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TM Alexander is a fan artist, fan writer, a zine publisher. She has contributed to many fandoms ranging from Due South to Sentinel, from Miami Vice to X-Files. Her most recent publication was the Sherlock Holmes fan novel, The Blue Daemon. 

Direct fundraising link: https://www.gofundme.com/29x4me4c 

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Her art from the Due South novella “Northwest Passage”


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I have not verified all of these GoFundMe/YouCaring Campaigns. I decided to give to the ones with the least amount raised so far (since I don't have enough to give to everyone). Additional links appreciated. Check here for the latest updated list.

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-of-harry-hal-bowman-481647
Yvette Velasco: https://www.gofundme.com/yvetteavelasco
Sierra Clayborn: https://www.gofundme.com/sierraclaybornmem

If you can afford only one donation consider:

San Bernardino United Relief Fund (
http://arrowheadunitedway.org/#sthash.UBODMMUE.dpbs)

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.

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501 Mile walk | Kevin Doyle's Fundraiser
On June 6th I will begin a 501 plus mile walk from San Francisco to San Diego in my Star Wars Stormtrooper armor.

Husband is walking from George Lucas Museum in Petaluma, CA to ComicCon in San Diego, CA in memory of his wife. Funds will go to support his cancer charity. They’ve only raised 15% of his goal, so if you can spare any, please donate.

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Help fund a student's education in another country. The School Fund project helps crowd source the education costs for students all over the world. You can communicate with the students and where possible they post receipts for the tuition.  Average costs are around $400 a year.

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
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Fan artist TACS  (aka Carole) and Laura Peck wrote and published fanzines for decades under the name of AMC Press.   They also helped organize several fan run conventions in the 1980s-90s. They now need help to move. The good news is that they have found a place that is much cheaper and that will allow one of them to pay for their medication. The bad news (or the "how can I help" news) is that they need to raise funds to actually make the move. Their situation is explained here.

http://www.gofundme.com/d1jpq8

Forwarding as appropriate permission granted. Thank you for taking time to read their information.
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Help a woman with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome move into an accessible apartment in Munich Germany. For those of you who do not live in Europe, many renters must "buy" or pay for "fixtures" (the kitchen and the washing machine) before they move in. [personal profile] mathsnerd is disabled and needs to raise funds by August 1 so that she can move into an accessible apartment. Her existing lease will end in a few months. More info is here and her GoFundMe page is here. However, for US donations it may be easier to go through paypal (she gives her paypal address in the first link). And for those who care to do due diligence before donating, [personal profile] mathsnerd assures us that her cats have reviewed the new accommodations and approve of the move.
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1. Donate to Planned Parenthood. You can also donate at the local level. And then consider donating to RAIIN, an organization that helps rape and abuse survivors.

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.

From
arstechnica:

"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."
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I love wikis. I love wikis for my fandoms. Did you know that both Forever Knight and Supernatural have awesome wikis? The Supernatural wiki is fan run and open to editing by any and all. They recently had to go offline due to increased server costs and are now back online. They have to pay a year in advance, so they're raising funds to keep going and to create a mobile version of the wiki.  Details here.
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...but it doesn't have to always be that way.

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

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Reposting from [personal profile] digitalwave 

"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:

http://www.gofundme.com/6g96g0

She can also take PayPal directly at laadolf@aol.com.

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:

http://fanlore.org/wiki/L.A._Adolf


Thanks, guys!"


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First up, the Prancing Elites, an African American gay dance troop from Alabama is offering a special gift for those who donate $25 to their Kickstarter fundraising drive. More details here: "We have a Christmas special for our kickstarter program... if you donate $25 you'll be able to receive a screen print Prancing Elites graphic tshirt & a Prancing Elites towel... Hopefully you all have a great Christmas... we love you all."

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,"



direct link

"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.

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The Prancing Elites, the gay dance troop from Mobile, Alabama were just dis-invited from the Mobile, Alabama New Years Parade. They even offered to wear baggy tracksuits so as to not offend any children or childish adults watching the parade (sarcasm alert). This came after protests over their participation in a Christmas parade in another town. Video of them in the Xmas parade is here.

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.


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This dance group has chosen a difficult path to walk: they are an all-male, African-American gay dance team from Mobile, Alabama.

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: elitesprancing@gmail.com"


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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.

More here

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The famous library at Alexandria wasn't burned down with fire — it was destroyed by government mistreatment and neglect. Will today's great digital libraries like the Internet Archive suffer the same fate?

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.
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My favorite comment from Reddit about the fire at the Internet Archive: "Tell me the Grateful Dead Archive has not been compromised!!!" (it is fine, but how awesome is it that the Dead have their own section at the IA?")

Also, the IA's mirror is in Alexandria (Library of Alexandria \o/) and Amsterdam.

Donate here

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).

Internet Archive from Deepspeed media on Vimeo.




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There was a fire at the Internet Center (WayBack Machine) yesterday. The data is safe but they lost $600,000 in scanning equipment, along with many of the original materials they were scanning (the Internet Archives scans on behalf of libraries and other institutions).

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. "
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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 linkrotBut 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.

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