mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Proposed upcoming changes - http://manonon.livejournal.com/6816.html (This user has only translated the original proposed/prototype page. The actual prototype page is here: http://tema.livejournal.com/1042212.html, and it's in Russian.)

Scroll down to "settings" and click on "userpics".

They're taking away the extra line where we credit who the icon maker is. You'll have the option of browse the computer or enter a link, and one line to put text/keywords.

Also, from Twitter:

igrick: @veselova102 They don't like that we've removed the comments subject.
veselova102: @igrick they'll get used to it :)
igrick: @veselova102 I've no doubts ;)

Way to stay classy, LJ employees.
mickeym: (misc_i heart somebody with aspergers)
Have a link. By way of [livejournal.com profile] dine:

Depresing Newz: Spelcheking During Exams Now OoKay Wit Oragan Schols - "The easiest way to learn how to spell a word right is to spell it wrong and be corrected. By giving kids a digital cheat sheet for every word in their written language, they won't have to learn anything."

And then I thanked Dine by venting all over her journal *g* This was what I said there:

The spelling thing is incredibly depressing, and unfortunately, not surprising. Matthew's been using a calculator in math classes since 6th grade -- they're a required school item, on the "supply list". Not only do they use them in class, but they use them for tests. My child has to be helped through adding anything more than two single digits together (he can't do division or subtraction at all without help). He's a sophomore in high school.

He's always amazed when I can do math in my head (nothing fancy, but I can add/subtract/multiply/divide with the best of 'em) -- quickly -- and I tell him that's because I was taught math when I went to school. He says, "I have math class!" and I tell him he's not being taught *how to do math*, he's being taught how to press buttons in certain orders on his calculator. Big difference. He's equally impressed when he asks how to spell something and I can rattle it off without hardly pausing. Yes, I use spellcheck when I type, but by and large? I KNOW HOW TO SPELL WITHOUT IT.

I read a few of the comments on the page with the spelling article, and got even more depressed. By one in particular, where the commenter was saying something to the effect of how spelling isn't a big deal anyway, since we have spellcheckers built into everything; it's not going to impact a child. Again, pointing to MY child as an example... Matthew is...just a hair above functionally illiterate. He can read, some. It's hard to say for sure what his exact level is, somewhere between 4th and 7th grade for ability (depends on what it is and how it's written), and between 6th and 9th for comprehension (I think). Spelling is a HUGE factor in that. He has trouble sounding words out, and hearing sounds within the words, and he doesn't know how to figure out how tell which is the right word if he's typing something, because his spelling ability is so bad.

He continues to take remedial reading/spelling/writing in school; he probably will all through school. And he's made progress, slowly. But it's incredibly depressing to read that schools are deliberately sabotaging something the kids NEED to learn as a basic skill. What if, heaven forbid, we had some catastrophic event that wiped out electronics, or whatever? Who's going to teach future generations to spell (and do math) if the current ones aren't learning?
mickeym: (misc_grumpy penguin you're still talking)
While I was out running errands.

White, Straight and Republican male. (What else can I do to piss you off today?)

I wanted to rear-end him so badly. Or possibly bash his head in, but whatever. Which made me angry(ier) in turn, because I allowed the stupid bumper sticker to make me angry, which I'm sure was the intent. (Or at least the intent is to annoy. Which, whoo boy, yes.)

I really dislike stupid people who FLAUNT their stupidity--and close-mindedness.

ETA: I've edited my post, because I've been made aware that some of what I said was bigoted and close-minded by making what could be perceived as a blanket statement. That wasn't my intent; it wasn't my intent to hurt anyone.

I don't have a problem with religion, with God or Jesus, or bumper stickers about all of that. I have a problem with people who use their religion as a jumping-off point for their bigotry--BUT I need to be more careful about blanket statements and how I present things.
mickeym: (misc_rainbow flag)
Texas GOP Official Platform Calls for Imprisonment of Homosexuals and Supportive Heterosexuals

The points Jay brings up are directly from The 2010 Republican Party Platform. It's a fun read, for sure.

For my friends who reside in, are from, love the state of Texas...I apologize in advance, but:

What the FUCKING fuck is wrong with the majority of the state of Texas?

As far as their assertion that they want to preserve the sanctity of marriage between a natural man and a natural woman (their wording, seriously)... what about the men (and women) who don't give a flying crap about preserving that sanctity? The people who cheat on their spouses, who run out on their families, who ignore that they have children with one person to go start a family with someone else? Or the people who get married in a fit of whatever (passion, horniness, etc) only to turn around a few days/weeks/months later to get it annulled, or start divorce proceedings?

There's a lot of language in that document -- the highlights are in Jay's blog -- that makes me wonder how long before Texas (or any other state for that matter, because I doubt seriously Texas is the only state to want to push for a platform like this, they're just the first) decides they want to secede over this. Because it seems (to me, and I fully admit I could be wrong) that what they're saying, what they're pushing for, is the pre-cursor to that.

Whether or not that's the case, the anti-homosexuality language is nauseating; the whole tone makes me ill. The idea that anyone could even consider imprisoning (or punishment of ANY kind) someone for being queer -- or assisting them in marriage/adoption -- is just wrong on so many levels it's beyond comprehension.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
This is by way of [livejournal.com profile] elynross, and I'm taking my cue from her and putting the full text of this under a cut, so as not to drive traffic to the original, from The Onion opinion page (Link is http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-tell-ya-until-ive-had-my-morning-coffee-i-am-jus,17618/, if you want it to use when writing to The Onion staff.).

Warning: the text below the cut tag is a horrifying and probably triggering attempt at "humor," and the cut tag text, which is the title of the "opinion," is just the beginning.

I Tell Ya, Until I've Had My Morning Coffee, I am Just A Rapist )

Isn't that just the funniest thing you've ever heard? /sarcasm

If you feel the urge to write and complain about this (and please, PLEASE feel the urge), here are points of contact/emails:

CEO (Steve Hannah at shannah@theonion.com), Chairman (David Schafer, davidkschafer@gmail.com), COO Mike McAvoy (mcavoy@theonion.com), and Senior VP Bill Wernecke (bwernecke@theonion.com), as well as the general editorial office email (editorial@theonion.com).

I wrote to them, and hope all of you will, as well. Please share this and get the word out.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
United Airlines FAIL.

I just don't have words to express how sad and angry I am on this person's behalf. Jesus.
mickeym: (spn_demons i get)
By way of [livejournal.com profile] epeeblade:

18 year old girl wears dress that's too revealing to senior prom. Gets suspended.

That's not the WTF part. The WTF part is this: she had the choice between taking the suspension or being paddled.

PADDLING?!?! In a PUBLIC school, in Alabama.

And as Epeeblade points out, if you're a school admin paddling an 18yr old woman for 'punishment', it's not discipline. It's fetish porn.

ETA: This site lists the states that still allow corporal punishment, as well as the # of kids punished that way. It also lists the states that don't allow it, and when they stopped.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Dead Marine's father ordered to pay protesters' legal costs - The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church says an order to pay the protesters' legal costs in a civil claim is nothing less than a "slap in the face."

Westboro Baptist Church, in case anyone needs a refresher, is Fred Phelps' church; the one that has a website "godhatesfags.com", and who picket military funerals, saying our men and women are being killed over there as punishment for allowing the sin of homosexuality.

The attorney for WBC is Phelps' daughter, and she had the balls to say that the money they receive from the ordered payment will go to fund further protests.

I very seldom use the word hate, but in this case? Oh, yes. I hate Fred Phelps and everyone who allies themselves with him.
mickeym: (pop_chris what the fuck?)
600-pound New Jersey mom wants to be world's heaviest woman.

She is ON PURPOSE trying to gain weight to get to 1000lbs. ON PURPOSE!

She spends $750/week on food, not including fast food jaunts to McDonalds, etc. She funds her grocery bill by running a website where men "pay money to watch her consume large quantities of food."

It's just...really depressing, and kind of sickening, actually. I know there are people out there who need to gain weight, but wanting to do it just so you can get the world record? I really do not understand that. At all.
mickeym: (misc_jeff hardy badass motherfucker)
Has anyone else tried to send a PM just now, and gotten a "sorry, page not found" message??

What the fuck?

ETA: And now it's working fine. WEIRD.
mickeym: (misc_caramel orbs of DOOM)
So, this is the evilness [livejournal.com profile] poisontaster tormented me with, last night. I'm passing it along because, like my subject line says, badness should be shared ;)

I feel the need to emphasize (repeatedly!) that I DID NOT WRITE THIS, I didn't buy it (though apparently it's published *somewhere*, for money), I have nothing to do with it...beyond the burning need to scar share it with y'all.

Also? It makes the lava lamp story look like high-class literature, in comparison. Truly. Read with caution *g*

Chapter One: The Glow of Her Gifted Mouth )

So. Anyone need bleach? I have plenty on hand! :)

ETA: Because [livejournal.com profile] mecurtin asked, I went looking for the title/author/publisher: Bound and Blissful, by L.A. Mistral. Published by "Renaissance eBooks/Sizzler Editions". Here's the actual eBook Description:

eBook Category: Erotica
eBook Description: Made a Plaything for Pirates! Pirates were the last thing on Seville's mind when she boarded the cruise ship with her new lover, Karl. Then after several days at sea, she was captured by pirates and Karl just left her to her fate. Soon she found herself tied and bound, forced to serve the pirates lusts, learning to submit under their harsh punishments. She also discovered her orgasms as a slave were more awesome than any she had experienced before. Slowly she came to realize that she could escape the pirates, but she could never escape her need for the bondage that leads to sexual release.
mickeym: (pop_chris what the fuck?)
Original link via [livejournal.com profile] giogio, and then I went looking for more. Sadly, I found it.

Menifee School Officials Remove Dictionary Over Term 'Oral Sex'
The Press-Enterprise

After a parent complained about an elementary school student stumbling across "oral sex" in a classroom dictionary, Menifee Union School District officials decided to pull Merriam Webster's 10th edition from all school shelves earlier this week.

Read the rest of the article here.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Police arrest sixth member of family accused of child sex abuse

There's probably potentially triggery stuff in that article, so click with care. But Jesus MF Christ, the whole family! Father and his five sons as perps. The article doesn't identify the victims save to say there six, and they are relatives of the perps.

The best part of it (please insert heavy sarcasm) is that at least three of the perps are/were lay ministers in the Community of Christ Church. o_O

Between this, and the Catholic Church making their threats about ceasing aid, I'm about tired of the human race. Some of y'all said you wanted to come with me to find a new (EMPTY) planet; let's go, shall we?
mickeym: (pop_chris what the fuck?)
Catholic Church Threatens To Stop Feeding Homeless Over Gay Marriage

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

I think I'm going to go find a nice unpopulated planet to live on. Anyone wanna come with?
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.

A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

"I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way," Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. "I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else."

Read the rest of the article here.

I'm sitting here with my mouth hanging open, trying to make this make sense in my brain, and not succeeding. What the HELL? Seriously, what decade/century are we in? Also, how is it his concern how long a marriage lasts (or doesn't)? I just... yeah. I hope that couple files a discrimination suit, or something, because holy cow.
mickeym: (spn_demons i get)
Surfacing from post-posting coma to wave hello and thank everyone who's left comments about my Big Bang. Tomorrow is the take-mom-to-the-airport (in Nashville, oi) day, but then I can start doing things again, like answering comments! :)

Mostly, though, this post about the craziness of people. Of fans. There's a good chance y'all have already seen this around, but I'm very behind on LJ. Just in case you haven't, here's the low-down: there's a comm, [livejournal.com profile] spn_legacy, who wants to do a book of fan work: art, fiction, etc., and present it to Kripke, et al, of Supernatural.

If you don't want to be a part of this (or to tell the OP why this is a horrifically BAD IDEA), go here.
mickeym: (spn_chibi I'll fuck your shit up)
She (Dr. Laura) just came back on (The Today Show has a '4th hour' from 11-12) and said that she was very unhappy that there was a second panel on after she spoke the first time, while she was in the Green Room, who 'attacked' her statements without her being present to defend herself... and then Dr. Laura said to Ann and Hoda that she felt that was "journalistically unethical", or something to that effect. (Unethical, immoral, I can't recall the exact wording. Again, my brain went WEH??? and partially shut down.)

I have now changed the station, because hell NO, I'm not going to listen to her any more.
mickeym: (misc_stabbitystabstab)
Dr. Laura is on the Today Show right now, saying (basically) that men who commit adultry (they're talking about NY Gov Elliott Spitzer)...it's their wives' fault. The wife hasn't done her "duty" in making a man feel...manly enough, fulfilled, etc., so he has to go seeking that validation elsewhere.

Excuse me, I have to go throw up now.

Mother FUCKER. I could...still not accept it, but at least maybe make more sense of it if a guy was saying that. But another woman? I'm sorry, what century are we living in??
mickeym: (spn_demons i get)
My next-door neighbor's kid just came over to see if he could play video games with Matthew.

It's 10:06pm.


This makes two week(end)s in a row he's done this; last week, it was on Saturday night.

I told Matthew no, it was too late (seriously--who the hell lets their ten yr old kid outside in a fucking WINTER STORM, at 10pm?!). About a minute later, Nathan knocks on my *bedroom door* to ask if he can stay over to play video games with Matthew.


No, seriously: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, it could be me, thinking this is kind of (a little...a LOT) whacked. Anyone else want to weigh in?


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