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Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS

Originally posted by deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.

Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.

So, I've made yet another new blog!

I love LJ. I really do. But the reality is that this has become a place for me that is more about community participation than it is about making a personal blog. So I have decided to make a fresh start on that front. Not with another LJ, nor with yet another blog that is for just one particular aspect of my life. Those last type always seem like such a good idea, but I end up neglecting them for long periods because (a) it can be difficult for me to use the computer anyway for random and indeterminate lengths of time, and (b) they simply have too narrow a remit.

Why not another LJ? Because I hate having to log out/in of different accounts all the time.

Why not use this one for more personal entries again? Because there is too much history here, and I want a fresh start.

I will still make occasional posts here, and my participation in the communities here is not about to wane (I LOVE the LJ communities I am a part of), and I will continue to read my friends page; but I will stop kidding myself that I use this journal for anything else other than that anymore! ;)

So, this new blog? It's http://elvielove.tumblr.com/. Feel free to come have a read or not as you like! (But be warned it's pretty bare right now, and I can't promise it'll ever be interesting!) ;)

PS if any of you use tumblr, please let me know your blog addy, as I'd like to be able to follow you over there too :)

ETA: And true to form That blog didn't last very long. This one (http://allaboutelvie.wordpress.com) will probably have greater longevity!

8th Dec, 2010

For those interested, I have started a new blog. I don't know how often I will post to it yet (sitting at the computer isn't generally easy these days), and it will centre around my experiences with fibromyalgia (or whatever it is that ails me, but that's what the Docs said they think it probably is).


If you'd like to know more about what fibromyalgia actually is, Fibromyalgia Association UK has some useful information.

In other, happier, news, since I last posted (and if you didn't already know!) Gavin and I got married in August! :)

The Wedding was wonderful, and it was lovely so many of our friends were able to make it, although those who couldn't were missed! The honeymoon in Cornwall was even better. We had great weather in an idyllic location - it was very romantic and a lot of fun. Of course, now London seems even drearier than ever to me ;)

3rd Aug, 2010

Today, for the first time ever, I went and got my nails done - and my
! Why has no-one ever told me what a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful
experience this can be? I should have be doing this for years!

I admit my experience may have been enhanced slightly by the fact my
manicurist/pedicurist could barely speak a word of English, happily removing
the necessity for small talk - and I could just lose myself in enjoying a bit
of "me time", reading some trashy celeb magazine whilst being quite pampered.

I think I could get used to doing that ;)

(x-posted to mono)

Happy Birthday, Phil! xxx

So today is the birthday of the most awesome philipstorry!

Sorry, Phil, that I wasn't able to help you celebrate and drink whisky with you yesterday! I'm glad you had a good time, though. Hope you have a good day today, too! x

I love Eurovision, but...

... I must admit to being really disappointed with our entry for this year. It's written by Pete Waterman, and I think he has his mass-appeal formula from the 80's still stuck in his head. Admittedly, it's got a catchy hook - but that doesn't save the song from being forgettable, generic, and dated.


Ah well, it is what it is. Maybe we'll get some sympathy votes ;)

...is a breakdown of our Election results broken down by country.

For each country, each party is listed with 2 percentage figures. The first is the percentage of parliamentary seats within that country, and the second (bracketed) is the percentage of the vote from the people in that country.

I have only included parties which won seats in parliament. I am not commenting on the virtue/flaws of different electoral methods. I am highlighting some geographical differences in the election results which I consider of interest.

Apologies that my rounding is inconsistent - I was tired when I compiled this information! The figures are accurate enough for rough comparison though.

England (532 seats counted)

Conservatives 56% (40%)
Labour 36% (28%)
Liberal Democrats 8% (24%)
Green Party 0.2% (1%)

Clear Conservative win.

Over-represented: Conservatives, Labour
Under-represented: Liberal Democrats, Green Party

Wales (40 seats)

Labour 65% (36%)
Conservatives 20% (26%)
Liberal Democrats 7.5% (20%)
Plaid Cymru 7.5% (11%)

Clear Labour win.

Over-represented: Labour
Under-represented: Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru

Scotland (59 seats)

Labour 69% (42%)
Liberal Democrats 19% (19%)
SNP 10% (20%)
Conservatives 2% (17%)

Clear Labour win.

Over-represented: Labour
Under-represented: SNP, Conservatives

Fairly represented: Liberal Democrats

Northern Ireland (18 seats)

Democratic Unionist Party 44% (25%)
Sinn Fein 28% (25.5%)
SDLP 17% (16.5%)
Alliance Party 6% (6%)
Other 6% (7%)

No clear majority.

Over-represented: Democratic Unionist Party, Sinn Fein

Fairly represented: SDLP, Alliance Party
This poll is anonymous, but please feel free to comment with your view :)

This poll is closed.

Do you think our Electoral System is broken?

Ticky Box

What kind of Electoral System would you most like to see in use?

First Past the Post
Proportional Representation - D'Hondt method or similar
Proportional Representation - Single Transferable Vote or similar
Preferential System such as Instant-runoff ("Alternative vote")
None of the above (please comment)
Would be happy with one of a number of sytems (please comment)
I do not feel informed enough to have an opinion at this point in time
I don't have an opinion (some other reason)
Ticky Box

Do you think there is enough meaningful discussion of Electoral Reform in the Media?

In some ways, but not others (please comment)
Ticky Box

Given the results of this year's election; in the interests of reflecting national interest, what outcome would you most like to see (in the short term)?

Conservative minority government
Conservative/Lib Dem coalition majority government
Lab/Lib Dem/Other parties coalition majority govenment
Other minority government (please comment)
Ticky Box

At this point in time, what do you think is most likely to happen (in the short term)?

Conservative minority government
Conservative/Lib Dem coalition majority government
Lab/Lib Dem/Other parties coalition majority government
Other (please comment)
Ticky Box

Pure awesomeness!

Thanks to fallsaddles for posting this in ontd_political