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([personal profile] steorra Mar. 25th, 2017 09:36 pm)
Something jogged my memory today of a weird telephone incident that happened when I lived at the Menno Simons Centre during my first two years of university (so, 2000–2002).

There was a communal phone line which I made a habit of answering. Many people there also had their own phones (I think some landlines and some cellphones, but it's long enough ago that I'm not certain about that.)

The communal phone line rang and I answered it, on the downstairs phone. I said "Hello", and the person on the other end said "Hello", and we had a few confusing exchanges until we realized that the phone had rung on both ends - neither of us had called the other.

We then established that he was the father of one of the other residents, and had (I think) just been talking to her - but on her own phone line, not the communal line. (I can't recall if she had a cellphone or a landline.)

There was no obvious explanation for how the glitch could have happened, or how the phone system could have made a connection between her phone line and the communal phone line. (I'm half inclined to think that she had a cellphone precisely because it makes it even more inexplicable - if it was a landline, perhaps some physical connection had a glitch, and I feel like I had mentally ruled out that possibility back when the incident was fresher in memory.)
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([personal profile] umadoshi Mar. 26th, 2017 01:20 am)
--I keep meaning to post various things here, but then I'm either not at the computer, or if I am, I'm also in a "stare blankly at the screen rather than stringing words together" mode.

--Writing anything resembling fiction is happening even less. I just poked my writing tracker, and I wrote a whopping ~800 words last month, and so far, nothing at all this month. (I'm at under 3000 words for the year so far, which I needed to look up to check in at [ profile] inkingitout.) My brain feels both empty and sludgy. It's very weird and I actively dislike it, but I haven't even been opening WIP files and staring at them, which is more my usual not-writing MO.

--Casual Job resumes for the spring session in about a month--which is to say, about a month later than usual. We suspect it'll only last for a month or so (presumably followed by our office keeping me and the other seasonal folks on for four additional weeks to clear the inevitable spring-session backlog), which is not wallet-cheering news.

--On the freelancing front, I just recently finished Maid-sama! and am finishing My Love Story!! for VIZ, and I also seem to have two Seven Seas series with only one volume remaining. That doesn't leave me with a worryingly-low number of titles, fortunately (I think I still have eight between the two publishers), but it's a lot wrapping up all at once.

--We're not at the point of booking plane tickets yet, but [ profile] scruloose and I are starting to work out when we're probably going to be in Toronto next. It feels like it's been forever. (It hasn't. We were there last August.) So that's a thing I'm very much looking forward to.
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([personal profile] julian Mar. 25th, 2017 10:17 pm)
I was going from Needham to Dedham today (folks not in the area: from one suburb to another), and, as we were going under the I-95/Route 128 underpass, saw, in my rear view mirror, a car, quite literally, do what I can best describe as a w-turn (ie swerve left to right, twice, as if the steering wheel was being grabbed, or something), and then bonk (quite hard) into the curb. Given the speed they were going, I was quite surprised they didn't pop a tire.

Not wanting my own car to, say, get rammed into, I pulled over, let this other car (which had straightened out and was now driving too fast but was, at least, not swerving) go past me, and got 5 of the 6 license plate numbers. (It was an out of state (NJ) car, so that would be helpful, too.)

I had Calluna call the police, though unfortunately she had the rigamarole of contacting one dispatcher and then getting transferred to the right local department when using a cell phone, so the car in question was long gone once she got the right people on the phone, but she purveyed the useful information to them, anyway. (And I hadn't explained about the curb part to her, so she got to exhibit genuine surprise to the police-person about it, which I often think is a help.)

I doubt this will result in anything tangible, of course, but if it does, I might actually find out about it, given my police-log-related job. Really, it made me wonder if there was a domestic violence thing going on, so I hope the car didn't disappear into the mist.

In any case, must remember to try and notice make/model of car, too, but license plate is Useful.

Title: Immutable, or, Five Times Obi-Wan Kenobi Compromised His Jedi Ethics for Anakin Skywalker
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Reader: reena_jenkins
Coverartist: [ profile] reena_jenkins
Rating: PG-13
Fandoms: Star Wars Prequel Movies
Pairings: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala/Anakin Skywalker
Warnings: Canon-Typical Violence, Misuse of the Force, Codependency, Jedi Code, During Canon, Obi-Wan is Emotionally Compromised, Clone Wars
Length: 00:16:28 

Author's Summary: "I think that I would betray my vows for him."

Clone Wars-era. Anakin/Obi-Wan, Anakin/Padme.

Download Link: You can download this podfic as an mp3 right over here (thank you, paraka, for hosting me).

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([personal profile] rinkle posting in [community profile] common_nature Mar. 26th, 2017 11:51 am)
Christmas Eve last year:

Went outside my parents' house and heard a bird call that didn't fit. Took me a minute to realise that it was a black cockatoo call. Not something I normally hear/see near my parents' house in Australia. Quickly grabbed my sis' camera with her awesome zoom lens to get photos, as the two cockatoos were pretty high in the banksia (I think) tree.

Black Cockatoo nomming on a banksia nut, beak on to the camera

4 more below the cut )
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([personal profile] dancefloorlandmine Mar. 26th, 2017 12:23 am)
For those who like photos of abandoned places, here are some taken by French photographer Aurélien Villette of Abkhazia, recognised as an independent state by Russia, while almost everyone else considers it still a part of Georgia. The photos show ruined and abandoned buildings, one series focussing on those from the 1950s.

Gallery on LensCulture

(The HDR is a bit over-the-top on some of them for my tastes, mind. One side effect of which is the tendency, as with many HDR images, to appear computer-generated - as if scenes from the game Syberia (for fans of which, it should be pointed out that Syberia III is due out later this year.)
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([personal profile] ffutures Mar. 26th, 2017 12:43 am)
British Summer Time starts tonight - Clocks go forward an hour at 1 AM Sunday.

And UK postal prices rose at midnight - I've just had to go through all of my ebay listings and change postal prices, because I thought it wasn't happening until the end of the month!
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([personal profile] astolat Mar. 25th, 2017 08:27 pm)
Reader, I am really fucking tired. *insert long tedious explanation of the past week involving hospital, fainting, copious vomiting (different days, different family members), family visit, 3 playdates, and ending with my current location in hotel room in Disneyworld*

Everyone is okay now but OMG.

HOWEVER I am actually here to share this vidding zine what lim made, which I was so thrilled to participate in:


I think it is really quite awesome and full of interesting and joyful and fannish thought in the very best way. My own contribution was to rave on about [personal profile] sisabet's vid Bad Romance, which spoiler alert is one of my most favorite vids and if you want to know why GO LOOK AT THE SHINY.

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([personal profile] lannamichaels Mar. 25th, 2017 08:12 pm)

So, the new muscle pain: it's lower back, hips, and upper thighs. This can make sitting uncomfortale, and also getting in and out of bed. (this morning was an ordeal)

I managed to get more of the Pain Meds Of Last Resort from the doc, but I can't combine it with one of my meds and I'm very cautious about combining it with others, so it remains Of Last Resort.

The muscle pain of ten-on-the-pain-scale i-can't-move doom I usually have is neck/shoulder, or my bad leg. I've had lower back pain before, but not like this. Also, my sides ache sometimes when I cough (I don't understand at all). This pain seems to come and go, at least, but it's still there. Sometimes it feels like it's my lower spine just being really angry.

Ideas for stretches/ways to sit or stand up/good ways to get in and out of bed/tricks or whatnot? I've been doing massage and also using sticky heating pads. I'm really hoping that this is somehow (????) a side effect of the bad cough and will go away once this cough goes away, but... well, either way, I still have to live with it.

(of course, through all of this, I'm still having shoulder pain and cramps because of course i am)

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([personal profile] kaberett Mar. 25th, 2017 10:03 pm)
  1. The English sofa is a loan from Turkish. The Turkish for the English sofa, however, is kanape, as a loan from the French canapé, which has the original meaning of English sofa and, by figurative extension, the meaning of English canapé, because you've got a little piece of bread or pastry or something that looks like a sofa with the topping perched on top of it. ([personal profile] sebastienne conjectured this etymology when I was grumbling about the Turkish last week; they were surprised and delighted to be correct.)
  2. Fox/vixen is the solitary surviving example in modern English of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in: Fuchs/Füchsin.
  3. The English/French foyer is rendered, in Swedish orthography, foajé. It is pronounced the way one might reasonably expect foyer to be pronounced. See also: restaurang.

This is a collection volume, containing Komarr, A Civil Campaign and (actually in the "previously unread" category), the short A Winterfair Gift. The title for the collection volume is very descriptive, as that theme starts in Komarr, continues through the entirety of A Civil Campaign and comes to some sort of culmination in A Winterfair Night.

As is the custom, these are all eminently readable. It is also perhaps not the worst place to pick up the Vorkosigan Saga books (but, I should stress, it is also not the best), since I seem to recall that Komarr was actually the first one I read.
Previously unread.

It's been a while since I last read any of the Expanse novels. Don't really know why, maybe the whole "TV hype" has put me off. On the whole, they're eminently readable, although one of my distinct memories of "oh, no, not again!" from the first four is mercifully not as prominent in this one.

All in all a pleasant read, although I have a nagging feeling that the acceleration required to cover distance in this book may possibly require higher sustained acceleration than what seems to be happening.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

4/5. Middle grade novel prequel to the popular comic. My wife loves the comic but hasn't read this. Below is a rough transcript of my commentary to her:

Ahaha, Squirrel Girl has just happened to a bunch of LARPers. . . . Aw, her parents are adorable. So supportive! They remind me of your parents when you came out*. . . . Aw, her deaf new best friend is crabby and adorable. . . . For the record, the villain's name is The Micromanager, just so you know. . . . Aw, she is adorable. . . . Oh now she's chatting with a bad guy about his poor life choices and how he really should be wearing a seatbelt when he's driving like that. . . . Ahahaha, she is texting with The Winter Soldier. Oh, now she's texting with Tony Stark about how she needs help from someone smart and resourceful, and she asked him for Bruce Banner's number, I'm dying, I'm dead. Ahaha she is trash-talking and her trash talk is that the villain "is going downtown without a bus pass."

There was also a longer conversation in there about how it seems that Squirrel Girl exists in a different genre than most of the other people around her. It's actually really interesting – the closer a person gets to her like her parents or her bestie, the more they become realized in Squirrel Girl's genre. That is, aggressively, unstoppably cheerful with a streak of zany. Whereas people in the background – like the mean girls at school – exist in a more typical high school novel whose rules Squirrel Girl doesn't so much ignore as just never notice. My wife says the comic has a similar function in the wider comics universe – Squirrel Girl is a streak of off-beat color in a grimdark sea. And that's the joke. And the not joke.

I loved this.

*She came out when she went home over her first winter break in college and when she got back to her dorm there were congratulations flowers waiting for her. How cute is that?
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([personal profile] conuly Mar. 25th, 2017 12:52 am)
for the new dog. No luck finding an owner, so why not?

36 hours later, the girls tell me they've decided we should call him "Marshmallow", so both dogs are named after treats.

I told them that if they pay up for a new tag and call him that for a week, I'll do it. He doesn't know this is his name anyway, so.


Physicists prove that it's impossible to cool an object to absolute zero

Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Inventing a new kind of matter

One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a War Between Missouri and Iowa

Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle

Plan to dig up President Polk's body - again - stirs trouble

Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle (And here I thought ye cannae change the laws of physics!)

A Day In The Life Of A Female Taxi Driver In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

Bad breath: Study find array of bacteria when orcas exhale

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

How to be a 21st Century Cop

Who Killed the Smart Gun?

7,000 Huge Gas Bubbles Have Formed Under Siberia, and Could Explode at Any Moment

Israel ignores U.N. demand for end to settlement building: U.N.

Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

Trump Says He Never Promised to Quickly Repeal Obamacare. Here’s a Bunch of Times He Promised Exactly That.

No repeal for 'Obamacare' - a humiliating defeat for Trump

Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but obstacles loom

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

U.N. will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
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([personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets Mar. 25th, 2017 04:00 pm)

⌈ Secret Post #3734 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

[John Moreland]

More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 42 secrets from Secret Submission Post #533.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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([personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets Mar. 25th, 2017 03:48 pm)

The first secret from this batch will be posted on April 1st.

1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT:
- Doing it WRONG:

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

I was hanging out with other fans this past weekend and one of them pointed out to me that I don't post much anymore. I guess that's probably true. I should try to change that! Here we go.

- After five years of trying and failing to learn to meditate (there's a anxious hamster in my head and it WILL NOT STOP SQUEAKING), I found an app that's extremely helpful. It's called Calm. I mention this in case any of you are similarly afflicted. You can unlock the full app with a subscription, but there are features you can use without that. I regularly make use of the guided meditations and the sleep stories. Yes! Droning bedtime stories meant to knock you out! They work pretty well. Last night I listened to a shipping report. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

- I went back to re-read some Bruce Wayne/Clark Kent fic I had bookmarked, and I'm very very amused by the notes I used so I could find them again. (There's a reason so few of my 1,760 bookmarks are public.) For instance:

* that one where Bruce is masochistic and Dick is fucking pissed
* ugh stupid men on a farm and domestic goodness
* the one with the swear jar that made me LOL
* so good! go back and slobber on the author later

- Speaking of DCU and/or Berlantiverse, how cute was The Flash/Supergirl musical ep??!! OMG. SO CUTE. And then you juxtapose that with Arrow, which...listen, I want a ton of Diggle/Oliver hurt/comfort fic right this instant, and it just isn't out there. It's the same for Steve/Sam and Tony/Rhodey, and it isn't right.

- Also re the DCU: behold our glorious Wonder Woman.

- I have a non-spoilery confession to make about Legion: I fast forward through about three quarters of every episode because...I just don't care. It's not because it's trippy and surreal; I can deal with that. See: Hannibal. But the reason Hannibal worked for me was my deep and abiding investment in the characters, all of whom were portrayed by tremendous actors. The same cannot be said of Legion. I don't care about the characters. But I did start to cut them some slack in chapter 7 for reasons I won't mention here. (If you're watching, you already know why.)

- Here is a quick rundown of why I think Iron Fist is terrible. I gave up 13 years hours of my life to form these opinions; I therefore feel entitled to share them with you now. Below the cut, spoilers. )

I'm going to leave you with an embed of this year's MIT admissions vid, which is basically a fan film of Riri Williams making her Iron Man suit, because I love it so. Somewhere out there, I think RDJ is applauding.