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Title: crosshairs locked on my heart
Fandom: World Wrestling Entertainment
Pairing: Lana/Summer Rae
Rating: G
Prompt: #045 - clue
Word Count: 300
Summary: Perhaps Summer should be feeling a little intimidated by the fact that they've had to reach out for foreign help with this investigation, especially from a country the US has such a delicate relationship with, but Summer Rae does not let herself get intimidated, dammit.

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Idris Elba: Speech on diversity in the media and film

I’m here to talk about diversity. Diversity in the modern world is more than just skin colour. It’s gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, social background, and - most important of all, as far as I’m concerned – diversity of thought. Because if you have genuine diversity of thought among people making TV & film, then you won’t accidentally shut out any of the groups I just mentioned.

Also At Pro Photo

Feb. 6th, 2016 02:53 pm
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Miku and the New Nikkor
Miku and the New Nikkor

When I bought my lens I also bought a spare Nikon rear lens cap. The salesperson put his hand on the lens box and warned, “It comes with one.”
“I know.”
I explained that I wanted an extra Nikon rear lens cap because I have one Sigma lens, and as I’m rotating a parade of lenses across cameras, the Sigma rear lens cap ends up on some arbitrary Nikkor. It kinda bugs me. So I’ll take the Sigma rear lens cap out of the rotation and have all Nikon rear lens caps. No dissonance that way. (I don’t mind having a Nikon cap on the Sigma. But a Sigma cap on a Nikkor just seems wrong.)

I also took a quick look at equipment bags. There were actually too many to look at – plus the aisles were rather packed with people shopping for bags, so it was difficult for me to get to anything. I stopped looking in the store, figuring I’d do some online research before coming back. What I’d like is a lens carrier optimal for weddings and conventions – something like a Shootsac – but not. Pro Photo was deep in bags by LowePro, Think Tank, Tamrac, ONA, Tenba, and others.

Ex Machina

Feb. 6th, 2016 10:07 pm
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So today I decided to break my streak of going-into-London-thirteen-days-in-a-row! It was a good choice. I spent some of the day literally lying on the couch with my face in the cushions. But I also wrote a couple of thousand words, and submitted to POC Destroy SF, and read a trade paperback of the Brian Vaughan comic, Ex Machina.

Which I feel weird writing about here, because what the shit do I know about comics, nothing at all, that's what. (Fake geek girl, yep.) But, omg, you guys, I love this so much. I've just finished volume 3 (there are 10 in total, I believe) and I'm just hoping and praying it stays this good because so far it could've been made for me. Basically, the story goes like this. Mitchell Hundred, a working-class boy from Brooklyn, the only child of a single mother, grows up loving superhero comics and machines. Then, in his mid-thirties, as a civil engineer for the city, he has a strange encounter with a mysterious artefact in the water below the Brooklyn Bridge, and when he wakes up he's - changed. He can talk to machines. They do what he tells them to do.

So Mitch becomes the Great Machine, a superhero with a jetpack! With his two closest friends, they fight crime!

...and it's a total disaster. He saves some people. Like, a few. But a lot of people are very angry about it. The police commissioner tries to arrest him a couple of times. Insurance premiums are a problem. The NSA get involved. It's messy as shit. Mitch gives up superheroing and retires, and mopes, and drinks.

Then 9/11 happens.

This is a New York City that has one of the Twin Towers still on the skyline. And in the rush of public acclaim following his very visible rescue of a lot of people, Mitch runs for Mayor of New York City and wins. And that's what the comic is about. The first trade paperback is subtitled "The First Hundred Days", I love it. It doesn't have the straightforward idealism of The West Wing and Parks and Rec - for one thing, Mitch is an independent - but it's warm and loving and very invested in the idea of the city itself as a machine that only works because of the people working every day doing things like cleaning out the sewers or driving the subway trains or ploughing snow. And while there are some superhero comic plots - like the ongoing mystery of just where Mitch's powers came from - there are also complex and delightful political plots. It's the early 2000s, they do a gay marriage plot, obviously, and there's also stuff about Mitch being called for jury service and deciding to Be! An! Example! and it's all just wonderful. And my favourite bits are where the two bits of the story intersect: so there's this bit about how Mitch has a no-cell-phones no-other-technology rule in certain parts of City Hall, because machines talk to him and it's exhausting and this is a reasonable adjustment! And there's also a lurking thread I'm interested in, whereby he clearly has some kind of delayed trauma related to 9/11, but the story is spinning it out slowly.

Of course, as mentioned, I'm only at the end of volume 3 so perhaps this isn't an unqualified rec (also fake geek girl feels, omg). But I'm enjoying the hell out of it.
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation website featured 'The Commerce Department Has Good Recommendations For Fixing Copyright Law - But More is Needed,' in which Mitch Stoltz and Kit Walsh noted The term 'remix' has come to stand for a wide range of creative activities that are disfavored by the current copyright regime because they rely on cultural works that are owned by others. The category includes photomanipulations, fan fiction, mashups of music and video, fan edits, redubs, video game modifications, and many other forms of expression that are ubiquitous on the Internet.

In 'Should There Be a Statute of Limitations on Offensive Social Media Posts?' for GOOD, Tasbeeh Herwees wrote I can still access my terrible middle school poetry and Harry Potter fan fiction on profiles that are still live.

During an interview with The Office’s Jenna Fischer, LA Times’s Yvonne Villarreal admitted I want some fan fiction that features [new role] Rhonda and the cast of “Orange is the New Black.”

Graf Orlock, Star Wars, Pride and Prejudice with and without zombies, 50SoG )

Mangala Dilip wrote about a Con Man/Firefly [fanfic] contest for International Business Times’s Indian edition, and Tuscon Weekly’s Chelo Grubb advised readers to Write Out Your Captain Mal/Wash Fantasies.

In a piece in LA Review of Books, Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft wrote Walter Benjamin, originally a contributor to that branch of Western Marxist thought known as Critical Theory, often emerges, in the writings of the Benjamin Industry (a unique force for the production of academic fan fiction), as nothing more than a projection screen for late 20th and early 21st century academic fantasies — nullifying him as an historical presence.

Bailey Gribben wrote Fanfiction: A Legal Battle of Creativity for the RIT Reporter.

In the Storm Lake Times obituary of resident Sherry Fischer, it was noted that she participated in online fanfiction groups for two series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward and Midnight Breed Rising by Lara Adrian.

Finally, for The Daily Californian, Rosemarie Alejandrino wrote As a young, impressionable, insecure and desperate teen with a bed brimming with Care Bears and a diary full of Edward Cullen fan fiction, I idolized hurricane girls in books and movies and TV — though I had never seen one with my own eyes.
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I got comments on Dreamwidth and none on LJ. This does not bode well for the idea of hosting such a thing on LiveJournal!

But if I were to do it, would I organize it like a regular user promotion thing, except people boost their favorite comms as well? Or would it be just posting about the comms and not people? I think the latter, right?


Genetic cause of rare allergy to vibration discovered

"The Hatpin Peril" Terrorized Men Who Couldn't Handle the 20th-Century Woman (Naturally, the official response to the problem of street assault was "don't dress like a slut". Sheesh.)

The modern butterfly has a 40-million-year-old dopplegänger

Maternal diet alters the breast milk microbiome and microbial gene content

DNA makes lifeless materials shapeshift

Spying on world leaders’ poop is a whole lot more common than you’d think — and just as useless.

Infants Can See Things That Adults Cannot

Disabled people need not apply

Russian lawyer accuses unlikely animal chums of 'gay propaganda'

China Has Finally Told Hong Kong It Is Holding the 3 Missing Booksellers

Whooping cough protection fades fast after Tdap booster, study finds

Here’s a depressing montage of white actors in non-white roles

Women are seen more than heard in online news

Supreme Court case will decide the future of abortion access in the U.S.

Europe's shift to dark green forests stokes global warming-study

How Climate Change Unfairly Burdens Poorer Countries

What You Get When You Mix Chickens, China and Climate Change

Ships' noise is serious problem for killer whales and dolphins, report finds

Shrill wind from Israel: Does it risk alienating its allies?

As Syria burns, Turkey’s Kurdish problem is getting worse (Does Turkey have a Kurdish problem, or do the Kurds have an Erdogan problem? It's all about the framing.)

Civilians flee violence in southeast Turkey as curfew lifted

Anti-Islam movement PEGIDA stages protests across Europe

If You Think Europe Has a Refugee Crisis, You’re Not Looking Hard Enough

ISIS fighters in Libya surge as group suffers setbacks in Syria, Iraq

Islamic State is no longer so formidable on the battlefield

Angel’s Month Indulgence #1

Feb. 6th, 2016 01:57 pm
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Three Lenses • Middle Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G
Three Lenses • Middle Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G

I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while, and today I drove into Portland to Pro Photo Supply and bought a Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G lens. I had two gift cards (one from my brother and one from the hotel for Trisha and Nancy’s wedding) plus Christmas money from my folks that took a total of $500 off the price.

The Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G lens is still officially sold and supported by Nikon, even though Nikon is shipping the next generation Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E VR – albeit for $600 more than the model it replaces. Normally I would want the latest and greatest, but I took a measured approach here.

For $600 more, the newer lens delivers better edge-to-edge (corner-to-corner) sharpness at the expense of center sharpness. Because of the kind of photography I do (event/people photography), I’d rather have the extra-sharp middle and soft corners than generally sharp across the board. The new lens has VR, which is nice to have but not essential – at least as long as I have steady hands. That of course could change as I get older. The newer lens is bulkier, heavier, and takes a non-standard filter size (82mm instead of 77mm). This did not seem like a good deal for 33% higher price than the old lens.

The old model served me perfectly well at Trisha and Nancy’s Wedding. Less money. Lighter weight. Proven design. For me, the decision between the two models was fairly straightforward.

A larger decision was whether I needed the lens at all. The Nikkor AF-S 24-120 f/4G VR lens is quite capable. However, it’s lacking in a couple of areas where I require performance. First, F/4 is too slow. At Trisha and Nancy’s wedding there was barely enough light for me to take pictures at f/2.8, and the 24-120 would have struggled. Its VR would have helped offset the low light problem, but there would have been more motion blur from photo subjects. The other problem is that depth of field is too deep at f/4. The sweet spot is f/2, with f/2.8 being OK (f/1.7 is also OK). Because I photograph a lot of (dim) indoor events, I depend on my f/2.8 or faster equipment. There was a strong reason I rented the 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for Trisha and Nancy’s wedding. And I’ll be doing more of that type of event photography. Newcon was proof of that. This is nothing against the 24-120mm zoom – it’s a very impressive lens for the kit price (basically on sale for $300 vs list price of $1200). However, I wanted the wedding-capable 24-70mm. It’s the functional replacement for my Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G on my D300. I’m taking money out of savings to pay for the acquisition.

I did a quick focus test of the new lens. In the photos below, I focused on the AE-L button on the D300 and on Kanbaru’s face. Both targets came out sharp. I’ll of course be testing the lens quite a bit over the next week.

Lens Test – Focus Point: AE-L Button
Lens Test – Focus Point: AE-L Button

Lens Test – Focus Point: Kanbaru’s Face
Lens Test – Focus Point: Kanbaru’s Face

FFA DW Post # 370 - Placeholder

Feb. 6th, 2016 10:43 pm
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Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!!!

Feb. 6th, 2016 08:53 pm
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I've posted a bit lately about my renewed interest in Lego, but it is a renewed interest; I started playing with Lego at around about 5, and between about 8 and 14 it was pretty much all I wanted for birthday or Christmas. Not surprisingly, me being me, there were two kit ranges I was particularly into: Lego Technic (or 'Technical Lego' as it was originally called in the UK) and Lego Space.

Like many Lego enthusiasts I never threw any away, although as time went on older kits ended up in large amalgamated boxes of bits whilst the more recent and more expensive ones got dismantled, put back in their boxes, and progressively migrated from shelf to cupboard to attic. They staying in my Mum's attic ever since, although in recent years she would occasionally remind me that they were still there after some 30 years and I might perhaps want to have a bit of a sort out.

So, last weekend, whilst down at my Mum's I ventured into the rather cramped attic and crawled around finding various bits of old Lego. Most of it was either in its original boxes or one big box of bits, although I did have to do a fair bit of rooting around insulation felt to find bits from one box that had fallen over. In the end though I recovered the bits box and half a dozen kit boxes, which we brought home so I could sort through them.

The Technic kits were mostly in their original boxes, and other than a quick look I've set them aside for later. First, though, I tackled the Lego Space collection.

I think I - or more probably my brother and I - must have brought a fair few kits from that range, although I only had one box, the one for the kit that was the piece de resistance of the original Space range, 928 Galaxy Explorer. The box was almost empty though, and a rummage through the box-o'-bits confirmed my fears; there were a lot of what were recognisably Lego Space bits in there (recognisable by the mainly grey-and-blue colour scheme) mixed in with lots of other miscellaneous Lego from the 1970s.

Sod it, I thought, time for some sorting. And how else to sort than to build the kit and look for the parts as I went along?

It took a while, but eventually, for the first time in 35 years, I had my own Lego spaceship. Or, to quote Benny the Spaceman from The Lego Movie, "Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP!!!"

But I had lots of Lego Space bits left over. A couple of bricks with LL918 on prompted me to find the instructions for that kit, and soon I had the Galaxy Explorer's small sibling, the 918 Space Transport. (There was an intermediate one as well in the original Space range, 924, but I don't think we ever had that one.) I also found an old instruction sheet for 891 Space Scooter, so built that too. We must have brought some extra base tiles, because I had 6 in total, rather than the two that came with the 928 kit. And I found about a dozen minifig spacemen.

Well, what was I to do but put a little diorama together?


Defining custom user link icons

Feb. 7th, 2016 08:01 am
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This is one of those questions I feel I should be able to answer myself, but I've searched in various places and come up empty.

In a stylesheet, is it possible to define some custom icons for user links and have others be the system default? At present I'm using custom icons for Dreamwidth users and communities, but external service users' links have no icons; there's just a blank space where the stylesheet specifies the image height and width, etc. So either there's something I need to change in my existing CSS or I need to add the location of all the other icons. But I don't know what they are since doesn't allow directory listing (which makes sense), and I can't find a list of all the image file names.

I should add that I'm using a stylesheet made by [personal profile] sarken that I've modified mostly through trial and (much) error because no matter how hard I try my brain just refuses to grasp this stuff.

CSS under the cut )

Please help my scrambled brain?

Babylon 5 5x17 – 5x20

Feb. 6th, 2016 09:47 pm
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Finally I have time for Bab5 again! Let's see if the next few episodes finally have something positive for one of my favorite characters! …oh no.

Movements of Fire and Shadow )

The Fall of Centauri Prime )

The Wheel of Fire )

Objects in Motion )

[ SECRET POST #3321 ]

Feb. 6th, 2016 03:42 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3321 ⌋

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


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 04 pages, 076 secrets from Secret Submission Post #475.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 1 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ], [ 1 - russian spambot ?? ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

(no subject)

Feb. 6th, 2016 12:41 pm
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Netflix movie Nostalgia for the Light )

The phones and servers were still down when I left work on Thursday. It seems that Public Works had cut the fiber optics cable and everything had to be replaced. Very slowly. I had to write two checks out by hand because they absolutely had to go in the mail.

I used some vacation hours to leave early a couple of days because nothing to do. But then I said screw this, and got a book from the small library they have at work. So I read about 7/8 of The Clerk's Tale by Margaret Frazer. That I stuck with it mostly says it all. It's a mystery set in the 1400s and part of a series. Frazer stretches things out a bit and I got the feeling of I Did Research sometimes but I want to finish it.

I decided to make a list of my cds, like I did the movies and tv dvds and put it in the memories. I'm putting them on mps. It's a long job.

Read more... )

I've changed my LJ background three times in the last week. The white background is too hard on my eyes. Now I have a soft green Japanese one that reminds me of cherry blossoms. I'm told via the internet it's connected to some sort of card game.


Feb. 6th, 2016 03:27 pm
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The first secret from this batch will be posted on February 13th.

1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT:
- Doing it WRONG:

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

sometimes they come back to hurt you

Feb. 6th, 2016 03:14 pm
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Let's talk TV:

Brooklyn Nine Nine
spoilers )

Legends of Tomorrow
for real though, I think they should ditch the Hawkpeople and Vandal Savage and just have Caity Lotz, Wentworth Miller, and Dominic Purcell traveling through time, plotting heists and getting into bar brawls scored to 70s hits. Victor Garber can come along to be surprisingly resourceful. spoilers )

Jane the Virgin
This show is so consistently good that I don't really have a lot to say about it from week to week - I just enjoy it a lot and wish more people were watching it, because it's fantastic.

spoilers )

Plus, casting spoiler )

The 100
spoilers )

And lastly, [personal profile] selenak finished The Clone Wars and wrote a great review of it. I'm excited that more people are watching it, so they can come talk to me about it, and especially about how great Ahsoka is. *g*

In other news, ugh, the Flyers.



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