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May. 3rd, 2015 02:43 am
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My paid account here is about to run out.  If anyone has DW points you're not using, I can put them to good use. 

another snippet is sponsorable

May. 3rd, 2015 12:02 am
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The fourth section of 'Open Carrier' is up for sponsorship. Kendra makes it to Detroit.

Kitten. Well, Catling.

May. 3rd, 2015 12:45 am
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8 months old. Neutered. Given back to the shelter as "too energetic" on the 30th.

Friskie has hissed and stared in horror. Flicker, the hypocrite, has hissed twice. (Flicker, we got you a boy-toy TO PLAY WITH, not to hiss at!) Dickens has stared in deep dubiosity, but we took the catling away before he could get all hissy.

Flicker and Friskie, "the Hiss Brigade," have apparently declared some kind of truce in the face of a New Upstart.

Catling came with the name of Chippy, but... No. Just no. He is now Percy, short for Purrcival. (Yeah, Percy, not Purrcy or Purcy. The compromises we make with our children when we want to inflict a pun-name on a cat!) He is a classic tabby, brown and black, with kind of brown eyes. His tail has such thick banding that it appears almost entirely black from about an inch past his hindquarters. He is very playful, but is not a very loud cat. He also plays very nicely with humans, giving only the gentlest of play-bites and avoiding clawing people. (He has an upper respiratory infection that has not responded to treatment (yet; we will give it more shots, no doubt), and which has flare-ups that make him a snotty cat. He sneezed goop onto my leg, and I wiped his nose with a tissue, and he growled at me a bit. I am not sure if his growl is a "I am REALLY MAD" or just "Hey, I'm annoyed here!" But I put him back in his cage -- a two-"story" thing that we set up so Dickens can have the bathroom, the Hiss Brigade can have the rest of the house, and Percy can be visible but out of reach and out of "I wanna pounce on you!" range...

I like him a lot and hope he works out with the Cat Drama Trio. Percy's a little older than I'd kind of hoped for, but I have hopes he will mellow into a lap cat. >_>

...how did it get so late???

Havva Quote
I'd like to point out that we still have a foot of snow in the basement. My plan was to keep it that way so that next July we can make snowmen down there. The builder says no, we have to let it melt so we can put in a floor.
--http://www.enslin.com/rae/house/floor.html


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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Today is Free Comic Book Day in the US.

This means, surprisingly, that we actually celebrated it for the first time in four or five years. When the boys were younger, of course, we started making this trip to the comic store special before they could properly dress themselves, picking up a comic book to narrate to them. (Hey, the actual text was not very age-appropriate, even on a Scooby-Doo comic!)

But today, in particular, illustrated an aspect of “Geek Culture” which I feel gets deliberately ignored in favor of the 'unsocialized, weird loner' stereotype. You know, a “Geek.”
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Suicide Hotline for Transfolk

May. 2nd, 2015 04:37 pm
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... staffed entirely for transfolk, so callers don't have to explain why being trans in this culture makes them want to die. They can just start working the problem.

Trans Lifeline can be reached at 877-565-8860. For LGBT youth (ages 24 and younger) contemplating suicide, the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached at 1-866-7386. The U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 can also be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities.
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 "A Small Needful Fact" by Ross Gay is a brilliant poem about the life and death of Eric Garner.  This is why society needs poetry.

Call for Prompts

May. 2nd, 2015 01:07 pm
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[personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is hosting "Stories from the Crossroads." Leave a prompt, get a whole story posted this time. This month's theme is "unseen, unknown, otherworldy, or mistaken."

Signal Boost: Prompt Call

May. 2nd, 2015 07:30 am
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The lovely [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is hosting a prompt call today, and will post a full reply to the prompt, which is AWESOME!

Anyone we don't have in common as readers might want to check it out. (And for those who've already gotten the announcement from her, well, I'm excited, okay? Thanks for your patience.)

(no subject)

May. 2nd, 2015 09:39 am
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I'm doing my prompt calls again

I'e been really bad about these this year but to make up for it, I'm releasing the full stories for any prompt I write for. So while I am still offering a tip jar, it's not needed to get the whole story his go around.
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Winterstar 01

Here's Winterstar! Been trying to get good pics of her for ages now.

I shared these on Patreon the other day, but I wanted to share them here, too, so I can encourage you to sponsor in and support these ponies. Even a dollar helps. Five is great. I'd like to get a little more comfortably above the $400 mark this month.


Winterstar 02

She started out as a G3 Rarity with really ratty hair and some symbol rubs, but good body color and no staining. Perfect bait pony.

Winterstar 03

I rehaired her in Sugarplum and Virgin Snow Dollyhair nylon. The Sugarplum has this neat matte texture to it. It was interesting to work with. A little stiffer and a little more "grabby".

Winterstar 04

She has stars on both sides of her butt.

Winterstar 05

One is extra sparkly with a big Swarovski right on her patoot.

Winterstar 06

I think the gazillion tiny stars came out really nicely. She reminds me of G1 Twilight although while I was painting her the similarities in color and theme didn't occur to me.

Winterstar 07

Her butt.

I just wanted this crazy random scatter of stars and I think I did okay. The trees around her legs were fun to paint.

Winterstar 08

Love her pearly horn.

Winterstar 09

My favorite part: she has a little bear on her rear right heel, leaning up to nose at a star.

Winterstar has a backstory! It involves a fallen star and a very large bear and rather a lot of snow. If you want to see it, you can hit up my Patreon. That particular creation is right here.

If you want to signal boost her on Tumblr, here she is!

Thank you, everyone.  <3

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Eighth and final chapter of book 1 of “Harry Potter and the Trouble With Neurotypicals” posted. Stay tuned for book 2!

Read chapter 8 of book 1 here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3672438/chapters/8623036

Or here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11077792/7/Harry-Potter-and-the-Trouble-With-Neurotypicals

Wellness Toolbox Bingo Card 5-2-15

May. 2nd, 2015 12:06 am
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Here is my card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, held in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. This fest focuses on taking good care of yourself

Theme: Wellness Toolbox Bingo
Dates: May 2nd - June 1st
Public Card: Yes
Open Card/Amnesty: Yes
Fills: Anything goes. Remember to use your content warnings!
Prizes: banners will be available at the end of the month and beyond.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.
Underlined prompts have been filled.


WELLNESS TOOLBOX BINGO CARD

Be Here NowWalkingGood NutritionTalk with a FriendHobbies
Set Attainable GoalsForgiveSocializeVolunteeringTalk with a Counselor
Enjoy Some Private TimeBreathing ExercisesWILD CARDGo to the MoviesEnjoy Nature
Emotional First AidReadingSurrenderYogaRespect Limits
LaughterHealthy Touch
(HOLD)
SportsWatch TelevisionFamily Traditions

May Crowdfunding Post

May. 1st, 2015 11:37 pm
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What are your planned crowdfunding projects for May? What did you accomplish during April?

The May Creative Jam will be Saturday 16-Sunday 17 with a theme of "Hope." Please check in then to leave or claim prompts!

only funny to solarbird

May. 1st, 2015 09:39 pm
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For some reason, I really, really want to hear Daredevil's Wilson Fisk angrily singing "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah."

And now, back to ephemera

May. 1st, 2015 10:07 pm
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Poll #16654 Steve Rogers Playlist:
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 23


Y/N?

View Answers

N
0 (0.0%)

Y
4 (17.4%)

Y/Y
4 (17.4%)

Y/Y/MFY
15 (65.2%)

Maladaptive Parenting

May. 1st, 2015 08:22 pm
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I have mentioned before that some of my characters don't have a background of abuse or neglect, just a crappy home life.  Today I stumbled across one description for that kind of thing: maladaptive parenting.  For instance, the home might have high hostility and low warmth.  In other cases, parents might respond to a child's misbehavior in ways that encourage rather than discourage repetition.  It's not necessarily malicious.  It's just badly done.  Mallory is a good example of this; her parents didn't really know what to do with a child, and it shows.

Baltimore

May. 1st, 2015 09:03 pm
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I haven't said anything about the Freddie Gray case, or subsequent events, because ... I don't think the world needs another dose of horrified despair from a white chick.

But if you're in the streets - or online, or otherwise - fighting for justice right now, know that I'm praying for your safety, your mental health, and your success.

And if you want to come tell me about rioters, go read Ta-Nehesi Coates or someone, and then ask yourself what forbearance, what love of peace and justice, what capacity for grace, is here that so many Black men and women and boys and girls have been slaughtered and the worst that has come out of the pain and anger their communities rightly feel is some property damage.

TGIF. Also, broken sleep sucks.

May. 1st, 2015 07:49 pm
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First awakening was very early, between biology and hearing some small commotion-like noises downstairs. So I went down, took my thyroid pill while I was there, and closed the door so Flicker the Bored could not harass Dickens the Terrified Of Flicker in the mud room.

Then I got back to sleep -- after a while -- and promptly had a nightmare that woke me up again. O:p

Back to sleep again for a while, and I forget what woke me up that time. Spouse? Maybe.

Havva Quote
(Remember all those massive boulders we have everywhere that we can't figure out a use for? When we move in, I'm building a monstrous catapult to lob a few through their roof.)
--http://www.enslin.com/rae/house/neighbor.html


(Seriously, when I don't have the brains to search out better quotes, these are what you're gettin'.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Age of Ultron, non-spoilery.

May. 1st, 2015 07:37 pm
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So, I enjoyed that. It had the virtues and vices of a superhero movie written and directed by Joss Whedon, and those who like that sort of thing will find it to be exactly the sort of thing they like.

I strongly suspect that large parts of it won't stand up under close examination and have therefore decided not to subject it to one.

It's not that I don't think other people ought to, I'm just basically content to mutter "This ... is a job for FANFIC PERSON" and call it a day.
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For those who do not wish to be spoiled by the details of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron,' here is a neat

CUT

--CUT--

_____CUT_____
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235

May. 1st, 2015 08:25 pm

Torn World Muse Fusion

May. 1st, 2015 12:02 pm
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 The May Muse Fusion is open!  Come give us prompts.  Our theme is Sea Monsters!


From My Prompts:

"Tangleweed" by [personal profile] ellenmillion  shows the tangleweed 'sea monster' in action.

"From the Deep" by [personal profile] ellenmillion features a smartarm reaching for a ship.  Because to a smartarm, a ship is a fun puzzle with tasty bits inside, and then it turns into a terrific nesting site.

professor juan yang, from china

May. 1st, 2015 08:34 am
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The propellentless electric drive may actually work, says latest NASA test. That's super cool. Seriously, I am crazy excited about that. I'm still holding off on going WOOHOO MOON EXPRESS because this is very much in that category of "extraordinary claims" and "extraordinary evidence," but wow, it would be amazing. Seriously, with existing conventional submarine reactor power sources, we're talking four hours TO THE MOON.

NO REALLY, FOUR HOURS TO THE MOON. And Alpha Centauri in less than a century. We're talking about comprehensible time here, where shit starts getting real.

We're still a long way from that. Don't get hopes up too high; this could still all be noise or who knows what. And it probably is. But it might not be, so: exciting.

I am not so excited that space.com listed all the men in the UK and US who had worked on various reproduction tests of the drive, but anonymised the work of Processor Juan Yang and her research team's critical work confirmation reproduction efforts in China.

Fortunately, not all stories were so scrubby with that eraser, which is how I know her name. Still - goddamn, space.com, mentioning everyone but her?

But then, given that journals will occasionally slip and just tell women scientists outright that if they want to get their work published they should add some men to the author list (and, incidentally, that men are "better" paper writers because "[m]ale doctoral students can probably run a mile race a bit faster than female doctoral students," and yes, that is a quote), I guess I have to ask, what the fuck do I expect?

Echoed from Crime and the Blog of Evil, where you can listen to all of our music on Bandcamp!

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit

May. 1st, 2015 07:23 am
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The First of May, the First of May...

International Labor Day.

Appeal.

Apr. 30th, 2015 09:42 pm
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It's been a long month here, subjectively. My sleep cycle is utterly fragmented. I've watched a record TEN hours of television this week. That's astonishing, and bordering on a television-coma for me.

In the middle of the night, searching for movies which are familiar enough to be mindless watching but which won't bore me to tears (yeah, good luck with that), I also got to thinking about why I'm so fond of movies.
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I have slept... poorly.

Apr. 30th, 2015 07:18 pm
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Ahem.

Due to biology, I did not sleep well, and now I am a bit tired, plus my mind feels like a barren patch of dirt. I don't even want to read right now, so you know it's bad.

I am somewhat concerned for Dickens' mental health, as he has not come out of the bathroom today. (This, despite Flicker climbing up into the box next to the chair which Friskie was on -- and no cat drama commencing! See? https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/status/593852580394094592 Evidence!

Havva Quote
The framer has decided that due to the almost unnatural amount of nasty weather we're having, he will only work on one house at a time. This actually makes a lot of sense, but it's still annoying.We're next, or so we've been told. I'll let you know at the end of January. Meanwhile, enjoy the skiing, or winter sport of your choice. Just don't ski at our land, even though it currently appears to be the perfect spot for it. It's terribly rude and will vex me.
--http://www.enslin.com/rae/house/snowdelay.html


(Yes, this log of a house-building is providing me with infinite quotes.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Camerone Day

Apr. 30th, 2015 09:38 am
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Today is Camerone Day.


The French Army was besieging Puebla.

The mission of the Legion was to ensure the movement and safety of the convoys, over an 80 mile distance. On the 29th of April 1863, Colonel Jeanningros was informed that an important convoy was on its way to Puebla, with a load of 3 million francs, and material and munitions for the siege. Captain Danjou, his quartermaster, decided to send a company to escort the convoy. The 3rd company of the Foreign Regiment was assigned to this mission, but had no officers available. So Captain Danjou, himself, took the command and 2nd lieutenants Maudet, company guide, and Vilain, the paymaster, joined him voluntarily.

On the 30th of April, at 1 a.m., the 3rd company was on its way, with its 3 officers and 62 men. At 7 a.m., after a 15 mile march, it stopped at Palo Verde in order to get some rest. At this very moment, the enemy showed up and the battle began. Captain Danjou made the company take up a square formation and, even though retreating, he victoriously drove back several cavalry charges, inflicting the first heavy losses on the enemy .

By the inn of Camerone, a large building with a courtyard protected by a wall 3 meters high, Danjou decided to stay, in order to keep the enemy and so delay for as long as possible, any attacks on the convoy.

While the legionnaires were rapidly setting up the defense of the inn, a Mexican officer demanded that Captain Danjou surrender, pointing out the fact that the Mexican Army was greatly superior in number.

Danjou's answer was: "We have munitions. We will not surrender." Then, he swore to fight to the death and made his men swear the same. It was 10 a.m. Until 6 p.m., these 60 men who had had nothing to eat or drink since the day before, in spite of the extreme heat, of the thirst and hunger, resisted against 2,000 Mexicans: 800 cavalry and 1,200 infantry.

At noon, Captain Danjou was shot in the chest and died. At 2 p.m., 2nd lieutenant Vilain was shot in the head. About this time, the Mexican colonel succeeded in setting the inn on fire.

In spite of the heat and the smoke, the legionnaires resisted, but many of them were killed or injured. By 5 p.m., only 12 men could still fight with 2nd lieutenant Maudet. At this time, the Mexican colonel gathered his soldiers and told them what disgrace it would be if they were unable to defeat such a small number of men. The Mexicans were about to give the general assault through holes opened in the walls of the courtyard, but Colonel Milan, who had previously asked 2nd lieutenant Maudet to surrender, once again gave him the opportunity to. Maudet scornfully refused.

The final charge was given. Soon, only 5 men were left around Maudet; Corporal Maine, legionnaires Catteau, Wensel, Constantin and Leonard. Each had only one bullet left. In a corner of the courtyard, their back against the wall, still facing the enemy, they fixed bayonets. When the signal was given, they opened fire and fought with their bayonets. 2nd lieutenant Maudet and 2 legionnaires fell, mortally wounded. Maine and his 2 remaining companions were about to be slaughtered when a Mexican officer saved them. He shouted: "Surrender!"

"We will only if you promise to allow us to carry and care for our injured men and if you leave us our guns".

"Nothing can be refused to men like you!", answered the officer.

Captain Danjou's men had kept their promise; for 11 hours, they had resisted 2,000 enemy troops. They had killed 300 of them and had injured as many. Their sacrifice had saved the convoy and they had fulfilled their mission.

Emperor Napoleon III decided that the name of Camerone would be written on the flag of the Foreign Regiment and the names of Danjou, Vilain and Maudet would be engraved in golden letters on the walls of the Invalides, in Paris.

Moreover, a monument was built in 1892, at the very place of the fight. The following inscription can be read there :

Ils furent ici moins de soixante
Opposés à toute un armée,
Sa masse les écrasa.
La vie plutôt que le courage
Abandonna ces soldats Français
Le 30 avril 1863.






"Here there were less than sixty opposed to a whole army. Its mass crushed them. Life abandoned these French soldiers before courage. The 30th of April 1863."

Getting better

Apr. 30th, 2015 11:50 am
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I had a wonderful time at FKO (and bought a new instrument, a single course mandola, which I have named Duckling.) It was so *nice* to be around people who understood what was going on with the Sad Puppies! I debuted a new song (about the Puppies) but not the angry one.

I would put it up here, but when I came home Kip had a cold... which I promptly caught, and which has the dubious distinction of being the worst cold I have had in a very long time. Somewhere in there it turned into nausea again, which most of the victims of this cold haven't been getting. But. I am feeling better today. Still feel like collapsing into a chair and shutting my eyes now and then, but I am washed and dressed, and played my mandolin a bit. I still can't sing worth a darn but when I'm back in voice I will put up my new song.

The mimmoths are up to something, but they won't say what. *looks suspicious* I have not been keeping proper track of them on account of being sick, drat it.
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This poem came out of the March 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] westrider and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "Kraken, Leviathans, and Creatures of the Deep" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense topics and imagery that many readers may find unsettling. WARN ALL THE THINGS! Highlight to read further details, some of which are spoilers. In today's entry for Worst Idea in the History of Ever, a ship full of Japanese whalers has trespassed into Maldivian waters and targeted Steel and Moderato. Steel promptly goes berserk and starts tearing the ship to shreds. Moderato squawks for help from Aquariana. She manages to convince Steel not to finish killing all the whalers. They scoop the survivors into a boat. Then Aquariana discovers that Steel is injured, which requires another long argument to convince him to get that taken care of properly. Graphic violence beyond canon-typical levels, onscreen death of some very bad guys, emotional trauma including flashbacks, rough use of superpowers, conflict between help-seeking and help-avoiding behaviors, strain on friendships, references to considering sentient beings a food source, unsympathetic handling of prisoners, messy medical details, and other mayhem. There's actually a good bit of comfort after the hurt, for them as deserves it. The less deserving are furnished with basic medical care and protection from the berserk superwhale. Consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read right now.

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The Scale of Everything

Apr. 30th, 2015 01:16 am
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has an awesome post about the scale of things.  Yes, my mind is very good at that zoom trick.  Now add more outer rings extending to neighboring universes.  And so forth.  I got down to the bottom end of the scale and thought "Where are the Planck termites?"  I'm still trying to remember what-all those are.

Long Drive.

Apr. 29th, 2015 10:46 pm
archangelbeth: Bleary-eyed young woman peers up, pillow obscuring the lower half of her face. Text reads: SO not a morning person. (So Not A Morning Person)
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I have written... a sentence! And a note about what else I want to write about. O:p

Anyway. Meh. Gonna do some other stuff.

Havva Quote
Fortunately, Craig and I discovered a rare oil, diamond and plutonium deposit next to a forgotten gold mine which coincidentally were all located directly underneath the ledge. That, coupled with our popular decorative boulder business makes these extra expenses only a minor inconvenience.
--http://www.enslin.com/rae/house/foundation1.html


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Avengers/Inside Out Trailer

Apr. 29th, 2015 09:25 pm
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When you are an adult, you get to decide what that means.  Apparently some geek at Disney, gods bless them, decided it means you can make a mashup trailer for two movies you love and load it into the ACTUAL CANONS.  This is not a fanvid.  It is, however, some of the awesomest fanac ever committed.  :D  Link courtesy of my partner Doug.

Imagination and science fiction

Apr. 29th, 2015 07:22 pm
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I love science and mathematics. I am an unabashed tourist wandering wide-eyed from topic to topic, and have been since before I learned to read.

But I have problems with spatial sense. Terrible problems. Which means I cannot envision most of the things tossed out as “rules of thumb” or size comparisons.

Instead of jumping directly to today's scientific what-if, I'd like to detour to expound (and fangirl squee, frankly) over a pair of flash-interactive sites which seem ideally suited to my needs.
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Poem: "Unkind Cuts"

Apr. 29th, 2015 06:31 pm
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This poem came out of the April 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [personal profile] mdlbear. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and is a prequel to events mentioned in "Critical Analysis."

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John Ringo wrote up a hilariously strawariffic post called "Understanding SJW logic and why it is destroying science fiction," which James Nicoll linked to from his Livejournal. Mr. Ringo's post got a lot of comments and... apparently got too embarrassing? So he deleted it. Or maybe it was an accident, who knows?

But either way, don't worry, John, Google has your back. Or, if you'd prefer, there are always PDF archives, and here's a big PNG.

And here's the first page! Enjoy.



I'll also update the previous deletions post with this, because yeah.

Echoed from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Listen to all our music on Bandcamp!

Poem: "The Color of Her Eyes"

Apr. 29th, 2015 03:25 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] corvi, and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the Valor's Widow thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, after the introductory events of "Valor's Widow."

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really? _really_?

Apr. 29th, 2015 11:21 am
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Anti-gay North Dakota Lawmaker Caught Sending Nude Pics To Another Man on Grindr.

His actual, real, not-making-this-up name...

...is Randy Boehning.

"                            ..."

(no subject)

Apr. 29th, 2015 09:07 am
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[personal profile] solarbird
Roses and Ruin is a Leannan Sidhe album project. It's akin to Cracksman Betty in that it's single-day efforts, with only light production.

Unlike Cracksman Betty, it wasn't ever wrapped up. And Leannan Sidhe is coming over today to record the first new track for the project since... I don't even know. Quite a while!

It should be fun. It's my first recording session in, like, five months. How the hell did that happen? Oh, right, releasing a major album, that's right. It's apparently time to get back on that pony.

Which... okay, long-time fans might just remember a song I've performed about four times ever called "Getting Away with It." It's this massive sprawling monster, probably a bit self-indulgent, crazily complex, all that. It was supposed to be on Dick Tracy Must Die, but I couldn't get it to work like I knew it should.

Eventually I pretty much gave up on it, and it sat, half-forgotten, in the back of my lyrics books, my personal Don Quixote.

Then somebody asked me to play it after reading the lyrics at a Leannan Sidhe rehearsal. I had to struggle to remember how it even went, and I got the rhythm totally wrong in the verses, or did I, because in getting it so wrong, I think I see how I can get it to work.

I'm just glad I don't have to work with Charlton Heston to find out.

Anyway, best get this posted. No rest for the wicked, after all. MINIONS! SET UP THE MICS!

Echoed from Crime and the Blog of Evil.

The Hulk vs Lyria

Apr. 29th, 2015 01:11 am
fayanora: Steph Chloe Cake (Steph Chloe Cake)
[personal profile] fayanora
Okay, so I saw a post about The Hulk, and I found myself thinking about my character Lyria Spellspinner, who also has a problem with losing her mind and becoming someone completely different when enraged. I found myself thinking, "Which one is scarier when Hulking out, Banner or Lyria?" I thought about it for about 10 seconds before coming to the only reasonable conclusion: in a fight between The Hulk and Lyria, whether Lyria was out of her mind with rage or not, the safe bet is to bet on Lyria.

Drawing of Pi (Pyrayton)

Apr. 29th, 2015 12:55 am
fayanora: Pi stationary (Pi stationary)
[personal profile] fayanora
Drew Pi ([personal profile] svaenohr today, in one of zir female forms. It is loosely based on this image. Here is the picture I drew:

Under the cut for size )

Poem: "A Reflection of Your Energy"

Apr. 28th, 2015 11:45 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kiramaru7. It also fills the "headaches / migraines" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There are multiple crimes going on, dangerous chemicals, a lab incident, a one-sided firefight, significant injuries, harm to police officers (one human, one canine), epic stupidity on the part of the villain (also injured), messy medical details, traumatic manifestation of superpowers, a medic becoming another casualty, quarantine, and other stress. The heroic people are supportive of each other, and the villain is naturally a pain in everyone's ass. Heavy-duty hurt/comfort, no fatalities. If these are sensitive issues for you, consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poem: "Through the Loop"

Apr. 28th, 2015 09:22 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "Feb. 15 cheap chocolates day" square in my 1-31-15 card for the Valentines Day Bingo fest, and the "Asked to sign intimate body part on a fan" square in my Superhero Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Calvin/Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Finished a chapter, finally.

Apr. 28th, 2015 09:44 pm
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
It's not as long as I'd wanted it to be, because, as I said on that entry:

I had this great scene transition to follow this bit, with some other useful bit of plot, because some of the NPCs... er, non-viewpoint antagonists ...need to be doing their own thing. But I worked out said great scene translation one night before going to sleep and had entirely forgotten it in the morning, except for some vague and useless bits. O:p

I did not write as MUCH as I would've liked, but lo, I have written that and now I need to figure out what the NPCs NVAs are doing, and how this will impinge on the viewpoint characters. Foolish NVAs should be slinking off about now, but I don't think they're gonna.

Child tried to take Dickens out on a leash (with harness, not just a collar). He did not like it. He meowed sadly until he found a way back INSIDE. Friskie was more amenable for a while.

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INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
thnidu: my familiar. "Beanie Baby" -type dragon, red with white wings (Default)
[personal profile] thnidu
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith has announced a Poetry Fishbowl for Tuesday, May 5. Part of her announcement:

This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "gentlemen in distress." I'll be soliciting ideas for strong women, the role of the hera as female protagonist, men in need of rescue, the role of the heronet as male love-interest and plot complication, folks of other genders on either side of this equation, gender police antagonists, innocent bystanders, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, asking for help and getting it, when help goes horribly wrong, proving yourself, heroic ladyfeats, epic failures of manhood, dungeons, creepy buildings, bedrooms that someone does not want to be in, gendered spaces, tertiary sexual characteristics, gendered artifacts, endings and beginnings, love polygons, hero teams, the challenges of not being a macho hero, the challenges of not being a delicate heroine, and poetic forms in particular.

Note: This is really about role reversal.  If you want to prompt for an alien or fantasy culture making some equivalent swap to "in human literature, men usually rescue women, so let's reverse that" then go right ahead.  I am fully fluent across a wide range of sex/gender dynamics.  As long as you're rocking boats or upsetting applecarts of gender role play, we're good.

This should be fun!

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