Poem: "City of Angels"

Dec. 19th, 2014 11:56 pm
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This poem is from the December 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] primeideal. It also fills the "flirting" square of my 10-6-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

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Poem: "The Alpha Blight"

Dec. 19th, 2014 11:40 pm
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This poem came from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "vandals" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Isn't to bound through the cat door but to check to see if I have unlatched it yet, which as it happened I had not.

Weavesilk

Dec. 19th, 2014 10:53 pm
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Use this onscreen program to create beautiful designs.  It's nice for stress relief when you just need to look at something pretty.

Poem: "Math by Hand"

Dec. 19th, 2014 10:31 pm
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This poem is from the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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For the longest time, I'd always thought of Black Mask - especially the 2000s-era take on him - as Hush, but even worse. Hush might have been a huge Villain Sue with artificial competence and a wholly unoriginal composition, but at least he had the grace to leave the Bat-books (temporarily) as soon as Loeb was done with his debut story. Black Mask had all of the above (possible exacerbated by the fact that he was previously an unremarkable C-lister in Batman's rogues gallery) with the added caveat that editorial was in love with him for some reason, so we got him shoved down our throats as TEH MOST BADASS CRIMELORD EVAH for most of Gotham's mid-2000s status quo.

I'm not going to recap the disgusting mess that was "War Games" here - there are plenty of posts on this community devoted to covering that already - but suffice to say, BM got very little love from the female readership, and his fans in the male readership basically amounted to people impressed that he'd killed a Robin.

But then I sat down to Judd Winick's run on Batman, and realized that holy shit, apparently the newbie writer on the block agreed with me.

The life and times of Roman Sionis, behind the cut. )

Poem: "The Lair of Tomes"

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:59 pm
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This poem is from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] jjhunter, [personal profile] redsixwing, and [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "teaching or learning" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Poem: "Deceitful Looks"

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:02 pm
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This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Requiescat in Pace

Dec. 19th, 2014 06:30 pm
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New York Times obits:
  • Mandy Rice-Davies, figure in Profumo scandal (the quotable one)
  • Virna Lisi, actress
  • Richard C. Hottelet, newsman (one of "Murrow's Boys"). He used to do occasional weekend newscasts, always introduced by the very serious and deep-voiced announcer. You knew you'd heard the news.

Poem: "Dangerous Knowledge"

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:47 pm
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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Monster House.

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Xmas open thread 2014

Dec. 20th, 2014 01:18 am
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Posted by Mary

This is the yearly bonus open thread for Christmas chat, for Hoydens and Hoydenizens who are interested. Feel free to talk services, observances, decorations, rushing, shopping, gifts, surprises, feasting and family traditions heart-warming and otherwise. All observers of Christmas welcome if you want to chat, religious, non-religious, and observers in the sense of watching it without participating.

Red bus covered in tinsel and other Christmas decorations

Metrobus Sydney decorated for Christmas, by Tom Worthington CC BY-SA

If anyone making other seasonal observances wants to join the thread, please do.

Once the dedicated Xmas thread goes up each year, we generally ask that the Otterday threads become Xmas-free. Xmas chat should stay here or on another on-topic thread; visit your most recent Otterday thread for other chat!


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Oh Willy Ley No

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:10 pm
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"Not quite half a millennium ago, Man began to break out of his original home, comprised of Europe, Asia, and Africa."
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In other news, the XLR-115 rocket was successfully tested on December 7, 1959.


State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/31535

I see you scratch your head. "Is that important?" you wonder. "Aren't rockets tested all the time?"

Yes and yes.

You all have heard of Newton's Third law, "For Every Action, there is an Equal and Opposite Reaction." This principle powers our rockets: through the controlled rapid combination of fuel and oxygen (also known as burning), exploding gasses are produced, which are given a hole at the base of the rocket through which they can escape. This action propels the rocket in the opposite direction—up, hopefully.

The heavier the rocket, the more fuel it takes to send it into space. Fuel is by far the largest component of any rocket through most of the rocket's flight (until it is all used), so it stands to reason that one would want the lightest, most efficient fuel possible.

Up to now, rockets have used familiar fuels, from petroleum derivatives to alcohol, because they are relatively cheap and easy to manipulate. To break the weight barrier, one needs a truly light material, preferably the smallest stuff that could possibly oxidize. Hydrogen happens to be the lightest element possible, Atomic Number One. It burns: most of you know the chemical nomenclature for water is H2O, which simply means that any molecule of water comprises two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Water is, essentially, burnt hydrogen.

If one could bottle hydrogen safely in a rocket, then it would be the most efficient rocket fuel possible.

It's a tough project. It won't do for the hydrogen to be kept in gas form, as in a World War I zeppelin. That would result in an overlarge rocket and very elaborate mixing and ignition mechanisms. No, you need to store the stuff in liquid form, and that takes a very cold and very good Thermos, indeed. Just a few years ago, the idea of using liquid hydrogen as rocket fuel was as much science fiction as hyperspace and flying cars.

Until now. The XLR-115 is a liquid hydrogen rocket.

Thus, the next generation of rocketry has begun. At first, the XLR-115 will be used in the Centaur second stage, allowing boosters like the Atlas to send large payloads to high orbit, the moon, and the planets. Ultimately, the liquid hydrogen rocket will likely be a vital component is the first manned lunar rocket.

And that's why this news is important. Now you know.

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P.S. Galactic Journey is now a proud member of a constellation of interesting columns. While you're waiting for me to publish my next article, why not give one of them a read!







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Dec. 19th, 2014 07:34 pm
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All the best fine dining establishments offer a cat snoozing on the chair next to you to accent your meal.

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The fifth Hogswatch winner is chosen!

Dec. 19th, 2014 11:36 pm
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Posted by Seanan McGuire

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner of a signed, personalized copy of Oz Reimagined is...

bookblather

Please contact me via my website contact form within the next twenty-four hours to provide your mailing information. All information must be received via my website to be considered valid. If I do not hear from you within twenty-four hours, you will no longer be eligible to receive your prize.

Ten more drawings to go!

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