January 24th, 2012

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Back to Middle Earth Month Bingo

Seen on the SWG site

Back to Middle-earth Month 2012: Bingo Baggins' BINGO Bash!
Back to Middle-earth Month is an annual challenge that honors Tolkien's universe and encourages creativity based on it. All Tolkien-based creative work is welcome! This year, in honor of the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit, Bingo Baggins cordially invites you to a party in March to play--what else?--BINGO! Players will choose themed BINGO cards, each block of which contains a different challenge. The first player to complete a row of five challenges wins the game!

Below, you will find the rules for the game, which will begin on March 1 and run through the month. As we prepare for this year's event, however, we are hoping that B2MeM participants will first help us in other ways.

We need your help to create a range of diverse and fun BINGO cards! A form for sending your ideas to us can be found on the Silmarillion Writers Guild archive and will be coming soon to the Many Paths to Tread archive [just as soon as Dawn chases the bugs out of it on that site!].

We need help getting the word out! B2MeM is a challenge for the entire Tolkien fandom. All formats, genres, eras, characters, and ratings are welcome. If you know other writers, artists, or groups that might be interested in the challenge, pass the word along--the more the merrier!

(Please be a good citizen on your group and make sure it's okay to make promotional posts before posting about B2MeM on other groups.)

If you own/moderate a group and would like to become a B2MeM affiliate to help us to host the challenge this year, contact any of the community moderators, and we will send challenge materials to you.

We need graphic artists to help us make participant banners for the challenge! Participants can choose their banners or learn more about making banners here.

B2MeM 2012 Rules

Start by claiming your BINGO cards. (Claim BINGO cards on the SWG or claim BINGO cards on MPTT.) You can claim as many cards as you want; obviously, the more cards you claim, the better your chance of being the first to have BINGO!
Each day, we will call a number. Numbers correspond to challenges on the BINGO cards. If you have a card with that number on it, you will have 48 hours (2 days) to begin a response for that challenge1 and report to us that you have begun a response for that challenge.
Once you report that you've started working on a challenge, a volunteer will stamp your BINGO card for that challenge.
The first person to have five stamps in a row (vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) will have BINGO and win the game! We'll keep playing until the end of the month and award banners for runners-up.

1: It is our hope that, by only requiring you to start your response, members who want to take their time on longer stories or more detailed artworks will feel they can do so without missing out on the event. As always, we trust participants to decide what counts as having started a response. There are no rules regarding minimum word counts, time spent on the project, et cetera.
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The fiasco continues

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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