Finally, not a fan of the theme song

Oct. 1st, 2017 08:14 pm
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Insufficiently "Fanfare to the Common Man" for my tastes, and I don't like the intro video either.

(And I have Thoughts. For a society so obsessed with the Prime Directive, Federation humans are equally obsessed with the idea that secretly, all species would be better off as humans. Here it is AGAIN in this ep. Nevermind that being raised by Vulcans is a strange plot contrivance, isn't it enough that she's content and functional, without having to ditch who she is to be "more human" by some arbitrarily emotional reckoning? Is this universal Trek belief a clever dig at Americans, or do Trek writers really agree with this? Eddington was right - they're worse than the Borg! They assimilate people, and they don't even realize it. This would be an interesting angle to take. They already have the seeds planted with the Klingons. They're not going to go that route, though.)

Ah well. In other news, J was thrilled with his bag. Also, I am sick. *sneeze*

Oh! And when I came home today from walking the dogs, there was a cardboard cat carrier and a small box of cat food on my porch. This is all a bit inexplicable, and I'm wondering if maybe somebody intended to leave a cat there? If so, kitty escaped. Just as well - I'm full up on formerly stray animals.

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Poison Frogs Make Surprisingly Attentive Adoptive Parents

Fish have complex personalities, research shows

Indian Designers Built A Genius Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity, And It Can Save Lives (Well, "invented" is a stretch, evaporative coolers already exist, but it looks nifty.)

'Cowgirls of Color' break barriers to compete in typically white, male rodeo

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

You Need to Try Coffee Lemonade

The Women Miners in Pants Who Shocked Victorian Britain

A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

Group Therapy Is Saving Lives in Chicago

Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Artificial Colors Are Back in Trix Because Nobody Liked Natural Ingredients

Revenge of the Super Lice (Apparently, in Europe it's mostly synthetic oil treatments, not pesticides. I'll keep an eye out for the day that's approved over here.)

Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign

The family of strangers who fled Boko Haram

Every year, millions try to navigate US courts without a lawyer

How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor

The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email

Still Fighting at Standing Rock

Trump’s wall could cause the extinction of the American jaguar

Trump Is Helping Airlines Get Away With Breaking People’s Wheelchairs

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks

ugh

Sep. 25th, 2017 11:03 pm
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Came home to find that the cat had evacuated every orifice all over our bed and several spots on the bedroom floor. And our scrupulously tidy cat-sitter hadn't noticed. I mean, she sleeps in the guest room, not in our room; I'm just cranky, because we're exhausted and it's sweltering hot and we just had to strip and remake the bed -- as well as immediately unpack completely and put everything including the hiking packs away so he won't pee on them. We'd put a tarp on top of the bed before we left, but he got through it. Ugh.

On the bright side, none of the ceramics we bought as gifts seem to have broken in transit!

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Sep. 25th, 2017 08:26 pm
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me: OMG WHY IS THE VIETNAM WAR STILL ONGOING????

[profile] siriaeve:it... is?
i thought it ended in the 70s :-?
did trump start another thing

me: . . . sorry, I meant the documentary on PBS.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:36 pm
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Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

=

Signal-boosting much appreciated!
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Ed Yong @ the Atlantic: Even Jellyfish Sleep
Do jellyfish dream of gelatinous sheep?

Ephrat Livni @ Quartz: Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses
Gloomy octopus males seem to spend a great deal of time chasing each other out of dens.

Ed Yong @ the Atlantic: Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes
It’s impossible to say if their prolific use of RNA editing is responsible for their alien intellect, but “that would definitely be my guess”

Greta Keenan @ New Scientist: Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds
Nocturnal predatory fish use calls to stay together to hunt, while fish that are active during the day use sound to defend their territory.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2wORqgN on September 25, 2017 at 05:08PM

Tags:pdwcrosspost2, activism

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)
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but given the advanced state of their tech, am I wrong in pegging this as a third universe? Okay, that's my official head-canon. Something, something, temporal cold war - THIRD UNIVERSE! (So does each new parallel universe also have its own twin mirror universe?)

Also: Why do all futuristic jails in all universes everywhere have force fields with no physical backup? That seems like a major design flaw.

Also also: Why are all the Klingons bald? Strange fashion choice, or genetic disease?
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I'm writing this on the plane home. The International Date Line means that we'll land an hour before we took off! )

And on that note I report that we are now sitting in the Toronto airport, waiting for our last flight home! I still have a couple of days in Tokyo to discuss, but right now all I want to do is fall into my own shower and my own bed forever...

Gratitudes

Sep. 25th, 2017 06:26 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. A friend gave me a bag of freshly-picked sungold cherry tomatoes today, and I have melted them into a simple tomato sauce with a sweet red pepper and some good olive oil and salt and pepper, which will dress my pasta tonight.

2. Also on the docket for dinner tonight is a salad of CSA arugula, mustard greens, and red Boston lettuce -- stunning fresh greens with some feta and a simple vinaigrette. This may be the last head of lettuce this season. Then again it may not, because unseasonable warmth, who knows. One way or another, om nom nom.

3. Kitten. Because kitten.

4. Glass of rosé, because boy howdy is it wine o'clock.

5. Power, and light, and modern conveniences of ordinary living -- with awareness that so many people are impacted by disaster right now and do not have these things at all.

How are y'all?
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More by Lillian Ross:

Workouts -- her interview with Robin Williams (I think 1989).

The symbol of all we possess -- the Miss America pageant, 1949.

Come in, Lassie -- Hollywood and the House UnAmerican Activities Committee (1948)

The shit-kickers of Madison Avenue. (1995)

***

The strange techtonic coincidences of the recent Mexican earthquakes.

The closing of the Dictionary of American Regional English.

The dying art of disagreement.

How many times does it need to be said? Puerto Rico is American. Now can we get going and fix things up for six million Americans dealing with water, low on food and without electricity for the foreseeable future? And here's how you can help. If you need to explain how badly the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, quote from this.

Lessons from Rolling Stone.

Throw the little old lady down the stairs! An interview with John Huston. (1952)

How did women fare in China's Communist revolution?

Will Mark Zuckerberg 'like' this column? Facebook, social media, Russians and the election.

How did marriage become a mark of privilege?

3 ways the Republican anti-health bill differs from previous anti-health efforts.

Remember Anthony Weiner, who not only couldn't keep it in his pants but felt he *had* to send phone photos of it to underage girls? He's going to prison for 21 months. An ignoble end to what once was a very promising political career.

Women need to rewrite/update the New York state constitution. Were women involved in writing the state constitution in your state? Or wherever you are?

Adventures in Fandom History

Sep. 25th, 2017 02:38 pm
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Because one of the many reasons I hurt my back last week was trying to troubleshoot bad songvids, [personal profile] xlorp built me a more ergonomic setup.


[in the highway, in the hedges]

Sep. 25th, 2017 03:37 pm
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[insert groveling for not being interesting for like a month]

The world is on fire; Endellion was good-but-not-great; autumn in New York is almost as good as spring in New York; Chuck Schumer and his staff ignore their phones 100% of the time (Kirsten Gillibrand's staff is at least available sometimes, and my representative's staff ALWAYS talks to me); I made apple hand pies this weekend; the seminar I am taking is not as interesting as I was hoping but I will soldier on; the fact that no one has cut together the Elizabeth-Swann-relevant scenes from Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is an abomination; my office moved across campus and while there are some serious downsides, the fact that I no longer work in a dungeon is a net positive.

I cannot believe it is already almost Yom Kippur.
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OUT OF MY FANDOM.

What the hell sort of Star Trek have they even been watching all this time?
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It’s fall it’s fall it’s finally fall!  And as is so often the case around here, my fall is not just booked, it’s multi-volume seriesed.  I am about to start running and not stop for…well, way too long.  And so, since some of you may be asking, it’s time to play everybody’s favorite game…


WHERE’S SEANAN?


This coming weekend, from September 29th through October 1st, I will be at Archon, in scenic Collinsville, IL!  Come for the party, stay to watch me quest endlessly for cake.  I really like cake in Illinois, y’all.  It makes me happy.  (Also come for the rare thrill of seeing me give a short concert with a guitarist I have literally never met before.  This should be fascinating.)


In early October, from the 13th through the 15th, I will be at Another Anime Con, in lovely Manchester, New Hampshire!  Better yet, I will have my Shawn.  Ever wanted to see one of the funniest slice of life sitcoms not currently on television?  Come and watch us move through the world together.  We are a genuine delight.


In mid-October, from the 19th to the 22nd, I will be at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival, in glorious Worthington, Ohio, where I have the rare and delightful honor of being the OVFF Guest of Honor.  We’ll be hitting a local haunted attraction on Thursday night, so wear your scare pants, and get ready for a good time!


Finally, in late October, Vixy and I will be fucking off to Disney World.  You know the best thing about Disney theme parks?  They let you pay in installment plans, and finish paying long, long before anything happens (like, say, your cat needing emergency surgery)…and they won’t give the money back, which means you have to go on your much-needed vacation no matter what, since otherwise, you’re just wasting your pennies.  We’ll be gone from the 23rd to the 31st.  During our absence, email sent via the website will probably not get forwarded to me (Vixy’s job), but that’s okay, as I wouldn’t be answering it anyway.


Where’s Seanan?


EVERYWHERE.

News Post: Men Of Distinction

Sep. 25th, 2017 05:29 pm
[syndicated profile] pennyarcade_feed
Tycho: I tend to think of games in terms of lineage.  It’s a two tier system where the games themselves have something like progeny, but the designers also exist in a kind of parallel continuum.  There’s people where I’m simply going to buy any game they make, and there’s franchises I’ll endure no end of abuse from.  So, let’s take a look at where Dropmix exists. Frequency was the first time I’d ever heard of Harmonix, but it wasn’t my first experience with Rhythm Games.  It’s possible to think of the Tempest/Gyruss planes…

Remix fic! and fic report

Sep. 25th, 2017 12:45 pm
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[personal profile] celli
Remixes are revealed! My awesome Trek AOS remix was written by [archiveofourown.org profile] LadyMerlin and mine is:

Let's See What Happens (The False Destiny Remix) (1205 words) by celli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gregor Vorbarra/Laisa Toscane Vorbarra
Characters: Gregor Vorbarra, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, Laisa Toscane Vorbarra, Alys Vorpatril
Summary:
She didn’t know what shoes had to do with anything, but her superiors had been firm: anything was a possible lever with the Emperor, track and report it all.


Done:
* Coursera Style week 4 story (600/600)
* Coursera Setting week 1 story (308/300)

New:
* Coursera Setting week 2 story (0/500)
* PODSA bedsharing/glasses fic (76/whatever)
* PODSA election night 2008 fic (863/whatever) (DON'T @ ME)

Other:
* PODSA gift story (1069/whatever)
* basic income contest story (124/5000) (I may drop this...the Coursera classes are taking up a lot of my writing time.)
* PODSA mpreg (2062/whatever)
* Star Wars auction fic, two scenes left (704/1000+)
* AIRPF AU with [personal profile] rajkumari905 (3316/whatever)
* AIRPF auction fic (0/1000+)

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