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Trimming subscriptions a bit, simply because a lot of my interests have shifted. Hope everyone has been doing well. :)
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The Federal Voting Assistance Program is a simple and straight-forward website for registering to vote via absentee ballot. There are still 19 days before the election, but deadlines for requesting absentee ballots are upon us.

Go here for the Federal Voting Assistance Program: Overseas Citizen Voter site.

If you are perhaps a dual-citizen or a resident of another country, and have never resided in the US, you may still be eligible to vote:

"In some States, U.S. citizens who are 18 years or older and were born abroad, but have never resided in the United States, are eligible to vote absentee."

Some states have the restriction of having a parent who was registered to vote:

"Georgia - A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last registered in Georgia is eligible to vote in Georgia."

Others are extremely liberal:

"Oregon - A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. is eligible to vote if they intend to reside in Oregon, have a parent, legal guardian, or spouse that is a military or overseas voter under Oregon law, and that parent, legal guardian, or spouse last resided in Oregon."

See here for the list of eligible States.

Also, hilariously, the FVAP runs an auto 'I voted from Country X' sticker-generator. XD
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I am so, so addicted to this show. Also, I am in love with one of the main characters, a Killjoy named Dutch. See below. O_O

Episode One! <3 (The cropping is weird, but it's the entire thing!)

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Trimming subscriptions a bit, simply because a lot of my interests have shifted. Hope everyone has been doing well. :)
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Cash often gets tight around the holidays, so here are two sites that let people find (their own) money. I went looking around over the last week or so, and I actually found over $1,000 in unclaimed property that was being held for my family and some of my friends.

This works for anyone who's ever lived in the US. For example, if you're a Canadian who went to school in Delaware and never got your US tax refund, The State of Delaware still has your money!

(Edit - It looks like people are finding money! Please feel free to copy-paste/repost or link this information around! Anything that helps spread the word is okay! :D )


Unclaimed property often isn't actual physical property. Missing Money "is a database of governmental unclaimed property records. The government safeguards your money and returns your lost funds. Common types of unclaimed property include:

Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
Uncashed checks and wages
Insurance policies, CD's, trust funds
Utility deposits, escrow accounts"

You can check for unclaimed property here:

Some of the states don't participate in, but you can search that state's name and "unclaimed property" to find their unclaimed property website.

Some of the big states that aren't on Missing Money:

California Unclaimed Property
Illinois Unclaimed Property
Connecticut Unclaimed Property
Georgia Unclaimed Property
Hawai'i Unclaimed Property
New York Unclaimed Property

Tips: Sometimes these unclaimed amounts can be decades old. If you'd like to search, remember to try old versions of your name (if you've ever changed it) or states that you haven't lived in for years.


The second site is the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). PBGC is a federal agency that protects pension benefits. Even if your corporation went bankrupt, or your pension simply went unclaimed, there's a good chance that PBGC will still pay you.

Given how hard the last few years have been, it could really help people out if it turns out there's a pension out there they can claim.

#3 Other Resources for Unclaimed Property

Other Resources from National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, including France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Happy hunting! :)
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For those in the US for whom it may be of interest:

The official Affordable Care Act website. Go there and pick your state to see your options for health insurance.

For 2014, the Open Enrollment Period is October 1, 2013–March 31, 2014. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.

There have been technical glitches reported, and you may not be able to purchase immediately. However, I'm betting that those technical issues will be fixed by the time coverage is due to begin.

Edit - One important note about the Health Insurance Marketplace:

"You can buy a health plan inside or outside the Marketplace. But the only way to get lower costs based on your income...on your monthly premiums or out-of-pocket costs is to buy a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace." - Can I buy health insurance outside the Health Insurance Marketplace?

So, it maybe be worth it to check out options even if you already have coverage.
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10 icons for [community profile] chromicons's Seven Week Challenge: Round 1 - BODY PARTY.

These photos are from a series of jewelery ads for Tanishq, an Indian jewelry company. They were shot by fashion photographer Suresh Natarajan (his professional website). Full photo set at [personal profile] ingridmatthews's post on [community profile] multibeautiful. They're stunning photos, and I highly recommend checking out the full versions.

Suresh Natarajan's photography, for Tanishq

If you take one, please credit Suresh Natarajan. As long as you credit Suresh Natarajan, feel free to remix or use these icons as bases.

Comments or extra credit to myself ([personal profile] boundbooks) is lovely, but not required.
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This journal is currently locked. If you arrive at it and there are any particular entries that you've reached via link and wish to be un-locked, drop a comment and I'll take a peek at the entry and see if it's something I can unlock. :)

Edit - rec posts and the like will be likely unlocked in the future, but I don't do a lot of those per year. So, feel free to unsubscribe since I know the volume of public content here will drop a lot!
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Round 2 of the Dramione Remix ([ profile] dramione_remix) wrapped up not too long ago. The idea behind the remix was that "participants will choose from a list of famous couples throughout history, mythology, literature, folklore, legend, etc. Then they will remix the original couples' story, choosing whatever elements of the original story that they find inspiring to create a brand new Dramione fic or piece of art!"

I decided to do a list of my personal favorites, as there were a significant number of entries, particularly long ones.

The following rec list is a reflection of my personal taste, with a loose focus on works that reinterpreted a central concept or theme.

Mind Pop | Teen | (26978 words) by riptey
Couple: Alice/Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland
Summary: While working her first big case for the DMLE, Hermione finds herself staring down the limitations of linear time--with the help of some thoroughly unhelpful people. Meanwhile, the majority of Draco’s mind is trapped in a comatose state, but some of it’s still wandering around. Even Seers and queens can’t be expected to put up with that sort of nonsense, which means someone else will have to. All this, when Hermione was already more confused than any one person should ever have to be.
Link: on H&V | on AO3

Amongst the Living | General Audiences | (8,403 words) by jdphoenix
Couple: David/Elizabeth from Just Like Heaven
Summary: Students are being petrified, the school is in danger of being shut down, exams are almost upon them, and Draco has his own, personal Gryffindor ghost. Perfect.
Link: on AO3 | on LJ

Save Me, San Francisco | Teen | (20,897 words) by withdrawnred
Couple: Dimitri and Anastasia of Anastasia.
Summary: In which Hermione has to find Malfoy and return him to his rightful place in Wiltshire.
Link: on H&V | on LJ

The Oubliette | Explicit | (12,024 words) by captainraychill
Couple: Jareth and Sarah from the movie Labyrinth.
Summary: A story about forgetting.
Link: on LJ | on H&V

Introduce People with Thoughtful Details | Mature | (5,946 words) by captainraychill
Couple: Bridget Jones and Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Summary: To Hermione Granger's great irritation, Draco Malfoy mocks her newest social skill.
Link: on H&V | on LJ

Delivered | Teen | (2,750 words) by dormiensa
Couple: Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly from "You've Got Mail"
Summary: Hermione and Draco’s project for the Department of Mysteries produced startling results. But then, what else could have been expected of such a partnership?
Link: on H&V | on LJ

For the Round 1 Rec List, check out Recommendations from Dramione Remix.

Crossposted to [community profile] dramione
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I had to default on my Kaleidoscope story this year, but I'm so glad that I signed up, because otherwise I would not have gotten this gem* of a story.

How Vivian Shing Stole Everything She Wanted (3783 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Saving Face (2004)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Wilhelmina Pang/Vivian Shing
Characters: Wilhelmina Pang, Vivian Shing, Dr Shing, Jay

This is an Alternate Universe where Wil is a retrieval specialist who travels around the world for a high-end insurer, and Viv is a bold and talented jewel thief.

Also, here's a handy List of Kaleidoscope & Kaleidoscope Treats Submissions sorted by alphabetical order. Go forth and enjoy yourselves!

*You see what I did there? Yes, yes, you did. :D
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Dramione Remix ([ profile] dramione_remix) recently wrapped up, with roughly forty entries. The idea behind the remix was that "participants will choose from a list of famous couples throughout history, mythology, literature, folklore, legend, etc. Then they will remix the original couples' story, choosing whatever elements of the original story that they find inspiring to create a brand new Dramione fic or piece of art!"

I decided to do a list of my personal favorites, as there were a staggering number of entries, particularly long ones. There's a lot of the following on this list:

1) Gender role-reversal of the couple
2) Reinterpretation of the story or interpretation of concept/theme, rather than a straight re-telling

Top Three Four Favorites

Constrictor (5,560 words) | Teen | by Riptey (on LJ)
Couple: Othello/Desdemona (Othello)
Summary: Draco isn’t really that bad of a person--not anymore, that is--but try telling him that. It’s going to take a lot of convincing.

Not-Astronomy-Class (5,917 words) | Teen | by Elyaeru (on LJ)
Couple: Flynn/Rapunzel (Rapunzel)
Summary: It was either have pointy things sticking into his bum all evening or talk to a drunk Hermione Granger. He chose the latter.
Notes: I freakin' adored this twist on magical hair. :D

Perish the Universe (31,389 words) | Mature | by Dayang Lucilla (on LJ)
Couple: Bonnie/Clyde
Summary: Perish the universe provided I have my revenge. - Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac
Heaven has no wrath like grief to rancor turned, nor hell a fury like a parent anguished.
In 2010, Britain is rocked by the unsolved disappearance of a little girl, daughter to Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy.
In 2011, America is rattled by a series of scattered and strange crimes, cold cases before the corpses even cooled.
A story of Draco and Hermione on a journey of vendetta, and a journey back to each other.

Different Names For The Same Place (No word count given. Likely 100,000+) | Mature | by [ profile] namelessamelie
Couple: Rhett/Scarlett
Summary: Sometimes, the wind blows us places we’ve never dreamed.
Notes: Devastating and fantastic.


Eleven More Recommendations )

Cross-posted at [personal profile] boundbooks
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'Older' is a rather flexible concept. Mostly what I was going for in these fic recs was a few things: Draco and Hermione being in their thirties or forties and the story being about a transitional period in their lives. The majority of fics about them seem to be set at Hogwarts or during their twenties, and while I love those fics, it's also nice to read about them during a different stage of their lives. The age, while a loose criteria, was less important than the sense that they were adults at a cross-road in their lives.

Ratings are AO3-style: General Audiences, Teen, Mature, Explicit

Best Beloved Fic of My Entire Heart

The Politician's Wife (65887 words) | M | by faviconpir8fancier
Characters: Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley, Harry Potter
Summary: This story is set twenty-three years after the fall of Voldemort. Our main characters are Ministry employees, middle-aged, and the majority of them not very happy.

Other Lovely Things

Ten More Older Hermione & Draco Fic Recs )

Note: Cross-posted at [community profile] dramione
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10 icons from [community profile] chromicons Seven Week Challenge. Round 4: Rainbow Challenge

I first heard about Nellie Kim over at [community profile] multibeautiful. To quote [personal profile] nanila's post: "Nellie Kim was a half-Sakhalin Korean, half-Tatar Soviet gymnast. She won five gold medals in 1976 and 1980 and was considered one of the most elegant and expressive performers on the floor. She was the first woman to perform the full twisting Tsukahara vault in Olympic competition in the 1976 Olympics." In addition, she "was the first woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score on the vault and the first to earn it on the floor exercise." (Wikipedia) After her retirement from Olympic competition at age twenty-three, Nellie went on to become an international and Olympic judge, and led the 2004 overhaul of the Olympic gymnastic scoring criteria.

I picked Nellie Kim for this round after seeing the post on [community profile] multibeautiful. For me, it's rare enough to find other half-Asian people, nevermind finding a half-Asian legendary international gymnast. I'm glad that I found out about Nellie Kim. In my search for images, I came across a rather poignant blog post, MotleySu: Ode to a Gymnastics Queen (August 2008), in which the author talks about what seeing Nellie Kim meant to her as a half-Korean girl in the 1970s.

For more current information about Nellie Kim and her career, check out the following: International Gymnast Online Interview - Nellie Kim (Belarus/FIG) (June 2010)


If you take one, credit and a comment would be lovely, but neither are required.
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10 icons for the [community profile] chromicons Seven Week Challenge. Source Image: Anna May Wong

One of the things that most annoyed Anna May Wong, Los Angeles-born silent film star, was that she was continually typecast as a "Butterfly" or "Dragon Lady," as well as denied the starring role in The Good Earth due to Hays Code anti-miscegenation rules. The leading lady role was instead played by an actress in yellow face, while Wong was offered the role of the seductive villain, which she turned down. So, when making these icons, I deliberately chose a photo where she was wearing the type of clothes for the type of role that she wished she could play.


If you take one, credit and a comment would be lovely, but neither are required.

Resource Credits
Vector Line Brushes 2 by PhysicalMagic
Paper Brushes by crazykira-resources
Various Paper Pieces by Hest1a
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In July and August, I rec'd the following at other communities:

Harry Potter
Silver by [personal profile] quigonejinn was recommended at [community profile] fancake for their magical creatures (werewolves) round

Cormac McLaggen/Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Months & Days (11309 words) by favicontreeson was recommended at [community profile] fancake for their polyamory round

Pansy Parkinson/Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Triple Agenda (7892 words) by faviconMusyc was recommended at [community profile] fancake for their polyamory round

Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger
Prisoners (2140 words) by faviconningloreth was recommended at [community profile] fancake for their hurt/comfort round

The Mirror Lied (1844 words) by faviconstripped was recommended at [community profile] bestthingever

Obsessive! Draco Recs at [community profile] dramione

AO3 Dramione Fic Recs at [community profile] dramione

Short & Fluffy Fic Recs at [community profile] dramione

Deflower Draco is Now Posting (with two fic recs) at [community profile] dramione

Full Metal Alchemist
Greed/Lanfan/Ling Yao
The Heel On Your Shoulder (970 words) by faviconMemlu was recommended at [community profile] fancake for their polyamory round

Fullmetal Alchemist OT3: Greed/Lanfan/Ling Yao at [community profile] anime_manga

Thor (2011)
Sif & Sensibility (15276 words) by faviconnewredshoes was recommended at [community profile] bestthingever
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Here, have some fic. Why? Well, the world needs more awesome bad-ass ninja ladies with metal arms, more devious, greedy homunculi, and more joking, undyingly loyal princes. FMA OT3 forever.

The Heel On Your Shoulder (970 words) by faviconMemlu
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Greed/Lanfan/Ling Yao
Characters: Greed, Greed (Ling), Ling Yao, Lanfan
Summary: Greed and Ling discuss honesty with oneself, the sublimation of desire, and Lanfan.

Giving and Taking (1800 words) by faviconMemlu
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Greed/Ling Yao/Lanfan
Characters: Greed, Greed (Lin), Ling Yao, Lanfan
Summary: "Hey, hey," said Greed. "What's going on here?" // Ling and Lanfan are a little busy. Greed has a few ideas.

Too Many Cooks (571 words) by faviconbravenewcentury
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Greed/Lan Fan/Ling Yao
Characters: Greed, Lan Fan | Ran Fan, Ling Yao | Lin Yao
Summary: Hundreds of years and he still never learned to cook.

Zeal (3662 words) by faviconRawles
Rating: Mature
Warning: Underage
Relationships: Greed/Lanfan/Ling Yao, Lanfan/Ling Yao, Greed/Lanfan
Characters: Ling Yao, Greed, Lanfan, Greed (Ling)
Summary: Lanfan has always been weak.

Cross-posted to [community profile] anime_manga

edit - [personal profile] pseudo_tsuga rec'd schellibie's art, and their FMA gallery is OT3 EVERYWHERE! :D
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To the Draco Malfoy/Hermione Granger fans on my list, I've dropped two sets of rec posts over at [community profile] dramione. The recs aren't cross-posted here, because these recs fall more in the category of 'If you already like Dramione, you'll probably like this slightly unusual fic or be interested in how this particular trope is explored.'

So, interested parties should go over to [community profile] dramione to check 'em out: AO3 Dramione Fic Recs & Obsessive!Draco Recs
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A quick primer on how to look totally clueless, by Keith Mander:

@Jane: Does LiveJournal? Does Mugglenet? Does Does How much should I pay Tolkien? How should it be calculated? Should all donations the site has received (not much, I might add) be passed on to them? Would it be acceptable for the site to cover its costs? And have some cash to invest into improving the site? And what about the owner (who might be unemployed so that they have the time to run multiple sites) having some sort of wage so that they can eat and live? I’d like to better understand what you propose and what you would find acceptable.

Translation: I expect people to write for free, but since technical issues are real skills, I should be paid. All the money. To live on. Off of your free work. Also, I appear to be unaware that Tolkien is dead.

Expand to see Mander ask questions about the meaning of the term 'canon' and 'slash', offer to share profits with fanfiction writers, and in general be a clueless, entitled jerk. )

@STELLA: I’d love to develop a better archiving software that everyone can benefit from, if you’ll allow me. I’m confident that I can do a really great job, just like I’ve done with other sites which people love. But for now, as per our most recent announcement, nothing is really set to change.

Translation: Please allow me to use your work as my risk-free venture capital source. Also, I am super entitled and believe that you fandom people are infringing on my right to build a business. Clearly, you should all shut up, sit down, and wait for me to produce results while you fund me.

Keith Mander, your comment is a dream. AFK for dying from laughter.

edit on 7/9/2011 - tagged with the ship: draco/hermione tag because of an epic Dramione fanfic meta/tropes discussion in the comments courtesy of [personal profile] musyc and [personal profile] mswyrr!
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On June 26th, members received an unpleasant surprise. Their archive featured an announcement that it had been sold to a businessman they'd never heard of before, so that he could turn it into a for-profit website!

This brings us to ex-Facebook employee Keith Mander, who has privately bought two fanfiction archives (LotRFanfiction and TwilightArchives). He plans on turning them into ad-revenue streams and using his profits to "quickly enter and dominate new fandoms."

The direct quote from his post about buying )

But why fandom sites, specifically fanfiction archives, you might ask? Well, the answer is that Keith Mander would like to explain to us all about Making Moneyz On Teh InterWebz, because he thinks that the only reason no one does this is because fandom is full of idiots. Clearly, no one in fandom has ever thought about the issues involved in monetizing fandom activity ever before.

Excerpt from Keith Mander's Interview on Midas Code, a site devoted to buying and selling websites )

Did I mention that none of this appears to have been done with any discussion or even forewarning of site moderators, authors or community members?

But don't worry! Keith Mander assured community members that everything will remain free! Yes, they will remain free to spend hours of their own time writing stories, which are highly valuable content, in order to make him money. What a great deal! Just what every fanfiction writer dreams of doing someday!

Keith Mander's Promise to Keep Everything Free (Including What You'll Work For) )

I bet you can guess what happened next. @#$%^ hit the fan, and rightfully so.

6/28: [personal profile] esteliel, who is involved in LotR fandom, did a pretty comprehensive write-up.
6/28: Write-up Part II.
7/1: Write-up Part III.
7/1: [personal profile] esteliel opens a new LotR fanfiction archive, Faerie: Tolkien Fanfiction, which appears to be where the purchased site's BNFs have fled.
7/1: The OTW chimed in
7/1: [personal profile] ithiliana does a write-up on member's reactions as well as the site's stats and story/chapter losses, as people flee.
7/2: An update on stats and loses.
7/3: [personal profile] elf writes up a giant chronological ManderFail linkspam
7/3: Keith Mander shows up on the fucking OTW site to explain how he won't make too much money off of exploiting specific fanfiction archives, therefore it's alright. For. Fucking. Reals.
7/3: @ [ profile] clairvoyantwank, [ profile] made_by_kali has mentioned contacting Mander, because as soon as the site changed hands, he violated the attribution non-commercial licence on their efiction skins.
7/3: Keith Mander and former site-owner Adora put up an announcement begging people not to flee. They would like to have a 'dialogue' about this and promise rainbows, sunshine and puppies, but also want people to know that:

"We're both busy with family commitments int he coming days but wanted to get this quick message out to you to begin this dialogue with you." - 7/3/2011 announcement begging for revenue streams to stop leaving*

I guess that they would like people to cease being pissed off at a time that's inconvenient to them. It would be far more convenient for Mr. Mander to have people be angry between Thursday and Friday, 9-5, this week, so that he can continue with his plans to exploit their work for his personal profit at his convenience.

I think that there's a comment on Keith Mander's blog that summed up the fundamental disconnect between what Mander thought he was doing and what fans know he's doing:

Someone sold you the Brooklyn Bridge, dude!
They sold you land “nobody was living on” that had someone’s house and garden already there.
You “snapped up” a used car that still had a driver and passengers! Who don’t want to go down the road you’re trying to steer! And you didn’t even look in the windows! - a comment on Keith Mander's blog

For those who are curious, this has already been reported to [ profile] wank_report, subsequently posted to [ profile] clairvoyantwank, and it looks like a [ profile] fandom_wank entry will shortly be posted. I, for one, am looking forward to the imminent arrival of 'ManderFail' as a co-entry with 'FanLib' in fandom history.

Although, given the nature of the fail, I'm getting pretty fond of [personal profile] esteliel's suggested name, SaruMander. :P

*Title of post de-bullshitized for your convenience.


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