Making Moves - May 2015 Drive

May. 5th, 2015 04:34 pm
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Posted by Claudia Rebaza


A deck of cards with the ace of hearts showing with the title 'We Win Together: OTW May 1-6, 2015 Membership Drive

The first moves seem simple enough. A pawn pushes forward, a knight takes a hop. A fan archive is created, an academic journal publishes its first issue. But things get complicated very quickly: What strategies to use? What move to make next? Different scenarios play out on different parts of the board, and dealing with each one requires consideration and planning.

Here are some of the moves the OTW has made lately, and how you can help us make the next ones:

  • The Open Doors committee has been working hard to preserve fannish archives on AO3. If you’d like to help them out, consider checking for works of yours that may have already been imported to AO3, donating materials to the Fan Culture Preservation Project, spreading the news of imports, or encouraging other users to claim their imported works.
  • Fanlore has been growing steadily, and it’s about to hit two major milestones: 35,000 pages and 30,000 users! The Wiki committee has also been busy planning several upcoming events. With April Showers done, next up will be the June page-creation challenge, followed by Stub September. You can join these challenges and help make sure that our fannish history is preserved!
  • The Transformative Works and Cultures March issue, Performance and Performativity in Fandom, has recently come out. The team is looking forward to their June issue, European Fans and European Fan Objects: Localization and Translation. If you’d like to get involved, TWC is always on the lookout for essay submissions.
  • Legal Advocacy has been working hard in the courts as they seek renewal and expansion of the vidding exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. They’ve worked with the US Commerce Department to shape the future of US copyright law, and submitted comments to several other governments regarding copyright law reform. The Legal team regularly answers questions from fans and helps them find legal representation when needed. They’ve also helped educate fans about their rights by speaking at convention panels, including one at San Diego Comic Con, and publishing posts via OTW News. You can always get in touch with them if you have any questions.

All of these projects have done amazing work, but there is still more to be done. The next move is yours. If you want to support the OTW and ensure that we can continue to preserve and protect fans and fanworks in the future, make a donation today!


Conference signup time!

May. 5th, 2015 02:32 am
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The Dreamwidth conference this year will be Open Source Bridge, June 23–26 in Portland, OR. See my previous post for all the reasons you -- yes, you! -- want to attend!

This offer is open to anyone who's submitted 5 or more pull requests (big, small, or anything in between) since 1 January. (See me if you want to talk comparable volunteer work that doesn't go through Github, or if you want to make a case for "I only had one PR but it was a ton of effort".) We will pay for you up front, no "you front the money and we'll reimburse you". This offer includes:

* Your conference admission (which includes lunch)
* Your housing in Portland (either in a hotel room or a rental house, depending on how many people we have -- usually it's been hotel rooms with two double beds, each person getting their own bed but sharing the room with one other person). Housing will be provided for the nights of June 22 through June 26 (so, arrive Monday June 22, depart Saturday, June 27).
* Your airfare, round trip from your home airport to PDX (yes, this includes from outside the US!) If you'd like to extend your stay in Portland past when accomodations will be covered, we can do that: just tell me when you'd like to arrive/depart, and pay the difference in airfare costs if greater than $50.
* At least one group dinner during the trip. (And usually others, on the principle of "whoever's around when the person with the DW credit card is deciding on dinner usually gets invited along", but we usually do one planned "okay, everyone's going to eat here tonight" thing.)

(NB: Generally speaking, we find that on these trips people spend between $200-$300 on other travel costs (meals that aren't covered by DW, tickets for the light rail to/from the airport, etc). If you'd like to come but that cost would be a hardship for you, come talk to me privately.)

This offer will be limited to the first 15 people who sign up.

To sign up, comment here with:

* Links to your qualifying PRs (email me if you want to make a case for comparable volunteer effort/substituting a large PR for small ones)
* The airport you'd like to fly out of, and whether you have an airline preference (ie, I only fly Oneworld carriers because I've got status with them)
* Travel dates, if not "arrive 22 June, depart 27 June"
* Any access needs or accomodations I need to take into account for arranging housing (ie, mine would be "I'm fine in a hotel room but if we rent a house I'd need a ground floor bedroom" -- you don't need to tell me why, just what I need to take into consideration).

If you're uncomfortable with disclosing any of the above publicly, that's totally fine! Just comment here with something along the lines of "I'm taking you up on this and will email privately with my details". (The comment is important to have the list of people all in one place; I am a Bear of Very Little Brain sometimes.)

Using the info provided of your preferred airport to fly out of, I'll find you flights and email you for your approval and to get the TSA-required data for booking (that being the name, date of birth, and gender marker that appears on your approved ID, plus passport number for people coming from outside the US) plus any airline frequent flyer numbers, yadda. Once we've got flights that you're cool with, I'll do the actual booking on your behalf, so you don't have to front the money. (I will book on your preferred carrier whenever possible, and aim for the best combination of price/travel duration/travel times I can find. That sort of thing speaks to my min/max gamer heart.)

The deadline for taking us up on this is June 1. (After that point, we'll still register you for the conference, but you'll have to arrange your own travel and housing.)

How We've Grown - May 2015 Drive

May. 4th, 2015 04:30 pm
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Posted by Kiri Van Santen


A deck of cards with the ace of hearts showing with the title 'We Win Together: OTW May 1-6, 2015 Membership Drive

A wiki. An academic journal. A fanworks archive. A legal team. These things don't seem, at first, to have much in common. But if you fit them all together, they start to form a single picture: the OTW.

In the past seven and a half years, the OTW has grown in both numbers and complexity. No longer are we one of those children's 25-piece puzzles—by now we've become one of those 25,000-piece ones that cover an entire table! When we were founded in 2007, we had just 60 people and a couple of ideas. Today, nearly 500 volunteers work together on six major projects and make the OTW the awesome, groundbreaking organization it is.

Our history is preserved online. Try checking out our announcements for the opening of AO3 and Fanlore, or one of our first newsletters!

However, storing our organizational history is merely one piece of the larger picture. Though they might seem disparate at first, our projects—AO3, Fanhackers, Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures—work together on many facets of a single goal: preservation. Whether via hosting fanworks, explorations of fan history, digital and physical preservation, or advocacy for the right of fans to keep creating, this organization is committed to preserving and protecting fan culture for years to come.

This is where you come in. We can’t keep all the puzzle pieces together without the support of fans who love and appreciate the OTW’s many projects. If you support what we do, if you’d like a chance to contribute to this fabulous fandom puzzle, if you want to sustain our mission and our growth for years to come, consider making a donation today.

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By Arturo R. García

Nina Simone fans who are leery of the Zoe Saldana biopic Nina take heart: Netflix quietly posted the trailer for What Happened, Miss Simone?, a documentary that has the support of the singer’s estate and features her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly.

“People think that when she went out on stage, she became Nina Simone,” Kelly says. “My mother was Nina Simone 24-7. And that’s where it became a problem.”

Directed by Oscar nominee Liz Garbus, the film — which is coming off an appearance at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — promises to feature rare and never-before-seen footage and tapes as part of a comprehensive look at not only Simone’s professional life, but her activism.

“I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself,” Simone says, amid chillingly-timely footage of police brutality and Black activists marching. “How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?”

The trailer, as posted late last week, can be seen below.

[h/t Paper]

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May 4th, 2015: Hey guys, I'm gonna move Dinosaur Comics to a M/W/F schedule for the next little while! I've been running the comic like that for the past month (I was in Barcelona for a con, and the reduced schedule let me keep the comic going while travelling) and it's been going... fine?? I THINK?? It does mean one less comic per week for you, but I will make the remaining comics 33% funnier to make up for that, HONEST.

I've had trouble keeping up with things lately and this will give me 3-4 more hours each week to better keep up with things! AS IF BY MAGIC??

I'm sorry to do this but if you are upset please email me and I will send you a picture of my dog as an apology. He is really cute; you won't regret it!

– Ryan

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May. 3rd, 2015 08:46 pm
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This feeling? I think it's contentment. I think it's love.


May. 3rd, 2015 09:19 pm
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I just amused my mother and her partner by wishing her a Happy Mother's Day. A week too early.

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Posted by Claudia Rebaza


A deck of cards with the ace of hearts showing with the title 'We Win Together: OTW May 1-6, 2015 Membership Drive

The Archive of Our Own is a labor of love that has become an integral part of fannish life for many of us. But how much do you really know about AO3, its background and its inner workings?

Did you know…

…that the name “Archive of Our Own” is a reference to Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own?

…that AO3 was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites of 2013?

…that since its launch into Open Beta in November 2009, AO3 has grown nonstop? In February of last year, we reached an incredible one million fanworks!

…that Alternate Universe is the most frequently used tag on AO3?

…that the Archive’s main development team (the Accessibility, Design & Technology committee) consists of eleven volunteers, nine of whom are women? This makes AO3 one of the very few majority-female open source projects on the web!

…that the category icons use astronomical symbols to represent different types of works? Venus for F/F, Mars for M/M, the Sun for Gen, and Uranus for Other?

…that AO3 is made possible by fans like you?

We rely on the combined expertise and hard work of our volunteers to maintain AO3 and keep it accessible to fans from all over the globe. In total, almost 500 volunteers work on Organization for Transformative Works projects, including AO3, Open Doors, Legal Advocacy, Fanlore, and Transformative Works and Cultures.

The existence of this Archive is a reminder of how powerful fandom can be. Thank you for being part of this amazing project and helping to make it what it is. If you would like to help support Archive of Our Own, please consider making a donation today.


Modern days

May. 3rd, 2015 06:43 pm
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I am so, so glad that we have the interwebs. I did about 10 address changes today (yeah, I have been putting these off...), 3 more require passwords to be sent to me in the mail and so far it looks like only two will require me to either send a letter or phone and just one will definitely need a phone call. But that insurance is in the husband's name, so I just cast a Somebody Else's Problem Field on that :-)

Also, there are no more bedroom or bathroom boxes. That is a huge step towards sanity for me. There's two more boxes of books that need to be unpacked, one box with stuff that needs to be put into my part of the office, 3 boxes of kitchen stuff and two boxes of stuff that used to live in the attic and now needs a new home. Those are mainly photos and postcards and other memorial stuff.

Lots of other stuff still to do, of course, but it's getting a bit less everyday.

Freude schöner Götterfunken

May. 2nd, 2015 10:29 pm
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I continue to be surprised by how much I enjoy learning to play the piano. I have been practicing at least 30 minutes every day since I got it except for once. Okay, so I've only had it for two and a half weeks, but still, that's pretty good. I did over an hour of practice today.

Coordinating both hands is slowly getting a bit easier, even when playing different note values. Playing eighths is also coming along nicely and the odd black key is fine. My current main problem is keeping a rhythm, and so I do 10 minutes of learning to use the metronome every day. I am still absolutely unable to count and play the correct notes at the same time for longer than two bars.

The two songs I am currently practicing are Beethoven's Ode to Joy and Prelude from Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (that's the Eurovision song contest music theme now) in simplified form.

OTW By The Numbers - May 2015 Drive

May. 2nd, 2015 04:22 pm
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Posted by Claudia Rebaza


Every year, the OTW’s expenses increase. Watching the trends as we grow and change is always an adventure, and fitting the numbers into a budget can be as challenging as a round of Sudoku.

Here are nine quick and quirky facts about the OTW's expenses:

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Posted by Kendra James

C2E2 earns the honour of being the only con I have ever attended where I’ve not felt that personal space and air to breathe were an inevitable sacrifice in a battle to the top of Nerd Mordor. Arriving late on Saturday, about two hours after the convention had already begun, I marveled at the amount of space between aisles and booths. Most of the big cons are ADA accessible at this point, but this is the only con I’ve attended where someone with, say, a wheelchair looked to be able to navigate somewhat freely throughout a show floor also accommodating a fair amount of service animals, helicarrier sized strollers, and the drunkenly zig-zagging paths of  the toddlers who had escaped them.

Despite Chicago being a massive and sprawling city, C2E2 seemed smaller than its sister-con in New York (both produced by ReedPop Entertainment). So in addition to the extra breathing room in aisles for multiple tentacled Doc Ock cosplays, the con had had something of a personal touch. Casual conversation with creators was much more readily available than at NYCC or SDCC (for instance, multiple people were lucky enough to simply bump into Sex Criminals artist Chip Zdarsky who was wandering around the Image booth), and I personally found that responses to issues like harassment, offensive costumes, and abuse were nearly instantaneous compared to NYCC.

So while C2E2 is the only con where I’ve seen someone cosplaying as not a Death Eater, a member of Hydra, or some other fictional Nazi allegory, but an actual Nazi (a cross-dressing Nazi, but a Nazi never the less), I can at least say that representatives from C2E2 responded to my tweets seconds after I made the complaint public. There was a concerted effort to try and locate the man and remove him from the convention. That was bolstering as safety is always an issue at these events whether one is in cosplay or not.

It’s unfortunate that incidents like that can completely mar a con experience, and equally unfortunate that panels like The Fangirl’s Guide To: Surviving Online have to exist. With the era of Gamergate and Doxxing upon us, panelists Sam Maggs, Amy Chu, Jen Aprahamian, Stephanie Cook, Cara McGee, and Gita Jackson gathered together to discuss how something as simple as having your email posted for professional inquiries can lead to a downward spiral of online harassment that can spill into the real world.

Racialicious did not attend as press this year and since I was there ‘on business’ I didn’t get to attend as many panels as I would have liked,  thus there is less the wrap! But even though I was only in attendance for Saturday and Sunday, I still managed to grab a few pics of the best (and youngest) cosplayers at the con.  After all, it’s always best to end on a cute note.






















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It's Your Turn - May 2015 OTW Drive

May. 1st, 2015 04:01 pm
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Posted by Claudia Rebaza


A deck of cards with the ace of hearts showing with the title 'We Win Together: OTW May 1-6, 2015 Membership Drive

It all begins with the first piece. You’ve got the whole board to place it on. Every move is open. The choice is yours.

Success begins with that first move. What are you aiming for? Maybe today you want to win a game, or you just want to have some fun with your friends. Maybe you're exploring a brave new fandom, or revisiting old favourites you've loved for years. Maybe you're creating new content, signal boosting amazing recs, or organizing a challenge. Whatever it is, you need that first move to get started.

Here at the Organization for Transformative Works, our vision is to help build a stronger fan community for years to come through our projects: Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, Fanhackers, and Transformative Works and Cultures.

This week, we’ve set a goal to raise US$100,000. This money helps the OTW pay for expenses that keep our projects going, in addition to funding improvements and helping us grow.

Now we need you to make the next move. Come play on our team—give us a boost by donating. You can help us build a better AO3. You can help us fight for the legal rights of fans. You can help us make fanworks and fan culture more accessible to everyone who wants to enjoy them.

We’ve set up our game board. Now we just need our pieces. Help lead us to success and donate today!

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May 1st, 2015: Hey guess what! A bunch of my discontinued shirt designs are now RE-CONTINUED, thanks to a new site called T Shirt Diplomacy, which also has... aliens designing shirts too? And friends! Anyway, c-c-check it out :0

– Ryan

Re: the current strikes

May. 1st, 2015 11:52 am
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If your only argument against child caretakers wanting to make your money is "but I don't even make that much money and I went to university!1!1!!", you are an ignorant asshole.

Gosh, this whole debate is making me rage.

Flash back: driving test

May. 1st, 2015 09:22 am
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Someone else's entry has made me remember my driving test again.

I started taking lessons around my 18th birthday, passed my theoretical part with zero errors and had a lot of problems with the practical parts. I took around 40 lessons, I think? That's much even for Germany, where driving tests are notoriously hard and at least back then you had to take at least 4 hours at night, 4 hours on the Autobahn and 4 dedicated to the between cities 100 km/h Landstraße.

I did my driving lessons in Duisburg, a big city surrounded by big cities where Landstraßen don't really exist, though. At least, they are usually limited to 70 km/h because there's no "space" between cities in the Ruhr area.

Anyway, my driving test had two really annoying parts. One was that I got into the driver's seat, drove off and immediately had to reverse park. Within the first 100 meters. So much for starting small...

And later, when I drove onto the Autobahn, I was paying too much attention to other stuff and missed the speed limit. Now, the whole thing took place in the North of Duisburg where I had not driven before, so I just had no idea what speed I could go there, and from the state of the street I could only guess either 100 or 120. (Yes, we do have speed limits...) If it was 100 and I was going 120, I would fail my test. And for the reverse, I would also have failed. And there was no speed limit sign for another five kilometers or so. So I guessed 100 and stuck to that. And passed. But damn, that was a stressful situation.

Events Calendar for May 2015

Apr. 30th, 2015 12:55 pm
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Posted by Jennifer Rose Hale


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Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of May! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Conferences, Fan Events and Fests, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • May the Fourth (also known as May 4 on the calendar and Star Wars Day in fandom) has become an unofficial Star Wars holiday. As explains, "Say 'May the 4th Be With You' out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. It’s the worldwide day to say 'May the Force be with you' to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together." Learn more about Star Wars Day on Fanlore!
  • The Queers and Comics Conference, May 7-8 in New York City, brings LGBTQ cartoonists, comics writers, and artists together with scholars and fans in order to document the history and significance of queer comics. It spotlights the veterans of LGBTQ cartooning in North America and internationally, with forums for working artists to share their knowledge and to discuss how to navigate the comics industry.
  • Miracle Day 2 is a three-day convention celebrating Torchwood. May 8-10 in London, this event will enable fans to meet a selection of the cast and crew of this series as well as create a fantastic social environment for fans of the show. Special guests include John Barrowman, Eve Myles, James Marsters, Naoko Mori, Gareth David Lloyd, Kai Owen, and Owen Teale.
  • FedCon is four full days of "star guests, autographs, photo sessions, lectures, workshops, like-minded people, fans in costumes, activities, parties, merchandise, four days filled with fun." Guests include Sean Young, James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Tony Todd, and more. The convention is May 21-24 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • Billed as "Utah's longest-running general science fiction, fantasy, and horror convention," CONduit features a variety of panels, dealers' room, art show, and numerous contests (including costuming, PSA/trailer, short story, poetry, and "Binary VS. Ewokese"). Guests of honor include Jane Lindskold, author of the Athanor series and Firekeeper Saga; Larry "Dr. Trek" Nemecek; and artist Jessica Douglas. The event is May 22-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • It's the 10-year anniversary of TimeGate, an annual sci-fi convention in Atlanta that focuses on Doctor Who and British media and culture. This year's guests include actors Michelle Gomez and Katy Manning, props maker Nick Robatto, and science advisor Kevin R. Grazier. The con is May 22-24 in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Running since 1977, WisCon bills itself as "the world's leading feminist science fiction convention. WisCon, May 22-25 in Madison, Wisconsin, encourages discussion and debate of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class. WisCon welcomes writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes as well as their many fans. We have panel discussions, academic presentations, and readings as well as many other uncategorizable events. WisCon is "primarily a book-oriented convention... with an irrepressible sense of humor."
  • Northwest Fan Fest, May 29-31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, is an annual "celebration of fandom" supported by the West Coast Fan Society. Events include both adult and kid costume contests, a special fandom-related screening by Spike and Mike's Festival of Animation, console and tabletop gaming, and a 19-and-over after-hours party. Special guests include director Uwe Boll, animator Tom Cook, and actor Beverley Elliott (Once Upon a Time and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants).
  • Sinpozium is a Sydney slash gathering that's been held eight times previously (2000-2002, 2005, 2011-2014). It is a fan-run, not-for-profit, weekend-long party. Sinpozium 2015 will be held on May 30-31.

The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!


Go the fuck to sleep

Apr. 30th, 2015 06:46 am
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It seems like my body has forgotten how to go the fuck to sleep. I can't explain last night any other was.

So, I only got 4 hours from Saturday to Sunday and then spent Sunday cleaning and such. The next three nights were also rather short, somewhere around 6 to 7 hours when I need something closer to 8. By the time I was leaving work yesterday I was seriously wondering whether I was still fit to drive a car. Came home at 6 and lay in bed for an hour, mostly just dozing off. Got up, had coffee, spent another three hours awake and went to bed at quarter to ten. I was freaking tired, almost falling asleep on the spot. And then I stayed that way for three fucking hours. Really, it was like my body was exhausted and rally wanted to sleep, but didn't know how to do that last 1 percent of falling asleep. That was annoying.

I don't think it was the coffee because I usually have it at 6, I seem to metabolize it rather quickly and I really was tired. I wasn't even doing the thing where I could not stop thinking. Just, not sleeping.

At least I am taking public transport to work today because the husband needs the car. So I don't have to worry about that after work. Just have to walk 15 minutes, get into the bus, doze, and then ride my bike home from the bus stop (about 10 minutes).


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