In Memoriam (just learned today)

July 21st, 2017 12:01 pm
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Chester Bennington


I just heard about it this morning, and...goddamn. It's just heartbreaking. I can only hope that Chester finds peace where he couldn't in life.

So my mother had a small stroke.

July 20th, 2017 11:34 pm
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She's talking just fine (which is great, she's a real chatterbox) and even though she has some weakness on one side, it's already improving.

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.

For hurt-comfort bingo

July 20th, 2017 06:08 pm
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Title: Scars

Summary: Ben and Poe talk about the interrogation on the Finalizer.

Prompt: Minor illness or injury

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

Poem of the week

July 20th, 2017 08:09 am
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 Sometimes a poem is just so bad that it is absolutely wonderful.

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.

For trope_bingo

July 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Title: Freefall

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.

Fic under cut.  )
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They were already a bit more semi than feral, and now they've been upgraded! Nellie is Sociable, and Kid Blink is Friendly But Shy. It is crucially important that we don't fall into the trap of giving Nellie more attention just because she is friendlier.


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

Gotta clean the kitten room tomorrow.

July 17th, 2017 12:10 am
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[personal profile] conuly
I'll have to do it with them there, which isn't ideal, but what can you do?

(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.
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Title: Public Service Announcement
Fandom: MCU (The Avengers / Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Rating: Gen
Wordcount: 588
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. )
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And on the way I sat in the same car as one of my sister's friends, which was fun. She texted Jenn that there was a woman there who looked just like me, and Jenn texted me that she was 95% sure I was sitting opposite Melissa. And so I was! So I showed off J's awesome backpack, because it has a hood and a cape and is just the coolest backpack ever.

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


July 16th, 2017 02:39 pm
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[personal profile] kjata


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.

For hc_bingo

July 16th, 2017 02:55 pm
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Oceans

Summary: Even oceans can't keep Finn and Rey apart.

Prompt: Protection

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

It's a wrap!

July 16th, 2017 07:46 pm
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My WIP is no longer a WIP, it has graduated to 'finished first draft' and I am in that strange space where all the characters who have been taking up residence in my head have moved out, swept the floor, painted the walls in a neutral colour and are now looking into every drawer and under the bed to see whether they've forgotten anything.

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.

One of my friends has been published!

July 16th, 2017 02:31 pm
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She has some writing in this book: All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism. If this is the sort of thing that interests you, you should definitely pick up a copy.

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.

Meet Bonbon the Tiny Mustang

July 16th, 2017 12:14 pm
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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
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Hi all :)

I was super bored, and went through Ursula Vernon's subscriber list. If this is all too weird, poke me and I'll unsubscribe.
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In the good news, the antibiotics are working. They're not sneezing as much, their breathing is very much improved, and there's no visible gunk in their eyes. In the bad news, Kid Blink's damaged eye is still filmed over. It's not clear whether she has any vision in it at all, actually. It doesn't seem to slow her down, at least.

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.

From mikogalatea

July 16th, 2017 11:19 am
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Send me the name of a character and I will tell you my:

1: sexuality headcanon
2: otp
3: brotp
4: notp
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?

For hc-bingo.

July 15th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Title: A Droid's Devotion

Summary: No matter what happens, BB-8 will always be there for Poe.

Prompt: Robots/androids/AIs

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )
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...and anyways, I figured that I'd post this meta as a favor to a friend. People of Dreamwidth, my f-list...well, I guess I shouldn't be dramatic. I'm writing a bit of a meta on Darkpilot.

Meta under cut. )

So yeah, thoughts? Comments? Disagreements? I'm definitely interested.

Kitten update

July 15th, 2017 08:44 pm
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With her sister for company, Nellie has decided she is scared of humans after all. Luckily, a little more food helped there, and once they'd eaten enough to make their tummies bulge out, I tossed around a cat toy for a bit, gave them something to do besides hide in a corner and avoid me. Kid Blink still isn't interested (though she's interested enough in food to get real close) but Nellie came and pet me a few times, and let me pet her so long as my hand wasn't at all in her face. I accidentally did that once and she bolted, and wouldn't come out again. Playtime is over, but I'll try another session in a few hours, before I go to bed. I'll also bring down some books and read there for a while. I'm contemplating the merits of sleeping down there. Pro: kittens can get used to me. Con: no a/c, and kittens are nocturnal. They might "get used to me" by jumping on my face!
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A bit shy, but pretty, and young enough to warm up to humans if they have love and attention! Pass it around. I'd like to save myself a very long trip to the animal shelter if I can.

Well, that happened.

July 15th, 2017 06:14 pm
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I want to insert something here. I am, I'm told, actually pretty smart. I don't usually say this, because there's no reason to, but other people sometimes tell me that. Never know how to respond, but they do. (At least nowadays, they say it in a good way. When I was a kid, they said it in order to criticize me for not doing my schoolwork.)

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.

A surfeit of algorithms

July 15th, 2017 08:55 pm
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100 days, 100 algorithms

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....

So, yeah.

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.)


July 15th, 2017 02:32 pm
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Down the way a bit, there are two semi-feral kittens, about four months old. Beautiful, really - but bad eye infections. I have had no luck snatching them, and while the guy feeding them gave me the okay to trap them, the person I know with a trap has lost that trap and is therefore no real help to me. They're not consistently enough there that it's worth calling out 311 either.

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.

Aha! Success!

July 14th, 2017 02:14 pm
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So Eva's friend N is a bright kid. Doesn't like to read. She can read, she just doesn't like to.

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.

For genprompt_bingo.

July 15th, 2017 09:15 am
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Title: A Lesson of Strength

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.

Fic under cut.  )

More memery

July 15th, 2017 11:46 am
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A song you never tire of:

A song from your pre teen years:

One of your favourite seventies songs:

A song you would love played at you wedding:

I'm already married!

A song that is a cover by another artist:


[mass effect] we play cyclops

July 15th, 2017 03:46 am
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Mass Effect Original Trilogy
Garrus Vakarian/Female Shepard
2.7k words; General Audiences
Written for the 2017 Not Prime Time Exchange

"A Krogan, a Salarian, and a Vorcha walk into a bar," Garrus says to his audience of one.

read on ao3

From shamanicshaymin

July 14th, 2017 01:11 pm
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Give me a fandom, a character/pairing, and a cheesy cliche, and I will write a short fic. The cheesier the cliche, the better!

Plus ça change

July 13th, 2017 11:37 pm
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mathematical models allow experiments to be run on environmental systems, and generate realistic output which can be used as the basis for rational and informed environmental management policies. That, at least, is the hope. In practice, the irrational side of human nature seems often to Coe to the fore, as in the reluctance of the United States government to accept the reality of global warming as induced by 'greenhouse' gas emissions, despite the repeated warnings uttered by the climate-modellers.

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.


July 13th, 2017 03:43 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
So I order my pet food via Petco, because it's slightly cheaper than Amazon, and no way I'm going to lug 50lbs of dry food home on the subway. I don't love this, because their subscription page is impossible and gives me a headache every time I have to adjust something, but whatever.

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.


Doing the things a spider can

July 13th, 2017 12:15 pm
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I had been up in the air regarding whether I would see Spider-Man: Homecoming on opening weekend. Like many MCU fans, I've been resentful of Marvel's willingness to shoehorn the character into the franchise the second they got the rights back, especially in comparison to their mealy-mouthed excuses for not making a Black Widow film at the height of her popularity. Add in the annoyance at yet another white-dude-centric film and yet another Spider-Man reboot, and I was ready to put this film deep on the back burner. Maybe I'd see it later, like Ant-Man and Guardians; maybe I'd wait for video, like Doctor Strange.

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.

[ profile] 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.

For hc_bingo.

July 13th, 2017 01:16 pm
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Title: Promises

Summary: The moment that Starkiller Base reduces the Hosnian system to a wasteland, and a General's promise.

Prompt: Wasteland

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

Happy Zodiac Age!

July 13th, 2017 12:47 am
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I started playing yesterday and got a couple more hours in tonight. The music and voices are remastered wonderfully, and the graphics are quite nice, even if the faces and Vaan's abs are still a little off (but much better than they were before). I cannot wait to sink back into this world again.

Oh no. She figured it out.

July 12th, 2017 02:53 am
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As you know, I babysit two boys for an hour in the afternoons. Several months ago I lost the four year old's backpack (actually, he might still have been three) and so I bought a new one.

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.")

For hc_bingo.

July 12th, 2017 11:21 am
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Title: Awakening

Summary: Finn still isn't used to being out of the First Order.

Prompt: Culture Shock

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

For trope_bingo

July 12th, 2017 06:45 am
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This was discovered when Ana and Eva were casually re-enacting The Mysterious Ticking Noise and I joined in.

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.)

For hc_bingo.

July 11th, 2017 02:42 pm
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Alike

Summary: Poe tells Ben about Starkiller.

Prompt: Job-related trauma

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )

For HC_Bingo

July 11th, 2017 04:44 am
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Nobody, Somebody

Summary: After the duel with her cousin on Bespin, Rey struggles to come to grips.

Prompt: Hugs

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: I hope that I got Rey in character.

Fic under cut.  )
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And any other books written by Australian authors. It's irrational, and it's definitely not in keeping with descriptivism, but it always jars me when they use the word "meant" where an American wouldn't. "Isn't Vietnam meant to be America's greatest failure or something?" "Isn't he meant to be ten or eleven?" "I think you're meant to have a license".

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.

For hc_bingo.

July 10th, 2017 07:23 am
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Title: Sunlight

Summary: Finn comes to terms with the concept of identity.

Prompt: Loss of identity

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )
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They just appear.

"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

For genprompt_bingo.

July 10th, 2017 02:00 am
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Memories

Summary: Rey wants to know more about Poe's past.

Prompt: Secrets and Lies

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: Yes, "little hero" is a Stephen King reference. Couldn't resist.

Fic under cut.  )

Re-read the Tomorrow series

July 9th, 2017 08:44 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
That series was never so popular in the US, but when it came out my whole family was crazy about them. I've actually recommended them to Ana this week - they still hold up.

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.

For hc_bingo

July 9th, 2017 02:34 pm
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[personal profile] ladyofleithian
Title: Broken, But Not Beyond Repair

Summary: Two captives of Kylo Ren, and the aftermath of their ordeals.

Prompt: Captivity

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Author's Notes: Special thanks to Delisalicious on Tumblr for her help on the Poe and Ben scene.

Fic under cut.  )

Bowring Park Vehicle day

July 9th, 2017 02:16 pm
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 Just back from Bowring Park via the Red Lion.

It was another lovely day for that sort of thing and the big charity transport day was well worth a visit.

Have some pics!

This Dodge ambulance is a veteran of Vietnam:

Here be pics! )

For hc_bingo.

July 8th, 2017 10:32 pm
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Title: Reconciliation

Summary: While unconscious after the final battle, Kylo Ren takes the opportunity to reconcile with old ghosts.

Prompt: Unconsciousness

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )


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Things I need to remember:
• Asking for help is not, as it turns out, fatal.
• Laughing is easier than pulling your hair out, and doesn't have the unfortunate side effect of making you look like a plague victim.
• Even the biggest tasks can be defeated if taken a bit at a time.
• I can write a paper the night before it's due, but the results are not all they could be.
• Be thorough, but focused.
• Trust yourself.
• Honesty, always.

Historians are the Cassandras of the Humanities