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Richard Stallman ordered a button from me-- the top half had blue writing on white which said BLUE LIES MATTER*, the bottom half had black writing on yellow "Prosecute Perjury", and the whole thing had a red ring around the edge to make it more eye-catching.

What could possibly go wrong?

He wore it to Boskone, and several people saw it as being about lies from Democrats.

I considered redoing it with "Prosecute Police Perjury". However, most police lies aren't in court and therefore aren't perjury.

Please discuss this at DW/LJ, not on Facebook.

*read it carefully, there's a gotcha
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Posted by Tim Harford

Other Writing

Kenneth Arrow, who has died aged 95 at his home in Palo Alto, California, on Tuesday was a towering figure in 20th century economics. In 1972, at the age of 51, he won one of the first Nobel memorial prizes in economics, the youngest winner then or since. Yet even a Nobel Prize understates Arrow’s contribution to economic theory. A brilliant mathematician, he ranged widely, breaking ground in areas that have subsequently yielded many further Nobels, including risk, innovation, health economics and economic growth.

Two achievements are particularly celebrated: his impossibility theorem about the paradoxes of social choice, and his welfare theorems, which formalised the most famous intuition in economics — Adam Smith’s idea that a market produces social good from individual selfishness.

Born in New York on August 23 1921 to immigrant parents, Kenneth Joseph Arrow had his formative experiences shaped by poverty — his businessman father “lost everything” in the Depression. But Arrow flourished at school and received an MA in mathematics from Columbia University at the age of 19. He interrupted his graduate studies to serve as a wartime weather researcher and US Army Air Corps captain.

His doctorate, published in 1951, made up for lost time. The thesis explored the problem of turning individuals’ preferences into a picture of what a society as a whole preferred. Scholars had long known that voting systems could produce perverse results but Arrow went further, showing that the very idea of “what society prefers” was incoherent. He set out four reasonable sounding requirements for building social preferences from individual ones — and proved that no system could satisfy all four of those requirements.

Arrow then turned to the familiar problem of supply and demand. In a well-functioning market for a single good such as apples, there is an efficient outcome with a price at which the number of apples supplied would equal the number of apples demanded.

But that was just one market. It was influenced by the market for pears, for agricultural land, for farm labourers and even for bank loans. Each market pushed and pulled others. What happened when one considered the interactions between every market in the world?

Working at times with the French economist Gérard Debreu, Arrow demonstrated that the intuitions from a single market could be generalised. First, there was a general equilibrium at which prices equalised supply and demand in every market at once. Second, this equilibrium was efficient. And third, any efficient allocation of resources could be reached by redistributing wealth and then letting competitive markets take over. Markets could still fail, but Arrow’s analysis explained the circumstances under which they would succeed.

Alongside such deep theoretical work, Arrow made many contributions to practical economic problems from insurance to healthcare to climate change. On occasion he took an active role on politically contentious issues, and was co-author of the 1997 “Economists’ Statement on Climate Change”, which warned of the dangers of global warming.

He was also noted for his love of gossip and his quick wit. One story tells of Arrow and a colleague waiting for an elevator to take them down, while several passed them going up. The colleague wondered aloud why everyone was going up. The immediate reply: “You’re confusing supply with demand.”

Arrow spent most of his career at Stanford University, apart from an 11-year spell at Harvard. He married Selma Schweitzer in 1947; she died in 2015. He is survived by his sons David and Andrew. He is also survived by his sister Anita, who married Robert Summers, a noted economist and brother of Nobel laureate Paul Samuelson. Her son, Arrow’s nephew, is the former US Treasury secretary Lawrence Summers.
Written for and first published in the Financial Times.


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23 Feb 2017 12:48
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so... turned out the problem with my knee is actually osteoarthritis


(it's not amazing)
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Posted by DaveB

Grrl Power #504 – Rollback

Krona’s problem is that she can’t google “time loop” and see how other reality hackers have approached it. There’s no GitHub for what she does. Amusingly, there are a lot of stories of early games back in the day turning out how they did because the programmers just didn’t know what how to do what they wanted.* In Krona’s case, experimentation may not be a great idea – but for all she knows the universe has a killer error handling routine.

The “spells” she comes up with are difficult to test, and she doesn’t know how to make a universe in a box to play around in unlike some people. Chances are she’ll have to stick to smaller tricks for a while.

*I just watched this cool video of a GDC presentation by Peter Molyneux where he talks about one of the major game features of Populus (it was an amazing game you young people) where you could elevate the ground, all arose because he couldn’t figure out how to program the AI behavior when the people reached the edges of the land. Also that Molyneux, game industry luminary, got into making games because someone mistakenly gave him a bunch of Amigas. Watch the video it’s pretty interesting.

Double res version will be posted over at Patreon. $1 and up, but feel free to contribute as much as you like. Share the comic with your friends, then compete with them to see who can contribute the most!

Thursday 23/02/2017

23 Feb 2017 12:20
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1) The wind is howling outside, luckily I can stay indoor.

2) I'm reading a book about Inspector Morse with a nice cup of tea by my side.

3) Yummy dinner for this evening.
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


fawm status: 11/14

23 Feb 2017 02:42
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Song 11: Little Will. I really like this one. Style is jazz/fusion/pop rock.

holy <genitals>, I only have 3 songs left. I think I'm actually going to do this :D

Elementary 5.14

23 Feb 2017 08:05
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In which Elementary continues to educate me on things I didn't know in its case of the week.

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Wow. The Rune Cycle Series by [ profile] Llewcie is both tragic and fluffy. I am deeply impressed by this juxtaposition ♥ I have so much to learn from this author.

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22 Feb 2017 23:12
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  68 x Ever After High: Spring Unsprung

@ my DW
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How to attend comic-con, step 2.5 (not a real step)

Bemoan the lateness and uncertainty of registration with all your friends. It's practically the only reason anyone goes to the CCI facebook page this time of year, to revel in wailing every time they post something that isn't about badges. WHICH IS EVERY TIME.

Or, as the most popular comment on Monday's post says, "I'm just here to read the ongoing complaints about tickets."
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Why Does Dating Men Make Me Feel Like Shit? by Emma Lindsay
Usually instead of saying “I am turned on by that woman,” a man will say “that woman is hot.” The first phrasing places the locus of control within his own body (aka, in a way, making it “his fault” if he gets turned on), the second phrasing places the locus of control within the woman’s body (making it “her fault” if he gets turned on.)

This article explains rape culture. Men locate control of their sexual feelings in women instead of themselves because they feel ashamed. Wow. I've noticed the shame, but never understood it this clearly.

5 things thing

23 Feb 2017 03:03
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Tagged by @silentwalrus1​!

5 things you’ll find in my bag

1. Druuuuugs. By which I mean a sheet of generic Sudafed and a little mint tin filled with Advil and Excedrin. I have a lot of headaches, okay.

2. A set of headphones. I don’t go ANYWHERE without the ability to plug into my phone and tune out the world.

3. Small notebook. I almost never use it–I take pictures of things rather than writing notes/lists for myself, or make To Do items in Habitica–but it’s nice to know it’s there. 

4. An actual metal nail file. I bite my nails, not constantly, but enough that “ugh my nails are raggedy and it is Bothering Me” is a thing that I need to be able to deal with at any time.

5. Pretty enameled compact mirror that I got as a bridesmaid’s gift for standing up in my little brother’s wedding five years ago. I pretty much never wear makeup, but a tiny mirror is handy sometimes!

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State of the Meg Update

23 Feb 2017 09:48
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So, I'm heading back to uni (again - hopefully this time I'll get a degree out of things). I'm studying part-time, because that way I'm not going to be overloading myself, and I'll be able to get things like, y'know, housework and such done as well as studying without pushing myself to the point of breakdown. Unfortunately for me, this week is O-week, which means I pretty much need to be on campus every day.

Yesterday was O-Day (Guild clubs & societies sign-up day). It did not go well for me.

A bit of background: I am hyper-sensitive to noise. Lots of noise overloads me, because I basically don't have a filter for "foreground noise" or "background noise" - everything I hear comes in marked "process immediately", so too much noise, and too many sources of noise, and too much volume means my brain literally gets overloaded. I am also somewhat claustrophobic in crowded situations - I prefer having something of a generous personal space bubble, and crowded areas make me anxious and panicky.

O-Day yesterday was trying to cram pretty much the entire cohort of first year students, plus a fairly substantial chunk of second and third year students, into a single 500m by 20m (widest point maybe 50m) stretch of the campus. Plus two different sound stages within about 100m of each other, dozens of club and society booths, and numerous corporate and social bodies trying to get people's attention as well. Essentially, if I ever wind up in hell, it will be like being stuck in something like this on a never-ending basis.

O-Day officially started at 12 noon. I was getting the fsck out of there by about 12.30pm, and I only managed to sign up for one of the (potentially four) clubs I was interested in. Even thinking about it now is making me feel uncomfortable. I have not felt so purposefully excluded in years. (This was actually probably the least of their accessibility fails - I wouldn't have wanted to be trying to get a wheelchair or walker through that throng without a cow-catcher bolted onto the front, TBH).

Fortunately the earliest I have to be on campus today is about 3pm, for a Mature Age study skills session, and tomorrow I only have one thing to attend (a one-off lecture for one of my courses, where I'm hoping to receive the unit outline, since it isn't available online). But I'm really not feeling welcome there or happy about being there.
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Another three articles from the mainstream media about "what went right" rather than "what went wrong".

Western Australia introduces new border controls for managing bovine Johne's disease in cattle by Matt Brann (ABC Rural, Western Australia)

Western Australia has introduced border controls to protect cattle from Bovine Johne's Disease, a condition which is capable of killing cattle, and leads to a loss of saleable condition prior to death.

St John rewards 'heroes' for courage, skill and exceptional judgement in emergencies by Eliza Laschon (ABC Western Australia)

A group of 17 Western Australians have been recognised by St John Ambulance WA for their "exceptional judgement and skill to deliver care.. in a medical emergency", including a crew of eight who worked on a smash involving an ambulance on Mundijong Road last year.

Hunt for a safe haven for world's rarest marsupial continues by Lisa Morrison and Andrew Collins (ABC Great Southern, Western Australia)

Locations are being sought for rehousing colonies of Gilbert's Potoroo, the world's rarest marsupial. The potoroo had been believed extinct, but a small colony was discovered near Albany in 1994. However, bush fires in the area in 2015 mean the Albany colony is struggling, and new locations for colonies are being sought.

So there's my three for the day. If you've found any stories in your news feeds about what went right, why not share them in the comments?

NYR updates: February 22

23 Feb 2017 00:11
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Posted by morbane

There are now 26 works in the New Year's Resolution collection!

An Equivocal Kinship (256 words) by Paul A
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Ship Who Sang - Anne McCaffrey
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Helva (Ship), Niall Parollan
Additional Tags: Shellpeople, First Contact, Stealth Crossover, comparisons across canon boundaries, familiarity with the other fandom is not required, although it will hopefully add texture, kind of an episode tag for a fic I haven't written, POV Third Person, Past Tense
Summary: Alien shellpeople.

Gay's the Word (603 words) by mayachain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Pride (2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steph (Pride), Gethin (Pride), Jonathan (Pride)
Additional Tags: Pre-Movie(s), 5 Times, Safe Haven, becoming
Series: Part 8 of valentines 2017
Summary: Five early times Steph comes to Gethin's book store.

Wear My Fearsome Power (5382 words) by foxinthestars
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Impa & Zelda (Legend of Zelda)
Characters: Zelda (Legend of Zelda), Link (Legend of Zelda), Majora (Legend of Zelda), Fierce Deity (Legend of Zelda)
Additional Tags: Framing Story, Legend of Zelda Child Timeline, Angst, Healing, Learning to Live with your Mistakes, allusions to Suicidality but it gets better, Link has leftover trauma from Ocarina of Time, Zelda learns what it's like when your fandom screws with you, Majora and Fierce Deity are more concepts than characters, Spoilers for Majora's Mask including a novelization of the ending, Spoilers for Skyward Sword, Spoilers for Minish Cap, Spoilers for Ocarina of Time, Spoilers for Twilight Princess, Spoilers for Four Swords Adventures, Legends, Blanket Permission
Summary: Each year, Princess Zelda learns a new story about her predecessors and about the Heroes of Hyrule. Her sixteenth birthday brings a story like no other, in which Link faces an enemy like no other: an enemy who can turn the moon against the earth — and turn Link’s own doubts against his very soul. In the end, Link holds the strength to win in his hands, but to wear such fearsome power demands a new kind of courage.

Heaven Spent (6980 words) by Sarren
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lucifer (TV)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chloe Decker/Lucifer Morningstar
Characters: Chloe Decker, Lucifer Morningstar
Additional Tags: Sex Pollen, Sex Toys, First Time, Feels, Pegging
Summary: Lucifer nobly offers to assist Chloe after she is dosed with an aphrodisiac. He doesn't count on being affected himself.

Eve (403 words) by mayachain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ex Machina (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ava (Ex Machina)
Additional Tags: Post-Movie(s), Future Fic, Artificial Intelligence, Freedom, Character Study, POV Female Character, Ficlet
Series: Part 14 of valentines 2017
Summary: She doesn‘t think about Caleb once she leaves the complex. Nathan’s house. Kyoko’s tomb. Her prison.

obsolescence (4420 words) by skazka
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ex Machina (2015)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Nathan Bateman/Caleb Smith
Characters: Nathan Bateman, Caleb Smith, Ava (Ex Machina)
Additional Tags: Body Horror, Self Harm, Sexual Violence, Robots, unreality
Summary: (What urge will save him now that sex won't?)

Until assignments are sent out (approximately) for Yuletide 2016, the New Year's Resolution collection (2017 edition) is open for writers to submit fics based on prompts from previous Yuletides.

Writers are especially encouraged to write stories for prompts that were not filled during the main Yuletide run.

2016 prompts on AO3
Google spreadsheet of all prompts (thank you to Min)
Database of 2016's Dear Author letters (thank you to lsellersfic)
2016 prompts as a text file
Prompts from 2016's non-signed-up pinch hitters on LJ and on DW
Some Day My Fic Will Come mini-challenge - This challenge is for the prompts that are posted year after year after year. If you've requested a canon in at least three Yuletides and you haven't received it yet, add the prompts to the post to increase their visibility - we will collect them in the spreadsheet. Or, see if you can fill someone else's perennial request. And if your request has been filled, please comment on the post to let us know!

Fics written for the purpose of re-qualifying for Yuletide must be posted before sign-ups begin for Yuletide 2017 (before October 10, 2017). They must also be over 1,000 words and written to a previous Yuletide prompt. The fandom in which they are written must still be small enough to qualify for Yuletide (in brief: there are fewer than 1,000 fics each (that are over 1,000 words, in English, and complete) when adding the total fics on AO3 and

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