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Nov. 27th, 2014 09:48 am
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I know I haven't been around much this month; I seem to only show up to do RFM and post fanfic, and sadly this post is no exception. I'm going to try to do better in December, though! This is my THANKSGIVING RESOLUTION.

Anyway in the meantime have some fic. :D

Title: Steve Rogers Vs. The All-American Feast
Rating: G
Summary: Steve can't resist a challenge, even when the challenge is a five pound pulled-pork sandwich.
Warnings: This story involves several eating competitions and contains some potentially dysfunctional attitudes towards food; people with food-related triggers or issues may wish to skip this one. There is also fairly frequent discussion of puke (no actual puking) so emetophobics should beware.

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Title: Steve Rogers Vs. The All-American Feast
Rating: G
Summary: Steve can't resist a challenge, even when the challenge is a five pound pulled-pork sandwich.
Warnings: This story involves several eating competitions and contains some potentially dysfunctional attitudes towards food; people with food-related triggers or issues may wish to skip this one. There is also fairly frequent discussion of puke (no actual puking) so emetophobics should beware.
Beta and pre-reading credit to Amekage, Arch, Series, and Skye.
Note: Credit for the "hotter than him" remark belongs to Miss-Ingno on Tumblr. I liked it so much I added it in.

Also available at AO3.

It started out as a team bonding thing, nothing more. )
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mpicpp writes with this news from the BBC: Google is under fresh pressure to expand the 'right to be forgotten' to its international .com search tool. A panel of EU data protection watchdogs said the move was necessary to prevent the law from being circumvented. Google currently de-lists results that appear in the European versions of its search engines, but not the international one. The panel said it would advise member states' data protection agencies of its view in new guidelines. However, a link is provided at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen offering an option to switch to the international .com version. This link does not appear if the users attempted to go to a regional version in the first place. Even so, it means it is possible for people in Europe to easily opt out of the censored lists.

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Photographer Ernie Button noticed that the sediment from dried up single-malt at the bottom of his glasses was extraordinarily beautiful and set about creating a set of gorgeous, interstellar-looking photos documenting the residue from different whiskies. Read the rest

Satirical travelogy

Nov. 27th, 2014 02:58 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Poe's Law says that "it is difficult or impossible to tell the difference between an expression of sincere extremism and a parody of extremism". But this difficulty extends far beyond expressions of (political or religious) extremism, and I got an email advertisement today that kept me guessing for quite a while.

The ostensible topic was the new issue of a periodical "Coldnoon: Travel Poetics", and the first paragraph of the email read:

Coldnoon seeks to objectively redefine travel and locate it as part of everyday discourses. It is therefore interested in smaller, local or ground travels which pay attention to the common, forsaken, details of everyday journeys – roads, vehicles, literature, discourses, politics, hence texts, that are otherwise thought to belong in another realm, but are constantly defined and described from within the vocabulary of travel. We are interested in works that grapple with texts and situations commonly associated with methods of study and practice – such as Marxism, Postcolonialism, Cybernetics, Education, Health, Identity, Politics, Romance, Religion or Revolution – other than travel, with a language and methodology of travel, and travelogy.

OK, I thought, "roads, vehicles, literature, discourses, politics, hence texts" — plausible, since il n'y a pas de hors-texte, but probably a parody, since the whole hors-texte thing is so 1980s. And then "Marxism, Postcolonialism, Cybernetics, Education, Health, Identity, Politics, Romance, Religion or Revolution" — got to be a parody, no one could compile that list of "methods of study and practice" sincerely with a straight face.

So maybe this was a teaser for McSweeney's Internet Tendency? Or the Speculative Grammarian? No, neither of those is quite right, so maybe it's a new satirical website, or at least one not previously known to me? So I went on to the next paragraph in eager anticipation:

The object of Coldnoon is to study the forms and formations of literary texts, through travelogy. The travelogy of a travel act, or literature depicting a travel act, is its political difference from, inertness to, or defiance of, a tradition of travel that has preceded it. Like capital, travel also accumulates and creates a tradition, and a system of its own. Every traveller is in de facto opposition to the accumulation of travel, like any labour force is in de facto opposition to accumulation of capital. The market and the globe are self-regulators of utility and travelogy, respectively. In present times of globalisation the role of the state in determining travel accumulation keeps diminishing. Any book that travels across national borders, via online book stores – any letter, an email itself – carries potential threat to a previously established and hegemonic travelogy. In this sense any written word that talks of motion or itself moves via means of transport is travelogical and political.

Now doubt is starting to creep in. The words and phrases remain clearly parodic — "travelogy"; "a political difference from, inertness to, or defiance of"; "Like capital, travel also accumulates"; "an email itself — carries potential threat to a previously established and hegemonic travelogy"; …

But somehow it's too much, like chocolate syrup and chocolate chips on chocolate ice cream. Surely if this were really a parody, the author would by now have introduced some concrete point of reference to highlight the empty brandishing of literary-theory buzzwords, like maybe a journey to the kitchen to get another cup of coffee (an anti-hegemonic or at least non-sedentary journey which I then undertook).

Re-caffeinated, I found that the next paragraph was, alas, more of the same:

Coldnoon aims to construct a theoretical paradigm, and an archive, to study travel literature and literature itself. So far travel has been studied with the concepts of “aggression”, “usurpation”, “desire”, “reconnaissance” and from within the confines of postcolonial theory. In short, travel has been looked upon as something that is colonial from its inception. However, travel is only as outwardly a colonizing force as it can be inwardly, or spiritually decolonizing. It begins with a loss of personal identity in the other’s culture, instead of the latter being usurped. The possibility of usurpation comes only in situ, when the traveller has been able to trace back its parochial network and seek agency from its land of nativity or commission. This is a corruption of – or modification of the erstwhile – subjective travelogy which now begins to approximate colonial ideology. But, without the stoppage of travel, that is, within the paradigm of travel itself, the subjectivity of the traveller is self-effacing. It is, as Deleuze and Guattari have called, a “becoming-animal” or an ideal deterritorialisation from the shackles of time, space, identity, et cetera. In this regard, travel may be of two categories: extensive (global/grand) or intensive (local/small). We (fore)see travel as the latter, that is, a state of ‘voyage immobile’ or local, proximate journeys that are far more frequently part of our everyday.

So. Not a new satirical website. Bummer. Only real commitment to the cult of "theory" could maintain such a rigorous separation from reality.




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jones_supa writes Windows Media Player is going to become a more useful media player for those who want to play geeky file formats. Microsoft has earlier confirmed that Windows 10 will come with native support for Matroska Video, but the company now talks about also adding FLAC support. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul posted a teaser screenshot in Twitter showing support for this particular format. It can be expected to arrive in a future update for people running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Not many GUI changes seem to be happening around Media Player, but work is done under the hood.

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An anonymous reader writes The UK's Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey today revealed a new scheme where undergraduates will be able to avoid student fees and student loans by working for companies for three years whilst simultaneously undertaking academic studies with participating universities, resulting in a degree at the end of their successful involvement in the scheme. The British government will fund two-thirds of the cost of tuition and the host employer the remainder. The "Digital Apprenticeship" scheme will remunerate students at an unspecified level of pay, and though details are currently sketchy, is reported to obviate the need for student loans. The initiative is targeting the skills gap in the digital sector, particularly in the field of web-development and technical analysis.

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Lucas123 writes An industry consortium made up by leading hard disk drive manufacturers shows they expect the areal density of platters to reach 10 terabits per square inch by 2025, which is more than 10 times what it is today. At that density, hard disk drives could conceivably hold up to 100TB of data. Key to achieving greater bit density is Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) and Bit Patterned Media Recording (BPMR). While both HAMR and BPMR will increase density, the combination of both technologies in 2021 will drive it to the 10Tbpsi level, according to the Advanced Storage Technology Consortium (ASTC).

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Lasrick writes After four decades of confining Ebola outbreaks to small areas, experts acknowledged in an October 9 New England Journal of Medicine article that "we were wrong" about the scope of the current situation. At the present transmission rate, the number of Ebola cases in West Africa doubles every two to three weeks. Early diagnosis is the key to controlling the epidemic, but that's far easier said than done: "And there are several complicating factors. For one thing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 60 percent of all Ebola patients remain undiagnosed in their communities." A transmission rate below 1 is necessary to keep the outbreak under control (instead of the current rate of 1.5 to 2), and the authors detail what's in the works to help achieve early detection, which is crucial to reducing the current transmission rate.

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An anonymous reader writes: It's no secret that prosecutors usually throw every charge they can at an alleged criminal, but the case of Aaron Swartz brought to light how poorly-written computer abuse laws lend themselves to this practice. Now, another perfect example has resolved itself: a hacker with ties to Anonymous was recently threatened with 44 felony counts of computer fraud and cyberstalking, each with its own 10-year maximum sentence. If the charges stuck, the man was facing multiple lifetimes worth of imprisonment. But, of course, they didn't. Prosecutors struck a deal to get him to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge, which carried only a $10,000 fine. The man's attorney, Tor Eklund, said, "The more I looked at this, the more it seemed like an archetypal example of the Department of Justice's prosecutorial abuse when it comes to computer crime. It shows how aggressive they are, and how they seek to destroy your reputation in the press even when the charges are complete, fricking garbage."

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John Hornor Jacobs's 2013 debut YA/horror novel The Twelve Fingered Boy established him as one of the scariest, most lyrical new writers for young people; with the 2014 sequel, The Shibboleth, Jacobs shows that he's got lots more tricks up his sleeve, and each one is scarier and more thrilling than the last. Cory Doctorow just read it and now he's sleeping with the lights on. Read the rest
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Posted by Cory Doctorow

SS Taylor and Katherine Roy's adventurous YA series continues in a second volume that gets everything right: it's a steampunked alternate history story that's full of intrigue and light-touch, thoughtful critique of imperialism and colonialism, a story that lets you love your pith helmet while still questioning all that it stands for. Cory Doctorow (who loved book one) reviews the second Expeditioners book.
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Writer Spider Robinson writes, "My daughter Terri Luanna da Silva, a Stage IV breast cancer patient since 2011, is now in hospice in the Palliative Care wing of Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St, Middletown CT 06457-36454. She is not expected to recover. (No visitors, please. But cards and flowers are welcome.)" Read the rest

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HughPickens.com writes Brian Fung writes in the Washington Post that Wikipedia has been a little hesitant to weigh in on net neutrality, the idea that all Web traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable. That's because the folks behind Wikipedia actually see a non-neutral Internet as one way to spread information cheaply to users in developing countries. With Wikipedia Zero, users in places like Pakistan and Malaysia can browse the site without it counting it counting against the data caps on their cellphones or tablets. This preferential treatment for Wikipedia's site helps those who can't afford to pay for pricey data — but it sets the precedent for deals that cut against the net neutrality principle. "We believe in net neutrality in America," says Gayle Karen Young adding that Wikipedia Zero requires a different perspective elsewhere. "Partnering with telecom companies in the near term, it blurs the net neutrality line in those areas. It fulfills our overall mission, though, which is providing free knowledge." Facebook and Google also operate programs internationally that are exempted from users' data caps — a tactic known somewhat cryptically as "zero rating". Facebook in particular has made "Facebook Zero" not just a sales pitch in developing markets but also part of an Internet.org initiative to expand access "to the two thirds of the world's population that doesn't have it." But a surprising decision in Chile shows what happens when policies of neutrality are applied without nuance. Chile recently put an end to the practice, widespread in developing countries, of big companies "zero-rating" access to their services. "That might seem perverse," says Glyn Moody, "since it means that Chilean mobile users must now pay to access those services, but it is nonetheless exactly what governments that have mandated net neutrality need to do."

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mmm.... food

Nov. 27th, 2014 09:06 am
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Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating! I like Thanksgiving because I love cooking, so this is my kind of holiday. (It also helps that I don't work in retail anymore, so there's no reason to dread tomorrow.) This year most of the family was out of town (including my kid visiting his grandparents), so it's just me and [personal profile] hannelore, which is not stopping me from cooking all the holiday things. Well, all the vegetarian holiday things, which turns out to be most of them anyway.

Also, a foot of snow fell overnight, so it's quite the winter wonderland outside. There's no wind, so we've got snow piled up along each individual twig of each tree, as well as along each wire of each power line. Kind of hilarious. Fortunately we're not going anywhere, so I don't have to think about digging out the car.

For any mods who may be looking suspiciously in my direction... my Kinky Kristmas fic is basically done. It needs to be gone over one more time, but I figure it doesn't matter much if it's turned in the day of the deadline of the day before, so I'm letting it be the day of. Boy did I have a hard time with it. It's not often that I have to completely scrap what I have for a fest fic and start over, but that happened, and it made it take a dismayingly large number of man-hours to produce what turned out to be a shortish fic. Oh well.

Hugs to those going through a rough time this holiday. Thinking of you all. ♥
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(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are the editors and writers from Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog.) 

Sean Leahy, Editor, Puck Daddy

Jaromir Jagr. He's ageless. He's going to play until he's 50. He's amazing. The fact that he started in the NHL in 1990 an is still scoring 20 goals a season 24 years later is a testament to his skill and dedication to the game of hockey. I hope he never retires.

Advanced stats. While I'm still educating myself in that world, to have statistics available (and still developing) that better analyze teams and players is a gift for hockey media and fans.

Hall of Famer Pat Burns. Finally.

Darryl Sutter. He once responded to a question of mine back in 2012 about if the Kings' scoring woes concerned him after a low-scoring, shootout loss. “Nobody died, and it's a hard-working point for our team." Just the best.

Andrei Nazarov. The KHL's craziest coach never ceases to amaze me. If I ever meet him I'll be sure to thank him for the hours of entertainment he's provided me.

Josh Cooper, Editor, Puck Daddy

Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi: For continuing hockey's oddest relationship, and succeeding in the process.

Ryan Suter's ability to play forever: Few blueliners have the slick all-around game like Suter. Even at the end of a long shift, it looks like he could go on for another minute. 

Pekka Rinne's glove: The dude is essentially Ozzie Smith in goal. I've never seen a goaltender control the pace of the game like Rinne. When his team needs a rest, he can snuff out a play. It's good to see him healthy again. 

Alexander Ovechkin: Love him, hate him ... when he's on, watching him is pure joy. 

Nov 15, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) reacts after scoring a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period at the Bell Centre. (Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Lambert, Columnist, Puck Daddy

PK Subban: Now that Teemu Selanne is retired I don't know that there's anyone I will take more pleasure in watching just-play-hockey than Pernell Karl Subban. He is exciting on the ice, and seems to genuinely love the fact that he gets paid to play hockey. I really doubt he'll ever be as appreciated as he should be, but I love that you can watch him try to go through a whole team at least once a game, and succeed more often than not.

College hockey: I think I say this one every year, but I really do feel blessed to live in a place where I could drive to about 14 college hockey rinks in two hours or so, meaning that if I want to see any given team in the country, there's very little stopping me from doing so in any given year if the schedule lines up. I usually see about 60 or 70 games live per year, and that's something everyone should be able to experience.

The Maple Leafs and Oilers: You really couldn't find two more entertaining tire fires to write about at least once a month than the two currently raging in Toronto and Edmonton right now. Everything's wrong with them, no one acknowledges them, and everyone thinks it relates back to effort or something? I don't know but it sure is great to watch (unless you're a Leafs or Oilers fan in which case I'm very sorry).

Dmitry Chesnokov, Writer, Puck Daddy

Sochi: What I am thankful for the most this year is the opportunity of a lifetime the Yahoo family gave me this year - to cover my first Olympics that was held for the first time ever in my home country. Sochi2014 was an unforgettable experience, and I am thankful to Greg, Bob, Steve, Sam and everyone else who made it happen.

The Classic: I am thankful to the NHL for awarding the Winter Classic to DC, meaning I don't have to travel far for that. Although the way Russians celebrate every New Year means I may not even make it this year either.

Fancy Stats: I am thankful for hockey analytics for making me as confused as ever.

Jen Neale, Writer, Puck Daddy

Mumps: The only reason the Ducks really crappy play in November isn't being overly analyzed is because of the mumps outbreak.

Southern California: I can wake up in late November to sunshine, low 70's weather, and watch two of the better teams in the NHL compete on any given night. (My apologies to all those on the East Coast who hate me now.)

The sisterhood of traveling, pants-wearing, sports writers: We may not all agree with each other all the time, but we're out there making our voices heard. This is a huge step forward from even as recently as five years ago.

Jen Lute Costella, Analytics Columnist, Puck Daddy

Marian Hossa: The consummate hockey player. So many things about his game go largely unnoticed. He's a master and deserves far more praise and recognition than he gets. 

Patrick Kane and Pavel Datsyuk skating through the neutral zone: They are so dynamic and make watching hockey even more fun. 

P.K. Subban: Not only is Subban fun to watch on the ice, but his off-ice personality is delightful. He's a terrific ambassador for the sport. 

Mike Babcock: Not only could Babcock coach a team of 12 year olds into a playoff berth, but he's pretty entertaining to watch behind the bench and in interviews. 

Hockey fans in non-traditional markets: Hockey fans in places where the climate seems non-conducive to the sport being played have to deal with mountains of ridicule. Every time they get on social media someone is taking a shot at their team's attendance or saying it should be moved. They continue to love the sport regardless of the garbage they have to put up with and I think that's pretty great.

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs, Fantasy Columnist, Puck Daddy

Johnny Gaudreau and Johnny Klingberg: Two exciting, dazzling rookies who not only have the fantasy hockey world in a kerfuffle - but the real hockey world as well. They weren't the "expected" rookie studs, and it reiterates how difficult it is to project success in this sport. 

Tampa Bay's run-and-gun: Steven Stamkos has almost been secondary, thanks to the emergence of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. With those guys forming the best second line in hockey right now, TB is on pace for 287 goals. Last year's top team had 267. This being a copycat league, the fantasy owner in me wishes nothing but success for this high-flying, high-scoring squad.

The New York Islanders: For reminding us that long, patient rebuilding really can (eventually?) work. Just take the expected rebuild time, add five years, multiply that subtotal by two and 'voila', you have the formula for how many years you need to wait for a rebuild to bear fruit. Okay Edmonton?

Nick Cotsonika, Columnist, Yahoo Sports

Freedom: A generation of hockey fans has grown up taking for granted that the NHL has the world's best players. But Viktor Tikhonov's death this week reminded us that the NHL did not have some of the world's best players for a long time. Some fought to leave the Soviet Union, like Slava Fetisov and Igor Larionov. Some defected, like Sergei Fedorov and Alexander Mogilny. Others never had the chance. Today, a few are overseas, like Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov, but most are in North America. And wherever they are, they are by choice.

Gordie Howe: Mr. Hockey had a serious stroke, and his condition has been up and down since. He is recuperating at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. We can appreciate him while he's still here, and he can feel some of the love. When the Detroit Red Wings saluted him and fans stood holding signs -- "Get well, Gordie" -- the family recorded it and played it over and over again for him to raise his spirits.

Youth hockey: I have two young sons, one of whom plays mini-mites. I asked them to help me with this. These were their rapid-fire responses: "Shooting." "Passing." "Playing goalie." "The love of the game." Never forget why you love hockey in the first place.

Greg Wyshynski, Editor, Puck Daddy

This week’s Wysh List was dedicated to what I’m thankful for in hockey, so just push play to hear mine.

But I’ll add one more to the pot: I’m thankful for every hockey fan that hits us up on Twitter or email or through the podcast or on Reddit or, yes, even in the Puck Daddy comments for adding to the conversation. Agree, disagree, love, hate, what have you, that you actually take the time to communicate some thought about our work makes all of this worth our efforts. It’s an honor to do this job on a daily basis, and it’s an honor to provide you with whatever you take from it. Truly, thanks for reading.


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