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Cat gets a free airplane ride.
 
Cat Stowaway!

A small aircraft pilot did his pre-check but missed a cat that had hidden in the wing. The double-take look here says it all.  

source: https://youtu.be/J_8mdH20qTQ

#thesuteststowawayever  
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The whole video is on jezebel.com. Don't have the link handy.
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Agalloch, last night at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.
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How to open my short story

I'm debating two openings - the first one was a sparse, straightforward opening, the second a more descriptive opening that is a throwback to an older style of fantasy writing.

Can my fellow readers and writers give me some guidance here? Please vote and comment :)

OPENING #1

Ancient Telahn, City of Dragons, lies like a crumbling wheel across an expanse of red rock that juts defiantly from the mouth of the Mezen Bay. But for its teeming thousands, it might be an archaeological dig, buildings of windworn stone set one after another between unearthed walls of Builder's Glass - those vast, concentric circles shot through with smooth black spokes that rise in convergence at Telahn's center to form the towering Aerie. Within this sleek escalation of glass is Domina Roanne, cloistered with her servants and altechnists, the shadow of her domicile creeping from wall to wall of the Inner City as the sun traces the sky. The long, thin spans that once connected the East and West Gates to the mainland have long since tumbled beneath the waves of the bay, and now the city's inhabitants live, love, work, and die with one eye on the Domina's black splinter and the other fixed at a distant point across the tossing sea.

On one day, much like any number of others strung together to mark the passing of time in the city, one of Telahn's thousands sat outside a cafe in the Inner City and was annoyed...

The man who promised Imke justice or death arrived half an hour late, a baguette tucked under one arm. Henri's silver beard stood out against his charcoal-gray wool coat. He gave Imke an apologetic smile, removed his cap, and sat, eyes watery behind his spectacles. 

OPENING #2 (which was the original opening)

The man who promised Imke justice or death arrived half an hour late, a baguette tucked under one arm. Henri's silver beard stood out against his charcoal-gray wool coat. He gave Imke an apologetic smile, removed his cap, and sat, eyes watery behind his spectacles. 
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I agree with the others -- go with opening two. The descriptive beginning reads like the opening to an RPG adventure module or script for a movie.  Readers don't need to know everything about a story/setting up front --- that kills the anticipation.  What is important is getting pulled into the characters and why we care about them, which the 2nd one does much better.

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Next week is Agalloch. Then, July 31...

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I get the development cycle of the game versus the film, and so on. However, that doesn't explain why the game designers didn't incorporate female fighters and other characters. Are you telling me the game designers needed to see the final movie script in order to realize that, hey, having female characters is a thing we can do?
September game lacks ties to Fury Road, particularly car-driving, gun-toting women.
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It's not the designers who likely decided to not have female characters, it's probably the producers.  Game designers actually have limited control over larger issues like which characters get included or get cut.

The most expensive part of making a game is the art assets, particularly characters.  Characters require their own unique models, textures (often multiple layers), skeletons, rigging, and animations.  These are not easy to create to sufficient quality these days.  Trying to take shortcuts leads to suboptimal results; using Max's skeleton, rigging, and/or animation for Furiosa would probably be laughably bad.

And, movie games have pretty firm deadlines given that they get stale if they are released too long after the movie.  Anything added means that something else gets removed to keep the game on schedule.  So, what do you take out to put female characters in?  Or are you in favor of the "make them work more than 80 hour weeks for my entertainment" option?

As the article hints, in this age of DLC I wouldn't be surprised to see female characters come out after launch.  Assuming the game is reasonably successful.
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Here's Avatarium's original song Moonhorse, complete with 70s-style lyrics.
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A great article about how the good cops and bad cops handled the pool party in McKinney, Texas.  And a great example of how just one bad cop can seriously damage trust between the community and the police, as well as damage the reputations of his fellow officers. 
An officer in McKinney, Texas, dashes down a sidewalk, losing his flashlight as he runs past a teenage videographer toward an emergency. Seconds later, the teen with the camera walks up to another officer, one who is standing with a group of kids. “I’m just saying,” the officer is saying in a calm, corrective tone that parents and school teachers everywhere will recognize. “Don’t take off running when the cops get here.”
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Nice review of last night's Agalloch show.
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Says something about a shift in mindset the country is hopefully experiencing on both sides if the aisle.
 
More proof that I'm not crazy. Or at least not that crazy
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The problem with giving some people a little authority.
 
In a story fit for the Onion, multiple family members were charged for congratulating their children on graduating high school.

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In a story fit for the Onion, multiple family members were charged for congratulating their children on graduating high school.
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Leif Edling's new band Avatarium provides an acoustic cover of Black Sabbath's War Pigs.
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