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Posted by Jen Neale

ANAHEIM, Calif. - We as hockey fans blame the officials for a lot of things. One of the most egregious though is depriving people of a fight nearly everyone and their mom (including the players moms) wanted to see: Ryan Kesler versus Jonathan Toews.

The two center icemen are not fond of each other. At the end of a very physical first period, the two reached their boiling points. From Steph (@myregularface), take a look:


WHAT ARE YOU DOING, LINESMAN RYAN GIBBONS?! Does the man not know he's depriving two nations of a life force unknown to most humans?!

The two continued to chatter as they were escorted to their respective benches. Kesler with a smug, s--- eating grin. Toews with an angry scowl as if he smelled something bad. 

Had this fight gone down, it would have been Toews' third bout of the season. Earlier he fought Adam Henrique and followed it up with David Backes. Who knew he was such a goon? (RELAX BLACKHAWKS FANS. IT'S A JOKE.)

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Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD.


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Nov. 27th, 2015 06:59 pm
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The Friday Five

Nov. 27th, 2015 05:47 pm
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‘Surprise’-ingly Good Parenting

Nov. 27th, 2015 11:00 pm
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Posted by BD

Retail | Calgary, AB, Canada

(Our store is known for our “surprise bags”, where, for a few bucks, you get six randomly chosen accessories that are gathered from the old stock sent back to corporate. To keep the element of surprise, the bags are colored blue and not very opaque, which means that a lot of curious customers will tear open the bags to see what’s inside. I come around the corner and I see a young girl pull a long thin hair clip out of the bag where it had been against the plastic and uses it to try to wedge the bag open. If they’re really young kids, we usually just tell them that they can’t do that and deal with the bag, but this girl looks to be about ten and should know better.)

Me: “Excuse me, you can’t open that.”

Girl: *startled that she had been caught* “I didn’t open it.”

(What I didn’t notice this that at the same time I caught the girl, so did her mother.)

Mother: *to daughter* “What are you doing?!”

Girl: “Nothing.”

Me: “Your daughter was opening one of the surprise bags.”

Girl: “No, I wasn’t!”

Mother: *to me* “Oh, I know. I saw her do it.”

Girl: “I wasn’t opening it!”

Mother: “Then what were you doing?”

Girl: “…”

Me: “Don’t worry about it. Our policy is that we can’t force you to buy it. But, unfortunately I’m going to have to take the bag and put it in our damaged products bins.”

Mother: “Oh, no! She opened it; she’s buying it!”

(The mother grabbed her daughter by the arm and marched her over to the register where she made her daughter use her allowance money to buy the opened surprise bag. Even as they were leaving the store I still heard the daughter insisting that she didn’t open it.)

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Nov. 27th, 2015 06:19 pm
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The wind stops, the world
breathes audibly in silence.
No leaf stirs. Even squirrels
pause to listen, holding twigs
as nature proves a negative.

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Nov. 27th, 2015 05:14 pm
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I've been vaguely meaning to read more Ursula K. LeGuin for a while now; The Word For World Is Forest jumped to the top of my list by virtue of being available from my library as a downloadable Kindle eBook.

This is quite a depressing little book, isn't it? The plot is fairly simple:

- humans colonize a heavily wooded alien planet, including enslaving exploiting the local alien species in all the gross ways that one would expect
- to everyone's surprise, the initially-pacifist aliens eventually revolt
- the one anthropologist who has established friendly relations with the aliens is depressed
- suddenly, deus ex orders arrive from Earth dictating that everyone needs to calm the hell down and behave more ethically
- alas, gross humans continue to ruin the planned de-escalation and everything ends in bloodshed

Obviously, I find none of this implausible. It's kind of a misery to spend at least half the book trapped inside the head of the grossest human being of all -- again, I fully believe people like Davidson exist, but he's so! awful! I don't think I'll ever be rereading this one; life's too short to spend that much time in his head again.

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Necklace

Nov. 27th, 2015 04:19 pm
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Posted by schneier

She's calling it an octopus, but it's a squid.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.


Nov. 27th, 2015 04:29 pm
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I made a small error at some point and added three to Locus' total reviews for 2014.

Venue	                    Reviews Reviewers   R/R
James Nicoll Reviews ('15)   299         1.    299
Locus	                     296	11.     26.9
Tor.com	                     271	33.      8.2
SFX	                     199	30.      6.6
James Nicoll Reviews ('14)   150         1.    150
Romantic Times	             127	21.      6.0
Strange Horizons	     115	46.      2.5
Interzone                     79        21.      3.8
io9	                      74	12.      6.2
F&SF	                      59	 5.     11.8
Vector	                      59	25.      2.4
Analog	                      58	 1.     58
Asimov's	              47	 3.     15.7
NYRSF	                      45	23.      1.4
Science Fiction Studies	      43	36.      1.2
Foundation	              29	19.      1.5
CSZ	                      22	18.      1.2
LARB.  	                      17	14.      1.2

A Jarring Experience

Nov. 27th, 2015 09:00 pm
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Posted by BD

Department Store | Guelph, ON, Canada

(I’m putting out stock in the electronics department when I overhear the following conversation between a co-worker and an older man carrying some groceries.)

Customer: “You’d better have a blu-ray copy of [Sci-Fi Movie that was released a few days prior] or I’m gonna shove this jar of peanuts up your a**.”

Coworker: “Well, sir, I personally prefer dry roasted peanuts, and those ones are honey roasted…”

(My coworker indicates a large display of the movie in question.)

Coworker: “…and here are 200 copies of [Movie], no more than a few feet away from where you are standing. Is there anything else I can help you with today?”

(The customer grabs a movie and walks away quickly, pointedly not looking at my coworker.)

WOT Not Middlemarch????

Nov. 27th, 2015 08:42 pm
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London’s oldest bookshop chooses first instalment of Trollope’s Barsetshire Chronicles, The Warden, as best novel published since the shop’s opening in 1797.

Okay, will cop to having read Very Little Trollope (possibly only the one in my VictLit undergrad course?) - for years I said I was saving him for my old age: I still am...

But, really, I suspect that this may be a Very Hatchards List, Hatchards being the Posh People's Bookshop on Piccadilly, possibly to books what Fortnum and Mason is to food.

Other thoughts on literary judgements and gender, in the light of a couple of widely circulated articles on the subject:
On Pandering: How to Write like a Man
If you enjoyed a good book and you're a woman, the critics think you're wrong
yr hedjog being someone who for years has read predominantly women writers (while I do not skorn utterly writers of the masculine persuasion, am v picky about them).

There is something there about the role of pleasure, and the idea not just of 'guilty pleasures' (kill the concept with fire) but pleasure itself being, if not entirely guilty, worth less than grimness and difficulty.

I cite my beloved GB Stern, who writes of books that provide an 'escape into happiness by the oldest swiftest route in the world, the story-book route', and comments that 'on these we usually keep a guilty silence unless confident of being among our fellow escapists', and praises 'the comfort and fun to be scattered by a small book about small people in small gatherings', concluding that 'there are other things to be done about the narrow earth than to bestride it'.

It would be wonderful to be able to write a novel that could stand alongside Middlemarch or South Riding, but if I could not aspire to those heights, what I should like to have written would be some work that may not be Big Literary Canonical Work but one that has gone on giving pleasure and being recommended between friends and rediscovered with cries of joy and appreciation.


Nov. 27th, 2015 02:36 pm
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Thanksgiving was always the big holiday for my father, so since his death it's been a difficult time. For the first couple afterward, my stepmother came up to visit me and Geoff in Montreal, because she didn't even want to be in the house, let alone accept one of the kind invitations she had from friends. Last year she volunteered to help serve at a free dinner hosted by a local wonderful brewpub, and had such a good time that she decided to do it again this year, and asked us if we'd like to join her. We were delighted to!

It was a lot of fun. We got there at 11:30, to get prepped before they started serving at noon, but everything was already set up, so we just chilled for half an hour, and then they stood us up behind the steam trays and off we went. The food was terrific -- local businesses had donated nineteen organic turkeys, and the stuffing and cranberry sauce were delicious, plus squash and potatoes, and apple crisp and ice cream for dessert, and we were ladling it out with gusto. We served well over two hundred people in five hours, and there was still food left over; I loved that we didn't have to stint to make it last, but could keep encouraging people to come back for more, and to fill takeout boxes. One couple with two kids had a whole stack of them. Some diners were pretty clearly folks in need, and some were folks who just wanted to come out for a shared community freewill-donation dinner (last year it raised $2000 in donations for the local food bank), and some were volunteers fueling up for their own shifts; Geoff and I were supposed to help for just a couple of hours, but we were energized and having fun and ended up working the whole five hours, except for a break to eat ourselves. Plus the pub was also serving its own brews; after a few hours over the steam trays I very much enjoyed a half-pint of oatmeal stout. (At one point one of the staff came by asking if anyone needed a break and were we all well hydrated, and I assured her I was beerdrated.)

At the end of the afternoon we thanked the cooks and the kitchen staff who'd kept the heaping trays of food coming for hours, packed up some leftovers for ourselves, and staggered home with big smiles on our faces.

Today we went for a hike up a local hill for beautiful views over the river valley, came home for the traditional post-Thanksgiving lunch of post-Thanksgiving leftovers, and are now relaxing before meeting friends for Mexican food for dinner and then to see Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky in concert. Tomorrow we go home and back to our everyday lives, but this has been a lovely break.

(Before this we spent three days with my mother, and left on Thanksgiving morning, ducking out on her meal with her in-laws, which I'm very glad of, it having been very high-stress the last time we were part of it...)

And as I wrote this up, my stepmother found a picture of the three of us serving up food in the local paper!
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Posted by Shawn King


While Pixar Animation is nearly 30 years old, it’s only been 20 years since the company ventured into feature length, computer animated filmmaking with Toy Story. The film was an instant classic in 1996 and it spawned two successful, acclaimed sequels with a fourth installment on the way in 2017, and it was just the beginning of what the animation house had to offer.

In celebration of Pixar’s milestone anniversary this year, editor Kees van Dijkhuizen has paid tribute to Pixar with a supercut of the films they’ve made over the years, from their early shorts to this year’s feature films. You might find yourself getting some tears in your eyes since it’s accompanied by Michael Giacchino‘s score from Up.

I don’t know if I could name a single studio that has moved me to the range of emotions Pixar has over the past 20 years.

∞ Read this on The Loop


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