"I talk about the gods, I am an atheist. But I am an artist too, and therefore a liar. Distrust everything I say. I am telling the truth."

--Ursula K. Leguin

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Posts Tagged: 'psa'

Oct. 22nd, 2009

Public Service: Yes, get the vaccine

Okay, this has come up one my reading lists, so I figured I should give the short version, here.

Very short low-down on swine flu, aka h1n1 novel virus: It's not horribly deadly it just spreads really fast and no one has immunity to speak of, so yes, you should get the vaccine.

Less short but still short low-down: The swine flu is, by and large, no more dangerous than any seasonal flu. It hits with about the same intensity, so we're talking three days to two weeks of general urgh to acute misery. As always, there can be complications that lead to death; that's influenza for you.

The reason it is rated a pandemic is because of how fast and widely it spreads, due to the unfortunate fact that it is a new virus and no one has more than partial immunity. Older people have gotten more flus and have more chance of that partial immunity, young people have less.

The fear, therefore, is mostly that it will hit everyone in an entire area/campus/town all at once and cause severe problems in basic functioning because everyone will be sick at the same time. No groceries, because there's maybe one person well enough to work at the store, no bus routes, no mail, that kind of thing. This is, of course, of especial concern when it comes to health care workers being hit right when they're needed most. If the ambulance drivers and nurses all have 104 fevers for five days, this is a huge problem.

The particular danger signs are intense nausea and the inability to keep food or liquids down, sudden dizziness, shortness of breath, or showing signs of a secondary infection like pneumonia; ignoring those signs and not getting to a hospital if they appear is a stupid thing to do, but that won't stop some people, especially young people who are used to throwing off even bad illnesses. Hence, deaths.

In summary, you should get the vaccine because, even though you may not ever get enough seasonal symptoms to notice, you are probably still a transmitter and the critical point is to stop the spread of this one.
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Sep. 5th, 2009

*blinks*

So... has anyone else noticed that gwaddiction.com has been invaded by malware? You can't even get to the site itself; the script is a random redirect.

Oy, Tyr, get on the ball, here. That archive is the only place a lot of those fics are available.

May. 3rd, 2009

Opening Celebrations and Public Service

So, I have filled my invite request list and still have two DW codes free! Anyone want them? Taken!

In other news, it keeps coming to my attention that OpenID intimidates people. It shouldn't. It's exactly like any other log-in, only easier.

To do my bit for a distributed internet, allow me to offer the following extremely simple, step-by-step (there are only two) directions for using OpenID on DW:

1) Go here and enter your LJ/IJ/JF/etc. username (like this: branchandroot.livejournal.com).

2) When the confirmation page comes up, click on "yes, always".

That's it! You're logged in, congratulations. Go comment or make an flist or load a userpic or whatever.

Now, to be really spiffy, you can add a third step.

3) Go here and enter an email address. When you get the confirmation email, click the link to validate.

Now you can receive email notification of replies to comments you make while you're logged in like this.

To log in again, just go back to that first linked page (which is also linked from the log-in form with the handy text "log in via OpenID") and enter username.livejournal.com again. Because you selected "yes, always", you won't even have to deal with the confirmation page again, because it's now automatic. For greatest ease, check the little box on the "welcome back" page that says "remember me".

OpenID is not arcane. It's just another log-in. Only easier.
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Apr. 3rd, 2009

Saimono News Flash

SAIUNKOKU MONOGATARI: PUBLISHER/FAN LOOKS INTO BUYING LICENSE TO TRANSLATE NOVELS.

Go vote in her/his interest-gauging poll if you have any interest in seeing the light novels published in English. And spread the word. Each volume has to sell a couple thousand copies to be cost-effective. Surely there are that many of us!

Mar. 29th, 2009

Comment porn!

*giggling* So, Dreamwidth is having an inaugural comment-porn event, just for the fun of it. I've posted some prompts from the anime/manga side, if anyone wants to go and look or leave some more.
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Mar. 7th, 2009

Not pros v fans

One of the Racefail 09 issues that I would particularly like people to not just believe TNH et al about is that TNH et al represent the view of all pro writers.

Some people have wondered about the general silence of the pros on the topic, which is not surprising given the vigorous efforts of et al to polarize things.

Allow me, then, to present some evidence to the contrary: another pro writer who thinks that, indeed, et al are sailing the failboat.

Jan. 4th, 2009

Registered users only

Okay, sorry everyone who's still over on LJ, but I'm switching the journal to commenting by registered (IJ) users only. I hope it will be a temporary thing, but I'm getting a small infestation of anonymice, and they're annoying the living daylights out of me. I refuse to give time or space to people who won't even be bothered to give a name when they try to disagree with me, and cower behind their lack of a return address to boot.

*sniffs*
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Oct. 8th, 2008

PSA: Vote by Mail

Fellow Ohio voters: if you want to vote by mail in the upcoming election, you can find directions at the Secretary of State website, as well as an application. It's only half a page long, nothing alarming; check number 2, General Election, sign it and stuff it in the mail. You don't have to actually be absent to use this ballot.

I encourage voting by mail. It's easy, it's un-stressful, and if you come across an Issue you never heard of before looking at the ballot, why you can put it down and go Google that issue to find out what's up with it. Same for candidates, actually, not that I expect anyone possessed of a phone and a front door has been able to avoid knowing who all the candidates are.

Fellow non-Ohio voters can find similar forms by checking their own Secretary of State website.

This has been your public service announcement for the day. Go forth and vote for better health care!

Sep. 16th, 2008

PSA / Action Call

See this post for details on Bush's last stand against reproductive rights, trying to slip it under the table the weasel.

Planned Parenthood has an email drive going to protest this 'rule' while it's possible, and I encourage everyone who doesn't want to be told that their doctors won't prescribe birth control because they personally define that as abortion to go customize the form-email and send it right freaking now.

Aug. 28th, 2008

PSA

Gmail users, if you have not seen this, you probably want to look at it.

And then go to your account and select 'always use htttps'. If you use a remote client like Thunderbird or Mail, make sure that your gmail accounts there have 'ssl' enabled.

I will never see the draw in vandalism like this. It just does not compute.
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Jun. 27th, 2008

PSA

For those who love Bleach, I would like to note, IJ has a general Bleach comm, [info]bleach_fandom. It has two quite nice mods and a wonderful lack of pairing wars so far.

And, incidentally, a spiffy new layout I have just made.

So come help keep it sane here, yeah?

Jun. 9th, 2008

Porn Battle

So, Porn Battle round four is open for prompts, and so far only one of them has really caught me. Anyone want to go add some more?

Admittedly, I seem to be leaning more toward the fluff and less toward the kink this time, so I may be SOL.
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