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I finally just looked up the artist's page so I could see the rest of these.  Here are my favorites.

"Imposter Syndrome" -- a common problem in less-supportive workplaces.

"Absolutely" -- how I feel talking to normal people. 
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So I saw this video of a robot playing with a ball.

Now, Lawrence has told Stan this joke a zillion times, because Lawrence has learned about science mishaps the hard way.

They watch the video.

Stan drawls, "Science can tell you how to build a robot that plays ball. Athletics can tell you why this might be a bad idea."


This is what happens when you build bridges over the geek/jock divide.  Stan can actually explain  why that happened, and why it would be hard to code around it, because he understands playing ball in a way that the programmer clearly does not.
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I was charmed by this tutorial on African dance.  It uses a clock metaphor to describe the moves.  They are simple, repetitive, and energetic.  That makes them easy to learn, good exercise, and fun to do.  You can see these in African documentaries. If a whole tribe is dancing together, they'll be very repetitive, using basic moves to synchronize lots of people for a long time. But if you're watching one or two dancers, it's like jazz, they'll improvise using the same moves.  Think of the steps like chords, once you know them, you can join a group or riff on your own.  You can also see these at a drum jam in a big city.  I've seen it at the Delmar Loop in St. Louis and Taste of Chicago.  (They were surprised that I joined in, because I do not look like the lady in the video.  :D )  Street music is awesome.

Over in Terramagne, this is the kind of stuff that appeared very early in Sankofa Clubs.  By now, lots and lots of people know at least a few basic African dance moves, which makes it fairly easy to get a group of people dancing.  Over time, they've thrown in samples from cultures around the world.  Usually they'll look for the simplest foundation steps.  Almost everybody has some folk dances, like circle or line dances, that are very easy to do.  Those transmit nicely.  So T-America has a lot more left of the social dance tradition compared to L-America.  \o/
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This is the freebie for the October [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "sportsmanship" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest.

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According to this, she's currently portrayed as bisexual.

I should like to point out that she has always been queer: an Amazon liking dick is definitely not the norm for that society. Funny how people miss that.  
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Today we went to the Fall Fete at at Embarras Ridges hosted by Grand Prairie Friends. A few dozen folks gathered in a clearing which has a fire circle and a shed. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs, had a potluck for sides and desserts, and made s'mores. :D Last year I noticed that the wildcrafted offerings were the most popular, so I brought a mulberry crumble, and sure enough the plate came home empty. \o/ Plus we spent a couple hours talking with other local folks about nature topics, the group and its sanctuaries, social issues, and all kinds of other fun stuff. In a group of charming, like-minded people I am quite sociable. Over the course of the evening we rambled through several conversations ...

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 Here's a good writeup about the TV series Black Sails.
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"Cut and Restored Rope" is a basic trick in stage magic, with many variations.  My partner Doug found this one, which is the best I've seen.  It's more impressive if you are already familiar with the more common presentations.
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My partner Doug tipped me to this video of a domino spiral.  It is epic.  I took one look at it and thought, "How do you even firewall that?"
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Toy Like Me is a campaign for greater diversity in toys, focused on diff:abilities.  They have a Facebook page and a new website, the latter including a guide to diff:abled toys you can buy.  

It's kind of like a little slice of Terramagne, where such toys are now ubiquitous -- most lines have at least one diff:abled item.  You can thank Whammy Lass and Eugene Jacoby for sparking that trend with their wounded toy soldiers
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Here's a look at diversity in Star Trek. I'm particularly taken by Armin Shimerman's experience regarding perceptions of the Ferengi.

However, I must note that "having equality" is a white perspective on Lt. Uhura. Whoopi Goldberg's reaction was, ‘Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!’ Dr. Martin Luther King's description was, "You prove that we survive."  Those are very different values in the character.
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Kenny Baker, the performer who played R2-D2 in Star Wars, has passed away

Since Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) has already given the best possible eulogy, I will simply echo his here: "He WAS the droid I was looking for!"

I grew up watching those movies, but I always had a different perspective than most people, and one of the things I loved about them was seeing droids -- artificial intelligences -- portrayed as people,  even though they were often the butt of the joke.  R2-D2 helped save the galaxy, and I think part of that was made possible because he looked like a garbage can and talked like a machine, so people overlooked him as a possible spy.  We are the thorn in the foot, little buddy.
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Here's an interesting discussion about the relationship between fans and creators

My thoughts:

1) Without creators, there would be no content.  Somebody has to make this stuff, and it's a lot more work than merely coming up with an idea.  Fans should respect the hard work that creators do.

2) Without fans, there would be no market.  A creator without an audience is just a hobbyist.  Creators should respect the investment of time, money, and energy that fans make through consuming entertainment.

3) There are many different ways to produce and consume entertainment; what consenting adults do is up to them.  For sake of everyone's sanity, however, people should be clear about what they are doing and what they want.  Creators and fans who wish to interact should do so, and communicate to established desired parameters.  Crowdfunding, for example, is a high-feedback approach to making fun stuff.  Creators and fans who do not wish to interact should not be pressured to do so; boundary violations cause problems. 

4) Most of the problems described in the article come from a lack of respect whether that's in society, creators, fans, or frequently all of those.  Which brings us to Wheaton's Law: Don't be a dick.

5) I love crowdfunding partly because of  the difference in opinions.  Yes, it can get fractious at times.  I try to be patient with that, because it also goes to places I'd probably never find on my own.  My fans routinely spot things I've included, because my holographic observation picks up and records things I haven't paid close enough attention to that I noticed the details yet, but when pointed out, there it is.  Case in point, Shiv's history of sexual abuse; I had known that he had a rough past, but it was a reader who spotted that specific detail.  The signs were already there.  For another example, discussions of the relationship between Calliope and Vagary have brought up fascinating points about interpersonal violence, transness, appropriate force, responsibility, what therapy is for -- all kinds of stuff.  When I started the arc between those two characters, I had no firm expectations for how it would go; the developments have come from readers who want to see various things.  If that means a certain amount of tugging back and forth, it's cool, because I think that often mimics the way things go in real life when people have mixed feelings.
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This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Our air conditioning was not enough to keep the house cool today, so we left in search of cooler places. We went to see "X-Men: Apocalypse." It was awesome.

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My partner Doug tipped me to Amazon's television having easy listening videos with music and pretty pictures.  Not quite perfect yet, the motion was a little fast on the one I saw, but they're in the right ballpark.  If you like the idea of Happy Hearts Television from Terramagne, this is similar to their Soothing Sounds nature sounds/videos channel, and a little like Soft Serenades (instrumental music with abstract imagery). 
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I have decided that it's time for another round of "Poke a Bigot in the Eye." This time, it was inspired by Marvel declaring that Captain America is a Hydra agent, which I mentioned recently.

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