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Real life's been so busy that I haven't even been able to check FList/DWircle, and I keep thinking it's almost at an end, and then more stuff gets piled on ... so, right now ETA for sanity is December. December's looking good.

That said, Festivids assignments will be going out soon, and - yay! Even though [personal profile] odessie has (thank God) taken on the bulk of the responsibilities, I'm still monitoring things and to be honest, assignment distribution is, like, the best time of year for me. So - woo!

And hopefully I'll be back ... some day.
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Wasting time on the Internet, ENGL 111.301:
Students will be required to stare at the screen for three hours, only interacting through chat rooms, bots, social media and listservs. ... Distraction, multi-tasking, and aimless drifting is mandatory.
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So there was an attempted gay-bashing at a Dallas airport, thwarted by bystanders who stepped in to tackle the attacker.

Pretty awesome, no?

It gets better.

One of the bystanders was Paul Rudd.

I take it back - he can recline his seat as far as he wants.

Edit: Oh, whoops. Paul Rudd denies it was him - unnamed heroes still at large.
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People who lean their seats back in coach, knowing there's a person behind them, should be shot.

I switched seats with a guy - I'd have been in front, him behind, but we switched so that he was in front - because there was confusion over whose seat was whose, and I figured hey, it doesn't make a difference which row I'm in. Except he didn't tell me he was planning to take up all of my limited space by leaning his seat back.

So much sympathy.
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(via Wonkette)
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Real life has me so by the throat that I can't even check my FList/DWircle, so I'm basically absent from this space for at least another week or so, but I just needed to check in to announce that Festivids signups have begun! They run through October 29, so there's plenty of time, but if you sign up early, the mods will be able to coo over your signup and be happy.
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Judge Refuses To Postpone Hearing Because Maternity Leave Isn’t A Good Enough Excuse

Actually it's so much worse. I hope that the judge at least gets some kind of reprimand, because holy shit.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] tishaturk at DMCA exemption: worse than cleaning the tub
(Title courtesy of [ profile] devildoll because OMG so true.)

Already cross-posted lots of places, but here's one final reminder!

The OTW's Fan Video & Multimedia Committee is once again working with the Legal Committee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.). In 2015, we'll be pushing to add Blu-Ray—and, of course, to renew the exemptions we've already won in the last two rounds of DMCA rulemaking.

And we need your help to do it! If you make or watch vids, AMVs, or other forms of fan video, we need you to tell us:

1. Why making fan videos is a transformative and creative act;
2. Why video makers need high-quality source;
3. Why video makers need to be able to manipulate source (change speed and color, add effects, etc.);
4. Why video makers need fast access to source (such as using iTunes downloads rather than waiting for DVDs);
5. Why video makers need to be able to use Blu-Ray; (ETA: They're happy to receive comments about the need for superior Blu-Ray quality, and also to receive comments about the need for the extras/outtakes/bloopers that often are released only on Blu-Ray)
6. Why video makers need to be able to use streaming sources; and
7. Anything else you think we should keep in mind as we work on the exemption proposal.

We're also looking for vids that we should add to the Fair Use Test Suite, and we'd love to have your suggestions.

If you have thoughts about any or all of these topics, you can comment on this post OR contact me (Tisha) directly at tisha dot turk at gmail dot com or fanvideo-chair at transformativeworks dot org, or email the Legal Committee at legal at transformativeworks dot org. You don't have to use your real name; we can use your name or pseudonym or describe you anonymously as "a vidder" or "a fan video artist."

The DMCA is U.S. copyright law and only directly affects U.S. vidders, but it does potentially have ripple effects outside the U.S.: Strong DMCA exemptions help send the message that fan creativity should be protected everywhere. With that in mind, please feel free to send your thoughts even if you don't live in the U.S.

Also, please help us signal-boost! This info has been posted to LiveJournal and Dreamwidth vidding communities and on Tumblr; if you can think of other places the OTW should post, please let me know—and if you can spread the word in your own communities, on streaming sites, etc., please do.

This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth (comment count unavailable comments). Comment wherever you prefer.


Oct. 12th, 2014 06:34 am
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The dude who plays Scott's dad on Teen Wolf is now a gay hooker on Scandal.

You're welcome.
giandujakiss: (Default)
with political philosophy -

All The Angels and The Saints (48736 words) by Speranza
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Socialism, Science Fiction, Atheism, Roman Catholicism, Blasphemy, World War II, end of the line, Steve Rogers' Whole Life, St. Michael's Muscled Arms, Greenwich Village Is Full of Freaks

In which Steve Rogers loses God and finds God and loses God, and also: Bucky.

giandujakiss: (Evil Men 2)
...was the Supernatural season premiere actually - good?
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Or hope someone summarizes for me - Unequal Time. About how workers' lives are impacted not just by wage schedules, but by work schedules over which they have no control.

I've posted about this before - it's a hugely important issue, as more employers adopt "just in time" scheduling, requiring workers to be available at a moment's notice, which means, from the workers' side of things, that they can't schedule anything in advance, from childcare to recreation to doctor's appointments.
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There are genuinely not enough post-Winter Soldier fics where Steve finds out that Bucky supported the two of them during the depression years via acts of prostitution. That end up Steve/Bucky, with a happy ending.

There is this awesome in-progress webcomic. But I need more. I'm just saying.
giandujakiss: (fandom)
I have no idea who nominated "Festivids" as a Festivids fandom, but I love you forever?
giandujakiss: (thud)
...which meant I wasn't able to check LJ/Dreamwidth for days. So imagine how happy I was to finally get a minute to scroll back through what I missed, and to find this awesome Sam/Dean (or Sam&Dean) all-9-seasons vid by [ profile] deirdre_c.

Okay, back to work.
giandujakiss: (fandom)
At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert
The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world.

But these aren’t just any customers. They are regulars at the CIA Starbucks.

“They could use the alias ‘Polly-O string cheese’ for all I care,” said a food services supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency, asking that his identity remain unpublished for security reasons. “But giving any name at all was making people — you know, the undercover agents — feel very uncomfortable. It just didn’t work for this location.”

This purveyor of skinny lattes and double cappuccinos is deep inside the agency’s forested Langley, Va., compound.

Welcome to the “Stealthy Starbucks,” as a few officers affectionately call it.

Or “Store Number 1,” as the receipts cryptically say.

The baristas go through rigorous interviews and background checks and need to be escorted by agency “minders” to leave their work area. There are no frequent-customer award cards, because officials fear the data stored on the cards could be mined by marketers and fall into the wrong hands, outing secret agents.

It is one of the busiest Starbucks in the country, with a captive caffeine-craving audience of thousands of analysts and agents, economists and engineers, geographers and cartographers working on gathering intelligence and launching covert operations inside some of the most vexing and violent places around the world.
CIA and coffee shops? Fandom, you disappoint.
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I don't want this to suggest that the show is not terrifically fun just in terms of storytelling - also, wildly inaccurate about how the legal system and law schools work, so please take it with a pillar of salt - but let me just point out that Viola Davis, a black woman, gets to be the rebel who plays by her own set of rules, and a POC is the audience-identifier character. Plus, other POC in the cast, and at least one canonically gay character.

Oh, and Paris from Gilmore Girls. Everyone always loved Paris.

So happy the ratings for the pilot were through the roof.

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