KJ Charles protagonists by Hogwarts house.
Gryffindor: Stephen Day, Archie Curtis, Richard Vane, Silas Mason, Nathaniel Roy, Jonah Pastern, Simon Feximal
Ravenclaw: Dominic Frey, Rowley Green, Crispin Tredarloe, Saul Lazenby
Hufflepuff: Harry Vane, Lord Gabriel "Ash" Ashleigh, Clement Talleyfer, Ned Hall, Ben Spenser, Martin St Vincent, Robert Caldwell
Slytherin: Lord Crane, David Cyprian, Daniel da Silva, Justin Lazarus, Julius Norreys, Francis Webster, Theodore Swann, Randolph Glyde
Which means we have:
Gryffindor/Slytherin x4, Gryffindor/Ravenclaw x2, Gryffindor/Hufflepuff x2, Ravenclaw/Hufflepuff x2, Ravenclaw/Slytherin x1, Hufflepuff/Slytherin x3
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I would like to see Hellenion Youtube videos on the subject of...
I'm hoping for answers from people in all three categories. The idea is to see what people want in terms of informational (etc) videos from Hellenion, and then work on those videos first.
Thursday was family games night, with pizza. sithjawa joined, as well as the partner's large array of siblings and their spouses/etc.
After games were done, my partner showed me Who Framed Roger Rabbit? out of the "You haven't seen that yet?" queue. And we watched more of The Orville, and I tested out my stand mixer by making some cookies.
Friday, in honor of the equinox, I baked a sweet cardamom loaf. Then we did a shopping run, and my partner made dinner.
These past two days have involved a lot of small gas-powered motors around. Partner has summoned a yard maintenance company to take care of some of the tree, bush, weed, and tenacious invasive morning glory things that the ex neglected in the interminable six months leading up to departure. It's been loud, but is so much better looking now. Though there are still some more things left for today, like the stack of lichen-covered branches in the driveway.
|Things which I am ridiculously excited about
1. Hillary Clinton is coming here to speak, as part of her book tour. I have a ticket, which also apparently means a copy of her book, *and* since my dad is a Very Big Donor, I get to meet her. Pay, I'm not as excited about this as I was about George Takei, but still. (N.B. I am also feeling ridiculously defensive about this, so please no HRC-bashing in comments. I probably don't need to say that but I'd rather preempt any drama)
2. Getting close to done with the bunny I'm making for the now-12-year-old kid with fop who's still in the hospital. I have an ear I'm satisfied with, so just have to make a second ear and then attach them. And then do the trach, if I can figure that out. "
3. Getting my first delta. Er, okay, that requires explanation. There's a subreddit called cmv -- change my view -- where people post their opinion on something to get other people to chsnge their mind. (Basically, "I believe X, and it's an unpopular opinion and I'd like to believe something else, so persuade me otherwise".) If you feel a comment has changed your view, whether or not you're the op in the thread, you can award a delta, kind of like a kudos; this is separate from the upvoting/downvoting that all Reddit uses. I've posted a few things ere or there as responses, but mostly they've been un-responded to, much less in-delayed, until tonight. Which is trivial and yet super exciting.
4. The realization that I can order another tube hydration system thing (like what I use at night) for choir rehearsals. Hydrating during choir is awkward because I need both hands for the iPad, which means my drink has to go in my hip pack drink holder thingie, but the ridiculously straws I have aren't long enough to reach without me holding the bottom of the cup; and it's really hard for me to get the cup out when there's an iPad in the way. But this tubing system is stiff enough that I can get it to my mouth -- I'd gotten it for bed because the water bottle hangs above me and the tubing hangs down from it and I just need to move it laterally to get it to my mouth, but this particular system is nicely sturdy enough that I can hold it pointing up without it immediately flipping -- and then I wouldn't have to get the *bottle* out, just wave the tubing in my face, and otherwise have it in my lap within easy reach.
5. The fact that Phantom Tollbooth is available in kindle format. 😍 It's been ages since I read it and it's just as charming and wacky as I remember. (And it has a great first sentence: "There was once a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always.")
analise010 is doing a one-card draw to raise money to test as an actuary.
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September 22nd, 2017: Today and this weekend I am at HAL CON in Halifax!! It's gonna be awesome. Will I see you there? The answer: HOPEFULLY YES
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|New on Reddit Gifts: Val Kilmer, League of Legends, Halloween, and More! - Trick-or-treating and gam
Double double, toil and trouble. Halloween is coming to Reddit Gifts—along with Val Kilmer, League of Legends, and ten other awesome gift exchanges!
Earlier today, we opened sign-ups for our latest batch of gift exchanges, and we’re extremely excited to share that they’re some of the most fun, varied, and (in the case of our Pokémon exchange) most popularly requested exchanges to date.
If you’ve never signed up for an exchange before, don’t worry! Now’s the perfect time to join, and we promise the sign-up process is quick ‘n’ easy. Just create an account here, then sign up for an exchange here. (Questions? Check out the FAQ or stop by r/secretsanta, the official Reddit Gifts community.)
But first, check out the full list of new exchanges below to see which one strikes your gifting fancy.
The Iceman Exchangeth
Recently, Reddit has been blessed with a true hero, a commenter and poster so prolific that his presence can only be celebrated via gift exchange. We’re talking about our good friend Val Kilmer, aka u/OfficialValKilmer, who recently participated in his first Reddit Gifts exchange!
We were so excited to see Val on Reddit Gifts that we thought it would be fun to throw a full on “Val Kilmer” exchange! What does that mean? Maybe you’re a fan of Willow, True Romance, Tombstone, or heck, why not Batman? Whatever you love about the Iceman, you can celebrate that love through the gifts you send and receive through this exchange.
Knock, knock, knock…
Tasty treats and clever tricks
Candies, chocolates, Pixy Stix
Skeletons and glowing eyes
Apple cider, pumpkin spice
Ghosts and zombies, bats in flight
Werewolves howling in the night
Campy movies filled with gore
Urban legends, monster lore
Most of this and more, you’ll see
In parcels shipping globally
By signing up to this most strange
Reddit Gifts Trick or Treat Exchange!
I choose you! To be randomly matched with… you!
Presenting the most requested exchange of the summer: the Reddit Gifts Pokémon exchange! Are you team Mystic? How about team Valor? This is an exchange for Pokémon fans of all generations and fandoms to come together in sharing awesome Poké-swag!
This is it, fans of League of Legends, your very first Reddit Gifts exchange! Swap awesome gifts with fellow LoL fans from around the world as you celebrate your world championship this month!
The happiest exchange on Earth
We’re calling on all princesses, theme park lovers, pin traders, and cartoonists to join us for a Disney-themed gift exchange. Spread the magic (and receive some in return) to users who need a little bit of pixie dust in their lives!
Fortunately, this exchange wasn’t chopped
Are you a baker? Master chef? Maker of 5-course meals? Doesn’t matter to us—we’ll eat it all! Unfortunately, since perfectly prepared steaks and beautifully decorated cakes won’t travel well by mail, we’re holding an exchange of the next best thing: kitchen gadgets! Be it a set of utensils, measuring cups, an apron, or stainless steel pizza scissors, this is your chance to exchange anything and everything kitchen-related!
Reddit Gifts—On Ice!
Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” If that’s the case, then you also miss 100% of the awesomeness in every Reddit Gifts exchange you don’t sign up for! And what better exchange to sign up for than this year’s Hockey exchange? Fans of the NHL, backyard ice hockey, and even roller hockey can agree: there’s nothing better then getting your mitts on some icy-fresh hockey swag. So drop your biscuits and chiclets and sign up today!
*cue John Williams theme music*
If you know the three Unforgivable Curses better than the Seven Deadly Sins… if you’re more likely to wear a S.P.E.W. button than a PETA one… if you’d rather read The Daily Prophet than the New York Times… this is the exchange for you. Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the magic of gift-giving by signing up for this exchange. An owl is standing by to carry your gifts.
Take me to Funko Town
Fans of Funko Pop, this is the Reddit Gifts exchange you’ve been waiting for! Swap awesome Funko Pop! toys with fans from around the world as you celebrate your fandom for these awesome figures!
Not the bug
Yes sir, Captain Tightpants! Fans of Firefly, come aboard for your very first exchange.
You are tearing me apart, Reddit Gifts!
Calling all fans of cult films around the world! Whether your cult favorite is Rocky Horror, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Fight Club, The Room, or something so cult-classical it would never be name-checked in a short description of a gift exchange, sign up to be surprised and delighted by a fellow movie buff!
It’s the packaging that counts
Surprise! The “Awesome Packaging” gift exchange is all about the awesome packaging that accompanies (or makes) a great gift. We’ve see so many beautifully wrapped presents on Reddit Gifts that we wanted to give the fabulous packagers of Reddit a moment to shine. The gifts in this exchange may be fairly arbitrary, but you can base your gift and packaging off of your giftee’s interests—or simply whatever packaging you think would be awesome.
Postcards (Zero Credit!) 2017
Gift-giving all year round is a great way to spread happiness, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money on a fancy present. Sometimes, a little note on a colorful background is the perfect thing to bring a smile to a fellow redditor’s face.
Hope not Hate is coming to the US, to counter the rise of international hate groups. American friends, you can sign up here.
... where some of our entries have gone, why we haven't been posting or replying much, and why we've been acting strangely in general. ^^;
( Relationship and mental health stuff )
I hope you're all doing okay out there! Insofar as is possible, anyway, omg.
Also Alias drew this new avi awhile back, but I hadn't updated my DW yet. Oops!
Boskone 2018 will, instead of having a Featured Filker as it has for about 20 years, dedicate its filk program to the memory of Jordin Kare. Tentative plans include a concert of his works and themed song circles appropriate to him (space flight and parody, for example).
If anyone is interested in getting involved in this, I can get you in touch with Priscilla. She's especially hoping to get Featured Filkers from previous years.
(Edited, when I realized that "getting past" Featured Filkers could be misread. :)
It's time (past time, actually - sorry about that) for the next free speech links collection entry. If you have a link but no time or energy to write an entry around it, post it in a comment. Or if a comment sparks a thought, start or join the discussion.
|A few pieces on governments, opacity, and algorithms
I posted on my other blog about supporting a new New York City Council bill that would require city agencies to publish source code used to make decisions.
On MetaFilter, I posted about a transparency case pending before a California appeals court; the EFF and ACLU have submitted amicus curiae briefs saying (to simplify) that the right to due process includes the right to inspect source code used to convict you. Evidently the creator of the closed-source DNA testing software doesn't think so. As is often the case on MetaFilter, there are very lucid explanations in the comments regarding complicated technical issues.
And I really like the photo I used to illustrate the potential for algorithmic bias.
I'm uh, still reading about it, and even just as I was reading and trying to find out which version I have - without actually opening the program because holy crappola - Windows Defender displayed behind-the-scenes scan results saying it found an infection...in CCleaner. I'm not sure what to tell anyone as far as "what to do" because I don't know the answer to that.
ETA, 9-20-17: Current recommendations are to either use System Restore to roll back your system to a time before CCleaner 5.33 (32-bit) was installed, or else to "refresh" (Windows 10) or completely re-install your copy of Windows.
It's a backdoor called Backdoor:Win32/Floxif that's been in the wild since CCleaner v.5.33 released in August of 2017. ETA, 9-20-17: But it affects 32-bit versions of CCleaner only. You can tell which version you have by opening CCleaner and looking in the top left corner, where it will say if it's 32-bit or 64-bit.
Time to reinstall my OS, if the fucking backdoor hasn't already destroyed our ability to do so...ETA, 9-20-17: and I did just that. It didn't destroy our ability to do so, at least not as far as I can tell.