Flatmate hunting season!

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:00 pm
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Right, its flatmate hunting season! *cue loony toons theme song* And I'm looking for a new flatmate!

Originally, it was going to be 2 flatmates, but found one today, just need a 2nd one now!

There's an ad up on spareroom.com for room #1, which has been taken (pending paperwork and references). But Room #2 is still available.

Its a normal sized double room (as opposed to the one in the ad that's a bit bigger than normal), going for £700/m + bills which averages about £110-£120/m including a cleaner every week. It has build in wardrobes, but you may have to buy over the bed & chest of drawers from current housemate, there's also a decorative fireplace in the room which is kinda cool. :)

Deposit is £1020 (1/3 share of 6 week's rent for the entire place), plus agency referencing + admin fees. I have no idea how much those are since they've recently changed their fee structures and I can't work out what they're now charging for changing names on a lease.

Available end of Oct/early Nov.

So! Get in touch via PM if anyone's interested or have questions! And I'm making this post public, so feel free to help spread the word!

Chance Of A Lifetime

Aug. 20th, 2017 04:33 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/OswinTheStrange/pseuds/OswinTheStrange">OswinTheStrange</a>

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Missy arrives, after a slightly alternate ending to The Doctor Falls, to offer the reader the chance of a lifetime.

Words: 2090, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Children of Time

Aug. 20th, 2017 03:58 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/Kyni/pseuds/Kyni">Kyni</a>, <a rel="author" href="/users/OrphielBurrito/pseuds/OrphielBurrito">OrphielBurrito</a>

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The Valeyard is gone and the Doctor has to learn how to be the Doctor again. The Master has a plan to make it happen - because a universe without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about - but things get a bit complicated when the two travellers meet the most annoying children in the entire history of time.

Words: 986, Chapters: 1/11, Language: English

Series: Part 7 of Of time and universes

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I ended up marathoning all 8 episodes of Defenders last night. I enjoyed it. It doesn't have the same thematic cohesiveness that Jessica Jones does and the fights aren't as good as they were in the first season of Daredevil, but it's a fun ride if you enjoy the characters, and it helps that everyone else finds Danny Rand as annoying as the audience does. *hands*

spoilers )

So it was a good way to spend 7-ish hours, and it didn't leave me in a state of existential dread the way JJ did.

the other day, in anticipation of this show, I was making a list of ladies with robot arms, and I couldn't come up with many - Misty Knight, Nina Sharp, Lirael, Furiosa... who else is there?

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Graduate School Req's

Aug. 20th, 2017 04:22 pm
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So, I'm looking at Graduate school. I've pretty much decided on one of two, if I can get in: College of Charleston and University of South Carolina.

So, let's look at the requirements:

College of Charleston )

That's actually a lot. I understand GRE scores are necessary. Need to talk to someone about when I should take it.

University of South Carolina )

Things I need to work on over Christmas:

- GRE studying
- Letters of Rec
- Statement of purpose

I also need to look into my writing and see about writing something for the submission.

Everyone wants literary, but I don't do literary.

Anyone have any advice? I know there's a couple on here who have taken the GRE/gone to grad school.

It was a camel!

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:14 pm
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This clip from CNN is well worth listening to.

It encapsulates both the jaw-dropping awfulness and bizarreness of the Orange Supremacist era, and the extent to which the mainstream media has gotten so appalled that they're dropping their usual false equivalency. I mean the old "both sides have a point," which works when both sides DO have a point, but does not when you're talking about Nazis vs. anti-Nazis or Cheetolini vs. human beings with empathy. Also, it made me laugh.

Yesterday post-rally [personal profile] hederahelix and I were discussing this.

"It's just so surreal," she said. "Hey... Is that a camel?"

I looked over. The U-haul next to us had a giant camel painted on the side.

Below the camel, as if in explanation of why a U-haul would be decorated with a giant camel, were a few lines of Wikipedia-esque notes on camels, something like "A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back."

Culinary

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:44 pm
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Bread: on Monday, Greenstein's 100% Wholewheat Loaf, made up of ordinary strong wholemeal/wholemeal spelt/einkorn flours. Tasty but a bit crumbly for some reason.

Saturday breakfast rolls: the adaptable soft roll recipe, 4:1 strong white/buckwheat flour, dried blueberries, maple sugar.

Today's lunch: quails, which I cooked yesterday as they were well pushing their use-by date, according to a recipe from Clarissa Dickson Wright. The Game Cookbook, only that used fruit chutney, which I did not have, so used damson jelly instead, roasted in foil at Mark 3 for 30 minutes: not bad. Served with sticky rice in coconut milk with lime leaves, buttered spinach, and asparagus healthy-grilled in olive oil and splashed with aged organic balsamic vinegar.

Have started the overnight rising version of the bread recipe in Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking, which I haven't made for ages.

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Posted by Ernesto

Over the past few years it has become much easier to stream movies and TV-shows over the Internet.

Legal streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon are booming. At the same time, however, there’s also a dark market of thousands of pirate streaming tools.

In recent months, Hollywood has directed many its anti-piracy efforts towards unauthorized Kodi-addons and several popular pirate streaming sites, which offer movies and TV-shows without permission. What seems to be largely ignored, however, is a “store” that hundreds of millions of people have access to; the Windows App Store.

When we were browsing through the “top free” apps in the Windows Store, our attention was drawn to several applications that promoted “free movies” including various Hollywood blockbusters such as “Wonder Woman,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and “The Mummy.”

Initially, we assumed that a pirate app may have slipped passed Microsoft’s screening process. However, the ‘problem’ doesn’t appear to be isolated. There are dozens of similar apps in the official store that promise potential users free movies, most with rave reviews.

Some of the many pirate apps in the “trusted” store

Most of the applications work on multiple platforms including PC, mobile, and the Xbox. They are pretty easy to use and rely on the familiar grid-based streaming interface most sites and services use. Pick a movie or TV-show, click the play button, and off you go.

The sheer number of piracy apps in the Windows Store, using names such as “Free Movies HD,” “Free Movies Online 2020,” and “FreeFlix HQ,” came as a surprise to us. In particular, because the developers make no attempt to hide their activities, quite the opposite.

The app descriptions are littered with colorful language offering the latest Hollywood movies, and thousands of others, without charge. In addition, the apps display their capabilities in various screenshots, including those showing movies that are not yet available on legal streaming platforms.

Screenshot provided by the Windows app store

Making matters worse, the applications show advertising as well, including high-quality pre-roll ads. Some of these appear to be facilitated through Microsoft’s own Ad Monetization platform. Other apps offer paid versions or in-app purchases to monetize their service.

After hours of going through the pirate app offerings, it’s clear that Microsoft’s “trusted” Windows Store is ridden with unauthorized content. Thus far we have only mentioned video, but the issue also applies to pirated music in the form of dedicated streaming and download apps.

Earlier this year, Microsoft signed a landmark anti-piracy agreement with several major copyright holders, to address pirate search results in the Bing search engine. The above makes clear that search results in the Microsoft Store store may require some attention too.

TorrentFreak reached out to Microsoft, asking for a comment on our findings, but at the time of publication we haven’t yet heard back.

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

Much ado about exchanges

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:40 pm
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Three fandom things make a post!

1. Remix Revival Madness Round has opened for sign-ups! I have signed up; everything is fair game except the previous Eagle of the Ninth remix for [personal profile] isis (Wicked Lights) and my experimental Man from UNCLE pile (a bunch of shorts), but if you absolutely want any of those, tell me and I can figure it out? (Meaning ask [personal profile] isis, I doubt tropetastic shenanigans are of interest for remixing.)

tl;dr There's Generation Kill, and Harry Potter, and Danish cop show Rejseholdet, and gloomy LeCarre-style twists on Man from UNCLE, and X-Men (Alternate timeline), and obviously Sutcliff's The Eagle and Frontier Wolf with centaurs and were-bees. If you want to remix anything at all, you're welcome.

2. I have successfully fulfilled my assignment for [community profile] rarepairfest and now I cannot wait until the gifts are revealed because I went through the fandom listing for posted works and I cross-referenced and I'm pretty sure I know what is the gift I'm getting which is GREAT. Any of the requests would've been great, I'm keen on it all, but it's GREAT to wait for the gift and have a hint, OK? (Actually, it looks like it might be one of two DC related options and I am BRIMMING WITH EXCITEMENT, either of those would be fantastic). I was worried all the way through this exchange because I thought my requests were weird and I wouldn't get matched on DC because there were many other DC signups and my other requests were sort of niche (Marvel Tony Stark/Victor von Doom with Damage Control? Endeavour Morse and John Bixby, half a ship from a single episode? Alice Morgan on an adventure where John tags along - IDEK, I didn't check if Luther fandom was even active these days), and because of that I worried that something might happen, what if my mystery creator had to default, and then I'd be that sad floating lingering pinch-hit nobody picked up because nobody shipped Hilarion/Lucius or something. (OK, I know [personal profile] riventhorn ships Hilarion/Lucius, but she's busy.) I was really sad and anxious in advance for some reason! But it looks like everything has turned out AWESOME and I shiver with anticipation and mentally thank my unknown creator. Yay.

There's still some time until August 26 but I'm not sure I can manage treats because I poured a lot of energy into my assignment (my fault, I kind of misread the request in the beginning and had to start again). But there are many interesting requests if you like to treat, go to the exchange page!

3. I have signed up for [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange purely in a quixotic attempt to generate more Sutcliff in the universe. As you can see from my letter, it's basically "please write me whatever" for obscure and little Sutcliff canons and also Assassins (1995) because I had a slot left. Judging by last year, there might be treats allowed? Literally anything I requested would make me happy. I hope to write and treat.

Ironically, I see that I have been one of the initial pinch-hits here, but it has been claimed already. Thanks to the kind person who has come to claim it, I shall be happy with anything, you're a star, do whatever you like. :)
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Just now I picked up for the border of the baby blanket and I can't tell if the pick up is terrible and I have to re-do it because it's all v. v. v. scrunched together because the cable on the circular needle is too short. This is after I connected in another cable before I started picking up because I knew the original cable wasn't long enough.

Okay, so easy solution, connect in a longer cable. But even though I would swear that *I do have longer cables*, I can't find them.

Okay, so slightly harder solution, just connect in the many, many shorter cables that I can find. Except that won't work, since I could only find one cable connector and it's the one I'm already using.

So now I have ordered both additional long cables and cable connectors. And then someday I will be able to see how the pick-up actually looks, which is, honestly, probably terrible; I was having a lot of issues picking up along the cast-on edge.

I barely knit these days. I don't deserve these kinds of problems. (I keep being like "okay, switch to crochet, it seems easier on the hands", and then not doing it.)

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Yesterday I received an email from a camera store saying that August 19 was International Photography Day. That was interesting, thought I. Hadn't heard of that. Then again, every single day is Something Day. I meant to post about it but didn't get around to it, though I did shoot some interesting clouds around sunset that I'll do some stitching and we'll see what we get.

I decided to do a little searching and see what I could find about this International day, and I was surprised what Wikipedia said about August 19: in 1839, the French government announces that 'Louis Daguerre's photographic process is a gift "free to the world"'! Well, that's pretty spiffy! It's one of those cases where multiple people at the same time were discovering recording images on a sort of permanent basis, not unlike the light bulb and the telephone. Louis was the most successful of the early birds and got his name most prominently mentioned in the history books.

So Vive Louis!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Daguerre

Dept. of Achievement Unlocked

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:11 pm
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Kitchen Terror Unleashed

I have made 78 molasses ginger cookies with raisins. 

Fear me. 
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Posted by Mercury News Editorial Board

Levi’s Stadium is a world-class facility that has kept its promise to bring not just football but other world-class events to Santa Clara.

It has lured mega-stars such as Beyonce and U2 to the South Bay instead of their playing in San Francisco or Oakland. In Levi’s first two years, non-NFL events have generated $8.5 million for the city’s general fund. Coldplay is up next, with a concert scheduled Oct. 4 that could bring Santa Clara another $500,000.

Yet the Santa Clara City Council seems willing to throw away that revenue for the sake of its ridiculous 10 p.m. curfew for weeknight concerts. The San Francisco 49ers, who manage the stadium, say promoters won’t bring top acts there if they have to end by 10 p.m. But the city has been inflexible, refusing to grant exemptions for major events.

This should be easy to resolve: Extend the curfew to 11 p.m. for Coldplay and other mega-concerts, but limit the number of extensions to 4-6 a year. The city continues to get substantial revenue from the shows while limiting the effects on residential neighbors.

This is what’s known as a compromise. The 49ers are open to it. But Mayor Lisa Gillmor and her faction on the council seem more intent on fighting the 49ers than resolving problems. A case in point: After denying a curfew extension for the U2 concert at Levi’s in May, the council approved about 30 curfew extensions for neighboring Great America.

No other stadium of the caliber of Levi’s — including those near homes — has a 10 p.m. weeknight curfew for concerts.

49ers President Al Guido says if the city council won’t budge, the company will likely get out of the concert business. Promoters don’t want the kind of controversy that U2 generated in May, when the band ignored the curfew and played until 11:01 p.m. Nor do they want to tell a performer of the stature of Bono or Beyonce that they need to stop playing at 10 p.m. It’s easier to just go back to booking acts at AT&T Park or Oakland’s Coliseum.

When we encouraged voters to approve Measure J in 2010 to bring the 49ers to Santa Clara, one reason was the potential for world class entertainment beyond football. We also argued that Santa Clara had a “highly respected city staff” that “can capably handle this project.” But the city has been in chaos since Jennifer Sparacino, its city manager for 25 years, retired in 2012. It’s been a revolving door with the high turnover creating low morale.

A competent city manager could return stability to the city and put the relationship with the 49ers on a more businesslike level, if Gillmor lets him or her.

But the council has an opportunity to open a new chapter at its Thursday meeting by agreeing to negotiate a curfew compromise. That will benefit the city, the 49ers — and the area residents lining up to see Coldplay.

[ SECRET POST #3882 ]

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:55 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3882 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Notes:

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Initial Pinch Hits

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:03 pm
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We have 11 initial pinch hits. Please take a moment to check them out.

Pinch hits are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Comment to this post with your AO3 username and the pinch hit you wish to claim. (Comments are screened.)

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #1 - Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Lilo & Stitch (2002), The Wicked + The Divine )

Pinch Hit #2 - Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews, Innkeeper Chronicles - Ilona Andrews, The Penumbra Podcast )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #3 - The Fugitives - Rosemary Sutcliff, Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Truce of the Games - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Shining Company - Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword Song - Rosemary Sutcliff, Warrior Scarlet - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Rider of the White Horse - Rosemary Sutcliff, Knight's Fee - Rosemary Sutcliff, Dawn Wind - Rosemary Sutcliff, Assassins (1995) )

Pinch Hit #4 - Worldweavers - Alma Alexander, Born of Hope (2009), Gold Diggers (1995), X-Men (Original Timeline Movies), Alphas (TV), C-16: FBI, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Women's Murder Club (TV) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #5 - A Redtail's Dream (Webcomic), Stand Still Stay Silent, Always Human (Webcomic) )

Pinch Hit #6 - Dangan Ronpa - All Media Types, 終末のイゼッタ | Shuumatsu no Izetta | Izetta: The Last Witch (Anime), Skullgirls, We Know the Devil (Visual Novel) )

Pinch Hit #7 - IDOLiSH7 (Video Game), TSUKIPRO (CD series), Akatsuki no Yona | Yona of the Dawn, この音とまれ! | Kono Oto Tomare!, スタミュ: 高校星歌劇 | Starmyu | High School Star Musical, 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ | Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, 響け! ユーフォニアム | Hibike! Euphonium (Anime), プリティーリズム | Pretty Rhythm, 全职高手 | The King's Avatar (Cartoon), Blood Bank (Webcomic) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #8 - The Long Masquerade - Madeleine Brent, Merlin's Keep - Madeleine Brent, The First Year - Lucilla Andrews, Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman, Clairvoyant Countess Series - Dorothy Gilman, Uncertain Voyage - Dorothy Gilman, Girl in Buckskin - Dorothy Gilman )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #9 - Copycat (1995), Death Proof (2007), Blood Drive (TV), Fear the Walking Dead (TV) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #10 - Obernewtyn Chronicles - Isobelle Carmody, Hythrun Chronicles - Jennifer Fallon, Old Kingdom - Garth Nix, The Last Witch Hunter (2015) )

Pinch Hit #11 - Amnesia (Game & Anime), The Heroic Trio (1993), Furchester Hotel, Sengoku Basara, Inklings RPF, Choice of Robots, Imperial Steamworks Series - James Ng, Minus. (Web Comics), Autumn's Journey (Visual Novel), ダンジョン飯 | Dungeon Meshi | Delicious in Dungeon )

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