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Mar. 25th, 2017 12:09 pm
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So I picked up this dragon as fodder back in August:

a feathery black dragon with pale circuit markings

And I said to myself, "Self, that dragon would be fantastic with cream rather than antique!" At that point there were literally no obsidian/obsidian/cream dragons for sale, however. Not a one! So I looked for male dragons that were obsidian/obsidian/maize circuit; also not a one. (There were obs/obs/maize dragons. Just not with circuit.) So, I picked up this gentleman and resigned myself to breeding the dragon I wanted:

a leathery black dragon with pale pink circuit markings

Each and every hatchling that those two dragons made had a 1/8th chance of being a female with cream. It took September, October, November, December, January, February, and finally a nest in Msrch, but at last:

a feathery black dragon with pale orange circuit markings

There were twenty-one hatchlings, because the final nest had four, but Cheris there was the nineteenth. For a 1/8th chance, getting the dragon on the 19th try is... not bad, given how long some breeding projects take! (At least neither of them were coatls.) In total, there were 3 with cream - 14.3% rather than 25%. There were 2 Skydancers - 9.52% rather than 15%. (Cheris was not one of them when she hatched, either. Shh.) However, instead of 10 or 11 female hatchlings, there were 13, so... the RNG didn't [i]entirely[/i] hate me? :v

Anyone else complete (or give up on) a project recently?

Isbjorn & Ibsen, March 2017

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:53 am
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Isbjorn & Ibsen on the Beddinge in my office ("Beddinge" is the name of the type of Ikea couch/bed it is).

Couch has a red velvet cover (and red velvet pillows) and we also have red fleece blankets we put on it and the whole thing gets so furry you have no idea. Kevin just washed the blankets last week and the fuzz is already mighty.

The spot Isbjorn & Ibsen are snuggling on is where there's a heated cat pad under the fleece blanket. Toasty spot is toasty.

Sometimes they cuddle together in such a way it looks like we have one ridiculously large strange mutant Norwegian Forest Cat but here you can pretty much tell Isbjorn is sorta spooning Ibsen.


Isbjorn and Ibsen on couch
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This comment section is open for any non-work-related discussion you’d like to have with other readers, by popular demand. (This one is truly no work and no school. If you have a work question, you can email it to me or post it in the work-related open thread on Fridays.)

Recommendation of the week: Other-Wordly: words both strange and lovely from around the world, by Yee-Lum Mak — in which you will learn words from more than a dozen languages that describe emotions and situations that are hard top capture, such as the Japanese tsundoku (buying books and not reading them; letting them pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands”) and the Swedish smultronställe (a “personal idyll free from stress or sadness,” which translates literally as “place of wild strawberries”). If you love language, you’ll love this book.

weekend free-for-all – March 25-26, 2017 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 26: Brock Boeser puts on his jersey after being selected 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks during Round One of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
Brock Boeser puts on his jersey after being selected 23rd overall by the Vancouver Canucks during Round One of the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 26, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida. (Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks have signed 2015 first-round pick Brock Boeser to an entry-level contract and announced he will play for the team right away.

The 20-year-old Boeser, who just completed his sophomore year with the University of North Dakota, will be in the lineup Saturday when Vancouver faces the Minnesota Wild. North Dakota was eliminated from the NCAA men’s hockey tournament Friday by Boston University in double-overtime.

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By playing Saturday, Boeser will burn a year off his entry-level contract, setting him up for a bigger payday a year earlier.

Saturday at Xcel Energy Center should also be a neat event for Boeser, who is from Burnsville, Minnesota.

Boeser notched 34 points in 32 games this season for the Fighting Hawks, though his production could have been slowed because of December wrist surgery that knocked him out of the IIHF U20 World Junior Championships.

As a freshman, Boeser had 60 points and 27 goals in 42 games.

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Boeser’s debut at least gives the Canucks’ fanbase something to look forward to for the rest of the season since Vancouver will miss the playoffs for the third time in four years. It should also give Boeser some experience on what it takes to be an NHL regular.

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Chapter 52: Ziost

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:43 pm
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In which Ben and co. land on Ziost, Ben has a near miss with the Dark Side, and he learns a bit about what Snoke has in store for him (without still knowing who Snoke is).

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

He would not fail. )
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Posted by Eric Berger

Enlarge / The European model shows the formation of a subtropical cyclone next Tuesday in the Atlantic Ocean. (credit: Weather Bell)

Just one hurricane has ever formed in the northern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, or the Gulf of Mexico in the month of March—a time when the oceans are still cold from the winter months in the northern hemisphere. This occurred in 1908 with an unnamed hurricane that, according to the Atlantic Hurricane database, reached sustained winds of 100mph and caused damage in the Caribbean islands.

As the 1908 cyclone formed long before the National Hurricane Center existed, there has never been a "named" storm in March. That could change next week, as an area of low pressure may develop several hundred miles to the east of Florida, in the Atlantic Ocean. This storm system is unlikely to be a major threat to landmasses, with the possible exception of Bermuda. Due to the rarity of March cyclones, however, it would garner significant attention.

Any cyclone that forms next week would almost certainly be classified as a "subtropical storm" (the Miami-based National Hurricane Center began naming subtropical storms, in addition to tropical storms, in 2002). It would originate from a mass of cold air that recently moved off of the United States, eastward, into the subtropical area of the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike "tropical" storms, subtropical storms have cold air at their centers and generate energy from the interaction of cold and warm air masses. (By contrast, a tropical cyclone derives energy from latent heat, as water vapor evaporates from the ocean's surface and condenses into liquid water).

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I have been daydreaming about f/f regency romances.

I may plausibly one day write one of these, but then again I may not. And either way, please do borrow/steal/adopt if you are so inspired — the world needs all the f/f regency fluff it can get.

The one that is really just Pride & Prejudice fanfic

Mary, the priggish, unlovely and unloved middle daughter of five, is packed off to be the next in a long line of particular companions to her cousin-by-marriage Anne. She hopes that by her strong moral example and deep interest in scripture, she can become an inspiration and a comfort to poor sickly, ill-tempered Anne.

Chronically ill and utterly fed up Anne just wants everyone to stop fussing about her, but at least this latest nuisance is amusing — not least because of how much she annoys Anne’s mother.

Out from the hustle and bustle of her busy family, Mary finds a place to grow into herself, and learns that humility and humour are not always at odds. To her great surprise, Anne finds someone who actually listens when she talks, and may even have something worth saying in return.


The one that’s a bit my favourite Georgette Heyer set up, but also very clearly not

Stately, proper Mrs Sophia Banks, recently widowed after a not too unhappy marriage to the well-respected Reverend Banks, has always been conscious that while Caesar’s wife must be above reproach, that is far too low a standard for the daughter of an English missionary and his Yoruba wife. Her own youngest daughter is about to make an advantageous match, but a visit from a distant cousin on Sophia’s mother’s side may throw everything out of order.

Iron-willed Dowager Lady Margaret is charmed and delighted by her only son’s fiancee, Charity, the beautiful and modest youngest daughter of the Reverend and Mrs Banks, but privately worries that she is perhaps too good a match for her much indulged son, who does, after all, resemble his late father a little more than one might like. When Charity’s distant cousin, a bright young girl not at all impressed by this cold and stupid country and its cold and stupid people, comes on the scene, Lady Margaret wonders if perhaps the mistakes of one generation will not be repeated on the next.

Sophia’s hopes for Charity seem to be in direct opposition to Lady Margaret’s privileged idealism, but could their wishes for a better future and shared amusement at the vagaries of youth help them find common ground?


The one that’s In Orbit but longer, set slightly earlier, and with a bit more plot. (If you haven’t already read In Orbit, my one bijou published bit of original fic, this kind of spoils for it. Go read In Orbit first. It’s very short, and I’m still very proud of it.)

Sarah, raised by her grandfather the golem-maker, has only ever wanted to take apart the sky to see how it works. When the time comes for her to marry and continue the line, she dutifully goes to meet her grandfather’s friend’s three sons — and his one daughter, Naomi. Unbeknownst to the oldest son, she begins a correspondence with one of his tutors under his name, positing ideas about the inner workings of golems that raise questions about the nature of the universe and the structure of stars.

Naomi, fascinated by the witty, driven woman one of her brothers is to marry, begins her own preparations for adulthood. She dreams of a loud family, of love and laughter and her own secret life away from them. She can never settle on anything — not an ambition, not a husband, not a direction for her life — until somehow, without her noticing or consenting, love finds her.

Will Sarah’s academic dreams be crushed when her identity is revealed? Will Naomi pick a path and follow it the whole way? And what do the golems think of all this, if they think at all?


The one that’s a country house mystery

Sweet, good-natured Modesty is quite sure she doesn’t have an enemy in the world. Her only flaw, if indeed she has one, is that she is perhaps a little too much of a credit to her name — despite a very proper settlement from her loving uncle and not unappealing features, she has been out for three years and failed to make a match. She prides herself on seeing the best in everyone, and finding fault in no one. But during a fortnight in her uncle’s country estate she may finally meet her match in the cruel and quick-tongued wife of the internationally famed detective Mr Ghatge. Surely this wicked, heathen woman would try the patience of a saint?

Baiza and Daulat are the perfect double act. She plays the self-important fool, he the quiet genius, and together they solve crime and seduce men and women across three continents. But when they are hired to protect the naive Modesty from an unknown threat, Baiza finds herself a little more invested and a little less objective than she might wish to be. What does Modesty know that she’s not telling them? Why is her uncle so insistent that she shouldn’t find out about the Ghatges’ investigation? And would it really be so wrong to mix a little business with pleasure?
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Scarlett Thomas: Why I was wrong about children’s fiction.

I do see that she has come to realise that 'children's books: not the easy option',from trying to write one, because have we not, my dearios, seen an awful lot of celebs who think any fule can can write a kiddybook?

But, might we not also see in that article that she seems also to be coming round to the notion that fantasy is Not A Bad (or at least, a lesser, genre) Thing?

The two categories do seem to be somewhat assimilated, even conflated.

And I really don't think you get very far just by replacing one binary with another binary:

Instead of thinking there’s “literary fiction” and “everything else”, or even adult fiction and children’s fiction, I now believe that there are books with magic and without.

I don't think it's that simple, even if she's using 'magic' in its broader sense?

I think there are still some unexamined assumptions around canon and literary value going on there.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:53 am
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Came across a screen shot from modern family. The quote was hilarious! Here's the link.

http://www.dumpaday.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/funny-pictures-115.jpg

Only rated T for implications and topless Rose.

Words: 281, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Kiss Me

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:41 am
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Victoria had been in the company of twentieth century teenagers for mere hours and already she was learning that they were an altogether different species. In which Jamie and Victoria go to a prom.

Words: 882, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 8 of First Kisses

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I love the bookstore in my town. Not only do they have a news stand in front that provides me with the latest world events and developments in the US space program, but they have a very comprehensive science fiction section front and center as you walk in. I'll occasionally look at the newsstand's selection of comic books when I hear that there is a new series from Marvel Comics, but every trip to the bookstore must come with at least thirty minutes spent in the science fiction section. This month part of my book budget went to an Ace Double Novel containing the third publication of A. Bertram Chandler's The Rim of Space as well as the first edition of John Brunner's Secret Agent of Terra.



(see the rest at Galactic Journey!)

VVC 2017 Auction is live!

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:09 am
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This year’s VividCon Auction is now open! Please go here to bid on the vidder of your dreams!

Click on an individual vidder's name to see all their details.

PLEASE NOTE!: for security reasons, the software requires people to create an account on the website before they bid. Very simple--just a username and email, and it'll auto-send you a login password.

The auction ends at 11:59pm US eastern time on Saturday, April 1. (Though please remember that we’re not set up to handle a huge crunch of last-minute bids.)

The sources our vidders are offering include, but are definitely not limited to…

Agent Carter, American Gods, Angel, The Bletchley Circle, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Drunk History, Due South, Fingersmith, Glee, Hannibal, Killjoys, The Losers, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Person of Interest, Spartacus, Star Trek TOS, Star Trek DS9, Stargate SG-1, Stargate: Atlantis, Teen Wolf, Tipping the Velvet, Wild Wild West --and so much more!

PLUS anything with Oscar Isaac or Paul McGann in it!

PLUS many other TV shows we didn't even mention!

PLUS many other movies ditto, including Alien, Aliens, Bound, Crimson Peak, Mad Max: Fury Road, the Man from U.N.C.L.E., Silence of the Lambs, Manhunter, and entire franchises like all the Star Wars movies, the Star Trek originals, the Star Trek reboots, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Harry Potter series including Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Batman movies (live action and animated), the Matrix movies, the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies, as well as so many others!

PLUS sources you might think up and ask if the vidders agree to!

Someone wants to help make your vid dreams come true! You can head over to the VividCon auction page to see what each vidder has on offer.

Please spread this announcement far and wide, and feel free to get together with friends to pool your bidding funds for the vids you’d love to see!

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Posted by Greg Wyshynski

 


If there’s one good thing about the current NHL playoff format, it’s that it fast-tracks and forces rivalry series between hated foes.

Heck, there’s a chance we’ll get Battles of Ontario and Alberta in the first round this season.

In the latest edition of “The Wysh List,” Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski presents five heated rivalry things he wants to see in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski offers his current top five in The Wysh List, a mix of overall worthiness and whom the voters will eventually go for at season’s end.

The Wysh List is a weekly countdown on Yahoo Sports hosted by Greg Wyshynski. Questions? Comments? Hit us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

Who don’t you want to see win the Cup this season? Put’em in the comments.

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