primroseshows: made by me (aiba: don't need sunshine to be bright)
Please check out the satellite pictures of Japan after the tsunami here. You can move the slider in the middle of each set of photos to get a better picture of the before/after situation. It's harrowing. I feel like I owe Japan a lot for bringing me Arashi and manga and sushi and many, many other wonderful things, so it's really distressing to see all the damage they've sustained in the past few days.

If you haven't heard yet, there are a lot of fandom charity events going around LJ to help out Japan, most notably, [ profile] help_japan. I don't know which organizations are the "best ones" to donate to, because I don't think Japan has made an official statement on their need for international as of yet. However, Google has provided a direct way to donate to the Japanese Red Cross here. Adding to that, if you'd like to donate your time/money via a fundraiser, [ profile] arashi_on has a very active one going on here; my thread is here (I've listed other fandoms I can write for, so it definitely doesn't have to be Arashi-related).

And, as ever, there are still relief efforts being made in Haiti, New Zealand, and the Gulf (oil spill), so contributions to any of those areas are important, too (more links in this post).

Probably your f-list is filled with these kind of posts, so I'm sorry if you're already familiar with those communities. Mainly I just wanted to share that NYTimes link.

UPDATE: FIC LIST and PROGRESS (in order of people contacting me -- but since most of you guys pretty much donated around the same time, I'm sort of writing whatever I have the most ideas for at the time)

[ profile] ventriloquy: Complete!
[ profile] ludingji: <5%
[ profile] r_1_ss_a: <10% but I'm thinking of rewriting some parts :(
[ profile] blufox_o7: LOST; RESTARTED, >5%
[ profile] alexiela: Complete!
[ profile] eitoholic: waiting for prompt*
[ profile] butabara_blokku: started
[ profile] _ore_sama_:waiting for prompt*
*no rush for prompts btw!

primroseshows: made by me (minji; my moves)
I got a twitter, here it is:

Follow me if you like! I mean, I'm not very good at keeping on top of LJ, so no guarantees with twitter, but lots of people have encouraged me to get one and for a long time I dragged my heels about this since I was sure the concept of "having stuff to tweet about" was lost on me, but then I thought, "why are you being such an old fart and avoiding twitter? Next thing you know, you'll be complaining about how kids these days don't appreciate Pokemon properly or how current pop music really isn't as catchy as it was ten years ago." Then I realized I've thought both of these things before and next thing you know, BAM twitter account!

If I don't have anything interesting to tweet about, I'm planning to lie. Just a heads up.
primroseshows: made by me (taec: i am a consumer whore)
Hey, I know that look on your face. You're thinking, "Dude, I am just high and/or drunk enough right now to wonder how K-pop fandom and Fight Club quotes would look like mashed up in graphic form!" MY FRIEND, BOY, HAVE I GOT YOU COVERED.

aka. utterly pointless reason to avoid homework #2095198 )
primroseshows: made by me (aiba: don't need sunshine to be bright)
Hi everyone,

So I think by now everyone knows about this. From the Red Cross website:

"On January 12, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by several powerful aftershocks, struck off the western coast of Haiti, causing buildings to collapse in Port au Prince and chaos as people fled the damage. It is estimated that 3 million people have been affected and 200,000 left homeless."

I've been reading a few articles about Haiti lately (like the rest of the world), and I've learned that 78% of the country lives in poverty, which means they survive on less than $2 (USD) a day. Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. So even if you donate as little as 2 dollars, it all helps to make a difference. I've donated to the Red Cross because the Canadian government matches every dollar that is contributed by individual Canadians, so if you can find an organization that is willing to do the same, you can double your impact. With current death tolls estimated at over 100,000, Haiti is in great need of the entire world's help.

[ profile] help_haiti is organizing a fandom auction to help the earthquake victims. You can put your own fandom talents up for bid, or bid on your favourite fandom people. Here is my thread. I've never put work up for sale before so I don't know how this will turn out, but if someone is willing to donate, then I will most assuredly do my best to make that person happy. :) It's a small venture in the grand scheme of things, but Livejournal is a great community and every little bit counts, right?

Thanks. Stay safe and happy, everyone. ♥

EDIT: [ profile] mirai_nante omg girl you are fast. ;___; Thank you so much.

EDIT again: The auction is over! Thanks so much to everyone who bid, but a huge, huge thank you to [ profile] font particularly. This is probably obnoxious of me to make public but I just really want to share how amazed I am by her generosity. Everyone, [ profile] font not only donated the amount of her winning bid, but also the amount of the second place bid too, for a total of $126 to Doctors Without Borders. If that is not a shining example of pure kindness and altruism, I don't know what is. Thank you forever, [ profile] font!! ♥
primroseshows: made by me (koichi: this piece of plastic is my life)
I made one of these things! You can ask me questions if you'd like!

Hope everyone is surviving finals okay! D: ASK YOURSELF IF YOU SHOULD REALLY BE ON LIVEJOURNAL RIGHT NOW! The answer is no. You should be on formspring! Okay no you should be studying. Or not. What I'm saying is, do what you gotta do, people.

Stay warm and healthy this season everyone!! ♥
primroseshows: made by me (koichi: this piece of plastic is my life)
To everyone who has a Dreamwidth account and I guess even everyone who doesn't



Ch-ch-check out this fab community my homegirl [ profile] aeslis recently started up: Stormwriters! Basically we talk shop about Arashi and Arashi fic and writing about Arashi and writing about Arashi fic. Meta, yeah. Meaty delicious meta. LJ users can comment with OpenID! JOIN US! I can promise* you that you will become a better writer for it.

*Please keep in mind that my promises are only binding spiritually, not legally.

Now, to everyone who doesn't have a DW account:

If you'd like one, I have four invite codes that I would like to see go to happy homes! Leave me a comment or drop me a PM if you're interested!


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