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Which is great, because Jenn ditched them with me for the weekend. Boo.

And I have bialys!

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Scientists told to stop wasting animal lives

Afghanistan's Growing War With ISIS

U.S. House passes estate tax repeal despite veto threat. More important than the fact that "every American deserves to pass their life savings onto their kids" is, I think, the fact that every American deserves the chance to accumulate life savings, something which doesn't happen for everybody in our second gilded era.

After Fan Pressure, Netflix Makes 'Daredevil' Accessible To The Blind

As Cities Raise Their Minimum Wage, Where's the Economic Collapse the Right Predicted?

My Son, the Statistic If I had to do it over, I would vaccinate him again.

Rash of hospitalizations in New York state linked to synthetic marijuana

Group wants to bring back Native Hawaiian burial traditions

Scientists create self-powering camera

Wall Street Bonuses Twice the Income of All Minimum Wage Workers Combined

Africa’s lone child migrants face robbery and torture on journey to Europe

Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters; teenager killed

Cops who don't know the law are protected by the Supreme Court

Kids with ADHD must squirm to learn, study says

Greece scrapes bottom of barrel in hunt for cash to stay afloat

Ohio Cop Refuses to Resort to Deadly Force: 'I Wanted to Be Absolutely Sure'

Clockmaker John Harrison vindicated 250 years after ‘absurd’ claims

Texas House approves bill that limits city bans on fracking

How do starry-eyed dung beetles get around during the day?

Weeds are the future of healthy eating

Islamist group claims attack on U.N. peacekeepers in Mali

A Midcentury Map of American Wildflowers

As police body cameras catch on, a debate surfaces: Who gets to watch?

Family wins back seized gold coins that could be worth $80M

Cafes serving meals made with ‘intercepted’ ingredients that were destined for landfill are opening up across the UK. You simply add up your own bill.

Assailant opens fire on pro-Kurdish party office in Turkey

President Obama has called on Gulf nations to use their influence on Libya's warring factions to help resolve the chaotic situation there.

At least 21 killed in fighting near Libyan capital

These new abortion bans may be the most dangerous yet.

Mysterious disease kills Nigerian patients within a day

100 years ago - First gas attacks in WWI

‘Isis’ Removed From UN List of Hurricane Names

New York City’s Brave New Police Policy

Civil War ‘Silent Sentinels’ still on guard in North, South

Archaeologists Take Wrong Turn, Find World’s Oldest Stone Tools

New research sheds light on how popular probiotic benefits the gut

1981 / Orphan Black, 3.01

Apr. 18th, 2015 10:30 pm
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We're getting the first real thunderstorm of the season right now. As far as Midwestern thunderstorms go, it's nothing much at all—however, the dog I've been looking after for a couple of days is freaking out and insisted that we go down into the basement. (This dog will normally not so much as set paw on the basement stairs.) I'm now sitting in a basement, watching Orphan Black, eating some biscotti, and editing a conference paper.

My Saturday nights are so glamorous.

Orphan Black, 3.01, The Weight of This Combination )

Donna Noble

Apr. 19th, 2015 02:34 am
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My very favourite Nu Who companion is Mickey, because he's pretty and he has the most development-over-time and he is so realistical and basically he is a decent bloke dealing with unusual situations. I am thinking of a post about how he is >>>> everyone, but like with Ace I worry am not really sure how to articulate the exact nature of my love. Yet. So this post is about my favourite of The Big Five, which is to say Donna.

i draw hearts around her )

Perhaps Donna and Mickey could become BFFs somehow. I would watch such a spinoff.

Cover for Uncanny Inhumans FCBD issue

Apr. 18th, 2015 09:53 pm
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Anyone remember when they said the usage of 'Uncanny' in 'Uncanny Inhumans' was coincidental and that they weren't trying to copy the X-Men?

Well... )

Zen Speaks

Apr. 18th, 2015 09:42 pm
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Please come in, take off your shoes, sit down, have some tea and read a little something from the manhua Zen Speaks: Shouts of Nothingness by Tsai Chih Chung (translated by Brian Bruya; Anchor Books, 1994). Seven pages of 159.

Then go wash your bowl )

Missing tag: Medium:Manhua

WIP Poem: "Seeing Into Things"

Apr. 18th, 2015 09:40 pm
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Snippet from the start of a poem in progress.
---

Through the aperture of the pupil of my eye
I can see the image of the setting sun split
into a blue sun and a red sun slightly offset
in the lens of my right eyeglass
having refracted and reflected through and through
such small slight shades of light
bent after all that way

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insert witty sujbect line here

Apr. 18th, 2015 08:54 pm
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Epiphanies brought on by the Nineties Weekend we listened to on the way home from Atlanta:

Tyrion Lannister is the likely pen behind the lyrics of "Where Do You Go?" [My Lovely]

Enrique Iglesias is not in fact singing, "Te quiero no burrito," but, "Te quiero amor mio," which makes much more sense.

Who wants to talk about fannish stuff? I'm up for talk about any of the following: Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, Gateverse, Buffyverse, Star Trek, etc!

GI Joe 141-142: Such Heroic Nonsense

Apr. 18th, 2015 06:22 pm
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When last we left off Megatron had touched the Ark down in a Cobra occupied town in America so that he could give Cobra Commander some of the tech contained there in as payment for his new body... but Megatron has something else that interests him, a reason he is continuing to deal with Cobra.




Read more... )

Check In #3

Apr. 18th, 2015 07:32 pm
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Today is the last day you can default from this year's [community profile] rarelywritten  exchange without being penalized for next year. So, look at where you stand and your availability for the next week and consider what's best for your recipient -- if you default, you may still finish a story, but a pinch hitter will ensure that they have a story on time.

Stories are due on April 25 -- that, again, is one week from now.

We'll hopefully go live one week after that, assuming there aren't many last-minute drops and no-shows.

If you have any questions or problems, send me an email aphrodite_mine at gmail or leave a comment at the comment post and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

*

A side note: for those of you who listen to and/or record podfic, you may be interested in [community profile] recsremixesrepods  which aims to promote podfic of character of underrepresented genders and sexes.

Storm

Apr. 18th, 2015 07:28 pm
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Thunderstorm with 80 mph wind gusts. Welcome to Texas spring!

Sent from my Apple ][+
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290 evil scully & cully wully.
220 • HANNAH ( cate blanchett as marissa wiegler )
070 • DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION ( cullen )




roger that; let me try it with another film )

A new Koolhaas for myself

Apr. 18th, 2015 11:27 pm
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Many moons ago, I knit matching Koolhaas hats for me and my mister. This winter, I found myself reaching for my Koolhaas quite frequently, but always found it to be just a bit too shallow. My current self thanked my former 2009 self for writing a detailed blog post, because in it I had noted:

I think my hat came out just a little bit too shallow. I know 5 repeats, which I used for Walter’s hat, would have been too deep. A longer stretch of ribbing, or 4.5 repeats, would have been perfect for mine.

And so, I set out to knit a second Koolhaas for myself, this time working 4.5 repeats, as I had noted.

Yarn: 1 skein of Rowan Silky Tweed, which is now discontinued. I hunted down a skein on Etsy in a color which perfectly matches my winter coat – score!

Needles: US 6 and US 8 circs.

Even though I finished this hat in March, I still got a lot of wear out of it. But I’ve put it away now, delighted that our perpetual winter seems to be over :).

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If I want to find fic that includes 'whatever' in its tags that's simple, but if I wish to avoid fic that includes 'pleasenonot', 'dearlordwhy' or 'whocares' in tags I'm out of luck.

And right now in the Avengers AO3, it seems every other fic is either 'pleasenonot', 'dearlordwhy' or 'whocares', with the occasional combination of two or all three.

*sigh* It's hard when you have STANDARDS!

*returns to writing Tony with a sort of porpoise tail that can change colors like an octopus*

Blackhawks Playoff Baking

Apr. 19th, 2015 01:21 am
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Would anyone be interested in Playoff Baking for the Blackhawks - that is, baking something for every game they play? I can't bake for every game, so it'd be great to take turns with other crazy baking fans. ;-)

The rules - as set down by [personal profile] fleurrochard and [personal profile] pennyplainknits - are that for each game the Blackhawks play, one player is randomly drawn, and something from their country/region is baked.

[personal profile] fleurrochard and [personal profile] pennyplainknits came up with the idea and are doing the Playoff Bake for the Penguins, and the idea really appeals to me.

(I need a hockey icon.)

there is a thing happening tonight

Apr. 19th, 2015 02:12 am
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Every ten years, a magical child is born. These miracle children are so rare and powerful that every king in the realm wants them at their service; for everyone knows that such a child is destined to become a savior, with great powers that will help any king in the realm rule over all of the others.

From a young age, these children train their skills, often sent by their families to faraway academies where they can learn from the best masters. Every year, each kingdom sends spies to travel the different lands, seeking these magical children; no rock is left unturned, no school unvisited. And every ten years, a miracle child is found: by the time the child reaches thirteen, his powers shine through, bright and clear, too strong now to hide.

But the kings are all aware that a child plucked from training too early will be ruined, and that in fighting over the child's magical services they could tear apart the child himself.

And so they have a treaty: until the child is eighteen, they can look, but not touch. And when the child reaches eighteen, in order to decide which kingdom will be graced by his loyalty, they will not wage a war, but instead: they let the Fates decide.

Now, the Fates are not impartial; they are, in fact, known for their propensity towards being swayed in the direction of the weak and downtrodden, a fact that some kings attempt to exploit. But one cannot lie to the Fates. A king may claim their kingdom is dying of thirst and desperate for grain, more in need of saving than any of the others; but the king will have to dry up his lakes and burn his fields to the ground, in order to present it as truth.

And so the kings prepare for the day the child will turn eighteen, counting down the years; some of them striving for such success and fortune that they will not require a savior at all, and some slowly working to destroy their kingdoms from within, hoping for a small chance at the child's magical hidden treasures.

And on the spring of the child's eighteenth year, the kings all gather on a grassy hill and summon the Fates. Each king will make their his plea, and the Fates will carefully consider it, and then the Fates will roll the dice, and the child's fate will be cast.

*

All of which is to say: the above is 100% TRUE except of course it is about hockey, and magic babies are, well, magic hockey prodigies, or "generational talents", or "The Next One"s, or really let's just call them "Hockey Jesus"es that come along, well, once every ten years.

Connor McDavid is a seventeen year old kid who is universally accepted as The Next One, an upcoming "guaranteed" savior for some poor ailing NHL franchise, and there is no doubt that he will be the number 1 pick in this year's draft in a couple of months. I've been hearing about him since I got into hockey, meaning way back when he was 14, and I was already hearing talk about what an amazing player he is and how lucky the team to draft him in 2015 would be.

Whichever team picks him will get his services exclusively for three to eight years, and virtually for free for some of those. So the only question is: which team will get to pick first in this year's draft? And the answer is, well, there's an actual lottery. Will like, numbered balls. That decides which team picks first. It's rigged so that the worse a team is at the moment, the higher the chance that team has of winning, but still - in the end it's up to chance, and good and bad teams can win the opportunity to draft him alike.

And yes - there absolutely have been teams who have done their utmost best to be terrible this year, to increase their chances of winning the lottery. The players didn't want to lose, and the coach didn't want to lose, but team management basically did whatever they could to torpedo these teams' chances of winning throughout the season, it's ridiculous.

This whole thing was and is a WHOLE LOT OF DRAMA and I am very curious to see, finally, three years after I first heard of him, which team will be lucky enough to get to draft Connor McDavid. The lottery is in twenty minutes (why am I awake), so -- we shall see!

(*The last magic hockey baby was Sidney Crosby, who was drafted in 2005. There is, you know, some fic about him.)

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Apr. 18th, 2015 05:43 pm
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[personal profile] shati has seen much more Bollywood than I have, so sometimes I make her come over and show me Bollywood movies. Last Sunday, we watched Fanaa.

The first hour of Fanaa is about how beautiful blind dancer Zooni goes on her first trip to Delhi without her parents, and learns how to make her own decisions, and grows as a person, and falls in love with her tour guide Rehan.



Conflict: Rehan is a playboy who skips work and doesn't believe in love! Zooni's having a hard time getting in touch with her parents to ask them what they think about this relationship! Her best friend disapproves of Rehan, probably because she recognizes the inherent sleaze factor of his unfortunately mullet-esque hairstyle!



Right in the middle of Rehan and Zooni's second romantic musical number, Shati says, "I want you to note that this is the point where I got bored with the movie the first time I watched it and turned it off."

FIVE MINUTES LATER: MAJOR SPOILERS INVOLVE MURDER, EXPLOSIONS, AND EXTREMELY DRASTIC GENRE SHIFTS )

Amplificathon 2014 Awards

Apr. 18th, 2015 04:55 pm
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hi everyone! [personal profile] kalakirya here, because while [personal profile] jesperanda is furiously tallying this week's points (SO MUCH PODFIC YOU GUYS :DDD), I'm announcing



*drumroll*



the 2014 Amplificathon Awards *\o\* *\o/* */o/*

please put your hands, feet, tentacles and any other applicable appendages together for... )

We wanted to get this out before the end of this year's amplificathon, so if you're participating in that, good luck! If you're sitting back and waiting for the podfic to come to you, pull up a chair and grab your headphones, because there's some amazing podfic being posted :D
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Gazing into your dog's eyes apparently triggers happy feelings in both parties - suggesting that dogs really may love us back. (This piece originally aired on All Things Considered on April 16, 2015.)

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Hundreds of Americans are on the list, but often don't know it — or how they got there. The Washington Post's Adam Goldman explains the DOJ's new guidelines for informing people of their status.

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When Politicians Lose Their Accents

Apr. 18th, 2015 05:34 pm
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Some say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Midwestern accent has become less pronounced. Georgetown professor Deborah Tannen says politicians' voices often change, depending on their audience.

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Posted by Tom Bowman

An attack in Jalalabad killed more than 30 people Saturday. President Ashraf Ghani says ISIS may have claimed responsibility. If confirmed, it would be the group's first major attack in Afghanistan.

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Church Monuments

While that my soul repairs to her devotion,
Here I intomb my flesh, that it betimes
May take acquaintance of this heap of dust;
To which the blast of death's incessant motion,
Fed with the exhalation of our crimes,
Drives all at last. Therefore I gladly trust

My body to this school, that it may learn
To spell his elements, and find his birth
Written in dusty heraldry and lines ;
Which dissolution sure doth best discern,
Comparing dust with dust, and earth with earth.
These laugh at jet, and marble put for signs,

To sever the good fellowship of dust,
And spoil the meeting. What shall point out them,
When they shall bow, and kneel, and fall down flat
To kiss those heaps, which now they have in trust?
Dear flesh, while I do pray, learn here thy stem
And true descent: that when thou shalt grow fat,

And wanton in thy cravings, thou mayst know,
That flesh is but the glass, which holds the dust
That measures all our time; which also shall
Be crumbled into dust. Mark, here below,
How tame these ashes are, how free from lust,
That thou mayst fit thyself against thy fall.

- George Herbert
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NSFW Apr. 18th, 2015 10:27 pm
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give me something I can hope for

Apr. 18th, 2015 05:13 pm
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So it is... a little over a month before I am leaving, and mostly at the moment I'm kind of like – I wish I was here or there, rather than being in this weird leading-up-to-the-end kind of tandem between the two. Which is pretty typical for me, I like change but hate transitions. There are a lot of things I still want to get done before I leave, but I guess I'm... looking forward to be there rather than panicking over packing.

So I'm following up my last post in asking about Things That You Like, with ... even more questions asking about things that you like! I have a giant external hard drive that needs filling, okay?

- What artists/albums would you recommend to me? I actually have… way too much music as it is, but whatever, recommend me more anyway! I wish I could give an example of what I like, but I… have zero consistency when it comes to music. I will say that I'm actually interested in compilations of classical music if anyone happens to have any recommendations for that. Otherwise, I mean... the most recent album I bought was the new Delta Rae one, and I'm super eager to get the soundtrack for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. I like basically everything!

- What are your favorite episodes of television? I'm asking this specifically because what I'm thinking of is getting recommendations for episodes from TV shows I've already seen, but might like to have with me when I'm there. I've already been going through this with some shows like The Office and picking out absolute favorites. This could also work if you have episodes from shows you like that I haven't seen, but which stand alone reasonably well enough that you think they're worth getting anyway. I can't really afford to buy entire series/seasons (only Parks and Rec got this honor and I REGRET NOTHING), but if you have specific suggestions as to episodes I may check them out and then… see what I can do later on if I want to see more.

- What were your favorite books as children? While I'll be teaching high school English, it looks like at least some of my training will involve younger children, so having simple English books might be helpful. And I remember zero about what I read as a child. Like literally nothing. I vaguely remember something about The Wind in the Willows and that super elaborate mystery picture book with all the animals and I guess East of the Sun and West of the Moon (though I less remember reading that than having it) and mom trying to get me to read Boxcar Children books and then at some point I was 11 and read Harry Potter. I was not a great reader as a child.

Finally, for those of you who have blogs/websites outside Dreamwidth/Tumblr, do any of you use third-party hosting services for your content (i.e., Dreamhost), and if so what do you recommend? I want to set up a blog before I leave, and I'm kind of on the fence about how I want to do it. I may end up just going through Tumblr anyway, but regardless I'd like a host that could store audio files and I wouldn't want to use Tumblr's audioposting for that, so. If you have opinions let me know!

Final Giggle on the ebooks-tree scam

Apr. 18th, 2015 04:55 pm
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Doing a quick google to see if anything new popped up I came across this tumblr post:
http://scifigrl47.tumblr.com/post/116352449886/every-single-reaction-ive-seen-to-the-ebooks-tree

And I quote: Every single reaction I've seen to the ebooks-tree mess
Reaction 1: SON OF A BITCH THEY STOLE MY STUFF.
Reaction 2: AND IT'S NOT EVEN THE GOOD STUFF, OH MY GOD WHY TAKE THAT?


*grin* So TRUE! They didn't take my longest, most popular fics, but instead had a random selection of my stuff, including *parts* of sequential series, and a lot of short cracky in-joke type fic that would be meaningless outside of the fandom.
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Sometimes Fraser acts like he's from a different planet. Which makes sense, because he is.

Or, the adventures of Fraser and Ray on the space cruiser Chicago.

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