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Posted by MARCO KAYE

Dinner

Fantasy: A communal gathering in front of a lovingly prepared meal. On each plate, a rainbow of hues. The kids explore new flavors. Fresh veggies, sturdy grains, meat killed in a prayerful way by a hunter who is a family friend and Level 5 Druid. Witty banter all around. Your eldest speaks in funny profundities. And clap for baby: she’s starting to feed herself!

Reality: Calling this “eating” is not accurate. It’s more like jamming globs of sustenance as a timer ticks down the minutes. Oh wait, that’s no timer, that’s baby tapping and then launching a spoon. The mac n’ cheese is low-key harmful — you read that in the Times. The meat is dinosaur-shaped. Blowing on hot food helps you from hyperventilating a little. Talk is fragmented, like a dropped call. Various screens play unboxing videos. Baby is on someone’s lap or the floor. Let’s face it: a lot of things are on the floor.

Bath

Fantasy: A warm, steamy lovefest. Giggles and sudsy beards. One of the most intimate bonding experiences known to parenting. Germs are being eradicated, butts thoroughly scrubbed. Dr. Spock smiles from the heavens. Your eldest isn’t afraid of shampoo anymore. As for baby, you do not think of the ending of Rabbit, Run. Not for one second. This bath is one hundred percent safe.

Reality: The kids sip bathwater like you sip wine. Your pants are damp. Don’t squirt that dolphin outside the tub. Not at baby. Not in her eyes… not in her eyes! Looking up from your phone, you realize one kid dunked the other for a second and now you’re googling dry drowning. Which you didn’t even know was a thing until you watched The Affair, that fucking show. Despite the NO TEARS label, your eldest cries, pulling at his foreskin in a disturbing way.

Book

Fantasy: Rapt gazes. Favorite tales. Cuddles. Developing neurons firing with primordial narrative delight. Reading now will get them into Harvard later. From the aesthetic questions raised by Harold and the Purple Crayon to the metaphysical lull of Goodnight, Moon, classic children’s books deliver pure pleasure for both adult and child. And let’s not forget the trove of modern classics. Who couldn’t love Dragons Love Tacos? What a delight when the kids memorize passages and recite them in their adorable consonant-challenged voices. Goodbye, omnipresent screens. This family going on a shared imaginative adventure where the printed page is still king!

Reality: You’re eyeing the clock harder than Bill Belichick, and your sweatsuit looks just as ragged. Your eldest paces in and out of the room, demanding more milk. An aunt bought a cartoon tie-in book that is really too long for their age group and you’re speed reading the thing, skimming so hard the text is starting to go postmodern. Plus the book has a sticker pack and the kids are really more into sticking them on your face. You rest on the floor for a moment, let someone else drive this train. Your mind wanders. Does Dragons Love Tacos teach the right message? Or is it fundamentally about food aversion? Did the bigger fish eat the smaller one at the end of This is Not My Hat? Is Sandra Boynton rich from the Pookie series? You’ve had several ideas for kid’s books. How badass would it be make money by writing kid’s books. Pretty badass, you think, lying there on the floor until your eldest sits on your head and pretends to fart on you.

Bedtime

Fantasy: Ah, sleep itself. As essential to mankind as water. Baby “blows out” the light, her precious little body settling into repose. The swaddle blanket is tucked in a way that would impress Japanese origami masters. Your eldest shuts his eyes without a fuss, says some mind-blowingly cute thing about some robot dinosaur he’s going to paint in the morning. The sound machine swishes, the nightlight comforts. Your throat catches as you stop at the doorway, your heart brimming with love. You created these fascinating beings! And now you get an hour or so to yourself. To relax with your spouse. To unwind and watch a show or read a book, the reward at the end of a well-lived day.

Reality: Baby acts as if you laid her on a bed of hot coals. Five months into sleep training, and nothing has worked. Ferber makes you feel like a weirdo, sitting there silently while she wails and wails. Cry it out broke your soul. Once baby finally goes down, you tiptoe backwards out of the room, playing Twister with the floorboards, avoiding creaks at all costs. Your breasts feel numb, tweaked. Your eldest wants you to sing one more “la la.” When you go in for a kiss, he pulls the cover over his head, giggling, and you’re hit with this thought: I will never fully know you. The lovely mystery of the moment is shattered when he squeals that you closed his door too much. You adjust it. You clean some things but not all the things because that would be impossible. In the living room, you doze to peak TV. Once nestled in your own bed, you turn off the light, giving your spouse a halfhearted cuddle. And just when you’re about to fall asleep, timed perfectly to that exact moment when brain waves begin to slow, the cries begin anew.

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Posted by LUCY HUBER

“In an interview with the BBC published early Sunday, director Woody Allen addressed the wave of allegations against Harvey Weinstein, calling it ‘tragic for the poor women’ but also warned against a ‘witch hunt atmosphere.’” — New York Times, 10/15/17

- - -

1. George is a middle-aged man who works in an office with a younger female colleague, Annie. The female colleague wears a short skit one summer day to the office. George comments, “Nice gams, Annie” and gives her a wink. Annie files a complaint with HR. Is this:

A. A witch hunt
B. A fair accusation of sexual harassment

2. In the year 1693 in Salem Village, Sarah Good is a woman living in poverty and disliked by the townspeople. A jury of men decide that she was a witch after forcing her to confess that she signed her name in the “Devil’s book,” a thing that does not exist. She is hanged several days after giving birth to a daughter. Is this:

A. A witch hunt
B. A fair accusation of sexual harassment

3. Lucas is a photographer in New York. He often comes in contact with models and sometimes when directing — whoops! — he gives them a quick pat on the bum. Several models have reported him, but nothing has been done. Is this:

A. A witch hunt
B. A fair accusation of sexual harassment

4. Sarah Osborne doesn’t go to church like the townspeople of Salem expect her to. Because of this, a group of men decide she is a witch and is accused of using dark magic to pinch several young girls in town with invisible knitting needles. They arrest her, put her in prison, where she dies. Is this:

A. A witch hunt
B. A fair accusation of sexual harassment

5. Anderson manages a restaurant. He hires a new server, named Ella. While rubbing her shoulders he tells her that if she wants more tips she should wear a lower cut shirt. Ella does not feel comfortable around Anderson, but needs a job to pay her rent, so she only mentions this to her friend who says he’s done it to her, too. Is this:

A. A witch hunt
B. A fair accusation of sexual harassment

6. Tituba is a woman from Barbados, but is now enslaved by white people in the town of Salem. She continues to practice her religion, which the people of Salem don’t understand. They assume it means she is a witch and beat her until she confesses and rambles about black dogs and riding on sticks, then imprison her, despite no evidence that witches actually exist. Is this:

A. A witch hunt
B. A fair accusation of sexual harassment

- - -

Sexual harassment: 1, 3, 5
Witch hunt: 2, 4, 6

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Posted by JULIE PARKER

The West Wing’s President Trump is many things: a businessman, a golfer, a three-time husband. Finally, other characters on the show are starting to realize he’s also a sick man, a criminal and an idiot. It seems that the writers have given him literally every terrible quality they could think of; superhero villains are more well-rounded. For a show that was once made up entirely of protagonists, it’s a drastic change, and a painful one for viewers. Here’s the rundown of the latest episode.

The Adult Day Care Customer in Chief

In this episode, Republican Senator Bob Corker called the White House an “adult day care center,” tasked with keeping Trump from destroying things left and right. This was one of the strongest condemnations yet from a Republican, and one that seemed to allude to Trump’s questionably stable mental health, an issue that has been bubbling just below the surface this entire season. President Bartlet’s multiple sclerosis, and all the attendant drama and hand-wringing over whether it was an impediment to his ability to be President, seems positively quaint in comparison. What we wouldn’t give for those West Wing days, when we’ve got someone in the Oval Office now who seems to be unraveling by the minute. If only Trump’s behavior could be improved with some covert injections from Melania.

The Sexual Assaulter in Chief

This week brought explosive allegations of sexual assault against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Though the White House staff gloried in the downfall of a major Democratic contributor, the incident did remind viewers of the storyline about Trump’s alleged sexual assaults, which first came to light during his campaign. This seemed to be a big deal last season, but then was forgotten, buried by newer and more pressing plots about Trump’s tweets and Melania’s shoes. It’s hard to believe the writers went as long as they did without bringing the accusations against Trump back to the forefront. If a President could potentially be brought down by a hidden MS diagnosis, he has to be brought down by numerous sexual assault allegations, right? To say otherwise would stretch the bounds of believability so far they’d snap — and be a supreme betrayal of female viewers to boot.

The Genius in Chief (Just Check His IQ Test)

After Secretary of State Rex Tillerson supposedly called Trump a “moron” (though Tillerson, tellingly, will neither confirm nor deny that), Trump suggested they compare IQ tests. President Bartlet had a Nobel Prize in economics, and Trump has… an inability to use words that are more than three letters long. Maybe an IQ test isn’t the worst idea. It would also give the show the opportunity to delve into what the IQ test entails and how accurate it is, much like when Sam explained the census to CJ. Maybe the whole staff would decide to take the test for fun, and then compare results to see who had bragging rights to being the smartest. My money’s on Leo’s (and later CJ’s) secretary, Margaret, who is wacky but likely to be a secret savant. How else does she know how to sign the President’s signature so well?

When will Trump follow Weinstein and have his day of reckoning for his sexual assaults? Who will score lower on the IQ test, Donald Jr. or Eric Trump? And when will Republicans set up an actual (perhaps golf-themed?) adult day care for Trump, where he can spend his days post-impeachment? Watch next week to find out.

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Oct. 16th, 2017 08:18 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Ashley linked to a fundraiser set up by a California credit union, Redwood Credit Union, to help communities impacted by the California wildfires. You can read more and give at their donation page.

[personal profile] kuwdora is a long-time fandom vidder who recently enrolled in a career coaching program with tv/film editor Zack Arnold, and she is now working to pay off the last installment of the program and transition from a vidding hobby to a professional editing career in Hollywood. You can read more here, give to her gofundme here, and buy art from her etsy here.

[tumblr.com profile] catlinyemaker linked to a fundraiser for [twitter.com profile] neolithicsheep, a disabled Navy vet and sustainable agriculture educator who is raising funds to get a border collie to help them with their Sovay sheep. You can read more about the fundraiser and retweet in a twitter thread here, and purchase various shirts and other branded goods at their Teespring here.

[personal profile] xturtle linked to their friend Marcia, who is raising funds to help cover vet bills for her sick bunny; she is running out of unemployment benefits and looking for work; in the meantime Caspian needs testing to determine what the lump in his stomach is and get his teeth fixed. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to a fundriaser for [tumblr.com profile] ohcrakerjacks, a victim of black toxic mold. She and her parents are raising funds to replace walls, insulation, flooring, and furniture. You can read more and check out commissions here and give to her ko-fi here, which will support supply purchases for the cross-stitch embroidery she sells.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[tumblr.com profile] suriel's husband is about to have two surgeries, each costing several thousand dollars, and they are raising money to cover expenses. They have sales in all their online shops: Fandom buttons and more, caramels and toffees, and their band shop. You can read and reblog here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] vaspider, who is running a sale on their Etsy shop ($10% off $30 or more) to help with living expenses and home repairs after a job loss and other unexpected life events this year. You can check out the Etsy shop here; it includes a lot of nerdy/geeky Judaica as well as secular clothes, accessories, and cosplay.

News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to a writeup that [personal profile] kaberett posted about desensitizing themselves to board games; Board Game Desensitization Process is a template for people who may have a difficult relationship to card/board games but want to participate in the increasingly popular social events focused around them.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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Posted by VIJAY ILANKAMBAN

I am founder and CEO of PressTheDot, the revolutionary mobile game that asks users to press a dot, then another dot, then another dot, then another dot, until they are fed up with themselves for spending hours mindlessly pressing dots for imaginary points.

I am writing this because I feel it is my duty, as founder of PressTheDot, the 10,084th most downloaded game on the iOS store and critically considered “addictive,” “dumb,” “horrifyingly dumb,” to share some advice to young entrepreneurs looking to make it “big.”

To many people’s dismay and surprise, I only really have one piece of advice:

“Risk everything to make your dreams come true”

Believe it or not, this simple piece of advice is what motivated greats like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and Larry Ellison to drop everything and work on creating their multi-billion-dollar companies.

It is also the same advice that motivated me to drop everything and work on creating multi-hundred-dollar company, PressTheDot, previously named PressDotsWithYourFriends, Here Are Dots For You To Press, and Oh There’s A Dot, Press It, Then Press It Again — all of which failed to crack the top 20,000 most downloaded games; hence, the rebranding to PressTheDot.

Many of you, ambitious persons, have probably heard very influential people, similar to myself, say that the only way to achieve your dreams is to “give up everything for it.” But I want everyone, especially those who don’t believe their dreams will ever become a reality, to ask themselves – have I really risked everything to make my dreams come true?

If you haven’t, then there’s your issue. You think you have a revolutionary idea, maybe of a game where you press bubbles on a screen, or a game where you press an unidentifiable round thing on a screen, or just a game where you press a screen and hold your thumb down, I don’t know just spitballing, whatever it is though, I have to ask — what are you waiting for?!

I dropped out of college, broke up with my fiancée, shunned my parents, ruined all my friendships, and yelled at random people on the street, so that I could be the next Steve Jobs. Just, as the innovators before me, I had to make tough decisions and sacrifices to invent PressTheDot and, if you want your dreams to come true, you will have to as well.

It wasn’t easy to say “no” to my family when they asked me to come home for Thanksgiving, but I did, because I knew, if there was one thing I was put on this planet to do, it was to create a competitive dot-pressing mobile game that would be in the hands of users all across Bozeman, Montana (34 of our 42 users are in that area).

Now you might be wondering, did I ever regret throwing away my life to create this application that only until recently fixed a bug that was causing an embarrassing selfie of mine to randomly flash during gameplay?

Well, there was a moment, a few months ago, when I was sitting in an alley at 3 AM, between two coffee shops, trying to connect to either of their free Wi-Fis, that I considered that maybe I made the wrong decision to leave Harvard the day before graduation and steal my roommate’s money to buy a plane ticket to San Francisco. But then, after I took a bite out of a slice of bread that I had been nibbling on for the previous ten days, I realized something.

I risked it all.

And, although I have no one dear to me or have anybody that would call me a friend, I am now the founder of a company that a guy at Forbes, who I chased down after a TechCrunch conference, said “[would definitely be the next billion-dollar tech company, even though, a small-fraction of people would call it] pretty stupid”.

Creamed Pepper Taco Boats

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:00 am
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Posted by Nick

I rarely flat out beg or ask you to try a recipe, but I’m gonna grovel for this one. You see… I think these are possibly the best thing I’ve made this month, but they are kinda hard to photograph! These Creamed Pepper Taco Boats look about 10% as good as they tasted! They are […]

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Fic: In The Dark and Deep

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:42 pm
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Title: In The Dark and Deep
Author: [personal profile] eilidh17 
Summary: Daniel remembers events from a mission with SG-13, where Jack didn't have his six.
Season:  7, onwards
Word Count: 2,578
Rated: PG-13
Written For: [personal profile] alobear 
Prompts:
Requirement (#1): Established relationship
Requirement (#2): Hurt/Comfort
Optional Request: I particularly like fics that could have been episodes of the show (but with added J/D)
Restriction (#1): No explicit sex, please
Restriction (#2): No partner betrayal
Notes:  Please accept my apologies for not getting this posted sooner.  Real Life has been beyond hectic the last few months.  Many thanks to [personal profile] ancientmuse  for the beta and [personal profile] magnavox_23  for her pearls of wisdom.

Daniel could only remember looking across at Cameron Balinsky as the man rose to his feet and slapped 1300-year-old dust off his BDU pants, the moment memorable because this was their fall-out event, where the wall Daniel had been called to inspect had come crashing down around them.  Geology aside, because even though Balinsky’s interest for this mission teetered more towards rock formations and less towards bodies and carbon dating, the presence of skeletal remains turned Daniel’s fascination with a row of unique pictographs into disappointment as they crumbled away. 


Continued on AO3



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Posted by Tab

My favourite panel in this page is of Arthur stretching- as someone who’s always had visible ribs it’s nice to show off skinny men a bit more. I know we see lots of thin women in media and that has it’s own set of problems, but for me it’s refreshing to have men who aren’t completely jacked and covered in muscle.

The next story starts Wednesday- get ready for some pheasant plucking!

Beach dwellers

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:18 pm
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I just returned from a trip which included a brief stay at a beach. There were a number of residents there, including tiny clams that would appear and then vanish with each wave in and out. (We tried to take pictures but they were tough). On the other hand, these guys were everywhere:

Meme from stolen from [profile] ami_ven

Oct. 15th, 2017 07:42 pm
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Tattoos: *counts* 7 so far and I know I want at least 3 or 4 more.
I have a: bloody pentacle on my upper left arm; 'hope' on my inner upper left arm (just above the elbow) in the style of Raintown's Hope In Trouble Times album; a little red heart on my outer left wrist; blue stars on both inner wrists; the home glyph from Stargate on my outer right wrist; 'love' on my inner upper right arm - mirrors the hope one and is in Emma Steven' handwriting
Surgeries: I had a something on my knee when I was younger to deepen the groove my kneecap runs in. It didnt work and I have a scar that looks like a noughts and crosses game!
Broken bones: fractured and dislocated right knee, disrupted right collar bone, broken left wrist, broken left little finger way too many times
Shot a gun: Yup.
Quit a job: A couple, yes.
Flown on a plane: Yup, about five or six times
100+miles in car: Well. Yeah. I mean, hi, I regularly drive like 280 miles to Glasgow to see Raintown
Gone zip lining: Nope, I don't want to
Watched someone give birth: Nope, and I really hope not to
Watched someone dying: Sadly, so. Both my parents :(
Ridden in an ambulance: Three times, I believe
Been to…
Canada: yup, went to Vancouver
Europe: Hi, I live here. I've also been to Ireland, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Denmark and Cyprus
Washington D.C: No, but I'd like to
Florida: Yup, I went to Orlando in 2002
Colorado: Nope
Mexico: Nope
Las Vegas: Yup. About 5 times..
Sang karaoke: Yeah, a couple times
Had a pet: I've nearly always had one until I moved into this place
Been downhill skiing: Nope
Gone snowboarding: Nope
Ability to read music: I used to be able to but I've not done so in about 20 years so I doubt I can
Rode a motorcycle: Only on the back
Rode a horse: nope
Stayed in a hospital: A couple times, yes. I was in hospital for months after I was born, for a couple days after the operation on my knee when I was 16, and then a couple days the other year for an upper intestinal infection
Driven a stick shift: Yup
Ride in Police Car: Yup - but I used to WORK for them so...
Driven a Boat: Nope
Eaten Escargot: Nope
Seen a UFO: Nope
Been on a Cruise: Nope
Run out of Gas: Just the once - and it was in a rental car so I didn't know how far I could push it.
Eat Sushi: Are you not aware of my love for Yo! Sushi?
Seen a Ghost: A few times, yes.
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Because I am me, I systematized my home search as much as I could – I have a spreadsheet in google that has not just my list of Best, Acceptable, and Totally Unacceptable buildings in it but also my mortgage calculator from the bank and various other financial stuff. I also went into the top few real estate websites (primarily Zillow and Estately) and set several different searches to be sent to my non-fandom inbox, where they were then filtered into a Housing folder (different from my other Housing folder, which has all my documents/communications with my realtor). 

Now I’m looking at my Housing folder which constantly has new emails in it and wishing there was just an “I BOUGHT A HOME, YOUR SERVICES ARE NOW IN VAIN” button I could press to notify all of those sites that no, really, I seriously do not anymore need your Real Estate Tips And Tricks newsletter anymore. 

Fortunately changing my address everywhere won’t be the nightmare my mum always complains it is, because I also have a spreadsheet of every website I’ve ever built a login for, and I just go through the spreadsheet (also it’s an excellent opportunity to delete my account from sites I never use). 

I’ve rarely lived anywhere for more than five years, and my phone number was deeply unstable for a while for similar reasons, but it’s a small wonder our generation prefers email to most other forms of communication – after all, my gmail addresses have been stable now for more than ten years. 

I believe I have now been Copperbadge On Social Media for longer than I have ever lived in any single residence. 

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A time to pull away the football

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:52 am
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So [personal profile] rachelmanija is trying to start a campaign to pull the nuclear football away from Trump's grip.

I Google, and found Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic. Some of the panels seemed ... strangely apposite.

Free to take, use, modify, do what you will. Pull the football, save the world.

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