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Blue has always known what the name on her wrist means; Gansey has always wondered about his. Ronan keeps his hidden, Adam doesn't need to, and Noah's is altogether a mystery. But they all come together in the end, anyway.

A soulmate AU in which definitions are flexible.


Notes and acknowledgements:
Thanks to blindmadness for permission to record their podfic, and to Jinjurly and Paraka for hosting!

Original Fic: here
Author: blindmadness
Fandom: Raven Cycle
Pairing: Blue/Gansey but mostly team feels
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None, beyond mentions of canon deaths and abuse
Length: 00:21:38

Paraka: MP3 (30MB) or M4B (20 MB)
AO3: here
Audiofic Archive: Check back later.

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Posted by Martin Brinkmann

Google Prompt is a new 2-step verification option that improves the usability of the second verification step by pushing a prompt to a connected smartphone that you just need to tap on to allow or deny the request.

2-step verification, often also called 2-factor authentication, is a popular security option to improve the sign-in security of user accounts.

As the name implies, instead of just having to enter username and password to sign-in, a second form of verification is required to complete the process.

This second step requires access to a local device usually, a smartphone or authentication device, and  stops many popular attack forms, phishing or password stealing dead in their tracks.

Google was not the first company to offer 2-step verification, but the option to use it has been available for years.

The two common methods of verification are to receive a text or voice message to a linked mobile phone, or to use the company's official authenticator application.

Both require that you enter the code manually whenever sign-in requires you to do so.

Google Prompt

The new Google Prompt option improves the process as it does away with having to enter the code manually. It requires a smartphone for that though, and is only available on Android or iOS.

Setting up 2-Step Verification

google prompt

Do the following to set up Google Prompt as an option when it comes to the second verification step when you are signing in to a Google Account.

Step 1: Visit the Sign-In & Security page on the Google My Account website.

Step 2: Click on 2-Step Verification on the page.

Step 3: You are asked to enter the password of the Google account in question if 2-Step Verification is already enabled. If that is the case, proceed to "configuring Google Prompt" below.

If not, proceed with step 4 and you won't be asked to enter the account password at that point.

Step 4:If you have not set up 2-Step Verification yet, do that. This requires that you add a phone number to your Google Account. Click on the Get Started link.

google 2-step verification

Step 5: Enter your Google Account password for verification.

Step 6:  Select the country flag the phone is registered in, and enter the phone number afterwards.

2-step verification setup

Step 7: Google sends a verification code or calls using the phone number you have entered. You need to enter that verification code as confirmation on the page to proceed. There is an option to resend it should if required.

Step 8: Click on the turn on link to complete the process.

turn on -2-step verification

Configuring Google Prompt

Step 1: Select the Google Prompt option under "set up alternative second step" and click on "add phone" underneath it.

Step 2: An overlay explains what Google Prompt is: Get a Google prompt to sign in. Instead of typing verification codes, get a prompt on your phone and just tap Yes to sign in.

Click on Get Started to start the setup.

Step 7: Google tries to find a compatible phone automatically. If that is the case, select the phone and proceed.

If that fails however, select "set up your Android phone" or "set up your iPhone (5S or later).

On Android, it requires that you add the Google account as an account first on the device, and then retry linking the device to Google Prompt.

This completes the setup, and you will receive push prompts on the device afterwards when you sign in and need to complete a second verification step.

Google suggests to use a phone with an active lock screen and that Security Keys cannot be used simultaneously with the new feature.

Closing Words

Google Prompt is one of several apps or services that improves the second step of verification during sign-in. Microsoft launched Microsoft Account recently, an application for Android that does the same thing.

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Sod's law...

Jun. 27th, 2016 05:10 pm
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Three sessions of working on the eBay chair setup, including straining to my limits to budge locked bolts and screws, didn't hurt myself once.

Push a cupboard door lightly shut, left index finger bends back on itself and the joint pops.

It'll probably be fine in a day or two, but just aarghh!

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B. was sufficiently impressed by my crocodile stitch shawl that he asked for a crocodile stitch jumper. I have a horrible feeling this has strayed into "hideous socks so kindly meant" territory but B. claims to be pleased with it. More alarmingly he claims to have a carefully cultivated reputation for eccentric knitwear which suggests he intends to wear it in public.

It wasn't meant to be this large. It growed and growed and I kept having to buy more yarn.

Also, no pattern this time around, too much "making it up as I go along" was happening.

"lay your hands on me" by Merideath

Jun. 27th, 2016 11:58 am
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Cover art by: [personal profile] reena_jenkins

Title: lay your hands on me
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Merideath
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass
Rating: E
Fandom: MCU
Pairings: Darcy Lewis/Steve Rogers
Summary: When people needed her help, it generally involved coffee, hacking or a heavy dose of sarcasm. Steve didn't usually need a hand.
Length: 35:45
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)

Streaming available at AO3.

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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

One explanation for Trump’s popularity on the political right is that supporters are attracted to him because they feel invisible to “establishment” candidates and Trump, as an “outsider” is going to “shake things up.” A survey of 3,037 Americans completed by RAND, weighted to match the US (citizen) population, suggests that there is something to this.

About six months ago, RAND asked respondents if they agreed with the statement “people like me don’t have any say about what the government does.” Responses among likely Democratic voters didn’t significantly correlate with support for either Sanders or Clinton and those among likely Republican voters didn’t significantly correlate with support for Rubio or Cruz, but responses did correlate dramatically with a preference for Trump. All other things being equal, people who “somewhat” or “strongly” agreed with the statement were 87% more likely to prefer Trump over other candidates.


“This increased preference for Trump,” RAND explains, “is over and beyond any preferences based on respondent gender, age, race/ethnicity, employment status, educational attainment, household income, attitudes towards Muslims, attitudes towards illegal immigrants, or attitudes towards Hispanics.”

Whatever else is driving Trump voters, a sense of disenfranchisement appears to be a powerful motivator.

Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and Gender, a textbook. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Written to [personal profile] itsamellama's prompt here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

Set in the same world as Edally Academy but centuries earlier. The Bitrani live far in the south; the Calenyena live in the North.

“Rietanneh, it’s not really that hot down here. It’s really not.”

Lukia hurried after her friend. She hadn’t been sure about inviting Rietanneh home for the holiday with her. After all, there was more than mountains between Lannamer and Tugia, as the saying went. The Calenyena were heathens, often barbaric, wild and unmannered, and the Bitrani, Lukia’s people, hadn’t really forgiven them for the way the war had been won, all those centuries ago. But the Lannamer girl didn’t really have family, not that would come get her, at least, and after all, the Three sid “call those kin who would be to you as an extension of yourself.”
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Posted by Mark Sisson

DM Blackstrap Molasses FinalFor today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering two reader questions. First, I answer a very specific question about blackstrap molasses, that nutrient-dense sweetener with the distinctive taste. How can a person who hates molasses work it into their diet? Next, I address concerns surrounding a set of healthy whole grain studies that I’m sure you’ve been hearing about. Are whole grains really healthy? Will they make you live long and prosper? Is there something unique to whole grains we’re missing out on?

Let’s go:

Hey Mark? Could you do something about how to incorporate blackstrap molasses into the diet? Everything I try is disgusting.

If you do dairy, mixing a tablespoon into a cup of milk is probably the most palatable. It’s downright delicious.

Add it to coffee, but only if you also add cream. Make sure not to add too much. Aim for slight sweetness. Once you start using blackstrap molasses to make foods taste sweet, you’re overdoing it. It gets gross fast.

A buddy of mine swears by a molasses smoothie: raw milk, molasses, crushed ice, instant coffee. He also agrees that you shouldn’t add so much molasses that it gets sweet, because that’s how you know you’ve gone too far.

Blackstrap goes well with winter squashes, highlighting the subtle nutty sweetness of a butternut, a delicata, an acorn. Drizzle thin ribbons, follow with salted butter, and you’re good to go.

This sounds weird, but trust me. Next time you have a handful of mixed nuts, add a little drizzle of blackstrap on top. It helps if the nuts are salted.

I’ll sometimes mix a tablespoon of blackstrap with a tablespoon of cider vinegar in a cup, fill it with ice, and add sparkling water. Quite refreshing and rejuvenating after a long hot hike or game of Ultimate.

Molasses ganache is nice. Melt 85% dark chocolate with a tablespoon of molasses in some heavy cream. Maybe a pinch of cayenne.

You might just have to tough it out, pour a tablespoon, and take it directly. Tell yourself that you’re getting 25% of the magnesium, 20% of the calcium, and 13% of the potassium you need for the day in that one tablespoon. You can handle having something gross in your mouth for few short moments.

Hi Mark:

I’m assuming that you are already planning on responding to this, but just in case, I’d love to see what you think about this recommendation – 90 grams of grains a day?!




Just like all the others, these findings and recommendations are based on observational studies: research which tracks correlations, not interventions.

And like all the others, it can’t make accurate recommendations. The same problems apply:

Lack of true control. We’re comparing whole grain eaters to refined grain eaters. Everyone who’s “normal” eats grains. As much as this movement has taken off, the vast majority of the population eats refined, not whole grains. “Across all age groups…the public exceeds recommendation intakes of refined grains.”  Does the analysis include a “Primal” group of people avoiding all grains—refined and whole—but eating tubers, vegetables, and fruit? The increase in mortality among the folks eating refined grains may be relevant for the folks eating refined grains, but that’s not you. That’s not my readership. I’d love to see that group pitted against healthy whole grain consumers.

Healthy user bias. “Everyone knows” whole grains are healthy. You’d imagine that people who choose whole grains are going to be following other healthy lifestyle and diet practices, right? Well, the authors of the study came to the same conclusion, admitting that “people with a high intake of whole grains might have different lifestyles, diets, or socioeconomic status than those with a low intake.”

The most believable explanation—and the only potential causal mechanism they explore in depth—is that the fiber grains provide has a beneficial effect on the gut biome, producing short chain fatty acids and reducing inflammation. I buy this, actually. For instance, most Americans get the majority of their paltry intake of resistant starch via whole grains, because for most Americans, eating green bananas and plantains, cooking and cooling potatoes, and making potato starch smoothies are rare behaviors (it is a little weird when you stop and think). If soluble, fermentable fibers like inulin and resistant starch are behind the supposed benefits of whole grains, shouldn’t the soluble, fermentable fibers found in non-grain, totally Primal foods work just as well?

The fact is that if you’re gonna eat grains, whole ones are healthier. If you’re going to obtain a large portion of your energy intake from grains, eating the ones with more micronutrients is better than eating the ones with none. That’s what this study says. It can’t say much about your Primal way of eating, though. We need direct comparisons to do that.

Don’t lose sleep over this one. If you’ve got a family member eating whole grains, and they appear to be healthy, they’re probably going to be okay.

That’s about it for today, folks. I hope these answers helped, and if you have anything to add (or ask), do so down below!

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Parrot as witness?

Jun. 27th, 2016 03:27 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Peter Holley, "Foul-mouthed parrot may be used as evidence in murder trial, prosecutor says", WaPo 6/26/2016:

Family members believe Bud, an African gray parrot, may have witnessed the shooting that left Martin Duram dead and his wife severely injured.  

They believe this because the bird’s latest phrase — the one he won’t stop shouting at the top of his lungs mimicking his owner’s voice — is a chilling one: “Don’t f—ing shoot!”  

Duram’s body was found near his wife, who suffered a gunshot wound to her head but is alive. Although police initially assumed she was a victim of the shooting, police reports obtained by WOOD-TV revealed that she eventually became a suspect in the slaying. […]

Relatives told the station that they think Martin Duram’s final moments were imprinted in the bird’s memory and that he continues to relive the slaying. They noted that Bud mimicked both the victim and his wife.


Five spot burnet moth

Jun. 27th, 2016 04:13 pm
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Five spot burnet moth
Five spot burnet moth in our Worcestershire, UK garden.

Sam, Pride, Ranch

Jun. 27th, 2016 07:43 am
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Sam has mostly moved in, and I mostly have the Manor fixed. Sam's move was by far the easier. He had one carload and one bicycle load of stuff!
I got all the drywall in, not perfectly, but good enough. It didn't help that I started out with patching compound rather than real drywall mud. When I finally went and got some real drywall mud I had to redo almost everything. The whole job would have gone a lot faster and ultimately looked far better if I'd started with the right stuff.
Today's chores are to finish any last touch-up painting and attach the re-stained and varnished baseboard. Once that is done I can move on to finding an "o" ring for our kitchen faucet which is leaking around the spout attachment.
Then I can move on to packing for our Echo Lakes trip. First thing on the agenda is to figure out what I am preparing for 6 meals. Ellen is bringing the other 6 meals, and all the meat since it needs to Kosher. I think I will make: fish (probably salmon, I've got a lot of it), lentil soup, mac n cheese (made from scratch of course), curried something, green salad with veggies and tuna (or perhaps smoked salmon?) and some kind of pasta.
Tonight M and I are off to Ukiah for a very short visit. It is supposed to be 100F up there so I have two appointments early in the morning and then we will likely be off for foggy San Francisco by noonish! Ok, so that is a hope, not a certainty, but I don't want to be there when the temps climb much past 95F!

Left His Manners In The Last Town

Jun. 27th, 2016 03:00 pm
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Posted by BD

Convenience Store | Richmond, VA, USA

(I am mopping the store after closing one night when a man starts banging loudly on the door and yanking at the handle. I normally wouldn’t have opened up but I see he’s a truck driver and I am concerned something may be wrong.)

Customer: “Where the h*** is [Random Town], NC?”

Me: “I’m not sure, sir. I can tell you that you are still in VA, and I can let you in to look at a map if it would help.”

Customer: “I have a f***ing map, air head! [Random Town] is not on it! What truck driver doesn’t have a map? Do you know where it is or not?”

Me: “No, I’m sorry. I have never heard of it.”

Customer: “You work at a gas station, but you can’t give simple directions. How f****** useless are you?!”

Me: “Well, I’m sorry, sir, but passing a geography test was not a requirement of my employment.”

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Some speech style dimensions

Jun. 27th, 2016 02:13 pm
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Posted by Mark Liberman

Earlier this year, I observed that there seem to be some interesting differences among individuals and styles of speech in the distribution of speech segment and silence segment durations — see e.g. "Sound and silence" (2/12/2013), "Political sound and silence" (2/8/2016) and "Poetic sound and silence" (2/12/2016).

So Neville Ryant and I decided to try to look at the question in a more systematic way. In particular, we took the opportunity to compare the many individuals in the LibriSpeech dataset, which consists of 5,832 English-language audiobook chapters read by 2,484 speakers, with a total audio duration of nearly 1,600 hours. This dataset was selected by some researchers at JHU from the larger LibriVox audiobook collection, which as a whole now comprises more than 50,000 hours of read English-language text. Material from the nearly 2,500 LibriSpeech readers gives us a background distribution against which to compare other examples of both read and spontaneous speech, yielding plots like the one below:

[If you're not puzzled by that plot, you should be — but all will be explained below.]

The earlier posts were based on the output of a Speech Activity Detector (SAD). The advantage of a SAD-based approach is that no transcript is required, and we can even use material in an unknown language. One disadvantage is that it's hard for the program to decide accurately whether short silences are stop gaps or silent pauses, as discussed in one of the earlier posts. So for this exploration, we decided to perform forced alignment between the audio and the corresponding text, which enables us to classify short silences accurately, and to use silent pauses to make an accurate division into speech and silence segments.

The LibriSpeech datasets comes with alignments supplied by its compilers, but we realigned everything in order to be able to make an appropriate comparison with other data sources. The result was about two million segments of each type, with overall duration distributions as shown in the density plots below:

But those are the distributions of speech and silence durations for all 2,484 readers — how should we characterize the distribution of individual readers' characteristics? The best way to do that would be to fit an appropriate statistical model, and look at the distribution of model parameters.

The speech-segment plot look like the same sort of gamma distribution discussed earlier. The silence-segment plot is clearly bimodal, with the minimum between the two modes at about 200 milliseconds. So the obvious way to characterize individual readers is in terms of a mixture of gamma distributions.

But there are lots of ways to carry this program out in detail, and the interpretation of the resulting parameters in each case may be a little opaque. So we decided to start with a cheap trick, namely to characterize each reader in terms of the proportion of their silence segments that are greater than 0.2 seconds, and the proportion of their speech segments that are greater than 0.6 seconds. The result looks like this, expressed as a 2D contour plot with the speech-segment proportion on the x axis and the silence segment proportion on the y axis:

So we have a distribution, but is it a useful or interesting one?

Let's add to the mix the speech and silence segment durations from some other sources:

Fresh Air: Fourteen radio interviews, involving public figures ranging from Lena Dunham to Stephen King to Gloria Steinem, from National Public Radio’s Fresh Air program. Recordings and transcripts were downloaded from NPR's website, and the transcripts were “dis-edited” to include disfluencies and to correct other transcription errors. The host Terry Gross is treated separately from the interviewees.

YouthPoint: YouthPoint was a radio program produced by students at the University of Pennsylvania in the late 1970s, comprising interviews with opinion leaders of the era. The broadcast versions, are all 30 minutes in duration though the original interviews may be much longer. Our data set includes a subset of 50 sessions with 57 interviewees,  including Ann Landers, Mario Andretti, Francesco Scavullo, Mark Hamill, Annie Potts, Chuck Norris, Buckminster Fuller,  Erica Jong, Chaim Potok, Isaac Asimov, Ed Muskie and Joe Biden.

Political speeches: 50 weekly radio addresses given by George W. Bush during 2008, and 127 weekly addresses and prepared statements given by Barak Obama between 2009 and 2011. The official transcripts were again "dis-edited" to conform with the audio. Bush and Obama are treated separately.

If we plot the speech segment and silence segment distributions for these sources in comparison to the overall LibriSpeech distributions, we see not only some individual differences, but a suggestion that the read-speech sources (LibriSpeech, Obama, and Bush) are different from the spontaneous-speech sources (YouthPoint, Terry Gross, FreshAir guests):

And if we add the other sources to the 2D distribution shown earlier, we get a sensible result:

Bush and Obama are quite different from one another, but both are near the modal region of the 2,484 LibriSpeech readers.

In contrast, the three spontaneous-speech sources are relatively close to one another, and almost completely outside the read-speech region.

And the quantitative difference between the spontaneous and read-speech sources makes qualitative sense. There are presumably fewer long speech segments in spontaneous speech because the compositional process requires additional pauses for thought. And there are presumably fewer long silence segments in the radio interviews because radio hates dead air, so that interviewers (or editors) are likely to intervene if a silent pause goes on too long.

My guess is that unedited conversations, in different cultural and interactional settings, would show a wider range of silence-segment distributions. And the distribution of both speech and silence segment durations will obviously also be a function of the fluency, topic knowledge, inhibition, and arousal of the speakers.

For a more formal report on this research, see Neville Ryant and Mark Liberman, "Automatic Analysis of Phonetic Speech Style Dimensions", InterSpeech 2016.

GK, Outlander-sty;e

Jun. 27th, 2016 07:56 am
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I'm currently entertaining myself imagining the GK boys in the Outlander universe. Brad as the adopted son of a local laird. Nate as the one good English officer he keeps running into. Ray as color commentary.

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Written to [livejournal.com profile] kelkyag's prompt(s) here to my Summer Giraffe Call.

Okay, this story references or is after several stories, so here goes:

This is where the divination deck originally showed up - 1st story in the whole series.
This story and then this one introduce Adam.

Wild Card comes immediately before the one below.

This is the Finish-It Bingo referencing Wild Card.

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