History question

May. 28th, 2017 09:55 am
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History question: does anyone remember the dates of the 1979 King Tut exhibit in Toronto? Aside from the year?

GT for Sunday the 28th May 2017

May. 28th, 2017 11:19 am
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Sunday morning gratitudes

May. 28th, 2017 07:56 am
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There's a lot that's hard right now. So I'm doing what I can to cultivate gratitude:

1. Iced coffee. Turkey bacon. Challah french toast.

2. Cuddling with my kid yesterday and marathoning a bunch of Sword Art Online, which I enjoy as much as he does.

3. My kid is seven and a half today! On his suggestion, we're going to the grocery store later today to get cupcakes to share with friends later this afternoon.

4. Watching wee birds at my bird feeder, supping on seeds.

5. Friends. Including all of you.

Chameleon Moon & dice

May. 28th, 2017 12:55 pm
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"Chameleon Moon" by RoAnna Sylver was recommended to me, I forgot where, as very optimistic apocafic, so I decided to give it a try. The cover is very pretty. I loved all the characters, but unfortunately the worldbuilding and the plot had holes.
Spoilers )

And then instead of more books I'm reading Naruto AUs again, not sure why. This fandom has so many long what-if AUs, it's amazing. I haven't even watched the anime for probably 15 years, and even then not often. There's just something very appealing about magical ninja idfic, it seems.

Most recent D&D campaign developments: Saints )
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Posted by livius drusus

Researchers from Project Recover have discovered the wrecks of two B-25 bombers that went missing off the water of Papua New Guinea during World War II. Papua New Guinea saw a great deal of action in the Pacific theater between 1942 and 1945, and many US aircraft were lost, their crews listed as Missing in Action. The archaeologists, marine scientists and volunteers dedicated to the recovery of the remains of the fallen in action that make up the Project Recover team have been working since February to systematically map the seafloor in the search for lost B-25s.

In its search of nearly 10 square kilometers, Project Recover located the debris field of a B-25 bomber that had been missing for over 70 years, associated with a crew of six MIAs.

“People have this mental image of an airplane resting intact on the sea floor, but the reality is that most planes were often already damaged before crashing, or broke up upon impact. And, after soaking in the sea for decades, they are often unrecognizable to the untrained eye, often covered in corals and other sea-life,” said Katy O’Connell, Project Recover’s Executive Director, who is based at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. “Our use of advanced technologies, which led to the discovery of the B-25, enables us to accelerate and enhance the discovery and eventual recovery of our missing servicemen.”

Project Recover blends historical and archival data from multiple sources to narrow underwater search regions, then surveys the areas with scanning sonars, high definition imagers, advanced diving, and unmanned aerial and underwater robotic technologies.

The second B-25 was actually known to have crashed in Papua New Guinea’s Madang Harbor. Residents and scuba divers had seen the wreck over the past 30 years, but no archaeologists had surveyed the site. Six crewmen were on board that aircraft when it went down. Five of them survived and were taken as prisoners of war by the Japanese. The sixth is believed to have gone down with the plane and is listed as MIA.

It’s because of that sixth crew member that Project Recover made it a priority to properly document the wreck site. Their scientifically precise documentation will be of paramount importance to the US military should they attempt to locate and recover potential remains of the missing airman or any other soldier associated with the information about the wreck.

Project Recover also enlisted the aid of oral histories from local residents who head the wartime stories passed down from their fathers and grandfathers. These accounts proved invaluable to researchers. Not only did they learn about the downed B-25s, but they also learned of burial sites on Papua New Guinea and another airplane that crashed on land instead of in the ocean.

In the cases of the B-25 wrecks as with all such finds, Project Recover forwards all information about the craft, any identifying information and all possible crewmen associated with the wreck to the Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). It is the DPAA that pursues all potential recovery and repatriation of MIA remains and that notifies surviving family members.

“Any find in the field is treated with the utmost care, respect and solemnity.” said O’Connell. “There are still over 73,000 U.S. service members unaccounted for from World War II, leaving families with unanswered questions about their loved ones. We hope that our global efforts can help to bring closure and honor the service of the fallen.”


Deadline reminder!

May. 27th, 2017 07:49 pm
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Don't forget, your fanworks are due late in the evening on June 1 -- just about 5 days from now. I'm not going to be a terrible stickler about it; as last year, I'll wait 'til morning on June 2 to figure out what I have or don't have, at which point I will default any unfilled assignments and assign pinch hitters. If you know you'll need an extension or have to drop out, please contact me ASAP!

Once your assignment is finished, you might consider making a treat if you happen to see anything appealing in the list of requests. This is definitely not required, but it's an option if you are inspired.

Speaking of inspiration, there are tons of screencaps and historical info sites in the resource post, and there's also the prompt post if you're stuck for ideas and want to peruse the prompts. (I added a few that were contributed since the post was last updated.) And don't forget the beta thread if you are in need of a beta or would like to offer your services.

Out of curiosity, does anyone have any suggestions for inspiration/encouragement/cheerleading type posts that might be useful as we head into the final stretch? I meant to do more of that kind of thing this year and the deadline got away from me, as deadlines often do; I'm not sure if it would still be useful this late. But if some commiseration and cheerleading threads would be helpful to anyone, then by all means let me know and I'll put some up.

Wearing A Stole Over Street Clothes

May. 27th, 2017 06:02 pm
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Posted by PeaceBang

Wuh-oh! I received an e-mail rant from a retired colleague who saw some photos on a Facebook page in conjunction with a conversation about wearing stoles over street clothes and begged me to, as she put it, “ride in on a white horse” and do something about what she considered outrageously inappropriate attire.

I heard the description of the photos and I agree: YIKES! However, I did not view the photos myself, and have asked my esteemed colleague to do the good, if often unappreciated, mentorly thing and contact the offending colleague herself.

But let me make some general observations and suggestions on the topic, ’cause that’s what we do here!

A stole is a liturgical garment. It should technically only be worn in liturgical settings.

HOWEVER, times and usage changes and so PeaceBang must address that. Now that PeaceBang has shifted into third person, you know she’s very serious.

Clergy these days have taken to flinging stoles over all manner of clothing and outerwear to signal to the public that they are religious leaders. They do this particularly in the context of social justice witness, and this has become so common that PeaceBang has to say, “Well, okay! This is a thing! So if it’s a thing, let’s do it right!”
Since we have no other authority to decide the matter, let us proceed.

What might we consider appropriate street clothes to wear with a stole?

You, wonderful minister or rabbi, may feel that throwing a stole over your protest message T-shirt is a fine and dandy way to appear in public. PeaceBang heartily disagrees.

Remember that while people are “reading” your stole and interpreting it to mean that you are some flavor of religious leader, they are also “reading” your Tshirt and making unconscious associations with it that affects their opinion of you: “I am a humble cotton garment worn in extremely informal settings. I have my origins in men’s underwear.” Why would you pair an important act of presence with attire that invokes extreme informality? Don’t allow your attire to undermine and contradict your message.

PeaceBang recommends that stoles be worn over actual clothing that professional adults wear. Interpret as you will.

Clergy who are in the habit of wearing stoles over street clothes should consider owning stoles of a couple different lengths.
The long stole properly belongs in church, where it will not flap around in the breeze or against jeans or casual pants. The chaplain length stole is a very nice option to have on hand. It’s neater and therefore more respectful.

Stoles are not cheerful little personal banners. They are ancient liturgical vestments that represent the yoke of ministry and the sanctity of the priestly office.

One need not don a mitre with a stole in non-liturgical settings, but one should most certainly not don a baseball cap. One or the other, gang. You may feel that your baseball cap and stole are a great combination of Serious Religious Person and Fun, Relatable Guy but PeaceBang feels that the combination signals, rather, Sloppy Minister Who Didn’t Feel Like Washing Their Hair Before the March, Who Has No Sense of The Gravity Of The Justice Issue. Just chillin’ in my baseball cap!

What are some better haberdashery options? Let’s hear them!

Stoles should never, ever, ever, ever be worn with shorts
. PeaceBang is LAYING DOWN THE LAW on this one. If you must disagree, please do it out of her earshot. Remember the minister we heard about who officiated a funeral in the summer wearing madras shorts? That still pierces my soul. No one can ever undo the hurt that that show of clueless disrespect caused to the family of the decease.

Stoles are not a fashion accessory. They should not be worn as scarves to brighten up or formalize a comfy outfit to make it more clergytastic. If you choose to wear a stole over street clothes, please create an outfit that takes the stole into consideration. Consider the neckline of blouse — will it lie nicely with a stole over it? And women, stoles and cleavage are not a good mix. This is not because clergy shouldn’t have breasts or be sexy but because revealing cleavage is an evening wear, glamorous kind of look. Featuring cleavage while doing the work of ministry isn’t a problem because you’re a curvy gal but a problem because it looks like you don’t know how to find clothes that fit appropriately. Festivals of Inappropriate Sharing are a result of poor fit. Take the time to find a blouse or top that fits well, and consider using fashion tape or brooches to assist with fit.

When wearing a stole over a jacket, consider the cut and fabric of the jacket; will it work with the stole? How does the color scheme all go together, head to toe? And speaking of toes, stoles should not reach yours. They should fall no lower than mid-calf. Chaplain length stoles should be around abdomen length, or the top of your thighs as you are walking or wheeling.

Cheers, dears.

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I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything
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Music: Dar Williams
Notes: Premiered at the Wiscon 41 [community profile] wiscon_vidparty. Thanks to [personal profile] futuransky for the beta and the web space!

"Come over here, kid, we've got all these books to read." Professor Minerva McGonagall, memory, war, resistance and hope.

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Culture clash in Canada

May. 27th, 2017 10:44 am
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Fic: Lepidoptera

May. 27th, 2017 02:28 pm
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Title: Lepidoptera
Author: [personal profile] saki101
Fandoms: Sherlock Holmes BBC/A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare
Characters/Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mrs Hudson, Mycroft Holmes, Mike Stamford, Titania, Puck, Oberon
Rating: NC-17
Genre: Slash, magical realism
Word Count: ~18K
Disclaimer: Neither A Midsummer Night's Dream nor Sherlock is mine and no money is being made.
Summary: Mike introduces John to Mrs Hudson, who has a room to let. Sherlock resides in Regent's Park when he's in London. It's only a short flight to Baker Street.
Notes: A stand-alone AU of the Sherlock universe crossed with A Midsummer Night's Dream written for the Spook-Me Multi-Fandom Halloween Ficathon in response to the prompt: dark faeries.

Warning: Strange things ahead (blood-drinking moths, for example).

Excerpt: “Nothing ever happens to me,” John said, meeting Ella’s detached gaze. He could look someone straight in the eye and not give away a thing. The skill had been as valuable in his career as when he played poker. His therapist glanced down to scratch at her notebook. She had perfected the same technique.

John looked beyond her. Outside the firmly closed windows, bare tree branches scratched at the pale grey page of the sky.

"Anymore," he added silently.

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May. 27th, 2017 02:53 pm
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I have a reminder set to tell me to update DW every Saturday morning, and as you can imagine I have been ignoring that pretty hard for the past several weeks. But this weekend, as I am not actually doing anything that directly prevents me from updating, I probably should...

I have played a bit more Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it is still imperative for me to find a fandom for this. Who is talking about it? What do? Where go?? I am past the prologue and, uh, in the... Hinterlands? I guess? And I am terribly bored and unable to find out how to cancel this "find the horsemaster" quest so I guess I'm stuck. When does anything cool happen? The first couple of times I only played for short amounts of time, but last night I played for I think 2 hours in total and my hand and neck felt pretty cramped afterwards, so today I don't think I am allowed to play at all. (This was such a dumb idea, screams my barely-still-dormant RSI. At least it's easier to stay away when this quest is boring.)

Instead of gaming I finally got myself together and finished The Power by Naomi Alderman. It is such a good book! The basic plot is, in our world current time teenage girls suddenly develop the ability to conduct electricity. In a matter of years, the world is turned up-side down as the ability spreads and women slowly take over society. It's a very fast-paced, interesting story, but of course it's also really grim sometimes in how Alderman is basically writing the worst sides of our society only in reverse. There is still rape and murder and scheming and abuse of powers, the perpetrators are just women instead. But as she writes this universe, she's making a really interesting exploration of what it means to be powerful and how quickly the culture changes to accommodate that women are in charge without ever really changing its examination or questioning of power. Such an easy, exciting read!

The weather has been really good for the past many days, which means I really get to enjoy my yard, but it is also really hard to get anything done. I am torn about feeling more guilty about how I still have not unpacked properly, and how I am not getting enough work done. But I think I'll just go outside again now and toast some more :P

More popcorn

May. 27th, 2017 11:22 am
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First, Mother Jones have put together a handy timeline, which they promise to keep updating:

Mother Jones: The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal

And the Guardian have a helpful guide to the multiple different investigations going on:

The investigations swirling around Donald Trump – a short guide


So, lately:

NYT: At a Besieged White House, Tempers Flare and Confusion Swirls — from the 16th, which is practically decades ago in our new accelerated reality, but still fun:

Some of Mr. Trump’s senior advisers fear leaving him alone in meetings with foreign leaders out of concern he might speak out of turn.

It’s been widely rumoured/speculated that the White House "significant person of interest" is Jared Kushner:

Vox: It’s becoming increasingly clear that Jared Kushner is part of Trump’s Russia problem

(Via [personal profile] robynbender, this: https://twitter.com/bornmiserable/status/865695064722251776 Once this has been pointed out, it's hard to stop noticing it.)

Raw Story: White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation: sources

The two people this could potentially block investigation into are Kushner and Manafort.

This also suggests it’s Kushner:

NBC News: Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Officials Say

And late on Friday, we enter holy shit territory once more:

WaPo: Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Cut for length )
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Posted by livius drusus

Excavation at Carlisle Cricket Club unearths Roman bathhouse. Photo by Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News.An archaeological survey at the Carlisle Cricket Club’s Edenside ground has discovered the remains of an extraordinarily important Roman bathhouse and dozens of artifacts. Archaeology contractors Wardell Armstrong were called in to survey the site of a proposed new floodproof pavilion, expecting to find little more than random fill dumped during the construction of the nearby Hardwicke Circus roundabout. Instead, they unearthed entire rooms from the ancient bathhouse, intact floors, the remains of a hypocaust system, terracotta water pipes, coins, arrowheads, hair pins, painted tiles and fragments of cooking pots including one with a handsome pouring spout in the shape of a lion’s head.

Terracotta water pipe. Photo by Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News.This was a military bathhouse, used by the elite Ala Petriana cavalry regiment. The 1,000-strong garrison was stationed at the Roman fort of Uxelodunum (later known as Petriana after the regiment it housed) on Hadrian’s Wall. It was the largest regiment on the wall manning the largest fort on the wall. The Ala Petriana was a highly prestigious regiment — its members were all granted Roman citizenship for valour on the field — and despite its remote location at the northernmost frontier of the empire, their fort had all the upscale amenities the cream of the Roman cavalry might expect.

Today whatever is left of the former fort lies underneath the Carlisle suburb of Stanwix, but very little of it has been excavated because it has been so extensively overbuilt.

“This site is highly significant,” said [Wardell Armstrong technical director Frank] Giecco.

“We’re just beneath the site of the Roman fort at Stanwix and, until now, we never knew where the fort’s bath-house was. The obvious place was near the river. There are blackened areas, probably where they had the furnaces for burning wood to heat the water.

“There were 1,000 men based here, members of the prestigious Ala Petriana and they were paid more than the other soldiers stationed here. The bath-house was a very important part of life for these cavalrymen – a meeting place and there would have been a lot of gambling and coins lost.”

Frank Giecco, archaeologist with Wardell Armstrong, views the inscription carved onto a piece of sandstone. Photo by Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News.One notable artifact is a carved sandstone block bearing an inscription with a tribute to Julia Domna, mother of Emperor Caracalla and an able administrator, philosopher, and cultural leader with great hair. Born in Homs, Syria, a city that has been tragically brutalized in the ongoing civil war, to a noble priestly family, she married the future emperor Septimius Severus who showered her with honors including Mater Castorum (mother of the camp or army), Mater Augustus (mother of Augustus, i.e., the Emperor) and Mater Senatus et Patriae (mother of the Senate and fatherland). She was so indispensable to her husband that he took her with him on his military campaign in Caledonia in 208. She was with him when he died in York in 211. Carlisle is just 40 miles northwest of York. It’s not clear to me whether the inscription dates to the reign of Caracalla alone (he was his father’s co-emperor from 198 until 211, becoming sole emperor after he had his brother Gaeta killed that same year and reigning until his own assassination in 217 A.D.). Archaeologists say the inscription was dedicated by her son, but the honorifics on the inscription referring to her as mother of Augustus predate Septimius Severus’ death, so that’s not dispositive; moreover, Caracalla led several incursions north of the Antonine Wall in the last two years of his father’s life, so we know he was in the area when his father still reigned.

Frank Giecco examines some of the artifacts found. Photo by Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News.The excavations were done on the quiet over the past few weeks to avoid drawing unwanted attention from looters. The site and a selection of artifacts were opened to the public on Friday afternoon so visitors could see the finds and the archaeologists at work. Now all the portable finds have been removed and the remains are being covered with a protective membrane. What happens going forward has yet to be decided. The Carlisle Cricket Club still wants to build their pavilion, but have no desire to screw with this nationally important find. They plan to work with the city council to figure out how to have their pavilion without damaging or obscuring the Roman bathhouse remains. See-through floor, man. All the cool kids from Iceland to Turkey to Rome are doing it.

“The archaeology they’ve found here is absolutely stunning,” said Carlisle City Council leader Colin Glover. “It’s a fantastic site. It’s been a dream for a long time to find Roman archaeology in Carlisle that is good enough to show to the public.

Kevin Mounsey with excellent example of terracotta water pipe. Photo by Stuart Walker, The Cumberland News.“We’ve already found lots of good Roman artefacts elsewhere in Carlisle and much of it is at Tullie House Museum where it helps tell the story of Roman Carlisle. [...]

“This is something we can do something with long-term. We want to work closely with the cricket club to make the best of this exciting discovery. There are also discussions that we can have with the Heritage Lottery Fund. It’s really exciting to see a place and artefacts that Romans were using in this city almost 2,000 years ago.

“It would be wonderful if we could develop something long-term just a 10-minute walk from the city centre.”

There’s a mini-tour of the hypocaust system and a good shot of the inscribed sandstone fragment in this ITV news story. The following brief Cumberland News video has some good wider views of the excavation.




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