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Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:32 pm
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Astronomers Without Borders eclipse glasses donation program

don't throw away your eclipse glasses! mail them to Astronomers Without Borders, or deliver them to the nearest organization (most likely a local school) collecting them for AWB, so that students in South America and Africa can safely watch the next eclipse!

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:21 pm
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The blood bank emailed me: A+ donors needed. (Guess my blood type.) It has in fact been over eight weeks since I donated last.

Problem: I am fucking moving. I do not have enough physical cope as it is. Blood donation knocks me the fuck over!

Auuuuugh.

Recs

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:38 pm
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Defenders:


Gone for Soldiers: Claire and Jessica at a certain memorial service post show. In which two backstories the series left out are addressed. Excellent Claire and Jessica voices.

Above, but undermined: neat missing scene between Matt and Jessica.

Orphan Black:

The sun that's setting in the east: what Rachel did next.

Tatiana Maslany about Orphan Black interview: in which she looks back on the show, sees P.T. Westmoreland as the perfect analogue for a current head of state (hint: mediocre man in his early 70s with his power based on lies, obsessed with himself, no regard for anything not him) and thus a good final villain, and reveals which Clone was the most fun for her to play.

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 11:57 am
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I need extra hands around here. Preferably attached to strong arms, steely spines, and sturdy legs, with a head on those shoulders that can intuit what I need to happen better than I can either intuit or explain the things.

In lieu of this (because TELEPORTER!!! *shakes fist*, and also all my immediate family are Occupied Elsewhere today):

Would any y'all who believe in and understand how to accomplish the "sending healing energy over a distance" thing please do the thing for me? Not necessarily healing, though I wouldn't exactly say no to that; strength, resilience, anything that you have to spare at the moment and that you think I could use in order to get all my stuff moving-ready and the apartment sparkly clean. Protective and cleansing energies would also be welcome.

If you want to do a trade, drop me a comment with a prompt: a single word, a brief phrase, a song lyric, an evocative image. After I'm all moved, I'll stitch all the prompts into a story and post it for all y'all to see. :)
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*waves to somebody who may not wish to be named* So many coffees! Thank you!

Can someone—who has got more brain to think of google terms than I have presently got—point me at moving-out checklists? Apartment-departing–specific if possible?
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Apparently I ought not to be stunned by the technical solidity of Atomic Blonde because it was directed and stunted by people who are already on the 100 things diagram for having directed and stunted in films where they weren't the problem.

Other things that really weren't the problem with Atomic Blonde were the costumes. I don't just mean Charlize Theron and her wardrobe of awesome. I mean the smaller characters like Spoiler's daughter. I had a coat exactly like that at that time, when I was in Vienna. And I mean exactly, I can tell you that despite the pink accents on the outside of the pockets, the lining of the pockets is in fact pink and purple.

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Meme:

Pick a character I've written and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.
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I am still raising money for auto repairs. More urgently, I would very much like to be able to buy pizza and coffee to keep me operating all week while I'm frantically packing and cleaning for moving, instead of making coffee and assorted meals.

All fiction requests will be delayed until Tue Aug 29 at the earliest. Please say how urgent all divination requests are; if they are not urgent, they will be similarly delayed. Etsy orders I'll get out the door promptly. If you want to commission jewelry or artwork, we can talk, but the same delay applies. Redbubble orders are on Redbubble's schedule.

If you signal-boost this and let me know you've done it, I'll do 100 words of fiction to your request, one small art to your request, or one divination card-equivalent—no earlier than Tue Aug 29.

Fiction to Buyer's Prompt
Divination
Current Etsy will be put on vacation Thursday
Older Etsy will be put on vacation Thursday
Redbubble
Patreon
Ko.fi
Paypal.me
Cash.me

Atomic Blonde

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:20 pm
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Atomic Blonde is a great soundtrack in search of a film.

I think my anger with the film is because of its wasted potential. It could, and should, have been so much better.

The acting is solid, as is the directing and the technical stuff. The make-up department deserve an Oscar nomination. No, seriously. A character goes into shock and they made the character up to the right shade of pale.

The problem is the plot.

It makes no sense. No, seriously.

Without the last two "twists" (neither of which is a twist if you'd paid any attention during the film), it just about makes sense, because of some serious legwork by the actors, mostly Charlize Theron.

With the penultimate twist, spoilers )

Unfortunately, that's when they throw in the last twist. Which isn't really a twist and ruins all that has gone before )

In short, when your most sympathetic character is a Stasi agent, there is something wrong with the film!

I'm not even going to go into the really weird thing where there is only 1 German actor, who gets no lines in German. All the other Germans and Russians are played by Scandinavians. Now the amassed Vikings all do a damn good job (no, seriously, all my love for Roland Møller and Bill Skarsgård) but if you're actually filming in Germany, which this was, it's a bloody odd casting choice.

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While the film is nothing like the advert, I am willing to give the ad makers props for one thing. Spoilers )

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In a more fandomy way, you know the concept of a Remix. I would love to see Remixes of the film from the perspective of spoilery dead characters.

Links (Part 4)

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:10 pm
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Art:

The woman who painted her body for artist Yves Klein - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37632356

Healthcare:

The bereavement midwife: Is this the saddest job in England? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-37628554

Teenager describes summer on 'terrifying' adult ward - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-37631784

History:

Aberfan: This clock stopped ticking at 9.13 on the morning of October 21, 1966 - http://aberfan.walesonline.co.uk/

Aberfan: The mistake that cost a village its children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-150d11df-c541-44a9-9332-560a19828c47

Miscellaneous:

Do six people die for every kilo of cocaine? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37717848

Black Mirror: Backlash against writer inspired episode - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37714850

Musicians:

Phil Collins: Back from the brink after alcohol battle - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37714459

Science-Fiction:

A Computer Solved Time Travel’s “Grandfather Paradox” With An Extra Time Machine -
http://www.tor.com/2016/10/19/a-computer-solved-time-travels-grandfather-paradox-with-an-extra-time-machine/ I don't think this a solution. It's a bit 'turtles all the way down'.

Sport:

Football:

Bayern Munich's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: 'English clubs almost kidnap youngsters' -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37732246 Given that he's Bayern's chairmen and what they do to other German teams, this is a bit pot, kettle, black, but he's got a point.

Rugby Union:

Anthony Foley: A community struggles after the death of its favourite son - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37710942

Technology:

The team fighting to remove online child abuse images - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37707231

Links (Part 3)

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:55 pm
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Business:

Shopping in Australia, while in China - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37584730

Film:

A Stray: Finding and filming the real Somali immigrant experience - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37735113

Healthcare:

'I can't imagine being a doctor for five more years' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37787586

History:

The Suez Emergency: The forgotten war of the conscript soldier - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-36985325

Miscellaneous:

The Skype sex scam - a fortune built on shame - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37735369

Sex, honour, shame and blackmail in an online world - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37735368

Natasha Annie Tonthola: My fight against Malawi's 'hyenas' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37431005

Musicians:

Syd Barrett: Cambridge honours its 'Crazy Diamond' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-37748713

News:

The Russians who fear a war with the West - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37766688

Will Central Asia fight over water? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37755985

The kids who have to sew to survive - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37693173

Child refugees in Turkey making clothes for UK shops - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37716463

Photography:

In pictures: Framing the Mafia - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37749921 I do wish they'd gone with a different title for the article.

Politics:

US election 2016: Indians' verdict on Donald Trump's Hindi - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37787347 From before the last US election

How to deal with uncertainty - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37697460

Science:

Regrets of a Naturopath - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/10/25/regrets-of-a-naturopath

Sport:

Chicago Cubs: City parties as baseball 'curse' ends after 71 years - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37743581

Football:

Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss says life alone in hotel is a 'bit of a disaster' -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37772298

Heading footballs 'affects memory' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-37714830

Theatre:

Key Change: From prison cell to sell-out show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37731821

Amadeus play: NT homecoming in fine tune - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37692975

Links (Part 2)

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:34 pm
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Business:

Sport 'mechanic of the mind' brings Olympic expertise to firms - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37642812

Serial returners cause problems for shops - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37711091

History:

'I cheated death and joined the Guinea Pig Club' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37840480

Law and Order:

Dog attacks: When is a fatal dog mauling a criminal offence? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37692140 Apparently the answer is 'when the owner isn't a police officer'.

Miscellaneous:

'Major failings' in DVLA medical fitness to drive cases - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37703036

Itchy business: The growth of head lice removal firms - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37617423

I went to Nigeria to meet the man who scammed me - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37632259

Costumes to go: Rolling out for Halloween - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-37774000

Music:

10 real-life love stories and the heartbreaking songs they inspired -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1yP6wqGtc3NKw5t3V5Tnb2Y/10-real-life-love-stories-and-the-heartbreaking-songs-they-inspired

News:

Is a child bride really married every seven seconds? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37804539

India Kashmir: The teenager blinded by pellets - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-37773759

Photography:

In pictures: Lagos photo festival on African identity - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37768022

Politics:

What is it like when the PM is your MP? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37691279

That black British feeling: Does the UK need Black Lives Matter? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37715090/that-black-british-feeling-does-the-uk-need-black-lives-matter

6 Reasons Why Donald Trump Is Not ‘Just Like Brexit’ - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/donald-trump-brexit_uk_5810d58be4b0c6d521b59cc0 From before the last US elections. Actually more interesting for the wrong assumptions the analyst made.

US election: Why does the US have such low voter turnout? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37634526

Sport:

Palestinian women bring baseball to Gaza - http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/palestinian-women-bring-baseball-gaza-170320194333648.html

Football:

Live From Leicester Fuching City - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/christian-fuchs-live-from-leicester-fuching-city/

Rugby League:

Jack Smith: Four Nations role for ex-Royal Marine shot by a sniper in Afghanistan -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37772922

Technology:

Inside the Cyberattack That Shocked the US Government - https://www.wired.com/2016/10/inside-cyberattack-shocked-us-government/

Links (Part 1)

Aug. 20th, 2017 06:17 pm
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Economics:

Model train prices are rising because of pound's devaluation - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37755137

Film:

Dorothy's Wizard of Oz slippers to be saved after campaign hits $300,000 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37754079

History:

London Is Still Paying Rent to the Queen on a Property Leased in 1211 -
http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/london-is-still-paying-rent-to-the-queen-on-a-property-leased-in-1211

Miscellaneous:

'I don't': Why choose civil partnership over marriage? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37834074

Halloween: Meet England's most interesting ghosts - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37717362

Your pictures: Witches' marks - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37824761

Putting the fun back into fitness - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37727456 This is one of those ones where I disagree. I enjoy the suffering of training. It pleases me. I am aware that this says nothing good about me.

The “432 Hz vs. 440 Hz” conspiracy theory - https://jakubmarian.com/the-432-hz-vs-440-hz-conspiracy-theory/ This is your actual lunatic fringe conspiracy theory/

Russian bullet train whirrs past bleak lives - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37766289

An uncanny mixture: God, alcohol and even cannabis - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37727458

Snail mail: The postcard that arrived 50 years late - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/37762203

Does it pay to sell a home online? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37677444

Politics:

Ugly US election race a poor ad for democracy in China - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37724839 From before the last US election.

Why we lost the Brexit vote - Behind the scenes of the flawed campaign to keep the UK in the EU. - http://www.politico.eu/article/why-we-lost-the-brexit-vote-former-uk-prime-minister-david-cameron/ Obviously a little partisan but interesting nonetheless.

Science:

I’m a Doctor. If I Drop Food on the Kitchen Floor, I Still Eat It. -
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/upshot/im-a-doctor-if-i-drop-food-on-the-kitchen-floor-i-still-eat-it.html?_r=2

Breast-Feeding the Microbiome - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/breast-feeding-the-microbiome

Nine colourful facts about chameleons -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2bKnSDQQKgvMPChch0C3T4g/nine-colourful-facts-about-chameleons

Cancer care: Is world class status a distant dream? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37719471

Technology:

Blockchain bandits hit crypto start-ups - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37307826

Clicks and bricks: How building is going digital - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37541598

The Defenders (Review)

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:41 am
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Reader, I marathoned it. It being shorter than any previous Marvel Netflix series, this didn’t take that long. (No filler episodes.) Above cut judgment: overall plot meh, worth watching for the character interaction, with my particular highlights being Jessica & Matt, Luke & Jessica, Luke & Danny (I haven’t watched Iron Fist, nor do I intend to watch it now, but the scenes with Luke were the occasions when Danny shook off blandness and became an entertaining character), and all four spending an entire episode stuck in a Chinese Restaurant. Also Matt & Spoilery character, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver’s character) & Madame Gao, Alexandra & Spoilery character.

heavy spoilers beneath the cut )

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