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Amy VanHym posting in Free speech and the politics thereof
User: [community profile] free_speech (posted by [personal profile] amyvanhym)
Date: 2017-08-20 00:40
Security: Public
Mood:accomplished accomplished
Music:Be Bold
Subject: Freedom of Expression for the week or so preceding Aug 20 2017

Hi, I'm new. I've started collecting freedom of expression links for myself and I thought I should bring 'em over here.

Freedom of Expression treasure chest )



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goodbyebird posting in Dreamwidth Community Promotion
User: [site community profile] dw_community_promo (posted by [personal profile] goodbyebird)
Date: 2017-08-19 23:11
Security: Public
Music:Bastille - Two Evils
Tags:icons
Subject: smallbatchicons: a communal icon community.



small batch icons is dedicated to the idea that less is more.

Much like how the restriction of a hundred words can turn a drabble into a work of art, so our theory is that a posting limit of five icons makes the selected images shine.

For icon makers, this makes coding posts way easier. Plus, there's the bonus of getting to share icons more often, hot off the press.

For icon shoppers, it's the ultimate in browsing convenience.

come on by =)

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Res facta quae tamen fingi potuit posting in Free speech and the politics thereof
User: [community profile] free_speech (posted by [personal profile] pauamma)
Date: 2017-08-19 05:58
Security: Public
Tags:links collection entry
Subject: Fortnightly links collection entry #15

It's that day of the week again. If you have a link about free speech but don't feel like making a full post, comment here. Or if a link sparks a thought, share it with other members.

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filkferengi posting in A filk community
User: [community profile] filk (posted by [personal profile] filkferengi)
Date: 2017-08-18 10:24
Security: Public
Music:Margaret Gravitt--Wayfaring Stranger
Mood:cheerful cheerful
Subject: ot: Huge Heyer Sale

There's a huge sale on Georgette Heyer novels over on bn.com and amazon. Lots & lots of screens of e-books for 2.99 each.

Squee!

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mdlbear posting in A filk community
User: [community profile] filk (posted by [personal profile] mdlbear)
Date: 2017-08-17 19:13
Security: Public
Music:ALL WEEKEND
Mood:musical
Location:Whidbey Island
Subject: Announcement: RainbowCon 2.1

RainbowCon 2.1 (our second convention, in our third year, thanks to a brief hiatus for moving) will be held on May 4-6, 2018! North American Guest of Honor is Cat Faber; Overseas Guest of Honor is Gwen Knighton Raftery. We are hoping there will be a toastmaster, but we don't have a name to announce for that yet.

Location is 4414 Skyline Drive, Freeland WA (on beautiful Whidbey Island), and there is information about local hotel options for people who want them. The new location has two acres of outdoor space in which we can spread out, hold our traditional maypole dance, and have outdoor song circles around the fire pit. Keep your eyes open for our neighborhood deer, who like to browse on the lawn.

We're still doing free membership but accepting donations to offset the out-of-pocket expenses of bringing our guests here and running this thing, for those who are able and willing to contribute. We welcome members who want to run events -- workshops, games, theme circles, or whatever. RainbowCon is a participatory event... everyone's welcome to take a turn at leading if they want to, but nobody is required to do more than show up and have fun!

Please contact nrivkis@fastmail.com with membership requests, or questions about the convention. Ditto if you want to be part of the programming. It will be really helpful to us if we can get early memberships, because then we'll be able to block out hotel space nearby.

We look forward to seeing you here!

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filkferengi posting in A filk community
User: [community profile] filk (posted by [personal profile] filkferengi)
Date: 2017-08-17 10:30
Security: Public
Mood:amused amused
Music:Red Clay Ramblers--Hard Times [Stephen Foster]
Subject: ot: Ursula Vernon in Iceland

Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

https://storify.com/RebelsHeart/ursula-vernon-and-friends-vs-iceland

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.

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Alex W posting in A filk community
User: [community profile] filk (posted by [personal profile] sdelmonte)
Date: 2017-08-16 20:20
Security: Public
Subject: Housefilk Coming Sept 3!!

Hear ye, hear ye!

 
There will be a housefilk on Sunday, September 3 (the Sunday of Labor Day weekend) in Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, New York, at the home of [personal profile] sdelmonte and [personal profile] batyatoon  . The festivities will run from 1 pm to approximately 5 pm. The address is 144-32 71st Road, accessible from the LIE and GCP, and by subway and bus.
 
Interested? Reply to this post and let us know. And spread the word!
 
Need directions? E-mail me at simondelmonte @ gmail.com.

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Res facta quae tamen fingi potuit posting in Dreamwidth Open Source Development
User: [site community profile] dw_dev (posted by [personal profile] pauamma)
Date: 2017-08-15 23:58
Security: Public
Tags:questions
Subject: Question thread #55

It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.

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Humph posting in the last words
User: [community profile] endings (posted by [personal profile] spiralsheep)
Date: 2017-08-14 11:08
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Date: 2017-08-12 13:02
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Date: 2017-08-11 12:02
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Date: 2017-08-09 15:24
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Date: 2017-08-09 14:18
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Humph posting in the last words
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Date: 2017-08-08 10:47
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madfilkentist posting in A filk community
User: [community profile] filk (posted by [personal profile] madfilkentist)
Date: 2017-08-07 07:02
Security: Public
Mood:sad sad
Subject: Helva Peters

Helva Peters died yesterday, August 6, 2017, of cancer. I got the news from her sister, Kate.

I met her at Noreascon 3 in 1989. The first time may have been either at a Beauty and the Beast (the TV show) program item or a filk item. When MASSFILC was formed in the early nineties, she was a regular at the meetings. She had a wonderful voice. Her repertoire consisted largely of Julia Ecklar songs, which she had the voice for. She was a big fan of Beauty and the Beast, Babylon 5, and Firefly. Her singing got onto several Wail Songs tapes of northeast filk cons.

Her real name was Mary Schell. She used Helva in fandom partly to avoid notice by a stalker, but that was in the nineties and is no longer an issue in any case. The "Helva" came from Anne McCaffrey's cyborg spaceship Helva in The Ship Who Sang.

She moved west at some point and became part of the Phoenix filk scene. I'm told Leslie Fish was glad someone besides her regularly brought a guitar.

A few years ago she moved back east to Arlington, Mass. According to the MASSFILC records, her first appearance in the 21st century at a meeting was in September 2014. By this point she was dealing with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, aka Toxin-Induced Loss of Tolerance. There are a lot of substances in the modern environment that caused her trouble.

In early 2015 I learned that she had Stage 4 cancer. At that point there was a treatment she wanted that was available only in Mexico. People in MASSFILC started talking about how to help. This led to an IndieGoGo campaign to produce a CD of her recordings. Harold Stein did the production, and Leslie Fish provided an album cover. We didn't have much in the way of good recordings. Most of the tracks are from home recordings which Virginia Taylor had made. It raised a fair amount of money and, I hope, made some more people aware of what a good singer she was.

The title "It's an Adventure" comes from the sig line she always used in her email messages.


The ship who sang will sing no more between the distant stars.
I'll sing no more.

(Cecilia Eng, "Helva's Song")

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User: [community profile] endings (posted by [personal profile] spiralsheep)
Date: 2017-08-07 09:38
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