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Battlestar Galactica Cupcakes

Lauren
So this post is just entirely for showing off... I made some Battlestar Galactica cupcakes for a friend's birthday and I'm pretty pleased with how they came out, which of course means I need to show them off to you guys... :P



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Lots and Not Much

The genius of Sue
*waves shyly* Hey guys. I know I haven't posted here in months, but I am still alive, honest!

So umm, let's see, what have I neglected to tell you all?

- I didn't get accepted on to the PGCE course. :( The reason I was given was lack of experience in a primary school. So I've started volunteering at a local school in the Reception class. I can't decide if I'm going to apply again next year, I'm still not 100% sure it's what I want to do. But then I have no other ideas, so I probably will anyways!
- I'm still doing temp admin work at the moment so I can, you know, pay rent. Which is kind of annoying, but kind of good at the same time.
- Went on holiday with my family for a week which was lovely as I don't get to see my sister often anymore now that she's married.
- Found out I'm going to have to go to the hospital to have both my bottom wisdom teeth taken out because they're at "unfriendly angles" as my dentist put it. I've never had a general anasthetic before so I'm a bit nervous. But I don't even have the date yet, so it's a long way away.
- Went to a roller disco for my birthday back in February, that was good fun!
- Also went to Birmingham to see Lights, which was amaaaaaaazing. Loved it.
- Have just generally been doing lots of hanging out with friends and enjoying not having a job! haha XD
- Saw the Hunger Games, loved it. Will definitely have to read the books.
- Caught up with Fringe, Lost Girl and Glee. (I was sobbing my heart out at On My Way. Oh Dave!)
- ZOMG LOST GIRL! That scene where Bo seduces The Morrigan?


I think that's all. My life is fairly uneventful at the moment.

To UK Flisties

Lauren
Originally posted by obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from amber1960, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

Fic: Rizzoli & Isles/Harry Potter crossover

Lauren
Title: Behind The Portrait
Author: bella_farfalla
Fandom: Rizzoli & Isles/Harry Potter crossover
Pairing/characters: Jane/Maura
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: I do not own Rizzoli & Isles, Harry Potter or their characters.
Summary: Jane and Maura are two naughty Hogwarts students
Warnings: None
Author's Notes: For the ‘Add A Touch of Magic’ challenge at fantasyverse

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Icons - Lost Girl, Glee & Pushing Daisies

YAY!
34 Lost Girl icons for the 10 Things Challenge at fantasyverse
19 Pushing Daisies icons for perfect_pie
16 Glee icons for gleeverse


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Bleargh

The genius of Sue
I am so sick you guys. I have flu and it is so not fun. My body keeps switching between cold shivers and boiling hot, and my head huuuuurts. :(

So today I watched Once Upon A Time and Rizzoli and Isles.

Yesterday I played Plants Vs Zombies for literally 12 hours straight.

I really need to hurry up and find a job. (Which, considering I haven't really looked possibly might not happen anytime soon... Umm... Oops?)

I don't care if it kills me though, I WILL go watch fireworks tomorrow... I LOVE BONFIRE NIGHT!!!

Pink Fluffy Unicorns

Dance Dance
This video makes me so unbelievably happy. I can't stop smiling whenever I watch it. I need this as my ringtone, like, now.





I need happy making things right now. I did a moped CBT course today but chickened out half way through when it got to the "right now it's time to leave the yard and go out on tot he road bit" so of course I didn't pass and therefore have wasted £135 due to my phobia of the road. I have no idea why I ever thought I'd be able to do it in the first place. *sigh*

Other happymaking things from today - going to Shanghai Nights, the best all you can eat chinese restaraunt in town. YUMMERS!

Also new layout ready for Halloween. Yes folks, that is me dressed as a zombie. :D I'm as vain as a peacock, I know.

BOOM BABY I'M BACK

Lauren


That's right, I'm back! My travels were amazing, adventure filled, awesome, etc etc but it's nice to be home with my family again.

So, what have I missed? Anything major happen in anyone's life while I was away?

My mum and I accidentaly just cooked a casserole for 4 hours... Yeah that's not going to be edible anymore...

OMG you guys...

Donna - HAHAHA
You guys, you guys, why am I not Brazilian?

Watch this...



Is this not the most awesome sport ever invented?!?

Also, fififolle is the most awesome person on LJ for giving me more icon space! *glomps* So now I definitely have to sort out my icons and make better use of the space. :D

Gleeverse Pimp

Lauren
So I'm sure there are some of you on my flist who like Glee (if the number of reaction posts I've had to avoid is any indication! Stupid UK being behind...)

You should all totally join gleeverse because it's fun. It's one of those team challenge communities where you play games, write fic, make graphics, etc to get points for your team.

If you do want to join, tell them I sent you. Oh and join Team Teachers. :D

Oh and the application post is here. Go on, you know you wanna... :D