Thank you for your answers to the previous queries! We have some more, and some lingering:
Дуэлянт | The Duelist (2016) - We can't find Pyotr Yakovlev's brother. Could the nominator please confirm he appears in the film?
Extraction (2013) - We can't find a Victor. Could the nominator please confirm he appears in the film?
灵契 | Ling Qi | Spiritpact - This has been nominated with overlapping characters, using Japanese and Chinese names respectively: You Keika, Tanmoku Ki, Tanmoku Rakugetsu, and You Nei; and Yang Jinghua, Duanmu Xi, Duanmu Siming, and Qin Siyao. Could each nominator please confirm which media they mean, and can we please combine these character names using one of the versions?
No Game No Life - Kamiya Yuu - we're a little confused by the character 『 』| Kuuhaku | Blank. Could the nominator please give their reasoning for nominating this character separately?
A Place to Call Home (TV) - We can't find the character Tom. Could the nominator please give us a pointer?
Plantagenets Series - Sharon Kay Penman - For Geoffrey Plantagenet, could the nominator please confirm they mean Geoffrey V Count of Anjou, or some other character?
Six of Crows Series - Leigh Bardugo - It's not clear to us that Nikolai Lantsov belongs here. Could the nominator please give us their reasoning?
Smosh - the characters nominated are Keith Leak Jr., Noah Grossman, Olivia Sui, and Shayne Topp. Could the nominator please clarify if this is a nomination for RPF, or for fictionalized characters that share the names of the real people?
Sylvester or the Wicked Uncle - Georgette Heyer For Lady Marlow, could the nominator please confirm whether they mean Lady Verena Marlow or Lady Constance Marlow?
These Old Shades - Georgette Heyer - As far as we can tell, Dominic Alastair does not appear in this book. (He is also nominated in The Devil's Cub.) Could the nominator please give their reasoning for nominating him here?
Trial and Error (TV 2017) - We can't find the character Anne Cox. Could the nominator please confirm and give us pointers to when she appeared?
All Media Types fandoms
We need clarification from the person (or people) who nominated the following fandoms. Please specify a single version of the canon and provide a link to your nominations page so we can confirm the nomination. If these aren't answered, the fandoms will be rejected:
- Gone With the Wind - All Media Types, characters: Belle Watling, Careen O'Hara, Mammy, Melanie Hamilton (Gone with the Wind - All Media Types)
- The Martian - All Media Types, characters: Beth Johanssen, Chris Beck, Mark Watney (The Martian - All Media Types)
- A Room With a View - All Media Types, characters: Charlotte Bartlett, Eleanor Lavish
- The Witches of Eastwick - All Media Types, characters: Alexandra Medford, Darryl Van Horne, Jane Spofford, Sukie Ridgemont [if we don't hear back from the nominator on this one, we may go with the 1987 film]
We will accept labels like “the Council” or “the hunters” for characters in cases where the ensemble does not have different distinct characters in it. For the following fandoms, please either confirm that there are no distinct characters in the group, or pick a single character out of the group you’ve nominated.
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (TV 2016) - The Rowdy 3
- The Scarlet Pimpernel - Baroness Orczy - The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel
- Velvet Goldmine - Flaming Creatures
Ineligible RPF fandoms
The follow RPF fandoms are too large and will not be approved. Nominators, please suggest an alternative category; if we do not hear from you, we may either fold the characters into another nominated category, or reject the fandoms & characters.
- Formula 1 RPF - characters: Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna
- Pop Music RPF - characters: Beyoncé Knowles, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake
If you are commenting about your own nomination to say what you would like done with characters or fandoms, please link your nominations page! It is the page you get by clicking ‘My Nominations’ from the tag set.
If you notice any problems with your approved nominations - mis-spellings, etc - feel free to comment on this post.
Anyway, so Cambridge (the College) has moved, and unexpectedly postponed the start of classes for a week due to what seem to have been electrical and networking issues, so classes only just started. (I did various Useful Things at home during the week, but, confronted with an extension of my vacation, I also shrugged and vacated some more. I went to Nut Island one day, and then World's End over the weekend, after which I had the entertaining experience of watching the fog roll in on Nantasket Beach. Rarely does it happen so clearly. Also got to watch the sunset at the endpoint of Hull. Mmm. Waves.)
Getting back to the point, here, it's already become clear from three days' worth of evidence that if I leave campus at a certain point, I will miss my useful bus home. It's not like I'm doing it on purpose, it's just, the way class and the subway and the busses work out, I barely miss the last bus before they transition from every-20-minutes-or-so, and hit the valley of the one bus that's a 40 minute wait. (After that they're every half hour.)
Since my various travels of August and September disrupted my gym routine (and then I was sick for a few days), and I haven't gotten back into it, what I have been doing lately is walking more. Running into this bus valley enables me to mutter and, rather than waiting in irritation, I stop by the grocery store/food co-op, and then am able to walk 3/4 of a mile or so until the next bus comes. (The way to do this is to walk until I see the inbound bus coming, at which point I stop at the next bus stop and wait for the outbound return, because to be caught between bus stops would be *annoying*, yo.)
In this particular instance, I had just stopped at the bus stop and was (I admit) looking at my phone when a guy coming out of a cross street whammed into the woman driving on the main street, right in front of me. (Durnell Ave at Washington St. No one cares but me.)
( More detail than one needs on an accident. )
So! Good deed completed, I left and went down to the bus stop with a bench, and hung out reading until the bus came.
( Waffling over classes. )
Got some beads out of it, anyway. *sigh* They are very pretty, very cheap, shiny gimcrack beads.
Mother-in-law has huge blood clot in leg, and they are gonna keep her in the hospital for a wee bit till they have the blood-thinning med dose set up right. We are pondering figuring out how to loan her an Apple Watch to see if she'd use it to Stand Up More, because lack of moving legs is Not Good.
I also ....blanking... blanking...blanking... Ugh, brain. Anyway, spouse was being taxi for his mom a lot, including in the ER while they got the ultrasound done (they did not get it done after waiting HOURS, like till 10pm, last night, 'cause the Venous Ultrasound person'd gone home), and getting her checked in.
Then spouse and kid went for dinner, and I did trash night all alone -- including having to deal with the trash bags being in the garage. Our kitchen floor is higher up than our garage floor, for Reasons. Geologic ones, even. So we have stairs in the garage up to a little landing, and then a door into the house. The bottom of the stairs is currently blocked by the metal scaffolding that our contractor guy is using to get at the ceiling. I have discovered -- after Flicker-cat made a break for the garage FOR GODS KNOW WHAT REASON last night, and had to be lured out from under things -- that I can (as I suspected (yes, there are too many dashes and parens in this; sue me)) put one foot over the stair railing, slide that foot under the stair railing so there's enough Stair there to support me, and swing my other foot over.
So I tossed the trash bags over the railing, basically, followed them over, and bagged the trash. Left it in the garage near the door, went back over the railing, through the house, out the front door, to the car. Backed it up, opened the door, loaded the trash into the back, closed garage door, drove the 300 foot driveway IN THE DARK (I am not hauling the trash out by hand; are you kidding me??), with headlights of course (I specify the darkness because NOT HAULING IT BY HAND IN THE DARK FOR 300 FEET!), unloaded, came back, parked out of way of spouse's car, and went back in the front door.
Most of the accomplishment is the railing, but the context around my railing escapades is important.
...did I mention getting to bed at 5 in the morning again? *sigh*
Oh, hey, I wonder if this looks like crap or not in reality. -_-
I will end with some wise words from Reverend Mord: The universe is not uncaring. It cares about very strange things sometimes, but the great powers within it care even for the creatures as tiny as you and I.
( INwatch+Bookwatch )
( Dragons under fold )
Looks like it's going to be overcast all week, and next week too. Well, fuck. I'm putting my lightbox back on.
Superheroes for the Jewish New Year
There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever
The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other
Scientists Once Dressed Frogs in Tiny Pants to Study Reproduction
In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix
Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses
How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter
Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh
In a First for the Nation, Portland Police End Gang List to Improve Relations With Blacks and Latinos
The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration
That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is A U.S. Citizen At Birth, But You’re Not
Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border
New hope for limiting warming to 1.5 C
This Department Is the Last Hideout of Climate Change Believers in Donald Trump’s Government
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ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?
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The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall
Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans
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Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent
And now she's claiming she didn't ever ask for this in the first place. Yeah, right. I get that she wants to spend time with her friends, but - dude, she spends hours with them every single day. She can take a day off and maybe make some new friends, something she frequently claims she wants.
10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die
The Making of the Modern American Recipe
Marilyn Monroe and the Potato Sack Dress, c.1951
DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'
The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century
Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead
How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire
Just squeeze in—researchers discover when spaces are tight, nature loosens its laws
In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling
Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs
The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads
Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord
The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities
Dylann Roof requests new attorneys, declaring appeal team his biological enemies (Relevant quote: “The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish. His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” All his lawyers deserve medals and a fruit basket. Maybe some booze. They earned it after putting up with him!)
US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people
Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?
When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?
Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Call Home
Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances
See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs
Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins
Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map
Three killed in stampede for aid near Rohingya refugee camp
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Although of course pedigreed cats are also celebrated!
I switched to a cat-themed style, although I am open to the idea of improving it if anyone good at styling communities is interested in donating their efforts. I like all your ideas so far and hope this community will grow and become a resource.
That said, I will share that my older cat's health crisis has reached a very sad point and I will be saying goodbye to her on Friday. So I may not be on here that much over the rest of the week and weekend. But I will be back -- I will have one cat (in icon) remaining!
In a major and potentially fatal setback to Gov. Jerry Brown’s $17 billion plan to build two huge tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, America’s largest irrigation district voted Tuesday to pull out of the project.
The board of Westlands Water District, based in Fresno, voted 7-1 following an hour of debate and discussion over the costs of the project, which is intended to make it easier to move water from north to south.
Westlands was going to pay roughly $3 billion of the total bill. Now, those costs will have to be shouldered by other water agencies that decide to participate, which means higher-than-expected water bills in those areas.
Among the large water agencies considering participating in the project is the Santa Clara Valley Water District, based in San Jose. The district, which provides drinking water and flood protection to 2 million people from Palo Alto to Gilroy, is scheduled to vote Oct. 17.
Its costs were expected to be about $1 billion for 5 percent of the project’s water. Now that a key partner has pulled out, the likelihood of the district endorsing and funding the project has decreased, said John Varela, chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, late Tuesday.
“My magic eight-ball is just not coming up with an answer that is positive now that Westlands is pulling out,” said Varela. “I can’t imagine how we can go forward when one of the most significant water users in the state is sending a message that this project doesn’t pencil out for them. If it doesn’t pencil out for them, how does it pencil out for us?”
Several large Bay Area water agencies, including the Contra Costa Water District, East Bay Municipal Utility District and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, are not participating in the project. The Alameda County Water District, which serves 350,000 people in Fremont, Newark and Union City, has not yet decided whether to join.
Under a loophole in Proposition 13, water agencies like Santa Clara Valley Water District have said they could raise taxes of people in their areas without a public vote to pay for the project, and any potential cost overruns. That’s because the tunnels would be considered an upgrade to the State Water Project, started by former Gov. Pat Brown in 1960, before voters passed Proposition 13 in 1978.
The tunnels project, which Brown’s administration has called WaterFix, would build two tunnels, each 35 miles long and 40 feet high. The idea is that they would take water from the Sacramento River, north of Sacramento near the town of Courtland, and move it to the huge pumps at Tracy that are part of the State Water Project, reducing reliance on those pumps.
During some times of year, when salmon, Delta smelt and other endangered fish swim near the pumps, court rulings have required that the pumps be turned down, or off temporarily, so they don’t kill the fish.
But critics say that the tunnels are a huge boondoggle that would allow large agribusiness interests in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as urban users in Los Angeles, to take more water out of the Delta, a fragile system of islands and sloughs that flows into San Francisco Bay.
Complicating Brown’s plans, his administration has not been able to guarantee that the tunnels will allow any more water to be pumped out of the Delta than is being pumped out now — roughly 50 percent of all its fresh water in most years.
Farm districts and city water agencies have looked at the costs, calculated how much debt they would incur, and wondered if they can spend the money more efficiently. For Westlands, district officials told farmers the tunnels would increase water reliability, but could increase their costs from $160 an acre foot to $600 an acre foot.
Westlands general manager Thomas Birmingham said after Tuesday’s dramatic vote, which sent shock waves across California’s close-knit water community, that he believes it could kill the tunnels project.
“This thing dies, the project will be over,” he said.
Brown administration officials scrambled to put the best face on the rapidly deteriorating situation.
“There is one thing on which everyone agrees: Our aging water infrastructure needs to be modernized,” said John Laird, California’s Secretary for Natural Resources. “Failing to act puts future water supply reliability at risk. This vote, while disappointing, in no way signals the end of WaterFix.”
“The takeaway from today’s vote is that the current twin tunnels plan is dying from its own weight,” said John McManus, executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, a fishing group.
“It’s way too big and expensive, even for the growers in the desert-dry western San Joaquin Valley who need the water the most,” he added. “Maybe this will open the way for a more rational discussion on a new way forward.”
Westlands is the first water district to vote on the project. Officials in other districts were watching the vote as they prepare to make their decisions on the project that has been on the drawing board for more than a decade.
Thus far, the biggest water project proposed for California in more than a half-century has no firm financial commitments from local water districts.
Jeff Kightlinger, general manager of the massive Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which provides drinking water to 19 million people, told the Sacramento Bee after the vote that it is a game-changer.
“Absent Westlands, you don’t have a (tunnels) project,” said Kightlinger, who has been one of the project’s biggest supporters.
“This was designed to be a comprehensive solution for California — both ag and urban, and really cover all the major parties,” he said. “We would have designed a different project if it was just for the urban sector or something like that. But we didn’t. My board has been pretty clear … they’re not in the business of subsidizing agriculture.”
Westlands, whose former lobbyist, David Bernhart, was just named deputy Interior Secretary in the Trump administration overseeing Western water policy, provides irrigation water to 1,000 square miles in the San Joaquin Valley, some of the nation’s richest farmland.
Brown is pressing to secure the project before he leaves office next year. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the front-runner in polls to succeed him, has not taken a strong position either way on the project.
“The governor is a good man. I’m a fan,” said Dick Santos, a board member of the Santa Clara Valley Water District. “He tried to attack the Delta problem. He stood up and tried to get something done. But this is too expensive. It’s not ready. Maybe this will force us to come up with a better plan.”
Scott Smith of The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Since they proved very popular at the con, they sold out fast, so I ordered one to be mailed to me and it's arrived! Eeee!
( Slytherin Weasley Clock! )
Isn't it gorgeous? <3