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5.19 - 'Man on Fire' (The Vampire Diaries)

So weird having new Vampire Diaries in a row, huh? I'm so used to reruns and hiatuses at this point non-stop!

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Warning: This interview contains spoilers for Arrow episode 20, Seeing Red

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‘Project CARS’ Looks Pretty Amazing

When we play games around here, they usually fall into two groups. Sometimes you want to run around and blow stuff up with games like the Call of Duty franchise and sometimes you want to go fast. Project CARS falls in that second category. Developed by Slightly Mad Studios, Project CARS (Community Assisted Racing Simulator) […]

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The Topic: Survivorship Bias

The Guest: Megan Price

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The problem with sorting out failures and successes is that failures are often muted, destroyed, or somehow removed from sight while successes are left behind, weighting your decisions and perceptions, tilting your view of the world. That means to be successful you must learn how to seek out what is missing. You must learn what not to do. Unfortunately, survivorship bias stands between you and the epiphanies you seek.

Megan PriceTo learn how to combat this pernicious bias, we explore the story of Abraham Wald and the Department of War Math founded during World War II, and then we interview Wald’s modern-day counterpart, Megan Price, statistician and director of research at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group who explains how she uses math and statistics to save lives and improve conditions in areas of the world suffering from the effects of war.

After the interview, I discuss a news story about how very old violins twist the beliefs of expert musicians.

In every episode, before I read a bit of self delusion news, I taste a cookie baked from a recipe sent in by a listener/reader. That listener/reader wins a signed copy of my new book, “You Are Now Less Dumb,” and I post the recipe on the YANSS Pinterest page. This episode’s winner is Ken Rose who submitted a recipe for a classic Italian biscotto. Send your own recipes to david {at}

Italian biscotto


The Episode: Download – iTunes – Stitcher – RSS – Soundcloud

Previous Episodes

Boing Boing Podcasts

Cookie Recipes

Megan Price at HRDAG


The Original Survivorship Bias Story

Ed Yong on the Violin Study

The Violin Study


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  • Smith, M. D., Wiseman, R., Harris, P. & Joiner, R. (1996). On being lucky: The psychology and parapsychology of luck. European Journal of Parapsychology, 12, 35-43.
  • Wolfowitz, J. “Abraham Wald, 1902-150.” The Annals of Mathematical Statistics 23.1 (1952): 1-13.


Open Doors Chat Reminder

The first chat is this weekend: April 26, 4pm UTC (When is that for me?)

The second is going to be on May 4, 1am UTC (When is that for me?)

Each chat is scheduled to last for three hours. Open Doors Staffers and Yuletide Mods will be there to answer questions.

A link to the chatroom will be posted here and from OD before the chat.



Zip link(s) here (free registration required)

New Year's Resolution 2014: April 17-23

The past week saw one new work in The Fugitive (1993) / Les Misérables - All Media Types

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As far as I can tell, this is also the first work posted for the Someday My Fic Will Come challenge. :)

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My New Best Friend

Have you heard about Marie-Pierre Renaud? She's known as The Geek Anthropologist, and she blogs about fandom from the perspective of a cultural anthropologist. I contacted her for my paper on "Fake" Geek Girls that I'm doing for a gender and communication class (and hopefully turning into a conference paper for next year), and I've spent the last six hours going through her blog. This post was personally relevant. Because I am a dork.

Anyway, she's been doing anthropological research on the "fake" geek girl debate, and I'm a little in love with her right now. She started with this call for help, and followed with these updates on her research. She's now doing a series on her findings, with a forward called As Always, It Started with Star Trek.

She begins this series by describing her methods, then goes on to describe the "rants" she'll analyze. She then goes on to explain why we should care. Her latest piece is about why now. This is a fascinating series that I'll definitely be following.

Marie-Pierre also co-created a panel on nerd culture at the American Anthropological Association's conference, and one of the panelists discusses my boy de Certeau and his "tactics vs. strategies" argument.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to say about shippers. I know I want to touch on how examining the UST of Kirk/Spock is just as valid as knowing grammatically correct Klingon, how the skills shippers use in fan works have real-world value, and how shipping forces us to think critically to defend our ships ("I prefer Spike's somewhat queer masculinity over Angel's alpha male masculinity because it allows for Buffy to be the hero, not just the girlfriend.") Any new ideas?

Also, I haven't seen the Orphan Black premiere or last Sunday's Game of Thrones (though I know why we're all displeased with Jaime right now), so that's why I haven't commented on anyone's posts about said properties.

Sad news

Tuesday morning I lost my grandma. She was the last living grandparent I had left, and I knew whenever she would pass away I would take it the hardest. She was a fantastic person, a good mother and an amazing grandma. On Easter I was thinking of her, how she would hide Easter baskets full of trinkets and goodies at her house and give my sister and I each a typed clue that we each had to solve to find another clue and follow a series of them that finally led us to our Easter baskets. On Easter my husband and I got so busy with out two children we forgot to call our families in Chicago (mine) and California (his). Monday night she had a major heart attack while watching the Blackhawks NHL playoff game with my aunts and uncle at her home. (That's right my 88 year old grandma was watching hockey, that's the spunky kind of lady she was!)

At the hospital the doctors seemed optimistic at first, but later into the early hours of the morning found her to be too medically unstable with too low of blood pressure to survive a surgery to perform a cardiac cath to remove the blockage. What's worse is they highly suspected there was a tear in the artery that had become occluded. (For those who don't know, the actual muscle tissue of the heart has all sorts of little arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the walls/ muscle tissue of the heart and these guys are often the ones that become blocked and when the blood flow and oxygen is blocked to the heart muscle tissue, that is when a heart attack generally occurs, and the torn artery was the one supplying blood to the heart muscle itself, and also causing blood to leak into the pericardium, which is a membranous sac that surrounds and encases the actual heart itself) so it was a very very bad situation the doctors couldn't fix.

They said all that could be done was to make her comfortable and if her blood pressure dropped any further it would be a matter of hours before she would pass away.

All of this happened in the middle of the night into the wee hours Tuesday morning. My sister called me with the bad news of grandmas critical condition after she left the hospital after midnight. However we have the ringer turned off on our phone in our bedroom because our three year old often wanders in there in the middle of the night and crawls into bed with us. I also left my cell phone in another room so I didn't find all this out until I woke up the next morning. But I live in Atlanta, they are all in Chicago and I have a 3 year old and 4 month old, what can I do?

I spoke with my dad later that morning after my sister and I spoke, he said he was at the hospital, she was doing better, good blood pressure, good vital signs, she was having conversations, smiling, telling the nurses all about me, my sister and my two children (her great grandchildren). Then without warning really, when her children were in the room with her, she suddenly and quickly passed away.

I was devastated. I never even got to say goodbye. I feel just horrible I didn't call on Easter, that I didn't speak to her on the phone when my dad was talking to me in the hospital, and that I couldn't be there. I was the only one who wasn't there and I feel just awful. I also feel terrible and guilty that my husband and I didn't take a trip up to Chicago earlier this month as we had potentially talked about, but never did. I wanted to take the trip up there to have my family meet my son, particularly my grandmother, and it's too late. All my grandparents passed away while I have lived here in Atlanta and it has been so hard being the one person so far away.

I am just so sad and devastated by her loss. She was sharp to the very last minute of her life, and my aunt said her last wish for all of us is to be happy in our lives. My grandma was fantastic. This is a woman who was a mother to four children, a daughter of a Polish and Russian immigrant, was a teacher, a secretary, typed EVERYtHING, never used a clothes dried because lime dried clothes smelled better, could drive stick shift, and kept in touch with us on skype. She insisted we get Skype for her to see her great grand children! She bought and sold stock, and always thought of others before herself.

I miss her so much. It happened so fast and unexpected. She was completely independent, full of life and had no known illnesses when it happened. It completely blindsided me. I just can't believe she is gone.

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Episode 2.20 Seeing Red

Episode Summary: ROY SPINS OUT OF CONTROL — The mirakuru sends Roy (Colton Haynes) into an uncontrollable rage and he unleashes on the city. After Roy’s deadly fight with a police officer, Oliver (Stephen Amell) realizes the mirakuru has taken over Roy completely and must figure out a way to stop him. Things get more complicated after Sara (Caity Lotz) declares that Roy is too far gone and the only way to stop him is to kill him. Meanwhile, Thea (Willa Holland) believes she can breakthrough to Roy so she goes on camera at Moira’s (Susanna Thompson) campaign rally to lure him to Verdant. Her ploy works but after Roy attacks Thea, Team Arrow unleashes on him. Doug Aarniokoski directed the episode written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz (#220).

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*Arrow - Seeing Red Clip
*Arrow Seeing Red Clips

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Supernatural season nine

I hate to admit it. But one of the things I loved about this week’s ep of SPN was the utter lack of the angel storyline. It interests me so little that I don’t even mind the lack of Cas.

A big part of the problem is that the writers seem unwilling to fuse the angel storyline with the Winchesters beyond Gadreel and even then…

I just don’t care enough for Cas on his own. I mean, I like the guy as a supporting char to the Winchesters. The way it was in s4-5. But by now its like SPN is split in two shows that barely even touch one another.

I think that my biggest issue with Supernatural’s story arc this season is this… The Winchesters have pretty much little or nothing to do with the actual season’s arc. They’re barely written to have any connection with the angel storyline at all, and if you’d erase them from the angel storyline, it wouldn’t really change anything about the storyline itself.

Maybe if I were more focused on Castiel, I’d love to see him be the focus of the seasonal arc as he’s been, but…

It’s like how season 3b of Teen Wolf was all about Stiles, with even Scott becoming a supporting character in Stiles story. That might be fine if you’re in it for Stiles, but when he’s not even in your top five of characters….

Unlike Stiles, I don’t even dislike Castiel. I ship Destiel, I like him as a part of Dean’s story. What I don’t like is for Dean to be pushed aside and the story to be made all about Cas. Because my emotional connection is with Dean, not Cas.

I don’t mind the occasional ep where a character other than the Winchesters is at the core of the story, like this week’s ep of SPN that focused primarily on Jodi Mills. Since there was still some focus on Dean’s story arc with the Mark of Cain and Sam's reaction to it. Because that’s a Winchester centric storyline, even if they weren’t the focus of the episode.

But the angel storyline feels like we’re watching a crossover with a Castiel spin off, and we’re missing all the emotional depth and meaning because we’re missing over half the story that’s going on on the other show.

There’s all these supporting characters that show up and get killed and we don’t know any of them, so we have no reason to care for them. And since none of the angels in said storyline, including Metatron, give a fuck about what the Winchesters are doing, that storyline doesn’t really involve Sam and Dean. They’re there, but … just as supporting characters to Castiel. And that isn’t what Supernatural should be about. .

Compare that to the demon storyline, where Crowley was with the Winchesters. They might not be central in the war, but they’re still a part of it, they are involved in it, due to the mark, due to Crowley’s manipulations, because they want to take down Abbadon… because.

I don’t even like Crowley all that much, but the demon storyline still interest me, because it directly affects the Winchesters and they’re the protagonists in the story.

I can’t say the same about the angel storyline this season (or the last few seasons at that)
And that's a damn shame when the show is supposed to be about Sam and Dean...

Once again there’s a brand new episode of The Flickcast for you to enjoy. And on the correct day too. Again. Two weeks in a row. Wow, right? As you would expect, this week Chris and Joe take on some new topics and revisit old ones. Some of these include, you may have guessed, X-Men: Days of […]

The post The Flickcast Episode 243: Days of Future Past appeared first on The Flickcast.

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It’s one of those things you would have figured would be a bigger deal but two weeks later and there hasn’t been a peep heard about it. Maybe I am running in the wrong circles or it really is telling of the popularity of Disney Infinity (or lack there of) but this should have been […]

The post In Case You Missed It: Marvel is Coming to ‘Disney Infinity’ appeared first on The Flickcast.

It just occurred to me...

It's been a year since the last time I had any contact with D. Right now, I don't think I could track her down if I wanted to. still shows her last address and phone number. She didn't know how to get online and every time I'd show her and write down the steps, she'd phone me saying that she couldn't concentrate and couldn't figure it out and can I do it.

I don't actually miss her. I know I'm better off without her in my life. MUCH better off. But I still wonder if she's okay. Did that second apartment work out or is she on the street? Did her father remember that he IS a father and have her go live with him in Florida? I don't know. I do care, but it's really not my business anymore. Just... wondering.

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If you are still bitter with rage over the HIMYM finale, and do not get riled up at the idea of Ted/Robin, you should for sure watch this vid and, after, roll around in a puppy pile of happiness and emotions with me. IT'S SO GOOD AND IT MAKES MY HEART SOAR WITH THE EAGLE'S NEST. Seriously, the 'Ted makes it rain' sequence is like a direct whammy to my heart. SO GOOD. THANK YOU, INTERNET.

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Fairyland Family

The Fairyland FB group has started doing weekly topics for posting. One of this week's topics was the FL family portrait.

I was in a bad flare today. I set up my FL family, took photos, put everything away, then turned around and saw one I forgot. *facepalm*

Later, I decided to take a photo of the doll I left out and put the two photos together.

Here is my FL family, excluding three blank LTF faceplates and one MNF head.


Arrow Promo Images - Episode 20

Arrow episode 20 promo images. Please view these images / spoilers at the given source links listed below.

Source: GreenArrowTV
Warning: spoilers

*Arrow Spoilers: 18 Official Photos From “Seeing Red”
*Seeing Red Stills and Photos
*Arrow Photo Gallery: "Seeing Red"

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  • Tue, 12:02: Why do people nowadays ask about stuff that takes 5 seconds to Google up an answer? That's what Google is for, isn't it? #lifesquestions
  • Tue, 12:03: RT @StephenAtHome: I'm back tonight with new shows after my crazy week-long time travel adventure where I travelled forwards through time a…
  • Tue, 12:27: RT @RobinMcCauley: Saw a couple holding hands while jogging and it made me hopeful that one day I will meet someone who will hate them with…


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Hanging By A Moment

Yeah, I know. Long time, no see. Things have been...mildly stressful over here of late, so much so that I didn't exactly want to share the burden. Needless to say, it has to do with the recent economy and things of that nature, on top of having moved into a new house. I don't have time for a full update as yet, but expect something here in the next week or two, for those that care. There's just too much and too many things left hanging to tell all. But I'm alive and I plan to be back at some point in the future. I love you all and miss you bunches.

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  • Mon, 17:19: I am pondering the tweets again. Crazed fans less likely to find me here?


Not Prime Time

Not Prime Time (AO3 collection)
npt_admin on LJ | npt_admin on DW | Not Prime Time tumblr
Frequently Asked Questions | Not Prime Time 2014 Tag Set

Not Ready For Prime Time (Fandoms), or otherwise known as Not Prime Time, is a gen, het, femslash, and slash multifandom secret fiction exchange for medium sized fandoms, including any RPF fandoms with under 20,000 fics.

Currently we are taking sign ups from now until April 30th. There are over 200 fandoms nominated in the tag set (link above) with many fandoms overlapping with Yuletide fandoms. Here is the signup form. If you need an AO3 account invite, please let me know.

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Batman ficlet

Something that's been running through my head on and off for the last couple of days. Not sure why. I'm sure someone else has already written it, and done it better. But hey, just for the fun of it:

Gotham City. Wayne Elementary School. About two decades ago.

"Okay, class, it's time for science. Who here can tell me why things fall?"

A little hand shot into the air.

"Bruce! Can you tell us?"

"It's so we can learn to get back up again."

"Er, no. That's an... interesting answer. But the real answer is gravity..."

Early that evening. Wayne Manor.

"Welcome home, Bruce! Give Dad a hug! Are you okay?"

*sniffle* "I had a bad day at school."

"Oh? Tell me about it."

"I gave the wrong answer in class, and the other kids were teasing me all day. They kept tripping me and laughing..."

"Aww, Bruce. Why do we fall?"

Bruce looked up, his tear-filled eyes filling with anger. "Because gravity pulls us towards the center of the Earth with a constant force of 9.8 meters per second squared times our mass. And don't you tell me otherwise!" He stormed out, disappearing into the shadows of the long hallway, leaving his bemused father behind.

Help Save Community With Social Media

Hello again! Since my last post about a Save Community Fan Campaign me and some other fans have gotten more organized and have created these social media groups: Tumblr & Facebook
If you could please LIKE the facebook page, follow and reblog the tumblr posts, and join the list of supporters on tumblr
Please spread the word to any and all people you know you who watch community about these social media sites
And let me know if you would like to get involved in the SAVE GREENDALE COMMITTEE

The cast also urges that if you have twitter then you tweet #sixseasonsandamovie at 12pmPST everyday of this week
Additionally, someone also put out a petition so that we can get a 6th season, please sign it here

Apr. 22nd, 2014


I may be moving to London... a week.

I can't believe this is happening. Holy fucking shit.

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On day two of WonderCon, Fox did its best to take over the convention in Anaheim. The studio showed footage from several of its upcoming films and politely remained mum on Director Bryan Singer’s recent legal troubles. The clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past, which included a faceoff between Iceman and Sunspot, certainly excited […]

The post WonderCon 2014: Fox Presents ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ ‘Maze Runner,’ and More! appeared first on The Flickcast.

Kicking their Batman 75th anniversary celebration into high gear, DC revealed the new Batman Beyond animated short at WonderCon 2014. Though only a little longer than a minute, the short features the two original voice actors from the series, Kevin Conroy as Bruce Wayne and Will Friedle as Terry McGinnis. Check it out below, courtesy […]

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Sorry for being late. I wasn't at home yesterday and when I finally came back I was too tired to put it on. On the other hand ...

So, the last two picspams were about Nick (not surprising ;)) in the episodes 3.17 and 3.18 - I know, also not very surprising.
You can find both here and here.

Promo 3.18
Synopsis 3.20 My fair Wesen
Staffel 3 auf Vox! German
2 Sneak Peeks 3.18
Promo 3.18/Press Release 3.20
Early Ratings
Grimm/Hannibal Live+7
Radio Interview: David Giuntoli
Synopsis 3.21 The Inheritance
Sneak Peek 3.19
Press Release 3.21 The Inheritance
Live+7 3.17

Don't forget to check out grimmdailypic!

So, and there are two more announcements:
First, you still have four (4) days to participate in the Birthday Book 2014 by TeamGiuntoli! As my admin told me, this time would also be the last time she's doing a book for Mr. G's Birthday, you should really take your chance to send something to him. So far he's still the lead ...
Details you can find here: Birthday Book 2014

So, and for the artists and fanfic-writers out there, there's a new site at the start. Owned by Entries can be in two languages so far, English and German. We are still debating about the concept how to put fanart up to the site, but a solution will be found soon. So, check and bookmark the page, send in what you have, we are more than lucky to get more fanfics and fanarts over there!
You can find us at Grimm Fan Fiction.

See you somewhere in the future!

Dan gets wonderful NYT review for Innishman

"Mr. Radcliffe’s Billy embodies the essence of this beautifully ambivalent play without dominating it, which would throw the production off balance. Despite Billy’s gnarled form, which makes even walking an agonizing process, he often registers as just one of many vivid portraits in a gallery of oddballs. But then he turns his sea-blue stare outward, and the loss and loneliness in his eyes lance right through you."

read the review here

[lj idol] week six | "step on a crack..."

[break your mother's back...]


Lily tilts her head back lazily, ribbons of sun-bleached hair tangling tight in the long-dead grass. She blows perfect smoke rings into the oppressive summer haze that hangs above us and I arch my eyebrows high, a non-verbal show of appreciation for her superior skills.

If I can just count to thirteen before she breaks the silence… one, two, three… nine, ten…

“Chocolate or vanilla?” The sound of her voice bounces around inside my skull.

“What?” I say, lost. Still counting desperately but nowhere near where I need to be.

“Ice cream, cake, milkshakes, icing; chocolate or vanilla?” She rolls towards me slightly. Her t-shirt lifts and I can see the smooth skin that covers her hipbone. “Think hard,” she warns, serious, dire. “Despite appearances to the contrary, this question does come with a right and a wrong answer.”

Ash drops, drifts.

‘Be careful with that,’ I want to say, my imagination already conjuring the whip and whirl of raging wildfire, blackened tree stumps and whole communities, razed. I stretch my fingertips forward instead; press them fiercely against the exposed roots of the giant Moreton Bay Fig that is dappling the late afternoon sun.

Touch wood…

“Have you started the English essay that’s due on the 9th?” I ask, ignoring her silly question for reasons I can’t begin to fathom.

Lily laughs, flips her hand over in front of her face and examines the chipped façade of pale green on her nails. She sits up suddenly then, presses the still smouldering butt against the side of a rock before reaching for her drink bottle and dousing the entire combination with a squirt of water.

I exhale. Slowly.

“Do you think I’m hot?” she says, apropos of not a thing, staring at me with eyes that are too big and too round and too blue to be real, her feet curled beneath her, knees bruised and dirty.

I blink. And it’s another question I’ll never know how to answer.

There are wasps inside my chest cavity. Mosquitos and midges and cabbage moths.

Her hand, the one that had been casually manoeuvring her cigarette just moments earlier, drops into the dust next to mine, two fingers reaching out to poke at my palm.

Cold hands, warm heart…

“So, do you?” she repeats, and her voice is softer this time, lower. Less sure of itself.

I nod because I cannot speak. I am airless and empty and I have no use for words.

I nod.

She picks my fingers up, I let her. My eyes track the movement of our twined digits curiously, like maybe they’ve separated from us and are lifting of their own accord. I dare a glance at Lily’s face. I barely recognise her in that moment, lower lip caught between white, white teeth, jagged fringe resting on her lashes.

I hold my breath, tight. Imagine daisy petals coming loose, one by one by one.

She loves me, she loves me not. She loves me, she loves me not. She loves me…

The expectant silence is split into shards by Lily’s phone as it bursts to life with a series of chimes I vaguely recognise.

She pauses, or maybe I only imagine that, the faintest beat of sour disappointment. But then she’s dropping my hand and shaking out her hair and bouncing effortlessly to her bare feet.

She flips open her box of cigarettes and proffers them in my direction.

“One for the road?”

I pretend to consider the offer seriously before shaking my head, punctuating the movement with a slow, “Nah.

Thanks though.”

She shrugs and closes the lid with her thigh, then shoves the packet to the very bottom of her backpack, tossing her towel and drink bottle in on top like maybe her mum doesn’t already have one thousand clues.

“See you Monday, yeah?” she says, light, as though the last five minutes have been lost into the drone of distant traffic and stammering, stuttering heartbeats.

“Yeah,” I echo, a forced kind of casual. “See you Monday.”


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nobody can ride your back if your back's not bent
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