newspaper fiction

2015;

1. Sleep earlier, rise earlier - get off your phone, set a time, create a habit.

2. Read more - and not just shitty fanfics. Read them too. But read. Read classics, read newspapers, read magazines, read fictional books, read joke books. Just read.

3. Stay away from people who do not deserve you - you are worth a lot more. Fuck their shitty opinions.

4. Eat well - and I don’t mean diet. I mean, eat well. Eat healthy, indulge every once in a while, but don’t go overboard. Eat for your health and not for society.

5. Create a plan that will be enjoyable for exercise and just do it - no fucking around this year

6. Study well - an hour every single day. Just one hour of uninterrupted, that’s all it will take. Apprendre et travail dans Francais - Je ne sais pas si ce est juste, pardon a mon francais suiveurs

7. Pamper yourself- give yourself one hour. One hour a week to unwind. To wash your hair, leave in your conditioner, soak your skin, have a face mask, shave your legs, light some candles, drink some tea, put on nice smelling lotion and comfy pajamas, put on some nice music and sleep well.

8. Put in an effort - doing your hair nicely, putting on that clean change of clothes and a simple coat of mascara has a lot of power to make you feel a hell of a lot better

9. Learn new VOCAB - because why the fuck not? Write down your new words that you learn while reading, use them in conversations; expand your vocab, because when you are sitting in the exam room, you’ll be glad you have.

10. Plan an outing once a week - have something to look forward to, to be excited for. Experience new things.

11. Set small goals - 3 small things to do every day, and don’t sleep till you have them done. 3x365 knowledgeable achievements will be worth it - trust me

12. Meet new people - don’t be so quick to judge.

13. Love yourself - I’m still trying to figure this one out, but I’m beginning to feel like I am worth it.

14. Art - practice makes perfect. Work, and when you can’t work, learn. Discover artists and their pieces, their inspirations, their style. Document it. There is always something to do to improve, whether it be through practice or research.

15. Stick to these goddamn goals. 2015 will be the shit if I make it.

—  me to myself

Authors: funblade and amipiai, Promo Image Artist: xuunies (source)
Type: Mixed
Tag: #Future AU
Description:

SO IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE IS HOPEFULLY ALIVE AND GRADUATED PAST BEACON, Team RWBY grows and settles further into adulthood with a variety of professions. (Source)

Testimonial:

Mech-armed, one-eyed Ruby, suspenders/it’s-a-combat-tux Weiss, slicked-back-hair Blake, and absolute firearm Yang are the hallmarks of this AU. Also includes some Penny and some JNPR.

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January 25th 1890: Nellie Bly completes her round-the-world journey

On this day in 1890, pioneering American journalist Nellie Bly completed a 72 day round-the-world trip. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly had little formal schooling, and ran a boarding house in Pittsburgh with her widowed mother. When she was 18, Bly sent a fierce response letter to an editorial in a local paper entitled ‘What Girls are Good For’, which claimed that working women were a ‘monstrosity’ and women should remain in the home. The paper’s editor was so impressed by her rebuttal that they offered her a job; it was at this point that she adopted the pen name ‘Nellie Bly’. Bly made a name for herself through her eloquent advocacy for women’s rights and her investigative journalism, which took her to Pittsburgh slums and Mexican villages. By 1887, Bly had outgrown Pittsburgh and took a job working for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. She continued her interest in feminist issues, interviewing activists like Susan B. Anthony and anarchist Emma Goldman. Building on her previous undercover experience (she had posed as a sweatshop worker to expose poor working conditions) Bly sought to expose the treatment of patients in an infamous New York mental institution. She did so by going undercover as a mental patient, feigning insanity and living in the asylum for 10 days; her exposé shocked readers with its account of neglect and physical abuse. Bly worked closely with the subsequent investigation, and helped secure increased mental health funding and regulations. In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne’s 1873 novel Around the World in Eighty Days, Bly was tasked by her newspaper with beating the fictional record. Travelling primarily by boat and train, after 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes, and 14 seconds, Bly set a world record for traversing the globe. She returned on January 25th 1890, stepping off a train in New Jersey to cheering crowds. While she was soon beaten by George Francis Train, the feat made Nellie Bly an internationally-famous figure. She married a millionaire industrialist in 1895 and soon retired from journalism, becoming president of Iron Clad Manufacturing Co. upon her husband’s death and inventing several devices for the business. Nellie Bly died in January 1922, aged 57, but is remembered today for her outstanding achievements, which paved the way for women in journalism.

The Automaton Chess-Master Hoax

The first machine to awe humanity with its chess mastery was the eighteenth-century life-size automaton known as the Turk. Constructed in 1770 by Wolfgang von Kempelen to impress Empress Maria Theresa, the Turk appeared as a wooden Oriental sorcerer seated at a large cabinet. Before playing commenced, Kempelen would open the cabinet doors to reveal the clockwork machinery that controlled the Turk. The audience could see that there was nothing else inside. After the doors were closed and a challenger seated, the Turk would come eerily to life. He would move the pieces robotically, but shake his head or tap his hand in human displays of annoyance or pride. He also nearly always won.
The Turk became a spectacular attraction, thrilling, baffling, and terrifying viewers across Europe and America for decades. His victims included Benjamin Franklin, Catherine the Great, and Napoleon. In one account of that match, Napoleon, in perhaps telling fashion, moved first—despite the fact that the Turk was playing white—and then attempted illegal move after illegal move until the Turk, fed up with these shenanigans, swiped the pieces off the board with a stiff wooden arm.
How did the Turk work? Many were convinced it was a hoax—a hidden dwarf? Magnetic control?—but no one could prove it. Members of the Académie des Sciences probed the Turk for his secrets but were left baffled. Some even thought it was controlled from beyond the grave. One woman, during an exhibition, was spotted letting out a “pious ejaculation” and hiding in the back corner “from the evil spirit, which she firmly believed possessed the machine.” Others were ready to accept that mankind had indeed been surpassed.
Many writers found inspiration in the Turk, including Ambrose Bierce, whose short story “Moxon’s Master” describes a chess-playing robot that murders its creator. Edgar Allan Poe in particular became obsessed with the machine. In 1836, he published a famous essay that attempted to prove that the Turk was a fraud. Poe was positive that a human mind was at work, in part because he reasoned that a “pure machine” would necessarily “always win.” Poe deduced that a small man was crawling up “into the body of the Turk just so high as to bring his eyes above the level of the chess-board.” (Poe would go on to write detective stories focused on exposing such mysteries and to conduct hoaxes of his own, most famously the Balloon-Hoax of 1844, in which he wrote a series of fictionalized newspaper articles about a three-day transatlantic balloon flight.)
As it turned out, Poe was right that the Turk was a hoax, although he was incorrect about the workings of the trick. Rather than a man hidden inside the wooden body, the seemingly exposed innards of the cabinet did not extend all the way back. A hidden grandmaster slid around when the cabinet doors were opened and closed. The concealed grandmaster controlled the Turk’s movements and followed the game’s action through a clever arrangement of magnets and strings.
Like any wildly popular film or book today, the Turk inspired plenty of imitators, among them Ajeeb (“The Egyptian”), who played Harry Houdini, O. Henry, and Teddy Roosevelt. Perhaps best known, besides the Turk, was the Digesting Duck of Jacques de Vaucanson, a machine that appeared to eat, digest, and defecate.
The Turk eventually reached a sad end. Johann Nepomuk Mälzel, then the owner, took the Turk to Cuba in the 1830s, where his hidden operator succumbed to yellow fever. Mälzel himself died on the ship back. The Turk was eventually acquired by Poe’s physician, Dr. John Kearsley Mitchell, but its appeal had begun to wane and the Turk was finally left, dusty and forgotten, in the Chinese Museum in Philadelphia, where it was destroyed in the fire of 1854.

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Magic: the Gathering - Hanweir Chronicle

Interesting link just put up by our fav MTG fiction writer Doug Beyer on his Tumblr Page (http://dougbeyermtg.tumblr.com/) linking to a new Tumblr account called ‘The Hanweir Chronicle’.

If you recall, the two of the main villages in the Nearheath are Estwald and Hanweir. Estwald is the center of woodworking in Gavony and part of the Wittal Parish. Hanweir is the agricultural jewel of Gavony. Hanweir is the site of the largest open-air market, the place where livestock are traded and trappers from Kessig bring their wares. Hanweir is in Videns Parish, and the River Kirch runs through the village, making it a bustling port where goods are brought in from the other provinces before being transported up to Thraben by horse and cart.

It appears from this lovely fictional newspaper article, things are not very pleasant in the countryside at all.  Love to read more when Doug (or the mystery writer) posts more.  For now, here’s some awesome artwork from the double-sided Hanwwier Watchkeep and Ban of Hanweir.