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I believe this is current. Please let me know if I've missed something!

  • Ace 8th Doctor

  • Dipper/Maxgoof

  • Rufo/Parker silliness

  • Tiffany as Wonder Woman


-The Gneech
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It's the third Friday in August and I'm running late on getting this week's round up of links for a variety of reasons.

I tried to assemble a post that didn't focus on the bad stuff going on, but I can't. And the reason is summed up in the graphic at the right. Horrible things happened in America: literal neo-nazis and white supremacists murdered someone, injured a bunch of others, and then our president not only failed to condemn them for days, but clearly signaled that he is one of them, and refused to disavow the KKK and Nazi leaders who were actively declaring on camera that they supported Trump and felt he supported them.

So, here are the links, sorted into categories as accurately as I could.

Links of the Week



Last week the Independent newspaper published a list titled “30 mind-expanding experiences you should have before you’re 30.” “Entitled” would have been more apt, as the list was one that was so dripping with privilege that it was impossible to take it seriously. As a (not rich) parent of a (not rich) twenty-something this list made me so cross that I thought I would write my own..

Mother Of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer: ‘I’m Proud Of What She Did.

Things We Saw Today: How You Can Help Charlottesville.

Some historical politicians knew how to respond to complaints from white supremecists: Letters of Note: Kiss my ass.

Science!



Dan Savage: Get ready for sex robots that look like Bigfoot.

'Not a good idea:' Why you shouldn't try driving to the eclipse Monday morning.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



Hugo awards 2017: NK Jemisin wins best novel for second year in a row.

Tired Puppies 2017 . “If you scratch the paint of libertarians you find frustrated authoritarianism trying to peek out...”

Ray Bradbury Reveals the True Meaning of Fahrenheit 451: It's Not About Censorship, But People "Being Turned Into Morons by TV”.

N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT.

he truth in fantasy: An interview with Hugo-winning Ottawa writer Amal El-Mohtar.

During Trump's present, it's gotten hard to write the future, says John Scalzi.

Jason Sanford — Measuring the slow Hugo Award death of the rabid puppies.

Locus Online News » Worldcon News.

Fixing the Dragon Awards isn’t my problem | Camestros Felapton.

Farewells:



BLANCHE BLACKWELL, IAN FLEMING’S MISTRESS AND THE INSPIRATION FOR PUSSY GALORE, DIES AT 104.

This Week in History



The Myth of the Kindly General Lee.

Robert E. Lee opposed Confederate monuments.

This Week in Difficult to Classify



'A whole different relationship': Mayor Murray and the man who says he abused him.

Fabulous, Darling!



Texas 'bathroom bill' dies in special legislative session.

Chorus of Opposition Helps Prevent Anti-Transgender Bill .

Pantone announces new purple shade in honor of Prince .

This Week in Tech



THE EMAIL LARRY PAGE SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN TO JAMES DAMORE. “Your interpretation is wrong. Your memo was a great example of what’s called “motivated reasoning” — seeking out only the information that supports what you already believe. It was derogatory to women in our industry and elsewhere. Despite your stated support for diversity and fairness, it demonstrated profound prejudice. Your chain of reasoning had so many missing links that it hardly mattered what your argument was based on. We try to hire people who are willing to follow where the facts lead, whatever their preconceptions. In your case we clearly made a mistake.”

GoDaddy boots neo-Nazi site after a derogatory story on the Charlottesville victim.

Google cancels Neo-Nazi site registration soon after it was dumped by GoDaddy.

Discord bans servers that promote Nazi ideology.

This Week in Misinformation



‘Patently false’: Newspaper rips Idaho GOPer for defending white nationalism as ‘people who love the Constitution’.

Fox guest says LGBT rainbow flag is just as offensive as Confederate flag: They ‘represent the exact same thing’.
Excuse me? For the record, never in the history of the universe have gay people waged a bloody war in order to enslave straight people.

Burying the Lie of the “Alt-Left”.

AP FACT CHECK: Viral photo doesn't show 'antifa' beating cop.

Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America.

This Week in Covering the News



AP Definitive Source | How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville. AP styleguide says stop calling them alt-right: 'we have taken the position that the term “alt-right” should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims.'

Culture War and Hate Crimes



The persistent crime that connects mass shooters and terror suspects: Domestic violence.

Culture war news:



The Deadly Consequences Of Texas’ Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill.

N.C. House Votes to Protect Drivers Who Hit Protesters.

NEW TEXAS BILL WOULD MAKE RUNNING OVER PROTESTERS LEGAL.

Rauner Signs Law Removing Sex Crime Statutes of Limitation.

White Christians Who Voted for Trump: Fix This. Now.

“We Just Feel Like We Don’t Belong Here Anymore” -Think it’s hard for the white working class in rural America? Try being a person of color.

This week in the Resistance:



Rep. Pramila Jayapal Introduces Resolution To Fire White Supremacists From White House.

Johnny Cash's family tells white supremacists to get Johnny's name out their mouth.

No, Mr Trump, we're not the same as the neo-Nazis.

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



The Trump Files: When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower.

Donald Trump has no grasp of what it means to be president.

Donald Trump Just Gave the Press Conference of the Alt-Right's Dreams | National Review.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:



Why Did Someone Have to Get Killed Before GoDaddy Severed Ties With The Daily Stormer?

WSU College Republican President attends 'Unite The Right' rally in Charlottesville.

Man Who Marched In Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally Disowned By Family .

Man arrested by FBI agents after allegedly planning to bomb building in downtown Oklahoma City.

Charlottesville: The Truth About Women and White Supremacy.

Watch Jason Kessler, Organizer Behind Disastrous White Supremacist Rally, Get Run Out of His Own Press Conference.

Watch the Vice Documentary on the Charlottesville White Supremacy Rally.

Before Charlottesville, a String of Killings Raised the Specter of Far-Right Violence.

Videos!



John Oliver - Charlottesville:



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Stephen Makes Condemning Nazis Look Easy (Because It Is):



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A Happy Meme

2017-08-17 20:08
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The original Meme GIF; the questions and answers are re-printed, below.


I've had a bad day. A bad week, really. So I'm doing something silly and mindless; something fun like I used to do back in my thirties. I'm doing a Meme.

Please: tell me it's okay...

(And, no: I have no idea why "Movies" is in there, twice.)

  1. Preferred Name: Dave and/or Sylvan

  2. Age: 50

  3. Mental Age: 22

  4. Height: 5'10".

  5. Birthday: The day after H.P. Lovecraft's.

  6. Longest Relationship: My dear Mirr.

  7. Crush: Teh Original Bunny Boy.

  8. Pets: None (but two cats, whom I'm allergic to, live in my house: Lady and Spaz.)

  9. Country/State: USA/Minnesota

  10. OTP: Well, I do have Nightcrawler and The Beast keep coming to mind when I think about this, oddly enough...

  11. Eye Colour: Hazel. Greenish-Hazel.

  12. Hair Colour: Dark Brown (with some grey; mostly in my beard.)

  13. Fav Foods: Yes. (Okay, that's not quite fair ... I like quite a few, though.) Let's see: Alaskan King Crab, Chicken-Cashew Curry, Pasta Bolognese, Prime Rib, Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus w/Hollandaise, Eggs Benedict, Sushi, Cumin Lamb, and Corned Beef Hash all come to mind. I also love snacking on buttered popcorn as well as peanut-butter toast.

  14. Food You Hate: Beef Liver. I've tried to like it but I loathe the texture.

  15. Fav Song: It changes and fluctuates but it's probably one of these: "Sunday In Salem" by Gene Cotton, "Back To Back" by The Art of Noise, "Ordinary Day" by Deep Blue Sea, "The Fox" by Nickel Creek, "My Secret Origin" by Ookla the Mok, "They Got The Money" by Matthew Ebel, "That Boy Could Dance" by "Weird" Al Yankovic, "The Hand of God" by Julia Ecklar, "The Future, Soon" by Jonathan Coulton, and "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls.

  16. Song You Hate: "Thank God I'm American".

  17. Fav Animal: North American Grey Wolf. (Closely followed by the red fox, ravens, crows, and coyotes.)

  18. One Wish: Be the sole owner of a fully-functioning, as I intend it to function, version of GodWare 3.0.

  19. Kik Name: n/a

  20. Relationship Status: Single.

  21. First Kiss: Ugh. That I remember? Almost Michelle in High School; she winced and drew back. It had been a terrible date. First that mattered? Thylin.

  22. Pronouns: He/Him/His.

  23. Sexuality: Bisexual (Mostly Gay).

  24. Gender: Male.

  25. Type of Attraction: Electro-magnetic? Physical? Emotional? What is this question asking?

  26. Someone You Love: My family.

  27. Someone You Miss: Dad.

  28. Something You Hate: Donald Trump. With a fiery passion.

  29. Fandoms: Comic books, Speculative fiction, Furry, Gaming (mostly tabletop and RPGs), and Food/Cooking.

  30. First Fandom: Comic books. I remember Mom sitting on the couch with me, running her fingertip under the words in word-balloons in a Superman comic, teaching me how to read.

  31. Fave TV Show: "Doctor Who". My Doctor has been Tom Baker although, these days, I've been blown away by Peter Capaldi. Yeah, that's a fair tie.

  32. Fav Movie: Hard to say. It's probably one of these: "Unbreakable", "The Truman Show", "Rear Window", "Zootopia", or "Rope".

  33. Fav Movie: Again? Still hard to say.

  34. Fav Books: "The Lord of the Rings", "The Mars Trilogy", "The White Dragon", "Watership Down", "Daemon" & "Freedom™", and "Ready Player One".

  35. Inside or Outside: Usually inside, where the air conditioning is. But, at times (or during the right times of the year) outside is the best. Perhaps my favorite would be "Inside with a view of the Outside and the option to choose depending on my mood."

  36. Jealous Of: Skinny, eat-whatever-they-want, massively-hung guys. Yeah, I can be shallow, sometimes.

  37. Do You Bind: Uh, what?

  38. Do You Want to Bind: I have no idea. When I hear "bind" used as a verb, I think about books. I have no skill in binding books so I'm not inclined to try lest I damage or destroy them.

  39. Star Sign: Leo. Rawr.

  40. Nick Name: I have many. "Sylvan", though, is my most-used.

  41. Snapchat Name: n/a

  42. Books or WiFi: WiFi: It's liberating in a way that is the same as books but with more scope. But, I must confess that books feel much nicer.

  43. BFF: [personal profile] jakebe, Mike, Geems, Vin, Lou...

  44. Most Used App: Twitter. (I have had four or five accounts at one time or another.)

  45. Last Text: Including Twitter, it was "Gotta love Google auto-complete..." and a picture showing it completing my text "constitutional wa" with the full phrase "constitutional ways to remove president". Link: https://twitter.com/sylvan_wolf/status/898194258657726464

  46. Ever Fallen In Love: Yes.

  47. What Attracts You: Passion, Energy, Kindness, Geekiness. Sure, there are physical traits too but those, I've found, fluctuate much more than the four social, empathic, and psychological traits I've listed.

  48. Would You Change Your Sexuality if You Could: Emphatically, no. It shifts around, anyway, but is generally gay. But I won't deny my former bisexual inclinations. That's what sexuality is: fluid.

  49. Hugs or Cuddles: Cuddles. They're rarer but more intimate; more fulfilling. And, no: I wouldn't choose to increase their number if that meant cheaping out on the meaningfulness of them.

  50. Ask Me A Question: Well...?

Removing Trump

2017-08-17 10:17
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Journal,

These last few days have been troubling for the nation I call "Home". Yes, I've known that Donald Trump is a heartless, cruel, mind-numbingly stupid, misogonistic, racist for a long time. More fond of his own popularity than he is the nation he allegedly leads, I doubt he'd cross the street to save a disabled, elderly veteran from being back-stabbed by a Breitbart editor. In fact, he'd probably slip the attacker a twenty and then crow about how he magnaminously donated to a worthy, American cause.

I grew up in the Seventies. My teenage years were smack-dab in the middle of the Eighties. I remember the birthday party during which I and my friends went to see "Raiders of the Lost Ark". I cheered when the fascists burned, melted, and exploded.

When I ran a middle-school DnD group and found out one of the group members had been arrested and sent to Juvie for distributing White Supremecist propoganda at the State Fair, I felt furious and sad all at once.

I have it pretty easy. I'm a fat, middle-aged, white guy. Yes, I'm bisexual (mostly gay) and suffer from the invisible disabilities of asthma, diabetes, and mental illness but I still get treated with the benefit of the doubt by every institution the United States of America has to offer. The only times I've experienced bigoted hatred were when marching in the Pride parade, that one time I was sent a threatening letter for being Wiccan, and a couple times after displaying a pro-equality bumper sticker. That last one happened just last week, again.

I survive. I move on. I re-cloak myself in privilege's invisibility.

But this is getting intolerable.

I'm not certain that I have any ground to stand upon when I say Mr. Trump has to go because of the bigotry he spreads. I suffer little because my privilege protects me. But he does spread bigotry, enables those who feed on it, and causes pain and fear in his wake. His orange carcass has done more to damage the United States than anything I have seen in my lifetime.

He has to be removed from office. There are multiple constitutional methods for this. We have to do something.

Please.

Don't pass this by. If you voted for him, recognize you made a mistake and start working to stop him.

Regardless of who you are, call your representitives and senators; beg them to put pressure on the rest of congress to work to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump for inability to uphold the duties of the office.

This can't wait.

Worldcon 75 Griping

2017-08-17 07:18
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So. For the most part, Finns were really nice people, Helsinki is a nice place to visit, and a lot of positive effort was put into the World Con.

But there were some problems.

First. Overcrowding.

Worldcon 75 was basically already at capacity from pre-registered attending, already having too many to fit in the main-hall. However, someone made the decision to allow general attendance and day-tickets available on the gate. The consequences were the con going from 4000+ to 7000+. This was beyond capacity for the rooms booked, and required emergency booking of extra space. It was also beyond capacity of the hallways, which turned into hourly scrums.

Following on from this someone thought it'd be a great idea to book a single and solitary Dead Dog party in a hotel space for 400. Then announce to the thousands at the closing ceremony that there's be a €5 tex-mex buffet with free drink there. This was also the hotel I was staying at, and I ended up being point on crowd control to prevent the Hotel from closing the party.

Second. Low-Information Security Volunteers.

The Security volunteers had been given final authority over crowd control and queue management. However, this did not appear to have filtered down to the Security Volunteers. Queues were not being managed by the security volunteers, and crowd management ended up being taken care of by Program volunteers and general volunteers. Except when a minority of Security Volunteers decided to do things like allow queues to form up stairs and in front of exits, while actively preventing Program volunteers from doing anything about it. I had personal experience of this, prior to a George R.R. Martin panel, where the Security Volunteer had also failed to read their briefing updates warning them of changes and expansion of the room block.

Third. Hiding con-badges.

Someone had told attendees that not only could they hide their con-badges while attending, but that they *were required to by law* if they had put ribbons on the badges. I don't know what 'law' this is, but I haven't been able to find it. And afor mentioned Security Volunteer was one of the people spreading that information. Maybe there is a law, but it seems very unlikely, and the Convention allows pseudonym name badges precisely because of privacy law concerns.


Again, for the most part this was a good Worldcon. It's just these things that really caused problems.
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Some of the best stories I’ve ever written (by which I mean that I don’t cringe much when I re-read them years later) began with me trying to figure something out. I didn’t sit down at the keyboard thinking, “I’m going to write a story about a detective who left the force looking for the one who got away, and X, Y, and Z are going to happen.” Instead, I had a question I didn’t know the answer to, or an image in my head of a character in a situation and I didn’t know how they got there, or a snippet of conversation I had imagined between two characters and I was trying to figure out what they were talking about (or even who they were, sometimes)! I didn’t know what the story was, and I was writing to find it out. I wasn’t writing what I knew! ...

(The rest of this writing post is at FontFolly.Net.)

The Looking Glass

2017-08-16 13:38
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Are you a party loyalist, willing to forgive what you see as a few character flaws in our president in order to get things done; in order to win? Are you the neighbors who pointed soldiers in the direction of an outhouse and sentenced my relatives to death? Are you the person down the street who chose to abandon a friend because she was Jewish? Or are you just a person who feels the broken glass grind between your boots and the sidewalk while thinking none of this has anything to do with you?

Dave Pell, “The Looking Glass”

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...My dad was the kind of racist who made it easy for other people to congratulate themselves that they weren’t racist because they didn’t talk as crudely as he did. We look at guys like my him, or the people waving Nazi flags and throwing Nazi salutes in Charlottesville, Virginia this last weekend, and tell ourselves that we aren’t like that, so clearly we aren’t racist...

(The rest of this post about privilege, bigotry, and et cetera is at FontFolly.Net.)
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I've been wondering, of late, if the reason we're seeing accentuated and awful results from capitalist institutions being to such a degree as we are, is because we're unveiling the so-called "Invisible Hand".

If you're not familiar with the concept, the Invisible Hand is that "unseen force of markets" that nudges and shifts things around, contrary to economic forecast models and the like. At least that's how I've come to understand it. I'm often frightened by economics and admit that I'm not always able to understand or remember its elements.

Anyway, my thought is that what if the trend by business leaders trying to squeeze every last "wasted" penny out of their bottom lines by spending billions on writing algorithms to do so, is responsible? Using predictive math on these human, social sciences essentially shines a light on the Invisible Hand and makes it semi-visible. In short, by exposing more and more of its underlying forces and adjusting their own activity to take advantage of them, they're removing the human, self-correcting elements of capitalism. By working to ensure their profits, they're undermining people's respect for and faith in capitalism in general.

Mind you, I'm still a proud socialist, but I still think about the causes of capitalist institutions recent failures and the underlying causes (other than just generic "greed", that is).

Summer of Spies 3

2017-08-14 15:39
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Last week's Summer of Spies event at the Gower Street Waterstones was another in the series of current espionage authors discussing le Carré novels, this time Mick Herron, of the Slough House series, on Absolute Friends.

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So recently, at Barnes & Noble, my attention was drawn to a hardback on the “fantasy new releases” table, featuring what was described as “flintlock fantasy with airships, a touch of humor, and an engaging female hero.”


I nearly burned the place down. ¬.¬


After the writing, revising, submitting, re-revising, submitting again, and so forth that Sky Pirates of Calypsitania has gone through, to see this thing sitting there made me want to scream at the top of my lungs, “THIS SHOULD BE MY BOOK!”


So. Yeah. I was upset. Deep breaths. Let’s work this thing out.


On the positive side, clearly someone must think there’s a market for the kind of books I want to write. I mean, there it is. But I have to connect to it.


And to be clear, I’m pretty sure that the author of that book worked just as long and just as hard on it as I did on mine. My own personal green-eyed-monster popping out notwithstanding, I wish them success.


That doesn’t alter the fact that I had this extreme, intensely emotional reaction to seeing “my book with someone else’s name on it” right there on the very table where I have been trying to get my book for years now. What I have to do, is direct that energy in a positive direction.


If this is the team that put the book on the table, I reasoned, then it could serve me well to hook up with that team. A little research turned up the agent of not-my-book. I went back and rewrote the opening, again, to address feedback the book had received on the previous round, getting thumbs-ups from my beta readers, and sent it to that agent. Given that this particular agent has a strict “Don’t call us, we’ll call you,” policy, however, the response could easily range from an excited followup any day, to chirping crickets until forever.


I don’t intend to wait. As far as I’ve been able to make out, the main thing that makes a writing career succeed (besides lightning in a bottle) is sheer volume. The most popular and well-paid writers I know get that way by writing a lot of books. And as much as I love Sky Pirates of Calypsitania, it is only the one.


What this boils down to is, I need to work on another book. I’ll keep shopping Sky Pirates around as long as it takes, but I can’t leave my career on hold waiting for any one project to move.


I have been trying to write a more “mainstream” fantasy, and I got maybe a third of it done as part of last year’s NaNoWriMo, but I keep running into a fundamental paradox: in trying to adhere to more standard tropes in order to make the book “sellable,” I feel like I’m just aping other people’s work, which in turn makes for a book that I’m not sure I would read, myself.


Of course, it’s just the first draft of said book, and so there’s an argument that I should just finish the thing, with “rip out all the Tolkien” being one of the goals of the second draft. But if I know all the Tolkien needs to come out anyway, then leaving it in there for the first draft feels like creating work I don’t need to do.


So perhaps I should just leave that one in the drafts folder and start a whole new project that’s more like what I want to write.


But I need to do something. I need to get somewhere.


-The Gneech

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2017-08-13 08:45
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The usual suspects of the Baen's Bar Politics forum are... fuck. They're claiming the Nazi marchers in NC were 'actually Democrats', celebrating that someone died, calling for Trump to crack down on AntiFa and Leftists, and the moderators are refusing to step in because Baen Books stoped being a company and became a social club for the far right wing some time ago.

Please stop buying from Baen Books until they clean house.
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It's been a few weeks of random food photos. Let's start with the food I didn't (strictly speaking) cook.

First off, we have a couple unusual "bread" items sold at a Taiwan bakery chain that has a few shops out here, 85C:

Cut for images! )

A better Amaretto Sour

2017-08-11 11:00
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I’m pretty sure I was introduced to the amaretto sour in college by my roommate’s girlfriend. I liked it—because I like amaretto—but I had the vague notion that it was kind of a simple, overly-sweet drink even back then, and they mostly fell off my radar. After I got introduced to craft cocktails in the 2000s, sours didn’t exactly come roaring back. Sour mix is probably responsible for more meh cocktails than anything else behind the bar at your favorite chain restaurant. It’s Country Time lemonade as a syrup. And liqueurs are great with dessert, but not so great as cocktail foundations.

But nothing demands the Amaretto Sour must suck. You just need to make it stronger and less sweet, and dump the sour mix. My recipe is mostly Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s without the egg white, because I am not a professional bartender and I do not keep egg whites around for cocktails.


Amaretto Sour

1½ oz. amaretto
¾ oz. high proof bourbon
1 oz. lemon juice
½ oz. simple syrup

Shake up with ice, then strain into an old-fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry.


I use Baker’s bourbon (107 proof) and Knight Gabriello amaretto, which I think has a better flavor than DiSaronno and is a couple bucks less. I’ve upped the simple syrup a little because I’m not using “rich” (2:1 sugar:water) syrup, but that’s an “adjust to taste” thing.

I also remember, back in college and just after, having a few Midori sours. I suspect we can apply the same principle, with a different base spirit–Navy strength gin, perhaps?–but I haven’t tried. Yet.

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It's the second Friday in August, and we're surviving a tamped down heat wave and smokezilla. Those are related. While the unhealthy air quality is not good for us, on the other had, it's blocking enough sunlight that (depending on which part of the region you're in) temperatures have been between 10-16 degrees farenheit cooler than they would have been without the smoke. Prevailing winds have finally shifted, bringing in cooler air, so the temps will go down a bit and the air quality is improving.

We're both still very busy and have been feeling less than well which we're attributing to the haze--we've both got red eyes and painful sinuses all the time, and despite sleeping in a room with an air purifier and an air conditioner, neither us seems to be getting nice deep sleepl

Anyway, on to links! I'm still trying to sort it so that the science and other, mostly happy news is at the top, and then we get to less pleasant topics before finishing with music videos. Enjoy!

Links of the Week



The supposition that NK will soon have missile-capable thermonuclear weapons is, at best, stupidly generous.

The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal.

Science!



10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die.

How America Really Lost Its Mind to Pseudoscience: Hint, It Wasn't Entirely the Fault of Hippie New Agers and Postmodern Academics.

City-dwelling sea snakes are changing colors for a strange reason.

Early humans may have seen a supervolcano explosion up close.

Study: The Milky Way is swarming with black holes.

The Largest Space Telescope Ever Could Study an Earth-Like Exoplanet Next Door.

Prehistoric Baby Skull Shows What Our Common Ancestor With Apes May Have Looked Like.

Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it.

Rare Fossils Reveal New Species of Ancient Gliding Mammals.

Evolutionary psychology is the most obvious example of how “science” is flawed.

This Week in Weather and the Atmosphere



The Long Seattle Haze Shows How Climate Change Will Hit the Poor.

This Week in Typography



The Loveliest Living Fossil"Nº was the number sign before # became a number sign, and it refreshingly serves this one and only purpose."

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!



Locus Online News » Dragon Awards Refuse Withdrawal.

The Story of the Bad Ugly Monster by May Peterson.

This Week in History



How Ice Cream Helped the U.S. Military at War.

Here's Why the U.S. Hasn't Brought 'Fire and Fury' to North Korea .

News for queers and our allies:



The Hero Who Saved His Gay Friends.

Conservatives Are Really Scared Of This Purple ‘Gender Unicorn’.

This Week in the Patriarchy



If Men Were “Just Polite” To Each Other - comic by Kasia Babis.

How a 19th century nude painting became a feminist meme.

This Week in Misogyny in Tech



I’M A GOOGLE MANUFACTURING ROBOT AND I BELIEVE HUMANS ARE BIOLOGICALLY UNFIT TO HAVE JOBS IN TECH.

Researcher reveals how “Computer Geeks” replaced “Computer Girls”.

Culture war news:



Court Blocks Federal Prosecution of California Pot Growers.

We Hold Sasha and Malia Obama to a Higher Standard Than the Trump Children, and That's Ridiculous.

The Walls We Won’t Tear Down: “what used to be racial segregation now mirrors itself in class segregation.”.

Texas Transgender Bathroom Bill Falters Amid Mounting Opposition .

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:



Nearly Half of Donald Trump's Twitter Followers Are Fake Accounts and Bots.

How Twitter took on Trump's bot army—and won.

‘I hate when people take credit for an election I won’: Trump blows his top over Bannon-praising book.

Twitter suspends army of fake accounts after Trump thanks propaganda ‘bot’ for supporting him.

News about the Fascist Regime:



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Get Off Kamala Harris's Back: Lately the Democratic senator has been criticized for being too establishment. But this discussion is much bigger than her.

Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn.

A Congressional Candidate Asked Men If They'd Be Willing To Give Up Their Civil Rights.

This Week in Racists, White Nationalists, and other deplorables:



White people should be more afraid of other whites than they are of people of color.

This Week in Hate Crimes



Minnesota mosque bombed during morning prayers.

On average, 9 mosques have been targeted every month this year.

Farewells:



Glen Campbell Is Dead at 81 from Alzheimer's.

Things I wrote:



Weekend Update 8/5/2017: Let’s stick with happy stuff.

Getting a better perspective on threats to knowledgee — and us.

By their fruits you will know them — when people show you who they are, believe them.

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Those of us who are fans of Geek Girl Con had a little scare this week, as a message that seemed to indicate a huge portion of the staff was quitting together came into our mailboxes. The post (also put up on the con’s Facebook page and elsewhere) was carefully crafted to push the outrage buttons of the types of person most likely to be attracted to the con’s spirit of inclusivity...

(The rest of this post that is more about how people behave than simply one fan event, is at FontFolly.Net.)

Mercy Me

2017-08-09 13:25
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Draaaaaag.

Me, in the summertime.


It’s weird how I go through these phases. Like, I haven’t played a game of Overwatch in months. I have signed on once or twice to update the app, but I haven’t actually played any.


It’s a side-effect of energy level. Since the heat wave around AnthroCon, I have spent most of my time pretty much as pictured above. What productivity and energy I’ve had has focused on my writing, because that mostly uses my brain and my fingertips. When I log into a game, it’s Lords of the Rings Online, for the same reason. (And also because LotRO finally got to Mordor, and there are lots of rumblings about the state of the game and the company that runs it. There’s a non-zero chance LotRO may not be around forever, and I want to get the most out of it while I still can.)


I still like Overwatch and at some point I’m sure I’ll get excited about it again. I’m a little surprised the Summer Games event hasn’t lit that spark, considering how much I loved Lucioball the first time around. But right now I’m just not feelin’ it.


But one thing this has definitely taught me: I am not cut out to be YouTuber/streamer. Not in the way the industry exists right now, anyway. I can’t (and don’t really want to) knock myself out trying to grind out 10+ minutes of content to post as-close-to-daily-as-possible. As a general rule I dive deep into projects and come up for air weeks or months later, producing something big when I’m finished (e.g., that D&D map, or a novel).


This has always been the biggest challenge of doing a comic, fighting with having to keep feeding the beast when there are other things I want to do instead. The only reason the comic actually keeps going is because a) I love it, and b) there are too few good furry comics as it is.


I’m sure that when the Overwatch bug bites again, I’ll be streaming and posting and all that jazz just as I’ve been, but purely for the fun of it. I’m not going to chase viewers or subscriptions. There’s a fair chance I won’t hit master level with Mercy because I’m not competing enough, and eh, that’s okay. It’s an artificial goal designed to give me a destination anyway, not something I had a driving passion for in and of itself. I’m still going to do my best. 🙂


But only when it’s fun. ;P


-The Gneech

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