welcome. my name is melissa hedwall. i am a girl who lives in san diego, california. i'm passionate about many things and this is my place to write about them. i hope you enjoy your stay.

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we see them as we are."
- anais nin

Mom and Five Parvo Pups from Texas

Posted by Melissa on January 9th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Posted by Melissa on May 27th, 2011 filed in Free Stuff, Gaming, Hodge-Podge, Internet
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Free Stuff Received This Weekend!

my sample booty from teh weekend, yo.

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Posted by Melissa on March 7th, 2011 filed in Free Stuff, Freebies of the Day
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The People Speak

Video preview of The People Speak — documentary based on A People’s History of the United States (DVD out February 23, 2010) from Voices of a People's History on Vimeo.

The People Speak, a documentary based on Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking books A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, featuring music by Eddie Vedder and performances by Viggo Mortensen, Sandra Oh, Sean Penn, Rosario Dawson, Don Cheadle, John Legend, will be released on a special DVD on February 23, 2010. The People Speak shows the rich history of dissent in our history, and explores why it is so relevant and urgent today. For more information, visit: http://www.peopleshistory.us and http://www.thepeoplespeak.com.

You can also torrent or direct downloadthe complete movie from the fine folks at AntiCopyright.

Posted by Melissa on March 6th, 2011 filed in Politics
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group aerobics – 80′s style

so, i was going through my workout collection and noticed this little gem. <3 jane fonda. the fashion, well, i'll take the spandex and the big hair. not so much the high-cut hips.


Posted by Melissa on March 1st, 2011 filed in Fashion, Fitness, Humor
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Moby – Extreme Ways DJ Tiesto Vocal Remix

Posted by Melissa on February 26th, 2011 filed in Music
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DJ Fresh – Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)

Posted by Melissa on February 26th, 2011 filed in Music
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no mom jeans please

ok i love the fact that my beloved 80′s fashion is now considered haute coutoure (and will probably make it to the mid west walmarts in about 2 years) but do we REALLY have to include the high-waisted mom jeans?

Posted by Melissa on February 26th, 2011 filed in Fashion
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Girl Unit – Wut

Posted by Melissa on February 25th, 2011 filed in Music
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Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – ‘NY Is Killing Me’

Posted by Melissa on February 25th, 2011 filed in Music
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Man Threatens To Kill Employee Who Won’t Accept Cell Phone Return – Seattle PI

this is the shit telecomm employees don’t get paid enough for. especially the ones that go to peoples houses or take their calls. frank and i know this quite well. while working for cox communications on  the west coast for a decade, there were hundreds of abusive calls. and once, a psycho caller asked where i was located. it’s fucking cable, people. its entertainment, not a basic human need like water or heat.

now, sure cell phones might seem more important. however this guy thinks he lives in a lawless society if he’s gonna be threatening someone on a recorded line. i hope they put him away for a long time :(

“Travis C. Coleman began a campaign of vile language and harassing telephone calls, including a threat to kill a store manager and her 7-year-old son, court documents say.”

Seattle Post Intelligencer

Read the story here.

Posted by Melissa on November 16th, 2010 filed in Telecommunications
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Sims 3 404 Page is as Funny as it is Disturbing

Yesterday I got the bright idea to do a search for free Store stuff on the Sims 3 page. Google provided a nice list of blog entries with direct links to all the free dev-made stuff on the Sims 3 site. (The Renault car is really cute, by the way.)

While clicking all of the links on this page,in a moment of frenzied Sims 3 download madness I came apon a few 404 Not Found pages. The first few went unnoticed and I just hit back on my browser, ready to click on the next opportunity for free crap.

Then, it started to occur to me that something was not right at all. Indeed, something  rather disturbing was going on. The image below is a screenshot of The Sims 3 official 404 Not Found page. I decided that it was too precious, too disturbing and metaphorical for it to die if their web team ever takes it down.

Sims 3 404 Not Found Baby in a Dishwasher Thumb
Behold the Sims 3 Baby in the Dishwasher, 404 Not Found…

Posted by Melissa on October 10th, 2010 filed in Gaming, Humor
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Internet Censorship Bill Popular in the US Senate

Internet CensorshipInternet Censorship bill, The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), was introduced just two weeks ago, but has been making its way through the Senate like lightning, getting signatures from influential Democrats and Republicans, and potentially threatening free and open access to huge chunks of the Internet to United States citizens.Outrage and backlash has been swift in forthcoming, with citizens of the U.S. quickly taking to their keyboards in writing to their state Senators. Those efforts have managed to temporarily put the Bill on hold until after the November elections. Organizations such as The Electronic Frontier Foundation are keeping close tabs on the issue bringing news as it happens to a jittery Internet population.

U.S. Citizens and the world are watching this bill closely, including inventors of many crucial parts of the Internet who continue to add their names to “An Open Letter From Internet Engineers to the Senate Judiciary Committee.” The letter outlines crucial points such as, “(this bill) will risk fragmenting the Internet’s global domain name system (DNS), create an environment of tremendous fear and uncertainty for technological innovation, and seriously harm the credibility of the United States in its role as a steward of key Internet infrastructure. In exchange for this, the bill will introduce censorship that will simultaneously be circumvented by deliberate infringers while hampering innocent parties’ ability to communicate.”

IT professionals have already been discussing the need for an alternate means of keeping the Internet functioning properly if the bill passes, but even if it doesn’t. Over at Crunchgear.com, Devin Coldewey writes, “The bill is ostensibly to “combat online infringement, and for other purposes,” but broadly speaking, it would grant “root access” to one of the fundamental technologies running the web: DNS.” He goes further to suggest that work needs to be done to create new ways for connections over the Internet should be discovered.

United States citizens concerned about their ability to access an uncensored Internet can write to their Senator instantly by searching for them at http://www.contactingthecongress.org.

Further Reading:

Posted by Melissa on October 3rd, 2010 filed in Internet, Politics
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lazy kitty sunshine afternoon

ali and meep in the yard

Posted by Melissa on September 6th, 2010 filed in Hodge-Podge
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Paid $1 to See The Pirate Bay Movie

I am completely pro-freedom of information. People who know me well, have been privy of that for years now.  So, in my travels to learn about new beats to bounce to, I came across the making of TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay – Away From Keyboard. I donated my $1 in exchange for the making of a potentially great movie documenting the struggle of people who believe in something and are willing to go to extremes to fight for it.

“About this project

Two years in the making, TPB AFK is a documentary about three computer addicts who revolutionized the world of media distribution with their hobby homepage. How did Tiamo, a beer crazy hardware fanatic, Brokep a tree hugging eco activist and Anakata, a paranoid cyber libertarian, get the White House to threaten the Swedish government with trade sanctions? TPB AFK explores what Hollywood’s most hated pirates go through on a personal level.

Trailer and more info here: http://www.tpbafk.tv

This campaign starts exactly one month before the Court of Appeal hearings start in The Pirate Bay trial in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2009 the founders of The Pirate Bay were convicted to 1 year in jail and to pay damages of around 4 million dollars for having ‘assisted in making copyrighted content available’. The precedent in the Pirate Bay case will have consequences for the future of the internet. We will cover the upcoming trial closely.

After the court case we’ll sit down with two years of footage and start editing a first roughcut. The money we raise here will go to studio rent and an editor.

Thanks for showing interest in our project, all support is deeply appreciated!

Simon Klose

Posted by Melissa on August 28th, 2010 filed in Music, Our Economy, Politics, Science & Technology
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