What’s welcome? Pretty much anything really! Episode discussions, icons, screencaps, gifs, thoughts on the comics, art or fics. Anything goes.
What’s welcome? Pretty much anything really! Episode discussions, icons, screencaps, gifs, thoughts on the comics, art or fics. Anything goes.
The only power adequate to stop tyranny and destruction is civil society, which is the great majority of us when we remember our power and come together. The job begins with opposition to specific instances of destruction, but it is not ended until we have made deep systemic changes and recommitted ourselves, not just as a revolution, because revolutions don't last, but as a civil society with values of equality, democracy, inclusion, full participation—a radical e pluribus unum, plus compassion. This work is always, first and last, storytelling work, or what some of my friends call "the battle of the story." Building, remembering, retelling, celebrating our own stories is part of our work.— Rebecca Solnit, "In Praise of Indirect Consequences"
This work will only matter if it's sustained. To sustain it, people have to believe that the myriad small, incremental actions matter. That they matter even when the consequences aren't immediate or obvious. They must remember that often when you fail at your immediate objective—to block a nominee or a pipeline or to pass a bill—that, even then, you may have changed the whole framework in ways that make broader change more possible. You may change the story or the rules, give tools, templates or encouragement to future activists, and make it possible for those around you to persist in their efforts.
To believe matters—well we can't see the future, but we have the past. Which gives us patterns, models, parallels, principles, and resources; stories of heroism, brilliance, and persistence, and the deep joy to be found in doing the work that matters. With those in hand, we can seize the possibilities and begin to make hopes into actualities.
Some history-making is intentional; much of it is accidental. People make history when they scale a mountain, ignite a bomb, or refuse to move to the back of the bus. But they also make history by keeping diaries, writing letters, or embroidering initials on linen sheets. History is a conversation and sometimes a shouting match between present and past, though often the voices we most want to hear are barely audible. People make history by passing on gossip, saving old records, and by naming rivers, mountains, and children. Some people leave only their bones, though bones too make a history when someone notices.— Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History
Bear in mind that I've seen Anathem and Seveneaves by Neil Stephenson, The Last Days of New Paris by China Mieville and A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers in the Fiction section. The definition of Classic Fiction appears to be 'published by Penguin Vintage,' which isn't exactly easy to guess either.
I started to say to the woman on the desk, "I'm certain this isn't the first time someone has told you that..."
She wearily and uninterestedly replied, "there are comment cards."
After the Storm, Agent Carter, Peggy/Dottie, Dottie shows up after Howard’s funeral. I love the sense of shared history in this one: Peggy and Dottie have known each other for over forty years at this point, and the fic does a great job making them still feel like themselves but older, more experienced, and slightly less stabby. I also love the way that their friendship - can you really call it a friendship when they’ve tried to kill each that many times? - their relation blurs the lines between the personal and professional: Dottie really is here to support Peggy after Howard’s death, but you also get the feeling that she knows there’s more to Howard’s “accidental” death than there appears and she’s maybe got a professional interest in that.
Trustworthy Junior Agent, The Spy Who Dumped Me, beautiful Morgan & Audrey friendship (I love how they support each other and wisecrack together) AND ALSO Morgan’s beautiful ridiculous crush on their boss Wendy, who sternly attempts to repress Morgan’s irrepressible wooing technique (cat memes! Edible Arrangements snuck past multiple layers of security in a country where they don’t even sell Edible Arrangements!) but is secretly oh-so-slightly amused. (Plus, you know Morgan would be SO disappointed if she won Wendy over too easily. Someday Wendy might stoop to kiss her forehead, probably while Morgan lies in a hospital bed after foiling a terrorist plot, and Morgan would consider this the height of all felicity.)
*This weekend is kinda hectic. R is away at a con and we have a somewhat unexpected house guest. (She was expect to come visit but earlier in the week, and it wasn't planned that that she would stay with us.) Plus I'm feel a bit under the weather.
*House guest is very excited that I know what Mob grazing is so we chatted about grassland ecology and rangeland management. Grasslands are one of my favorite types of ecosystems and we need to protect them more.
*it's been raining so much over the last week. Very heavy rain too. I've been feeling a bit cooped up.
Minecraft’s latest snapshot update, 19w07a, changed the way paintings work which has allowed some crafty players to create in-game TVs. The new update, which also added adorable foxes into the game, breaks paintings into multiple textures. Before this update, paintings in Minecraft were created using a single texture.…
Rakuten’s running another of its popular sitewide sales during Presidents’ Day weekend, with 15% off all orders, with a $60 maximum discount with the promo code SAVE15. You can check out their promo page to scan all of the deals, but the beauty of this sale is you can “force” a sale on super new or rarely discounted…
diffrentcolours invited me around to watch it, apparently because me saying I was going to get around to catching up on it wasn't happening quickly enough for him (which is fair enough: it wasn't happening at all) and he wants to tell me things about the second season stuff.
Before this, I watched an old movie called The Body Snatcher because magister wanted me to know who Val Lewton was. It was good (but cringeworthy in its disability politics because it's like seventy years old) but I am looking forward to not watching any new things for a while now (I watched some Babylon 5 with Stuart on Thursday too). It helped a lot that Disco has audio description though. I continue to be so grateful for it.
I was home for approximately zero minutes and three seconds to drop off my backpack this afternoon and Gary was so excited to see me the first time but even more excited the second time I came back, just now. This second time he was also immediately keen for me to go upstairs to bed. With him. He was welcome to sit on our bed by himself, but many nights he decides that isn't good enough: he'll run up but if I don't follow in a minute or two he comes back downstairs and continues looking at me expectantly until I get the hint. This is what's happened tonight. And who am I to argue with him. Bed sounds good.
In addition, my seat turned out to be in almost a straight line from where I parked, as opposed to last time where it was on the complete opposite side and I had to walk around the whole of the Forum to get there. It was a really good seat, too. High up, of course, because I never want to shell out for really good seats, but I was on the aisle and had a great view, so I was happy with it.
The opening acts were both nothing I'd ever heard of: Two Feet and Conan Gray. Show started at seven so I figured the absolute earliest Panic might actually go on was 8:30 and aimed to get there between eight and 8:30, which I did, and caught the last few songs of the second opening act, Two Feet. They were okay, but I don't feel like I missed out on anything. I looked up Conan Gray right now and it seems he's a youtuber who is popular with the youths. I listened to one song and it was kinda catchy but I'm not kicking myself for missing him.
Panic came on around nine and played for an hour and forty-five minutes. I was amused by the fact that when there was this countdown clock to when Panic would start and the speakers were playing music that was clearly chosen by Panic, not just random filling the time during shows kind of music, and one of the songs was Africa and all these kids in the audience were going wild for it.
Once the countdown clock reached zero, the show started off with Brendon popping up from a hatch inside the stage, which was pretty cool. There were two hatches that were used quite a lot throughout. Once it was used to take him out so he could walk through the crowd (singing Death of a Bachelor, which I believe he did when I saw them in 2017, too) and then he ended up at the opposite end of the stadium where a piano on a platform awaited.
He played I Can't Make You Love Me (Bonnie Rait cover) and Dying in LA on it as it rose up in the air about thirty feet and then floated across the entire stadium back to the stage. It was a very small platform barely bigger than the piano and had no rails around it or anything, which was giving me the creeps just watching! XD At one point he got up from the piano and was bending down to sing at the people below him and just aaaaaaah! Very cool, but not for those with a fear of heights. XD
As this was a tour for their new album, that's obviously what the focus was on, but I was surprised that Death of a Bachelor got almost as many songs (7) as Pray for the Wicked (9). I really loved Death of a Bachelor and was happy to hear those songs, but I wish they'd done a few more from Vices and Virtues. They only did two and I love that album so much! :(
( setlist )
I hadn't really listened to Pray for the Wicked that much before the concert since on first listen I was kind of disappointed with it/didn't like it as much as the last three albums, but after hearing the songs live it made me like it a little better and I think after a few more listens it will catch on more with me.
Happy Fun Ball
Kid 1…..Jan Hooks
Kid 2…..Dana Carvey
Kid 3…..Mike Myers
[ open on three kids playing with their Happy Fun Ball ]
Kid 1: It’s happy!
Kid 2: It’s fun!
All Three Kids: It’s Happy Fun Ball!
Announcer: Yes, it’s Happy Fun Ball! The toy sensation that’s sweeping the nation! Only $14.95 at participating stores! Get one today!
Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Happy Fun Ball.
Caution: Happy Fun Ball may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.
Happy Fun Ball contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.
Do not use Happy Fun Ball on concrete.
Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs:
• tingling in extremities
• loss of balance or coordination
• slurred speech
• temporary blindness
• profuse sweating
• or heart palpitations.
If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.
When not in use, Happy Fun Ball should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration. Failure to do so relieves the makers of Happy Fun Ball, Wacky Products Incorporated, and its parent company, GlobalChemical Unlimited, of any and all liability.
Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing green substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.
Happy Fun Ball has been shipped to our troops in Saudi Arabia and is being dropped by our warplanes on Iraq.
Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
Happy Fun Ball comes with a lifetime warranty.
Announcer: Happy Fun Ball! Accept no substitutes!
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The first question is a terminology question. What is the right term for "cable TV and internet"? Because I don't do cable TV, I have cable internet. Consequently, I find myself referring to the coaxial cable which delivers my bits as the "cable internet cable", or, worse, "the cable cable". Or sometimes just "the coax" which bothers me because it is describing the service by one property its medium (and I'm guessing that there are actually multiple forms of coax.) I mean, I refer to "ethernet cable" when I'm talking about what one typically uses cat5 for, because I'm pouring ethernet down the cat5.
Okay, whatever the answer to that is:
As previously mentioned, the cable cable enters the main room of my new apartment in an unfortunate corner. I would like my networking system – at least my router – to be on my desk, which will be ~ in the opposite corner of the room. Call these cable-corner and desk-corner.
My desk, which will be in desk-corner, is where my cable modem and router currentlylive. I even have made a nifty shelf on my desk for the cable modem.
As I see it, I have three options:
• Put cable modem and router in cable-corner, and just use wifi for my devices. I do not want to do this. I want to be able to plug my laptop into a wired connect when at my desk, to (as tn3270 put it) make the cat videos load faster.
• Put cable modem in cable-corner and router in desk-corner, and cross the room with cat5.
• Put cable modem and router in desk-corner, and cross the room with coax.
Just, right here, before we get to the interesting part of the problem, I'd like to know if there is some reason to prefer crossing the room with either the cat5 or the coax.
But here's what makes this interesting. I have two design constraints that make this much more challenging.
( Let's get our engineer on, shall we? [cut for length] )
Recently, rumors surfaced suggesting some shakeups for the Joker-ific side of the DC cinematic world, particularly indicating that Jared Leto would not be returning as the Joker. The report also said, according to inside sources, that Margot Robbie would not be returning for Suicide Squad 2, instead focusing on Birds…
Build a community garden. This is a time-tested way to promote community interaction in your neighborhood as well as share in a bounty of fresh veggies. Check out the American Community Gardening Association’s steps for getting started.
If you already have a community garden, then examine it to see if you could make any improvements. Is it accessible to everyone? If not, think about how you could add or change features to fix that. You don't have to make the entire space accessible as long as people can get into it easily and do all the things somewhere. Alternatively, you could create a new community garden in another space that is fully accessible, which lets you do creative things -- such as putting roll-under beds above an abandoned parking lot -- that wouldn't be compatible with extant hardscaping.
The same goes for other alternative or specialized approaches. Organic gardens, vertical gardens, perennial gardens, and permaculture gardens, are all things that people sometimes squabble over in conventional community gardens. Give them their own spot and you not only solve that problem, you also reduce crowding and create multiple locations to spread out the benefits of green space. As with accessibility, some places unsuitable for ordinary gardens are preset for alternatives -- any sturdy old building becomes a frame for vertical garden, and so on.
⌈ Secret Post #4426 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
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Secrets Left to Post: 03 pages, 61 secrets from Secret Submission Post #634.
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Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
The first secret from this batch will be posted on February 23rd.
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
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To comprehend the events that had brought Anderson and international attention to Osgoode Hall that cool December morning, we must understand slavery in America.
Book: *spends the seven paragraphs immediately following sketching out the origins and conditions of slavery in America.*
(Okay, the prose is not the best, but one idea follows another. GENIUS! Give the man a GG!)
The previous book, The Great Cowboy Strike, was a 240-page tribute to a need for stronger editorial control in small publishing houses. Non-fiction is not in fact written via a process of vomiting facts onto a page and then not organising your ideas or providing any kind of narrative at all.