The app effect

28 July 2014 11:20
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Posted by Cathy O'Neil, mathbabe

I have a theory which I’m slightly embarrassed about but whatever, that’s what blogs are for, I’m going to talk about it. And I have no data for this whatsoever, although I’d be interested to hear thoughts on how to collect some.

Namely, I think a sizable amount of social change we’ve seen in the past few decades, for better and for worse, can be ascribed to what I call “the app effect,” namely the tendency for everyone, but young men in particular to be playing games on their phones or their xbox360′s or whatever rather than interacting with each other.

Look at crime rates. I am not claiming that crime rates have fallen solely because of the app effect over other reasonable effects, like the availability of abortions, or less lead paint, or people having more air conditioning.

But, let’s face it, when I was growing up in Boston in the 1980′s, you’d just see way more people out on the streets on summer evenings because it was too freaking hot to do anything inside and people were damn bored. That’s when the trouble would start. Nowadays you just don’t see that nearly as much. What are people doing? My guess is that they’re playing a shit load of video games. Tell me if I’m wrong.

Here’s another example. People are less politically engaged. Partly it’s because Congress sucks, but partly – yes – it’s because people are playing Candy Crush! They used to maybe spend time going to work reading the paper and otherwise doing the civic duty thing but nowadays they’re just trying to pass level 187. I’ve been there so I know about it.

Also, when the train stops? In the tunnel? And it’s dark and really hot? Everyone just plays their games even harder, where you used to maybe start talking, or shouting, or freaking out. It is a pacifier for grown-ups, a nationwide babysitting service that keeps people in line.

It’s good and bad. Sometimes getting out of line serves a purpose, sometimes it’s just destructive and the wrong thing to do. My worry, as a person who wants to see political engagement, is that we have trained an entire population to take refuge in a pointless activity that doesn’t serve any real purpose except to distract us and to mollify us, not to mention collect our data for later marketing purposes.

Another way to imagine this is, if all the apps and all the video games stopped working for a few weeks, what would happen? What would people do with themselves?


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Re-read.

This is the second time I'm reading this book. Which reminds me that I have to re-acquire books #1 and #2, in "easily portable" format. It's pretty good the second time around. Quite a bit of the "mystery" is gone, since I pretty much remembered how it went, last time around. But some surprise was still to be had, because I was moderately conflating this book with Broken Homes (the next book in the series) and, well...

Still, Rivers of London is a pretty good series and if you think the conflation between "police procedural" and "urban magic" sounds appealing, this may be it.

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28 July 2014 19:31
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(Carpobrotus rossii, commonly known as pig face)

I'm feeling a little swamped at the moment, so apologies if you find me a little sketchier than usual. I've got a cold I just can't quite shake and my pain levels have been up today (could be a weather change on the way?). However, on the whole, things have been going well and I have been surprisingly productive.

Editing has been the biggest thing on my plate--I've got a couple of jobs I'm wrapping up and a few business tasks that are going to keep me busy for a little while.

Last week I took another trip with my family out to the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, so I have more photos to post when I get the chance. I was especially pleased with this batch. The gorgeous weather may have played a part.

The neo-Pagan holiday of Imbolc falls on Friday in the southern hemisphere. I have been making preparations to celebrate on Saturday with a small group of friends. However, I will also be taking Friday off to celebrate on my own. How, I haven't quite decided. It might involve some serious writing or cleaning (or both). I also hope to get some photos of the wattle that's in bloom a couple of blocks away. Fingers crossed that the weather is nice!
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written a long, involved, utterly fascinating piece of demifiction for P.I.E.  "Conserving the Habitats of Unusual Species" starts with bigfoot and ends with werewolves.  Read Part 1 of 3; subsequent parts will post on following Sundays.  This is trade for "Favorite Flavors."
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via http://ift.tt/1ozqXYy at July 28, 2014 at 03:00AM:
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7.23.14

George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

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28 July 2014 10:58
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Dear United States,

When both Israel and Mahmoud Abbas (who ordinarily cannot agree on anything other than they disagree) agree that Kerry's latest document was unacceptable and its presentation insulting, you have a humungous problem and also Kerry appears to be as appropriate for his post as Lieberman is.

That is to say, he's actively harmful and not merely useless.

Regards,

A Friend

*~*

Dear Obama,

You remind me a lot of Ehud Barak, when he was Prime Minister. Very smart man, Ehud Barak. Completely awful at people, though, mostly because (a) his concept of "rationality" is fucked and divorced of human reality, (b) he's arrogant.

Are we clear on why being like legendary, decorated Sayeret Matkal officer Edud Barak is a bad thing?

Regards,

The Genre-Savvy

*~*

...no really you guys. Kerry manages to insult both Israel and Abbas, and humiliate Egypt while he was at it, and Obama's back him up, aggressively. Like, seriously? For the first time in history three of four stakeholders agree on reigning #4 in, and what the US does about it is step on everyone and go make nice with the openly and proudly hating racist parties (read: Turkey, Qatar and Hamas) instead? What is wrong with you people?

"You are Iron."

28 July 2014 07:07
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via http://ift.tt/1tgcZ0z at July 28, 2014 at 02:00AM:
“You are Iron.”
-

Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged? You are iron. And you are strong.

n.t. (via thelittle-hobbit)

Damn right you’re iron, and do you know where iron comes from? Do you know how iron gets here? Let me tell you.

It does start with a star, but it’s not some dismal castoff from an eternal beauty, it’s so much more. Everything that makes our world came from stars, but nothing had as much effect on that star as iron.

See the sun burning in the sky? The light you see and the heat you feel are created when the sun fuses elements, the building blocks of our world, into new and heavier elements. The sun lives because more energy comes from that process than is needed to support it.

UNTIL IRON COMES ALONG.

Fusing iron — burning it to make a star shine — is nigh on impossible. Iron is strong and iron is heavy. Iron is so strong and so heavy that to make new elements from iron takes more energy than it produces. The star can’t keep up, it starts to die.

The iron that flows through your veins KILLED A STAR.

Those other metals that we so value, like gold, owe their existence to iron. As the star died it collapsed, crushing itself and making gold and platinum and other precious and powerful things. Then it exploded and scattered those metals throughout space.

Chief among them was iron. The iron whose formation was the death knell of the star. The iron whose intensity made other metals possible. The iron that was the last thing the living star could make.

Stars lived to make iron.

Stars died to make you.

(via noctumsolis)

Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field

28 July 2014 05:49
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The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions. The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions.


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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," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24.

Read more... )
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Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American citizenship by stating that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States...are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside." The amendment then reaffirmed the privileges and rights of all citizens, and granted all these citizens the "equal protection of the laws."

In the decades after its adoption, the equal protection clause was cited by a number of African American activists who argued that racial segregation denied them the equal protection of law. However, in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that states could constitutionally provide segregated facilities for African Americans, so long as they were equal to those afforded white persons. The Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which announced federal toleration of the so-called "separate but equal" doctrine, was eventually used to justify segregating all public facilities, including railroad cars, restaurants, hospitals, and schools. However, "colored" facilities were never equal to their white counterparts, and African Americans suffered through decades of debilitating discrimination in the South and elsewhere. In 1954, Plessy v. Ferguson was finally struck down by the Supreme Court in its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

just so you know

28 July 2014 00:03
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The Great Queen Seondeok, despite the fact that EVERYONE sucks at Surveillance 101, features political philosophy, warfare, badasses, women of awesome, multilingualism, AND SCIENCE.

Sorry, this is WAY more Yoonishly awesome than Buffy.

Thinking About Easy City

27 July 2014 23:23
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 [personal profile] helgatwb is helping me figure out how Easy City developed from New Orleans, Slidell, and other cities hooking together into a metroplex ... when people in southern Louisiana don't actually get along all that well.  Read the first discussion post, and chime in if you know this area.
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Zoloft taper time! The plan:

Day 0 (today): 12.5 mg/day (the dosage I've been on for the last 18 months)
Days 1-14: 6.25 mg/day
Days 15-28: alternate 6.25 mg/day and 0 mg/day
Day 29: fully discontinue

The last time I went off Zoloft I dropped it cold turkey because I was at much too high a dose for me and it was making me suicidal, manic, and possibly psychotic. (As indicated above, my therapeutic dose is below most people's starting dose, and my psychiatrist at the time had no idea how to dose someone like me.) I don't recall experiencing any adverse effects from the abrupt stop, but I wasn't really paying much attention at the time, and I'm not sure I would have noticed anything unless it was worse than the effects of the Zoloft itself. That said, I don't expect to have any problems, especially since I'm tapering this gradually.

I wasn't expecting to be able to cut my half-pills in half again, but J keeps our kitchen knives nice and sharp, so that makes life easier. I could possibly cut them even smaller but I think that's probably unnecessary.

I cannot wait to be off this stuff. Cannot. Wait.

Usual rules for comments about medical stuff: no advice unless I specifically ask (which I'm not) or you think I'm about to inadvertently harm myself.
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First, the best request. I need a beta for a short (I mean short, >2K) Silmarillion fic, the first of three chapters. It's based on one of the prompts from Ye Olde Fingon/Maedhros Prompt List of Doom, although it is largely gen and centered on Maedhros. It's an AU, of the canon-divergent variety. Ahem. An offer to help will be greeted by a freshet of grateful tears.

Next, the recipe! Because I invented it fifteen minutes before the last iftar of Ramadan 2014 began, it is naturally a virgin cocktail. The tentative name for it is the East Meets West cocktail, but I know that’s a clunker. I’m open to suggestions!

Recipe is as follows. )
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Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 2/11
Author: Seperis
Series: The Final Age of Man, 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 lillian13, scynneh, and norabombay. The series name will be changed, literally, the moment I think of something I like. Untitled bothered me even more.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - The Final Age of Man
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1, Chapter 2
DW - Chapter 1

it's the stars that lie, 2/11 )
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Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 1/11
Author: Seperis
Series: The Final Age of Man, 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 lillian13, scynneh, and norabombay. The series name will be changed, literally, the moment I think of something I like. Untitled bothered me even more.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - The Final Age of Man
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1

it's the stars that lie, 1/11 )
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Title: and the song remains the same
Fandom: X-men movieverse
Rating: Teen
Pairing: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Summary: Sometimes love just isn't enough.
Disclaimer They belong to Marvel and Fox, not me!
Other Notes Written for [livejournal.com profile] crescent_gaia for Notprimetime, betaed by [personal profile] aphrodite_mine.


Aka what if Erik had grown up with Charles instead of Mystique? )

Also at A03.

Music

27 July 2014 21:09
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I have my scanner out tonight.

I have also put all of the sheet music I own* into a spreadsheet, so here is your limited-time offer: until I go to sleep tonight, anybody who wants can request one song off that list and I will scan it for them. Enjoy!

Sheet Music Index

I suggest using full-text search if you want to find a certain song, there's almost 4000 entries in the list. It's heavily skewed toward old standards/broadway and pop/folk music from 1979 and before, because that's what you get when you shop at yard sales for it. Highlights include: a bunch of "buy war bonds!" sheet music from the early '40s, the complete Tom Lehrer collection, Donald Swann's settings of the songs of Tolkien.

...no I am not good enough to play most of this. I am a ridiculous person.

* that's not actually all of it, I haven't put in some of the fake books or the any of the hymnal collection yet. or any of the stuff printed off the internet. or most of the stuff in the lesson books, or most of the clarinet/sax/flute/organ music. but it's most of it.

Birds

27 July 2014 17:57
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Birds seen in the last few days:

A baby crow huddled against a tree. (Girlfriend spotted that, looking because there were crows making their eff off from our baby call.)

Starlings I wanted to chase.

Something sparrowish with white stripes over the eyes. (I haven't looked it up.)

More than one robin.

Seagulls of course.

A cormorant. (Partner pointed that out.)

end of an era

27 July 2014 20:50
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No, not Readercon; my ancient extremely-dumb phone (picture).

I'd been doing pay-as-you for voice and texts, since most of my life is in spaces with WiFi and I didn't feel the need for a monthly payment. But then I refilled my account and realized that I was spending about $20/month as our text messaging use increased, so it would only be another $25/month for Verizon's no-contract plan with a hundred-buck phone. And the prospect of never having to do a text message by cycling through all the button presses, let alone the security of Internet access more places, well.

So: the low-end 3G Moto G, because it's for backup stuff, checking email in emergencies and getting directions, and not streaming media. It fits nicely in my hand [*], though the grippy sides of this cheap case plus belt holster are welcome, and it runs stock Android and basically does what I need it to without fuss.

Here are some apps I've found useful specifically for the phone:

Widgetsoid (with donate add-on). This does two things: (1) it lets me toggle certain things directly from the lock screen (I use it for WiFi, mobile data, Bluetooth, and ringer status) and (2) on a home screen, it lets me fit more stuff in the same space—I have seven app shortcuts or toggles in a 4x1 widget on my main screen, for instance. (The donate version lets you save widgets to edit them, among other things.)

DashClock with DashClock Gmail+ Extension and DashClock SMS viewer [**]. This lets me see multiple things on the same lock screen: the number of new GMail messages (plus the subject and sender name if there's only one new message—it's supposed to show sender names for multiple messages, but it's not for me); new text messages with their text; plus time, weather, and my next calender appointment within a certain time. There are default lock screen widgets for GMail and messaging, but they're on separate screens, and if I'm stopped at a red light, it's nice to get everything in one place.

(There are a million extensions for DashClock, but skip the toggle ones: all of them require unlocking the phone, not just the app-launch ones like in Widgetsoid.)

Moon Reader. Syncs reading position across devices with Dropbox, very customizable. The Pro version has more fonts and things, and I bought it to support the developer, but I don't actually depend on any of the pro features, I think.

[*] But though I loathe the idea, I can definitely see that when my Nexus 7 dies, I'm probably replacing it and this phone with a bigger-screened phone. I like the size of this, being able to fit it into pockets and hold it very comfortably, but the convenience of a single device is hard to beat. I already gave away my beloved Sony eInk reader, because I was hardly using it with the tablet always to hand, and I can definitely see the same fate coming for the phone+tablet combo.

[**] Before you download it, you'll probably need to go into Settings/Security and check "Unknown sources."

What about you? What handy little apps or tricks have you found for your Android smartphone?

Edit: I forgot, Verizon gave me a free Bluetooth car speakerphone, which works fine, though I don't use my phone in the car enough to bother with buying one for myself.

선덕여왕 through ep. 16?

28 July 2014 00:00
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By way of [personal profile] sovay, goat towers. Adorable, totally work-safe photos.

By way of a friend, Death by Caffeine:
How much of your favorite energy drink, soda, or caffeinated food would it take to kill you?

Said friend notes that water poisoning would usually kill you first...

I claim I like that it rains frequently in Louisiana, and then we have a week like this one so I am clearly LYING. Of course, because of poor Melaka being at the shop, we can't leave the house anyway...




선덕여왕 through ep. 13? 14? Read more... )

Ahaha. Oh dear.

27 July 2014 16:51
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On a different blog I write I talked about how my family never ever likes to talk about anything unpleasant and how we can’t do conflict worth a damn.

And now my uncle has asked my father to ask me to tone it down a notch.

"You can totally ignore me," Dad said. "I'm just letting you know."

(I plan to ignore him but none of the posts I have waiting in the wings are about my family, and I'm not about to come up with some just to be rebellious.)

IN OTHER NEWS, my mom just adopted a little orange kitten named Gallagher. I have received NO photos or videos of this kitten. NONE. I am CRUELLY MISTREATED BY MY FAMILY, y'all.

moment by moment

27 July 2014 23:30
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On Friday evening we sat on a fifth-floor balcony under darkening skies with cheese and bread and fig jam and alcohol. I dangled my legs through the railings and admired the railings across the way. We talked and talked and talked some more. I gave him the selected works of Neruda I'd picked up in the branch of Foyles at St Pancras on my way over; I note with sadness that it shuts at the end of the month. (Still in England, barely outside London, the train passed a field of red double-decker buses that had been put out to pasture.)

On Saturday we ate at an intriguing vegetarian restaurant recommended by a friend (welcome to identify yourself in comments, just wasn't sure whether you'd be okay w/ naming <3) who was very kind about texting back & forth enthusiastically over the course of the morning. The afternoon we spent at the Louvre, where I was very fond of dragons and the cuticles/lines on a Nisus&Euryalis; and there was a tiny gallery of watches about which I was very excited because there was actually a set-up I'd never seen before -- watches with inbuilt sundials + compasses, presumably so that when they wound down/went too badly out you could establish the time in order to correct them! (Really, really excited - I've visited enough horology galleries to be genuinely surprised to come across styles of timepiece I haven't met before.) Said gallery also featured a very nice implementation of the hourglasses-displaying-subdivisions thing -- instead of a rack of 3-4 hourglasses to be turned simultaneously, it was a column of glass blobs that (one infers) emptied sequentially on the quarter hour. AND there was a gallery of scientific instruments and tiny portable armillary spheres, which always make me happy.

In addition there's currently a formal-gardens competition going on -- Notre Dame and a few other associated places seem to have decided on a theme of "The Illusion", by which they mean they've dumped a bunch of 5' tall mirrors in flowerbeds, which is fascinating if slightly creepy.

AND in the EVENING, after a route home via the confusingly-named Luxembourg park that to its credit contained an excellent brass band, we had EIERSCHWAMMERL. I was staggeringly excited to find them at the shop round the corner from P's, because they are very difficult to get hold of in any appropriate form at any appropriate price in the UK, but I got to do all the appropriate things with respect to frying them in butter with garlic and then drowning them in parsley, and lo it was good :-) (At same said stall I was delighted to find that at least in some parts of France the thing I would call Zwetschke is a questche! Not sure which way the etymology goes but will have a go at hunting it down.)

And then TODAY I slept a lot and then feasted well for breakfast (both mornings P popped to the bakery around the corner and returned with a bag of fresh croissant & pain au chocolat while I murbled around still being asleep in bed; it was great) and eventually we left the house; we walked past bookshops & coffee shops & through parks & the Musee d'Armee (nice dome!) & paused to eat fresh bread & fig jam & Selles-sur-Cher, which is my favourite goat cheese and much more readily available in France than in the UK; and ended up at the Musee d'Orsay, where I fell in love with the giant clock faces as architectural features on the top floor and also suddenly got the point of art galleries in front of le jardin de Monet, les iris -- or at least, I suddenly understood why someone might want to just sit and stare at a painting for hours. Additionally: lots of very nice stuff in the Art Nouveau exhibits, and once we got chucked out we hung around on the bank of the Seine to see the Tour de France go past -- P sort of felt he ought to, and so did I, as I'd ignored it in both Cambridge and London and it was right there and due to go by pretty much as the museum was closing...

... and that, having skipped over a fair amount of the intervening raspberry-and-pistachio-ice-cream, was that; I waved at the Centre Pompidou, managed through cunning overscheduling to fail to make it to Etat Libre d'Orange's flagship shop, for which my wallet no doubt thanks me, exclaimed with delight over a very great deal of architecture and a large number of flowerbeds, was delighted to come face-to-face with ponies, swore a lot about how much I hate people, was very glad I'd taken the wheelchair with me, and ate cherries. I continue impressed by how thoroughly pleasant it is to travel by Eurostar with chair - flat rate gets you business lounge & business premier & actually genuinely tasty food on board, so! I was happy and will do the thing again in the future.

Yes. Good weekend. No work, lots of reading of books, good company. Good.
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I probably should have taken pictures of the leather bracers I'm working on for the Mando beskar'gam. Oh well.

four images of HARD WORK AND EFFORT )
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Guys, [archiveofourown.org profile] notalwaysweak wrote a Newsflesh fic (that I got to see early!): "Only My Hands to Guide Me". Short (1630 words), explicit, and by virtue of being set post-series, spoilery as all hell. *g* So I'm not going to say who or what it's about. If you've read the whole series, you can probably extrapolate and you should definitely go read (depending on your feelings on various pairings, of course).

(I choose to be amused by the number of things in Newsflesh that I love with my entire heart and never, ever, ever talk about unless I can be sure of not spoiling anyone. The stuff I actually let myself flail about where you can all see? Intensely, overwhelmingly loved, but barely the tip of the iceberg.)

On a wildly different subject, Tori Amos' tour has finally landed her in North America, and a couple of nights ago she played Zero Point. (That link goes to the setlist on Undented.) It's not one of my favorites of her songs, but she's apparently never played it live before (and I think it technically dates back to around 1999 or so? IIRC it was mentioned in the liner notes on To Venus and Back.)

So that's awesome. But usually videos from shows start turning up on the shows' posts within a matter of hours, and so far, nothing. O_o It's not that I'm impatient, exactly--again, not a favorite song--but it's not impossible that no one recorded it (or at least, no one who's thought to share it widely), and under the circumstances that would be very sad.
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Posted by Sam Maggs

Nerd

Zachary Levi and the Nerd Machine crew are running Conversations for a Cause (benefitting Operation Smile) all of SDCC weekend; but watching the “Badass Women” panel will directly benefit you, because why would you not want to watch Yvonne Strahovski, Retta, Jennifer Morrison, Sophie Turner, Ming-Na Wen, and Missy Peregrym chat about being amazing together?

You can also catch a bunch of yesterday’s NerdHQ panels right here, and we’ll keep updating this post with today’s conversations. What else were you going to do today, anyways? It’s Sunday, and these videos will make you feel like you didn’t really miss out on SDCC after all.

The cast of Orphan Black:

Nathan Fillion:

Felicia Day and Wil Wheaton:

Stephen Amell:

John Simm, Mira Sorvino, and Glen Morgan of Intruders:

Sesame Street!:

Omar Epps and the cast and producers of Resurrection:

The Thrilling Adventure Hour:

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DC and Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for Constantine that reflects some of the show’s recent changes, particularly the departure of Lucy Griffith’s character Liv. The updated trailer contains some familiar clips with the soon-to-depart Liv as well as new scenes that hint at an altered focus for the show–there’s less emphasis on the living, more on the dead, and I’m digging it.

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someone shoot my spotify

27 July 2014 17:34
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(The reason for the subject line is that the least annoying song on the radio stream is Miley Cyrus' Wrecking Ball. Someone please, shoot my Spotify.)

I HAVE PICTURES. Of part of the project, anyway. I used this stuff in a purple tube that Brent calls 'Goop' to glue the ceramic magnets to the metal plates and now my diamond is missing. The diamond is the middle part in between the chest plates and MINE IS MISSING. Now I've got to cut another one. Dagnabbit. I think I can do it with some 16ga metal and some tin snips, but the fact that the piece is missing is what's annoying me. I have to cut one and glue a magnet to it and paint it. I was very careful to make sure all the pieces were in the bag.

I took pictures of the shield I finished up for Brent, as well. As soon as all the glue dries (or at least dries enough for me to take off the stabilizing magnets) I'm going to turn it all over and take another picture, then post them in the next entry.

Brent's currently making maps for the next part of Reign of Winter, the Pathfinder adventure path we're playing. It's getting to be serious times in this game!

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