August 20th, 2017

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‘Milk is good food’ takes on a whole new meaning thanks to a study out of Vanderbilt University that finds mom’s milk protects against infections. Human milk is a combination of fats, sugars and proteins ... Read more

Posted by Julie Muncy

Comedic legend and star of the legendary sci-fi comedy The Nutty Professor Jerry Lewis passed away today at his home. He was 91 years old.


posted by [syndicated profile] closet_cooking_feed at 09:05am on 20/08/2017

Posted by Kevin Lynch

Succulent Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp is one of my favourite foods and I was thinking that it was about time to roundup some of my best shrimp recipes, and there are a lot of them! Perfectly cooked shrimp is just bursting with juicy goodness and it's so easy to cook well but it's also easy to over cook it and if you do it gets all tough and rubbery, which is not good! Of course you can cook shrimp in a number of different ways from frying to grilling, simmering, baking, etc. and it goes so well in so many different types of dishes from pastas, to soups, salads, tacos, dumplings, sandwiches, burgers, dips, etc.! No matter how you do it, you are bound to enjoy some of these succulent shrimp recipes!

Read the recipe »

Posted by Julie Muncy

Philip K. Dick loved building worlds, but he loved it even more when they came apart. In the new trailer for the Bryan Cranston-produced anthology series based on his work, everything is coming a little unglued.


posted by [syndicated profile] io9_feed at 02:00pm on 20/08/2017

Posted by Ryan F. Mandelbaum on Gizmodo, shared by Julie Muncy to io9

Tomorrow, 7.5 million people will crowd a 70-mile-wide, 2800-mile-long strip of land as the moon blocks the sun’s light for somewhere around two minutes. The sky will turn dark, several million-degree solar corona will become visible, and the stars will appear in the middle of the day.


posted by [syndicated profile] lois_mcmaster_bujold_feed at 08:37am on 20/08/2017 just hit #121 on the Amazon sales rankings this morning. I am hoping it will crack two figures at some point on its initial sales arc, but since they change hourly, that's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it proposition.

Amazon sales rankings are a snare and a delusion and clickbait, which I suppose means they're working fine for Amazon, but they are the only real-time feedback an author can have, which is a new thing in the world. One used to have to wait up to a year and a half for the first royalty report for data on how one's baby book was doing had done out there in the world.

Speaking of "Fox", I meant to post this quote from a reader who had never read any of the Penric & Desdemona tales, and kindly agreed to test drive it: "Did it stand alone? Absolutely."

I've already spotted some reviews from old readers insisting, wrongly, it must be otherwise, which makes it much like other series work I've done. The most frustrating lately was for Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, with scads of old readers putting off new ones by claiming they had to read umpty-ump other books first, and the few new ones who slipped through the net, and read the book in front of them just as it was, saying it was fine.

(The latter, sadly small, group may actually have had a better and clearer read due to not having to fight through a forest of settled preconceptions first.)

So I think it might be better to take advice only from new readers, on this point.

Ta, L.

posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on August, 20

Click here to go see the bonus panel!

I mean, the rainbow thing is just a phenomenon due to refraction. How self-centered do you have to be to think it's just about you?

New comic!
Today's News:

Geeks! Just about 10 days to get in your submissions for BAHFest Seattle and BAHFest San Francisco. We're going to have some really awesome geeks on stage, so please submit soon for your chance to be part of things!

Posted by Julie Muncy

When a ragtag band of heroes journeys to the edge of the world in the next episode of Game of Thrones, it’s bound to be harrowing. This fan trailer imagines it as Suicide Squad by way of The Magnificent Seven.


Posted by Julie Muncy

Anyone who’s ever wanted the cold, hard eyes of a murderous Anthony Hopkins staring at them is in luck, because this Hannibal action figure is so accurate it’s uncanny.


posted by [syndicated profile] michael_turner_feed at 06:42am on 20/08/2017

Posted by Michael Turner

Backyard summer parties where a guitar gets passed around and a line-up forms outside the bathroom when the guitarist starts into "Me & Bobby McGee".

Say what you want about this song -- how tired you are of hearing it, how it enables those with little or no ability to foist it on us -- but the lyric is great, particularly the second verse; and of that verse, the first line, with its crystal clear image of two contrasting yet complementary materials -- steel and cotton.

I pulled my harpoon out of my dirty red bandanna
I was playin' soft while Bobby sang the blues, yeah
Windshield wipers slappin' time, I was holdin' Bobby's hand in mine
We sang every song that driver knew

Kris Kristofferson, who co-wrote the song, says the story came to him after seeing La Strada (1954), but when I hear it now I am reminded more of Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son (1999) than I am of Fellini's movie.
posted by [syndicated profile] cakewrecks_feed at 01:00pm on 20/08/2017

Posted by Jen

A friend once told me, "I love all your posts, but I have to admit, on Sundays you could really write anything. I'm just there for the gorgeous cakes."

Hey, works for me! So, let's see, all I need is to pull together a bunch of amazing cakes, like this:

(By BMT Cake Designs)

...and then fill up the page with whatever I want. It's a Sweets filibuster!


Does anybody have a copy of Green Eggs and Ham?
No? Ok, never mind. I'll improvise.

(By Jessicakes)

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, Who is already sick and pale with grief, That thou her maid art far more fair than she.


(By Mike's Amazing Cakes)

A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V ... and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.


(By Mishelle Handy Cakes, pic by David Baxter Photography)

I read some 4 and 5 star reviews by those who used this device successfully to change a baby while driving. On that basis, I bought one. I put my baby on it and drove for over an hour. It did not change. Same baby. I am glad it worked for some people but I will be returning mine.


(By Cotton and Crumbs)

I have six locks on my door all in a row. When I go out, I lock every other one. I figure no matter how long somebody stands there picking the locks, they are always locking three.


(By Iced and Dazzle, pic by Erin Schaefgen Photography)

I hated her... SOOO... much, it - flame, flames? Flames, on the side of my face, breathing - breath, heaving breaths. Heaving breaths... Heathing...


(By Cakes Decor member Ria123)

Up up down down left right left right B A start.


(By Lovely Cakes)

"You are using Bonetti's defense against me, ah?"
"I thought it fitting, considering the rocky terrain."
"Naturally, you must expect me to attack with Capo Ferro."
"Naturally, but I find that Thibault cancels out Capo Ferro, don't you?"


(By Rosebud Cakes)

...and I believe you should put a woman on a pedestal.. high enough so you can look up her dress. And I believe in equality, equality for everyone.. no matter how stupid they are, or how much better I am than they are. And, people say I'm crazy for believing this, but I believe that robots are stealing my luggage.


(By Cakes By Beth)

A king cake is a type of cake associated in a number of countries with the festival of Epiphany at the end of the Christmas season, and in other places with the pre-Lenten celebrations of Mardi Gras / Carnival. The cake often has a small plastic baby (said to represent Baby Jesus) inside (or sometimes placed underneath), and the person who gets the piece of cake with the trinket has various privileges and obligations.


(By Party Flavors Custom Cakes, photo by Amanda McMahon Photography)

1. Take ice tray over to the sink and fill it with cold water.
2. Place the water-filled ice tray back in the freezer.
3. Shut the door to the freezer.


(By Neli Josefson)

During the rectification of the Vuldrini, the traveler came as a large and moving Torg! Then, during the third reconciliation of the last of the McKetrick supplicants, they chose a new form for him: that of a giant Slor! Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!

That's it! The filibuster's over.

Thank goodness these Sweets speak for themselves.


Thank you for using our Amazon links to shop! USA, UK, Canada.

Posted by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to io9

While not nearly as enticing as their Prime Day discounts, Amazon’s back-to-school price drops on their Kindle, Fire, and Echo devices are solid deals if you’re in the market.


posted by [syndicated profile] scalziwhatever_feed at 01:25am on 20/08/2017

Posted by John Scalzi

A small piece of security information for you: Whatever (was well as the whole site, now operates using https, for extra added security. Mind you, as this site does very little in the way of transactions or anything security-critical, this may not be a big deal to anyone. On the other hand, Google sent me a note recently noting that unless I switched over to https, they’d start blasting “INSECURE” in the URL field of the Chrome browser, so, fine. Now it’s secure. Enjoy the securiosity! No, that’s not a real word. Even so.

August 19th, 2017

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If you want to avoid breast cancer, you may want to consider avoiding nightime light and working the graveyard shift. According to a new Harvard study, women living in areas with a lot of outdoor ... Read more

Posted by Julie Muncy

James Marshall, who plays wannabe bad boy James Hurley on Twin Peaks, finally had a chance to share his opinion on a debate that has consumed the show’s fandom for decades. Is Laura Palmer’s former beau cool?


posted by [syndicated profile] lois_mcmaster_bujold_feed at 02:41pm on 19/08/2017
All right, can anyone positively identify this mystery plant? It came up as a volunteer on the north side of my house, and seems to be self-seeding, because it keeps coming back each year. It blooms like this from the first week of August till frost. Bumblebees love it. Minnesota.

Pleased but puzzled, L.

posted by Lois McMaster Bujold on August, 20

Posted by Ethan Gach on Kotaku, shared by Julie Muncy to io9

The first look at the game’s Starfighter Assault mode has the Millennium Falcon, bright lens flares, and yes, Yoda manning a laser turret.


Posted by Julie Muncy

Josie and the Pussycats, the 2001 Archie Comics adaptation and pitch-perfect teen movie satire, was amazing. Its soundtrack was even better. Soon we’ll be able to get it on vinyl, and, frankly? it’s about time those girls got their due.


posted by [syndicated profile] potterfests_feed at 06:53pm on 19/08/2017

Posted by potterfests_mod

Schedule of Upcoming Events
in the Harry Potter Fandom

from 20 August-- 26 August 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017:
- Weekly challenge posted at grangersnape100 (every Sunday).
- Weekly prompt posted at snape100 (every Sunday).
- Weekly prompt posted at dracoharry100 (every Sunday).
- Biweekly prompt posted at mixandmatch100 (every other Sunday).

Monday, 21 August 2017:
- Weekly prompt posted at hp_hetgen (every Monday).
- Biweekly prompt posted at draco100 (every other Monday).
- Biweekly prompt posted at harry100 (every other Monday).
- Sign-ups begin for Interhouse Fest 2017 at interhouse_fest.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017:
- Weekly drabble due for Harry/Draco Last Drabble Writer Standing, Round 9 at slythindor100.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017:
- Biweekly prompt posted at hp_nextgen100 (every other Wednesday).
- Due date for the weekly prompts at hp_humpdrabbles (every Saturday) and new weekly prompts posted!
- Weekly voting begins for Harry/Draco Last Drabble Writer Standing, Round 9 at slythindor100.

Thursday, 24 August 2017:
- Weekly prompt posted at snarry100 (every Thursday).
- Sign-ups end for SSHG Gift Fest 2017 at sshg_giftfest.

Friday, 25 August 2017:
- Winner of weekly drabble announced for Harry/Draco Last Drabble Writer Standing, Round 9 at slythindor100.
- Sign-ups begin for MiniFest 2017 at mini_fest.

Saturday, 26 August 2017:
- Due date for the weekly prompts at hogwarts365 (every Saturday) and new weekly prompts posted.
- New prompt posted for Harry/Draco Last Drabble Writer Standing, Round 9 at slythindor100.

Going on all week:
- Claiming for Sirius Black Fest 2017 at sirius_black.
- Claiming for the HP Next Gen Fest 2017 at hp_nextgen_fest.
- Prompting for Secret Snarry Swap 2017 at snape_potter.
- Choose Your Owl+Post Your Wish List for H/D Owlpost Fest 2017 at hd_owlpost.
- Prompting for WeasleyJumpers MiniFest 2017 at WeasleyJumpers (dreamwidth).
- Posting for H/D Cliche Fest 2017 at hd_cliche.
- Posting for HP Cross Gen Fest 2017 at hp_crossgenfest.
- Posting for Dog Days of Summer at dogdaysofsummer.
- Posting at snacofest.
- Posting for the HP Rarepairs Wishlist Event at rarepair_shorts.
- Claiming for the SSHG Smutfest at sshg_smut.
- Claiming for HD Family Fest at hd_familyfest.
- Claiming for the HD Fanart Fest at hd_fanart.
- Claiming for the Halloween Fest at hp_creatures,
- Posting for the monthly prompts at hp_bunintheoven, slythindor100, hd_fluff, poetic_hp, hp_coffeehouse, hp_creatures, and hp_unfaithful.

If I have missed anything or made any errors, please PM potterfests_mod or theimpossiblegl, and corrections will be made ASAP.

Please feel free to pimp your own fests or communities (or alert me when a new fest is coming) -- it's hard to keep up!

Look at your old comms for activity, there are several under new management!