I had no idea: Sweden’s deadly subs

Oct. 25th, 2014 06:53 pm
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Posted by Tobias Buckell

This is a fairly fascinating tale of military leapfrogging:

Sweden Has A Sub That’s So Deadly The US Navy Hired It To Play Bad Guy: “We have been glued all week to the sub saga off the coast of Sweden, where six days in Swedish forces have only now called off their search for an elusive sub hiding in the waters off Stockholm. Yet what nobody has mentioned is just how deadly and capable Sweden’s own subs are, and there are few better weapons for catching a sub than another sub.”

(Via Jalopnik.)

I would totally have worked that into Arctic Rising if I’d known.

Something to come back to in the third novel, possibly.

This is freedom?

Oct. 25th, 2014 11:36 am
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This is freedom?

by digby

I'm always amazed at how narrowly people define freedom in this country. If you can carry a gun you're free. But if you have any objections to submitting to common behaviors like this just so you can put food on the table you are a whiner who just STHU. It's about the "tricks" employers use to investigate you in ways that circumvent discrimination laws (and common respect for privacy and basic human decency.) This is just one of them:
The car you drive and what's in plain view answer questions that the employer never asked you. I learned most of these car tests from a major health care IT provider. They'll look at type of car you drive and its condition. They'll compare that to your previous income. If you're driving a beat up clunker, but your resume says you were clearing six figures, something's not adding up. Sure, maybe you're frugal—but if other things are inconsistent, the car raises more questions. They might even ask you why you drive such an old car.

They'll look at the interior. Do you have fast food containers all over the place? How you keep your car tells them how keep your cubicle and could preview your work habits. If you've got an electric razor in the car, you don't take the time for proper hygiene. If you smoke, your car screams that habit. Even if you've cleaned the ashtray, that yellow film gets everywhere.

The most "evil" managers tell me they can ask your car questions companies don't ask during a job interview. The bumper stickers are the obvious give away. Answers about your politics, religion and age are all there. Less obvious are things like the magazines inside the car or a car seat. Employers shouldn't ask about your familial status. If you've got a car seat or other child related items, they know the answer.

Is it evil for them to look in your car? Absolutely. Do some companies do it anyway? Absolutely. They put themselves at risk for a discrimination suit. Most applicants aren't thinking the employer's looking at the car. You can't claim religious discrimination if it didn't come up in the interview. You also can't prove they looked in your car.

How do they know which car is yours? When you're doing the interview, an administrative assistant goes out and looks at the car. They'll keep a watch out for where you park or just look at the visitor parking. The really sneaky assistants give you a parking pass to put on your car. You think it's just a parking pass, but it's also a way of saying "Hey, I'm the person interviewing so check me out!"

This is the corporate world for you. Where you're "free" to accede to your employer's every demand for conformity to the most banal stereotypes and shallow psychological tropes --- as interpreted by corporate clones with less insight into human nature than your average zucchini.

The advice, by the way, is to be sure to leave nothing of yourself inside you car because you're being watched. You probably should borrow or rent a nicer one if you drive an old car. (And here I thought these sorts of superficial attitudes were only applicable to the entertainment business ...)


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Oct. 25th, 2014 12:11 pm
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Winter Soldier's Redemption (40089 words) by Selenay
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Steampunk, Edwardian Period, Marvel Cameos, Slight Mentions of Body Horror, Prequel, Steve Rogers Feels, Putting Bucky Back Together, Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes, Rediscovered Feelings
Series: Part 4 of Dangerous Instruments

Steve Rogers, former captain of the HMAS America, had been a rising star of the Royal Aerial Fleet until his airship was destroyed. He was pulled from the wreckage, the only survivor, and spent several weeks unconscious in a hospital bed while the world, and the Fleet, moved on without him. Now, he needs a new plan and a new career, both of which Nick Fury is willing to offer as part of his special SHIELD unit inside Scotland Yard.

But while Steve waits to begin his training, Fury has a small mystery he needs some help with. A masked man has been roaming the towns and villages in the south of England, stealing food and breaking into trains and museums without taking anything of value. A man with a metal arm. It's Steve's home ground, the place he grew up in, so he's the perfect choice to investigate Fury's problem. Isn't he?

(Prequel fic, but can be read as a stand-alone.)

Angels and demons

Oct. 25th, 2014 11:17 am
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Not so sure about Constantine. Not big on TV shows too closely based around the Judeo-Christian mythos. Hence my giving up on Sleepy Hollow. They're just a little too close for comfort. And anyway, spoilers )

ETA: The 100, otoh, has managed to reinvent itself, and so gets a reprieve.

An Urgent Lack Of Urgency

Oct. 25th, 2014 05:00 pm
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IT Support | Manchester, England, UK

(I work on the help desk at a hospital. A friend of mine in another department is on her last day with the organisation, and as she can’t be replaced, the clinical service she runs is being shut down. She calls me about 30 minutes before she’s due to leave forever because she can’t access her voicemail. She needs to record a new message to tell any patients who call that her service has been discontinued. There is no one else who can leave the message after she’s gone, so I call  the telecoms guy on his mobile and after telling her to ring me back if there’s any other issues I put her straight through. I tell my colleague my friend’s name, how urgent it’d be if she rang back, and why. About 20 minutes later, I hear this…)

Colleague: “Okay, so your name is [Friend]? Okay… and you were just talking to [My Name]?”

(I assume something’s gone wrong, so I get up, walk across the office and stand right next to my colleague so I can take the call from her.)

Colleague: *completely ignoring me* “Okay, so the telecoms guy said he’d sorted it but it’s still not sorted. I’ve logged that job for you. … [My Name]? No, he’s not in the office right now. Okay, have a good day, bye!”

(She turns to me then, big proud smile on her face.)

Colleague: “And that’s how you fob someone off!”

(I just stand there speechless for a moment.)

Me: “But I told you she was my friend, and there’s literally only 10 minutes left to solve her problem, why did you do that?!”

Colleague: “Oh, I forgot.”

(She goes back to looking at her screen, not a care in the world.)

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The new "blame America first crowd"

Oct. 25th, 2014 10:05 am
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The new "blame America first crowd"

by digby

Can you see what's wrong with this picture?

A former aide to President Ronald Reagan is calling for southern states to secede from the union and form a new conservative nation called "Reagan" where citizens wouldn't be forced to compromise on "traditional values" like marriage.

Right Wing Watch on Wednesday flagged conservative author Douglas MacKinnon's interview with evangelical radio host Janet Mefferd, in which he hocked his new book, "The Secessionist States of America: The Blueprint for Creating a Traditional Values Country … Now." Cautioning that all his secession talk was purely "academic," MacKinnon suggested that South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida break away from the United States and form a new republic named "Reagan."

"You have to remember that all 11 states from the South, including ultimately Texas, seceded legally," MacKinnon told Mefferd. "They left the union peacefully, they left the union legally, and then President Lincoln … part of the problem there was that the North realized very quickly that it could not survive economically without the power of the South."

After making the legal case for secession — and branding the Civil War "illegal" to boot — MacKinnon argued that the leaders Americans are electing today do not represent traditional values, particularly when it comes to marriage.

Yes, a member of the so-called "Party of Lincoln" saying the North started the war because it knew it couldn't survive economically without the South is funny enough. But what amuses me about these scenarios is the fact that Ronald Reagan was the biggest flag-waving American patriot around. As were pretty much all Republicans not ten years ago. "These colors don't run" blah, blah, blah. And today they seem to hate it, mostly because they hate so many Americans.

It's fine with me if they hate America. Everyone has the right to do that if they choose. But it would be nice if they could be the tiniest bit consistent about this. When the left complains about American policy it is accused of being UnAmerican and called traitors to their country by these same people. And yet when they don't like American policies they can call for secession and maintain their reputations as All American patriots at the same time.

In fact from now on I'm going to refer to every right winger who is mad about abortion rights or marriage equality or high taxes the "blame America first crowd" because they have earned that title as honestly as any lefty who complains about America's foreign policy or criminal justice inequities.

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So the conference I did the Mary Sue talk at a couple years ago has sent out another call for papers for May 1-2, 2015. It's at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and it will be partnered with ITHACON40, a comic book convention. You can see the full CFP over at Google Drive, which includes some suggestions, but the topic is Women & Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s Literature and Comics. Abstracts are due January 15, 2015.

I'll be halfway through Vol. III of JS&MN by then, I wonder if that's something I could get a topic out of or if my shallow historical knowledge would make it dangerous. There's always the Bujold rant, but I'm not sure if there's any interesting generalizations or insights out of it. Discworld's too big a topic, and I'm not sure if anything there speaks to me more than anything else. Hmmm . . . *wanders off, contemplating procrastination opportunities*


Oct. 25th, 2014 01:41 pm
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Either WordPress has fixed something, or BlogBooker (the same folks who do LJBook) has fixed something, or the actual secret turned out to be using Google Chrome instead of Firefox when I did the Export to XML part of the PDF-creation process . . . but I have now successfully created an archival backup of my editorial blog.

No kids knocked down today!

Oct. 25th, 2014 01:31 pm
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I successfully managed to avoid knocking down any kids today at skating practice! It's the little things in life. ^_^

I've definitely let myself get a bit out of shape though because while yes my feet are not used to working like that I should not have been as tired as I was after two drills.

This practice went much better though than last week and I did feel more confident on my skates. I really should be getting out on my roller blades this week though as that should help somewhat with my balance. I also need to do some more knee and ankle strengthening exercises too probably.


Oct. 25th, 2014 01:29 pm
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Oh, cats.

Oct. 25th, 2014 01:26 pm
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Raise your hand if you were woken up around dawn by the sound of a loud crash coming from your kitchen? Followed by a just-as-loud THUMP, THUMP, THUMP?

... just me, huh?

So, yeah, I took the trash out last night before I went to bed. Garrus and Tali apparently decided that meant the empty trash can was fair play, and they someone managed to turn it over on top of Garrus. Who then started running in the wall, repeatedly, in an attempt to knock it off of him.

Tali? Perfectly named. Every now and then, though, I seriously wonder if I should have gone with "Grunt" instead of "Garrus".


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