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30 Mar 2015 08:01 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] shrewreader!
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Posted by Mike Fahey

Welcome to Kotaku's Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.


Gravity Train as Energy Storage

30 Mar 2015 11:24 am
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Posted by Kaushik

Energy grids running on renewable energy sources need storage. The most common way to store energy on a grid scale is through “pumped” hydropower, where the excess energy available during off-peak is used to pump and store water at a higher elevation, which can then be released to produce electricity as gravity pulls it down to a lower elevation again. The Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Power Station in Missouri works exclusively on pumped-storage. Pumped hydro is effective, but needs lot of water and a suitable site for storage. Can the same principles be applied without using water as the prime mover?

A California-based company called Advanced Rail Energy Storage (ARES) has come up with a unique land-based alternative that could provide grid scale energy storage using electric locomotives.


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30 Mar 2015 12:02 am
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I did get dumplings, thanks to walking to the grocery store early in the morning and buying gyoza. They were good, but not super filling.

I have felt extraordinarily crappy today. I think it lines up with missing my med dose yesterday and getting discontinuation symptoms, since I've been shaky, shocky, in pain, and nauseated.


After dinner at my parents' I persuaded my dad to put Gallagher in his travel case and bring him over to the house. The cat-introduction routine begins with feeding them on opposite sides of a door, so they can associate each other's smell with good things. Both Emily and Gallagher were a little freaked by the change in routine, so when they did eat Emily was six feet from the door, hidden by the couch, and Gallagher was twenty feet down the basement steps in the territory he's used to. We'll build up from there, moving them closer and closer until the door can open (with the occasional instance where Emily gets locked in the bedroom as Gallagher roams the kitchen and living room).

*fingers crossed*

One of my SCA sisters has two-week-old kittens living in her back shed thanks to a feral mama-cat, and I... kind of want to see how Emily will react to a kitten. I would love to have a kitten. KITTEN.

Watched The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness today, which is a documentary about Studio Ghibli. Super thought-provoking for me, about art and what kind of art I want to make and who I want to make it with.

I have more to talk about since this week I've been thinking a lot about religion, but I feel like late at night when I'm tired is not the best time to type that up.

On the upside, my Employment Insurance payments FINALLY came through. FUCKING FINALLY.

Ishita Basu Mallik, "flood"

30 Mar 2015 04:39 pm
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by Ishita Basu Mallik

flood came by today, was looking for you
wiped feet useless on the mat, hands trembling
invited self to ek cup holey mondo hoy na
settled by the dining table, discreet in bespoke
silt shirt. debdaru leaves, listening, flinched

flood didn't say kintu bola no bola ak-i byapar
was left by you, was expelled, eyes drooping deep
into the skull, fingers pruned, was left high and dry
ministers visited affected areas, fish vaulted in trees
flood's gentle hand had tousled the map

flood understands about your mother, flood
had a mother, too, once, meltmouth polyglot,
damned if she did and dammed if she didn't,
amar obosthya-ta bujhte parchhen; flood cannot count
in single digits; flood's cracked serenade

i didn't have the heart to interrupt flood
watched flood fold into a raincoat of rain
and trickle down the kitchen window. sheshbesh
taake bollam na, how you've moved mountains
and still feel that tidemark on your throat.


This poem was published in Stone Telling issue 9: Menagerie. The following notes appear at the end of the poem:

Some lines and phrases in this poem are Romanised Bangla. For reference, the following translations have been provided by the poet.

ek cup holey mondo hoy na — I wouldn't mind a cup of tea
kintu bola no bola ak-i byapar — but it doesn't make a difference if it's said out loud or not
amar obosthya-ta bujhte parchhen — you realise my situation
sheshbesh taake bollam na — in the end I didn't tell hir

Free pretty spiral boy!

29 Mar 2015 10:37 pm
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So I have been breeding my crystal/shim/crackle coal/rose/rose skydancer and my iri/shim/smoke silver/rose/rose spiral for a while, and FINALLY got a crystal baby!

Pretty boy under cut )
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Posted by Maddie Stone

When it comes to birds, males—with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays—tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.


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Posted by Katharine Trendacosta

In comparison to all the other trailers we've seen for Mad Max: Fury Road — awesome as they are — this one seems less committed to quick cuts and more committed to giving us a better look at what's going on.


Dungeon Divers Refuse To Lose

30 Mar 2015 04:01 am
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Posted by jon


Hi everyone! Welcome to another installment of Dungeon Divers!  I am on vacation this week, so this will be the last new comic until April 8th. In the meantime, feel free to read this comic over and over again.

We’re offering a brand new t-shirt today! It’s inspired by this comic and it goes a little something… like this:


Go buy one please!

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Yay? (Even if it is pretty much Moody Angsty Slightly Smutty fic.)

And I moved a paragraph around in something else.

And the kid got some homework done today in time that we could grab her friend and take said friend to dinner with us, so they could actually spend some time together on the weekend. (Gaming, heh.)

Havva Quote
S_____ says, “Oooh, now this is a power for a character: Laurence's Mercurians, while non-violent, can read any agreement, in any technological object, or predict a problem with the GM.”
arcangel [to S_____]: Attunements that break the fourth wall!
--More Fun With Markov Chain Thingies
(These things are seriously surreal.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

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29 Mar 2015 09:19 pm
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 Marxist and Leninist awakening... rising. 
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Posted by Mika McKinnon

A fossilized piece of the sea floor is a glimpse into an ecosystem long-gone, if only you know how to look at it. Read on to learn about the long-dead bryozoans, crinoids, brachiopods, gastropods, and even trilobites in this rock.


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Hi! I'm working with City Dragon for Tectonic (because oooh, pretty colors) but I really prefer to have my tags listed in the multilevel option. Unfortunately... that adds lots a lot of irritating lines into the module.

Like this: )

I didn't mind it so much in the other modules, but I'd rather just strip those lines out completely. (I'm pretty sure it can be done - I almost think I've done it before with a different layout, but I don't remember how I did it, aka, who I cribbed the css from.)

Help, pretty please?


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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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