Appeared out of nowhere one spring,
Rushing across the furrows of tilled land.
In its wake, it left mud and death.
For a time, the dirty water flowed,
Cutting its channels through croplands
In a manageable current.
It irrigated the growth
Of useful things,
Of things that could be sold,
But it was always there,
Always covering land that before could be planted.
Sometimes, in the heat of summer,
It would dry up,
Teasing with the possibility of reclaiming those acres.
That was never wise.
The Flood was always in the offing,
Waiting to tear down the new growth.
In the evening,
I often sit on its bank,
And wonder if the day will come
When I throw myself into the river.
Jake is the word's heaviest user, followed by John and Jane. Jake and John use it mainly in dialog, and Jane in her internal monologue, as is fitting.
The girl who wouldn't die hunts the killer who shouldn't exist.
The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.
Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.
Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.
At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He's the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.
Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth... (source)
This is a story about the murder of women, viciously gendered violence, and the brutal nature of time.
I cannot stress enough: this book is about the serial stalking of young girls followed by their horrific deaths as adults by a sexualized male predator. It is, especially for those sensitive to malicious violence aimed at girls and women, something to be handled with care, and possibly not attempted at all. ( Read more... )
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Who took down Stockton? by TYTInvestigates
Stockton, California recently became the largest city to file for bankruptcy in American history. And now we know why. (Spoiler alert: big banks, government corruption, greed.) They interviewed a lot of Stockton employees who got formally screwed over (healthcare cut, retirement accounts wiped out) when the city went bankrupt. It’s really heartbreaking and poignant to see the impact of austerity on human lives up close.
I thought none of them ever used it at all, but when I applied Google to the question, I found Equius's introduction telling us that he loves being strong. Well, how could I ever have doubted that?
Aside from, I guess, downloading the entire archive over the course of a whole day, is there any more thorough way to find every instance of the word in all of Homestuck?
Thoroughly investigating questions such as this is an appropriate use of my time.
For my birthday my stepfather gave me two year long memberships. One to the Zoo and the other to my favorite art museum in the city, where I've had a membership before (two years ago). I had to put off going for nearly two weeks due to crazy plans, but finally made it out this past Sunday. I was so, so incredibly happy.II. Job
I went and saw a dance performance that was made in inspiration based on and exhibit showing currently, and was so moved. And then went through six of the eight new exhibits. I was so happy I felt like I was walking on air. And this was only the first and several times I get to go this year (with all the Thursday and Sunday things every single week). I can't even put into words how amazing this one day, of dozen to come brightened my heart.
I could get this every year on my birthday and I don't think it would ever lessen in my excitement/joy.
Job! I have a solid job, again, after too long here and there, and mostly just right here, hoping on something hopeful and loved. I'm presently working for HR in the Graduate Admissions office for one of the universities in the city. And I keep being told, impressed upon with the fact the budget opens in June and it might become permanent that fast.
Cross your fingers. I'm already insanely excited about it. (And, yeah, I've already started looking at the current graduate catalog of classes today. I couldn't help myself, seriously. You should be amazed I made it this many days before considering what amazing classes the university might offer.)
( Don't believe me? PICS. IT HAPPENED. )
In conclusion: we make our own fun. ^_^
(The Dreamwidth icon comes from a fortuitous bit of timing which resulted in ( pandas cuddling on conjoined griffons: )Sadly, now I can't find the exact screenshot I used.)
Here is new favorite gif to give you some spoiler space:
2. I posted a fic!
Hand In Hand (1595 words) by melannen
Fandom: Les Misérables - Victor Hugo
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Canonical Character Deaths
Relationships: Cosette Fauchelevent/Marius Pontmercy
Characters: Cosette Fauchelevent, Marius Pontmercy, Les Amis de l'ABC
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Prehistoric, Empty Chairs, Cave Paintings, Post Barricade, Caves, France (Country), Painting, Memories
Summary: In the south of France, a group of young men once came together to teach, to learn, and to fight for the rights of all humankind.
...I am told it makes people cry, so, uh, be warned? (all of the fic I want to write in this fandom right now is about all of Marius's friends being dead, don't ask me why.)
3. Speaking of, there is now a general, everybody-welcome Les Misérables community on DW so we don't have to keep trying to have serious discussions on Tumblr:
If you are even peripherally in Les Mis fandom, come join! Come play! My current plan is to keep posting stuff about Waterloo there until other people start posting just to stop the pain. :P
4. Reminder that the Books and Comics giveaway is still active. If we have ever had any interactions in person or on the internet you count as someone I know.
(Oh btw, if you claim any books: can you PM or email me a functional mailing address? I kind of forgot I would need that when I made the original post.)
A doleful morality tale about the fate that waits for those who make the fatal move out of New York and into the countryside. Although an endless struggle, mounting debt and alienation from their families are almost inevitable, the ex-ubanites are to respected for the example they set for lesser Americans.
I don't recall the last time I read or heard something quite as aghast as this is at the idea of leaving the City.
This is a "story-ballad". A seemingly lucky win at cards leaves a chancer in possession of a magnificent silver horn and his ambition to learn to play it sends him straight on the path to hell.
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Into Darkness Female-centric Drabble Fest signal boost by igrockspock SPOILERS
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- Fan Fic:
Gen - WIPs
Enemy of My Enemy by Tashilover (Kirk, John Harrison; G; STID)
Gen - Completed
Dandelion by fresne (Khan; G; STID)
The Land of Jungles and Fog by Solo2814 (Khan; G; STID)
Trust by SailorSol (Kirk, Winona Kirk; G; STID)
A Captain Cannot Cheat Death by Hoobit (Kirk, Spock; G; STID)
Mirror Picture by Dominatrix (John Harrison, Spock; G; STID)
John H. by handwritten (John Harrison, Enterprise crew; not rated; STID)
Night Visions by DLanaDHZ (Kirk, Scotty, McCoy, Spock; PG-13; STID)
Aisha Darwin Is Done with Your Bullshit by SG1SamFan (Darwin, Chekov, Kirk; PG-13; STID)
Slash - Completed
Rag Doll Dance by novaberry (Khan/Nick Jonas; NC-17; STID)
To Offer by yeaka (Khan/Chekov; NC-17; STID)
The Second Eugenics War - Chapter 1 by the_physicist (Kirk/Spock; NC-17; STID)
Post Tenebras Lux by jouissant (Kirk/Spock; NC017; STID)
All Fall Down by klmeri (Kirk/Spock/McCoy; NC-17; STID)
Go Put On A Red Shirt by on_my_toes (Sulu/Chekov; G; STID)
Shaky Night by kimuracarter (Kirk/McCoy; G; STID)
Till It's Gone by MrsTonyStark (Kirk/McCoy, Spock/Uhura; G; STID)
The Little Rush You Get by bozothemoose (Kirk/McCoy; PG-13; STID)
CLIP. CLIP. CLIP. by Firefly (Kirk/Khan; PG-13; STID)
Эпилог by Flamma (Kirk/Spock; NC-17; STID)
Mixed - WIPs
It's You Who'll Have Further to Fall by kleinefee92 (Kirk/Khan, Spock/Uhura; STID)
Het - WIPs
Between Two Points by rochester (McCoy/Chapel; NC-17; STID)
Het - Completed
Pink Cloud Tracing Paper by Hoshigatta (Spock/Uhura; not rated; STID)
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- Fan Fic:
Gen - Completed
A Whale of a Time by Keenir (Tony Stark, Uhura; PG-13; XI)
Slash - WIPs
The World Has Truly Come to an End: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three by Meeka Mason (Kirk/Spock/McCoy; NC-17; TOS)
Slash - Completed
A Kind of Magic by selinamoonfire (Kirk/McCoy; PG-13; XI)
I'm Just a Going Over Home by queenofthestarrrs (Kirk/McCoy; PG-13; XI/TOS)
When the Morning Comes by sticktofashion (Kirk/Spock; PG-13; XI)
The Cost of a Kiss by darkseraphina (Kirk/McCoy; not rated; XI)
Those We Leave Behind by darkseraphina (Kirk/McCoy; not rated; XI)
Coming Home by darkseraphina (Kirk/McCoy; not rated; XI)
Under This Bright Sun by darkseraphina (Kirk/McCoy; NC-17; XI)
Once More into the Abyss by allemande (Garak/Bashir; G; DS9)
Visit by yeaka (Sulu/Chekov; G; XI)
Star by yeaka (Sulu/Chekov; NC-17; XI)
Deliverance by Fugitive (Kirk/Spock; R; XI)
Het - WIPs
5 Times Spock Cheated on Uhura and 1 Time Kirk Helped Her Heal Her Broken Heart and Helped Her Find a Happily Ever After by startrekfanwriter (Kirk/Uhura; PG-13; XI)
Het - Completed
Betrayal by Breea (Kirk/OFC, McCoy/OFC; not rated; XI)
55 Star Trek: Into Darkness icons by creativevarian (from trailers, spot, and BTS)
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Into Darkness is officially out in the USA! That means that a lot more fanworks with spoilers will be coming out this week. If you haven't seen the film yet and don't want to be spoiled, DO NOT look under the Into Darkness cut or click on the SPOILERS links. We do our best to mark spoilers, but can only warn as much as the OP does on their post!
Saw Star Trek into Darkness today. Except for spending almost all of the movie wishing Benny Cumberwhatsit was not in the movie, and a few pacing issues towards the end, I enjoyed it immensely. Would see again.
Meme from a couple of people: I have 65 works archived at AO3. Pick a number from 1 (the most recent) to 65 (the first thing I posted there), and I'll tell you three things I currently feel about it.
Because of a family emergency, cynthia1960 and I cannot attend WisCon this year. We have a room in the Governors' Club reserved in my name for Thursday evening through Wednesday morning. If you have been looking for a Governors' Club room, please contact me through firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a transfer.
The journalism world has been rightly outraged by the Justice Department dragging the Associated Press (and now a Fox News reporter) into one of its sprawling leak investigations. As we wrote last week, by obtaining the call records of twenty AP phone lines, “the Justice Department has struck a terrible blow against the freedom of the press and the ability of reporters to investigate and report the news."
But there are several other important lessons that this scandal can teach us besides how important free and uninhibited newsgathering is to the public’s right to know.
1. Weak Privacy Laws That Doomed AP Affect Everyone
The AP detailed in its letter to the Justice Department how its privacy was grossly invaded even though the government accessed only the call records of its reporters and not the content of their conversations. We completely agree. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a problem in the AP investigation. Law enforcement agencies routinely demand and receive this information about ordinary Americans over long periods of time without any court involvement whatsoever, much less a full warrant.
For example, according to information released by the phone companies to Rep. Ed Markey, Sprint alone received a staggering 500,000 subpoenas for call records data last year.
The DOJ's decision to dive into these call records shows the growing need to update our privacy laws to eliminate the outmoded Third Party Doctrine—which holds that anything you give to a service provider, or that a service provider collects as part of providing you a service—can retain no reasonable expectation of privacy. In an era where email is stored by our providers, cellphone companies keep records that track our location and cloud services hold our documents, it’s long past time to bring our interpretation of the Fourth Amendment and statutory electronic privacy laws in compliance with the 21st Century.
In response to the AP scandal, a bipartisan coalition in Congress just introduced a bill to partially fix this problem called The Telephone Records Protection Act. The bill would require the Justice Department to get a judge’s approval before seeking these records. At EFF, we think the government should have to go even further than a court order: a judicial warrant showing the kind of probable cause required by the Fourth Amendment should be the standard. But this bill is certainly an improvement over administrative subpoenas, which don’t need a sign-off from a judge at all and allow the Executive branch to seek information without any external check.
2. Phone Companies May Give Up Your Information Without Telling You
As the New York Times reported, the AP is still examining if and when any telephone companies tried to push back on the overbroad requests for its call records. “But at least two of the journalists’ personal cellphone records were provided to the government by Verizon Wireless without any attempt to obtain permission to tell them so the reporters could ask a court to quash the subpoena,” the Times said. And it also seems clear that the AP itself wasn’t given notice before their phone company turned over the records.
In EFF’s 2013 “Who Has Your Back” report, which tracks several ways in which communications companies can help protect user privacy, we give a star for promising to notify users about government demands for data whenever whenever the company is not legally prevented from doing so. Notably, Verizon does not have such a notification policy and did not receive a star. In fact, Verizon was the only company to receive zero stars.
This isn’t a small problem or just a problem for journalists. Verizon received 260,000 similar subpoenas for call records last year. The government requests this information with regularity, and given the phone companies control the data, communications company policies are all that stand between you and governmental overreach.
Users should demand that their communications companies notify them when the government comes seeking information, unless they are legally barred by a court order.
3. Government often Overstates National Security Claims, Overclassifies Information
We’ve written many times about the many ways “national security” has been invoked—and exaggerated—in order to cover up government embarrassment or wrongdoing, or to assert powers that would normally not be granted under the Constitution. The government routinely overclassifies information that should never be secret, according to reports commissioned by the White House itself.
The most glaring example for EFF is our lawsuit over the NSA warrantless wiretapping program, where the government won’t admit or deny that the program even exists, citing the danger to national security, despite thousands of pages of public evidence. The government has argued the same thing in cases about torture and the CIA drone program where, many times, the same information that they claim is secret is on the front pages of the nation’s newspapers.
In the AP’s case, while Attorney General Holder says this leak put “lives at risk,” John Brennan said the opposite around the time of the story (“Brennan said the plot was never a threat to the U.S. public or air safety,” reported Reuters). The AP also held its story for six days until the CIA told them it was safe to publish and the White House had a news conference planned the day after the story to announce the successful counterterrorism operation.
As the late Supreme Court Justice Huge Black once said, “The word ‘security’ is a broad, vague generality whose contours should not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First Amendment.”
4. There’s Not Much Recourse For Prosecutorial Misconduct
In this case, just like the case of Aaron Swartz, there has been widespread criticism that the Justice Department has abused its authority and aggressively pursued parties in an unprofessional manner. As we detailed last week, it seems the Justice Department didn’t follow its own guidelines when issuing subpoenas about[?] the reporters, or at least went to the very edge of its own guidelines.
Just like in the Swartz case, the specific prosecutor has a history of over-aggressive prosecutions (even being accused of overzealous prosecution by Eric Holder himself when he was in private practice). Yet when Congress asked Holder at a hearing about the allegations, just like in the Swartz case, he did not admit to any wrongdoing, and was able to deflect questions about his department’s handling of the case. Unfortunately, there is not much recourse for meaningful remedy for the public in these situations, and this case is just the latest example.
5. Journalists Need to be Pro-Active in Protecting Their Digital Security
In an age where warrantless surveillance is skyrocketing and governments potentially have access to an astonishing amount of information, journalists must learn to proactively protect both themselves and their sources.
The Committee to Protect Journalists Journalist Security Guide is an excellent place to start. It addresses concerns faced by journalists working inside the United States and internationally.
Wired published an op-ed last week about the care one needs to take from the source’s end if one wishes to send information to the press undetected. Much of the advice is applicable to reporters talking to sources as well. Additionally, the New Yorker has just released a promising—but un-tested—anonymous leak submission system, coded by Aaron Swartz before he tragically died in January. In certain circumstances physical mail remains the safest option.
Overall, the final lesson is that journalists, and sources, need to take security seriously. Trusting that the government won’t come after you because you’re engaged in journalism, serving the public interest, or helping reveal wrongdoing is plainly not sufficient.
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Here's a list of churches that opened their doors to anyone seeking shelter following the tornado:
Graceway Baptist Church, located at 1100 S.W. 104th in Oklahoma City.
Oakcrest Church of Christ at 1111 S.W. 89th Street in Moore.
Victory Church, located 4300 North MacArthur in Oklahoma City.
Journey Church in Norman I-35 and Tecumseh Road is open as a shelter.
Fifth Street Missionary Baptist Church, located at 801 N.E. 5th St. Oklahoma City.
St. Andrews Church, located at S.W. 119th and May.
The University of Oklahoma is opening up spaces in Housing for displaced families. Call (405)-325-2511 for more information.
A triage center has been set up at the Warren Theater in Moore for anyone who need to be treated for their injuries.
Tracy and Holly Porter told News 9 they have 60 acres with barns and pipe fencing just north of Seminole. Anyone needs somewhere to keep their cows and horses, call the Porters at (405)-777-6570 or (405)-921-0204.
Sonya Martinez said she owns a 125,000 sq ft building at 4300 North MacArthur in Oklahoma City, and is offering services to anyone in need of shelter, food or prayer regarding this tornado.
Resthaven Funeral Home on S.W. 104th and Western/Walker has water, bathrooms, and phones available for volunteers and victims.
If cranes or equipment is needed for any tornado damage, the Association of Oklahoma General Contractors can provide equipment now. Contact Bobby Stem, AOGC, at (405)-520-1874.
The Red Cross has set up a website for people who are looking for their families or friends in the areas hit by the tornado, just go to www.safeandwell.org
Knight of Eyes
(General Shuos Jedao from "The Battle of Candle Arc")
1. I botched the original version (watercolor pencil, I stuck it up at my dA account for the morbidly curious) so used this as a test piece for the trial of Autodesk SketchBook Pro 6. I like the app. It has a few quirks but the UI is reasonably consistent and if there's extra stuff I need done, I'll take it into GIMP.
(I did give MyPaint a swing, but could not figure out how to make it do one specific thing that I will need sometimes. For painting from scratch off a single scan, it looks like it will probably work, and hopefully this summer I will be able to put it through its paces. Eee!)
Anyway, I remain firmly convinced that watercolor pencil is a valid medium that can be made to work well. Unfortunately, in over two decades I have comprehensively failed to figure out how. I keep mine anyway because I still like them, even if I'm thoroughly bad at them.
2. I used maybe half of TylerCreatesWorlds' (dA) Nebulae Tutorial to figure out how to paint nebulae with airbrush/round soft brush/smudge. For serious, it's not that bad. If I'd realized it was more fun to do it this way, I wouldn't have spent all that time fighting GIMP's filters for that other piece.
3. Someday I should research military uniforms instead of just making stuff up because I am supremely lazy.
4. I do realize that I lack the ability to draw straight lines. :-( I keep hoping that my coordination will improve, but I...just don't know.
5. Crit welcome. I mean it; I know I have a lot to learn.
Also, daidoji_gisei, I am still working on the Marguerite piece! At this point I have to make hard decisions about just which M1911 reference I want to commit to, and then there is the important matter of her shoes. I expect I will be hitting up Zappos for virtual shoe-shopping. But I should be able to finalize the pencils tomorrow and scan, and then take it into SketchBook as well.
Here, we cover Avengers Academy #21-27 as the kids adjust to the West Coast Campus, meet some old foes, older foes and make new friends.
And I bitch at things Arena dropped the ball on, because we all know that's entertaining.
( Avengers! Runaways! Subversions! )
- It's possible that I drink too much. Witness my recent spate of DW postings. FOUR IN A MONTH IS A LOT OK.
- Parterre Box is dead to me after David et Jonathas did not win the Pubie. Or, idk, temporarily unconscious to me. Or something. Come on, guys, that production was fucking epic.
- I have decided that the Dean Winchester Disapproves of Dead Babies fic and the Numb3rs/Supernatural crossovers are all in the same universe. This gives a whole new depth to both. Or at least to me, since I'm the only one who's seen them. But I'm the only one who has to, so whatever.
- Actually I lie. There are like ten people who have read The Production and Decay of Strange Particles. I just forget because frankly it's nice to just have things for yourself. Even small things, right? Now imagine having a whole world. The wonder is that anyone ever lets anyone else in.
- However, this has produced something of a dilemma, because now I want to write on both and I can't decide which to work on.
- But now the Miraclan needs to stop texting me, because working a keyboard is difficult enough rn.
- Finally, I think I need a new mattress. I keep waking up feeling like someone has been beating me with sticks all night like a pinata. Either hags are real or I need a softer bed, or something. Faugh.