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Wow, my friends list is a HAPPY place.

Usual suspects for Interesting Thoughts.

Start here with latxcvi for thoughtful, considered, and fun analysis of the episode.

Here lexluvsclark goes on to discuss the Lucas and Clark parallels in Lex's mind, among other things.

And here, lexcorp_hope does a kick-ass analysis of the ep as well.

But you know what? Tons more. Everywhere. All fascinating. I need more time in the day just to keep up with them. Dammit.

In any case.

I have a vision. A vision of world ruled by the iron hand of Lex, with his sociopathic hotness at his side.

Yep. I'm pretty much doomed here.

Anyway, I'm bored. So. I make my own fun. You know, sometimes.

Bethy's taking over part of weirdbizarreficthing, thank you GOD, so I can finish up the sections I started and start working over with continuity and how over the top we can go. Livia suggested some cow-relatd crime, so if that shows up? All. Her. Fault.

Had a temper tantrum the other night when I found out someone was direct linking to one of the pics on Illuminated Text. Man, does that explain that damn bandwidth spike--the hit count at my diary and the stats page calling for that picture just DIDN'T match up at all, but I kept assuming that being different programs, I was just reading them wrong. But nope, and once I saw where it was coming from and did some math, ahhh, yes. Webalizer? Very nice thing to use, even if it's taken me this long to make heads or tails of how to read the information it gives me so it makes sense in context. I wonder if I can start tracking more specifically?

I'm curious--being passive aggressive, I just changed the name of the picture, but should I email the blogger and ask her to not do that anymore? Frankly, I'm beyond being patient with stupidity and the 'net's been around long enough for the very basics of netiquette to be known, so either it's accidental or deliberate and I'm not in the mood to deal with either one. It's not like the blogger in question DIDN'T have other pictures hosted on her own site. She just had that one linked back to mine.

Or maybe I'm overreacting. *sigh* I don't care. Bandwidth is bandwidth. And that spike worried me a LOT.

Huh. Endlessly boring, that's me.

I'm updating my Favorite Fanfic Quotes again, because I keep losing my list in my folders, and diary and LJ are reliable.



Inspirational material. Happiness.

Earlier ones can be found here in the diary. I swear I had more there, but for the life of me I can't find the page.

*****

Lex smiles, but it does not reach his eyes. "Clark, I am the master of crash and burn. Did it with drugs, did it with sex, did it with money, did it with all the wrong people in all the wrong places." He makes a banner headline gesture with his hands. "And every last bit of it made the headlines."

And Under Stars by Brighid (mz_bstone)

*

Clark's throat is raw from too much feeling, and finally, sound just fails. So he settles for pressing a grateful kiss to Lex's side. And Lex seems to understand, because he tightens his hold. In the fierceness of his grip, Clark can feel all the important things that Lex wants him to know--*mine* and *safe* and *thank you*.

Aphrodesia by Lenore

*

Clark had never had to hold him down.

The ultimate in tranquil, in oozing confidence like it was some kind of excess chemical his body gave off at will, Lex didn't...

Lex didn't *squirm*.


Balance by Grail (bookend)

*

It had been the first thing he'd learned, before English, before shoelaces and patty cake, a lesson drilled into him by loud voices and frightened eyes, by the thrumming heart under his ear as his mother hurried him back to the car. Never let anyone see. Never do anything in public. Never, ever, ever tell anyone.

Better by shallot (astrolat)

*

Lex's eyes are dark, his feelings no longer obscured; Clark knows that look. He's imagined it so often he's made it real. Clark isn't capable of looking away. Then he remembers: capable. Dominic had made the word ugly. Capable, he'd said - an implication of darkness. "In your heart, Clark, you've always known what Lex was capable of."

Yes, thinks Clark, as Lex kisses him, holds him, mends fences for him. I did know. He's capable of this.


Capable by Destina (destina)

*

Lex speaks Latin, scribbles quantum equations on cocktail napkins, and mumbles about Alexander the Great in his sleep. He gives impromptu speeches about bad science-fiction, collects comic books, and chooses restaurants based on what he's driving. He has ten pairs of the same black pants, hates to fly, and always knows the exchange rate for the yen. And even if he's never used the words, he loves Clark, and Clark's beginning to realize just how badly he underestimated him.

Clark had assumed that Lex would be the one confused about how love works, but apparently it's Clark that needs to get a clue. He thought he understood the boundaries of their relationship, but maybe there weren't any, maybe Clark just thought there were. Maybe the reason Lex hasn't made any grand gestures is because he's waiting for Clark to be ready for them.


Freshman Orientation by Punk

*

Warm again. And heavy, and if his wrist hadn't been broken before it probably was now, but Clark's tongue was in his mouth and there was hot chocolate on the way, and blankets, and probably the yelling of a concerned parent, which would at least be novel, if not exactly pleasant or comfortable.

Warm everywhere, dark and quiet. Clark was right; the storm was over. At some point it had even stopped snowing.

Lex hadn't noticed.


Ice by Meredith Lynne (merryish)

*

But apparently his mouth wasn't done. "Why?"

He wasn't sure what he meant -- maybe, why this consideration? This gentle care, when tonight it was to be delivered like a parcel to his father?

But it seemed to think he was asking something else. Or maybe he was dreaming, now, because as he slipped down into sleep he could just see the creature's dark outline against the shut curtains, a faint afternoon glow behind, and maybe the voice that followed was from his own head.

"Why? Because given two possible answers, you always choose the dark and assume the light is a lie."

It shifted then, moving closer, and the voice in his head spoke calmly.

"And the only victims who survived the Salem witch trials were the ones who confessed."


Mercy by Koi (koimistress)


"Didn't mean to freak on you." Clark's mouth descended to Lex's chest.

"Is that what that was?"

Clark shifted, sliding up so that the beginnings of his erection were delightfully obvious through the soft layer of cloth between them. Lex inhaled sharply and opened his eyes to find Clark watching him intently. "What did you think it was?"

Lex lifted his hand to trace Clark's lips with one finger. "Being close."

Clark's face lit up, and Lex drank in the light. "Yeah," Clark breathed. "You're right. It was."


Persuasion by Lanning (lanning)

*

Clark leaned down, kissing the sharp jut of one shoulder as Lex busied himself with removing Clark's clothes. So natural. Familiar. This was being a grown up, and maybe being in love.

A Picture of Home by Wendi (happyminion)

*

Clark dreamed of Lara daughter of Lor-Van for the first time since he was a child. He had forgotten that she had dark hair just like his, warm eyes that looked at him with so much love, and a gentle smile that told him he was safe. But he remembered the voice that made him feel less alone -- that had stayed with him all this time even though he'd thought he had forgotten it as well.

"Don't be afraid to fall, Clark," said Lara.

"I wasn't," said Clark.


Rushing Headlong by Isos Arei

*

Nicky's running in circles, his arms spread wide, trying to fly. "I'm Superman!"

There are days when I wonder if he knows we're the same person.

"Did you see that, Daddy? I was being you."

And then there are days when I don't. The line between Clark Kent and Superman disappears a little bit every day.


Scenes on a Bridge by Jessica (dammitcarl)

*

No, your anger was more at how you felt-- regret. You knew you weren't going to see her again and there was a small sense of loss, which circled back on itself to being another loss of control. You'd never intended to like her, to like her soft moans, her sharp nails, the glint in her eye when you mentioned Dominic-- or your father. Like she'd adopted your cause. Nobody had ever done that before. You shouldn't have let it become a bargaining chip.

You wouldn't let it happen again.


Variations on Habit by Molly (molly36)

There's a few links I didn't have time to get to, darn it, but I shall add them as I can get them. *happysigh* Pretty ficness.


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The scary thing is, just a few hours ago I was thinking about how "Pretty When You Cry" would make a good Luthorcest song.

I'm curious--being passive aggressive, I just changed the name of the picture, but should I email the blogger and ask her to not do that anymore?

I host a site for a friend of mine, and recently I discovered someone had been bandwidth stealing from us. My host changed the image link and contacted the person who did it. It's probably best to contact this person, because they may think you just changed the image and will go looking for it again, all the while thinking they're getting away with it.

My hostee, because I can't type.

You know, I should KNOW this, but my anti-confrontation tendencies kicked in. Thanks. Just am going to carefully phrase an email, delete it, write, delete, write/delete, then write and send in a fit of productivity and then worry.

*g*

Tha's how my fic gets out too.

*hugs* Thanks for the advice. I know I have to stop it here or it WILL happen again.

I love the icon.

The scary thing is, just a few hours ago I was thinking about how "Pretty When You Cry" would make a good Luthorcest song.


"I didn't want to fuck you but you're pretty when you're mine" lyrics here

"I didn't really love you
But I'm pretty when I lie"

Very Lionel Luthor, really.
This line too:
"You're made of my rib or baby
You're made of my sin
And I can't tell where your lust ends
And where your love begins" Pretty when you cry - VAST
Lionel/Lucas anyone? (shudders slightly)

-Silverkyst

I have a vision. A vision of world ruled by the iron hand of Lex, with his sociopathic hotness at his side.

Yep. I'm pretty much doomed here.


Is it bad that I like it when you're doomed? *g*

Not you TOO.

I was hoping for a rash of Lucas/Lex (or Lex and Lucas) stories to appear, but dammit, nothing yet. *sighs sadly* Oh woe is the Lexus (Lucex? Car or tile, car or tile, hmm).

*stares at Word* Incesty things. Come on now.

Oh woe is the Lexus (Lucex? Car or tile, car or tile, hmm).

I vote for Lucex, even though it sounds a bit awkward (hard C? soft C?). Because if we all use Lexus it'll sound like we're slashing cars. *g*

And I'm sure the delay is only because most of us are sitting around thinking I'm so depraved. I am corrupted. I can't write this.

Or maybe that's just me. *g*

*I* haven't seen the ep yet. So I'm free to do generic squeeing and poke other people.

*pokes you*

hehehe.

Should you email the person? Why haven't you already done it? ~_^ If you develop a reputation for being soft on bandwidth piracy then you'll have this problem again. Deal with it now, preferably with as much severity as you can muster, and you'll have an easier time in the future. There are times when it pays to be known as a bitch.

Exactly what I was going to say. This person is stealing from you. It's possible that they did so accidentally, in which case they have to be told so they can fix it. It's also possible that they're totally ignorant of netiquette, in which case it has to be explained to them but good before they fuck up somebody else's bandwidth. And it's also perfectly possible that they're doing it on purpose, assuming that
a) they won't get caught
b) you'll avoid confrontation and let them get away with it

They get bitched out thoroughly now, and maybe they'll think twice before doing it to somebody else.As Martian says, under certain circumstances, a reputation for bitchiness can be your best friend.

a) they won't get caught
b) you'll avoid confrontation and let them get away with it


You know, if I hadn't been working out the bandwidth last month and started my own set of statistics, I probably wouldn't have caught them at all.

Confrontation. *girds self* I can do this.

They get bitched out thoroughly now, and maybe they'll think twice before doing it to somebody else.As Martian says, under certain circumstances, a reputation for bitchiness can be your best friend.

*nod* You're right.

Thanks to both of you. It DOES help to hear I'm not being completely insensitive. *hugs*

I completely agree. There's a tiny possibility that this person honestly isn't aware that she's breaking netiquette, in which case you *really* should enlighten her; and if she is aware, she needs to know that you're not going to stand for it.

BTW, if she doesn't cooperate, do what a friend of mine does; make another image that's the same size, but instead of the image it just says in big red letters I AM A BANDWIDTH THIEF. Then upload it with the filename of the image she's linking to. Mwahahahaha!

BTW, if she doesn't cooperate, do what a friend of mine does; make another image that's the same size, but instead of the image it just says in big red letters I AM A BANDWIDTH THIEF. Then upload it with the filename of the image she's linking to. Mwahahahaha!

*dies laughing*

Oh damn, and Isi suggested getting some explict porn pics and putting that up under that filename.

*writes down* I love these suggestions.

In that case the htaccess code is:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?mydomain.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule \.(gif|jpg)$ http://www.mydomain.com/nasty.gif [R,L]


For future reference: http://www.javascriptkit.com/howto/htaccess10.shtml

And you go get ’em girl! Give em theives what they deserve!

Re: the bandwidth.

Are you allowed to create a .htaccess file in the directory where your images are stored? If you are, try this code:


RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?seperis.diaryland.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?seperis.livejournal.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?.livejournal.com/users/seperis/.*$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(www\.)?seperis.illuminatedtext.com/.*$ [NC]
RewriteRule \.(gif|jpg)$ - [F]


Should work. Let me know if it doesn’t.

I--think so. I'll talk to Beth and see what the FAQ says, maybe email the guys.

*keeps code* Okay, this looks very highly useful. *hugs* Thanks sooo much.

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