June 29th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] torachan at 12:12am on 2016-06-29 under ,
1. I unexpectedly had to go to work at 7am this morning and then didn't get out of there for twelve hours, but I'm really glad to have the car at times like this. Even though my work is pretty close, for that kind of long day, it's really nice to just be able to get in the car at the end of the day.

2. We had strawberries for dessert tonight and they were super tasty.

3. The weather's been warm, but staying in the 70s, so it's not too bad (and gets nice and cool in the evening). It feels really nice right now.

4. Carla sent me some super adorable pics of Chloe today.

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posted by [personal profile] laurieopal at 11:13pm on 2016-06-28 under , ,
I took some time off after Wiscon and among other things had a really good visit with my daughter Cid in Santa Cruz.

Wiscon was great as always. Saw lots of people I really like, got some fascinating commissions, and got fabulous conversation and advice from the panel and the audience during the Memory Landscape panel.

Right now I'm working on a Fordite pendant design:
Fordite, also known as Detroit agate, is old automobile paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the build up of layers of enamel slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spray-painted (a now automated process), which have been baked numerous times. In recent times the material has been cut into cabochons for jewelry - Wikipedia

I'm working with a triangular piece that is in reds, blacks and white patterns. the design is abstracting and reflecting the patterns. There will be a photo.

And I'm starting to work on rings for Worldcon. Right now that includes, a pearl with a baby pearl, an Afghan lapis and a larimar.

Photo is of a ruby and diamond ring in gold. Working with the stones and the shape was challenging. But I got the delicacy that I wanted and I'm very happy with the completed design. Height is about 1/2".

From the collection of Simran Khalsa
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is that frequently they give a word I already know. And where's the fun in that? Or they go too far and give a word that's so obscure and specific that it's pretty much useless.

But today I have found the perfect word, the one word to rule them all: acnestis, n. The part of the back which an animal cannot reach to scratch

I never knew until today how much I needed this word in my life. Acnestis. That, incidentally, is also where you put the flea medicine. Cats can't lick that spot either.

Now I am very itchy. Excuse me.
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posted by [personal profile] conuly at 08:19pm on 2016-06-28
So, in desperation I started reading the nail polish. This is how I discovered we have a nail polish named "SaGreena, the Teenage Witch".


New law supports first responders who treat injured pets in Ohio

Scientists measure how baby bump changes the way women walk

Secretive Alphabet division funded by Google aims to fix public transit in US

Researchers hope to go beyond wigs with 3-D printed hair

The Unknown French Horticulturist Who Made Lilacs Happen

Animals 'inherit' their social network from their mothers, study shows

Russia Actually Lights Rockets With an Oversized Wooden Match

Indoor farming gives former New Jersey arena new lease on life

A shampoo bottle that empties completely–every last drop

All Jews are related to Magneto

'Sweet business' of beekeeping helps protect Zimbabwe's forests

Honeybee circadian rhythms are affected more by social interactions

The Mysterious Origins of a Food That's Always Been Funny: The Sausage

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

Cities create accidental experiments in plant, animal evolution

Should domestic abusers own guns? No, says Supreme Court.

The Texas Slave Who Conned Everyone As a Mexican Millionaire

Discovery of Huge Stash of Helium is a 'Game-Changer' for Industry

Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world

Previously Unknown Global Ecological Disaster Discovered

Justice Department mandates 'implicit bias' training for agents, lawyers

Blacks and Whites Don’t Agree on the State of Race Relations in the U.S.

Justice quest goes on after 'Freedom Summer' court cases end

The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science

Texas may not restore lost abortion clinics despite ruling

Type of illness, race can lead to end-of-life care disparity

Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community

New studies explore why ordinary people turn terrorist

U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animals

Amnesty says Mexican women victims of sexual torture

The Day My Brother Took a Life and Changed Mine Forever

Growing Arctic carbon emissions could go unobserved

Going to School in Syria

Iraqi army closes in on Islamic State militants near Falluja

Iraqis suffer in desert camps after flight from Fallujah

Ongoing war in Ukraine turns 1.7 million people into refugees
posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 2016-06-29
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Fruit Stax Arcade
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1, complete
word count (story only): 827

::: This takes place nearly a month after the warden is pranked, and is my attempt at showing a game within a story, so forgive any clunkiness but tell me about it , please! :::

Roman pushed his glasses up, staring at the person standing on Mister Lincoln's left. The small hand held another t-mem strip bracelet, this one in shades of chartreuse and grass-green. “Fruit Stax,” the kid repeated.
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They weren't all superpowered.

They were all financial superpowers, fingers on one of the hands turning the world.

They weren't a cooperative, but a courtesy; they were meeting to address one of them being discourteous.

The charge was put to the offender in exactly those terms. )
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posted by [personal profile] herooftheage at 11:34pm on 2016-06-28
For an event I went to mostly because my friend Nicollette asked me if I wanted to reprise our adventures at 30th Year, I had a great time. The trip out and back went very smoothly, in easy stages. I ended up camping in Eastern Royal, mostly with a bunch of folks whom I only had nodding acquaintance with. That's changed, and I think I've found a bunch of new friends, and maybe even a poleax student. :) Stu did very well in a couple of tournaments on 15 minutes of instruction, finalling in one, and basically placing fourth in the other one.

The abovementioned polearm tournament leaves me in the perhaps hubristic position of thinking that I'm right and practically the rest of the Knowne World is wrong when it comes to properly fighting with a polearm, but I'll let you be the judge. First, practically everyone used weapons that were too long - generally 7'-7.5'. This meant they gave up half of what the weapon should be able to do - be a threat when you're in close with your opponent. And second the current fashion, so far as I can tell, is to start out by making the mistake of setting up in range. Doing so then requires your opening guard to be in pflug (bayonet stance). Practically every fight started the same - set up in range, do 3 thrust-dueling moves, and then try a cut of some sort. I ended up teaching several impromtu classes on easy ways to counter such tactics, and I'm glad to say, several of the students took it to heart and had some success.

My fighting, on the other hand, was limited to one day - and not too much at that. My hip is basically getting worse by the day. 22 August cannot come soon enough, so far as I'm concerned (for those of you not following along, that's the day I get my right hip replaced. Hopefully it'll go as well as the left.)

I liked the history exhibit a lot, and it brought back many memories. On the other hand, the Memorial Wall Of Shields made me very sad, not just for the people I knew on it, but for those who didn't have entries when they should have. We'll all be forgotten eventually - even Mullah Nasreddin will eventually be lost to the mists of time - but it was sad to see so many of my dead friends forgotten so soon.

I saw a lot of old friends, and not just the usual suspects from Pennsic, but several I hadn't seen in a long time, and had many conversations about the old days. I also spent quite a bit of time gaming and talking with my ex-wife, who has landed in Florida, and managed to put together a very good crew of people for her household. Both she and they are quite fortunate to have found each other. We started to become friends again at Carolingian 40th Year, and it's been an ongoing process. I think this was probably the first time I didn't feel completely self-conscious with how badly I behaved back in the day. While I wouldn't exactly say we were close friends yet, it now seems like that might be possible. I just wish I'd figured a way to do that much sooner.

I thought the event was reasonably well done. Yes, they got the schedule in the event book all wrong, and they had problems because they didn't survey the land properly beforehand - both things that it took Pennsic, an ongoing event, about a decade to get right, if I recall. I liked that the staff treated us all like adults, I loved that animals were allowed on site - horses are much better for ambience than golf carts - and I was _very_ appreciative of the washing stations outside the jakes. Though most of the food vendors were modern, The Gode Bakery was most excellent, and they got most of my custom. Allister thinks he'll never get the bakery into Pennsic, since it is now in direct competition with the Coopers', and if that's true, it is both very sad and not right, in my not-at-all-humble opinion.

I got off site one day to play golf with my friend Randy. It was a decent break from a week of medievalism, even if I had to take some percoset to finish the round. We were dead even the front nine, and he beat me by several strokes on the back once the drugs took effect. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. :)

Campfires every night. That was fun. It's amazing how much a bag of wood holds, and the bag be large enough. :) The weather cooperated reasonably - only one day of rain. Some people complained of the heat, but I loved it.

I've come away with a short-, medium- and long-term goal from the event.

Short term: fix up some of the early OP. Some of that is easy - Bruce and Koppel are missing, and I think that's going to be a snap to fix. Harder is that I think the first King was Bruce and not Maragorn, and I expect that will take some argument.

Medium term - after I've healed up from hip surgery, I'm going to take up cut and thrust, at least enough to study some Silver, if for no other reason to use his principles of true fighting in my polearm instruction.

Long-term - I'm hoping to be mostly healed by my 61st birthday. I'm going to have one last hurrah at serious fighting, and go reasonably full-bore at it, and then formally retire at 65. I'll still teach, spar, and fight in a couple of battles at Pennsic each year, but I'm not going to beat myself up anymore from not fighting every chance I get.


So, all in all, it was an eventful Celebration for me. Hopefully, I'll still be around and of sound mind for the 75th. :)
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posted by [personal profile] malkingrey at 10:33pm on 2016-06-28
Or, I like road trips, but . . . .

Friday Himself and I drove down to Tyngsboro on the New Hampshire-Massachusetts border to watch Now You See Me 2 with other members of the Granite State Magicians, for the purpose of pointing and mocking (and admiring the occasional actual bits of stage magic that somehow slipped into a really stupid plot.) We did this as a down-and-back, arriving home around midnight.

Sunday Himself and I drove down to Lowell, Massachusetts, for the purpose of participating in a group reading of Viable Paradise staff and alumni at the HyperText Bookstore, once again as a down-and-back, this time arriving home around 8 PM.

Monday -- which is to say, yesterday -- Himself and I drove over to Conway to attend an informational workshop put on by the New England Foundation for the Arts, for the purpose of picking up some tips on networking and presentation as a performing artist, i.e. a magician, arriving home around 7 PM.

And today I feel pounded flat as a veal cutlet. Though I suppose having last night be so hot and sticky that -- even though I was exhausted -- I didn't really fall decently asleep until about 5 AM didn't help. (I suppose I must have slept some of the time in there, because I don't recall hearing the clock in the dining room chiming the hours or the quarter-hours, but it wasn't the kind of sleep that feels like sleeping, if you know what I mean. Not restful at all.)

And the timber sale check is still in transit.
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We finally get a full look at how Barry Allen and Vic Stone will look for 2017's Justice League! Check it:

Bleeding Edge Iron Man and Robocop 2014 are a go )
June 28th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] sasha_feather at 07:54pm on 2016-06-28 under , ,
posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 06:00pm on 2016-06-28

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Suggested by Shaker ivyceltress: "What are your pantry must-haves that might be a bit unusual?"

HP Sauce and Branston Pickle. Which are staples in the UK, but are much more unusual in the United States.
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 07:37pm on 2016-06-28

Agent! Our fellowship of Her Majesty's Occult Service has resurrected, through unholy (but authorized) methods, our March 2015 Bundle of Laundry, featuring the licensed Laundry tabletop roleplaying game from Cubicle 7 Entertainment. The Laundry RPG is based on The Laundry Files novels and stories by Charles Stross about a modern counter-occult espionage agency. Laundry agents fight Cthulhu Mythos horrors and bureaucratic supervisors. They can save the world, but they have to get a receipt.
The stars are right for this revival, because Charles Stross has just published his new Laundry novel, The Nightmare Stacks (Amazon Kindle edition), and last year's The Annihilation Score is out in paperback (and you can still get its Kindle edition). The Laundry RPG is a great introduction to this ever-sprawling bureaucracy. This collection has everything you need to protect humanity from higher-dimensional apocalypse while following correct paperwork protocols.
Our Starter Collection (US$8.95, retail value $40) includes the complete Laundry rulebook and the Agent's Handbook for players. And if you pay more than the current threshold price ($24.18), you'll regain Sanity and also get all five supplements in our Bonus Collection (retail value $75):
Black Bag Jobs (retail $15): Six self-contained missions ranging from the war-torn hillsides of Afghanistan to the corridors of power in Whitehall, from yoga lessons in Devon to the end of the world.
Cultists Under the Bed (retail $15): Eight of the nastiest, most tenacious foes of the Laundry, plus dozens of minor ones.
God Game Black (retail $15): Expands on the revelations of The Apocalypse Codex novel to send your games hurtling towards Armageddon.
License to Summon (retail $15): The dark side of Computational Demonology and arcane science in the Laundry, as well as the magic of other agencies -- and other entities. New spells, new gadgets, new ways to end the world!
The Mythos Dossiers (retail $15): Dozens of reports, handouts, eyewitness accounts and deranged speculations from the murkier reaches of the Laundry's archives.
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A large glass of clean cold drinking water.

People online being kind and thoughtful and patient with one another and with me.

Neck pillows.

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"If you look closely, you'll see that Marvel basically has three Thanoses. There is the 1970s Thanos appearing in the movies. This is before he got the Infinity Gauntlet. Then there are the Thanos stories I'm telling. And finally, there is the Thanos that appears in the mainstream Marvel stories. All three seem to coexist easily enough, so..." - Jim Starlin

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"When Fleming was writing, the locales were difficult for ordinary people to reach, which added to their exoticism. These days, most of them can be reached by Easyjet or Ryanair from a regional airport. In VARGR, I can get the same exoticism from the atemporal strangeness of East Berlin, which still looks like a Communist district, and from places like remote Norwegian islands that are comparably difficult to reach. And Helsinki’s in there because I just wanted somewhere Brutalist and miserable, which chunks of Helsinki certainly are. I couldn’t bring myself to take Bond to Helsinki’s black metal karaoke bar." -- Warren Ellis

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posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 04:30pm on 2016-06-28

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Whatcha been cooking up in your kitchen lately, Shakers?

Share your favorite recipes, solicit good recipes, share recipes you've recently tried, want to try, are trying to perfect, whatever! Whether they're your own creation, or something you found elsewhere, share away.

Also welcome: Recipes you've seen recently that you'd love to try, but haven't yet!
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got virtual hugs because sometimes people are awesome
thank you
still accepting more hugs if you like
not so distressed any more

would like a virtual hug

because brain

and people
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posted by [personal profile] kouredios at 04:28pm on 2016-06-28 under , , ,
I WAS going to write a post today about how I'm never, never, never going to graduate (apparently), but then a MAGICAL thing happened. So I'll do that later.

As you may have heard, JK Rowling posted a story about the origins of Ilvermorny, the North American school of witchcraft and wizardry, today. And I know there are issues with the lack of Native American roots in the North American school, I do. But the story she tells us today rings true as the origin of a based-on-European-model-(Hogwarts) school brought by settlers. I'm sure the Native American magic folk had their own (no doubt better) way of doing things before, during, and after Ilvermorny was set up. And I think the story leaves us room for that option.

What I'm really jazzed about is the fact that she placed Ilvermorny on the peak of Mount Greylock. Because this means that the North American school of witchcraft and wizardry is literally in my backyard.


I mean literally. I took this picture from my porch.

And, look. I feel like it's my moral duty to set some people straight on some things about the area, already. io9's already complaining about ~of course it's in Massachusetts~ and my fellow Williams alums, as much as I love them, are claiming Ilvermorny for themselves, but I need to be clear.

The *peak* of Mount Greylock is in Adams, Massachusetts. And we *need* this. Badly.

I mean, we've got Susan B. Anthony's birthplace, and that's pretty good. But the people who started and run her museum are of the "SBA was anti-abortion" ilk, and that's....not my jam. Adams isn't ivy-covered. It's an old mill town that's struggling to figure out what it's going to be in the 21st century. North Adams has started to be the new, cool, Art town. Williamstown will always have Williams. All Adams has is the peak of Greylock. (And it's been trying desperately to get something going there for decades.)

And now it has Ilvermorny.

So, things to know if you're writing about Ilvermorny and you need a local guide. First of all, here's an album I made years and years ago for an online friend who lives in N. Ireland and wanted to see what the area looked like (and, okay, yeah, there's some Williams in there too. I do love the place. It's just not Ilvermorny. :D)

Second of all, the Audubon Society probably has the best map and good information about the mountain and its environs.

And yes, it's basically a hill, but it's the highest point in Massachusetts, which is probably why she picked it.

It's also ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE STATE from Plymouth, so it would be awesome if fic set in this setting could acknowledge that fact. ;)

I mean, it take four hours to DRIVE that distance. In the 21st century. Just sayin'

At present, there is exactly one stoplight in Adams, Massachusetts. There is a McDonalds and a Subway, and a couple of family-owned local eating joints. A diner/pizzeria and a a couple pubs. A decent Austrian restaurant that also used to be an Inn. One elementary school. One charter school (where I used to work), and a regional high school shared with two other towns, and is technically on the town line with one of them. There is a statue of President McKinley in a little traffic circle in front of the library and one of the three Catholic churches in this tiny town of under 9000. One of them is closed now, but the people of the town held vigil in one of the other ones to keep it open. There's a large Polish heritage contingent in town, and St. Stanislaus Kostka's is theirs.

We have lots of street parties in the summer, and outdoor movies projected on the lawn of town hall. Basically: we're Stars Hollow, not Cambridge.

I'm here for more Ilvermorny context details, seriously. Just ask.


She talked to Elaine Sir about "how her life has changed since becoming a mother - and her top tips on how she survived her previous seemingly insurmountable career struggles and landed where she is today".

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posted by [personal profile] otw_staff at 02:48pm on 2016-06-28
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This Week in Fandom: VidCon 2016 & the importance of community, Fan Studies Network 2016 conference, Transformative Works and Cultures call for papers, and fiery cosplay: http://bit.ly/296LCnA
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posted by [personal profile] rydra_wong at 07:35pm on 2016-06-28 under
I'm probably going to throw myself into the Serpentine at some point this week anyway, and it occurred to me to ask if anyone had any interest in a tour guide/moral support (as it can be a bit daunting going for the first time) or if anyone's already a lido fan and just fancies meeting up.

Info: the Serpentine Lido is open 10 to 6 every day.

It's (surprisingly) wheelchair-accessible, though they don't advertise this. There's a wheelchair-accessible loo, and a gate they can unlock in the fence around the lido so that you can cross from the changing rooms into the lido without having to go up and down any stairs (this does mean crossing a path in your swimming costume, but the alternative is crossing a small metal bridge over the path in your swimming costume, so).

It is a section of the lake, which you are sharing with assorted waterfowl and algae, so if you have a compromised immune system, it might not be ideal.

Especially on weekdays, the lido is blissfully uncrowded.

Because the lake edge is fairly shallow, a good half of the lido is standing-depth. So if you're a nervous swimmer, you don't have to venture out of your depth.

You need a swimsuit and a towel. There are coldwater showers on the bank, and shower gel/shampoo is forbidden as it runs off into the lake. Therefore, it's best to plan to rinse off some of the pondweed on the bank then have a proper bath/shower when you get home.

If you might be interested, this week or at some future point, just comment or PM me.
posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 03:30pm on 2016-06-28

Posted by Melissa McEwan

The NCAA Baseball Facebook page posted this video on Sunday, which I saw after my friend Jordan posted it, and I cannot. stop. laughing.

Video Description: During a college baseball game, a white, ginger-haired, freckle-faced little boy in the crowd notices a camera is aimed at him. He swivels his head dramatically to look into directly into the camera with big eyes. The commentators laugh, as the feed cuts back to the game. The feed cuts back to the kid, who is now intently staring into the camera with a serious expression. The camera lingers as the commentators say he's having a staredown with the camera. The kid stifles a laugh, trying to maintain his serious expression. As the commentators now commentate the staredown, the boy narrows his eyes.

The feed cuts back to the game, which is boring. The feed cuts back to the kid, now in extreme close-up, who is grinning and waggling his shoulders at the camera. He waggles his eyebrows. The commentators laugh uproariously. Back to the game. Back to the kid, who snaps his baseball glove at the camera with a grin. He waggles his shoulders and eyebrows, and the camera pulls back to a wider shot, showing a white blonde woman who is presumably his mom sitting beside him, unaware of his antics. As he dances for the camera, the commentators wonder if his mom even knows what's happening.

The kid looks at his mom, who glances at him at smiles. He swivels back to look at the camera. He swivels to look back at his mom, who looks down at him; he looks back at the camera quickly, and she finally notices that they're on camera and he's being silly, and she laughs. The kid looks at her, then looks back at the camera with the most perfect conspiratorial expression.

The feed cuts back to the game, but the commentators are now just commentating this kid's life. The feed cuts back to the kid and his mom, who is now looking at her cell phone, smiling. The kid peers over her shoulder, as they watch something. Mom busts into laughter and the kid's jaw drops; it seems as though someone watching at home has sent them a clip of what's airing. The kid slaps his knee triumphantly, and his mom laughs and laughs, while the commentators laugh in the booth.
posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 02:45pm on 2016-06-28

Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of Olivia the White Farm Cat curled up on a round rug, which is smooshed up against a window, to create some shade

Olivia just arranges the rug however she pleases for maximum comfort. Such a sweet and smart girl.

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
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Signal-boosting this resource that came up on my reading page. These links will worry you.

It's about possible actions to take if one witnesses an act of racist or other -ist aggression.
(Spoiler alert: we all will, and the more we are in public with our brains turned on, the more we will.)

It's way too easy to silently disapprove and say nothing. Which is being a bystander and thereby being part of the problem.


Here is a contrasting perspective on the type of training described towards the bottom of the article:

And one selected link out of many I found on responding to awful remarks:

Gonna make myself go to the grocery, with my eyes open.
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posted by [personal profile] alexseanchai at 04:13pm on 2016-06-28
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Hexarch Shuos Mikodez.

Full-res version for printing out and coloring [hosted at my website].

For the curious, you can also find coloring pages for Captain Kel Cheris, General Shuos Jedao (scroll down a bit), and Hexarch Nirai Kujen.
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posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 01:45pm on 2016-06-28

Posted by Melissa McEwan

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: Racism; xenophobia; hate crimes] Brexit has resulted in increased harassment and violence of POC in the UK: "Police believe there has been an increase in hate crimes and community tensions since last week's referendum. Initial figures show an increase of 57% in reported incidents between Thursday and Sunday compared with the same days four weeks earlier, the National Police Chiefs' Council said—85 incidents were reported compared with 54 during the earlier period. 'It's no coincidence this has come off the back of the EU vote,' said a police source." Anyone who wants to pretend that this wasn't inevitable following a campaign of fearmongering and race-baiting is a mendacious scoundrel.

[CN: War on agency] "Activists Celebrate Landmark Supreme Court Abortion Decision." This is another terrific piece on yesterday's SCOTUS decision, by my friend Katie Klabusich, and you should definitely read it!

Something something Benghazi. Just go read this piece by my colleague Peter Daou: "Once again, Republicans try to use the Benghazi tragedy to undermine Hillary's campaign. Once again, they play politics on the graves of American heroes. And once again, they fail. As they deserve to."

[CN: Death; gun violence] And here's a piece by me: "What if Congress Spent the Same Resources on Gun Violence as Benghazi? ...The latest report, after 782 days and over $7 million, has found 'no new evidence of culpability or wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton.' To be blunt: The House has wasted an enormous amount of time and resources investigating Benghazi for partisan politicking, while saying over and over this entire process has been necessitated by the four lives lost. Meanwhile, they flatly refuse to invest any time or resources to researching gun violence and prevention, despite the fact that 6,602 people have been killed by guns in the United States this year so far."

ICYMI: Hillary Clinton again made history over the weekend, when she marched in the NY Pride Parade: "Joining New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stepped in to the NYC Pride March on Christopher Street, just steps from the recently designated Stonewall National Monument. Clinton marched for four blocks, waving and greeting onlookers. It was the first time a presumptive presidential nominee from any major party has marched in the parade." ♥

This interview Clinton did with LinkedIn is really great. It's just consistently a pleasure to read a presidential candidate who is so knowledgeable on the issues.

I just wish Jonathan Capehart would tell us what he really thinks about Bernie Sanders.

Not only does no one want to speak at the Republican convention; no one wants to work for Donald Trump. Which I guess is why he had to hire a communications director who had repeatedly tweeted about how he's awful. Cool campaign!

In other terrible Trumpery, care of the WaPo: "Trump promised millions to charity. We found less than $10,000 over 7 years." Is everyone so shocked? I bet everyone is so shocked.

RIP Pat Summitt: "In 1974...Pat Summitt was named the head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. She was 22. She got the job because she'd just become a grad assistant, the previous coach quit and there really wasn't anyone else who wanted the position. The salary was $3,000 a year. Duties included driving the team van, washing uniforms, and sweeping the practice floor, which was available around men's intramural schedules. ...Eight NCAA championships, 1,098 victories and incalculable lives impacted later, Pat was still how she was referred. On Tuesday, Pat Summitt passed away at the age of 64. In August 2011, she announced she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer's type. Pat Summitt is one of the greatest pioneers women's athletics will ever know, a force of will wrapped in Southern charm, a coach of such brilliance she did more to legitimize the sport of women's basketball—and, in turn, set a tone of seriousness for all other female sports—than perhaps any other person." My condolences to her family, friends, players, colleagues, and fans.

"Sherman Alexie on Creating Contemporary Native Characters for His New Children's Book."

Yikes: "Volkswagen's settlement with nearly 500,000 U.S. diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15 billion cash, two sources briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.033 billion to offer buybacks to owners of about 475,000 polluting vehicles and nearly $5 billion in funds to offset excess diesel emissions and boost zero emission vehicles, the sources said. A separate settlement with nearly all U.S. state attorneys general over excess diesel emissions will be announced on Tuesday and is expected to be more than $500 million and will push the total to over $15 billion, a separate source briefed on the matter said."

Who wants to put a Ghostbusters burger in their mouth?!

And finally! "Behold, the World's Officially Ugliest Dog." Never has the phrase "so ugly it's cute" been more apropos!

UPDATE: Also, Donald Trump just gave a speech in front of a wall of garbage. So that happened.

posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 01:00pm on 2016-06-28

Posted by Melissa McEwan

[Content Note: Bullying.]

"Donald Trump will say or do anything—and so will Scott Brown. …What this is really about is: Can they bully me into shutting up? Can they just be nasty enough and ugly enough; throw enough stuff in my direction that I'll say, 'Oh!' and just go back into the shadows? And the answer is: Nope! Not happening."—Senator Elizabeth Warren, taking away the only dimestore despotic power that Donald Trump's got—and thus leaving him with nothing at all.

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Today's office. Nice and green, and the food is tasty.
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posted by [personal profile] davidlevine at 11:41am on 2016-06-28
Westercon 69 will be held this coming weekend in Portland, Oregon. I am the Fan Guest of Honor and will be appearing on a ton of programming. Please note that my reading will be very early in the con -- on Friday at 3pm -- so if you can attend I would really appreciate it!

  • Fri Jul 1 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in Ross Island: GOH Fan Guest David D Levine Reading.
  • Fri Jul 1 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Mult/Holl: Opening Ceremony. With Bobak Ferdowsi, Charlie Stross, David D. Levine, Lea Rush
  • Fri Jul 1 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in Hawthorne: Going to Mars: What s the Point?. With the release of the hit movie The Martian and the release of the latest NASA plan for the journey to Mars, a fundamental question needs to be asked, and answered concerning the Why. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of a Mars mission and how it can be presented in the non-science world in order to justify the endeavor. With Bobak Ferdowsi, David D. Levine, Gerald D. Nordley, Kristin Landon
  • Fri Jul 1 9:00 pm - 12:00 am in Jeff/Adams: Match Game SF. Get ready to match the fannish stars! In this re-creation of the classic 1970s game show, contestants are selected randomly from the audience to attempt to match the panelists' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions like "Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!" All contestants will receive prizes. With Andrew Fuller, David D. Levine, Debra Stansbury, Jim Doty, Kevin Standlee (m), Lisa Hayes, Lynn Gold, Manny Frishberg
  • Sat Jul 2 10:00 am - 11:00 am in Multnomah: Saturday 10am Kaffeeklatsch. Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.
  • Sat Jul 2 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in Lincoln: Contract Pitfalls to Avoid. Join the Chair of SFWA's Contracts Committee and other panelists in discussing contract clauses writers need to avoid or modify. With David D. Levine, James Fiscus (m), John Lovett
  • Sat Jul 2 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in Mult/Holl: The Scientist vs The Authors: Intellectual Brawl of the Century. 3 of our GoH's having a free form discussion. With Bobak Ferdowsi, Charlie Stross, David D. Levine (m), John Scalzi
  • Sat Jul 2 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm in Mult/Holl: Masquerade. The Masquerade is an event where members of the convention have the opportunity to present their costumes on stage for the entertainment of the other members. With David D. Levine (MC)
  • Sun Jul 3 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in Autographs: Guest of Honor Autograph: David Levine.
  • Sun Jul 3 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Ross Island: Toxic Masculinity as Villain. Fighting demons is clearly easier than fighting the cultural narrative of men as arrogant, emotionally repressed aggressors who refuse to accept advice or reconsider poor decisions. What would it look like if a male character became aware of that narrative and decided to take a stand against it? Instead of toxic masculinity traits being used to generate repetitive conflict, how can authors build the tension between what the culture wants a man to be and who he wants himself to be? With David D. Levine, Sara Stamey, Sienna Saint-Cyr
  • Sun Jul 3 9:00 pm - 12:00 am in Jeff/Adams: Match Game SF. Get ready to match the fannish stars! In this re-creation of the classic 1970s game show, contestants are selected randomly from the audience to attempt to match the panelists' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions like "Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!" All contestants will receive prizes. With Andy Trembley, David D. Levine, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Prill, Kevin Roche, Kevin Standlee (m), Lee Moyer, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Gold
  • Mon Jul 4 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in Jeff/Adams: GoH presentation: Science Tourism Experiences. A slide show presentation by GoH David Levine showing a zeppelin ride, a NASA satellite launch, a short trip on a sailing ship, and a stay at a simulated Mars base.
  • Mon Jul 4 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in Broadway: How the Hugo Awards Work. There have been millions of words tossed around for the past few years about the Hugo Awards, much of it uninformed, inaccurate, or simply wrong. Come listen to people who have actually administered the Awards and know the rules to hear some facts about the process. With Ben Yalow, David D. Levine, Kevin Standlee (m)
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posted by [personal profile] lilly_the_kid at 07:29pm on 2016-06-28 under , ,
I'm very sad about Bud Spencer's passing. Bud Spencer and Terence Hill were a big part of my childhood and have been a big part of my adult life as well. Their movies are happiness and nostalgia. I remember sunday family strolls followed by cookies and one of their movies. I remember my parents going out leaving me and my brother with our grandparents to eat the very occasional junk food and watch one of their movies. And nowadays every now and then when I need cheering up, one of their movies usually does the trick.


Have one of their awesome funny fight scenes: 

This one's from the movie Crime Busters (1972).  (The actual fighting starts around four minutes in, but I love the stuff before as well, of course.) And that music, THAT MUSIC!! That was my cell phone ring tone for years!

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posted by [personal profile] supergee at 02:10pm on 2016-06-28 under
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A determined spammer keeps asking me 'interested in safe floors?'

And since one of my current occupations is channelling a renowned author of Gothick novels and horrid tales, the image this evokes is of floors that suddenly open up beneath one's feet leading to an Oubliette of Doom, or possibly Hell.

In fact, it seems to be about becoming a distributor for some product that promises 'slip-resistant floor treatment' for the kind of public premises that have slippery floors.


Also, requires a set-up fee of $5000 to get into this promising business opportunity.

One is so tempted to put them in touch with relicts of dictators...


In other news, and trying to look on the bright side (wot bright side there is no bright side):

The keynote talk thing that I have been sighing over has done that thing where it gives a little wiggle and suddenly looks a lot more close to DONE than I thought it was.

Also in being Some Kinda Academic, sent off the paper I gave in Montreal to the organising body's essay comp, as they had solicited attendees to do this.

In nature notes, today I saw a wee robin and some kind of tit (?) in my perambulations through local green spaces.

Also, have had the royalty statement for a particularly niche work of mine and it's still selling - the royalties are still pretty much tuppence-ha'penny once the non-sterling cheque has gone through the bank, but I never expected wealth beyond the dreams of avarice from it.

Though the killer robot questions whether it's art.

From Harley Quinn and Power Girl #2

Read more... )
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posted by [personal profile] kareila at 12:49pm on 2016-06-28
These are live on the site:


3997bdb: Issue #1820: extra padding on /entry/new
Remove left margin for beta entry page buttons caused by #1793.
24b9494: Issue #1820: extra padding on /entry/new
Remove left margin for beta entry page tag widgets caused by #1793.

These are in the queue for next push:


f8093dc: Issue #1824: Remove userblob
Remove unneeded database table userblob.
c56dc03: Issue #1826: Remove reproxying
Remove reproxying code - better to use an external caching service.
ead030b: Issue #1828: Cleanup for June 2016
Remove uninitialized value warnings in t/captcha.t.
98a81d8: Issue #1828: Cleanup for June 2016
Remove tests of removed JS libraries from /dev/tests.
47838a9: Issue #1828: Cleanup for June 2016
Whitespace cleanup in cgi-bin/DW/Controller/Comments.pm.
9ea11ab: Issue #1828: Cleanup for June 2016
Fix attempts to use uninitialized values in cgi-bin/DW/Controller/Comments.pm.
949b41f: Issue #1828: Cleanup for June 2016
Remove obsolete statements using dropped logins table.
5c991f9: Issue #1828: Cleanup for June 2016
Remove unused database table dirsearchres2.
f362b21: Issue #1828: Cleanup for June 2016
Remove %REPROXY_DISABLE from config.pl (see #1826).
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posted by [personal profile] jimhines at 01:43pm on 2016-06-28

Getting ready for a conversation with my editor about the SF trilogy I’m working on. (Apparently they want this first book to have a title. Sheesh. So demanding…)

In the meantime, here’s an interview I did with Amazing Stories about the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop.

So, um … anyone have any brilliant title ideas they’re not using?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 12:15pm on 2016-06-28

Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of a fat, tattooed, white woman at a Hillary rally, clutching one of Hillary's books and looking up at the stage with a look of awe on her face; she is surrounded by a crowd, including an equally enamoured black woman just beside her

I've got a new piece up at BNR about the gorgeous and inspiring pictures of Hillary Clinton supporters, who look at her with amazing expressions on their faces:
It is a joy that she has won the Democratic nomination — and it is a relief. Every time an eminently qualified, talented, competent woman tries to be first, but fails, there is celebration for her attempt and alongside it the crushing sting of being reminded that women are still not considered equal.

This was a very big moment for Hillary's feminist supporters, and on their faces I see the sort of unreserved smiles that signify a win. An undiluted win. An achievement that does not have to be couched in "we'll get 'em next time."

...Millions of her supporters are politically active Democrats, who work within our own communities as advocates for political solutions that will improve people's lives. We don't view her as a savior — someone we expect, or who is even capable, of solving what ails us on her own — but as a role model, a leader, a reflection of the commitment we have ourselves to making the world a better place.

We look at her, and we are able to see some part of ourselves.
Click through to read the whole thing and look at some truly moving and spectacular pix!



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