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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 20Plot Recap: Nephrite has bested Venus and stolen her crown! Usagi has been encouraged by Mamoru to try and win Mamoru’s heart, not realising that he’s encouraging her to be interested in him specifically. Also, Rei and Makoto sort of had a fight and Ami was left all alone. And Kamekichi still does not have a proper home to live in.

And so… Onwards to episode 20!

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Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.


Oct. 12th, 2015 11:44 pm
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Yuletide tagset:

Steerswoman Series - Rosemary Kirstein (8) ↑
Corvus (Steerswoman) Ona (Steerswoman) Reeder (Steerswoman) Willam (Steerswoman) Bel (Steerswoman) Rowan (Steerswoman) Steffie (Steerswoman) Zenna (Steerswoman)

from the Yuletide tagset

Oct. 12th, 2015 11:33 pm
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The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C- (13) ↑
Docket (The Comfortable Courtesan) Hector (The Comfortable Courtesan) Lady J- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Lord G- R- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Madame C- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Miss A- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Miss D- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Miss G- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Mr. F- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Mr. MacD- | Sandy (The Comfortable Courtesan) Mrs. F- (The Comfortable Courtesan) Tibby (The Comfortable Courtesan) The Wombatt (The Comfortable Courtesan)


Not that I'm even signing up for Yuletide. But! :D

/goes to bed

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Oct. 13th, 2015 01:47 am
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Also, I was placing another order with the Lab for add-ons for [personal profile] lindra, and took the chance to grab extra bottles of four of the Weenies that had a waitlist so I had a better chance of having leftovers for me:


I know I told a few of you I wasn't taking more waitlist slots for some of those, so if you still want any of them, feel free to go add them to your signup.

Minority Report 1.04 "Fredi"

Oct. 12th, 2015 10:31 pm
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Minority Report 1.04 Fredi )

It's a shame this show will be canceled because Stark does look so very pretty in it.
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Who Sez the NY Times Got No Humor? 

by tristero
First, there's the headline: Latest Unease on Right: Ryan Is Too Far Left. Anyway you cut it - haha or peculiar - that's a funny thing to say. And then there is this hysterical lede:
Far-right media figures, relatively small in number but potent in their influence, have embarked on a furious Internet expedition to cover Representative Paul D. Ryan in political silt.
"Silt?" That's not the first word that comes to mind when I think about what far-right figures like Schafly cover their opponents with. Kind of looks a little bit like "silt,"though. But the "i's"in third position and there's an "h"in second.

And then there's this:
[Paul Ryan] was half the brain on a 2013 compromise with Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, to funnel more money to the government and avert two years of budget brinkmanship, even though two years earlier, he had refused to sit on the original committee that tried and failed to find a solution to the government’s financial problems.
"Half the brain?" Yeah, I always thought that about Paul Ryan.

Oh, I'm running low on popcorn now. Gotta make more.


Oct. 13th, 2015 12:30 am
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Posted by Dave Hingsburger

We popped into a wine store, on Thanksgiving Monday, a day when most such stores are closed. Joe picked out a couple of bottles of wine and, as we were checking out, we were offered a large bottle of cider, with cinnamon flavouring, which was on special. Even though Joe's not a cider drinker, we picked it up, anticipating that we may have use for it over the upcoming holidays.

About a block away, a fellow of maybe 40 was sitting on the street with a sign asking for money. It was a terrifically honest sign saying that he wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving with a bottle of wine or a case of beer. After quickly conferring with Joe, I approached him and said, "What about, instead of money, we just gave you a bottle of cider."

"Are you for real?" he said, his voice indicating that people don't always treat him with the honestly he was displaying.

I told him I was and as I speaking, Joe pulled out the bottle. It was a fair sized bottle, larger than the wine bottles which we'd also purchased.

He broke into a grin and said, "Well I'll be giving thanks for you guys today, that's for sure."

We wished him well, and he returned the sentiments.

It was a pleasant interlude in our walk home.

For only a few seconds.

A husband and wife team sped up to us and started laying into us about what we had just done. We, apparently, were horrible people feeding his addiction. We were enabling him and as a direct result of our behaviour he would stay on the street. I asked if they were addiction counsellors and they said they weren't but that 'everyone knew that.' I told them that I didn't know why he was on the street, I didn't know if he was an alcoholic or if he had any addiction, I was just moved to give him what he asked for.

It didn't feel wrong when I did it. And as I thought about it, I thought that the excuse the cider gave us to have a brief bit of social interaction was right in line with the spirit of the holidays.

They told me, in no uncertain terms, that they never give to 'beggers' on the street and that they felt it their duty to tell me not to either. I told them that I was going to stay resolutely in the spirit of 'Thanksgiving' and that I was thankful that I lived in a country where they had free speech and that I could freely choose to ignore what they said.

I don't know if what I did was right or wrong.

But I hope, whatever else, he, the man on the street, had a great Thanksgiving.

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Oct. 13th, 2015 01:06 am
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Order for the Trading Post Weenies placed: it's #11696.

The signups list has been jiggered around and it now has a 'waitlist' for several scents -- it basically came down to, do I order the extra bottle on the off chance that I'm half a decant shy of the last decant I need, or do I just trust that the bottles will come as full as they usually do. [personal profile] vicki_rae, I may have to tap your full bottles for half a decant, and [personal profile] lindra, I may have to short one of your half bottles by about a quarter decant or so -- if I do, for either of you, I'll give you credit for future circles. (I don't think it will have to happen -- bottles really do have seven decants' worth of perfume in them!)


Oct. 13th, 2015 12:37 am
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Went to the gym today and somewhere on my way out the door my pouch with my cards and cash fell out of my bag. I realized it when I got home, called the front desk and they had it there. All the cards were there but every last dollar I had was gone of course. It might've been the person who turned it in that took it, or it might've been one of the staff, who knows. But things have already been really tight, I don't have enough in my bank account to make a withdrawal until I get paid at the end of this week so I'm currently flat broke. Literally. I can't use my credit cards either because I had to cancel them -- the person who took the cash may have written down the numbers or whatever, so I didn't want to take any chances. People can really suck.

My mom said she'd spot me, but things are tight for her too. Bleh, really down about this.

As near as I can tell,

Oct. 13th, 2015 12:08 am
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The image of KW the Great Canadian Cookbook has decided to present is a handful of farms separated by snowblown fields. And there is absolutely no hint of Kitchener-Waterloo's diversity because apparently we are all Mennonites. Feels like bad research by a Torontonian.
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Posted by Ask a Manager

It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…

1. My coworkers are joking that I got my promotion by sleeping with my boss

I have been working in a French start-up for the past six months. Most of the employees here are 20-30 years old, and the atmosphere is relaxed and informal. I have always had very good and friendly relationships with my colleagues.

Three weeks ago, my boss (who also is the founder of the company) promoted me to a managing position, which is especially unusual given my young age and his habitual reluctance to hand down responsabilities.

Apart from some expected envy, I encountered some reactions I did not expect. Some of my colleagues now felt entitled to make salacious jokes about my boss and me. For instance, when I told the big news to a couple of colleagues, one answered with a wink: “OMG, you are far better at it than I expected…” I just laughed and blushed, because I knew he wasn’t serious (I’m a woman, everyone here assumes my boss is gay, and most of my colleagues know I’m in a serious relationship anyway).

I thought these comments would slowly vanish, but it turned out they didn’t. I guess my colleagues know it embarrasses me and simply think it’s funny to tease me, without understanding how hurtful these comments are. I tried to give my colleagues a hint of what I felt about these jokes: I stopped laughing. Instanstly, I received “oh come on, relax! it’s a just a joke” comments.

I’m afraid some new employees might take these jokes seriously and assume I really have made my way like this. I’d like to make these jokes stop, without being labeled as a killjoy if possible.

I’d recommend finding a way to be fine with being labeled a killjoy if that’s what it takes to stop these comments. They’re insulting and they’re incredibly inappropriate for a workplace — and that’s compounded by the fact that they’ve apparently become an ongoing thing. Being a killjoy to people who are that out of line isn’t something to be avoided at all costs. (And I don’t mean that in a schoolmarmish way. I mean it in a normal person way, because seriously, reasonable people aren’t going to have an issue with you shutting this down.)

The next time you hear something like that, I’d say, “That’s really inappropriate, and it’s insulting to both me and (boss). Please don’t say that again.” If they respond by telling you to relax and it’s just a joke, say, “It’s not an appropriate joke; please don’t make comments like that at work.”

2. Performance evaluations that assess workplace friendships

I worked for a manufacturing company that quickly promoted me to team lead of the quality department. I’d always thought that when you are in a leadership position, you should be pleasant and polite to your employees, but maintain a level of distance as well. So when I got my review, I was surprised to find that “makes friends with coworkers” was “unsatisfactory,” much less a part of the review at all. This was a very busy department; it’s not like people were standing around chatting. I am an introvert by nature, and one of the managers was always asking me questions like, “Are you always so quiet?” I spoke up when necessary, but always kept it work-related with the occasional “nice day out” or “how was your weekend”? We also worked 10-12 hour shifts so everyone was always kind of dragging. Is making friends at work a valid thing to put on a performance review?

No. An evaluation might reasonably assess whether you have cooperative, collegial relationships with your coworker, but whether or not your friends with them? That’s ridiculous. Your job isn’t to make friends with coworkers; it’s to get work done. It’s lovely (sometimes) if you do end up being friends with some of them, but it shouldn’t be something you’re evaluated on.

3. Expressing a location preference before being offered a job

My old boss, who is now a C-level exec reporting directly to the CEO of a 200-ish person company, would like me to join his company and be one of the first six or so employees opening its European branch. I would be growing and managing a team. He has mentioned that location is not yet decided, and they are choosing between European Capitols X and Y. They lean towards X, because old boss and CEO have a stronger network in that location, but no decision has been made.

I’m very interested in the role, the company has an exciting product, and I loved working for my old boss. I would like to formally start the interviewing process. However, I am not interested in living in European Capitol X and would strongly prefer Y. I’ve researched X and it does not have terribly favourable reviews in terms of quality of living. Additionally, Y would also allow me to live very close to my family and childhood friends. I have checked and working remotely would not be an option.

Is there any way for me to bring this up as part of the interviewing process? If so, how? And when? I’m aware this is jumping the gun slightly, but I am at a loss as to whether this is something I can discuss, but it’s an important factor.

Yes, and in fact you should, if you know for sure you’d only take the job if it’s in City Y. I’d say this: “I’m really interested in talking with you further about the job, but I want to be up-front about the fact that I’d only be interested if the job is based in Y, which I know is still undecided.”

Or, if City X isn’t a total deal-breaker for you, just not your preference, I’d say this instead: ” “I’m really interested in talking with you further about the job, but I want to be up-front about the fact that it would be a hard sell for me to move to X. I’d be excited about City Y, but I’m doubtful that X would be the right move for me.”

4. Telling the HR director she’s breaking the law

Our HR director sent a message to everyone today saying that due to many people failing to take their required lunch breaks every day, they are instituting a policy by which your time WILL be deducted automatically if you do not take a lunch. Of course this is illegal, but I am struggling finding a way to relay this to the HR manager without it sounding like I’m telling her how to do her job – I mean, this should be pretty elementary for an HR manager, right? Can you please help me with this?

“We’re actually required by federal law to pay people for all the time they worked, even if they fail to take a required break. We could get in a lot of trouble for docking people’s wages even if they didn’t take lunch. We can of course require lunch breaks and discipline people if they don’t take them, but federal law is really clear that we do have to pay people for all time worked.”

5. Listing Uber-like work on a resume

During a busy school semester when I couldn’t keep regular work hours, I have been doing some work in the “sharing economy,” or maybe the better term is “on demand” work. Think Uber, but with dog walking. It’s an app-based company where I have an online profile and people contact me to take care of their pets. I’m not an employee of the company, and I am not sure how to handle this in terms of work experience. I have a ton of positive reviews on the website, and now that I am working on getting a more traditional job again, I would like to use this experience. Should I share my profile, if it is relevant to the job I am applying for? Does this go on my resume, and how?

I have a ton of other customer service experience but I haven’t worked at one of those jobs since my last temp position ended in April, and I don’t want to look like I haven’t been doing anything other than classes in the meantime.

If you’ve been in school full-time, it’s fine not to have any work on your resume for that period. But you can also include this if you feel like it demonstrates relevant skills (such as reliability and customer service), especially if you have no other way of demonstrating them. I’d list it like any other freelance job, but I don’t think you need to link to your profile (or at least, not unless you’re applying for a job where showcasing customer service will be particularly useful).

coworkers are joking that I got my promotion by sleeping with my boss, performance evaluations that assess work friendships, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

At Home With the Lehnsherrs

Oct. 12th, 2015 11:21 pm
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Posted by DeerstalkerDeathFrisbee


Single Dad Erik battles middle school dances, flammable algebra, department stores, beer pong, and idiot students. His daughter Anya just wants to set him up with their charming family friend Charles.

Otherwise known as Five Times Erik Embarrassed His Daughter and the One Time She Embarrassed Him.

(Powered Modern AU)

Words: 6485, Chapters: 6/6, Language: English


Oct. 12th, 2015 10:36 pm
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Did you know there are pages of 1940s fonts out there? With some really cool fonts?

Some of my faves:

American Captain, which I would love to use for titles (although it's very non=romance-y)

Recorda Script is probably also not romance-y enough to use, but it sure is awesome looking.

Then there's Impregnable. A little more romance-y?

What do you think of Aspire Demi-Bold? I like the capital S.

Yesteryear is pretty cool, no?

So is Juliet.

I also really like Remachine script.

Last but definitely not least, there is actually a font that is all WWII planes! Letter N is the closest to a B24 Liberator, but it might be meant to be a B29 instead.
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Posted by BD

Animal Shelter | USA

(I work at an animal shelter that only takes dogs and cats. Despite this, a man walks in with a scarlet macaw in what looks like one of those old-fashioned hanging canary cages that is obviously much too small for it.)

Me: “Can I help you, sir?”

Man: “I don’t want this parrot anymore.”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, but this shelter only takes cats and dogs. We don’t have the necessary provisions to care for exotic birds.”

Man: “What do you mean you don’t take birds? You’ve always taken birds here!”

Me: “No, sir, I’m pretty sure we haven’t. Only cats and dogs.”

Man: “What am I supposed to do with this thing then? I bought it for my daughter’s sixth birthday two months ago but she got bored with it already because it doesn’t talk! All it does is scream!”

(Almost as if by command, the parrot starts screaming. I have to start talking loudly to be heard over it.)

Me: “Well, sir, I actually have a list here of other shelters and rescues in the immediate area, and I can give you the address of a bird rescue that’s a few blocks from here, or if you’d prefer, I know of a vet clinic that accepts animals that their owners can no longer care for. I’m pretty sure they accept birds.”

Man: “I don’t have time for this! I have things to do! I’ll just leave it here and you can take the bird there yourself!”

Me: “I can’t do that for you, sir. You’re going to have to take the bird.”

Man: “So are you saying you aren’t going to take the parrot for me?”

Me: “Yes sir, that’s exactly what I’m saying.”

Man: “This is unbelievable!”

(He storms out with the screaming parrot and makes sure to slam the door on the way out. A coworker who was in the back comes out to check on me.)

Coworker: “Did that man just say he bought a parrot for his daughter’s sixth birthday and now they don’t want it just because it doesn’t talk?”

Me: “Yes, he really did.”

Coworker: “Wow. They really need to make it mandatory to take a test to prove you actually know what you’re doing to weed out the idiots before you can get pets.”

Me: “You should have seen the cage it was in, too. There weren’t any toys and it was really small and something tells me that it wasn’t just a travel cage.”

(Nothing much happened after that until about an hour later when an elderly woman came in.)

Me: “How can I help you, ma’am?”

Woman: “Oh, I would just like to adopt another cat, preferably one that’s a little older.”

Me: “Certainly, ma’am. I’ll gladly help you find the right cat for you.”

Woman: “Also did you know there’s a parrot sitting in a cage outside?”

Me: “There’s what?”

(Sure enough, the man left the parrot sitting outside on the sidewalk, exposed to the cold November air. We brought the bird in and warmed him up and despite having sat out in the cold for an hour, he was perfectly okay. The man had the audacity to come in a week later with his daughter, who acted like a spoiled brat the entire time, and demanded to adopt a puppy, but thankfully when I told my boss who he was, she let us refuse to give them an animal. The story had a happy ending, though. One of my coworkers stopped in to pick up her paycheck and saw us with the parrot and immediately fell in love with him and decided to take him home with her. He got along well with her other parrot and now has a happy home with someone who doesn’t care that he doesn’t talk. She named him Screechy.)

[Meme] Fannish history, entry eight

Oct. 12th, 2015 07:32 pm
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9 – Pairings – For each of the fandoms from day two, what are your three favorite pairings to write?

...I'm going to sound like That Tired Gen Fan, aren't I? Despite the fact that the bulk of what I write isn't, in fact, gen? Though some of those fandoms were strictly gen for me, come to think of it. Anyhow. 

What do these questions even mean??? Why so hung up on the shipping thing, whoever wrote these questions? This is not how I think! ::weeps::

I write what I want to explore, and sometimes sex or romance or friends with benefits comes into play, and sometimes it doesn't. I might have "stories with sexual or romantic content that have been my favorites to write" but that's not the same thing. (Note: the random snippet of Dean Winchester/Blanche Devereaux that is a thing that exists would probably wind up high on this list, if I could remember how and why I wrote it, other than "as a text message, randomly, probably while I was on the bus.") 

(Form and Content, also Supernatural, is also up there, although for entirely different reasons.)

Some pairings I have written more often than others. Sometimes because I enjoyed the dynamic (and is that what they're getting at with the question?), sometimes because the combination went nicely with themes I was attempting to explore. I still wouldn't call them my favorites. 


A Trunk-ated Version Of The Truth

Oct. 12th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Hotel, Parking Lot | Eilat, Israel

(I work security in a fairly large hotel parking lot. For each car we are instructed to write the info of the car and driver, and also check the trunk of the car, something few security guards actually do.)

Guest: “How come you are the only one who does this?”

Me: “That’s the job; I have to check your car, sir.”

Guest: “But what could you possibly find, a bomb?” *laughs*

Me: “Amongst other things. Yesterday I found two girls shoved inside, trying to sneak in. Day before that I found a gas container for the car, and before that, two off-duty cops tried to get their M16s to the hotel through here.”

Guest: *stunned* “Well, you keep doing good work, then…”

(He drove off. I left out all the times I found young children without proper seats, or pets they tried to sneak in…)

Hi dreamwidth

Oct. 12th, 2015 08:49 pm
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It has been almost forever, but I missed all of you (yes, you too!) and I'm glad I'm back.


Oct. 12th, 2015 06:30 pm
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by digby

We know she calculates every utterance months in advance with massive focus groups and polling so this is somewhat surprising:
ANOTHER ROUND: In preparation for this interview, I watched a lot of your interviews, and I noticed you never sweat, like physically. I’ve done like a little bit of press and I get so hot — TV lights, stage lights. I’m sweating now and I’m sitting still. What is your deodorant situation?

HILLARY CLINTON: Well, first of all, you’ve only done a little bit. When you’ve done as much as I have —

ANOTHER ROUND: But like, what is your secret?

HILLARY CLINTON: My secret is just you do it so often. You didn’t see me 40 years ago when I did my first ones. Right?

ANOTHER ROUND: I don’t mean sweat because you’re nervous. I just mean physically. I’m genuinely curious what your deodorant is.

HILLARY CLINTON: You know, I just turned off the thermostat. [Clinton glances at the wall.] No, no, I don’t know.

ANOTHER ROUND: Do you have a spray situation. Is it a liquid? I’m not joking.

HILLARY CLINTON: Solid. Solid block. I like the solid. Solid block is much better.

ANOTHER ROUND: OK. This is an odd question that I lobbied for a lot because it’s one of my favorite questions to ask people. If you don’t have an answer, that’s fine, but I will be a little sad. What’s the weirdest thing about you?

HILLARY CLINTON: The weirdest thing about me is that I don’t sweat.

ANOTHER ROUND: Obviously. Best argument for Hillary as a robot: zero sweat.

HILLARY CLINTON: You guys are the first to realize that I’m really not even a human being. I was constructed in a garage in Palo Alto a very long time ago. People think that, you know, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, they created it. Oh no. I mean, a man whose name shall remain nameless created me in his garage.

ANOTHER ROUND: Are there more of you?

HILLARY CLINTON: I thought he threw away the plans, at least that’s what he told me when he programmed me — that there would be no more. I’ve seen more people that kind of don’t sweat, and other things, that make me think maybe they are part of the new race that he created: the robot race.

ANOTHER ROUND: So there’s a cyborg army is what you’re saying.

HILLARY CLINTON: But you have to cut this, you can’t tell anybody this. I don’t want anybody to know this. This has been a secret until here we are in Davenport, Iowa, and I’m just spillin’ my electronic guts to you.

ANOTHER ROUND: And without bourbon.

HILLARY CLINTON: Without any bourbon. Yeah. That’s why I have to wait ‘til the end of the day.

It's for real, too.

I am disappointed to learn she doesn't like tequila, though. There goes my vote. I can't vote for anyone who doesn't want to do shots of Chinaco with me.

I'm thinking Chafee looks like he might be a tequila drinker...


Blow That Idea Right Out The Window

Oct. 13th, 2015 01:00 am
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Hotel | Montréal, QC, Canada

(I work at one of the very few hotels that still has smoking rooms and so have to ask every guest who does not mention his or her preference up-front which type of room they want.)

Me: “Would you like a smoking or non-smoking room”

Guest: *with what looks like a genuinely confused look on his face* “Well… what’s the difference?”

Me: “Uh… you are allowed to smoke in a smoking room. If you smoke in a non-smoking room, we charge you a $250.00 fine for doing so.”

Guest: *visibly hesitant* “Really… uh… hmm!… And what is the difference in rates between the smoking and non-smoking?”

Me: *still maintaining my professionally patient tone of voice* “Smoking rooms are only $5.00 more per day, sir.”

Guest: *seemingly thinking it over much longer then he should need to* “How about if I take the non-smoking room and blow the smoke out the window? You wouldn’t charge me for that would you?”

(Wanting to bang my head on the counter, I stop short of it by simply nodding my head ‘Yes’ with a most serious look on my face.)

Guest: “Oh!… I… guess I’ll take the smoking room, then.”

Me: “WISE choice, sir!”

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Oct. 12th, 2015 08:20 pm
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 206 x Kamisama Kiss (season 2) 

@ my DW

Night Light | Nancy Willard

Oct. 12th, 2015 09:05 pm
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Hello, all! My first stint as host coincides with my birthday week so I am going to share five of my favorite poems. I hope you enjoy.


Night Light

The moon is not green cheese.
It is china and stands in this room.
It has a ten-watt bulb and a motto:
Made in Japan.

Whey-faced, doll-faced,
it's closed as a tooth
and cold as the dead are cold
till I touch the switch.

Then the moon performs
its one trick:
it turns into a banana.
It warms to its subjects,

it draws us into its light,
just as I knew it would
when I gave ten dollars
to the pale clerk

in the store that sold
She asked, did I have a car?
She shrouded the moon in tissue

and laid it to rest in a box.
The box did not say Moon.
It said This side up.
I tucked the moon into my basket

and bicycled into the world.
By the light of the sun
I could not see the
moon under my sack of apples,

moon under slab of salmon,
moon under clean laundry,
under milk its sister
and bread its brother,

moon under meat.
Now supper is eaten.
Now laundry is folded away.
I shake out the old comforters.

My nine cats find their places
and go on dreaming where they left off.
My son snuggles under the heap.
His father loses his way in a book.

It is time to turn on the moon.
It is time to live by a different light.

icons: Kamisama Kiss

Oct. 12th, 2015 07:57 pm
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206 x Kamisama Kiss (season 2) 

here )

Story Month - Day 12

Oct. 12th, 2015 08:47 pm
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Name: [personal profile] kay_brooke
Story: Unusual Florida
Word Count: 429
Rating/Warnings: PG-13; no standard warnings apply.
Summary: Marsha wakes up to a surprise.
Note: Takes place in my Unusual Florida universe, which is sort of soft sci-fi where some of the characters have superpowers but mostly everyone's just trying to get through life the best they can. Link up above will take you to an index of every posted piece in this universe.

Marsha woke up in her bed with no idea how she had gotten there )


Oct. 13th, 2015 08:37 am
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Well, hi there. It's been a week. Unfortunately I seem to be doing this more often these days. Social media and I are not seeing eye to eye these days. But mainly I think it's just that I've been fighting a wicked cold since last Thursday. Much physical fragility and sore throatedness was experienced, all coming to a bursting point on Sunday, leading me to spend the whole day (and most of Monday) in the house taking it easy.

This means for most of the time since I last posted, other than a little coursera, I've been in MEDIA! CONSUMPTION! MODE! and that is what I have to share with you. SO LET US DO IT.

manga, anime, games, tv, etc )

...and with that I've got about 1 minute before I have to leave for work. Not even finished (wanted to talk about Sakanactionnnnn, also wanted to check/edit), but oh well. Talk to you later!

The Simple Briefcase Bag

Oct. 13th, 2015 12:00 am
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Posted by Thorin Klosowski

Everyone needs a different load out for the day, but Everyday Carry reader rogeragne takes a simple approach with just a small bag and a handful of items.


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I'm not as far along yet as I would like to be before writing a review, but I just had to point out some errors in reasoning.

So far the book is laid out as some sort of long argument in favor of some position, and it's surprisingly clear, logical and well-thought-out. However, there are a couple of places where this argument is fatally undermined by relatively small errors.

Lewis argues, for instance, that it's inherently contradictory to believe the human mind came about by chance. His argument, as I understand it, is:
-If your thoughts come about entirely because of irrational reasons (e.g., you think something is dangerous because it's the same color as something that hurt you before, or you believe something because you're delusional because you're mentally ill), then those thoughts aren't rational and there's no reason to put any stock in them. They prove nothing and can and should be ignored.
-Atoms bouncing around in accordance with the non-sentient laws of physics are not rational
-If you believe your thoughts are caused by natural processes like atoms bouncing around in accordance with the laws of physics, you therefore believe your thoughts are irrational and can be ignored.
-So even if your mind isn't supernatural, you could never know that it isn't, because if it isn't, you know nothing.

He then proceeds to argue from here that, being supernatural, your mind can't be brought into existence by natural processes. And because it can't be brought into existence by anything natural, there are two possibilities:
1. Your mind is a self-existent entity springing forth from nothing all on its own
2. Your mind is a supernatural thing created by some other supernatural entity

He argues, then, that we can distinguish between these possibilities thus: in case #1, your mind can never cease to exist and then exist again, because there is no greater supernatural entity to revive it. He argues that the fact that we cease to be rational while sleeping proves that some deity (not necessarily Jesus, but some deity) recreates us every time we wake up.

And this is simply wrong. I won't touch the first part of the argument, but the second part is wrong and fails to prove that humans actually require continued maintenance from our creator. (Now, I happen to believe that we do, but this argument doesn't prove it.) Here's why not.

Imagine a computer. Imagine a computer that is programmed to run a certain program on startup. Imagine that the computer has a camera. Imagine that, on startup, a program runs automatically which takes pictures and attempts to determine whether or not the things it's taking pictures of are dogs, and, if they are, how likely they are to be dangerous to humans. (Lewis uses this as an example of a rational thing requiring a supernatural mind to do successfully.) So imagine the program bases its judgments about whether there are dangerous dogs around on such things as the presence or absence of "beware of dog" signs, the behavior of people who have reason to approach houses where dogs are visible, etc. It must be better at recognizing things (dogs, people, signs) than currently-existing programs, but not by all that much; it's entirely plausible. This computer's rationality was indeed created by a different rational agent, and did not arise at random.

Imagine I own this computer. Imagine I turn it off. Imagine I set it outside. I then go back inside and ignore it, when suddenly, a hailstorm! A single hailstone completely at random strikes the power button. The computer is turned on by a wholly natural, irrational cause-- the weather. It then immediately commences rationality. Although it will eventually need to be charged or repaired, it can go to "sleep", cease thinking, and then, without outside intervention, "wake up" and commence reasoning just as it did before. Sure, it can't go on like that forever, but for that matter, humans don't wake up an infinite number of times, either.

Anyway, though, I appreciate how clear and detailed this book is. It's possible to follow the thought process laid out and to see exactly which steps do follow and which do not. Most steps so far do follow quite logically, but there seems to be a general trend toward this slowly ceasing to be the case.

I might write a proper review once I've finished reading.

A Tail of Fluffy Seduction

Oct. 12th, 2015 07:57 pm
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Saki owned me. Here's how:

Excuse me, I want your attention.

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Closed Down Compassion

Oct. 12th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Posted by BD

Grocery Store | OR, USA

(I work at a grocery store that was bought out by an out of state chain. After only three months, they decide to close almost half of the newly acquired stores. Everyone at my store is on edge and very emotional.)

Customer: “How dare you!”

Coworker: “Excuse me?”

Customer: “How dare you close this store? It’s the only one downtown; I won’t be able to shop.”

Coworker: “Ma’am, everyone that works here is upset about the situation. We had nothing to do with the—”

Customer: *interrupting* “I don’t care. You can’t close the store. Where will I shop?”

(My coworker starts sobbing.)

Me: *stepping in* “Listen. The employees here had nothing to do with this. The store managers had nothing to do with this. WE. ARE. ALL. LOSING. OUR. JOBS! I’m sure you’ll recover from the great inconvenience of having to drive an extra mile and a half, but everyone here is facing unemployment. Please consider that, and have a nice day.”

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"That's called reporting"

by digby

This is rich. Politico reports on NY Times editor Dean Baquet views on the paper's Clinton coverage which I think fair-minded people can all agree has been pretty egregious. (Exhibit A. Exhibit B.)
Responding to accusations that the Times is unfair to Clinton and her campaign, Baquet acknowledged the Times' screw-up on a recent story — which the Times corrected — that erroneously claimed a criminal inquiry was being sought into Clinton's email usage during her time as secretary of state. 
While that story "fueled" criticism about the Times' Clinton coverage, said Baquet during an interview on CNN, "We're aggressive on all the candidates." He likewise emphasized the breadth of the Times' Clinton coverage. 
"I will also point out that we also broke the story today about dissension within the Benghazi committee," he said. "We also did the most deeply reported story about who did what in the whole Benghazi fiasco that led to the death of a U.S. ambassador, which I think the Clinton people would say was fair and did not point a finger at her. So I think if you add all that up, and add up the daily coverage of her, we're not unfair. You have to look at the full picture. And you have to look at the fact that when we screw up, we own up to it." 
Defending the Times' Clinton reporting has become a familiar activity for Baquet.“If you look at this reasonably, there is no institutional animus toward the Clintons. I don’t buy it,” he told The Daily Beast last month for an article titled, "Is The New York Times at War with Hillary?" 
During a June appearance at Hunter College with Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., a woman in the audience said to him during the Q and A  portion of the event, "I'd like to know why The New York Times signed an agreement with Peter Schweizer, right-winger, to promote his book," a reference to "Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich" 
...We did not sign an agreement. That's been mischaracterized. We took information—" 
"From a right-wing crackpot like him?" 
"We take information from all kinds of crackpots. That's called reporting. You take information, you check it, you use it, you use what's accurate..."
(That woman also claimed that reporter Amy Chozick was a right winger which Baquet denied and about which I have no opinion.)

But the fact is that taking information from anti-Clinton crackpots is journalistic malpractice by definition. It's gotten them into so much trouble in the past you'd think they would have learned their lesson. They are clearly eager to believe any breathless accusation and simply cannot be trusted to verify the facts properly, as that "criminal referral" episode proves. They need to hire someone to police their emotional need to believe any silly bullshit the Republicans throw over the transom. They aren't going to be the Woodward and Bernstein of Clinton scandals, certainly not on the basis of wingnut oppo BS.  It just makes them look like idiots over and over again.

It's true that this piece today about what goes on inside the Benghazi committee is an excellent expose of the decadence and dissolution among the staffers as well as their clear political intentions. Good for them.  One does wonder if Kevin Mccarthy hadn't opened his big mouth and this whistleblower hadn't come forward if anyone would have looked this deeply into it.  The committee has been around a long while, longer than any committee in House history, doling out its little tid-bits of juicy stuff for DC reporters to get all excited about.

Sure, it's a crack-pot committee but they take information from all kinds of crackpots...


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