Bonus: Nanro by Serkan Yürekli

Apr. 24th, 2014 04:00 am
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Posted by Serkan Yürekli

Nanro by Serkan Yürekli


Theme: Clue Symmetry and Logic (Note: this puzzle originally appeared in this year’s 24HPC.)

Author/Opus: This is the 39th puzzle from our contributing puzzlemaster Serkan Yürekli.

Rules: Standard Nanro


Answer String: Enter the length in cells of each of the segments labeled with numbers from left to right for the marked rows, starting at the top. Separate each row’s entry from the next with a comma.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:00, Master = 3:00, Expert = 6:00

Note: Click here for other Nanro puzzles. If you are new to this puzzle type, please first try out the example on the Rules and Info

page as well as this easy Nanro post.

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Apr. 23rd, 2014 07:34 pm
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I am doing a lot! Too much! Yet not enough.

Since Zond7 left Monday night I have suddenly degenerated from my smug routine, forget to eat meals, and there is laundry everywhere. somehow instead of writing extra poetry and living in a nice neat environment I have entered odd workaholic and not taking care of myself mode.

Weird! Instructive!

I think it is also the tramadol and extra coffee. Must fix that tomorrow.

Tea only after 1 cup of coffee, and no tramadol after .. umm..... 1pm?

I wrote to the EFF as i said i would, yesterday i did a fun zine reading thing at DU, I worked quite hard, went to all the meetings ever fucking invented, and hacked some portals whicih was super relaxing and fun, and grocery shopped.

i read from a funny old zine and a section from a newish poem that i think is nearly done.

Cannot do enough at work to feel like i'm on top of things or truly competent. HOw to limit things????? why do i keep on taking more responsiblity?

i do not want to burn out.

also i went to 2 doctor appointments which while not specially stressful or hard, and i went in a cab, were still stressful and hard.

i miss zond7 quite a lot!

i think i need to strictly enforce some hours off even if i can't take a whole day ... which i don't feel that i can....
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Still discussion happening in my Hugo reactions post, if that was a thing that interested you at the time; it seems to have had a slow trickle out onto Twitter, sped up today by John Scalzi linking to it and other criticisms of his position from Shweta Narayan, Arachne Jericho, and Rose Lemberg.

I explained why I took a somewhat different approach than those posters in a comment on my old post, but the criticisms of Rose Lemberg, and SL Huang, about the idea of "merits" generally, are important and worth reading as a broadly-applicable matter. (To be clear, I also recommend Shweta and Arachne's posts as powerful and important, they're just a little more focused on the specifics of this discussion.)

A link roundup is being maintained by Stefan Raets.

I'm going to again err on the side of caution and screen anon comments; I will unscreen them as soon as I can if they're consistent with the policy statements in my profile. So far I haven't had to keep anything screened; I will say so if I do. But, if you have substantive comments rather than something about these links, I'd appreciate it if you took it to the original post, because I hate split discussions.

And now, I must go wash dishes.

a day for picspam

Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:35 pm
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Flowers, lizards, random Back to the Future car mod sightings, that kind of thing.

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Posted by Militant Angeleno

The last Wherehouse,- ever, is closing down on April 25.
The Militant, in his younger days as Lil'Mil and The Mili-Teen, loved to go to the record store to buy records and tapes, and later CDs, from his favorite unspecified artists. Even as a Lil'Mil, he'd try to get his parents to stop by the local Wherehouse on the way back to the Family Compound while driving through town. This became more common as soon as Ma and Pa Militant would go there more frequently to rent movies on Beta and VHS videotape.

The Wherehouse started out in 1972 and was a small regional chain around the West, along with other stores like Music Plus, Musicland (later Sam Goody), Licorice Pizza, and the revered Tower Records. The Militant knows all of this historical stuff totally dates him, but hey, what can you do.

The last surviving Wherehouse store is on 17542 Hawthorne Blvd in Torrance, at the corner of Artesia Blvd, and it is closing its doors for good on Friday, April 25.

So that must mean...CLOSING SALE!

Stuff was cheap but horribly disorganized. But if you're down for the hunt, go for it!
Yes, there's a sale, everything must go. New CDs are 50% off, used are from 60-90% off, also half off of DVDs.

The Militant was there this past Saturday for Record Store Day, and what better way to bid adios to a local institution than to get a bunch of stuff for cheap.

Well, it wasn't as easy as that. The CD racks were generally disorganized, with genre, much less alphabetical order, adhered to. And it was kind of slim pickins. It was a little frustrating to see CDs The Militant already owned there in the racks. Still, he made off with three unspecified CDs, the total cost of which cost less than a new one bought elsewhere. Score!

If you have the time, and not much money, head on down there to Torrance to help clean out the store. It's the best way to bid farewell not only to an old institution, but an era.

Wednesday Reading Meme

Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:41 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Lynn Flewelling, Shards of Time: The end of the Nightrunner novels. It's... pretty much what I figured it was going to be, in terms of plot and style and so on. It's readable, but, well, it's certainly not as good as the first two books. Though if you've come this far, you should probably just finish the series already. (And if you haven't read the series but you like m/m fantasy, you should... probably just read the first two books.)

What I'm Reading Now

All the Avengers Steve/Tony fanfic in the entire world. In the entire world. *laughs weakly* No, really, not joking. Why am I so behind when it comes to fandoms? Also why do I apparently like the 616 fic better? I do not need a comics habit again. I don't even really want a comics habit. I certainly cannot afford a comics habit. I wouldn't even know what to try to catch up on. Also it's really hard to read digital comics on a 13" laptop screen. (You shut up, I did not just try reading Civil War: The Confession for the glorious angst and ~feels~.) Also, my surprise new favorite character from the fic seems to be Carol Danvers, which is kind of weird because the sum total of my knowledge about her is that I think Rogue stole her powers.

What I'm Reading Next

Actual books. Right. Um. Actual books. Let me think. I was going to read Tim Powers' The Stress of Her Regard (which I remember more than one of you recommending), but if it's a book that requires a lot of thinking or actual knowledge about the Romantics I might pass on it for the moment and read some random fantasy books that [personal profile] lysimache was recommending.


Apr. 23rd, 2014 05:54 pm
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“There’s a culture of people in State College that clearly appreciates what Joe has done," says a classy dudebro who realizes that winning football games is so much more important than, you know, not covering up for child rapists.

Incidentally, if I get an alert that anyone on my Kickstarter friends list has sponsored this, we're going to have words.

The Self-Signaling Swag

Apr. 23rd, 2014 03:00 pm
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Crooks are fingered by the electronic locators contained in items they steal.

Skyscrapers by Roland Voigt

Apr. 23rd, 2014 04:00 pm
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Skyscrapers by Roland Voigt


Theme: Almost Symmetric Fours

Author/Opus: This is the 3rd puzzle from guest contributor Roland Voigt.

Rules: Standard Skyscrapers


Answer String: Enter the 1st row from left to right, followed by a comma, followed by the 5th row from left to right.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 1:45, Master = 3:15, Expert = 6:30

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

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Posted by Jennifer Kesler

The US Supreme Court has just issued a rather odd ruling. A young woman called “Amy” in court papers was filmed being raped by her uncle at ages 8 and 9. Then the videos went viral on the internet amongst child pornography traffickers. Amy has asked for restitution under a law Congress passed in the […]

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album cover for Simply Mad About the Mouse

I wrote a piece about my favorite Disney songs over at Pornokitsch, a collection of hipster songs that doesn't contain "A Whole New World" anywhere. :P However, it does contain the perfect combination of High School Musical and Haley Mills.

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Apr. 23rd, 2014 05:36 pm
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I finished one of my jobs today and got bought lunch by my boss: beautiful salmon salad with quinoa and roasted nuts and spinach and rocket and kidney beans, followed by honeycomb ice cream. And a very full time sheet to hand in for the end of next month. :D

In celebration, two lovely things:

Neil Hannon and Yann Tiersen - or in other words, Amelie music with beautiful and tough and inspiring lyrics, sung by the gorgeous-voiced guy from Divine Comedy.

I forget how much I love Neil Hannon's voice sometimes. It is an oversight.


Literature of the English Country House, created by my University. It looks like a really fun and interesting MOOC, and I've signed up for it.
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Posted by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad

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For the readers of Islam and Science Ficion in Korea, here is treat for you folks. Rebecca Hankins, one of the contributors at Islam and Science Fiction will be giving a lecture on the influence of Islamic themes and Muslim cultures on American Science Fiction and Fantasy Comics at the Sogang University on April 30, 2014 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Here is the abstract of her talk at the Sogang University:

Abstract: Star WarsStar Trek, and Dune are some of the most celebrated and popular American examples of science fiction and fantasy, both in film and in comic books. They have inspired a generation of Americans, including American Muslims, to imitate, adapt, and experiment with these genres, just as Islam has inspired and influenced the production of science fiction and fantasy throughout history. This talk will engage the audience in learning more about those connections and the historical influence of Islam and Muslims on contemporary science fiction, fantasy, and comic book literature.



Apr. 23rd, 2014 10:08 am
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Parallel Constructions (13659 words) by freshbakedlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Panic Attacks, Recovery, implied Natasha Romanov/Sam Wilson

In the absence of orders, the man wearing the face of Bucky Barnes must figure out who he will be. The answer, mostly, is "somebody Steve Rogers can love." Nothing so easy should ever take this much work.

Basically, about recovery. Awesome.

Trigger warnings in higher education

Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:44 am
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I've been meaning to post about this for a while. [personal profile] cereta just made a post which reminded me. Apparently offering trigger warnings in higher education is a trend:

Now, there are circumstances in which I think trigger warnings would be a basic courtesy: if you are about to show a film with graphic content which students might not be expecting.

But from the standpoint of a historian I think that warnings for any given historical subject would basically approximate the warnings for human existence itself: racism, sexism, colonialism, slavery, religious bigotry, war, disease, child abuse, grinding poverty, exploitation, suffering, death, etc. However innocuous a subject you might be able to imagine - "Jane Austen's world," for instance, which included just about all of the above.

For that reason I found Oberlin's previous - now removed - policy on trigger warnings a little bit chilling:
• Remove triggering material when it does not contribute directly to the course learning goals.
• Sometimes a work is too important to avoid. For example, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read. However, it may trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more. Here are some steps you, as a professor, can take so that your class can examine this source in the most productive and safe manner possible:
• Issue a trigger warning. A trigger warning is a statement that warns people of a potential trigger, so that they can prepare for or choose to avoid the trigger. Issuing a trigger warning will also show students that you care about their safety...
• Tell students why you have chosen to include this material, even though you know it is triggering. For example:
“…We are reading this work in spite of the author’s racist frameworks because his work was foundational to establishing the field of anthropology, and because I think together we can challenge, deconstruct, and learn from his mistakes.”
“…This documentary challenges heterosexism in an important way. It is vital to discuss this issue. I think watching and discussing this documentary will help us become better at challenging heterosexism ourselves.”
• Strongly consider developing a policy to make triggering material optional or offering students an alterative assignment using different materials. When possible, help students avoid having to choose between their academic success and their own wellbeing.

Why is it worth studying history? That's a good question and well worth discussing with undergraduates. But I strongly refuse the idea that one should have to justify to students the reasons for not sweeping (tw: sexism) "man's inhumanity to man" under the carpet.

I wonder whether Oberlin's sweeping policy was a result of concerns about legal liability more than anything else? Or perhaps I'm being ungenerous.
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Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.

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