paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
Dilemma: I want to book my flights for Vividcon today (Porter is having a 30% off sale! But it ends today) but I'm not sure how long I'm going to be there. Last year I arrived Thursday night and left Sunday night but totally wanted more time. This year I booked Thursday-Tuesday off work and am flying (which will make things so much nicer). I'm going to be sharing a room with [personal profile] raxhel and [profile] kronos999 and they're both going to be there Thursday-Monday. Should I stay the extra day on my own?

For those on my flist who go to Vividcon and have stayed after, is there still a lot going on, on the Monday/Tuesday?
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paraka: Donna biting her nail (DW-D-Thinking)
So, this is kind of a random question, but have any of my American flisters ever gone to Cuba? Or, non-American flisters tried to go to Cuba while living in the US?

Like, I realize you can't exactly catch a flight to Cuba from the US, but would you get in trouble at the boarder if you were honest with the boarder guard that you were leaving the country to head over to Cuba (with a non-American passport)?

This is mostly theoretical at this point, but I want to go on a tropical vacation, and Cuba's my first choice at the moment but I want [personal profile] raxhel to come with me, and she's living and working in the US right now. I figured that meant we couldn't go but some people at work seemed to think it wouldn't be a problem for her to go, since she's Canadian. Still seems risky to me though....
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30/7/10 13:46
paraka: Doctor raising his eyebrows (DW-D-*raised eyebrows*)
Ok, this is probably a stupid question and I'm just blind but does anyone know how to allow anonymous commenting for communities? I just set up a new community (well two, one on LJ and one on DW) up and it automatically sets it to no anonymous comments and I can't figure out what I have to do to change that.
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paraka: Allison hugging Adam while they make funny faces (AI8-A/Al-Funny Face Hug)
Hello Flist,

Question, specifically to the American's on my flist: Memorial Day weekend is coming up, how busy is traffic generally on that weekend?

I'm planning a trip to New York for that week and originally planned on flying in, however when I went to book my flight, I discovered that my passport expired last month. :-/ Cue panicking and early morning trips to the passport office (and much cursing of the new tighter boarder security). They agreed to expedite my passport renewal so I could still leave on the 28th as planned, however, I can only pick it up on the 26. I can't book my flight until I have my passport. And of the flights I was looking at, one of them has all ready been filled and the other ones are getting price hikes. I'm not sure if there's going to be anything available in my price range by the 26th, so I might end up driving down instead. However if traffic is going to be crazy for the long weekend, I might adjust my price range, or else adjust my driving route/schedule.

And, while we're on the topic, does anyone have any suggestions of fun things to do while in NYC? I've been once before, and did a lot of the typical touristy things that time, I was kind of hoping for something a bit different this time. Any suggestions would be awesome.
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paraka: Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta doing a group pose (AI8-K-A-Al-Group Pic)
Hey Flist,


So, as I said a few posts back, I've kind of fallen head over heals in love with American Idol S8 fandom. To the point where I'm even contemplating coming out of my lurker shell.

I actually have this fic idea that I want to write, the only thing is, it takes place during the show and I'm having trouble figuring out the timeline (I'm mostly concerned with Kris and Adam here). I'm in the process of watching the show but I have a feeling a lot of the fandom is actually from interviews and off show stuff. Can anyone recommend some sort of resource with an early timeline laid out? I've read primers but they don't really give specific times. Or even a comm that was really active as the show was airing would be great.

TIA!
paraka: Doctor raising his eyebrows (DW-D-*raised eyebrows*)
Now that I'm living in my own house, I've been busing to work since I don't have a car. The bus ride is kind of boring though. Also, I have to leave the house more than an hour before my shift starts when it's really only a 15 minute drive from my place to work. This has been making me want to get a car.

While I could technically afford a car, it would be kind of tight, also if one of my roommates moved out, I'd be kind of screwed.

So, in order to avoid the cost of a car, I've decided that buying a top end MP3 player is much cheaper. That way, at least I'll be less bored on the bus to and from work.

Can anyone rec a good MP3 player to me?

I'm looking for something with a largish screen, since I'd like to be able to read .txt files from it (fic!). I also wouldn't mind putting some of my favourite vids on it. I'd also want something with a decent amount of space on it, and room for removable space would be even better (like an SD or microSD slot). Oh, and I hate it when you have to use a certain program in order to add files to the player, I much prefer ones where you can drag and drop or use on a stranger's computer if need be.

For various reasons, I'm kind of anti-Apple, so suggestions for other manufacturers would be awesome.
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paraka: Dean smiling with the caption "I smile because I have no idea what's going on" (SPN-D-No Idea)
Help please from any of the vidders on my flist. What's that program where you can write a little script and have that edit your source material? I know it exists, I've had it on my computer before even. I remember that the tutorial had you write a sript that made colour bars, I just can't remember what the program was called :(
Importing my clips with audio is making *huge* rendered files and I don't have time to get rid of audio in some of the other ways (VirtualDub would take forever, I may as well re-rip them all :S)
paraka: Ronon crushing a beer can on his forehead with the caption "oh noes!" (SGA-R-*Oh Noes*)
So, I'm now a student again! Yesterday I signed up with Athabasca University, where I hope to get a degree in Canadian Studies. It sounds like a really cool course that covers a lot of material. Everything from history, language, politics and literature. I'm not really sure what I'll do with it, but as I've been told over and over again, half the time they don't care what your degree is in, so long as you have one.
I haven't signed up for any classes yet, I'm hoping to speak to an adviser to find out what courses they suggest.

The thing that's nice about AU (which I'm so going to be calling it :P) is it's a school based on distance education, so I can take it and live wherever.

Right now I'm living in Ottawa and working full time. It's a good job, I enjoy it, and it pays well, but I don't actually enjoy living in Ottawa right now. I don't have very many friends here, most of them live in Guelph, or are online. I'm living with my parents, which is really pathetic, and means I haven't much (or, you know, any) of a social life. I live in the country where there's nothing to do, and it's easiest to do nothing.

Also, I'd really like to travel. Like, a lot. Since I don't have to be in one place to take this degree, I kind of want to use that as an excuse to travel, try living in a couple different places. I have a decent amount of money saved up right now, I was thinking of buying a house, but it would be more than enough to let me move and support myself until I found another job. But! I have a really good job right now. Dilemma.

So, I want to ask my flist what they think I should do.
[Poll #1155347]
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paraka: Rodney with the caption "*headdesk* (SGA-M-*head desk*)
So, I haven't been watching vids as much as I used to, but today I felt like changing that. So I put my vids on to play while I'm surfing around. All of a sudden a QaF vid starts to play, and I recognize it as my own, but for the life of my I couldn't remember which one it was. Isn't that sad? The part that'd even worse, is, as I sat there looking at it, I thought, "Hey, I don't hate this!" Because I have this thing, where often, once I'm finished the vid, I can't make myself watch it afterwords, because all I see is the mistakes. I was a good, oh, minute into it, before I realized that it was a copy of the QaF vid I *started* making last year, but never finished. *headdesk* That's why I couldn't remember which of my *published* vids it was.
That said, I should really go back and finish it sometime, what I have done so far isn't bad. But first, I have to finish the SGA vid I'm working on. I should really work on it now, but I'm feeling kind of meh today and want to do nothing. So instead I am doing some half assed research for the fic I'm totally not writing for [livejournal.com profile] paradise_city (oh god, why did a choose a porny idea to start on? I think I'll probably die of embarrassment the first time someone reads it...)
On that note, I'm thinking of adding a BDSM element to the fic, can anyone here rec some good books or websites to do research? I've dabbled in it myself, but since my sex life as a whole isn't really anything to brag about, I don't want to just base things on what I've experienced or looked for myself.
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paraka: Don pouting (N3-D-*pouts*)
Ok, I haven't even tried Googling this yet, I'll probably try that tonight, but I thought I'd ask here first.

Does anyone know how to get things from your TV onto your computer? I'm doing this special project at work, where we're doing a video. I offered to edit it, but the camera we got only lets you transfer *pictures* to your computer, not video. And now I have all this footage saved on a Mini DV, that I need to get on my computer.

Please say someone knows how to help me!
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paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (SGA-C-Concerned)
Ok, I'm going crazy here, so I'm hoping someone on my flist can help.

I have adware on my computer, and I can't seem to get rid of it. I'm getting pop ups every 5 minutes, and I want them to STOP!

I use McAfee as a virus scan, and also have Spybot Search and Destroy. I've run them both a gazillion times, both normally and in safe mode.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should do? Any good programs out there to get rid of this thing?
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