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Mar. 25th, 2017 12:46 am
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Today I was going to work on my assignment.

I didn't even open it.

But! For once it's a good reason - Mama got me to come with her to deliver a thing, and then since we were out of the house anyway we went shopping and I got a new backpack! Finally! It's purple and grey and I'm really happy with it! )

Anyway we were pmuch Out over lunchtime, so I was kinda pancaked by the time we got back, and then once I'd eaten and recovered a bit I played Terraria with Azy. Still didn't have enough brain for assignment after tea, either, so yeah. Tomorrow it is! I have started, for once, so that'll help. Also it's not super involved; the hardest bit is probably going to be deciding on the themeing and writing the "content".

Avast Internet Security 2017

Mar. 24th, 2017 01:24 pm
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Posted by Smiggy

Loving this version after a few years away.
The new safe browser has come on in leaps and bounds since last time and I'm using it fully sandboxed as my main browser now I've imported my bookmarks.

Light, snappy and after binning the components I don't want (spam/email) I'm well happy!

Android Forums Suffers Data Breach

Mar. 24th, 2017 01:20 pm
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By Eduard Kovacs on March 24, 2017
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March is Worldbuilding Month! Leave me a question about any of my worlds, and I will do my best to answer it! (I need more questions, guys)
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This tenth one is from [twitter.com profile] ladyRowyn: Do you have any worlds that aren’t Earth-like in general shape/climate/vegetation? why/why not?


Okay, I have to think about that one!

Okay, so something like 9/10 of my worlds are immediately out of the running because they’re “in a world much like our own;” i.e., urban fantasy, for the most part, the sort of thing where it’s very familiar to readers because it’s Earth (and usually America), just with magic: Aunt Family, Stranded World, Fae Apoc, Planners, Facets, Shadow Rebellion, Tír na Cali, Bug Invasion, Fairy Town, Cracks, Science! (okay, Science! is Earth, just with Science!), Inner Circle.

Then there’s settings where we never really see the world - Dragons Next Door, Unicorn/Factory…

Okay, things actually set on a different world: Reiassan, which is goats and linen and rice and parsnips, just after a little ice age. That’s pretty earth-like. I mean, the continents are different…
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Posted by Rich Johnston

Tonight, BBC 1 shows a new ten minute sequel to the Love Actually movie for Comic Relief’s charity telethon, Red Nose Day, called Red Nose Day Actually with Hugh Grant, Liam Nielson, Colin Firth, Kiera Knightley, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Martine McCutcheon, Rowan Atkinson and more. They will also be joined by Kate Moss and Alfie Deyes.

Created by Love Actually writer/director Richard Curtis, who has been involved with Red Nose Day and Comic Relief from the beginning.

Here’s a teaser trailer for the NBC airing in May. But expect the full version to be available online later today.

Olivia Olson filmed her behind-the-scenes take…

There are plenty of other teasers for tonight… the show promises Jonathan Ross, Sally Phillips, Miranda Hart, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer, Matt Berry, Catherine Tate, Sir Lenny Henry, Emeli Sande, Warwick Davis, Rag’n’Bone Man and French & Saunders, new stand-up routines from Graham Norton and Russell Brand, a hot tub sketch involving Greg Davies, David Walliams pranking Jeremy Kyle, a preview of the new Car Share with Peter Kaye, Johnny Vegas and Joe Lycett, Ed Sheeran in a new episode of the comedy People Just Do Nothing, a James Corden/Take That Carpool Kareoke (Red Nose Day is where Corden first piloted the idea with George Michael), a Smack the Pony reunion with Fiona Allen, Doon Mackichan and Sally Phillips,

Love Actually Sequel Airs Tonight On BBC 1 For Red Nose Day (VIDEOS)

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Posted by Rich Johnston

stl043706This is how Secret Empire: Uprising #1 was solicited thus:

A crucial SECRET EMPIRE tie-in that bridges issues #3 and #4! There’s a new order to things in the world, but it’s not one that everybody agrees with! So what is there left to do about it? The Black Widow has a dangerous plan—but to carry it out, she’ll need the help of the young heroes of the Marvel Universe—and it may require them to cross a line they never thought they would! THE SECRET EMPIRE WILL CHAMPION YOU!

But this is what retailers have been informed it is changing to.

A crucial SECRET EMPIRE tie-in that bridges issues #3 and #4! There’s a new order to things in the world, but it’s not one that everybody agrees with! So what is there left to do about it? The Black Widow has a dangerous plan—but to carry it out, she’ll need the help of the young heroes of the Marvel Universe—and it will require them to cross a line they never thought they would!

Only that last “Champion” reference has changed. Is it that the Champions aren’t quite as prominent as may have been promised? From the original PR…

“One of the overriding themes in SECRET EMPIRE: UPRISING is for the heroes not to make the same old mistakes all over again,” said Landy. “The Champions, for instance, are looking for non-violent ways to stop violent opponents, and that ethos spills over into Uprising. How do a bunch of super-powered kids, brimming with optimism, factor in the Black Widow’s dark agenda when confronted with Captain America’s role in the Hydra takeover of America? What are they willing to do? How far are they willing to go?”

Seems a peculiar solicit change to make…

Secret Empire: Uprising – Now With Fewer Champions?

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Posted by Jude Terror

roganfranco

It was just a few years ago that Seth Rogen and James Franco played sexy teen idols on Freaks and Geeks. All grown up now, but still young at heart, Franco and Rogen are returning to the genre that gave them their start, and this time, they’re bringing social media star Kelly Oxford with them. According to a report from Variety, Rogen and Franco have teamed up with Oxford to produce a new teen drama for streaming network Hulu. The show is written and by Oxford, and while Freaks and Geeks was set in the 1980s, as many shows still are, this new one will tackle the 1990s.

That’s about all the info that exists right now, but we can’t help but root for these two lovable losers and their hip young friend, and besides, aged 90s kids deserve a heavy dose of teen nostalgia to go along with all the 80s nostalgia shows. After all, we haven’t had a really great 90’s nostalgic teen drama since it was the actual 90s, and there’s only so many times you can rewatch Dawson’s Creek.

Okay, we lied, there’s no limit to the number of times you can rewatch that. But this new show might be cool too.

Former Teen Heartthrobs Seth Rogen And James Franco Team With Kelly Oxford For Triumphant Return To Teen Drama Genre

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Posted by Rich Johnston

We ran a piece yesterday looking at the DC Comics reinvention of Top Cat by DC co-publisher Dan DiDio and Phil Winslade. In which a Top Cat and Benny The Ball from a fully cat-anthropomorphic world escape into the DC Universe and bump into Batman.

I read comments that this was very familiar territory, to Steve Gerber‘s original plans for Howard The Duck. And, indeed, Phil Winslade had a successful and memorable run on the character.

But just in case there is any doubt, the preview appearing in the Adam Strange/Future Quest Annual #1 next Wednesday features this scene…

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“Howard And Buck”…. yeah, they know what they’re doing.

Yes, Dan DiDio Has Turned Top Cat Into Howard The Duck – And He Knows It

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Posted by Madeline Ricchiuto

Mass Effect Andromeda APEX01

The first free event for Mass Effect: Andromeda is the multiplayer APEX Mission 01.  This is the first of several ongoing story-based missions that will feature new playable characters, weapons and items. The first APEX Mission, “Drack’s Missing Scouts,” is available from March 23 until March 27 and will task players with investigating a new map, Firebase Paradox, for a potential kett threat.

APEX missions are basically the Multiplayer version of Strike missions, the difference being that you get to control the action alongside other players in the Multiplayer APEX missions. Rewards for single-player vs multiplayer missions are roughly the same, allowing players who avoid multiplayer to reap the same rewards as those who enjoy multiplayer. Pretty nice, huh?

Players can also keep up-to-date on APEX Missions news via the Mass Effect website.

Alongside the launch of the APEX missions, we got some new screenshots showing off our Krogan Gladiator, her weapon, and some environment shots of the new Firebase Paradox map. Yes, our multiplayer playable character is a female Krogan. Awesome, right?

The new screenshots are below.

firebase-paradox-3 firebase-paradox-2 ruzad_shotgun krogan_gladiator

The brand new gameplay trailer for Apex Mission 01 is below. While nothing special in terms of content, watching the Krogan Gladiator tear up a battlefield is pretty worth it. Also, the video is narrated by a Turian. I’m always down for non-human narrators in ME since the alien characters in the series are often far more interesting than their human counterparts. And have better facial animations, for the most part.

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s First APEX Mission Is Now Live

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Mar. 24th, 2017 08:47 am
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Lots of stuff happening this week!
  • Nests have migrated again. Visit your local nests & see what's out there. Note: The Silph Road has deactivated nest reports for water 'mon during the Water Festival.

  • Shiny 'mon are now live in-game! So far, it's just Magikarp (gold) and Gyarados (red). Don't know what shiny 'mon are? Here's an FAQ.

  • I'm unclear as to whether this is only for the duration of the Water Festival but a magikarp hat has been added to the avatar customization options.

I'll be putting up a free-for-all thread this weekend!

Symantec Definitions 24 Mar 2017

Mar. 24th, 2017 12:46 pm
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Posted by ronjor

https://www.symantec.com/security_response/definitions.jsp

Prompt for 2017-03-24

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:32 pm
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Today's prompt is "do I know you?"
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When you can barely keep up with the incoming flow of information.

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Cracked.com: What Helped Convince Me To Stop Being Hardcore Right Wing

I think the most notable part of this is that people are more likely to listen to people who think the same as them 90% of the time, and are only 'crazy' 10% of the time. The 2nd most notable part was that more people are watching than you think.

Right now, I really needed this article. It helps.

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Vice: What Nuclear War Would Look Like with an interview with a former Secretary of Defence.

I barely remember the Cold War - I was 12 when it ended. But I was an avid and advanced reader, so I read all the 80s YA stuff about nuclear war and the aftermath.

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Word Of A Woman: The Myth That The Church Alone Can And Should Take Care Of The Poor it's a simple question of mathematics. Church-goer giving could never cover the burden of the poor.

Frankly, I think that a large part of 'charity' is just 'beneficience giving', that is, you give it to feel superior to someone else, because you are better than them, because you are someone who has worked hard and is worthy and the beneficiary is someone who is not so worthy. It's basically an egotrip the largely depends on whether or not the giver is feeling generous and would like to grant a boon. And, yes, I give to charity, but it's a pittance compared to what I pay in a regular year of taxes. Taxes are unglamourous, pedestrian, and yet considerably more practical IMO - plus, they pay for things which are for the public good: roads and public transport, hospitals and schools, cops, and fieries. I might wish it wasn't paying for pollies' salaries, but, eh. Sometimes you just have to take the crap with the good.

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I can't remember where I found it, but there was this very excellent question asked by a Christian leader. The upshot of it went something like this:
The question should not be 'Who Is My Neighbour?' as though we're trying to work out if other people are worthy of our kindness or not. The question should be 'Am I A Good Neighbour?' because in God's eyes, everyone is worthy, and we are called to 'go and do likewise' to the Samaritan who was a neighbour to the man found beaten and near death on the road.

Jesus didn't say who the man beaten up was or whether he was worthy of the Good Samaritan's help; he said go and be like the Samaritan - ie. BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR.


Them's fighting words.

This Date in MSTory

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:01 am
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Posted by Sampo

BORN ON THIS DATE
1894: Ralph Hammeras, who did the special effects for the movie in episode 402- THE GIANT GILA MONSTER.
1895: Syd Saylor, who played the soda shop owner in the movie in episode 106- THE CRAWLING HAND.
1904: Martin Kosleck, who played Malko in the movie in episode 815- AGENT FOR H.A.R.M.
1906: Clifford Stine, who did the special photography for the movies in episodes 606- THE CREEPING TERROR, 803-THE MOLE PEOPLE, 804- THE DEADLY MANTIS, 805- THE THING THAT COULDN’T DIE and THIS ISLAND EARTH (seen in MST3K: THE MOVIE), for which he also the cinematographer.
1910: Franco Lolli, art director for the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.
1925: Flora Gordon, Bert I.Gordon’s wife and go-to special effects maven for the movies in episodes 313- EARTH VS. THE SPIDER, 319- WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST, 517- THE BEGINNING OF THE END, 523- VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS, 411- THE MAGIC SWORD, 414- TORMENTED, 309- THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN and 210- KING DINOSAUR.
1934: William Smith, who had an uncredited bit part in the movie in episode 601- GIRLS TOWN.*
1938: Tom Kempinski, who played the second officer in the movie in episode 111- MOON ZERO TWO.*

DIED ON THIS DATE
1905: Jules Verne (age 77), who got an amusing story credit in the movie in episode 516- ALIEN FROM L.A.
1958: Lou Asher (age 53), property master for the movie in episode 201- ROCKETSHIP X-M.**
1976: Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (age 88), who was mentioned in a host segment in episode 507- I ACCUSE MY PARENTS.
1997: Martin Caidin (age 69), who wrote the original story for the movie in episode 401- SPACE TRAVELERS.
2001: Harry Eisen (age 79), music track editor for the movie in episode 419- THE REBEL SET.
2013: Peter Duryea (age 73), who played Tad Duval in the movie in episode 204- CATALINA CAPER.
2015: Ivo Garrani (age 91), who played King Pelias in the movie in episode 502- HERCULES and also had a role in the movie in episode 412- HERCULES AND THE CAPTIVE WOMEN.

EVENTS ON THIS DATE
1951: Richard Basehart married Valentina Cortese. (Shhh! Don’t tell Gypsy!)
1954: John Carradine, who starred in episodes 320- THE UNEARTHLY and 619- RED ZONE CUBA, celebrates the birth of his son, future actor Robert Carradine.
1997: The Academy Awards ceremony is hosted by Billy Crystal, who played David in the movie in episode K13- SST-DEATH FLIGHT.


This Date in MSTory is written and compiled by Steve Finley, Chris Cornell and Brian Henry. Copyright © 2017 All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce This Date in MSTory items in any form without express written permission from the authors.
* = According to the IMBD this person is alive. If you can supply evidence that he or she has died, and when, please let us know.
** = If this appears next to a birthday, the IMDB indicates that the person has died, but the IMDB does not have a full death date (probably just a month and year or just the year he or she died). If you can give us the exact date (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.
** = If this appears next to a death date, the IMDB does not have this person’s full birthday. If you can provide it (with some sort of proof we can check), please let us know.
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Posted by Dan Wickline

The latest episode of the Magicians put Eliot, Julia, Quentin and the rest into very difficult positions, things that are part of being an adult and making adult decisions. The cast and crew talk about what the characters have to go through and the decisions they have to make. Plus, there is sword fighting and a musical number… so that’s cool.

The Magicians airs Wednesdays at 9 PM on Syfy.

Being A Magician Doesn’t Make Being An Adult Easier

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DEAR HARRIETTE: My cousin and I have been close for all my life. We are about the same age, and we go to the same college. We applied to all the same schools and even have the same major. It has been fun having her to share the college experience with.

This morning, I received a text message from my cousin asking me to write a research paper for her. She offered me compensation for this. I was stunned. I have never even thought about having someone else do my work. I warned her about plagiarism and that her academic integrity is being placed on the line. How can I get the point across that she should never try to get out of doing her own work? -- Not Your Words, Syracuse, New York

DEAR NOT YOUR WORDS: It is doubtful that you can change your cousin’s mind about her unethical behavior. What you can do is put your foot down and let her know where you stand. Have a sincere conversation with her. Talk about your life together and all the things that you have enjoyed together over the years. Remind her of how excited you both were when you got into the same college. Impress upon her how special you believe it is that the two of you are on this journey together. Then, tell her that you do not think it is honest or wise to blur the lines the way she has suggested. Tell her that you absolutely will not write a paper for her, and that you do not think this is a path she should travel. Urge her to dig in and do the work herself.

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