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Bubble Artist

Aug. 28th, 2016 12:44 am
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My partner Doug tipped me to this awesome video of bubble art.  I have seen bubble art before, including the cubical one, but this far surpasses those.  I imagine my superwhales would enjoy this very much.

Poem: "The Pattern for the Future"

Aug. 27th, 2016 06:03 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Paantha and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "accidental mating for life" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It directly follows the poems "More Hurtful Than Anything That Bleeds" and "Meaning Only in Relationship," so read those first in order for this to make sense.

Warning: This poem is intense. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Calliope and Vagary go to couples therapy in hope of learning how to hurt each other less. This entails a lot of necessary unpleasantness. They're not entirely on the same page regarding their relationship, and they're just beginning to work on it, so things are awkward and not very healthy right now. Readers are therefore encouraged to observe what's working, what's not, and what's questionable; then prompt for desired solutions or predictable blowups. This poem features angst, reluctance, cultural differences, boundary issues, anger, sadness, interpersonal differences, and other challenges. On the upside, they are taking concrete steps to address their problems, and making progress with that. If these are sensitive areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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rat race

Aug. 27th, 2016 09:22 pm
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So, why, as a society, do we spend as much time and effort as we do emphasizing the “adventures”-- and the skills learned-- from roughly fourteen to twenty-four years of age?

Because that's the real 'rat race.'

Getting into a high school with decent teachers, getting away from neighborhoods like “Crime Alley,” or even getting into college at all… these change everything that happens afterward. Peter Parker losing his uncle could have plummeted the surviving family into a downward spiral, but instead the situation held steady.

Absolutely everything rides on the heroine of “The Hunger Games.”

Is there any way for adults to buffer this information? Or is realizing that social status matters is a rite of passage into adulthood?

We went to an air and space museum-- with space suits, a real moon rock, and more… only to find that less than one in five kids between eight and ten want to be astronauts at all. Surrounded by reasons to want to reach for the stars, too many kids can't.

I have to go to bed. I've worn myself out in the museum.

Tell me what you want to talk about; I'm starting a new story in the morning.

Radio!

Aug. 28th, 2016 12:03 am
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Today may have been one of my best days on the air ever. Band conditions were pretty wretched all around, and chasing NPOTA was difficult. Still, 5 new parks added today. As far as number of contacts, I logged 35 or so, and some of those were really cool.

A lot of what I got today was either Ohio (for the Ohio QSO party) or Kansas (for the Kansas QSO party). Other US states included Mississippi, Kentucky, Indiana, Texas, Minnesota, and Arizona. But the one that I was really excited about were the three CW contacts to Hawaii! Super fast, but I was able to copy their calls and signal reports. Getting one contact in Hawai'i on voice would be difficult, but I was pretty pleased to get not one, but *three*

I also worked one Canadian station, one in Serbia, and one in Slovenia.

So, despite the bad conditions, a pretty good day all around.
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So I'm in bed, and the doorbell rings. And I get on my robe, shove my glasses onto my face (one earpiece is not actually in position, but it's in my hair so close 'nuff), and stare woefully at the young man at the door. Who tells me he's stumping for [local political candidate]. I say, in my best, saddest, most guilt-trip-inducing (and sincere) voice, "You woke me up."

He handed me the pamphlet and went away.

Day was mixed. Wish kid would feel better soon. O:(

The cats are on a diet. Dickens is yelling about it. He is about the only one who does not need to be on a diet.

Havva Quote
E_____ [to I____, M____, S____]: You can have arrived at the prison together or separately. The key is that you're all together when you /break out/.
--A lovely, classic setup


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Discuss "Teenage Heroes"

Aug. 27th, 2016 01:25 pm
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted a discussion on her blog about "Teenage Heroes."   It includes a lot of thought about problems with the typical portrayals, and how that might be done better.  I encourage interested folks to take a look, because this is something I write about fairly often, and much of that veers away from the usual stuff.

Crossing Salisbury Plain on a Bicycle

Aug. 27th, 2016 01:04 pm
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Today I set out on my bike for Merrimac, Massachusetts. (It must be a Klingon town; it's K-less.) It wasn't too ambitious a ride, but it was a place I hadn't biked to yet. The route led through Newton, NH and across the border to Merrimac on a country road. Eventually I got to Mass. 110 and from there to the center of the town.

I stopped at the Merrimac Historical Museum, which is a really beautiful old library building.
First photo )

A lady I spoke with there said the museum is sometimes open, but I couldn't find any hours posted.

At this point I was still feeling good, so I decided to go on to Amesbury, the next town to the east. Route 110 is pretty flat from Merrimac eastward, so when I got to Amesbury I decided to keep going as far as the cat shelter in Salisbury.

Second photo )

My GPS device showed I'd covered over 15 miles, on ground with a few annoying hills, so I claim full points and a little extra for this as a "still not old" ride. (Pay no attention to that Medicare card in my wallet. It's not active yet.)

On the return trip, I stopped at a cafe in Merrimac center, then completed the trip home. The area around Newton Junction has a couple of seriously annoying hills, especially after riding 25 miles. I managed them all though, and made it home. I'll admit that the two flights of stairs up to the shower looked like a mountain. The total round trip was 30.5 miles.

Signal Boost: Beauty and the Beast

Aug. 27th, 2016 05:26 am
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dialecticdreamer has completed her version of Beauty and the Beast. Go give it a read.

Friday, yay

Aug. 27th, 2016 12:52 am
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Kid cleverly got a picture of a thing she has to do for school so she could do it at home and print it out where we have more reliable wifi. I am pondering getting her a cheap inkjet that we can store in the school admin place that is its OWN wifi node so she can just connect to the thing with everything set up nicely and not have to go through school wifi. (She'd have to be near it but we could probably store it in the testing lab area...)

DS9 continues to be uncomfortably topical. (Today: "Paradise Lost.") STAAAAAAHP BEING TOPICAL! YOU ARE OLDER SHOW! HAVE EPISODES THAT ADDRESS THINGS WE FIXED! ;_;

Havva Quote
K_______ says, “Let's be honest here people.”
K_______ says, “They could make 'Star Trek: Garak' and we would all watch the hell out of it.”
arcangel [to K_______]: YES INDEED.
E____ [to K_______]: Yeah, we would.


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T minus 7 hours to launch

Aug. 26th, 2016 09:01 pm
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I'm doing my best not to freak completely out, after what happened last year. We are in 200% better shape on every possible front (which, of course, does not mean either of us is 100%, but I'll take what I can get), but I don't think I'll relax completely until we are actually on the freeway heading east.

I am never really prepared to go - I don't think anyone ever is. But I am so ready to be there.

Teenage Heroes?

Aug. 26th, 2016 08:44 pm
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In fiction, where do you, as a reader, draw the line between teenagers being themselves, or child endangerment? I'm looking at our whole library of DC cartoons and some of my once-favorite books when I was a teenager, of course.

Harry Potter's life was put in jeopardy on the night he was left on Privet Drive. Most fifteen-month-olds can walk (and in other versions, like the Greek translation, he was eighteen months old), and using a spell to keep him asleep drops body temperature which… you can see how the chain of stupidity plays out.

Dick Grayson's parents were probably keeping a log of every minute he spent practicing and performing, and social workers probably passed the word around about the existence of the “Flying Graysons.” Note how few “family” performances exist in the real world any longer? Laws are pushing the under-18 crowd into specific roles we will find immediately identifiable and easy to fill.

Bruce Wayne took no such obvious protections when training Dick (or the later Robins); he had a habit of pushing skill after skill at each Robin until I'm amazed they stayed sane. Somehow, he's presented as a good influence on these young teens. Where do you draw the line, even with pressure to excel academically?
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Poem: "A Life by What We Give"

Aug. 26th, 2016 07:13 pm
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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] heartsinger, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "homesickness" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "food / cooking" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The inertia of the human mind and its resistance to innovation are most clearly demonstrated not, as one might expect, by the ignorant mass – which is easily swayed once its imagination is caught – but by professionals with a vested interest in tradition and in the monopoly of learning. Innovation is a twofold threat to academic mediocrities: it endangers their oracular authority, and it evokes the deeper fear that their whole, laboriously constructed intellectual edifice might collapse. The academic backwoodsmen have been the curse of genius from Aristarchus to Darwin and Freud; they stretch, a solid and hostile phalanx of pedantic mediocrities, across the centuries. -- Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers


I am now in part 5 of The Sleepwalkers, where Koestler turns to the person of Galileo. We have already seen the Paduan professor in the previous chapter, via his two correspondences with Kepler. Now Kepler has gone on to his eternal reward, leaving the mercurial Italian to suffer the consequences of his overweaning pride and hot temper. The entrenched academics noted above will prove all too happy to bring him down to their level.

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Aug. 26th, 2016 09:15 pm

musicians, contact norwescon now

Aug. 26th, 2016 10:48 am
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As you may know, several years ago, I started and built a small geekmusic festival at Norwescon called nwcMUSIC. I took last year off completely as a sabbatical year, and they continued to do it.

This year, I’m back as an advisor – sort of a showrunner emeritus. And while I won’t be running it, I will be giving a lot of advice and training on how to run it the way I did.

NOW IS THE TIME TO CONTACT NORWESCON TO BE A PART OF NWCMUSIC 2017! Or, for that matter, to be involved in any programming at the show. Here’s part of the announcement:

I know Norwescon seems forever away, but August is actually when the main work of programming begins. SO! if you are interested in being a panelist, get yourself over to this attending pro information page and use the contact link to tell us who you are and why you would be a good panelist.

Please do so even if you have been a pro before, the programming team isn’t constant from year to year.

Bonus request: if you are an artist, and there are workshops/demos you could run, please include that info; art track is my responsibility and I’d like to increase the amount of hands-on programming.

So, hie thee off and fill out the form! That’s EVEN IF you’ve been at nwcMUSIC or Norwescon Programming before. I did it, even. Do it today!

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

update any apple mobile devices NOW

Aug. 26th, 2016 09:22 am
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It’s getting good traction, but I’m going to borrow the band blog to mention this now: if you have an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, etc), then go to Software Update and update it right now.

Here are some details at Gizmodo, and here’s the BBC story. Basically, it’s a single-click exploit and your phone isn’t yours anymore.

Seriously, update now, it’s a bad one. Actually, it’s three bugs, each of which is very bad, but they’re all fixed at once.

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
Bandcamp (full album streaming) | Videos | iTunes | Amazon | CD Baby

Poem: "Who Lives Here?"

Aug. 26th, 2016 01:32 am
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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and LJ user Book_worm5. It also fills the "teaching / learning" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] alatefeline, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, and the rest of their pool. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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on the benefits of getting lost

Aug. 25th, 2016 10:57 pm
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This is brief, though I have more on the topic. For explanation, suffice it to say that I have driven to and from my new workplace for three days now, plus errands and meals in the area of my workplace, and I have gotten lost, at least to the extent of taking a couple of wrong turns and needing to check a map, *every single trip.* And I'm not bothered by that. Read more... )
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iOS 9.3.5 has just been released, and it’s a very important security update. Important enough that it made the news–because it’s fixing newly discovered security flaws that had the potential to give a remote attacker pretty much complete control of your phone. So jump on this ASAP and get your devices updated, mmkay?

The BBC has covered the story here:

Apple tackles iPhone one-tap spyware flaws

(If you own an older device that’s running an older version of iOS, better check and see if a similar update has been released for your version, too. If your device is capable of updating to iOS 9, you might want to put serious consideration into doing so. If it’s not capable of updating to iOS 9 and Apple hasn’t yet released a security patch to your version, go get on them about that.)

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Poem: "Sweet Submission"

Aug. 25th, 2016 07:59 pm
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This poem is spillover from the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites and LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "lifestyle choice" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survivla Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains a little angst and a lot of high-impact affection. Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers. There is a toddler tantrum, mention of possible dietary issues, repeated kitchen failures, a graphic kink scene, Gray popping out of subspace abruptly because he gets a cool idea, and other challenges. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Beauty and the Details

Aug. 25th, 2016 08:32 pm
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The first three parts aired at the end of June, meaning this story has spanned two MONTHS. It began on the 29th of June with the beginning of a complete re-imagining of “Beauty and the Beast” with no romantic plot, yet the same theme of personal connection triumphing over circumstance.
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The child...

Aug. 25th, 2016 08:44 pm
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The child is watching Star Wars One: The Appearance of JarJar. I am hiding upstairs and listening vaguely to the blurred sounds. *makes woeful faces*

I had to drive through traffic today. Traffic sucks.

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Sweetie, don't use friends and family as weapons of war. It's very rude.
--http://selkiecomic.com/comic/selkie627/


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Once you've enjoyed the doodle (1:40), scroll down past it for more.



And from Engadget:

Google offers 360-degree tours of US National Parks

Nick Summers
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks Service, Google has put together a collection of virtual tours combining 360-degree video, panoramic photos and expert narration. It's called "The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks" and is accessible right from the browser. You can choose from one of five different locales, including the Kenai Fjords in Alaska and Bryce Canyon in Utah, and get a guided "tour" from a local park ranger. Each one has a few virtual vistas to explore, with documentary-style voiceovers and extra media hidden behind clickable thumbnails.

Click on headline for post

Poem: "For the Sake of Reformation"

Aug. 25th, 2016 03:42 am
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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "dominance and submission" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Ricasso asks Gray to help with a voluntary punishment, because Zhonn finds pain a useful reminder but his African ancestry makes him very prone to scarring. The racial aspects are handled mindfully, but this is a real issue in the kink community and even worse among non-kinky African-American folks. The poem contains delicate racial dynamics, discussion of medical details, practicing kink, exchanging roles, a minor performance mishap, use of a switch replacer forcefully enough to draw blood, intense emotions, physical discipline, voluntary use of a superpower to cause pain, an Italian-American man petting an African-American man's hair, and other challenges. On the whole, it's a positive poem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poem: "No Feeling of Being Alive"

Aug. 24th, 2016 10:02 pm
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This poem follows the June 2016 Creative Jam including prompts by [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "Alexithymia (Obscured Emotions)" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest, and the "comfort food or item / feeding someone" square in my 6-16-15 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It introduces Side-eye, a member of Ricasso's gang who has some odd neurological problems due to prenatal drug exposure. Diminished sensation leads to sensory-seeking behavior, some of it self-destructive. The poem features recovery from past injuries, requests for assistance with consensual pain, a little nervousness at trying new things, power exchange, fumbling around with new superpowers that are sometimes confusing, references to personal health, awkward conversations, physical and emotional spotting, unintended food roulette, spicy food as a kink material, hand feeding, consensual experimentation with superpowers, aftercare, and other challenges. Although not quite fluff, the overall tone is positive. If these are sensitive areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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I choose to focus on gratitude not to diminish the importance of bad things in our world, but to strengthen myself to fight them and to create good things.

- I read and/or was recommended some good kid's books recently.
- On a related note, while labeling book bins, I carefully recolored picture labels to add more diverse skin tones, hair styles, and clothing to characters, and am working on adding adaptive equipment and gender diversity as I continue to label; this may or may not actually make a small difference in this specific instance, but it helps me to keep my brain in a useful gear.
- The sun continues to be gorgeous.
- Some fall-crop plants have germinated in my garden.
- I got to look at Mt. Hood the other day.

(no subject)

Aug. 24th, 2016 07:10 pm
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Trigger warning: violent death, intersecting systemic injustices Read more... )

PS: This is a rough response. Please, if there are important new stories I've missed, feel free toa dd links. (There are so many.)

Make a Butterfly Feeder

Aug. 24th, 2016 07:56 pm
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 A friend of mine in the local insect club reminded me that now is a good time to put out butterfly feeders.  You can make nectar substitute, or just put out some overripe fruit.  Check your farmer's market for "seconds" that are damaged and sold cheap.

Dear Google...

Aug. 24th, 2016 08:28 pm
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I live at xxxx Baltimore Ave. in Philadelphia. It's in my Google addresses as Home. There is also a restaurant at the same address called R... K.... When I seek transit info from from the University of PA Museum, all of a sudden you are giving me xxxx Baltimore PIKE, over two hours away by transit, and telling me that R...K... is at the same location. I have a screenshot showing the Baltimore Ave. address at the top over the Baltimore Pike map.

I've never had this problem before. Might this have something to do with my recent complaint when your directions from my home address to another place said "this place is closed", referring to R... K....?

Anyway, even when I modify the address to a nearby address on Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, you keep giving me Baltimore PIKE. This is stupid, this is wrong, this is a very new mistake. Please fix it ASAP.

meh

Aug. 24th, 2016 07:34 pm
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Woke up, got kid to school for doing a bit more on the test (inchworm, inchworm, inching along), had food, came back, went for a bit more food with spouse (look, that quiche was awesome; cheese, mushrooms, artichoke hearts... I had to have a slice!), had leftovers for dinner (the kid didn't eat all of her fajita fillings, in particular the non-meat ones or the tortillas!), and am now vegging whilst spouse and kid do the walking this evening.

May well go watch more DS9 with spouse later.

I wonder if the DS9 "Little Green Men" ship might show up in STO. Perhaps as a runabout-class smallcraft?

Ah, yes. Next update will activate the Mirror Invasion event on STO, where I will get to shoot things and hope for Obisek saying that most sexy phrase: "Plasma Lance Online." (Also, if you do it right, then at the end: "thank you." Yes, please, do thank me and can we extend that to a dinner invitation? ask some of my characters. *fans self*)

STO should do an app where it's got a way to select all the various speeches of that character (well, when he's got the right voice actor, anyway; Vault Shuttle Event, something's wrong there...), because, yes, I WOULD PAY MONEY. ;_;

Havva Quote
[Regarding a telepathic "incident"]
It's not like it's some kind of onboard comlink or anything.
Because that would be useful instead of miserable.
--http://galaxioncomics.com/1-comic/book-4/chapter-12/403colour/


(The way comics can convey voice-tone/loudness via font size is kinda cool, looking at that page.)

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fucking overwatch i mean damn

Aug. 24th, 2016 03:27 pm
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Popping in for a quick game as Pharah, getting a team which had not managed to attain the point at all competitive in round one, winning around two, but not able to take round three because half the team wouldn't get on the fucking point even in overtime. As time is ticking down:

Solarbirdy: "Guys, if nobody gets on the point, we cannot take the point."

Some Guy Who Wouldn't Get On The Point: [blows and makes gross noises into microphone]

Game: DEFEAT

Some Guy: "Taste DEFEAT!"

Some Guy: "Who was that on the microphone? Whoooooo were youuuuuuu?"

Overwatch: PLAY OF THE GAME: SOLARBIRDY <[THOOM]>

Solarbirdy: "That would be me. Right there."

Replay: [Solarbirdy kills five players and one turret, and takes point solo]

Some Guy: "Oh. ... uh... good play."

Solarbirdy: [disconnects]
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Beauty and the –??
Part 50 of 50
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count (story only): 1205

:: Rolf finally tells the others why hunting and Oleg are a nightmare combination. Minimal mention, but gross and (actually, fairly common as a rite of passage) part of many, many hunting cultures. ::



Wind slipped under Rolf's newest jacket, an oversized, second-hand sailor's coat still an inch or two too long in the sleeves, but with the matching navy thrummed mittens Skolla had made for him, he didn't mind at all.

Geese wobbled precariously, little balls of newly-hatched fluff shifting around Rolf's mittened hands as he put thicker layers of straw between the last two of the half dozen nests. “Behave for your mothers,” he teased gently as several of the goslings swapped nests, cuddling and rubbing their heads with their proper nest mates. “Skolla says goose should be a tradition in winter, and venison in the spring.”

His hands slowed, following tiny gaps and breezes, as his expression turned pensive.
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How to Fight Homophobia

Aug. 24th, 2016 04:41 pm
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Some folks found an awesome new way to fight homophobia: when their lesbian neighbors were vandalized, lots of other people hung rainbow flags.  Not only is this a lovely show of support for the lesbians, and a discouragement to the vandals, it also provides protective camouflage.  Suppose a bigot drives by who doesn't already know where the lesbians live.  How's he going to find them now?  He'll run out of eggs pretty fast.  LOL

I saw this and immediately thought of the leprechaun story.

So pass it around.  We can sure use more techniques for turning all the isms into wasms.

Back to Centauri

Aug. 24th, 2016 04:39 pm
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Our nearest celestial neighbor, the Centauri system, used to be extremely popular in science fiction.  As astronomers learned more about space, it didn't seem as promising.  Surprise!  Classic SF writers may have been right after all.  It turns out that Proxima Centauri has at least one planet which is likely to resemble Earth in some key aspects. 

Aaaaaand now I want to go there.

Wednesday Yardening

Aug. 24th, 2016 04:03 pm
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Today we picked up branches and rolled logs to clear a path between the savannah and the driveway.  Then my partner Doug mowed through there and did some other parts of the savannah, but we're leaving the part that came up all Queen Anne's lace for the butterflies.

Also, HAZELNUTS!  For the first time, my hazelnut bush has little green nuts all over it.  :D 3q 3q 3q !!!  The purple and yellow coneflowers are winding down.

The Anarchestra

Aug. 24th, 2016 02:03 pm
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Here is a video about a man who has invented hundreds of musical instruments.  Each is a one-of-a-kind creation.  Some mimic standard instruments, while others are completely unique.  He presents the Anarchestra as a public, interactive art show.  People can go in and just jam on the instruments.  Because the instruments are unique, that discourages the tendency to say, "Oh, I don't know how to play that."

In Terramagne, there are lots of gizmologists like this.  Most towns have at least one tinker who just loves to make stuff.  It could be anything -- musical instruments, tools, baby toys, buttons, circus trees, cycles -- done as a hobby or a profession.  Because most people make enough money to live on, there are many more folks who have hobbies, and people who want more than one job are much more likely to make the second one a passion job.  Towns take pride in their creative folks, like the Real Live Writers in Bluehill.  They get a kick out of telling out-of-town guests about the cool dude who makes one-off playground equipment or whatever.  

When people here try to imagine what it would look like if people didn't have to work themselves to the bone just to survive, well, it looks a lot like this.  You have these guys everywhere doing cool shit you would never have thought of, and they're happy to share it with other folks.

This is as bad as it gets.

Aug. 24th, 2016 03:07 pm
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North Carolina police kill unarmed deaf man using sign language
Shaun King
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, August 22, 2016, 10:49 AM


This is as bad as it gets.

A North Carolina state trooper shot and killed 29-year-old Daniel Harris — who was not only unarmed, but deaf — just feet from his home, over a speeding violation. According to early reports from neighbors who witnessed the shooting this past Thursday night, Harris was shot and killed "almost immediately" after exiting his vehicle.

He appeared to be trying to communicate with the officer via sign language.

"They should've de-escalated and been trained to realize that this is an entirely different situation," neighbor Mark Barringer said. "You're pulling someone over who is deaf, they are handicapped. To me, what happened is totally unacceptable."
 
Click headline for article
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I haven’t written much about the alt-right/”Rabid Puppy” Hugo Award slate gaming lately; as last year, their slate utterly collapsed, with the core of it finishing behind “No Award,” again, just like last year. Theodore (“Vox Day”) Beale did of course claim TOTAL VICTORY, as he will always do regardless, and I got a small bit of banhammered hate on Twitter (aw, they remembered me! I’m flattered) and blah de blah de blah. To be honest, Dave Truesdale’s expulsion from the con was far more interesting.

Really, I’m kind of surprised they still care, what with actual fascists being actual contenders in elections in the west this year. It makes their chosen pond look even smaller. Scalzi wrote a column calling them gum on the shoes of history, which is about right.

I imagine they might give it another run next year even with the new rules in place, mostly ’cause Dunning-Kruger is gonna Dunning-Kruger, and if you want poster children for that effect, I have some suggestions.


Why do white supremacists always look like counterexamples?

Jim Hines has a nice post up about the actual award winners, and it’s a good read.

Meanwhile, the Sad Puppies – as opposed to the Rabids – are concentrating their efforts on a new set of awards, the Dragon Awards, to be given at Dragoncon. Those are over here, and it’s an internet vote so have fun managing that because wow I can’t think of anything easier to hijack, but y’know what? Great. Go have fun, I hope it works out (no, really, I genuinely do) and good luck.

Meanwhile, I’m going to post this and hope the construction next door takes a break today. My studio is sound-conditioned, not sound-proofed, and I have to ask, WHO NEEDS FIVE KINDS OF POWER SAW FOR A CARPORT? I mean, I’m guessing at five, given the number of different sounds I was hearing, and unless they’re starting some sort of electric saw noisemusic band, I’m assuming this is all for the carport and not either music nor lulz.

Then again, the griefer count has been pretty fuckin’ high lately. Maybe it is lulz. These chorus vocals I was mixing are sounding pretty damn sweet despite the saw effects, I got to say, so you’re gonna have to do better than that to stop me.
 
 


This is part of a series of posts on the Hugo awards nominations capture by rightist political slates.

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Dream

Aug. 24th, 2016 07:46 am
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Had lots of interesting dreams last night. I don't remember much, but one scene stands out: a scene where Alex is talking with an obviously blind woman, eyes are milky. He's looking her in the eyes when talking, odd for him, and someone berates him for it; he angrily says "You look people in the eyes when you talk to them, that's the rules. Why should this be any different?" Then goes back to talking with her as before. She seemed to approve.

Hard Things

Aug. 24th, 2016 03:45 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently?
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Sometimes I think about things that happened days or even weeks ago. Last night I was thinking about something [personal profile] kengr asked once, maybe a week or two back. I don't remember the exact wording, but she basically asked how I manage to function with queunliskanphobia, IE fear (or rather extreme disgust/revulsion, in our case) of saliva. My answer at the time was something that amounted to "compartmentalization." I think specifically it was "I try to imagine it just doesn't exist," or near enough. But I was thinking again about this last night because I'd had my finger in my mouth and looked at the spit on my finger and didn't have a problem with it before wiping it off.

This isn't the only time something that usually bothers us hasn't bothered us. Like, the thought of blood can quickly make me feel weak and shaky and have to lie down for a while. But when I get a cut, the blood doesn't usually bother me. It's like, a cut happens and the practical part of our brain is like "Well this has to be dealt with." But there's more to it than that, even, because Pi ([personal profile] svaenohr) is aroused by blood, thinks about consuming it sometimes when zee1, er... you know... *waves hand dismissively.* (Zee was going to call it by the phillia name for it, but then we realized the word hemophilia is used for a disease, a somewhat misnamed disease at that. Pretty sure hemophiliacs don't like blood, unless it's staying put in their body. I would think hemophobia would be a better word for it. But that's a different disease.) When zee does this, the rest of us have to shut down and wait for zeer signal to return. We have to do this with quite a number of Pi's fetishes, to be honest.

Anyway, so several things came together in my mind last night, including what I'd mentioned above, and basically... the different people in our collective have different likes, dislikes, phobias, philias, etc. Which is something we never really realized the full implications of. But yeah, this means queunliskanphobia is Alex's problem; dunno who else in here has it, but at least one of us does not have that problem. Or, at least, not to the same degree. Just thinking about... the thing... can set off Alex's phobia. And it's impossible to predict when his influence is going to wane enough from the system to make it alright. So yeah, we try not to think about it.

So pretty much all of us have a revulsion response to blood, not sure what to call it now that they've stolen the only term I could think of for another disease (and I was astonished at all the various blood diseases that put philia on the end of the word, in the short time I dared try to find a word to replace hemophobia. Did the people naming those not know what the word "philia" means? And honestly, I wouldn't call what Pi has hemomania, either. It's not a mania, it's just a kink of zeers, one of many. A kink that the rest of us would rather forget about... along with most of zeer other kinks. If you're curious, you can pop over to zeer LJ/DW and look it up. Thankfully it is all in zeer mind only. Most of zeer kinks are pretty much impossible anyway, and zee knows better than to try the others. Pretty sure if zee tried the blood thing, even with someone known to be disease free, the rest of us would freak out and vomit and probably curl into a ball in the corner and cry.

But yeah, there's others. Alex and some of the others have cynophobia as well, a distrust of and fear of dogs. (Not sure who else, aside from Alex and Pi.) But Molly's reaction to dogs is "Puppy!"

That's all we can think of for now. But there may be others. It's hot right now, and we were tired anyway, so thinking is not a strong suit at the moment.


1 = "Zee" is our spelling of the genderless "ze" or "xe," to make the pronunciation more obvious. We also change "zer" and "xer" to "zeer." These are Pi's preferred pronouns, as zee identifies as agender (without gender).
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Beauty and the –??
Part 49 of 50
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count (story only): 815




Billeted down on the floor of the tiny office, with all three chairs wedged behind the heavy desk, there was just enough walking space for Rolf to walk heel-to-toe between the two pallets. At their feet, a wrought iron bench lay on its side, keeping the fabric half a foot farther away from the charcoal brazier used to warm the room. Rolf finished his walk, spun on one sock-clad foot, and returned to his pallet, fussing and groaning over getting things arranged exactly the way he wanted it. “Elspbeth,” he mused, “why didn't you come and live with Mister Martin when you started trading here? He treats you the way Emma treats her kids.”

“I couldn't,” Elspbeth whispered. “And you know why. Did you like helping to fix books today?”

“It was fun, and careful, like the fancy wooden block puzzles with pictures on them. Everything has to match just so.” Rolf buried a yawn behind his hand.

“Go to sleep; we need to leave very early to be sure your silly geese are okay,” Elspbeth mock-grumbled, but the deep noise at the back of her throat was Beast's laughter.
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New Species of Sedge

Aug. 23rd, 2016 10:25 pm
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This one is local to me, a new species of sedge has been named after a botanist at Eastern Illinois University. 

Poem: "Show a Genuine Concern"

Aug. 23rd, 2016 12:14 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular fishbowls, inspired by a reader sharing an article on "Policing with Velvet Gloves." It also fills the "fall from grace" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains emotional breakdown, worried people, a call to the police, extreme angst, erratic behavior, academic problems, reference to people refusing to solve problems they created, and other challenges. Given the length of this story arc, it doesn't exactly have a happy ending, although solutions are planned. If these are are sensitive subject areas for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Walkwalkwalk

Aug. 23rd, 2016 08:09 pm
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Couple of times walking with kid today, and I am a bit fatigued. Not as bad as the past two days, yay.

Kid did not get lots of sleep. (Like, she got to sleep around 4am. augh.) But she managed to get some more progress on the test thing, yay!

Friskie and Flicker went to the vet together -- albeit not in the same carrier, because not stupid here. Flicker got claw-clippings and a shot. Friskie got some claws clipped and a general senior-cat check. They both had gained weight, so time to cut back a tad on the food.

Havva Quote
C_______ says, "I... Is Falstaff in Henry V? Or are we splicing in bits from Henry IV?"
E____ says, "He's in Henry IV 1/2 and Merry Wives."
J_______ says, "Falstaff is everywhere. Henry V, Henry V, Henry VIII, The Tempest, The Sound of Music, Cats..."
[...]
J_______ says, "Falstaff was also supposed to be in Frozen, but his part was cut due to concerns about the musical number, 'Anatomically Correct Snowman'"
arcangel cackles.


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