Mass Trajectory

Jul. 25th, 2016 03:34 pm
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Posted by Inkeye

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My first 5+1 fic. Huzzuh.
Five times a crewmember of the Ghost offers Kallus proof of their acceptance and trust, and one time he gives it himself. Little things, big things, all important to this little family coming together. Post-Baryn's Orbit, but can be read as a stand alone.

Words: 1758, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 2 of Life's Locus

Love Nest

Jul. 25th, 2016 03:04 pm
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Posted by MidnightDoll90

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This was originally something I submitted to the Thirst Order Confessions Tumblr. It is a wonderful, wonderful blog, and I encourage you to check it out. I am fleshing out this story here to keep from bombarding the mods over there :)

Words: 181, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Parents

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:58 pm
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Posted by Nisa

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All it takes to be good parents is show some good example and raise a child in love.

Words: 4886, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 3 of Tatooine AU

Finally home from Westercon

Jul. 25th, 2016 12:50 pm
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Kate is finally home from the hospital. This is the first time she's been home since we left for Westercon. She's very glad to be home.

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 I am trying to find out if the Library of Congress project to archive Fanlore is still viable. When the project was announced last year, contact with the LOC was managed by the Board. With the Board shake-up, I am wondering if the project info was passed along.  Is the project still on the Board agenda?  Do they have time to continue driving the project forward?  If not, would the Wiki Committee have time to keep the project moving?
 
Since the Library of Congress project may be something that has time-sensitive funding at their end, if the OTW does not followup on the project, the funding could be lost or the project de-prioritized. 

Quick Political Open Thread 7/26/16

Jul. 25th, 2016 07:32 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Allow me to preface it by having an imaginary Q&A:

Q: NOOOOOOOOOOOO TRUMP IS EVEN OR AHEAD OF CLINTON IN THE POLLS

A: That’s not actually a question.

Q: WHYYYYYYY IS TRUMP EVEN OR AHEAD OF CLINTON IN THE POLLS

A: Because he got a bit of a convention bounce, it looks like.

Q: WE’RE ALL GONNA DIIIIIIIIIIIE

A: Still not a question, and also, go ahead and read this from Sam Wang at the Princeton Election Consortium (who, incidentally, has been pretty much spot on for the last few election cycles). It might calm you down.

Q: What are your thoughts about the Russians maybe hacking the DNC?

A: If it’s true, then obviously it’s troubling, especially as the timing makes it appear to be an effort to throw things Trump’s way. The circumstantial evidence is piling up that it was an act by Russian intelligence service but we don’t know for sure (and come on, probably never will know for certain), nor at the moment does it seem like the Trump folks are actively involved, even if they might be a beneficiary. So I’m not gonna blame Trump for this one.

Personally if I were the GOP candidate for president I wouldn’t want to have even the appearance of being Putin’s favorite boy. But Trump doesn’t appear to care, so.

Q: Thoughts on the contents of the DNC email dump?

A: Meh? As Vox notes, there’s not a whole lot of there there, although I understand the Dead-End Berners are het up about it, rather more than Sanders himself is (probably because unlike the DEBs, Sanders himself realizes that this point for the nation, it getting a half a loaf from Clinton is better than it being set on fire by Trump while racists and antisemites dance around the flames in a circle, holding hands). In any event Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is the appointed fall gal, and getting the boot, and apparently no one will really miss her, so, fine. moving on.

Q: But corruption at the DNC! Favoritism! Dogs and cats living together!

A: Honestly? I kind of don’t give a shit. As I noted on Twitter, the DNC email stuff is venial sin stuff — people who were stupid enough to put things in email that they shouldn’t. Which is not exactly surprising — most people put things in email that they shouldn’t — but also not things that at the moment I care that much about. I’m rather more concerned about the Russians possibly trying to mess with our elections. While you can care about both of those, of course, I know which one of those I care about more. Your mileage may vary.

And of course outside of all of this is the fact that Trump, the worst presidential candidate in modern history, is still a presidential candidate. The DNC email nonsense doesn’t even move the needle in terms of Things That Would Keep Me From Voting For Hillary Clinton If Only To Stop Donald Trump.

Q: What about Wasserman-Schultz being made honorary chairperson of the Clinton campaign?

A: What, a face saving “promotion” with no real power? You do understand how politics works, yes?

Q: Any thoughts on Tim Kaine as VP?

A: Seems okay. I understand some folks distrust his commitment to pro-choiceness, but inasmuch as he’s got endorsements from NARAL and Planned Parenthood it’s not blipping my own concern radar (please note, however, as someone who is not likely to get pregnant anytime soon, my own concern radar is not as finely calibrated as others). The two main knocks on him seem to be he accepted some gifts at one point and that he’s kind of boring. With the former let’s see where that goes, but with the latter, good. I don’t want drama, I want someone who is competent and knows how to do the gig. We have enough drama already.

Q: Will the DNC get messy?

A: Oh, probably, since the DEBs can’t let it go, and everyone loves drama.

Q: Any additional thoughts on the Dead-End Berners?

A: I hope they have fun now, because if they’re still at it after the convention, they’ll basically be admitting they’re happy to dance around the trash fire with the racists and antisemites. It’s nice for them to have the luxury of not caring if they consign others to the flames.

Q: That’s, uh, pretty harsh.

A: Not a question.

Q: Don’t you think that’s pretty harsh?

A: Nope! Or, actually, yes, it is, and? I don’t really have much time for the DEBs anymore, or the privileged stupidity of “Trump and Clinton are the same” or of “she’s just the lesser evil” (or, hilariously, that she’s worse than Trump, if you’re any flavor of liberal or progressive). Get it out of your system in the next couple of days, and then get with the fucking program already, people. It’s important.

Go ahead and chat politics in the comments, folks.


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On one hand, I get it. Marvel Studios has the right to make changes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jane Foster is an astro-physicist instead of a nurse-turned-doctor. Johann Schmidt was a scientist instead of a bellboy. Maria Hill doesn't start fights for no reason. Still...

Also confirmed was the casting of Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, A.K.A. Karma, A.K.A. Her, A.K.A. Kismet, who in comic books is a product of the same experiments that created Adam Warlock (A.K.A. Him) before ascending to cosmic power. According to Gunn, Ayesha comes from a “genetically-perfect people” named the Sovereign. She serves as their High Priestess and "is not a woman to be screwed with.”

When Adam Warlock met Her. Also, MCU speculation )

Lesson #2890 - Sexiness

Jul. 25th, 2016 10:30 am
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The most sexy option is clearly 'sexjuicer' but I could not bring myself to even draw that on the chart. There's creating comics that serve to embarrass your kids in the future, and then there's just being crude.

Anyway, here's a comic that is as far from politics as I can possibly make.

I'm back.

Jul. 25th, 2016 03:06 pm
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 I made it back from my Ohio trip safely, but I am completely knackered.

This post is just so that everyone knows I am home safe and sound.

I'll get a proper post up with some stories and a some photos later tonight or tomorrow.

Meet the new phone

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:40 pm
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Pretty much the same as the old phone (which I lost, which is why I got a new one). It’s not a smartphone. (I don’t know what the euphemism is.)

When I was a child, I was the clumsy geek. I could do math (and English), but people wondered if I could walk and chew gum at the same time. I dreamed of the day when computers would enable clumsy geeks to deal with the world without manual dexterity. And look what happened. I don’t begrudge Kevin Maroney and all the other dexterous people their success (all manipulation is intelligence), but I am disappointed.

I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I got an undocumented upgrade. The phone has not once asked me to “Say a Command.”

CON.TXT Callout

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:36 pm
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I'm going to be at the CON.TXT convention this weekend. Anybody else going? 

Recyclable Materials

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:06 pm
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There was a set reason you were assigned to prepare Kylo Ren's quarters. He knew this reason, even when you did not. What you deemed to be failures were his excuses to see you.

Kylo Ren x Reader

Retelling of Such Kylo Trash (MUST read before you read this; major spoilers for the fic otherwise)

Words: 3436, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Series: Part 2 of Waiting for Trash Day

The wisdom of crowds of doctors

Jul. 25th, 2016 06:06 pm
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Preventable medical error leads to an estimated 200,000 deaths per year in the US, and many of these deaths are caused by mistaken diagnoses. Clearly, making it easier for doctors to avoid errors should be a priority.

One promising avenue could be collective decision-making: pooling the diagnoses of various doctors and using their joint wisdom to hit on the most likely answer. According to a paper in this week’s PNAS, though, this method is only likely to work if all the doctors in the group have the same level of skill.

Obviously, ethics committees are unlikely to allow a team of researchers to toy with patients’ potentially life-or-death diagnoses. So in order to figure out whether collective decision-making would help with the problem, the team combined real-world data with a computer simulation.

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Mountain of Slash

Jul. 25th, 2016 12:07 pm
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A few weekends ago, Jack and I used a friend’s pickup truck to take some yard tree trimmings to the county slash and mulch site. A volunteer is helping Jack, who is wearing his sun / dust protective gear, unload the truck.Mountain of Slash

Mirrored from Five Acres with a View.

we go together (or not at all)

Jul. 25th, 2016 01:42 pm
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"There was a time when things seemed so simple.

But that was when they were five and promises were meant to be kept and secrets were meant to be exchanged and late night laughter was stifled by hands covering mouths."

Poe reflects on his time with Ben Solo after the fall of the Jedi Academy.

Words: 1551, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

i have shattered under midnight

Jul. 25th, 2016 01:23 pm
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Posted by yunmin

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“Luke,” Wedge says, looking at the sky from the top of the ice mountains on Falleen. “I don’t know where you are, but could you please come back to us now?”

After the massacre at the New Jedi Temple, Luke Skywalker goes missing, and Wedge Antilles starts a search across the Galaxy for the man he once loved. But finding Luke was never going to be simple, and no matter how many old friends Wedge enlists, maybe Luke is going to stay hidden.

Words: 14840, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 2 of starlight

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