April 20th, 2019
petra: Barbara Gordon smiling knowingly (Default)
Me wan go home (100 words) by Petra
Fandom: Schitt's Creek
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Moira Rose, Jocelyn Schitt, Ronnie (Schitt's Creek)
Additional Tags: Women's Chorus, Drabble, Earworm

"Of course we'll need someone strong on the solo for this one," Jocelyn said, and smiled at the Jazzagals.

Mood:: jazzed
Music:: That was beautiful!
mific: (Dief is happy)
posted by [personal profile] mific at 07:06pm on 20/04/2019 under
Fandom: due South
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Quinsarqua on DA
Why this piece is awesome: An iconic moment in due South, and for the fandom. :) And a great version of it with a digital technique that looks like traditional art. Also, love the way the bubbles are making hearts in the water! 
Link: Buddy Breathing Redraw
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Uncanny Interventions
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 3 of 7, complete
Word count (story only): 1208

:: Part of the Strange Family series, in the Polychrome Heroics universe, this story takes place at some point after Genna, Saul, and the others arrive at the Can. It will be clear to readers why Hatter could not be more specific when discussing matters. Sponsored by an anonymous angel who should have a threefold blessing in return. At least! ::

:: Pay Special Attention: Black hat missions against WORSE people. Mentions of human trafficking, dog fighting (only in the past tense), other criminal actions. Injuries to an adult, kidnapped children (who are physically unharmed), and a laundry list of reasons to dislike the head of the trafficking ring. Please skip this story if the negativity of these issues outweighs the rescue of kidnapped individuals and the dismantling of a human trafficking ring. I have tried to handle these problems gently, but this is NOT gentle fiction. There will be other, gentler stories in the set, but the aftermath of these events will include some heavy topics. ::

Back to part two
On to part four

The comm clicked twice. A cat’s pitiable, frustrated yowls and the soft clip of steel-toed boots traced the team’s progress toward the animal clinic. “I don’t know,” Chaac Kan gasped, breathless and half a step from tears, “I don’t know what Fluffy ate, just that he threw up all over the living room carpet. Twice!” Fast, fluent Portuguese explained the cat’s dilemma.

A sharp, single click was the only clue Oliver had that the second pair had run into something unexpected. He sighed into the mist from the decorative waterfall, barely more than droplets clinging to threads of fishing line mounted in a shallow tray on the front of the pet shop side of the paired buildings. As he exhaled, the water vapor followed his commands, twining deep into the brick and mortar, searching for open spaces.
Read more... )
Mood:: 'anxious' anxious
sixbeforelunch: deanna troi, no text (trek - troi)
Matronym (1152 words) by sixbeforelunch
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: William Riker/Deanna Troi
Characters: William Riker, Deanna Troi
Additional Tags: Fluff, Pillow Talk, Fluff Bingo Quarter 2
Summary: A sleepy, lazy morning off.

Notes: For [community profile] fluffbingo, Prompt: Storm

As a reminder, I am treating [community profile] fluffbingo as a low-pressure writing challenge for myself, which means I'm posting un-betaed and not obsessing over details as much as I usually would. You are free to offer (ideally kindly worded) con-crit if you are so inclined.

Read on DW )
settiai: (Storm -- losttheskyagain)
posted by [personal profile] settiai at 06:10pm on 20/04/2019 under ,
I've been ranting about it on Twitter (and in some private Discord chats), but I'm beyond frustrated with my family again. Specifically my parents this time. Ranting and mild panicking under the cut. )

It's just been a really long couple of weeks.
Mood:: 'angry' angry
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At Crazy Eddie's Motie News, I posted WXYZ, WOOD-TV, and MLive on the first 4/20 since recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan. I considered including the following video, but decided it didn't fit the Michigan theme.

From ancient China to 420, pot has come a long way. Saturday is a high-ranking made-up holiday. It's 4/20, aka Weed Day or Pot Day, and that means specials for cannabis fans across the country, regardless of whether they can legally buy pot in their state or not. This year, more major restaurant chains are getting in the holiday mood including Pizza Hut, which has a sweet brownie deal, and Boston Market with its buy-one-get-one free Pot Pie deal. Plus, Carl’s Jr. says it is the first chain to test a CBD-burger at one Denver location only on Saturday.
location: House in the woods at the edge of town
Mood:: 'hungry' hungry
Music:: NCIS
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posted by [personal profile] kaberett at 10:41pm on 20/04/2019 under
Apparently I haven't posted any photos of the allotment since last August, whoops.

Four photographs. )

I'm really pleased with how it's coming along? This is the very first plot you see when you enter the site, which fact I am occasionally a little daunted by, but I am making progress and I sincerely hope sorting the raised beds out will facilitate a bunch more.
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posted by [personal profile] elisi at 10:32pm on 20/04/2019 under

Happy Easter one and all!
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posted by [personal profile] mtbc at 08:57pm on 20/04/2019 under , ,
I have grumbled about Amazon here already, now I grumble some more. )

I have bought from eBay in a small way for years, more recently in a positive attempt to avoid Amazon, but I am have been starting to find eBay equally exasperating. Many sellers are great but too many are unacceptably bad. )

I was already annoyed at how eBay favors sellers: people seem to expect five stars for adequacy (so how to reward the excellent?) and one is strongly dissuaded from leaving any negative feedback. If the seller failed to get the advertised thing to me because of some easily avoided failing then that deserves some kind of negativity: simply getting my money back is hardly recompense if I needed the item in a timely manner. Do many buyers typically accept misdescribed sub-par items instead of returning them? Are sellers trying to get away with lies or are they simply inattentive idiots who do not check their own item and listing?

I wish there were a trustworthy online marketplace that offered a wide selection of goods. I have yet to find it. )

In other news, autoplaying trailers now seem to have come to Netflix's website. Netflix thus now offer me no tolerable way to discover shows. )
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posted by [personal profile] sholio at 12:33pm on 20/04/2019 under , ,
1. The Spring Equinox Vidding Exchange archive is now open. Their theme: "Sources from the 90s." (I had other things I was going to do with my afternoon than watch vids, but you know how it goes ...)

2. The Space Swap archive is also open for reading! I have a fic in there, because I picked up a pinch hit for it awhile back.

3. Signups for Not Prime Time, a midsized-fandom exchange, are open. I am probably going to sign up for it, but haven't gotten there quite yet. All the Netflix Marvel shows, Agent Carter, Stranger Things, Umbrella Academy, and Schitt's Creek are all eligible and have tags in the tagset, just to name a few.

4. I have not yet stopped being completely gone for Iron Fist, as my latest fanfic offerings no doubt reveal.

Me in chat to [personal profile] sheron earlier: "I SWEAR the next thing I write in this fandom is a) going to have a plot other than "random goons kidnap people for h/c purposes", and b) is going to involve characters other than Danny and Ward."

... You wouldn't think getting tired of h/c would be a thing for me, but I'm really starting to get the urge to write something with an actual plot that's not just 5K of feels. That being said, I think the last fandom that made me go this head-over-heels for just writing endless words of h/c and feels was White Collar. I'm also slightly amazed that in just 6 months, or so, this fandom has jumped up to #3 on my AO3 stats page for most fics written. (Though technically it should be #4, because I haven't ever gotten most of my SGA fic onto AO3 and there is A LOT OF IT.)

Since I linked someone to this on AO3 today - for anyone who wants to be dragged kicking and screaming into this fandom join me in my current shiny place, allow me to refer you back to my so you wanna watch Iron Fist? post from last year, a.k.a. a guide to getting past the first few episodes for people who bounce off them. (I understand that not everybody likes or is going to like this show. I don't expect you to. But you know, just in case you were interested ...!)

Incidentally ... over the last year or two, I've mostly stopped crossposting fic or even fic notifications here, unless it's for an exchange, and just putting it on AO3 with notifications posted at [tumblr.com profile] sholiofic. I am writing a lot more fic than you'd know from reading my journal. I think I kinda just got out of the habit during a time when I wasn't writing a whole lot, but I've been fairly prolific lately. Lately it's been largely focused on Iron Fist and/or the Marvel Defenders shows, with some Agent Carter, Stranger Things, and various other stuff I'm into. Should I start posting those here again? Actually, because everyone loves clicking little boxes ... let's do a poll.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 35

When I post a new fic on AO3, what should I do about it on my DW journal?

Crosspost the entire fic, like in the old days.
3 (8.6%)

Post a notification that links to AO3, but not the whole fic.
20 (57.1%)

I would feel a bit spammed, honestly. I can follow you on AO3 if I want the fic.
1 (2.9%)

It's your journal; do what you like!
10 (28.6%)

My answer cannot be contained in a mere radio button! See comments.
1 (2.9%)

There are no right or wrong answers here, and I'm not going to feel bound by the poll results. I'm just curious if there is still interest in reading fic here or not.
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posted by [personal profile] chelseagirl at 04:57pm on 20/04/2019
Stuff I wrote in a comment to selenak's post on Star Trek: Discovery's second season finale:

Read more... )

Also I want the Michelle Yeoh Section 31 show NOW.
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posted by [personal profile] hollymath at 09:11pm on 20/04/2019 under , ,
Today was a good day. I managed to sleep in, get some stuff done that I've been procrastinating on (laundry and essay work, both taking advantage of the nice weather; I hung the laundry outside and bribed myself to look at the essay by letting myself sit in the garden to do it) and then had a date with Stuart.

We determined earlier this week that we wanted to go to the movies or have a picnic or something, go out in the car some place. So he picked me up and he'd come up with a good idea: we went to the viewing park at the airport. It's a big field where you can see planes land, also see a few they have on display. There's also "British people in a field" stuff like ice cream vans and fairground rides for tiny children. It was really busy today, a sunny warm day in the middle of a long weekend. Nice to see kids running around, people admiring the planes. We had ice cream and sat in the sunshine.

And we went back to his place and watched a movie, The Spy Who Dumped Me, which I'd seen but he hadn't because it does look like it should be terrible but luckily he agreed with me that it's great. We laughed so much.
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I want to read Volume II of the Mueller Report, not Volume I. I can't find any link to Volume II.

The pdf is a mess to get through on a small screen and does not contain Vol II and yet I'm seeing a lot of reporting referring to it. Vol II has all the obstruction narratives.

Anyone have a direct link to Volume II? Thank you.
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posted by [personal profile] filkferengi at 03:50pm on 20/04/2019
The acclaimed _Goblin Emperor_ is on sale for 1.99! The link below includes lots & lots of sites & formats.


This book is so good, I read it twice in the same year. Compelling world-building, & one of the kindest main characters ever. *insert incoherent, euphoric squee-ing here*

Well, that takes care of reading matter for my next flight.

*heads off to share the love*
Mood:: 'jubilant' jubilant
Music:: Mikey Mason--The Best Game Ever
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posted by [personal profile] aurumcalendula at 03:37pm on 20/04/2019 under
The 2019 Spring Equinox Exchange is live and I received two awesome vids!

Help I'm Alive (But I'm a Cheerleader)

We Break the Rules (Bound (1996))
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posted by [personal profile] some_stars at 02:37pm on 20/04/2019
i remain HIGHLY upset and angry about the magicians but also, like...i was in comics fandom, i watched doctor who, i know from getting fucked around by shitty creators. this is probably the worst instance yet, but still, it was good training. i will die angry but what else is new.

(if anyone reading this cared about the magicians and would like a show where queer people 1.) are numerous 2.) get happy endings (after much tribulation), and also it's an extraordinarily good show, i highly recommend black sails, The Only Show That Has Never Betrayed Me. it doesn't do the extremely revolutionary thing i thought the magicians was gonna do but on its own terms, it's perfect. hmu for content warnings for s1 if you want.) (legends of tomorrow has also never betrayed me but it is EXTREMELY different tonally and doesn't fill the same void.)

anyway i handle these things by putting on more lipstick. i have a plan to wear wacky lipstick colors to class the last week of school, for my own amusement and hopefully the students', so i'm stocking up on blues, greens, silver, and particularly ludicrous pinks.
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posted by [personal profile] batwrangler at 03:19pm on 20/04/2019 under
Can I have a female buddy movie that isn't about being as crass as male buddy movies?

I'm not interested in drugs, smoking, casual sex, or engaging in crime sprees and other irresponsible behaviors. I mean, yay! for the women who are getting what they want now that these films are happening, but I'd like something different.

Anyone got any recs?
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posted by [personal profile] calimac at 10:47am on 20/04/2019
That's what I've been working on for the last couple days: the annual bibliography of Tolkien studies for the journal of the same title. This year we're covering 2017 (just long enough in the past to let the references settle down).

First thing is to go through all the specialty indexes and known Tolkien-related journals, and then turn to more general indexes. This is my first time using Google Scholar, which I added to my list of sources last year. I like it a lot. Its article listings are more detailed than WorldCat's, and it has a lot more material, though there's a lot of scholarly sources it omits, and there's plenty more work to be done. It's a very high-recall index, which means there's lots of dross to sort through, and despite using a relevance ordering there's no obvious spot where the dross entirely takes over; that comes from the intensity and depth of the recall. It's a good thing I'm working on an author with an exceedingly rare surname; if I were working on Charles Williams, I wouldn't be able to proceed this way.

Biggest problem is: what possibly relevant items to omit? I omit anything about the movies that isn't directly about comparing them with the books: this is Tolkien Studies, not Jackson Studies. Similarly with other derived and inspired material. Accordingly, I also omit an article about tiny neopagan groups who've modeled their religion on The Silmarillion: it's fascinating, but it turns out to have nothing to do with Tolkien's book, just on what these people did with it.

Theoretical linguists seem to be taking to using Tolkien to provide examples for their airy discussions. There's an article on the difference between the truth values of "Frodo lives in the Shire" (which is a fictional statement already) and "Frodo lives at 221B Baker Street," and what happens if you add "Imagine that ..." to the front of either of them. I decided this was just N to fill the space and had nothing to do with Tolkien.

Equivalently, I've decided to stop listing the trickle of articles, mostly from Eastern Europe, that use translations, usually of The Hobbit, as source material for usually rather vague analyses of how particular forms of expressions or types of words are translated from English into Bulgarian or some other such target language. Any Tolkien content has been sucked out in the process.

There are a lot of things, however, that I add as tentative because there's no full text accessible online and I can't figure out from the citations if they're relevant or not until I can get to a library and figure them out. Already out, from a view at the public library, is a book of tales of famous authors' childhoods whose story of Tolkien and the tarantula is full of made-up detail, because there isn't any that isn't made up. It also says he remained terrified of spiders, which he wasn't.

Besides topic, there's also nature of publication. We don't list unpublished theses. I'm trying to be chary of undergraduate term papers stuck without additional formatting into their school's online journals. Self-published books can go in if they're substantial. Something with no library holdings, no proper title page, and a single Amazon customer review saying it's a worthless ripoff of Tolkien fans' money, no. Frantic e-mails to obscure Tolkien publications: why does your website not list an issue from you, but WorldCat says there is one?

Now to spend the rest of the weekend thinking about making food - there's visits to both a Pesach seder and an Easter dinner on the calendar; that's what comes of being an interfaith couple - and I'm bringing food to both of them. Come Monday, it's down to the trenches of the university libraries for a couple more days' bibliographic work.
nihkee_moolah: (Gay cheer)
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posted by [personal profile] notasupervillain at 07:13pm on 20/04/2019
What albums should I be listening to while I edit manuscripts?

Thanks to the people who've suggested bands for the previous time I asked - I have listened to some of them, but I don't want to answer comments until I've listened to more of the suggestions because I am a COMPLETETIONIST (sometimes) but, yes, very much appreciate the suggestions.

Good working music for me:
The Stars
Death Cab For Cutie
Caravan Palace
Fall Out Boy
Dresden Dolls.
Mother Mother

Yes I have a type. Any more ideas for what fits my type? I'm gonna go back to the earlier thread of suggestions too, but I thought I'd ask again.
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posted by [personal profile] kat_lair at 06:48pm on 20/04/2019

Uber Mood Board
Artist: MistressKat / [personal profile] kat_lair
Author: [personal profile] rokhal 
Fandom: All-New Ghost Rider
Characters: Robbie Reyes, Eli Morrow, Gabe Reyes
Rating/Category: PG-13 for the art (R for the fic)
Warnings: For art: some blood splatter, some rude words. For fic: way more than that!

Link to art master post: Art on AO3Art on DW
Link to fic master post: Fic on AO3

Artist notes: This year's [community profile] smallfandombang marks a first for me: a comics fandom! Despite the story being not my usual thing at all, I enjoyed it immensely, which is all down to the author's skill. A++ would heartily recommend this read! Unusually for me, there is also only one piece of art. Except, of course, this consists of several different pieces all related to the story... I had such fun doing this and also figured out some new ways of putting stuff together. Thank you to my author [personal profile] rokhal  for encouragement and scans! Resource credits here.

cimorene: white lamb frolicking on green grass (pirouette)
I eventually finished the annoyingly terribly badly-written pattern project from the 8th time I cast on (I think). There were several times when I had to unknit up to 6 rows to fix a mistake because I couldn't figure out how to do this using a crochet hook for individual columns of stitches, and I had to do that one stitch at a time with both ends of the needle rather than taking the needle out, ripping stitches, and then threading it back in, because picking the stitches back up correctly like that was too hard.

That's why I let a number of minor errors stand: img x3 )

But I love this and it seems to be an appropriate replacement for my previous large (enough to go around the head and neck three times) cowl and the merino is significantly softer, and the brioche significantly squishier, than the old one's chunky alpaca seed stitch. I did manage to wear it today, but it wasn't really necessary to have a scarf that heavy, so I probably won't get to thoroughly test it out until next fall, though. I also did get a new Ravelry usericon out of the day.

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posted by [personal profile] jhetley at 01:26pm on 20/04/2019
Really, people, competitive assholery is not an Olympic sport.
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posted by [personal profile] spoonorita at 01:13pm on 20/04/2019
How did you first come across and discover your favourite pastime?

Feel free to answer in the comments or paste the code below into your own journal to answer the question.

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posted by [personal profile] ironyoxide at 09:54am on 20/04/2019 under
License to exist: renewed.

Temporarily. Permanent existence will have to wait the requisite 7-10 business days.
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A Doctor Who version of one of those grid based logic problems.  I don't really have the enthusiasm to transcribe the clues without knowing someone would really like a transcription, but please feel free to drop a comment if you would like them transcribed.

From Tides of Time Trinity 1991. Credited to Mark Dunn who, I'm fairly sure, won't mind me sharing.
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posted by [personal profile] gettinggreyer at 12:31pm on 20/04/2019 under

“The Edge of Greatness,” a general spop zine is finally open for preorders! The zine is available in a BigCartel Store from April 20th to May 26th. The book is 5.5" by 8.5", saddle stitched. Please check the blog for more information, as well as previews to the the zine: [tumblr.com profile] spop-zine

There is also a special giveaway occurring with this zine, as one lucky winner who both follows the blog and reblogs the post will win an entire Princess of Power bundle for free. If the winner has already ordered, they will receive a refund and upgrade.


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80 orders: Free zine copy for all contributors
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All physical orders will be shipped out from the United States of America when the preorder period and manufacturing process has ended, this will also be when PDFs will be emailed out.
oursin: image of hedgehogs having sex (bonking hedgehogs)

Bedroom confidential: what sex therapists hear from the couch.

We confess ourself unimpressed at the entirely false dichotomy set up that in Ye Olden Dayez what sex therapists saw was physical problems, and now what they see are 'bio-psycho-social' difficulties.

Aphrodite knows, I wish somebody would set to and research the history of sex therapy in the UK, because it is a Different Story from that in the USA, and I know where the bodies are buried where a whole lot of extremely pertinent archival material may be found. But my distinct sense is that they were working on a fairly holistic (though I doubt that back in the 1950s they would have used that word) model, what with calling on the insights of the Balint Method and so on. It was by no means mechanistic. See also this blog post re a friend of mine's research on a particular woman doctor's work in marital counselling in private practice in the 1950s.

So there's that about The Past.

And as far as physical problems go, these seem fairly prominent in contemporary consultations, what with the prevalence of ED and 'increase in women with vaginismus'.

And in the realm of plus ca change, or maybe things are even going backwards

For all the talk of lifting stigmas, therapists say uniformly that, for many people – even the majority – sex remains a taboo. Moyle points out that society is still predominantly heteronormative and kinks are not openly discussed. “We’re in this really weird paradox where everybody looks like they are having sex and is talking about sex, but the realistic, normal conversations are not happening.”

Even at the individual level, Lovett says conversations today are no more frank or open than they were in the mid-1980s. Buchanan finds there are more barriers than there were 15 years ago. “A bit of me is still surprised by people’s ignorance around their own bodies and their partner’s,” says Knowles. More pragmatic, robust sexual education is sorely needed.

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posted by [personal profile] selenak at 05:58pm on 20/04/2019 under ,
I wish you peaceful, joyful holidays, be they Easter or Pesach, and start my annual Easter Wells pic spam with the heroes of the hour....

Fake cut leads to lj version as there photos are normal sized
Actual cut can‘t explain why dw suddenly posts photos gigantic sized )
location: Bamberg
Mood:: 'good' good
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posted by [personal profile] petra at 11:46am on 20/04/2019 under
I'd heard it before, but never with quite the same ears as today: Title of the Song, da Vinci's Notebook.

It might be a little too sincere, but then again Celine Dion only goes to eleven and there she was.
Mood:: meta
Music:: Naive expression of love
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posted by [personal profile] notasupervillain at 04:17pm on 20/04/2019
The captain turns the no smoking sign off
It doesn't matter, we're going down now

Smoke, people
Burn the last one down.
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posted by [personal profile] truepenny at 10:09am on 20/04/2019 under
Tor is running a promotion where The Goblin Emperor e-book is $1.99. (Even though Macmillan's site still says $8.99, all the links have the right price.) Obviously this is a golden opportunity. :)
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Title: Vengeance Drives For Uber
Author: rokhal
Fandom: All-New Ghost Rider (comics)
Characters/Pairings: Robbie Reyes, Eli Morrow, Gabe Reyes, OCs, half the side characters from the comics
Rating/Category: R/gen Genre: Action, drama
Word Count:
Warnings graphic depictions of violence, off-screen noncon/rape, off-screen domestic violence, pervasive emotional abuse/gaslighting, ablelist language, drug references, pre-story death of OFC of color
Last year, eighteen-year-old legal guardian Robbie Reyes made a deal with the ghost of the serial killer possessing his body: together they will unleash their rage on those who endanger Los Angeles, and when they find someone truly evil, truly deserving, they will kill them. Since he made the deal, they've maimed plenty, but killed no one, and the ghost is getting impatient.

Robbie gets a side-job driving his Ghost Rider car for Uber. This goes about as well as one could hope: he doesn't attack any passengers, but he does stumble upon a murder victim.

Robbie wants the killer to pay, for reasons he does not understand. Eli wants Robbie to finally fulfill his end of the deal and kill somebody, anybody. To avenge the innocent dead, Robbie is finally willing to cooperate.

Link to fic master post: Vengeance Drives For Uber
Link to art master post: Art on AO3
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posted by [personal profile] notasupervillain at 03:27pm on 20/04/2019
I take a very, very long time to watch a season of TV. Like, Top Chef season 16 started December 8th, and I am now approaching the end. 

So, what to watch next? I haven't been even sort of caught up on TV since 2012, so I have a lot of shows on the list all vying for my attention. My husband has suggested The Expanse as a possibility for the next Top Spot. It's a coveted position, since by the time I finish whatever I watch next, there's likely to be few hundred more shows on my list. So every time a show misses out on Top Spot, it becomes that much more difficult to get into the position.

A) The Expanse
B) Other??
C) None of the above.
D) All of the above.
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posted by [personal profile] mtbc at 03:17pm on 20/04/2019 under , ,
Something in the back of my left shoulder seems bothered. Usually my various aches and pains are not affected by my workouts but yesterday on the cross-trainer I started tentatively only to have my shoulder quickly complain. Today my shoulder still feels easily bothered so I am taking the weekend off working out; instead I shall take a pleasant hot bath. Awkwardly, driving, at least from the right of our stick-shift car, requires some use of my left arm. I also typically use it in brushing my teeth. My shoulder especially objects to my extending my left arm and applying force with it. Had I still the medical supplies I accumulated in the US I would be tempted to put it in a sling to help me rest it.
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posted by [personal profile] mtbc at 02:38pm on 20/04/2019 under , , , ,
I blame governance for not doing more to address global warming because it takes legislation to force the behavioral change that is needed. For example, if Pigovian taxes made everybody pay the true environmental cost of their actions then I suspect that people would end up telecommuting more, buying more solar panels, manufacturers would make longer-lasting goods, etc.: the distorted market would find ways without needing to be pushed by specific policy initiatives. Of course, the market is already distorted thanks to lobbying from monied special interests such as oil; perhaps that is where democracy fails.

On a more personal note I wondered how non-violent protest compares with my changing my own behavior more, not that one excludes the other. We have taken small measures like buying only renewable electricity and we could bear to eat less beef and whatnot. My main thought is of our car: we have an efficient one but it is a shame that the bus service from our village takes so long and the seats are so close together that it is hard to work from them. It would make sense to move to somewhere from which I can more easily get to work in Dundee except that we have children in Perth High School which is in the opposite direction.
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posted by [personal profile] osprey_archer at 09:55am on 20/04/2019 under
Julie has been trying to get me to watch The Greatest Showman ever since it came out, and yesterday I finally acquiesced and did it, and oh my God, you guys, Zac Efron grew up hot, and I super ship his character Phillip Carlyle with Hugh Jackman’s P. T. Barnum although I also liked their canon love interests so maybe they’ll have one big poly showbiz family???

BUT SERIOUSLY THOUGH, their big number together (“The Other Side”) is such a seduction scene. Now admittedly Barnum is trying to woo Carlyle away from the hoity toity theater to the fun of the circus, not just generally wooing, but nonetheless he does so by jumping up on a table with his sleeves rolled up and dancing while Carlyle watches, legs spread, and then responds by dancing on the bar, and the tables, and then flips his red top hat on his head, and he aaaalmost walks out… and Barnum makes one last overture… and Carlyle stops, and then swings back to bargain for a percentage of the profits.

And then! And then! Near the end of the movie, when the circus catches fire, Carlyle races into the burning building to save his ladylove the acrobat Anne (don’t worry, she’s shows up fine like five seconds later), and then Barnum runs in to save him and bridal carries his prone smoke-stained body from the building right after it collapses. Yes. AFTER it collapses.

And then Anne tag-teams in to sit by his bedside while he’s recovering, because Barnum is a little busy trying to cope with the fact that his entire livelihood has just gone up in smoke. (There is no scene where Anne gently sponges the soot off his inert face, possibly ending with his eyelashes at last fluttering open and he gazes up at her in bafflement and love, which strikes me as a tragic wasted opportunity.)

But earlier on they do have a total epic duet that makes full use of the fact that Anne is an acrobat (I particularly like the bit where Phillip leaps off a balcony into her arms as she swoops around the arena on her trapeze, oh my God) so even if the filmmakers didn’t exploit the hurt/comfort possibilities to the fullest possible extent they did at least go big there.

I feel like I should have something more incisive to say, or historical criticisms or something (did anyone ever actually picket Barnum's circus in protest against the freak show?), but in fact my main takeaway from this movie was that Zac Efron could probably have sexual chemistry with a tree if he needed to.
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posted by [personal profile] havocthecat at 07:51am on 20/04/2019 under
That show...does not hold up. Wow, oh, God, the persistent misogyny runs through the whole show, and in episode one, Susan is metoo-ish )

Basically, every woman but Susan is presented in a sexist light, Susan isn't so great either as she's "not like other girls," ugh, and the men are all sleazy and opportunistic.

Not a show to rewatch. I can't believe I didn't complain before about watching a 30-something pout about how only single men are "worth her elasticity." (For those who haven't seen it, the female BFF sidekick thinks only single men are worth risking wrinkles for, so she only ever smiles at them. Gross.)
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posted by [personal profile] dewline at 09:10am on 20/04/2019 under , , , ,
Something else that Star Trek: Star Charts has inspired me about...and I don't think I want to discuss it on TrekBBS, because "story idea" prohibitions.

Looking at the Known Space map in the second fold-out at the back of that book...we see a 750-lightyear "sphere" with breakout "bubbles" around several stars. We are not focusing on them, but upon the coreward Beta Quadrant side, where the furthest-coreward systems tagged as Federation-affiliated are Antares - see also Memory Alpha - and Eta Lupi AKA Cerberus.

Looking back to the "core" spaces of the Federation, we see the following systems marked out along its coreward fringes:

Rhaandar/Alpha Indi
Ivor/Eta Scorpii
Norkan/Pi Hydrae
Caldos/Beta Octantis

First reasonable assumption to propose: there should be networks of routes connecting Antares and Eta Lupi to each other.

(FYI: Celestia suggests the direct-line distance between them is about 160 lightyears. GAIA, JWST et al. may either confirm or correct this.)

Second reasonable assumption: there should be networks of routes connecting those two systems to each of the latter group of seven systems as well.

Third reasonable assumption: along those routes established in assumptions one and two, there will be outposts, colonies, starbases, full-member worlds and their holdings, and independent star-nations and their holdings. Yet to have been documented on any official Trek series.

I don't yet know if any of the fan fictions - text, podcast, video - have covered that part of the Orion Arm. There could be stuff hidden in Archive of Our Own, whose creators have reached these same assumptions.
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posted by [syndicated profile] zooborns_feed at 05:12am on 20/04/2019

Posted by Chris Eastland

Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch (5)

Keepers at Chester Zoo are celebrating the birth of the zoo’s first Dusky Pademelon – a small cousin of the Kangaroo from Indonesia.   

Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch  (21)
Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch  (21)
Photo Credit: Chester Zoo

The joey has just started to peek out from the pouch of first-time mother Styx. 

Dusky Pademelons, also known as Dusky Wallabies, are small, hopping marsupials found in forests on the island of New Guinea, as well as some neighboring islands. 

Infants are born 30 days after mating and then continue to grow inside their mother's pouch until they fully emerge at around seven months.

Dave White, Team Manager of the zoo’s Twilight team, said, “Just like Kangaroos and other marsupials, newborn Dusky Pademelons will climb up to the safety of mum’s pouch to nurse when they are merely the size of jellybeans. It’s in that pouch that they receive all of the nourishment and protection they need as they develop, right up to the moment they are old enough to begin exploring the outside world for themselves.” 

“An adult Dusky Pademelon’s pouch has a powerful muscle to prevent the joey from falling out, but it won’t be too long until it’s ready to fully emerge and start hopping around on its own two feet. That’s when we’ll discover whether it’s a boy or a girl and choose its name,” White said.

The Dusky Pademelon is listed as Vulnerable to Extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Its population is estimated to have declined by 30% in the last 15-20 years, largely due to trapping, hunting and habitat loss.

Tim Rowlands, the zoo’s Curator of Mammals, said, “Relatively little is known about the Dusky Pademelon and we’re working to better understand these fantastic animals. Through the scientific observations we’re making at the zoo, and all that we’re learning as mum brings up her new joey, we’re able to better document Dusky Pademelon behavior. This could help add to the baseline of data that already exists and help other conservation teams to ensure its long-term survival in the wild.”

See more photos of the joey below.

Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch  (12)
Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch  (12)
Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch  (12)
Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch  (12)
Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch (6)
Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch (6)
Rare dusky pademelon born at Chester Zoo begins to peek out from mum’s pouch (6)

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posted by [personal profile] jhetley at 08:31am on 20/04/2019

Air temperature 54 F, wind south about 10 mph, raining. Saw neighbor loading kayaks into/onto truck early, so we presume the local canoe race looms in their future. Race finish line moved upstream due to tide schedule -- can't fit under the downtown bridges . . .

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… phew. this ask almost passes as a legit question, but the ‘xoxo’ at the end is a little much.  still, what a great opportunity to talk about this ongoing problem of people ignoring warnings that a work contains content that upsets them, then complaining that they were upset when they viewed it.

(first, a side note: don’t censor the word ‘pedophilia’. It’s not a slur - it’s a content warning. If you censor it, the blacklists of people who don’t want to see posts that mention pedophilia won’t catch it and they could be harmed. Just use the word.)

anti-shippers who look at a fic or fanwork’s tags and say ‘this has problematic content! I better go tell the author how problematic their content is!’, I have news for you:

warnings on fanworks indicate that the person creating the work knows the content is ‘problematic’, not for all audiences, and may hurt people if they view it unsuspectingly. stop taking fanwork warnings and tags in bad faith and using them as an excuse to harass and harm creators.

warnings aren’t ‘disclaimers’ (and aren’t used as such). they’re the CONTAINS NAPROXIN. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN sticker on painkillers. The content is good, even helpful, for some people, but for others who don’t need it or are too young to understand what they’re consuming could be harmed. take the warnings seriously and if you don’t like what they say the fic contains, you really are better off not reading/viewing it!

‘they’re not warnings, they’re advertisements!’ they can function as both! people who want to read that content can find it and people who don’t want to read that content can avoid it. everyone is happier, except anti-shippers who are mad that people are enjoying content they don’t personally approve of.

‘If the creator knows their content is problematic, then they shouldn’t have created it in the first place! Or if they did, they shouldn’t have put it on the internet for people to see!’ well that’s a very different conversation. What you’re saying is that you advocate for censorship, and in that case ‘don’t like don’t read’ would be worthless: only things you like would be allowed to exist in the first place.

But let’s talk about how ‘they shouldn’t have put it on the internet for people to see.’ the basis for this is, I know, that it could corrupt the unsuspecting youth who read the bad content. But isn’t this a bit contradictory? if a fanwork is tagged with a warning that it contains abuse, everyone who looks at the fanwork is going to know that 1) the author believes that abuse is bad and needs to be warned for, and 2) the work contains abuse. Taking these points together, no matter how positively the abuse is depicted, a viewer has foreknowledge that it’s abusive and the creator thinks abuse is bad.  It’s simply insulting to imply that viewers will look at the abuse in the fanwork so uncritically as to not think it’s horrible after receiving such a warning.

In fact, I’ve heard anecdotal evidence that people who have been raped or abused (or still being abused) or undergone other harm have read fics with these warnings and because of the warnings, realized what had happened to themselves was not okay.  If anti-shippers had their way, those fics wouldn’t even exist, much less be warned for.

I’m about to say something radical, so brace yourself: 

because tagging warnings is the accepted way to warn people about dangerous content in fandom, the things more likely to cause confusion and harm in fanworks are the things that aren’t warned for.

Even the most positive depiction of abuse would be spoiled by a warning. Can you imagine if the beginning of every copy of Nabokov’s Lolita started with ‘Warning: this work contains depictions of csa, abuse, and child grooming.’ It would force readers who are blind to the hints that the narrator is unreliable to read the work with a very different eye, and I doubt most people would read it and conclude it’s a love story the way many people do today.

Now Lolita was intended to be a kind of monster story from the point of view of the monster - it was never meant to be a positive depiction at all. Nabokov’s work was too subtle for most people, but he was a master storyteller. I think if he could, he’d go back and add a warning so people would stop getting the wrong idea.

In fandom, where we have a widely-accepted tagging system, potentially harmful content that the creator adds deliberately will be warned for. But the potentially harmful content that the creator doesn’t know about won’t be - and that’s the stuff that tends to be a lot more sneaky and insidious.

Let’s take your example: 

“i can be as racist as i want and you have to deal with it because i used a disclaimer".

Racism does crop up a lot in fanworks, but not in the way this implies.  There’s a huge difference between a creator recognizing racism exists and utilizing it as an aspect of a setting or acknowledging it in a respectful, truthful way and a creator who does not recognize their own racist blind spots and therefore ends up perpetuating harmful stereotypes or providing racist narration without realizing it.

The former tends to be warned for; the latter never is because the creator doesn’t even know they’re being racist. The former may be painful, because racism is shitty and harmful and real, but a person can steer clear if they want to avoid it and the warning shows the content is known to be bad. The latter is more painful because it’s not just depicting racism: it is in fact perpetuating racism.

So which is actually worse: the fic that has a warning for racism or the fic that doesn’t?

And this can be applied to anything. A fic that depicts a character being abused but doesn’t warn for abuse tells me that the author doesn’t know the work contains abuse (which is worrying for the safety of the author). A fic that contains dubious consent but the author doesn’t warn for noncon/dubcon/rape tells me that the author has a poor understanding of consent.  These are the fics that are more likely to be dangerous. Fics without content warnings are also the ones most likely to unironically and uncritically depict the bad behavior in a positive light - because the authors have been taught by the rest of society outside fandom that what they’ve depicted is normal/not harmful. They are victims, and they need help, not people yelling at them about how problematic they are.

Two last notes, which I’ll try to keep short:

If a fanwork depicts a relationship that’s canonically unhealthy in a world where it’s fluffy and healthy, they are not responsible for putting warnings on their fic that pertain to the canon version of the ship.  For instance: Kylo and Rey are enemies in current Star Wars continuity and Kylo tried to torture Rey for information. But if a fic is set in a future where Kylo is well-adjusted and happy and dating Rey in a non-abusive relationship, the fic does not need to warn for ‘abuse’. the fic doesn’t contain abuse. Let it go.

No creator is beholden to using anti definitions of words like ‘pedophilia’, ‘abuse’, and ‘incest’ for their warnings. The definition of what antis call ‘pedophilia’, ‘incest’, and ‘abuse’ varies from fandom to fandom - sometimes from pairing to pairing. While tags will always be somewhat subjective, the wide variety of definitions these words have in anti-shipper parlance makes them all but meaningless, so use them when you see fit, not when antis demand it.  If antis have a problem with it, they’ll just have to start treating ship tags as warnings* and avoid all depictions of ships they don’t like. (which is what we all wish they’d do anyway.)

And now for the final irony: every time anti-shippers use warnings as a reason to go yell at people about how their fanworks are bad, antis give creators less incentive to tag warnings. People might start to hope that if they just don’t warn up front for the potentially dangerous content people will stop yelling at them without even looking at the work itself. Or if the work is borderline (’maybe this is abusive but maybe it’s not’), they may opt to go without the warnings so they can avoid the extra trouble. this is already happening with dubious consent depictions. If a noncon warning gets you yelled at, then fics where the consent isn’t completely denied will just not get warned for at all, and that’s fucked up.  And when the warnings aren’t there, people are way more likely to stumble on something of a nature that upsets them! 

So as usual, in their crusade to eradicate all content that isn’t unquestionably wholesome and pure antis make everything a little less safe for everyone. Thanks, guys.  (please stop.)

and creators: please, depict terrible things in your fanworks in whatever light you choose - and warn for them. you might accidentally help save someone from a real situation that’s terrible.

*ship tags also work as both warnings and advertisements, as it happens. Funny, isn’t it?
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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.

200th episode!

US 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. At the moment there are about Three and a half hours left to go until the US broadcast. The party won't go on forever, but it doesn't need to end right now.

Written by Nicole Dubuc and Josh Haber, story (ideas?) by the VA's: Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong, and Cathy Weseluck.

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 200, Sparkle's Seven, 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 Sparkle's Seven: via OpenLoad, but it's slow to load and although I've barely seen more than a minute, already my browser has blocked 11 pop-ups and 8 ads. OK, after the slow start, OpenLoad played the entire thing without pause, but it did try to throw a total of twenty-seven (!!!) pop-up windows at me. Strike that, all those pop-ups are causing anti-virus alarms for some people. 8^/ But look! Here's the episode via Sendvid! And another Sendvid copy here. And at last, the episode via DailyMotion.

Download links for Sparkle's Seven: (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: a href="">logoless.
In 1080p, without logos and colour corrected: a href="">colourful.
They're all mkv format files.

Read all the transcripts, including that of Sparkle's Seven 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 the US 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.
posted by [syndicated profile] velveteenrabbi_feed at 04:00am on 20/04/2019

Posted by rbarenblat@gmail.com (Velveteen Rabbi)

Dad says he visits you
at the cemetery
every day, except
Saturdays when the gates
are closed. (Has

grass begun to grow?
I don't ask.) We agree
you wouldn't care
about the words of kaddish
but it's what we know

to do. He says he's
mad at you for dying
asks again and again why
an incurable lung condition.
I have no answer.


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posted by [personal profile] jack_ryder at 09:25pm on 20/04/2019 under
I'm spending sick.

We've moved this year so we're still in the process of populating the house with a garage full of books and games, with a storage unit full of books and games waiting in the wings.

Which is what we'll be spending the next two days doing. Resurrecting the house.

Our furry ruler, Trixie, will have her egress to the outside, once she works it out.

And we're watching American Gods - out of habit, more than anything else.
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Spinning SilverSpinning Silver by Naomi Novik

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is so good. It's about the intersecting lives of three women--a peasant, Wanda; the daughter of a moneylender, Miryem; and Irina, a woman forced to marry the tsar. Novik plays with fairytale elements: the power of a name, spinning straw into gold, magic, transformation. She also gives Miryem and her family a rich Jewish history and community that play a profound role in the story.

This book brought me to tears multiple times, and it made me smile, and it made me jealous of all the beautifully crafted sentences.

I cannot recommend this highly enough. I thoroughly enjoyed Uprooted, but Spinning Silver is an order of magnitude better.

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Diana & PersisDiana & Persis by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an unfinished manuscript of four chapters plus an introductory note with some biographical details about Alcott that help contextualize the manuscript (such as her sister May's career as an artist). The first chapter is almost entirely dialogue, the second is epistolary, and the final two chapters are traditional prose. I really like what's there, but it's very clear that the manuscript is unfinished. Chapter 3 is a thread left dangling, and chapter 4 comes out of nowhere with whatever would have segued from 3 to 4 missing. It's worth a read, though, especially for Alcott's ideas about women and art and female communities of artists.

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Spoilers for penultimate episode of Gotham )
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posted by [personal profile] cimorene at 02:02pm on 20/04/2019 under
My wife said, "You can come to ours and we can do it for you,"

and I said, "We can make food,"

but then MIL said, "I have food too...",

and on autopilot, like an idiot, I said, "Or we can eat at yours and do it on your computer," completely forgetting she lives in the boonies & wants us to take an hour long bus trip home.

Then it turns out she doesn't have food and wants to spend an hour in the supermarket first.

One of us needs to learn some assertiveness. Or I could think before I speak...
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