Jul. 28th, 2017 01:49 am
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George Clooney, Bradley Cooper and Brad Pitt are the world's most handsome men - at least, according to an Ancient Greek formula.

Using the so-called 'Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi' - believed by the ancient civilisation to hold the secret to perfection - computer mapping technology analysed the faces of famous men.

Their eyes, noses, mouths, eyebrows, chins, jaws and facial shapes were measured to see how they compared to the ratio of 1.618.

New father Clooney, aged 56, came closest with a score of 91.86 per cent, closely followed by Bradley Cooper at 91.80 per cent and Brad Pitt with 90.51.

Idris Elba, Will Smith and Harry Styles also scored highly.

According to the analysis, by Harley Street cosmetic surgeon Dr Julian De Silva, the top 10 most handsome men are:

  • 1.George Clooney: 91.86%
  • 2. Bradley Cooper: 91.80%
  • 3. Brad Pitt: 90.51%
  • 4. Harry Styles: 89.63%
  • 5. David Beckham: 88.96%
  • 6. Will Smith: 88.88%
  • 7.Idris Elba: 87.93%
  • 8. Ryan Gosling: 87.48%
  • 9. Zayn Malik: 86.5%
  • 10. Jamie Foxx: 85.46%

Dr De Silva carried out a similar analysis of female celebrities in 2016, which found that actress Amber Heard was the most beautiful woman in the world.

The Golden Radio (represented by the Greek letter phi, or φ ) is an irrational number, ie one which cannot be written as a simple fraction.

It is essentially used to describe the relationship between two measures of any kind.

For the ratio to be 'golden', the ratio between the two measures must be the same as the ratio between the larger measure and both measures added together.

It is closely related to Fibonacci numbers, and is often depicted by a 'golden spiral' - a rectangle in which a spiral is drawn.

The spiral gets wider by a factor of φ for every quarter turn.

But critics have dismissed it as a measure of perfection, arguing that many things fit the pattern which are unremarkable or not particularly beautiful - while other things have different ratios without losing any aesthetic appeal.

Twitter user @FibonacciSpiral - a self-styled meme parody account - regularly posts images of the golden spiral superimposed onto various pictures to illustrate the point.

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A man has been arrested following a series of alleged paintball gun drive-bys.

A number of people were reportedly shot through the window of a black Audi A4 on June 23.

The shootings allegedly took place in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and Central Scotland.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and has been detained by police in Glasgow.

He is expected to appear at the city's sheriff court on Friday.

Detective sergeant Raymond Sagan said: "The response from members of the public has been excellent and I would like to thank everyone who got in touch to assist with this investigation."

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Concerns are growing for the welfare of a woman who has been missing for two nights.

Catriona Beattie, was last seen in Morningside, Edinburgh, at about 4.45pm on Wednesday.

Since then, the 50-year-old has not been in touch with her family and friends.

She is white and 5ft 7in with grey and brown hair. When last seen she was wearing blue jeans, a white top and a black jacket.

Police have urged anyone with information to come forward.

Sergeant Kuong Lam of Howdenhall police station said: "We are growing increasingly concerned for Catriona's welfare and are keen to trace her.

"Anyone with information that can assist us with our inquiries is asked to contact us immediately on 101 quoting incident number 2790 of July 26."

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A man who died after crash involving an articulated lorry has been named by police.

Robert Sharp suffered fatal injuries in the collision on the A74(M) near Eaglesfield in Dumfries and Galloway on Wednesday.

The 50-year-old from Maryhill in Glasgow died in hospital.

The collision involving a grey Peugeot 307 and a white Scania articulated lorry happened just after 4pm.

Mr Sharp, a passenger in the car, was taken to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow by helicopter.

The 39-year-old Peugeot driver, from Callander, was taken to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The 59-year-old driver of the articulated lorry, from Reading, Berkshire, was uninjured in the incident.

Sergeant Leigh McCulloch said: "We would also be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen either the grey-coloured Peugeot 307 car or the white-coloured Scania lorry as they headed south prior to the crash."

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A vulnerable 96-year-old woman who left Australia fearing deportation has arrived back in Scotland.

Christina Grant, who is almost blind and suffers from mild dementia, relocated to New South Wales to stay with her son Allan and his wife Diane.

Her elder son Robert had cared for her at her home in Scotland before his death two years ago.

Ms Grant believed she was complying with the terms of her visa - which says she must leave Australia once a year - by taking a South Pacific cruise.

The trip did not count, however, and Mrs Grant's family feared she would be deported.

Her daughter-in-law said bureaucrats had "unreasonably expired her visa" and offered "no help or advice".

Australian authorities said they would not force the pensioner to leave, but she flew back to Scotland with her son on Thursday.

The Department of Immigration previously said it was "working with Ms Grant" and insisted it was "not making any arrangements to remove her from Australia".

Ms Grant's niece Alison Jones, who lives in Newtonmore in the Highlands, said: "It's a horrible situation. She's a lovely lady.

"It's quite upsetting to think this is what they're going through. It's a big thing for a lady of that age to have to face.

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The police said there were “reasonable grounds to suspect” that managers of the London high rise that burned last month might have committed various crimes.

Firefox is dead, long live Firefox

Jul. 28th, 2017 03:29 am
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I've used this browser for roughly 12 years, about the same length of time I used Photobucket before deciding I'll have to dump it, too (only halfway through that process; I've already deleted one account - though after the two day wait they impose to delete it, they still haven't, so I'll probably have to slug that out with them sometime soon) but haven't worked with already-downloaded pictures yet from the other).

But between Firefox turning into Chrome, Photobucket turning into an elite art gallery and LJ turning into a Soviet spy weapon (that I was never going back to anyway, but forgive me while I indulge my sentimentality) and all the sites I used or hung out at that either morphed into some alien form or else went down or out of business over the years the web as I once knew it increasingly no longer exists. I mean, I hate Wordpress, so that doesn't even count (but another 12 years, intermittently, wasted using it.)

But Firefox above all else is killlllling me. The other night I said WP's "PHP-from-hell backend" slowed Firefox to a crawl? Yes, until it was like steering an 18 wheeler uphill with no automatic transmission in the snow for seven hours (my arms actually hurt from this when it was all said and done; even my stomach muscles got a workout): I couldn't scroll without pulling and pulling down, couldn't copy and paste without waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for each tiny operation to complete, and I'm making hundreds of them as I'm working with literally hundreds of pictures and it's not even occurring to me to switch to another browser because I automatically blame Wordpress. Because Wordpress.

If the world ended tomorrow? Wordpress. And it actually is the only site I'm on that changes Firefox from merely "slow and dodgy, uncooperative, stubborn, too difficult" into "just impossible to use, this is ridiculous".

So I got on tonight and Firefox was acting the same way while loading up and then while using Google and then while checking my email as it was on Wordpress and I'm like, wait a second...it's not Wordpress, I'm not even logged in, their page is not even open in my browser, so it must be fucking Firefox. I check my add-ons and had five "not compatible with multiprocess" messages when my browser won't even run e10s because Mozilla's disabled it. Fucking hell.

So I flat out removed two of them which lost me one of my favorite add-ons - DT Whois - and MeasureIt, which stopped working when e10s rolled out about a month ago, so that was no loss because Firefox had already killed it. I restarted Firefox and while it still feels slow by say, Chromium standards, which are insane (as is my connection, but that's impossible to tell if my browser isn't fast enough) I'm using it. And not being tormented by it. Yet.

But I had to be tormented in using Wordpress for hours the other night over another site ransoming my images. Then it turned out the site I was being tormented by was not at fault for the tormenting, it was Firefox, and the reason Firefox was tormenting me was over add-ons not compatible with e10s, when my browser doesn't even support e10s but which has already led to the untimely death of one of my favorite add-ons because Firefox is killing compatibility on purpose in order to turn itself into Google Chrome. Does that even make any sense? Yet that's how it went down. It just...

I was not prepared to make the rant above until I actually did but the whole reason I even opened this window was to post this picture with the comment that Firefox has literally thrown itself at Google's feet in making the switch from their own style of browser to the competition's:

Firefox uses web dialog boxes to bow and scrape toward Google

The full text of the web dialog box I got at The Add-On Bar Restored tonight (another incompatible add-on) with emphasis mine:

Some add-ons ask for permission to perform certain functions. Since you’re in control of your Firefox, the choice to grant or deny these requests is yours.

Please note this add-on uses legacy technology, which gives it access to all browser functions and data without requesting your permission.

No, motherfuckers, you've got that all wrong, so let me fix it for you. It uses your technology which you never coded to ask permission, which you then chose to abandon instead of improving it - and in doing so abandoned us along with it - for the great white locked down Google way.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 28th, 2017 01:25 am
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1. I slept like ten hours and was only interrupted by cats a little bit.

2. Had a nice day off. Got a lot of translation stuff done.

3. I just found out this iOS game I really love, Oceanhorn, is out for the Switch! I've kind of been wanting to play it again, and the Switch controls can't help but be better than the touchscreen ones, so I'm pretty excited about that.

4. Just checked Facebook one last time before bed and saw that the ACA repeal bill didn't pass, thank fuck.

5. Carla managed to snap a shot of Chloe yawning. So cute!

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Posting another book post, because I'm about to leave for a week of camping at a pagan festival. Since I'm not actually pagan, just pagan-adjacent, and so have no interest in most of the panels and rituals, I mostly end up relaxing and reading a lot. It should be lovely.

The last week has been a mix of queer romances and SF/F short stories.

Seasons of Glass and Iron - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A gorgeous contemporary fairytale about women saving each other. read more )

Things With Beards - Sam J. Miller - ★ ★ ★ ★

An intriguing and unsettling sequel to the movie The Thing, this is ultimately a story about identity, what we hide of ourselves, what we reveal, and what that choice costs us. read more )

The Orangery - Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam - ★ ★ ★ ★

A striking story about predatory men and the choices women make to escape them, told through the framework of Greek myth.

A Fist of Permutations in Lighting and Wildflowers - Alyssa Wong - ★ ★ ★ ★

Gorgeous, beautifully written story about sisterhood and loss and individual choice, told through a metaphor of superpowers. read more )

Touring With the Alien - Carolyn Ives Gilman - ★ ★

I wanted to like this story -- it's certainly well-written -- but found myself fundamentally disagreeing with it instead. read more )

Spice and Smoke (Bollywood Confidential #1) - Suleikha Snyder - ★

Wow did I hate this book. Enough that I rage-quit it about 2/3 of the way through.

From the summary I went into this book expecting poly relationship negotiations and a generally happy poly ending for everyone.

What I got was jealousy, bitterness and dishonesty, with a side of "you're only sleeping around because you're unhappy," and "when you're really in love with someone you'll want to be monogamous." read more )

Madeleine - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A gorgeous story about mourning and loss and memory and coming out of the dark.

Madeleine's slow, unexpected journey back from grief is just perfect.

Waiting For The Flood - Alexis Hall - ★ ★ ★ ★

A lovely story about mourning for what might have been and finding the courage to once again dream of the future. read more )

And Their Lips Rang With The Sun - Amal El-Mohtar - ★ ★ ★ ★

A beautiful, unusual folk tale.

El-Mohtar creates a vivid mythology, filled with striking visual imagery.

The Art of Space Travel - Nina Allan - ★ ★ ★

A quiet story about memory and history and legacy set against an SF-nal background.

I liked the narrator and the stream of consciousness style, but it ultimately felt kind of unresolved.

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies - Brooke Bolander - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Short, intense, and unapologetically angry. read more )

Catalysts: The Scientific Method (Scientific Methods Universe #1) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Fuck. This is so fucking hot. And kinky. But also intense and emotionally revelatory and unconventionally romantic and one of the most honest depictions of poly I've ever read. read more )

Unexpected Gifts (Scientific Method Universe #2) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★

This series continues to be SO good. read more )

Take Three Breaths (Scientific Method Universe #3) - Kris Ripper - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This one's a rough read, but entirely worth it. read more )

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Jul. 28th, 2017 12:46 am
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Success! I broke a machine needle, but I finally pried the SIM card slot out of my Xiaomi phone! And transferred my stuff over into the new Samsung. I'm not a fan of the UI--it's too chunky for my liking, but the other alternative were too-small icons. Argh! I'm also not crazy about being forced to have a page specifically for contacts. I've been messing with the arrangements of apps, but there are so many decisions to be made. So I've been working instead on restoring access to my stuff and trying to remember and reset passwords left right center. But! New phone! I bought a bunch of phone cases to celebrate.

I also did a lot of grocery-shopping: bought bone-in chicken and fish. I usually parcel out the chicken into individual ziplock bags, marinating them individually (and with a different mixture of stuff) and freezing them so it's easier to cook just ONE piece of chicken at a time. I decided I'd try to do the same with fish as well. This means leaving the fish to dry for a bit, so now my kitchen smells like raw fish. Hopefully it'll pay off. I bought a bunch of Good Thins and flatbread crackers, apparently Spam now has a BACON flavour, and also some spreadable ham, because I've never seen it before. Also garlic sourdough, which I regret because it's really salty. I made some beef stroganoff and used that to make lasagna (with alfredo sauce, and refried beans, and cheese), so I have meals for the next six days.

There was a bit of stroganoff left, so I put it on two slices of bread. I got weirdly full after eating one piece, though? And I had a cherry. I didn't get hungry again until 4 or 5pm. I don't know, this is weird.

No stomach troubles today. I really do think stomach troubles come when I consume some outright sugary stuff.

I also got 15 (maybe 16, I lost count at some point) laps in. I think I swam faster this time? I'll keep to 15 when I swim this Saturday, and next week I'll up the ante to 18. I need to do a bit more strength training though. Tomorrow I'll pop into the exercise room of my complex and check out the machines that they've brought in since I was last in there (which was something like two years ago). I'm thinking of getting like an arm band or waist band for my phone so I can jog with it, and apparently Pokemon Go Plus can be had now and is not some magic treasure anymore. So, I don't know, I'll look into that, maybe.

This has taken me away from dissertating. I am a bad grad student. But I did manage to get out to the University Village concert and get some writing done. Perhaps that is what I'll do tomorrow; find some outdoors and be there and write. I did also start formatting my dissertation for submission. I only have one section left to write, and got started on it, then it's conclusion, and MAYBE I'll have time to see what my advisor said about the introduction and chapter 2.
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... was that I got to watch Trumpcare: The Return of the Undead Shambling Horror being defeated live on twitter through the comments of the disabled Americans with most to lose.

The message to take away from this: 45, and 49 Republican Senators thought 15m more Americans without healthcare cover was an improvement.

And then the Disabled People Destroy SF kickstarter funded. Sweet!

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This month you get a double-length playlist, because there were just too many tracks to choose from.

I might have a lot of feelings about the patriarchy and the ways I'd like to fuck it up. One or two at least.

Making it double length also meant I could justify having more than one track by a couple artist.

I've put content warnings on some of these songs. Unsurprisingly, considering the subject matter, there's some discussion of rape and some use of homophobic and misogynistic slurs.

40 songs. 2 hours, 23 minutes of music

fuck the patriarchy (I will not be afraid of women)
Zip file on dropbox (211MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox

As Cool As I Am - Dar Williams
Every Mother's Son - The Pretenders
Quiet - MILCK
Who's That Girl - Robyn
Pretty Hurts - Beyonce
Me And A Gun - Tori Amos (cw: rape)
The Oxford Girl - Oysterband (cw: implied violence against women)
Boys Who Rape (Should All Be Destroyed) - The Raveonettes (cw: rape)
A Girl Needs A Knife - Flash Girls
The Maid On The Shore - Stan Rogers
Real Men - Joe Jackson (cw: homophobic language)
Lucystoners - Amy Ray (cw: homophobic language)
Big Boy On A Saturday Night - Kirsty Maccoll
Daddy Lessons - Beyonce & The Dixie Chicks
Red Dirt Girl - Emmylou Harris
Fast Car - Tracy Chapman
Black Water - Alina Simone
The Old Maid In The Garrett - Steeleye Span
Chill Factor - The Pretenders
Burn - Phillipa Soo
Dixon's Girl - Dessa
Getting Ready To Get Down - Josh Ritter
Manic Pixie Dream Girl - Scary Bear Soundtrack and Avid Napper
Revolver - The Donnas
Break The Sky - The Hush Sound
Cry Like A Man - Christy Moore
When I Was A Boy - Dar Williams
No Mermaid - Sinead Lohan
Drinking With The Jocks - Against Me! (cw: homophobic and misogynistic language)
Androgynous - Joan Jett
Patriarch On A Vespa - Metric
The Ballad of Mary Magdalene - Richard Shindell
Sex Is Not The Enemy - Garbage
Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
Milford Haven - Oysterband
Seneca Falls - The Distillers
I'm In The Band - Bratmobile
Bros - Wolf Alice
Feminism Is For Everybody (With A Beating Heart And A Functioning Brain) - Anti-Flag

As usual, I'd love a comment if you download.

Also, if you like anything I post I encourage you to buy more from the artists.
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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes hailed Graeme Shinnie after his skipper gave them a Europa League advantage with a brilliant winner against Apollon Limassol.

The midfielder was equally effective in both halves of the park, breaking up attacks and having an effect as the Dons pressed for long periods.

And he earned the Dons a 2-1 first-leg lead in the third qualifying round when he swerved a 25-yard strike into the top corner with 12 minutes left.

Ryan Christie headed home an early opener but Apollon levelled around the hour mark through Brazilian full-back Jander after their best spell of the game.

Esteban Sachetti was then sent off for the visitors and Shinnie made Aberdeen's late pressure count in front of a sell-out 20,085 crowd at Pittodrie.

McInnes said: "Obviously we need somebody to step up and get that winning goal and what a strike from Shinnie.

"There could not be any more love for Graeme Shinnie from our supporters. He plays the game exactly how supporters want their players to play.

"But when he produces that quality as well, it shows you exactly what he is.

"It meant so much to get that result. It's half-time and we have got to go there and show the confidence to get the result."

The Dons were without main goalscorer Adam Rooney due to a hamstring strain but the Irishman could be on the flight to Cyprus.

McInnes said: "He's got a chance.

"The assessment from the scan was at worst week to 10 days so we are hoping it heals pretty quickly. We obviously don't want to take any risks with tears in the thigh. I would say he is 50-50 to make the flight and hopefully be involved."

Apollon manager Sofronis Avgousti felt the 71st-minute red card was pivotal.

Sachetti had been booked earlier for a terrible tackle on Greg Stewart and the Argentinian paid the price for throwing his arm into Christie's face.

Avgousti, who was sent to the stand himself after coming on to the pitch following his side's equaliser, said: "I believe that if it was 11 against 11 we would have won the game. We were putting them under pressure at that point. Also the player that was sent off was a key player and we missed him."

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A stranded sailor had to be rescued after his yacht ran out of fuel between Denmark and Scotland.

The Saorsa was found by an RNLI lifeboat drifting 20 miles east of Peterhead on Thursday.

The coastguard raised the alarm at 1pm and called for a crew to assist.

The sailor was exhausted after battling poor weather for a number of days and had run out of fuel.

He was making a journey to the Firth of Tay and was the only person on board. The RNLI towed the yacht back to Peterhead, arriving three hours later.

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No way to care for a war injury hero- today's Daily Record has the story of injured war hero being told We Can't treat you any more... you're Scottish.

The Scottish Sun has Priest nicked over teen girl trysts as 41-year-old cleric probed on conduct with 17-year-old.

The Press and Journal has Mum's tears at video of girl's bullying horror.

The National says Brexit food hike as IFS warn huge rise in cost of household bills after leaving EU.

Today's The Courier front page has Bomb scare drama sees residents evacuated.

And finally The Herald says Anger at mixed messages from Tories on EU migrants.


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