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To explain this scene would take me hours, so I'll just encourage you to read Project Superpowers: Herokillers because it's hilarious. This month's issue has a sneaked in Rick in Morty cameo on this page

Project Superpowers Herokillers issue 4

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 23rd, 2017 07:31 pm
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books Jemisin, no spoilers) )

food allergy AUGH & HUH! (or, gluten, why do you hate me so?) )

weather geekery
1. Dear Zombie Tropical Blob Harvey, you have wrecked my belated bday plans, which I suppose is better than trying to drive in hurricane-levels of pain. We haven't had a hurricane hit Texas since Ike, back in 2008. Ike knocked me on my ASS, so cancelling this wknd is best for all, but I'm really not looking forward to this. OTOH, the weather geekery is fun?
2. Historically, the week of my birthday is the hottest week of the year in the southern half of Texas, but we have only had ONE DAY that reached 100F in all of August, while half of July reached or exceeded 100F. This is very weird. If this becomes the new trend, it will have effects on all kinds of stuff, to say nothing of hurricane season.

dirt (aka plants log) )

AUGH. Last week I was NEARLY DONE with a thing. Then I had an idea for a gift that needed to be done by this weekend (before the trip was postponed). Now I have an overabundance of WIPs and zero finished works to show. Yet.
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the fun part is trying to figure out what everyone in the notes’ real names are

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I've been listening to the "Westworld" soundtrack and was amazed at how many covers of late 20th Century rock songs are on it.  Two of them stuck be as being a bit too on the nose, "No Surprises" and "Exit Music - For a Film," both from Radiohead's OK Computer album.  Not only are they from an album with computer in the title, no surprises is what the robots are supposed to deliver.  Here's that track.

The other track actually got used as "exit music for a film" or at least a TV show.

I find both of these selections to be genius and more than a little creepy.


Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:19 pm
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I'm pleased to report that Special Agent Kheldar passed his annual fitness check with flying colours today. He's had his vaccination boosters, a worming tablet, and a full physical. The vet reports that he is in remarkably good health for a cat of his age and that there should be no concerns about his ability to continue in his role as Head of Household Security.

Kheldar claimed that his continuing good health is down to sun patches, sleeping, and gooshy food before trotting outside for his evening patrol.


Dear FemslashEx writer

Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:44 pm
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Dear [community profile] femslashex writer,

thank you so much for writing a story for me! I'll be absolutely thrilled about anything you can create about the relationships I requested, and everything important is in the requests themselves, but if you'd like some additional info/ideas/thoughts, here's some of it:

General Preferences

Fic Likes & Dislikes )

I hope this is useful for telling you about the kinds of things I like to read. :)

Now for the fandoms and ships I requested, in no particular order:


Grimm - Kelly Burkhardt/Elizabeth Lascelles )

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles - Sarah Connor/Catherine Weaver )

Once Upon a Time - Regina Mills | Evil Queen/Mary Margaret Blanchard | Snow White, Red Queen | Anastasia/Jabberwocky )

Doctor Who - Thirteenth Doctor/Missy )

Wednesday Reading!

Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:40 pm
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I'm sick this week - considering Nibling went back to school in the beginning of the month, it's no surprise - so I'm just going to do books instead of a bigger post.

Books! )

Some naked Zeke

Aug. 23rd, 2017 10:02 pm
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I was looking in a folder of my characters today. “Zeke? Who is Zeke?”

Oh, yeah, that guy. OK, maybe the idea of a character with rabbit teeth lost its appeal.
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  • Steve Munro evaluates the next plans for Metrolinx for regional transit.

  • Evan Balgord at Torontoist looks back at the anti-Nazi Christie Pits riots of 1933.

  • Cheryl Thompson at Spacing looks at the extent to which gun violence in Scarborough is a symptom of deepening poverty.

  • Nikhil Sharma at Torontoist notes that private parkettes are an imperfect substitute for public parks.

TFW illiteracy inspires hope

Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:35 am
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Trump could launch a nuclear attack in 4 minutes discusses how the launch code system works, and how few checks and balances it has - basically none.

The "nuclear football" is a briefcase carrying the codes; it goes with the president everywhere. The article mentions that, hypothetically, the aide who carries it could refuse to hand it over - but that would (1) be illegal and (2) get him fired. Full cooperation is legally required. So, ok, odds of the president saying, "That Kim guy just insulted me on Twitter; I'm gonna blast him to the stone age; hand me that briefcase" and being told, "no, Mr. President, I'm not going to do that" are thin.

However... full cooperation doesn't necessarily mean "offering the kind of help that a PA/exec assistant provides."
The Football is actually full of binders and plans for war, so that a President can flip through it and decide what kind of nuclear war he wants to launch -- then he communicates that order to the Pentagon or Raven Rock, where it's promptly executed. There's a visual guide as part of the Football that one military aide referred to as the "Denny's Menu" of nuclear war. But other aides have darkly joked there are really just three options: Rare, Medium and Well-Done.
(Emphasis added) So... it involves reading. It involves finding data in a binder, and deciding what to do with that data. And while that info is likely well-referenced and explained, maybe even with simple flowcharts... the president is borderline functionally illiterate. His ability to grab information out of text may basically not exist.

If the president wants to launch WWIII, it's possible that all his staff has to do to stop him is not agree to help.

[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:37 pm
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  • Antipope Charlie Stross takes a look at the parlous state of the world, and imagines what if the US and UK went differently.

  • Bad Astronomer Phil Plait takes a look at Sirius, including white dwarf Sirius B.

  • Centauri Dreams considers Cassini's final function, as a probe of Saturn's atmosphere.

  • D-Brief notes the discovery that diamonds rain deep in Neptune (and Uranus).

  • Bruce Dorminey reports on a NASA scientist's argument that we need new interstellar probes, not unlike Voyager 1.

  • The Everyday Sociology Blog looks at the way a course syllabus is like a Van Halen contract rider.

  • Language Hat takes a look at the palimpsests of St. Catherine's Monastery, deep in the Sinai.

  • Language Log looks at the etymology, and the history, of chow mein.

  • The LRB Blog recounts a visit to Mount Rushmore in the era of Trump.

  • Marginal Revolution takes a look at the question of why Mexico isn't enjoying higher rates of economic growth.

  • Personal Reflections' Jim Belshaw considers the extent to which politics these days is just sound and fury, meaning nothing.

  • Mark Simpson links to an essay of his explaining why we should be glad the Smiths broke up in 1987.

  • Speed River Journal's Van Waffle considers the import, to him and the environment, of a spring near his cottage.

  • Starts With A Bang's Ethan Siegel looks at the abundance of black holes in our galaxy, more than one hundred million.

  • Unicorn Booty notes that smoking marijuana might--might--have sexual benefits.

  • Window on Eurasia shares an argument that ethnic Russians in Russia share issue in common with whites in America, and reports on an argument made by one man that ethnic Russians in republics need not learn local languages.

Wednesday Reading Meme

Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:27 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Still nothing.

What I'm Reading Now

Doctor Strange #24, Generations The Unworthy Thor And The Mighty Thor #1, Iceman #4, Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #3, Secret Empire #9, X-Men Gold #10 )

What I'm Reading Next

I miss reading books. I should read a book.

Reading Wednesday

Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:06 am
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What I Just Finished Reading
Beguilement (The Sharing Knife #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Bernadette Dunne
Bit of a change of pace from say Chalion, but I enjoyed it anyway. It's a slow, sleepy romance novel, in which the odd demon is killed but the main problems are things like meeting each other's parents and realising that changing names on marriage is a problem when one of you comes from a matrilineal culture and the other from a patrilineal culture (to say nothing of who should make the first move). It's all set in summer in a secondary world version of rural New England (or something of that kind) following the downfall of civilisation. I'll read at least the next one for sure.

(Frankly, if the idea of a romance where the hero is much older and martial, and the heroine is young and domestic is not your thing, don't read this series. I'm fine with it, but I know it drives some people nuts.)

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3) by N.K. Jemisin
I think the best compliment that can go to this book is that it didn't let my expectations down. All the complications and ambiguities and history in the first two books are extended and to some extent explained, and I was left feeling content in the ending. I thought it would break my heart, but in the end it was just really, really satisfying.

I loved how the three (four by the end) character plots worked together, and how the many ends of the world tie together and we learn who everyone is. I especially liked Essun's developing relationship with her new comm, and all the characters there. Plus there are a couple set piece scenes that are flat out stunningly written. Should start over from the beginning once I have time.

(I was to some extent reminded of The Book of Phoenix, especially in the backstory segments. Hoa and Phoenix have a lot in common, it turns out.)

(I liked this review for NPR by Amal El-Mohtar.)

What I'm Reading Now
Paper: Cyberpunk: Malaysia edited by Zen Cho, which I've been meaning to get to for ages. First story is good so far.

Audio: Flying Close to the Sun: My Life and Times as a Weatherman by Cathy Wilkerson. Which I'm also just starting, but the intro was promising.

What I'm Reading Next
Probably Moonglow by Chabon. Or something from the library, depending on the mail.

Long time no see!

Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:07 am
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 I'm sorry I haven't been around much, I've been feeling so burnt out and depressed that it was hard to feel motivated to post anything. I've been feeling a bit better the past few days though.

 I was feeling especially burnt out on Star Trek fandom so I took an extended break from that, but now I'm back and rewatching TOS! Star Trek is one of the most significant fandoms in my life, so it feels great to be enthusiast about it again. I can't wait for Discovery to air! I found the news coming from Star Trek Las Vegas really interesting. It was great to hear the enthusiasm that the cast and crew has for the franchise.

 Dad is planning on moving ... somewhere, he can't seem to decide where. I haven't decided if I'm going with him or not. I mean it's hard to make the decision when he can't even pin don't what city he'll be living in.
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As I get older I’m finding that a lot of the “intellectuals” I used to admire are actually just condescending and pretentious. And also realizing how much more important it is to be present, considerate, and empathetic because nobody really knows what they’re talking about and anyone who claims to know everything about anything is feeding you bs.

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.”
- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

I am also realizing that actual intellectuals make their subjects easy to understand, and faux intelectuals will attempt to baffle.

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

- Albert Einstein

I teach younger kids. It’s amazing how much better you can think of subjects if you have to explain it in a way six to nine year olds can understand. Topics covered include:

Operation ULTRA in WW2 or, How a Computer Helped Win a War

The Refusal of the Japanese Government to Admit to War Crimes Against China (to be fair, they brought that one up)


Why the Teacher Nearly Choked on Her Tea When You Walked in Wearing a Swastika Badge (they are Chinese and it was from a Buddhist organisation).

Is Jesus Real?

Climate Change and How to Save Polar Bears
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Main room, Confederation Centre Public Library #pei #princeedwardisland #charlottetown #library #ccpl #confederationcentreofthearts #confederationcentrepubliclibrary

The Confederation Centre Public Library, centrepiece of the Prince Edward Island public library system, is housed in one of the Confederation Centre of the Arts' brutalist buildings. The library is shaped by this vast central chamber.


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