Leviticus 19:18

2017-06-26 12:00 pm
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““‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”

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Ethan

2017-06-25 10:03 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me to meet and greet our tar Kit for today, Ethan. He is 5 weeks old from Newark.

Ethan

I came home from a graduation one night and got out of the car and started hearing noises. I look over and this cute little baby kitten walked right up to me, he just came out of nowhere. The first few nights I didn’t know what to do with him I posted to see if anyone wanted him but no one really came through. So I kept the kitten and Ethan has been apart of my family for a week now and we love him so much.

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Brook “Super Converter” enables Switch to connect to PS3/PS4 controllers ⊟

I’ve heard this thing mentioned before as an accessory for arcade sticks – various configurations of these allow conversion from one console format to another, so people can use the same expensive stick on multiple consoles.

Now the company has an updated version of its PS3/PS4 to Wii U adapter that lets you use your (wired) PlayStation controller on Switch, too. They don’t appear to be in stock yet, but check Focus Attack if you want one of these! Via GN.

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Signal boost! Here's what she posted:

PATREON!
Hi guys!

BIG announcement- I have a Patreon now! If you like my stuff here, and you want more of the same, go check out https://www.patreon.com/LeeHadan where all my collected short stories AND A NEW FULL-LENGTH NOVEL are being posted. Stories are free, and post daily. Chapters of Return Again post at midnight every Monday.

Return Again is complete, so don't worry- it's not going to get to the good part and vanish!

Again, https://www.patreon.com/LeeHadan is the link, and only $1 will get you access to all Patron-exclusive content.

I hope to see you there!


... if you want to check out the first chapter, it's up on her Livejournal at http://lee-hadan.livejournal.com/21116.html - enjoy!
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Signal boost! Here's what she posted:

PATREON!
Hi guys!

BIG announcement- I have a Patreon now! If you like my stuff here, and you want more of the same, go check out https://www.patreon.com/LeeHadan where all my collected short stories AND A NEW FULL-LENGTH NOVEL are being posted. Stories are free, and post daily. Chapters of Return Again post at midnight every Monday.

Return Again is complete, so don't worry- it's not going to get to the good part and vanish!

Again, https://www.patreon.com/LeeHadan is the link, and only $1 will get you access to all Patron-exclusive content.

I hope to see you there!
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Posted by John Scalzi

Conversation between me and Krissy yesterday:

Me: With all this bullshit around health care, and the possibility of pre-existing conditions and insurance caps coming back, we should probably look into supplemental insurance.

Krissy: I got us supplemental insurance years ago.

Me: You did?

Krissy: Yes. I even have policies for very specific things.

Me: Like what?

Krissy: I have an insurance policy on your hands.

Me: My hands?

Krissy: You’re a writer. You use your hands. If something happens to your hands, it’s a problem. We’ll need to pay for someone for you to dictate to.

Me: You’ve insured my hands.

Krissy: Yes.

Me: I’m not going to lie. That’s literally the sexiest thing you’ve said to me this whole damn month.


Jeremiah 23:24

2017-06-25 12:00 pm
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“Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.”

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Full text here for reference; everything else at original site:

This Week Is a Reminder: It’s the Long Game That Counts
By Ann Friedman

Here’s one way to look at the events of the past week: It didn’t matter that dozens of women told the world that they had been drugged and raped by a sitcom star. It didn’t matter that we believed them and other women like them. It didn’t matter that there was video footage of a nonviolent man being filled with bullets by a police officer at a routine traffic stop. It didn’t matter that there were protests filling the streets and the internet on behalf of him and way too many others like him. It didn’t matter that lots of suburban white ladies decided they were fresh out of fucks and started knocking on doors and raising money for a long-shot candidate. It didn’t matter that we flooded our senators with calls and postcards begging them to defend Obamacare, because some of them were still pushing for repeal and didn’t even have the decency to tell us what they wanted to replace it with.

There has been enormous public outcry over systemic injustices like rape and police brutality but, it seems, little to show for it. A few scattered reforms and a couple of legal wins, sure, but nothing that resembles justice yet. Sexism and racism are part of the fabric of America; they aren’t easily excised and discarded. Electoral politics is a different challenge, but one that is also difficult and expensive. We’re starting to make the transition from the panicked early days of the Trump administration to the long haul of pushing back against the GOP agenda. We knew change would be slow.

Yet it’s still so much slower than we’d hoped. For those of us who care about social justice and are working on politics to advance it, we understand that, desperate as we are for change, it will take time. But it’s one thing to know that change is going to take a while, and it’s another to live in that while. Especially for people who are waking up to injustice for the first time and experiencing their first disappointments and defeats. We are reminded, almost daily, that the forces we’re working against are deeply entrenched. It’s easy to only see the defeats.

Part of the problem is that the victories — and yes, there have been many minor victories — aren’t as headline-grabbing as the losses. (The Small Victories weekly newsletter is full of them.) They are also more difficult to measure. We’re working to change both the culture and the policies it creates, which means that sometimes the win is merely helping the world recognize an injustice for what it is, even if we haven’t figured out how to remedy it yet. The conversation around the Cosby case has surely helped some survivors recognize their experiences as assault, not merely a “bad night” or a mistake on their own part. That is not a measurable victory, but it’s a step.

When it comes to electoral politics, you often need losses before you can build momentum and win. EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock says she advises women to run for office “early and often” because they will lose their first race, and probably their second and third as well. The important thing is to keep running. And to realize that even losses lay groundwork. In the wake of Democrat Jon Ossoff’s special-election defeat in Georgia this week, the Sister District Project, which encourages people to get involved in races far from where they live in order to swing Congress, assured its supporters that the level of interest in this hard-to-win seat bodes well for the midterms: “If Democrats spent $23 million in Virginia for the 2017 House of Delegates elections, we would win handily.” They went on to explain the domino effect that this could have: Democrats could take control of a Virginia chamber, start working to redo unfair district lines drawn by Republicans in the state, and eventually win additional seats in Congress. Now that is a long game.

Conservatives did this unsexy electoral work for decades. Decades. They excel at all things unsexy, actually, and they’re reaping the benefits of their national support networks and gerrymandered districts (cross your fingers for the Supreme Court ruling on that one) in state legislatures and in Congress. It works.

What’s heartening is that I see this long-haul attitude all around me — especially since the election. I see people showing up to immigration removal hearings, even when there’s not a big planned protest. I see people providing child care so that others can attend police-commission meetings. I see people driving women on the hours-long trip to an abortion provider. I see people offering their legal services and hosting candidate fundraisers. These things are all victories. Action over inertia is a victory.

When I lived in D.C. years ago, I got into a discussion about affirmative-action policies with a libertarian at a bar. (No, this is unfortunately not the set-up for a nerdy joke.) He asked me, “Where does it end? How do you know when things are equal enough that such policies are unnecessary?” The fact that he thought we were close enough to equality that I could begin to see its contours yet was laughable to me. “All I know,” I told him, “is that we aren’t there yet.”

But I also know that we can’t get there by sitting back and doing nothing. If you don’t like the status quo, the only thing to do is anything. Anything at all that does not confirm or support it. Recognizing just how long the game is makes it easier to wake up day after day and keep at it. Everything’s not riding on a few juries or a single special election. This is so much bigger.

This was a week when we didn’t get the convictions we wanted from juries. But there’s another definition of “conviction” that applies outside the courtroom. It means a strong belief and the courage to stick to it. These are the convictions we do have: That black Americans deserve to be safe from violence. That women’s bodies are theirs alone. That political representation is worth fighting for. That the system must be changed from within and pushed from without. That all of this matters.

https://www.thecut.com/2017/06/this-week-is-a-reminder-its-the-long-game-that-counts.html

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Posted by J. Parish

I never really expected to use my import New 3DS again. There just hasn’t been much released for 3DS in Japan during its lifetime that hasn’t also appeared in the U.S. — I mean, geez, we got Sayonara Umihara Kawase. That was practically unimaginable. The few games of interest that do show up over there exclusively tend to be pretty heavy on Japanese text, and I no longer have the free time (not to mention a compelling need) to fuss with them. I do miss my days of covering import games at 1UP, but the little niche I carved out for myself has grown a lot smaller over the past decade and change, and it’s been filled by people in a far better position to relay information about games in another language.

And yet, here we are. The import 3DS has been retrieved from storage, dusted off, and charged up in anticipation of one final mission.

Excellent, Isabelle. Age hasn’t slowed you down one bit.

In five weeks, Dragon Quest XI will be arriving on PlayStation 4 and 3DS. Will Dragon Quest XI be making its way to the U.S.? Yeah, probably. Eventually. But given that it took about four years for the Dragon Quest VII remake to make its way overseas, I’m not holding out for a timely conversion. The last import game I truly let myself fall for was Dragon Quest IX… and while I realize that this will be a very different game experience (more focused on the DQVI through DQVIII model of a set party of predefined characters rather than rolling generics for a more free-form adventure as in DQIX), I really miss the experience of playing a game in a language I only sort of understand and letting myself become lost in it.

I suppose I could have saved myself the trouble of dusting off the Japanese 3DS and picked up the PlayStation 4 version, which of course doesn’t suffer from the troubling region-lock of 3DS games. But, I don’t know… there’s something about the 3DS version that appeals to me. OK, I do know. I love that it’s going to be portable, and I love the fact that the bottom screen will mirror the 3D graphical action of the events on the top screen with 16-bit-style sprites. It’s a goofy and unnecessary addition, and I love it.

Also, the old-school look of DQXI for 3DS means I could absolutely justify writing a play diary for Retronauts, if I want to. It looks old, so it’s fair game. You can’t stop me, you’re not my mom*.

* Exception: My actual mother, who has been known to read this blog

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Photon³ is the next Switch puzzle jam ⊟

This looks so cool, a puzzle game about reflecting lasers around. It’ll be released June 29 on both Switch and Vita in Japan, from developer Smileaxe.

Said developer has an eclectic history of work-for-hire stuff, including an LBX spinoff, a Doraemon game, and a Kidz Bop Wii game that I definitely have to track down. Kidz Bop… from Smileaxe!

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