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The news out of Fukushima Daiichi is mixed but possibly looking very slightly up for the time being--radiation levels 500m away have decreased slightly, as has the temperature detected in the No. 5 fuel pool, and they hope to have power to the cooling systems on Nos. 1 and 2 by sometime on the 20th Japan time. The NHK has been broadcasting some handheld video taken by one of the JSDF personnel (?) inside the plant yesterday that's rather disconcerting--there's rubble all over the ground and the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors are clearly heavily damaged, but the sun is shining and the sky is perfectly blue. In the meantime, increased levels of Cesium-137 and Iodine-135 have been detected in spinach and milk from near the plant, and the number of people confirmed missing or dead has risen above 19,000.


But I started this post to talk about two awesome OTW things, yes, that's right.

The Archive of Our Own is gearing up to host fanart on its servers! *throws confetti*

The OTW is hosting an open ballot on naming the seven new AO3 servers until 22 March!

And on a related note, the Ada Initiative has a survey about women in open technology and culture (i.e. projects like the OTW, the AO3, DW, Wikipedia, etc…).