And while we were gone dealing with this, the cops broke into our house to search for our escaped neighbor. Which is ridiculous - they didn't have a warrant, and they certainly didn't have probable cause, and they definitely did not have our consent to a search.
I must say, they're really pulling out all the stops here. The cops, the state troopers, a joint NY/NJ task force, a helicopter... all this for some dude who ran out of his house, handcuffed, in his undies. It's either overkill, or they're hiding something big.
This is other half's favourite McGonagall poem :o)
The Funeral of the German Emperor
YE sons of Germany, your noble Emperor William now is dead.
Who oft great armies to battle hath led;
He was a man beloved by his subjects all,
Because he never tried them to enthral.
The people of Germany have cause now to mourn,
The loss of their hero, who to them will ne’er return;
But his soul I hope to Heaven has fled away,
To the realms of endless bliss for ever and aye.
He was much respected throughout Europe by the high and the low,
And all over Germany people’s hearts are full of woe;
For in the battlefield he was a hero bold,
Nevertheless, a lover of peace, to his credit be it told.
’Twas in the year of 1888, and on March the 16th day,
That the peaceful William’s remains were conveyed away
To the royal mausoleum of Charlottenburg, their last resting-place,
The God-fearing man that never did his country disgrace.
The funeral service was conducted in the cathedral by the court chaplain, Dr. Kogel,
Which touched the hearts of his hearers, as from his lips it fell,
And in conclusion he recited the Lord’s Prayer
In the presence of kings, princes, dukes, and counts assembled there.
And at the end of the service the infantry outside fired volley after volley,
While the people inside the cathedral felt melancholy,
As the sound of the musketry smote upon the ear,
In honour of the illustrous William. whom they loved most dear.
Then there was a solemn pause as the kings and princes took their places,
Whilst the hot tears are trickling down their faces,
And the mourners from shedding tears couldn’t refrain;
And in respect of the good man, above the gateway glared a bituminous flame.
Then the coffin was placed on the funeral car,
By the kings and princes that came from afar;
And the Crown Prince William heads the procession alone,
While behind him are the four heirs-apparent to the throne.
Then followed the three Kings of Saxony, and the King of the Belgians also,
Together with the Prince of Wales, with their hearts full of woe,
Besides the Prince of Naples and Prince Rudolph of Austria were there,
Also the Czarevitch, and other princes in their order I do declare.
And as the procession passes the palace the blinds are drawn completely,
And every house is half hidden with the sable drapery;
And along the line of march expansive arches were erected,
While the spectators standing by seemed very dejected.
And through the Central Avenue, to make the decorations complete,
There were pedestals erected, rising fourteen to fifteen feet,
And at the foot and top of each pedestal were hung decorations of green bay,
Also beautiful wreaths and evergreen festoons all in grand array.
And there were torches fastened on pieces of wood stuck in the ground;
And as the people gazed on the weird-like scene, their silence was profound;
And the shopkeepers closed their shops, and hotel-keepers closed in the doorways,
And with torchlight and gaslight, Berlin for once was all ablaze.
The authorities of Berlin in honour of the Emperor considered it no sin,
To decorate with crape the beautiful city of Berlin;
Therefore Berlin I declare was a city of crape,
Because few buildings crape decoration did escape.
First in the procession was the Emperor’s bodyguard,
And his great love for them nothing could it retard;
Then followed a squadron of the hussars with their band,
Playing “Jesus, Thou my Comfort,” most solemn and grand.
And to see the procession passing the sightseers tried their best,
Especially when the cavalry hove in sight, riding four abreast;
Men and officers with their swords drawn, a magnificent sight to see
In the dim sun’s rays, their burnished swords glinting dimly.
Then followed the footguards with slow and solemn tread,
Playing the “Dead March in Saul,” most appropriate for the dead;
And behind them followed the artillery, with four guns abreast,
Also the ministers and court officials dressed in their best.
The whole distance to the grave was covered over with laurel and bay,
So that the body should be borne along smoothly all the way;
And the thousands of banners in the procession were beautiful to view,
Because they were composed of cream-coloured silk and light blue.
There were thousands of thousands of men and women gathered there,
And standing ankle deep in snow, and seemingly didn’t care
So as they got a glimpse of the funeral car,
Especially the poor souls that came from afar.
And when the funeral car appeared there was a general hush,
And the spectators in their anxiety to see began to crush;
And when they saw the funeral car by the Emperor’s charger led,
Every hat and cap was lifted reverently from off each head.
And as the procession moved on to the royal mausoleum,
The spectators remained bareheaded and seemingly quite dumb;
And as the coffin was borne into its last resting-place,
Sorrow seemed depicted in each one’s face.
And after the burial service the mourners took a last farewell
Of the noble-hearted William they loved so well;
Then rich and poor dispersed quietly that were assembled there,
While two batteries of field-guns fired a salute which did rend the air
In honour of the immortal hero they loved so dear,
The founder of the Fatherland Germany, that he did revere.
Summary: In a galaxy where Finn never rescued Poe, Poe ends up doing the unthinkable.
Prompt: Free Space -- Darkfic
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Author's Notes: Call this a personal challenge to myself to make something involving Poe and Kylo...well, dark. I don't know if this is dark enough, but hopefully it works.
Also special thanks to delisalicious on Tumblr for helping me.
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Found: A Letter to the Future From 1995
Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions
More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome
A Window Into Windex
How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food
Scientists marvel at creatures' 'precise' body clock
Hyenas spark admiration, not fear, in Ethiopia's Harar city
Marrying Later, Staying Single Longer (Nifty animated graphs!)
The Power of Inclusive Sex Education
Tech giant releasing 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno; that's a good thing, really
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun
The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates
Swiss glacier yields bodies of couple missing for 75 years
The Prisoner Who Painted Dachau’s Horrors (Some of the paintings are reproduced in the article.)
Puerto Rico economic crisis hits island's only zoo
The Summer of Misreading Thucydides
'Inappropriate' and 'Insulting.' Most Americans Disapprove of Trump's Twitter Use
More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women
Republican attempts to replace Obamacare fail
Separatists proclaim a new state to replace Ukraine
A video of a woman in a skirt sparks outrage in Saudi Arabia
Australians see woman's shooting by police as US nightmare
Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye.
'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat
UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials
(And they progress so rapidly! They no longer panic when I stand up, but just kinda look at me.)
City birds use cigarette butts to ward off ticks
Artificial Intelligence Learns to Walk
Southern-style barbecue is spreading around the world, turning weekend grillers into would-be pitmasters. Meet a real baron of barbecue – ‘Big Moe.’
Unsucking the Classics
10 Coolest Ice Cream Traditions
Jerry Foster: King of the Wild Blue Sky
A Refugee Family Arrives in Arkansas, Before the Door Shuts
Maduro foes: Over 7 million vote in Venezuelan referendum
6 Terrifying Powers You Didn't Know The Government Had
Despite low approval rating and controversies, Trump pushes forward
Trump Cuts Over $200 Million from Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Sessions Argues ‘Sanctuary’ Cities Breed Crime By Citing Study That Says They Don’t
As US hits 50,000 cap, refugees must prove they have American connections
Amid disputes, Indonesia renames part of South China Sea
200 Environmentalists Were Murdered Last Year
A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment (The Atlantic asks the same question I had: Where was all this rethinking and non-judgmental reporting when these "opioid-dependent newborns" were mostly black?)
My Visit With One of the Forgotten Prisoners of Guantánamo
The unwanted: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh
In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup
Turkey’s Erdogan turned a failed coup into his path to greater power
Year after coup, Turkey's opposition on the march. But to where?
Here are some of the toughest battles still to be fought against ISIS
Vaccine deployment for cholera suspended in Yemen
In St. Louis, America's nuclear history creeps into the present, leaching into streams and bodies.
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak — sooner than you think.
Fandom: MCU (The Avengers / Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Characters: Steve Rogers
Spoilers: Minor spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming (no plot spoilers). Set about two months after The Avengers.
Notes: My inspiration for this story is a bit spoilery for Homecoming, so I'll put my notes behind the cut.
( Here are the spoilers )
Summary: Next time, Steve Rogers will be more careful when he agrees to lend his name and likeness to a project.
Also on AO3
( Several hours into filming, Steve Rogers had to admit that this job wasn't the worst he'd ever done. )
And then I picked up my CSA and headed home, and by the time I reached the boat I realized... I had actually managed to not eat anything all day. It was really hot! I wasn't hungry! But that won't do, and I was starting to get cranky, so I took my remaining $4, borrowed $3 from the boys' mom, and bought myself some food from Wendy's.
This is where the older boy spoke up: I like Wendy's food. They're my second favorite, after Burger King. I don't like McDonald's at all.
Me: Why not?
Kid: Because it'll make you fat!
Me: Hm. *munchmunchmunch* Are you perhaps operating under the impression that Wendy's or Burger King are somehow healthier than McDonald's?
Kid: ...aren't they?
It's interesting how kids get these ideas, isn't it? (Of course, I took pains to point out that skinny != healthy, and that fast food in moderation can be part of a healthy diet so long as you mostly eat healthy and get a reasonable amount of exercise, and that at his age he shouldn't be thinking about his weight at all.)
I should really start referring to him with a letter, like I do with most kids. Trouble is, his usual name is his initials already! So I can't just use those. He likes the Flash, maybe I'll call him Flash. Can't just keep calling him "the older boy", it's ridiculous.
Canceled $30K wedding becomes dinner for Indiana homeless
Actor and rapper Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, commissioned Sam Spratt to do the art for his 2012 mixtape “Royalty.” However, the project took on a life of its own and Spratt created ten limited edition prints inspired by Norman Rockwell.
Jane Austen, Home Brewer
The Story of the ‘Portofess,’ the Prank Confessional Booth at the 1992 Democratic Convention
New boy muppet in Afghanistan promotes gender equality
How transgender-friendliness may help in battling female-unfriendly toilet culture (In their analysis, they forgot two factors as to why women wait longer on line to pee. First, cisgender women have smaller bladders even we aren't pregnant, and sometimes we have to handle periods, two things which make us visit the bathroom more often. Even a small increase in potty usage can lead to lines. Secondly, children, regardless of sex and gender, are more likely to use the ladies' room than the men's room, because they're more likely to be with a female caregiver. Add that to the factors they did mention and - yikes!)
Sword belonging to commander of black Civil War unit found
If Disney Princesses Were Engineers…
Filipino church feeds expansion by buying ghost town in US
Generous people live happier lives
Baby squirrels are more likely to survive if they’re born early (The article just restates that in a wordier way. Ignore the words, look at the pics. SQUEE!)
How Goofing Off Helps Kids Learn
The Insolent Chauffeurs of America’s Early Automobile Era
‘400 years is long enough’: Virginia’s ‘first contact’ Indian tribes demand federal recognition
Females with autism show greater difficulty with day-to-day tasks than male counterparts
A Victorian Wife's Best Friend: The Role of Cats & Dogs in Cases of Spousal Abuse (This is not, of course, limited to the past.)
The Librarian Who Took On Al-Qaeda
A small, vocal group of Conservative rabbis is pushing the movement to accept marriages between Jews and non-Jews. The fight is really about the future of the religion.
After a Harrowing Flight From U.S., Refugees Find Refuge in Canada
A mission to the Pacific plastic patch
She’s His Rock. His Parole Officer Won’t Let Him See Her.
America Keeps Criminalizing Autistic Children
Police killings: the price of being disabled and black in America
The Reckoning Over Young Prisoners Serving Life Without Parole
Should NYPD lawyers step in to prosecute? Protesters say no
Mass Arrests of Protesters: Outrageous in Russia, Barely Worth Mentioning in US
Pakistan’s secret atheists
Rohingya villagers tell media of abuses during army crackdown
SAM FROM ATTACK THE BLOCK IS THE NEW DOCTOR!!!!!
Does this mean we can have crossover fic where Sam is really the Doctor taking a break cos the TARDIS is messed up or smth, and when it gets fixed she takes Moses and Pest with her across the universe as Companions? PLEASE CAN WE HAVE THIS????
....or I could just write it myself, fucking hell.
274,696 words, including scene titles, placeholders, and 'the end', so call it 275K.
It will be either two or three books, though I am tending towards two, since there's a definite change of pace/location in the middle. This thing started as a comedy-of-manners, and was my go-to book for a while when I wanted something light and fluffy.
( About the book and the writing of it )
And now it's half a day later and the book is still done: of course it will need a second draft, and I need to sort out the timeline, and I'd love to know how all of the loose threads will work out, and I am holding my breath just a little whether [redacted] will double-cross [redacted] but it's over, the characters have moved out, and while they might visit from time to time, the book. Is. Done.
After spending literally years with the compulsion to write down so many seemingly unimportant events in my protag's life (which all came together in unexpected ways), there is an empty space in my head now, and it feels weird. Other characters will move in - I have a fragment which isn't as complete as I thought it would be, so I'd like to write down the extra bits I know before finishing _something else_, but for now, I am WIP-less, and that's just a weird place to be.
Thanks for sharing your life with me, Firtal. I wish you all the best.
Or, if you're more in the mood for picture books, she hasn't written this one but I still need, like, a dozen copies: Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT is OK!
I tell you, this time Amazon's recommendations are exactly right.
In the last year I've participated in a few fundraisers for a horse rescue ranch in my area. Last fall, they took in several wild Mustang mares who had nowhere else to go. One turned out to be in foal, and the baby -- this adorable filly -- was born just over a week ago. On Friday night I went out and got some photos of her. I used a fairly small image size to spare your browser; click to enlarge.
( Cuteness overload, under the cut! )Save
They are habitually hiding when people enter the room... but when I shifted the bed a little they came out and purred at me. This is probably because they thought I had food. No such luck - Eva had already fed them, and since I know kittens who haven't gone hungry will eat until they vomit, and these kittens have, I didn't want to risk them upchucking even a little bit of their medicine. I'll feed them later. Nellie came close and let me pet her, even putting my hand over her eyes! But when I attempted to move her to my lap, she bolted. Conclusion: I'm definitely not the first one to try snatching her up. And Kid Blink also came and sniffed my fingers and gingerly rubbed against my hand for a second, which makes me feel really good about her prospects.
I meant to talk to my neighbor today, but I forgot she goes to Mass, and I don't know when she'll be home. I should leave a note on her door.
1: sexuality headcanon
5: first headcanon that pops into my head
6: one way in which I relate to this character
7: thing that gives me second hand embarrassment about this character
8: cinnamon roll or problematic fave?
But I'm the one saying it now, and I'm saying it so you know not to judge me too harshly for the events in this story.
I was walking home from the grocery store, laden down with two very heavy bags (among other things, each had a six-pack of snapple), when I saw my chance to nab one of the two tortie kittens I've been worried about. Not the sicker one, the friendlier one!
Turns out this kitten is friendly enough so long as you don't act like you're trying to snatch her. This is unsurprising - apparently, two of her five siblings got picked up in just this way. (A third died. You can see why I want to TNR Mama.) So I waited until she was very close, and then I grabbed her nape. Well, kittens will settle when you do that, but she wouldn't let me hold her close, and I had no way to pick up my groceries!
As luck would have it, a family was walking towards me right then. I have always depended on the kindness of strangers, and had no hesitation whatsoever in asking them to help me with my bags if they were going my way. They dropped me off at the corner and I ran home, stashed the kitten in the front entryway, and ran back to grab my bags and the antibiotics from my neighbor.
Naturally, after having been isolated for five minutes in a strange place, the kitten decided that I must be her best friend. I've encountered this before when rehoming semi-feral kittens. If you'll excuse the armchair psychology, I figure it's some sort of Stockholm thing. They're away from everything they know, but you're familiar and you haven't actually hurt them, so you must be a friend! She purred up a storm and let me hold her properly to put her in a larger room with food. (FOOD!) There was medicine on the food, which is the important thing, but not what she cared about. (That medicine is crucially important - this kitty's eyes are better, but she's sniffling. Sniffles + eye troubles = bad news for kittens.)
Then I got a little overawed with my own mad skillz, and decided to get her sister. Guess what I forgot? Yes, I forgot to bring a carrier. Like I said, I'm usually smarter than this, so don't judge me! Her sister's eye is much worse, and looking at it, I'm not sure that there isn't any permanent damage. But at least it's only one eye. This kitten was not so friendly, and smart enough to avoid me after my first attempt, so I had to enlist the man who's been feeding her. Smart kitty - she wanted the food, but she was wary of approaching any human with me still right there! He wasn't clear on what I meant by grabbing her neck either, but between the two of us I eventually did manage to grab her nape and lug her home, so now she's ensconced with her sister. (This was the third not-so-smart move on my part. I should've isolated her for half an hour first, and then had her warm up to me before putting her in with family. Well, I don't care that much.)
I'm tentatively calling the one with the bad eye Kid Blink, so I guess that makes the other one Nellie Bly.
I'm somewhat in awe of this project - that's more algorithms than I could have listed, even with some research, and the discipline of implementing a new one every day for months is impressive.
However, it also shows a systemic weaknesses of programming: understanding the problem domain. I can't say much about the other 99 - some of them are algorithms I've never heard about, and at the very least I would need to make an effort to understand the python code and read it carefully, if not implementing the same thing in Swift, but this one, I spotted immediately:
Day 18; Monopoly
Some time ago a friend of mine asked me to help him with this problem.
Playing Monopoly, what is the probability that you step at position #24 during the first round?
Law of total probability says that the chance to step on certain position is sum of disjoint events of how we could get there. In this case, we get at #24 if we tossed 1 while standing at #23, or we tossed 2 while standing at #22, … or we tossed 6 while standing at #18. This leads to a recursive formula.
Any of my genteel readers who have ever played Monopoly will spot the most obvious problem here: You play Monopoly with two dice, so you can throw 2...12, so this is someone who hasn't done the most fundamental homework.
The less obvious problem is that you're trying to specifically solve _Monopoly_, rather than 'a board with x fields throwing 2D6'. Monopoly has a couple of extra rules: if you throw a double, you get to go again, but if you throw three doubles you go to jail (field 10); once you come out of jail you get another chance to land on field #24; and you have a chance to step on several fields where you may draw a card that moves you to a different field (named or 'three fields back'; IIRC that could even end your round!). In other words, the probability for 'step on field x' is partly determined by the dice, and partly by the game and its very specific rules; if you wanted to give an _precise_ answer, you'd have to calculate by how many routes you can reach each field including the 'go to jail' mechanism which gives all fields after 10 a higher probability and which means that there are ways of reaching #24 from every field between 2 and 35 (double-one, double-one, double 1...6, jail, and try again.) Heck, you could even go to jail several times until you run out of starting money, but if you get _both_ get out of jail free cards....
This also illustrates why board games are not just the sum of straightforward probabilities: once a system becomes complex enough that you cannot simply do the rough calculations in your head, it becomes much more interesting, surprising, and, at a certain level (and given an appropriate mechanic), that rarest thing of all: a creator of narrative. It's no longer 'then I drew card x and rolled y on the dice' but 'so here I was, going about my business curing sick sheep and setting broken limbs when those pesky elves turned up right in front of me and–' (Terry Pratchett's The Witches. Brilliant short game for 2-4 players.)
On to option two - put out small dabs of wet food with antibiotics every day, wait for the kittens to approach and eat them. Worst case scenario, they're cured of the infection. Best case scenario, they eventually chill out enough that I can nab them and take them to the shelter or to a feral rescue organization. They're young enough that they should be able to acclimate to living with humans, provided the humans don't mind shy cats. (I want to TNR the mom, too. Strangest behavior I've seen in a cat - she came up and rubbed between my legs while growling the whole time. Admittedly, she caught me in the act of trying to kittennap her babies, but seriously?)
But I have to move on this fast. The younger you get them, the better the odds. At least they're only semi-feral.
However, any kid who goes anywhere with us - and she does - is expected to haul a book around, and eventually Eva will open up her own book and read. I've been handing N graphic novels to limited success, but yesterday I had the best success ever. I gave her a copy of Hamster Princess, and she said "Oh, good, I'm bored. And you know what? I think I'm kind of getting used to reading."
Then she literally read it while walking and laughed out loud as she did so. Ursula Vernon is a genius, and I'm going to pop over to her journal and tell her so.
Summary: An interrogation, and the aftermath.
Prompt: Truth serums, truth spells, and truth drugs
Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Author's Notes: Yes, this is my rather poor attempt to retell the interrogation scene from The Force Awakens, as well as examining the repercussions.
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R.J. Hugget (1993): Modelling the Human Impact on Nature. Oxford, OUP. p. 20.
This is very much in line with my recollections of being taught climate change as an accepted scientific consensus in the early 1990s.
I recently ended up with too much cat food, and put all subscriptions on hold for a while.
Funny thing. Once I did that, I got a whole bunch of "how can we tempt you back?" coupons. Some really nice ones, too - $15 off here, 25% of there. I never got shit from having them on repeat delivery. Apparently, the real discounts aren't from loyalty at all.
The Long, Storied Controversy Over Cheese on Apple Pie
Shape-shifters Once Ruled the Planet
The strange and righteous history of the equals sign
Nonprofit Helps California's Asian-American Farmers Grow Their Businesses
80-Person Human Chain Rescues Ten from Riptide
How American Newspapers Reported the New York Blackout of 1977
Texas Republican Blocks State’s Bathroom Bill: “I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands”
Type 1 diabetes risk linked to intestinal viruses
Personalized vaccines could help the immune system fight cancer
5 Simple Ways to Save Thousands of Lives (Nobody Does)
A brief history of DARE, the anti-drug program Jeff Sessions wants to revive
Lawsuit accuses US of turning away asylum seekers at border
What Dog Shootings Reveal About American Policing
Three days in July that shook America
Three-quarters in US say they lack influence
But then. Despite his last-minute inclusion, Spidey was one of the best parts of Civil War. And then advance word came out that they weren't doing an origin story, and that they would follow up on Civil War's promise of Peter Parker as a legitimate awkward teenager. And then the early trailers were super-promising. Finally, the reviews started to come out so positively that T wanted to see it on opening weekend. So in the end I decided I couldn't say no. And you know what? I am really happy I did.
kaytaylorrea put it perfectly in her early reactions: although the world doesn't need more white teenage boy coming of age stories, if we must have another Spider-man reboot, this was the best way to do it. Tom Holland may have just turned 21, but I 100% bought him as a geeky sophomore, torn between wanting to do normal teenager things and his desire to become a full-fledged Avenger, surrounded by other high schoolers trying to figure things out -- especially his best friend, Ned, who is a pure delight, and Zendaya, whose snarky, no-bullshit performance as Michelle made her a favorite character. Tony Stark's extended cameo adds just the right level of connection to the rest of the series without overwhelming the show. Adrian Toombs/Vulture as played by Michael Keaton is easily a top-5 MCU villain: complex, sometimes sympathetic, with realistic motivations, and genuinely threatening without feeling unbeatable. The third act fell apart somewhat, as third acts of superhero films often do, but the beginning grabbed me so, so hard that I can forgive its later flaws.
To talk about why requires some spoilers. ( So I'll put them behind a cut. )
I also appreciated watching a genuinely funny superhero movie that did not punch me in the face with gratuitous sexism and abusive relationships (I'm looking at you, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man), the comparatively diverse cast, and the hints of what might come in future installments. (Zendaya and Jacob Batalan (Ned) and Donald Glover had better be back, or I'll sit on Marvel's doorstep until they are.) And possibly the best post-credits scene in the history of post-credits scenes.
So: fun time, happy to have seen it. Happy that Marvel made it? I'm not sure I would go that far. But within the universe of choices that Marvel actually made (instead of the big picture choices I wish they'd made instead, I'm glad they went this particular direction.
It's a pretty awesome backpack, actually, and he loves it. But I wasn't about to tell his mom "Yo, I bought your preschooler a $40 backpack", so instead I just said I'd budgeted $10 for it, which was the truth. I just went a little out of budget to get it.
Well, she saw it in a store yesterday going for $50, so now the jig is up. LOL. She wants to repay me, and I'm trying to back out of that one. If I'd wanted repayment, I'd've told her how much I really spent!
So What Does A Deep-Fried Grasshopper Taste Like? ("Not everyone is a fan of the idea — for the obvious reasons." Wait, what obvious reasons are those!? I thought it was just cultural conditioning not to eat a widespread, easy protein source that millions of people worldwide enjoy.)
The Original Gotham
Ants build sinking Eiffel Towers when trying to escape
First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit ("Object" is stretching a point. It was a photon.)
Science education on a transphobic post (she's casting her pearls before swine there, but good luck)
Why It Took Scientists So Long to Figure Out Where Babies Come From
At 56, a ‘Light Bulb’ Goes Off and a Firefighter Emerges
Plate tectonics may have driven the evolution of life on Earth
“When you used to say ‘farmer,’ you wouldn’t have me as the picture.”: Urban farming in Sacramento
The British View the War of 1812 Quite Differently Than Americans Do
Political liberals display greater happiness, study shows
The Hidden Rules of the Puritan Fashion Police
Pope Francis creates fourth pathway to becoming a saint ("Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.")
The Timelessness of Millennial-Bashing
The 10 ways recipes are undermining your cooking
The Conservative Myth of a Social Safety Net Built on Charity
Does Commercial Zoning Increase Neighborhood Crime?
A village amid skyscrapers: how long can Kuala Lumpur's enclave hold out?
Arkansas' Ten Commandments Monument Lasted Less Than 24 Hours (Does this man have a fund for his legal defense?)
Trump Can't Reverse the Decline of White Christian America
Trump's environmental rollbacks are hitting major roadblocks
Republicans increasingly say colleges have negative impact on U.S. (This explains so much)
Iranian women spark debate by defying hijab rule in cars
When Anxiety or Depression Masks a Medical Problem
Slaves no more, but freedom brings new struggles
Russia steps up spying efforts after election
‘Category 5 hurricane’: White House under siege by Trump Jr.’s Russia revelations
Election to obstruction: The many tentacles of the Trump-Russia investigation
Civilians shouldn’t have to de-escalate police
How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child's brain ("A 2009 study found that adults with six or more adverse childhood experiences died nearly 20 years earlier than those with none.")
|FRIENDS TO LOVER|
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IN A DREAM
|KID FIC||TRUTH OR DARE||AU: SUPERNATURAL||IMMORTALITY/|
|FOOT FETISH||VIRGIN FIC||FREE SPACE||PRESUMED DEAD||RARE PAIRS|
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|AU: FAIRY TALE/|
|AU: SPACE||AU: FANTASY||FOOD AND|
Jenn: Sometimes it's like you guys have a whole life I'm not part of.
So here, Jenn. For your edification: The Mysterious Ticking Noise! (Special anniversary edition.)
I know, I know, it's not really any different from "supposed to be", but it always, always takes me by surprise and forces me to spend a few seconds re-reading so it makes sense. Why this item and not any others? Beats me. I'm not proud of it, but there it is.
"Holy goodness, did we drink a lot of hard liquor in the late 1800s"
The graph doesn't show the late 1800s; it shows the late 19th century. The late 1800s would be 1805-1809.
Two different people corrected him, but he's still holding firm, three years after the first comment:
So, how do you describe the decade betwene the 1790s ("seventeen nineties" and 1810s ("eighteen tens"), then?
I couldn't resist, I made my own reply. That decade is, of course, the early 1800s.
Amelia Earhart's Travel Menu Relied On Three Rules And People's Generosity
How to pluralize the word "octopus": a flowchart
Scientists are about to change what a kilogram is. That’s massive.
American Reportage: documenting the American experience – in pictures
Chaos Makes the Multiverse Unnecessary
Why Do Stop Signs Have Eight Sides?
City of Sydney is axing fines for overdue library books because they don’t work
Why babies in medieval paintings look like ugly old men
Strange silk: Why rappelling spiders don't spin out of control
Why Coastal Tribes Are Growing Clam Gardens That Look Like Asian Rice Fields
Lynx could return to Britain this year after absence of 1,300 years
Bananas: Scientists Create Vitamin A-Rich Fruit That Could Save Hundreds of Thousands of Children’s Lives (If they're luckier than Golden Rice. Hey, why is it always Vitamin A they add to foods?)
Mexico And U.S. Team Up To Create Low-Cost Wheelchairs
Where did giant novelty checks come from?
For 23 World Cities, a Visual Inventory of Parking Lots
American Cities Are Chipping Away at the Burden of Parking Mandates
Watch Your Mouth Around My Kid
Texas border city considers helping US jail immigrants
Dying In The Desert Is Easy — These Activists Are Trying To Change That
The politics of fire: from Ancient Rome and San Francisco to Grenfell Tower
Teen bit in head by bear wakes up to "crunching sound" (OMGWTF!?)
Turkey’s opposition stages massive rally in a show of strength against Erdogan
Black homeowners struggle as US housing market recovers
Lisa, Laquanda, Machelle, and Kenya Were Sentenced as Children to Die in Prison. Decades later, a Supreme Court ruling could give them their freedom.
Gluten-free bread for Holy Communion is toast, says Vatican (Don't Catholics officially believe in a literal transubstantiation? Seems a bit strange if it doesn't work on gluten-free bread.)
Frustrated with North Korea? Welcome to The Land of Lousy Options This is a longer and more in-depth take, from The Atlantic)
Once Dominant, the United States Finds Itself Isolated at G-20 (And I bet Trump thinks being alone is a sign of strength and "independence".)
Goal of nation's first opioid court: Keep users alive
While Corals Die Along The Great Barrier Reef, Humans Struggle To Adjust
Here’s how hot your city might be by 2100
30 percent of the energy sent to Earth bounces back into outer space. Climate change could upend that. (Is that a Wrinkle in Time series reference in the subtitle?)
Gonorrhea is becoming harder and in some cases impossible to treat with antibiotics.
Teen's suicide emblematic of problems at New Orleans jail
U.S. Air Pollution Still Kills Thousands Every Year, Study Concludes
( One complaint )
Still, other than that, it was worth a re-read. Not gonna recommend them to Eva, though. She doesn't like reading about dead people, and she certainly doesn't like reading books with dead dogs.