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Item Name and Description: Signed U.S. hardcover editions of the third through fifth volumes of the Memoirs of Lady Trent (knowledge of the previous two not required for enjoyment!), by Marie Brennan. Personalized on request.

Starting Bid: $30

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Posted by Marie Brennan

Item Name and Description: Signed copies of Marie Brennan's two Varekai epic fantasy novellas (Cold-Forged Flame and Lightning in the Blood). Personalized on request.

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Posted by Marie Brennan

Item Name and Description: A complete set of the UK trade paperback editions of Marie Brennan’s Onyx Court series of historical fantasies (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire). Signed by the author and personalized on request.

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Posted by Kate Nepveu

Item Name & Description: a limited edition of Dear Sweet Filthy World by Caitlin R. Kiernan, donated by Subterranean Press.

What exactly is the difference between a love letter and a suicide note? Is there really any difference at all? These might be the questions posed by Dear Sweet Filthy World, Caitlín R. Kiernan’s fourteenth collection of short fiction, comprised of twenty-eight uncollected and impossible-to-find stories.

Treading the grim places where desire and destruction, longing and horror intersect, the author rises once again to meet the high expectations she set with such celebrated collections as Tales of Pain and Wonder, To Charles Fort, With Love, and the World Fantasy Award-winning The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories. In these pages you’ll meet a dragon’s lover, a drowned vampire cursed always to ride the tides, a wardrobe that grants wishes, and a lunatic artist’s marriage of the Black Dahlia and the Beast of Gévaudan. You’ll visit a ruined post-industrial Faerie, travel back to tropical Paleozoic seas and ahead to the far-flung future, and you’ll meet a desperate writer forced to sell her memories for new ideas. Here are twenty-eight tales of apocalypse and rebirth, of miraculous transformation and utter annihilation. Here is the place where professing your undying devotion might be precisely the same thing as signing your own death warrant—or worse.

The stories in Dear Sweet Filthy World were first published in the subscription-only Sirenia Digest, run by Caitlín for her most devoted readers. This publication marks the first availability to the general public for most of these rare tales.

This is one of 600 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with the bonus volume, The Aubergine Alphabet.

Starting Bid: $25.

Shipping: United States only, because of publishing rights.


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Posted by Kate Nepveu

Item Name & Description: a limited edition of Final Girls by Mira Grant, donated by Subterranean Press.

What if you could fix the worst parts of yourself by confronting your worst fears?

Dr. Jennifer Webb has invented proprietary virtual reality technology that purports to heal psychological wounds by running clients through scenarios straight out of horror movies and nightmares. In a carefully controlled environment, with a medical cocktail running through their veins, sisters might develop a bond they’ve been missing their whole lives—while running from the bogeyman through a simulated forest. But…can real change come so easily?

Esther Hoffman doubts it. Esther has spent her entire journalism career debunking pseudoscience, after phony regression therapy ruined her father’s life. She’s determined to unearth the truth about Dr. Webb’s budding company. Dr. Webb’s willing to let her, of course, for reasons of her own. What better advertisement could she get than that of a convinced skeptic? But Esther’s not the only one curious about how this technology works. Enter real-world threats just as frightening as those created in the lab. Dr. Webb and Esther are at odds, but they may also be each other’s only hope of survival.

With her new novella Final Girls, bestselling, award-winning author Mira Grant has conjured a heartstopping, gut-wrenching story filled with as many twists as it is versions of reality. Grant offers a chilling exploration of how surviving horrors might define us all.

This is one of 1250 signed numbered copies, with a dust jacket illustration by Julie Dillon.

Starting Bid: $25.

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Posted by Kate Nepveu

Item Name & Description: a limited edition of Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong, donated by Subterranean Press.

The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When author of books on the supernatural Patrick brings Gabriel a case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else’s good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and…he misses her.

Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the story, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way.

With Lost Souls, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.

This is one of 500 signed numbered copies, bound in leather, with full-color interior illustrations.

Starting Bid: $25.

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Mar. 25th, 2017 02:19 pm
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj

Notes from the campaign trail: “Fyi your son was campaigning for you today. He said he was going to tell everyone at school to vote for you “on voting day” because you love books commenting “I don’t think she’s done anything to try to get votes” he also said he saw you reading a 200 page book, maybe 216 pages. By the way I am voting for you and not just because your son is adorable. Good luck!” – Leila Massouh

Notes from the campaign trail: “We found your pin hanging on our door! My three year old was wearing it very proudly on his pajamas yesterday. (He wants to cast a ballot for you like mom and dad but I think village hall may cry voter fraud if he tries.)” – Antonia Davison

Kavi is quite indignant that she’s not allowed to vote until she’s an adult. She doesn’t think it’s fair at all, and wants to know what she is allowed to vote for. I told her school elections, and she just gave me this *look*.

#runningforoffice

Equity and Access

Mar. 25th, 2017 02:09 pm
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Posted by Mary Anne Mohanraj


As the library board race comes to a close, I’m thinking about what comes next. Win or lose, I plan to run again — a friend told me yesterday that she’d read that men generally run three times before they stop running, and women stop after the first defeat.



 



That lines up with what I’ve seen as an editor, what studies have shown — men persist more than women do, and that results in more publications. There are good reasons why women, why anyone from a marginalized group, might decide to cut their losses — when resources are already scarce, it might not feel like it makes sense to keep pouring energy in a direction that offers no guarantee of success. But the consequence is fewer women, fewer people of color, fewer marginalized voices in the field.



 



So I’ll run again — I’m not sure yet for what. I was talking to an organizer last night, and I said that I didn’t know what I could realistically run for next. She said that wasn’t the right question — that the question was, what problem do I want to solve, and what is the job that solves them? The honest answer is that I want to solve all the problems; I’m not a single issue candidate.



 



I can’t run for president, but I could run for Congress, or Governor, or a state house position. That feels…distant, right now. I don’t know how many steps there are between here and there. I think I need to have conversations with people wise in Democratic politics, to map out a reasonable approach for the next few years.



 



But in the meantime, I’m figuring out what my core positions really are. For library board, I’m running on a platform of equity and access. Our libraries are fantastic, and they do a great job of serving the people who use them. I want to make sure that people who have difficulties getting to our libraries (for financial, physical, cultural, or other reasons) have help getting there. Libraries for everyone.



 



I think the same platform applies at a larger level. I want our schools to serve all students, not just the wealthiest or the brightest. I want our public buildings and spaces to be physically accessible to all. I want every American to enjoy the same ability to access healthcare as other economically developed countries experience.



 



If America is to be as great as it imagines itself, as it promises, we need to ensure that we make pursuing life, liberty, and happiness possible for ALL our people.



 



Family means nobody gets left behind. Or forgotten.



 



*****



 



(And yes, I’m quoting a Disney film.)



 



#runningforoffice

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Posted by admin

March 25, Staff Report

The police have released video footage of a man believed to have been involved in the writing of a homophobic slur on the wall of a building that houses two Astoria legislators.

The graffiti, which read ‘Obama f..t,” was found in two places on the 31-19 Newtown Avenue building on Monday, which is where State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas have their district offices.

Police believe the suspect is white and was last seen wearing hooded jacket and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782)

 

 

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GMaps

March 24, Staff Report

A developer filed plans with the city Thursday to build a new mixed-use five-story building in Astoria, bringing more apartments and commercial space to the neighborhood.

According to the plans filed with the Department of Buildings, the property at 22-02 Astoria Boulevard will be redeveloped in to a five-story building with 16 apartments and commercial space on the first floor.

The plans show that each floor would have four apartments, and the first floor would have 943 square feet of retail space.

The building would have a total of 16,078 square feet of residential space, which means that each apartment would be about 1,000 square feet.

Under the proposal there would also be an eight car parking garage on the first floor, a laundry room and fitness center in the cellar, and a recreation area on the rooftop.

The new building will replace a one-story factory building that is currently on the site.

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Skateboarding on frozen sand

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:51 pm
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Posted by Jason Kottke

In this beautifully shot video, four skateboarders discover the joys of skating on the frozen sand of a Norwegian beach.

Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? Four skaters head north to the cold Norwegian coast, applying their urban skills to a wild canvas of beach flotsam, frozen sand and pastel skies. The result is a beautiful mashup — biting winds and short days, ollies and a frozen miniramp.

The result is a lot more contemplative than a lot of other skateboarding videos. The emphasis is not on cool tricks (which were difficult to do in the cold weather) but on the vibe of skating on a frozen Norwegian shoreline with only a few hours of sunlight a day. A longer version is available to rent or buy on Vimeo (and more info here).

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Posted by /u/noisemap

I was outside of my apartment today on the phone. An older man came up to me and asked me if a motorcycle across the street is mine. I told him no and thought nothing of it. He then proceeded to block a driveway, get out of his truck and decided to take it upon himself to move the motorcycle NEXT to a parked car, in the street. Not only did he move it, but dropped it in the process. I took a picture of this and informed the police, as damage was done to the motorcycle (mirror and blinker were now broken.) They didn't show up or follow up, so it looks like they don't care.

If this is anyone's bike in this sub, let me know. Black and red sport bike. I can send you a picture of the guys license plate. There are also cameras on the front of the building, if they actually work I'm sure there is a way to acquire the video.

29th street and 23rd.

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Our first work cycle, Prometheus

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:00 am
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We’re wrapping up our first work cycle! Here’s what we accomplished over the past six weeks and what we’re still working on. To help with any of these projects, please get in touch!

Planning for Data Carpentry Ecology Lessons Release

What did we do? This cycle we started the process for Data Carpentry’s first lesson release - for our Ecology lessons. During the Issue Bonanza 3/16-3/17, fifteen energetic members of our community and staff submitted a total of 134 issues focused on items related to our lesson release checklist. Data Carpentry staff and maintainers will be going through these issues in preparation for our Bug BBQ (4/6-4/7). Stay posted for announcements about the Bug BBQ!

What are we still working on? Over the next cycle, we’ll be working on documenting the process for future lesson releases and planning for our next lesson release (the Data Carpentry Genomics lessons).

How can you help? Sign up for the upcoming Bug BBQ to help polish up the Ecology curriculum for publishing. Even if you can’t “attend” please help clean up issues in those repos! We’d love to hear your thoughts about this new lesson publication process. Please send any feedback to Erin (ebecker@datacarpentry.org) or Tracy (tkteal@datacarpentry.org).

Streamlining Process for Instructor Training

What did we do? This cycle we focused on simplifying processes, increasing our capacity for training new instructors and giving our Trainers opportunities to share expertise and learn from each other. We simplified our processes for scheduling instructor training events and tracking progress of trainees through checkout to make more efficient use of our volunteer Trainer time. We set up regular meetings for our Trainer community, including discussion meetings to share expertise about teaching instructor training events. We started training ten new instructor Trainers, who will be joining the Trainer team this summer. We also developed documentation for communicating with partners about training events and followed up with pending instructor training applicants.

What are we still working on? We’re working on building our capacity for offering training to non-partner affiliated individuals and improving our documentation for Trainers running instructor training events.

How can you help? If you’re interested in becoming an instructor Trainer, please contact Erin (ebecker@datacarpentry.org).

New hire

We’ve received a large number of highly qualified applicants and are working on scheduling first round interviews. Keep an eye out for more news!

Setting an Assessment Strategy

What did we do? This cycle Data Carpentry overhauled our pre- and post-workshop surveys to include measurements of self-efficacy and skill with R or Python. We’ll be piloting these surveys over the next few months. We also developed and released a long-term follow-up survey for learners who attended workshops six months ago or more.

What are we still working on? In October we released a report of Data Carpentry’s impact on learners. We’re now working on a report for Software Carpentry. Stay posted!

How can you help? If you were a learner at a Carpentry workshop over six months ago, please fill out our new survey by April 4th and be entered in a drawing for a Data Carpentry swag bag.

Lesson Contribution Guidelines

What did we do? We surveyed community members about their experiences with contributing to Carpentry lessons and asked for ways that we can make this process more straightforward. We received 54 responses with a wealth of suggestions.

What are we still working on? We organized the feedback we received and are working on understanding the best way to implement these suggestions.

How can you help? If you’d like to be part of the team developing new documentation and resources for lesson contributions, please contact Erin (ebecker@datacarpentry.org).

Our next cycle - Cycle Deimos - March 27th through May 19th

I hope you’ll agree that we accomplished a lot over the past six weeks! Our next cycle is also looking to be action-packed and exciting. Stay tuned for an announcement of what’s coming up! As always, if you there’s something you’re excited about and would like to see, post your idea to our Conversations repo or get in touch.

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