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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] deathpixie at Signal Boost: Return of the DDoS
For those wanting to know more about the recent DDoS attacks, yes, it looks like it was the Russian government trying to shut down the dissidents again.

As I said last time, while it's frustrating not to have access, LJ is a lot more than a social network platform. From the article:

"LiveJournal isn’t just a social network. It’s also a platform for organizing civic action. Dozens of network projects and groups mobilize people to solve specific problems — from defending the rights of political prisoners to saving endangered historic architecture in Moscow."

So while I know many are considering the move over to Dreamwidth and other such sites, supporting LJ is a way we can help support those who use it for more than a writing/roleplaying/social venue.


Also, as a FYI, LJ is giving paid users effected by the outage two weeks of paid time as compensation.


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If any of you are willing to help, my son has to do a survey for his 6th grade math class.  He chose favorite food.  If you'd like to respond, please just give me your answer in a comment.  They're screened for privacy.  I really do appreciate it!

(Sorry - I don't know how to do a fancy option button survey thingy!)

What type of food is your favorite? (Please choose one.)

1) Home-style (like hamburger, steak and potatoes)

2) Mexican

3) Oriental

4) Italian

5) Other (please specify if you'd like, in the comment)
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I've mentioned how much help my father-in-law has been during my radiation treatments, picking my son up from school.

He's big into genealogy, and recently sent me this news link for a talk he did.  His photo is in the article too.

www.dailyyonder.com/small-town-look-ahead-looking-bacl/2010/11/18/3045

A few years ago when my father visited here from Chicago, he and my mother-in-law accessed on-line copies of the 1920 census done here in San Antonio.  They found an entry where my father's father and grandfather had been staying in a rooming house here.  We hadn't even known our family had a connection to San Antonio.  I just moved here on my own in the 70's because I hate cold weather. 

And - HAPPY DH DAY!  I'm going to see it at the Alamo Quarry Theater at 12:20 p.m. with [livejournal.com profile] winoniel ! I wanted to take my son but he's in school and I didn't think putting 'To See Harry Potter 7' on the early out form would have been an acceptable reason.  I'll be taking him tomorrow instead.
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I'm in need of someone I can ask questions about ordinary life in Russia.  I'm sorry for being so ignorant, but one thing I do love about LJ is that it gives me an opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures.

As an example, right now what I'm needing to know is:

1) What kind of holidays are traditionally celebrated, and are any celebrated with gift-giving? 

2) Are gifts given for birthdays? 

3) How are birthdays celebrated? (like we have cake and ice cream here, so is there some type of traditional meal/dinner or sweets?)

4) Are there any 'coming of age' special celebrations?

5) Is Christmas celebrated?

6) What would a typical team sport be that boys and girls would play in high school (basketball, baseball, soccer/football?)

7) At what age would the average person learn to drive?

These are the kinds of questions I have.  If anyone knows of a good source - book, website, magazine - that would be great too.

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