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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 poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear and [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "Northern / Southern Lights" square in my 9-3-17 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to the Hart's Farm series.

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This is so exciting!  BBC has introduced a new pidgin service to make news more accessible to African viewers.  Click any of the article thumbnails to see an example. 

Because of my linguistic coprocessor, it's very easy for me to hack a pidgin if I know any of its main antecedents.  So for instance, I can clock "don" as the past-tense marker: "BBC Pidgin don start today" = "BBC Pidgin started today."  Take a look at the new materials and see what bits of grammar and vocabulary you can identify.  \o/

Meanwhile over in Terramagne, I bet their BBC offers a whole bunch of different overlays like this.  France probably does too, because they spawned a lot of colonial languages, including the Haitian French that Saraphina speaks.  Hmm, I wonder how long it'll take Aidan to catch onto that resource, because he's not much of a TV junkie.  But an hour of French-national Haitian French overlay would be good practice for them, and a nice change from the much scarcer pure Haitian programming.


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This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.

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So this happened

The same principle behind this leads to this and this.

I told you so.  I have been saying and saying that when a society starts pulling down statues, it tends to mushroom, because people get it in their heads they can destroy all the art they dislike.  Sure it's tempting.  Everybody loves to pull down something they hate and stomp on it.  That's very gratifying.  But it's a bad idea because it destroys the past and then nobody has nice things for a long time.  It also sucks when other people pull down stuff that YOU like just because THEY don't, and there is probably not one piece of art on the planet which is liked by everyone.  

Seriously, people, stop doing this shit.  Unpopular art can be moved to a place where it won't annoy folks, but destroying it is counter-civilization.
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Everyone's all in a lather about the mess in Charlottesville.  I generally prefer to sidle around the attack and then counterattack directly at the opponent's fundamental goals. In this case, they want to promote racism and violence. So I can undermine their efforts by promoting:

Conversational Skills
http://www.sandbox-learning.com/Default.asp?Page=152
http://www.wikihow.com/Improve-Social-Skills

Tolerance
http://www.mmsa.info/sites/default/files/downloads/pages/Tolerance.pdf (teaching)
http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Tolerant-of-Others

Diversity
http://diversity.appstate.edu/celebration/why/
https://www.uww.edu/learn/aboutdiversity/approachdiversity
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241553

Nonviolence
https://wagingnonviolence.org/feature/listen-carefully-think-first-respect-everyone/
https://www.k-state.edu/nonviolence/Season/64ways.html

African-American Poetry
My favorites include Maya Angelou, Robert Hayden, Alice Walker, Langston Hughes, and Phillis Wheatley.
http://www.theroot.com/20-black-poets-you-should-know-and-love-1790868612
http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets_african_american.html

If you want to poke a bigot in the eye, you can go shopping for things made by black writers or crafters, or you can buy multicultural-themed material from any author.  I've got a fluffy family dinner with multiple ethnicities in "Dinner at Donnie's" ($171) in Danso and Family.

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This was the linkback perk for the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] elf. It also fills the "taking care of somebody" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Rook from Antisocialites. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Rook from Antisocialites has sponsored "Taking Care of Things" in Kenzie's storyline.  I will get that posted when I can.  Other sponsored stuff has been posted, except the bundle that is on hold for my parents. 
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and [personal profile] conuly. Special thanks to [personal profile] kengr for help estimating the weight of the donation and to [personal profile] siliconshaman for help estimating its worth. This poem also fills the "silver and gold" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Here's an article about school segregation, which is still a problem.  There are two things it doesn't talk about, though.

1) Forcing children to travel to a distant school instead of one close to home burgles their time.  Children are largely powerless to prevent this type of abuse.  They get little enough time of their own regardless; it is wicked of adults to steal even more of it. Of course, as children grow, they gain more power -- and one thing they do if they don't like the school they're shoved into is first skip it and then quit it.  This is a serious and growing problem.

2) You can make something happen, but you can't make it work.  You can trap people in an enclosed space with people they hate, but you cannot force them to like each other, to become friends, or even to be civil.  It has been tried and has failed miserably; as soon as you lose the ability to use force, they spring apart like two north magnets.  If you want to desegregate society, you cannot simply dump people who hate each other into the same place and expect it to work.  You have to teach not just tolerance, but cultural awareness and teamwork -- how to get the advantages out of diversity, and minimize the disadvantages.  Without those skills, people constantly rub each other the wrong way and hate it and look for ways to escape. It is possible to promote diversity and multicultural society, but the ways America has tried on a large scale are neither effective nor popular.

We should be looking for better solutions than trying to force people back into a situation they wish to flee.
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I posted this yesterday on LiveJournal so I could include a photo, and then forgot to echo it here. Oops. So Doug reminded me. We are collecting coins of the world for a project and would like your help.

Today's fun thing was receiving two packages of assorted coins. The top row was sold as coins with different shapes, while the bottom rows are a random batch.

PICT0001.JPG

Doug wants to collect some coins, inspired by something he saw at the magic convention recently. :D For the purposes of this project, it does not matter if we get some duplicates; the idea is to gather a mass of widely varied coins. So I'm helping, and you can help too!

If you have access to coins from outside the United States of America, then you can send us a few and get $5 credit toward poetry. I currently have two open epics: "The Inner Tradition" needs $308 to be complete, and "The Order of Their Stars" needs $83 to be complete.  We could really chip away at those with this opportunity.  We're not looking for expensive coins, just pocket change.  Don't worry about exchange rate, the idea is not to send $5 of coins, just at least one coin.  Ideally, I suggest that you figure out what it costs to mail a letter here, subtract that from $5, and use the remainder as a ceiling to estimate what coins to send.  Coins have some weight, which factors into postage, but if you're only sending a few then it shouldn't run up the cost too high.  If your only mail options are more expensive than $5 and you still want to participate, send me a message -- I have a functionally infinite supply of poetry, so your budget is the limit rather than mine.  Make sure you tell me which poem your donation is going toward!  Because if it doesn't say, then I'll just throw it into whichever of the open epics needs attention.

Let the games begin!  \o/
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Today's fun thing was receiving two packages of assorted coins. The top row was sold as coins with different shapes, while the bottom rows are a random batch.

PICT0001.JPG

Doug wants to collect some coins, inspired by something he saw at the magic convention recently. :D For the purposes of this project, it does not matter if we get some duplicates; the idea is to gather a mass of widely varied coins. So I'm helping, and you can help too!

If you have access to coins from outside the United States of America, then you can send us a few and get $5 credit toward poetry. I currently have two open epics: "The Inner Tradition" needs $308 to be complete, and "The Order of Their Stars" needs $83 to be complete.  We could really chip away at those with this opportunity.  We're not looking for expensive coins, just pocket change.  Don't worry about exchange rate, the idea is not to send $5 of coins, just at least one coin.  Ideally, I suggest that you figure out what it costs to mail a letter here, subtract that from $5, and use the remainder as a ceiling to estimate what coins to send.  Coins have some weight, which factors into postage, but if you're only sending a few then it shouldn't run up the cost too high.  If your only mail options are more expensive than $5 and you still want to participate, send me a message -- I have a functionally infinite supply of poetry, so your budget is the limit rather than mine.  Make sure you tell me which poem your donation is going toward!  Because if it doesn't say, then I'll just throw it into whichever of the open epics needs attention.

Let the games begin!  \o/
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Economy for the Common Good is an effort to make business perform better on sociological and ecological levels. While I'm not up to the intricate math of a full report and don't have employees anyhow, I do have a small business that is highly interactive and socially engaged. So let's see how that looks for PenUltimate Productions ...

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Thanks to an audience poll, this is the free epic for the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It's spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "public places" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem contains intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. namasteIt includes hate groups, racism, hateful language, attempted invasion of a racist protest into a peaceful neighborhood, arguments over free speech vs. the right to be free of verbal abuse, a lion, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Today I found the funniest nerd sex joke I have ever encountered. It was written on a throw pillow: "Na-ma-ste ... in bed." At first glance, it looks like a simple pun on "-ste" and "stay." However, the ending puts it into the category of "... in bed" jokes. What made it so funny that I cracked up when I heard someone reading it aloud is: namaste is Sanskrit for "the god in me sees the god in you." ... in bed. ROTFLMAO!
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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "secret allies" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Kraken thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It touches on passing, bisexuality, multiracial heritage, activism, homophobia, transphobia, mistaken identity, prejudice against people with superpowers, a cat girl, prostitution, a dog boy, homelessness, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "gay" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains historical atrocities which many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features the Holocaust, acts of genocide, the Schutzstaffel, mass murder, loss of families, yellow stars, ghettos, a gay man and a straight woman getting married and raising a family together, some awkward family dynamics, gay-related bashing, unplanned (but welcome) lesbian pregnancy, and other challenges. But the good guys mostly win. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It is not a plot-relevant part of extant storylines, just an interesting piece of Terramagne history.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] callibr8. It also fills the "blood" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] across_space_and_time, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It directly follows "We Are All Related," so read that first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. You-all wanted to see the gaybashers who attacked Kenzie curbstomped by the Iron Horses, so here it is. Watch out for conspiracy to commit assault, religious issues, conflicting obligations, bloody souvenirs, desire for vengeance, magical/spiritual stalking of culpable parties, Thunderbird is fucking scary and so is his follower, rude language, using superpowers against ordinary opponents, gaybashers stalking around a gay bar, oblique references to pony play, references to poaching and hazardous equipment, graphic violence, vigilante justice, use of barbed wire as a rumble weapon, probable permanent injury, brutal application of inconvenient truth, temporary hearing impairment, explanation of internalized oppression and repression of identity, complicated transgender issues, and other mayhem. This is a major plot development, so skipping it would leave a big gap, but the main thing you need to know is simply that the Iron Horses hunt down the gaybashers and beat the shit out of them. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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