NO WHITE CHRISTMAS FOR EASTERN U.S.

Dec. 21st, 2014 08:23 pm
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WEATHERINTEL SERVICES
By Steve Gregory substituting for Jeff Masters
21-DEC-14 (Next Update TUESDAY – DEC 23 on my own Blog)

PATTERN CHANGE TO BRING NORMAL TEMPS XMAS

Above normal Temps continue to persist across much of the nation, but will begin trending back to normal later this week, with below normal Temps likely to develop from west to east after starting next weekend and continuing into the New Year. .

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the dog does not like rain

Dec. 21st, 2014 12:20 pm
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I took him out this morning around 5:30, like we normally do. It was raining, and it started raining harder as we went out. I, stupidly, was wearing my fleece and not my waterproof winter jacket (because I hadn't realized it was raining) so I was getting pretty wet too. We went up to the corner, at which point Buddy clearly cued in that we weren't going home until he did his business. So he peed and immediately turned around to go home, and pretty much dragged me down the hill to our house. He was like "Nope nope nope nope".

Then I took my morning meds and curled up on my daybed with the dog and we slept for a few hours. I had very weird dreams including the Doctor (the Matt Smith version) and other bizarre stuff and so on, and woke up slightly confused.

Meanwhile, in gaming news, our normal 1st edition game is on hold for the foreseeable future because Strahd and Chevy's daughter arrived! She's perfectly healthy despite arriving a month early, everyone's thrilled, and we're happy but now we lose Strahd for all future games for...uh, a while. (Keep in mind that their first daughter is about 18 months old, so now they have a toddler and a newborn.)

On the up side, schmallturm is looking to run another 1st edition game, a megadungeon crawl. 1st edition again, with taking out some stupid rules and adding in a couple things from 2nd edition. I am so there for this one. I'm thinking of playing a magic user, because I haven't done that yet and we never had one in the last game. It looks like the gaming schedule then would be Kroroboros every other week, Morgan (who's running a 5e module) once a month and this game once a month, until Morgan's module ends at which point Ketina has a 5e game she wants to start. I'm not in the 5e games, either of them, so I'd be busy 3 weekends out of a month whereas Morgan is booked all four. (Assuming I ever make it to kroroboros' game again.)

I may also have one or two people not currently in our group that might be interested in playing. I've emailed the DM about it and we'll see what he says. He did say to pass along to anyone not on the "to" line that would want to, so...we'll see.

And today's moment of dog picture: picture below cut )

Happy Yule!

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December 21

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:57 am
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[livejournal.com profile] scribble_myname asked me to talk about books that inspire/influence my writing. This is a great question!

books/authors beneath the cut )
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Posted by Fred Clark

Here’s an item for my Christmas wish list. I’ll need the help of: A) Someone with video editing and synching skills; and B) someone who can do a good impression of Linus from the Charlie Brown Christmas special.

The Christmas story only appears in two of the four Gospels in the New Testament. Paul’s letters were written much earlier, but the closest thing we find there to a Nativity story is Philippians 2:1-11.

And but so, I’d love to see a version of the classic scene below in which Linus says, “Sure, Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please. …” But then instead of the familiar Bethlehem story, we’d hear him recite this:

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

Linusp2who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death —
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name.

Then he would, as always, pick up his blanket and walk out of the spotlight to say, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

Click here to view the embedded video.

And then we could all go outside and reconsider poor Charlie’s sad little tree and maybe decide it’s a pretty good tree after all.

 

 

On women in fiction

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:33 am
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It is articles like this one that remind me why the majority of my SF/F reading is books written by women: i.e., because that will give me a much stronger chance of a story in which there are in fact multiple female characters.

Because the author of this article (herself an author) has it exactly right: lack of female characters in a story is always a choice. There are occasionally times when it’s the correct choice–I’ll cite Master and Commander here as an exclusively male story, and given that the movie’s set almost entirely at sea and that the protagonists are all members of the crew of a British naval ship, it’s contextually reasonable to expect a lack of women in the plot.

By contrast, I’ll also cite Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, which as you all know is a thing that’s near and dear to my heart. Yet even on Voyage, set predominantly on board a submarine that used to be part of the Navy and with an all-male crew, they managed to have quite a few episodes featuring notable female guest characters. Sometimes they were scientists. Sometimes they were women working with Admiral Nelson’s organization in support capacities for whenever they went on land. Sometimes they were spies. Sometimes they were civilians caught up in the intrigue of the plot du jour. In general, the writers of the show did manage to find ways to work women into the stories, and in many cases, the episodes where they did so are my favorites.

Rhiannon Thomas calls out Tolkien as well, again something that’s near and dear to my heart. As I’ve written before, Tolkien’s female characters are pretty thin on the ground, with only a few notable exceptions.

Because yes: it’s a conscious choice on the part of a writer as to how many women you’re going to include in the story. In the case of epic/high fantasy, it can be done. I’ve got multiple women in positions of power (magical, political, religious, and social) all over the Rebels of Adalonia books. Likewise with Faerie Blood and the forthcoming Bone Walker. It all depends on what kind of story the writer chooses to tell.

And certainly, speaking as a consumer of content as well as a producer, stories that take the time to include women are the stories I’m going to want to watch and read.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Winter is (nearly) upon us--

Dec. 21st, 2014 11:53 am
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Happy Solstice! A lovely and blessed Yule to all who celebrate it. May the return of the light bring great happiness, good health, good fortune to you and yours! <3

(Solstice is exact at 5:03pm CST or 23:03 GMT, making tonight the longest night in the northern hemisphere and shortest in the southern.)

I'm behind on the posting meme, like many people, because OMG!Yuletide and everything else. (Why on earth do we do this thing in December instead of, say, February?? OH HEY! Let's do this again in February!) I will catch up! Possibly before February! *g*

Yesterday I added another section to my Yuletide fic after all, so now there's an actual arc. There's a great deal of revision in my future, but at least it's made me view the characters' relationship in a new way, so yay that?

Today I'm cooking stuff to take with me to xmas with the family so that there will be nonlethal, easy-to-reach food on hand. I tend to be so tired when I'm there that cooking in their kitchen becomes an impossible ordeal and instead I gorge on tasty, tasty things that are terrible for me and make me feel even more exhausted and foul. So! Mujadara first. Then...we'll see. /hungry

Ally Bank is very confused.

Dec. 21st, 2014 12:37 pm
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Getting ready to close my checking account because their databases are a scary mess - the dates and balance numbers that show up when customer service looks up my account do not match up to my transaction record on the website, and neither matches up to the notices in the emails they send me.

They did say they were going to refund me the nonsense overdraft fee they charged me, which was what I originally called about, but the deeply unhappy person I spoke to's manager apparently instructed them to scold me for "misreading" the website. Yeah, I don't trust you people.

1 Hour to Pinch Hit Deadline (1)

Dec. 21st, 2014 05:04 pm
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Posted by jenn_calaelen

Pinch hits that were sent between #85 and #174 are due 18:00 UTC Today! (ie 1 hours from now)

Pinch hits after that are due in 25 hours (18:00 UTC tomorrow)

Beautiful White Horses

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:21 am
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Sherwood and I are at Judy Tarr's horse ranch writing retreat in Arizona, writing and riding.

Judy has ten hours left in a Kickstarter to fund a novella (or two novellas if it hits the bonus threshold) about horses and magic in Arizona. Go fund the second novella!

Some images from the retreat are on LJ.

Brandon Liao

Dec. 21st, 2014 04:50 pm
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Posted by Charley Parker

Brandon Liao, concept art
Brandon Liao is a concept artist for the gaming industry, currently working with Riot Games.

Beyond that, I know little, as his website and blog don’t offer much in the way of bio, credits or process information.

It appears he is working primarily in digital painting, perhaps combined with a bit of CGI modeling, though it’s hard to be certain about the latter.

I like the brushy, textural approach to his renderings, and the loose, sketch-like appearance of many of his pieces when viewed in detail.

I also particularly enjoy his low-key approach to composition, both in the sense of muted color and low value ranges, and in the sense of working to draw the viewer in with intrigue rather than trying to overwhelm with coolness.

[Via Concept Art World]

December days: Transcription factors

Dec. 20th, 2014 04:29 pm
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[personal profile] lilacsigil wanted another post about transcription factors and why some of them just blindly copy and some have more complex roles. I am not sure quite what further to explain without going into technical details, so I'll have a go at that. If it works out that this post is boring or too obscure, please feel free to ask me more questions about what it is that you actually want to know.

genes make RNA, RNA makes proteins, but it's more complicated than that )

I'm running a day behind on the meme at this point, I wrote this yesterday while travelling but didn't get online to post it until today. I don't know if what I've written quite makes any sense, so please do ask any questions. Either to clarify what I've written here, or to ask about how transcription factors work at a different level from this.

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