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Inception fandom ftw, y/y? I mean, this morning I read:

The warp and weft that hold life together, by anamuan

(The one where Eames is Philippa's kindergarten teacher, and Arthur joins the PTA.)

And I'm pretty sure I had a delighted smile the entire time. Plus, it reminded me that I should go back and re-read:

The House That Cobb Built, by eleveninches

(Sort of the less AU but more cracktastic version of the 'taking care of the kids' trope.)

Why does your babysitter look like he stepped out of a J.Crew catalogue? How does he know this Eames guy -- who, by the way, is a freak. What has happened to your life, Dom?"

"Well, first I was accused of murder, and it all went downhill from there," Dom replied.
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This is a movie that focused on two things: witty one liners and Nic Cage posing for glamour shots. The witty one liners, at least, hold up pretty well 13 years later.

"It took you all of two seconds to decide to steal the Declaration of Independence."
"Yeah, but I didn't think I was going to personally have to tell my dad about it."
-Riley, Ben

I mean, it's not a non-problematic movie. (To get to two female characters you'd have to include the FBI team member who doesn't even get a name, or the "real national treasure" meat counter woman, and Ben is generally an extremely self-centered person that seems to lack any ability to make an emotional connection, which makes his whirlwind romance with Abigail make zero sense at all.)

But there's no question that Nic Cage saying, "I'm going to steal the Declaration of Independence," is a movie moment that has made its way into pop culture history, which is pretty neat.
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Not a fic, but an interesting look at how zoos prepare for major storms.

Flamingos In The Men's Room: How Zoos And Aquariums Handle Hurricanes, by Danny Nett

"The AZA-accredited facilities in particular are a very big family," Vernon says. "It's incredible to see people willing to drop everything and come down to Texas and help in any way they need it."
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coworker: “I can’t get into [program]! It says I’m not connected to the internet!”

me: “…This may sound like an obvious question, but — is your computer connected to the internet?”

coworker: “I think so?”

me: “Can you see other internet things, like your email?”

coworker: “Let me check. Yes! Oh, [program] is working now!”

(Note: This was literally just intended to make my coworker do something else for the five seconds it would take the initial program to load. Isn’t technology great! ::jazz hands::)

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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Not even sure what to make of this one. We typically have a team meeting every Wednesday, which is great, fine, good plan. Gets everyone on the same page. I’m for it.

And once a month or so that meeting includes a guest speaker who makes more money than us talking about whether or not the company is making money. (Spoiler alert: the answer is unfailingly ‘things look good, but not so good that we’re making any promises, so if you could work harder, that’d be great.’)

But *this* week, there are no meeting rooms available in our building for Wednesday. And our scheduled guest speaker is busy. Did we reschedule the meeting to a different day? Did we carefully evaluate whether it was worthwhile to review this information a mere three weeks before we are going to have a company-wide meeting to review it again?

Nope. Instead, our entire team is going to drive to a different building and meet with a different person to review the same information. I mean, okay, but why? In the classic words of ‘Meet The Robinsons,’ “I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.”

[“I have a big head, and little arms.”]

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Checked out NASA’s Eclipse 2017 site, because NASA.

Things to love:

*The eclipse graphic shows the path of totality through the United States, which makes it look a bit like the country is wearing a sash.

*This quote: “It is hard not to imagine that the way things are now is the way they have always been, but in the case of the sun we can never be too sure.”

*Some good thoughts on smartphone photography during the eclipse.

*NASA’s even got us covered on music that mentions the eclipse, including Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain.’

“Her lyric refers to the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse, and this is the only known recorded song that mentions a specific eclipse. This will make future historians very happy if they try to date when the song was written if no other records exist. This is kind of like what archaeologists do with Babylonian cuneiform eclipse records today. By the way, there was a later ‘Nova Scotia’ eclipse on July 10, 1972, but Simon’s song came out in 1971. Time travel had not been invented yet.”

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“It’s lovely, it’s practical, and you can hide a sword in it.”
-Joshua Johnson, The 1A Movie Club Sees ‘Wonder Woman’

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I have been off and on searching for a half-remembered tumblr post for a while now, and it turns out it was actually two posts that my brain had combined together!

1. The first was some art by Alister Lockhart and some totally spot-on tumblr comments over at Totally Panda Coffee.

And heck, even if your own death is inevitable getting information out could help save other people, even if it can’t save you. ‘Here are 20 livestreams of the giant tentacle monster including how it moves and attacks, how can we beat it?’ is way more useful than ‘an entire city got wiped off the map and things smell vaguely of calimari idk man’ (from songofsunset)

2. And the second was a poem: Sometimes it hurts when people scorn internet culture, by Shiv (demisexualmerrill)

““Your generation would probably ‘livetweet’ the apocalypse” you say, and you laugh
You mean it as an insult, and I understand,
Or you don’t
because the word lies awkwardly on you tongue, stumbles as it leaves your lips, air quotes visible
You meant it as an insult, so you don’t understand, when I look into your eyes and say “Yes”
Because we would.
It would be our duty, as citizens on this earth
to document it’s end the best way we know
and if that means a second by second update
of the world going up in flames, or down in rain, or crushed under the feet of invading monsters
so be it.
It would mean a second by second update of
“I love you”
“I’m scared”
“Are you all right?”
“Stay close”
“Be brave”
It would mean a second by second update of the humanity’s connection with one another,
Proof of empathy, love, and friendship between people who may have never met in the flesh.
So don’t throw the word ‘Livetweet’ at me like a dagger, meant to tear at my ‘teenage superiority’
Because if the citizens of Pompeii, before they were consumed by fire,
had a chance to tell their friends and family throughout Rome
“I love you”
“I’m scared”
“Don’t forget me”
Don’t you think they’d have taken the chance?”

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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We get a lot of weird questions at my job, and yesterday saw a repeat of one of my favorites: “I read online that an ingredient in YOUR products is also in RAT POISON!!! What do you have to say about that?!?!?!”

(This question always seems to be accompanied by the gotcha punctuation.)

And I LOVE being able to say, “Yep. It sure is.”

Because THEN I get to say, “See, it’s Vitamin D3. In high enough doses, it would be toxic to us too.”

(Yesterday I was accused of “enjoying it too much.” But I say if you can squeeze some joy out of educating someone about rat poison and vitamin toxicity, you should go for it!)

I am always surprised when I realize that not everyone understood what Captain Kirk was talking about in ‘The Trouble With Tribbles,’ when he said:

“Too much of anything, Lieutenant, even love, isn’t necessarily a good thing.”

Tons of things that are super good for us in small amounts are bad for us in huge amounts! Vitamins! Minerals! Water! Tribbles! This should not be brand new information to anyone!

In conclusion, watch Star Trek for life lessons, and don’t eat rat poison.

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Put on a Mask (and Fight!), by writeonclara

Author Summary:
Finn is the defector gone superhero. Rey is the ultra psychic who may or may not use her powers to hustle pool. Poe is the intrepid journalist (or sometimes: bait). Together, they fight crime!

(Or Finn and Rey do. Poe mostly gets himself kidnapped and mouths off at his captors. It’s a work in progress.)

Bonus rec, because it reminded me of that Inception fic and I found it on AO3:

Blast Boxers, by Allothi

“Forger!” Arthur says, because he’s heard that’s the way supervillains like to be addressed. “In five years, every plan you’ve had to take over Inception City has ended in abysmal failure. What makes you think today will be different?”

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Apparently, Star Wars time travel WIP fix-it fics focused around episodes 1-6 are my jam right now. Who knew?

A couple weeks ago I recced Back to the Future: Episode VI The Clone Wars, by Ariel_Sojourner, which continues to entertain with new chapters.

(Right now there’s a great subplot going on where Anakin knows Luke’s his kid, and Luke knows Anakin’s his dad, but neither knows that the other knows — seriously, I’ve been lol’ing for days.)

Today’s fic rec is Ad Utrumque Paratus, by obeyingthemuse

I’m not sure where this one is going, but it deserves a rec just for the solid gold of this author summary:

It’s hard to bring balance to the Force when the only method you’ve seen is your black-cloaked psychic cyborg sorcerer dad with a severe breathing problem throwing an old man down the Death Star reactor shaft. As much as Luke would like to see the not-yet-Emperor dead, he doesn’t want to be arrested by his unusually attractive(?) war-hero dad and spend the rest of his indeterminate time in the past dropping Ewok beats in a jail cell. Also Leia would probably kill him. But not before breaking him out of jail.

So when the twins wake up on Tatooine decades in the past, they play it safe. They take over a planet, reconnect with their adoptive and real parents without weirding them out (too much), and accidentally cause the Chancellor perpetual near-death experiences.

Nailed it.

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Work is so weird right now, IDEK.

“You know those days when you’re like this might as well happen. Our adult life is already so goddamn weird.”
-John Mulaney

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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This weekend I learned that starandrea has never seen Beauty and the Beast (the animated one). And then I brought up fanfic Beauty and the Beast AUs, which led me to go find this one and rec it:

tie your napkin ’round your neck, cherie, by magneticwave

“Scott skids into the door breathlessly and shouts, “THERE’S A GIRL IN THE CASTLE,” and promptly brains himself on one of the casserole dishes.”

This is the quote I always think of when I think of B&B AUs. Jackson is the beast, Lydia is the heroine, but it’s from Stiles’ POV (aka the teapot) so it’s a lot about him and his developing romance with Derek, who’s a wheelbarrow. What’s not to love?

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

Love <3

Feb. 14th, 2017 07:01 am
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Giving thanks for google today, since I re-found this post by searching: TUMBLR AIRPORT GATE LOVE COOKIES LANGUAGE

“Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
would ride next to her—Southwest.

She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.
Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
found out of course they had ten shared friends.

[…]

And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
this is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

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Watched a few episodes of the Mary Tyler Moore show last night! AND learned fun facts about it!

Mental Floss: 15 Awfully Big Facts About ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’

Love this one:

3. THE MTM KITTEN WAS FOUND IN A MINNEAPOLIS SHELTER.

It was Grant Tinker’s (Moore’s then-husband) idea to name their new production company MTM Enterprises, and Moore didn’t argue since that meant her name was the company. The similarity to MGM hadn’t gone unnoticed and during an early staff meeting someone suggested that since MTM was a small company, wouldn’t it be cute to have a kitten meow like the MGM lion? A staffer visited an animal shelter in Minneapolis and found several orange kittens (they wanted a cat with a fur color similar to a lion’s) and chose the one with the loudest “mew.” The kitten was named Mimsie and she appeared in many different forms in the production tags of various MTM shows. A crew member adopted her and took her home to San Bernardino, where Mimsie lived until the ripe old age of 20.

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Me (staring at computer screen): ‘It’s been 40 minutes and I still haven’t thought of anything to write.’

Me (checks calendar): ‘Ah, it’s Thursday. That explains it.’

What is it about Thursdays? Consistently the day I have nothing good to say, and so my brain blanks on saying anything at all.

Luckily it turns out the Bangor Maine PD had the same thought this morning, and shared some words of wisdom for the day.

“If this is the case, then we all know we can push forward and power through.

The warm Betty Crocker bundt cake waiting on the counter is like the Friday we have been waiting for since Monday. It’s chocolate.

You got this.”

-TC, Bangor Maine Police Department

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“For we need a little music,
need a little laughter

Need a little singing,
ringing through the rafter

And we need a little snappy
happy ever after

We need a little Christmas now

-“We Need a Little Christmas,” Johnny Mathis version

Mirrored from The Marci Rating System.

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In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love.
In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.

I realized, through it all, that…
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.

-Albert Camus

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Fun fact from our day at Epcot: I got all the way into the Mission Space building without realizing it was *that* Mission Space — the scary puking ride I’d been warned about!

But, you know, we were already there. And so I cheerfully departed for the “Green Team” experience (*Andrea, being far braver than I, opted for the Orange Team). And it was fun! I would describe the Green Team experience as “less scary than flying” but I don’t like flying, so ymmv.

It wasn’t until today, more than a week later, that I happened upon a reference to the ride (reading about how Disney parks handle medical emergencies), and saw the word “centrifuge.”

WHAT.

“On May 19, 2006, Disney began offering a less intense version of Mission: Space (called Green Team, also known as Less Intense training or no spinning), where the centrifuge does not spin, thus eliminating the forces of lateral acceleration for riders who choose the more tame experience. The cabs themselves still pitch and pivot, providing some motion. The normal ride is still available and is called Orange Team (also known as More Intense training or spinning).”

*Andrea, I am SO MUCH MORE IMPRESSED now. Also SO HAPPY I was on the Green Team. (No wonder we didn’t get the same warnings!)

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“In times like these we must reaffirm the values we cherish and have fought for: equality, justice, the care of our planet. We must stand up defiantly to any dark or divisive acts, and look out for the most vulnerable among us. It is more important than ever.

Within our hearts we know the society we wish to live in. No one can take that vision from us. We are each of us keepers of that promise. This country has seen wars and grave injustices, slavery and even civil war in its past. Yet we found our way through.

Hold your loved ones close. Tell them that it is in times of sadness and in the toughest of days where we often find our true mettle.”

-George Takei

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