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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] aoifes_isle and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "artistic endeavor" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"Lines of Math and Verse"


It's an artistic endeavor
to seek out the place
where the lines of
math and verse
cross each other.

Math begins with numbers
and shapes, flows into form,
adds letters and solves equations
until nothing remains except
the soft repetition of solution.

Poetry begins with words,
rhythm and rhyme and inference,
shifts into the subtle patterns
of stressed and unstressed syllables,
meaning derived from implication
become numbers of beats and lines.

Approaching the
wonder and beauty
of the universe
from opposite ends,

the mathematician
and the poet
meet in the middle.

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 ... with any ten books or similar cultural items from history, including lost ones.  [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is offering readers a chance to make a cache in the Heliodrax world.  I've already posted mine.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "orphans and runaways" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read warnings, some of which are spoilers. Topics include runaway and homeless youth, mistreatment of a teen girl, religious abuse, hostility against superpowers, parental condemnation, superpower injury, pressuring someone to use a superpower, a horrible argument, questionable use of a superpower, and high stress. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether to read further.

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This article explains how scientists created a new species of lizard not by genetic engineering, but by crossbreeding.  The hybrids are typically not fertile but can reproduce by parthenogenesis.  Whiptailed lizards can wind up with two sets of genes from different species.  But apparently some hybrids are sexually fertile because there have been species with three and even four sets of genes -- created by a monogenetic male mating with a female who has multiple sets.

Most of the time I posit that interspecies sex would not produce viable or fertile offspring in science fiction.  But several times I've written a basis for interspecies procreation, and it tends to be because the alien species is predisposed  to reproduce with the assistance of a different species.  On Earth, for example, there is the cuckoo; and now this, with actual crossbreeding.  It would be interesting if the alien species had the parthenogenesis option.
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... went well yesterday.  My parents took us to an outlet mall to shop for us.  I managed to find an armload of jogging suit style pants with pockets, sadly no matching tops but it's easier these days to buy separates so I just look for printed sweatshirts in compatible colors.  I'm also charmed by a flannel top with stripes of embroidery; sounds garish, but it's lovely.

The real find, however, was something I would never have thought to go looking for.  I found a t-shirt that looks like the cover of the Kaverncaptain's Logbook from Kaverns & Krakens in Terramagne.  It has a kraken attacking a pirate ship.  :D

My partner Doug found a lot of goodies too.  So part of today has been sorting and washing all the new clothes.
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NASA just emailed a wrench to space.

While everyone else is geeking out over the idea of emailing a wrench, I'm over here thinking, "Damn, that is a great way to save on cargo weight!  Instead of expending  massive effort to send everything astronauts might need, we can instead send a smaller amount of materials to make stuff they need, and they can make exactly what they need when they need it."  That will work for everything that can be made of currently 3D printable materials and isn't needed all the time.  Send basic high-need supplies and stuff we can't just fab up yet.  Use the 3D printer to make the rest.  Even a very small  savings in cargo weight adds up very fast.

Space just got a lot more habitable.  :D

Rigamajig

Dec. 20th, 2014 01:42 pm
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Rigamajig is a large-scale building toy, like a cross between playground equipment and an erector set. It has wooden boards, pulleys, giant nuts and bolts, etc. It's pretty cool.

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This poem is from the December 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] primeideal. It also fills the "flirting" square of my 10-6-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

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This poem came from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "vandals" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Weavesilk

Dec. 19th, 2014 10:53 pm
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Use this onscreen program to create beautiful designs.  It's nice for stress relief when you just need to look at something pretty.
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This poem is from the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem is from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] jjhunter, [personal profile] redsixwing, and [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "teaching or learning" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Monster House.

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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is holding a gift-giving prompt session where you can leave a prompt and get fic or art as a present.
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Some languages connect to others through translation.  English is by the far the strongest in this regard.  Russian, French, Spanish, German, and Chinese also make good hubs.  That gives these languages more global influence.
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 Consider the physics of Cinderella's slippers.  Note that they could be made much safer by lowering the heel.  "Slippers" are usually flats or shoes with low, wide heels.  High-heeled shoes are different.  Also they were worn by men, not women, until more recent times.

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