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11th-Feb-2013 06:12 pm - Beta?

So, I'm writing more Merlin fanfic, and I need a beta/Brit-picker/cheerleader because this one is going to be long. It's Merlin/Arthur with a side of lance/Gwen, modern academic AU. But not student!fic, because I'm a professor so they are too.

Any takers?

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17th-Jan-2013 04:45 pm - A friend needs help

Hi everyone.

I recently helped a friend move out of a very bad living situation that involved abuse. I won't go into the nature of it because that is her private business.

She managed to (secretly) save up enough for a deposit and first month's rent, and would have been ok if her jerk ex hadn't taken her car AND her job laying her off right after she moved. She has a line or two on good new jobs, but in the meantime she cannot pay her $525 rent for February. She's ok on electric, food, etc - we have gotten her some help through local outreach programs - but the rent is the thing.

That's where I'm hoping some of you might be able to help. For me to raise $525 is really pushing it, but I'm hoping for 50 people to raise $10 each. If we can do that we can help her out and save her from having to give up and go back or give up her cat to go to the homeless shelter.

Can anyone help? If you can, you can PayPal me, if you note it as a gift, at aichambaye@yahoo.com.

If you can't contribute, could those of you who know me post about this and help me reach a wider audience?

ETA: we have raised just over half of what she needs in three hours. The world is full of good people, you guys.
ETA2: as of 8:30 am, we have raised all but $160. Only $160 left and we will have paid her rent! Thank you all so much! She doesn't know I posted this because i didnt want to get her hopes up and she will be thrilled! /b>
ETA4, 2:45 Friday: GOAL MET. In only 22 hours, internet, you have basically confirmed my faith in humanity. I'm going to go tell her what we did now. And pay her rent.


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15th-Aug-2012 10:18 pm(no subject)

Long day was log.

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5th-Aug-2012 01:52 pm(no subject)

I could care less about shark week.

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1st-Apr-2012 06:03 pm - Splash Out
merlin arthur
Title: Splash Out
Rating: NC17
Warnings/Spoilers: No warnings apply. Modern AU. No spoilers.
Summary: Arthur Pendragon is a paparazzo's dream - young, gorgeous, rich, and paid to party. When he meets Merlin at a club, he acts like a prat, and ends up splashed across the gossip rags.
Word Count:~6700, or thereabouts

Here it is on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/373368

Hope you like it! It's rather a bit of filthy fluff.
23rd-Dec-2011 03:57 pm - Moving to Dreamwidth
I've had enough, LJ. I've had enough of your stupid redesigns, your constant downtime, the constant denial of service attacks, the overwhelming conceit of your designers...

Anyway, I've moved to dreamwidth! I'm going to search for y'all, but seriously, can you post here if you have a Dreamwidth account, or friend me over there? I'm at doctoraicha, of course.

-Dr. Aicha
20th-Sep-2011 09:20 pm - Carrying case??
Table top gamers: I need a carrying case for Dominion and expansions. Any ideas?
5th-Sep-2011 09:09 am(no subject)

This has been a pretty fantastic Dragon*Con. There will be an LJ update later, when I have had more than 4 hours of sleep. And I'm at home.

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25th-Jun-2011 07:13 am(no subject)
Just back from Venice and London. Will never catch up on LJ.
8th-Apr-2011 11:15 am - HELP NEEDED
The home of some friends has suffered serious damage in Tuesday night's storm. A tree fell on their kids' room and came through the roof. A branch almost killed the father and the mother is bruised and scratched up from where the ceiling fell on her. She was holding the baby and thank god the baby is ok. The children are both fine.

The tree that fell on the home has been removed but the roof is open to the sky in places. The ceiling is damaged or gone. It is shear luck that no one was killed. The home will have to be taken down to the studs in places - there is serious structural damage; luckily we are handy.

This family had just paid off the home and had it transferred to their name (it was an owner-finance situation). SO... they have no insurance. None. They survive on a single income as it is...

I don't want to mention any names. I am going to take donations at my paypal account, aichambaye at yahoo dot come. If you mark it "disaster donation" I'll get it to them as soon as possible. If you send it as a donation, paypal doesn't take as much fees out. If you want to mail me a check, you can do that, or drop one off at the house, please do. I'm in the PopChiv as the reservationist for Lusty Month of May. Every dollar will count and will really help.
26th-Mar-2011 10:18 pm - Merlin
Does anyone here watch Merlin?

I've only seen 1-4 of series 1, but ...

I'm totes crushing on Arthur;

Uther is a dick;

and I am 100% certain there is a crapton of slash fic about these guys b/c OMG there is a lot of UST all over the place in this show.

Have promised not to watch without Leslie. This makes it hard.
7th-Mar-2011 09:31 pm(no subject)
Poirot's "Royal Ruby" episode shows a faceted ruby - a HUGE one - and then a Prince says it's one of his father's most valuable posessions, a ruby from the reign of Ramses the Great.

Um. YEAH, right. WTF.
3rd-Mar-2011 07:01 am - Boston
Dear God in heaven, it is cold. Guys, today at home it's 45F, which frankly is already cold for March in Georgia.

But I'm in Boston, where I kid you not, it is 13F degrees and will feel like -3F when I go outside.

That makes me want to cry.
2nd-Mar-2011 03:03 pm - OMG BOSTON
OMG, you guys. I am in Boston, at the Radisson, at the recommendation of MrsRonWeasley, who I very much hope will let me buy her a drink at the bar while I'm here.

BUT IT IS SO COLD OMG. How do you guys stand it?
15th-Jan-2011 09:06 am(no subject)

You are Strength

Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.

This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion's hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden's steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion's mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength. That forces can be controlled and used to score a victory is very close to the message of the Chariot, which might be why, in some decks, it is Justice that is card 8 instead of Strength. With strength you can control not only the situation, but yourself. It is a card about anger and impulse management, about creative answers, leadership and maintaining one's personal honor. It can also stand for a steadfast friend.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

14th-Jan-2011 09:25 am(no subject)
Some really awesome fandom things are for sale at this charity auction, including a JAYNE hat for a BABY and a really awesome original Deadpool sketch. Check it out and spread the word.

18th-Nov-2010 03:46 pm(no subject)
I have been named Associate Dean for the new College of Social Sciences, effective January 1! It's a big deal, and both exciting and terrifying.
10th-Nov-2010 07:45 am(no subject)

Looks like there's another family in need. Her husband passed away suddenly this week and the family could use some help paying for the funeral.

Signal boost and donate if you can.
4th-Nov-2010 02:32 pm - Hey guys!
Please help me spread the word to the DragonCon community - which won't let me post an announcement there.


Fresh from his gig hosting Phil Plait's Bad Universe on the Discovery Channel, Dr. Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer, will give a lecture and book signing at UWG on November 9. Dr. Plait will give a lecture entitled "DEATH FROM THE SKIES: THESE ARE THE WAYS THE WORLD WILL END" at 8pm in the Coliseum.

Tickets are available at the Townsend Center box office - $3 for students and $5 for everyone else. Please do me a huge favor and announce this exciting opportunity to your classes.
Fresh from his gig hosting Phil Plait's Bad Universe on the Discovery Channel, Dr. Phil Plait, The Bad Astronomer, will give a lecture and book signing at UWG on November 9. Dr. Plait will give a lecture entitled "DEATH FROM THE SKIES: THESE ARE THE WAYS THE WORLD WILL END" at 8pm in the Coliseum.

Tickets are available at the Townsend Center box office - $3 for students and $5 for everyone else. Please do me a huge favor and help me get the word out. Call 678-839-4722 for $5 tickets!

More information on Phil, in case you are not a geek, mostly copied directly from the internet:

Philip Cary Plait (a.k.a. The Bad Astronomer) is an astronomer and skeptic who runs the website BadAstronomy.com. For as long as he can remember, Dr. Phil Plait has been in love with science. After ten years working on Hubble Space Telescope and six more working on astronomy education, he struck out on his own as a writer. He has written two books, dozens of magazine articles, and 12 bazillion blog articles. He is a skeptic, and loves fighting misuses of science as well as praising the wonder of real science.

After earning his doctorate in astronomy at the University of Virginia, he worked as a NASA contractor at the Goddard Space Flight Center, working with the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Plait began a career in public outreach and education with the 'Bad Astronomy' website and blog, debunking bad science and popular misconceptions. The book Bad Astronomy was released in 2002, to be followed in 2008 by Death From The Skies!

Dr. Plait has given dozens of talks about science and pseudo-science across the US and internationally. He uses images, audio, and video clips in an entertaining and informative multimedia presentation packed with humor and backed by solid science and critical thinking.

He has spoken at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute (home of Hubble), the Hayden Planetarium in NYC and many other world-class museums and planetaria, conferences, astronomy clubs, colleges & universities, and community groups. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Pax TV, Tech TV, the SciFi Channel, Radio BBC, Air America, NPR, and many other television and internet venues. The Bad Astronomy website receives more than 6 million hits per year and received the 'Best Science Blog' Weblog award in 2007. His writing has appeared in Sky and Telescope, Astronomy magazine, Night Sky magazine, Space.com, Maxim, the Skeptical Inquirer, the Huffington Post, and more.

I follow Phil on Twitter because he's interesting, knowledgeable, and funny - and I'm NOT an astronomer! Please come check it out!

- Dr A
21st-Oct-2010 10:24 pm - Charity auction help!
We're raising money for a friend's surgery to save her sight. We need all the items and bidders we can get. Please consider helping, if you can.

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