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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:16 am
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Lately I've been getting into macro photography.
I got an Olloclip for my iPhone,
and all of these photos are taken with the iPhone.
I've mostly been hunting around in the garden,
having a good time.





Some more under the cut. )

Guess who's still sick?

Apr. 17th, 2014 09:44 pm
archangelbeth: Bleach's Captain Byakuya, three-quarters view. Captioned: sigh (Sigh)
[personal profile] archangelbeth
Trick question! That would be "kid" and "me"! And yet another day that she is not in school! *headdesk* *cries*

We got a new water heater today. Apparently they have a warranty for about 4-6 years, and ours is 14, so, well, we decided maybe we shouldn't tempt fate by just replacing the fan bearings.

I have done very little today, save finishing a snippet on the DragonThing chapter and posting it for beta-readers. Now I need to figure out what-all will be in the next chapter! I know one bit, but there will quite possibly be... POLITICS. My politics probably suck. *compares political aspects to C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series* *iz depressed*

I have been playing Flight Rising and STO a bit as well as lying down when I have no brain because Sick and Queasy and Headache. STO is intriguing, and the ground/ship aspect makes me remember the ideas I had for a MMORPG for S.P.A.N.C. some time ago -- I think STO proves that such a thing could be done! *wists*

Havva Quote
C_______ is just wondering where the heck his shield-drain ability went.
arcangel wants a shield-healthtap. >_> (Can I have a Warlock on my crew?)
--MUSH. (World of Warcraft Warlock, to be precise... Drain Life, yeahhhh!)


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Poem: "The Hall of Mirrors"

Apr. 17th, 2014 07:37 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem was inspired by the "Free Space: Mirrors" square on my 8-13-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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CONNNNN!

Apr. 17th, 2014 01:15 pm
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As you may have already seen via Tony's blog, we (the full Vixy & Tony band) will be at Norwescon this weekend! 

Our concert will be Friday (tomorrow ACK) at 8:30pm, followed by a short break, followed by the concert of the fabulous Seanan McGuire!

I'm debuting a brand new song! It's about geek pride and inclusivity and aaaaa it's my new baby and I am nervous. :) I'll post the lyrics here sometime after the concert, but I think it'll be best heard sung, so I hope you can be there.

On Saturday at 10pm, we'll be playing backup band for Molly Lewis. She's got some new stuff too, and it's super fun!

I'm also excited because I get to drum my little fingers off for both Seanan & Molly this year (and maybe a little for myself too) and I've been having a BLAST doing it!

Back to work now for a few more hours, then off home to pack. Hope to see you there!

o/~ IIIII don't wanna work... o/~

Linguistics

Apr. 17th, 2014 12:19 am
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 Word meanings can shift over time.  Sometimes this is good, other times not so much.  I'm often bemused by "decimated" to mean "mostly or wholly destroyed."  It really means "1/10 destroyed."  LInk courtesy of my partner Doug.

Poem: "Off the Clock"

Apr. 16th, 2014 11:43 pm
ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This is the freebie for the March Muse Fusion over in Torn World. It was inspired by the prompt "Ressa off the clock."


"Off the Clock"


Ressa treasures the time
after hours when she does not
have to be Ressa the Clerk
or Ressa the Carnal Guild worker.

She can let her hair down,
a fall of straight brown silk
that covers her back like a shawl,
and brush it until it shines.

She can fill the tub with hot water
and pour scented oil over the surface
so that curls of white steam rise up
over the rainbow shimmers.

Some nights, Ressa soaks for an hour,
fantasizing what it would be like
if Bai were free to climb in with her
without worrying about entanglements.

She imagines how he would
play with her hair, so gently,
washing and rinsing the dark mass,
then brushing it out as it dried.

But she is alone in her bath,
as always, so some nights
she just washes quickly to get clean
and then climbs into bed.

No school, just long drive

Apr. 16th, 2014 10:57 pm
archangelbeth: Bleach's Captain Byakuya, three-quarters view. Captioned: sigh (Sigh)
[personal profile] archangelbeth
Stress and sick for everyone. I am better than yesterday, but still prone to headaches and unhappy tummy. No, no city hall for me. Maybe tomorrow? *looks pathetically hopeful*

Got a bit more written on Dragonthing -- almost to the end of the next chapter, I think? I am not sure. typing on the iPad is convenient in some ways but inconvenient in others. I may have to move it to the laptop soon. 12K words now... ...I have a horrible feeling I am not going to finish this in 25K or less now. >_>

Havva Quote
Sette (underage heir to a criminal organization): If I tell ya to kill him[,] you... you will, ay?
Duane (undead mage bodyguard): Not on your order.
Sette: I respect that. So we burn down the city! Kidnap his children! Shave his dogs! Deflower his wife!
--http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch09/ch09_03.html (...not what I'd call a SFW comic, often...)


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

20 Years Ago...

Apr. 16th, 2014 09:09 pm
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Twenty years ago today I was awakened by a 7:30am phone call from my mom informing me my grandmother had died of a heart attack the previous evening.

At the time, I was in a hotel room at the Regal Constellation just outside of Toronto, attending FilKONtario 4. I had been attracted by the opportunity to see Kathy Mar, who I'd previously met at ConFrancisco, and to meet for the first time several denizens of the Filk Category on GEnie's Science Fiction Round Table. With a chance to schedule a few days between the end of a long-term temporary desktop publishing job and the start of a permanent structural engineering position, I'd rounded up Sue Cochran, Steve Brinich and Bill Wells and driven north to the wilds of Mississauga. (With a sleepover at Eli Goldberg's house in Pittsburgh.)

So, having enjoyed a Friday afternoon and evening of introductions, fun and music, I now found myself turning to my new friends. In particular, MEW (who I'd actually met at the first Conterpoint) and Judith Hayman provided shoulders to cry on and advice on making the decision to stay, while folks like Urban Tapestry, Andrea Dale, and Dave Clement provided friendship and fine music to carry me through the weekend.

By the time Sue, Steve, Bill and I rolled back down the QEW on Sunday evening, FilKONtario and the Southern Ontario filkers had established themselves for me as the models of what a filk convention and filk community should be.

I've been back every year since. FilKONtario's one of the most eagerly anticipated cons on my schedule, and the list of memorable moments grows with every visit. (And then there was TorCon III...)

And in just over a week, I'll be joining friends both old and new for another weekend of fun, music and memories!

Muse Fusion Bingo

Apr. 16th, 2014 01:13 pm
ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
The rules and card are up for Muse Fusion Bingo!  Creators can start claiming squares and making stuff.

UPDATE 4/17/14: Woohoo!  We have six creators active.  The top row has all been claimed or filled, so if the rest of the claims pan out, we've got our bingo.


What I Have Written

"Off the Clock" -- the freebie for this session shows Ressa relaxing alone.

"From White to Blue" -- 10 lines, Buy It Now = $5
Triangle flowers bloom in spring.

One-Card Draw

Apr. 16th, 2014 11:59 am
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 [personal profile] ariestess is holding a one-card draw today.  Crowdfunded divination is fun!

One Card Draw

Apr. 16th, 2014 09:50 am
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[personal profile] ariestess posting in [community profile] crowdfunding
I am holding my monthly one card draw to celebrate the April lunar eclipse from 1100-1900 Pacific Daylight Time [PDT] on 16 April 2014 ONLY [countdown].

Come on over and request a card.

There are crowdfunding perks listed for both donators and advertisers.

Tips are not required, but definitely appreciated. And feel free to pimp this far and wide...

Hey, Norwescon attendees!

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:30 am
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[personal profile] solarbird

If you’re coming here on Sunday or later, looking for the Kitting Out Cheap handout from the Home Recording panels, here y’go. If you have no idea what I’m on about: it’s five pages of information and tips on building a small home recording studio. Grab a copy if you like, it’s useful even without the panel it goes with.

If it’s not yet Sunday and you’re reading this for the first time, K almost has enough money to livestream the shows in hidef, but even without that, lots and lots of concerts will be livestreamed for your enjoyment! if you are on-site, don’t watch the stream go up to Evergreen 1&2 and watch live! But if you can’t attend, here’s where you can go to watch. And throw K a few bucks, eh?

That’s all for now. I may and may not post here during the events, but I’ll certainly be active on Twitter.

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

life with supervillainy: the enermat

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:00 am
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Solarbird pokes at Scrabble tiles. I can spell ENERMAT.
Solarbird says, “Which sounds like it should be a word. From, idk, SF. In the 40s.”
GrendelFish says, “Sounds like part of the Cyberman lifecycle”
Solarbird says, “Or what they’d consider a cute corner cafe, really.”
GrendelFish . o O ( You see, Tegan, if a Cyberman doesn’t return to the Enermat at least once a week, their power source becomes dangerously unstable. )
Solarbird giggles at GrendelFish.
Solarbird says, “So the first warning of a Cyberman invasion isn’t the stompy, but the sudden appearance of Enermat franchise stories on every street corner.”
GrendelFish grins.
Solarbird says, “Coffee and battery recharge.”
Solarbird . o O ( and of course ‘Enermat’ in Cyberman language is actually pronounced ‘starbucks’ )
GrendelFish says, “it’s like how classic Daleks had to wait for civilizations to invent the equivalent of the ADA before invading.”
Solarbird [to GrendelFish]: Which means it’s amazing they ever invaded England at
all.
GrendelFish [to Solarbird]: Why do you think they had to keep doing it?
Solarbird says, “oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh”

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

Captain America and Easter Snow Oh My

Apr. 16th, 2014 10:57 am
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It is April 16th and there’s like 2 inches of new snow out there and I am NOT OVER IT OK.

However, I am still alive, contrary to the outrageous claims made by the date on my last blog post. I’m even nominated for a Nebula for Six-Gun Snow White and going to be Guest of Honor at Minicon in Minneapolis this weekend. Which means no Easter Egg dying for me this year, but panels for everyone!

Also I saw Captain America 2 last night and am mildly obsessed with reading the VERY FEW negative reviews because if it’s Marvel critics are now required to like it or face a personal visit from a hungover Iron Man, so that I can dissect how entirely I felt it went wrong when I loved the first one–really the only superhero movie of the current coolkids vibe that I liked on its own merits. I’m endlessly fascinated by stories that seem to almost work but blow the dismount in some way.

All the set pieces were there, albeit run through the guts of the same desaturation engine that video games seem to be churning merrily through at the moment. (Seriously, 4 color panels are starting to look downright lurid in comparison) But they were just set pieces, and not even superhero set pieces so much as Jason Bourne set pieces glitter-glued onto a We Stand With Snowden plot, which actually doesn’t play that well with a superhero universe where all solutions must be phraseable as personal mottos and tie into a movie that won’t be out til next year and also magic. Plus, don’t ever ever mention where all the money to build these evil systems comes from or any kind of class issues while trying to say something about contemporary politics, because the whole genre sort of winces at 1% issues and goes “Oooh! Look over there! Tony Stark is so cool!”, or show anyone but the 20 people allowed to live in a single-hero film/province of MarvelWorld so that there can be a PG 13 rating and we can ignore the massive civilian casualties which are actually inevitable during the pitched machine gun broad daylight super secret “spy” battles. Instead, Twitter stands in for the rest of planet Earth. Which leaves one with a feeling that you can always spot evil because it’s blowing things up, when the truth is the worst things happen without a sound, behind closed doors, with a handshake and a smile. And the Greatest Generation that Captain America provides such a nice clean altar for us to worship, far from being a bastion of wholesome morals, shook a lot of those hands before most of us were born.

The first film actually wanted to dissect some (SOME) of this stuff. The strange obsession with superheroes and simultaneous terror of dictators when it really just takes one bad day to flip one to the other, propaganda, the military using up bright and beautiful young men until they turn into monsters. But somehow Winter Soldier just really wants to be a mainstream spy thriller, and seems wholly uncomfortable with its speculative trimmings, and has in fact trimmed them down to little more than your average James Bond jaunt. Captain America is in the actual military doing straightforward pirate boarding missions. There was a sinister story to be told there about how militaristic and frightening superheroes actually are, but they didn’t want to tell it, along with about five other more interesting stories hiding between the lines. What they did want, as many interviews have attested, was to make “an old school 70s spy thriller.” Oooook.

I feel like there’s something going on there, that filmmakers want the geek money that comes with any superhero franchise at the moment, the longing to see these characters onscreen, but is still deeply ambivalent about the subject matter. Either because there is a desire among those for whom these films are passion projects to make what was once mocked as being childish Extra Serious and Adult, or because those for whom they are not want the money without having to dip their fingers into anything so unsavory and suspect as, like, color, or fun, or magic/tech/mutation that doesn’t stand in for the civil rights movement. Either way, every “geeky” intellectual property seems to be getting the artistic equivalent of Captain America’s transformation: something weaker and smaller and weirder with a good heart being pumped up with industrial chemicals until it looks like some higher-up’s idea of a real man.

And, you know, be sure to never let Black Widow have a story of her own outside of bending over center screen, booting up a Mac, and worrying about the real hero’s relationship status because, well, girl, am I right?

In other news, April 16. Snow. What.

Mirrored from cmv.com. Also appearing on @LJ and @DW. Read anywhere, comment anywhere.

The Science of Politics

Apr. 16th, 2014 03:19 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 ... says that statistically speaking, America is an oligarchy.

Story: "Hairpins" Part 25

Apr. 16th, 2014 12:05 am
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," and "Green Eggs and Hulk."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24.

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Crowdfunding Project: PoetTown

Apr. 15th, 2014 10:23 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
A project I'm following, PoetTown, is making progress and currently doing a round of fundraising.  This is going to be a searchable hub site of poetry with crowdfunding options.

Now the kid is sick and I am, too.

Apr. 15th, 2014 10:01 pm
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
Including a horrible bout of nausea partway through the day, and a horrible headache (probably partly caffeine-withdrawal), and at one point was a little out of breath just from getting food for the cats. (Yeah, that bugged me.)

I got a nap and then some food and then did the litterboxen.

Needless to say, between the kid and me both being sick, I did not get down to city hall. *SIGH*

(Have decided that one of the great things about first drafts and beta-readers is that, while Intent is not Magic, a first draft means you can say what your intent is and then work on getting it across! Or revising the intent, even, if the intent had the What-Was-I-Thinkings.)

Havva Quote
Ana: Hate to say it, but that worm is good for something.
Crewmember: That "worm" is a Lost God, Ana. Don't either the historical or the spiritual significance strike you?
Ana: Nope.
--http://www.holystone-comic.com/page/29-shadow/


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Food for Thought

Apr. 15th, 2014 08:40 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This fascinating study suggests that belief, not just food intake, influences how the body responds to meals.  It's not just about the calories in the food.  It's about what we think  we're eating, and how we feel  about it.

So this seems like another place where mind over matter could be tremendously useful.  Meditation can impact other bodily processes.  One option for food satisfaction, therefore, might be meditating to improve those metabolic shifts to deliver better satisfaction with lower calories, and more efficient use of fuel rather than packing it into fat storage.  Unlike other dietary manipulations, this one doesn't cost money and it's likely to improve mind/body interaction.  Worth a try.

Poem: "Needled"

Apr. 15th, 2014 04:39 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the September 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "group dynamics" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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We Are Not Smarter Than Hunger

Apr. 15th, 2014 03:07 pm
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[personal profile] naamah_darling
So this video came across my Tumblr dash, and it triggered a rant.
Basically, the gist is this: a researcher fed volunteers milkshakes. One group got milkshakes that were labeled as low-calorie. The other group got milkshakes labeled as high-calorie. The group given the “high-calorie” milkshakes felt less hungry afterward.

This is an interesting example of the placebo effect, for sure. However, it is now being bandied about as “You can change your metabolism with your miiind!” And, predictably, people are discussing it almost solely in the context of weight-loss dieting. As if it offers hope.



Because I’d like it preserved for posterity, here’s what I said on Tumblr (with a few minor edits):

The fact that this works for one feeding with a single milkshake means nothing. It’s basically a trick to fool your body into feeling fuller, temporarily, but it says nothing about how your body treats hunger over the long term.

See, there are three kinds of hunger.

There’s mechanical hunger, which is your stomach being empty and growling. It says “PUT FOOD IN YOUR STOMACH.”

There’s mouth hunger or aesthetic hunger, which is your need to eat food that satisfies you psychologically. Comfort food, the native foods of your culture, foods whose tastes and textures satisfy you innately. It says “PUT YUMMY THINGS IN YOUR MOUTH!”

And there’s chemical hunger. Chemical hunger is craving … something. That feeling you get when you don’t eat enough fruit for a while, and suddenly you crave citrus. The feeling you get when you are bleeding from your vagina for the tenth day in a row, and would literally murder old ladies for a steak and/or a bucket of bone marrow. The feeling you get when, for no reason you can name, you crave something like almonds or anchovies or really dark chocolate. At its most immediate, it’s the low-blood-sugar shakes and dizziness. At its most insidious, it’s the thing that leads you to eat and eat until you are satisfied. It says “MEET YOUR NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS BECAUSE YOUR CELLS ARE STARVING, YOU NUMBSKULL.”

Reduced ghrelin may not have much effect on mouth hunger, and it absolutely isn’t going to affect chemical hunger. It will affect mechanical hunger, but only for a short time.

As someone who, out of a hateful illness, starved herself for years like nobody else could do it right, I probably know more about actual hunger than most people ever, ever will. I can tell you all kinds of things about it. Things you probably don’t want to know, honestly.

I can tell you right now that I tried all the tricks.

I tried using smaller plates.

I tried drinking loads of water before each meal.

I tried chewing slowly. (SOOOO SLOWLY.)

I tried filling up on really bulky, low-calorie foods.

I tried really small, frequent meals.

I mean, if there was a trick, I tried it. If I’d known about this, I’d have tried this too.

And none of the tricks worked. I was still hungry pretty much every few hours, and the less I ate, the less time it took for me to get hungry. Eventually, I was hungry all the time. Like, I was so hungry I stopped being able to feel mechanical hunger.

No, stop, think about it. My body had become so used to my stomach being empty that it stopped sending me those signals completely. And yet … I was hungry. All the time. Even when I satisfied my mouth hunger, I was hungry. I needed to eat. I can’t even describe what that felt like, except to say that it was overpowering.

When I finally started recovering, I ate whatever I wanted. And for two years, two years, all I wanted to eat was salt, fat, sugar. For several months, I still never felt hungry, but I couldn’t stop eating. I would eat until I felt physically sick, and I still WANTED to eat more. Because I had been starving myself, and that is what starving yourself does.

Because my body knew, it knew, that 700 calories a day was not 2,000 calories a day. It knew it was starving. It thought it was dying.

You cannot fool that. You cannot permanently change your body’s metabolism with tricks. Just because it works once doesn’t mean it will work the nine hundredth time you try it.

So, unless it can trick your body into literally thinking that 100 calories is 300 calories forever and ever, your weight loss tricks are not going to work forever, you will rebound, you will gain back the weight you lose.

Research like this is useful, because knowing how the human body and mind interact is useful.

Research like this in the hands of people who aren’t qualified to draw conclusions from it is not useful. This will no doubt somehow enter the vocabulary of weight-loss “tricks” intended to help desperate and misguided people fool themselves into thinking they are smarter than the literal cells in their body, when they are not. And that is a sad thing.

So for the people saying “If you think of your kale/wheatgrass/quinoa/goat placenta smoothie as really indulgent, you won’t feel hungry afterward!”, you’re wrong. Do it often enough, and you’ll feel hungry constantly.

There’s not a shortcut. I don’t recommend weight-loss dieting to anyone, but if you’re going to pursue it — again, just don’t do this if you still believe all the crap about being thin being a somehow magical state that will insulate you from all kinds of physical and psychological and social ills — you should know that you are working against literally every cell of your body. There’s not a work-around for that. It is a bone-scraping, desperate hunger you will feel every minute of every day, worse and worse the longer you go.

Clever “tricks” like this are sops thrown to you to say “Look, look, it’s easy, look how easy it is! Look how stupid the human body is! Look how much more powerful your brain is! You can totally fool yourself out of being a meat-popsicle that craves fat and starch and salt if you just work at being satisfied with less.”

Lies.

All they do is make it easier to start, and easier to keep limping along pretending nothing is wrong, when you can feel with every fiber of your being that there is.

Whenever new “science” shows something that implies, from research based on a single event, one single meal or item of food, that there is a faster way to lose weight, or an easier way to not feel hungry, give it the stinkiest of all stink-eyes. Because one meal? One meal more or less is not hunger. Not really. The measure of hunger is what happens once you have depleted your body’s reserves enough for it to start eating itself away … and then you keep going. And going. And going. What you feel then is hunger.

You know what else probably kills your appetite? Videos of surgery. Nobody’s suggesting that we take up watching those before our meals so we don’t feel like eating as much. And if we did? We’d get used to it pretty fast, as the large number of surgeons, nurses, veterinarians, and techs who can still eat will attest.

They get over it because our bodies need food. We need to eat, both physically and psychologically, to be healthy. And that is stronger than pretty much any other urge we have except maybe thirst — I don’t know, I never tried to dehydrate myself to death. Hunger takes longer to kill you. (And yeah, you feel every minute of it.) It is stronger than the urge to lick Ben Barnes. Stronger than the urge to pet kittens. I could stop thinking about those things for hours at a time. I never forgot that I was hungry.

Also, as one final note, there’s a huge error in this research. Food is not neutral, okay? We have such a guilt complex around food these days that if I give a random person a 600-calorie treat, it’s 99% certain that they will feel some guilt. And they will feel less guilt over a 100-calorie treat. And guilt? A surprisingly good appetite-killer. Which is why the diet industry is so huge on guilt and shame. So unless you could find someone who had literally no associations with food/calories/guilt — and these days, even finding tiny children who do not have that is going to be a job of work — your study might be measuring something other than what you think it is.

(And guilt doesn’t work long-term, either. I was still hungry enough after four years of 700 calories a day to eat a whole goddamn box of Pop-Tarts. I felt pretty fucking guilty after the first one. I still ate them all, and every piece of fruit in the house.)

(Also, anyone who expects you to endure that sort of hunger just to access a higher tier of respect in the pecking order is a fucking douchebag and you can safely disregard anything they say as toxic bullshit.)

Ugh. Rant over. I’m going to go eat something bad for me, because I fucking can. The best way not to feel hungry — eat when you want to eat.

Oh, I almost forgot

Apr. 15th, 2014 09:30 am
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I almost forgot! You like show posters, right? Of course you do. We have three. Here’s a picture of one, and they’re all downloadable for your posting-at-your-workplace pleasure.


Electric Night

PDFs: Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Remember, most or maybe even all of these will be livestreamed free, so you can watch even if you can’t attend in person. I can understand that. So much supervillainy in one place can be intimidating. We like it that way.

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

off to the lava flow

Apr. 15th, 2014 09:22 am
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Off to the lava flow to get my hair re-energised before the festival. It’ll take a while, the Creatures haven’t been disciplined lately, and you know how that goes. Have fun while I’m gone, kids.

Here, have a lovely flower. I can’t take it with me, it’d burn up before I even got there, so it’s for you. ^_^


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Alive...

Apr. 14th, 2014 05:55 pm
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Let's see. I did a 1/2 hour concert for little kids at the Jefferson City Public Library. I dusted off Tinker's Clockwork Chicken for this, which I don't seem to have posted yet, and I wrote two new songs, one about a dog and one about squirrels.

I also wrote a song for the Library Benefit Dinner (which some friends of mine put on to raise money for the new library building) which I should probably record and put up. The Library Benefit Dinner went very well and everybody laughed at the right part of the song and several people came up afterwards to tell me how much they liked it.

I have been working on a new skirt for my performance outfit--I got some blue fabric at Habitat for Humanity and a Victorian divided skirt pattern, and lo, when I had washed and carefully ironed the fabric I could get the entire skirt out of one piece (I had to piece in two triangles and I ended up with slightly over 1 square foot of scraps.) This leaves me another piece I can make a nearly matching vest out of (the second piece is not *quite* the same color as the first but very close, and is a trifle lighter weight.) Since it's a divided skirt that buttons shut to look like a regular skirt and also has pleats in back to hide its divided nature, it's a bit complicated and finicky (plus it has twenty buttonholes!) so it has taken me a while but I think I will finish it this week.

However I have caught a cold and am feeling sorry for myself. I promised to do an extra shift at the Rural Clinic to cover for someone on vacation (long before I knew I would have a cold) so I spent two solid hours talking on the phone to people who wanted appointments--and the only reason it wasn't three is that Stacy offered to take on the last hour for me. When I left she said "have a blessed day" which I don't usually care for but something occurred to me and I answered "you have already been a blessing to me, Stacy." She is a good person.

So that's what is up with me.

The Four Players

Apr. 15th, 2014 02:19 am
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I wrote this for Alarums and Excursions a few months ago but it seems appropriate to post it tonight.

The good player asks, "what are the rules and customs at this table?" To them, you must explain how the game works, both that which is written down and the rules of gaming etiquette and give them all the responsibilities they can handle and your game supports.

The simple player asks "what do I do next?" To them, you must explain only that which is necessary to plan their next move and begin roleplaying in earnest—If you confuse them with too many options, they might cease playing and/or think the rules are the game, rather than the platform for the game.

The wicked player asks,"what can I get away with?" By framing the game as a source of loopholes to abuse they subvert the purpose of the game and attempt to hurt everyone else's play in favor of their own fun, and you should teach them their error—or even exile them from the table—as soon as possible.

As for the player too shy to ask questions, you must treat them gently, but try to draw them into the game, asking them "what are you doing now?" and "what would you like to do next?" In so doing, you can allow them to develop into a productive player whether or not they give up their shell..

Update from Kajones_writing

Apr. 14th, 2014 11:25 pm
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April's theme covers Heliopath’s World and Aurora’s World. March 2014 Round-Up lists the stories and other activities from the past month.

Fiction: The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 82nd continuation) shows Lucille worrying about what Peric will do.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 83rd continuation) has Peric fuming over the damage to his friend Bertram. A pissed-off empath is scary.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 84th continuation) shows Quiar talking with Peric about Bertram's injuries and the counterfeiters.
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 85th continuation) introduces the confrontation between Peric and the surviving platypus. O_O
The World Walkers: Quiar: The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments (part 9, 86th continuation) continues the conflict as Peric takes the information he seeks from the assassin.

Aurora’s World: Konir: Clay: Making an Informed Decision (part 4) features Clay and Jennica talking about how to deal with magical oppression.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Opal: Talking to Margery (part 6) has Haidar telling Opal about settling the world.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Calix: Felicia Blooming is about the onset of magic.
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Calix: Felicia Blooming (part 2) has Felicia arguing with her family about what to do now that she has magic.

Other Fiction: Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Jillian: Hunted (part 3)
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mirica: A Thief in the House (part 6)
Aurora’s World: Haerith: Xavia: Making a Decision (part 4)
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Aurora: A Death in the Family
Aurora’s World: Atecia: Aurora: A Night with Harrison
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mirica: A Thief in the House (part 7)
Aurora’s World: Ialaera: Mackenzie: The Thieves’ Hideout (part 3)

Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Jasper: The Arrival of Kestrel (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Falcon: Kestrel’s Kidnap
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 3)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Falcon: Kestrel’s Kidnap (part 2)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Jasper: The Arrival of Kestrel (part 3)
Heliopath’s World: Ildieu: Kestrel: Kidnapped (part 4)

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The universe conspires to keep me from having time to go register a business-name. Grrr.

The kid woke up, tried to eat breakfast, and found that bacon (in her breakfast bowl thing) was actively repellant and nothing else suited and there was really no way she was going to last the day without eating breakfast, so we went back to bed. When spouse had to get up for his braces-adjustment appointment, I polled the kid; we went and got breakfast and... no, she was still too blargy to even do the last two classes of the day. *sigh*

So we went home where I was Security Blanket Mommy, and she read Indexing on my iPad and I read Chimes at Midnight in hardcopy. (Both by Seanan McGuire.) I was pleasantly surprised by Chimes at Midnight in that I thought someone was going to turn out to be a turncoat, and thus missed the VERY OBVIOUS twist that was instead used to make Toby's day much, much worse. (Look, it's not a spoiler to say that she should never be optimistic ever, right? Because the universe will point and laugh.) I had discounted that twist, for reasons that became the twist, and trying to talk around it without spoilers is hard. Let us just say that for a Toby book, the named people who keel over is remarkably low. Oh, and a certain Obvious Speculation becomes Written Canon.

(I also took a look at the detailed feedback, and unfortunately the pour of it from the e-reader has everything in "locations" which I can't make heads or tails of, most of the time. Which gave me the most unpleasant discovery that being unable to address notes immediately... apparently causes intense anxiety and distressing psychosomatic sensations. *headdesk* Gosh, isn't being an author fun. *headdesks more* Might also have been my spoon shortage from the kid being sick.)

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Be glad I do not leave you horrible poetry on your pillow, wrapped securely around the bodies of dead rats.
--Chimes at Midnight, Seanan McGuire


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Solo Celebration Bingo

Apr. 14th, 2014 10:47 pm
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Here is the opening post for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest running May 1-31 over in [community profile] allbingo.  It celebrates National Masturbation Month.  Vanilla, kinky, asexual, whatever floats your boat -- come enjoy your body for its own sake.  Play on the public card or make your own.

Poem: "Learning to Be Her"

Apr. 14th, 2014 10:27 pm
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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Poem: "Early Days"

Apr. 14th, 2014 10:19 pm
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This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "parent(s)" square on my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This is a horror poem. It is nightmare fuel. It is about things that can go wrong when superpowers manifest in infancy or early childhood. If you are a parent or work with small children, think three times before reading onward.

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Poem: "Heroes Still Living"

Apr. 14th, 2014 10:12 pm
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This poem came out of the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


"Heroes Still Living"


Hail heroes still living,
Heroes in each lineage!
Roundly we remember
Rare tales told of valor.
Wound-wands and words rally,
Wielded with all honor.
Might beyond men granted,
Makes some feed the ravens.

Hail too, fine foes, fiercest
Fighters gifted greatly!
Without you, no worthy
Warrior knows purpose.
Bring your wood-bane fingers;
Breathe airs of tree-breaking.
Power that passed mortals
Pours forth at your saying.

God-given gifts linger,
Growing great in story!
Be as in old battles,
Bid good against evil.
Spear-din speaks our summons:
Speed onward in answer.
Tell a tale of talents
Taut against each other.

* * *

Notes:

The requested form was a drottkvaett, a type of alliterative verse.  This isn't quite perfect, but it comes close.

Lineage is a form of family reckoning.  Some superpowers run in families.

Kennings are metaphors used in Celtic and Norse tradition.

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My story got picked in the Foolathon bonus poll, so you can now read "A Clean Citizen Is a Good Citizen" by LJ user Lb_lee, based on my prompt.  It is adorable sociological SF fluff about bathing in mixed-species company.

Muse Fusion Bingo

Apr. 14th, 2014 12:50 pm
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We are now taking prompts for the Torn World Muse Fusion Bingo.  (New to Torn World?  Start here!)  Prompters are encouraged to leave 5-10 prompts, which may be specific to Torn World or generic, whichever you prefer.  A selection of prompts will be randomly sorted onto a bingo card, to be played collectively by Torn World creators.  (Not a creator yet?  Join us!)  There will be individual (for prompters and for creators) and collective prizes depending on how much activity occurs.  
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Gracious, that was highly satisfying!

I’ve heard rumors that in Germany the trailers for this movie have been playing it up as a Black Widow movie that just happens to also include Captain America. I’m really rather okay with that, because goddamn, Black Widow laid down her awesome all over this plot. Which is not to say that the Cap and Nick Fury weren’t also awesome–because they were.

And I gotta admit, although I bailed on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after episode 6, I’m intrigued enough by what this movie did to the overall universe that I’m thinking I’ll have to get caught up on the story. Five or six different people have already told me that GOD YES YOU NEED TO GET CAUGHT UP. So I’ll see what I can do about that.

Spoilers behind the fold!

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packing and rehearsals

Apr. 14th, 2014 08:00 am
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Met with Shanti last night for a decision-making demi-rehearsal – I’m going to be filling in again for them in a few shows this summer. I already know most of the material, again, and while there are a couple of new additions, they’re quite simple to play, so yay! Easy work. I’ll announce dates when I have time to look them up, but the first shows will be in Oregon, in May.

Everything else is Norwescon. Hey, look, I made a gong! It’s an ornamental tray, really, but it sounds kinda good. In fact, it’s right at that quality point where you think, “Y’know, I could use this on a recording,” before you realise it isn’t actually that good. But still, that’s a quality point, and is pretty damn good for a Can$5 thrift store find in Victoria.

The real reason I’m building it, of course, is Cascadia’s Got Talent!, our kitschy talent show on Saturday. We had a serving-tray-gong already, and I’m very thankful for Jordan for making it, but it was kind of low to the ground and not as obvious behind the judges. This one… will be obvious. HEY LOOK WE HAVE PROPS!

Okay, a prop. Still.

The giant frame breaks down for transport. This isn’t a picture of that, broken down; it’s the three vinyl-banner frames I made in earlier years. But they look remarkably similar, go fig.


Makes 3 banner holders, just add FORCE.

I need some way to label the pipe segments that isn’t visible once the frame is assembled. This year I’m just using clear tape (which I’ll remove after assembly) but that’s a pain because I’ll have to relabel it after every disassembly. There must be some way. Anybody got ideas?

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Story: "Hairpins" Part 24

Apr. 14th, 2014 12:02 am
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," and "Green Eggs and Hulk."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23.

EXTRA: [personal profile] singingwithoutwords has written the vignette "Influence" about Director Fury, inspired by this series.  While I can't promise everything in it is strictly true at this stage, it is very much along the lines of what he tends to believe.  So it's either canon or quasi-canon for Love Is For Children, and linked as an inspired work.

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Another book ate me

Apr. 13th, 2014 11:29 pm
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This time the newest Kim Harrison ("Hollows") book, which I know is no longer "new" since it was sitting in a bag a while, but I don't think the paperback is out yet.

Rachel's Rachel, Trent is hawt, Jenks is obnoxious, Ivy is understatedly cool, Newt's enigmatic, and some of the plot is surprisingly straightforward, while a few other twists were telegraphed a lot but the treatment of them was definitely a mystery ahead of time. I liked it. She stuck the ending (that's good), rather than plot-plot-hawt-hawt-plot-hawt-hawt-OMGoutofpagecountFINISHplot like a certain other author I could name who really needs to cut some of the sex scenes so she doesn't rush the endings so much. Or write fatter books instead.

I would try to find a quote from it, but the spouse has commandeered it.

First of the detailed Crucible feedbacks has arrived! (Yay!) I am faintly terrified to look this evening because AUTHOR NERVES and I need to get to sleep, but tomorrow comes! (Way too early, ugh.) Also hoping I can manage to get the spoons to bop by and GET MY TRADE NAME REGISTERED. O:p

Oh, have been saving this URL for Phoenix Wright fans: http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=120913

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That's more like it, Faith. We'll make you into a proper god, yet.
--http://www.holystone-comic.com/page/151-promised/


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Art

Apr. 13th, 2014 09:35 pm
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 Genderswap pictures.  Mr. DeVille is my favorite.

Done this week (20140406 Su - 12 Sa)

Apr. 13th, 2014 01:37 pm
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The big news here at Rainbow's End is the first of our house concerts -- Heather Dale is singing here tonight! Doors open at 7:30, and there's still space. Probably.

The big news everywhere else on the internet is the Heartbleed Bug. Yes, it's bad. Most banking sites, fortunately, aren't affected, but Google (for example) is. Wait until a site has installed patches before you bother changing your password. And if you're using the same password on multiple sites, Don't Do That Anymore! -- you know better, don't you?

Essentially no work on the taxes. Ouch! I'm going to overestimate, put it on installments, and file for an extension. Though, every deduction I can find today and tomorrow will help.

Lots of links in the notes.

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