Mar. 14th, 2019

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Folks have mentioned an interest in questions and conversations that make them think. So I've decided to offer more of those. This is the current list.

22. If you could enter a time machine, what time period would you go to?

Ancient Ireland, Sumeria, and the height of Cahokia all have their appeal.
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This map shows the likely impact of climate change on America.  Large areas will become poorer.  A few colder spots will gain from lower energy bills. 
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The March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Friday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open longer.

Here are the options:

"None of It's for You"
This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It happens in Week 9, Day 5 and comes after the stories "Milk Bottles and Newspapers" and "Calling the Maid" by Dialecticdreamer.
After getting fired as a medical transport driver, Dempsey LaTour becomes a bicycle pizza delivery boy. It doesn't go a great deal better.
230 lines, $115

"The Queen of Crows"
A girl and her crows develop rituals of interaction.
233 lines, $117

"A World Built from the Bottom Up"
A hippie prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "A World Built from the Bottom Up." Bellychord witnesses her intentional community torn apart by an earthquake, then starts to pick up the pieces.
288 lines, $144


Poll #21572 Free Epic for the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29


Which of these should be the free epic?

View Answers

"None of It's for You"
5 (17.2%)

"The Queen of Crows"
13 (44.8%)

"A World Built from the Bottom Up"
11 (37.9%)

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The March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl made its $300 goal, so there will be a half-price sale in Shiv from Monday, March 18-Sunday, March 24.  Please mark your calendars accordingly, and I hope to see you then.
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 This article maps parts of the world where heat will frequently exceed the human survival range.  Look at how many whole countries are in that range.  Their populations must either move or die.  While some people will be unable to escape the fatal heat, many will flee for their lives.  They will have nothing to lose by trying, no matter how unwelcome they are in the rest of the world.  Their numbers are such that they will inevitably overrun any attempts to close borders.  No matter how good your defenses, they always have a number limit.  If you castle defenses are 10:1 they will fall as soon as 11:1 peasants storm the walls.
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We went up to visit my parents today.

We stopped at Common Ground for gluten-free muesli.  I forgot to look for the edible flowers, drat.

We went to a music store for Doug to pick up a music theory book with a jazz theme, which unlike the "theory" book I had growing up was actual theory instead of just technical stuff.  It took some shuffling around to get it, but we got it.

For supper we went to the Olive Garden.  They have a couple of viewscreens in the lobby showing, not commercials, but scenes from Italy.  <3  A little slice of Terramagne!  I got mushroom ravioli, quite excellent.  Doug's salmon came with slabs of baked zucchini, which was definitely some of the best zucchini-as-vegetable I've had.

Then we went to Krannert for Dorrance Dance, a tap and modern dance troop.  The first act had kind of a retro approach and a lot of different things going on.  The second was a lot less interesting.  The third was a much longer collage of smaller pieces.  My favorite was one where everyone was in office dress, but some of the others were good too.  I especially applaud the combination of breakdance and tap.  One guy in particular could ambulate across the stage in almost any configuration -- bipedal, quadrupedal, butt-shuffling, hand-walking, you name it.  I wouldn't be surprised if he can brachiate. 

Intermezzo was out of cakes.  >_<  But the afterparty had a very nice spread including cheese and fruit.  I was very surprised to find that the raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries were all perfectly ripe at this time of year.  The cheese was good too, and I snagged a hazelnut truffle for dessert.  Okay, problem solved.  :)

We went to Harvest Market, but they were out of the cape gooseberries.  :,,,(  We did find some raspberries, a yellow dragonfruit, and some beef steaklets though.  I have a Moroccan dry rub that I want to mix up for the meat tomorrow.

All in all, a pretty good day.

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