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Bad Indians opens with a line so good I'm angry I didn't write it myself: "CALIFORNIA IS A STORY. California is many stories." Deborah Miranda is a member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation, and this angry, loving book takes a knife to all the lazy and superficial versions of the California story. Of the history unit all Californian fourth graders (including my own two daughters) are required to take, Miranda writes: "[T]he Mission Unit is all too often a lesson in imperialism, racism, and Manifest Destiny."

A nonlinear collage of prose, poetry, pictures, transcriptions of interviews and more, Bad Indians can be hard to follow, but the effort pays off when the events of Miranda's life take their place in a precisely drawn and nuanced historical context. "The original acts of colonization and violence broke the world, broke our hearts, broke the connection between soul and flesh. For many of us, this trauma happens again in each generation," she writes. And: "I love my father. I hate my father. He died alone, in a hospice facility."

This book is essential reading for anyone who cares about the indigenous peoples of California, their present and their possible futures. Strong content warning for descriptions physical and sexual abuse of children, among many other horrors.

23 Jul 2017 11:26 pm
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A fly buzzing somewhere nearby but not somewhere findable is An Abomination Unto Nuggan.

[ SECRET POST #3854 ]

23 Jul 2017 04:19 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3854 ⌋

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

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Notes:

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Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

4 days left!

23 Jul 2017 03:06 pm
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Hey, guys! Signups close in a little under 4 days @ 11:55 PM PDT on Thursday, July 27. Here's a countdown.

As a reminder, if you choose more than 2 fandoms for a single request/offer, you can match on any combination of those fandoms. We strongly encourage you to spread out your prompts and other optional details across all those possible combinations. We've seen a few signups with holes in those areas.

We also wanted to remind everyone that you can choose only 2 fandoms per request/offer. So if you'd like to see Pacific Rim crossed with Alias OR Stranger Things, but you aren't interested in a crossover between Alias and Stranger Things, you should put Pacific Rim/Alias in one request and Pacific Rim/Stranger Things in another request.

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  • Prompt for 2017-07-23

    23 Jul 2017 01:24 pm
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    [personal profile] brewsternorth posting in [community profile] dailyprompt
    Today's prompt is "bearing witness".
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    Zombie cheerleader says: "Rah rah rust!"

    Zombie High motto is: "If we can't win using our brains then we'll use your brains!" ;-)


    Context is a Lego cheerleader in a graveyard, among other topics
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    Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is one of the best things I have ever read. His latest book, The Gene, shares the former's wealth of capsule life histories that draw out the deep humanity of his subject. Ironically, though, given its subtitle, The Gene feels less personal and immediate than its predecessor.

    Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher, and where his description of cancer is a front line soldier's portrait of a respected nemesis, The Gene is more of a flyover survey of an emerging science. I learned a great deal about the origins of Genentech and Celera and the genetic underpinnings of sex and orientation. That said, the passages about his family - his paternal uncles and their mental illnesses, played out against the backdrop of Partition; the relationship between his mother and her identical twin - are as wise and lyrical as anything Mukherjee has written.

    It's a long book. As is my habit with formidable non-fiction, I listened to it on Audible. Shoutout to narrator Dennis Boutsikaris for bringing this complex material to life.

    [ SECRET POST #3853 ]

    22 Jul 2017 04:04 pm
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    ⌈ Secret Post #3853 ⌋

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

    01.


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    Notes:

    Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 43 secrets from Secret Submission Post #551.
    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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    [ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #553 ]




    The first secret from this batch will be posted on July 29th.



    RULES:
    1. One secret link per comment.
    2. 750x750 px or smaller.
    3. Link directly to the image.
    - Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
    - Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug

    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!

    Prompt for 2017-07-22

    22 Jul 2017 09:58 pm
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    Today's prompt is "shelter".

    SHREW

    22 Jul 2017 12:36 pm
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    [personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] common_nature
    Yesterday I got to see a tiny shrew very close-up and it was very exciting.

    So I was sitting on a muddy path in a wooded area because of reasons (ok, exhausted after climbing) when I saw movement and a tiny thing scurrying past me. I figured that glimpse was all I'd see, but I turned round to see where it'd gone and it was on the path on the other side of me, and with great caution so as not to startle it I managed to dig my phone out of my coat pocket:

    longshot in which a tiny shrew may be visible among rocks and moss

    (There's nothing to give a sense of scale, but the shrew is a few centimetres long. It makes mice look big.)

    THEN --

    Cut for blurry close-ups and blurry worm death )
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    (Hi! I'm new here. Let's jump in.)

    Kel Cheris is a gifted mathematician underemployed as an infantry officer. Shuos Jedao is the technological ghost of a genocidal general. Together, they fight crime, where "crime" is defined as heresy against the calendar. In Yoon Ha Lee's brilliant device, a calendar is a social contract from which physics - and hence, weaponry - flow. Calendrical heresy disables these weapons and thus undermines the power of the state.

    If you love bold, original world-building, reflections on colonialism, and complicated relationships between clever protagonists who have every reason to distrust one another, you'll eat up the Machineries of Empire series as avidly as I did. If military SF and n-dimensional chess sound like a bit of a slog, see if you can stick with it anyway. The language and imagery are utterly gorgeous, and these very timely stories have a great deal to say about complicity, responsibility, and the mechanisms of societal control.

    [ SECRET POST #3852 ]

    21 Jul 2017 06:25 pm
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    ⌈ Secret Post #3852 ⌋

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

    01.


    More! )


    Notes:

    Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 00 secrets from Secret Submission Post #551.
    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.

    Prompt for 2017-07-21

    21 Jul 2017 11:15 pm
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    Today's prompt is "nothing lasts forever".

    [ SECRET POST #3851 ]

    20 Jul 2017 07:01 pm
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    ⌈ Secret Post #3851 ⌋

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

    01.


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    Notes:

    Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 08 secrets from Secret Submission Post #551.
    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.

    Prompt for 2017-07-20

    20 Jul 2017 08:12 pm
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    Today's prompt is "leaving this place behind".

    Wood Pidgeon, York

    20 Jul 2017 11:43 am
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    [personal profile] highlyeccentric posting in [community profile] common_nature
    I get the impression these are perfectly normal birds in the UK, but they're quite a novelty to me. Those fancy collars! There were three in the yard of the pub we stayed in, but they wouldn't sit still to be photographed. Here's one from the walk into town:

    Tawny owl

    20 Jul 2017 08:50 am
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    [personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] common_nature
    Short-eared owl
    [Grainy photo of a short-eared tawny owl sitting on a lawn]

    I know this isn't the greatest photo of all time. In my defense, I did take it from behind a dusty windowpane in an upstairs bedroom where I was crouched breathlessly lest I frighten it off.

    There've long been barn owls living at my partner's parents' home in rural Norfolk, but I'd never seen any other type of owl there. I was surprised, therefore, to see this tawny owl (h/t to [personal profile] shapinglight for corrected identification) sitting on their lawn at dusk a couple of weeks ago. I worked out that it was watching a group of four partridges who were pecking through the pebbles in the drive, closer to the house. They seemed a rather optimistic target, given that the owl wasn't much bigger than they were.

    The owl flew off and returned to the lawn several times whilst I watched, but never made a move on the partridges, who eventually moved onto the roof of the house and over to the other side.
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    I think my bookshelves mostly convey the message "you need more shelves" and "apparently will read anything that stays still long enough."

    Context
    is "is this a case for - the ponceyness police?"




    two vids

    19 Jul 2017 07:52 pm
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    [personal profile] kuwdora posting in [community profile] vidding
    Go
    song/artist: "Go" by Indigo Girls
    source: Stargate SG-1

    can find streaming here

    ---

    The Power
    song/artist: “The Power” by Snap! remix I don't actually know.
    source: Sense8


    can find streaming here

    [ SECRET POST #3850 ]

    19 Jul 2017 07:09 pm
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    ⌈ Secret Post #3850 ⌋

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

    01.


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    Notes:

    Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 16 secrets from Secret Submission Post #551.
    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] owlbrigade1 cites this case in point:

    Gotham police are at a loss to explain a sudden rise in animal themed costumed weirdos? Surely the explanation is the same as it is for the long standing animal themed weirdos? It is Gotham, it is what they do. People in animal costumes wreaking havoc is practically a city tradition.

    Context, to no one's surprise, involves Harley Quinn.

    Prompt for 2017-07-19

    19 Jul 2017 12:30 pm
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    Today's prompt is "that's not what you said".

    [ SECRET POST #3849 ]

    18 Jul 2017 06:58 pm
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    ⌈ Secret Post #3849 ⌋

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

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    Notes:

    Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 24 secrets from Secret Submission Post #551.
    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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    DEAR HARRIETTE: I work in a typical “millennial office.” We have beer in the fridge, a frequently used table tennis table and no dress code. Most of the employees are men in their mid-20s, so shorts and a T-shirt is the go-to work look for them. As a woman, I feel like I would look silly if I started wearing dresses and more formal wear to the office even though I want to, since I usually have plans after work. I don't want to look stuffy at work, but I don't want to look like a slob when I'm out with my friends. Is there any in-between? -- No Tees in the Bar, New York City

    DEAR NO TEES IN THE BAR: Get creative. You can develop a personal style that stays casual but is more dressed up than the average guy at your office. Look around. There’s bound to be someone who dresses a notch above the norm. You can also choose to dress up on occasion when you have after-work events. If somebody ribs you, tell them you have an event to attend and leave it at that. You can also bring a change of clothes to work and slip into your dress just before you head out. Most important is for you to feel confident in your appearance and clear that you can make personal choices that extend beyond the casual norm.

    Pigeon!

    18 Jul 2017 08:16 pm
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    I had to check the comm profile to try to decide if this was legit, as this was clearly not a wild pigeon; it was obviously someone's sleek, well-fed and well-cared-for homing/racing pigeon.

    However, it was definitely "unsupervised", as it was hanging out at a gritstone crag eating bilberries and watching the climbers.

    It wouldn't quite let people touch it, but was otherwise very comfortable with humans and happy to let you get very close.

    I took a lot of photos of it trying to get a shot of the tags on its legs, as I was worried it was someone's beloved pet and lost. But when I got home, I found out that the "report a found pigeon" websites (they exist, naturally) say in rather weary tones not to even bother unless the pigeon's been around for at least 48 hours; apparently they like to take pit stops.

    Pigeon with beautiful iridescent neck

    Cut for more pigeon )

    Signups open!

    18 Jul 2017 10:00 am
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    Signups close on Thursday, July 27th @ 11:55 PM PDT.

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    If you're new to exchanges at AO3 and confused about how sign-ups work, read this tutorial about signing up for gift exchanges.

    As a reminder: You're allowed to choose multiple fandoms from within a greater franchise in a single request/offer, but we cannot prevent AO3 from matching on those 2 fandoms. For example, you might offer Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but if someone else requests Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1, AO3 might pair you.

    Put short, if you prefer to receive or create a crossover/fusion between 2 distinctly separate franchises, we encourage you to refrain from putting 2+ sub-franchise fandoms in a single request/offer.

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    Dear Crossovering Creator

    18 Jul 2017 09:50 am
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    Signups open in 10 minutes! (Finally, right?) That means it's also time to start sharing your Dear Crossovering Creator Letters!

    These letters are 100% optional but highly encouraged (particularly due to the nature of this exchange). If you've never participated in an exchange like this before, a Dear Creator Letter is a post at your DW/LJ/Tumblr/Blog, etc. detailing your requests and giving your assigned creator ideas for possible art or fic. These letters also include your likes, dislikes, and any triggers you migh thave. You can link them here, as well as in your sign-up form. How you format or write them is entirely up to you.

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    17 Jul 2017 06:38 pm
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    ⌈ Secret Post #3848 ⌋

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

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    Just a small signal-boost for those who might be interested:

    One of my longtime frustrations with the social-networking ecosystem has been the cross-posting situation. Yes, it's fairly easy to set things up so that, when you post here, a link gets posted to Facebook. But the fact is, not too many people follow those links. What I really want is to be able to post here, and automatically copy the post over to there, so folks can read it directly. (I can wish that all my friends were here, but the fact is, Facebook is still the 800-pound gorilla; if it doesn't show up there, most of my friends won't see it.)

    So a little while ago, I sat down with IFTTT (which has finally gotten powerful enough), and puzzled out how to do this right. This IFTTT Applet takes your Dreamwidth RSS feed as its input, and requires that you hook IFTTT up to your Facebook account. Given that, whenever you post something to Dreamwidth, it (eventually -- it takes a while) reads that post off your RSS feed, rebuilds the HTML into something that looks acceptable on Facebook (basically, it turns your post into Markdown), and posts it as a status update on Facebook, with a link back to the original DW article.

    I can't promise that it's perfect -- it handles the most common HTML, but almost certainly will choke on complicated stuff. But it seems to be a pretty good compromise, and I've been using it successfully for a month or two now.

    Here is the source code for the Filter at the heart of that, if anybody wants to take it in hand and enhance it for their own use. For an example of how things get translated, see this DW post and how it looks on Facebook.

    Use it as appropriate, and please pass this along to anybody who might care...

    Insect Season

    17 Jul 2017 10:43 am
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    [personal profile] redsixwing posting in [community profile] common_nature
    Cattails and water skippers in a local ditch.

    skippers and cattails

    A very vivid ladybug on a maple tree.

    ladybug on maple

    Programming ideas for "17776"

    17 Jul 2017 12:09 pm
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    [personal profile] brainwane posting in [community profile] wiscon
    If you loved 17776 (MetaFilter discussion in case you want to know what the deal is), I'd love to talk about it with you at WisCon next year. I'd appreciate help coming up with programming ideas and am casting about without much success. Some stuff I've thought of:

    * Anyone know enough about Google Earth to demo how you can make videos that look like that?
    * Feminism in scifi about sports
    * The psychology of immortality

    Comments? Thoughts?

    Great crested grebe

    17 Jul 2017 04:18 pm
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    [personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] common_nature
    Urban great crested grebe nest
    [Macro image of a great crested grebe sitting on its nest.]

    I spotted this great crested grebe brooding on its nest in the canal at Westerdok in Amsterdam. I thought its nest was a remarkable construction: the usual twigs, but also bits of plastic rubbish, and finishing touches of hollyhock. I was also impressed by the two female mallard duck bodyguards who immediately rushed over when I started taking photos. They didn't quack, but eyed me up silently as they circled the nest at a careful distance.

    We were staying on a barge nearby for three nights and I checked on the grebe morning and evening. I don't believe it stirred from the nest in that time, so hopefully soon there will be some freshly hatched urban grebes learning to navigate the Dutch canal system!
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    Title: S.O.B.
    Fandom: Supernatural
    Music: S.O.B by Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats
    Summary: A celebration of Dean's four favorite words. And one of his favorite leisure activities...
    Warnings: None
    Notes: This has been a long time coming. Like, two years. And I finally decided to buckle down a couple months ago and do it! So, I did! And now it's here! This premiered this past weekend at the Supernatural Chicago Con and now it has been released into the world! Enjoy!!

    Watch it here!

    Equinox Vids | 2017

    16 Jul 2017 09:43 pm
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    Firework (Star Trek: Voyager, The Doctor)
    for [profile] littleheaven70

    Northern Cross (Stargate SG-1, Jack/Daniel)
    for [personal profile] trelkez

    Me, Me, Me (Star Wars Rebels, Chopper)
    for [personal profile] colls

    Pundits & Poets (Star Trek: Deep Space 9, ensemble)
    for [personal profile] starlady

    Tagset is open!

    16 Jul 2017 09:10 pm
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    This year's tagset is now visible. (Alphabetical view.)

    We approved 534 nominations this year. That's 329 more than last year! Please check the list even if your fandom was rejected, as it may have been approved under a related tag.

    For those who like to keep track year-to-year, this year's most nominated exchange was Leverage with 9 nominations.

    We rejected only 3 fandoms:
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Star Trek Beyond — As they're installments in a series. We view these like nominating one book in the Harry Potter series. However, we're open to accepting installments next year.

  • The Hunger Games - All Media Types — As we've approved The Hunger Games films and novels separately. Because participants can choose both in a request or offer, we felt All Media Types was superfluous. Again, we're absolutely open to discussion on this next year.

  • Signups open Tuesday, July 18th @ 8:00 AM PDT. (Compare to your time. See the current time in Los Angeles.)

    If you have any questions or concerns about the tagset, please comment here or email crossoveringmods@gmail.com.

    Otherwise, we'll see you at signups! We look forward to taking advantage of all the changes to this year's exchange—and we hope you are, too!
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    According to Katharine Trendacosta on io9, Fan Fiction Is a Bad Television Show's Best Friend (thanks, [personal profile] msilverstar!).

    Caroline Knorr took a look Inside the racy, nerdy world of fanfiction (CNN).

    A recent episode of NPR’s Ask Me Another featured Fans, Fiction, And Fan Fiction (guest: Chris Colfer).

    Breitbart’s Adam Shaw wrote that Newsweek Dabbles in ‘President Hillary’ Fan Fiction.

    This story was amusing; as summarized by Clarisse Loughrey in The Independent, Man reading 'Harry Potter' realises he's actually bought adult fan fiction - except I’m pretty sure he just found it online. For New York Post, Hannah-Rose Yee wrote This guy mistook X-rated ‘Harry Potter’ fan fiction for the real deal. And, from Katie O’Malley on ELLE: Man Hilariously Mistakes Adult Fan Fiction For Harry Potter And It's Heartbreaking.

    Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, Wattpad, John Green, Jane Austen, The Rock )

    Times-Dispatch’s Rachel Marsden wrote After months of gossip, speculation and fan fiction, U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin finally met in person for the first time at last week’s G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

    For The Brag, Nathan Jolly wrote that Joel McHale from Community, The Soup (and your fan fiction) is coming to Sydney

    In ‘Much loved misfits’ in The Hans India: It is an easy task for writers to be fan fiction writers as there is no need to start from the ground up, people just borrow established characters and stories and add their own take and thoughts to it.

    From Star Weekly: Julie Dollery used to juggle a job at IBM while writing fan fiction online. When she was made redundant, the 50-year-old Sanctuary Lakes resident used it as an opportunity to focus on her writing. She tells Charlene Macaulay about completing her first book, and her love of Wyndham.

    CBS Miami reported that Fan Fiction App Has Users ‘Hooked’ Through Text-Style Stories.

    Finally, from a Wicked Local Malden piece about a visit from author Cammie McGovern: Malden Reads will collaborate with the literacy coaches and educators in the Malden Public Schools to share the students’ fan fiction with McGovern.

    [ SECRET POST #3847 ]

    16 Jul 2017 04:09 pm
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    ⌈ Secret Post #3847 ⌋

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

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    Prompt for 2017-07-16

    16 Jul 2017 01:21 pm
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    [personal profile] brewsternorth posting in [community profile] dailyprompt
    Today's prompt is "the key to the woods".

    Help using FFmpeg: ffmprovisr

    16 Jul 2017 12:09 pm
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    [personal profile] brainwane posting in [community profile] vidding
    Ashley Blewer, an archivist specializing in moving images and a software developer, created a website, "ffmprovisr", to make it easier for you to use the program ffmpeg.
    FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.

    Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.

    FFmpeg is a free, open source tool that works on the command line and lets you do stuff like:
    • Change codecs (transcode)
    • Change formats
    • Filter stuff
    • Create GIFs and thumbnails
    • Normalize/equalize audio
    • Read/extract captions
    • Make test patterns
    • Fix audio that's fallen out of sync
    • Join or split files
    • Play an image sequence


    I have used FFmpeg recipes in the past and it's great how much it can do, especially in combination with youtube-dl which makes it easy to download video from a ton of sites -- YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and many others. I hope other vidders find ffmprovisr helpful in their work!

    16 Jul 2017 02:20 pm
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    [personal profile] norfolkian posting in [community profile] gardening
    Following on from my last garden update, here's a picture of my small front garden with more flowers:



    I also have a small back garden with two raised beds which I use to grow vegetables. I'd had some terrible problems with slugs and birds eating stuff, early in the season, but I bought some netting which seems to have helped. To be honest, though, I feel like I've neglected my back garden a bit as I've been concentrating more on the front garden and have not had much time lately. So, it was a bit of a surprise when I thought I'd better go out there and start harvesting some stuff, and this was my haul!




    VID: "I'll Fight" (Black Sails)

    16 Jul 2017 12:13 pm
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    [personal profile] yunitsa posting in [community profile] vidding
    Title: I'll Fight
    Fandom: Black Sails
    Music: Wilco
    Pairing: James Flint/Thomas Hamilton/Miranda Hamilton
    Summary: A love song for three voices.

    Warnings for: spoilers through the ending, character death, some brief and joyless sex, blood, executions, sadness.

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