starsandatoms: ([real life] y solo encontrar paz)
H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, has been reported by its Committee to the full House of Representatives.

H.R. 4635 is a bill that, if passed, will lift all restrictions on travel to Cuba and remove certain restrictions on selling agricultural products to Cuba. Currently, legislation severely restricts American citizens from traveling to Cuba, and the embargo (known in Cuba as el bloqueo - the blockade) makes it incredibly difficult for farmers to sell their products in Cuba. There are several reasons to support this bill: Perhaps the most obvious is that US policy towards Cuba in general has always banked on the Castro regime dying out (sometimes literally) in the next few years...for half a century. Another is that the travel restrictions impinge on the rights of Americans to travel where they see fit, including Cuban-Americans who have no surviving relatives on the island. Opening up agricultural trade to Cuba will not only likely help with the food shortages on the island, but stimulate the economy and open up jobs for Americans.

Please consider contacting your Representative in support of this bill. You can find your representative here; even one email can make a difference.

The email I sent: )

And five reasons why this bill is a good start, but not enough: )

Please feel free to link to this post or ask questions; I am always happy to provide citations. Crossposted everywhere, because this is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart, for obvious reasons.
starsandatoms: ([doctor who] Eleven!)


Este Momento Suspendido En El Tiempo (Or, You And Me And The Doctor Makes Three)


A few things to know before checking it out:

1. Half the songs are in Spanish!
2. It has spoilers for the whole season!

Full-sized Cover Art! )
starsandatoms: ([geek] boom de ya da)
What with all the bingo cards going around, I unfortunately still haven't seen the one I REALLY want to see: Science Porn Bingo. I would be all over that.

SO, if you want, comment with something sciencey that you want to see in a fic. If enough people comment, I'll make a bingo card and try to get bingo! Feel free to comment with more than one prompt, although if it's something that's not astronomy, physics, or computer science, a Wikipedia link would be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully this will help me get my fanfic-writing groove back, as it absconded somewhere around halfway through the semester and is still MIA.
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So, yesterday the US called for Cuba to release its political prisoners.

Also yesterday, the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five announced that they had documents that show that the Broadcasting Board of Directors (a federal agency) paid journalists large sums of money during the trial. These journalists went on to report heavily against the Cuban Five, including reporting on statements that had been made that the jury weren't supposed to hear, as they were procedural and possibly prejudicial. (The jury for the Cuban Five trial was never sequestered, meaning that they had access to this information the whole time.)

I don't have a Washington Post link for you for that. Or a New York Times link. So far it's been covered in Cuban papers, CubaHeadlines.com, and...nowhere else.

I could talk about the Cuban Five, and the injustices that were done to them, but I've already done that here (they're number 4). There are a couple things I didn't mention in that post, though, like the fact that the trial was held in Miami (I dare you to find a location more biased against supporters of the Cuban government - and did I mention that's where Brothers to the Rescue is based?), that they were never sequestered, and how essentially the entire setup of the trial was inherently biased against the Five?

I could talk about how the lack of press coverage is another sign of an incredibly overarching and depressing fact - that Americans just plain don't care about Cuba, even though the US is everywhere in Cuba, especially in its effects, and especially in the effects of the embargo (see #3 in that post), but I can feel my blood pressure rising even now.

I usually cut for posts this long. For that matter, I usually friends-lock pretty much everything. Except I happen to think this is incredibly important, and, quite frankly, most people aren't going to get this information anywhere else. So please, if you're reading this, consider linking to the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five's page, or even this post, because like I said: Nobody's going to get this information anywhere else.

The US is calling for Cuba to release its political prisoners. I only think it's fair if we demand the same of ourselves.
starsandatoms: ([geek] boom de ya da)
We're bringing science back.

Bring your geekiest Trek fanfic prompts to the SciFi Ghetto - accepting prompts for twenty-four more hours! Prompt post is here; FAQ is here; userinfo here.
starsandatoms: ([geek] boom de ya da)
We're bringing science back.

Bring your geekiest Trek fanfic prompts to the SciFi Ghetto - accepting prompts for five more days! Prompt post is here; FAQ is here; userinfo here.
starsandatoms: ([trek] Spock)
...this time for [livejournal.com profile] help_chile. Here is my thread; note that this time I'm offering three fics to the top three bidders, minimum length of 1000 words each.

Please consider buying something at this auction, even if it's not me. Other threads are fanmixes/fanvids, fanfic, and fanart/graphics. Also, there's a thread for fanfic en español.
starsandatoms: ([geek] boom de ya da)
Just a quick Cassinispam I put together. Featuring Saturn, Saturn's moons, and a cameo by Jupiter. All pictures taken by the Cassini-Huygens space probe.

Beneath the cut! )

I have the distinct feeling these things may become weekly, or at least somewhat regular. In case that ends up happening, feel free to let me know other (astronomical) things you'd like to see picspammed - the next one will definitely include the Pleiades, but you never know, I may shake things up and throw some atmospheric halos in there.
starsandatoms: ([geek] boom de ya da)
[livejournal.com profile] scifi_ghetto is now open for prompts!

Ever wondered why there are no fics about your favorite nebula? Why we never see Spock actually doing ~*~science~*~? Why nobody seems quite willing to acknowledge that the Enterprise is a closed system?

Well, prompt away. It can be math, it can be science, it can be coding, it can be as detailed or laconic as you want, so long as it is dorky as hell. Prompts will be open for about one week (until March 10th), at which point it will be run as a Science Battle. Right now it's just Star Trek, but if there's interest in opening it up to other fandoms, I'm totally up for that too.
starsandatoms: ([trek] Spock)
Title: Five Times Jim Was Neurotically Mothered By His Crew (And One Time He Mothered Them Right Back)
Rating: PG for mentions of violence
Summary: It says a lot about his life that Jim's no longer surprised to be waking up in sickbay with no idea of how he got there.
Notes: Written for [livejournal.com profile] extraonions for [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti, who said "I am a big fan of hurt/comfort, Kirk!whump, any kind of story where the other characters are concerned about Kirk, discuss these concerns with each other, and generally hover and mother hen him (either with or without him noticing). You can write me 1,000 words of everyone on the Enterprise monitoring Kirk's emotional state and nutritional intake and making him wear mittens and it will hit every button I have :)." I may have taken this a bit more literally than it was intended. I hope you enjoy it! :D Huge thanks to Ari and Rachel for the beta.

About 6,000 words. )
starsandatoms: ([geek] boom de ya da)
Ladies and gentlefolk, I present to you a picspam of universal proportions.

It never gets old.
"It never gets old."
"Nope."
"It kinda makes you want to..."
"Break into a picspam?"
"Yep."


So very, very not dial-up friendly. )
starsandatoms: (Default)
THE MEME
1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them
3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
4. Post to your own journal.

[livejournal.com profile] bookelfe gave me: a comedy about SPACE DETECTIVES, traveling the stars to solve crime!



Wacky space hijinks under the cut! )
starsandatoms: ([doctor who] TARDIS)
So I got my role for Crazy Ideas in Physics, and now I just need to name it. I've got most of the backstory worked out, pending Scott's approval - most of it's supposed to be fill-in-the-blanks, but I want to make sure that I'm filling them in right, et cetera - but I feel like I need to have a really good name for this.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 2


What should my science-y name be?

View Answers

Doctor Elizabeth Shaw
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Doctor Martha Jones
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Doctor Donna Noble
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Doctor Samantha Carter
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Doctor Zoe Herriot
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Some witty combination thereof which I will helpfully describe in the comments
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Doctor Ticky Box
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I have to admit that right now I'm leaning towards Liz Shaw or Zoe Herriot, because I feel like they're sufficiently subtle yet simultaneously kickass. Martha, Donna, and Sam are all a bit too recent, and thus may get vetoed, and also I know for a fact that several of my classmates at least watch new Who - so I'm thinking old-school may be the way to go. Sarah Jane Shaw might be a nice one, though...

Off to do homework. fml.
starsandatoms: ([real life] yo soy una mujer sincera)
On Hiatus

This journal is on hiatus from August 22nd through December 20th, 2009.
starsandatoms: ([trek] Spock)
Title: Ship Leave
Rating: PG-13 for violence, references to torture and captivity, and stab wounds
Summary: Two years after embarking on her maiden voyage, the Enterprise returns to Earth for some holiday-season shore leave after a typical mission-gone-wrong. Then things go wronger.
Author's note: Part three of three. This section's wordcount: about 8,000.

Part Three )
starsandatoms: ([trek] Spock)
Title: Ship Leave
Rating: PG-13 for violence, references to torture and captivity, and stab wounds
Summary: Two years after embarking on her maiden voyage, the Enterprise returns to Earth for some holiday-season shore leave after a typical mission-gone-wrong. Then things go wronger.
Author's note: Part two of three. Word count for this part: about 8,000.

Part Two )
starsandatoms: ([trek] Spock)
Title: Ship Leave
Rating: PG-13 for violence, references to torture and captivity, and stab wounds
Summary: Two years after embarking on her maiden voyage, the Enterprise returns to Earth for some holiday-season shore leave after a typical mission-gone-wrong. Then things go wronger.
Author's note: I have no idea if "ship leave" is an actual term, but "shore leave" as a title didn't make any sense and also I'm pretty sure it was already taken. Due to severely limited and insanely expensive internet access, I won't be able to reply to comments or make changes, although of course concrit and/or pointing and laughing at silly typos are always appreciated, as is lavish praise. (For similar reasons, virtually no research went into this fic, so all the messed-up deck numbers are all my own fault.) Word count for this part: about 8,500.

Part One )

Prey

Sep. 13th, 2009 08:53 pm
starsandatoms: ([merlin] mira que soy cazador)
Title: Prey Fandom: Merlin Spoilers: Through series 1 Summary: Arthur hears the baying of wolves as he awakens. 6,400 words )
starsandatoms: (Default)
Title: No Plot, No Problem
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Rating: PG
Summary: November strikes the Enterprise.
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] cliche_bingo prompt "crack fic." NaNoWriMo fic counts as crack, right?

2,000 words, or slightly more than the daily wordcount. )