May 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] umadoshi at 11:05pm on 23/05/2017 under
"How Pink Heels Became Harper Watters' Signature". [Dance Magazine] "When Houston Ballet demi-soloist Harper Watters first posted a short video of himself in bubblegum pink heels, he went to sleep with 4,000 Instagram followers. He awoke to more than double that, and 500-plus comments. Now at nearly 65,000 followers, Watters knows he (and his partner in crime, fellow Houston Ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski) struck a fun chord with a new audience."

"Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading".

Via [ profile] deifire, "George A. Romero Is Planning a NASCAR Zombie Movie".

"If You're Under 16, You Won't Believe What The Internet Used To Be Like". [Buzzfeed, in case the title didn't give it away]

"'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen".

"Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance". [McSweeney's]

"13 Real AF Situations Every Anxious Person Has Experienced". [Buzzfeed]

"The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack".

"Exclusive: Could the legend come true? Tower of London raven allowed to fly free".

"On the radar: receipts". [OxfordWords Blog] "How and when did ‘receipts’ come to mean ‘proof’?"

"Surreal Pencil Drawings Look Like How Repressing Your Emotions Feels". (Really neat; also frequently disturbing.)

"Exploring Yugoslavia’s Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments: Serbian photographer Jovana Mladenovic photographs forgotten post-World War II sculptures".

"Dear Media: Please Stop Simply Saying the Rape Charges Against Julian Assange Were “Dropped”". [The Mary Sue]

"Why you should never ever feed bread to a duck".

"Coming Up Aces: What does asexual mean?" [Queership]

At Baking Bites: "A Visit to The Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles".

"Presenting…The Freelance Writer’s Rebuttal Guide!" [Matt Wallace]

"A Brief History of 'Squee': The word has its fans". [Merriam-Webster]

"The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages: Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it's a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years".
Mood:: 'listless' listless
alisanne: (femmeslash)
Title: Taking Notice
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Ginny Weasley.
Summary: Hermione knows when to talk and when to stay quiet.
Word Count: 600
Warnings: None.
A/N: Written for [ profile] hp_may_madness/[ profile] hp_may_madness/[community profile] hp_may_madness' 2017 fest.
Day Twenty-three prompt(s) used: Could you stop looking at her, and maybe notice me?
Word Prompts: holiday, hot, horse
Pairing: Hermione/Ginny
Kink: bondage
Beta(s): [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Taking Notice )
Mood:: 'thoughtful' thoughtful
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posted by [personal profile] boxofdelights at 06:46pm on 23/05/2017 under
aaaaaaaaaaaa two sleeps till Wiscon aaaaaaaaaa!

garden pictures )

TLDR: Joss Whedon, obviously the person whose resume most matches the position, will be taking over from Zack Snyder as director of Justice League. Snyder feels the need to spend more time with family in the wake of the suicide of his 20-year-old daughter. DC Entertainment seems a bit nervous in its declaration that the remaining directing is "minimal," but it's probably true that the finished result will feel much more like Snyder than Whedon. (Snyder's wife Deborah, a producer on the project, is likewise taking time off.)

If Snyder were departing for other reasons, I'd be cracking cheap jokes at him and a filmmaking approach that I think could charitably be described as "controversial." As it is, I find my heart going out to him. His vision of what makes a good movie will never be mine, but I have no doubt whatsoever that he deeply loves making movies, and I respect the hell out of him for walking away from his magnum opus for the few things in life that are more important.
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Posted by Nate Gartrell

OAKLAND — While a Hayward man allegedly was posting pictures of Xanax, pot, and guns for sale on Instagram, Drug Enforcement Administration agents were busy taking screenshots.

Marcos Hatch, seen here in one of the numerous Instagram photos that havenow become evidence in a federal drug trafficking case. (U.S. District Court Records)
Marcos Hatch, seen here in one of the numerous Instagram photos that have now become evidence in a federal drug trafficking case. 

Last week, federal authorities made their move, arresting 20-year-old Marcos Hatch on charges of trafficking alprazolam, a drug used to treat anxiety. He faces five years in prison, but court documents indicate that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is reviewing the case to recommend federal gun charges be filed as well.

According to a DEA affidavit released Friday, authorities came across Hatch’s Instagram account while researching another suspected drug dealer named Christian Vanleer. It all started when an undercover Oakland policeman requested to follow Vanleer on Instagram and he accepted, unwittingly allowing the feds access to his pictures and follower lists.

Police also requested to follow some of Vanleer’s followers, including one named “triggerplayornoplay” (sic), who was later identified as Hatch, according to federal agents.

Authorities then began monitoring Hatch’s account day-to-day. They identified about 20 pictures advertising prescription painkillers and Xanax, and believe he used the hashtag #Holla to invite customers to purchase illegal drugs.

In other pictures, other users would do business with Hatch in the comments section. For instance, one user commented on a picture of marijuana, “How much for (an ounce)?” and Hatch replied, “200,” according to federal agents.

Other photos showed stacks of U.S. currency, including one where authorities say Hatch showed his face. It was hashtagged #Takenpenitentiarychances (sic), an indication that, “(Hatch) obtained the large amount of money shown by selling controlled substances, and he was taking a chance that if he got caught, he would be arrested and go to jail,” a federal agent wrote in the affidavit.

In April, more than a month before Hatch was arrested, authorities were given a search warrant to his account and began electronically monitoring his personal messages. They say he had numerous conversations involving the purchasing or selling of handguns and prescription drugs.

On May 16, authorities searched Hatch’s home and seized numerous guns, including an AK-47 in Hatch’s bedroom. They found small amounts of various drugs, clear plastic baggies, scales, and other evidence of drug sales, according to the DEA.

Meanwhile, Vanleer, as it turned out, was being investigated for his alleged role in an unrelated Bay Area drug trafficking ring centered in Discovery Bay, and headed by a man named Oscar Escalante. Authorities say its members distributed heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription pills all over the Bay Area and beyond.

Court documents say federal agents seized hundreds of thousands in cash, dozens of guns, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when they raided stash houses and marijuana grows associated with the ring. The 2016 case against Escalante, Vanleer, and 14 other defendants is still pending.

Posted by Jason Green

PALO ALTO — One of two elderly pedestrians hit by a car earlier this month died of his injuries Tuesday, a police spokesman said.

The collision was reported May 9 at about 7:48 a.m. on the 700 block of Mayfield Avenue.

A husband and wife in their 80s were crossing the street mid-block when they were struck by a 2015 Nissan Leaf traveling westbound, said Capt. Zach Perron of the Palo Alto Police Department. The couple was rushed to a hospital with major injuries.

Perron said the husband died of his injuries Tuesday. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office identified him as Stanley Charles Whitten, 85, of Palo Alto.

The wife was listed in stable condition Tuesday, Perron said.

The driver of the Nissan, identified only as a Palo Alto woman in her 40s, remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, Perron said. Alcohol and drugs are not suspected as factors in the collision.

Perron said the driver has not been cited or arrested, but the case will be sent to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review once the investigation is finished.

Anyone with information about the collision can contact the Palo Alto Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to, or submitted via text message or voice mail at 650-383-8984.

Posted by Jacqueline Lee

A proposal to tax Palo Alto businesses to pay for traffic-reduction measures is not in the stars, or on the ballot, this year.

Palo Alto council members unanimously decided this month to put off until the fall a conversation about a local tax that would help pay for programs such as shuttles and bike boulevards.

The council followed the recommendation of City Manager James Keene, who asked for “a little bit of a time out” and said that city staff simply doesn’t have the capacity to support the type of comprehensive community engagement process that would be needed before placing such a tax on the ballot.

“Just speaking for the staff, I don’t think we have concluded that a tax would be a bad idea,” Keene said. “But the process that you’ve directed so far to get to that point, I think, is potentially inefficient.”

Council members and city staff need to define what projects a local tax would finance and the goals of a community engagement process before forming a transportation stakeholder group, though the council had approved such a group in October, Keene said.

Until then, proceeding with the public engagement process would just divert staff resources from other committed projects the city has, Keene added.

The same transportation staff members who would be involved in the local tax process already are occupied by projects such as the evolving Residential Preferential Parking permit system; design of new parking garages downtown and near California Avenue; changes to the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus system; working with the VTA on deployment of Measure B funding; and revision of the city’s comprehensive plan.

Vice Mayor Liz Kniss shared Keene’s concerns about overextending staff. She’s also worried about “tax fatigue.”

“We’ve just really pushed hard on Measure B: We supported the county on that. We delivered,” Kniss said. “There are promises that were made in Measure B and we’re really looking to have those promises fulfilled.”

Voters countywide approved in November an increase in sales tax by a half-cent, raising an estimated $6 billion over 30 years for transportation improvement, including a BART extension to San Jose and some projects important to Palo Alto, such as a Caltrain grade separation.

Because Palo Alto’s share of the revenue likely wouldn’t stretch far, the council discussed the idea of taxing businesses based on a company’s number of employees to generate revenue for local needs.

Former Palo Alto Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto said she hopes city leaders will allocate money for traffic reduction during the budget process this year.

“Actions and dollars do speak louder than words, and I know Palo Alto’s been talking a lot about (Transportation Demand Management) and (Transportation Management Associations),” Kishimoto said. “I know we’re talking about spending $50 million on parking garages. I don’t see an equivalent $50 million for reducing traffic and parking.”

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A second fic that I started ages and ages ago is finished!

Perspective Dispersion (7062 words) by Tassos
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sheriff Stilinski, Derek Hale, Stiles Stilinski
Additional Tags: Wolf!Sheriff, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Conversations, Lunch, Father-Son Relationship, Derek needs a mentor, canon divergent after season 2
Series: Part 4 of Lycanthropic Optics: Werewolf!Sheriff AU

John Stilinski has his hands full with a bloody robbery gone wrong, being short-staffed, and trying to straighten out what happened the night he was turned into a werewolf. Featuring lunch with Derek and pulling information out of Stiles. Somehow, he's going to make this dysfunctional pack functional again.

posted by [syndicated profile] notalwaysright_feed at 01:00am on 24/05/2017

Posted by Not Always Right

Pizza | MO, USA

(This has been a pretty busy night and we’re short-staffed so our phone lines are starting to back up.)

Me: “Thank you for calling [Store]. This is [My Name]. How can I help you today?”

Customer: “Well, I’m looking for someone to answer the d*** phone.”

Me: “I’m sor—”

Customer: “You need to tell me what store delivers to [Nearby Municipality].”

Me: “Oh, tha—”

Customer: “Their phone number is what? [correct first three numbers]…”

Me: “Tw—”

Customer: “[correct last four numbers]?”

Me: “Uh… yes, sir…?”

Customer: “Ugh, whatever. Thanks for nothing.” *click*

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Posted by Jacqueline Lee

The children of a 72-year-old Navy veteran have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Douglas Wayne Ross Sr., who served in the Vietnam War, died from a traumatic head injury a week after he fell in his hospital room, where he was left “unattended and unrestrained in his chair,” alleges the complaint filed May 15 in U.S. District Court in San Jose.

Attorney Niall McCarthy filed the lawsuit on behalf of Ross’ children, Douglas Wayne Ross Jr., of Spokane, Washington; Nicole Ross, of Vieques, Puerto Rico; and Neville Ross, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, after the Department of Veterans Affairs denied the Rosses’ administrative tort claim of medical negligence filed in July 2016.

On March 8, the agency wrote to the Rosses’ attorney: “Our review concluded there was no negligent or wrongful act on the part of an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs acting within the scope of employment that caused compensable harm.”

The Rosses believe their father was neglected by VA staff. Their complaint alleges that VA Hospital staff left Ross in the chair knowing that he was “at a serious risk of falls and in extremely feeble condition.”

“When the VA Palo Alto propped Mr. Ross in a chair and left him, he was on multiple feeding tubes, his right foot was completely black and gangrenous from lack of circulation, and he was dependent on the VA Palo Alto’s nurses and doctors for all activities of daily living and functional tasks,” according to the complaint.

Ross had gone to the hospital in February 2016 for a condition that required multiple surgeries. He had a heart attack after the first surgery and doctors determined he could not undergo additional surgeries.

“VA Palo Alto doctors put Mr. Ross on the maximum amount of blood thinners to prevent another heart attack and treat his blood clots,” the complaint states. “The blood thinners put Mr. Ross at risk of bleeding excessively if he suffered any fall.”

On April 28, 2016, the day Ross fell, he was left alone for about 40 minutes, which McCarthy compares to “leaving an infant unattended in a bath for 40 minutes.” Ross died a week later, on May 5, 2016.

VA staff did not exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise and did not protect Ross from health and safety hazards, the complaint states.

The Rosses’ complaint includes an undated letter from VA Palo Alto Deputy Chief of Staff Stephen Ezeji-Okoye offering his apologies and explaining the Rosses’ rights to file a claim.

“Because your father was injured as a result of a fall in his room, we’d like to offer our sincere apologies,” Ezeji-Okoye wrote. “We are always very concerned about fall prevention, and we continue to look for opportunities to reduce them even further by considering procedure changes based on what happened with this fall.”

Ross, an armorer in the Navy from 1960 to 1964, was assigned to the USS Hancock and stationed in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War, the complaint states. Ross owned and operated a charter sailing business in the U.S. Virgin Islands until 2007, when he retired and moved to Jamestown, California.

Ross was part of a gold miners association and hoped the surgery would “relieve the pain he was experiencing in his legs so that he could return to gold panning.”

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posted by [personal profile] tielan at 10:49am on 24/05/2017
There is a term in the document i'm currently reading: freight unit which is shorted to (yep) FU.

It's making it just a touch difficult to read without spittaking.

Posted by Not Always Right

Home | Melaka, Malaysia

(My brother and I fight a lot. I am 16, and he is 10, when we finally move into a house that is big enough for me, as the eldest, and him, as the boy, to sleep separately from our sisters, which we think is great. But one night I wake up to find him curled up next to me.)

Me: “Oi! What are you doing in my bed?”

Brother: “I’m scared of the Black Riders.”

(Turned out my father had thought it was a good idea to read the Lord of the Rings as a bedtime story to a ten-year-old boy and that night they had covered the chapter where the hobbits meet the Ringwraiths.)

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zimena: A stack of books (Misc - Books)
Okay, so it'll be past 2am before I finish typing up this note. I just got home from another day-trip to Denmark about an hour ago. To be honest I wasn't too keen on going there today, because I still don't feel fully rested after last week's traveling. We had some things to do, though, so I guess I would have had to make this trip soon anyway, even if I hadn't made it today.

It was a good day, though. Better than I feared, anyway, especially after a few hours when I wasn't so painfully tired anymore. Can you tell I dislike getting up early, even if it's needed for some reason? It always leaves me feeling too tired for too much of the day. Let's just say I had a good time mostly, but I'm also glad this trip is over and done with for now.

Tomorrow my plan is to plant some more flowers, so that there's something in every flower box we own before Thursday (Ascension Day, which is a holiday here). This should be possible, I think.

After that, I plan to Not Make Any Big Plans for a week or so. Just sleep, read, rest, be on the computer, writing and sitting on the veranda a little bit. Let's see how that goes. ;)

Now it's night for me, though. Good night!

Posted by Linda Zavoral

Former Palo Alto chef-restaurateur Donia Bijan has added another date to her Bay Area book tour.

If you missed her April and May appearances, you can catch her June 1 at Draeger’s in Menlo Park.

She’ll be appearing at a reception and signing copies of her debut novel, “The Last Days of Cafe Leila” (Algonquin, $25.95, 304 pages).

As Bay Area News Group reviewer Georgia Rowe said in her April 16 review, the book “delivers a moving portrait of a character caught between two worlds,” Tehran and San Francisco. “Bijan, whose own family fled Iran in 1978, made her first return to the country in 2010; a chef who ran her own restaurant, L’Amie Donia in Palo Alto, she describes the dishes of Café Leila in delicious detail.”

Bijan operated the restaurant from 1994 to 2004. She later wrote a memoir/cookbook, “Maman’s Homesick Pie: A Persian Heart in an American Kitchen.”

The reception, which runs from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., is free with purchase of the book at Draeger’s.

Details: 1010 University Drive, Menlo Park;

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location: planet This Calls For a Blanket Fort
Music:: my asshole neighbors being noisily assholish
Mood:: 'stressed' stressed
posted by [syndicated profile] notalwaysright_feed at 11:00pm on 23/05/2017

Posted by Not Always Right

Supermarket | NJ, USA

(A customer comes rushing up to me at the meat case.)

Customer: “Do you have any beef sliders?”

Me: “Yes, we do; right here.”

Customer: *looking at the 12-pack they come in* “Oh, I don’t need that many. What kind of meat is this, so I can make my own?”

Me: “It’s 85% lean.”

Customer: “What’s this over here?”

Me: “Oh, that one is an all natural variety, also 85%.”

Customer: “Whoa, $7.99 lb. No way. Hey, what about this 90%? Is it the same as the sliders?”

Me: “Well, that’s 90%, and the sliders are 85%…”

Customer: “No, not fat percent; does it come from the same cows?”

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posted by [syndicated profile] notalwaysright_feed at 10:00pm on 23/05/2017

Posted by Not Always Right

Tourist Attraction | Ireland

(I’m on a ghost walk with a group, and everything has been normal except our guide is a little high-strung and makes several comments about how she’s quitting because she can’t take it anymore. It’s around 10 pm, quite dark, and we’ve just entered a courtyard of an ancient church.)

Guide: “This area is particularly creepy. Every time I’ve brought a group here, something has happened. Once I had a medium who told me she saw this entity standing behind me the whole time… It’s said that some lovers arranged to meet here to run away and be married, because their parents didn’t approve, but when the boy arrived, he found the girl dead… They once found someone hanging from this tree.”

(As the guide is telling us the haunted history of the church, I shift my weight and suddenly, my hip joint cracks and echoes loudly on the stones.)

Guide: “Did you hear that? Did you guys hear that? It sounded like a footstep. Haha, I told you something always happens here. Um, so, well, that’s pretty much everything here. Now, if we’ll all just go back the way we came. Right, so through here. And, uh, well, normally we go into this pub just down the street here and have a few, but, um, well, I have to be up early tomorrow, so, yeah. That’s the tour, everybody! Thanks. Thanks for coming. Bye, all!”

(She all but ran down the sidewalk and disappeared. I’m sorry! I didn’t mean to scare you, tour guide lady; I hope your new job is a lot healthier for you.)

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posted by [syndicated profile] notalwaysright_feed at 09:30pm on 23/05/2017

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Preschool | FL, USA

(I teach a preschool class with four-year1olds. On the way in from the playground, one girl is excited to talk about her sister.)

Girl: “Miss, guess what? My sister knows how to snap. She showed me.”

Me: “Wow, that’s so cool.”

Boy: “Oh, yeah? Well, my sister knows how to Snapchat!”

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