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Saturday, August 30th, 2014 01:45 pm
SPACE WHISKY EXPERIMENT

IT'S LIKE ALL MY FAVOURITE THINGS IN ONE PLACE: SPACE, SCIENCE AND ARDBEG

AAAHHHH AMAZING
Friday, August 29th, 2014 10:50 pm
... actually caught on video.  (Trigger warning.  WARN ALL THE THINGS.)
Friday, August 29th, 2014 08:35 pm
Post about Drax from Guardians of the Galaxy (image)

Transcript:
I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed "He's like me! He can't do metaphors!" And for the rest of the film, my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture:

(images of Rocket and Drax)
Rocket: Metaphors are gonna go over his head.
Drax: Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast. I will catch them.

So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (of one his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

Now I'm not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever intended to be, austistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart for my brother to have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome.

So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters, I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to.

(end transcript)
Friday, August 29th, 2014 07:36 pm
My poem "Closing the Score" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Musical restrictions are not popular in the Empire.

My poem "Waste Nothing" has been published in Torn World, for supporters only.
Tekura discovers Tefein heading into the forest.

My poem "Pearls Before Time" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Duurludirj pearl divers have remarkable skills.
Friday, August 29th, 2014 04:41 pm
I know [personal profile] karnythia already posted but some folks who are on my flist may not run in the same circles. If there's overlap, my apologies.

[personal profile] delux_vivens has died. Details are still forthcoming. I've been in touch with her mother, who had called to let me know earlier today.

For those of you who don't know of her, she ran Deadbrowalking: The People of Color Deathwatch on LJ. It's died down in recent years but when it was hot, it was hot.

That's all I have for now. When I know more, I'll put it out there.
Friday, August 29th, 2014 03:41 pm
I am currently creating a website for “The Change,” the series of which Stranger is the first. Food features prominently in the series, and I’d like to have some recipes on the site.

Since I know a number of you cook, I invite you to create a recipe from the book. If you’re interested, pick an item (or as many as you like) from below the cut, create a recipe, ideally photograph the result, and write out the recipe. I will put it on the site and credit you under whatever name you like. I’m fine with multiple recipes for the same dish, so more than one person can pick the same dish. No payment, so only do this if it sounds fun. And please feel free to link if you have friends who might have fun with this.

Depending on how geeky you want to get, this is after the apocalypse in Los Angeles, so in the book, all ingredients are either locally grown or imported from the surrounding area. Rice is a rare delicacy, and tea is not available at all. (Coffee is grown in Santa Barbara, and is moderately expensive but widely drunk.) Local grains are wheat, corn, and barley. You can either ignore this limitation or work with it, up to you.

Note that one of the characters is an experimental chef, hence some of the weirder dishes.

All food mentioned in the book is below the cut-tag; spoilers if you think that’s spoilery. Read more... )
Friday, August 29th, 2014 01:48 pm
I came across this post today, illustrating a key reason why people learn not to ask for help: because when they do, they don't get it. Person A describes a frustrating situation and asks specific questions about how to solve certain parts of the problem. Person B says, no, those things aren't problems, you should be doing MORE of them not less, and take these steps to do more of them.

That is the opposite of help.

Read more... )
Friday, August 29th, 2014 01:24 pm
Here's a lovely look at several of Jack Kirby's characters of diversity, made with Stan Lee but these are ones primarily driven by Jack.  

Note that Ben Grimm is a double-tap for being Jewish and lower/working class.  As the Thing, he is also a man of color -- even though color-changed characters may have grown up white, they pick up the chromatic stigma of not being white anymore and it really shows in how people treat them.  Also worth considering is the way that Jack characterized Ben as Jewish for years before it was safe to come right out and say that.  Sometimes I tag the ethnicity or religion of my characters openly, but often it's just there in the name, location, physical description, etc.

I always liked the technological aspect of Black Panther, which so often gets overlooked.  After having discovered Odinani, the sacred science of Nigeria, I kind of wonder if that played in.
Friday, August 29th, 2014 01:25 am
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer made me this Superhero Bingo Card as a prize for me making bingo on the Birthday Bingo Fest.  The idea was inspired by how queerfolk say "I got bingoed" when people make stupid remarks, for which there are actual cards.

Do NOT read this while you have anything in your mouth, or your hands. I laughed until I cried.

Read more... )
Friday, August 29th, 2014 12:09 am
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," and "Little and Broken, but Still Good."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Natasha Romanova, Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of human trafficking and nonconsensual drug use. Slightly offstage sexual violence. Dubcon/Noncon.
Summary: Sometimes the Black Widow needs to hunt, and sometimes she needs help settling her personality afterwards. Uncle Phil arranges an extra ageplay session.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. BAMF!Black Widow. Black Widow is creepy. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Nonsexual ageplay. Caregiving. Competence. Girl stuff. Toys and games. Gentleness. Trust. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1.

WARNING: This chapter features Black Widow in action, albeit filtered through Phil's earpiece and other equipment.  Think carefully about whether you want to read the icky bits.

Read more... )
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 11:53 pm
I have made bingo down the O column of the Birthday Bingo Fest public card
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 09:02 pm
I've talked occasionally about "aspecting" characters. It's a way of taking a core idea and altering it in meaningful ways. You can start with a character and shift aspects of their personality stronger or weaker within the same canon. You can move the character into a different world and imagine how that would change them. You can take an archetypal trope you enjoy and imagine how it would manifest in different settings.

So here is a fun exercise for a group of creative folks. You can do this with artists or writers.

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014 04:39 pm
DavidG at FlatOut: WorldCon on Wheels

A long report about attending WorldCon from someone who rented a wheelchair.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014 04:23 pm
Monday afternoon Ra vomited his morning feed, and then subsequently vomited spit and bile about four more times Monday night. When I gave him his AM pills in the sunbeam by the sliding glass door in the den, I noticed the insides of Ra's ears were slightly yellow; jaundice was verified by J a bit later. He was really lethargic starting Monday night into Tuesday morning, too. That, along with his vomiting his AM pills soonafter prompted a 0900 vet visit.

He lost some weight (down to 7.9 lbs from 8.4 lbs a couple of weeks ago) and expressed himself with discomfort when his belly was palpated. Blood was drawn for blood chemistry and a CBC. Told to re-start the Metoclopramide for the nausea 3x daily and to stop Lactulose and Ursodiol for three days til his tummy settled again. He got shots of Metoclopramide and Cerenia and we were on our way.

Get home and not long after he has nasty diarrhea. Sigh. That was likely partially due to the stress of the day and maybe because of the Metoclopramide, which increases gut motility along with controlling nausea/vomiting. That and he's eating slightly watered down wet food with no solid kibble, so...yeah...

Blood work came back today. His liver values have actually improved slightly and his kidney values remain the same, as did Red Blood Cells. The problem, it seems is his White Blood Cell count, which is quite high--it was at 9.5 on 7 August but as of yesterday was up to 25!! OUCH!! That's Not Good, and it indicates there's infection activity in Ra's body somewhere, probably his tummy based on palpation reaction. So now he's back on Clavamox (antibiotic) for 14 days and back on Metronidazole, which I understand will help boost his WBC. He's back on that for 14 days as well. Also, because he was dehydrated from the vomiting, we're to give him 100cc of sub-qs (vs. 50cc) to help get him rehydrated for awhile. I need to ask how long he'll be at that level--don't want to give him more fluids than he really needs because he's got that heart murmur to worry about.

Sigh. While we're both ever so glad that Ra's liver is a bit better and his kidneys remain stable, we're bummed that he's on yet more medication! He's already on so many meds!! :( But we do what we must to get/keep him well.

Went to pick up the Clavamox and more A/D cans and wanted to speak to Dr. L about a couple of questions I had, but he was working alone and with another client, so I was encouraged to call between 1800 and 1900 when he'll be less busy. Have a question about the Atopica (the bottle's almost empty and I'm curious to know how long a bottle of it is supposed to last as I don't want it to run out during the holiday weekend and also how long to keep Ra on the 100ccs of sub-qs.

Vet's always closed on Sundays and is also closed for Labor Day, so we're hoping to limp him through the long weekend without incident. Wish us luck?