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Oct. 21st, 2016 10:47 pm
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I tried to re-watch Captain America: Civil War today.

As a result, my entire sense of faith in Marvel's ability to tell a story took a major, possibly a fatal, blow. Back in the first act, just after the explosion in Lagos, there was a way to derail General Ross and his particular version of the Accords.
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I got a nap.

Oct. 22nd, 2016 01:11 am
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So thirsty. I need to make some tea.

Havva Quote
"There is an unlikely logic in the Klingon concept of honor. I find it... intriguing."
--T'Menna, Vulcan Deflector Officer doff, from Azlesa Expanse Renown doff mission. I am dubious about her, but she's on 10 of 30's ship, so lords know she's probably not the most dubious creature there.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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If ever you find yourself contemplating the idea that there might be the smallest, vaguest hint of decency left in the GOP, please remind yourself of this Dinesh D'Souza tweet.

Internet under siege today

Oct. 21st, 2016 06:45 pm
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There have been some massive DDoS attacks today:

From WIRED > Security, 10.21.16, 1:04 pm

What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage
Lily Hay Newman

Friday morning is prime time for some casual news reading, tweeting, and general Internet browsing, but you may have had some trouble accessing your usual sites and services this morning and throughout the day, from Spotify and Reddit to the New York Times and even good ol’ For that, you can thank a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard.

This morning’s attack started around 7 am ET and was aimed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire. That first bout was resolved after about two hours; a second attack began just before noon. Dyn reported a third wave of attacks a little after 4 pm ET. In all cases, traffic to Dyn’s Internet directory servers throughout the US—primarily on the East Coast but later on the opposite end of the country as well—was stopped by a flood of malicious requests from tens of millions of IP addresses disrupting the system. Late in the day, Dyn described the events as a “very sophisticated and complex attack.” Still ongoing, the situation is a definite reminder of the fragility of the web, and the power of the forces that aim to disrupt it.

Click headline for story
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I haven’t been posting much lately, and that’s because honestly, I’m just too strung out to do it. 18 days ’till the American elections, and while this is Cascadia, this is American-occupied Cascadia, so I can’t just laugh nervously and hope they don’t invade, they’re already here.

Leannan Sidhe sent me a new song a few days ago, and I’ve learned something: Ab (and all variants) are the Satan of chords for irish bouzouki – at least, in my tuning. It’s so much so that chord charts just skip over it completely. I was all, “…did I miss something? Is it in back for some reason?” NOPE IT’S JUST NOT THERE. Of course, I can come up with a few, but they’re stupidly up the neck and sound wrong in context, or they’re missing important things like, oh, the 5th.

Really, this is one of those cases where having very flexible fingers doesn’t make up for having small hands. Some five-fret reaches, I can just barely make. (See: all F chords.) Some four-fret reaches, though, I can’t – and while the “take G and make it a bar chord” approach is my best shot at getting an Ab that isn’t insane, well, yeah, it hurts.

So, anyway, yeah. I’ve been quiet, because stressed the fuck out, and it won’t be ending real soon. Mr. Trump is most likely going to lose, appears to know it, and appears to be setting up to denounce the result as fraudulent… all so he can corral, I dunno, 20 million of his hard-core alt-right supporters into his new television venture, which will, given what we’ve been seeing, become the new voice of white supremacy and overt misogyny.

It never ends, really, does it. It. never. ends.

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Proper review this time

Oct. 21st, 2016 09:24 am
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Now that I have finished reading "Every Heart a Doorway," a proper review is called for:

This is an amazing book, about a boarding school for people who - like Alice from Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy from the Oz books - slipped into another world, found they fit in, then got ripped out of that world back to this one, and now must adapt to their original world again, and cope with the strong need to return to the one they fell into. But of course, as with most of Seanan's writing, there is a horror twist: students are being murdered, their bodies mutilated.

As someone who coped with a troubled childhood by retreating into fantasy and then later got pulled kicking and screaming back to reality and has been trying to readjust ever since, I strongly resonate with these characters. Their characterization is unique, varied, realistic, and beautiful.

I was also pleased at the inclusion of a transgender character who is neither joke nor tragedy, and at the main character being asexual yet not aromantic. Further, one of the other girls is a scientist and genius. These characters, whose struggles to cope with being on earth again are so well written, added to a beautiful, rich, and believable fantasy multiverse, makes it a jewel to read, and I really hope Ms. McGuire will be taking us back through this door in the future.

Every Heart a Doorway

Oct. 21st, 2016 07:38 am
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I'm reading "Every Heart a Doorway" by Seanan McGuire. It reminds me of what I've heard of the Mrs. Peregrine's Home series, but with a horror twist. A school for children who fell through doors into other worlds and then got shoved back here, trying to cope with this world again. It reminds me of my own childhood, because I was off in my own world during my childhood and have been trying to cope with being forced back to reality ever since.

Edit: Forgot to mention that there's a trans boy character, and the main character is asexual.
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...but this is one of my favorite songs. And now one of my favorite groups has recorded the most beautiful version of it I've ever heard:

ETA: The original link was to a "sneak preview", which wasn't supposed to have gone public, and was taken down once the error was discovered. I've corrected it to the "official" video.

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Oct. 21st, 2016 08:20 pm
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Help needed! I've been working on a project around self-care for the severely sick folk like me. Most self-care says stuff like "Take a walk, go see a movie, go to a restaurant, take a swim" or similar stuff - none of which I can do as a bedridden person... so I've been making cards with things I *can* do.

I'd love to start a Facebook page to put up what I've been working on but the project needs a name. Originally in my head I've been saying "Spoonie Self-Care" but I'd like to stay away from the "spoon" idea because not everybody who's chronically its identifies with the spoon theory idea. There's a fairly limited set of options, given that it has to be fairly short and fairly self-evident what it means. I don't want to, for example, call them 'Penguin Cards' because nobody can tell what that means unless they already know.

Current favourite idea is "Low-energy self care", partially because Trump thinks that "low energy" is an insult so it must be good. Any better ideas?

The Organ Grinder

Oct. 20th, 2016 11:41 pm
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After yesterday's post, I still believe that there are factors deeper than popularity which create the overabundance of similar stories on television. I've talked before about the capitalist bottom line, where the expected draw of eyes to advertising minutes can boost (or completely destroy) a series premise. However, I think that's still a case where we're looking at the monkey, not the organ grinder.
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some good things recently

Oct. 20th, 2016 10:17 pm
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rosy dawn glow through fog over pine trees

excellent views of the graceful arc of the Tilikum Crossing bridge, by early daylight all shining silver, by pre-sunrise twilight pale and jeweled with lights, and by early-AM darkness a stream of fiery colors topped with two bright flags

a park full of autumn trees in full color, including daffodil yellow, bright pinkish red, deep burnt orange, pumpkin orange, dark purplish red, true red-orange with bronze shadings, dark damp brown and faded dark green

a warm fuzzy blanket

a hot shower

clean laundry (thanks darling)

noms_and_identity_feels_and_vagueness )

Tired MomTaxi Goes Wrong Place

Oct. 20th, 2016 07:37 pm
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Late to appointment, because instead of taking kid to Portsmouth appointment, was halfway to Epping for OTHER location. Then realized time was wrong for where we needed to be if we were going to OTHER location, so got turned 'round and made kid navigate Maps for me.


Driving to certain location is nearly muscle memory now. ;_;

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S______ . o O ( It's a mimic-like creature that takes the form of a water source, and punishes the guilty. Living Well is the best revenge. )

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Manipulative Dolphins

Oct. 20th, 2016 05:09 pm
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Dolphins have figured out how to get more fish from trainers

Amusingly, I have used the trash-ripping trick to minimize the amount of slave labor done when teachers or camp counselors decided they could use students instead of paying a groundskeeper.  Yes, the history of slavery and its techniques of resistance are tremendously useful in modern life.

A political note

Oct. 20th, 2016 09:57 am
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It is utterly amazing (and at the same time unsurprising) that Trump said he wouldn't commit to accepting the results of the election.

When he loses, I fully expect some of his supporters to start shooting.

The Organ Grinder's Monkey

Oct. 19th, 2016 11:05 pm
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The image of an old-fashioned (a hopelessly antiquated) organ grinder with a trained monkey is such a part of American storytelling that I don't have to explain it. I could distract myself (and some readers) with a link to a modern organ grinder video, but his little stuffed monkey isn't exactly the right symbol for storytelling.

The monkey reacts to the music, and the signals of the music-maker.
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Poem: "Building Castles"

Oct. 19th, 2016 10:35 pm
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This poem came out of the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. This poem belongs to the series The 50 Poetic States, which is a manuscript in progress rather than an entry on my Serial Poetry page.

"Building Castles"

North Carolina is the first in flight, but
it also knows how to get down to Earth.

It's a region of farms and forests
and gorgeous mountains, rich in
the history of famous people and
their unparalleled, extravagant tastes.

The Biltmore Estate in North Carolina is
the largest privately owned home in America,
built by George Washington Vanderbilt II and
still owned by one of his descendants.

The Blue Ridge Mountains rise above it
to ground the Châteauesque mansion
firmly in the fertile earth, their creeks
feeding into the vineyards that coat
the sleek green slopes of the estate.

Look up, look down, and see
the union of these opposites
unfolding all around you.

It's about building castles,
not in the sky,

but right here on Earth.

* * *


North Carolina is the home of the Biltmore Estate, which you can visit here.  The Châteauesque mansion is surrounded by vineyards.

Good News!

Oct. 19th, 2016 10:48 pm
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 First, thanks to all who weighed in on my earlier post about my cat possibly having arthritis. I did call the vet to make an appointment, but the receptionist recommended that I buy a package of TheraBites (a once-a-day cat treat which contains supplements for hips and joints) and try her out on those for a while to see if there was any improvement.

Well. Not only does Snickers LOVE the treats (so no need to trick or force her into eating them), we're not even halfway through the bag and she's already moving much more comfortably. In fact, the other day she was up on the bed chasing her tail, which I hadn't seen her do since she was a kitten. Phew! Problem solved... at least, as long as I keep giving her a treat every morning for the rest of her life. Which is doable. So I am much relieved.

* * *

Second, I was surprised and delighted to discover that A Pocket Full of Murder is one of the ten Canadian middle-grade novels nominated for the Silver Birch Award this year. That means a whole bunch of 9-12 year olds will be reading my book this winter, along with at least four more other nominated titles, so they can vote for their favorite in the spring. I've always longed to be nominated for this award, and it's a big boost for the book generally, so I'm very thankful.

I'll be reading from Pocket and talking a little about the sequel this weekend, at the Local Authors reading portion of the Stratford Writers' Festival. All the other events are ticketed and this one is free, but it's also up against the #CanLitPit session where aspiring writers get to pitch directly to editors, so I'm not holding my breath too much for a big audience... still, it was nice to be asked and I hope the Festival does well.

* * *

And thirdly, speaking of Stratford and festivals, I had the pleasure of attending a matinee performance of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe at the Avon Theatre with my youngest son's school group today. I'd really been hoping to see the play, especially after my fellow Narnia purist [ profile] grav_ity gave it her enthusiastic thumbs-up, but didn't think that I'd ever get the chance... except it turned out a few of the kids in P's class weren't able to attend, so the teacher entered all the interested parents in a draw for the remaining tickets and I was one of the winners. Which is a minor miracle, because I never win anything.

Anyway, I ended up sitting beside P and one of his friends, and we had excellent seats -- about five rows from the stage, bang in the centre. Where I proceeded to tear up halfway through Mr. Beaver's speech about Aslan in Act One and spent most of Act Two desperately wishing I'd brought tissues, because the production was fantastic. I'm so glad they stuck close to the original story, including a lot of the dialogue, instead of introducing a lot of flotsam for the sake of novelty or a false notion of drama (*side-eyes the movies of Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader*). I'd read an early review that complained about the songs being intrusive, but I didn't find them overly long or distracting at all, and the one about coming to Aslan's table pretty much killed me (as I said on Twitter, "I was not prepared for the communion metaphors").

And tomorrow Adrienne Kress is coming for our annual tea-and-catch-up, which is always a treat, and will be an especially happy occasion this time with her new MG adventure novel The Explorers coming out in 2017. I really enjoy Adrienne's narrative voice and my boys are big fans of her writing as well, so we're looking forward to this one.

Donald Trump's Campaign

Oct. 19th, 2016 09:08 pm
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Put down anything you're holding.  Make sure you don't have anything in your mouth.

Now: Donald Trump's campaign, in two words and a photo

In case you're not familiar with the species.  So. Very. Apt.
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[personal profile] siliconshaman[personal profile] siliconshaman has launched "Reparative Actions," a followup to "Blight." Special agent Daniel Kincaid arrives in Easy City and finds that things are a bit of a jumble right now.

Today's Trip

Oct. 19th, 2016 07:54 pm
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We went out running errands today.  We picked up a jug of apple cider and a new cultivar of acorn squash at the orchard south of us.  A lady there recommended a barbecue restaurant that turned out to be scrumptious.  Later on, we found some flannel shirts and polos at bargain prices.  \o/  And I got a bag of 50 purple grape hyacinths and a bag of 50 mixed crocus on sale. Thanks to the various folks who suggested that I do more naturalizing. 

It's been raining off and on all day, and probably will tomorrow.  We can use the rain, and it'll help make the ground soft enough to dig, which is important because I'll be hacking through grass to plant these bulbs.

So tired. So, so tired.

Oct. 19th, 2016 08:05 pm
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Lack of 8 hours of sleep for 3 days in a row... I am introverting SO HARD. -- members only! But so, so pretty.
Edit: J_______ on the MUSH mentions: (Though you may wish to support the Members Only version instead.)

I got my driver's license photo done. And the B&W temp one is now in my possession. The cold sore TOTALLY shows. *grumble*

There was a car at the DMV that had an Eeyore tail on it! And a bazillion Eeyore stuffies strapped into it! (It was a convertible, with the top down.) I would've taken a pic, but the owners -- a couple of older ladies -- were in it and talking and I didn't want to interrupt them.

Havva Quote
Do you want some water to go with your regret?

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Hard Things

Oct. 19th, 2016 01:42 pm
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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This is very definitely one of those "please let this hold up" science stories. Popular Mechanics jumps the gun a bit in that - according to the authors - this is "probably" not economically viable yet, but there's also a big question about what the authors consider economic viability.

From the paper online here:

We report an electrocatalyst which operates at room temperature and in water for the electroreduction of dissolved CO2 with high selectivity for ethanol. The overpotential (which might be lowered with the proper electrolyte, and by separating the hydrogen production to another catalyst) probably precludes economic viability for this catalyst, but the high selectivity for a 12-electron reaction suggests that nanostructured surfaces with multiple reactive sites in close proximity can yield novel reaction mechanisms.

Bold added.

A thing for today

Oct. 19th, 2016 01:02 pm
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I've tried Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses. If they got significantly better they'd rise to the level of horrible.

On the bright side, I have sushi for lunch, and it's tasty!

Paula Anne

Oct. 19th, 2016 08:32 am
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Left us on this day four years ago.

Poem: "Foggy Memories of California"

Oct. 19th, 2016 04:20 am
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This poem came out of the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] thnidu.

"Foggy Memories of California"
-- an octameter

In California,
San Francisco fog
comes in summertime.
The warm inland air
and cool sea air mix
to make thick mist there.
You can't see through it,
so driver beware!

In winter you find
tule fog in banks
that quiver and climb
from wetlands to blind
the motorists who
get hit from behind.
There's fog everywhere,
so driver beware!

* * *


Octameter is a poetic form with two stanzas, each having eight lines, with five syllables per line.

California is famous for its fogs, which include the summer San Francisco fog and the winter tule fog.

Poem: "The Peach Tree State"

Oct. 19th, 2016 04:08 am
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This poem came out of the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and [ profile] rhodielady_47. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.

"The Peach Tree State"

Georgia's official nickname
is the Peach State, and
its state fruit is the peach.

It has Peachtree City,
Peachtree Center, and
Peachtree Street.

Among the most famous
trees is the Belle of Georgia,
whose fruit is often called
simply "Georgia peaches."

There's nothing like sitting down
on a hot summer day with
a scoop of peach ice cream
or a bowl of peaches and cream,

and whenever I do,
I always seem to find
I've got Georgia on my mind.

* * *


Georgia has long been associated with peaches. It's official nickname is the Peach State, and the peach is its state food. Many places are named accordingly such as Peachtree City, Peachtree Center, and Peachtree Street. Belle of Georgia is among the most popular cultivars.

"Georgia on My Mind" is a famous song by by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell, particularly the performance by Georgia native Ray Charles.

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Oct. 19th, 2016 08:07 pm
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Hanging out for the day I can ask the internets whether 6-way individually switched power boards with 5m cords (and preferably, wide-spacing of plugs) exist, rather than slogging through fifty gazillion google searches ...

On the other hand if you want a 6 way individually switched powerboard or a 6 way powerboard with a 5m lead and wide spacing of plugs I know exactly where they are! I just haven't figured out how to convince those two to have babies ...

Balancing Resources

Oct. 18th, 2016 10:28 pm
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I've been particularly frustrated by the protagonist/antagonist dynamics in this season's science fiction in particular. SHIELD had HYDRA, and now the “Watchmen” to turn every episode into an ongoing power struggle between the self-proclaimed “heroes” and “villains. There's very little subtlety in any of the dynamics, especially when a character is “supposed” to behave a certain way. Telegraphing future betrayal for half a season is ridiculously overdone, even before reminding the audience that SHIELD trained spies.
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Trash night

Oct. 18th, 2016 11:48 pm
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...I'm going to need to figure out how to get my driver's license renewed tomorrow, working around scheduling for other people. Augh.

Kid remains too queasy in the morning to go to school. The doctor recommended stuff may take days to work. I would like an Enterprise sickbay, please. And a doctor to go with it.

Havva Quote
Manticore cheese is very filling, but even it runs out eventually.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

This is a test. This is only a test.

Oct. 18th, 2016 11:19 pm
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Denise (denise) replied to a comment you left in a Dreamwidth entry "Code push imminent!". The comment they replied to was:

OK, thanks.

That mess of appended garbage shows up on the page as just "Save", and has often been doing so for months. Any progress on it?


The reply was:
Subject: Re: Not crossposting to LJ

Can you give me a screenshot?

Poem: "Like the Back of Your Hand"

Oct. 18th, 2016 04:19 pm
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This is the freebie for the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [ profile] my_partner_doug, who is originally from Detroit.

"Like the Back of Your Hand"

If you live in Michigan, then
you know it like the back of your hand,
because you can always hold up
your left hand and point to where
you live in the Mitten.

Then there are the Yoopers,
who turn both palms up to map
the whole state, and have
nothing left to point with.

* * *


This is a standard map of Michigan, and this is an outline of what they call "the hand map," because the lower peninsula looks like the back of a left hand.  It has some variations.

Yoopers are people from the upper peninsula, and their hand map looks like this.  The rivalry between upper and lower peninsula is a key feature of the state, and since the prompt came from a Detroit native, I put in a little tweak at the UP which riffs on some things people have said in articles about the hand map.


Oct. 18th, 2016 12:14 pm
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This is all we get out of on Sombra? really?

...Estableciendo conexión...
...Protocolo Sombra v1.95 iniciado...

...Transmisión finalizada - finalizando carga...
...Carga finalizada. Unidad Bastion E-54 comprometida...

...Terminando conexión...

----- (google translate) -----

... Connecting ...
... Protocol v1.95 Shadow started ...

... Finished Transmission - ending loading ...
... Charging complete. Bastion Unit E-54 committed ...

... Terminating connection ...

Arabic Billboard

Oct. 18th, 2016 01:46 pm
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Sponsored by the folks who brought us Cards Against Humanity, there is a billboard written mostly in Arabic which says, "Donald Trump, he can't read this, but he is afraid of it anyway."  \o/

ROTFLMAO!  I have to wonder if any of them have the t-shirt that says, "We speak Arabic because you can't."  (That's the Category 5 answer to the standard military linguistics t-shirts, "We speak Russian so you don't have to," or whatever the language is.)  I've always wanted to put one of those on a Winnie the Pooh.

Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Oct. 18th, 2016 01:08 pm
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The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you all for your time and assistance. Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "The 50 Poetic States."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "The 50 Poetic States."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.

2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated. 

3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "The 50 Poetic States."  I have a chapbook in progress, The 50 Poetic States, so I'm seeking prompts for states that I haven't written yet.

I already have poems for these states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington

I need prompts for these states: Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

I'll be soliciting ideas for landmarks, historic events, politics, nature, cultural tidbits, other things that make you think of the state, and poetic forms in particular.  Ideally, I'd like to get input from people who have lived in or visited the remaining states.  If you can include a reference link, that's very helpful.  These are intended to be stand-alone poems, NOT series installments, so I expect them to be sub-epics.

If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.

Not crossposting to LJ

Oct. 18th, 2016 01:19 pm
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Anybody else having trouble crossposting to LJ?

ETA: It's working now. Whew!

Read "Blight" by Siliconshaman

Oct. 18th, 2016 12:16 pm
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 [personal profile] siliconshaman has posted Part 6 of "Blight," which is now complete.  Ashley's friends reach out to her.

Monster doodles

Oct. 18th, 2016 12:28 pm
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(Note the sign behind the human's head.)

An artist who draws monsters next to unsuspecting subway riders is blowing up on social media

Ben Rubin has worked in television for 25 years and owns The Mint Farm, a marketing company that creates commercials and promotions for television networks and social media.

However, he has recently become a star on social media himself by posting images of furry monsters superimposed on subway travelers to Facebook and Instagram.

This Is Neat: the Collidoscope

Oct. 18th, 2016 08:30 am
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Several months ago, I saw online a prototype of a sampling synth with waveform editing and a uniquely cool physical user interface. I don’t remember whether I blogged about it at the time or not, but I certainly talked about it on social media and such.

It’s not so much that it does anything you can’t already do; you can do everything it’s doing with a modern digital audio workstation, for example. But the physicality of the interface looked delightful, and that sort of thing really, really matters in instruments. Including synths. It made sample synths look fun to play in a new dimension – one far more instrument-like than I’d seen before.

Collidoscpe v2

I wondered at the time if they were looking for a commercial application, to build them to sell. But if they were, they’ve ditched that: it’s gone open-source. Not just source code for the software, but instructions and 3D CAD files if you want to build one yourself to their physical specs.

Admittedly, the case-build instructions are… a tad sparse. But that’s half the fun, right? Component-wise, it’s basically a cakewalk. (Silly me thought the waveform display was some fancy custom thing HAHAHAHAHAHA NO IT’S A STANDARD LCD MONITOR BEHIND A FRAME HAHAHAHAHA etc. But that’s the smart way, so.)

Anyway, yeah! Project!

h/t: Klopfenpop for the link

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Whither weather?

Oct. 18th, 2016 10:29 am
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According to Facebook's "On This Day" feature, we had snow this day in 2015 here in the New York metro area.

Today, the high in the New York metro area is projected to be 80F / 27C.

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