This week in the Slacktiverse, August 30th, 2015

(posted by chris the cynic; written by members of The Slacktiverse)

The Blogaround

  • chris the cynic wrote:
    • Probably because I had patents on my mind the week before, this week I wrote about the differences between patent law and copyright law.  Patent law is meant to encourage innovation for the public good; copyright law is meant to protect corporate interests in ways that ignore the public good and disservice future generations.  I wrote about that, and I wrote what copyright law might look like if it were written with the public good in mind.
    • I wrote a bit of … I’m kind of torn on whether to call it “superhero fiction.”  I named the post that, and it definitely has a superhero in it, and what happens is entirely related to that, but it isn’t just or even mostly about the superhero.  It’s more about the person who figures out where the superhero crashed to earth after losing a fight, and heads out there to see if the hero needs help.
    • I wrote the newest installment of Forgotten Seeds, called Getting Packed, in which Kim and Shego share the plan for getting off the moon, the survivors loot everything salvage what might be of use, and an alien war machine has to be dealt with.
    • I shared some up close pictures of a dandelion’s seed head in a post called Sphere of Potential.  Actually, it was multiple excerpts of a single picture because sticking to reasonable photo-size doesn’t allow for showing the detail and the overall shape of things at the same time so it makes sense to show the same image cropped and scaled in different ways.
    • Want to know what’s making me feel overwhelmed and causing me to get frustrated to the point of screaming profanity this month?  I wrote a post that’s just venting about various such things.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week.

Things You Can Do

Lonespark gave a heads up about the submission cal for the AfroFutures anthology 2015 after learning about it from Alex:, deadline for submissions is September 19th and here’s a short description of what it’s all about (a lot more information at the link):

With a growing number of amazing speakers, academics, artists and musicians, from the U.S. and Europe [for a festival, with conferences and workshops they’re putting on], we’re looking to produce an anthology of work to help raise funds for our special guests.


The theme of the anthology is ‘what will it mean to be black in the future?’. We welcome stories that are woman positive and explore alternative sexualities and gender expression; the nature of futuristic spirituality and religion and the impact our history as black people will have on our future.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community


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