Here are the things that were written in 2017:
Unconventional Countess by meridian_rose (Black Sails: Max/John Silver, Billy Bones, other characters appear)
Fugitive Pilot by merryghoul (Doctor Who: Heather ("The Pilot")/Bill Potts, River Song)
The Scheme You Propose by mara (Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Kujo Kiriya/Hojou Emu)
The Bad Bridesmaid
by out_there (Sherlock: Mycroft/Lestrade)
A Vague of Zombies by liadtbunny (Adam Adamant Lives!: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones)
Clint Barton's Wedding Rules by out_there (MCU: Clint/Coulson)
Matters of Seduction by spikesgirl58 (Man from Uncle: Napoleon/Illya)
The Hunter's Moon Hustle by pameluke (Shadowhunters: Alec/Magnus)
Finding Blake by vilakins (Blake's 7: Roj Blake/Jenna Stannis
Night of the Undead Science Project by paranoidangel (Blake's 7: Tarrant/Dayna)
Right Dress, Wrong Girl by desertvixen (Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys: Nancy/Frank)
Discipline of the Blue Book by still_lycoris (X-Men: Apocalypse: Charles/Hank)
Indecent Suggestion by aralias (Blake's 7: Blake/Avon)
The Monocled Rake by arnie1967 (You Rang, M'Lord?: Teddy/Rose)
Home to Family by luvbarryfefe (Days of Our Lives: Max/Chelsea)
The Oldest Living Bachelor in Oakdale by misslucyjane (MCU: Steve/Bucky)
Page Six Stunner by sidhe_faerie (Arrow: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn)
Should you have to give up your privacy and personal info to recycle a printer cartridge?
Reinterpreting the opening line of Beowulf.
The Free Telegraph is a Republican propaganda farm. It is not a news source.
For some US military recruits, the fast track to citizenship is cut off.
Hippo Birdie Two Ewe, Sandra Boynton!
The Great 78 Project digitally archives ancient recordings -- and you get free access. And more about this project, which I think is absolutely great. I wonder if they have a copy of the Pablo Casals concert that is on 78s in my basement?
Journalism books you won't find in your syllabus.
Resistance alone is not enough for women's rights.
Doonesbury had it right 41 years ago.
For example, second paragraph:
Just ask college students. A fifth of undergrads now say it’s acceptable to use physical force to silence a speaker who makes “offensive and hurtful statements.”
A fifth of undergrads? No. A fifth of the 1500 undergrad students they surveyed. That's 300 or so.
Villasenor conducted a nationwide survey of 1,500 undergraduate students at four-year colleges.
Nationwide? There are far more than 1,500 four-year colleges (for those of you not American, the word includes universities). How were the colleges chosen? How were the students chosen? How many were chosen at each university? How many overall were from the same discipline? There's no way to know. We don't even know if he chose accredited schools, or those pay-for-a-degree places. Did they ask at Ivy League schools, the majority of whose students come from well-off families? Did they ask at places like City College of New York, where the tuition is much lower and people who are there are from a variety of backgrounds, not wealthy? Ag and tech colleges, out in the countryside, or only urban colleges?
Further down it says the margin of error is 2-6 percent, "depending on the group." Oh, really? Which group is 2% and which is 6%? We aren't told. It appears we are to be grateful that a margin of error was even mentioned.
The whole thing is supposed to be about undergrads' understanding of First Amendment-protected free speech. Since we are not told the exact wording of the questions asked, it's impossible to know if the responses were appropriate to them, or if the questions were leading the students to a specific response.
And then there's this:
Let’s say a public university hosts a “very controversial speaker,” one “known for making offensive and hurtful statements.” Would it be acceptable for a student group to disrupt the speech “by loudly and repeatedly shouting so that the audience cannot hear the speaker”?
Astonishingly, half said that snuffing out upsetting speech — rather than, presumably, rebutting or even ignoring it — would be appropriate. Democrats were more likely than Republicans to find this response acceptable (62 percent to 39 percent), and men were more likely than women (57 percent to 47 percent). Even so, sizable shares of all groups agreed.
It gets even worse.
Respondents were also asked if it would be acceptable for a student group to use violence to prevent that same controversial speaker from talking. Here, 19 percent said yes....
Let's look more closely, ignoring the editorializing sentence for the moment. Half of who? Half of 1500 people is 750 people, scattered across the US. And then again -- 19% of who? Everyone? Women? Men? Democrats? Republicans? We aren't told.
Meanwhile, the entire other side of this survey is ignored. By stressing the minority and ignoring the majority, the minority's views are inflated and made more important. Let me turn this around for you: more than 80% of undergrads say that violence is not acceptable in dealing with an unwanted speaker. Try turning around all the other numbers, and the story falls apart. Instead of "students" substitute "students surveyed", and it also falls to pieces. Who cares what 1500 people out of 200 million think? If we don't know why those 1500 were specifically chosen, why should we care?
I have worked with surveys, written surveys, conducted and analyzed surveys. It is possible to have a statistically perfect survey with 1500 people surveyed, but only if the respondents are very carefully selected to avoid bias. There is no way to tell if that was done with the evidence given in this story. For all we know, those respondents could have been selected from the same departments or majors at all the colleges. The colleges could have been technical schools or enormous state universities or religion-affiliated schools. There is no way to know. Why does this matter? Liberal arts, political science and pre-law students are more likely to have read about the First Amendment than optics majors or engineers, for instance. I'm not saying the optics majors or engineers would be more conservative or liberal -- but they are less likely to have discussed free speech in a class. Improper choice of respondents can provide very slanted results -- for example, the survey that said Dewey would win over Truman was conducted by telephone, and the calls went to houses on the corners of two streets; this meant that people who were wealthier (because corner houses pay higher taxes, based on road frontage) were questioned, while their less wealthy neighbors (who voted for Truman) were ignored.
Also, by not including any context relative to current events, there is no way to know if the small percentage who thought violence was acceptable was the same as during the Vietnam War, for instance, or Desert Storm. I guarantee you, it was not the same percentage as during the Revolutionary War, when those who spoke against any prevailing view to an audience who disagreed would have been lucky to have been ridden out of town on a rail, if not tarred and feathered. (Feel free to do the research if you wish; be sure you have a strong stomach for the details of what happens when boiling tar is applied to skin.)
What it all comes down to is this: this story is written poorly by someone who does not understand how statistics should be used, and was not properly edited. It was published in order to scare people, although the publisher may not have realized its propaganda value. By not including the whole story, and by allowing editorializing in the middle of it, it slants the results.
This would not have been published during the time when Kay Graham was publisher. Editor Ben Bradlee would not have let this story pass. He would have told the reporter to rewrite it, clean it up, and get more depth into it.
And the reason I am writing this is that this is not the only paper that misleads with statistics, and you need to be aware of this, and of what to look for when someone is quoting a study, badly, misleadingly, in a way that bids fair to be used for propaganda. Be cautious and critical when you see numbers and statistics, and look for whether the writing is made personal/editorialized. It matters.
I just finished registering and paying for the Friday evening class (for which wildpear and seolh were already registered), so I guess it's now a definite Thing That Will Be Happening. Time to spend the next week and a half trying to get back in the habit of stretching regularly. >.>
There was some uncertainty before I successfully got registered. The online registration process was straightforward for the trial class, but two things happened almost simultaneously re: the actual class. 1) I got a follow-up email from the studio saying they hoped I'd enjoyed the trial class and listing the beginner timeslots that still had openings...a list which did not include the one I wanted (AKA the one my friends were already registered for, not to mention being the only one that could conceivably work with Casual Job going on), and 2) the online class schedule/registration form showed "(3 Reserved, 5 Open)", but didn't have a "sign up now" button (which some others did). TBH, I still have NO clue what's going on there, but after exchanging some emails with the studio, we established that the class did have openings, and now I've given them money, so I should be good to go.
As for the actual trial class on Friday, ( it could get long, and involves fitness talk, so I'll put it under a cut )
Not a pinch hit to be seen.
A kingdom of tags and offers,
and it looks like I'm PumpkinKing
The AO3 is howling cause Yuletide's also running now
Couldn't leave them open;
Heaven knows it's time
Don't leave it open,
don't let them see
Be the good mod you always have to be
Hit close, don't feel,
don't let them know
Well now they know
Close sign-ups, close sign-ups
Can't wait for it anymore
Close sign-ups, close sign-ups
Turn away and slam the door
I don't care
if they're a pinch hit
Let AO3 match them.
Being a pinch hit never bothered me anyway
tldr: Sign-ups are closed
SUMMARY: Gregory Lestrade is a secret cosplayer and Mycroft is intrigued.
Has just been added to Sherlock Holmes Slash and is listed on the new stories page and the other pairings page.
Crossposted to Chance's Archive, Chance's Archive on Tumblr and Chance's Archive blog.
What you may need to know about drones in journalism schools.
One twin is a US citizen; one isn't. One for the law books.
What's the end result of offensive speech?
Please take note of style for Strunk/White slashers.
Warrantless searches are now allowed in parts of Virginia, Maryland and DC. No, it wasn't on the news; it was in a bill.
Traditional chokecherry pudding is proven useful as a medicine.
What really happened in 2016, with charts and tables -- about the election, not other stuff.
Camperforce, Amazon's mobile retiree army.
Silent majority-- how responses to sexual assault reporting govern whether a woman will report a rape.
Technology and Amish country.
Harvard dishonorably disinvites Chelsea Manning and Michelle Jones.
The unlikely return of Cat Stevens. Peace Train on!
Aung San Suu Kyi, the ignoble laureate.
Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceuticals pirate (and not in a good way) is in a tough Brooklyn jail, not a minimum security country club.
Two of my fellow yoga students revealed that they have a whole changeover process. For F it is a 3-day thing that makes her very happy. All her summer clothes are carefully folded away and put into storage, and her summer shoes go back into boxes - boxes that each have a photo on the outside for ease of identification. E does something similar, if slightly less extreme.
None of this makes any sense to me. I don't wear my winter coat in the summer because I'd be too hot, and I generally hope I don't need to wear boots in the summer, but that really is the limit of my wardrobe separation. Sleeveless tops that I might wear on their own in the summer go under things in the winter, or over long-sleeved t-shirts. Summer dresses with added leggings and jumpers become winter wear. It's not like we have massive seasonal variation in the weather here. Honestly, it's likely to vary as much in a single day as it does between seasons, which is why dressing in layers makes so much sense.
I have separate summer/winter wardrobes
I just wear the same stuff all year round
it's more complicated (and I might elaborate in comments)
we don't have seasons where I live
I have a distinct change of season process
The podiatrist I saw at the beginning of the year warned me that I need to wear orthotics, and I did invest in inserts and a pair of orthotic shoes, but I figured I just needed to wear them most of the time, and when the summer arrived I assumed that my walking sandals were adequately supportive. Then came the tendinitis and the physio telling me my walking sandals were no good for me. I bought new orthotic walking sandals and have worn them constantly all summer - even as slippers - to help reduce the impact on my tendons of my stupidly flexible feet and extended pronation.
I clung to the idea that I'd be able to wear my non-supportive shoes occasionally but, as well as being bad for me, they are no longer comfortable. I haven't yet made peace with the knowledge that I have to dispose of the old shoes, but I have started work on rebuilding a collection of fabulous shoes. Meet my new, orthotic-friendly Gudrun Sjoden boots:
Yes, they really are that colour. And I love them.
"Tag Yourself, I Am the Irish Bat Dad". "The video was filmed by Tadhg Fleming, and went viral when reposted by @jonnohopkins, and if you haven't seen it then I would describe it as 'the Citizen Kane of portrait-mode Snapchat stories about a bat getting in'. But I would like you to now avert your gaze away from the video and instead turn it deep inwards. Who are you? What are you? What is the very spirit of you? Your essence? You know it. But sometimes it's hard to express. Who, exactly, are you: are you a mood, a note on a piano, a taste, a feeling? Are you light, colour, heat, sound? Whatever you are, I think you can find yourself in this video. I think you can tag yourself in amongst the chaos. Here are some suggested tags – feel free to add your own:"
"This is How Canada Talks".
"BPD and the Pace of Friendship". [author Mishell Baker]
"10+ Adorable Comics That Hilariously Sum Up What It’s Like Living With A Dog".
"Meet the man fighting to save our country's rarest chickens".
Genevieve Valentine posted her red-carpet rundown for the Emmys.
"Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses".
Via calissa, "A Digression About Storytelling, Narratives, and Diversity by Bárbara Morais". [The Book Smugglers]
Several links via alisanne:
--"100 Common Myths & Misconceptions: The world's most widespread falsehoods - debunked!"
--"What Happens When People Are Bored At Work (10+ Pics)".
--"Celebrities Re-Created 1940s Hollywood Glamour Shots And They're Gorgeous". [Buzzfeed]
--"10+ Dogs Who Don’t Understand How BIG They Are And Think They’re Lap Dogs".
--"Spite Houses: 12 Homes Created With Anger and Angst". 
--"Amateur Vs. Pro: How Differently The Same ‘Ugly’ Location Looks When You Become A Professional Photographer".
--"10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die".
--"28 Precious Vintage Photos of Children With Their Pets".
--"This Russian Photographer Captures Stunning Photos Of Kids And Their Pets".
I already mentioned the key bit of this on Twitter (MermaidLure, not ysabet_m), but I went from that studio's website to the one of the place where I took nearly all of my dance classes, long and long ago. ( exercise classes and my dance history (such as it is) and whatnot )
Our tomato harvest is a bit awkwardly sized: we're bringing in enough fruit that scruloose is having a bit of trouble keeping up with eating them, but not enough that we think (at useful times) of foisting some off on people because we're ~drowning in tomatoes~ or anything. There also aren't enough at one time to make it obvious that we can/should just cook up a big batch of sauce or something. It's a little weird.
Anyway, it being fall means that our thoughts have turned to planting bulbs! A couple of days ago we placed an order with Vesey's, in which scruloose and I ordered 30 Prince Claus snow crocuses, 40 Tricolor snow crocuses, 30 of the Snow Crocus Mix bulbs, 20 of the Jessie starflowers, and 20 of the Mixed Daffodils mix.
...I didn't fully process until just now, typing that all up, that this means we bought 100 crocus bulbs. I mean, I knew, but...it just didn't seem like that many, somehow. La!
I was seriously tempted by some irises, but we opted against them. The German and Bearded varieties are beautiful but expensive, and we didn't really have an idea of where to put them, and this lovely Dutch Iris Mix starts at a package of 75 bulbs. O_o
We also ordered another set of three tomato halos, but not another set of the stackable tomato ladders, as we discovered this year that Canadian Tire offers very similarly-shaped tomato cages that can be stacked on top of the Vesey's ones. This'll bring us up to six each of the halos and the Vessey's ladder segments, which are meant to slot together, and then we can use the Canadian Tire ones for height. (You can see our current arrangement fairly well in the third picture here, where the red components are from Vessey's and the green ones--which aren't meant to be stackable, but do come in a longer version if we ever want still more height--are from Canadian Tire. This year, with our ten tomato plants, some of the green ones got pressed into service in as single-segment supports, but at the far left you can see a plant with a base Vesey's ladder plus a Canadian Tire one for height.)
I have baked a couple of nice things with peaches. Last weekend I made this peach and almond upside-down cake. I made a few modifications, as I tend to do: I increased the almond meal to 100 grams and cut the flour down to 155 grams, reduced the sugar in the cake batter to about 180 grams, omitted the almond extract since I didn't have any, and added about half a teaspoon of cardamom to the batter. It turned out very well despite the changes; the cake is a bit crumbly due to the extra almond meal but I don't mind that, and it's definitely sweet enough for my taste despite the reduced sugar.
Today I finally made a recipe I've wanted to try literally for years: Peach Slump with Ricotta Dumplings, from The Joy of Cooking.
( more info and recipe under the cut )
Something I have concrete plans to cook in the near future: I don't have any concrete plans, except to keep eating tomatoes and peaches while they last.
Something I vaguely intend to cook someday: tomatoes and peaches aside, I am looking forward to autumn cooking. I want to bake my favorite apple cake again, and maybe a pumpkin roll or pumpkin muffins, and cook chicken with olives and preserved lemon, and make soups and bake bread. And maybe I'll try that Ottolenghi recipe for roasted vegetable tart, although I should probably do that soon while the veggies are still in season.
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Sharon Carter (Marvel), Georges Batroc
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - No Powers, Work In Progress, Alternate Universe - Romance Novel, Grief/Mourning, Second Chances
Sweet, shy Steve Rogers had had it! He now held the dubious title of oldest unmarried man in Oakdale — and a virgin, to boot. It was high time he shed his scholarly shell and unleashed the temptor within. Problem was, he didn't know the first thing about men, let alone seducing one….
Heartbreaker Bucky Barnes had been away for twelve years, and boy, had things changed! The innocent boy who once had tutored him in math now was a man in need of his help… to snare a man! He'd always admired Steve, but his stunning transformation was too much for any man to resist — even a sworn bachelor like him...
Adapted from The Oldest Virgin In Oakdale by Wendy Warren
Pairing/Characters: Oliver Queen/Felicity Smoak, past Oliver Queen/Laurel Lance, Sara Lance, Dinah Lance Quentin Lance, Moira Queen, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn
Summary: (Based on Society Page Seduction – Maureen Child)
Billionaire Oliver Queen’s bride to be left him standing at the altar and IT girl Felicity Smoak was dumbfounded when she was asked to fill in. Be Oliver’s bride. For a year. What better way to escape her situation than by marrying a gorgeous, powerful stranger?
Notes: Written for Unconventional Courtship 2017 Special thanks to aralias for allowing me to participate another year. This isn’t completely finished but I wanted to make sure I posted on my day.
Link: Read the First Chapter on AO3
Writing between countries and across borders: a conversation with Jamaica Kincaid, Marlon James, Valeria Luiselli and others.
100 images from Cassini's voyage to Saturn.
Why not hire women your mom's age? They're experienced, they know how to deal with people.
How Bernie's Medicare-for-all proposal might affect you.
Does swearing make you likeable?
A Jesuit priest who wrote a book accepting LGBT Catholics has been uninvited from speaking to seminary students at Catholic University in DC.