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they cannot conquer forever

Apr. 26th, 2016 08:48 pm
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Though here at journey’s end I lie
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.

$5 from this goes to the ACLU • p sure they’ll put it to good use


materials • i found the seaglass & the green rock while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass • still a rock tho

• the spirals came from a pile of various bits i got from a merchant in pennsylvania in trade for helping them break down their booth

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• i found the heavy steel wire along the side of the road


size • the entire piece is just over three inches long

• the green rock is about an inch tall


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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 This is inspired by a discussion in the car driving back from participating on today's Women's March in Walnut Creek. (I was able to join a group of local friends to march together, which was so much more satisfying than going by myself.)

There's a lot of discussion of how progressive politics get undermined by "ideological purity" or what I've tended to call "portmanteau politics", i.e., the idea that people need to be unified on all positions in order to work together on any position. It's not a new phenomenon by any means. I can still remember back in the '70s and '80s how there were groups that felt you couldn't be a "real" feminist unless you were also a vegetarian. Or that to be truly anti-war one needed to be a complete pacifist and anti-gun. The list goes on and on. As a personal observation, it seemed as if the more closely aligned a particular social or political group was, the less tolerant they became of any remaining differences. And we see a lot of fracturing currently around priorities and intersectionalism and erasure of some of the most marginalized groups from larger movements. It is real, and it is a problem, and it should always be kept in mind.

But I'd like to look at progressive politics through the lens of the sort of conceptual category structure that I studied as part of a cognitive linguistics program. A lens that looks at categories (like "progressive politics") not as a fixed list, or a set of necessary and sufficient conditions, but as structured by things like concept-clusters and linked radial models, and fuzzy "goodness of fit" ideas.

One of the standard student exercises when I TAed classes on this material is to analyze the category "mother". Not as some sort of definitively describable set of characteristics, but in a way that captures all the different ways in which people use the word, and the ways in which they assign value to the relevant characteristics, and the ways in which the idea is extended and transferred and morphed into new uses. How do you describe the category of "mother" such that you could apply it equally validly to two individuals who share no relevant traits between them? This may appear to be a simple question, but even among the six people in the car this afternoon, it was immediately apparent that there was a diversity of opinions on which characteristics "counted most". How much more complicated is it to identify "the set of political principles that best represent liberty, equality, and justice"?

I think this is the sort of thinking we need to start bringing to the progressive movement. I think we need to construct an understanding of "progressive politics" that can see the underlying essential connections between principles, struggles, and actions even between two people who might not share any specific concern in common. I'm obviously not saying that "progressivism" can be expanded to include any sort of principle at all. Only that there are underlying connected concepts that can be found that can join people together even when they may disagree on specific actions. Identifying those connecting principles is not merely desirable, but essential, for we cannot each address every worthy goal simultaneously. And we need principles that will enable us to recognize and appreciate those who are working on a different part of puzzle, who are building a different part of the house, who may be making the dishes on which the food we are growing will eventually be served, courtesy of the labor of cooks yet to come.

These connections will involve constant negotiation and evaluation. They will almost certainly involve occasionally feeling uncomfortable with one's political bedfellows. But a successful progressive movement cannot be a fixed portmanteau of positions that one signs on to, all or nothing. That route leads only to the final schism between the last two "true progressives" once they identify the remaining issue on which they, too, disagree. 
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okay we’re not facing kaiju • they might be easier? • but there’s a lot of us working together here • we can do this

$5 from this goes to the ACLU • they’re gonna be workin REAL HARD the next couple years


materials • i found the bone piece while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado

• i bartered for the wood beads with a friend in pennsylvania, trading some of my soap

• the red glass beads were another barter, with a friend in pueblo

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• i found the heavy steel wire along the side of the road


size • the entire piece is about 4″ tall

• the heavy steel wire piece is 2.25″ across

• the bone piece is just about 2″ tall


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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i’ve learned so much • from women of colour, queer folk, disabled people • their knowledge is not comfortable • but it is necessary • find them & listen • & learn

$10 from this will go to the ACLU • we’re gonna need them


materials • the jar had jelly in it once • it was really tasty jelly

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• the beads are from an old necklace my roommate gave me to take apart


size • the lantern is 3.75″ high (not counting the handle) • & almost three inches across at the top


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

til the end of the line

Jan. 21st, 2017 06:55 pm
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two of my favourite Nazi-punchers • together til the end of the line

$5 from this will go to the ACLU • they’ll do good things with it


materials • i found the seaglass while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living


size • the entire piece is just about 1.75″ tall • & 2.5″ wide


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

Coping with Traumatic News

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:20 pm
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 [personal profile] rix_scaedu tipped me to this page about coping with traumatic news.  It's an illustrated guide, but they get bonus points for inclusivity because the written instructions appear in text below the pictures.  \o/  This ties into the excellent advice from Mr. Rogers, "Look for the helpers."

Newspaper and news broadcast sites in Terramagne-America customarily have some kind of EFA section like this, and video instructions are often tacked onto the end of reports about a major tragedy.  They have more materials though -- theirs is usually broken down into subsections like "I am upset by a tragedy," "I don't like the politics," "I am offended by a scandal," "I am scared of a soup incident," etc. with a general "I am unhappy about the news" for everything else.  Under the symptoms and basic coping skills is a set of tips on how you can help.  For instance, the tragedy section would have information on aid organizations, fundraisers, volunteering, etc. while the scandal one would have stuff about virtues and gossip.  This modular format makes it easy to add individual pages for current events, like folks did with the Berettaflies in Easy City, which is how they managed to raise money and acquire butterfly-indifferent plants so quickly.  Then all they have to do is link the individual pages at the bottom of the topical pages under "Current Events." Citizens always know where they can go for help on these issues; it stays in the same place and format so it's easy to find.

This concept is replicable here for anyone who works with a vulnerable population easily upset by distressing news, any large organization that has a public relations office, any kind of emergency response organization, etc.  If you deal in things that upset people or people who get upset, then it helps to have a resource for healthy coping.  This can greatly reduce the amount of time you have to spend repeating the same information and the amount of stress caused by people freaking out.  It also engages one of the most important resilience factors: restoring a sense of control.  Helplessness causes traumatic stress.  Giving people a gentle nudge toward self-help and citizen response materials will get most of them moving forward again.  The ones who don't budge are the ones you really need to worry about, and you'll have more resources to handle the one or two people who flip into acute stress disorder if you've successfully routed the others into solving their own problems.

pretties & the ACLU

Jan. 21st, 2017 04:27 pm
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so there's all this stuff showing up in my feed & i'm sure y'all are all WHAT

i'm making pretty jewelries & selling them & some of the money is going to the ACLU

(it was just gonna be yesterday, & then just this weekend, & then i said fuck it, gonna leave it up, they'll need it)

ANYWAY $5 from any of this jewelry goes to the ACLU

the window jewelry & the lanterns i haven't posted yet are more so $10 from each of those

have a look

2017-01-20 15.16.01

2017-01-20 14.20.42

2017-01-20 13.47.26

$15 so far & I'd like to send them a LOT LOT more money

women's march Madison is a go!

Jan. 21st, 2017 05:12 pm
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75,000 to 100,000 people at Capitol Square this afternoon. Diverse, entirely peaceful crowd: Women, men, nonbinary folks, multiracial, multiethnic and multilingual (languages counted so far today=3: English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese), babies to seniors. I got a pleasant surprise when Milwaukee's own righteous firebrand of a state senator, Senator Taylor, was introduced! :) Music, poetry, spontaneous organization... and zero ill will seen anywhere. Plenty of calling certain officials out on their horribleness, but no evil intent. *That* is how we rally, Mr. Donald [crude potty humor/cultural reference mashup redacted]. Expect more of the same.

I've missed this. I shouldn't have done, considering the circumstances that lead to protests in both 2011 and now in the first place, but... I have. The atmosphere today had the same magical quality as the iconic snow rally we held, nearly six years ago. Let's hope that atmosphere, and the crowds creating it, continue. I for one am crossing my fingers. And turning out, of course.

roadside trash

Apr. 26th, 2016 08:44 pm
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they think we’re trash • worthless • we might as well die • it’s not like we’re even people

(disabled people • queer people • PoC • so many of us • for so many reasons)

this is made from trash & shit i picked up off the ground • from what they think of us • turns out we clean up kinda nice • & make some danmed gorgeous art

in the meantime, $10 from this will go to the ACLU • they’re doing the good work


materials • i gathered the seaglass, bone, & ceramic piece while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass

• the center bottom piece (i am not even sure what to call it?) is the end from which sprang a bundle of copper wire

• i found the heavy steel wire & washers along the side of the road

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• the tiny bone beads are from a necklace which once belonged to my aunt, my mother’s sister


size • about 8″ top to bottom (not counting the hook at the top)

• the larger piece of seaglass is roughly 1.5″ across

• the bone is 2.25″ long (the ceramic piece is .5″ shorter)


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

on not knowing what comes next

Jan. 21st, 2017 02:54 pm
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i dont practice zen, but this bears copying to my DW do I can think upon it further:

"In Zen especially we have the koan phrase “not knowing is most intimate.” This means what it sounds like it means. We don’t know what will happen, and we don’t even know what is happening now. We never know; even when we think we know, we don’t know. Not knowing can make us nervous, even panicky. But when, with our practice, we settle into not knowing, with some wisdom and courage, we see that not knowing is intimate. Not knowing, we have no choice but to plunge into reality as it is."

Grab Him by the Midterm

Jan. 21st, 2017 04:39 pm
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For those of you seeking an action plan to deal with President Grab'em by the Pussy, I present #grabhimbythemidterm. 

rogue one

Mar. 6th, 2016 10:35 pm
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imperfect & flawed • a ragtag group of heroes • they didn’t survive • but they did what had to be done • let’s learn from this

$10 from this will go to the ACLU • they’ve got a lotta work to do


materials • i found the seaglass while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass

• the driftwood was gifted to me by a friend who collected it on a beach in california

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• i bartered for the wood beads with a friend in pennsylvania, trading some of my soap

• the red glass beads were another barter, with a friend in pueblo


size • the entire piece is about six inches long

• the driftwood piece is just over two inches wide

• the seaglass is an inch and a half long by an inch wide at its widest


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

(no subject)

Jan. 21st, 2017 11:25 am
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Ended up not going to the Oakland march - when I woke up at 6 my hips and throat hurt and I couldn't face a 90m drive and 2hr march. That's the drawback to being close to a major city but not quite close enough - I sign up for things optimistically then when the time comes, all the details of getting there dawn on me.
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A Storm of Consequences
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 3 of ?
Word count: 1269


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, set in the Mercedes and Finn Family story arcs, this picks up probably fifteen or twenty minutes after Aida is teleported away.

This is being written as quickly as I can, and I am several parts ahead as I post part one, making it an exception to my usual rule of finishing a story entirely before I post. Thank you for your indulgence in this matter.::




“You're only imagining turning the guy into a human pretzel, little brother,” Tolliver began. “It wouldn't satisfy you to do it in real life.” He offered an unapologetic shrug to the officials. “What else do you need to know?”

The coast guard officer cleared his throat. “We examined Aida's tank, and it is standard, but the hose is not. It's filled with--”

Graham nodded. “This part needs to be restricted, as confidential as the law can make it.”
Read more... )

Because we all need beauty

Jan. 21st, 2017 01:11 pm
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... even if many things in the world look a bit more bleak today. In fact, especially because of that. Here's a pic I took just ten steps away from my front door. I love sunsets and we can often see them quite well here. I like living here.

Dutch street with snow and sunset

Click makes big.

Larry Smith

Jan. 21st, 2017 11:17 am
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The first news I got this morning was that Larry Smith had died. It's a huge loss to the filk community. He was the driving force behind the "Pegasus Winners" songbook (which I produced) and album (which Spencer Love produced) in 1995. I'm not sure, but I think he bankrolled it himself. He was always at conventions, behind tables full of books.

My friends...

Jan. 21st, 2017 04:13 am
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Please don't give up. There are many things that can bring about the downfall of this posturing fool, for quite a few reasons - but not if we just lie down and surrender! As I've mentioned before, I'm part of the generation that stopped a war and forced a sitting President to resign rather than face impeachment, mostly by singing in the streets. We can do this again! Join in protests, phone your Senators and Representatives, support organizations like the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, take any other action you feel is appropriate - write protest songs for the 21st century! - but DON'T GIVE UP!!!

(no subject)

Jan. 21st, 2017 02:41 am
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I installed an extension that changes pictures of Trump and almost anything related to him to kitten pictures. Which has immediately made my internet life 1000% better. But also… somewhat more confusing.

Long string of adorable kitten pictures, followed by “in other news, Trump also stole Obama’s cake”. Th- Thaaaaanks? Literally not sure if this is real or a Lex Luthor joke.

(I checked. It’s real. And that's terrible.)

More deep sky stuff

Jan. 21st, 2017 12:40 am
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Figuring out meaningful and pithy subject lines can be difficult when it all basically comes down to "Here be yet more pictures of stuff in the sky."

Here ya go! )

Stuff

Jan. 21st, 2017 12:41 am
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It is very hard to dwell on things that went, if not right, at least in as little a wrong as possible... when subsequent events produce very, very troublesome issues.

In other news, the kid is trying to distract herself until she keels over from exhaustion. -_-

I, meanwhile, am operating on about 5 hours of sleep -- after getting only about 6 yesterday. -_-

At least I have built up a log of amusing MUSH quotes.

Havva Quote
M___ snickers, imagining a cross-over with Flight Rising. "You fell in Spring of Drowned Fae Dragons. Very honourable story."
arcangel says, “Klingon who turns into cute little dragon when splashed with cold water?”
M___ says, “Exactly.”
arcangel dares SOMEONE ELSE to write that.
arcangel calls "NOT IT."


INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

(no subject)

Jan. 20th, 2017 09:26 pm
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Better afternoon. Tabled for DSA, got 9 or 10 e-mail addresses! This chapter might be a thing!!

Marched: shut down some roads, took a route through the mall with excellent acoustics for chanting.

Absolutely soaked from the rain, which made the 25-min drive home squelchy.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65NuypEkg-4
Shout, shout, up with your song!
Cry with the wind, for the dawn is breaking;
March, march, swing you along,
Wide blows our banner, and hope is waking.
Song with its story, dreams with their glory
Lo! they call, and glad is their word!
Loud and louder it swells,
Thunder of freedom, the voice of the Lord!

Long, long—we in the past
Cowered in dread from the light of heaven,
Strong, strong—stand we at last,
Fearless in faith and with sight new given.
Strength with its beauty, Life with its duty,
(Hear the voice, oh hear and obey!)
These, these—beckon us on!
Open your eyes to the blaze of day.

Comrades—ye who have dared
First in the battle to strive and sorrow!
Scorned, spurned—nought have ye cared,
Raising your eyes to a wider morrow,
Ways that are weary, days that are dreary,
Toil and pain by faith ye have borne;
Hail, hail—victors ye stand,
Wearing the wreath that the brave have worn!

Life, strife—those two are one,
Naught can ye win but by faith and daring.
On, on—that ye have done
But for the work of today preparing.
Firm in reliance, laugh a defiance,
(Laugh in hope, for sure is the end)
March, march—many as one,
Shoulder to shoulder and friend to friend.
Righto. It's 12:13am, I am in my PJs, my cup of chamomile tea is brewing, both my legs are in working order, I short-slept myself by 4 hours last night, and I have my alarms set for 9am. It looks like all systems are go and I'm actually going to be able to make the march tomorrow, here in Boston. Fingers crossed.

I know a bunch of you are going, perhaps I'll run into you there. I'm making no commitments to connect with anyone; expect me when you see me.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, January 24 Poetry Fishbowl.  [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug  po[profile] my_partner_douginted out that the January calendar lends itself to putting a delayed bonus fishbowl then.)  The extra fishbowl comes as a perk from recent fishbowls reaching the $250 goal.  I'm aiming for two things here: These are intended to be one-shot poems, NOT series installments, so I expect most or all of them to be sub-epics.  This is a chance for those of you who aren't as fond of the series to request things that stand alone, and for those of you without deep pockets to enjoy more modestly priced shopping opportunities.  It's also a perfect time to prompt for short poetic forms.  I'm hoping to keep this to one day's writing, so I can work on my backlog of projects.

The theme is "nature," and you're all encouraged to prompt with your own locale; if I'm not familiar with it, I can always look it up or you can give me links, photos, etc. to help.  I'll be soliciting ideas for famous naturalists, country folks, city folks who don't like getting nature on them, explorers, people who love wilderness activities, kids running wild, landmarks, habitat types, mountains, forests, rivers, oceans, caves, gardening for wildlife, birdwatching, cloudwatching, stargazing, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, other outdoor activities, native flora and fauna, natural sciences, cultural tidbits based on nature, Paganism and other nature religions, raw materials, nature crafts, and poetic forms in particular.  
 
If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  This fishbowl is open to everyone, and you may share the announcement with anyone interested in the American landscape.

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

Not dead Journal

Jan. 20th, 2017 09:40 pm
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...but holy moley, this con-crud has some teeth to it. Cough, body ache, fever and fatigue. Then you lay in bed and think "Am I REALLY sick or just lazy with a cough?" Then you get up out of guilt and then you have to sleep for three hours. Fun.






RIP Larry Smith

Jan. 20th, 2017 08:02 pm
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An already sad day has gotten sadder...Larry Smith, seller of books to large portions of the Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast, passed away this morning. From what I've seen posted, apparently he suffered an aortic aneurysm and collapsed at home. He was being wheeled into surgery when he left us.

I have suffered many, many cashectomies at Larry's hands over the years; most of the SF and fantasy novels on my shelves were bought from him and Sally. It got to the point where I felt embarrassed whenever I only wrote a him two-figure check. Once, on spotting me adding a copy of Adventures from the Technology Underground to my stack, he even said "I had you in mind when I picked up that one."

I believe Larry was also one of the founders of OVFF and has been running its dealer's room for many years.

I can imagine Larry sitting behind a dealer's table at HeavenCon happily selling books to all of his best customers who preceded him beyond the Rim.

sometimes you just need donuts

Jan. 20th, 2017 07:31 pm
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because • donuts •


materials • i traded for the green glass donut with a friend of mine from colorado • she got lip balm • it works

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living


size • the entire piece is just about 2 1/2″ tall

• & about 1 3/4″ wide at its widest point


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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It was my turn to post up on Here Be Magic again today, and it was only a couple of days ago that I realized this meant I’d be posting on Inauguration Day. Given how the election had kicked my creativity in the teeth and how I’d run out of reasons (at least for the time being) to post about Star Wars, I was genuinely stumped as to what the hell I could actually post about.

But then I realized that I had legitimate things I could say about the necessity of listening to your muse, even if your muse is telling you you need to chuck 20,000 words into the bin and start over. I had to do this with Warder Soul, and I’m pleased to say that so far, I feel a lot better about the results.

Go check out the Here Be Magic post for what I had to say about the benefits of listening to your muse.

And here. For NO PARTICULAR REASON OR ANYTHING TODAY, I felt compelled to share with you all this new version of the first scene in Chapter 1 of Warder Soul. In which my young heroine of color is going to the wedding of her two gay housemates. There are fairies. The fairies are demanding cake. I feel like we could all use a bit of consolatory cake today. (Also vodka, but that’s going to have to wait till I get home from the day job.)

There’s a brief excerpt of the scene in the Here Be Magic post, but if you want to just read all 2,000 or so words, I’ve put up a PDF here. This is a direct export from Scrivener (which, OH HEY, does indeed export nicely to PDF)!

Also: I have officially decided that this story will in fact remain titled Warder Soul, while the story previously known as Queen of Souls is going to be renamed Queen of Ghosts, just so that I don’t have the titles sounding too much like one another. I wanted to keep the Persephone story Queen of (Something), and am a bit chagrined that it took me this long to think of a one-syllable word that could still fit the tenor of the tale. The relevant pages on my site will be updated to reflect this title change shortly.

Also #2: I am very pleased to note as well that I have secured a new cover artist for Warder Soul, since my previous artist, the excellent Kiri Moth, is no longer available. The new artist is Nicole Cardiff and you can see her stuff here. She’s got a sketch in progress already and I hope to be sharing some glimpses with you soon of what Warder Soul‘s cover will look like!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

copper spiralled torc

Apr. 26th, 2016 09:18 pm
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it’s not actually a torc • it’s sort of too small? • but it’s shaped LIKE a torc • with spirals & all • green beads • seaglass • sort of going for the celtic look here • i might have succeeded?

no two the same, ever • i’d get bored if i tried that • nothing new, everything is scavenged, salvaged, bartered for, trashpicked, mudlarked, gifted, or thrifted


materials • i found the seaglass while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass

• i bartered for the wood & green beads with a friend in pennsylvania, trading some of my soap

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living

• i found the heavy steel wire along the side of the road


size • the entire piece is about 3.5″ tall

• the torc is 2″ across (measuring to the outside of the spirals)

• the seaglass piece is just about 1.5″ tall


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

art as resistance

Jan. 20th, 2017 06:01 pm
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there are many ways to resist • some march, some call their senators • some feed those who march • some make art

so here i am, makin art


materials • i found the seaglass while mudlarking along the banks of fountain creek in colorado • technically i suppose it’s creek glass

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living


size • the entire piece is just about 2 1/2″ tall

• the copper u is a little over 1 1/2″ wide

• & the creek glass is about 1″ wide


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

Acting locally

Jan. 20th, 2017 02:41 pm
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So there's this local church, Woodland Park United Methodist Church. They're open and accepting and more about helping people and community than about sermons. They lost a whole bunch of their congregation a while back when one of their ministers came out and the church officially accepted her. They're still here, but they're struggling.

The thing is, they provide space for two homeless shelters, one for women (Hammond House) and one for men. If they lose their property, the homeless shelters go away too.

This seems like an especially good time to be helping people. If you might be willing to donate something to help the church keep going, their contact info is at their Facebook page linked above or also here.

Also, my cousin is planning to start teaching some free evening yoga classes there, with a request to donate anything you can to the church. So if you're into that, please check it out; they should start in a couple weeks.

Thanks for listening. Take care of yourselves and each other.

no. you move.

Jan. 20th, 2017 04:57 pm
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red & blue • i forgot the white • close enough • Cap wouldn’t mind i think


materials • i traded soap to a friend for the beads

• the copper wire was gifted to me by my brother-in-law, who salvages it from the generators he repairs for a living


size • the entire piece is just about 1 1/2″ tall • & about 1″ wide


Originally published at The Vagabond Tabby. You can comment here or there.

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Jan. 20th, 2017 11:00 am
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just had a good cry. feel a bit better now.
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A Storm of Consequences
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 2 of ?
Word count: 1154


:: Part of the Polychrome Heroics universe, set in the Mercedes and Finn Family story arcs, this picks up probably fifteen or twenty minutes after Aida is teleported away.

This is being written as quickly as I can, and I am several parts ahead as I post part one, making it an exception to my usual rule of finishing a story entirely before I post. Thank you for your indulgence in this matter.::




The approach of two solemn-faced, uniformed men ahead of a third in a jet black tailored business suit hushed everyone in the area. The cluster of teleporters, still waiting seemed even more surreal as they all stepped back in long, almost perfectly synchronized strides, to give the blond men ample privacy. Doctor Chatar frowned, then explained. “The officer in the blue and navy uniform is Maldivian police, while the one in the white and navy uniform is from the Coast Guard. I have no idea who the third man might be.”

“But,” the man who had introduced himself as Aida's uncle murmured, “Didn't Molly say that the navy was involved, rather than the coast guard?”
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A sad day for America

Jan. 20th, 2017 12:59 pm
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President TrumpsterFire

brave hearts, everyone

Jan. 20th, 2017 09:58 am
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Well, it’s zero day, a.k.a. go time. What do we do?

Shore up some bulwarks, is what.

First: get your local governments into non-cooperation mode with the new administration’s overtly racist, misogynist, and fascist agenda. Yes, fascist. Maybe not Mr. Trump; he’s just an egomaniacal authoritarian, but people like Steve Bannon? Absolutely.

Work on that now. Don’t just try to get them to oppose it until it starts happening for real – because if he keeps his campaign promises, it is going to happen – but to get them to refuse to cooperate from day one. Particularly with the mass deportation plans and Muslim registry plans, as a start.

Whereever you are, you need to establish: we don’t do this. Our governments don’t do this. We Don’t Do This Here, full stop.

We’re talking local governments because those are the ones you can actually reach. If you write to your city council, odds are real good you’ll get a response. Same with county, most of the time, and generally, state representatives. Occasionally you’ll maybe even get something from the governor.

So you need to phone or write:

  • Your local city council (if you have one)
  • Your local county council
  • State representatives and state Senators (or equivalents)
  • Your Governor

With messages hitting these points:

  • Mr. Trump has promised to deport 2-3 million people effectively immediately.
  • Mr. Trump has promised to create a registry of Muslims, and throughout the transition, continued to develop that plan.
  • This is unacceptable. (Neither these plans or any plan like them can be done under colour of law; they are intrinsically barbaric, uncivil, indiscriminate, and unlawful; they are immoral, illegal, and wrong; pick your phrasing. It’s all true.)
  • Your [city|county|state] must refuse to cooperate in any way. (This is not who I am as a person, this is not who we are as a (city, county, state), this is not who we are as a people, and this must not be what we become. Pick your phrasing.)

I think the phrase “refuse to cooperate” is critical, because it means “even once it starts, don’t give in, don’t stop fighting.”

Once you’ve done it, try to get other people to do it too. We need a meme of non-cooperation; we need to normalise non-cooperation, and states matter. Counties matter. Cities matter. The Feds get a lot less done if they have no local help.

Talk it up. Tell other people. Make it happen.

Second: don’t let other people normalise any of this. Not media, not anybody. One explicit goal of the white supremacist and misogynist ~~alt-right~~ shitheel pack is to make their racism and overt hatred of women socially acceptable, to move the Overton window even further over into douchebag territory. Deny it.

Last night gaming, I ran into some guy who started gleefully chanting racist slogans and n****r n****r n****r into Overwatch team chat. For fun. That can’t stand, so I hit my mike and said, “Fuck you, I don’t play with racist motherfuckers. I’m out” and dropped on them mid game. Even if he didn’t individually care, even if nobody else dropped after I did, everybody got a tiny demonstration: this will cost you something, even if the momentary cost is trivial.

Do not game with fascists, do not work with fascists, do not cooperate with fascists, do not negotiate with fascists. Do not hand fascists a platform.

Why? Because their agenda is intrinsically uncivil – as all eliminationist agendae are – and therefore, they do not get civility. They have abandoned any legitimate claim to it. The only claim being made is to raw power, and that’s the only thing they care about – or that matters. They don’t get a debate, they get a – metaphorical – boot to the head.

So never let any of that shit just go by. Resistance has to be personal. Fascism, misogyny, racism – it has to have a daily cost. In social life, in standing, in money, in whatever way it can be had. When all that matters is power, when all that counts is what you can get away with, then all that works in response… is taking that power away. Yeah, it might be socially uncomfortable at times, but deal with it – because if they have their way, they’ll make millions of peoples lives a whole hell of a lot worse than “socially uncomfortable.”

So get out there, and give ’em hell. Everywhere you can, be it small change, be it big money, be it grit in the gears, be it sand in the eyes, scale doesn’t matter when it’s coming in from every front.

Every chance you get: make ’em pay.

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Jan. 20th, 2017 12:18 pm
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I really need to find something to do today that's not just being sad and repeatedly refreshing tumblr in the hopes it will distract me. It won't. Tumblr cannot save me.

I keep trying to kick myself into poking at writing things but I don't even know where to start right now. Even just messing with my bullet journal doesn't seem worth the energy. Every time I try to put on something for background noise, I get annoyed with it after a minute or two.

What the fuck do I do with myself when it feels like the world is quietly ending? I've got nothing.

"I swear"

Jan. 20th, 2017 12:03 pm
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"I, Donald John Trump, do solemnly swear..."

I feel like swearing, too.

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Jan. 20th, 2017 07:46 am
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on strike today, from work and emotional labor.

trying to feel ok with it. my brain keeps pinging with things i 'should' be doing.

earlier it was the litterbox. could i justify not scooping the litter today? fingal poops outside the box if it isn't to his liking, and it won't get scooped unless i do it or ask someone else to do it and oh dammit the "it won't get done" realization is one of the tools of a strike

still feel guilty. but it'll pass.

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