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Sep. 21st, 2017 07:24 pm
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The first time Baze attempted a serious whittling project, he went at it recklessly.

It only took five minutes before the knife blade slipped from the wood and opened a gash in his thumb. He stubbornly continued carving, but ended up getting blood all over the balsa wood. Another ten minutes passed before the blade skipped off a knot and sliced his index finger. More blood. More carving. At that point, the wood was slippery, so he had to stop.

He applied bandages to his fingers and waited a day before trying again. But try again he did, and learned how to properly protect himself with a Bar-provided thumb pad for his blade hand.

And he learned more than that. He learned that cuts made with the grain will peel away smoothly; cuts made against the grain will give resistance and eventually split. He learned the pull stroke, the push stroke, and straight-away rough cutting. He learned to whittle slowly, to use the strokes as a meditative practice.

Though his carved fish and eggs and demon bunnies are still crude, he thinks he can whittle in his sleep.

Today he's leaning against the bar, holding a block of balsa wood in his left hand and his pocket knife in his right, with the blade facing towards him. He braces the thumb of his right hand against the wood, and squeezes his fingers in order to draw the blade towards his thumb. His strokes are short and controlled.

He's getting wood shavings everywhere. Someone might want to tell him to clean up.

(OOC: Chirrut may pop into any and all threads!)
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Indoor digital antenna issues

Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:51 am
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Posted by /u/leywillis

This is what we have.

Granted, we probably need an upgrade, BUT after the last few months NBC is no longer coming through at all. It used to not come through during storms or super windy weather, but these past few months there has been nothing when it previously came in fine. Now, NBC IS the only VHF channel for our neighborhood, so maybe that antenna doesn't do VHF well? We also have problems with the CW (they're run by the same people in Richmond, VA), but we've ALWAYS had minor issues with the CW.

Also, another cord cutter in my area has reported issues with NBC. I've contacted the station about it, and they're looking into it.

This is our TV fool if that helps.

Any insight is appreciated.

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Posted by /u/mandybooboogirl

My very very old TV finally died in a burst of static and black screen of death. I was using the Charter communications box and paying a ridiculous amount of money. So, I want to buy a new TV that will let me cut the cable cord with an option like the Roku or Amazon Fire.

Any tips on brands etc. would be great. I don't do gaming - I just want a TV to watch shows. Thanks in advance!

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Sidetracks - September 21, 2017

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:45 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.

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Once my friend Henry was accused of wearing wireless headphones by a substitute so she said for him to hand them over so he took them off and handed them to her. Then later on she asked him a question and he didn’t respond so she said it louder and he still didn’t respond. She asked why he was not responding and he said “I can’t understand you ma'am, you took my hearing aids.”


one time we had a sub that was handing back papers and called my name. I asked if someone could grab it for me and she started mocking me for not even standing up. taunting me asking why I was not walking up to the front to get the paper myself.

my classmates went dead silent and after the sub’s laughter ended someone informed her that the wheelchair parked nearby belonged to me

My sister once had her insulin pump ripped off of her because her exam proctor (a sub) thought it was some cheating device.
He soon figured out that it was, in fact, not, when the port on her side (the place the needle goes in) started bleeding through her shirt. Her pump started beeping frantically, because that’s what it does, and it was general chaos until my sister ripped what’s basically her pancreas out of his hands, told her friend “Let the next proctor know I’ll need extra time,” and walked out of the room towards the nurse.

Literally schools are shit with disabilities. In elementary school I was having a high blood sugar reaction(cold sweats to rapid passing in and out of consciousness, vomiting and finally leading to a massive seizure before you die) and I KNEW I had to go to the nurse cuz I was getting worse. Kept telling my teach I needed to go and he kept saying no till finally I felt myself about to throw up and I’m screaming LET ME GO (i was a little kid to me i couldnt do anything in an institution without an adults say so or id basically go to hell) and the bitch said SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTH AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE LESSON where I proceeded to projectile vomit all over my desk and he jut kept going on with the lesson. Finally I just booked it out of the room but I was too far gone to even REMEMBER where the nurses office was let alone where the hell I was that my class literally just left and helped me to the nurses office. I immediately went to the hospital and officially died for 5 minutes before I was revived. I could have stayed dead all because some fuck twad thought his lesson was more important than a students life

After Columbine, a local school installed metal detectors and made everyone walk through them and put their bags on a table for a teacher to search. 

A few days into the school year, a teacher ripped a boy’s insulin pump off him because she thought it was a weapon, despite he and his sister insisting it was an insulin pump and he needed it to live. 

I don’t know how many of you are still in school but I have some valuable knowledge that might actually help with this problem! In the United States there’s this thing called a 504 Plan that you can get which basically gives you legal protection from disability/chronic illness discrimination in public schools. 

Students can qualify for 504 plans if they have physical or mental impairments that affect or limit any of their abilities to: walk, breathe, eat, or sleep; communicate, see, hear, or speak; read, concentrate, think, or learn; stand, bend, lift, or work

 Examples of accommodations in 504 plans include: preferential seating, extended time on tests and assignments, reduced homework or classwork, verbal, visual, or technology aids, modified textbooks or audio-video materials, behavior management support, adjusted class schedules or grading, verbal testing, excused lateness, absence, or missed classwork

 I’m a type one diabetic and my school nurse would do stuff like keep all my meds in a locked cabinet, not let me take my insulin or test my blood sugar unless she was watching me, and lie to my mother about me inducing low blood sugars in order to get out of class. She wouldn’t even let me keep glucagon (emergency sugar injection) on my person in case I passed out from low blood sugar. 

 So one day I casually mentioned all this to my endocrinologist and she was really mad. She was really angry at the school nurse for mistreating me like that and informed me of this thing called a 504 plan. A 504 plan protects students with disabilities and chronic illnesses from discrimination by outlining exactly what a student needs to meet their special needs. For me, this meant I had to be able to keep ahold of my own meds in case of emergency and keep track of my own glucose levels, that I would never be marked late for a class if I was busy treating a low, and I could pause the clock on a standardized test to check my blood sugar and treat it. If you have a disability and you’re still attending public school, PLEASE read up on 504 plans because they saved me so much grief when I was still in school. It might help you too. Here’s some more information about 504 plans:



Passing this along. I would not have made it this far without my disability documentation in school.
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Posted by Michael Walsh

Who watches the Watchmen? HBO has decided Damon Lindelof is the person for the job, but do we trust him to get a new adaptation right? That’s what we tried to figure out on today’s Nerdist News Talks Back, along with what to make of the new trailer for Murder on the Orient Express, and whether the Young Han Solo movie might make a run to the spice mines on Kessel.

Watching over the show today with host Jessica Chobot was Geek and Sundry‘s Amy Vorpahl, and Nerdist producers Jesse Gill and Jason Nguyen. First up was HBO‘s Watchmen adaptation and whether or not the network is the right place for it. Do we think Lost‘s Damon Lindelof, coming off his work on the critically-acclaimed The Leftovers, can be trusted to get this right? Will the show be better than Zack Snyder’s 2009 film? And should HBO stick to just the original 12-issue comic books, or include some of the other related works? They discussed all of that, including doing little fan-casting, but make sure to check out Eric Diaz’s own dreamcast for the show.

They also broke down the latest trailer for Murder on the Orient Express, including their predictions on who the killer will be. Will the movie stay faithful to the book, or switch it up? And what other Agatha Christie novels would we like to see get the big screen treatment?

Note for Murder Mystery Fans! Make sure you tune in to next week’s Alpha Book Club at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday at Project Alpha so you can help us pick which murder mystery we’ll be reading this October. There will be lots of (talk about) muuuuuurder.

Finally the gang ended with the ever-so-small, super tiny, practically irrelevant news that the Young Han Solo movie MIGHT SHOW US THE KESSEL RUN. Director Ron Howard tweeted out a photo of what looks like a mine, with the caption “spicey.” But if that means what we think it does (including the possibility of giant spiders), are we happy to be learning more about his infamous Kessel Run boast? Or are we tired of origin stories?

And remember, Nerdist News Talks Back airs live every weekday at 1:00 p.m. PST on our YouTube and Alpha channels. Tune in with us so you can get in on the conversation.

Because when it comes to discussing Watchmen, who watches the panel? Wait, that’s too literal to make sense here. Maybe we can get Lindelof to write us a new line.

What do you think about today’s topics? Talk back to us in the comments below.

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Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.


Weekly Reading

Sep. 21st, 2017 06:14 pm
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What are you currently reading?
I'm about a third of the way through on Satan: A Biography and enjoying it so far.

I've been finding it hard to make progress on Meddling Kids, though, as despite being really excited by the premise, the book itself is kind of disappointing so far. The writing itself is not great, and the story is not making up for it. I'm hoping it'll get better as it goes along, though.

I also started Beezus and Ramona and am about a third of the way through that, too. I downloaded all the Ramona ebooks a couple years ago to do a reread and then never did, but then iTunes was updated the other day to remove ebooks and apps from the interface, and when I finally figured out how to add ebooks to my phone the new way, I tested it with this book, and then since I wasn't feeling Meddling Kids, just started reading it.

What did you recently finish reading?
Volumes two through five of Giant Days, as well as a bunch of single issues after that (I still have a handful of issues to read before being completely caught up, and then I will be sad because I love this series so much).

What do you think you'll read next?
The rest of Giant Days, for sure, and also volume 10 of You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead came out the other day and I'd already preordered it so it's on my ipad awaiting me.

Check-In – Day 21

Sep. 21st, 2017 09:10 pm
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"Well, it's useless to be popular with the enemy."
— Bowman Jean, Star Ocean: The Second Story

What have you been doing today?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Question: What is the worst grammar goof that ever got past you (and your betas)?

The Flash season 3

Sep. 22nd, 2017 01:52 am
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Abra Kadabra shows up yet somehow it's still all about Savitar.
I think I'd be bored of that even if I didn't know the ending.
Read more... )

I'm not liking several layers of what they're doing.
At the moment I'm looking forwards to the end of the season.
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Title: he once was a true love of mine
Fandom: WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?
Rating: PG-13 (references to violence)
Characters/Pairings: Chtholly/Willem
Summary: Chtholly could say she was finally happy.
Notes: Implied spoilers for most of the anime.

he once was a true love of mine )


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