Tuesday Yardening

May. 31st, 2016 04:15 pm
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Today we used a shovel and bucket to start spreading sawdust from the treeline along the road where we had a couple of stumps ground out.  This will help reduce weeds along the new line of shrubs. 

EDIT:
Second round: spread sawdust around base of utility pole.

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, June 7

May. 31st, 2016 02:25 pm
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "all creatures great and small." I'll be soliciting ideas for ordinary animals, superpowered animals, animal therapists, assistance animals, totems, anthropomorphic or animal deities, other anthropomorphic figures, naturalists, zookeepers, trainers, veterinarians, other people who work with animals, snuggly werewolves, other shapeshifters, training, riding horses, working with traumatized animals, grooming, petting, purring, howling, animal sports such as gymkhanas or hunting, zoos, animal parks, farms, laboratories, circuses, pet stores, the wilderness, animal lovers' homes, other places animals may be found, pet furniture such as catwalks, pet toys, zoo animal enrichment toys, stuffed animals like teddy bears, taxidermy, grooming tools, fur and other animal parts, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Tour Guides for All of Knowledge" (20 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.  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! )

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I have decided that it's time for another round of "Poke a Bigot in the Eye." This time, it was inspired by Marvel declaring that Captain America is a Hydra agent, which I mentioned recently.

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Story: "Rotten Fruit"

May. 30th, 2016 09:04 pm
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I've been thinking about Marvel's latest issue of fail. Clearly somebody ought to do something about this. Well, I'm Somebody.  If you want to do something about this nonsense too, I have a list of suggestions.

This story fills the "caught in the act" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "When the Wheels Come Off," "Against His Own Shield," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations," "Coming in from the Cold: Monday: Memorial Day," and "What Little Boys Are Made Of."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Steve Rogers, Phil Coulson, Hulk, HYDRA!Nick Spencer, Nick Fury, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, JARVIS
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Defamation. Betrayal. Anger management issues. Rebellion. Ethical dilemmas. RPF. #sayitaintso. #nickspencerishydra.
Summary: A more plausible explanation for that issue of Captain America in which Steve is portrayed as a HYDRA agent.
Notes: Heroism. Team as family. Competence. Friendship.

A note on feedback: While it's not necessary to comment on every post I make, remember that I don't know who reads/likes things if nobody says anything. Particularly on long stories, I've discovered that I get antsy if there's nothing but crickets chirping for several posts. So it helps to give me feedback at least once, even if it's just "I like this" or "This one doesn't grab me." First and last episodes are ideal if you rarely feel inspired to comment in the middle.

I also have a list of favorite photogenic scenes from the whole series for fanartists to consider, partly compiled from audience requests.

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Learning from Civil War

May. 30th, 2016 08:25 pm
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I'm researching superpower ethics again, and came across this article: "What Can We Learn from Watching a Superhero Civil War?"

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Monday Yardening

May. 30th, 2016 04:20 pm
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Today I went back out with the stump killer.  I remembered to get a rag to brush sawdust off the stumps, and gloves to protect my hands.  I did the stumps around the septic tank and the ones around the parking lot. 

EDIT:

Second round: started killing stumps in the prairie garden.  I worked around the south edge and some in the middle, then moved partway up the north side.  There is still a lot left to do in the north though.

Third round: New! Improved! Now with giant clouds of biting bugs!  >_<  I use Deep Woods Off with deet on my clothes, a milder chemical spray on my skin, and that discourages ticks and mosquitoes.  It does not affect flies, so when those showed up today I added the herbal oil which discourages them.  Total effect on biting gnats: zero.  *snort, stomp feet*  However, I did manage to finish killing the big patch of stumps on the north edge of the prairie garden.  I think that is everything.

I really, really hope this stump killing stuff proves effective.

On Captain America

May. 30th, 2016 04:37 am
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I was appalled, but not surprised, by Marvel's recent storyline that Captain America is Hydra.  Yes, they're really paddling that douchecanoe for all it's worth.  I am pleased to find a post by a Jewish writer, who speaks with more cultural right than I could, explaining why this is so very wrong. 

It's not just about the current fetish for brutalizing and/or distorting heroic figures, this persistent desire to destroy all that is good and hopeful in the world, to convince everyone that they can't have  heroes.  It's that this twist hurts living people  as well as mocking the dead.  That is not okay.

Art is power.  You use it responsibly, because if you don't, you're a bully.

I really hope, in some just and well-deserved afterlife, the people who perpetrated this meet with Steve Rogers so can ... explain ... a few things to them.

Superheroes in Real Life

May. 29th, 2016 11:50 pm
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I found this fantastic documentary about real-life superheroes. It features a variety of people in cities across America who dress up in costumes and work on making the world a better place. They're a very diverse group.

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Sunday Yardening

May. 29th, 2016 07:24 pm
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Today we bought some stump killer to put over the cut ends so they won't resprout.  Instead of a sensible spray or squirt top, this stuff comes with a 1/4" brush and instructions to cover the entire surface.  0_o  I really hope this works because it is fucking tedious to apply.  So far I've done the stumps around the rock garden tree, the saplings and forsythia stumps on the south side of the house, and a couple of saplings on the west side.  There is a ton more to do.  Bleah.

Nature

May. 29th, 2016 04:39 am
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 Click beetles are interesting.

Saturday Yardening

May. 28th, 2016 12:58 pm
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Is mostly being done by a crew of tree guys, who are making fantastic progress.  Our part is just occasionally walking around to supervise and give further input. 

EDIT: The tree guys are done and gone.  They finished both items on our required list, everything on the urgent list, and one on the would-be-nice list.  For the price originally quoted to do the two required items.  \o/  Also they were very insightful about interpreting things I would want.  I love working with people who realize that I understand their profession quite well, just lack the body and equipment for doing the actual work.  So now all the limbs are away from the house and driveway, and a lot of brush has got cleared away so there is more sunlight.  Also I have another mulch pile approximately the size of a car.  :D

Poem: "Veranderings"

May. 27th, 2016 08:03 pm
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This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The Friday Five

May. 27th, 2016 10:35 am
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 Today's post is brought to us by the livejournal user <lj user="estimates">, the letter F, and the number 5.
 
1. If you could, would you be a movie star or a rock star?
2. Have you ever been in the media (TV, Radio, Papers)?
3. Do you know anyone who's been on a reality TV show?
4. Have you ever met anyone famous?
5. Who would play you in a movie?
 
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Poem: "TMIwork"

May. 27th, 2016 03:17 am
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This poem was inspired by a conversation with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer about how tiresome it is when the supposed good guys fight in front of the bad guys, and how differently that would go in Terramagne. It also fills the "marriage" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: Graphic marital conflict is the whole point of the poem.

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Thursday's Yardening

May. 26th, 2016 04:19 pm
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Today we went out to shovel wet ash from the firepit in the ritual meadow.  I got about half a wheelbarrow full before wearing out, and managed to clear a shovel or two distance from the nodestone. 

*gasp, pant, wheeze*  *goflopnow*

Second round: shoveled another ring around the firepit, moved another half-wheelbarrow of wet ash.

Third round: shoveled to the edge of the firepit, moved about two-thirds wheelbarrow of wet ash.

Wednesday Yardening

May. 25th, 2016 11:21 pm
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Round one: walked around the yard with the tree guy to talk about the most important stuff we need to have done, like cutting limbs away from the house and over the driveway.  Plans are in action and they'll get our project when they can.  \o/

Round two: went back out to trim grass around the barrel garden and the Japanese red maple. 

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