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Summary: Some days, Earth still seems like a children's tale to Vala. (350 words)

Note: This ficlet was written for [tumblr.com profile] kk-maker in response to the prompt: Teal'c, or Vala Mal Doran. It is rather more than three sentences. Oops? (Also, everything I know about Stargate: SG-1 is secondhand, so please forgive any glaring canon errors.)

Engendered by Disquiet )

The title is a random phrase from Tolkien's essay On Fairy-stories, which is a work I recommend to anyone interested in writing fantasy. One may not agree with all his points, but I think one should at least be aware of his questions.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] lone_cat , there are two new verses in "These Tiny Little Steps."  Victor is not about to take this distressing news lying down.

Victor is sometimes kind of an ass.
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Posted by Cheryl Eddy on io9, shared by Chris Mills to Gizmodo

This is super typhoon Soudelor, captured by NASA instruments as it attained Category Five status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale earlier today. Its eye is 12 nautical miles wide; its winds are up to 161 miles per hour; and the extremely rough waves below it are up to 48 feet high.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Aug. 5th, 2015 01:26 am
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Posted by spikewriter

Do you have a Doctor Who community or a journal that we are not currently linking to? Leave a note in the comments and we'll add you to the who_daily reading list.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of the high posting volume and the quantity of information linked in each newsletter, who_daily will no longer link fanfiction that does not have a header (that includes no listing of main characters). For an example of what a "good" fanfic header is, see the user info. Please note, the fic must have a header with the fic, not just in the link post, in order to be added to the newsletter. Thank you.

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BBC: New image for Series 9, Episode 1 released (Spoilers)

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FanFiction
In Their Eyes by jennytork [ The Doctor (all), Various companions including Susan, Jamie, Jo, Sarah Jane, Donna, Tegan, River and the Ponds | PG ]
Still Striving For the Sky by [personal profile] misaffection [ The Master (AInley), OFC | PG | AU ]


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Posted by Hunter Scott

This is the story of how I wrote a Twitter bot to automatically enter contests and ended up winning an average of four contests per day, every day, for about nine months straight.

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Posted by Casey Chan on Sploid, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

Here’s a fun surf video of Tommy Witt surfing on his longboard and pulling fun tricks that make him look like he’s not even surfing but just riding the waves with his own two feet. The board kind of just disappears into the wave and it leaves him looking like he’s just standing there, on top of the water.

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new job, day one

Aug. 4th, 2015 08:19 pm
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In my experience, first days of new jobs are exhausting, even if one doesn't outwardly seem to do much. Paying attention and trying to learn a thousand things at once takes a lot of energy!

I think I have a good handle on, let's say, thirty percent of what I will be doing; a rough handle on another fifty percent; and as for the remaining twenty percent, I at least know enough to be aware of what I don't know and still need to learn. I wouldn't want to be left alone for another couple shifts, but the tasks themselves are straightforward (aside from, you know, the inherent messiness of dealing with humans) so they shouldn't take too long to get down. And there are a bunch of cheat sheets around the front office... actually, possibly more cheat sheets than is strictly helpful, because I'm not sure I remember where all of them are. *wry*

I also need to get a set of keys to the building. I must remember to ask about that tomorrow.

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Aug. 5th, 2015 10:10 am
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''BUT YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER ON BEANS AND RICE!'' -- vegan proverb
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Posted by Maddie Stone

When most of us imagine scientists, we picture white lab coats, sparkling work benches, and tidy, controlled experiments. We do not tend to imagine accidentally exchanging saliva with dead animals or gluing oneself to a large carnivore.

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Abby Griffin meta [The 100]

Aug. 4th, 2015 07:39 pm
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I wrote some not terribly profound meta over on [community profile] the100 about Abby Griffin who is one of my favorites. It's crossposted here. Since I'm trying to encourage discussion over on the comm, please leave comments there.


Abby Griffin

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There's this thing in The 100 fic where Abby is the villain. In the romance framework she's the obstacle to overcome. She's the controlling mother who wants to micromanage Clarke's every move, disapproves of her choice in lover, is a consummate politician at the exclusion of everything else, and is always angling for some agenda. Appearances are everything to her. She cold and difficult, and a pain in everyone's ass.

I know in fic this happens because parents are a natural stumbling block for romance plots. But honestly, Abby is none of those things.

Abby Griffin is anything but cold )


Since I'm trying to keep discussion over on [community profile] the100 , please leave comments on the post there.



After Effects and You

Aug. 4th, 2015 04:38 pm
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Hey, dudes, I have some material prepped for the After Effects panel, but before I finalize things, do any of you have vids (or favorite vids of other people's) that make extensive use of After Effects? Can you drop me a link? If you don't use AE, is there something you're specifically curious about and would like to see covered in this panel?
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Posted by Andy

riaa-logoThrough no real fault of its own, uTorrent creator BitTorrent Inc. has become associated with the massive piracy carried out every day by its users. Due to the company sharing its name with the successful protocol, for many BitTorrent piracy and BitTorrent Inc. are one and the same thing.

That incorrect perception has proven corrosive for the company, so much so that for the past several years BitTorrent Inc. has been on a mission to position itself as the friend of content creators rather than their foe.

Now, following dozens of self-certified claims that the company doesn’t support piracy, BitTorrent Inc. has somewhat inevitably found itself in the crosshairs of the music industry.

In a letter dated July 30, 2015 sent from Brad Buckles, Executive Vice President of Anti-Piracy, the RIAA asks BitTorrent Inc.’s CEO to live up to his company’s claims of being a musicians’ champion. It begins with a subtle but serious reference to the company’s Distributed Hash Table.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of BitTorrent Inc.’s development of a distributed hash table (DHT) approach to file distribution, and yet, as we have previously discussed with your company, we remain very concerned about the overwhelming use of BitTorrent Inc. developed clients to infringe our members’ content,” Buckles begins.

Building the RIAA’s case, Buckles says that software developed by BitTorrent Inc. facilitated approximately 75% of at least 1.6 million torrent based infringements in the United States during 2014.

Again referencing BitTorrent’s DHT – the system which allows torrents to be shared even when external BitTorrent trackers go down – the RIAA says that a sample of 500 audio torrents extracted from the database showed that 82.4% were “highly likely” to be protected by copyright.

Turning to comments previously made by now-former BitTorrent Chief Content Officer Matt Mason, Buckles challenges the notion that “the piracy happens outside the BitTorrent ecosystem.”

“[As] the above data clearly shows, this argument is disingenuous when BitTorrent Inc. itself is the source of the software that is used so overwhelmingly for infringement,” Buckles says.

Referencing Mason’s earlier comment that anyone using BitTorrent for piracy was “doing it wrong”, Buckles insists that the company now actually does something concrete to mitigate piracy.

“We urge BitTorrent Inc. to live up to those words and take meaningful steps to deter this widespread infringement occurring using its own products and services,” Buckles says.

The RIAA concludes with a list of hashes of its members’ works that have been infringed via BitTorrent Inc.’s “products and services” along with a suggestion that the company needs to take continuous action moving forward.

“We are willing to establish a process to share the hashes with BitTorrent Inc. on a regular basis so that BitTorrent Inc. can use the information to deter further infringement of those files via its goods and services,” the RIAA adds, while helpfully offering additional support, if needed.

“We also know of several companies that offer services to help identify infringing torrent sites and files that may be useful in helping BitTorrent Inc. take steps to reduce their facilitation of infringement.”

The RIAA stops short of asking BitTorrent Inc. to block or filter content in any specific manner but it’s clear what the music industry group has on its mind.

It’s been a long time coming but this move against BitTorrent Inc. is not unexpected and the company must’ve been preparing for the day for a long time. The ball’s now in the uTorrent creator’s court and it’s going to be a fascinating game, little doubt about that.

RIAA’s letter to BitTorrent Inc.

Source: TorrentFreak, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and the best VPN services.

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Posted by Diane Kelly on Throb, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

Placentas are amazing organs, and we’re learning that they do so much more than simply manage the movement of nutrients and wastes between mother and fetus. In this month’s issue of The Scientist, placenta expert Christopher Coe explains its other roles, including hormonal regulation, iron storage, and immune system training.

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Posted by George Dvorsky on io9, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

Europe’s MSG-4 geostationary weather satellite is up and running after its launch on July 15. Earlier today, it’s Spinning Enhanced Visible Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) snapped its first image of Earth. And yes, we are impressed.

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Posted by Maddie Stone

Remember that adorable (horrifying?) four legged snake fossil that made such a sensation last month? Well, not everyone’s tickled pink about it. Brazilian officials suspect the fossil was stolen from their country, and if it was, they’d like it back, thank you very much.

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Posted by Wes Siler on Indefinitely Wild, shared by Alissa Walker to Gizmodo

A touchscreen GPS navigator that works in the wilderness and that you can wear on your wrist? That’s a neat idea, but not one that Garmin’s been able to realize with this new Epix. Allow me to explain.

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