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Posted by Cory Doctorow

Lawrence and Wishart, a radical press founded in 1936 and formerly associated with the Communist Party of Great Britain, has asserted a copyright over "Marx-Engels Collected Works," a series of $25-50-ish hardcovers, and demanded that they be removed from the Marxist Internet Archive. As Scott McLemee notes, the editions in question were "prepared largely if not entirely with the support of old-fashioned, Soviet-era Moscow gold" and consist, in large part, of arguments about the moral bankruptcy and corrupting influence of claims of private property.

Marx-Engels Collected Works will be removed from Marxists.org on May Day. Here's a torrent of the full set.

If Lawrence & Wishart still considers itself a socialist institution, its treatment of the Archive is uncomradely at best, and arguably much worse; while if the press is now purely a capitalist enterprise, its behavior is merely stupid. I hope some of you will get in touch with the press to say that, or something else appropriate. Here’s the contact information:

Lawrence & Wishart
99a Wallis Road
London E9 5LN
subs and orders:
T: 01621 741607
editorial:
T: 020 8533 2506
F: 020 8533 736

Managing Editor: Sally Davison. sally@lwbooks.co.uk
Finance Director: Avis Greenaway. avis@lwbooks.co.uk
Permissions: permissions@lwbooks.co.uk
Website: Becky Luff office@lwbooks.co.uk
Promotions: Katharine Harris Katharine@lwbooks.co.uk

Karlo Marx and Fredrich Engels / Came to the checkout at the 7-11 [Scott McLemee/Crooked Timber]

(Image: If Karl Marx was alive..., Pete Birkinshaw, CC-BY)






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From the department of random things:

1. I have tentatively chosen a story to remix, after taking a week to slowly poke through my remixee's archive. Tonight I did a little brushing up on my familiarity with the canon in question, partly just on general principle and partly because I wanted to double check the way a few specific characters behave, individually and together. I'll probably start writing tomorrow.

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2. I talked about various church-related things a few posts back. They have been resolved as follows: A) the brunch has been rescheduled for Sunday May 18th, and I have an offer for a ride there and back; B) it's okay for me to arrive 15 minutes late to the adult RE sessions; and C) I have made an official pledge via an online form, so I need to write a check and bring it to church this Sunday or else I will forget and never pay up.

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3. I had not finished reading the Jadefest archive when authors were revealed, but I have continued to work my way through the remaining fics. This has taken a while, both because I've been reading other stuff as well, and because I was reading them in reverse word count order, so I left the longest ones for last. As of tonight, I have one story left -- Hold the Line -- which I have been highly anticipating because it's by an author I like a lot (dashery), and the summary sounds freaking awesome, to wit:

1994: The Betty Crocker conglomerate invites Dr. Jade English, celebrated astrophysicist and CEO of Skaianet Technologies, to teach one year of classes at their first foray into private education, Marjorie Husted University in Houston, Texas.

Jade says yes.

Contains violence against robots, too many background characters, Rose Lalonde on a Big Dog motorcycle, and the unspoken promise between a war-maker and those who would soldier on.


And it contains Jade English/Dave Strider, which is not a relationship I have seen before. There's a fair amount of alpha universe Dave/John (which I avoid because John/Dave is not my ship to start with, and its alpha universe iterations tend to degenerate into interminable angsty pining and completely ignore the boys' ties -- friendly, familial, romantic, whatever -- to both Rose and Jade), a lot of Dave/Rose (which I like even when it fails to mention Jade or John, because I like Dave and Rose being hopelessly codependent, okay? it's a weakness of mine), and even the occasional Jade/Rose (which, full disclosure, I have written myself, though not in an angsty pining way). But alpha universe Jade/Dave is the next best thing to nonexistent, which is sad. Old ladies deserve love too, and if Dave wants to be Jade's boy toy, I say more power to him.

Anyway, I am going off to read that now. :-)

Evon Young Finally Gets Justice

Apr. 25th, 2014 12:00 am
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Posted by Monica Roberts

I've been keeping track of the Evon Young case and the five people, Victor Stewart, Ashanti Mcalister, Billy R. Griffin, Ron Joseph Allen, and Devin L. Seaberry who were arrested and charged with the murder of the 22 year old transmasculine rapper.   

It took a while for the five people accused of his murder and their cases to work their way through the justice system in Wisconsin, but it has finally happened.  

It won't bring 'Yung LT' back, but justice has been served in this case.  And now, here's the final judicial scorecard and update of what happened to all the people involved.

Devin Seaberry, Ron Allen, Victor Stewart, Billy Griffin, Ashanti Mcalister

23 year old Devin Seaberry pled guilty to a lesser charge of second degree reckless homicide on July 2 in return for his testimony against Griffin, Mcalister and Allen.   Seaberry was sentenced to eight years in prison and seven years of extended supervision..

27 year old Victor Stewart pled guilty June 5 to second degree reckless homicide in exchange for his testimony against Griffin, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison and seven years of extended supervision.
     
19 year old Ashanti Mcalister was found guilty of first degree intentional homicide on June 27, and was sentenced on September 12 to life imprisonment.   He'll be eligible for parole in 2066.  

38 year old Ron Allen was found guilty of one count of first degree intentional homicide and sentenced April 14 to life imprisonment without the eligibility of extended supervision. 

26 year old Billy Griffin, whose first trial ended in a hung jury on June 17, was arraigned on first degree intentional homicide charges,  Just before Griffin's retrial was set to start, he plead guilty February 17 to amended charges and was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison and an additional six years and two months of extended supervision.

Storium

Apr. 24th, 2014 10:08 pm
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One of Grant's D&D players came over tonight and said, "You need to look up Storium!"

Then [personal profile] dragovianknight posted about it, too. I figured it was a cosmic nudge.

Storium is a Kickstarter project that looks like it'll lend itself to RP. I haven't quite figured out how it works, but I backed it (it looks like my offline friends may be getting into it, which is cool) and I'm currently poking around at a steampunk world. I might see if I can port Love With Teeth to it, too. That'd be interesting. :)
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This fic requires a little explanation. The mechanic used within is adapted from the computer game Bioshock Infinite, purely for my own amusement. Absolutely no knowledge of Bioshock is required to read this fic, and no actual game character or settings are used "on-screen" (this being set some 50-odd years after the canon), but the fic does spoil a couple of the key reveals of the game. If you want a quick overview (and to see the inspiration for this fairly bizarre crossover), I can't recommend this fanvid by [personal profile] violace highly enough.


Title: Laws of Gravity
Author: [personal profile] frith_in_thorns
Characters/Pairings: Neal, Elizabeth, Peter, Mozzie; mostly gen but with various alt-pairings in different sections.
Rating: T
Word count: 15,000
Content Notes: Spoilers up to the end of season 5. Acts of violence with ambiguous results. Mentions of cancer.
Other Notes: Beta-read by [livejournal.com profile] sholio, and also written for her prompt at [livejournal.com profile] collarcorner. This fills the "magical trouble" square on my [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo card.
The absolutely STUNNING art is by the amazingly talented [livejournal.com profile] kanarek13. Thank you so much! ♥ (Tell her how awesome it is!)

Summary: When the hood comes off, Neal learns that his kidnapping was masterminded in a different universe altogether, by someone utterly unexpected. And then an accident sends him tumbling between worlds, lost and in freefall…



Part 1 )

Part 2 // AO3

Anniversaries, or, what we remember

Apr. 24th, 2014 08:32 pm
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I mentioned earlier that Michael used to say that he considered NorWesCon our anniversary, because he was even worse about forgetting the date of our first date (which is one of the dates I tried to remember as an anniversary) than I am, and neither of us could ever remember the date of our commitment ceremony without digging out the paperwork for our domestic partnership registration...

(The rest of this post is at FontFolly.Net.)
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Posted by Cory Doctorow


Redditor Countbubs posted this photo of a wasps' nest built over a wooden humanoid sculpture, with the wasps' paper following the contours of the underlying form. It's a genuinely nightmarish image. (via Crazy Abalone)






Up and coming about town

Apr. 24th, 2014 10:40 pm
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The USA Science and Engineering Festival is this weekend and it sounds like it might be a lot of fun and it is free to the public, which is always nice.

Next weekend (May 2nd-4th), the AFI is showing the original Godzilla, with restored footage. This week it's the Olivier's Hamlet, Henry V, and Richard III adaptations, and My Neighbor Totoro in the Studio Ghibli Encore.

Next weekend is also Free Comic Book on the 3rd, and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and the Old Takoma Art Hop both days. I'm hoping to go to MSWF and at pick up a pair of horehound plants, as I saw some last year and I've had no luck growing them from seed.

All the world’s an app

Apr. 25th, 2014 02:00 am
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Posted by thuudung

Social media don’t lead to addiction but do lead to drama. And that’s why we spend so much time online. We fear boredom, and that’s a problem… more»

Entomophagism for all

Apr. 25th, 2014 02:00 am
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Posted by thuudung

Reluctant to bite into an insect? Consider the environmental and nutritional benefits of eating grasshoppers. Just think of them as “land shrimp”… more»

Poetry and gossip

Apr. 25th, 2014 02:00 am
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Posted by thuudung

Art is of the world, and poets are some of the best rumor-spreaders. Why immortalize gossip in poetry? Because the results are delightful… more»

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