October 20th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] sartorias at 01:34pm on 20/10/2017 under , ,
Posting on the fly here--workshop still going on.

But recently Cat Rambo read my book Inda and asked me
>for a mini-interview on omni POV
. A subject I am always intensely interested in discussing.
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A repost of one of my Hallowe'en 2014 selections! H.P. Lovecraft's classic 1924 tale of horrific family secrets gets the Richard Corben (writing as, appropriately, "Gore") treatment in the underground comic Skull #5 (Last Gasp, 1972). NSFW warning for gore.

'Is it Edward Norrys' fat face on that fungus thing?' )
turlough: Gerard Way doing thumbs-up, Warped tour 2005 ((mcr) gerard approves)
More pics from their performance at Irving Plaza in NYC, New York, on 6 February 2003.


This way... )
Mood:: 'cold' cold
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posted by [personal profile] holmesticemods at 01:23pm on 20/10/2017 under ,
Every so often a participant is unable to complete their assignment and we have to scramble to find someone able and willing to make a gift for the recipient. If you would enjoy being one of the people we turn to in our times of need, please leave us a comment! Include your email, and tell us what fanwork types, verses, pairings, and ratings you might be willing to create for. All comments are screened.

Volunteering on this post is not a commitment: you'll simply be among the people we turn to first when we need a pinch-hitter. If we find ourselves in need, we'll email you a request and due date; you're free to accept or reject. (We do ask that you do so promptly, as deadlines are often tight!)

Thank you so much for volunteering!
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a dog that paints

Arbor is a former rescue dog from a Las Vegas shelter. Adopted just 2 years ago, the talented pup has gone from a stray to being absolutely famous! Appearing on shows like Good Morning America, new stations and even in Life and Dog magazine. (There are much much more) 

So what makes this very talented puppy so interesting to watch? He loves to paint! And we are talking about real painting. Using a brush in his mouth and creating very abstract works of art. The best part is that he then auctions off his painting to raise money for other homeless pets and to bring more awareness to very important animal issues. 

Check out the his videos (many of which he is wearing a doggie cam for) so you can see what Vegas is like from a dog's perspective! www.youtube.com/govegasdog

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Tagged: dogs , artist , cute , funny
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Posted by Mark Frauenfelder

Jim Davis, creator of the lasagna-living Garfield, has finally commented on his infamous May 30, 1990 comic strip in which Garfield's owner, Jon, appears to guzzle a cup a dog semen at a veterinarian's office.

From AV Club:

The “Jon drinks dog semen” theory has been floating around since May 30, 1990, ever since eagle-eyed fans noticed that—at the conclusion of a strip where Jon once again futilely flirts with Garfield’s veterinarian, Liz—Jon drinks dog semen. After all, it’s telegraphed right there in the punchline, where, after Jon helps himself to an ostensible cup of coffee, Liz drolly responds, “Congratulations, Mr. Arbuckle. You are going to give birth to a fine, healthy litter of puppies.”

Ignoring the fact that Liz has some pretty mixed-up ideas about the mechanics of animal husbandry for a licensed veterinarian, the intent here seems fairly obvious. What else could possibly be the joke, if not the idea that hundreds of tiny dog sperm are now worming their way through Jon’s digestive tract? Clearly, Liz had just finished jerking a dog off into a coffee cup, and consummate goofball Jon accidentally drank it.

Here's Jim Davis' explanation:

“On the farm, we used to give first-calf heifers a high protein supplement to help them deliver healthier calves. The supplement was provided by our vet... I assumed that there would be a similar supplement for dogs. So Jon is drinking a protein-enriched drink formulated for a pregnant dog.

There you have it!”

posted by [syndicated profile] boingboing_feed at 09:17am on 20/10/2017

Posted by Mark Frauenfelder

Scientists are coming closer than ever to stopping aging. The latest video from Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell explores how we would change as individuals and a society if people could live as long as they wanted.

In 2011, Drew Magary wrote a book called The Postmortal, a fictional first-hand account of what happens to the world when a cure for aging is discovered. I reviewed it here.

Posted by Jason Weisberger

Nemo, my Great Pyr, tends to not like chewing on fake stuff. He's loved this Galileo Nylabone for years, however.

Nylabones cover the spectrum of dog-chew toughness. Puppy softchews are like plastic gel caps to my big dog, This hard bone is barely scored by his massive teeth.

The flavoring seems to last a long time, or Nemo just got used to chewing this bad boy for comfort. Sometimes I'll put a bit of peanut butter on it, if I just want him to settle down and leave me be.

Nemo is a 120lb chewing enthusiast. This bone, however, holds up.

Nylabone Galileo Original Flavored Dog Chew Toy via Amazon

Posted by Cory Doctorow

A leaked recording of Facebook security chief Alex Stamos (who refused to help with an illegal NSA spying program when he was CSO for Yahoo) has him describing the company's IT culture as being "like a college campus, almost" while the company has the "threat profile of a Northrop Grumman or a Raytheon or another defense contractor." (more…)

Posted by Boing Boing's Shop


Keeping a stash of emergency supplies doesn’t make you a paranoid doomsday prepper. It makes you a responsible human being that doesn’t want to be totally SOL in a disaster situation. To help you prepare for the unpredictable, this Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight is now on offer in the Boing Boing Store.

This versatile device combines a powerful LED torch with a radio tuner that includes AM, FM, and WB bands for weather updates. Its handheld size won’t take up much space in your backpack or car, and you won’t need to bring extra batteries — this emergency radio comes with a lithium-ion power bank that’s rechargeable via solar panel or built-in hand crank.

Aside from providing power to its light and radio receiver, the battery pack can also be used to charge USB devices. When you’re off the grid, you’ll be able to keep your phone alive with just sunlight and elbow grease.

You can get this Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight for $18.99 here.

Posted by Cory Doctorow

The Canadian Communications Security Establishment -- the most secretive of Canada's spy agencies -- has released the sourcecode for Assemblyline, a "Swiss Army Knife for malware analysis" that rolls up several malware analysis tools into a single unit, which can scan files for known malware and also assign a score to files indicating the likeliness that the file has a previously unseen form of malware. (more…)

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posted by [personal profile] holmesticemods at 12:42pm on 20/10/2017 under ,
"Watson," said he, "if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."

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musesfool: darth vader saying "He said what about his sister? Gross." (he said what about his sister?)
I meant to link to this yesterday: 5 things Obi-Wan should have told Luke instead of lies. #obi-wan's casual relationship with the truth

Leaving aside all Doylistic reasons (i.e., that at the time, Lucas had no idea Obi-Wan was lying about anything!), given canon as it currently stands, I feel like I can only blame Obi-Wan for not clearing up 1 (Darth Vader is your father) and 5 (Princess Leia is your sister). More on that below but first, I will quickly dispatch the others:

- 2. Owen was Anakin's stepbrother and they only met once is irrelevant to Luke's situation, because Owen and Beru raised Luke and loved him and were his family in all ways that matter. Otoh, this part: Obi-Wan could have saved himself a lot of time by just telling the kid that he was hidden away to protect him from the Empire, and now it's time to step out I can agree with. That would have been perfect and not in any way set Owen and Beru up against Luke's father's 'ideals,' whatever those were meant to be at the time/according to Obi-Wan.

- 3. Yeah, it would have been great if Obi-Wan gave Luke some background on the Jedi Order, but I feel like there was time for that later, in ghostly chats during downtime or while training with Yoda. I don't know if you lead with philosophy and history when rescuing the princess and destroying the planet-killing space station are the top two things on your to-do list. And Luke spent a few weeks with Yoda so we don't really know what else he was taught aside from all the running and the handstands. He seemed to be doing all right in RotJ anyway, some Force-choking aside.

- 4. I don't think Obi-Wan was advising Luke to bury his feelings forever and ever. Luke may have interpreted it that way (certainly Anakin seemed to, despite ten years of Jedi training), so much as he was saying, don't let them overwhelm you while you're fighting the Emperor and Vader, because they will use your feelings and Leia against you if they can. And he's not wrong - Luke does get overwhelmed when Vader picks up on the whole 'sister' thing, but then he masters himself and wins out, at least in terms of 1. not dying and 2. bringing Vader back to the light. I feel like Coach Taylor lays it out best: "Every man at some point in his life is gonna lose a battle. He's gonna fight and he's gonna lose. What makes him a man, is that in the midst of that battle, he does not lose himself."

Now, the two lies that actually did some damage and Obi-Wan should have pulled on his big boy pants and told the truth (speaking from an in-text/Watsonian perspective):

1. "Darth Vader is your father" - I absolutely understand to some degree why Obi-Wan couldn't bring himself to tell Luke this, especially not early on. And I don't need to rehash all the reasons why for Obi-Wan it was not even really a lie! Why he could weasel around with "from a certain point of view" and still look his ghost-self in the ghost-mirror. I mean, I can if you want me to! I'm happy to discuss Obi-Wan at any time! but I feel like it is, like, 93% irrelevant to this particular discussion, because once Luke was leaving for Bespin, it was CRUCIAL that he have all the facts going into that confrontation, and he didn't and it cost him dearly. It didn't even need to be Obi-Wan who told him! he could have kept on with his "I'm not mad I'm just disappointed" bit as Luke left if he really needed to for his own peace of mind.

But Yoda should have done it instead of being cryptic and discouraging, and while I'm not anti-Yoda as so many people are, I do think he made a huge mistake there, and did so willfully instead of genuinely. I think it shows on both their parts that they continued to misunderstand what drove Anakin Skywalker (despite, on Obi-Wan's part, knowing him really well) and also a real unwillingness to question their own worldviews despite having them upended so terribly. I mean, twenty years of meditating in the desert/the swamp over everything that went wrong (and no doubt with a side order of routine self-flagellation for Obi-Wan, at least), and it never occurred to either of them to think, well, Anakin never did anything the way we expected, so why should he be a Sith in the expected way? (and remember, he's not actually that great at being a Sith.)

5. "Leia is your sister." I mean, I guess he'd been alone in the desert for 19 years, so maybe it wouldn't have occurred to him that cute teenagers in adrenaline-fueled and dangerous situations might end up kissing and stuff! Especially when BOTH of them were Skywalkers. I mean, he knew Anakin met Padme when he was 9 and was like, "She's the one for me!" and ten years later, actually made it happen, so I don't know what he was thinking when he neglected to mention that the girl currently inspiring Luke to radical notions of overthrowing the Empire was none other than his sister. It would have at least avoided some awkward situations and the potential for a very different sort of family tragedy, anyway. ("One more date and we would've had a Greek tragedy on our hands." - Soapdish) I guess he was just really confident in Han Solo's charms to win the princess's heart in the end? *g*

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Music:: and nobody else can see it, but there's something underneath my skin
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posted by [personal profile] lsanderson at 11:18am on 20/10/2017
BPM (Beats Per Minute)

This passionate historical drama from Robin Campillo follows young French activists through an emotional battle for respect and care.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Robin Campillo
Writers Robin Campillo, Philippe Mangeot
Stars Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz, Félix Maritaud
Running Time 2h 20m
Genre Drama


Mr. Haynes’s lovely adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book centers on a girl in the 1920s and a boy in the ’70s whose lives are mysteriously connected.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Todd Haynes
Writer Brian Selznick
Stars Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Millicent Simmonds, Cory Michael Smith
Rating PG
Running Time 1h 57m
Genres Drama, Family, Mystery

Only the Brave

This action drama from Joseph Kosinski — about the Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, Ariz. — offers some real feeling under a schematic surface.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Joseph Kosinski
Writers Ken Nolan, Eric Warren Singer
Stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, James Badge Dale
Rating PG-13
Running Time 2h 13m
Genres Biography, Drama

Aida's Secrets

This documentary follows Izak Szewelewicz, who was sent to Israel as a toddler after World War II, on a search for the brother he didn’t know he had.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Directors Alon Schwarz, Shaul Schwarz
Writers Halil Efrat, Alon Schwarz
Stars Izak Sagi, Shep Shell, Aida Zasadsinska
Running Time 1h 30m
Genre Documentary


Brett Morgen’s documentary tells her story through footage of Ms. Goodall’s interactions with chimpanzees in what is now Tanzania.
NYT Critic’s Pick
Director Brett Morgen
Writer Brett Morgen
Star Jane Goodall
Running Time 1h 30m
Genres Documentary, Biography