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A question for my London-based peeps

(Apologies for using the word peeps, I don't know what came over me)

My baby sister (not so much a baby any more) is looking for a place to live in London as of the end of August, preferably not too expensive (by London standards, obviously) that is bigger than a box room, which is what she has now. Does anybody have any suggestions for places she might look to find such a place, or indeed does anyone have any suggestions of a specific place?

Any help on this would be much appreciated, since my London-fu is weak on the housing front. My skills in locating comic book shops are not helpful at this juncture, though I did once consider slinging a hammock from the ceiling of Forbidden Planet and living there only to emerge at nightfall and peruse the shelves undetected. I didn't say it was a good plan.
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Livejournal, come on. [Scrapbook Going Away]

Originally posted by browngirl at Livejournal, come on. [Scrapbook Going Away]
Originally posted by zeitgeistic at Livejournal, come on.
Alright, I am not drunk enough to deal with this, so I'm just going to put out this PSA:

Livejournal Scrapbook is going away and will be replaced by the mysterious "Photo Album". Your 10GB of Paid Member space is now 2GB. If you care, there is an explanation in Russian on the Russian news page. There's also a user-submitted translation.

+ You will no longer have access to your Scrapbook once this goes live.
+ Your images will redirect, but the URL will be different.
+ Unable to tell what will happen to any photos you have that put you over the 2GB limit.
+ Back up your Scrapbook just in case.
+ If you want your photos transferred over now instead of waiting, let them know here.

Thanks to storyfan for telling me about this (relevant comments on page 13): For now at least, you can still upload/manage your scrapbook via

My comment: And it won't let me delete those I don't need. Nice, LJ. So you impose a lower size limit but won't let me conform to your requirements.
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Some people have known I was doing this for a little while, but mostly this has been a Super Sekrit Project of mine, and today my test copy arrived and I am so excited that I cannot contain myself any longer.

I may or may not have - by which I mean I have - typeset and had professionally printed Everyday Love in Stockholm as a real live book!

I wanted a hardcopy I could hold in my hands and croon at while my neighbours slowly move out of the building to escape the constant crooning. But now it is HERE and it is SHINY AND BEAUTIFUL and asdjskfhsjfhdhfkshfkhfsklfha;fs;l.

It came out so good that I had to call my BFF immediately to tell her and had this conversation:

Me: *seal noises*

Her: Are you clawing at your own face right now?

Me: No, because I have the phone in one hand and the book in the other.

But yes! It is real! And I am in love with, seriously.

Also with the amazingly talented loobeeinthesky and kannibal, both of whom very kindly agreed to let me use their art in the book, Loobee’s as the cover and Kannibal’s as internal illustrations.

Now… um, maybe I am shooting in the dark, but since it is up I wondered if anyone else would like a copy, so I thought I would include a link if anyone wants one. I’m not making any money from this (because of the copyright ninjas who would parasail down my chimney and kill me in my sleep) so it’s literally just the cost of the printing and postage, but obviously the fic is going to stay available for free on the internet for all of time or until the internet kersplodes. (For those ninjas playing along at home I took some screenshots of my innocence: one, two, three.)

It came to about £10 including the postage for me but I am not sure how much it would cost in the US or elsewhere, though I know they can also print from the US? But according to the book calculator the book minus postage is a little over $12.


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Pinched from svmadelyn

Originally posted by bethbethbeth at post
If you're no fan of the little scissors that LJ decided to inflict on its users for cut tag purposes, go here (to xylodemon's post) for the override code

Just copy/paste the code into the Custom CSS box and you're good to go :)
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SOPA is not dead (courtesy of: Demand Progress)

Originally posted by ionaonie at SOPA is not dead (courtesy of: Demand Progress)
Originally posted by anjak_j at SOPA is not dead (courtesy of: Demand Progress)
Originally posted by makeyourmoment at SOPA is not dead (courtesy of: Demand Progress)


They still just don't get it. Chris Dodd -- the head of the Hollywood Lobby -- is bragging that he's working on a new insider deal to push through SOPA-like legislation.

This comes just days after the White House released a new report urging Congress to crack down on piracy.

Please click here to tell Obama to oppose censorship and reject Hollywood's backroom deals.

He had this exchange with the Hollywood Reporter this week:

THR: Are there conversations going on now?

Dodd: I'm confident that's the case, but I'm not going to go into more detail because obviously if I do, it becomes counterproductive.

THR: Did you feel personally blindsided by Obama over SOPA?

Dodd: I'm not going to revisit the events of last winter. I'll only say to you that I'm confident he's using his good relationships in both communities to do exactly what you and I have been talking about.

Hollywood and Obama should've learned by now:

No form of censorship will be acceptable to Internet users, and we're fed up with corrupt, back-room deals that are driven by the rich and well-connected.

And any major Internet policy changes should be negotiated in the light of day, so the millions of people who'd be affected can have their say too.

Please tell President Obama to reject Hollywood's backroom deals -- click here.

Thanks for fighting for our rights.

-Demand Progress

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I finished, utterly finished, edited and all, Everyday Love in Stockholm today, and it is now posted in its entirety to both the XMFC Kink Meme and to AO3. Feeling very floaty and nervous and excited at the same time, waiting for feedback.'s 132,000 words long. I have been writing it for six months. And now it is done. Oh my God.

I think I might take a while to get used to the idea that it's finished. My brain keeps reaching for the next scene, and there is no next scene to be written. (This is only the second time ever I have finished a long project, and the first one was a) when I was 17 and b) only a first draft I never edited into shape. So this is... a very big deal.)

PARTY TIME. AKA sit and stare at email program until first review comes in time.