This is a fantastic opportunity, since the book is out of print and the few copies available can change hands for three-figure sums. A digital version could be very convenient and useful in its own right too.
PM or email me if you would like the pdf.
A huge thank you to Mr Rocca! And thank you also to bodiebeautiful for forwarding it to me.
Early nights and early mornings lend themselves to me
with a wry kindness about their eyebrows
tactfully not asking
what it is I'll have to sacrifice
to keep up with repayments.
I spend them
in cellars and in futile arguments
on crises of the flesh and of the faith
(not that either I or they discriminate)--
o, countless snatched hours wringing my heart dry.
And in exchange, the reasons why I do:
quiet contemplation, data fresh from the machine--
moments spent in sitting with the sunlight and the trains--
and most of all because the child I was, made brave
by learning that the wide wild world had space
even for them (even for them!),
prefers to pass gifts forward than to try to pay them back.
The music that we make in company's the richer
for the daring in the sharing of our lives.
Given the speed of the arrest, it would not appear that Solis-Reyes did very much to cover his tracks. In fact, reports say he did nothing to hide his IP address. He's a computer science student -- and his father is a CS professor, with a specialty in data mining. It seems at least reasonably likely that the "hack" was more of a "test" to see what could be done with Heartbleed and (perhaps) an attempt to show off how risky the bug could be, rather than anything malicious. It will be interesting to see how he is treated by Canadian officials, compared to say, the arrests of Aaron Swartz and weev.
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When Valentinian died, Gratian ruled in the west and his uncle Valens ruled in the east. Gratian had been fighting the Alamanni while Valens was dealing with the Goths at Adrianople. Gratian was scheduled to come to Valens' assistance, but arrived too late to prevent the disaster, whether because he was actually too late or Valens had jumped the gun in order to take the credit for what he wrongly assumed would be victory.
The disaster at Adrianople is one of the major turning points in the fortunes of Imperial Rome and a possible date for Rome's fall.
Read more about Gratian.
- Apollo, A Profile - Latter day sun god
- Achilles - Great Hero and Fastest of the Greeks
- Why Did Rome Fall? Was it decay, Christianity, or....
- Damocles Sword - Hanging on by a slender thread
- Battle at Thermopylae - 300 Spartans Against the Persians
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Cover Artist: fire_juggler
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Summary: Someone on tumblr asked if I had any thoughts about what this Sid and Geno would be up to in Sochi, and well. The same thing as last Olympics, of course.
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It’s a Big Finish Mexican stand off! And there’s only one winner… you! The listener!
Big Finish have once again reached the shortlist of the annual Scribe Awards – organised by the International Association of Tie-In Writers – with Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride and The Flip Side and Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm all receiving the nod alongside one another.
Last year, Big Finish took home the Best Audio award for Dark Shadows: The Eternal Actress by Nev Fountain, and now all three are nominated in the same category with writers Mark Thomas Passmore, Cody Quijano-Schell and Cavan Scott & Mark Wright (who were nominated in 2013 alongside Nev Fountain for The Companion Chronicles: Project Nirvana) all patiently awaiting the results, which will be announced at Comic Con in July.
The Scribe Awards acknowledge and celebrate excellence in licensed tie-in writing embracing just about every genre mainstay you can think of, from Star Trek to CSI, from Gunsmoke to Murder She Wrote, from Dune to James Bond, from Resident Evil to Hannah Montana.
(Via Big Finish.)
Apparently, we didn't have to wait long. Snowden himself has now directly called Putin out for lying about Russian surveillance, and said that his question was designed to act similar to Senator Ron Wyden's now famous question to James Clapper, leading to Clapper's lie, which (in part) sparked Snowden's decision to finally release the files he'd been collection. Snowden, writing in the Guardian, explained:
On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyse or store millions of individuals' communications?"From there, he explains why he thinks Putin was lying, and how he expects this to now be exposed in Russia, as it was in the US:
I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.
The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion. (See a side-by-side comparison of Wyden's question and mine here.)
Clapper's lie – to the Senate and to the public – was a major motivating force behind my decision to go public, and a historic example of the importance of official accountability.
In his response, Putin denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter. There are serious inconsistencies in his denial – and we'll get to them soon – but it was not the president's suspiciously narrow answer that was criticised by many pundits. It was that I had chosen to ask a question at all.Snowden also pointed out the remarkably similar response from Putin and Obama when asked about their domestic surveillance programs, and noted that he expects the Russian press to finally start challenging Putin on this assertion.
I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticise the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive. I regret that my question could be misinterpreted, and that it enabled many to ignore the substance of the question – and Putin's evasive response – in order to speculate, wildly and incorrectly, about my motives for asking it.
The investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, perhaps the single most prominent critic of Russia's surveillance apparatus (and someone who has repeatedly criticised me in the past year), described my question as "extremely important for Russia". It could, he said, "lift a de facto ban on public conversations about state eavesdropping."
When this event comes around next year, I hope we'll see more questions on surveillance programs and other controversial policies. But we don't have to wait until then. For example, journalists might ask for clarification as to how millions of individuals' communications are not being intercepted, analysed or stored, when, at least on a technical level, the systems that are in place must do precisely that in order to function. They might ask whether the social media companies reporting that they have received bulk collection requests from the Russian government are telling the truth.Finally, he notes that his position continues to remain entirely consistent:
I blew the whistle on the NSA's surveillance practices not because I believed that the United States was uniquely at fault, but because I believe that mass surveillance of innocents – the construction of enormous, state-run surveillance time machines that can turn back the clock on the most intimate details of our lives – is a threat to all people, everywhere, no matter who runs them.I don't think many people -- other than perhaps the most diehard Snowden supporters -- expected something quite like this. For months, many Snowden detractors have repeatedly criticized Snowden for not speaking out against Russian authoritarianism and surveillance. Many of us have felt that those criticisms were significantly off-base, in part because that wasn't Snowden's particular fight (nor did he have any unique knowledge of Russian surveillance, as he did with the US). It seemed like a stupid false equivalency to try to make Snowden look bad. And when he asked his question to Putin, some people argued that this showed he was actually "questioning" Russian surveillance. Except that the TV question felt like such a softball, so designed to allow Putin to spin some propaganda that this didn't really seem like Snowden challenging anything.
Last year, I risked family, life, and freedom to help initiate a global debate that even Obama himself conceded "will make our nation stronger". I am no more willing to trade my principles for privilege today than I was then.
I understand the concerns of critics, but there is a more obvious explanation for my question than a secret desire to defend the kind of policies I sacrificed a comfortable life to challenge: if we are to test the truth of officials' claims, we must first give them an opportunity to make those claims.
However, this latest response suggests that Snowden is (once again) playing a game where he's several moves ahead of many folks. The question may have set up a propaganda answer, but it appears there was a bigger strategy behind it -- and one that remains entirely consistent with what Snowden has claimed his position has been since the beginning. Frankly, while this possibility was raised about his original question to Putin, many people (myself included) thought it was unlikely that Snowden would so directly go after his current hosts (who only became his hosts thanks to the US pulling his passport). Putin is not known for gracefully handling those who directly challenge him, and I don't think it would be surprise anyone if Snowden had continued to stay out of the question of Russian surveillance, simply out of basic necessity.
Snowden, however, has said from the beginning, that this story has never been about him, and he accepts that the end result of his starting the process may not be good for himself. He's made it clear that he was willing to effectively sacrifice himself to get this debate going -- and having done it once, he apparently has decided he can do it again in another context. While I was confused by this move 24 hours ago, I'll admit it was because I never thought Snowden would go this far (and so quickly) to criticize Russia while he was there. Already, given what Snowden did in releasing the NSA documents, he's shown that he's much braver (and in many ways, patriotic to the public) than just about anyone. In now questioning --and then calling BS on Putin's answer -- he's shown that bravery was not a one time thing, but a position he intends to live by going forward.
Snowden likely made a lot more powerful enemies today -- including more who could make life very uncomfortable for him very soon. But he also showed why the public, around the globe, owes him an incredibly large debt of gratitude, one which it's unclear we'll ever be able to pay off.
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When it comes to bad habits of server administrators, one of the worst is what goes on with service accounts. Here are four bad habits that I’ve noticed server administrators regularly indulge in when it comes to the configuration and management of service accounts:
Bad Habit One: Setting up service accounts with passwords that don’t expire.
Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.
Go read Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves.
Seriously, I cannot understand why the first I heard of this was it rocking up as part of the Humble Ebook Bundle just gone.
It is smalltown Texas. The Mayor is creepy and wrong. There are hidden doors, and keys made out of bone, and a very high body count.
Your protagonist, Hanna, is sixteen. She describes herself as biracial, bicultural, and manic-depressive. She is bilingual in Finnish and English. Her mum's an island girl.
The boy she ends up hanging out with is Latino. He is also bilingual, in Spanish and English.
Together, they fight
Meanwhile, it's a book about abuse and parents and families and critique of the medical-industrial complex from the perspective of my personal is political and teenagers negotiating (complicated, not always happy) sex lives and trust and duty and survivors' guilt.
It has content notes for mental illness, self-harm, suicide, public executions, abusive parents, discussion of child sexual abuse, rape and torture (off-screen), involuntary commitment to inpatient psychiatric care (off-screen), and drug use. It's probably also worth flagging up that a slur used for newcomers to the town is "transy": it's short for "transient" (and this is made explicit) but I still flinched at it.
And in spite of all that I read it in one sitting and want more now. I am this close to e-mailing the publisher and suggesting they get Cecil Baldwin to read an audiobook version, because that is the best way I can think of to get it a much wider audience which it deserves.
Good Friday, or one of The Best Fridays Ever? As many of you know, Classic Who has a new home on the Horror Channel, and it’s materialising today!!
A number of exciting animated trailers have emerged from the time vortex, depicting the Time Lord in some of his more daring encounters. Look out for the Seventh Doctor in battle with the Haemovores, or the Fifth Doctor taking on the dreaded Mara. Confused viewers may also have spotted the Third Doctor going head-to-head with the Cybermen, (an event beyond the reach of even the most seasoned ‘missing episode’ hunters, given that such an encounter never took place!), although a closer inspection of the question mark lapels confirms that it is, in fact, Doctor number six, not Jon Pertwee! Curses.
And as the Fourth Doctor intimates in the trailer, An Unearthly Child (the very first Doctor Who story) will kick off the proceedings today, starting at 7pm and concluding at 9.20pm (GMT), with such classics as The Mind Robber and Terror of the Autons following over the weekend.
This really is a new lease of life for the vast archive of TARDIS tales, awarding the former Time Lords an almost ‘immortal’ status, which Tom Baker recently alluded to. Future generations will be able to witness anew the heartbreaking conclusion of Earthshock, the half-lit passages of the Fang Rock lighthouse, and the awesome power of the Dodecahedron!
And before you indulge in a bit of caveman action, why don’t you check out our extensive interview with the one and only Tom Baker! (We’re really quite proud of it, y’know.)
Finally, after many wistful pauses outside the locked gates over the years, last Sunday agents effected entry. It was amazing good luck that, as the little red minibus drove up, the caretaker was there, to be cajoled into letting us through. squeee!!!!!
And we would never have set foot inside the gates onto the hallowed turf that sunny spring morning without the
There is a page about Harefield Grove as the series 1 CI5 HQ here: http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/hq.h
Harefield Grove has come full circle, having become corporate headquarters (for Initial, the industrial towels company), with an inappropriate 80s office block built presumably on the site where Doyle had his mews flat in “When the Heat Cools Off”. Now it is empty again, at risk and used only as a filming location, pending redevelopment, inevitably, into an exclusive housing estate.
But Harefield Grove was just the crème de la crème of a feast of quality locations visited. And also noshed in.
The weekend began with the regular Friday evening drinks at the Sangster Arms (The Three Horseshoes, Letchmore Heath),
followed by a curry at the Spice of India in Wembley (where they still had some bottles of rosé “from the days when it was Café Lisbon”).
And ended with a relaxed Italian-style Sunday lunch at Bianco Nero (the restaurant in MWAP), where Vito poured us each a homemade limoncello insisting on a toast to Lewis Collins.
Saturday’s tour began with Cook’s house, 33 Peter Avenue, Willesden Green, where Doyle goes to break the bad news to his friend June in “Spy Probe”.
From this point, ‘remarkably unchanged’ is the theme.
The next location was by special request of the ladies of the Lewis Collins fansite http://www.lewiscollins.info/
- and later the members of Badfinger too (two later albums by Pete Ham are titled ‘Seven Park Avenue’ and ‘Golders Green’).
A bit of a surprise that it is a large semi, not a detached house – it must’ve been noisy for the neighbours.
This house should have a blue plaque!
Minster Court, Hillcrest Road, Ealing – not much changed from 1977,
the swimming pool is still there – except now it has security gates. Warming up for Sunday’s coup, seeing a resident leaving, people stood in the gate before it closed, and braving the security cameras we were able to mooch into the grounds. At the end of our visit, an estate agent leaving the flats with two well-heeled clients appeared and we got talking, resulting in them handing Paul the agent’s brochure.
From upmarket apartments to less upmarket council flats, was Susan Fenton’s flat from PMPD (Bedford House, The Farmlands, Northolt). Again, remarkably unchanged, even the rather random white picket fence.
And finally in this tour of ‘remarkably unchanged’ residences, was Colonel Masterton’s house from Hiding to Nothing, or ‘the house where Bodie made a cup of tea’ (Uplands House, Monroe Drive, East Sheen).
From here, the plan was to head back north across Putney Bridge, but that was thwarted after a long, slow crawl towards the bridge ended with the discovery that it was closed to traffic due (as on-the-spot agent Piquet later reported) to a suicide.
Retracing our route via the inviting Coach and Horses at Kew Green, Paul still managed to get us to ‘the phone box under the railway bridge Doyle runs to in Spy Probe’ (Brent Way, Brentford) and the ‘pink in the face and panting’ church from Blackout.
Saturday night, back at the Watford Hilton, we welcomed special guest Mr Dave Matthews, the true Alpha 1, master of the authoritative Pros website since 1996: http://www.mark-1.co.uk/Professionals/ho
There were Pros charades, Paul’s commentary on KWALA, a Kojak board game, and random readings from Dave Rogers’s ‘The Complete Professionals’ and the Ken Blake novels, which Paul generously gave away as ‘quiz prizes’.
Not many hours of sleep later, it was back on the bus on a gloriously (or painfully) sunny spring Sunday morning.
After Harefield Grove and a drive around location-studded Harefield village, we headed west into the leafy Home Counties.
Continuing the Lewis Collins locations, and in the right chronological order too, we stopped outside Mopes Farm, to glimpse the roof and upper portions of Lew’s beloved old farmhouse. The agent’s details give a better picture.
At Windsor, the boy’s school in ‘Ojuka’ (Clewer Manor) made a charming final location visit and group photo opportunity.
Here are some pictures of the school then and now: https://www.flickr.com/photos/23217865@N
Apologies for not posting more pics, but londonronnie will certainly do a much better job of it in her post.
And finally, sadly, our tour leader announced that this seventh tour would be his last. All who have been on the CI5 tours of London and the Home Counties can vouch for the time, effort and money Paul Ridley has invested to give nutters like me some of the very best weekends ever. Sir, we salute you!
Brad Caleb Kane
Director: Bill Eagles.
Originally Aired: October 21, 2008
When a young woman explodes inside a diner, the team works to determine the cause. They learn of a second woman who has been turned into a human weapon by an unscrupulous drug company executive and rush to save her before she can be shipped to "the client". Agent Dunham discloses critical information about her childhood to Peter Bishop.
Most Memorable Quote:
OLIVIA: (To Broyles) I understand that you think I acted too emotionally. And putting aside the fact that men always say that about women they work with, I’ll get straight to the point. I am emotional. I do bring it into my work. It’s what motivates me. It helps me to get into the headspace of our victims… See what they’ve seen. Even if I don’t want to, even if it horrifies me. And I think it makes me a better agent. If you have a problem with that, sorry. You can fire me. But I hope you don’t.
Fringe Television Summer Rewatch
I'm pretty sure there is some out there, but I can't seem to remember where. Or what it was called. Drop by the comments if you happen to remember.
Pairing: Sherlock/John, John/Mary
Length: 15,700 words
Rating: General Audiences
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock comes home to an empty house.
Reccer's comments: This is a wonderful Sherlock/John getting together story which annuls most of what happened in Season 3 and establishes a beautiful alternative canon. Sherlock has a suitably dramatic return from the dead, John has difficulties coming to terms with the fact that Sherlock didn't let him in on being alive but gets a very thorough explanation of why Sherlock did what he did, and after a bit of pining and lots of hurt feelings honest talks are high on everybody's agenda - first between John and Mary, then between John and Mycroft, and last but not least between John and Sherlock.
I really like the fact that in this story people don't just act blindly on their feelings and mess everything up (things are messed enough as it is), but that they actually talk things through first. I've never been able to reconcile readily, mindlessly cheating!John with the wonderful man we get to meet in canon, so I'm really grateful that there's now finally a story which starts with John/Mary and ends in Sherlock/John where John doesn't cheat on Mary and doesn't treat both Mary and Sherlock badly until he comes to term with his feelings.
But never mind that most of the time the characters are sincerely trying to act rationally here, this story is above all things a really sweet and moving love story. It's magnificent how Sherlock's portrayed here through John's perspective. There's such fantastically tender imagery every time John looks at Sherlock which only proves that John's eyes are irresistibly drawn to him and which tells us how utterly and completely besotted he is quite a bit before John realises it himself.
There's other good stuff, such as one of my favourite Mycroft cameos ever and a touching insight into the Holmes family history, so all in all plenty of reasons to give this lovely story a try.
What feelings does this word evoke? What sorts of memories does it recall? Which of your senses start to tingle? How would you represent what this word means to you?
I sit at the dining room table in this house that isn't mine, and watch a woman walk by with two greyhounds, and a tree, foaming with pink blossom, swaying in the April wind, and I think about home.
(Where is it?)
Home, they say, is where the heart is.
(Where is it?)
I have left my heart all over the place.
Careless, but better than the alternative.
(Pack it up, put it in a cardboard box and take it to the next house. Remember to take it out again. Otherwise, in ten years I might find it in a still-sealed box, labelled in marker pen: Kathleen's heart & other last-minute things from Guildford. This has happened before.)
Actually, I think it may have gone on ahead of me.
Wait for me, heart. Wait for me, home.
I know a man who has designed a board game that follows the twisting twining journey through life and based on your responses to various dilemmas will work out what home means for you. It gives a different answer every time. I played it once. We laughed a lot, though I'm still not sure about home.
An Englishwoman's home is her castle. I must get someone to see to the drawbridge.
I remember when home was huge and full of secrets, standing on the lowest rung of the fence, or kneeling up on the just-made spare bed, watching the road as far as the bend in the corner beyond which was not home, waiting for the next guest. Home was never so much home as when someone was staying.
Home is the place where the people come.
Home is the place where the parties are.
Home is the place where you can find a place where no one will disturb you, unless you want them to.