So I guess people are less eager for Black Panther? Or they're like me and just can't on Thursdays.
This being my second one, I had an easier time with the basics, but I accidentally bought the black cotton yarn a thickness of 0.5 mm less than the gray and the white, so it would not fit together when I worked according to the pattern and I had to adjust it by trial and error to make the black fit over the white, and it still doesn't look quite right. (I feel really disgruntled at the yarn store, because these were on shelf area all next to each other, seemingly all different colors of the same type of cotton yarn for crocheting, only the black not really it turned out! Next time I'll know to read the fine print *grumble*)
I am not sure I understood the instruction for the feet and the schematic picture that supposedly illustrated it further was wholly incomprehensible to me. I assume it was some sort of crocheting notation, but the book never explained how to read that, even though the intro chapter even explains all basic stitches, like how you make a single crochet stitch (if you're curious, it looks like this). In the end I managed something that looked vaguely feet like, and I left it at that. I also did not use two types of gray and I didn't have a wire brush to comb the surface fluffy and frizzly, but IMO my penguin still looks cute.
( pictures of my result )
Though some clear skies would be much appreciated too. I mean, the theoretical 7 hours and 28 minutes daylight possible here today are meager, but not that awful if you actually got to see the sun. It's the perpetual overcast gloom that always drags me down in winter. Forecast for today says there's almost no chance to see the sun at all.
Anyway, on to the spoilery parts of my post...
( cut for spoilers )
( pictures of the result )
ETA: And I just discovered that the FlashGot extension also doesn't work anymore, and that was what allowed me to download the audio from dictionary sites such as dict.leo.org to put on my own flashcards for vocabulary revision. Is there any other way I can download these?
But I got to a dog in the end that mostly looks like on the pictures. (It is this dog on the author's website.) I didn't bother adding the tiny barrel.
( pictures of my result )
Presumably they introduced some obnoxious "algorithm". I vaguely recall seeing something along the line mentioned as being rolled out, and that you could turn it off in the settings (because of course Tumblr turns on new crap by default rather than letting you opt-in, because it's Tumblr), but I don't see any such settings in the desktop version (and that dash still shows in proper chronological order). And I actually can't find any way to the settings in the stupid app at all.
If it doesn't even show me the new posts that makes the Tumblr app wholly unusable. Obviously if I bother to check Tumblr on a mobile device rather than waiting to be on a computer I want to see whether new things have been posted, not random posts. Argh.
Anyway, because for years I did not own such thing I of course failed to bookmark all the applicable recipes I've seen around. Do you have favorite recipes?
( a doodle for Berceuse by wickedthoughts )
Would they have actually thought the other group to be more different than other groups of their own "species"? (I'm actually not sure you can really call these human subtypes different species when they could and did reproduce with fertile offspring, but from what I gather the species concept overall just breaks down at certain points when you poke at it anyway.)
I mean, sure when you look at Neanderthal reconstructions they look somewhat different from us, but not different like a chimpanzee, and modern humans among ourselves also have quite a lot of variation (though I'm not sure how much of that had developed at what time), not just skin color, hair and eye color but facial features, size etc. leading to the whole "human races" construction, and the difficulty to get to a consensus that we are in fact all fundamentally the same. So if you are an early Homo Sapiens and see a Neanderthal would you think them really "other" or just somewhat "other" (i.e. like some unrelated other clan of Homo Sapiens)? They also had tools, fire and probably art too after all.
Of course we probably won't ever know, and afaik they haven't found sites of mixed groups that might be a sign that the mixing was even somewhat consensual. And there doesn't seem to have been that much mingling considering both kinds shared Europe several thousand years.
So then another interesting question is of course whether the later Neanderthals were aware that they were slowly going extinct. I imagine they must have been on some level, as their groups got rarer and modern humans more numerous, but then each group might think it a local problem?
I feel like there should be more speculative fiction about this. The examples with Neanderthal appearances I've read were either older (like Auel) and/or more like SF with alternate timelines where they didn't die out (like Neanderthal Parallax) and such.
I'd just leave it, but in general I just don't favorite fic or text posts on Tumblr, nor gifsets or cute videos, just drawn artwork.
However as of the most recent update (to 2.17.1) it won't download locked content anymore. I get an error that it can't log in, even though my password hasn't changed and I can log in via browser. It also still downloads non-locked fanfic form AO3 without problem. Does anyone else have this problem?
ETA: Googling found me some recent message board posts by the FanFicFare creator, explaining that AO3 has changed its login process to disallow automated tools to download locked stories. That is inconvenient.
Still with ticky boxes for everybody who can't decide what to be most anxious about:
Which inescapable disaster/crisis/calamity do you think is most likely to lead to your demise?
nuclear armageddon! started intentionally by horrible politicians
nuclear armageddon! but brought on by pure stupidity, like someone misinterpreting some screen and/or pushing the wrong button
the next high mortality rate pandemic will come for sure, possibly via climate change mosquitoes
no pandemics needed, I'll die of some treatable condition, not able to afford medicine, thanks to the health system crisis/collapse
I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by an ongoing global economic crisis/collapse in general
I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by the economic crisis/collapse following Brexit in particular
I'll die in a riot/civil unrest brought on by some rampaging "alt-right" mob that felt slighted on the internet
the climate change catastrophe will kill me through a grand disaster
climate change will kill me slowly through failing crops and the like
climate change will kill me fast but in a boring way through some horrible heat wave or such
I'll die because thanks to the global water crisis I won't be able to afford clean drinking water
I'll die in some armed conflict brought on by the above (or other) ecological disasters
I won't die from any of the above disasters directly, but while fleeing from it
terrorism! I'll be blown up by some shadowy terrorist organization
terrorism! some deranged mob will lynch me as "terrorist"
terrorism! but it's my government who will dispose of me as "terrorist"
my government's malicious policies will kill me without them bothering to label me as "terrorist"
crime! I'll end up as a victim in a crime statistic
crime! but as a victim of the "tough on crime" policies, like tazered to death or shot by police and the like
a meteorite will kill me in a huge extinction level event, but at least I have the consolation that everyone else will be dead along with me
killer robots will get me
killer robots will get me, but it will be an accident (less Terminator, more self-driving cars gone wrong)
I'll get killed by the zombie apocalypse
I'll get killed by the zombie army I raised to protect myself, falling victim to dramatic irony
and so on and so forth... (civilian nuclear disaster! genetically modified crops! (lack of) bees!...)
I feel like there ought to be some (semi-)automated way to get my AO3 bookmarks into a format that Pinboard could import. Ideal would be if canonical tags became Pinboard tags but not the Tumblr-style tags and it could recognize duplicate bookmarks already in my Pinboard.
Does anyone know of an AO3 add-on script or such that would harvest and reformat your bookmarks there into a bookmark file that then could be used by Pinboard? I can't be the only fan who'd find that useful.
In German this is a usually pejorative term to describe activities somebody (often people in a position of power but accountable to the public, more rarely subordinates under pressure from above) undertakes to be visibly seen as "doing something" to address a problem, but the actions are not well thought out, unlikely to really solve or improve the situation, but are (at least from the perspective of the speaker making the charge of something being "Aktionismus") done wholly or partly to provide cover against the accusation of inactivity or indifference.
Like when you hastily implement "security theater" measures against a real security threat, because you can't think of any actual solution to improve security for real, but not doing anything and admitting to having no solution would be politically very costly. Opponents then might accuse you of "Aktionismus".
So "Aktionismus" is a general term for hasty, thoughtless responses of this type, used by opponents of the actions. It is often coupled with "blind" as in "blinder Aktionismus" to emphasize the lack of plan or vision to arrive at a real solution.
It is similar to the accusation that something is merely a "symbolic action" but that implies more a deliberate gesture lacking concrete results, whereas "Aktionismus" is more of a harmful flailing around.
"Aktionismus" has also some sort of specialized meaning for some performance art movement from Vienna, and apparently the word "actionism" exists in English in the translation for that Austrian art, but it doesn't seem to be used in the colloquial sense. But clearly this is a common phenomenon (and accusation) in politics, so there ought to be an English term.
It was a lot of fun! Though I very much wanted to throat-punch the guys sitting two seats to my right who would not stop talking. WTF. Since they did not sit directly next to me I couldn't even shush them. What kind of obnoxious person does that in a cinema?
Also the slow motion fight scene inserts got on my nerves very quickly. I suppose it does allow to see dramatic fight poses clearly or something, like you would in a comic panel, but the effect did not work for me.
Also, despite having an account, I did not even get an email from them about this. Though I think I may have disabled even import site update messages when I clicked "unsubscribe" back in April on the mails I got back to back about free plushies and pizza parties or some such crap, even though I had been fairly sure in my account creation that I didn't want promo messages.
But frankly the way site messaging was handled there was one of the problems that made the site unusable for me. Even now when I log in I do not see any closing message prominently in my notice box, just a whole bunch of "recommended for you" stuff. I had to click on the Imzy group to see their announcement from May 24th, and only learned about it now by accident after seeing talk elsewhere.
Apparently the final closing date is June 23rd. But I don't have any content there, so I'm not bothered.
I've seen vague references while browsing my network reading list, but as is usual for me I couldn't connect it to anything. They could maybe be referring to the YOI wank that was even featured in this week's OTW newsletter. (A wank I incidentally also missed happening on Tumblr, but then I'm not into YOI though it appears on my dash from time to time because I'm into Check Please! and there is overlap in fans.)
But I'm not sure. I always miss these things.
Also it's not like I especially needed another daddy issues story. It's not that I dislike them as such, but more variety for the heroes' issues would be nice.
BTW, has this opened in the US this week too? I haven't seen any posts about it.