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([personal profile] shirebound Jul. 21st, 2017 07:35 am)
Here's one more chapter before move-preparations swallow me up completely!

Summary: Two late-comers to Cormallen are nervous about meeting the Ring-bearers. In the process of getting to know them, they learn a great deal about hobbits... and their new king. Characters include Aragorn, Pippin, Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Gimli.

Links to Chapter 2:

http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7551

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12572274/2/Small-Hands
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([personal profile] gale_storm Jul. 21st, 2017 04:15 pm)
The best cat treats have wings!
Spider Cat!
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 21st, 2017 07:24 am)
The Middle East really brings out the worst in us. The Chicago Dyke March refused to let people march under the traditional symbol of Judaism because it has Zio* cooties, and now Congress (including some people who should know better) is trying to take First Amendment rights away from Israel boycotters.
*If you hate something enough, you don’t have to say the whole word: Zio, Antifa

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
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Hundreds of squatters have been evicted from a house and are causing a huge flap...

That is because the squatters are actually a colony of around 600 bats who have taken up roost in a house, near Romily, Stockport .

Despite the best efforts of the owner to get rid of the unwanted visitors, conservationists also stepped in to help clear out the infestation.

Now, in a bid to help rehouse these creatures, the council has taken the unusual step of building a real-life ‘bat cave’ - a state of the art hut in nearby Etherow Country Park.

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🦇 Also: Too many bats are being killed for research

Six hours like this for a few francs.
Belly nipple arse in the window light,
he drains the colour from me. Further to the right,
Madame. And do try to be still.
I shall be represented analytically and hung
in great museums. The bourgeoise will coo
at such an image of a river-whore. They call it art.

Maybe. He is conccerned with volume, space.
I with the next meal. You’re getting thin,
Madame, this is not good. My breasts hang
slightly low, the studio is cold. In the tea-leaves
I can see the Queen of England gazing
on my shape. Magnificent, she murmurs,
moving on. It makes me laugh. His name

is Georges. They tell me he’s a genius.
There are times he does not concentrate
and stiffens for my warmth.
He possesses me on canvas as he dips the brush
repeatedly into the paint. Little man,
you’ve not the money for the arts I sell.
Both poor, we make our living how we can.

I ask him Why do you do this? Because
I have to. There is no choice. Don’t talk.
My smile confuses him. These artists
take themselves too seriously. At night I fill myself
with wine and dance around the bars. When it’s finished
he shows me proudly, lights a cigarette. I say
Twelve francs and get my shawl. It does not look like me.

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([personal profile] executrix posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Jul. 20th, 2017 07:31 pm)
From United We Dream, info@unitedwedream.org:
The Dream Act of 2017 has been introduced in the Senate to protect DACA recipients. It has four sponsors: Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY). United We Dream asks for peole to telephone their Attorney General. The number they give is (832) 610-3896.

Their suggested message is "I am calling to ask the Attorney General to come out publicly to defend the DACA program. This program has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth across the country and it must be protected. I expect my attorney general to support the immigrant community and protect DACA."


1.7.17 This isn’t the first time I’ve been to York Minster, but it is the first time I’ve noticed the Semaphore Saints. The fact they were made headless is about the most ridiculously Anglican thing I have ever seen.

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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 20th, 2017 02:33 pm)
J. Beauregard Sessions sez, “Don’t let them immanentize the eschaton.”

ETA: And Clarence Thomas understands civil forfeiture better than he does.
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'Spider Cat, Spider Cat, doing whatever wherever it wants! Making biscuits, purring loudly, oh so proudly! Zow! This is the Spider Cat!' 
 

Oh, and Spider Cat is waaaay preferable to Cat Spider!


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([personal profile] underused posting in [community profile] caturday Jul. 20th, 2017 09:57 am)
meatball the cat chomping grass
Meatball doing his best pirate impression.

Every morning I take Meatball out to our vegetable garden. He likes to explore and chew bits of long grass. It's a good outdoor spot for him because it's fenced; I worry without some kind of boundary he'll run off after a chipmunk and get lost (or worse).

But today, there was a rabbit in the garden--almost full grown--and he went for it. (He was not pleased with me when I hauled him back inside.)

I know some cats are more confrontational than others, but is it common for cats to chase animals as big as they are? Does your cat do this?
Rah rah rust, Zombie cheerleader, Lego monsters

- Ethics and a beneficial side effect of the NHS, which arose in my last post (due to via_ostiense's contribution) and is worth top posting imo: one of the benefits of freely available healthcare, especially accident and emergency care, is that normal everyday social interactions such as true accidents are prevented from immediately becoming acrimonious attempts by injured people in mild shock to assign blame to a legally evidential degree. Freely available healthcare = more social cohesion + fewer street incidents needing police attention (= also bad for the income of ambulance-chasing lawyers). I bet it's rare for the social and economic benefits of accidents being agreed to be accidental to be calculated into the value of a National Health Service and other forms of socialised medicine!

- Quote from my current reading for jesse_the_k: "The place Gorsch rented was a shack, really, and in those days shacks were truly shacks." [It's 2015 fanfic but traditionally published as a novel without filing the serial numbers off because the original went out of copyright in 2011.]

- Reading, books 2017: 68

57. Eleven root poems (Undici poesie radice), by Tiziano Fratus, 2000-2017, poetry. (3/5)

• So, firstly I note that that Dōgen was a Japanese Zen Buddhist philosopher and poet whose work is still extremely influential. Secondly I note that in Japanese aesthetics "rust", sometimes synonymous with "patina", is not only decay through time and interaction with environment but also a visual and tactile connection with the history of an object and the past more generally, so a narrow Western perception of "rust" exclusively as corruption often fails to encompass the full connotations within traditional Japanese culture (which shouldn't detract from the following poem as an object in its own cultural place and time, obv).

Parola di Dōgen, by Tiziano Fratus

Alla fine della giornata,
mi sono seduto al centro del vuoto:
ho lasciato che l’IO
a cui tanto avevo lavorato si arrugginisse.
Vedevo che l’acqua corrompeva,
ma smisi di preoccuparmene.
L’uomo che si era seduto
non si è più rialzato

English translation. )
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([personal profile] highlyeccentric posting in [community profile] common_nature Jul. 20th, 2017 11:43 am)
I get the impression these are perfectly normal birds in the UK, but they're quite a novelty to me. Those fancy collars! There were three in the yard of the pub we stayed in, but they wouldn't sit still to be photographed. Here's one from the walk into town:

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([personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] common_nature Jul. 20th, 2017 08:50 am)
Short-eared owl
[Grainy photo of a short-eared tawny owl sitting on a lawn]

I know this isn't the greatest photo of all time. In my defense, I did take it from behind a dusty windowpane in an upstairs bedroom where I was crouched breathlessly lest I frighten it off.

There've long been barn owls living at my partner's parents' home in rural Norfolk, but I'd never seen any other type of owl there. I was surprised, therefore, to see this tawny owl (h/t to [personal profile] shapinglight for corrected identification) sitting on their lawn at dusk a couple of weeks ago. I worked out that it was watching a group of four partridges who were pecking through the pebbles in the drive, closer to the house. They seemed a rather optimistic target, given that the owl wasn't much bigger than they were.

The owl flew off and returned to the lawn several times whilst I watched, but never made a move on the partridges, who eventually moved onto the roof of the house and over to the other side.
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([personal profile] alatefeline Jul. 19th, 2017 07:46 pm)
Actually worked a bit on the Writey Thing for the first time, I think, since April.

I somehow drabbled. This is pure setting-background scenery-brainstorming sense-detail, came out in second person for no particular reason, dunno if it will be in the story, but I have got to be writing on the regular, I need that habit and that mode of expression. I'll take it.

Mentions food, wilderness. Here it is.

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Title: Bulletproof
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: Wonder Woman (2017), DCU
Characters/Pairings: Diana
Content Notes: This is a quick one, sketched with pencil. Don't have the time to do a proper watercolour painting job as yet. So in the mean time, I've added some digital tinting in Photoshop, as well as played around with the lighting. I actually like the results. ^___^ Inspired by Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia (Ricochet, you take your aim, fire away...).

Preview:

(Click for larger image at my journal)
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([personal profile] baranduin Jul. 19th, 2017 03:56 pm)
Harry and MF kinda sorta hanging out together on the patio. They had a snooze though Harry kept an eye on him. Actually this morning Harry achieved a sneak attack on MF, he was so pleased.



Three more pics of Harry beneath the cut.

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[personal profile] hanarobi is just leaving to go have dinner with her niece. Today we did nothing but sleep late, then watch Bahubali 2 on youtube without subtitles. We watched the first one, with subtitles, last night. She liked them! Which is good since they're almost three hours each.
got sucked into computerland for a bit

going for a walk

will check things when I get back
The Guardian: Trump had undisclosed second meeting with Putin, White House confirms

New York Times: Trump and Putin Held a Second, Undisclosed, Private Conversation

Note: it was "private" as in "out of earshot of anyone except Putin's translator" and "not mentioned to the public". It was not private as in "it was held in view of most of the other G20 leaders OMFG ARE YOU KIDDING ME".

Just to make the whole thing even stupider (on Buttercup's part) and more of a blatant power play (on Putin's).

[tumblr.com profile] plaidadder breaks this shit down: A Million Encores: Putin And our Playable President

And spells out one point in particular:

Why do we know about this? Because some of the European G-20 leaders were so concerned about this that they called their global risk consultant to get his opinion on it. That’s what Ian Bremmer does: he assesses global political risk for people who want to use it to make investment decisions.
News flash! )

What I Just Finished Reading

I really hit the jackpot in terms of reading this week; the only near-miss was caused by my own lack of planning. *kicks self*

A Tyranny of Queens, by Foz Meadows, the sequel to An Accident of Stars. I did this book a terrible injustice by not rereading the first one before this sequel. I remembered Safi and Gwen, but lost track of most everyone else. So it was a good read, but not the great and engrossing one it could have been for me. So I'm planning a reread of both.

Behind the Throne and After the Crown, by K.B. Wagers. If you love Star Wars but wanted more intrigue, and less explosions, these books are for you! (There are still plenty of explosions, though. YAY EXPLOSIONS.) Non-stop action, fun characterization, unusual South Asian based worldbuilding! I devoted pretty much two whole days of my life to these books last week, and I don't regret it one bit. Third book in the series coming this fall!

Traitor's Blade, by Sebastien De Castell. This is a hilarious, snarky take on The Three Musketeers, and probably any number of other things. Four big fat thick books in this series!

What I Am Currently Reading

Knight's Shadow, the sequel to Traitor's Blade, because it was sitting right there at the library. How could I resist? Still a wild ride, but now with even more fierce female characters!

What I Am Reading Next

Next up is the Frances Hardinge Festival (which was postponed when Knight's Shadow showed up) featuring Fly by Night and its sequel, Fly Trap. So many hilarious quotes from these books on Goodreads - how could I resist?

I am out of exclamation points, so I will stop now *giggle snort* What are all of you up to today?
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 08:12 am)
Reading about the subprime scandal, I learned that Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, is a dark-skinned Italian who was once refused service at a Southern restaurant because of his pigmentation. When he told them he was Italian, the reply was, “That’s what they all say.”

The confusion remains:

* Mike Tirico

* Vivian Liberto (Johnny Cash’s first wife): Maybe Yes / Maybe No
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 07:33 am)
Sexual aggression as a warning sign of other forms of malfeasance
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 06:03 am)
Many of us have rich fantasy lives, dreams that if only things were different, we could be movie stars or business giants or whatever. One survival trait is to realize when those fantasies are unrealistic, because few things are more embarrassing than getting the opportunity and showing the world that you never could have done what you proudly proclaimed. Case in point: The Republicans kept saying that if only they were in charge, wondrous things would happen. Now they have control of all three branches of the government, but they cannot realize their plans because their plans make no sense.
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