September 1st, 2014
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The workmen turned up at 8.45 this morning, so it's a good thing I'd got up early! Two blokes, not the one who came last week, and they found the doorbell. When I opened the door they exclaimed about a large spider who was spinning a leisurely web across the door (as they often do), and boggled when I casually picked it up by part of the web and put it on the floor. Then they boggled again at the other large web across the side of the 'porch', and even more when I pointed out the cable-car effect one in the garden - there are several really strong visible lines going down from the wall to (I assume) a plant, joining into one main one, with an almost invisible web below, and the only 'cable-car' on the line is the spider itself.

Anyway, they had the seals, and replaced the ones at both corners of the join, and were gone by 9am. So I have hot water, YAY!!!

Then I looked at emails, and Pat was wanting me to put death notices (or 'bereavement' notices, as the papers coyly term them) into the local papers in Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire. So I googled for addresses, etc - the Staffordshire Evening Sentinel has a website, which is navigable though a little unclear in places, and I managed that OK, only to get an automated receipt which says they won't place the notice till they've had confirmation from the Funeral Director. So I had to email Pat to get that, put it in, emailed them to say this is the only notice you're getting, chums, the funeral director is in Swansea and we're not paying him to do it when we can do it ourselves. But all I got was another copy of the automated receipt! So I had to phone them, and I'm supposed to be getting a confirmation back. (ETA, three paras later: Just got that email.)

Next up was the Chad (Mansfield/Ashfield edition), which does not have an online form. The website helpfully says to contact them by email, which I duly did. They emailed back asking for my address and contact details, and then I got a 'proof copy' by email ... which I had to phone to pay for. No, north Notts has not reached the 21st century yet. That's a weekly paper, so the announcement will go in tomorrow's edition. Even more confusingly (yes, it's a big local-paper conglomerate, but): they are registered in Scotland; the address on the 'Booking Proof', which looks like a printed letter but was sent as an email attachment, is in Sheffield; and the number I had to call was in London!

Or, how to spend £115 in one swell foop. Well, Viv will reimburse me (out of Mum's money).

I also had a moment of slight hilarity - one of Pat's emails asked if I could work out from a vague/badly written address where my cousin Neil is/was living (our only cousin on Dad's side), so she could send him a card. Obviously, since she'd given me the postcode, I just googled that and found the street instantly. Then, out of idle interest, I googled Neil. And discovered that he's a singer/songwriter, and performs with his wife (he plays semi-acoustic guitar, she plays piano accordion!!!!) in north Notts and thereabouts - folk-type songs (all written by him) about odd subjects like the demise of the Nottinghamshire coalfield, Curry, and Keeping Dry At Festivals. He's also on Twitter, so I tweeted to let him know, though I don't know if he'd remember me. My mind is still boggling, though.

Having put the stuff from the hall cupboard back in it, in a slightly more organised (!) fashion, and washed the pots in Hot! Water!, I shall now contemplate my packing again. Etcetera. The mifi is plugged in to recharge, and then I can turn my home wifi off so I can log onto the dongle and top up.
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Two scan-caps from The Mystic Cottager,* 1795, because I can, obv.

The Mystic Cottager, pg 20, published 1795

... ::montage of turning pages:: ...

The Mystic Cottager, pg 33, published 1795

* The title is probably funnier if you're familiar with Brit slang.

- So, what are you doing, thinking, wondering about, reading, watching, making, or writing, that you don't usually post about?
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posted by [syndicated profile] snopes_feed at 03:00pm on 2014-08-31
Are London Metropolitan Police quietly prepping for an anticipated terrorist attack on 1 September 2014?
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posted by [personal profile] marina at 10:11am on 2014-09-01 under , ,
We must have an update or I'll end up not recording this turbulent, weird, stressful time in my life at all.

So, yesterday my lease officially ended.

stuff that's been happening )
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I just weighed Sam and she's up to 11.2 pounds! Hooray! That's actually slightly more than she weighed at her last annual checkup (10.9 pounds). I'm so relieved that the weight loss was caused by an environmental/social thing that we could correct, and wasn't a sign of a dire health issue. When we feed her high-protein kibble in a place where she doesn't feel she has to compete with the other cats, she happily chows down. It's splendid to see her in such good appetite and back to her normal healthy size.

For weight maintenance, the kibble bag suggests feeding her 1/4 cup twice a day. I might give just a little more than that, since Alex sometimes sneaks in and gets a bit of it, but that should be enough to keep her happy.

Weighing her means weighing myself--she doesn't stay on the scale when I put her there, of course, so I weigh myself alone and then holding her and do the appropriate subtraction--but so far that hasn't bothered me. I just have to be careful to only do it once a month. Otherwise I start thinking about my body shape in numerical terms, which I really don't like doing.

In cat drama news, Alex has taken to chasing Sam out of her litter box when he sees her using it. This is Very Not Okay. He also chases her around at night if they end up in the living room at the same time. If I leave my door open at night he sings the "I killed it! Look, look!" song just outside until I wake up and stagger out to see whether he's killed a bug or a cat toy, and sometimes he skitters in and paws under my closet door at imaginary critters. We took him off the Prozac because he seemed to be doing well and getting along fairly well with the other cats, and I'd rather not put him back on it just because he's a rambunctious young cat full of energy, but Sam is nearly ten years old and was never really interested in playing the way Alex wants to play, and I need to be able to sleep through the night.

I tried keeping her in my room last night, and shutting Alex out. That worked okay, since she has food and water here and would be happy to snuggle me until the end of days, but she woke me after about seven hours to ask to be let out to use the box. Tonight I moved her box into my room (to the spot where she peed when she had the UTI) and hopefully she'll make use of it in a fairly quiet way that doesn't require waking me.

Poor Alex. When he saw me today after being shut out all night, he was SO loving and purring and nuzzling and love-biting. I hate locking him out. :( But he can handle it better than Sam can, by which I mean he doesn't howl at my door when he's separated from me for a few minutes, and I'll make sure to give him lots of love and access to my windowsill during the day.
posted by [syndicated profile] createwithtlc_feed at 12:30am on 2014-09-01
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posted by [personal profile] swaldman at 07:17am on 2014-09-01 under , , ,
I didn't write about Israel's invasion & bombing of Gaza while it was happening this time around, and I guess that's for three reasons. Firstly, that I don't consider myself sufficiently knowledgeable on the topic to have truly informed opinions... although that's true of many of those who comment. Secondly, because I have friends of all opinions whose friendships I wish to retain... and thirdly because... well, it didn't seem very different to the last time. From where I was standing in my bubble, the mainstream media response partially reflected that. The first time something happens it's big news, the second time it's "here we go again". And there is a big element of "this looks cyclic".

One thing that isn't often asked is "what is the motivation?". Historically, the people in charge of Israel could be called many things, but "stupid" isn't usually one of them. They know that they can't wipe out an urban guerilla force with tanks and bombs, short of destroying the city. It seems to me - remember, as somebody with little in-depth knowledge of the situation and no tactical or strategic background - that the need for periodic incursions is for political reasons. Probably, and sadly, partly for show in internal politics, but also for the outside world.

Arguably since its founding, and certainly more recently, Israel has decided to appear as a snoozing dragon that wildly over-reacts to provocation - "If you poke us we will DESTROY EVERYTHING". This may or may not have been a good strategy - it probably has a genuine deterrent effect - but it's also a trap. It means that Israel needs to demonstrate how dangerous it is every so often. This doesn't always have to be in Gaza, but... well, Hamas do keep on poking them. Not poking very hard necessarily, but since they set a precedent with Cast Lead, any time that there's a substantial rise in rocket attacks and they don't respond this way, some people will say "Israel's getting soft. International pressure is getting to them" or some such. Having chosen this method of deterrence, they now have a reputation to uphold, and the internal politics are apparently such that doing so by killing thousands of civilians is acceptable.

As I've said before, once the shooting starts each time, the escalation seems almost inevitable - not for military reasons, but for political ones. The opportunity to improve things is in the quiet periods in between. But for that to happen, a lasting peace needs to be in everybody's interests... so perhaps that's when the international pressure is needed - not during military campaigns, but when everything is quiet and policies can change quietly, without loss of face.
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Hello all! I just got back from spending a week in Singapore, where I got to hang out with [personal profile] dozing_dreams, [personal profile] readerofasaph, [personal profile] lacewood, [personal profile] issenllo, [ profile] harumi, [ profile] m4gur0, [personal profile] jhameia (and briefly, a few of [personal profile] jhameia's friends, [personal profile] jolantru, [ profile] monkeygod, and [ profile] halleluyang). We ate a lot of amazing food (and had our fill of durian!), and hopefully, I will actually post up photos and write an account!

But before I get around to that, I wanted to briefly signalboost: Perfect Copy, a remix challenge for Kuroko no Basuke, went live this past week.

[personal profile] qem_chibati has posted up a useful index to all the fanfiction and fanart submissions at [community profile] kuroko_no_basket. Please go take a look!

Here are some recs: Perfect Copy recs )

Also, a group of my friends worked together on a project to write five school swap AUs, and those fics went up last week at Kuroko no Basuke Divergence Week. Obviously, I am biased but I still wholeheartedly rec all of them!

Full list of fics )
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posted by [personal profile] badgerbag at 10:47pm on 2014-08-31
Back from the zinefest etc.

I am reading the three issues of an extremely good zine, Moonroot, some of the best writing I've seen in a while. It's great. I highly recommend it! fucking excellent!!!!

Wish I'd had more time to talk with the folks at their table but I had to scoot off and go to the panel/discussion.


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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," "kintsukuroi," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2.

Read more... )
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posted by [personal profile] helens78 at 10:21pm on 2014-08-31 under
I have done a post-DOFP story from Jean's POV before, but here's another one, answering "Who curses more, Charles or Erik?"

Still taking Charles/Erik and Sam/Steve prompts over here! I've been writing for four days in a row and am hoping to keep up the streak. :)
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posted by [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed at 04:00am on 2014-09-01

It's largely Season 1 clips, with a few glimpses of new footage from Season 2. Nothing spoilery.

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1) I can tell that I wasn't mistaken in thinking June and July were quiet months and August has gotten busy -- at least if my recent posts are anything to go by. September and October are not looking much better but maybe I'll be wrong about that.

2) I finally saw the Veronica Mars movie. Read more... )

3) Speaking of directing failures, wow, I had to look up Peter Hammond after suffering through two of his episodes of Inspector Morse. Read more... )

4) I am puzzled by the ending of Crossbones. Read more... )

5) This article about the need for physicians to share their notes with patients strikes me as a no-brainer. Due to geographic and doctor changes I have several times had to request my medical records. Reading through them can be eye opening in terms of both the mistakes included as well as the things that don't get recorded. The last time I requested them I had to pay a fee for paper copies and mailing, which I'm sure inhibits a lot of people, but right now I don't even get copies of lab test results which would be very helpful for me to track.

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Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 9/12
Author: Seperis
Series: Down to Agincourt, Book 2
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: R
Summary: We fight, we lose, everyone dies anyway, I know. However, I don’t see why, if we're going to fight anyway, we shouldn't believe we're going to win.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and obscureraison for beta services, with advice from [ profile] lillian13, [profile] scynneh, and [personal profile] norabombay.
Thanks to [ profile] bratfarrar for the series name and summary from her sonnet Harry Takes the Field.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - Down to Agincourt
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9
DW - Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8

it's the stars that lie, 9/12 )
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posted by [personal profile] hatman at 11:37pm on 2014-08-31 under
Wrote this a few weeks ago, after I finally gave up on getting any sleep on the plane whatsoever:

Light is amazing. It moves as fast as it is physically possible to go. And it moves across impossible distances.

Somewhere, 10,000 light years away, a star burned. It sent out light in all directions. Some small portion of that light traveled, not in our direction, but towards where we would be 10,000 years later as the Earth sped and spun through the vastness of space.

It went between stars. Past planets and moons and comets and asteroids and more.

It came to Earth. It headed right for you. But it was daytime, and you didn't notice. You couldn't sort it out from all the much younger light around you.

Still it came. This time at night. But it was a cloudy night, and so it was blocked.

Still it came. On a clear night now. But you were in the city, surrounded by street lights and house lights and car lights. So you didn't notice.

Still it came. But you were indoors, and the light couldn't make it through the wall.

Still it came. You were outside on a clear night, far from the lights of civilization. But your eyes were closed. Or you were looking in the wrong direction. And so you didn't see.

Still it came, but it was in the frequency we call ultraviolet, and so you could not detect it.

Still it came. And this time, everything was right. It had come so far. Not a million miles; it could do that in a matter of seconds. Not billion miles; it could do that in under a day. It had been going that fast for 10,000 years. Since before the dawn of human civilization.

A photon came all that way, and it crashed into a single electron in the back of your eye. And that electron gained the tiniest jump in energy. And that jump got turned into a signal.

At the same time, another photon, this one from 5,000 light years away, hit a different electron in your eye.

And another from 15,000 light years away.

And more from incredible distances apart, all converging on your eye, where they are absorbed. In a way, gone. Their journey over.

But the signals from all those absorptions combine in your brain, and you can see it. The Milky Way.

You look at it in wonder and see its beauty.

And then you blink, and the light bounces off your eyelid. And then you go inside to sleep.

And somewhere in your body is a tiny bit of energy from a star 10,000 light years away.
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Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 8/12
Author: Seperis
Series: Down to Agincourt, Book 2
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: R
Summary: We fight, we lose, everyone dies anyway, I know. However, I don’t see why, if we're going to fight anyway, we shouldn't believe we're going to win.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and obscureraison for beta services, with advice from [ profile] lillian13, [profile] scynneh, and [personal profile] norabombay.
Thanks to [ profile] bratfarrar for the series name and summary from her sonnet Harry Takes the Field.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - Down to Agincourt
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8
DW - Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7

it's the stars that lie, 8/12 )
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posted by [personal profile] hatman at 10:46pm on 2014-08-31
I should probably post something here. It's been a long time. It's just been a crazy summer and I haven't had much chance to catch my breath, let alone organize my thoughts. I've been neglecting all my social media.

The last month or two of my life... )
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Kumoricon 2014 • Esther Short Park • Vancouver, Washington

I spent Saturday morning working out small issues with my costume. I’d been so busy and tired in recent weeks that I had no energy for the tasks prior to the convention. Plus my bad arm mades it difficult to even change clothes, much less put on an intricate costume. However, I’ve come to the realization that given my vision problems and my restriction from wearing contacts lenses that this is the last year I’ll be able to cosplay. So I ought to go out with a bang.

My new costume is Senketsu, so I was dressed as Ryūko Matoi from Kill la Kill. Saturday is Kumoricon’s biggest day, and I wanted my newest outfit to be featured – a hot property from a series that is not yet a year old. Cutting edge! (Although I did not have a giant scissor blade.)

I had targeted 8:30 am as my optimistic departure time and to my surprise I was only 20 minutes late. Traffic was light as expected, and it took less than a half hour to drive to Vancouver – about 1/3 the time it took me on Thursday afternoon. I was in Vancouver at 9:20am (actually a bit earlier than usual) – and received my first surprise – the parking structure was full. In all the years the convention has been in Vancouver, the parking structure has never been full. At the intersection between the parking structure and Esther Short Park, I turned north onto Columbia and looked for a place to pull over and park. I found an empty parking space on Columbia just north of 9th St. I did a quick search using my iPhone and learned that street parking is free on the weekends, so I was good where I was – a block and a half north of Esther Short Park.

The weather forecast was for a mix of sun and rain showers. It’s been a long time since we had rain at Kumoricon, and I’ve dreaded its return – especially with Kumoricon’s location situated in two hotels quite some ways apart. Already the rain sprinkle was enough that I had to pull out my rain cover for my camera. I’ve never had to actually use it before. Turns out that rain gear on a camera is a real pain. Some of the switches I need to use are on the front of the camera, so I have to leave the cover open enough to get both hands inside. And I have to constantly move the cover away from the eyepiece. It’s all very awkward – but at least the camera stays dry. I could tell already that photography was going to be a problem.

The morning rain showers also helped keep the attendance in the park rather low, so I walked through the Hilton, including the garage – and not really finding much to photograph. At length I made my way back to the park, where the sky remained overcast but the showers had stopped. A small glomp circle had started. Glomp circles are my favorite place to take Kumoricon pictures, because everyone has let their guard down, there is high energy – and occasionally a really good hug. Basically this is the best spot for me to luck into a picture for my annual photo calendar. I split my time between the glomp circle and the rest of the park.

At 10:45 I headed back to the Hilton and slowly worked my way down to the Red Lion, attempting (and mostly failing at) photography on the way. It was 11:00 am when I stopped at the Red Lion restaurant for my annual tradition – a bowl of clam chowder for lunch. They have pretty good clam chowder. Lunch was good – and fairly quiet as usual – although there were other Kumoricon attendees there. (I even received praise for my costume.) Generally, lunch at the Red Lion is a nice time to relax in peace, catch up on email, and get away from the bustle of the convention.

By 11:45 I was finished with lunch. One of the little secrets of the Red Lion is that the restrooms just outside restaurant’s entrance are really secluded and almost always vacant. I like to take advantage. Afterwards I decided to visit both of the Exhibit Halls, which were located at the Red Lion this year. There was a very short line for the Main Exhibit Hall, and I was able to get in surprisingly quickly. Not bad at all. Maybe everyone visited the Exhibit Hall on Friday, the new Day 1 of the convention.

I didn’t expect to find anything that I wanted, but it was fun to browse. It’s maybe more fun to listen to the other people talk about items. I overheard one couple: “No! No more figurines!” I heard another person tell a friend how he always checks eBay before coming so that he knows the difference between good and bad prices.

I did make one purchase. At the C&L booth I bought a Kyubey plushie on sale. I thought he would go nicely with my Homura cosplay on Sunday.

Also at the Uwajimaya booth I learned that my Kumoricon badge gives me 10% my total purchase at the Beaverton store all weekend. Cool!

Finished with the Main Exhibit Hall I went over the the Centennial Exhibit Hall. The vendors here seemed to be mostly second-tier – many booths had non-anime-related items. There were some artist booths (probably a step up from the vendors in Artist Alley). It didn’t take long for me to cruise by these tables. When all was done I had spent an hour total for both Exhibit Halls.

The problem was I had a bag of Kyubey, which was going to be a hindrance. I decided to drop him off at my car. The Red Lion is on the equivalent of 2nd street, and my car was just north of 9th. Walk and photograph... I was used to it. After securing Kyubey in my car, I decided to take a roundabout way back – going east to Washington St. For all the times I’ve been to Vancouver, I’ve never explored downtown, so this was a nice change. I took Washington street south to the Plaid Pantry, where I did my now traditional purchase of a Coke Zero – and sat on the bench across the street to enjoy the breeze. Then it was back to the park for a final round of photography.

It turns out that this year two events were happening in the park at the same time – Kumoricon – and CouvFest NW – a music festival. The music added welcome yet incongruous energy to the cosplay in the park. Too bad it wasn’t anime music! But the bands were entertaining.

The glomp circle had grown much larger and was located close to one of the stages. The music drowned out the usual glomp shouts and declarations, but that didn’t slow down the group. I hung around and took more photos.

Around 2 pm I decided I’d run out of steam and considered heading home. Photography was hard and not going particularly well... and it seemed I was just struggling to go upstream. While I was mulling this over, I decided I’d check out the offerings at the Ice Cream Renaissance tent in the park. I sampled their Honey Vanilla flavor, which had too much honey for me. (I like honey and I like vanilla – better separately, it seems.) I was going to ask a question about a different flavor when without warning the heavens opened and a sudden downpour crashed the party. I dashed under the canopy.

Most of the cosplayers in the park took shelter under the trees. I don’t know what the people in the plaza did – got soaked, I guess. I figured it was only right that I buy some ice cream since I was using the vendor’s tent. I chose the Dreamcycle flavor (but I think I would have done better with Cookies and Cream). I did have a nice chat with the people at Ice Cream Renaissance. Fortunately, the rain didn’t last long – maybe only 10 minutes? Blue sky chased the clouds away. Situation normal in the Pacific Northwest.

Still, I took the drenching and subsequent dispersal of the crowds as a sign that I should wrap it up. But I dragged my feet. After all, the sun actually came out – new light! I wandered for 15 minutes looking for more photo ops, but not really getting anything good. One quick swing through the Hilton... one more quick pass through the park... and at 3 pm I was ready to go home. I walked back to my car.

I didn’t drive straight home; I made two stops on the way. One stop was at Uwajimaya where I could exercise my 10% discount. Pocky! (I bought a big bag). (There was plenty of Pocky at the Uwajimaya booth at Kumoricon – but I would have had to have paid sales tax. Back in Oregon – no sales tax and 10% discount. Double win!) All told it took me an hour to get home. I arrived shortly after 4 pm, bearing photos to process, journaling to be done... and a Kyubey.

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Kumoricon 2014 • Hilton Vancouver Washington
posted by [syndicated profile] snopes_feed at 03:00pm on 2014-08-31
Was a teenager sentenced to 25 years in prison for the prank known as "swatting"?
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posted by [personal profile] morethanprops at 08:44pm on 2014-08-31 under
The last days of summer are being nice to Moist, he's wiggled his way into a rich country house as someone just interesting enough to be invited but not probed too much. He's spent the day playing tennis and drinking gin and tonics with people who are country gentry.

When he finds Milliways, he's getting ready to change for dinner and smiles, he's in an elegant partial linen suit with his collar open, he gave up on his tie early in the day. At the counter, he orders a whiskey and turns to watch the crowd.
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posted by [personal profile] sdelmonte at 08:37pm on 2014-08-31
- Two weeks in, and I am not convinced about Capaldi.  A good actor, but something is missing so far.  

- OTOH, Jenna Coleman is much improved.  Cutting out the flirtations with the Doctor has done wonders.

- Can we get a two year break from the Daleks already?
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posted by [personal profile] uilos at 05:14pm on 2014-08-31
Did our final walk-through of the old apartment today and handed over the keys.  99% done, barring how clean the carpets get post-cleaning (thanks, pukey cat), and how long it takes them to get what portion of our deposit back.

I'm glad to be out of there.  I'm gonna miss the amenities and the gas, but I am seriously not going to miss the distance from good transit it was.  When I lived there I didn't feel like it was terribly far, but I was used to it and now that I'm right on top of the Skytrain, I can tell the difference. 

Once I get settled in and used to it, I think I'm going to like the new place better than the old.  The windows get a better breeze, and I have a top-bottom fridge-freezer rather than a side-by-side.  There's a pantry (although [personal profile] jazzfish insists that I'm putting food in a linen closet).  The washer-dryer are enormous - seriously, I can do three weeks of laundry in one load.  The porch is huge and there's always something going on down on the river - it's more industrial, but I find that more interesting.  I really like watching the dirt barges and the log floats and the container ships go by.  The Fraser River salmon runs have been open the last week or so and there have been lots of commercial fishermen out, using what I think are driftnets.  The river changes color day-to-day in a way that the harbor didn't.  It's even still tidal where I'm at, although there isn't a huge level change.

The complex is basically a mini-arcology.  There are three large towers on top of a grocery store, a movie theater, restaurants, and various shops and services.  If I didn't have to leave to go to work, I could get basically everything I'd need in this one square block and never be under an open sky.  Well, everything except packages, but the post office is, oh noes, a whole two blocks away.  I do want to explore out further and I want to do it soon, because I can feel myself getting adjusted to only going as far as my one block and thinking everything else is 'too far away' and I rather don't want to get used to that.  There's more awesome stuff out there within a ten block radius.  I just have to get out and find it.

My only big problem is the trains.  We're just to the side of a complex transportation strip, so we get noises from: the barges, the tugboats, speedboats, semis on Front Street, regular traffic, the Skytrain, the regular train, and the occasional airplane using the Fraser as flight path.  Admittedly, the barges, tugboats, regular traffic, and Skytrain aren't actually that bad.  But the semis on Front Street and the trains are.  Especially the trains.  There's a slow down/stop for an at-grade rail crossing about a block away and trains are stupid loud when they stop and start.  It's not just the engine, although those are loud.  It's the cars crashing into each other when it comes to a total stop and then pulling apart again when it gets going.  Yay physics and inertia and dozens on dozens of giant, metal, crashy,  things all in a line.  It sounds like a major car accident, minus the horns and screeching, and it happens multiple times a night.  We can't sleep with the window in the bedroom open.  Well, at least, I can't.  All I can do is close the window and hope I get used to it.

So far I'm happy with the change. 
posted by [syndicated profile] whedonesque_feed at 12:03am on 2014-09-01

Why, according to, 'Buffy' still reigns supreme.

'Great writing and brilliant character dynamics help you equate the fiction with real life, and Buffy did that brilliantly.'

August 31st, 2014
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posted by [personal profile] kass at 07:12pm on 2014-08-31 under
Is there seriously no boxed set for all five seasons of Leverage? How can this be?
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posted by [personal profile] green_knight at 11:43pm on 2014-08-31 under ,
(So, yeah, waxing lyrical over Swift.)

I have because such a thing does not currently exist, written a basic drawing tutorial for OSX in Swift. And I think, as these things go, this is pretty solid, though there may be one very minor error in there which I now can't be arsed to try and find.

Initially, I struggled with this topic *a lot*. Once again, not because the topic itself is difficult to understand, but because it's badly explained, or the explanations were missing altogether. Quite a lot of them are squirrelled away deep in the documentation: 'this is where all your drawing takes place' one passage says without telling you what happens when it doesn't; 'under these circumstances, you are always responsible for providing a background' says another elsewhere, when they mean 'and if you forget it your window will break out in streaks'.

I started out by reading up on Swift and doing finger exercises. Then I started to follow tutorials and work my way through the basic skillset: menus and controls and tables and stuff. Before long I started to work out things that had eluded me in Objective C; and then I hit a wall... and found ways around it. And because there really *isn't* a basic Mac tutorial that isn't several years old, let alone one in Swift, I felt compelled to write one... and found that I had the skills for that, too.

A lot of this is hard work I've put into programming. Some of it is the foundations I have laid since the beginning of last year: painstakingly learning every aspect of programming, of patterns, of principles, and working my way though issues one by one. But a lot of is is a language that is clearer, cleaner, that makes certain mistakes much harder to commit, and that uses much less code so I can hold more algorithms in my head at any one point. (one file instead of two. Shorter message signatures. Apps really *are* more compact.

And I'm not alone in being excited; and in the right place *for* excitement, which means that I get not only to talk to, but to meet with other programmers, which in turn is very helpful in calibrating where I am and what I am doing.

Swift is finally giving me tools to do a thing I love; not just to grind and chip away at it, but to create something and enjoy sharing it.

Swift rocks.

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posted by [personal profile] dragovianknight at 03:32pm on 2014-08-31
[personal profile] ariestess is doing a one card draw today.
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posted by [personal profile] aedifica at 05:55pm on 2014-08-31
Because I was thinking of each of them recently, and haven't been posting much, so here's a post!

1) I really like my eyebrows. They're strong and nicely arched.

2) I was a legal adult before I was certain that Austin and Houston weren't just different pronunciations of the same city name.
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posted by [personal profile] hrrunka at 09:52pm on 2014-08-31
Thursday ended up being a fairly quiet day, but with an astronomical society meeting in the evening featuring a talk about orreries, which was quite interesting.

Friday I don't think I got much done. Rather late in the day I had some ideas about things I might have done, but by then it was too late to do anything about them.

On Saturday a friend dropped round shortly after noon, and we spent a while chatting about gardens, trees, boats, and much else. Later in the day a neighbour called round with yet another tree surgeon in tow...

This morning I was up early enough to spend a while playing on the radio. First contact of the day was on 20 metres with a SOTA operator on Mt. Stromlo, a location that also has significance for astronomers. I heard but didn't manage to contact a couple of other SOTA stations in Australia, so turned my attention to SOTA operators nearer home, and contacted one in Spain. Then I switched to top band for one of my local radio club's Sunday morning Net.

All those distractions meant I didn't get moving early enough to get over to Gants Hill for noon, though I did get there in time for a bit of lunch before the nMC rehearsal. That went well, even though quite a few folk were missing for one reason or another. I made the mistake of letting my GPS direct me down unfamiliar roads on the way home. While it may have helped me avoid some slow-moving traffic, it wasn't the most relaxing of drives, but it lasted long enough for me to listen to most of Joe Bethancourt's "Celtic Circle Dance" CD, which includes a couple of tracks on which he played a wire-strung harp. He came to the 14th UK Filkcon "Contabile Fortean" in Basinstoke in 2002. I remember him all but pouncing on my then very new brass-strung harp (see icon), and demonstrating just how much music it could make, in the right pair of hands...
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Radar had a baby only not really. They only did that episode twice, it can't have been that popular. Radar can't have babies because he's like 12 or something. Actually it took me a long time to realise that he can't drink because he's under 21. (You'd think you'd be old enough to drink before old enough to kill, but you'd be using logics.) Anyway it all worked out in the end. Apparently.

Trapper was like "Have you ever kissed Frank" and Hawkeye said no but he has kissed him at least twice by now actually. Don't worry there is no continuity especially at this point. Like at this point Margaret's father is dead and Hawkeye's mother is alive.

Oh wow now Henry is explaining what happens when Figure A and Figure B love each other very much.

I love this show so much. SO MUCH.
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The question of how to make your Facebook events come up on Google Calendar or Android has come up a few times. So I wrote a quick guide.

The important thing to remember is that _any_ Anrdoid Calendar App should be able to display your Facebook calendar - because they are just displaying one or more Google Calendars - and what we're about to do is pull your Facebook events into Google Calendar.

(The _other_ important thing to remember is that will work with any web calendar - so if you're using the awesome TV Calendar at Pog Design to track when the next episode of your favourite shows come out, you can follow steps 5 onwards to do so.)
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posted by [personal profile] flick at 09:27pm on 2014-08-31 under
I was just in the kitchen, bottling some apple juice, when a frankly suspicious-looking chap knocked on the window and waved a strip of paper at me. I had the sense to open the kitchen window, rather than going to the door, but it turned out that he was bringing a take-away for the Hairdresser, so I was able to send him on his way....

I did make sure that Jo was with me when, a few minutes later, I took the remains of the apples out to the compost, Just In Case.

(He did in fact have a carrier bag and a bottle of wine in his hand, so I'm sure he was legit. Just a bit scary to see a face appear out of the garden darkness!)

(Another kilo of blackberries, today, which have been made into crumble filling with some of the apples and (mostly - nom - gone into the freezer for when Mike's family visits. Also another half kilo of sloes, and damn: I forgot to get Mike to put another bottle of gin on the Tesco order, too late now.)
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posted by [personal profile] works_in_space at 04:28pm on 2014-08-31
Jim enters and orders a coffee as usual.  And goes to sit at the observation window.  He's not quite lost in thought.  But getting a glimpse of the ship that will replace yours?  It's a little sobering.
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