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A few updates
1) The book is still not actually published in North America, but you can order it in through Powell's. Note: Given that it's being shipped from the UK to Powell's and thence to you, you will probably not be able to get it in by Christmas; I didn't find out soon enough. If you do want to buy it as a gift, it might be worth trying to order it and seeing what the shipping date is. I just don't want anyone to be disappointed if it doesn't come in on time. ETA: dandelion says that if you order today or tomorrow, they might be able to squeak it in.

2) I'm going to be posting a new Fifteen Minutes on Monday. I saw The Golden Compass at an early preview last Saturday, but I want to give people time and opportunity this weekend to see it before the parody goes up.

3) I'm going to post it a bit differently this time, in hopes of helping someone out. Erin (redscorner) needs surgery for cranial lesions and Chiari Malformations and can't afford it. She has recently suffered gamma knife radiation, seizures, and severe memory loss. (For those of you outside the US: Yes, US health care and insurance really does suck that bad.) I've been trying to help out projectdownload for a couple of months now; you can read all about it there (or at her FAQ). It's also been linked by Neil Gaiman, Will Wheaton and Something Positive. Here's what it is: she doesn't want your money. Repeat: she doesn't want your money. What she's trying to do is reach five million downloads at MegaUpload, which will net her a $10,000 reward. So she's uploaded a perfunctory "Thanks for downloading" .txt document that takes all of two seconds, literally, to download, and a number of us have been downloading this once a day. Last I heard, she was up to 143,508 points.

So what I'm asking y'all to do, if you could, if you felt inclined, is to join us in clicking this link daily (it's a direct download; you don't even have to fool with MegaUpload's website). If you don't feel like this is something you want to do, that's fine. But what I'm going to do with "The Golden Compass in Fifteen Minutes" is post it as .rtf and .pdf files on Monday, rather than post it as an actual entry here, so that people downloading the file to read it will count towards getting Erin the funds she needs for surgery. The way I look at it is, you're not giving anything up except two seconds of your time, and even if I can only persuade you to click this one time on Monday, to get the Fifteen Minutes file, you're still getting something in return. But if we could get a small army of people clicking daily, we could actually accomplish this a lot more quickly than you'd think. I have a hard time believing that, with the millions of things that millions of people click on the interwebs, we couldn't do this if enough of us kept at it long enough. So: please help?

Let the naysaying begin.

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improbabilityx From: improbabilityx Date: December 7th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a great idea! I'll do that as much as I can! *salutes*
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 7th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, at least the first comment isn't all OMG THIS IS SO OBVIOUSLY A SCAM U SUCK. Heh. And thanks. : )
queenpeladon From: queenpeladon Date: December 7th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very excited about the new parody, and very happy to help out. Your healthcase system is revolting. :(
kadath From: kadath Date: December 7th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your healthcase system is revolting. :(

For real. I keep eying Canada longingly.
From: adesso Date: December 7th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for getting the word out on this. I'd never heard of her or her plight before, but I'm glad there's something I can do to help.
wildcatlizzie From: wildcatlizzie Date: December 7th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am very happy to help out.
moonshinetears From: moonshinetears Date: December 7th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm very happy to help out. It's bookmarked on my Firefox toolbar, so I'll be sure to click daily.

And I'm very excited for the new parody.
kireina From: kireina Date: December 7th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I clicked and downloaded to help out. It's true about US healthcare; you're basically fucked if you don't have insurrence (my entire family didn't have it for three years recently). I hope redscorner gets enough clicks to recieve the money.
decor_noctis From: decor_noctis Date: December 7th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wondered what projectdownload was, thanks for explaining and promoting it. I'll be sure to click every day. And I'm really excited for the new parody :)
westmoon From: westmoon Date: December 7th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for this. Am happy to help, and I'm really looking forward to the your next review and the book.
chris_walsh From: chris_walsh Date: December 7th, 2007 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
This post linked.

Thank you and bless you for doing this.
cta From: cta Date: December 7th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy to help out as well. I should add it to my firefox toolbar as well. I hope it'll all work out for her okay in the end. Your health system is really bad.

also, wow, I had no idea that he had literally chosen to use the word "panserbjørne" in the English version of the books. I'm assuming it's because they live on Svalbard, which is Norwegian, because it only really makes any sense in Danish and Norwegian (and maybe Swedish? I don't know, I'm Danish). It means "armoured bear", literally. I guess that sounded too ridiculous in English?

Case in point, I really need to read these books in English.
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 7th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
They call them both "armoured bears" and "ice bears" as well; I think the implication is that "panserbjørne" is the local/original word--like when Lyra gets to Svalbard, that's what they call them. But yes, panserbjørne is used at times in the English version of the books. I used it on the icon because the original phrasing--from a Lost recap I did, I think?--was "omgwtfpolarbear" and sounds kind of similar, with the P and the B.
mhari From: mhari Date: December 7th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep meaning to bookmark projectdownload -- thanks for reminding me. :)
blondebeaker From: blondebeaker Date: December 7th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I clicked! And I will be clicking until she gets her goal!
dancesontrains From: dancesontrains Date: December 7th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, your icon :)
mustang_bex1126 From: mustang_bex1126 Date: December 7th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to start clicking and keep clicking and see if I can't recruit some friends of mine to help as well. In all honesty, I haven't been part of the campaign thus far out of sheer laziness, and for that I am ashamed in myself. I *do* live in the US and have witnessed the horrors of our atrociously lacking healthcare system. Way to go Cleo!
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 7th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, some days I've meant to click and somehow forgot--part of the reason I keep the PD button on my entries is so that I remember.
dancesontrains From: dancesontrains Date: December 7th, 2007 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a really good idea;I've downloaded the file, and will do so every day for as long as necessary.
evewithanapple From: evewithanapple Date: December 7th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Has anyone tried taking Erin's story to the national media? In the wake of Sicko, it might galvanize enough people to act- both in Erin's case, and in your shitty healthcare system in general.
From: jcipa Date: December 7th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Seconded. Perhaps more national publicity would also inspire some medical professionals to volunteer their services, and that sort of thing.
chickadee1607 From: chickadee1607 Date: December 7th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
How can I post the link on Facebook?
chickadee1607 From: chickadee1607 Date: December 7th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Never mind, I found the Project Erin link.
fanfic_lover From: fanfic_lover Date: December 7th, 2007 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another vote in favour of this!

The American healthcare system seems as disaster. In Northern Ireland we have our own section of the UK's NHS and though it can be bad at times, and some of the waiting lists are far too long, at least it's free.

This is a great way to help out someone who really needs it.

So excited about the new parody, too! Seeing the movie Saturday night and I can't wait.
From: quitemercurial Date: December 7th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't say I entirely feel her pain because her situation is so ... well, bad, compared to any of mine, but I know how the health care system in the U.S. is terrible. So, I'll definitely click.
brandied_plum From: brandied_plum Date: December 7th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I feel incredibly ashamed of our healthcare system. But I'll click the link on both computers everyday. :D And poke my brothers and parents to click in on their computers, too.

And now I'll need to go see Golden Compass this weekend so I can check out the parody on Monday.
theloa From: theloa Date: December 7th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy to help. I was a bit concerned when I saw that it said "only from qualifying countries" but as it turns out the list contains 92 of them and my country is among them.
frenchmoodle From: frenchmoodle Date: December 7th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Does it work if I download it more than once a day?
ladyyatexel From: ladyyatexel Date: December 7th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, sadly. It's once a day from any single IP address is all that counts for her. I've been downloading for a few months once at my college at once at home to help boost it.
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smithy161 From: smithy161 Date: December 7th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is an absolutely brillaint idea. Well done. (And your health system scares me more than a bit)
more_dragoncelt From: more_dragoncelt Date: December 7th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
You got my support.

P.S. US ain't the only country with nasty ass healthcare coverage. Just sayin'.
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 7th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I just know that in charity efforts, you always have some really indignant people who won't believe that you can't get whatever you need if you live in the US. We have great advances and technologies--people fly in from around the world to get various procedures and treatments--but that doesn't mean it's always available or affordable.
utkari02 From: utkari02 Date: December 7th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I downloaded it, and I posted it on my journal!
eofs From: eofs Date: December 7th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Have you considered posting this in a few instalments? That way it would spread the clicks over a few days. If just 1/3 of the people who friend this comm check their flists daily, you'd have 15,000 clicks across three parts, 25,000 across five etc. I think 5-7 (the latter being a full week, of course) would be the max it could stand to be. That's without having read it, mind.
cleolinda From: cleolinda Date: December 7th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, that's true.
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