The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released recommendations for consumers to protect their personal data when using rental vehicles. Rental vehicles may contain infotainment systems that can connect with personal devices to stream music, allow hands-free calls and texts, or guide navigation. However, using connected vehicles can increase the risks of having personal data compromised. By taking precautions, users can protect themselves and their personal information.
"Here: Hug Your Own Adorable Eevee Build-A-Bear and Go Back to Sleep Until 2017". [The Mary Sue]
"Ryan Reynolds Paid to Have ‘Deadpool’ Writers on Set When Fox Wouldn’t".
"Criminal Minds promotes Paget Brewster to series regular". Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose?
"New Mutants Movie’s Lineup Revealed, Writers Announced".
"Never Underestimate the Power of Teenage Superheroes". [The Mary Sue]
"The main character of 'Star Trek: Discovery' is a callback to the original's pilot episode". [The Daily Dot]
"American Gods Will Have 'So Many' Digital Erections". [io9]
"I Won't Apologize for Having Fun While Chronically Ill". [The Mighty]
"Why You’ve Got to Stop the ‘Tough Love’ for Your Fat Friend’s Health". [Everyday Feminism]
"5 Messages I Really Needed (But Never Got) as a Queer Teenager". [Everyday Feminism]
"The Spectrum of Language". "United States mainstream culture promotes the idea that language is either “correct” or “incorrect” (in terms of grammar, spelling or pronunciation, word choice, and content). But language—along with everything else in this world—is so much more complex.
As a radical copyeditor and as someone who believes that words have incredible power for destruction, oppression, healing, liberation, and more, I understand language to exist on a spectrum from actively hateful to profoundly loving—and I strive to help people use language in the most life-affirming ways possible."
"These may be the most magnificent portraits of goats and sheep you’ll ever see".
"This man photographs Maine Coon cats and makes them look like majestic mythical beasts (Gallery)".
Via jimhines, "Amazing Perseid Meteor Shower Photos of 2015".
"Victorian Wedding Fashion – 27 Stunning Vintage Photos of Brides Before 1900".
A blog post about encountering the Pallas’s Cat in the wild.
"This Goldendoodle Had The Greatest Vacation On Canada’s Majestic East Coast". [Buzzfeed]
"'All the dogs': Popular blogger The Dogist visits Nova Scotia".
"Why Do Animals Like Capybaras So Much? (18+ Pics)".
"Meet Thor, The Bengal Cat With Purrfectly Beautiful Fur".
With the publication of Newton's Principia in 1687 A.D., cosmology became a disciplined science; and at this point our narrative of man's changing vision of the universe must end. The wild dance of shadows thrown by the stars on the wall of Plato's cave was settling into a decorous and sedate Victorian waltz. All mysteries seemed to have been banished from the universe, and divinity reduced to the part of a constitutional monarch, who is kept in existence for reasons of decorum, but without real necessity and without influence on the course of affairs. -- Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers
With that concluding paragraph, Koestler completes his examination of the lives of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton.
There still remain some 100 pages of Epilogue, wherein I'm sure I shall find more incisive analysis by this worthy historian of science. It's been a truly masterful book thus far.
Full pre-pub paper here
Press release from University of California - San Diego. (2016, August 29).
Characteristic chemical signature for chronic fatigue syndrome identified: Discovery, along with revealed underlying biology, could lead to faster, more accurate diagnoses and more effective, personalized therapies. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 30, 2016 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/16
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a mysterious and maddening condition, with no cure or known cause. But researchers, using a variety of techniques to identify and assess targeted metabolites in blood plasma, have identified a characteristic chemical signature for the debilitating ailment and an unexpected underlying biology: It is similar to the state of dauer, and other hypometabolic syndromes like caloric restriction, diapause and hibernation.
Yay for taxpayer-supported science.
Adobe has released security updates to address a vulnerability in ColdFusion. Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information from an affected system.
Users and administrators are encouraged to review Adobe Security Bulletin APSB16-30 and apply the necessary updates.
Labor Day weekend is coming up, which means H&P are preparing to attend DragonCon in Atlanta as they do every year. One of these years I would like to go with them and see what all the fuss is about, but I'm intimidated by the sheer size and scope of the event. Instead I will stay home and take the kids to swim lessons and watch the opening weekend of college football on TV.
I saw two great movies this past week. The initial trailer for Pete's Dragon looked like a bizarre mishmash of Jurassic World and Jungle Book, and was clearly nothing like the original movie, but the final product spoke to my heart. The Pacific Northwest scenery was gorgeous and the child actors were fantastic. TW for a fatal car accident in the first scene, but it was handled in a dreamlike way that blunted the impact of the trauma for the viewer; I would be OK with Connor watching it as long as he knew it was coming. The recurring theme of Pete's book made me tear up a lot, and I cheered out loud at the final scene.
Also, I took Connor to see Kubo and the Two Strings. My burning question was: why two strings when the shamisen clearly has three? Happily that question and many others were answered in a most satisfying way. This was also an emotional movie - Connor didn't just cry at the end, he SOBBED. Then he said it was the best movie ever, but he says that about most of the movies he sees.
I haven't done much knitting this month, in spite of the Olympics being on TV, just because it's been so miserably hot and muggy. I am starting to gather material for some new projects, though, since choir rehearsals are starting back soon, and also football season. Now that Will is in middle school, youth football is becoming a thing; they had an abbreviated schedule last Thursday so that they could hold a pep rally during school hours for their opening game. Maybe if he had some friends on the football team (or, you know, any friends at all) I would want to support them, but... nah.
Ofay, can you peeETA: And a veteran’s view, from Jim Wright
thru the dong’s surly blight
that you prob’ly inhaled
at the toilet’s last cleaning?
Well, I said I would release it in August, and I have just scraped in.
Bar a bit of formatting and making sure the links worked, it was ready last week, but I had forgotten that I was going on my summer holidays, and I didn’t want to release it while I was away in case something went wrong which I needed to fix. So, here I am back, the links are all tested. Amazon reports zero spelling mistakes, and I think we’re as ready to go as we ever will be.
You can buy it here
via an extremely cool link that takes you to whatever is the correct Amazon for your country 🙂
Aurora Campos’s days of heroism are behind her. Deemed a shameful failure, she now captains Froward, a prison transport filled with criminals sent out to colonise new worlds for the Kingdom.
Bryant Jones, technocrat and falsely accused ‘murderer’, is not going to let his future be taken away by this low-tech luddite of a woman and her backward society. He’s staging a break out from Aurora’s brig when the Froward is shot down around them.
Cygnus Five is a failing colony. Starving convicts have taken over and found themselves a spaceship wrecker among the ruins of an abandoned alien city. The only way off-world is the Governor’s launch, sealed in its silo beneath the convicts’ headquarters. But as they team up to capture it, Aurora and Bryant discover love, institutional betrayal and the lurking remnants of a self-destructive alien civilization. Soon they have bigger problems on their hands than their own survival.
When they arrived, Aurora thought she had only her crew to rescue. As it turns out, she has to save the whole world.
I’ve made this book a Kindle exclusive, so I can run a giveaway for its launch. If you get it any time during the period 1st-5th of September, it will be free. So if you’re curious about trying my SF/Space Opera, but you’re not sure if you’ll like it, you’ll be able to get it in that period, risk and expense free.
(I’ll remind you again on the 1st when the giveaway actually starts.)
Please, if you do try it and enjoy it, consider leaving me a review on Amazon. I don’t have the backing of a publisher for this one, so I need help getting the word out there about it. Thank you!
Mirrored from Alex Beecroft - Author of Gay Historical and Fantasy Fiction.
2. I played a lot of Luigi's Mansion today. It's so much fun!
3. It was really hot when I went out to run errands today, and kind of hot in the house, too, but at least it's cooled off a lot tonight and I don't think the heat is supposed to keep up.
4. I posted two chapters of manga today!
5. I got some cutie pics of Chloe today.