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Americans, this is a link to the White House petition to End ACTA and get the Obama Administration to withdraw its support! This petition needs 25,000 signatures by February 20, 2012! Please, Please take a minute to sign this petition!! I'm sure the more signatures we get, the greater chance the Obama Administration may listen to us.
Please pass this along!!
Please check it out and Retweet if you're on Twitter (hashtag #ActAgainstACTA). Here is the shortened link for Twitter -- http://t.co/suHDHx8K
Thank you to everyone on my flist and twitter for talking about this and making us so aware! You guys have really filled my flist with so much information! *massive hugs*
ACTA in a Nutshell –
What is ACTA? ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.
Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”
What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.
Essential ACTA Resources -
- Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
- Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
- Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
- Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
- Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
- Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video
Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.Via Tumblr
Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty
Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S.
Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA.
The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
Tell Congress: Don't censor the Web
Fighting online piracy is important. The most effective way to shut down pirate websites is through targeted legislation that cuts off their funding. There's no need to make American social networks, blogs and search engines censor the Internet or undermine the existing laws that have enabled the Web to thrive, creating millions of U.S. jobs.
Too much is at stake — please vote NO on PIPA and SOPA.
January: So last night sucked. a lot
February: So, I am going to Prague next week.
March: Here is what I played at Dominion this past Saturday!
April: fuck fu kc fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck
May: So I am DJing tonight.
June: Just took a look at the bands and venues.
July: I have some vocal samples I need an opinion on.
August: I am still alive.
September: Nothin much going on.
October: Still aliov e.
November: Ok since the idea seems to be drumming up support - here is the Idea Post for an OFC fanfic fest.
December: So I won nano with 50K of serial killer plot device porn.
All in all, looks like it has been an.. interesting year. Celarly i am all about the msuic and occasionally reminding folks that I am, in fact, alive.
- Learn German (yes, I am recycling this one)
Because I go to germany so often, I should try to learn even the bleeding BASICS dammit. Current situation where I can't say anything intelligent or useful is not a good one.
- Adopt healthy behaviours
I eat too much crap and spenmd too much time sedentary to my liking. So the plan is to slowly but surely work on doing more healthy fun awesome things. Big part of this is to wish to gain some upper body strength - all the waffling about I do is great for my legs, but my arms are still woefully weak. Use mositurizer more often. Take care of myself kind of a thing.
- Go out more to things that are not clubs, gigs and festivals
This one should be ather self-evident. I get out of the house a lot more than I used to. But it is almosat always alla bout music. I keep clicking "maybe" on lots of awesome things on FB but do I ever go? Not really. and hwen I do go, it tends ot be pubs and stuff. This year I wnat to drag my ass out of the hose and hit a museum or two, maybe catch cirue du soleil in april - you know, stop limiting myself. Hell, go to more gigs in different genres for the matter.
- Read more
I still read a lot in fandom but I have not read books properly in a while. So I think in addittion to a genrealized read moar, I will endeavour to read the unread books in my flat asap.
- Write more
This year, i managed to win nanowrimo by the skin of my teeth. I want to do it again in 2012 and not fail horribly. I want to write more, full stop. I want to have at least one or two stories that i can say I wrote by the end of the year - short or not so short.
- Visit new places
I travel, sure, but I always go to the same places. in 2012 I would like to just - see new places. Go somewhere I've never been. Sure I wont be wintering in chile but I would like to see Belgium...
I think that about sums it up. These are the things I want to do and we shall see what happens.
In case you didn't know, on 12/12 they first announced sneakily on the Russian journal of LJ's design guy that with new changes being implemented tomorrow, there will be no more subject lines in comments and that this change was "non-negotiable" (good round-up and translation here). I'm sure you all realize that this will basically make fandom and RP communities unusable. LJ's staff, however, doesn't give a shit. At least 18 pages of 100% negative feedback didn't sway them.
They've backpedaled some and will make keeping comment subject lines optional in some S2 styles, but the default (that 99% of communities are running right now) will decidedly be subject-less! Not to mention that their new and frankly, fucking ugly design will take forever to load and make the site a pain to use on mobile browsers.
And oh, it looks like they might be taking away the drop-down menu to select icons as well, so you'll have to load all your icons as pictures to select them. Lovely. (I will beta-test tonight to see if this is actually true.)
Really, I don't know why I'm surprised. LJ is always fucking with the parts of the site that actually work and breaking them, so this is just another instance of that. Because seriously, who are subject lines hurting by just being there? (And no, it can't be a matter of server strain, considering the new "graphic" interface will definitely be using up more resources - so much fun when there's DDoS attacks!)
As far as I know, they've never once listened to their customers, so those thousands of comments already posted probably won't do shit. I've left a message expressing my concerns about the new comment pages here anyway; so if you want to do that too, go for it! If anything, it helps with the rage. ;)
Yeah. this sucks.
I will write a proper recap, with carousel playlists and dominion playlists and squeaking about the bands and unicorns and food and people and snuggles and how manchester is the most evil place int he world nad missed planes...
byt yeah. am still here. Still alive and kicking.
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Busy as hell in RL with event prep and other stuff. SUffice to say there is drama but when is there not?
and yeah the OFC fest is still on my mind too.
So, it is once again my birthday in December! I am turning 26 and I want all of you to celebrate with me! And it just so happens, this is a weekend - for a given value of weekend anway - of lots of clubs and gigs and Other Shiny Things!
Thursday the 8th: Carousel at the Thomas House. 8 pm onwards, there shall be good music and I guess yours truly appears to be DJing. Oh dear. Did I mention the cheap booze? And general dark and awesome tunes, none of that damn newfangled bleepy music? :D https://www.facebook.com/pages/
Friday the 9th: Yet another reason for y'all to attend Caustic Disco at the Good Bits - oontz and cheese and eurotrash. 10 pm onwards so plenty of time to recover from the night before! https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=
Saturday the 10th: MY ACTUAL BIRTHDAY! I will be DJing at Dominion - and really if you don't know where that is, why do I even know you? - and you should all be there. No promises on the quality or the genre of music, but it shall be awesome! There may also be pre-Dominion shenanigans, follow this space! https://www.facebook.com/dominion.club.
Sunday the 11th: London, Front 242 & Nachtmar & Empirion & Global Citizen at KoKo! Great bands and great debauchery, and the fact that you're not in Dublin is no longer an excuse to not to show up to celebrate with me ;) https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=
Monday 12th: Chameleons Vox at Dingwalls, London! For the non-bleepy London crowd, you have again no excuse to not to show up ;) In case of shenanigans this may still turn into getting stupid drunk somewhere else, but hey, the important bit is that I'm in London :P https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=
Tuesday 13th: I shall eventually arrive in Lancaster so anyone in the area who wants to mob me for a pint, should do so that day before I am kidnapped to Morecombe. that, or hit me up in the next 2 days or so :D
So, you have plenty of chances helping me celebrate this one! :D
If I forgot to invite you because FB is silly, click attending anyway because I love y'all. And of course, I will be around during the day time as well - if London or Norhtern or whateverous people want to grab lunch or dinner or a pint, I am sure we can figure something out! :D
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Read this analysis from boing-boing.net
Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.
“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.” The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.
Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.
OCs are often necessary for fic. There are a lot of fandoms where it is really hard to write fic without having OCs around - for example, any villain-of-the-week show, If you want to write an episodelike fic, recycling just the old villains get old after a while. Or if you want to write an epic fic with stuff that an already epic word has not explored - you will need OCs. Like, people's old friends and parents and new villains and so on.
Say, you want to write a Leverage casefic. In an average episode, we get the victim(s),the Big Bad, the henchmen, innocent bystanders who get conned, the potential law enforcement involvement, the folks at McRory's - and let's face it, some of them are likely to be women. And cue the cries of mary sue and badness. Especially if the canon flirt Eliot hits on one of them.
If the episode Two Live Crew was a fanfic? Far too many people would have branded Eliot's Distaff Counterpart Mikal as a mary Sue. Pretty? check. Badass Israeli? check. Able to mach Eliot? check. UST? check. Obviously asue right?
There is a lot of fic that doesn't get written because people are afraid theitr OCs will be labeled sues. Hell, I know I have a lot of fics I am not writing because I am worried about that label myself - of people flat out refusing to read something I write because it has the evil original female character. And that? that is not okay in my book. Not any more. I refuse to let the fear of teh Sue, internalized misogyny and misguided peer pressure dictate what I write and read.
So what I am saying is - i want to run a fest celebrating original female characters. Multi-fandom, gen or ship, any-length, fic art and everything else fest. Celebrating the fact that there's a lot of awesome worlds out there and awesome people whom we can create to exist in those worlds. (that is.. once nanowrimo is over)
I don't know what to call it, I don't know what to do with it, but dammit, I want to do it, and I will do it. Who's with me?