Monday Mar. 27 Video Chat #NOKXL

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:48 pm
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Mar. 27, 5 pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern live video chat on strategy to block the Keystone KL Pipeline.


New Vidding Fanzine: Videlicet

Mar. 25th, 2017 07:54 am
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              Take me there!

Warning courtesy bironic: *The All Articles index has animated gifs, although the mobile version doesn't seem to. You can avoid them if you go to the About page, and the Contributors page links to the articles by author. At a glance, the Glitter and Gold essay had a flashy gif (and the History of Vidding essay had a subtler one) that the gif-sensitive might want to be warned about.

VVC 2017 Auction is live!

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:09 am
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This year’s VividCon Auction is now open! Please go here to bid on the vidder of your dreams!

Click on an individual vidder's name to see all their details.

PLEASE NOTE!: for security reasons, the software requires people to create an account on the website before they bid. Very simple--just a username and email, and it'll auto-send you a login password.

The auction ends at 11:59pm US eastern time on Saturday, April 1. (Though please remember that we’re not set up to handle a huge crunch of last-minute bids.)

The sources our vidders are offering include, but are definitely not limited to…

Agent Carter, American Gods, Angel, The Bletchley Circle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drunk History, Due South, Fingersmith, Glee, Hannibal, Killjoys, The Losers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Person of Interest, Spartacus, Star Trek TOS, Star Trek DS9, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Teen Wolf, Tipping the Velvet, Wild Wild West --and so much more!

PLUS anything with Oscar Isaac or Paul McGann in it!

PLUS many other TV shows we didn't even mention!

PLUS many other movies ditto, including Alien, Aliens, Bound, Crimson Peak, Mad Max: Fury Road, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., Silence of the Lambs, Manhunter, and entire franchises like all the Star Wars movies, the Star Trek originals, the Star Trek reboots, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Harry Potter series including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Batman movies (live action and animated), the Matrix movies, the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies, as well as so many others!

PLUS sources you might think up and ask if the vidders agree to!

Someone wants to help make your vid dreams come true! You can head over to the VividCon auction page to see what each vidder has on offer.

Please spread this announcement far and wide, and feel free to get together with friends to pool your bidding funds for the vids you’d love to see!

The Battle's Done, and We Kinda Won

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:46 pm
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and we sound our victory cheer.
Tell me, where do we go from here?

Friday DE

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:36 am
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 What character trope(s) of your pup's is(are) your favorite? Feel free to reference TVTropes and I apologize if you get lost there. ; p
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Okay but what about plant daemons? “How does that work,” you ask me, and I shrug because do I look like someone who has thought this through? But suppose everyone has a daemon, as per His Dark Materials, but it’s a plant that starts growing when someone is born. IDK, you’re born with a magic seed, it’s magic. It's not as restricted as the daemons in Lyra's universe: you can get a few miles away from it, say as many as four or five, and small plants can of course be potted up and transplanted. If your daemon is an oak tree or a saguaro cactus, you’re pretty well stuck, without some very complicated and expensive and dangerous tricks. (Which I'm sure people would manage pretty often; I'm sure there would be people who would ostentatiously travel the country with their birch tree in a fancy trailer or something. SOUL ON BOARD bumper stickers and all.)

Soooo what kind of plant daemon does your character have, and how’s that working out for them?

Shout outs

Mar. 22nd, 2017 10:31 pm
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IMDB flu is continuing with some wonderful twists.

Thor as Kevin is one of my favorite posts so far.

William Douglas tries to keep a new addiction going and his thread with Hotspur/Ashley is fantastic.

Katya makes an appearance and in her own way helps Autor.

Now what threads are you following?

Resist Days Organizing Call

Mar. 22nd, 2017 08:52 pm
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C&Pd because it's easier than explaining:

A message from #Resist:
Hey there,

Let’s try something new.

March 31st-April 2nd
Every group, everywhere #resist together.

The goal: at least 1,000 #Resist events around the world in one weekend.

Want to make it happen?
RSVP to join the coordinating call on Monday, March 27 at 8:30 PM ET.

Talk to you soon,

Ashley Kroetsch
#Resist Organizer

PS Don’t worry if you can’t make it -- reach out to your local Co-Organizer to fill in the blanks.

Hey guys, it's been a while

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:25 am
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But it feels good to be back. I'm the Duckman, previously know as Tim Hunter-mun from way back in the day. I'd been missing out on the roleplay, so I figured I'd come back with a character from the fandom that led me away in the first place! Looking forward to all the fun to be had. :)

Wednesday DE

Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm
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If your charrie had the dreaded culinary habits of Hannibal Lecter: Whom would they serve for dinner? As to say, what people in their canon do they find so annoying that they'd rather have that person for lunch than lunch with that person?

Mun Outage

Mar. 21st, 2017 08:28 am
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 Things are requiring my focus in RL, so I apologize for flaking as long as I have and beg a little more time to return to threads. I think Ahsoka and Izana are the ones with actual activity that I haven't dropped, but if there is another you'd like to continue, ping me and I'll make note of it for when I have a thread brain.

Thanks and I love you guys.

Tuesday DE

Mar. 21st, 2017 12:26 pm
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 What's the wackiest AU for your canon that you have ever encountered?

Vividcon Auction 2017: the vidders!

Mar. 21st, 2017 06:11 am
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Here are the five vidders participating in this year's Vividcon Vidder Auction, ready and willing to work with you!

The auction starts this Saturday March 25, and ends at 11:59pm US eastern time on Saturday April 1. (A link to the auction form will be provided on opening day.)

Alphabetically, your vidders are:

1. Aurum Calendula  )
2. Franzeska )
3. Grammarwoman )
4. kiki_miserychic )
5. sweetestdrain )

Please spread this announcement far and wide, feel free to get together with like-minded friends to pool your bidding funds, and dream up the vids you'd love to see! \o/

Good Analysis of Today's FBI News

Mar. 20th, 2017 10:01 pm
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The Trump Campaign Has Been Under Investigation Since July

From The New Yorker:

"For the White House, which in recent weeks has urged intelligence and law-enforcement officials to parrot its skepticism about the “Russian story,” Comey’s public acknowledgement of the probe makes it all but impossible to meddle again without risking serious political and legal consequences."

20 years from now there will be a movie about this. Oily fellow sex offender Casey Affleck will play Trump. Unless, god willing, they're sharing a cell together.

(no subject)

Mar. 20th, 2017 03:59 pm
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Hallo Neverland!

First off, I know I'm stupid behind on Apps. 
I was hoping to get those out before I left for school today, but then I remembered I don't have the Mod Account Password on this computer, so they're going to have to wait another day.

Apologies to those who are waiting!

In the meantime, however, HAPPY HOUR SHIFTS for this week include:


First to claim! First to serve! Have at!

Discord Outage

Mar. 20th, 2017 12:44 pm
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If you're trying to reach crackchat today, and you have problems, it's probably not on your end. Discord is experiencing a major, unexpected outage across their entire gateway. They're looking into the cause, but with these things, don't expect up to mean fixed. It could potentially go up and down all day.

Monday DE

Mar. 20th, 2017 06:02 am
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 Good morning and welcome to another week. How about we start this one with some fic?

Since my day is looking pretty packed, here's a random first line generator to get you started. As ever, feel free to ask for prompts from your noble peers, I just may not be able to provide myself.

Weekly Check In March 19

Mar. 19th, 2017 08:46 pm
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Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

Get Involved
Call to support House Resolution for Trump to release his tax returns
Ides of Trump - Send him a postcard (technically was March 15, but no reason you still can't send him a postcard)
Call Representatives about Medicaid Cuts (technically was organized for the 16th, but the talking points are still valid)
Thank a government scientist

Info of Georgia Special Election on April 18. Registration deadline for those not registered is March 20

Run for your State Democratic Committee, petitions due April 3

Use Resistbot to use texting to fax your reps. It's extremely easy.

Upcoming Protests
April 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science

News to know
Confirmation Hearings
Jay Clayton for Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
Labor Secretary: Alexander Acosta's hearing delayed to this week
Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing of Neil Gorsuch Begin March 20 (WaPo coverage)

Immigration / Dreamers
Chatbot helps refugeescomplete paperwork
ACLU Freedom Cities Action Plan
The second Muslim Ban Executive Order blocked by Federal Judges in Hawaii and Maryland, and Trumps words used against him. (WaPo)

Linkspam: CBO score for Republican health plan, what it means for people, talking points, potential impacts

Get Educated
Link Roundup: Why calling Congress is worthwhile, Virginia Democrats gearing up for primaries, fight over electric vehicles, lessons from Obamacare, sequestration will cause problems for Republican health plan
Ballotpedia watches all the States' upcoming legislation so you don't happy. You can sign up for their newsletter.

How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.

Poll #18099 This week in the resistence
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


View Answers

called my one senator
4 (25.0%)

called my other senator
4 (25.0%)

called my representative
3 (18.8%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a letter/email/postcard/fax
10 (62.5%)

donated money to a cause
3 (18.8%)

went to an in person activist group
2 (12.5%)

participated in an online training or call
2 (12.5%)

went to a protest
1 (6.2%)


View Answers

signed up for daily action alerts
3 (27.3%)

took care of myself
9 (81.8%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
4 (36.4%)

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On Wednesday, [personal profile] executrix  posted a link to Resistbot. I finally got around to trying it out today and I am here to now convert the rest of you into using it.

Resistbot is my new favorite thing.

Story time: The first week after Inauguration it wasn't hard to get over my fear of phones and call my representatives in Congress. It sucked but I did it. Then three things conspired to make me pretty much stop. 1) I live in a very vocal blue state. My senators and reps are already doing what I want them to do, so the urgency tapered as 2) real life reasserted itself and things simmered down since I can't live in crisis mode, and 3) when I did call, there were so many calls that I wasn't getting through anymore and it all felt pointless.

I'm going to pause here and recommend you read What Calling Congress Achieves (The New Yorker) that [personal profile] snickfic  posted in today's linkspam. It reinvigorated my urge to contact Congress People because it DOES matter. It matters that we do it collectively in large numbers over the long haul.

Back to Resistbot. Here's what it is. You text "resist" to their number 50409 and the bot answers. I got to grin and imagine I was talking to a droid in Star Wars.

The bot asks for your name and zipcode. It finds your senators (it will add your representative if you use it again). Then it asks what you want to tell them. Here's where I messed up this time around: I talked to the bot instead of my senators. Don't do that. What you text to the bot is what's going to be put in the fax addressed to them, so you should address your representatives directly.

I gotta say, it was really easy to do, and I really liked being able to text what I wanted to say. At this point in my life, texting is one of my major forms of communication, so it wasn't hard to come up with something. I think it's good because it also forces you to be short. Make one point and then send.

The bot formats it into a letter, which it screenshots for you, and then faxes to the appropriate offices. All told it took about five minutes.

To sum up:

You basically get to text Congress without looking up their contact info
The resistbot sends it to them as a faxed letter
You don't have to call over and over again to get through jammed lines or full inboxes
You don't have to talk to a person or wait for open office hours


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