calliopes_pen: (sallymn disaster of the day Hammond)
2014-04-09 10:31

Warning: Heartbleed In OpenSSL--Don't Panic

The Heartbleed security vulnerability seems to be affecting a large portion of sites that use OpenSSL on their platform. If you haven’t already heard of it, here are a few links that explain what Heartbleed is, and how it could expose passwords and other sensitive data, such as credit card information.

Github has a list (last updated 2 hours ago, as I post this) to determine whether or not a particular website is vulnerable to Heartbleed. Dreamwidth has determined that they seem to be okay, and has a good explanation as to what could happen where they’re involved in this [site community profile] dw_maintenance post. I haven’t seen a statement from Livejournal as of yet.

A few tools were posted in this comment that help to determine a site’s vulnerability on an individual basis. If it isn’t vulnerable, feel free to change the passwords if you feel that you need to. If a site I were registered with happened to be affected, the best advice I’ve seen (and that I agree with) is to wait until it is no longer vulnerable.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana Egyptology Evie)
2014-03-27 12:12

Importing Could Happen Soon

The old Yuletide archive is scheduled to be imported to Ao3 in May if things go well. If I’ve read everything correctly, once the transfer is complete, the old archive will be deleted. As comments won’t be included in the transfer, those will be gone. So save them if you need to. There was only one where I needed to save any comments, and I’ve already done so in an html file.
calliopes_pen: (weasleyqueen  Janine and Egon)
2014-02-24 13:00

Rest In Peace, Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis has passed away, at the age of 69, as a result of “complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis,” which he had been battling since 2010. May he rest in peace. He will best be remembered by his fans as Egon Spengler from Ghostbusters, as well as being the co-writer of both that, as well as Groundhog Day, in addition to many other great films which I now realize I haven't had the good fortune to see.

He will be greatly missed. And with that news, I’m off to rewatch the first Ghostbusters movie, in his memory. Egon was always my favorite of the team.
calliopes_pen: (tsunderes Oracle is watching)
2014-02-14 09:47

Upgrade Complete

Yesterday evening, I installed Windows 7. Today, I am slowly reinstalling all of my programs. I like it so far, even if there's a bit of an issue with the Desktop portion at the moment.

Everything has become so tiny. (It was so big a few icons took up half the screen, but I fixed that--I just don't know how, and now everyone must squint.) I'll figure it out later. I have installed: IE, Google Chrome, Firefox, Avast, PC Tools Performance Toolkit, Adfender, Flash for Youtube, Java so a couple sites I use will work right, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. I need to install a few more things.

I successfully installed Windows Office 2000, so my ancient Word works okay. It also automatically compensated during the installation, and decided to get rid of the black bars at the edges of the Toshiba television screen--so everything fits the screen now. I need to adjust to it.

And now, a comparison: When Dad accidentally wrecked the computer and had to reinstall everything long ago when I was in college, it took him 12 hours to get XP reinstalled. This doesn't account for the time it took him to reinstall programs, but he says that was the length when he first set it up, too. My installation of Windows 7? Approximately 35 minutes. Although, that may have something to do with not having installed over 100 Windows Updates for it. I'll get on that later. When I've researched which ones could mess something up.

I will eventually delete the windows.old folder, when I'm certain that I have all the right versions of particular programs reinstalled. In my old XP, we couldn't get programs to make icons on the Desktop. Windows 7 does it without any hiccups. It also seems to be successful in creating System Restore points without my direct intervention every morning. XP couldn't (at least not on mine, no matter what was done).

calliopes_pen: (sallymn road to hell paved with adverbs)
2014-02-05 14:55

Upgrade In Progress...Soon

Due to the fact that support for Windows XP ends in April, I have been preparing to upgrade to Windows 7. Dad has 8 on his newer (his old one imploded at long last) laptop, but I think I would prefer Windows 7 Home Premium. So far, based on running Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor*, everything should be okay.

So until I purchase an upgrade from Best Buy, Wal-Mart or Amazon, I’m reading up on all the changes that I can. Since I have Windows XP, I know that I’ll need to wipe out everything via reformatting the hard drive, and reinstall all my programs once I’ve got it in.

However, does anyone know if Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit would be able to run Windows Office 2000 Professional? Because I would like to be able to use that version of Microsoft Word, and not somehow mess up all my files. I’ve already read enough posts across several forums to know that Outlook Express wouldn’t work, and I’m fine with that. I’m just finding conflicting reports on people who were able to get Office up and running.

Windows Professional has XP Mode—however, as I would only need it for Word, I don’t have to have it. I can try to locate an older version of Office that still used the doc extention, and looked similar to 2000.

*I am honestly amused by the fact that my printer from 1997 is still compatible.
calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh hear the Ood song)
2014-02-03 12:51

More Snow Has Struck

I was planning to head to the dentist this morning for my check-up/cleaning, but he phoned (on a Sunday, a bit after 6 PM, on his personal cell phone) to let me know that due to the 4-6 inches of snow that began falling earlier in the day (and continued until 3 AM) the hygienist couldn’t get across the bridge from Illinois, and the receptionist couldn’t make it—so for the first time that I’m aware of, he was personally canceling the appointment. Everyone will reschedule when this mess clears up. Currently, the roads are a nightmare.

We’ll see how that rescheduling goes. Freezing rain should start falling tomorrow at noon, and continue to Wednesday morning. Something else happens Thursday. He’s closed Friday. Saturday and Sunday should be a repeat of yesterday.

calliopes_pen: (redscharlach care for some tea Dalek)
2014-02-02 09:22

Rest In Peace, Rankin, Schell, and Cacavas

Arthur Rankin, Jr. has passed away at the age of 89. May he rest in peace. He was consulting and executive producer on the 80’s version of Thundercats, producer and director for The Last Unicorn, as well as half of Rankin and Bass. Lord of the Rings fans may remember that he produced The Hobbit and The Return of the King in the 70’s.

Maximilian Schell has passed away at the age of 83, as a result of “a sudden and serious illness.” May he rest in peace. I mostly remember him from The Black Hole (1979), and his role of Hamlet--since the latter aired on MST3K.

John Cacavas has passed away at the age of 83. May he rest in peace. He was a film and tv composer. Among his work was the theme for Kojak, which I’ve been watching every Sunday evening lately, courtesy of Me-TV. I haven’t seen the movies he did that MST3K showed. The only films he did composition for which I have seen appear to be The Satanic Rites of Dracula, and Horror Express.
calliopes_pen: (fab_jupiter Never Forget Tara)
2014-01-17 13:16

Rest In Peace, Russell Johnson and Hal Sutherland

Russell Johnson passed away yesterday, at the age of 89, as a result of kidney failure. May he rest in peace. He will be best remembered by most as the Professor on Gilligan’s Island. MST3K fans will also remember him from This Island Earth, which featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie.

Hal Sutherland has passed away. As of the post I link to, there’s no word as to his age, when he died, or how. He was the director of almost every episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series, and was the co-founder of Filmation Studios. May he rest in peace.
calliopes_pen: (iconsbycurtana librarians rule the world)
2014-01-16 15:05

The Answers To The Fifteen Characters Meme

1. Ichabod Crane
2. John Watson (from Sherlock)
3. Tenth Doctor
4. Emerson Cod
5. Klaus
6. Egon Spengler
7. Methos
8. Doc Brown
9. Evie (from The Mummy)
10. Victoria Winters (90’s version of Dark Shadows)
11. Sherlock Holmes (from Sherlock)
12. Ned (Pushing Daisies)
13. Indiana Jones
14. Peter Vincent (from the 80’s version of Fright Night)
15. Honeythorn Gump (from Legend)

All the questions and answers from the following people are beneath the cut: frenchroast, sallymn, canadiandiamond, dolimir_k, clocketpatch, moriann, graycardinal, lynndyre, kerravonsen, and nahtmmm. )

calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
2014-01-16 12:32

RIP, Roger Lloyd-Pack

Roger Lloyd-Pack has passed away, at the age of 69, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. May he rest in peace. I’ve only seen him in the Doctor Who two-parter The Age of Steel and Rise of the Cybermen, where he played John Lumic.

calliopes_pen: (kcscribbler men of note Holmes)
2014-01-14 11:16

The Fifteen Character Meme

Taken from several people on my friends list:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

calliopes_pen: (iconzicons Legend Fallen Lily)
2014-01-13 14:57

Fic: Blood Begets A Curse Anew (Rated R)

Title: Blood Begets A Curse Anew
Author: [personal profile] calliopes_pen
Written For: [personal profile] cherith, for [ profile] yuletide
Rating: R (or M)
Warnings: Major Character Death. Graphic Violence. Animal Sacrifice. Torture. Suffering. Unhappy Ending.
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Pairing: Lili/Darkness
Characters: Darkness, Lili, Brown Tom, Blix, Pox, Gump, Jack.
Word Count: 14,129
Author’s Notes: This was the prompt: “I want Dark!Lily, I want Darkness. It can be rough, it can be angsty, it can be as dark as you're willing to write it. What happens if she stays with him? What happens if she kills the unicorn? What happens if Jack dies and she's left alone with Darkness? My absolute favorite fairytale in the whole world is Little Red Riding Hood. Dark!Lily is a werewolf?” The Director’s Cut for the film was used for this story, rather than the shorter American version.
Beta Readers: A massive amount of thanks to Astrokath and [ profile] seandc for beta reading. I can’t thank the both of you enough for helping to whip this story into shape.
Summary: Jack doesn’t come to Lili’s rescue, and she goes through with the sacrifice. But there are repercussions, as nature darkly fills the void of the slain unicorn with a new creature.

Let the Dark Bride make her worst of choices. Let her murder with good intentions cradled in her heart. Let her know there was no going back. )

calliopes_pen: (chomiji Chinese Yuletide gift candle)
2014-01-02 11:24

Resurrecting The Yuletide Meme

The last time I did this was right before authors were revealed for 2012, so I thought it was time for an updated list. Most of it is copy/pasted from that entry. It’s usually just one a year for the challenge, not counting 2007.

Yuletide 2006: Fools In Love Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

Looking back, I think the one I wrote for my first Yuletide was my least favorite. I’m linking to it anyway, even if I don’t think it turned out all that well—it’s easier to keep track of everything that way. It was just what Ares and Aphrodite went through trying to get Cupid and Strife together even though they already were.

Yuletide 2007: This was the year I bowed out early on, so that it wouldn’t count against me. All I will say outside of a locked post is that I knew I could never do it justice, and I thought it would be better off if someone else picked it up. I gave it a shot multiple times before that, but I knew I just couldn’t do what they wanted.

Yuletide 2008: Because We’re Addamses The Addams Family (movies)

2008’s assignment was great fun for me. I loved writing this one, primarily due to the strangeness of Wednesday Addams.

Yuletide 2009: Paranormal Pressures Being Human (UK version)

It was just some regular domestic oddness for George, Annie and Mitchell. This would have been written shortly before I ended up falling out of love with the series as a whole and jumping ship.

Yuletide 2010: If You Could Read My Mind Back to the Future

This one was nice to write. It’s just set shortly after a time stream collision with the phone booth that Bill and Ted used to travel through time. It was all Doc’s point of view as he worked on his mind reading device, and went off on stream of consciousness mental tangents.

Yuletide 2011: The Nosferatu Effect My Best Friend Is A Vampire

This was a movie I loved...written for someone on my friends list. Therefore, it was interesting trying to keep posts as vague as possible, due to how small the fandom was. However, I enjoyed writing it. It’s twenty-five years after the film, catching up with two vampires in the graveyard, and seeing how everyone involved has fared in the ensuing time.

Yuletide 2012: Santacide Is Coming To Town Pushing Daisies

All my recipient really wanted to see was Santa die, and the gang from the Pie Hole investigate the crime. This, coupled with my warped desire to kill Santa in some twisted way, meant I had an inordinate amount of fun writing the story. I was pleased to see that a few people thought I had nailed the Narrator’s voice.

Yuletide 2013: Blood Begets A Curse Anew Legend (1985)

If you click the above link, heed the warnings in the tags. I’ve gone on at length over here, as to the writing process for the story and the ways it almost ended. As stated over there, clocking in at 14,129 words, this is the longest fanfic that I have ever written. It may also be the darkest thing I have written to date. The prompt provided so much inspiration that there’s a good chance it could have been even longer, if I hadn’t reigned it in. Writing Lili’s descent into darkness was an interesting experience in regards to plotting, and capturing Darkness’ voice was a surprisingly fun endeavor. Some moments happened in the story that I didn’t expect to happen when I started out, but they provided some lovely additional torment for Lili.

calliopes_pen: (sallymn Brigadier raining)
2014-01-01 13:12

Rest In Peace James Avery

James Avery has passed away at the age of 65. May he rest in peace. He was reportedly in the hospital “for surgery to treat an undisclosed illness, but his condition took a turn for the worse.” While he is best known for his role on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I also remember him as the voice of Shredder in the 80’s version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He also provided voice work for Real Ghostbusters, and many other shows.

calliopes_pen: (iconzicons Legend Fallen Lily)
2014-01-01 11:37

Here's What I Wrote For Yuletide

Blood Begets A Curse Anew (14248 words) by calliopes_pen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Legend (1985)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Relationships: Lili/Darkness
Characters: Darkness (Legend), Lili (Legend), Brown Tom, Blix, Pox, Honeythorn Gump, Jack (Legend)
Additional Tags: Character Death, Alternate Universe, Torture, Animal Sacrifice, Suffering, Evil Wins, Horror, Unhappy Ending, Fractured Fairy Tale
Summary: Jack doesn’t come to Lili’s rescue, and she goes through with the sacrifice. But there are repercussions, as nature darkly fills the void of the slain unicorn with a new creature.

Please heed all of the warnings in the Additional Tags section, as well as the main warnings section.

I'll post something about the process of writing it later.

calliopes_pen: (taibhrigh Clue one plus one)
2013-12-31 08:40

A Meme

A meme, taken from [personal profile] sharpeningthebones:

Give me your headcanons about me.