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A couple days ago [livejournal.com profile] gatorgrrrl made a post about the new Facebook group, "Jensen and Jared Deserve Respect," which is basically a group for people who are against slash of all types.

I'm not going to link that asshattery. I'm sure you can find it if you really want to. When I heard about it, I think my comment was that there was bound to be groups like that out there, but I'd probably unfriend anyone on my list who joined it.

Well, yesterday one of my friends did become of a fan.

I haven't defriended her. Believe me, I want to. But the thing is, I think she's a genuinely good person. She knows I write slash AND wincest, and she's always been nice to me, to my virtual face, ya know? And I guess it would be awfully hypocritical of me to tout free love, tolerance, and acceptance if I'm not going to practice it as well. I guess it's definitely a WWJD scenario.

I don't always DWJD, but in this case, I will.

Which brings me to my major point of contention-- the whole idea behind Facebook groups. From what I see, these groups do nothing and consist of basically an opinion that people get behind or don't get behind. My problem is, it's so easy to just click on something and tell the whole world that you hold a certain opinion or take a certain stance, but you don't usually have to own up to it afterward. Half my friends joined the "I don't care about your farm, your fish, blah, blah, blah, group" and the other half were hurt that no one cares about them when online games are a huge part of their lives, for whatever reason.(A few have medical problems and don't get out of the house much.) Like I said in my Facebook, it's one thing to hide all those apps from your home page, it's quite another to broadcast to everyone that you don't care about what they're doing. And because the groups don't ever actually do anything except wave a banner for a day or two while it makes the Facebook rounds, people think it doesn't matter which ones they join. But why, if you wouldn't say something directly to someone's face, would you join a group that basically plasters the sentiment all over their Facebook pages?

I blocked Farmville on Facebook. My mother has COPD and lives on disability. Farmville is her job. My cousin Casey has CF and spends more time on the computer than a kid his age who can do more physical activity. His mom lets him have a Facebook and play Farmville but makes it so only his friends can see him. If all of his friends were to join the Facebook Group, "I don't care about your Farm, your Fish, blah, blah, blah," how would that make him feel?

People are allowed to have opinions. People should have opinions. But Facebook groups just seem like a way for cowards to seek company in numbers and say things they know will hurt someone without being accountable. Anyone can point, click, and run off at the virtual mouth. How about just telling me what you think to my face? After all, it is Facebook right? Not, talk-about-you-behind-your-back-on-your-own-homepage-book.
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So, awhile back I said to Tracer, "We should run a race together." I suggested San Francisco, as it's only a half marathon, but it's a bad time of year for her, since she's finishing her studies and entering the job field in the spring. So, I scoured around for races toward the end of the year, that hopefully we could get into through a charity group, because a lot of races fill up fast, and there's no other way to run in them without qualifying except through a charity. Plus, I need the motivation of helping out a charity to keep me lacing up my sneakers. I stumbled across the site for Chicago Bank of America Marathon in October. I said, haha, it's in October. They moved Chicago Con to October this year, instead of November. What would that say if both fell on the same weekend?

And you know what? They do. It seems like, poetic, ya know, full circle. I met Tracer on a Supernatural forum way back in season one. She PM'ed me to tell me that I made her spit Dr. Pepper on her keyboard, and now I owed her a new one, and it was the song that never ends, because we've never NOT been in contact with each other since then. I wouldn't hesitate to call her my best friend even though we've never, EVER met in person. So, of course, the chance to run in a race together, to finally come together in order to do something that monumental and spiritual, AND celebrate the thing that brought us together and has been a spiritual journey in and of itself just seemed too much of an omen to pass up.

Herein lies the rantiness )
When it comes down to it, I'll probably suck it up and buy the tickets, because it IS about the experience and sharing something with my best friend that's spiritual and monumental in both our lives. And the important point of the weekend is raising the money for charity and running the race. It's about the training and bonding. The convention is just a nice bonus. But it's awfully ugly mark to put on an otherwise awesome memory.

That being said, I'm half finished with the next chapter of Digging Deep. I might find fandom an unfair and often unfun place to hang out, but that doesn't mean I'll stop contributing. I love the boys, the show, and my flist too much. *smooshes*
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This is quick, as I'm at work, but this pissed me off.

I came back from lunch and found that I'd received an invitation to a community. [livejournal.com profile] bitchery. I'd only been at lunch half an hour and had just checked my email before I left, so the invite was less than half an hour old.

It didn't sound like my kind of comm, but just like the last time I received a weird invite, I scoured the list for my friends, and found two, so I considered joining. (Incidentally the same two or three friends that were on the last invite to the last community [livejournal.com profile] thesovereignty, I think.)

Anyway, so I went to accept the invitation, and it was gone. There's a huge post in the comm that says, "Oops, if you got an invite, but it's gone, that's because we invited too many people and had to delete some."

Huh. So, the only reason I'd ever have joined in the first place was because a)I was invited and b)I had a couple friends in it.

Now, I find the invite is just spam? Well, that takes all the novelty out of it. I replied in their little thread under the post about disappearing invites, and there were two or three comments about, "Oooh, my invite disappeared but this sounds awesome, can I still join?" And I posted that I wasn't sure that sat well with me that an invite that was less than an hour old was already deleted to make room for more. I got a reply from the person who invited me. I did not know her. She said she was sorry, but there are four mods, and they all invited too many people. She hoped I would still join.

I went back to work and pondered, because really that didn't sit well with me, and I kinda made up my mind to reply and tell her, no thank you. I don't like the idea of spam invitations, but my comment was DELETED along with the other comments on the post. Either that or the entire post was deleted and they posted another one. I don't know. I'm guessing someone else called them on the "Way to make people feel welcome by admitting to them that they're only spam to you," and they deleted all the comments.

Gotta say, I won't be joining that comm ever, and I'm thinking about leaving the other one I just joined, since it seems they're using the same spam list to invite from.

Just... grrrrr.

I was having a nice, zen day, too. I should've learned my lesson about accepting invitations to communities I never heard of. Last time, I ended up in a Jensen bashing comm that made me cry. LOL. I'm such a big baby. How do I get myself into these messes?
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I woke up from a very long nap, opened up my email, and had seven, count 'em seven, friend notifications. I suspected from the names that they were spam bots. So, I clicked on the first one, took a good hard look at the profile, particularly the friends, found I had two shared friends. Then, looked in the journal, all of it in Russian or something, and promptly, reported the bot.

Went to the next one. Similar looking userpic, same exact two shared friends as well as entire f-list.

By the fourth one, there was a long sob story on the profile page about how she was a student in Maine, had chronic health issues, including a brain tumor... and yet entire journal in Russian, same matching friends, same unmatching friends.

By the time I worked my way through all seven, there was an eighth in my inbox.

I reported them all. But really, what are they accomplishing? Someone explain to me? Are they just waiting for me to click on their profile and recording that as a hit to their website somewhere? Because it is annoying.

I'm never leaving LJ, but I still do have one Dreamwidth code if anyone else wants it.

Also, prepare for a day of Spam, cuz I done slept through yesterday and have to make up for it. LOL.

ETA: We're up to 9!
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There's a J and J Photo Op for sale on ebay.

Current sale price... $562.75.

Tell me Creation doesn't have a license to charge whatever it wants for these things. It makes me ill, and the more I see it, the more I know I won't be doing another one ever again, not even for Misha. Maybe a movie will shoot somewhere nearby and Misha will be cast, and I can go stalk him for free. LOL.

Oh, and some perspective...

Since the plant was closed for the last two weeks in December, and they only let us use vacation time for the first one, the paycheck I just got was for the 8 hours of paid vacation on January 1 only. It was a little over $35.00 after they took out taxes, 401k and insurance. And that's the biggest check I saw. Most of my coworkers got checks for less than a dollar.

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