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Originally posted by obstinatrix at To UK Flisties
Originally posted by de_nugis at To UK Flisties
(Taken most recently from amberdreams, slightly adapted.)

If you're from the UK and you believe in freedom of speech and an uncensored interenet, you really need to sign this petition. There are others floating about, but that particular one is the best way to ensure that your voice gets heard. It's hosted on the directgov website and addresses parliament directly. If it gets more than 100,000 signatures, it becomes eligible for discussion in the House of Commons.

Everyone's been getting so worked up over SOPA -- and rightly so -- that ACTA seems to have slipped under the radar. This is hugely problematic, because ACTA is a similar bill, but it has the potential to be far more damaging than SOPA ever could be.

Some people seem to have this misconception that ACTA is the 'European SOPA', but that simply isn't true. It's a global treaty, and it's already been signed by eight countries, including the US, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore. Europe votes on Thursday. If they vote 'no', the bill will have to be taken back to the drawing board and reformulated, which should buy us some time at the very least.

If you think this doesn't affect you, you're wrong. If ACTA passes, it could well signal the end of the internet as we know it, and that isn't an exaggeration. It's not just about watching movies and television online. If ACTA passes, sites like YouTube, Livejournal, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and even Google and Wikipedia could become impossible to maintain. ACTA would allow ISPs to monitor your net activity and cut off internet access for your entire household if one person is suspected of breaching copyright. Think Big Brother is Watching. I don't think I need to emphasise just how damaging it can be to be without internet access in this day and age, when we rely so heavily on technology.

It's not only bloggers and fandom that would be affected, either. Small businesses, independent film-makers and unsigned musicians who have previously found their niche online would also suffer hugely, and would be at risk of being bullied into submission by Hollywood and multinational corporations under accusations of copyright infringement. All those artists who found fame by uploading covers of songs to YouTube would never have had the opportunity to do so under ACTA, as those cover versions would be prohibited.

I know the internet has its problems, but to my mind it's the single greatest invention to come out of modern times, and it would be an absolute travesty if we were to lose that now. From a personal point of view, I can't even put into words how important this is to me. I've met some of my closest friends through the internet and online fandom, people whom I would likely never have met without it, and it's given me this amazing social support system. I don't want that to end here, and I want to preserve it for future generations so that they can have the same experience and opportunities I've been given through my online interactions.

I know that opinions on the seriousness of copyright infringement and online piracy vary wildly, but that isn't really the point. Internet giants such as Google are opposed to this bill, and it's pretty safe to say that they're not in favour of copyright infringment, as anyone who's ever had a fanvid taken down from YouTube will be painfully aware. Whatever your stance on copyright, this isn't the way to go about dealing with it. This is dangerous legislation that impeaches on some of our most basic human rights, such as the right to privacy and freedom of speech.

So if you're from the UK, please, please sign the petition. If you hail from elsewhere in the world, there may well be similar movements in your own country, but I think the most effective thing anybody can do right now is to keep talking about this. Talk about it on Livejournal, on Twitter, on Tumblr, on Facebook, and anywhere else you can think of. Make sure this issue is never far from people's minds. The internet is an amazingly powerful tool: let's utilise it while we still have the chance.

Please repost and spread the word :)

SAY NO TO ACTA!

Please consider reposting this, especially if you have a large proportion of UK flisties. And please consider spreading the word via other platforms: Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, your own personal network.

So I figure I'm due for a personal post by now. Things have been pretty crazy lately, what with adjusting to my new situation (college). It's good to finally get some independence. I can just go and make ramen. Whenever I want. It's awesome.

Still getting adjusted to the work and all. Lots of writing. Some math. Some science. A foreign language. It's put a damper on my h/c bingo plans, that's for sure. And I want to do NaNoWriMo but I'm not sure how I'm going to swing it.

Anyway, ratherastory did this meme thing and I thought it looked fun so I'm doing it too. The idea is you guys comment on this post with "THE VERY NERVE!" or some variant thereof. I ask you five questions to get to know you better, and you update your journal with the answers and continue the meme if you want.

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Artist: procne92
Author:calmena
Masterpost: I Miss My Sanity (But I Miss Reality More)
Pairing: Sam/Dean
Warnings: none for the art. See masterpost for fic warnings.

I think it turned out OK! I hope I did justice to the fic. Thanks to calmena for writing a cool fic and believing in my art skills :)

Non-original images are stock to the best of my knowledge.



Made it using Paintbrush for Mac.



This one is normal #2 pencil. I ain't fancy.The copious quantities of graphite smeared rather annoyingly, but I figured out the "photocopy it and draw on some more" trick when deciding to shade Dean's jacket. My copier/scanner and I are still circling each other warily.

A concept sketch:



Yes, Castiel does have an anime-style cloud of doom above his head as Sam and Dean beat their tiny chibi fists against the TV.

Writer's Block: Part deux

Which movie sequel do you like better than the first, and why?


THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!

Does This Count As Another Fandom?

I finished high school. Yay! In celebration I have decided to take up Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Why? No reason. Just figured I'd finally see what all the hullabaloo is about.

I've watched the first two episodes and counting.

So far it's OK. Like, just OK. I kind of like it, but I think I'm gonna need a little more momentum to get through seven seasons of this.

SO, anyone out there who has any experience with Buffy? Tips/suggestions, dealing with Joss fandom (which I've heard can get crazy), which episodes to skip, which are the best? Go easy on spoilers please. "Willow is the hottest thing I have ever seen!" "Stop watching things and go play outside, you sunlight-deficient shut-in!" Or you can just say "Screw Buffy, get back to your Summergen." Actually, it's probably best if you say that last one.

(But, just...Willow. *drool*)

hc_bingo looks fun. I'm going to post it here so I can keep track of what I've done.

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A Supernatural Semi-Manifesto

Disclaimer: This post contains my personal reasons for avoiding hardcore Dean!h/c fanfiction. I adore Dean as a character and love good non-h/c Dean-centric fanfics to death. (OK, bad word choice.) If you are a die-hard Dean!h/c addict, I strongly advise you to think carefully about whether reading this will add anything to your life. If you write Dean!h/c, I have nothing against you as a person and nothing against you as an author, but merely will choose not to read certain fanfics of yours. I do not write this post to spark controversy or wank, but merely to express my opinion in an appropriate place (i.e. my personal journal). I do not write this in response to any particular fic, author, or community.

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Fic: Zero Sum

Title: Zero Sum
Author: procne92
Rating: PG
Characters: Dean, Sam, mentions of Sam/Jess
Word count: 596
Prompt: At ohsam comment fic meme: "...Sam finally comes out as gay, but Dean's just too weirded out by it...His little brother's gay and Dean's wondering how he raised him wrong...I would love a happy ending, where Dean realizes he loves Sam more than he's homophobic."
Warnings: Dean isn't very PC, but his heart's in the right place.
Disclaimer: Fanfic is fair (ab)use. Enough said. Also, I didn't steal the ideas or story from anyone.
Author’s Note: This has sort of been my personal pet AU-headcanon, so I jumped at the prompt. I totally love no-labels!Sam. Just some personal wish-fulfillment here.

Summary: It's not a zero-sum game, Dean.



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Random Question

I'm interested in hearing this, so anyone sound off on it if they feel like it:

What's the dumbest, silliest show that you can't resist watching every time you see it on TV?

Mine is a tie between Big Time Rush and iCarly on Nickelodeon. *shame*

Anyone else?