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Posted by Jen Neale

No. 1 Star: Artem Anisimov, Chicago Blackhawks

In a big Central Division matchup against the Dallas Stars, the Blackhawks came away with a convincing 5-1 win; increasing their lead over the Stars to five points. Anisimov assisted on 3 tallies and scored his 18 goal of the season while the Blackhawks were shorthanded.

No. 2 Star: Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens desperately needed a win and they finally got one at the expense of the Edmonton Oilers. Plekanec scored a goal and had 3 assists in the Habs 5-1 trouncing of the Oil. It is their first regulation win in exactly a month.

No. 3 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

The offensive-minded defenseman provided 4 assists in the Senators 6-1 beatdown of the Toronto Maple Leafs. What had everyone freaking out was the fact Karlsson logged 3:19 on the penalty kill. 

Honorable Mention: Paul Carey earned his first NHL goal when he tied the game for the Washington Capitals with less than six minutes to go. The Caps took the New Jersey Devils to the shootout. Braden Holtby stopped 2 of 3 Devils shooters and picks up win No. 32 on the season. Ovechkin SMASH:

... Keith Yandle scored with 12.9 seconds left on the clock to tie the Philadelphia Flyers at 2-2. Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan both scored in the shootout and Henrik Lunqvist stopped Sam Gagner and Claude Giroux. HALLELUJAH! 

... Connor McDavid is a magical unicorn. Ben Scrivens earned his first win as a member of the Canadiens, making 23 saves on the Oilers. The lone Edmonton goal was a shorty by Benoit Pouliot ... Detroit scored 5 unanswered goals before John Tavares netted at power play goal just over four minutes into the third period. The Red Wings won 5-1 Dylan Larkin tied Artemi Panarin for the rookie goal scoring lead with his 18 of the season.  

... Brad Marchand is hated by pretty much everyone in the NHL outside of Boston. Add the Buffalo Sabres to the list, again. In overtime, Marchand draws a penalty and is somehow given a penalty shot. He buries it to win the game. From Stanley Cup of Chowder:

... Congrats to Ryan Dzingel on his first NHL point. Mark Stone, Zack Smith, and Curtis Lazar each registered 2 points for the Senators. Stone escaped the game with his nose still attached to his face after Joffrey Lupul's skate makes contact with it:

... Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang connected on all 3 goals by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 3-2 comeback overtime victory against the Florida Panthers. Sid picked up career points 900, 901, and 902 in the win. Florida had no problems scoring on special teams: one power play goal by Jussi Jokinen and one shorthanded goal by Aleksander Barkov ... Brian Elliott allowed only 1 goal on 39 shots by the Minnesota Wild; 24 of Minnesota's shots were in the second period. All but one of the St. Louis Blues goals came on the power play in the 4-2 win ... Filip Forsberg had a goal and 2 assists in the Nashville Predators 6-2 stomping of the San Jose Sharks. Both of San Jose's goals were on the power play. One of Viktor Arvidsson's two goals was a perfect snipe over the shoulder of Martin Jones as the forward is falling to the ice: 

... Corey Crawford staying on Holtby's heels in the win total. The netminder earned his 31 win on the year with 36 saves against Dallas ... The Calgary Flames scored 4 goals against the Vancouver Canucks; 2 were in an empty net. Jonas Hiller improved to 6-5-1 on the season making 34 saves. T.J. Brodie, Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik, and Sam Bennett each had 2 points and were a plus-3. Brodie logged the most ice time for the Flames at 27:29. The next closest as Mark Giordano with 22:49 ... Drew Stafford scored 2 goals and assisted on Mathieu Perreault's tally for the Jets in the 4-2 win over Colorado.

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Dishonorable Mention: Ryan McDonagh and Wayne Simmonds left the game at the same time. McDonagh with an injury and Simmonds on a match penalty for injuring McDonagh. The Flyers had 20 shots in the second period (good!) and 1 shot on goal in the third period and overtime combined (bad!) ... Jaroslav Halak was pulled after giving up 4 goals on 13 shots midway through the game. Puck drop for the third period between the Islanders and Red Wings was delayed by 36 minutes due to a deep gash dug into the ice by the Zamboni ... James Reimer was given the hook only 7:38 into the game against Ottawa. He allowed 3 goals on 8 shots, and his replacement, Jonathan Bernier let in 3 goals on 17 shots. Despite protests, Tyler Bozak went back to the locker room and did not return with a concussion after his head made contact with Mika Zibanejad's elbow:

It gets better. Then Shawn Mattias gets knocked loopy by his own teammate. He leaves to the dressing room but returns to finish the game.

... Thomas Vanek and Jason Zucker were healthy scratched by Mike Yeo to send a message to his team. It didn't work. Minnesota had 7 power play opportunities and only scored on one .. Antti Niemi played only one period for the Stars, letting in 3 goals on 11 shots. Kari Lehtonen replaced him and faced 15 shots, allowing 2 goals. The Stars once potent power play was 0-for-6 against Chicago ... Patrick Roy lost his mind after losing a coach's challenge and it is glorious. The Colorado Avalanche and WInnipeg Jets combined for 68 penalty minutes in the game.

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Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD.


A Bit of This, a Bit of That

Feb. 6th, 2016 11:02 pm
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Followup on Numfar and the mouse: Still no idea where she caught it... I was assuming she would become obsessed with the area of the house where she found it (as an example, she once found a spider in a particular corner of our bathroom and now every time she walks into that room she checks that spot first... as if it is the room's spider dispenser or something), but nothing seems out of the ordinary from her today. I still just keep thinking back to how happy and proud she was... and I'm so glad that sort of thing doesn't bother me, because I think she would have been absolutely crushed if I'd freaked out about her first real kill (since I don't think bugs and spiders count). She was definitely bringing it to me to show off so I could be proud and happy, too. But again, soooo glad it happened while I was still awake.

Today we had just a few errands to run and had planned on spending the day working on projects around the house. First, we headed over to [personal profile] kehf's place... she was giving away her elliptical trainer, which is something I've seriously wanted (for those days when it's just too cold/rainy/snowy to go walking outdoors and I don't have time to go to the gym). With a bit of help, we managed to get it into the back of our car and got it home and set up before lunchtime!

We grabbed lunch at our favorite spot, followed by a run out to Home Depot to pick up a few things, then decided to go for a nice 30-40 minute walk on the Marymoor Connector Trail since we were already down in Redmond. And of course, after we parked, we had to do a quick look around to see if there were any Geocaches nearby that we hadn't found yet. Turned out we'd parked about 50 feet from the start of a Difficulty 3 / Terrain 4 Multi-Cache (Difficulty and Terrain are on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the absolute hardest... and a Multi-Cache is a Geocache that has multiple waypoints with clues or information that eventually lead you to the final location). After a bit of dithering (because neither of us was particularly feeling like doing a D3/T4 today), we decided we could at least get started with it and work our way along the waypoints until it got too tough, then save what we'd figured out up to that point and finish it on another day. Ha!

I didn't keep close track of the time, but I think we were out there a bit over two hours... and for a great deal of it we were tromping through tall grass coated with a thick layer of fallen leaves, often hiding fallen trees and sloggy, muddy terrain. Probably the best workout I've had in ages, but wow... I am *sore* tonight, not to mention incredibly tired. We followed a lot of game trails to reach some of the waypoints, but also did a fair bit bushwhacking and climbing over fallen trees and branches and through thickets of shrubs and blackberries. And did I mention the mucky, muddy ground? Despite all that, it was pretty obvious that the terrain would be a whole lot worse at other times of the year (that area was actually a bit drier than it will be in the spring and there were relatively few blackberry brambles compared to how it will be later in the year). In the end, we managed to make our way over to the final location and found the cache! Yay! I love caches like this, where you actually feel like you earned every bit of the D/T rating to make the find. I still can't believe we did the whole thing today, though. Definitely not in our original plans.

And, even better, we did some detours along the way and found a few other caches and then got to go walking through "Doggie Disneyland" (aka the Marymoor Off-Leash Dog Park -- 40 acres of woods, fields and a dog's dream come true), which is probably one of my most favorite things to do. The place was hopping today, too, with dogs everywhere... running around, having the times of their lives and just being completely and utterly happy. All in all, it was a pretty good day.

ETA: Aha! I found a pretty good video about Marymoor Offleash Dog Park out on YouTube... just to give a bit of an idea of what it has too offer in its 40 acres.

Crossposted from my Livejournal.
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Posted by Jen Neale

Patrick Roy started to twitch after the Winnipeg Jets scored.

Andrew Ladd was positioned in front of the net when his butt makes contact with the mask of Semyon Varlamov. The goaltender is unable to recover from contact and make a save on Drew Stafford's shot.

Roy challenges the goal on the grounds of goaltender interference and is unsuccessful. Then he loses his mind.

Courtesy of Steph (@myregularface):

Look at the faces of Mikhail Grigorenko and John Mitchell on either side of Roy. They're watching referee Wes McCauley as he receives the fire spit his way by Roy.

Linesman Tony Sericolo finally intervenes and gets McCauley out of the way of the coach's wrath. Whatever Roy says as the two start to separate ends up triggering a button for the referee. He tags up Roy with a 2-minute bench minor for "abuse of officials."

Lucky for Roy, because he would have literally exploded into dust, the Avs kill of the power play.

As for the goal he was so angry about. Ladd taps the head of Varlamov with his rear end. It appears the goaltender falls backwards of his own accord and can't make the save. You decide.

The NHL's reasoning: "After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line."

Patrick Roy firmly disagrees.

Ahh, coaches going crazy. We love it. Earlier this week, Joel Quenneville went 'bananas' over a disallowed goal.

Never change, men. Never change.

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On February 7, 1964, Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight 101 from London Heathrow lands at New York’s Kennedy Airport–and “Beatlemania” arrives. It was the first visit to the United States by the Beatles, a British rock-and-roll quartet that had just scored its first No. 1 U.S. hit six days before with “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” At Kennedy, the “Fab Four”–dressed in mod suits and sporting their trademark pudding bowl haircuts–were greeted by 3,000 screaming fans who caused a near riot when the boys stepped off their plane and onto American soil.

Two days later, Paul McCartney, age 21, Ringo Starr, 23, John Lennon, 23, and George Harrison, 20, made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, a popular television variety show. Although it was difficult to hear the performance over the screams of teenage girls in the studio audience, an estimated 73 million U.S. television viewers, or about 40 percent of the U.S. population, tuned in to watch. Sullivan immediately booked the Beatles for two more appearances that month. The group made their first public concert appearance in the United States on February 11 at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C., and 20,000 fans attended. The next day, they gave two back-to-back performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, and police were forced to close off the streets around the venerable music hall because of fan hysteria. On February 22, the Beatles returned to England.

The Beatles’ first American tour left a major imprint in the nation’s cultural memory. With American youth poised to break away from the culturally rigid landscape of the 1950s, the Beatles, with their exuberant music and good-natured rebellion, were the perfect catalyst for the shift. Their singles and albums sold millions of records, and at one point in April 1964 all five best-selling U.S. singles were Beatles songs. By the time the Beatles first feature-film, A Hard Day’s Night, was released in August, Beatlemania was epidemic the world over. Later that month, the four boys from Liverpool returned to the United States for their second tour and played to sold-out arenas across the country.

Later, the Beatles gave up touring to concentrate on their innovative studio recordings, such as 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, a psychedelic concept album that is regarded as a masterpiece of popular music. The Beatles’ music remained relevant to youth throughout the great cultural shifts of the 1960s, and critics of all ages acknowledged the songwriting genius of the Lennon-McCartney team. In 1970, the Beatles disbanded, leaving a legacy of 18 albums and 30 Top 10 U.S. singles.

During the next decade, all four Beatles pursued solo careers, with varying success. Lennon, the most outspoken and controversial Beatle, was shot to death by a deranged fan outside his New York apartment building in 1980. McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 for his contribution to British culture. In November 2001, George Harrison succumbed to cancer.

Kid still sick.

Feb. 7th, 2016 12:16 am
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Slightly less-so than the rest of the week, but, basically, sick. With anxiousness as part of the sick.

I need to remember to dig up Sariel's return address and send a post-card and see if we can find out what happened. O:(

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On one hand this is not really what I had in mind as far as "making do," and in any other context I would find the idea of cuddling up with a narcoleptic and sleeping with them without their knowledge really creepy. But this game has so warped my standards for what qualifies as "creepy" anymore that I find myself ok with this. And that's a pretty horrifying realization.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

MFOHP chapter 10!

Feb. 6th, 2016 09:18 pm
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Harry Potter is a wizard, which surprises him. But Harry Potter is also a Multiple, which surprises everyone.

The Many Faces of Harry Potter, chapter 10 is out!

FanFiction.net version

"Archive of Our Own" version

BigCloset version
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Today was the busiest of days.  We went to the bank first and got the pre-approval thing done (yay for awesome credit scores!  I am proud of Husband and myself).  Then we had five house showings scheduled over the course of the day, which turned into six after one of the agents took us to another property after the one we'd actually scheduled.  Husband's parents were also here and went with us, which was great since they've bought/sold some five or so houses in their lives and have real estate and engineering backgrounds.

Out of the six, three were run-away-screaming, one was meh, and two were houses we could actually see ourselves living in, which seems like a spectacular ratio.  Plus we got to meet some agents and evaluate them a bit, too.

Of course by the end I was getting a migraine, so that's fun.  Managed to go out for dinner (sushi, om nom) but now I am whomped.  Time for bed.
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I am very happy indeed to be able to announce that my story, To Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath, will be appearing in the Twelfth Planet Press anthology, Defying Doomsday.  I contributed to the Kickstarter fundraising campaign for this anthology, and really don’t have the words for how excited I am to be able to be a part of it!

The rest of the TOC announcement, copied from here:

After much submission wrangling and shuffling, we are finally ready to announce the table of contents for Defying Doomsday!

(One quick disclaimer: it’s possible that the exact order of stories might change a little bit between now and publication time, but we’re pretty sure it will look something like this.)

So without further ado, the table of contents for Defying Doomsday!


Table of Contents

And the Rest of Us Wait by Corinne Duyvis

To Take Into the Air My Quiet Breath by Stephanie Gunn

Something in the Rain by Seanan McGuire

Did We Break the End of the World? by Tansy Rayner Roberts

In the Sky with Diamonds by Elinor Caiman Sands

Two Somebodies Go Hunting by Rivqa Rafael

Given Sufficient Desperation by Bogi Takács

Selected Afterimages of the Fading by John Chu

Five Thousand Squares by Maree Kimberley

Portobello Blind by Octavia Cade

Tea Party by Lauren E Mitchell

Giant by Thoraiya Dyer

Spider-Silk, Strong as Steel by Samantha Rich

No Shit by K Evangelista

I Will Remember You by Janet Edwards


Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Title: You're the Heat that I Know
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Mature
Words: 1750
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Some tabletop surgery, not graphic. Handcuff sex. Brainwashing
Notes: For Day #5: Changes. Lyrics from Flume's Drop the Game. Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Root is here to rescue Shaw, but Shaw is on the way to rescuing herself.

At the Archive: You're the Heat that I Know
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Before Connor McDavid became Connor McJesus, there was Sidney Crosby. The O.G. "Next One."

Sitting on 899 career points coming into the game against the Florida Panthers, Sid and Pittsburgh Penguins teammates waited until the 5:04 in the third period to start making things happen.

The captain begins the comeback from the corner boards, sending a laser of a pass to the tape of Kris Letang on the far side of the net. The defenseman one-times the puck past Roberto Luongo.

Penguins cut the lead to 2-1 and Crosby earns career point No. 900.

With a 1:15 left on the clock, Sid scores his 22 goal of the season. The puck appears to redirect off Crosby, onto Luongo, and into the net.

Game tied. Point 901 secured.

A mere 8-seconds into overtime, Jussi Jokinen is hit with a penalty for hooking Letang. The Penguins proceeded to make the Panthers pay in the 4-on-3.

Crosby holds the puck at the red line as Letang gets to the spot where he scored his first goal of the game. Sid zips the puck across the front of the crease for another one-timer by Letang.

Penguins win. Sid earns career point 903.

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Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD.


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Title: You're the Heat that I Know
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Mature
Words: 1750
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Some tabletop surgery, not graphic. Handcuff sex. Brainwashing
Notes: Written for [community profile] halfamoon's prompt, Changes. Lyrics from Flume's Drop the Game. Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Root is here to rescue Shaw, but Shaw is on the way to rescuing herself.

Also at the Archive

You're the Heat that I Know )
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Posted by Jen Neale

FACT: Connor McDavid poops rainbows and farts glitter. He comes to the rink on a unicorn.

The boy is magic. Straight up magic as evidenced on a play against the Alexei Emelin and the rest of the Montreal Canadiens.

In his third game back from injury, the boy wizard effortlessly moves the puck up the ice, dekes around Emelin, and feeds the puck and stick through is own legs for a shot on net. It doesn't make sense. It will when you watch it:

Sure he doesn't score a goal, but we'll give him a break. He's only in his third game since returning from injury. 

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Fringe down in Mandurah )

This was Michael's last show for the Perth Fringe this year, he's heading off to Queensland for his next show and try to see him if you're fond of the Eurythmics, because he does a fine and sensitive job.
Hope he comes back next year.

9/10 powerful and moving and finding the briefcase with the two figurines in it from the old Live From Heaven video on the Sid and Nancy Scale.

Outside mer-acrobats, a stilted jellyfish and a huge moray eel entertained passersby. I will definitely be looking into more fringe events in Mandurah. The food vans here have much more gluten free options than the Cultural Centre fringe ones do. 


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