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Here's a fascinating case where humans (dolls) and nonhumans (other toys) are taxed differently.  The argument was that, since the X-men are canonically not humans, but rather mutants, their action figures should be taxed as toys.  That worked, although the change was then applied to all  Marvel action figures whether mutant or not.

So let's compare ...

Marvel action figures are now legally considered not human (toys) instead of human (dolls), which makes the tax cheaper.

Another economic factor is dolls vs. action figures.  For years it was all but impossible to market human representations to boys, because they were called dolls.  Then some genius invented the term "action figures" and it became socially acceptable for boys to play with such toys.  Calling them "dolls" could have made them unmarketable.

Personhood is different; that's another category which may be considered both psychological and legal.  Divergences between the two have ghastly results, as both Marvelverse and local history have indicated.  Psychological personhood is sapience -- the presence of an intelligent mind, or soul if you prefer.  It's often thought of as pigeonholes, but in practice, is more of a spectrum, which is very awkward.  Legal personhood is supposed to match, but often does not.  Slaves weren't legal persons, for example, despite being quintessentially the same as free humans.  Marvel has very patchy standards regarding mutants; sometimes they are treated as legal persons, but very often they are not.  The most salient character who consistently objects this is ... Magneto.  Well, that's a bit embarrassing, isn't it?  

From an anthropological perspective, of course, the concept is much broader: a doll is any effigy of a creature, human or something else, played with or otherwise handled in a representational way.  It doesn't have to look  representational, though: if a child picks up a stick and declares it to be a baby, that counts as a doll.
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Grand Prairie Friends has teamed up with Trails for Illinois to create new trails in our Warbler Woods land trust.  \o/   What we have now are a few deerpaths, parts of which are only marginally climbable for people without cloven hooves.

It's like a little piece of Terramagne.  :D  I am especially charmed to see someone else recognizing that in order for humans to value and protect something, they have to know it and love it.  That means getting them in contact with it.
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Lego is releasing 5 new minifigs of NASA women.  Things I noticed: 1 has white hair, 1 is black, 3 out of 5 are wearing glasses, 4 out of 5 have short hair, and only 1 seems to be wearing lipstick.  Used to be, the only distinctions of feminine gender were the lipstick and ponytail features on minifigs.  Yay, progress!
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[personal profile] callibr8 tipped me to an article and a video about figure skating that are just gorgeous.  This reminded us both about Terramagne.
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I was amused by this article about a wizard war between two guys who make comics.  This explains so much of the mayhem in the multiverse.  ;) 
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There's a skit making fun of press secretary Spicer.  Apparently, it's getting him in hot water because the satirist is a woman. There should be more of this.
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Actor Richard Hatch has passed away.  He played Captain Apollo in the original Battlestar Galactica,  along with many other roles.

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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Today we went to watch the movie Monster Trucks. It was hilarious and entertaining. I was expecting a pulp science fiction / teen adventure flick, and it turned out to contain quite a lot more science fiction than I anticipated. If you are at all into SF or adventure films, I highly recommend it. There are some excellent twists in it, so if you like being surprised, go see it now instead of reading further. It's not often that any entertainment can surprise me, but this one did.

Details and spoilers below the cut.

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Come nominate your crowdfunding favorites in these categories:

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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "party" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "public places" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  It has also inspired the story "For Every Action..." by [personal profile] siliconshaman.

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This poem is from the November 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "horseback riding" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool including [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot, [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, and [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] shiori_makiba, and [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "where we don't have to hide" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool including [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot and [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This summer camp for nerds is aimed at adults.  It sounds like a cool idea.  As for the name Epic Nerd Camp, though? They're never going to beat the Klingons.  You don't get any more epic than rejecting every language on your planet to dress up like aliens and snarl at each other ... and then correct each other's grammar.  ;)
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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 12-1-15 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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