Poem: "The Cold of the Winter"

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:00 pm
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It's posted in barter for her demifiction and "Urgent Business," taking place shortly after and following up the consequences of the trot-line incident. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family. This is another triptych, so watch for the other two poems appearing later.

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New Verses

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:25 am
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Thanks to a donation from Stephen Laird, we had an audience poll.  There are 8 new verses in "Often Buried Deep."   Astin picks up asteroid gems.  There are 10 new verses in "Settled." Aidan checks to make sure that Danso is okay, and explains some of what happened with his talent.

And Ng_moonmoth just finished "Often Buried Deep" so you can read the rest of that now.  Astin, Spalling, and V conclude their latest round of trade and enjoy each other's company.

Parting from Wang Wei - Meng Haoran

Mar. 27th, 2015 03:31 pm
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131. 留別王侍御維

寂寂竟何待
朝朝空自歸
欲尋芳草去
惜與故人違
當路誰相假
知音世所稀
祗應守寂寞
還掩故園扉


131. Parting from Wang Wei

Quietly, I've waited here so long,
Day after day; but now I must return.
Now I go to seek the fragrant grass,
But I grieve to part from my old friend.
Who is there who would help me on the road?
Understanding friends are few in life.
I should just observe my solitude,
And close again the gate of my old home.


(With apologies for posting early, but there's a good chance I'll be offline all weekend and wanted to get this one last poem in. Other poets from this week also wrote to one another -- I originally wanted to post an entire ring of addresses, but couldn't pull it off because some lived later than others.)

Seeing Off a Friend - Li Bai

Mar. 27th, 2015 07:37 am
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102. 送友人

青山橫北郭
白水遶東城
此地一為別
孤蓬萬里征
浮雲游子意
落日故人情
揮手自茲去
蕭蕭班馬鳴


102. Seeing Off a Friend

Green hills above the northern wall,
White water winding east of the city.
On this spot our single act of parting,
The lonely tumbleweed journeys ten thousand li.
Drifting clouds echo the traveller's thoughts,
The setting sun reflects my old friend's feelings.
You wave your hand and set off from this place,
Your horse whinnies as it leaves.


(The author is also known under the Wade-Giles transliteration as Li Po. Translation found here.)

The Friday Five for March 27, 2015

Mar. 27th, 2015 04:07 am
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1. Can you remember being a very young child?
2. Do you remember the first day of school?
3. Did you love or despise your siblings, providing you had them?
4. Do you remember the name of your first friend?
5. Would you journey back to your childhood (as an adult) if you could?



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General Fund Poll

Mar. 27th, 2015 05:06 am
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 Surprise!  There's $30 in the general fund, and a poll on how to distribute it.  You can vote in a comment if you don't have LJ.

When Everything Is Awful

Mar. 26th, 2015 08:43 pm
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... here are some things to try.

Most of this advice is good. It can be boiled down to, if you feel awful, try changing one simple thing.

I will add, don't pressure yourself too much about anything. Also check to see if these things make you feel better or accomplish a practical purpose. If so, keep doing them. If not, quit and try something else. Don't try to force yourself to look or act "normal" if it doesn't help or actually makes you feel worse. You've got better things to do with that spoon.

Beyond that ...

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Poem: "The Noblest of All Animals"

Mar. 26th, 2015 06:16 pm
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This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "drama" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family, and is a direct sequel to "Man's True Nature" and "Between Power and Vulnerability" so read those first.

Warning: While this poem does not have the gore of the first one, it is much heavier on social and legal tensions. If those are touchy issues for you, please consider your headspace before clicking through.

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Ephemeral Histories

Mar. 26th, 2015 02:58 pm
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 [personal profile] cmcmck is a true historian, noting the value of ephemera in history.  See some beautiful photos of graffiti about Charlie Hebdo.  This is raw cultural material.  It's not elite.  It's not meant to last.  It's a snapshot of the human soul in one moment of emotion.  Like a breath of mist on a cold winter day, it is there and gone in an instant.

Unless someone catches it.  This is what historians are for.  We are timebinders.  We see, so that humanity may know.  We witness, so that humanity may remember.

Every tidbit of information is important, although some are more famous or influential than others.  Watch.  Listen.  Record.  For what is considered important today is not always the same as what will be valued or studied tomorrow.  It is ours to keep, so that others who come after us may explore more of our time than we have left of those before us.  Because we know these things matters.

This is what we're here for.

And Je suis Charlie?  It doesn't mean we're all at equal  risk of being murdered for our beliefs right now.  It acknowledges that today they're coming for someone else, but tomorrow they could come for us, if we don't stand up and stop them.  Je suis Charlie,  unless we make a world in which it's not okay to murder people for annoying you.

android hacks?

Mar. 26th, 2015 07:03 pm
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Hey everyone, I was wondering if any of you have hacked a Kobo Glo?

I am a little frustrated that the browser that comes with the Kobo is so slow - I mean, better than none! But right now what I do is browse for fics on the computer or phone, and then start the Kobo Glo browser, whose homepage I have set for http://archiveofourown.org/works/, then I enter the number of the fic I want, hit the download, et voilà. Ten years ago I would've dreamed of a setup this wonderful, but right now, it mostly means I don't bother switching from my phone to the e-reader unless the fic is well above 30k, which obviously is bad both from an eye-health point of view and from an energy consumption point of view.

So, android hacking a Kobo, yay/nay? Does it make the browsing faster? Does it have any benefits at all? Or is there another browser out there that's better than what comes with the Glo? Any tips or tricks would be appreciated.

ETA: to clarify - I'm not looking for instructions on how to hack the device, I'm sure I can find them (though if you have a rec, by all means tell me). I'm more interested in finding out if it's worth it to hack the Kobo if 99.9% of the time I use it I'm reading AO3 epubs.

ETA2: I just updated my Kobo to the newest firmware and it's now significantly faster during scrolling, so that solved that problem. If you've not updated the firmware in a while, I highly recommend it.

Grass - Bai Juyi

Mar. 26th, 2015 08:00 am
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152. 草

離離原上草
一歲一枯榮
野火燒不盡
春風吹又生
遠芳侵古道
晴翠接荒城
又送王孫去
萋萋滿別情


152. Grass

The grass is spreading out across the plain,
Each year, it dies then flourishes again.
It's burnt but not destroyed by prairie fires,
When spring winds blow they bring it back to life.
Afar, its scent invades the ancient road,
Its emerald green overruns the ruined town.
Again I see my noble friend depart,
I find I'm crowded full of parting's feelings.


(Translation found here.)

Negative Impacts of GamerGate

Mar. 26th, 2015 03:43 am
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So GamerGate just shot videogames in the crotch

The academics are being stupid.  You do not ignore a part of history because you think it's pointless and some of the people involved are assholes.  You do not ignore it because it is "too new," it is easier to preserve then and your descendants will curse you for being so fucking slow and stupid as to let it fade away.  Ephemera are valuable precisely because  they usually get lost.  You would think more people would have learned this after thousands of years of history.  Apparently not.

But hey, this is what sexism gets: academic careers blocked, research and preservation not done, games therefore probably lost when they degrade because nobody knew how to save them.  Thanks, assholes, you just turned over the thirteenth card and blew up the universe, now everyone loses.

***FUME***

I am sulking at having to share a planet with these two groups of idiots.  The stupid, it burns like hydrogen.

Abortion as an Option

Mar. 25th, 2015 10:46 pm
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One of the best presentations I have ever seen

I will add one caveat: becoming (or making someone) pregnant CAN have permanent, life-changing, psychological effects for some people along all possible paths.  You can be happy, sad, or have mixed feelings about abortion, adoption, or parenting.  It just hits people differently.  Even a pregnancy scare  that doesn't turn out to be true can have a big impact.  It's a life event.  As the post suggests, a supportive environment helps make this a learning experience and not a trauma.

Also, want to be a hero?  Support a friend anywhere along any of these life paths.  Sometimes you might be the only help they have.

A Comic About Closets

Mar. 25th, 2015 09:34 pm
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Here's a great comic about coming out of closets

Thing is, some of us never came out, because we were never in a closet.  I knew about my weirdnesses many years before I developed any kind of verbal or social brakes.  Also some of the things that complicated my life were conspicuous and not concealable.  Number one on that list was ... my parents being schoolteachers.  This guaranteed that other children would hate me, and I didn't care, because my parents are awesome.  Since I had exactly zero chance of being popular no matter what I did, there was no reward for conforming and therefore not much pressure.  Not that it would've worked anyhow, but it was kind of nice to have such an obvious reason for the prejudice and for my indifference.  I did eventually learn that there were things that would make people extra berserk, and I figured out which ones I was willing and able to modulate to some degree.  There are things I'm more open about, and things I'm less open about.  But for the most part, I can fake being normal for a maximum of about three hours and then I am exhausted.  No closet could possibly contain that.  You might as well try to contain a bonfire in a paper lantern.  (We did that once.  It was spectacular for the 30 seconds or so that it lasted.)  And that makes a difference in how people experience the world.  How early they knew themselves, and whether the less-common traits were ever hidden.
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This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "disability (temporary)" square in my 5-22-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family, and is a direct sequel to "Man's True Nature" so you should read that one first.

Warning: This poem is nowhere near as gory as the first of the triptych. However, it delves deeper into the emotional and psychological issues. If the latter are more sensitive for you, consider your headspace before clicking through.

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The Gospel of Firefly

Mar. 25th, 2015 03:42 pm
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Beautiful music.  See, this is why crowdfunding is so awesome.  MOAR GOODEEZ for everyone!

Gender Neutrality in Sweden

Mar. 25th, 2015 03:35 pm
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Sweden has officially added the gender-neutral pronoun "hen" alongside the masculine "han" and feminine "hon" in dictionaries.  That is just so awesome.

Spring View - Du Fu

Mar. 25th, 2015 07:42 am
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106. 春望

國破山河在
城春草木深
感時花濺淚
恨別鳥驚心
烽火連三月
家書抵萬金
白頭搔更短
渾欲不勝簪


106. Spring View

The country is broken, though hills and rivers remain,
In the city in spring, grass and trees are thick.
Moved by the moment, a flower's splashed with tears,
Mourning parting, a bird startles the heart.
The beacon fires have joined for three months now,
Family letters are worth ten thousand pieces.
I scratch my head, its white hairs growing thinner,
And barely able now to hold a hairpin.


(My favorite Tang poet writing, as you can probably guess, in time of civil war -- specifically, while being held captive by the side that ultimately lost. Translation, with notes, from here.)
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Title: Assembly in Greece
Prompt: The Usual Suspects
Rating: PG-13
Content Notes: reincarnation, supernatural themes

Title: Meeting of Two
Prompt: A Stranger
Rating: PG-13
Content Notes: reincarnation, supernatural themes

Title: Parlay
Prompt: Pleasure
Rating: PG
Content Notes: Prompt used ironically, reincarnation, supernatural themes

Title: A Delayed Decision
Prompt: Taking Advantage
Rating: PG-13
Content Notes: Illness, reincarnation, supernatural themes

Title: Endings, Always
Prompt: Smoke and Mirrors
Rating: PG-13
Content Notes: Character Death (off-screen), reincarnation, supernatural themes

Hidden Disabilities

Mar. 25th, 2015 01:22 am
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Here's an essay about hidden disabilities in speculative fiction and real life. It makes some interesting points about people's assumptions and different levels of ability.

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