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Another of those intriguing-if-true reports, this one by Natasha Frost for Atlas Obscura:

A limestone slab, 31 yards long, may have related the story of the end of the Bronze Age. An interdisciplinary team of Swiss and Dutch archaeologists have now deciphered the symbols thought to have adorned the frieze, almost 150 years after it was discovered and summarily destroyed. In 1878, villagers in Beyköy, a tiny hamlet in western Turkey, found the large, mysterious artifact in pieces in the ground, and saw that it was engraved with seemingly illegible pictograms and scribbles. It would be 70 years before that language, now known to be millennia-old Luwian, could be read by scholars.

According to Eberhard Zangger, the president of a nonprofit foundation called Luwian Studies, the symbols tell stories of wars, invasions, and battles waged by a great prince, Muksus. Muksus hailed from the kingdom of Mira, which controlled Troy 3,200 years ago. The inscription describes his military advance all the way through the Levant to the borders of Egypt, and how his armies invaded cities and built fortresses as they went. Such invasions from the east are thought to be among the causes of the collapse of the Late Bronze Age. […]

The work has sparked concerns from scholars not involved in the research, who suggest that the frieze and, in turn, stories it is thought to have contained, could be a forgery, reports Live Science. Until records of the inscription are found outside of Mellaart’s notes, some say, it will be hard to confirm the age and authenticity of its contents. That said, an inscription that length (31 yards!) would be near-impossible to forge, say Zangger and Woudhuizen, especially given that Mellaart could neither read nor write the ancient script. In the meantime, this poorly understood corner of ancient history is finally getting a moment in the sun.

Anybody know anything about this?

Pilgrim Father: Life of the Day

Oct. 18th, 2017 12:02 am
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Today's biography from the Oxford DNB:
Winslow, Edward (1595-1655), colonial governor

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Oct. 18th, 2017 12:59 am
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I've been looking at a page on wild foods, and I am a bit worried about their standards.

It keeps saying things like 'edible' and then you scroll down and it mentions don't eat too much because of the cyanide.
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Posted by elliot

A coalition of civil liberties groups in South Dakota is sending a clear message to Senator John Thune: don’t turn your back on our right to assemble online.

The ACLU of South Dakota, Indivisible 605, Indivisible Rapid City, and Queer South Dakota signed a letter [.pdf] urging Senator Thune to put the brakes on the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (S. 1693, SESTA). Thune is the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which is currently considering the bill.

Despite its name, SESTA wouldn’t punish sex traffickers. It would threaten legitimate online speech. SESTA would expose any platform that hosts online discussions to the risk of massive civil and criminal liability if anyone uses those platforms for sex trafficking purposes. As we’ve explained previously, SESTA would likely force online platforms to become far more restrictive in their moderation practices, censoring a lot of innocent people in the process. And experts in sex trafficking say that the bill would put trafficking victims themselves in even more danger, compromising the tools that law enforcement agencies use to find traffickers.

As the South Dakota groups point out, the online communities that SESTA would compromise are uniquely important for people who live in rural areas:

Section 230 [the law that shields online platforms from some types of liability for their users’ speech] is one of the most important laws protecting free expression online. Its protections are uniquely important to South Dakotans: we rely on online communities to share our thoughts and ideas with friends across the country and around the world. For rural Americans, online communities often serve as our most important connection to likeminded friends. For people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized South Dakotans, online communities are our lifelines.

If Congress were to pass a bill undermining Section 230, it would almost certainly result in online platforms over-relying on automated filters to censor their users’ speech. When platforms lean too heavily on computerized filters, marginalized people are usually the first ones silenced.

South Dakotans, we encourage you to join these groups in speaking out to Senator Thune. Sign our online petition and we will deliver the message to Thune’s staff. And if you’re in the Sioux Falls area, come discuss the issues at an Indivisible 605 event this Thursday.

Everyone else, please take a moment to write to your members of Congress and urge them to stop SESTA.

Take Action

Tell Congress: Stop SESTA.

FMK #27: Judge A Book By Its Title

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:40 pm
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Last week's winners were not what I expected! But F goes to The Red Tent and K goes to The Magicians (which is WAY more hated than I had realized! For good reason apparently.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

This week's theme: I have no idea what this book is about, I'm pretty sure I only have it for the title.

Poll: Bail, Capote, Carey, Collins, Connors, Corliss, Ericson, Galloway, Gould, Morse, Shann, Shreve, Townsend, Wodehouse )

Dear Author: Marvel Is Marvel

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:46 am
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Dear author,



Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] marvelismarvel, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).

Do Not Wants:
  • non-con, dubcon
  • fridged women
  • in sex: wet, messy, dirty, bodily fluids, guro
  • pairings I haven’t asked for (even in the background)
  • men dominating the narrative
  • unhappy/depressing endings

  • female-driven narratives
  • non stereotypically-feminine female characters
  • action, dialogue, conversation, crisis/conflict, resolution
  • show, don’t tell
  • friendships/romances that are respectful of difference

letter in progress )

All these ideas are, ultimately, optional. If they speak to you, then well and good. If they don’t speak to you, then go with the fandom, character, and relationships that we matched on, and it’ll be fine!

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Galactus Gags

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:57 pm
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"Ryan explained to me, he wanted it to be done in our style. He likened and wrote Galactus as Garfield and Norin Radd as Jon. That determined what they were going to look like. When you look at the Silver Surfer, he’s 75 percent of the way there anyway with Jon, all we had to do is give him the big eyes. That was a natural. John kind of hangs around Garfield anyway, he’s the straight man to Garfield’s gags and has to get him food. He’s like Garfield’s herald. Galactus was tougher. We were throwing stuff back and forth, and the initial sketches just weren’t working for Galactus. I said okay, we gotta make him fat. The guy eats planets, for god’s sake! Once we do that, it’s a little less Galactus but certainly a lot more Garfield. It looked more natural. Obviously, Galactus has put on a few mega-tons for this strip." -- Jim Davis

Comic under the cut... )

[Continued signal boosting]

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:51 pm
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I am still alive, just kind of trucking along. I will make a proper post soon, maybe later tonight, but right now I'm kind of fixated on this:

I mentioned a friend looking for roommates in California earlier this month. She's still looking, and it's getting bad -- the end of this month means basically be homeless in LA or come back to Florida, and both of those are gonna be really hard on her mental health. So I'm putting out the word again and hoping some kind of miracle comes through.

If anybody is looking for a roommate in the downtown LA/Hollywood/Wilshire area -- or knows somebody looking for, or knows someone who might be looking for, or knows someone who might know someone, or any kind of lead at all -- please, please hit me up and I can get people in touch with her. Or honestly, at this point, if anyone knows somebody in other areas of California willing to house a couch surfer for a month to give her a little more time to look, I can send that to her and maybe she can work things out. She's not good with dogs or cats but other pets are not a problem, and ideally looking to pay around $600/month.

Help seriously, greatly appreciated. I'm really worried about how this is going to end up.

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Oct. 17th, 2017 06:42 pm
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Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 25 secrets from Secret Submission Post #564.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

October blows

Oct. 17th, 2017 05:34 pm
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#ptsd #sexualassault #Weinstein

cut for the above )

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Oct. 17th, 2017 11:32 pm
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today cleaner day was achieved successfully
but last night I'd had like two hours sleep
so i just did that and some sleep this afternoon.
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Posted by Teresa Jusino

We’ve read the scandalous news stories, the op-eds, and the think-pieces (we’ve even written some). We’ve stood in solidarity with those who’ve told their stories, and we’ve vowed that, despite the fact that Hollywood has been a hostile place toward women basically since its inception, that this time is different. This time, we’re actually going to do something about this. So, what is Hollywood doing?

Dealing With the Immediate Problem of Harassment and Assault

At the same Elle Women in Hollywood event where Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence shared their stories of Hollywood abuses, powerhouse producer (and keeper of the Star Wars keys) Kathleen Kennedy proposed action.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kennedy’s remarks not only named and condemned Harvey Weinstein, but she also used her time to talk about what she sees as a possible proposed solution. She said, “For the past few days, I’ve been in discussions with friends and colleagues, and I want to use my few moments of speaking tonight to offer a proposal. The organizations that constitute the American film industry — the studios, the unions, the guilds and the talent agencies — should immediately convene a commission charged with the task of developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse.”

This is necessary because, as she put it, “Predators must come to feel that they can’t count on power or wealth or fame to shield them from the consequences of their actions. But sexual harassment of women and men, predation, rape and the misogyny that is the context for this inhumanity will continue unless there is a decisive, industry-wide, institutional response that legislates change rather than hopes for it to happen.”

What gives me hope in her proposed solution is not only the fact that it would include members of all the organizations that make up the entertainment industry, so that they can cross-pollinate ideas and ensure that they’re all on the same page and on the side of those who report, but also that Kennedy proposes that “The commission should be composed of specialists in labor and management practices, lawyers and legal scholars, sociologists, psychologists, feminist activists and theorists, as well as people who work in film and television.”

I’m glad that it isn’t just the voices of those within the entertainment industry that will be heard, but also objective voices from outside the industry that can provide perspective, insight, and solutions that might not occur to them otherwise. I really hope something like this is formed, and that Kennedy remains active in it. We need the women of the Hollywood establishment to step up and lead this fight from their positions of power.

Combatting the Systemic Sexism and Injustice Through Increased Opportunity. 

Director, writer, and actor Cathryn Michon wrote an open letter in The Huffington Post to Bob Weinstein, the other Weinstein of The Weinstein Company and Harvey’s brother, giving him what might basically be the only way he can “save [his] soul and your company.”

Michon proposes that TWC, from now on, exclusively hire female directors “for every film, TV or web project you make.” She explains:

“Part of why your brother was so successful at being such a monster is because the power structure in this town is extremely patriarchal. Nowhere is this more evident than in the most powerful job in town, that of directing, where women only helm 7 percent of feature films.

Creating an entire company where overnight the power structure has changed would both cleanse your soul and make you a lot of money.

I don’t mean hire more women directors, I mean hire nothing but women directors, no exceptions. All ladies all the time.

It’s both your reparation and your key to profit.”

She then goes into the facts and figures that are readily available, but often just as readily ignored, about how women actually do make money at the box office. My only qualm with her letter is that she emphasizes the fact that TWC may have to take chances on “untested” female directors the way the Weinsteins once took chances on untested directors like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. This is true. However, equally true is that there are plenty of experienced, mid-career female directors who’ve just…stopped getting hired as male colleagues leapfrog over them. Hire those women first and perhaps we’ll be onto something.

Then again, Bob Weinstein is allegedly the “nice guy” version of his brother as far as sexual harassment and sexism go. When will men learn that “persistence” in going after women is just a nice way of saying “stalking,” and that once you get turned down, you should move on with your life, and leave it to the woman to circle back if she decides she’s changed her mind? All of this contributes to a culture that allows these abuses to exist.

But TWC isn’t the only company that can or should do this. Any company can decide to only hire female directors for the foreseeable future. And for those who would rush to cry “reverse sexism,” think about the fact that most production companies and studios have been hiring nothing but male directors year in and year out for as long as Hollywood has existed. Just because it’s not “official policy” doesn’t mean it’s not real. If you didn’t speak out about inequality for all that time, I’ll kindly ask you to shut your yapper if one or two companies decide to make this a mandate.

In this vein, there are also groups like Women in Media, Cinefemme, Seed & Spark, The Directors List, and others that prioritize getting women work and getting inclusive stories told. The only way men won’t hold most of the power in Hollywood is if women are making an equal share of the decisions and helming an equal number of the projects being made.

No Longer Staying Silent

As women in Hollywood attempt to enact solutions that will lead to systemic change, the one weapon they already have begun to wield is their voices. The days of being too afraid to say something for fear of reprisal are over. Well, if not quite over, then women are learning how to better navigate the risks so that they can speak up.

In addition to speaking up individually, they’re also speaking up collectively. Will you be in the L.A. area in November? If so, join The Feminist Majority Foundation in conjunction with Civican and We For She in marching to Take Back the Workplace on November 12th!

Obviously, there are more workplaces than just Hollywood. We cover that, because we’re a pop culture site, but women obviously deal with sexual harassment and assault everywhere. What solutions have you seen in your workplaces, whatever they may be? How are you taking concrete action toward change? We’d love to hear about it!

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Posted by Juli Clover

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming macOS High Sierra update to developers, a little over a week after releasing the second macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta and nearly a month after releasing the new High Sierra operating system to the public.

The third macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store with the proper profile installed.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 appears to focus on bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements, and other under-the-hood changes, but it also introduces a range of new Unicode 10 emoji like crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head, face vomiting, shushing face, love you gesture, brain, scarf, zebra, giraffe, fortune cookie, pie, hedgehog, and more.

The new emoji are also available in iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1.

macOS High Sierra is a major update that introduces APFS, a new more modern file system, HEIF and HEVC photo and video encoding improvements for smaller file sizes without compromising quality, Metal 2, and several new features for Safari, like autoplay blocking for videos and Intelligent Tracking Prevention to better protect user privacy.

For more on what's new in macOS High Sierra, make sure to check out our macOS High Sierra roundup.

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The city have fixed the sidewalk I complained to the aldercritter about when I turned my ankle on it last spring.

I shall endeavour not to become drunk upon this newfound sense of power.
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Posted by Princess Weekes

Nothing says joy like watching Astronauts play with a fidget spinner IN SPACE.  NASA sent their astronauts on the International Space Station the “it” toy of 2017 and they, of course, showed off their skills on the internet. NASA’s Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade),  NASA’s Joseph Acaba (@AstroAcaba), and Paolo Nespoli (@Astro_Paolo) perform impressive forward and backward summersaults with their fidget spinner.

“A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I’m not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!” Bresnik posted on Twitter.

NASA Johnson wrote on the YouTube video post, “Allowing the fidget spinner to float reduces the bearing friction by permitting the rate of the central ring and outer spinner to equalize, and the whole thing spins as a unit.” Science is awesome. (via Space)

  • SyFy Wire has a fun article about the co-creator of the iconic Japanese monster/anti-hero/hero Godzilla, Ishiro Honda. (via Syfy Wire)
  • Two-time Oscar Winner, Hilary Swank, is going the sci-fi route in her upcoming movie I Am Mother about a new generation of humans raised by a robot called “Mother,” until Swank’s character arrives and throws everything into chaos. (via Variety)
  • Nicole Silverberg gives dudes some helpful advice on how to not be the worst in their day-to-day interactions with women in the workplace. Save this next to the Samantha Bee dick PSA in your bookmarks gentlemen. (via The Guardian)
  • Okay, so there is going to be a Mamma Mia! Sequel…but Cher is going to be in it and that makes everything just a lot better. (via Jezebel)

What caught your eye today?

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Project 1: I was told my objection to manure was a relic of my, and I quote, ‘soft city life.” I told them to spend a summer riding the subway and get back to me on smells.

Project 2: "Only in the corner, in a small box, was there notice of unrest between several “anxious young men” over “matters political.” But it did not say what those matters had been, nor how it had been resolved."
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Herein: thoughts about theology, Judaism, and The Good Place.

CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR S1 -- if you haven't yet seen the whole season, skip this post and come back to it!

(I haven't yet seen any of S2, so please don't spoil me.)

What the actual fork. )

more fest recs

Oct. 17th, 2017 03:38 pm
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I haven't read everything in Crossovering and Femslashex, but I think I've read everything in fandoms I know and the original works with tropes that appeal to me.

In Crossovering, I want to mention that [personal profile] sovay said that my gift fic Frank & the Phoenix is perfectly readable without knowing David Blaize (it's a crossover with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Frank Maddox/Newt Scamander) and actually, I think that as long as you are familiar with the Harry Potter-verse, it should be fine. Other Crossovering stories I particularly liked:

And Bide the Danger (6764 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Amelia Bones/Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Edgar Bones, Aslan & Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Alastor Moody, Edgar Bones/Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, The Problem of Susan, Temporal Paradox, Department of Mysteries, Dark Character, Deus Ex Machina, Investigations
Summary: Susan Pevensie: former Unspeakable, legendary beauty, possible Dark witch. A young Amelia Bones, eager to make her mark on MLE, has just been assigned to track her down. But the further Amelia proceeds with her investigation, the more questions she uncovers - especially once she meets Susan herself.

The Start of a Long Summer (1676 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Azula (Avatar), Tumnus
Additional Tags: Crossover, Attempted Kidnapping
Summary: Azula steps through a wardrobe to find a kidnapping faun and a wintry kingdom ripe for regime change.

There are also two lovely artworks for due South/Lost, and although I'm not familiar with Lost I certainly can recognize the dS characters in Bob Pays a Visit to the Travelers and Kenzi Meets Diefenbaker.

In the Femslashex collection, I particularly liked these:

The Part of Her Hair (10596 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Original Female Character
Characters: Mary Bennet, Original Female Character, Lydia Bennet, Kitty Bennet
Additional Tags: Falling In Love, Family Bonding
Summary: Miss Gibson said, “In the spirit of truthful admission, Miss Bennet, I intend to spend some time devising the right question for you. If I may see you again?”

Why did that sound strange? But she always sounded strange to people herself. And it was a familiar kind of strangeness, as if it were something she had heard before, only not like this.

Mary, constrained by the principles of truth, could only admit that she would enjoy that very much.

A Golden Thread Between Hearts (1633 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Seasons of Glass and Iron - Amal El-Mohtar
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tabitha/Amira
Characters: Tabitha (Seasons of Glass and Iron), Amira (Seasons of Glass and Iron)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, First Kiss
Summary: Tabitha and Amira travel, and grow, and love.

(The canon for the second is a freely-available short story I recced before: Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar, which is f/f fairytale fantasy with an edge of grimdark.)

There are actually many other excellent stories in both collections, and I encourage you to browse!

2017 soccer season

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:22 pm
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Posted by Mary

It wrapped up in mid-August.

End of the season

A few highlights:



Hot pursuit


His goal scoring ability didn’t survive the introduction of goal keepers in the second half of the season (it went from five a side to seven a side), especially since he very badly wants to be a goal keeper himself. His real skill is being everywhere, always, the ultimate mid-fielder, but he’s not too impressed with the idea. His team didn’t really “get” positions in any case, that may be coming in a year or so.

He worked really hard to stop taking losing as badly as he did at the beginning of the season and came a long way, long enough to be indignant when other players refused to shake hands with him.

I’m curious about where V will go from here. His best friends are all on the same AFL team and his career plans have recently expanded from dancer, DJ, soccer player, and cricket player to dancer, DJ, soccer player, cricket player, and AFL player. But he chose to do soccer and cricket camps these last holidays and is keen to try out for U8s Division 1 winter soccer in just a few months. If he gets in (20 players out of around 160 potentially trying out are chosen) that will be the real deal; two trainings each week with development coaches, camps, all sorts of things. If not, I wonder if he’ll have a tough choice between soccer and AFL.


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