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([personal profile] corylea Jul. 26th, 2017 12:28 pm)
I haven't had a cell phone, because I don't GO anywhere. But given my upcoming trip to Delaware, I finally broke down and bought a cell phone.

I bought a Motorola phone, and when it arrived, I was struck by the logo:

the Motorola logo

You know what that reminded me of, right? Think about what you know about me. Look closely at that logo.

Yep, it reminded me of this:
See picture )


(The best way to reach me is still via e-mail, and if you want to talk on the phone, my land line is still the best number. I have Consumer Cellular's cheapest plan, which IS very cheap but which also comes with zero minutes.  So it's truly only for traveling; I use the land line when I'm at home, which is where I am 99% of the time.)
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([personal profile] tyger Jul. 27th, 2017 02:02 am)
Hello I am tire

Failing at time management today, which is annoying. Still got some things done, but I reaaaally need to not play Starbound 'just for a little while', just. No, self. No. Do not pretend you will do the thing, just don't play until you've got everything else done that you want. :|

Bed now, yes. Sleeeeeep~
Thanks to an audience poll for the general fund and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth chipping in the remainder, "A Hope and a Promise" is now complete.  Aidan and Saraphina explore the roof garden.
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jul. 26th, 2017 12:27 am)
Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jul. 25th, 2017 05:31 pm)
Today is sunny and mild.  I went out and picked a few blackberries.  My partner Doug mowed grass, and I walked around to see where it was done. 

EDIT 7/25/17: We went out and picked up a pile of grass.  Then I did some weeding in the septic garden.

EDIT 7/25/17: I finished weeding the septic garden.  *goflopnow*
Sometimes you look at a belly dance clothing vendor, admiring the beautiful clothing and considering a purchase because you need a new pair of pants (well, "need" is such a strong word, but "budgeting for a vanity purchase" is longer), but you notice some things:

You say to yourself, "Huh. All those models are really, really, REALLY thin."

REALLY thin.

You notice there are a couple of pictures of slender non-model dancers, and that's pretty cool, and a troupe of slender-to-average non-model dancers, and that's also cool.

Then you keep scrolling down and see that picture of the one non-model dancer wearing their clothes who might be considered larger-than-average has been cut off at the chest. You pause. You click. You see she's got a belly.

She's not fat. She's not plus-sized. Just larger-than-average. With a beautiful stomach, but one that's a little bit bigger than any of the other pictures that are actually visible on the site.

There aren't any plus-sized belly dancers on this site either. AT ALL. Which is weird. Because there are plenty of plus-sized belly dancers who are happy to buy dance wear. Especially custom-made dance wear.

That's when you realize that this clothing vendor doesn't want lardasses like you sullying their goods with your impure body.

So you close the tab and remember the name of the vendor, because you won't sully their bank account with your fat-stained money either.

(Edit: I don't have to add an "ALL body types are beautiful" disclaimer, do I? Or mention that the issue isn't that there are thin models, but that the one person on the largest size of the bell curve was CUT OFF below her chest in the picture. Let's face it, belly dance is a hobby where most of your customers aren't going to be model-thin.)
This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "rites / rights." I'll be soliciting ideas for adolescents, parents, heroes, villains, fools, clergy and other officiants, explorers, travelers, ordinary people, outcasts, facing thresholds, questioning, debating labels, traveling, accepting the call, refusing the call, getting lost, losing everything, hiding in the closet, coming out, finding your power, speaking truth to power, telling your own story, discovering new places, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, the wilderness, cliffs, trails, self-discovery, self-awareness, birth, puberty, getting a job, marriage, sex, parenthood, death, rebirth, radical transformation, the hero's journey, birth control, reproductive freedom, alien transitions, self-sacrifice, disruptions, adventures, legal rights, famous geographic passageways, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Rewriting the Narrative" (9 verses, standalone). 

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.  I am now.)  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! )

The poll has concluded. These are the upcoming themes:

August 1
Rites / rights of passage

September 5
Families of Choice

October 3
Otherkin and Other-nesses

November 7
Outlandish Occupations

December 5
Hearth and Home

January 2, 2018
Do you believe in magic?

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([personal profile] tyger Jul. 26th, 2017 02:18 am)
Today I:

- did a load of washing, including bringing it in, folding, and putting away (except the couple of things that didn't dry in time, so they're on the clotheshorse overnight)
- went for a walk with Mama
- while on said walk, went to the shops and picked up snacks for uni
- got a bunch of shit organised in my room
- found and put together a new knitting project for classes next week
- activated my new debit card, because somehow it's been four years since I last got one and it's replacement card time, whaaaat

So yeah. Pretty productive! Am pleased!
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([personal profile] spindizzy Jul. 25th, 2017 05:06 pm)
*takes a deep breath*

Read more... )

WHERE IS THE NEXT EPISODE, I NEED IT.
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([personal profile] andraste Jul. 25th, 2017 09:31 pm)
So, I've spent the past six days re-watching The Talons of Weng-Chiang in honour of the death of Trevor Baxter. I'm always happy to have a reason to return to this bit of the Hinchcliff era (regardless of its evident flaws re: Being Hella Racist) although I could wish for a different excuse this time around.

The eternally surprising thing about Jago and Litefoot is that they don't even meet each other until part way through the fifth episode. And yet, the minute that Litefoot opens the door and Jago mistakes him for his own servant, something truly magical happens and they become the ultimate Holmes double act. It's partly the writing, partly the acting and partly an extraordinary chemistry between Benjamin and Baxter that makes their bonding feel inevitable instead of misplaced. Even before Big Finish came along I found it impossible not to imagine their lives continuing outside the frame. Much as I can't imagine Ian and Barbara not getting married, I could never imagine Jago and Litefoot not being Best Friends Forever and having lots more adventures in Victorian London.

Fortunately Big Finish ensured that they finally got their spin-off show, and IMHO it's some of the best stuff they've ever done, in large part because the leads are a complete joy to listen to no matter what they're doing. One of those pairs of actors who could read a phone book at each other and make it funny or touching or both at once.

Apparently Trevor Baxter used to joke that he'd have nothing to live for if they cancelled the series, and I don't think you can say fairer than a run of thirteen box sets (plus extras!) that was only ended by the death of one half of the principal players. I hope he knew just how much his work was appreciated by fans everywhere.
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The general fund currently contains $85. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Tuesday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

Read and vote! )
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([personal profile] sineala Jul. 24th, 2017 10:05 pm)
Don't mind me; I needed a place to put my Cap-IM Bingo fics. These have all been previously posted.

Card and story list under cut... )

Ta-da!
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jul. 24th, 2017 07:42 pm)
Today we picked up three piles of grass and some sticks.  It is pleasantly cool this evening, but there are sweat bees everywhere.  >_<  I do not enjoy being licked by insects. 
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jul. 24th, 2017 04:47 pm)
This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "gay" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains historical atrocities which many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the Holocaust, acts of genocide, the Schutzstaffel, mass murder, loss of families, yellow stars, ghettos, a gay man and a straight woman getting married and raising a family together, some awkward family dynamics, gay-related bashing, unplanned (but welcome) lesbian pregnancy, and other challenges. But the good guys mostly win. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It is not a plot-relevant part of extant storylines, just an interesting piece of Terramagne history.

Read more... )
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([personal profile] ysabetwordsmith Jul. 24th, 2017 02:32 pm)
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Boston Pride"
Moment of Silence: Maryam Mirzakhani
Poem: "Chipped"
Effects of Father Loss
Listen to the Trees
Tiger Swallowtail
Gender in Comics
Hard Things


There is currently a poll for Poetry Fishbowl themes in late 2017. Vote for your favorites. I'll sort the most popular ones into a schedule tomorrow so I can post the advance announcement for the August fishbowl.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  "The Order of Their Stars" belongs to An Army of One.  Astin takes V shopping.

Weather has been sweltering and intermittently rainy here.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, cup plant, black-eyed Susan, torenia.  Corn ears are thickening.  I picked blackberries yesterday.  Jalapenos are getting bigger. 
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([personal profile] tyger Jul. 25th, 2017 01:04 am)
This week's Monday was actually terrible. Though not because Monday, because I decided to finally wade through the first round of Bureaucratic Bullshit Hell, which, uuuuugh.

On the plus side, while I was there I did my taxes! Which took literally less than five minutes. I wasn't timing myself, but according to chat timestamps, um, yeah. Probably something like 2m. Whole year's tax! I know I say this every year, but why, oh why can't all the government departments have their citizen-facing stuff as well organised and user-friendly as the ATO?? Whyyyyyy ;; (ILU ATO <3)

Other than that... went for a walk with Mama! Also POKEMON GO EVENT OH MAN I knew they'd reduced walk-distances for eggs but HOLY CRAP, 2km->700m, 5km->1.7km, whaaaaat. (I didn't have a 10K egg to put on, woe.) Super glad I got an incubator from levelling up last week!! ALSO. I caught an aerodactyl!!! IN MY HOUSE!!!! First one I've seen, and of course by the time we got back from walking I was out of balls so I had to race to the stop down the street and spin that a couple of times and pray it was still there when I got back AND IT WAS and even though I only had literally 4 normal pokeballs, I CAUGHT IT!!!! Whaaaaaat even, I don't know. Super happy though!!! :D

And now, bed. Where I will hopefully actually sleep, not stay up for a couple of hours with stress insomnia. *eyes last night*
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