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Kitchen Demolition Derby
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 1 of 1 (complete)
Word count: 1133

:: Set in the Berettafly Garden stories section of Polychrome Heroics. Anything I say to explain this part is spoiler for the next, so try to enjoy it as an atypical moment in the series, with promises of more to come, very soon! ::

Haruko carried the lidded container full of fruit salad under one arm, holding the door for George as she maneuvered the glass baking dish sideways through the first cycle of the air cleaning process used in Ashley's new living quarters. “Hey, Ashley,” the young man began, then froze. His last step bumped against George's back as the elderly woman shook her head, making the sapphire blue tips of the bone-white layered cut dance around her face.

“What happened?” George wondered aloud in her rusty voice, “And has anybody called SPOON yet?”

“Why would--?” Haruko began. Then, he caught a glimpse of Ashley's side of the Hab. Bits of popcorn decorated every horizontal surface. A cluster of pale white kernels nested on the brim of Ashley's top hat, even as she glared at the partially dismantled air-popping machine set on the counter which formed the lower half of the barricade between the sections.

“Wow,” he breathed, “and I thought my morning sucked!”

Ashley pointed at the kitchen appliance, torn between laughing and scowling at it. “This one's not my fault,” she insisted. “I'm not sure why the machine isn't working the way the instructions say it should, and it's only been out of the box about ten minutes!” She leaned her right shoulder against the window.

“Just push the mess out of the way,” George suggested. “Right now, there's fresh, hot food, nothing's on fire, and it certainly doesn't sound like you exploded the popcorn machine.”
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Kid had a rough day today.

Feb. 10th, 2016 12:01 am
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And stayed home.

Friskie went to the vet, where she had her teeth cleaned and one bone-infected tooth pulled. Antibiotics for her before we go to bed.

Looking for Sariel D. I... have pieced together at least where her mom is. I'm being a bit too chicken to email her mom yet. Or call. Or... whatever. *facepalm*

Havva Quote
So pretty much anybirdie who isn't going to kill me has to have a tragic tale filled with woe?
Oh god, I did the birdie thing again.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Poem: "The Power of a Touch"

Feb. 9th, 2016 01:03 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] janetmiles, LJ user Paantha, and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "platonic" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest, the "injury" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir fest, and the "nonsexual intimacy" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes some intense topics.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  There are trust issues, emotional angst, physical abuse, other hints of past trauma, delicate interpersonal negotiations, messy medical details, ambivalent feelings about touch, and other challenges.  If these are sensitive matters for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Give this little Class-T amplifier a proper power supply, which I’ve finally done, and suddenly it’s MADE OF LOUD.

Yes, these are the monster stage monitors that I blogged about rebuilding before. But they’re still “passive” mains, which is to say, they need external amplification – like essentially all concert gear before about 15 years ago.

What I’m doing here is spending $23 (holy crow $23?!) each on bare-board Class T amplifiers, and $26 each on high-quality 24 volt power supplies, and making them into active monitors. This will let them be useful with modern mixers, which tend to not include amplification, expecting that to be bundled into the speakers themselves.

Being me, of course, I’ll leave the old-style functionality exposed. So they’ll be usable with both old and new-style gear.

Funny thing is, these monitors… they were famously terrible, but at this point, they’ve become actively pleasant to listen to. I’m doing an extended power test of the amp and power supply right now, and I’m staying in the room and listening to it on purpose, because hey, why wouldn’t I?

I know where the beat is at,
‘cos I know what time it is
fishin’ in the rivers of life

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1. a song from the year you were born. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
2. a song that reminds you of school. Y&T - Mean Steak
3. a song tied to a specific moment in your life. The Kinks - Low Budget
4. a song that is not sung in your native language. Rammstein - Sonne
5. a song over 5 minutes long. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (Part 1) 22:40
6. a song under 2 minutes long. Slayer - Necrophobic 1:40
7. an instrumental. Metallica - Orion
8. a classical piece. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
9. a song with no percussion. The Who - I Am The Sea
10. something you’ve heard performed live. John Philip Sousa - The Stars And Stripes Forever
11. something you’d give ANYTHING to hear performed live. Tool -Ænima
12. a song by an artist who’s from where you’re from (town/city/state/country). The Doobie Brothers - China Grove
13. a song made suddenly precious because of a special someone. Damn Yankees - High Enough
14. a song made suddenly awful because of a special someone. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Modern Day Romance
15. something to BELT SHAMELESSLY/do DIVA HANDS to. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - Oh What a Circus (from Evita)
16. something to SCREAM ALONG to. Metallica - Seek And Destroy
17. a song for raging. Pantera - Fucking Hostile
18. a song that demands lipsyncing into a makeshift microphone. The Rolling Stones - Shattered
19. the last song you had stuck in your head. Foo Fighters - Everlong
20. a song you’re dying to master all the words to. Foo Fighters - Everlong
21. a song that you could SLAY at karaoke. John Cage - 4'33"
22. a song you can’t help but dance to. Richard O'Brien - The Time Warp
23. a song that makes you want to dance on a table. The Slickee Bee - This Party Sucks
24. a song that makes you wanna STRIP. Beethoven - The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2
25. a song with a great music video Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
26. a song that makes you act out the music video when you hear it. Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
27. a song with counting. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
28. a song with spelling. Aerosmith - What It Takes
29. a song with lots of clapping. John Fogerty - Centerfield
30. a song 40 years older than you. Al Jolson - When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along
31. a song you wish your parents didn’t know the words to. No such song.
32. a song whose lyrics shocked you once you were old enough to understand them. No such song.
33. a song you have ZERO patience for. Irving Berlin - God Bless America
34. a song you’d like your favorite artist to cover. The Who - 905 (covered by Tool)
35. a great song you discovered thanks to a movie. Cheap Trick - Reach Out
36. a great song you discovered thanks to television. Anthrax & Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
37. a song you’re ashamed to have in your music library. Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie
38. OK what’s the song you were too ashamed to even post for #37? Metallica - Invisible Kid
39. the most played song in your music library. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
40. favorite Disney song. Randy Newman - Friend Like Me (from Aladdin)

Poem: "Touch and Come"

Feb. 9th, 2016 02:25 am
ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
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This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aldersprig and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "candlelight" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

Note: This poem consists entirely of hawt lesbian action. If that's not something you're into, you can skip it without missing any of the serial plot. They're married, everyone already knew they're having sex.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 12:03 am
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 All three polls are up in LiveJournal: free epic, half-price sale, and general fund.

Took kid to the doctor today

Feb. 8th, 2016 11:30 pm
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Nothing that could be noted -- not strep, not pneumonia. If it continues much longer, blood tests might be needed. But it's just A Bug Or Two. *SIGH*

We watched ST:TOS some.

1: Balance of Terror. Which had us crying, "T'Liss!" every time that ship appeared. Dubbed by the kid as "The T'Liss of Mass Destruction!" We fangirled its Commander immensely. (T'LISS! T'LISS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!)

(The really funny part of that is that the T'Liss class, in Star Trek Online, is THE TEENIEST WARBIRD. You get plonked into an antique T'Liss as your first ship when you're a PC. So having this TEENY SHIP be such a terror... Hee hee hee.)

(As a side-note, I am kind of impressed at the job they did of different ship interiors/"bridges" when they had pretty much zero budget, apparently. And they'd spent it all on Enterprise's bridge. Sometimes it was a leeeettle obvious that things were implausible in the set, but generally... not bad. I also spotted the Romulan bridge-ish-thing set in "Balance of Terror," in the "weapons/phaser room"! They stuck red lighting on it for Enterprise Incident and rearranged the table.

I also determined that the helmets the various crew are wearing are to render it unnecessary to stick ears on everyone.)

Spouse says that the T'Liss of Mass Destruction's Commander's actor went on to do Spock's dad. Yay, we'll see him again! ^_^

(There's also a leotard-shot on Uhura (as Dax said, "...and women wore less"), plus Uhura gets to fly the ship a little!)

2: Shore Leave. Whereupon we were going, "...Liberated Borg should NEVER EVER GO THERE. Especially ones who have...complicated...emotional reactions to the Collective." (I'd seen it before, but the kid hadn't. She pretty much called the mechanics of the twist midway through.)

Meanwhile, my Orion would probably wind up being pampered by an assortment of handsome-to-her males of various species. >_>

(Interestingly, the Flirts With Kirk And McCoy yeoman Barrels... gets pretty much zero shaming for this, near as I can tell. Neither one is jealous about it. Seems like the script was attempting to give equal treatment for flirts. Kirk flirts with everything; yeoman Barrels gets to do pretty much the same. And while they don't have actress-to-actor parity, quite, there's a surprising number of actresses around. I suppose partly to flirt with the various guy characters? O:/)

Havva Quote
Mr. Spock: Referring to the map on your screens, you will note beyond the moving position of our vessel a line of Earth outpost stations. Constructed on asteroids, they monitor the neutral zone established by treaty after the Earth-Romulan conflict of over a century ago. As you may recall from your histories, this conflict was fought - by our standards today - with primitive atomic weapons and in primitive space vessels which allowed no quarter, no captives, nor was there even ship-to-ship visual communication; therefore, no human, Romulan or ally has ever seen the other. Earth believes the Romulans to be warlike, cruel, treacherous. And only the Romulans know what they think of Earth.
--Balance of Terror, snaffled from
(That last line there is amusing to me.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

February Patreon prompt post

Feb. 8th, 2016 07:42 pm
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The prompt post for my Patreon is up here! It's open to anyone to prompt--so please feel free to head over there and leave a prompt (or leave one in the comments here)!

I'll write one story a month (more if more money is pledged) that is posted exclusively for Patreon supporters to read.

This month's theme is Valentine's Day.

If you pledge just $1 a month, you'll get to read the Patreon short story--but prompting is open to all!

Poem: "How People Always Get Close"

Feb. 8th, 2016 02:50 pm
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "trusting" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character Bingo fest, and the "vampires" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Warning: Although the tone of this poem is largely sweet, it is also quite intense and contains some things that not everyone enjoys. Highlight to see the details, some of which are spoilers. Two sections explore relations between Igor and Victor, then Csilla with Dénes and Dorottya. There are messy medical details, radical trust, deep intimacy, emotional surrender, some internal and interpersonal angst, demisexual challenges, vampire feeding, and other interesting stuff. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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from Newsweek

The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin

Kurt Eichenwald  12/23/14 at 6:54 AM

They wave their Bibles at passersby, screaming their condemnations of homosexuals. They fall on their knees, worshipping at the base of granite monuments to the Ten Commandments while demanding prayer in school. They appeal to God to save America from their political opponents, mostly Democrats. They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray for the country’s salvation.

They are God’s frauds, cafeteria Christians who pick and choose which Bible verses they heed with less care than they exercise in selecting side orders for lunch. They are joined by religious rationalizers—fundamentalists who, unable to find Scripture supporting their biases and beliefs, twist phrases and modify translations to prove they are honoring the Bible’s words.

This is no longer a matter of personal or private faith. With politicians, social leaders and even some clergy invoking a book they seem to have never read and whose phrases they don’t understand, America is being besieged by Biblical illiteracy. Climate change is said to be impossible because of promises God made to Noah; Mosaic law from the Old Testament directs American government; creationism should be taught in schools; helping Syrians resist chemical weapons attacks is a sign of the end times—all of these arguments have been advanced by modern evangelical politicians and their brethren, yet none of them are supported in the Scriptures as they were originally written.

The Bible is not the book many American fundamentalists and political opportunists think it is, or more precisely, what they want it to be. Their lack of knowledge about the Bible is well established. A Pew Research poll in 2010 found that evangelicals ranked only a smidgen higher than atheists in familiarity with the New Testament and Jesus’s teachings. “Americans revere the Bible—but, by and large, they don’t read it,’’ wrote George Gallup Jr. and Jim Castelli, pollsters and researchers whose work focused on religion in the United States. The Barna Group, a Christian polling firm, found in 2012 that evangelicals accepted the attitudes and beliefs of the Pharisees—religious leaders depicted throughout the New Testament as opposing Christ and his message—more than they accepted the teachings of Jesus.

Newsweek’s exploration here of the Bible’s history and meaning is not intended to advance a particular theology or debate the existence of God. Rather, it is designed to shine a light on a book that has been abused by people who claim to revere it but don’t read it, in the process creating misery for others. When the illiteracy of self-proclaimed Biblical literalists leads parents to banish children from their homes, when it sets neighbor against neighbor, when it engenders hate and condemnation, when it impedes science and undermines intellectual advancement, the topic has become too important for Americans to ignore, whether they are deeply devout or tepidly faithful, believers or atheists.

This examination—based in large part on the works of scores of theologians and scholars, some of which dates back centuries—is a review of the Bible’s history and a recounting of its words. It is only through accepting where the Bible comes from— and who put it together—that anyone can comprehend what history’s most important book says and, just as important, what it does not say.
Playing Telephone with the Word of God

No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.

click headline for article

Training my Dragon.

Feb. 8th, 2016 12:34 pm
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Figuring out how to use my new program. This is going to take some work, but I think it's going to be a very good thing my writing.

Magpie Monday

Feb. 8th, 2016 01:37 pm
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer is running Magpie Monday today with a theme of "disaster or opportunity."  Drop by and leave her some prompts!  Donations are also encouraged, as she has some major ongoing medical expenses to cope with.
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Social, which echoes posts between the band blog and several social media sites, and – even more importantly really – consolidates comments back so people can actually find them all, is losing support in I think three more days.

That wouldn’t be so bad because I’m happy maintaining my own code bases, but it relies on some sort of back-end intermediary, and they’ve been ignoring my requests to release that code so we can try to run it ourselves. They haven’t said no, they’ve just said nothing.

I’ve been trolling through the plugins site looking for a replacement, and I’m not seeing anything. This is kind of terrible, to be honest – my readership isn’t bad but most people who comment comment on Facebook and Twitter rather than using the comment system, here, which makes the blog look dead without that comment consolidation.

So… have I missed something? Do solutions exist? It’d be nice if solutions existed. Particularly for the comment consolidation. I don’t mind reposting manually if that’s what needs to happen, but wow I will miss that comment collection. I’ll miss it a lot.

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Magpie Monday- Feb 2016

Feb. 8th, 2016 08:51 am
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The theme is "Disaster or Opportunity?" Drop by, offer a prompt, boost the signal, and see what happens!

Come and PLAY!

February 2016 Magpie Monday! OPEN!

Feb. 8th, 2016 08:42 am
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Welcome to the February Magpie Monday! Today's theme is “Disaster, or opportunity?” No one's life goes perfectly all the time, but when things go wrong, that's when the storytelling starts.

Drop a note with at least one prompt, I'll write at least 500 words in reply, and send your prompt to you (for long ones, I'll ask for an email address instead of trying to divide a long item into several private messages). Boost the signal and I'll add another hundred words for each. If this is your first prompt, let me know, as your word count doubles.

I'll post a full story for the Magpie as well, so that everyone can enjoy participating.

For this month, I am also hoping for donors. Every penny of tips has gone for medical bills since April 2015, and this pattern will continue for 2016. As a stretch goal for this Magpie, if I reach $40 in donations, I'll post another story.

When I wind down the Magpie (very, very late tonight or in the wee hours of Tuesday), I will post the closing announcement on the blog, then take a quick inventory of prompts, fills, and the items still waiting to be finished. I will send a quick note to each prompter to prevent future disaster (like losing a prompt!)

There are a large number of universes available for prompts, or, as always, you can ask for original material. If you're curious about the next steps in Polychrome, or wonder “What's next?” for any character, that's a great starting point.

Let's get this party started!

Magpie Monday is NOW OPEN!

EDITED: Now CLOSED to new prompts, I will be filling and sending prompts on Tuesday, along with posting a freebie for the Magpie.(LIKELY to be Aidan's story!) Thanks for your patience, I will resume as soon as brain functions return in the morning!

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Courtesy Boing Boing, enjoy this video of what happens in Portal if you set up a custom level with two portals directly against each other, and Chell inside. It is pretty amazing.

It’s awesome that people are still screwing around with the Portal games.

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Getting lost along the way

Feb. 7th, 2016 11:26 pm
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Some time ago, I quit playing certain online MMORPGs. Why? Some of the quest lines made me more than a little uneasy. Some crossed lines by making light of certain kinds of events. Some involved questionable actions the player's avatar must participate in, just to finish the quest.

Frankly, some of the actions made me feel slimy.

Worse, many of them constituted practical examples of war crimes.
Read more... )

Poem: "Sounds as Shapes"

Feb. 7th, 2016 08:38 pm
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow and [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "sharing a bed" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest, and the "talk with a friend" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Book_worm5. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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And... still sick

Feb. 7th, 2016 08:34 pm
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Hopefully she will be able to go to school tomorrow. This is terrible. -_-

We watched "The Enterprise Incident," which was pretty decent for being a Season 3 Original Star Trek episode.

Spoilers! )
5: It's kind of astounding -- not just in this episode, but others I've seen on the high-resolution flatscreen TV -- how old some of the actresses are! Also frequently zaftig. But there are all kinds of interesting lines on their faces, and I'm constantly double-taking. It's nifty. I don't know if it's that they were literally older, or that the make-up techniques are different in more modern episodes, or post-processing is more of a thing... But it's really kind of cool.
6: ...I want to wave my iPad at the chunky data-pad that appeared at the beginning of that episode. *snicker*
back to spoilers )

Havva Quote
“I’m not a parrot,” sighed the bird. “Don’t I wish! Parrots are gloriously colored and they live halfway to forever. No, I’m only an enchanted titmouse, I’m afraid.”

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

January 2016 Bookpost

Feb. 7th, 2016 08:33 pm
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Another year, another attempt to keep up with the bookposts. This year we'll try something new; I'll comment if I have something to say, but otherwise won't try to summarize or review every item. So here we go with January's reads:

1. The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean - My father and grandfather have 3 MIT chemistry degrees between them. So reading a book about the periodic table was obligatory.

2. Mad Science Café, Deborah Ross, ed. - An anthology of mad science stories from Book View Cafe. A number of the stories are from the steampunk side, though Jeffrey A. Carver's "Dog Star" should appeal to fans of "The Martian".

3. Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Bryan Lee O’Malley (graphic novel) - I was suffciently intrigued by friends' comments about the movie that I bit on a Comixology sale of the new color editions of the graphic novels.

4. Snake in the Glass, Seanan McGuire (short story)

5. Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor - Mainly for fans of the podcast. The plot and a few of the characters were a stretch even by the show's usual standards.

6. Apex Magazine #80 (Jan, 2016), Jason Sizemore, ed.

7. Tomorrow’s Songs Today, Gary McGath - Gary McGath's excellent history of the filk community. I learned a lot about the early days of our community, and chuckled at the amusing anecdotes I do know.

8. Heaps of Pearl, Seanan McGuire (short story)

9. Windswept, Adam Rakunas

10. A Daughter of No Nation, A M. Dellamonica - 2nd book in the Stormwrack series. Didn't quite hit it out of the park for me as much as the 1st, but still a good read.

11. Genrenauts, Episode 1: The Shootout Solution, Michael R. Underwood (novella)

Poem: "Massaging the Heart"

Feb. 7th, 2016 04:55 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] janetmiles, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "runaway pet" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest, and the "hurt/comfort" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "nonsexual touch" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Astin thread in An Army of One.

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A fairly busy week, but also full of frustration. Both because my bank's transfers to other banks appears to be broken, and because work seems to be two steps forward and one and a half steps back. Grumble.

I have, however, done a decent amount of cleanup in the garage -- mostly a matter of consolidating, but I've eliminated an entire row of boxes, and discarded quite a lot of junk. That must count for something.

You may note, however, that I'm not doing much else -- basically just working, reading, and sleeping. Not terribly exciting. Though I have shifted a lot of my time into the Rainbow Room with Colleen -- apart from the smaller screen it has no disadvantages except when she's watching a video I'm not interested in.

Notes and links, as usual: )

Linguistics for time travelers

Feb. 7th, 2016 01:31 pm
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Email from the American Name Society:

~~~~~ ~~~~
Feb 6, 2016, 10:54 AM

Dear ANS members,

The official call for papers for the special ANS session at the 2016 Modern Language Association (MLA) conference.  The conference will be held from January 5th -8th in Philadelphia.  Please see the attached PDF for more details. 

We would very much appreciate it, if you could please distribute this call widely within your professional circles.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesistate to contact our new Allied Conference Coordinator, Dr. Andreas Gavrielatos <>

Best Wishes,
~~~~~ ~~~~

My reply:

~~~~~ ~~~~
Dr. I. M. Nick
President of the American Name Society

Are you kidding?? My Tardis will have been in the shop for repairs, and much as I'd like to have attended, living in Philadelphia as I do, I can't travel back one month in time, or even one day.

aka Dr. Whom [not Dr. Who]: Consulting Linguist, Grammarian, Orthoëpist, and Philological Busybody
~~~~~ ~~~~

ANS reply:

~~~~~ ~~~~
Great news. The interplanetary Parliament has agreed that the year fir the Philly conference will be 2017.
Cheese steaks for everyone!
Sorry for the typo!!!
Hope to see you there!!
~~~~~ ~~~~

Statistics of trolls

Feb. 7th, 2016 11:59 am
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On the subject of trolls, I strongly recommend

When life gives you lemons, make science

Ever since my writeup on leaving R, my blog has been getting a lot more traffic than usual. Usually this would be fine except it's also resulting in many more comments, and the topic means that a lot of those comments are blathering about whiny SJW babies. Or death threats. 28 of those at the last count.

But, sure, it's the social justice people who are oversensitive and fly off the handle.

My immediate response to the storm of attention was to just apply the kitten setting - and after I got bored of that, the puppy, quokka, rail and guinea pig settings.

Then I remembered that my day job is as a HCI researcher who knows kind of a lot about analysing web data and every commenter had given me the website they came from, the IP address they used, and a comment I could easily hand-code for shittiness.

Accordingly I present my newest feature:

In which Oliver Keyes Sciences the Shit Out of the Arseholes on his Blog

Defining "arseholes"

This isn't a formal study so my definition of arsehole can be basically whatever I want it to be. I settled for any comment which exhibited one of the following traits:

• Accused me of lying about everything that had happened to get some benefit that apparently comes alongside threats, harassment and weird emails. Nobody has explained to me what this benefit is but I eagerly await my cheque in the mail from the nefarious SJW cabal apparently causing me to make things up;

• Contained threats, goading-towards-suicides, or generally obscene and targeted harassment;

• Used terms like "SJW" or "pissbaby" or "whinging" or really anything else that indicated the author had, at best, a tenuous grasp on how the world works;

• Was premised on the idea that I was "oversensitive" or "overreacting" which is pretty rich coming from people whose idea of acceptability includes insulting people they've never met on somebody else's website.

So I took this definition and hand-coded the comments and grabbed the data. We ended up with 107 users, of whom a mere 40 weren't arseholes, producing 183 comments in total. Then I worked out their referring site and geolocated their IP address, et voila.
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Poetry Update

Feb. 7th, 2016 04:58 am
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"What the Scissors Have Cut Asunder" has been sponsored and will be posted as soon as I have time.

"Massaging the Heart," "How People Always Get Close," "Touch and Come," "The Power of a Touch," and "Wonderful in Its Own Way" have been sent for consideration and are on hold.

Kid still sick.

Feb. 7th, 2016 12:16 am
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Slightly less-so than the rest of the week, but, basically, sick. With anxiousness as part of the sick.

I need to remember to dig up Sariel's return address and send a post-card and see if we can find out what happened. O:(

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On one hand this is not really what I had in mind as far as "making do," and in any other context I would find the idea of cuddling up with a narcoleptic and sleeping with them without their knowledge really creepy. But this game has so warped my standards for what qualifies as "creepy" anymore that I find myself ok with this. And that's a pretty horrifying realization.

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MFOHP chapter 10!

Feb. 6th, 2016 09:18 pm
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Harry Potter is a wizard, which surprises him. But Harry Potter is also a Multiple, which surprises everyone.

The Many Faces of Harry Potter, chapter 10 is out! version

"Archive of Our Own" version

BigCloset version
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This poem came out of the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear and [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "Our Special Place" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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NPOTA (radio nattering)

Feb. 6th, 2016 07:53 pm
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Now that I've upgraded my license, I can take part in NPOTA, or "National Parks on the Air." It's an activity that the ARRL is doing in conjunction with the US National Park Service in celebration of the latter's 100th anniversary. The basic idea is that radio operators will go out to different NPS units (parks, trails, historic sites) and activate -- they'll set up their radio and antenna and try to contact ("work") the chasers, or people who are trying to contact the different activators (it's very similar to "Summits on the Air."

It's not that I *couldn't* take part. It's more that most of the activators use frequencies and operating modes that the lower class of license can't use. This makes it frustrating if you're trying to take part. Now that I've upgraded my license, it's not an issue.

Chasing NPOTA is still a challenge with the upgraded license. I don't have a big, powerful radio or tower. I operate strictly low-power and portable. My radio puts out no more than 5 watts, and on most of the frequencies the limit is 1500. My main antenna is a Super Antenna MP1 that sits on the ground. It's always going to be difficult to get my signal through a wall of high-powered chasers all blasting away at 300 times my power with big directional antennae. And my home location is noisy (in the radio sense, not in the audio sense).

Today, it was sunny, if chilly. I have good warm clothes for snowboarding, however, and I prefer to operate outdoors, so I packed up and went over to Stillwell Woods Park and set up. In addition to my MP1, I also had a homebrew magnetic loop antenna. I didn't have a lot of luck with the loop. It receives very well on the 20m, 30m, and 40m bands, but I haven't been able to use it to make a contact yet. However, my MP1 got me 4.5 contacts (4.5 because I was JUST into the noise with one operator in Minnesota. He got the KA2 part of my call but nothing else).

That said, I was very please with what I DID get today. In order of distance from me, I worked:

Not bad for two hours and being overpowered by most of the stations out there. I may go out again tomorrow!

If you want to see my setup, it's behind the cut )

Poetry Update

Feb. 6th, 2016 06:29 pm
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Just so you know, "Pull on the Smallest of Holds" has been sponsored and will get posted after supper here.

"Vanilla Is a Spice" has been reserved, to be sponsored and posted some time next week.

I have finished at least one poem for every prompter.  I am trying to wrap up the last few extras, so that I can stop writing tonight and leave tomorrow for the folks who want to browse all the thumbnails before deciding what to sponsor.

Must ... Write ... Faster!
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Pay Special Attention: This is, frankly, a rant. There is mention of sexism, ableism, implied torture (in passing, not at all explicit), there ARE spoilers, and, dear readers, I do not have a conclusion as much as a statement of utter bewilderment to close the essay, which is Bad Form.

The most recent viewing of "Arrow" turned into home theater. I sat, listening quietly, to the males in my family complain about the newest plot developments in “Arrow” over the last few episodes.

There was some nothing moment of conversation on screen. Hubby and son paused the recording and ranted for at least twenty minutes about how the strong female characters are systematically being destroyed, smashed by the writers into severely damaged shadows of themselves.
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I'm typing this on my new computer. Which I needed because I got Dragon NaturallySpeaking Home Edition for a Winter Gift.

That's when we learned that my old computer was no longer seeing the CD/DVD drive. Thinking the problem was with the drive, we bought a new DVD drive. Same problem. A friend of Kirsten's who was helping us diagnosed the problem as being the motherboard. Which, being ancient would be hard and expensive to replace.

Kiri found a great deal on a HP Pavilion on Woot. We also got an awesome external drive. This first plan was just to copy the contents of my C drive to the new computer. That didn't work, as there was "hardware incompatibility."

Next plan was to identify the things I absolutely had to move and just download replacements of the others things. I was able to slash and burn through my accumulated years of odd gaming bits and pictures to reduce things to a manageable size. Very few actual programs needed transfer. Over the last week Kiri has done the work of making the moves and setting things up. She also spent a few hours cleaning up my iTunes library.

Right now I'm downloading a bunch of games off Steam and double checking to see if there's anything I forgot. Luckily, transferring both my Firefox and iTunes data was easy.

All for a new program which is going to help me write. I'll start playing with that next week.

Send Snacks

Feb. 6th, 2016 07:50 am
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Here at Offhand Manor we have laid out the concertina wire, activated the minefield, and all the M-60 positions are clean and have range cards filled out. The doors are barred and Kirsten and I have laid in provisions for a siege. We have a blue tarp.

For Super Bowl weekend has arrived. )

But we're still hiding for the weekend. Send snacks.
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 See the end in "Part 3" as Haruko finishes his memorial sculpture.  Given T-America's much greater interest in miniatures such as toy soldiers, I suspect this sort of memento is more popular there.

Snow day

Feb. 5th, 2016 11:14 pm
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Yay, snow day! (Especially since the kid is still sick. -_- )

...a third of the maple tree fell across the driveway. BOO.

We had some gas in the chainsaw, whew!

We cleared the trees. My shoulders hurt.

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And they bred a strain of horses, the treasure of the tribe
Who could toe-dance on a ridge or gallop up a mountainside
Who could haul the hunter's burden, turn a buffalo stampede
The horse that wore the spotted coat was born with matchless speed
(I first heard the Cecilia Eng cover of this one. It makes me cry.)

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