July 8th, 2012


Ad Astra is out

The first issue of Ad Astra is out, featuring some fine speculative poetry:
     "Silent Spirit" by Kenny A. Chaffin
     "String Theory" by John Philip Johnson
     "The Great Silence (Sonnet for SETI)" by Geoffrey A. Landis
     "Etilatep" by Katharyn Howd Machan
     We found a kind of vine" by Kevin Rabas
     "Knowledge Stream" by WC Roberts
    "Genome" by Jacqueline Seewald

Internet Access as a Human Right

Here's an article about internet access as a human right.

I feel that human rights come in groups.  There are survival needs (food, water, health care, etc.).  There are sanity needs (freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom to marry, etc.).  And then there are the things that a society expects people to have in order to function as members of society, such as a residence or an education.  A society is obligated to provide people with the means to meet those expectations, because not doing so forcibly excludes people from society, which is dangerous as well as immoral.  Following the rules must always be an option for everyone, or else the system is unacceptably flawed for pushing people out of bounds and then blaming them for being out of bounds.  

Internet access is moving into that category.  It used to be an advantage if you had it, because most people didn't.  Now it's expected.  And it's rapidly getting to the point where you can't do anything without it -- there are bills that can only be paid online, classes that can only be paid online, job applications, on and one.  So.  If it's expected to be ubiquitous, then it has to be provided everywhere to everyone; and if not, then it's not okay to expect total saturation as if it were ubiquitous.  Even then, honestly, some people are just not compatible with cyberspace.  I don't really think it's okay to fling them out of society for that.

Poll: Free Epic Poem in Fiorenza the Wisewoman

Based on an audience poll, the chosen series is Fiorenza the Wisewoman.  Below is a poll to pick which epic will get published.  Everyone is welcome to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open at least through Monday evening.  If there is a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little while longer.  Here are your options in series chronological order...

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silk road

Website Update: The Silk Road Allies

I've expanded the entry for The Silk Road Allies project, in which China and Italy make friends.  The Artwork page shows some sample images.  Amazingly, the photo upload function that never worked before now seems to be working.  The Contributors page describes the folks involved in the project, still under construction.  The Poetry page lists the poems in approximate chronological order, with links to those visible online.

You can also see my new icon; papyruscrow did the art.  There is also a nifty dragon-and-eagle logo, which will become the icon for the LJ community when we get that going.  I'll post more about this project as it develops.  At this stage, we're trying to figure out the project parameters before inviting more people.