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Fight for Net Neutrality

This is going to be pretty quick and simple because we’re using training-wheel WordPress that doesn’t actually let us do much with respect to JavaScript stuff.

Go right now to BattleForTheNet.com and send a letter to Congress. Then call congress. Then tell other people to do the same thing.


Hey speaking of not being able to do everything you want with the Internet: if we do not actively defend the concept of an open internet, it will not exist in the near future.

The open internet is a hugely useful tool for billions of human beings. In a very short time it has gone from being a curiosity to being an essential utility.  The internet is how our mom is able to see our sister who’s half-a-world away every week. The internet is the only way most people we know pay their bills, keep in touch with their friends, find work, play, pay taxes, read news, get the weather… it’s useful.

That utility relies on net neutrality. It relies on the fact that our silly paragraphs about local events – which are of great interest to a very few Internet users – are given the exact same priority as whatever it is YouTube thinks will convince you to sign up for Red.

It is not worth destroying an essential utility in order to potentially generate slightly more profit for the few companies who happen to be on top right now. Particularly because those companies are pretty much universally dire. If they are allowed to do so, they will create an Internet that is designed to stop being a utility and start being an advertising platform whose content they control completely.

You use an ad-blocker, right? Basically everyone does? Fight to keep that ad-blocker working, fight to make the Internet a place that’s actually useful.

Go right now to BattleForTheNet.com and send a letter to Congress. Then call congress. Then tell other people to do the same thing.

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Protect Net Neutrality – July 12th Day of Action

Hello there! We at the Nerd Watch are very tiny site that hopefully you enjoy. In part because we’re super tiny, Net Neutrality is important to us! We’re a local-interest community organization that cannot possibly exist if the internet becomes a place where you pay monopolies in order to be accessible to other people.

Because of that, we’re participating in the July 12th Day of Action arranged by Fight for the Future. Here’s some information:

  • WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?

    Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)

  • WHY IS NET NEUTRALITY IMPORTANT?

    The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.

  • WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON JULY 12TH?

    Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We’ll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!

The short version is: you know how if you’ve ever dealt with Comcast, you absolutely want to have as little as possible to do with Comcast forever because they’re completely horrendous? If they manage to eliminate Net Neutrality it will not be possible to escape Comcast. Comcast will step right into your personal space at every turn and tell you which websites they would like you to see, and it will be extremely uncomfortable.

Heck we just talked about the wonderful Damn the Man, Save the Music! Kickstarter, right? Well here’s this person:

Michal Rosenn, General Counsel at Kickstarter, said: “A threat to net neutrality is a threat to the free exchange of ideas that creative culture and an informed public rely upon. Kickstarter, and the tens of thousands of creators who have brought new ideas to life through our platform, all depend on a free and open internet. We’re proud to stand alongside so many others today to preserve net neutrality, and to protect the freedoms that make the internet such a powerful force.”

This is a nationwide issue, but local creators and Valley residents are going to be negatively affected if we lose Net Neutrality. Do what you can, when you can, and participate in the July 12th Day of Action if you’re able to do so.

Thanks for reading, call your Senators and Representatives!

Local RPG Kickstarter: Damn the Man, Save the Music! by Make Big Things

Do you yearn for the nostalgic comforts of the once if not proud exactly than definitely extant record-shop? Do you not live in Northampton, near Turn It Up? Then your only recourse is to play the brand-new RPG from Make Big Things: Damn the Man, Save the Music!

In their words:

Damn the Man started as a re-imagining of Questlandia, the first game that we funded on Kickstarter in 2014. We wondered—if people like collapsing fantasy kingdoms, what about collapsing ‘90s record stores? We brought the game to conventions, and it was an immediate hit. What started as a small rules hack quickly expanded into a complete roleplaying game! We’re thrilled to re-imagine our first game into something entirely new, and we’re so happy Kickstarter has made that possible.

They’ve started a Kickstarter and almost immediately hit the goal!

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Of course that doesn’t mean you can’t support your local creators by contributing! It’s only $10 to get a PDF of the game and any stretch goals they hit! Keep the music and the locally-produced interesting experimental RPG magic going!

Give generously, save the music!

Game Night For Grownups Tonight at 7PM!

Hello! This one kind of got by us, but we feel like it’s important to let you know that if you need something to do tonight you could do worse than playing board games and donating to a charity that helps treat Pediatric AIDS!

Sign up here!

From the description:

Come out and play with us- for charity! $5/person with proceeds going to benefit Pediatric AIDS. We will be playing board and card games, some oldies but goodies and some new ones! We will be providing some games to borrow, but PLEASE bring your favorite game(s) to share and play, also! There will be a door prize and raffles, a cash bar and TONS of fun!! Questions? Feel free to contact us via FB or by phone. Kris Culton-Cantanhede 413-519-3669 or Ana Culton-Cantanhede 413-636-5089
Sponsored by Modern Myths in Northampton

Get to it! It’s at Eagles Springfield MA, 530 St. James Ave, Springfield, MA 01109!

Check out The Other Son – A Comic Kickstarter from Local Creator Anna Leue!

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Well, that does explain his absence.

Local Creator Anna Leue and excellent artist Ron Joseph have just launched a short Kickstarter campaign to get a print run of the excellent-looking Western comic The Other Son. Art looks neat, story seems like a classic Western Tale, and the printing issues have apparently already been ironed out. All that’s left is to actually get the book into the hands of eager readers!

I’ll let the creator herself pitch it to you:

The Other Son tells the story of Billy, a young man estranged from his family. Billy heads home one day after years away, hoping to make amends. But when he gets there, he discovers that he is too late: his family is dead. They’ve been murdered. He doesn’t know by whom, and he doesn’t know why, but he does know that he’s the only one left now to see things put right. It’s up to him to give his family the memorial they deserve.

You can contribute to the effort and receive in exchange either just a comic for $10, a comic and a cool poster for $20, a comic with a star sticker on it and a poster and three print issues of Anna’s webcomic Half-Man for $50, and an Executive Producer credit for $300!

Valley Nerd Watch is Officially A Pretty Nice Site says Valley Advocate

This is just a small thing but hey whatever it is neat and we feel like sharing the fact that we were in the Valley Advocate, Local Paper Of Note And Fellow Valley Prefixer!

Just a teensy blurb in their annual Halos and Horns, but it was very much appreciated. It always makes us happy to see that we’re not just shouting event suggestions into an endless void!

HALO // Valley Nerd Watch — James Olchowski, the lone superhero behind the blog Valley Nerd Watch, is on a quest to cast light on all the nerd-centric happenings in the Pioneer Valley. His weekly digest is an indispensable source for all things nerdy: card games, comics, art, entertainment, to book clubs. Majqa, Valley Nerd Watch! That’s Klingon for “well done.” Check it out at ValleyNerdWatch.com. — Peter

Thank you very much for the mention, Peter! The Advocate is a pretty great paper and we’re flattered to be mentioned.

It’s Epimas Eve!

We need to draw your attention to the wonderful Worlds Without Master, the magazine curated by the excellent Local Creator Epidiah Ravachol!

Because it’s Epimas Eve! Tomorrow is Epimas, the holiday we all celebrate and understand implicitly! In order to celebrate Epimas, Epidiah put a bunch of awesome games and stories and comics on sale in convenient sale bundles large and small!

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose a bundle from below. When you add it to your cart, you will be prompted for your gift recipient’s email address and name.
  • You will be able to download your copy of the bundle immediately.
  • Your recipient will get an email from me on Epimas morn (Dec. 24th) with instructions for downloading their copy of the bundle.
  • If you buy $45 or more, use the coupon code “Abundance” to receive an additional 20% off.

You’ve got a little while left, buy a bunch of fun things!