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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "aggressive" square in my 12-1-16 card for the Defining Character fest, and the "nurture self-worth" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but contains some intense emotions. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The Finns take Shiv to Pennsic War for a day. It includes anxiety over expectations, being in a totally unfamiliar place, feeling overwhelmed by people and social activities, touch aversion, (wildly inappropriate) accusations of racism, other people ignoring rules, which drives Shiv up a wall, so he starts stealing contraband off people, scavenging for supplies, performance anxiety, panic over social connections, physical exhaustion and overheating, discussion of supervillain philosophy, educational comparisons, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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If you haven't seen the movie Arrival yet, and you like xenolinguistics or first contact flix, go do that first.

This article discusses the use of filmmaking grammar to show, rather than tell, the effects of studying xenolinguistics. It contains spoilers, and my comments below are somewhat spoilery too.

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We watched Dr. Strange today.  It was a good action movie, but also a lot funnier than I expected.  Everyone was laughing out loud during multiple parts.  Also, bonus points for multiple characters with disabilities, and different outcomes.

Favorite character: The Cloak of Levitation.  She's like the crazy ex-girlfriend.  Dr. Strange was awesome.  The Ancient One was interesting.  I kind of felt sorry for the villains.  But the Cloak. <3

Secret weapon: Boredom.  Yes, they went there. 

ROTFLMAO!  Money well spent.  :D
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This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "roleplaying game" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem is posted as the second freebie due to new prompters.

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Very apt.  However, these things are a lot more fun when you can celebrate each other's skill instead of envying it.
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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."

ROTFL

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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