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Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:43 am
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why planes need bathroom ashtrays. if someone lights up anyway, they still need to stub it out.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travel-truths/why-do-planes-still-have-ashtrays-/

Hadith revision https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/06/islam-manuscript-discovery-istanbul/531699/

military equipment makes cops more violent https://boingboing.net/2017/07/01/cops-are-civilians.html

Captain Kirk avoiding fights https://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?806084-Star-Trek-What-do-Command-officers-actually-do&p=21209328#post21209328

Japan's housing creativity. Houses depreciate rapidly even though they're better made than before, and have little resale value; the flip side is freedom to build your house as you please, without worrying about property values. http://www.archdaily.com/450212/why-japan-is-crazy-about-housing

A full employment plan: http://democracyjournal.org/magazine/44/youre-hired/

Oslo working on banning cars in the center: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/06/this-city-found-a-clever-way-to-get-rid-of-cars-and-it-isn-t-a-ban-09e6e018-84d0-4814-9f0e-37085eaa9218/

Andrew Jackson, Trump, and the Borderers. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/04/trump-and-the-borderers/477084/

If the media covered alcohol like other drugs: https://www.vox.com/2015/6/15/8774233/alcohol-dangerous

(demi) nuit LastMan !

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:13 pm
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Oh Yeah! Malgré le changement de programme 24h avant et le chamboulage de plans j'y ai été avec le pote qui m'avait fait découvrir la série en premier lieu. On a commencé par aller voir l'expo Valérian à la Cité des Sciences, Read more... )

Maintenant, j'aimerais beaucoup-beaucoup que le ciné de plein air arrive à créer une date bonus dans son programme pour projeter les épisodes 14 à 26, pour la complétude et pour les gens qui découvraient la série à ce moment et sont restés en plein sur un sale cliff-hanger, et puis comme ça je pourrais en profiter pour aller voir l'expo sur les dragons au Palais de la Découverte... J'y crois très peu vu les difficultés d'organisation que ça doit poser, et le succès mitigé en terme de nombre de spectateurs, mais on peut toujours espérer, non ?
Rha, j'aurais tellement, tellement envie de voir les épisodes 17, 21, 25 et 26, oh et puis 20 aussi, sur grand écran !
Et tant que j'y suis, j'aurais tellement envie que la série soit éditée en DVD. Et sa BO en CD. Et qu'ils arrivent à faire une deuxième saison !
Mais, déjà, je vais attendre ce fameux tome 10. Mmh, vivement les vacances et le retour ensuite...

Several more drawings, etc.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Birthday card art for my mom. I was inspired by this Yuri on Ice fanart and thought, "Oh, I want them looking at one another!" Well, not quite, but I was still happy enough with the drawing to stick it out.

And then I have a few other things here, mainly the same characters in b/w, etc. + a not-quite-comic about Wilfred Owen that I realized I hadn't posted yesterday... )

Oh, and by the way- sent on to me by my mom:
+ 'what if an ANA flight landed 20 years in the future?' - submit a story and you could win a trip to Japan!

des trucs à Paris - oh bordel

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:21 am
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Je pars tout à l'heure pour Paris, je fais l'aller-retour sur la journée avec un ami pour aller voir l'expo Valérian et faire la demi nuit LastMan. Et au lieu que ça m'excite à fond comme jusqu'à hier encore, je suis en colère contre les organisateurs.

Read more... )

Bon dieu s'ils l'avaient dit plus tôt on se serait organisé très différemment, partir plus tôt, passer une journée entière et faire plus de choses avant, et repartir aussitôt après avec un bus d'une autre compagnie, ou alors trouver un hébergement avec plus de marge et partir confortablement plus tard sans stresser. Mais là du jour au lendemain ? c'est du gros n'importe quoi !!
Quelle cochonnerie, bon sang !!!

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Jul. 21st, 2017 04:39 pm
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I didn't assign myself to learn German as a new year resolution because I already tried last year and failed, but since last January I've been doing steady on DuoLingo.com.
Today's lesson, on Numbers #2...
Die Antwort ist zweiundvierzig.
Yes it is indeed. So what are the odds that the sentence was generated randomly, versus some dork behind the site programmed it on purpose as an in-joke?
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[personal profile] aurenare reports that DeNa's last maintenance run just introduced a bug so that every single relic you pull with the Volume 2 Relic Draw is 5*s (a rainbow orb).

Some are boring — Shared Diamond Shield letting anyone cast Protect as a SB is of limited utility -- but others (Sentinel's Grimoire, Ramza's Shout relic, Terra's Maduin summoning relic and so on) are very nice.

No telling how long before they fix this bug, so I can't promise it's still in effect, but I just picked up a bunch of nice toys.
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I am still not dead! Not many things of great import have been happening, or at least not things I can talk about in detail yet. I'm still flinging myself at exchanges at an alarming rate; right now both [community profile] darkestnightex (all varieties of darkfic themes) and [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange (very rare fandoms, ships, or characters) are taking nominations and I'm crouched behind the couch with my tail twitching, trying to decide if I should pounce on them. Metaphorically.

I wrote a lot for [community profile] nonconathon -- my assignment and three pinch hits -- and none of them are the breakout hits of the exchange (original works are the way to go there, not weird small fandoms), but the recipients seem pleased and I got to do some interesting and varied dynamics, so overall a success. And I got two things gifted to me, both of which were delicious!

cut for details; fandoms are Voltron and Fire Emblem Fates )
suzume: My Suzume character smiling and drawing (a picture of Kimblee from FMA) (drawing - my idea of a good time)
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fraternal twins

...Inspired by an old piece of Suikoden fanart I'd had saved for ages!

And a few other recent-ish scraps and what-not. )

I recently finished the second part of Jean Moorcroft Wilson's biography of Sassoon (the whole rest of his life/after WWI part) and a lot of it made me feel sorry for him... Also, I was glad that all the Sassoon/Stephen Tennant stuff wasn't drawn out too lengthily? All of that was delivered in a much lengthier form in the Tennant biography I read (which makes sense, but it was still a relief to get to skim it in a sense here??) (at the end of last year, I guess!)

I've read more biographies of late than in quite a while, I guess. The differences between the various books on my mind (about Owen, Sassoon, and Tennant) seem...pronounced? It's funny how much author preference influences the subject matter in a way??

DOCTOR WHO NEW DOCTOR

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:38 am
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Read more... )

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Jul. 16th, 2017 10:47 pm
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Placeholder for 2017 PR femslash fic. ;;

Capitalism and housing

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:35 am
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In which I argue that the lack of affordable housing indicates something horribly wrong, and not with capitalism as such.

Have you heard of Walmart? Of course you have. What are they known for? Providing lots and lots of cheap shit. Also for bullying local governments and squeezing suppliers, but that's not the point here, which is: cheap shit. They have nicer competitors: Target, Kmart, Dollar Stores.

Plane seats are jammed and humiliating but also cheaper than they ever have been, modulo gas prices.

You can spend thousands of dollars on a fancy bicycle, or less than $100 on a cheap one.

Stores are full of cheap, if sometimes unhealthy, food.

You can spend under $13,000, or maybe $12,000 on a new car, or over $100,000 on a luxury sports car.

Many of us wear cheap clothes, "from Third World sweatshops"; others spend $thousands on elite designer clothing.

You can get a watch for $15, or $1500. They'll tell time about the same.

Our economy is full of selling cheap stuff to the masses and expensive stuff to the rich, and various things in between, (sometimes including selling cheap stuff for higher prices, if you can pull off price discrimination.) Because that's how you make the most profit, not by only making luxury stuff.

But in housing, particularly in some markets, it's said that developers are only building luxury housing. If true, why would that be? Why would housing be unlike every other part of the economy?

"Everyone needs housing, so they can extort you." Nope, that won't fly. Everyone needs food and clothing, and in the US lots of people need cars.

"They're just chasing profit." But the point of my examples is that there's tons of profit in non-luxury goods and services. Walmart is *huge*, with its founder's children inheriting $20 billion each of accumulated profit.

And in fact, if you look around the world, you do see cheap(er) housing options. Mobile and manufactured homes for the individual, pre-fab housing for soulless but cheap developer tracts, microapartments that cut living space to 100 square feet, SRO hotels that go further by making you share bathroom and kitchen (if any), granny apartments. In cheap land markets (prefab housing in surbuban developments) and expensive ones (microapartments in Tokyo and Hong Kong.)

But not in Boston, or San Francisco. Why not? Is there something about those places that makes developers spontaneously ignore non-luxury demand? Or is something, like zoning laws and permitting processes, preventing them from doing so?

If you know me, you probably know my answer: the latter. But if you don't like that answer, what's your alternative? Why don't we see Walmarts, Spirit Airlines, $15 watches, and $13,000 cars of modern urban housing?

[drabbling] Sailor Moon Yuri

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:20 am
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Base : Bishôjo Senshi Sailor Moon
Auteur : [personal profile] malurette
Légalité : propriété de Takeuchi Naoko, je ne cherche ni à manquer de respect ni à tirer profit

Thèmes : prompt list de [community profile] halfamoon pour février 2017 + #15 de [community profile] monthlysupergo de juillet 2017
Happy Femslash Day!
Nombre de mots : 15 x 100

15 couples différents et quelques bonus )
suzume: young Mags in her victory attire, underwater (girl and the sea)
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Mags + Jack + cherry nectarine peach sorbet


Jack slipped. After a piece of art by Puuung

And beneath the cut I've got the b/w drawing of Mags and Jack up top. )

And today is Bastille Day! Happy birthday Louis Barthas! :D

Oh, and he was played in '14 - Diaries of the Great War' by Mikaël Fitoussi...! (I believe I saved both of these photos from his twitter account)


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OK. La question chelou de l'année :
Que faire entre Porte de la Villette et Porte de Pantin un dimanche à 4h du mat' ?

Non parce que la Nuit LastMan se termine au milieu de la nuit, apparemment les métros ne redémarrent qu'une heure et demie/deux heures plus tard selon les lignes, et je n'arrive pas à me servir du site du Noctilien pour comprendre comment ça marche.

Je n'ai pour l'instant pas de point de chute - c'est difficile de dire à ma famille que je débarquerai aux petites heures du matin, et peut-être avec un ami - et les autocars pour rentrer directement dans ma province partent à 6h30 loin de là ou de plus près pas avant 8h...

Sinon euh j'espère toujours aller à l'expo Valérian avant, et peut-être aussi passer à la Brasserie de l'Être qui n'est pas très loin voir s'ils font de la vente directe aux particuliers je veux de la Captain Carrot et de la White Wampa moins chères qu'au Dernier Bard, damnit!!

Bah, c'est tellement mal organisé ce truc !!

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Jul. 13th, 2017 06:50 pm
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Everyone else: Refrigerator

Me: Human puzzle feeder






(It's extra super puzzle-y, because sometimes we have to put the food together ourselves. Enrichment!)

I have no idea how to feel about this

Jul. 11th, 2017 10:57 pm
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It just occurred to me that, if a separate Socchan had been born on the day I first started actively doing fandom things on the internet...

...She/ey would be within one or two years of being (legally) old enough to read/view everything I've contributed.

Edit: Okay, I think I've settled on "amused" for now. With a side of "bemused". A B-side of A-mused, if you will.

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