Repeat as the champion.
Unfortunately it's just me and Mike Watts this year. The third member of our prognostication trio who was our 2013 champion is recovering from major health issues, and reluctantly won't be competing for the 2016 title.
What he will do from time to time is be a guest commentator as Mike and I battle for 2016b season supremacy as we both wish him a speed recovery.
The rules are the same. We pick that week's regular season NFL games, no spread. Picks are posted no later than 10 minutes before kickoff of the first game of that NFL week. Person with the best record after the last regular season game has been played in Week 17 will be declared the winner.
That was moi last year. And I'm ready for some NFL regular season football. .
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 1 of 1 (complete)
word count, story only: 1702
: : This takes place just a few days after the Saturday visit to ask about correcting Aidan's paperwork. When it rains, it pours. ::
There was an unofficial rumor in her office that it bred paperwork every time a phone rang, or someone called in sick, or whenever someone tried staying after hours to catch up on the backlog.
Right now, Heidi believed every word of the rumor.
( Read more... )
New guests arrive in town. Plus, a bake sale the elementary school, the start of football season, and changes at the Night Vale chapter of the NRA.
Weather: "Opposite House" by Cass McCombs (cassmccombs.com)
New Books: Night Vale Podcast Episodes, Volumes 1 & 2
Available September 6!
Welcome to Night Vale: The Novel.
welcometonightvale.com, click on book.
Come see Night Vale at LA Podfest
Sept 23-25, 2016
Or if you can't make it to LA, you can livestream it from home
Details at Lapodfest.com
Night Vale European Tour Dates:
Oct 3-23, 2016
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Music: Disparition, disparition.info.
Logo: Rob Wilson, robwilsonwork.com.
The less said about my sad attempts with EasyCap, the better.
(Since VHS is now officially an obsolete format, and these items are not, and never have been, available on DVD, I really do feel we’ve done our ethical due diligence, although I understand if you disagree.)
A number of options and brands are discussed online, but I’d really love to hear from people who have done it themselves, what worked for them.
started reading: The Redwood Rebel by Lorna George.
The heat has mostly broken, so the bougainvillea is blooming again and the catnip plants are settling into their hanging baskets. Maintenance FINALLY is digging up the broken sprinkler line that's caused the mosquito swamp between the buildings. And the landscaping guy chopped down my evil nandina from hell. I'm considering plumbago and esperanza, and maybe pride of Barbados. They all do well here and are good for bees and butterflies. Also, the nurse at my thing the other day told me about his lemon, lime, and orange trees in his backyard and now I'm all wanting to sprout lemon seeds. Apparently you can bonsai them as houseplants with a sunny window. I'm tempted.
When your salmon filet turns out so melt-in-your-mouth good that it's all you can do not to eat the entire slab of fish. *happy sigh*
vol gig #1 was sooo different Friday morning. ( More object lessons in gender studies )
At vol gig #2 Tuesday I forgot supervisor was going to be off-site all day and other Admin had nothing for me, so I spent 2 hours making prayer flags with crayons and construction paper and ribbon. It was wonderfully therapeutic. Also, I got to talk to a chaplain about comparative religion (he teaches three sections of Old Testament) and has little knowledge of Buddhism at all. Fun stuff.
"Marvel Developing A NEW WARRIORS TV Show Featuring Squirrel Girl".
"Teenage Daydream: Welcome Aboard, Teenage Superheroes". [Panels] "Setting aside the jokey comparison between comics marketing strategies and Germany’s conduct during World War II, I think I can speak to this question with strong anecdotal evidence. I served two years on the Young Adult Library Services Association’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens book selection committee, a group that regularly solicits feedback from teen readers to aid its selections and jury voting. As a teen services librarian, I had ready access to young readers who were happy to read the publisher-provided comics I offered them, including filling out feedback forms for the committee to use in considering each title’s teen appeal. These circumstances formed the basis for many conversations with teenagers about the sorts of comics they enjoyed or would like to enjoy, including modern-day superhero stories."
"This “Ghostbusters” Deleted Scene About Dude-Dancing Is Pure Gold". [Buzzfeed]
"Fullmetal Alchemist Creator Visits Live-Action Sets Before Filming Ends". [ANN]
"Committing to Diversity When You’re White: A Primer". "I’m not an expert by any means, and there are plenty of people who have written about this, but because race and consciousness of race have been on my mind lately, I thought it would be worthwhile to write a quick and dirty primer to better committing to a mindset that thinks about, embraces, and promotes diverse voices, creators, and writing. Many of these ideas can be applied across topics, too; that is, if you want to be a better reader or ally to the LGBTQIA community, many of these should be applicable, as well."
"What Does Femme Mean? The Difference Between Being Femme & Being Feminine". [Bustle]
[EDIT: I just removed a link entirely because, when I belatedly started to put it under a cut, trying to come up with cut-text that conveyed the content without being inherently awful proved tricky enough that I opted to just axe it.]
"How to Tell the Difference Between Real Solidarity and ‘Ally Theater’". 
"Why Do We Doubt And Police Those Seeking Permanent Contraception?" [The Establishment] [Content note: violation of patients' bodily autonomy (ignoring patients' requests/pain during procedures).]
"15 Photos Of Black Cats Who Are Actually Toothless The Dragon". [Buzzfeed]
"Stunning Photos of the Obamas’ Love That Will Melt Your Heart".
"New Custom Embroidered Pets in Pockets by Hiroko Kubota".
The person via whom I found this link on Twitter tweeted it with "Dear Women, Did you know we used to have pockets on dresses? … & before that, pockets were TIED ON under petticoats."
"Stunning LEGO Sculpture By John V. Muntean".
"Pneumatic octopus is first soft, solo robot". [BBC]
"We Sent Our Burning Man Correspondent to the Wrong Desert, So Here’s a Report on Desert Lizards".
"Dinosaurs compete in human sports in these beautiful fantasy illustrations". [The Daily Dot]
"Is Marge Simpson’s Hair So Tall Because It Hides Her Rabbit Ears?"
I took what is one of the most over-used iconic images of Pinkie Pie and attempted to transform her into Pinkie Fly while maintaining the same shape and posture aesthetic. Big head, big butt, splayed legs. An extra pair of eyes, just because. Then I tacked on hair (couldn't find any naturally occurring flies in wigs, although I probably should have looked up woolly aphids) and slapped on a pair of wings. The cutie mark is three flies. Fly party! Bzzzz!
I filled her mug when the cider went dry
And brushed away the pink tailed fly
Applejack buck corn
I don't care
Applejack buck corn
I don't care
Applejack buck corn
I don't care
Celestia's gone away
After The Ending (The Ending #1) by Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh
I read about a hundred pages of this and then gave up in disgust. I liked the centre of the story being friendship between two women, but I didn't actually like either of the women. I'm fine with unlikable heroines, but I think I was supposed to like them? They were both selfish, judgemental and cruel, and... why would I want to read 400+ pages about them?
Also the only person of colour was immediately slut shamed, and the heroine didn't understand why the group of survivors wanted to stop and look for their own families, instead of going straight to hers. Yay!
On the bright side, the book was free.
The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin
I didn't love this one as much as the first, but I'm still enjoying this series immensely. Watching Jemisin put all the worldbuilding and character bricks in place as the story continues is breathtaking. I'm absolutely dying to find out what happens next, and what twists will hit along the way. Could live with a bit less mass murder.
Also, my e-reader just kicked it, so I finished this on my laptop, which show some commitment to Sparkle Motion, I think.
What I'm Reading Now
Still on Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex by Michael Hiltzik, had to go back to the library, but has been reordered.
Audio: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, which is a South Asian secondary world fantasy about a princess who doesn't want to have an arranged marriage, which is sort of an old theme, and not one I'm fond of, but it's carried on pretty decently so far.
Library: On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz, a non fiction book about attention and how our outlook affects what we pay attention. Mom really liked it, but I haven't really gotten into it yet. Worried it may be twee.
What I'm Reading Next
Audio, idk. Hopefully I'll get Big Science back. I want to read the webcomic O Human Star for the imzy comics group, which is also doing something something Neil Gaiman I don't care. Library probably The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food from the Lost WPA Files.
He drove us to the mall nearby so I could get money. Then we went to Staples where we found the clear packing tape I needed and - ooh - the good pens that c-J gave me years ago. After that, it was the drugstore for wet wipes and my fave skin toner. While we were driving, I mentioned my intention to move the furniture, especially to give greater prominence to the fireplace he gave me. But I guess I'll be waiting until I regain a bit of my normal strength. ::crosses fingers tightly:: We got back home around 2:45. I made sure all the cats were indoors (CeCe came in with c-J at 1:30 and I encouraged Grumpy to come in off the back deck at 3:45), then collapsed in bed. It was weird how my spine actually felt better when in the front seat of his car. I still find it somewhat amusing to know that my aching back generates so much heat that is reflected back. OTOH, I could barely get out of the car. Sigh.
Watched another two hours of MasterChef tonight and saw many culinary meltdowns - seems to be more than in previous years. And, finally, I've just taken my pain pills, along with the balance of my cappuccino yogurt. Yumm. Definitely hoping for good sleep tonight. It's a shame I don't have the energy to fight my grocery delivery site in its ::coughs loudly:: new-and-improved iteration. AFAIC, it's a piece of garbage, and takes me at least twice as long to place my order. Some companies are idiots but, when they're the only game in town, all I can do is complain (and a whole lot of us have).
( The Fortress on the Rhine )
Raxco IR is an update of the old FDISR. Major enhancements are you can now install directly in Win 7/8 with out the fudges needed for FDISR. Better snapshot isolation. Faster.
Major differences between Instant Recovery and Instant Rescue.
Snapshots Recovery 10 Rescue 1
Archives Recovery yes Rescue no.
Okay so what is Instant Recovery
Snapshots are a bootable copy of your system. The...
Raxco Instant Recovery - Comparisons
On the one hand: GO TO SLEEP, YOU MORONIC CHILD.
On the other hand: he's so CUTE!
At any rate, we now have internet and TV. I’m not sure what’s going on with the phone. As far as I know, they haven’t even told us what our number will be.
For anyone interested in looking for me on tumblr, I did change that to Swordsandparasols .
I also registered for Imzy as swords_and_parasols, though I haven't done anything there except for create an account.
How good is Role Based Access Control ( RBAC ) ? i am thinking of implementing 2 admin accounts. One is for installation of software, which has access to the internet, but no access to security functions like Local Security Policy, Windows Firewall, net.exe, netsh.exe and a few more things like removing the take ownership right. And the other admin account is all powerful, but can't connect to the internet, for doing security administration work.
I recently had a incident where the...
RBAC and security
Another reality show series featuring a trans cast in the Whoopi Goldberg produced Strut will debut September 20, and we are waiting to see if I Am Jazz gets renewed for a third season.
Tangerine, a move featuring two trans actresses in Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez garnered attention for the Oscar campaign that was run for its two stars.
The indie movie Boy Meets Girl that's on Netflix right now, featured a trans feminine character named Ricky that surprise, surprise was played by trans actress Michelle Hendley also got some well deserved buzz and attention
You would think that with all the interest in trans people's lives, that Hollywood would be planning to whet that appetite with movies that have transgender characters being played by trans actors.
But nope, hasn't worked out that way.
And now after hearing Matt Bomer is going to be the latest white cisgender male to play a transwoman on the silver screen in an attempt to parlay that into an Academy Award nomination a la Jared Leto and Eddie Redmayne, it's time for Hollywood to have several sections of seats at the Rose Bowl about that transphobic practice.
As a matter of fact, here's a Change.org petition calling for the movie Anything to not even be released.
That's how fed up the trans feminine community is about this irritating pattern of seeing white cisgender actors repeatedly get to play trans characters on the silver screen to mine and our community's displeasure, and especially the displeasure of the trans actresses trying to make a living in Hollywood.
Jen Richards calls out the problems with why it's a big deal with cis men playing trans women and I agree with many of the points she made in her Twitter chain that is featured in the Mic post I linked to.
As for cis women playing trans characters, since I was asked about it at Chautauqua, I'll repeat what I said there. Personally I don't like it simply because I want my trans sisters to have first cracks at those roles, and there is no equity yet in Hollywood in terms of trans actresses getting fair shots to play cis feminine characters.
But if it's done by the cis actress in question with respect for our lives, I can deal with it. If I'm forced to choose, I prefer a cis woman playing a trans woman instead of the reprehensible transphobic pattern going on right now.
I've been impressed by how Mosley and the B& B writers have handled the nuances of Maya's character living as a trans woman, and the added bonus of that is it is the first time we have seen it play out in a Black family on network television
Some of you Hollywood peeps need to show up at a trans pageant or a trans convention. Some of my trans feminine sisters will give Miss Universe a run for her money in the beauty department.
Several years ago Kerry Washington played a trans woman in the 2009 movie Life Is Hot In Cracktown, and she said in an interview in the runup to its release she didn't get the part at first because the director thought she was 'too beautiful to play a transwoman'.
Chloe Sevigny admitted in an interview that when she played Mia in the British series Hit and Miss, because of the prosthetic penis she had to wear, she not only cried every day when she had to put it on, she felt unattractive and questioned her desirability when she was in character.
"The biggest thing I learned is that these are individuals who are born as women. They are women but their biology/anatomy has betrayed them in some way and that’s the fundamental thing to understand. I am not playing a man who wants to be a woman, I am playing a woman who has been born with a physical inconsistency so my body doesn’t reflect my emotional truth. That’s key to understanding who this person is."
Too bad the rest of Hollywood doesn't get the fundamental truth about trans women that Kerry Washington so easily grasped.
That being said, I still have a major problem with cisgender males playing trans women in Hollywood when there's a long list of trans women like Alexandra Billings, Trace Lysette. Jamie Clayton, Mya Taylor and countless others ready, willing and able to do the job if given the opportunity to play these roles.
But the key reason I have a problem with it is because as Jen and other trans women across our community have stated, it reinforces the stereotype that 'transwomen are men', and that has negative life or death consequences for us.
The 'that's a man' stereotype repeatedly spat at trans women of all ethnic backgrounds is also negatively affecting the human rights of trans people and our allies around the country as HB2 and the repeat of HERO were Exhibits A and B of.
And with the Republican Party and conservative movement revving up bathroom fears of trans people in order to attack human rights laws and demonize trans people for their own political gain, we trans women of color are paying in blood for that and the desire of Hollywood cisgender men to get an Oscar.
So it's why I have had it up to here with lazy Hollywood directors and casting directors repeatedly putting cis men in drag to play trans women.