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For the 2007 Burning Man festival Brooklyn-based artist Mike Ross transformed to enormous 18-wheeler tanker trucks into an awesome work of large-scale sculpture. He called it the Big Rig Jig because the twin trucks looked like they were dancing together. 

Big Rig Jig was both a work of gravity-defying sculpture and an amazing interactive art installation. Visitors could enter the lower truck and climb through the tankers, emerging through a portal at the very top where the rear axles of the upper tanker served as a viewing platform 42 feet in the air.

Visit Ryan Smith’s Flickr page for more amazing shot of the Big Rig Jig.

Photos by Ryan Smith and Hayden respectively.

[via Urban Ghosts]

A Minnie-Sized TGIF!

Aug. 1st, 2015 00:00
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Posted by Brinke

output_2Yd9qWIt’s 5:00pm PT! The last Friday of the month means…well, the last TGIF! of the month, too! “I just caught Minnie mid-yawn, and wasn’t sure whether these shots could work for a TGIF thingie. But they were so cute, I thought you might enjoy them anyway!” -Debbie C.

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The Wiki Committee
Firstly, we would like to apologize for missing the June newsletter; we hope that this longer-than-average one will help to make up for it!

Though we currently have a full committee of 10 staffers, several of us have been unavailable or on break, including one of the committee's co-chairs, Tiyire, who's on official hiatus until the end of August. This means that our usual cases and outside requests have been taking a little longer than usual. If you're awaiting a reply from the Wiki Committee, we apologize for the delay and promise we're working on it!

June Bloom
Our first ever June Bloom challenge was a blast—we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! We counted over 300 new pages created during the month, and they all look fantastic. Thank you again to everyone who participated!

Want to relive the excitement? Here were our weekly June Bloom challenge posts:

We would love to hear your thoughts on our challenges and challenge formats, especially as we prepare for our next month-long challenge, Stub September! Do the challenges inspire you to contribute to Fanlore? What do you like, and what could be done better? Let us know in the comments below, via our contact form, or at our August editing chat (see below)!

Fanlore downtime
We had some brief scheduled downtime in early July, but you may have noticed some additional, unexpected downtime on both Fanlore and AO3 this Wednesday. Though the issue should be resolved for now, the OTW's Systems team is still investigating the details. You can follow [twitter.com profile] AO3_Status on Twitter for more information.

What's to come?
In August, the Wiki committee has a lot to work on behind the scenes, including our next month-long challenge, Stub September. This challenge will focus on (as the name implies) expanding Fanlore articles that are currently stubs.

We were thrilled to see that Fanlore passed two different milestones in the last couple months, reaching 600,000 total edits in June and 35,000 articles in July! All thanks to wonderful, amazing editors like you.

To celebrate, we would like to invite you to a Fanlore editing party on Saturday, August 8th at 7:00PM UTC (What time is that where I am?) in the Fanlore chatroom on Campfire. We hope to see you there!

As of July 31, 2015, Fanlore has 35,296 articles which have undergone 607,710 edits. We hope to see you on the Recent Changes page!
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Posted by BD

Retail | New Zealand

(My manager is serving a customer who has asked for a discount.)

Manager: “Sure, I can give you 10% off.”

Customer: “Hmm, what about 15%?”

Manager: *feeling generous* “Yeah, I suppose I could give you 15% off.”

Customer: “What about 20%?”

Manager: “20% is okay.”

Customer: “30%?”

Manager: “15%.”

Customer: “30%?”

Manager: “10%.”

Customer: “What do you mean 10%? You already said I could have 20%.”

Manager: “Which you asked for and I agreed but you upped it; you can either take the 10% now or my next offer.”

Customer: “Hmmm, I’ll take the next offer then.”

Manager: “Zero percent discount it is, then.”

Customer: “What? You can’t do that!”

Manager: “I just did.”

A Passport For Bad Behavior

Jul. 31st, 2015 20:00
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Posted by BD

Department Store | London, England, UK

(I am working over the Christmas holidays in a very fancy shop, so much so that it is a pretty famous tourist destination. An American woman in her sixties comes in wearing a long black fur coat, fur hat, and various gold rings – the epitome of glamour. She starts looking at our most expensive leather wallets.)

Me: “Hi, are you looking for anything in particular?”

Customer: “I need a wallet for my husband.”

Me: “Any particular kind?”

Customer: “It has to be large enough to fit a passport. He has to carry it everywhere now because he can’t use his driving license as identification any more. The cops took it away when they found him doing 150 miles per hour on the highway.”

(She shakes her head, as if to say ‘what is he like?’, and wanders off.)

July 2015 Monthly Media

Jul. 31st, 2015 19:54
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  • Free! OVA 
  • Free Fifty Percent Off Parody 1-13 
  • My Love Story 12 
  • Sailor Moon Crystal 1.14 
  • Steven Universe 63 


  • The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
  • Thicker Than Water by Mike Carey
  • Dark Passage by David Goodis 
  • Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett 
  • The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett 
  • The Black Unicorn by Tanith Lee
  • Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
  • Marque and Reprisal by Elizabeth Moon 
  • Engaging the Enemy by Elizabeth Moon
  • Command Decision by Elizabeth Moon
  • Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon 
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik 
  • The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells 


  • My Love Story!! Volume 1 by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko 
  • All My Darling Daughters by Fumi Yoshinaga 
  • What Did You Eat Yesterday? 9 by Fumi Yoshinaga 


  • Big Eden (2000) 
  • A Goofy Movie (1995) 
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  • Lilo and Stitch (2002)
  • Northanger Abbey (2007) 
  • Pride (2014) 


  • The Winter's Tale (Mead Theatre Lab)
  • Poe/Whitman (Dance Place) 
  • The Bloody Banquet (Anacostia Arts Center)
  • Twelfth Night: Musical Remix (Trinidad Theatre)
  • Girl Versus Corinth (Catholic University) 

TV Shows/Web Series

  • Cutthroat Kitchen Season 4
  • The March Family Letters 49-50
  • Masterchef 6.07-6.11  
  • Top Chef 3.01-5.06 
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“He isn’t yours, Walter,” Nina says softly. Nina knows this, and she was barely a part of Peter’s life. She doesn’t understand how Walter ignores the fact so thoroughly.

Words: 5180, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Oh, Chickaree...

Jul. 31st, 2015 19:22
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For those of you who aren't aware of the fact, my car is a 1996 Chevy Lumina that I bought in August 2004. (The 18th, if you want to be specific. And the only reason I know this is because I posted on LiveJournal about it, and I tag very well. :-P)

Anyway, thanks to the fact that my car is old as balls, I've had all sorts of interesting experiences with it over the years. Most of them closer to "now" than "2004". For the record. In case anyone somehow didn't see that coming. Still, I'd thought that it had done everything that I could possibly imagine, save of completely blowing up and/or dying. I was wrong.

So here's the thing. My poor smartphone isn't the best (and will be replaced later this year, as soon as I'm up for a free upgrade), and its battery sucks. Really sucks. No, seriously, I unplug it in the mornings and it drops to 90% in less than five minutes without me actually doing anything on it. So, you know, I keep a phone charger in my car for any drives longer than 5-10 minutes, which obviously plugs into my cigarette lighter.

A couple of nights ago, I kind of lost my cigarette lighter. And my charger. By which I mean the entire thing somehow fell into the dash and disappeared.

... yeah.

Last night, I spent about an hour on the phone with my dad (which is happening more and more often as my car keeps doing ridiculous things like this) as I sprawled in the floorboard of my car, removed multiple parts of the dash, and tried to fix the damn thing.

On the positive side, I found all of the pieces of my cigarette lighter, put them back together, fixed the blown fuse, and got everything working again! For someone who's very much not a car person (i.e., I know how to check my oil, I know how to replace the bulbs in my tail lights, I know how to change a flat tire if I absolutely have no other choice but to do it myself, and that's about it), I feel very proud about that fact. \o/

On the negative side, I still haven't found my damn phone charger. /o\

Don't get me wrong, I know it's in the car somewhere. I just don't have a clue where. It might still be rolling around loose somewhere in the dash, which means I'll probably never find it. It might have rolled down and gotten caught behind a part of the floor, which means I might find it eventually if I get lucky. Or it might have rolled loose and is under a seat somewhere, along with the fucking radio button that I haven't been able to find in a year-in-a-half even though I know it's there somewhere. Who knows?

Which basically means tomorrow I really need to put on pants (or, at least, a dress/skirt that's not short enough to give the entire apartment complex a show) and try to find it. Because I really don't want to replace it if it's somewhere in the car that I can actually reach.

Ohagi VS. The Ninjas

Jul. 31st, 2015 22:07
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Posted by Brinke

Once Ohagi gets his Tail Mojo workin’, those pesky little Ninjas (WHACK!!) don’t stand a chance. One by one…the bodies fall. Oh, the humanity!!!

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[ SECRET POST #3131 ]

Jul. 31st, 2015 18:48
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⌈ Secret Post #3131 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

[Vic Fontaine/the EMH, Star Trek DS9/Voyager]

More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 000 secrets from Secret Submission Post #447.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 1 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Vintage Snake Oil redux

Jul. 31st, 2015 18:43
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The bottle of the vintage Snake Oil has filled up, but if you want a decant of it, comment anyway. If we hit 5-6 waitlist slots for a second bottle, I'll go ahead and add another one.
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`London-based artist and illustrator James Ward of Jimbobart knows that some foods are sacred and need protecting. That’s why he illustrates plates, serving platters, stacking mugs, beer tankards and more with awesome anthropomorphic animals. Would-be cheese thieves are in for a big surprise when they try to get past the Cheese Sloth. They might be slow-moving, but their claws are no joke. And only a fool would try to take a sandwich from any bear known as the Sandwich Defender.

We’d very much like all of our meals served up on this Super Badger Serving Platter:


Head over to the Jimbobart Etst shop to check out more of James Ward’s delightfully illustrated dishware.

[via That’s Nerdalicious!]

VIVIDCON: Schedule

Jul. 31st, 2015 16:35
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So I have my schedule for the con - meals accounted for (save breakfasts), volunteer schedule set, decided on my panels and vidshows (the ones in bold - though the Saturday 10 am conflict is a rough one) and have my outfit for Club Vivid. I am going to have to pack on Wednesday this year, as I am going to Wisconsin for work that Thursday and can't hack the idea of going home for two hours and then coming back to the hotel, but having the distraction of a huge meeting right before the con is great for displacing my usual con anxiety. 

If you think you have a meal or hang-out scheduled with me, check and make sure I've got it right! 

VVC 2015 schedule for norah )
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The story of the women's history museum which mysteriously transformed (via the process, often contentious in British life, of getting planning permission) into a sensationalist-looking Jack the Ripper museum is making its way around the world. Here's a few interesting links:

- The Guardian: Jack the Ripper's victims deserve to be commemorated. But like this?
- [personal profile] londonkds: Fisking the Jack the Ripper Museum
- 38 Degrees petition to Tower Hamlets Council: Celebrate Suffragettes Not Serial Killers
- Protest at the museum opening on Tuesday 4th August! Women's history is not Jack the Ripper!

Other things:

- Jacqueline Wilson has written a new take on What Katy Did.
- Twitter, unable to grasp that endless growth might not be possible or desirable, considers being more like Facebook.
- [livejournal.com profile] arcadiaego informs me of the existence of a longstanding fan project at [profile] read_lotr_aloud, where a small group of fans have spent most of the last decade building up a chapter-by-chapter audiobook. Sean Astin even reads the first section! Is anyone aware of other projects like this?
- [livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus has an epic post on The Blair Witch Project and the movies that tried to emulate its impact without really understanding it. So delicious to see a good chunk of horror meta on LJ!
- In other news, shoestring film production company Mansfield Dark have come up with a beautiful 12-minute shadow puppet version of Count Magnus by M.R. James. You can see the trailer here and also find a link to buy the DVD, which comes with a lovely piece of art on the slipcase. Mine arrived this morning, to my considerable delight. The Mansfield Dark guys are both talented and ingenious, making everything from this gorgeousness to comedy to LGBT thrillers, so go check them out.
- A friend recommended browser extension FB Purity as a solution to the man ways in which Facebook is annoying. I haven't installed it yet, but perhaps some of you feel like trying it too.

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Jul. 31st, 2015 13:42
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I was going to post a fic on "summer of giles" today but I forgot to send it to myself from work. I'm just not that bright.


Jul. 31st, 2015 14:23
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I feel like I've been falling behind lately, which of course brings up the question of "Behind on what? You are on maternity leave. Is your baby still alive? Still growing? Still learning? THEN YOU ARE NOT BEHIND."

But the brain angsts over what it will angst over, so there you go. To combat this feeling, I will now list my triumphs:

they are rather mundane triumphs and so I cut )

We had a really nice walk today. It's hot and sunny, but with just enough of a breeze that it doesn't feel oppressively hot. We did our usual tour of the neighbourhood. I've been on a mission to invest in my community (I really like this neighbourhood), so I've been picking up one piece of trash in the park on every walk to put in the bins. I'd pick up more, but I have seventeen pounds of baby strapped to my front. [personal profile] bell says she will get me a grabby-claw thing the next time she goes to the dollar store, and then I'll be able to do more.

Along those lines, we happened to pass a house today where an older woman was unloading groceries, so I offered to take her bags. It was just two loads, but 'just' for me looked like a tough job for her. She met Lucas and we said good day and, well. That was it! But it felt nice to be helpful and neighbourly. I'd like Lucas, when he's older, to be able to run around a few blocks within a certain radius of our house the way I used to. It seems like that's becoming more and more rare. But if we can get to know people through small acts now, it'll make it easier for him later, maybe. I can hope.

The other triumph of today isn't mine as much as his--he went down for his third nap without a fuss. Thus I can even update! And that is good self-care too. Hooray for journalling.

Happy upcoming long weekend, y'all!

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