the motherload

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:39 pm
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In light of the Equifax security breach announced on September 7th, I strongly recommend placing credit freezes on the following:
  • Equifax: (freeze is free until 11/21/2017)
    IMPORTANT: To anyone who had recently placed a security freeze on Equifax prior to 9/15/2017:
    If your PIN resembles this format, mmddyyhhmm, e.g. 0908172136 for September 8, 2017 at 9:36pm (i.e. time stamp of when you placed your freeze online), go online or call them right now and unfreeze it. Wait 15 minutes. You can then re-freeze online and get a totally randomly generated PIN that isn't of that previous format (EQ fixed their PINs to be much more secure).
  • Experian: (fees may apply; see below)
  • TransUnion: (fees may apply; see below)
  • Innovis: (FREE)
  • ChexSystems: (FREE right now, though there's a PDF that says they reserve the right to charge the following fees)

    States I've been told you can freeze your EQ, EX, TU reports for FREE:
  • Colorado
  • Indiana
  • Maine
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina.

    IMPORTANT: I believe these four states automatically unfreeze your credit reports after 7 years: Kentucky, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota.

    Credit freeze fees by state,
  • according to Equifax: (though placing a freeze is currently FREE from 9/07/2017 to 11/21/2017)
  • according to Experian:
  • according to TransUnion:
    Keep in mind fees could apply when thawing or lifting a freeze, and they vary by state.

    You should also pull all your credit reports (which you can do once every 12 months for FREE):
  • Equifax:
  • Experian:
  • TransUnion:
  • Innovis:
  • ChexSystems:

    And opt out of pre-screened offers:

    You can also get a free monthly Experian credit report and Experian FICO Score 8:
    Or an overview of your credit (not a full report) every month for free through Discover, which also includes your Experian FICO Score 8:

    Credit card products that offer free FICO scores (from my personal experience):
  • If you have an American Express credit card, you can get your Experian FICO Score 8 every month for free.
  • If you have a Discover credit card or a Bank of America credit card, you can get your TransUnion FICO Score 8 every month for free.
  • If you have a Citi credit card, you can get your Equifax FICO Bankcard Score 8 every month for free (note: this is a different scoring model than the FICO Score 8).

    More on different FICO Score models here:
    VantageScore model(s):

    Disclaimer: Any resources I've listed here are ones that I have personally utilized and verified. If you would like to add any other suggestions, feel free to do so in the comments.
  • TrickorTreatEx letter

    Sep. 18th, 2017 01:25 am
    hamimi_fk: Random girl (Default)
    [personal profile] hamimi_fk
    matchgame: three witches (006)
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    Halloween Prompt Table )


    Sep. 14th, 2017 10:42 pm
    syntheid: a person perched on a windowsill with tea (wren(ish))
    [personal profile] syntheid

    ruffled blue heron sitting on a rope in ballpoint pen and tombow markers

    a mouse sitting in a flowerpot with sorrel

    doodle of Tykket

    ballpoint pen value study of a japanese iris

    wip shot of an attempted fanart of atomic blonde

    portrait of a person laying on their side merging into fungi

    In... order of posting, either L to R or Top to Bottom or something depending on where you're viewing this, but. (Click on them for full size.)

    1. Just some random blue heron from a ref on pixabay. Turned out surprisingly well for a sketch that took about an hour, using markers I have no idea how to use with a very limited color selection.
    2. My mouse on Mouse Guard is named Sorrel, and a friend of mine was talking about planting sorrel, the plant, in pots, and it just made me think of "potted Sorrel" so. I keep trying to color this and failing.
    3. My Asuran mesmer on Guild Wars 2, Tykket. Someday I'll try to tackle the armor but I was just trying to work out how to customize her hair a bit to make her less generic.
    4. An iris I decided to try to make a value study of using... ballpoint pen. It took me basically a full day, it was kind of ridiculous, and I regretted the decision one petal in, but it did turn out pretty neat.
    5. WIP of fanart of Atomic Blonde that I'm failing to figure out how to actually color. I wanted to watercolor it, but I really am not good enough at watercolor yet and also still couldn't figure out how I actually wanted to color it, so I'm trying digital. Someday I'll finish it?
    6. Left-handed drawing in ballpoint and colored pencil. Started out just as a doodle of fungi, then I got lazy about finishing the trunk and put a face on it instead.

    I kind of hilariously got a couple more paints so I could have a better range of colors for watercolor and then... haven't managed to do anything.

    (ETA: ughhh browser incompatibilities rendering flexbox, I'll try to fix the wrapping again tomorrow, sorry for the overflow.)
    (ETA2: fixed, I think, hopefully isn't overflowing on anybody's system now... unless you're still on IE11, then I'm sorry)


    Sep. 15th, 2017 03:33 am
    deerlings: (一人)
    [personal profile] deerlings
    • had fun time at Arthur's uni house celebrating his birthday in late August!
    • I won first prize in a microfic specfic competition about bees in August too ✌️
    • currently attempting to write enough poems to submit for a poetry competition and I don't think I'll get it all done in time but I am gonna try anyway because it's fun and I'm enjoying the process all the same
    • enjoying the cooler weather! not enjoying the Raynaud's attacks and joint pain it's bringing
    • Dad had his big surgery yesterday and is coming home tomorrow!
    • very excited about the news about the new Arashi album! I like the title of it, very minimal!
    • speaking of: happy 18th birthday, Arashi!! 🎉✨ I am so happy to have your joy in my life, it's made my life happier too!
    • EXID are making a comeback in October! Solji will be involved but won't promote, which is good!! she's still a part of it, but won't damage her health!
    • I have ordered a bunch of cute dice off Etsy, and a cute dice bag for them all to go in! (impatiently waits for it all to arrive!!!!)

    2017 Trick Or Treat Exchange Letter

    Sep. 13th, 2001 02:34 am
    jordannamorgan: An "apparition" at Hampton Court in England. (Halloween Ghost)
    [personal profile] jordannamorgan
    Hello! This is my letter for [community profile] trickortreatex 2017. I hope you find something here that will be enjoyable to work with. Thank you and good luck!

    Letter below the cut. Thank you, dear author! )

    So there you have it, dear author/artist. Thank you in advance for whatever you create for me!

    The Love You Give Is Enough

    Sep. 13th, 2017 01:35 am
    ofmonstrouswords: (thg: haymitch coffee)
    [personal profile] ofmonstrouswords
    Yesterday I ran a lot into something that’s physically painful for me to see: clappy hand emojis between words. It’s an internet trend to make what are considered important points this way, instead of the old-fashioned placing of a period between each word. (What. was. wrong. with. that?)

    You’re probably wondering why/how it makes me sick. The best explanation I can come up with is that my visual processor is over-developed and hyper-competent after a lifetime of having to make up for my auditory disabilities — my hearing is fine, my brain has problems processing and parsing sounds — and so when I read things, I experience them more vividly than people without that disability do.

    My lack of ability to properly parse things I hear means my visual processor makes up for it by making me hear things mentally really well when I read them. This is why shitty punctuation in a book drives me insane. I can’t just skim over it when reading; it’s integrally a part of what I’m experiencing. It tells me how to “hear” things in my mind, and if it’s wrong, it will fuck up my entire experience.

    (This is also why I loathe the practice of 2 spaces after a period. It makes my brain grind to a halt when I’m reading something, because one space is a normal pause between sentences for me. Two spaces is the emergency brake.)

    My experience seeing the clappy hand emojis between words is to feel as if I’m being slapped or punched in the face after every word. Reading a sentence written that way gives me a headache and makes me nauseated.

    And to be honest, even if it didn’t cause me physical pain, I would find it the most annoying fucking thing on the planet. So either way, I’d be stoked if people could fucking stop doing it.

    Anyway. Yesterday I saw like, 3 or 4 tweets using this method so I spent most of the day feeling headachey and sick to my stomach. One of them, however, is what inspired this post.

    This was from an account I used to enjoy following, and from someone I thought was pretty cool. Not only did they use the clappy hands emoji thing that makes me sick, but they used it to repeat a really damaging belief: “you can’t love somebody until you love yourself.” (I’m pretty sure that’s what the tweet said exactly; I just went and double-checked as fast as I could before getting too sick. Am super nauseated right now anyway.)

    This is a bullshit idea and I am so sick of hearing it repeated.

    I have strong feelings about this.
    Working on self-love is, of course, important, and something I encourage EVERYONE to do. But the phrasing of this idea, the way it’s always put forth, makes it a zero-sum game: you cannot love someone until you love yourself. Unsaid in that sentence: your whole self. You cannot love someone until you love yourself 100%.

    This idea leads to a horrible self-repeating spiral of self-hate. That sentence also says that if you DO love someone when you don’t love yourself, it’s not enough. It’s not GOOD enough. Your love for your spouse or sister or daughter or son or best friend — it’s not enough, because you don’t love yourself first.

    And because your love isn’t enough — because you don’t love yourself — you are obviously not worthy of that person. And if you’re not worthy of that person, then you are, of course, not worthy of THEIR love and thus unlovable.

    How the fuck are you supposed to work on self-love if you keep getting told that the love you give isn’t good enough?

    I’m a broken person. I’m damaged goods. I always will be; doesn’t mean I want to be treated like I am. You can glue something back together, but those cracks will always be visible.

    Most days I absolutely hate myself. But you know who I love? Mr. Katje, my husband. I love him so much I can sometimes forget what an awful person I am. I love him so much I can forget that I hate myself.

    And Mr. Katje loves me, and because he loves me, he helps me work on these things. He reminds me to eat, because I can’t love myself enough to do that. He reminds me to take my pills, because sometimes I cannot take that care of myself. His reminders build up, and become my reminders: I eat because Mr. Katje loves me, so I am worth loving, so I need to love myself. I take my pills because Mr. Katje loves me, so I am not an unlovable monster, so I need to take care of myself.

    Through his love of me, I am slowly, very slowly discovering self-love. It is self-love based in the love of another person.

    I suppose people who believe that self-love must be entirely self-generated, a virgin birth in your heart, would see that as unhealthy.

    I believe humans are pack animals and we cannot exist alone. I believe relying on oneself to the exclusion of all else is unhealthy. I believe we need each other in the same way we need food, water, shelter.

    So I do not see my building up my self-love based on the love others give me as unhealthy. I see it as human.

    I know Mr. Katje struggles with self-love, too. I know he has doubts; I know he has that voice inside that tells him he’s not good enough, not smart enough, not strong enough for me. I know he feels he’s not a good enough husband for me, because he can’t support me like he wants to, because he’s been damaged by a lifetime of society shoving it down his throat that if he’s not earning big bucks, he’s not good enough.

    (Kyriarchy damages men too.)

    He is enough. He will always be enough, regardless our money situation, regardless what lies society screams at him. And if the love he gives is enough for me, then the love I give has to be enough for him.

    It’s not fair to ask damaged people to put everything on hold while they try to figure out how to love themselves, and then to tell them that if they can’t figure that out, they don’t deserve to love anyone else.

    It’s not fair to ask that of anyone.

    Spend time cultivating self-love, as much as you can. But if you cannot get that to 100% — that’s okay. If all you can manage is 5% on a good day — that’s okay. The love you give is still worthy. The love you give is enough. The love you give is not subtracted from by the hate you feel for yourself. This is not algebra.

    We may be brokenhearted, but we are enough, and whatever love we can pump out of those damaged organs is enough. It has to be, or humanity doesn’t stand a chance.

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    trick or treat 2017

    Sep. 11th, 2017 12:22 pm
    lieu: (quiet quiet sleeping giant)
    [personal profile] lieu
    Trick or Treat is one of those exchanges that goes by every year without me signing up, usually because I'm busy IRL, and each year I'm like "wow, that looks so fun... gotta sign up next year!" and then I never do. UNTIL NOW.

    This is the Dreamwidth account of AO3's [ profile] starlatine. These prompts are just to help you figure out where you want to go with your work, so no worries if you don’t take any of them on directly.


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    Sep. 11th, 2017 07:52 pm
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    [personal profile] pureimagination

    32 icons of the Gryffindor vs Slytherin Quidditch match from Chamber of Secrets.

    Read more... )


    Sep. 11th, 2017 06:05 pm
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    [personal profile] carisma_sensei
    I'm sorry for not being really active lately... I've been focused on my websites, fanlistings and shrines. I revamped my network and some designs, including the main layout which you can see here:

    Besides that... one of my dogs, Braco, got a tumour. It's cancer. The only thing we can do is amputate his leg, he has it on the upper portion of the leg and it's becoming a real burden to him, he can't use that leg anymore and it's the only alternative we can take.

    Chances are he will develop cancer somewhere else too in the future, but we'll try to medicate him and the first step is getting rid of the leg T_T It's so sad and tough. But the tumour is really attached to the nerves and bones so, we really have no choice...

    The surgery is this Friday. I'll write again after that happens. But for now, I'm not really in the mood for blogging as you can see, so please excuse me if I don't comment much and, if you need me, please leave me a message or a comment somewhere and I'll get back to you.

    Ladiesbingo card

    Sep. 11th, 2017 10:34 am
    hamimi_fk: Yuffie from FF7, smiling. (Yuffie - smile)
    [personal profile] hamimi_fk
    I got a [community profile] ladiesbingo card a week ago and since I've been a little frazzled lately, I kept forgetting to post it. ^^;;

    I'm still struggling to write and I haven't even been trying to draw but the want is there. I've just been lazy. And playing so much Skyrim omg I need to pull my ass away from it.

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    Neil Young - Hitchhiker

    Sep. 10th, 2017 11:44 pm
    sharksandwich: (Default)
    [personal profile] sharksandwich
    Um, can we (or I) please talk about the new/old Neil Young album that just came out? Hitchhiker, it's called. It's basically a lost album, recorded one night in 1976. It's just Neil and his guitar (and a harmonica), and it's pretty fucking great, man!!

    Only two of the ten songs are "new" songs ("Hawaii" and "Give Me Strength"), but I'd only heard a few of the songs before (different versions, of course). There's a stripped down version of "Powderfinger" on there that's really nice!! It's the second track. I also really loved the title track, which I'd never heard before!

    I mean, really though, every track on this album is great! I've heard a fair amount of his albums, but I think I'm going to make it a point to listen to all 38(!) of them, even the ones that aren't as popular. I just love Neil Young! Can't get enough! Even have thought about getting a Neil Young related tattoo! Not a portrait or anything like that, but like some sort of reference? I adore his music that much!! ❤🎶

    Anyway, if you like Neil Young, you can listen to Hitchhiker on Spotify! It's also on Youtube they took it down.

    Goodbye, LJ

    Sep. 10th, 2017 11:26 pm
    sharksandwich: (Default)
    [personal profile] sharksandwich
    I deleted my LJ tonight. I made a little post the other day, saying goodbye and wishing my LJ friends the best (even though one of them hurt my feelings [which I know is easily done]* I'm too damn sensitive).

    I have about 5 friends who actually still post there, who I left behind. But I'm at peace with it now. I mean, they know where to find me (here, on DW), I made sure of that, trust me! 😂 I practically begged them all to follow me over to DW, but hey, what can ya do? The ball's in their court.

    It's sort of like when you're courting a dude. Like, if he likes you, he'll call. That sorta thing. And if they like me, they'll come find me. And if they don't like me... Well then what fuck?? 😂😂😂

    me AF


    See ya LJ, wouldn't wanna be ya!!! 👋

    *Nothing serious, just ignoring my comments - very nice comments too, I thought! Maybe I was just a little too forward? I really don't know what the deal is... Maybe that person is just a jerk! Oh, well! It happens!
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