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Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:13 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] elisem!
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Posted by Kim LaCapria

A replica Vietnam Wall in Los Angeles was defaced by vandals, but the larger monument in Washington, D.C., was not.

Deadline has passed

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:43 pm
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I've got three pinch hits to send out tomorrow morning which will have a due date of the evening of 25 August. Assume sometime after 11pm EDT but I can't be exact as I'll be traveling. I'm also still looking for a pinch hitter for pinch hit. There are also still some writers who requested an extension, so if you don't have a story and your prompts don't go out tomorrow morning, don't worry.

Feel free to edit your stories between now and reveals on 28 August. Or write treats for any prompt that catches your eye.
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The deadline is at 11pm EDT tonight. What time is that for me?

There is one pinch hit currently outstanding. Defaulted pinch hits since the last batch and deadline defaults will go out after deadline tonight.

Please claim via pm or email to fic.corner@gmail.com and include the ph number, recipient's AO3 user name and your AO3 user name. Please do not claim in the comments to preserve anonymity.

This pinch hits will now be due on 23 August at 11pm EDT. What time is that for me?

Pinch Hit #5: Captain Underpants Series - Dav Pilkey, Wayside School - Louis Sachar, The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster )

Man Looks Like Mountain?

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:03 am
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Posted by Dan Evon

A photograph purportedly showing a supine man on a beach near a mountain resembling his outline is, hilariously, genuine.

‘Boy Shot by Stepfather’ Appeal

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:52 pm
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Posted by Snopes Staff

Old hoax holds that a every time a particular message is shared, a company will donate money towards the medical care of a 14-year-old boy shot by his stepfather.
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Posted by Dan MacGuill

Liz MacKean fought to reveal historical child sexual abuse, but there is no evidence that she died from anything other than natural causes.

The Expanse - PRIMER

Aug. 21st, 2017 04:15 pm
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In the 23rd century, humans have colonized the solar system.

The U.N. controls earth.

Mars is an independent military power.

The inner planets depend on the resources of the asteroid belt.

Belters live and work in space.

In the Belt, air and water are more precious than gold.

For decades, tensions have been rising - Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war.

All it will take is a single spark …

The Expanse )

Four Items Become A Compilation Post

Aug. 21st, 2017 01:56 pm
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1, Brian Aldiss passed away in his sleep, after celebrating his 92nd birthday. May he rest in peace. He wrote “more than 80 books and was editor of 40 anthologies.”

Unfortunately, I have never read anything of his. I have always meant to read Frankenstein Unbound, since I enjoyed the 1990 adaptation. So I’ll have to try to do that sometime soon. He also wrote Dracula Unbound, which I was never certain about reading, having not heard the best reviews--but it’s on my list, too, now.

2. Today is Fanfic Writers’ Appreciation Day.

3. [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon is doing a tarot card reading, and the first card is free.

4. Whedonesque is shutting down after 15 years. I think I’ve followed that site via feed (first on LJ, and then here on Dreamwidth via [syndicated profile] whedonesque_feed; I’ll unsubscribe to it shortly) for at least a decade, if not longer.

Were it not for the Buffyverse, I never would have ventured into writing, in both fanfic and RPG's (I think Willow was the first character I wrote for in any RPG).

Flat, and flat, for evermore

Aug. 21st, 2017 07:29 pm
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Actually it was yesterday, rather than today, that I spotted this work recently made available through the good offices of Project Gutenberg:

William Carpenter, One Hundred Proofs that the Earth is Not a Globe (1885) -

- and I can't see that he entirely manages to give a plausible explanation for eclipses, but then he does think that the sun is a lot smaller than those there astronomers declare, and goes round the earth...

We do feel that Alfred Russel Wallace would have been better employed than debating with members of the Zetetic Society.

One is - a little - intrigued at what was published in Flat Earth journals (o, say, do, that it was Flat Earth hymns such as feature in Kipling's The Village That Voted the Earth Was Flat...)

But I was fascinated by this, in that Wikipedia article on Flat Earth Societies:

In 1969, Shenton persuaded Ellis Hillman, a Polytechnic of East London lecturer, to become president of the Flat Earth Society; but there is little evidence of any activity on his part until after Shenton's death, when he added most of Shenton's library to the archives of the Science Fiction Foundation he helped to establish.
The lengths to which librarians will go to add some particularly rare and choice material to their collection.

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Posted by Dan MacGuill

Two conservative web sites grossly misrepresent the content of a lyric essay in the Atlantic magazine.
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Posted by Associated Press

Police say Younes Abouyaaqoub was wearing an explosives belt when he was shot dead in Subirats, a town west of Barcelona.

Well. This has been A DAY...

Aug. 21st, 2017 09:24 pm
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I guess most of you have already seen the blog post about Joss Whedon made by his ex-wife Kai Cole... So yeah. I have to say that while I'm disappointed, I'm not really *that* surprised. Buffy is one of my all-time favourite characters and always will be, but there's a reason why I stopped reading Whedon's interviews and following his career years ago.

I am a bit confused by all the people saying how this will finally push Whedon down from his feminist pedestal. I thought the general consensus these days was that he was a problematic fave at best and the only people who still thought of him as the Greatest Feminist Ever were couple of people at Whedonesque?

(of course, my own disillusionment with Joss Whedon's brand of feminism is not exactly a recent thing, so I might be projecting)

In related news, Whedonesque is shutting down, and based on the charity mentioned in the announcement, it's pretty obvious why Simon and Caroline decided to do it. I'm not sure if I'm saddened by the news or just paralysed with not caring. On one hand, I stopped posting there years ago and rarely had a discussion there that didn't devolve into wank, but on the other hand me and my fellow LJ-based feminist trolls had some great times over there back in 2007-2009, wanking about race and feminism and getting banninated for having the wrong 'tone'.
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