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Okay, has anyone else's Webmail Firefox add-on stopped working for Hotmail? Because for the last two days, it's not logging in to Hotmail. (And another reason why I don't like Hotmail!)
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Hello all! Okay, so it's come to my attention that a few people that I sent the email too aren't going to forward it on. Fair enough; I had a hard enough time thinking of a recipe myself! *g* But I'd appreciate if you'd told me, because the person who sent it to me was really looking forward to getting some recipes.

[livejournal.com profile] rosenchanted told me that she couldn't think of any, so I forwarded a recipe of my own, and that's what I intend to do if others can't, because as I said, [livejournal.com profile] truehobbit was looking forward to the recipes.

Now I know that quite a few people (myself included!) delete chain letters out of hand, but this one did say if you couldn't take part, let the person who sent it know. After all, this isn't exactly a "sent it to 10 people and you will have luck for 10 years" kind of email! *g*

Anyway, I just wanted to point out that if anyone can't send it on, for whatever reason, could you let me know? :)
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So, I've completed my first book of 2009 and thought I'd put that fact down in writing!

1: Wolfblade by Jennifer Fallon

I definitely enjoyed it, and got stuck into it. It's a book primarily about politics and there are several main characters to sympathise (or not!) with. There are quite a few twists and turns in it. Some were obvious, but most of them came as a surprise, so that's nice. I only discovered upon reading the end (which has a question and answer session with the author in it) that this book (and its two sequels) are actually the prequel to a trilogy that she'd already written, called The Demon Child trilogy. If the other two books are as good as this one, I may very well go on the hunt for those three. *g*
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So, I've started up an LJ account for the sole purpose of Project 365, mainly so that I don't clog up this one with lots of photos.

Those of you who want to friend it, my username is [livejournal.com profile] heliona365. *g*
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Okay, so I completely missed the partial solar eclipse that happened on the 1st August, although since it was cloudy, I don't think I missed much!

However, having just watched The Sky at Night (how is Sir Patrick Moore still alive - he's been old for about 30 years!) and they mentioned a couple of things.

1 - The Perseid meteor shower. The peak time is in the middle of the day here in the UK, so the best bet is to go out the night of the 11th-12th August or the night of the 12th-13th August, which is either side of the peak time.

2 - A partial lunar eclipse on the night of August 16th. It's an 80% eclipse, so should be pretty good.

(I'm hoping that if I post this here, I might actually remember!)

Keep your fingers crossed that the weather cooperates. I think I'll go out to see if I can see the Perseids on the 11th-12th, because the day I'm in Edinburgh, which isn't going to be much good!
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Okay, so once I got over my frustration and thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hellokimberly and [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris for pointing links out to me, I've managed to find upgrades to Super Drag And Go (which is called Drag And Go). Hurray! (I just searched for the add-ons on the official site and one came up that was compatible.)

Sadly, Save Image in Folder hasn't been upgraded yet, but hopefully it will be, because that was very useful.
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Okay, for those of you who haven't downloaded the new version of Firefox yet, I would strongly advise you not to! There are several reasons:

  • Not all the add-ons work with it.

  • It is *not* any faster than the previous version (in fact I've found it to be in some cases slower)

  • It keeps crashing - it has crashed on me twice already today, and I've only had the computer on for about 20 minutese

  • As far as I can see, it's not as user-friendly as the previous version.

Now, I will admit that the first and last are my opinions, but the middle two are fairly important, and are facts. Also, for some reason, it is refusing to finish loading Hotmail accounts - it just keeps going with the little circles. I can access things in Hotmail, but I don't know why it doesn't finish loading.

So, my advice is don't upgrade until all these bugs have been sorted out!

Also, I just did a quick search on the Mozilla site to try and find a way to contact them to complain (because every time Firefox crashes, I don't get a 'send error report' box. Instead I get a 'Windows will try and find a solution to the problem' and subsequently 'Windows has not found a solution, but will let you know when it does'.). The one time I actually *want* to send an error report and I can't!!
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Another petition, again about a matter close to my heart: books!

[quoted directly from [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris]

The gist of the matter is that from the autumn some publishers are going to put age banding on children's books. ie 5+, 7+, 9+, 11+ and 13+/teen. Why? So that people can buy age appropriate books for kids. Huh. That's what I thought front cover, text size, book description and where the bookseller had placed it on the shelves was for...

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[Links from [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris]

A Telegraph article

An article in The Guardian

[This is all me now!]

Frankly, I think this is ridiculous, and pointless. Considering the fact that I read books way above my age when I was younger, I'm totally against it, mainly for the reason that it would put off parents letting their children read what they wanted. You know, 'you're only 10, you can't read a book that's labelled 12+' or whatever! It seems to have completely forgotten the point that children read at different levels - as I said, I read a lot of books way above my reading age when I was younger (mainly because there was nothing else to do!) but my parents never censored what I read. In fact, they actively encouraged it! Personally, I feel that children can only benefit from a wide range of reading. I highly doubt that young children (and let's face it, once kids reach about the age of 13, parents aren't going to be able to prevent them reading what they want!) will actively seek out books that are potentially 'harmful' to them. (I'm thinking of descriptive crime novels and books with a lot of sex - although I'd read a Mills & Boon when I was about ten (in fact, it was one of my favourite books at the time!).) There are a lot of entertaining reads that might be considered 'too old' for an eleven year old, but each child is different!

I can appreciate the reason for banding of films - although that only works in the cinemas. In films, nothing is left up to the imagination. Everything is right in front of you, in blazing technicolour (most of the time. I realise that sometimes you have to infer, in which case younger children probably wouldn't get the references and it will all be fine.). Violence, blood flying every where, sex. Books can leave that up to the imagination. And reading about blood flying is not the same as seeing it! In books, children can read things quite happily and not necessarily realise what they mean. They might take a completely different meaning from the one that was meant (in the right way). I'm afraid I'm not explaining myself particularly well - if it doesn't make sense, then comment, and I'll try and do better!

From my experience, a lot of parents don't pay any attention to the age banding of films when it comes to buying/renting films. Instead, they make an informed decision regarding their child and what they know the film to contain (unless they don't care at all, in which case the point is moot). Why can't they do that with books, as I'm sure they've been doing all these years? What has prompted this? I've never heard of stories of children being scarred for life from having read a book that was 'too old' for them. Frankly, I find the whole thing offensive.

I mean, surely the fact that in bookstores (and online, so the getting rid of bookstores idea doesn't really hold true) there are children's sections, 12+ sections, teen sections (which hold some great books!), infants sections etc is enough guidance, for goodness' sake! What's next, having to show your ID to buy a book?!

It seems pretty pointless to me, and I think that perhaps the people who have come up with this idea have had a crisis of imagination and are clutching at straws to keep their jobs!

I have been reading from as soon as I was able, and devoured everything that I could. My parents never restricted my reading, and as such I believe that I benefited with a great love of all books. Age banding is pointless, as far as I can see, and can only be damaging to the youngsters of today. We are already having a hard time encouraging children to read, and adding the stigma of reading books with age banding on them (also, think of the potential bullying possibilities), I think it would only make things more difficult. Surely, the sectioning of books into different sections in bookstores is enough guidance for parents?! Is this age banding insulting the intelligence of parents?

- what I wrote in my email

Anyway, here is the petition website. Please send them an email of support if you agree.
No To Age Banding
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Okay, so probably no-one reading this will care, but I don't care!! *g*

I've just completed my team for the Fantasy Football Euro 2008 League, which I'm joining with my cousins Tom and Oscar, my aunt Jane, Tom's wife, Amanda, and Tom's friend, Paul (and maybe some others I don't know about yet!).

My team is called the Continental Angels (because they're Hel's *g*) and consists of:

Alessandro Del Piero - Italy (AC Milan)
Milan Baroš - Czech Republic (Portsmouth)
Fernando Torres - Spain (Liverpool)

Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal (Manchester United)
Dirk Kuyt - Netherlands (Liverpool)
Deco - Portugal (FC Barcelona)
Freddie Ljunberg - Sweden (West Ham)

Robert Kovač - Croatia (Borussia Dortmund)
Roman Shirokov - Russia (FC Zenit Saint Petersburg)
Gabriel Tamaş - Romania (AJ Auxerre)
Fredrik Stoor - Sweden (Rosenberg BK)

Petr Čech - Czech Republic (Chelsea)

Of course, if anyone gets injured or plays appallingly, then I can make some transfers. I've spent all but 1.5 million of my allotted 100 million euros! They'd better pay me back! *g*

The keen-eyed among you may have noticed that I have 12 players and generally, only 11 are allowed to play. Well, I have a substitute, who right now is Del Piero (mainly because I haven't quite worked out to change my formation and thus put someone else on the sub bench yet!).
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Just to keep this on top, in case people hadn't seen it, and to add the info that Fiver is [livejournal.com profile] hazelrah1:

Anyway, the main point of the entry was this, from [livejournal.com profile] mithluin:

As you may know, ALS (or Lou Gherig's disease) is a fatal, degenerative nerve disorder. Basically, you don't want to get it, especially not when you're a mom in her 30's.

Melissa Kern, who has been an active member of the Tolkien fan community for many years, was recently dianosed with this disease, and has 3-5 years to live. There is no cure. While the news is very difficult for her family, her husband wanted to do something special for her.

He would like her to be a hobbit extra in the upcoming Hobbit movie(s). Casting extras certainly hasn't happened yet, but he has started a petition already, so that something can be worked out with New Line or Del Toro.

As Fiver, Melissa has posted on TORn (The One Ring.Net) and is a member of Arms of Middle Earth, a Tolkien group from the Southeastern US. She attends Dragon*Con and other conventions, and has dressed up as a hobbit for these events. It would be a dream come true if she could be in these movies...because she might not be around to see them when they do come out in 2010/11.

Visit the website, and add your name to the petition, please. It will help the studio to see that this woman does have the support of the fan community. This is *not* a protest-against-XenArwen petition, nor is it asking them to change anything about how they would do the movie. It's just a request to make someone's wish come true.

Project Fiver

Please feel free to pass this information along.

Edited to add that Project Fiver has been contacted by the production company, and it looks as though things look favourable. The petition is closing, and a guestbook on the website will be opening. Now we just have to hope that [livejournal.com profile] hazelrah1/Fiver will be healthy enough to make it out to New Zealand.
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Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] loriel_eris!!!! *hugs*
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Okay, here are two philospohical questions for you lot to debate:

1 - Are LOLcatz sentient?

2 - Do drums have legs?

If you are wondering where on Earth these came from, they are a product of the Glasgow Moot.

I await your answers!! :)
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Just registered www.swnymor.com, so that I can now put all the boat stuff onto a website that's aptly named, and my www.heliona.com can return to being the random website it was meant to be! *g* www.swnymor.com hasn't been activated yet, so don't go rushing off to it!

Now I've got the task ahead of me of rewriting the coding so that it is Firefox compatible. Since it's been a while since I've written anything resembling html, that could be interesting!! (And not to say, frustrating also!)

LJ mess

Aug. 5th, 2007 05:02 pm
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Okay, have just had a quick scan of the posts concerning the LJ stuff that's causing some of my friends to get accounts at other journals, and thought I should say:

I will not be leaving LJ and will not be getting any other accounts.

Mainly because I know how to work LJ, I've got the layout sorted, and I really do not the energy or enthusiasm to change everything. If it gets so that I feel I can no longer be on LJ, then I may change my mind. But for now, this is where I stay.
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Okay, so this morning on the breakfast news, they showed clips of people who had queued for up to 36 hours to get their hands on 'Deathly Hallows'. This was in between clips of the flooded areas in England.

It suddenly struck me (mainly now because I hadn't really been thinking about it before) that this world is really very strange, and a lot of people have some very strange priorities!

Now, I fully admit that I will read 'Deathly Hallows' sooner rather than later, although that's mainly so that there's less chance of me getting spoilt than anything else. If I could leave it for a while without being spoilt, I would.

But there were people, kids and adults, fighting over a book. A book, for goodness' sake! Seriously, people! It's only a book! It's not the end of the world!

I know quite a few of you on my flist have been similarly apathetic towards Harry Potter, and I think it's quite refreshing. (Of course, once I get the book in my hands, I won't put it down until I've finished reading it, but that happens with a lot of books.)

I did have a longer, more intelligent post in my head a few hours ago, but it's late now and my brain's a little fried.

In other, sort of related news, the one good thing about the OotP film coming out and the book as well is that it's got my creative juices going again. I've been making new notes for 'Wood & Wild'.

Also, I've just rewatched 'The Craft' on Channel 4, and it didn't end the way I remember at all!
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Okay, so this is going to be the fastest and most boring update I've ever posted, but yes, I am still here.

I went to see Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. I do not have time to go into my review now, but I do have one thing to say:


OMFG!!! Wow!!! *drool*

He was so hot in that film. I keep forgetting my OB lust, but then I watch another one of his films and it all comes back to me. *g*
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I decided it was about time that I used my film icon, and so should post a few film reviews of films that I've seen recently (either for the first time or rewatched).

The Prestige )

Moulin Rouge )

Down With Love )

So there you go. That filled some time, and I got to use my clapper board icon!
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Physicists, take note.

This is just ridiculous, as far as I am concerned! If students are not taught how physics actually works, then any who decide to take it for A-level or at university are going to get a nasty shock! I'm very, very glad that I finished school when I did!

Physics 'dumbed down' in GCSEs
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Okay, first of all, f*ck my sideways! Last week's episode had me hiding behind the sofa, this one had me on the edge of the sofa with my eyes as wide as saucers!

Doctor Who: Utopia (spoiler-ville!) )


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