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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Fire on the @mbta at DTX. At least half a dozen fire trucks here, plus cops and TSA officers. Chaos as everyone tries to commute around. #boston

because it's been a while

Jan. 30th, 2015 02:54 pm
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How to remove bloodstains from almost any fabric:

1) Wet down the area with COLD water. (Always, always use cold water.)
2) Pour enough salt on the stain to make a thick paste. Scrub the paste into the stain with the tips of your fingers. Set aside.
3) Fill the sink/an appropriately sized tub with cold water. Pour in salt until the water hits saturation point. Hang the item so the stained part is dangling into the water.
4) After 3-4 hours, drain the sink/tub/etc and rinse the fabric, scrubbing it against itself or with the tips of your fingers. If the stain isn't entirely gone, you can usually get the rest of it with a mild soap and some scrubbing.

(This method gets the edges of the bloodstain, not just the center of the bloodstain: the salt denatures the proteins.)


MacGyver - The Countdown #118

Jan. 30th, 2015 12:39 am
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#118 - Easy Target

Season: 4

Plot: Four mooks decide they want their political leader back and plan to use an EMP to shut down a city in order to get him. Mac and Pete have to figure out the plan and stop it.

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AHandfulForAnEye - Mac gets the baddie at the end on the sand
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EMP - though it's really a bit closer to http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ArtisticLicensePhysics - I'm not even going to attempt to explain any of the science b/c I will probably get it all more wrong than the show writers


- Mac and Pete are arguing about a botched ski trip, then they run out of gas b/c Pete forgot to fill up the Jeep.

- The bad guys are out to steal an EMP generator.

- Not sure why the woman pulls out an Uzi and fires off a dozen shots to kill two guys. She put a considerable number of holes in the wall/windows for no reason.

- I don't understand why they use the EMP to stop Mac's Jeep. Are they just testing to see if it'll work? It's a lot of effort and energy just for taking out 1 car. Though, I suppose it's less messy than shooting out the tires. But how did it not take out anything else? Was the charge that controlled?

- Dear bad guys - your plan is kinda silly. You want your political leader person released in exchange for not turning on this EMP - sure. But you kind of have ZERO margin for error. If your EMP plan doesn't work, you're kind of sunk and have no other cards.

- These four mooks think that Mac and Pete would have any interest at all in telling their story.

- Mac and Pete - sorry guys, but if Mac hadn't fit that pin in, ya'll'd be dead dead dead right now.

- It's nice that Mac saved the day and all, but he did it by destroying a pretty expensive piece of machinery. And now he and Pete are planning to spill the military's beans about this EMP? I'm not sure the gov't works that way - though it's sort of hard to cover up something that's probably already been in the news, I guess.

These are the notes I jotted down as I was rewatching this one. It's another episode that sort of plods along in the plot department. It's not really exciting, though maybe it was moreso before we had a zillion other terrorist plots come our way. Now it sort of seems old hat.

The Randomizer: The Daemons

Jan. 29th, 2015 05:50 pm
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We actually watched this before Genesis of the Daleks, I just forgot about it. How could I forget The Daemons?. I blame Christmas.

Anyway... )

I'm mostly nitpicking though. There is a great deal to like in The Daemons and it is almost a text-book case of how to invoke the idea that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic by showing the viewer how that works, rather than simply announcing something is technology and then having it behave just like magic.


Jan. 29th, 2015 08:12 am
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NuWho Rewatch: The Lazarus Experiment

Jan. 28th, 2015 08:40 pm
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I really didn't remember much about The Lazarus Experiment going in, which is pretty odd given that it is clearly meant to be the lynchpin around which this season turns: the moment Martha is properly accepted as a companion, where her family become a part of the Doctor's life, and where the Saxon plot thread kicks into gear.

More under the cut )

For all that, the story still feels oddly throwaway. In season 2, I attributed the weakness of some of the episodes to the fact they had no real role to play in the larger story unfolding for the audience. Despite the fact that The Lazarus Experiment is anything but inconsequential to the larger narrative it still feels a little slight and I can't quite put my finger on why.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Kids tobogganing down the snowpack at the foot of our street yesterday. #bosnow #latergram #blizzard2015

The Randomizer: Time and the Rani

Jan. 27th, 2015 07:33 pm
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The best that can be said for Time and the Rani is that it probably could have been worse. There are a few nice touches and it is mostly pointless and repetitive rather than embarrassingly bad. But in places it is embarrassingly bad, mostly it is, at best, pointless and repetitive and the science stinks to high heaven.

More under the cut )

At the end of the day, it has some interesting features but the bottom line is that it's really not very good.

The things I do for this cat

Jan. 27th, 2015 08:04 am
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I keep having to buy energy refills so he can keep watching.

Read more... )

Be vewwy vewwy quiet

Jan. 26th, 2015 10:54 pm
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Noah is still skittish and scared of everything, but he missed us. He's splitting the difference by actually hanging out in my office, but hiding.

Read more... )
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Kings put Mike Richards on waivers

I've been puttering around the house today, doing all the things like laundry and vacuuming that I won't be able to do if the power goes out. A few hours ago I had a fic-thought.

"I've been thinking about retiring," Mike said.

Jeff almost choked on his beer, and turned so that he could give Mike hell for it. ”The fuck you are," he said once he could breathe. As soon as he saw Mike's face though, he knew it wasn't a joke. He wasn't even looking at Jeff for a reaction.

But I thought - like I did a million years ago with a Fall Out Boy future fic idea - nah, I can't write that story. Don't want to jinx anything. It's not even set now! It's set after their contracts expire! Boooooo.

There's other stuff that I've been meaning to post - a few more thoughts about Scorpion, and I finally watched the rest of Lewis, but. Booooooooooooooo. *raspberry*

I don't even care how unreasonable it is to blame the Flyers for those contracts, but I'm going to focus all my grumpiness in that direction.
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If you like the tavern music from Dragon Age Inquisition, there is a free download available until February 9th.

a bit of bitterness for today

Jan. 26th, 2015 03:19 pm
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Someone posted to a mailing list I'm on about a scifi conference at Oral Roberts University ("Science, Faith, and the Imagination" - keynote speaker Orson Scott Card). I clicked through to "Experiencing Tulsa", whose second paragraph begins:

We are proud of our cultural diversity, and of the cultural activities that celebrate our part and our future.

Unfortunately, the next sentence is not:

In 2021 we will be commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Tulsa race riot, in which envious, racist white residents killed at least 39 of their black neighbors and destroyed the most prosperous black community in the United States.

And the list of key city attractions -- opera, ballet, the jazz district -- doesn't mention that, as a bonus, if you visit one of Tulsa's parks, you may well be standing on a mass grave.

The scifi conference is requesting submissions of short stories. Alt-history counts....

pride thread is back from vacation

Jan. 26th, 2015 06:12 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
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Thursday night was the dramatic ending of The Great Pendragon Campaign. The group has played Pendragon for pretty much four years, with The Great Campaign taking over two. Next up Andrew will be running The Laundry Files. Sunday played the fourth session of 7th Sea Freiburg, which involved romance, violence, and demons. I've taken the opportunity to complete notes for the four sessions run so far.

Australia is a country sufficiently broken that we "celebrate" the beginning of the invasion by the British as "Australia Day". Local aboriginal people are unimpressed, and with the resultant health record from dispossession and endemic racism, it's no wonder that the protests will never end. Meanwhile, just to illustrate how much the current government still clings to Mother Britain's apron strings, the Prime Minister has awarded a knighthood to Prince Phillip, a rather vile individual. Even other coalition MPs can't fathom this decision. A positive upshot is the benefits it provides Australian republicanism.

Other social events for the week for [livejournal.com profile] caseopaya and I included having Clinton and his partner Deb over for dinner and a tour of the asylum on Saturday night. Deb was the main organiser of East Timor Women Australia and Clinton is a quietly brilliant political scientist and intelligence analyst and it had been several years (far too long!) since we had spent good time in each other's company. Somewhat related, [livejournal.com profile] caseopaya and I went to see The Imitation Game and the delightfully deco Balwyn Cinema today. It was a good film, a popular and somewhat fictionalised story of a one of the great contributions to ending Nazism and the invention of computing. Edit Neglected to mention that earlier this week went in to get my eyes checked, for the first time in eleven years (I'm lazy about some things). They've barely changed; if I where to get new glasses it would be pure vanity, and I wasn't vain enough to accept the $790 pair that were on offer.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The pile of crêpes, waiting to be turned into a cake. #cookbookclub


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