28 July 2017 @ 06:42 pm

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.


Or, things falling apart, Dept of.

Nothing (so far) major, but this last couple of days has seen my iPod keel over and refuse to charge, and my printer decide that it doesn't like printing from the bottom tray, it will tell me there is a paper-jam and grind to a halt, even if there is not, actually, a paper-jam. This first manifested itself when I was trying to print out a paper to referee, which I finally achieved, but at an input of time and annoyance that made me feel that I had better put the thing aside for judgement until I was in a more equanimitous mood.

So I have at least replaced the iPod, which I could do by ordering online and collecting from the local Argos, a trip I was able to combine with a trip to Financial Institution of which I have heretofore complained extensively, where I was actually able to close the account and walk away. Also, since I was going to Argos, bought a proper file box to replace the cardboard box that I have been keeping documentation in.

Usual faff of setting up the iPod - downloading latest software, my playlists having to be reconstructed, etc etc, but is done, more or less.

And, in order not to be entirely negative, one of the other things I had on my schedule for today was finding a book in the maelstrom for editorial revision purposes, and I did, in fact, find it.

Also, have been asked to go and be a meedja consultant on a historical drama.

Plus, TV doco I am in (apparently) has a preview to which I have been invited next month.

28 July 2017 @ 11:15 am
So I've read bunch of short fiction recently including some things I would like to recommend.

"Beauty, Glory, Thrift" by Alison Tam The 1st of Book Smugglers new short fiction season "Gods and Monsters" Don't want to say too much about this because I enjoyed to slow reveal.

"Children of Thorns, Children of Water"by Aliette de Bodard Short story set in the Dominion of the Fallen world. Kind of dark but also features baking.

"Whatever Knight Comes" by Ryan Row Interesting take on fairy tale tropes.
28 July 2017 @ 01:53 pm
Hi Everyone! I'm pretty new to bullet journalling and am looking at getting a Leuchttrum 1917 journal. Amazon has them on Prime for just shy of $20. I'm currently using a small temp bullet journal for August to get an idea on what spreads and collections will work for me and which ones are not really. I see that these journals/notebooks (also Moleskine and a few other brands)use a system of type of journal(??) such as A5, A6, etc. New to the bullet journal movement, I am not entirely sure what that means. I figured if anyone knows, it will be here.

Current Mood: artistic
Continuing with comparing and contrasting Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People and Tree With Deep Roots, as of episode 14 of Tree. (More direct spoilers for both shows here than before, I think.)

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Chinese researchers have produced the largest virtual universe on Sunway TaihuLight, the world's fastest supercomputer, using 10 trillion digital particles. The simulation beat the scale of the previous record-holding model universe by a factor of five. 

28 July 2017 @ 06:27 pm
...and I don't mean the latest attempt to repeal the ACA, because that particular sparing came through hard work by people who made phonecalls, Senators Murkowski and Collins putting people before party and McCain proving he has a sense for cliffhangers and drama.

No, I just discovered that back in ye early 90s when the first three Bernie Gunther novels were published, successful and thus considered for movie versions, the two actors in consideration for the leading role were Klaus Maria Brandauer (wrong accent and wrong size, but could see him having pulled it off, acting-wise)... and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thank the universe for small favours the world was spared that one. Nowadays, HBO has aquired the rights to the novels and Tom Hanks wants to executive produce (though again, thank you, universe, for favours, he's too old to play Bernie Gunther now except for the late 50s settings. Also, he's wrong for the part. Nothing against Tom Hanks in principle, but not in this role, at any age.

Since I believe in constructive criticism: I can see Max Riemelt (Wolfgang on Sense8) as Bernie Gunther, and since after the wrap-up movie (yay!), there will be no more Sense8, he's available. Advantages: actually German, actually from Berlin, actually the right age for Bernie Gunther in the 1930s when the series starts (and it's easier to age someone up than to age him down, especially if that actor has to play action scenes), and fluent in English which I assume (since HBO is producing) the series will be shot in. Also, he can do sardonic and increasingly self loathing.

(if it has to be an international movie star, Michael Fassbender would also do.)

(Going to actors who don't speak German and aren't at least half-German: Kenneth Branagh would be good for older Bernie, but just would not be believable anymore for a man in his 30s.)

Meanwhile, have two fanfic links in two different fandoms:

Spider-man: Homecoming:

Just a kid: Both a prequel and a fleshing out to and of canon - covers Peter from Ben's death to the movie. Great voices for all the other suspects, too.

Babylon 5:

The Book of the Dead: in which the Centauri afterlife turns out to be far different than what Londo had expected. Also features a great G'Kar, Timov and Vir!
Current Location: Bamberg
Current Mood: calm
28 July 2017 @ 12:48 pm
I tried increasing the humidity on my c-PAP last night, and it turned out to be a mistake. I slept about two hours then got up to use the bathroom. At that point, I started sneezing uncontrollably, and my nose started running. I wasn't able to put the c-PAP back on and didn't sleep much the rest of the night because of the problems breathing (which are pretty much the same problems I had when I took the humidity down to 3). I guess 4 is where I need to be. It's not ideal, and still gives me some problems, but...

I'm probably going to lie down after I post this. I'm debating whether to try sleeping on the couch or to go in and join Scott in the bedroom. I've got about three hours before Cordelia gets home. If I sleep that long and am on the couch, I'll be where she can find me. If I'm in the bedroom, not so much.

Cordelia has stated that this working all day thing is hard but that she likes working with the little kids (five and six year olds). They all apparently think she's quite old, that fourteen isn't possible because it's too close to their ages.

I still haven't heard if my stepfather will be able to get treatment for his eye next week. I'm not sure that my mother will even think to tell me, so I should call this weekend and ask. I also want to find out if she'd like me to sit with her during the procedure (I might even be able to drag Cordelia along).

I'm hoping to cook a turkey breast in the instant pot tonight. I kind of suspect that it's not thawed all the way through yet, however, so it may have to wait another day or two. I have no idea what Scott will eat in that case. All we've got, leftover-wise, is the lentil soup that probably made Scott sick (He had hives, so there was some sort of allergen in there).

I'm making progress on my Captive Audience story, but I have a central motivation plot hole that I have to fill in somehow. There aren't any comments at all on the beta post for the exchange, so I can't go that route.

The Trump administration's lack of support for $4 billion CSforAll initiative of the Obama administration has spurred agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, private organizations, and activist groups to take the lead and contribute resources. 


Hackers at the DefCon convention announced they will attempt to compromise more than 30 voting systems used in recent elections this weekend to determine whether fears of election tampering by malefactors are justified.

28 July 2017 @ 12:18 pm
I mentioned Pam in a previous entry regarding my mom's encounter with her ghost.

To start off with, I'd like to revive my youtube channel, and I'd like to start off with a "creepy ohio" series; highlighting the ghosts and haunts that my home state is famous for, and any and all just in general weirdness that happens to go on. And I'd like to start with the town I live in, but finding out information is proving to be extremely difficult.

Pam was the town's historian and head of the historical society. Well, the historical society lost funding and Pam was pissed off when town council wouldn't fund it (I was on council at the time; there was not enough money in the budget), and so when the historical society collapsed and disbanded, rather than give anyone else control of the website, she shut it down, and all of the antiques and artifacts that the historical society had were sold. And all of the paperwork - all of the newspaper clippings and death certificates and such - disappeared.

Clifton is notoriously haunted, but very little information on the hauntings is available online because nobody has been allowed to investigate anything.

Deeper google searching doesn't yield anything, because googling anything related to "clifton ohio" directs me to the clifton down by cincinatti, while tacking "historic" to the search only gets me results for the clifton mill. Even that little bit of info I found out about muggins the bear happened by accident.

It should not be this hard to find out the history of a historic town.
Current Music: ancient aliens
Current Mood: frustrated
Current Location: the internet
29 July 2017 @ 05:24 pm
I don't have much to say about a song from the year you were born but I don't like going away from the weekend leaving scary stuff at the top of my journal. I am not enough of a muso to be able to immediately name something other than what was in the charts, and the charts for my birth year seem to be quite uninspiring. I got briefly excited about some Electric Light Orchestra stuff, but it turns out to have been released the year before and was still in the charts the year of my birth.

So about the only song I have positive feelings about is Take a chance on me by ABBA. This reminds me of a coach trip when I was a teenager, when the only music we had was one mixtape someone had thought to bring, that was played over and over on the coach's sound system. I can't imagine now going on a several day trip and only having a dozen songs to play. But anyway, this was one, and it reminds me of good times not quite 20 years after it was actually released. I'm a bit sick of it now because it sorts first in the alphabet in my digital collection and for a while I was using a music player that wasn't very good at shuffle and always started with the first track. But hey, it's cute and poppy and you might not have heard it as much too often as I have.

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Current Mood: tired
Current Location: Keele University, Staffordshire, England
28 July 2017 @ 11:03 am

It's SysAdminDay and the OTW has a lot of things to thank its systems team for. You can add your voice as well! https://goo.gl/vn8m3c
Title: Lasso
Fandom: New Game!
Pairing: Hajime / Yun
Rating: All Ages
Prompt: 116 – Rope
Word Count: 870
Summary: Hajime asks Yun for help in rendering a rope in 3-D.

* Notes: This can happen during either season of the anime.

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Lasso )
28 July 2017 @ 08:33 am
I watched the first episode of Akazukin Chacha last night (a magical girl show from 1994) and it was so lighthearted and fun. It felt like just what I needed to cheer me up!

It's about a young witch who's clumsy with her magic and often messes up her spells, but who can also use a magical item to transform into a powerful magical girl.

I didn't even mind the love triangle aspect of the show. Usually I find love triangles frustrating because of all the drama, but this one was played for laughs, so it just felt like another fun aspect of the show.

Looking forward to watching more episodes of this!
Current Mood: happy
Current Music: pajama no mama de / takako ohta
28 July 2017 @ 10:55 am
A preview of DARTH VADER #4 shows Vader in bad shape. Like, "I survived Mustafar for THIS?" bad shape.

The Sith cannot win )