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Feb. 11th, 2019
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Unsold Poems for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
Recipe: "Ginger-Basil Beef"
Recipe: "Baked Eggs with Vegetables in Muffin Tin"
Poem: "If We Had No Winter"
Listen to "Gimme Some of That Ol' Atonal Music"
Poem: "Unless You Happen to Be a Bottle of Wine"
Poem: "Herbs for the Service of Men"
Poem: "The Rituals of the Moon"
Community Building Tip: Little Free Libraries
Reflective Scarf (with discussion of anti-camera and night safety items)
Moment of Silence: D.J. Conway and "Candlemas Crossing"
Gossip in Judaism
Emotional Intimacy Question: Trust
For Binder Users (includes breathing and stretching exercises)
Last week's poetry fishbowl went pretty well.
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Poetry in Microfunding:
There are four open epics.
"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and has 28 new verses. Pain's Gray and Keane start cleaning each other up after the fight.
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.
"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies." An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.
"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.
Weather here has been variable. We got a little snow, a little freezing rain, but most of it has melted off quickly. Seen at the birdfeeders this week: a large flock of sparrows, a flock of dark-eyed juncos, a small flock of mourning doves, a pair of cardinals, a downy woodpecker, a Bewick's wren, and a squirrel.
However, this does highlight a garish and almost universal example of child neglect: the dearth of prosthetics, especially upper-body prosthetics, for growing children. Adults don't want to provide that kind of health care because it's expensive, and constantly updating the gear for a growing child is a nuisance to the adults. But the result is that many children don't grow up with prosthetics, or the right ones, and thus, don't develop their brains and bodies to use those. Instead they adapt to whatever body parts they have, finding ways to do things as they are. By the time adults get around to offering or forcing prosthetics, many young people have outgrown the potential to adopt them and just aren't interested. Bluntly put, adults make prosthetics to make money, not to take care of kids, and that shapes the whole industry. Or lack thereof. So it's no wonder that the few disabled folks with superlative mechanical intelligence are taking matters into their own hands or equivalent.
This month, I’m hoping to reach a total of $65 in tips. If I do, I’ll immediately post the full story “Ripple Effects.”
Aida Finn is nowhere near Jules’ class when events transpired on Thursday, but she certainly sees (and feels) the after effects. She turns to Bennett for help coping with one particular surprise. The story is four parts, a total of 5900 words plus a bit, and is ready to post now.
There are four open epics. Here are your options:
"Only If It Is Embraced" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Damask and needs $130.50 to be complete. Pain's Gray and Keane start cleaning each other up after the fight.
"A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Iron Horses and needs $229.50 to be complete. Kenzie goes to Pretty Ears for counseling.
"Love Unflinching" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies" and needs $73.50 to be complete. An ethical consultant arrives in Easy City, adopts a buggle, and meets Stylet.
"So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv and needs $102 to be complete. Heron and Shiv are comfort-cooking, and not everything goes smooth.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 27
How do you want to distribute the $41?
ALL $41 into "Only If It Is Embraced"
ALL $41 into "A Cave Swarming with Strange Forms of Life"
ALL $41 into "Love Unflinching"
ALL $41 into "So Many Notes and Colors and Flavors"
Divide the $41 about equally among the four open epics
"The more the robot was depicted as human -- and in particular the more feelings were attributed to the machine -- the less our experimental subjects were inclined to sacrifice it," says Paulus. "This result indicates that our study group attributed a certain moral status to the robot. One possible implication of this finding is that attempts to humanize robots should not go too far. Such efforts could come into conflict with their intended function -- to be of help to us."
They don't want tools. They don't want AI offspring. They just want slaves. That's a really stupid idea. >_<
On the bright side, we haven't lost all diversity yet, and there are still influential levers within the reach of most people. You can grow heirloom varieties, or buy them whenever you find them. Creating a demand for wider diversity will encourage producers to sell it. Just buying brown eggs helps, because it means stocking something like Rhode Island reds in addition to white leghorns. Two is better than one. If you can get pastured eggs from a mixed flock, so much the better.
Also, I have no faith in this new information altering public policy. Mostly politicians want to stave off change as long as possible. They have that power. They won't change unless forced to. As climate change is already upon us and we are long past the point where doing anything about it would mitigate the changes to bearable levels, continuing to fuck around will likely result in a "beyond all recognition" scenario.
Worth mentioning: impact of sea level rise depends primarily on two factors: total height above sea level and degree of slope. Nations with a low maximum height (the Maldives is just a few meters at most) and/or a very gradual slope will be largely or wholly inundated. Those whose coast consists of tall steep cliffs needn't worry on that point.