zolac_no_miko: (MY PARENTS ARE DEAD!)
HEY LOOK, ANGELA'S ON LIVEJOURNAL, because Twitter is down for me and I have no other way to communicate with the world.

A company called Dyn, which manages website domains and routes internet traffic, is experiencing a series of DDOS attacks, and many popular websites are experiencing outages in certain areas. Sites include Twitter, Etsy, Github, Vox, Spotify, Airbnb, Netflix, and Reddit. And I've heard maybe Amazon? The first attack primarily affected the U.S. East Coast and parts of Europe. Dyn restored service temporarily, but this was followed by a second attack. ETA: This second attack seems to mostly be affecting U.S. West Coast and Hawai‘i.

Here's a story on CNN Money for reference.

So if you can't access those or other sites, or if certain friends seemed to have vanished from the interwebs, that's why.

For me here in Hilo, Twitter is down entirely; I can reach the Netflix home page but can't play any video; I was able to reach the home pages of Amazon, Reddit, and Spotify but didn't check further.

Of course the two sites on that list that I use regularly are down and all the rest seem to be fine. :P

I'll be suffering without Twitter today. I mean, I'll be WAY more productive at the lab, but also BORED OUT OF MY MIND, and where will I faff about things like attacking my mother first thing in the morning with a terrible physics joke? Or squee about Mike Colter (Luke Cage) being the guest on last night's The Daily Show? Because eeeeeee~, Mike Colter!!

Anyway, long time no see, LJ, or rather, I'm here all the time, lurking, I just so rarely post anymore. I keep meaning to post a selection of photos from my adventures over the last several months, or crosspost a short fic I wrote in August of LAST YEAR but... ugggghhh so busy I can't even tell you. TT__TT

Speaking of which I need to finish breakfast and run my mother to the airport. Ta, LJ, peace out.

ETA2: For the first time since I woke up almost 4 hours ago I can access Twitter and Netflix again. Yaaaaaaay! Hopefully it holds.

ETA3: According to Breaking News Feed @pzf, the websites affected by the DDOS attack are Twitter, Amazon, CNN, Reddit, NYTimes, PayPal, Spotify, Soundcloud, Airbnb, HBO, Netflix, Etsy, Github, and Vox. Yikes!
zolac_no_miko: (self-explanatory)
Everyone's seen the picture of Jason Momoa's Aquaman that just came out, right? No?



Ugggghhh, I can't go on about this enough. I thought Momoa was inspired casting when I first heard of it, but actually seeing it I am just ;ahdlfhas;kdlfja. LOOK AT HIM. LOOK AT THOSE TATTOOS.

Also, credit to Snyder where credit is due. Aquaman is as big a deal in his universe as any of the Avengers are in Marvel. And Snyder took an A-list superhero who is blond and white and reimagined him as Polynesian. He gave us a Polynesian superhero, THIS IS SO IMPORTANT.

I'm a bit wary of investing myself emotionally in the upcoming DC film franchise, since Man Of Steel was such a disappointment, but I am SO EXCITED to see Momoa's Aquaman. I AM MORE EXCITED TO SEE AQUAMAN THAN I AM TO SEE BATMAN, WHO AM I, WHAT REALITY IS THIS. (Between being excited about Aquaman and being excited about the Penguin, DC on-screen properties have me so confused about life right now.)

Also, give me all of the fanart of Emilia Clarke as badass Sea-Khaleesi Mera. I need this so bad. And give me all the fanfic of Jason Momoa!Aquaman, and quickly, before movie canon ruins everything.

...Actually, I may have that last bit covered. I've already done the groundwork for an origin story based on Aquaman's Silver Age continuity and Momoa's own half-Hawaiian background and also Hawaiian mythology and history. I'm about to go to the field for the weekend, so I very well may come back with a completed story.

zolac_no_miko: (Liberty/Justice)
I have some advice for you! I'm going to give it to you in the form of a step-by-step procedure.

1. Listen to this song: "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert. (You probably know Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from the infinitely fabulous "Thrift Shop"; this is not that song. This is Macklemore's incredibly beautiful and heartfelt gay rights anthem.)

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2. Cry all over yourself.

3. Listen to it again.

4. Keep crying.

5. Buy Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' album "The Heist" because GOD DAMN IT MACKLEMORE DESERVES YOUR MONEY.

6. Actually listen to the whole album, because Macklemore is genuine and socially conscious and he explores social issues such as gay rights, poverty, street violence, and addiction through the lens of his own personal experience, and also god DAMN is he good with a verse. (Also, one of the tracks is an instrumental, oh Macklemore bless your indie-rapper head ilu so much. ♥)

7. Listen to "Same Love" again, for good measure.

8. You're welcome.


Apr. 8th, 2012 08:23 pm
zolac_no_miko: (guns in paradise)
Okay y'all, set some time aside and read [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory's "But World Enough, and Time". It's a Steve/Kono AU inspired by The Time Traveler's Wife, and it's gorgeous. I don't care what you do or don't ship (I mean, strictly speaking I wouldn't say I ship Steve/Kono whatsoever), just READ IT. I don't care if you've never read anything in Hawaii Five-0 fandom in your life, or never seen an episode of the show, either; this story stands up on its own. IT'S JUST. IT'S BEAUTIFUL, OKAY, JUST GO READ IT.

...This has been a public service announcement.

And just so y'all know, you're not off the hook. I still need suggestions for my birthday Avatar marathon drinking game list. So far I've got:
-Sokka uses sarcasm
-Sokka food gag
-Aang attempts to get it with Katara
-Aang goes into Avatar state
-Zuko throws a tantrum
-Iroh food gag
-Iroh does something unspeakably badass
-Sokka does something unspeakably badass
-Cabbage Guy
-Foaming-at-the-Mouth Guy
-Another Avatar
-Soonghi horn
-Blind jokes
-Iroh says 'tea'
-White lotus
-Specialty bending (lightning, metal, plant, blood)
-Aang dons ridiculous disguise
-Katara acquires boyfriend
-Sokka acquires girlfriend
-Someone says 'yip yip!' (THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] mithen!)
-Sokka talks to his boomerang
-It is Heavily Implied that Momo is Avatar Roku

zolac_no_miko: (trust me i'm the Doctor)
Hope all the Americans on my Flist had a nice Thanksgiving weekend (and for everyone else, hope you had nice weekends, too, and lots of wonderful things to be thankful for).

So, let's think about things we're thankful for. For instance, I am thankful for the Internet. The Internet is a wonderful fucking place, and I for one am not pleased by the U.S. Congress trying to ruin my Internet. Y'all have heard about SOPA/PIPA by now, right? No?

Allow me to 'splain (mostly with copypasta from my friends because it's more efficient than trying to reword everything ^_^;;). )

We need to kill these noxious bills. So do what you can. Spread the word. Contact your member of Congress or Senator. And/or join Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in his epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.

...Right, so that's your PSA for the day. Under the cut: all of the food, climbing 2200 foot cliffs for fun, a very Doctory holiday season, and the I'm A Time Lord! meme. )
zolac_no_miko: (Liberty/Justice)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] chez_jae at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


Sep. 21st, 2011 08:06 pm
zolac_no_miko: (Hello IT.)
I've just deauthorized all computers that were previously able to access my iTunes purchases, because it turns out I was unable to access them with my current computer, since I was already maxed out. So if you're one of, I think, three friends that I've been allowing to pretend to be me, and you are suddenly unable to access a few of your songs, that's why.
zolac_no_miko: (TARDIS)
In case anyone noticed that my internet presence has diminished recently, be not afraid... I'm not going anywhere, I don't hate you, none of that. It's just that I'm moving out of my apartment. ON SATURDAY. And getting on a plane and flying back to Hawaii for the foreseeable future. And so I am VERY VERY BUSY OH MY GOD packing and selling and shipping and freaking out, etc.

Things should be back to normal soon. I may even start writing again, if I can nail myself to some kind of schedule (unstructured time is extremely detrimental to my productivity).

So that's it. I don't have time to chat, so I won't tell you about last weekend's epic Oregon desert adventure and belly-crawling through caves and Big Hole and Hole-in-the-Ground and Crack in the Ground and Fort Rock and Summer Lake and Paisley and many exciting wildlifes and Bend and delicious delicious Easter brunch at McKay Cottage Restaurant. I'm also not going to tell you how hilarious I find it that the creators of The Vampire Diaries clearly listen exclusively to my iTunes (Patrick Stump now, I ask you, as if all of the Metric and Placebo AND SO ON AND SO ON weren't enough).

I will tell you that you should check out Pioneer One, because it's a neat little project and also awesome science fiction. The project is kind of an experiment in the vein of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. It's an independently-produced serial funded entirely by viewer donations, licensed under Creative Commons, and distributed by BitTorrent. The first three episodes are available for download or streaming; I devoured them ravenously while shoving clothes into boxes yesterday, and I now eagerly await episode four, which comes out tomorrow.

Plot summary: "A mysterious spaceship has entered Earth's atmosphere. A US Department of Homeland Security investigation has uncovered a live human being in a Soviet space suit in an unstable condition. A note in Russian, found at the crash site, claims the man is the child of cosmonauts living at a base on Mars."

Check it out, yo. Support the future of entertainment, and enjoy what is actually a pretty awesome show.
zolac_no_miko: (pay attention to the strangeness)
Ladies and gentlemen of the internet, I bring you another very important PSA:


DON'T look up anything about it, really, don't, I'm completely serious, don't watch the trailers, the trailers make the movie look stupid and they are full of spoilers, it's better if you have no idea at all what the movie is about going in, just go see it, it's totally worth it.

All you need to know is this:

1) Directed by Duncan Jones.

2) Chicago.


...Oh man, Duncan Jones is not a one-hit wonder, this proves it, he's two for two and he is going to be a man whose career I am going to enjoy watching for decades to come. DIRECT ME ANOTHER ONE, MR. JONES. MAKE DAVID BOWIE PROUD.

...Write-up of concert shenanigans to follow when I have had some sleep, oh god.
zolac_no_miko: (Conner Kent)
Attention Merlin fans! And also everyone else! No seriously, everyone. "Pairing Pendragon/Merlin". If you have somehow missed this fic amidst the storm of people recommending it... um, take my recommendation. Read it. You definitely don't need to be a fan of the show to enjoy it. It's just... it's like the Fandom Manifesto, or something. And so meta it's like a full plate of meta with meta on the side and sweet creamy meta on top. It's fabulous.



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