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Anthemoessa

TITLE: Anthemoessa

AUTHOR: aloysiavirgata​

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RATING: Gen

CATEGORIES: Clone Club

SPOILERS:  The Fall/X-Files/Hannibal crossover with a splash of Orphan Black

SUMMARY:  A show like Orphan Black where Gillian Anderson plays Dana Scully, Stella Gibson, and Bedelia du Maurier and they all go around not putting up with nonsense.

DISCLAIMER: Breaking seal constitutes acceptance of agreement. Proceed at your own risk. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle or heavy equipment. For recreational purposes only. Driver does not carry cash. And, as always, thank you for choosing Aloysia Airlines for your direct flight from 1013 to fanfic.

AUTHOR’S NOTES: Thanks to dashakay for eta and general enabling,

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That Phoebe Green brought this to her attention is somehow the most rankling thing about it, Scully thinks. She and Stella Gibson sit across from one another in overstuffed leather chairs, the kind with nail heads that make her think of Masterpiece Theater. She is embarrassed that the house intimidates her with its looming grandeur. The fireplace is oversized, ornate, and even the burning logs are picturesque. Scully wonders if Bedelia laid the fire herself or if she hired someone. She has the general sense that, when possible, Bedelia hires someone.

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smotherworldly  asked:

In this story I'm working on, the protagonist is a security officer working for a shady human augmentation corporation. They routinely come into contact with cybernetically-enhanced criminals and they chose a Desert Eagle .50 in order to actually do damage to any augmented threats. But I was wondering just how practical would that choice be? From what I've found, a box of that ammo goes for about $42, but I'm no expert on firearms.

It’s not. As firearms go, the Desert Eagle is sort of ridiculous. It’s a stupidly big and heavy gun. They’re designed more around the idea of looking cool and imposing, rather than actually being a practical combat weapon. Which is part of why Hollywood loves them.

They have a home in the high end sport shooting market. Basically for the same reasons they found a home in films; it’s big, showy, and looks cool. If you view guns as recreational equipment, want to have the biggest toy and are willing to spend, that’s what the Desert Eagle delivers. That’s also pretty much all the Desert Eagle delivers.

The spending part is important, the Desert Eagle itself is not a cheap gun. Aftermarket rates for .50 Desert Eagles range from $1.5k - $3k. It’s not just the gun, as you pointed out, .50 AE run close to $2 a bullet.

Put this in perspective, your character could buy a Remington 870, and keep it loaded it with FRAG-12s for less than a Desert Eagle would cost. (Assuming they could actually buy FRAG-12 rounds to begin with.)

Assuming your character’s gun is actually part of their job, there’s a decent chance the corporation would be the one paying for it, and the ammo. Especially if they actually expect your character to be using it on people. That said, the expenses would still be relevant, if only because accounting wouldn’t want to see the security division snorkeling through cash when cheaper, better, options exist.

Regardless who’s paying, your character would probably be better off with a 10mm pistol. A Glock 20 will run you around $600, and the ammo is around $0.35 a round. That’s still somewhat pricey as handgun ammo goes, but it’s far cheaper than .50 AE.

That said, the entire reason 10mm Auto never caught on in the real world is because it kicks hard. As with the .50 AE, 10mm Auto is an overpowered round. For perspective, it’s muzzle velocity is between the .357 and .41 magnum cartridges.

If your character absolutely needs something with stopping power similar to a Desert Eagle, they’ll be better off getting a rifle or carbine chambered in 5.56mm. For visual aesthetics, you might want to take a look at the H&K G36C or the SIG552.

Realistically, handguns are what you give someone when you don’t expect a problem but they should have something, “just in case.” If your shady cybernetics company is sending their security forces out to deal with criminals, they’re better off with automatic rifles.

FRAG-12s aren’t off the table. These are impact detonation grenades designed to chamber into a 12 gauge shotgun. Basically impossible to obtain on the civilian market, but for a corporation with defense contracts these might an option.

-Starke

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Animus Possidendi

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TITLE: Animus Possidendi

AUTHOR: aloysiavirgata​

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RATING: Explicit

CATEGORIES: MSR

SPOILERS: En Ami

SUMMARY: “It looks good on you,” he said flatly. “It looks incredible, actually. But I still hate it. Get rid of it.”

DISCLAIMER: Breaking seal constitutes acceptance of agreement. Proceed at your own risk. Do not use while operating a motor vehicle or heavy equipment. For recreational purposes only. Driver does not carry cash. And, as always, thank you for choosing Aloysia Airlines for your direct flight from 1013 to fanfic.

AUTHOR’S NOTES: Thanks to dashakay and leiascully for excellent beta-ing

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“What’d you do with the dress?” he asked from the depths of the fridge.

Scully, on the couch, sat up. “What?”

“The dress, the uh…the one he got you.” He bumped the door closed with his hip, heading to the living room with two IPAs.

“It’s in my closet.” Her eyes narrowed. “Why?”

Mulder settled next to her and opened the beers. “No reason. I just wondered, I guess.” He passed her a bottle.

She watched him, his studied casual demeanor. She thought they had finished with this topic yesterday, but it would seem otherwise. Anger tightened her chest. “You never just wonder. You think I should have gotten rid of it, don’t you?”

He shrugged, taking a long sip. “None of my business.”

“You’re damned right it’s not. I don’t have the luxury of tossing an expensive item just because I don’t like the source of it.”

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RE: Why Irish Dancing has lost its way and needs to change

It is time for Irish Central to find some new writers. This is not journalism. Journalism is supposed to be based upon facts. Mr. O'Doherty is an uninformed man who knows little of the Irish dance community. I am surprised that Irish Central even published this dodgy “article”, or rather this uninformed opinion. Mr. O'Doherty is quite ignorant and ill-informed on this topic. Why publish his opinions on substantive issues if he is not fit to discuss them? However, I shouldn’t be surprised. Today’s media will publish anything to attract an audience and get attention… even if it is entirely untruthful. Selling negative opinions and controversy pays the bills, I suppose.

First, let me lay out some basic facts. I am a two-time North American champion, the 2013 Great Britain Champion and the 2013 All-Ireland Champion. I have danced competitively since the age of 4. Since the day I began, I have lived and breathed Irish Dance. So, unlike Mr. O’Doherty, I am actually qualified to discuss this topic. I have also played basketball my entire life at an elite level. I eventually gave up multiple college basketball athletic scholarships to focus on competitive Irish dancing. Although technically Irish dance is an art form, I can tell you that training for a World Championship in Irish Dancing is equally, if not more gruelling than training for any basketball team or athletic tournament I have ever been a part of. The dedication, physical conditioning, athletic ability and mental toughness required to perform at a World Championship level is second to none. If Mr. O’Doherty had the intelligence to actually do any research on this topic, or (heaven forbid) consult with a qualified expert in Kinesiology, he would discover that Irish Dance is one of the most physically demanding forms of anaerobic exercise in the world. That is a fact. It would be nice to see Irish Central publish something like that, instead of these ignorant opinion editorials based on half-truths and lies.

Irish dancers are frequently top athletes in school sports and top performers in the classroom. This is not simply a coincidence. The coordination, flexibility, stamina and muscle development from Irish dance gives us an incredible edge. Growing up, I was able to quickly pick up and excel at virtually any sport, regardless of how new I was to it. Athletics and other dance forms come naturally due to the incredible fitness and coordination we develop right from the beginning. The mental strength and dedication one learns from Irish dancing has transferred into my academic life as well. Studying Finance requires commitment and focus, abilities which I have been fine-tuning since age 4 in Irish Dance. Before Mr. O’Doherty criticizes our dance community, perhaps he should consider such things. To say that training in Irish dancing has been critical to my success would be an understatement. If figure skating is an Olympic Sport, I am quite sure that Irish dance, although also an art form, is very much indeed a sport as well.

With regards to the issue of money and performance costumes, Mr. O’Doherty misses the mark as well. I challenge you to name a sport where reaching an elite level does not require a significant monetary investment. There are countless examples. High ranking young Hockey players spend thousands on top of the line equipment each season. Elite figure skaters spend thousands on costumes and skates as they fight to improve their competitive ranking. I could go on and on. High performance athletes of any sport spend just as much money as we do in Irish Dancing. Hard shoes and an elegantly crafted costumes are our version of spending money on high performance sports equipment. Recreational Irish dancers don’t need thousand dollar costumes. However, it is completely justified for Irish Dancers competing at the World Championships, attempting to be ranked among the best in the WORLD at their trade, to make this kind of investment. Would you criticize an Olympian figure skater for spending a similar amount on their costume? I think not.

In addition, I would also challenge Mr. O’Doherty, and any other critics to consider all other styles of dance and artistic performances. The make-up and intensely colourful costumes can be found throughout the dance world in every single style around the world. The purpose of the wigs, make-up and dresses is due to the stage lighting and performance aspect of our trade. Although intensely athletic, Irish dancing is still a form of artistic expression. The costumes, wigs and make-up all add to that, and enrich the culture and community. The vibrant display of colours as we fly across the stage keeps Irish dancing exciting and modern.

Dancers purchasing these “expensive” costumes are some of the best in the world. If such expenditures were as crazy and ridiculous as Mr. O’Doherty would make it seem, would there still be a market for them? Basic economics says no. The Irish dance community is filled with intelligent, caring, rational, NORMAL people. If these dresses were such an outrageous expenditure, why is there so much demand? Families view them as an investment; Investments with a long-term horizon and potentially great rewards. Those willing to go the extra mile will generally be rewarded. It is a fact of life. Irish dancing is no longer just an artistic hobby for those with an Irish background. Top Irish dancers can now go on into successful and rewarding careers in professional dance shows around the world, or teach and adjudicate. Investing in an elegant and elaborate costume fit for a World champion may come at a significant cost, but if the hard work is put in, the rewards will follow. I am confident that World champions who go on to achieve success in professional shows or teaching don’t regret investing in a high quality dance costume during their competitive days. Ultimately, how you perform and place in your competitive career has a significant impact on your future professional dancing opportunities and teaching career. Aesthetics DO subconsciously, if not consciously, matter. Another fact of life. Welcome to reality. Is creating the best looking performance possible on the competitive stage not a worthy investment? I can tell you from experience that it is absolutely 100% worth it. Given that our dance form is not just athletic, but also a form of artistic expression, such expenditures are completely justified. Not to mention the stage lighting, the vast size of the stage, or the hundreds of competitors in each age group.

Let’s consider the alternatives. Would we achieve a more fair result if everyone in a competition of 500 dancers was dressed in identical black costumes? I think not. Even the best adjudicators would likely make errors or get dancers confused. The colourful costumes create variety and are a way of differentiating yourself from your competitors. Make-up is a necessity of when performing under certain stage lights. When you are about to give the athletic dance performance of your life, you don’t want to look like a ghost, be forgotten or get missed. The elaborate, flashy costumes help with that. Let’s remember that this is not just a recreational hobby any more. People create careers out of Irish dance now and we compete to be the best in the entire world. I don’t think anything more needs to be said in order to justify these expenditures.

Mr. O’Doherty’s comments on anxiety are laughable. Training and learning how to cope with anxiety and pressure is essential to success in life. As a business student, I see brilliant people fail because they never learned how to perform under pressure or deal with anxiety. Thousands of smart people fail because they can’t present or deliver a speech to an audience without cracking under pressure. When I confidently make a presentation to multi-million dollar clients, I am incredibly grateful for learning how to perform under pressure. This is a skill Irish dance has taught me. Anxiety and pressure are realities of life. If we don’t expose young people to these realities, we are setting them up for failure. Delivering a business presentation to fellow students, co-workers, professors or clients requires the same skills and attributes as performing in front of thousands of spectators. Throughout my academic career, my ability to excel under pressure has set me apart from many other students, and contributed immensely to my success. I am sure many other dancers would tell you the same.

Before posting such strong opinions and harsh criticism, perhaps Irish Central should consider the perspective of someone who actually knows what they are talking about next time.

Regards,

Ian Gott

Camp Chopunnish

TITLE: Camp Chopunnish

AUTHOR: Aloysia Virgata

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RATING: Gen

SPOILERS:  Season 10

SUMMARY:  Mulder and Skinner talk about things to come.

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AUTHOR’S NOTES: This is a sort of follow-up to The Oak and The Cypress. When the spoilers first started leaking about Miller and Einstein, I said they sounded like dogs Mulder would have, and I am totally sticking with that. Thanks to fuckyeahdavidgillian and leiascully for looking things over.

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March 2012

“Walter,” Mulder says, shutting the door. “Good to see you. I would have baked a cake, but I don’t know how. Mind the dogs, Miller sprawls where he pleases and Einstein can’t see real well. He only has one eye.”

The dogs, hearing their names, rise and run over. Miller, the big one, wags his preposterously fluffy tail with such enthusiasm that it whacks the Director in the leg.

Skinner scrutinizes the creature. One ear stands up while the other flops dejectedly sideways. Miller has enormous paws at the bottoms of his skinny legs and slightly crossed blue eyes. His coat is a patchwork of colors and cowlicks, and the general effect is of having been assembled from the spare parts of other dogs. “The hell kind of mutt is that, Mulder?”

“Free. It’s how he got his name, actually. I found him under a beer truck when I went to buy ice. The little one there, Einstein, somebody dumped in the driveway.”

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