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([personal profile] curtana posting in [community profile] raksura_fans Jun. 21st, 2017 11:06 pm)
The collection is now open!

Please go read/admire all the lovely works, and be sure to leave a comment for your creator! I hope everyone had fun participating, and will join in again next year!
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([personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news Jun. 21st, 2017 11:25 am)
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The OTW is pleased to announce the candidates for the 2017 Election. Learn more about them and the election process here:
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([personal profile] curtana posting in [community profile] raksura_fans Jun. 20th, 2017 07:06 pm)
A reminder that works will go live tomorrow, June 21, at 11:59PM EST! In case you are working on any last-minute treats, or have any edits to make, you have a little more than 24 hours to finish them up.

Please take the time to leave a comment for your creator, and look through the rest of the collection as well! Enjoy all the Raksura goodness! :)
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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 20th, 2017 05:45 pm)
Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Year 4: Kickstarter coming in July

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will be an issue of Uncanny Magazine 100% written and edited by disabled creators– an official continuation of Lightspeed Magazine’s immensely popular and award-winning Destroy series of special issues. The Kickstarter will launch July 24 and run through August 23.
Note: I changed the subject line a little to make it less pejorative. I'm also kind of stuck on the trigger warning, so I'm just going to call it a general clusterfuck and point to the subject line.

Points to subject line )
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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 18th, 2017 01:43 pm)
We Need to Talk about the Ableism of Orange is the New Black by Alex Haagaard, at Medium

[CW: ableist slurs, ableist abuse, ableist violence, filicide] and discussion of prisons

OK, so, for a completely separate RP than my last few posts (still set in an AU of the "Ender's Game" universe, but still), the characters are going to be going to UN Headquarters in New York. Basic theme is that because they're superintelligent and multilingual, they're being loaned by the International Fleet for a bit as (to quote a previous post in this DWRP PSL) "...a translator, protocol monkey, interpreter, and escort to VIPs at the UN" - basically, since they're both on Earth for reasons, and they both live in or near NYC, this is how they earn additional funtime on Earth until everybody decides it's time to send them to their next stop, ICly.

Questions I have re UN Headquarters:

1. What exactly is security like? I've never been to the UN IRL, so I don't even know the basics like "Do they make you have special badges" or "Are the security people armed usually". Not looking for deep details, just what someone working there wou

2. When heads of state (like POTUS for example) come to visit the UN, do they bring their own translators/interpreters, or does the UN provide em?

3. New York gets *cold* in the winter (I know, I live in New Jersey), and the UN campus being right along the East River...Yeah I prefer not to think about what the wind does. Does the UN campus have underground tunnels for movement of people on those stupid cold (or, in the summer, stupid hot) days, or is movement between buildings all via the outdoors?

4. Bonus question, maybe someone here's worked at the UN: How good, or bad, are the staff cafeterias at the UN, and how expensive are they (compared to eating out in NYC usually...)?

Sources tried: Google ("UN Headquarters" and following links from there),, Wikipedia on UN Headquarters.

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([personal profile] beatrice_otter posting in [community profile] vorkosigan Jun. 17th, 2017 11:26 pm)
Thought up by Royce Day on the Bujold mailing list:
Honestly, there's a fanfic to written about what the poor Betan
Ambassador to Barrayar was doing during the whole mess with Cordelia's
defection to Barrayar, marriage to a war criminal, and then bringing
back Vordarian's head at the climax of the coup.
That is a fic I would love to read.
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([personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news Jun. 15th, 2017 11:33 am)
Banner by Alice of a book/eReader with an OTW bookmark and a USB plug going into the spine

“The coalescence of femslash as a metafandom unto itself may have paradoxically contributed to a bird's-eye view of its marginality. As we might glean from the primacy of slash as the unmarked term (denoting same-sex couples in general and male-male couples in particular), F/F remains underrepresented not only in scholarly research but also arguably in fandom overall (compared to M/M and also to het [heterosexual] and gen [nonsexual] fiction and art).

Femslash fans often frame their experience in this way, as was the case at the "Where's the F/F?" panel at the May 2015 WisCon feminist science fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin. The conversation took as a jumping-off point detailed statistics, compiled by destinationtoast, on fan fiction posted at Archive of Our Own.”

TWC issue No 24 on femslash fandom is out! Read about Grey's Anatomy Wynonna Earp, The 100, Orphan Black, Once Upon a Time, Kpop, Jpop & more!
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([personal profile] connexionssouth posting in [community profile] connexions_so Jun. 15th, 2017 11:28 am)
 I just asked the hotel to open up a few more Thursday night rooms in the block as they'd notified me that our pre-arranged block was full for Thursday. If you haven't made your reservation, please get it in as soon as possible.

If anyone is looking for someone to share the cost of their room, I have someone who is looking for a person with space for one more. Please contact me.


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([personal profile] curtana posting in [community profile] raksura_fans Jun. 15th, 2017 07:56 am)
The pinch hit is being taken care of, although treats (for this user or any of the other requests) are still welcome! Thank you!
I just thought this might be of interest to some - there was an amendment passed in Australia earlier today and the Australian Copyright Council has already put up a info sheet about it.

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Summary: Amends the
Copyright Act 1968
to: replace the exception for persons with a disability and others acting on their behalf with a fair dealing exception; replace the current statutory licences for institutions assisting persons with a print or intellectual disability with a single exception; harmonise and modernise the preservation exceptions for copyright material in libraries, archives and key cultural institutions; consolidate and simplify the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to use works and broadcasts; allow copyright material to be incorporated into educational assessments conducted online; set new standard terms of protection for published and unpublished materials and for Crown copyright in original materials; and update references to ministers and preconditions for making regulations extending or restricting the operation of the Act in relation to foreign countries.

-----------Extract from ACC's newsletter.---------------

Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Act 2017
Passed At Last

Following introduction to Parliament in late March, and debate in May, the Senate has today finally passed the Copyright Amendment Disability & Other Measures Act 2017. The Act streamlines the copyright regime for people with a disability, educational institutions and libraries. The reform was made possible by constructive collaboration between copyright stakeholders as s Senator Fifield acknowledged.

“The Government thanks all those who worked collaboratively to provide constructive feedback on the measures contained in this important legislation.”

We have published an information sheet on the Act and will be updating our materials accordingly.

Our new education titles will cover the amendments in detail

We will also be addressing the amendments in our national seminar series

The Act is accessible here

-----------/Extract from ACC's newsletter.---------------
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([personal profile] curtana posting in [community profile] raksura_fans Jun. 15th, 2017 12:06 am)
The deadline has now past, and there is one pinch hit needed. If you can take this pinch hit, please leave a comment with your AO3 name and I'll get back to you as soon as I can to let you know that you got it. Treats are also welcome of course!

The deadline for this pinch hit will be Tuesday, June 20, 11:59 PM EST.

Here are the details of the request:

Request 1 by spoke

Chime (Books of the Raksura) Moon (Books of the Raksura) Jade (Books of the Raksura)
Fanart Fanfic

Request 2 by spoke

Malachite (Books of the Raksura) Dusk (Books of the Raksura)
Fanart Fanfic

Request 3 by spoke

Half-Fell Queen (The Edge of Worlds)
Fanart Fanfic

Request 4 by spoke

Sapphire (Books of the Raksura) Solace (Moon and Jade's clutch) Fern (Books of the Raksura) Cloud (Jade and Moon's clutch) Rain (Moon and Jade's clutch)
Fanart Fanfic

If you can take this pinch hit, please let me know! Comments are screened. Thanks!

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