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Posted by Kate's Country Skills

I’ve been thinking for some time about giving up processed foods – at least as an experiment. The time has never seemed right, but with Spring on the way, and Lent around the corner, it seemed a very Lenten sort of exercise in food discipline.

Hang on, what do you mean by processed food?

When I’ve discussed this idea with friends in the past, one question arises, sooner or later. ‘What do you consider to be processed? I mean, all cooked food is processed. Even flour is processed!’ And this is a very fair question. Everything apart from raw fruit, vegetables, meat and fish has been processed to some extent – arguably, even those have, unless you start with a live chicken or dig the potato from the ground yourself.

unprocessed-lent_7What I’ve tried to do is construct a logical ‘traffic light’ system that categorises foods purely by their degree of processing. I’m not making any moral judgement here, or asserting that one category of foods is healthier, better, or more environmentally sound than any other. This isn’t by any means a ‘clean eating’ thing (I think that’s a rather pernicious fad, and well past it’s sell-by date). It’s purely a list of categories sorted by – if you’ll forgive the expression – increasing ‘buggered-aboutness’.

There are definitely other criteria that we might want to be considering, as thoughtful, ethical consumers, and I refer to some of these in the annotations to the categories. They will colour the degree to which I’m inclined to be militant about the degree of processing. For instance, freezing, drying, and canning foods – all undoubtedly forms of processing – significantly increase the shelf life and preserve the nutritional value of foods, reduce food waste, and allow us access to fresh produce all year around without needing it to be flown half way around the globe. I would rather eat frozen peas or tinned tomatoes in February than fresh ones flown in from Kenya or produced in an artificially lit and heated glasshouse somewhere.

I’m not making an argument here that additives / preservatives / flavourings and so on are necessarily and axiomatically bad (though many undoubtedly are) – just that they are more likely to disappear invisibly into certain sorts of food than others, along with trans fats, invert sugar syrups, and artificial sweeteners, and I like to know what’s on my plate. For me, the most worrying thing about the 21st century food chain is that it introduces black boxes, and unknowns, into what we’re eating. When food is a commodity, we lose touch with our food and our farmers. As a planet, we have never been more divorced and isolated from the origins of our food. Making a point of starting from simple ingredients, and shopping, cooking, and eating thoughtfully, is a great place to start in reconnecting ourselves to the food on our plates.

Embarking on this challenge at this time of year means that I can’t cheat by drawing heavily on my veggie garden – we’re fully in the ‘hungry gap’ and there’s pretty much nothing growing just now. Where I will be benefiting from our usual lifestyle is that I have a good stock of home-made preserves – pickles, jams, chutneys and so on – which, assuming they were made from simple ingredients, I consider absolutely fair game.


Why are you doing this?

As thoughtful consumers, there are plenty of important questions we might want to ask about the food we eat –

  • Where was it grown, and how was it stored and transported?
  • What resources – water, soil etc – and other inputs such as fuel, insecticides and herbicides were used in its production?
  • What are the consequences of that for the local and global environment?
  • Who produced it, and were those farmers able to work safely and be paid fairly?
  • Is it good for us, or will eating it have negative consequences for us as consumers?
  • Is it good value for money?

Different people will have different priorities. But whatever is important to you when it come to food, we are deluding ourselves if we think we can start to answer any of these important questions without first being able to answer a much more basic one. And that question is –


When we eat processed and highly manufactured foods, we cannot possibly answer this question. And without that answer, any attempt to answer any of the others is meaningless. Stripping out processed foods from our diets is the first, essential step towards being able to make good decisions about food. If we don’t know what’s in the food on our plates, we can’t possibly make good choices about it – whatever ‘good’ means for us, at any given time in our lives.

It’s not Lent until the 1st of March, so why the preview? 

Well, I’m asking you to argue with me, I guess. Point out important food groups that I’ve missed, or places where you think my categories are not working or where I’ve introduced false-equivalences. I think it’s very unlikely that I’ve got this right first off. So, folks, what have I forgotten or got wrong?

Unprocessed Lent – food categories

 – Fresh foods
unprocessed-lent_4Permitted – first choice if home-grown or locally produced and in season, otherwise substitution with yellow or amber items may be preferred.

  • Fresh whole fruit & vegetables
  • Fresh whole identifiable pieces of meat or fish
  • Fresh egg
  • Honey

Yellow – Single-ingredient foods simply processed for preservation purposes
Permitted – in my view these are no ‘worse’ and in some respects more desirable than fresh – they make foods available out of season without causing dramatic food miles, without significant deterioration in food value, and reduce food waste.

  • Frozen meat, fish and vegetables (otherwise as above)
  • Pasteurised whole milk
  • Whole grains (brown rice, pearl barley etc)
  • Un-roasted seeds and nuts
  • Dried pulses (peas, beans, lentils etc)
  • Cold-pressed (extra virgin) vegetable oils

Amber – these are still primarily single-ingredient foods, but have been processed more heavily.
Permitted – these foods may be starting to lose some food value compared to their fresh or unprocessed equivalents, or have had small additions of other ingredients. In exchange, they often store better than fresh, reducing food miles and food waste. I can’t see how we can do without them and there’s nothing here that would have bothered my grandmother.

  • unprocessed-lent_9Tinned vegetables in their own juice (eg tomatoes)
  • Dried fruit & vegetables
  • Roasted nuts and seeds
  • Lightly processed whole grains – white rice, rolled oats etc
  • Wholemeal flours
  • Fruit juices (fresh or pasteurised, but preservative free)
  • Skimmed & semi-skimmed milk (pasteurised)
  • Cream
  • Unsalted butter
  • Animal fats (lard, suet)
  • Natural unsweetened yoghurt
  • Maple syrup
  • Coffee beans roasted (& ground)
  • Loose-leaf tea
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Dried herbs and spices
  • Sea salt

unprocessed-lent_5Amber+ – similar to amber but more processed
Substitute – where possible

  • White flour
  • Refined sugars
  • Minced meats

Orange – foods created by traditional preservation techniques such as fermentation, curing and smoking. These are foods with amazing, complex flavours; the very stuff human food culture is made of.
With Care – source is everything here, so buy carefully, from small – ideally local – makers using traditional techniques (actual smoke, rather than liquid, for example), look for PDO products, consider alternatives & home-made. The industrially manufactured versions of these foods fall into the ‘black’ group.

  • unprocessed-lent_8Cheese
  • Cured and/or naturally smoked meats & fish (anchovies, bacon, smoked haddock)
  • Real ale & cider
  • Wine
  • Natural wine and cider vinegars
  • Lacto-fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut)

Red – multi-ingredient manufactured foods. These are foods that our grandparents would have recognised, and may have bought from outside the home (at least some of the time). They can often be a source of hidden ingredients (salts, sugars, fats & additives)
Avoid – unless home-made

  • Bread & bakery products
  • Fresh & dried pasta and noodles
  • Prepared ‘deli-style’ meats ready to eat
  • Sausages, burgers
  • Jams, pickles, chutneys
  • Tinned fruit and vegetables in brine or syrup
  • Tinned fish
  • Squashes, cordials, and flavoured syrups
  • Manufactured condiments (mustard, ketchup, sweet chilli sauce, mayonnaise etc)
  • Tea bags

Black – convenience, industrially manufactured foods. Our grandparents would have been mystified by many of these, or, while recognising them, would never have thought to buy them ‘off the shelf’. These sorts of foods are where all the hidden sugars, salts, and oils (not to mention invert sugar syrups, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, flavour enhancers, and so on) sneak into our diets. Obviously, all of these foods made at home from lower category ingredients are fine!

  • unprocessed-lent_3Any ‘orange’ food produced industrially
  • Ready meals (including prepared sandwiches)
  • Convenience fruit & veg (bag salad, peeled / chopped fruit & veg)
  • Prepared pizza
  • ‘Chorleywood process’ bread
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Prepared sauces (pasta, curry etc) and raw foods coated in them
  • Tinned prepared foods (baked beans, pasta in sauce etc)
  • UHT or homogenised milks
  • Solvent-extracted vegetable oils
  • Margarine and similar non-dairy spreads
  • Non-dairy creamer
  • Sugar-free sweetners
  • unprocessed-lent_1Fruit juices containing preservatives
  • Prepared soups (fresh & tinned)
  • Instant noodles & soups
  • Sweet & savoury pies, scotch eggs
  • Crisps, biscuits, prepared snack foods
  • Sweets, chocolates, etc
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Spirits
  • Instant coffee
  • ‘Coffee pod’ coffee (Nespresso, Tassimo)
  • Stock cubes & gravy granules
  • Packet sauces & seasoning mixes
  • Take-aways


‘Tricky’ foods – additives and additions traditionally used in kitchens, and manufactured condiments in small quantities.

Additives / additions – our grandparents would have been familiar with all of these, even though, as kitchen ingredients, some have fallen out of common use. I plan to continue to use them when appropriate. Yes, some of them even have E-numbers.

  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Baking powder
  • Dried yeast
  • Citric acid [E330]
  • Sodium nitrite [E250](saltpetre, used in tiny quantities in curing salt)
  • Sodium metabisulfite [E223] (Campden, used as a preservative and sterilising agent in brewing)

Condiments – while noting these are ‘red’ foods, they may be used occasionally, while looking for home-made alternatives.

  • Soy sauce
  • Mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Ketchup, brown sauce, sweet chilli sauce

It’s just under a week until we start. Looking forward to your comments!

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I need to process it, first. My mind, like most, works like a series of input/outputs, with the perhaps crucial difference that quick reactions often don't serve me well (but sometimes do, surprising everyone, including myself). Imagine a stack of coffee filters resting about a 1/4 of an inch apart throughout my brain.

Input goes in the top and hits the first filter. This one's capable of sorting out only the most primitive, highly emotional reactions, so when it comes to most of the news, I've learned to sympathize with but otherwise ignore what flows through this one. More input comes in. More top layer/primitive output. Gah. OK. I ignore this, too.

Eventually information starts bubbling down to a second filter. As facts and opinions drip through, patterns - links between one story and another, which can be on different topics altogether - start to form, and I start weighing and contrasting things against my beliefs, instincts, feelings, thoughts, and things I understand to be true on a rational level. This is the point where I'll start seeing some of the dots not connected by the media, and feel disappointment at the sheer crush of information overwhelming us to the point some of what's being reported on can no longer cohere.

But I like cohesion. Because part of my mind - even in dreams - is focused almost non-stop on meta-analysis. I don't want to just report the news. I want to understand it, to know what it means, what it's leading to, and what we might do about it. Until I can come up with that - or, failing that, at least come up with a sarcastic-sounding way to handwave it off because of the pure fuckery it is - I sometimes I can't write at all.

This leads to an attitude of caution - I don't like jumping in with an unfounded opinion. I like having them as much as anybody - my locked posts can attest to that - but that some of the predictions I made are coming true as I write this is sort of scaring me, on the one hand, and making me wish anyone - anyone - reading those posts at the time (I'm thinking of the last year or so) had taken me seriously, on the other. I come at some of those posts from very personal places, so I can see how others can't tease out what's true from what's just me, say, personalizing the political, but what I said is coming true, either way.

Which is unfortunate. And maybe sort of annoying, if you're not directly affected. And no, this is not an apologia for those posts; this is rather my defense of them. But I would rather have been wrong.

In some ways, I won't be directly affected by much of what's going on, yet it bothers me as much as things that can or will, because this regime rides us like a wet slide at an amusement park. Wheeeeee, down we go! Yeah baby, let's go straight to hell and meet the devil and make Mexico pay for it later!

They do it one declaration and order and memo and act of Congress at a time, and enjoy holding us captive to their primitive base and campaign promises it swears must be kept for them, lest they riot or not re-elect their loser asses. To paraphrase 1984, it's always the boot in your face. Power for the sake of power, pain for the sake of increasing it. If you ignore the seemingly smaller things that don't affect you now, how do you stop the train once it picks up enough speed to run everyone over?

To get back to where I was before I segued, so news and information has now hit my third filter. Three down, two to go. I'm now operating out of caution, not wanting to jump too soon, continuing to learn, but staying non-reactionary while I wait for things to bubble down more. Sometimes this process never finishes. If I can't come to a decision on *how* to present some bit of news, I just won't.

Until recently - due mostly to the sped-up timing of this regime - this process has gotten faster. I was even more or less keeping up during the worst of the chaos, but then their timing slowed down, which threw me off because I was getting used to making decisions on how to frame things almost on the hour. You get good at something and then - without changing course - they slow up the timing so they - not you - can regroup.

I thrive not on creating chaos, but on finding and organizing it, so the fact that they've slowed up some recently doesn't delight me because it throws my five filters off and they're going to do the same shit I've been saying they're going to do anyway, it's just going to take longer to get official word on it so I can figure out how to connect it to any other outrages they're perpetuating.

Anyway, as hours and sometimes days roll as I keep on reading and listening and thinking, inevitably what I learn - even if I read about a hundred things in a sitting - starts hitting a fourth filter, where I go over any patterns and oversights made by the media yet again. Are they real? Are they patterns? Are there important enough oversights to mention as such? From there the jump to my fifth filter - if I make it - is easy and inevitable: how I will frame this for others to read and understand? Should I?

Oh, hell yeah. But that doesn't mean I'm happy about it. This is the Sad!dest administration I've ever seen. And this particular Congress? Unfairly elected through the flimflam of gerrymandering because they can't get in any other way because no majority wants them, so they don't try to anymore, which is the reason you see so any protests at town halls, out in the street, and anywhere else people tend to gather to point out - if not in so many words - that these essentially self-elected destroyers can pretty much go get fucked.

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Posted by John Scalzi

Over at Inverse, writer Ryan Britt is annoyed that two of his favorite science fiction books of the year, Death’s End by Cixin Liu, and Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey, are not on the Nebula list of nominees for Best Novel. His argument for both basically boils down to they’re both amazing so they should be obvious nominees, obviously, which to be fair is the same general argument anyone makes when they complain about something they love getting what they perceive to be a snub for whatever award they think the thing the love should be up for.

Not to single Britt out — his is merely the complaint about this I’ve seen today, not the sole complaint out there — but to serve as a reminder, as we head fully into science fiction awards season: There’s no such thing as an automatic award nomination for anything, no matter how good you think that thing is. If you think there is, you’ll be finding yourself frequently outraged for no particularly good or useful reason.

Likewise, a thing you love not being on an award ballot doesn’t mean it was “snubbed”. “Snubbing” here basically means someone (or in this case more than one someone) actively going out of their way to keep a thing off the ballot, i.e., something along the lines of “I hate this novel and/or author so much I will instead recommend a different and possibly inferior book and encourage all my friends to do so as well.” It’s pretty much 100% certain this didn’t happen here; instead, people just voted for the novels they preferred, and preferred other books.

But Death’s End and Babylon’s Ashes were good books! Indeed they were. But there were five Best Novel slots available on this year’s Nebula ballot and dozens of SF/F novels (at least!) of sufficient quality to make the ballot. The two novels that Britt points out are only a couple of the novels that could have been on the ballot, from the perspective of quality, but aren’t. There — thankfully — always more good SF/F novels in a year than may fit on a Nebula ballot.

And not just novels but novellas, novelettes, short stories, YA novels and screenplays, those being categories that SFWA awards annually. I mean, let me use me as an example: My novella The Dispatcher was eligible for the Novella category this year. It was very well reviewed, had a huge audience, and is already up for other awards. I’m a well-known and (mostly) liked science fiction writer, and former president of SFWA, so I’m also familiar to the folks who nominate for the Nebula. The Dispatcher should be a shoo-in for a nomination, yes? Yes! I say yes! A thousand times!

But — surprise! — it’s nowhere on the Nebula novella ballot. Is this a snub? I mean, maybe — perhaps malign forces at SFWA aligned against me simply because of who I am — but the far more reasonable and likely correct answer is: The people who nominated for the Nebula awards this year simply decided on other novellas instead. There were many fine novellas this year, and the Nebula ballot reflects this, as all the novellas on it are eminently worth award consideration. I don’t consider my not being on the Nebula ballot a snub. It consider it a sign that it’s a really competitive year, with many excellent things to read. As a reader of the genre, and as a professional who wants the field to thrive, I really can’t complain.

I think it’s perfectly fine to champion books and stories and to be disappointed when people nominating for awards don’t have the same enthusiasm for them, in aggregate, as you do. But remember when that happens, it’s almost always not a “snub” of the thing you love, but rather an affirmation of the things the other person loves, and probably without reference to the thing you are championing. It’s a good perspective to have, in my opinion.

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Richard Stallman ordered a button from me-- the top half had blue writing on white which said BLUE LIES MATTER*, the bottom half had black writing on yellow "Prosecute Perjury", and the whole thing had a red ring around the edge to make it more eye-catching.

What could possibly go wrong?

He wore it to Boskone, and several people saw it as being about lies from Democrats.

I considered redoing it with "Prosecute Police Perjury". However, most police lies aren't in court and therefore aren't perjury.

Please discuss this at DW/LJ, not on Facebook.

*read it carefully, there's a gotcha
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Moving into a new place can be a fun adventure. It can also be a little daunting when you realize a hefty amount of the furniture you had in your previous home just doesn't work anymore and you aren't sure where to start the refresh process. Such was the case for one of Apartment Therapy's Product Managers, Vijay Nathan and his wife Anita. After settling into their new rental loft in Philadelphia, they decided to embark on a decor journey to make over their living and dining rooms.


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Room & Board's new catalog is here and we've just pored through its pages to find all of the treasures. With a modern spin put on classic mid-century and arts and crafts designs, the catalog shows off how the brand makes it possible for a broad array of different design tastes to be satisfied with their collections, making it easy to find something you love for every room of your house. And if you're dreaming of spring like we are, be sure to take a peek at the new outdoor additions, too.


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Posted by Contributor

Birch Dining Table from Hammarp Countertop

This table started as 2 Hammarp countertops.

First I spliced the countertops together to make the table, and cut the curved ends.

DIY birch dining table

I used the spare wood to build the legs and support structure below. I used silicone to bond the blocks in place after building the leg structure.

Leftover material for the legs

Using birch as a building material is so nice, it has a very close grain so the cuts come out perfectly smooth. To make the curves on the table, I cut out the rough shape with a jigsaw, then used a template and router to make the perfect curve.

On the legs, I used a band saw to cut rough curves and used a disk sander to finish the curve to the final shape.

Support for the table top

~ by Daniel Tagtow


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Oh, geez. I actually asked a question about playing D&D on the game shop's facebook page and now I need to hide for a few hours until my shame has passed. It's a thing I really want to do, but asking to join in any sort of game has historically resulted in shit for me. It's hard, but I did the thing and now I can not think about it for a bit.

(Edit: Oh crap, he got back to me super fast. I might be playing Pathfinder next weekend?)

In happier news, I was reminded that I have a box of comics that I needed to go through before donating and I found a few things I had been looking for that I never intended to donate! Oh how I love Cloak and Dagger, my broken soulbonded children.

Also, I have made time for yoga practice several times this week and, as usual, my back feels better when I'm nice to it and remember to stretch easily. The Mal-bird is still unsure of the yoga mat when I pull it out, but he's stopped yelling like it's going to kill me, so I'll call that positive progress.
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For more than six years, the SHA1 cryptographic hash function underpinning Internet security has been at death's door. Now it's officially dead, thanks to the submission of the first known instance of a fatal exploit known as a "collision."

Despite more than a decade of warnings about the lack of security of SHA1, the watershed moment comes as the hash function remains widely used. Git, the world's most widely used system for managing software development among multiple people, relies on it for data integrity. The GnuPG e-mail encryption program still deems SHA1 safe. And hundreds if not thousands of big-name software packages rely on SHA1 signatures to ensure installation and update files distributed over the Internet haven't been maliciously altered.

A collision occurs when the two different files or messages produce the same cryptographic hash. The most well-known collision occurred sometime around 2010 against the MD5 hash algorithm, which is even weaker than SHA1. A piece of nation-sponsored espionage malware known as Flame used the attack to hijack the Windows update mechanism Microsoft uses to distribute patches to hundreds of millions of customers. By forging the digital signature used to cryptographically prove the authenticity of Microsoft servers, Flame was able to spread from one infected computer to another inside targeted networks.

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Posted by Greg Wyshynski

The camera films an open door inside a random suburban house. There is a collection of hats on a banister, and you can make out the edge of a table-top hockey game on the right side of the frame.

Then you see him: Joshua Sacco, four years old. He’s got chubby cheeks and anime eyes, and he’s wearing the same kind of tan jacket and blue dress shirt that U.S. national men’s hockey team coach Herb Brooks wore on Feb. 22, 1980, the day his Olympic team defeated the Soviets in what would forever be known as the Miracle On Ice.

He taps the air hockey table, and walks to the center of the room.

He speaks:

“Great moments are born from great opp-ah-toonies.”

What follows for the next minute and 25 seconds is a precious, instant classic clip in which a four-year-old kid recreates the Herb Brooks “Miracle” speech from memory.

And he acts the hell out of it: Yelling, pointing, never once breaking. It’s outstanding.

The speech hit YouTube on July 3, 2009. It’s since garnered close to 5.7 million views. After it went viral, Sacco was invited to deliver the speech in professional hockey locker rooms and before the Boston Red Sox’s home opener at Fenway.

He even had that rite of passage for every precocious Internet star: a spot on the “Ellen” show.

For those of us who remember this clip vividly, it’s amazing that it’s been nearly eight years. It hit before the Chicago Blackhawks’ dynasty. It hit two Winter Olympics ago. It hit when Auston Matthews was 11 years old.

So what happened to Josh Sacco, and how did this unexpected celebrity affect his life? We decided to find out as the Miracle On Ice turns 37 this week.

“To this day Josh, myself, and his mom Julie still find it surreal and almost unbelievable,” said his father Jim Sacco, in an interview with Puck Daddy. “Our only goal living in Tennessee at the time was to not have to make 10 DVDs to send up to Massachusetts and Vermont so relatives could see the video. I had a friend who was an IT guy who convinced me to just post it on YouTube, and send the link to our families. That was it.”

Josh Sacco is now 12 and, to the surprise of no one who watched that passion for the game pour out of him at four years old, he’s a hockey player.

He’s now in seventh grade, playing AAA elite hockey in Massachusetts, as well as AAU baseball. “He’s a very well rounded, smart kid, and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Jim Sacco.

The speech still follows Josh Sacco. “We get asked all the time about it and he acts embarrassed, but I know he is very proud,” said Jim Sacco.

There are still, eight years later, requests from organizations to use the video or for him to perform it. AT&T asked to use the clip in a commercial that ran during The Masters last year, for example.

But the only audience that gets to see his Herb Brooks impression live these days is the one in his own locker room. “His hockey teams still ask him to do the speech if it’s a big game, and he will,” said Jim Sacco.

That included a game in 2015, when his team went to the Bauer youth hockey tournament in Chicago. The opponent for Sacco’s team? Russia, of course. So his teammates asked him to do the Herb Brooks speech before the game, he obliged.

They beat the Russians, 4-3, in a game that played out exactly like the Miracle on Ice.

Must have been the speech.

Josh Sacco is a humble kid, and a polite one. He’s the kind of kid who dreams big, and dreams big about hockey. His father believes he’ll be a coach one day thanks to his hockey IQ, which is expected career path for a kid mimicking Herb Brooks at four years old, one supposes.

The Saccos still watch “Miracle” with regularity, and quote the movie to each other. That Josh’s speech went viral is a point of pride. It was also rather expensive: There was a lot of travel involved after the clip blew up, which wasn’t cheap. But Jim Sacco said they wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

“Who else can say they did the things he did from age 5 to say age 10, meet so many people, gain so many lifelong friendships, was able to speak in front of 40,000 people at Fenway, speak to the 2010 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team, the 2014 U.S. women’s Olympic hockey team, and so, so many others?” he said.

“It was truly a miracle for us.”

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.



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Popped down to the Oval Tavern on a Saturday evening, as some friends had said they were heading over to see at act that they'd seen elsewhere (and the Oval tends to be a nice place to be, anyway). Took the camera along, just because (although the Oval can be challenging for photography!)

The Silver Darlings - A folk-ish act, performing the songs of their lead singer/songwriter (who also performs solo).

Sieben - A violinist performing live looping of violin, vocals, and various percussive noises created on the violin, a style reminiscent of Jordan Reyne or Jo Quail. His most recent album, The Old Magic also raised faint comparisons to Wardruna. (As an additional bonus, he gave out copies of some of his earlier CDs, too.)

As usual, photos free to use please credit Simon Landmine.

The Silver Darlings
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I'm feeling vaguely guilty for just saying "Thanks!" and nothing else on the knitting suggestions but really, that post's for Toby. I just wanted y'all to know I was reading it and appreciated the suggestions. :)

I have also notified Toby of the existence of Meow Yarn, yarn dyed to resemble cat fur colors, and told him when he gets good enough I want something knitted from one of those. Notifying my mother, a weaver, of its existence has not produced anything yet so I am now dependent on my husband. XD
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We've all had those moments where we lie awake in bed, finding it impossible to find any semblance of comfort. Every glance at the clock that's quickly approaching the dreaded hour you're supposed to be waking up leads to a count down. "If I fall asleep right now, I can get 5 hours...4 hours...3 hours..." ::cue sounding : If you find yourself in this tortuous predicament often, it might be time to rethink your sleep strategy...or at the very least, your pillow.


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Posted by Kyle Orland

We've had the Nintendo Switch here in Ars' orbiting HQ for a few days now, and while we're still working on a more thorough review ahead of launch, we're now able to share some initial impressions of the final retail system to add to our Nintendo Switch hands-on from last month.

So far, testing out the Switch has exclusively meant playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the only one of nine confirmed launch games we have our hands on as of yet. Any significant non-gaming or online functions are tied to a "Day One" system update that likely won't be available in time for pre-launch reviews. Further thoughts on the experience of motion controlled games (like 1-2-Switch), or games that support individual Joy-Cons held horizontally (like Super Bomberman R) will also have to wait.

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Mexico will not take deportees dumped over the border. And it is their right to do this -- but what will happen to the thousands of people whose lives are in question? The deportation policy that ICE is enforcing is an assault on basic American values. It is about as unAmerican as it could be.

The Occupation has rescinded the access to appropriate bathrooms that Obama guaranteed for transgender people.


Standing Rock camp closes.


The five Trump administrations -- entertainment, cleanup, crazy, GOP, and essential -- and the perils of Potemkin democracy. And let's not forget poorly thought out economics.


The folly of abolishing the National Endowment for the Arts.

What Facebook owes to journalism -- and what it could do to support good reporting with 1% of its profits.


Protesters jeer at cowardly Congressmen who don't have the guts to face their constituents. And a woman whose husband is dying confronts her Congressman: “And you want to stand there with him at home, expect us to be calm, cool, and collected? Well what kind of insurance do you have?” And that was only the start.

Democratic Senators introduce legislation to stop the deportations.

The British Parliament votes no to a state visit from Trump. The vote is emphatic but nonbinding -- he can still visit, but it won't be the whole formal deal that other presidents received.

This is the page in Congress.gov for House Bill 610, which takes away free lunches from children who need them, and turns money for public schools into vouchers for private schools, as a way to destroy public education in America. Read it. Write your Congresspeople about it. Tell them to defeat it.

US libraries become sanctuary spaces, in resistance.
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If spending so much time inside this season has you feeling like your home could use refresh, look no further. When opening the windows is out of the question, treating your space to a little something new can offset the winter blahs like nothing else. Here are eleven things we're loving right now, that just happen to also be on sale for under $50.


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2017-02-22 16:55
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You all laugh, but I have just now realized that if I want to have actual magic users in this book I can't start from Crowley or Gardener or what have you, I have to create an entirely new fucking magical tradition that either unifies all of them or pulls from some of them or looks down on all of them as fucking hipsters why. Oh my god I can't believe I did this to myself. Self, that was stupid. I mean, at least I know what I'm wiki-ing for the next ever? Plus I have kind of a framework already from rewriting the Covenant and using that as a starting point to shoot off of. But boy was this stupid.

Blergh capoeira. Although for once I actually feel like I have energy for it. If not suitable hydration oops. I keep meaning to drink more than I normally do in a day and I haven't managed it yet. Maybe I just take the water bottle to class. Also I need a new water bottle.

I am sort of successfully sitting on the urge to buy new research books, or at least confining any that I buy to being relevant to the Lifestyles of the Modern Witch series. Which means I actually have almost all the books I need except possibly some on the history of fashion, history of makeup, things like that. History of Holmby Hills? But things like that, and maybe if there's a Domesday book on immigrant families something about that. Everything else I've got through, and those would be things I'd pull one or two bits out of and not use again, so I think those can stay un-bought.

And! And I was able to get my writing, my edits, and a wiki article started for the damn magical lineage before I went to capoeira! Which was good because I ended up being thoroughly distracted. Go me.

Isn't it Friday yet?

2017-02-23 09:36
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The weekend of sick came back for round two yesterday, when I rolled over to shut off the alarm and my stomach promptly tried to rebel via a wave of acid reflux. UGH. Called in, stayed home, ate mashed potatoes all day. Managed some nice homemade beef stew for lunch (90% veggie, butternut squash and carrots and potatoes and mushrooms with a bit of stew beef thrown in) and told the boss sure, I'm doing better, I'll be in tomorrow.

Woke up at 11:30pm, pretty much lost all of dinner, crawled back to bed and went to work today anyways. Stomach is made of dumb and stupid and argh. So far I've had a piece of toast and am nursing a room temperature ginger ale to try to shut it up.

Yesterday, being a sick day, was spent doing nothing productive. My dragon and I did go farm our spectral moose mounts on WoW via a million tons of archeology in Highmountain. Yay, moose mounts! Then we went and tackled the Hellfire Citadel raid in Tanaan Jungle back in Draenor, just the two of us. I think we ran it on LFR once during Draenor? I don't remember most of the bosses or any of the tactics. =P

Given we're 10 levels higher but only in PvE gear from questing right now, it's probably the highest level thing we have a chance of duoing. We made it through the first four bosses okay, though the trio of the High Council involved a lot of death. We tried it as tank/dps a few times, and could get down to the last one (usually the blademaster) before the damage over time tick just flattened us. DPSx2 was even worse, and then we tried tank/heals and even popping all my healing cooldowns I couldn't out heal the damned damage over time. Finally resorted to a guide, figured out we needed to do the three in a different order, and managed it with my dragon tanking her heart out like a boss and me healing like a mad fiend. I realize other people solo this shit because they're epic mythic raiders, but we're NOT raiders and this felt so damned bad ass and awesome! We did it!

Now we're stuck on Kilrogg Dead-Eye and I'm not sure I can button mash hard enough in DPS to clear the adds fast enough. We gave up yesterday, but I've got the time lock on the raid instance extended so we can keep working on it.

Also, randomly, Medibang Paint is my new favorite iPad drawing app, and jfc, it can enlarge a picture draw in it to twice its size, with no drop in resolution, with little to no pixelation from it. That's better than Photoshop can do! Now to take a current rough sketch with rough colors and do it up properly. Also to continue writing on the fanfic bits I keep picking away at during the commute. It feels so nice to be creating again.
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What haven't you read yet this week?

We all have things we mean to read, but never quite find the time, whether it's a bunch of unopened tabs, or in a precarious tower of books by the bed.

What's on your to-be-read list this week?

Horse (Non)Sense

2017-02-23 14:00
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Posted by Jen

Momma gave us this birthday tip
Her face stern, her hand on her hip
"When serving horse cake
"With this kind of face

"Well, sonny, don't give me no lip."



Gumdrop was gloomy and tense
Her flight was one filled with suspense

With wings on one side
No physics applied
But whoever said magic makes sense?



This pony gives no end of grief
Its texture defies all belief

Missing legs, is it now?
Should we call it a cow?
Because wow does it look like ground beef.



Ted is a unicorn with sass
His friends like to say he's a gas

The life of the party
Whenever he's farty
And rainbows shoot out of his a$$


Thanks to Amanda L., another Amanda, Brio G., & Sarah L. for finding everyone's next birthday cake request. Take note, bakers: Rainbow-Farting Unicorns for EVERYBODY!


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The Dinner Table

Today's MP3

It’s no accident that hospitality and hospital come from the same Latin word, for they lead to the same result– healing. When you open your door to someone, you are sending this message: “You matter to me and you matter to God.” Do you know people who need some healing? Singles who eat alone? Young couples far from home? Teens who feel left out? Seniors who no longer drive? Some people pass an entire day with no meaningful contact with anyone else. Your hospitality can be their hospital.

All you need are a few basic practices:

Issue a genuine invitation.
Make a big deal of their arrival.
Address the needs of your guests.
Send them out with a blessing.

Don’t listen to the voice that says the house, the meal, and the after-dinner mints must be perfect. Simply open your table, and open your heart!

From God is With You Every Day

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Posted by Greg Wyshynski

In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:

– The boys talk to Tyler Dellow of The Athletic Toronto about a great many things, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and how he’s not buying the Brent Burns hype.

– Marek has already had enough of this Auston Matthews vs. Patrik Laine stuff.

– Previewing the NHL trade deadline.

– The playoff race.

– News and notes from around the NHL.

The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn’t work, try here.]



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Interior designer Alissa of Lenore Design has had the task of turning her family's rental into a warm home that matches their personality. With an industrial feel (think: overhead pipes meeting very little overhead lighting), the space wasn't an easy project to tackle. Thankfully, Alissa's design skills were just what this space needed, to transform it from a standard rental to a warm and welcoming home.


Good candidate

2017-02-23 08:53
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When the morons said that President Obama is a Muslim, Keith Ellison was one reason I wasn’t scared. Ellison for DNC Chair!

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2017-02-23 07:45
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I had a meeting yesterday about something a colleague and I are trying to get done at work. Our proposal has to be vetted by a committee, and the committee declined to approve our proposal on their first try. Instead they had a lot of questions for us, so we met the chair of that committee to talk about things. The chair was not the problem - he was the bearer of bad tidings, but not himself opposed to anything - but the conversation was deeply frustrating and completely tanked my day. I've been trying to figure out why ever since.

And this morning it struck me - it's because all the questions pointed to the ways that racism and sexism are structurally embedded in the place where I work. The questions the committee had weren't simply questions, they were dog-whistles for anxieties about race and sexuality and gender that they would never in a hundred years own up to possessing. No wonder I'm so aggravated!

But at least I know, now, what we're up against, and can fight back against that in every thoughtful way my colleague and I have at our disposal.

Some people. I just. *hands*
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Posted by Cyrus Farivar

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A federal magistrate judge in Chicago recently denied the government’s attempt to force people in a particular building to depress their fingerprints in an attempt to open any seized Apple devices as part of a child pornography investigation.

This prosecution, nearly all of which remains sealed, is one of a small but growing number of criminal cases that pit modern smartphone encryption against both the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure, and also the Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. According to the judge’s opinion, quoting from a still-sealed government filing, "forced fingerprinting" is part of a broader government strategy, likely to combat the prevalence of encrypted devices.

Last year, federal investigators sought a similar permission to force residents of two houses in Southern California to fingerprint-unlock a seized phone in a case that also remains sealed. In those cases, and likely in the Illinois case as well, the prosecutors' legal analysis states that there is no Fifth Amendment implication at play. Under the Constitution, defendants cannot be compelled to provide self-incriminating testimony (“what you know”). However, traditionally, giving a fingerprint (“what you are”) for the purposes of identification or matching to an unknown fingerprint found at a crime scene has been allowed. It wasn’t until relatively recently, however, that fingerprints could be used to unlock a smartphone.

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Posted by Mark Walton

Enlarge / The Galaxy Note 7 was a financial disaster for Samsung.

Update, February 23: The Samsung Galaxy S8 will go on sale April 21, following an official unveil in New York on March 29, the latest leaks indicate.

Intriguingly, we might actually see two new Samsung phones on March 29: the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, with the latter sporting a larger screen (6.2 inches vs. 5.8 for the S8) and potentially an iris scanner. Otherwise, it sounds like the key selling point of both the S8 and S8+ is slim bezels, rounded corners, a top-of-the-line SoC, and IP68 dust and water protection.

Update, January 23: The Samsung Galaxy S8 will not launch at Mobile World Congress, Samsung has confirmed. With a couple of exceptions, the company has typically used the trade show—which runs from February 27 to March 2 in 2017—to launch its flagship Android smartphones. The current Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge made their debut at the show in 2016.

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Do Nothing Day

2017-02-23 21:35
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Today I did as was suggested by a friend, and attempted to have a day where I did nothing. Sadly, this does not come naturally to me, so I kind of filled it with an assortment of tasks. I listened to two old episodes of the health report while I knitted; I did a few bits of paperwork; I did some tidying. I tried to faff around on the internet, but I kept running out of things to do! I did manage to play a little bit of a couple of computer games, but was getting tetchy at those as well.

And sadly, I still ran out of oomph in the mid-afternoon, which was problematic as I then had to go collect youngest from school, do some promised (underwear) shopping, and get them to dance on time, thus causing myself to be even more fatigued.

Tomorrow, being Friday, I don't have the opportunity to try again, as Friday is errand running day (despite the fact that I have run errands the last three days - they have been small ones, to the best of my ability to limit them). And the list of errands is mighty, and will likely not be conquered in half a day (I've promised myself an hour at the rink, and then I have to collect youngest again).

Saturday, likewise, there is not the opportunity to do nothing. Sunday, I have to sort out two skate costumes, before the skate comp in the evening. Need to look up what I'm supposed to be doing for that -- there wasn't a parent roster last I looked. Which means that my next scheduled opportunity to Do Nothing is Monday. I think I'm going to have to have a better plan. Possibly a better choice of book? Maybe a series that I think I can sit and watch a few episodes of? What do people do when they are 'doing nothing'?
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How often do you look at your to-do list and wish you had an extra day or two tacked on at the end of the week? What if asking for help were as easy as downloading an app where you could find someone to do it for you, with just a few clicks on a website? Just think about how often you would use it, and what chores you might want help with. (I'll go first: I'd want someone to do the dishes and hang some art for me.)


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Note: Mystery Science Theater 3000 is coming to Netflix in the UK and Ireland, in addition to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US.

The crowdfunded 14-episode revival season of Mystery Science Theater 3000, the '90s cult favorite about making fun of bad movies with your robot pals, will officially hit Netflix on April 14. The show's deal with Netflix was announced by series creator Joel Hodgson last summer, and Hodgson revealed the launch date to the project's Kickstarter backers early this morning. Production wrapped on the new season back in October, and in recent weeks, small groups of Kickstarter backers have gotten to see the premiere episode at a handful of "Red Carpet Kickstarter Screening" events.

The crowdfunded MST3K revival project was announced in late 2015, and it managed to raise $6.3 million in Kickstarter pledges and other donations. The size of the project and the show's enduring popularity 16 years after its cancellation attracted some reasonably big-name talent to the project both in front of and behind the camera, including Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt as series regulars and a list of guest stars that includes Jack Black, Joel McHale, Jerry Seinfeld, and Mark Hamill. Jonah Ray, the show's new host, was already an established comedian when he was hired, and the show's head writer, Elliott Kalan, was also the head writer for the Jon Stewart-era Daily Show and co-hosts the successful Flop House film podcast on the Maximum Fun network.

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Title: A Bewildered Heart
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Mature
Genre: Drama
Word Count: 1384
Chapters: 3/?
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont.
Warnings: None so far
Summary: Sophie de Clermont is settling down to her new role in life, but Fabien Marchal still disturbs her peace of mind. If not exactly the same was as before.
AN: This is a sequel to a story called Show Me. The observant may notice I have not been completely faithful to a few historic facts. But then the TV series is not completely faithful either, so I felt I could bend facts to suit my story.

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Enlarge / UK government wants self-driving cars to be held accountable for accidents, rather than their owners. (credit: Sebastian Anthony)

Electric charging points at all major motorway services and petrol stations, and the occupants of a self-driving car aren't liable in the case of an accident—those are two of the measures proposed by a new law that the UK government hopes will let us reap the rewards of improved transport technology over the next few years.

These changes are part of the Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill (VTAB), a draft law that is basically a shopping list of governmental desires. The details of the bill will change as it goes through parliament, though hopefully most of it will survive scrutiny—there's some good stuff in there.

The first item on the bill involves automated vehicles, and how to ensure that the vehicle's owner (which may or may not be a driver) and potential accident victims are protected. The bill says that insurance companies must offer two types of protection: for when a vehicle is acting autonomously, but also if the human driver decides to takes control. Essentially, the government wants to make sure that an accident victim can always claim compensation from the insurance company, even if the car was acting autonomously.

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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "talk with a friend" square in my 2-1-17 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. Note that these events take place shortly after Turq and Ansel meet, concerning one of Turq's cohort.

Warning: This poem contains some intense stuff. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features homelessness, disconnection, feelings of loss and despair, depression due to mad science torture, shame, references to computer hacking, poverty, sleep disturbances, difficulty asking for help, and other challenges. Nebuly is a mess, because everyone who survived Carl Bernhardt's attention is a mess, but he's doing a little better now. This poem captures a turning point when friends become family of choice. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Faq it

2017-02-23 07:02
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I am a recovering libertarian in the same way that I am a recovering drug addict: It felt good but wasn’t sustainable.

Back in the 60s there were a lot of alleged problems like gaysex, dirty books, comedians using the F-word on stage, and dope smoking that people were supposed to be arrested for. Some of us filthy hippies thought that the government should mind its own business. Then there was an Asian war for which the same solution applied, and I started wondering how much it generalized.

In the 70s Robert Nozick wrote a great book called Anarchy, State, & Utopia. I remember that after The Times reviewed it, they got an angry loc saying that the very existence of the book proved that we’re going to Hell in a handbasket because it would make it acceptable to consider politics an imposition on the life of the individual. Since that’s how I feel, I thought it was nifty. (It wasn’t quite Area Teen Is the Only Libertarian in the World, but I did feel outnumbered. And in my more lucid moments I realize that I am extreme, and I have compared my feeling about the need for politics to that of the unfortunate souls who are horrified and disgusted that the survival of the species requires that icky business with pee-pees and hoo-hahs. But as Uncle Sigmund said about paranoids in general, I am not entirely mistaken.) And he did make libertarianism academically respectable.

Nozick did not say, as some of his enemies and some of his supporters maintain, that any State intervention in the economy puts us on the road to gulags. What he said was that the more government we have, the more it controls our private lives and the more it is open to the abuses of totalitarianism, and that the tipping point is likely to come when we decide that a just distribution of everything is the state’s business (which Richard Rorty said is the defining quality of the Left). I agree.

But Nozick reratted to liberalism, and so did I. Libertarianism doesn’t work, and Scott Alexander has a thorough discussion of why it doesn’t.

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2017-02-23 12:48
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so... turned out the problem with my knee is actually osteoarthritis


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Robert J. Sandoval was a judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Born: February 23, 1950, Glendale, California, United States
Died: February 28, 2006, Duarte, California, United States
Education: McGeorge School of Law,
San Gabriel High School,
California State University, Los Angeles
Buried: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Find A Grave Memorial# 13553088
Appointed by: Gray Davis

Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries is a corporation that owns and operates a chain of cemeteries and mortuaries in Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties in Southern California.
Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cathedral City), 69855 Ramon Rd, Cathedral City, CA 92234, USA (33.81563, -116.4419)
Forest Lawn Cemetery (Covina Hills), 21300 Via Verde Drive, Covina, CA 91724, USA (34.06783, -117.84183)
Forest Lawn Cemetery (Cypress), 4471 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630, USA (33.8337, -118.0552)
Forest Lawn Cemetery (Glendale), 1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205, USA (34.12524, -118.24371)
Forest Lawn Cemetery (Hollywood Hills), 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA (34.14688, -118.32208)
Forest Lawn Cemetery (Long Beach), 1500 E San Antonio Dr, Long Beach, CA 90807, USA (33.84384, -118.17116)
The company was founded by a group of San Francisco businessmen in 1906. Dr. Hubert Eaton assumed management control in 1917 and is credited with being Forest Lawn’s "founder" because of his origination of the "memorial-park" plan. The first location was in Tropico which later became part of Glendale, California. Its facilities are officially known as memorial parks. The parks are best known for the large number of celebrity burials, especially in the Glendale and Hollywood Hills locations. Eaton opened the first mortuary (funeral home) on dedicated cemetery grounds after a long battle with established funeral directors who saw the "combination" operation as a threat. He remained as general manager until his death in 1966 when he was succeeded by his nephew, Frederick Llewellyn.
Notable queer burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks:
• Lucile Council (1898-1964), Section G, Lot 5 Space 9, Glendale. Florence Yoch (1890–1972) and Lucile Council were influential California landscape designers, practicing in the first half of the XX century in Southern California.
• George Cukor (1899-1983), Garden of Honor (Private Garden), Glendale. American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations.
• Brad Davis (1949-1991), Court of Remembrance/Columbarium of Valor, G64054, Hollywood Hills. American actor, known for starring in the 1978 film Midnight Express and 1982 film Querelle. Davis married Susan Bluestein, an Emmy Award-winning casting director. They had one child, Alex, a transgender man born as Alexandra. Davis acknowledged having had sex with men and being bisexual in an interview with Boze Hadleigh.
• Adolph de Meyer (1868-1946) died penniless in Los Angeles on January 6, 1949, and was buried under the name “Gayne Adolphus Demeyer”.
• Helen Ferguson (1901-1977), Ascension, L-7296, space 1, Glendale. For nearly thirty years, former actress and publicist Helen Ferguson had an intimate relationship with Barbara Stanwyck. In 1933, Ferguson left acting to focus on publicity work, a job she became very successful in and which made her a major power in Hollywood; she was representing such big name stars as Henry Fonda, Barbara Stanwyck, Loretta Young and Robert Taylor, among others.
• Edmund Goulding (1891–1959), Wee Kirk Churchyard, L-260, Space 4, Glendale. He was a British film writer and director. As an actor early in his career he was one of the Ghosts in the 1922 British made Paramount silent “Three Live Ghosts” alongside Norman Kerry and Cyril Chadwick. Also in the early 1920s he wrote several screenplays for star Mae Murray for films directed by her then husband Robert Z. Leonard. Goulding is best remembered for directing cultured dramas such as “Love” (1927), “Grand Hotel” (1932) with Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, “Dark Victory” (1939) with Bette Davis, and “The Razor's Edge” (1946) with Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power. He also directed the classic film noir “Nightmare Alley” (1947) with Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell, and the action drama “The Dawn Patrol.” He was also a successful songwriter, composer, and producer.
• Howard Greenfield (1936-1986) and Tory Damon (1939-1986), Hollywood Hills. Plot: Courts of Remembrance, wall crypt #3515. Damon’s epitaph reads: Love Will Keep Us Together..., Greenfield’s continues: ... Forever.
• Francis Grierson aka Jesse Shepard (1849-1927), Glendale, Great Mausoleum, Coleus Mezzanine Columbarium. Composer and pianist.
• Edward Everett Horton (1886-1970), Whispering Pines section, Map #03, Lot 994, Ground Interment Space 3, at the top of the hill. American character actor, he had a long career in film, theater, radio, television, and voice work for animated cartoons.
• Charles Laughton (1899–1962), Court of Remembrance, C-310 (wall crypt), Hollywood Hills. English stage and film character actor, director, producer and screenwriter.
• W. Dorr Legg (1904-1994), Eternal Love, Map E09, Lot 1561, Space 3, Hollywood Hills. W. Dorr Legg was a landscape architect and one of the founders of the U.S. gay rights movement, then called the homophile movement.
• David Lewis (1903-1987) and James Whale (1889-1957), Columbarium, Glendale. When David Lewis died in 1987, his executor and Whale biographer, James Curtis, had his ashes interred in a niche across from Whale’s.
• Liberace (1919-1987), Courts of Remembrance section, Map #A39, Distinguished Memorial – Sarcophagus 4, Hollywood Hills. American pianist, singer, and actor. A child prodigy and the son of working-class immigrants, Liberace enjoyed a career spanning four decades of concerts, recordings, television, motion pictures, and endorsements.
• Paul Monette (1945-1995) and Roger Horwitz (1941-1986), Hollywood Hills. Horwitz’s headstone reads: “My little friend, we sail together, if we sail at all.”
• Marion Morgan (1881-1971), The Great Mausoleum, Dahlia Terrace, Florentine Columbarium, Niche 8446, Glendale. Choreographer, longtime companion of motion picture director Dorothy Arzner.
• George Nader (1921-2002), Mark Miller, with friend Rock Hudson (1925-1985), Cenotaph, Cathedral City. Nader inherited the interest from Rock Hudson’s estate after Hudson’s death from AIDS complications in 1985. Nader lived in Hudson’s LA home until his own death. This is a memorial, George Nader’s ashes were actually scattered at sea.
• Alla Nazimova (1879-1945), actress,Whispering Pines, lot 1689, Glendale.
• Orry-Kelly (1897-1964), prominent Australian-American Hollywood costume designer. 3 times Oscar Winner. His partner was Milton Owen, a former stage manager, a relationship that was acknowledged also by Kelly's mother. When Orry-Kelly died, his pallbearers included Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Billy Wilder and George Cukor and Jack Warner read his eulogy.
• Charles Pierce (1926–1999), Columbarium of Providence, niche 64953, Hollywood Hills. He was one of the XX century's foremost female impersonators, particularly noted for his impersonation of Bette Davis. He performed at many clubs in New York, including The Village Gate, Ted Hook's OnStage, The Ballroom, and Freddy's Supper Club. His numerous San Francisco venues included the Gilded Cage, Cabaret/After Dark, Gold Street, Bimbo's 365 Club, Olympus, The Plush Room, the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, and the War Memorial Opera House. He died in North Hollywood, California, aged 72, and was cremated. His memorial service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park was carefully planned and scripted by Pierce before his death.
• George Quaintance (1902-1957), Eventide Section - Lot 2116 - Space 1, Glendale. American artist famous for his "idealized, strongly homoerotic" depictions of men in physique magazines. In 1938, he returned home with his companion Victor Garcia, described as Quaintance's "model, life partner, and business associate". In the early 1950s, Quaintance and Garcia moved to Rancho Siesta, which became the home of Studio Quaintance, a business venture based around Quaintance's artworks.
• Robert J. Sandoval (1950–2006), Glendale. Sandoval was a judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Sandoval and his long-time partner, Bill Martin, adopted a son in 1992, making them one of the first gay male couples in Los Angeles County to adopt a child. The couple named their son Harrison Martin-Sandoval, combining their last names to symbolize their familial unity. Sandoval died in 2006. He is survived by his partner of 24 years, Bill Martin, and his son, Harrison Martin-Sandoval. After his death, his alma mater McGeorge School of Law honored his contributions by placing him on the Wall of Honor.
• Emery Shaver (1903-1964) and Tom Lyle (1896-1976), Sanctuary, Glendale. Tom Lyle was the founder of Maybelline.
• Ethel Waters (1896-1977), Ascension Garden, Glendale. African-American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. In 1962. Ethel Waters had a lesbian relationship with dancer Ethel Williams that led to them being nicknamed “The Two Ethels.”
• Paul Winfield (1941–2004) was an American television, film and stage actor. He was known for his portrayal of a Louisiana sharecropper who struggles to support his family during the Great Depression in the landmark film “Sounder,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination. He portrayed Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1978 television miniseries “King,” for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. Winfield was also known to science fiction fans for his roles in “The Terminator,” “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Winfield was gay, but remained discreet about it in the public eye. His partner of 30 years, architect Charles Gillan, Jr., died on March 5, 2002, of bone cancer. Winfield died of a heart attack in 2004 at age 62, at Queen of Angels – Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles. Winfield and Gillan are interred together.

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
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ISBN-10: 1532901909
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Keith Christopher was an American actor, singer/songwriter and AIDS activist, born in Portland, United States.
Born: April 27, 1957, Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: February 23, 1998, New York City, New York, United States
Buried: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
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Genre: Pop
Record label: Significant Other
TV shows: Guiding Light
Albums: Naked Truth

Keith Christopher (1957-1998), a singer/songwriter, actor and AIDS activist, made television history when he appeared as the first openly gay, HIV-positive performer to portray an HIV-positive gay character on NBC's “Another World.” He was next invited to create the role of Wyatt Sanders, a gay HIV counselor, on the daytime drama “The Guiding Light.” Christopher dedicated the last years of his life to being a spokesperson for Gay Men's Health Crisis. At GMHC's 1997 AIDS Walk in Central Park, Christopher was a keynote speaker, along with Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Rosie Perez. His song "One People" was commissioned by the United Nations Environmental Project, and "Pieces of Lives" was written for and performed by Christopher at the first display of the Names Project Memorial Quilt in New York City. At the time of his death in 1998 he was nearing completion of his first CD, “Naked Truth,” posthumously released by Significant Other Records. Keith Christopher died of AIDS in New York at the age of 40 on February 23, 1998 and is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery (333 SW Skyline Blvd, Portland, OR 97221).

Queer Places, Vol. 1 edited by Elisa Rolle
ISBN-13: 978-1532901904
ISBN-10: 1532901909
Release Date: July 24, 2016
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Born: 1909
Died: 1988
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Movies: An Elastic Affair, Night Birds

Beverley Nichols was an author, playwright, journalist, composer, and public speaker. In 1932 he began to live with the actor Cyril Butcher, and their relationship lasted 53 years, until Nichols's death; Nichols's pleas for sexual tolerance were unusually vocal for the period, and are found throughout his writings. Nichols is now best remembered for his gardening books, the first of which, Down the Garden Path, was illustrated — as were its two sequels — by Rex Whistler. This bestseller was the first of his trilogy about Allways, his Tudor thatched cottage in Glatton, Cambridgeshire. A book about Nichols' city garden near Hampstead Heath in London, Green Grows the City, published in 1939, was another big best seller. A trilogy written between 1951 and 1956 documents Nichols's travails renovating Merry Hall (Meadowstream), a Georgian manor house in Agates Lane, Ashtead, Surrey, where Nichols lived with Butcher from 1946 to 1956. Nichols's final trilogy is referred to as The Sudbrook Trilogy (1963–1968) and concerns his late 18th century attached cottage at Ham, (near Richmond), Surrey.
Together from 1930 to 1983: 53 years.
Beverley Nichols (September 9, 1898 – September 15, 1983)
Cyril Butcher (1909–1987)

Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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Arthur Gore, 8th Earl of Arran was a British politician and the Conservative whip in the House of Lords. He is known for leading the effort in the House of Lords to decriminalise male homosexuality in 1967.
Born: 1910
Died: 1983
Buried: Luss Parish Church Cemetery, Luss, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Find A Grave Memorial# 148304338

Arthur Gore, 8th Earl of Arran (1910–1983) was a British politician and the Conservative whip in the House of Lords. He is known for leading the effort in the House of Lords to decriminalise male homosexuality in 1967. He also sponsored a bill for the protection of badgers, and was once asked why this effort had failed whereas decriminalising homosexuality had succeeded. Arran is reported to have replied: "There are not many badgers in the House of Lords." His father was Arthur Gore, 6th Earl of Arran, and he was the father of Arthur Gore, 9th Earl of Arran. He was affectionately known as “Boofy”. He married Fiona Colquhoun, daughter of Sir Ian Colquhoun. She was a speedboat racer and, like her husband, an animal rights activist. The couple had homes in Hertfordshire and Scotland. He is buried at Luss Parish Church (The Manse, Luss, Alexandria G83 8NZ).

Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
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I'm mainly posting the link here so I have a better chance of remembering it in September: I wanna go.

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Broadband is still struggling to get up to speed in rural areas, and even a 10Mbps "ambition" from the government has been scoffed at by critics. (credit: Kelly Fiveash)

The government suffered a humiliating defeat on Wednesday night, when Labour and Liberal Democrat peers teamed up on a number of proposed amendments to the Digital Economy Bill—two of which were approved in the House of Lords.

A planned Universal Service Order (USO) carrying broadband download speeds of at least 10Mbps by 2020 was changed to 30Mbps in the draft legislation, following a vote of 250 peers to 206 agreeing to the amendment to the bill.

Ahead of the vote, government minister Lord Ashton told the upper chamber that the "USO is a safety net to prevent social and economic exclusion, not a statement of ambition: we are setting the minimum, not the maximum," adding, "this amendment is upside down, placing a ceiling on ambition rather than acting as a safeguard for those less well served by communications providers."

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Posted by Annalee Newitz

The heart of the Pacific Ocean is a vast, barely explored region outside national boundaries, teeming with undiscovered species and dramatic undersea terrain. A few organizations monitor activity here, mostly international fisheries management groups, but it's easy for a vessel to get lost in the enormous distances. That's exactly what many pirate fishing fleets depend on.

Though normally we associate the term piracy with rogues who commandeer other people's ships, it's also used as shorthand to describe illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing. The Pacific is crawling with fishing pirates. Often their ships are crewed by malnourished slaves who don't see land for months at a time, a practice that has been documented by rights groups and exposed in a 2015 Associated Press investigation. They make their money by fishing illegally or in poorly regulated areas and then offloading their goods to the crews of large refrigerated cargo vessels called reefers in a process called transshipping. The reefer crews mix their legal catch with the pirate catch and then sell it all in port.

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Third rail

2017-02-23 05:51
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They used to say that Social Security was the third rail of American politics: touch it and you die. To some extent the Republicans found a form of virtual rubber gloves by suggesting that Social Security could be improved by attaching it to the ever-increasing free enterprise stock market, although for some reason that idea lost favor in 2008.

Now there’s another one. Milo Yiannopoulos, having spewed enough hatred for POC, Jews, Muslims, women, and Trans* people that decent human beings would have nothing to do with him, suddenly lost millions of others by coming out in favor of adult/teen sex (and specifically adult/teen gaysex, which presumably is even worse), saying it worked for him when he was 14. He lost a book contract and a couple of jobs, and now we’re hearing that what’s wrong with Lord Dampnut and his lovable sidekick Bannon Boy is that they have Milo cooties.

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