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From [personal profile] macavitykitsune 

ONE: Set your primary playlist to random and shuffle it.
TWO: Post the first line from the first 20 songs that play (or more, if you like), no matter how embarrassing the song. If you want to, skip instrumentals, songs that have the title in the first line and songs that aren't in the first language of the majority of your flist (it makes it easier for most).
THREE: Tag people if you want, but anyone is allowed to guess the answers.
FOUR: Strike through and add the artist and title below the lyric when someone gets one right.
FIVE: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is cheating. Please don't.

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This is my answer to a meme started by Macavitykitsune. It will contain strong language and talk about nasty things that could be triggering to some and is not in the least funny. If you're here for links to cool fanfics, videos, or pictures of naked men come back tomorrow.
Click for rant )So here I go. Christina posted the whole rant and made additions in red but the original post is available now (just click on Macavitykitsune's name above) so I'll just take out the bits of the list that don't apply to me. My stuff starts with the It's not okay list with a modification of Macavitykitsune's first line.

So here's something every woman hears in her life, over and over and fucking over again, until it's drilled into our heads and falls from our mouth as automatically as our eyelids blink. "I'm grateful; it could be worse." My entire fucking life, I've had this statement flung at me, been subjected to mental and emotional and sometimes physical violence until I parrot it faithfully for people to hear. And I am done being grateful for things that a reasonable human being would take, not merely for granted, with all the patronising permission of that bloody word, but for deserved, for being a thinking, feeling being.

Are there women out there who have had it worse than me? Of fucking course. I am not going to argue that for a moment. There are millions - billions - of women out there who have experienced horrors that I can only extrapolate my reactions to, from what little financial, mental, physical and sexual harassment I have had happen to me.

This should not, and will no longer, make me grateful to the men around me, and the society I live in, that these things have not happened to me. These are not things that should happen to anyone, and asking me to be grateful for them is a slap in the face to all the women who are working and have worked to ensure that it does not. It is a slap in the face to the best humanity can be, for saying that the default of every rational being on this planet is to rape and pillage and murder and spiritually crush each other in a bloody frenzy, all their lives. It is a slap in the face to the very concepts of equality and freedom and justice, by making them inaccessible privileges instead of inalienable rights. Being grateful for the fact that I've been spared these things is implicitly accepting that I probably deserved them. Thanking society for its gracious mercy for not subjecting me to horrors most men never have to contemplate in their lives, for sparing my worthless self the abuse I so clearly deserve for being female. And I am done perpetuating the existence of this outrageous and disgusting concept, even by a second.
I am not grateful that I have never been raped.
I am not grateful that I have never been abused by a partner.
I am not grateful that I have never been sexually abused.
I am not grateful that I have never been assaulted by groups.
I am not grateful that I have never been forced to marry against my will.
I am not grateful that I have never been forced to carry a foetus to term, or abort a foetus I wanted to keep.
I am not grateful that I have never been forcibly impregnated or sterilised.
I am not grateful that I have never been subjected to corrective rape/assault for my sexuality.
I am not grateful that I have never been threatened with having children taken away from me if I did not comply with the community's religious requirements.
I am not grateful that I have never been made to defer to men simply for being men.
I am not grateful that I have never been stripped of my rights as a human being in favour of according those rights to a man.
I am not grateful that I have never been forced into any profession - or out of one.
I am not grateful that I have never been forbidden from seeking employment.
I am not grateful that I have never been denied education.
I am not grateful that I have never been denied food, shelter, water, clothing.
I am not grateful that I have never been barred from appropriate and timely medical care on legal or religious grounds.
I am not grateful that I have never been denied freedom of movement.
I am not grateful that I have never been religiously coerced to abandon any of my basic morals.
I am not grateful that I have never been denied access to the outside world.

None of these things that have not happened to me make any of the things that have happened to me one bit less wrong, less twisted, less damaging. They are far less severe, less dehumanising than the things I listed above, but - and this is an important but - the fact that that is supposed to make these things okay strikes me as remarkably like an abuser saying "What's the matter, baby? I could have broken your arm instead of twisting it, you know." So here, have the flip side. These things are not all right, will not ever be all right, and I refuse to ever think of them as appropriate again. Not all of these are still happening - most aren't, in fact - but the fact remains that they have happened.

It is not all right that I have been beaten, slapped, pinched, bitten and hit in the head with hardcover books in school.
It is not all right that I was also spit on, called vulgar names, and had my things stolen or destroyed WHILE both myself and my tormentors were usually near one or more adults who were responsible for us
It is not all right that some of those adults actively participated in the bullying I endured while some just refused to take action to stop it.
It is not all right that I have been forbidden to see a relative who I was close to because of a feud between our mothers. I see her occasionally now that we're adults but the friendship we have isn't the same.
It is not all right that my school system considered calling all the 5th grade girls into a class where we watched a film strip on menstruation and were given starter packs of pads as adequate sex education and then did little to help those girls a few years later as far too many of them ended up pregnant and dropping out of high school.
It is not all right that an available spot in the then new gifted program went to the white doctor's son even though I had an IQ of 135 and scored in the 95th percentile for reading.
It is not all right that the school refused to give my mother my test scores when she asked and she had to risk her job several years later and pull the file when she was substituting there in order to find out what they were.
it is not all right that my sixth grade teacher, one of those who actively bullied me, refused to get me tested for a learning disability when I consistently failed spelling tests while getting those 95th percentile scores in reading comprehension. I was obviously just not doing the homework in order to spite her.
It's not right that I ended up diagnosing myself while taking college Developmental Psych classes after years of thinking that it was my fault somehow and years of internalized feelings of stupidity had helped take away my academic confidence.
It is not all right that, even after explaining to my boyfriend that I have occasional bouts of depression and that they usually didn't seem to have a real trigger, it was just screwed up brain chemistry, that he dumped me when I got depressed after a week of accusing me of being angry at him over something and just sulking and refusing to tell him what.
It is not all right that a long time "friend" cut me out of her life because I wasn't cooperating in her attempts to cheer me up even though I'd forgiven her for actively going after a guy that she knew I was in love with a few years earlier.
It is not all right that my father's alcoholism meant that almost all holidays after I was 12 or 13 ended with him getting drunk and getting into a screaming fight with my mother and I so that I still dread holidays even though he's been dead for several years.
It is not all right that one Christmas he won a TV and when he got home he told me I could have it to replace the black and white set in my room only to then declare that it was going into their room and he was just testing me to see if I only loved him when he gave me stuff. The fact that I was disappointed was "proof" that I didn't love him.
it is not all right that he once staged a suicide attempt in another test that might have really ended in his death if I hadn't walked in on him just as he finished taking the pills so we got him to the hospital in time to pump most of them out before they dissolved.
It is not all right that my father believed my cousin when he swore he was innocent of attempting to rape his step daughter even after my mother and I intercepted the court paperwork and read his confession.
It is not all right that my father let us know plainly that we were being unreasonable bitches to not allow my cousin to sleep in our spare room when the court ordered that he couldn't live at home while the step daughter was there after we read the papers.
It is not all right that years later my father thought I was being a heartless bitch for refusing to go to Puerto Rico with him to see the family once I found out that that cousin would be staying at the same small house.
It is not all right that I spent over a year with nearly daily migraines and joint pain without any doctor diagnosing the cause and only got relief when I figured out that I had a food sensitivity all on my own and eliminated the cause.
It is not all right that I once spent several weeks with clear symptoms of poisoning (from some pesticide that spilled) without any doctor diagnosing the cause and increasing hints that the burning and tingling in my hands that was so bad I couldn't sleep without taking something was all in my head.
It is not all right that doctors as a tribe tend to discount the things that women tell them even the women doctors.
It is not all right that once you have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder they are even less likely to listen to you.
it is not all right that there are probably other things that have happened that are not all right but in order to get by I locked them down away from my daily thoughts so I could survive and now I can't pry them loose. It took several days to get this far.
It is not all right that I still almost didn't list some of them because I found myself thinking "Well, that's not all that bad in the grand scheme of things" before catching myself. The programing runs deep
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The very wonderful OpieJeanne AKA as Pie tagged me for a meme at her blog, A Piece of Pie. As many of you know I've been sick for the last month with a respiratory crud that has just settled in at a low level and refused to move on. By the time I get home from work and take the stronger cough medicine I don't really have the brain capacity to do a complicated meme so I've been putting it off.

I promised I'd do it though so here is the six random things about me meme: 

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Link from Where's My Cape via Elaynocentricity

The rules are:

1) Copy this list into your blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here linking to your results.

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There are 30 questions. Each must be answered by chasing the person or persons from your F!List who best fits. If you want to know what the questions are you have to agree to do the meme first. Read more... )
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[info]gishkishenh got such fun results I had to try. The result for [profile] xterminal
was so perfect I had to post this even though he's left LJ and probably won't see it. Having  actually met [profile] miket61 in real life I have to wonder how he hid his amazing assets.

LiveJournal Username
Do you watch anime?
Do you speak Japanese?
Do you read Japanese?
What if LiveJournal were an anime?
Pick a Beach Boys song.
The performer of the opening themeabraxas_ren
The magical girlms_wonderland
The talking animaljojo_kun
The lecherous old manxterminal
The teenager who uses ancient magic to win gamesbutteryasha
The fifteen-year-old Japanese girl with blond hair and a D cupmiket61
Number of seasons it would last20,126
This Fun Quiz created by Elizabeth at BlogQuiz.Net
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If both of THEM agree on doing something then how can the rest of us resist.
Leave a comment and I will:

a) Tell you why I friended you,
b) Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a color, a photo, etc.,
c) Tell you something I like about you,
d) Tell you a memory I have of you,
e) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you,
f) Tell you my favorite user pic of yours,
g) In return, you must post this in your LJ.

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Picked up from Christina

1. Go to photobucket.com
2. Type in your answer for each question into the PhotoBucket search bar.
3. Choose your favorite photo to represent your answer.
4. Copy the html and paste it here.
5. Answer only in picture form.

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I got tagged by Christina.

I think I'll take Elayne's idea about how to do this and mix in the lies with the truth to make this a little easier. There will be seven lies scattered through the following, can you guess what they are?

[profile] alterfano

[personal profile] fenikkusuken

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Christina tagged me with this. I'm terrible at these things but I will do it.

The Pharyngula Mutating Genre Meme

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…". Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

— You can leave them exactly as is.

— You can delete any one question.

— You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change "The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…" to "The best time travel novel in Westerns is…", or "The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is…", or "The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is…".

— You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…".

You must have at least one question in your set, or you've gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you're not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.

Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.
My great-great-great-great-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My great-great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite.
My great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My grandparent  is Shakesville.
My Parent is Saying Nothing Charmingly

1. The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is: Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein.

2. The best scary movie in SF/Fantasy is: Alien

3. The best activism song in rock is: War by Edwin Starr*

4. The best cult novel in horror fiction is: The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft**

5. The best Comic Novel in SF is: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Go ye forth and multiply:

My notes:
*I adore Christina's pic of Alice's Restaurant but it ain't rock. Rock needs electric guitars turned up to 11 and a heavy drum beat.
**There can be no other answer to this.

I chose to infect
[profile] xterminal
[profile] butteryasha
[personal profile] fenikkusuken

Sign Me Up

Oct. 19th, 2007 09:05 pm
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Which sci-fi crew would you best fit in with? (pics)
created with QuizFarm.com
You scored as Serenity (Firefly)

You like to live your own way and don't enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Serenity (Firefly)


Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)


Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)


Moya (Farscape)


Heart of Gold (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)


Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)


Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)


Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)


SG-1 (Stargate)


Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)


Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)


FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)


Enterprise D (Star Trek)

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I found the link to this at [profile] gishkishenh's LJ. It's supposed to show a dot for each visitor to my page. Right now it's just showing me. Let's get it populated shall we?

Visitor Map
Create your own visitor map!
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Swipped from [profile] kaitodoushi

How will you be suspended from LJ? by Anonymous LJ User
Years on LJ
Hours left until your suspension4
Your crimePosting drabbles longer than 100 words.
Who reported youiniondia
Your fateOld. Alone. Done for.

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Lifted from [profile] gishkishenh

XT really would be on my short list to be in charge in the event of zombies. I guess Butter should stick to using his *ahem* sword.


Zombie Movie Team by shiraku
Weapon of choice
You would probably be
Is in chargexterminal
Freaks outlimyaael
In a comatose state of disbeliefkaitodoushi
Wanders off alonealterfano
Ends up gimpedhistory_spork
Hoards foodms_wonderland
Commits suicidejenevastorme
Gets bitteng1ne
Shoots you by accidentbutteryasha
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I got tagged by [personal profile] forthrightly

The rules are as follows: You start off with writing down ten weird things/habits/little known things about yourself. People who get tagged have to then write ten weird things/habits/little known facts about themselves in their own blog or LJ. At the end, you pick ten people off your flist and tag them so as to continue the game. No tagbacks, and the rules must be stated clearly in your post.

Ten Little-known facts about Ranuel:

1.  I once lived next door to a cow pasture. Now it's being covered in McMansions. I liked the cows better.

2. The love of my life was a chihuahua mix named Socks.

3. I'm mildly dyslexic but it gets much worse when I'm really tired or a migraine is coming on.

4. I HATE celery. Celery is the anti-Christ.

5. I used to be a really good ventriloquist but I haven't done it in over 20 years.

6. I went through a magic phase when I was a kid but didn't have the fine motor control to be very good at it.

7. I did learn the trick to untying yourself and once on a dare during a rehearsal for Sound of Music let someone tie me to a coat rack and proved I could get loose before my cue to go on.

8. I went to the school that Ted Bundy kidnapped Kim Leech from and was there the day it happened.

9. I lived in the area of Gainesville where Danny Rolling, "The Gainesville Ripper",  murdered 5 people in three separate incidents over the course of a weekend. From the location of the crimes he most likely walked through the wooded area right behind my place at least once.

10. I have won money playing darts.

Yeah, I forgot to tag people. I won't do 10 but here are my victims.

[profile] iniondia
[profile] xterminal
[profile] jenevastorme
[profile] g1ne

Last Will

Jan. 14th, 2007 02:31 am
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] forthrightly

 I, Ranuel, being of sound mind, hereby bequeath my entire estate to the Queen. I do this because they threatened to take my thumbs.

My only regret in this life was that I didn't sin enoungh.
'What will your Last Will and Testament say?' at QuizGalaxy.com


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