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This is awesome.  Meanwhile, over in Terramagne, stuff like this is produced by Kraken.  Nerd science! 
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 For the first time, a badger has been filmed burying an animal larger than itself.  A cow.  \o/


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We watched Logorama over supper tonight.  It the most disturbing, hilariously apt depiction of America that I've seen in a long time. 
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Enjoy "Stairway to Heaven" played on traditional Japanese instruments.  The effect is ethereal and beautiful.  :D  This is why we need multiculturalism and diversity.  Fusions can be so awesome.
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Here is a cartoon about different affect.

I am reminded of fairytales about the fey, who would cry at weddings and laugh at funerals -- and get hit for it, and go home to Underhill because the humans were so horrible. But there wasn't anything wrong  with the fey. They were just different.

So much of therapy is about forced affect. About training people to show what is expected, not who they really are. It doesn't help the way those therapists think it does.  Some people have the same feelings as everyone else, but not at the same times and they may not show it in the same way.  That's okay.  They have the same right to express themselves as everyone else does.
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[personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart tipped me to this video of karate in a Victorian dress.  Among the interesting points: skirts and corsets can cause problems, but apparently the sleeves are worse.

Meet Julia

Apr. 14th, 2017 12:28 pm
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Sesame Street has introduced Julia, a Muppet with autism.  For a while now she has appeared in some of the background materials, but recently made her first appearance on the show proper.  Read about Julia and watch part of the first episode.

I think they did about as well as neurotypical people can do on a first attempt.  What I would really like to see is people sending in examples of what autism means for them, or how  they/their kids have interacted with autistic friends.  Using that to inspire Julia's character development and plot dynamics would help her authenticity.  But even in this first clip, I see a lot of things that I recognize.  :D 3q3q3q!!!
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My partner Doug found this video of duelling bagpipers.  :D  Be patient, it's amusing from the beginning but takes a while to get to the really relevant part.
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It's not shaped quite like anything from Earth, and it is crazy agile. Robot cheetah, bite my shiny metal ass!
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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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Watch a robot solve a Rubik's cube.  I actually saw something similar not long after the cube first came out, but the robot was much clunkier.  This one is elegant, faster, and demonstrates a better grasp of physics.
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This is an issue I came across earlier as part of recommendations on what to put in a homeless care package, but one of my readers found this terrific video summarizing it by itself.  I was intrigued to note that many of the methods homeless women use during their periods are the same as everyone used to employ before the invention of commercial products.

This makes me wonder whether it might be helpful to distribute reusable items, or in the case of cloth pads, patterns for making your own.  Menstrual cups have to fit closely, so they come in sizes, but cloth pads have a lot wider tolerance. Women who are crafty enough to make their own pads by ripping up old clothes for rags are probably capable of roughing out a slightly more detailed design that will work better -- and knowledge costs nothing.  

So now all we need is to know whether a reusable option would appeal to women who are homeless or have been homeless.  Since menstruation has been cited as one of the most miserable aspects of homelessness for women, and a reusable product would solve that problem about as well as it's possible to solve on the street, it seems like it could make a big improvement in people's lives.  Women differ, though, and not everyone likes reusables.  "Nothing about us without us" means consulting before deploying.
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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."


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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