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Hiatus

You know, it occurred to me that I should probably let people know whether or not I'm dead.

So, hi! I'm here. Kind of. Actually I'm at a friend's place writing this because it's like, one of the only opportunities I get where I can do it. Where I live right now is a little screwed up. I use a shared internet connection with other people I live with, who have suddenly become obsessed with some kind of weirdness involving censorship. They decided to turn on the most obnoxious kind of content blocker, and lo and behold Inkbunny and FurAffinity, among other websites such as e621 and f-list are blocked for me now. Great, right? To be fair, they do have a kid they claim is the reason for the blocker. To be reasonable, he's 17, already gets laid a fair amount, and there's not really anything to hide from this kid anymore because he's had porn access for 90% of his adolescence.

Yes, I've tried reasoning. Yes, I've tried bribing. Yes, I've argued it's stupid and unfair to force this on another grown adult. No, I can't afford my own network. Yes, I have friends who are trained in network administration, and they have confirmed that there is no bypassing this variety of filter, currently; it's a newer kind and there's not reliable workaround yet--we've been trying for about half a year now (boy, have we been trying). No, I'm not in a position where I can move... But hopefully this will blow over soon. These kinds of bizarre, extreme things have come and gone in the past.

Yes, I'm still drawing. No, it's not the same; it's far more encouraging to know my drawing are going to reach my audiences, and every day I seethe with frustration because they currently cannot. Yes, I would still love to show all of you what I've done...!

Pixiv and Weasyl, so far, are under the radar and have not been blocked. I don't know how people feel about those sites, but their layouts are nice and I wouldn't mind uploading there if people were interested, even if it were just for getting around this annoying situation. Let me know what you think--it's been half a year and I'm getting sour of not being able to touch base with you guys!
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Added: 4 years, 11 months ago
 
LoopHoss
4 years, 11 months ago
Well, I have a Weasyl, just haven't been very active there at all. It's a nice site just a little different. I think it might be a good idea for you given your current situation, I mean it might improve your moral by just getting to put something up, even though your biggest audience might be here and on FA. :3
Packmind
4 years, 11 months ago
That's pretty good reasoning, Loop. Thanks for the extra words! It's hard to get the courage to start something new without a little help sometimes.
LoopHoss
4 years, 11 months ago
You're welcome!
dahan
4 years, 11 months ago
That sucks :( Maybe a VPN service would work? People in China use them to get around the Great Firewall, so they should work for getting around annoying web filters too :) I don't know of any free ones though (but I haven't looked real hard either).

I don't have a Weasyl account, but I'm on Pixiv and don't mind following you over there :)
dahan
4 years, 11 months ago
Actually, I just remembered that Tor is free... maybe that would be enough to get around the filters.
Packmind
4 years, 11 months ago
I'm actually using Tor to write this! However, uploading on such a limited connection is difficult if not impossible. Also, FurAffinity just outright blocks all Tor nodes. If FA's not willing to meet me halfway, there's nothing I can do there. Thanks for the info though. It does work wonders for nightly browsing, though not so good for clicking random links.
Sapp
4 years, 8 months ago
I just saw this wondering what had happened to you; if you're still in constrained circumstances and haven't made a Weasyl yet, you absolutely should. That's a site that actually does constant development on the services it provides, unlike FA which has basically been unchanged in terms of services since inception.
Sirvioux
3 years, 1 month ago
you doin' ok now?
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