to be there before Frank Warren was going to sign copies of the book, so he signed one for me. I seem to be buying signed books these days.


Nov. 4th, 2006 10:30 pm
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Not sure how much is custom or cultural tradition, but I was asked about the rituals a (long) while ago. Anyway, it was a nice sunny day to go visit the cemetery, though we had some delay due to traffic.

I was told that there are two dates of the year for paying respect to the dead in Hong Kong - one roughly near Easter : Ching Ming Festival and one around Hallowe'en : Chung Yeung Festival. As I can only visit on a Saturday, so we went this day closest to October 30th.

First thing was to clean the area, cutting the longer grass, pulling weeds and tidying up. Two candles were lit, then the flames from them were used to light some joss sticks. The candles, joss sticks and paper items used later were bought together in a pack I believe, probably available in china town.
The candles were on sticks so that they could be inserted into the ground or container to hold them up. They were placed one on each side (in a pot), with the joss sticks placed in front / in between them, in three bunches.

Using flames from the candles, representation of paper money was burnt on the ground in front. A metal tray was used just to place the burning money on, and there was quite an amount of paper that had to be completely turned to ash and cinder.

While the 'money' and other paper things were burning (I don't know what they represented), food and drink were placed on the sides. A plate with some favourite things on the left, and on the right were three small cups of tea (favourite drink I suppose) and three cups of some alcohol. I don't know if the groups of three things meant anything, or it was because there are three of us.

The paper had to be burnt completely, so had to use a stick to turn them over to check for embers and light any paper still intact. We had brought a lighter rather than matches for our burning needs. It was interesting to see the patterns of the embers moving, like little red worm shapes as they burnt the paper.
Three small bows then waiting until the candles and joss sticks had all burnt down, before we finished up. The alcohol was poured slowly across the ashes on the ground, one by one, in a line from the left to right, followed by the tea in the same fashion.

Finally we cleaned up the things we brought with us, packed up and left.
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I cut my finger accidentally. Well, actually it was just a scratch on some sharp edge, but it went deeper than I thought and some nice blood oozed out. Had to press on it to try and stop the blood flow. Was bored so I took a photo of my cut finger tip.

Maybe I could use that in a line somewhere, as I still have some works not in progress that I have trouble finishing. Must make a note of it as I could use it in the 'Dear Jane' idea I had.

"I thought that it was just a scratch, but you cut me deeper than I realized.
While a bandage could patch it up, it could not heal the hurt inside."

Guess it is a slow day, when all I can write about is a cut finger. Just hope there's nothing like tetanus lurking around the corner.


Oct. 5th, 2006 11:50 pm
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I know that I am somewhat nosy and secretive - I prefer to find out more about others than I am willing to share about myself.

In September, New Scientist magazine had some reports on Living Online about online social networking, such as MySpace, and one was entitled "The end to privacy?" (you can only read the first part of the article in the NS archives, but found that someone had a copy of the whole text).
Articles like that one, and ones like How to Dissuade Yourself from Becoming a Blogger mention how public the information that you put online could be, unless you expressly make it otherwise.

It is these kind of reasons that makes me reluctant to write much about things that may be personal or revealing, but that could be said in public (I tend not to write private posts and few friends only ones).
Perhaps I feel that talking about some things or 'opening up', could be make oneself vunerable to having what has been said used against them. So I tend to limit what I write about.
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So why don't I write more? The main reason is probably laziness, and perhaps I'm not that good at communicating with others.

I can't really use the excuse of not having something to say, as when I don't feel my day to day is worth writing about, I can think up a topic to write a few words on. Free time is not that much of an issue, if I have time read others people's journals, then that is time I can make small comments or posts. You could say that while I may have the means and opportunity, I probably don't have the motivation.

There may also be a case of 'the longer you leave a task, the harder it is to do', and it feels easier just to not say anything much, the times I might have said something being overruled by the habit of keeping quiet.

Anyway, just a few lines as a friend wanted me to post more (not a nudge but a snug), so here I am in October.
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It's Friday, so it must be September.

I shouldn't really ask "How are you doing?" as it might be a rhetorical question since I could get an answer from looking at current blog posts of my flist. Perhaps instead I should be telling you what I have been up to, with me being quiet for a while (although the answer is "not much").

Today, went out to see the film Superman Returns. It was good, I liked it, my friend thought it was better than X-Men 3, but I haven't seen that so can't say. While there were thoughts and questions on one point or another, I didn't bother about them and just watched it. Liked how the theme sounded in the cinema, how I remember it from watching the previous films on television (never saw them at the cinema).

Afterwards, went for a walkabout along the Thames, from about Embankment to look for the Tate Modern, friend wanted to look in the shop there. It was a nice walk and relatively quiet, as the other side of the river was mostly pedestrian with no major roads in range to cause too much traffic noise. Need to go visit there again sometime, now that I know where it is and how to get there.

Had camera with me, so took snaps at anything that looked remotely interesting, or just things like notable landmarks and structures at certain angles. I don't take enough pictures usually, as sometimes feel self-conscious snapping any small thing that takes my fancy, or other times when the batteries are flat from periods of non-use and need recharging.


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