October 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] copperbadge at 08:00am on 23/10/2017 under
Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Devyn was hit with a series of emergencies and medical bills in the last month, and is fundraising to help pay a large vet bill, her own MRI bill, and multiple urgent-care trips as well as a car repair. You can read more, see some cute kitty pictures, and support the YouCaring here.

[tumblr.com profile] silversouledcat is raising money to stay in college and still be able to feed herself; she depends on her status as a college student for her meds, and on her independence to keep her sanity and distance from her parents. You can read more, find her paypal email, and reblog her post here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] roguewrld linked to a Planned Parenthood fundraiser -- buy a nerdy Klingon shirt and support Planned Parenthood! I...don't actually know what the shirt says but I understand it's a form of play on MAGA. You can read more and buy a shirt here!

Help for Free:

Anon linked to a petition regarding fanfiction.net -- the Malaysian government has blocked FFN due to the "lewd and explicit nature of its erotic stories" and the petition is to unblock the site. If you guys aren't following this story, it's something everyone in fandom should be aware of; it looks to me like a test run before they go up against AO3 next. You can read and sign the petition here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
October 22nd, 2017
We've been leading up to this for a short while. For so important an event in setting up the story, we're half-way through the story. That's mostly me reminding myself. This is a quick read of a book, such that even taking one's time to deconstruct it a bit at a time still makes me think I'm breezing through it. There's a reason I read this twice in High School and at least once in College.

Still, a big part of last chapter was the buildup to just this moment. Bernard questioned Lenina's resolve and reminded her that this wasn't going to be... well, it is a walk through the woods at some points but only literally. Both she and he made their resolve clear. They wanted to see this.

So... you know... maybe they might try not being jerks about the whole thing when they get to the Savage Reservation? Nah... I'm not going to be as defensive of Bernard in this chapter.
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October 21st, 2017
highlander_ii: Tom Creo's right arm with rings of tattoos from "The Fountain" ([TomC] tattoos - rt arm)
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 11:31pm on 21/10/2017
But I am a little surprised there don't seem to be ebooks of the Pliocene Saga. Or a North American edition younger than about twenty years.
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October 20th, 2017
posted by [personal profile] wingedbeast at 03:56pm on 20/10/2017 under
The Exorcist and Red Dawn have something in common.
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 10:03am on 20/10/2017
Angry Robot Books reports the death of Julian May.
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So, it used to be that we hadn’t upgraded to Windows 10 because our IT department hadn’t cleared it as “secure” enough (it’s not that it wasn’t secure, it just hadn’t gone through the security affirmation process). Now apparently it is, since they upgraded me to 10. I’ve never really had 10; I decided not to upgrade my personal laptop, though for a while the laptop I used for travel had it. 

I know this is just me getting older, but I am weirdly suspicious not of Windows 10 as a system but of the Windows 10 aesthetic. Everything is too smooth and square. Things that should be rounded are pointy and things that should be pointy are rounded. Everything is well-animated and in soothing pastel greys. 

I come from an era where computers weren’t even MEANT to be soothing, where it was just accepted that they would challenge you visually as well as implicitly. And I’m not saying we should go back to a Windows 3.0 aesthetic or anything, I don’t want computers to be difficult, I’m just saying. It’s…

It’s quiet. Too quiet. 

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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 10:47pm on 19/10/2017
"Resent" is both how one might feel about being told an email never arrived and also what one might do in response.
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 10:47pm on 19/10/2017
The month was only half over last weekend. How can it be almost three quarters over only a week later?
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October 19th, 2017
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So, I think someone high up in management at my institution got hacked last year or something, since in the past year we have developed some serious paranoia regarding data security. Not to say that data security isn’t important or that I dislike the changes, I think they are for the most part sensible, but we went from like, zero to Steranko-System-in-Leverage in the course of a month or two. 

The latest development is a mysterious edict that we all have to leave our computers at work but logged out tonight so that they can “encrypt” our computers somehow – I assume it’s some kind of software they’re going to install, but there’s been a dearth of information over what exactly this Encryption Of Computers entails. Furthermore, I was told that my computer is incompatible with encryption (loose lips sink ships, laptop!) so it will have to be wiped completely and upgraded. Which I’m fine with, all my work is on a network drive anyway and I just had to remember to move a few files. 

But my laptop apparently heard them and knows it’s being wiped. Yesterday the flash stopped working and today my Outlook has decided to neither send nor receive any email. Additionally, a retail clothing website just broke Firefox so hard it no longer allows me to log into anything. 

What I’m saying is that this laptop is going down swinging, and I kind of admire its fighting spirit, but goddamn, could it not have waited until the end of the workday so I wouldn’t have to use Microsoft Webmail to do the last two hours of business today. 

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October 18th, 2017
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