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My Biases:

Here are some aspects of my identity that have the most weight when it comes to which directions my thoughts tend to swerve in:

  • I was born with a physical disability that affects how I move through the world.
  • The relative importance of this fact varies from day to day and hour to hour, but it's the thing that I've been living with the longest, and its the thing new people notice first.

  • Because I can't take moving through the world for granted, I am almost always looking at the spaces between things, both literally, and metaphorically.
  • I love the liminal spaces of fairy tales, dreams, and myths.

  • I am White. I am Cisgendered. I am American. My first language is English. I was raised as a Christian.
  • If I get careless with my privilege in any of these areas, please remind me.

  • I've reached the age where nearly everyone on the Internet strikes me as being young, tender babes.
  • And I want to protect them all most of them.

  • I've only recently discovered the language for my aromantic & asexual orientation.
  • So I'm still in the early stages of figuring out what that means.

  • I am a devout Atheist. I got there after being Neo-Pagan for many years.
  • But I also believe that religion is a natural, and (potentially, at least) beneficial instinct in humans. In other words, I have a religion, but my religion has no gods. The reasons I left Christianity are different than the reasons I left Neo-Paganism.

    What you'll find here:

    This journal is random, overall. I generally post whatever's on my mind, especially contemplative and/or silly. Favorite topics include literature, discoveries in science and nature, writing that I'm working on (or should be working on), drawings I've doodled, etc.

    Politics is relatively rare, but it does come up, especially in the context of history. Like my body, my politics leans heavily to the Left...

    What counts as "Good Manners" around here:

    1. Don't be mean. There's no need to be mean. Remember, wherever you go, there you are.
    2. Praise what you enjoy before criticizing what you don't.
    3. When you do give criticism, let it be reasoned ("It sucks!" doesn't cut it).
    4. Don't belittle, or mock, people for the things they enjoy.
    5. If you must post provocative things, aim for provoking laughter, and provoking thought.
    6. Remember that anger can splash onto innocent bystanders, and people "reading over your shoulder." If you must have an argument with someone in particular--rather than an argument for or against an idea--take it to private message (click [inbox] in the header), please.
    7. When in doubt, puns.
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    Something good to remember.

    It is closed captioned. What the captions don't tell you is that the narrator is Tom Hanks.

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    Because they only made closed captions available to people who donated through their Patreon.

    ...And accessibility is a universal right, damn it -- not a privilege reserved for those who can pay.

    So I was happy, today, to see that TED-ed (A channel of animated, educational, videos aimed at high school students, that consistently captions their videos) has started a series called "There's a Poem for that".

    So here's "The Nutritionist" by Andrea Gibson (content warning: it's a poem about mental health and suicidality. It is also fiercely optimistic, and a call to stay alive):

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    One: My "Birthday Resolution" to write a drabble a day is continuing apace. Today is day 14, and so far, I've already had one day where I failed to write anything, and two days where I failed to finish a drabble before bed (because I rely on my aide to get me into and out of bed, I don't have the option of staying up a little bit later to finish things). But, so far, I've been able to write extra on following days, so I'm still on track to write 365 drabbles in a year.

    Reminder: I'm posting the drabbles here, on my journal, under a custom filter. If you want in, just let me know.

    2: Sometimes, I need to listen to Rhiannon Giddens singing to cheer me up:


    C: Speaking of music, yesterday I watched the documentary "Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World," yesterday (streamed on my online PBS station, but also available for streaming on YouTube and other places, probably). Absolutely fascinating -- and infuriating (how cultural history is erased).


    IV:(X-Posted from Tumblr) Proposed Valentine's Day Alternative (for aces and aros) )

    five: Speaking of which:
    I hate the marketing and social pressure of Valentine's Day. But I love the Aesthetics.
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    6: Here's another documentary I watched, recently, via my PBS:


    g: Question: of all the mystical creatures that populate fantasy, why do you think dragons are the ones that became ubiquitous, over all the others?
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    I'm thinking of moving all the posts from filters I don't use anymore to "private" and deleting them (So the posts would all still exist, but only I could see them -- that way, if things change, I could make them more visible again).

    And I'm also thinking of creating new ones. Particularly, as of this moment, thinking of creating an access filter for my Drabble-a-Day project for my Birthday Resolution for 2019, where I publicly post the drabble(s) I've written each day.

    If I did that, would you want in?

    If so, let me know in a comment below, and I'll give you access to it.
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    My New Year's resolution this year was two-fold: to post more regularly to Dreamwidth, and to write a Proper Drabble every day.

    I also realized I could combine the two, by posting the drabbles I've written.

    So:

    13 January, 2019 )

    14 January )

    15 January )

    16 January )

    17 January )




    For that last one, it might be enlightening to read this story, credited to the Brothers Grimm*: The Six Swans.

    *But told to them by Dorothea Wild.
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    "CapriUni" was (is) a portmanteau of "Capricorn" and "Unicorn" that I chose for my online "face" throughout the Internet over 20 years ago (And it had been my LiveJournal user name for 17 years)

    I was inspired to pick that name because of an essay I'd read describing the symbol of Capricorn/fish-tailed goat as the mid-point in the evolution of the soul, with the Unicorn as the ultimate superior form (because the duality of the two horns become united in one perfection).

    Only, over the past couple of decades, my beliefs have changed, and I no longer see unified harmony as superior to polyphony and complexity. And besides, the very idea that the fish form represents something base, and inferior, that must be evolved out of, now has too much of an uncomfortable taint of Lovecraft's racism.

    So I've now changed it to "Capri0mni" (note well: spelled with a zero, because Dreamwidth code doesn't have room for capital letters), which is a portmanteau of Capricorn and Omnicorn (All the horns), instead.

    I am still fond of the Capricorn goat, and the myth of how he came to be a constellation. And I still love unicorns. I just no longer see them as connected on a scale of spiritual evolution.

    (Also note: I've decided not to release "CapriUni" for anyone else to use, because I'm not changing it anywhere else I'm using it, and it had been my identity for so long, the idea of anyone else taking it kind of creeps me out. So if you search for CapriUni, it will all lead back to me, just like it always has)
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    I did that this afternoon, except instead of flour, I ground up about 10 ginger snap cookies in a tabletop blender with a little bit of baking soda, into mostly fine crumbs. And that was my “Dry Ingredients” mix.

    For my “Wet ingredients” I diluted some almond butter (the natural kind, where the oil separates out, and floats on top, when you get it from the store)* with a bit of water, canola oil, tart cherry juice concentrate, and a splash of egg whites from a carton (because I don’t have the coordination to crack an egg – if you do, do that, instead, and beat it a little, with a fork); I mixed it in a 20 oz. paper bowl, "greased" with the canola oil before I poured most of it into my batter).

    And then I stirred in my “Dry ingredients” and zapped it in the microwave for 3 minutes and 20 seconds (in a 700 Watt oven). And let it finish cooking simply by leaving it in there to cool down of its own accord (about 20 minutes.

    The end result is pretty good. I just ate the whole thing (minus the taste test I did when I first turned it out of the bowl I cooked it in, and a bit of it stuck).

    The almond butter and cherry juice is something I had on hand, already. You could also do this with any nut or seed butter you like.

    I think thinning it with fruit juice is important though (not just water), because the acid in the juice reacting with the baking soda is what makes the cake fluffy. You could use any cookie you like, too: Nilla Wafers and peanut butter would be a-ma-zing. If you thinned down the peanut butter with grape juice, you could call it a “Peanut butter and Jelly” cake. If your juice is not in concentrated form, like my cherry juice, I'd just use it straight, instead of adding water).



    *Pro-tip for nut butters with separated oil (easy, but slow, method to remix, especially if it needs it when you bring it home from the store): Before you open the jar, turn it upside down, and leave it for a few days to a week. Let the oil float back in the other direction, and do its own damned mixing! ;-)
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    For those immigrants from Tumblr who are now in my Dreamwidth Circles, this will be your first "Fishbowl". You can read all about it here.

    If you're wondering why you'd want to read all about it, here's a short list of reasons:

    • She tells fabulous Original stories of the SF/F variety, in the form of poems.
    • Her stories include Representation of all sorts of characters who are marginalized in the mainstream, including LGBTQ, race, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, species...
    • She crowdfunds all her work
    • (it only goes public on her journal as people pitch in to pay for it)
    • A "fishbowl" is a time when you get to give her a prompt for a story. And
    • if she uses your prompt in a poem, you'll get that whole poem as private copy in your inbox (for your eyes only).


    So, yeah... Try it! I think you'll like it!
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    In May of last year (<-- By frogs and fishes! That is fun/weird to type), Yinon M. Bar-On, Rob Phillips, and Ron Milo published a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America on a census of all life on Earth, by surveying and estimating how much carbon is where, on the planet, by weight.

    Vox.com published a stunning visual chart of what this all means, )here.

    That's cool, and wondrous, and exciting (and sobering), and all...

    But then-- in December, The Deep Carbon Observatory published its own report on a survey of carbon deep within the Earth's crust -- and came to the conclusion that all the bacterial biomass carbon from that earlier report? Is only 30% of the total bacteria on Earth.... And there are bacteria surviving so close to the Earth's core that ambient temperatures are above 100 C -- but water is still liquid, there, because the pressure is so high.




    Okay, so 70-80% of stars in our galaxy are M dwarf stars, which are rather violent when young, and this video (closed captioned) explains why that might end up making the planets ultimately uninhabitable.

    But M dwarf stars are extremely long-lived, and once their violent youth is past, they become very stable (I'll put a video about the life cycle of stars at the end of this post).

    And if the majority of microbial life actually starts out deep beneath the surface of planets, then (my inner plot bunnies are whispering) perhaps it could survive its home star's violence, and gradually migrate to the surface once it's calmed down ... And, as I always like to remind myself, life has a way to change a planet to make it more comfortable to life.

    Or maybe they won't migrate to the surface, but they still might form comparatively complex life. Here's a neat video from Kurzgesagt (also closed captioned) that explores the possibility of subsurface life that exists on planets that don't even have any stars:

    (The main thing that annoys me about Kurzgesagt videos, is that they keep judging quality of life and intelligence by current, human normativity: use of metal-based technology, fire, etc.. Also, they assume that advancement as a civilization must depend on expanding our territory, and colonizing other worlds, and also in getting as close to individual immortality as possible. ... none of which are things I agree should be taken as givens)

    Anyway, here's that video on the life cycle of low-mass stars, and there's a suggestion how the Earth, itself, might become a rogue planet, 6 billion years or so, from now, when our Sun burns through its hydrogen and loses mass -- which decreases the gravity that holds planets in their orbits (also closed captioned):

    (For what it's worth: I'm not really all disturbed by the thought of humanity going extinct, or even of my own personal death, as long as neither comes prematurely, due to foolish decisions -- like denying climate change -- or causes avoidable pain to others)
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    Season's Greetings and a Happy New Year card front

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    Text art that reads: "Welcome to the "Kick the Old Year out the Door" Party! 2018"

    Can't think of a question, today, so I am posting videos of songs that I think of, when New Year's comes around -- in chronological order. Some of these videos are YouTube Old, and low rez. And I don't think any of them have captions. But I'll link to lyrics where I find them.

    The Old Year Now Away is Fled (1542)

    This duet is only singing the first two verses. But the full song can be found here: Carol for New Year's Day

    A sung recitation of Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Ring out, Wild Bells" (1833)

    Found here at the Poetry Foundation: In Memoriam A. H. H. Obiit MDCCCXXXIII

    "When you're Traveling" -- Animaniacs (1996)


    Lyrics are here at the Animaniacs fandom Wiki
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    Day Five: If you could invent a holiday ...?

    Day Four: Our Pride and Joys

    Day Three: My attempt at Party Games for this medium

    Day Two: Snacks and treats

    Day One: Favorite Things



    So: Here's a thing to celebrate and talk about today: What is something you learned in 2018?

    You don't have to answer these questions, exactly... You can treat them as prompts:

    1) What did you learn about yourself (that you are willing to share)?

    2) What new thing (to you) did you learn about the world?

    My Answers behind here )
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    Snagged from [personal profile] davidgillon, which he snagged from [personal profile] legionseagle who got the list from this blog post over at Tor.com: 100 SF/F books you should consider reading in the New Year.

    Italics = read it. Underline= not it, but another by the same author. Strikethrough = did not finish.



    Read more... )



    So, going by this list, it looks like I'm not very well-read at all. Though what this list really shows me is that I haven't read much of any SF/F published after 1980 -- I think that's because my main access to the genre was through school libraries and public libraries, which tend to have more older books on their shelves than book stores.

    Some of these book titles (and their summaries on Wikipedia, when I look them up) ring very faint, foggy, bells. I very well could have read them, but I'm not confident enough to actually italicize them....

    I'm glad Patricia McKillip is on this list. Although I read The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, the book of hers that kept me up all night until I finished it was The Changeling Sea ... I had such a fiction-crush on that wizard (*blush*). And although it is not SF/F, I also really liked The Night Gift, though I acknowledge it's not a "Significant piece of Literature" of the sort that gets on lists like this (the pop culture references, put in to ground it firmly in the present, real, world, end up making it terribly dated), but it's a bittersweet exploration of how mental illness affects a close-knit group of teenage friends, and how they band together to try and help the one who's suffering.

    Anyway, all that means is that I have a whole lot of good first time reading to look forward to.
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    Text art that reads: "Welcome to the "Kick the Old Year out the Door" Party! 2018"

    So, we're all gathered here to celebrate the New Year (more or less). And what is a year besides a collection of holidays, and other observances, with long stretches in between?

    Most holidays have their roots in Long Ago. But some are modern. There's "Star Wars Day" (May the Fourth), and International Talk Like a Pirate Day (19 September). And this year, the idea for Wolfenoot went viral.

    If you could invent a new holiday, or three, what would it be? Or, if you're happy with all the ones currently on your local calendar, which is your favorite?

    Two ideas for holidays that I thought up )
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    Day Three: My attempt at Party Games for this medium

    Day Two: Snacks and treats

    Day One: Favorite Things



    Day Four conversation starters:

    1) What are you most proud of, from 2018? It doesn't have to be a big accomplishment. It could just be as simple as "I'm still here, dammit!" It also doesn't necessarily have been something you've accomplished. Being proud of other people is also an admirable thing.

    2) What's something that made you happy, in 2018?
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    Sorry today's party post took so long to go up. I was trying to figure out how "parlor-type" games would work when everyone is replying out of sync with each other. I hope the variations I've come up with will work.

    What I've decided to do: Start a new comment thread for each game with the name of the game in the title, and the first post having the rules. Then, if you want to play that game, you reply to that post (or to a reply to a reply in that thread). That way, people can see who's responding to what...

    I hope that makes sense.

    Maybe it would be better if I just started, so you can see what I mean.
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    The party kicked off here with some ice-breaker questions about favorite things.

    You can go back and answer as many questions as you'd like, and maybe ask a few of your own. I hope, by the end of the week, to have a library of recommendations for YouTube Channels and videos, books, and songs. Check it out. You might find some new favorites!



    A party also needs snacks and treats. We can't have an actual snack table through the Internet, but we can share recipes.

    So: Here are a few more questions:

    1. Do you have a sandwich combo that you like, but other people would think is really weird? If so, what is it?

    2. How sweet is your tooth? Or do you prefer savory treats?
    • If you prefer sweet, do you prefer things like mints and hard caramels, or do you prefer creamy things, like chocolate, and custards?
    • If you prefer savory, how spicy do you like things? How salty? Do you like popcorn? What's your favorite topping?


    3) Have you ever "invented" a recipe that turned out really well, in your estimation? Would it be simple for someone low on (metaphorical) spoons to do? Care to share?

    My answers below the cut; click here to read )
    Have you ever invented a recipe that turned out really well?
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    Text art that reads: "Welcome to the "Kick the Old Year out the Door" Party! 2018"

    To kick things off, here are some ice-breaker questions. Since my intention is to focus on The Happy, they're all questions about favorites. Since this party will last seven days, there are seven questions:

    1. What is your favorite holiday--any holiday--memory? It could be the holidays people usually mean when they say: "Happy Holidays!" or it could be Halloween, or Arbor Day, or Star Wars Day, or Thursday the 20th, or your best friend's birthday, or... whatever.

    2. What's your favorite treat to eat when you're in a celebratory mood?

    3. What's your favorite holiday song? (And yes, my definition of "holiday" covers anything you want it to)

    4. Do you have a favorite YouTube channel? If so, what is it?

    5. What was your favorite piece of media from 2018? (It could have been produced this year, or any year. It could have been mass-produced and sold to the public, or it could have been a bit of privately made ephemera, like a doodle in the margin of a page, whatever.... Just something you've seen this year that you really, really like)

    6. What's your favorite cryptid?

    7. What's your favorite meme?




    My Answers:

    My answers below the cut )
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    And you're all invited.

    On Friday, I made a post on my Tumblr blog, announcing that there's a new Community on Dreamwidth for Tumblr refugees to find each other: [community profile] the_great_tumblr_purge, and it's been the most popular post on my blog there in months.

    So I thought, since I invited people to join Dreamwidth, I should also do something with/for them, and give them a chance practicing actually using the platform. ... Especially since there's a specific discussion thread on Tumblr, about why Christmas is less popular than Halloween in that community (summary: Tumblr skews toward young and marginalized people, and enforced time with birth families over friends is fraught).

    And so I further figured that refugees from Tumblr will want a place to escape to, even if it's a virtual place, and even if it's just for a few minutes. So:

    From Noon, Eastern Standard Time, December 25, 2018 (9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time, 5:00 PM Greenwich Mean Time), to Noon (9 AM/5 PM) January 1, 2019, I'll be allowing anonymous comments, and posting here more than on Tumblr. And my topics will be "Favorite Things & Fun Things," because it's a Party, after all.

    I will tag these posts "Year-Out Party 2018" in case you want to filter them out of your reading pages to avoid spam. ...I'm also inviting Dreamwidth old-timers to come in and help welcome the newbies, of course. ...But just in case.

    (Oh, and yesterday, I finally made a sticky introduction to this journal, outlining the aspects of who I am that influences what I write here, the kinds of things you can expect from me, and what I consider "good manners" [What I expect from my readers and chatters]. I'd really appreciate it if people who know me fairly well would check it out, and tell me if I'm presenting myself accurately. Thanks!)

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