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This poem came out of the July 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] capriuni. It also fills the "go outside" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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 ... drives the shape of pupils.  Don't put the wrong kind on your aliens or fantasy species.  How do you know the right kind?

1) If they're similar to a Terran species, just keep the same basic features.  So a catlike alien would tend to have vertical slits.  This is helpful if you want to use some of the really weird shapes.

2) If they're not similar to a single species, look for parallel evolution.  Were their ancestors predators (vertical slits), prey (horizontal slits) or active foragers (round)?

3) If they have a totally different shape, make sure you provide an explanation that makes sense.  Frex, hourglass pupils might have a separate rod/cone mix, so that each half would dominate under different lighting conditions.
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This poem came out of the August 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Shirley Barrette and this photo. It also fills the "rejuvenation" square in my 8-1-15 card for the As You Like It Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles and Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

Warning: This poem references World War II and contains melancholy thoughts. Consider your taste and headspace before reading onward.

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 I saw this photo and had to write a poem about it.  "Proton Aurora" is 16 lines, $10 if anyone wants it.
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This poem is from the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth.


"Habitat Foreclosure"
-- a vembletroon


Nincompoops in power cannot do the math of water shortages:
It's farms and factories at fault, not homes.
Take this to the bank: habitat foreclosure is at hand, aquifers running dry, glaciers absent without leave, and doom gathering in every empty lake.
Fracked! Cracked! Thanks to this, the water that remains is no longer potable.
Idiots.


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Notes:

"Habitat foreclosure" is a phrase I coined some years ago to describe situations where environmental changes make an area unsuited for human residence. This is happening in parts of China, Russia, Africa, etc. where settlements are being abandoned due to drought, dust storms, and other problems which have exceeded feasible coping strategies.

Read about the vembletroon form.

The West Coast drought is behind the water shortages, but the highest demand is not from individual use but from industrial and agricultural uses.  Therefore the problem cannot be solved by individuals or cutting municipal supplies.  

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Here's an article about a cat who watches things on YouTube.  There is also a copy of the movie for cats which is all spliced clips of birds, squirrels, and rabbits.  Also good if you need something cute and relaxing to play.
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 Burt Shavitz has passed away.  Some of you know him as the founder of Burt's Bees, a line of natural healing products based on bee products.
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Meanwhile in Terramagne, downstream of those idiots trying to gengineer better exotic pets ... this shit happens.  Yes, super animals are rare. But when you have have hundreds of crocodiles and millions of bats, and somebody spills zetetic mystery goo in the water, that is a lot of dice to roll.

Megalodon

Jun. 22nd, 2015 10:47 pm
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Recently I got into a discussion with some friends that led to fun places.  Once upon a time, there was a species of giant shark called Megalodon.  They were legitimately terrifying.  They're probably extinct.  But the ocean is big and deep and we've barely dabbled in it, so there might still be some out there.  You don't really need to worry about them, though.  (Do not click with your mouth full ...)  This is why

Art

May. 28th, 2015 04:56 am
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 Including one of my favorites, the Go-Away Bird, whose alarm call really does sound like "Go away! Go away!"

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