pyraxis: Pyraxis (Pyraxis)
I want to spread this long but incredibly important Tumblr post about the history of the autism and multiplicity communities everywhere I can.

We weren't a part of all of the groups and initiatives described there, but we know some of the people involved. Our place was on the forums, the rise and fall of various forums between 2004 and the present.

I want to talk about one thing. The importance of freedom of speech and an uncensored space in the development of a community. Everything Amorpha/S. says about the Dark Personalities mailing list has been mirrored in Daria's and my own experiences of the unmoderated autism forum we have been a part of. It is imperative to have a space for people who have been cast out of other communities for being too controversial, for saying critical things, for breaking social rules, for pissing off the wrong person. When there is social upheaval because huge new ideas have come to light, there is an urgent need for space where they can be spoken about freely, hashed out, argued about, screamed about. In the brouhaha over demanding trigger warnings that has even spread to mainstream media in the past year, I want people to understand why it is important to keep places where trigger warnings and other kinds of content policing are not required.

It's still difficult to write about this because I am an intensely private person and used to keeping up mental boundaries.

Thanks Kerry for the link on your journal. (This one.)
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
SOCIALISM
You have 2 cows.
You give one to your neighbour

COMMUNISM
You have 2 cows.
The State takes both and gives you some milk

FASCISM... )

Bonus: Got this off a traditional capitalism message board. (Written by eskslo.) Anyone care to correct the bias?
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
Last December, the self-published author M.C.A. Hogarth ([personal profile] haikujaguar) received a notice from Amazon that her e-book Spots the Space Marine was being taken down due to trademark infringement.

It turns out Games Workshop, also known as the UK company that created Warhammer and Warhammer 40k, own the trademark to the term "space marine".

How is this possible, when space marines are a science fiction trope that have appeared in stories, comics and movies at least since Bob Olsen wrote "Captain Brink of the Space Marines" in 1934?

That's where the corporate bullying comes in.

Games Workshop, apparently, have a horrid reputation for being lawyer-happy. They've filed suit against one of the largest Warhammer fansites, against Chapterhouse Studios who make conversion parts for miniatures, and they reputedly hit independent toy and game retailers with clauses that they cannot stock any other gaming system if they want to stock GW miniatures.

For the past couple months, [personal profile] haikujaguar has been quietly contacting five separate IP lawyers and finding that the cost of fighting GW's claim would start at $2000 US and quickly climb into the $50,000 range when the lawsuit began. It wouldn't make business sense to protect the book. Independent authors don't make that kind of money.

If Amazon had investigated GW's claim, they might have discovered it stood on shaky legal ground (per legal publishing blog Scrivener's Error). But they didn't. They just pulled the book, and are refusing to reinstate it without GW's okay.

So essentially we have a situation where a dubious legal challenge from a corporation in another country has censored an independent author's work with no recourse. This is not a system which can claim to protect individuals' rights. It is a system where money can buy the best-equipped mercenaries, and those without it knuckle under in fear of having their livelihood crushed in the modern arena called a courtroom.

The only hope of the individual is enough publicity to embarrass their opponent into withdrawing their claims. This will be difficult against a company of lawyers, MBA's, and wargame designers which has pursued aggressive litigation since the early 1980's. A few days ago, it looked near impossible. Then [personal profile] haikujaguar made a clear, calm and concise call for help. Her relatively small group of friends and fans stepped up to the plate.

The internet rage machine is powerful once the ball gets rolling. 24 hours brought the attention of Elizabeth Moon, John Scalzi, Cory Doctorov and Neil Gaiman. 48 hours brought the Electronic Frontier Foundation and articles in The Guardian, The Register, and a host of other news sources. (Full list of media coverage here.) The Games Workshop lawyers probably thought a self-published author of e-books was easy pickings. Only time will tell just how wrong they were.
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
P!nk's live performance of "Try" at the American Music Awards 2012.



The choreographed and filmed version is pretty incredible too. )

There are very many things I want to say to people and very little space right now to say them. But I'm still here.
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
(Never thought I'd like Neil Young....)


This world is full of so many strange and wonderful things.

I stumbled on this article this morning. (source)


Full text )
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
For Nano this year, I am going to be working with Studio Pyraxis to edit my part of the Water Song trilogy. This is the project we drafted and finished for Nano 2009, so we'll be breaking with protocol to revise it instead and get it to the point of being ready for publication.

We're looking for feedback....

The book, which doesn't yet have a title, is one side three sides of the coin octahedron in the story of my homeworld Ua. The water had already drained from the oceans when I was born, and all the magic in the world couldn't tell where it was going. All we had were fragments of a prophecy, our will for a better life, and all the ingenuity we could muster. It is the story of my people, some of whom disagreed with my extreme methods of conservation of natural resources. It is my story, and the stories of my anza Uz'qi and the rogue priest Ua'vic ([personal profile] shashigai/Javik). It's a story about ambition, desperation and the currency of power.

If all goes well, we'll be posting about 2300 words/day. You'd be welcome to read as much or as little as you like. Any response would be much appreciated, from rough first impressions, to detailed writing critique, to anything that will help keep our spirits up. (You may also be as insulting as you like; I don't stand on protocol when I can avoid it, and I've heard much worse in my twenty-odd years as Raba Ua.)

I'm opening up a friendslist. Please let me know if you would like in. :)

- Ua'lin, the fourth Raba Ua
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
From [livejournal.com profile] thirteen_ravens:
LiveJournal DDoS: An Actual Internet Human Rights Violation by Eric S. Riley

The United Nations' position on cyber attacks attributed to the state, with comparisons to newspapers and the right of free press.


From [livejournal.com profile] angiedub:
Today’s Tea Party Movement and Pre-Civil War White Supremacy Ideology on DemocraticUnderground.com

A summary of the struggle the USA founding fathers and early presidents encountered in publicizing their anti-slavery sentiment in the face of the established social order, and a comparison to today's USA Tea Party Movement.


Edit: Here's another one.
Confession of a cheating teacher

What happens when teachers' jobs depend on standardized test results, but they feel they must protect the children's self-esteem from the repercussions of failure. The comments section, which appears to be mostly teachers, is particularly disturbing.
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
or, What not to do when crossing the fourth wall.

Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari, the author of the popular activism blog "A Gay Girl in Damascus", has just admitted that she is really Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old student in Edinburgh.

The blog recently got major media attention when a family member of Amina reported that her cousin had disappeared near the Abbasid bus station, seized by three young men who were probably members of the Baath Party militia. Gay activists in Syria have been investigating her arrest and attempting to contact her at personal risk to themselves.

'Ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to write fiction...' )
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
The Commandments of Coyote, as scribed by Seanan McGuire ([livejournal.com profile] cadhla)

I. Thou Shalt Have As Many Gods and Spirits and Personal Trainers and Gurus As You Like Before Me, But You Shalt Not Let Them Block the Exits, and More, You Shall Not Permit Them To Take the Last Beer, For That Beer Is Mine. Seriously. Don't.

II. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife, But Thou Art Totally Welcome To Admire Her Ass When She Walks By, and If It Happens To Come Out That They Are In An Open Relationship, Dude, Tap That Ass As Much As They Are Willing To Allow. Same Goes For the Ladies. Coveting Is Sort Of Stupid, But Sex Is Just Plain Fun, Unless Thou Art Doing It Entirely Wrong.

III. If Thy Neighbor Says 'Hands Off My Wife, Dude', Thou Shalt Listen and Back Off, Because Otherwise, Thy Neighbor Will Be Totally Justified In Hitting You About the Head and Shoulders With Gardening Tools, and Don't Think That I'm Going To Step In There and Stop Him.

IV. Adultery Is Actually Pretty Fun. Commit It All You Like. Just Make Sure Everyone Is Cool With It, Or I Will Not Help You Out Once the Hitting Gets Started.

V. Thou Shalt Not Eat Poisoned Bait. If You Do, Don't Come Whining To Me About It, Because I Am Very Unlikely To Care. Once It Is In Your Mouth, It Is Your Problem, Not Mine.

VI. Of Course Thou Shalt Kill. Carnivores Do That. Also, Swatting Mosquitoes, Sort Of Instinctive. But All Creatures Are Alive Before You Kill Them, and So Thou Shalt Respect Them In Their Lives and In Their Deaths. Thou Shalt Not Kill Without Reason. Thy Neighbor Tapping Thy Wife's Ass? Is Not A Reason. Don't Make Me Set A Plague Upon Thy Ass. Thou Wouldst Not Enjoy It, I Promise.

VII. Thou Shalt Not Hoard. Seriously, Here. If You Have Enough, Share. Only Asshats Bogart Life.

VIII. Thou Shalt Not Be A Martyr. If You Have One Beer, Drink It. Do Not Give It To Me and Then Expect Adoration. Dude, That Was Your Beer, I Did Not Break Your Arm To Get It. Give What You Can Give, and Expect Neither Praise Nor Worship. You Are Not Being Morally Superior, You Are Being A Decent Human Being. There Is A Difference.

IX. Assume This Is It. Maybe There Is Reincarnation; Maybe Not. Not Only Am I Not Saying, Please Consider the Fact That I Probably Get A Say In Whether You Come Back, and If You Are the Sort Of Person Who Doesn't Do Anything With One Life, Why Should I Waste My Time Giving You Another One? Live Like You Get No Second Chances. You Will Have More Fun.

X. Are You Going To Eat That?
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
Two of Swords tarot card

[This painting started off as the two of swords, but it got really personal, really fast. I didn't think it was going to work for a deck, because I don't think the symbols would mean anything to anyone but me, but according to Wolf, that is what the nature of a hand-painted deck should be. -Pk]


Young Lin - she was called Mai Lin back then - is on the run across the Karnese mountainside. )

WikiLeaks

Dec. 3rd, 2010 01:43 pm
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
Is anybody else following what's been happening?

It's like forum drama on a global scale, redefining the question of how much information it's good to expose, in a world where technology has made it feasible to distribute damning data en masse. Instead of the case-by-case question of how much can be released, the power dynamics are becoming redefined as a case-by-case question of how to stand out in a clamoring crowd. It links back to the problems plaguing first-time authors in the publishing field and questions of mass media control of public opinion.

Here's one article (Yahoo News via London) but there are many many more.

Edit: Another, New York Times

Where is the United Nations?
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
"Send us teachers."
Peter Thompson, 6th grader, in defense of Earth to the alien galactic council
Bruce Coville, My Teacher Flunked the Planet


On Foxconn and MMORPG's )
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
Dungeons and Discourse

"This game challenges me in new ways."
- Tiny Carl Jung

Courtesy of Dresden Codak
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
So much to write about. Pages and pages and pages of notes.

First things first, because everything else hinges on this.

Monetizing cristal.

Cristal being the same thing as in crystal kifu. After sitting through a presentation on Final Fantasy: Crystal Mythos solely because of the name, and getting blasted by its teeth-grinding sugar high artwork, I cannot talk about “crystal” with a straight face.

The ethics of monetizing cristal. )

I will go ahead with my plans to channel cristal, unless I receive radical new information that proves it to be a bad idea. However I invite discussion from anybody who has something to say.
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)


Kifu is when they use uza to smash you into a box that's smaller than you are and then they seal it by putting it in a furnace and then they leave you in there for twenty years.

Maybe better photos )
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
More progress on the super sculpey project. It's at a rough finished stage now. I need to do a final pass to fix some issues with proportion in the face and head, more realistic folds in the cloth, more finely-boned feet, and maybe some changes to the mass of karnwood roots and uza coming out of the kifu box. And of course I have to add the crystal itself. I have translucent white sculpey for that and I'm hoping it will bake compatibly with the super sculpey.



A couple more progress photos )

I'm planning to finish it with a combination of acrylic and ink wash. It's going to be a fun experiment to see how realistic an african skin tone I can get by layering brown and red washes on the super sculpey without losing the awesome subsurface scattering effect, like I would if I just painted over the skin with plasticky acrylic.

Oh! Forgot to say! Any and all critiques are welcome. I want to make this as good as I can.
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