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Time? I will be my own clock.

Nov. 28th, 2014 06:40 am
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It's 6:38 AM, and the sun is going to rise at 7 AM. I am not already up, I am still up, and am about to go to bed. As long as there isn't anything I'm expected to do or have to do or want to do at some particular time, I have decided to hell with the clock. I am going to follow my own circadian rhythms.

Now, of course, I'll have to see how this works out in the… morning, or whatever counts as morning when I get up at what? 1 p.m.

Super Surprisingly TV

Nov. 28th, 2014 09:19 pm
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As those who see me RL will know, I regularly record a ton of TV shows I later delete unwatched.

Recordings are sometimes one-off picks from the TV guide but more commonly they're series that I know I like or keyword recordings set off by the presence of a particular keyword or actor name in the description, so I don't always know what's being recorded. I delete things after watching, but otherwise deletions mostly happen when my hard drive is close to filling up and I go through and delete a bunch of stuff that's sat around unwatched for a long time.

One of the slightly humorous consequences of this approach is I often have recorded shows which I either didn't know were being recorded or have completely forgotten about. There was one there tonight called "Predators In Your Backyard". That's all I knew about it - it was recorded six weeks ago from a keyword I think so I don't recall anything about it except the title.

It's been sitting there for a while as the second oldest unwatched thing... I had assumed it was going to be about bugs and beetles and the whole teeny tiny ecosystem we have there in our backyards. David Attenborough type science of the very small.

I just turned it on ... it's about wolves in Yellowstone national park.

My brain feels slightly broken ...


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Selfishness and evolution

Nov. 28th, 2014 03:04 am
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A new study of the "Prisoner's Dilemma" model of evolution indicates that, contrary to the results of earlier, less complex analyses, evolution can sometimes favor selfishness over cooperation.

Sneaky bastards

Nov. 28th, 2014 02:43 am
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I just unsubscribed from WinZip ad emails. I clicked the unsubscribe button at the foot of the email and this is what the form it took me to said:

To unsubscribe from future WinZip emails, click on the submit button.

If you do not wish to unsubscribe, simply click "cancel" below.

[Submit] [Cancel]

Thank you.


How many people d'ya think they're counting on to click "Cancel", as in "Cancel my subscription"?

Spam I never even bothered to open

Nov. 28th, 2014 02:33 am
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Copied from the message list page in my email

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Thanksgiving as the Seder of America

Nov. 28th, 2014 02:20 am
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[livejournal.com profile] siderea has just posted a very thoughtful and revealing piece on LiveJournal. It begins:

I was reminded by this just-published NYTimes memoire piece, "Eat Turkey, Become American" (thanks Metafilter) -- about one Korean-American family's adoption of the tradition of Thanksgiving dinner -- of this earlier similar essay, "How turkey came to our Thanksgiving table" abut one Muslim Pakistani-American family adoption of the tradition of Thanksgiving dinner.

I found that earlier piece was amusing and moving, but also a bit of a revelation. It had never occurred to me until reading Ali's witty discussion of his own family's slow, reluctant, but ultimately total adoption of "Amreekan" tradition, that somewhere along the line, my immigrant ancestors must have also Confronted the Bird.

Silicon Soapware #245

Nov. 27th, 2014 10:29 pm
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Silicon Soapware #245 is out. Look in

http://www.well.com/~bubbles/SS0245.txt

or check out my main page at

http://www.well.com/~bubbles/

Read more... )

Poem: "A Show of Faith"

Nov. 27th, 2014 11:03 pm
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This poem was inspired by the "rejection" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and is a direct sequel to "A Perspective, Not the Truth" and has some roots in the events at Ferguson, Missouri. I have posted it here as a reflection on how people can, collectively, work on creating a society worth living in.

Read more... )

Thanksgiving

Nov. 27th, 2014 05:32 pm
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n the United States, today is Thanksgiving.

It has a grand history of genocide, exploitation, state expansion and “manifest destiny.” It has a lesser history of family squabbles, allergic reactions, and a memorable afternoon /still/ labeled “the Bionicle Fiasco”... My mother-in-law never DID manage to find all the little bits of ammunition, but my grown sons still giggle when talking about it.
Read more... )

Indie Publishing Lessons

Nov. 27th, 2014 07:17 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith posting in [community profile] crowdfunding
These tips generalize well to crowdfunding projects.

Media Consumption Turkey Edition

Nov. 27th, 2014 04:52 pm
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Movies

Advanced Style
Ari Seth Cohen has a street fashion blog called Advanced Style which focuses on stylish people (mostly women) aged 50 and over (usually a lot over). The blog has spawned a coffee table book, a coloring book complete with paper dolls and this documentary, which features a few of the women he photographs regularly. All of them live in New York City. You see them working (one works in a vintage clothing store, several teach), being photographed for ad campaigns, singing in a nightclub, being part of a flash mob at New York Fashion Week, visiting Los Angeles to appear on the Ricki Lake show, and more.

Edge of Tomorrow
Tagline is Lather. Rinse. Live. Die. Repeat. Time loop movie. Fairly entertaining in that twenty-teens excessively seriously dystopian way that movies can be. I liked the female protagonist, played by Emily Blunt, and that there was almost no (spoiler) romance between her and Cruise's character, although there was a little. (Wikipedia says the kiss between them at the end of the movie was unscripted and was Blunt's idea. I think it was a bad idea.) (end spoiler) I also loved the cranky old general character played by Brendan Gleeson.

Gravity
An astronaut and a scientist inexperienced in space travel get stranded in space. Much effort was put into making the space environment seem realistic, although the scenario is less realistic. If you can see it in the theater in 3D, definitely do that, but if not, it's wonderful in 2D on a large home TV also. Great soundtrack. Sandra Bullock is an amazing physical actress.

The Last Unicorn
Animated 1982 film of Peter Beagle's 1962 fairy tale. Liked it a lot. Proves that (spoiler) "the princess marries the prince and everyone lives happily ever after" trope could be subverted long before Frozen came along (end spoiler).

Men in Black 3
This one wasn't as good as the first one but was better than the second one. Doesn't pass the Bechdel test, but has Emma Thompson as the head of the agency. Boris the Animal and Griffin are fun aliens. Time travel to the 1960s is generally fun.

Shaft
Speaking of time travel to the 1960s...oh wait, this one was made in 1971, but close enough. One of the first and most iconic blaxploitation films, although apparently it annoyed white audiences for making too much of racism and black audiences for not making enough of it. (Gee not much has changed in 43 years.) The relationship between Shaft and his white contact in the police is fun. Everyone is wearing rust colored turtlenecks and lounging on fake fur rugs. Lots of product placement. If you want to make a point about male characters who would be called Mary Sues if they were female characters, be sure to mention Shaft. Now I want to do crossover fanfic with Shaft and James Bond.

Fiction

Up from the Grave, Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #7)
This is the last book in the Night Huntress series, although Frost has written other books set in the same universe. I'm somewhat incapable of explaining why I like these books, so have a collection of funny (some intentionally, some not) lines instead:
  • "Baring the majority of my breasts"
  • "That’s how two vampires, a medium, and a dog came to sit around a Ouija board in the back room of a floral shop."
  • "The fact that I hadn’t known what I was doing when it happened was almost moot by comparison."
  • "Groin cleavage"
  • "Changing someone into a vampire was downright prissy-looking by comparison."
Oh, and I really didn't like the way she described Detroit.

The Sittaford Mystery, Agatha Christie
Audiobook, well narrated by Hugh Fraser, who does a wide range of voices well. Published in 1931. Not part of a series, although it was rewritten for a TV show in which Miss Marple became the crime solver. Set in Dartmoor (English title: The Murder at Hazelmoor). The rural nature of the area, along with its bad weather, and the fact that someone can hide upon the moor play into the plot, but not the beauty or loneliness of the scenery as in Conan Doyle's or Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes in Dartmoor mysteries. My favorite characters are the chief crime solver, Emily Trefusis, who is the accused man's fiancée; and Caroline Percehouse, a cranky and very smart old lady. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is mentioned in the context of his being interested in metaphysics. I had trouble keeping some of the other characters straight. Enough red herrings to feed an army.

Thanksgiving

Nov. 27th, 2014 02:02 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
For your holiday enjoyment ...

Here are some classic Thanksgiving recipes and instructions.  These are recipes for people eating alternative diets.

Know where to find cooking measurement equivalents and ingredient substitutions.  My favorite substitution?  Tapioca starch!  It's my favorite thickener for sauces, slightly sweet and very glossy, much less hassle than cornstarch or wheat flour without that pasty flavor.

Practice safe turkey.

Give thanks with prayers from various faiths and nondenominational gratitude prayers.  Here's a huge list of Thanksgiving blessings of all kinds.

Stay sane during family gatherings and accommodate special needs.  Give people something to do with family bonding activities.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?  What are you thankful for?

Anglo-Saxon art!

Nov. 27th, 2014 02:01 pm
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(shamelessly ganked from [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith )

Just in case you thought only modern art needed a secret decoder ring, check out this Anglo-Saxon stuff.

The link is to a post on the British Museum blog, which begins thus:

Decoding Anglo-Saxon art
Rosie Weetch, curator and Craig Williams, illustrator, British Museum

One of the most enjoyable things about working with the British Museum’s Anglo-Saxon collection is having the opportunity to study the intricate designs of the many brooches, buckles, and other pieces of decorative metalwork. This is because in Anglo-Saxon art there is always more than meets the eye.

The objects invite careful contemplation, and you can find yourself spending hours puzzling over their designs, finding new beasts and images. The dense animal patterns that cover many Anglo-Saxon objects are not just pretty decoration; they have multi-layered symbolic meanings and tell stories. Anglo-Saxons, who had a love of riddles and puzzles of all kinds, would have been able to ‘read’ the stories embedded in the decoration. But for us it is trickier as we are not fluent in the language of Anglo-Saxon art.

And a couple of images to set the hook...


Early Anglo-Saxon brooch


Turning the brooch upside-down reveals four heads in profile on the rectangular head of the brooch, highlighted in purple.

Thankful Thanksgiving Thursday

Nov. 27th, 2014 10:52 am
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Thanksgiving again! My third in Seattle.

Today I'm thankful for...

  • Rainbow's End and all the people (and cats!) in and around it. I could not possibly have made it through the year without you.
  • My family. Special thanks for Colleen and Naomi, who push me to do the hard stuff. That's a pretty thankless task, so thanks again.
  • My friends, close and distant.
  • Music. Family music nights, when we remember to have them.
  • Seattle, my beautiful city, with its excellent transit system, comfortable weather, and zoning that allows us to keep livestock.
  • Amazon.com -- both as a store and as an employer.
  • A buyer for the Starport. I will miss our old house, and we won't see our San Jose friends nearly enough anymore, but I am very glad to be rid of that albatross and its mortgage.
  • ... and, as last year, the fact that things aren't nearly as bad as they could be.

Thank Goodness for WiFi

Nov. 27th, 2014 11:27 am
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
And that a restaurant with WiFi is open.

We lost power yesterday, late afternoon. We still have no power. The ETA on regaining power is "several days" for the area.

...I am probably not going to bother updating bookwatch till I get power back. Then I will hopefully have huge jumps! Spend your Thanksgiving sampling books? O-:> #HaloOnnaStick


NOTE! As my ability to update may be erratic, if you have a dragon that needs care, check out http://www.coup-detat.info/NDER/NDER.php ...

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Turkey Trot!

Nov. 27th, 2014 10:15 am
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Never mind that I haven't properly trained or that I've been in London where it's flat. Today, I did 5 hilly miles in 50:30 gun time, 49:10 chip time.

Anglo-Saxon Art

Nov. 27th, 2014 02:24 am
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 Just in case you thought only modern art needed a secret decoder ring, check out this Anglo-Saxon stuff.

Following the Flash?

Nov. 26th, 2014 09:34 pm
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There's something to be said for the DC “Arrow” series as an ensemble cast, each character developing and growing more complex as the season plays out.

Specifically, what should be said is: “The Flash” writers should be taking notes. With quizzes, and term papers required. The topic: character INTEGRITY. Not ethics, just sheer structural integrity.
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Rich people problems

Nov. 26th, 2014 07:55 pm
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“Money doesn't buy happiness” is a crock of bullshit the rich people try to sell to poor people so the poor people will think twice about wanting to be rich. Well it may be technically true that money cannot literally buy happiness, but it can sure make happiness a lot easier to achieve. When you're rich, you don't have to worry about where your next meal is coming from, just which of the 12,000 meal options you're going to pick today. You don't have to worry about getting sick, because if you do, you can buy all the health care you need. Hell, buy a whole fucking hospital! Buy three! Whatever you want or need, you can have it, and all it takes is a command to one of your servants.

Money problems? Hire an accountant. Lonely? Flash your money and you'll find it hard not to go home with someone. Legal problems? Hire a lawyer. Hire twenty lawyers! Someone bothering you? Have them dragged off by your security force, put a 20 foot tall wall around your mansion, and have your lawyers get a restraining order or worse put against them. Are you trans and want to transition? Just buy the hormones you need, no waiting, no arguing with Medicare, no diagnosis needed: you're rich, you could buy the entire fucking company that makes the hormones!

Have dietary restrictions like can't eat onions or dairy products? Your fucking personal chef would be glad to make whatever the hell you want with alternative ingredients, even if they have to be air-lifted in from outer Mongolia. Having a depressive episode that makes you feel like not doing anything? No problem, your money makes money for you so you can sit around the house and do whatever the fuck you damn well please any goddamn time you want to, and nobody is going to give a shit. You're not going to lose your housing or starve to death or sit in darkness because your electricity is shut off, not even if you never do an honest day's work in your life. Calling poor people lazy is you projecting your own flaws onto other people, you self-important sack of crap!

“Rich people have problems too”? Well fuck you! “Rich people problems” are pesky annoying flies to be swatted, and you can buy an automated fly-swatting machine. Poor people problems are literally life or death. The problems of poor people cause unhealthy amounts of stress, health problems we can't afford to fix, depression, suicidal tendencies, and all kinds of other nasty shit. Don't tell me “money doesn't buy happiness” when I'm one fucking paycheck from homelessness or starvation, you entitled fuckers. Rich people will take or make any fucking excuse to ignore genuine problems and pretend their own problems are so important because what's a conscience? What's basic human decency? What is a soul? Is a soul something you can buy? If not, they're not interested.

Dear CHOP...

Nov. 26th, 2014 08:41 pm
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(That's Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where I donated blood today. I checked their website for directions first, and got a survey to fill out...)

28: What improvements, if any, would you suggest for this site?
Allow 64-year-olds to answer question 27! Your list of options goes "... 50-54, 55-63, 65 or older". Notice something missing?


(I also sent the following through their web feedback form.)

On www.chop.edu/patients-and-visitors/public-transportation, you say:

All SEPTA Subway/Surface Green Line trolleys, except for the 10 trolley, stop underground at University Station (37th and Spruce) and Sansom Street station.
Nobody calls them that! Your users won't find those names on the maps. Ask the SEPTA site to arrive at "Sansom St." and it'll take you to the intersection closest to your starting point. Even if SEPTA had a decent website (and it is one of the most unusable I have ever seen), the stations you're referring to are labeled "37th St" and "36th St." on their maps. See screenshot at
http://s155.photobucket.com/user/thnidu/media/TEMP/ScreenShot2014-11-26at114354AM_zps54341f86.png.html

partial screenshot of SEPTA trolley map



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[personal profile] drcpunk and I will be at Chessiecon. I'm running music, so I'm not sure how much attention I'll have to spare, but still, it should be fun.

Also, we could use lifts. We're arriving at the train station (Baltimore Penn, natch) at 10:37pm on Thanksgiving, and the light rail isn't running by then. We can take a cab, but a lift would be better, if available.

And going back, we're on a lovely 4AM (almost) train, Which is a minor, if soluble problem, as there's no light rail that late and Penn Station closes for an hour between 2AM and 3AM [for cleaning]. We can finesse this if we need to; there's a walkable Korean restaurant that's open until 4AM that we used last year for this purpose; however, if anyone has a better plan, I'd love to hear it [one where we get to sleep? Even better!)]

Hard Things

Nov. 26th, 2014 06:53 pm
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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?

Read new poems in "The Origami Mage"

Nov. 26th, 2014 05:27 pm
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The Origami Mage series page has been updated.  All poems which have been written are now listed, and the sponsored ones have been published and linked.  There are three new poems posted today:

"tired traveler, busy city"
"going to the ocean"
"friendship and enmity"

Those fall near the end of the series, so if you're new to it, starting at the beginning will make a lot more sense.  It's Asian fantasy about two women who are paper mages and rivals.

HIHIvQo'! DaHjaj wo'vaD 'Iw vInobta'

Nov. 26th, 2014 04:06 pm
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[personal profile] thnidu
Or, in Federation Standard, "Do not attack me! Today I have given blood for the Empire."

(Actually I'm only in it for the potholder.)

Red Cross potholder


Wednesday news!

Nov. 26th, 2014 11:12 am
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Today’s top story: screw Black Friday, we’re releasing the first single from the forthcoming Bone Walker soundtrack NOW! Because we CAN!

Dara’s got her post up about it right over here, in which you can stream the premaster mix of “Something’s Coming” right off of Bandcamp. If you’re inclined, you can buy that single. AND you can preorder the album!

If you backed the Kickstarter, you of course don’t need to actually buy it because we will be sending it to you. But DO spread the word! And check out the previews of the other tracks that’ll be coming!

We’ll be doing the official release for this thing at the next Conflikt in January, along with the release for the actual Bone Walker novel! SO EXCITING. Stand by for more on this as it happens!

***

As I think I’ve mentioned before, Dara and I are fans of the Doctor Who Podcast, one of the many Doctor-themed podcasts available for your listening pleasure. In addition to reviewing new episodes when they come out, they have extensive knowledge of the Classic-era series as well as the Big Finish audio range, and all of their presenters are just generally fun to listen to.

One of the things we find particularly charming about them is the jingle they wrote for whenever they review a Big Finish release! It goes like this:

Big Finish with Ian! And Michelle from across the Atlantic Ocean!
Ian from UK, and Michelle from the United States!
Reviewing Big Finish, sorting out the wheat from the chaff and nonsense
Saving you money on the ones that are not so good!

It’s insidiously catchy, enough that every time we hear it show up in an episode of the podcast, we start singing along. Hell, THEY’VE even songvirused themselves with it.

So the other night I said to Dara, “I wonder if this thing would work as a round!” And the fun thing about having a spouse with her own music studio? She can FIND OUT.

Behold! Dara’s round edition of the Doctor Who Podcast Big Finish Review Theme!

***

And while we’re on the topic of things you should signalboost, don’t forget, Faerie Blood is ON SALE for $2.99 until this coming Monday! All the details are right over here!

I will also honor the sale price for anyone who wants to buy the ebook directly from me in the format of their choice!

***

Last but DEFINITELY not least, Victory of the Hawk is now available for preorder as well AND has shown up on Goodreads. So if you’d like to get in some preorder love on Book 3 of the Rebels of Adalonia trilogy, NOW IS THE TIME! Links are on the Victory of the Hawk page!

And if you haven’t read Valor or Vengeance yet, now would also be a VERY good time to get caught up on those. If you haven’t read anything of my writing at all yet, or if you’ve just read Faerie Blood and aren’t sure whether you’d like my high fantasy, you can even see some shiny samples that’ll let you read up to 10 percent of each book, provided courtesy of Overdrive! The samples are available on the Valor of the Healer and Vengeance of the Hunter pages!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Blackout Friday

Nov. 26th, 2014 12:59 pm
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One protest against the disgraceful situation in Ferguson is calling for a boycott.  Instead of shopping at mainstream stores this holiday season, consider these independent black-owned businesses

Sneak preview AND single RIGHT NOW!

Nov. 26th, 2014 08:30 am
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SCREW BLACK FRIDAY, WE’RE DOING THIS RIGHT NOW!

The Bone Walker sneak preview is up RIGHT NOW. The first single – the full-band studio recording of “Something’s Coming” that has been the most-asked-for thing for the last three years – is out RIGHT NOW. Preorders for the CD are up RIGHT NOW.

Preordering pays for the mastering engineer and we need this thing mastered. So RIGHT NOW is a great time to pre-order. The whole album won’t ship until January 2015 and we all gotta deal with it, but the single? You can have that RIGHT NOW.

GO GO GO GO GO GO GO!

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

Long weekend, thank goodness.

Nov. 26th, 2014 12:36 am
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
Or thank thanksgiving. (Or Thranxgiving, where we celebrate First Contact with friendly aliens.)

Kid had to come home early (missed last period) as her foot was giving her problems -- probably at least partly because the insole was for a size 8 shoe, and she now needs 8.5. So we went and bought her some 8.5s, and that's done now. (And turned in things that she had due, before going to shoe store, so yay.)

I'm kinda fried. Not sure why.

Have written many words on nothing immediately sellable, today. O:p

I did, however, do a little donating to some schools: http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?state=MO&community=2053:1 focuses on an area that's been getting a lot of news recently, but there are other keywords/locations that can be searched on. (I'm sort of looking at this one, in particular.)

Havva Quote
S_____ . o O ( "Pokemon: Hammer of Thor" Where you've got to catch the maul. )

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )

Hot link spam part 2

Nov. 25th, 2014 09:51 pm
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They stuck real-time translators into fMRI machines to try to figure out how they can do such a complex task. They found out a little but not as much as they hoped. Meanwhile, translators talk about some of the more difficult aspects of the job.
Word order is a particular problem in fish meetings, which Miles said she dreads. In a long sentence about a particular variety of fish, and in a language where the noun – the name of the fish – comes towards the end, the interpreter is left guessing about the subject of the sentence until it's completed.
http://gizmodo.com/inside-the-weird-brains-of-real-time-translators-1660521550
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I've heard of most of these words but not all, and I had no idea in some cases that they were considered native to one side of the pond or the other (e.g. "jaywalk" is American, "dodgy" is British).
http://separatedbyacommonlanguage.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/the-fourth-untranslatables-month-summary.html
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Kelli Dunham writes brilliantly about Heather McAllister, Brittany Maynard, and assisted suicide
http://www.xojane.com/issues/assisted-suicide-heather-macallister-brittany-maynard
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Here is a comic that seems to do a pretty good job of explaining asexual orientation.
http://everydayfeminism.com/2014/10/5-myths-and-misconceptions-about-asexuality/
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Jonah Soolman is a nutritional counseling practitioner who works in the Health at Every Size paradigm. He attended the Cardiometabolic Health Conference, at which various procedures and products aimed at "weight loss" were much discussed. He writes: "Following this paragraph is my list of key moments from the conference. By default, I was going to group them by disease state, but given the circumstances perhaps it is more appropriate to categorize them by the emotional state they created." The headers for the article are "Interesting," "Startling," "Disappointing," "Frustrating," "Horrifying," "Infuriating," and "Made Me Want To Throw Something."
http://www.soolmannutrition.com/2014/10/cmhc/
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Paintings of migraines by artists who experience them.
http://dangerousminds.net/comments/migraine_headaches_depicted_by_artists

Hot link spam part 1

Nov. 25th, 2014 09:22 pm
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I've been vaguely trying to learn the ukulele, and I discovered this guy Alistair Wood, a musician and writer who maintains a web site called Ukulele Hunt. Here he performs his beautiful adaptation of Led Zeppelin's "The Rain Song" for the ukulele. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyis-5m5brM
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DapperQ calls itself "GQ for the 'unconventionally masculine.'" This post discusses masculine fashion for people whose bodies don't conform to the tall, thin stereotype of androgyny (which just so happens to match the tall, thin stereotype of every kind of fashion).
http://www.dapperq.com/2014/11/ask-dapperq-curvy-androgyny/
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Proof that political sensibilities and entertainment can mix with hilarious results: Unused audio commentary by Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky for The Fellowship of the Ring DVD. Excerpt:
Zinn: You view the conflict as being primarily about pipe-weed, do you not?
Chomsky: Well, what we see here, in Hobbiton, farmers tilling crops. The thing to remember is that the crop they are tilling is, in fact, pipe-weed, an addictive drug transported and sold throughout Middle Earth for great profit.
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/unused-audio-commentary-by-howard-zinn-and-noam-chomsky-recorded-summer-2002-for-the-fellowship-of-the-ring-platinum-series-extended-edition-dvd-part-one
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By the Racialicious Team: Voices: The Michael Brown protests you didn't see (because the media were too busy showing violent protests instead).
http://www.racialicious.com/2014/11/25/voices-the-michael-brown-protests-you-didnt-see/
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By Janee Woods: 12 things white people can do now because Ferguson
http://qz.com/250701/12-things-white-people-can-do-now-because-ferguson/
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A fat guy who is an employee of a Sam's Club in Mexico dances with great enthusiasm in front of a display of stereo equipment (the song is "El Serrucho" by Mr Black).
https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=550861918348080
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Yudkowsky does a great job of explaining a way to approach the hateful voices that people sometimes have in their heads. (I call them my brain trolls.)
"when you have a thought, you write it down
like, say
'You are different from the others. You will never know their innocence… and that is why you should hate your own existence. Die. Die. Die.'
then you figure out whether, if your life were a fantasy novel, these words would be spoken by figures wearing black robes, and speaking in a dry, whispering voice, and they are actually withered beings who touched the Stone of Evil
and if so then you don’t listen"
http://yudkowsky.tumblr.com/post/103192100330/cognitive-trope-therapy
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"Patchwork Families" by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is now complete with Part 5.  See how Aidan makes Saraphina part of his family.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "games & fun." I'll be soliciting ideas for gamers, game designers, sportstars, tricksters, comics, clowns, referees, gamemasters, spoilsports, sport fans, playing fair, cheating, making the big score, learning a new game, scheming, playing pranks, cracking jokes, strategy & tactics, competition, cooperation, slapstick humor, game stores, sport fields, living rooms, children's museums, parties, playgrounds, games, sports, entertainment equipment, gaffs and gags, gaming guidebooks, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "House of Cards" (26 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 
 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

Webcomic rec

Nov. 25th, 2014 10:35 pm
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I just discovered "Stand Still, Stay Silent" from somebody's link, but I can't remember whose. From "About...":

It's been 90 years after the great cataclysm that ended of the old world. Most of the surviving population of the Known world live in Iceland, the largest safe area in existence, while the safe settlements in the other Nordic countries; Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, are small and scarce.

Countless mysterious and unspoken dangers lurk outside the safe areas, the Silent world, and hunters, mages and cleansers will spend their lives defending the settlements against the terrifying beings. Because of a great fear towards everything in the Silent world no official attempts to explore the ruins of the old have been made, and most of the information about it has turned into ancient lore, known by few.

But now, at last, it is time to send out an research crew into the great unknown! A poorly funded and terribly unqualified crew, but a crew nonetheless.
 

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Patchwork Families Part 5 of 5
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams

word count: 1024


Review part ONE, TWO, THREE, and FOUR


:: The lovely, amazing, talented [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith allowed me to play in her sandbox of Polychrome Heroics. Anything developed here is also hers to play with as she will. It's only fair! ::






A few minutes later, Saraphina's face and hands were clean and her clothing changed. Aidan worked more of the shea butter into the little one's hair, talking all the while about an orange tree whose fruit made people happy and perfectly healthy, and the foolish, greedy man who tried to keep all the animals and birds away from the tree because it grew beside his little house. Within a year, there were no fruits for the greedy man, who threw his hands in the air, sold his land and moved away. The next year, the generous man who had bought the land had so many oranges he gave one to every person in the village.
Read more... )

Horse Dancing

Nov. 25th, 2014 06:27 pm
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This show begins with adept horseback riding, and then turns into a liberty act.

Board Gaming

Nov. 25th, 2014 04:05 pm
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Board games are making a comeback thanks to the internet and improved production options. Companies like The Game Crafter and Board Game Design sell game pieces, and there are tips on designing games. Crowdfunding also makes it possible for designers to reach an audience and finance their project -- and gaming fundraisers are tremendously popular on many of the hub sites. I was further intrigued by this article about Ticket to Ride, which explains how free online versions generate wider familiarity that translates into higher sales of the tabletop game.

The Golden Age of Board Games

Nov. 25th, 2014 02:36 pm
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Here's a thoughtful article about the rising popularity of board games.  

I'll add another point: better construction options.  Used to be you were restricted to what you could do with standard dice, pawns, paper, and a few other simple materials -- unless you could afford the ruinously expensive process of creating all new pieces.  Now you can buy much fancier stuff from designer hobbyshops, and many of those pieces can easily be customized.  That makes it simple to design a prototype of a game, and if it proves popular, you can then crowdfund an upgrade with custom equipment.  Some of the most popular modern games have gone through iterations like that.

Yay, facetime!

One Card Draw

Nov. 25th, 2014 02:20 pm
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 [personal profile] ariestess is holding a One Card Draw today.  There are perks for donating or boosting the signal.

One Card Draw

Nov. 25th, 2014 12:07 pm
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I am holding my monthly one card draw to celebrate the November new moon from 1200-2000 Pacific Standard Time [PST] on 25 November 2014 ONLY [countdown].

Come on over and request a card.

There are new crowdfunding perks listed for both donators and advertisers.

Tips are not required, but definitely appreciated. And feel free to pimp this far and wide...
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The advance planning post is up on LiveJournal.  We are especially looking for category managers, if you have (or are willing to get) a LJ account and would like to help the community by volunteering. 

Everyone can help by promoting the award.  Post about it on blogs, communities, hub sites, etc. -- wherever you think folks would be interested in a crowdfunding award.
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I have started the advance planning for the 2015 Rose & Bay Award for excellence in cyberfunded creativity.  See the 2015 landing page, advance planning post, and nominee badges.  You can help by promoting the award or by volunteering to manage a category.  Full details appear on the landing page, or you can ask here if you have any questions.

A quote

Nov. 25th, 2014 01:57 pm
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"There’s a hell of a distance between wise-cracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wise-cracking is simply calisthenics with words." — Dorothy Parker

Hat-tip to Steven Brust

2015 Rose & Bay Award Nominee Badges

Nov. 25th, 2014 12:52 pm
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Here are the 2015 nominee badges for the Rose & Bay Award. 

Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card 11-25-14

Nov. 25th, 2014 02:36 am
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Below is my third card for the 2014 [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules first.The signup post is here. (See all my 2014 bingo cards.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series.

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.


HURT/COMFORT BINGO CARD


hugs fever / delirium loss of home / shelter rejection septicemia / infected wounds
nervous breakdown bites planet destruction Stockholm syndrome kidnapping
forced to rely on enemy / rival headaches / migraines WILD CARD extortion orphans
hunger / starvation tentacles medication motion sickness cages
hospital stay loss of identity difficult / unexpected pregnancy nightmares abandonment issues

BINGO: row

Nov. 25th, 2014 02:32 am
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I made bingo on Row 5 of my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. 

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