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Zoo Miami is proud to announce the recent hatching of two remarkable chicks. For the first time in the Zoo’s history, keepers welcomed the arrival of a Secretary Bird and a Great Blue Turaco.

The Great Blue Turaco hatched on February 7th after an incubation period of 31 days and weighed just over 40 grams.

Great Blue Turacos are the largest of all of the Turacos, reaching an overall length of 30 inches and a weight of close to 3 pounds. They are found in the canopies of forests in Central and Western Africa and feed on a variety of fruits, leaves, flowers, shoots and insects.

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The Secretary Bird hatched on February 15th after an incubation of 42 days and weighed just over 86 grams.  

Secretary Birds are found in African savannahs and woodlands, south of the Sahara, and have the longest legs of any bird of prey. They grow to be almost 5 feet tall with a wingspan that can approach 7 feet.

Though they will eat a variety of reptiles and small mammals, they are famous for hunting and eating snakes, including venomous ones. They hunt by walking on the ground and, when they see a prey species, will stomp on it with great quickness and force until it is incapacitated and can be eaten.

They get their name from their resemblance to male secretaries of the early 1700’s who wore gray tail coats and placed quilled pens behind their ears, which are replicated in appearance by the specialized feathers that stick out of the back of the head of Secretary Birds.

The Great Blue Turaco is currently classified as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List. However, the Secretary Bird is classified as “Vulnerable”.

Young Secretary Birds are preyed upon by crows, ravens, hornbills, large owls and kites, as they are vulnerable in their Acacia tree top nests. As a population, their main threats are loss of habitat and deforestation.

More great pics below the fold!

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Don Blyly, the owner of Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore here in Minneapolis, just drove out with two cartons of the new hardcover of "Penric and the Shaman" for me to sign. So signed copies of the regular edition of the book are in and available for mail-order at the store.

(If people want personalizations, note that it'll be a while till I get over there again.)


In addition, I will be doing an in-store signing on Saturday, March 18th, from 1 PM - 2 PM.

Also tentatively on the schedule for March is an appearance at Dreamhaven Books & Comics on the evening of Wednesday, March 15th, as part of the Speculations reading series. More on this as it solidifies.

Ta, L.

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COLUMBUS, OH - FEBRUARY 17: Matt Calvert #11 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 17, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)
Matt Calvert of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 17, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Getty Images)

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert will be sidelined “week-to-week” due to an oblique strain sustained in a Feb. 19 game against the Nashville Predators.

The 27-year-old Calvert has nine goals and 11 points in 51 games for the Blue Jackets. He leads the team with three shorthanded goals and is tied amongst team forwards for most shorthanded ice-time per-game with 1:40. According to Natural Stat Trick, a majority of Calvert’s 5-on-5 shifts start in the defensive zone.

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The Columbus Dispatch pointed out that Calvert had been an important penalty killer for the Blue Jackets this season as well as a “significant contributor” on the team’s third and fourth lines.

The Blue Jackets are tied for 11th in the NHL with the Predators in penalty kill percentage at 82.2, and losing Calvert could impact this area of their special teams to a degree.

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The surging New York Rangers recently moved ahead of the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division standings, knocking Columbus out of the top three. The Blue Jackets currently have 79 points in 58 games while New York has 80 points in 60 games. Since their 16-game winning streak, the Blue Jackets have gone 10-11-1.

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PITTSBURGH – The NHL’s Centennial Truck is going to hit every NHL market in 2017 (including you, Vegas!), and you would be wise to check it out.

The 1,000 sq. ft., 53-foot museum on wheels is filled with interactive displays, memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame and videos documenting the league’s history since 1917. We got a chance to take a tour on Friday at Heinz Field ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins-Philadelphia Flyers Stadium Series game.

Here’s some of what we saw:

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You see old videos of goalies and their gear, but to look at it up close and compare it to modern gear will make you wonder how more of them back then weren’t seriously injured on a regular basis.

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Some of the content inside the truck will be customized to whatever market it’s in. This one features a bevy of Penguins photos as well as an interactive display showcasing every captain in franchise history.

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One of the coolest exhibits is the touchscreen Stanley Cup. You can look up pictures of every single team’s engraving of names as well as a team photo.

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No hockey history display is complete without some real old sweaters. How beautiful is that New York Americans one? That touchscreen display in the middle allows fans to see every single team logo in league history.

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The evolution of skates is pretty remarkable when you compare what Punch Imlach wore to the blades Zdeno Chara puts on every night. And who doesn’t love the old California Golden Seals green and white skates? Thanks, Charlie Finley!

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Sticks from that market’s team will be in this display along with those of Wayne Gretzky, Dickie Moore and Bobby Hull’s, which featured this ridiculous blade curve.

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There’s also a dressing room stall display featuring two players and a blank one in-between that can be customized with your name and favorite number for a personalized photograph. All three nameplates can be customized for more than one person.

The Centennial Truck is definitely worth your time as you enjoy the Fan Arena activities when it comes to your city.

Here’s the current schedule of stops for the rest of this season:

March 2-4: Florida
March 10-11: Colorado
March 18-19: Ottawa
March 25-26: New Jersey
March 31-April 2: Carolina
April 8-9: Philadelphia

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The useful yet useless Services menu

Feb. 24th, 2017 08:28 pm
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One of the most-useful tools in macOS is also one of the most useless: The Services menu. In theory (and occasionally actually true), the Services menu lets you quickly take action on something—a selected file or folder, or a chunk of text. In reality, the Services menu is a vaste wasteland of unused functionality, and […]
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Because we are a folkblog first, the essential question of whether the performance of traditional song is an act of coverage is treated as trivial here at Cover Lay Down. Indeed, as alluded to in our 2013 feature on the Child Ballads, and in Single Song Sunday features on O Death, Wayfaring Stranger, Barbara Allen and The Water Is Wide, songs so old as to have lost their origin act as the prototype for our exploration of the depth and breadth of the folkways as they continue to stretch and evolve.

Someone has to have written these, of course; neither lyric nor melody springs from the cotton of whole cloth. Songs do shift as their culture grows around them, especially those originally carried by memory and not notation, but it strains the boundaries of reason to suppose that rhyming quatrains used to emerge from the air. But in the case of songs marked not standard but traditional, by definition, the mutation through versioning is so strong, the songs belong truly to the ages, to be identified by region rather than author. And this, in turn, makes of their reinvention an ideal opportunity to meet our mandate: to discover the performer through their interpretation of the familiar, and in embracing that comfort, to discover the new through the old.

There’s some wonderful tradfolk on rotation in our ears these days, from last year’s oops-we-missed-it super-collaborative Songs of Separation project, which brought together ten well-known female folk musicians from Scotland and England (with Karine Polwart, Eliza Carthy, and Hannah Read among them) for a tribute to their own ancient traditions, to the upcoming sophomore album from Jayme Stone’s Folklife project, this time with a focus on the songs of the American sea islands and mountains.

Add in a recently-discovered Childe ballad from UK storyteller and folk explorer Christine Cooper and her lovely 2011 5-track traditional EP, and an older live cut from Rachel Newton, whose most recent traditional album was celebrated in our Best Covers Albums of 2016, then cross the pond again for a cut or two from the American gospel hymnal from Americana icons The Stray Birds and an upcoming debut EP from new Mexico City-based band Peregrino, much-beloved tracks from ‘ghost folk” fave Allysen Callery and fiddlefolk duo 10 String Symphony, a hopping bluegrass number from Beehive Productions recorded live at the Caramoor American Roots Music Program in Katonah, NY, and a heavily-modified Come All Ye Fair And Tender Ladies from Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri‘s fine and intimate all-covers Valentine’s Duets series, recently rereleased for their well-stocked and easy-to-justify Patreon patronage project, and you’ve got a fine set indeed, with links to both artists and song origin, just for fun.

Looking for more? We’ve got two bonus tracks today, both nominally authored – the first a Bandcamp Frenchwoman’s amateur version of a popular Appalachian tune generally viewed as by Ola Belle Reed but also claimed as an original hymn by the Church of Latter Day Saints, the second a brand new live recording of a song y’all will surely recognize, originally of disputed authorship and first recorded towards the beginning of WWII – but both often attributed and treated as American standards. Check ‘em out, download the entire set, and then click through as always above and below to purchase the music, the better to support the continued effort of those who channel and celebrate the folkways in all their myriad forms.

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Ugh seriously not cool MAAAM and DAAAD. These two parents had to go and set the tone of an otherwise nice check-up convo between loving family members, to instead a paralyzing level of awkwardness. But hey, I'll be the first to suggest that group chats inherently suck -- no matter who is involved. This is the rock-bottom of terrible group chats though, that much is for sure. Though, I might take the quick and deadly stab of cringe in this conversation, over the 98 notifications that last Friday's group chat bitchslapped my deeply irritated phone with. 

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True names of Swedish animals

Feb. 24th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Today I figured I’d write a bit about an interesting phenomenon in Scandinavian folklore: the concealment of the true names of some of our wild animals.

The idea that a true name holds magical power is fairly universal; it pops up in everything from Egyptian mythology to German fairytales, and nowadays it’s a pretty common fantasy trope too. In Nordic folklore in particular, it was often believed that speaking the true name of a dangerous creature could actually summon it. For example, the English idiom “speak of the devil (and he shall appear)” has as its Swedish equivalent “speak of the trolls (and they stand in the hallway)”, stemming from the belief that trolls would appear if you mentioned them by name.

Now, what’s really interesting about all this is the way it’s shaped the Swedish language. You see, the danger of speaking a creature’s name out loud also applied to wild animals that were feared in the old days: bears, wolves, and so on. As a result, people invented new names for these animals - false names, if you will, that could be spoken without risk. Nowadays, such false names are said to be “noa words”, while the true names are “tabu words” (these terms are borrowed from Māori, just like the English word taboo).

Over time, the noa words for many of these animals became their de facto names. That’s just kind of how language works: call something an X enough times, and voilà, now its name is X. Even today, many of our animals’ true names are archaic words that a Swedish speaker would never use naturally. Here are some examples:

Wolf: The true name of the wolf is ulv, which shares its etymology with the English word. Ulv is archaic; the average Swedish speaker would recognize it, but never think to use it. Instead, we say varg, which originally means something along the lines of “killer” or “criminal”.

Magpie: The true name of the magpie is skjora. This word is still in use in some dialects, but most Swedish people would not have heard it, and it is not officially recognized. Instead we say skata, meaning “something long and thin” or “something that sticks out”, referring to the tail. The magpie might not seem like an animal to be afraid of, but they were considered bad omens, thieves, or even harbingers of death… and besides, have you ever been swooped by a magpie?

Fox: The true name of the fox is räv, and in this case, it has actually remained in usage. I guess the fox wasn’t intimidating enough for its name to become completely forbidden, hehe! In the old days, farmers would sometimes refer to the fox as Mickel to avoid summoning it. You see, foxes weren’t direct threats to humans, but they did have a tendency to break into hen houses and run off with the chickens. (This is also why foxes are known in our folklore for being cunning and sly, rather than outright dangerous). I’m not entirely sure why the farmers chose to refer to the fox by what is essentially a Scandinavian version of “Michael”, but I did a bit of digging, and it turns out that old Danish uses Mikkel as a generic insult for an incompetent or foolish man. So, I guess it’s a little bit like calling the fox an asshole.

Bear: The true name of the bear has been lost to history! No one actually knows what they were originally called, since all Germanic languages use “bear” or some variation thereof, and Slavic languages use medved (meaning “honey-eater”, from what I gather). In any case, the contemporary Swedish word is björn, which - like the English word - seems to just mean “brown”. Historians speculate that the true name of the bear might be similar to the Greek ἄρκτος (arktos), but I guess we’ll never know.

There are more examples on Swedish Wikipedia, but sadly there seems to be no article in English. Still, I hope you learned something interesting from all this!

Now, imagine the kind of power we would have if we knew the bear’s true name… 

Same in Finnish (though it’s normal because we’ve been independent only 100 years and before that belonged either to Russia or Sweden). We don’t either have name for bear, because its original name is forgotten. No one dared to speak bear’s name out loud, because that could summon the bear. Bear in Finnish is Karhu, coming from word karhea (rough), because bear’s hide is rough.
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Posted by Geoff Brumfiel

An instructor at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., carries VX nerve agent inside a special chamber used for training in 2003.

A colorless, odorless liquid, similar in consistency to motor oil, VX kills in tiny quantities that can be absorbed through the skin. It is among the deadliest chemical weapons ever devised.

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Why Is Bacon Sometimes Green?

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It looks like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it's perfectly normal.


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Please join me in meeting and greeting today’s Star Kit, Lunar. She is a 4 month old British Shorthair from the UK.


This is my Lunar. I love her so much.

Original - A Hollow

Feb. 24th, 2017 03:29 pm
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Title: A Hollow
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Notes/Content Warning: Talk of death and implied suicide attempt. From one of my original universes.

There is a small hollow in me now. My death, my mortality, the thing that made me a human with a beginning and end is gone.

I had wanted it to be the end.

But I was brought back with my death now removed. To keep me alive. To prevent me from trying again. A thin silver needle was taken from my throat, so small for the thing that stops the breath and beat of life.

Unable to move as I saw it flash in the light, Vale made it disappear into his sleeve.

I wondered: what was I now?
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Posted by Erin McCarthy

Your smartphone is a communicator, computer, and camera in one, but a wide variety of accessories can help you get even more out of your phone. Here are a few of them.

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Posted by Jeremy Malcolm

Next week the latest round of secret negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) kicks off in Kobe, Japan. Once the shy younger sibling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the recent death of the TPP has thrust RCEP further into the spotlight, and raised the stakes both for its sixteen prospective parties, and for lobbyists with designs to stamp their own mark on the text's intellectual property and e-commerce chapters.

Our last analysis of RCEP pointed out some of the ways in which the then-current leaked text represented an improvement on the TPP, but how other parts of it—including those on copyright enforcement—repeated its mistakes and failed to seize opportunities for improvement. This week, over 60 copyright scholars released an open letter that sets out their views of what negotiators ought to do in order to address these problems. The letter begins:

We are deeply concerned about the copyright protection standards proposed for the RCEP IP Chapter. They may cause unintended effects of stifling creativity, free speech, and economic growth. We urge that the new rounds of RCEP negotiations reconsider those standards by applying the following three principles:

  1. Integrate the public interest as a core value for copyright negotiations.
  2. Increase transparency of negotiations for the public interest.
  3. Institute changes in copyright provisions for the public interest.

Guided by these three principles, RCEP negotiations would produce the largest mega-regional free trade agreement to procedurally and substantially protect the public interest in copyrighted works. The RCEP copyright provisions, therefore, stand to benefit nearly 50% of the world’s population, who live in the sixteen RCEP participating countries.

While EFF's position is that copyright doesn't belong in trade agreements at all, we have acknowledged that copyright lobbyists aren't going to stop seeking their inclusion in such agreements any time soon. We have also recommended some improvements to the processes of trade negotiation that would make them more transparent and inclusive, and therefore more democratically legitimate. Although our recommendations were directed to the U.S. Trade Representative (which is not a party to the RCEP negotiations), the law professors' letter echoes the spirit of some of them. In particular, the professors argue:

Release negotiation information: The RCEP should take affirmative measures to make all negotiating texts and other relevant documents publicly available as soon as possible. For this purpose, the RCEP should learn from the example of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which carried out transparency measures that facilitated the successful conclusion of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled. WIPO publicly released draft negotiating documents promptly. It also publicly webcast the negotiating process.

Strengthen stakeholder engagement: When considering critical issues, the RCEP should open up channels through which the relevant stakeholders can submit their opinions. Stakeholders may include not only business groups but also civil society representatives. When necessary, the RCEP should organize public hearing meetings where various stakeholders can discuss the merits and demerits of draft proposals and negotiators can explain decision-making processes.

Beyond these procedural suggestions, the law professors also put forward some substantive ideas about how copyright could be dealt with in a more balanced way. Although stopping short of proposing a mandatory "fair use" provision, they do propose that parties should form "a committee consisting of negotiators and copyright experts should be set up to identify myriad public interests in using copyrighted works in RCEP participating countries," and should "endeavor to craft provisions to protect the public interest primarily by carving out limitations and exceptions to copyright and setting up a safe harbor system for Internet service providers."

Given the closed-door nature of the negotiations, it is difficult to discern what impact these demands will have. One of the few signs of any improvement came with Japan's announcement yesterday that it would be holding a stakeholder engagement event during this round of negotiations—but, as the announcement came only three days in advance of the event, it came too late for most international delegates to arrange to be present. The RCEP negotiators evidently haven't taken the failure of the TPP to heart, or they would be doing more to ensure that their negotiations are inclusive, transparent, and strike a fair balance between the interests of copyright owners and those of the public.

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Last November, I gave a talk at the TEDMED Conference on health and medical data privacy. The talk is online

Internet, answer me a thing

Feb. 24th, 2017 10:36 am
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What does "soft" mean, in the slangy sense that it's used on Tumblr? Sometimes capitalized, sometimes not. I've picked up a sense that it's used to indicate the opposite of edgy, basically, with a sort of vaguely fetishy connotation? a little like "sweet" in Lolita subculture? but ... idk, so tell me, internets.
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Posted by Scott Horsley

President Trump, flanked by business leaders, signs an executive order aimed at rolling back regulations across government agencies.

Surrounded by corporate leaders, President Trump signed an executive action telling government agencies to slash "job killing" rules. Environmentalists argue the move could undo important protections.

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Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

Via @Isuckatpicking

• TSN TRADECENTRE NEWS TEAM ASSEMBLE! Let this haunt your dreams for a couple days. [@Isuckatpicking]

• Q&A with Ilya Bryzgalov. Need we say more?? [Sportsnet]

• Matt Niskanen is out and Brooks Orpik is questionable for the Washington Capitals tonight against the Edmonton Oilers. [Washington Post]

• The New Jersey Devils will be without Pavel Zacha for at least the next game due to a concussion. [North Jersey]

• John Gibson’s status for Saturday’s matinee against the Los Angeles Kings remains in question. [OC Register]

• Pierre LeBrun writes the Montreal Canadiens are in on the Martin Hanzal trade deadline sweepstakes. [ESPN]

• What should the Buffalo Sabres do with Evander Kane at the deadline? [Buffalo News]

• Congrats Winnipeg Jets fans. MTS Centre is getting a $12-million makeover. [Jets]

• Penguins GM Jim Rutherford may – or may not – be done dealing after picking up Ron Hainsey yesterday. [Post-Gazette]

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• The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins look ahead to their outdoor showdown tomorrow night at Heinz Field. [Philly.com]

• Dave Tippett calls out Mike Smith, Alex Goligoski and Luke Schenn for ‘brutal’ efforts. [NBC Sports]

• Joe Thornton reflects on his career thus far as he sits two assists away from No. 1,000 in his career. [CSN Bay Area]

• Sidney Crosby’s legacy in Pittsburgh goes far beyond what he’s done on the ice. He saved hockey in the Steel City. [NHL]

• Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan thinks this version of the Caps is the best in the history of the ‘Ovechkin-era.’ Well, he did build the team… [CSN Mid-Atlantic]

• Previewing the CWHL playoff series between Les Canadiennes de Montreal and Brampton Thunder. [EOTP]

• The USA Hockey Foundation announced the top-10 finalists for the 2017 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award given to the top player in women’s collegiate D1 hockey. [USA Hockey]

• Navy’s men’s hockey team pays tribute to their fallen teammate each game since his death from Leukemia. [WMAR Baltimore]

• Kaleigh Fratkin and the rest of the New York Riveters are ready to shock the world the NWHL Isobel Cup playoffs. [The Ice Garden]

• Fantasy hockey: Part 2 of 2017 trade deadline movers. [Dobber]

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• How a former pro hockey player chilled with Paul Newman and landed a cameo in ‘Slap Shot.’ [Vice Sports]

• Counting down the Stadium Series jerseys from worst to first. [Hockey By Design]


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Posted by Greg Wyshynski

The latest twist in the forever twisting, turning saga of the New York Islanders and their arena woes? That the team might move out of Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a new arena near Belmont Park Racetrack, a building “invested in” by New York Rangers owner James Dolan.

And exhale …

Bloomberg News reports that a “supergroup” of New York sports executives are combining their Wonder Twin powers to activate a new arena at the Belmont site in Elmont. That’s land controlled by the New York Racing Authority, around 19 miles east of Manhattan but accessible by car or train and, most importantly, more desirable for the team’s core fan base that isn’t trekking out to Brooklyn for these games.

The Islanders’ lease in Brooklyn can be terminated as early as January. Please recall that Barclays Center has pretty much made it clear that the team isn’t in its future plans.

From Bloomberg:

The new arena proposal is a joint venture between the Islanders, Oak View Group and Sterling Project Development, said the people, who asked to be anonymous because the talks are private. James Dolan’s Madison Square Garden Co., which controls the Rangers, long the Islanders hated rivals, is an investor in Oak View Group, the private equity group run by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff. The Wilpon family, which owns the Mets, controls Sterling Project Development.

NHL rules permit the owner of one team to have a stake in another club’s arena. The Islanders, MSG and Oak View Group declined to comment.

… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has taken part in the proposed arena talks and is seeking to attach infrastructure improvement projects to it, the people said without being specific.

Back in Summer 2016, Crain’s initially reported that Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky were in talks with the Wilpons for an arena project:

The Islanders, who are owned by Value Retail Plc founder Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky, and Sterling Equities, which owns the Mets, have been discussing a possible move to Queens for months, said the people.

The team is being advised in the talks by Oak View Group, a consulting firm founded by ex-AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, who is a business partner of the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the Knicks and the Rangers. MSG CEO James Dolan once gave Azoff credit for bringing hall-of-fame basketball coach Phil Jackson to the Knicks.

So is Oak View, and James Dolan, an investor as Bloomberg reported or a consultant as was indicated by Crain’s a year ago? Because that could be the difference between the NHL bending some rules for this to happen, or not having to. (And given that they want the Islanders to stay in NYC, one assumes they’d bend them.)

Now, the New York area doesn’t need another arena. At this rate, there’s going to be one arena for every 100 people living in the area:

There’s Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, Prudential Center in Jersey, a renovated Nassau Coliseum and this Belmont arena. Look, there are only so many wrestling shows to be held. And the circus is closed for good.

However … that’s a lot of big-time muscle behind this project. The idea that Dolan, the Wilpons and Leiweke will bring this thing to life if the coalition holds is fairly realistic. As is the idea that Charles Oakley won’t be attending any Islanders games, going forward.

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com 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 Josh Cooper

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 15: St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund, of Sweden, (21) looks on during a regular season NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings on February 15, 2017, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund, of Sweden, (21) looks on during a regular season NHL hockey game between the St. Louis Blues and the Detroit Red Wings on February 15, 2017, at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Patrik Berglund to a five-year contract extension worth $19.25 million, the team announced Friday.

This comes out to a $3.85 million salary cap hit per-season and reportedly includes a partial no-trade clause. The 28-year-old Berglund is in the final season of a three-year, $11.1 million contract and was slated to be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He currently ranks second on the Blues in goals with 17 and 10th in points with 24. St. Louis also uses Berglund a bit on the power play where he has averaged 1:18 of ice-time per-game on the season, and on the penalty kill where he plays 1:14 per-game.

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From a puck possession perspective, Berglund has held a 52.14 adjusted 5-on-5 CF% along with a plus-2.00 adjusted 5-on-5 CF% rel.

With Beglund under contract for next season, the Blues currently have a total of $60,494,167 dedicated to the 2017-18 salary cap.

“I’ve loved what Bergy has brought to the table,” coach Mike Yeo said last week according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I feel between him and I that we’ve got something good going on here, and I think it started before I became the head coach. He’s got a real strong sense of what he is as a player, what he needs to do, what he needs to bring night after night, and when he does those things, he adds an awful lot to our group.

“I think it’s just his identity as a player, knowing the things he needs to do to be successful. I would look at him and say that it’s pretty simple to picture what his best games look like. When you think about Bergy being physical, when you think about him controlling pucks in the offensive zone, getting to the net, these are things that make him extremely difficult to defend and I think he’s doing that very consistently right now.”

St. Louis’ re-signing Berglund takes a decent-sized name off the list of potential unrestricted free agents this offseason and keeps the team’s forward core together. Still, the Blues face some decisions in advance of next week’s trade deadline – such as what to do with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, a pending unrestricted free agent who appears unlikely to re-sign in St. Louis.

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Recently it was reported the Blues had agreed to a trade of Shattenkirk to the Tampa Bay Lightning several weeks ago, but the defenseman couldn’t work out a new contract with the team. It was reportedly the second time a trade of Shattenkirk was shot down because he couldn’t agree to a long-term contract with another team – the first time was with the Edmonton Oilers last June.

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Josh Cooper is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!


Friday Story

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:41 am
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[personal profile] radiantfracture
You can hear everything that crosses the roof of the Beautiful Shed, including squirrels, cats, rain, raccoons, and hail. My sleep was thin last night; I think I heard each in turn and in combination. I definitely heard the hail sometime in the small hours. Therefore, here is another bit of a story about the cold, since it is on my mind.

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No particular title )

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Mostly I was wishing for the lyricism of a recent post of [personal profile] aldersprig's.


(no subject)

Feb. 24th, 2017 11:29 am
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[personal profile] arethinn
(opportunity to test the DW images interface here! ah, ok, looks like it's auto-thumbnailing. handy. click to embiggen.)

weird googly-eyed lobster dish


Must be one of those regrettable foods from a Sunset cookbook, right?

Nope. Larousse Gastronomique, Crown Publishers' 1961 English edition. I guess sad food photography was just endemic to the 1960s.
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[personal profile] yhlee
More of this list, which is endless!

Read more... )

The Visit

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:34 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/sonictrowel/pseuds/sonictrowel" rel="author">sonictrowel</a>


River walked slowly out to the crest of the cliff. She didn’t know what to expect. She didn’t know exactly what she’d do. She only knew it was important that she see him. And then she did, only a few yards down the sloping gravel road. Her hearts lurched, fluttering madly against her ribs. He was staring down at his feet, trudging slowly, aimlessly up the cliffside.

Nothing to do now but jump.

Words: 2606, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 7 of Long Night in the Blue House

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No one said parenting was easy. I mean, I can't even get my cat to clean up after herself. What can I say, she's her own nightmare. 

But we've all been witness to bad parenting, and there's nothing more awkward. I'll yell at my cat from the comfort of my own home, but when we're in public, it's a different story. I'd hate to end up in some story on Reddit where I'm yelling at my cat. 

That's where these people are, except with actual people and not cats. 

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02/22/17 PHD comic: 'Unread e-mails'

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
Click on the title below to read the comic
title: "Unread e-mails" - originally published 2/22/2017

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Latest Tips & News + Free-for-All

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:53 pm
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Hello trainers!

Hope your week has been going well and you've been enjoying the influx of new pokemon. While your mod is sad she didn't see any Chansey during the last event, she is laughing at how cute Gen 2 is.

Here are a couple bits that may be of interest:

• Gen 2 brings the addition of two new eeveelutions: espeon and umbreon. As with jolteon, vaporeon, and flareon, you can use the rename trick to get the eeveelution of your choice. In this case, Sakura and Tamao will get you espeon and umbreon, respectively. Remember, the rename trick is guaranteed to work only once, so choose your eevee-to-be-evolved wisely. However, some determined trainers did some research and found another way to get espeon and umbreon without using the rename trick (and thus allowing you to do it multiple times). (read more but also keep this in mind)

• We're getting another in-game event! To celebrate Pokemon Day on February 27, Pikachu will be getting a fancy hat from the afternoon of February 26 until the afternoon of March 6. (more info)

How has your week in PokeGo been going, trainers? Any news from your neck of the woods?

State of the Audiofic Archive

Feb. 24th, 2017 02:03 pm
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[personal profile] paraka posting in [community profile] amplificathon
Hey all,

This is an unofficial update on the state of the Audiofic Archive.

As some of you may know, back in December I started organizing a crowd sourcing of the missing back catalogue of the archive. We recovered almost 14,000 the approximately 20,000 files missing, leaving just over 6,000 to go.

However on February 3 while trying to upload podfics, I got an error saying that the server was out of space. I hoped that would be a temporary error, but thus far it has not been resolved. I've contacted the head of the Archive asking for help as they are the only ones able to contact the webhosting the company to get this straightened out but have not heard back (I'm sure many of you have been reading between the lines but the archivists have been working on their own to restore the archive without any guidance from the archive owner. We haven't had any news since the public update July 5th). This means we're unable to add any files to the Archive, whether they're new podfics or from the backlog of missing ones.

Thank you to everyone who helped get those 14K files back up, I'll follow up if anything changes in the future.
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donald trump,witch

The 2017 political landscape is about to hit another plane of reality. 

Apparently, witches around the world are coming together to cast a spell on that reality-TV gameshow host who won the presidency, which is its own kind of witchcraft.

First, ok. 

Second, now we're all adults. Witchcraft isn't real. No matter what that Mrs. Kravitz across the street thinks she saw. 


But that's not stopping Trump supporters from firing back on their own, calling upon their own spiritual forces to contend with, yes, witchcraft, and thus, giving credence to the idea that witchcraft is legitimate.

Well, at least some people are enjoying this.


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Tagged: donald trump , witch
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[personal profile] elanya
I just had a stress dream about some non-local friends. They had bet and been befriended by this person who was just completely taking advantage of their kindness and generosity in ways that seemed subtle but were really glaring from the outside, and I just didn't know what to do. I have no idea were this dream came from!

Dream! )

Despite saying I have no idea where this dream came from, I can probably piece together a few things. My friends have been dealing with family health stuff and not around much, so I am concerned about them being isolated. I'm worried about my own ability to fit in to new communities and make friends. And of course I've just been reading a lot about, basically, radicalization of young white dudes into the alt-right. Apparently these things are not a good mix for my imagination.


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