heidi: (Rendering)
Stand with EFF and OTW



Read more about the 2012 exemption proceedings here.
heidi: (Rendering)
Stand with EFF and OTW



Read more about the 2012 exemption proceedings here.
heidi: (vidding)
Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] cee_m:

[livejournal.com profile] thatmadgirl (madgirl on DW) is working with a guy to develop a resource for video editors, animators, etc... They could really use your help. If you could spread this around we'd be REALLY grateful. They're looking to beta test this website and look for ways to make this a better resource.

Pipeline was made by a PhD student studying animators, but we realized it might be a cool thing for vidders to use.
- It's a system to help organize tasks for when multiple people are working on a video.
- It could also be used for crowd sourcing (i.e., I need clips of this thing - everyone upload some for me!)
- It is a research project, but we won't bother anyone who doesn't want to be bothered, we just want people to use it.
- And we really want some vidders to use it because you're awesome.

There's a special instance of it JUST for vidders: http://pipeline.cc.gatech.edu/fandom/

Anyone can sign up. (And we apologize for the hassle if you're under 18, but if you do want to participate you're totally welcome.)

Anyone is welcome to start their own project or to contribute to the moustache vid that Casey already has in the works (or any others that might pop up).

If someone's trying to decide whether to use it and has questions, they can contact Casey at c.fiesler at gmail. Or if anyone starts using it and has questions/suggestions/etc., they can contact pipeline at cc dot gatech dot edu


I see benefits not just to vidding collaboration but on collecting vids for fancons and other events, and for having WIP vids beta-ed at various stages, but I'm also interested in seeing how y'all use it.
Check it out!
heidi: (vidding)
Crossposted from [livejournal.com profile] cee_m:

[livejournal.com profile] thatmadgirl (madgirl on DW) is working with a guy to develop a resource for video editors, animators, etc... They could really use your help. If you could spread this around we'd be REALLY grateful. They're looking to beta test this website and look for ways to make this a better resource.

Pipeline was made by a PhD student studying animators, but we realized it might be a cool thing for vidders to use.
- It's a system to help organize tasks for when multiple people are working on a video.
- It could also be used for crowd sourcing (i.e., I need clips of this thing - everyone upload some for me!)
- It is a research project, but we won't bother anyone who doesn't want to be bothered, we just want people to use it.
- And we really want some vidders to use it because you're awesome.

There's a special instance of it JUST for vidders: http://pipeline.cc.gatech.edu/fandom/

Anyone can sign up. (And we apologize for the hassle if you're under 18, but if you do want to participate you're totally welcome.)

Anyone is welcome to start their own project or to contribute to the moustache vid that Casey already has in the works (or any others that might pop up).

If someone's trying to decide whether to use it and has questions, they can contact Casey at c.fiesler at gmail. Or if anyone starts using it and has questions/suggestions/etc., they can contact pipeline at cc dot gatech dot edu


I see benefits not just to vidding collaboration but on collecting vids for fancons and other events, and for having WIP vids beta-ed at various stages, but I'm also interested in seeing how y'all use it.
Check it out!
heidi: (Book2)
The boys are off on a golf trip this weekend with my parents, so Catie and I have been doing a lot of mommy-daughter stuff, like swimming and going to the Science Museum in Lauderdale and hanging around the bookstore, and things that can get complicated when trying to run three kids of very diverse ages and interests around the town.

Had an incident at Target yesterday where the checkout-person, who's supposed to enter the last four digits of the credit card, screwed it up and charged the whole thing to the card three or maybe four times, and each time the computer told her it didn't go through, but I managed to call Aaron and tell him before he got the "Your Account Has Issues Now" email from the credit card company and they sorted it within five minutes, but still, is there anything more annoying than spending over an hour stocking your kids' camp clothing (bags of socks and shirts and batteries for reading after dark) to find out that you can't walk out wiht any of it because of the clerk?

Teach me to stop shopping at Target (and yes, I know the issues but when it comes to camp shopping, my options are basically Target and Wal Mart and neither are very good options. And at least Target gives a portion of the proceeds to our elementary school).

Luckily, Catie had a book while we were waiting for all of this to be solved, and I had Hunger Games-verse fanfic.

Yes, I finally read all three of the Hunger Games books in a two day spiral into madness last Sunday and Monday. I've been waiting to read it because I wanted to read it with Harry, but he told me he wants to read it at camp with his friend Dawson, so I ended up downloading all three to my kindle-app and read them switching between my ipad and iphone.

See the icon? Yeah, spoilers for all three books. )

Are there any icons without the movie cast? I would love at least one "May the odds..." icon in a color I like, and yes I appreciate the irony.

This week is a week to finish a slew of Harry Potter and Supernatural fanvids, the former for my Leakycon project (although I may post them online beforehand) and the latter for the amazing, creative BigBang fic I am vidding for. If you haven't seen the vid/trailer-for-the-series Through the Pensieve, you should check it out. It's the kind of thing that makes me feel juvenile and incompetent re the vid I made for [livejournal.com profile] lubricus2011 over the last few weeks. Sigh. Still, must finish the ones I've planned to do, if only to get them out of my head.

ETA: Me on tumblr, finally. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jlh for helping me figure out how to set up an account, GAH!
heidi: (Book2)
The boys are off on a golf trip this weekend with my parents, so Catie and I have been doing a lot of mommy-daughter stuff, like swimming and going to the Science Museum in Lauderdale and hanging around the bookstore, and things that can get complicated when trying to run three kids of very diverse ages and interests around the town.

Had an incident at Target yesterday where the checkout-person, who's supposed to enter the last four digits of the credit card, screwed it up and charged the whole thing to the card three or maybe four times, and each time the computer told her it didn't go through, but I managed to call Aaron and tell him before he got the "Your Account Has Issues Now" email from the credit card company and they sorted it within five minutes, but still, is there anything more annoying than spending over an hour stocking your kids' camp clothing (bags of socks and shirts and batteries for reading after dark) to find out that you can't walk out wiht any of it because of the clerk?

Teach me to stop shopping at Target (and yes, I know the issues but when it comes to camp shopping, my options are basically Target and Wal Mart and neither are very good options. And at least Target gives a portion of the proceeds to our elementary school).

Luckily, Catie had a book while we were waiting for all of this to be solved, and I had Hunger Games-verse fanfic.

Yes, I finally read all three of the Hunger Games books in a two day spiral into madness last Sunday and Monday. I've been waiting to read it because I wanted to read it with Harry, but he told me he wants to read it at camp with his friend Dawson, so I ended up downloading all three to my kindle-app and read them switching between my ipad and iphone.

See the icon? Yeah, spoilers for all three books. )

Are there any icons without the movie cast? I would love at least one "May the odds..." icon in a color I like, and yes I appreciate the irony.

This week is a week to finish a slew of Harry Potter and Supernatural fanvids, the former for my Leakycon project (although I may post them online beforehand) and the latter for the amazing, creative BigBang fic I am vidding for. If you haven't seen the vid/trailer-for-the-series Through the Pensieve, you should check it out. It's the kind of thing that makes me feel juvenile and incompetent re the vid I made for [livejournal.com profile] lubricus2011 over the last few weeks. Sigh. Still, must finish the ones I've planned to do, if only to get them out of my head.

ETA: Me on tumblr, finally. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] jlh for helping me figure out how to set up an account, GAH!
heidi: (vidding)
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Oh, many! When I am vidding I sometimes listen to the same song 20+ times in a day - whether it's You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk or If You Seek Amy (Supernatural) or Charm Attack or In The Kitchen at Parties (Heroes) or even DJ Earworm's remixes for 2009 (Tennant!Doctor) I will listen to a song 30 or 40 times while vidding it, and if I come out still loving it on the other side, I'm happy with what I've done.




But I could also listen to some Fairground Attraction, Crowded House, Style Council, Everything But the Girl and Jason Manns songs over and over without flinching, even if I never vid to them. Repetition is my friend.



As is the corn-infused vodka that I tried during the SoBe Wine & Food Fest cocktail seminar today. YUM! Like liquid popcorn, but boozy!
heidi: (vidding)
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Oh, many! When I am vidding I sometimes listen to the same song 20+ times in a day - whether it's You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk or If You Seek Amy (Supernatural) or Charm Attack or In The Kitchen at Parties (Heroes) or even DJ Earworm's remixes for 2009 (Tennant!Doctor) I will listen to a song 30 or 40 times while vidding it, and if I come out still loving it on the other side, I'm happy with what I've done.




But I could also listen to some Fairground Attraction, Crowded House, Style Council, Everything But the Girl and Jason Manns songs over and over without flinching, even if I never vid to them. Repetition is my friend.



As is the corn-infused vodka that I tried during the SoBe Wine & Food Fest cocktail seminar today. YUM! Like liquid popcorn, but boozy!
heidi: (iPod - image from iPod Laughs)
This morning, I found out that the wonderful people at NOW! That's What I Call Music rereleased the absolutely adorable original "NOW! That's What I Call Music, which I first purchased in LP form at the record store at Aventura Mall circa December, 1983. I bought it for Duran Duran and Tracey Ullman, but it may've been the first time I heard The Cure and Simple Minds outside of the occasional glimpse on Mtv.

If you’re on NOW That’s What I Call Music!, you’re a hitmaker. You performed a song that resonated with the public; that’s all that matters.
Then! That's What They Called Music (The AV Club)


One of the things that's never really bothered me about the HP films, but that I've always been aware of, is that while the films are "set" in this millennium, the books themselves actually take place in the 1990s. It's rarely relevant - maybe when Dudley gets his playstation (months before it's actually released in the UK but whatever) but it's Something Of Note, at least to me.

I've wanted to do some sort of wrap-up project as we approach the release of the last HP films in the next few months, and since I've done so few HP vids, that's what I feel compelled to do - a set of eight vids - one for each film - using a song from the year each book begins: 1991 for PS/SS, 1992 for CoS, etc. (Yes, I know that PS/SS really begins in 1981 but still.)

So I spent this morning talking with [livejournal.com profile] jlh and looking back at the original NOW! compilations for each year in the '90s, then the "Millennium Collection" that the released later in the decade which had some of the same songs, and some different ones, and for most of the years, I can't decide on which song to use!

So please, help me pick! )

In other news, I managed to (a) submit FictionAlley in the Pepsi Get Refreshed! Challenge and we'll find out in about four weeks if we're able to be included in the November voting, and (b) get a reservation at the Marriott for Dragon*Con next September, so I can go and be all PR-ish for Ascendio, and see people and have fun and hang out, yay!

Also, tonight? SHOW!

Off to take my sister to the airport....
heidi: (iPod - image from iPod Laughs)
This morning, I found out that the wonderful people at NOW! That's What I Call Music rereleased the absolutely adorable original "NOW! That's What I Call Music, which I first purchased in LP form at the record store at Aventura Mall circa December, 1983. I bought it for Duran Duran and Tracey Ullman, but it may've been the first time I heard The Cure and Simple Minds outside of the occasional glimpse on Mtv.

If you’re on NOW That’s What I Call Music!, you’re a hitmaker. You performed a song that resonated with the public; that’s all that matters.
Then! That's What They Called Music (The AV Club)


One of the things that's never really bothered me about the HP films, but that I've always been aware of, is that while the films are "set" in this millennium, the books themselves actually take place in the 1990s. It's rarely relevant - maybe when Dudley gets his playstation (months before it's actually released in the UK but whatever) but it's Something Of Note, at least to me.

I've wanted to do some sort of wrap-up project as we approach the release of the last HP films in the next few months, and since I've done so few HP vids, that's what I feel compelled to do - a set of eight vids - one for each film - using a song from the year each book begins: 1991 for PS/SS, 1992 for CoS, etc. (Yes, I know that PS/SS really begins in 1981 but still.)

So I spent this morning talking with [livejournal.com profile] jlh and looking back at the original NOW! compilations for each year in the '90s, then the "Millennium Collection" that the released later in the decade which had some of the same songs, and some different ones, and for most of the years, I can't decide on which song to use!

So please, help me pick! )

In other news, I managed to (a) submit FictionAlley in the Pepsi Get Refreshed! Challenge and we'll find out in about four weeks if we're able to be included in the November voting, and (b) get a reservation at the Marriott for Dragon*Con next September, so I can go and be all PR-ish for Ascendio, and see people and have fun and hang out, yay!

Also, tonight? SHOW!

Off to take my sister to the airport....
heidi: (Fair Use)
...and it needs to say "Vids are kinds of fair use."

You may've seen the posts on [livejournal.com profile] otw_news - as well as the reports on CNN, from the EFF, and all over twitter about the fact that jailbreaking phones - including the iPhone - does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act - and nor does ripping a DVD to get source material for fanvids.

In other words, you're not breaking the law if you rip a DVD to make a noncommercial, educational and/or artistic fanvid.

"The purpose of the proceeding is to determine whether current technologies that control access to copyrighted works are diminishing the ability of individuals to use works in lawful, noninfringing ways." That's what the Librarian of Congress said in releasing the exception, and what I find interesting and fantastic about it is that it explicitly confirms that there are circumstances in which fanvidding is a lawful, noninfringing activity/action/act. If it was always unlawful and consistently infringing, this ruling could not have happened, because, as the Librarian said in the end of the ruling:
[It] is sometimes necessary to circumvent access controls on DVDs in order to make these kinds of fair uses of short portions of motion pictures.


Vids? Are kinds of fair use! Yes, many of us have believed this and argued it by analogy and by examining cases and the congressional record, but to have the Librarian of Congress - who was given the power in 1998 to determine whether exemptions could be granted to the DMCA - say that a vid is a kind of fair use is the sort of thing that will impact vidders because it is so explicit and affirmative.

A noncommercial vid is, presumptively, a kind of fair use, if there is any educational or artistic value, criticism or commentary contained therein.

So sayeth the Librarian of Congress!

(And maybe when this is revisited in two years the "college/university" exemption can be expanded to the lower grades?)



I am disappointed that the EFF doesn't plan to extend its discussion of the DMCA at Dragon*Con in light of this significant change in the DMCA as it impacts fans - I emailed them yesterday and they said it was too late to make any changes, but they may discuss it in the hacking session, too.

Perhaps one of the other tracks, like YA or Anime, can add on an early morning (CLE available?!?) session on Saturday or Sunday for lawyers and vidders to discuss the impact? I really wish it had happened two weeks ago so [livejournal.com profile] chaeche and I could've discussed it at Infinitus, and I wish I could be in Chicago next week to celebrate with other vidders, too! Perfect timing, LoC!
heidi: (Fair Use)
...and it needs to say "Vids are kinds of fair use."

You may've seen the posts on [livejournal.com profile] otw_news - as well as the reports on CNN, from the EFF, and all over twitter about the fact that jailbreaking phones - including the iPhone - does not violate the Digital Millennium Copyright Act - and nor does ripping a DVD to get source material for fanvids.

In other words, you're not breaking the law if you rip a DVD to make a noncommercial, educational and/or artistic fanvid.

"The purpose of the proceeding is to determine whether current technologies that control access to copyrighted works are diminishing the ability of individuals to use works in lawful, noninfringing ways." That's what the Librarian of Congress said in releasing the exception, and what I find interesting and fantastic about it is that it explicitly confirms that there are circumstances in which fanvidding is a lawful, noninfringing activity/action/act. If it was always unlawful and consistently infringing, this ruling could not have happened, because, as the Librarian said in the end of the ruling:
[It] is sometimes necessary to circumvent access controls on DVDs in order to make these kinds of fair uses of short portions of motion pictures.


Vids? Are kinds of fair use! Yes, many of us have believed this and argued it by analogy and by examining cases and the congressional record, but to have the Librarian of Congress - who was given the power in 1998 to determine whether exemptions could be granted to the DMCA - say that a vid is a kind of fair use is the sort of thing that will impact vidders because it is so explicit and affirmative.

A noncommercial vid is, presumptively, a kind of fair use, if there is any educational or artistic value, criticism or commentary contained therein.

So sayeth the Librarian of Congress!

(And maybe when this is revisited in two years the "college/university" exemption can be expanded to the lower grades?)



I am disappointed that the EFF doesn't plan to extend its discussion of the DMCA at Dragon*Con in light of this significant change in the DMCA as it impacts fans - I emailed them yesterday and they said it was too late to make any changes, but they may discuss it in the hacking session, too.

Perhaps one of the other tracks, like YA or Anime, can add on an early morning (CLE available?!?) session on Saturday or Sunday for lawyers and vidders to discuss the impact? I really wish it had happened two weeks ago so [livejournal.com profile] chaeche and I could've discussed it at Infinitus, and I wish I could be in Chicago next week to celebrate with other vidders, too! Perfect timing, LoC!
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
Prologue of Importance re Azkatraz: If you have submitted a programming proposal for Azkatraz and have not been sent an email about the presenters' Yahoogroup, or some other email from [livejournal.com profile] flourish you need to get in touch with the programming team at submissions @ hp2009.org (without the spaces) so you can get your confirmation and release sent in by June 10, or you will not be able to present at Azkatraz. We need to finish the program and we can't do it without the confirmation paperwork in hand.


1. When taking kids to a kids-camp thing on a cruise ship put their names on their shoes - they might get taken by another kid who's about the same size late on the first night but you'll have an easier time claiming they're yours the next day at the pool.

2. What a thunderstorm looks like coming over a tiny bahamian island, and how a daquari tastes with a little sand in it (not terrible)

3. What the prices are for badge holders at ten different imprinting companies

4. That "Waking Up in Vegas" might make for a cracktastic HP vid, but I'm still looking for prompts to vid for Azkatraz. If you have a dream HP vid, tell me the song and a prompt in comments and if it inspires me, I'll vid it for the vidding show that [livejournal.com profile] chaeche is organizing for Azkatraz.

5. What a house looks like when balloons float it to South America.

6. That there still is no six. SQUIRREL!

7. That Chris Pine played Bill Pullman's son in Bottleshock, which also starred Alan Rickman.

8. The possible and/or proper size of a stage for Wrock performances

9. Some scheduelish things for Comic Con

10. Disney's put out a Wilderness Explorers' Guide that contains all the badges from the movie, and how to earn them - plus how Russell earned each of them. Make sure you look at the last page, and any kid or grownup who loved UP will adore all the stickers. I still hope Disney makes them into pins - I would love to pretend-earn them with my kids. I know some of you have kids who do boy scouts, but we wouldn't because we disagree with many of the national positions and mandates. Our kids get a lot of the same activities and information via temple activities, but this is different, and it's a terrific way for a former Girl Scout like me to share the enjoyment of badge-earning with my kids. Sometimes, I am so thankful that the Girl Scouts movement doesn't have the same issues as the boys.

11. How to change the pitch on an audio track.

12. What it feels like when your kid has only one more year of elementary school, and wins the award for most books AR points accumulated in the school for the year.

13. What it feels like to break a pinky-toe on the diagonal. Unlike [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge I have decorated my boot in pink sparkly heart stickers made of foam. But we agree that we should start a club for Fandomers With Broken Bones In Their Feet. We will call it the Club Foot (Sam's idea).

14. That I really should have been watching AI all season because I sort of adore Adam Lambert and Kris Allen more or less equally, and think that parallels the fact that for the last two years the two artists I've listened to most on iTunes are the Scissor Sisters and Jason Manns.

15. That YouTube won't allow the song Tall Cool One on a vid, but iMeem is ok with it, so I've posted my [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry vid commissioned by the fantastically patient [livejournal.com profile] yourlibrarian set to said song here. Formal posting sometime tomorrow or later tonight if I'm not exhausted by the time the kids go to sleep.

16. That the occupational license people here require a copy of the back side of my Bar Card even though there is no personalized content on that side, thereby necessitating extra walking by me and my broken foot. Fail, city.

17. That my sixth grade class was very trendsetting because on the way home from my 11th birthday at a skating rink in south Miami back in 1982 me and all the girls in my class sat in the back of the school bus we'd rented for the day singing "Don't Stop Believing" over and over and over. Oh, GLEE!

18. Oh gosh, so much more. I have recs and squee and OMG Azkatraz news and photos from Universal of the fantabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter (under construction) and so much love for the sandy beach on Disney's Castaway Cay and at Universal's Portofino Bay hotel but I have four or five more vids to edit, some ephemera to create, kids to get to sleep, a camp duffel to finish packing and stuff to write for the Azkatraz program and popcorn to make (on the stove, with olive oil)

19. Total Eclipse of the Heart! Have you seen the Literal Version of the vid yet? If not, GO NOW! ETA Oh, look! There are now t-shirts, and it just hit over one million views! Go, them!
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
Prologue of Importance re Azkatraz: If you have submitted a programming proposal for Azkatraz and have not been sent an email about the presenters' Yahoogroup, or some other email from [livejournal.com profile] flourish you need to get in touch with the programming team at submissions @ hp2009.org (without the spaces) so you can get your confirmation and release sent in by June 10, or you will not be able to present at Azkatraz. We need to finish the program and we can't do it without the confirmation paperwork in hand.


1. When taking kids to a kids-camp thing on a cruise ship put their names on their shoes - they might get taken by another kid who's about the same size late on the first night but you'll have an easier time claiming they're yours the next day at the pool.

2. What a thunderstorm looks like coming over a tiny bahamian island, and how a daquari tastes with a little sand in it (not terrible)

3. What the prices are for badge holders at ten different imprinting companies

4. That "Waking Up in Vegas" might make for a cracktastic HP vid, but I'm still looking for prompts to vid for Azkatraz. If you have a dream HP vid, tell me the song and a prompt in comments and if it inspires me, I'll vid it for the vidding show that [livejournal.com profile] chaeche is organizing for Azkatraz.

5. What a house looks like when balloons float it to South America.

6. That there still is no six. SQUIRREL!

7. That Chris Pine played Bill Pullman's son in Bottleshock, which also starred Alan Rickman.

8. The possible and/or proper size of a stage for Wrock performances

9. Some scheduelish things for Comic Con

10. Disney's put out a Wilderness Explorers' Guide that contains all the badges from the movie, and how to earn them - plus how Russell earned each of them. Make sure you look at the last page, and any kid or grownup who loved UP will adore all the stickers. I still hope Disney makes them into pins - I would love to pretend-earn them with my kids. I know some of you have kids who do boy scouts, but we wouldn't because we disagree with many of the national positions and mandates. Our kids get a lot of the same activities and information via temple activities, but this is different, and it's a terrific way for a former Girl Scout like me to share the enjoyment of badge-earning with my kids. Sometimes, I am so thankful that the Girl Scouts movement doesn't have the same issues as the boys.

11. How to change the pitch on an audio track.

12. What it feels like when your kid has only one more year of elementary school, and wins the award for most books AR points accumulated in the school for the year.

13. What it feels like to break a pinky-toe on the diagonal. Unlike [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge I have decorated my boot in pink sparkly heart stickers made of foam. But we agree that we should start a club for Fandomers With Broken Bones In Their Feet. We will call it the Club Foot (Sam's idea).

14. That I really should have been watching AI all season because I sort of adore Adam Lambert and Kris Allen more or less equally, and think that parallels the fact that for the last two years the two artists I've listened to most on iTunes are the Scissor Sisters and Jason Manns.

15. That YouTube won't allow the song Tall Cool One on a vid, but iMeem is ok with it, so I've posted my [livejournal.com profile] livelongnmarry vid commissioned by the fantastically patient [livejournal.com profile] yourlibrarian set to said song here. Formal posting sometime tomorrow or later tonight if I'm not exhausted by the time the kids go to sleep.

16. That the occupational license people here require a copy of the back side of my Bar Card even though there is no personalized content on that side, thereby necessitating extra walking by me and my broken foot. Fail, city.

17. That my sixth grade class was very trendsetting because on the way home from my 11th birthday at a skating rink in south Miami back in 1982 me and all the girls in my class sat in the back of the school bus we'd rented for the day singing "Don't Stop Believing" over and over and over. Oh, GLEE!

18. Oh gosh, so much more. I have recs and squee and OMG Azkatraz news and photos from Universal of the fantabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter (under construction) and so much love for the sandy beach on Disney's Castaway Cay and at Universal's Portofino Bay hotel but I have four or five more vids to edit, some ephemera to create, kids to get to sleep, a camp duffel to finish packing and stuff to write for the Azkatraz program and popcorn to make (on the stove, with olive oil)

19. Total Eclipse of the Heart! Have you seen the Literal Version of the vid yet? If not, GO NOW! ETA Oh, look! There are now t-shirts, and it just hit over one million views! Go, them!
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
Prologue of Importance re Azkatraz: If you have submitted a programming proposal for Azkatraz and have not been sent an email about the presenters' Yahoogroup, or some other email from [personal profile] flourish you need to get in touch with the programming team at submissions @ hp2009.org (without the spaces) so you can get your confirmation and release sent in by June 10, or you will not be able to present at Azkatraz. We need to finish the program and we can't do it without the confirmation paperwork in hand.


1. When taking kids to a kids-camp thing on a cruise ship put their names on their shoes - they might get taken by another kid who's about the same size late on the first night but you'll have an easier time claiming they're yours the next day at the pool.

2. What a thunderstorm looks like coming over a tiny bahamian island, and how a daquari tastes with a little sand in it (not terrible)

3. What the prices are for badge holders at ten different imprinting companies

4. That "Waking Up in Vegas" might make for a cracktastic HP vid, but I'm still looking for prompts to vid for Azkatraz. If you have a dream HP vid, tell me the song and a prompt in comments and if it inspires me, I'll vid it for the vidding show that [profile] chaeche is organizing for Azkatraz.

5. What a house looks like when balloons float it to South America.

6. That there still is no six. SQUIRREL!

7. That Chris Pine played Bill Pullman's son in Bottleshock, which also starred Alan Rickman.

8. The possible and/or proper size of a stage for Wrock performances

9. Some scheduelish things for Comic Con

10. Disney's put out a Wilderness Explorers' Guide that contains all the badges from the movie, and how to earn them - plus how Russell earned each of them. Make sure you look at the last page, and any kid or grownup who loved UP will adore all the stickers. I still hope Disney makes them into pins - I would love to pretend-earn them with my kids. I know some of you have kids who do boy scouts, but we wouldn't because we disagree with many of the national positions and mandates. Our kids get a lot of the same activities and information via temple activities, but this is different, and it's a terrific way for a former Girl Scout like me to share the enjoyment of badge-earning with my kids. Sometimes, I am so thankful that the Girl Scouts movement doesn't have the same issues as the boys.

11. How to change the pitch on an audio track.

12. What it feels like when your kid has only one more year of elementary school, and wins the award for most books AR points accumulated in the school for the year.

13. What it feels like to break a pinky-toe on the diagonal. Unlike [personal profile] copperbadge I have decorated my boot in pink sparkly heart stickers made of foam. But we agree that we should start a club for Fandomers With Broken Bones In Their Feet. We will call it the Club Foot (Sam's idea).

14. That I really should have been watching AI all season because I sort of adore Adam Lambert and Kris Allen more or less equally, and think that parallels the fact that for the last two years the two artists I've listened to most on iTunes are the Scissor Sisters and Jason Manns.

15. That YouTube won't allow the song Tall Cool One on a vid, but iMeem is ok with it, so I've posted my [profile] livelongnmarry vid commissioned by the fantastically patient [personal profile] yourlibrarian set to said song here. Formal posting sometime tomorrow or later tonight if I'm not exhausted by the time the kids go to sleep.

16. That the occupational license people here require a copy of the back side of my Bar Card even though there is no personalized content on that side, thereby necessitating extra walking by me and my broken foot. Fail, city.

17. That my sixth grade class was very trendsetting because on the way home from my 11th birthday at a skating rink in south Miami back in 1982 me and all the girls in my class sat in the back of the school bus we'd rented for the day singing "Don't Stop Believing" over and over and over. Oh, GLEE!

18. Oh gosh, so much more. I have recs and squee and OMG Azkatraz news and photos from Universal of the fantabulous Wizarding World of Harry Potter (under construction) and so much love for the sandy beach on Disney's Castaway Cay and at Universal's Portofino Bay hotel but I have four or five more vids to edit, some ephemera to create, kids to get to sleep, a camp duffel to finish packing and stuff to write for the Azkatraz program and popcorn to make (on the stove, with olive oil)

19. Total Eclipse of the Heart! Have you seen the Literal Version of the vid yet? If not, GO NOW! ETA Oh, look! There are now t-shirts, and it just hit over one million views! Go, them!
heidi: (Booze!)
Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] morganmuffle, [livejournal.com profile] kerrikins and [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy:

One of the most recent set of LJ releases means that you can now delete ANY old email accounts attached to your LiveJournal including (the new bit) the one you originally used to sign up with (as long as you've been using your current one for at least 6 months).

Anyone with old email addresses attached to their account, especially ones they don't have access too anymore and double especially hotmail ones should go here:
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/emailmanage.bml

Also, I have to save this picture of Jared ) to my LJ forever! WHERE oh where is that picture from?

And gacked from [livejournal.com profile] giandujakiss, the magic words that will likely cause YouTube to give you the music back if they've muted something because of a complaint from Universal or WBMG, or another copyright holder. Use only where actually true and appropriate, please.
heidi: You're busy blogging! (BusyBlogging)
At 11:10 AM on February 11, 2002, I posted on LJ for the first time. I'd used LJ for the [livejournal.com profile] fictionalley account a few times in the six months before that date, and had been reading a few friends' LJs (including [livejournal.com profile] flourish, who gave me my code, but it was on this day that I finally started using LJ for myself.

I wish I had done this in years past, but I haven't so this is a summary of my LJ stats as of this minute:
40,534 comments received, 28,824 comments posted
3,831 Journal Entries, 602 Tags, 148 Memories, 400+ ScrapBook Files, 20 Virtual Gifts, 163 Userpics


I've had a permanent account since 2004 or 2005 - I can't even remember anymore! - I have 148 interests, am watching 1263 friends, communities, and feeds, and have been friended by over 1000 people, but some of them haven't posted on LJ in three, four or five years, and I don't know if they are still reading anymore at all. If they are, HI, oldbies!

[Poll #1347585]

Explanation for the computer questions above - looks like I am getting a new desktop for valentine's day/my birthday (belated) as Eldest Son has need of my 2+ year old 2GB-of-RAM machine, so I am considering just how much power I want to play with, as I have a 25% off coupon for Dell. Gah, the things I think about when I'm able to sit at my desktop for the first time in 10+ days - but I do feel so much better, in terms of surgery-recovery, every day. Other than the fact that I can't pick up anything over 10 pounds for a few more weeks, I should be close to 100% by the weekend, I hope.
heidi: (legally)
I just posted here on [livejournal.com profile] fandom_lawyers about this case in which the Northern District of California stated that the Fair Use doctrine "permits limited use of copyright materials without the owner's permission."

A very important case for vidders, ficcers, wrockers, fanartists, teachers, librarians, academics, and basically anyone who creates transformative works of any type.

Well, I thought at least one part of the court's ruling was sparkly... )

ETA: Okay, this was really incongruous among all the SGA Is Cancelled and Devon Murray Isn't Coming to Dragon*Con misery on my flist. I don't even have a good LOLcat involving/invoking the court's ruling in the Universal case! But I'd love one!
heidi: (No Actual Spoilers)
1. It's the last few hours to bid on the vid I have up for offer in [livejournal.com profile] livelongmarry.

2. There was a vid posting early this morning - the trailer, vid and mosaic-art-thing I did for [livejournal.com profile] veronamay's amazing [livejournal.com profile] spn_j2_bigbang fic Better Elsewhere.

We've set up a comm at [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz for anyone who's interested in learning more about and/or attending [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz, since that comm is going to be for news-ish postings by the chairs and committee members. You can join [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz here - we have it set for modded posting, and will allow posts and comments on the comm that (a) eelates to the con (attending, programming, meet-ups, etc) and/or (b) has to do with San Francisco next July, or in general (restaurants, bars, tours, the nearest cheap parking garage, etc), as long as it doesn't meet LJ's "adult content" requirements. Since people from 13 on up are allowed to attend Azkatraz, we're going to keep the comm to "adult concepts".

It's not for general Harry Potter discussion, or the posting of fics, vids, art, graphics, etc that aren't also related to the con (although art and graphics and icons, etc., related to the con are very appreciated!

Over the next week, we'll put a bit of structure on the comm and make it a lot prettier, but we saw so much interest in having a place to just chatter about it already, so we wanted to meet that need asap.

We're also going to replicate the [livejournal.com profile] azkatraz and [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz comms over on Insane Journal and JournalFen sometime this week.

I just need to take a personal moment, though, and note that [livejournal.com profile] kickin_azkatraz is the 200th comm that I'm a member of. Some are completely defunct because they dealt with a specific event (like [livejournal.com profile] poa_nyc) and others are old-and-thriving (like [livejournal.com profile] hp_essays) but they're all a part of my LJ life, and it's neat to have this as the 200th among them.

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