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Students who binge-learn do better than those who don't.  In addition to the reasons listed, when you consume mass quantities of data in a short time, your retention is better while reading the later chapters so you're more likely to draw connections than if you read it later and had forgotten some of the earlier stuff.

Also, this isn't new.  It's just easier now.  If I want to chug a subject I can just get online and read until my vision blurs.  I don't have to deal with a librarian saying there's a 3-book limit per subject or a 12-book limit per week.  I've always had a tendency to inhale whole topics.  How else am I supposed to load a database?
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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lone_cat, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] we_are_spc. It also fills the "safe" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been chosen in an audience poll as the free epic for the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It belongs to the Kraken thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Today was mild and mostly sunny.  I went out and watered plants.  We got a little rain but it hasn't helped much. 
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Thanks to a donation from Shirley Barrette, you can now read "A Haven in a Heartless World" in full.  Families form even in the unlikeliest situations.
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The general fund currently contains $20. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Thursday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open longer.

There are three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $288 to be complete. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $141 to be complete. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $95 to be complete.

Poll #18815 General Fund for September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which of these should get the $20?

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"The Inner Transition"
11 (52.4%)

"The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
0 (0.0%)

"Two Foxes"
10 (47.6%)

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The September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get to vote on a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Thursday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

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Good News

Sep. 13th, 2017 06:08 am
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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? Are you anticipating any more?
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 You can now read "QRM" by [personal profile] chanter_greenie.  I sponsored this to share some glimpses of people in a safehouse, fighting back against a repressive government.
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The Magpie Monday on "stumbling blocks" got off to a late start yesterday, so it's still open today.  If you missed it earlier, go leave some prompts now, and get ficlets.
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[personal profile] chanter_greenie is holding a half-price sale for the Orange!verse stories in Schrodinger's Heroes, along with a few other items.  Prices range from $5.25 to $23, and the sale runs through September 19.  There is a PayPal button on the profile page.  It would be really great to see more of these posted.  Some are dark, others lighter, but they're all good examples of how people right against an oppressive culture.
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has Magpie Monday running with a theme of "stumbling blocks."  Developments of ongoing storylines are encouraged, but new ones are welcome too.  Boost the signal and get more words in your ficlet.  There is a button for donations.
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "The Gifts That Move"
Decoding the Voynich Manuscript
Poem: "The Choices That Make Families"
Poem: "Even for an Old Soul"
Art Imitates Life: Skin Color in Video Game
Emotional Trauma Care in Houston
Poem: "Accommodating Celebrations"
Poem: "Eddies"
Wednesday Yardening
Hard Things
Poem: "Revontulet"


Last week's Poetry Fishbowl went well.  I am still posting some of the poems sponsored by my parents.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow coaxes Stylet to take a shower.  "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Pips reveals his attraction toward Joshua Tull.  "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and has 30 new verses.  The Iron Horses tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.  "A Haven in a Heartless World" belongs to Diminished Expectations.

Weather has been mild and mostly sunny.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, frost asters, torenia, purple aster, sawtooth sunflowers, pink sedum, purple sedum. 
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This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "give to charity" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth , there are now 2 new verses in "Two Foxes."  Blair starts introducing Kenzie to two-spirit gender expression.  

This was the first batch of international coins we received.  \o/  If you have been meaning to participate in this project, now's a good time to mail a batch to Doug.
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Here is a detailed explanation of the Voynich Manuscript

Oh look, someone else has a linguistic coprocessor too.  This is very much the way I think, and how my mind matches up pieces of widely scattered information.  I use a similar process to hack languages I don't actually speak, or know only a little of. It's all about puzzle pieces and patterns and being able to match up disparate bits.  Well, that and having the linguistic coprocessor that provides enough speed and bandwidth to run the program.  :D  I totally get more use out of this than I would out of the factory version of human face recognition.
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This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from Shirley Barrette and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "anchor" square in my 9-1-17 card for the Pirate Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem was inspired by the Great American Eclipse. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"Even for an Old Soul"


I remember walking the earth when
the Sun was a god whose departure
terrified the screaming masses, and
watching the shadows change with
a vague sense of familiarity, how I
held a ball in front of the fire and
tried to explain half-recalled physics.

I remember floating above it all
and watching the moon's shadow
race across the face of the planet,
so different from the view below,
yet no less mysterious, no less lovely.

In between, I stand among a crowd,
now awestruck rather than fearful,
the air smoked with barbecue
instead of sacrificial fires,
thinking how nice it is that
nobody is panicking for me
to clean up after; and this, too,
is wonderful in its own way.

It is a moment matched
with other moments in
a long necklace of lives,
a bright connection that
helps me to remember who
I have been and ever will be.

No matter how many times
I've seen a solar eclipse, it never fails
to take my breath away and close my throat
with the sweet ache of its fierce beauty.

Some things never get old,
even for an old soul.

* * *

Notes:

Read about eclipses.

An old soul is someone whose many prior incarnations influence how they move through their current one.

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A huge thumbs up to the upcoming video game South Park: Fractured But Whole for turning a joke into a literal video game. The easiest level has the lightest skin tone.  As you select harder levels, your character's skin tone gets darker.  :D

Yes, there are video games like this in T-America.  Black people tend to love the honesty.  A lot of white people whine that it's inaccurate.  But it's not.  You can get them with gender shifts, or class, or other things; and a few even have interstitial options.
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This is the first example I've seen locally of emotional trauma care, rather than just emotional first aid. There's a Psychotrauma Unit out of Israel coming to help Houston in the wake of hurricane flooding. It's a volunteer service, but working at professional level: "The unit’s 200 or so members include medics, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers who are trained by some of Israel’s leading experts on the psychology of crises."  

That's a useful distinction between emotional first aid, which most people can learn; and emotional trauma care, which requires more advanced training.  The idea is to provide support that reduces the risk of permanent injury, teach coping skills to help people through a crisis, and let them know what symptoms mean trouble and it would be advisable to seek further help.  I suspect that a good listener and some practical resources will knock down the rate of PTSD just because the keystone risk factor is feeling helpless; if you can stop that, it's like cooling a burn, it slows or halts the damage rate.

Tikkun olam, Israel, today you're doing it right.
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[personal profile] aldersprig is holding a Giraffe Call -- actually more of a zebra call, as the goal is financing the renovation of a black-white-gray bathroom.  Leave prompts, get ficlets.  Send money, support a writer, because everyone deserves to live in a nice place.

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