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Below are the 18 most recent journal entries recorded in mad_freddy's LiveJournal:

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
10:37 pm
The fiasco continues
A if we hadn't enough worries already...

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

Saturday, September 4th, 2010
10:33 pm
What D&D character am I?
I Am A: Chaotic Neutral Human Ranger/Sorcerer (3rd/3rd Level)

Ability Scores:







Chaotic Neutral A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal. However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Primary Class:
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
6:47 pm
Thursday, March 18th, 2010
9:05 pm
Want to go to Paris? No time or not enough money? Than this might be the site for you to visit:
A huge panorama image of Paris. Have a look, be amazed!
Monday, January 18th, 2010
6:37 pm
Duct tape
The possibilities of (mis)using duct tape are endless - and some of them are quite amusing: have a look at some contestants for the Duct Tape Proms
Monday, January 4th, 2010
10:33 pm
A new year has just arrived...
...and I simply stumbled upon this short piece: Neil Gaiman has a few words to say to all of us for the new year:

Sunday, March 15th, 2009
12:46 pm
What's Your Personality Type?
You Are An INTJ
The Scientist

You have a head for ideas - and you are good at improving systems.
Logical and strategic, you prefer for everything in your life to be organized.
You tend to be a bit skeptical. You're both critical of yourself and of others.
Independent and stubborn, you tend to only befriend those who are a lot like you.

In love, you are always striving to improve your relationship.
You have strong ideas of what love should be like.

At work, you excel in figuring out difficult tasks. People think of you as "the brain."
You would make an excellent scientist, engineer, or programmer.

How you see yourself: Reasonable, knowledgeable, and competent

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Aloof, controlling, and insensitive
found this test in lyorn 's journal. No surprise here, either...
Monday, January 19th, 2009
6:53 pm
Dante's Inferno Test
I found this test via lyorn's journal:
Which level of Dante's Hell will you be banished to after death?

My score does not surprise me...
The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Moderate
Level 2 (Lustful)Moderate
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Low
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Moderate

Take the Dante's Inferno Test
Friday, December 5th, 2008
8:50 am
Many beloved television shows are no longer with us, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. What defunct television show do you miss the most?

Babylon 5 - but I don't know if that counts cause I don't have a TV set anyway...
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
9:20 am
Talkative colours
Well, how could colours be talkative? Easy: they tend to tell quite a story about you! I found this nice little test in [info]flederkatz's journal (and no - I'm not taking it seriously, but I'm posting my results here nevertheless, since they are not too far off)

The Ultimate Color Test

When you are at peace, you are:
Deeply stable

When you are moved to act, you are:
Giving and warm

When you are inspired, you are:
Spontaneous and adventurous

When your life is perfectly balanced, you are:
Philosophical and expressive

Your life's purpose is:
To find contentment
Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
6:54 pm
That's the spirit!
I just happend to find a superb photograph on deviant art:

Horned frog Ceratophrys cranwelli

This frog seems to be oblivious to the fact that not everything it can fit somehow in it's mouth can actually be swallowed....

Go froggy go!
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
10:13 am
Stranger things have happend...
... have they?

Parasites are mostly nasty, and sometimes simply freaking strange: I've come across an article which says that a cat parasite might be linked to differences in human cultures, but read for yourself:
http://www.livescience.com/strangenews/060803_tgondii_culture.html and be sure to also read the link titled "Mind Control by Parasites" at the bottom of the page.
Friday, February 1st, 2008
11:04 am
Update to the reading list
By now I managed to read "Anansi boys". Three cheers for Neil Gaiman!
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
2:43 pm
Reading lists are a strange thing..
Found this at [info]lyorn's journal (who got it from [info]legionseagle):

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of whenever this meme started). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey -- read several translations and quite a lot of it in Greek at school.
Pride and prejudice
Jane Eyre
A tale of two cities
The brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and peace
Vanity fair
The time traveler's wife
The Iliad -- read in translation and most (or even all) of it in Greek at school.
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault's pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A clockwork orange
Anansi boys
The once and future king
The grapes of wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
Angels & demons
The inferno -- I read Dante's Inferno and guess this is meant.
The satanic verses
Sense and sensibility
The picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One flew over the cuckoo's nest
To the lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's travels
Les misérables
The corrections
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune -- Read at first Dune, than the sequel (which was IMO bad), and read the third only partially, because it was just awful.
The prince
The sound and the fury
Angela's ashes : a memoir
The god of small things
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present
A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
The unbearable lightness of being
The scarlet letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The mists of Avalon -- but I wouldn't read it again...
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud atlas
The confusion
Northanger abbey
The catcher in the rye
On the road
The hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid -- large parts of it in Latin (at school), the rest in translation.
Watership Down
Gravity's rainbow
The Hobbit
In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The three musketeers

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, August 18th, 2007
4:21 pm
Some test I stumbled upon..
I found this test via [info]lyorn

Your Score: Older Futhark

Language of the Norse, Older Futhark! Thirty symbols, all told. And no hardier, more warrior-like tongue has ever graced the longships of the Viki or left the Celts and Saxons in such quivering fear. There's only one drawback, that being you died 800 years ago.

Link: The Which Ancient Language Are You Test written by imipak on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
Friday, June 29th, 2007
2:07 pm
It has happend...
Well, it was bound to happen:

lyorn tagged me, and now I feel kind of obliged to react...

Grab-a-book meme

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.


So they talked long of the unicorn.
And, after a day or two, in the forge of Narl the parliament of Erl was met again, seated by mugs of mead, discussing the unicorn. And some rejoiced and said that Orion was magic, because unicorns were of magic stock and came from beyond our fields.
"Therefore," said one, "he has been to lands of which it does not become us to speak, and is magic, as all things are which dwell over there."
And some agreed and held that their plans had come to fruition.

Lord Dunsany - The King of Elfland's Daughter (written 1924)


So, now for the next-to-impossible part: tag five people. Since I was tagged from the one person who's LJ I read somewhat regularly, I have no-one to tag. Sorry. Can't help that now.

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, January 30th, 2007
10:39 am
not much is happening...
I still don't feel like posting anything of interest here, but I still enjoy reading the one or other journal.

Current Mood: relaxed
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
9:02 am
first entry...
not really an entry, but nonetheless.
I mainly got this account so that I was no longer an anonymus entity when writing comments to other people's thoughts. So long...

Current Mood: weird
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