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Posted by Monica Roberts

The NFL season starts next week, and I will be once it starts competing for TransGriot NFL prognostication glory and to see if I can do something no one in the history of this contest has done.

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.  .  
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Pulling Threads and Paper Mountains
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... )
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Posted by ichito

“Rowhammer” is a problem with some recent DRAM devices in which repeatedly accessing a row of memory can cause bit flips in adjacent rows. We tested a selection of laptops and found that a subset of them exhibited the problem. We built two working privilege escalation exploits that use this effect. One exploit uses rowhammer-induced bit flips to gain kernel privileges on x86-64 Linux when run as an unprivileged userland process. When run on a machine vulnerable to the rowhammer problem,...

"Exploiting the DRAM rowhammer bug to gain kernel privileges "

93 - Big Sister

Sep. 1st, 2016 04:00 am
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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)

Announcements:
New Books: Night Vale Podcast Episodes, Volumes 1 & 2
Available September 6!
Plus...
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
welcometonightvale.com, click on live shows.

Music: Disparition, disparition.info.

Logo: Rob Wilson, robwilsonwork.com.

Produced by Night Vale Presents. Written by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. More Info: welcometonightvale.com, and follow @NightValeRadio on Twitter or Facebook.

Advice, anyone?

Sep. 1st, 2016 12:45 am
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A close friend of mine has some Takarazuka rarities on VHS, and as you may know, a couple months ago, the last manufacturer of VHS players stopped making them. So for her personal use, archival purposes, and streaming possibilities, she’d like me to convert them to digital files or dvd, well, somehow.

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.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 31st, 2016 11:21 pm
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books
started reading: The Redwood Rebel by Lorna George.

dirt
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.

food
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*

volunteering
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.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"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]


Social Justice

"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’". [2015]

"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).]


Miscellaneous

"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?"
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PinkieFly [120]

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

Reading Wednesday

Aug. 31st, 2016 08:12 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading
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.

Pain vs. Blondie? Pain in a TKO.

Aug. 31st, 2016 10:55 pm
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Well, my hopes for finishing my SGA fic for the fest went down the drain. There was simply no way for me to write anything this morning. [I still hope to write this story, because the concept fascinates me, but it'll definitely not belong to this year's collection.] I was barely able to get dressed (and even left that to the last moment because I got too hot in the shower) and out the door when church-John arrived after 1:30. Definitely weebled when I wobbled.

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).
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For [personal profile] ceitfianna, who suggested Switzerland and either the hidden bunkers or internal language issues. One of my Hetalia WIPs is a zombie apocalypse fic that makes extensive use of the National Redoubt and its fortifications as its setting, but since this challenge is for me to write new short(er) things, something simpler and a little less polished is in order. (And apparently on the angsty side, as it turns out.) So with bonus Liechtenstein POV, set not long after the end of World War II....

The Fortress on the Rhine )

Daily Reading (1st September)

Sep. 1st, 2016 10:49 am
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What have you been reading today? Everything counts, from the TOS to the back of the cereal box!

Raxco Instant Recovery - Comparisons

Sep. 1st, 2016 02:27 am
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Posted by Peter2150

A lot questions are popping up re the Raxco Instant programs. First a couple of basics

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

New Norton Identity Safe

Sep. 1st, 2016 02:18 am
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Posted by Krusty13

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/norton-identity-safe/


Please note:


New Norton Identity Safe
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Am currently sitting in my son's room (he won't lie down if I can't see him, today), as he lies in bed, loudly counting his toes and talking about stars and wiggly lines.

On the one hand: GO TO SLEEP, YOU MORONIC CHILD.

On the other hand: he's so CUTE!

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Sep. 1st, 2016 12:00 am
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Aug. 31st, 2016 09:21 pm
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Mom: (philosophically) "Live by the demogorgan, die by the demogorgan."

Yes, we are watching Stranger Things.

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Aug. 31st, 2016 10:10 pm
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And a technician from Comcast came at 6:30 this evening. He had no idea about what was going on with the scheduling, but he did get us hooked up. The problem was that they had completely disconnected the cable at the utility pole and somehow not had a record of doing it.

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.

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Aug. 31st, 2016 08:12 pm
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 Livejournal wants FIFTEEN DOLLARS to change my username, which is not happening, and I don want my LJ and DW IDs to be different. Oh well.

For anyone interested in looking for me on tumblr, I did change that to [tumblr.com profile] Swordsandparasols .

I also registered for Imzy as swords_and_parasols, though I haven't done anything there except for create an account.

RBAC and security

Sep. 1st, 2016 12:43 am
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Posted by lunarlander

Hi,

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
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Posted by Monica Roberts

Image result for Eddie Redmayne the Danish Girl
September will witness television history when the CBS legal drama Doubt debuts with Laverne Cox playing the first main cast transgender character for a scripted network TV series.    The web series Her Story featuring my homegirls Angelica Ross and Jen Richards received an Emmy nomination.

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.

Image result for Michelle Hendley Boy Meets GirlTangerine, 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.

The Bold and the Beautiful
One example of a cis woman who is respectfully playing a trans woman and nailing it is Karla Mosley, who plays model Maya Avant Forrester on the CBS soap The Bold and the Beautiful.

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.

But even having a cis woman playing a trans woman has bumped into at times the entrenched Hollywood transphobia about trans women.

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'.

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Even some of the cis women actresses playing trans women have had some interesting reactions and revelations about what we deal with while walking in our trans feminine pumps for their roles.

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.

Kerry Washington said this in an interview about her Marybeth 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.

Image result for Jared Leto RayonBut 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.

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