Song thrush

Apr. 25th, 2019 10:41 am
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Song thrush on the lawn
This dainty dappled visitor came and peeped in the window of our holiday home in Lincolnshire, UK, this morning.

A strange plant

Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:30 pm
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A brushy-looking plant growing in a tuft of clover

I love how the local woods contain all these plants that show up for a week or two and then seem to completely vanish.

Harlequin book

Apr. 22nd, 2019 09:20 pm
[personal profile] cinderella91 posting in [community profile] findthatbook
Hello everyone, so I am trying to find this Harlequin romance novel but I can't for the life of me remember the name or author! It was about a couple who dated as teenagers they saw this ship I think that's only supposed to be seen by lovers. The girl gets pregnant her parents confront the boys parents but the parents are rich snobs and don't want them dating she miscarries and the boy's parents lie that she got an abortion. Years later as adults she come back to town(she moved away after the incident) to purchase some historic manor to cheer up her mom who is grieving her dad. She meets the hero again who is an historian or something and he still thinks she got an abortion but they end up falling for each other again and the snobby parents try again to break them up and get him to marry some high society girl. They find out about parents lie. She gets pregnant again they live happily ever after. Does anyone know the name of this book please? I've tried keyword searching in every search engine I can think of and nothing.

Peacock on the lawn

Apr. 22nd, 2019 09:13 pm
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Peacock on the lawn
Am visiting Norfolk (UK) this weekend, and the glorious weather has brought out the butterflies. We found this peacock on the lawn; given its somewhat tattered condition, it's probably a freshly emerged overwintering imago.

Room discount, share, and transfer

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:20 pm
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Tomorrow (April 22) is the last day to enter the lottery for discounted party floor Concourse rooms: http://wiscon.net/2019/04/11/discounted-rooms-on-the-6th-floor-available-for-wiscon-43/

Speaking of rooms: if anyone has a WisCon hotel room to share or needs a room to share for this year (at the Concourse or other lodging -- see http://wiscon.net/hotel/ ), feel free to comment on this post here or make a new post in this community!

The Two-Headed Calf by Laura Gilpin

Apr. 21st, 2019 12:00 pm
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Illustration by Adam Ellis. Link

Red Winged Blackbird

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:48 pm
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We have learned to recognize his chirps when he's on our balcony. There are three of them, I think. One has a very bold red band, then there's this one which is not as large, and then another one whose colors are quite faint and mostly yellow. Read more... )

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Apr. 18th, 2019 02:24 pm
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[personal profile] melannen:
How many miles to AO3?
Threescore miles and ten.
Can you get there by ticky-box?
Yes, and back again.
If you tag your tags and you sort your docs,
You can get there by ticky-box.


Context "would DEFINITeLY travel by ticky-box if given the option."
[personal profile] azrael_nephilim posting in [community profile] findthatbook
Hello all,

When I was in single digits as a child (which was a LONG time ago as I am 35), I read a book in my school library which was about a hero on another planet (I believe it may have been Mars but I can't be certain). I can not remember this hero's name. He was a martial artist and I believe he had some sort of an animal companion.

I believe he was human, but was hiding from (and often getting into fights with) alien soldiers. It was a central detail that the main thing this character had going for him was his super human abilities with martial arts (but a made up/alien variety). Somewhere amongst the early chapters of the book, there were a few fight scenes in underground tunnels.

On the old copy of the book I was reading there was an illustration of some sort of hollow Iron Suit; maybe some sort of armor. I believe the name of the book was even some sort of reference to an iron suit, iron man, red suit, martian suit, hollow man etc. Problem is that whenever I search anything similar I just find 100's of Marvel references, to which this book was unconnected.

I would love to find out what this book was called as I loved it as a child and would even quite like to pass it on to my kids, if only I could remember what is was called. Any help would be much appreciated!

In summary:
About 30 years ago.
Childrens SciFi,
Strong emphasis on Martial Arts (but made up),
Another planet,
Underground Tunnels
Possibly Aliens, an alien army or alien soldiers,
References to some sort of suit of armor, possibly made of Iron.

Many thanks!
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HAVE YOU TRIED A TIGHT HAT

HAVE YOU TRIED SPACE YOGA

HAVE YOU TRIED GARGLING ROCKET FUEL

HAVE YOU TRIED TEN GRAINS OF LAUDANUM

HAVE YOU TRIED MEDITATING ON CORNHOLE

HAVE YOU TRIED ADJUSTING YOUR ATTITUDE UNTIL IT IS DIRECTED FIRMLY TOWARDS THE ANTISOLAR POINT

HAVE YOU TRIED BEING PRESENT IN THE PRESENT MOMENT OF THE PRESENT


Context has had enough.
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There is a link in the wiscon.net logged-in area - for me it is https://account.wiscon.net/program/volunteer - where you can volunteer to participate on panels that need 1 or more people. All logged-in users can see it, but you do have to log in.

The deadline for volunteering is April 19th (this Friday).

The list shifts as people sign up and as the programming committee processes those signups, but when I last looked, there were dozens of panels in that list, including ones on fandom, anxiety, epistemology, magic, queerness, social media, labor, specific books and TV shows, gaming, science, writing, bodies, improving activist skills, sex, and memorial.

Also, in your account, you can write/update your personal profile, including your short bio (for the pocket program) and long bio (for the web page). The deadline to update profiles is April 15, which is today! So if you know you want to volunteer for programming, do your bio today, then you can look at the "Panels Needing Panelists" list later in the week.

Mental Health Woes

Apr. 15th, 2019 09:55 am
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Okay, so, I've been with my long term partner for 13 years now, and we're going through a really hard time of things at the moment. He has some mental health problems that are affecting both our lives, which we are working with professionals to try to get through (although, I have to admit, I'm not best pleased with those professional), and financially we're in a very complicated place right now. I'm a writer, mostly speculative fiction, and I have a website where I post up my work. This is all original fiction, in worlds I've created, so if you like what I write, and you'd like to see more I have a Patreon, and a ko-fi. Every penny really is going to help us keep our heads afloat right now, as we try to get through what is the most complicated point in our relationship.

Automated DW dev instances

Apr. 14th, 2019 05:44 pm
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I had some fixes I wanted to attempt and it looked like the Dreamhack service might be sleeping or something, so I put together an automated way to bring up a Dreamwidth dev server.

It seems to be in decent working order now, so I'd love it if some other people could give it a try and suggest improvements!

One caveat: make sure the develop branch on your fork (or whatever branch you set it to check out) is recent enough that #2412 is merged.

Cake Feeder Afternoon

Apr. 13th, 2019 11:00 pm
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This afternoon at the cake feeder:

Common Starling

A male starling (you can tell by the corners of the beak - boys are blue, girls are pink - seriously) attacks the cake feeder. I think he's pretty young, firstly because he's still got a lot of brown in his plumage (mature males have a beautiful 'oil on water' sheen to them), but also because he's clearly not had a lot of experience perching on a feeder as he eats. He was flapping and making the feeder bang around the entire time, until he finally managed to get some cake.
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"Jazz Fish, a saxophone playing wanderer, finds himself in Mamboland at a critical phase in his life." --Howie Green, on his book Jazz Fish Zen

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