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Everything is A LOT at the moment, right? It can feel like everything is out of our control. Our actions get drowned out by newsreels of permanent despair, and every new dawn brings a chorus of 'Those fuckers did what now?' It's easy to believe what fascists want us to believe - nothing we do makes a difference and we may as well give up.

To counter this narrative, which is designed to keep us from beating them down, I thought it might be useful to start signal-boosting things that got DONE over the course of a month. My goal - to produce a five-item list, each month, of ways people improved the world and made a difference, big or small, in the middle of this political wasteland. Regular people are pushing back, and resistance is anything but futile.
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Posted by Josh Cooper

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 27: X #xx of the Calgary Flames skates against X #xx of the Colorado Avalanche during an NHL game on March 27, 2017 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
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No. 1 Star: Sean Monahan, Calgary Flames

Monahan scored his team leading 26th goal and added three assists in a 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. With the victory, the Flames now have 90 points – one back of the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks for one of the top three spots in the Pacific Division. Monahan has 10 points in his last five games. 

No. 2 Star: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues

Steen notched a career-high four assists to help St. Louis to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes. The Blues have gone 10-1-1 in their last 12 games and now have 88 points – 11 ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for the Western Conference’s final Wild Card spot. The victory was also the Blues’ 10th straight over the Coyotes.

No. 3 Star: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

Hedman notched three assists in a big 5-4 overtime comeback win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Midway through the second period, the Lightning were down 4-1 before scoring four unanswered goals. With the victory, Tampa has 83 points, one behind the Boston Bruins for the final Eastern Conference Wild Card spot. 

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Honorable Mention: Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson scored his 29th goal of the season in a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders. … Predators forward Ryan Johansen scored his 13th goal of the season. … Nashville forward Filip Forsberg picked up an assist on Arvidsson’s goal. … Predators goaltender Juuse Saros stopped 24 of 25 shots on goal. … New York forward Josh Bailey scored his team’s only goal. … Blues forward Jaden Schwartz scored two goals and added an assist. … St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and notched two assists. … Blues goaltender Jake Allen stopped 21 of 22 shots on goal. … Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo scored his team’s only goal. … Lightning forward Yanni Gourde scored the overtime winner in his team’s victory. … Tampa forward Nikita Kucherov notched two assists. … Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin scored two goals. … Chicago forwards Patrick Kane, Artemi Panarin and Richard Panik each scored one goal. … Buffalo Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Matt Moulson each notched two assists in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers. … Sabres forwards Marcus Foligno, Ryan O’Reilly and Brian Gionta each scored one goal. Monday was Gionta’s 1,000th game and his goal proved to be the game-winner. … Florida forward Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal and added an assist. … Panthers forward Jonathan Marchessault scored his 29th goal of the season. … Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou scored the game-winner and added an assist in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. … Detroit forward Anthony Mantha scored two goals. … Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist notched two assists. … Detroit forward Tomas Tatar scored a goal. … Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk scored two goals including a last-minute tally to send the game into overtime. … Carolina forward Jeff Skinner scored a goal. … Calgary forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Micheal Ferland each scored a goal and added an assist. … Flames forward Troy Brouwer scored a goal. … Calgary goaltender Brian Elliott stopped 24 of 26 shots on goal. … Avalanche forward Sven Andrighetto scored two goals.

Did you know? The Sabres are now 8-1-1 in their last nine games against Atlantic Division opponents. It is the team’s best 10-game stretch against divisional opponents since the 2010-11 season.

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Dishonorable Mention: Coyotes forwards Lawson Crouse and Jamie McGinn were each a minus-3. … Arizona goaltender Mike Smith stopped 24 of 28 shots on goal. … Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling allowed five goals on 30 shots on goal. … Panthers goaltender James Reimer allowed four goals on 22 shots on goal.

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Day 86

2017-03-27 11:26 pm
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March 27, 2017 - Where (and when) Will It Be Found?
My brown leather belt is missing. It's here in the house, I know that, I just don't know where. I've looked everywhere I know to look, but I guess it wants an extended vacation...

Ah well, when it's ready, I'll find it. I just hope it's soon or I'll have to buy another.

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Democracy in Color and the American Majority Project Research Institute just released their roadmap for retaking the House and state legislatures through mobilizing progressive voters in key states.

Their report focuses on the 17 states and 13 congressional districts that Democrats won or lost by single-digit percentages in 2016. Their perspective is that rather than trying to persuade white swing voters, we should work on getting minorities and other progressives who don't vote (yet) to actually get to the polls.

They link to a number of local and state organizations that have proven success in registering and mobilizing new voters, and want to expand those and start similar organizations in other states that need them.

There's a great overview article about it at The Nation.

3/27/17 link roundup

2017-03-27 09:15 pm
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News / analysis - health care
* More States To Expand Medicaid Now That Obamacare Remains Law (Forbes)

* How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare (Atlantic). The title is a wild misrepresentation of the contents, but it's an interesting summary of what exactly right-wing media has been saying all these years about Obamacare.

* Democrats should write their own “terrific” Obamacare replacement (Vox)

* The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare’s Historic Accomplishment (HuffPo)

* How Democrats Aided in the Demise of the GOP’s Health Bill (WSJ)

* John Bel Edwards made 300,000 people eligible for Medicaid within 24 hours of becoming Gov. His upset win in 2015 had huge consequences." (Twitter). Short thread with some really incredible statistics on the difference Medicaid has made to Louisiana.

News / analysis - not health care
* Pentagon Tells Congress to Stop Buying Equipment it Doesn't Need (Military.com).

* LGBT seniors marked for removal from survey on elder care services (Guardian)

* Lacking Evidence of Voter Fraud, Legislatures Target Its Specter (NYT)

* Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants (NYT)

* Federal Judge Sides With Trump In A Challenge To The New Travel Ban Executive Order (Buzzfeed)

* California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump (NYT)

* Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated (Atlantic). On the difficulty of turning GOP obstructionism into GOP governance.

* Passing Tax Reform Will Be As Difficult As Repealing Obamacare (Forbes)

* Wisconsin judge orders state GOP to redraw gerrymandered legislative districts (Salon, Jan 2017)

* LGBTQ Advocates Horrified By Trump Administration’s Civil Rights Health Pick (HuffPo)

* 'The Resistance' Faces A New Question: What To Do With All That Money (NPR)

* 6 Big Takeaways From The RNC's Incredible 2012 Autopsy (Talking Points Memo, March 2013). This is fascinating to look back on from the perspective of the past election.

Day 85

2017-03-26 11:10 pm
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March 26, 2017 - Swing Set

Many, many years ago, the school sytem here in town wanted to expand one of their Vo-Tech buildings. In order to do that, they had to purchase all the homes on a full city block, all four sides. My Granny Ware hated to move but there wasn't any choice in the matter.

My dad and my four uncles all showed up to her house on moving day with their pick up trucks. My brothers and sisters, and all my cousins sat in the bed of the trucks to keep things from falling out on the drive to the new house. It was a lot of fun and we laughed a lot.

Granny had a swing set in her backyard. I'm honestly not sure which of the men had the bright idea not to disassemble it, but to place the whole thing in the back of one of the trucks. Some of my older, heavier boy cousins sat in the swings, then the menfolk placed two girls at each leg, standing with our arms wrapped firmly around them to hold everything steady.

Believe me when I tell you that was one of the most exhilirating rides I'd ever been on. Roller coasters are wonderful, I love them. However, standing in the bed of a moving truck, hanging onto the leg of a swing set, with no safety gear or seat belt between me and the pavement... yeah.

It makes me laugh, and feel sweaty and anxious every time I think about it!

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2017-03-28 03:03 pm
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I feel like I wrote my [community profile] worldbuildingex fic around the wrong worldbuilding aspect.

GRARGH.
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Posted by Jen Neale

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 29: Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey addresses the media during a press conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Wages, marketing, and program development are all part of the National Team’s demands of USA Hockey. However, their decision to boycott and demand equitable treatment goes far beyond the tangible.

The fight is about a culture change not only in USA Hockey, but in the way women’s sports are viewed as a whole.

It’s difficult to understand a situation when you’re not directly impacted by it. Lucky for us, John Smallwood of Philly.com, has two articles giving his take on the situation with the US Women’s National Team and USA Hockey.

These woefully under-researched, alternative facts-filled columns provides unique insight into what the Women’s Team is facing from an ideological perspective.

It would be too easy to rip Mr. Smallwood a new one by dissecting each post, line by line. (And I don’t feel like having an aneurysm tonight.)

It’s also counterproductive.

When fighting against small mindedness and deep-seeded beliefs, the person who yells the loudest doesn’t always win.

Sometimes you have to look behind the words, and at the message that’s coming through.

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In his first post, “Women’s national hockey team pay argument doesn’t hold up,” Smallwood concludes that the USWNT players are essentially asking for a handout from USA Hockey because they don’t have a ‘high-paid professional sports league’ to fall back on.

This speaks to the pervasive belief that women use the demand for equality as a way to get free things, stuff they don’t deserve or haven’t worked for.

Why is it we wax poetically about Sidney Crosby’s devotion to his craft and not the same about Meghan Duggan? He can completely focus on hockey. Meghan is working to keep her head above water anyway possible in addition to being a phenomenal athlete.

It’s not Duggan’s fault she was born a girl.

Smallwood goes on to write, “The National Women’s Hockey League is a four-team league with a salary cap of $270,000 per team. Players get a share of the home gate after 500 tickets are sold.”

This clearly does not fit into what Smallwood considers a professional league because they don’t make the same money as the NHL, NBA, or NFL. (All leagues that didn’t make money when they first started out, and required players to work second jobs.)

Which leads to another point made by Smallwood, “Professional sports are businesses, not charities. An athlete’s income is directly related to how much revenue he/she can generate, individually, or as part of a team and league.”

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How can the Women’s Team be expected to generate revenue when the constant drumbeat is ‘women don’t make money’ in sports?

Say it enough and people start to believe it.

It’s also pretty damn hard to generate any revenue without investing in the product. It goes beyond wages. No one can expect to grow an audience when they don’t put it on TV or stream online live.

There was one particular example that came to light Monday. Brianne McLaughlin, former National Team goaltender, spoke to The Garden Faithful podcast about a potential gold medal game rematch between the US and Canadian women’s teams in 2014.

McLaughlin said:

“After the 2014 Olympics, the response we’d gotten, there was TV broadcasting willing to pay huge amounts of money for one more game. Like, fans wanted to see one more USA-Canada game that they were willing to dump so much money [into it]. So we had a meeting about it, and by the time we got out of our meeting, before we had even decided what we wanted to do, we had heard from the Canadian team that USA Hockey told them that we didn’t want to play.” (Transcribed by Hannah Bevis.)

What the actual f—?

The gold medial game between the US and Canada in Sochi was a ratings hit.

From Sports Media Watch in 2014:

Thursday’s Canada/United States Olympic women’s hockey gold medal game drew 4.9 million viewers on NBC, according to Nielsen fast-nationals, up 96% from the same match-up on MSNBC in 2010 (2.5M). Viewership was the highest for women’s hockey final since 2002, when coverage aired in NBC’s primetime window.

From TV By the Numbers:

The thrilling women’s gold medal hockey game between the United States and Canada at noon ET on Feb. 20, won 3-2 by Team Canada on an overtime goal by Marie-Philip Poulin, averaged 4.9 million viewers on NBC to rank as the most-watched hockey game in the U.S., excluding Stanley Cup Finals, since the 2010 Vancouver Olympics men’s gold medal game.

Not agreeing to a rematch with Canada makes zero sense. If anything, USA Hockey is negligent of not making the most of a business opportunity.

Considering this, how is USA Hockey showing that the women’s team is not an ‘afterthought’ as Duggan told Puck Daddy?

This brings us to the final point.

Smallwood’s second article is titled, “U.S. women’s ice hockey players need a league of their own.”

Seriously.

He wrote about the NWHL in his first article. (It’s quoted above!) A scant five days later he has a brilliant idea – give the women a professional league!

Smallwood must be in some sort of ‘Misery’ situation. He writes his columns on a typewriter – without the use of the interwebs – then Kathy Bates hits him over the head with the typewriter causing amnesia.

That or he’s never watched a women’s hockey game from beginning to end, national team or otherwise. Most likely he hasn’t taken the chance to interview or get to know the players he so flippantly believes he knows better than.

He, like many, still see the National Team players as nothing more than girls who aren’t as good as the boys. Who don’t deserve to earn a living wage for complete devotion to their sport because it’s not what they want to watch and assume others don’t either.

That’s why we’re still having this conversation in 2017. That’s why the National Team is boycotting Worlds.

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Day 84

2017-03-25 10:51 pm
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March 25, 2017 - Policeman

Some people still join the police force for the right reasons -- to protect and serve. I totally respect that and I love, love, love these kind of videos. I'm further south than Kansas City, but this still makes me proud of their police force and I think these guys are the awesome.


Day 83

2017-03-24 10:48 pm
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March 24, 2017 - Good Medicine

Everyone at my house has spring time allergies when the trees start budding and pollen is floating everywhere. I found a product at Wal-Mart. It's just Guaifenesin 400mg, no other active ingredients to make us feel weird or sleepy. And? It costs $0.88 for 15 tablets. I always buy at least four boxes whenever I'm at the store so there is no chance of running out.




I highly recommend it.
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It's almost Wednesday and I'm two weeks behind on my comics posting. So, lets try to catch up a bit with my comics from two weeks ago.

Behind the cut: Sex Criminals #17, Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5, The Mighty Thor #17, U.S. Avengers #4, Star-Lord #4, Spider-Man #14, Ms. Marvel #16, Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat #16 and Bombshells Vol. 3: Uprising

Highlights of the week were definitely Sex Criminals and Ms. Marvel.

So many comics )

Day 82

2017-03-23 10:35 pm
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I Saw It In The Sky

In 1980, Cathy and I were fortunate enough to take a Caribbean cruise. One of our cousins organized the whole thing, and the more people we could enlist to go, the cheaper everyone's fare would be. It was a fantastic time, and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I won't bore you with the travel itinerary, just tell the story for the writing prompt.

Two young men that we'd known for most of our lives accompanied us on the cruise - David and James. For the entire eight days of the cruise, after the evening meal, we'd head up to the Lido deck because it was always deserted afer sunset, where we would drink and smoke weed until two or three in the morning, then stumble our way to bed. We had many indepth, philosophical discussions... and found out a lot about one another. It was a good time.

On our last night aboard ship, we'd just settled into our seats and were getting ready to get lit. Jim noticed something in the sky and pointed it out to the rest of us. The best I can describe, it was like looking at a the old Simon game everyone played as kids.




After we all noticed it and watched it hover in place for roughly a minute, the lights began blinking furiously, then it took off. I kid you not, there were light trails, just like in the Star Trek movies, when they are in warp speed, and it was gone. poof! As if it had never been there at all. The whole process of blinking lights, light trails and disappearing took less than three seconds.

We all described the same thing to one another, and then, the next morning, we discussed it again. All of our memories matched.

Now, whether it was a weather balloon, an experimental military plane, or an honest-to-God UFO, I have no clue. But, I saw it. I saw it in the sky!
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Enjolras isn't ready to start singing again when all the voices come in for the final phrase of the movement, but it's fine. He mouths along, jaw tight.

Words: 1535, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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Posted by Josh Cooper

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack, of Sweden, is removed from the ice following an injury during overtime in an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, March 27, 2017. Detroit won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack, of Sweden, is removed from the ice following an injury during overtime in an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, March 27, 2017. Detroit won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Eddie Lack was stretchered off the ice after Detroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou hit into the netminder on the game-winning breakaway goal Monday.

In overtime, after Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner, Athanasiou came down the ice with the puck at speed. As Athanasiou neared Lack, Hurricanes forward Victor Rask caught up to the Red Wings’ youngster and accidentally pushed him straight into into Lack.

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Athanasiou then hit into Lack’s head and neck area, which sent the goaltender down to the ice writhing in pain.

Here’s a still photo of the collision:

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack, of Sweden, is removed from the ice following an injury during overtime in an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, March 27, 2017. Detroit won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack, of Sweden, is removed from the ice following an injury during overtime in an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, March 27, 2017. Detroit won 4-3. (AP Photo)

“I had no idea I hit him,” Athanasiou said after the game. “Their D cross-checked me pretty hard, so I must have run into him a little bit. I haven’t seen the play yet so I don’t know what part of me hit him. You never like to see someone go down like that.”

After a Carolina trainer looked at Lack it was then determined that Lack needed a stretcher. While medical personnel worked on Lack, members of the Hurricanes and Red Wings watched silently near Lack’s side.

Fans at PNC Arena also did not make a noise during the nearly 15-minute sequence, except for some chants of “Let’s Go Eddie!” While Lack was being wheeled off the ice on the stretcher he flashed a ‘thumbs up’ with his hand.

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RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 27: Goaltender Eddie Lack #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes gives a thumbs up as he is stretchered off the ice following a collision on the final play of an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 27, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
Eddie Lack of the Carolina Hurricanes gives a thumbs up as he is stretchered off the ice following a collision on the final play of an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 27, 2017 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Getty Images)

Following the game, Hurricanes coach Bill Peters had no immediate update on Lack’s condition.

“It’s hard to think about the game,” Hurricanes center Jordan Staal said according to the Raleigh News and Observer. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Eddie. He’s had a tough time with injuries and all the stuff that has gone on for him. To see him play as well as he has of late and given us a chance to make a push here, it’s been a lot of fun. Hopefully he recovers from this quick.”

UPDATE: The Hurricanes provided an update on Lack saying that he has “full feeling in his extremities” and is “undergoing tests at UNC REX Hospital.”

Lack also later tweeted that he is OK:

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I've finished my second playthrough of Inquisition. I replayed my Trevelyan warrior because I wasn't ready to let her go after the first playthrough. I have so many unwritten little fic for her! This playthorugh had 100% more Iron Bull/Dorian however, which was the big difference from my first time through.

I know large chunks of the game can drag when you've played it before, bus I still love to core story to pieces. I love this world. I already want to play again.

Day 81

2017-03-22 09:59 pm
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March 22, 2017 - Saying Goodbye

Today was the last day for one of my team members, she's staying with the organization but moving to a different team in a different building. We had a carry-in lunch with lots of wonderful stuff, and we all chipped in a few bucks and bought fried chicken from the deli at a local grocery store. It was a nice day, we had a lot of fun, but then it was sad when she packed up her things and left.
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My father-in-law sent Froglet a card (and a big cheque) for her 18th birthday. On the card, he carefully and very clearly printed the dates of every single French election for which she is allowed to vote in 2017. 

Because he’s awesome like that. <3 

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Random facts meme!

2017-03-27 11:44 pm
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[dreamwidth.org profile] owlmoose tagged me for this a few weeks ago! I'm ignoring the "tag other people" bit, but I enjoy reading things like this, so if you need a nudge to do a random-facts post, consider yourself tagged.

(If I think too hard about "wait, does everyone already know this?" I'll freeze up, so...I'm not gonna think about it much.)

RULES // POST 10 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURSELF AND PASS IT ON 15 PEOPLE

1. On an average day I probably drink three or four mugs of tea, but I didn't start drinking tea at all until I was in my late 20s. (I think I was 27.) One more thing to pin on internet friends, because what got me started was Shadow (from the Furuba days) sending me a small array of flavored black teas to try. I have no recollection of how this came about.

2. Halifax and Toronto are the only places I've ever lived. When [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I lived in Toronto, the things (other than people) I missed about Halifax were a) the cleaner air, b) the subliminal awareness of the ocean's presence, and c) pizza. (Halifax pizza, as a sweeping statement, has declined in quality since those days. Alas.)

3. I'm still friends with quite a few people I initially met online, and then in person, via the Sailor Moon fandom, which I haven't been active in since about 2000.

4. My gateway comic was Power Pack, which I read via the library sometime in Grade 2 or 3.

5. I love Siberian cats with all my heart, and may never have any other kind of cat again, but historically my favorite breeds (neither of which I've ever lived with) are Abyssinians and traditional Siamese (which Wikipedia recently told me are now called Thai cats, and it's nice that they have a separate name, I guess, but it bugs me a bit that they didn't get to keep the original name and have the new one assigned to modern Siamese).

6. I took ballet for about seven years, starting when I was 15, and jazz dance for about six (starting the year after ballet). I was never terribly good, but I really enjoyed barre. If I could take a class that was just barre, I'd be very tempted. (Yes, I know that many exercise studios offer a "barre" class these days. I've looked into several. They are not what I want.)

7. I can't drive, ride a bicycle, blow bubbles with gum, or whistle.

8. I had size 4.5 feet until I was about 20. Thankfully they're now a much-easier-to-shop-for size 6/6.5.

9. Drinking milk makes me unwell. I am not lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy; I can and do consume every other dairy product, including milkshakes or hot chocolate made almost entirely of milk poured straight from a carton, and I put milk in my tea. But I haven't had a glass of milk since my early 20s. I still kinda miss it sometimes. (Cereal hasn't ever been something I was into, so I don't have a data point for whether I can eat cold cereal in milk.)

10. I took my minor at a different university from my BA so I could take a few classes from an amazing professor [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose had studied with. Fortunately, Halifax is so packed with post-secondary schools that I could literally walk between the two universities in fifteen minutes.

tonight in writing

2017-03-27 08:29 pm
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That moment when you have to find a synonym for the colour ivory because the world doesn't have elephants.

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2017-03-27 10:27 pm
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I get to toy with being a living example of the Peter Principle at work.

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2017-03-27 09:15 pm
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This Is Me Today


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I'm sure I'll be a nicer mammal tomorrow.  

so sleepy

2017-03-27 10:02 pm
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I'm going to be anxious and stressed out until this semester ends and that's pretty much all there is to it. :\ At least the current project for graphic design is almost finished.

I've officially signed up for Camp! My project is here. :3 I signed up for 900 minutes for the month, which comes out to 30 minutes a day. That should be very doable but we'll see.

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I bought the Beauty and the Beast movie novelization. I am very weak.

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Finally inked the creeper! The background has been painted, along with the words, but I don't have a photo of that yet. It's fun; at least I'm able to work on fun things at home, haha.
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"In Zemo's case, he really is kind of an inverted Bucky. I felt like that's really consistent with how the character's been shown. The character has always sort of sought Steve's approval even when he's trying to kill him. There's kind of an obsessive quality to Zemo when it comes to both Steve and his father. To me, it says that there's something besides hatred here, that there's a desire to be understood by somebody, a desire to connect with somebody." -- Nick Spencer

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2017-03-27 08:44 pm
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Wow, the end of the semester swamped me fast... Emerging from grading/paper/presentation doom momentarily to write down tonight's really good first attempt at fish stew:

- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 3 slices ginger, minced
- 1 dried bird's eye chili pepper, crushed
- white pepper to taste
- salt to taste (I used ~2-3 tsp?)
- 1 pinch turmeric
- 1 pinch paprika
- cumin to taste (~2 tsp?)
- sesame oil
- dried shiitake mushrooms
- white fish filets, chopped (~900g, which I only know because mine were frozen/prepackaged)
- dried lentils (~1 cup?)
- 1 tomato

I threw everything except the lentils, fish, tomato, and mushrooms in the bottom of my inner rice pot* and sauteed it until the onions were cooked soft. Then I added the remaining ingredients, put in enough water to cover everything, and cooked it in my rice pot (this took maybe 30-40 minutes?). I'm sure you could also do this in a slow-cooker or on the stove, but if you do it on the stove you may want to simmer everything for a longer time on a lower heat to get more flavor into the fish (assuming you don't pre-marinate it, which I didn't).

*Mine is a Tatung rice pot with removable inner pots, i.e. the kind where cooking time is determined by how much water you put in the outer pot, so I can't be very specific. ^^;
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Fantine and Enjolras bond after the trio's first voyage on the Misericorde.

Words: 1855, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 13 of Sailing By Orion's Star: Deleted Scenes

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Posted by Greg Wyshynski

On Jan. 25, Jeremy Roenick made an illegal turn while headed to a New York Rangers game in New York City. But the traffic stop became something more than routine when the police discovered his driving privileges in the state had been suspended, and they arrested him at Sixth Ave. and W. 23rd Street, according to the Daily News.

In true Dept. of Motor Vehicles fashion, this appears to have been a giant goof-up. The state was sending notices to an address Roenick hadn’t lived at since 1989(!) and then got on him for not alerting the state to his new address. He told Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday that there was no mention of an additional fine for suspended privilages when he paid a speeding ticket in Westchester County a year ago, for example.

On Monday, Roenick appeared in court, paid his ticket and a $163 feed to the court clerk, according to the New York Daily News. And that was that.

The NBC Sports analyst then expressed his frustration to the News about the ordeal, including the stunning admission that he was stuck in a room filled with cokeheads for perhaps the first time since his retirement from the NHL:

“The stupidity of what I’m doing is beyond,” he said, shaking his head by the clerk’s window. “I’m out $750. Not only my time. Plus I got arrested. Plus I sat in a jail cell with cokeheads. Plus I sat in the courtroom with real criminals. I’ve never been arrested before in my life!” he fumed. 

“Why do I give a f— if the DMV knows where I live or not. I don’t live in New York! Do I have to call every other state’s DMV?” Virginia man brings five wheelbarrows full of pennies to DMV

… “I get arrested, it gets put on my record. Fines. Fees. Times. Now I’m here on the taxpayer’s money doing something I shouldn’t have to do because these a–holes don’t know what the f— they’re doing!”

We’ve had our differences with Roenick through the years, but let’s stand with him in solidarity as he declares that the DMV sucks.

s/t Puck Daddy reader Joe

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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a small green pepper plant in a terracotta pot, with a withered flower on a withered stem



The Lazarus pepper is not going to fruit after all. *sigh* As you can see, the flower stem has withered and is about to fall off rather than thicken to support a pepper. So it goes.

I will probably toss the plant out for compost later this week. (I think I will toss out the dirt and remaining narcissus stems while I'm at it, and save the bulbs for later planting.)


eighteen small peat cylinders in a black plastic container, each with a pepper sprout



Meanwhile this year's batch of pepper seedlings are doing well. Several are starting to grow their first true leaves, which are adorably tiny. :)


eleven squash seedlings in small plastic cups



The squash are very enthusiastic and I'm still not sure what to do with them. I mean, I could maybe risk planting them outside next weekend? There's probably going to be a freeze this week, but after that, who knows? (And it would save me having to decide whether or not to pinch them off. I am a terrible softy and hate pinching off baby plants, which is why I only put one seed in each cup or peat cylinder even though that's not the most efficient sprouting method.) Or I could buy some plastic storage tubs, punch drainage holes in the bottoms, and try to train the squash to grow up trellises instead of tentacling outward across the ground. Plastic storage tubs are dead cheap compared to flowerpots...

Well, I think they'll probably survive until next weekend and I can make my decision then.


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1) The second-last round of the Unbound Worlds Cage Match is underway, and Georgia is facing off against Ragnar Volarus from Red Rising. So far things aren't looking good for her, but voting's open for three more days. Please vote for her! Get [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire to write just one more of these little vignettes!

Pleasepleaseplease?
There was nowhere for me to run. Wolf girl had taken her forest with her when she left, and now I was alone in the nothing, looking at a mountain that seemed to have decided it wanted to be a man in its spare time.

I had never been murdered by a landscape before. What an educational day this was turning out to be.

2) And then there's this: "Blizzard is remastering StarCraft [including Brood War] in 4K resolution this summer". I don't have much to say about this, but there was such flailing when it crossed my Twitter feed. Remastered StarCraft, guys. *starry eyes*

WIP Big Bang signup

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I closed the poll tonight (thank you to everyone who voted!) and it was an even tie between "Intervention" and "Strange Likenesses," so... using my tie-breaking power as the person who is actually going to write the story in question, I am picking "Intervention." Sorry, "Strange Likenesses." Maybe next year. *wry*

And now to actually sign up. :)

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