February 8th, 2016
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Timothy assures me that he gave my message to Mr MacD-, and the reply is that he will be about the matter, but 'tis nigh on noon when Sandy comes the following day, which gives me somewhat to fret.

He throws himself into a chair and says that how would anyone have suppos’d that the empty-head’d wastrel set would rise in chivalrick defence of Lady B-'s honour? And coffee would be most gratefull he adds, just as Euphemia enters.

He consumes several cups before he speaks again.

Sure, he says, I was in some concern that this comedy might create difficulties for Miss R- within the theatre: but having spent some hours there talking to her and to Mr W- and Mr J- and some others of the company, I think there is a predisposition either to understand the matter in its true light – none said so much in so many words, but I was dealing with actors that can convey a deal of matter without speaking, indeed Mr W- can conduct a conversation entirely with his eyebrows - or else, and I confess that I would not have expect’d this, that it is a device to protect Lady B-'s reputation, now that she is such a Society favourite and one that is so concern’d with good works and must therefore conduct any amours with extreme discretion.

O, I cry, 'tis indeed that they suppose it a case of the merchant to secure his treasure! Well, I am glad for that, and that it does not cause resentment towards Miss R-, for indeed I thought Miss A- most dispos’d towards indignation on my behalf, which is very pretty in her but quite entire unnecessary. But, those foolish fellows! Whoever would have thought?

Is’t so very strange? I doubt not they have a great admiration toward you –

- And my pique-nique baskets! I say

- really, dearest C-, I apprehend that you must be quite entire us’d to evoking admiration quite apart from any pique-nique matters. Sure I daresay that they were in some hesitation about making any suit to you even in the days before your elevation, given G-'s most well-known abilities with sword and pistol.

Oh, says I. Sure I had not thought of that. They are forever talking about wagers and horses and matters of style and how very drunk they have been, but not much about women. Tho’ I daresay they would not talk coarseness in front of me, for exactly that reason you mention.

Well, I continue, I hope that my argument that it would be like to redound adverse upon my reputation will be consider’d telling when Danvers D- puts it to his set, but indeed I think it only sense that Miss R- and the rest of the company maintain a prudent vigilance.

Sandy removes his spectacles and polishes them a while. The matter now, he says at length, is how to inform G- about this brangle, for I have not yet had any chance to acquaint him with the matter – came in most exceeding late last night, or rather early morning and by the time he had spent his wont’d hour of exercise with his fencing master, the steward from A- had arriv’d about some pressing business.

I do not like, he continues, to report ill of a set he has frequent’d for so many years, against which he already believes me entirely prejudic’d - which is indeed the case, for they do not appear to me as anything but extravagant fribbles. He will claim – o, entirely in jest, but there is a grain of truth, I confess – that do I chance to encounter any of them there will appear the Calvinistickal glare that wishes them in hell-fire even do I speak them entirely civil.

Why, Sandy, my dear, they are indeed fribbles. I have ever found them good-natur’d, and I think that not entirely due to fear of Milord’s skills on the field of honour, but somewhat tedious fellows. But I think the way around this is the I should write a little note that you may carry to him, mentioning that you have kindly convey’d warning to Miss R-.

That would most certainly answer. You are a true friend to me, C-.

And you to me, Sandy dear.

I go to my desk and write a note upon the business to Milord, fold it, seal it, and hand it to Sandy with a sigh. Mayhap this was not so happy a contrivance as I suppos’d. Indeed I should mind me that I am not writing a novel or a play, where the characters will behave as I desire.

After he departs I still sit at my desk, where I had been about planning a soirée, but that I was too much in the frets to give it my full mind. I had purpos’d to wait until my darlings had come to Town, but now the T-s have arriv’d I think it entirely my duty to hold one as soon as maybe.

I sigh and stand up, for I should really go take a look around my reception chamber, for I have some concern that it may be in need of a little furbishing, or at least some fresh packs of cards and new counters at the gaming table.

I do not see Hector, that I would have lik’d to discuss this matter with, so I climb the stairs with a view to taking a first look myself.

Outside the door I hear voices within, and wonder if Hector or Dorcas has already decid’d to be about the matter.

It sounds, however, as tho’ whoever they are within, an argument is in progress.

Sure I should not eavesdrop, but yet there seems so much discontent in the household of late that I feel almost oblig’d to listen to find out what’s ado.

I do not recognise the voice at first and then it comes to me that I have never heard Dorcas angry: she will be extreme firm with Prue and Celeste about not scamping their work but never cross.

Cousin Hector, I hear her say, you are quite entirely too harsh with the girls. I have notic’d this and pray’d for guidance in the matter and it comes to me that I must speak of it to you. It is making for bad feeling within the household, that they feel that they are not trust’d, and suppos’d light and giddy creatures, the way you will go about chiding them over followers.

Hector responds that someone has to have a mind for the credit of the household.

You go about, says Dorcas, the best way to make them sly and underhand in their dealings: sure I have seen that in the various households I have been in.

All the households that you had to leave because fellows were saucy to you!

Fellows who did not offer to walk out with me in due form but thought they could be coarse with me in cupboards and on the backstairs! 'Tis nothing like the same thing as offering to walk home from chapel.

There can be sneaking hypocrites under the guise of piety.

Do you not think Prue and Euphemia young women of sense that could see that and would conduct themselves quite entirely proper? Have they not had examples of good practices these several years? Look, she says, at Tibby and Titus, that have gone out from this house and done most exceptional well for themselves and behave with exceeding propriety. I confide 'tis entirely due to the good ways they got into here.

Think you so? asks Hector somewhat less ferocious.

Sure I think Docket gave Tibby some fine lessoning in being disdainfull, but she is a good well-conduct’d girl.

Hector sighs. Indeed she and Titus show very well and do the household credit.

Well then!

I step softly back down the stairs a little way, then walk up a little noisy, stepping upon the stair that creaks, humming to myself that pretty tune by Purcell that I shall desire Miss McK- to sing, and open the door. How now, says I, I was thinking that do I purpose to hold a soirée very soon there may be matters of furbishing up this room to put in hand, but I see that you are entirely beforehand of me.

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"In the weeks after the series finished I received dozens of letters, emails and direct message from brave, struggling readers living with all different shades of mental and emotional challenge. They all said the same thing: that David’s example, and his simple little mantra—I rule me—gave them strength in difficult times. There’s no greater sense of accomplishment for a writer." -- Si Spurrier

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posted by [personal profile] the_future_modernes at 02:47am on 2016-02-08 under
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posted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer at 11:26pm on 2016-02-07
Some time ago, I quit playing certain online MMORPGs. Why? Some of the quest lines made me more than a little uneasy. Some crossed lines by making light of certain kinds of events. Some involved questionable actions the player's avatar must participate in, just to finish the quest.

Frankly, some of the actions made me feel slimy.

Worse, many of them constituted practical examples of war crimes.
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"One of my memories from Iraq is that there were a lot of cats, like little cute cats, around. Someone told me a story that the reason they are around is because there used to be rats everywhere and they couldn’t figure it out. Finally they brought cats in to solve the problem. I don’t know if that is a hundred percent true, but that was the story I was told [...] And it creates good symbolism for what that conflict was about. Sort of like we brought in these cats and it seems like it is something innocent and good and kind, but it is actually something bloody and dark about it." -- Tom King

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posted by [personal profile] the_future_modernes at 01:03am on 2016-02-08 under

"his latino-mocha skin" REALLY????

"they spattered hindi"?!?!?!? REALLLLY?????

what in the entire HELL is wrong with you?

at least she used "sienna" as a skin descriptor instead of food? hooray for a tiny bit of progress?

also? there are gay interracial couples who dont include white people. AND there are gay monoracial POC couples!!!! Write them some time!


somebody rec me some m/m romances written by goddamn POC, I beg. I want some brain candy but white folk make that shit so fucking DIFFICULT.
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posted by [personal profile] miss_s_b at 07:00am on 2016-02-08
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Less than a quarter of what I bought.

posted by [syndicated profile] eaglespath_feed at 08:44pm on 2016-02-07

I've been in favor of using TLS and encryption for as much as possible for a while, but I never wanted to pay money to the certificate cartel. I'd been using certificates from CAcert, but they're not recognized by most browsers, so it felt rude to redirect everything to TLS with one of their certificates.

Finally, the EFF and others put together Let's Encrypt with free, browser-recognized certificates and even a really solid automatic renewal system. That's perfect, and also eliminated my last excuse to go do the work, so now all of my personal web sites use TLS and HTTPS by default and redirect to the encrypted version of the web site. And better yet, all the certificates should just renew themselves automatically, meaning one less thing I have to keep track of and deal with periodically.

Many thanks to Wouter Verhelst for his short summary of how to get the Let's Encrypt client to work properly from the command line without doing all the other stuff it wants to do in order to make things easier for less sophisticated users. Also useful was the SSL Labs server test to make sure I got the modern TLS configuration right. (All my sites should now be an A. I decided to not cut off support for Internet Explorer older than version 11 yet.

I imported copies of the Debian packages needed for installation of the Let's Encrypt package on Debian jessie that weren't already in Debian backports into my personal Debian repository for my own convenience, but they're also there for anyone else.

Oh, that reminds me: this also affects the archives.eyrie.org APT repository (the one linked above), so if any of you were using that, you'll now need to install apt-transport-https and might want to change the URL to use HTTPS.

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posted by [personal profile] niqaeli at 09:37pm on 2016-02-07
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 08:27pm on 2016-02-07 under , , ,
I woke up at 3:00 am with the realization that my GRS was ten years ago. Ten Years and One Week Ago, actually. In the past year I’ve mused over a number of upcoming anniversaries, but not once did I think about my surgery date. I’ve thought more about my car turning ten on the 22nd of this month. I’ve thought a lot about anniversaries of my transition, my job – my blog, even. I never think about my GRS date, though. I had to wonder why that was.

I think the difference is that every passing year for those other events is a sort of accomplishment – completing another lap through hard work or perseverence, extending the chain of effort. Adding to those years is building a longer history or a stronger existence. GRS, however, was something that made my life better and easier and happier, but year-to-year is not an accomplishment. I suppose in that respect it’s like a birthday.

For me, my transition date was the much more important event – my life changed radically on that day. My life was made right on that day. And as I told myself then, the surgery would be nice to have – but it wasn’t critically essential to my living a good life. It was more than six years after my transition that I was able to have surgery, and I don’t feel like those six years were burdensome because of the wait. I celebrate my transition often. It was only through an odd chain of thoughts that GRS even came to mind.

Still, the events of ten years ago were monumental, and I pause to be grateful.
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In the history of humanity, only 12 people have walked on the Moon. Only 7 of those are still alive, and the youngest of them is now 80. If we don’t get a move on, it’s likely that within the he next 20 years or so, there will be no one alive who has set foot on any astronomical body other than Earth.

If you still need more to depress you, all 12 of those were straight (as far as I know) white Christian men, even though none of those characteristics has any relevance to anyone’s ability to be a good astronaut. I’d have been out on two counts, myself. You can make a pretty good case that astronauts are our best and brightest (if you ever doubt it, don’t look at the minimum requirements, look at the bios of those who are actually selected). If we’ve made no other progress in the last 50 years, at least we don’t use those unimportant characteristics in determining who is the best among us any more.

(RIP Edgar Mitchell, Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14.)

Mirrored from Dichroic Reflections.

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posted by [personal profile] rivkat at 10:07pm on 2016-02-07 under , , ,
Glen Weldon, The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture:  bitter fangirl ahead )
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "sharing a bed" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, and the "talk with a friend" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Book_worm5. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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I've been watching a lot of television, lately. It's embarrassing. I should be reading more books or doing more than cursorily scanning the front page of the newspaper. Instead, after work I flip on the set and vegetate for an hour. I hope this doesn't become a habit!

It's certainly not as if TV has gotten significantly better. Mr. Ed, My Sister Eileen, the umpteenth season of the Jack Benny Show, none of these are going to win any awards. On the other hand, The Twilight Zone has already won an award (an Emmy last year), and I'm hoping that my continued watching and review of that show excuses my overindulgence in the others.

(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)
location: San Diego, CA
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 06:13pm on 2016-02-07 under ,
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Patio Chair Near Beaverton Bakery • Beaverton, Oregon

The sun was out today. I ran one errand then on the way home stopped in downtown Beaverton to try out the new Nikkor. The lens is very, very nice!

Bench Near Beaverton Bakery • Beaverton, Oregon

Lamppost • Beaverton, Oregon

SW Broadway
SW Broadway • Beaverton, Oregon
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posted by [personal profile] roga at 03:46am on 2016-02-08 under , ,
It's been a beautifully sunny Friday and wonderfully rainy Saturday and multi-rainbowed today, and I am decently caught up on all of my shows; which softens the blow, a little, for the fact that I got home from work today at 11PM.

Here is a fun thing: a person changing her mind about wanting a position in your department, after you've spent an enormous amount of time and energy training them for the job for the past two months; at time while also training another person for a different job, and while doing your own job, and at times while filling in for your boss who was away. Like - it's good that she left now, because better now than in a few months of doing a bad job I guess, if she didn't care and it wasn't good for her, but man, what a stroke of bad luck for the department.

The reason I stayed late wasn't really anything to do with that, but because I finally sent a massive email I'd beet putting off for 2-3 months, so at least that's a giant load off my shoulders. I mean, at least until tomorrow, when I get in the office and see people's responses, but oh well.

I haven't been reblogging Captive Prince things on tumblr because I... don't want to spoil anyone for anything, though I'm pretty sure anyone who might be spoiled has already read the books. And yet. So - some random Captive Prince links:

Captive Prince kink meme on DW! That is a think that is happening :DDD
Combating the King fanart lol
This manip of Laurent - a lot of people have many ideas about what the characters might look like, and while they don't always hit my tastes, this one struck a chord with me. (I also like this Laurent, though there's something about the expression that feels a little... off.)

I have also been reading some fic, which has been fun; I'm happy that now that the series is over and so many questions are answered, there's also more room for people to write fic with a fuller understanding of the characters.

Also: I have seen someone on tumblr reccing Song of Achilles. Has anyone read it? I had not heard of it, though goodreads has... quite a number of reviews. Any thoughts ("nice" "good" "totally overrated") appreciated.
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 08:29pm on 2016-02-07

February 20-21, 2016

AFKCON is a small convention for friends (over 18) who love games, comics, movies, books, and more. Offering everything from panels to cosplay, we want to bring the experience of sharing what you love to life.

This year we'll be meeting in Guelph at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre!

We're pioneering a new convention style called a CrowdCon. If you’d like to run an event, demonstration, game, or panel, just log in and check the Events page to sign up today!

I will be participating!
James Nicoll is a book reviewer, blogger, game editor, cat-rescuer, and prior local hobby store owner.

He returns to AFKCON to have the following discussions:
- Tanith Lee and Why people should read her.
- So You're a Reviewer and You Went a Year WIthout Reviewing Women: How to React?
- Things you should never do at a Con or Party: Event Survival Skills 101
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 04:27pm on 2016-02-07 under , , ,
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Newcon 2016 • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel • Portland, Oregon

Last weekend I finished processing Newcon 2016 photos, and I sent 400 to convention management for review and publication. The photos were organized into 10 activities such as LARP or Ballroom Dance.

This weekend I took those same photos and grouped them into two categories for my own galleries: Newcon 2016 Selected and Newcon 2016 Extras (a few duplicates and unnecessary photos).

I think I’m finally finished working with Newcon photos!
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Asher Elbein, writing for TheAtlantic.com, discusses declining Superman sales and DC's history of attempts to "fix" the character, whether by adding or subtracting powers, tinkering with his costume, making his personality and that of his supporting cast darker and edgier, launching one "reboot" after another, or some combination of the above.

"The irony of all this is that, for all the rust and ineffectual tinkering, the storytelling engine built by Siegel and Shuster still runs. Superman remains as inspirational a character as he did during the Great Depression: Considering the current state of rampant income inequality, brutal law enforcement and corrupt politics, the immigrant superhero from the planet Krypton may be more relevant now than he has been in years. What the comic requires now is not another reboot, but a forceful, committed attempt to refine the engine that currently exists—to stop trying to make Superman something he’s not, and to focus instead on what he is."

Should Superman be returned to his Siegel/Shuster roots? Discuss.
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This poem is from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] janetmiles, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "runaway pet" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest, and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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posted by [personal profile] laura_seabrook at 09:42am on 2016-02-08 under ,
I watched Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie yesterday. I needed to have a break and get out of the house.


What can I say about this film? It had: "It was a dark and stormy night", the kite eating tree, Zamboni machines, Woodstock and friends, the red Baron, kicking footballs (at the end), Joe Cool, talking about life at the wall, losing clothes after a baseball pitch, wire sculptures the Psychiatrist is [in], Fifi, an absence of seen adults, cameos of Spike and others, and most importantly, the Little Red-Haired Girl. Like the original Judge Dredd film it goes out of canon in that certain way that would NEVER happen in the comic. But that's OK, it's all for the good.



Have been a big Schulz fan since the 60s. Made me laugh and cry, and that must be a good thing.
February 7th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] the_future_modernes at 04:24pm on 2016-02-07 under
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "nonsexual touch" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Astin thread in An Army of One.

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posted by [personal profile] oursin at 09:26pm on 2016-02-07 under ,

During the week I made the Collister/Blake My Favourite Loaf: strong white/wholemeal/einkorn flours, a few sunflower seeds, dash of walnut oil. Particularly nice.

No Saturday breakfast rolls because I was off to An Event.

Today's lunch: plaice fillets baked with a stuffing of breadcrumbs tossed in butter with lime juice and lime zest, crushed coriander seeds, salt and pepper (20 minutes in moderately hot oven under foil), served with sweetstem broccoli roasted with garlic, and padron peppers.

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posted by [personal profile] mdlbear at 12:37pm on 2016-02-07 under ,

A fairly busy week, but also full of frustration. Both because my bank's transfers to other banks appears to be broken, and because work seems to be two steps forward and one and a half steps back. Grumble.

I have, however, done a decent amount of cleanup in the garage -- mostly a matter of consolidating, but I've eliminated an entire row of boxes, and discarded quite a lot of junk. That must count for something.

You may note, however, that I'm not doing much else -- basically just working, reading, and sleeping. Not terribly exciting. Though I have shifted a lot of my time into the Rainbow Room with Colleen -- apart from the smaller screen it has no disadvantages except when she's watching a video I'm not interested in.

Notes and links, as usual: )
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 12:17pm on 2016-02-07 under
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Mashiro Arisaka
Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm, Episode 4

Here are the quick takes on the episodes I watched last week…

Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm (Aokana: Four Rhythm Across the Blue): Episode 4
Excellent focus on Mashiro this week; the story was sweeter and more engaging than I would have expected. This is looking more like a sports anime all the time – albeit still in the early stages.

Musaigen no Phantom World (Myriad Colors Phantom World): Episode 5
I like the fact that all the interpersonal issues haven’t been revealed and resolved quickly. Koito is softening slowly. Also, the third twin tail of the season is identified: Kurumi Kumamakura. This was a decent though unexceptional episode – not making lots of sense (but this series as a whole has been something of a muddle anyway).

Boku dake ga Inai Machi (a.k.a. Erased): Episode 5
First off, I did not expect the twisting of the time stream. Then I had no idea what was going to happen to Satoru. And now I’m totally stunned by the turn of events. How can I wait a whole week to find out how this turns out? (Maybe I don’t really want to know, either.)

Gate: Episode 17
The battle against the fire dragon was kind of a mess – a disaster, actually. Confusing and not well-choreographed – probably more like what the real situation would have been like. Still, you could see how things would go once Tuka invoked lightning. The main surprise was what happened after the battle; all the interactions were quite interesting.

Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū: Episode 5
Thankfully this episode had an upbeat ending. Overall, though, the series continues to be blanketed with sadness. It’s a little bit hard to watch, in the way that sad dramas are.

Bubuki Buranki (BBK/BRNK): Episode 5
The series is getting less believable as it progresses. Each kid is clearly outclassed by their adult counterpart, yet things just happen to fall apart at the end of each battle. The battles are feeling artificial now. And, surprise, here’s another one.

Durarara!! x2 (Ketsu): Episode 29
This has exploded into quite the mess. The Kasane Kujiragi – Saika / Shinra / Celty battle was scary, and I have no idea how this will get resolved. (And the ED animation makes sense now.) I like Vorona, and her reflections were fascinating and a little sorrowful. With Shizuo in the mix, things are definitely going to be interesting. Buckle up, people!

Haikyū!! 2: Episode 18
Quite the nail biter. I was tense the entire match. My heart isn’t sturdy enough for sports anime! Excellent episode, though – and good for Ennoshita!

Schwarzesmarken: Episode 5
The buildup was rather awkward… but the last part of the episode spotlighted the heroics of the 666th TSF Squadron – fun to watch. Of course, the political intrigue drags everything down, and there’s more brought to light at the end. Just gotta trod through this mess.

Karasuno High Men’s Volleyball Team
Karasuno High Men’s Volleyball Team
Haikyū!! 2, Episode 17
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posted by [personal profile] cereta at 01:53pm on 2016-02-07 under ,
DEAR ABBY: I am a single parent of four children ages 5 to 13. I want to go back to school to better myself and make a better life for them because I am raising them on my own. I keep putting off going back because something always comes up. I'm afraid if I keep this up, then I'll never do it and will live with regret for the rest of my life.

I don't have a stable support system, and I work full time, so I'm also worried about having no time for my children, although I hardly have any now. Most days I feel like a bad parent and want to cry. What would you recommend I do? Can you help me push myself? -- WANTS NO REGRETS

DEAR WANTS NO REGRETS: Set goals for yourself. Explore career counseling at your nearest community college and ask for guidance about child care options. When you do, ask if you can take one or two classes a semester, rather than a full course load, and if any of the classes you need are held online. That way, you won't be spending a lot of time away from your children, and at the same time you'll be setting an example for them to follow about the importance of education.
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I thought it would be fun to keep track of the movies I watch so at the end of the year I can remember what they were and to see how many I actually go through. What happened alongside this endeavor is that my decision-making process and my behavior immediately changed. I started trying to watch more to make the list longer. This week it occurred to me to switch from a numbered list to bullets. We'll see how that goes.

Here we are for Jan. 1 - Feb. 6:

24 movies )

(For the record, 6 of those were for vid research)

+ TV seasons: Mozart in the Jungle 1-2


Thanks for your feedback yesterday on Pride & Prejudice & Zombies. I decided to bail and picked up The Golem and the Jinni instead. Three pages in and it's already a pleasure to read. In fact, I'm debating whether to sit on it for a week and a half and bring it on the plane to/from Vancouver.

Speaking of which, went on a quest today for an outfit suitable for a gallery opening. Found this very pretty dress but it fit like a box, alas. Oh, haha, there was also a collection of dresses suitable for Star Trek cosplay. Will probably wear what I wore to [personal profile] cinco's wedding, then, or my gray plaid skirt + black top if that's not too casual; hard to tell. The trip was not entirely in vain, however; I got a green and blue gradient sweater.

We had a beautiful snowfall on Friday -- storybook icing on the tree branches once the winds died down, followed by a pink and orange sunset. All of our million inches of snow last winter was powder; none of it stuck like this. Boston Globe curated some shots. More forecast for tomorrow. Good luck to every one of us trying to get home from work in the middle of it!
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posted by [personal profile] naath at 06:09pm on 2016-02-07
Died on this day in 1596 aged 48 George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (my toy,wikipedia).Great-great-grand-father of George I.George's father was Landgrave of Hesse, but that got split up between his four sons on his death, so George was only Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt.

Born on this day in 1679 to Frederick Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg I, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg and Magdalena of Saxe-Weissenfels, Elisabeth of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg (my toy,wikipedia). Brother of Frederick, father of Augusta, mother of George III. Does not merit own wikipage.
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posted by [personal profile] onyxlynx at 08:18am on 2016-02-07 under , ,

  • Edgar D. Mitchell, astronaut who walked on the Moon.

  • ETA:  Dan Hicks, musician and influence on musical San Francisco of the '60s.

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posted by [personal profile] onyxlynx at 08:09am on 2016-02-07 under
 Today's Pearls Before Swine.  For tramps like us.
Music:: Bruce Springsteen
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posted by [personal profile] superboyprime at 08:04am on 2016-02-07 under ,

"It’s the first chapter of a BOOK and you’re not going to know what the book is about until you get to the last chapter. And then, when you get to the last chapter, you’re going to have to read it all over again because I set all these plot strings up from the beginning. Every single thing that’s in there, ends up being resolved at the end of the book." - Neal Adams

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4.13 Something Wicked
Original air date: Feb 5, 1996
Director: Dennis Berry
Writer: David Tynan


Synopsis: Duncan's old friend Jim Coltec has killed one too many evil Immortals and has fallen victim to a Dark Quickening. It's up to Duncan to try and save him, but if he fails, he risks the same fate.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 08:15am on 2016-02-07
Sleep beckons.
posted by [syndicated profile] languagelog_feed at 12:31pm on 2016-02-07

Posted by Mark Liberman

The main news from last night's Republican debate seems to be the  way that Marco Rubio walked straight into a devastating attack from Chris Christie, whose campaign has recently been focused on attacking Rubio for being "scripted" — see e.g. Charlie Spiering, "Chris Christie Releases Playlist of Marco Rubio’s ‘Scripted’ Responses", Breitbart 2/5/2016. Apparently Mr. Rubio's scriptwriters weren't able to reprogram him in time:

The result has been featured in the text media, left (Allegra Kirkland, "Christie Fillets ‘Scripted’ Rubio For Repeating The Same Line 3 Times", TPM 2/6/2016), right (Ruth Sherlock, "Chris Christie savages Marco Rubio as too young and too scripted to be president", The Telegraph 2/7/2016) and center (Amber Philips, "How Chris Christie owned Marco Rubio in Saturday’s GOP debate", WaPo 2/7/2016).

And Twitter ampified the meme — and indeed had been repeating it for a week or more before the debate,, though the hashtag #RubioGlitch seems to be new. (See also Sara Jerde, "Twitter Skewers 'Robot' Rubio For Repeating The Same Line 4 Times", TPM 2/6/2016, for another echo of the reaction; or David Frum's essay-in-tweet-form.).

Of course this is something that all politicians do, including Chris Christie. And most other public speakers have their well-rehearsed speechlets as well — though few would be as insensitive to context as senator Rubio seems to have been in this exchange. So I appreciated the pitiless oratorial vivisection, but what most struck me about it was a politically-irrelevant linguistic point: Rubio's use of with to introduce the complement of dispel.

But I would add this: Let's dispel with this fiction that Barack Obama doesn't know what he's doing. He knows exactly what he's doing.

My first reaction was that this was a malapropism, "dispel with" substituted for "dispense with".

But this tends to counter the "scripted" meme, since presumably the Rubio campaign can afford to hire writers with a good grasp of English subcategorization conventions. So I wondered whether it might just be a usage that I've missed, rather than a case of bad scriptwriting or imperfect script-remembering.

However, "[dispel]with" in the relevant sense doesn't occur in the 520 million words of the BYU Corpus of Contemporary American English,  although forms of dispel occur 1,585 times. There are five examples of passive-voice dispelled where a following with-clause has an instrumental interpretation, e.g. "If they had had any doubt that the concept would work, it was dispelled with the very first test photo."

And looking through the first few pages of a Google Books search for "dispel with", I see mostly instrumental and comitative uses like

It is less idiomatic to use dispel with a singular countable entity that cannot be regarded as divisible.
Almost acting as if they as an organization want to dispel with a vengeance any thought of this generation's IBM being out of touch with the needs of customers, todays IBM is a lean, mean e-business machine.
Our faith confirm, our fears dispel, With the old voice we loved so well.
They set them on high places to dispel with their flickering beams the darkness that brooded over the city.
Sometimes the recollection of their former rank comes over them like a qualm, which they dispel with brandy, and then humorously rally one another on their mutual degeneracy.

But there are a few examples of Rubio's usage:

[link] To see through this is the acceptance that we are living through our judgements and that we can dispel with them if we choose.
[link] As he might have two days prior, Rukh did not ask Christopher to dispel with the honorific.
[link] …doesn't openly become a third legislative branch, with parties, conventions and campaigns, so that we can dispel with the annoying fiction in which we all seem to wallow that it is an uncorrupted, apolitical dispenser of justice and wisdom.

Given the sparseness of this construction, I'm inclined to continue to regard it as a sporadic malaprop. But it's natural enough that some day Norma Loquendi may change her mind.


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posted by [personal profile] erik at 06:16am on 2016-02-07 under
I've been skating regularly again, and last night I finally (10 years later...wow.) went to a rink I had not previously been to: Lynwood Roller Rink. (To read my previous reviews, click here. They're all from 10 years ago.)

The floor is strips of wood; a large square in the middle with all the wood going the long way, surrounded by a rectangle of wood laid in the direction of travel. The floor is new, and there are a couple of "WTF?!" things. They appear not to have taken up the old floor; just laid this new floor on top. So there's about a 5cm step down off the floor, and that is not well marked; many almost-falls. And they seem to have decided not to sand it after the wood went in, before they finished it. It's very rumbly and in a few places downright dangerous. I've never skated anywhere where the floor itself was a trip hazard. But this is also the first rink I've been to where the only markings are the figure skating loops and a derby track. The only "center oval" is the derby one.

There was only one floor monitor, and he seems to have restricted himself to helping people up when they fall. Rules are apparently not a thing at Lynwood. Plus: "no hats" is not a thing. Minus: All skating in the same direction is somewhat not a thing. People were mostly all skating right, but there were a few people skating whatever direction they liked. There were people taking selfies of themselves skating. Lots of purses on the ladies. The only rule they vigorously enforced (they made several announcements) was that all items must be stowed in a locker. Not sure if that's a revenue thing or a pilferage thing.

I was there on "unlimited pizza" night. Which sounds good. But isn't really: Stand in a long line. Get one small slice of crappy pizza. Eat that. Get back in line.

This is the rink where Roll Bounce was filmed. I've been told the production company redecorated it for that and it hasn't really been touched since, and I believe it. The walls are covered with crumpled aluminum foil and the neon all still says "Sweetwater"....

The music was "Ow! My ear!" loud. If I ever skate here again I will need to wear hearing protection.

All in all, not worth the trip out there. I might skate there if I happen to be down that way at the end of the day; I will not drive all the way down there again just to skate.
location: Lynwood, IL
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posted by [personal profile] hunningham at 11:57am on 2016-02-07

Here are some things I am doing this year. Excited. Slightly scared (comfort zone, new things, new people, blah blah)

7 Day From Ore to Knife - smelting iron and then making a knife out of the materials. Someone on Dreamwidth posted about this, but I can't remember who it was. Thank-you someone!! I am signed up. I am going with friend Barrie and I have already booked the campsite.

Mancunicon - Eastercon 2016 I have booked. Participant #520

Festival at the Edge - story telling I've not been to a story telling event since I lived in Newcastle in the 1990s. Am really looking forward to this. [personal profile] lamentables told me about this one.



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