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This poem was inspired by Stephen Hawking's talk about depression. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to The Moon Door series. In sequence, this poem comes after "Lunacy" which hasn't been posted yet, so if you prefer reading things in order then you may want to wait.

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I stumbled across this article about Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and it inspired a Moon Door poem.  It comes after "Lunacy" in the timeline.

"Neither Impossible to Escape" 
Lorina feels inspired by Stephen Hawking's views on depression, and shares her thoughts with the chronic pain support group.
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 Using biology to study folklore to study sociogeography.  I love how science sticks to itself!  This is like a hot fudge brownie delight of scientific goodness.  :D
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 This tablet uses pneumatic technology to produce Braille.  It can also make charts and graphs legible to blind people.
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These patches measure how much UV light you're getting. Terramagne has something similar. They also have an opaque verision with a stoplight strip that can be read at a glance: green is fine, yellow means start looking for shelter, and red indicates sunburn level. They are available with backgrounds to match several different skin tones, and the timing is keyed accordingly, since darker skin has a higher tolerance for solar exposure.
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This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "gizmos and gadgets" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This is the freebie for today's Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] capriuni.  It also fills the "kittens and puppies" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.


"The Superfluity of Thumbs"


For a long time, scientists thought
that tool use was exclusive to humanity
and required opposable thumbs.

Then they started to realize that
some animals could use tools
even if they hadn't invented them,
like kittens trained to use a toilet
instead of a litterbox.

Some wild animals turned out
to use tools as well, such as
octopodes carrying seashells
or coconut shells for shelter.

Others used them for fun,
like birds snowboarding
down a roof on a plastic lid.

Tool use, is seems, is not
limited by physique or species,
only by ingenuity.

* * *

Animal tool use has taken time to discover.  Domesticated animals can be trained to use tools, such as toilet-training a cat. In the wild, octopodes use coconuts and seashells for shelter, and birds use plastic lids as snowboards.

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Based on an audience poll, this poem has been sponsored by the general fund. It is spillover from the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart, and Nsfwords.


"Looming Futures"


It was during the Industrial Age,
when machine looms were common,
and Zeus had gotten bored with mortals
ignoring him and gone off with his latest conquest,

when the Moirai quietly switched to a jacquard loom
with its silken threads of Fate laid out in patterns
determined by lengthy chains of paper cards
punched full of holes to control the hooks

and Ada Lovelace suddenly thought,
What a clever idea that is.

* * *

Notes:

The Fates are also known as Moirai.

A jacquard loom is actually a type of card-commanded computer.

Ada Lovelace is the mother of computing.

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 So sea unicorns use their horns to perceive the environment around them, just as some authors have posited for land unicorns.
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Here's an article about a female lion with physical characteristics of both sexes.  She is not alone, and her ability -- which provides valuable protection -- will probably be passed on to the next generation.  So basically we're watching speciation start as a superpower gives a new advantage to a few individuals who can bequeath it to their offspring.  Awesome.  :D
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 This new wheelchair uses core body motion to control its motor, thus the direction of travel.  It has different wheels for different terrain, and does not require hands to operate.  This is terrific for the many people who have plenty of body control, but their legs won't support them.  Especially, imagine the usefulness for someone with serious damage to arms and legs, but their torso still works: a signature pattern of injury for IED victims.
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 This article talks about AI recognition of visual patterns, trying to teach computers to think more like humans.
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This poem came out of the December 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, LJ user My_partner_doug, and Shirley Barrette.

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Locally known as Q-carbon.

Things like this?  Are why I stopped believing that anything is 100% guaranteed imaginary.  I keep finding  them later.
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 I am so watching for this, although I'm sure it'll be out of price range for years.  But silk is tough if you don't wreck it in processing; even a faux silk coat is likely to be durable.  Also it seems designed for quality rather than fashion: drawstring hood, flap over front closure, strap-closed sleeve ends, etc.  Now if only it were a couple feet longer.  *wist*  It's hard to find even a marginally adequate coat anymore, now that most people rarely go outside more than a few minutes.
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I hate electronic locks because they're so much glitchier than mechanical ones, and can be picked by program instead of manual skill.  But they can also store data which can be very dangerous -- and so can the key fobs that go with them.  It's a serious problem because privacy laws have not kept up with technology.  People use all kinds of computerized gadgets now, and most users have no idea how badly that information can be used to hurt them.  >_<

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