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9th Jun, 2009

euphoria

America

So, guys, I'm totally in the US right now. And I'm going to have a lot of fandom stuff to report - there's a Remus Lupins concert tomorrow night so I'm sure I'll have a concert recap after that. But just in case you want to know what else is going on, I decided to post a blog about what I've done so far. I'm not going to repost it here because this journal is just for fandom but you can read it here: http://lauren.digitalkiss.org/2009/06/the-good-old-us-of-a/
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3rd Jun, 2009

Dorkpride

8 Ways meme

Yup, totally stole this from jennilind. Hey Jenni! *waves*. Also, I realise this is a crappy comeback after months of nothing. But...I've been busy! *lame* I have an important post to make later/tomorrow/sometime before Saturday so watch out for that.

So it's "8 Ways to Fuck Me" but that just makes me LOL because it sounds like positions or something so it's going to be 8 Ways to Make Me Love You instead.


1. If you can't love Harry Potter, you at least have to accept that it's a massive part of my life, that most of my friends are through fandom and wizard rock is my favourite music, a lot of the time.

2. Make me laugh. That's a straightforwar one XD

3. Make me a mix CD. I love music A LOT (even non-wizard rock lol) and that's definitely a good way. But if you put Metallica or Slipknot on it, then you're out XD

4. Read. There's nothing sexier than enjoying a good book.

5. Ship one or more of my OTPs. This is more an optional one but by God, if you do this, I'll be well impresed XD (For the record: Harry/Draco, Albus Severus/Scorpius, Chad/Ryan, Joick, and yes I know for a supposedly hetero/bicurious GIRL this may be seen as an odd selection. Whatever, I've been a slash shipper since the age of about 15. I'm not going to suddenly stop now XD).

6. Tweet or text me. Yes, I know modern technology can be a bitch, and I know that I text and tweet A LOT, particularly if I really like you (not necessarily romantically). But if you text/tweet me back - or start conversations! - I'll love you for it. Loves me some technology.

7. Tell me things. I'm a Ravenclaw and I LOVE to know "everything". So TELL me things. LOL.

8. Finally...Understand my moods. Appreciate my frequent insanity, dirty-mindedness and general hyperactivity. I don't know whether I'm easier to be around when I'm way UP or when I'm way DOWN, but I do know that the hyper, bouncy phases are LOUDER. And dirtier. And usually more fun - for me, anyway, not sure about others XD Equally, when I'm down I send random depressive text messages that can be irksome. So...if you can appreciate both sides, that's a maaaassive thing to me.
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28th Feb, 2009

Dorkpride

47 Retro Advertising Icons

So, I was looking up an old ad for my uncle a couple months ago and I stumbled on a Flickr group of retro advertising pictures and was immediately hooked. I saved all the ones that caught my eye and then...forgot about them. A week or two later I spent something like 7 hours (I stayed up til 5am XD) making them into icons. I'm aware that they probably still suck because my icon making talent is pretty much nonexistent. Bearing that in mind, you're allowed to take them and make them into whatever you want. If you credit me with the base I'll even give you a cookie ;-)

So. 47 icons based on ads from here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/goldenageofadvertising/

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1st Feb, 2009

Dorkpride

Two entries in a few days? :-O

Sorry, no, not really. This is entirely pimpage.

HAPPY BE AWESOME MONTH!!!!



Go visit. Put up buttons. Tell people. Change the world. etc. :-P

Sorry. I'm really excited. Second time around, and we have merchandise on order, and a charity chosen who will benefit if we sell any. So YAY.

29th Jan, 2009

Dorkpride

Not Dead But Twenty

I know I haven't updated in, oh, roughly forever, but I've had so much going on.

I guess I just wanted to say: Hey guys. It's 12.53am here in Scotland. And I'm offically no longer a teenager. Happy 20th birthday to me :)

30th Nov, 2008

Dorkpride

My Christmas Wish List.

So this is going here and on facebook. Those who have me on both - Vago, Jenn, Pippa, Emily, some others - please forgive this!!


The Christmas Wishlist Meme:

Step 1:

Make a post (public, friend-locked, filtered... whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. Then, post should contain your list of 10 unlimited holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact information in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step 2:

Surf around your friend-list (or friends' f-list, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use ー or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free ー do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf ー to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not ー it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just... wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.


1. I wish my mum would be well for Christmas. She's had so much to deal with lately health-wise.

2. I would love to get snail mail. I really like getting mail. There's not much better, except for hugs. But when you live in Scotland, hugs are hard to come by.

3. More love in the world. Please, please tell people that you love them. That's one of my wishes. You never know how long we have with them. Something else we remember at Christmas time.

4. A Remus Lupins "Fight evil read books" tshirt. I didn't get one at Wrockstock and I really, really want one. That would mean I had three TRL ones, and then people would REALLY call me an Alex fangirl, but I don't care. The "Make Love Not Horcruxes" one is good because ALL Potter fans understand it, not just wizard rock ones, but the message of "Fight evil, read books" is universal, and I want to spread it around. Even if it's secondhand. Size-wise I'm a bit of a pain. Right now I'm wearing a "Remus Lupins '08 - Making Trouble in Harmony" shirt and it's a size S, but I'm a ladies L in the HPA heart logo shirts. THANK YOU JENN!!! <3

5. New music. Mix CDs (whether in CD format or online emailed to me) are total love. I love music and it helps pass the time on my daily commute to classes.

6. Ghirardelli chocolate. My mum's friend went to America and came back with some and I got to try a square of dark chocolate with raspberry filling, and it is probably the best chocolate I have ever tasted. I am a chocoholic. That would make me very, very happy. THANK YOU SO MUCH EMILY! <3

7. A new template for my personal website, http://www.digitalkiss.org/laur. Though I'm hoping to change the address a little, to a subdomain, sometime soon if I ever have time. I can't find any I like, and I suck at trying to make them. I found one :)

8. High School Musical 3 or Harry Potter memorabilia. Chocolate frog cards, postcards, any of the HP sweets you can buy which simply aren't available here now - we used to have Every-Flavour Beans and Chocolate Frogs but not any more :-( and sherbet lemons! Awesome, AWESOME friends.

9. I wish my dad could find a new job.

10. To be able to stop worrying so much about everything. Right now so much has gone wrong and KEPT going wrong that I just want to be able to sit down and go ONE DAY without feeling like I'm just waiting for the next catastrophe to hit.
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2nd Nov, 2008

Dorkpride

Public Space Essay

Ok dudes and dudettes, this is up here to get your opinions. I'm adding as I write more, so it's by no means finished (I need ~2500 words *sadface*)...let me know in the comments, plzkthnx.

THE QUESTION:

"With reference to case studies of your choice, describe, explain and critically evaluate the extent to which public space has become privatised, militarised and ordered."

THE ESSAY SO FAR:

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...thoughts, comments, suggestions, all welcome.

27th Oct, 2008

Dorkpride

Updateyness

Aww, man, everything has been in chaos lately.

I went to Birmingham for the gig, the writeup hasn't even made it onto Facebook yet (although considering the fact that I've been promising to do a writeup for Accio Wrock which was at the end of JULY and it is now almost NOVEMBER I wouldn't hold your breath...darn, I bet I've forgotten all the best bits about that. I'm still not even finished my writeup from the August 16th gig...though that's because it's languishing in draft form on my fb notes. Besides, the gig part is almost all done, I think. The drunk guy on the bus, however, should be interesting to write about. I'm quite good at getting gasps and looks of horror from my audience whenever I tell it XD I like that.)...the gig was awesome :-) I won't say "epic" but it was pretty amazing. Some quick notes on it:

1) I got to see Luna Wants a Longbottom live again. It made me VERY happy. And I got them on video! (even though all my footage is hideously dark. Stupid mood lighting. Must remind Tim that lights have to be proper bright next time. Grrr) And their actions are HILARIOUS. They sing this one song where they're talking about walking and they do walking-on-the-spot...and their actions in "Lily" are just hilarious. Zoe and I joined in a bit :P Zoe was a bit self conscious about it though I think XD I didn't care. I was a bit tipsy, to be fair. Silly lightweight me.
2) Speaking of Zoe - I finally got to hear "It's Real For Us", my favourite song of hers, live!!! It made me VERY happy. Right after she finished and people stopped clapping she said "Right, Lauren, now you've heard it live!" and I was like "YAY!" and people were amused.
3) I amused people a lot in general. I went to change into my Halloween costume - because despite being a couple of weeks too early, it was officially a Halloween gig - and fell over twice. And then overbalanced a few times after that, too. Shut up XD
4) Siriusly Hazza P didn't play their cover of Save Ginny Weasley From Dean Thomas!!! Made me sad. They did however play arguably their funniest song, The Ballad of John Simons, so that's ok then.
5) Ruby (of LWALB) is insane. We knew that already but she cemented that by telling us in graphic detail how she got a nosebleed when she was jogging...and then she was like "OK, we're ready to play the next song!" and we were all like "Dude, there was no point to that story? THAT is your idea of idle chitchat to kill time? XD". It was pretty amazing.

So yeah, NaNoWriMo starts soon...I still have nothing for it, so that should be interesting. The only time I've "won" before it was pure, utter crap. So I'm not exactly thrilled, but I know the exercise of the writing muscle (as they say...I forget which book that was from) should do me good. I'm going to a NaNo meet-up tonight actually, here in Glasgow...I have to take a different bus home than usual because the express buses stop running at 6 :-S so it should be...interesting. Anyway, I'm pretty nervous about the meetup. I'm hoping people there might be interested in Harry Potter. I SO want to start a Glasgow HP group. It sucks having my friends be so far away...

Anyway, no complaining! Lol. I've been busy doing nothing all weekend, it seems. My self-taught guitar skills are getting better. I can play a speeded-up "I Am A Wizard" as well as "Pansy (You Are The Girl of My Dreams)", "Potions Yesterday", "My Dad Is Rich" and "Save Ginny Weasley From Dean Thomas (which, HOORAY. I <3 that song). I can almost play "Ginny Gets Around"...the B continues to elude me, even with Paul and Abby's advice on alternative (cheating) ways to play it. Darn it. Anyway, it's all good fun.

Zoe mentioned an epic live Malfoy Manor performance and asked me to play drums. I can't believe it's been over two years since I've played. I miss it. I think if she gets it together I'll do it :)

I can't think of much else. We're planning "Wrock the Loch", basically a wizard rock sing-along at Loch Ness, for next month. It's turning out quite expensive for people to come! Sad. At this point it's looking like me, Christie, Dinah, David, Quinn and James with an acoustic guitar XD although Tim's hoping to come too, which is awesome. <3 Tim.

...oh, and HatP have a version of Save Ginny Weasley in SPANISH on their Myspace!!! I was like "ZOMG!" and hastened to snag it, and I let Harny and Amy hear it in the Communities lecture this morning XD they were just like "Um, ok." Amy was like "So you really like Harry Potter then?" Given that I just let her hear HatP, I was raving about the "Hufflepuffs For Obama" and the like, banners that they made, and I'm wearing my freaking HP Alliance tshirt XD I was like "Oh, yeah, just a little." Silly Amy. You can tell we don't talk much XD everyone else is well used to it now.

I know that I'm totally rambling, sorry. I'm so nervous about tonight...it's been a while since I met people IRL that I hadn't already met online, that I really want to like me. That's kind of sad, isn't it? On the plus side, I found someone online the other day through a HSM community who likes wizard rock (in your face Rae, HSM is SO useful XD) and that's awesome. I'm hoping she'll make it to the Yule Ball, though I plan to make Skype introductions before then. I believe a resurrection of the Slug Club is in order!!

...Yep, I'm just that sad XD I'm off to finish my August 16th gig write-up while I remember. Peace out.


PS. Livejournal spotlight totally wins again: I'm sorry, what was that? I couldn't hear you over my TRAGIC PAST

16th Oct, 2008

Dorkpride

Harry Potter fans, I need you!!

Hey dudes and dudettes,

If you're into Harry Potter, I need your help. It's not URGENT but I'd really love it if you could get back to me kinda quickly!!

I'm looking for recommendations. Fanfiction, wizard rock, fanart, websites, videos...anything you can think of that's HP related and that you think is awesome. Can you leave me comments about that???

...I can't explain why atm, though some of you already know (if you're bothering to read this, that is :-P)

Obligatory random life update: Uni is going fine, my classes are really interesting and I've got like four books checked out of the library at the moment...I have to go see my Communities lecturer to ask if I can approach my essay in a bit of an unusual way...basically my usual slacker status compared to my sudden OMGIWANTTOLEARN!-ness (yes, I've always been a Ravenclaw, but more of the random-general-knowledge-and-pointless-trivia as well as music, type, rather than a study type. I don't study. Or get enthusiastic about classes), it seems like I have been replaced by a pod person.

Anyway. The 'Hallowe'en' gig in Birmingham is on SATURDAY, hooray! This makes me very happy. So I'm totally going and I'm going to get to see a bunch of people again and it'll be ACE. Tho I don't have a costume. I figure I'll just turn up in my TRL shirt and it won't be so bad.

I'm a bit nervous because for my features class (for those of you who don't know or have forgotten, I'm doing a degree in Journalism and Sociology) we have to interview a celebrity...and I don't know who to interview. I mean, they'd have to be in the UK, because she wants it to be face-to-face. It would be better if they're in Scotland but I suppose I could travel to see them if I have to. You know what would be awesome? If they're in Wales XD then I could go stay with Jess again! That would be super mega fun! It's not due til the week of my birthday (January 26th - my birthday is the 29th) however I need to start sending out begging letters to celebrities. Someone suggested JK Rowling and really I think I will because y'know, there's no point in NOT lol. At the very least someone might read it. I'm gonna mention the HPA in it, because that might help XDDD Other suggestions I'm actively considering right now, there are two: Chris Hoy (Scottish double gold Olympic medal-winning cyclist) and Frankie Boyle (Scottish comedian). However I'd not be averse to interviewing DanRad, either. If the interviews are good enough they're going to publish them in the Strathclyde Telegraph!! (that might not sound too good to you but I dono't have anything published that actually has my name on it yet, and I kind of need to start XD)

Anyway. HP fanworks and celebrities in the UK that I could possibly get an interview with for my feature-writing class. Answers on a postcard, please (or a comment will do just as well ;-) )


~Lauren

PS. Be Awesome Month is coming around again. Don't book anything for February XD Plans are in the...er...planning.

PPS. Anyone doing National Novel Writing Month? If you are, add me as a writing buddy on the forums!! My screen name is labra_lege :) Good luck!!

25th Aug, 2008

Dorkpride

Meme thingy...gacked from jay_hay

Even though I've done this like five times on Facebook. It NEVER GETS OLD. I'm hoping I have enough fandom friends to get it if they come up wrock songs XD

1. Put your iPod/iTunes on shuffle
2. Press play, and click next for every entry.
3. Post a section of lyrics from that song for friends to guess!
4. When someone guesses correctly, cross out that lyric and put their name next to it so everyone can bow down to them.


1. I'm asleep and all I dream of, is waking to you...tell me that you will listen, your touch is what I'm missing...and the more I hide I realise, I'm slowly losing you.
2. All they know is how to put you down, when you're there with your friends, but then when you're not around, they say oh, she's changed, know what they mean, what they mean, they're just jealous, because they'll never do the things, they wish that they could do so well...
3. Hanging out with insects, under ducting, the CIA was on the phone, well...such is life...latino caribo...
4. He wanted her, she'd never tell, but secretly she wanted him as well...all of her friends stuck up their nose, they had a problem with his baggy clothes...
5. Loving you, isn't the right thing to do...how can I ever change things that I feel? If I could, baby I'd give you my world...how can I, when you won't take it from me?
6. I remember doing nothing on the night Sinatra died, and the night Jeff Buckley died, and the night Kurt Cobain died, and the night John Lennon died...I remember I stayed up to watch the news with everyone...and that was a lot of nights, and that was a lot of lives, who lost the tickets to what they need...
7. Bill's got a new girlfriend, boy that girl is cute...her name is Fleur, she's a hottie for sure... Abbey
8. Through the smoke, she calls to me to make my way across the flames, to save the day or maybe melt away...I guess it's all the same.
9. My heart hit a problem in the early hours so I stopped it dead for a beat or two, but I cut some cord and I shouldn't have done it, and it won't forgive me after all these years, so I sent it to a place in the middle of nowhere with a big black horse and a cherry tree, now it won't come back 'cause it's oh so happy and now I've got a hole for the world to see...
10. Burning through the sky, two hundred degrees that's why they call me Mr Fahrenheit, I'm travelling at the speed of light, I'm gonna make a supersonic man outta you...
11. I'll start a revolution from my bed, 'cause you said the brains I had went to my head...step outside, summertime's in bloom. Stand up beside the fireplace, take that look from off your face, you ain't ever gonna burn my heart out...
12. The sun always rises, sometimes the future is full of surprises. It's gonna be all right, just look on the bright side...
13. Music is my brother, music is my great-granddaughter, music is my sister...music is my favourite mistress.
14. Your legs are smooth as they graze mine, we're doing fine, we're doing nothing at all...my hopes are so high that your kiss might kill me, so won't you kill me, so I die happy?... Abbey
15. Is it true, and that you're always this breathtaking? And you're smart and you're willing, my God this is killing me...send me all the things you've never said, we can lie here and talk for hours in my bed...
16. Please don't miss this train at your station, 'cos if you miss it, I feel sorry, sorry for you...
17. I want to see you smiling, weak in the knees. I want to see you come, come, completely pleased. I want to give you something priceless and free.
18. Fall in line and remember your place, stand up straight, don't forget the time. How the trials never taught you a thing...its meaning is lost on ears shut tight, but one day it will be fine...
19. I don't see the things that bring me down like I used to, no, and there were times that we felt like giving up, but we came through... (this was the winner of a reality TV show. If you don't know it, I don't blame you XD)
20. We're both misunderstood but that's all right, we help each other through the lonely nights, a werewolf, a Willow, the greatest love in the whole world... Abbey
21. Take your time, hurry up, choice is yours, don't be late, take a rest, as a friend, as a known memory...
22. She walks, like an angel walks. She talks, like an angel talks. And her hair has a kind of curl...
23. She didn't walk away. I think she was impressed, and was having a good time. And when we're laughing and joking with each other, spending all our time together...
24. She said everybody loves you, she said everybody cares, but all the things I keep inside myself, they vanish in the air. You tell me that you'll wait for me, I say I won't be here, I wanna say goodbye to you, goodbye to all my friends, goodbye to everyone I know...
25. The time you asked me if I'd...ever been on treks to find a Crumple-Horned Snorkack, if I'd ever seen a Thestral fly. I read in the Quibbler that these Nargles hang in mistletoe, try to be careful when you go kiss Cho... (I tried my best. The "I read" might not be quite right. Correct me, please. It's hard to make out!!!)

*goes off to post this on Facebook too, just to annoy all her FB friends :P*

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