Julia Paez: https://www.gofundme.com/juliepaez
Isaac Amanios: https://www.gofundme.com/IsaacAmanios
Juan Espinoza: https://www.gofundme.com/bedc6egc
Shannon Johnson: https://www.gofundme.com/shannonjohnson
Damien Meins: https://www.gofundme.com/
Jennifer Stevens: https://www.gofundme.com/JenniferStevens
If you can only afford one donation consider the San Bernadino Relief Fund or
The Mayor of San Bernadino, CA has set up a general fund: https://www.gofundme.com/supportsb
Bennetta Bet-Badal: gofundme.com/y2d8bn7w
Aurora Godoy: gofundme.com/3wd9j8bw
Robert Adams: gofundme.com/t3d3nb38
Tin Nguyen: gofundme.com/jxd93cgs
Michael Wetzel: youcaring.com/renee-wetzel
Nicholas Thalasinos: gofundme.com/apd6bz84
Juan Espinoza: gofundme.com/bedc6egc
Harry Bowman: https://www.youcaring.com/the-children-
Yvette Velasco: https://www.gofundme.com/yvetteavelasco
Sierra Clayborn: https://www.gofundme.com/
If you can afford only one donation consider:
San Bernardino United Relief Fund (http://arrowheadunitedway.org/#sthash.
Arrowhead United Way, a nonprofit, has set up the San Bernardino United Relief Fund to help those affected by the mass shooting. Donations can be made online or by texting "SBUNITED" to 71777. You can also send checks made payable to SBUNITED, Arrowhead United Way, 646 North D. St., San Bernardino, CA 92401.
Here is Shadya. She lives in Tanzania and is attending Ummu Salama Secondary School, The project funded her first two years of schooling (2013 and 2014). She is now raising funds for 2015. She wants to become a doctor: "The kind of doctor I would like to be is a doctor special for children and women."
Read more: https://theschoolfund.org
Forwarding as appropriate permission granted. Thank you for taking time to read their information.
2. Demand that your access to over the air programming be restored and that cloud computing be allowed to develop and grow and flourish. Imagine if the Supreme Court had ruled that VCRs were infringing back in 1984...we wouldn't have much of the personal media technology we have today.
"In an open letter on Tuesday, [Aero CEO] Kanojia asked the public to help restore Aereo:
Contact your lawmakers and tell them how disappointing it is to you that the nation's highest court has issued a decision that could take away your right to use a cloud-based antenna to access live over-the-air broadcast television.
The spectrum that the broadcasters use to transmit over-the-air programming belongs to the American public and you should have a right to access that programming whether your antenna sits on the roof of your home, on top of your television, or in the cloud.
Ask your elected officials to take action to protect your right use an antenna to access live free-to-air broadcasts, including a modern antenna located in the cloud."
3. Recharge your fandom love with this Star Trek vid: "Long Live (Star Trek)". As I watched it, I am reminded of the many Star Trek fans that I have tracked down and spoken with this past year for the Sandy Hereld Memorial Digitized Media Fanzine Collection. These women from the 1970s-80s-90s have said: "Star Trek played such a big role in my life back then. It is wonderful it is being remembered." What I sometimes say back to them is this: "It is you who we are remembering."
Nancy Kolar, a long time fan lost her partner in March to a heart attack. Shortly after, a drunk driver crashed into their home and she needs help to pay for repairs and back property taxes. She's on a deadline to pay the taxes to avoid losing her home. Please feel free to repost wherever you think this fund-raiser may be welcomed.
Her fundraiser page is here: http://www.gofundme.com/a421g4
The Internet Archive posted this in Jan 2014:
"We are about to receive a remarkable private collection of video taped U.S. television news that spans 35 years. We welcome contributions of TV news recorded before the year 2001 to help broaden our research library.
Mrs. Stokes started recording news at home in 1977 — and never stopped. Before her death in December 2012 she recorded 140,000 video cassettes. Her family searched for a home for her unique collection and found us in June.
It is a unique collection of local news from Boston (1977-1986) and Philadelphia (1986-2012), as well as all the national news. The Boston era is particularly notable for the busing/desegregation strife that raged throughout."
To donate: https://archive.org/donate
And if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to volunteer: https://archive.org/about/
volunteerpositions.php They are looking for people to staff events, to help them run VHS machines and burn DVDs, and to scan books.
"L.A. Adolf is an amazing fan artist and writer who has been active in fandom for a long time.
In recent years health problems have made her unable to work. She's applied for disability but has been turned down twice. Now she's in very real danger of losing her home though she's trying her best to save it and get back up on her feet. To learn more, please check out her GoFundMe page:
She can also take PayPal directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
She's done some truly beautiful Sherlock stories the last few years. If you'd like to see some of her work, you can find out more about her fannish side here:
And I just saw one of my comments about the group appear on a random tweet...I am glad it was not the burka version. The tweet was in reference to the fact that they have been dis-invited from the Mobile New Years parade even though they offered to wear tracksuits that cover their entire body.
this is my favorite photo from the Semmes Christmas parade (link to the article here).
And last, a video of the Prancing Elites dancing to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' Same Love,"
"Clemons believes parents who think their appearance will affect their children, "should tell their children that 'God made everyone different, and they are just males who are different.' Us passing by them for two seconds is not going to have any effect on their lives, but telling them everything in a negative way is going to change them for the rest of their lives." Source.
Anyhow, if you want to help them out emotionally, there is a poll here. And financially, here is the post I made about their fundraiser to find a safe place to practice.
They have 8 days left to raise funds for next year. Like many Kickstarter campaigns if they do not reach their goal, they do not get funded. They are at the 1/3 level.
The type of fallout they typically encounter.
"We love performing at football games. We were performing in the stands at a game in our hometown of Mobile, Alabama, and the police officer told us, “You all are not the entertainment, and you should be ashamed of yourselves for being up here dancing like girls. If you all get up and even look like you're dancing then we are going to put you out and you will not be getting refunded.”
Why they need funds?
"We practice all year round, regardless if it’s raining, freezing cold, or scorching hot, we still have to practice. The only sad part about this situation is that we don’t have a practice space. We practice at night from 10pm-2am five nights a week in an elementary school parking lot and their P.E. field. The neighborhood where the school is located causes us to worry at night when unfamiliar cars ride by numerous times. We are scared for our lives, because being in the South, there are still a lot of homophobic people and we never know who’s having a bad day and may harm us physically. The reason for the late practice is because several members have jobs and are full time students. This in itself should show you our passion still outweighs all the compromising situations we encounter. So with all that being said, we are trying to help raise money to have a safe practice space where we can just do what we love and feel safe from any violence."
edited: And finally, because Kickstarter campaigns are not funded if they do not reach their goal: "If our project unsuccessful, would you mind donating the pledged amount that you pledged on our project to our team's paypal account. Our need is still there, even if all the funds aren't met. You won't be charged by kickstarter if our project isn't successful. If you don't mind pledging your amount to our PayPal account, send an email of your intended amount to: email@example.com"
The brief also urges the Court to clarify that the sender of a takedown notice is required make reasonable determinations about the law. In other words, if a copyright holder is going to claim someone violates copyright law, it should first have some idea of what qualifies as a violation. Too often, we have seen copyright owners send takedown notices informed by only the vaguest notion of what actually qualifies as infringement. As we explain:
A law that grants a private actor the power to do what even a court cannot—cause the prior restraint of speech based on a purely ex parte review—alters not only the traditional contours of copyright protection but of our fundamental free speech doctrines. Such a law can only be tolerated, if at all, if the exercise of that power is tied to an obligation to understand what the law is, and to make reasonable assertions based on that understanding.
What made the Museum and its daughter branch great were its scholars. And when the Emperor abolished their stipends, and forbade foreign scholars from coming to the library, he effectively shut down operations. Those scrolls and books were nothing without people to care for them, study them, and share what they learned far and wide.
Interesting article about the WayBack Machine (the Internet Archive) and their desire for open source knowledge to be freely given and freely used and accessed. They did experience a fire last week and if you'd like to help them replace the lost equipment you can donate here.
Also, the IA's mirror is in Alexandria (Library of Alexandria \o/) and Amsterdam.
Here is a 13 minute video about the IA. They use the heat generated by their servers to heat the building (a former Christian Scientist church in San Francisco).
Details here and here
You can donate here. And here are all the wonderful projects the Internet Archive supports.
edited to add from TechCrunch: "The organization has archived over ten petabytes (or a whopping 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes) of information so far, including everything every written in Balinese. Its latest initiatives include the TV News Search and Borrow project, which has over 495,000 archived broadcasts available for borrowing on DVD, so you can factcheck things like news reports or claims by politicians.
Other Internet Archive projects include Open Library, with more than 2 million e-books. There are a lot of public domain classics (as well as modern books for borrowing), but one of the best things about Open Library is being able to browse thousands of antiquarian and vintage curiosities such as this 1912 copy of “Ballads weird and wonderful” and a groovy manual of magic tricks from 1970. Other cool things in that 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data include: the librivox audio book collection; feature films (here’s the campy anti-drug classic Reefer Madness); radio shows, such as Isaac Asimov’s The Foundation Trilogy; and more than 2,200 digitized textbooks. The Library of Congress’s Prelinger Archives has 60,000 pieces of “ephemeral” footage, like Red-Headed Riot, a compilation of vintage burlesque and striptease clips, and American Look, for fans of mid-century industrial, interior and product design. During last month’s government shutdown, the Wayback Machine also made it possible for people to view important government sites while they were offline, including the Library Of Congress, National Park Service and Federal Communication Commission. "
TLDR version: donate to help keep WebCite going. Oh, and citation services/URL archive services are fair use.
The long version: I heard about a new citation service/URL archiving service, perma.cc and was excited…until I read the fine print. Still, I think the service will set an important precedent that can only encourage more URL archiving services
Background: The US Supreme often links to online content. For any legal opinion or article that relies on online content, linkrot is a major problem. A Harvard study has found that over 50% of the links used in US Supreme Court opinions are gone (the number is higher for journal articles – 70%). To combat this, the US Supreme Court is printing out a hard copy of every web page that they cite and depositing this hard copy into their paper archives. But for the many people who rely on open online access to court opinions (and that’s a lot of people, both in the US and internationally), once the original website goes down, it is gone. This means that if you’re a nonprofit trying to write an amicus brief you have to hire someone to go to the US Supreme Court to actually look at the stored version. That costs money, time and energy.
The Good and The Bad
The good news is that a group of law school libraries are developing a “screenshot” service that will, eventually, allow them to permanently store a digital copy of a cited page so readers can access the cited material. The problem is that it is designed to only address published material – unless a cite is used in a published legal opinion or journal and the journal editor manually reviews and confirms the citation, it will vanish. How this service (which has not yet been launched) will impact other groups dependent on permanent links is not clear. For example, Wikipedia is the largest online open source encyclopedia. It too suffers from linkrot. But it most likely will not be helped by a service that requires that citations be “published in a journal” and reviewed and approved by the “journal editor” before it is permanently stored. And of course, there are many other types of open source journals (medical, scientific, historical) that might not qualify for this type of “verified” status because they don’t fit the traditional “publish for pay” model or are not affiliated with a university.
WayBack Machine Limits
The WayBack Machine does not solve the linkrot problem because it crawls randomly which means you have no way of knowing if the page you are citing will end up there. Or even worse, once there, if someone buys the domain name and “parks” it, they can contact the WayBack Machine to retroactively remove all the archived content as the new domain owners. In fact, there is only one service that has, for the past decade, allowed writers who are citing online material to create a static snapshot of a page: WebCite. And they've been doing this reliably and for free. Not surprisingly, one of their largest users is, in fact, Wikipedia.
WebCite’s Support Of Wikipedia
The service, WebCite, now needs help updating their service. They must move to the cloud in order to manage their increasingly large data flow. They estimate that they need to raise $25,000 to hire a developer to make this migration happen. Once there, they hope to continue offering the service for free (although they are exploring offering additional services for subscribers to create permanent funding sources for the service).
Personally, I love the idea of an institutionally run, permanent citation service like perma.cc – the more the merrier. Data thrives on redundancy and we cannot have too many online archives. If only perma.cc would also allow Wikipedia citations to be stored permanently...... While I understand why the law schools funding this effort would want to cater to professionally published and recognized journals (their “bread and butter”), I am disappointed that open source research, education and teaching continues to be overlooked and under-supported.
I can only hope that services like WebCite will continue to operate. Because Wikipedia is the second best democratic and open source knowledge tool that has ever existed (after the invention of the printing press). It just needs to continue to have access to the infrastructure (like WebCite) to support it.
About That Important Precedent That I Mentioned
Another good thing to come from the perma.cc service: it has looked into the legality of URL citation services and.....well, let’s just assume that 9 out of 10 law schools that are backing this service agree that it is fair use. And just in case anyone questions whether it is “legal” to create a snapshot of a web page for citation purposes – well, if you want to march up to the US Supreme Court and tell them they are doing it wrong, feel free. But I suspect that these type of archived pages will be considered fair use (in the US) whether you are a “for pay article,” or “a free article” used in either a “published” or “open source” service/journal (such a Wikipedia). The key will be, as always, the intended purpose of the “use.” Archiving by educational, research and nonprofit entities is a traditionally supported and appropriate use. Perma.cc’s About page points to this 2007 law article discussing the legal issues surrounding citation snapshot services:
“However, fair use instances remain unquestioned when the work is used for educational nonprofit archival purposes and when the archival has no economic impact upon the work’s marketability. The goal of the URL archives fits squarely in this latter situation – it is both educational and nonprofit…. the digital archive stores only works that can be freely accessible on the web because their authors had posted them on the web with the intent that they be freely accessed. Because the archived works are freely posted on the Internet by their authors, with no expectation of compensation, but with the understanding that they will be accessed freely by users by using such free search engines as Google, the Supreme Court’s admonition that this factor is the most important and decisive could not be more fully satisfied. To that extent, the defense of fair use [for this type of service] “seems preordained.”
PS. For a dose of humor, Slate says that "perhaps the best way way to illustrate the problem is with the rather (intentonally) hilarious "404 error" message that resides at a hyperlinked address found in a 2011 Supreme Court opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito Jr." You can see it here.