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So some of you who talk to me off of LJ already know that I've been on a real Sweet Valley nostalgia trip. I've always been a sucker for teen/tween girl lit (my epic Nancy Drew collection is a real testament to that), but Sweet Valley is something different for me. You see my love for Nancy was something private almost. I read all the books, and I adored Nancy, but none of my friends were really into her, and my epic detective adventures were something I usually took on all by myself. Sweet Valley, on the other hand, was something we all read together. We had epic Sweet Valley games we played when we were very young- Like Sweet Valley LARPS almost (I was always Jessica). We all spent hours at the library reading the books, since our parents didn't really approve of them (something that just made them even cooler), and we'd save all our money to snatch copies up at school book sales.

Sweet Valley was this wonderful forbidden fruit, and we were obsessed with it.

So you can imagine my delight when I came upon my precious Sweet Valley books packed away in a box among, well, a million other boxes of books. Though my joy wilted slightly as I remembered that I'd sold a few of them when I'd been in High School, and damn, I'd never finished collecting them all anyway. My collection was nothing compared to what it had once been, and it broke my heart.

Broke, but always willing to shop, I've been slowly re-building and filling in my collection so I can read the whole series again from the start. I've decided not to read them in release order, but in chronological. I'm skipping the 'Sweet valley Kids' books for now, simply because I have no memory of reading those. I know I never owned any, and I don't think I ever peeked at them in the library. Though if I ever find them cheep on Ebay, I might give them a go... Instead I'll be starting with the Twins books, and going on from there.

We'll start with book one, Sweet Valley Twins : Best Friends )
plausive: (Gaga bow)
This is something I've been meaning to talk about for a while now. It's something I bought eons ago, watched, and then put back on the shelf saying, 'Holy shit that was bad, I should cap that and talk about it on my LJ...'

And so now I am.

Here is the background, via the tiny blurb that Wikipidia has to offer on the series: In 1995, a TV show called simply The Hardy Boys was produced and syndicated by New Line Television, a division of New Line Cinema. The show was co-produced by Canadian broadcasting company Nelvana and was dubbed in French for airing in Quebec and France as well as in the United States. Colin Gray starred as Frank Hardy and Paul Popowich played Joe. The characters were portrayed as in their early 20s, Frank working as a reporter and Joe still in college. The show only lasted for one season of 13 episodes due to poor ratings.

I should clarify that despite what that poorly written sentence might have you believe, it was not dubbed in French for an American audience (though that might have been an improvement). Also, though the boys were meant to be in their 20's, Frank looked like he was having some kind of early midlife crises. I wouldn't have batted an eye if you'd told me he was 35. >_>

Let's start with the opening credits.

cut for length and picspam )
plausive: A sketch of The Doctor holding an umbrella. (The Doctor)
I used to make this post once a year, I just realized I haven't done this since 2008 though, so here is a shiny new updated version with new links. :)

After spending the better part of my day saving a friend's PC from a nasty Trojan, I feel as if I need to make this post. I'm sure most of you already know all about firewalls and the like, but just in case one or two of you don't, here are the basics you should know if you want to surf the net safely.

1. Install A Firewall

I don't want to hear how expensive they are, you can get perfectly decent firewalls for free these days, and they are a MUST HAVE. I don't care what OS you're running, firewalls are a must. A great free firewall you can download is ZoneAlarm. It's clean, it's easy and it learns from you rather than making you learn from it. Install it, run it, and that's it. It's so easy, there is no reason not to have this on your PC.

2. Install Anti-virus Software

No, really, if you don't have one, stop reading this and install this right now.

There are a 1001 anti-virus programs out there, but my top pick is still AVG Anti-Virus. It's free, and It has saved my ass once or twice in the past when I was using a lesser firewall. AVG updates itself daily and will scan your PC when you first boot up (or at an ungodly hour in the morning if you leave your PC on 24-7 as I sometimes do. It's not a huge memory hog (though older machines may feel the lag while it scans the PC), but really, 15 min of slow PC performance a day is a small price to pay for clean and safe files.

You should always have an anti-virus on your PC. ALWAYS. No exceptions. You wouldn't believe how many people look at me like I'm mad when I say this, but it's true.

3. Learn About Malicious Pop-Ups And Learn How To Deal With Them

CNET has a great piece on them over here.

While most pop-ups are harmless (and annoying), and most web browsers do a good job of blocking the majority anyway, this is still something I feel people should know and understand.

4. Use Common Sense

If it looks fishy, it probably is. Do not go giving your personal info out to anyone who asks. Look at web addresses carefully before entering passwords or personal information. Are you on a secure page (firefox and most browsers will tell you that you are up in the navigation toolbar)? Do you trust this site? Does it make sense that this page/company is requesting this information? Do they have a privacy policy posted that you can read?

5. Be Aware Of What Your Downloading And How Different Types Of Downloads Work

Before you go snag that new Torrent of Tangled, make sure you understand how torrents work. You are NOT anonymous when you download a torrent and you CAN be tracked down by the MPAA the RIAA if you are not careful. Hell, you can be tracked by them even if you are. There is no 100% safe way to snag a torrent, but if you'd like to be at least a little safer, here are a few things you can do.

Stick to private torrent communities that require registration, or better yet, an invitation.

Use slightly safer (and easier to customize) torrent downloaders such as utorrent.

Learn about IP blocking and torrent filters such as ipfilter.dat

On a related note, do not just download things from where-the-fuck-ever. If you want freeware go somewhere like, not some random site. Do not right click and save every file on the planet. Download from trusted sites only, or, at the very least, take the time to scan what you've downloaded before you open it (Firefox does this for you, though I'm not sure how powerful their scanner is).

6. Always Read The TOS and the Privacy Policies

No, you don't have to pour over it or hire a lawyer before agreeing, but do use some common sense. Make sure you understand what you're agreeing to when you click 'yes'.

And I'm not just talking about shady sites either. Just have a look at Google's Chrome TOS. Harmless, sure, but a bit shady in places.

This doesn't just apply to web sites anymore either. Those social networking phone apps? Yeah, you might want to see just how much you're sharing there. Even games these days are spying on you. The newest EA releases ask you if you're willing to share your game play with them. Yep, they want to watch you play video games. I imagine you'll find the same in a few console titles. Thankfully most still let you opt out of that sort of thing.

7. Learn How TO Opt Out

You have the right to privacy, don't let companies tell you otherwise.

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Some of this stuff is overkill, and honestly, for the most part all you need is common sense and a good firewall/anti-virus combo. You'll notice I left off anti-spywear, that's simply because I find all the free anti-spywear programs currently out there sub-par. Also, with a good firewall and some brains, you should be able to avoid the stuff. Also, AVG Free removes it and treats it like a virus if it's malicious.
plausive: (sherlock: i has a skull)
So last night at work I found a super cute Sherlock Holmes paperback boxed set from the 70’s. If the art hadn’t already won me over, the fact that P. G. Wodehouse wrote one of the intros would have surely done it.

As soon as I got home, I pulled out the copy of The Sign of Four and started to read.

Nothing could have prepared me for what came next.

Below is only an excerpt from the intro. I’ve never found it in another collection, and I can’t find it online anywhere. If you ever see it, I really recommend picking it up. It’s one of the best intros I’ve ever read.

…Even if he did totally troll me.

more under the cut )
plausive: (Sherlock)
Fandom: Sherlock
Comments are love.
Credit is even more love.

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more under the cut )
plausive: (CM: Reid)
I wrote this as a bit of a flashback for an RPG, but it works as a ficlit, and I really like the way it came out.

Title: Playing With Fire
Author: Plausive
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Characters: Spencer Reid, Diana Reid
Rating: G

"Right as the humour of melancholy
Causeth full many a man in sleep to cry
For fear of blacke bears, or bulles black,
Or elles blacke devils will them take."
- Geoffrey Chaucer

Standing in the doorway of their kitchen, young Spencer Reid watched his mother as she scribbled in her journal. Sometimes he was sure she could write even faster than he could read, her script tight and small, but neat. The handwriting of a professor, a talent she never lost no matter how long she was out of a classroom. Her hair was long again- nearly to her shoulders. Sometimes she cut it, keeping it short and tidy, a style that made her look less crazed and lost. Like this, however, she looked wild. Her bright blond hair, streaked ever so slightly with gray, fell in uncombed waves around her face, falling forward and causing her to tuck it behind her ears over and over again.

Tomorrow it would be short again. She would find a pair of scissors tonight and carefully trim it until she looked like some sort of wise pixie. Spencer knew this, he could spot the signs that she was getting sick of it.

If he asked, she would cut his as well. He liked when she took care of him that way- a moment of calm and normality as she carefully trimmed it. Never too short, she knew exactly what length to keep it for him. Long enough to tuck behind his ears, short enough to look neat without effort. Long enough to hide his face when he ducked his head- short enough to deny the boys at school a reason to call him a girl.

Her pen moved over the paper, and then stopped as she looked up, smiling at Spencer and then shaking her head. )
plausive: (Noel and Russell : Making a mess)
A list of things from the last 4 days.

1: Saw Inception. I liked it. I didn't wet my panties over it like some people seem to have- but I thought it was pretty okay. I might watch it again on DVD sometime. On a related note: JGL needs to stop pulling that face. You know the one I'm talking about, the one that makes you want to slap him until he looks normal again. What is with that face, man? Did someone tell him it looked good? Did his acting coach teach him it? I like him and all, I think he's a great actor, but that face he pulls drives me nuts.

2: Also saw Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and it was WICKED AWESOME. Sure it wasn't deep and thinky, but it was fun, and damn it, sometimes I just want to switch off and have fun. On a related note, I am bored of Michael Cera. I don't have a hate on against him or anything, I just... I want to see him play something different. He wasn't bad in this flick, but at the same time I can't help but think that someone else could have played it just as well (if not better).

3: Krista has introduced me to the world of kpop, and I'm in love. ♥_♥

4: Taught a 14 year-old how to make woven bead bracelets and ended up making a set of Harry Potter 'scarf' bookmarks for myself.

5: Was given a stack of anime to watch, but am yet to watch any of it. >_> There's a lot of it, and she didn't tell me where to start.

6: Tried coconut milk ice cream. Fell in love.

7: Learned how to make the perfect sticky rice for sushi.

8: Finally got caught back up on Eureka. Sooo good this season. If you aren't watching, you should be.

9: Took another bollywood dance aerobics class. It's crazy hard, but FUN.
plausive: (house pride)
So I've been playing Lego Harry Potter since yesterday, and I found myself yet again wondering why there isn't a Harry Potter MMORPG. This is a question I ask myself anytime I play a Potter related game, be it the ps2 Quiddich world cup, or one of the many movie tie-in games. It just seems crazy to me that no one has tried to cash in on this yet. It's not as if there's a shortage of fans out there who would be willing to pay 15$ a month to go to virtual Hogwarts. And honestly, just how hard would it be to make?

I've been wanting this for years now, and I'd like to share my idea of the perfect Potter game with you.

cut for length and lusting )
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I'm slowly trimming down my f-list, as I don't get as much time to read it as I used to. It'll prolly take a few days to get it to a size I can handle, so over the next few days if you get cut and want back on, let me know.

Otherwise, it was nice having you around and I hope there are no hard feelings.

With love,

PS: You're not missing out on much anyway, I don't post here like I used to. If you really want to stay friendly though, you're better off heading over to my twitter. :)
plausive: (oh hai i luff u)
One of my Torchwood fics is up for an award over at Children of Time. It's not up on the site yet or anything though, so I'll post more details when it is (I only just got an e-mail).

I don't think I've ever been nominated before. At least, i can't remember being nominated for a fic award before. Not there, or anywhere. It's strange, esp. since the fic they picked isn't really my best (imho). Though I suppose I should just be glad they didn't pick the plant!sex fic. That might have proven to be mildly humiliating. >_>;; I'm flattered though, of course. It's always nice to have something you wrote enjoyed by others, and though I'm fairly sure I won't win in whatever category my little fic ends up in, being nominated does mean there's a chance more people will read it. :)

It's raining, so I think I'm done moving things today. I did get a shit load of paint chips to look at though, and a few catalogues to flip through. That's sort of like productivity. Kinda. If you squint. Moving is hard, I advise against it.
plausive: (Dr. Horrible - ur gonna die)
plausive: i'm gonna start tagging all ur eps with eps now
plausive: for my own personal lulz
plausive: ;p
intheenditslove: LOL
plausive: except, you know, not
intheenditslove: I will kick you. XD
intheenditslove: and then we'll hang out.
plausive: XD XD XD
plausive: and watch HCL
intheenditslove: wait, no, forget I said that. now you're just gonna do it to see me hop on a plane
plausive: YEEES
plausive: XD
plausive: you'll have joe in the kitchen and i will reply with a long ass comment with logan on the beach
plausive: and you will have to make joe go find his sandy ass
intheenditslove: LMAOOOO
intheenditslove: OMG

intheenditslove: I would be so amused if you ever actually did that.
intheenditslove: We could write a whole thread with the two of them NEVER interacting
plausive: hahahahaha
plausive: looking for one another but never bumping into one another.
plausive: abstract threads are the rp of the future
intheenditslove: LOL


Oct. 13th, 2008 03:43 pm
plausive: (love love love)
Head on over to [ profile] deense's lj, and take part in the lovefest that is:

plausive: (Life on Mars: Pwned)
So, for a lack of anything better to do, I decided to sit down and watch the US version of Life On Mars.

Spoilery stuff under the cut )
plausive: (Memory is RAM!)
intheenditslove: bah. I want to watch and hang out with my roommate. XD Why can't I do EVERYTHING?
Plausive: you need clones
intheenditslove: ahahaha. "You hang out in the living room with CJ. I'm going to go to the other room and watch a movie with other people."
Plausive: lolol
Plausive: if you were Madrox from x-factor, you could multiply yourself and do both, then absorb your clone and have both experiences.
intheenditslove: Hahahahaha.
intheenditslove: That is fascinating.
Plausive: think of all the fun you could have
intheenditslove: I could do SO MUCH.
intheenditslove: And still actually DO it all.
intheenditslove: I want this power!
Plausive: i kno rite?
intheenditslove: That is maybe the best power I've ever heard of.
Plausive: and you could send one to work and get the paycheck without having to work. you'd just, like, remember working.
intheenditslove: So some days, if I did want to work, I could go and I'd know how.
Plausive: but you wouldn't have to go. You could play scrabble instead.

tl;dr? - We are dorks.
plausive: (punk rock prom queen)
Making graphs based on my winamp listening habits, comparing common themes and lyrics in the songs I play the most, is not a good use of my time. ...No matter how pretty it looks on paper.

At least not until someone turns it into a meme. Then it will be awesome and my time-wasting skills will be admired by all who dare cast their gaze upon my work.
plausive: (dis r muh hero pose)
Title: Lieutenant
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters: Jack Harkness, The Doctor (very mild hints at possible Jack/Doctor)
Spoilers: None. I made this all up.
Rating: PG
Summery: The Eleventh Doctor meets a very familiar man.

Careful was Sunday nights in front of a fire. Careful was a room full of books and texts, reading about life rather than living it. )

( This is actually a ficlit I wrote to help me with a much longer piece I'm working on.)
plausive: (rock me bb)
omg, are we doing this meme again? I love this meme.

* Put your music player on random.
* Post the first line from the first 32 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song.
* Let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
* Bold the songs when someone guesses correctly.
* Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

under here )
plausive: (Noel: Which one is Hawking?)
more animals

I wants one. D:

I think I'm finally done doing stuff tonight. It's 9:30, I might go out for a quick drink with friends. >_>

Fuck it, I has the LAZE. I'm gonna lay in bed with the laptop and the cat and watch some HGTV.
plausive: (Don't Blink)
From: [ profile] frogmajick (damn you)

1. There are 30 questions.
2. Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
3. Answer one question with one name.
4. Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme.

under here )


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