I only have a few things to share this week, so I thought I'd remind everyone that last week's RFM was all in the comments, which you can check out here.
Give For Free:
Xandii linked me to a contest her college theatre program has entered to win a new light board. A group of students designed, directed, and filmed a four minute video and they need votes to win! Go, watch the fire-spinning, and click "like" to help Stephens College get a new lightboard!
News To Know:
mk_tortie linked me to a story called ILU-486, which is a short fictional piece about illegal abortions in a future US where birth control is outlawed. It's been getting huge attention over the weekend, well-deserved, and I'm pleased to be able to say I actually know the author and watched the formulation of the story take place. THE CIRCLE OF LIFE, GUYS.
@air_ocean on Twitter linked me to an article about PayPal requiring Smashwords to remove certain kinds of erotica from their digital shelves before doing business with them. Now, the content they want pulled -- incest, rape, and bestiality -- is like a top-three-turnoffs list for me, but financial institutions should not dictate what creative institutions choose to showcase, full stop.
spiderine and I were discussing the old "Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark" book series the other day, and she linked me to a story about how the art has been changed. I found the art in those books genuinly traumatic as a child (didn't stop me from reading them, mind you) so I can't say I'm 100% sad about it, to be honest...
pinkfinity wanted me to remind people that Ascendio is coming! Ascendio is a Harry Potter con taking place in Orlando this July, and they've extended their call for papers through the end of February. They're taking submissions not just for papers but also workshops and panels across a variety of subjects including publishing, YA lit, handcrafts, and fan culture. You can read more about Ascendio here!
Just For Fun:
If you enjoyed my story of my trip to the Vienna Beef hot dog factory a few weeks back, well, signups are open again! They book far enough out, at this point, that you could probably sign up to do the tour, then plan a Chicago vacation around it...
A Seven Nation Army: a Suits vid, to showcase what Suits would be like without USA's "Blue Skies" edict. Essentially, a trailer for an imaginary Suits-On-HBO. And a very catchy tune!
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can always post items for my attention in comments here (or on any post) or email me at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help. Remember, brevity is the soul of RFM.