Random Links, Early in the Morning

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:55 am
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On fictional user interface design for film and TV:

http://www.idnworld.com/imprints/FUI-DesignFilmGames

On Brexit's campaign against anti-corruption efforts (and yes, I wrote that as intended):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/19/opinion/brexit-britain-corruption.html

Discovery: In Case You Wondered

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Since the series is going to air on Space Channel here in Canada - thank the Great Bird, the Prophets, the Grand Material Continuum, Surak and Kahless for that! - I do plan to watch the series. I do not like this "streaming-subscription" business model.

Noting the first four episode titles per trekmovie.com:
  • The Vulcan Hello
  • Battle at the Binary Stars
  • Context is for Kings
  • The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry


Some attention-getters as episode titles go, yes?

Closing Out the Weekend

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:53 pm
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Still. Not. Normal.
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I rewatched Atomic Blonde on Friday night. It made a bit more sense on the second viewing, which was good. It's not only a whodunnit, but a how- and why- as well as being a period spy/action drama. Not sure that we need a sequel to it, but that's an argument we can have in the comments.

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Sep. 18th, 2017 02:03 am
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Since I do not wish to share a platform with the far-right, trolling and sensationalism, I am formally no longer associated with Flayrah.
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Tempeste O'Riley Fangs with a Heart (Chain of Fate #2)
Gay - Paranormal Romance
Series: Chain of Fate (Book 2)
Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (May 22, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1635335000
ISBN-13: 978-1635335002
Amazon: Tempeste O'Riley Fangs with a Heart (Chain of Fate #2)

Chain of Fate: Book Two

Lynx shifter Trace Wilson’s fun-loving exterior hides a heart scarred by severe domestic violence—a heart that might not ever trust another male, fated mate or not. When Trace moves to Seattle to take his place as trainer and council representative to the Glacier Rim Tribe, he discovers his mate is the vampire prince Sasha Tolstoi, leader of the Konstantin Coven. It’s not something Trace is ready to accept. Not now, maybe not ever. But if there’s one thing Sasha knows how to do, it’s how to be patient, especially when his fated heart is also his perfect sub.

When an outside force threatens the fragile bond slowly forming between them—and nearly kills Trace—Trace’s instincts shift into high gear. Sasha is powerful, and that means he has enemies, among them several rival covens and an uncle determined to force Sasha into a marriage with a vampire princess. But why involve the lynx Trace in their maneuvering? Finding the culprit won’t be easy, and it will mean building trust—a slow and difficult prospect for someone who’s suffered as much as Trace. Finding a way to move beyond the past, and to love, before those out to finish Sasha can destroy either, is a race the two fated hearts have to win.
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Sallyanne Monti A Heart Well Traveled (Tales of Long Distance Love Affairs and Unlikely Outcomes #1)
Lesbian - Anthology / Collection / Contemporary Romance
File Size: 657 KB
Print Length: 345 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (June 15, 2017)
Publication Date: June 15, 2017
Amazon: Sallyanne Monti A Heart Well Traveled (Tales of Long Distance Love Affairs and Unlikely Outcomes #1)

Discover the many facets of romantic relationships as authors in volume one of, A Heart Well Traveled, unravel the trials and tribulations of long distance love affairs.

Each author, with their own unique style of storytelling, will leave the reader begging for more. Go from wild rides to gentle love stories, exploring the twists and turns lovers go through as they work to be together despite the distance between them.

Explore bonds beyond friendship, chance meetings, family drama, gender complexity, longstanding love and unexpected passion as lovers seek their happily ever after.

A Heart Well Traveled is a collection of short stories where women who love woman share the joys and challenges of long distance relationships.

Can love really conquer all?
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K.J. Lewis Mondays with You (Sunday Love #2)
Gay - Contemporary Romance
Series: Sunday Love
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: kj lewis books (July 25, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0997641479
ISBN-13: 978-0997641479
Amazon: K.J. Lewis Mondays with You (Sunday Love #2)

West Connors struggled to put the pieces of his heart back together after the sudden departure of his best friend, Blake Thomas, from his life ten years ago. Making a life for himself teaching in New York City, West has never quite filled the hole in his heart Blake left behind. Blake Thomas gets things done. As a handler for one of the top political fixers in the business, he focuses on work, friends, and one-night stands. He's fooled himself into thinking he's conquered the demons of his past until he runs into the best friend he was forced to leave behind when he was sixteen. When their jobs force them into a fake relationship, Blake learns something about his childhood best friend and eventually about himself. As they try to repair their damaged friendship, they find that moving forward can sometimes lead you back home.
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In the interest of Being Excellent and considerate of those who plan to watch this episode, all references to the content of this episode are stashed under the cut and will remain so hidden for at least a month. Someponies like to watch MLP:FIM in herds and it can be a while before they get all their ponies together. 8^) As spoilers are also likely to be in any comments: don't read if you haven't yet seen the episode unless you like being spoiled. When you're ready, drop in a comment and say what you thought of this episode!

After a month, I hope Episode Discuss posts will be so far off the top page that it'll probably take the tag to find them, so about a month after posting the cut will be removed. 8^) Sometimes I go back and drop in little extras into the posts, like comics and links to the music.

Broadcast starts at 11:30 am Eastern Daylight Savings Time, which should work out to 4:30 pm UTC, 8:30 am PST and maybe about 11:30 PM Down Under. Confused? Look at the PonyCountdown widget on the community page! At the moment there are just 45 minutes left to go.

Written by Josh Haber.

For those of you following Twitter, you can follow writers Nick Confalone (Hearthbreakers), Mike and Will Fox (The Gift of the Maud Pie), Joanna and Kristine (Gauntlet of Fire), Dave Polsky (Rarity Takes Manehattan) and Jennifer Skelly (Buckball Season). Other twits in the early morning chorus may include the likes of Meghan McCarthy, Jayson Thiessen (Supervising Director of MLP:FIM), Andrea Libman , the voice of Dragon Lord Ember Ali Milner, Big Jim (storyboard work, voice of Troubleshoes and Director of MLP:FIM), Mike Vogel and Josh Haber. The hashtag to watch should be #MLPseason7.

Review for episode 19, It Isn't the Mane Thing About You, below the cut. )


Catch the show and throw in your two bits in the comments! Copy/paste your reviews into the comments, spread the wealth!

Watch It Isn't the Mane Thing About You on DailyMotion in 1080p here. It appears that DailyMotion has a new look. It also failed twice while I was watching it. At least I was able to go back to where I'd left off after refreshing the page.

Download links for It Isn't the Mane Thing About You: (I'll fill in the blanks as soon as I find them)
As seen on Discovery Family in 1080p: broadcast version.
In 1080p without logos: logoless.
In 1080p, without logos and colour corrected: a href="">colourful.
They're all mkv format files.

Read all the transcripts, including that of It Isn't the Mane Thing About You over here on the MLP wiki of transcripts.

Clear, free, logoless screengrabs from the entire episode get uploaded to the episode wiki within days of broadcast on the MLP Wikia Gallery pages, here.

The links to official channels and purchasing DVD's and episodes are now in the community sticky.
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If you want to catch the MLP Movie in theatres in Germany in English, you have one chance, two days before it gets released in the US. Here's the deal, on October 4th, the following movie houses will have a "Brony showing" of the movie at 20:00 CEST:


Colloseum (BERLIN)
Othmarschen Park (HAMBURG)
Ruhr Park (BOCHUM)
Hürth Park (KÖLN)

The Kinowelt chain of movie houses is making two of these preview events. The first, at 2:30 in the afternoon on October 1st, is for a German dub of the film. There are details here, and it looks like admission includes a poster, gratis, for "jeden Besucher" (there's one born every minute!). Buy your tickets online. Do it now, the October 4th screening will be the only one for the English version in Germany. Schnell! Schnell!

If you're a UK rabbit, you're going to have to wait until October 20th.

Meds

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:13 pm
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I didn't take them for two days.

The first day, I simply forgot. I mean, I knew I had to take them, but filling out the pill caddy on Sunday is something I just hate doing. And, after doing other stuff before doing that, I simply forgot.

It got even easier to forget, today.

I still hadn't filled the caddy and I changed my routine. Instead of grabbing a quick sausage biscuit at McDonalds, I made some oatmeal at home. I stared at my little, empty pill caddy while I ate and, well, I don't remember even thinking about my pills. I think I realized I hadn't taken them while driving to work. (Normally, I take them with my biscuit.)

I got home, cooked dinner, and watched TV.

Came upstairs.

Saw my empty pill caddy again.

Fuck it, I thought, its too late. I'll just take 'em tomorrow. I'll be fine.

I stood up. The room spun.

I didn't fall, but I went to take my pills. I have the bottles lined up in front of me, now.

I hate taking medications. I've taken meds all my life. Earliest, it was for asthma and allergies. Then I got a prescription for glasses. These days, they're bifocals. And now I take meds that I inhale and snort. I have to take my diabetes meds with food. The rest, for high-blood pressure and cholesterol and low Vitamin-D and low-dose aspirin, I can take at will. I have to keep my dosage of anti-depressants at an even level or there can be pretty serious side-effects I'm told.

I hate all these prescriptions. I hate them so much I can sometimes understand why people just stop taking them. They may help keep you alive and on an even keel but they're also hand-cuffs.

Straight jackets.

Prison cells.

They both free and enslave. My C-PAP machine keeps me breathing at night.

But I still hate it.

I took my full amount, didn't take "extra". But tomorrow morning, I'll take my normal dosage.

Grudgingly, yeah, but I'll take them.

The worst part, I think, is that I know that this will happen again. I think it will happen with growing regularity if I'm not careful. It's easy to only think of the medications as shackles. I have to keep reminding myself that they make me freer than I would be on my own. I have to keep repeating this mantra:

Everyone thinks, sooner or later, they don't need 'em. Or, maybe, they wish they didn't.

But you do.

Take your meds.

That's how it works.

Even sitting here, I'm still dizzy. I guess that's today's price for stupid.

Yours,
Sylvan
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Eli Easton How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon #4)
Gay - Paranormal Romance
File Size: 971 KB
Print Length: 415 pages
Publication Date: August 28, 2017
Language: English
Amazon: Eli Easton How to Save a Life (Howl at the Moon #4)

Rav Miller looked into the terrified, intelligent eyes of the chocolate Labrador on death row, and knew he’d do anything to save him. When the dog, Sammy, escapes and heads to Mad Creek, Rav follows. Mad Creek. The town had become legendary in Rav’s mind after he’d met that bizarre group last year. Rav dismissed his crazy suspicions back then, but when he arrives in Mad Creek, he knows it’s true. Dog shifters exist, and apparently they all live in the California mountains. It’s enough to blow a bad boy’s mind.

Sammy has something in common with Rav—neither one of them trusts people. After Sammy’s abuse as a dog, he particularly dislikes tough-looking men like Rav. But when Sammy gets a chance to work with rescued dogs at the new Mad Creek shelter, his deep compulsion to help others overcomes his fear. Rav and Sammy bond over saving strays. If they can each find the courage to let someone else in, they might find their way to love.

Sheriff Lance Beaufort doesn’t like humans moving into Mad Creek, especially not the tattooed and defiant Rav. When Rav starts a rescue shelter, the town thinks he’s wonderful! But Lance isn’t fooled. He doesn’t buy Rav’s innocent act for one second. How much does Rav know about the quickened? What is his game? And why did he have to show up now, when Lance and the other town leaders are overwhelmed by all the new quickened pouring in?

Rav knows how to save a life. But can he save an entire town? Can he rescue Mad Creek?
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Eli Easton Falling Down
Gay - Contemporary Romance
File Size: 839 KB
Print Length: 251 pages
Publisher: Pinkerton Road LLC (November 7, 2016)
Publication Date: November 7, 2016
Amazon: Eli Easton Falling Down

Josh finds himself homeless at eighteen, but he has a plan. He’ll head north on the bus to New England and spend October there for his mother’s sake. She always talked about going to see the fall leaves someday. And when the leaves are done and the harsh winter comes, Josh plans to find a place to curl up and let go. It will be a relief to finally stop fighting.

Mark spent his life trying to live up to the tough swagger of his older brothers until he pushed himself so far against his nature that he cracked. Now a former Marine, he rents a little cabin in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where he can lick his wounds and figure out what to do with the rest of his life. One thing was clear: Mark was nobody’s hero.

Fate intervenes when Josh sets up camp under a covered bridge near Mark’s cabin. Mark recognizes the dead look in the young stranger’s eyes, and he feels compelled to do something about it. When Mark offers Josh a job, he never expects that he’ll be the one to fall.

The snow is coming soon. Can Mark convince Josh that the two of them can build a life together before the flurries begin?

Legends of Equestria!

Sep. 10th, 2017 07:18 pm
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The Legends of Equestria multi-user interactive immersive environment game is back and open to all! Unfortunately, "all" causes the servers to crash so you might want to try and dial in tomorrow or maybe even next week. But the good news is that it's just an open weekend event like in the past, but it supposed to keep on going, so you and I should have ample opportunity to get in and explore. Right now I'm downloading the client. It's 762 MB and that's going to take me 2 hours. Browsing anything else right now is like working with a 33 kb/s dial-up modem. Been there, done that.

So to get in you need to create an account on the Legends of Equestria forum. That username and password is what you use to log into the LOE game.

You will also need a client to run the game. You can download that here: https://www.legendsofequestria.com/downloads . There you can choose from Windows, Mac and Linux. I don't know what the "Launcher" is, so I chose a "direct download". When it finally finishes downloading, I expect to have a zipped folder. If I recall correctly, I unzip the folder, find the file with the feather icon and click on that to launch the game.

This time around, the pony you design after logging in starts the game as a foal and ages as you gain experience. There are several quests, like the cookie quest that nets you a pair of music headphones, and a few new areas, such as the apple wood. Beware of beasties, even if they're pretty.

LoEf15_06

You can't do that anymore, those flying things are deadly.

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Sep. 11th, 2017 12:23 am
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So, the Furry Fandom really needs a professional standard Magazine. Either print or internet, it doesn't really matter. But it needs something that has an actual editorial voice and policy for news, pays SFWA rates for stories, and commissions artists at industry rates. Imagine it as something like a Conbook, only everyone involved gets paid, and it happens more than once a year and way more people read it.

And you know what, I'd do it. I know approximately what would be needed to be done to set up as a managing editor of a magazine. I know enough people to get a pilot issue set up. I can do the tech sides myself. I know a professional standard when I see it.

There's just this little problem. I'm disabled, and I currently live entirely off disability benefits because I can't hold down a day job. Being at constant risk of falling over and suddenly needing to take a nap for two hours in the middle of the day is not something most employers are looking for. But I also can't take on any kind of part time job, without losing all my disability income, even if the part time job pays peanuts. I certainly can't own or operate a business of my own. Even taking on regular volunteer position might get questions asked as to why I should be allowed to continue to have a disability income.

So to run a magazine, I'd have to pay myself a salary I could live off. And also hope that it kept running, and didn't fail or I'd be in a whole lot of trouble. And that's only a part of the operating costs that I'd have to fund. I'd also want to pay those SFWA rates and commission artists, and that all adds up to a huge up-front.

Maybe I could go to Kickstarter, and see if I could raise a first year's operating costs. But Kickstarter isn't the magical money machine it used to be, and it's no guarantee of a sustainable operation. Being successful at the Kickstarter wouldn't mean the Magazine could meet it's operating costs (from sales or further crowd-funding) from there on. I wish I could just "take the risk", but the risk of failure for me isn't having to go back to the day job, but losing all income entirely.

So it's another thing I could do, but can't really do because of the disability. :(

(I could theoretically do this on a unpaid basis, if someone else 'owned' the magazine and handled the money and none of it ran through my hands. But that raises it's own problems...)

RIP Len Wein 1948-2017

Sep. 10th, 2017 05:24 pm
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I've just seen word on Facebook from Elliot S! Maggin and Paul Kupperberg. We've lost Len Wein today.

Details as we're able to get them...
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I found this over on Tumblr. The original (with links to supporting evidence) is here: "Jesus Christ Was A Brown Jew In The Middle East".

I quote it, below:

Jesus Christ was a brown Jew in the Middle East, conceived out of wedlock in an arguably interracial if not interspecies (deity and human) relationship, raised by his mother and stepfather in place of his absent father. He may not have had a Y chromosome. He spent his early youth as a refugee in Egypt, where his family no doubt survived initially on handouts from the wealthy (You think they kept that gold, frankincense, and myrrh from the wise men? Hell no, they sold that stuff for food and lodging). He later returned with his parents to their occupied homeland and lived in poverty.

The religion of Jesus’s people has no concept of a permanent hell and instructed its priests on how to induce miscarriages. Jesus explicitly rejected the concept of disability as a divine punishment. He spoke out against religious hypocrites. He had enough respect for women to let his mother choose the time of his first miracle. He blessed a same sex couple. He told a rich man that he must give up his wealth to get to heaven, and also told a parable about a rich man suffering in agony in presumably Gehinnom (basically Purgatory) just to hammer the point home. He told people to pay their taxes. He declared “love your neighbor” to be one of the two commandments on which all laws hang. He commanded his followers to help the poor. He commanded them to help the sick and the needy. He spent time with social outcasts. He healed the servant of a high priest during his arrest rather than fighting back. He was put to death by the occupying government because he was a political radical.

Trump and his administration are xenophobic, misogynistic, racist, fear-mongering, warmongering, tax-dodging, anti-Semitic, anti-choice, anti-welfare, anti-equal pay, anti-LGBTQIA+, anti-immigration, support tax cuts for the rich, support Citizen’s United, want to keep refugees out of this country, want to limit our ability to speak against the government, plan to abolish the Affordable Care Act, and they wrap all of that up behind a banner of “Christian family values.” If you support them, you have no right to call yourself a follower of Christ.


I may not be a practicing Christian but I can and do respect that faith's ethics and morals as practiced by so many who have translated the ancient texts into modern living.

This posting is what I believe to be the best way to summarize my problem with so-called "Christians".

Yours,
Sylvan

My eyes still have me...

Sep. 10th, 2017 07:48 am
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Had an exam at the Eye Institute on Friday. The specialist handling my file pronounced my situation "rock stable" and recommended that we do this again in about six months. I am more than happy to go along with this suggestion.

Sphinx

Sep. 9th, 2017 01:37 pm
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The Daring Done episode has aired and I have fresh links for you on the episode 18 discussion post over here, so you can once again watch it on Daily motion in 1080p or download the broadcast version. The other links could take a few days to become available. I rewatched most of the episode via the livestreams, but livestreams seem to be very bandwidth demanding now and they skip a lot.
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Dawn Carter Flashback
Lesbian - Paranormal Romance
Paperback: 254 pages
Publisher: Wicked Publishing (November 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 154058934X
ISBN-13: 978-1540589347
Amazon: Dawn Carter Flashback

Experiencing a reoccurring dream, Spencer Avery, a rational thinker, questions whether love can transcend the test of time. Constantly plagued by the vision of the same woman, someone who seems so real, she finds herself falling in love with her. With her heart ruling her head, Spencer sets out to find answers, and what she discovers when she travels across the Pacific Ocean will change her life forever.

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