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Posted by John Scalzi

So, the good news about yesterday’s flight home is that I was bumped to first class. Yay! Extra leg room!

The bad news about yesterday’s flight home: It left 30 minutes late because they hadn’t finished (or possibly even begun) fueling the plane before we boarded; a dual line of thunderstorms diverted hundreds of miles out of our path, necessitating an unplanned stop at Dallas-Fort Worth in order to refuel; the refueling stop took more than two hours, at least 30 minutes of which came down to waiting for maintenance to say “uh, yeah, you can go, I guess,” that last bit of delay being the thing that caused me to miss my (already once-rescheduled) connecting flight, which was also the last flight of the day to Dayton; and when we landed in Charlotte, nearly five hours late, we had to wait an additional 30 minutes to get to the gate because it had rained too hard.

Yay! Extra legroom!

All of which is to say that I am still not yet home. I am in Charlotte, having gotten a couple hours of sleep at a (thankfully comped) hotel, waiting to see whether the presumably first flight out to Dayton will actually fly, or whether it will be delayed because, oh, let’s say, hamsters in the engines.

I am sitting with hoi polloi for this leg of the journey. Let’s see if it makes any difference.


Jasmin is 6

Jul. 28th, 2014 09:44 pm
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It's Jasmin's 6th birthday today; it really doesn't seem that long since we got her. It was also Ashley's 6th in May but I never got round to posting, so here are photos of them both, taken over the last few months.

There was tuna for all three. :-)

Photos )
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[#832] Remove "jump to modules" link except on mobility


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[#836] Use the latest rendering engine available

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[#834] Background color to comments in some layouts

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Merge pull request #849 from afuna/comment-bgcolor-bug-834

[#834] Background color to comments in some layouts


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Merge pull request #847 from afuna/turn-off-ie-compatibility-mode-bug-836

[#836] Use the latest rendering engine available


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[#837] Use LJ::CleanHTML to process formatted_mail for usertags


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Merge pull request #863 from afuna/generate_medium_media_query-bug-838

[#838] Use generate_medium_media_query instead of $*desktop_media_query


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[#841] Enforce max-width on images in smaller screens

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[#841] Add back image size limits on larger screens

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[#841] Add image handling to all dw-free layouts

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Merge pull request #846 from afuna/too-large-media-bug-841

Handle large media (images, iframes)


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[#841] Initialize large_media_query variable


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Merge pull request #864 from afuna/add-missing-variable-bug-841

[#841] Initialize large_media_query variable


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Merge branch 'release-1.21' into develop

* release-1.21:
[#841] Initialize large_media_query variable
[#841] Add image handling to all dw-free layouts
[#841] Add back image size limits on larger screens
[#841] Force a max-width onto embedded content (iframes)
[#841] Enforce max-width on images in smaller screens
[#838] Use generate_medium_media_query instead of $*desktop_media_query
[#837] Use LJ::CleanHTML to process formatted_mail for usertags
[#834] Background color to comments in some layouts
[#836] Use the latest rendering engine available
[#832] Remove "jump to modules" link except on mobility


Compare: https://github.com/dreamwidth/dw-free/compare/9eb014dc20f3...b32b14f45eee
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George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
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Title: The Winged Man's Burden
Artist: GingerCatSneeze
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Winglock

Reccer's comments: GingerCatSneeze has branched out into animation, with results that are either charming or powerful in tone. This black-and-white animation falls into the latter category:

Sherlock, shoulders hunched, takes off his beloved coat, revealing two misshapen growths that are criss-crossed with straps. Sherlock pops them off, causing a pair of shaggy, charcoal-colored wings to appear. He then arches his wings, showing their true size and presence, as his head raises and his shoulders straighten.

I suspect from the title and the quiet (perhaps even somber?) mood of the animation that the wings can be seen as a metaphor for Sherlock's genius or his entire sense of self. I lean towards the latter interpretation because Sherlock freely lets fly his deductive genius, rarely restraining that aspect of his personality. What does he try to contain and control? His emotions. Over and over we see him fighting that side of himself, perhaps most famously beside the fireplace at the inn in THoB. In S3 he appears to lose his emotional control, at least in part, with mixed results that suggest why he might have tried to stopper his feelings in the first place. I (and perhaps other fans) dearly hope that Sherlock does not fetter those wings forever, but learns instead to use them to help his great intellectual talent work more effectively (emotional insights can be crucial in any case dealing with people) and to engage in richer relationships with those whom he loves.

"You are Iron."

Jul. 28th, 2014 07:07 am
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via http://ift.tt/1tgcZ0z at July 28, 2014 at 02:00AM:
“You are Iron.”
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Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged? You are iron. And you are strong.

n.t. (via thelittle-hobbit)

Damn right you’re iron, and do you know where iron comes from? Do you know how iron gets here? Let me tell you.

It does start with a star, but it’s not some dismal castoff from an eternal beauty, it’s so much more. Everything that makes our world came from stars, but nothing had as much effect on that star as iron.

See the sun burning in the sky? The light you see and the heat you feel are created when the sun fuses elements, the building blocks of our world, into new and heavier elements. The sun lives because more energy comes from that process than is needed to support it.

UNTIL IRON COMES ALONG.

Fusing iron — burning it to make a star shine — is nigh on impossible. Iron is strong and iron is heavy. Iron is so strong and so heavy that to make new elements from iron takes more energy than it produces. The star can’t keep up, it starts to die.

The iron that flows through your veins KILLED A STAR.

Those other metals that we so value, like gold, owe their existence to iron. As the star died it collapsed, crushing itself and making gold and platinum and other precious and powerful things. Then it exploded and scattered those metals throughout space.

Chief among them was iron. The iron whose formation was the death knell of the star. The iron whose intensity made other metals possible. The iron that was the last thing the living star could make.

Stars lived to make iron.

Stars died to make you.

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Laptop troubles

Jul. 28th, 2014 01:55 pm
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My laptop was fine late Friday night, and then... just dead, Saturday morning.  Or not quite - it showed one light, but nothing else.  This is very irksome, because there's lots of things on it, including addresses and scraps of story and ideas for stories and ... lots of things.  But it's not a cause for mute despair - it may yet come good, and if it doesn't then... it will be very irksome, but there you go.

It means I have much curtailed internet access, of course, so I will be slow to respond to people's posts - and very slow to sort out the complexities of the NFE, too.  :(  (which are pretty daunting.  But I should be able to get there, eventually.

On the good side, I've been gardening, and also reading a strange assortment of books that came to hand:  The Tricksters, by Margaret Mahy, and The Haunting, also by Margaret Mahy.  The Haunting feels like a first draft of The Changeover, and not nearly as good.  The Tricksters is better yet, and declines pigeonholing - it's more or less about novel-writing, or else about family dynamics, or the power of suppressed truths, or sexuality. 
Two other books read - Lord Birkenhead's biog of Kipling, and a scrappy sort of late-in-life memoir - You May Well Ask - by Naomi Mitchison; neither of them brilliant, but both enlightening in the way of small sidelights on history and the literary/political/social worlds of those times.  (Kipling and NM would have heartily disliked each other, I'm certain.) 
And Maddaddam, the last book in a trilogy by Margaret Atwood, which started by smashing the apparent state of things at the end of Year of the Flood, and then worked its way around to resolve the mysteries and come to a new ending, about which no spoilers.  :) .  But I thought it turned too much into being a puppet-fable by the end, and don't really recommend the trilogy. 
And I got as far as the first part of Pikerty, Capital in the Twenty-first Century - it's a bit frustrating b/c it seems to need to be read in concert with internet access, to get the figures which underlie his bold assertions.  Oh, and Cold Comfort Farm, which I opened as a same-period counter to self-satisfied Naomi Mitchison and which, as I have only now understood (thanks to wikipedia), is set in an AU future Britain.  (ie future to 1932, when it was published).  I don't know why it was written that way (AU future) because there's nothing in it which doesn't fit absolutely in a mock-DH Lawrence landscape.

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Jul. 27th, 2014 11:37 pm
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Posting for the come-hither looks that the guy in the overalls keeps shooting the camera.



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Monday 28/07/2014

Jul. 28th, 2014 08:34 am
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1) I slept pretty well.

2) I'm going shopping with my sister! :-)

3) Boyfriend is coming over this evening. ^^

Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field

Jul. 28th, 2014 05:49 am
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The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions. The clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi compose one of the closest star forming regions.


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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24.

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Daily Happiness

Jul. 27th, 2014 10:22 pm
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1. We got a car today and went to Ikea and Walmart, which is an exhausting combination, but we got some stuff, so that was good. Though one of the main reasons we wanted to go to Ikea is because we're looking to get a chair or small loveseat to put in the computer room now that we took out the CD shelves, but the two we liked turned out to be not available online. >_< (I wasn't planning on buying anything today, but I don't want to buy a chair without trying it out first, so the plan was to see what they had and then order online at some point if we found something we liked.) We also stopped at Smart & Final to get a couple of their gigantic charcoal bags, since they're such a good price, but there's no way you can haul that home on the bus.

2. We've still been watching The Simpsons every night, usually 2-3 episodes with dinner and I've been enjoying it so much. We're on season 11 now and one of the episodes we watched tonight was the one with Gary Coleman, which is such a great episode. Three prawns is hardly a galaxy!

July 28, 1868: 14th Amendment adopted

Jul. 28th, 2014 12:00 am
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Following its ratification by the necessary three-quarters of U.S. states, the 14th Amendment, guaranteeing to African Americans citizenship and all its privileges, is officially adopted into the U.S. Constitution.

Two years after the Civil War, the Reconstruction Acts of 1867 divided the South into five military districts, where new state governments, based on universal manhood suffrage, were to be established. Thus began the period known as Radical Reconstruction, which saw the 14th Amendment, which had been passed by Congress in 1866, ratified in July 1868. The amendment resolved pre-Civil War questions of African American citizenship by stating that "all persons born or naturalized in the United States...are citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside." The amendment then reaffirmed the privileges and rights of all citizens, and granted all these citizens the "equal protection of the laws."

In the decades after its adoption, the equal protection clause was cited by a number of African American activists who argued that racial segregation denied them the equal protection of law. However, in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that states could constitutionally provide segregated facilities for African Americans, so long as they were equal to those afforded white persons. The Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which announced federal toleration of the so-called "separate but equal" doctrine, was eventually used to justify segregating all public facilities, including railroad cars, restaurants, hospitals, and schools. However, "colored" facilities were never equal to their white counterparts, and African Americans suffered through decades of debilitating discrimination in the South and elsewhere. In 1954, Plessy v. Ferguson was finally struck down by the Supreme Court in its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

just so you know

Jul. 28th, 2014 12:03 am
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The Great Queen Seondeok, despite the fact that EVERYONE sucks at Surveillance 101, features political philosophy, warfare, badasses, women of awesome, multilingualism, AND SCIENCE.

Sorry, this is WAY more Yoonishly awesome than Buffy.

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