post to Ursa awards LJ

Wondering about the Lackadaisy characters webpage.
(all that pretty art)

Which Ursa's "2012 Recommended Anthropomorphics List" categories would that characters webpage be eligible for?

Doubt characters page would be eligible for an Ursa award (based on the categories of the 2011 Ursa awards) ... although I suppose individual piece would be eligible for "Best Published Illustration" when there's enough Lackaidaisy comic pages for a published book two.


Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle</lj> at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Follow up post to address common questions/concerns is here.

Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Follow up post to address common questions/concerns is here.

Yahoo Mail Classic harder to find

Staying with Yahoo Mail Classic seems harder now.

Today, when I logged into Yahoo email, the "No, thanks. Continue to Yahoo! Mail Classic" link is gone.
There is a big "Upgrade Now" button and the closest thing that might be Yahoo Classic is the "Yahoo! Mail Help" part of "We recommend you upgrade to the newest version of Yahoo! Mail now or review Yahoo! Mail Help for other options. " "

*Goes to Yahoo Help*
Oh good. Looks like Yahoo Classic is still available

Go to http://help.yahoo.com/l/ca/yahoo/mail/ymail/context/migrationv2.html
and look for the part that says "please click here to use Yahoo! Mail Classic."

According that Yahoo Help page the benefits of the new Yahoo email are:
" * Faster email
* Latest Yahoo! Mail spam-protection technology
* Easier-to-use design
* Unlimited email storage so that you can keep everything you want "

I'm not exited by any of those features.
Does any version of Yahoo Mail block javascript included in emails? (since some might have malicious javascript)

(Apparently part of the new Yahoo email is "To deliver product features, relevant advertising and abuse protection, Yahoo!'s automated systems scan and analyze all email, IM and other communication content.")
  • Current Mood
    annoyed annoyed

dream: fight nazis. tearful assistant

Woke in middle of night from emotional dream and want to write what I can remember.

Was a fighting-Nazis dream. At one point a Sherlock Holmes type is in a jail cell (which he escapes from), he figured out the map he found is a forgery, and then we zoom in on the map and a train (with a lumberjack on top?) appears, we zoom in on the front of the train and the logo on the front of the train disappears and is replaced by a Nazi swastika.

I think there was a brief part of dream where there are two Nazis, and I think one is proud that their writing device prints three pages at a time (due to carbon paper???) and the 2nd Nazi yells at the 1st nazi saying something like "You fool! Our most worthy adversary Captain Wonderhammer can somehow print 71 pages at a time."
(Not sure about the name of the main hero .. just making a wild guess there)

Nazi-fighting team are about, one of them says something reassuring to the a young (20ish?) woman ("It's not your fault" ?).
I think the young women wanders off. It is revealed a main member of team (captain?) is missing and she wanders off and gets weepy because she's feel guilty. She said something harsh to the Captain (perhaps "I'm tired of that stupid machine and I'm tired of you"), but the captain got separated from the team (machine gets washed overboard and he goes after it?)
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stupid new Yahoo doesn't allow you to switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic

Yahoo is pushing a new interface

"You're invited to try the best Yahoo! Mail ever."
With a big button saying "Try it now" and no button to let you decline.

The only way to read your email with Yahoo email Classic is to notice the small print "No, thanks. Continue to Yahoo! Mail Classic." link in the middle of two paragraphs of "Terms of Service" and similar material.

I have a Yahoo account where I clicked on the "Try it now" button, assuming it would be easy to switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic (I've switched back to Yahoo Mail Classic at various times in the past),
but it seems the newest Yahoo Mail interface doesn't have a way for users to switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic.
  • Current Mood
    annoyed annoyed
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Now voting to switch from HST back to PST and GST

I wasn't bothered when they replaced PST&GST with HST. But I was sometimes annoyed that businesses wouldn't be paying any HST. And I'm outraged that anti-HST signs are being stolen or converted into pro-HST signs. I'll be voting to return to the system of PST and GST.


Also, I'm disappointed that the Globe and Mail doesn't have an article specifically about the sign theft/tampering, where the only mention of the theft/tampering is a mention buried inside a large article about how businesses love not paying HST.

BC libraries requests

While I search for a comicbook forum in BC to post to, will post my BC libraries requests in this post/thread.

AUGUST 1: Asked Vancouver library to order Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods DVD (documentary)

Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods
author: Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Patrick Meaney
Publisher: Respect Films and http://www.sequart.org/ (+ distribution by Halo 8)
Publication date : November 2010
How did you hear about this title? Latest blog entry at http://frazerirving.blogspot.com/
Why should this title be in the library ?: VPL has 60 books by Grant Morrison, so VPL readers should be interested in this documentary about the author. High rating (4.5 stars out of five) at Amazon.com. Webpages at http://grantmorrisonmovie.com/ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Morrison:_Talking_with_Gods

"Your email has been sent!
Thank you. Your suggestion has been received, and will be forwarded to the appropriate Subject Division staff for consideration."

JUNE 21: Asked Vancouver library to order Finally Home: Lessons on Life from a Free-Spirited Dog

Finally Home: Lessons on Life from a Free-Spirited Dog
author: Elizabeth Parker
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date : March 15, 2010
How did you hear about this title? Was searching for another dog book and wandered across it at Amazon.
Why should this title be in the library ?: Sounds like a nice book. High rated with Amazon customer reviews: 16 reviews with FIVE stars, 2 reviews with four stars, and no reviews for the 3 stars and below range.

"Your email has been sent!
Thank you. Your suggestion has been received, and will be forwarded to the appropriate Subject Division staff for consideration."

JUNE 11: Asked Richmond libraries to order Gotham Central Book 1: In the Line of Duty (the 2011 version collection the first ten issues)

Gotham Central book 1: In the Line of Duty
ISBN: 1401220371
Firstname: Ed
Lastname: Brubaker (and others). RPL has volume 2 and 5 of Gotham Central

"Your suggestion has been submitted and will be considered in the next 3 to 4 weeks. Thank you!"
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A sequel to my VoteForEnvironment.ca post ( http://earthfur.livejournal.com/31993.html )

"More than 60 percent of Canadians do not support Harper and his government's contempt for democracy. Yet, he could win a majority with as little as 35 percent of the popular vote."

"By using a riding by riding election prediction model"
at http://www.projectdemocracy.ca/
"we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding."

"In the last election voteforenvironment.ca was the go-to site for nearly half a million unique visitors who clicked in time and again to determine how they could mark their ballot to get an acceptable electoral outcome. If you were one of those 440,000 – congratulations, it worked! On the last day that public opinion polls were available, the VFE website model showed that the Conservatives were on track to win 152 seats, but on Monday, they were elected in 143."

electoral district: Richmond

electoral district: New Westminster--Coquitlam
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Globe and Mail of 2011Mar7: British Columbia section

Mostly interested in one article in the BC section.

print-version title: Life has trickled back to a ‘lonely, dead river’
online-version title: How the Coho returned to the Tsolum River

"a $4.5-million project to seal an old mine on Mount Washington that was generating acid rock drainage.
The Mt. Washington Copper Mining Co. only operated from 1964 through 1966, excavating copper ore on a small 13 hectare site, near Courtenay, on Vancouver Island. But when the bankrupt company abandoned the mine, it left behind 940,000 tonnes of waste rock – and a toxic legacy that for the next 44 years brewed sulphuric acid ...
Mr. Minard said. “The Romans mined on the Thames River and that site is still generating acid rock drainage, 3,000 years later.” ..."