peroxidepirate: (other side of town)
I have both! I'm going back to crossposting to both for now. If we have each other friended one place but not the other, let's fix that! (And if I don't have you friended at all and you'd like me to, drop a comment!)

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I don't feel like talking about the politics of all this just now, because I've had a difficult couple of days and it's Christmas Eve-Eve and I prefer to think about puppies and knitting and food and Doctor Who. (ETA: And Sherlock. *flails*) Cool?

I also have a Tumblr, which does not mirror the other two. It tends toward the shallow and pictorial, with lots of foods, cute animals, pretty ladies, and "Texts from [fictional place]" reblogs. You can follow me there if you like!
peroxidepirate: (angry)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] nyxmidnight at Save the Internet. It's kind of a big deal.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.



BoingBoing.Net -- The MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood knows that they have been flying in CEOs of as many companies as possible, recruiting people to get petition signups at malls in California, and here's the big point-- they know they have gotten their message through to Congress -- the worst bill in Internet history, the one where government and their corporations get unbelievable power to take down sites, threaten payment processors into stopping payment to sites on a blacklist, and throw people in jail for posting ordinary content is about to pass before the end of this year. The only thing that is going to stop Hollywood from owning the Internet and everything we do, is if there is a big surprise Internet backlash starting right now.

PROTECT IP (S. 968)/SOPA (HR. 3261) creates the first system for Internet censorship - this bill has sweeping provisions that give the government and corporations leeway and legal cover for taking down sites "by accident," mistakenly, or for NOT doing "enough" to protect the interests of Hollywood. These bills that are moving very quickly through Congress and can pass before Christmas aim to give the US government and corporations the ability to block sites over infringing links posted by their users and give ISPs the release to take any means to block peoples' sites, including slowing down your connection. That's right, some say this bill is a workaround to net neutrality and is bigger than net neutrality.

This is the worst piece of Internet legislation in history - the lawmakers who have been sponsoring (Leahy, Lamar Smith, Conyers) this bill need to be shamed by the Internet community for wasting taxpayer dollars on a bill that would break the very fabric of the Internet, create an Internet blacklist, kill jobs and great startup companies, huge blogs, and social networks.


How this affects you, personally:

EFF.org -- Let’s make one thing clear from the get-go: despite all the talk about this bill being directed only toward “rogue” foreign sites, there is no question that it targets US companies as well. The bill sets up a system to punish sites allegedly “dedicated to the theft of US property.” How do you get that label? Doesn’t take much: Some portion of your site (even a single page) must
  1. be directed toward the US, and either
  2. allegedly “engage in, enable or facilitate” infringement or
  3. allegedly be taking or have taken steps to “avoid confirming a high probability” of infringement.

If an IP rightsholder (vaguely defined – could be Justin Bieber worried about his publicity rights) thinks you meet the criteria and that it is in some way harmed, it can send a notice claiming as much to the payment processors (Visa, Mastercard, Paypal etc.) and ad services you rely on.

Once they get it, they have 5 days to choke off your financial support. Of course, the payment processors and ad networks won’t be able to fine-tune their response so that only the allegedly infringing portion of your site is affected, which means your whole site will be under assault. And, it makes no difference that no judge has found you guilty of anything or that the DMCA safe harbors would shelter your conduct if the matter ever went to court. Indeed, services that have been specifically found legal, like Rapidshare, could be economically strangled via SOPA. You can file a counter-notice, but you’ve only got 5 days to do it (good luck getting solid legal advice in time) and the payment processors and ad networks have no obligation to respect it in any event. That’s because there are vigilante provisions that grant them immunity for choking off a site if they have a “reasonable belief” that some portion of the site enables infringement.

At a minimum, this means that any service that hosts user generated content is going to be under enormous pressure to actively monitor and filter that content. That’s a huge burden, and worse for services that are just getting started – the YouTubes of tomorrow that are generating jobs today. And no matter what they do, we’re going to see a flurry of notices anyway – as we’ve learned from the DMCA takedown process, content owners are more than happy to send bogus complaints. What happened to Wikileaks via voluntary censorshipStop the Internet Blacklist Legislation will now be systematized and streamlined – as long as someone, somewhere, thinks they’ve got an IP right that’s being harmed.


Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

peroxidepirate: (fandom slut)
As many of you already know, I've resigned from moderating at Goldenlake. I haven't been on the board that much recently, and I'm really feeling the shortness of time, the long hours I'm working, and so many places (fandom and not) I'd like to direct whatever energy remains. I'm not leaving Pierce fandom entirely, and I'm sure I'll wander on over after I eventually read Bloodhound. Plus, one way or another, I'll try not to lose touch with my wonderful Glake friends! But I need to step back for a while.

Meanwhile, I'm slowly working my way through Star Trek: The Next Generation, and loving it with as much intensity as I did in the early 90s, when I saw it all the first time. I keep meaning to put up reaction posts to individual episodes, but so far I haven't because... well, I'd rather watch the next episode than stop to write about the one I just saw. *grin* I'm still on the first season, and delighted to be fangirling something with this much canon to enjoy.  

I'm still enamored with Doctor Who, too, in all of the incarnations I've seen. The second half of S6 starts up pretty soon, and I really would like to watch some classic Who, too. Also Torchwood: Miracle Day, which I must figure out how to get sometime soon.

Then, I've started Fortune and Fate as commute reading, and might have to track down more Sharon Shinn after that. And/or the rest of the Tomorrow series. Definitely the second and third Hunger Games books. And Will Grayson Will Grayson in paper-book form, since I loved it so much as an audio-book.

So you see the fangirl is not going to get bored any time soon.

Tangentially, I'm out of inspiration to write anything at all. I don't even know if I'll do NaNoWriMo this year. I need to recharge the creativity with no pressure on myself to meet deadlines or participate in events. I'm also missing the process of editing and refining what I write, so I might put some time into editing and/or expanding some of my recent fics. Anyway, I don't feel like I have writer's block, exactly -- just like I need a break, like I'm not ready to create anything else just now.

All of this means I'm dropping into fandom!lurker mode for now, if I'm involved in fandom(s) much at all. Eventually something will grab me strongly enough for me to return to searching out fandom communities and hunting down and/or writing fic... it always does! I just don't know what, or when.

Until then, this journal will be primarily "friends only," and about my day to day life (dogs, running, cooking, my friends and family). If I don't have you friended and you'd like me to, drop a line. If I do have you friended and you're not interested in that stuff, defriending amnesty is in full effect.
peroxidepirate: (Default)
Buffy fans might remember the episode Earshot, in which a demon sting (or something) causes Buffy to develop telepathy; as a result, she learns that someone is planning a massacre at Sunnydale High. I'm thinking about that episode for two reasons: one, [livejournal.com profile] gabrielleabelle  runs a weekly episode poll, and this one is on "Earshot."

Two, it contains a quote I keep repeating to myself: 

"Everyone is ignoring your pain, because they're too busy with their own."

Not always, but sometimes. )
peroxidepirate: (all that jazz)
(Somewhat belated) repost from nicolagriffith@yahoogroups.com:

Hello.

My name is Steven Lee and I am conducting research on potential policy implications for gay and lesbian individuals. Your time in helping fill out an 8-10 minute survey to collect data to analyze for my research would be appreciated. The data I collect, aggregate, and analyze is entirely confidential and will only be seen and used by me for my research.

Please feel free to forward this email to others who you think might be interested in supporting research for equality.

As your time is valuable, you will have the option to enter yourself to win a raffle prize at the end of the survey.

http://s-333de0-i.sgizmo.com/s3/i-23412017-136744/

Thank You!



(And here's something nice the survey made me realize: whatever I'm dealing with in terms of depression/anxiety/low self-esteem/etc.... I don't feel any sort of badness or angst over being basically gay, and haven't in a very, very long time. I have issues, yes -- but not with that.)

Regarding the flippant title of this post: click the link, and that's the title of the resultant page. :D

PSA

Jan. 27th, 2011 08:05 pm
peroxidepirate: (I wanted the opposite)
I'm in the throes of some significant mental health fail. I don't know how long it will last or how much I might whinge about it here. Defriending amnesty is in full effect: if you choose to defriend me, I won't ask why and I won't be mad. If you want to stay friends for fandom/writing/recipes/etc but be filtered out of Real Life-type posts, comment here and I'll set it up. Comments are screened.

ETA: I'm sorry if I worried anyone by posting this! I seem to be depressed without apparent cause (or anyway, the fuck out of proportion to the evident causes). This is new to me; working past it is likely to involve a lot of introspection and feeling sorry for myself, and feels like it might take a while. That's all.
peroxidepirate: (yule elves 3)
It's Christmas Eve, and I've staved off another bout of Tuesday Fail (which threatened, even though it's Friday) and gotten most of what I need done, done!

HOWEVER, between work and travel, I will pretty much be away from teh internet -- excepting facebook -- until January 1 (unless my trip north is a lot less fun than I anticipate). Though I will try very very hard to find time to at least read my Yuletide story late on Christmas day or early on the 26th.

Happy holidays, my friends, and best wishes for the new year!
peroxidepirate: (stand by you)
This is like the flip side to my last PSA.

People get sick. People drink too much. Dogs fight. Dogs eat things that aren't food. Things break. Things catch on fire. Soup spills. Bread burns. Keys get lost. Computers crash. Chairs break. Feelings get hurt. Numbers get lost. Assignments get missed. Shit happens.

And the world keeps right on spinning.

This has been a real strange week for me, but one thing seems to be tying it all together: I keep shrugging my shoulders and saying, "Well, shit happens." And the constant shrugging could be a sign of apathy and irresponsibility, yeah... but if you know me at all, you'll believe me when I say I really don't think it is. I think it's just true:

Shit happens. And it's almost never the end of the world.
peroxidepirate: (joyful girl)
Right. This advice has been coming at me from all directions, lately: remember to have fun! If it's not fun, why are you even doing it? About fandom, writing (specifically NaNo), cooking, owning dogs, bike riding, and probably some other things that don't come to mind just now.

I try to pay attention when that happens.

So, since I didn't feel like writing today, I played with graphics instead. I made this icon, and a wallpaper (clickable thumbnail, below) to go with it. (Both are up for grabs, too.)

Joyful Girl wall

Text is from the song "Joyful Girl," by Ani Difranco; to me it's actually a very sad song, though beautiful. It struck me today, "Joyful Girl" fits Rose, in this moment, perfectly. It fits me a little bit, too, though not as literally.

In the end, the joy wins out. It has to. And if it doesn't, go do something else instead.

(uh, so far I'm not staying away from the internet whatsoever-at-all. well, I had today off, and that helps a little. also, I'm not writing just now. but... I think that's ok.)

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