did I actually watch that?

Sep. 4th, 2015 16:56
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Movie last night from Netflix: Mortdecai, a sort of take-off on upper-crust British 1960s art theft movies, such as 'How to Steal a Million', among others. Johnny Depp is the overbred Mortdecai, who is more interested in his handlebar moustache than he is in sex, who is nimble but not really able, and who shows he has the ability to act inept -- which is interesting since he has played Jack Sparrow as the cat who always falls on his feet, licking cream and canary feathers from his whiskers. Gwynneth Paltrow is his wife, a sort of extended version of Pepper Potts who is also upper crust and capable and smarter than he is. Paul Bettany is his manservant and bodyguard, and he has fun chewing scenery.

The other thing this is a cross with is Benny Hill, unexpectedly.

Note that this is a 2015 movie that I'm getting on Netflix, and I don't think it was in theatres. This might be what good actors do to take a break and play someone different. I wouldn't know. At least they seem to be having fun.

Happy birthday Mike!

Sep. 4th, 2015 12:44
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(Poor thing had a migraine....)

Today, I have mostly been playing silly iPhone games. However, I did also pick a few tomatoes (the ripening has slowed down now the sun's vanished again), switch the conservatory back from "summer living room" to "potting shed with sofa" mode, pot on some plug plants that arrived yesterday, rake up the clippings from when Mike strimmed the orchard last week, strew some yellow rattle seed around the place, pick some blackberries, and had a chap come around to quote for replacing the remaining bits of knackered fence. Ok, maybe not entirely useless.

This evening, we watched half of an X-Men DVD Bluray that I got Mike for his birthday. We probably would have watched more, but first it demanded that we download a software update, then it made us play an un-skippable trailer (presumably being able to do so was the reason for the update), then the remote control went a bit weird and kept doing slow-motion rewinding (it's done this before, but never so frequently), and then it got stuck in Spanish, with subtitles. So it took us a while to actually start watching it.... Possibly the DVD would have been a better bet?
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Good Boy of the Day: Tom Hardy Took His Dog To The Premiere Of 'Legend'

Tom Hardy's dog Woody is the real star.

After arriving on the red carpet at London's Leicester Square for the premiere of his film Legend, Tom showed off his best bud—an adorable mutt named Woody.

The star was also joined by his wife Charlotte Riley, who is expecting a child. But all eyes were on Woody.

The lovable pooch even took his chance in the spotlight to show off his bird-chasing skills. Just how long until Woody makes an appearance in one of Hardy's epic dub smashes? The public needs to know.

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Tagged: celeb , dogs , red carpet , tom hardy
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Today's subject line brought to you by Frank McPike of Wiseguy, from an episode we watched last night.

I'm heading out into this beautiful sunny Saturday morning in a minute, so here have a link:

This article explains the current state of U.S. politics in an intelligent and highly readable way. Includes a) the parties are not mirror images, b) why bipartisanship is dead, and c) the policy centre isn't moderate, it's corporate.

If Eternity Should Fail

Sep. 4th, 2015 21:38
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Today, I'm pleased to report has been a much better today. I've got a lot more range of motion back in my shoulder but it's still very tender. Today I even managed to shower and get dressed, and leave the house which felt SO good. I didn't factor in that the water hitting my shoulder would hurt though, that was a surprising ouch.

I've worked from home the last couple day as well, so I've not had to worry about using a mouse, just the touchpad on the laptop.

I can tell I've been doing more because my shoulder this evening is aching like a bitch.

The other reason today has been awesome?
THE BOOK OF SOULS - IRON MAIDEN'S NEW ALBUM CAME OUT.
Their 16TH studio album. Their longest studio album. Their first studio double-album.
And it's fucking amazing.
My inner teenage metalhead is headhanging and throwing the horns very happily.
I love the themes of souls and mortality that are predominant, but really I guess that makes sense consideirng Bruce's battle with cancer recently.
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Did you know fanzines are nearly a century old? Find out more about key events in fannish history as we celebrate Fandom First Friday!


From legal victories to sweeping social changes, fandom has helped shape our world. Some examples where fans spoke and things changed:

- The first science fiction ’zine, The Comet, was published in 1930 by the Science Correspondence Club in Chicago. The term “fanzine” was coined by Russ Chauvenet in the October 1940 edition of his fanzine Detours. “Fanzines” were distinguished from “prozines,” (a term Chauvenet also invented): that is, all professional magazines.

- Fans mounted one of the first letter writing campaigns to save a TV show. It worked! Star Trek was saved from a fate worse than a warp core breach, i.e. cancellation. It returned for one more year, and of course later spawned a whole new era of Trek goodness that likely never would have been without fandom. It also led to a plethora of other ‘save our show’ efforts worldwide!

- In the early 1990s, fandom went online with everyone else. The “Forever Knight” fandom (1992-1996) is credited with having the first online mailing list for fans. Quantum Leap, Highlander, The X-Files and Due South became some of the first series to garner their own fan fiction writers and followers.

- At the turn of the 21st Century, fandom has gone participatory in whole new ways: easy posting of images and video has brought conventions and pictures from movie and TV sets to millions more fans than would have had access to it only a decade ago. From (which are also far older than you may realize!) to shared, online theorizing – everything about being a fan is more immediate these days.

Links and more thoughts on modern fandom )

Forgetting

Sep. 4th, 2015 21:56
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Originally published at ankewehner.de. You can comment here or there.

Genre: Fantasy
Summary: Martin thought Nico was dead. There is an awkward conversation.
Content Notes/Warnings: follows Freaked Out. Is nearly as old. I've been going through deep recesses of my accumulated files.
Words: 276

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Two bargains

Sep. 4th, 2015 20:40
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IndieGala currently has the Deponia 'point and click adventure' trilogy for a very low price. If you ever did any of the Lucasarts games, you probably want this especially as it runs on Linux/OS X/Windows.

JA went to a small 'end of the holidays' party on Wednesday. It was at a friends' in Grantham, so I insisted we leave early enough for me to have a quick look around the charity shops there. One of them had a 'three discs for £1' offer. There weren't any DVDs I wanted, but there were three CDs. Paying for them, I noticed that there was a Buster Keaton box set behind the counter. I asked how much that was, and was told that it wasn't in the offer, it was... £2.

Yes please.

It's a Chinese edition, and although the disks are professionally produced, I am not sure how genuine it is but as the films are all over 75 years old, I am not worried about anyone missing out on royalties. The nine disks have the nineteen shorts and eleven features he did for his own studio, plus a few others.

I may be some time.

Teacher's Day 2015 (India)

Sep. 4th, 2015 19:42
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Teacher's Day 2015 (India)

Date: September 5, 2015

“A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present” -Confucius

Teachers are our mentors, friends, and catalysts. They’re the wild, eager sparks that can, with a word, set our passions ablaze. Not quite parents, they nevertheless raise us to be the very best versions of ourselves. And their impressions last lifetimes, as the lessons we’ve learned are passed down to others, like inheritances of wisdom. Today, let’s celebrate teachers, one of the noblest and most selfless of callings, all across India. 

Happy Teacher’s Day!

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Location: India

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Jennifer Wells of the Toronto Star has a nice feature looking at the Oka Crisis of 1990 and the photo of confrontation that defines that.

"Are you nervous perhaps? Do you think? Are you nervous? You should be."

The words are uttered sotto voce. They crawl across the skin, like menacing earwigs, issued threats of bullet hitting bone.

The face of the Ojibwa warrior moves in close — sunglasses, bandana, anonymity. The youthful private — field helmet, bare face — shifts. Looks over the shoulder of the warrior, to the left, to the right. Then locks: nose to nose; toe to toe. A straight-ahead, dead-eye stare.

The shutter clicks. An inextinguishable instant.

Twenty-five years ago Shaney Komulainen was working freelance for The Canadian Press, covering the Oka Crisis. Young, eager, a little bit goofy, the 27-year-old photojournalist can be seen fleetingly in video clips as the army advanced on the Kanesatake barricades toward the ancestral Mohawk lands targeted for golf course expansion.

On Sept. 1, 1990, Komulainen wasn’t supposed to be in the area known as the Pines. She had been assigned to the South Shore where the Mohawks had blockaded access to the Mercier Bridge. It was day 52 of a long, hot summer siege when she heard the news on the radio that the army was on the move and her first thought was “Oh, s---. Here I am (away from the action), and something’s finally happening at Oka.”
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Posted by Cheryl Eddy

Between What We Do in the Shadows and Bloodsucking Bastards, it’s an excellent time to be a fan of deadpan vampire comedies. The latter, which features Game of Thrones’ Pedro Pascal as the bloodthirsty new sales manager at a corporate office, boasts a clever script, a hilarious cast, and rivers of gore. What else do you need?

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Posted by Mika McKinnon on Earth & Space, shared by Charlie Jane Anders to io9

Now that we’re reaching the date depicted in Back to the Future, there’s inevitably a lot of good-hearted ribbing about how we want our damn hoverboards. Plus where’s our flying cars? And so on. But while a few pieces of the science-fictional future have yet to materialize, there are plenty of others that are already here.

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Sep. 4th, 2015 20:08
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1. About twenty minutes ago I thought something to the effect of "hmm, okay, I want to do something intellectually engaging this evening, now what sha-- HOLY SHIT MY ANTIDEPRESSANTS ARE WORKING." This is a glimmer as yet, but thank fuck. PHQ-9. ) I'll have been at 30mg for two weeks come Sunday.

2. Woolstack continue absolutely brilliant - the colourway I'd asked them to special-order came in today, and Lisa-who-seems-to-handle-communications-at-least-with-me sent me photos of all ten skeins so that I could tell her which of them I wanted for my specific project. (And then in the follow-up e-mail commented enthusiastically on how good my chosen colours looked together!) They're going in the post Monday - I just missed today's post - whereupon I'll be able to start making the skyscape shawls.

3. In related news, I am utterly baffled that my quick and dirty picspam of those shawls is the most popular thing I've ever put on tumblr by, like, two orders of magnitude. (I mention this in part because it's picked up another 150 notes in the past 24 hours.)

4. Braided nylon hoses for track pumps exist. I have contacted the UK importer for the pump I currently own asking if there's an appropriate part; if not I'll sell it on ebay (resale value high) and buy myself one of the brand that manufactures the hoses I got linked to, because holy shit being able to top up my tyres without worrying about allergen exposure. ♥_♥ (Context for those of you missing it: I've gone and done that thing where it's super easy to develop a contact allergy to latex, and it's easier still if you've got a bunch of other misc autoimmune/autoinflammatory bullshit going on. The hose on my current pump is latex, which is A Pity. This is additionally the context for the one-line story about The Time I Made An Unauthorised Purchase Of Latex-Free Gloves Using A NASA Grant.)

5. Food! Read more... )
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Joe O'Connor had a nice post about a Maltese-Canadian couple who are set to move from their old home in The Junction. O'Connor describes their changing lives and neighbourhoods quite nicely.

Joe Scerri used to tease Mary Borg about her boyfriend, a handsome young buck with a motorcycle. But what, Joe would ask, was a motorcycle in comparison to what he and Mary could be as a couple if she would just do what her heart was truly telling her to do and pick him instead?

Then, one day, she did.

“I picked a good one,” says Mary, patting Joe’s arm.

They were married in September 1958 near their family homes in Rabat, Malta. Two months later, they were on a boat to Canada. Joe’s older brother, Paul, was living in Toronto, three blocks from where Joe and Mary live now on Clendenan Avenue, in the neighbourhood around Dundas Street West known as The Junction.

[. . . Their house, bought in 1963,] cost $17,000, a sum the couple recently recouped many times over when they sold the four-bedroom property for $870,000. Moving day is Aug. 27.
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The Dragon's Tales also linked to this report on the historic impact of the Maya on their environment.

Evidence from the tropical lowlands of Central America reveals how Maya activity more than 2,000 years ago not only contributed to the decline of their environment but continues to influence today's environmental conditions, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Synthesizing old and new data, researchers were the first to show the full extent of the "Mayacene" as a microcosm of the early anthropocene -- a period when human activity began greatly affecting environmental conditions.

"Most popular sources talk about the anthropocene and human impacts on climate since the industrial revolution, but we are looking at a deeper history," said lead author Tim Beach, the C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Professor of Geography and the Environment. "Though it has no doubt accelerated in the last century, humans' impact on the environment has been going on a lot longer."

By looking at Maya impacts on climate, vegetation, hydrology and lithosphere from 3,000 to 1,000 years ago, researchers propose that the Maya's advanced urban and rural infrastructure altered ecosystems within globally important tropical forests.

The researchers identified six stratigraphic markers -- or "golden spikes" -- that indicate a time of large-scale change, including: "Maya clay" rocks; unique soil sequences; carbon isotope ratios; widespread chemical enrichment; building remains and landscape modifications; and signs of Maya-induced climate change.
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The Dragon's Tales linked to a report from the University of Otago, in New Zealand, looking at the historic impact of hunting on that country's unique bird life.

An international research team led by University of Otago scientists has documented prehistoric "sanctuary" regions where New Zealand seabirds survived early human hunting.

The researchers used ancient-DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating and computational modelling to reconstruct population histories for prehistoric seabirds around coastal New Zealand.

Dr Nic Rawlence, who carried out the genetic study, says the team found a very distinctive pattern, where shag/mapua (Leucocarbo chalconotus) populations from the Stewart Island region were little affected by human hunting, but mainland populations were rapidly decimated.

"There was a loss of more than 99% of their population size within 100 years of human arrival. These once heavily-hunted mainland populations now occupy only a fraction of their prehistoric range, having never really recovered," Dr Rawlence says.

The study suggests that the mainland populations survived on just a few rocky islands off the South Island's east coast.

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