argh.

Dec. 25th, 2012 04:13 pm
amberite_archive: (me with scarf)
Well, I *was* going to muck around town as Femme Darth Vader but I'm catching a cold, so started out late... and then found my wallet wasn't in my pocket.

Since I bought gas last night right before coming home, it can be in one of three places - house, car or somewhere random on the ground where I opened my car door. House and car are both complicated searches in progress. Somewhere random on the ground is essentially an unsolvable condition. Nobody seems to have charged anything on my debit card as of yet, so I'm guessing house or car. But... where the hell in said places? Did the cats drag it off? Meanwhile, this sucks and I shouldn't go driving around without my driver's license. :-(

In happier news, I have two awesome Yuletide gifts from anonymous benefactors - Her Brother's Keeper (Chronicles of Amber story focused on Fiona) and Autumn Sparring (Baldur's Gate story focused on Khalid and the Harpers.) Yay!

I'm also getting involved in a super intricate creative collaboration with a new friend in the Homestuck fandom. (If you're interested, I'll be posting more about it on DW and Tumblr, as I get the sense that Homestuck babblings will be more welcome in those areas, though if you're interested in my putting up posts here too, feel free to note it in comments. I'll definitely link to finished results here, in any case.)
amberite_archive: (master bullshit)
(ETA: It may not actually be as bad as it sounds, as per comments below. On the other hand, I'm not sure I trust the government not to take an "alternate proof of citizenship" form and turn it into required information for everyone, so this post stands. Emphasis caps taken off accordingly, though.)

Jayeeeezus. WTF.

I know people from China - as in the PRC - who have traveled outside of the country, and I don't think they generally get this much shit.

How many of you know who the physician was who attended your mother at birth? For pre-natal and post-natal care? AND THE DATES OF HER DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS? Yeah. Um. How about every address you've lived at in your entire life? Here is a copy of the goddamn form.

Do we really want to be turning into Soviet Russia right now?

This is reminding me that I need to get my Canadian dual citizenship verified (I'm eligible because my father was born in Quebec.)

Thanks to The Doctor for the heads up.

Three requests:

1. Get a passport soon, if you're a US citizen and don't already have one. (ETA: This may not be as critical as believed - see comments - but I still think it's a wakeup call.)

2. Comment on this: Here. It closes on April 25th, so do it NOW.

3. Signal boost.
amberite_archive: (Rassilon whoopass)
http://compilerbitch.livejournal.com/218216.html

Linked by [livejournal.com profile] moominmuppet.

That, and as various people have pointed out, there's no guarantee these things won't misfire and give you a huge dose in one spot.

While passing through the airport, I suggest y'all encourage your friendly neighborhood TSA reps to ask their bosses "why aren't we wearing radiation badges, again?"

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In other, unrelated and cheerier internettage, have an awesome article about doing steampunk Native American style.
amberite_archive: (yellow sign)
If you can at all cope with the crude results, do not at all go through the backscatter scanners. I have no reason to believe that the millimeter wave technology is unsafe, but as for the backscatters, a number of prominent scientists and doctors speak up:

Backscatter X-rays deliver far more radiation than the TSA is willing to tell you. (thanks [livejournal.com profile] coyotegoth)

The famous UCSF letter going around, summary of which: These things aren't tested for human use; the total *amount* of radiation may be small but the *dose per area* is not; people with pre-dispositions to breast cancer or skin cancer may especially want to watch out; sperm are at risk and so are children; the fuck are you doing, Uncle Sam, giving everyone cancer.

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