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Aug. 21st, 2017 08:35 am
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* I wonder whether looking at patterns tagged "ballet neck" on Ravelry will yield results sufficiently different from patterns tagged "boat neck." The much-postponed Berenice meant for Reason is in there; so is this lovely cabled pullover, if I ever want to make something that'd be like wearing a warm blanket.

* People talk about Ravelry for helping indie designers find audiences, encouraging beginner knitters/crocheters/weavers to tackle ambitious projects (community support), and so on. I've found it useful for being able to see how a certain garment fits a certain body without the social block of "Don't stare." That and looking around me while walking on university campuses and urban streets, for yeeeeears. But it's tricky, eh? because this cardigan model shares some of my proportions, and the cardigan doesn't look good on her. The thing is to figure out why, not to decide first off never to make a cardigan like that (though never-make is likely in this case). (And she can wear this well, but I couldn't because (a) her shoulders are straight, mine slope and (b) she has at least a handsbreadth more height in the torso than I. Heh.)

* This alteration tutorial made me chuckle. How do you know if you need to make a swayback alteration? Read more... )

Dear Miller Medical...

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:36 am
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(which is the name my address book has for this number), or Montgomery Medical Equipment (which is what your voice menu thanks me for calling), or whoever you are:

I missed a call from you at 10:21 this morning. I have been trying to call back for the last 10 minutes, but your voice menu always assumes that I know what your call was about, and hangs up when I press zero for operator. CALL ME BACK, and if I am unable to answer please LEAVE A VOICE MESSAGE.
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an indian british actress holding up one of her cats - cover for a story about actress alia bhatt and her love of cats

Who is Ali Bhatt? Well, the 24-year-old is not just a millennial superstar. She is a British Indian film actress and singer who works in Bollywood. But, the talented and glamorous performer has another side. A side we can all relate too… she is just another obsessed cat mom!

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As we walk past the last of the San Miguel ruins, Francine turns around. I like to think to blow me a kiss, but it’s far more likely she’s trying to figure out why I’m so far behind.

Date: 14 April 2016
Place: Between Hontanas and San Antón (Castilla y León,... (more at

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Posted by Hoai-Tran Bui

suburbicon trailer

No one does black comedy better than the Coen brothers, and with their frequent leading man George Clooney behind the camera, it seems like Suburbicon will bring a whole new twist onto a classic Coen tale.

A new international trailer for the Coen brothers-penned, Clooney-directed film about Suburbia Gone Wrong has arrived and it features star Matt Damon getting his hands — and face — bloodier than ever.

The trailer opens on Matt Damon‘s Gardner Lodge being somberly greeted with condolences about “his loss” as he walks into work. After the death of his wife, Gardner’s sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) moves in to bring a “feminine touch” to his house and help raise his young son. Things go from bad to bloody from there, as police investigating the home invasion that killed his wife question Gardner, and a sleazy insurance claims investigator (Oscar Isaac) grills Margaret.

“Welcome to Suburbicon,” a breezy announcer narrates over the trailer as the appearance of a new black family in town disturbs the neighbors, and Gardner gets punched in the face. “A town of wonder and excitement, with the promise of prosperity for all. Isn’t it time for your new start?”

Cut to scenes of rioting, fire, and murder, and a brief clip of Gardner beating a man before returning home with a bloodied shirt. “It’s all falling apart, Maggie,” he says to a distressed Margaret.

The trailer plays up the suburban paranoia more than the first trailer, which centered around the Coen Brothers’ violent brand of screwball comedy. Rather than just focusing on Damon’s hapless leading man (which I’m glad to see Damon return to after his inspired turn in The Informant!), we get a glimpse at the neighborhood’s violent dissent to the black family moving into town, as well as the unraveling of the sunny, pill-crushing Margaret. And I’ll always welcome more scenes of Oscar Isaac as a mustachio’d insurance claims investigator closing in on Gardner and Margaret.

Here’s the synopsis below:

‘Suburbicon’ is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. Directed by George Clooney, and written by George Clooney, Grant Heslov and the Coen Brothers, Suburbicon is this Autumn’s much-anticipated dark comedy, with a fantastic cast also including Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and newcomer Noah Jupe.

Suburbicon hits theaters October 27, 2017.

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Aug. 21st, 2017 11:14 am
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For whatever it means, Jerry Lewis was front page news here. Dick Gregory wasn't . . .

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Aug. 21st, 2017 03:01 pm
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If I had been made to make a list, back in the times Before, of people I would most like to be stranded on a desert island with, he would not have been on the list…

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“There’s a problem with the second restriction.”

The country of Foros had a lot of gods, and, like any good nation with a lot of gods, it had a lot of priests.

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Czech'rd past

Aug. 21st, 2017 10:38 am
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I want to do a post about the power of calendars, in honor of [personal profile] yhlee's Ninefox Gambit, which I just finished, but first I want to share with you this great beer label from a small New York State brewery:

Red-lipped woman with a smoking gun! And this text:

From behind the iron curtain comes our Czech'rd Past. We're not ashamed, and have nothing to hide. No regrets with this classic Bohemian Pilsner. Served cold, like revenge, it cuts to the chase. It's the choice to make when you can't afford any more mistakes in life.

Here's a can with the label still on:

We have one can left, which we can maybe drink as we take pictures of the crescent shadows during the partial version of the eclipse that we'll get here--or maybe not. It is, after all, still a work day. The CALENDAR tells me that. More on Ninefox Gambit and calendars anon.
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Posted by Beth Skwarecki on Lifehacker, shared by Riley MacLeod to Kotaku

It’s not too late to get eclipse glasses, but don’t expect to find any in stores. We’ve seen listings on local sale websites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, though, so you could still snatch up a pair if you act fast.


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Yeah, I know. *sighs*

Still, I slept a lot and I'm feeling better today. Still not 100%, but more of a general slightly-off rather than periods of 'omfg I feel like shit whyyy', so! :3 Pretty happy with that.

Got a new USB, and spent some time setting that up, too! It's going to be a USB dedicated to portable programs, because the fuck not, right?? (I made sure to get USB3.0 for it, so might as well take advantage of it...)

Also went for a walk with Mama, which was nice! It was pretty gross out when I got up, but by the time we were walkies it was almost warm, which was pretty great. :3

Tomorrow: more homework, and class. Also I get to clean the fridge out and start moving things around to suit my personal whims, which'll be nice. >D
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Posted by Chris Evangelista

Defenders Group

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the first season of Marvel’s The Defenders.)

When the entire world needs saving, the Avengers are the team you probably want on the job (if this particular world exists in the MCU, that is). But when the local neighborhood needs protection, maybe it’s time for some smaller fish to spring into action. Enter The Defenders, the latest Marvel show to drop onto Netflix for fans to binge over a weekend and then swiftly forget about.

There was a time when a series like The Defenders would feel like a major event, yet there’s a curious lack of excitement revolving around the project. Perhaps it’s become harder to be enthusiastic about an event like this when every form of superhero entertainment is treated like an event now. In other words, it’s become exhausting.

When Marvel slowly built up the MCU and then unleashed The Avengers into theaters, it felt fresh and exciting – movies hadn’t attempted something like this before. How then does the same approach fare on TV with The Defenders? For one thing, Marvel has learned from some of the mistakes of their previous Netflix series. While the shows that led into The Defenders were often painfully drawn-out into 12 episodes, The Defenders is a much-more manageable eight. Yet even eight hours is just too long in this case. The Defenders is a 2-hour movie stretched into a series, and it suffers as a result. Not helping matters is the fact that The Defenders is plagued with strange wipes and smash-cuts to get us from scene to scene, fight sequences bogged down with slowness, a completely wasted villain, and, of course, more Iron Fist, the character none of us need more of.

There’s a lot to unpack here, yet at the same time there isn’t. This is truly the strangest Marvel series to date, not because of its content, but because of how curiously empty it ends up feeling. It’s a whole lot of build-up leading into not much pay-off. It’s entertaining yet somehow completely joyless. It’s a conundrum.

To examine The Defenders, we must first look at the four heroes at its center, and then beyond. Consider this an informal power-ranking, where we look at them from best to worst (I’m pretty sure you can guess who will end up in last place).

jessica jones defenders

AKA Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones is not only the best of the Marvel/Netflix series, it’s also one of the best things Marvel has done so far with their new-found powers of entertainment domination. It was a series that tackled incredibly weighty material – sexual abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism – and found ways to fit it all into a superhero saga. While the Marvel films shy away from these very adult themes, the Netflix shows have allowed darker, heavier subject matter to flourish, and Jessica Jones was the show that handled it best.

So it’s no surprise that Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones is the most interesting element of The Defenders. Of the four leads, Jessica is the one who comes across as the most genuine; the most believable. And while Daredevil is the only member of the team who actually has anything approaching an emotional arc here, it’s Jessica who steals every scene she’s in. Jessica is still reeling from the events of her own series, and the specter of her vile arch nemesis Kilgrave still haunts her. One interesting factor is the reveal that since her tangle with Kilgrave, Jessica hasn’t really changed much. While it would’ve been very easy to have the character start to clean up her act and cut down on her hard drinking, that’s also not very realistic. Just because Jessica finally vanquished Kilgrave it doesn’t make her any less traumatized. She’s still inherently emotionally damaged, and she’s combating that the only way she knows how – with copious amounts of liquor.

What makes Jessica the best Defender is the fact that she’s the only member who has a sense of humor about, well, anything. All the other characters are incredibly self-important and oh-so-serious about who they are and what their mission is. Jessica, in stark contrast, just doesn’t give a shit. She wants to get this all over with so she can back to her own life. There’s something freeing in that, in a character who wants to wrap things up as quickly as possible.

Still cobbling together an existence as a private eye, Jessica gets hired – sort of – to find a missing architect. She’s hesitant to take the case simply because she believes the architect has run off to have an affair, but she eventually tracks him down to an apartment where he’s stored an alarming amount of explosives. The architect, brandishing a gun and clearly scared out of his mind, confronts Jessica in her own office, where he’s promptly attacked by none-other than the resurrected Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung), although Jessica has no idea who she is at this point. The architect would rather take his own life than face Elektra, an act that ends up getting Jessica arrested by Misty Knight (Simone Missick). Every criminal suspect is entitled to legal representation, which gives the show the perfect excuse to bring Jessica and Matt Murdock together.

The show keeps coming back to the late architect character, who is peripherally involved with the bigger plot. Jessica awkwardly tries to reassure the dead man’s traumatized family, but The Defenders eventually drops this entirely to focus on half-assed fist-fights. It’s a pity, because these moments where Jessica, who is not the best communicator, struggles to talk with the dead man’s daughter (Chloe Levine) are handled quite well. These emotional moments are few and far between in The Defenders, and would likely be better explored in a new season of Jessica Jones rather than as part of the convoluted plot of The Defenders. This is a flaw that appears again and again in this show – smaller character moments are sacrificed to make room for flimsy spectacle. Hey, is it time for Jessica Jones season 2 yet?

luke cage defenders

Power Man

Let’s all take a step back and appreciate how cool, and charming, and handsome Mike Colter is as the noble, super strong, bullet-proof Luke Cage. Colter has so much damn charisma that it should probably be illegal to pair him up with someone like Finn Jones, but hey, that’s where we are.

Unfortunately, Luke Cage has very little to do in The Defenders. Colter is so wonderful in the part, though, that his ranking here is high, but gosh it would’ve been nice if the writers had given him some more stuff to do.

At the start of The Defenders, Luke is in jail, but don’t worry: he gets out instantly and returns home to his neighborhood, where he hooks back up with Rosario Dawson’s ever-present nurse Claire Temple. Luke wants to become a shining light in his community; a hero who can do some real good beyond just clobbering people. This stuff is set up very early, and it hints at greatness. Luke gets involved trying to help a young man in over his head, and Colter shines in these moments. But don’t worry – the show quickly dispatches with this so Luke can just stand around and occasionally do strong stuff, like bending pipes or let bullets bounce off his chest.

One thing The Defenders does do right: it reunites Luke and Jessica, who hadn’t seen each other since the events of Jessica Jones. These few and far between moments, where the former lovers awkwardly talk about their history, are stellar, and Colter and Ritter have dynamite chemistry together. But who has time for all that character work when we’ve got poorly lit fight scenes to get to?

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Your Best Life Hacks From Fiction

Aug. 21st, 2017 02:00 pm
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Posted by Nick Douglas

We asked you for the best life hacks you’ve learned from fiction, and you gave us a literally fantastic set of tricks, ranging from tiny tips like how do de-fog a mirror with a hair dryer, to grand life advice like “Fear is the mind-killer.”


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Posted by Beth Skwarecki

It’s not too late to get eclipse glasses, but don’t expect to find any in stores. We’ve seen listings on local sale websites like Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, though, so you could still snatch up a pair if you act fast.


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Posted by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Lifehacker

An SSD is the best upgrade you can give your older computer, and Samsung’s 850 EVO line is the most popular one there is. A worldwide NAND shortage has reversed the previously inexorable downward price trend on these things over the past year or so, but today on Amazon, you can get a 500GB drive for $150, the best…


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So, I was thinking about my epic lack of social skills, and ongoing shortage of brickspace friends, and it occurred to me to think about it in hours spent. Which of course makes me think of GURPS rules for study

Getting to know a person is like a specialist topic. And you probably can't study books about them, mostly, though people something enough to have instruction manuals would be an interesting category. Reading their journal might count, but only i they're, like, super chatty and write all the things.

... my journal. Probably counts.
But I do skim the highlights only, for a lot of topics.
... yes I know it's very wordy for highlights.

Most people most of the time are not deliberately teaching you about themselves. There would be times they were, but probably not often.

And the kind of thing that counts as intensive training? Probably not going to come up in routine social interaction.

So most people most of the time, hanging out with them is like learning on the job.

Some people are in fact your job, but then all you need to know about them relates to your job, so the primary skill is your job skill, and different clients are, like, familiarisation penalties. (B169) Eight hours practice gives you familiarity with a new model. Before then you're at -2 even if you have the relevant skill. So you can improve rapidly in those 8 hours, which seems to be all Torchwood does to teach guns, but might make an instructor think they were really good at teaching. But with people, 8 hours getting to know them would get you over the really awkward stage.

But then just hanging out not teaching in particular? 800 hours. To get one point better. Than default. For a maximum of 8 hours a day.

Sooooo... that could take a while.

And I, personally, leave the house maybe 8 hours a week?
And much of that time is spent on the bus.

So to get over the first awkward might take two or three weeks, but then to actually start getting skill points in This New Person, that will take at least a hundred weeks. Or two hundred. Or... more.

And if any particular person is only there for one activity a month? A hundred months.

... which is a bit of a long time, really, and a complete explanation for only shallow acquaintance, without social skill penalties being involved at all.

Which makes me feel better about it.

... I mean my social skill penalties are also significant, but, theoretically not insurmountable, given sufficient time with an actual particular human.

Finding one you like well enough to invest 800 hours in is a tricky bit.

It was way easier when we got all those hours by osmosis at school, every single day, for years.

... easier in a way that I purely couldn't do any more, but, you know, in the friend-hours equation, that went faster.

So, new theory: just need more hours.

... at my age...
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Posted by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to Kotaku

An SSD is the best upgrade you can give your older computer, and Samsung’s 850 EVO line is the most popular one there is. A worldwide NAND shortage has reversed the previously inexorable downward price trend on these things over the past year or so, but today on Amazon, you can get a 500GB drive for $150, the best…



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