March 25th, 2017

Posted by Greg Wyshynski

The Boston Bruins got two goals form their fourth line and an outstanding performance form their backup goalie. The New York Islanders got nothing out of their power play and were gassed in the third period, playing their second game in as many nights.

And that’s how you get a 2-1 win for Boston in Brooklyn, as they grab sole possession of the last wild card slot in the Eastern Conference.

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Tuukka Rask couldn’t play for the Bruins due to a crippling battle with timidity, er, a “lower body injury.” So Anton Khudobin stepped up with 18 saves on 19 shots, which is another way of saying that the Islanders only generated 19 shots on goal. They average 30.5 shots per game; Boston is the second-best team in the NHL in shot suppression, 26.5 shots per game to opponents.

The offense was provided by, who else, Riley Nash. Yep. Two goals for Nash. Why not?

The Islanders had six power plays. Combined with the 0-for-1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, and that’s a huge goose egg from a unit that tallied twice against the New York Rangers earlier in the week. Coach Doug Weight has made a lot of right moves in his tenure with the team. Here’s a wrong one, by his own admission: Rookie Josh Ho-Sang didn’t see the ice with the first-unit power play until the Islanders failed at five of them.

The Bruins now have 84 points, with seven games left and six of those at home. The Islanders have 82 points with eight games left, five of them on the road.

The game in-hand is huge; the Bruins’ 37-33 lead in non-shootout wins looms larger.

Even better for the B’s: The Buffalo Sabres thumped the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-2, on Saturday night. They’re a point back for third in the Atlantic, but the Leafs have a game in-hand. Surprisingly, given they’re division rivals, they don’t face each other again.

Meanwhile, there are some other party guests knocking at the door.

The Tampa Bay Lightning (81) are now three in back of the Bruins, but they have a game in-hand and a game against the Bruins left on the schedule.

The Carolina Hurricanes (79 points) defeated the New Jersey Devils. They have TWO games in hand on the Bruins, with nine games remaining. Six of those games are at home. They also have a game with the Islanders remaining. The Canes are 7-0-3 in their last 10 games.

Sebastian Aho, who had two goals, in March? He’s got five goals and seven assists in 14 games.

The Florida Panthers and Philadelphia Flyers have 77 points, but time is running short. The Panthers defeated the Blackhawks by a 7-0 score on Saturday night. Here’s really the only highlight you should care about:

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.


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posted by [personal profile] kyburg at 02:31am on 26/03/2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden knows about the Obama/Biden bromance memes — and he’s got a favorite:

from Tumblr
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Technology then and now

at first i thought it was the same number then I noticed it said GB and damn

As one of the tech review magazines said a few years ago when the first 32 GB micro SD cards came out, “At last it is possible for a single human being to accidentally swallow all of the data collected by the Apollo Program.”

now that is a review
from Tumblr
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posted by [personal profile] starandrea at 09:49pm on 25/03/2017 under ,
Tomorrow is my longest race before the marathon: we're running the entire New Hampshire coast, staring in Maine and ending in Massachusetts.

On the plus side, it should be super flat ♥

"I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived"

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Title: Immutable, or, Five Times Obi-Wan Kenobi Compromised His Jedi Ethics for Anakin Skywalker
[ profile] bedlamsbard
Reader: reena_jenkins
Coverartist: [ profile] reena_jenkins
Rating: PG-13
Fandoms: Star Wars Prequel Movies
Pairings: Obi-Wan Kenobi/Anakin Skywalker, Padme Amidala/Anakin Skywalker
Warnings: Canon-Typical Violence, Misuse of the Force, Codependency, Jedi Code, During Canon, Obi-Wan is Emotionally Compromised, Clone Wars
Length: 00:16:28 

Author's Summary: "I think that I would betray my vows for him."

Clone Wars-era. Anakin/Obi-Wan, Anakin/Padme.

Download Link: You can download this podfic as an mp3 right over here (thank you, paraka, for hosting me).

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posted by [personal profile] starandrea at 09:40pm on 25/03/2017 under ,
I was totally prepared to treat the new Power Rangers movie as a new team of Rangers, but I've already caught myself using their backstory for the original team. I'm cool with that. With as much fanfiction as we've written and read (about every team, but especially Mighty Morphin), I think it's easy to forget how much depth the TV show didn't have. The movie didn't have to go far to add plausible dimension to their relationships, most notably Jason and - well, everyone.
j_crew_guy: (Kachou on!)
posted by [personal profile] j_crew_guy at 08:38pm on 25/03/2017 under
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posted by [personal profile] astolat at 08:27pm on 25/03/2017 under ,
Reader, I am really fucking tired. *insert long tedious explanation of the past week involving hospital, fainting, copious vomiting (different days, different family members), family visit, 3 playdates, and ending with my current location in hotel room in Disneyworld*

Everyone is okay now but OMG.

HOWEVER I am actually here to share this vidding zine what lim made, which I was so thrilled to participate in:


I think it is really quite awesome and full of interesting and joyful and fannish thought in the very best way. My own contribution was to rave on about [personal profile] sisabet's vid Bad Romance, which spoiler alert is one of my most favorite vids and if you want to know why GO LOOK AT THE SHINY.

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Posted by Greg Wyshynski

Less than 24 hours after his NCAA hockey career ended, Brock Boeser scored his first goal in the National Hockey League.

A game-winner, no less.

The newest member of the Vancouver Canucks had whirlwind journey in the last day. His North Dakota team was eliminated from the NCAA men’s hockey tournament in double-overtime against Boston University on Friday night in Fargo. That freed the winger up to join the Canucks, who drafted him 23rd overall in 2015, who were in Minnesota to face the Wild on Saturday afternoon.

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He returned to Grand Forks on Friday night, his coach drove him to the airport, he then flew to join the Wild, signing with the Canucks on Saturday morning.

Then the fun began.

He was in the starting lineup for the Canucks, playing alongside former North Dakota teammate Troy Stecher. How do we know this? Because the Canucks allowed his parents to announce the starting lineup before the game:

Then the Canucks did the traditional thing, and had Boeser skate out on his own for warm-ups:

He played 12:44 in the game, with four shots on goal. One of them went in, at 11:51 in the second period, to give Vancouver a 3-0 lead.

As luck would have it, the Wild would rally for two goals but fall short, 4-2, giving Boeser the game-winning goal in his NHL debut.

“Dream come true. I couldn’t have drawn this up any better. And to score too, and have my family and friends here is special,” he said after the game.

Now comes the real task for Boeser: Trying to outdo Sami Salo to become the best No. 6 in Vancouver history.

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.


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  1. The English sofa is a loan from Turkish. The Turkish for the English sofa, however, is kanape, as a loan from the French canapé, which has the original meaning of English sofa and, by figurative extension, the meaning of English canapé, because you've got a little piece of bread or pastry or something that looks like a sofa with the topping perched on top of it. ([personal profile] sebastienne conjectured this etymology when I was grumbling about the Turkish last week; they were surprised and delighted to be correct.)
  2. Fox/vixen is the solitary surviving example in modern English of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in: Fuchs/Füchsin.
  3. The English/French foyer is rendered, in Swedish orthography, foajé. It is pronounced the way one might reasonably expect foyer to be pronounced. See also: restaurang.
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Title: Dumbledore's Legacy
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter.
Word Count: 100 x 9
Rating: R
Challenge: Written for [ profile] snape100/[ profile] snape100/[community profile] snape100's prompt #683: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Dumbledore House
Warning(s): None.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Dumbledore's Legacy )
Mood:: 'relaxed' relaxed
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Big week coming up on the reading front.
  • Tomorrow, Sunday, March 26th from 1-$PM, I'll be reading at the Anderson Library at the University of Minnesota for the annual Quatrefoil Library/Tretter Collection joint event, Women Who Read. Also reading are Jessie Chandler, Rachel Gold, Stephani Maari Booker and a host of other talented queer female-identified writers. Just as a general observation about the kind of talent that reads at this event, Pat Schmatz won a Tiptree Award 3 days after our reading last year. So come by and check it out! The beauty of group readings is that there's always enough variety to find something you like.
  • Which is why I'm doing 2 readings this week. On Tuesday, March 28th, I'll be reading at Intermedia Arts for Queer Voices, an ongoing series featuring local LGBTQIA_ authors and creators. 7:30-9:30PM, sliding scale admission.
  • My latest Patreon posts on Comfort Reading and Comfort Television are out - check out some new stuff for only $1! Pledge $6 and get my essay on Irene Adler too. This month's proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.
It's also my birthday this week and I'm neck deep in projects so it's going to be a wild ride! Send good thoughts and virtual chocolate!
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Sometimes it worries me that I can't read things in movies. Or on TV. Because supposedly you can't read in dreams, right? It's supposed to be one of the signs that you're dreaming, when you try to read something and you can't. I don't have any problem reading in dreams, but in real life, words that are shown as part of a picture on a screen are unreadable to me.

Which leads to two questions (largely insignificant, in the grand scheme of my actions, but possibly important when it comes to the nature of the universe as I know it). Am I dreaming, and how would I know?
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
(Well, the evidence is fairly overwhelming that he doesn't read books, full stop, but it has been specifically reported that he says he hasn't read any presidential biographies.)

This suggests Bannon and Short haven't either:

One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.

Alternatively, they read about Nixon's "Enemies List" and thought ooh, that sounds great, we should do that, it worked out so well for him.

(Seriously, I don't actually imagine that this is literally Watergate 2.0 or going to play out exactly like that, because that would be too weird and history doesn't work like that, which is one reason why it's so odd when Trump and co. seem to be borrowing such highly-specific things from the Nixon playbook.)

ETA: Do you think they saw a reference to an "enemies list" somewhere and thought whoa, that sounds super-hardcore and badass, we should have one of those? Has nobody told them yet?

Also, these are beautiful words to read:

Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with White House discussions, described what happened as a flat-out failure that could inflict serious damage on this presidency — even if Mr. Bannon believes Congress, not Mr. Trump, deserves much of the blame.

Dear USians, please enjoy these words and take strength from them.
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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

4/5. Middle grade novel prequel to the popular comic. My wife loves the comic but hasn't read this. Below is a rough transcript of my commentary to her:

Ahaha, Squirrel Girl has just happened to a bunch of LARPers. . . . Aw, her parents are adorable. So supportive! They remind me of your parents when you came out*. . . . Aw, her deaf new best friend is crabby and adorable. . . . For the record, the villain's name is The Micromanager, just so you know. . . . Aw, she is adorable. . . . Oh now she's chatting with a bad guy about his poor life choices and how he really should be wearing a seatbelt when he's driving like that. . . . Ahahaha, she is texting with The Winter Soldier. Oh, now she's texting with Tony Stark about how she needs help from someone smart and resourceful, and she asked him for Bruce Banner's number, I'm dying, I'm dead. Ahaha she is trash-talking and her trash talk is that the villain "is going downtown without a bus pass."

There was also a longer conversation in there about how it seems that Squirrel Girl exists in a different genre than most of the other people around her. It's actually really interesting – the closer a person gets to her like her parents or her bestie, the more they become realized in Squirrel Girl's genre. That is, aggressively, unstoppably cheerful with a streak of zany. Whereas people in the background – like the mean girls at school – exist in a more typical high school novel whose rules Squirrel Girl doesn't so much ignore as just never notice. My wife says the comic has a similar function in the wider comics universe – Squirrel Girl is a streak of off-beat color in a grimdark sea. And that's the joke. And the not joke.

I loved this.

*She came out when she went home over her first winter break in college and when she got back to her dorm there were congratulations flowers waiting for her. How cute is that?
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posted by [personal profile] musesfool at 04:18pm on 25/03/2017 under ,
Last night and then today I made batches of this body balm, though I'm afraid I personally find it too redolent of coconut to use myself - I tried it last night on my lips and it tainted everything with the taste of coconut. #the taste of betrayal I made it with the addition of gold satin mica powder, hoping for a golden shimmer, but alas, I don't think it really provides one. today I tried copper sparks mica powder, which I think might actually impart too much pigment to use it on skin other than lips? But I guess we'll see. I suppose it could be a cream eyeshadow or blush...? I'm meeting L. for drinks tonight, so she can test it out for me. Especially since I substituted shea butter for cocoa butter, which the internet tells me I shouldn't have? It's very rich balm, either way.

Meanwhile, I am liberally covered in glitter and I could not be happier about it.

Marg and Helen and the girls all loved their lip balms (and glitter gels), so I feel confident I found a couple of recipes that people other than me like, so that's good.

This morning, I made these chocolate cherry breakfast cookies (pic) and I might have made them too big, since they took more like 15 minutes to cook rather than the 9 to 11 the recipe suggests. I also used almond butter since I don't like peanut butter (I know, I know; I also don't like tuna fish; I was a nightmare child!) and they smell and taste great. And I finally used up the last of the dried cherries from my Christmas chocolate making, which was good. I found they (the dried cherries, I mean) were not as good in salads as dried cranberries, so they've just been sitting around taking up space. *hands*

So I feel like it's been a productive day, even if I didn't get the good sleep I was hoping for last night.

Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
Music:: A Boat on the Sea - Kristen Vigard
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*Andrea: A lot of fans seem to like this movie, which makes me nervous.
Marci: Yeah...
*Andrea: Okay, good. I'm glad you understand.

Marci: This is the fantasy version of what detention's like.
*Andrea: No kidding.

*Andrea: I appreciate that she was wearing a towel in that scene.
Marci: Yeah.

Marci: I love that Billy has friends! A lot of friends!
*Andrea: And he's the only one!

*Andrea: What did it say?
Marci: "We should start a band."

*Andrea: Oh my god, it's Amy!
Marci: Where?
*Andrea: And Tommy!

Marci: Well, that was more satisfying than almost any movie we've seen recently.
*Andrea: I think they stayed true to the single most important thing about Power Rangers, which is the team. Even when they're not Rangers, even when they're not heroes, even when they have no chance, they're friends, first and last.

Marci: …Are people taking their small children to see this movie?
*Andrea: I feel like we should warn the parents.


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