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So basically this analysis of the Challenger failure is a much tighter version of what I said in junior high.  Nobody listened to me then.  Nobody is listening to me now; everything is geared toward doing things faster and cheaper.  But if you are in any job where important things going wrong could injure people, wreck the environment, or waste tons of money then please consider this a reminder to go check  your fault tolerances, safety precautions, and emergency supplies.  I know, I know, people think fault tolerance is a huge waste of space and money.  But it's not.  It's the price you pay for having ways to stop an emergency before it becomes a deadly flaming disaster.
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Discovered because she probably licked a brush while painting with lapis lazuli

Either that, or she didn't think to label her cups "Paint Water" and "NOT Paint Water."  :D
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Beautiful just to read, but incredibly useful if you write Japanese poetry such as haiku. 

Fruit Walls

Feb. 4th, 2019 01:23 pm
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A friend tipped me to this fascinating article about fruit walls, which can be bare or assisted with glass.  It is an excellent way of growing food in places with cold or windy weather.

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Here's an article about a language created by and for women's perspective. I knew Suzette; she was one of my first famous writer-friends. I wrote college papers about her work. We actually connected when I mentioned that I was doing one on women's invented languages. She handed me her then-unpublished manuscript for a sequel to Native Tongue so I could copy precise quotes from it.

I'm one of the people who has kept that language alive and in use. I'm not fluent -- few people are -- but I own the dictionary/grammar and I taught a class on it in the Grey School of Wizardry. That included me adding a few suggested augmentations to make the language more useful to spellcasting, because if you look at the grammar, you can see how well it lends itself to certain locking and unlocking features.

I also use certain words whenever I need them. Radíidin  is certainly one of them, but so is ranem (nonpearl: an ugly thing such as a festering hatred to which one pays attention).  I use the emotion grids to explain why people feel the way they do, based on reason, blame, and futility; or the quality of reason behind it.  

There is so much in this language that speaks to things that people are just now beginning to discuss in public, in large numbers, rather than a handful of us canaries saying, "Hey, y'all, might could be you'd want to pay attention to this fire over here before it spreads."  Not just vocabulary, but grammar.  Grace and efficiency and power.

In a word, super-gizomology, and Suzette would dislike me saying that because she was a very unassuming person who avoided being made much of.  Sorry, old friend, I call 'em like I see 'em.  Like Nikola Tesla, you built something ahead of its time, and it's going to take a while for the rest of the world to figure out how it even turns on.  But linguistic super-gizmology it is, because it's full of fresh encodings, and those are rare as hen's teeth.  <3
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This poem came out of the January 8, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "balance" square of my 9-30-18 card for the Fall Bingo fest.


"Never Trusted Without a Check"


The U.S. Constitution provides
for the separation of powers.

It supports the three branches
of the American government:
Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.

Each branch has its own powers,
but all are limited by another branch,
creating a system of checks and balances.

This complex structure of countervailing forces
is inefficient, but that is not a mistake.

It is a deliberate design choice
to reduce the possibility of tyrants
usurping too much power.

The founders understood that
power was a two-edged sword,
never quite entirely safe and
never trusted without a check.

* * *

Notes:

“...I say, that Power must never be trusted without a check.”
John Adams, The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams

The U.S. Constitution establishes the separation of powers.  This requires miscreants to take over multiple branches in order to obtain full control, which is more difficult than corrupting a single branch.  In other words, don't put all your eggs in one basket.

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Works from 1923 have reached the public domain. Gems include Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet and The Chip Woman’s Fortune, the first drama by an African-American author produced on Broadway.

A substantial (but not complete) list is here.
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Here for the holidays is an updated version of "Santa Baby" with new feminist lyrics.  \o/
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 ... wiped out almost all ocean life, due to oxygen deprivation.  This is fairly obvious to anyone who's ever had a bucket of minnows die on them during a warm day.  It is also a concern due to the rapid warming of oceans today.  If those die dead, we are deeply fucked.
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When I was little, my parents hunted high and low for books by and about other cultures, especially Native American ones.  I searched for them in bookstores, museums, oddity shops, and events.  It was harder to find any then.  It's easier now.  Here is a list of Native American books for children by contemporary authors, just in time for holiday shopping.  I am pleased to see a range of light to dark topics, and at least one of them is bilingual.

Never forget.

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