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([personal profile] megpie71 Jun. 28th, 2017 08:14 am)
The nice man from the washing machine repair firm found he had time enough after finishing his last job of Tuesday to come out and deal with our washing machine yesterday evening, about 4-ish. Which means we now have a working washing machine again. No idea why it wasn't working, but apparently unplugging all the leads inside the machine and plugging them all back in again seemed to do the trick, so I suspect what happened is it essentially shook something out of contact. For a nearly twenty year old machine (we got it when we were in Canbrrra, so it's heading on for "old enough to vote") it's doing quite well.

Nicolette Barischoff just announced on Twitter that the deadline for pitching Personal Essays to Disabled People Destroy SF (see previous post) is tomorrow.

So if you were thinking of pitching, now's the time.

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From the moment I saw her years and years ago, I knew Millie was the cat for me. She was very small, and the tag on her cage at the Humane Society said that she liked to chase moths, and I thought that made her a knitter’s cat for sure. Turns out she didn’t give a crap about moths, but she was a hell of a mouser, and regularly attempted to make short work of every animal in the neighbourhood.

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It wasn’t at all unusual to have to unhook her from the front windowscreens where she hung, hurling invective at some enormous dog she felt sure she could end if she could just get through the damn window.  She slept on my head every night and went on hungerstrikes when I left town. She liked to put her tail in my bath. Her favourite food was pizza, she was tidier than we were, and she taught all the girls to hang up their coats through the magic of urine… and I didn’t know just how much I loved her until today. She drove me crazy.

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Millie was an old lady by now – in human years she’d be in her nineties, and up until the last few days she’d been having a pretty good run. She still made her rounds every morning to make sure that there were no squirrels that needed threatening, and she continued to raid the compost bin if the lid was left open, fulfilling a deep passion for any food that was not intended for cats.  In the last little bit she’d become very skinny, and seemed to have less energy, and today a visit to the vet for what we thought was something minor became very major indeed, and we said by to our little cat just an hour after a diagnosis so devastating that there was nothing else to do. She was a very, very good cat, and we wouldn’t have wanted to see her suffer for a minute longer.

I’ll get back to knitting and fundraising tomorrow, goodness knows both need doing, but  tonight I think I’ll just have a really good cry for my 3.77lbs of wee beast.

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Now that we can detect gravitational waves, a new generation of stargazers is turning its attention to the Universe and using observatories that can be disrupted by a passing rabbit. Gravitational-wave detectors are going to give us an entirely new view of our place in the cosmos.

As with all new techniques, we are still in the age of crude and not-very-sensitive. That means we can only search for the biggest and baddest of events: black-hole mergers. So far, LIGO has detected three and a half mergers—the third merger is right on the edge of the detection limit, so it is provisional. But those black holes have been larger than expected, which raises an intriguing question: is that their first merger, or have they grown through previous mergers?

Now (arXiv version) scientists have determined how to figure out if black holes are first-time cannibals or recidivist cannibals.

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I've still only listened to Blackstar all the way through once.
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([personal profile] musesfool Jun. 27th, 2017 06:35 pm)
Version 3 of anti-itch/bug bite balm also doesn't stop itching. Or maybe it's just me and it works for other people. Sigh.

In househunting news, this morning the broker emailed and asked me for information that was very clearly included in the package I sent (under tab 3! there was a whole table of contents and everything!) but I guess the board members couldn't find it since they asked the mgmt company to ask me to send it. So I did. And then 8 hours later, they asked me if the money for the down payment was a gift, and I had to consult with my lawyer on that, because kinda yes and kinda no (depending on how you look at it), but according to my attorney, definitely no, and not relevant anyway, since it technically happened in 2014. So. Hopefully this will move things along and soon they will call me for the interview.

In other news, I hope none of you guys was on that train that derailed this morning. What an awful accident. It appears to have messed the whole subway system up pretty badly, since it was on the A at 125th. Eep!

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([personal profile] swaldman Jun. 27th, 2017 10:43 pm)
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21.A favourite song with a person's name in the title

I was stuck on this for a while... kept coming back to Fernando, and thinking surely I could do better. Then I remembered all the choice I had from Hamilton... and settled on the title track.





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"Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Personal Essays Editor Nicolette Barischoff Wants Your Essay Pitches!

As you know, the Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine is taking over the Destroy series from Lightspeed Magazine. The current plan is to run the Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction in July 2017. The issue will be written and edited entirely by disabled people.

Personal Essays Editor Nicolette Barischoff is currently looking for short personal essays (ideally between 500-800 words) to run during the Kickstarter and eventually be included in the special issue. These pieces will explore the writer’s connection to disability and genre fiction in a deeply personal way, as a writer, an editor, an activist, or a consumer. We’re defining these terms (connection, genre) as broadly as possible to give you as much space as you need to tell your story.

Uncanny is offering a flat $15 on acceptance for these short essays. If you’re interested, please email Nicolette Barischoff and Editor-in-Chief/Nonfiction Editor Elsa Sjunneson-Henry at uncanny@uncannymagazine.com with your idea for an essay as soon as possible. If you have any questions, you may tweet them to @NBarischoff and @snarkbat. The deadline for completed essays is July 17th. We are particularly looking for disabled writers of color."

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Joanne K. Rowling:
• J.K. Rowling: 20 Years Later: Celebrating Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling and Fans.
• J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
Literary Allusion in “Harry Potter”: Links Between “Philosopher’s Stone” and “Deathly Hallows”.
'Philosopher's Stone' 20th anniversary issue new look at Hogwarts Founders photos.
Quote of the Week: Director Guillermo del Toro Harry Potter film rejection regret.
10 Points to Gryffindor! Hermione Granger Voted Fan-Favorite Character!
Harry Potter films' cast remember & celebrate Philosopher's Stone's 20th anniversary.
Happiest of Birthdays to Neville Longbottom’s Matthew Lewis!
Literary Allusion in “Harry Potter”: “Prisoner of Azkaban”, “Order of the Phoenix”, and Sherlock Holmes.
Eduardo Lima and Miraphora Mina Talk ‘Harry Potter’ Films and Fans.
Warwick Davis Talks “Harry Potter” on TalkRADIO.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
J.K. Rowling, 'Cursed Child' cast celebrate Harry Potter's 20th anniversary release.
The ‘Cursed Child’ Cast on Meeting The Boy Who Lived.

Prompt Challenges:
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Communities:
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Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
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Fandom Recs:
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Resources:
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Archive News:
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Essay/Meta:
The Importance of Queer Headcanons.
Experiencing the Magic Again: An Analysis of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ – Part Two.
20th Anniversary Special – Experiencing the Magic Again: “Philosopher’s Stone” Analysis, Part Three.
The Origin and Meaning of ‘Voldemort:’ Allingham’s ‘The Tiger in the Smoke’? by John Watson.

Nifty:
20 Life Lessons Learned from "Sorcerer’s Stone".
Five Essential Ways to Be More Sirius.

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Posted by Matt Posky

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets a new variant for the 2018 model year, and it just happens to be the widebody model track day enthusiasts have been clamoring for since the car’s initial announcement. Borrowing the fender flares and front lip from the Dodge Demon, the Hellcat keeps its 707-horsepower supercharged V8 while adding extra room for more rubber. […]

The post Dodge’s Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody Adds Some Much-needed Grip appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

Posted by Matt Posky

While there are some who still proudly use the old slogan “Buy American,” the concept is only loosely applicable to automobiles. While you can certainly support American brands, every automobile on the road is an amalgamation of parts from all over the world — and has been for quite some time. This year, the automotive research website […]

The post Irrelevant ‘Most-American Car’ Ranking Changes Criteria, If Only to Flesh Out Results appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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([personal profile] moetushie Jun. 27th, 2017 05:28 pm)
Pick any story I've written, or, in the case of my longer, chaptered works, any chapter from any story I've written, and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you the equivalent of a DVD commentary on that snippet: what I was thinking when I wrote it, why I wrote it in the first place, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the rest of the fic, lots of awful puns, and anything else that you’d expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

My fic lives here.
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([personal profile] swaldman Jun. 27th, 2017 10:19 pm)
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20.A song that has many meanings for you



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([personal profile] mtbc Jun. 27th, 2017 10:14 pm)
We spent the evening at a local concert hall to attend the high school's annual prizegiving. The school's orchestra and choir performed. The orchestra was quite entertaining in that they were a little on the ropey side of being good but I suppose that in education one should push gently at one's boundaries. I realized that it has been years since I was close to any kind of orchestra.

The parade of children across the stage receiving their certificates and trophies and whatnot certainly underlined the variety of shapes and sizes in which humans come. Further, there was clothing variation. In my school prefects had a distinct tie but I don't recall much more differentiation. One of our children already has a different school tie than when they first started. The jacket sleeve cuffs appear to come with a variety of colored stripes: many children had none, but some had up to two gold stripes and I think I saw some with as many as a gold stripe and two purple. With my own children I inquired after the command structure; in responding they were somewhat vague. I think that the two-gold are the highest level of prefect and the purple is more about other kinds of helping out.

A further variation was shirt sleeve length. Boys simply had short sleeves or long. One girl appeared to have nothing worthy of being called a sleeve. Some girls had cap sleeves and some had a fifth length, extending only just beyond their elbow. The girl with the intimidating double bass had such half-length sleeves.

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The official website of Ohio Governor John Kasich and the site of Ohio First Lady Karen Kasich were defaced on June 25 by a group calling itself Team System DZ. The group is a known pro-Islamic State "hacktivist" group that has repeatedly had its social media accounts suspended for posting IS propaganda videos and other activity. Kasich's site was but one of a number of state and local government websites that were hijacked by Team System DZ early this week, all of which had one thing in common: they were running on an outdated version of the DotNetNuke (DNN) content management platform.

DNN Platform is a popular content management system (particularly with state and local governments) based on Windows Server and the ASP.NET framework for Microsoft Internet Information Server. DNN Platform is open source and available for free—making it attractive to government agencies looking for something low cost that fits into their existing Windows Server-heavy organizations. A review of the HTML source of each of the sites attacked by Team System DZ showed that they were running a vulnerable version of the content management system DNN Platform—version 7.0, which was released in 2015.

A critical security update issued by DNN in May of 2016 warned that an attacker could exploit vulnerabilities to create new "superuser" accounts through the content management system, giving them unfettered remote access to modify websites. DNN urged customers to upgrade to the latest version of the software at the time. A May 2015 alert also warned that an attacker could use the software's Installation Wizard page for some server configurations to create new user accounts on the Windows Server host.

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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Harry Potter's 20th anniversary, a legal victory for fair use, an academic survey on fanfiction, and more: https://goo.gl/92BZZt
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jun. 27th, 2017 04:12 pm)
Today is beautiful, cool, and sunny.  I trimmed brush around the purple-and-white garden, finishing that round.  \o/   
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([personal profile] sollers Jun. 27th, 2017 09:55 pm)
i have just had the second long day of a 10 day Welsh summer school. I am reading while half watching the programme the others in the family have on. I am dozing and they get mixed up.

OK, have to do something about dates, but "Only Fools and Horses" and "Rivers of London" crossover, anyone? 
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