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So, I think someone high up in management at my institution got hacked last year or something, since in the past year we have developed some serious paranoia regarding data security. Not to say that data security isn’t important or that I dislike the changes, I think they are for the most part sensible, but we went from like, zero to Steranko-System-in-Leverage in the course of a month or two. 

The latest development is a mysterious edict that we all have to leave our computers at work but logged out tonight so that they can “encrypt” our computers somehow – I assume it’s some kind of software they’re going to install, but there’s been a dearth of information over what exactly this Encryption Of Computers entails. Furthermore, I was told that my computer is incompatible with encryption (loose lips sink ships, laptop!) so it will have to be wiped completely and upgraded. Which I’m fine with, all my work is on a network drive anyway and I just had to remember to move a few files. 

But my laptop apparently heard them and knows it’s being wiped. Yesterday the flash stopped working and today my Outlook has decided to neither send nor receive any email. Additionally, a retail clothing website just broke Firefox so hard it no longer allows me to log into anything. 

What I’m saying is that this laptop is going down swinging, and I kind of admire its fighting spirit, but goddamn, could it not have waited until the end of the workday so I wouldn’t have to use Microsoft Webmail to do the last two hours of business today. 

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Halloween Event!

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:49 am
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PokeGo is once again hosting an in-game Halloween event. The rewards are the same as last year's:
  • doubled candy when catching, hatching & transferring pokemon

  • your buddy will earn candy twice as fast

Other highlights: Pikachu will have a special hat. Your avatar can wear Mimikyu's disguise hat. And in addition to the already existing ghost pokemon, we will see some ghost types from Gen 3.

Official announcement

[Silmarillion] The White Tower

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:03 am
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Fic: The White Tower by [archiveofourown.org profile] Anna_Wing
Reader: [personal profile] chestnut_filly
Cover Artist: [archiveofourown.org profile] thegreatpumpkin ([tumblr.com profile] brazenbells)
Fandom: The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Ship: Elwing/Eärendil, Elwing-centric
Rating: G
Warnings: Pretty much everyone in this story has been dead at some point, though they're, uh, better. Still dealing with their mostly violent deaths, though.
Reader's Notes: Best listened to with headphones. Music is the Introduction and Act 4 Finale from Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Thank you so so much to Anna_Wing and Kelsi for, respectively, permission to record and the beautiful, amazing cover art! Thank you also to the mods who pulled this off wonderfully <3

Summary: Amrod and Amras, reborn in Valinor, come to see Elwing.



MP3 [107 MB, 1:17:34]
Podbook [109.6 MB, 1:18:34]

Podfic Post: AO3 | Dreamwidth
Art Post: tumblr

GUESS WHO HAS INTERNET?

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:15 pm
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THIS FANGIRL!!

I am so pleased. My relationship with my laptop has been saved. Not to mention my relationship with DW, AO3, DragCave, online banking, and anything else requiring a login!

Rejoice with me by telling me what you've been up to lately. :D

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Oct. 16th, 2017 03:19 pm
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[personal profile] mommy
This is an actual start to a phone conversation I just had:

Me: [calls my grandmother]
Grandma: Hello?
Me: Hi!
Grandma: Hello?
Me: This is [my name].
Grandma: No, this is [grandmother's name].

Maybe I should call more often. Oops.

[The Seven Kingdoms] proofing

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:44 am
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(Crossposted to AO3)



Title: proofing
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Gruhukens
Reader: [personal profile] chestnut_filly
Fandom: The Seven Kingdoms trilogy, Kristin Cashore
Pairing: Anna/Bitterblue
Rating: G
Length: 37:57
Summary: "Bitterblue appears in the kitchen quite suddenly, some months after the departure of the Dellian contingent.

(Or, How to Speak the Language of Pastry, and What It Means when the Queen of Monsea Keeps Surprising You in Your Kitchens)"



Mediafire link

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Oct. 16th, 2017 08:18 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Ashley linked to a fundraiser set up by a California credit union, Redwood Credit Union, to help communities impacted by the California wildfires. You can read more and give at their donation page.

[personal profile] kuwdora is a long-time fandom vidder who recently enrolled in a career coaching program with tv/film editor Zack Arnold, and she is now working to pay off the last installment of the program and transition from a vidding hobby to a professional editing career in Hollywood. You can read more here, give to her gofundme here, and buy art from her etsy here.

[tumblr.com profile] catlinyemaker linked to a fundraiser for [twitter.com profile] neolithicsheep, a disabled Navy vet and sustainable agriculture educator who is raising funds to get a border collie to help them with their Sovay sheep. You can read more about the fundraiser and retweet in a twitter thread here, and purchase various shirts and other branded goods at their Teespring here.

[personal profile] xturtle linked to their friend Marcia, who is raising funds to help cover vet bills for her sick bunny; she is running out of unemployment benefits and looking for work; in the meantime Caspian needs testing to determine what the lump in his stomach is and get his teeth fixed. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to a fundriaser for [tumblr.com profile] ohcrakerjacks, a victim of black toxic mold. She and her parents are raising funds to replace walls, insulation, flooring, and furniture. You can read more and check out commissions here and give to her ko-fi here, which will support supply purchases for the cross-stitch embroidery she sells.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] suriel's husband is about to have two surgeries, each costing several thousand dollars, and they are raising money to cover expenses. They have sales in all their online shops: Fandom buttons and more, caramels and toffees, and their band shop. You can read and reblog here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] vaspider, who is running a sale on their Etsy shop ($10% off $30 or more) to help with living expenses and home repairs after a job loss and other unexpected life events this year. You can check out the Etsy shop here; it includes a lot of nerdy/geeky Judaica as well as secular clothes, accessories, and cosplay.

News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to a writeup that [personal profile] kaberett posted about desensitizing themselves to board games; Board Game Desensitization Process is a template for people who may have a difficult relationship to card/board games but want to participate in the increasingly popular social events focused around them.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

update rolling out

Oct. 16th, 2017 06:41 am
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Hello trainers! An update began rolling out over the weekend. The patch notes are relatively minor -- "Various bug fixes and performance updates" -- so it doesn't look too exciting, but you never know.

Treasured

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:14 pm
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[personal profile] monanotlisa
If you're so inclined, you can read my Dear Yuletide Author Letter now.
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Title: The Changeling
Author: Annerb
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairings: Ginny/Harry
Rating: Teen
Length (total): 21:41:45
Music: The Ballad Of Mona Lisa by Panic! At the Disco
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: Ginny is sorted into Slytherin. It takes her seven years to figure out why.

Podbooks Link:
Year 1-4 (chapters 1-4) [6:11:59; 175.1MB]
Year 5 (chapter 5) [5:04:00; 143.2MB]
Year 6-7 (chapters 6-11) [10:25:46; 293.9MB]

Chapter Links [length; size]:
Chapter 1: First Year [23:56; 22.2MB]
Chapter 2: Year Two [43:39; 40.2MB]
Chapter 3: Year Three [1:33:34; 128.7MB]
Chapter 4: Fourth Year [3:30:50; 289.8MB]
Chapter 5: Fifth Year [5:04:00; 417.7MB]
Chapter 6: Sixth Year - Part One [4:19:57; 357.2MB]
Chapter 7: Sixth Year - Part Two [1:37:45; 134.5MB]
Chapter 8: Sixth Year - Part Three [1:33:57; 129.3MB]
Chapter 9: Sixth Year - Part Four [1:08:21; 94.1MB]
Chapter 10: Sixth Year - Part Five [1:32:28; 127.2MB]
Chapter 11: Seventh Year [13:18; 18.5MB]

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!

Posted for Podfic Big Bang 2017
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Because I am me, I systematized my home search as much as I could – I have a spreadsheet in google that has not just my list of Best, Acceptable, and Totally Unacceptable buildings in it but also my mortgage calculator from the bank and various other financial stuff. I also went into the top few real estate websites (primarily Zillow and Estately) and set several different searches to be sent to my non-fandom inbox, where they were then filtered into a Housing folder (different from my other Housing folder, which has all my documents/communications with my realtor). 

Now I’m looking at my Housing folder which constantly has new emails in it and wishing there was just an “I BOUGHT A HOME, YOUR SERVICES ARE NOW IN VAIN” button I could press to notify all of those sites that no, really, I seriously do not anymore need your Real Estate Tips And Tricks newsletter anymore. 

Fortunately changing my address everywhere won’t be the nightmare my mum always complains it is, because I also have a spreadsheet of every website I’ve ever built a login for, and I just go through the spreadsheet (also it’s an excellent opportunity to delete my account from sites I never use). 

I’ve rarely lived anywhere for more than five years, and my phone number was deeply unstable for a while for similar reasons, but it’s a small wonder our generation prefers email to most other forms of communication – after all, my gmail addresses have been stable now for more than ten years. 

I believe I have now been Copperbadge On Social Media for longer than I have ever lived in any single residence. 

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Title: Strangeness and Charm
Author: blackkat
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Naruto/Katekyou Hitman Reborn!
Pairings: Obito/Reborn
Rating: Teen
Length: 26:33
Size: 24.7MB
Music: Cosplay Reborn by Toshihiko Sahashi
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: Reborn is never going to believe another word that comes out of Iemitsu’s mouth ever again.

(Or, Tsuna gets himself a teacher, a new skillset, and a family that’s twice as insane as in canon. Reborn is not amused.)

Link: mp3

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!

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Title: Bloodsport
Author: Branch & Lys ap Adin
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Katekyou Hitman Reborn!
Pairings: Gen
Rating: Mature
Length: 3:14:16
Size: 267.0MB
Music: Monster by Lady Gaga
Cover: Opalsong
Summary: Gokudera knows that this can't possibly end well.

Part 1 of the Bloodsport series

Link: MP3
Series Audiobook will be release along side the final podfic of the series.


Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3
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But since we do, I can't forget the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

[personal profile] rydra_wong has a recommendable entry with information on what the NYT calls a classic ''ethnic cleansing'' titled "Nie Wieder", which means "Never Again" in English and is one of the most famous anti-fascist, anti-war, anti-genocide German slogans; take your pick. Its origins are unclear; Willy Brandt, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974 is quoted most often; but then there's also Wilhelm Pieck, a German communist and the first -- also last -- President of the German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany.

If you want something that's not glossy photos of people suffering, here are, again courtesy of the NYT, satellite images of the burnt villages as well as their locations on a map of Rakhine state.
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As you know, Bob, my life is thus:

7am Get up, get ready
8 am Get going to work, starting on email and professional reading and such
9 am Kick off at work
2 pm Have the lunch you brought at your desk
8pm Go do a 1-hour swim at the pool, maybe have some protein shake
9pm Travel home slightly less stressed with wet hair
10pm Work for another 1-2 hours at home
11-12pm Go to bed, perchance to sleep, definitely to dream anxiety dreams if so

Lather, rinse, repeat.

However, today I attended an excellent seminar, which brought down the pace significantly. So let me post three things:

1. How have I never read this article? Thankfully my wife alerted me to its sublime perfection. THIS IS THE ARTICLE FOR THE SEASON. *mad cackling*

2. [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico is ON! You guys, if you go and offer anything I love, I will bid on it like it's going out of style (it probably is, this being me and my fandoms). Samples include fic for
- Killjoys (TV)
- The Good Fight (TV)
- The Imperial Radch Trilogy (Book)
- Wonder Woman (Film)
- Atomic Blonde (Film)
- Antimony Price of InCryptid fame (Book)
- Star Trek: Discovery (ahh, Michael Burnham ♥) (TV)
- Dark Matter if we're talking Portia Lin and gen or femslash (TV)
- Red Queen fanfic of Cameron Cole (I'll take Mare Barrow, too, but only w/out Maven) (Book)

3. A recipient of donations for the North Bay Fire that we have chosen is the SONOMA COUNTY RESILIENCE FUND: "to support the mid- to long-term needs of our community as we recover from the devastation from the fires currently raging through Sonoma County." It's run by a both local and entrenched community organization. (I've also put up my hand for volunteering my professional work; a mail went 'round today in the office. I'm singularly useless in practical advice like this, but supposedly we will get training beforehand.)

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Oct. 12th, 2017 12:03 pm
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Title: Spin Songs for the Sea
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] heget
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: The Silmarillion
Pairing: Eärwen-centric gen
Rating: G
Summary: "Eärwen as a young maiden of the Swan-haven, surrounded and supported by family, and the intersection of song and spinning thread."
Length: 3:45

Mediafire download link | Tindeck streaming link

--

This podfic was posted as part of a commission-style fundraiser I am running to help my parents and brother, who have been evacuated from our family home due to the terrible fires in NorCal. As of time of posting there are five more podfics available if you would also like to support my family while we try to decide how to move forward.

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The owners of the condo I offered on have accepted my offer at $180K, with the only condition that they will do no repairs or remodels before I take possession. 

*head between knees*

GONNA BE A HOMEOWNER.

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Apologies!

Oct. 11th, 2017 06:44 am
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Hello trainers!

Your mod would like to apologize for being absent the past month. I kind of got swallowed up by work. Sorry for not reporting in with news and updates. ^^;

So. How have things been with you guys?
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I have a favor to ask of conventions: please design your badges so that names can be easily and clearly read.


I’ve never been good with names. It’s frustrating as hell, and it’s become a bigger problem as I travel to more conventions. I get introduced to so many people, and within 24 hours, a lot of those names escape my brain like Batman villains from Arkham Asylum.


Most of the time, it’s not that I forget the people — just the names. (Sorry, Darla!) Especially if it’s been a while (folks I see once a year at a given convention, for example) or the context is different. Even when my brain retains a tentative grasp on a name, I tend to not trust myself, and still try to check badges to make sure.


Compare these two badges. The one on the left is from Convergence. The one on the right I made up as an example, but it’s pretty close to some I’ve seen at various conventions.


Convergence Badge Fake Convention Badge


Convergence’s badge is relatively easy to read, with clear black text on white. Even my old eyes should be able to read that at a distance. Whereas the other example uses small type in a non-standard font, and is hard to distinguish from the background.


(This will also give me a better chance of spelling your name correctly if I’m signing a book!)


I know folks like cool artwork on the badges. I know a lot of people are better at remembering names than I am. But please take pity on those of us with older eyes and leaky brains.


Thank you,

Jim and the Society of People Who Suck at Remembering Names






Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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I used to be confused, as a child, about why you would buy a new calendar in September – a calendar that would contain September-December and then the entire next year. Because surely you had a calendar that went through the end of the year, no calendar ever ENDS in August. 

But as an adult now I get it, because I keep a private calendar in google docs and I just had to move the October, November, and December tabs into the 2018 calendar since I’m already bookin’ shit out for January and February. At this point, starting in November I’m traveling at least once a month, every month, from November to June, except in May. 

Clearly I better book a trip in May. :D  

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