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The Edo Wonderland has a Shinsengumi Experience now. Look at the picture of kids dressed up as Shinsengumi members! Isn’t that cute?


I'm not getting anywhere with the work I'm supposed to do and I feel tired and burned out.

This is what I want to do now:

The fiasco continues

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

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.

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Random things

1) Important: By now everyone should have heard of the SOPA bill - a bill the American congress will vote on at the end of the month. Although it is an US bill it could severely impact on the world wide web.
On January 18th, 2012 sites are organizing a strike and big sites like wikipedia, facebook and twitter will join to show the world what is at stake. Which means: Interested or not, you could be affected.

2) Haha, this made me laugh so hard.

3) I tend to like Derek Jacobi, although he does come across funny in some of his roles. But this - this looks soooooo awful that it’s actually hilarious: Derek Jacobi’s 25 Best Moments from ‘Charles Dickens’s England’

4) And maybe the Buffy movie won’t be made after all, but nothing can be put past Hollywood. Quote from a related article I found amusing:
According to one unnamed source close to the project, Anderson’s take had “some great ideas and she had reinvented some of the lore and it was pretty cool, but in the end there just wasn’t enough on the page.” (Though to be fair, it was better than what Warner Bros. initially had on the page, which was “NAME RECOGNITION + REMAKE + SEXY GIRLS - WHEDON - WHINERS x 3-D? = FUCK YOU.”) Anyway, there’s some speculation that the studio may continue looking for a new writer to take a run at it, but even more speculation that the idea “may have lost some steam”


Just because it's Christmas!

And I love Christmas in a very personal and secular way! :)

Hope all of you who celebrate had a nice Christmas Eve (or depending on tradition Christmas Day)!

I know it's so old now, but I don't care. I still love Ten:


Kenshin teaser Trailer

I'm so looking forward to this! It looks so amazing!


Just here to point out that people with an Ao3 account can now nominate rare fandoms for this yearsyuletide.

You may not be sure if you can spare the time to join in the fun of actually signing up for the exchange, but it’s always better to have nominated the small fandoms you always wanted to see fic for, before it’s to late to decide.
This post xplains about yuletide involvement:


eReaders, Ao3 and the free domain thing :P

My mother has given me an early Christmas present: An eReader. The amazon Kindle to be precise.
I’ve been watching the development of eReaders with some scepticism for a long while now and there was always something or other that bothered or annoyed me with all of the possible choices that kept me from buying one.

There are still some things bothering me: Privacy and control are probably my biggest concerns with eReaders in general. With the Kindle there is the additional annoyance over the fact that it doesn’t support the ePub file format and that it’s pretty much bound to the amazon store. I hate to be limited and one of the biggest problems I have with most of the new technologies is that they offer me things I didn’t need before and on top of it try to take away my freedom of choice by limiting me to stores. (It’s the same with the apple store and anything like it, really...)
I’m also a big fan of projects like Project Gutemberg and therefore hate that the Kindle doesn’t read their ePub files. (Other eReaders do, of course, but I have yet to find one, that offers all that I want in a way that I would be comfortable with, so I am grateful my mum gave me a present she thought I’d like. And I am a little in love with it, although it’s not perfect.

On that note: Promote Project Gutenberg!

Go To Project Gutenberg

Most of the books I have on my Kindle at the moment are actually free domain books anyway so I haven’t payed any big amounts to any store just yet.

Reading on the Kindle is pretty comfortable, too, and for an avid reader like me this little thing will come in handy when I travel. No more carrying around loads and loads of books. (Like many busy people I tried audio books, but mostly they are not for me. I prefer audio drama to audio books and mostly I’m annoyed by the way texts are read to me, because I would read them differently. I don’t like a reader interpreting a text for me. It’s like something is intruding on the text before I read it...)

And it doesn’t weigh so much, which I feel is really helping with the pain in my wrist. (I barley could hold Order of the Phoenix up for longish periods of time...) The eInk really looks like Ink on paper and doesn’t strain my eyes so much and the battery life is astonishing.

Even better: Thanks to the Ao3 I can dowload fanfiction as .mobi files and read them on my Kindle - or as ePub for other eReaders. http://archiveofourown.org/archive_faqs/27 It’s much more comfortable than reading fanfiction on the Notebook or computer. So an extra special praise for the Ao3 for making it possible to download fanfiction for eReaders! It has definitely made it easier and more comfortable for me to read and carry around fanfiction in these busy month that keep me away from my notebook for long, long hours!

I still think there is room for more customer friendly developments, but all in all, I think I’m in love.
I don’t think paper books will die out any time soon: they still have their own appeal. But eReaders do have some interesting advantages.

If someone want’s to help to make the A03 even better: Go for it!

Go for it! It’s not long before the OTW will need more servers for the Ao3, so take your time and think what you can do to help.
OTW logo: red circle with an arrow. Text reads: Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive October 9-16, 2011

A03 and fanart

It seems Ao3 is getting ready to host fanart.
Hope this turns out well and the archive will stay easily searchable. I for my part will be there to read more than to look at fanart - although I love fanart, too.

Next stop will be vidding, I guess.

It’s hard to believe how far the Archive has come in only a few years. We are still talking beta here!


We’ve been talking about this recently, so I just have to link you to this very eloquent post about self-objectification and geek girls and sexy cosplay.

It’s easy: Sexy people can be geeks. Girls can be geeks. No problem at all to be sexy on a convention. I don’t think wanting to feel sexy is a problem per se - it’s society and our Hollywood (and now anime) induced definitions of what it means to be sexy. I think it really should be challenged and not endorsed.

We’ve seen a certain trend of girls dressing up sexy, going to conventions scantly clad, posing nearly naked to get hit counts on their DA accounts. Sexy outfits get more attention and sometimes you don’t even have to go to the trouble of hours of planning, sewing and working on a complicated cosplay that will get you some attention if you’re lucky.

Getting attention can be addicting, too, I guess. But please girls just think about this: Are you doing it because you are living and breathing your sexuality and femininity - or are you really using your looks to get attention? If it’s the later: Are you really comfortable with it? It’s up to you really. Have fun whichever way you are comfortable. But be aware that self-objectification is problematic. Be aware that you’ll be read like an object by many - even if you don’t feel like it or don’t want to be one - and then stand up for yourself and don’t behave like one at least. Be sexy AND show agency, girls!