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Posted by Jia Tolentino

by Jia Tolentino

It seems to me that the best possible way we could spend our lives would be trying to emulate these vibes. Watch for the cameos, which start mostly with Samsung products but get much better from there.

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Posted by Jia Tolentino

by Jia Tolentino

The book is called Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique, and a librarian named (delightfully) Billy Parrott wrote about its late return at the NYPL's blog; the copy of Ideal Marriage was due August 1959, and was mailed from Arizona last year with an note:

We found this book amongst my late brother-in-law's things. Funny thing is the book didn't support his efforts with his first (and only) marriage… it failed! No wonder he hid the book! So sorry!!

A shocked in-law

After the jump, the Ideal Marriage Google Books word cloud, which includes my least favorite word of all time.


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Posted by Taisia Kitaiskaia

by Taisia Kitaiskaia

it's ok

Transcript after the jump.

Dear Baba Yaga,

How can I deal with the comings and goings of people?


Each coming is a beautiful assault & each going a griefly one.  In the pond I watch many dartings; & if I were to stand at one end I would be much bereaved. But looking from above it is not to feel sorrow, for all that moves away comes back or arrives to yet another, & movement is what freshens the water. Only when you : are smallest & stillest, with no other but a humanly eye, does each movement cause such pain.


Previously: "Have I Become… TOO WISE?"

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She's taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at AskBabaYaga@gmail.com.


Janet Looks at 89 Dicks

Jul. 30th, 2014 03:15 pm
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Posted by Emma Carmichael

by Emma Carmichael

Janet had not looked at a dick pic until she sat down to film this video, and then she looked at 89 dick pics in quick succession: "It's like, kind of like… Like a Dementor." (SFW!) What say you, Madeleine? [via]


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Jul. 30th, 2014 11:32 am
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Cordelia stayed in all day, and we watched Clone Wars for most of that time. (There was a two hour break while I did my exercises and watched the recorded episode of Antiques Roadshow that was on the DVR). I kind of burned out on Clone Wars, so I'll be just as happy if we don't watch any today. Tomorrow is soon enough. We're in the middle of season two now.

Cordelia said something that led me to think that she was no longer going to be playing with the neighbor kids, but she refused to discuss it with me or Scott. Later on, she told me that they actually wanted to play with her yesterday but that she didn't know that until she checked her e-mail around seven. I don't know.

I worry that some day she'll be in real trouble and not be willing to talk to us about it. Scott thinks we must have done something to make her think she can't trust us, but I'm not so sure. I think it may simply be her temperament. It's going to make adolescence that much more difficult.

Scott is really stressed out. Work is being nasty, and some players are unhappy with the games he's been running. Cordelia not being willing to talk to us didn't help at all because it made him feel that he's failed.

He wants to figure out a way to run a LARP using FATE, but I responded badly to the idea because I understand my current system and really don't get FATE. He thinks there's a way to use FATE so that combat won't require a GM's intervention. I don't really have faith in that as a possibility. I think, no matter how simple the system, people will want a GM if there's the possibility of having one. Doing without a GM requires trusting that everybody understands the rules and will abide by them even if it gets their character in trouble.

Scott also suggested that we use the wrong scale for hit points, damage, etc. The current scale for normal human stamina (hit points) is 60 to 95. Non-humans usually get more, either because they're tougher or to reflect the likelihood that their vital organs aren't where a human's would be. Scott suggested scaling back to use a 0-10 scale instead of a 0-100 one. I didn't like the idea, mostly because I'm comfortable with the current one (I'm conservative about things like that). I did eventually suggest that 0-20 would be better than 0-10 because it would save me from using half points. I count most things by fives currently, so 0-20 would scale properly. I feel like the change is unnecessary, but Scott thinks it would help.

Scott is the one who ends up handling combat when we run LARPs. People come to him when they want to use special abilities or to ambush someone. That means he sees all the ways in which the game glitches. I'm not convinced that switching systems would help with the things he's not happy about-- Players who got their characters five minutes before the game began and who sat through a brief run through of the rules while they were reading their characters aren't going to remember all the bells and whistles of what their characters can do. They're not going to be fully comfortable with the combat rules and are going to take extra time trying to figure out what to do when a fight starts.


Jul. 30th, 2014 09:59 am
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Now to see if it can get to size and ripen before the birds find it. Somehow I doubt that'll happen. :D

Cut for pic of our Gardening for Dummies-type garden, taken last week )
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Posted by Jia Tolentino

by Jia Tolentino

the most ethnic thing i've ever seen in my lifeThis New York Times piece on a bizarro incident of simultaneity that led to the Coconut Water Shelf Space Wars was very interesting, particularly when they managed to describe the taste of coconut water ("faintly sweet and a tad salty. Some have compared it to socks, sweat and soap") without name-checking semen. In 2005, the fight between nearly-identical Vita Coco and Zico seemed to be over when Vitaminwater veteran distributor Big Geyser bought Zico:

Mr. Hershkowitz, the Big Geyser president, was able to choose. He went with Zico.

“Our concern with Vita Coco was that it seemed extremely ethnic,” he said in a recent phone interview. “Zico seemed much more upscale, much more premium, sexier name.”

LOL, well. Noting the "ethnic, premium, sexy" women hired by both companies as spokespeople (Rihanna for Vita Coco, Jessica Alba for Zico), Vita Coco's got upwards of 60% market share: their secret is they went door-to-door, like little ethnic peasants. [NYTimes]


FKA Twigs, "Pendulum"

Jul. 30th, 2014 01:00 pm
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by Jia Tolentino

FKA Twigs' LP1 comes out August 12, which is soon, but not soon enough: the recurring major chord outline is like a bright steel rope that draws you through the tangled haze of the track.

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<3 I'm teaching experiment #1 to letter pages. Muhahaha! He just watched me do this one, though. It's like teaching your kittens to catch mice...but less mousy.--Kaja<3

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Jul. 30th, 2014 12:00 am
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1. I am really loving Subway's current special, a BBQ steak & bacon sub. I also love that Subway offers cilantro as a topping because I always want it on every sandwich and now it annoys me when I go to other choose-your-own-topping type sandwich shops and they don't have it.

2. Got some manga posted tonight and more to post tomorrow.

3. Speaking of tomorrow, it's my day off, yay!

4. I got a new blanket Sunday when we went to Walmart and it's SO NICE. I'm really particular about blankets because if the feel of it bothers me, it makes it hard to sleep, but this is really nice and soft. I also really like the color, so that's a bonus.

(The reason I got a new one is that the main blanket I use (the one that touches me) is very heavy and while it's great in winter, it's not so good in summer, and all the other blankets I have that are thinner are only good for putting on top of the main blanket, because I don't like the way they feel.)

catching up on the smells

Jul. 30th, 2014 02:03 am
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I'm so behind on wearing these to review/evaluate them -- I've mostly been smelling in the bottle as part of decanting and as part of my "order a screaming whackload of imp collections off eBay, pick through them for the ones you want to try, use the rest for decant circle frimps" orders. (Speaking of decant circle frimps: the Neil Gaiman circle is still taking signups, and thanks to the generosity of [personal profile] elisem, will also include prototypes sniffies.)

Behind the cut: reviews of Ginny the Reaper, The Floating Market, Ice, Enterprise of the Night, Yurei, Sin.

6 scents )

Steel City, July 16 & 23

Jul. 30th, 2014 01:52 am
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Yeah, I suck. Here are two sessions, one fighty and the other not. Guess which one had the most disturbing consequences.

Lights up as Volt, Huitzil, 99 approach the abandoned Packard plant. It's in rough shape and indications are real estate values are going to plunge.
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Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 24

Jul. 29th, 2014 10:48 pm
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Finally we wrap up volume 2! Hopefully we can manage more double releases and get the next volume out faster. :)

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 6 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Krim + Kurokishi Scans
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Kaito takes Yoshiki shopping for girl clothes and Yoshiki has a startling realization...

Chapter 24: First Love

Full volume download here.

Chapter 9 - p55

Jul. 30th, 2014 12:00 am
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Posted by Ashley

Oh, good job tidyin' the room, cleaning lizard. Though maybe you missed a spot.
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All Your Tomorrows Start Here (2682 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: Canon Disabled Character, Adopted Sibling Incest, POV First Person, Pre-Canon, Community: smallfandomfest

George is no more immortal than I am, and she probably figured that out even younger than I did. The pair of us hit puberty fully aware we were gonna die someday, and confused as all hell by the way people around us acted like they could live forever if they just played it safe enough. But then again, there was no way we could've hung onto that ignorance ourselves. Being raised by people who got lost in grief over their dead six-year-old and never found themselves enough to love you strips away all of your innocence sooner rather than later.

Phillip died young. People died all the time. One of those days, death was going to come for us, too--probably literally, since we live in a world where it's up and walking around.

It took longer to grasp that we might not die together.

Set seven years before Feed.

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Posted by Kevin

Look, I think airport-security concerns are way overblown, I generally support the right to bear arms, and I'm also a big fan of brain scientists. But that does not mean I think it's okay for a brain scientist to wave an AR-15 around at the airport.

Dr. Peter Nathan Steinmetz, a brain scientist with Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, was arrested on Friday for mishandling his AR-15 in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Steinmetz was possibly making a point about his Second Amendment rights, police theorize, when he bought a cup of coffee at Starbucks in Terminal Four with his rifle slung over his shoulder….

After buying the coffee, Steinmetz walked to the east end of Terminal Four's third level and stopped in front of the B gates, in the "non-secure" part of the terminal.

He "then proceeded to remove the AR-15 from his right shoulder thus causing the muzzle to face two [potential] victims sitting to the right …" the booking sheet reads. "Both victims, a mother and her 17-year-old daughter, both stated they felt in fear of their safety when the rifle was pointed in their direction."

As this report in the Phoenix New Times notes (thanks, Mark), Steinmetz was arrested for "mishandling" the rifle, not just for carrying it. "In general," police told the New Times, "it's not illegal to carry a semiautomatic rifle" or other firearms "into an airport terminal." The problem here, they said, was "the way he was carrying it" (emphasis added). As in, intentionally or negligently letting the muzzle point at people. Hey, Mr. Gun-Toting Brain Scientist, that's the end the bullets come out of.

He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct with a firearm.


While it may not be illegal to carry a firearm into an airport terminal, it is definitely going to get you some extra scrutiny, as we can see from this surveillance-camera still in which an airport worker extra-scrutinizes Mr. Steinmetz. Sure, he's just standing there in his embarrassing-dad outfit holding his Starbucks cup and an assault rifle, minding his own business, but it's still going to draw attention. And so if you're going to then get careless, my friend, I have no sympathy for you at that point.

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