Go here to get the full beauty of it.
Also, Andy Burrows just released a new album, and it's amazing. Go check it out. There's a track available for free download if you're curious.
Adam West AND Burt Ward will be there, so I am going to fangirl them mightily. Adam West is not quite at the Bruce Campbell level of godhood, but almost. I have his autobiography, which I hope he will sign.
Kevin Sorbo is going to be there, too, and a whole pile of the Next Gen cast, so it will be a weekend of geeking out for me, and mocking for #2 son.
For any of you who have nothing to do and haven't fallen asleep yet, I present this and invite you to gloat over me if you ever manage to change the damned thing's colour.
Chris and Steve are doing another StageIt show on May 26th. Get your ticket as soon as they go up, or forever wish you had.
My big bang may get done. It's moving along, and I do feel like writing it now. The problem was that my boys just wouldn't have sex, but now they are finally getting it on they are much more compliant. I guess boys are much more biddable after sex.
Vancouver is freezing cold, even now it's supposed to be spring. Someone, please take me away to somewhere warm.
More of the same
No, I don't really read the sort of stuff that these people are talking about, and I sure don't write it, but I also don't want a private company to determine for me what I should read. This smacks of the kind of censorship that even the Federal Government cannot impose. Are we going to let a private company make that decision for us? It seems to me to be the thin end of the wedge. Please think about this. I'd love you to join in and fight for the individual's right to choose.
In other news:
1: anyone who would like to attend Jus in Bello for free, get back to me before the 26th Feb. I can't transfer my ticket after that date.
2: Things at work are falling apart. A guy I love deeply and who I've worked with for 9 1/2 years, was fired on Friday after I left work. Then his colleague, who is the other guru of his department walked out in sympathy. Guess who will now be the go-to for their particular skill?
3: The story I've been writing that was supposed to be 5,000K max is now twice that size and refuses to give up and lie down. It isn't really slash, and it's scary, mean ugly.
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
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But...(and you knew there was going to be a but):
SOPA Defeat Is Not the End Of Hollywood's Ramped-Up Fight Against Piracy (Analysis)
This is what Hollywood is saying and what they are planning: push for more criminal federal and international enforcement, use the courts to get civil injunctive relief, and keeping rewriting the copyright laws in their favor. Remember the lawsuit against Youtube is still to be decided. Imagine Youtube being out out of business just like Megaupload (although Youtube is not even coming close to pulling some of the boneheaded Megaupload moves).
"SOPA protesters roundly cheered when DNS-blocking was taken out of the anti-piracy bills before Congress. But just because Congress won't explicitly approve such measures doesn't mean that they won't happen. In piracy cases going forward, Holllywood can ask sympathetic judges to grant such relief anyway."
Since I know we're in it for the long haul and that the efforts to silence speech in favor of corporate interests will continue, I plan to carry on with the SOPA Boycott in March.
Nor am I alone in coming to this conclusion:
"The MPAA studios hate us. They hate us with region locks and unskippable screens and encryption and criminalization of fair use. They see us as stupid eyeballs with wallets, and they are entitled to a constant stream of our money. They despise us, and they certainly don’t respect us.
Yet when we watch their movies, we support them....They use our support to buy these laws.
So maybe, instead of waiting for the MPAA’s next law and changing our Twitter avatars for a few days in protest, it would be more productive to significantly reduce or eliminate our support of the MPAA member companies starting today, and start supporting campaign finance reform."
More "On The Next SOPA."
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See, I don't ever buy something if I don't know for sure that I want it. These days, radio stations have incredibly restrictive playlists and most of them are the same anyway. They consist of the stuff that's being pushed at the moment, and most of it is (IMO) crap. About once a year I find something that made it onto the payola list that is actually bearable, but I can't hear the kinds of music I want to hear without paying for something I don't know if I like - unless I download it to listen first. Why would I buy a pig in a poke?
I buy CDs, I do. I own around 2,000 of them and counting. If I really like something I buy it. Often I'll give the artist the benefit of the doubt later and buy their new stuff without downloading first, but all that will stop if I can't hear what they do first.
I have a rec blog for indie music. IF I can't download and listen to stuff, there will be a lot of artists that will be at least one rec lighter.
Then we have TV. Canada is a third world country as far as TV is concerned. Americans have their genre shows and so on (and cancel them) often long before they air in Canada, because so much Canadian TV has to contain Canadian content... and no, SPN is not Canadian content. Canadian content is mostly real and earnest, humourless bilge that is loved by only the pretentious, or amateurish stuff that is very poorly written. There have been exceptions, but guess what! They were canceled. Bah! well, mostly. I sympathise with you guys because your plight is worse than mine.
Let's look at a show like Leverage. I love that show. When they finally started to air it in Canada - on a channel people have to pay extra for - it was starting its third season. Burn Notice is another one. If I hadn't actually seen them (by downloading them) and been caught up in them, they'd have missed out on those Blu Ray sales. They wouldn't have had my money for the merchandise, and the conventions etc.
Make them available to me for download, and it won't stop me buying them. I am not alone. I'm one of many.
And I watch Supernatural twice on a Friday, then I download it and watch it some more, and I have it all on my hard drive, but I also own all the DVDs AND the Blu Rays, and T-shirts and books and comics and I go to cons when I can, and it's what I do. I vote. I promote, I hook my friends and colleagues and I provide huge PR for the shows I love.
You too. We need to make this known to the media owning freaks that think they are missing out on cash. They'll miss out on so much more if they cut us off. However most of the time I can't even see the goddamned trailers until some kind soul takes pity and uploads them to Youtube to snare them.
We need to fight for fans everywhere.
And in other news, our story, "In the Name of the Law" is being featured in a blog tour prior to its release next Monday. Go here, read and if you comment, you'll be entered for a chance to win a prize. There are some really awesome prizes too.
Friday sees Nick Lea joining the cast of Supernatural, and Untouchable!Dean. My ovaries are exploding and it's only Tuesday.