Dec. 1st, 2015 02:07 pm
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Hello, friends.

Every December here at Midnight Resistance has a theme. A month of articles from a whole load of people about a subject that we are fans of. Dreamcast. Doom. DOGS.

This year, in what can only be described as a ‘radical overhaul of the XCember tradition’, there’s a twist. We’ve decided against the letter ‘D’ and instead have elected for a name that rhymes with December instead to decide our theme.

Welcome to…

A celebration of Nintendo’s brilliant box with the little handle that no one ever used to carry one to a mate’s house ever! Home to some of Nintendo’s more ‘interesting’ titles, some stone cold classics and some total weirdness.

Articles will start from tomorrow and continue until the New Year. We’ve quite a few excellent pieces from excellent people lined up, as well as a Gamecube Special of the podcast coming in the next month.

Should you wish to contribute something to GCember, please get in touch. We take literally anything - articles, videos, photography, pieces of music, actual video games, performance art… whatever you’d like to send us, we’re up for it.

Fire off submissions to podcast@midnightresistance.co.uk if you fancy taking part.

Thanks for sticking with our brand of bullshit for another year, hope you enjoy the stuff we’ve got planned!

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Episode 1282: Sarlacc Surprise with Extra Tentacles

Players like fighting villains and henchmen and evil races and people who generally get in their way. But every once in a while it's nice to have a fight against something that just wants to eat them.

Then the clever tactics need to deal with somewhat baser instincts.

Dreamwidth News: 1 Dec 2015

Dec. 1st, 2015 03:43 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth!

It's December, and those of you who have been around for a while know what that means: the December Holiday Points Bonus!

All Dreamwidth Shop orders of paid time or points made (by a logged-in account) between now and midnight UTC on December 31 will get a 10% points bonus for you to save or spend in the future. For instance, if you buy a 12-month paid account (350 points), you'll get another 35 points once the order is complete for you to use on a future order.

This bonus only applies to orders of paid time or points -- bonus icons and rename tokens don't receive points bonuses. If you buy paid time or points for a friend, the bonus points will go to you, not to them.

The holiday points bonus is our way of saying "thank you" for continuing to support Dreamwidth. Our income comes entirely from you -- we have no advertising, no outside investors, and no venture capital, so you know that the decisions we make are always 100% in your best interest. Thank you to everyone who's bought paid time, extra services, or points this year. You make it possible for us to keep the site running for everyone, and we love you for it.

As 2015 draws to a close -- it's hard to believe we're finishing up our sixth year of Dreamwidth! -- we'd like to wish a very happy set of holidays to you, no matter what winter holidays you celebrate. Here's to an awesome 2016.

(EDIT: Also, there was a brief problem with the promotion not properly adding the bonus points to your account -- that's been fixed, and I'm manually applying the bonus points for the accounts/orders that were affected.)

While I have you here, I'd also like to highlight some of the changes we've made over the last few code pushes in case you've missed them:

An incomplete list of the improvements we've made )

We've also had a request for another round of the Great Community Rec-O-Matic! For those who weren't around last time we did this: it's a great way to get recommendations for communities to participate in that you might enjoy.

Here's how it works:

* If you're looking for new communities to join, comment here with a list of some of your interests, and the kind of community you enjoy reading and participating in.

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Non-Christians need not apply

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:00 pm
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[personal profile] jadelennox
I've had "What ISIS Really Wants" (The Atlantic, Graeme Wood, March 2015) open as a longread in a tab for a while. It was highly recommended and I was interesting in reading his perspective. And it was an interesting read, until I hit a sentence so amazingly factually wrong it's called everything he has to say into question.
Centuries have passed since the wars of religion ceased in Europe, and since men stopped dying in large numbers because of arcane theological disputes. Hence, perhaps, the incredulity and denial with which Westerners have greeted news of the theology and practices of the Islamic State.

Dude. Dude. Sixty years ago, when your parents were possibly already born, six million Jews were killed in Western Europe. Graeme Wood was already in high school when the Bosnian War pitted Christian versus Muslim, and 20K-50K Muslim women were victims of genocidal rape.

Unless you are going to claim that "ethnic cleansing" or "ethnic conflict" can't be a religious war, in which case, given how whiteness and ethnicity are defined, "religious war" in Europe always needs to be between Christians (or internicine at the very least, but given Europe, this implies between Christians).

(One could argue that since the Nazis were only sort of Christian, WWII doesn't count. I'd argue that wanting to kill people of a specific religion is by definition a religious war, and besides, it's irrelevant, given that most of us should have pretty clear memories of the mass graves they found in Bosnia.)

Basically, at best he's being cavalier and poorly edited. At worst both he and his editor assume that Christians can only understand a group such as ISIS by thinking about Christians murdering each other, because Christians murdering Muslims or Pagan-Occultist-Christians murdering Jews is totally understandable. For what it's worth, I assume the problem is the former. But that also makes the article less believable as a whole.

Winging Snit

Nov. 30th, 2015 05:15 pm
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A zombie controversy over police and guns at Buffalo Wild Wings was reanimated in November 2015, for no apparent reason.
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So, uh. I finally posted the story I have been actively writing since August and that has consumed my brain for a large portion of the year:

Double Time (123375 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel Noir, Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics), New Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, James "Bucky" Barnes, Jim Hammond, Thomas "Toro" Raymond, Namor the Sub-Mariner
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Action/Adventure, Angst, Drama, Romance, Time Travel, Dimension Travel, World War II, Civil War (Marvel), Post-Civil War (Marvel), Iron Man: Director of SHIELD, Secrets, Hero Worship, Cosmic Cube, Infinity Gems, Infinity Gauntlet, Comic Book Science, Comic Book Violence, Baron Zemo's A+ Parenting, Fix-It, Civil War Fix-It, Happy Ending, New Avengers Vol. 1 (2004), Community: cap_ironman, Cap_Ironman Big Bang
Series: Part 2 of Pulse, Beat, and Measure
Summary: Cassino, Italy, December 1943. Special Agent Tony Stark, former Marvels adventurer, is sent to investigate a Cosmic Cube found by the Invaders -- and it's the perfect opportunity for him to rekindle his secret romance with Steve Rogers. But when Hydra attempts to steal the Cube, an inadvertent wish for help leads to the appearance of a Tony from the future of another world: Director Stark of SHIELD. This Tony is a man with a lot on his mind. He refuses to tell them anything about the future, but he seems to know much more than he should about Captain America. And something's happened that's clearly killing him inside, but he's not talking. When Director Stark's failed attempt to return home leads to the unexpected appearance of another visitor from his universe, all the lies come undone. Now there are two wars to fight, and the second one could ruin all of them.


Longest story I've ever written. So there.

I may or may not have written this story solely to tag it "Baron Zemo's A+ Parenting" on AO3. Ha.

Basically, it's a massive 616 Civil War fix-it that also happens to be a Marvel Noir World War II Invaders story, because I figured that a great way to get Steve and Tony to talk about their problems would be to strand them in an alternate-universe version of World War II with their multiverse counterparts who are in the lovely idealistic beginning of their own relationship, and who can then proceed to stare at 616 Steve and Tony in horror. Also I really like both Marvel Noir and Avengers/Invaders. (It is actually a standalone sequel to my Noir story Allegro, Forte.)

Also I really just feel like Steve should come back to life while Tony still remembers Civil War. I can't get enough of that. So, you know, that's why I wrote this.

My betas, BTW, were amazing and went above and beyond the call of duty. [personal profile] gwyn did a lovely 40s/WW2 beta for me on a tight deadline (and found me some great resources) and Steve/Tony isn't even her OTP and yet she was willing to listen to me babble at them. [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant was also a WW2 beta and read an entire book on the Italian front for me! Well, partially for me! [livejournal.com profile] kalashia has read all of Avengers/Cap/IM and was my canon-nitpicking beta and is also the reason for one of the villains at the end of chapter two because apparently if you ask someone who has read a lot of Marvel "who is the best Scientist Supreme or other related AIM or Hydra villain?" you get REALLY FUN ANSWERS. And I really, really could not have written this without the cheerleading and beta work of [livejournal.com profile] magicasen who was extremely invested in this fic from pretty much the moment I had the idea. So, uh, thank you all.

Oh, and, yes, there's art! [livejournal.com profile] praguedoctor did three pieces (one is NSFW) and [livejournal.com profile] phoenixmetaphor did two and then they collaborated on a piece (linked in Phoenix' post) that was just really lovely, and it's ALL LOVELY and OMG, so much art. I also have to say that I really appreciated Phoenix livestreaming the drawing process at me and taking the time to talk to me about how the art was actually happening; it was really fun and educational and a surprisingly good motivator for me actually finishing writing the fic, because that way we could both sit there and work on the Big Bang together.

So, there. Now I get my brain back. And write other fic. Other fic, brain! Not a novel-length sequel.

Car Stalk

Nov. 30th, 2015 03:35 pm
[syndicated profile] snopes_feed
Social media rumors claimed ISIS operatives visited multiple car dealerships in Maryland and Virginia, but the claims were not credible.
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[personal profile] jjhunter
[livejournal.com profile] caramelsilver is currently hosting the Three Sentence Ficathon 2015, which is a treasure hoard of many small delights - I highly recommend checking it out.

My prompts so far (open to reuse if any inspire!):

- Harry Potter, Madame Pince, user-centered institution

- Glamourist Histories, Jane, letterlocking

Read more... )

Toys Soldiers?

Nov. 30th, 2015 01:02 pm
[syndicated profile] snopes_feed
A photograph does not show Syrian orphans holding guns as they make their way to the United States.

Navajo Rations

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:57 am
[syndicated profile] snopes_feed
No, President Obama isn't sending 250,000 "Muslim refugees" to Navajo lands in Arizona and North Dakota.

An Interesting Take on Trump

Nov. 30th, 2015 11:00 am
[syndicated profile] snopes_feed
Conservative commentator William J. Bennett did not pen an essay hypothesizing that Donald Trump would be killed before he could be elected President.

Waffle Dowse

Nov. 30th, 2015 10:08 am
[syndicated profile] snopes_feed
FEMA's informal "Waffle House Index" disaster measurement metric exists, but it isn't as integral as rumors have suggested.

White Folks and Fake Quotes

Nov. 30th, 2015 09:40 am
[syndicated profile] snopes_feed
First Lady Michelle Obama did not say that "white folks are what's wrong with America" during a commencement speech at Tuskegee University.

Sudoku by Thomas Snyder

Nov. 30th, 2015 05:00 pm
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Posted by drsudoku

Sudoku by Thomas Snyder


Theme: Fan (Originally for 2015 Arlington Puzzle Festival)

Author/Opus: This is the 231st puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Sudoku rules.

Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 9th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Sudoku. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Sudoku to get started on.

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