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Hellooo! I’ll be at Planet Comicon soon! On the 28th I’ll be there the later half of the day, Saturday and Sunday the entire day.  On Sunday, I’ll be doing a panel on “How To Be A Nerd For A Living” with some super talented creators at 2PM in room 2102.
After Planet Comicon, I’ll be done touring and will be back to my regular comics schedule. I promise!

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Apr. 25th, 2017 05:10 pm
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Rick Riordan Imprint Acquires First Three Titles:
Lee’s book, Dragon Pearl, a standalone middle grade novel, stars Min, a teenage fox spirit whose brother is missing and thought to have deserted the Thousand Worlds Space Forces in order to find the pearl of the title, an artifact that may have the power to save their struggling space colony. Lee says the toughest part of writing for a new audience was working with shorter chapters and a different vocabulary; the idea for the story itself came to him quickly. “I was pretty sure nobody else would come up with a space opera based on Korean mythology,” he said.


The other two, which I am super looking forward to reading, are Roshani Chokshi's Aru Shah and the End of Time, first of a projected quartet about "a 12-year-old Indian-American girl who unwittingly frees a demon intent on awakening the God of Destruction," and Jennifer Cervantes's Storm Runner, "about a 13-year-old boy who must save the world by unraveling an ancient Mayan prophecy." I may have to fight my daughter over who gets to read them first. =D =D =D

Anyway, that's what I'm working on right now!

On A Scale Of 1 To 5...

Apr. 25th, 2017 05:19 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/rosweldrmr/pseuds/rosweldrmr" rel="author">rosweldrmr</a>


And it still amazes her, sometimes, where she's ended up: in love with The Devil; miracle child, touched by divinity; trapped in a war between angels and demons. And she's on the wrong side. | Or the one where Chloe and Lucifer share a quiet moment together before they go into battle.

Words: 1978, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Peanut and Gumball

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:38 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me in raising your paws in the air and welcoming our Star Kit duo for today, Peanut and Gumball. They are 4 weeks old from NYC.

Peanut and Gumball

While on a family car ride through Jersey we came across two kittens that seemed uncared for, we asked local neighbors if they new about the whereabouts of the mama but all claimed they hadn’t seen her return in a few days. We waited a few hours in a nearby park to see if maybe she was strolling by without catching anyone’s attention but alas she didn’t come and it was a freezing cold day near the lake, so I ran to the nearest PetSmart and grabbed all the basics I could think of; a carrier, a little bed, a heater, blankets, formula, and a bottle!

Peanut and Gumball

It’s been almost two weeks with them now and they’ve made amazing progress since the day we found them, they’re both boys, they play all the time, they love to purr and give kisses, they eat like little pigs, and they cry when they want attention! I’ve never raised/taken in kittens before so this has all been a terrifying but beautiful experience!

Peanut and Gumball

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Posted by Yahoo Sports Staff


(Ed. Note: As the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue, we’re bound to lose some friends along the journey. We’ve asked for these losers, gone but not forgotten, to be eulogized by the people who knew the teams best: The bloggers and fans who hated them the most. Here are the merry pranksters from St. Louis Game Time, fondly recalling the 2016-17 Minnesota Wild. Story by Brad Lee, images by @HitchsHatsave for the last one, which was done by Kelly Wilson.)

(Again, this was not written by us. Also: This is a roast and you will be offended by it, so don’t take it so seriously.)

By St. Louis Game Time

Magnus Paajarvi has just scored the overtime, game-winning and series-clinching goal in Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild on their home ice. The Blues are celebrating in the corner, the Wild gather in their own end to console each other.

John Forslund: Quite the end to this series. It’s usually hard to say what goes through a person’s head at an emotional time like this. I say usually because today is not the case. Using cutting edge holographic technology that can drill inside a person’s head with minimal damage, we are privileged to give you a peek inside the head of one Mike Yeo. I probably don’t need to tell you in a folksy kind of way that the head coach of the St. Louis Blues held the same job less than 15 months ago for these Minnesota Wild. Competition makes for strange bedfellows, indeed. During this most sacred of playoff traditions, the handshake, we will take you inside Yeo’s brain and tell you what he’s really thinking as he shakes hands with his former players and shares what I can only predict is admiration for their performance this series.


Yeo Outside: Great team win, fellas. Great effort. You guys did the hard work, made St. Louis proud.

The Wild players start to approach to shake hands, Zach Parise first.

Yeo Inside: Look who it is, Mr. Moneybags. You’d skate faster without those gold doubloons in your hockey pants. Maybe you should have gotten more private lessons from Adam Oates. Congratulations on tying for the team lead in playoff points with three. You make more than every other forward on the Wild with a cap hit of more than $7 million a season until you turn 38. Mr. Boat Anchor is more like it. I’m sure you cried yourself to sleep when I got fired.

Yeo Outside: Heck of a series, Brinks. You gave us a run for our money.

Chris Stewart extends his hand.

Yeo Inside: Oh look, it’s one of the Wild’s “tough guys.” I’m not afraid. Because there’s not a lineseman holding me back, so I know you won’t try to punch me. Ryan Reaves looked at you and I’m pretty sure a little bit of pee came out.

Yeo Outside: Good series, Stewie. You played hard as nails.

Mikael Granlund skates up next.

Yeo Inside: Here’s Chuck Fletcher’s master work. The ninth overall draft pick in 2010, he’s finally realized his potential as a hockey player scoring 69 points to lead his team in the regular season at just age 25. He’s a restricted free agent making $3 million a year. And because of the other contracts on the team, he probably won’t be here in a year. Chuck Fletcher, everyone! Man, these internal thoughts are really detailed.

Yeo Outside: Bruuuuuuuce. Hold your head up, you had a great season. Your Brinks truck is coming.

Martin Hanzal approaches.

Yeo Inside: Look, it’s the noted faceoff cheater. Where did that get you, big boy? At least you made the playoffs unlike your old friend Shane Doan. Hope these five games didn’t affect your handicap on the golf course too much.

Yeo Outside: Good series, you were really hard to beat on the dot.

Matt Dumba is next.

Yeo Inside: Have fun playing for Vegas next year.

Yeo Outside: Have fun playing for Vegas next year.

It’s Charlie Coyle next in line.

Yeo Inside: Man, the Wild are ruining this kid. He spent time on the fourth line during the season because he had a bad stretch of 25 games. He’s signed for three more years and is the same age as Granlund. And he scored twice in this series against us. I bet if we offer Ty Rattie to Fletcher for Coyle he’d take it for the salary cap room. And because Fletcher makes bad decisions. LIKE FIRING COACHES TOO SOON! I COULD ONLY DO SO MUCH WITH YOUR PLAYERS! Why am I yelling in my own head?

Yeo Outside: Good series, Sir Charles. You really sliced through our defense and bloodied us. On the scoreboard.

Jared Spurgeon offers his hand.

Yeo Inside: Hey looks, it’s one of the few guys who didn’t play to get me fired. I’m lying. He totally wanted me fired.

Yeo Outside: Good seeing you, Tank. You have a good offseason.

Ryan Suter reaches for a handshake.

Yeo Inside: You know, I used to daydream about playing you for 60 minutes one game just to see if you could do it. I think Bruce Boudreau might actually try it next season. Everyone knows playing a 32-year-old defenseman more than 30 minutes a game in the playoffs is a recipe for success every time.

Yeo Outside: Once again you earned your name, Iron Man.

Devan Dubnyk reaches for Yeo’s hand.

Yeo Inside: You said it sucked when I got fired. I think you sucked and that led me to being fired. But all of a sudden, I’m not as bitter. I don’t know why. Maybe because I have the SECOND ROUND TO THINK ABOUT!

Yeo Outside: Duuuuuuuuuuuuuub.

Mikko Koivu grabs Yeo’s hand.

Yeo Inside: Man, I loved you. I let you do whatever you wanted as my team’s leader. You’re the only captain in Wild history. And now here we are. I’m moving on to Nashville and you’re headed home for the summer. SUCKS TO BE YOU!

Yeo Outside: Good to see you Kaptain. All the best, buddy.


Yeo meets with reporters after the game. The NBC technology is inadvertently left on.

Yeo Outside: It’s not about me and that’s what I’ve said. I’ve been sincere when I’ve said that. I don’t think that what I’m feeling right now would be any different if it was any other team.

Yeo Inside: I DID IT! TAKE THAT FLETCHER! State of Hockey? More like State of Never Going Anywhere In the Playoffs! Juicy Lucy’s are overrated! It snows in May here! The Twins suck! The Vikings aren’t real contenders! And you don’t even have Prince anymore!

A short time later, current Wild coach Bruce Boudreau meets with reporters. Still, the NBC technology gives us a peek inside.

Boudreau Outside: Every team is capable of winning, but usually the best team does win. They weren’t the better team, but they won four games.


Thanks to St. Louis Game Time. Story by Brad Lee, images by @HitchsHat save for the last one, which was done by Kelly Wilson.


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There are only around 4,000 snow leopards left in the world, most of which live in China, where they maintain a reputation for being notoriously difficult to spot, much less study. But recently some scientists with the conservation group Panthera caught not one, not two, but three of the big cats lounging around in front of a camera trap. They snuggled and napped, among other chill activities.

The trap was located near a monastery in Qinghai province, in central China. It was set up after one researcher came upon some howling dogs, who had apparently interrupted another snow leopard's breakfast, Liu Mingyu wrote on Panthera's website.

The camera trap was then set up in what turned out to be a very fortuitous position, and within a few days captured what you see above: snow leopard gold.

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Posted by Corynne McSherry and Kerry Sheehan

In 2015, following years of dedicated activism – including individual actions by millions of Internet users – Team Internet scored a crucial victory: clear, enforceable protections for net neutrality. The new head of the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) wants to take away those protections and allow broadband providers like Comcast and AT&T to become permanent Internet gatekeepers. The good news is we can stop him. We need to tell Congress: Don’t let the FCC surrender the Internet!

Take ActionTell Congress: Don't Surrender the Internet.

According to several news reports, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is planning to gut the FCC’s Open Internet Order, eliminating hard-fought net neutrality protections. What do we get instead? ISPs have to promise, cross their hearts and hope to die, to include certain net neutrality “principles” in their terms of service.  The ISPs will doubtless jump at the chance, because they know what we know: artfully drafted pledges and promises don’t mean much when there’s no firm legal obligation to back them up.

In theory, of course, there is a way to enforce terms of service commitments. Pai’s plan would reportedly rely on the Federal Trade Commission to go after service providers that violate their promises, on the theory that any such violation would be an unfair and deceptive business practice. But as The Verge’s Nilay Patel, and former FCC Counselor Gigi Sohn point out, companies change their terms of service all the time, and as yet we haven’t heard of anything in Pai’s plan that would stop them from doing so. Moreover, it’s not clear that all ISPs would have to make those promises. And, while the FCC’s current rules are proactive, the FTC would be limited to bringing enforcement actions after the harm has already occurred – and there’s only so many actions it can bring. Moreover, there’s no reason to expect that the FTC – or most subscribers – will have the expertise needed to figure out when service providers are breaking their promises. Finally, in at least some states, the FTC can’t actually bring enforcement actions against many ISPs, thanks to a 2016 decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As Sohn explains, “Another name for the Pai Plan might be “Just Trust Us.” Hardly a comforting thought in a market where ISPs face little competition and serve as the sole gatekeeper to the [I]nternet.”

Pai is expected to announce his plan as early as tomorrow, and if so, the FCC could vote on the plan at the Commission’s May 18th open meeting.

But Pai can’t reverse the will of millions of Internet users without giving us a chance to weigh in – directly and through our representatives. The FCC’s net neutrality rules are crucial for the Internet – they help make sure that ISPs run their networks in ways that are fair to users and innovators alike. Without those protections, ISPs can abuse their position as gatekeepers to the broader Internet to further cement their monopolies, hurting Internet users, content providers, nonprofits and small businesses in the process. We don’t need to look back very far to see the kind of harmful practices ISPs can get up to without effective oversight. We can’t let the FCC trade the desperately-needed rules of road we fought so hard to put in place for empty promises. It’s time to tell Congress: Don’t let the FCC surrender the Internet!

Take ActionTell Congress: Don't Surrender the Internet.

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Posted by Ernesto Falcon

EFF and a coalition of other groups wrote a letter to Congress today detailing the failings of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai's reported—but undisclosed—network neutrality plan and requesting that lawmakers hold hearings over any FCC plans for the Internet.

So far, media outlets have reported that Chairman Pai intends to surrender the legal authority the FCC holds over cable and telephone companies. All the FCC apparently wants in exchange is empty promises from the industry to not end Internet freedom while relying on the Federal Trade Commission to protect users. Our letter to Congress details why that plan, as reported, will fail to protect an open Internet and how placing all of their eggs in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) basket invites the industry to game the system and avoiding any meaningful accountability.

Here is why the plan fails:

1) The FTC lacks rulemaking power and therefore can not create open Internet rules much like the Open Internet Order.

2) A recent circuit court ruling has vastly limited the FTC's ability to oversee the activities of telephone companies due to their status as common carriers, granting the telecoms a powerful loophole from any federal enforcement actions. In essence, FCC Chairman Pai's plan could allow AT&T, Verizon, and any local telephone company in the states of Oregon, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Washington to exempt their broadband business from any federal consumer protections.

3) The undisclosed plan appears to rely on cable and telephone companies publishing written pledges to do no harm to the open Internet so the FTC could hold them accountable, but nothing in the law will require those companies to keep those promises. They are more than free to change their pledges to reshape the Internet, charge higher prices, and invade consumer privacy.

In short, Americans are being asked to substitute the rule of law that guarantee an open Internet for promises that do not have to be kept. Tomorrow the FCC Chairman is scheduled to deliver a speech regarding his vision for the future of the Internet. We will find out if Chairman Pai intends to continue down the path of surrendering the Internet to Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T or if he will reverse course.

Pinch-hits 2, 3 and 12

Apr. 25th, 2017 11:38 pm
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Pinch-hits 2 and 3 are reposts. Pinch-hit 12 is new.

Pinch-hit 02: Mugen Kouro | Infinite Space, Kill Six Billion Demons (Webcomic), The Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson, 真女神転生IV FINAL | Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse

Pinch-hit 02: Mugen Kouro | Infinite Space, Kill Six Billion Demons (Webcomic), The Malazan Book of the Fallen - Steven Erikson, 真女神転生IV FINAL | Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse )

Pinch-hit 03: Mary Russell - Laurie R. King, Worldweavers - Alma Alexander, Tomorrow When the War Began (2010), C-16: FBI, Women's Murder Club (TV)

Pinch-hit 03: Mary Russell - Laurie R. King, Worldweavers - Alma Alexander, Tomorrow When the War Began (2010), C-16: FBI, Women's Murder Club (TV) )

Pinch-hit 12: The Chronicles of Riddick Series, Moon (2009), Oblivion (2013), Scarecrow and Mrs. King

Pinch-hit 12: The Chronicles of Riddick Series, Moon (2009), Oblivion (2013), Scarecrow and Mrs. King )

Comments to this entry are screened. If you are claiming a pinch-hit, please tell me which one and give me your Ao3 username.

Ugh, F****** Physics…

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Posted by Not Always Learning

High School | Odense, Denmark

(In physics class the teacher is explaining a formula that is needed for the next assignment that we have to hand in. It is a long formula and most of the students are having trouble understanding it, therefore asking the teacher a lot of questions.)

Student: “[Teacher], I don’t really get it, I understood it until you started adding the measurements and started f****** it up.”

Teacher: “Well, if we go back to base, which is these three smaller formulas that we want to add together, and then we start to f*** it up…”

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Posted by Justin Cuthbert

The Toronto Maple Leafs are, in some ways, the envy of the hockey world.

They have a generational star pivot in Auston Matthews, two other supremely talented forwards coming off exceptional rookie seasons, an apparent No. 1 netminder who appears as though he can demonstrably outplay his long-term contract, and one of the best coaches in the game at the helm.

But in this salary-cap world, where great teams have no choice but to disband, the financial flexibility that Brendan Shanahan, Lou Lamoriello and Mike Babcock have to work with this summer is an immensely desired asset in itself.

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With castoffs Brooks Laich, Milan Michalek and Colin Greening coming off the payroll this summer, and Nathan Horton and Joffrey Lupul slated for another season on long-term injured reserved, the Maple Leafs can look to earmark around $16 million in cap space.

Now, they need to sign Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, and Nikita Zaitsev to new deals, make a decision on Brian Boyle, sign a backup netminder, and manage the performance bonuses which are to make the rookie contributions more costly, but the Leafs remain in position to make a considerable splash in either free agency or the trade market – if they so choose.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs should have the financial flexibility to be active this summer; do they intend to take advantage of that? (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)

This was always the intention, to clear up the remnants of a rebuild at the precise moment the team was ready to turn the corner. But after a highly competitive six-game ouster at the hands of the Washington Capitals – a series that completely changed the perception around this club moving forward – the belief is that the window to contend for the Maple Leafs is wide open now, and perhaps a couple years ahead of schedule.

Cap economics would dictate that there might not be a better opportunity to make a legitimate run at a championship than the next two seasons while many of the impact players on the roster are still waiting to reach maximum earning potential.

So the question begs, will Lamoriello load up?

“We’ll handle it as it comes,” the general manager said during his exit availability on Tuesday.

“Things have a way of changing. I think that right now we’re in a good position for that, as to how we have our cap set. This is a five-year plan that changes every day, both on the personnel side and on the cap side, as far as knowing what you have to do.

“It’s our job to be prepared for that.”

And we’ll stay prepared to find out.

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