Giving Back

May. 30th, 2015 03:21 pm
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The folks who make The Big Bang Theory have demonstrated how you give back to support the source that contributes to your success.  They acknowledge that science has been a big inspiration to them and that science geeks have supported the show with enthusiasm.  So they closed the loop by sponsoring scholarships for STEM field students.

Now imagine if every successful television show or movie would give back to whatever made them successful.

See, this is why I protect wolf habitat and survival: not just because they're one of my totems, but because I write about wolves.  They inspire me, I write about them, I protect them, and there continue to be wolves for me to enjoy.  We help each other.  It is a cycle, as most successful things in nature are cycles.  I don't just pick up bits of tribal languages and walk away with them.  I link back to language nests and tribal right petitions.  I do potlucks and giveaways and know enough to do a blanket dance in rounds of 4.  Because it's not just about weaving a handful of native characters into what I write, but also about living this part of my cultural heritage, and doing things that help it survive into the future.  So too with crowdfunding: people give me ideas, I give them a free poem.  I boost signal for creative friends, and they do the same for me.  Sometimes people who feel that they're getting a lot out of the project will sponsor a piece they didn't prompt, just to make other people happy and keep it moving.  That's a basic tenet of the gift economy: the gift must move.  You maintain the cycle.

You give back.

What Sharing Really Is

May. 30th, 2015 02:06 pm
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Here's a post about sharing that points out some problems, but doesn't do a great job of solving them. My thoughts ...

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Running and Jumping

May. 30th, 2015 01:02 am
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 So now the robot cheetah can run AND jump.  Link courtesy of my partner Doug.
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," and "Anahata."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, JARVIS, Tony Stark.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Public surveillance (consensual on the part of the main characters). Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Current environment is safe. Shyness. Nausea. Imposter syndrome. Boundary issues. Negative coping skills. Communication issues. Anxiety. Depending on how you interpret it, Bruce's mistreatment of Hulk may count as domestic violence, sibling abuse, or self-harm. Tension among the team.
Summary: Steve coaxes Bruce and Bucky to go out running with him. Later on, there is Game Night.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Coping skills. Exercise. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Tony takes things apart. Dietary concerns and solutions. Comfort food. Positive coping skills. Talking. Self-control. Discouraging mistreatment. Facing fears. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Gifts. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.

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The Friday Five for 29 May 2015

May. 29th, 2015 05:36 pm
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This week's questions are brought to you courtesy of [personal profile] brisus, the letter F, and the number 5...


Random!
  1. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

  2. If you could have any career that you wanted, what would it be?

  3. What color do you think best describes you?

  4. If you could move anywhere, where would you go?

  5. What would your ideal home be like?

  6. (sic)



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Disability in Mad Max

May. 29th, 2015 04:46 am
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Here's an interesting essay about disability in Mad Max.

EDIT 5/29/15: LJ user Arielstarshadow found another good essay by a woman with a similar disability to Imperator Furiosa.
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," and "Anahata."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, JARVIS, Tony Stark.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Public surveillance (consensual on the part of the main characters). Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Current environment is safe. Shyness. Nausea. Imposter syndrome. Boundary issues. Negative coping skills. Communication issues. Anxiety. Depending on how you interpret it, Bruce's mistreatment of Hulk may count as domestic violence, sibling abuse, or self-harm. Tension among the team.
Summary: Steve coaxes Bruce and Bucky to go out running with him. Later on, there is Game Night.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Coping skills. Exercise. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Tony takes things apart. Dietary concerns and solutions. Comfort food. Positive coping skills. Talking. Self-control. Discouraging mistreatment. Facing fears. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

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Art

May. 28th, 2015 04:56 am
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 Including one of my favorites, the Go-Away Bird, whose alarm call really does sound like "Go away! Go away!"
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," and "Anahata."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, JARVIS, Tony Stark.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Public surveillance (consensual on the part of the main characters). Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Current environment is safe. Shyness. Nausea. Imposter syndrome. Boundary issues. Negative coping skills. Communication issues. Anxiety.
Summary: Steve coaxes Bruce and Bucky to go out running with him. Later on, there is Game Night.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Coping skills. Exercise. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Tony takes things apart. Dietary concerns and solutions. Comfort food. Positive coping skills. Talking. Self-control. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. Skip to Part 7.

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About Fury Road

May. 27th, 2015 10:46 pm
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So everyone is talking about Mad Max: Fury Road and I am starting to contemplate actually watching this movie. I'm not as much a fan of postapocalyptic stuff as I used to be, but daaaamn the buzz is strong with this one.  Thanks to [personal profile] technoshaman for the link.

“Patriarchy, it turns out, is prettiest when it’s on fire.”
-- Laurie Penny, Buzzfeed


What she said.  :D

Animals That Eat Antlers

May. 27th, 2015 09:35 pm
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Shed antlers provide nutrients to other forest animals.  Squirrels, raccoons, and mice are the most prone to gnaw on them for the mineral value. 

Good News

May. 27th, 2015 06:43 pm
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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?
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[community profile] seasonofkink is a bingo-type challenge for the kink-minded, where the objective is to make fanworks (fic or art) for kinky prompts from a bingo card, forming lines and other patterns.

Sign-up begins June 1st, and the challenge ends September 30th.

We accept all types of pairings - slash, yaoi, yuri or het. Any and all fandoms are welcome, whether anime or comics, sci-fi or fantasy, J-rock or K-pop, television, videogames, or books. Avengers, Attack on Titan, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, The GazettE, EXO, Sherlock, Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit... Whatever fandom that tickles your fancy! You can find our rules here, and if you have any questions, check out the FAQ.

We hope to see you there at June 1st!
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Here's a crowdfunding campaign to publish a book about a little boy who is black, queer, and imaginative. 

Nonbinary Representation

May. 27th, 2015 01:08 pm
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Here's a thoughtful post on the representation of nonbinary people in genderqueer communities.  I've noticed that people who have to claim their own identity can be very rigid about identity, including a tendency to misgender or misorient other people based on what they think that person "should" be.  Really not helping.

Literary Lacquer

May. 27th, 2015 12:47 am
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These colors of nail polish were inspired by literature.  Shiny.  Link courtesy of my partner Doug.

Rape in A Game of Thrones

May. 27th, 2015 12:44 am
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Here's a post about rape in A Game of Thrones, comparing the TV series to the books.  This actually leaves out the statistic which most interests me: what is the ratio of women who have been raped to women who have not been raped?  Because in America it's about 1:4 for sexual violence, or 1:3 for women in the military and Native American women.
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This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," and "Anahata."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, Natasha Romanova, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, JARVIS, Tony Stark.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Public surveillance (consensual on the part of the main characters). Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Current environment is safe. Shyness. Nausea. Imposter syndrome. Boundary issues.  Negative coping skills.
Summary: Steve coaxes Bruce and Bucky to go out running with him. Later on, there is Game Night.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Coping skills. Exercise. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Tony takes things apart. Dietary concerns and solutions. Positive coping skills. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.  Skip to Part 6, Part 7.

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Drought-resistant Plants

May. 26th, 2015 09:29 pm
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This article includes a detailed description of what makes plants resistant to low water conditions, and why it's ideal to have plants that tolerate as wide a range of conditions as you can manage.  There's a list of 40 drought-resistant plants.

Here in central Illinois, I favor native prairie plants or other tough things for most of my areas.  Decorative non-natives mostly go in flowerpots or beds.  Long dry spells are less of an issue when I am growing things with a six-foot root mass.  The real challenge is that they also have to be tolerant of flooding, which also happens; high winds, baking heat, and arctic blasts.  0_o

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