* Hair For Oil Spills Something I did not know and you probably didn't either: human hair and shed animal fur can be used to clean up oil spills, and this site tells how to collect it and where to send it. Quick, start brushing your cats! Seriously, the Gulf needs this now.
* Do the Write Thing For Nashville This is a writing-related auction for flood relief for the Nashville area. From the descriptions, critiques from editors and agents will be up for auction.
* Machette Whatever your feelings about Arizona's recently passed immigration law, one filmmaker has a clear position: Predators producer Robert Rodriguez, who has posted a special R-rated Cinco de Mayo trailer for his upcoming Machete This is Machete from the faux-trailer in Grindhouse: Planet Terror!
On the issue of fanfic, which I don't actually consider an issue, I'm just going to copy what I said in a comment yesterday: I read and wrote movie and TV show fanfic for twenty years, since The Empire Strikes Back came out when I was in high school. I had a huge fanzine collection, went to Mediawest (a big media fanzine convention), and later ran online archives for fanfic. It was always for play, for the sense of fun and community. Like Janni said, for most people it's not writing practice, it's writing for fun, writing for its own sake.
I've never been big on reading fanfic for books, though, because for me that's always been something where only the original could satisfy. But I think it's awesome when people have written fanfic for my books, because I know how hard it is to get it right, and it's pure joy to me that somebody would go to that much trouble because they liked my work so much. I know some writers really dislike fanfic, but it's not an attitude that I have any understanding of at all.