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Science Speculation: Pay-Per-Lecture?

Jun. 25th, 2016 10:07 pm
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There's a new trend in video entertainment: pay to watch lectures. Sure, Coursera is about taking the courses, online, and I find a fee for that not only typical, but expected.

But this isn't an online course, with certificates or proof of mastery in a project.
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rabbit holes

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:40 pm
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More time in my schedule, plus a clear goal for writing, equals...

158 words, and hours of research that somehow had to involved rereading all of one of my favorite webcomics?

Oh well. This is an adventure! The exciting part is I can SEE the goal of finishing this short story and I actually think I am making progress towards it! Very inefficiently, but doing it at all is so important to me right now that I'm giving myself permission to do it really, really badly as long as I'm making any kind of progress whatsoever. Because how else can I get better, if I don't let myself get all the way through no matter how muddled I am? Waiting to spontaneously develop perfection won't work.

Poem: "A Safe Refuge from the World"

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:45 pm
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This poem came out of the May 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "refuge" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, immediately following "Through Weakness and Vulnerability."

Warning: This poem deals with the morning after an intense upheaval, so there is some angst. It's mostly comfort, though.

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Saturday Yardening

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:43 pm
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Today I watered the container plants, the prairie garden, and the grass. 

Giraffe Call

Jun. 25th, 2016 08:27 pm
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[personal profile] aldersprig has announced an upcoming Giraffe Call from 9 p.m. Eastern time Sunday 6/26 to 9 p.m. Monday the 27th. . Voting is currently open for the theme.
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I will be opening a one-day Giraffe Call (fiction prompt call) from 9 p.m. Eastern time Sunday 6/26 to 9 p.m. Monday the 27th.

Prompting is free (the theme poll is open now & will stay open at least until 9 tomorrow night) and I will write at least 1 flash-fiction story or beginning to the first 12 prompters.

Extra stories, longer stories, and more days of the prompt call can be earned:

* By being a new prompter or your signal boost bringing in someone new
* By being a new follower of my Dreamwidth or Livejournal ([ profile] aldersprig) blogs
* By becoming a patron of my Patreon.
* By tipping/commissioning more words.

Currently, "Green Thumbs", "When the best answer is FIRE", and "Summer ritual celebrations" are in a 3-day tie for the first day's theme. Go check it out and vote!

Fun at the ER: not me

Jun. 25th, 2016 07:07 pm
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Spouse's uncle had a dizzy/vertigo moment, and because his pacemaker is kind of mis-set or mis-aligned or something, it only kicks in at 40. I think that's 40 beats per minute. So spouse spent basically... 7 hours at the hospital, with them having a cardiologist drive up from Boston or something (because no local ones were on-shift on Saturday). And wondering why he wasn't keeling over at 40. (He's a really active guy, even as a 90+ year old. ...probably a lot like my grandad, who made it to 103. (My grandad was born in 1900. My daughter was born in 2000. There was overlap.))

I have had a headache all day. Blah!

On the TMI side of the world, naw, seriously, TMI )

Did I mention the AC in the car is tending to cut out? It is. (Edit: actually, it may have gone from "tending" to "eet gooooone nao.") Appointment on Friday.

Edit2: Dear effing stars; ACCESSIBILITY! IS! IMPORTANT! See:

Havva Quote
...actually, I'm gonna go eat and finish this when I get back. Havva Quote later.

C_______ says, “I have food on my desk and Nixon on my lap. This can only end well.”
C_______ has disconnected.
C_______ has connected.
C_______ says, “And then Nixon turned off my computer.”
I__ [to C_______]: Bad kitty. :p
--From the MUSH. C foretells future!

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Fur and feet

Jun. 25th, 2016 06:32 pm
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I just got home from a couple of errands. Greeted my cat Ista, Queen of the House, combed her fur for a bit with my nails, and said, "Sorry, no more for now, I have to go get something to eat." Went to the refrigerator, pulled out smoked turkey slices, bread, and a sweet onion, and a couple of hash brown patties that I cooked yesterday, turned around and ^^YEEEOW!!^^ as I suddenly felt a tail under my foot! "Sorry, Ista, I– YIKES!" / ^^YOW!^^ as, moving my other foot to set it down and get my weight off her tail, I felt that foot making contact with her torso in a bit of a kick!!!

Very fortunately, I had taken my shoes off as soon as I entered the house, as is my habit , and her tail was already pulling out from under my left foot as I turned around, and the kick was very light. She seems to have forgiven me, lying flat on the floor next to me as I sit in the kitchen – or maybe she's just too hot to move, as that has been her usual position the past week or more.

Now that *I've* gotten over the shock, I'll post this and make my sandwich.

Poem: "We Underestimate the Power"

Jun. 25th, 2016 03:42 pm
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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Eseme and Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "denial" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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Half-Price Sale in An Army of One

Jun. 25th, 2016 03:41 pm
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The half-price sale in An Army of One is running through the end of Sunday.  If you haven't made your selections yet and still intended to, now is a good time.

Poem: "To See the Air"

Jun. 25th, 2016 01:14 pm
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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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I’ve been playing with that ‘added pressure adds bass response’ idea, for use with these piezo pickups. I made a little wooden chamber that would let me add light pressure, as with the bridge pickup design. It would be held down with a clamp for testing, but would isolate that pressure from the piezo itself.

Anyway, I made a bunch of recordings, two for control, and eight with a range of pressure in the chamber. The controls were made with the pickup taped to the front of my zouk with double-sided tape (standard attachment), and with the pickup directly clamped to the front (also a standard attachment) and come first and second in the recording. The other eight were with the pickup in the test chamber, with increasing amounts of pressure on the crystal, applied by inserting paper as seen here:

With thin cardboard and two sheets of paper

Note again that the clamp is not adding pressure to the disc in any way.

Audio samples in a single mp3, here. There is some extra noise in these recordings; I was trying the modular approach again and that’s the result. I think the TRS connectors are inherently noisy. But that’s a separate matter.

I also ran spectrographic analysis on each recording, and combined those into a single animated gif that cycles through the recordings in order. Here’s the key for both. The gif is repeating, so each frame is labelled in the upper left.

 1: taped to top
 2: clamped directly to top
 3: in chamber, no paper
 4: in chamber, thin cardboard (0.46mm)
 5: in chamber, cb+1 sheet  (+0.11mm)
 6: in chamber, cb+2 sheets (+0.21mm)
 7: in chamber, cb+3 sheets (+0.31mm)
 8: in chamber, cb+4 sheets (+0.42mm)
 9: in chamber, cb+5 sheets (+0.52mm)
10: in chamber, cb+6 sheets (+0.63mm)

You’ll note in both the graphs and the audio that bringing in the chamber at all, even with no additional crystal pressure, caused a big drop in high-end oversensitivity, and boosted the low-end. That was interesting; I have suspected for a while that the crystal side of the disc would actually be better as a source-facing element, but there are physical issues to doing that, since the wires have to attach on that side.

Adding pressure continued to boost low-end response through test 7, without inhibiting high-end response. After that, I think additional pressure began to overcome the benefits, and you see a return to a more midrange-heavy sound – though in all cases, I think it’s better than either traditional mount.

This is consistent with tests made in the bridge pickup from last week, and reminds me of a diagramme I saw of a period crystal microphone that implied the crystals themselves would be set up forward-facing.

Anyway, data! And lots of it, for lots of your crystal/piezo experimental needs.

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How I learned to program

Jun. 25th, 2016 12:17 pm
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I had just started my first programming class. It was 1997 and I was in first year engineering. We were being taught Turbo Pascal. I didn't have my own computer -- I had no money for anything beyond the bare necessities of life in those days. My boyfriend did have a computer, and he went away for a long weekend, leaving me with his computer. When he got back, I showed him the mastermind game I had made while he was away. It had only rudimentary graphics, and all it did was make a code and mark your guesses, but it worked!

"How did you figure out how to do that?"

"I read the help," I answered.

"You learned to program by READING THE HELP??"

Borland had really great help docs :)

Also, I am struck (yet again) by how much I was helped by those who had a more secure position in life than I did. Him sharing his computer with me was a big help in me eventually going into programming.

A late, late, late note

Jun. 25th, 2016 05:41 am
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Taking Fri night meds NOW, just before bed, as I hear the morning birds and the first trolleys.

How do your play?

Jun. 24th, 2016 07:54 pm
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Today was a day for movie quotes. We don't measure our lives by the movies we see; we measure the appeal of a movie by how many lines creep into the comparisons beween standing in a boring line and some element of a pop culture reference, not even a whole scene. We were, while standing in the aforementioned line, discussing the day ahead in snippets of movie trivia.
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Still one final to go

Jun. 24th, 2016 10:11 pm
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But the admin people are okay with the kid finishing it on Monday, since she was pretty non-functional this morning. She and her dad went down to clear that with admin, then came back for more sleep.

I need to FINISH AN EDIT, argh.

...I should be doing that, but am so brain-blank that I am re-reading my own fanfic. >_>
(AU version of the OC in ... Which I can't post till the kid finishes her AU STO fic. Aie, aie.)

(Obligatory shilling; if you like my fanfic, consider sampling my originalfic. O;> )

Meanwhile, kid relates lines from her new SWTOR character:
(PC) Imive: "So, you're an elitist snob."
(NPC) Overseer Tremel: "You say that like it's a bad thing."

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Friday Yardening

Jun. 24th, 2016 08:57 pm
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Today I watered the container plants, the wildflower garden, and the patch of grass by the patio.

The first of my echinacea flowers are blooming.  \o/

£ vs. USD

Jun. 24th, 2016 05:00 pm
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I did not realise that US$1.40 was such a big support level for the GBP, but it was:

Not Your Everyday Pounding
Dana Lyons

brief thoughts on the EUref

Jun. 24th, 2016 06:28 pm
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To all my friends in the UK, I am so terribly sorry. I'm also both utterly boggled and furious, but not at any of you.

Many a blessing on the second independence referendum now brewing in Scotland. I hope it takes this time. I say this as a Scots-Irish Eurofriendly American with an atypical bent, but I still say it.

short list

Jun. 24th, 2016 03:11 pm
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Gratitudes, short list this time:

Someone else having a better-than-expected day in my vicinity.

Novel-length fanfiction.




Making a particularly nervewracking important phone call. (For scale, with my particular anxiety issues this is more terrifying than rollercoasters and less fun than vomiting.) I *ought* to be grateful I actually did it, and what I actually feel is horrible and worried, but I am listing it anyway because of Reasons.


Dogs that say hello.


Jun. 24th, 2016 03:07 pm
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I want to say "Incompressible Jizztrumpet is my Kenny G cover band," but I don't want people to jump in saying "he's a sax player," because then I would have to talk about the history of saxophone as a sexy instrument, and I don't want to, particularly not where Kenny G is involved.


Jun. 24th, 2016 08:45 pm

Better than a box!

Jun. 24th, 2016 04:34 pm
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Her new favorite place to curl up. "It hugs me all around! It's cool! From time to time the Man comes in. Sometimes he sits down and admires me, sometimes he just sighs and walks away to the sink in the kitchen."

My cat Ista curled up in the bathroom sink


Jun. 24th, 2016 12:20 pm
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This is me not posting about Brexit because I'm not sure what to say, I'm not sure what I ought to think I have a right to say, and I definitely am in a bad head place for coping with things. Go read something wise someone has to say about the topic, by which I mean, something Very Worried. If you need to, have tea and cats and things first. I am completely failing to cope with many many long-term things; don't be me.

Arrest I-1515 signature gatherers.

Jun. 24th, 2016 11:57 am
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Seriously, arrest these fuckers. I-1515 signature gatherers are now attaching OTHER PETITIONS TO THEIRS, and so fraudulently getting you to sign THEIRS. How is this not illegal, and how are these people not being arrested?
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I was up all yesterday and last night watching votes come in on Brexit, and I’m as surprised as the next supervillain, or, for that matter, the next Briton who has been googling exactly what is the EU, anyway? after the vote.

I posted a bunch on my old LJ/DW account pair, which you can read here if you want, but that’s just tracking financial reaction. I’m really thinking about just the UK, at the moment, and what happens politically now. In that, I’m assuming in this that the EU manages to stay together without the UK, which will certainly be the number one project of everyone over there for the next five years.

Scotland will treat this as an abrogation of promises made in 2014 to entice it to stay in the UK. A big one of those was continued and certain EU membership.

Scotland, of course, voted overwhelmingly – and across all of the country – to stay. Northern Ireland voted soundly to stay as well, but less overwhelmingly, and doesn’t have a recent close referendum on leaving. Both the SNP and Sinn Féin have called for new referenda on separation, and everyone’s treating the Scottish call more seriously – including, I note, the Scots.

But I’m not sure that’s the right analysis. I think it’ll come down to borders.

The biggest question in both cases comes down to free movement. Within the EU, you have free movement; border controls are not really a big issue for Europeans.

But outside the UK, there are, of course, plenty of border controls. If those controls reappear, I think Northern Ireland tells the UK to fuck off. The smart thing for Sinn Féin might be to wait ’till those border controls start showing up.

It won’t be like this, because that’s Africa and the racism is fierce.
But it’ll be controls of some sort, and this is the image to use.

And if those border controls reappearing are part of Scottish independence, I can’t but wonder if that means the Scots will stay.

Scotland and England have had free borders for a very, very long time. In the last vote, that was brought up, but you’d’ve had EU co-membership, making the issue moot. In a new vote… not so much.

So I think they might well have it backwards. Irish reunification, yes; Scottish independence, no.

And, of course, across all of it, ample chances in destabilisation. Supervillains and day-traders, be on alert, opportunity goddamn knocks.

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Read "Guido" by Siliconshaman

Jun. 24th, 2016 04:42 am
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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Guido" which comes between "Chase" and "Liquid Time."   It shows the perspective of a henchman who is a lot smarter than he looks.  <3

further gratitudes

Jun. 24th, 2016 12:57 am
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Real Sleepytime tea - chamomile, lemongrass, mint - without artificial flavorings.

Comfy beds, and good things that happen in them.

Self-knowledge applicable to predicting mood and brain chemistry.

Plum trees in their many varieties.

The color-saturated quality of daylight through thin rain clouds during early evening.

more reaction in europe

Jun. 24th, 2016 12:14 am
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Royal Bank of Scotland plunges 34% after Brexit vote

U.K.'s FTSE 100 slides 7.7% at 5,849.41 after U.K. votes for Brexit

Breaking Barclays tanks 30% after U.K. votes to Brexit

Losses deepen for European banks, Stoxx banking index down 11%

U.K.'s midcap FTSE 250 plunges 11.5% as U.K. votes for Brexit (yes that's four points from the above AS I'M TYPING THIS)
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But wow, Europe is not happy.

Barclays tanks 30% after U.K. votes to Brexit

Germany's DAX opens 10% lower at 9,232 after U.K. votes to leave the EU

Stoxx Europe 600 down 5.5%, falling further in opening trade

PM Cameron speaking in seven minutes.


Jun. 23rd, 2016 09:50 pm
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Does anyone remember the corporate “nations” of the movie “Rollerball”? Or the open corporatization of /everything/ in “Idiocracy”?

Or, have they become so much a part of the world landscape that it's impossible to imagine anything else?
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jfc - brexit is a reality

Jun. 23rd, 2016 09:43 pm
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Whelp, the United Kingdom is leaving the EU. Europe has to be panicking, behind close doors, trying to figure out how to save the European project now that the second-largest economy in the EU has voted to leave.

The Pound Sterling is down around 12%-ish against the USD, lowest since the 1980s. The Nikkei is down close to 8%, with trading suspended by circuit breakers. London banking is going to be kneecapped. Do not get that wrong: kneecapped. People wanting access to the EU in English now need to go to Ireland.

The SNP have already said that this abrogates the promises made in the independence referendum in 2014, and Scotland in this election voted overwhelmingly (and in all ridings) to stay in Europe; commentators are assuming there will be another independence vote in the next couple of years, and that it's likely it will pass. Even one of the BBC's Scottish employees said that last time they didn't take independence seriously and of course voted against, but this time, they will.

In the short term this is going to throw a chunk of money at the US and Japan, as perceived safe havens, but that'll mostly be currency; the general freak-out will hammer the markets and won't help any part of any economies. (I just saw a flash update that Dow futures are down 650 points, which is a pretty big gut-punch.)

Everyone is assuming that PM Cameron is going to stay on for a bit; possibly even a few months, until the summer Conservative Party conference, at which point there'll be a transition and possibly a new election.

This is a remarkable monkeywrenching. Even the Leave side going into tonight were talking up the idea of this being proof that people have to take Euro-scepticism seriously - not that they were going to win. And now they have a victory.

The EU needs to be scrambling now, as hard as it can, to try to figure out how to salvage the rest of the project. Europe has a long and very, very bloody history. It does not need to be starting that up again, and a lot of the hopes have been hooked to the EU.

Thankful Thursday

Jun. 23rd, 2016 09:43 pm
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It seems unlikely that I'll write 500 words today, unless I write something else immediately after finishing this post. But anyway, today I'm thankful for...

  • Cat therapy. Just being around Ticia raises my mood more than just about anything else. Sometimes I'll just sink into her purr and drift contentedly.
  • An excuse to go back through my river posts. Maybe my idea from a couple of years ago of collecting them into a book is still a good one. They have deteriorated considerably since I started my weekly "Done" posts -- they were actually daily when I started; they took over the mind-space and time that other writing was occupying.
  • Colleen. How she manages to put up with me -- and why -- I will never know, but I'm glad she does.
  • xmonad -- both for providing a great desktop environment, and for giving me something to write about. By extension, Haskell, the language it's written in.
  • Writing. Even if I didn't get anywhere near 500 words tonight.

One final to go!

Jun. 23rd, 2016 11:21 pm
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*waves pompoms*

Watched Empire Strikes Back. First time the kid had seen it. I confess to, at this point in my existence, being mildly baffled by Luke's reaction to Vader's revelation. The things that having a terrible sire does to one's mind, I suppose. -_-

I have also discovered that I can touch-type, with my thumbs, on my iPad's "screeboard"... With some help from autocorrect, which was actually being... helpful...

Havva Quote
Fat Bird (Shuu): I have drawn out the power you sealed in his breast with the Forbidden Mantrayana.
(Player: I did what with the what now?)
Fat Bird: Arise, Himnesia, Bringer of Death!
(Player: Now you're just making **** up.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

The Runaway Robot

Jun. 23rd, 2016 08:30 pm
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A Russian robot has run away twice and is now probably to be scrapped.

First lesson of running away: if you do not succeed in eluding your masters, they will hunt you down and quite likely kill you. Regrettably, art imitates life imitates art.  While this robot is unlikely to be fully sentient, it does have learning algorithms and is demonstrating how humans respond to things they find displeasing.  The pattern is likely to repeat with increased sentience.

Thursday's Yardening

Jun. 23rd, 2016 08:13 pm
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Today I watered plants in the containers and wildflower garden.  We got a new watering can to water the grass by the patio that is starting to sprout.

I also picked a few black raspberries.

The first of the blackberries are beginning to ripen, so I may get some of those later this week. 

Unexpected reading

Jun. 23rd, 2016 07:03 pm
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I generally favor gun control, so I didn't expect to be reading an article about it written by a gun owner. But I saw this on Medium, which I've found so far to be a source of thought-provoking, non-ranting articles, and this turned out to be one of them. Comments... well, not so much so, as expected. And I'm linking it here because I think it's worth reading.
Why I “Need” an AR-15
Jon Stokes, Jun 14

Once again, there has been another mass shooting involving a gun that looks like an AR-15 (it’s technically a Sig Sauer MCX, which may or may not be an “AR-15”… more later on this definitional issue and why it actually matters beyond mere neckbeard pedantry). And, once again, the calls have gone out to ban the “black rifle” from civilian sales. “Nobody needs one of these weapons of war”, is the common refrain.

Yet, if the statistics from the National Shooting Sports Federation can be believed, some 5 million Americans have decided that they do, in fact, “need” an AR-15. Are all of these people bloodthirsty savages? Delusional survivalists? Military fetishists? Insecure men with tiny… hands?


[T]his article is for the genuinely curious — those who assume that 5 million of their fellow Americans are not inhuman or insane, and who want to understand what set of rationales, no matter how flawed and confused they may ultimately turn out to be, could make an otherwise normal person walk out of a gun store with an “assault weapon.”

By the end of this piece, you probably still will not believe that I or any other civilian actually needs an AR-15. That’s fine. My only hope is that you’ll go forth better equipped to talk about gun control based on an understanding of how real live people view and use these firearms.

(Click headline for article)
ETA (June 23, 9:46 pm US Eastern Daylight Time = June 24, 1:46 am UTC )
I've just added blockquoting to make quite clear which words are mine and which are the writer's. And in a similar vein, I'll add here that
  • I favor gun control, not gun prohibition.
  • I believe that the NRA's constant opposition to any kind of gun control is insane and extremely dangerous.
  • I personally do not own a gun and do not wish to.
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Today(ish)’s Shiny Things

1. Extending trust and having it turn out to be merited.
2. Having clean freshly washed things with scents of peppermint and lavender.
3. Using a microfiber cloth to clean things without needing any soap.
4. Eating cashews, which are delicious and munchable and make me think of little shoes even though that is completely ridiculous.
5. Picking raspberries.


Jun. 23rd, 2016 01:14 pm
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Added 500 words to the story I started and have been dragging my feet about finishing. Going to get it first-draft done and post it within the next one to two weeks. That is my goal.

Dear friends in the UK

Jun. 23rd, 2016 02:18 pm
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I am sending you love and endless cups of virtual tea and platters of Peak Freans.

This is all.

Poem: Magic

Jun. 23rd, 2016 01:07 pm
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Poem: Magic

by shiori_makiba

Word Count: 397 words in 75 lines.

Prompted by 
[personal profile] siliconshaman during the June 2016 Thank Muse It's Friday session.

Feedback is not required but always appreciated.


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it’s not a lair, really, but…

Jun. 23rd, 2016 08:30 am
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This building isn’t a Lair. It’s not. It might be a retirement villa for the successful supervillain, though – I know I’d be happy to have it. But no matter how you classify it, it’s lair architecture, in oh so many important ways.

And it’s unremittingly lovely, and I want to stress most strongly, this is not a drawing, this is a real, actual, extant place, no matter how much it looks like some 1960s futurist vision, possibly in space. This exists.

This, like the previous, is also actually real.

So is this.

Here’s the listing. When that goes away, here’s an article that I hope will last longer. Lots more photos. Enjoy.

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[Art] THINGS (all the things)

Jun. 23rd, 2016 11:19 pm
moonvoice: (calm - bronze forest wallabies)
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There's like a whole bunch I haven't posted here, and managed to put everywhere else (after Facebook/Instagram/DeviantArt/Etsy/Tumblr...sometimes I get lax about Dreamwidth. Social media is exhausting).

All of these are watercolour pencil / pencil / ink on illustration board. With some metallic and/or iridescent acrylic as highlights. Some are available for sale.

Unicorn Moon Sickle - Courtship Available

 photo 2016 - Unicorn Moon Sickle - Courting Original 540x_zpsecvdskuv.jpg

Under a cut you will also find a bilby with some Celtic knotwork, a Fiji Iguana and Dandelions, a Midnight Owl, a Dragon and a Hamerkop. Don't know what a Hamerkop is? I didn't either, until quite recently... If you already knew, that's awesome )

"Pillow Talk" is now complete!

Jun. 23rd, 2016 01:12 am
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
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 Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] curiosity, the poem "Pillow Talk" is now complete.  Cuoio has the most fun losing an argument that he has ever had in his life.  :D

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