Sep. 22nd, 2014 10:03 pm
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I got very little of my to-do list done, but I did go to the ophthalmologist to get my FIVE COUNT THEM FIVE styes taken care of. And then to City Hall (which, like our city's high school, looks creepily like Hogwarts--only city hall is apparently the Italian villa version of Hogwarts) to get recycling signs for garbage recycling cans so we can actually put out our recyclables, then to the pharmacy.

Then back, talked to J, then headed out to the local running club/team practice, where I was soundly trounced by running 100m intervals (I ran about a total of 2k). Then back to the pharmacy.

Also, I have nominated fandoms for Yuletide, to wit:

Famous Blue Raincoat (Song)
-Narrator (Famous Blue Raincoat)
-Jane (Famous Blue Raincoat)
-Thin Gypsy Thief

Because, damnit, there should be more than three works in this fandom and I want more wistfully polyamorously ever after endings! Or at least someone to write me badass Jane POV!

Junior League
-Dima Schukin

Because, hockey! Played by teenagers! Woobies everywhere! And hockey! Or, as someone I follow on tumblr put it, "Mighty Ducks played out over 20 episodes." (I apologize, everyone who actually watches Junior League, but I was too tired to look up full names, so if someone wants to give them to me, I'll change them in my nomination.) Also feeling sheepish that I didn't nominate any of the girls, but I haven't got very far in and I absolutely don't want to read anything ever about Marina.)

Android: Netrunner
-Noise (Android: Netrunner)
-Gabriel Santiago
-Kate "Mac" McCaffrey

Because Spouse and I have been playing quite a bit of Netrunner and all the flavor text makes me want to know more about the world and the characters in it. This is the fandom I least expect to actually make the cut, because it's a board game (actually a living card game) that no one else I know plays, and who else would request/offer it? (I'd actually totally love to offer it, unlike the other two, where I want someone else to write me ALL THE FIC.)

Now I am hungry and pleased with myself for doing SEVERAL DIFFICULT THINGS today and figuring out what I'm going to do about a public health social work internship, so COOKIES. Or apple pie. I've really been craving pies and pasties lately.
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Sep. 22nd, 2014 09:51 pm
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Is there a gender-neutral (or otherwise more inclusive) alternative to "ladies and gentlemen"? Not sure "friends, Romans, country[people]" is quite what I'm looking for either.

Good people? Gentlefolk?


Sep. 22nd, 2014 09:25 pm
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Open Road Media apparently decided that the most appropriate date to release a new John Norman novel was April 1st.

Sidetracks - September 22, 2014

Sep. 22nd, 2014 08:18 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.

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Liveblogging the pilot of Gotham

Sep. 22nd, 2014 07:09 pm
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Because why not?

Read more... )

Overall: very enjoy, much watch again.

Sleepy Hollow time! Perfect for the first day of autumn. Happy fall, guys! (And a happy spring to my lovelies in the southern hemisphere!)

VIDEO: Thousands of Kurds flee Syria

Sep. 22nd, 2014 10:19 pm
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Mark Lowen speaks to refugees on Turkey's border with Syria, as the Turkish government says more than 130,000 Syrian Kurds have crossed over in the last three days to try to escape IS militants.
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Hey guys, so glad to see people are still getting something out of this community!

A little while ago eosrose asked if there was a way to indicate fic they've left kudos for/commented on.

In the discussion flamebyrd explained that as AO3 doesn't display that info at all, or even that you've visited a page except for your browser's own history, so no way to use the data and make it more obvious.

I'm wondering though if there is a script for Greasemonkey/Tampermonkey that would show that the top of a fic page with the regular header info that you've left kudos/commented/bookmarked this fic? I find it really odd and a bit annoying that you have to reattempt any of these functions to find out you've already done them. And it would of cause help us to quickly recognise that we have in fact read that fic already (something I am pretty poor at, now that I don't use or pinboard regularly).

Any help appreciated (even if it's to tell me it can't be done).

The Startup CEO's Daily Bag

Sep. 23rd, 2014 12:00 am
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Posted by Thorin Klosowski

The Startup CEO's Daily Bag

Being a CEO at a startup can mean just about anything these days, but you usually need to be prepared for a lot of different things while still being mobile. Everyday Carry reader Colin Ryan shares his bag.


Any of y'all know much about juries?

Sep. 22nd, 2014 05:08 pm
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I have jury duty tomorrow -- unless I call the automated thingy this evening and find out that I don't have to report.

I have never served on a jury, but I would like to. I think it would be interesting. Also, it's a civic responsibility that I take seriously.

However, I am on permanent federal (US) disability for depression that is insufficiently responsive to medication. Or, to put it another way, I have a government-certified mental illness, one serious enough to mean I can't hold down a job (which I profoundly regret, but it's inarguably true.)

My question: Would I ever be allowed to serve? Or would my presence on a jury automatically create grounds for appeal if we turned in a guilty verdict? Or some other scenario I can't envision? Will I always, inevitably, automatically be passed over?

Does anyone out there in DW / LJ land know anyone who might have an answer? The only legal professionals I'm acquainted with in my RL circles are in family law, not criminal or... tort? Is that the right term? Anyway, the legal folks I know do not deal with jury trials.

Anybody have a clue or two for me? Googling has provided only vagueness and maybe, dunno, hard to say.

Sign-ups Close

Sep. 22nd, 2014 08:02 pm
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And Sign-ups are now closed. We have a total of 169 accounts participating. Requests have been revealed and the collection is now open for gifts (for those that already started). Due to the amount of participants pinch hits will be done by google groups. Details for that to come later.

Keep an eye out on your email accounts. If there is no one that can you can make a gift for I will be sending an email which you will have 24 hours to respond to or you may be deleted from the exchange.
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Posted by Patrick Allan

Get Perfect French Toast by Drying Your Bread in the Oven First

French toast is a classic breakfast staple, but it's hard to find the perfect balance of moisture. Drying out your bread slices beforehand can keep the interior from getting too soggy.


'No concerns over Gerrard' - Rodgers

Sep. 22nd, 2014 11:10 pm
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he has no concerns about the form of club captain Steven Gerrard.

I. Can't. Stand. It.

Sep. 22nd, 2014 06:48 pm
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The new issue of "The Atlantic" has published a short story written in second person.

I got nothin'.


ALL THE FICTION THAT GETS SUBMITTED TO THEM. And they choose to publish a story in second person.

*lies on floor*


Sep. 23rd, 2014 07:56 am
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When Hana plays a lot and is tired, Maru challenges her to tag.

Hana:[I cannot move any more.]

Maru:[You seem to be really tired. I may beat you now.]

However, Hana has already known that Maru does so.

Hana:[Just kidding!]

Hana pretended to be tired and became the decoy.



All is Well With Wylla

Sep. 22nd, 2014 04:36 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

I just got home from picking up a very happy Wylla.  All went well, and she now has a bright, sparkly smile.  Before we left the parking lot of the vet's office, she sat on my lap, making biscuits and giving lots of purrs, squeaks, and love.  She was super chatty, and seemed to be telling me all about her experiences that day, and some of the weird dreams she had under the anesthesia.

As soon as we got back to the house, she had a little snack,  then said hello to Bean who had sauntered downstairs to greet us.

She's doing fine, and the only evidence of the day are a couple of shaved patches on her front legs that were made while they were searching for a vein for the IV catheter.  It looks like she's wearing a tiny pair of Ugg boots.  I'll try to get a picture of them before the fur grows back - it's adorable.  

Thanks for all the good thoughts today!  They worked! Our wee girl did great!


... yeah okay it's official

Sep. 23rd, 2014 12:30 am
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I have watched half a season of Orphan Black this evening, which I am pretty sure makes me a fan.

(Also achieved: redcurrants removed from stalks, Ribiselkuchen, first batch of apples stewed, dinnerfoods, washing up, probably shortly taking the recycling out. Many thanks to fabbo housemate for company and conversation and assistance and all that good stuff. <3)

ps dear self: (1) some sunshine from April; (2) you started loratadine today.
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India's Mars Orbiter Mission is set to reach Mars on Wednesday, just days after a U.S. NASA probe began its orbit around the Red Planet. The difference? India did it on a much tighter budget.

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Cover for The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf

Ashala Wolf is an Illegal: a human being with a special power in a world where such powers are outlawed. She is also leader of the Tribe, a group of runaway children who are likewise gifted. When one of them betrays her into the hands of a sadistic government official, she must fight with everything she has to protect the rest of the Tribe.

I read this book as part of the Diverse Universe reading challenge and I feel it was a great choice. Diversity is very much at the heart of this story. Ashala Wolf is of Aboriginal ancestry, as is the author. However, Kwaymullina chooses not to focus too strongly on this and instead presents a world where race no longer holds relevance. In the wake of the apocalypse, humanity had more to worry about than skin colour, and there are characters of varying heritages living alongside each other without regard for race. Rather than erasing people of colour, Kwaymullina shows a world where they have equality.

This world is not without its own issues. People are now divided into different categories. In the three hundred years since the apocalypse, humanity’s remnants have focused on maintaining a nebulous Balance. People with powers considered strong enough to disrupt the Balance are deemed Illegals and confined to detention camps. The language (Illegals, Citizens, detention camps) clearly connects the story to current Australian issues of race and human rights. Creating a new minority instead of focusing directly on existing ones allows these issues to be presented in a way that is less confronting and more accessible to a young adult market.

As is the fashion with most YA, the novel is told from a first person point-of-view. Ashala Wolf is an engaging but not entirely reliable narrator.  I appreciated seeing both her defiant strength and the way she wears her heart on her sleeve. These qualities make her an excellent leader and create an uneasy relationship between Ashala and her guard Connor that strongly reminded me of Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell (a book I adore). This ultimately made it a little predictable for me, but I found I didn’t mind.

The Tribe members were quite distinct, with very individual flaws. Most of the adult characters lacked nuance in comparison. Since The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf is a debut novel and the first book in a series, I hope this shortcoming might be rectified later.

Kwaymullina uses an unusual story structure that probably won’t appeal to everyone and it causes an otherwise fast-paced novel to flag a little in the middle. However, I felt this was a necessary change of pace that fit in well with the plot. It was the last confrontation of the novel that left me somewhat unsatisfied, as it lacked enough weight and foreshadowing for it to seem like more than simply a plot device.

Overall, I found The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf to be an excellent read, making me glad I participated in the Diverse Universe reading challenge. I will definitely hunt down the next book in the series.

If you’re interested in reading more reviews connected to the Diverse Universe reading challenge, you can find them collected at BookLust.



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Sep. 22nd, 2014 06:44 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2820 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Sons of Gondor

Sep. 22nd, 2014 05:35 pm
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For all your Gondor-related desires - Anything Aragorn, Boromir, Faramir, or anyone else even remotely connected to the kingdom of Gondor! Mini trick-or-treat exchange, for both art and fic (500 words or more), any genre and RPF if you want it~

Signups still open here until Tuesday night!
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As one of the concerns brought up regarding the Frenkel decision was that all available reports were not considered, the subcommittee convened to consider Rose Lemberg's report would like to ask if anyone has additional information about the events publicly discussed by Rose Lemberg and Saira Ali and Alex Daly MacFarlane that they would like to make WisCon aware of at this time.

We do have Rose Lemberg's report, Saira Ali and Alex Dally MacFarlane's open letter to WisCon, and WisCon's other correspondence with Rose Lemberg, FJ Bergmann, Saira Ali, Alex Dally MacFarlane, and other witnesses. If you have additional statements or information, please email it to by Monday, October 6.
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Posted by Patrick Allan

Build a Face-Recognizing Safe with a Raspberry Pi

Having a safe is a great way to store your valuables, and now you can lock them away in a DIY, face-recognizing setup with a some free software, a Raspberry Pi, and a Pi camera.


*sneaks onto Internet*

Sep. 22nd, 2014 01:51 pm
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The Avengersfest stories are up, and anonymous for the rest of the week. I haven't had time to do more than read my gift story, but it looks like there's a nice wide spread of pairings and characters. The story I wrote is incredibly obvious, I suspect, especially to people who've read my SGA stuff, which it closely resembles (in fact, I think I wrote at least two stories in SGA with this exact plot). I have some things I want to say about the process of writing it, though, which obviously I can't say yet!

And I was gifted a great outside-POV, post-Winter Soldier story, which I really enjoyed:

Not Doing This Alone (8254 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), Hawkeye (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Original Character(s), Clint Barton & Original Character(s), Natasha Romanov & Original Character(s), Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, James "Bucky" Barnes & Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Original Characters, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, POV Original Character, Homelessness, Brooklyn, Recovery, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, steve/bucky if you squint - Freeform
Summary: Unless you don’t got nowhere else to go, you don’t come down Blake Street way. It’s cold and there’s no shelter, ‘cept for what condemned lots provide. Got worse after the aliens though. One of them sled thingies crashed straight through the front of 37. Don’t matter all that much, ‘cos no one ‘cept homeless have lived there for years, but weird rotting alien bodies and that sled thing brought Feds and Blake Street ain’t the place anyone wants Feds. Full of people just making do, ‘cept Feds think that’s illegal. Fuckin’ Feds.
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Evernote for Mac Rebuilds the Notes Editor, Improves Tables, and More

Mac: Evernote released an update to its Mac app today that adds a few new features and clears up some bugs. The new features include a new notes editor, image resizing, improved tables, and more.



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