28 Jul 2014 06:18 pm
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Does anyone else use dropbox for multiple personal devices, and if so, have you been having trouble getting files to sync between devices?  Because mine aren't syncing.

I probably wouldn't notice if it were just large files, but we're talking itty little 20kb documents here.

[ SECRET POST #2764 ]

28 Jul 2014 06:47 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2764 ⌋

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


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 042 secrets from Secret Submission Post #394.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 1 2 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

"No Expectations"

29 Jul 2014 10:21 am
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"No Expectations" by angstytimelord
PAIRING: past Jack/Doctor
SUMMARY: Based upon prompt 59: Listless.

Has just been added to Doctor Who gen stories page of the Doctor Who Slash page.

Crossposted to Chance's Archive.

Free Kindle Books.

Satanists for the Public Good

28 Jul 2014 05:30 pm
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Apparently Satanists are asserting their religious right to make medical decisions based on science, and claiming that distorted anti-abortion propaganda violates their rights.  So, Satanists are treating people better than Christians are.

"A Little Help"

29 Jul 2014 10:08 am
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"A Little Help" by angstytimelord
PAIRING: Zeke Barnes/Jordan Hester
FANDOMS: Person of Interest/A Gifted Man
WARNING: on-going series
SUMMARY: Based upon prompt 8: Victory.

Has just been added to the Person of Interest Slash page of Slash Archive.

Crossposted to Chance's Archive.

Free Kindle Books.

Poor Fig

28 Jul 2014 06:04 pm
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His ingenuity in working out how to get into the sf mmpk library was rewarded by being carried out of it and having the door firmly secured.

Books, Book, Books

28 Jul 2014 10:53 pm
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Read this month:

The Best of All Possible Worlds - Karen Lord
Spirit Gate - Kate Elliot
Under the Tripoli Sky - Kamal Ben Hameda
Lagoon - Nnedi Okorafor (Huge rec to all my Mieville loving friends - the writing is a different style, but this book has just as much weird and sea creatures)
Mr Fox - Helen Oyeyemi

Currently Reading: The Chaos - Nalo Hopkinson


Too many. Among them:

Lagoon - Nnedi Okorafor
The Chaos - Nalo Hopkinson
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutko
Boy, Bird, Snow - Helen Oyeyemi
Gossip From the Forest - Sarah Maitland
Starbreak - Phoebe North
Valour's Choice - Tanya Huff
All the Bird's Singing - Evie Wyld
Assassin's Apprentice - Robin Hobb
Dirty Wings - Sarah McCarry

Sidetracks - July 28, 2014

28 Jul 2014 04:40 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.

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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

Each year I always struggle when writing this post because I always know that no matter how I say it,  I will never be able to adequately thank everyone who contributed to our huge fundraising success.  That $131, 730 came from the pockets and hearts of over a thousand people from 47 US states, and 15 countries.  This is truly remarkable.

It means the world to me that you folks,  very few of which I've met in reality,  chose to support my efforts and a shelter that's most likely far from your home.   I'm guessing this type of giving is not the norm, so please realize that I consider you all to be quite exceptional humans!

We appreciate every single cent of each donation. This money that we have raised together will go so far to improve the lives of kittens, adult and senior cats.  It will fund many great programs and causes and provide our shelter with the resources to do so much today and in the future, too!  Thank you for caring and giving so much. Thank you for believing in the mission of our shelter and choosing to support it.

And thank you to everyone for tolerating this long month of asking.  I know it's got to get a bit exhausting at times seeing all of those pleas in your Facebook and Twitter feeds.  I tried to mix in content that wasn't related to our fundraising, but still, there were times when I know I saturated your feed with maybe too many requests for donations - especially when we were getting close to meeting a match. Thank you for understanding and not "unfollowing" us last month

And an extra special thanks to the following folks:

Thank you for tolerating a month of fundraising madness yet again.  I know it must be frustrating when important things get pushed to the side and life gets scheduled around what time the matching donation challenge of the day ends.  I appreciate your flexibility during these hairy four weeks.  Thank you for creating a beautiful painting of Charlene for the auction, too.

Thank you for sharing shelter stories, photos, and statistics.  I know what you shared inspired a whole lot of giving, and I'm grateful for that.

Team Members Shana, Sarah, and Marguerite:
Thank you once again for working hard to raise squillions!  Everyone met their goals (and then some) and helped put us WAY over the top this year!

Opal, Ellis, and Lola:
You are special young people and your generosity touched many hearts and triggered many donations. Thank you for being you.  And thank you for using your creativity to raise so much money.

Thank you for crafting those adorable cozies for our auction.  They brought in a pretty penny and are going to make the auction winner very happy!

Ninja Bob:
Thank you for putting on your tuxedo on the hottest day of the year and helping us answer the phones.  You're a trooper!

Kathleen Merryman:
Thank you for writing a very nice piece on the IBKC.  The article brought lots of new fans our way!

All our human, feline, and canine friends who walked the walk:
Craig, Shana, Jim, Sarah, Maya, Cora, Ninja Bob, Bob, Allie,  Lynn, Alex, Boo Boo, Melissa,  and Wylla

Jana and the IPop family:
Thank you for donating the magnet sets for us to give away!

Christy of Libertine Tacoma:
Thank you dear for donation portion of your sales to help the cats and kittens out!   We appreciate your generosity and quality goods!

To our adopters:
Thank you for providing the wonderful updates on your babies. We loved seeing how they've grown!

Mary H, Lynn, and Rosemary:
Thank you for offering up a wonderful matches and inspiring folks to meet them!  And thank you, Mary H, for stitching up all the beds for the shelter cats!

Our auction winners:
Thank you for your generous bids and providing us with entertainment as we watched the bidding frenzy!

Awesome Anonymous Donors:
Thank you for the many huge matches. I will do the rest of my thanking of you in private, because I respect your wish to remain anonymous, but I will say publicly, that you are awesome.

And of course, dear Cynthia:
Your heart is huge for our cause, and we appreciate you so much.   The way you give is beautiful and generous in so many ways. Thank you for the many matches you offered. Your giving inspired so many to give, and you are such a big part of that total we raised.  Thank you too for creating the video  and sharing with us why you choose to give to our shelter.  You moved many people with your words, including myself.

Now please multiply the gratitude I have expressed times a squillion, and know that even that falls short of how I truly feel.

This community is amazing, and unlike any other I've seen online. It's filled with positive, caring, beautiful, giving people.  I hope your heart feels as full as mine does right now.

Thank you, dear ones.   I love you.

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Hotel | CA, USA

(A former guest calls on phone.)

Guest: “Hello. My son’s basketball team stayed there yesterday and apparently my son left his sneakers and all of his clothes in the room.”

Agent: “Ah, yes. I see a bag here the housekeepers dropped off. You will need to contact a next day mail service, have them send us a pre-paid shipping box, and we will have them sent to you.”

Guest: “WHAT!? I HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT!? You should just sent them to me! Everywhere I’ve ever stayed at before sent things to me I that left behind! This is outrageous!”

Agent: “I’m sorry, ma’am. This is our hotel’s policy.”

(The guest slams down phone, but calls back five minutes later.)

Guest: “I’m sorry I got so upset. You see, I am a Christian missionary on a charity mission and I have very little disposable funds. Please call your boss and kindly ask him to pay for the shipping and tell him to consider it an act of charity. Thankyougodblessyoujesuspleaseplease.”

(I call the hotel owner, the most frugal man I have ever met and a devout Hindu.)

Owner: “Call her back tell her we will be very happy to drop her son’s clothes off at a nearby homeless shelter and she and Jesus can feel very good about the clothes being given to people more needy than herself. A wonderful act of charity on her part.”

(I tell the guest:)

Guest: “I’ll send the box…”

...like an adult!

28 Jul 2014 03:47 pm
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I hate calling strangers on the phone. Like really, really hate it. Even if it is for something important, like calling the bank or my insurance agent or the guys who are going to come give me estimates on various house-related projects, the time it takes me to psych myself up to do it is all out of proportion to the time it takes to actually do it, and once I've finally done it, as for example right now, I want to give myself the rest of the day off as a reward.

In the immortal words of [personal profile] norah, DO NOT WANT TO ADULT.

But I did in fact just make four important phone calls and set up various appointments. So go me. \o/
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Slipping Away (741 words) by bluflamingo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Clint Barton
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson
Additional Tags: Past Clint Barton/Phil Coulson, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Clint finds out that Coulson's alive; Bucky provides much needed comfort

Or read it here )

fan fiction taboos?

28 Jul 2014 03:07 pm
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Over the next few weeks I'll be crossposting pieces of the Fandom Then/Now webproject here. I'll be moving in order through the site, starting with information about the project and ending with some of my ongoing questions. I'll link back to the site in each post. Please consider commenting here using the #fandomthennow tag or on the site to share your thoughts and ideas. Today, one last post about fan engagement/reading habits. Tomorrow, we're onto popular fandoms and stories.

In the not-so-distant past, fan fiction about real people was a pretty controversial topic in media fandom. In 2008, 34% of the survey participants read some kind of real person fiction (RPF). The majority of participants (67%) said that they did not read stories about real people.

When this survey went out in 2008, many popular boybands were going on hiatus and the size of the celebrity-focused Popslash fandom had begun to decline. For a time however, Popslash was a large fandom with a heavy presence on LiveJournal. As popslash's popularity faded, a new music-celebrity related fandom, bandom. began to develop. Today, interest in real-person related fan fiction continues. There are fandoms for athletes, actors, musicians, news anchors, and more. While the ethics of writing and reading real-person fan fiction is still debated among some fans, the controversy it used to provoke seems to have faded.

Again, however, I'm basing this on what I've observed. As fans continue to spread out across different social media sites, perhaps there are webspaces where fans go to either find or avoid more controversial types of fan fiction. What do you think? Do you visit or avoid certain websites because of the types of fan fiction they make available? Are there types of stories today that are still taboo or has a more "live and let live" approach become the standard? Why? What might be fueling either the taboos or their reduction?
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Like Their Coffee (Burnt) Black

28 Jul 2014 08:00 pm
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Coffee Shop | Franklin Park, PA, USA

(The property owner has come in to report that there is smoke coming from the roof of the shopping center, though not directly above our store. A few customers overhear.)

Customer #1: “So, uh, what should we do?”

Customer #2: “Yeah, can we still order drinks?”

Me: “Um… well, I guess so, since we haven’t gotten an official order to evacuate.”

(Despite the commotion, no one in the café has budged. I am in the middle of making the last customer’s drinks when the store manager comes in.)

Manager: “Ladies, gentlemen, there is a fire in one of the electrical units on top of the building so we are evacuating. Anyone parked directly in front of the building will need to move their cars.”

(Most people get up to leave, but a few just look around, confused.)

Customer #3: “Can we leave our things here?”

Manager: “No. Take all of your things. The store is closing and I have no idea when we will be able to reopen.”

Customer #2: “Well what should I do?!”

Manager: “You have to leave. We’ve been given official orders to get everyone out.”

Customer #2: “But I’ve already paid for those! I don’t have my drinks yet!”

Me: “Ma’am, I will finish making these drinks, but I am leaving directly after and you will need to do the same.”

(Even as fire trucks begin to arrive and people file out, a few people wander in.)

Customer #4: “Are you still open?”

Me: “No! We are evacuating the building, there is an electrical fire on the roof!”

(They leave, obviously displeased. I hand off the drinks I was working on and run out. Amazingly, many of the people who were in our cafe are standing around, a few asking if we think we’ll reopen soon. Luckily, the fire was quickly put out, no one was hurt, and the damage was mostly cosmetic. The next day, the same woman who wouldn’t leave without her drinks comes in.)

Customer #2: “I was here when we had to evacuate yesterday! Was everyone all right?”

Me: “Yes, everyone is fine. They got the fire put out pretty quickly and none of the stores have major damage.”

Customer #2: “Well I’m just glad to hear no one was hurt. You guys are more important than coffee.” *walks away*

(A coworker, who hadn’t been working during the evacuation, looks touched.)

Coworker: “That was so nice! What a sweet thing to say.”

Me: “Yeah… just wish she had felt that way yesterday when she wouldn’t let me leave until her lattes were finished.”

Coworker: “…oh.”

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Last year at WisCon 37, I told a Safety staffer that I had been treated by another attendee in a way that made me uncomfortable and that I believed to be sexual harassment. One big reason I did was that I understood from another source that he had reportedly harassed at least one other person at a convention. I learned that she didn’t report him formally, for a lot of reasons that aren’t mine to say. I was in a position where I felt confident I could take the hit from standing up and telling the truth. So I did.

I didn’t expect, fourteen months later, to have to stand up and tell the truth about WisCon’s leadership as well.
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Animal Shelter | Kearney, NE, USA

Me: “Hello! Are you interested in finding a pet today?”

Customer: *with young son* “Yes. I would like to adopt two cats.”

Me: “That’s fantastic! We have many to choose from.”

Customer: “Too bad my landlord won’t let me have more than one pet at my apartment.” *handing me her phone* “Here’s a picture of my son’s cat.”

Me: “You already have a pet?”

Customer: “Yep.”

Me: “And you want to adopt two more?”

Customer: “Yes.”

Me: “But your landlord says you can only have one animal in your home?”

Customer: “Oh, the two cats I adopt here won’t live with me! My father just passed away and his house is lonely so they’ll live there.”

Me: “I’m so sorry to hear about your father, but we can’t do an adoption for cats to live alone in a house.”

Customer: “Why not?”

Me: “Because we want to make sure that the animals would be properly cared for and if no one lives with them they could run out of food and water or get trapped during an emergency and you might not know about it for days.”

Customer: “Well, I’m paying for the air conditioning to be on at his house so someone should live there!”

Me: “Maybe you could live out the lease at your apartment then move in to your dad’s house.”

Customer: “No, I don’t want to have to move my stuff. What if I just tell you I live there?”

Me: “Since I already know that that is a lie, I would not feel comfortable doing the adoption.”

Customer: “Do you even care about the animals here?!”

Me: “Yes, that’s why I don’t want them it have to live alone in a house. They deserve to be cared for.”

Customer: “Maybe I’ll just spend every night at the house so I know they’d be okay!”

Me: “Would your son stay with you?”

Customer: “No! He’s afraid of the house!”

Me: “So, you’re willing to let your young son live alone just so you can adopt these cats?”

Customer: “I’m gonna tell you whatever you need to hear so you’ll give me these animals!”

Me: “Ma’am, I truly am sorry that you lost your father. But the situation you are in right now simply makes me unable to let you adopt an animal from us. If you move or can provide us with written proof that your landlord will allow more pets, come back and see what cats we have at that time.”

Customer: “You’ll be hearing from my lawyer! You don’t even care what happens to these animals!” *storms out the door*


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to remember

"When you make the finding yourself— even if you're the last person on Earth to see the light— you'll never forget it." —Carl Sagan

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