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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at The We Got Your Back Project
The lovely ladies [livejournal.com profile] tanyad and [livejournal.com profile] whereisjoy  are spearheading an amazing campaign entitled The We Got Your Back Project.

In light of recent events, it's clear these projects are needed more than ever. Case in point:

http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/863788.html
http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/861986.html
http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/862468.html

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So… Joy E. came up with a nifty idea. A project where LGBTQIA youth, straight allies, adults and others could share their stories to encourage and strengthen youth who may be getting bullied, harassed and otherwise mistreated for being who they are. This project will make sure that lgbtqia of color, bisexual and transgendered folks will not be left out of the work of telling their stories and having their voices heard.

Yes, I know some of you are thinking… but there’s already a similar project out there! Well, yes there is but whereisjoy and I wanted to be sure everyone’s voice is heard, that everyone is able to share their story in the hopes it would give strength to others who are dealing with coming out, being out and bullied as well just for being who they are.

This idea is just a wee idea, barely out of the box and we need your help to make sure it thrives. What we need help with is:

Contributors; anyone who falls within the LGTBTQI & A spectrum, allies, anyone who has been touched by the injustice of having their voices silenced or drowned out by the masses.

A couple people to be editors; to help with reviewing content, posting and maintaining the site (which is now a WordPress site). Please note that the site is pretty bare at the moment, and we are adding content, submission guidelines and such over the next couple of weeks.

As the project grows, we hope to have someone who is media savvy, who can talk to the local LGBTQIA media, and deal with the issues that will arise from creating a project similar to one that already exists. Please note that we are not doing this to be in direct competition with the It Gets Better Project, but rather to supplement and give everyone a voice who may not feel as if they will be heard otherwise.

For now, please spread the word about this project, what we hope to do and most importantly the soft launch date of mid-October 2010. In the interim, please leave questions here, if you want your question discussed off site want to have a longer chat, email us at: wegotyourbackproject@gmail.com

So there’s the great idea, let’s make sure it not only learns to crawl but learns to soar.


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Today we celebrate the death of the dark and the (re)birth of the light.  Today is the darkest and shortest day of the year.  From here the days become lighter and longer.

Well, that's one of the reasons Winter Solstice was a religious holiday in ancient days.  It's also the main reason that Christmas is celebrated now rather than in Spring where it almost certainly belongs (Shepherds don't spend their nights keeping an eye on their flocks during the cold Winter.  Both shepherds and flocks would be inside where it's warmer.).  I'll skip the lecture on the co-opting of Christianity Winter Solstice both for its symbolism of the Birth of Light (Jesus) as well as for letting converts continue to have a holiday  converting people who celebrated today as a religious holiday by letting them keep their holiday under a different name...

As for me, I celebrate it not as a holiday but because I just hate dark days.  So, I wish all of you a very Happy Winter Solstice!

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You Are 45% Normal
While some of your behavior is quite normal... Other things you do are downright strange You've got a little of your freak going on But you mostly keep your weirdness to yourself
candidevoltaire: (Gothy)

Rather than complain about how crappy I'm feeling about things right now, I figured I'd curse everyone with yet another one of my frequent quiz-takings.  Colour me unsurprised by my results.


Your Aura is Blue

Spiritual and calm, you tend to live a quiet but enriching life.
You are very giving of yourself. And it's hard for you to let go of relationships.

The purpose of your life: showing love to other people

Famous blues include: Angelina Jolie, the Dali Lama, Oprah

Careers for you to try: Psychic, Peace Corps Volunteer, Counselor

candidevoltaire: (Sakurahappy)
I was going to write a thoughtful post on a sexuality issue, but I'm skipping that for now.  I haven't been able to get outside for exercise in days because of the incessant rain.  Now, not only has it stopped raining but the sun is even out.  So, I'm off for a walk instead.  (Walking off humming "America" by Simon & Garfunkel because of [livejournal.com profile] ranchonmars most recent post.)

Soul Poll

Jun. 24th, 2006 12:58 am
candidevoltaire: (CCS angels)
Don't feel under any obligation to actually take this yourself.  I'm just posting it because I found it scarily accurate.

What Your Soul Really Looks Like

You are a wanderer. You constantly long for a new adventure, challenge, or even a completely different life.

You are a very grounded, responsible, and realistic person. People may not want to hear the truth from you, but they're going to get it.

You believe that people see you as a bit small and insignificant. People pay more attention to you than you think.

Your near future is still unknown, and a little scary. You'll get through wild times - and you'll textually enjoy it.

For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.


I just want to know what the heck it means by saying I'll "textually enjoy" my near future.

LJ Stats

Jun. 20th, 2006 10:34 pm
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(Stolen from- well, several people, most recently [livejournal.com profile] tzel).

These Stats show that the average LJ user is an 18-year-old girl. In and of itself, 18-year-old girls making use of this journaling service is not a bad thing. But there are certain assumptions about teenaged girls, and what they want, and how to market to them. If you're worried about the potential MySpace-ization of LJ and concerned that Six Apart is ignoring the more mature portion of its userbase, here's what you can do:

1) Go here and specify your full date of birth, making sure to include your year of birth. If you don't want everyone to see how old you are, make sure the box that says "show your birthday to other users" is unchecked. The important thing is to get yourself into the database. Do this for any and all LJ accounts you have.

2) Re-post this.

Seriously. Six Apart needs to see that their current stats are skewed, and we're not all teens on here.
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You Communicate With Your Ears
You love conversations, both as a listener and a talker. What people say is important to you, and you're often most affected by words, not actions. You love to hear complements from others. And when you're upset, you often talk to yourself. Music is very important to you. It's difficult to find you without your iPod.
How Do You Communicate?

(But I don't have an iPod!  Poor me.)

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Well, I'm now out of North Carolina and living with a friend until I move in to my, bleh, apartment in Blacksburg in the middle of next month.  Most everything is in a storage unit except for me, my cat, some clothes and toiletries, and my computer.  Obviously can't live without that last!

Basically I'm not doing much and looking to start fitting into the local social scene.  I not only want to see old friends but meet new ones as well.  Basically, anything to make this my home.  So, feel free to comment or contact me with ideas of things to do.  If you have no ideas of my interests, check out my profile.  I think I have about 126 of them listed.
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I no longer live in Raleigh.  To understate, I am not happy to leave Raleigh and North Carolina, where I've lived for over a decade now.  It's my home.  Tomorrow afternoon all my things will be on their way to Virginia.  After staying a few weeks at a friend's place, I will move into an, ugh, apartment in Blacksburg.  At least I will have a place to live.  Some day I will feel like I have a home again. I just wish it were already true.

Because of moving, I will likely not be available by computer until sometime this coming week. You can call my mobile and leave a message, if you know my mobile number. Don't expect a return call anytime soon, though. Moving, after all.
candidevoltaire: (disbelief)
Like anyone who's too loose and fee with their affections email address, I receive spam.  Well, actually I have several email addresses that all Actually a pretty fair amount.  On an average week, my email provider's filter catches 500+ spam messages and lets through about 20 messages which I then have to personally deal with.  Thus I was more than a little shocked to find that in a little over 24 hours, my provider's filter had caught over 1000 new spam messages sent to me. 

More than a little curious, I looked and found out that they were all the same spam message from the same spammer using the same provider's poorly configured email server in the UK.  And when I was say poorly configured, I mean the thing let through thousands, if not tens of thousands of email messages, from one system (supposedly, if not actually, a DSL user) in mere minutes.  That's the sort of poor work on a server administrator that should result in firing, or at least a very public talking to.  My way of complaining was to report each and every piece of spam to the offending provider.  Serves them right for wasting my time.  I do also hope they actually catch the annoying bastage who sent the spam and can prosecute them in a country that actually punishes spammers.

It's things like this that make me think I should work as a systems server administrator.  Thankfully it only takes seconds for me to come to my senses and realise that it would be a much better hobby than a job!
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I have rented in a real city for too long.  I want to move into a place in Blacksburg by 1 July.  Having done a day of a full-court press of searching by talking to realty management types and looking at classifieds and postings, I have been brought around to a simple truth.  For what I am looking to rent (allows my cat, has A/C, a guest bedroom, space not only in the place for friends to play games and hang out but to also be able to park vehicles and so on), I need to either sign a lease that begins in May or August.  Since I'm missing my TARDIS, May is right out.  So. it looks like August is the only real choice.  I will continue my hunt tomorrow and perhaps past then, but I think I don't see much of a choice at the moment.

Since I already gave notice that I would be out of my place by the end of the month (for complicated reasons), I'm looking at moving in with a parent for a month (Shatner's famous SNL line of "Move out of your parents' basements" springs to mind) and having to store my stuff until I have a new place I'm feeling pretty down about the whole thing.  Depressing doesn't even begin to cover it.  Try:  "Death of My Soul" or some otherwise over-inflated, self-pitying and whining statement.

But, wait, a bright spot!  A friend has offered me a room to rent in the Blacksburg for July.  Most importantly, I would be able to keep my cat with me.  I may not have the "Cats Not Kids" bumper sticker but I should.  I'd still the hassle of storing almost all my stuff and then re-moving it to a place that I presumably will find to rent starting August.  But unless something better shows up in the next few days it'll keep me from becoming ridiculously depressed, angsty, angry, and otherwise way stressed out.  Which would probably be a good thing.

Even better, since I woke up before 3AM this morning and never went back to sleep, I am becoming progressively more numb about my situation as sheer exhaustion takes its toll.  OK, maybe a teeny bit of sarcasm there, but exhaustion sometimes really can be a good thing.  Right now maybe it is.
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Obviously I was more exhausted than I thought.  Since my mind/body/whatever demands I get enough dreams when I actually do sleep, I woke up today at 3PM!  Yeesh.  Oh, well, at least it was dreaming and not nightmares.  The one right before I woke up had to do with figuring out which '70's-era terminal wires plugged into which connections so that users, including my dad, would be connected to the right mainframe.  Bizarre, yes, but oddly refreshing.

So, high-ho, high-ho, it's off to Blacksburg I go as soon as I finish playing with LiveJournal.  Two days of home-hunting missed out on and driving a twisty, mountain road in the dark.  Not a problem for me, but means the other drivers are more likely to be even more idiotic and/or dangerous.  Whee.  But that's life when moving from the big city to the small town.  At least I still get a day, maybe two, in of looking at places and dealing with the inanities that develop when people are used to renting to young college kids instead of actual adults.  OK, I admit to looking forward to the possible fun of dealing with places that don't seem to understand that Income and Employment are not synonymous terms.  I do so enjoy the expression of people who just don't understand simple concepts.

Well, we'll see what, if anything, comes out of all this.  Of course, my cat is being petulant about me leaving, as usual.  Wouldn't want this whole exercise to be any more fun than it already is.

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Since I got absolutely no sleep last night, I decided not driving up to Blacksburg was a good plan.  OTOH, I did manage to find some possibilities via Virginia Tech's Off-Campus Housing page as well as some other local property management webpages.

So, since I needed to do some comic book sorting, I did that.  Went through a few hundred issues.  Amazing how much of Terry Moore's "Strangers in Paradise", "Ghost" from Dark Horse Comics, and "The Dreaming" from Vertigo I have.  Not that I've bought anything new in years.  Two happy finds, since I think both are older than me. were my original run "Justice League of America" #7 [The last issue that sold for 10 cents] and DC Comics "The New Inferior 5" #10 whose cover shows some very (hint, hint) Marvelous characters who have just been knocked out by said title characters.  I think Inferior 5 is probably the silliest unlimited series that DC ever did.  Wish I had more than the one issue.

Anyway, I should collapse from exhaustion after going through a few more of the several more hundred comics I still need to sort through and thus be able to rest up enough to get my butt up to Blacksburg tomorrow.  I'd avoid driving by going by *bleck* bus, but Greyhound only goes to Roanoke these days, train service doesn't even come that close, and flying is as bad as bus but more expensive.  So, guess I better rest up tonight for the drive.  Whee.
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I'm sure that everyone who got effectively spammed by my uber-long post on Sunday titled "TV Education: Gay or Straight, Or, The Myth of Bisexuality" will be happy to know that I've figured out how to use the cut tag for LJ so you'll only get hit with my normally long posts from now on.  In fact, if you go back and look, you'll see I re-edited it just to prove I can use the cut tag.  Yea me.  And, in the meantime, for mucking up all my friends Friends Pages:  Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.

Heard that Latin phrasing once in a Pet Shop Boys song.  Oh, OK, more than once.  Played it to death on my tape of their Actually album.  I admit to it being one of my millions of favourite songs because of its cool and depressing lyrics.

<A Noise From Outside the Window>  Good heavens, is that a train whistle I'm hearing or a shofar?  Hope it's not a shofar or the end of the world is nigh.  Let me wait a minute and find out.  Nope, still here.  So that makes it the weirdest train whistle I've ever heard.
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Based on the fact I keep seeing friends posting about their A/C problems, I'm beginning to think there's a conspiracy.  Thank goodness that it's down to 59 degrees Fahrenheit outside so I can have the windows open and run the risk of a home invasion but at least not die of heat while otherwise pretending I'm sleeping. Guess I inquire about getting my A/C fixed tomorrow when I'm also inquiring about just why there's tar paper still hanging just below my kitchen window outside my place.  There was a big to-do Monday morning about needing to immediately get into my kitchen to work on replacing this section of the outer (They were unclear) wall which has apparently being acting as a buffet for termites.  Cause there's rain coming!  So, on Monday there lots of banging noises and the like.  Then, later on Monday, I get a note on my door saying they'll be by on Tuesday at 9AM and coming into the kitchen again to work more.  No show all day.  Needless to say it rained today.  So, I'm really curious if management screwed up or if the workers did.  Most likely a combination of the two.  Ever since the woman who'd been managing my townhouse community for the past near-30 years retired, things have really gone down hill here.  In that sense, I'm very happy to be moving.

Which segues nicely to me trying to escape all the townhouse problems by driving up to Blacksburg for a Home Shopping Trip either today (Wednesday, since I'm a literalist about time) or tomorrow if I can't get any sleep tonight.  Except I still probably get to have fun with A/C since I forgot to get the car's unit recharged yet.  *sigh*  Anyway, with the way I'm feeling about things right now I might have a lease signed by the end of the week.  Heck, tomorrow even!  I also just hate knowing that come the end of June, I will be out on the street, figuratively speaking, unless I get a place RSN.  I actually figure I could find friends or family  to sponge off for a while, but I really need to have a place that's my home.  Kinda like the way most people need to breathe their own lungs to breathe.  Anyway, I hope that my desperation to have a place will not mean that I end up living in some Kafka-esque place where my roommates are giant cockroaches.  Though, admittedly that would be different from the big ants that wander around my current place and scoff at the exterminator.  And, if the A/C works and maintenance doesn't keep needing to come into my place at ridiculous times like before afternoon, it certainly could arguably be a step up for me.  I guess I shall see once I get there.

Anyway, if you live in Blacksburg and I know you, I may see you.  Otherwise, I may not.
candidevoltaire: (WHAT?!?)
In case you haven't noticed that Optimism is part of my Journal's title, it is.  So, I thought I'd find out just how optimistic I was by checking how cynical I am.

You Are 44% Cynical

Yes, you are cynical, but more than anything, you're a realist.
You see what's screwed up in the world, but you also take time to remember what's right.


Well, so much for Optimism.  But, I suppose that makes me Candide at the end of Voltaire's novel...
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Television, like the InterNet, was solely created to teach people.  Thankfully, television, again like the InterNet, has remained true to this mission for well over half a century.  During this time it has gotten more sophisticated in the manner it educates the masses.  As many other educational systems have realised, entertainment is often the best, if not only, way to get people to learn things and remember them.  Television has surely been at the forefront of this method.  Which brings me to something I recently learned from watching television.

I'm somewhat of an addict of the various Law & Order series on television since I want to learn more about law, policing, and criminality.  I particularly enjoy Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since it deals with such light-hearted material.  It's a show where it's easy to eat dinner and watch the episode at the same time.  Anyway, I happened to catch a particular episode the other day that allowed me to understand human sexuality is binary, unlike what various idiots misinformed people have been trying to convince me of for years.

The 'Lowdown' on the bisexuality myth )
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As some of you may or may not know there has been a very recent question of whether or not I'd be able to move back to Blacksburg in the recent near immediate future.  Things have changed again, as they have a tendency to do a lot and often for me, and so it looks like I'll be able to move back as soon as:

1)  I actually have a place to move into and therefore live (whether in Blacksburg, my preference, or nearby enough like Christiansburg so people don't bit..., ehr, complain that I'm forever away.  (The whole concept of just what is nearby continues to amuse me after living in a metropolitan area for over a decade!)
2)  All my stuff is packed up and ready to move, which should occur later this coming week.

So, again, I beg of anyone in the Blacksburg/near-Blacksburg area for suggestions of where to or not to live.

New Theme

Jun. 2nd, 2006 07:14 pm
candidevoltaire: (tongue)
In an evil and unprovoked move, I have decided to make everyone suffer from the "Cuteness Attack" theme for my LiveJournal.  Bwahahahahahaha!