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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "festival / fair" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


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Today's accomplishments include:

* Picked up new printer from office store. 

* Found superbright tube lights in narrow pairs.  :D 3q3q3q !!!!  We're going to put two pair in the library, upgrading its lighting to brilliant, and one pair in the foyer, bathroom, and closet which do not require as much light.

* Bought six 12x12" mirror tiles for the bathroom.  Determined that fixing the mirror itself is feasible on this trip, but the area around it (where the cheap crappy wallpaper is coming loose) will need to wait for the next round in October.  Our handyfriend is having enough fun to have suggested a subsequent trip.  We are happy with this idea.

* Discussed the possibility of upgrading a bathroom window, currently covered with crappy plastic, to a textured glass pane instead of trying to replace the whole damn thing with glass blocks.  The feasibility of this will depend on the construction of the window, and would have to wait for later, but we were in a glass store and I saw their very pretty display of glass options so I brought it up.

* Looked at more towel bars and found that almost all of them have crappy unstable construction.  So I'm going to see if anything better is available online, and if not, we can get the boring but sturdy one we saw earlier.

Soap

Apr. 18th, 2017 12:23 am
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 [personal profile] kyleri makes crap free soap.  :D  Check out Beltaine Rising (rose-berry scent, a lovely orchid color) and Dragon's Blood (in color only, the scent is patchouli-plum-cherry).
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This poem came out of the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [personal profile] kelkyag. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] redsixwing.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, spliced from prompts by [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] redsixwing.  It also fills the "Internet Friends" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo Fest.

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Digilegs

Feb. 6th, 2017 10:01 pm
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A while back I mentioned Weta Legs, and someone recently pointed me to Digilegs.  These are reverse-bend stilts to give the wearer a digitigrade stance.  Cooooool.
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In Session 5, we put together a big gear. The pieces for this finished emptying one of the four slabs of wooden parts.

This is the front view of the gear.  You can see the little pointer on it.
This is the front view of the big gear that we assembled during Session 5.

This is the back view of the gear.  It shows some of the working parts on the far end of the shaft. Wedging the parts onto that cross-shaped set of parts was a pain in the ass.
This is the back view of the big gear we assembled during Session 5.

Star Gears

Feb. 5th, 2017 04:39 pm
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Is it just me, or does this nebula really look like this timer piece we just built?  I mean, I've described the Universe as a clock before -- you wind it up, let it go, it winds down, you rewind it; Big Bang, Big Crunch -- but I wasn't expecting it to be this obvious.  I'm thinking of the two rubber bands, and thinking of entropy and syntropy, and now I'm imagining God leaning over this nebula and swearing because the laws of physics don't want to go in the holes quite right.  Not to mention the jumpgates in The Blueshift Troupers and how people argue over what powers them, like solar wind mills or subspace waterwheels, and it hadn't even occurred to me that we could be looking right at  some of the moving parts, and just never recognize them as technology. I never would've noticed this if I had not just been working on that part ten minutes ago.
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In Session 4, we built a long subassembly.

Let's build a timer! )
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In Session 3, we made two subassemblies.

Let's make a timer! )
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 I found this fascinating article on the history of tactile maps for vision-impaired people.

Crafts

Feb. 4th, 2017 02:05 pm
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 [personal profile] kyleri posted this lovely piece of jewelry marked "exquisite self-care."  Sometimes what you can do to protest is make beautiful things.  :D

EDIT: I forgot to mention that $5 from the sale of this will go to the ACLU.
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This is the subassembly we made in Session 2.  It has gears on two parts, instead of just one part like the previous subassembly did.  We had an easier time putting it together after practicing on the first, although still not really easy.

This is the subassembly we made in Session 2.
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Our current project is assembling a wooden timer.  We got it from a crowdfunding project.

Let's build a timer! )
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[livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug has this idea about referring to President Pence and his puppet. Then I saw this puppet and thought it would be funny for protesters to hold them up with a sign saying, "Dear President Pence, we want a turn too."

Imagine how Dongus Taint will respond to millions of people shoving their fist up his ass in effigy.
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We finished assembling the Yellow Submarine!  \o/  We enjoyed putting this together.  I recommend it for Beatles fans and Lego fans.  Young fans or others with low dexterity may need extra help putting it together, as some of the pieces are finicky.  We found it worth the time, though.

We're done playing with Legos! )
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These are pictures from Session 4 of building the Yellow Submarine.

Here are all four Beatles.  \o/
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From this side you can now see the rudder of the Yellow Submarine, which moves.
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Here is a top view.
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This is the bottom.  You can see the propellers.  They really spin.
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This is the upper deck.
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See the top view of the Yellow Submarine with the deck in place.
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This is the side/bottom view.
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These are pictures from Session 3 of assembling the Yellow Submarine.

Let's play with Legos! )
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I've been seeing "Remember: Resist" in a lot of places lately.  Okay, let's work with that.  Resistance is all about obstructing the flow of energy.  What is the purpose of resistance in activism?  It makes the opponent exert maximum effort for minimum return.  It wrecks his EROEI.  Being in a racist (classist, sexist, etc.) society doesn't make you racist, anymore than standing in a pigpen makes you a pig.  Sometimes you can stop bullying by being an upstander.  Even if you can't stop the problem, by providing resistance, you can slow it down.

I propose making jewelry out of resistors.

This lineart version would work on a button, a t-shirt, a patch, any craft that could be made with a grid chart, etc.

Now get out there and chant Ohm.

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