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This very smart chimp knows what he wants, and isn't afraid to ask for it. Zoo visitors got to see just how smart chimpanzee's are when one in particular saw a bag filled with drinks and bananas. You would think they want to banana, but the funny Chimp asked for the drink instead! 

Watch what happened!  

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Jul. 20th, 2017 10:04 pm
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Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me in putting paws in the air for today’s Star Kit, Dorian. She is an 8 week old Blue Russian from Edinburgh, Scotland.


Hello everyone, I have just adopt Dorian an amazing male Blue Russian kitten. I have him since 2 days now and is still on the “hiding & crying” mood. Hopefully soon will get used to the new environment and me 🙂


Kannesteinen Rock in Måløy, Norway

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:00 pm
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Kannesteinen Rock.

A mushroom-shaped rock looms above the coast near Måløy, Norway. Over time, strong westerly winds caused the ocean to erode and shape many of the stones along the shore, including this one. Thousands of years of crashing waves gave the Kannesteinen Rock its distinct svelte figure.

Depending on the angle (and the viewer’s imagination), the mushroom rock may take the shape of a goblet, a leafy stem, a wonky heart, a statue of a mushroom cloud, or a lopsided whale tale bursting through the surrounding stones. Locals used to call the misshapen geological figure “kannestolen” because it supposedly also resembles a one-legged chair (“stolen” is the Norwegian word for chair).

The rock, though sporting an oddly thin middle, is still stable. Three or four people can comfortably climb atop its surface, though this can be a tricky feat during high tide. It’s now a sought-after spot for photographers, and is even considered a protected location under Norwegian law.

Iddy Talk Time #1!

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:15 pm
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It's back! A weekly discussion thread, just for you! (Topic suggestions are welcome.)

This week: Tell us of the idfic of your heart. How'd you come up with your fic idea?

Join us over at the chat post!


Jul. 20th, 2017 05:51 pm
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steel to rust
Rest in Peace, Chester

Curtains (Special #7) -- original

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:11 pm
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Title: Curtains
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 100 apiece
Rating: G

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Jul. 20th, 2017 03:09 pm
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Curious Alex.

Erin, waiting for it.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 05:36 pm
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Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age is a fairly fascinating book that's trying to do a lot of things at once: the book starts out with the dramatic recounting of MURDER!!! and then immediately take, if not a deep dive, at least a moderate swim through such varied topics as the history of British radio and the BBC, Keynesian economic philosophy, copyright limitations, and the founding of Sealand in order to contextualize it.

The actual story of the murder in question, because it's fairly bonkers in and of itself and involves the rivalry between two pirate radio impresarios in 1966. Oliver Smedley, An Ardent Free-Trade Capitalist, was running a station called Radio Atlanta on a boat off the coast; Reggie Calvert, A Dance Hall Impresario had taken over an entire abandoned British navy fort called Shivering Sands in the Thames Estuary and staffed it with a rotating encampment of youths running a station called Radio City. At one point Smedley and Calvert were going to have a merger, but then they had an ACRIMONIOUS BREAKUP spurred on in part by:

- the fact that Smedley was supposed to give Calvert a shiny new transmitter and instead provided an old one that never worked
- the fact that Smedley never paid all the bills he had promised Calvert that Radio Atlanta would pay
- the fact that Calvert got sick of all this and decided to merge with another station instead

The reason for all these pirate radio stations on boats and naval forts, by the way, is because in 1966 there was no legal pop radio in the UK (as explained, extensively, via the history of radio and Keynesian economic theory etc. that makes up the first half of the book). Because the pirates were technically outside of UK territory, on the other hand, they could technically get away with doing whatever they wanted, or at least the government like "it will be way too embarrassing to launch a huge naval raid against a bunch of youths on a fort with a radio transmitter, so let's not."

HOWEVER, the fact that everything was happening outside of territorial waters where British laws and police had no jurisdiction BACKFIRED when:

- Ardent Free-Trade Capitalist Smedley decided he was so mad that Calvert had made a deal without him that he was going to MAKE SURE that the deal could never go through
- he was going to GET BACK HIS PROPERTY [the transmitter that had never worked]
- so he sent an ACTUAL OCCUPYING FORCE composed of out-of-work dockworkers to Shivering Stands, stole a bunch of key broadcasting equipment, took a bunch of it back to the mainland, and left a bunch of toughs to hold everybody who was on the station at that time hostage!!!
- (when they met the invading force, the hostage broadcasters were like 'welp' and made everybody tea)
- ("the vessel had to return briefly to pick up [the contractor who recruited the gang], who had been left behind drinking his tea")
- and then Smedley went to Calvert and his partner, an actual professional broadcaster, and was like 'I will not let you broadcast from there again or finish making your deal unless you pay me FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS'

Naturally, everyone involved was like 'wtf????' and refused to pay Smedley a dime; Calvert threatened to involve the police but the police were like 'ummmmmm technically we can't do anything for the same reasons we haven't been able to stop you from broadcasting;' Calvert then made a whole bunch of other even wilder threats; and all the hired dockworkers sat around cheerfully charging Smedley for hostaging operations which he was rapidly running out of money for.

Anyway, in the middle of all this, Calvert drove out to Smedley's house in the middle of the night and started screaming at him, and Smedley shot him and then claimed self-defense and that his HOSTILE OCCUPATION OF A POP RADIO STATION was just a little joke gone wrong! No harm no foul if only Calvert hadn't been so UPSET about it! It did help Smedley's self-defense case that Calvert happened to be carrying A FAKE PEN FULL OF NERVE GAS at the time, which apparently, according to his family, he always carried around just for safekeeping.

...so the author's point in writing about all this seems to be that a.) this incident was crucial in getting the pirate radio boats shut down and the formation of the current BBC radio system that includes actual pop radio, b.) that this is all a forerunner of later copyright battles and offshore data centers and so on, c.) pirate-radio-on-boats in the 1960s was a WILD TIME. About the latter, at least, he is most surely not mistaken.

(This has nothing to do with the main brunt of the book but I have to spare a mention for Radio City's chief engineer, who later was hired by the mob! to perform an assassination attempt!! using a spring-loaded hypodermic needle full of cyanide!!! in what it turns out was ACTUALLY a sting operation by the U.S. Treasury department who picked the hapless Radio City engineer to act as the assassin because "he needed the fee while being clearly incapable of killing anybody"!!!! This whole incident gets two pages in the book because it's somewhat irrelevant to the author's argument but seriously, where is this guy's movie?

For the record, the same mobsters then tried to intimidate Reggie Calvert's widow into selling them the remnants of the station and she was like 'lol no' and they were like '....well, when a lady knows her own mind, she knows her own mind! No hard feelings.')

Cereal Disappointment

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:03 pm
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Posted by Zeon Santos

Cereal promotions used to be really good, but like the toys they include in the boxes these days their promo items have really gone downhill.

It used to be that cereal fans could collect a bunch of UPC codes, send them in with a check and a great t-shirt or plush toy would appear 4-6 weeks later, but nowadays the great toys and tees are few and far between.

And, as this Ostrich Zero comic shows, any Star Wars blind promotion you see is bound to bring you nothing but a bowl full of disappointment. "Meesa gonna ruin your day!"

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

The Deep Joy

Jul. 20th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Posted by chavenet

Y-40 "The Deep Joy" pool first opened on 5 June 2014 and was designed by architect Emanuele Boaretto. It is 40 metres (131 ft) deep, making it the deepest pool in the world. It contains 4,300 cubic metres (1,136,000 US gal) of thermal water kept at a temperature of 32–34 °C (90–93 °F). Watch Guillaume Néry go deep.

Guillaume Néry Previously and Previouslier and Previousliest

Drink Recipe: Barley Twilsley

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:23 pm
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This is a refreshing, nutritious, non-alcoholic drink that's a favorite of my daughter and me. I have a pitcher in my refrigerator right now!

Barley Twilsley

2 1/4 -2 1/2 quarts water (you want 2 quarts left after cooking)
1 cup pearl barley
3 lemons
1/3 cup honey

Put the water and barley in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 min.

While the barley is cooking, peel the lemons, being careful not to cut into the white part (the pith). You just want the yellow outer part. Juice the peeled lemons. Put the peels, juice, and honey into a 2 quart pitcher.

When the barley is done cooking, carefully pour the water through a sieve or strainer into the pitcher. Save the barley for other uses! Stir, and chill overnight. Lemony, lightly sweet, and entirely delicious!

Other uses for the barley: use in yogurt in place of granola, make barley and mushrooms (I cut that one down a bit, use 1 onion, 8oz mushrooms, and 2 cups cooked barley), or beef-with-barley soup. It's a great, nutty substitute for rice.

Makes about 2 quarts

1/2 kids approve!

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

StarWars.com recently shared the details of The Last Jedi‘s new adorable creature, the porgs, and I’m in love. They are huggable, curious birds with big eyes, and my love knows no bounds.

The porgs were first spotted in the behind-the-scenes featurette for The Last Jedi, but we weren’t given any details or background on them. In one shot, a porg briefly opened and closed its eyes on a workbench, and in another, one of the set workers gently floofed a porg’s wing.

A porg looking for a hug, which I will gladly give it

Now, I understand some of you are wary. As io9 rightly points out, the Star Wars franchise has a tricky history with “cute” creatures. In the original trilogy, the Ewoks became infamous as a marketing ploy to sell toys to children, even though they were actually scary as hell. In the prequels, Jar-Jar was intended as a “comic relief” creature who would appeal to younger audiences, but he just ruined every scene by being a racist caricature.

The porgs, though, have solved Star Wars‘ creature problem with one simple fix: they don’t talk. They are “the Star Wars version of puffins.” So we don’t have to worry about them jabbering in a performative accent or transforming into teeth-baring guerrilla fighters. They’re just little puffin-cat-owl things that I would like to eventually form a large nesting colony in my home.

Pablo Hidalgo, who works with Lucasfilm Story Group, just gets it. In his StarWars.com interview, he doesn’t try to sell the comic relief of the porgs. He doesn’t give them a civilization. He just said, “Porgs are cute. You fall into those deep, soulful eyes. I think a lot of people are going to want a porg as a pet.”

Yes. We are.

This is my future, as foretold on Twitter, and I have embraced it.

Porgs look cute and I want to feed them bread crumbs from my hands. This is all I need from a movie creature, Star Wars.

(Via io9 and StarWars.com; images via screengrab)

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