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Credit for this friends only picture also goes to janine42584, as it's a modification of her header above.
 
 
bubble_blunder
01 February 2009 @ 05:08 pm
This time last year I started a new archive. Unsung Heroines was meant to be a location for fic about the lesser written female characters in the Buffyverse. I had also hoped to include writing advice, akin to what bloodclaim does for Spander.

I still believe in the archive and the idea behind it. However, it has become apparent that I simply don't have the time necessary to make it really great. My life is getting crazier and busier every day, and I don't know when or if I'll ever have the time for it again.

The domain name and hosting are set to expire on February 11th, and I can't justify continuing to pay for the site when I don't have the time to devote to it, even though I hate to see it go.

So, before shutting the site down completely, I thought I would put it up for adoption. Anyone who is interested can contact me at bubble_blunder AT verizon DOT net. The site is hosted at ModHost, and the renewal fee for the hosting is $59.95. The renewal for the domain name is $15.95. You can leave the site at the same host or not, it's entirely up to you. If you want to move the site elsewhere, hubby will be more than happy to assist with whatever you need.

Please spread the word on this. I hate to see the site die if there's someone out there who'd like to give it a good home.

~Lisa
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How I feel: tiredtired
 
 
bubble_blunder
21 January 2009 @ 05:29 pm
Supreme Court lets Internet porn law die - Los Angeles Times



The measure, which never went into effect, was aimed at shielding children from sexually explicit websites. Judges had repeatedly blocked it on free-speech grounds.
By David G. Savage
8:33 AM PST, January 21, 2009
Reporting from Washington -- A 13-year legal drive to shield children from pornography on the Internet ended in defeat today when the Supreme Court let the Child Online Protection Act die quietly.

The measure, which never went into effect, made it a crime to put sexually explicit material on a website for commercial gain unless the sponsor used some means, such as requiring a credit card, to keep out minors.

It was repeatedly blocked from taking effect on free-speech grounds by judges, including by the Supreme Court in 2004. The justices had also voided an earlier, even broader law passed in 1996 that prohibited "indecency" on the Web.

The outcome preserves the Web as a wide-open forum for free expression. It also leaves to parents the duty to install software filters if they wish to block pornography on their home computers.

The judges in Philadelphia who struck down the law last year called these filters an "equally effective" means of protecting children from pornography on the Web.

In October, however, Bush administration lawyers disputed that claim and urged the high court to revive the law. Voiding the law, "would leave millions of children unprotected from the harmful effects of the enormous amount of pornography on the World Wide Web," they said. About half of all parents do not use filters on their computers, they added.

Countering that contention, the American Civil Liberties Union said the challenged law would crimp free speech on the Web for adults and would not shield children, because at least half of the sexually explicit websites are outside the United States.

Five years ago, the issue split the high court, but not along the usual ideological lines. Voting to block the law on free-speech grounds were Justices John Paul Stevens, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The justices sent the case back to lower courts to decide whether Internet filters would be sufficient to protect minors.

The dissenters were led by Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen G. Breyer. They were joined by the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and the now-retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

The Supreme Court considered the appeal in two closed-door meetings in recent weeks and said today it had been turned down without comment. The case was Mukasey vs. ACLU.
 
 
bubble_blunder
14 January 2009 @ 07:42 pm
I don't have the technical skills to make LJ a more visually stimulating place —
but maybe you do!
 
 
bubble_blunder
10 January 2009 @ 04:57 pm
*****I originally posted this the day that LJ went down so I am re-posting in case the lack of responses is due to people not seeing it.*****

I've got this idea, and I'm curious if anyone else would be interested in taking part. It's called a Traveling Tea Box. For anyone not familiar with the term, a Traveling Tea Box is basically a Round Robin for tea. It's a box of tea and tea accessories that is passed from one person to another. When you get the box, you take some of the tea to try and add some more tea to it, then mail it to the next person on the list. The last person on the list sends the box back to the coordinator, and the cycle starts again. There is usually a journal included for writing down what you liked and didn't like, what you added, which accessories and teas you tried and which you didn't, etc. The point is to try new teas/accessories and pass on your own favorites.

The down side is that these things do occasionally stop going, since people have lives and emergencies and what not.

To work as well as possible, there are usually some guidelines to follow, such as....

Don't get greedy, leave some stuff for the next person.

You don't have to spend a fortune on the stuff you add, but don't throw in 10 year old instant ice tea from the back of your pantry either.

Post to the community or let the coordinator know when you receive the box.

Forward the box to the next person in 1-2 weeks (holidays and emergencies get exceptions).

Post to the community or email the coordinator and the recipient when you send it (sending it with the internet-tracking option is often recommended or even required).

These things can get REALLY big. As in requiring huge boxes and $30+ to ship! On the one hand that can be awesome since you get to try lots of different teas and teaware, but it can also make it difficult for people to participate if money is tight for them. Two ways to deal with this would be to either limit the size of the box to an agreed upon size, or for those of us who can afford it to add a little extra money to the box or to a paypal account when we send it on so that when it gets to someone who can't afford all the postage, it's there. If we want to limit the box size, I'd be more than willing to start a second (or even third) box as soon as I was notified that the first one had gotten too big. That way the people at the back half of the list would still get a chance to participate.

So, if there's any interest in doing this I'll start an LJ community where we can decide on guidelines and get a list together. I'm willing to get the box started and coordinate it (and any subsequent boxes we might add) by starting it off with this set so that no one is stuck unable to try loose leaf tea because they don't have the right brewing equipment.

Please pimp this far and wide and send people back to this post to express an interest. If at least 5-10 people are interested (so far there are two), I'll go ahead and order the starter set, get the community set up, and get this thing going.

To see some discussion between myself and liz_marcs about how the address issue will work, take a look at the comments of my previous post.

~Lisa
 
 
How I feel: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
 
bubble_blunder
10 January 2009 @ 04:54 pm
I've got this idea, and I'm curious if anyone else would be interested in taking part. It's called a Traveling Tea Box. For anyone not familiar with the term, a Traveling Tea Box is basically a Round Robin for tea. It's a box of tea and tea accessories that is passed from one person to another. When you get the box, you take some of the tea to try and add some more tea to it, then mail it to the next person on the list. The last person on the list sends the box back to the coordinator, and the cycle starts again. There is usually a journal included for writing down what you liked and didn't like, what you added, which accessories and teas you tried and which you didn't, etc. The point is to try new teas/accessories and pass on your own favorites.

The down side is that these things do occasionally stop going, since people have lives and emergencies and what not.

To work as well as possible, there are usually some guidelines to follow, such as....

Don't get greedy, leave some stuff for the next person.

You don't have to spend a fortune on the stuff you add, but don't throw in 10 year old instant ice tea from the back of your pantry either.

Post to the community or let the coordinator know when you receive the box.

Forward the box to the next person in 1-2 weeks (holidays and emergencies get exceptions).

Post to the community or email the coordinator and the recipient when you send it (sending it with the internet-tracking option is often recommended or even required).

These things can get REALLY big. As in requiring huge boxes and $30+ to ship! On the one hand that can be awesome since you get to try lots of different teas and teaware, but it can also make it difficult for people to participate if money is tight for them. Two ways to deal with this would be to either limit the size of the box to an agreed upon size, or for those of us who can afford it to add a little extra money to the box or to a paypal account when we send it on so that when it gets to someone who can't afford all the postage, it's there. If we want to limit the box size, I'd be more than willing to start a second (or even third) box as soon as I was notified that the first one had gotten too big. That way the people at the back half of the list would still get a chance to participate.

So, if there's any interest in doing this I'll start an LJ community where we can decide on guidelines and get a list together. I'm willing to get the box started and coordinate it (and any subsequent boxes we might add) by starting it off with this set so that no one is stuck unable to try loose leaf tea because they don't have the right brewing equipment.

Please pimp this far and wide and send people back to this post to express an interest. If at least 5-10 people are interested, I'll go ahead and order the starter set, get the community set up, and get this thing going.

~Lisa
 
 
How I feel: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
bubble_blunder
 
Behold... My Future
  I will marry Jack Hodgins.  
  After a wild honeymoon, We will settle down in Sydney in our fabulous Apartment.  
  We will have 4 kid(s) together.  
  Our family will zoom around in a Blood Red Infiniti.
  I will spend my days as a Lobbyist, and live happily ever after.  
 
whats your future
 
 
 
bubble_blunder
01 January 2009 @ 03:03 am
So, I realize that I've been largely absent since the end of November. In my own defense I have a reasonably good excuse. On December 2nd while putting up holiday decorations, I managed to take a tumble and break my foot, which made the holidays very interesting, and the blizzard we had even more so.

Because of this, I've been remiss in saying Thank You for all of the wonderful holiday cards and gifts that I received this year. So thanks to all of you! It really means a lot to me to receive your good thoughts and well wishes every year.

I hope that everyone's holidays were all that you hoped for, and that you all had a fantastic time ringing in the New Year!

*hugs to all of you*

~Lisa
 
 
How I feel: calmcalm
 
 
bubble_blunder
01 January 2009 @ 02:30 am
Wow! It's been a helluva year. I don't intend to do a recap of the entire thing, but I do want to reflect at least a little on some of the experiences I had over the past 12 months.

Most of my resolutions for 2008 were a wash, but I can't really feel all that disappointed about it since I think that I grew as a person in spite of the failures. I embarked on new journeys this year, like opening my own archive (and then getting sidetracked before really getting it off the ground), taking a more active role in my son's school by becoming treasurer of the PTA, becoming an advocate for the Sexual Assault Crisis Line (which I am currently on hiatus from for my own personal mental health). I discovered that I like my life as it is and that I don't need a degree to feel complete.

I learned a lot about my limits this year, both the ones that I need to push myself beyond, and the ones that I need to pay attention to for my own health and safety.

I said goodbye to some old ghosts, and hello to some new friends.

Maybe most important of all, I learned to be grateful for the good in my life and to feel fulfilled with the life I have now instead of spending all my time wishing for what I don't have.

I feel truly hopeful about the year ahead, both for myself and my own family, and for the world at large. In spite of the ugliness that exists in our world, I think that we are all becoming more conscious of the fact that it also contains a tremendous amount of beauty and goodness. That is what I intend to focus on discovering and taking notice of this year.

~Lisa
 
 
How I feel: hopefulhopeful
 
 
bubble_blunder
24 November 2008 @ 03:25 am
As most of you know, I'm an officer in the PTA at my son's school. Every year we do a Holiday Workshop, where every student in the school makes a craft project suitable for gift giving. The woman who organizes this is absolutely amazing, and plans these things more than a year in advance so that she can get together the required supplies. Which brings me to my point. One of next year's projects will require old holiday cards (just the front half). And not just a few, but HUNDREDS of them.

So, if you would be interested in recycling your cards (or those of anyone else you know) after the holidays are over, I would LOVE it if you'd send them to me. You can comment here with your email and I can send you my address if you don't already have it. The deadline on this is still months and months away (October 2009!), so it's no rush. And if postage is an issue for you, let me know and we can try and work something out. The kids really look forward to this event, and we would all be eternally grateful.

Thanks!

~Lisa
 
 
How I feel: busybusy