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mandy_croyance ([personal profile] mandy_croyance) wrote2009-02-19 11:27 pm

Gimme more

Productivity today? Zero.

Okay, technically I went to work and made a full day's wages so I suppose that's not exactly doing nothing, but measured on a scale one to what I actually need to get done today? Yup. Nada.

I have one essay, two assignments and a Big Bang fic to work on. Three of these four have to be done by next week and we are way behind on the other. And apparently I'm going clubbing Saturday night? I fail so hard, you guys. I have no idea how I'm going to accomplish this. /o\

What I've done instead? Glut myself on news.

Some of you may be familiar with my information whoring ways, but for those of you who are not so familiar, well, here's a brief introduction. Every day I consume:

1. The New York Times, deposited in my email inbox
2. My Livejournal f-list (to keep track of what's going on in the lives of my friends, bandom and a few other fannish interests)
3. My Google Reader which aggregates a number of news, tech, music, pop culture, glbtq interest, economics, scientific, and Toronto-centric lifestyle feeds
4. [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political
5. The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and the nightly news

And that's just the basics.



Lately I've been really keen on following developments in the landmark trial of popular bit-torrent tracker/index, The Pirate Bay. Three website administrators and one financial backer are currently on trial in Sweden for contributory copyright infringement. They face both criminal and civil charges that could mean jail time and millions of dollars in damages if they are convicted.

However, at this point, that is seeming less and less likely. In fact, on the second day of the trial proceedings the prosecution was forced to drop 50% of their charges after discovering they could not actually prove Pirate Bay was directly involved in the exchange of copyrighted files (not just indirectly).

Anyhow, if you're half as invested in piracy as I am (and who's not) it's certainly something to keep your eye on.



Second on the docket is Obama's visit to Canada. Seeing as this week is technically reading week for me, I initially considered going to Ottawa for his visit just for the hell of it. The atmosphere and to maybe catch a glimpse. I decided against it after hearing that he wasn't planning on making any public appearances.

Many others did go, though - over two thousand people congregated in front of the parliament buildings to welcome him and hundreds more lined the streets as the motorcade made it's way there from the airport. Considering the last time Bush was here, there were hundreds protesting outside of parliament, this is quite a remarkable change.

We like your president, guys. You done good. He's welcome back any time. In fact, we'll gladly trade you Harper, Ingatieff, Layton AND Duceppe if we can just keep him.

No? Darn. Was worth a shot. :P


And I'm sick of talking about a certain blond so this is honestly the last thing I'm saying on the subject (at least for now). The last dregs of my respect for her has officially evaporated. Does she really think she's got a shot at trying to sell a book about her experiences as some D-list rockstar's girlfriend? At least Pamela Des Barres slept with real rock legends.

(Since when is sleeping with famous people a bankable skill anyhow? This is everything that is wrong with the world. *facepalm*)

[identity profile] fegli.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:01 am (UTC)(link)
You'll get them done eventually! A little clubbing never hurt anyone! That's what Sunday is for!

Uh oh... I hope they cant trace Pirate Bay to me in any way... I've only ever looked at it I swearz!

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
I hope so too, lol.

Dude, totally. I went out and downloaded a program that protects you from known copyright infrigement monitoring IPs. DNW to be taken to court, lol.

[identity profile] fegli.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:22 am (UTC)(link)
Linkage? Please? I don't want to be taken to court eiiiiither!!!

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:25 am (UTC)(link)
http://phoenixlabs.org/pg2/

;)

[identity profile] fegli.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:45 am (UTC)(link)
Poooo! It isn't for Mac. Probably should have mentioned that.. but thank you anyway! <3

[identity profile] spazzyskittles.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
You can't have Obama. We need him.

Ok wait, elaborate on the last part of your post.

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
I was going to link you to the post, I I suppose you've seen it yourself, lol.

*headdesks forever*

[identity profile] cantspell.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:11 am (UTC)(link)
TBH I laughed HYSTERICALLY when I read about the book because yeah...sweet darling can't even compose a coherent paragraph. And I think she's about the last person who should be giving ADVICE to anyone. That being said...yeah, I'd totally read her book because I know it would be so awesomely trainwrecky. I just wouldn't buy it because I wouldn't want to give her the satisfaction...

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:20 am (UTC)(link)
I like to think one person would buy it and scan it for us all to peruse, critique and mock outrageously if it ever was published. :P

[identity profile] cantspell.livejournal.com 2009-02-21 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
If it came to that, I may have to take one for the team :P

Still, seriously, who in their right mind would publish it unless she manages to find some way to self-publish? Being a girl who had sex with a minor celebrity is not going to get you published in this day and age (or ever, really). Not to mention, she doesn't even have an interesting writing style that would make up for the lack of...everything. I mean, I could write that book myself just by reading her blog.

Ch. 1: I am SO amazing! Here is a list of minorly noteworthy things I've done! Exaggeration!

Ch. 2: I LOVE Ryan Ross, and I don't care WTF you think because you know NOTHING about my life and how amazing he is.

Ch. 3: I have THE HARDEST LIFE EVAR. NO ONE suffers more than I do to have such an amazing life! NO ONE! Little children in third world refugee camps have NOTHING on me.

Ch. 4: Put this book down for a minute and don't pick it up again until you've told at least five people how awesome I am. Then tell ME on my blog or I will CRY.

Ch. 5: Ryan Ross is RUINING MY LIFE, I don't know HOW in the world I can trust him when he keeps doing the same things over and over! How am I supposed to trust someone when they are so predictable in dicking me over? I can't anticipate that stuff!

Ch. 6: How DARE you criticize me! What's more, how DARE you suggest that my relationship is less than perfect! You know NOTHING about my life, just because you back up your opinion of me with ACTUAL events that you only know about because I told the world about them in my blog! Why won't you LEAVE ME ALONE!

Ch. 7: I love Ryan Ross so much! And because I have the PERFECT relationship, I am totally qualified to give bland, meaningless advice because I am SO DEEP.

Ch. 8: My life is still SO HARD. I am the only person who has ever had to work hard at anything, ever! But it has totally paid off because my life is AMAZ- oh wait...

Ch. 9: I HATE RYAN ROSS. I can't believe he did everything again that he did in Ch. 5, and then people warned me about in Ch. 6! Why do HORRIBLE things happen out of the blue like this to me?

Ch. 10: If you don't go buy copies of my book for all your friends and tell them how AWESOME I am, I will cry more! I shouldn't have to cry! Come ON, my life is amazing! I am entitled to never have any sort of discomfort whatsoever! PUT DOWN THIS BOOK AND GO TELL ME YOU LOVE ME, I'M CRYING RIGHT NOW.

The end.

[identity profile] gypsycaravan.livejournal.com 2009-02-21 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
omg, i lol'd

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-21 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
This is so awesome and positively hysterical! My mother's asking me why I'm laughing so hard.

You should totally post this in your journal :)

[identity profile] le-disko-queen.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
ZOMG WHY CAN'T GIRLFRIENDS DIEEEEE.

Okay, not that extremely, but I wish the internet had a reject buttons for whiny revenge seeking girls. I understand: the relationship ended shitty. But really? A book about dating a rockstar? And it's not even some big rockstar like...I can't think of a super big band these days, but it's not like she was dating freakin' Slash or Steve Tyler! People are...stupid.

And lmao, I totally thought I was done having to hear about her, because I didn't care much about her before they broke up and I don't care about her now that she's not dating Ryan.

Honestly, she seems like a drama queen and he just might be better off. xP

[identity profile] tristafantastic.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
I am on reading week as well. I was in Toronto yesterday but I';m pretty sure I'm stuck in Brampton until I go home on Saturday. It's lame but I really don't know the transit system and I have no car :(

Have fun clubbing for sure! And good luck on your assignments. I have a midterm monday.

[identity profile] tristafantastic.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 07:28 pm (UTC)(link)
So my dad just called and I can't go out tonight anymore because he's making me go out for supper with him and my stepmom.

I'm sorry!!!

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
That's okay! Good thing I checked my email, lol

[identity profile] tristafantastic.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 09:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank god you got that! I was getting worried.

Again, I am so sorry! It's just like my dad to make me go out with him when I have plans and to basically ignore me when I don't.

sorry sorry! Glad you got that though!

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-20 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
No worries! I always confirm my plans before I leave. ;)

It's too bad, though. Maybe some other time.

[identity profile] tristafantastic.livejournal.com 2009-02-21 12:57 am (UTC)(link)
Definitely another time :)

[identity profile] gypsycaravan.livejournal.com 2009-02-21 01:34 am (UTC)(link)
i have really cut down on my illegal downloading cause of stuff like this. i even shut down my file sharing LJ comm cause i dont wanna get sued. grr, fuck off, internet police


she's writing a book? well, she did go thru a lot to get the jobs she has, but at the same time, who is gonna buy it? besides patd fans, no one.

[identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com 2009-02-21 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
Haha. No one is going to buy it, that's who. A dancer's memoir is hardly an original concept and her relationship with Ryan is rather inconsequential to your average reader.

[identity profile] gypsycaravan.livejournal.com 2009-02-21 04:30 am (UTC)(link)
i just... she's said it all in her blog. what's left to write in the book? AND WHO'S GONNA BUY IT? isn't someone giving her some advice? god.