What Netizen Empowerment Federation (NEF) and its Constituent Sites Need

I guess this would fit better in some ways at www.netizenfed.org but I don’t really like our interface there and, more importantly, I’d like to keep things there more thought out and official. This is probably going to be rambly.

I. Sportazine

  1. writers and podcasters for all sports. We currently don’t have near the output to compete with the big sites. You might think we never will, but that won’t keep us from trying! If you want to write/podcast about a single team or event, that is fine.
  2. Free Culture Sports Show Guest Scheduler. Currently this is one of my duties, but doing it keeps me from writing for the site.
  3. Videographer. Sportazine started working on a documentary project two years ago. Once we finalize some details, we’ll have a ton of positions for this. We’ll need cinematographers, editors, sound engineers – everything. Our original director doesn’t have time right now to go through the funding process. I’d like to do the funding without him in the hopes that he will come back. Otherwise, I’ll direct the project (I do have a BA in the subject), though I would like to be free to do the producer stuff instead of the director stuff. 

II. Cyberunions

Stephen wants everyone to join mayfirst.org. I know it’s a reasonably large ($100/year) financial commitment, but it’s the first way to show Stephen you are serious about the labor movement. If you aren’t able to afford that, they may be willing to work with you if you are passionate about the cause. If you are passionate about the labor movement, but don’t know anything about tech, then I don’t know if Cyberunions is the right place for you. We’d be happy to have other labor sites join us though!

III. Music Manumit Punkcast

Some people like genre-specific shows. This show was a bit of a companion to the Music Manumit Music Only Show (when that existed). I’d be happy for someone to take over the show. I’ve not officially closed the Punkcast like we did the Music Only Show, but the reality is I don’t have any roadmap for it coming back.

If punk isn’t your thing, but you’d be interested in doing a genre-specific show, or a general music show, we might be able to bring something under the Music Manumit name. Let me know!

IV. Music Manumit Lawcast

Writers or podcasters. This is another project for which there are really no plans to bring back. Unlike the Punkcast though, this is one where only a small subset of people is qualified. I really want to bring this back, since I’m one of those people. Once I do bring back the Lawcast, I will have some other ways you can help contribute.

V. Music Manumit

Probably the best way to help is to post the show links on social media. We’ve tried to bring people in to Music Manumit in the past, but considering Tom’s commitments to job, family, and Lorenzo’s Music, the extra layer of coordination didn’t really work out.

That said:

  1. Notetaker. Currently, this is my job, but I would love some help. I can give you access to our show notes directory.
  2. Scheduler. Really, if you think you can help with scheduling, you should probably take my spot on Ryno’s show, but if you want to work with me/Music Manumit instead of Ryno for some reason, we can talk about how you can help.
  3. Free Music Archive curator. Now that we don’t have a music only show, our curation will be a little different than it has been in the past. I think adding our closing tracks would be good though. We pick the artists, and then the artists pick the tracks (generally), so there are a couple of layers of curation, which is perfect for the FMA.

VI. Open Source Playground

  1. Recruiter. Our SysAdmin (not me) needs to find full-time employment. If you want to post any jobs in the southern midwest or SoCal, please do so.
  2. Writers/podcasters. This is another site that I don’t see myself contributing to for some time. Like the Lawcast, I do hope to contribute more eventually.

VII. RynoTheBearded

The first of our new additions. Ryno finally licensed his podcasts under CC BY.

  1. podcasters/DJs for his 24/7 stream.
  2. scheduler. Currently this is a job I do and I’m not planning on quitting, but if we can find someone else to do it, that will free me up to do other things.

VIII. Amateur Zen

The second of our two new additions! Alex hasn’t told me what he wants, if anything. The footer on his site says to share his music, site, and shows though, so that’s a good place to start!

IX. NEF Command

As an organization, NEF needs many things.

  1. Accountant. This is a job I plan on doing at some point, but it’d be great if we found someone that actually knows something about accounting, rather than me just figuring it out as we go.
  2. Social Media person. Right now, as an organization, we have basically no social media presence. All of the people involved are too busy working on their member projects.
  3. Other topical sites. There’s obviously a lot of the world we don’t cover right now. Food, business, comics, law (other than as it related to music, sports, and tech), politics, journalism (who watches the watchers?), medicine/health/safety, travel, cars, fashion, movies, TV, board games, anime, education, science, math, and engineering all immediately come to mind. The one thing that you must do to join is release under a free culture license.
  4. Whip. Between scheduling for Ryno, Music Manumit, and Sportazine, I write a lot of messages about showing up for things. Sometimes I burn out about it. For whatever reason, there seem to be some number of people in NEF that refuse to use a calendar system, or use one and simply ignore it. We’ve had a ton of no-shows to meetings. I don’t have time for that. I could definitely use some help corralling people.
  5. Comic Book Project Manager. For a variety of reasons, we have moved our comic project back to November 2015. We could theoretically get started sooner, or you could start working with NEF now, learn how we do business, and be ready to lead a successful comic book project. We already have an artist. We have some connections in the industry as well. We need someone to manage the project – make sure deadlines are met, meetings are attended, etc.

Scheduling an Unformatted with Ryno The Bearded

Updated versions of this now maintained at http://rynothebearded.com/more/scheduling-an-unformatted-with-ryno/

I. Requirements:
If you are involved in the CC-music community in some capacity other than a musician, you are eligible for Ryno’s show called Unformatted. If you are a musician, you probably want to look at Ryno’s OO show.

II. Media:
Ryno can do mumble, phone (for US numbers), Google Hangouts, or Skype.

Hangout ID: https://plus.google.com/108428833480281367548/posts
Skype ID: RynoTheBearded

III. When:
Unformatteds can be scheduled Monday through Thursday with starting times from 6PM (18h) US Central to 10PM (22h) US Central. Weekend times are also available. It may also be possible to stop by Ryno’s after show, which runs on Fridays from 8:30PM (20:30) US Central to whenever Ryno goes to bed.

IV. Questions:
Ryno has no set question list other than to ask guests for some tracks. They need not all be your tracks, but they do all need to be Creative Commons licensed.

V. Chat

Ryno uses chat extensively during his show, for an interactive audience. You can connect at http://rynothebearded.com/chat.

VI: Length

Unformatteds can last a long time. If you have a time restriction, you should let Ryno know in advance.

VII. Music Manumit
If you are here for Music Manumit, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Doug may have made a copy & paste fail. Doug does Music Manumit scheduling, but it’s totally different.

Scheduling for Ryno’s OO Show

This is an archived version of this document. For updates, please see http://rynothebearded.com/more/scheduling-for-the-oo-show/.

I. Requirements:
You must be a musician releasing under a Creative Commons license to appear on Ryno’s OO show. If you are involved in the CC community in some capacity other than a musician, you are eligible for Ryno’s show called Unformatted.

II. Media:
Ryno can do mumble, phone (for US numbers), Google Hangouts, or Skype.

Hangout ID: https://plus.google.com/108428833480281367548/posts
Skype ID: ryan.breedlove

III. When:
The OO show begins on Fridays at 6PM (18h) US Central and continues to 8:30PM (20:30) US Central. At some points of the year, the show starts at 00:00 UTC, but not always. If this time does not work for you, you may be able to schedule an Unformatted with Ryno. It is also possible to stop by Ryno’s after show, which runs from 8:30PM (20:30) US Central to whenever Ryno goes to bed.

IV. Questions:
Ryno has no set question list other than to ask guests for some tracks. They need not all be your tracks, but they do all need to be Creative Commons licensed.

V. Chat

Ryno uses chat extensively during his show, for an interactive audience. You can connect at http://rynothebearded.com/chat.

VI. Length

Expect to spend about half an hour with Ryno.

VII. Music Manumit
If you are here for Music Manumit, then you’ve come to the wrong place. Doug may have made a copy & paste fail. Doug does Music Manumit scheduling, but it’s totally different.

Blog Therapy

You know, it’s interesting. My two primary professional functions are to record my voice and to write. And yet, here I am. Most people get away from their work when they need to refresh. For some of us, as computers become an increasing part of our lives, that is hard. Maybe I should take C.Reider’s advice, get away from it all and listen to the sounds of the world.

Really though, I’m just working out the writer’s block, because as long as I have things in my head and I want to share them, I’m not going to be able to focus on writing articles for netizenfed.org, law.musicmanumit.com, sportazine.com or opensourceplayground.org.

So, I thought I might feel better after some rest (I started writing this last night) and I do. However, it has taken a while. It’s now 16:03 US Central, where I’m at right now. Better late than never!

Things Are Not Going Well

I finally got my grades back from the third semester of law school. Unfortunately, this was the worst semester yet. This was supposed to be the semester where I was closer to campus and thus wasted less time going back and forth. I was also supposed to rise above the silly required classes of first year.

Maybe it was my grandmother dying in the middle of the semester. Last fall I got sick for like a month so that had to slow me down at least as much as leaving town for the funeral.

Maybe it was concentrating too much on Patent Law and Evidence (the only two classes I am happy about). Maybe it was being in classes with 3rd years. I don’t know.

I’m not sure what to do either. Things are already not going as well as I would like with Netizen Empowerment Federation. I have three days left to find interns before the semester starts back. I was also hoping to get all of my music shows for Music Manumit done during break. I’m only up until the end of March.

I could barely be more slack than I already am during the semester on sportazine.com and opensourceplayground.org. There are other writers for both of those sites, but they are busy and not writing as much as I would have hoped. I’ve already written about options for the summer, but now that I know how the semester went, I need answers sooner than the summer. Any thoughts?

Music Manumit is looking for an intern

As already “announced” on Google Plus, I am looking to get an intern for the Music Manumit Podcast/Lawcast.

I haven’t “announced” this on the Lawcast blog because I’m not sure the best way to formulate the internship.

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far though:

An intern interested in music would be putting together our music shows in blogger and searching out great new bands releasing under remixable Creative Commons licenses. We would also have an intern interested in music help with booking bands for interviews. We have long talked about putting a live show together and that is something we may finally be able to do if we have a capable intern willing to help out with booking.
An intern interested in social media/advertising would maintain our facebook and Google Plus pages. We would likely also start a dedicated twitter account. Right now, I am just using my personal twitter account because there is too much to keep track of otherwise.
An intern interested in technology would be helping us write a script to take banshee (a Linux media player written in the mono language) playlists and get them into blogger in the most efficient way possible. This is going to take some serious regular expression manipulation. My master’s degree is in information science and I could easily speak more about the requirements for this project. We also have some projects lined up for the SIP telephony protocol.
An intern interested in law would do legal research on the Creative Commons license. This is likely where Nicholas and I can provide the most to an intern.

Is this legit?

I got this email after emailing a potential landlord on Craigslist. Does it seem legit? They followed up my request for pictures with pictures, but they could be from anywhere.
Thanks for your email and interest in renting my house..I am [name redacted],the owner of the house you are making enquiry of.Actually I resided in the house with my family, my wife and my only daughter before and presently we have moved out due to my transfer from my work now in Warsaw,Poland. Presently my house is still available for rent for $700USD (rent already includes utilities).More so Now, i’m currently in the ( West African )for an international Christian follower’s crusade. Please i want you to note that i spent a lot on my property that i want to give to you for rent,so i will solicit for your absolute maintenance of this house and want you to treat it as your own, It is not the money that is the main problem but i want you to keep it tidy all the time so that i will be glad to see it neat when i come for a check up.I also want you to let me have trust in you as i always stand on my word.. 

The house include the utilities like Heat, A/C in wall/window, Hydro, cable, Garbage Disposal, Fireplace , Fridge, stove, Dishwasher, Dryer, Breakfast Bar, Dining Table and Sofa Set,Refrigerator,Canopied deck overlooking nature.,internet access e.t.c. because of this reason and more we need a responsible person  that can take very good care of it as we are not after the money , but want it to be clean and for you to take it as if it were yours…..

This is the address of the House ([address redacted])

The rent is: $700
Security Deposit: $500
For this 2 Bedroom Home.
Pets Allowed:Dogs and Cats.
Available :Available Now for move in.

SO IF YOU ARE REALLY INTERESTED I WILL WANT YOU TO FILL THE RENT APPLICATION FORM BELOW.

                                                  RENT APPLICATION FORM.
FIRST NAME:__________?
MIDDLE NAME:__________?
LAST NAME:__________?
PROFESSION:__________?
PHONE:
(CELL)PHONE__________?
(WORK)PHONE__________?
(HOME)PHONE__________?
KIDS_____ (YES/NO), HOW MANY________
PRESENT ADDRESS: _____________________
CITY: _______________
STATE:______________
ZIP CODE: ____________
HOW LONG? ___________IF RENTING
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING__________?
IF THIS HOUSE IS BEING GIVEN TO YOU,
HOW LONG DO YOU INTEND STAYING? ____________?
WHEN DO YOU INTEND MOVING IN?______________?
IF YOU HAVE A PET,
NAME OF PET: _____________?
KIND OF PETS: _____________?
HABITS
DO YOU SMOKE ______________ ?
DO YOU DRINK ______________?
DO YOU WORK LATE NIGHT?____?.
 
Looking forward to hearing from you with all this details so that i can have it in my file in case of issuing the receipt for you and contacting you.Await your urgent reply so that we can discuss on how to get the document and the keys to you,please we are giving you all this based on trust and again i will want you to stick to your words,you know that we have not seen yet and only putting everything into Gods hands,so please do not let us down in this our property and God bless you more as you do this.The house is available for rent at the moment so you are free to move in as soon as you wish to.A Deposit of $500 (which happens to be the security deposit) is required before moving in. for more information and arrangements on how to get the keys and other necessary documents delivered to you.The house will be available for rent for a period of 4 years so you have a choice of deciding how long you intend staying there. 
 
God Bless.
[Name Redacted]

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