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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Universal Studios and Frontier Developments (the developer behind games like Planet Coaster) have unleashed the trailer for Jurassic World Evolution, which will let you live our all your most catastrophic Jurassic Park ideas in the safety of a simulation.

“Players will build their own Jurassic World,” said Frontier COO Jonny Watts in a statement, “as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way.'”

Honestly, this is a pretty genius idea. Half the fun of simulation games is watching things go catastrophically, unavoidably wrong, and the original Jurassic Park film was basically one of my middle-school Roller Coaster Tycoon games brought to life. With its massive monsters, crowd control, and potential to collapse in chaos, this franchise is the perfect subject for a theme park simulation game.

“As long-time fans of the entire Jurassic series we’re thrilled to be putting players in charge of their own Jurassic World,” said Watts. “We’re excited to bring over fifteen years of management, simulation, and creature development expertise to a destination and franchise that remains an inspiration to us.”

Jurassic World Evolution is expected to land in summer 2018, around the same time that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters, and it will be available for PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One.

(Via Polygon; image via screengrab)

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Flatmate hunting season!

20 August 2017 10:00 pm
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Right, its flatmate hunting season! *cue loony toons theme song* And I'm looking for a new flatmate!

Originally, it was going to be 2 flatmates, but found one today, just need a 2nd one now!

There's an ad up on spareroom.com for room #1, which has been taken (pending paperwork and references). But Room #2 is still available.

Its a normal sized double room (as opposed to the one in the ad that's a bit bigger than normal), going for £700/m + bills which averages about £110-£120/m including a cleaner every week. It has build in wardrobes, but you may have to buy over the bed & chest of drawers from current housemate, there's also a decorative fireplace in the room which is kinda cool. :)

Deposit is £1020 (1/3 share of 6 week's rent for the entire place), plus agency referencing + admin fees. I have no idea how much those are since they've recently changed their fee structures and I can't work out what they're now charging for changing names on a lease.

Available end of Oct/early Nov.

So! Get in touch via PM if anyone's interested or have questions! And I'm making this post public, so feel free to help spread the word!

40 Years Ago Today

20 August 2017 04:56 pm
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The United States of America, then an independent nation, launched Voyager 2

I wonder if any of the people involved realized it would still be going two generations later?

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Not Another Sodding Quest

20 August 2017 04:13 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/umejam/pseuds/umejam">umejam</a>


Arthur doesn't want to go looking for a Moon Bear, but with Merlin by his side, he makes the most of it.

Words: 991, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 1 of Pornalot 2017

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I ended up marathoning all 8 episodes of Defenders last night. I enjoyed it. It doesn't have the same thematic cohesiveness that Jessica Jones does and the fights aren't as good as they were in the first season of Daredevil, but it's a fun ride if you enjoy the characters, and it helps that everyone else finds Danny Rand as annoying as the audience does. *hands*

spoilers )

So it was a good way to spend 7-ish hours, and it didn't leave me in a state of existential dread the way JJ did.

the other day, in anticipation of this show, I was making a list of ladies with robot arms, and I couldn't come up with many - Misty Knight, Nina Sharp, Lirael, Furiosa... who else is there?

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Back in mid-August, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) extended the open comments period for its proposed changes to net neutrality from August 16 until August 30. Advocates and activists had initially requested a month-long extension, but they got the two weeks. So let’s make good use of them!

FCC Chair Ajit Pai has proposed ending or reinterpreting the Title II classification of broadband internet services as “telecommunications services” and returning them to being “information services” – so that he can gut net neutrality rules. Back in 2002, the FCC initially classified broadband internet as “information services,” and the results were terrible for consumers. As the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) summarized, “the rules that we need to preserve the open internet — such as forbidding discrimination against certain applications — require the FCC to treat access providers like ‘common carriers,’ treatment that can only be applied to telecommunications services.”

The American people fought back, and in 2014 and 2015, citizens successfully pushed for the creation of net neutrality rules and the Title II reclassification of broadband internet as a “telecommunications service.” They sent more than 3.7. million comments to the FCC during that campaign. This year, FCC Chair Ajit Pai’s proposal to end those protections already has more than 18 million comments, making it the most-commented-on item in the commission’s 83-year history.

If you’re already on of those 18 million respondents, thank you. And if you thought you missed your chance to be part of something historic, now’s your chance to participate!

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has made it easy to send a comment to the FCC with their Dear FCC tool, and so has Battle for the Net. As it says at the links, please keep in mind that these comments will be publicly searchable – so nothing you wouldn’t want your grandma or your future political opponents seeing.

(Via Ars TechnicaThe Verge and The Electronic Frontier Foundation; image via jeremy brooks on flickr)

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Merlin the bully (and boyfriend)

20 August 2017 04:02 pm
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Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/mk94/pseuds/mk94">mk94</a>


After his father was charged for murder, Arthur had to move to another city and change another school. There he met the greatly feared bully, Merlin Emrys (who declaired himself his boyfriend).

Words: 885, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

It was a camel!

20 August 2017 01:14 pm
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This clip from CNN is well worth listening to.

It encapsulates both the jaw-dropping awfulness and bizarreness of the Orange Supremacist era, and the extent to which the mainstream media has gotten so appalled that they're dropping their usual false equivalency. I mean the old "both sides have a point," which works when both sides DO have a point, but does not when you're talking about Nazis vs. anti-Nazis or Cheetolini vs. human beings with empathy. Also, it made me laugh.

Yesterday post-rally [personal profile] hederahelix and I were discussing this.

"It's just so surreal," she said. "Hey... Is that a camel?"

I looked over. The U-haul next to us had a giant camel painted on the side.

Below the camel, as if in explanation of why a U-haul would be decorated with a giant camel, were a few lines of Wikipedia-esque notes on camels, something like "A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back."

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20 August 2017 12:48 pm
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Netflix movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them )

I made some white bread that was nearly a meal in itself. It had eggs, butter, milk in it. When I put it in the oven I set the temp for 350F, or thought I did. But the numbers on the knob are almost rubbed off and my eyesight is bad. It was actually at 250F. When I went to check it 15 minutes later, the bread had risen to half its size again and was as pale as Casper. Oh dear, oh dear. I upped the temp and hoped for the best. Actually the bread turned out good, a big, springly loaf but good.

When I was reading about C.S.Lewis lately, his brother, W.H.Lewis, was mentioned as an author of books about 18th century France and that his writing was quite good. So I requested the only one available from the library, The Splendid Century and I'm finding very enjoyable.

I’m glad August is almost over. The sun is now set before 8pm. And although we get our warmest weather traditionally in September, we know the rains will be coming.

September will be busy for me; I have a list:
Pay the rest of the car insurance
Take the car in for yearly check-up
Take cat back to vet for thyroid check
Take other cat in for shots
Get six month blood test
See doctor for six month check-up
Make dentist appt. Go to dentist
Anticipate favorite returning tv shows
Watch the skies for rain


20 August 2017 02:54 pm
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A slow, very slow, painfully slow way to spend an evening.

Words: 1634, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 2 of pornalot 2017 (challenges)


20 August 2017 08:44 pm
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Bread: on Monday, Greenstein's 100% Wholewheat Loaf, made up of ordinary strong wholemeal/wholemeal spelt/einkorn flours. Tasty but a bit crumbly for some reason.

Saturday breakfast rolls: the adaptable soft roll recipe, 4:1 strong white/buckwheat flour, dried blueberries, maple sugar.

Today's lunch: quails, which I cooked yesterday as they were well pushing their use-by date, according to a recipe from Clarissa Dickson Wright. The Game Cookbook, only that used fruit chutney, which I did not have, so used damson jelly instead, roasted in foil at Mark 3 for 30 minutes: not bad. Served with sticky rice in coconut milk with lime leaves, buttered spinach, and asparagus healthy-grilled in olive oil and splashed with aged organic balsamic vinegar.

Have started the overnight rising version of the bread recipe in Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking, which I haven't made for ages.

Much ado about exchanges

20 August 2017 10:40 pm
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Three fandom things make a post!

1. Remix Revival Madness Round has opened for sign-ups! I have signed up; everything is fair game except the previous Eagle of the Ninth remix for [personal profile] isis (Wicked Lights) and my experimental Man from UNCLE pile (a bunch of shorts), but if you absolutely want any of those, tell me and I can figure it out? (Meaning ask [personal profile] isis, I doubt tropetastic shenanigans are of interest for remixing.)

tl;dr There's Generation Kill, and Harry Potter, and Danish cop show Rejseholdet, and gloomy LeCarre-style twists on Man from UNCLE, and X-Men (Alternate timeline), and obviously Sutcliff's The Eagle and Frontier Wolf with centaurs and were-bees. If you want to remix anything at all, you're welcome.

2. I have successfully fulfilled my assignment for [community profile] rarepairfest and now I cannot wait until the gifts are revealed because I went through the fandom listing for posted works and I cross-referenced and I'm pretty sure I know what is the gift I'm getting which is GREAT. Any of the requests would've been great, I'm keen on it all, but it's GREAT to wait for the gift and have a hint, OK? (Actually, it looks like it might be one of two DC related options and I am BRIMMING WITH EXCITEMENT, either of those would be fantastic). I was worried all the way through this exchange because I thought my requests were weird and I wouldn't get matched on DC because there were many other DC signups and my other requests were sort of niche (Marvel Tony Stark/Victor von Doom with Damage Control? Endeavour Morse and John Bixby, half a ship from a single episode? Alice Morgan on an adventure where John tags along - IDEK, I didn't check if Luther fandom was even active these days), and because of that I worried that something might happen, what if my mystery creator had to default, and then I'd be that sad floating lingering pinch-hit nobody picked up because nobody shipped Hilarion/Lucius or something. (OK, I know [personal profile] riventhorn ships Hilarion/Lucius, but she's busy.) I was really sad and anxious in advance for some reason! But it looks like everything has turned out AWESOME and I shiver with anticipation and mentally thank my unknown creator. Yay.

There's still some time until August 26 but I'm not sure I can manage treats because I poured a lot of energy into my assignment (my fault, I kind of misread the request in the beginning and had to start again). But there are many interesting requests if you like to treat, go to the exchange page!

3. I have signed up for [community profile] fandomgrowthexchange purely in a quixotic attempt to generate more Sutcliff in the universe. As you can see from my letter, it's basically "please write me whatever" for obscure and little Sutcliff canons and also Assassins (1995) because I had a slot left. Judging by last year, there might be treats allowed? Literally anything I requested would make me happy. I hope to write and treat.

Ironically, I see that I have been one of the initial pinch-hits here, but it has been claimed already. Thanks to the kind person who has come to claim it, I shall be happy with anything, you're a star, do whatever you like. :)

News from the garden

20 August 2017 03:04 pm
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Look look! We have successfully grown two strawberries!


And what's more, I actually managed to eat one of them before the squirrels got to it. That's the first one I've won all year. I think next year we need a better strawberry protection program...

But although we haven't had much luck getting to the strawberries, the tomatoes are BOUNTIFUL and delicious. My new favorite snack is melba toast with goat cheese and garden tomatoes on top; in fact just writing about it makes me want to go fix one right now. No matter how many I eat, I never make a dent in the sea of cherry tomatoes on the counter!

Other garden news: I think we've killed the poor basil plant. It was looking positively peaky in its pot, so I decided to transplant it - only to discover when I removed it that its roots had pretty much grown to fill the pot... I went ahead and transplanted it anyway, but it doesn't seem to be perking up. Perhaps it's time to get a new one?

The transplanted rosemary, on the other hand, seems to be doing all right, although it has not burst forth in bounteous rosemary stalks. My mother warned me that it's easy to love rosemary to death, so I am mostly resisting the urge to water it and hoping that this string of hot days don't parch it to death. I have chicken salad plans for you, rosemary! Stay strong!

[ SECRET POST #3882 ]

20 August 2017 02:55 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3882 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Secrets Left to Post: 03 pages, 55 secrets from Secret Submission Post #555.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Initial Pinch Hits

20 August 2017 07:03 pm
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We have 11 initial pinch hits. Please take a moment to check them out.

Pinch hits are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Comment to this post with your AO3 username and the pinch hit you wish to claim. (Comments are screened.)

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #1 - Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Lilo & Stitch (2002), The Wicked + The Divine )

Pinch Hit #2 - Hidden Legacy Series - Ilona Andrews, Innkeeper Chronicles - Ilona Andrews, The Penumbra Podcast )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #3 - The Fugitives - Rosemary Sutcliff, Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Truce of the Games - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Shining Company - Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword Song - Rosemary Sutcliff, Warrior Scarlet - Rosemary Sutcliff, The Rider of the White Horse - Rosemary Sutcliff, Knight's Fee - Rosemary Sutcliff, Dawn Wind - Rosemary Sutcliff, Assassins (1995) )

Pinch Hit #4 - Worldweavers - Alma Alexander, Born of Hope (2009), Gold Diggers (1995), X-Men (Original Timeline Movies), Alphas (TV), C-16: FBI, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye, Women's Murder Club (TV) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #5 - A Redtail's Dream (Webcomic), Stand Still Stay Silent, Always Human (Webcomic) )

Pinch Hit #6 - Dangan Ronpa - All Media Types, 終末のイゼッタ | Shuumatsu no Izetta | Izetta: The Last Witch (Anime), Skullgirls, We Know the Devil (Visual Novel) )

Pinch Hit #7 - IDOLiSH7 (Video Game), TSUKIPRO (CD series), Akatsuki no Yona | Yona of the Dawn, この音とまれ! | Kono Oto Tomare!, スタミュ: 高校星歌劇 | Starmyu | High School Star Musical, 機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ | Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, 響け! ユーフォニアム | Hibike! Euphonium (Anime), プリティーリズム | Pretty Rhythm, 全职高手 | The King's Avatar (Cartoon), Blood Bank (Webcomic) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #8 - The Long Masquerade - Madeleine Brent, Merlin's Keep - Madeleine Brent, The First Year - Lucilla Andrews, Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman, Clairvoyant Countess Series - Dorothy Gilman, Uncertain Voyage - Dorothy Gilman, Girl in Buckskin - Dorothy Gilman )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #9 - Copycat (1995), Death Proof (2007), Blood Drive (TV), Fear the Walking Dead (TV) )

CLAIMED Pinch Hit #10 - Obernewtyn Chronicles - Isobelle Carmody, Hythrun Chronicles - Jennifer Fallon, Old Kingdom - Garth Nix, The Last Witch Hunter (2015) )

Pinch Hit #11 - Amnesia (Game & Anime), The Heroic Trio (1993), Furchester Hotel, Sengoku Basara, Inklings RPF, Choice of Robots, Imperial Steamworks Series - James Ng, Minus. (Web Comics), Autumn's Journey (Visual Novel), ダンジョン飯 | Dungeon Meshi | Delicious in Dungeon )


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