Jun. 22nd, 2017 05:30 pm
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It's been hot the past few days, so if I hadn't needed to do anything during that time, I didn't do it. If I was in, I just read or caught up on TV and was hot. As was Missy - hamsters don't do well if it's too hot and they don't like the humidity either. But she's enjoyed frozen peas and frozen carrots and she's been outside. Because it's been so hot I've had the back door open while she's out playing, so of course she went out onto the doorstep and then fell off. After a few times falling off she was happy about where she was and tried to wander off. At one point she found a pebble and decided she wanted it.

Monday I had one of my (on average) two days a year when I wished my car had air conditioning. I did some stargazing from my back door, where I was sat because it was cooler and I could keep an eye on Missy escaping. Not that I could see many stars because even by the time I went to bed late it still wasn't properly dark.

Now, though, the weather is much better, I have a couple of days off work and I am catching up on things.

Tennis is crazy. Queens sometimes has those years when all the seeds go out in the first couple of rounds, so we were probably overdue one. But I feel like the third, second and first seeds all going out one after the other must be some sort of record. And a whole load withdrew due to injuries. But it'll be interesting to get a winner outside of the usual suspects - although a few former champions are still in the draw.

Unconventional Courtship is on again. I spent some time at the weekend with the Generator and ended up signing up with this summary:
310) Night of the Living Wed by Michele Hauf
Dayna Mellanby and Del Tarrant's evening turns deadly when some uninvited guests show up at their friend's party — a horde of hungry zombies. The couple is in a fight for their lives when a new, heroic side of Tarrant emerges, and he vows to protect Dayna no matter the cost….

Obviously explosions will follow. I will probably change the zombies, but I went with this one because it was just so perfect for them. And will be different to what I've written for it before.

Mirrored from my blog.

new comics comm!

Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:29 am
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[community profile] comicsroundtable is a new comics discussion comm! I haven't poked around much yet, but if you're at all interested in talking comics (emphasis on new ones at the moment, though I'm hoping they'll expand), check it out!
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Plenty of people sing the praises of old homes—they're better-constructed, they're hand-crafted, they've weathered storm after storm. If you want a house that has truly stood the test of time, though, try 406 Swedesboro Road in Gibbstown, New Jersey.

There, surrounded by decidedly younger homes, stands what is largely considered to be the oldest log cabin in the United States—a one-room structure built by Finnish immigrants sometime around 1638. And for the first time in centuries, it's for sale.

Since 1968, the cabin has been stewarded by Doris and Harry Rink, who live in an 18th-century house attached to it. The Rinks restored much of the cabin to near-original condition—when they took it over, someone had plastered the interior walls, and "you couldn't see any of the original logs," Harry told the New York Times in 2000.


They have set up the cabin as a small museum, and give regular tours to visitors. When necessary, they make historically accurate repairs, filling cracks in the wood with special clay that they bring in from a farm 20 miles away.

Although no one is quite sure exactly who first made the cabin, they clearly did a bang-up job—"the person who built it was an artist," Rink told the Times. Even after it is sold, the Rinks will continue to take care of the cabin, and to give tours.


Besides its sheer longevity, the cabin has a number of clever features, including "double-dovetail" construction that eliminated the need for nails, and a sleeping nook for children accessible by ladder. They even built in a sort of 17th-century air conditioning: two removable logs in one side wall, which can be taken out on hot days to let a breeze through.

They were also likely rich, as the cabin measures 16 by 22 feet, much larger than the 12x12 size standard for families at the time. They might be glad to know that their investment has appreciated greatly—the cabin is currently for sale for $2.9 million.

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People really love their Genovese pesto. And after hundreds of jars have been confiscated at Genoa's Cristoforo Colombo Airport security checkpoint, the airport has decided to amend its 100ml liquid carry-on limit to exclude the pesto jars.

Now travelers can bring aboard any amount of pesto under 500 grams, just as long as they make a donation to the Flying Angels charity, which helps fund the air transportation of sick children. The pesto may also undergo an X-ray for extra security.

The airport launched the new program, appropriately entitled "Il pesto è buono" (Pesto is good), on June 1. Already, more than 500 people have had their pesto dreams fulfilled.

The one catch? The airport's waiver only applies to pesto that is Genovese.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 12:11 pm
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I think I'm having allergy problems right now. I started sneezing mid-afternoon yesterday, and by evening, my nose was running, and my left eye was watering constantly. No idea at all why my right eye is clear, but I'm glad of that much. I got about three hours of sleep last night because, any time I moved, I'd start sneezing and/or desperately need to blow my nose. (I'm not sure Scott got much sleep either.) Basically, shifting around makes me feel an itching burn in my sinuses that's really unpleasant. I've gone through an entire box of tissues so far.

I may have to take my box of tissues and a bag to throw the used ones into and vacate the house this afternoon because I'm pretty sure that the stuff the cleaning lady uses will make things much, much worse. But I can't imagine what I'd do with myself for five hours, especially if it's raining.

I'm trying to think of anything that changed in the house yesterday, and I'm coming up completely empty. I also didn't eat or drink anything different or use different toiletries.

My anniversary present for Scott has arrived. I got him some bluetooth earbuds. His old ones died, and he needs them for listening to podcasts and audiobooks while doing things like mowing the lawn.

Cordelia has her volunteer training for working at the library this afternoon. I need to prod her a bit to make sure she actually eats something before she goes. She'll also have to leave earlier than she wants to be because of the bus detour (the training is at the Traverwood branch).

Scott will be going to bed early tonight because he'll need to get up around midnight to go to Top of the Park and get Cordelia. She has asked the friends she's going with if any of them can give her a ride home but hasn't gotten any answers yet. I offered to spring for a cab, but Cordelia balked at the expense. I don't know, though, $11 for Scott not to have to get up in the middle of the night? Sounds like a bargain to me.

I managed nearly 700 words on my NPT story yesterday. I still don't know exactly where it's going, though, and I'm a bit over 3000 words. This does not bode well. Then again, endings often come up unexpectedly and smack me in the face, so maybe I'll find the end soon.
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Posted by Yasmeen Serhan

British authorities announced Thursday tests are being conducted on hundreds of tower blocks to determine if they have the same type of flammable cladding as used in Grenfell Tower. The tests come a week since the deadly blaze engulfed the 24-story building in west London, killing at least 79 people.

“The estimate provided to us by councils is that there are approximately 600 high-rise buildings with similar cladding,” a spokeswoman for Prime Minister

Theresa May said, adding: “In terms of the people who are living in those buildings, we will do a further test to make sure the buildings are safe—obviously nobody will be living in buildings that are unsafe.”

As the Guardian noted, the U.K.’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said the 600 tower blocks are being tested because they have some form of cladding—not necessarily because they were fitted with the aluminum cladding used on Grenfell.

The tests come a little over a week since the deadly fire at Grenfell Tower, which was reduced to a charred skeleton after a blaze spread through the building. More than 200 firefighters and 40 fire trucks were dispatched to fight the blaze. Survivors of the blaze have reacted angrily at what they see as the government’s inaction in the wake of the fire. May apologized for the response, which she said was “not good enough.”

“The support on the ground for families in the initial hours was not good enough,” she said in a statement to members of parliament Wednesday, adding it “was a failure of the state, local and national, to help people when they needed it most. As prime minister, I apologize for that failure. And as prime minister, I’ve taken responsibility for doing what we can to put things right.”

Though the cause of the blaze is being investigated, its quick spread has been attributed in part to the type of cladding used in the building’s 2015 refurbishment—a material found to have been a cheaper and more flammable version than pricier alternatives. May, in an address Thursday, said some tests already conducted have come back as combustible.

“As a precaution, the government has arranged to test cladding in all relevant tower blocks,” May said, adding that they “can test over 100 buildings a day, and the results come within hours.”  

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle....
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A team of scientists led by the Universities of Leicester and East Anglia are leading research to protect wildlife by using satellite data to identify monkey populations that have declined through hunting.
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Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film that could keep people from having to run to the shade to look at their mobile devices.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 05:41 pm
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Life is good right now, and I want to record that, before I probably lose my apartment in the next few months, as I do every year for the past 5 years. Probably in some spectacular last minute clusterfuck, as has happened in 2 out of those 5 years.

Anyway, I'm still reading Ninefox Gambit and enjoying it a lot. My health is better. Not "healthy person" better, but definitely better than it's been in say, two years. I'm going to London soon, which is so, so exciting.

The thesis has been... awful, but awful in the usual academic-grind sort of way.

This morning my maternal grandmother's youngest sister died. I couldn't make it to the funeral, but weekend plans (mostly thesis plans) will have to be altered to go grieve with family. Her granddaughter just got married a few weeks ago.

I'm sad, even though I didn't spend a lot of time with her in recent years, since my grandparents died and we stopped celebrating their birthdays and anniversaries as big family events.

My grandmother was 12 when she and her sisters and her mom and her grandma and two of her female cousins were all living in a Nazi concentration camp. This sister, the youngest, remembers that time the least, but she was old enough then to help with the missions, where their mom would send them out in pairs to try and escape the camp illegally and get food and supplies in the nearby village.

Every outing meant risk of capture and death, so the girls always went in pairs with a cousin, not a sister. My great-grandmother wanted to ensure that she could never be blamed for putting her own children ahead of her nieces.

Anyway, it's a sad day. My own grandmother in New York just got out of a 3 month stay at the hospital, and I'm grappling with the fact that it's very likely I'll never see her again.

The sun is shining, and there are flowers outside, and I still have a bed and a kitchen and a closet that are entirely my own. I suppose that's something.
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Title: Hostile Merger, Chapter Two
Author: Yin of [personal profile] breyzyyin
Fandom: Red vs. Blue
Characters: Dexter Grif, Dick Simmons, Lavernius Tucker, Agent Washington, Agent Carolina, Vanessa Kimball, Michael J. Caboose, Leonard L. Church, Agent Texas, Sarge, Franklin Delano Donut, Frank "Doc" DuFresne, Lopez, Sheila, Kaikaina Grif, Emily Grey, Antoine Bitters, Matthews, Charles Palomo, Katie Jensen, John Elizabeth Andersmith, Volleyball, Jax Jonez, Dylan Andrews, Felix, Locus, Freckles, Junior, Malcolm Hargrove, Aiden Price, Four Seven Niner
Pairings: Grimmons, Bitthews, Chex, Emily Grey/Sarge, Docnut, Lopez/Sheila, Kaikaina Grif/Volleyball, Katie Jensen/Charles Palomo, Lolix, Carolina/Washington, Vanessa Kimball/Lavernius Tucker
Table-Prompt: Restaurant/Coffee Shop/Misc. Job - Fateful Encounter
Warnings: Language

Richard “Dick” Simmons could scarcely believe his sh!tty luck.
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The solar panel installation crew was expecting they might encounter radioactive material or, possibly, a ghost. But the air shelter dating back to World War II was a surprise.

Recently, a team for Scottish Water Horizons was installing a field of solar panels at a former military site, one of 12 air stations of the Royal Flying Corps. The station had been moved to this location in 1913 and was meant to protect nearby Navy bases. It’s said to be haunted by Lieutenant Desmond Arthur, who died here in a plane crash in 1913.

The local council had warned that there might be munitions or radioactive material on the side. But as they cut back the overgrowth, the crew was surprised to find a hidden air raid shelter, which no one knew was there. They cleared the area around the shelter and reconfigured their solar panel plan to accommodate this surprise structure.

That was the only surprise, though; despite the warnings of the site’s haunted past, Lt. Arthur never showed up.

Prompt for 2017-06-22

Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:45 pm
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Today's prompt is "going back to where it all began".

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:40 am
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Well, I work about two miles away from this zoo, so I could go and be disdained by this giraffe calf in person.

Theoretically. The air is about the temperature of boiling right now and the idea of actually setting foot on zoo grounds is not that tempting, really, even with the possibility of being personally disdained.

2017 Hugo Reading: Short Stories

Jun. 22nd, 2017 02:00 pm
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Posted by Natalie Luhrs

With one obvious exception, all the Hugo short story finalists are stellar and it’s going to be extremely difficult to rank them on my ballot. Extremely difficult. In case you’ve forgotten, the finalists are: “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong (, March 2016) “That Game We Played During the War” by Carrie Vaughn (, March 2016) “The City...



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