Something like a crossroads song
14 August 2009 @ 04:20 pm
Mafia 'Verse, Misha Collins and memes, oh my!  
You might have heard about the oh-so-secret (hah!), elaborate scheme I've been cooking up with [personal profile] egregiouslypink, otherwise known as The Motherfucking Mafia AU (Now With 100% More Misha Collins).

Yeah, so then this fell out of my head. )-

And because not only am I a sheep, but also that lazy one who's always trailing behind the pack, meme!

Ask me my fannish (tv, movies, books, music) Top Five [Whatevers]. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post.
theme song: Fixin to Thrill - Dragonette
Something like a crossroads song
17 June 2009 @ 07:21 am
Here's a collection of quotes about what's going on in Iran that I thought were interesting, or different to what I'd read so far:


An anonymous Iranian with the handle “Censored Name” posted something a little bit different on his Facebook page:

What I saw today was the most elegant scene I had ever witnessed in my life. The huge number of people were marching hand in hand in full peace. Silence. Silence was everywhere. There was no slogan. No violence. Hands were up in victory sign with green ribbons. People carried placards which read: Silence. Old and young, man and woman of all social groups were marching cheerfully. This was a magnificent show of solidarity. Enghelab Street which is the widest avenue in Tehran was full of people. I was told that the march has begun in Ferdowsi Sq. and the end of the march was now in Imam Hossein Sq. to the further east of Tehran while on the other end people had already gathered in Azadi Sq. The length of this street is about 6 kilometers. The estimate is about 2 million people...

... I felt proud to find myself among such a huge number of passionate people who were showing the most reasonable act of protest. Frankly, I didn’t expect such a political maturity from emotional Iranians who easily get excited. My family and I had put stickers on our mouths to represent the suppression.

- Via Michael Totten

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What's often forgotten amid the genuinely awe-inspiring spectacle of hundreds of thousands of long-suppressed people risking their lives on the streets to demand change is the fact that the political contest playing out in the election is, in fact, among rival factions of the same regime. Ahmadinejad represents a conservative element, backed by the Supreme Leader, that believes the established political class has hijacked the revolution and enriched themselves and is fearful that the faction's more pragmatic inclination toward engagement with the West could lead to a normalization of relations that will "pollute" Iran's culture and weaken the regime. Mousavi is not really a reformer so much as a pragmatic, moderate conservative who has campaigned with the backing of the reform movement because it recognizes that he has a better chance of unseating Ahmadinejad than one of their own would have.


A few more under the cut. )
Something like a crossroads song
16 June 2009 @ 01:43 pm
Tehran is burning.  
What is happening, this, here, right now, this is important. This is of monumental importance. We can't do much, we cannot take the baton-blows, we cannot break the lines of riot police, we cannot march through the streets of Tehran.

What we can do is what we do best; spread information in ways that are fast, efficient, and accessible, in ways that just might help tip the balance.


For a good overview of the situation, plus links to sources of information, I direct you to this post:

"On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmedinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmedinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all...

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite, websites which can spread information such as twitter, facebook, youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country.

by [ profile] one_hoopy_frood.
Something like a crossroads song
12 May 2009 @ 06:23 pm
It's a shock to the cajones, a little death of the system.  
[Crossposted to LJ]

Let me tell you a story about a girl.

She was a clever girl, but far too manic for most people; she reached too far into tangents and delved a little too deep into the extrapolation of possible realities for their comfort. You see, she'd had it tough for the last few years, starved, battered down by the gloomy hallmarks of monotonous people and cruel intentions. Then in a burst of colour, sudden and brilliant, she coalesced into what people now see when they look at her.

Her problem, and her gift, was that she was a child. She let forth with unprecedented spouts of creative, insane, joyous chatter. She wrote, she painted, she sang, she screamed, she capslocked the hell out of her life. In her ignorance was cruelty, but she didn't know much of pain or suffering, and didn't recognize it when she doled it out.

She grew up a little. Simmered in her juices. Her halcyon days were over. RBR, here's looking at you, kid. )

In conclusion: don't be scared. Be smart.
theme song: Softly Moses, Erin McKeown
Something like a crossroads song
02 February 2009 @ 03:10 am
Anderson Cooper is in ur dumpster, saving ur world.  
And now, in other slightly irrelevant, utterly frivolous news:

New layout!

[ profile] charlie_d_blue

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Also, an insta!Rec: Souvenirs by [ profile] tearful_eye.

It's been around for a few weeks now, but for anyone who watches Life, is vaguely intrigued as to what this Life show lark is that everyone's talking about, or just in general enjoys a beautifully crafted, intense, rockin' vid, take a look. It's only a minute long.

And in non sequitur conclusion:

After reading all the brilliant pundits-meta over at the journals of [ profile] bessemerprocess and [ profile] sarken, I scribbled down some:

More Love Letter than Meta. )
theme song: love lockdown - kanye west
Something like a crossroads song
21 January 2009 @ 05:04 am
"Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."  
"We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to give back, when brown can stick around, when yellow will be mellow, when the red man can get ahead, man, and when white will embrace what is right." - The Rev. Joseph Lowery.

Something like a crossroads song
12 November 2008 @ 02:26 am
We are to fandom what Rahm Emanuel is to the Democratic Party  
...That is to say terrifying.

On that note:


On why there is no spoon, only Rahm.


You're such a literate, erudite guy, it makes me wonder why you're hanging around Rahm Emanuel. There are only so many ways to say: I wanna rip your head off. - Barack Obama, 2005 )
emotional evaluation: amused
Something like a crossroads song
11 November 2008 @ 01:09 pm
There is no fandom, only RAHM and those too weak to stomach him.  
Guys, there is the most brilliant crack going down over at the [ profile] rahmbamarama drabble posts. I'm serious. Hours, and hours and hours of amusement.

Seriously there is a Chuck Norris Rahm Emanuel Facts Drabbble Post here.

And a Big Goddamn Crossover Post here

Go! Join in the brilliant, brilliant crack.

ETA: There is now a Rahm Emanuel Friends Meme going on.

Except, well, this:



[ profile] charlie_d_blue:"This is not a friends meme. This is a goddamn Rahm Emanuel press-gang motherfuckers."
Something like a crossroads song
08 November 2008 @ 01:28 pm
This badass mofo, he is pwning all our souls  

In the interests of celebrating the appointment of Obama's Chief of Staff to the inimitably and terrifyingly awesome Rahm Emanuel, I present an old article from 2006 that explains everything Rahm is about, in the format of Chuck Norris facts adapted to politics.

Rahm can move in and out of the body of every Democrat in the country at will, like agents in the Matrix, so that their actions can be properly controlled at all times. )

Go here for the article.

Man, I have got to stop making US politics my new fandom.
theme song: when the levee breaks - led zeppelin
Something like a crossroads song
05 November 2008 @ 08:13 pm
Wandering around in a haze of glory.  
I have three singular emotions running through my mind:

1. Joy, joy, fierce, euphoric, such indescribably violent joy I cannot even - I just - joy.


2. One giant scream of screw you to hell.

Prop 8.

How can people be so petty, so mean, so bitterly ignorant as to deny others the happiness of a union that exists as a manifestation of human love?

3. Hope.

Do we got it?
Can we do it?
Can do.
Will we?

There's faith, then there's hope. One is a static, unwavering fixation on the joyously unprovable. The other is all momentum, a spark pushing us onward toward something just as joyous, but something that, however blurry and ill-formed about the edges, is something conceivable, something achievable, something that is more.

So that's me. What's you?
emotional evaluation: crazy
theme song: Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
Something like a crossroads song
03 November 2008 @ 05:48 pm
dream about flying.  
So much work to do
I don't know if I can
Trying so hard, so hard, so hard
But I'm just one man.

'Dream About Flying' by Alexi Murdoch.


larger version. )

Love, dreams, hope, freedom, change;

have a good election, America.
theme song: A Billion Tons of Light - Vega 4
Something like a crossroads song
01 November 2008 @ 04:52 pm
The diameter of a human's bicep is now directly related to the ability to run a country.  


Just what? What?

The hilariously skeevy headlines of the site whenever I log out of hotmail are a constant source of amusement and examples of human absurdity, but honestly, what?

I would mock this mercilessly, but I think I'm too busy laughing so that I don't cry. Oh news people, why so absurd? I mean searing? Really? I love Arnie as much as the next non-American-currently-over-invested-in-American-politics, but the guy is hardly a master of cutting and insightful political remarks.

Source: Here.
emotional evaluation: hopeful
Something like a crossroads song
16 August 2008 @ 09:57 pm
dreamtime, whattime?  
So maybe this has all been said before. So maybe I don't know what the hell I'm talking about. All I know is that I'm sick and tired of Australian college jocks joking about aboriginals like they're the shit on their shoes.

It’s not active discrimination – I’m not talking massacres, legal bias, ghettos or violence. It’s the passive-aggressive perpetuation of a particular image that is presented to us through the media. )
theme song: Clubbed to Death - Rob Dougan
emotional evaluation: enraged
triangulation: my happy place (in a basement fight, cutting a bitch.)